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  1. Quality Stability of Multi-Station Assembly Process Based on Variation Stream

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    WANG Lei; GUO Wei; ZHANG Conghui; ZHAO Jiali

    2007-01-01

    To analyze the physical structure of assembly process and assure product quality, the quality stability of multi-station assembly process was investigated. First, the assembly process was modeled as a one-dimensional discrete variant system by state space equation based on variation stream. Then, the criterion to judge whether the process is stable or not and the index, stability degree, to show the level of stability were proposed by analyzing the bounded-input bounded-output(BIBO) stability of system. Finally, a simulated example of a sheet metal assembly process with three stations, was provided to verify the effectiveness of the proposed method.

  2. Dual stage and an image processing-based method for sight stabilization

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    This paper presents a combined dual stage-based mechanical and image-based stabilization scheme for a three-axis image-tracking sight system. To improve the stabilization and tracking accuracy, a secondary stage actuated by a pair of electro-magnets is mounted on a conventional elevation gimbal. For the remaining roll axis stabilization, an electronic digital- image stabilization technique is introduced to estimate and correct roll motions. Experimental results are given to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed stabilization system and the image-stabilization scheme

  3. Welding stability assessment in the GMAW-S process based on fuzzy logic by acoustic sensing from arc emissions

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    E. Huanca Cayo

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The present research work has as purpose detecting perturbations, measuring and assessing the welding stability in GMAW process in short circuit mode named hereafter as GMAW-S process.Design/methodology/approach: Welding trials were performed with a set of optimal input welding parameters. During experiments were induced some perturbations on the welding trajectory. It causes alteration on the stability of welding resulting as consequence geometrical shape deformations. During each experiments, acoustic emission signal coming from electric arc as well as arc voltage and welding current were acquired aided by a card acquisition and virtual instrumentation software. A heuristic model was performed as knowledge base rules of a fuzzy logic system. This system has two inputs and one output. Some additional welding trials were performed for assessing its performance.Findings: It was performed a welding stability assessment system based on fuzzy logic. As well as, this system is based on non-contact sensing what reduces the loading effects on the welding process.Research limitations/implications: In the present work was monitored just the acoustic emissions coming from arc. Although that, the results were satisfactory, an approach on data fusion of sensors including electromagnetic emission sensors could improve the quality assessments system.Originality/value: The non-contact welding stability assessment methods have reduces loading effects and a heuristic approach on the relations between arc emissions and welding stability allows quantifying nonlinear variables such as knowledge and experience of skilled welders, such that, it is possible to represent linguistic terms numerically what could be used as an on-line monitoring system of welding processes.

  4. Implementation of an ex situ stabilization technique at the Sand Springs superfund site to solidify and stabilize acid tar sludges involving a quick-lime based stabilization process and innovative equipment design

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    McManus, R.W. [SOUND Environmental Services, Inc., Dallas, TX (United States); Grajczak, P. [ARCO, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Wilcoxson, J.C. [ARCO, Plano, TX (United States); Webster, S.D. [Environmental Protection Agency, Dallas, TX (United States)

    1997-12-31

    An old refinery site was safely remediated a year before schedule and for 25% less than final engineering estimates for the stabilization remedy thanks to energetic project management and innovative design involving ex situ stabilization/solidification of acid tar sludges. A quicklime based process, Dispersion by Chemical Reaction (DCR{trademark}), was employed to solidify and stabilize (SS) over 103,000 cubic meters (135,000 cubic yards) of petroleum waste, mostly acidic tarry sludge. The SS process was selected over competing methods because it afforded minimal volume increase, could readily achieve Record of Decision (ROD) specified physical and chemical treatment goals, could be implemented with treatment equipment that minimized emissions, and could be performed with low reagent usage and at low cost. To ensure treatment goals were achieved and an accelerated schedule met, a custom designed and fabricated transportable treatment unit (TTU) was employed to implement the process. The treated material was visually soil-like in character, it was left in stockpiles for periods of time, and it was placed and compacted in the on site landfill using standard earth-moving equipment.

  5. Electricity generation from iron EDTA-based liquid redox sulfur recovery process with enhanced stability of EDTA

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    Highlights: • A sustainable and stable liquid redox process was proposed to recover electricity and sulfur from waste pollutant H2S. • The fuel cell was employed into iron EDTA-based liquid redox sulfur recovery technique. • The optimal pH, which was turned out to be 9, maximally produced electricity as well as effectively captured H2S. • Fuel cell provides an innovative way to enhance the stability of EDTA. - Abstract: In this study, an innovative iron EDTA-based H2S capture technology was proposed. Just like currently available approaches, this system allows to capture H2S and convert it into element sulfur. It does so, however, with net energy production and without absorbent degradation. The system, consisting of an absorber and a fuel cell units, absorbs gaseous H2S and oxidize it to elemental sulfur in the absorber compartment, and in the fuel cell unit converts the reduced form of the absorbent [Fe(II)EDTA]2− back to [Fe(III)EDTA]−, generating electricity. When solution pH was raised from 7 to 10, more gaseous H2S was absorbed into [Fe(III)EDTA]−, resulting in increased production [Fe(II)EDTA]2−. This reduced form of the absorbent, which should be subsequently regenerated for continuous operation, serves as a fuel in a Fe(II)-based fuel cell. Fuel cell performance was also found to be strongly affected by solution pH, and the highest maximum power density of 0.832 mW cm−2 was achieved at pH 9 and 60 °C. At this condition, more than 80% of [Fe(III)EDTA]− was recovered from [Fe(II)EDTA]2− in 2 h without any noticeable degradation of EDTA, amounted to the oxidation rate of 147 g Fe h−1m−2 anode surface area. This study provides demonstration of many desirable aspects for field implementation, such as electricity generation, sulfur recovery and long-term stability of the absorbent

  6. Utilizing the Analytic Hierarchy Process to Establish Weighted Values for Evaluating the Stability of Slope Revegetation based on Hydroseeding Applications in South Korea

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    Sung-Ho Kil; Dong Kun Lee; Jun-Hyun Kim; Ming-Han Li; Galen Newman

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to identify the major variables identified as important for considering the stabilization of slope revegetation based on hydroseeding applications and evaluate weights of each variable using the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) with both environmental experts and civil engineers. Twenty-five variables were selected by the experts’ survey from a total of 65 from the existing literature, with each variable considered as an important factor for slope stabilization in So...

  7. Stabilization of enzymes in micro-emulsions for ultrasound processes

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    Martins, Madalena A.; Azóia, Nuno G.; Silva, Carla Manuela Pereira Marinho da; Paulo, Artur Cavaco

    2015-01-01

    Oil-in-water proteinaceous micro-emulsions are described as novel methodology for the stabilization of enzymes. Proteins are tightly packed at the oil-water interface of micro-emulsions and it was found that micro-emulsions of laccases enzymes have enhanced stability under high temperatures and ultrasound fields (see graphical abstract scheme and data). This stabilization technique seems to be a promising methodology to apply on other enzyme-based processes where the operational conditions re...

  8. Investigation of stability-critical technical processes

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    Technical processes, which can indicate instability phenomena and are devised in accordance with system dynamic principles, are described in the paper for the particularly important class of process with cycle structure, a generally valid, uniform procedure of stability analysis. In this way the limits of application of the well-known 'statistical characteristics method' are explained. (orig.)

  9. Enhancing probiotic stability in industrial processes

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    Gueimonde, Miguel; Sánchez, Borja

    2012-01-01

    Background: Manufacture of probiotic products involves industrial processes that reduce the viability of the strains. This lost of viability constitutes an economic burden for manufacturers, compromising the efficacy of the product and preventing the inclusion of probiotics in many product categories. Different strategies have been used to improve probiotic stability during industrial processes. These include technological approaches, such as the modification of production parameters or the r...

  10. Color stabilized hydrogel dressing and process

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    A polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) Silver Sulfadiazine (SSD) hydrogel dressing in which the gel is formed by the use of electron beam (E-Beam) radiation to cross-link the polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP); in which the color of the hydrogel dressing has been stabilized by the addition thereto of magnesium trisilicate and, optionally but preferably, also hydrogen peroxide and/or polyacrylic acid is disclosed; and also the process of stabilizing the color by adding magnesium trisilicate, to a water dispersion of PVP and SSD before it is exposed to E-Beam radiation is disclosed

  11. Exponential stability of impulsive jump linear systems with Markov process

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    Gao Lijun; Wu Yuqiang

    2007-01-01

    The exponential stability is investigated for a class of continuous time linear systems with a finite state Markov chain form process and the impulsive jump at switching moments.The conditions, based on the average dwell time and the ratio of expectation of the total time running on all unstable subsystems to the expectation of the total time running on all stable subsystems, assure the exponential stability with a desired stability degree of the system irrespective of the impact of impulsive jump.The uniformly bounded result is realized for the case in which switched system is subjected to the impulsive effect of the excitation signal at some switching moments.

  12. Numerical Stability of Gram-Schmidt Process

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    Rozložník, Miroslav; Giraud, L.; Langou, J.; van den Eshof, J.

    Ostrava : Institute of Geonics AS CR, 2005. s. 72-72. ISBN 80-86407-04-7. [SNA '05. Seminar on Numerical Analysis. 07.02.2005-11.02.2005, Ostrava] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR 1ET400300415 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10300504 Keywords : orthogonalization * Gram-Schmidt process * orthogonalization techniques * numerical stability Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics

  13. Stabilization of degradable wastes by anaerobic process

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    Within the framework of a modern waste management concept, separate collection and recycling of garden wastes and degradable wastes from households and trade are indispensable and correspond to a principle enshrined in law. The ''bion-stab'' technique is a closed-cycle process for anaerobic stabilization of degradable wastes which causes few emissions and is thus extremely environmentally friendly. Latent energy contained in degradable waste is liberated by this process. This energy is environmentally friendly, as the cycle process involves the release of bonded CO2 only for a short period of time. Thus it contributes, along with the high economic efficiency of the plant, to a positive overall result both in terms of energy and with regard to environmental problems. (orig.)

  14. [Definition and stabilization of processes II. Clinical Processes in a Urology Department].

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    Pascual, Carlos; Luján, Marcos; Mora, Jose Ramón; Diz, Manuel Ramón; Martín, Carlos; López, M C

    2015-01-01

    New models in clinical management seek a clinical practice based on quality, efficacy and efficiency, avoiding variability and improvisation. In this paper we have developed one of the most frequent clinical processes in our speciality, the process based on DRG 311 or transurethral procedures without complications. Along it we will describe its components: Stabilization form, clinical trajectory, cost calculation, and finally the process flowchart. PMID:25688534

  15. Robust Video Stabilization Based on Motion Vectors

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    宋利; 周源华; 周军

    2005-01-01

    This paper proposes a new robust video stabilization algorithm to remove unwanted vibrations in video sequences. A complete theoretical analysis is first established for video stabilization, providing a basis for new stabilization algorithm. Secondly, a new robust global motion estimation (GME) algorithm is proposed. Different from classic methods, the GME algorithm is based on spatlal-temporal filtered motion vectors computed by block-matching methods. In addition, effective schemes are employed in correction phase to prevent boundary artifacts and error accumulation. Experiments show that the proposed algorithm has satisfactory stabilization effects while maintaining good tradeoff between speed and precision.

  16. Phase Stability Diagrams for High Temperature Corrosion Processes

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    J. J. Ramos-Hernandez

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Corrosion phenomena of metals by fused salts depend on chemical composition of the melt and environmental conditions of the system. Detail knowledge of chemistry and thermodynamic of aggressive species formed during the corrosion process is essential for a better understanding of materials degradation exposed to high temperature. When there is a lack of kinetic data for the corrosion processes, an alternative to understand the thermodynamic behavior of chemical species is to utilize phase stability diagrams. Nowadays, there are several specialized software programs to calculate phase stability diagrams. These programs are based on thermodynamics of chemical reactions. Using a thermodynamic data base allows the calculation of different types of phase diagrams. However, sometimes it is difficult to have access to such data bases. In this work, an alternative way to calculate phase stability diagrams is presented. The work is exemplified in the Na-V-S-O and Al-Na-V-S-O systems. This system was chosen because vanadium salts is one of the more aggressive system for all engineering alloys, especially in those processes where fossil fuels are used.

  17. Signal Processing Methods for Liquid Rocket Engine Combustion Stability Assessments

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    Kenny, R. Jeremy; Lee, Erik; Hulka, James R.; Casiano, Matthew

    2011-01-01

    The J2X Gas Generator engine design specifications include dynamic, spontaneous, and broadband combustion stability requirements. These requirements are verified empirically based high frequency chamber pressure measurements and analyses. Dynamic stability is determined with the dynamic pressure response due to an artificial perturbation of the combustion chamber pressure (bomb testing), and spontaneous and broadband stability are determined from the dynamic pressure responses during steady operation starting at specified power levels. J2X Workhorse Gas Generator testing included bomb tests with multiple hardware configurations and operating conditions, including a configuration used explicitly for engine verification test series. This work covers signal processing techniques developed at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) to help assess engine design stability requirements. Dynamic stability assessments were performed following both the CPIA 655 guidelines and a MSFC in-house developed statistical-based approach. The statistical approach was developed to better verify when the dynamic pressure amplitudes corresponding to a particular frequency returned back to pre-bomb characteristics. This was accomplished by first determining the statistical characteristics of the pre-bomb dynamic levels. The pre-bomb statistical characterization provided 95% coverage bounds; these bounds were used as a quantitative measure to determine when the post-bomb signal returned to pre-bomb conditions. The time for post-bomb levels to acceptably return to pre-bomb levels was compared to the dominant frequency-dependent time recommended by CPIA 655. Results for multiple test configurations, including stable and unstable configurations, were reviewed. Spontaneous stability was assessed using two processes: 1) characterization of the ratio of the peak response amplitudes to the excited chamber acoustic mode amplitudes and 2) characterization of the variability of the peak response

  18. Angular Stability Margins for the Remote Fusion Cutting Process

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    Villumsen, Sigurd; Kristiansen, Morten

    The set of incident angles, that yields stable cuts when conducting remote fusion cutting (RFC), is of great importance when scheduling multiple cuts on a work piece. This is due to their ability to determine how much the laser beam can be moved by angling the cutting head instead of translating it. This paper investigates how the stability of the RFC process is affected by changing the incident angle when processing stainless steel sheets. This investigation was conducted as an experimental study in which the angle of incidence was decomposed into a work angle and a travel angle. The stability was evaluated by an automatic procedure based on images acquired by a programmable microscope and a computer vision algorithm developed in MATLAB. The results showed that the stability of the RFC process was dependent on the work and the travel angle. It was also seen that a coherent region of stable incident angles could be found. All experiments were conducted with a 3 kW single mode fiber laser at the laser processing laboratory at Aalborg University.

  19. Determination of foam stability for decontamination process

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    Forming and foam stability have done that their auxiliary devices of foam level control . Foam forming simulation its mixing from 1 L water and detergent 5, 10, 20, 40, 50 grams. Each of the foam added the de contaminant of EDTA or oxalic acids about 5 grams. The result from experiment that on the composition of 40 gram detergent and water is 1000 ml is finding setting time and foam stability is 317 seconds and 1458 seconds. Addition of 5 gram EDTA or 5 gram Oxalic Acids to that compositions are found setting time 285 seconds and 263 seconds and foam stability are 1314 seconds and 1312 seconds. (author)

  20. Parallel processing for efficient 3D slope stability modelling

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    Marchesini, Ivan; Mergili, Martin; Alvioli, Massimiliano; Metz, Markus; Schneider-Muntau, Barbara; Rossi, Mauro; Guzzetti, Fausto

    2014-05-01

    We test the performance of the GIS-based, three-dimensional slope stability model r.slope.stability. The model was developed as a C- and python-based raster module of the GRASS GIS software. It considers the three-dimensional geometry of the sliding surface, adopting a modification of the model proposed by Hovland (1977), and revised and extended by Xie and co-workers (2006). Given a terrain elevation map and a set of relevant thematic layers, the model evaluates the stability of slopes for a large number of randomly selected potential slip surfaces, ellipsoidal or truncated in shape. Any single raster cell may be intersected by multiple sliding surfaces, each associated with a value of the factor of safety, FS. For each pixel, the minimum value of FS and the depth of the associated slip surface are stored. This information is used to obtain a spatial overview of the potentially unstable slopes in the study area. We test the model in the Collazzone area, Umbria, central Italy, an area known to be susceptible to landslides of different type and size. Availability of a comprehensive and detailed landslide inventory map allowed for a critical evaluation of the model results. The r.slope.stability code automatically splits the study area into a defined number of tiles, with proper overlap in order to provide the same statistical significance for the entire study area. The tiles are then processed in parallel by a given number of processors, exploiting a multi-purpose computing environment at CNR IRPI, Perugia. The map of the FS is obtained collecting the individual results, taking the minimum values on the overlapping cells. This procedure significantly reduces the processing time. We show how the gain in terms of processing time depends on the tile dimensions and on the number of cores.

  1. Signal Processing Methods for Liquid Rocket Engine Combustion Spontaneous Stability and Rough Combustion Assessments

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    Kenny, R. Jeremy; Casiano, Matthew; Fischbach, Sean; Hulka, James R.

    2012-01-01

    Liquid rocket engine combustion stability assessments are traditionally broken into three categories: dynamic stability, spontaneous stability, and rough combustion. This work focuses on comparing the spontaneous stability and rough combustion assessments for several liquid engine programs. The techniques used are those developed at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) for the J-2X Workhorse Gas Generator program. Stability assessment data from the Integrated Powerhead Demonstrator (IPD), FASTRAC, and Common Extensible Cryogenic Engine (CECE) programs are compared against previously processed J-2X Gas Generator data. Prior metrics for spontaneous stability assessments are updated based on the compilation of all data sets.

  2. Study of stabilization/solidification processes (of solid porous wastes) based on hydraulic or bituminous binders; Etude des procedes de stabilisation/solidification (des dechets solides poreux) a base de liants hydrauliques ou de liants bitumineux

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    Sing-Teniere, Ch.

    1998-02-01

    The first part of this thesis presents the regulatory framework and the technical context linked with the study of stabilized/solidified wastes and with the evaluation of stabilization/solidification processes. A presentation of the two type of ultimate wastes under study (a used catalyst and an activated charcoal) and an analysis of the processes is given. The second part is devoted to the experimental characterization of both types of porous wastes. The third part deals with the processing of such wastes using an hydraulic binder. The study stresses on both on the stabilization/solidification efficiency of the process and on the conditions of its implementation. The same work is made for a process that uses a bituminous binder. Some choice criteria for the selection of the better process are deduced from the examination of the overall data collected. The waste characterization methodology is applied six times: two times for the raw wastes, two times for the same wastes processed with an hydraulic binder, and two times for the same wastes processed with a bituminous binder. (J.S.)

  3. Stability of Spreading Processes with General Transmission and Recovery Times

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    Ogura, Masaki

    2016-01-01

    Although viral spreading processes taking place in networks are commonly analyzed using Markovian models in which both the transmission times and the recovery times follow exponential distributions, empirical studies show that, in most real scenarios, the distribution of these times are far from exponential. To overcome this limitation, we first introduce a generalized spreading model that allows for transmission and recovery times to follow arbitrary distributions within an arbitrary accuracy. In this context, we derive conditions for the generalized spreading process to converge towards the disease-free equilibrium (in other words, to eradicate the viral spread) without relying on mean-field approximations. Based on our results, we illustrate how the particular shape of the transmission/recovery distribution heavily influences the boundary of the stability region of the spread, as well as the decay rate inside this region. Therefore, modeling non-exponential transmission/recovery times observed in realistic...

  4. Process stability for chemical recovery units: Which black liquor firing control strategies enhance stability?

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    Clay, D.T.; Frederickson, J.O.; Andrews, J.R. [James River Corp., Berlin, NH (United States). Engineering Dept.

    1995-12-31

    Black liquor firing control strategies strive to buffer chemical recovery units (CRU) from changes in kraft pulp mill process. The importance of firing control strategy has increased recently with the trend to link concentrators directly to CRU liquor headers to ensure minimal liquor storage. Four control strategies were evaluated: (1) black liquor nozzle pressure, (2) black liquor volumetric flow, (3) black liquor solids mass flow, and (4) energy flow control. The variation between the base case and the four different control strategies was evaluated by changes in six process parameters, i.e., pressure, velocity, solids mass flow, energy released, droplet diameter, and droplet evaporative load. Results indicated that for non-fouling units, the energy release strategy provided the best stability. For fouling units, the choice was less obvious; none of the evaluated control strategies ranked consistently best. Liquor header (nozzle) pressure control proved to be least desirable. 10 refs., 8 figs., 4 tabs.

  5. Stability of inflation processes with polymer melts

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    Rasmussen, Henrik Koblitz; Eriksson, Torbjörn Gerhard; Hassager, Ole

    2002-01-01

    The production process Blow-moulding is used to produce different kinds of bottles in plastic. The final stage in this process is the inflation of some kind of (extruded or injection moulded) cylinder outward against the wall of the mould. This creates the final shape of the product. The inflation...... is performed applying a gas pressure into the core of the cylinder, which press the molten plastic cylinder outward. During the inflation the plastic may burst. The occurrence of this burst, or break, puts a limit on the possibility to produce a specified product at some, or all, processing...

  6. Stability of mycotoxins during food processing.

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    Bullerman, Lloyd B; Bianchini, Andreia

    2007-10-20

    The mycotoxins that commonly occur in cereal grains and other products are not completely destroyed during food processing operations and can contaminate finished processed foods. The mycotoxins most commonly associated with cereal grains are aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, fumonisins, deoxynivalenol and zearalenone. The various food processes that may have effects on mycotoxins include sorting, trimming, cleaning, milling, brewing, cooking, baking, frying, roasting, canning, flaking, alkaline cooking, nixtamalization, and extrusion. Most of the food processes have variable effects on mycotoxins, with those that utilize the highest temperatures having greatest effects. In general the processes reduce mycotoxin concentrations significantly, but do not eliminate them completely. However, roasting and extrusion processing show promise for lowering mycotoxin concentrations, though very high temperatures are needed to bring about much of a reduction in mycotoxin concentrations. Extrusion processing at temperatures greater than 150 degrees C are needed to give good reduction of zearalenone, moderate reduction of alfatoxins, variable to low reduction of deoxynivalenol and good reduction of fumonisins. The greatest reductions of fumonisins occur at extrusion temperatures of 160 degrees C or higher and in the presence of glucose. Extrusion of fumonisin contaminated corn grits with 10% added glucose resulted in 75-85% reduction in Fumonisin B(1) levels. Some fumonisin degredation products are formed during extrusion, including small amounts of hydrolyzed Fumonisin B(1) and N-(Carboxymethyl) - Fumonisin B(1) and somewhat higher amounts of N-(1-deoxy-d-fructos-1-yl) Fumonisin B(1) in extruded grits containing added glucose. Feeding trial toxicity tests in rats with extruded fumonisin contaminated corn grits show some reduction in toxicity of grits extruded with glucose. PMID:17804104

  7. Powder-Bed Stabilization for Powder-Based Additive Manufacturing

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    Andrea Zocca; Gomes, Cynthia M.; Thomas M#xfc;hler; Jens G#xfc;nster

    2014-01-01

    The most successful additive manufacturing (AM) technologies are based on the layer-by-layer deposition of a flowable powder. Although considered as the third industrial revolution, one factor still limiting these processes to become completely autonomous is the often necessary build-up of support structures. Besides the prevention of lateral shifts of the part during the deposition of layers, the support assures quality and stability to the built process. The loose powder itself surrounding ...

  8. Compressive strength and hydrolytic stability of fly ash based geopolymers

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    Nikolić Irena

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The process of geopolymerization involves the reaction of solid aluminosilicate materials with highly alkaline silicate solution yielding an aluminosilicate inorganic polymer named geopolymer, which may be successfully applied in civil engineering as a replacement for cement. In this paper we have investigated the influence of synthesis parameters: solid to liquid ratio, NaOH concentration and the ratio of Na2SiO3/NaOH, on the mechanical properties and hydrolytic stability of fly ash based geopolymers in distilled water, sea water and simulated acid rain. The highest value of compressive strength was obtained using 10 mol dm-3 NaOH and at the Na2SiO3/NaOH ratio of 1.5. Moreover, the results have shown that mechanical properties of fly ash based geopolymers are in correlation with their hydrolytic stability. Factors that increase the compressive strength also increase the hydrolytic stability of fly ash based geopolymers. The best hydrolytic stability of fly ash based geopolymers was shown in sea water while the lowest stability was recorded in simulated acid rain. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 172054 i Nanotechnology and Functional Materials Center, funded by the European FP7 project No. 245916

  9. Stabilization of Fast Pyrolysis Oil: Post Processing Final Report

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    Elliott, Douglas C.; Lee, Suh-Jane; Hart, Todd R.

    2012-03-01

    UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company, assembled a comprehensive team for a two-year project to demonstrate innovative methods for the stabilization of pyrolysis oil in accordance with DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-PS36-08GO98018, Biomass Fast Pyrolysis Oil (Bio-oil) Stabilization. In collaboration with NREL, PNNL, the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Pall Fuels and Chemicals, and Ensyn Corporation, UOP developed solutions to the key technical challenges outlined in the FOA. The UOP team proposed a multi-track technical approach for pyrolysis oil stabilization. Conceptually, methods for pyrolysis oil stabilization can be employed during one or both of two stages: (1) during the pyrolysis process (In Process); or (2) after condensation of the resulting vapor (Post-Process). Stabilization methods fall into two distinct classes: those that modify the chemical composition of the pyrolysis oil, making it less reactive; and those that remove destabilizing components from the pyrolysis oil. During the project, the team investigated methods from both classes that were suitable for application in each stage of the pyrolysis process. The post processing stabilization effort performed at PNNL is described in this report. The effort reported here was performed under a CRADA between PNNL and UOP, which was effective on March 13, 2009, for 2 years and was subsequently modified March 8, 2011, to extend the term to December 31, 2011.

  10. Slope Unit-based Application of Analytic Hierarchy Process in Stability Evaluation of Reservoir Bank%基于边坡单元的水库库岸稳定性层次分析与评价

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    许波; 谢谟文; 何兴东; 胡嫚

    2016-01-01

    [目的]分析影响孟底沟水库库岸稳定的影响因素,为水库库岸稳定性评价提供新思路。[方法]在工程地质条件分析及不良地质现象解译的基础上,运用边坡单元将各岸坡段划分为独立的研究对象,分析影响库岸稳定的诸多因素,把边坡单元的三维安全系数作为稳定性评价的基本指标,对影响边坡稳定的各因素采用层次分析法,建立基于边坡单元的库岸稳定性分段层次分析与评价方法。[结果]将该方法运用在工程实例中,结果表明其具有一定的可靠性和实用性。[结论]以边坡单元为研究对象,运用层次分析法可以有效地分析水库库岸的稳定性,为工程决策提供支持。%[Objective] To analyze the influence factors of the Mengdigou reservoir bank stability in order to provide new train of thought to evaluate the stability of reservoir bank .[Methods] On the basis of the analy‐sis of the engineering geological conditions and the interpretation of unfavorable geological phenomenon ,this paper classified the bank into different segments .Then using the principle of the slope unit ,we then taken these segments as independent research objects and analyzed the factors affecting the bank stability .And then we used three‐dimension factor safety of slope units as an index of the stability evaluation and used ana‐lytic hierarchy process (A HP) to analyze the factors affecting slope stability .Finally we established hierarchy analysis and evaluation methods for the stability of reservoir bank based on the slope unit .[Results] The method was tested in the engineering practice ,showing that the method is reliable and practical .[Conclusion ] Tanking the slope unit as the research object ,using the A HP can effectively analyze the stability of reservoir bank ,which can support the decision of project .

  11. Strong practical stability and stabilization of uncertain discrete linear repetitive processes

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    Dabkowski, Pavel; Galkowski, K.; Bachelier, O.; Rogers, E.; Kummert, A.; Lam, J.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 20, č. 2 (2013), s. 220-233. ISSN 1070-5325 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 1M0567 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Institutional support: RVO:67985556 Keywords : strong practical stability * stabilization * uncertain discrete linear repetitive processes * linear matrix inequality Subject RIV: BC - Control Systems Theory Impact factor: 1.424, year: 2013 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/nla.812/abstract

  12. Automation for a base station stability testing

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    Punnek, Elvis

    2016-01-01

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

  13. Stability of minoxidil in Espumil foam base.

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    Geiger, Christine M; Sorenson, Bridget; Whaley, Paul A

    2013-01-01

    Minoxidil is a drug used to stimulate hair growth and to slow balding. It is marketed under a number of trade names, including Rogaine, and is available in varying strength dose forms from a number of generic manufacturers. Minoxidil is available in oral and topical forms. In topical form, it can be applied by a metered-spray or rub-on applicator. A hydroalcoholic compounding vehicle can minimize greasiness, itching, burning, and contact dermatitis where low concentrations of ethanol and propylene glycol are present. Espumil Foam Base contains low concentrations of these ingredients and also can form a foam on topical application. Espumil's unique delivery by foam-activating packaging assures simple application to difficult-to-treat areas, and it vanishes quickly after application, keeping it in place and avoiding health skin areas. The objective of this study was to determine the stability of minoxidil in Espumil Foam Base. The studied sample was compounded into a 50-mg/mL solution and stored in a plastic foam-activating bottle at room temperature conditions. Three samples were assayed at each time point out to 90 days by a stability-indicating high-performance liquid chromatography method. The method was validated for its specificity through forced-degradation studies. The beyond-use-date is at least 90 days, based on data collected when this formulation was stored at room temperature, protected from light. PMID:23696178

  14. Toxic and hazardous waste disposal. Volume 1. Processes for stabilization/solidification

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    Processes for the stabilization and/or solidification of toxic, hazardous, and radioactive wastes are reviewed. The types of wastes classified as hazardous are defined. The following processes for the solidification of hazardous wastes are described: lime-based techniques; thermoplastic techniques; organic polymer techniques; and encapsulation. The following processes for the solidification of high-level radioactive wastes are described: calcination; glassification; and ceramics. The solidification of low-level radioactive wastes with asphalt, cement, and polymeric materials is also discussed. Other topics covered include: the use of an extruder/evaporator to stabilize and solidify hazardous wastes; effect disposal of fine coal refuse and flue gas desulfurization slurries using Calcilox additive stabilization; the Terra-Tite Process; the Petrifix Process; the SFT Terra-Crete Process; Sealosafe Process; Chemfix Process; and options for disposal of sulfur oxide wastes

  15. PROcess Based Diagnostics PROBE

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    Clune, T.; Schmidt, G.; Kuo, K.; Bauer, M.; Oloso, H.

    2013-01-01

    Many of the aspects of the climate system that are of the greatest interest (e.g., the sensitivity of the system to external forcings) are emergent properties that arise via the complex interplay between disparate processes. This is also true for climate models most diagnostics are not a function of an isolated portion of source code, but rather are affected by multiple components and procedures. Thus any model-observation mismatch is hard to attribute to any specific piece of code or imperfection in a specific model assumption. An alternative approach is to identify diagnostics that are more closely tied to specific processes -- implying that if a mismatch is found, it should be much easier to identify and address specific algorithmic choices that will improve the simulation. However, this approach requires looking at model output and observational data in a more sophisticated way than the more traditional production of monthly or annual mean quantities. The data must instead be filtered in time and space for examples of the specific process being targeted.We are developing a data analysis environment called PROcess-Based Explorer (PROBE) that seeks to enable efficient and systematic computation of process-based diagnostics on very large sets of data. In this environment, investigators can define arbitrarily complex filters and then seamlessly perform computations in parallel on the filtered output from their model. The same analysis can be performed on additional related data sets (e.g., reanalyses) thereby enabling routine comparisons between model and observational data. PROBE also incorporates workflow technology to automatically update computed diagnostics for subsequent executions of a model. In this presentation, we will discuss the design and current status of PROBE as well as share results from some preliminary use cases.

  16. Stability and servo-control of the crystal pulling process

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    The paper analyzes why the crystal pulling process needs servo-control, and how it can be implemented. Special emphasis is put on the fundamental question of inherent stability, and how to interpret the signal from a balance when the weighing method is used for cystal diameter detection. 15 refs., 13 figs

  17. Digital signal processing in the radio science stability analyzer

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    Greenhall, C. A.

    1995-01-01

    The Telecommunications Division has built a stability analyzer for testing Deep Space Network installations during flight radio science experiments. The low-frequency part of the analyzer operates by digitizing wave signals with bandwidths between 80 Hz and 45 kHz. Processed outputs include spectra of signal, phase, amplitude, and differential phase; time series of the same quantities; and Allan deviation of phase and differential phase. This article documents the digital signal-processing methods programmed into the analyzer.

  18. Evaluation of allicin stability in processed garlic of different cultivars

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    Patricia Prati; Celina Maria Henrique; Aparecida Sônia de Souza; Vera Sônia Nunes da Silva; Maria Teresa Bertoldo Pacheco

    2014-01-01

    This research aimed at evaluating the suitability of five different garlic cultivars for the processing of unsalted garlic paste, chopped fried garlic, and fried sliced garlic. The concentration of allicin in the products was evaluated immediately after processing and at 45-day intervals during 180 days of storage. Allicin concentrations in raw garlic of the varieties under study differed (20.73 a 24.31mg of allicin g- 1 garlic). Stability exhibited a similar between the varieties according t...

  19. Settlement and stabilization processes in municipal solid waste

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    Full text.Landfills remain in the vast majority of cases the most economic form of municipal solid waste disposal. historically, landfill sites have been constructed on large area of land adjacent to urban communities. The continuous growth of these communities pushes urban boundaries towards landfill areas. The development of such areas becomes a necessity particularly near land-limited locations. Such is the case of the city of Beirut. However, the development of completed landfill sites is invariably hindered by settlements due primarily to biodegradation of organic materials within the landfill. The rate and magnitude of landfill settlements are often no-uniform, resulting in differential settlements which can have a devastating effect on the integrity of any structure erected on the landfill. The biodegradation-settlement process is relatively slow and can continue in excess of several decades after landfill closure unless appropriate management practices are implemented in order to enhance biodegradation processes and achieve rapid waste stabilization. Laboratory studies and mathematical modeling are proposed as a means to correlate settlement rates with stabilization processes. Small cells were designed and constructed to evaluate selected managements practices that may enhance biodegradation of typical municipal solid wastes from the Beirut area, and to investigate the effect of seawater intrusion on stabilization processes in coastal landfills such as the Normandy landfill. The laboratory results were used as the basis for the calibration of mathematical models to predict the rate and magnitude of landfill settlements during operation and more importantly after site closure. The combined experimental program and mathematical model allow the evaluation of settlement stabilization processes and the identification of control measures towards safe and rapid development of completed landfills

  20. ℋ∞ constant gain state feedback stabilization of stochastic hybrid systems with Wiener process

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    E. K. Boukas

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper considers the stabilization problem of the class of continuous-time linear stochastic hybrid systems with Wiener process. The ℋ∞ state feedback stabilization problem is treated. A state feedback controller with constant gain that does not require access to the system mode is designed. LMI-based conditions are developed to design the state feedback controller with constant gain that stochastically stabilizes the studied class of systems and, at the same time, achieve the disturbance rejection of a desired level. The minimum disturbance rejection is also determined. Numerical examples are given to show the usefulness of the proposed results.

  1. Stabilizers used in nanocrystal based drug delivery systems

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    Ganesh Shete

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Nanocrystals have emerged as a viable tool to increase oral bioavailability of poorly water soluble oral solid dosage drugs. They also enable parenteral administration of these drugs as nanosuspensions. The high free surface energy, due to the large surface area to volume ratio of nanocrystals, makes them prone to aggregation, that can result in physical instability and loss of the previously increased solubility/dissolution. Stabilizers are incorporated into nanocrystalline formulations to prevent aggregation. These include excipients such as polymers and surfactants. They achieve stabilization though electrostatic repulsion and/or steric hindrance. This article focuses on aggregation in nanocrystal based formulations, stabilizers for the inhibition of aggregation, classification of stabilizers, properties of stabilizers and the mechanisms involved in stabilization. A review of stabilizers, drugs that have been stabilized, formulation types and methods for generating nanocrystals will be presented. Current challenges and future trends in the field of stabilizers will also be reviewed.

  2. Banking Consolidation Process and Impact to Financial Stability

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    Lina Novickytė

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Globalization promotes financial market participants to seek opportunities for efficient management of available resources and maximize benefits. In recent years, took place in the con­solidation process is mainly due to both macroeconomic and microeconomic factors. Most often leads to consolidation pro­cesses in order to gain economies of scale, market power and X-efficiency. Market consolidation and financial sector stability studies have shown that concentrated financial intermediaries market have a negative impact on the region/country/sector financial stability. In the future countries and regions (EU must find ways and means to smoothly manage the inevitable process of globalization under the supervision of future merger transac­tions in order to guarantee the efficiency and sustainability of the financial sector. Article in Lithuanian

  3. Stabilized tin-oxide-based oxidation/reduction catalysts

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    Jordan, Jeffrey D. (Inventor); Schryer, David R. (Inventor); Davis, Patricia P. (Inventor); Leighty, Bradley D. (Inventor); Watkins, Anthony Neal (Inventor); Schryer, Jacqueline L. (Inventor); Oglesby, Donald M. (Inventor); Gulati, Suresh T. (Inventor); Summers, Jerry C. (Inventor)

    2008-01-01

    The invention described herein involves a novel approach to the production of oxidation/reduction catalytic systems. The present invention serves to stabilize the tin oxide reducible metal-oxide coating by co-incorporating at least another metal-oxide species, such as zirconium. In one embodiment, a third metal-oxide species is incorporated, selected from the group consisting of cerium, lanthanum, hafnium, and ruthenium. The incorporation of the additional metal oxide components serves to stabilize the active tin-oxide layer in the catalytic process during high-temperature operation in a reducing environment (e.g., automobile exhaust). Moreover, the additional metal oxides are active components due to their oxygen-retention capabilities. Together, these features provide a mechanism to extend the range of operation of the tin-oxide-based catalyst system for automotive applications, while maintaining the existing advantages.

  4. Accident Analysis for the Plutonium Finishing Plant Polycube Stabilization Process

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    The Polycube Stabilization Project involves low temperature oxidation, without combustion, of polystyrene cubes using the production muffle furnaces in Glovebox HC-21C located in the Remote Mechanical ''C'' (RMC) Line in Room 230A in the 234-52 Facility. Polycubes are polystyrene cubes containing various concentrations of plutonium and uranium oxides. Hundreds of these cubes were manufactured for criticality experiments, and currently exist as unstabilized storage forms at the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP). This project is designed to stabilize and prepare the polycube material for stable storage using a process very similar to the earlier processing of sludges in these furnaces. The significant difference is the quantity of hydrogenous material present, and the need to place additional controls on the heating rate of the material. This calculation note documents the analyses of the Representative Accidents identified in Section 2.4.4 of Hazards Analysis for the Plutonium Finishing Plant Polycube Stabilization Process, HNF-7278 (HNF 2000). These two accidents, ''Deflagration in Glovebox HC-21C due to Loss of Power'' and ''Seismic Failure of Glovebox HC-21C'', will be further assessed in this accident analysis

  5. Storage stability and quality assessment of processed cereal brans.

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    Sharma, Savita; Kaur, Satinder; Dar, B N; Singh, Baljit

    2014-03-01

    Quality improvement of cereal brans, a health promoting ingredient for functional foods is the emerging research concept due to their low shelf stability and presence of non-nutrient components. A study was conducted to evaluate the storage quality of processed milling industry byproducts so that these can be potentially utilized as a dietary fibre source. Different cereal brans (wheat, rice, barley and oat) were processed by dry, wet, microwave heating, extrusion cooking and chemical methods at variable conditions. Processed brans were stored in high density polyethylene (HDPE) pouches at ambient and refrigeration temperature. Quality assessments (moisture, free fatty acids, water activity and physical quality) of brans were done up to six months, at one month intervals. Free fatty acid content, moisture and water activity of the cereal brans remained stable during the entire storage period. Among treatments, extrusion processing is the most effective for stability. Processing treatments and storage temperature have the positive effect on extending the shelf life of all cereal brans. Therefore, processed cereal brans can be used as a dietary fortificant for the development of value added food products. PMID:24587536

  6. Experimental stability analysis of different water-based nanofluids

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    Barison Simona

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In the recent years, great interest has been devoted to the unique properties of nanofluids. The dispersion process and the nanoparticle suspension stability have been found to be critical points in the development of these new fluids. For this reason, an experimental study on the stability of water-based dispersions containing different nanoparticles, i.e. single wall carbon nanohorns (SWCNHs, titanium dioxide (TiO2 and copper oxide (CuO, has been developed in this study. The aim of this study is to provide stable nanofluids for selecting suitable fluids with enhanced thermal characteristics. Different dispersion techniques were considered in this study, including sonication, ball milling and high-pressure homogenization. Both the dispersion process and the use of some dispersants were investigated as a function of the nanoparticle concentration. The high-pressure homogenization was found to be the best method, and the addition of n-dodecyl sulphate and polyethylene glycol as dispersants, respectively in SWCNHs-water and TiO2-water nanofluids, improved the nanofluid stability.

  7. Investigation on cutting stability of jacket in decommissioning process

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    Li, Mei-qiu; Duan, Meng-lan; Huang, Yi

    2015-10-01

    Jacket cutting operation is one of the most complicated and highest risk operations in the process of decommissioning offshore piled platform, the security and stability of which must be assured. In this paper, the current research on offshore structure removal and jacket cutting is introduced, on the basis of which the types of load along with the load calculation method are determined. The main influences on the stability of a jacket in cutting are analyzed. The experiment test plan is drawn by using orthogonal testing method, and the formula of critical load during the cutting procedure is deduced by differential evolution algorithm. To verify the method and results of this paper, an offshore piled platform to be decommissioned in the South China Sea is taken for an example, and the detailed schedule for jacket cutting is made with the three-dimensional finite element model of the jacket established. The natural frequency, stress, strain and stability of the jacket during cutting process are calculated, which indicates that the results of finite element analysis agree well with that of the deduced formula. The result provides the scientific reference for guaranteeing the safety of jacket in cutting operation.

  8. Cooperative processing data bases

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    Hasta, Juzar

    1991-01-01

    Cooperative processing for the 1990's using client-server technology is addressed. The main theme is concepts of downsizing from mainframes and minicomputers to workstations on a local area network (LAN). This document is presented in view graph form.

  9. Evaluation of allicin stability in processed garlic of different cultivars

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    Patricia Prati

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available This research aimed at evaluating the suitability of five different garlic cultivars for the processing of unsalted garlic paste, chopped fried garlic, and fried sliced garlic. The concentration of allicin in the products was evaluated immediately after processing and at 45-day intervals during 180 days of storage. Allicin concentrations in raw garlic of the varieties under study differed (20.73 a 24.31mg of allicin g- 1 garlic. Stability exhibited a similar between the varieties according to the type of processing utilized. Processing into paste was more favorable to the preservation of allicin than the other processes. The amount of allicin lost during the process to obtain paste for the different varieties was less than 9.5%, and it reached a maximum loss of 22% for the commercial varieties during storage (180 days. All fried garlic samples showed a decrease by 99% in the content of allicin right after processing. The processing of garlic in the form of acidified paste preserved its bioactive characteristics during storage.

  10. Stability analysis based on direct Liapunov method

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    According to the present meaning of the term, Control theory is a very broad subject. In its rapid development, it incorporated many pre-existing theories in a more general context. This happened, for instance, to stability theory. Already present in the work of Lagrange, and formalized by the russian mathematician A.M. Liapunov more than 100 years ago, today it is recognized as a fundamental component of control theory. The aim of this short course is to introduce basic concepts and methodologies of stability theory from the classical point of view, and then to point out their relevance for applications to modern control theory. (author)

  11. Plasmonics based VLSI processes

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    Shreya Bhattacharya

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available In continuum to my previous paper titled ‘Implementation of plasmonics in VLSI’, this paper attempts to explore further, the actual physical realization of an all-plasmonic chip. In this paper, various methods of plasmon-based photolithography have been discussed and an observation is made w.r.t the cost effectiveness and ease of adaptability. Also, plasmonics based active element has been discussed which would help unravel further arenas of approaches and methods towards the realization of an all-plasmonic chip.

  12. Stability improvement of induction generator-based wind turbine systems

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    Chen, Zhe; Hu, Y.; Blaabjerg, Frede

    2007-01-01

    The stability improvement of induction-generator-based wind turbine systems under power system fault conditions has been studied. Two types of generators are considered, namely rotor short-circuited induction generators and dynamic slip-controlled wound rotor induction generators. The factors...... affecting the stability are analysed. The characteristics of the induction-generator-based wind turbines are described, and possible methods of improving stability of the wind generators are discussed. The system modelling is presented, and then the discussed methods of improving stability are investigated...

  13. Plasmonics based VLSI processes

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    Shreya Bhattacharya

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available In continuum to my previous paper titled‘Implementation of plasmonics in VLSI’, this paperattempts to explore further, the actual physicalrealization of an all-plasmonic chip. In this paper,various methods of plasmon-basedphotolithography have been discussed and anobservation is made w.r.t the cost effectiveness andease of adaptability. Also, plasmonics based activeelement has been discussed which would helpunravel further arenas ofapproaches and methodstowards the realization of an all-plasmonic chip.

  14. Study on Processing Technology and a Complex Stabilizer for Peanut Protein Beverage

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    Xihong Zhao

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The development of the processing technology and a complex stabilizer for the peanut protein beverage processed was presented in this study. The suitable peeling conditions for peanut were: to made it soak with soft water containing 5% NaHCO3 for 12 h. The best homogenizing temperature, pressure and times were 75C, 30MPa and twice. The sterilization condition of 121C and 15 min was the foundation to achieve the best stability. The composition of the stabilizer was optimized by uniform design combined with regression analysis based on sensory evaluation, which was achieved using fuzzy comprehensive evaluation method. The 100 mL of peanut protein beverage added with 0.4 g of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC-Na, 0.2 g of sodium alginate and 0.6 g of gelatin displayed good stability. CMC-Na amount had the largest effect on beverage stability and the effect of gelatin amount was the smallest. The peanut protein beverage with added optimized complex stabilizer was medium preference grade.

  15. Phases stability of shape memory alloys Cu based under irradiation

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    The effects of irradiation on the relative phase stability of phases related by a martensitic transformation in copper based shape memory alloys were studied in this work.Different kind of particles and energies were employed in the irradiation experiments.The first kind of irradiation was performed with 2,6 MeV electrons, the second one with 170 keV and 300 keV Cu ions and the third one with swift heavy ions (Kr, Xe, Au) with energies between 200 and 600 MeV.Stabilization of the 18 R martensite in Cu-Zn-Al-Ni induced by electron irradiation was studied.The results were compared to those of the stabilization induced by quenching and ageing in the same alloy, and the ones obtained by irradiation in 18 R-Cu-Zn-Al alloys.The effects of Cu irradiation over b phase were analyzed with several electron microscopy techniques including: scanning electron microscopy (S E M), high resolution electron microscopy (H R E M), micro diffraction and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (E D S). Structural changes in Cu-Zn-Al b phase into a closed packed structure were induced by Cu ion implantation.The closed packed structures depend on the irradiation fluence.Based on these results, the interface between these structures (closed packed and b) and the stability of disordered phases were analyzed. It was also compared the evolution of long range order in the Cu-Zn-Al and in the Cu-Zn-Al-Ni b phase as a function of fluence.The evolution of the g phase was also compared. Both results were discussed in terms of the mobility of irradiation induced point defects.Finally, the effects induced by swift heavy ions in b phase and 18 R martensite were studied. The results of the irradiation in b phase were qualitatively similar to those produced by irradiation with lower energies. On the contrary, nano metric defects were found in the irradiated 18 R martensite.These defects were characterized by H R E M.The characteristic contrast of the defects was associated to a local change in the

  16. GMAW process stability evaluation through acoustic emission by time and frequency domain analysis

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    E. Huanca Cayo

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In the present work was made the comparative analysis in time domain and frequency domain to the acoustical pressure generate by the electric arc to determinate which of the two analysis methods is better to evaluates the stability in GMAW process.Design/methodology/approach: Welds had been made with the parameters adjusted to get the highest stability. In these conditions, were simulated instabilities that had been generated by the grease presence in the weld trajectory. In both experimental groups was acquired the acoustical pressure signal produced by electric arc to made analysis based in time domain and frequency domain.Findings: After this comparative study we conclude that the acoustical evaluation of the stability on the GMAW process presents more clarity for the analysis based in the time domain that the frequency domain.Research limitations/implications: In the gotten results, the time domain analysis method could represent adequately the stability and the instability of the process. The stability characterizes for the continuity and minim variation of the statistical parameters, but in the presence of instabilities, these parameters present chaotic changes. In the frequency domain method the variations are imperceptible for steady and unstable regions, but it presents little definite variations in the amplitude of determined bands of frequencies.Originality/value: The stability evaluation in welding is crucial because it is responsible in the weld quality. The non contact methods as the acoustical method have a potentiality extraordinary to monitoring and detect instabilities in welding. The acoustical sensing has the capacity to make an on-line monitoring of the weld process.

  17. Power system stabilizers based on modern control techniques

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    Malik, O.P.; Chen, G.P.; Zhang, Y.; El-Metwally, K. [Calgary Univ., AB (Canada). Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    1994-12-31

    Developments in digital technology have made it feasible to develop and implement improved controllers based on sophisticated control techniques. Power system stabilizers based on adaptive control, fuzzy logic and artificial networks are being developed. Each of these control techniques possesses unique features and strengths. In this paper, the relative performance of power systems stabilizers based on adaptive control, fuzzy logic and neural network, both in simulation studies and real time tests on a physical model of a power system, is presented and compared to that of a fixed parameter conventional power system stabilizer. (author) 16 refs., 45 figs., 3 tabs.

  18. Reachability analysis based transient stability design in power systems

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    Jin, Licheng; Kumar, Ratnesh; Elia, Nicola [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50010 (United States)

    2010-09-15

    This paper provides a systematic framework to determine switching control strategies to stabilize the system after a fault if the stabilization is possible. A method to compute the stability region of a stable equilibrium point with the purpose of power system stability analysis is proposed and the validity of discrete controls in transient stability design is studied. First, a Hamilton-Jacobi-Isaas (HJI) partial differential equation (PDE) is constructed to describe the set of backward reachable states as a function of time starting from a target set of states. The backward reachable set of a stable equilibrium point is computed by numerically solving the HJI PDE backwardly in time using level set methods. This backward reachable set yields the stability region of the equilibrium point. Based on such reachability analysis, a transient stability design method is presented. The validity of a discrete control is determined by examining the stability region of the power system with the said control on. If a post-fault initial state is in the stability region of the system with a control on, the control is valid. A control strategy is provided based on the validity of controls. Finally, this method is illustrated by applying to a single machine infinite bus system with the compensation of shunt and series capacitors. (author)

  19. INFLUENCE OF PROCESS CONDITIONS ON MEASLES VIRUS STABILITY

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    K. Weiss

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Recombinant measles viruses are currently tested in clinical trials as oncolytic agent to be applied in cancer therapy. Contrary to their use as vaccine where 103 infectious virus particles per dose are needed, for cancer therapy 109 virus particles should be provided per dose. This leads to other challenges for the production process when compared to vaccine production. This study presents measles virus stability with regard to conditions during production and storage of the virus. Relevant process parameters such as temperature (4-37°C, pH (pH 4-11, conductivity (1.5 to 137.5 mS cm-1 and oxygen partial pressure were analyzed. The infectivity of measles virus particles decreased highly at 37 and 32°C, while at 22 and 4°C it remained stable for several hours or even days, respectively. The thermal inactivation reactions followed first order kinetics and the thermodynamic parameters enthalpy and entropy were estimated. Towards changes in pH measles virus particles were very sensitive, while no inactivation could be observed with varying conductivity. Measles virus incubation at an oxygen partial pressure of 100% did not lead to any loss of infectivity. The results show which parameters should be considered and controlled strongly in the production process to further raise measles virus yields for the high amount needed in cancer therapy approaches.

  20. Variation Analysis and Stability Control for Measurement Process

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    ZHAO Feng-yu; MA Yi-zhong; Bo Bergman; XU Ji-chao

    2002-01-01

    Based on a two-section measuring method, a data collection sheet is formed. According to the data collected, the variation sources of a measurement process are analyzed and general guidelines for variation diagnosis are suggested. In our previous study, a method is presented to control the deviation of measurement system, but it is not sensitive to mean value variation and mean value drift. In this paper, a simplified data collection scheme via two-section measuring method is introduced to control both variation and center drift of measurement process. Based on this scheme, traditional SPC charts for variation control and EWMA chart for mean value drift are given.

  1. The stability safety factor calibration based on the reliability index

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    Tong Xiaolong; Fang Zhi

    2014-01-01

    When the bridge structure stability safety factor of the first type is 4,the research that whether the structure reliability index will reach target reliability index under the more-likely-to-happen collapse situation of the second type is necessary. The stability calculations of the first and the second type are made respectively for single layer and single span rigid frame bridge. Based on the critical load obtained from the stability calculation of the first type,the stability safety factor of the first type is taken as 4,and the first order reliability method is used to program and calculate the reliability index. Then,the load effect under the stability reliability index cal-culation of the first type and the critical load of the second type are employed to calculate the reliability index of the second type. The evaluation of structure stability safety factor is discussed according to reliability index. Based on the discussion above,parameter analysis of the stable critical loads of two types is made,and the in-fluence of critical load change on reliability index is researched. The result shows that stability analysis should identify collapse state;when the stability safety factor of the first type is 4,but the structure has the collapse of the second type,the reliability index cannot be ensured to reach the target reliability index under certain condi-tions.

  2. Assessing Grasp Stability Based on Learning and Haptic Data

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    Bekiroglu, Yasemin; Laaksonen, Janne; Jørgensen, Jimmy Alison;

    2011-01-01

    An important ability of a robot that interacts with the environment and manipulates objects is to deal with the uncertainty in sensory data. Sensory information is necessary to, for example, perform online assessment of grasp stability. We present methods to assess grasp stability based on haptic...... data and machine-learning methods, including AdaBoost, support vector machines (SVMs), and hidden Markov models (HMMs). In particular, we study the effect of different sensory streams to grasp stability. This includes object information such as shape; grasp information such as approach vector; tactile...... a probabilistic learning framework to assess grasp stability and demonstrate that knowledge about grasp stability can be inferred using information from tactile sensors. Experiments on both simulated and real data are shown. The results indicate that the idea to exploit the learning approach is...

  3. Novel stability criteria for fuzzy Hopfield neural networks based on an improved homogeneous matrix polynomials technique

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    The global stability problem of Takagi—Sugeno (T—S) fuzzy Hopfield neural networks (FHNNs) with time delays is investigated. Novel LMI-based stability criteria are obtained by using Lyapunov functional theory to guarantee the asymptotic stability of the FHNNs with less conservatism. Firstly, using both Finsler's lemma and an improved homogeneous matrix polynomial technique, and applying an affine parameter-dependent Lyapunov—Krasovskii functional, we obtain the convergent LMI-based stability criteria. Algebraic properties of the fuzzy membership functions in the unit simplex are considered in the process of stability analysis via the homogeneous matrix polynomials technique. Secondly, to further reduce the conservatism, a new right-hand-side slack variables introducing technique is also proposed in terms of LMIs, which is suitable to the homogeneous matrix polynomials setting. Finally, two illustrative examples are given to show the efficiency of the proposed approaches

  4. Response Based Emergency Control System for Power System Transient Stability

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    Huaiyuan Wang; Baohui Zhang; Zhiguo Hao

    2015-01-01

    A transient stability control system for the electric power system composed of a prediction method and a control method is proposed based on trajectory information. This system, which is independent of system parameters and models, can detect the transient stability of the electric power system quickly and provide the control law when the system is unstable. Firstly, system instability is detected by the characteristic concave or convex shape of the trajectory. Secondly, the control method is...

  5. PSO BASED PSS DESIGN FOR TRANSIENT STABILITY ENHANCEMENT

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    Ekinci, Serdar; Demiroren, Aysen

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, optimal tuning the parameters of a power system stabilizer (PSS) controller for the power system transient stability enhancement is introduced. The design problem of the proposed PSS is converted to an optimization problem with the time-domain based objective function which is solved by using particle swarm optimization (PSO) technique with a robust ability in order to find the most promising results. The dynamic performance PSS controller is evaluated on the basis of a multi-m...

  6. Power System Stabilizer Based on Global Fuzzy Sliding Mode Control

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    Nechadi, E.; Harmas, M. N.

    2013-01-01

    —Power systems stability is enhanced through a novel stabiliser developed around a fuzzy sliding mode approach. First, sliding mode control is applied to selected operating point based models of a power system separately then fuzzy logic is used to form a global model encompassing the separate subsystems, thus leading to a fuzzy sliding mode power system control. Stability is insured through Lyapunov synthesis. Severe operating conditions are used in a simulation study to test the validity of...

  7. Influence of flux-cored wire composition on arc combustion process stability in wet underwater welding

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    Kakhovskyi, Mykola Yu.; Maksimov, Serhii Yu.

    2015-01-01

    The components-stabilizers, which increase the stability of the arc combustion process have been investigated. The aim of research was to introduce the components-stabilizers in the welding wire to determine the component which provides the most optimal stability process of the arc combustion. The welding wire characteristics were experimentally studied. They are the quantity of short circuits, the deviations of current and the voltage and nature of the electrode metal transfer. The most stab...

  8. Preparation of Astaxanthin Nanodispersions Using Gelatin-Based Stabilizer Systems

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    Navideh Anarjan

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The incorporation of lipophilic nutrients, such as astaxanthin (a fat soluble carotenoid in nanodispersion systems can either increase the water solubility, stability and bioavailability or widen their applications in aqueous food and pharmaceutical formulations. In this research, gelatin and its combinations with sucrose oleate as a small molecular emulsifier, sodium caseinate (SC as a protein and gum Arabic as a polysaccharide were used as stabilizer systems in the formation of astaxanthin nanodispersions via an emulsification-evaporation process. The results indicated that the addition of SC to gelatin in the stabilizer system could increase the chemical stability of astaxanthin nanodispersions significantly, while using a mixture of gelatin and sucrose oleate as a stabilizer led to production of nanodispersions with the smallest particle size (121.4 ± 8.6 nm. It was also shown that a combination of gelatin and gum Arabic could produce optimal astaxanthin nanodispersions in terms of physical stability (minimum polydispersity index (PDI and maximum zeta-potential. This study demonstrated that the mixture of surface active compounds showed higher emulsifying and stabilizing functionality compared to using them individually in the preparation of astaxanthin nanodispersions.

  9. Lactose in dairy ingredients: Effect on processing and storage stability.

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    Huppertz, Thom; Gazi, Inge

    2016-08-01

    Lactose is the main carbohydrate in the milk of most species. It is present in virtually all dry dairy ingredients, with levels ranging from lactose powders. The presence of lactose has a strong effect on ingredient processing and stability. Lactose can negatively influence powder properties and lead to undesirable effects, such as the stickiness of powder resulting in fouling during drying, or caking and related phenomena during storage. In addition, being a reducing carbohydrate, lactose can also participate in the Maillard reaction with free amino groups of proteins, peptides, and free AA. In this review, the influence of the presence (or absence) of lactose on physiochemical properties of dairy ingredients is reviewed, with particular emphasis on behavior during processing and storage. Particularly important features in this respect are whether lactose is in the (glassy) amorphous phase or in the crystalline phase, which is strongly affected by precrystallization conditions (e.g., in lactose, permeate, and whey powders) and by drying conditions. Furthermore, the moisture content and water activity of the ingredients are important parameters to consider, as they determine both mobility and reactivity, influencing Maillard reactions and concomitant browning, the crystallization of amorphous lactose during storage of dairy ingredients, glass transitions temperatures, and associated stickiness and caking phenomena. For the stickiness and caking, a crucial aspect to take into account is powder particle surface composition in relation to the bulk powder. Lactose is typically underrepresented at the powder surface, as a result of which deviations between observed lactose-induced caking and stickiness temperatures, and determined glass transition temperatures arise. By considering lactose as an integral part of ingredient composition along with all other compositional and environmental properties, lactose behavior in dairy ingredients can be understood, controlled, and

  10. Stability of expanded granular sludge bed process for terylene artificial silk printing and dyeing wastewater treatment

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    GUAN Bao-hong

    2005-01-01

    Terylene artificial silk printing and dyeing wastewater(TPD wastewater), containing averaged 710 mg/L terephthalic acid(TA) as the main carbon source and the character pollutant, was subjected to expanded granular sludge bed(EGSB) process. The stability of theEGSB process was firstly conducted by laboratory experiment. TA ionization was the predominated factor influencing the acid-base balance of the system. High concentration of TA in wastewater resulted in sufficient buffering capacity to neutralize the volatile fatty acids(VFA)generated from substrate degradation and provided strong base for anaerobic system to resist the pH decrease below 6.5. VFA and UFA caused almost no inhibition on the anaerobic process and biogas production except that pH was below 6.35 and VFA was at its maximum value. Along with the granulating of the activated sludge, the efficiency of organic removal and production rate of biogas increased gradually and became more stable. After start-up, the efficiency of COD removal increased to 57%-64%, pH stabilized in a range of 7.99-8.04, and production rate of biogas was relatively high and stable. Sludge granulating, suitable influent of pH and loading were responsible for the EGSB stability. The variation of VFA concentration only resulted in neglectable rebound of pH, and the inhibition from VFA could be ignored in EGSB. The EGSB reactor was stable for TPD wastewater treatment.

  11. Base Course Modification through Stabilization using Cement and Bitumen

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    S. M. Marandi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The main objectives of this research was to analyze the use of combined cement and bitumen emulsion in base course stabilization in details and examine its replacement with conventional pavement in regions with low quality materials and limited construction period. To conduct the objectives, the research divided into three phases. Phase I involved the optimization of cement and bitumen emulsion. In this case, a series of Indirect Tensile Strength (ITS, Unconfined Compressive Strength (UCS and Marshal Tests carried out. In the second phase, various alternative roadway sections examined for minimizing the pavement thickness and increasing the bearing capacity and finally in third phase, a Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD machine used to examine the pavement bearing capacity for three sections of the roadway. It was found that, the optimum values to eliminate the creation of shrinkage cracks in the whole project and minimize the execution period and construction costs were 3% for both binders in stabilization and its replacement with conventional pavement method (i.e., stabilized layer with conventional sub-base and base layers. Also, FWD results showed that, the bearing capacity of the constructed pavement using stabilization method is far beyond the predicted values in pavement design. Furthermore, it was found that, with high inflation rate and political situation in the region, base stabilized method decreased the final roadway construction costs in compare with conventional pavement method.

  12. Stability of Ni–yttria stabilized zirconia anodes based on Ni-impregnation

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    Klemensø, Trine; Thydén, Karl Tor Sune; Chen, Ming;

    2010-01-01

    Sintering of Ni is a key stability issue for Ni–YSZ anodes, and especially infiltration based electrodes. The potential of MgO, Al2O3, TiO2, CeO2 and Ce0.90Gd0.10O1.95 (CGO10) as sintering inhibitors was investigated for infiltrated Ni based anode structures. The structures were prepared from tap...

  13. Effect of Different Denture Base Materials and Changed Mouth Temperature on Dimensional Stability of Complete Dentures

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    Arafa, Khalid A. O.

    2016-01-01

    Background. Type of materials used in fabrication of denture base has an effect on dimension during denture base material processing and other factors related to clinical use. Objective. The study aims were to assess the dimensional stability including thermal changes of three different denture base materials. Methods. Ninety patients were selected to construct complete dentures with different denture base materials. They were randomly divided into three groups: group 1, patients with cobalt ...

  14. Interactional processes for stabilizing conceptual coherences in physics

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    Frank, Brian W

    2012-01-01

    Research in student knowledge and learning of science has typically focused on explaining conceptual change. Recent research, however, documents the great degree to which student thinking is dynamic and context-sensitive, implicitly calling for explanations not only of change but also of stability. In other words: When a pattern of student reasoning is sustained in specific moments and settings, what mechanisms contribute to sustaining it? We characterize student understanding and behavior in terms of multiple local coherences in that they may be variable yet still exhibit local stabilities. We attribute stability in local conceptual coherences to real-time activities that sustain these coherences. For example, particular conceptual understandings may be stabilized by the linguistic features of a worksheet question, or by feedback from the students' spatial arrangement and orientation. We document a group of university students who engage in multiple local conceptual coherences while thinking about motion dur...

  15. Stability studies of double-base propellants with centralite and malonanilide stabilizers using MO calculations in comparison to thermal studies

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    Propellants containing nitrate esters need stabilizers to avoid early decomposition or even explosion during storage. Newly prepared malonanilides M1-M5 were tested in stabilizing double-base propellants (DBPs). Their stabilization was compared with the effect of classical stabilizer N,N'-diethyldiphenyl urea (C1) using both practical thermal stability tests (qualitative and quantitative tests) and theoretical molecular orbital calculations. This research shows that the new stabilizers (malonanilides) have good stabilizing effects. Some of malonanilides e.g. (M5) and (M2) have higher stability effects. Different mechanisms were suggested to explain the role of different stabilizers. Molecular orbital calculations using the semi-empirical program AM1 are performed on the new and classical stabilizers. Correlation was made between the volume (ml) of NOx, weight loss (wt%), other thermal analyses data, calculated thermodynamic parameters like activation energy (Ea, kJ mol-1) of the decomposed propellant samples containing different stabilizers and some of their calculated properties such as HOMO, LUMO energies, the charge distribution and the π-bond order. The stabilization effect decreases with the increase in HOMO energy. The correlation between the net charge and parameters measured for the stabilization effect shows good accordance. Comparison of the results obtained show that the high electron charge on N atom of the stabilizers and on its benzene ring is the most important factor, but not the only factor governing the stabilization effect of the stabilizers.

  16. Stability and Transformation of Particulate MgO-based Nanocomposites

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    Gheisi, Amirreza

    2016-01-01

    The stability of nanostructures and the preservation of their chemical and physical properties in different chemical environments are critical for their proper implementation in devices. However, the metastability and high surface and interface energies specific to nanomaterials are found to impose property changes during material synthesis or post-synthesis processes. In particular, for metastable metal oxide nanoparticles, post-synthesis processes, storage and aging can lead to their transf...

  17. Certification-Based Process Analysis

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    Knight, Russell L.

    2013-01-01

    Space mission architects are often challenged with knowing which investment in technology infusion will have the highest return. Certification-based analysis (CBA) gives architects and technologists a means to communicate the risks and advantages of infusing technologies at various points in a process. Various alternatives can be compared, and requirements based on supporting streamlining or automation can be derived and levied on candidate technologies. CBA is a technique for analyzing a process and identifying potential areas of improvement. The process and analysis products are used to communicate between technologists and architects. Process means any of the standard representations of a production flow; in this case, any individual steps leading to products, which feed into other steps, until the final product is produced at the end. This sort of process is common for space mission operations, where a set of goals is reduced eventually to a fully vetted command sequence to be sent to the spacecraft. Fully vetting a product is synonymous with certification. For some types of products, this is referred to as verification and validation, and for others it is referred to as checking. Fundamentally, certification is the step in the process where one insures that a product works as intended, and contains no flaws.

  18. Response Based Emergency Control System for Power System Transient Stability

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    Huaiyuan Wang

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available A transient stability control system for the electric power system composed of a prediction method and a control method is proposed based on trajectory information. This system, which is independent of system parameters and models, can detect the transient stability of the electric power system quickly and provide the control law when the system is unstable. Firstly, system instability is detected by the characteristic concave or convex shape of the trajectory. Secondly, the control method is proposed based on the analysis of the slope of the state plane trajectory when the power system is unstable. Two control objectives are provided according to the methods of acquiring the far end point: one is the minimal cost to restore the system to a stable state; the other one is the minimal cost to limit the maximum swing angle. The simulation indicates that the mentioned transient stability control system is efficient.

  19. Interactional processes for stabilizing conceptual coherences in physics

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    Frank, Brian W.; Scherr, Rachel E.

    2012-12-01

    Research in student knowledge and learning of science has typically focused on explaining conceptual change. Recent research, however, documents the great degree to which student thinking is dynamic and context-sensitive, implicitly calling for explanations not only of change but also of stability. In other words, when a pattern of student reasoning is sustained in specific moments and settings, what mechanisms contribute to sustaining it? We characterize student understanding and behavior in terms of multiple local coherences in that they may be variable yet still exhibit local stabilities. We attribute stability in local conceptual coherences to real-time activities that sustain these coherences. For example, particular conceptual understandings may be stabilized by the linguistic features of a worksheet question or by feedback from the students’ spatial arrangement and orientation. We document a group of university students who engage in multiple local conceptual coherences while thinking about motion during a collaborative learning activity. As the students shift their thinking several times, we describe mechanisms that may contribute to local stability of their reasoning and behavior.

  20. Stabilizing Parametric Region of Multiloop PID Controllers for Multivariable Systems Based on Equivalent Transfer Function

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    Xiaoli Luan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to determine the stabilizing PID parametric region for multivariable systems. Firstly, a general equivalent transfer function parameterization method is proposed to construct the multiloop equivalent process for multivariable systems. Then, based on the equivalent single loops, a model-based method is presented to derive the stabilizing PID parametric region by using the generalized Hermite-Biehler theorem. By sweeping over the entire ranges of feasible proportional gains and determining the stabilizing regions in the space of integral and derivative gains, the complete set of stabilizing PID controllers can be determined. The robustness of the design procedure against the approximation in getting the SISO plants is analyzed. Finally, simulation of a practical model is carried out to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed technique.

  1. Power system transient stability assessment based on quadratic approximation of stability region

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    Wu, FF; Ni, Y; Xue, A; Lu, Q; Mei, S.

    2005-01-01

    This paper presents an approach to estimate the Critical Clearing Time (CCT) of the multi-machine power systems based on the quadratic surface which approximates the boundary of stability region relating to the controlling unstable equilibrium point. A decomposition method is developed to obtain the coefficients of the quadratic approximation surface. The CCT is determined by the crossing point of the quadratic surface and the continuous faulted trajectory. Simulations in IEEE 9-bus and New E...

  2. Thermodynamic stability criteria for a quantum memory based on stabilizer and subsystem codes

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    Chesi, Stefano; Bravyi, Sergey; Terhal, Barbara M

    2009-01-01

    We discuss and review several thermodynamic criteria that have been introduced to characterize the thermal stability of a self-correcting quantum memory. We first examine the use of symmetry-breaking fields in analyzing the properties of self-correcting quantum memories in the thermodynamic limit: we show that the thermal expectation values of all logical operators vanish for any stabilizer and any subsystem code in any spatial dimension. This result sheds doubt on the usefulness of this concept, called `thermal fragility' in [Z. Nussinov and G. Ortiz, Phys. Rev. B 77, 064302 (2008).], as a stability criterion. On the positive side, we generalize the results in [R. Alicki et al., arXiv:0811.0033.] to obtain a general upper bound on the relaxation rate of a quantum memory at nonzero temperature, assuming that the quantum memory interacts via a Markovian master equation with a thermal bath. This upper bound is applicable to quantum memories based on either stabilizer or subsystem codes.

  3. LEARNING PROCESS BASED ON INTERESTS

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    Милка Ољача; Светлана Костовић

    2013-01-01

    The authors of the paper analyze the dimensions and characteristics of the learning process of adults based on interests. The research problem of this study is situated in the field of adult didac­tics. A number of relevant researches define interests of adults as beliefs and cognitive disposi­tions, as well as a psychological state of adults. This, specific psychological state is characterized by the focused attention, increased cognitive and affective functionality and readiness for efforts...

  4. Stabilization of emulsions using polymeric surfactants based on inulin.

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    Tadros, Th F; Vandamme, A; Levecke, B; Booten, K; Stevens, C V

    2004-05-20

    The use of polymeric surfactants for stabilization of emulsions is described. A brief account of general classification and description of polymeric surfactants is given. This is followed by a description of the adsorption and conformation of polymeric surfactants at interfaces. The theoretical approaches for studying polymer adsorption are briefly described. This is followed by a section on the experimental techniques that can be applied to study adsorption and conformation of polymers at the interface. Examples are given to illustrate the experimental techniques. A section is devoted to the interaction between droplets containing adsorbed polymer layers (steric stabilization). The last section gives results on oil-in-water (O/W) emulsions stabilised with a novel graft copolymeric surfactant based on inulin that has been modified by introducing alkyl groups. Two oils were used, namely Isopar M (isoparaffinic oil) and cyclomethicone. Emulsions prepared using the inulin-based surfactant have large droplets, but this could be significantly reduced by addition of a cosurfactant in the oil phase, namely Span 20. The stability of the emulsions was investigated in water, in 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 and 2 mol dm(-3) NaCl and in 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 and 2 mol dm(-3) MgSO(4). These emulsions were stable for more than 1 year up to 50 degrees C in NaCl concentrations up to 2 mol dm(-3) and 1 mol dm(-3) MgSO(4). This high stability in high electrolyte concentrations could be attributed to the nature of the hydrophilic (stabilizing) polyfructose chain. This was confirmed using cloud point measurements, which showed high hydration of the polyfructose chain in such high electrolyte concentrations. This ensured the long-term physical stability resulting from the strong steric repulsion between the polyfructose chains. PMID:15072943

  5. Temperature stabilization of alanine dosimeters used for food processing and sterilization

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    The International Atomic Energy Agency has established a dose quality audit service for radiation processing facilities. The objective of the service is to provide an independent check on the routine dosimetry system in use at the facility. The audit service is based on the use of alanine EPR dosimetry. Generally, alanine dosimeters are irradiated at the facility together with a product, and the response is then analyzed at the IAEA laboratory. Practice of the audit service has shown that the main uncertainty in alanine dosimetry is due to absence of temperature control at the irradiation facilities. Here, a method for stabilizing the temperature of the dosimeter during irradiation is proposed

  6. Formalized Model of Stabile Reengineering Information System Functional Elements (Business Processes

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    Zahi A.A Sarhan

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The process of reengineering the functional elements of management information system must presented as stable, in which all the kernel functional components of the management information system should be saved. Problem statements: There is no formalized models for stabile reengineering for the functional structure (functional elements for various information systems types, therefore the process of reengineering is not stabile and may be it finished with failure reengineering process or failure information system. Approach: The information system development Approach and the mathematical methods to formalized the detailed mathematical model for the information systems stabile reengineering, and at different stages of IS reengineering. Results: All process of stabile reengineering at the various stages of it was formalized in mathematical models. Conclusion: The developed models helps the system analyst to define if the reengineering process for the functional structure of information system will be stabile and effective or not, and if it more feasible than creating new information system.

  7. Stability of the Indirect Plasmatron in the Plasma Spray Coating Process

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    Ivaylo Y. Nedelchev

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Plasma spray coating is vanguard technology for obtaining new quality of the materials. The technology with electric arc is the most versatile from all thermal spray processes. One of the main parameters of this process is stability. The stability of the process plasma spray coating depends on many factors which are heterogeneous by their nature. Studying of such random and fast process is possible with the system for data acquisition (DAQ.

  8. Internal stabilization of polycarbonate resins by two stage radiation process

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    Gupta, Amitava (Inventor); Liang, Ranty H. (Inventor); Yavrouian, Andre H. (Inventor)

    1988-01-01

    A new polycarbonate copolymer resin is formed by internal generation of stabilizers bound to the polymer chain. Irradiation of a solid piece or a deoxygenated solution of the resin at a first frequency below 300 nm generates 2 to 8 mol percent of phenyl salicylate groups which are rearranged to dihydroxybenzophenone groups by irradiating the resin under oxygen excluding conditions at a second frequency from 300 to 320 nm.

  9. Dependence of the Stabilization of -Alumina on the Spray Process

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    Stahr, C.Ch.; Saaro, S.; Berger, L.-M.; Herrmann, M.; Dubský, Jiří; Neufuss, Karel

    2007-01-01

    Roč. 16, 5-6 (2007), s. 822-830. ISSN 1059-9630 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA106/05/0483 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : -Al2O3 stabilization * alumina * chromia * solid solution * X-ray diffraction Subject RIV: JK - Corrosion ; Surface Treatment of Materials Impact factor: 1.204, year: 2007

  10. Energetics-Based Methods for Protein Folding and Stability Measurements

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    Geer, M. Ariel; Fitzgerald, Michael C.

    2014-06-01

    Over the past 15 years, a series of energetics-based techniques have been developed for the thermodynamic analysis of protein folding and stability. These techniques include Stability of Unpurified Proteins from Rates of amide H/D Exchange (SUPREX), pulse proteolysis, Stability of Proteins from Rates of Oxidation (SPROX), slow histidine H/D exchange, lysine amidination, and quantitative cysteine reactivity (QCR). The above techniques, which are the subject of this review, all utilize chemical or enzymatic modification reactions to probe the chemical denaturant- or temperature-induced equilibrium unfolding properties of proteins and protein-ligand complexes. They employ various mass spectrometry-, sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE)-, and optical spectroscopy-based readouts that are particularly advantageous for high-throughput and in some cases multiplexed analyses. This has created the opportunity to use protein folding and stability measurements in new applications such as in high-throughput screening projects to identify novel protein ligands and in mode-of-action studies to identify protein targets of a particular ligand.

  11. HIRESSS: a physically based slope stability simulator for HPC applications

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    G. Rossi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available HIRESSS (HIgh REsolution Slope Stability Simulator is a physically based distributed slope stability simulator for analyzing shallow landslide triggering conditions in real time and on large areas using parallel computational techniques. The physical model proposed is composed of two parts: hydrological and geotechnical. The hydrological model receives the rainfall data as dynamical input and provides the pressure head as perturbation to the geotechnical stability model that computes the factor of safety (FS in probabilistic terms. The hydrological model is based on an analytical solution of an approximated form of the Richards equation under the wet condition hypothesis and it is introduced as a modeled form of hydraulic diffusivity to improve the hydrological response. The geotechnical stability model is based on an infinite slope model that takes into account the unsaturated soil condition. During the slope stability analysis the proposed model takes into account the increase in strength and cohesion due to matric suction in unsaturated soil, where the pressure head is negative. Moreover, the soil mass variation on partially saturated soil caused by water infiltration is modeled.

    The model is then inserted into a Monte Carlo simulation, to manage the typical uncertainty in the values of the input geotechnical and hydrological parameters, which is a common weak point of deterministic models. The Monte Carlo simulation manages a probability distribution of input parameters providing results in terms of slope failure probability. The developed software uses the computational power offered by multicore and multiprocessor hardware, from modern workstations to supercomputing facilities (HPC, to achieve the simulation in reasonable runtimes, compatible with civil protection real time monitoring.

    A first test of HIRESSS in three different areas is presented to evaluate the reliability of the results and the runtime performance on

  12. Fundamental and applied studies in nanoparticle biomedical imaging, stabilization, and processing

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    Pansare, Vikram J.

    Nanoparticle carrier systems are gaining importance in the rapidly expanding field of biomedical whole animal imaging where they provide long circulating, real time imaging capability. This thesis presents a new paradigm in imaging whereby long wavelength fluorescent or photoacoustically active contrast agents are embedded in the hydrophobic core of nanocarriers formed by Flash NanoPrecipitation. The long wavelength allows for improved optical penetration depth. Compared to traditional contrast agents where fluorophores are placed on the surface, this allows for improved signal, increased stability, and molecular targeting capabilities. Several types of long wavelength hydrophobic dyes based on acene, cyanine, and bacteriochlorin scaffolds are utilized and animal results obtained for nanocarrier systems used in both fluorescent and photoacoustic imaging modes. Photoacoustic imaging is particularly promising due to its high resolution, excellent penetration depth, and ability to provide real-time functional information. Fundamental studies in nanoparticle stabilization are also presented for two systems: model alumina nanoparticles and charge stabilized polystyrene nanoparticles. Motivated by the need for stable suspensions of alumina-based nanocrystals for security printing applications, results are presented for the adsorption of various small molecule charged hydrophobes onto the surface of alumina nanoparticles. Results are also presented for the production of charge stabilized polystyrene nanoparticles via Flash NanoPrecipitation, allowing for the independent control of polymer molecular weight and nanoparticle size, which is not possible by traditional emulsion polymerization routes. Lastly, methods for processing nanoparticle systems are explored. The increasing use of nanoparticle therapeutics in the pharmaceutical industry has necessitated the development of scalable, industrially relevant processing methods. Ultrafiltration is particularly well suited for

  13. Actively-stabilized photomultiplier tube base for vacuum operation

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    An actively stabilized photomultiplier tube (PMT) base design for an Amperex XP-2262B PMT is described. Positive-negative-positive transistors are used as low-impedance current sources to maintain constant voltages on the last three dynodes. This technique results in a highly stable, low-power tube base ideal for use with low-duty-factor beams, such as those found at the Clinton P. Anderson Meson Physics Facility. Furthermore, because of the low power usage of this large design, these bases can be sealed in a heat-conductive, electrically insulating material and used in a vacuum

  14. Stability Assessment of Injectable Castor Oil-Based Nano-sized Emulsion Containing Cationic Droplets Stabilized by Poloxamer–Chitosan Emulsifier Films

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    S Tamilvanan; Kumar, B. Ajith; Senthilkumar, S. R.; Baskar, Raj; Sekharan, T. Raja

    2010-01-01

    The objectives of the present work were to prepare castor oil-based nano-sized emulsion containing cationic droplets stabilized by poloxamer–chitosan emulgator film and to assess the kinetic stability of the prepared cationic emulsion after subjecting it to thermal processing and freeze–thaw cycling. Presence of cryoprotectants (5%, w/w, sucrose +5%, w/w, sorbitol) improved the stability of emulsions to droplet aggregation during freeze–thaw cycling. After storing the emulsion at 4°C, 25°C, a...

  15. Long-Term Stability of Residual Stress Improvement by Water Jet Peening Considering Working Processes.

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    Hashimoto, Tadafumi; Osawa, Yusuke; Itoh, Shinsuke; Mochizuki, Masahito; Nishimoto, Kazutoshi

    2013-06-01

    To prevent primary water stress corrosion cracking (PWSCC), water jet peening (WJP) has been used on the welds of Ni-based alloys in pressurized water reactors (PWRs). Before WJP, the welds are machined and buffed in order to conduct a penetrant test (PT) to verify the weld qualities to access, and microstructure evolution takes place in the target area due to the severe plastic deformation. The compressive residual stresses induced by WJP might be unstable under elevated temperatures because of the high dislocation density in the compressive stress layer. Therefore, the stability of the compressive residual stresses caused by WJP was investigated during long-term operation by considering the microstructure evolution due to the working processes. The following conclusions were made: The compressive residual stresses were slightly relaxed in the surface layers of the thermally aged specimens. There were no differences in the magnitude of the relaxation based on temperature or time. The compressive residual stresses induced by WJP were confirmed to remain stable under elevated temperatures. The stress relaxation at the surface followed the Johnson-Mehl equation, which states that stress relaxation can occur due to the recovery of severe plastic strain, since the estimated activation energy agrees very well with the self-diffusion energy for Ni. By utilizing the additivity rule, it was indicated that stress relaxation due to recovery is completed during the startup process. It was proposed that the long-term stability of WJP under elevated temperatures must be assessed based on compressive stresses with respect to the yield stress. Thermal elastic-plastic creep analysis was performed to predict the effect of creep strain. After 100 yr of simulated continuous operation at 80% capacity, there was little change in the WJP compressive stresses under an actual operating temperature of 623 K. Therefore, the long-term stability of WJP during actual operation was

  16. Species-specific traits plus stabilizing processes best explain coexistence in biodiverse fire-prone plant communities.

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    Jürgen Groeneveld

    Full Text Available Coexistence in fire-prone Mediterranean-type shrublands has been explored in the past using both neutral and niche-based models. However, distinct differences between plant functional types (PFTs, such as fire-killed vs resprouting responses to fire, and the relative similarity of species within a PFT, suggest that coexistence models might benefit from combining both neutral and niche-based (stabilizing approaches. We developed a multispecies metacommunity model where species are grouped into two PFTs (fire-killed vs resprouting to investigate the roles of neutral and stabilizing processes on species richness and rank-abundance distributions. Our results show that species richness can be maintained in two ways: i strictly neutral species within each PFT, or ii species within PFTs differing in key demographic properties, provided that additional stabilizing processes, such as negative density regulation, also operate. However, only simulations including stabilizing processes resulted in structurally realistic rank-abundance distributions over plausible time scales. This result underscores the importance of including both key species traits and stabilizing (niche processes in explaining species coexistence and community structure.

  17. Species-specific traits plus stabilizing processes best explain coexistence in biodiverse fire-prone plant communities.

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    Groeneveld, Jürgen; Enright, Neal J; Lamont, Byron B; Reineking, Björn; Frank, Karin; Perry, George L W

    2013-01-01

    Coexistence in fire-prone Mediterranean-type shrublands has been explored in the past using both neutral and niche-based models. However, distinct differences between plant functional types (PFTs), such as fire-killed vs resprouting responses to fire, and the relative similarity of species within a PFT, suggest that coexistence models might benefit from combining both neutral and niche-based (stabilizing) approaches. We developed a multispecies metacommunity model where species are grouped into two PFTs (fire-killed vs resprouting) to investigate the roles of neutral and stabilizing processes on species richness and rank-abundance distributions. Our results show that species richness can be maintained in two ways: i) strictly neutral species within each PFT, or ii) species within PFTs differing in key demographic properties, provided that additional stabilizing processes, such as negative density regulation, also operate. However, only simulations including stabilizing processes resulted in structurally realistic rank-abundance distributions over plausible time scales. This result underscores the importance of including both key species traits and stabilizing (niche) processes in explaining species coexistence and community structure. PMID:23734234

  18. Processing, stability and interactions of lung surfactant protein C

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    Li, Jing

    2005-01-01

    Mature SP-C is a 4.2 kDa transmembrane protein which is uniquely expressed in the alveolar type II cell. Human SP-C is generated via multistep proteolytic cleavage of both the C-terminal and Nterminal regions of proSP-C. The function of SP-C in vivo remains unclear, but effects of SP-C on the adsorption, spreading, and stability of lipid films at an air/water interface have been documented in a number of in vitro studies. Infants with inherited deficiency of SP-B and SP-...

  19. On Building a Knowledge Base for Stability Theory

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    Rowinska-Schwarzweller, Agnieszka; Schwarzweller, Christoph

    2010-01-01

    A lot of mathematical knowledge has been formalized and stored in repositories by now: different mathematical theorems and theories have been taken into consideration and included in mathematical repositories. Applications more distant from pure mathematics, however --- though based on these theories --- often need more detailed knowledge about the underlying theories. In this paper we present an example Mizar formalization from the area of electrical engineering focusing on stability theory ...

  20. Neural Network Predictive Control Based Power System Stabilizer

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    Ali Mohamed Yousef

    2012-01-01

    The present study investigates the power system stabilizer based on neural predictive control for improving power system dynamic performance over a wide range of operating conditions. In this study a design and application of the Neural Network Model Predictive Controller (NN-MPC) on a simple power system composed of a synchronous generator connected to an infinite bus through a transmission line is proposed. The synchronous machine is represented in detail, taking into account the effect of ...

  1. Time base stability of ocean bottom seismometers (OBS)

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    Shariat Panahi, Shahram; Manuel Lázaro, Antonio; Corrêa Alegría, Francisco

    2009-01-01

    During the past decades, Ocean Bottom Seismometers (OBS) have played a key role in permanent seismic activity monitoring at sea as well as allowing a better understating of the earth interior. Data collected by the instrument can provide information on the ocean bottom sub-layers down to a depth of 40 km beneath the ocean floor. The accuracy of the results directly depends on the temperature stability of the crystal used as the main time base of the equipment. This paper pre...

  2. Structural Optimization of Machine Gun Based on Dynamic Stability Concept

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    LI Yong-jian; WANG Rui-lin; ZHANG Ben-jun

    2008-01-01

    Improving the firing accuracy is a final goal of structural optimization of machine guns. The main factors which affect the dispersion accuracy of machine gun are analyzed. Based on the concept of dynamic stability, a structural optimization model is built up, and the sensitivity of dispersion accuracy to design variables is analyzed. The optimization results of a type of machine gun show that the method is valid, feasible, and can be used as a guide to the structural optimization of other automatic weapons.

  3. Effects of processing on mycotoxin stability in cereals.

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    Milani, Jafar; Maleki, Gisoo

    2014-09-01

    The mycotoxins that generally occur in cereals and other products are not completely destroyed during food-processing operations and can contaminate finished processed foods. The mycotoxins most usually associated with cereal grains are aflatoxins, ochratoxins, deoxynivalenol, zearalenone and fumonisins. The various food processes that may have effects on mycotoxins include cleaning, milling, brewing, cooking, baking, frying, roasting, flaking, alkaline cooking, nixtamalization, and extrusion. Most of the food processes have variable effects on mycotoxins, with those that utilize high temperatures having the greatest effects. In general, the processes reduce mycotoxin concentrations significantly, but do not eliminate them completely. This review focuses on the effects of various thermal treatments on mycotoxins. PMID:24497303

  4. Stability for random measures, point processes and discrete semigroups

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    Davydov, Youri; Zuyev, Sergei

    2009-01-01

    A scaling operation on non-negative integers can be defined in a randomised way by transforming an integer into the corresponding binomial distribution with success probability being the scaling factor. We explore a similar (thinning) operation defined on counting measures and characterise the corresponding discrete stablility property of point processes. It is shown that these processes are exactly Cox (doubly stochastic Poisson) processes with strictly stable random intensity measures. The paper contains spectral and LePage representations for strictly stable measures and characterises some special cases, e.g. independently scattered measures. As consequence, spectral representations are provided for the probability generating functional and void probabilities of discrete stable processes. An alternative cluster representation for discrete stable processes is also derived using the so-called Sibuya point processes that constitute a new family of purely random point processes. The obtained results are then a...

  5. A digital frequency stabilization system of external cavity diode laser based on LabVIEW FPGA

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    Liu, Zhuohuan; Hu, Zhaohui; Qi, Lu; Wang, Tao

    2015-10-01

    Frequency stabilization for external cavity diode laser has played an important role in physics research. Many laser frequency locking solutions have been proposed by researchers. Traditionally, the locking process was accomplished by analog system, which has fast feedback control response speed. However, analog system is susceptible to the effects of environment. In order to improve the automation level and reliability of the frequency stabilization system, we take a grating-feedback external cavity diode laser as the laser source and set up a digital frequency stabilization system based on National Instrument's FPGA (NI FPGA). The system consists of a saturated absorption frequency stabilization of beam path, a differential photoelectric detector, a NI FPGA board and a host computer. Many functions, such as piezoelectric transducer (PZT) sweeping, atomic saturation absorption signal acquisition, signal peak identification, error signal obtaining and laser PZT voltage feedback controlling, are totally completed by LabVIEW FPGA program. Compared with the analog system, the system built by the logic gate circuits, performs stable and reliable. User interface programmed by LabVIEW is friendly. Besides, benefited from the characteristics of reconfiguration, the LabVIEW program is good at transplanting in other NI FPGA boards. Most of all, the system periodically checks the error signal. Once the abnormal error signal is detected, FPGA will restart frequency stabilization process without manual control. Through detecting the fluctuation of error signal of the atomic saturation absorption spectrum line in the frequency locking state, we can infer that the laser frequency stability can reach 1MHz.

  6. Power system transient stability assessment based on quadratic approximation of stability region

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    Xue, Ancheng; Mei, Shengwei; Lu, Qiang [Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Wu, Felix F.; Ni, Yixin [Center for Electrical Energy Systems, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (China)

    2006-06-15

    This paper presents an approach to estimate the critical clearing time (CCT) of the multi-machine power systems based on the quadratic surface which approximates the boundary of stability region relating to the controlling unstable equilibrium point. While obtaining the coefficient matrix of the second order term of the quadratic approximation, we partition the coefficient matrix into four blocks to reduce the computation burden. The CCT is estimated by the crossing point of the quadratic approximation and the continuous faulted trajectory. Simulations in IEEE 9-bus and New England system show the effectiveness of the proposed approach. (author)

  7. Formalized Model of Stabile Reengineering Information System Functional Elements (Business Processes)

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    Zahi A.A Sarhan

    2009-01-01

    The process of reengineering the functional elements of management information system must presented as stable, in which all the kernel functional components of the management information system should be saved. Problem statements: There is no formalized models for stabile reengineering for the functional structure (functional elements) for various information systems types, therefore the process of reengineering is not stabile and may be it finished with failure reengineering process or fail...

  8. An offset tone based gain stabilization technique for mixed-signal RF measurement systems

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    Joshi, Gopal; Motiwala, Paresh D.; Randale, G. D.; Singh, Pitamber; Agarwal, Vivek; Kumar, Girish

    2015-09-01

    This paper describes a gain stabilization technique for a RF signal measurement system. A sinusoidal signal of known amplitude, phase and close enough in frequency is added to the main, to be measured RF signal at the input of the analog section. The system stabilizes this offset tone in the digital domain, as it is sampled at the output of the analog section. This process generates a correction factor needed to stabilize the magnitude of the gain of the analog section for the main RF signal. With the help of a simple calibration procedure, the absolute amplitude of the main RF signal can be measured. The technique is especially suited for a system that processes signals around a single frequency, employs direct signal conversion into the digital domain, and processes subsequent steps in an FPGA. The inherent parallel signal processing in an FPGA-based implementation allows a real time stabilization of the gain. The effectiveness of the technique is derived from the fact, that the gain stabilization stamped to the main RF signal measurement branch requires only a few components in the system to be inherently stable. A test setup, along with experimental results is presented from the field of RF instrumentation for particle accelerators. Due to the availability of a phase synchronized RF reference signal in these systems, the measured phase difference between the main RF and the RF reference is also stabilized using this technique. A scheme of the signal processing is presented, where a moving average filter has been used to filter out not only the unwanted frequencies, but also to separate the main RF signal from the offset tone signal. This is achieved by a suitable choice of sampling and offset tone frequencies. The presented signal processing scheme is suitable to a variety of RF measurement applications.

  9. An offset tone based gain stabilization technique for mixed-signal RF measurement systems

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    This paper describes a gain stabilization technique for a RF signal measurement system. A sinusoidal signal of known amplitude, phase and close enough in frequency is added to the main, to be measured RF signal at the input of the analog section. The system stabilizes this offset tone in the digital domain, as it is sampled at the output of the analog section. This process generates a correction factor needed to stabilize the magnitude of the gain of the analog section for the main RF signal. With the help of a simple calibration procedure, the absolute amplitude of the main RF signal can be measured. The technique is especially suited for a system that processes signals around a single frequency, employs direct signal conversion into the digital domain, and processes subsequent steps in an FPGA. The inherent parallel signal processing in an FPGA-based implementation allows a real time stabilization of the gain. The effectiveness of the technique is derived from the fact, that the gain stabilization stamped to the main RF signal measurement branch requires only a few components in the system to be inherently stable. A test setup, along with experimental results is presented from the field of RF instrumentation for particle accelerators. Due to the availability of a phase synchronized RF reference signal in these systems, the measured phase difference between the main RF and the RF reference is also stabilized using this technique. A scheme of the signal processing is presented, where a moving average filter has been used to filter out not only the unwanted frequencies, but also to separate the main RF signal from the offset tone signal. This is achieved by a suitable choice of sampling and offset tone frequencies. The presented signal processing scheme is suitable to a variety of RF measurement applications

  10. Stabilization of radioactive liquid process waste at ORNL

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    After describing radiochemical and chemical composition of typical process waste water, a review of the various waste processing techniques that have been used prior to 1984 is given. In 1984 the hydrofracture operation was shutdown and ORNL had to quickly find means to reduce liquid low level radioactive waste generation before the storage area was filled. A clarifier was reinstalled at the head of the process flowsheet and results of this waste reduction are given. In 1987 a zeolite column was added to the process waste treatment plant for the removal of cesium 137. A flow sheet of the existing waste water treatment plant and radiochemical concentrations of the effluent are given

  11. Structural and Mechanical Characterization of Sustainable Composites Based on Recycled and Stabilized Fly Ash

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    Stefano Besco

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports the results on the use of an innovative inert, based on stabilized fly ash from municipal solid waste incineration as a filler for polypropylene. The starting material, which contains large quantities of leachable Pb and Zn, was stabilized by means of an innovative process using rice husk ash as a waste silica source, together with other fly ashes, such as coal fly ash and flue gas desulfurization residues. The use of all waste materials to obtain a new filler makes the proposed technology extremely sustainable and competitive. The new composites, obtained by using the stabilized material as a filler for polypropylene, were characterized and their mechanical properties were also investigated. A comparison with a traditional polypropylene and calcium carbonate based compound was also done. This research activity was realized in the frame of the COSMOS-RICE project, financed by the EU Commission.

  12. Robust Stochastic Stability Analysis for Uncertain Neutral-Type Delayed Neural Networks Driven by Wiener Process

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    Zhang, Weiwei; Wang, Linshan

    2012-01-01

    The robust stochastic stability for a class of uncertain neutral-type delayed neural networks driven by Wiener process is investigated. By utilizing the Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional and inequality technique, some sufficient criteria are presented in terms of linear matrix inequality (LMI) to ensure the stability of the system. A numerical example is given to illustrate the applicability of the result.

  13. Modeling and stability analysis of the nonlinear reactive sputtering process

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    György Katalin

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The model of the reactive sputtering process has been determined from the dynamic equilibrium of the reactive gas inside the chamber and the dynamic equilibrium of the sputtered metal atoms which form the compound with the reactive gas atoms on the surface of the substrate. The analytically obtained dynamical model is a system of nonlinear differential equations which can result in a histeresis-type input/output nonlinearity. The reactive sputtering process has been simulated by integrating these differential equations. Linearization has been applied for classical analysis of the sputtering process and control system design.

  14. Disturbance observer based control system design for inertially stabilized platform

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    Wu, Chunnan; Lin, Zhe

    2012-09-01

    Inertially stabilized platform (ISP) is indispensable for various imaging systems to segregate the base angular movement and achieve high LOS (Line-Of-Sight) stability. The disturbance rejection ratio and command following performance are of primary concern in designing ISP control systems. In this paper, the redundant gimbals ISP system is considered and it is shown to experience complex disturbance and parameter variation during operation. To meet advanced LOS stabilization requirement, a disturbance observer based (DOB) dual-loop controller design for ISP is proposed of which the DOB is the internal-loop. Using a nominal plant model and a low-pass filter, the disturbance signal is estimated and used as a cancellation input added to the current command of torque motor. If the DOB works well, the disturbance torque and mismatch between nominal plant and actual plant will be compensated and the internal-loop will behave as nominal model parameters. On the other hand, the external-loop will be designed for nominal model parameters to meet stabilization requirements. This paper will mainly focus on the DOB design method. Since the low-pass filter of DOB determines the sensitivity and complementary sensitivity function as will be shown in this paper, designing the filter is the most important consideration. In this paper, an optimal low-pass filter design method is proposed. The method is intuitive, simple to implement and allows on-line tuning. Simulation results show the performance enhancement of our control structure in the presence of disturbance and measurement noise.

  15. Feasibility Study of Processing Estane-based LOVA Gun Propellant

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    M.A.R. Shaikh

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Low vulnerability ammunition (LOVA propellant are currently being developed globally toreplace all types of single-base, double-base and triple-base gun propellants, because LOVApropellants possess advantage like low vulnerability without compromising on ballistic properties.The objective of present study is to establish processing of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE;estane-based LOVA gun propellant in cord/heptatubular geometry.  Keeping in view variousadvantages of TPE such as simple processing, greater dimensional stability, lower productionlosses, superior insensitivity, and mechanical properties of the propellants, estane 5731(polyurethane-ester-MDI, aromatic polyester is selected for feasibility study as a binder inLOVA-based gun propellant composition, processed by solvent and semi-solvent methods andcompared feasibility of processing as well as their evaluation wrt ballistics, vulnerability, andmechanical properties. The results indicate that gun propellants processed by semi-solventmethod and extruded at elevated temperatures exhibit better ballistics, mechanical, andvulnerability properties.

  16. Bifidus milk powder: processing parameter standardization and shelf stability evaluation.

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    Selvamuthukumaran, Meenakshisundaram; Muthukumaran, Selva; Shukla, Shiv Shankar

    2016-04-01

    Spray dried bifidus milk powder was prepared by supplementing cow milk with different level of additives to obtain slurry of desired concentration. The slurry was pasteurized, cooled and inoculated with Bifidobacterium bifidum, incubated and dried to produce a bifidus milk powder. Among the various bifidus milk powder prepared, the slurry of mention the level total soluble solids exhibited good organoleptic characteristics and it has been standardized for further analysis. Moisture content, bulk density, insolubility index, hydroxymethyl furfural and thiobarbituric acid value of bifidus milk powder significantly increased, while the reflectance value significantly decreased during storage. The B. bifidum count significantly reduced and the bacterium were not detected at the end of the mention storage duration. As such the sentence is not acceptable in the abstract. The reconstituted bifidus milk powder was considered acceptable with an overall acceptability score of 6.97 on a nine-point Hedonic scale and showed a shelf stability of 120 days at ambient temperature condition (27 ± 2 °C). PMID:27413234

  17. Skeletal Amorphous Nickel Based Alloy Catalysts and Magnetically Stabilized Bed Hydrogenation Technology

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    Min Enze

    2004-01-01

    Looking toward 21 century, smaller, cleaner and more energy-efficient technology will be an important trend in the development of chemical industry. In light of the new process requirements,a number of technology breakthroughs have occurred. One of these discoveries, the magnetically stabilized bed (MSB), has been proven a powerful process for intensification. Since its initial research in the late 1980's at Research Institute of Petroleum Processing (RIPP), the MSB technology and related catalytic material have matured rapidly through an intensive research and engineering program, primarily focused on its scaling-up.In this paper, we report the discovery of a novel skeletal amorphous nickel-based alloy and its use in magnetically stabilized bed (MSB). Amorphous alloys are new kinds of catalytic materials with short-range order but long-range disorder structure. In comparison with Raney Ni, the skeletal amorphous nickel-based alloy has an increasingly higher activity in the hydrogenation of reactive groups and compounds including nitro, nitrile, olefin, acetylene, aromatics, etc. Up to now, the amorphous nickel based alloy catalysts, SRNA series catalyst, one with high Ni ratio have been commercially manufactured more than four year. The new SRNA catalyst has been successfully implemented for hydrogenation applications in slurry reactor at Balin Petrochemical, SINOPEC.SRNA catalyst with further improvement in catalytic activity and stability raise its relative stability to 2~4 times of that of conventional catalyst. In the course of the long-cycle operation of SRNA-4 the excellent catalyst activity and stability can bring about such advantage as low reaction temperature, good selectivity and low catalyst resumption.Magnetically stabilized bed (MSB), a fluidized bed of magnetizable particles by applying a spatially uniform and time-invariant magnetic field oriented axially relative to the fluidizing fluid flow, had many advantages such as the low pressure drop and

  18. Thermophilic anaerobic waste water treatment, temperature aspects and process stability.

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    Lier, van J.B.

    1995-01-01

    The main objective of this thesis was to assess the thermostability of thermophilic anaerobic wastewater treatment processes and the possibility to optimize the performance of thermophilic high-rate systems.Experiments were conducted to study the suitability of two types of seed material to start a

  19. Reactivity of a base-stabilized germanimine and germathione

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    Veith, Michael; Detemple, Astrid

    1992-01-01

    After studying the reactivity of the base-stabilized germanimine (MeSi)2(NtBu)4Ge=NSiMe3 1 and germanethione (MeSi)2(NtBu)4Ge=S 2 towards simple polar molecules, we were interested in their cycloaddition chemistry. 1 gives no reaction with ketones (e. g. benzophenone) and dienes (e. g. 2,3-dimethylbutadiene). The reaction of 1 with an excess of CS2 gives 2 and trimethylsilylisothiocyanate 4. 2 reacts with the dichlorocarbene to give the bis(amino)dichlorogermane 5.

  20. Vibration and Stability of 3000-hp, Titanium Chemical Process Blower

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    Les Gutzwiller

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available This 74-in-diameter blower had an overhung rotor design of titanium construction, operating at 50 pounds per square inch gauge in a critical chemical plant process. The shaft was supported by oil-film bearings and was directdriven by a 3000-hp electric motor through a metal disk type of coupling. The operating speed was 1780 rpm. The blower shaft and motor shaft motion was monitored by Bently Nevada proximity probes and a Model 3100 monitoring system.

  1. Oxidase-based biocatalytic processes

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    Ramesh, Hemalata; Woodley, John; Krühne, Ulrich

    Biocatalytic processes are gaining significant focus in frontiers where they offer unique advantages(selectivity and mild operating conditions) over chemical catalysts. It is therefore not surprising that therehave been many industrial biocatalytic processes implemented.Despite past successes, the...... implementation of a new biocatalytic process still presents some challenges (demands placed on the biocatalyst) in terms of the requirements to make a viable industrial process. Inorder for a biocatalytic process to be economically successful, it is necessary that certain a set of targetmetrics (product titre...... reaction species (substrate and product volatility for example) and the process (such as oxygen supply, ability to control pH) and are classified as reaction-related and process-related constraintsrespectively. Although the development of biocatalyst and process engineering tools offers a number...

  2. High stability vector-based direct power control for DFIG-based wind turbine

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    Zhu, Rongwu; Chen, Zhe; Wu, Xiaojie

    2015-01-01

    This paper proposes an improved vector-based direct power control (DPC) strategy for the doubly-fed induction generator (DFIG)-based wind energy conversion system. Based on the small signal model, the proposed DPC improves the stability of the DFIG, and avoids the DFIG operating in the marginal...

  3. Vibration and Stability of 3000-hp, Titanium Chemical Process Blower

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    2003-01-01

    This 74-in-diameter blower had an overhung rotor design of titanium construction, operating at 50 pounds per square inch gauge in a critical chemical plant process. The shaft was supported by oil-film bearings and was directdriven by a 3000-hp electric motor through a metal disk type of coupling. The operating speed was 1780 rpm. The blower shaft and motor shaft motion was monitored by Bently Nevada proximity probes and a Model 3100 monitoring system.Although the blowers showed very satisfact...

  4. Stability Control of Propeller Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Based on Combined Sections Method

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    Qi Duo

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Learning from the motion principle of quadrotor, a symmetric propeller AUV, which has small size and low velocity is designed. Compared with the AUV equipped with rudders, it has better maneuverability and manipulation at low velocity. According to the Newton-Euler method, the 6 DOF kinematic model and dynamic model of the propeller AUV are established. A stability controller that consists of 3 different PID controllers is designed. It makes the depth and attitude angle as trigger conditions, and the relevant controller is chosen in different moving process. The simulation experiments simulate ideal motion state and disturbed motion state, and experiments results show that the stability controller based on combined sections method can make the best of mature technology of PID, and meet the control requirements in different stages. It has a higher respond speed and accuracy, improving the stability of the propeller AUV under the disturbance of complex ocean currents.

  5. Evaluation of Eco-Environmental Stability Based on GIS in Tibet, China

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    ZHONG Cheng; HE Zong-yi; LIU Shu-zhen

    2005-01-01

    By making an evaluation index system and using Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) to determine the evaluation factor's weights, this paper builds the valuation model of Eco-environmental stability of Tibet and uses the overlay function of raster-GIS (geographic information systems) to make a result map and finds the distribution characteristics of Eco-environmental stability of Tibet based on the analysis of result map. The study shows that the Eco-environmental stability of Tibet is almost good and the unstable region which is only 9.78% of the total area of Tibet is distributed in the middle and low reaches of Yarlung river. To protect the Eco-environmental of the unstable area from farther degenerating, the government should pay more attention on the Eco-environmental construction work on this area.

  6. A post-processing technique for stabilizing the discontinuous pressure projection operator in marginally-resolved incompressible inviscid flow

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    Joshi, Sumedh M; Steinmoeller, Derek T; Stastna, Marek; Thomsen, Greg N

    2015-01-01

    A method for post-processing the velocity after a pressure projection is developed that helps to maintain stability in an under-resolved, inviscid, discontinuous element-based simulation for use in environmental fluid mechanics process studies. The post-processing method is needed because of spurious divergence growth at element interfaces due to the discontinuous nature of the discretization used. This spurious divergence eventually leads to a numerical instability. Previous work has shown that a discontinuous element-local projection onto the space of divergence-free basis functions is capable of stabilizing the projection method, but the discontinuity inherent in this technique may lead to instability in under-resolved simulations. By enforcing inter-element discontinuity and requiring a divergence-free result in the weak sense only, a new post-processing technique is developed that simultaneously improves smoothness and reduces divergence in the pressure-projected velocity field at the same time. When com...

  7. Dynamic Stability Analysis of a Trotting Quadruped Robot Based on Switching Control

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    Lang, Lin; Wang, Jian; Rao, Jinhui; Ma, Hongxu; Wei, Qing

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a dynamic stability analysis method for a trotting quadruped robot on unknown rough terrains, which is based on the Lyapunov theory of a switching system. Firstly, the dynamical model of a trotting quadruped robot is built as a nonlinear switching system. In the stance phase, the dynamical model of a body and two stance legs is approximated as a compound model including a seven-link mechanism and a linear inverted pendulum. Furthermore, as a result of the switching process...

  8. Stability-based SDRE controller for spacecraft momentum management

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    Zhu, Mengping; Xu, Shijie

    2013-08-01

    Momentum management of spacecraft aims to avoid the angular momentum accumulation of control momentum gyros through real-time attitude adjustment. An attitude control/momentum management controller based on state-dependent Riccati equation is developed for attitude-stabilized spacecraft. The governing equations of the system are formulated as three-axis coupled with full moment of inertia, which fully capture the nonlinearity of the system and are valid for systems with significant products of inertia or strong pitch to roll/yaw coupling. The state-dependent Riccati equation algorithm brings the nonlinear system to a linear structure having state dependent coefficients matrices and minimizing a quadratic-like performance index. The system equations are nondimensionalized, which avoid numerical problems at the same time make the weighting matrix more predictable. To guarantee closed-loop system stability, the state-dependent Riccati equation algorithm is also modified based on pole placement technique. The state-dependent Riccati equation is online calculated through the computational-efficient θ-D technique which reaches a tradeoff between control optimality and computation load. The dynamic characteristics of the system at torque equilibrium attitude are analyzed. Constraints on moment of inertia for successful momentum management are provided. Simulations demonstrate the excellent performance of the controller.

  9. Design, fabrication and actuation of a MEMS-based image stabilizer for photographic cell phone applications

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    This work presents a MEMS-based image stabilizer applied for anti-shaking function in photographic cell phones. The proposed stabilizer is designed as a two-axis decoupling XY stage 1.4 × 1.4 × 0.1 mm3 in size, and adequately strong to suspend an image sensor for anti-shaking photographic function. This stabilizer is fabricated by complex fabrication processes, including inductively coupled plasma (ICP) processes and flip-chip bonding technique. Based on the special designs of a hollow handle layer and a corresponding wire-bonding assisted holder, electrical signals of the suspended image sensor can be successfully sent out with 32 signal springs without incurring damage during wire-bonding packaging. The longest calculated traveling distance of the stabilizer is 25 µm which is sufficient to resolve the anti-shaking problem in a three-megapixel image sensor. Accordingly, the applied voltage for the 25 µm moving distance is 38 V. Moreover, the resonant frequency of the actuating device with the image sensor is 1.123 kHz.

  10. A MARTe based simulator for the JET Vertical Stabilization system

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    Bellizio, Teresa, E-mail: teresa.bellizio@unina.it [Associazione EURATOM-ENEA-CREATE, University di Napoli Federico II, Via Claudio 21, 80125 Napoli (Italy); De Tommasi, Gianmaria; Risoli, Nicola; Albanese, Raffaele [Associazione EURATOM-ENEA-CREATE, University di Napoli Federico II, Via Claudio 21, 80125 Napoli (Italy); Neto, Andre [Associacao EURATOM/IST, Inst. de Plasmas e Fusao Nuclear - Laboratorio Associado, Instituto Superior, Tecnico, P-1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal)

    2011-10-15

    Validation by means of simulation is a crucial step when developing real-time control systems. Modeling and simulation are an essential tool since the early design phase, when the control algorithms are designed and tested. This phase is commonly carried out in off-line environments such as Matlab and Simulink. A MARTe-based simulator has been recently developed to validate the new JET Vertical Stabilization (VS) system. MARTe is the multi-thread framework used at JET to deploy hard real-time control systems. This paper presents the software architecture of the MARTe-based simulator and it shows how this tool has been effectively used to evaluate the effects of Edge Localized Modes (ELMs) on the VS system. By using the simulator it is possible to analyze different plasma configurations, extrapolating the limit of the new vertical amplifier in terms of the energy of the largest rejectable ELM.

  11. On-Line Voltage Stability Assessment based on PMU Measurements

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    Garcia-Valle, Rodrigo; P. Da Silva, Luiz C.; Nielsen, Arne Hejde

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents a method for on-line monitoring of risk voltage collapse based on synchronised phasor measurement. As there is no room for intensive computation and analysis in real-time, the method is based on the combination of off-line computation and on-line monitoring, which are correlated...... through statistic analysis. During the off-line analysis, a memory of high-risk situations following a pre-defined voltage stability criterion is obtained. Thereafter, basic statistics analyses are applied resulting in the definition of voltage regions. During on-line operation, voltage magnitudes of...... critical buses obtained by phasor measurements are monitored in relation to the risk regions. Comprehensive studies demonstrate that the proposed method could assist operators to avoid voltage collapse events, by taking preventive or emergency actions....

  12. A MARTe based simulator for the JET Vertical Stabilization system

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    Validation by means of simulation is a crucial step when developing real-time control systems. Modeling and simulation are an essential tool since the early design phase, when the control algorithms are designed and tested. This phase is commonly carried out in off-line environments such as Matlab and Simulink. A MARTe-based simulator has been recently developed to validate the new JET Vertical Stabilization (VS) system. MARTe is the multi-thread framework used at JET to deploy hard real-time control systems. This paper presents the software architecture of the MARTe-based simulator and it shows how this tool has been effectively used to evaluate the effects of Edge Localized Modes (ELMs) on the VS system. By using the simulator it is possible to analyze different plasma configurations, extrapolating the limit of the new vertical amplifier in terms of the energy of the largest rejectable ELM.

  13. Stability of RNA silencing-based traits after virus infection

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    Jørgensen, Bodil; Albrechtsen, Merete

    2007-01-01

    Induction of post-transcriptional gene silencing (PTGS) by transgenes can be exploited in the genetic engineering of plants for virus resistance, altered lipid or polysaccharide composition, delayed flowering, reduced toxin or allergen content, and many other desired traits. Transformation with...... silencing has raised concerns that virus infection of crop plants might reverse the new silencing-based traits. Most studies of virus suppression of silencing have used model systems based on silencing of reporter genes. A few studies have analysed the effects of virus infections on plants with genetically...... of simple and inverted repeat constructs with respect to resistance stability upon challenge with another virus. We found that silencing induced by an inverted repeat construct persisted after virus infection where silencing induced by a simple sense construct failed. Furthermore, even with a simple...

  14. Agent Based Process Management Environment – Mercury

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    Jeong Ah Kim; Seung Young Choi; Rhan Jung

    2007-01-01

    In this article, agent based process management model is proposed, which is for the process management of knowledge worker and service workers in order to establish the basis for the new knowledge management system. In this article, we applied several methods from 6-Sigma and personal software process for personal process definition, process execution and process measurement. This study attempts to improve the process execution accuracy through process visualisation and standardisation and to...

  15. Stabilization

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    Muhammad H. Al-Malack

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Fuel oil flyash (FFA produced in power and water desalination plants firing crude oils in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is being disposed in landfills, which increases the burden on the environment, therefore, FFA utilization must be encouraged. In the current research, the effect of adding FFA on the engineering properties of two indigenous soils, namely sand and marl, was investigated. FFA was added at concentrations of 5%, 10% and 15% to both soils with and without the addition of Portland cement. Mixtures of the stabilized soils were thoroughly evaluated using compaction, California Bearing Ratio (CBR, unconfined compressive strength (USC and durability tests. Results of these tests indicated that stabilized sand mixtures could not attain the ACI strength requirements. However, marl was found to satisfy the ACI strength requirement when only 5% of FFA was added together with 5% of cement. When the FFA was increased to 10% and 15%, the mixture’s strength was found to decrease to values below the ACI requirements. Results of the Toxicity Characteristics Leaching Procedure (TCLP, which was performed on samples that passed the ACI requirements, indicated that FFA must be cautiously used in soil stabilization.

  16. Is Personality a System? Stability, Process and Plasticity.

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    Larocco, Steven

    2015-12-01

    The nomothetic thrust of personality research has been the subject of some significant recent criticism. One major problem is the failure in much personality research to sufficiently scrutinize its methods and its background beliefs. This produces conceptual schematizations of personality that do not sufficiently take into account the disunity and plasticity that affects what is construed as personality; it also underplays the necessity of more fully theorizing the network of infrapsychic and transpersonal systems, processes, structures, templates, interfaces, flows of stimuli, qualities of embodiment and contingencies that dynamically manifest as personality. It is through unfolding the complexity inherent in this network that personality theorization can move forward in new ways. This paper provides a provisional, beginning taxonomy of this network in order to start a research dialogue about personality that doesn't begin with the operative background beliefs of nomothetic methodology, that doesn't tacitly or overtly construe the individual to be a self-regulating, homeostatic system, and that resists presupposing personality as a cohesive, stable quality of personhood. PMID:25937268

  17. PID Controller Stabilization for First-order Integral Processes with Time Delay

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    2006-01-01

    Due to the widespread application of the PID controller in industrial control systems, it is desirable to know the complete set of all the stabilizing PID controllers for a given plant before the controller design and tuning. In this paper,the stabilization problems of the classical proportionalintegral-derivative (PID) controller and the singleparameter PID controller (containing only one adjustable parameter) for integral processes with time delay are investigated, respectively. The complete set of stabilizing parameters of the classical PID controller is determined using a version of the Hermite-Biehler Theorem applicable to quasipolynomials. Since the stabilization problem of the single-parameter PID controller cannot be treated by the Hermite-Biehler Theorem, a simple method called duallocus diagram is employed to derive the stabilizing range of the single-parameter PID controller. These results provide insight into the tuning of the PID controllers.

  18. Influence of microwave heating on the stability of processed samn

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    Farag, Radwan S.

    1991-04-01

    Full Text Available Butter was converted to samn by microwave and conventional heating. The quality of the processed samn by the two methods was followed by determining the acid, peroxide and TBA values over a period of six weeks at 60°C. The fatty acid composition of samn samples was determined by gas-liquid chromatographic technique. The data show that butter conversion to samn by microwave heating was accomplished in about one half of the time that conventional heating requires. Microwave heating obviously increased the development of samn rancidity compared with the conventional heating. The parameters used for measuring lipid rancidity indicated that the main cause of samn rancidity under the present conditions is an oxidation mechanism.

    Mantequilla fue transformada en samn por calentamiento en microonda y convencional. La calidad del elaborado de samn por los dos métodos fue seguida mediante determinación de los índices de acidez, peróxido y TBA durante un período de seis semanas a 60°C. La composición en ácidos grasos de muestras de samn fue determinada por técnica cromatográfica gas-líquido. Los datos mostraron que la conversión de mantequilla a samn por calentamiento en microonda fue realizada en aproximadamente una vez y media el tiempo que exige el calentamiento convencional. El calentamiento en microonda, evidentemente, aumentó el desarrollo de la rancidez del samn comparado con el calentamiento convencional. Los parámetros usados para la medida de la rancidez lipídica indicaron que la causa principal de la rancidez del samn bajo las condiciones presentes es un mecanismo de oxidación.

  19. The Social Construction of Data Stability : Discovering Tactics for Establishing and Preserving Stability in Data Bases

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    Axelsson, Karin; Goldkuhl, Göran

    2008-01-01

    This paper questions the idea of data stability. We focus on core ideas behind an information centric strategy concerning stability in databases (created through enterprise-wide data modeling). We investigate if and how data stability is obtained when an information centric strategy is implemented in practice. We claim that, even though there are many research contributions about information centric strategies, there are still few papers focusing on problems concerning consequences of the str...

  20. Neural Network Predictive Control Based Power System Stabilizer

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    Ali Mohamed Yousef

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The present study investigates the power system stabilizer based on neural predictive control for improving power system dynamic performance over a wide range of operating conditions. In this study a design and application of the Neural Network Model Predictive Controller (NN-MPC on a simple power system composed of a synchronous generator connected to an infinite bus through a transmission line is proposed. The synchronous machine is represented in detail, taking into account the effect of the machine saliency and the damper winding. Neural network model predictive control combines reliable prediction of neural network model with excellent performance of model predictive control using nonlinear Levenberg-Marquardt optimization. This control system is used the rotor speed deviation as a feedback signal. Furthermore, the using performance system of the proposed controller is compared with the system performance using conventional one (PID controller through simulation studies. Digital simulation has been carried out in order to validate the effectiveness proposed NN-MPC power system stabilizer for achieving excellent performance. The results demonstrate that the effectiveness and superiority of the proposed controller in terms of fast response and small settling time.

  1. Process-based tolerance assessment of connecting rod machining process

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    Sharma, G. V. S. S.; Rao, P. Srinivasa; Surendra Babu, B.

    2016-01-01

    Process tolerancing based on the process capability studies is the optimistic and pragmatic approach of determining the manufacturing process tolerances. On adopting the define-measure-analyze-improve-control approach, the process potential capability index ( C p) and the process performance capability index ( C pk) values of identified process characteristics of connecting rod machining process are achieved to be greater than the industry benchmark of 1.33, i.e., four sigma level. The tolerance chain diagram methodology is applied to the connecting rod in order to verify the manufacturing process tolerances at various operations of the connecting rod manufacturing process. This paper bridges the gap between the existing dimensional tolerances obtained via tolerance charting and process capability studies of the connecting rod component. Finally, the process tolerancing comparison has been done by adopting a tolerance capability expert software.

  2. Yield and nutrition of sunflower fertilized with sewage sludge stabilized by different processes

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    Altina Lacerda Nascimento; Regynaldo Arruda Sampaio; Luiz Arnaldo Fernandes; Geraldo Ribeiro Zuba Junio; João Paulo Carneiro; Márcio Neves Rodrigues; Hermann Cruz de Albuquerque

    2013-01-01

    The different methods of sewage sludge stabilization modify their physical chemical and biological properties, altering its efficiency when applied in agriculture. The objective of this study was to evaluate the nutrient levels in soil and the yield of sunflower fertilized with sewage sludge stabilized by different processes. The experiment was conducted in Cambisol, with the treatments: control (without fertilization), fertilization with sewage sludge solarized, composted, vermicomposted, li...

  3. Robust Stochastic Stability Analysis for Uncertain Neutral-Type Delayed Neural Networks Driven by Wiener Process

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    Weiwei Zhang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The robust stochastic stability for a class of uncertain neutral-type delayed neural networks driven by Wiener process is investigated. By utilizing the Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional and inequality technique, some sufficient criteria are presented in terms of linear matrix inequality (LMI to ensure the stability of the system. A numerical example is given to illustrate the applicability of the result.

  4. Determination of stability in dressing salad lyophilized by digital image processing

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    Silva, Kelly; Ferreira, E. C.; A.L. Amaral; Leão, M. H. M. Rocha; M. A. Z. Coelho

    2012-01-01

    Digital image processing (DIP) is a powerful tool that can be used to describe the loss of emulsion stability by molecular diffusion or coalescence. The stability of salad dressings (lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil) microencapsulated with biopolymers (without sorbitol) was analyzed by fluorescence DIP for a 110 days period. The emulsions were stored both refrigerated (4ºC) and at room temperature (27ºC). In addition, sorbitol was added to a formulation stored under refri...

  5. Topical gel formulation and stability assessment of platelet lysate based on turbidimetric method

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    Soliman Mohammadi Samani

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Platelet-rich growth factors have attracted attentions of scientists and clinical practitioners who are involved in wound healing and regenerative medicine extensively, according to their unprecedented potential of promoting and catalyzing healing process. Platelet-rich growth factors are cost-benefit, available and more stable than recombinant human growth factors. These appealing characteristics have converted PRGF to one of the popular candidates for treatment of variety of wounds. According to these valuable properties, we decided to formulate and assess the effect of different excipients on the stability of such valuable protein based formulations. Different excipients have been chosen according to their effective ness on the stability of proteins and their application in other similar formulations. The stabilizing effect of excipients was evaluated by measuring heat-induced aggregation of growth factors by turbidimetric assay. Glycerol, glycine and dextrose were chosen as stabilizing excipients for these formulations. The results show that dextrose has more stabilizing effect on prevention of heat induced aggregation of the platelet lysate growth factors than glycerol and glycine. All of the formulations also contained antioxidant, chelating agents, preservative and carbopol934 in order to form appropriate gel.

  6. Influence of in line monitored fluid bed granulation process parameters on the stability of Ethinylestradiol.

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    Roßteuscher-Carl, Katrin; Fricke, Sabine; Hacker, Michael C; Schulz-Siegmund, Michaela

    2015-12-30

    Ethinylestradiol (EE) as a highly active and low dosed compound is prone to oxidative degradation. The stability of the drug substance is therefore a critical parameter that has to be considered during drug formulation. Beside the stability of the drug substance, granule particle size and moisture are critical quality attributes (CQA) of the fluid bed granulation process which influence the tableting ability of the resulting granules. Both CQA should therefore be monitored during the production process by process analytic technology (PAT) according to ICH Q8. This work focusses on the effects of drying conditions on the stability of EE in a fluid-bed granulation process. We quantified EE degradation products 6-alpha-hydroxy-EE, 6-beta-hydroxy-EE, 9(11)-dehydro-EE and 6-oxo-EE during long time storage and accelerated conditions. PAT-tools that monitor granule particle size (Spatial filtering technology) and granule moisture (Microwave resonance technology) were applied and compared with off-line methods. We found a relevant influence of residual granule moisture and thermic stress applied during granulation on the storage stability of EE, whereas no degradation was found immediately after processing. Hence we conclude that drying parameters have a relevant influence on long term EE stability. PMID:26541302

  7. Complexity and asymptotic stability in the process of biochemical substance exchange in a coupled ring of cells

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    Highlights: • We make a model of biochemical substance exchange in a coupled ring of cells. • We examined Lempel–Zev complexity of the dynamics of modeled exchange process. • We have examined asymptotic stability of system using an eigenvalue-based method. • For weak coupling exists a zone of low complexity in the space of master parameters. • In chaotic conditions exists a zone of stability in the space of master parameters. - Abstract: We have considered the complexity and asymptotic stability in the process of biochemical substance exchange in a coupled ring of cells. We have used coupled maps to model this process. It includes the coupling parameter, cell affinity and environmental factor as master parameters of the model. We have introduced: (i) the Lempel–Ziv complexity spectrum and (ii) the Lempel–Ziv complexity spectrum highest value to analyze the dynamics of two cell model. The asymptotic stability of this dynamical system using an eigenvalue-based method has been considered. Using these complexity measures we have noticed an “island” of low complexity in the space of the master parameters for the weak coupling. We have explored how stability of the equilibrium of the biochemical substance exchange in a multi-cell system (N = 100) is influenced by the changes in the master parameters of the model for the weak and strong coupling. We have found that in highly chaotic conditions there exists space of master parameters for which the process of biochemical substance exchange in a coupled ring of cells is stable

  8. Assessing control of postural stability in community-living older adults using performance-based limits of stability

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    Jbabdi, Myriam; Boissy, Patrice; Hamel, Mathieu

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Balance disability measurements routinely used to identify fall risks in frail populations have limited value in the early detection of postural stability deficits in community-living older adults. The objectives of the study were to 1) measure performance-based limits of stability (LOS......) in community-living older adults and compare them to theoretical LOS computed from data proposed by the Balance Master system, 2) explore the feasibility of a new measurement approach based on the assessment of postural stability during weight-shifting tasks at performance-based LOS, 3) quantify...... intra-session performance variability during multiple trials using the performance-based LOS paradigm. METHODS: Twenty-four healthy community-living older adults (10 men, 14 women) aged between 62 to 85 (mean age +/- sd, 71.5 +/- 6 yrs) participated in the study. Subjects' performance-based LOS were...

  9. Process-based Strategic Planning

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    Grunig, Rudolf; Clark, Anthony

    2011-01-01

    A company's strategies define its future direction, specifying not only target market positions for many years to come, but also the key competitive advantages both at the level of market offers and of resources. Developing future strategies is an important and complex task, which is the core issue in this book. After a short introduction to strategic planning, a heuristic process for determining future strategies is presented. This process is divided into eight steps, and for each of these steps, detailed recommendations for problem-solving are provided and illustrated through many concrete e

  10. Coatings in space: ground- and space-based stability investigations

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    Hacker, Erich J.; Weissbrodt, Peter; Raupach, L.; Lauth, Hans; Kappel, Heiner; Wagner, Sigrid; Schmitt, Dirk-Roger

    1994-11-01

    Optical components for space optics--especially coated optical elements which represent the external surfaces of optical space instrumentation--have to work under harsh operation conditions like thermal loads, irradiation by photons, electrons and protons, as well as in atomic oxygen environments at low earth orbits. Additionally they have to withstand other cross contamination coming from the spacecraft. Therefore, the stability against these influences is a decisive factor for the application performance of optical coatings in space- borne devices. Some very recent results, based on the Surface Effects Sample Monitor flight experiment carried out aboard the ORFEUS-Shuttle Pallet Satellite, STS-51, Discovery, are presented here along with laboratory experiments in an UHV-surface analysis system. The topics include ground simulation of selective and complex particle bombardment of optical coatings analyzed by XPS as well as the verification of these results by flight experiments in combination with optical measurements (transmission, scattering).

  11. Hydrothermal stability of bentonite-based buffer materials

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    The reactions expected in bentonite-based buffer materials under conditions typical of a nuclear fuel waste disposal include mineral transformations (e.g. smectite to illite; smectite to zeolite) and a range of low-temperature cementation reactions. The probable extent and significance of these reactions are reviewed, and other reactions involving proposed filler sands are also examined briefly. The effects of mineral transformations on buffer performance will be insignificant if disposal vault temperatures do not exceed 100-120 degrees C and pH remains in the range 4 to 8. At pH > 9, zeolitization and silica dissolution may occur and buffer stability cannot be assured. The effects of cementation reactions may be significant, but are difficult to predict and require further investigation

  12. GRID VOLTAGE STABILITY ENHANCEMENT USING PHOTOVOLTAIC BASED STATIC SYNCHRONOUS COMPENSATOR

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    Arun Bhaskar Mayilvaganan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Today, we are mostly dependent on non renewable energy that have been and will continue to be a major cause of pollution and other environmental degradation. Because of these problems and our dwindling supply of petroleum, finding sustainable alternatives is becoming increasingly urgent. Perhaps, the greatest challenge is in devising a sustainable future, which relies on integration and control of renewable energy sources in grid distributed generation. This study presents the usage of utilizing Photovoltaic (PV Solar Farm (SF during idle conditions as Static Synchronous Compensator (STATCOM, to regulate the point of common coupling voltage when the wind farm supply the power to the grid. The proposed control will enable increased connections of WECS to the grid. MATLAB/Simulink based simulation results are presented for validation of the system. The PV-STATCOM increase the stability of the grid with interconnected wind farm system without any use of additional compensator.

  13. Transient stability improvement by nonlinear controllers based on tracking

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    Ramirez, Juan M. [Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados, Guadalajara, Mexico. Av. Cientifica 1145. Col. El Bajio. Zapopan, Jal. 45015 (Mexico); Arroyave, Felipe Valencia; Correa Gutierrez, Rosa Elvira [Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Medellin. Facultad de Minas, Escuela de Mecatronica (Colombia)

    2011-02-15

    This paper deals with the control problem in multi-machine electric power systems, which represent complex great scale nonlinear systems. Thus, the controller design is a challenging problem. These systems are subjected to different perturbations, such as short circuits, connection and/or disconnection of loads, lines, or generators. Then, the utilization of controllers which guarantee good performance under those perturbations is required in order to provide electrical energy to the loads with admissible stability margins. The proposed controllers are based on a systematic strategy, which calculate nonlinear controllers for generating units in a power plant, both for voltage and velocity regulation. The formulation allows designing controllers in a multi-machine power system without intricate calculations. Results on a power system of the open research indicate the proposition's suitability. The problem is formulated as a tracking problem. The designed controllers may be implemented in any electric power system. (author)

  14. An Impedance-Based Stability Analysis Method for Paralleled Voltage Source Converters

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    Wang, Xiongfei; Blaabjerg, Frede; Loh, Poh Chiang

    2014-01-01

    This paper analyses the stability of paralleled voltage source converters in AC distributed power systems. An impedance-based stability analysis method is presented based on the Nyquist criterion for multiloop system. Instead of deriving the impedance ratio as usual, the system stability is asses...

  15. Design Process Optimization Based on Design Process Gene Mapping

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    LI Bo; TONG Shu-rong

    2011-01-01

    The idea of genetic engineering is introduced into the area of product design to improve the design efficiency. A method towards design process optimization based on the design process gene is proposed through analyzing the correlation between the design process gene and characteristics of the design process. The concept of the design process gene is analyzed and categorized into five categories that are the task specification gene, the concept design gene, the overall design gene, the detailed design gene and the processing design gene in the light of five design phases. The elements and their interactions involved in each kind of design process gene signprocess gene mapping is drawn with its structure disclosed based on its function that process gene.

  16. Queue-based random-access algorithms: Fluid limits and stability issues

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available We use fluid limits to explore the (instability properties of wireless networks with queue-based random-access algorithms. Queue-based random-access schemes are simple and inherently distributed in nature, yet provide the capability to match the optimal throughput performance of centralized scheduling mechanisms in a wide range of scenarios. Unfortunately, the type of activation rules for which throughput optimality has been established, may result in excessive queue lengths and delays. The use of more aggressive/persistent access schemes can improve the delay performance, but does not offer any universal maximum-stability guarantees. In order to gain qualitative insight and investigate the (instability properties of more aggressive/persistent activation rules, we examine fluid limits where the dynamics are scaled in space and time. In some situations, the fluid limits have smooth deterministic features and maximum stability is maintained, while in other scenarios they exihibit random oscillatory characteristics, giving rise to major technical challenges. In the latter regime, more aggressive access schemes continue to provide maximum stability in some networks, but may cause instability in others. In order to prove that, we focus on a particular network example and conduct a detailed analysis of the fluid limit process for the associated Markov chain. Specifically, we develop a novel approach based on stopping time sequences to deal with the switching probabilities governing the sample paths of the fluid limit process. Simulation experiments are conducted to illustrate and validate the analytical results.

  17. Intrinsic stability of an HBT based on a small signal equivalent circuit model

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    Intrinsic stability of the heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) was analyzed and discussed based on a small signal equivalent circuit model. The stability factor of the HBT device was derived based on a compact T-type small signal equivalent circuit model of the HBT. The effect of the mainly small signal model parameters of the HBT on the stability of the HBT was thoroughly examined. The discipline of parameter optimum to improve the intrinsic stability of the HBT was achieved. The theoretic analysis results of the stability were also used to explain the experimental results of the stability of the HBT and they were verified by the experimental results. (semiconductor devices)

  18. Stabilization and separation of heavy metals in incineration fly ash during the hydrothermal treatment process.

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    Hu, Yuyan; Zhang, Pengfei; Li, Jianping; Chen, Dezhen

    2015-12-15

    In the paper, hydrothermal treatment (HT) of MSWI fly ashes was performed to stabilize and separate heavy metals. Influences of pre-treatment, types of ferric and/or ferrous additives, and subsequent heavy metal stabilization procedure by adding phosphate were investigated. The chemical stability of hydrothermal products was examined by solid waste extraction procedure with acetic acid buffer solution. Mineralogical investigation of selected hydrothermal product was carried out by XRD. FEGE SEM- -EDX was used to study the morphology and surface compositions of the ash particles. Experimental results revealed that HT process facilitated heavy metal exposure to leaching solution. FEGE SEM-EDX images revealed that fly ash particles were re-organized during hydrothermal process and that the minerals with special shapes and containing high levels of heavy metals were formed. A mild acid washing treatment with final pH around 6.20 could remove soluble heavy metals. Therefore, it may be a proper pre- or post-treatment method for fly ash particles for the purpose of reducing heavy metal contents. For the purpose of stabilizing heavy metals, the addition of ferric/ferrous salts in the HT process or phosphate stabilization after HT is recommended. The HT process may be applied to realize the environmentally sound management of MSWI fly ash or to recover and utilize MSWI fly ash. PMID:26100935

  19. Stabilized methods and post-processing techniques for Darcy flow and related problems

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    In this paper we present a review of stabilized methods and post-processing techniques for Darcy flow problems, with particular emphasis in the miscible displacement model. The system of partial differential equations governing the miscible displacement consists of an elliptic system coming from the conservation of mass and Darcy's law and a nonlinear transport equation expressing the conservation of the injected fluid (concentration). The main difficulties are related to the evaluation of the primary unknowns of the elliptic equation (pressure) and their spatial derivatives by Darcy's law (velocity) and the coupling with the convection dominated transport equation. Finite element solutions for this problem have been obtained using mixed methods for the pressure/gradient problem combined with the modified method of characteristics. However, this approach involves different interpolation schemes for pressure, velocity and concentration. In order to overcome the difficulties associated with the previous schemes, we have been working in the development of finite element formulations where all variables are interpolated by equal-order functions. To recover accurate velocity approximations we have developed new global and local post-processing techniques. These post-processing techniques consist in solving the elliptic problem for pressure and then computing velocity considering residual forms of Darcy's law with the known pressure, the mass balance equation and the irrotationality condition. These post-processing techniques are then combined with semidiscrete or space-time SUPG or GLS formulations with shock capturing. We also address in this paper issues related to the improvement of computational efficiency of our methods. Among then we will show reduced integration techniques with hourglass control for the elliptic, post-processing and transport equations, its association to superconvergent techniques for gradient recovery, adaptive time stepping strategies based on

  20. Quantifying the influences of atmospheric stability on air pollution in Lanzhou, China, using a radon-based stability monitor

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    Chambers, Scott D.; Wang, Fenjuan; Williams, Alastair G.; Xiaodong, Deng; Zhang, Hua; Lonati, Giovanni; Crawford, Jagoda; Griffiths, Alan D.; Ianniello, Antonietta; Allegrini, Ivo

    2015-04-01

    Commercially-available "stability monitors" based on in situ atmospheric radon progeny measurements remain underutilised as a tool for urban pollution studies, due in part to difficulties experienced in relating their standard output directly to the atmospheric mixing state in a consistent manner. The main confounding factor has been a lack of attention to the fact that the observed near-surface atmospheric radon concentration includes large synoptic and fetch-related components in addition to the local stability influence. Here, a technique recently developed for stability classification using a research-quality dual-flow-loop two-filter radon detector is adapted for use with a commercially-available radon-based stability monitor. Performance of the classification scheme is then tested in Lanzhou, China, a topographically-complex region renowned for low mean annual wind speeds (0.8 m s-1) and winter stagnation episodes. Based on an 11-month composite, a factor of seven difference is estimated between peak NOx concentrations in the city's industrial region and a rural background location under stable conditions. The radon-based scheme is evaluated against the Pasquil-Gifford "radiation" (PGR) scheme, and assigns pollutant concentrations more consistently between defined atmospheric stability states than the PGR scheme. Furthermore, the PGR scheme consistently underestimates all peak pollutant concentrations under stable conditions compared with the radon-based scheme, in some cases (e.g. CO in the industrial region) by 25%.

  1. Liguistic scale based information processing

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    Mareš, Milan; Mesiar, Radko

    Antalya : b-Quadrat Verlag, 2007 - (Pedrycz, W.; Aliev, R.; Jamshidi, M.; Turksen, B.), s. 56-62 ISBN 3-933609-24-2. [International Conference on Soft Computing, Computing with Words and Perception in Systems /4./. Antalya (TR), 27.08.2007-28.08.2007] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 1M0572 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : Fuzzy set * triangular norm * information processing * fuzzy logic * linguistics Subject RIV: BB - Applied Statistics, Operational Research

  2. Stability monitor for Boiling Water Reactors based on the Multivariate Empirical Mode Decomposition

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    Highlights: • Stability monitor based on a novel technique was developed. • Multivariate Empirical Mode Decomposition (MEMD) to BWR data was applied. • Decision rules permitting to raise an instability alarm based on MEMD. • MEMD can estimate the phase of the density wave from measurements of two LPRMs. • This method detects BWR instabilities (DR increase and out-of phase oscillations). - Abstract: In this work a stability monitor based on a novel technique is presented. This monitor permits to launch general alarms indicating incipient high decay ratios (DR) and out-of-phase oscillations, in a simultaneous way time along. The implemented methodology to determine the estimations of DR and out-of-phase oscillations is based on the Multivariate Empirical Mode Decomposition (MEMD) processing the information obtained from all LPRMs located across the core of Boiling Water Reactor (BWR). The extracted modes with the MEMD, called the Intrinsic Mode Functions (IMFs), permit to tracking the oscillation associated to the density wave. The Case 9 (presenting high DRs and apparently out-of-phase oscillations simultaneously) from the Ringhals stability benchmark was used to show the effectiveness of the proposed methodology

  3. Evaluation of the Magnesium Hydroxide Treatment Process for Stabilizing PFP Plutonium/Nitric Acid Solutions

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    Gerber, Mark A.; Schmidt, Andrew J.; Delegard, Calvin H.; Silvers, Kurt L.; Baker, Aaron B.; Gano, Susan R.; Thornton, Brenda M.

    2000-09-28

    This document summarizes an evaluation of the magnesium hydroxide [Mg(OH)2] process to be used at the Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) for stabilizing plutonium/nitric acid solutions to meet the goal of stabilizing the plutonium in an oxide form suitable for storage under DOE-STD-3013-99. During the treatment process, nitric acid solutions bearing plutonium nitrate are neutralized with Mg(OH)2 in an air sparge reactor. The resulting slurry, containing plutonium hydroxide, is filtered and calcined. The process evaluation included a literature review and extensive laboratory- and bench-scale testing. The testing was conducted using cerium as a surrogate for plutonium to identify and quantify the effects of key processing variables on processing time (primarily neutralization and filtration time) and calcined product properties.

  4. Stochastic stability of mechanical systems under renewal jump process parametric excitation

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    Iwankiewicz, R.; Nielsen, Søren R.K.; Larsen, Jesper Winther

    2005-01-01

    independent, negative exponential distributed variables; hence, the arrival process may be termed as a generalized Erlang renewal process. The excitation process is governed by the stochastic equation driven by two independent Poisson processes, with different parameters. If the response in a single mode is...... if the state space is augmented by the products of the original state variables and the excitation variable. Asymptotic mean and mean-square stability as well as asymptotic sample (Lyapunov) stability with probability 1 are investigated. The Lyapunov exponents have been evaluated both by the direct...... simulation of the stochastic equation governing the natural logarithm of the hyperspherical amplitude process and using the modification of the method wherein the time averaging of the pertinent expressions is replaced by ensemble averaging. It is found that the direct simulation is more suitable and that...

  5. Tuning of tool dynamics for increased stability of parallel (simultaneous) turning processes

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    Ozturk, E.; Comak, A.; Budak, E.

    2016-01-01

    Parallel (simultaneous) turning operations make use of more than one cutting tool acting on a common workpiece offering potential for higher productivity. However, dynamic interaction between the tools and workpiece and resulting chatter vibrations may create quality problems on machined surfaces. In order to determine chatter free cutting process parameters, stability models can be employed. In this paper, stability of parallel turning processes is formulated in frequency and time domain for two different parallel turning cases. Predictions of frequency and time domain methods demonstrated reasonable agreement with each other. In addition, the predicted stability limits are also verified experimentally. Simulation and experimental results show multi regional stability diagrams which can be used to select most favorable set of process parameters for higher stable material removal rates. In addition to parameter selection, developed models can be used to determine the best natural frequency ratio of tools resulting in the highest stable depth of cuts. It is concluded that the most stable operations are obtained when natural frequency of the tools are slightly off each other and worst stability occurs when the natural frequency of the tools are exactly the same.

  6. Elaboration, activity and stability of silica-based nitroaromatic sensors.

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    Mercier, Dimitri; Pereira, Franck; Méthivier, Christophe; Montméat, Pierre; Hairault, Lionel; Pradier, Claire-Marie

    2013-08-21

    Functionalized silica-based thin films, modified with hydrophobic groups, were synthesized and used as sensors for nitroaromatic compound (NAC) specific detection. Their performance and behavior, in terms of stability, ageing and regeneration, have been fully characterized by combining chemical characterization techniques and electron microscopy. NAC was efficiently and specifically detected using these silica-based sensors, but showed a great degradation in the presence of humidity. Moreover, the sensor sensitivity seriously decreases with storage time. Methyl- and phenyl-functionalization helped to overcome this humidity sensitivity. Surface characterization enabled us to establish a direct correlation between the appearance, and increasing amount, of adsorbed carbonyl-containing species, and sensor efficiency. This contamination, appearing after only one month, was particularly important when sensors were stored in plastic containers. Rinsing with cyclohexane enables us to recover part of the sensor performance but does not yield a complete regeneration of the sensors. This work led us to the definition of optimized elaboration and storage conditions for nitroaromatic sensors. PMID:23812282

  7. Handling Stability of Tractor Semitrailer Based on Handling Diagram

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    Ren Yuan-yuan; Zheng Xue-lian; Li Xian-sheng

    2012-01-01

    Handling instability is a serious threat to driving safety. In order to analyze the handling stability of a tractor semitrailer, a handling diagram can be used. In our research, considering the impact of multiple nonsteering rear axles and nonlinear characteristics of tires on vehicle handling stability, the handling equations are developed for description of stability of tractor semi-trailer. Then we obtain handling diagrams so as to study the influence of driving speed, loaded mass, and fif...

  8. Process Optimization for Biodiesel Production from Corn Oil and Its Oxidative Stability

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    N. El Boulifi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Response surface methodology (RSM based on central composite design (CCD was used to optimize biodiesel production process from corn oil. The process variables, temperature and catalyst concentration were found to have significant influence on biodiesel yield. The optimum combination derived via RSM for high corn oil methyl ester yield (99.48% was found to be 1.18% wt catalyst concentration at a reaction temperature of 55.6∘C. To determine how long biodiesel can safely be stored, it is desirable to have a measurement for the stability of the biodiesel against such oxidation. Storage time and oxygen availability have been considered as possible factors influencing oxidative instability. Biodiesel from corn oil was stored for a period of 30 months, and the physico-chemical parameters of samples were measured at regular interval of time. Results show that the acid value (AV, peroxide value (PV, and viscosity (ν increased while the iodine value (IV decreased. These parameters changed very significantly when the sample was stored under normal oxygen atmosphere. However, the ν, AV, and IV of the biodiesel sample which was stored under argon atmosphere were within the limit by the European specifications (EN 14214.

  9. Polyethylene encapsulatin of nitrate salt wastes: Waste form stability, process scale-up, and economics

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    A polyethylene encapsulation system for treatment of low-level radioactive, hazardous, and mixed wastes has been developed at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Polyethylene has several advantages compared with conventional solidification/stabilization materials such as hydraulic cements. Waste can be encapsulated with greater efficiency and with better waste form performance than is possible with hydraulic cement. The properties of polyethylene relevant to its long-term durability in storage and disposal environments are reviewed. Response to specific potential failure mechanisms including biodegradation, radiation, chemical attack, flammability, environmental stress cracking, and photodegradation are examined. These data are supported by results from extensive waste form performance testing including compressive yield strength, water immersion, thermal cycling, leachability of radioactive and hazardous species, irradiation, biodegradation, and flammability. The bench-scale process has been successfully tested for application with a number of specific ''problem'' waste streams. Quality assurance and performance testing of the resulting waste form confirmed scale-up feasibility. Use of this system at Rocky Flats Plant can result in over 70% fewer drums processed and shipped for disposal, compared with optimal cement formulations. Based on the current Rocky Flats production of nitrate salt per year, polyethylene encapsulation can yield an estimated annual savings between $1.5 million and $2.7 million, compared with conventional hydraulic cement systems. 72 refs., 23 figs., 16 tabs

  10. Belief-based stability in coalition formation with uncertainty an intelligent agents' perspective

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    Chan, Chi-kong

    2013-01-01

    Belief-based Stability in Coalition Formation with Uncertainty An Intelligent Agents' Perspective discusses coalition stability. It extends the classic stability concept of the non-transferable utility core by proposing new belief-based stability criteria under uncertainty, and illustrates how the new concept can be used to analyze the stability of a new type of belief-based coalition formation game. The book is intended for graduate students, engineers, and researchers in the field of artificial intelligence and computer science.Chi-kong Chan is a laboratory manager and a visiting lecturer at

  11. Modeling Physical Stability of Amorphous Solids Based on Temperature and Moisture Stresses.

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    Zhu, Donghua Alan; Zografi, George; Gao, Ping; Gong, Yuchuan; Zhang, Geoff G Z

    2016-09-01

    Isothermal microcalorimetry was utilized to monitor the crystallization process of amorphous ritonavir (RTV) and its hydroxypropylmethylcellulose acetate succinate-based amorphous solid dispersion under various stressed conditions. An empirical model was developed: ln(τ)=ln(A)+EaRT-b⋅wc, where τ is the crystallization induction period, A is a pre-exponential factor, Ea is the apparent activation energy, b is the moisture sensitivity parameter, and wc is water content. To minimize the propagation of errors associated with the estimates, a nonlinear approach was used to calculate mean estimates and confidence intervals. The physical stability of neat amorphous RTV and RTV in hydroxypropylmethylcellulose acetate succinate solid dispersions was found to be mainly governed by the nucleation kinetic process. The impact of polymers and moisture on the crystallization process can be quantitatively described by Ea and b in this Arrhenius-type model. The good agreement between the measured values under some less stressful test conditions and those predicted, reflected by the slope and R(2) of the correlation plot of these 2 sets of data on a natural logarithm scale, indicates its predictability of long-term physical stability of amorphous RTV in solid dispersions. To further improve the model, more understanding of the impact of temperature and moisture on the amorphous physical stability and fundamentals regarding nucleation and crystallization is needed. PMID:27185539

  12. A novel vehicle dynamics stability control algorithm based on the hierarchical strategy with constrain of nonlinear tyre forces

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    Li, Liang; Jia, Gang; Chen, Jie; Zhu, Hongjun; Cao, Dongpu; Song, Jian

    2015-08-01

    Direct yaw moment control (DYC), which differentially brakes the wheels to produce a yaw moment for the vehicle stability in a steering process, is an important part of electric stability control system. In this field, most control methods utilise the active brake pressure with a feedback controller to adjust the braked wheel. However, the method might lead to a control delay or overshoot because of the lack of a quantitative project relationship between target values from the upper stability controller to the lower pressure controller. Meanwhile, the stability controller usually ignores the implementing ability of the tyre forces, which might be restrained by the combined-slip dynamics of the tyre. Therefore, a novel control algorithm of DYC based on the hierarchical control strategy is brought forward in this paper. As for the upper controller, a correctional linear quadratic regulator, which not only contains feedback control but also contains feed forward control, is introduced to deduce the object of the stability yaw moment in order to guarantee the yaw rate and side-slip angle stability. As for the medium and lower controller, the quantitative relationship between the vehicle stability object and the target tyre forces of controlled wheels is proposed to achieve smooth control performance based on a combined-slip tyre model. The simulations with the hardware-in-the-loop platform validate that the proposed algorithm can improve the stability of the vehicle effectively.

  13. A strategy for GIS-based 3-D slope stability modelling over large areas

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    M. Mergili

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available GIS-based deterministic models may be used for landslide susceptibility mapping over large areas. However, such efforts require specific strategies to (i keep computing time at an acceptable level, and (ii parameterize the geotechnical data. We test and optimize the performance of the GIS-based, 3-D slope stability model r.slope.stability in terms of computing time and model results. The model was developed as a C- and Python-based raster module of the open source software GRASS GIS and considers the 3-D geometry of the sliding surface. It calculates the factor of safety (FoS and the probability of slope failure (Pf for a number of randomly selected potential slip surfaces, ellipsoidal or truncated in shape. Model input consists of a DEM, ranges of geotechnical parameter values derived from laboratory tests, and a range of possible soil depths estimated in the field. Probability density functions are exploited to assign Pf to each ellipsoid. The model calculates for each pixel multiple values of FoS and Pf corresponding to different sliding surfaces. The minimum value of FoS and the maximum value of Pf for each pixel give an estimate of the landslide susceptibility in the study area. Optionally, r.slope.stability is able to split the study area into a defined number of tiles, allowing parallel processing of the model on the given area. Focusing on shallow landslides, we show how multi-core processing allows to reduce computing times by a factor larger than 20 in the study area. We further demonstrate how the number of random slip surfaces and the sampling of parameters influence the average value of Pf and the capacity of r.slope.stability to predict the observed patterns of shallow landslides in the 89.5 km2 Collazzone area in Umbria, central Italy.

  14. A strategy for GIS-based 3-D slope stability modelling over large areas

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    Mergili, M.; Marchesini, I.; Alvioli, M.; Metz, M.; Schneider-Muntau, B.; Rossi, M.; Guzzetti, F.

    2014-12-01

    GIS-based deterministic models may be used for landslide susceptibility mapping over large areas. However, such efforts require specific strategies to (i) keep computing time at an acceptable level, and (ii) parameterize the geotechnical data. We test and optimize the performance of the GIS-based, 3-D slope stability model r.slope.stability in terms of computing time and model results. The model was developed as a C- and Python-based raster module of the open source software GRASS GIS and considers the 3-D geometry of the sliding surface. It calculates the factor of safety (FoS) and the probability of slope failure (Pf) for a number of randomly selected potential slip surfaces, ellipsoidal or truncated in shape. Model input consists of a digital elevation model (DEM), ranges of geotechnical parameter values derived from laboratory tests, and a range of possible soil depths estimated in the field. Probability density functions are exploited to assign Pf to each ellipsoid. The model calculates for each pixel multiple values of FoS and Pf corresponding to different sliding surfaces. The minimum value of FoS and the maximum value of Pf for each pixel give an estimate of the landslide susceptibility in the study area. Optionally, r.slope.stability is able to split the study area into a defined number of tiles, allowing parallel processing of the model on the given area. Focusing on shallow landslides, we show how multi-core processing makes it possible to reduce computing times by a factor larger than 20 in the study area. We further demonstrate how the number of random slip surfaces and the sampling of parameters influence the average value of Pf and the capacity of r.slope.stability to predict the observed patterns of shallow landslides in the 89.5 km2 Collazzone area in Umbria, central Italy.

  15. Yield and nutrition of sunflower fertilized with sewage sludge stabilized by different processes

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    Altina Lacerda Nascimento

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The different methods of sewage sludge stabilization modify their physical chemical and biological properties, altering its efficiency when applied in agriculture. The objective of this study was to evaluate the nutrient levels in soil and the yield of sunflower fertilized with sewage sludge stabilized by different processes. The experiment was conducted in Cambisol, with the treatments: control (without fertilization, fertilization with sewage sludge solarized, composted, vermicomposted, limed and chemical fertilizer recommended for sunflower crop. The experimental design a randomized block with four replications. The different methods of sewage sludge treatment did not affect the yield; however, the application of sewage sludge, regardless the stabilization process adopted, was more effective than chemical fertilizer and the control treatment. Overall, fertilization with limed sewage sludge provided higher soil nutrients concentrations, while treatments with composted and vermicomposted sewage sludge showed higher levels of nutrients in the plant.

  16. Process-Based Quality (PBQ) Tools Development

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    Cummins, J.L.

    2001-12-03

    The objective of this effort is to benchmark the development of process-based quality tools for application in CAD (computer-aided design) model-based applications. The processes of interest are design, manufacturing, and quality process applications. A study was commissioned addressing the impact, current technologies, and known problem areas in application of 3D MCAD (3-dimensional mechanical computer-aided design) models and model integrity on downstream manufacturing and quality processes. The downstream manufacturing and product quality processes are profoundly influenced and dependent on model quality and modeling process integrity. The goal is to illustrate and expedite the modeling and downstream model-based technologies for available or conceptual methods and tools to achieve maximum economic advantage and advance process-based quality concepts.

  17. On the stability of receding horizon control based on horizon size for linear discrete systems

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    In this study, stability conditions of receding horizon control (RHC) based on a horizon size are proposed for linear discrete systems. The proposed stability conditions present a relevant horizon size which can guarantee the stability of RHC even though a final state weighting matrix does not satisfy non-increasing monotonicity of optimal cost. Therefore, the possible range of the final state weighting matrix ensuring the stability of RHC is extended to zero and also it can be applied to the stability problems of other forms of model predictive control like the conventional stability conditions

  18. Mechanochemically Activated, Calcium Oxide-Based, Magnesium Oxide-Stabilized Carbon Dioxide Sorbents.

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    Kurlov, Alexey; Broda, Marcin; Hosseini, Davood; Mitchell, Sharon J; Pérez-Ramírez, Javier; Müller, Christoph R

    2016-09-01

    Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) is a promising approach to reduce anthropogenic CO2 emissions and mitigate climate change. However, the costs associated with the capture of CO2 using the currently available technology, that is, amine scrubbing, are considered prohibitive. In this context, the so-called calcium looping process, which relies on the reversible carbonation of CaO, is an attractive alternative. The main disadvantage of naturally occurring CaO-based CO2 sorbents, such as limestone, is their rapid deactivation caused by thermal sintering. Here, we report a scalable route based on wet mechanochemical activation to prepare MgO-stabilized, CaO-based CO2 sorbents. We optimized the synthesis conditions through a fundamental understanding of the underlying stabilization mechanism, and the quantity of MgO required to stabilize CaO could be reduced to as little as 15 wt %. This allowed the preparation of CO2 sorbents that exceed the CO2 uptake of the reference limestone by 200 %. PMID:27529608

  19. On the stability and compressive nonlinearity of a physiologically based model of the cochlea

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    Hearing relies on a series of coupled electrical, acoustical (fluidic) and mechanical interactions inside the cochlea that enable sound processing. A positive feedback mechanism within the cochlea, called the cochlear amplifier, provides amplitude and frequency selectivity in the mammalian auditory system. The cochlear amplifier and stability are studied using a nonlinear, micromechanical model of the Organ of Corti (OoC) coupled to the electrical potentials in the cochlear ducts. It is observed that the mechano-electrical transduction (MET) sensitivity and somatic motility of the outer hair cell (OHC), control the cochlear stability. Increasing MET sensitivity beyond a critical value, while electromechanical coupling coefficient is within a specific range, causes instability. We show that instability in this model is generated through a supercritical Hopf bifurcation. A reduced order model of the system is approximated and it is shown that the tectorial membrane (TM) transverse mode effect on the dynamics is significant while the radial mode can be simplified from the equations. The cochlear amplifier in this model exhibits good agreement with the experimental data. A comprehensive 3-dimensional model based on the cross sectional model is simulated and the results are compared. It is indicated that the global model qualitatively inherits some characteristics of the local model, but the longitudinal coupling along the cochlea shifts the stability boundary (i.e., Hopf bifurcation point) and enhances stability

  20. On the stability and compressive nonlinearity of a physiologically based model of the cochlea

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    Nankali, Amir [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States); Grosh, Karl [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States); Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (United States)

    2015-12-31

    Hearing relies on a series of coupled electrical, acoustical (fluidic) and mechanical interactions inside the cochlea that enable sound processing. A positive feedback mechanism within the cochlea, called the cochlear amplifier, provides amplitude and frequency selectivity in the mammalian auditory system. The cochlear amplifier and stability are studied using a nonlinear, micromechanical model of the Organ of Corti (OoC) coupled to the electrical potentials in the cochlear ducts. It is observed that the mechano-electrical transduction (MET) sensitivity and somatic motility of the outer hair cell (OHC), control the cochlear stability. Increasing MET sensitivity beyond a critical value, while electromechanical coupling coefficient is within a specific range, causes instability. We show that instability in this model is generated through a supercritical Hopf bifurcation. A reduced order model of the system is approximated and it is shown that the tectorial membrane (TM) transverse mode effect on the dynamics is significant while the radial mode can be simplified from the equations. The cochlear amplifier in this model exhibits good agreement with the experimental data. A comprehensive 3-dimensional model based on the cross sectional model is simulated and the results are compared. It is indicated that the global model qualitatively inherits some characteristics of the local model, but the longitudinal coupling along the cochlea shifts the stability boundary (i.e., Hopf bifurcation point) and enhances stability.

  1. Kinetic study of Saponins B stability in navy beans under different processing conditions

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    Saponins are rich in the legumes which are known to provide many health benefits for human beings. Saponins B is the main component in the saponins group present in navy beans. The stability of saponins B during food processing is a key issue to evaluating the quality and nutrition of food products....

  2. Improvement of Small Signal Stability of SMIB System Using PSO and CSO based Power System Stabilizer

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    Y. Raghuvamsi

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available In a power system, Low Frequency Oscillations (LFOs are dangerous and make system unstable. These oscillations are referred to small signal stability and they are mainly due to lack of damping torque. This insufficient damping torque is because of high gain and low time constant of Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR. AVR is useful for maintaining the terminal voltage of synchronous machine as constant. While doing so, it will make the system damping torque as negative. For providing required damping torque thereby minimizing the LFOs, Power System Stabilizer is used in conjunction with AVR. In this paper for SMIB system, the stability is studied with the help of eigen values before and after placement of PSS with optimized PSS parameters using Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO and Cat Swarm Optimization (CSO. The simulation work is performed in the MATLAB/SIMULINK and corresponding results are presented and analyzed.

  3. Stabilized nanocrystalline iron-based alloys: Guiding efforts in alloy selection

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    Highlights: → A regular solution model for solute segregation is capable of estimating the effect of solutes on the stability of nanocrystalline Fe. → Stability increases for solutes having larger heats of segregation. → Zr and Ta had an effect on stabilizing the nanocrystalline microstructure of Fe, while Cr and Ni did not. - Abstract: Using a modified regular solution model for grain boundary solute segregation, the relative thermal stability of a number of Fe-based nanocrystalline binary alloys was predicted with considerable accuracy. It was found that nanocrystalline iron was strongly stabilized by zirconium, moderately stabilized by tantalum, and not significantly stabilized by nickel or chromium. These findings are fully in line with the aforementioned predictions. This success with iron based alloys highlights the utility of this practical approach to selecting stabilizing solutes for nanocrystalline alloys.

  4. The stability of insulin in solid formulations containing melezitose and starch. Effects of processing and excipients.

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    Mollmann, S H; Bukrinsky, J T; Elofsson, U; Elversson, J; Frokjaer, S; Thalberg, K; Millqvist-Fureby, A

    2006-07-01

    Solid insulin formulations obtained by different methods of preparation were compared with respect to chemical stability and morphology. Spray- and freeze-drying, solution enhanced dispersion by supercritical fluids (SEDS) and precipitation into starch microspheres were the methods used for preparation of solid powders. The excipients applied were melezitose, starch, and sodium taurocholate. The stability of the samples was evaluated after storage in open containers at 25 degrees C and 30% RH for 6 months. All samples were amorphous after processing and storage as detected by XRD, except for the starch microspheres which were semi-crystalline. The spray- and freeze-dried samples containing melezitose and sodium taurocholate experienced a significant water uptake during storage, resulting in changes in morphology and disappearance of Tg. However, the chemical stability of these samples did not seem to be affected by the water uptake. Changes in morphology were not observed for the SEDS powders and the starch microspheres. The chemical stability of the samples was assessed by HPLC. In general, conventional spray- and freeze drying resulted in samples with higher chemical stability compared to SEDS powders and starch microspheres. Nevertheless, the excipients applied were observed to be of major importance, and further optimization of the formulation as well as processing conditions may lead to slightly different conclusions. PMID:16885131

  5. The power stability of a fiber amplifier based on a multifunction card and PID control program

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    Zhang, Linjie; Yang, Wenguang; Zhang, Hao; Zhao, JianMing; Jia, Suotang

    2016-06-01

    The power stability of a fiber amplifier was significantly improved by means of simultaneously controlling the current of a fiber amplifier and the diffraction efficiency of an acousto-optical modulator. The real-time fluctuation of laser power was recorded by a multifunction card and processed by a proportional–integral–derivative (PID) control program. The feedback loop voltage was introduced to the fiber laser amplifier and acoustic-optic modulator through the analog output of the multifunction card. The control method based on a multifunction card and PID program has good scalability, flexibility and reliability for the complex system on the condition in which the frequency and power of the laser need to be precisely stabilized.

  6. Methodology for the effective stabilization of tin-oxide-based oxidation/reduction catalysts

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    Jordan, Jeffrey D. (Inventor); Schryer, David R. (Inventor); Davis, Patricia P. (Inventor); Leighty, Bradley D. (Inventor); Watkins, Anthony N. (Inventor); Schryer, Jacqueline L. (Inventor); Oglesby, Donald M. (Inventor); Gulati, Suresh T. (Inventor); Summers, Jerry C. (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    The invention described herein involves a novel approach to the production of oxidation/reduction catalytic systems. The present invention serves to stabilize the tin oxide reducible metal-oxide coating by co-incorporating at least another metal-oxide species, such as zirconium. In one embodiment, a third metal-oxide species is incorporated, selected from the group consisting of cerium, lanthanum, hafnium, and ruthenium. The incorporation of the additional metal oxide components serves to stabilize the active tin-oxide layer in the catalytic process during high-temperature operation in a reducing environment (e.g., automobile exhaust). Moreover, the additional metal oxides are active components due to their oxygen-retention capabilities. Together, these features provide a mechanism to extend the range of operation of the tin-oxide-based catalyst system for automotive applications, while maintaining the existing advantages.

  7. Dielectric Coating Thermal Stabilization During GaAs-Based Laser Fabrication for Improved Device Yield

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    Connors, Michael K.; Millsapp, Jamal E.; Turner, George W.

    2016-03-01

    The quality and yield of GaAs-based ridge waveguide devices fabricated at MIT Lincoln Laboratory were negatively impacted by the random lot-to-lot appearance of blisters in the front-side contact metal. The blisters signaled compromised adhesion between the front-side contact metal, underlying SiO2 dielectric coating, and semiconductor surface. A thermal-anneal procedure developed for the fabrication of GaAs slab coupled optical waveguide (SCOW) ridge waveguide devices stabilizes the SiO2 dielectric coating by means of outgassing and stress reduction. This process eliminates a primary source of adhesion loss, as well as blister generation, and thereby significantly improves device yield. Stoney's equation was used to analyze stress-induced bow in device wafers fabricated using this stabilization procedure. This analysis suggests that changes in wafer bow contribute to the incidence of metal blisters in SCOW devices.

  8. Lévy based Cox point processes

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    Hellmund, Gunnar; Prokesová, Michaela; Jensen, Eva Bjørn Vedel

    2008-01-01

    In this paper we introduce Lévy-driven Cox point processes (LCPs) as Cox point processes with driving intensity function Λ defined by a kernel smoothing of a Lévy basis (an independently scattered, infinitely divisible random measure). We also consider log Lévy-driven Cox point processes (LLCPs......) with Λ equal to the exponential of such a kernel smoothing. Special cases are shot noise Cox processes, log Gaussian Cox processes, and log shot noise Cox processes. We study the theoretical properties of Lévy-based Cox processes, including moment properties described by nth-order product densities...

  9. Stability of cassava flour-based food bars

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    Erica Caroline da Silva

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The consumption of Brazilian cassava has been reduced due to a lack of adjustment to the modern lifestyle. To reverse this trend, new products could be developed specifically targeted to high-value niche markets. Cereal bars stand out as fast food high in nutritional value. A bar formula mimicking cereal bars was prepared using a mixture of Brazilian cassava flour, hydrogenated vegetable fat, dried bananas, ground cashew nuts, and glucose syrup. After being pressed, the bars were dried for 1 hour at 65 °C, packaged in films, and stored under ambient conditions. Its stability was continuously monitored for 210 days in order to ensure its safety and enable its introduction to the market. Texture loss was observed in the packed bars after 90 days of storage, but the sensory characteristics allowed the testers to perceive this tendency after only 30 days of storage. However, chemical, physical, and microbial analyses confirmed that the bars were safe for consumption for 180 days. The results showed that a 45 g cassava flour-based bar enriched with nuts and dried fruits can meet 6% of the recommended daily fiber intake with a caloric value between that of the common cereal bar and that of an energy bar. Adapting the formula with ingredients (fruits, nuts from different regions of Brazil may add value to this traditional product as a fast food.

  10. Red emitting phosphors based on titanite with high thermal stability

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Red emitting phosphors based on titanite, (Ca1−x−yEuxNayTiSiO5+δ (x = 0.05, 0.07, 0.10; y = 0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05, were synthesized by the conventional solid state reaction method, and their photoluminescence properties were investigated. Among (Ca1−xEuxTiSiO5+δ (x = 0.05, 0.07, 0.10, (Ca0.93Eu0.07TiSiO5+δ (x = 0.07 showed the highest emission intensity of 14% in comparison with the commercial (Y0.98Eu0.022O2S phosphor. Introduction of monovalent Na+ into the (Ca0.93Eu0.07TiSiO5+δ lattice also enhanced the emission intensity by preventing the reduction of Ti4+ to Ti3+. Consequently, the (Ca0.90Eu0.07Na0.03TiSiO5+δ phosphor enhanced the emission intensity up to 22%. From the thermal analysis results, it is revealed that the thermal stability of the present (Ca0.90Eu0.07Na0.03TiSiO5+δ phosphor was much higher than that of the commercial one.

  11. Leaching of concrete : the leaching process : extrapolation of deterioration : effect on the structural stability

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    Fagerlund, Göran

    2000-01-01

    The leaching process when water attacks concrete, and the effect of leaching on the strength and durability of a concrete structure, is analysed theoretically. Technique for prediction of the future leaching and structural stability is outlined. The analysis is to a certain extent supported by data from literature. The leaching process is divided in five different types: 1: Pure surface leaching 2: Surface leaching involving erosion 3: Homogeneous leaching over the entire structure 4...

  12. Roles of the Amino Group of Purine Bases in the Thermodynamic Stability of DNA Base Pairing

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    Shu-ichi Nakano

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The energetic aspects of hydrogen-bonded base-pair interactions are important for the design of functional nucleotide analogs and for practical applications of oligonucleotides. The present study investigated the contribution of the 2-amino group of DNA purine bases to the thermodynamic stability of oligonucleotide duplexes under different salt and solvent conditions, using 2'-deoxyriboinosine (I and 2'-deoxyribo-2,6-diaminopurine (D as non-canonical nucleotides. The stability of DNA duplexes was changed by substitution of a single base pair in the following order: G•C > D•T ≈ I•C > A•T > G•T > I•T. The apparent stabilization energy due to the presence of the 2-amino group of G and D varied depending on the salt concentration, and decreased in the water-ethanol mixed solvent. The effects of salt concentration on the thermodynamics of DNA duplexes were found to be partially sequence-dependent, and the 2-amino group of the purine bases might have an influence on the binding of ions to DNA through the formation of a stable base-paired structure. Our results also showed that physiological salt conditions were energetically favorable for complementary base recognition, and conversely, low salt concentration media and ethanol-containing solvents were effective for low stringency oligonucleotide hybridization, in the context of conditions employed in this study.

  13. A Model for Protein Sequence Evolution Based on Selective Pressure for Protein Stability: Application to Hemoglobins

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    Lorraine Marsh

    2009-01-01

    Negative selection against protein instability is a central influence on evolution of proteins. Protein stability is maintained over evolution despite changes in underlying sequences. An empirical all-site stability-based model of evolution was developed to focus on the selection of residues arising from their contributions to protein stability. In this model, site rates could vary. A structure-based method was used to predict stationary frequencies of hemoglobin residues based on their prope...

  14. A new transient stability margin based on dynamic security region and its applications

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    XUE AnCheng; MEI ShengWei

    2008-01-01

    A new transient stability margin is proposed based on a new expression of dynamic security region (DSR) which is developed from the existing expression of DSR, Applications of the DSR based transient stability margin to contingency ranking and screening are discussed. Simulations in the 10-machine 39-bus New England system are performed to show the effectiveness of the proposed DSR based tran-sient stability margin.

  15. Stability analysis of grid-connected PV systems based on impedance frequency response

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    Rodríguez Villarreal, José Raúl; Biel Solé, Domingo; Guinjoan Gispert, Francisco

    2011-01-01

    The increase of distributed generation on electric networks has raised the concern of grid stability, among other issues. The PV generators connected to the grid have to deal with varying consumption and generation scenarios, however, this may affect the performance and stability of the generators themselves, as well as the grid. This document presents an analytical stability method to maintain the grid stability by adjusting the generator control parameters based on the ...

  16. Stabilization and dewatering of wastewater treatment plants sludge using the Fenton process

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    Abolfazl Azhdarpoor

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Wastewater sludge typically contains large amounts of water and organic materials; therefore, its stabilization and dewatering is of particular importance. In this study, Fenton oxidation process is used for stabilization and dewatering of sludge in the output of a wastewater treatment plant. To evaluate the sludge stabilization and dewatering, specific resistance to filtration (SRF, volatile organic compounds (VSS, total suspended solids (TSS, soluble chemical oxygen demand (SCOD and heterotrophic bacteria were measured. During the experiment, the optimal values of various parameters such as pH (2-9, hydrogen peroxide (0.015- 0.18mol/L, Fe2+ (0.008- 0.1mol/L and time (5 - 60 minutes for optimum sludge dewatering and stabilization were investigated. The results showed that the highest percentages of SRF reduction and removal rates of SCOD, VSS and TSS were 99.48, 61, 42, and 41 percent respectively. These results were obtained in optimum pH 5, 0.05 mol/l Fe2+, 0.12 mol/l hydrogen peroxide, and the retention time of 15 minutes. The removal rate of heterotrophic bacteria increased with increasing dose of hydrogen peroxide, so that a removal rate of 84 percent was observed at a dose of 0.18 mol/l. In general, Fenton process can reduce volatile organic materials and chemical oxygen demand of the sludge resulting in its significant stabilization and dewatering. In general, Fenton process can reduce volatile organic materials and chemical oxygen demand of the sludge resulting in its significant stabilization and dewatering.

  17. Residue-based Coordinated Selection and Parameter Design of Multiple Power System Stabilizers (PSSs)

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    Su, Chi; Hu, Weihao; Fang, Jiakun; Chen, Zhe

    data from time domain simulations. Then a coordinated approach for multiple PSS selection and parameter design based on residue method is proposed and realized in MATLAB m-files. Particle swarm optimization (PSO) is adopted in the coordination process. The IEEE 39-bus New England system model as the......Residue method is a commonly used approach to design the parameters of a power system stabilizer (PSS). In this paper, a residue identification method is adopted to obtain the system residues for different input-output pairs, using the system identification toolbox in MATLAB with the measurement...

  18. A silane-based polysilicon process

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    Grayson, P. E.; Jaffe, J.

    1986-01-01

    A silane based polysilicon process plant was constructed in Miami, Oklahoma. The processes included: the synthesis of crude silane gas, ultrapurification of the gas, and direct pyrolysis to product silicon. Features of the process provided for direct continuous operation from process feed to final product, without the requirement to store intermediates or even convert the silane to a liquid phase. Semiconductor product quality as analyzed internally was demonstrated by the first integrated operation of the plant.

  19. Preparation, melting behavior and thermal stability of poly(lactic acid)/poly(propylene carbonate) blends processed by vane extruder

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    Zou, Wei; Chen, Rongyuan; Zhang, Haichen; Qu, Jinping

    2016-03-01

    Poly (lactic acid) (PLA)/Poly (propylene carbonate) (PPC) blends were prepared by vane extruder which is a type of novel polymer processing extruder based on elongation force field. Scanning electron microscope (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric (TG) were used respectively to analyze the compatibility, the melting behavior and thermal stability properties of PLA/PPC blends affected by the different content of PPC. The results showed that with the increase of the PPC content, the glass transition temperature of PLA was reduced, and the glass transition temperature of PPC was increased, which indicated that PLA and PPC had partial compatibility. The cold crystallization temperature of PLA increased with the increase of the PPC content, which showed that PPC hindered the cold crystallization process of PLA. The addition of PPC had little impact on the melting process of PLA, and the melting temperature of PLA was almost kept the same value. Thermogravimetric analysis showed that the thermal stability of PPC was worse than that of PLA, the addition of PPC reduced the thermal stability of PLA.

  20. Optimization noise stability based approach to channel routing

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available A solution to an efficiency improvement problem for microelectronic device topology design automation systems is obtained with allowance for noise stability. Noise-stable channel topology designing algorithms are introduced.

  1. Multiple Conceptual Coherences in the Speed Tutorial: Micro-processes of Local Stability

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    Frank, Brian W

    2010-01-01

    Researchers working within knowledge-in-pieces traditions have often employed observational approaches to investigate micro-processes of learning. There is growing evidence from this line of work that students' intuitive thinking about physical phenomena is characterized more so by its diversity and flexibility than its uniformity and robustness. This characterization implies that much of the dynamics of students' thinking over short timescales involve processes that stabilize local patterns of thinking, later destabilize them, and allow other patterns to form. This kind of "change" may only involve dynamics by which the system of intuitive knowledge settles into various states without changing the system structure itself. I describe a case study in which a group of college students shift their thinking about motion several times during a collaborative learning activity. Instead of focusing on micro-processes of change, I describe these dynamics in terms of mechanisms that contribute to local stability of stu...

  2. Stochastic stability analysis for joint process driven and networked hybrid systems

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    Yao, Jing; Lin, Feng; Wang, Hua O.

    2014-05-01

    The stochastic stability and impulsive noise disturbance attenuation in a class of joint process driven and networked hybrid systems with coupling delays (JPDNHSwD) has been investigated. In particular, there are two separable processes monitoring the networked hybrid systems. One drives inherent network structures and properties, the other induces random variations in the control law. Continuous dynamics and control laws in networked subsystems and couplings among subsystems change as events occur stochastically in a spatio-temporal fashion. When an event occurs, the continuous state variables may jump from one value to another. Using the stochastic Lyapunov functional approach, sufficient conditions on the existence of a remote time-delay feedback controller which ensures stochastic stability for this class of JPDNHSwD are obtained. The derived conditions are expressed in terms of solutions of LMIs. An illustrative example of a dynamical network driven by two Markovian processes is used to demonstrate the satisfactory control performance.

  3. Lignin-based carbon fibers: Carbon nanotube decoration and superior thermal stability

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    Lignin-based carbon fibers (CFs) decorated with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were synthesized and their structure, thermal stability and wettability were systematically studied. The carbon fiber precursors were produced by electrospinning lignin/polyacrylonitrile solutions. CFs were obtained by pyrolyzing the precursors and CNTs were subsequently grown on the CFs to eventually achieve a CF–CNT hybrid structure. The processes of pyrolysis and CNT growth were conducted in a tube furnace using different conditions and the properties of the resultant products were studied and compared. The CF–CNT hybrid structure produced at 850 °C using a palladium catalyst showed the highest thermal stability, i.e., 98.3% residual weight at 950 °C. A mechanism for such superior thermal stability was postulated based on the results from X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and electron energy loss spectroscopy analyses. The dense CNT decoration was found to increase the hydrophobicity of the CFs.

  4. Microgrid Stability Controller Based on Adaptive Robust Total SMC

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    Xiaoling Su; Minxiao Han; Josep M. Guerrero; Hai Sun

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a microgrid stability controller (MSC) in order to provide existing distributed generation units (DGs) the additional functionality of working in islanding mode without changing their control strategies in grid-connected mode and to enhance the stability of the microgrid. Microgrid operating characteristics and mathematical models of the MSC indicate that the system is inherently nonlinear and time-variable. Therefore, this paper proposes an adaptive robust total sliding...

  5. Stabilization Based Networked Predictive Controller Design for Switched Plants

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    Routh, Avijit; Das, Sourav; Das, Saptarshi; Pan, Indranil

    2012-01-01

    Stabilizing state feedback controller has been designed in this paper for a switched DC motor plant, controlled over communication network. The switched system formulation for the networked control system (NCS) with additional switching in a plant parameter along with the switching due to random packet losses, have been formulated as few set of non-strict Linear Matrix Inequalities (LMIs). In order to solve non-strict LMIs using standard LMI solver and to design the stabilizing state feedback...

  6. Preparation of Astaxanthin Nanodispersions Using Gelatin-Based Stabilizer Systems

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    Navideh Anarjan; Imededdine Arbi Nehdi; Hassen Mohamed Sbihi; Saud Ibrahim Al-Resayes; Hoda Jafarizadeh Malmiri; Chin Ping Tan

    2014-01-01

    The incorporation of lipophilic nutrients, such as astaxanthin (a fat soluble carotenoid) in nanodispersion systems can either increase the water solubility, stability and bioavailability or widen their applications in aqueous food and pharmaceutical formulations. In this research, gelatin and its combinations with sucrose oleate as a small molecular emulsifier, sodium caseinate (SC) as a protein and gum Arabic as a polysaccharide were used as stabilizer systems in the formation of astaxanthi...

  7. Stability Analysis for Car Following Model Based on Control Theory

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    Stability analysis is one of the key issues in car-following theory. The stability analysis with Lyapunov function for the two velocity difference car-following model (for short, TVDM) is conducted and the control method to suppress traffic congestion is introduced. Numerical simulations are given and results are consistent with the theoretical analysis. (electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics)

  8. Generating functions and stability study of multivariate self-excited epidemic processes

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    Saichev, A. I.; Sornette, D.

    2011-09-01

    We present a stability study of the class of multivariate self-excited Hawkes point processes, that can model natural and social systems, including earthquakes, epileptic seizures and the dynamics of neuron assemblies, bursts of exchanges in social communities, interactions between Internet bloggers, bank network fragility and cascading of failures, national sovereign default contagion, and so on. We present the general theory of multivariate generating functions to derive the number of events over all generations of various types that are triggered by a mother event of a given type. We obtain the stability domains of various systems, as a function of the topological structure of the mutual excitations across different event types. We find that mutual triggering tends to provide a significant extension of the stability (or subcritical) domain compared with the case where event types are decoupled, that is, when an event of a given type can only trigger events of the same type.

  9. Cubic polycrystalline zirconia stabilized with yttrium and rare earth oxide mixture: processing, phase and microstructure characterization

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    Cubic polycrystalline zirconia ceramics stabilized with yttria are an excellent solid electrolyte used as oxygen sensor. In this work are presented and discussed the processing and microstructure characterization of cubic polycrystalline zirconia stabilized with a concentrate of yttrium and rare earth oxides (YRE). The raw materials are of Brazilian origin. The preparation method of the powder mixtures (15 to 23 wt% YRE) was by chemical coprecipitation of the respective hydroxides with ammonia (NH4OH). The powder mixtures were calcined, isostatically pressed and sintered at 1550 C. Phase analyses by X-rays diffraction (XRD) were made aided by a computer program and a mathematical model for calculation of the lattice parameters. Images from scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to make analyses of the sintered ceramic microstructures. The results indicated that cubic polycrystalline zirconia was stabilized with 18 wt% of yttrium and rare earth oxides (YRE) mixtures and its sintered microstructure showed a high densification. (orig.)

  10. Comparative analysis ofCas6b processing and CRISPR RNA stability.

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    Richter, Hagen; Lange, Sita J; Backofen, Rolf; Randau, Lennart

    2013-05-01

    The prokaryotic antiviral defense systems CRISP R (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)/Cas (CRISP Rassociated) employs short crRNAs (CRISP R RNAs) to target invading viral nucleic acids. A short spacer sequence of these crRNAs can be derived from a viral genome and recognizes a reoccurring attack of a virus via base complementarity. We analyzed the effect of spacer sequences on the maturation of crRNAs of the subtype I-B Methanococcus maripaludis C5 CRISP R cluster. The responsible endonuclease, termed Cas6b, bound non-hydrolyzable repeat RNA as a dimer and mature crRNA as a monomer. Comparative analysis of Cas6b processing of individual spacer-repeat-spacer RNA substrates and crRNA stability revealed the potential influence of spacer sequence and length on these parameters. Correlation of these observations with the variable abundance of crRNAs visualized by deep-sequencing analyses is discussed. Finally, insertion of spacer and repeat sequences with archaeal poly-T termination signals is suggested to be prevented in archaeal CRISP R/Cas systems. PMID:23392318

  11. High level model predictive control for plug-and-play process control with stability guaranty

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    Michelsen, Axel Gottlieb; Stoustrup, Jakob

    2010-01-01

    In this paper a method for designing a stabilizing high level model predictive controller for a hierarchical plug- and-play process is presented. This is achieved by abstracting the lower layers of the controller structure as low order models with uncertainty and by using a robust model predictive...... controller for generating the references for these. A simulation example, in which the actuators in a process control system are changed, is reported to show the potential of this approach for plug and play process control....

  12. Direct applications of stabilized methanol from the liquid phase methanol (LPMEOH) process

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    Bhatt, B.L.; Heydorn, E.C.; Tijm, P.J.A.; Kornosky, R.M.

    1999-07-01

    The Liquid Phase Methanol (LPMEOH) process uses a slurry bubble column reactor to convert synthesis (syngas) gas to methanol. Because of its superior heat management, the process can directly utilize the carbon monoxide (CO)-rich syngas characteristic of the gasification of coal, petroleum coke, residual oil, wastes, or other hydrocarbon feedstocks. When added to an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant for peak shaving, the LPMEOH process converts a portion of the CO-rich syngas produced by the gasifier to methanol, and the unconverted gas is used to fuel the gas turbine combined-cycle power plant. A 260 short tons per day LPMEOH Process Demonstration Plant has been in operation at Eastman Chemical Company's chemicals-from-coal complex in Kingsport, Tennessee since April 1997. One of the advantages of the LPMEOH Process for coproduction of electric power and methanol from coal-derived syngas is that the as-produced, stabilized (degassed) methanol product is of unusually high quality (e.g. less than 1 wt% water) which may be suitable for direct use premium fuel applications. When compared to conventional methanol synthesis processes, cost savings of $0.04 to $0.11 per gallon of methanol can be achieved in coproduction facilities. However, the suitability of the stabilized product as a fuel must be demonstrated. A product-use test program has been developed to enhance the early commercial acceptance of central clean coal technology processing facilities, coproducing electricity and methanol. The objective of this program is to demonstrate commercial market applications for the ``as produced'' or stabilized methanol as a replacement fuel and as a fuel supplement. Fuel economics will be evaluated for the ``as produced'' methanol for use in municipal, industrial, and utility applications and as fuel supplements for gasoline, diesel, and natural gas. The applications (for example, as a hydrogen source for fuel cells, and as a

  13. Effect of Different Denture Base Materials and Changed Mouth Temperature on Dimensional Stability of Complete Dentures

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    Khalid A. O. Arafa

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Type of materials used in fabrication of denture base has an effect on dimension during denture base material processing and other factors related to clinical use. Objective. The study aims were to assess the dimensional stability including thermal changes of three different denture base materials. Methods. Ninety patients were selected to construct complete dentures with different denture base materials. They were randomly divided into three groups: group 1, patients with cobalt chrome metallic base; group 2, patients with heat curing acrylic resin fabricated by injection moulding technique; and group 3, patients with denture bases fabricated by conventional heat curing acrylic resin. The dimensional changes were assessed using digital caliper. Results. After the twelfth month, injection moulding acrylic resin had significantly the highest dimensional change followed by the conventional heat curing acrylic resin. There were no significant differences in the dimensions between the three types of denture base materials at normal mouth temperature, while, after hot tea drinking at 45°C, the dimensional change was significantly the highest in cobalt chrome metallic denture base group. Conclusion. Cobalt chrome metallic denture base has stable dimension compared to denture bases fabricated of acrylic resin but it was more affected by altered mouth temperature. The study was registered in the International Standard Randomized Controlled Trials Number (ISRCTN registry with study ID (ISRCTN94238244.

  14. Effect of Different Denture Base Materials and Changed Mouth Temperature on Dimensional Stability of Complete Dentures.

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    Arafa, Khalid A O

    2016-01-01

    Background. Type of materials used in fabrication of denture base has an effect on dimension during denture base material processing and other factors related to clinical use. Objective. The study aims were to assess the dimensional stability including thermal changes of three different denture base materials. Methods. Ninety patients were selected to construct complete dentures with different denture base materials. They were randomly divided into three groups: group 1, patients with cobalt chrome metallic base; group 2, patients with heat curing acrylic resin fabricated by injection moulding technique; and group 3, patients with denture bases fabricated by conventional heat curing acrylic resin. The dimensional changes were assessed using digital caliper. Results. After the twelfth month, injection moulding acrylic resin had significantly the highest dimensional change followed by the conventional heat curing acrylic resin. There were no significant differences in the dimensions between the three types of denture base materials at normal mouth temperature, while, after hot tea drinking at 45°C, the dimensional change was significantly the highest in cobalt chrome metallic denture base group. Conclusion. Cobalt chrome metallic denture base has stable dimension compared to denture bases fabricated of acrylic resin but it was more affected by altered mouth temperature. The study was registered in the International Standard Randomized Controlled Trials Number (ISRCTN) registry with study ID (ISRCTN94238244). PMID:27143970

  15. Ageing dependence and martensite stabilization in copper based shape memory alloys

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    Shape memory alloys exhibit a peculiar property called shape memory effect based on a first order solid state phase transformation, martensitic transformation which occurs in thermal manner on cooling the materials. Martensitic transformation is evaluated by the structural changes in microscopic scale. Copper-based ternary alloys exhibit shape memory effect in metastable beta phase region. These alloys have bcc-based ordered structures at high temperature, and transform martensiticaly to the long-period layered structures on cooling. The material atoms move cooperatively on (110)-type close packed planes of parent phase by means of a shear-like mechanism, and structural and fundamental properties of these alloys are altered by aging in the martensitic state. Therefore, the ageing gives rise to the structural changes in both long and short-range order in material. X-ray powder diffraction studies carried out in a long time interval on copper based shape memory alloys reveal that peak locations and intensities chance with ageing duration in martensitic condition, and these changes lead to the martensite stabilization in the redistribution or disordering manner, and stabilization proceeds by a diffusion-controlled process. (author)

  16. Ageing dependence and martensite stabilization in copper based shape memory alloys

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    Shape memory alloys exhibit a peculiar property called shape memory effect based on a first order solid state phase transformation, martensitic transformation which occurs in thermal manner on cooling the materials. Martensitic transformation is evaluated by the structural changes in microscopic scale. Copper-based ternary alloys exhibit shape memory effect in metastable beta phase region. These alloys have bcc-based ordered structures at high temperature, and transform martensiticaly to the long-period layered structures on cooling. The material atoms move cooperatively on {110}-type close packed planes of parent phase by means of a shear-like mechanism, and structural and fundamental properties of these alloys are altered by aging in the martensitic state. Therefore, the ageing gives rise to the structural changes in both long and short-range order in material. X-ray powder diffraction studies carried out in a long time interval on copper based shape memory alloys reveal that peak locations and intensities chance with ageing duration in martensitic condition, and these changes lead to the martensite stabilization in the redistribution or disordering manner, and stabilization proceeds by a diffusion-controlled process

  17. Microgrid Stability Controller Based on Adaptive Robust Total SMC

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    Su, Xiaoling; Han, Minxiao; Guerrero, Josep M.; Sun, Hai

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a microgrid stability controller (MSC) in order to provide existing DGs the additional functionality of working in islanding mode without changing their control strategies in grid-connected mode and to enhance the stability of the microgrid. Microgrid operating characteristics...... and mathematical models of the MSC indicate that the system is inherently nonlinear and time-variable. Therefore, this paper proposes an adaptive robust total sliding-mode control (ARTSMC) system for the MSC. It is proved that the ARTSMC system is insensitive to parametric uncertainties and external...

  18. Idaho Chemical Processing Plant low-level waste grout stabilization development program FY-96 status report

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    The general purpose of the Grout Stabilization Development Program is to solidify and stabilize the liquid low-level wastes (LLW) generated at the Idaho Chemical Processing Plant (ICPP). It is anticipated that LLW will be produced from the following: (1) chemical separation of the tank farm high-activity sodium-bearing waste; (2) retrieval, dissolution, and chemical separation of the aluminum, zirconium, and sodium calcines; (3) facility decontamination processes; and (4) process equipment waste. The main tasks completed this fiscal year as part of the program were chromium stabilization study for sodium-bearing waste and stabilization and solidification of LLW from aluminum and zirconium calcines. The projected LLW will be highly acidic and contain high amounts of nitrates. Both of these are detrimental to Portland cement chemistry; thus, methods to precondition the LLW and to cure the grout were explored. A thermal calcination process, called denitration, was developed to solidify the waste and destroy the nitrates. A three-way blend of Portland cement, blast furnace slag, and fly ash was successfully tested. Grout cubes were prepared at various waste loadings to maximize loading while meeting compressive strength and leach resistance requirements. For the sodium LLW, a 25% waste loading achieves a volume reduction of 3.5 and a compressive strength of 2,500 pounds per square inch while meeting leach, mix, and flow requirements. It was found that the sulfur in the slag reduces the chromium leach rate below regulatory limits. For the aluminum LLW, a 15% waste loading achieves a volume reduction of 8.5 and a compressive strength of 4,350 pounds per square inch while meeting leach requirements. Likewise for zirconium LLW, a 30% waste loading achieves a volume reduction of 8.3 and a compressive strength of 3,570 pounds per square inch

  19. A unified approach for processing unbalanced conditions in transient stability calculations

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    Ni, Y; Bai, X.; Jiang, T.; Guo, Z.; Yan, Z.

    2006-01-01

    A unified approach has been proposed in the paper for processing unbalanced operating conditions in transient stability calculations. The suggested method combined advantages of both abc phase coordinates and 012 sequence coordinates. The former is used to describe faults since it is suitable to modeling simultaneous faults and the latter is used for time simulation for its sparse nature. Novel fault description and coordinate conversion formulation is presented. The equivalent positive seque...

  20. Effects of different tillage treatments on labile soil organic matter pools and stabilization processes

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    Andruschkewitsch, Rouven

    2013-01-01

    An improved understanding of soil organic carbon (Corg) dynamics in interaction with the mechanisms of soil structure formation is important in terms of sustainable agriculture and reduction of environmental costs of agricultural ecosystems. However, information on physical and chemical processes influencing formation and stabilization of water stable aggregates in association with Corg sequestration is scarce. Long term soil experiments are important in evaluating open questions about manage...

  1. Environmental stability of solution processed Al-doped ZnO naoparticulate thin films using surface modification technique

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • AZO nanoparticulate films were deposited using ultrasonic spray deposition. • Functionalization of solution processed AZO thin films was carried out. • Contact angles and QNM AFM results confirmed the existence of molecular layers. • Environmental stability of AZO films greatly increased with surface modification. - Abstract: The environmental stability of solution processed Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films was enhanced by functionalizing the film surface with a thin self-assembled molecular layer. Functionalization of AZO films was performed using two types of molecules having identical 12-carbon alkyl chain termination but different functional groups: dodecanethiol (DDT) and dodecanoic acid (DDA). Surface modified AZO films were examined using electrical resistivity measurements, contact angle measurements and quantitative nanomechanical property mapping atomic force microscopy. The hydrophobic layer inhibits the penetration of oxygen and water into the AZO's grain boundaries thus significantly increasing the environmental stability over unmodified AZO. Surface modified AZO films using DDT exhibited lower electrical resistivity compared to DDA functionalized AZO films. Our study demonstrates a new approach for improving the physical properties of oxide based nanoparticulate films for device applications

  2. Environmental stability of solution processed Al-doped ZnO naoparticulate thin films using surface modification technique

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    Vunnam, Swathi, E-mail: swathivunnam@gmail.com [Program of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD 57701 (United States); Ankireddy, Krishnamraju; Kellar, Jon [Program of Materials Engineering and Science, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD 57701 (United States); Cross, William, E-mail: William.Cross@sdsmt.edu [Program of Materials Engineering and Science, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD 57701 (United States)

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • AZO nanoparticulate films were deposited using ultrasonic spray deposition. • Functionalization of solution processed AZO thin films was carried out. • Contact angles and QNM AFM results confirmed the existence of molecular layers. • Environmental stability of AZO films greatly increased with surface modification. - Abstract: The environmental stability of solution processed Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films was enhanced by functionalizing the film surface with a thin self-assembled molecular layer. Functionalization of AZO films was performed using two types of molecules having identical 12-carbon alkyl chain termination but different functional groups: dodecanethiol (DDT) and dodecanoic acid (DDA). Surface modified AZO films were examined using electrical resistivity measurements, contact angle measurements and quantitative nanomechanical property mapping atomic force microscopy. The hydrophobic layer inhibits the penetration of oxygen and water into the AZO's grain boundaries thus significantly increasing the environmental stability over unmodified AZO. Surface modified AZO films using DDT exhibited lower electrical resistivity compared to DDA functionalized AZO films. Our study demonstrates a new approach for improving the physical properties of oxide based nanoparticulate films for device applications.

  3. Reliability-based assessment of concrete dam stability

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    Westberg, Marie

    2010-02-15

    . - Description of the headwater results in a series system; either failure occurs for water levels at retention water level (rwl) or for water levels above rwl, the latter described by an exponential distribution. - Uplift is one of the most important loads. A geostatistical simulation procedure is presented, where the hydraulic conductivity field of the foundation is described by a variogram and uplift is simulated by a FE-analysis. This methodology is demonstrated to be very useful and gives estimates of the statistical distribution of uplift. Three papers on this subject are included; the first is a description of the methodology, the second presents a sensitivity analysis performed for a large number of different combinations of input data and the last is an application to a Brazilian dam, where water pressure tests and monitoring results are available. In two papers SRA is applied to concrete dams and the system reliability is determined. In the first paper a spillway section where information of e.g. cohesion, friction angles etc. were available is analysed. In the last paper an idealized dam and a power intake structure are analysed. The conclusions are that SRA may be used for assessment of concrete dam stability and that it is well fitted for the dam safety risk management process. Every dam is a unique prototype and SRA enables specific behaviour and properties of a certain structure to be taken to consideration. The system reliability analysis is a very valuable tool in understanding the relationship between failure modes and enables the safety for the whole structure to be determined. In a reliability analysis the most important parameters may be identified and thus safety measures can be focused where it gives the best possible output. A general safety consideration is that development of the safety concept for concrete dams, from deterministic to probabilistic or semi-probabilistic, will give a known and more uniform level of safety

  4. Distributed Multi-Agent-Based Protection Scheme for Transient Stability Enhancement in Power Systems

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    Rahman, M. S.; Mahmud, M. A.; Pota, H. R.; Hossain, M. J.; Orchi, T. F.

    2015-04-01

    This paper presents a new distributed agent-based scheme to enhance the transient stability of power systems by maintaining phase angle cohesiveness of interconnected generators through proper relay coordination with critical clearing time (CCT) information. In this distributed multi-agent infrastructure, intelligent agents represent various physical device models to provide dynamic information and energy flow among different physical processes of power systems. The agents can communicate with each other in a distributed manner with a final aim to control circuit breakers (CBs) with CCT information as this is the key issue for maintaining and enhancing the transient stability of power systems. The performance of the proposed scheme is evaluated on a standard IEEE 39-bus New England benchmark system under different large disturbances such as three-phase short-circuit faults and changes in loads within the systems. From the simulation results, it is found that the proposed scheme significantly enhances the transient stability of power systems as compared to a conventional scheme of static CB operation.

  5. Comparison of the dimensional stability of two waxes and two acrylic resin processing techniques in the production of complete dentures.

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    Sykora, O; Sutow, E J

    1990-05-01

    Two base plate waxes and two denture processing techniques were independently compared for dimensional stability. Occlusion rims were constructed from extra hard and medium soft base plate waxes and teeth were set. Acrylic resin bases were processed by a trial packing technique, and a continuous injection system. Tooth movement was measured in the horizontal and vertical planes to assess wax and denture base dimensional changes at various steps in the process, and after 1, 3, and 8 weeks of denture base immersion in water at room temperature. Posterior palatal border adaptation, incisal pin opening and loss of centric occlusion contacts, were also measured. Results showed there were no significant differences between the two waxes as determined by tooth movement in the horizontal and vertical planes. In comparison to the trial packing technique, the continuous injection system showed significantly smaller changes for incisal pin opening and loss of centric occlusion, and better adaptation of the posterior palatal border to the cast. Measurement of tooth movement in the horizontal and vertical planes showed no significant differences between the two processing techniques for times prior to immersion in water, whereas after 8 weeks immersion the continuous injection technique showed smaller dimensional changes, relative to the original dimensions at the time of investing. PMID:2189970

  6. The stability of magnetic colloid based from copaiba oil

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    The magnetite (Fe3O4) nanoparticles (7 nm average diameter) have been synthesized and stably-suspended in a natural copaiba oil. The morphological and structural characteristics of the nanosized magnetite and the colloidal stability of the as-produced magnetic fluid sample were investigated using transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, photoacoustic spectroscopy and Moessbauer spectroscopy.

  7. The stability of magnetic colloid based from copaiba oil

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    Santos, J. G.; Silveira, L. B.; Ferreira, Q. S.; Garg, V. K.; Oliveira, A. C.; Parise, M. S.; Morais, P. C.

    2010-03-01

    The magnetite (Fe3O4) nanoparticles (7 nm average diameter) have been synthesized and stably-suspended in a natural copaiba oil. The morphological and structural characteristics of the nanosized magnetite and the colloidal stability of the as-produced magnetic fluid sample were investigated using transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, photoacoustic spectroscopy and Mössbauer spectroscopy.

  8. The stability of magnetic colloid based from copaiba oil

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    Santos, J G; Silveira, L B; Ferreira, Q S [Fundacao Universidade Federal de Rondonia, Departamento de Fisica, Porto Velho-RO 78961-970 (Brazil); Garg, V K; Oliveira, A C; Parise, M S; Morais, P C, E-mail: brjudes@gmail.co, E-mail: judes@unir.b [Universidade de Brasilia, Instituto de Fisica, Nucleo de Fisica Aplicada, Brasilia DF 70910-900 (Brazil)

    2010-03-01

    The magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles (7 nm average diameter) have been synthesized and stably-suspended in a natural copaiba oil. The morphological and structural characteristics of the nanosized magnetite and the colloidal stability of the as-produced magnetic fluid sample were investigated using transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, photoacoustic spectroscopy and Moessbauer spectroscopy.

  9. Existence and Uniqueness of Minimization Problems with Fourier Based Stabilizers

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    Heidelberg : Physica Verlag, 2004 - (Antoch, J.), s. 1853-1860 [COMPSTAT 2004. Symposium /16./. Prague (CZ), 23.08.2004-27.08.2004] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA201/02/0428 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1030915 Keywords : neural networks * minimization of functionals * regularization theory * stabilizers * Fourier transform Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics

  10. Approximate entropy--a new statistic to quantify arc and welding process stability in short-circuiting gas metal arc welding

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    Cao Biao; Xiang Yuan-Peng; Lü Xiao-Qing; Zeng Min; Huang Shi-Sheng

    2008-01-01

    Based on the phase state reconstruction of welding current in short-circuiting gas metal arc welding using carbon dioxide as shielding gas, the approximate entropy of welding current as well as its standard deviation has been calculated and analysed to investigate their relation with the stability of electric arc and welding process. The extensive experimental and calculated results show that the approximate entropy of welding current is significantly and positively correlated with arc and welding process stability, whereas its standard deviation is correlated with them negatively. A larger approximate entropy and a smaller standard deviation imply a more stable arc and welding process, and vice versa. As a result, the approximate entropy of welding current promises well in assessing and quantifying the stability of electric arc and welding process in short-circuiting gas metal arc welding.

  11. Stability of DON and OTA during the breadmaking process and determination of process and performance criteria

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    Vidal, A.; Morales-Valle, H.; Sanchis, V.; Ramos, A. J.; Marín, S.

    2014-01-01

    The fate of deoxynivalenol (DON) and ochratoxin A (OTA) during the breadmaking process was studied. In particular, toxin content was analysed in mixed baking ingredients before kneading, after fermentation and proofing, and finally after baking. Fermentation and proofing were carried out at 30 C for 1 h, while baking was performed at different temperature levels (from 170 to 210 C) and baking times from 45 to 135 min, in a full factorial design. DON increased from unkneaded mix to fermented d...

  12. Virtual Impedance Based Stability Improvement for DC Microgrids with Constant Power Loads

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    Lu, Xiaonan; Sun, Kai; Huang, Lipei;

    2014-01-01

    DC microgrid provides an efficient way to integrate different kinds of renewable energy sources with DC couplings. In this paper, in order to improve the stability of DC microgrids with constant power loads (CPLs), a virtual impedance based method is proposed. The CPLs have inherent instability...... issues induced by negative incremental impedances. This negative impedance makes the system poorly damped and the stability is thereby degraded. To enhance the system stability, virtual impedance based stabilizer comprised of series-connected inductance and resistance is employed. In particular, two...

  13. Realization of LOS (Line of Sight) stabilization based on reflector using carrier attitude compensation method

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    Mao, Yao; Tian, Jing; Ma, Jia-guang

    2015-02-01

    The techonology of LOS stabilization is widely applicated in moving carrier photoelectric systems such as shipborne, airborne and so on. In application situations with compact structure, such as LOS stabilization system of unmanned aerial vehicle, LOS stabilization based on reflector is adopted, and the detector is installed on the carrier to reduce the volume of stabilized platform and loading weight. However, the LOS deflection angle through reflector and the rotation angle of the reflector has a ratio relation of 2:1, simple reflector of stable inertial space can not make the optical axis stable. To eliminate the limitation of mirror stabilizing method, this article puts forward the carrier attitude compensation method, which uses the inertial sensor installed on the carrier to measure the attitude change of the carrier, and the stabilized platform rotating half of the carrier turbulence angle to realize the LOS stabilization.

  14. Olive-oil nanocapsules stabilized by HSA: influence of processing variables on particle properties

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    Liquid lipid nanocapsules (LLN) are considered to be promising drug carriers in the medical field. The size and the surface charge of these nanocarriers are of major importance, affecting their bioavailability and the in vivo behaviour after intravenous injection. This research provides a comprehensive study on the preparation of olive-oil nanocapsules stabilized with a human serum albumin shell (HSA). LLN were prepared by modified solvent-displacement method. Numerous experimental variables were examined in order to characterize their impact on LLN size, distribution, and electrophoretic mobility. Physicochemical parameters of LLN were controlled by adjusting the nanodroplet stabilizing shell of adsorbed protein molecules, which was affected by the oil:HSA ratio, pH, and ionic strength of aqueous medium. The stronger the repulsion between adsorbed HSA molecules, the smaller and more monodisperse the particles proved. Other process parameters, including the ethanol:acetone ratio, organic:aqueous phase ratio, speed of organic-phase injection, and stirring rate were examined to achieve optimum preparation conditions. LLN produced by our standardized formulation were in the range of 170–175 nm with low polydispersity index (<0.1). Long-term colloidal stability of samples was evaluated after 6 months of storage. Efficient incorporation of curcumin, a model for a water-insoluble drug, into olive-oil nanocapsules was achieved (90 %). Encapsulation of curcumin into LLN had a stabilizing effect with respect to drug photodecomposition compared to that of the free molecule in solution

  15. Olive-oil nanocapsules stabilized by HSA: influence of processing variables on particle properties

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    Molina-Bolívar, J. A., E-mail: jmb@uma.es [University of Málaga, Department of Applied Physics II, Engineering School (Spain); Galisteo-González, F. [University of Granada, Department of Applied Physics (Spain)

    2015-10-15

    Liquid lipid nanocapsules (LLN) are considered to be promising drug carriers in the medical field. The size and the surface charge of these nanocarriers are of major importance, affecting their bioavailability and the in vivo behaviour after intravenous injection. This research provides a comprehensive study on the preparation of olive-oil nanocapsules stabilized with a human serum albumin shell (HSA). LLN were prepared by modified solvent-displacement method. Numerous experimental variables were examined in order to characterize their impact on LLN size, distribution, and electrophoretic mobility. Physicochemical parameters of LLN were controlled by adjusting the nanodroplet stabilizing shell of adsorbed protein molecules, which was affected by the oil:HSA ratio, pH, and ionic strength of aqueous medium. The stronger the repulsion between adsorbed HSA molecules, the smaller and more monodisperse the particles proved. Other process parameters, including the ethanol:acetone ratio, organic:aqueous phase ratio, speed of organic-phase injection, and stirring rate were examined to achieve optimum preparation conditions. LLN produced by our standardized formulation were in the range of 170–175 nm with low polydispersity index (<0.1). Long-term colloidal stability of samples was evaluated after 6 months of storage. Efficient incorporation of curcumin, a model for a water-insoluble drug, into olive-oil nanocapsules was achieved (90 %). Encapsulation of curcumin into LLN had a stabilizing effect with respect to drug photodecomposition compared to that of the free molecule in solution.

  16. Digital Signal Processing Based Biotelemetry Receivers

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    Singh, Avtar; Hines, John; Somps, Chris

    1997-01-01

    This is an attempt to develop a biotelemetry receiver using digital signal processing technology and techniques. The receiver developed in this work is based on recovering signals that have been encoded using either Pulse Position Modulation (PPM) or Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) technique. A prototype has been developed using state-of-the-art digital signal processing technology. A Printed Circuit Board (PCB) is being developed based on the technique and technology described here. This board is intended to be used in the UCSF Fetal Monitoring system developed at NASA. The board is capable of handling a variety of PPM and PCM signals encoding signals such as ECG, temperature, and pressure. A signal processing program has also been developed to analyze the received ECG signal to determine heart rate. This system provides a base for using digital signal processing in biotelemetry receivers and other similar applications.

  17. Particle-bubble aggregate stability on static bubble generated by single nozzle on flotation process

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    Warjito, Harinaldi, Setyantono, Manus; Siregar, Sahala D.

    2016-06-01

    There are three sub-processes on flotation. These processes are intervening liquid film into critical thickness, rupture of liquid film forming three phase contact line, and expansion three phase contact line forming aggregate stability. Aggregate stability factor contribute to determine flotation efficiency. Aggregate stability has some important factors such as reagent and particle geometry. This research focussed on to understand effect of particle geometry to aggregate stability. Experimental setup consists of 9 x 9 x26 cm flotation column made of glass, bubble generator, particle feeding system, and high speed video camera. Bubble generator made from single nozzle with 0.3 mm diameter attached to programmable syringe pump. Particle feeding system made of pipette. Particle used in this research is taken from open pit Grasberg in Timika, Papua. Particle has sub-angular geometry and its size varies from 38 to 300 µm. Bubble-particle interaction are recorded using high speed video camera. Recordings from high speed video camera analyzed using image processing software. Experiment result shows that aggregate particle-bubble and induction time depends on particle size. Small particle (38-106 µm) has long induction time and able to rupture liquid film and also forming three phase contact line. Big particle (150-300 µm) has short induction time, so it unable to attach with bubble easily. This phenomenon is caused by apparent gravity work on particle-bubble interaction. Apparent gravity worked during particle sliding on bubble surface experience increase and reached its maximum magnitude at bubble equator. After particle passed bubble equator, apparent gravity force experience decrease. In conclusion particle size from 38-300 µm can form stable aggregate if particle attached with bubble in certain condition.

  18. Process-based software project management

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    Goodman, F Alan

    2006-01-01

    Not connecting software project management (SPM) to actual, real-world development processes can lead to a complete divorcing of SPM to software engineering that can undermine any successful software project. By explaining how a layered process architectural model improves operational efficiency, Process-Based Software Project Management outlines a new method that is more effective than the traditional method when dealing with SPM. With a clear and easy-to-read approach, the book discusses the benefits of an integrated project management-process management connection. The described tight coup

  19. Dynamic Stability Analysis of a Trotting Quadruped Robot Based on Switching Control

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    Lin Lang

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a dynamic stability analysis method for a trotting quadruped robot on unknown rough terrains, which is based on the Lyapunov theory of a switching system. Firstly, the dynamical model of a trotting quadruped robot is built as a nonlinear switching system. In the stance phase, the dynamical model of a body and two stance legs is approximated as a compound model including a seven-link mechanism and a linear inverted pendulum. Furthermore, as a result of the switching process, the trotting quadruped robot becomes a non-autonomous system. Secondly, a contact force distribution/control strategy is proposed, based on adaptive sliding mode to guarantee the position and orientation of the seven-link mechanism asymptotically stable in the stance phase. With the proposed strategy, a common Lyapunov function is designed in order to validate the uniform asymptotic stability of the body’s height and orientation variations. Then, the landing positions of the swing legs are calculated, based on the linear inverted pendulum model in order to make the horizontal position error of the robot converge to a bounded region. Finally, quadruped trotting experiments are performed in order to validate the effectiveness of the proposed methods.

  20. Eigenvalue-based harmonic stability analysis method in inverter-fed power systems

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    Wang, Yanbo; Wang, Xiongfei; Blaabjerg, Frede; Chen, Zhe

    This paper presents an eigenvalue-based harmonic stability analysis method for inverter-fed power systems. A full-order small-signal model for a droop-controlled Distributed Generation (DG) inverter is built first, including the time delay of digital control system, inner current and voltage...... control loops, and outer droop-based power control loop. Based on the inverter model, an overall small-signal model of a two-inverter-fed system is then established, and the eigenvalue-based stability analysis is subsequently performed to assess the influence of controller parameters on the harmonic...... harmonic stability analysis method....

  1. Post-Processing Techniques to Enhance Reliability of Assignment Algorithm Based Performance Measures

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    Peeta, Srinivas; Kumar, Amit; Sharma, Sushant

    2011-01-01

    This study develops an enhanced transportation planning framework by augmenting the sequential four-step planning process with post-processing techniques. The post-processing techniques are incorporated through a feedback mechanism and aim to improve the stability and convergence properties of the solution, thereby improving the reliability of the planning process. There are three building blocks of the proposed post-processing module: slope-based multi-path algorithm or SMPA, perturbation as...

  2. Stability High Salt Content Waste Using Sol Gel Process. Mixed Waste Focus Area. OST Reference Number 0236

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    None, None

    1999-09-01

    Mixed waste sludges, soils, and homogeneous solids containing high levels of salt ( ~ greater than 15% by weight ) have proven to be difficult to stabilize due to the soluble nature of the salts. The current stabilization technique for high salt waste, grouting with Portland cement, is limited to low waste loadings. The presence of salts interfere with the hydration and curing of the cement, cause waste form deteriorating mineral expansions, or result in an undesirable separate phase altogether. Improved technologies for the stabilization of salt waste must be able to accommodate higher salt loadings, while maintaining structural integrity, chemical durability, and leach resistance. In a joint collaboration supported by the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Mixed Waste Focus Area (MWFA), the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the Arizona Materials Laboratory (AML) at the University of Arizona have developed a sol-gel (wet-chemical) based, low-temperature-processing route for the stabilization of salt-containing mixed wastes. By blending and reacting liquid precursors at room temperature with salt waste, strong, impermeable “polyceram” matrices have been formed that encapsulate the environmentally hazardous waste components. As depicted by Figure 1, polycerams are hybrid organic/inorganic materials with unique properties derived from the chemical combination of polymer (organic) and ceramic (inorganic) components. For this application, the stabilizing polyceram matrices contain polybutadiene-based polymer components and silicon dioxide (SiO2) as the inorganic component. Polybutadiene (PBD) is a strong, tough, waterresistant plastic and its use in the polyceram promotes these same characteristics in the waste form. The PBD polymer component is modified to increase its reactivity with the SiO2 precursor during sol-gel processing. When combined, the polymer and SiO2 precursors react, gel, solidify, and encapsulate the

  3. Photo stabilizing Efficiency of PVC Based On Epoxidized Oleic Acid

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    The photo stabilization of poly (vinyl chloride) (PVC) films by epoxidized oleic acid compounds was investigated. The PVC films containing concentration of complexes 0.5 % by weight were produced by the casting method from tetrahydrofuran (THF) solvent. The photo stabilization activities of these compounds were determined by monitoring the carbonyl, polyene and hydroxyl indices with irradiation time. The changes in viscosity average molecular weight of PVC with irradiation time were also tracked (using THF as a solvent). The quantum yield of the chain scission (Φcs) of these complexes in PVC films was evaluated and found to range between 4.98x10-8 and 8.72x10-8. According to the experimental results obtained, mechanisms were suggested depending on the structure of the additive (oleic acid). (author)

  4. Towards understanding the stabilization process in vermicomposting using PARAFAC analysis of fluorescence spectra.

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    Lv, Baoyi; Xing, Meiyan; Zhao, Chunhui; Yang, Jian; Xiang, Liang

    2014-12-01

    In this study, fluorescence excitation-emission matrix (EEM) combined with parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC) was employed to trace the behavior of water extractable organic matter and assess the stabilization process during vermicomposting of sewage sludge and cattle dung. Experiments using different mixing ratios of sewage sludge and cattle dung were conducted using Eisenia fetida. The results showed that vermicomposting reduced the DOC, DOC/DON ratio and ammonia, while increased the nitrate content. A three-component model containing two humic-like materials (components 1 and 2) and a protein-like material (component 3) was successfully developed using PARAFAC analysis. Moreover, the initial waste composition had a significant effect on the distribution of each component and the addition of cattle dung improved the stability of sewage sludge in vermicomposting. The PARAFAC results also indicated that protein-like materials were degraded and humic acid-like compounds were evolved during vermicomposting. Pearson correlation analysis showed that components 2 and 3 are more suitable to assess vermicompost maturity than component 1. In all, EEM-PARAFAC can be used to track organic transformation and assess biological stability during the vermicomposting process. PMID:25068534

  5. Differences in Pornography Use Among Couples: Associations with Satisfaction, Stability, and Relationship Processes.

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    Willoughby, Brian J; Carroll, Jason S; Busby, Dean M; Brown, Cameron C

    2016-01-01

    The present study utilized a sample of 1755 adult couples in heterosexual romantic relationships to examine how different patterns of pornography use between romantic partners may be associated with relationship outcomes. While pornography use has been generally associated with some negative and some positive couple outcomes, no study has yet explored how differences between partners may uniquely be associated with relationship well-being. Results suggested that greater discrepancies between partners in pornography use were related to less relationship satisfaction, less stability, less positive communication, and more relational aggression. Mediation analyses suggested that greater pornography use discrepancies were primarily associated with elevated levels of male relational aggression, lower female sexual desire, and less positive communication for both partners which then predicted lower relational satisfaction and stability for both partners. Results generally suggest that discrepancies in pornography use at the couple level are related to negative couple outcomes. Specifically, pornography differences may alter specific couple interaction processes which, in turn, may influence relationship satisfaction and stability. Implications for scholars and clinicians interested in how pornography use is associated with couple process are discussed. PMID:26228990

  6. Processing-structure-property relationships in electron beam physical vapor deposited yttria stabilized zirconia coatings

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    The physical and mechanical properties of yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) coatings deposited by the electron beam physical vapor deposition technique have been investigated by varying the key process variables such as vapor incidence angle and sample rotation speed. The tetragonal zirconia coatings formed under varying process conditions employed were found to have widely different surface and cross-sectional morphologies. The porosity, phase composition, planar orientation, hardness, adhesion, and surface residual stresses in the coated specimens were comprehensively evaluated to develop a correlation with the process variables. Under transverse scratch test conditions, the YSZ coatings exhibited two different crack formation modes, depending on the magnitude of residual stress. The influence of processing conditions on the coating deposition rate, column orientation angle, and adhesion strength has been established. Key relationships between porosity, hardness, and adhesion are also presented.

  7. Changes in lipid composition, fatty acid profile and lipid oxidative stability during Cantonese sausage processing.

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    Qiu, Chaoying; Zhao, Mouming; Sun, Weizheng; Zhou, Feibai; Cui, Chun

    2013-03-01

    Lipid composition, fatty acid profile and lipid oxidative stability were evaluated during Cantonese sausage processing. Free fatty acids increased with concomitant decrease of phospholipids. Total content of free fatty acids at 72 h in muscle and adipose tissue was 7.341 mg/g and 3.067 mg/g, respectively. Total amount of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids (SFA, MUFA, and PUFA) in neutral lipid exhibited a little change during processing, while the proportion of PUFA significantly decreased in the PL fraction. The main triacylglycerols were POO+SLO+OOO, PSO (P = palmitic acid, O = oleic acid, L = linoleic acid, S = stearic acid), and a preferential hydrolysis of palmitic, oleic and linoleic acid was observed. Phosphatidylcholines (PC) and phosphatidylethanolamines (PE) were the main components of phospholipids and PE exhibited the most significant degradation during processing. Thiobarbituric acid values (TBARS) increased while peroxide values and hexanal contents varied during processing. PMID:23273460

  8. Stabilization of Pu and Np valences in Purex process: problems and outlook

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    One of the trends for improving the Purex-process involves the development of new methods of Pu and Np valence regulation. The application of salt-free chemical reagents of the organic nature that simultaneously have the properties of reductants and stabilizers-anti-nitrites will allow the mutual U, Pu and Np separation processes to be implemented in a more flexible way, a reduction in the amount of non-vaporizable compounds in liquid waste and an improvement of the safety level of the SNF reprocessing process. The electrochemical method commercially used in the operation of the U and Pu separation at the RT-1 plant (Russia) is an actual alternative to the traditional chemical methods of Pu and Np reduction and oxidation in the Purex-process. (author)

  9. Considerable improvement in the stability of solution processed small molecule OLED by annealing

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    We investigated the annealing effect on solution processed small organic molecule organic films, which were annealed with various conditions. It was found that the densities of the spin-coated (SC) films increased and the surface roughness decreased as the annealing temperature rose. We fabricated corresponding organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) by spin coating on the same annealing conditions. The solution processed OLEDs show the considerable efficiency and stability, which were prior or equivalent to the vacuum-deposited (VD) counterparts. Our research shows that annealing process plays a key role in prolonging the lifetime of solution processed small molecule OLEDs, and the mechanism for the improvement of the device performance upon annealing was also discussed.

  10. Stability Proxies for Water-in-Oil Emulsions and Implications in Aqueous-based Enhanced Oil Recovery

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    Mehrnoosh Moradi

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Several researchers have proposed that mobility control mechanisms can positively contribute to oil recovery in the case of emulsions generated in Enhanced-Oil Recovery (EOR operations. Chemical EOR techniques that use alkaline components or/and surfactants are known to produce undesirable emulsions that create operational problems and are difficult to break. Other water-based methods have been less studied in this sense. EOR processes such as polymer flooding and LoSalTM injection require adjustments of water chemistry, mainly by lowering the ionic strength of the solution or by decreasing hardness. The decreased ionic strength of EOR solutions can give rise to more stable water-in-oil emulsions, which are speculated to improve mobility ratio between the injectant and the displaced oil. The first step toward understanding the connection between the emulsions and EOR mechanisms is to show that EOR conditions, such as salinity and hardness requirements, among others, are conducive to stabilizing emulsions. In order to do this, adequate stability proxies are required. This paper reviews commonly used emulsion stability proxies and explains the advantages and disadvantage of methods reviewed. This paper also reviews aqueous-based EOR processes with focus on heavy oil to contextualize in-situ emulsion stabilization conditions. This context sets the basis for comparison of emulsion stability proxies.

  11. Cost-Based Vectorization of Instance-Based Integration Processes

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    Boehm, Matthias; Habich, Dirk; Preissler, Steffen; Lehner, Wolfgang; Wloka, Uwe

    The inefficiency of integration processes—as an abstraction of workflow-based integration tasks—is often reasoned by low resource utilization and significant waiting times for external systems. With the aim to overcome these problems, we proposed the concept of process vectorization. There, instance-based integration processes are transparently executed with the pipes-and-filters execution model. Here, the term vectorization is used in the sense of processing a sequence (vector) of messages by one standing process. Although it has been shown that process vectorization achieves a significant throughput improvement, this concept has two major drawbacks. First, the theoretical performance of a vectorized integration process mainly depends on the performance of the most cost-intensive operator. Second, the practical performance strongly depends on the number of available threads. In this paper, we present an advanced optimization approach that addresses the mentioned problems. Therefore, we generalize the vectorization problem and explain how to vectorize process plans in a cost-based manner. Due to the exponential complexity, we provide a heuristic computation approach and formally analyze its optimality. In conclusion of our evaluation, the message throughput can be significantly increased compared to both the instance-based execution as well as the rule-based process vectorization.

  12. Model-based internal wave processing

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    Candy, J.V.; Chambers, D.H.

    1995-06-09

    A model-based approach is proposed to solve the oceanic internal wave signal processing problem that is based on state-space representations of the normal-mode vertical velocity and plane wave horizontal velocity propagation models. It is shown that these representations can be utilized to spatially propagate the modal (dept) vertical velocity functions given the basic parameters (wave numbers, Brunt-Vaisala frequency profile etc.) developed from the solution of the associated boundary value problem as well as the horizontal velocity components. Based on this framework, investigations are made of model-based solutions to the signal enhancement problem for internal waves.

  13. Effects of urea on freeze-thaw stability of starch-based wood adhesive.

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    Wang, Zhenjiong; Gu, Zhengbiao; Li, Zhaofeng; Hong, Yan; Cheng, Li

    2013-06-01

    Urea was used to improve the freeze-thaw (F/T) stability of a renewable starch-based wood adhesive (SWA). The improved stability was supported by the enhanced viscosity stability and bonding performance stability after repeated F/T cycling. The results of dynamic time sweep experiments, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance (PNMR) showed that the improved stability can be due to the ability of urea to inhibit the retrogradation of starch molecules in the starch-based wood adhesive system. Urea can be used as an effective additive for improving storage properties of starch-based wood adhesive in low temperature environment. Approximately 15% (w/w) urea was the determined optimal dosage. PMID:23618285

  14. An active damper for stabilizing power-electronics-based AC systems

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    Wang, Xiongfei; Blaabjerg, Frede; Liserre, Marco;

    2014-01-01

    The interactions among the parallel grid-connected converters coupled through the grid impedance tend to result in stability and power quality problems. To address them, this paper proposes an active damper based on a high bandwidth power electronics converter. The general idea behind this proposal...... experimental tests on a three-converter-based setup are carried out. The results show that the active damper can become a promising way to stabilize the power-electronics-based ac power systems....

  15. Comparable Stability of Hoogsteen and Watson–Crick Base Pairs in Ionic Liquid Choline Dihydrogen Phosphate

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    Hisae Tateishi-Karimata; Miki Nakano; Naoki Sugimoto

    2014-01-01

    The instability of Hoogsteen base pairs relative to Watson–Crick base pairs has limited biological applications of triplex-forming oligonucleotides. Hydrated ionic liquids (ILs) provide favourable environments for a wide range of chemical reactions and are known to impact the stabilities of Watson–Crick base pairs. We found that DNA triplex formation was significantly stabilized in hydrated choline dihydrogen phosphate as compared with an aqueous buffer at neutral pH. Interestingly, the stabi...

  16. An empirically based steady state friction law and implications for fault stability

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    Spagnuolo, E.; Nielsen, S.; Violay, M.; Di Toro, G.

    2016-04-01

    Empirically based rate-and-state friction laws (RSFLs) have been proposed to model the dependence of friction forces with slip and time. The relevance of the RSFL for earthquake mechanics is that few constitutive parameters define critical conditions for fault stability (i.e., critical stiffness and frictional fault behavior). However, the RSFLs were determined from experiments conducted at subseismic slip rates (V 0.1 m/s) remains questionable on the basis of the experimental evidence of (1) large dynamic weakening and (2) activation of particular fault lubrication processes at seismic slip rates. Here we propose a modified RSFL (MFL) based on the review of a large published and unpublished data set of rock friction experiments performed with different testing machines. The MFL, valid at steady state conditions from subseismic to seismic slip rates (0.1 µm/s < V < 3 m/s), describes the initiation of a substantial velocity weakening in the 1-20 cm/s range resulting in a critical stiffness increase that creates a peak of potential instability in that velocity regime. The MFL leads to a new definition of fault frictional stability with implications for slip event styles and relevance for models of seismic rupture nucleation, propagation, and arrest.

  17. Synthesis and stability of Br2, ICl and IBr intercalated pitch-based graphite fibers

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    Wessbecher, Dorothy E.; Forsman, William C.; Gaier, James R.

    1988-01-01

    The intercalation of halogens in pitch-based fiber is studied as well as the stability of the resultant intercalation compounds. It is found that IBr intercalates P-100 to yield a high-sigma GIC with attractive stability properties. During ICl intercalation, the presence of O2 interferes with the reaction and necessitates a higher threshold pressure for intercalation.

  18. Study of Large-Signal Stability of an Inverter-based Generator using a Lyapunov Function

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    Andrade, Fabio; Kampouropoulos, Konstantinos; Romeral, Luis;

    2014-01-01

    This document analyses the large-signal stability for an inverter-based generator such as photovoltaic and wind power sources. The objective of this study is to determine the stability region taking into account the electrical and control signal of the generator. The generator uses the concept of...

  19. Prediction of Software Requirements Stability Based on Complexity Point Measurement Using Multi-Criteria Fuzzy Approach

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    D. Francis Xavier Christopher

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Many software projects fail due to instable requirements and lack of managing the requirements changesefficiently. Software Requirements Stability Index Metric (RSI helps to evaluate the overall stability ofrequirements and also keep track of the project status. Higher the stability, less changes tends topropagate. The existing system use Function Point modeling for measuring the Requirements Stability.However, the main drawback of the existing modeling is that the complexity of non-functional requirementshas not been measured for Requirements Stability. The Non-Functional Factors plays a vital role inassessing the Requirements Stability. Numerous Measurement methods have been proposed for measuringthe software complexity. This paper proposes Multi-criteria Fuzzy Based approach for finding out thecomplexity weight based on Requirement Complexity Attributes such as Functional RequirementComplexity, Non-Functional Requirement Complexity, Input Output Complexity, Interface and FileComplexity. Based on the complexity weight, this paper computes the software complexity point. And thenpredict the Software Requirements Stability based on Software Complexity Point changes. The advantageof this model is that it is able to estimate the software complexity early which in turn predicts the SoftwareRequirement Stability during the software development life cycle.

  20. NOISY OBSERVATION BASED STABILIZATION AND OPTIMIZATION FOR UNKNOWN SYSTEMS

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    CHEN Hanfu(Han-Fu Chen)

    2003-01-01

    The paper addresses optimization of a performance function which either is optimized via stabilizing and controlling the underlying unknown system or is directly optimized on the basis of its noise-corrupted observations. For the first case the unknown system is identified and then the indirect adaptive control approach is applied to optimize the performance function. For the second case the stochastic approximation method is used to optimize the objective function, and it appears that a number of problems arising from applications may be reduced to the one solvable by this approach. The paper demonstrates some basic results in the area, but with no intention to give a complete survey.

  1. Stability and synchronization of coupled Rulkov map-based neurons with chemical synapses

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    Hu, Dongpo; Cao, Hongjun

    2016-06-01

    The stability and synchronization analysis of two chaotic Rulkov maps coupled by bidirectional and symmetric chemical synapses are taken into account. As a function of intrinsic control parameters α, σ, η, reversal potential v, synaptic parameters θ, k, and external chemical coupling strength gc, conditions for stability of a fixed point for this system are derived. Some typical domains are chosen for numerical simulations which include time evolution of transmembrane voltages and phase portraits, and both of them are presented for theoretical analysis. Based on the master stability functions approach and calculation of the maximum Lyapunov exponents of synchronization errors, synchronized regions of the coupled neurons and a strip-shaped chaotic structure in parameter-space are obtained. Specially, given some values of control parameter α, we propose interval ranges of coupling strength gc in which the two chaotic Rulkov map-based neurons can be synchronized completely. It is shown that there exist different transition mechanisms of the neuronal spiking and bursting synchronization. The synchronized regions will become smaller and smaller as control parameter α or synaptic parameter θ increases. Nevertheless, the coupled neurons can at first transit from desynchrony to in-phase synchronization, and then to complete synchronization as chemical coupling strength gc increases. Compared with control parameter α and synaptic parameter θ, chemical coupling strength gc plays an opposite role in the process of synchronization transition. These findings could be useful for further understanding the role of two chaotic Rulkov maps coupled by bidirectional and symmetric chemical synapses in the field of cooperative behaviors of coupled neurons.

  2. Thermal stability of protective coatings produced on nickel based superalloy

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    M. Pytel

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In this paper the results of high temperature cyclic oxidation tests of the protective diffusion coatings were presented. One of the main purposes of this work was to produce three different types of protective coatings by three different methods, i.e. slurry method, vapour phase aluminizing (VPA and chemical vapour deposition (CVD, applied on nickel based René 80 superalloy substrate.Design/methodology/approach: The high temperature cyclic oxidation tests were carried out in 23h cycles at constant temperature 1100°C using Carbolite CWF 1300 chamber furnace. The samples were removed outside and were weighted after each cycle. The microstructure investigations of all kinds of the coatings were conducted by the use of light microscope (Nikon Epiphot 300 and a scanning electron microscope (Hitachi S-3400N. In the analysis influence of each method have been taken into consideration, i.e. especially influence of the kind of process on microstructure, coating thickness, chemical composition, first of all aluminium content (in outer ȕ-NiAl layer so-called additive layer, diffusion layer and substrate. For the chemical composition examination x-ray energy dispersive (EDS method was applied using Thermo equipment.Findings: It was found that the best high cyclic oxidation resistance of coating was obtained using CVD method (the maximal increase of samples weight after 28th cycle was observed, whereas in case of the slurry sample after 3rd and VPA after 5th.Research limitations/implications: The research results will be used in the future in order to increase coating thickness, aluminium content and to produce Pt, Pd, Zr, Hf and Si modified aluminide coatings.Practical implications: The CVD method will be used to coat internal passages of turbine blades, for example to produce modified aluminide bond coats on single crystal nickel based superalloys.Originality/value: Chemical vapour deposition is an unique method which is a “pure method

  3. Properties and Mechanism of CFBC Fly Ash-cement based Stabilizers for Lake Sludge

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    TANG Hua; LIXiangguo; LI Menglei; SONG Liuqing; WU Zhenjun; XU Haixing

    2012-01-01

    Circulating fluidized bed combustion (CFBC) fly ash was mixed with cement or lime at a different ratio as a stabilizer to stabilize lake sludge.In order to understand the influences of stabilizers on the lake sludge properties,tests unconfined compressive strength,water stability and SEM observation were performed.The experimental results show that with the increase of the curing time,the strength of all the stabilized specimens increase,especially the samples containing cement.The strength of the specimens is decreased with the increasing of the CFBC fly ash/cement ratio,the optimum ratio between CFBC fly ash and cement is 2:3.The water stability of CFBC fly ash-cement based stabilizers is higher than those of cement and lime.Moreover,the lake sludge stabilization mechanism of CFBC fly ash-cement based stabilizers includes gelation and filling of the hydration products,i e,C-S-H gel and the AFt crystal,which act as benders to solidify those particles together and fill in the packing void of the aggregates.

  4. Process stabilization by peak current regulation in reactive high-power impulse magnetron sputtering of hafnium nitride

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    A simple and cost effective approach to stabilize the sputtering process in the transition zone during reactive high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) is proposed. The method is based on real-time monitoring and control of the discharge current waveforms. To stabilize the process conditions at a given set point, a feedback control system was implemented that automatically regulates the pulse frequency, and thereby the average sputtering power, to maintain a constant maximum discharge current. In the present study, the variation of the pulse current waveforms over a wide range of reactive gas flows and pulse frequencies during a reactive HiPIMS process of Hf-N in an Ar–N2 atmosphere illustrates that the discharge current waveform is a an excellent indicator of the process conditions. Activating the reactive HiPIMS peak current regulation, stable process conditions were maintained when varying the N2 flow from 2.1 to 3.5 sccm by an automatic adjustment of the pulse frequency from 600 Hz to 1150 Hz and consequently an increase of the average power from 110 to 270 W. Hf–N films deposited using peak current regulation exhibited a stable stoichiometry, a nearly constant power-normalized deposition rate, and a polycrystalline cubic phase Hf-N with (1 1 1)-preferred orientation over the entire reactive gas flow range investigated. The physical reasons for the change in the current pulse waveform for different process conditions are discussed in some detail. (paper)

  5. Stability of black holes based on horizon thermodynamics

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    Meng-Sen Ma

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available On the basis of horizon thermodynamics we study the thermodynamic stability of black holes constructed in general relativity and Gauss–Bonnet gravity. In the framework of horizon thermodynamics there are only five thermodynamic variables E, P, V, T, S. It is not necessary to consider concrete matter fields, which may contribute to the pressure of black hole thermodynamic system. In non-vacuum cases, we can derive the equation of state, P=P(V,T. According to the requirements of stable equilibrium in conventional thermodynamics, we start from these thermodynamic variables to calculate the heat capacity at constant pressure and Gibbs free energy and analyze the local and global thermodynamic stability of black holes. It is shown that P>0 is the necessary condition for black holes in general relativity to be thermodynamically stable, however this condition cannot be satisfied by many black holes in general relativity. For black hole in Gauss–Bonnet gravity negative pressure can be feasible, but only local stable black hole exists in this case.

  6. Stability of black holes based on horizon thermodynamics

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    Ma, Meng-Sen

    2015-01-01

    On the basis of horizon thermodynamics we study the thermodynamic stability of black holes constructed in general relativity and Gauss-Bonnet gravity. In the framework of horizon thermodynamics there are only five thermodynamic variables $E,P,V,T,S$. It is not necessary to consider concrete matter fields, which may contribute to the pressure of black hole thermodynamic system. In non-vacuum cases, we can derive the equation of state, $P=P(V,T)$. According to the requirements of stable equilibrium in conventional thermodynamics, we start from these thermodynamic variables to calculate the heat capacity at constant pressure and Gibbs free energy and analyze the local and global thermodynamic stability of black holes. It is shown that $P>0$ is the necessary condition for black holes in general relativity to be thermodynamically stable, however this condition cannot be satisfied by many black holes in general relativity. For black hole in Gauss-Bonnet gravity negative pressure can be feasible, but only local stab...

  7. ELECTROCHEMICAL STABILITY OF STRONG BASIC ANION EXCHANGE MEMBRANES IN CONDITIONS OF HIGH INTENSIVE ELECTRODIALYSIS PROCESS

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    Zabolotskiy V. I.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The stability of strongly basic anion-exchange membranes MA-41-2P (JSC "Schekino-Nitrogen", Russia and AMX (Tokuyama Soda, Japan under intensive current regimes was investigated in the current study. The process of water molecules dissociation at current densities above the limiting one in 0.01 M sodium chloride solution was studied in detail. The length of the electroconvective instability at the membrane / solution interface at currents exceeding the limiting current was measured by laser interferometry

  8. Matchmaking for business processes based on choreographies

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    Wombacher, Andreas; Fankhauser, Peter; Mahleko, Bendick; Neuhold, Erich

    2004-01-01

    Web services have a potential to enhance B2B ecommerce over the Internet by allowing companies and organizations to publish their business processes on service directories where potential trading partners can find them. This can give rise to new business paradigms based on ad-hoc trading relations a

  9. Memory-Based Lexical Acquisition and Processing

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    1994-01-01

    Current approaches to computational lexicology in language technology are knowledge-based (competence-oriented) and try to abstract away from specific formalisms, domains, and applications. This results in severe complexity, acquisition and reusability bottlenecks. As an alternative, we propose a particular performance-oriented approach to Natural Language Processing based on automatic memory-based learning of linguistic (lexical) tasks. The consequences of the approach for computational lexicology are discussed, and the application of the approach on a number of lexical acquisition and disambiguation tasks in phonology, morphology and syntax is described.

  10. All solution processed blue multi-layer light emitting diodes realized by thermal layer stabilization and orthogonal solvent processing

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    Nau, Sebastian; Trattnig, Roman; Pevzner, Leonid; Jäger, Monika; Schlesinger, Raphael; Nardi, Marco V.; Ligorio, Giovanni; Christodoulou, Christos; Schulte, Niels; Winkler, Stefanie; Frisch, Johannes; Vollmer, Antje; Baumgarten, Martin; Sax, Stefan; Koch, Norbert; Müllen, Klaus; List-Kratochvil, Emil J. W.

    2013-09-01

    Herein we report on the fabrication and the properties of two highly efficient blue light emitting multilayer polymer light emitting diodes (PLEDs). The first device structure combines a thermally stabilized polymer with a material processed from an orthogonal solvent, allowing for the fabrication of a triple layer structure from solution. The well known poly(9,9-dioctyl-fluorene-co-N-(4-butylphenyl)-diphenylamine) (TFB), which can be stabilized in a bake-out procedure, was used as a hole transporting layer. A novel pyrene - triphenylamine (PPyrTPA) copolymer was used as emissive layer. The stack was finalized by a poly(fluorene) - derivative with polar side-chains, therefore being soluble in a polar solvent which allows for the deposition onto PPyrTPA without redissolving. The resulting PLED showed bright-blue electroluminescence (CIE1931 coordinates x=0.163; y=0.216) with a high efficiency of 1.42 cd/A and a peak luminescence of 16500 cd/m². The second presented device configuration comprises a thermally stabilized indenofluorene - triphenylamine copolymer acting as hole transporter, and an emissive copolymer with building blocks specifically designed for blue light emission, effective charge carrier injection and transport as well as for exciton generation. This multilayer PLED led to deep-blue emission (CIE1931 x=0.144; y=0.129) with a remarkably high device efficiency of 9.7 cd/A. Additionally, atomic force microscopy was carried out to investigate the film morphology of the components of the stack and x-ray photoemission spectroscopy was performed to ensure a full coverage of the materials on top of each other. Ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy confirmed the desired type-II band level offsets on the individual interfaces.

  11. Stability and convergence analysis of a variable order replicator-mutator process in a moving medium.

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    Doungmo Goufo, Emile Franc

    2016-08-21

    A more generalized approach, the concept of variable order derivative, is used to study the well-known replicator-mutator dynamics taking place in a moving medium. The biological relevance of the variable order context is explored via the language learning in social groups and stability of fixed points for the generalized model is recalled and discussed. Related graphs are plotted for different values of the derivative order γ. It happens that the threshold condition for learning accuracy symbolized by a function of payoff is a monotonically increasing function irrespective of the value of the time derivative order. Also, the limit cycles and their amplitudes are shown to vary with the value of the derivative order γ. These amplitudes become bigger as γ grows but the stability of the system is not affected. The generalized model, namely the variable order replicator-mutator dynamics in a moving medium is numerically solved via Crank-Nicholson scheme whose stability and convergence results are provided in details. An application to a variable order replicator-mutator dynamics of a population with three strategies is presented and numerical simulations are performed for some fixed values of the position variable r and the grid points. They display limit cycles appearing and disappearing in function of the values of the position r. The amplitudes of limit cycles are also proved to proportionally depend on r and the stability of the system remains unaffected. This shows the impressive effect of the transport process on the bifurcation dynamics of the model. PMID:27188252

  12. A microprocessor based meteorological data processing system

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    Micrometeorological parameters viz. wind speed, wind direction, temperature, etc. are continuously recorded at nuclear power station sites to keep track of environmental releases of radioactivity from the reactors. Presently used strip chart recording method is not only slow but also unsuitable for fast retrieval and processing of recorded data. This has been replaced by a Intel's 8085 microprocessor based data logger and processing system. This scans each sensor sequentially once per second in digital form. The data collected over an hour is processed and results are printed hourly on a Hindustan teleprinter. The system restarts at the start of the next hour and thus runs unattended for 24 hours printing processed results hourly. The paper deals with the hardware and software aspects of the system and experience gained in its actual field use. (author)

  13. Vibration and stability of hybrid plate based on elasticity theory

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    He-xiang L(U); Jun-yong LI

    2009-01-01

    The governing equations of elasticity theory for natural vibration and buck-ling of anisotropic plate are derived from Hellinger-Reissner's variational principle with nonlinear strain-displacement relations. Simply supported rectangular hybrid plates are studied with a precise integration method. This method, in contrast to the traditional finite difference approximation, gives highly precise numerical results that approach the full computer precision. So the results for natural vibration and stability of hybrid plates presented in the paper can be riewed as approximate analytical solutions. Furthermore, several types of coupling effects such as coupling between bending and twisting, and cou-pling between extension and bending, when the layer stacking sequence is asymmetric,are considered by only one set of governing equations.

  14. Sterically stabilized water based magnetic fluids: Synthesis, structure and properties

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    Magnetic fluids (MFs), prepared by chemical co-precipitation followed by double layer steric and electrostatic (combined) stabilization of magnetite nanoparticles dispersed in water, are presented. Several combinations of surfactants with different chain lengths (lauric acid (LA), myristic acid (MA), oleic acid (OA) and dodecyl-benzene-sulphonic acid (DBS)) were used, such as LA+LA, MA+MA, LA+DBS, MA+DBS, OA+DBS, OA+OA and DBS+DBS. Static light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, small angle neutron scattering, magnetic and magneto-rheological measurements revealed that MFs with MA+MA or LA+LA biocompatible double layer covered magnetite nanoparticles are the most stable colloidal systems among the investigated samples, and thus suitable for biomedical applications

  15. STABILITY OF GRAVEL BED RIVERS BASED ON SIEVE ANALYSIS DATA

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    Andreas DITTRICH

    2001-01-01

    Research was carried out at the University of Karlsruhe in the last 10 years to modify existing formulas and improve our knowledge on the determination of the stability of stream beds consisting of gravels and stones. Streams in the middle mountain region with typical slopes of I = 0.05% to 0.8% as well as those with distinct step-pool structures and slopes of I > 4% and I ≤10% were investigated. Most of the experiments were conducted in the Theodor-Rehbock Laboratory. However, some of the results that had been obtained under laboratory conditions could be verrified with existing field data. In the following, the results and formulas of practical importance will be introduced and discussed.

  16. Stability Analysis of BLDC Motor Drive based on Input Shaping

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    M.Murugan

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of this work is to analyze the brushless DC (BLDC motor drive system with input shaping using classical control theory. In this paper, different values of damping ratio are used to understand the generalized drive performance. The transient response of the BLDC motor drive system is analyzed using time response analysis. The dynamic behaviour and steady state performance of the BLDC motor drive system is judged and compared by its steady state error to various standard test signals. The relative stability of this drive system is determined by Bode Plot. These analysis spotlights that it is possible to obtain a finite-time setting response without oscillation in BLDC motor drive by applying input in four steps of different amplitude to the drive system. These analyses are helpful to design a precise speed control system and current control system for BLDC motor drive with fast response. The Matlab/Simulink software is used to perform the simulation.

  17. Automotive body-in-white dimensional stability through pre-control application in the subassembly process

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    L.M. Sanches Jr

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: This paper presents a case study and results of a pre-control method that allows for detectingsubassemblies variations with low investments using a methodology that search an improvement in quality ofautomotive body in white assemblies joining processes through dimensional control.Design/methodology/approach: Its main contribution is the statement of pre-control method to manage the weldassembly process since the early step of the project implementation just up to the production phase. Howeverthe pre-control method didn’t substitute any other dimensional control, the scope here was to demonstrate thatsuch alternative method offers a reliable in control process of the dimensional changes and their repeatability, asit only complement the current methods used in the automotive industry. It is emphasized here the dimensionalcontrol as well as some process quality tools.Findings: It is showed the results and impact of a pre-control method in the weld assembly process,highlighting dimensional stability improvements and annual cost reduction through reducing rework hoursand scrap parts quantity.Practical implications: The pre-control, revealed as a simplified tool application and can be used by theproduction operators with low investment cost and operation.Originality/value: The application the pre-control method is more efficient in subassemblies manufacturedfrom manual process or that allows greater interaction of the production operator.

  18. Improvement of the stability of the process for synthesizing chemically prepared varistor powder

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    Lockwood, S. J.; Thomas, E. V.

    1993-08-01

    Varistor material is currently supplied by a single commercial source. The chem-prep varistor process was developed as a backup/replacement. With the transfer of the process to the production facility, studies were made to verify that the process is stable in manufacturing. Process variables are the precursors oxalic acid, NaOH, and ZnCl2. Process stability was determined by comparing assay uncertainty region with precipitant/ZnCl2 compositional region meeting electrical and physical property specifications. Assay variability was assessed by conducting a round robin; standard deviations of repeated assays of the same sample was 0.1 wt% by the same labs; 0.1-0.4 wt% among laboratories. A mixture experiment was then conducted to assess the effects of the precipitants/ZnCl2 on breakdown field, nonlinearity coefficient, and bulk density. Results indicate that the chem-prep process can be stable; however the nominal target composition was on the edge of the composition region, and it was moved to the center of the large region with acceptable electrical and physical properties. Tests of unpotted component rods made from the new composition met all specifications.

  19. V-groove-based compact FBG package for thermal tuning and mechanical stability

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    Zhang, Li; Fang, Wei; Wang, Di; Chen, Di-Jun; Cai, Hai-Wen; Qu, Rong-Hui

    2016-04-01

    We demonstrated a V-groove-based fiber Bragg grating (FBG) package that has been glue-filled and cured to make it a bulky component with much improved mechanical stability. The V-groove can be executed with many types of materials including plastics, ceramics, semiconductors, and metals, providing an easy method for redesigning the thermal tuning performance of FBGs by selecting among a wide variety of materials and processes. We achieved more than 10-nm thermal wavelength tuning and thermal sensitivity ranging from 15 to 160 pm/K. The original FBG spectrum can be maintained without any degradation because the fiber is buried in the V-groove. The compact package does not increase the original grating length and turns the FBG into a planar waveguide grating, improving FBG applications in telecommunications, external cavity lasers, and sensing areas.

  20. Comparing the Power System Stabilizer Based on Sliding Mode Control with the Fuzzy Power System Stabilizer for Single Machine Infinite Bus System (SMIB

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    Atabak Kolabi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This study compares the power system stabilizer based on sliding mode control with the fuzzy power system stabilizer for Single Machine Infinite Bus System (SMIB. Using the sliding mode control, a range is obtained for the changes in system parameters; and a stabilizer is designed to have a proper performance in this wide range. The purpose of designing the sliding mode stabilizer and fuzzy stabilizer is the increased stability and improving the dynamic response of the single machine system connected to the infinite bus in different working conditions. In this study, simulation results are compared in case of conventional PSS, no PSS, PSS based on sliding mode control and PSS based fuzzy logic. The results of simulations performed on the model of nonlinear system shows good performance of sliding mode controller and the Fuzzy controller. SMIB system was selected because of its simple structure, which is very useful in understanding the effects and implications of the PSS.

  1. Control design and comprehensive stability analysis of acrobots based on Lyapunov functions

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    LAI Xu-zhi; WU Yun-xin; SHE Jin-hua; WU Min

    2005-01-01

    A design method for controllers and a comprehensive stability analysis for an acrobat based on Lyapunov functions are presented. Three control laws based on three Lyapunov functions are designed to increase the energy so as to move the acrobot into the unstable inverted equilibrium position, and solve the problem of posture and energy. The concept of a non-smooth Lyapunov function is employed to analyze the stability of the whole system. The validity of this strategy is demonstrated by simulations.

  2. Parameters Estimation and Stability Analysis of Nonlinear Fractional-Order Economic System Based on Empirical Data

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    Lei He; Xiong Wang

    2014-01-01

    This paper is devoted to propose a novel method for studying the macroeconomic system with fractional derivative, which can depict the memory property of actual data of economic variables. First of all, we construct a constrained optimal problem to evaluate the coefficients of nonlinear fractional financial system based on empirical data and design the corresponding genetic algorithm. Then, based on the stability criteria of fractional dynamical systems, the methodology of stability analysis ...

  3. Optimization of stabilized leachate treatment using ozone/persulfate in the advanced oxidation process

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    Highlights: ► Ozone and persulfate reagent (O3/S2O82-) was used to treat stabilized leachate. ► Central composite design (CCD) with response surface methodology (RSM) was applied. ► Operating variables including ozone and persulfate dosage, pH variance, and reaction time. ► Optimum removal of COD, color, and NH3–N was 72%, 96%, and 76%, respectively. ► A good value of ozone consumption (OC) obtained with 0.60 (kg O3/kg COD). - Abstract: The objective of this study was to investigate the performance of employing persulfate reagent in the advanced oxidation of ozone to treat stabilized landfill leachate in an ozone reactor. A central composite design (CCD) with response surface methodology (RSM) was applied to evaluate the relationships between operating variables, such as ozone and persulfate dosages, pH, and reaction time, to identify the optimum operating conditions. Quadratic models for the following four responses proved to be significant with very low probabilities (3–N, and ozone consumption (OC). The obtained optimum conditions included a reaction time of 210 min, 30 g/m3 ozone, 1 g/1 g COD0/S2O82- ratio, and pH 10. The experimental results were corresponded well with predicted models (COD, color, and NH3–N removal rates of 72%, 96%, and 76%, respectively, and 0.60 (kg O3/kg COD OC). The results obtained in the stabilized leachate treatment were compared with those from other treatment processes, such as ozone only and persulfate S2O82- only, to evaluate its effectiveness. The combined method (i.e., O3/S2O82-) achieved higher removal efficiencies for COD, color, and NH3–N compared with other studied applications. Furthermore, the new method is more efficient than ozone/Fenton in advanced oxidation process in the treatment of the same studied leachate

  4. Stabilizing operation point technique based on the tunable distributed feedback laser for interferometric sensors

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    Mao, Xuefeng; Zhou, Xinlei; Yu, Qingxu

    2016-02-01

    We describe a stabilizing operation point technique based on the tunable Distributed Feedback (DFB) laser for quadrature demodulation of interferometric sensors. By introducing automatic lock quadrature point and wavelength periodically tuning compensation into an interferometric system, the operation point of interferometric system is stabilized when the system suffers various environmental perturbations. To demonstrate the feasibility of this stabilizing operation point technique, experiments have been performed using a tunable-DFB-laser as light source to interrogate an extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometric vibration sensor and a diaphragm-based acoustic sensor. Experimental results show that good tracing of Q-point was effectively realized.

  5. Case-Based Reasoning for Slope Stability Evaluation and Its Application

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    2001-01-01

    Slope is a non-linear and uncertain kinetic system affected by many factors. In view of the incompleteness and uncertainty of the information of slope stability evaluation, a new method of slope stability evaluation by using case-based reasoning is presented. Considering the sensitivity of attribute weights to the environment, the algorithm of attribute weights is set up on the basis of the concept of changeable weights. Calculating the similarity between target case of the slope and base case, the stability of target case is evaluated. It is shown from examples that the method is simple, visual, practical, and convenient for use.

  6. A heat equation for freezing processes with phase change: stability analysis and applications

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    Backi, C. J.; Bendtsen, J. D.; Leth, J.; Gravdahl, J. T.

    2016-04-01

    In this work, the stability properties as well as possible applications of a partial differential equation (PDE) with state-dependent parameters are investigated. Among other things, the PDE describes freezing of foodstuff, and is closely related to the (potential) Burgers' equation. We show that for certain forms of coefficient functions, the PDE converges to a stationary solution given by (fixed) boundary conditions that make physical sense. These boundary conditions are either symmetric or asymmetric of Dirichlet type. Furthermore, we present an observer design based on the PDE model for estimation of inner-domain temperatures in block-frozen fish and for monitoring freezing time. We illustrate the results with numerical simulations.

  7. Atomic-Scale Structural Evolution and Stability of Supercooled Liquid of a Zr-Based Bulk Metallic Glass

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    In this Letter, direct experimental evidence is provided for understanding the thermal stability with respect to crystallization in the Zr41.2Ti13.8Cu12.5Ni10Be22.5 glass-forming liquid. Through high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, the atomic-structure evolution in the glass-forming liquid during the isothermal annealing process is clearly revealed. In contrast with the existing theoretical models, our results reveal that, prior to nanocrystallization, there exists a metastable state prone to forming icosahedralike atomic clusters, which impede the subsequent crystallization and hence stabilize the supercooled liquid. The outcome of the current research underpins the topological origin for the excellent thermal stability displayed by the Zr-based bulk metallic glass.

  8. Steric repulsion as a way to achieve the required stability for the preparation of ionic liquid-based ferrofluids.

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    Rodríguez-Arco, Laura; López-López, Modesto T; González-Caballero, Fernando; Durán, Juan D G

    2011-05-01

    With this work we would like to emphasize the necessity of steric repulsion to stabilize novel ionic liquid-based ferrofluids. For this purpose, we prepared a suspension of magnetite nanoparticles coated with a double layer of oleic acid, dispersed in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulphate ([EMIM][EtSO(4)]). For comparison, a suspension of bare magnetite nanoparticles in [EMIM][EtSO(4)] was also prepared. The stability of these suspensions was checked by magnetic sedimentation and centrifugation processes. Furthermore, their yield stress was measured as a function of the applied magnetic field, which gave additional information on their stability. The results of these experiments showed that the suspension of bare nanoparticles was rather unstable, whereas the suspension of double layer coated nanoparticles gave rise to a true (stable) ferrofluid. PMID:21345446

  9. Prediction of the stability of BWR reactors during the start-up process

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    The Boiling Water Reactors (BWR) are susceptible of uncertainties of power when they are operated to low flows of coolant (W) and high powers (P), being presented this situation mainly in the start-up process. The start-up process could be made but sure if the operator knew the value of the stability index Decay reason (Dr) before going up power and therefore to guarantee the stability. The power and the flow are constantly measures, the index Dr could also be considered its value in real time. The index Dr depends on the power, flow and many other values, such as, the distribution of the flow axial and radial neutronic, the temperature of the feeding water, the fraction of holes and other thermohydraulic and nuclear parameters. A simple relationship of Dr is derived leaving of the pattern reduced of March-Leuba, where three independent variables are had that are the power, the flow and a parameter that it contains the rest of the phenomenology, that is to say all the other quantities that affect the value of Dr. This relationship developed work presently and verified its prediction with data of start-up of commercial reactors could be used for the design of a practical procedure practice of start-up, what would support to the operator to prevent this type of events of uncertainty. (Author)

  10. A solidification/stabilization process for wastewater treatment sludge from a primary copper smelter

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    Ivšić-Bajčeta Dragana

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Wastewater treatment sludge from primary copper smelter is characterized as hazardous waste that requires treatment prior disposal due to significant amount of heavy metals and arsenic. The aim of the presented study was to investigate the feasibility and the effectiveness of solidification/stabilization process of the sludge using fly ash and lime as binders. The effectiveness of the process was evaluated by Unconfined Compressive Strength (UCS testing, leaching tests (EN 12457-4 and Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP and Acid Neutralization Capacity (ANC test. All samples reached target UCS of 0.35 MPa. Calcium to silicon concentration ratio (cCa/cSi, determined by X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF analysis, was identified as main factor governing strength development. Inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES analyses of solutions after leaching tests showed excellent stabilization of Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn (above 99 % and arsenic (above 90 % in samples with high Ca(OH2 content. Results of ANC test indicated that buffering capacity of solidified material linearly depended on Ca concentration in FA and lime. Sample with 20 % of binder heaving 50 % of FA and 50 % of lime met all requirements to be safely disposed. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 34033

  11. Near-infrared spectroscopic online monitoring of process stability in biogas plants

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    Stockl, Andrea; Oechsner, Hans [State Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bioenergy, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart (Germany)

    2012-06-15

    The conditions laid down in the Renewable Energy Source Act for production of electricity from biogas have led to an enormous expansion of new biogas plants in the recent years in Germany. Through near-infrared reflection spectroscopy (NIRS) process stability of a biogas digester can be monitored online. This study presents the development of NIRS calibrations on acetic acid equivalents, acetic acid, and propionic acid concentrations in the digester substrate. Thereby, differences between thermophilic and mesophilic operations were measured and presented for the first time. Good calibration models were achieved by artificially increasing concentrations of the above-mentioned acids in two 400 L experimental biogas digesters with mesophilic and thermophilic operation and applying support vector regression. The presented values demonstrate that calibration with NIRS is possible. In the thermophilic digester, a calibration model with a ratio of standard deviation and standard error of prediction (RPD) value of 3.21 was achieved for the parameter acetic acid and in the mesophilic digester a RPD of 4.91 for the same acid. For the parameter propionic acid, calibration models with RPD values of 4.23 and 4.78 were achieved for the thermophilic- and mesophilic-operated digesters, respectively. The presented NIRS calibration can be used to develop an early warning system for process stability, which can be used for reliable optimization of biogas production to increase the methane yield. (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH 8 Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  12. Effects of heat treatment process on thin film alloy resistance and its stability

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    周继承; 彭银桥

    2003-01-01

    Alloy thin film for advanced pressure sensors was manufactured by means of ion-beam sputtering SiO2 insulation film and NiCr thin film on the 17-4PH stainless steel elastic substrate. The thin film resistance was respectively heat-treated by four processes. The effects on stability of thin film alloy resistance were investigated, and paramaters of heat treatment that make thin film resistance stable were obtained. The experimental result indicates that the most stable thin film resistance can be obtained when it is heat-treated under protection of SiO2 and N2 at 673 K for 1 h, and then kept at 473 K for 24 h. Pressure sensor chips of high precision for harsh environments can be manufactured by this process.

  13. Protein extraction from heat-stabilized defatted rice bran. 1. Physical processing and enzyme treatments.

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    Tang, Shanhu; Hettiarachchy, Navam S; Shellhammer, Thomas H

    2002-12-01

    Physical processing with or without enzyme treatments on protein extraction from heat-stabilized defatted rice bran (HDRB) was evaluated. Freeze-thaw, sonication, high-speed blending, and high-pressure methods extracted 12%, 15%, 16%, and 11% protein, respectively. Sonication (0-100%, 750 W), followed by amylase and combined amylase and protease treatments, extracted 25.6-33.9% and 54.0-57.8% protein, respectively. Blending followed by amylase and protease treatment extracted 5.0% more protein than the nonblended enzymatic treatments. High-pressure treatments, 0-800 MPa, with water or amylase-protease combinations, extracted 10.5-11.1% or 61.8-66.6% protein, respectively. These results suggest that physical processing in combination with enzyme treatments can be effective in extracting protein from HDRB. PMID:12452673

  14. Knowledge Management Based on Big Data Processing

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    Li Baoan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available At present, many large enterprises, like oil industry accumulated a large amount of data with a range of potential value of knowledge in their value activities over the years. How to help them to put these data into wealth are common problems faced by IT industry and academia. This study analyzed the five key problems of big data processing and knowledge management in-depth and then explained the composition and technical characteristics of knowledge management system based on big data processing. It explored the new approach of knowledge management which can adapt to the ever-change demands of enterprises.

  15. Physicochemical bases of underground leaching process

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    Physicochemical bases of uranium underground leaching (UL) from ores are considered. The UL process is generally characterized. Advantages and disadvantages of acidic and carbonate leaching techniques are discussed. UO2 oxidation and solution using oxygen and MnO2 as oxidizers in the presence of 3+Fe catalysts and nitrogen oxides, are considered. The data on the solvent interaction with ore and enclosing rock components are given. The mechanisms and kinetic regularities of extracting uranium from ores with natural and artificial permeability are described as well as the mechanisms and kinetic regularities of the process of dissolved uranium absorption by ore-free rocks

  16. Effect of Sodium Salicylate on the Viscoelastic Properties and Stability of Polyacrylate-Based Hydrogels for Medical Applications

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    Zuzana Kolarova Raskova; Martina Hrabalikova; Vladimir Sedlarik

    2016-01-01

    Investigation was made into the effect exerted by the presence of sodium salicylate (0-2 wt.%), in Carbomer-based hydrogel systems, on processing conditions, rheological and antimicrobial properties in tests against Gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus) and Gram-negative (Escherichia coli) bacterial strains, and examples of yeast (Candida albicans) and mould (Aspergillus niger). In addition, the work presents an examination of long-term stability by means of aging over one year the given hydr...

  17. Electron concentration and phase stability in NbCr2-based Laves phase alloys

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    Zhu, J.H.; Liaw, P.K. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Liu, C.T. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States). Metals and Ceramics Div.

    1997-05-12

    Phase stability in NbCr{sub 2}-based transition-metal Laves phases was studied, based on the data reported for binary X-Cr, Nb-X, and ternary Nb-Cr-X phase diagrams. It was shown that when the atomic size ratios are kept identical, the average electron concentration factor, e/a, is the dominating factor in controlling the phase stability of NbCr{sub 2}-based transition-metal Laves phases. The e/a ratios for different Laves polytypes were determined as followed: with e/a < 5.76, the C15 structure is stabilized; at an e/a range of 5.88--7.53, the C14 structure is stabilized; with e/a > 7.65, the C15 structure is stabilized again. A further increase in the electron concentration factor (e/a > 8) leads to the disordering of the alloy. The electron concentration effect on the phase stability of Mg-based Laves phases and transition-metal A{sub 3}B intermetallic compounds is also reviewed and compared with the present observations in transition-metal Laves phases. In order to verify the e/a/phase stability relationship experimentally, additions of Cu (with e/a = 11) were selected to replace Cr in the NbCr{sub 2} Laves phase. Experimental results for the ternary Nb-Cr-Cu system are reported and discussed in terms of the correlation between the e/a ratio and phase stability in NbCr{sub 2}-based Laves phases. A new phase was found, which has an average composition of Nb-47Cr-3Cu. Within the solubility limit, the electron concentration and phase stability relationship is obeyed in the Nb-Cr-Cu system.

  18. Generation of Accelerated Stability Experiment Profile of Inertial Platform Based on Finite Element

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    CHEN Yunxia; HUANG Xiaokai; KANG Rui

    2012-01-01

    The residual stress generated in the manufacturing process of inertial platform causes the drift of inertial platform parameters in long-term storage condition.However,the existing temperature cycling experiment could not meet the increased repeatability technical requirements of inertial platform parameters.In order to solve this problem,in this paper,firstly the Unigraphics (UG) software and the interface compatibility of ANSYS software are used to establish the inertial platform finite element model.Secondly,the residual stress is loaded into finite element model by ANSYS function editor in the form of surface loads to analyze the efficiency.And then,the generation based on ANSYS simulation inertial platform to accelerate the stability of experiment profile is achieved by the application of the analysis method of orthogonal experimental design and ANSYS thermal-structural coupling.The optimum accelerated stability experiment profile is determined finally,which realizes the rapid,effective release of inertial platform residual stress.The research methodology and conclusion of this paper have great theoretical and practical significance to the production technology of inertial platform.

  19. PLASMA THERMAL BARRIER COATINGS BASED ON ZIRCONIUM DIOXIDE WITH HIGH THERMAL STABILITY

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    O. G. Devoino

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents optimization of  processes for obtaining maximum content of tetragonal phase in the initial material and thermal barrier coatings (TBC based on zirconium dioxide and hafnium oxide.  Results of the investigations on phase composition of oxide HfO2 – ZrO2 – Y2O3  system have been given in the paper. The system represents  a microstructure which is similar to  zirconia dioxide and  transformed for its application at 1300 °C. The paper explains a mechanism of hafnium oxide influence on formation of the given microstructure. The research methodology has been based on complex metallography, X – ray diffraction and electron microscopic investigations of  structural elements of the composite plasma coating HfO2 – ZrO2 – Y2O system.In order to stabilize zirconium dioxide  dopant oxide should not only have an appropriate size of  metal ion, but also form a solid solution with the zirconia. This condition severely limits the number of possible stabilizers. In fact, such stabilization is possible only with the help of rare earth oxides (Y2O3, Yb2O3, CeO2, HfO2. Chemical purity of the applied materials plays a significant role for obtaining high-quality thermal barrier coatings. Hafnium oxide has been selected as powder for thermal barrier coatings instead of zirconium dioxide due to their similarities in structural modification, grating, chemical and physical properties and its high temperature structural transformations. It has been established that plasma thermal barrier HfO2 – ZrO2 – Y2O3 coatings consist of  one tetragonal phase. This phase is equivalent to a non-equilibrium tetragonal t' phase in the “zirconium dioxide stabilized with yttrium oxide” system. Affinity of  Hf+4 and Zr+4 cations leads to the formation of identical metastable phases during rapid quenching.

  20. Biogas production from mono-digestion of maize silage-long-term process stability and requirements.

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    Lebuhn, M; Liu, F; Heuwinkel, H; Gronauer, A

    2008-01-01

    Biogas production from mono-digestion of maize silage was studied for more than one year in six continuously stirred, daily fed 36 L fermenters. Chemical and microbiological parameters were analysed concomitantly. The reactors acidified already after 8 months of operation at a low organic loading rate (OLR) of 2 g VS*(L*d)(-1). The TVA/TAC ratio was the most reliable parameter to indicate early process instabilities leading to acidification. A TVA/TAC threshold of 0.5 should not be exceeded. After acidification and recovery of the fermenters, propionic acid was no reliable parameter anymore to indicate process failure, since values far below the threshold of 1 g*L(-1) were obtained although the process had collapsed.The acidified reactors recovered better, showed greatly improved stability and allowed a higher OLR when a trace element (TE) cocktail was supplemented. Hydrolysis was obviously not process-limiting, results indicated that methanogens were affected. The most limiting element in long-term mono-digestion of maize silage turned out to be cobalt, but data obtained suggest that molybdenum and selenium should also be provided. TE supplementation should be designed specifically in order to meet the actual needs. TE availability for the biocenosis appears to be a key issue in biogas production, not only in mono-but also in co-digestion processes. PMID:19001720

  1. Image Processing Based Traffic Sign Recognising System

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    Neha M. Betgeri

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Road traffic signs provide important information for guiding, warning, or regulating the behaviors of driver in order to make driving safer and easier. Automatic recognition of traffic signs is important for an automated intelligent driving vehicle or for driver assistance systems. We have designed such a robust and a fault tolerant system so that it can be a part of the so called “Driver Support Systems”. This paper presents a study to recognize traffic sign patterns using Hough transform and slope detection method. Images are pre-processed with several image processing techniques, such as, boundary trace, edge detection, erosion etc. And then using slope detection technique, which is different and new approach than color based and shape based technique, respective traffic sign is detected. Which in turns give commands to wireless robot to move according to the detected traffic sign. (Here we are specifically considering traffic sign boards of arrow.

  2. Adaptive Beamforming Based on Complex Quaternion Processes

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    Jian-wu Tao

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Motivated by the benefits of array signal processing in quaternion domain, we investigate the problem of adaptive beamforming based on complex quaternion processes in this paper. First, a complex quaternion least-mean squares (CQLMS algorithm is proposed and its performance is analyzed. The CQLMS algorithm is suitable for adaptive beamforming of vector-sensor array. The weight vector update of CQLMS algorithm is derived based on the complex gradient, leading to lower computational complexity. Because the complex quaternion can exhibit the orthogonal structure of an electromagnetic vector-sensor in a natural way, a complex quaternion model in time domain is provided for a 3-component vector-sensor array. And the normalized adaptive beamformer using CQLMS is presented. Finally, simulation results are given to validate the performance of the proposed adaptive beamformer.

  3. Towards a semantic-based process supervision

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    Roda, Fernando

    2014-01-01

    This thesis attempts to exploit the deductive capabilities of the semantic rea- soners to automate the supervision task through a knowledge-driven approach. With that aim, we have explored the characteristics of DL-based modeling and reasoning to support qualitative supervision methods. The emphasis have been placed in multivariate data analysis. Through them, failures are detected and diagnosed using patterns of qualitative symptoms (i.e. Fault Signatures) that involve several process variab...

  4. Analytic Moment-based Gaussian Process Filtering

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    Deisenroth, Marc P.; Huber, Marco F.; Hanebeck, Uwe D.

    2009-01-01

    We propose an analytic moment-based filter for nonlinear stochastic dynamic systems modeled by Gaussian processes. Exact expressions for the expected value and the covariance matrix are provided for both the prediction step and the filter step, where an additional Gaussian assumption is exploited in the latter case. Our filter does not require further approximations. In particular, it avoids finite-sample approximations. We compare the filter to a variety of Gaussian filters, that is, the EKF...

  5. Method for a human based design process

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    Van Herck, Tine

    2013-01-01

    We are developing a method for a human based design process. This means a design method that enables to improve the social relevance of projects. It can be applied to projects of different scale : from interior architecture to landscape strategies. What should be the attitude of a designer in today's society where all certainties threaten to disappear? How to contribute something small to society in order to create a stronger tissue, a safety net, a solid found...

  6. MARKETING STRATEGIES BASED ON THE BUYING PROCESS

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    LIVIU NEAMŢU

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In marketing, due to dynamic, rapid and permanent changes known on the market, we will talk more about politics than about strategy, the time horizon covered is much lower than that contained in a classic strategy, with a risk that elements and criteria to which we refer are no longer current. Sales growth strategies are, in fact, combination strategies and consist in the company applying, in its different units, different strategies, according to the requirement of appropriate strategies applied to different environments of action. A business strategy must be based on knowledge of customer purchasing behavior. To contact customers, a company may use one or more specific strategies. Every marketing strategy serves the interest of increasing competitiveness, and of stabilizing and improving the companys position in the market in a highly competitive environment. In the age of transformation into market economy, rapid technological development, and confrontation between economic and ecological factors, every single manager is compelled to elaborate an attitude, and to take a stand concerning research and development, technological transfer, the technological level of products, and the quality of services, because these are the factors determining the future development, the chances of survival, and in a wider sense the objectives of marketing strategy.

  7. Study on high and steep slope stability of surface mine based on RFPA-SRM

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    WANG Dong; CAO Lan-zhu; PIAO Chun-de; XUE Ying-dong; WANG Meng

    2011-01-01

    The instability and failure mechanism of high and steep slopes in surface mines, and the basis for some reasonable landslide prevention measures were provided using the RFPA-SRM. Based on the actual progress of the Pingzhuang Western Surface Mine and based on strength reduction method, the dynamic instability processes of the top high and steep slope was simulated. Also, the landslide mode was determined, the characteristics of the displacement distribution, the deformation, failure, and the stress distribution in the slope were demonstrated, and the stability was calculated. Conclusions can be drawn as follows: the landslide or failure of high and steep slopes on a surface mine is a gradual process, in which the slope undergoes the generation, expansion, and connection of the fractures and the displacement increases until landslide occurs; a small portion of the upper rocks fail due to the tension and the lower rocks fail due to the shear; the potential sliding surface is combined and the essential cause of the landslide is the shear stress concentration.

  8. Al-Ti Particulate Composite: Processing and Studies on Particle Twinning, Microstructure, and Thermal Stability

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    Yadav, Devinder; Bauri, Ranjit; Kauffmann, Alexander; Freudenberger, Jens

    2016-08-01

    The present investigation shows that alternate to the ceramic particles, hard metallic particles can be used as reinforcement in an aluminum matrix to achieve a good strength-ductility combination in a composite. Titanium particles were incorporated into aluminum by friction stir processing (FSP) to process an Al-Ti particulate composite. FSP led to uniform distribution of the particles in the stir zone without any particle-matrix reaction, thereby retaining the particles in their elemental state. Fracture and twinning of the Ti particles with different frequency of occurrence on the advancing and retreating sides of the stir zone was observed. Twinning of the particles was studied by focused ion beam-assisted transmission electron microscopy. The processed Al-Ti composite exhibited a significant improvement in strength and also retained appreciable amount of ductility. The thermal stability of the fine-grained structure against abnormal grain growth (AGG) was improved by the Ti particles. The AGG in the Al-Ti composite occurred at 713 K (440 °C) compared to 673 K (400 °C) in the unreinforced aluminum processed under the same conditions. On the other hand, the particle-matrix reaction occurred only at 823 K (550 °C), and hence the Ti particles were thermally more stable compared to the matrix grain structure.

  9. Control of cell morphology of probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus for enhanced cell stability during industrial processing.

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    Senz, Martin; van Lengerich, Bernhard; Bader, Johannes; Stahl, Ulf

    2015-01-01

    The viability of bacteria during industrial processing is an essential quality criterion for bacterial preparations, such as probiotics and starter cultures. Therefore, producing stable microbial cultures during proliferation is of great interest. A strong correlation between the culture medium and cellular morphology was observed for the lactic acid bacterium Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM, which is commonly used in the dairy industry as a probiotic supplement and as a starter culture. The cell shapes ranged from single short rods to long filamentous rods. The culture medium composition could control this phenomenon of pleomorphism, especially the use of peptone in combination with an adequate heating of the medium during preparation. Furthermore, we observed a correlation between the cell size and stability of the microorganisms during industrial processing steps, such as freeze-drying, extrusion encapsulation and storage following dried preparations. The results revealed that short cells are more stable than long cells during each of the industrially relevant processing steps. As demonstrated for L. acidophilus NCFM, the adaptation of the medium composition and optimized medium preparation offer the possibility to increase the concentration of viable cells during up- and survival rate during down-stream processing. PMID:25305442

  10. Flexibility and Stability in Sensory Processing Revealed Using Visual-to-Auditory Sensory Substitution.

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    Hertz, Uri; Amedi, Amir

    2015-08-01

    The classical view of sensory processing involves independent processing in sensory cortices and multisensory integration in associative areas. This hierarchical structure has been challenged by evidence of multisensory responses in sensory areas, and dynamic weighting of sensory inputs in associative areas, thus far reported independently. Here, we used a visual-to-auditory sensory substitution algorithm (SSA) to manipulate the information conveyed by sensory inputs while keeping the stimuli intact. During scan sessions before and after SSA learning, subjects were presented with visual images and auditory soundscapes. The findings reveal 2 dynamic processes. First, crossmodal attenuation of sensory cortices changed direction after SSA learning from visual attenuations of the auditory cortex to auditory attenuations of the visual cortex. Secondly, associative areas changed their sensory response profile from strongest response for visual to that for auditory. The interaction between these phenomena may play an important role in multisensory processing. Consistent features were also found in the sensory dominance in sensory areas and audiovisual convergence in associative area Middle Temporal Gyrus. These 2 factors allow for both stability and a fast, dynamic tuning of the system when required. PMID:24518756

  11. Diabetes may affect intracranial aneurysm stabilization in older patients: Analysis based on intraoperative findings

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    Song, Jihye; Shin, Yong Sam

    2016-01-01

    Background: Only a small proportion of aneurysms progress to rupture. Previous studies have focused on predicting the rupture risk of intracranial aneurysms. Atherosclerotic aneurysm wall appears resistant to rupture. The purpose of this study was to evaluate clinical and morphological factors affecting atherosclerosis of an aneurysm and identify the parameters that predict aneurysm stabilization. Methods: We conducted a retrospective analysis of 253 consecutive patients with 291 unruptured aneurysms who underwent clipping surgery in a single institution between January 2012 and October 2013. Aneurysms were categorized based on intraoperative video findings and assessed morphologic and demographic data. Aneurysms which had the atherosclerotic wall without any super thin and transparent portion were defined as stabilized group and the others as a not-stabilized group. Results: Of the 207 aneurysms, 176 (85.0%) were assigned to the not-stabilized group and 31 (15.0%) to the stabilized group. The relative proportion of stabilized aneurysms increased significantly as the age increased (P logistic analysis showed that age ≥65 years (P logistic analysis showed that age ≥65 years (P = 0.009) and hypertension (P = 0.041) were strongly correlated with stable aneurysms. In older patients (≥65 years of age), multivariate logistic regression revealed that only diabetes was associated with stabilized aneurysms (P = 0.027). Conclusions: In patients ≥65 years of age, diabetes mellitus may highly predict the stabilized aneurysms. These results provide useful information in determining treatment and follow-up strategies, especially in older patients.

  12. Stability and sensitivity of Learning Analytics based prediction models

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    Tempelaar, D.T.; Rienties, B.; Giesbers, B

    2015-01-01

    Learning analytics seek to enhance the learning processes through systematic measurements of learning related data and to provide informative feedback to learners and educators. Track data from Learning Management Systems (LMS) constitute a main data source for learning analytics. This empirical contribution provides an application of Buckingham Shum and Deakin Crick’s theoretical framework of dispositional learning analytics: an infrastructure that combines learning dispositions data with da...

  13. Thermal stability of bimodal microstructure in magnesium alloy AZ91 processed by ECAP

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    Pantělejev, Libor, E-mail: pantelejev@fme.vutbr.cz [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Technická 2896/2, 616 69 Brno (Czech Republic); NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Technická 2896/2, 616 69 Brno (Czech Republic); Štěpánek, Roman [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Technická 2896/2, 616 69 Brno (Czech Republic); NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Technická 2896/2, 616 69 Brno (Czech Republic); Man, Ondřej [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Technická 2896/2, 616 69 Brno (Czech Republic)

    2015-09-15

    The changes in microstructure of equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) processed magnesium alloy AZ91 during thermal exposure were studied in this paper. The microstructure stability was investigated by means of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), which allowed to measure the changes in grain size, mutual ratio of low-angle boundaries (LABs) to high-angle ones (HABs) and local lattice distortion evaluated by the kernel average misorientation (KAM) parameter. It was found experimentally that the threshold temperature at which significant grain coarsening takes place is 350 °C. No modification to mean grain diameter occurs below this temperature, nonetheless, some changes in LAB and HAB fraction, as well as in local lattice distortion, can be observed. - Highlights: • Thermal stability of bimodal UFG AZ91 alloy was assessed by means of EBSD. • Threshold temperature for pronounced grain coarsening was found at 350 °C. • Below 350 °C increase in LAB fraction and local lattice distortion takes place. • Local lattice distortion (LLD) can be well described using KAM approach. • LLD is influenced by coarsening and precipitation of Mg{sub 17}Al{sub 12} particles.

  14. Stress and Strain During the Process of Thermal Stabilization of Modified Pan Precursors

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    ZHANG Wang-xi; WANG Yan-zhi; PAN Wei

    2007-01-01

    Thermal mechanical analysis, FT- IR, WAXD and some conventional measurements, such as densities and mechanical properties, were used to characterize the effect of the modification using KMnO4 and SnCl4 on the thermal mechanical behaviors and structural changes dining the process of thermal stabilization of modified PAN precursors. to the unmodified original PAN precursors, some conclusions were drawn that the thermal stabilization starts at a lower temperature for modified PAN fibers, for example, the peak of thermal stress changes for modified PAN precursors using KMnO4 displays a decrease of 20℃ and a increase of 30% in the ultimate thermal stress, that chemical modification makes structural transformation perfect and increases by 25% of the thermal stress at the temperature range of 230℃- 300℃, that the modified PAN fibers display an increase of 100% in the thermal strain, once after pre-oxidized, show an increase of 7.8% in orientation index, and a decrease of 9.9% in crystal size for identical preload in the region of 13.1 - 14.5 MPa. It was also concluded that the modification using SnCl4 would alleviate the changes in physical and chemical stress regimes and result in improvement in structure and decrease in defects.

  15. Stability of metal-based nanopartiles in cell culture medium

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    Lovric, M.; Ferhatovic Hamzic, L.; Jurasin, D.; Gajovic, S.; Horák, Daniel; Vinkovic Vrcek, I.

    Braga : 3B´s Research Group, University of Minho, 2014. s. 37-38. [POLARIS 2nd Workshop Top-down fabrication and nanocharacterization techniques to develop nanosystems for biomedical applications. 20.10.2014-22.10.2014, Porto] EU Projects: European Commission(XE) 316120 - GLOWBRAIN Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : metal-based nanoparticles * tissue engineering Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  16. Stability of metal-based nanopartiles in cell culture medium

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    Lovric, M.; Ferhatovic Hamzic, L.; Jurasin, D.; Gajovic, S.; Horák, Daniel; Vinkovic Vrcek, I.

    Braga : 3B´s Research Group, University of Minho, 2014. s. 62-63. [TERM STEM 2014 NanoTools for diagnosis and regeneration of tissues with PT|Korea symposium. 23.10.2014-24.10.2014, Porto] EU Projects: European Commission(XE) 316120 - GLOWBRAIN Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : metal-based nanoparticles * tissue engineering Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  17. Insertion stability of poly(ethylene glycol)-cholesteryl-based lipid anchors in liposome membranes.

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    Molnar, Daniel; Linders, Jürgen; Mayer, Christian; Schubert, Rolf

    2016-06-01

    Liposomes consist of a hydrophilic core surrounded by a phospholipid (PL) bilayer. In human blood, the half-life of such artificial vesicles is limited. To prolong their stability in the circulation, liposomal bilayers can be modified by inserting poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) molecules using either PL or sterols as membrane anchors. This establishes a hydrophilic steric barrier, reducing the adsorption of serum proteins, recognition and elimination by cells of the immune system. In addition, targeting ligands (such as antibodies) are frequently coupled to the distal end of the PEG chains to direct the vesicles (then called 'immuno-liposomes') to specific cell types, such as tumor cells. To our knowledge, experiments on the stability of ligand anchoring have so far only been conducted with PL-based PEGs and not with sterol-based PEGs after insertion via the sterol-based post-insertion technique (SPIT). Therefore, our study examines the insertion stability of PEG-cholesteryl ester (Chol-PEG) molecules with PEG chains of 1000, 1500 and 2000Da molecular mass which have been inserted into the membranes of liposomes using SPIT. For this study we used different acceptor media and multiple analytical techniques, including pulsed-field-gradient nuclear magnetic resonance (PFG-NMR), free-flow electrophoresis, size exclusion chromatography and ultracentrifugation. The obtained data consistently showed that a higher molar mass of PEG chains positively correlates with higher release from the liposome membranes. Furthermore, we could detect and quantify the migration of Chol-PEG molecules from radioactively double-labeled surface-modified liposomes to negatively charged acceptor liposomes via free-flow electrophoresis. Insertion of Chol-PEG molecules into the membrane of preformed liposomes using SPIT is an essential step for the functionalization of liposomes with the aim of specific targeting. For the first time, we present a kinetic analysis of this insertion process using PFG

  18. Stability of solution-processed MAPbI3 and FAPbI3 layers.

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    Smecca, Emanuele; Numata, Youhei; Deretzis, Ioannis; Pellegrino, Giovanna; Boninelli, Simona; Miyasaka, Tsutomu; La Magna, Antonino; Alberti, Alessandra

    2016-05-11

    We provide a semi-empirical model based on in situ degradation measurements to predict the durability of hybrid perovskite materials under simulated thermal operation conditions. In the model, the degradation path of MAPbI3 layers is proved to follow an Arrhenius-type law. The predictive role is played by the activation energy combined with its pre-exponential factor. Our comparative study under moisture conditions with respect to vacuum and nitrogen treatments has assessed the occurrence of an intrinsic dynamic exchange of protons between the organic cations and the inorganic cage with a direct impact on the lattice stability, for which the presence of water molecules is not mandatory. This mutual interaction produces defects inside the material and volatile species, such as HI, CH3NH2 or MAI, with an associated experimental activation energy of 1.54 eV measured under vacuum conditions in dark. This value is comparable to that calculated by the density functional theory for defect generation in MAPbI3. In air, the action of water molecules reduces the activation energy for proton exchanges in dark to 0.96 eV. As an alternative solution to increase the material stability, we demonstrate that the substitution of methylammonium (MA(+)) with the formamidinium (FA(+)) cations inside the inorganic cage gives greater robustness to the overall lattice and extends the material durability due to a different interaction between the organic molecules and the inorganic cage. This definitely supports the use of FAPbI3 in applications, provided its structure can be stabilized in the dark phase at room temperature. PMID:27123601

  19. Site selection of active damper for stabilizing power electronics based power distribution system

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    Yoon, Changwoo; Wang, Xiongfei; Bak, Claus Leth;

    2015-01-01

    Stability in the nowadays distribution power system is endangered by interaction problems that may arise from newly added power-electronics based power devices. Recently, a new concept to deal with this higher frequency instability, the active damper, has been proposed. The active damper is a power...... electronics based power device, which provides an adjustable damping capability to the power system where the voltage harmonic instability is measured. It can stabilize by adjusting the equivalent node impedance with its plug and play feature. This feature gives many degrees of freedom of its installation...... is important for stabilizing the overall network and the active damper should be placed near to the problematic power devices. Finally, the unstable network with five inverters is able to obtain stability by adopting an active damper to the place where its ability becomes the most effective....

  20. GENETIC ALGORITHM BASED ONLINE POWER NETWORK RECONFIGURATION FOR VOLTAGE STABILITY IMPROVEMENT

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    DIPU SARKAR,

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Interconnected power distribution networks are often reconfigured for effective coordination of their protection systems, lower cost of operation and construction, to facilitate efficient load transfer from one feeder to another under normal/abnormal conditions. In this paper a method for improving voltage stability in a power network comprising multiple lines & switches has been suggested, based on system reconfiguration approach. Out of a large number of feasible alternative combinations of lines and switches, attempt has beenmade to find out the best possible combination of these, resulting in highest voltage stability of the overall system. Genetic Algorithm based fast and efficient optimization methodology has been developed to obtain the global optimum voltage stability for best possible switching configuration. The work reveals that optimum selection of power network lines and inter connection switches can provide the best voltage stability solution for a given loading condition. The proposed scheme has been tested on a IEEE 14-bus system and the results are encouraging.

  1. Thermal Shock Resistance of Stabilized Zirconia/Metal Coat on Polymer Matrix Composites by Thermal Spraying Process

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    Zhu, Ling; Huang, Wenzhi; Cheng, Haifeng; Cao, Xueqiang

    2014-12-01

    Stabilized zirconia/metal coating systems were deposited on the polymer matrix composites by a combined thermal spray process. Effects of the thicknesses of metal layers and ceramic layer on thermal shock resistance of the coating systems were investigated. According to the results of thermal shock lifetime, the coating system consisting of 20 μm Zn and 125 μm 8YSZ exhibited the best thermal shock resistance. Based on microstructure evolution, failure modes and failure mechanism of the coating systems were proposed. The main failure modes were the formation of vertical cracks and delamination in the outlayer of substrate, and the appearance of coating spallation. The residual stress, thermal stress and oxidation of substrate near the substrate/metal layer interface were responsible for coating failure, while the oxidation of substrate near the substrate/coating interface was the dominant one.

  2. Improvement of the homo-biepitaxial YBCO film fabrication process on Yttrium Stabilized Zirconia

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    We present the results of the application of the dc magnetron sputtering modulation mode to fabricate YBCO homo-biepitaxial thin film Josephson junctions on Yttrium Stabilized Zirconia substrate. A 450 in-plane rotation of the grown YBCO films with respect to the substrate orientation is realized by using a thin YBCO buffer layer deposited at a temperature (∼600 deg. C) lower than the optimal value (800 deg. C). The control of the in-plane orientation allows to form Josephson junctions between two YBCO superconducting region of the film with and without buffer layer. We obtained that the modulated deposition mode improves the crystalline in-plane orientation of YBCO on buffer layer/YSZ substrate, increases the grain size and decreases the film stress. The improved homo-epitaxial process was applied for fabrication of dc SQUID devices

  3. Stability of micronutrients and phytochemicals of grapefruit jam as affected by the obtention process.

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    Igual, M; García-Martínez, E; Camacho, M M; Martínez-Navarrete, N

    2016-04-01

    Fruits are widely revered for their micronutrient properties. They serve as a primary source of vitamins and minerals as well as of natural phytonutrients with antioxidant properties. Jam constitutes an interesting way to preserve fruit. Traditionally, this product is obtained by intense heat treatment that may cause irreversible loss of these bioactive compounds responsible for the health-related properties of fruits. In this work, different grapefruit jams obtained by conventional, osmotic dehydration (OD) without thermal treatment and/or microwave (MW) techniques were compared in terms of their vitamin, organic acid and phytochemical content and their stability through three months of storage. If compared with heating, osmotic treatments lead to a greater loss of organic acids and vitamin C during both processing and storage. MW treatments permit jam to be obtained which has a similar nutritional and functional value than that obtained when using a conventional heating method, but in a much shorter time. PMID:25956906

  4. Cyclodextrin-grafted barium titanate nanoparticles for improved dispersion and stabilization in water-based systems

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    Serra-Gómez, R. [Universidad de Navarra, Departamento de Química y Edafología (Spain); Martinez-Tarifa, J. M. [Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Departamento de Ingeniería Eléctrica (Spain); González-Benito, J. [Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Departamento de Ciencia e Ingeniería de Materiales e Ingeniería Química, IQMAAB (Spain); González-Gaitano, G., E-mail: gaitano@unav.es [Universidad de Navarra, Departamento de Química y Edafología (Spain)

    2016-01-15

    Ceramic nanoparticles with piezoelectric properties, such as BaTiO{sub 3} (BT), constitute a promising approach in the fields of nanocomposite materials and biomaterials. In the latter case, to be successful in their preparation, the drawback of their fast aggregation and practically null stability in water has to be overcome. The objective of this investigation has been the surface functionalization of BaTiO{sub 3} nanoparticles with cyclodextrins (CDs) as a way to break the aggregation and improve the stability of the nanoparticles in water solution, preventing and minimizing their fast precipitation. As a secondary goal, we have achieved extra-functionality of the nanoparticles, bestowed from the hydrophobic cavity of the macrocycle, which is able to lodge guest molecules that can form inclusion complexes with the oligosaccharide. The nanoparticle functionalization has been fully tracked and characterized, and the cytotoxicity of the modified nanoparticles with fibroblasts and pre-osteoblasts cell lines has been assessed with excellent results in a wide range of concentrations. The modified nanoparticles were found to be suitable for the easy preparation of nanocomposite hydrogels, via dispersion in hydrophilic polymers of typical use in biomedical applications (PEG, Pluronics, and PEO), and further processed in the form of films via water casting, showing very good results in terms of homogeneity in the dispersion of the filler. Likewise, as examples of application and with the aim of exploring a different range of nanocomposites, rhodamine B was included in the macrocycles as a model molecule, and films prepared from a thermoplastic matrix (EVA) via high-energy ball milling have been tested by impedance spectroscopy to discuss their dielectric properties, which indicated that even small modifications in the surface of the nanoparticles generate a different kind of interaction with the polymeric matrix. The CD-modified nanoparticles are thus suitable for easy

  5. Cyclodextrin-grafted barium titanate nanoparticles for improved dispersion and stabilization in water-based systems

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    Ceramic nanoparticles with piezoelectric properties, such as BaTiO3 (BT), constitute a promising approach in the fields of nanocomposite materials and biomaterials. In the latter case, to be successful in their preparation, the drawback of their fast aggregation and practically null stability in water has to be overcome. The objective of this investigation has been the surface functionalization of BaTiO3 nanoparticles with cyclodextrins (CDs) as a way to break the aggregation and improve the stability of the nanoparticles in water solution, preventing and minimizing their fast precipitation. As a secondary goal, we have achieved extra-functionality of the nanoparticles, bestowed from the hydrophobic cavity of the macrocycle, which is able to lodge guest molecules that can form inclusion complexes with the oligosaccharide. The nanoparticle functionalization has been fully tracked and characterized, and the cytotoxicity of the modified nanoparticles with fibroblasts and pre-osteoblasts cell lines has been assessed with excellent results in a wide range of concentrations. The modified nanoparticles were found to be suitable for the easy preparation of nanocomposite hydrogels, via dispersion in hydrophilic polymers of typical use in biomedical applications (PEG, Pluronics, and PEO), and further processed in the form of films via water casting, showing very good results in terms of homogeneity in the dispersion of the filler. Likewise, as examples of application and with the aim of exploring a different range of nanocomposites, rhodamine B was included in the macrocycles as a model molecule, and films prepared from a thermoplastic matrix (EVA) via high-energy ball milling have been tested by impedance spectroscopy to discuss their dielectric properties, which indicated that even small modifications in the surface of the nanoparticles generate a different kind of interaction with the polymeric matrix. The CD-modified nanoparticles are thus suitable for easy preparation

  6. Devaluation Risk and the Syndrome of Exchange-Rate-Based Stabilizations

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    Mendoza, Enrique G.; Martin Uribe

    1999-01-01

    This paper shows that the risk of devaluation can be an important factor accounting for the stylized facts of exchange-rate-based stabilizations. This conclusion follows from studying the quantitative implications of a two-sector equilibrium business cycle model of a small open economy calibrated to Mexico's 1987-1994 stabilization plan. In the model a time-variant interest rate differential that acts as a stochastic tax on money demand, labor supply, investment, and saving. Under incomplete ...

  7. Optimal Design of Fuzzy Based Power System Stabilizer Self Tuned by Robust Search Algorithm

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    Linda, M. Mary; Nair, N. Kesavan

    2009-01-01

    In the interconnected power system network, instability problems are caused mainly by the low frequency oscillations of 0.2 to 2.5 Hz. The supplementary control signal in addition with AVR and high gain excitation systems are provided by means of Power System Stabilizer (PSS). Conventional power system stabilizers provide effective damping only on a particular operating point. But fuzzy based PSS provides good damping for a wide range of operating points. The bottlenecks faced in designing a ...

  8. Investigating In Situ Properties of Recycled Asphalt Pavement with Foamed Asphalt as Base Stabilizer

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    Antonis Kaltsounis; Vasilis Papavasiliou; Andreas Loizos; Christina Plati

    2010-01-01

    The objective of the present study was to conduct a comprehensive field experiment for the in situ assessment of in-depth recycled asphalt pavement using foamed asphalt as a stabilization treatment for base works. For this purpose Nondestructive Testing (NDT) data collected using the Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) along a foamed asphalt recycled pavement section was thoroughly analysed. Critical issues including the stabilized material curing and the con...

  9. Effect of Sodium Salicylate on the Viscoelastic Properties and Stability of Polyacrylate-Based Hydrogels for Medical Applications

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    Zuzana Kolarova Raskova

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Investigation was made into the effect exerted by the presence of sodium salicylate (0–2 wt.%, in Carbomer-based hydrogel systems, on processing conditions, rheological and antimicrobial properties in tests against Gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus and Gram-negative (Escherichia coli bacterial strains, and examples of yeast (Candida albicans and mould (Aspergillus niger. In addition, the work presents an examination of long-term stability by means of aging over one year the given hydrogels at 8°C and 25°C. The results show that 0.5 wt.% NaSal demonstrated a noticeable effect on the hydrogel neutralization process, viscosity, and antimicrobial properties against all of the tested microorganisms. The long-term stability studies revealed that hydrogels can maintain antimicrobial activity as well as viscosity to a degree that would be sufficient for practical use.

  10. Solidified structure and leaching properties of metallurgical wastewater treatment sludge after solidification/stabilization process.

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    Radovanović, Dragana Đ; Kamberović, Željko J; Korać, Marija S; Rogan, Jelena R

    2016-01-01

    The presented study investigates solidification/stabilization process of hazardous heavy metals/arsenic sludge, generated after the treatment of the wastewater from a primary copper smelter. Fly ash and fly ash with addition of hydrated lime and Portland composite cement were studied as potential binders. The effectiveness of the process was evaluated by unconfined compressive strength (UCS) testing, leaching tests (EN 12457-4 and TCLP) and acid neutralization capacity (ANC) test. It was found that introduction of cement into the systems increased the UCS, led to reduced leaching of Cu, Ni and Zn, but had a negative effect on the ANC. Gradual addition of lime resulted in decreased UCS, significant reduction of metals leaching and high ANC, due to the excess of lime that remained unreacted in pozzolanic reaction. Stabilization of more than 99% of heavy metals and 90% of arsenic has been achieved. All the samples had UCS above required value for safe disposal. In addition to standard leaching tests, solidificates were exposed to atmospheric conditions during one year in order to determine the actual leaching level of metals in real environment. It can be concluded that the EN 12457-4 test is more similar to the real environmental conditions, while the TCLP test highly exaggerates the leaching of metals. The paper also presents results of differential acid neutralization (d-AN) analysis compared with mineralogical study done by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. The d-AN coupled with Eh-pH (Pourbaix) diagrams were proven to be a new effective method for analysis of amorphous solidified structure. PMID:26457922

  11. Rule-based Construction of Matching Processes

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    Peukert, Eric; Rahm, Erhard

    2011-01-01

    Mapping complex metadata structures is crucial in a number of domains such as data integration, ontology alignment or model management. To speed up that process automatic matching systems were developed to compute mapping suggestions that can be corrected by a user. However, constructing and tuning match strategies still requires a high manual effort by matching experts as well as correct mappings to evaluate generated mappings. We therefore propose a self-configuring schema matching system that is able to automatically adapt to the given mapping problem at hand. Our approach is based on analyzing the input schemas as well as intermediate matching results. A variety of matching rules use the analysis results to automatically construct and adapt an underlying matching process for a given match task. We comprehensively evaluate our approach on different mapping problems from the schema, ontology and model management domains. The evaluation shows that our system is able to robustly return good quality mappings a...

  12. Cloud Based Processing of Large Photometric Surveys

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    Farivar, R.; Brunner, R. J.; Santucci, R.; Campbell, R.

    2013-10-01

    Astronomy, as is the case with many scientific domains, has entered the realm of being a data rich science. Nowhere is this reflected more clearly than in the growth of large area surveys, such as the recently completed Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) or the Dark Energy Survey, which will soon obtain PB of imaging data. The data processing on these large surveys is a major challenge. In this paper, we demonstrate a new approach to this common problem. We propose the use of cloud-based technologies (e.g., Hadoop MapReduce) to run a data analysis program (e.g., SExtractor) across a cluster. Using the intermediate key/value pair design of Hadoop, our framework matches objects across different SExtractor invocations to create a unified catalog from all SDSS processed data. We conclude by presenting our experimental results on a 432 core cluster and discuss the lessons we have learned in completing this challenge.

  13. Agents-based distributed processes control systems

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    Adrian Gligor

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Large industrial distributed systems have revealed a remarkable development in recent years. We may note an increase of their structural and functional complexity, at the same time with those on requirements side. These are some reasons why there are involvednumerous researches, energy and resources to solve problems related to these types of systems. The paper addresses the issue of industrial distributed systems with special attention being given to the distributed industrial processes control systems. A solution for a distributed process control system based on mobile intelligent agents is presented.The main objective of the proposed system is to provide an optimal solution in terms of costs, maintenance, reliability and flexibility. The paper focuses on requirements, architecture, functionality and advantages brought by the proposed solution.

  14. Self-stabilizing optical clock pulse-train generator using SOA and saturable absorber for asynchronous optical packet processing.

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    Nakahara, Tatsushi; Takahashi, Ryo

    2013-05-01

    We propose a novel, self-stabilizing optical clock pulse-train generator for processing preamble-free, asynchronous optical packets with variable lengths. The generator is based on an optical loop that includes a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) and a high-extinction spin-polarized saturable absorber (SA), with the loop being self-stabilized by balancing out the gain and absorption provided by the SOA and SA, respectively. The optical pulse train is generated by tapping out a small portion of a circulating seed pulse. The convergence of the generated pulse energy is enabled by the loop round-trip gain function that has a negative slope due to gain saturation in the SOA. The amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) of the SOA is effectively suppressed by the SA, and a backward optical pulse launched into the SOA enables overcoming the carrier-recovery speed mismatch between the SOA and SA. Without external control for the loop gain, a stable optical pulse train consisting of more than 50 pulses with low jitter is generated from a single 10-ps seed optical pulse even with a variation of 10 dB in the seed pulse intensity. PMID:23669927

  15. A new borehole wire extensometer with high accuracy and stability for observation of local geodynamic processes.

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    Mentes, Gy

    2012-01-01

    Very stable and reliable instruments with high accuracy are required in field measurements for continuous monitoring local geodynamic processes, such as tectonic movements, ground motions in landslide prone areas, etc. A sensitive borehole wire extensometer with low energy consumption was developed in the Geodetic and Geophysical Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to observe very small vertical movements (in the order of a few millimeters) of the upper layer of the soil due to hydrological, meteorological and biological processes. The newly developed instrument eliminates the disadvantages of the borehole wire extensometers which are presently used. Its sensitivity and stability are much higher than these parameters of the previous instruments. The instrument is able to measure distance variations without instrumental drift in a range of 0-4 mm with a resolution of better than 1 μm. Since the effect of the yearly temperature variations can be easily removed from the extensometric data record, the compensation for the short-periodic (daily) thermal effects on the instrument was of high priority during the design of the instrument. This paper describes the construction and calibration of the extensometer. The extensometer was installed for monitoring vertical ground movements due to hydro-meteorological processes on the high loess wall of the Danube River at Dunaföldvár, Hungary. The efficiency of the temperature compensation of the instrument was investigated in detail on the basis of the measured data series. PMID:22299988

  16. Bayesian Network Based XP Process Modelling

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    Mohamed Abouelela

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available A Bayesian Network based mathematical model has been used for modelling Extreme Programmingsoftware development process. The model is capable of predicting the expected finish time and theexpected defect rate for each XP release. Therefore, it can be used to determine the success/failure of anyXP Project. The model takes into account the effect of three XP practices, namely: Pair Programming,Test Driven Development and Onsite Customer practices. The model’s predictions were validated againsttwo case studies. Results show the precision of our model especially in predicting the project finish time.

  17. Analysis of ettringite attack to stabilized railway bases and embankments

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    Ramon Tarragona, Anna; Alonso Pérez de Agreda, Eduardo

    2013-01-01

    Two cases of massive sulphate attack to cement treated embankments and track bases in a high speed railway line are described. In the first case, two large access embankments to a railway viaduct were treated with jet–grouting columns. In the second case a compacted cement treated soil was placed over a rigid concrete caisson. The treated layer, 1.5 m thick, expanded at a continuous rate of 0.9-1.3 mm/month. In the two cases the soil was excavated from nearby cuts in gypsiferous Tertiary (...

  18. Quadcopter stabilization using visual marker-based tracking

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    Slabanja, Jurij

    2014-01-01

    In this thesis we implemented a system, which Parrot AR.Drone can use to track a moving target. The system is based on ROS. We used an iRobot Roomba as the target, put a marker on top of it, and drove it around. The drone's goal was to stay as directly as possible above the target. The drone tracked the marker using its front camera. Its movement was controlled by PID controllers. We conducted three experiments to evaluate the system. First we evaluated how accurate our method of determining ...

  19. Integrating Process Learning and Process Evolution - A Semantics Based Approach.

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    Rinderle, S.B.; Weber, B.; Reichert, M.U.; Wild, W.

    2005-01-01

    Companies are developing a growing interest in aligning their information systems in a process-oriented way. However, current process-aware information systems (PAIS) fail to meet process flexibility requirements, which reduces the applicability of such systems. To overcome this limitation PAIS shou

  20. Comparison of model reference and map based control method for vehicle stability enhancement

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    Baek, S.; Son, M.; Song, J.; Boo, K.; Kim, H.

    2012-01-01

    A map based controller method to improve a vehicle lateral stability is proposed in this study and compared with the conventional method, a model referenced controller. A model referenced controller to determine compensated yaw moment uses the sliding mode method, but the proposed map based controll

  1. THE INFLUENCE OF THERMAL REGIME ON STABILIZATION PROCESS OF YOUNG WINES INFLUENCE DU RÉGIME THERMIQUE SUR LE PROCESSUS DE STABILISATION TARTRIQUE DES VINS JEUNES

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    RODICA STURZA

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The excess of tartaric salts determines in certain conditions the formation of characteristic crystals that fall in the form of sediment. The aim of the study is to search the optimal process of tartaric stabilization conditions of young wines. We examined the tartaric stabilization of young wines by decreasing their content in tartaric salts by conventional cold stabilization and contact seeding with three thermal regimes (-5 °C, 0 °C and 5 °C. The study results showed a reduction with 23÷40 % of chromatic intensity, with 16.45÷24 % of the content of potassium and a titratable acidity between 0.73 and 1.04 g∙L-1. The recommendations of optimum regime of the stabilization of young wines, based on experimental results, included: cooling of wine at -5 °C or 0 °C, followed by the administration of cream of tartar in a doses 4÷8 g∙L-1, maintaining in these conditions until the stabilization and isothermal filtration before bottling. The described process generates a healthy and balanced product, good nutritional value and organoleptic quality.

  2. Development Towards a Space Qualified Laser Stabilization System in Support of Space-Based Optical Interferometers

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    Seidel, David J.; Dubovitsky, Serge

    2000-01-01

    We report on the development, functional performance and space-qualification status of a laser stabilization system supporting a space-based metrology source used to measure changes in optical path lengths in space-based stellar interferometers. The Space Interferometry Mission (SIM) and Deep Space 3 (DS-3) are two missions currently funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that are space-based optical interferometers. In order to properly recombine the starlight received at each telescope of the interferometer it is necessary to perform high resolution laser metrology to stabilize the interferometer. A potentially significant error source in performing high resolution metrology length measurements is the potential for fluctuations in the laser gauge itself. If the laser frequency or wavelength is changing over time it will be misinterpreted as a length change in one of the legs of the interferometer. An analysis of the frequency stability requirement for SIM resulted in a fractional frequency stability requirement of square root (S(sub y)(f)) = lasers, which are the baseline laser for both SIM and DS-3 vary in stability and we have measured them to perform as follows (9 x l0(exp -11)/ f(Hz))(Hz)/square root(Hz)) = laser we stabilize the laser to a high finesse optical cavity by locking the optical frequency of the laser to one of the transmission modes of the cavity. At JPL we have built a prototype space-qualifiable system meeting the stability requirements of SIM, which has been delivered to one of the SIM testbeds. We have also started on the development of a system to meet the stability needs of DS-3.

  3. Reliable routing mechanism based on neighbor stability for MANET

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    WU Da-peng; WU Mu-qing; ZHEN Yan

    2009-01-01

    One critical issue for routing in mobile Ad-hoc networks (MANETs) is how to select a reliable path that can last longer because mobility may cause frequent breakdown in radio links. A novel routing mechanism based on link lifetime estimation is proposed in this article. In this mechanism, the node's received signal strength is obtained continuously by using Newton interpolation polynomial, and by method of middle value and interception, the reference points are selected to estimate the link lifetime. With the constraint of link lifetime and hop counts, the source nodes set up the route hop by hop. The simulations show that link lifetime can be predicted regardless of mobility pattern. Moreover, the route discovery times and packet drop ratio can be reduced by the proposed mechanism, and thus improving the performance of MANETs.

  4. Nonlinear stability and ergodicity of ensemble based Kalman filters

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    Tong, Xin T.; Majda, Andrew J.; Kelly, David

    2016-02-01

    The ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF) and ensemble square root filter (ESRF) are data assimilation methods used to combine high dimensional, nonlinear dynamical models with observed data. Despite their widespread usage in climate science and oil reservoir simulation, very little is known about the long-time behavior of these methods and why they are effective when applied with modest ensemble sizes in large dimensional turbulent dynamical systems. By following the basic principles of energy dissipation and controllability of filters, this paper establishes a simple, systematic and rigorous framework for the nonlinear analysis of EnKF and ESRF with arbitrary ensemble size, focusing on the dynamical properties of boundedness and geometric ergodicity. The time uniform boundedness guarantees that the filter estimate will not diverge to machine infinity in finite time, which is a potential threat for EnKF and ESQF known as the catastrophic filter divergence. Geometric ergodicity ensures in addition that the filter has a unique invariant measure and that initialization errors will dissipate exponentially in time. We establish these results by introducing a natural notion of observable energy dissipation. The time uniform bound is achieved through a simple Lyapunov function argument, this result applies to systems with complete observations and strong kinetic energy dissipation, but also to concrete examples with incomplete observations. With the Lyapunov function argument established, the geometric ergodicity is obtained by verifying the controllability of the filter processes; in particular, such analysis for ESQF relies on a careful multivariate perturbation analysis of the covariance eigen-structure.

  5. Carbon Fibers from UV-Assisted Stabilization of Lignin-Based Precursors

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    Meng Zhang

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Production of high strength carbon fibers from bio-derived precursors is of topical interest. Recently, we reported on dry-spinning of a partially acetylated softwood kraft lignin to produce carbon fibers with superior properties, but the thermo-oxidative stabilization step required a long time due to a slow heating rate needed to prevent the fibers from being heated too rapidly and sticking to each other. Here we report a rapid strategy of dual UV-thermoxidative stabilization (crosslinking of dry-spun lignin fibers that significantly reduces the stabilization time. The fibers undergo reaction close to the surface such that they can be subsequently thermally stabilized at a rapid heating rate without fibers fusing together, which reduces the total stabilization time significantly from 40 to 4 h. Consequently, the glass transition temperature of UV irradiated fibers was about 15 °C higher than that of fibers without UV treatment. Stabilized fibers were successfully carbonized at 1000 °C and resulting carbon fibers displayed a tensile strength of 900 ± 100 MPa, which is amongst the highest reported for carbon fibers derived from softwood lignin-based precursors. These results establish that UV irradiation is a rapid step that can effectively shorten the total stabilization time for production of lignin-derived carbon fibers.

  6. Processing stability of cross-linked starches in acid sauce applications and identification of some of the molecular factors involved

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    Steeneken, P.A.M.; Woortman, A.J.J.; Oudhuis, A.A.C.M.

    2011-01-01

    The thickening functionality of four acetylated di-starch adipates with variations in starch source and amylose and adipate contents was evaluated in a simplified small-scale model sauce system at fourteen processing conditions with variations in temperature, shear, and pH. A processing stability fa

  7. Synthesis of solvent-stabilized colloidal nanoparticles of platinum, rhodium, and ruthenium by microwave-polyol process.

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    He, Baolin; Chen, Yixian; Liu, Hanfan; Liu, Yuan

    2005-02-01

    Solvent-stabilized Pt, Rh, and Ru colloidal nanoparticles were synthesized by a microwave-polyol process. They were characterized by TEM and XPS, XRD, and UV-vis examination. These colloids have small particle sizes with narrow size distribution, and they were stable in glycol upon storage under ambient condition for months. Separation and XPS characterization of the intermediate colloids demonstrated the two-step mechanism for the formation of solvent-stabilized metal colloids via hydrolysis. PMID:15853146

  8. Examining Factors Associated With (In)Stability In Social Information Processing Among Urban School Children: A Latent Transition Analytic Approach

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    Goldweber, Asha; Bradshaw, Catherine P.; Goodman, Kimberly; Monahan, Kathryn; Cooley-Strickland, Michele

    2011-01-01

    There is compelling evidence for the role of social information processing (SIP) in aggressive behavior. However, less is known about factors that influence stability vs. instability in patterns of SIP over time. Latent transition analysis (LTA) was used to identify SIP patterns over one year and examine how community violence exposure, aggressive behavior, and behavior regulation relate to (in)stability in SIP. Participants were 429 urban children (ages 7-13, M = 9.58; 86% African American)....

  9. Microstructure stability: Optimisation of 263 Ni-based superalloy

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    Crozet Coraline

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available To reduce CO2 emissions on coal-fired power plant, A-ultra supercritical (A-USC power plant whose steam conditions exceed 700 °C are being developed. At these elevated temperatures, the use of Ni-base superalloys becomes necessary. In this context and within the European project NextGenPower, focus is made on commercial Nimonic C-263 as a candidate material for turbine rotors. Nimonic C-263 is known to have low sensitivity to segregation, high workability and high weldability which are major properties for the manufacture of large shafts. Long-term creep strength is also required for this application and unfortunately Nimonic C-263 shows η-phase precipitation after long-time exposure between 700 °C–900 °C which is detrimental for long-term creep properties. The composition of Nimonic C-263 was thus optimised to overcome the formation of η-phase. Trial tests were made in order to study the effect of hardening contribution elements on microstructural and mechanical properties. Then, a 500 mm diameter forged rotor was made from optimised 263 alloy and shows promising properties.

  10. Comparison of UPFC-Based Stabilizer and PSS Performances on Damping of Power System Oscillations

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    M. R. Meshkatoddini

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper establishes the linearized Phillips-Heffron model of a power system equipped with UPFC and demonstrates the application of the model in analyzing the damping effect of the UPFC and designing UPFC based stabilizer to improve power system oscillation stability. A comprehensive approach to the design of UPFC based stabilizer (power flow control, DC-voltage regulator and damping controller is presented. In this case, the multi-machine power system with UPFC is studied and an example of power system is presented. It is shown that the DC voltage contributes negative damping to power system oscillations, which is confirmed by both eigenvalue computation and nonlinear simulation. To counterattack the negative damping effect due to the DC voltage regulator, UPFC based stabilizer is designed and its effectiveness is demonstrated by both eigenvalue computation and nonlinear simulation. Then the effects of UPFC and PSS on power systems are compared. Simulation results show that the performance of UPFC based stabilizer on damping of power system is better than PSS.

  11. Electrochemical behaviour of ceramic yttria stabilized zirconia on carbon steel synthesized via sol-gel process

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    Chromate conversion coatings have been widely applied for the corrosion of different metallic substrates. However, the waste containing Cr6+ has many limitations due to the environmental consideration and health hazards. An interesting alternative seems to be the deposition on metallic surface of thin layers of yttria or zirconia or both by the sol-gel process. In this study, Ytttria and Yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ, 8% Y2O3) thin films were used for coating commercial carbon steel substrates by sol-gel method and the dip-coating process. The evolution of organic compounds up to crystallization process as a function of heat treatments was study by FT-IR spectroscopy. The structure and morphology of the coatings were analysed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The anticorrosion performance of the coatings has been evaluated by using electrochemical techniques in an aggressive media (3.5 wt.% NaCl). The corrosion behaviour of sol-gel method was compared with traditional chromate conversion coatings. Differences in the electrochemical behaviour of YSZ coatings are related to the development of microcracks during the sintering process and to the presence of organic compounds during growth film. Electrochemical results showed that sol-gel YSZ and Y2O3 coatings can act as protective barriers against wet corrosion; however yttria films displayed low adhesion to substrate. The corrosion parameters provide an explanation of the role of each film and show a considerable increase in the corrosion resistance for coated samples in comparison to the bare steel samples.

  12. Electrochemical behaviour of ceramic yttria stabilized zirconia on carbon steel synthesized via sol-gel process

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    Crespo, M.A. Dominguez, E-mail: mdominguezc@ipn.m [Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Unidad Altamira (CICATA-IPN) km 14.5 Carr. Tampico-Puerto Industrial, C.P. 89600, Altamira, Tamaulipas (Mexico); Murillo, A. Garcia; Torres-Huerta, A.M. [Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Unidad Altamira (CICATA-IPN) km 14.5 Carr. Tampico-Puerto Industrial, C.P. 89600, Altamira, Tamaulipas (Mexico); Yanez-Zamora, C. [Estudiante del postgrado en Tecnologia Avanzada del CICATA-IPN, Unidad Altamira, km 14.5, Carr. Tampico-Puerto Industrial. C.P. 89600, Altamira, Tamaulipas (Mexico); Carrillo-Romo, F. de J [Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Unidad Altamira (CICATA-IPN) km 14.5 Carr. Tampico-Puerto Industrial, C.P. 89600, Altamira, Tamaulipas (Mexico)

    2009-08-26

    Chromate conversion coatings have been widely applied for the corrosion of different metallic substrates. However, the waste containing Cr{sup 6+} has many limitations due to the environmental consideration and health hazards. An interesting alternative seems to be the deposition on metallic surface of thin layers of yttria or zirconia or both by the sol-gel process. In this study, Ytttria and Yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ, 8% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}) thin films were used for coating commercial carbon steel substrates by sol-gel method and the dip-coating process. The evolution of organic compounds up to crystallization process as a function of heat treatments was study by FT-IR spectroscopy. The structure and morphology of the coatings were analysed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The anticorrosion performance of the coatings has been evaluated by using electrochemical techniques in an aggressive media (3.5 wt.% NaCl). The corrosion behaviour of sol-gel method was compared with traditional chromate conversion coatings. Differences in the electrochemical behaviour of YSZ coatings are related to the development of microcracks during the sintering process and to the presence of organic compounds during growth film. Electrochemical results showed that sol-gel YSZ and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} coatings can act as protective barriers against wet corrosion; however yttria films displayed low adhesion to substrate. The corrosion parameters provide an explanation of the role of each film and show a considerable increase in the corrosion resistance for coated samples in comparison to the bare steel samples.

  13. Convergence and Heterogeneity in Euro Based Economies: Stability and Dynamics

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    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Cluster analysis is used to explore the performance of key macroeconomic variables in European countries that share the euro, from the inception of the currency in 2002 through to 2013. An original applied statistical approach searches for a pattern synthesis across a matrix of macroeconomic data to examine if there is evidence for country clusters and whether there is convergence of the cluster patterns over time. A number of different clusters appear and these change over time as the economies of the member states dynamically interact. This includes some new countries joining the currency during the period of examination. As found in previous research, Southern European countries tend to remain separate from other countries. The new methods used, however, add to an understanding of some differences between Southern European countries, in addition to replicating their broad similarities. Hypotheses are formed about the country clusters existing in 2002, 2006 and 2013, at key points in time of the euro integration process. These hypotheses are tested using the rigour of a bivariate analysis and the multivariate method of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA. The results confirm the hypotheses of cluster memberships in all three periods. The confirmation analysis provides evidence about which variables are most influencing cluster memberships at each time point. In 2002 and 2006, differences between countries are influenced by their different Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP and labour productivity scores. In 2013, after the crisis, there is a noticeable change. Long term interest rates and gross government debt become key determinants of differences, in addition to the continuing influence of labour productivity. The paper concludes that in the last decade the convergence of countries sharing the euro has been limited, by the joining of new countries and the circumstances of the global economic crisis. The financial crisis has driven

  14. Stabilization of chromium-bearing electroplating sludge with MSWI fly ash-based Friedel matrices.

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    Qian, Guangren; Yang, Xiaoyan; Dong, Shixiang; Zhou, Jizhi; Sun, Ying; Xu, Yunfeng; Liu, Qiang

    2009-06-15

    This work investigated the feasibility and effectiveness of MSWI fly ash-based Friedel matrices on stabilizing/solidifying industrial chromium-bearing electroplating sludge using MSWI fly ash as the main raw material with a small addition of active aluminum. The compressive strength, leaching behavior and chemical speciation of heavy metals and hydration phases of matrices were characterized by TCLP, XRD, FTIR and other experimental methods. The results revealed that MSWI fly ash-based Friedel matrices could effectively stabilize chromium-bearing electroplating sludge, the formed ettringite and Friedel phases played a significant role in the fixation of heavy metals in electroplating sludge. The co-disposal of chromium-bearing electroplating sludge and MSWI fly ash-based Friedel matrices with a small addition of active aluminum is promising to be an effective way of stabilizing chromium-bearing electroplating sludge. PMID:19062163

  15. CFD Based Determination of Dynamic Stability Derivatives in Yaw for a Bird

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    M. A. Moelyadi; G. Sachs

    2007-01-01

    Dynamic yaw stability derivatives of a gull bird are determined using Computational Fluid Dynamics(CFD) method. Two kinds of motions are applied for calculating the dynamic yaw stability derivatives CNr and CNβ. The first one relates to a lateral translation and, separately, to a yaw rotation. The second one consists of a combined translational and rotational motion. To determine dynamic yaw stability derivatives, the simulation of an unsteady flow with a bird model showing a harmonic motion is performed. The flow solution for each time step is obtained by solving unsteady Euler equations based on a finite volume approach for a small reduced frequency. Then, an evaluation of unsteady forces and moments for one cycle is conducted using harmonic Fourier analysis. The results of the dynamic yaw stability derivatives for both simulations of the model show a good agreement.

  16. Stability of Spatial Structure of Urban Agglomeration in China Based on Central Place Theory

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    2007-01-01

    This paper brings forward the concept of stability of the spatial structure of urban agglomeration (UA) based on Central Place Theory by introducing centrality index and fractal theory. Before assessment, K=4 is selected as parameter to calculate centrality index and fractal dimension (K represents the quantitive relationship between city and the counties in Central Place Theory), and then found the number of nodes, the type of spatial structure, the spatial allocation of nodes with different hierarchy affecting the stability of spatial structure. According to spatial contact direction and the level of stability, UAs in China are classified into five types. Finally, it is posed as a further question that how to use hierarchical relation K=6 and K=7 in central place system to coordinate with the assessment of stability of spatial structure is brought forward.

  17. USING THE SULFUR POLYMER STABILIZATION SOLIDIFICATION PROCESS TO TREAT RESIDUAL MERCURY WASTES FROM GOLD MINING OPERATIONS.

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    BOWERMAN,B.ADAMS,J.KALB,P.WAN,R.Y.LEVIER,M.

    2003-02-24

    Large quantities of mercury are generated as a by-product during the processing of gold ore following mining operations. Newmont Mining Corporation (NMC), which operates some of the world's largest gold mines, sought a method to permanently ''retire'' its mercury by-products, thereby avoiding potential environmental liability. Sulfur Polymer Stabilization-Solidification (SPSS) is an innovative technology developed at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) for treatment of mercury and mercury contaminated materials, such as soil, sludge and debris. BNL conducted a treatability study to determine the potential applicability of SPSS for treatment of Newmont mercury, and the treated product passed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) test for toxicity. The SPSS process has been shown to be effective on radioactive and nonradioactive mercury and mercury-contaminated materials with a pilot-scale batch system capable of producing 0.03 m{sup 3} (1 ft{sup 3}) per batch. Engineering scale-up issues are discussed and material property tests addressing these issues are described.

  18. Anaerobic digestion of food waste stabilized by lime mud from papermaking process.

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    Zhang, Jishi; Wang, Qinqing; Zheng, Pengwei; Wang, Yusong

    2014-10-01

    The effects of lime mud from papermaking process (LMP) addition as buffer agent and inorganic nutrient on the anaerobic digestion stability of food waste (FW) were investigated under mesophilic conditions with the aim of avoiding volatile fatty acids accumulation, and inorganic elements deficiency. When LMP concentration ranged from 6.0 to 10g/L, the FW anaerobic digestion could maintain efficient and stable state. These advantages are attributed to the existence of Ca, Na, Mg, K, Fe, and alkaline substances that favor the methanogenic process. The highest CH4 yield of 272.8mL/g-VS was obtained at LMP and VS concentrations of 10.0 and 19.8g/L, respectively, with the corresponding lag-phase time of 3.84d and final pH of 8.4. The methanogens from residue digestates mainly consisted of Methanobrevibacter, coccus-type and sarcina-type methanogens with LMP addition compared to Methanobacteria in control. However, higher concentration of LMP inhibited methanogenic activities and methane production. PMID:25151070

  19. Effect of gamma radiation and storage on cholesterol oxidative stability of raw and processed eggs

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    The egg have being studied due its nutritional wealth, for show industrial interest as a raw material, e due its higher cholesterol content. At the same time, due its susceptibility to contamination mainly with salmonella, it is being proposed the ionizing radiation as a hygienic measure. Cholesterol is subject to oxidation, that it is facilitated by several factors, among them ionizing radiation. Formed cholesterol oxides, by its turn, show harmful biological properties to human health, as atherogenicity, cytotoxicity, carcinogenicity and mutagenicity, among others. The objectives of this work were evaluate the effect of ionizing radiation over pH, viscosity and color, besides the oxidative stability of cholesterol, in stored and processed crude eggs. With the increase of used doses (1, 2 and 3 KGy), there was an reduction in the viscosity of the egg white and in the color yolk egg, besides the increase in lipidic oxidation, measured through tiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS). Specifications as humidity, total lipids and egg yolk cholesterol were not influenced. In the subject of humidity and of cholesterol, there was an meaningful alteration due storage (30 days in 4 deg C). The sum of the analyzed oxides didn't variate with the irradiation, only individually, although it did vary with storage. The thermal processing caused an meaningful increase of TBARS, but despite this, the oxides sum didn't differed between treatments. (author)

  20. Research on borehole stability of shale based on seepage-stress-damage coupling model

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    Xiaofeng Ran

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In oil drilling, one of the most complicated problems is borehole stability of shale. Based on the theory of continuum damage mechanics, a modified Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion according to plastic damage evolution and the seepage-stress coupling is established. Meanwhile, the damage evolution equation which is based on equivalent plastic strain and the permeability evolution equation of shale are proposed in this paper. The physical model of borehole rock for a well in China western oilfield is set up to analyze the distribution of damage, permeability, stress, plastic strain and displacement. In the calculation process, the influence of rock damage to elastic modulus, cohesion and permeability is involved by writing a subroutine for ABAQUS. The results show that the rock damage evolution has a significant effect to the plastic strain and stress in plastic zone. Different drilling fluid density will produce different damage in its value, range and type. This study improves the theory of mechanical mechanism of borehole collapse and fracture, and provides a reference for the further research of seepage-stress-chemical-damage coupling of wall rock.

  1. Environmental effects of microstructure stability on nickel-base superalloys

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    Next generation nuclear reactor VHTR (Very High Temperature gas-cooled Reactor) wants to achieve higher thermal efficiency and hydrogen production. IHX (Intermediate Heat eXchanger) will be exposed to the highest temperature condition among lots of structural components. Solid-solution hardening nickel-base superalloys Alloy 617 and Haynes 230 are expected to use for this applications. Studies on oxidation test and time dependent deformation at 900 .deg. C were conducted before. This study is focused on the microstructure evolution and mechanical properties at other temperature ranges. Furthermore, considering heat treatment history especially cooling rate effects on microstructure evolution, those of two superalloys are cooled down to room temperature by air and furnace. Materials behavior at intermediation temperature ranges from 600-900 .deg. C and diffusion bonding condition (1150 .deg. C) were evaluated. Vicker's hardness test and small-size tensile test were carried out for each specimen at room temperature. Hardness number and tensile strength were higher than any other temperature condition at 700 .deg. C due to gamma prime phases for Alloy 617. As the aluminum contents of Haynes 230 is far less than Alloy 617, there is no big difference for Haynes 230 at intermediate temperature ranges. The value of mechanical property of alloys at 1150 .deg. C air cooling condition was severely decreased and fully ductile fracture was detected for both alloys. On the other hand, the values showed the tendency of return to the intermediate temperature ranges when the specimen was slowly cooled down. Characteristic precipitates along the grain boundaries were detected. There was no other singularity up to 700 .deg. C for Alloy 617. However, lots of tiny M23C6 type carbide were formed after 800 .deg. C heat treatment, and those of carbide got bigger and bigger as the heat treatment temperature increased up to 900 .deg. C. For diffusion bonding temperature, grain boundary

  2. A Validated Stability-Indicating LC Method for Fluocinonide in the Presence of Degradation Products, Its Process-Related Impurities and Identification of Degradation Products

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    Prabha Srinivasu; Devarakonda V. SubbaRao; Raju V. K. Vegesna; K. Sudhakar Babu

    2010-01-01

    The objective of the current study was to develop a validated, specific and stability-indicating reverse phase liquid chromatographic method for the quantitative determination of fluocinonide and its related substances. The determination was done for active pharmaceutical ingredient and its pharmaceutical dosage forms in the presence of degradation products, and its process-related impurities. The drug was subjected to stress condi- tions of hydrolysis (acid and base), oxidation, photolysis a...

  3. Energy analysis of stability of twin shallow tunnels based on nonlinear failure criterion

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    张佳华; 许敬叔; 张标

    2014-01-01

    Based on nonlinear Mohr−Coulomb failure criterion, the analytical solutions of stability number and supporting force on twin shallow tunnels were derived using upper bound theorem of limit analysis. The optimized solutions were obtained by the technique of sequential quadratic programming. When nonlinear coefficient equals 1 and internal friction angle equals 0, the nonlinear Mohr−Coulomb failure criterion degenerates into linear failure criterion. The calculated results of stability number in this work were compared with previous results, and the agreement verifies the effectiveness of the present method. Under the condition of nonlinear Mohr−Coulomb failure criterion, the results show that the supporting force on twin shallow tunnels obviously increases when the nonlinear coefficient, burial depth, ground load or pore water pressure coefficients increase. When the clear distance is 0.5 to 1.0 times the diameter of tunnel, the supporting force of twin shallow tunnels reaches its maximum value, which means that the tunnels are the easiest to collapse. While the clear distance increases to 3.5 times the diameter of tunnel, the calculation for twin shallow tunnels can be carried out by the method for independent single shallow tunnel. Therefore, 3.5 times the diameter of tunnel serves as a critical value to determine whether twin shallow tunnels influence each other. In designing twin shallow tunnels, appropriate clear distance value must be selected according to its change rules and actual topographic conditions, meanwhile, the influences of nonlinear failure criterion of soil materials and pore water must be completely considered. During the excavation process, supporting system should be intensified at the positions of larger burial depth or ground load to avoid collapses.

  4. Phenomena based Methodology for Process Synthesis incorporating Process Intensification

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    Lutze, Philip; Babi, Deenesh Kavi; Woodley, John;

    2013-01-01

    Process intensification (PI) has the potential to improve existing as well as conceptual processes, in order to achieve a more sustainable production. PI can be achieved at different levels. That is, the unit operations, functional and/or phenomena level. The highest impact is expected by looking...

  5. Thermochemical analysis of chemical processes relevant to the stability and processing of SiC-reinforced Si3N4 composite

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    Misra, Ajay K.

    1991-01-01

    Chemical processes relevant to the stability and processing of SiC-reinforced Si3N4 composites have been examined from thermochemical considerations. The thermodynamic stabilities of various interfaces, such as SiC-Si3N4, SiC-Si3N4-Si2ON2, and SiC-Si3N4-SiO2, have been examined as a function of temperature, and the temperatures above which these interfaces become unstable have been calculated. The degradation of SiC during the processing of the composite has been examined. The processing routes considered in this study include the reaction bonded silicon nitride (RBSN) process and the pressure-assisted sintering processes with suitable sintering additives.

  6. On the chemical and processing stability of pharmaceutical solids : Solid form dependent water presenting capacity and process induced solid form transformation

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    Heidarian Höckerfelt, Mina

    2015-01-01

    There is a need for improving our knowledge and understanding about formation mechanisms and nature of amorphous state in order to prevent the unintended presence of disorder in solid pharmaceutical products and reduce the related stability issues. The suggested theory that water binding capacity of amorphous cellulose affects the chemical stability of hydrolysis sensitive drugs in formulations with cellulose based excipients needs a clarification and water-cellulose interaction profiles need...

  7. Intelligent Adaptation Process for Case Based Systems

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    Case Based Reasoning (CBR) Systems is one of the important decision making systems applied in many fields all over the world. The effectiveness of any CBR system based on the quality of the storage cases in the case library. Similar cases can be retrieved and adapted to produce the solution for the new problem. One of the main issues faced the CBR systems is the difficulties of achieving the useful cases. The proposed system introduces a new approach that uses the genetic algorithm (GA) technique to automate constructing the cases into the case library. Also, it can optimize the best one to be stored in the library for the future uses. However, the proposed system can avoid the problems of the uncertain and noisy cases. Besides, it can simply the retrieving and adaptation processes. So, it can improve the performance of the CBR system. The suggested system can be applied for many real-time problems. It has been applied for diagnosis the faults of the wireless network, diagnosis of the cancer diseases, diagnosis of the debugging of a software as cases of study. The proposed system has proved its performance in this field

  8. Correlation of community dynamics and process parameters as a tool for the prediction of the stability of wastewater treatment.

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    Günther, Susanne; Koch, Christin; Hübschmann, Thomas; Röske, Isolde; Müller, Roland Arno; Bley, Thomas; Harms, Hauke; Müller, Susann

    2012-01-01

    Wastewater treatment often suffers from instabilities and the failure of specific functions such as biological phosphorus removal by polyphosphate accumulating organisms. Since most of the microorganisms involved in water clarification are unknown it is challenging to operate the process accounting for the permanent varying abiotic parameters and the complex composition and unrevealed metabolic capacity of a wastewater microbial community. Fulfilling the demands for water quality irrespective of substrate inflow conditions may emit severe problems if the limited management resources of municipal wastewater treatment plants are regarded. We used flow cytometric analyses of cellular DNA and polyphosphate to create patterns mirroring dynamics in community structure. These patterns were resolved in up to 15 subclusters, the presence and abundances of which correlated with abiotic data. The study used biostatistics to determine the kind and strength of the correlation. Samples investigated were obtained from a primary clarifier and two activated sludge basins. The stability of microbial community structure was found to be high in the basins and low in the primary clarifier. Despite major abiotic changes certain subcommunities were dominantly present (up to 80% stability), whereas others emerged only sporadically (down to 3% stability, both according to equivalence testing). Additionally, subcommunities of diagnostic value were detected showing positive correlation with substrate influxes. For instance blackwater (r(s) = 0.5) and brewery inflow (both r(s) = 0.6) were mirrored by increases in cell abundances in subclusters 1 and 6 as well as 4 and 8, respectively. Phosphate accumulation was obviously positively correlated with nitrate (r(s) = 0.4) and the presence of denitrifying organisms (Rhodacyclaceae). Various other correlations between community structure and abiotic parameters were apparent. The bacterial composition of certain subcommunities was determined by cell

  9. Analysis and design of a stabilized fly ash as pavement base material

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    A. Hilmi Lav; M. Aysen Lav; A. Burak Goktepe [Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul (Turkey). Faculty of Civil Engineering

    2006-11-15

    The main objective of this study is to utilize a class F fly ash as base material in road pavements. Since class F fly ashes do not manifest desirable engineering properties for this purpose, it was decided to stabilize the material with cement. Fly ash may be utilized with or without aggregate as a pavement layer. It should be noted that, in this research only aggregate free stabilized mixtures (fly ash and cement only) were used since the aim was to utilize high volumes of this waste material. Cement content in the stabilized, laboratory prepared samples were between 2%, 4%, 8%, and 10% by total weight. Initially, Texas triaxial test was carried out to justify the suitability of the fly ash as pavement material. Then, mechanical tests were performed to obtain the fundamental properties of the cement stabilized material in order to analyze the pavement structure. Under repeated wheel loading, fatigue cracking is the primary mode of failure of stabilized materials in which cracks initiate due to the repeated tensile stresses. Utilizing an accelerated full scale road test data for the fatigue performance of cement stabilized fly ash and performing a mechanistic-empirical design procedure, required layer thickness for different lives were obtained for different amount of cement content. 32 refs., 13 figs., 3 tabs.

  10. Proportional derivative based stabilizing control of paralleled grid converters with cables in renewable power plants

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    Wang, Xiongfei; Blaabjerg, Frede; Loh, Poh Chiang

    consisting in LCL filters and cables. Both grid and converter current controls are analyzed. The frequency region, within which the system may be destabilized, is identified by means of the impedance-based stability analysis and frequency-domain passivity theory. A proportional derivative control strategy is......Resonant interactions of grid-connected converters with each other and with cable capacitance are challenging the stability and power quality of renewable energy sources based power plants. This paper addresses the instability of current control of converters with the multiple resonance frequencies...... then proposed to stabilize the system. Simulation case studies on four paralleled grid converters and experimental tests for two paralleled grid converters are carried out to validate the performance of the proposed control....

  11. Fuzzy wavelet plus a quantum neural network as a design base for power system stability enhancement.

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    Ganjefar, Soheil; Tofighi, Morteza; Karami, Hamidreza

    2015-11-01

    In this study, we introduce an indirect adaptive fuzzy wavelet neural controller (IAFWNC) as a power system stabilizer to damp inter-area modes of oscillations in a multi-machine power system. Quantum computing is an efficient method for improving the computational efficiency of neural networks, so we developed an identifier based on a quantum neural network (QNN) to train the IAFWNC in the proposed scheme. All of the controller parameters are tuned online based on the Lyapunov stability theory to guarantee the closed-loop stability. A two-machine, two-area power system equipped with a static synchronous series compensator as a series flexible ac transmission system was used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed controller. The simulation and experimental results demonstrated that the proposed IAFWNC scheme can achieve favorable control performance. PMID:26363960

  12. Remote stabilization of copper paddlewheel based molecular building blocks in metal-organic frameworks

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    Gao, Wenyang

    2015-03-24

    Copper paddlewheel based molecular building blocks (MBBs) are ubiquitous and have been widely employed for the construction of highly porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). However, most copper paddlewheel based MOFs fail to retain their structural integrity in the presence of water. This instability is directly correlated to the plausible displacement of coordinating carboxylates in the copper paddlewheel MBB, [Cu2(O2C-)4], by the strongly coordinating water molecules. In this comprehensive study, we illustrate the chemical stability control in the rht-MOF platform via strengthening the coordinating bonds within the triangular inorganic MBB, [Cu3O(N4-x(CH)xC-)3] (x = 0, 1, or 2). Remotely, the chemical stabilization propagated into the paddlewheel MBB to afford isoreticular rht-MOFs with remarkably enhanced water/chemical stabilities compared to the prototypal rht-MOF-1. © 2015 American Chemical Society.

  13. Stability analysis of memristor-based fractional-order neural networks with different memductance functions.

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    Rakkiyappan, R; Velmurugan, G; Cao, Jinde

    2015-04-01

    In this paper, the problem of the existence, uniqueness and uniform stability of memristor-based fractional-order neural networks (MFNNs) with two different types of memductance functions is extensively investigated. Moreover, we formulate the complex-valued memristor-based fractional-order neural networks (CVMFNNs) with two different types of memductance functions and analyze the existence, uniqueness and uniform stability of such networks. By using Banach contraction principle and analysis technique, some sufficient conditions are obtained to ensure the existence, uniqueness and uniform stability of the considered MFNNs and CVMFNNs with two different types of memductance functions. The analysis results establish from the theory of fractional-order differential equations with discontinuous right-hand sides. Finally, four numerical examples are presented to show the effectiveness of our theoretical results. PMID:25861402

  14. Remote Stabilization of Copper Paddlewheel Based Molecular Building Blocks in Metal-Organic Frameworks

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    Gao, Wen-Yang; Cai, Rong; Pham, Tony; Forrest, Katherine A.; Hogan, Adam; Nugent, Patrick; Williams, Kia; Wojtas, Lukasz; Luebke, Ryan; Weseli; #324; ski, Lukasz J.; Zaworotko, Michael J.; Space, Brian; Chen, Yu-Sheng; Eddaoudi, Mohamed; Shi, Xiaodong; Ma, Shengqian (KAUST); (UC); (USF); (WVU)

    2015-08-21

    Copper paddlewheel based molecular building blocks (MBBs) are ubiquitous and have been widely employed for the construction of highly porous metal–organic frameworks (MOFs). However, most copper paddlewheel based MOFs fail to retain their structural integrity in the presence of water. This instability is directly correlated to the plausible displacement of coordinating carboxylates in the copper paddlewheel MBB, [Cu₂(O₂C-)₄], by the strongly coordinating water molecules. In this comprehensive study, we illustrate the chemical stability control in the rht-MOF platform via strengthening the coordinating bonds within the triangular inorganic MBB, [Cu₃O(N4–x(CH)xC-)₃] (x = 0, 1, or 2). Remotely, the chemical stabilization propagated into the paddlewheel MBB to afford isoreticular rht-MOFs with remarkably enhanced water/chemical stabilities compared to the prototypal rht-MOF-1.

  15. Robust Control Based on Feedback Linearization for Roll Stabilizing of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Under Wave Disturbances

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    PAN Li-xin; JIN Hong-zhang; WANG Lin-lin

    2011-01-01

    In the case of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) navigating with low speed near water surface, a new method for design of roll motion controller is proposed in order to restrain wave disturbance effectively and improve roll stabilizing performance. Robust control is applied, which is based on uncertain nonlinear horizontal motion model of AUV and the principle of zero speed fin stabilizer. Feedback linearization approach is used to transform the complex nonlinear system into a comparatively simple linear system. For parameter uncertainty of motion model, the controller is designed with mixed-sensitivity method based on H-infinity robust control theory. Simulation results show better robustness improved by this control method for roll stabilizing of AUV navigating near water surface.

  16. Dispersion stability and thermal conductivity of propylene glycol-based nanofluids

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    Palabiyik, Ibrahim; Witharana, Sanjeeva; Ding, Yulong; 10.1007/s11051-011-0485-x

    2012-01-01

    The dispersion stability and thermal conductivity of propylene glycol based nanofluids containing Al2O3 and TiO2 nanoparticles were studied in the temperature range of 20 to 80 {\\deg}C. Nanofluids with different concentrations of nanoparticles were formulated by the two-step method without use of dispersants. In contrast to the common belief the average particle size of nanofluids was observed to decrease with increasing temperature. The nanofluids showed excellent stability over the temperature range of interest. Thermal conductivity enhancement for both of studied nanofluids was a non-linear function of concentration while was temperature independent. Theoretical analyses were performed using existing models and comparisons were made with experimental results. The model based on the aggregation theory appears to yield the best fit. Keywords: Nanofluids, Propylene glycol, Alumina nanoparticles, Titania nanoparticles, Thermal conductivity, Dispersion stability.

  17. The electronic image stabilization technology research based on improved optical-flow motion vector estimation

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    Wang, Chao; Ji, Ming; Zhang, Ying; Jiang, Wentao; Lu, Xiaoyan; Wang, Jiaoying; Yang, Heng

    2016-01-01

    The electronic image stabilization technology based on improved optical-flow motion vector estimation technique can effectively improve the non normal shift, such as jitter, rotation and so on. Firstly, the ORB features are extracted from the image, a set of regions are built on these features; Secondly, the optical-flow vector is computed in the feature regions, in order to reduce the computational complexity, the multi resolution strategy of Pyramid is used to calculate the motion vector of the frame; Finally, qualitative and quantitative analysis of the effect of the algorithm is carried out. The results show that the proposed algorithm has better stability compared with image stabilization based on the traditional optical-flow motion vector estimation method.

  18. Lévy-based Cox point processes

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    Hellmund, Gunnar; Prokešová, Michaela; Eva B Vedel Jensen

    2008-01-01

    In this paper we introduce Lévy-driven Cox point processes (LCPs) as Cox point processes with driving intensity function Λ defined by a kernel smoothing of a Lévy basis (an independently scattered, infinitely divisible random measure). We also consider log Lévy-driven Cox point processes (LLCPs) with Λ equal to the exponential of such a kernel smoothing. Special cases are shot noise Cox processes, log Gaussian Cox processes, and log shot noise Cox processes. We study the ...

  19. Morpheme-Based Rendaku as a Rhythmic Stabilizer in Eastern Old Japanese Poetry

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    KUPCHIK, John

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper explores the functions of morpheme-based rendaku, or “sequential voicing”, in Eastern Old Japanese poetry, with a focus on its function of maintaining rhythmic stability in poetic verse. It is argued that this function is implemented to avoid a hypermetrical line when no adjacent vowels exist as candidates for synchronic elision. Furthermore, a comparison with synchronic vowel elision is conducted. Based on the results, it is argued that morpheme-based rendaku is preferred to synchronic vowel elision when both are available options for maintaining the rhythmic stability of a line. Linguistic constraints blocking morpheme-based rendaku are also discussed to explain hypermetrical examples with potential, yet unrealized, morpheme-based rendaku.

  20. Design consideration of the thermal and electro stability of multi-finger HBTs based on different device structures

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    The thermal and electro stability of multi-finger heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) with different structures were analyzed and discussed simultaneously. The thermal stability of the devices with different layout structures was assessed by the DC-IV test and thermal resistance calculation. Their electro stability was assessed by the calculation of the stability factor K based on the S parameter of the HBT. It is found that HBTs with higher thermal stability are prone to lower electro stability. The trade-off relationship between the two types of stability was explained and discussed by using a compact K-factor analytic formula which is derived from the small signal equivalent circuit model of HBT. The electro stability of the device with a thermal ballasting resistor was also discussed, based on the analytic formula. (semiconductor devices)

  1. Walking Stability Compensation Strategy of a Small Humanoid Robot Based on the Error of Swing Foot Height and Impact Force

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    Jiandong Zhao

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available In order to reduce the impact force of swing legs and improve walking stability when a small humanoid robot is walking, a set of impact dynamics equations based on the second kind Lagrange equation is produced, and an impact compensation control strategy with a BP network optimized by a particle swarm algorithm is designed. The core element of the compensation controller is replacing the error back propagation with a particle swarm algorithm. Due to the regulating joints of the knee, hip and ankle, the walking process is more stable than before. The experiment results show that when the left swing leg lands, the impact force drops by 2N and 1.5N respectively in the moments 4.5s and 10.5s. Therefore, the compensation strategy can reduce the impact force effectively and improve the walking stability.

  2. Entropic formulation for the protein folding process: hydrophobic stability correlates with folding rates

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    Molin, J P Dal

    2016-01-01

    We assume that the protein folding process follows two autonomous steps: the conformational search for the native, mainly ruled by the hydrophobic effect; and, the final adjustment stage, which eventually gives stability to the native. Our main tool of investigation is a 3D lattice model provided with a ten-letter alphabet, the stereochemical model. This model was conceived for Monte Carlo (MC) simulations when one keeps in mind the kinetic behavior of protein-like chains in solution. In order to characterize the folding characteristic time ({\\tau}) by two distinct sampling methods, first we present two sets of 10^{3} MC simulations for a fast protein-like sequence. For these sets of folding times, {\\tau} and {\\tau}_{q} were obtained with the application of the standard Metropolis algorithm (MA), and a modified algorithm (M_{q}A). The results for {\\tau}_{q}reveal two things: i) the hydrophobic chain-solvent interactions plus a set of inter-residues steric constraints are enough to emulate the first stage of t...

  3. Reactive Additive Stabilization Process (RASP) for hazardous and mixed waste vitrification

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    Solidification of hazardous/mixed wastes into glass is being examined at the Savannah River Site (SRS) for (1) nickel plating line (F006) sludges and (2) incinerator wastes. Vitrification of these wastes using high surface area additives, the Reactive Additive Stabilization Process (RASP), has been determined to greatly enhance the dissolution and retention of hazardous, mixed, and heavy metal species in glass. RASP lowers melt temperatures (typically 1050-- 1150 degrees C), thereby minimizing volatility concerns during vitrification. RASP maximizes waste loading (typically 50--75 wt% on a dry oxide basis) by taking advantage of the glass forming potential of the waste. RASP vitrification thereby minimizes waste disposal volume (typically 86--97 vol. %), and maximizes cost savings. Solidification of the F006 plating line sludges containing depleted uranium has been achieved in both soda-lime-silica (SLS) and borosilicate glasses at 1150 degrees C up to waste loadings of 75 wt%. Solidification of incinerator blowdown and mixtures of incinerator blowdown and bottom kiln ash have been achieved in SLS glass at 1150 degrees C up to waste loadings of 50% using RASP. These waste loadings correspond to volume reductions of 86 and 94 volume %, respectively, with large associated savings in storage costs

  4. Reactive Additive Stabilization Process (RASP) for hazardous and mixed waste vitrification

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    Jantzen, C.M.; Pickett, J.B.; Ramsey, W.G.

    1993-07-01

    Solidification of hazardous/mixed wastes into glass is being examined at the Savannah River Site (SRS) for (1) nickel plating line (F006) sludges and (2) incinerator wastes. Vitrification of these wastes using high surface area additives, the Reactive Additive Stabilization Process (RASP), has been determined to greatly enhance the dissolution and retention of hazardous, mixed, and heavy metal species in glass. RASP lowers melt temperatures (typically 1050-- 1150{degrees}C), thereby minimizing volatility concerns during vitrification. RASP maximizes waste loading (typically 50--75 wt% on a dry oxide basis) by taking advantage of the glass forming potential of the waste. RASP vitrification thereby minimizes waste disposal volume (typically 86--97 vol. %), and maximizes cost savings. Solidification of the F006 plating line sludges containing depleted uranium has been achieved in both soda-lime-silica (SLS) and borosilicate glasses at 1150{degrees}C up to waste loadings of 75 wt%. Solidification of incinerator blowdown and mixtures of incinerator blowdown and bottom kiln ash have been achieved in SLS glass at 1150{degrees}C up to waste loadings of 50% using RASP. These waste loadings correspond to volume reductions of 86 and 94 volume %, respectively, with large associated savings in storage costs.

  5. The effect of free radical inhibitor on the sensitized radiation crosslinking and thermal processing stabilization of polyurethane shape memory polymers

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    The effects of free radical inhibitor on the electron beam crosslinking and thermal processing stabilization of novel radiation crosslinkable polyurethane shape memory polymers (SMPs) blended with acrylic radiation sensitizers have been determined. The SMPs in this study possess novel processing capabilities—that is, the ability to be melt processed into complex geometries as thermoplastics and crosslinked in a secondary step using electron beam irradiation. To increase susceptibility to radiation crosslinking, the radiation sensitizer pentaerythritol triacrylate (PETA) was solution blended with thermoplastic polyurethane SMPs made from 2-butene-1,4-diol and trimethylhexamethylene diisocyanate (TMHDI). Because the thermoplastic melt processing methods such as injection molding are often carried out at elevated temperatures, sensitizer thermal instability is a major processing concern. Free radical inhibitor can be added to provide thermal stabilization; however, inhibitor can also undesirably inhibit radiation crosslinking. In this study, we quantified both the thermal stabilization and radiation crosslinking inhibition effects of the inhibitor 1,4-benzoquinone (BQ) on polyurethane SMPs blended with PETA. Sol/gel analysis of irradiated samples showed that the inhibitor had little to no inverse effects on gel fraction at concentrations of 0–10,000 ppm, and dynamic mechanical analysis showed only a slight negative correlation between BQ composition and rubbery modulus. The 1,4-benzoquinone was also highly effective in thermally stabilizing the acrylic sensitizers. The polymer blends could be heated to 150 °C for up to 5 h or to 125 °C for up to 24 h if stabilized with 10,000 ppm BQ and could also be heated to 125 °C for up to 5 h if stabilized with 1000 ppm BQ without sensitizer reaction occurring. We believe this study provides significant insight into methods for manipulation of the competing mechanisms of radiation crosslinking and thermal stabilization of

  6. Segment Tracking via a Spatiotemporal Linking Process including Feedback Stabilization in an n-D Lattice Model

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    Florentin Wörgötter

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Model-free tracking is important for solving tasks such as moving-object tracking and action recognition in cases where no prior object knowledge is available. For this purpose, we extend the concept of spatially synchronous dynamics in spin-lattice models to the spatiotemporal domain to track segments within an image sequence. The method is related to synchronization processes in neural networks and based on superparamagnetic clustering of data. Spin interactions result in the formation of clusters of correlated spins, providing an automatic labeling of corresponding image regions. The algorithm obeys detailed balance. This is an important property as it allows for consistent spin-transfer across subsequent frames, which can be used for segment tracking. Therefore, in the tracking process the correct equilibrium will always be found, which is an important advance as compared with other more heuristic tracking procedures. In the case of long image sequences, i.e., movies, the algorithm is augmented with a feedback mechanism, further stabilizing segment tracking.

  7. Modeling and Analysis of Harmonic Stability in an AC Power-Electronics-Based Power System

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    Wang, Xiongfei; Blaabjerg, Frede; Wu, Weimin

    2014-01-01

    This paper addresses the harmonic stability caused by the interactions among the wideband control of power converters and passive components in an AC power-electronicsbased power system. The impedance-based analytical approach is employed and expanded to a meshed and balanced threephase network w...

  8. Morphological analysis of mouse lungs after treatment with magnetite-based magnetic fluid stabilized with DMSA

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    Mouse lungs injected with magnetic fluids based on magnetite nanoparticles stabilized by 2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid were studied. We observed clusters of magnetic nanoparticles inside blood vessels, within the organ parenchyma and cells, as well as increased numbers of leukocytes in the organ. Both the particle concentration and organ inflammation diminished in a time-dependent manner

  9. PMN-PT based quaternary piezoceramics with enhanced piezoelectricity and temperature stability

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    Luo, Nengneng; Zhang, Shujun; Li, Qiang; Yan, Qingfeng; He, Wenhui; Zhang, Yiling; Shrout, Thomas R.

    2014-05-01

    The phase structure, piezoelectric, dielectric, and ferroelectric properties of (0.80 - x)PMN-0.10PFN-0.10PZ-xPT were investigated systematically. The morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) was confirmed to be 0.30 PMN-PT based quaternary MPB compositions promising for actuator applications demanding high temperature stability.

  10. Evaluation of the transient stability of power systems based on the area method

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    Lizalek, N. N.; Ladnova, A. N.; Tonyshev, V. F.; Popova, E. Yu.; Vtorushin, A. S.

    2013-12-01

    The prerequisites and algorithms for the analysis of stability of complex power systems by the area method are considered. Its application is based on the energy relations for the possible trajectories of the oscillatory motion of subsystems isolated for each emergency.

  11. ASHES AS AN AGENT FOR CEMENT-LIME BASED SOLIDIFICATION/STABILIZATION OF THE HAZARDOUS WASTE

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    Barbora Lyčkova

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available One of the common treatment methods for the hazardous waste is the cement and cement-lime based solidification/stabilization (S/S. This article deals with the possibility of currently used recipe modification using fluidized bed heating plant ashes as an agent.

  12. ASHES AS AN AGENT FOR CEMENT-LIME BASED SOLIDIFICATION/STABILIZATION OF THE HAZARDOUS WASTE

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    Barbora Lyčkova; Vladimir Huda

    2008-01-01

    One of the common treatment methods for the hazardous waste is the cement and cement-lime based solidification/stabilization (S/S). This article deals with the possibility of currently used recipe modification using fluidized bed heating plant ashes as an agent.

  13. Morphological analysis of mouse lungs after treatment with magnetite-based magnetic fluid stabilized with DMSA

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    Pereira Garcia, Monica [Universidade de Brasilia, Instituto de Biologia, Departamento de Genetica e Morfologia, 70910-900 Brasilia-DF (Brazil); Miranda Parca, Renata [Universidade de Brasilia, Instituto de Biologia, Departamento de Genetica e Morfologia, 70910-900 Brasilia-DF (Brazil); Braun Chaves, Sacha [Universidade de Brasilia, Instituto de Biologia, Departamento de Genetica e Morfologia, 70910-900 Brasilia-DF (Brazil); Paulino Silva, Luciano [Universidade de Brasilia, Instituto de Biologia, Departamento de Genetica e Morfologia, 70910-900 Brasilia-DF (Brazil); Djalma Santos, Antonio [Universidade de Brasilia, Instituto de Biologia, Departamento de Genetica e Morfologia, 70910-900 Brasilia-DF (Brazil); Guerrero Marques Lacava, Zulmira [Universidade de Brasilia, Instituto de Biologia, Departamento de Genetica e Morfologia, 70910-900 Brasilia-DF (Brazil); Cesar Morais, Paulo [Universidade de Brasilia, Instituto de Fisica, Nucleo de Fisica Aplicada, 70919-970 Brasilia-DF (Brazil); Azevedo, Ricardo Bentes [Universidade de Brasilia, Instituto de Biologia, Departamento de Genetica e Morfologia, 70910-900 Brasilia-DF (Brazil)]. E-mail: razevedo@unb.br

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    Mouse lungs injected with magnetic fluids based on magnetite nanoparticles stabilized by 2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid were studied. We observed clusters of magnetic nanoparticles inside blood vessels, within the organ parenchyma and cells, as well as increased numbers of leukocytes in the organ. Both the particle concentration and organ inflammation diminished in a time-dependent manner.

  14. An active damper for stabilizing power electronics-based AC systems

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    Wang, Xiongfei; Blaabjerg, Frede; Liserre, Marco; Chen, Zhe; He, J.; LI, Y.

    The mutual interactions between the parallel grid-connected converters coupled through the grid impedance tend to result in a number of stability and power quality challenges. To address them, this paper proposes an active damper concept based on a low-power, high-bandwidth power converter. The...

  15. Enabling structure-based drug design of Tyk2 through co-crystallization with a stabilizing aminoindazole inhibitor

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    Argiriadi Maria A

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Structure-based drug design (SBDD can accelerate inhibitor lead design and optimization, and efficient methods including protein purification, characterization, crystallization, and high-resolution diffraction are all needed for rapid, iterative structure determination. Janus kinases are important targets that are amenable to structure-based drug design. Here we present the first mouse Tyk2 crystal structures, which are complexed to 3-aminoindazole compounds. Results A comprehensive construct design effort included N- and C-terminal variations, kinase-inactive mutations, and multiple species orthologs. High-throughput cloning and expression methods were coupled with an abbreviated purification protocol to optimize protein solubility and stability. In total, 50 Tyk2 constructs were generated. Many displayed poor expression, inadequate solubility, or incomplete affinity tag processing. One kinase-inactive murine Tyk2 construct, complexed with an ATP-competitive 3-aminoindazole inhibitor, provided crystals that diffracted to 2.5–2.6 Å resolution. This structure revealed initial “hot-spot” regions for SBDD, and provided a robust platform for ligand soaking experiments. Compared to previously reported human Tyk2 inhibitor crystal structures (Chrencik et al. (2010 J Mol Biol 400:413, our structures revealed a key difference in the glycine-rich loop conformation that is induced by the inhibitor. Ligand binding also conferred resistance to proteolytic degradation by thermolysin. As crystals could not be obtained with the unliganded enzyme, this enhanced stability is likely important for successful crystallization and inhibitor soaking methods. Conclusions Practical criteria for construct performance and prioritization, the optimization of purification protocols to enhance protein yields and stability, and use of high-throughput construct exploration enable structure determination methods early in the drug discovery process

  16. Performance and Stability of Supercapacitor Modules based on Porous Carbon Electrodes in Hybrid Powertrain

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    GONG Xuan; XIE Changjun; ZOU Yaohui; QUAN Shuhai; PIOTR Bujlo; SHEN Di

    2014-01-01

    Hybrid power sources have attracted much attention in the electric vehicle area. Particularly, electric-electric hybrid powertrain system consisting of supercapacitor modules and lithium-ion batteries has been widely applied because of the high power density of supercapacitors. In this study, we design a hybrid powertrain system containing two porous carbon electrode-based supercapacitor modules in parallel and one lithium ion battery pack. With the construction of the testing station, the performance and stability of the used supercapacitor modules are investigated in correlation with the structure of the supercapacitor and the nature of the electrode materials applied. It has been shown that the responding time for voltage vibration from 20 V to 48.5 V during charging or discharging process decreases from about 490 s to 94 s with the increase in applied current from 20 A to 100 A. The capacitance of the capacitor modules is nearly independent on the applied current. With the designed setup, the energy efficiency can reach as high as 0.99. The results described here provide a guidance for material selection of supercapacitors and optimized controlling strategy for hybrid power system applied in electric vehicles.

  17. Nanoemulsions produced with varied type of emulsifier and oil content: An influence of formulation and process parameters on the characteristics and physical stability

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    Đorđević Sanela M.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present study was to prepare oil-in-water nanoemulsions stabilized with a novel natural alkyl polyglucoside surfactant and to compare them with corresponding lecithin/polysorbate 80 - based nanoemulsions in terms of physicochemical properties and physical stability. Nanoemulsions were prepared by high pressure homogenization, using 20, 30 and 40% (w/w medium chain triglyceride as oil phase, and 4, 6 and 8% (w/w lecithin/polysorbate 80 mixture (1/1 or caprylyl/capryl glucoside as emulsifiers. The influence of emulsifier type, emulsifier concentration and oil content was investigated with respect to changes in particle size, particle size distribution, surface charge and physical stability. The influence of production parameters (number of homogenization cycles, type of homogenization process, homogenization pressure on particle size was also investigated. Analysis was performed by photon correlation spectroscopy, laser diffraction, zeta potential, pH and electrical conductivity measurements. All formulations produced revealed a small droplet size ranging from 147 to 228 nm and a very narrow size distribution (polydispersity index range 0,072-0,124. Zeta potentials were about -20 mV and -50 mV for nanoemulsions stabilized with lecithin/polysorbate 80 and caprylyl/capryl glucoside, respectively. The results obtained during the stability studies (6 months at 25°C and 1 month at 40°C indicated that nanoemulsion stability was influenced by their composition. Acquired results also suggested the most appropriate production parameters: 9 homogenization cycles, homogenization pressure of 500 bar and discontinuous process of homogenization.

  18. Examination of solidified and stabilized matrices as a result of solidification and stabilization process of arseniccontaining sludge with portland cement and lime

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    Tanapon Phenrat

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available By solidification and stabilization (S/S with Portland cement and lime, it is possible to reduce arsenic concentration in leachate of the arsenic-containing sludge from arsenic removal process by coagulation with ferric chloride. From the initial arsenic concentration in leachate of unsolidified /unstabilized sludge which was around 20.75 mg/L, the arsenic concentrations in leachate of solidified/stabilized waste were reduced to 0.3, 0.58, 1.09, and 1.85 mg/L for the waste-to-binder ratios of 0.15, 0.25, 0.5, and 1, respectively, due tothe formation of insoluble calcium-arsenic compounds. To be more cost effective for the future, alternative uses of these S/S products were also assessed by measurement of compressive strength of the mortar specimens. It was found that the compressive strengths of these matrices were from 28 ksc to 461 ksc. In conclusion, considering compressive strength and leachability of the solidified matrices, some of these solidified/ stabilized products have potential to serve as an interlocking concrete paving block.

  19. A Silicon-Based Nanothin Film Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Array with Edge Reinforced Support for Enhanced Thermal Mechanical Stability.

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    Baek, Jong Dae; Yu, Chen-Chiang; Su, Pei-Chen

    2016-04-13

    A silicon-based micro-solid oxide fuel cell (μ-SOFC) with electrolyte membrane array embedded in a thin silicon supporting membrane, featuring a unique edge reinforcement structure, was demonstrated by utilizing simple silicon micromachining processes. The square silicon supporting membrane, fabricated by combining deep reactive ion etching and through-wafer wet etching processes, has thicker edges and corners than the center portion of the membrane, which effectively improved the mechanical stability of the entire fuel cell array during cell fabrication and cell operation. The 20 μm thick single crystalline silicon membrane supports a large number of 80 nm thick free-standing yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolytes. The fuel cell array was stably maintained at the open circuit voltage (OCV) of 1.04 V for more than 30 h of operation at 350 °C. A high peak power density of 317 mW/cm(2) was obtained at 400 °C. During a rigorous in situ thermal cycling between 150 and 400 °C at a fast cooling and heating rate of 25 °C/min, the OCV of the μ-SOFC recovered to its high value of 1.07 V without any drop caused by membrane failure, which justifies the superior thermal stability of this novel cell architecture. PMID:26990604

  20. Nisin based stabilization of novel fruit and vegetable functional juices containing bacterial cellulose at ambient temperature

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    Jagannath, A.; Kumar, Manoranjan; Raju, P. S.; Batra, H. V.

    2014-01-01

    The current study reports the preparation and stabilization of novel functional drinks based on fruit and vegetable juices incorporating bacterial cellulose from Acetobacter xylinum. Pineapple, musk melon, carrot, tomato, beet root and a blend juice containing 20 % each of carrot and tomato juice with 60 % beet root juice has been studied. These juices have been stabilized over a storage period of 90 days at 28 °C, by the use of nisin and maintaining a low pH circumventing the need for any ch...

  1. Stability Analysis of Ranking Alternatives Based on Subjective and Objective Weight

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    JIANG Yan; ZUO Bao-he; YUE Chao-yuan

    2002-01-01

    Weights of criteria are used to assess the relative importance of the different criteria in multicriteria analysis, which can influence ranking result more or less depending on the multicriteria decisionmaking method used. In this paper, the influences of alternatives' ranking result associated with the change of weight are discussed by making use of the concept of weight stability intervals based on subjective and objective integrated weighting approach. Meamwhile, A model of weight proportion stability intervals is proposed. a numeral example is used to illuminate how many increment of objective weight can change the ranking results determined by subjective weight.

  2. Ranking of input parameters importance for BWR stability based on Ringhals-1

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    Unstable behavior of Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs) is known to occur during operation at certain power and flow conditions. Uncertainty calculations for BWR stability, based on the Wilks' formula, have been already done for the Ringhals-1 benchmark. In this work, these calculations have been used to identify and rank the most important parameters affecting the stability of the Ringhals-1 plant. The ranking has been done in two different ways and a comparison of these two methods has been demonstrated. Results show that the methods provide different, but meaningful evaluations of the ranking. (author)

  3. Improved stability of free-standing lipid bilayers based on nanoporous alumina films

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    Hirano-Iwata, Ayumi; Taira, Tasuku; Oshima, Azusa; Kimura, Yasuo; Niwano, Michio

    2010-05-01

    In this study, we propose a method for improving the stability of free-standing bilayer lipid membranes (BLMs) by preparing BLMs across nanoporous alumina films. The use of porous alumina reduced individual membrane size to improve the BLM stability. The BLMs were stable under an applied voltage of ±1 V. The lifetime of the BLMs was 16-30 h with and without incorporated gramicidin channels. Electric properties of the BLMs as a platform for channel-current recordings are also discussed. Since the total area of the BLMs is still large to facilitate protein incorporation, our approach is useful for designing highly sensitive biosensors based on channel proteins.

  4. Oxidative stability of mayonnaise and milk drink produced with structured lipids based on fish oil and caprylic acid

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    Timm Heinrich, Maike; Xu, Xuebing; Nielsen, Nina Skall; Jacobsen, Charlotte

    2004-01-01

    The oxidative stabilities of traditional fish oil (FO), randomized lipids (RFO), or specific structured lipids (SFO) produced from fish oil were compared when incorporated into either milk drink or mayonnaise. Furthermore, the effect of adding the potential antioxidants EDTA (240 mg/kg) or...... ascribed to a single factor, but was most likely influenced by the structure of the lipids and differences in the processes used to produce and purify the lipids. In milk drinks based on SFO, EDTA slightly reduced oxidation, while lactoferrin did not exert a distinct antioxidative effect...

  5. Conditions of Technical Stability on Non-Stationary Processes of Automatic Control of Variable Structure with Correlative Forming and Filtering Systems of Control Signals

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    Matviychuk K.S.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The conditions of technical stability by measure of the dynamical states of the non-stationary control systems with variable structure are investigated in presence of filtration process of the control signals. The suitable systems of the differential equations have the changing coefficients, which are altering in time and by jumplike together with jumplike changing of the control function of the process and with simultaneous jumplike changing at the direction of the suitable phase velocity vector of the process. The criteria of technical stability by measure on finite and infinite intervals of time, asymptotical technical stability by measure, and also the criterion of the technical instability by measure of given, inwardly dependent on quality of filtering of control signals of non-stationary dynamical systems with variable structure are determiner under base of the differential inequalities method at combination with properties of the class of the absolutely positive functions, for all feasible initial disturbances from the pre-assigned by measure set of initial states of the process.

  6. Inertial Vector Based Attitude Stabilization of Rigid Body Without Angular Velocity Measurements

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    Benziane, L.; Benallegue, A.; Chitour, Y.; Tayebi, A.

    2015-01-01

    We address the problem of attitude stabilization of a rigid body, in which neither the angular velocity nor the instantaneous measurements of the attitude are used in the feedback, only body vector measurements are needed. The design of the controller is based on an angular velocity observer-like system, where a first order linear auxiliary system based directly on vector measurements is introduced. The introduction of gain matrices provides more tuning flexibility and better results compared...

  7. Research on borehole stability of shale based on seepage-stress-damage coupling model

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    Xiaofeng Ran; Yuezhi Wang; Shanpo Jia

    2014-01-01

    In oil drilling, one of the most complicated problems is borehole stability of shale. Based on the theory of continuum damage mechanics, a modified Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion according to plastic damage evolution and the seepage-stress coupling is established. Meanwhile, the damage evolution equation which is based on equivalent plastic strain and the permeability evolution equation of shale are proposed in this paper. The physical model of borehole rock for a well in China western oilfie...

  8. Preferences based Control Design of Complex Fed-batch Cultivation Process

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    Yuri Pavlov

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available In the paper is presented preferences based control design and stabilization of the growth rate of fed-batch cultivation processes. The control is based on an enlarged Wang-Monod-Yerusalimsky kinetic model. Expected utility theory is one of the approaches for utilization of conceptual information (expert preferences. In the article is discussed utilization of stochastic machine learning procedures for evaluation of expert utilities as criteria for optimization.

  9. Examining Factors Associated with (In)Stability in Social Information Processing among Urban School Children: A Latent Transition Analytic Approach

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    Goldweber, Asha; Bradshaw, Catherine P.; Goodman, Kimberly; Monahan, Kathryn; Cooley-Strickland, Michele

    2011-01-01

    There is compelling evidence for the role of social information processing (SIP) in aggressive behavior. However, less is known about factors that influence stability versus instability in patterns of SIP over time. Latent transition analysis was used to identify SIP patterns over one year and examine how community violence exposure, aggressive…

  10. Transient Stability Enhancement of Multimachine Power System Using Robust and Novel Controller Based CSC-STATCOM

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    Sandeep Gupta

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A current source converter (CSC based static synchronous compensator (STATCOM is a shunt flexible AC transmission system (FACTS device, which has a vital role as a stability support for small and large transient instability in an interconnected power network. This paper investigates the impact of a novel and robust pole-shifting controller for CSC-STATCOM to improve the transient stability of the multimachine power system. The proposed algorithm utilizes CSC based STATCOM to supply reactive power to the test system to maintain the transient stability in the event of severe contingency. Firstly, modeling and pole-shifting controller design for CSC based STATCOM are stated. After that, we show the impact of the proposed method in the multimachine power system with different disturbances. Here, applicability of the proposed scheme is demonstrated through simulation in MATLAB and the simulation results show an improvement in the transient stability of multimachine power system with CSC-STATCOM. Also clearly shown, the robustness and effectiveness of CSC-STATCOM are better rather than other shunt FACTS devices (SVC and VSC-STATCOM by comparing the results in this paper.

  11. Interline power flow controller (IPFC) based damping recurrent neural network controllers for enhancing stability

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    Highlights: → A method is presented to improve power system stability using IPFC. → Recurrent neural network controllers damp oscillations in a power system. → Training is based on back propagation with adaptive training parameters. → Selection of effectiveness damping control signal carried out using SVD method. -- Abstract: This paper presents a method to improve power system stability using IPFC based damping online learning recurrent neural network controllers for damping oscillations in a power system. Parameters of equipped controllers for enhancing dynamical stability at the IPFC are tuned using mathematical methods. Therefore these control parameters are often fixed and are set for particular system configurations or operating points. Multilayer recurrent neural network, which can be tuned for changing system conditions, is used in this paper for effectively damp the oscillations. Training is based on back propagation with adaptive training parameters. This controller is tested to variations in system loading and fault in the power system and its performance is compared with performance of a controller that the phase compensation method is used to set its parameters. Selection of effectiveness damping control signal for the design of robust IPFC damping controller carried out through singular value decomposition (SVD) method. Simulation studies show the superior robustness and stabilizing effect of the proposed controller in comparison with phase compensation method.

  12. Compliance in Resource-based Process Models

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    Colombo Tosatto, S.; Elrakaiby, Y.; Ziafati, P.

    2013-01-01

    Execution of business processes often requires resources, the use of which is usually subject to constraints. In this paper, we study the compliance of business processes with resource usage policies. To this end, we relate the execution of a business process to its resource requirements in terms of

  13. A new method to prepare water based Fe3O4 ferrofluid with high stabilization

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    Guo, Tongxiao; Bian, Xiufang; Yang, Chuncheng

    2015-11-01

    A new method to prepare water based Fe3O4 ferrofluid with high stabilization has been reported in this paper. Oleic acid/ polyethylene glycol 4000 (PEG 4000)/agar/oleic acid have been used as surfactants and added to the fluid one after another. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS) method, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) have been used to characterize the structure, component and morphology of magnetic nanoparticles, respectively. We have observed the microstructure of chain-like (or stick-like) structure under applied magnetic field, which composes of several nanoparticles in the width direction and hundreds of nanoparticles in the length direction. Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and Gouy magnetic balance (GMB) have been used to measure the magnetic properties and stability of the ferrofluid. The result shows that the magnetic nanoparticles have high saturation magnetization and the ferrofluid has high stability under magnetic and gravitational field.

  14. On the Stability of the Finite Difference based Lattice Boltzmann Method

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    El-Amin, M.F.

    2013-06-01

    This paper is devoted to determining the stability conditions for the finite difference based lattice Boltzmann method (FDLBM). In the current scheme, the 9-bit two-dimensional (D2Q9) model is used and the collision term of the Bhatnagar- Gross-Krook (BGK) is treated implicitly. The implicitness of the numerical scheme is removed by introducing a new distribution function different from that being used. Therefore, a new explicit finite-difference lattice Boltzmann method is obtained. Stability analysis of the resulted explicit scheme is done using Fourier expansion. Then, stability conditions in terms of time and spatial steps, relaxation time and explicitly-implicitly parameter are determined by calculating the eigenvalues of the given difference system. The determined conditions give the ranges of the parameters that have stable solutions.

  15. Fuzzy - Based Method of Detecting the Enviroment Character for UAV Optical Stabilization

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available An optical stabilization of UAV (UAS is a very important part of a structure in their control systems. Not only as a backup stabilization system in a case of IMU failure, but also as a main system, used for stabilization or navigation. In this paper the concept of a system for environment character detection is presented. The system can classify a surrounding environment depending on chosen characteristics. Such system can be used for a better horizon detection due to switching to a correct horizon detection algorithm, which can be used for determining the position of UAV. The system is based on Takagi - Sugeno fuzzy inference system and fuzzy artificial neural networks. An earlier work on this subject was presented last year, but concept of the system was redesigned with a usage of fuzzy artificial neural network for a more precisive outputs and automatic determination of characteristics of fuzzy sets on input.

  16. Passivity-Based Stability Assessment of Grid-Connected VSCs - An Overview

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    Harnefors, Lennart; Wang, Xiongfei; Yepes, Alejandro G.; Blaabjerg, Frede

    2016-01-01

    The interconnection stability of a grid-connected voltage-source converter (VSC) can be assessed by the passivity properties of the VSC input admittance. If critical grid resonances fall within regions where the input admittance acts passively, i.e., has nonnegative real part, then their destabil......The interconnection stability of a grid-connected voltage-source converter (VSC) can be assessed by the passivity properties of the VSC input admittance. If critical grid resonances fall within regions where the input admittance acts passively, i.e., has nonnegative real part, then their...... destabilization is generally prevented. This paper presents an overview of passivity-based stability assessment, including techniques for space-vector modeling of VSCs whereby expressions for the input admittance can be derived. Design recommendations for minimizing the negative-real-part region are given as well....

  17. A Climate Network Based Stability Index for El Ni\\~no Variability

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    Feng, Qing Yi

    2015-01-01

    Most of the existing prediction methods gave a false alarm regarding the El Ni\\~no event in 2014. A crucial aspect is currently limiting the success of such predictions, i.e. the stability of the slowly varying Pacific climate. This property determines whether sea surface temperature perturbations will be amplified by coupled ocean-atmosphere feedbacks or not. The so-called Bjerknes stability index has been developed for this purpose, but its evaluation is severely constrained by data availability. Here we present a new promising background stability index based on complex network theory. This index efficiently monitors the changes in spatial correlations in the Pacific climate and can be evaluated by using only sea surface temperature data.

  18. Radioactive europium-chelate-based silica nanoparticles as a probe for stability, incorporation efficiency and trace analysis

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    Two luminescent terbium and europium lanthanide chelates were efficiently embedded into silica nanoparticles by using a reverse microemulsion process. The incorporation was achieved without covalent bonding between the lanthanide chelates and the silica matrix. To investigate the efficiency of the incorporation process and the stability of the silica encapsulated lanthanide complex, a method based on a radioactive probe was developed; γ-emitting europium (152) chelates were synthesized and incorporated into silica nano-particles. Measurements of the γ activity through the entire synthesis allowed the accurate characterization of the incorporation efficiency of the used chelates. A clear correlation was established between the physicochemical properties of the different chelates and the measured incorporation efficiencies. A very efficient noncovalent incorporation of lanthanide chelates in highly stable nanoparticles was achieved by tuning the chelate properties, thus rendering the development of lanthanide-based fluorescent nanoparticles easier. (authors)

  19. Stabilization of nickel-laden sludge by a high-temperature NiCr2O4 synthesis process.

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    Li, Nien-Hsun; Chen, Yen-Hsin; Hu, Ching-Yao; Hsieh, Ching-Hong; Lo, Shang-Lien

    2011-12-30

    The feasibility of stabilizing nickel-laden sludge by a high-temperature NiCr(2)O(4) synthesis process was investigated with different sintering temperatures, salt contents, molar ratios, and reaction atmospheres. The crystalline phases of species were investigated by using an X-ray diffraction, and the surface characteristics of particles were observed by scanning electron microscopy. The leaching behavior of the stabilized sludge was evaluated by Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) test. The results indicated that NiCr(2)O(4) was formed at around 800°C by transforming NiO and Cr(2)O(3) into a spinel structure. Leaching concentrations of both nickel and chromium decreased with an increase in the sintering temperature. The existence of salt in the sludge disturbed the formation of spinel, but a moderate salt content contributed to stabilization efficiency. A Cr/Ni molar ratio >2 also contributed to the stabilization efficiency of heavy metals after the thermal process. NiCr(2)O(4) was transformed from simulated sludge under both an N(2) and air atmosphere. The sintering strategy designed for nickel-laden sludge was proven to be beneficial in stabilizing nickel and chromium. PMID:22079188

  20. The effect of the application of protein and cellulose preparations as iodine carriers on stability of thiamine in processed meats

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    Krystyna Szymandera-Buszka; Katarzyna Waszkowiak; Marzanna Hęś; Anna Jędrusek-Golińska

    2011-01-01

      Fortification of processed meat with iodised table salt was shown to increase thiamine losses, both during thermal processing and storage. Taking into consideration the fact, as well as the recommendation for reduction of consumption of table salt, alternative iodine carriers need to be searched for. Thus the aim of the study was to determine the effect of soy protein isolate (SPI) and wheat fibre (WF) as iodine salts’ (potassium iodide and iodate) carriers on thiamine stabil...

  1. A microencapsulation process of liquid mercury by sulfur polymer stabilization/solidification technology. Part II: Durability of materials

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    López-Delgado, A.; Guerrero, A; López, F. A.; Pérez, C.; Alguacil, F. J.

    2012-01-01

    Under the European LIFE Program a microencapsulation process was developed for liquid mercury using Sulfur Polymer Stabilization/Solidification (SPSS) technology, obtaining a stable concrete-like sulfur matrix that allows the immobilization of mercury for long-term storage. The process description and characterization of the materials obtained were detailed in Part I. The present document, Part II, reports the results of different tests carried out to determine the durability of Hg-S concrete...

  2. Stability and efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells based on papaya-leaf dye

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    Suyitno, Suyitno; Saputra, Trisma Jaya; Supriyanto, Agus; Arifin, Zainal

    2015-09-01

    The present article reports on the enhancement of the performance and stability of natural dye-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Natural dyes extracted from papaya leaves (PL) were investigated as sensitizers in TiO2-based DSSCs and evaluated in comparison with N719 dye. The acidity of the papaya-leaf extract dyes was tuned by adding benzoic acid. The TiO2 film-coated fluorine-doped tin oxide glass substrates were prepared using the doctor-blade method, followed by sintering at 450 °C. The counter electrode was coated by chemically deposited catalytic platinum. The working electrodes were immersed in N719 dye and papaya dye solutions with concentrations of 8 g/100 mL. The absorbance spectra of the dyes were obtained by ultra-violet-visible spectroscopy. The energy levels of the dyes were measured by the method of cyclic voltammetry. In addition, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to determine the characteristic functionalities of the dye molecules. The DSSC based on the N719 dye displayed a highest efficiency of 0.87% whereas those based on papaya-leaf dye achieved 0.28% at pH 3.5. The observed improved efficiency of the latter was attributed to the increased current density value. Furthermore, the DSSCs based on papaya-leaf dye with pH 3.5-4 exhibited better stability than those based on N719 dye. However, further studies are required to improve the current density and stability of natural dye-based DSSCs, including the investigation of alternative dye extraction routes, such as isolating the pure chlorophyll from papaya leaves and stabilizing it.

  3. Morphological stability of the atomically clean surface of silicon (100) crystals after microwave plasma-chemical processing

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    The morphological stability of atomically clean silicon (100) surface after low-energy microwave plasma-chemical etching in various plasma-forming media is studied. It is found that relaxation changes in the surface density and atomic bump heights after plasma processing in inert and chemically active media are multidirectional in character. After processing in a freon-14 medium, the free energy is minimized due to a decrease in the surface density of microbumps and an increase in their height. After argon-plasma processing, an insignificant increase in the bump density with a simultaneous decrease in bump heights is observed. The physicochemical processes causing these changes are considered

  4. Morphological stability of the atomically clean surface of silicon (100) crystals after microwave plasma-chemical processing

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    Yafarov, R. K., E-mail: pirpc@yandex.ru; Shanygin, V. Ya. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Saratov Branch of the Kotel’nikov Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics (Russian Federation)

    2016-01-15

    The morphological stability of atomically clean silicon (100) surface after low-energy microwave plasma-chemical etching in various plasma-forming media is studied. It is found that relaxation changes in the surface density and atomic bump heights after plasma processing in inert and chemically active media are multidirectional in character. After processing in a freon-14 medium, the free energy is minimized due to a decrease in the surface density of microbumps and an increase in their height. After argon-plasma processing, an insignificant increase in the bump density with a simultaneous decrease in bump heights is observed. The physicochemical processes causing these changes are considered.

  5. Simulation of long-term debris flow sediment transport based on a slope stability and a debris flow routing model

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    Müller, T.; Hoffmann, T.

    2012-04-01

    Debris flows play a crucial role in the coupling of hillslope-sediment sources and channels in mountain environments. In most landscape evolution models (LEMs), the sediment transport by debris flows is (if at all) often represented by simple empirical rules. This generally results from the mismatch of the coarse resolution of the LEMs and the small scale impacts of debris flow processes. To extend the accuracy and predictive power of LEMs, either a higher resolution of LEMs in combination with process-based debris flow models or a better parametrisation of subpixel scale debris flow processes is necessary. Furthermore, the simulation of sediment transport by debris flows is complicated by their episodic nature and unknown factors controlling the frequency and magnitude of events. Here, we present first results using a slope stability model (SINMAP) and an event-based debris flow routing model (SCIDDICA-S4c) to simulate the effects of debris flows in LEMs. The model was implemented in the XULU modelling platform developed by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bonn. The combination of the slope stability model and the event-based routing and mass balance model enables us to simulate the triggering and routing of debris flow material through the iteration of single events over several thousand years. Although a detailed calibration and validation remains to be done, the resulting debris flow-affected areas in a test elevation model correspond well with data gained from a geomorphological mapping of the corresponding area, justifying our approach. The increased computation speed allows to run high resolution LEM in convenient short time at relatively low cost. This should encourage the development of more detailed LEMs, in which process-based models should be incorporated.

  6. Using the Multipole Resonance Probe to Stabilize the Electron Density During a Reactive Sputter Process

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    Oberberg, Moritz; Styrnoll, Tim; Ries, Stefan; Bienholz, Stefan; Awakowicz, Peter

    2015-09-01

    Reactive sputter processes are used for the deposition of hard, wear-resistant and non-corrosive ceramic layers such as aluminum oxide (Al2O3) . A well known problem is target poisoning at high reactive gas flows, which results from the reaction of the reactive gas with the metal target. Consequently, the sputter rate decreases and secondary electron emission increases. Both parameters show a non-linear hysteresis behavior as a function of the reactive gas flow and this leads to process instabilities. This work presents a new control method of Al2O3 deposition in a multiple frequency CCP (MFCCP) based on plasma parameters. Until today, process controls use parameters such as spectral line intensities of sputtered metal as an indicator for the sputter rate. A coupling between plasma and substrate is not considered. The control system in this work uses a new plasma diagnostic method: The multipole resonance probe (MRP) measures plasma parameters such as electron density by analyzing a typical resonance frequency of the system response. This concept combines target processes and plasma effects and directly controls the sputter source instead of the resulting target parameters.

  7. Influence of processing and intrinsic polymer parameters on photochemical stability of polythiophene thin films

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    Vesterager Madsen, Morten; Tromholt, Thomas; Böttiger, Arvid P.L.; Andreasen, Jens Wenzel; Norrman, Kion; Krebs, Frederik C

    2012-01-01

    Intrinsic polymer parameters such as regio-regularity, molecular weight, and crystallinity play an important role when studying polymer stability. 18 different batches of poly-3-hexyl-thiophene (P3HT) were degraded in a solar simulator (AM1.5G, 1000 W/m2) and the degradation kinetics were monitored....... The results suggest that the radical reaction responsible for the photodegradation takes place at terminal thiophene rings exposed at points were the conjugation is broken. This proposed mechanism is supported by the fact that stability scales with regio-regularity following the ratio of head......-to-tail connected thiophene units. Annealing was found to relax the P3HT films and increase conjugation length and, in turn, increase stability observed as a delayed spectral blueshift caused by photochemical degradation. Crystallinity was found to play a minor role in terms of stability. Oxygen diffusion and light...

  8. Neural-networks-based feedback linearization versus model predictive control of continuous alcoholic fermentation process

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    Mjalli, F.S.; Al-Asheh, S. [Chemical Engineering Department, Qatar University, Doha (Qatar)

    2005-10-01

    In this work advanced nonlinear neural networks based control system design algorithms are adopted to control a mechanistic model for an ethanol fermentation process. The process model equations for such systems are highly nonlinear. A neural network strategy has been implemented in this work for capturing the dynamics of the mechanistic model for the fermentation process. The neural network achieved has been validated against the mechanistic model. Two neural network based nonlinear control strategies have also been adopted using the model identified. The performance of the feedback linearization technique was compared to neural network model predictive control in terms of stability and set point tracking capabilities. Under servo conditions, the feedback linearization algorithm gave comparable tracking and stability. The feedback linearization controller achieved the control target faster than the model predictive one but with vigorous and sudden controller moves. (Abstract Copyright [2005], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  9. Stability and synchronization of memristor-based fractional-order delayed neural networks.

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    Chen, Liping; Wu, Ranchao; Cao, Jinde; Liu, Jia-Bao

    2015-11-01

    Global asymptotic stability and synchronization of a class of fractional-order memristor-based delayed neural networks are investigated. For such problems in integer-order systems, Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional is usually constructed, whereas similar method has not been well developed for fractional-order nonlinear delayed systems. By employing a comparison theorem for a class of fractional-order linear systems with time delay, sufficient condition for global asymptotic stability of fractional memristor-based delayed neural networks is derived. Then, based on linear error feedback control, the synchronization criterion for such neural networks is also presented. Numerical simulations are given to demonstrate the effectiveness of the theoretical results. PMID:26282374

  10. Effect of base media on the stability of annatto dye in industrial products

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    Colour stability of the versatile annatto dye was examined to monitor the effects of base media on industrial products. The dye was incorporated in two media, namely, palm kernel oil used in products such as body cream and soap, and paraffin wax used in shoe polish and household candle wax. These products were exposed to various light conditions for a specific period before assessment. The melting point of the dye was determined as 176-178 degree C with a molar absorptivity of 13,600 mol/sub -1/ cm/sub -1/ at 545 nm. It imparted its brilliant yellow/orange colouration in industrial products as the colour stability depends on the compounding base media of the products. Losses of beta-carotene was higher and faster in nonaqueous environment as paraffin wax showed low fastness rating values, than in the palm kernel oil based aqueous medium products. (author)

  11. Trajectory Generation and Stability Analysis for Reconfigurable Klann Mechanism Based Walking Robot

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    Jaichandar Kulandaidaasan Sheba

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Reconfigurable legged robots based on one degree of freedom are highly desired because they are effective on rough and irregular terrains and they provide mobility in such terrain with simple control schemes. It is necessary that reconfigurable legged robots should maintain stability during rest and motion, with a minimum number of legs while maintaining their full range of walking patterns resulting from different gait configuration. In this paper we present a method to generate input trajectory for reconfigurable quadruped robots based on Klann mechanism to properly synchronize movement. Six useful gait cycles based on this reconfigurable Klann mechanism for quadruped robots has been clearly shown here. The platform stability for these six useful gait cycles are validated through simulated results which clearly shows the capabilities of reconfigurable design.

  12. Structure, stability, and dynamics of canonical and noncanonical base pairs: quantum chemical studies.

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    Roy, Ashim; Panigrahi, Swati; Bhattacharyya, Malyasri; Bhattacharyya, Dhananjay

    2008-03-27

    The importance of non-Watson-Crick base pairs in the three-dimensional structure of RNA is now well established. The structure and stability of these noncanonical base pairs are, however, poorly understood. We have attempted to understand structural features of 33 frequently occurring base pairs using density functional theory. These are of three types, namely (i) those stabilized by two or more polar hydrogen bonds between the bases, (ii) those having one polar and another C-H...O/N type interactions, and (iii) those having one H-bond between the bases and another involving one of the sugars linked to the bases. We found that the base pairs having two polar H-bonds are very stable as compared to those having one C-H...O/N interaction. Our quantitatively analysis of structures of these optimized base pairs indicates that they possess a different amount of nonplanarity with large propeller or buckle values as also observed in the crystal structures. We further found that geometry optimization does not modify the hydrogen-bonding pattern, as values of shear and open angle of the base pairs remain conserved. The structures of initial crystal geometry and final optimized geometry of some base pairs having only one polar H-bond and a C-H...O/N interaction, however, are significantly different, indicating the weak nature of the nonpolar interaction. The base pair flexibility, as measured from normal-mode analysis, in terms of the intrinsic standard deviations of the base pair structural parameters are in conformity with those calculated from RNA crystal structures. We also noticed that deformation of a base pair along the stretch direction is impossible for all of the base pairs, and movements of the base pairs along shear and open are also quite restricted. The base pair opening mode through alteration of propeller or buckle is considerably less restricted for most of the base pairs. PMID:18318519

  13. Quantitative Assessment of Flame Stability Through Image Processing and Spectral Analysis

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    Sun, Duo; Lu, Gang; Zhou, Hao; Yan, Yong; Liu, Shi

    2015-01-01

    This paper experimentally investigates two generalized methods, i.e., a simple universal index and oscillation frequency, for the quantitative assessment of flame stability at fossil-fuel-fired furnaces. The index is proposed to assess the stability of flame in terms of its color, geometry, and luminance. It is designed by combining up to seven characteristic parameters extracted from flame images. The oscillation frequency is derived from the spectral analysis of flame radiation signals. The...

  14. Primary Stability Recognition of the Newly Designed Cementless Femoral Stem Using Digital Signal Processing

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    Mohd Yusof Baharuddin; Sh-Hussain Salleh; Mahyar Hamedi; Ahmad Hafiz Zulkifly; Muhammad Hisyam Lee; Alias Mohd Noor; Harris, Arief Ruhullah A.; Norazman Abdul Majid

    2014-01-01

    Stress shielding and micromotion are two major issues which determine the success of newly designed cementless femoral stems. The correlation of experimental validation with finite element analysis (FEA) is commonly used to evaluate the stress distribution and fixation stability of the stem within the femoral canal. This paper focused on the applications of feature extraction and pattern recognition using support vector machine (SVM) to determine the primary stability of the implant. We measu...

  15. Analysis on the Stability of Reservoir Soil Slope Based on Fuzzy Artificial Neural Network

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    Lianguang Mo

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Owing to the fact that the relation between the reservoir soil slope stability and its influencing factors is complicated and fuzzy, a method-fuzzy neural network to analyze the reservoir soil slope stability is proposed. The method infuses fuzzy reasoning process into the structure of neural network, makes the physical meaning of neuron and weight of neural network clear, reduces the process of regulation match, raises the speed of reasoning and improves greatly the self-adaption capacity of the system. In the end, the fuzzy neural network model is trained and tested by the collected 21 cases of soil slope data samples. The result proves that the fuzzy neural network is a valid method, which has significant advantages over general BP neural network model in analyzing effectiveness and quality.

  16. Raspberry Extract as Both a Stabilizer and a Reducing Agent in Environmentally Friendly Process of Receiving Colloidal Silver

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    Jolanta Pulit

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available An ecofriendly method of nanosilver obtaining has been studied. The process involves the chemical reduction method carried out in aqueous environment. Silver nitrate (V was applied as a silver ions source. Raspberry extract was used as a natural source of both reducing and stabilizing agents. The total amount of phenolic compounds was determined by the Folin-Ciocalteu method. Obtained nanoparticles were analyzed by the dynamic light scattering technique so as to determine the particles size and suspension stability which was characterized by an electrokinetic potential. The results confirmed that the size of some nanoparticles was under 100 nm.

  17. Mainstream partial nitritation and anammox: long-term process stability and effluent quality at low temperatures.

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    Laureni, Michele; Falås, Per; Robin, Orlane; Wick, Arne; Weissbrodt, David G; Nielsen, Jeppe Lund; Ternes, Thomas A; Morgenroth, Eberhard; Joss, Adriano

    2016-09-15

    The implementation of autotrophic anaerobic ammonium oxidation processes for the removal of nitrogen from municipal wastewater (known as "mainstream anammox") bears the potential to bring wastewater treatment plants close to energy autarky. The aim of the present work was to assess the long-term stability of partial nitritation/anammox (PN/A) processes operating at low temperatures and their reliability in meeting nitrogen concentrations in the range of typical discharge limits below 2  [Formula: see text] and 10 mgNtot·L(-1). Two main 12-L sequencing batch reactors were operated in parallel for PN/A on aerobically pre-treated municipal wastewater (21 ± 5 [Formula: see text] and residual 69 ± 19 mgCODtot·L(-1)) for more than one year, including over 5 months at 15 °C. The two systems consisted of a moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) and a hybrid MBBR (H-MBBR) with flocculent biomass. Operation at limiting oxygen concentrations (0.15-0.18 [Formula: see text] ) allowed stable suppression of the activity of nitrite-oxidizing bacteria at 15 °C with a production of nitrate over ammonium consumed as low as 16% in the MBBR. Promising nitrogen removal rates of 20-40 mgN·L(-1)·d(-1) were maintained at hydraulic retention times of 14 h. Stable ammonium and total nitrogen removal efficiencies over 90% and 70% respectively were achieved. Both reactors reached average concentrations of total nitrogen below 10 mgN·L(-1) in their effluents, even down to 6 mgN·L(-1) for the MBBR, with an ammonium concentration of 2 mgN·L(-1) (set as operational threshold to stop aeration). Furthermore, the two PN/A systems performed almost identically with respect to the biological removal of organic micropollutants and, importantly, to a similar extent as conventional treatments. A sudden temperature drop to 11 °C resulted in significant suppression of anammox activity, although this was rapidly recovered after the temperature was increased back to 15 °C. Analyses of 16S

  18. A GPU-based Transient Stability Simulation using Runge-Kutta Integration Algorithm

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    Qin, Z.; Hou, Y.

    2013-01-01

    Graphics processing units (GPU) have been investigated to release the computational capability in various scientific applications. Recent research shows that prudential consideration needs to be given to take the advantages of GPUs while avoiding the deficiency. In this paper, the impact of GPU acceleration to implicit integrators and explicit integrators in transient stability is investigated. It is illustrated that implicit integrators, although more numerical stable than explicit ones, are...

  19. Cu-based shape memory alloys with enhanced thermal stability and mechanical properties

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    Cu-based shape memory alloys were developed in the 1960s. They show excellent thermoelastic martensitic transformation. However the problems in mechanical properties and thermal instability have inhibited them from becoming promising engineering alloys. A new Cu-Zn-Al-Mn-Zr Cu-based shape memory alloy has been developed. With the addition of Mn and Zr, the martensitic transformation behaviour and the grain size ca be better controlled. The new alloys demonstrates good mechanical properties with ultimate tensile strenght and ductility, being 460 MPa and 9%, respectively. Experimental results revealed that the alloy has better thermal stability, i.e. martensite stabilisation is less serious. In ordinary Cu-Zn-Al alloys, martensite stabilisation usually occurs at room temperature. The new alloy shows better thermal stability even at elevated temperature (∝150 C, >Af=80 C). A limited small amount of martensite stabilisation was observed upon ageing of the direct quenched samples as well as the step quenched samples. This implies that the thermal stability of the new alloy is less dependent on the quenching procedure. Furthermore, such minor martensite stabilisation can be removed by subsequent suitable parent phase ageing. The new alloy is ideal for engineering applications because of its better thermal stability and better mechanical properties. (orig.)

  20. Group Contribution Based Process Flowsheet Synthesis, Design and Modelling

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    Gani, Rafiqul; d'Anterroches, Loïc

    This paper presents a process-group-contribution Method to model. simulate and synthesize a flowsheet. The process-group based representation of a flowsheet together with a process "property" model are presented. The process-group based synthesis method is developed on the basis of the computer...

  1. M-matrix based robust stability and stabilization for uncertain discrete-time switched TS fuzzy systems with time-varying delays.

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    Jaballi, Ahmed; Sakly, Anis; Hajjaji, Ahmed El

    2016-07-01

    This paper provides novel sufficient conditions on robust asymptotic stability and stabilization for a class of uncertain discrete-time switched fuzzy with time-varying delays. The attention is focused on developing new algebraic criteria to break with classical criteria in terms of Linear Matrix Inequalities (LMIs). Firstly, based on the M-matrix proprieties and through l1,∞ induced norms notion, new delay-dependent sufficient conditions are derived to ensure the asymptotic stability and stabilization for a class of uncertain discrete-time switched fuzzy systems with time-varying delay. Secondly, these results are extended for a class of uncertain discrete-time switched fuzzy systems with time delays, modeled by difference equations. Finally, two numerical examples and practical example (a robot arm) are provided to demonstrate the advantage and the effectiveness of our results. PMID:26996925

  2. A genetic programming based business process mining approach

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    Turner, Christopher James

    2009-01-01

    As business processes become ever more complex there is a need for companies to understand the processes they already have in place. To undertake this manually would be time consuming. The practice of process mining attempts to automatically construct the correct representation of a process based on a set of process execution logs. The aim of this research is to develop a genetic programming based approach for business process mining. The focus of this research is on automated/semi automat...

  3. Improving the stability of organic light-emitting devices using a solution-processed hole-injecting layer

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    The stability of organic light-emitting devices with a spin-coated film of 4,4',4''-tris(3-methylphenylphenylamino)triphenylamine (m-MTDATA) as hole-injection layer (HIL) was investigated. The lifetime of this device is increased to 40 900 h (with an initial luminance of 100 cd/m2), which is 2.7 times as large as that of the control device with a vacuum-deposited film of m-MTDATA as HIL. A significant feature with this method is that the performance and the operational stability of the device with spin-coated HIL are little attenuated by the rough substrate coated by the indium-tin oxide film. The surface morphology of the solution-processed m-MTDATA thin film is quite even and uniform, and it acts as a smoothing layer in the device, which leads to the stability enhancement of the device.

  4. The Critical Choice of PEDOT: PSS Additives for Long Term Stability of Roll‐to‐Roll Processed OPVs

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    Roth, Bérenger; Benatto, Gisele Alves dos Reis; Corazza, Michael;

    2015-01-01

    The impact of additives mixed with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) on the stability of organic photovoltaic modules is investigated for fully ambient roll-to-roll (R2R) processed indium tin oxide free modules. Four different PEDOT:PSS inks from two different...... on organic photovoltaic stability (ISOS). For the harsh indoor test (ISOS-L-3) only a slight difference in stability is observed between the different modules. During both ISOS-L-3 and ISOS-D-3 one new failure mode is observed as a result of tiny air inclusions in the barrier foil and a R2R method...... is identified. The data are extended in an ongoing experiment where DMSO is used as additive for long-term outdoor testing in a solar park....

  5. Determination of stability and instability of oceanic processes on a global scale using satellite measurements

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    Shevyrnogov, Anatoly; Vysotskaya, Galina

    According to different estimates from the mid-nineteenth century the average surface temper-ature has increased by 0.3-0.6o C. In different parts of the Earth this warming is manifested in varying degrees, but almost anywhere the temperature increase by itself did not have catas-trophic effects on ecosystems and human activity. Extreme climatic events have a much greater influence on the environment. The Global Ocean is the largest part of the biosphere of the Earth, and, thus, investigation of chlorophyll concentration dynamics is extremely important for studying global carbon cycles. In this paper we propose a generalized approach to the study of dynamics of the "ocean-atmosphere" system using the methods of statistical evaluation of long-term series of satellite (AVHRR, SeaWiFS and MODIS) and ground-true data, based on the theory of stochastic dynamic systems. To study the dynamics of the ocean for the period from 1985 through 2008 we used data on the temperature of the surface layer of the ocean and chlorophyll concentration because it is a good indicator of how atmospheric and oceanic processes. As it is known a priori that extremely high and extremely low chlorophyll concen-trations or sea surface temperature are associated with different physical processes, when mean or total biomass in the ocean is calculated, the processes induced by different physical reasons superpose. Thus, no correlation can be reached between the calculated total dynamics and some physical process. In this paper we applied the method of statistical distribution analysis of data to every pixel. With this approach, extreme values are investigated in greater detail. We divided the range of values for every pixel into 5 parts; seasonal variations were taken into account. The spatiotemporal distribution of the dynamics of extreme and average values was investigated. This approach made possible discovering the commonality of processes in the different oceans and defining a problem of

  6. Study on transient stability of wind turbine with induction generator based on variable pitch control strategy

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    Zhao, B.; Li, H.; Han, L.;

    2011-01-01

    In order to enhance and improve the transient stability of a grid-connected wind turbine generator system under the power grid fault, based on typical pitch control strategy of wind turbine, considering the wind turbine system oscillation caused by the drive-train shaft flexibility, Based on Matl...... three-phase short-circuit fault. Also the results were compared with using reactive compensation device. The simulation results show that the proposed pitch control strategy can effectively improve the transient stability of wind turbine generator system.......In order to enhance and improve the transient stability of a grid-connected wind turbine generator system under the power grid fault, based on typical pitch control strategy of wind turbine, considering the wind turbine system oscillation caused by the drive-train shaft flexibility, Based on Matlab....../Simulink, electromagnetic transient state models of the wind tubine generator system and the pitch control models were presented, and the transient behaviors of the wind turbine genarator system using the typical and the proposed pitch control strategies were analyzed and compared when the power grid was subjected to a...

  7. Stabilization of nickel-laden sludge by a high-temperature NiCr2O4 synthesis process

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    Highlights: ► The nickel-laden sludge was transformed into NiCr2O4 spinel by thermal treatment. ► Leaching concentration of both nickel and chromium decreased because of the formation of NiCr2O4. ► The existence of salt in sludge would disturb the formation of NiCr2O4. ► The Cr/Ni molar >2 was contributive to the stabilization efficiency of heavy metal. - Abstract: The feasibility of stabilizing nickel-laden sludge by a high-temperature NiCr2O4 synthesis process was investigated with different sintering temperatures, salt contents, molar ratios, and reaction atmospheres. The crystalline phases of species were investigated by using an X-ray diffraction, and the surface characteristics of particles were observed by scanning electron microscopy. The leaching behavior of the stabilized sludge was evaluated by Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) test. The results indicated that NiCr2O4 was formed at around 800 °C by transforming NiO and Cr2O3 into a spinel structure. Leaching concentrations of both nickel and chromium decreased with an increase in the sintering temperature. The existence of salt in the sludge disturbed the formation of spinel, but a moderate salt content contributed to stabilization efficiency. A Cr/Ni molar ratio >2 also contributed to the stabilization efficiency of heavy metals after the thermal process. NiCr2O4 was transformed from simulated sludge under both an N2 and air atmosphere. The sintering strategy designed for nickel-laden sludge was proven to be beneficial in stabilizing nickel and chromium.

  8. Laterite Based Stabilized Products for Sustainable Building Applications in Tropical Countries: Review and Prospects for the Case of Cameroon

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    Arlin B. Tchamba

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Lateritic soils are formed in the tropics through weathering processes that favor the formation of iron, aluminum, manganese and titanium oxides. These processes break down silicate minerals into clay minerals such as kaolinite and illite. Iron and aluminum oxides are prominent in lateritic soils, and with the seasonal fluctuation of the water table, these oxides result in the reddish-brown color that is seen in lateritic soils. These soils have served for a long time as major and sub-base materials for the construction of most highways and walls of residential houses in tropical and sub-tropical countries of the world. Civil engineering applications of these lateritic soils are continually being developed with the use of different types of stabilizers. The stabilized soil-based products are as such viewed as environmentally-friendly and low-cost energy materials for sustainable building applications. This work aims at presenting a global view of what has been done in the field of lateritic soil improvement for construction purposes in tropical countries such as Cameroon. This shall be discussed through the presentation of the structure, composition and properties of lateritic soils, the various ways of improving their properties for construction purposes, the properties of products obtained and other prospects.

  9. Study of the F sup(+)sub(2) centers stabilization process in LiF:OH sup(-) crystals and spectroscopy of the OH sup(-) dissociation

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    We studied the process of stabilization of the F sup(+) sub(2) centers in irradiated LiF:OH sup(-) single crystals. A consistent investigation of the wide number of defects produced by the radiation damage in the lattice allowed us to improve the experimental conditions to increase the final number of stabilized F sup(+) sub(2). It has been established the model for the F sup(+) sub(2):O sup(2-) formation in LiF:OH sup(-) irradiated based on a statistical distribution of the defects produced during the electron irradiation at 230K. These stabilized centers are formed during the thermal diffusion of the anionic vacancies in competition with the isolated F sup(+) sub(2) centers. A critical distance of thirteen lattice parameters determined for a vacancy suggested that the O sup(2-) -α dipole is the precursor entity for the F sup(+) sub(2):O sup(2-) creation. A further increasing of the F sup(+) sub(2) stabilized concentration was obtained after the e sup(-) - irradiation and the vacancy generation process by irradiating the samples at 77K with a small dose of gamma rays. The same net effect was seen after the e sup(-) - irradiation by keeping the samples at room temperature for at least 6 months as a consequence of the thermal activated diffusion of the remaining O sup(2-) -α dipoles and reaction with F centers. The sub-products of the OH sup(-) dissociation induced by the high energy irradiation were identified by spectroscopical analysis. A new defect was identified as a F sub(z) center containing a water molecule. Its luminescence properties and stability has been determined. Future investigations and some implications from the model has been discussed. (author)

  10. Oxygen permeation and thermo-chemical stability of oxygen separation membrane materials for the oxyfuel process

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    Ellett, Anna Judith

    2009-07-01

    analysis (TGA) and thermo mechanical analysis (TMA). An increase in thermal expansion and oxygen permeation associated with an increase in oxygen vacancy concentration, observed also in the TGA curves, occurs during heating. BSCF50 exhibits permeation fluxes well above those of LSCF58, PSCF58 and La{sub 2}NiO{sub 4+{delta}}, which are quite similar to each other. After exposure, no degradation of LSCF58, La{sub 2}NiO{sub 4+{delta}} and PSCF58 occurs. On the other hand BSCF50 is found to be unstable in CO{sub 2}- and/or H{sub 2}O-containing atmospheres and also to exhibit a chemical demixing. The thermo-chemical stability and the oxygen permeation performances are both crucial factors in the selection of high purity oxygen separation membranes for the oxyfuel process, thus making LSCF58, PSCF58 and La{sub 2}NiO{sub 4+{delta}} in this study the most suitable materials for this application. Serious issues arise, however, from the fact that secondary non-ion conducting oxide phases are formed in the bulk of every material, forming obstacles for oxygen ion migration, and also that a reaction with chromia occurs, preventing their use without protection. (orig.)

  11. Monolithic CEO-stabilization scheme-based frequency comb from an octave-spanning laser

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    Zi-Jiao, Yu; Hai-Nian, Han; Yang, Xie; Hao, Teng; Zhao-Hua, Wang; Zhi-Yi, Wei

    2016-04-01

    We demonstrate a carrier-envelope phase-stabilized octave-spanning oscillator based on the monolithic scheme. A wide output spectrum extending from 480 nm to 1050 nm was generated directly from an all-chirped mirror Ti:sapphire laser. After several improvements, the carrier-envelope offset (CEO) beat frequency accessed nearly 60 dB under a resolution of 100 kHz. Using a feedback system with 50-kHz bandwidth, we compressed the residual phase noise to 55 mrad (integrated from 1 Hz to 1 MHz) for the stabilized CEO, corresponding to 23-as timing jitter at the central wavelength of 790 nm. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the smallest timing jitter achieved among the existing octave-spanning laser based frequency combs. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2012CB821304) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11078022 and 61378040).

  12. Feature selection by separability assessment of input spaces for transient stability classification based on neural networks

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    Tso, S.K. [City University of Hong Kong (China). Dept. of Manufacturing Engineering; Gu, X.P. [North China Electric Power University, Baoding (China). Dept. of Electrical Engineering

    2004-03-01

    Power system transient-stability assessment based on neural networks can usually be treated as a two-pattern classification problem separating the stable class from the unstable class. In such a classification problem, the feature extraction and selection is the first important task to be carried out. A new approach of feature selection is presented using a new separability measure in this paper. Through finding the 'inconsistent cases' in a sample set, a separability index of input spaces is defined. Using the defined separability index as criterion, the breadth-first searching technique is employed to find the minimal or optimal subsets of the initial feature set. The numerical results based on extensive data obtained for the 10-unit 39-bus New England power system demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach in extracting the 'best combination' of features for improving the quality of transient-stability classification. (author)

  13. Design of recurrent neural network power system stabilizer based on genetic algorithm

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    Chen, C.J.; Chen, C.T. [National Cheng Kung Univ., Tainan, Taiwan (China). Dept. of Engineering Science

    2008-07-01

    A new recurrent neural network power system stabilizer (RNNPSS) based on genetic algorithm (GA) was presented. It shows faster convergence than the linear quadratic regulator (LQR) stabilizer in a multi-machine power system, because the proposed GA based neural network was first trained off-line to determine the optimal values of the learning rates. Otherwise, the RNNPSS consists of just two layers. As such, the time consumption of the damping oscillations is lower than with conventional methods. In addition, the operating range of the RNNPSS is greater than that of the LQR and conventional three layer neural networks, since the RNNPSS can greatly reduce system complexity and effectively damp system oscillations. 9 refs., 7 figs.

  14. Efficient electronic coupling and improved stability with dithiocarbamate-based molecular junctions

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    von Wrochem, Florian; Gao, Deqing; Scholz, Frank; Nothofer, Heinz-Georg; Nelles, Gabriele; Wessels, Jurina M.

    2010-08-01

    Molecular electronic devices require stable and highly conductive contacts between the metal electrodes and molecules. Thiols and amines are widely used to attach molecules to metals, but they form poor electrical contacts and lack the robustness required for device applications. Here, we demonstrate that dithiocarbamates provide superior electrical contact and thermal stability when compared to thiols on metals. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory show the presence of electronic states at 0.6 eV below the Fermi level of Au, which effectively reduce the charge injection barrier across the metal-molecule interface. Charge transport measurements across oligophenylene monolayers reveal that the conductance of terphenyl-dithiocarbamate junctions is two orders of magnitude higher than that of terphenyl-thiolate junctions. The stability and low contact resistance of dithiocarbamate-based molecular junctions represent a significant step towards the development of robust, organic-based electronic circuits.

  15. Photocatalytic Based Degradation Processes of Lignin Derivatives

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    Colin Awungacha Lekelefac

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Photocatalysis, belonging to the advanced oxidation processes (AOPs, is a potential new transformation technology for lignin derivatives to value added products (e.g., phenol, benzene, toluene, and xylene. Moreover, lignin represents the only viable source to produce aromatic compounds as fossil fuel alternative. This review covers recent advancement made in the photochemical transformation of industrial lignins. It starts with the photochemical reaction principle followed by results obtained by varying process parameters. In this context, influences of photocatalysts, metal ions, additives, lignin concentration, and illumination intensity and the influence of pH are presented and discussed. Furthermore, an overview is given on several used process analytical methods describing the results obtained from the degradation of lignin derivatives. Finally, a promising concept by coupling photocatalysis with a consecutive biocatalytic process was briefly reviewed.

  16. Stability optimisation of molecular electronic devices based on  nanoelectrode–nanoparticle bridge platform in air and different storage liquids

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    Jafri, S. H. M. [Mirpur University of Science and Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering (Pakistan); Blom, T. [Uppsala University, The Ångström Laboratory, Department of Engineering Sciences (Sweden); Wallner, A.; Ottosson, H., E-mail: Henrik.Ottosson@kemi.uu.se [Uppsala University, The Biomedical Centre, Department of Chemistry (Sweden); Leifer, K., E-mail: Klaus.Leifer@angstrom.uu.se [Uppsala University, The Ångström Laboratory, Department of Engineering Sciences (Sweden)

    2014-12-15

    The long-term stability of metal nanoparticle–molecule junctions in molecular electronic devices based on nanoelectrodes (NEL) is a major challenge in the effort to bring related molecular electronic devices to application. To optimize the reproducibility of molecular electronic nanodevices, the time-dependent modification of such junctions as exposed to different media needs to be known. Here, we have studied (1) the stability of Au-NEL and (2) the electrical stability of molecule–Au nanoparticle (AuNP) junctions themselves with the molecule being  1,8-octanedithiol (ODT). Both the NELs only and the junctions were exposed to air and liquids such as deionized water, tetrahydrofuran, toluene and tetramethylethylenediamine (TMEDA) over a period of 1 month. The nanogaps remained stable in width when stored in either deionized water or toluene, whereas the current through 1,8-octanedithiol–NP junctions remained most stable when stored in TMEDA as compared to other solvents. Although it is difficult to follow the chemical processes in such devices in the 10-nm range with analytical methods, the behavior can be interpreted from known interactions of solvent molecules with electrodes and ODT.

  17. Stability optimisation of molecular electronic devices based on  nanoelectrode–nanoparticle bridge platform in air and different storage liquids

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    The long-term stability of metal nanoparticle–molecule junctions in molecular electronic devices based on nanoelectrodes (NEL) is a major challenge in the effort to bring related molecular electronic devices to application. To optimize the reproducibility of molecular electronic nanodevices, the time-dependent modification of such junctions as exposed to different media needs to be known. Here, we have studied (1) the stability of Au-NEL and (2) the electrical stability of molecule–Au nanoparticle (AuNP) junctions themselves with the molecule being  1,8-octanedithiol (ODT). Both the NELs only and the junctions were exposed to air and liquids such as deionized water, tetrahydrofuran, toluene and tetramethylethylenediamine (TMEDA) over a period of 1 month. The nanogaps remained stable in width when stored in either deionized water or toluene, whereas the current through 1,8-octanedithiol–NP junctions remained most stable when stored in TMEDA as compared to other solvents. Although it is difficult to follow the chemical processes in such devices in the 10-nm range with analytical methods, the behavior can be interpreted from known interactions of solvent molecules with electrodes and ODT

  18. Chitosan-Based Conventional and Pickering Emulsions with Long-Term Stability.

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    Wang, Xiao-Yan; Heuzey, Marie-Claude

    2016-02-01

    Chitosan-based conventional and Pickering oil-in-water (O/W) emulsions with very fine droplet size (volume average diameter, dv, as low as 1.7 μm) and long-term stability (up to 5 months) were ultrasonically generated at different pH values without the addition of any surfactant or cross-linking agent. The ultrasonication treatment was found to break and disperse chitosan agglomerates effectively (particularly at pH ≥ 4.5) and also reduce the chitosan molecular weight, benefiting its emulsification properties. The emulsion stability and emulsion type could be controlled by chitosan solution pH. Increasing pH from 3.5 to 5.5 led to the formation of conventional emulsions with decreasing droplet size (dv from 14 to 2.1 μm) and increasing emulsion stability (from a few days to 2 months). These results can be explained by the increase of dynamic interfacial pressure, which results from the conformation transition of chitosan molecules from an extended state to a more flexible structure as pH increases. At pH = 6.5 (the acid dissociation constant (pKa) of chitosan), the chitosan molecules self-assembled into well-dispersed nanoparticles (dv = 82.1 nm) with the assistance of ultrasonication, which resulted in a Pickering emulsion with the smallest droplet size (dv = 1.7 μm) and highest long-term stability (up to 5 months) because of the presence of chitosan solid nanoparticles at the oil/water interface. The key originality of this study is the elucidation of the role of pH in the formation of conventional and Pickering chitosan-based O/W emulsions with the assistance of ultrasonication. Our results suggest that chitosan possesses great potential to be used as an effective pH-controlled emulsifier and stabilizer without the need of other additives. PMID:26743171

  19. Sustainable Process Design of Lignocellulose based Biofuel

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    Mangnimit, Saranya; Malakul, Pomthong; Gani, Rafiqul

    Worldwide energy demand has increased steadily as the world population has grown and more countries have become industrialized. The major energy sources of the world still depend on fossil fuels, which are also the main sources for carbon dioxide emission. As the fossil fuels always pass through ...... process design. The final process design includes 39 unit operations, has a capacity of 150,000 L/day and produces dry ethanol (approximately 13.0% of cassava rhizome is converted to ethanol)...

  20. Desert Pavement Process and Form: Modes and Scales of Landscape Stability and Instability in Arid Regions

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    Wells, Stephen G.; McFadden, Leslie D.; McDonald, Eric V.; Eppes, Martha C.; Young, Michael H.; Wood, Yvonne A.

    2014-05-01

    Desert pavements are recognized in arid landscapes around the world, developing via diminution of constructional/depositional landform relief and creating a 1-2 stone thick armor over a "stone free" layer. Surface exposure dating demonstrates that clasts forming the desert pavements are maintained at the land surface over hundreds of thousands of years, as aeolian fines are deposited on the land surface, transported into the underlying parent material and incorporated into accretionary soil horizons (e.g., the stone free or vesicular [Av] horizon). This surface armor provides long-term stability over extensive regions of the landscape. Over shorter time periods and at the landform-element scale, dynamic surficial processes (i.e., weathering, runoff) continue to modify the pavement form. Clast size reduction in comparison to underlying parent material, along with armoring and packing of clasts in pavements contribute to their persistence, and studies of crack orientations in pavement clasts indicate physical weathering and diminution of particle size are driven by diurnal solar insolation. Over geologic time, cracks form and propagate from tensile stresses related to temporal and spatial gradients in temperature that evolve and rotate in alignment with the sun's rays. Observed multimodal nature of crack orientations appear related to seasonally varying, latitude-dependent temperature fields resulting from solar angle and weather conditions. Surface properties and their underlying soil profiles vary across pavement surfaces, forming a landscape mosaic and controlling surface hydrology, ecosystem function and the ultimate life-cycle of arid landscapes. In areas of well-developed pavements, surface infiltration and soluble salt concentrations indicate that saturated hydraulic conductivity of Av horizons decline on progressively older alluvial fan surfaces. Field observations and measurements from well-developed desert pavement surfaces landforms also yield

  1. Design and Stability of Cu(In,Ga)Se2-Based Solar Cell Modules

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    Wennerberg, Johan

    2002-01-01

    Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) is one of the most promising semiconductor compounds for large-scale production of efficient, low-cost thin film solar cells, and several research institutes have announced their plans for CIGS production lines. But for the CIGS technology to become a commercial success, a number of issues concerning manufacturability, product definition, and long-term stability require further attention. Several studies indicate that CIGS-based modules are stable over many years in field ...

  2. Assessment of Physical Stability and Antioxidant Activity of Polysiloxane Polyalkyl Polyether Copolymer-Based Creams

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    Atif Ali; Naveed Akhtar; Haji Muhammad Shoaib Khan

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of the present work was to investigate the changes on physical stability (color, creaming, liquefaction, pH, conductivity, centrifugation, viscosity and rheological parameters) by non-ionic surfactant polysiloxane polyalkyl polyether copolymer based creams following inclusion of plant extract containing phenolic compounds. The antioxidant activity of the plant extract alone and after addition in the cream was assessed using the stable free radical 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DP...

  3. A reinforcement learning based discrete supplementary control for power system transient stability enhancement

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    Glavic, M.; Ernst, Damien; Wehenkel, Louis

    2003-01-01

    This paper proposes an application of a Reinforcement Learning (RL) method to the control of a dynamic brake aimed to enhance power system transient stability. The control law of the resistive brake is in the form of switching strategies. In particular, the paper focuses on the application of a model based RL method, known as prioritized sweeping, a method proven to be suitable in applications in which computation is considered to be cheap. The curse of dimensionality problem is resolved by t...

  4. Transient Stability Constrained Optimal Power Flow Using Teaching Learning-Based Optimization

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    Aparajita Mukherjee; Sourav Paul; Provas Kumar Roy

    2014-01-01

    Transient stability constrained optimal power flow (TSC-OPF) is a non-linear optimization problem which is not easy to deal directly because of its huge dimension. In order to solve the TSC-OPF problem efficiently, a relatively new optimization technique named teaching learning based optimization (TLBO) is proposed in this paper. TLBO algorithm simulates the teaching–learning phenomenon of a classroom to solve multi-dimensional, linear and nonlinear problems with appreciable efficiency. Lik...

  5. Standard Test Method for Preparing Aircraft Cleaning Compounds, Liquid Type, Water Base, for Storage Stability Testing

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    2002-01-01

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the stability in storage, of liquid, water-base chemical cleaning compounds, used to clean the exterior surfaces of aircraft. 1.2 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

  6. Distribution Costs and Real Exchange Rate Dynamics During Exchange-Rate-Based Stabilization

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    Burstein, Ariel Tomas; Joao C. Neves; Rebelo, Sérgio

    2001-01-01

    This Paper studies the role played by distribution costs in shaping the behaviour of the real exchange rate during exchange-rate-based stabilizations. We document that distribution costs are very large for the average consumer good: the represent more than 40% of the retail price in the US and 60% of the retail price in Argentina. Distribution services require local labour and so so they drive a natural wedge between retail prices in different countries. We show that introducing a distributio...

  7. A first principles examination of phase stability in FCC-based Ni-V substitutional alloys

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    In this paper the phase stability of fcc- based Ni-V substitutional alloys is investigated using linear muffin-tin orbitals total energy (LMTO) calculations. The method of Connolly and Williams (CWM) is used to extract many body interactions from the ground state energies of selected ordered configurations. These interactions are used in conjunction with the cluster variations method (CVM) to calculate the alloy phase diagram. The dependence of the interactions on the choice of configurations used to calculate them is examined

  8. Low-cost sliding mode control of WECS based on DFIG with stability analysis

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    DJOUDI, ABDELHAK; CHEKIREB, HACHEMI; BERKOUK, El Madjid; Bacha, Seddik

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this work is to developing sliding mode control of active and reactive stator powers produced by a wind energy conversion system (WECS), based on doubly fed induction generator (DFIG). A flux estimation model and rotor current sensor are no longer required. The controller is developed from the DFIG nonlinear-coupled model. Moreover, the global stability and the DFIG states' boundedness when our low-cost sliding mode control is applied are established analytically. It is reveal...

  9. Computer-based design technique of controllers for the plasma vertical stabilization

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    A procedure for designing the parameters of a feedback controller for the plasma vertical stabilization is described. The procedure is based on a reduced order model for the plasma dynamics and a computer aided parameter optimization technique, which allows to reach a compromise between power requirements and good performance of the control system. An analysis model for a control scheme including a chopper-type amplifier is then described. (author)

  10. Modeling and Analysis of Harmonic Stability in an AC Power-Electronics-Based Power System

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    Wang, Xiongfei; Blaabjerg, Frede; Wu, Weimin

    2014-01-01

    This paper addresses the harmonic stability caused by the interactions among the wideband control of power converters and passive components in an AC power-electronicsbased power system. The impedance-based analytical approach is employed and expanded to a meshed and balanced threephase network which is dominated by multiple current- and voltage- controlled inverters with LCL- and LC-filters. A method of deriving the impedance ratios for different inverters is proposed by means of the nodal a...

  11. Bionic Optimization Based Stability and Congestion Aware Routing Algorithm for Airborne Highly Dynamic Network

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    Yunlong Yu; Le Ru; Sheng Mao; Kangning Sun; Qiangqiang Yu; Kun Fang

    2016-01-01

    Airborne highly dynamic ad hoc UAV network has features of high node mobility, fast changing network topology, and complex application environment. The performance of traditional routing algorithms is so poor over aspects such as end to end delay, data packet delivery ratio, and routing overhead that they cannot provide efficient communication for multi-UAVs carrying out missions synergistically. A bionic optimization based stability and congestion aware routing algorithm—BSCAR algorithm—is p...

  12. Industrial growth of yttria-stabilized cubic zirconia crystals by skull melting process

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    徐家跃; 雷秀云; 蒋新; 何庆波; 房永征; 张道标; 何雪梅

    2009-01-01

    We reported the development of a Ф100 cm growth apparatus for skull melting growth of yttria-stabilized cubic zirconia(YSZ) crystals and more than 1000 kg crystals have been grown in the furnace each time.The growth conditions were optimized and the structure of the as-grown crystals was characterized by X-ray diffraction.The transmittance of 15 mol.% yttria-stabilized cubic zirconia crystal was nearly 80% in the range of 400-1600 nm.The refractive indices were measured and fitted the Sellmeier equation whi...

  13. New Results in Trajectory-Based Small-Gain with Application to the Stabilization of a Chemostat

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    Karafyllis, Iasson

    2010-01-01

    New trajectory-based small-gain results are obtained for nonlinear feedback systems under relaxed assumptions. Specifically, during a transient period, the solutions of the feedback system may not satisfy some key inequalities that previous small-gain results usually utilize to prove stability properties. The results allow the application of the small-gain perspective to various systems which satisfy less demanding stability notions than the Input-to-Output Stability property. The robust global feedback stabilization problem of an uncertain time-delayed chemostat model is solved by means of the trajectory-based small-gain results.

  14. Power System Stabilizer Design Based on Model Reference Robust Fuzzy Control

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    Mohammad Reza Yazdchi

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Power System Stabilizers (PSS are used to generate supplementary damping control signals for the excitation system in order to damp the Low Frequency Oscillations (LFO of the electric power system. The PSS is usually designed based on classical control approaches but this Conventional PSS (CPSS has some problems in power system control and stability enhancement. To overcome the drawbacks of CPSS, numerous techniques have been proposed in literatures. In this study a new method based on Model Reference Robust Fuzzy Control (MRRFC is considered to design PSS. In this new approach, in first an optimal PSS is designed in the nominal operating condition and then power system identification is used to obtain model reference of power system including optimal PSS. With changing system operating condition from the nominal condition, the error between obtained model reference and power system response in sent to a fuzzy controller and this fuzzy controller provides the stabilizing signal for damping power system oscillations just like PSS. In order to model reference identification a PID type PSS (PID-PSS is considered for damping electric power system oscillations. The parameters of this PID-PSS are tuned based on hybrid Genetic Algorithms (GA optimization method. The proposed MRRFC is evaluated against the CPSS at a single machine infinite bus power system considering system parametric uncertainties. The simulation results clearly indicate the effectiveness and validity of the proposed method.

  15. Large eddy simulation for wind field analysis based on stabilized finite element method

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    Cheng HUANG; Yan BAO; Dai ZHOU; Jin-quan XU

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, a stabilized finite element technique, actualized by streamline upwind Petrov-Galerkin (SUPG) stabilized method and three-step finite element method (FEM), for large eddy simulation (LES) is developed to predict the wind flow with high Reynolds numbers. Weak form of LES motion equation is combined with the SUPG stabilized term for the spatial finite element discretization. An explicit three-step scheme is implemented for the temporal discretization. For the numerical example of 2D wind flow over a square rib at Re=4.2×105, the Smagorinsky's subgrid-scale (SSGS) model, the DSGS model, and the DSGS model with Cabot near-wall model are applied, and their results are analyzed and compared with experimental results. Furthermore, numerical examples of 3D wind flow around a surface-mounted cube with different Reynolds numbers are performed using DSGS model with Cabot near-wall model based on the present stabilized method to study the wind field and compared with experimental and numerical results. Finally, vortex structures for wind flow around a surface-mounted cube are studied by present numerical method. Stable and satisfactory results are obtained, which are consistent with most of the measurements even under coarse mesh.

  16. TRACE/PARCS validation for BWR stability based on OECD/NEA Oskarshamn-2 benchmark

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    On February 25, 1999, the Oskarshamn-2 NPP experienced a stability event, which culminated in diverging power oscillations with decay ratio greater than 1.3. The event was successfully modeled by TRACE/PARCS coupled code system and the details of the modeling and solution are described in the paper. The obtained results show excellent agreement with the plant data, capturing the entire behavior of the transient including onset of instability, growth of oscillation (decay ratio) and the oscillation frequency. The event allows coupled code validation for BWR with a real, challenging stability event, which challenges accuracy of neutron kinetics (NK), thermal-hydraulics (TH) and TH/NK coupling. The success of this work has demonstrated the ability of 3-D coupled code systems to capture the complex behavior of BWR stability events. The problem is released as an international OECD/NEA benchmark, and it is the first benchmark based on measured plant data for a stability event with a DR greater than one. Interested participants are invited to contact authors for more information. (author)

  17. Radiation stability of silicon photolectric transducers with electric field incorporated in the base

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    Gerasimova, E.M.; Grigor' eva, G.M.; Chetverikova, G.A.

    1977-01-01

    On the basis of fact that the limited service life of solar cells in space is caused by degradations resulting from the effects of high-energy protons and electrons, and the fact that the literature lacks data on the radiation stability of silicon drift photoelectric transducers during irradiation by protrons, the radiation stability of silicon photoelectric transducers with electric field in their base was studied. Protons with energies of 6.3 MeV were used in vacuum. The temperature of the specimens during the irradiation did not exceed 30/sup 0/C, and the intensity of the beam of protons was varied from 10/sup 8/ to 10/sup 11/prot/cm/sup 2/.sec. The dependence of the radiation stability of the transducers on the magnitude of the radiation incorporated electric field was ascertained. It is shown that photoelectric transducers with incorporated electric field have higher radiation stability even with electric field values of approximately 20 v/cm.

  18. GIS-based modelling of deep-seated slope stability in complex geology

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    Mergili, Martin; Marchesini, Ivan; Schneider-Muntau, Barbara; Cardinali, Mauro; Fiorucci, Federica; Valigi, Daniela; Santangelo, Michele; Bucci, Francesco; Guzzetti, Fausto

    2014-05-01

    We use the model r.slope.stability to explore the chances and challenges of physically-based modelling of deep-seated slope stability in complex geology over broad areas and not on individual slopes. The model is developed as a C and python-based raster module within the GRASS GIS software. It makes use of a modification of the three-dimensional sliding surface model proposed by Hovland (1977) and revised and extended by Xie and co-workers (2006). Given a digital elevation model and a set of thematic layers (lithological classes and related geotechnical parameters), the model evaluates the slope stability for a large number of randomly selected potential slip surfaces, ellipsoidal in shape. The bottoms of soil or bedrock layers can also be considered as potential slip surfaces by truncating the ellipsoids. Any single raster cell may be intersected by multiple sliding surfaces, each associated with a computed safety factor. For each pixel, the lowest value of the safety factor and the depth of the associated slip surface are stored. This information can be used to obtain a spatial overview of the potentially unstable regions in the study area. The r.slope.stability model can be executed both in a soil class-based mode, where the input data are mainly structured according to horizontally defined soil classes, and in a layer-based mode, where the data are structured according to a potentially large number of layers. Here, we test the model for the layer-based mode, allowing for the analysis of relatively complex geologic structures. We test the model in the Collazzone area, Umbria, central Italy, which is susceptible to landslides of different types. According to field observations in this area, morpho-structural settings (i.e., the orientation and dip of the geological layers) play a crucial role for the distribution of the deep-seated landslides. We have prepared a lithological model based on aerial photointerpretation, field survey and surface information on the

  19. Mechanical Behavior and Thermal Stability of Acid-Base Phosphate Cements and Composites Fabricated at Ambient Temperature

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    Colorado Lopera, Henry Alonso

    This dissertation presents the study of the mechanical behavior and thermal stability of acid-base phosphate cements (PCs) and composites fabricated at ambient temperature. These materials are also known as chemically bonded phosphate ceramics (CBPCs). Among other advantages of using PCs when compared with traditional cements are the better mechanical properties (compressive and flexural strength), lower density, ultra-fast (controllable) setting time, controllable pH, and an environmentally benign process. Several PCs based on wollastonite and calcium and alumino phosphates after thermal exposure up to 1000°C have been investigated. First, the thermo-mechanical and chemical stability of wollastonite-based PC (Wo-PC) exposed to temperatures up to 1000°C in air environment were studied. The effects of processing conditions on the curing and shrinkage of the wollastonite-based PC were studied. The chemical reactions and phase transformations during the fabrication and during the thermal exposure are analyzed in detail using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA Then, the thermo-mechanical and chemical stability of glass, carbon and basalt fiber reinforced Wo-PC composites, were studied using SEM, XRD, TGA. The flexural strength and Weibull statistics were analyzed. A significant strength degradation in the composites were found after the thermal exposure at elevated temperatures due to the interdifusion and chemical reactions across the fibers and the matrix at temperatures over 600°C. To overcome this barrier, we have developed a new PC based on calcium and alumino-phosphates (Ca-Al PCs). The Ca-Al PCs were studied in detail using SEM, XRD, TGA, curing, shrinkage, Weibull statistics, and compression tests. Our study has confirmed that this new composite material is chemically and mechanically stable at temperatures up to 1000°C. Moreover, the compression strength increases after exposure to 1000

  20. Agent Based Processing of Global Evaluation Function

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    Hossain, M Shahriar; Joarder, Md Mahbubul Alam

    2011-01-01

    Load balancing across a networked environment is a monotonous job. Moreover, if the job to be distributed is a constraint satisfying one, the distribution of load demands core intelligence. This paper proposes parallel processing through Global Evaluation Function by means of randomly initialized agents for solving Constraint Satisfaction Problems. A potential issue about the number of agents in a machine under the invocation of distribution is discussed here for securing the maximum benefit from Global Evaluation and parallel processing. The proposed system is compared with typical solution that shows an exclusive outcome supporting the nobility of parallel implementation of Global Evaluation Function with certain number of agents in each invoked machine.

  1. Cloud-Based Processing on Data Science for Visualization

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    Ahmad Ashari; A Min Tjoa; Mardhani Riasetiawan

    2016-01-01

    The big data processing and visualization have the challenge on method and process. The volume, variety, velocity, and veracity in the big data need to handle for visualizing the data. The research work investigates, design and develop cloud-based processing for data science visualization. The cloud-based processing used the data management that interact with Google drive, communicate with processing tools that deliver the system, and visualize with Google Fusion. The research uses financial ...

  2. Ca stabilized zirconia based composites by wet consolidation of zirconia and high alumina cement mixtures

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    Composites of the CaO-Al2O3-ZrO2 system are widely used in many industrial applications. In this study, porous Ca stabilized ZrO2 composites were developed from a starting mixture of m-ZrO2 and calcium aluminate cement. Ceramics were produced by wet consolidation of aqueous suspensions with and without corn starch as pore former agent and sintering at 1000-1500 °C. The influence of processing parameters on crystalline phases, sintering behavior and textural characteristics was examined. Stabilized c-ZrO2 formed with the composition of Ca0.15Zr0.85O1.85. The sintering of the mixtures lead to porous composites materials. Textural properties were analyzed considering the initial composition and the present crystalline phases. (author)

  3. Study on a Method to Improve the Stability of the Sensor Signal Based on PD Controller

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    Wei Chen

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available In order to solve the high frequency oscillation generated from the video signal of the camera, the study proposes a method to improve the stability of high frequency oscillation of common sensor signal, which means the high frequency oscillation signal generated from the sensor module can increase the phase margin of the unstable signal through PD controller, thus produces a stable video signal and then through the circuit of AGC (Automatic Gain Control, the automatic compensation of the frequency can be achieved and finally the fourth-order low-pass circuit is used to meet the requirement of cutoff frequency of the sensor signal processing and the stability of the signal and the high frequency performance can be ultimately improved.

  4. Ca stabilized zirconia based composites by wet consolidation of zirconia and high alumina cement mixtures

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    Bruni, Y.L.; Garrido, L.B.; Aglietti, E.F., E-mail: lgarrido@cetmic.unlp.edu.ar [Centro de Tecnologia de Recursos Minerales y Ceramica (CETMIC/CIC-CONICET La Plata), Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2012-07-01

    Composites of the CaO-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-ZrO{sub 2} system are widely used in many industrial applications. In this study, porous Ca stabilized ZrO{sub 2} composites were developed from a starting mixture of m-ZrO{sub 2} and calcium aluminate cement. Ceramics were produced by wet consolidation of aqueous suspensions with and without corn starch as pore former agent and sintering at 1000-1500 °C. The influence of processing parameters on crystalline phases, sintering behavior and textural characteristics was examined. Stabilized c-ZrO{sub 2} formed with the composition of Ca{sub 0.15}Zr{sub 0.85}O{sub 1.85}. The sintering of the mixtures lead to porous composites materials. Textural properties were analyzed considering the initial composition and the present crystalline phases. (author)

  5. Stability investigations of zinc and cobalt precipitates immobilized by in situ bioprecipitation (ISBP) process

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    Satyawali, Yamini

    2010-09-01

    In situ bioprecipitation (ISBP), which involves immobilizing the metals as precipitates (mainly sulphides) in the solid phase, is an effective method of metal removal from contaminated groundwater. This study investigated the stability of metal precipitates formed after ISBP in two different solid-liquid matrices (artificial and natural). The artificial matrix consisted of sand, Zn (200mgL-1), artificial groundwater and a carbon source (electron donor). Here the stability of the Zn precipitates was evaluated by manipulation of redox and pH. The natural system matrices included aquifer material and groundwater samples collected from three different metal (Zn and Co) contaminated sites and different carbon sources were provided as electron donors. In the natural matrices, metal precipitates stability was assessed by changing aquifer redox conditions, sequential extraction, and BIOMET® assay. The results indicated that, in the artificial matrix, redox manipulation did not impact the Zn precipitates. However the sequential pH change proved detrimental, releasing 58% of the precipitated Zn back into liquid phase. In natural matrices, the applied carbon source largely affected the stability of metal precipitates. Elemental analysis performed on the precipitates formed in natural matrix showed that the main elements of the precipitates were sulphur with Zn and Co. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

  6. Influence of processing factors on dimensional stability and strength of structural graphites under neutron irradiation

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    Radiation resistance of graphites types GR-280, GRP-2-280, GR-1 and carbon-graphite material GSP-50 was tested after irradiation in BOR-60 reactor. Graphite impregnation and a density increase are shown to result in deterioration of radiation resistance and dimensional stability of graphites. Radiation resistance correlations with initial strength of materials

  7. Stability of arsenic compounds in seafood samples during processing and storage by freezing

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    Dahl, Lisbeth; Molin, Marianne; Amlund, Heidi;

    2010-01-01

    In this study, the stability of arsenic compounds in fresh and frozen samples of raw, boiled and fried Atlantic cod (Gadhus morhua), Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) were examined. Results show that the total arsenic concentrations of the fresh Atlantic cod and...

  8. Assessment of ploidy stability of the somatic embryogenesis process in Quercus suber L. using flow cytometry

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    Loureiro, J.; Pinto, G.; Lopes, T.; Doležel, Jaroslav; Santos, C.

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 221, - (2005), s. 815-822. ISSN 0032-0935 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50380511 Keywords : Flow cytometry * ploidy stability * nuclear DNA content Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology Impact factor: 3.108, year: 2005

  9. Monocular distance estimation with optical flow maneuvers and efference copies: a stability-based strategy.

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    de Croon, Guido C H E

    2016-02-01

    The visual cue of optical flow plays an important role in the navigation of flying insects, and is increasingly studied for use by small flying robots as well. A major problem is that successful optical flow control seems to require distance estimates, while optical flow is known to provide only the ratio of velocity to distance. In this article, a novel, stability-based strategy is proposed for monocular distance estimation, relying on optical flow maneuvers and knowledge of the control inputs (efference copies). It is shown analytically that given a fixed control gain, the stability of a constant divergence control loop only depends on the distance to the approached surface. At close distances, the control loop starts to exhibit self-induced oscillations. The robot can detect these oscillations and hence be aware of the distance to the surface. The proposed stability-based strategy for estimating distances has two main attractive characteristics. First, self-induced oscillations can be detected robustly by the robot and are hardly influenced by wind. Second, the distance can be estimated during a zero divergence maneuver, i.e., around hover. The stability-based strategy is implemented and tested both in simulation and on board a Parrot AR drone 2.0. It is shown that the strategy can be used to: (1) trigger a final approach response during a constant divergence landing with fixed gain, (2) estimate the distance in hover, and (3) estimate distances during an entire landing if the robot uses adaptive gain control to continuously stay on the 'edge of oscillation.' PMID:26740501

  10. Synthesis of PMA stabilized silver nanoparticles by chemical reduction process under a two-step UV irradiation

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    Poly(methacrylic acid) (PMA) stabilized silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs), also used in the surface modification of clothing fibers, were fabricated via chemical reduction processes under UV irradiation. To obtain an uniform size distribution it has been designed a new 'two-step' process which employs two different UV radiation densities in order to control the kinetics of NPs nucleation. The as produced nanoparticles were characterized by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and TEM microscopy. The results show the reduction of the Ag ions and the nanoparticles nucleation in the first step. In the second step, the final Ag NPs size distribution is controlled through a quick cross-linking of the PMA that freezes out any further modification. A narrow size distribution with more than 80% NPs smaller than 10 nm and none larger than 25 nm was obtained and the long-term stability (one month) of the colloidal solution was verified.

  11. Thermo-mechano-chemical stability of ceramic materials during the electrowinning process using liquid metal electrodes in molten salts

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    Pyroprocessing, which results in proliferation resistance, shows promise as an alternative to wet processing in the recycling of transuranics. However, the ceramic crucible used in the electrowinning process poses an issue during pyroprocessing. The crucible is chemically unstable and prone to thermal fatigue. In this study, the thermodynamic simulation software HSC (enthalpy, entropy and heat capacity) Chemistry was employed to evaluate the chemical stabilities of different ceramic crucibles containing liquid cadmium as well as liquid bismuth cathodes, which also contained rare earth elements and lithium. The chemical stabilities were experimentally validated by measuring the contact angles between the liquid cathode (LC) materials and four ceramic materials (Al2O3, MgO, Y2O3, and BeO) in situ. The infiltration depths of the liquid bismuth cathode elements were measured using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. To determine the Weibull distributions of the investigated ceramics, thermal fatigue tests were performed using plates of the ceramics. (author)

  12. Mechanisms of improving the cyclic stability of V-Ti-based hydrogen storage electrode alloys

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    Research highlights: → The corrosion resistance of V-based phase is much lower than that of C14 Laves phase of V-Ti-based alloys. → The addition of Cr which mostly distributes in V-based phase can effectively increase the anti-corrosion ability of V-Ti-based alloys. → The addition of Cr which mostly distributes in V-based phase can effectively increase the anti-corrosion ability of V-Ti-based alloys. - Abstract: In this work, the mechanisms of improving the cyclic stability of V-Ti-based hydrogen storage electrode alloys were investigated systemically. Several key factors for example corrosion resistance, pulverization resistance and oxidation resistance were evaluated individually. The V-based solid solution phase has much lower anti-corrosion ability than C14 Laves phase in KOH solution, and the addition of Cr in V-Ti-based alloys can suppress the dissolution of the main hydrogen absorption elements of the V-based phase in the alkaline solution. During the charge/discharge cycling, the alloy particles crack or break into several pieces, which accelerates their corrosion/oxidation and increases the contact resistance of the alloy electrodes. Proper decreasing the Vickers hardness and enhancing the fracture toughness can increase the pulverization resistance of the alloy particles. The oxidation layer thickness on the alloy particle surface obviously increases during charge/discharge cycling. This deteriorates their electro-catalyst activation to the electrochemical reaction, and leads to a quick degradation. Therefore, enhancing the oxide resistance can obviously improve the cyclic stability of V-Ti-based hydrogen storage electrode alloys.

  13. Treatment of coke-oven wastewater with the powdered activated carbon-contact stabilization activated sludge process. Final report

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    Suidan, M.T.; Deady, M.A.; Gee, C.S.

    1983-11-01

    The objective of the study was to determine optimum parameters for the operation of an innovative process train used in the treatment of coke-over wastewater. The treatment process train consisted of a contact-stabilization activated sludge system with powdered activated carbon (PAC) addition, followed by activated sludge nitrification, followed by denitrification in an anoxic filter. The control and operating parameters evaluated during the study were: (a) the average mixed-liquor PAC concentration maintained in the contact-stabilization system, (b) the solids retention time practiced in the contact-stabilization system, and (c) the hydraulic detention time maintained in the contact aeration tank. Three identical treatement process trains were constructed and employed in this study. The coke-oven wastewater used for this investigation was fed to the treatment units at 30% strength. The first part of the study was devoted to determining the interactions between the mixed liquor PAC concentration and the solids retention time in the contact-stabilization tanks. Results showed that optimum overall system performance is attainable when the highest sludge age (30 day) and highest mixed liquor PAC concentration were practiced. During the second phase of the study, all three systems were operated at a 30 day solids retention time while different detention times of 1, 2/3 and 1/3 day were evaluated in the contact tank. PAC addition rates were maintained at the former levels and, consequently, reduced contact times entailed higher mixed liquor carbon concentrations. Once again, the system receiving the highest PAC addition rate of PAC exhibited the best overall performance. This system exhibited no deterioration in process performance as a result of decreased contact detention time. 72 references, 41 figures, 24 tables.

  14. Method for stability analysis based on the Floquet theory and Vidyn calculations

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    Ganander, Hans

    2005-03-01

    This report presents the activity 3.7 of the STEM-project Aerobig and deals with aeroelastic stability of the complete wind turbine structure at operation. As a consequence of the increase of sizes of wind turbines dynamic couplings are being more important for loads and dynamic properties. The steady ambition to increase the cost competitiveness of wind turbine energy by using optimisation methods lowers design margins, which in turn makes questions about stability of the turbines more important. The main objective of the project is to develop a general stability analysis tool, based on the VIDYN methodology regarding the turbine dynamic equations and the Floquet theory for the stability analysis. The reason for selecting the Floquet theory is that it is independent of number of blades, thus can be used for 2 as well as 3 bladed turbines. Although the latter ones are dominating on the market, the former has large potential when talking about offshore large turbines. The fact that cyclic and individual blade pitch controls are being developed as a mean for reduction of fatigue also speaks for general methods as Floquet. The first step of a general system for stability analysis has been developed, the code VIDSTAB. Together with other methods, as the snap shot method, the Coleman transformation and the use of Fourier series, eigenfrequences and modes can be analysed. It is general with no restrictions on the number of blades nor the symmetry of the rotor. The derivatives of the aerodynamic forces are calculated numerically in this first version. Later versions would include state space formulations of these forces. This would also be the case for the controllers of turbine rotation speed, yaw direction and pitch angle.

  15. Appearance-based mapping and localization using feature stability histograms for mobile robot navigation

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    Bacca Cortés, Eval Bladimir

    2012-01-01

    This work proposes an appearance-based SLAM method whose main contribution is the Feature Stability Histogram (FSH). The FSH is built using a voting schema, if the feature is re-observed, it will be promoted; otherwise it progressively decreases its corresponding FSH value. The FSH is based on the human memory model to deal with changing environments and long-term SLAM. This model introduces concepts of Short-Term memory (STM), which retains information long enough to use it, and Long-Term me...

  16. The potential applications in heavy oil EOR with the nanoparticle and surfactant stabilized solvent-based emulsion

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    Qiu, F. [Texas A and M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)

    2010-07-01

    The main challenges in developing the heavy oil reservoirs in the Alaska North Slope (ANS) include technical challenges regarding thermal recovery; sand control and disposal; high asphaltene content; and low in-situ permeability. A chemical enhanced oil recovery method may be possible for these reservoirs. Solvent based emulsion flooding provides mobility control; oil viscosity reduction; and in-situ emulsification of heavy oil. This study evaluated the potential application of nano-particle-stabilized solvent based emulsion injection to enhance heavy oil recovery in the ANS. The optimized micro-emulsion composition was determined using laboratory tests such as phase behaviour scanning, rheology studies and interfacial tension measurements. The optimized nano-emulsions were used in core flooding experiments to verify the recovery efficiency. The study revealed that the potential use of this kind of emulsion flooding is a promising enhanced oil recovery process for some heavy oil reservoirs in Alaska, Canada and Venezuela. 4 refs., 2 tabs., 10 figs.

  17. Design of MPU based process monitoring instrument

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    A display sub-system (DSS) for a process variable like flow is designed around Intel 8088 microprocessor. It displays the current value of a process variable but average and accumulated value display is manually selectable. The display consists of 6 units of seven segment display and accuracy up to 2 nd place of decimal is achieved. The engineering units are indicated by the LEDs. The control software is developed in assembler and burnt in a EPROM. The maximum value of the display is 9999.99 K. liter and that of time is 99 days 23 hours and 59 minutes. Sampling period is 1 second. Data acquisition is done using Polling technique. (author)

  18. Development of a hardware-based AC microgrid for AC stability assessment

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    Swanson, Robert R.

    As more power electronic-based devices enable the development of high-bandwidth AC microgrids, the topic of microgrid power distribution stability has become of increased interest. Recently, researchers have proposed a relatively straightforward method to assess the stability of AC systems based upon the time-constants of sources, the net bus capacitance, and the rate limits of sources. In this research, a focus has been to develop a hardware test system to evaluate AC system stability. As a first step, a time domain model of a two converter microgrid was established in which a three phase inverter acts as a power source and an active rectifier serves as an adjustable constant power AC load. The constant power load can be utilized to create rapid power flow transients to the generating system. As a second step, the inverter and active rectifier were designed using a Smart Power Module IGBT for switching and an embedded microcontroller as a processor for algorithm implementation. The inverter and active rectifier were designed to operate simultaneously using a synchronization signal to ensure each respective local controller operates in a common reference frame. Finally, the physical system was created and initial testing performed to validate the hardware functionality as a variable amplitude and variable frequency AC system.

  19. A Design Process Based on Visualization

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    Wikström, Anders

    2010-01-01

    The global market of today is tough and the competition between companies demands new ways of developing products and services. The current challenge for the design research community is to provide designers with a wider range of methods and tools to support specific activities within the design process and to improve its overall coordination. It is uncertain whether problem-solving alone can be the tool for developing even simple products or services, as we are less open to the variety of op...

  20. Novel processing of HTS based conductors

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    Ginley, D. S.; Venturini, E. L.; Kwak, J. F.; Baughman, R. J.; Bourcier, R. J.; Mitchell, M. A.; Morosin, B. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (USA); Halloran, J. W.; Neal, M. J. [Ceramics Process Systems Corp., Milford, MA (USA); Capone, D. W. [Supercon, Inc., Shrewsbury, MA (USA)

    1990-01-01

    Conductor development is one of the major long term goals in high temperature superconductor research. In this paper we report on two promising processing technologies that have been utilized to produce superconducting HTS conductors. First, melt spun YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} fibers rapid thermal processed for 1--8 sec at 950 to 1075{degree}C have {Tc}'s to 92 K, J{sub c}'s to 1100 A/cm{sup 2} and the orthorhombic twinned morphology typical for high quality YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}. A processing matrix of time, temperature and composition for these fibers shows that slightly CuO-rich starting compositions give the best results. Second, silver tube encapsulated wires of Bi{sub 1.7}Pb{sub 0.3}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10} have been made by extrusion, wire drawing and cold rolling. The resulting tapes show orientation of the crystallites, zero resistance up to 100K and improved magnetic hysteresis above 50 K. The combination of mechanical reprocessing and extended thermal anneals near 850{degree}C appears to significantly improve these materials. 13 refs., 7 figs.