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  1. Production Planning Based on BOM Optimization

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    2006-01-01

    According to a prototype enterprise, a rulebased Bill of Materials (BOM) structure is designed in order to get optimal design and management of product BOM. The constraint rules and optional objects for product data structure optimization are considered by associating customer demands with product BOM. Furthermore, the functional model of production planning system for assembling enterprise is given based on customization and BOM optimization.

  2. Manufacturing-oriented BOM Reconfiguration Method

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    YAN Hui; WANG Zhongqi; HAO Guangke; YIN Junqing

    2006-01-01

    Bill of material (BOM) structures describe the component structure of a product. It is used and processed in the whole product lifecycle, and is the bridge for the product data integration among enterprise application. In the process of product development, product model is evolving and BOM is also changed. To keep the data among BOM views integrate, accurate and consistent, a general model of weighted diagraph of product BOM is developed. By establishing BOM structure model and defining the mapping rules of Virtual Component, Successive Component, Middle Component and Collaborative Component, an algorithm for BOM structure mapping is proposed based on single source of product data (SSPD). According to BOM multi-view mapping and SSPD, an integration model and application framework of the product design and the manufacturing process is given. Finally, a BOM management system named BomMan is provided, which indicates the validity and feasibility of this method. Thus, the reconfiguration from EBOM to MBOM could be realized.

  3. Omniwheels dengan Manipulator untuk Robot Penjinak Bom

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    Syam, Rafiuddin

    2015-01-01

    Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk merancang bangun Omniwheels robot sebagai prototipe robot penjinak bom. Kelebihan hasil rancangan ini adalah robot dapat bergerak ke segala arah tanpa melakukan manuver terlebih dahulu. Selanjutnya menganalisis kinematika mobile roboti untuk navigasi omniwheels mobile robot sebagai prototipe robot penjinak bom. OmniWheel robot dapat bergerak mengikuti jalur pada permukaan bidang datar dan mempertahankankannya dengan memanfaatkan sensor cahaya, atau line follower...

  4. Generalized BOM Time Modeling%广义 BOM 时间建模

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    闫崇京

    2015-01-01

    针对广义 BOM 建模中的时间模糊性和约束多样性问题,提出了 BOM 时间的多色图描述方法。采用模糊数表达 BOM 时间,通过图的“着色”实现多种时间约束的表达;建立了 BOM 时间到时间约束网络的映射规则,给出了 BOM 时间一致性的判定和求解方法;最后通过实例对 BOM 时间模型及其求解方法进行了验证。%A polygraph based method was proposed to describe time constraints and fuzzy time in one BOM.The time attributes was represented with fuzzy number and pigmentation of polychromatic set.Rules and approach were put forward to check and calculate the time consistency from BOM to time network.A case study was illustrated for evaluating the proposed method.

  5. Camus na festa do Bom Jesus Camus in the Bom Jesus feast

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    Alfredo Bosi

    1998-05-01

    Full Text Available Este ensaio analisa o conto de Albert Camus La pierre qui pousse, "a pedra que brota", incluído em seu livro L'exil et le royaume. O episódio tem lugar em Iguape, durante a festa dedicada ao Bom Jesus, o santo padroeiro da cidade. Um engenheiro francês, d'Arrast, ao chegar em Iguape, encontra um pobre, negro, que havia prometido carregar uma enorme pedra para agradecer um milagre recebido do Bom Jesus. O conto é um tocante exemplo de literatura de resistência: foi escrito logo após a viagem que Camus fez ao Brasil.This essay analyses Camus' tale La pierre qui pousse, "The Stone that Sprouts", included in his book L'exil et le royaume. The episode takes place in Iguape during the feast dedicated to Bom Jesus (Good Jesus, the town's patron saint. A French engineer, d'Arrast, having arrived in Iguape, meets a poor Negro who has promised to bear an enormous stone with him in order to thank for a miracle accomplished by Bom Jesus. The tale is a touching example of literature of resistance: it was written soon after Camus' travel to Brazil.

  6. BOM design for lead-acid battery%铅酸蓄电池的 BOM 构建

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    杨密; 孔德珍; 朱有凤

    2014-01-01

    This paper discusses in detail how to design BOM for lead acid battery based on its structure and manufacture technology. The standard battery layer is recommended in the light of production process and data management, and various kinds of material needed to build the layer are analyzed for their application in general and special for the battery manufacturing. The expectation is cherished by the authors that this work will arouse interests from other battery manufactures and an industry standard of data application for lead-acid battery may be established with the effort of all colleagues related.%本文针对铅酸蓄电池的结构以及制造工艺,较为详细地描述了 BOM(物料清单)的构建方式。根据生产实际以及数据管理两方面的特点提出标准电池层,并且把建立该层次的各种物料详细加以分析,探讨了每一种物料的共性与特点,力求真正做到结合生产实际。

  7. Diagnosis of solid waste management in the town of Campo Bom - RS

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    Karin Luise dos Santos; Roberto Naime

    2009-01-01

    This paper discusses the main items currently subject to recycling in Brazil to make a diagnosis on the management of domestic solid waste in the city of Campo Bom, in the catchment of the river valley of Sinos. The city of Campo Bom is neighboring the town of Novo Hamburgo. The survey is based on data supplied by the local administration COOLABORE (Cooperative Urban Cleaning and Construction). cooperative scavengers or environmental agents in the city and visits to Central treatment of house...

  8. Research on development of BOM management system based on Teamcenter%基于 Teamcenter 软件的 BOM 管理系统开发研究

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    安晶; 王斌; 王伟

    2015-01-01

    针对Teamcenter软件在物料清单( Bill of Material ,BOM)管理方面功能薄弱、不符合企业需求,以及不能直接与三维CAD软件中数据实现共享等问题,开发基于Teamcenter 软件的BOM管理系统。该系统集成了标准件BOM、自制件BOM、外购件BOM和汇总BOM等功能模块,并实现各功能模块之间的智能配置,使之既能统计出符合企业要求的BOM数据,又能使生成的BOM报表符合企业特定的格式,同时支持嵌入Teamcenter软件运行,实现无缝集成。保证各部门BOM信息的一致性和规范性,提高产品数据管理( Product Data Management ,PDM)实施的效率与质量。%Teamcenter software is weak in Bill of Material ( BOM ) management and do not meet the requirements of enterprises and can not directly realize the sharing of data to the 3D-CAD software.Aiming at those problems ,develop BOM management sys-tem based on Teamcenter .The system includes standard BOM、self-made BOM、purchased BOM and summary BOM functional modules .It implements intelligent configuration of functional modules .The system can count up the data to meet the requirements and the generated reports conform to formulary format and embedded Teamcenter system .It ensures the consistency and normative of the BOM information in departments ,and improves the efficiency and quality of Product Data Management ( PDM) implemen-tation work.

  9. Strategic Inventory Positioning in BOM with Multiple Parents Using ASR Lead Time

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    Jingjing Jiang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to meet the lead time that the customers require, work-in-process inventory (WIPI is necessary at almost every station in most make-to-order manufacturing. Depending on the station network configuration and lead time at each station, some of the WIPI do not contribute to reducing the manufacturing lead time of the final product at all. Therefore, it is important to identify the optimal set of stations to hold WIPI such that the total inventory holding cost is minimized, while the required due date for the final product is met. The authors have presented a model to determine the optimal position and quantity of WIPI for a given simple bill of material (S-BOM, in which any part in the BOM has only one immediate parent node. In this paper, we extend the previous study to the general BOM (G-BOM in which parts in the BOM can have more than one immediate parent and present a new solution procedure using genetic algorithm.

  10. Refinement of the Causes of Ethnic Migration North Selkups Based on the Historical Memory of Indigenous Ethnic Groups Turukhansk District of Krasnoyarsk Krai

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    Natalia P. Koptseva

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In 2010-2015, scientists, students, post-graduate students of Siberian Federal University carried out field research in the village and the settlements Farkovo and Turukhansk (Krasnoyarsk Krai. We investigated the ethnic and cultural characteristics of the Northern Selkups, Kets, Evenks. Field research scientists of the Siberian Federal University to reconstruct the elements of the historical memory of the Northern Selkup, who live in the settlement Farkovo. Due to the reconstruction of the historical memory of the Northern Selkups can clarify some of the causes of ethnic migration in the Northern Selkups of Krasnoyarsk Krai in the early twentieth century History memory of Northern Selkups stores the memory of the battle that took place between the various ethnic tribes in the early twentieth century. The historical event of the battle (as a cause of ethnic migration between the Northern Selkups and other indigenous peoples of the North and Siberia has not yet been reflected in historical descriptions. Proof that the historical memory of the Northern Selkup keeps memory of significant events that have a sword that Selkups, inhabitants of settlement Farkovo of Turukhansk district, found in places where the legendary battle took place. Historical memory can be of great importance for the reconstruction of ethnic history of the indigenous peoples of the Central Siberia.

  11. Service refinement

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    HE JiFeng

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents a refinement calculus for service components. We model the behaviour of individual service by a guarded design, which enables one to separate the responsibility of clients from the commitment made by the system, and to iden-tify a component by a set of failures and divergences. Protocols are introduced to coordinate the interactions between a component with the external environment. We adopt the notion of process refinement to formalize the substitutivity of components, and provide a complete proof method based on the notion of simulations.

  12. Teaching Cases in Management - Cooperativa Agroindustrial Bom Jesus: Estratégias de Crescimento

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    Claudia Monica Ritossa; Sergio Bulgacov; Jane Mendes Ferreira

    2011-01-01

    The present teaching case study in Management aims to place the student in the role of the decisionmaker at the head of an agricultural cooperative organization that seeks strategic alternatives for growth through access to international markets in order to increase business efficiency, improve the delivery of services to its members and maximize the benefits it offers. The case of Bom Jesus Agroindustrial Cooperative, based mostly on the collection of primary data, illustrates the situation ...

  13. A MINIATURIZAÇÃO DO MUNDO EM “A GUERRA NO BOM FIM”, DE MOACYR SCLIAR

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    Lyslei Nascimento

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The novel “A guerra no Bom Fim” by Moacyr Scliar reenacts the devastating effects of the War in the imagination of children in Bom Fim, the Jewish quarter of Porto Alegre. From the point of view of childhood, the space of dream and fantasy, but also of nightmares and bad omens, it is configured as a “small country” that reveals, in their conformation, the miniaturized world and brutalized.

  14. Spanish Refining

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    An overview of petroleum refining in Spain is presented (by Repsol YPF) and some views on future trends are discussed. Spain depends heavily on imports. Sub-headings in the article cover: sources of crude imports, investments and logistics and marketing, -detailed data for each are shown diagrammatically. Tables show: (1) economic indicators (e.g. total GDP, vehicle numbers and inflation) for 1998-200; (2) crude oil imports for 1995-2000; (3) oil products balance for 1995-2000; (4) commodities demand, by product; (5) refining in Spain in terms of capacity per region; (6) outlets in Spain and other European countries in 2002 and (7) sales distribution channel by product

  15. Study of BOM Engineering Change Based on KBOM%基于KBOM的BOM工程变更研究

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    梁国高

    2012-01-01

    To effectively manage BOM Engineering Change (BOMEC) of product family, the internal relations among BOM views which regarded as knowledge source was revealed by study of the rule of BOM evolution in the product life cycle, knowledge connotation of KBOM was analyzed. Then by detailed researching on the physical model of BOM engineering change based on KBOM, the internal relations among BOM engineering change processes which included request, evaluation, implementation and propagation were revealed. The change impacts analysis and evaluation model was presented, the realization strategy of implementation and propagation was given. Based on it, the information model for BOM engineering change was constructed, and the software module for BOM engineering change was developed. The practical application showed the system was efficient and feasible%为了对产品族中的BOM变更进行有效管理,通过对产品生命周期中的BOM演进的研究,揭示了以KBOM为知识源的BOM视图演进规律,深入剖析了KBOM的知识内涵,进而研究了基于KBOM的BOM工程变更物理模型,揭示了变更请求、评估、实施、传播等变更环节间的内在联系,给出了变更影响分析和评估模型,给出了变更实施、传播实现策略,以此为基础建立了BOM结构工程变更信息模型,开发了相应的软件模块,通过软件后期的实施应用,验证了文中所述方法的可行性和有效性。

  16. Diagnosis of solid waste management in the town of Campo Bom - RS

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    Karin Luise dos Santos

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses the main items currently subject to recycling in Brazil to make a diagnosis on the management of domestic solid waste in the city of Campo Bom, in the catchment of the river valley of Sinos. The city of Campo Bom is neighboring the town of Novo Hamburgo. The survey is based on data supplied by the local administration COOLABORE (Cooperative Urban Cleaning and Construction. cooperative scavengers or environmental agents in the city and visits to Central treatment of household waste. We present all data related to waste management in the city both in its operational form for the results obtained. The results show large quantities of non-ferrous metals, ferrous metals, paper and cardboard and plastic and shows that paper and cardboard are more sensitive to seasonal generated by holiday periods, being mostly used in offices and businesses in relevant quantities. Since plastics are less sensitive and more for domestic use do not suffer sudden change in his generation during holiday periods. We analyzed the data from the first quarter of 2009.

  17. Teaching Cases in Management - Cooperativa Agroindustrial Bom Jesus: Estratégias de Crescimento

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    Claudia Monica Ritossa

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The present teaching case study in Management aims to place the student in the role of the decisionmaker at the head of an agricultural cooperative organization that seeks strategic alternatives for growth through access to international markets in order to increase business efficiency, improve the delivery of services to its members and maximize the benefits it offers. The case of Bom Jesus Agroindustrial Cooperative, based mostly on the collection of primary data, illustrates the situation experienced by the organization in 2007 when the board of directors realized the need to rethink their production activities in view of the changes in total sales in previous years. An increase in exports and the diversification of activities emerged as strategic alternatives to achieve the desired goals. Accordingly, the facts that outline the circumstances that the directors of Bom Jesus were experiencing, supplemented by related theories, sustain the analysis and discussions that will enable students to identify and select the most appropriate strategic response to define what, how and where their products can be traded without losing sight of the principles of being a cooperative and the vision of growth of the organization. The case can be applied to the disciplines of Strategy, International Business and Agribusiness Management in undergraduate and post-graduate courses.

  18. Saber científico e etnoconhecimento: é bom pra quê?

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    Glauberto da Silva Quirino

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Análise reflexiva e interpretativa do quadro É bom pra quê? do programa de televisão Fantástico, apresentado pelo médico Drauzio Varella, que foi veiculado em rede nacional entre os meses de agosto e setembro de 2010 em cinco episódios, com duração média de 10 minutos. O objetivo da série era discutir os usos e abusos dos tratamentos médicos feitos com produtos derivados de plantas que não passaram pelo crivo científico dos estudos clínicos, e analisar as perspectivas da fitoterapia medicinal. Na culpabilização pessoal, valorização do medo, desqualificação dos saberes paramédicos e centralidade na figura do médico, ele fundamenta suas bases discursivas, para impor legitimidade aos seus argumentos. Nessa perspectiva, as estratégias discursivas veiculadas na mídia por meio da televisão, e no caso particular do quadro do Fantástico, É bom pra quê?, visam a manutenção de uma ordem médica hegemônica, distante da preconizada neutralidade científica e da ausência de interesses econômicos.

  19. BOM construction of construction machinery based on classification and modularization%基于分类和模块化的工程机械 BOM 构建

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    姜立勇; 赵长生

    2013-01-01

    The status and shortages of construction machinery BOM construction were analyzed .A BOM construction scheme based on classification and modularization suitable for construction ma-chinery was put forward .According to construction machinery sales ,concepts of main parame-ter ,characteristic parameter and optional parameter were stated .All components of a certain type construction machinery product were partitioned public part ,characteristic part or optional part ,and then corresponding virtual parts were established .Optional modules with constraint mechanism based on modularization in public part and characteristic part were constructed .When material classification principle was applied to modularization super BOM construction ,product code and BOM construction could be completed automatically by programmed Excel table in VBA .The scheme was analyzed and applied to construction machinery BOM construction .It can be concluded that the new BOM construction scheme based on classification and modularization is simple and reasonable ,and can automatically construct single-product BOM quickly ,which is very helpful for construction machinery informatization .%  分析了工程机械BOM构建现状和不足,给出一种适合工程机械基于分类和模块化的超级 BOM构建方案。从工程机械产品销售实际,对产品的主参数、特征参数、可选参数概念作出说明。将属于某特定型号工程机械产品的所有部件划分为公共部分、特征部分、可选部分,并建立相应部分虚拟层级。根据模块化思想,对特征部分和可选部分建立具有约束关系的选择模块。将物料分类原理应用于模块化超级 BOM构建,运用Excel和VBA实现了产品编码自动生成和BOM自动构建功能。分析该方案特点并应用于工程机械产品 BOM构建,结果表明,基于分类的模块化BOM构建方法简单易行、合理有效,能够快速准确构建单一产品 BOM ,对于

  20. Gênero e culturas infantis: os clubinhos da escola e as trocinhas do Bom Retiro Gender and children's culture: school clubinhos and the trocinhas of Bom Retiro

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    Tânia Mara Cruz

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo trata de gênero e culturas infantis, entrecruzando os clubinhos das séries iniciais, analisados em pesquisa feita em uma escola do bairro de Pinheiros, São Paulo, em 2001, e as trocinhas do Bom Retiro, estudadas por Florestan Fernandes em 1942. Na busca de aspectos microestruturais e do efeito dessas interações na construção de diferentes significados de gênero, emergiram questões como: em que medida tais agrupamentos conseguiam estabelecer espaços de autonomia perante o mundo adulto?; elaboravam relações de gênero próprias de uma cultura infantil?; quais eram os pontos centrais sobre os quais se desenrolava a trama das relações de gênero em cada tempo e lugar? A partir da etnografia, foram produzidos 28 registros de campo do recreio de 1ª a 4ª série. Apenas nas 3as e 4as séries assistiu-se a quarenta aulas de cinquenta minutos (de educação artística e educação física, e foram entrevistados 29 meninos e 26 meninas. Ora segregadores ora agregadores, observou-se que os clubinhos (mistos ou de mesmo sexo eram o modo como as crianças geriam suas relações, fosse para permitir grupos mistos sem conflito, fosse para manter o distanciamento entre os sexos de modo pacífico. Este estudo contribui para trazer à tona um pouco das culturas infantis em seu protagonismo relacionado ao gênero e possibilita a caracterização da escola como espaço contraditório, que pode desenvolver ações de suporte às crianças para ampliação de suas experiências.This study deals with gender and children's cultures, crossing the initial series clubinhos, analyzed in a research done at school in the Borough of Pinheiros in São Paulo in 2001 with the trocinhas of Bom Retiro studied by Florestan Fernandes in 1942. In the search for microstructural aspects and for the effect of these interactions in the construction of different meanings of gender, questions emerged such as: to what extent do these groups manage to establish

  1. Que bom te ver viva: vozes femininas reivindicando uma outra história

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    Kátia da Costa Bezerra

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The right to determine the meaning of the military dictatorship in Brazil has been a constant dispute between members of the militant left and the military regime. The language used by the two groups constantly revolves around the mythic images of “heroes”, “victims”, “for the good of the people”. This essay focuses on Que bom te ver viva, by Lúcia Murat, who brings a new perspective to this debate. Taking as a point of departure the testimony of eight ex-political prisoners, the film attempts to answer the question: How did we survive?” The essay discusses how the movie builds frames of memory that go beyond those taken as representative.

  2. Refined Hopf Link Revisited

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    Iqbal, Amer

    2012-01-01

    We establish a relation between the refined Hopf link invariant and the S-matrix of the refined Chern-Simons theory. We show that the refined open string partition function corresponding to the Hopf link, calculated using the refined topological vertex, when expressed in the basis of Macdonald polynomials gives the S-matrix of the refined Chern-Simons theory.

  3. BOM不确定时间建模及计算%BOM Modeling and Caculation with Uncertain Time Characteristics

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    宋燕; 闫崇京

    2012-01-01

    物料清单是离散制造企业核心的生产数据,为物料需求计划编制提供了计算依据,但是现有BOM模型过于简单,不能表达物料需求计划中所需的不确定时间特性。基于加权有向图建立BOM的数学模型,提供自约束和互约束不确定时间特性的支持;基于时间距离图建立物料需求的时间约束模型,并给出BOM模型向物料需求时间约束模型映射的方法;最后通过实例对所提出的方法进行了验证。%Bill of material (BOM) is critical for manufacturing enterprises. Though it can supply material require- ment planning with fundamental data. Traditional BOM can not describe uncertain time information due to its sim- plicity. This weakness confines BOM from a wide range of application. A new BOM model which is based on weighted digraph was presented in this paper. The model carried fuzzy time data as well as basic information. In the meanwhile, a time constraint model of material requirement planning was proposed on the base of time distance graph. To transform BOM model into time constraint model of material requirement planning, mapping rules were set. A case study was used to verify the feasibility of the proposed methodology.

  4. O marketing político-empresarial na campanha “Bom exemplo: essa moda pega”

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    Jorge Almeida e Sante Scaldaferri

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Estudamos a campanha publicitária “Bom  exemplo: essa moda pega”, espécie de parceria público-privada de marketing entre o Governo Federal e empresas do ramo midiático. Aqui, continuamos uma investigação sobre o movimento publicitário "O melhordo Brasil é o brasileiro", que teve uma primeira campanha intitulada “Eu sou brasileiro enão desisto nunca”. Nossa hipótese, entre outros elementos, é a de que esta campanha pretende reforçar uma representação social da política de tipo liberal; estimular a acomodação social e política e não as ações populares coletivas; e construir a imagem de“responsabilidade social” das empresas privadas envolvidas. Discutimos também o aproveitamento do PFL que, a partir da campanha supracitada e da crise do chamado“mensalão”, utilizou parte do seu tempo no horário gratuito de TV para divulgar a propaganda política “Lula, péssimo exemplo para o Brasil”.

  5. Um Bom Ano para o Campo do Turismo e para Rosa dos Ventos

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    Susana de Araujo Gastal

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available 2013 foi um bom ano para o campo acadêmico do Turismo, no Brasil. A recém-divulgada avaliação trienal da CAPES mostrou que nossa pós-graduação avançou muito: os programas estabelecidos subiram de conceito – o PPGTUR-UCS, por exemplo, conquistou uma robusta nota 4 – e novos mestrado e doutorado estão se somando ao grupo. A Rosa dos Ventos também apresentou uma bela produção no ano que finda. Além de duas edições regulares, tivemos dois números temáticos, o primeiro sobre Turismo e Gastronomia, organizado por Maria Henriqueta S. Garcia Gimenes-Minasse e Rosana Peccini; e, o segundo, sobre Cidade e Turismo, esteve sob a organização de Antônio Carlos Castrogiovanni e Susana Gastal. No número 5(1 ainda contou com uma sessão especial, organizada por Maximiliano Emanuel Korstanje e Geoffrey Skoll, sobre o tema “The Dialectics of Borders, Empires and Limens”....

  6. Legislative Districts - Senate Districts

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This layer represents the Arkansas State Senate district boundaries adopted by the Arkansas Board of Apportionment on July 29, 2011. The Board of Apportionment,...

  7. Legislative Districts - House Districts

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  8. Peli, Luci, Bom... transgresión sexual y cultura popular

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    María Dolores Arroyo Fdez.

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available El presente estudio se asienta en la narrativa de la película de Pedro Almodóvar Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón, estrenada en 1980, en plena transición a la democracia en España. Se analiza el film considerando sus componentes audiovisuales  como escenario a  los específicos de identidad y comportamiento sexual.  Se contempla su rodaje, en las calles de Madrid, y la construcción de sus diálogos e imágenes, que beben directamente de las fuentes de la cultura de masas  (fotonovelas, viñetas de cómic, publicidad, música y el lenguaje de la calle, en contraste con las creaciones de la alta cultura.  Precisamente, en esta película han participado varios artistas plásticos y dibujantes emergentes entonces: Ceesepe y el grupo Costus.  Al mismo nivel transgresor se presentan, de forma rebelde y escatológica, los comportamientos e identidades sexuales de sus protagonistas.  Esta cinta supo encauzar toda una serie de reivindicaciones a favor de la libertad sexual y la eliminación de tabúes,  protagonizada por parte de la juventud de la época; pero no deja de profundizar en los sentimientos como el amor y el desamor, la amistad y la soledad.   

  9. Refining: restructuring for profit

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    This article examines the options for restructuring the under-performing downstream part of the oil industry to improve profitability for example by integrating the refining and marketing businesses. The future outlook for the refining industry, the shareholders, the emergence of independent downstream companies, and internal refining operations are discussed

  10. On the refinement calculus

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    Vickers, Trevor

    1992-01-01

    On the Refinement Calculus gives one view of the development of the refinement calculus and its attempt to bring together - among other things - Z specifications and Dijkstra's programming language. It is an excellent source of reference material for all those seeking the background and mathematical underpinnings of the refinement calculus.

  11. OPTIMIZING EUCALYPTUS PULP REFINING

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    Vail Manfredi

    2004-01-01

    This paper discusses the refining of bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp (BEKP).Pilot plant tests were carried out in to optimize the refining process and to identify the effects of refining variables on final paper quality and process costs.The following parameters are discussed: pulp consistency, disk pattern design, refiner speed,energy input, refiner configuration (parallel or serial)and refining intensity.The effects of refining on pulp fibers were evaluated against the pulp quality properties, such as physical strengths, bulk, opacity and porosity, as well as the interactions with papermaking process, such as paper machine runnability, paper breaks and refining control.The results showed that process optimization,considering pulp quality and refining costs, were obtained when eucalyptus pulp is refined under the lowest intensity and the highest pulp consistency possible. Changes on the operational refining conditions will have the highest impact on total energy requirements (costs) without any significant effect on final paper properties.It was also observed that classical ways to control the industrial operation, such as those based on drainage measurements, do not represent the best alternative to maximize the final paper properties neither the paper machine runability.

  12. Integration framework of semantic BOM knowledge for cloud manufacturing%一种面向云制造的语义BOM知识集成框架

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    汪洋; 刘晓冰; 黄学文

    2013-01-01

    In order to overcome the deficiencies of semantic knowledge integration in traditional BOM information integration,to support BOM knowledge's seamless transferring,sharing and reusing in cloud manufacturing enterprises,this paper presented a new integration framework of semantic BOM knowledge for cloud manufacturing.It was composed of three modules:semantic BOM knowledge representation,knowledge mapping,and knowledge service.It constructed a semantic BOM knowledge ontology model constructed with owl DL combined with ontology in the knowledge representation module.It obtained all necessary semantic BOM views of cloud manufacturing enterprises based on multi-views mapping method of semantic BOM in the know-ledge mapping module.In the knowledge service module,it packaged all semantic BOM views into knowledge service unit with Web service.It achieved BOM knowledge sharing and reusing through the service registration,binding,finding,and compounding.The framework can support fast reconstruction of BOM knowledge model for cloud manufacturing enterprises.%为克服传统BOM信息集成中存在语义知识集成的缺陷,支持BOM知识在云制造企业间无缝传递、共享和重用,提出一种面向云制造的语义BOM知识集成框架.该集成框架由语义BOM知识表示、知识映射、知识服务三个模块构成.知识表示模块融合本体论,用owl DL进行语义BOM的形式化知识表示,构建语义BOM知识本体模型;知识映射模块基于语义BOM多视图映射方法,形成云制造企业所需语义BOM视图;知识服务模块以Web service为媒介,将各语义BOM视图封装成知识服务,通过服务注册、绑定、发现、组合等手段,实现BOM知识的共享和重用.该框架能支持云制造企业按需在知识重用基础上快速重构BOM知识模型.

  13. PERCEPÇÕES SOBRE A PROBLEMÁTICA SOCIOAMBIENTAL DA CIDADE DE BOM JESUS - RN

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    Diego Salomão C. de O. Salvador

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available As cidades têm conquistado um lugar sem precedentes na história, transformando-se na expressão máxima da sociedade contemporânea. Atualmente, nas cidades concentram-se parcelas significativas da população e imensas contradições, que fazem com que elas sejam marcadas também com o que as sociedades têm de melhor e de pior. Além da riqueza, do acesso privilegiado à informação, dos fluxos econômicos, dentre outros, observam-se também as mais intensas manifestações de poluição, violência, pobreza e exclusão, apontando para a gravidade das questões de ordem social que imperam nesse espaço. Além do mais, não se pode negligenciar o fato de que as mais importantes questões socioambientais ocorrem nas cidades, pois aí estão as maiores concentrações populacionais e atividades econômicas com importantes desdobramentos para a vida urbana. Desse modo, a discussão socioambiental contemporânea deve priorizar essa ordem, a da cidade. Com isso, faz-se, não somente necessário, como também urgente, a busca de novos olhares sobre a problemática socioambiental urbana, bem como a socialização de práticas eficazes referentes a essa problemática. Assim, o objetivo deste trabalho é desvendar as percepções, os desafios e as possibilidades de superação dos problemas socioambientais da pequena cidade de Bom Jesus, situada no interior do Estado do Rio Grande do Norte. Este estudo foi desenvolvido por meio de uma pesquisa qualitativa, utilizando-se alguns procedimentos, como a pesquisa bibliográfica e a empírica, a qual foi realizada com alguns segmentos da sociedade local. Os resultados e conclusões obtidos até o momento, a partir das percepções dos moradores locais, apontam para problemas socioambientais de grandes dimensões, como os que foram mencionados acima, mas também para outros próprios da realidade local. O estudo também atenta para algumas reflexões que valorizam a construção de uma sociedade sustent

  14. Tight Focus on Instruction Wins Texas District Prize

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    Maxwell, Lesli A.

    2009-01-01

    It took a while for four-time finalist Aldine, Texas, to win the Broad Prize for Urban Education. But it took even longer to craft the system that ultimately put the district over the top. Educators in Aldine district have been working for more than a decade to refine their "managed instruction" system. Reviewers examined how the school district,…

  15. OPTIMIZING EUCALYPTUS PULP REFINING

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    VailManfredi

    2004-01-01

    This paper discusses the refining of bleachedeucalyptus kraft pulp (BEKP).Pilot plant tests were carded out in to optimize therefining process and to identify the effects of refiningvariables on final paper quality and process costs.The following parameters are discussed: pulpconsistency, disk pattern design, refiner speed,energy input, refiner configuration (parallel or serial)and refining intensity.The effects of refining on pulp fibers were evaluatedagainst the pulp quality properties, such as physicalstrengths, bulk, opacity and porosity, as well as theinteractions with papermaking process, such as papermachine runnability, paper breaks and refiningcontrol.The results showed that process optimization,considering pulp quality and refining costs, wereobtained when eucalyptus pulp is refined under thelowest intensity and the highest pulp consistencypossible. Changes on the operational refiningconditions will have the highest impact on totalenergy requirements (costs) without any significanteffect on final paper properties.It was also observed that classical ways to control theindustrial operation, such as those based on drainagemeasurements, do not represent the best alternative tomaximize the final paper properties neither the papermachine runability.

  16. Challenges for Japanese refining

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    This article examines the importance of Japan in the Asian petroleum market and traces Japan's economic growth since the 1960s, the impact of the oil price shocks, and Japanese energy and oil demand. Overviews of Japans refining industry and oil trade are presented with details given of refining capacity and major refiners, and growing environmental awareness and environmental programmes are considered. Plots of Japanese petroleum product demand (1985-2000) and the average sizes and number of refineries (1980-2000) are shown

  17. Checking Model Transformation Refinement

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    Büttner, Fabian; Egea, Marina; Guerra, Esther; Lara, Juan De

    2013-01-01

    The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-38883-5_15 Proceedings of 6th International Conference, ICMT 2013, Budapest, Hungary, June 18-19, 2013 Refinement is a central notion in computer science, meaning that some artefact S can be safely replaced by a refinement R, which preserves S’s properties. Having available techniques and tools to check transformation refinement would enable (a) the reasoning on whether a transformation correctly impl...

  18. A apropriação cristã da iconografia greco-latina: o tema do Bom Pastor

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    Eusébio, Maria de Fátima

    2005-01-01

    A estruturação de uma nova religião − o cristianismo − não representou uma ruptura com a cultura e a arte greco-romanas. Contrariamente, verificou-se a apropriação de símbolos e imagens, que vão ser integradas em novos esquemas compositivos e dotadas de um significado distinto em correspondência com os novos princípios doutrinários. Neste quadro tem particular evidência a imagem do Crióforo greco-latino, cujo modelo formal se perpetuou na arte cristã sob a forma do Bom Pastor. The appearance ...

  19. Electrolytic refining of gold

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    Wohlwill, Emil

    2008-01-01

    At the request of the editor of ELECTROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY, I herewith give some notes on the electrolytic method of gold refining, to supplement the article of Dr. Tuttle (Vol. I, page 157, January, 1903).

  20. Linearly Refined Session Types

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Session types capture precise protocol structure in concurrent programming, but do not specify properties of the exchanged values beyond their basic type. Refinement types are a form of dependent types that can address this limitation, combining types with logical formulae that may refer to program values and can constrain types using arbitrary predicates. We present a pi calculus with assume and assert operations, typed using a session discipline that incorporates refinement formulae written in a fragment of Multiplicative Linear Logic. Our original combination of session and refinement types, together with the well established benefits of linearity, allows very fine-grained specifications of communication protocols in which refinement formulae are treated as logical resources rather than persistent truths.

  1. Big Data Refinement

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    Boiten, Eerke Albert

    2016-01-01

    "Big data" has become a major area of research and associated funding, as well as a focus of utopian thinking. In the still growing research community, one of the favourite optimistic analogies for data processing is that of the oil refinery, extracting the essence out of the raw data. Pessimists look for their imagery to the other end of the petrol cycle, and talk about the "data exhausts" of our society. Obviously, the refinement community knows how to do "refining". This paper explores...

  2. Refining and petrochemicals

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    In 2004, refining margins showed a clear improvement that persisted throughout the first three quarters of 2005. This enabled oil companies to post significantly higher earnings for their refining activity in 2004 compared to 2003, with the results of the first half of 2005 confirming this trend. As for petrochemicals, despite a steady rise in the naphtha price, higher cash margins enabled a turnaround in 2004 as well as a clear improvement in oil company financial performance that should continue in 2005, judging by the net income figures reported for the first half-year. Despite this favorable business environment, capital expenditure in refining and petrochemicals remained at a low level, especially investment in new capacity, but a number of projects are being planned for the next five years. (author)

  3. Refining and petrochemicals

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    Constancio, Silva

    2006-07-01

    In 2004, refining margins showed a clear improvement that persisted throughout the first three quarters of 2005. This enabled oil companies to post significantly higher earnings for their refining activity in 2004 compared to 2003, with the results of the first half of 2005 confirming this trend. As for petrochemicals, despite a steady rise in the naphtha price, higher cash margins enabled a turnaround in 2004 as well as a clear improvement in oil company financial performance that should continue in 2005, judging by the net income figures reported for the first half-year. Despite this favorable business environment, capital expenditure in refining and petrochemicals remained at a low level, especially investment in new capacity, but a number of projects are being planned for the next five years. (author)

  4. Refining - Panorama 2008

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    Investment rallied in 2007, and many distillation and conversion projects likely to reach the industrial stage were announced. With economic growth sustained in 2006 and still pronounced in 2007, oil demand remained strong - especially in emerging countries - and refining margins stayed high. Despite these favorable business conditions, tensions persisted in the refining sector, which has fallen far behind in terms of investing in refinery capacity. It will take renewed efforts over a long period to catch up. Looking at recent events that have affected the economy in many countries (e.g. the sub-prime crisis), prudence remains advisable

  5. Using OpenRefine

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    2013-01-01

    The book is styled on a Cookbook, containing recipes - combined with free datasets - which will turn readers into proficient OpenRefine users in the fastest possible way.This book is targeted at anyone who works on or handles a large amount of data. No prior knowledge of OpenRefine is required, as we start from the very beginning and gradually reveal more advanced features. You don't even need your own dataset, as we provide example data to try out the book's recipes.

  6. Panorama 2012 - Refining 2030

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    The major uncertainty characterizing the global energy landscape impacts particularly on transport, which remains the virtually-exclusive bastion of the oil industry. The industry must therefore respond to increasing demand for mobility against a background marked by the emergence of alternatives to oil-based fuels and the need to reduce emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases (GHG). It is in this context that the 'Refining 2030' study conducted by IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN) forecasts what the global supply and demand balance for oil products could be, and highlights the type and geographical location of the refinery investment required. Our study shows that the bulk of the refining investment will be concentrated in the emerging countries (mainly those in Asia), whilst the areas historically strong in refining (Europe and North America) face reductions in capacity. In this context, the drastic reduction in the sulphur specification of bunker oil emerges as a structural issue for European refining, in the same way as increasingly restrictive regulation of refinery CO2 emissions (quotas/taxation) and the persistent imbalance between gasoline and diesel fuels. (authors)

  7. [Characteristics of Family Health Program users sample in Campo Bom (RS), Brazil during the year of 2006].

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    de Goulart, Bárbara Niegia Garcia; Algayer, Andressa Regina

    2009-10-01

    This study aims to describe the characteristics of Family Health Program (FHP) users sample in a Basic Health Unit (BHU) in Campo Bom, southern of Brazil. Based on data collected from the handbook of the first 200 patients attended in a specific BHU in January 2006, we analyzed sex, age, average number of medical and nursing consultations in the last twelve months and the reasons for requiring a BHU attendance. In this sample, 68% were female. Children represented 30.5% of the sample and 35.5% of the patients self-declared as married. In addition to that, 59% had not finished basic school. Almost half (42%) of the citizens presented some chronic disease as a complaint to go to a BUH and 17% were looking for preventive health care. In 2005, 17% of the sample had, at least, one nursing consulting and 46.5% of these had from one to four medical consultations. Chronicle diseases and its symptoms or complications represented a significant percentage of the sample and might be associated to the demands for BHU health assistance. Data collected shows the necessity of more investments to prevent complications and/or incapability. Based on a deep understanding of BHU patients' profile, family health teams can improve effectiveness of their health promotion actions focusing on community demands. PMID:19750346

  8. All different, all equal: Evidence of a heterogeneous Neolithic population at the Bom Santo Cave necropolis (Portugal).

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    Gonçalves, D; Granja, R; Alves-Cardoso, F; Carvalho, A F

    2016-06-01

    The objective of this paper was to contribute to the discussion regarding the socio-political organization of south-western Iberian Middle Neolithic populations. To that end, the preservation and distribution of human remains and the dispersion of grave goods within two rooms of the Bom Santo Cave (Rooms A and B) were investigated and combined with genetic and isotopic data previously published. Grave goods distribution and skeletal analyses highlighted an important diversity in terms of funerary practices thus corroborating data from ancient DNA and Sr/O isotopic analyses that suggested a great genetic and geographic diversity. Grave goods presented an uneven spatial distribution and were made of raw materials from different sources and using different pottery manufacturing styles albeit typologically homogeneous. The preservation and distribution of human remains suggested that Room A was mainly used for secondary depositions while Room B was used for both primary and secondary depositions. No link between the two rooms was found since remains from the same individuals were apparently exclusive of one room or another. The results suggest that this society presented substantial inner genetic, social and geographical heterogeneity. Most probably, this was due to the presence of distinct but coeval groups in the cave that shared a larger-scale social identity (as in "segmentary societies") or, less likely, to the presence of one single, but internally heterogeneous society (as in fully sedentary societies) that assimilated foreigners. PMID:27016326

  9. Congressional Districts

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This layer depicts the 114th Congressional Districts for the United States. Found within this layer is the listing of the 114th House of Representatives. Elected to...

  10. Nodulação e produtividade de Vigna unguiculata (L. Walp. por cepas de rizóbio em Bom Jesus, PI Yield and nodulation of Vigna unguiculata (L. Walp. inoculated with rhizobia strains in Bom Jesus, PI

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    Elaine Martins Costa

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    Full Text Available Objetivou-se avaliar a resposta de Vigna unguiculata (L. Walp. cv. "BR 17 Gurguéia" à inoculação com duas cepas isoladas de solos de mineração de bauxita em reabilitação: UFLA 3-164 e UFLA 3-155 e três cepas INPA 03 11B (BR 3301; UFLA 03 84 (BR 3302 e BR 3267 (SEMIA 6462, autorizadas pelo MAPA como inoculantes para a cultura do feijão-caupi. O experimento foi conduzido em campo na Universidade Federal do Piauí, Campus Professora Cinobelina Elvas, Bom Jesus, PI. Utilizou-se o delineamento experimental em blocos casualizados com sete tratamentos e com seis repetições, sendo cinco cepas citadas e dois controles não inoculados, um com N-mineral (70 kg ha-1 de N e outra sem N mineral. Foram avaliados a nodulação (número e massa seca de nódulos, o crescimento (massa seca da parte aérea, o rendimento de grãos e o teor e acúmulo de nitrogênio na parte aérea e nos grãos, além da eficiência relativa. A inoculação das sementes com as cepas de bactérias diazotróficas simbióticas resultou em rendimentos de grãos equivalente à testemunha adubada com nitrogênio mineral. A cepa em fase de teste, UFLA 3-155 apresentou rendimento de grãos igual à cepa recomendada INPA 03 11B (BR 3301, podendo também ser testada em outras regiões brasileiras. Entre as cepas aprovadas pelo MAPA a INPA 03 11B (BR 3301 apresentou a maior produção de grãos.It evaluates the effect of inoculation with two rhizobia strains isolated from soils under rehabilitation after bauxite mining: UFLA 3-164 and UFLA 3-155, compared to inoculation with strains INPA 03 11B (BR 3301; UFLA 03 84 (BR 3302 and BR 3267 (SEMIA 6462, officially authorized as inoculant to cowpea by MAPA, in Vigna unguiculata (L. Walp cv. "BR 17 Gurgueia". The experiment was carried out at the 'Universidade Federal do Piauí, Campus Professora Cinobelina Elvas, Bom Jesus, PI,' in a randomized block design, white seven treatments and six replications. Treatments were the five strains and

  11. Refinement for administrative policies

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    2007-01-01

    Flexibility of management is an important requisite for access control systems as it allows users to adapt the access control system in accordance with practical requirements. This paper builds on earlier work where we defined administrative policies for a general class of RBAC models. We present a formal definition of administrative refinnement and we show that there is an ordering for administrative privileges which yields administrative refinements of policies. We argue (by giving an examp...

  12. Panorama 2009 - refining

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    For oil companies to invest in new refining and conversion capacity, favorable conditions over time are required. In other words, refining margins must remain high and demand sustained over a long period. That was the situation prevailing before the onset of the financial crisis in the second half of 2008. The economic conjuncture has taken a substantial turn for the worse since then and the forecasts for 2009 do not look bright. Oil demand is expected to decrease in the OECD countries and to grow much more slowly in the emerging countries. It is anticipated that refining margins will fall in 2009 - in 2008, they slipped significantly in the United States - as a result of increasingly sluggish demand, especially for light products. The next few months will probably be unfavorable to investment. In addition to a gloomy business outlook, there may also be a problem of access to sources of financing. As for investment projects, a mainstream trend has emerged in the last few years: a shift away from the regions that have historically been most active (the OECD countries) towards certain emerging countries, mostly in Asia or the Middle East. The new conjuncture will probably not change this trend

  13. OCORRÊNCIA DE Anaplasma bovis (Donatien & Lestoquard, 1936, Dumler et al. 2001) NA REGIÃO DE BOM JESUS DO ITABAPOANA, RJ

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    Orlando Augusto Melo Junior; Antonio Peixoto Albernaz; José Tarcisio de Lima Thiebaut; Farlen Jose Bebber Miranda; Josias Alves Machado; Antonio Carlos Faber da Silva

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    In the present study, 400 capillary blood smears collected from the ear and the tail of 200 bovines were microscopically examinedfor the presence of hemoparasites. The diagnosis was based on the direct research, semonstrating the etiologic agent inclusions. Eleven bovines (5.5%) were considered infected by Anaplasma bovis, confirming the presence of this hemoparasite in the city of Bom Jesus do Itabapoana, the first city of the northwesten region of the state of Rio de Janeiro to register suc...

  14. North Dakota Refining Capacity Study

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    Dennis Hill; Kurt Swenson; Carl Tuura; Jim Simon; Robert Vermette; Gilberto Marcha; Steve Kelly; David Wells; Ed Palmer; Kuo Yu; Tram Nguyen; Juliam Migliavacca

    2011-01-05

    According to a 2008 report issued by the United States Geological Survey, North Dakota and Montana have an estimated 3.0 to 4.3 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil in an area known as the Bakken Formation. With the size and remoteness of the discovery, the question became 'can a business case be made for increasing refining capacity in North Dakota?' And, if so what is the impact to existing players in the region. To answer the question, a study committee comprised of leaders in the region's petroleum industry were brought together to define the scope of the study, hire a consulting firm and oversee the study. The study committee met frequently to provide input on the findings and modify the course of the study, as needed. The study concluded that the Petroleum Area Defense District II (PADD II) has an oversupply of gasoline. With that in mind, a niche market, naphtha, was identified. Naphtha is used as a diluent used for pipelining the bitumen (heavy crude) from Canada to crude markets. The study predicted there will continue to be an increase in the demand for naphtha through 2030. The study estimated the optimal configuration for the refinery at 34,000 barrels per day (BPD) producing 15,000 BPD of naphtha and a 52 percent refinery charge for jet and diesel yield. The financial modeling assumed the sponsor of a refinery would invest its own capital to pay for construction costs. With this assumption, the internal rate of return is 9.2 percent which is not sufficient to attract traditional investment given the risk factor of the project. With that in mind, those interested in pursuing this niche market will need to identify incentives to improve the rate of return.

  15. Hirshfeld atom refinement.

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    Capelli, Silvia C; Bürgi, Hans-Beat; Dittrich, Birger; Grabowsky, Simon; Jayatilaka, Dylan

    2014-09-01

    Hirshfeld atom refinement (HAR) is a method which determines structural parameters from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data by using an aspherical atom partitioning of tailor-made ab initio quantum mechanical molecular electron densities without any further approximation. Here the original HAR method is extended by implementing an iterative procedure of successive cycles of electron density calculations, Hirshfeld atom scattering factor calculations and structural least-squares refinements, repeated until convergence. The importance of this iterative procedure is illustrated via the example of crystalline ammonia. The new HAR method is then applied to X-ray diffraction data of the dipeptide Gly-l-Ala measured at 12, 50, 100, 150, 220 and 295 K, using Hartree-Fock and BLYP density functional theory electron densities and three different basis sets. All positions and anisotropic displacement parameters (ADPs) are freely refined without constraints or restraints - even those for hydrogen atoms. The results are systematically compared with those from neutron diffraction experiments at the temperatures 12, 50, 150 and 295 K. Although non-hydrogen-atom ADPs differ by up to three combined standard uncertainties (csu's), all other structural parameters agree within less than 2 csu's. Using our best calculations (BLYP/cc-pVTZ, recommended for organic molecules), the accuracy of determining bond lengths involving hydrogen atoms from HAR is better than 0.009 Å for temperatures of 150 K or below; for hydrogen-atom ADPs it is better than 0.006 Å(2) as judged from the mean absolute X-ray minus neutron differences. These results are among the best ever obtained. Remarkably, the precision of determining bond lengths and ADPs for the hydrogen atoms from the HAR procedure is comparable with that from the neutron measurements - an outcome which is obtained with a routinely achievable resolution of the X-ray data of 0.65 Å.

  16. Refining and petrochemicals

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    Benazzi, E

    2003-07-01

    Down sharply in 2002, refining margins showed a clear improvement in the first half-year of 2003. As a result, the earnings reported by oil companies for financial year 2002 were significantly lower than in 2001, but the prospects are brighter for 2003. In the petrochemicals sector, slow demand and higher feedstock prices eroded margins in 2002, especially in Europe and the United States. The financial results for the first part of 2003 seem to indicate that sector profitability will not improve before 2004. (author)

  17. Refining and petrochemicals

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    Benazzi, E.; Alario, F

    2004-07-01

    In 2003, refining margins showed a clear improvement that continued throughout the first three quarters of 2004. Oil companies posted significantly higher earnings in 2003 compared to 2002, with the results of first quarter 2004 confirming this trend. Due to higher feedstock prices, the implementation of new capacity and more intense competition, the petrochemicals industry was not able to boost margins in 2003. In such difficult business conditions, aggravated by soaring crude prices, the petrochemicals industry is not likely to see any improvement in profitability before the second half of 2004. (author)

  18. Petroleum refining industry in China

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    The oil refining industry in China has faced rapid growth in oil imports of increasingly sour grades of crude with which to satisfy growing domestic demand for a slate of lighter and cleaner finished products sold at subsidized prices. At the same time, the world petroleum refining industry has been moving from one that serves primarily local and regional markets to one that serves global markets for finished products, as world refining capacity utilization has increased. Globally, refined product markets are likely to experience continued globalization until refining investments significantly expand capacity in key demand regions. We survey the oil refining industry in China in the context of the world market for heterogeneous crude oils and growing world trade in refined petroleum products.

  19. Macromolecular crystallographic estructure refinement

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    Afonine, Pavel V.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Model refinement is a key step in crystallographic structure determination that ensures final atomic structure of macromolecule represents measured diffraction data as good as possible. Several decades have been put into developing methods and computational tools to streamline this step. In this manuscript we provide a brief overview of major milestones of crystallographic computing and methods development pertinent to structure refinement.El refinamiento es un paso clave en el proceso de determinación de una estructura cristalográfica al garantizar que la estructura atómica de la macromolécula final represente de la mejor manera posible los datos de difracción. Han hecho falta varias décadas para poder desarrollar nuevos métodos y herramientas computacionales dirigidas a dinamizar esta etapa. En este artículo ofrecemos un breve resumen de los principales hitos en la computación cristalográfica y de los nuevos métodos relevantes para el refinamiento de estructuras.

  20. Hirshfeld atom refinement

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Hirshfeld atom refinement (HAR is a method which determines structural parameters from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data by using an aspherical atom partitioning of tailor-made ab initio quantum mechanical molecular electron densities without any further approximation. Here the original HAR method is extended by implementing an iterative procedure of successive cycles of electron density calculations, Hirshfeld atom scattering factor calculations and structural least-squares refinements, repeated until convergence. The importance of this iterative procedure is illustrated via the example of crystalline ammonia. The new HAR method is then applied to X-ray diffraction data of the dipeptide Gly–l-Ala measured at 12, 50, 100, 150, 220 and 295 K, using Hartree–Fock and BLYP density functional theory electron densities and three different basis sets. All positions and anisotropic displacement parameters (ADPs are freely refined without constraints or restraints – even those for hydrogen atoms. The results are systematically compared with those from neutron diffraction experiments at the temperatures 12, 50, 150 and 295 K. Although non-hydrogen-atom ADPs differ by up to three combined standard uncertainties (csu's, all other structural parameters agree within less than 2 csu's. Using our best calculations (BLYP/cc-pVTZ, recommended for organic molecules, the accuracy of determining bond lengths involving hydrogen atoms from HAR is better than 0.009 Å for temperatures of 150 K or below; for hydrogen-atom ADPs it is better than 0.006 Å2 as judged from the mean absolute X-ray minus neutron differences. These results are among the best ever obtained. Remarkably, the precision of determining bond lengths and ADPs for the hydrogen atoms from the HAR procedure is comparable with that from the neutron measurements – an outcome which is obtained with a routinely achievable resolution of the X-ray data of 0.65 Å.

  1. 模块化水厂机械部分主体结构有限元强度分析%Study of BOM Engineering Change Based on KBOM

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    栾好峰; 赵生华; 赵然

    2012-01-01

    To effectively manage BOM Engineering Change (BOMEC) of product family, the internal relations among BOM views which regarded as knowledge source was revealed by study of the rule of BOM evolution in the product life cycle, knowledge connotation of KBOM was analyzed. Then by detailed researching on the physical model of BOM engineering change based on KBOM, the internal relations among BOM engineering change processes which included request, evaluation, implementation and propagation were revealed. The change impacts analysis and evaluation model was presented, the realization strategy of implementation and propagation was given. Based on it, the information model for BOM engineering change was constructed, and the software module for BOM engineering change was developed. The practical application showed the system was efficient and feasible%模块化机械式净水处理厂是近年来出现的新技术,该技术改变了传统式水厂的设计模式,因建造和运行机动灵活而得到了日益广泛的应用。本文针对模块化机械式净水设备的特点,对主体机械部分的强度和刚度进行了分析,对应力和变形进行了对比分析,给出了应力与变形云图,并结合实际情况对设计方案进行了改进与优化设计。

  2. Structure refinement of astrophyllite

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    MA; Zhesheng

    2001-01-01

    [1]Abdel-Fattah M. Abdel-Rahman., Mineral chemistry and paragenesis of astrophyllite from Egypt, Mineralogical Magazine, 1992, 56: 17-26.[2]Liu Yan, Ma Zhesheng, Han Xiuling et al, Astrophyllite from the Namjabarwa Area, Eastern Tibet, Acta Petrologica et Mineralogica, 1997,16(4): 338-340.[3]Peng Zhizhong, Ma Zhesheng, The crystal structure of astrophyllite (in Russian), Scientia Sinica, 1963, 12(2): 272-276.[4]Pen Zhizhong, Ma Zhesheng, The crystal structure of Tricinic Mangano-astrophyllite (in Russian), Scientia Sinica (Scien-ce in China), 1964, 13(7): 1180-1183.[5]Shi Nicheng, Ma Zhesheng, Li Guowu et al., Stucyure Refinement of Monoclinic astrophyllite, Acta Crystallographica, Section B, 1998, B54: 109-114.[6]Woodrow, P. J., The Crystal structure of astrophyllite, Acta Crystallographica, 1967, 22: 673-678.[7]СеменовЕ. И., Куплетскит-Новый Минерал Группы Астрофиллита, ДАН, 1956, 108(5), 933-936.[8]Nickel, E. H., Rowland, J. E., Charette, D. J., Niobophyllite the niobium analogue of astrophyllite: A new mineral from Sead Laxe Labrador, Canad. Mine., 1964, 8(1): 40.[9]X-Ray Laboratory of Hubei Geologic College, The crystal chemistry of astrophyllite group minerals (in Chinese), Scientia Geologica Sinica, 1974, (1): 18-30.[10]Sheldrick, G. M., Program for the solution of crystal structures, SHELX86, University of G?ttingen, 1985, Germany.[11]Sheldrick, G. M., Program for the refinement of crystal structures, SHELXL93, University of G?ttingen, 1993, Germany.[12]Liebau, F., Structural Chemistry of Silicates Structure, Bonding, and Classification, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag QD181, S6L614, 1985.[13]Ferraris, G., Ivaldi, G., Khomyakov, A. P. et al., Nafertisite, a layer titanosilicate member of a polysomatic series including mica, Eur. J. Mineral.,1996, 8: 241-249.[14]Ferraris, G., Polysomatism as a tool for correlating properties and structure, in EMU Notes in

  3. Planejamento estratégico em saúde com base em determinantes: o caso do município de Campo Bom (RS). Uma proposta metodológica para a gestão descentralizada Strategic health planning based on determinants: case of the municipality of Campo Bom, Rio Grande do Sul State. A methodological proposal for the decentralized management

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    Martín Maximino León González

    2009-01-01

    Com o objetivo de analisar o modelo de planejamento estratégico em saúde com base em determinantes, utilizado na experiência do município de Campo Bom, realizou-se estudo observacional, qualitativo, de análise documental e avaliação de novas tecnologias de processo na gestão local de saúde. O estudo contém uma análise de coerência metodológica e de aplicabilidade do modelo, a partir da revisão dos planos municipal e locais. Nele, apresenta-se o caso de Campo Bom, no qual foi possível integrar...

  4. Qingdao Refining Project Kicks off

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    Xiao Hao

    2005-01-01

    @@ In June 22, a ground breaking ceremony was warmly held for Qingdao Refining Project. It marked that the construction of Qingdao Refining Project have entered into a fast progressing period, and that the construction of a ten-millionton refinery "being the first level in the world and taking the lead in China" in the 21 st century have been completely launched.

  5. Parallel Adaptive Mesh Refinement

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    Diachin, L; Hornung, R; Plassmann, P; WIssink, A

    2005-03-04

    As large-scale, parallel computers have become more widely available and numerical models and algorithms have advanced, the range of physical phenomena that can be simulated has expanded dramatically. Many important science and engineering problems exhibit solutions with localized behavior where highly-detailed salient features or large gradients appear in certain regions which are separated by much larger regions where the solution is smooth. Examples include chemically-reacting flows with radiative heat transfer, high Reynolds number flows interacting with solid objects, and combustion problems where the flame front is essentially a two-dimensional sheet occupying a small part of a three-dimensional domain. Modeling such problems numerically requires approximating the governing partial differential equations on a discrete domain, or grid. Grid spacing is an important factor in determining the accuracy and cost of a computation. A fine grid may be needed to resolve key local features while a much coarser grid may suffice elsewhere. Employing a fine grid everywhere may be inefficient at best and, at worst, may make an adequately resolved simulation impractical. Moreover, the location and resolution of fine grid required for an accurate solution is a dynamic property of a problem's transient features and may not be known a priori. Adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) is a technique that can be used with both structured and unstructured meshes to adjust local grid spacing dynamically to capture solution features with an appropriate degree of resolution. Thus, computational resources can be focused where and when they are needed most to efficiently achieve an accurate solution without incurring the cost of a globally-fine grid. Figure 1.1 shows two example computations using AMR; on the left is a structured mesh calculation of a impulsively-sheared contact surface and on the right is the fuselage and volume discretization of an RAH-66 Comanche helicopter [35]. Note the

  6. On Modal Refinement and Consistency

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    Nyman, Ulrik; Larsen, Kim Guldstrand; Wasowski, Andrzej

    2007-01-01

    Almost 20 years after the original conception, we revisit several fundamental question about modal transition systems. First, we demonstrate the incompleteness of the standard modal refinement using a counterexample due to Hüttel. Deciding any refinement, complete with respect to the standard...... notions of implementation, is shown to be computationally hard (co-NP hard). Second, we consider four forms of consistency (existence of implementations) for modal specifications. We characterize each operationally, giving algorithms for deciding, and for synthesizing implementations, together...

  7. Adaptive Mesh Refinement in CTH

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    This paper reports progress on implementing a new capability of adaptive mesh refinement into the Eulerian multimaterial shock- physics code CTH. The adaptivity is block-based with refinement and unrefinement occurring in an isotropic 2:1 manner. The code is designed to run on serial, multiprocessor and massive parallel platforms. An approximate factor of three in memory and performance improvements over comparable resolution non-adaptive calculations has-been demonstrated for a number of problems

  8. Refining Nodes and Edges of State Machines

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    Hallerstede, Stefan; Snook, Colin

    2011-01-01

    State machines are hierarchical automata that are widely used to structure complex behavioural specifications. We develop two notions of refinement of state machines, node refinement and edge refinement. We compare the two notions by means of examples and argue that, by adopting simple conventions, they can be combined into one method of refinement. In the combined method, node refinement can be used to develop architectural aspects of a model and edge refinement to develop algorithmic aspect...

  9. Refinement of Parallel and Reactive Programs

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    1992-01-01

    We show how to apply the refinement calculus to stepwise refinement of parallel and reactive programs. We use action systems as our basic program model. Action systems are sequential programs which can be implemented in a parallel fashion. Hence refinement calculus methods, originally developed for sequential programs, carry over to the derivation of parallel programs. Refinement of reactive programs is handled by data refinement techniques originally developed for the sequential refinement c...

  10. Exploration of clays suitable for the manufactoring of porous brick products in the area of Bomčev Breg, Goričko (Slovenia

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    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available In 1992, exploration of clays suitable for the manufactoring of porous brick products was conducted in two phases in the area of Bomčev Breg, Goričko. In the course of the first phase, at the beginning of the year 1992, geological prospecting of sediments (mostly clays and clayey sands of the Upper Triassic to Pliocene age was conducted in Goričko, precisely in the area between Grad and Kuzma. The objective of this phase was to identify narrow areas with the deposits of clays suitable for the manufacturing of porous brick products. The area of Bomčev Breg was singled out as a perspective ground for further exploration and drilling (Figure 1.On the basis of the results obtained during the first phase of the exploration detailed geological exploration, which included drilling and partial laboratory investigations of clay, was conducted in May and June 1992. During this phase nine boreholes of a total length of 150 m were drilled (Figure 3.Samples of clay were taken from each core, and laboratory tests, mostly swelling, were carried out in controlled environment by LECA, Ges.m.b.H from Fehring, Austria.On the basis of data obtained from borehole drilling and interpretations of geological sections it can be summarized that the following three lithological types can be identified in the area of Bomčev Breg:-dark brown, brown, light brown, grey brown and greyish, in places speckled, silty fine sand and mica clay-olive greyish, fine silty and mica, partly plastic, clay-brown (limonitized, light brown and greyish clayey sand, containing silt and mica, in places with rare quartz pebbles, not more than 12 mm in diameterThe transition from one lithological type to another is not sharp but rather gradual with the exception of sandy beds where the transition is more distinct.During the prospecting phase in the area of Bomčev Breg 10 samples, marked B-1 to B-10, were taken from the boreholes drilled in the form of a mesh, 100 x 100 m, and 1 sample

  11. TELEVISION JOURNALISM AS A TOOL FOR PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: A STUDY OF CASES OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN THE NEWSCAST BOM DIA GOIÁS FROM TV ANHANGUERA

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    Full Text Available This article discusses the social function of journalism, the scope and the credibility of TV journalism, as well as the possibility of its use as a tool for public communication. To this end, it is necessary to refer to details surrounding the deployment and development of TV journalism in Brazil and to conceptualize public communication and citizenship. Also, this study carries out an analysis of the channels that the individual uses to get information, mass communication characteristics and, above all, television and the need for the existence of public communication for citizenship. In addition, this article puts forward a content analysis of the TV news program Bom Dia Goiás - TV Anhanguera (an affiliate of Rede Globo in Goiás, outlining its approach and the type of information conveyed to the public about a serious social problem - violence against women.

  12. Alterações hidrotermais e mineralização associada ao depósito de Au (Zn, Pb) Bom Jesus, Itaituba - PA

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    Borgo, Ariadne

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    Resumo: O depósito de ouro Bom Jesus localiza-se no Cráton Amazônico, no sudoeste do Estado do Pará, no domínio da Província Mineral do Tapajós. O ouro extraído do garimpo homônimo está disseminado nas zonas de alteração hidrotermal encaixadas em rochas graníticas cálcioalcalinas. São tonalitos a granodioritos não deformados associados à Suíte Intrusiva Parauari, cortados por aplitos monzograníticos e contendo enclaves dioríticos. Três tipos principais de alteração hidrotermal foram reconheci...

  13. Mineralogia e geoquímica de perfis de solo com Terra Preta Arqueológica de Bom Jesus do Tocantins, sudeste da Amazônia Mineralogy and geochemistry of soil profiles with Archeological Black Earth from Bom Jesus do Tocantins, southeastern Amazon

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    Any Kelly Terra da Silva; José Tasso Felix Guimarães; Vanda Porpino Lemos; Marcondes Lima da Costa; Dirse Clara Kern

    2012-01-01

    A comparação de dados morfológicos, mineralógicos e químicos de solo com horizontes antrópicos - Terra Preta Arqueológica (TPA) com Argissolos adjacentes permitiu identificar os principais processos responsáveis pela formação da TPA em um sítio arqueológico no Município de Bom Jesus do Tocantins, sudeste do Estado do Pará. A similaridade entre os dados dos horizontes subsuperficiais do solo com TPA e solos adjacentes indica que o horizonte antrópico do solo TPA foi provavelmente desenvolvido ...

  14. Planejamento estratégico em saúde com base em determinantes: o caso do município de Campo Bom (RS. Uma proposta metodológica para a gestão descentralizada Strategic health planning based on determinants: case of the municipality of Campo Bom, Rio Grande do Sul State. A methodological proposal for the decentralized management

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    Martín Maximino León González

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de analisar o modelo de planejamento estratégico em saúde com base em determinantes, utilizado na experiência do município de Campo Bom, realizou-se estudo observacional, qualitativo, de análise documental e avaliação de novas tecnologias de processo na gestão local de saúde. O estudo contém uma análise de coerência metodológica e de aplicabilidade do modelo, a partir da revisão dos planos municipal e locais. Nele, apresenta-se o caso de Campo Bom, no qual foi possível integrar e aplicar, em nível local, um modelo estratégico de planejamento em saúde orientado às novas conceituações da saúde, considerando elementos dos diferentes desenvolvimentos teóricos, sendo viável responder às necessidades e situações locais prevalentes. Identificam-se etapas evolutivas do planejamento em saúde e analisam-se elementos integradores do modelo e limitações na sua aplicação, salientando-se a necessidade de apoiar o aprofundamento do estudo e o desenvolvimento do campo.With the purpose to analyze the health strategic planning model based on determinants experienced in the municipality of Campo Bom, Rio Grande do Sul State, it was conducted an observational, qualitative study, of documental analysis as well as an evaluation of new process technologies in local health administration. This study contains an analysis of the methodological coherency and applicability of this model, based on the revision of the elaborated plans. The plans presented at Campo Bom case shows the possibility of integration and applicability at local level, of a health strategic planning model oriented to the new health concepts considering elements of different theoretical developments that enables the response to the most common local needs and situations. It was identified evolutional stages of health planning and analyzed integrative elements of the model and limitations of its application, pointing to the need of support the deepening on

  15. Trends in heavy oil production and refining in California

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    This report is one of a series of publications assessing the feasibility of increasing domestic heavy oil production and is part of a study being conducted for the US Department of Energy. This report summarizes trends in oil production and refining in Canada. Heavy oil (10 degrees to 20 degrees API gravity) production in California has increased from 20% of the state's total oil production in the early 1940s to 70% in the late 1980s. In each of the three principal petroleum producing districts (Los Angeles Basin, Coastal Basin, and San Joaquin Valley) oil production has peaked then declined at different times throughout the past 30 years. Thermal production of heavy oil has contributed to making California the largest producer of oil by enhanced oil recovery processes in spite of low oil prices for heavy oil and stringent environmental regulation. Opening of Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 1, Elk Hills (CA) field in 1976, brought about a major new source of light oil at a time when light oil production had greatly declined. Although California is a major petroleum-consuming state, in 1989 the state used 13.3 billion gallons of gasoline or 11.5% of US demand but it contributed substantially to the Nation's energy production and refining capability. California is the recipient and refines most of Alaska's 1.7 million barrel per day oil production. With California production, Alaskan oil, and imports brought into California for refining, California has an excess of oil and refined products and is a net exporter to other states. The local surplus of oil inhibits exploitation of California heavy oil resources even though the heavy oil resources exist. Transportation, refining, and competition in the market limit full development of California heavy oil resources

  16. Zone refining of plutonium metal

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    The zone refining process was applied to Pu metal containing known amounts of impurities. Rod specimens of plutonium metal were melted into and contained in tantalum boats, each of which was passed horizontally through a three-turn, high-frequency coil in such a manner as to cause a narrow molten zone to pass through the Pu metal rod 10 times. The impurity elements Co, Cr, Fe, Ni, Np, U were found to move in the same direction as the molten zone as predicted by binary phase diagrams. The elements Al, Am, and Ga moved in the opposite direction of the molten zone as predicted by binary phase diagrams. As the impurity alloy was zone refined, δ-phase plutonium metal crystals were produced. The first few zone refining passes were more effective than each later pass because an oxide layer formed on the rod surface. There was no clear evidence of better impurity movement at the slower zone refining speed. Also, constant or variable coil power appeared to have no effect on impurity movement during a single run (10 passes). This experiment was the first step to developing a zone refining process for plutonium metal

  17. Pointing Refinement of SIRTF Images

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    Masci, F; Moshir, M; Shupe, D; Fowler, J W; Fowler, John W.

    2002-01-01

    The soon-to-be-launched Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) shall produce image data with an a-posteriori pointing knowledge of 1.4 arcsec (1 sigma radial) with a goal of 1.2 arcsec in the International Celestial Reference System (ICRS). To perform robust image coaddition, mosaic generation, extraction and position determination of faint sources, the pointing will need to be refined to better than a few-tenths of an arcsecond. We use a linear-sparse matrix solver to find a "global-minimization" of all relative image offsets in a mosaic from which refined pointings and orientations can be computed. This paper summarizes the pointing-refinement algorithm and presents the results of testing on simulated data.

  18. Data refinement for true concurrency

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    Brijesh Dongol

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The majority of modern systems exhibit sophisticated concurrent behaviour, where several system components modify and observe the system state with fine-grained atomicity. Many systems (e.g., multi-core processors, real-time controllers also exhibit truly concurrent behaviour, where multiple events can occur simultaneously. This paper presents data refinement defined in terms of an interval-based framework, which includes high-level operators that capture non-deterministic expression evaluation. By modifying the type of an interval, our theory may be specialised to cover data refinement of both discrete and continuous systems. We present an interval-based encoding of forward simulation, then prove that our forward simulation rule is sound with respect to our data refinement definition. A number of rules for decomposing forward simulation proofs over both sequential and parallel composition are developed.

  19. Romanian refining industry assesses restructuring

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    The Romanian crude oil refining industry, as all the other economic sectors, faces the problems accompanying the transition from a centrally planned economy to a market economy. At present, all refineries have registered as joint-stock companies and all are coordinated and assisted by Rafirom S.A., from both a legal and a production point of view. Rafirom S.A. is a joint-stock company that holds shares in refineries and other stock companies with activities related to oil refining. Such activities include technological research, development, design, transportation, storage, and domestic and foreign marketing. This article outlines the market forces that are expected to: drive rationalization and restructuring of refining operations and define the targets toward which the reconfigured refineries should strive

  20. High consistency refining of mechanical pulps during varying refining conditions : High consistency refiner conditions effect on pulp quality

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    Muhic, Dino

    2008-01-01

      The correlation between pulp properties and operating conditions in high consistency (HC) refiners at Holmen Paper AB were studied. Two types of HC refiners were investigated: the Andritz RTS refiner at the Hallstavik Mill and the Sprout-Bauer Twin 60 refiner at the Braviken Mill. The objective of the study was to clarify the relationship between the pulp properties and refining conditions such as electrical energy input, housing- and feed- pressure and plate wear in high consistency refini...

  1. Refining Nodes and Edges of State Machines

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    Hallerstede, Stefan; Snook, Colin

    2011-01-01

    State machines are hierarchical automata that are widely used to structure complex behavioural specifications. We develop two notions of refinement of state machines, node refinement and edge refinement. We compare the two notions by means of examples and argue that, by adopting simple convention...... refinement theory and UML-B state machine refinement influences the style of node refinement. Hence we propose a method with direct proof of state machine refinement avoiding the detour via Event-B that is needed by UML-B....

  2. U-Th-Pb age in hydrothermal monazite applied in geochronological tin mineralization from Greisen zone of the Palanqueta granitic system, Bom Futuro deposit, Rondonia, Brazil; Datacao U-Th-Pb de monazita hidrotermal e sua aplicacao na geocronologia da mineralizacao de estanho em zonas de Greisen do sistema granitico Palanqueta, deposito do Bom Futuro, RO

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    Souza, Valmir da Silva [Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Manaus (Brazil). Inst. de Ciencias Exatas. Dept. de Geociencias]. E-mail: valmirsouza@ufam.edu.br; Teixeira, Luciana Miyahara [Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renovaveis (IBAMA), Brasilia, DF (Brazil)]. E-mail: luciana.miyahara@celaf.ibama.gov.br; Botelho, Nilson Francisquini [Universidade de Brasilia, DF (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias]. E-mail: nilsonfb@unb.br

    2005-03-15

    The ages of hydrothermal events responsible for tin mineralization in the granitic systems from the Rondonia Tin Province are poorly defined so far. Available K-Ar dating in Li-micas of greisens and veins yielded values around 965 Ma, younger than the late mineralized granites ages, around 990 Ma. Electron microprobe U, Th and Pb dating of hydrothermal monazite from the greisen zones of the Palanqueta plutonic system, Bom Futuro tin deposit, yielded an age of 997{+-}48 Ma. Considering that: the K-Ar method is influenced by increasing temperature; critical temperature of Ar retention in micas is 300 deg C; and fluid inclusions and ae {sup 18}O studies indicate, respectively, trapping temperature above 300 deg C and cassiterite crystallization temperature above 400 deg C, we suggest that the K-Ar dating in micas from Rondonia tin deposits are indicative of cooling and closure of the hydrothermal systems. Therefore, ages obtained from U-Th-Pb data in hydrothermal monazite from greisen can be considered a good reference for the tin ore formation in the Bom Futuro deposit, associated with late to post-magmatic processes, and coeval with the end of crystallization of albite granite in the Palanqueta granitic system. (author)

  3. Vacuum Refining of Molten Silicon

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    Safarian, Jafar; Tangstad, Merete

    2012-12-01

    Metallurgical fundamentals for vacuum refining of molten silicon and the behavior of different impurities in this process are studied. A novel mass transfer model for the removal of volatile impurities from silicon in vacuum induction refining is developed. The boundary conditions for vacuum refining system—the equilibrium partial pressures of the dissolved elements and their actual partial pressures under vacuum—are determined through thermodynamic and kinetic approaches. It is indicated that the vacuum removal kinetics of the impurities is different, and it is controlled by one, two, or all the three subsequent reaction mechanisms—mass transfer in a melt boundary layer, chemical evaporation on the melt surface, and mass transfer in the gas phase. Vacuum refining experimental results of this study and literature data are used to study the model validation. The model provides reliable results and shows correlation with the experimental data for many volatile elements. Kinetics of phosphorus removal, which is an important impurity in the production of solar grade silicon, is properly predicted by the model, and it is observed that phosphorus elimination from silicon is significantly increased with increasing process temperature.

  4. California Political Districts

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    California Department of Resources — This is a series of district layers pertaining to California'spolitical districts, that are derived from the California State Senateand State Assembly information....

  5. Private Water Districts

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    California Department of Resources — Private Water District boundaries are areas where private contracts provide water to the district in California. This database is designed as a regions polygon...

  6. National Register Historic Districts

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    Iowa State University GIS Support and Research Facility — The National Register Historic District layer is a shape file showing the boundaries of Historic Districts that are listed on the National Register of Historic...

  7. R9 Air Districts

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The Region 9 Air Districts layer is a compilation of polygons representing the California Air Pollution Control and Air Quality Management Districts, Arizona Air...

  8. State Water Districts

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    California Department of Resources — State Water Project District boundaries are areas where state contracts provide water to the district in California. This database is designed as a regions polygon...

  9. Texas Disaster Districts

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — A polygon shapefile of the 24 Disaster Districts in Texas. Disaster districts are emergency operation areas created by Executive Order from the Governor's Office....

  10. Legislative Districts - 1990

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  11. District nursing in Dominica

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    Kolkman, PME; Luteijn, AJ; Nasiiro, RS; Bruney, [No Value; Smith, RJA; Meyboom-de Jong, B

    1998-01-01

    District nurses constitute the basis of the primary health care services in Dominica. All encounters of three district nurses were registered using the international classification of primary care. Information on other aspects of district nursing was collected by participating observation and the us

  12. European refining: evolution or revolution?

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    A recent detailed analysis of the refining business in Europe (by Purvin and Gurtz) was used to highlight some key issues facing the industry. The article was written under five sub-sections: (i) economic environment (assessment of the economic prospects for Europe), (ii) energy efficiency and global warming (lists the four points of the EU car makers' voluntary agreement), (iii) fuel quality and refinery investment (iv) refinery capacity and utilisation and (v) industry structure and development. Diagrams show GDP per capita for East and West, European road fuel demand to 2015 and European net trade and European refinery ownership by crude capacity. It was concluded that the future of refining in Europe is 'exciting and challenging' and there are likely to be more large joint venture refineries. (UK)

  13. Refining Visually Detected Object poses

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    Holm, Preben; Petersen, Henrik Gordon

    2010-01-01

    Automated industrial assembly today require that the 3D position and orientation (hereafter ''pose`) of the objects to be assembled are known precisely. Today this precision is mostly established by a dedicated mechanical object alignment system. However, such systems are often dedicated...... that enables direct assembly. Conventional vision systems and laser triangulation systems can locate randomly placed known objects (with 3D CAD models available) with some accuracy, but not necessarily a good enough accuracy. In this paper, we present a novel method for refining the pose accuracy of an object...... that has been located based on the appearance as detected by a monocular camera. We illustrate the quality of our refinement method experimentally....

  14. 轨道交通车辆维修BOM组织模式及应用研究%Application Study on Service BOM Or-ganization Mode of Urban Rail Transit Vehicles

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    蒋志超; 程宏声; 薛蓓依; 季景瑜

    2012-01-01

      本文主要从轨道车辆运营商入手,通过维修BOM的组织模式研究,结合轨道车辆维修单元和跟踪属性的管理特点,提出了轨道车辆运营维护阶段维修BOM的有效组织模式.通过维修单元的构建、维修BOM模板的定义及实例化三个环节可以有效组织轨道车辆维修BOM.文中重点介绍了维修单元的跟踪属性和对象更换管理在维修单元对象使用全寿命过程管理中的实现方式,以及在轨道车辆维修作业管理系统中的有效应用.基于有效组织的维修BOM可以实现车辆设备使用全寿命过程中的维修信息可追溯性,有助于维修质量的提升、维修计划的优化以及维修成本的控制,提升车辆安全运营保障.%  The article put forward an effective urban transit vehicle service BOM organization mode based on the re-search upon service BOM organization modes, tracking attributes and management features of vehicle maintenance units. Service BOM of urban transit vehicles would be organized conveniently through three steps consists of construction of maintenance units, definition and instantiation of service BOM templates. Tracking attributes and implementation mode of object replacing management during in service lifecycle of maintenance units especially the application in urban transit vehicle MRO execution system are focused. Traceability of maintenance information through life span of vehicle components would be achieved based on effective organization of service BOM, doing help to quality improvising, plan optimization and cost control of MRO activities together with running safety improvement of transit vehicles.

  15. Bauxite Mining and Alumina Refining

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    Donoghue, A. Michael; Frisch, Neale; Olney, David

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To describe bauxite mining and alumina refining processes and to outline the relevant physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic, and psychosocial health risks. Methods: Review article. Results: The most important risks relate to noise, ergonomics, trauma, and caustic soda splashes of the skin/eyes. Other risks of note relate to fatigue, heat, and solar ultraviolet and for some operations tropical diseases, venomous/dangerous animals, and remote locations. Exposures to bauxite dust,...

  16. Generic Mesh Refinement On GPU

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    2005-01-01

    International audience Many recent publications have shown that a large variety of computation involved in computer graphics can be moved from the CPU to the GPU, by a clever use of vertex or fragment shaders. Nonetheless there is still one kind of algorithms that is hard to translate from CPU to GPU: mesh refinement techniques. The main reason for this, is that vertex shaders available on current graphics hardware do not allow the generation of additional vertices on a mesh stored in grap...

  17. BioRefine Yearbook 2011

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    Maekinen, T.; Kauppi, M. (eds.) (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo (Finland)); Alakangas, E. (ed.) (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Jyvaeskylae (Finland))

    2011-11-15

    The BioRefine - new biomass products programme is approaching its final active year 2012. The programme contains several significant industrial research and development projects that aim to demonstrate large scale biorefineries. At the same time, a number of projects are led by SMEs focusing on smaller localised solutions. The programme is co-operating closely with Forestcluster Ltd, one of the Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovation in Finland, which is owned by major forest-related companies and institutes. Forestcluster has launched a second phase of its Future Biorefinery (FuBio) programme, which aims to create a new world-leading-competence platform in the field of biorefinery and to develop new value chains in which wood is refined into materials and chemicals. Together the two programmes are a central part of the Finnish biorefining entity. One of the main goals of the BioRefine programme has been to bring together multidisciplinary research and development competences and different business areas for creating sustainable and commercially viable biorefinery concepts. With the increasing pressure on low-carbon processes and on the efficient and sustainable use of raw materials, the need for a multidisciplinary approach has become evident. Bioeconomy aims to bring these different competence and business areas into close co-operation for creating new solutions based on non-fossil raw materials. In the future, the holistic and multidisciplinary approach to utilising biomass resources efficiently and in an environmentally and economically sustainable way will be increasingly emphasized

  18. The Charfuel coal refining process

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    The patented Charfuel coal refining process employs fluidized hydrocracking to produce char and liquid products from virtually all types of volatile-containing coals, including low rank coal and lignite. It is not gasification or liquefaction which require the addition of expensive oxygen or hydrogen or the use of extreme heat or pressure. It is not the German pyrolysis process that merely 'cooks' the coal, producing coke and tar-like liquids. Rather, the Charfuel coal refining process involves thermal hydrocracking which results in the rearrangement of hydrogen within the coal molecule to produce a slate of co-products. In the Charfuel process, pulverized coal is rapidly heated in a reducing atmosphere in the presence of internally generated process hydrogen. This hydrogen rearrangement allows refinement of various ranks of coals to produce a pipeline transportable, slurry-type, environmentally clean boiler fuel and a slate of value-added traditional fuel and chemical feedstock co-products. Using coal and oxygen as the only feedstocks, the Charfuel hydrocracking technology economically removes much of the fuel nitrogen, sulfur, and potential air toxics (such as chlorine, mercury, beryllium, etc.) from the coal, resulting in a high heating value, clean burning fuel which can increase power plant efficiency while reducing operating costs. The paper describes the process, its thermal efficiency, its use in power plants, its pipeline transport, co-products, environmental and energy benefits, and economics

  19. Conversion index helps refiner assess relative profitability

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    This paper reports that a refiner can locate his refinery competitively in relation to his neighbors by constructing a profitability profile. Using this profile, the refiner can estimate the profitability of producing shifts in his relative conversion position

  20. Palinologia holocênica do testemunho Bom Jesus, margem leste da ilha do Marajó, Pará, Amazônia Palynological study of Holocene sediments of Bom Jesus core, east margin of the Marajó Island, Pará, Amazonia

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    Lívia Cardoso da Silva Rodrigues

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available A porção superior (1,25m do testemunho de sondagem Bom Jesus (TBJ, coletado no limite campo-mangue da Fazenda Bom Jesus, município de Soure, ilha do Marajó, Pará, Brasil, foi estudada através de análise palinológica de alta resolução objetivando a determinação da composição, abundância e diversidade de tipos polínicos bioindicadores de modificações na paleovegetação durante o Holoceno. 16 amostras sedimentares de 2cm³ foram tratadas de acordo com metodologia padrão em palinologia. Os programas Tilia e Tilia Graph foram utilizados para a construção dos diagramas palinológicos de abundância e concentração. A base do testemunho foi datada por 14C em 2730 ± 40 anos A.P. Foram definidas três zonas palinológicas. A presença de pólen de Rhizophora com abundância máxima de 88% apontou dominância de mangue ao longo de todo o testemunho sedimentar. Variações recorrentes na hidrodinâmica da baía do Marajó, caracterizadas por pulsos erosivos de curto período, parecem ter provocado redução na dominância de mangue. O incremento na abundância de tipos polínicos bioindicadores de campo inundável associados a elementos de restinga e floresta, evidenciam a migração do campo inundável sobre o manguezal. Os dados indicam correlação com outros registros polínicos holocênicos de transgressão marinha para a costa norte amazônica no Holoceno Superior.The upper portion (1.25 m of the sediment core Bom Jesus (TBJ, was collected in the field-mangrove limit of Bom Jesus Farm, municipality of Soure, island of Marajó, Pará, Brazil, was studied through pollen analysis high resolution aimed at determining the composition, abundance and diversity of the pollen types bioindicators of changes in the palaeobotany. 16 samples of sedimentary 2cm³ were treated according to standard methodology. Tilia and Tilia Graph software were used for to construct abundance and concentration palinological diagrams. The core base was

  1. Neutron Powder Diffraction and Constrained Refinement

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    Pawley, G. S.; Mackenzie, Gordon A.; Dietrich, O. W.

    1977-01-01

    The first use of a new program, EDINP, is reported. This program allows the constrained refinement of molecules in a crystal structure with neutron diffraction powder data. The structures of p-C6F4Br2 and p-C6F4I2 are determined by packing considerations and then refined with EDINP. Refinement...

  2. Discurso e representação nas novelas Amor e Revolução e Sangue Bom
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    Resumo: Este artigo analisa a temática homoafetiva na representação e discurso dos personagens homossexuais das novelas Amor e Revolução, exibida pelo SBT, e Sangue Bom, exibida pela Rede Globo, à luz da perspectiva teórica da Análise do Discurso. Percebem-se inovações discursivas na teledramaturgia brasileira como integrante de um amplo processo na sociedade brasileira na luta por reconhecimento da identidade homossexual n...

  3. Grain Refinement of Deoxidized Copper

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    Balart, María José; Patel, Jayesh B.; Gao, Feng; Fan, Zhongyun

    2016-10-01

    This study reports the current status of grain refinement of copper accompanied in particular by a critical appraisal of grain refinement of phosphorus-deoxidized, high residual P (DHP) copper microalloyed with 150 ppm Ag. Some deviations exist in terms of the growth restriction factor ( Q) framework, on the basis of empirical evidence reported in the literature for grain size measurements of copper with individual additions of 0.05, 0.1, and 0.5 wt pct of Mo, In, Sn, Bi, Sb, Pb, and Se, cast under a protective atmosphere of pure Ar and water quenching. The columnar-to-equiaxed transition (CET) has been observed in copper, with an individual addition of 0.4B and with combined additions of 0.4Zr-0.04P and 0.4Zr-0.04P-0.015Ag and, in a previous study, with combined additions of 0.1Ag-0.069P (in wt pct). CETs in these B- and Zr-treated casts have been ascribed to changes in the morphology and chemistry of particles, concurrently in association with free solute type and availability. No further grain-refining action was observed due to microalloying additions of B, Mg, Ca, Zr, Ti, Mn, In, Fe, and Zn (~0.1 wt pct) with respect to DHP-Cu microalloyed with Ag, and therefore are no longer relevant for the casting conditions studied. The critical microalloying element for grain size control in deoxidized copper and in particular DHP-Cu is Ag.

  4. Grain Refinement of Deoxidized Copper

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    Balart, María José; Patel, Jayesh B.; Gao, Feng; Fan, Zhongyun

    2016-08-01

    This study reports the current status of grain refinement of copper accompanied in particular by a critical appraisal of grain refinement of phosphorus-deoxidized, high residual P (DHP) copper microalloyed with 150 ppm Ag. Some deviations exist in terms of the growth restriction factor (Q) framework, on the basis of empirical evidence reported in the literature for grain size measurements of copper with individual additions of 0.05, 0.1, and 0.5 wt pct of Mo, In, Sn, Bi, Sb, Pb, and Se, cast under a protective atmosphere of pure Ar and water quenching. The columnar-to-equiaxed transition (CET) has been observed in copper, with an individual addition of 0.4B and with combined additions of 0.4Zr-0.04P and 0.4Zr-0.04P-0.015Ag and, in a previous study, with combined additions of 0.1Ag-0.069P (in wt pct). CETs in these B- and Zr-treated casts have been ascribed to changes in the morphology and chemistry of particles, concurrently in association with free solute type and availability. No further grain-refining action was observed due to microalloying additions of B, Mg, Ca, Zr, Ti, Mn, In, Fe, and Zn (~0.1 wt pct) with respect to DHP-Cu microalloyed with Ag, and therefore are no longer relevant for the casting conditions studied. The critical microalloying element for grain size control in deoxidized copper and in particular DHP-Cu is Ag.

  5. On Interaction Refinement in Middleware

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    Truyen, Eddy; Jørgensen, Bo Nørregaard; Joosen, Wouter;

    2000-01-01

    Component framework technology has become the cornerstone of building a family of systems and applications. A component framework defines a generic architecture into which specialized components can be plugged. As such, the component framework leverages the glue that connects the different inserted...... components together. We have examined a reflective technique that improve the dynamics of this gluing process such that interaction between components can be refined at run-time. In this paper, we show how we have used this reflective technique to dynamically integrate into the architecture of middleware...... systems new services that support non-functional aspects such as security, transactions, real-time....

  6. Refining Castelnuovo-Halphen bounds

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    Di Gennaro, Vincenzo

    2011-01-01

    Fix integers $r,d,s,\\pi$ with $r\\geq 4$, $d\\gg s$, $r-1\\leq s \\leq 2r-4$, and $\\pi\\geq 0$. Refining classical results for the genus of a projective curve, we exhibit a sharp upper bound for the arithmetic genus $p_a(C)$ of an integral projective curve $C\\subset {\\mathbb{P}^r}$ of degree $d$, assuming that $C$ is not contained in any surface of degree $ \\pi$. Next we discuss other types of bound for $p_a(C)$, involving conditions on the entire Hilbert polynomial of the integral surfaces on which $C$ may lie.

  7. Woodfuel procurement strategies of district heating plants

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    Woodfuel use in the Swedish district heating sector increased significantly from 1985 to 1999. This study analysed strategies and considerations concerning woodfuel procurement in district heating plants. Priorities and concerns in the industry involved an increased woodfuel share, ambitions to create an environmental image, cost minimisation, awareness about the role of energy policies for fuel choice, improvement of woodfuel quality and the ambition to maintain a competitive woodfuel market with several suppliers. Factor analysis yielded five dimensions in the woodfuel procurement strategies among the district heating companies: (1) increased woodfuel use; (2) import; (3) spot market woodfuel purchases; (4) focus on refined woodfuels; and (5) using price only when deciding whether to use woodfuels or other fuels. Five clusters were defined along the three strategy dimensions (1)-(3). The clusters differed concerning size, experiences from the introduction of woodfuels, perceptions about woodfuels and strategies employed to date. This paper describes different strategies that the district heating companies apply on the woodfuel market. The conclusion is that policies should consider this diversity in procurement strategies, mitigate their negative side-effects and assist to make them cost-effective. (author)

  8. Rotary impeller refinement of 7075Al alloy

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    WANG Liping; GUO Erjun; HUANG Yongchang; LU Bin

    2009-01-01

    The effects of four parameters, gas flow, rotational speed, refining time, and stewing time, on the rotary impeller refinement of 7075 Al were studied. The effects of C2Cl6refining, rotary impeller refuting, and composite refining of 7075 AI alloy were compared with each other. The results showed that the greatest impact parameter of rotary impeller refinement was rotational speed, followed by gas flow, refining time, and stewing time. The optimum purification parameters obtained by orthogonal analysis were as follows: rotor speed of 400 r/min, inert gas flow of 0.4 mL/h, refining time of 15 min, and stewing time of 6 min. The best degassing effect can be obtained by the composite refuting of C2Cl6 and rotary impeller. The degassing rate of C2Cl6 rotary impeller, and composite refining was 34.5%, 69.2%, and 78%, respectively. The mechanical properties of the specimen refined by rotary impeller were higher than those by C2C16 refining, but lower than those by composite refining.

  9. Refined gasoline in the subsurface

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    Geologists today are being called upon not only to find naturally occurring petroleum, but also to help assess and remediate the problem of refined hydrocarbons and other man-made contaminants in the subsurface that may endanger freshwater resources or human health. Petroleum geologists already have many of the skills required and are at ease working with fluid flow in the subsurface. If called for environmental projects, however, they will need to know the language and additional concepts necessary to deal with the hydrogeologic problems. Most releases of refined hydrocarbons and other man-made contaminants occur in the shallow unconfined groundwater environment. This is divided into three zones: the saturated zone, unsaturated zone, and capillary fringe. All three have unique characteristics, and contamination behaves differently in each. Gasoline contamination partitions into four phases in this environment; vapor phase, residual phase, free phase, and dissolved phase. Each has a different degree of mobility in the three subsurface zones. Their direction and rate of movement can be estimated using basic concepts, but geological complexities frequently complicate this issue. 24 refs., 19 figs., 4 tabs

  10. 36 CFR 28.3 - Boundaries: The Community Development District; The Dune District; The Seashore District.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 36 Parks, Forests, and Public Property 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Boundaries: The Community... General Provisions § 28.3 Boundaries: The Community Development District; The Dune District; The Seashore... Community Development District, the Seashore District, and the Dune District. (b) The Community...

  11. Adaptive mesh refinement in titanium

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    Colella, Phillip; Wen, Tong

    2005-01-21

    In this paper, we evaluate Titanium's usability as a high-level parallel programming language through a case study, where we implement a subset of Chombo's functionality in Titanium. Chombo is a software package applying the Adaptive Mesh Refinement methodology to numerical Partial Differential Equations at the production level. In Chombo, the library approach is used to parallel programming (C++ and Fortran, with MPI), whereas Titanium is a Java dialect designed for high-performance scientific computing. The performance of our implementation is studied and compared with that of Chombo in solving Poisson's equation based on two grid configurations from a real application. Also provided are the counts of lines of code from both sides.

  12. SILICON REFINING BY VACUUM TREATMENT

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    André Alexandrino Lotto

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This work aims to investigate the phosphorus removal by vacuum from metallurgical grade silicon (MGSi (98.5% to 99% Si. Melting experiments were carried out in a vacuum induction furnace, varying parameters such as temperature, time and relation area exposed to the vacuum / volume of molten silicon. The results of chemical analysis were obtained by inductively coupled plasma (ICP, and evaluated based on thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of the reaction of vaporization of the phosphorus in the silicon. The phosphorus was decreased from 33 to approximately 1.5 ppm after three hours of vacuum treatment, concluding that the evaporation step is the controlling step of the process for parameters of temperature, pressure and agitation used and refining by this process is technically feasible.

  13. Refining the shallow slip deficit

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    Xu, Xiaohua; Tong, Xiaopeng; Sandwell, David T.; Milliner, Christopher W. D.; Dolan, James F.; Hollingsworth, James; Leprince, Sebastien; Ayoub, Francois

    2016-03-01

    Geodetic slip inversions for three major (Mw > 7) strike-slip earthquakes (1992 Landers, 1999 Hector Mine and 2010 El Mayor-Cucapah) show a 15-60 per cent reduction in slip near the surface (depth SSD). The large magnitude of this deficit has been an enigma since it cannot be explained by shallow creep during the interseismic period or by triggered slip from nearby earthquakes. One potential explanation for the SSD is that the previous geodetic inversions lack data coverage close to surface rupture such that the shallow portions of the slip models are poorly resolved and generally underestimated. In this study, we improve the static coseismic slip inversion for these three earthquakes, especially at shallow depths, by: (1) including data capturing the near-fault deformation from optical imagery and SAR azimuth offsets; (2) refining the interferometric synthetic aperture radar processing with non-boxcar phase filtering, model-dependent range corrections, more complete phase unwrapping by SNAPHU (Statistical Non-linear Approach for Phase Unwrapping) assuming a maximum discontinuity and an on-fault correlation mask; (3) using more detailed, geologically constrained fault geometries and (4) incorporating additional campaign global positioning system (GPS) data. The refined slip models result in much smaller SSDs of 3-19 per cent. We suspect that the remaining minor SSD for these earthquakes likely reflects a combination of our elastic model's inability to fully account for near-surface deformation, which will render our estimates of shallow slip minima, and potentially small amounts of interseismic fault creep or triggered slip, which could `make up' a small percentages of the coseismic SSD during the interseismic period. Our results indicate that it is imperative that slip inversions include accurate measurements of near-fault surface deformation to reliably constrain spatial patterns of slip during major strike-slip earthquakes.

  14. Zone refining of cadmium and related characterization

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    N R Munirathnam; D S Prasad; Ch Sudheer; J V Rao; T L Prakash

    2005-06-01

    We present the zone refining results of cadmium using horizontal resistive zone refiner under constant flow of moisture free hydrogen gas. The boron impurity in cadmium can be avoided using quartz (GE 214 grade) boat in lieu of high pure graphite boat. The analytical results using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICPOES) show that majority of the impurities are less than the detection limits. Comparatively, zinc is the most difficult impurity element to remove in cadmium matrix by zone refining.

  15. Research on Reuse-oriented Similarity Evaluation of BOM Conceptual Model%面向重用的BOM概念模型相似度评估研究

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    彭勇; 龚建兴; 黄柯棣

    2011-01-01

    针对BOM概念模型重用的问题,提出了概念模型相似度用于描述两个概念模型之间的相似程度.并提出相似度评估算法用于计算概念模型之间的相似度.根据概念模型的定义,将相似度的计算归结为名字相似度计算和最优匹配计算两个基本过程.研究了算法中接口权重参数和行为权重参数的不同组合对算法查准率和查全率的影响.通过对JC3IEDM数据模型的测试,表明相似度能够正确反映概念模型的组成元素和结构的相似程度,算法可以正确计算出概念模型之间的相似度.算法在保证100%查全率的基础上,查准率大于75%.%Base Object Model(BOM)is a modeling standard for faci1itating modal composition and reuse.For the paoblem of conceptual model reuse,similarity between two conceptual models was presenteed to describe their similar degree.A similariity evaluation algorithm for computing the similarty between two conceptual models was also presented.According to the definition of conceptual model,similarity evaluation of alsorithm was induced into two basis processes:name similarity computing and optimization,matchins computing.How different combinations interface weighted parameter and behavior weighted parameter of the alorithm to affect the precision and recall was also studied. JC3IEDM was applied as be1nchmark to evaluate the algorithm.The result reveals that the similar degree of elements and strcture between two conceptual models can be represented by their similarity collect.similarity between two models can be compuuted by the algorithm.When the recall of algorithm is 100%,the precision is greater than 75%.

  16. Dobras atectônicas em Crostas Ferruginosas de Pirapora do Bom Jesus-SP e Bacia Terciária de São Paulo

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    Joel Barbujiani Sígolo

    2001-11-01

    Full Text Available São discutidas neste trabalho as hipóteses de gênese tectônica e geoquímica de dobras em crostas ferruginosas na Bacia Terciária de São Paulo situadas na Vila Madalena e em sedimentos correlatos na região de Pirapora do Bom Jesus. Na análise deste problema empregou-se microscopia óptica, micromorfologia de minerais, texturas e estruturas secundárias, análises químicas totais e pontuais em MEV/EDS e análise de minerais pesados. Foram utilizados diagramas deSchimdt-Lambert para análise de parâmetros geométricos, morfológicos e orientações preferenciais das dobras e fraturas, tanto nas crostas como em padrões regionais de rochas encaixantes. As crostas ferruginosas apresentam organização textural, composição química e mineral semelhantes (basicamente hidróxidos de ferro - domínio da goethita - argilas caoliníticas e quartzo, embora encontrem-se encaixadas em litologias diferentes e contextos geológicos distintos. Os diferentes dados obtidos indicam origem das crostas a partir da cimentação por hidróxidos de ferro oriundos do sedimento encaixante. A diferença reside apenas no empobrecimento em Fe2O3 eenriquecimento em SiO2, Al2O3 e elementos alcalinos no sedimento, inverso do observado nas crostas ferruginosas. Comprova-se esta origem por diferentes diagramas geoquímicos discriminativos, exibindo evolução a partir do sedimento encaixante em direção as crostas ferruginosas. Tal evolução deve-se a remobilização e concentração de hidróxidos de ferro, devido a deslocamento descendente do nível hidrostático, acompanhado de ascenção do relevo. Não existem similaridades entre a geometria das dobras nas crostas ferruginosas da região de Pirapora e os padrões de dobras regionais. No entanto, as fraturas observadas devem ter sido originadas por reativação tectônica de sistemas de falhas regionais (Taxaquara, Jundiuvira e Romeiros. Estas fraturas condicionaram o fluxo d’água, permitindo que hidr

  17. Model Checking Linearizability via Refinement

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    Liu, Yang; Chen, Wei; Liu, Yanhong A.; Sun, Jun

    Linearizability is an important correctness criterion for implementations of concurrent objects. Automatic checking of linearizability is challenging because it requires checking that 1) all executions of concurrent operations be serializable, and 2) the serialized executions be correct with respect to the sequential semantics. This paper describes a new method to automatically check linearizability based on refinement relations from abstract specifications to concrete implementations. Our method avoids the often difficult task of determining linearization points in implementations, but can also take advantage of linearization points if they are given. The method exploits model checking of finite state systems specified as concurrent processes with shared variables. Partial order reduction is used to effectively reduce the search space. The approach is built into a toolset that supports a rich set of concurrent operators. The tool has been used to automatically check a variety of implementations of concurrent objects, including the first algorithms for the mailbox problem and scalable NonZero indicators. Our system was able to find all known and injected bugs in these implementations.

  18. Antioxidant Potential of Indigenous Medicinal Plants of District Gujrat Pakistan

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    Mohammad Rafiq Khan; Syed Ali Raza; Mohammad Arshad; Ayoub Rashid Ch; Abdul Razzaq

    2014-01-01

    The work reported in this article was carried out to explore hidden antioxidant potential of some medicinal plants of District Gujrat, Pakistan. Crude methanolic extracts of Cichorium intybus L, Malva sylvestris L, and Euphorbia milii L were initially screened by DPPH on TLC assay for their antioxidant activity. Diphenylpicrylhydrayl (DPPH) free radical scavenging activity was also determined for all plants. To assess the role of plants in lipid oxidation, PV of refined bleached and deodorize...

  19. Refinement Checking on Parametric Modal Transition Systems

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    Benes, Nikola; Kretínsky, Jan; Larsen, Kim Guldstrand;

    2015-01-01

    Modal transition systems (MTS) is a well-studied specification formalism of reactive systems supporting a step-wise refinement methodology. Despite its many advantages, the formalism as well as its currently known extensions are incapable of expressing some practically needed aspects in the refin...

  20. China Becomes Globe's Second Largest Oil Refiner

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    2010-01-01

    @@ China's refining capacity of crude oil reached 477 million tons by the end of last year,ranking the second in the world.CNPC and Sinopec now own 27 percent of the country's oil refineries with a combined refining capacity amounting to 76 percent of the country's total.As the country's biggest oil refiner,Sinopec's refining ability has increased 72.8 percent in the past ten years with a growth rate of 6.3 percent per year,ranking the third in the world,according to statistics released by Sinopec.Meanwhile,China's local oil refining enterprises' total capacity has reached 88 million tons per year.According to Sinopec,China has built 17 ten-million-ton-oil refineries which amount to half of the country's total capacity.

  1. Proceedings 15th International Refinement Workshop

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    Derrick, John; Reeves, Steve; 10.4204/EPTCS.55

    2011-01-01

    Refinement is one of the cornerstones of a formal approach to software engineering: the process of developing a more detailed design or implementation from an abstract specification through a sequence of mathematically-based steps that maintain correctness with respect to the original specification. The aim of this BCS FACS Refinement Workshop, is to bring together people who are interested in the development of more concrete designs or executable programs from abstract specifications using formal notations, tool support for formal software development, and practical experience with formal refinement methodologies. The purpose of the workshop is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, and discussion of common ground and key differences. This 15th workshop continued a 20 year tradition in refinement workshops run under the auspices of the British Computer Society (BCS) FACS special interest group. After the first seven editions had been held in the UK, in 1998 it was combined with the Australasian Refine...

  2. Groundwater Managment Districts

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    Kansas Data Access and Support Center — This dataset outlines the location of the five Groundwater Management Districts in Kansas. GMDs are locally formed and elected boards for regional groundwater...

  3. Allegheny County Council Districts

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    Allegheny County / City of Pittsburgh / Western PA Regional Data Center — This dataset portrays the boundaries of the County Council Districts in Allegheny County. The dataset is based on municipal boundaries and City of Pittsburgh ward...

  4. NM School District Boundaries

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    Earth Data Analysis Center, University of New Mexico — The dataset represents the boundaries of all public school districts in the state of New Mexico. The source for the data layer is the New Mexico Public Education...

  5. NM Property Tax Districts

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    Earth Data Analysis Center, University of New Mexico — This layer represents boundaries for New Mexico tax district "OUT" categories and incorporated/municipal "IN" categories as identified on the "Certificate of Tax...

  6. Grain refinement of AZ31 magnesium alloy by electromagnetic stirring under effect of grain-refiner

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    S Y Gao; Q C Le; Z Q Zhang; J Z Cui

    2012-08-01

    The effects of electromagnetic stirring and Al4C3 grain refiner on the grain refinement of semicontinuously cast AZ31 magnesium alloy were discussed in this investigation. The results indicate that electromagnetic stirring has an effective refining effect on the grain size of AZ31 magnesium alloy under the effect of Al4C3 grain refiner. Electromagnetic stirring can `activate’ the Al4C3 particles, resulting in more heterogeneous nucleation sites for the primary -Mg grains. But, longer holding time can `deactivate’ the Al4C3 particles and poison the grain refining effect.

  7. Características de um grupo de usuários do Programa Saúde da Família na cidade de Campo Bom (RS, Brasil em 2006 Characteristics of Family Health Program users sample in Campo Bom (RS, Brazil during the year of 2006

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    Bárbara Niegia Garcia de Goulart

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo é conhecer as características de uma amostra da população atendida por uma Equipe de Saúde da Família que buscou atendimento em uma unidade de saúde (UBS do município de Campo Bom (RS em 2006. Foram selecionados os primeiros 200 pacientes que consultaram a UBS pesquisada no mês de janeiro de 2006 e já consultavam no serviço.Características pessoais e ligadas à busca por atendimento nos últimos doze meses foram verificadas. Dos sujeitos da amostra, 68% eram do sexo feminino. As crianças representaram 30,5% e 59% dos entrevistados apresentavam ensino fundamental incompleto. A doença crônica como motivo para procura pela UBS ocorreu em 42% dos sujeitos e 17% procuraram o serviço para prevenção primária. As doenças crônicas representaram um percentual alto da amostra e provavelmente estão associadas à busca de atendimento clínico na UBS em virtude dos sintomas e complicações decorrentes destas. Este dado demonstra a necessidade de investimentos na prevenção de incapacidades e/ou complicações e prevenção da instalação de doenças crônicas preveníveis. A partir do conhecimento mais detalhado do perfil dos usuários do serviço de saúde estudado, a equipe de saúde pode promover uma atuação mais efetiva.This study aims to describe the characteristics of Family Health Program (FHP users sample in a Basic Health Unit (BHU in Campo Bom, southern of Brazil. Based on data collected from the handbook of the first 200 patients attended in a specific BHU in January 2006, we analyzed sex, age, average number of medical and nursing consultations in the last twelve months and the reasons for requiring a BHU attendance. In this sample, 68% were female. Children represented 30.5% of the sample and 35.5% of the patients self-declared as married. In addition to that, 59% had not finished basic school. Almost half (42% of the citizens presented some chronic disease as a complaint to go to a BUH and 17

  8. Oil Refining Giants to Cut Output

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    Zhang Dingmin

    2002-01-01

    @@ China's refined oil product output rose slightly in the first five months of this year on strong demand,but the two biggest domestic producers plan to cut production rates in an attempt to bolster the sluggish price.

  9. Progressive refinement for robust image registration

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    Li Song; Yuanhua Zhou; Jun Zhou

    2005-01-01

    @@ A new image registration algorithm with robust cost function and progressive refinement estimation is developed on the basis of direct method (DM). The robustness lies in M-estimation to avert larger local noise and outliers.

  10. Refining processes of selected copper alloys

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    S. Rzadkosz; Kranz, M; P. Nowicki; M. Piekos

    2009-01-01

    The analysis of the refining effectiveness of the liquid copper and selected copper alloys by various micro additions and special refiningsubstances – was performed. Examinations of an influence of purifying, modifying and deoxidation operations performed in a metal bath on the properties of certain selected alloys based on copper matrix - were made. Refining substances, protecting-purifying slag, deoxidation and modifying substances containing micro additions of such elements as: zirconium, ...

  11. Quadratic Interval Refinement for Real Roots

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    Abbott, John

    2012-01-01

    We present a new algorithm for refining a real interval containing a single real root: the new method combines characteristics of the classical Bisection algorithm and Newton's Iteration. Our method exhibits quadratic convergence when refining isolating intervals of simple roots of polynomials (and other well-behaved functions). We assume the use of arbitrary precision rational arithmetic. Unlike Newton's Iteration our method does not need to evaluate the derivative.

  12. Can Europe retain its domestic refining industry?

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    The difficulties faced by Petroplus, an independent European refiner, at the very beginning of 2012 have generated an increased visibility on the tough situation of the European refining industry. Since January 2012, closer attention is given by the Commission, Member States and the media to the industry's situation. EUROPIA, representing the European refining and marketing industry, had already regularly highlighted the growing challenges faced by the industry in Europe and stressed these in its 'White Paper on EU Refining' (May 2010) and in its '2011 Contribution to EU Energy Pathways to 2050' (June 2011). The present situation is a dramatic proof if need be that this industry needs increased attention and that the Council, Commission and European Parliament have to act and review the impact of existing legislation- as well as legislation under preparation - in that context. Without any reaction, the questions will shift from what the EU can do to: Which are the most reliable trade partners to depend on for refined products imports?; Why is Europe's industrial fabric less and less competitive?; How will the EU address the gross value added loss generated by the refining industry and the jobs related to the sector?.

  13. Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Districts - MDC_CommunityDevelopmentDistrict

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — Community Development Districts (CDDs) are special taxing districts or local units of special-purpose government. A CDD may charge separate non-ad valorem special...

  14. Election Districts and Precincts, Voter districts, Published in 2006, Freelance.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Election Districts and Precincts dataset, was produced all or in part from Hardcopy Maps information as of 2006. It is described as 'Voter districts'. Data by...

  15. School Districts, School districts-Middle, Published in 2002, Freelance.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This School Districts dataset, was produced all or in part from Hardcopy Maps information as of 2002. It is described as 'School districts-Middle'. Data by this...

  16. Special Taxing Districts, TIF districts, Published in 2006, Freelance.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Special Taxing Districts dataset, was produced all or in part from Published Reports/Deeds information as of 2006. It is described as 'TIF districts'. Data by...

  17. Some Strategies for the Refinement of Disordered Structures with the SHELXL-97 Refinement Program

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    Ng Seik Weng

    2005-01-01

    Examples of the refinement of disordered structures taken from work published in Acta Crystallographica are presented together with explanations on how the disordered structures are dealt with. The constraint and restraint commands in the SHELXL-97 refinement program that are specific to the particular type of disorder are described. Some ways to divine the hydrogen atoms on water are given in detail. The refinements of the Flack parameters and twinned structures are briefly discussed.

  18. New Mexico State Forestry Districts

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    Earth Data Analysis Center, University of New Mexico — This dataset contains boundaries of the New Mexico Forestry Districts, plus the names of the district offices. It is in a vector digital structure digitized from a...

  19. State Highway District Boundaries - 2004

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    Earth Data Analysis Center, University of New Mexico — This data represents the NM Department of Transportation District boundaries as legislatively defined (i.e. these are not maintenance defined districts).

  20. Unified School Districts, Census 2000

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    Earth Data Analysis Center, University of New Mexico — The New Mexico 2000 Unified School Districts layer was derived from the TIGER Line files from the US Census Bureau. The districts are clipped to the state...

  1. Amianto, perigo e invisibilidade: percepção de riscos ambientais e à saúde de moradores do município de Bom Jesus da Serra/Bahia Asbestos, danger and invisibility: perception of environmental risks and health of the residents of Bom Jesus da Serra/ Bahia state

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    Marcela de Abreu Moniz

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Na sociedade atual, tornou-se importante o fato de conhecer como as populações expostas ambientalmente formulam e respondem aos riscos químicos tecnológicos. Este estudo objetivou analisar a percepção de riscos ambientais e à saúde de moradores do município de Bom Jesus da Serra/BA, que se apresenta como uma área especialmente envolvida pela exposição ambiental ao amianto no Brasil. Foram aplicados questionários mistos com moradores usuários de duas estratégias de saúde da família desse município. Os sujeitos do estudo foram selecionados conforme as seguintes características: faixas etárias específicas- uma de 20 a 35 anos e outra a partir de 60 anos; gênero; tempo e local de moradia. A amostra intencional alcançada foi de 83 sujeitos. Os resultados mostraram que predominou a preocupação sobre a contaminação do ar pela poeira, mas houve negação dos riscos ambientais relacionados ao amianto. No que se refere aos riscos à saúde, também ocorreu invisibilidade pela maioria dos informantes sobre a maior chance de se ter câncer e doenças pulmonares para quem resida nesse município, principalmente para o grupo de moradores próximo à mina e de ex-trabalhadores idosos.It is important for society as a whole to know how environmentally exposed populations understand and respond to technological chemical risks. This study aimed to analyze the perception of environmental risks and health of the residents of BJS/BA, which is an area especially subjected to environmental exposure to asbestos in Brazil. Mixed questionnaires were used on residents who attend the "Family Health Program" of this city. The subjects of the study were selected according to the following characteristics: specific age groups - one group from 20 to 35 and the other group over 60; sex; length of time and location of dwelling. The intentional sample reached comprised 83 individuals. The results showed that there was general concern about contamination

  2. Districts Tackling Meal Debt

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    Shah, Nirvi

    2012-01-01

    School districts have resorted to hiring debt collectors, employing constables, and swapping out standard meals for scaled-back versions to try to coerce parents to pay off school lunch debt that, in recent years, appears to have surged as the result of a faltering economy and better record-keeping. While the average school lunch costs just about…

  3. Refinement of an Organizational Skills Intervention for Adolescents with ADHD for Implementation by School Mental Health Providers

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    Langberg, Joshua M.; Vaughn, Aaron J.; Williamson, Pamela; Epstein, Jeffery N.; Girio-Herrera, Erin; Becker, Stephen P.

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to modify, test, and refine the Homework, Organization, and Planning Skills (HOPS) intervention for adolescents with ADHD for use by school mental health (SMH) providers. Ten SMH providers from three school districts implemented the HOPS intervention with 11 middle school students with ADHD. Parent and teacher ratings of materials organization and homework management were collected pre- and post-intervention and treatment fidelity was assessed. SMH providers and t...

  4. Number systems, α-splines and refinement

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    Zube, Severinas

    2004-12-01

    This paper is concerned with the smooth refinable function on a plane relative with complex scaling factor . Characteristic functions of certain self-affine tiles related to a given scaling factor are the simplest examples of such refinable function. We study the smooth refinable functions obtained by a convolution power of such charactericstic functions. Dahlke, Dahmen, and Latour obtained some explicit estimates for the smoothness of the resulting convolution products. In the case α=1+i, we prove better results. We introduce α-splines in two variables which are the linear combination of shifted basic functions. We derive basic properties of α-splines and proceed with a detailed presentation of refinement methods. We illustrate the application of α-splines to subdivision with several examples. It turns out that α-splines produce well-known subdivision algorithms which are based on box splines: Doo-Sabin, Catmull-Clark, Loop, Midedge and some -subdivision schemes with good continuity. The main geometric ingredient in the definition of α-splines is the fundamental domain (a fractal set or a self-affine tile). The properties of the fractal obtained in number theory are important and necessary in order to determine two basic properties of α-splines: partition of unity and the refinement equation.

  5. The evolution of oil refining in Europe

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    Reid, A. [CONCAWE, Brussels (Belgium)

    2013-04-01

    Back in 1963 when CONCAWE was founded, the world looked very different from what it is today, and so did the global and European refining industry. Oil product markets were expanding fast and new refineries were being built at a steady rate. The oil crisis of the 1970s brought an abrupt end to this, heralding a long era of consolidation and stepwise adaptation. At the same time the nature of the global oil business shifted from fully integrated companies producing, transporting and refining their own oil to a much more diversified situation where oil production ('upstream') and refining/distribution ('downstream') gradually became two essentially separate businesses. From being purely a 'cost centre' in an integrated chain, refining has become a separate activity in its own right, operating as a 'profit centre' between two global markets - crude oil and products - which, although not entirely independent, have their own dynamics and influences. In addition demand gradually shifted towards lighter products while the quality requirements on all products were considerably tightened. This article explores the new challenges that these changes have imposed on EU refiners, and describes CONCAWE's contributions to understanding their impact on refinery production and investments.

  6. Comprehensive Conservation Plan: Huron Wetland Management District, Madison Wetland Management District, Sand Lake Wetland Management District

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) was written to guide management on Huron Wetland Management District, Madison Wetland Management District, and Sand Lake...

  7. O “bom professor”: opinião dos estudantes El “buen profesor”: opinión de los estudiantes The “good teacher”: students’ opinions

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    Maria Clara Amado Apóstolo Ventura

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Num processo de ensino/aprendizagem centrado no estudante e numa perspetiva de melhoria contínua e de crescer com qualidade e relevância, o Conselho para a Qualidade e Avaliação da Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Coimbra entendeu ser pertinente conhecer a opinião dos estudantes sobre o perfil de um ‘Bom Professor’. Neste contexto, desenvolveu um estudo tendo como objetivo identificar a opinião dos estudantes acerca das características de um ‘Bom Professor’. Trata-se de um estudo qualitativo, utilizando um questionário autopreenchido, com uma questão aberta “o que considera ser um Bom Professor”, e a identificação do curso. A amostra é constituída por 174 e 52 estudantes dos Cursos de Licenciatura e Pós-Licenciatura de Especialização em Enfermagem, respetivamente. Do conjunto de indicadores de um “Bom professor” emerge o domínio dos conteúdos da disciplina que leciona, a capacidade de cativar e motivar, de desenvolver uma boa relação com os estudantes, ser disponível e acessível, compreensivo e tolerante, de relacionar a teoria com a prática, sendo exigente, assíduo e pontual.En el proceso de enseñanza/aprendizaje centrado en el estudiante desde un enfoque de mejora continua y de crecimiento con calidad y relevancia, el Consejo de Calidad y Evaluación de la Escuela de Enfermería de Coímbra consideró pertinente conocer la opinión de los estudiantes acerca del perfil del “buen profesor”. En este contexto, se desarrolló un estudio con el objetivo de identificar la opinión de los estudiantes acerca de las características que lo distinguen. Se trata de un estudio cualitativo, mediante cuestionario auto administrado con una pregunta abierta “lo que consideras que sea un buen profesor” y la identificación del curso. La muestra consta de 174 estudiantes de grado y 52 de especialización y posgrado en Enfermería. Del conjunto de indicadores de un “buen profesor”, resalta: el dominio de los

  8. Quantum Algebraic Approach to Refined Topological Vertex

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    Awata, H; Shiraishi, J

    2011-01-01

    We establish the equivalence between the refined topological vertex of Iqbal-Kozcaz-Vafa and a certain representation theory of the quantum algebra of type W_{1+infty} introduced by Miki. Our construction involves trivalent intertwining operators Phi and Phi^* associated with triples of the bosonic Fock modules. Resembling the topological vertex, a triple of vectors in Z^2 is attached to each intertwining operator, which satisfy the Calabi-Yau and smoothness conditions. It is shown that certain matrix elements of Phi and Phi^* give the refined topological vertex C_{lambda mu nu}(t,q) of Iqbal-Kozcaz-Vafa. With another choice of basis, we recover the refined topological vertex C_{lambda mu}^nu(q,t) of Awata-Kanno. The gluing factors appears correctly when we consider any compositions of Phi and Phi^*. The spectral parameters attached to Fock spaces play the role of the K"ahler parameters.

  9. Refining Animal Models to Enhance Animal Welfare

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    Patricia V.Turner

    2012-01-01

    The use of animals in research will be necessary for scientific advances in the basic and biomedical sciences for the foreseeable future.As we learn more about the ability of animals to experience pain,suffering,and distress,and particularly for mammals,it becomes the responsibility of scientists,institutions,animal caregivers,and veterinarians to seek ways to improve the lives of research animals and refine their care and use.Refinement is one of the three R's emphasized by Russell and Burch,and refers to modification of procedures to minimise the potential for pain,suffering and distress. It may also refer to procedures used to enhance animal comfort. This paper summarizes considerations for refinements in research animal.

  10. Mineralogia e geoquímica de perfis de solo com Terra Preta Arqueológica de Bom Jesus do Tocantins, sudeste da Amazônia Mineralogy and geochemistry of soil profiles with Archeological Black Earth from Bom Jesus do Tocantins, southeastern Amazon

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    Any Kelly Terra da Silva

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A comparação de dados morfológicos, mineralógicos e químicos de solo com horizontes antrópicos - Terra Preta Arqueológica (TPA com Argissolos adjacentes permitiu identificar os principais processos responsáveis pela formação da TPA em um sítio arqueológico no Município de Bom Jesus do Tocantins, sudeste do Estado do Pará. A similaridade entre os dados dos horizontes subsuperficiais do solo com TPA e solos adjacentes indica que o horizonte antrópico do solo TPA foi provavelmente desenvolvido a partir de um horizonte similar aos Argissolos adjacentes com posterior transformação pedogenética através da introdução de materiais orgânicos e inorgânicos por antigas colonizações humanas, resultando no espessamento do horizonte superficial e em concentrações maiores de CaO e P2O5 (teores totais, Zn (teor traço, P e Zn disponível (teores disponíveis, além de Ca e Mg trocáveis (teores trocáveis em relação aos Argissolos adjacentes. Além disso, essa intervenção antrópica antiga também provocou modificações no horizonte subsuperficial do Argissolo com TPA, como concentrações altas de P2O5 e principalmente P disponível. O Soil Taxonomy e o Sistema Brasileiro de Classificação de Solos (SiBCS são adequados para a identificação de solo com horizonte antrópico (p.exe. TPA, uma vez que priorizam nas ordens do solo os principais processos pedogenéticos atuantes na formação do solo, relacionados aos horizontes subsuperficiais, além das transformações pedogenéticas posteriores no horizonte superficial. Contudo, este trabalho recomenda o acréscimo de alguns atributos diagnósticos como quantidade de artefatos cerâmicos e líticos, P2O5, P e Zn disponíveis, C orgânico, Ca2++ Mg2+ (teores trocáveis, CTC e índice de saturação por bases no horizonte superficial para o agrupamento e distinção dos diversos tipos de solos antrópicos antigos da Amazônia.The comparison of morphological, mineralogical and

  11. VII international district heating conference

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    The proceedings of the 7th International District Heating Conference contain the full texts of the 89 presented papers of which 11 fall under the INIS Subject Scope. The conference met in seven sessions and dealt with the following problem areas: design and optimization of systems of district heating, integration of the power system and the district heating systems, cooperation of nuclear and fossil burning sources in district heating systems, the use of specific nuclear power plants for heating purposes, questions of the control of systems of district heating, the development of components of heating networks, the reliability and design of heat supply pipes. (Z.M.)

  12. Discurso e representação nas novelas Amor e Revolução e Sangue Bom http://dx.doi.org/10.15601/1983-7631/rt.v7n13p105-117

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    José Aparecido

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: Este artigo analisa a temática homoafetiva na representação e discurso dos personagens homossexuais das novelas Amor e Revolução, exibida pelo SBT, e Sangue Bom, exibida pela Rede Globo, à luz da perspectiva teórica da Análise do Discurso. Percebem-se inovações discursivas na teledramaturgia brasileira como integrante de um amplo processo na sociedade brasileira na luta por reconhecimento da identidade homossexual nos últimos anos. Os resultados demonstram não apenas uma mudança no padrão de representação dos personagens homossexuais, mas também a participação da ficção televisiva e sua apropriação dos espaços que partilham a luta dos movimentos que reclamam aceitação da identidade homossexual.Palavras-chave: telenovela; homoafetividade; análise de discurso.  Abstract: This article analyses homo-affection theme in the representation and discourse of homosexual personages in the novels Amor e Revolução, broadcasted on the SBT Television and Sangue Bom broadcasted on the Rede Globo,  in the light of the theoretical perspective of the Discourse Analysis. It is noticed the discussion innovations on the Brazilian novel as part of a broad process in the Brazilian society in its fight for homosexual identity recognition in the last years. The results demonstrate not only a change in the representation pattern of homosexual personages, but also the role of television fiction and its appropriation of places that share the movement fight which claim acceptance of the homosexual identity. Key words: Television novel; homo-affection; discourse analysis.

  13. Automata Learning through Counterexample Guided Abstraction Refinement

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    Aarts, Fides; Heidarian, Faranak; Kuppens, Harco;

    2012-01-01

    Abstraction is the key when learning behavioral models of realistic systems. Hence, in most practical applications where automata learning is used to construct models of software components, researchers manually define abstractions which, depending on the history, map a large set of concrete events...... are allowed. Our approach uses counterexample-guided abstraction refinement: whenever the current abstraction is too coarse and induces nondeterministic behavior, the abstraction is refined automatically. Using Tomte, a prototype tool implementing our algorithm, we have succeeded to learn – fully...

  14. Refining - Panorama 2008; Raffinage - Panorama 2008

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    2008-07-01

    Investment rallied in 2007, and many distillation and conversion projects likely to reach the industrial stage were announced. With economic growth sustained in 2006 and still pronounced in 2007, oil demand remained strong - especially in emerging countries - and refining margins stayed high. Despite these favorable business conditions, tensions persisted in the refining sector, which has fallen far behind in terms of investing in refinery capacity. It will take renewed efforts over a long period to catch up. Looking at recent events that have affected the economy in many countries (e.g. the sub-prime crisis), prudence remains advisable.

  15. Adaptive Mesh Refinement for Storm Surge

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    Mandli, Kyle T

    2014-01-01

    An approach to utilizing adaptive mesh refinement algorithms for storm surge modeling is proposed. Currently numerical models exist that can resolve the details of coastal regions but are often too costly to be run in an ensemble forecasting framework without significant computing resources. The application of adaptive mesh refinement algorithms substantially lowers the computational cost of a storm surge model run while retaining much of the desired coastal resolution. The approach presented is implemented in the \\geoclaw framework and compared to \\adcirc for Hurricane Ike along with observed tide gauge data and the computational cost of each model run.

  16. Relativistic MHD with Adaptive Mesh Refinement

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    Anderson, M; Liebling, S L; Neilsen, D; Anderson, Matthew; Hirschmann, Eric; Liebling, Steven L.; Neilsen, David

    2006-01-01

    We solve the relativistic magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) equations using a finite difference Convex ENO method (CENO) in 3+1 dimensions within a distributed parallel adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) infrastructure. In flat space we examine a Balsara blast wave problem along with a spherical blast wave and a relativistic rotor test both with unigrid and AMR simulations. The AMR simulations substantially improve performance while reproducing the resolution equivalent unigrid simulation results. We also investigate the impact of hyperbolic divergence cleaning for the spherical blast wave and relativistic rotor. We include unigrid and mesh refinement parallel performance measurements for the spherical blast wave.

  17. Contextual Distance Refining for Image Retrieval

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    Islam, Almasri

    2014-09-16

    Recently, a number of methods have been proposed to improve image retrieval accuracy by capturing context information. These methods try to compensate for the fact that a visually less similar image might be more relevant because it depicts the same object. We propose a new quick method for refining any pairwise distance metric, it works by iteratively discovering the object in the image from the most similar images, and then refine the distance metric accordingly. Test show that our technique improves over the state of art in terms of accuracy over the MPEG7 dataset.

  18. Using supercritical fluids to refine hydrocarbons

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    Yarbro, Stephen Lee

    2015-06-09

    A system and method for reactively refining hydrocarbons, such as heavy oils with API gravities of less than 20 degrees and bitumen-like hydrocarbons with viscosities greater than 1000 cp at standard temperature and pressure, using a selected fluid at supercritical conditions. A reaction portion of the system and method delivers lightweight, volatile hydrocarbons to an associated contacting unit which operates in mixed subcritical/supercritical or supercritical modes. Using thermal diffusion, multiphase contact, or a momentum generating pressure gradient, the contacting unit separates the reaction products into portions that are viable for use or sale without further conventional refining and hydro-processing techniques.

  19. Grid refinement for entropic lattice Boltzmann models

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    Dorschner, B; Chikatamarla, S S; Karlin, I V

    2016-01-01

    We propose a novel multi-domain grid refinement technique with extensions to entropic incompressible, thermal and compressible lattice Boltzmann models. Its validity and accuracy are accessed by comparison to available direct numerical simulation and experiment for the simulation of isothermal, thermal and viscous supersonic flow. In particular, we investigate the advantages of grid refinement for the set-ups of turbulent channel flow, flow past a sphere, Rayleigh-Benard convection as well as the supersonic flow around an airfoil. Special attention is payed to analyzing the adaptive features of entropic lattice Boltzmann models for multi-grid simulations.

  20. Adaptive mesh refinement for storm surge

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    Mandli, Kyle T.

    2014-03-01

    An approach to utilizing adaptive mesh refinement algorithms for storm surge modeling is proposed. Currently numerical models exist that can resolve the details of coastal regions but are often too costly to be run in an ensemble forecasting framework without significant computing resources. The application of adaptive mesh refinement algorithms substantially lowers the computational cost of a storm surge model run while retaining much of the desired coastal resolution. The approach presented is implemented in the GeoClaw framework and compared to ADCIRC for Hurricane Ike along with observed tide gauge data and the computational cost of each model run. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

  1. Refined Topological Strings and Toric Calabi-Yau Threefolds

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    Iqbal, Amer

    2012-01-01

    The refined topological vertex formulation computes the refined topological string partition function for non-compact toric Calabi-Yau threefolds which engineer N=2 supersymmetric gauge theories. For geometries such as the local P^2, which do not give rise to gauge theories, the refined topological vertex alone is not sufficient for directly calculating the refined amplitudes. In this paper, we extend the refined topological vertex formalism and propose a complementary new vertex which, together with the refined topological vertex, determines the refined amplitudes for all toric Calabi-Yau threefolds.

  2. POLY-SCALE REFINABLE FUNCTION AND THEIR PROPERTIES

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    YANG Shou-zhi

    2006-01-01

    Poly-scale refinable function with dilation factor a is introduced. The existence of solution of poly-scale refinable equation is investigated. Specially, necessary and sufficient conditions for the orthonormality of solution function φ of poly-scale refinable equation with integer dilation factor a are established. Some properties of poly-scale refinable function are discussed. Several examples illustrating how to use the method to construct poly-scale refinable function are given.

  3. District-Level Perspective on Innovative Approaches in Performance Appraisal: Integration and Refinement.

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    Gray, Patrick

    The Dade County (Florida) Public School System is replacing its Teacher Assessment and Development System (TADS), initiated in 1982, with systems that draw on recent research, link teaching skills to school improvement, and recognize and reward advanced pedagogy. The comprehensive approach will integrate subordinate and peer assessment through a…

  4. Districting and Government Overspending

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    Reza Baqir

    2001-01-01

    The common-pool problem is a central issue in the relationship between the political structure of jurisdictions and the size of public spending. Models predict that, other things being equal, greater political districting of a jurisdiction raises the scale of government. This paper presents new evidence on this and related predictions from a cross-section of city governments in the United States. The main finding is that one additional legislator is associated, on average, with 3 percent larg...

  5. Structural refinement and coarsening in deformed metals

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    Hansen, N.; Huang, X.; Xing, Q.

    2005-01-01

    The microstructural refinement by plastic deformation is analysed in terms of key parameters, the spacing between and the misorientation angle across the boundaries subdividing the structure. Coarsening of such structures by annealing is also characterised. For both deformed and annealed structur...

  6. Extended query refinement for medical image retrieval.

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    Deserno, Thomas M; Güld, Mark O; Plodowski, Bartosz; Spitzer, Klaus; Wein, Berthold B; Schubert, Henning; Ney, Hermann; Seidl, Thomas

    2008-09-01

    The impact of image pattern recognition on accessing large databases of medical images has recently been explored, and content-based image retrieval (CBIR) in medical applications (IRMA) is researched. At the present, however, the impact of image retrieval on diagnosis is limited, and practical applications are scarce. One reason is the lack of suitable mechanisms for query refinement, in particular, the ability to (1) restore previous session states, (2) combine individual queries by Boolean operators, and (3) provide continuous-valued query refinement. This paper presents a powerful user interface for CBIR that provides all three mechanisms for extended query refinement. The various mechanisms of man-machine interaction during a retrieval session are grouped into four classes: (1) output modules, (2) parameter modules, (3) transaction modules, and (4) process modules, all of which are controlled by a detailed query logging. The query logging is linked to a relational database. Nested loops for interaction provide a maximum of flexibility within a minimum of complexity, as the entire data flow is still controlled within a single Web page. Our approach is implemented to support various modalities, orientations, and body regions using global features that model gray scale, texture, structure, and global shape characteristics. The resulting extended query refinement has a significant impact for medical CBIR applications. PMID:17497197

  7. SOME REFINEMENTS OF ENESTROM-KAKEYA THEOREM

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    A.Aziz; B.A.Zargar

    2007-01-01

    In this paper we present certain interesting refinements of a well-known Enestrom-Kakeya theorem in the theory of distribution of zeros of polynomials which among other things also improve upon some results of Aziz and Mohammad, Govil and Rehman and others.

  8. Energy Bandwidth for Petroleum Refining Processes

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    none,

    2006-10-01

    The petroleum refining energy bandwidth report analyzes the most energy-intensive unit operations used in U.S. refineries: crude oil distillation, fluid catalytic cracking, catalytic hydrotreating, catalytic reforming, and alkylation. The "bandwidth" provides a snapshot of the energy losses that can potentially be recovered through best practices and technology R&D.

  9. Refinement from a control problem to program

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    Schenke, Michael; Ravn, Anders P.

    1996-01-01

    The distinguishing feature of the presented refinement approach is that it links formalisms from a top level requirements notation down to programs together in a mathematically coherent development trajectory. The approach uses Duration Calculus, a real-time interval logic, to specifyrequirements...

  10. Robust Refinement as Implemented in TOPAS

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    Stone, K.; Stephens, P

    2010-01-01

    A robust refinement procedure is implemented in the program TOPAS through an iterative reweighting of the data. Examples are given of the procedure as applied to fitting partially overlapped peaks by full and partial models and also of the structures of ibuprofen and acetaminophen in the presence of unmodeled impurity contributions

  11. Satellite SAR geocoding with refined RPC model

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    Zhang, Lu; Balz, Timo; Liao, Mingsheng

    2012-04-01

    Recent studies have proved that the Rational Polynomial Camera (RPC) model is able to act as a reliable replacement of the rigorous Range-Doppler (RD) model for the geometric processing of satellite SAR datasets. But its capability in absolute geolocation of SAR images has not been evaluated quantitatively. Therefore, in this article the problems of error analysis and refinement of SAR RPC model are primarily investigated to improve the absolute accuracy of SAR geolocation. Range propagation delay and azimuth timing error are identified as two major error sources for SAR geolocation. An approach based on SAR image simulation and real-to-simulated image matching is developed to estimate and correct these two errors. Afterwards a refined RPC model can be built from the error-corrected RD model and then used in satellite SAR geocoding. Three experiments with different settings are designed and conducted to comprehensively evaluate the accuracies of SAR geolocation with both ordinary and refined RPC models. All the experimental results demonstrate that with RPC model refinement the absolute location accuracies of geocoded SAR images can be improved significantly, particularly in Easting direction. In another experiment the computation efficiencies of SAR geocoding with both RD and RPC models are compared quantitatively. The results show that by using the RPC model such efficiency can be remarkably improved by at least 16 times. In addition the problem of DEM data selection for SAR image simulation in RPC model refinement is studied by a comparative experiment. The results reveal that the best choice should be using the proper DEM datasets of spatial resolution comparable to that of the SAR images.

  12. Government Districts, Other - MDC_CommissionDistrict2001

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — Polygon feature class representing the Redistricting Commission Plan 11-15, adopted November 15, 2001. This Commission District Boundary layer becomes effective...

  13. Districts, spillovers, and government overspending

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    Baqir, Reza

    1999-01-01

    The author considers the overspending bias in legislatures when the benefits of public policies are concentrated in particular districts but the costs of financing them are spread over the entire political jurisdiction. He formalizes this idea in a simple theoretic framework, in the context of externalities between districts. His main prediction is that greater districting leads to bigger government, but the effects are mitigated if there are positive spillovers of government spending between...

  14. GalaxyRefineComplex: Refinement of protein-protein complex model structures driven by interface repacking.

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    Heo, Lim; Lee, Hasup; Seok, Chaok

    2016-01-01

    Protein-protein docking methods have been widely used to gain an atomic-level understanding of protein interactions. However, docking methods that employ low-resolution energy functions are popular because of computational efficiency. Low-resolution docking tends to generate protein complex structures that are not fully optimized. GalaxyRefineComplex takes such low-resolution docking structures and refines them to improve model accuracy in terms of both interface contact and inter-protein orientation. This refinement method allows flexibility at the protein interface and in the overall docking structure to capture conformational changes that occur upon binding. Symmetric refinement is also provided for symmetric homo-complexes. This method was validated by refining models produced by available docking programs, including ZDOCK and M-ZDOCK, and was successfully applied to CAPRI targets in a blind fashion. An example of using the refinement method with an existing docking method for ligand binding mode prediction of a drug target is also presented. A web server that implements the method is freely available at http://galaxy.seoklab.org/refinecomplex. PMID:27535582

  15. Minneapolis district-heating options

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    Stovall, T. K.; Borkowski, R. J.; Karnitz, M. A.; Strom, S.; Linwick, K.

    1981-10-01

    The feasibility of a large-scale district heating system for the Minneapolis central city area was investigated. The analysis was based on a previous city of St. Paul Hot-water district heating study and other studies done by a Swedish engineering firm. Capital costs such as building and heat source conversion, pipeline construction, and equipment were used in comparing the projected expenses of various district heating scenarios. Options such as coal, refuse-derived fuel burning, and cogeneration at the Riverside Power Station were discussed as energy supplies for a cost-effective district heating system.

  16. Cleaning Data with OpenRefine

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    Seth van Hooland

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Duplicate records, empty values and inconsistent formats are phenomena we should be prepared to deal with when using historical data sets. This lesson will teach you how to discover inconsistencies in data contained within a spreadsheet or a database. As we increasingly share, aggregate and reuse data on the web, historians will need to respond to data quality issues which inevitably pop up. Using a program called OpenRefine, you will be able to easily identify systematic errors such as blank cells, duplicates, spelling inconsistencies, etc. OpenRefine not only allows you to quickly diagnose the accuracy of your data, but also to act upon certain errors in an automated manner.

  17. Advances in uranium refining and conversion

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    One of the most important steps in the nuclear fuel cycle is the uranium refining and conversion which goes from the yellow cake to three different products: uranium dioxide, natural metallic uranium and uranium hexafluoride. The total volume of this industry, at the present time, is nearly of 40,000 t U per year and at the end of the present century it would have reached the 60,000 t U per year. The refining and conversion of reprocessed uranium that can be extracted by treating irradiated fuel become equally important for recycling recovered fuel. In response to the growing interest in these topics, the IAEA convened a Technical Committee Meeting with the attendance of 37 experts from 21 countries. This technical document contains the 20 papers presented during the meeting. A separate abstract was prepared for each of these papers

  18. European refiners re-adjust margins strategy

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    Gonzalez, R.G. [ed.

    1996-05-01

    Refiners in Europe are adjusting operating strategies to reflect the volatilities of tight operating margins. From the unexpected availability of quality crudes (e.g., Brent, 0.3% sulfur), to the role of government in refinery planning, the European refining industry is positioning itself to reverse the past few years of steadily declining profitability. Unlike expected increases in US gasoline demand, European gasoline consumption is not expected to increase, and heavy fuel oil consumption is also declining. However, diesel fuel consumption is expected to increase, even though diesel processing capacity has recently decreased (i.e., more imports). Some of the possible strategies that Europeans may adapt to improve margins and reduce volatility include: Increase conversion capacity to supply growing demand for middle distillates and LPG; alleviate refinery cash flow problems with alliances; and direct discretionary investment toward retail merchandising (unless there is a clear trend toward a widening of the sweet-sour crude price differential).

  19. Adaptive Mesh Refinement for Characteristic Grids

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    Thornburg, Jonathan

    2009-01-01

    I consider techniques for Berger-Oliger adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) when numerically solving partial differential equations with wave-like solutions, using characteristic (double-null) grids. Such AMR algorithms are naturally recursive, and the best-known past Berger-Oliger characteristic AMR algorithm, that of Pretorius & Lehner (J. Comp. Phys. 198 (2004), 10), recurses on individual "diamond" characteristic grid cells. This leads to the use of fine-grained memory management, with individual grid cells kept in 2-dimensional linked lists at each refinement level. This complicates the implementation and adds overhead in both space and time. Here I describe a Berger-Oliger characteristic AMR algorithm which instead recurses on null \\emph{slices}. This algorithm is very similar to the usual Cauchy Berger-Oliger algorithm, and uses relatively coarse-grained memory management, allowing entire null slices to be stored stored in contiguous arrays in memory. The algorithm is very efficient in both space and ti...

  20. Computing Refined Buneman Trees in Cubic Time

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    Brodal, G.S.; Fagerberg, R.; Östlin, A.;

    2003-01-01

    proposed edge. The currently best algorithm for computing the refined Buneman tree from a given distance measure has a running time of O(n 5) and a space consumption of O(n 4). In this paper, we present an algorithm with running time O(n 3) and space consumption O(n 2). The improved complexity of our......Reconstructing the evolutionary tree for a set of n species based on pairwise distances between the species is a fundamental problem in bioinformatics. Neighbor joining is a popular distance based tree reconstruction method. It always proposes fully resolved binary trees despite missing evidence...... in the underlying distance data. Distance based methods based on the theory of Buneman trees and refined Buneman trees avoid this problem by only proposing evolutionary trees whose edges satisfy a number of constraints. These trees might not be fully resolved but there is strong combinatorial evidence for each...

  1. REFINEMENTS OF THE FAN-TODD'S INEQUALITIES

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    庄国基

    2002-01-01

    Refinements to inequalities oninner product spaces are presented. In this respect, inequalities dealt with in this paper are: Cauchy's inequality, Bessel's inequality, Fan-Todd's inequality and Fan-Todd's determinantal inequality. In each case, a strictly increasing function is put forward, which lies between the smaller and the larger quantities of each inequality. As a result,an improved condition for equality of the Fan-Todd's determinantal inequality is deduced.

  2. Refined Error Bounds for Several Learning Algorithms

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    Hanneke, Steve

    2015-01-01

    This article studies the achievable guarantees on the error rates of certain learning algorithms, with particular focus on refining logarithmic factors. Many of the results are based on a general technique for obtaining bounds on the error rates of sample-consistent classifiers with monotonic error regions, in the realizable case. We prove bounds of this type expressed in terms of either the VC dimension or the sample compression size. This general technique also enables us to derive several ...

  3. Experimental Research on Oxidation Refining of Ferrosilicon

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    2001-01-01

    The equilibrium between ferrosilicon and SiO2-Al2O3-CaO ternaryslag have been experimentally investigated using graphite crucible at 1 550 ℃. The Al and Ca contents in ferrosilicon were given in terms of isoconcentration curves in equilibrium with the ternary slag of SiO2-Al2O3-CaO. The present experimental work provides available data to analyze the behavior of Al and Ca during oxidation refining process for silicon alloy.

  4. Refining's-clean new jingle

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    1992-04-01

    This paper reports that at a time when profit margins are slim and gasoline demand is down, the U.S. petroleum-refining industry is facing one of its greatest challenges; How to meet new federal and state laws for reformulated gasoline, oxygenated fuels, low-sulfur diesel and other measures to improve the environment. The American Petroleum Institute (API) estimates that industry will spend between $15 and $23 billion by the end of the decade to meet the U.S. Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) of 1990, and other legislation. ENSR Consulting and Engineering's capital-spending figure runs to between $70 and 100 billion this decade, including $24 billion to produce reformulated fuels and $10-12 billion to reduce refinery emissions. M.W. Kellogg Co. estimates that refiners may have to spend up to $30 billion this decade to meet the demand for reformulated gasoline. The estimates are wide-ranging because refiners are still studying their options and delaying final decisions as long as they can, to try to ensure they are the best and least-costly decisions. Oxygenated fuels will be required next winter, but federal regulations for reformulated gasoline won't go into effect until 1995, while California's tougher reformulated-fuels law will kick in the following year.

  5. Using Induction to Refine Information Retrieval Strategies

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    Baudin, Catherine; Pell, Barney; Kedar, Smadar

    1994-01-01

    Conceptual information retrieval systems use structured document indices, domain knowledge and a set of heuristic retrieval strategies to match user queries with a set of indices describing the document's content. Such retrieval strategies increase the set of relevant documents retrieved (increase recall), but at the expense of returning additional irrelevant documents (decrease precision). Usually in conceptual information retrieval systems this tradeoff is managed by hand and with difficulty. This paper discusses ways of managing this tradeoff by the application of standard induction algorithms to refine the retrieval strategies in an engineering design domain. We gathered examples of query/retrieval pairs during the system's operation using feedback from a user on the retrieved information. We then fed these examples to the induction algorithm and generated decision trees that refine the existing set of retrieval strategies. We found that (1) induction improved the precision on a set of queries generated by another user, without a significant loss in recall, and (2) in an interactive mode, the decision trees pointed out flaws in the retrieval and indexing knowledge and suggested ways to refine the retrieval strategies.

  6. Parallel object-oriented adaptive mesh refinement

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    Balsara, D.; Quinlan, D.J.

    1997-04-01

    In this paper we study adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) for elliptic and hyperbolic systems. We use the Asynchronous Fast Adaptive Composite Grid Method (AFACX), a parallel algorithm based upon the of Fast Adaptive Composite Grid Method (FAC) as a test case of an adaptive elliptic solver. For our hyperbolic system example we use TVD and ENO schemes for solving the Euler and MHD equations. We use the structured grid load balancer MLB as a tool for obtaining a load balanced distribution in a parallel environment. Parallel adaptive mesh refinement poses difficulties in expressing both the basic single grid solver, whether elliptic or hyperbolic, in a fashion that parallelizes seamlessly. It also requires that these basic solvers work together within the adaptive mesh refinement algorithm which uses the single grid solvers as one part of its adaptive solution process. We show that use of AMR++, an object-oriented library within the OVERTURE Framework, simplifies the development of AMR applications. Parallel support is provided and abstracted through the use of the P++ parallel array class.

  7. Level 5: user refinement to aid the fusion process

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    Blasch, Erik P.; Plano, Susan

    2003-04-01

    The revised JDL Fusion model Level 4 process refinement covers a broad spectrum of actions such as sensor management and control. A limitation of Level 4 is the purpose of control - whether it be for user needs or system operation. Level 5, User Refinement, is a modification to the Revised JDL model that distinguishes between machine process refinement and user refinement. User refinement can either be human control actions or refinement of the user's cognitive model. In many cases, fusion research concentrates on the machine and does not take full advantage of the human as not only a qualified expert to refine the fusion process, but also as customer for whom the fusion system is designed. Without user refinement, sensor fusion is incomplete, inadequate, and the user neglects its worthiness. To capture user capabilities, we explore the concept of user refinement through decision and action based on situational leadership models. We develop a Fuse-Act Situational User Refinement (FASUR) model that details four refinement behaviors: Neglect, Consult, Rely, and Interact and five refinement functions: Planning, Organizing, Coordinating, Directing, and Controlling. Process refinement varies for different systems and different user information needs. By designing a fusion system with a specific user in mind, vis Level 5, a fusion architecture can meet user's information needs for varying situations, extend user sensing capabilities for action, and increase the human-machine interaction.

  8. A Formal Software Development Approach Using Refinement Calculus

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    王云峰; 庞军; 等

    2001-01-01

    The advantage of COOZ(Complete Object-Oriented Z) is to specify large scale software,but it does not support refinement calculus.Thus its application is comfined for software development.Including refinement calculus into COOZ overcomes its disadvantage during design and implementation.The separation between the design and implementation for structure and notation is removed as well .Then the software can be developed smoothly in the same frame.The combination of COOZ and refinement calculus can build object-oriented frame,in which the specification in COOZ is refined stepwise to code by calculus.In this paper,the development model is established.which is based on COOZ and refinement calculus.Data refinement is harder to deal with in a refinement tool than ordinary algorithmic refinement,since data refinement usually has to be done on a large program component at once.As to the implementation technology of refinement calculus,the data refinement calculator is constructed and an approach for data refinement which is based on data refinement calculus and program window inference is offered.

  9. A Formal Software Development Approach Using Refinement Calculus

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    WANG Yunfeng; PANG Jun; ZHA Ming; YANG Zhaohui; ZHENG Guoliang

    2001-01-01

    The advantage of COOZ (Complete Object-Oriented Z) is to specify large scale software, but it does not support refinement calculus. Thus its applica tion is confined for software development. Including refinement calculus into COOZ overcomes its disadvantage during design and implementation. The separation be tween the design and implementation for structure and notation is removed as well. Then the software can be developed smoothly in the same frame. The combina tion of COOZ and refinement calculus can build object-oriented frame, in which the specification in COOZ is refined stepwise to code by calculus. In this paper, the development model is established, which is based on COOZ and refinement calculus. Data refinement is harder to deal with in a refinement tool than ordinary algorithmic refinement, since data refinement usually has to be done on a large program compo nent at once. As to the implementation technology of refinement calculus, the data refinement calculator is constructed and an approach for data refinement which is based on data refinement calculus and program window inference is offered.

  10. PRÁTICAS EDUCATIVAS PRESENTES NOS ESPAÇOS DE SOCIABILIDADE DA VILA BELA DA SANTÍSSIMA TRINDADE E VILA REAL DO SENHOR BOM JESUS DE CUIABÁ (1748-1822

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    Nileide Souza Dourado

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO:Este artigo integra parte da discussão da tese que estou elaborando junto ao Instituto de Educação – Programa de Pós-Graduação em Educação (PPGE - da Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso (UFMT, cujo objeto de estudo é as práticas educativas escolares e culturais em Mato Grosso, presentes nos espaços de sociabilidade da população de Vila Bela da Santíssima Trindade (Vila Capital e na Vila Real do Senhor Bom Jesus de Cuiabá, na segunda metade do século XVIII, mediante a interação de singularidades dos saberes cotidianos de homens e mulheres, fundamentais para evidenciar as modalidades do fazer educacional, de natureza escolar (1759-1772 e também os nãos sistemáticos utilizados para se “educar” e “instruir” a população de Mato Grosso nos setecentos, seja na perspectiva de revelar aprendizados nos limites da educação escolar, como também dar a conhecer outros processos e possibilidades históricas pelos colonizadores e colonizados na Vila de Cuiabá e Vila Bela, sobre os quais recai ainda uma grande margem de desconhecimento. PALAVRAS-CHAVE: História da Educação. Práticas Educativas. Mato Grosso ColonialABSTRACT:This article is part of the discussion of the thesis I'm working out with the Institute of Education - Program of Graduate Studies in Education (PPGE - Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT, whose object of study is the educational and cultural educational practices Mato Grosso, gifts in the spaces of sociability of the population of Vila Bela of the Trinity (Vila Capital and Vila Real de Bom Jesus Lord of Cuiabá, in the second half of the eighteenth century through the singularities of interaction of everyday knowledge of men and women fundamental to highlight the modalities of education do, school nature (1759-1772 and also the systematic noes used to "educate" and "educate" the population of Mato Grosso in seven, is the prospect of revealing the limits of learning school education, but

  11. 7 CFR 917.14 - District.

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    2010-01-01

    ... District. (g) Contra Costa District includes and consists of Contra Costa County. (h) Santa Clara District includes and consists of Alameda County, Monterey County, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Santa...

  12. Grain Refinement of Permanent Mold Cast Copper Base Alloys

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    M.Sadayappan; J.P.Thomson; M.Elboujdaini; G.Ping Gu; M. Sahoo

    2005-04-01

    Grain refinement is a well established process for many cast and wrought alloys. The mechanical properties of various alloys could be enhanced by reducing the grain size. Refinement is also known to improve casting characteristics such as fluidity and hot tearing. Grain refinement of copper-base alloys is not widely used, especially in sand casting process. However, in permanent mold casting of copper alloys it is now common to use grain refinement to counteract the problem of severe hot tearing which also improves the pressure tightness of plumbing components. The mechanism of grain refinement in copper-base alloys is not well understood. The issues to be studied include the effect of minor alloy additions on the microstructure, their interaction with the grain refiner, effect of cooling rate, and loss of grain refinement (fading). In this investigation, efforts were made to explore and understand grain refinement of copper alloys, especially in permanent mold casting conditions.

  13. Internal Auditing for School Districts.

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    Cuzzetto, Charles

    This book provides guidelines for conducting internal audits of school districts. The first five chapters provide an overview of internal auditing and describe techniques that can be used to improve or implement internal audits in school districts. They offer information on the definition and benefits of internal auditing, the role of internal…

  14. Redesigning the District Operating System

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    Hodas, Steven

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we look at the inner workings of a school district through the lens of the "district operating system (DOS)," a set of interlocking mutually-reinforcing modules that includes functions like procurement, contracting, data and IT policy, the general counsel's office, human resources, and the systems for employee and family…

  15. Projections of the impact of expansion of domestic heavy oil production on the U.S. refining industry from 1990 to 2010. Topical report

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    Olsen, D.K.; Ramzel, E.B.; Strycker, A.R. [National Institute for Petroleum and Energy Research, Bartlesville, OK (United States). ITT Research Institute; Guariguata, G.; Salmen, F.G. [Bonner and Moore Management Science, Houston, TX (United States)

    1994-12-01

    This report is one of a series of publications assessing the feasibility of increasing domestic heavy oil (10{degrees} to 20{degrees} API gravity) production. This report provides a compendium of the United States refining industry and analyzes the industry by Petroleum Administration for Defense District (PADD) and by ten smaller refining areas. The refining capacity, oil source and oil quality are analyzed, and projections are made for the U.S. refining industry for the years 1990 to 2010. The study used publicly available data as background. A linear program model of the U.S. refining industry was constructed and validated using 1990 U.S. refinery performance. Projections of domestic oil production (decline) and import of crude oil (increases) were balanced to meet anticipated demand to establish a base case for years 1990 through 2010. The impact of additional domestic heavy oil production, (300 MB/D to 900 MB/D, originating in select areas of the U.S.) on the U.S. refining complex was evaluated. This heavy oil could reduce the import rate and the balance of payments by displacing some imported, principally Mid-east, medium crude. The construction cost for refining units to accommodate this additional domestic heavy oil production in both the low and high volume scenarios is about 7 billion dollars for bottoms conversion capacity (delayed coking) with about 50% of the cost attributed to compliance with the Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990.

  16. 48 CFR 208.7304 - Refined precious metals.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 3 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Refined precious metals... Government-Owned Precious Metals 208.7304 Refined precious metals. See PGI 208.7304 for a list of refined precious metals managed by DSCP....

  17. Coloured Petri Net Refinement Specification and Correctness Proof with Coq

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    Choppy, Christine; Mayero, Micaela; Petrucci, Laure

    2009-01-01

    In this work, we address the formalisation of symmetric nets, a subclass of coloured Petri nets, refinement in COQ. We first provide a formalisation of the net models, and of their type refinement in COQ. Then the COQ proof assistant is used to prove the refinement correctness lemma. An example adapted from a protocol example illustrates our work.

  18. U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Districts

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    Department of Homeland Security — This layer is a polygonal dataset that represents land and maritime boundaries for each representative United States Coast Guard district, which includes district...

  19. Current State and Prospect of China's Refining Sector%Current State and Prospect of China's Refining Sector

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    Zhu He

    2012-01-01

    (1) China's refining capacity will reach 650 million tons per year, the cooperation with oil producing countries in refining sector will be strengthened and a diversified competitive framework for the sector will be further pushed forward.

  20. Retrenchment. An engineering variation on refinement

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    Banach, R.; Poppleton, M

    1999-07-01

    It is argued that refinement, in which I/O signatures stay the same, preconditions are weakened and postconditions strengthened, is too restrictive to describe all but a fraction of many realistic developments. An alternative notion is proposed called retrenchment, which allows information to migrate between I/O and state aspects of operations at different levels of abstraction, and which allows only a fraction of the high level behaviour to be captured at the low level. This permits more of the informal aspects of design to be formally captured and checked. The details are worked out for the B-Method. (author)

  1. Formal language theory: refining the Chomsky hierarchy.

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    Jäger, Gerhard; Rogers, James

    2012-07-19

    The first part of this article gives a brief overview of the four levels of the Chomsky hierarchy, with a special emphasis on context-free and regular languages. It then recapitulates the arguments why neither regular nor context-free grammar is sufficiently expressive to capture all phenomena in the natural language syntax. In the second part, two refinements of the Chomsky hierarchy are reviewed, which are both relevant to the extant research in cognitive science: the mildly context-sensitive languages (which are located between context-free and context-sensitive languages), and the sub-regular hierarchy (which distinguishes several levels of complexity within the class of regular languages).

  2. Refining and Recycling of Silicon: A Review

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    Ciftja, Arjan

    2008-01-01

    Silicon has a very broad spectrum of usage nowadays and it lies at the heart of much modern technology. It is the most abundant element in the earth’s crust after oxygen. Indeed, it’s use ranges from such bulk commodities as concrete, clays and ceramics, through more chemically modified systems such as soluble silicates, glasses and glazes to the recent industries based on silicone polymers and solid-state electronics devices. The refined technology of ultra pure silicon itself is perhaps the...

  3. Relativistic MHD with adaptive mesh refinement

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    Anderson, Matthew [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001 (United States); Hirschmann, Eric W [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602 (United States); Liebling, Steven L [Department of Physics, Long Island University-C W Post Campus, Brookville, NY 11548 (United States); Neilsen, David [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602 (United States)

    2006-11-22

    This paper presents a new computer code to solve the general relativistic magnetohydrodynamics (GRMHD) equations using distributed parallel adaptive mesh refinement (AMR). The fluid equations are solved using a finite difference convex ENO method (CENO) in 3 + 1 dimensions, and the AMR is Berger-Oliger. Hyperbolic divergence cleaning is used to control the {nabla} . B = 0 constraint. We present results from three flat space tests, and examine the accretion of a fluid onto a Schwarzschild black hole, reproducing the Michel solution. The AMR simulations substantially improve performance while reproducing the resolution equivalent unigrid simulation results. Finally, we discuss strong scaling results for parallel unigrid and AMR runs.

  4. Liquid rheology study on refined rapeseed oil

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    刘其梅; 罗迎社; 殷水平; 陈胜铭; 张党权; 彭万喜

    2008-01-01

    The rapeseed oil extracted from the mature seeds was purified by refining processing,and the rheological characteristic analysis of the viscosity and dynamic shear rate at gradient temperatures was made.The result shows that at 20,40,60 and 80 ℃ respectively,when the shear rate gradually rises,the torque increases accordingly but its viscosity does not vary distinctly.The result suggests that when rapeseed oil is used as the raw of edible oils and industries,the working procedures at high temperature will not influence its rheological characteristic distinctly.

  5. MULTI-LAYER GRID REFINEMENT METHOD

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    TSUN-ZEE MAI

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The uniform grid scheme has been widely used to solve a partial differential equation. Due to the extreme large linear systems generated by the uniform grid scheme, a lot of computation time is required. To improve the efficiency of the uniform grid scheme, a more economical method is desirable. In this paper, we propose a multi-layer grid refinement method for solving a partial different equation over a rectangular domain with Dirichlet boundary conditions. Numerical experiments demonstrate that the efficiency has been improved significantly, and the accuracy is satisfactory.

  6. Fully implicit adaptive mesh refinement MHD algorithm

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    Philip, Bobby

    2005-10-01

    In the macroscopic simulation of plasmas, the numerical modeler is faced with the challenge of dealing with multiple time and length scales. The former results in stiffness due to the presence of very fast waves. The latter requires one to resolve the localized features that the system develops. Traditional approaches based on explicit time integration techniques and fixed meshes are not suitable for this challenge, as such approaches prevent the modeler from using realistic plasma parameters to keep the computation feasible. We propose here a novel approach, based on implicit methods and structured adaptive mesh refinement (SAMR). Our emphasis is on both accuracy and scalability with the number of degrees of freedom. To our knowledge, a scalable, fully implicit AMR algorithm has not been accomplished before for MHD. As a proof-of-principle, we focus on the reduced resistive MHD model as a basic MHD model paradigm, which is truly multiscale. The approach taken here is to adapt mature physics-based technologyootnotetextL. Chac'on et al., J. Comput. Phys. 178 (1), 15- 36 (2002) to AMR grids, and employ AMR-aware multilevel techniques (such as fast adaptive composite --FAC-- algorithms) for scalability. We will demonstrate that the concept is indeed feasible, featuring optimal scalability under grid refinement. Results of fully-implicit, dynamically-adaptive AMR simulations will be presented on a variety of problems.

  7. Refining gene signatures: a Bayesian approach

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    Labbe Aurélie

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In high density arrays, the identification of relevant genes for disease classification is complicated by not only the curse of dimensionality but also the highly correlated nature of the array data. In this paper, we are interested in the question of how many and which genes should be selected for a disease class prediction. Our work consists of a Bayesian supervised statistical learning approach to refine gene signatures with a regularization which penalizes for the correlation between the variables selected. Results Our simulation results show that we can most often recover the correct subset of genes that predict the class as compared to other methods, even when accuracy and subset size remain the same. On real microarray datasets, we show that our approach can refine gene signatures to obtain either the same or better predictive performance than other existing methods with a smaller number of genes. Conclusions Our novel Bayesian approach includes a prior which penalizes highly correlated features in model selection and is able to extract key genes in the highly correlated context of microarray data. The methodology in the paper is described in the context of microarray data, but can be applied to any array data (such as micro RNA, for example as a first step towards predictive modeling of cancer pathways. A user-friendly software implementation of the method is available.

  8. Government Districts, Other - MO 2014 Springfield Conditional Overlay Districts (SHP)

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — Conditional Overlay District polygons for the City of Springfield, inside city limits only. Created and maintained by the GIS Division of the Information Systems...

  9. Zoning Districts - MO 2011 Springfield Conditional Overlay Districts (SHP)

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — Conditional Overlay District polygons for the City of Springfield, inside city limits only. Created and maintained by the GIS Division of the Information Systems...

  10. Government Districts, Other, National Register districts, Published in 2006, Freelance.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Government Districts, Other dataset, was produced all or in part from Published Reports/Deeds information as of 2006. It is described as 'National Register...

  11. 2006 Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) Lidar: North District

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This data set is one component of a digital terrain model (DTM) for the Southwest Florida Water Management District's FY2006 Digital Orthophoto (B089) and LiDAR...

  12. Future Services for District Heating Solutions in Residential Districts

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    Hannele Ahvenniemi; Krzysztof Klobut

    2014-01-01

    The underlying assumption of this study is that in order to retain the competitiveness while reaching for the EU targets regarding low-energy construction, district heating companies need to develop new business and service models. How district heating companies could broaden their perspective and switch to a more service-oriented way of thinking is a key interest of our research. The used methods in our study are house builder interviews and a questionnaire. With the help of these methods we...

  13. 40 CFR 80.235 - How does a refiner obtain approval as a small refiner?

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    2010-07-01

    ... small refiner status, plus any subsidiary companies, any parent company and subsidiaries of the parent company, and any joint venture partners: (1)(i) A listing of the name and address of each location where... corporate contact person. (d) For joint ventures, the total number of employees includes the...

  14. Allegheny County School District Boundaries

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    Allegheny County / City of Pittsburgh / Western PA Regional Data Center — This dataset demarcates the school district boundaries within Allegheny County If viewing this description on the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center’s open...

  15. Boise geothermal district heating system

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    Hanson, P.J.

    1985-10-01

    This document describes the Boise geothermal district heating project from preliminary feasibility studies completed in 1979 to a fully operational system by 1983. The report includes information about the two local governments that participated in the project - the City of Boise, Idaho and the Boise Warm Springs Water District. It also discusses the federal funding sources; the financial studies; the feasibility studies conducted; the general system planning and design; design of detailed system components; the legal issues involved in production; geological analysis of the resource area; distribution and disposal; the program to market system services; and the methods of retrofitting buildings to use geothermal hot water for space heating. Technically this report describes the Boise City district heating system based on 170/sup 0/F water, a 4000 gpm production system, a 41,000 foot pipeline system, and system economies. Comparable data are also provided for the Boise Warm Springs Water District. 62 figs., 31 tabs.

  16. New Mexico Property Tax Districts

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    Earth Data Analysis Center, University of New Mexico — This layer represents boundaries for New Mexico tax district "OUT" categories and incorporated/municipal "IN" categories as identified on the "Certificate of Tax...

  17. Refinement of an Organizational Skills Intervention for Adolescents with ADHD for Implementation by School Mental Health Providers.

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    Langberg, Joshua M; Vaughn, Aaron J; Williamson, Pamela; Epstein, Jeffery N; Girio-Herrera, Erin; Becker, Stephen P

    2011-09-01

    The purpose of the study was to modify, test, and refine the Homework, Organization, and Planning Skills (HOPS) intervention for adolescents with ADHD for use by school mental health (SMH) providers. Ten SMH providers from three school districts implemented the HOPS intervention with 11 middle school students with ADHD. Parent and teacher ratings of materials organization and homework management were collected pre- and post-intervention and treatment fidelity was assessed. SMH providers and teachers participated in focus groups and provided feedback on ways to improve the feasibility and usability of the HOPS intervention. Students made large improvements in organization skills (d = 1.8) and homework problems (d = 1.6) according to parent ratings however, no improvements were observed on teacher ratings. Qualitative data generated from coding the focus groups and audio-recorded HOPS sessions were combined with the quantitative results to systematically refine the HOPS intervention for further evaluation of intervention effectiveness and disseminability. PMID:23599833

  18. Formal language theory: refining the Chomsky hierarchy.

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    Jäger, Gerhard; Rogers, James

    2012-07-19

    The first part of this article gives a brief overview of the four levels of the Chomsky hierarchy, with a special emphasis on context-free and regular languages. It then recapitulates the arguments why neither regular nor context-free grammar is sufficiently expressive to capture all phenomena in the natural language syntax. In the second part, two refinements of the Chomsky hierarchy are reviewed, which are both relevant to the extant research in cognitive science: the mildly context-sensitive languages (which are located between context-free and context-sensitive languages), and the sub-regular hierarchy (which distinguishes several levels of complexity within the class of regular languages). PMID:22688632

  19. Japan's oil market and refining sector

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    The present economic situation in Japan is discussed. In particular, the focus is on fluctuations in oil product demand, imports of crude oil, and the refining industry. Throughout the 1990s, Japan was plagued by a volatile economy and the new millennium has shown no improvement. A prolonged recession means that the country now has little confidence in its leaders and its institutions, consumer confidence is low and asset values have deflated. Due to a low birth rate and long life expectancy, the population is aging and this means lower savings rates. The contrast between the present situation and the so-called economic miracle once enjoyed by the Japanese is hard to accept, but despite all this, the Japanese lifestyle and economy are to be envied

  20. Breakthrough technologies in titanium refinement methods

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    Recent advances in novel processing approaches for the production of titanium metal have attracted worldwide interest. Affordable methods to replace the Kroll Process for the production of Ti sponge have been sought for decades. In the early 20th century, Al was transformed from a 'precious metal' to a 'commodity' through the development of an efficient electrochemical refinement process. If a similar breakthrough can be devised for Ti, it would find applications in many systems where specific properties are being recognized as enabling; for example advanced armored vehicles, corrosion resistant marine systems as well as the usual aerospace platforms. This presentation will provide an overview of the emerging chemical and molten-salt electrochemical methods being pursued under DARPA sponsorship and the implications for new alloy design. The objectives of these studies will be related to the potential benefits for structural applications in future defense systems

  1. East Asian oil markets and refining

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    An overview of the changes taking place and about to take place in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan in the oil business is presented. The focus is mainly on product demand, quality of product, refining and trade balances. Charts show (i) demand for oil products to 2005, (ii) oil demand to 2005, (iii) the demand barrel by country, (iv) CDU capacity to 2005, (v) cracking to distillation ratios to 2005, (vi) fuel oil's share in demand barrel and (vii) net product trade. It was concluded that despite recent economic difficulties in East Asia, the oil market is large and dynamic and China in particular is a major oil producer with a fast growing oil demand. Overall, East Asia is a growth market for petroleum with an expected addition of some 2.4 million bpd of extra demand between 1998 and 2005. (UK)

  2. Panorama 2011: Refining: varying conditions by region

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    The economic crisis has further weakened a sector that was already facing difficulties, if we look beyond the flush period (2005-2008) when, buoyed by strong demand, margins remained high and refiners could generate profits while maintaining a healthy level of activity. Falling demand and increased over-capacity in some regions - the immediate consequences of the deteriorating economic conditions over the past two years - have led to declining margins and to financial accounts being in the red. The adoption of increasingly stringent emissions standards and product specifications, burdensome regulatory requirements for refineries (for combating local pollution and reducing greenhouse gas emissions), stiffer competition from new fuels: all of these structural factors are weakening the sector, especially in industrialized nations with their more rigorous regulatory compliance. In this generally gloomy climate, numerous new projects are still being envisaged - although many have recently been postponed and tend to be concentrated in developing countries. (author)

  3. Refining Grasp Affordance Models by Experience

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    Detry, Renaud; Kraft, Dirk; Buch, Anders Glent;

    2010-01-01

    We present a method for learning object grasp affordance models in 3D from experience, and demonstrate its applicability through extensive testing and evaluation on a realistic and largely autonomous platform. Grasp affordance refers here to relative object-gripper configurations that yield stable...... visual model of the object they characterize. We explore a batch-oriented, experience-based learning paradigm where grasps sampled randomly from a density are performed, and an importance-sampling algorithm learns a refined density from the outcomes of these experiences. The first such learning cycle is...... bootstrapped with a grasp density formed from visual cues. We show that the robot effectively applies its experience by downweighting poor grasp solutions, which results in increased success rates at subsequent learning cycles. We also present success rates in a practical scenario where a robot needs to...

  4. GRChombo: Numerical relativity with adaptive mesh refinement

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    Clough, Katy; Figueras, Pau; Finkel, Hal; Kunesch, Markus; Lim, Eugene A.; Tunyasuvunakool, Saran

    2015-12-01

    In this work, we introduce {\\mathtt{GRChombo}}: a new numerical relativity code which incorporates full adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) using block structured Berger-Rigoutsos grid generation. The code supports non-trivial 'many-boxes-in-many-boxes' mesh hierarchies and massive parallelism through the message passing interface. {\\mathtt{GRChombo}} evolves the Einstein equation using the standard BSSN formalism, with an option to turn on CCZ4 constraint damping if required. The AMR capability permits the study of a range of new physics which has previously been computationally infeasible in a full 3 + 1 setting, while also significantly simplifying the process of setting up the mesh for these problems. We show that {\\mathtt{GRChombo}} can stably and accurately evolve standard spacetimes such as binary black hole mergers and scalar collapses into black holes, demonstrate the performance characteristics of our code, and discuss various physics problems which stand to benefit from the AMR technique.

  5. EXPANSÃO DA FRONTEIRA AGRÍCOLA NOS CERRADOS PIAUIENSES, (DESTERRITORIALIZAÇÃO E OS DESAFIOS PARA O DESENVOLVIMENTO TERRITORIAL: O CASO DO MUNICÍPIO DE BOM JESUS

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    Márcia Regina Soares de Araujo

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available O município de Bom Jesus ¿ PI vivencia, nos últimos 15 anos, transformações que contribuem para a reorganização do seu espaço rural-urbano e que dizem respeito à instituição da fronteira agrícola para a agropecuária globalizada naquela região dos cerrados do sudoeste piauienses. Analisou-se, portanto, este espaço pela ótica da territorialização-desterritorialização-reterritorialização, processo que exprime apropriação, desapropriação e reapropriação do espaço, no sentido material e simbólico, já que este processo vem causando transformações singulares no âmbito sócio-cultural, econômico e ambiental. Pretendeu-se ainda apreender as representações espaciais acerca dos temas desenvolvimento, meio ambiente e os desafios para o desenvolvimento territorial. Para esta pesquisa, utilizou-se as estratégias metodológicas, 1 Levantamento e análise do material bibliográfico, 2 Pesquisa de campo, considerando os dados primários, observação, entrevistas semi-estruturadas, registro fotográfico, diário de campo, e os dados secundários, levantamento cartográfico e a construção de dados nas instituições, Fundação CEPRO, IBGE, Prefeitura Municipal de Bom Jesus, Organizações da sociedade civil, dentre outras, 3 Elaboração do relatório final da pesquisa. Constatou-se que o Estado, capitais privados nacionais e internacionais ¿ integrantes do sistemas ações ¿ representaram os agentes viabilizadores da dilatação da fronteira agrícola para esta região, mediante a implementação de políticas, programas e investimentos para a região dos cerrados. No âmbito das infra-estruturas, constatou-se a importância de uma rodovia de imposição nacional que articula estes espaços com a região Centro-Sul, embora a malha viária ainda encontre-se deficitária, seja no aspecto das rodovias, aerovias e ferrovias, inclusive dificultando o acesso da comunidade rural ao usufruto de serviços essenciais como educa

  6. District formation: a co-opetition approach

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    Soubeyran, Antoine; Weber, Shlomo

    2001-01-01

    This paper considers a model of district formation that incorporates a notion of regional industrial systems. Each firm chooses its location from the set of existing industrial districts. The heterogeneous firms are distinguished by its "stand alone" district-dependent production and transportation cost. However, if other firms locate in the same district, the firm's stand alone cost is reduced by a factor that depends on the number of firms in the district. Thus, firms must take into account...

  7. Essays on refining markets and environmental policy

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    Oladunjoye, Olusegun Akintunde

    This thesis is comprised of three essays. The first two essays examine empirically the relationship between crude oil price and wholesale gasoline prices in the U.S. petroleum refining industry while the third essay determines the optimal combination of emissions tax and environmental research and development (ER&D) subsidy when firms organize ER&D either competitively or as a research joint venture (RJV). In the first essay, we estimate an error correction model to determine the effects of market structure on the speed of adjustment of wholesale gasoline prices, to crude oil price changes. The results indicate that market structure does not have a strong effect on the dynamics of price adjustment in the three regional markets examined. In the second essay, we allow for inventories to affect the relationship between crude oil and wholesale gasoline prices by allowing them to affect the probability of regime change in a Markov-switching model of the refining margin. We find that low gasoline inventory increases the probability of switching from the low margin regime to the high margin regime and also increases the probability of staying in the high margin regime. This is consistent with the predictions of the competitive storage theory. In the third essay, we extend the Industrial Organization R&D theory to the determination of optimal environmental policies. We find that RJV is socially desirable. In comparison to competitive ER&D, we suggest that regulators should encourage RJV with a lower emissions tax and higher subsidy as these will lead to the coordination of ER&D activities and eliminate duplication of efforts while firms internalize their technological spillover externality.

  8. 40 CFR 409.30 - Applicability; description of the liquid cane sugar refining subcategory.

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    2010-07-01

    ... liquid cane sugar refining subcategory. 409.30 Section 409.30 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL... Cane Sugar Refining Subcategory § 409.30 Applicability; description of the liquid cane sugar refining... cane sugar into liquid refined sugar....

  9. Deformable elastic network refinement for low-resolution macromolecular crystallography.

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    Schröder, Gunnar F; Levitt, Michael; Brunger, Axel T

    2014-09-01

    Crystals of membrane proteins and protein complexes often diffract to low resolution owing to their intrinsic molecular flexibility, heterogeneity or the mosaic spread of micro-domains. At low resolution, the building and refinement of atomic models is a more challenging task. The deformable elastic network (DEN) refinement method developed previously has been instrumental in the determinion of several structures at low resolution. Here, DEN refinement is reviewed, recommendations for its optimal usage are provided and its limitations are discussed. Representative examples of the application of DEN refinement to challenging cases of refinement at low resolution are presented. These cases include soluble as well as membrane proteins determined at limiting resolutions ranging from 3 to 7 Å. Potential extensions of the DEN refinement technique and future perspectives for the interpretation of low-resolution crystal structures are also discussed.

  10. Effects and mechanisms of grain refinement in aluminium alloys

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    K T Kashyap; T Chandrashekar

    2001-08-01

    Grain refinement plays a crucial role in improving characteristics and properties of cast and wrought aluminium alloys. Generally Al–Ti and Al–Ti–B master alloys are added to the aluminium alloys to grain refine the solidified product. The mechanism of grain refinement is of considerable controversy in the scientific literature. The nucleant effects i.e. which particle and its characteristics nucleate -Al, has been the subject of intensive research. Lately the solute effect i.e. the effect of dissolved titanium on grain refinement, has come into forefront of grain refinement research. The present paper attempts to review the literature on the nucleant effects and solute effects on grain refinement and addresses the importance of dissolved titanium in promoting nucleation of -Al on nucleant particles.

  11. Refinement of herpesvirus B-capsid structure on parallel supercomputers.

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    Zhou, Z H; Chiu, W; Haskell, K; Spears, H; Jakana, J; Rixon, F J; Scott, L R

    1998-01-01

    Electron cryomicroscopy and icosahedral reconstruction are used to obtain the three-dimensional structure of the 1250-A-diameter herpesvirus B-capsid. The centers and orientations of particles in focal pairs of 400-kV, spot-scan micrographs are determined and iteratively refined by common-lines-based local and global refinement procedures. We describe the rationale behind choosing shared-memory multiprocessor computers for executing the global refinement, which is the most computationally intensive step in the reconstruction procedure. This refinement has been implemented on three different shared-memory supercomputers. The speedup and efficiency are evaluated by using test data sets with different numbers of particles and processors. Using this parallel refinement program, we refine the herpesvirus B-capsid from 355-particle images to 13-A resolution. The map shows new structural features and interactions of the protein subunits in the three distinct morphological units: penton, hexon, and triplex of this T = 16 icosahedral particle.

  12. The OURSE model: Simulating the World Refining Sector to 2030

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    LANTZ Frédéric; SAINT-ANTONIN Valérie; Gruson, Jean-François; SUWALA Wojciech

    2012-01-01

    The development of a model of the World Refining for the POLES model aims to represent the oil product's supply at a world-wide level in a global energy model. The World oil refining industry faces to several challenges such as the increasing oil derivatives demand in the transport sector, the improvement of the specifications of these products, the crude oil availability and the limitation of carbon emissions. An aggregated refining model linked to the POLES energy model has been developed t...

  13. Parallel adaptive mesh refinement for electronic structure calculations

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    Kohn, S.; Weare, J.; Ong, E.; Baden, S.

    1996-12-01

    We have applied structured adaptive mesh refinement techniques to the solution of the LDA equations for electronic structure calculations. Local spatial refinement concentrates memory resources and numerical effort where it is most needed, near the atomic centers and in regions of rapidly varying charge density. The structured grid representation enables us to employ efficient iterative solver techniques such as conjugate gradients with multigrid preconditioning. We have parallelized our solver using an object-oriented adaptive mesh refinement framework.

  14. China Ranks the Second in Global Refining Countries

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    2005-01-01

    @@ American Oil & Gas Journal released on December,19, 2005 that the special report about 2005 international refining industry. According to the report statistics, the processing capacity of crude oil in China (not including Taiwan Province) reached to 312 million tons, and exceeding the refining production from Russia and Japan,making China become the second-largest refining country in the world, only after the United States.

  15. Physical model of aluminium refining process in URC-7000

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    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents short characteristics of the most frequently used reactors for the continuous refining of aluminium and its alloys. Refining depends on the flow rate of refining gas. It influences the shape and size of gas bubbles. So the physical model was created to determine the level of gas bubble dispersion in liquids. Schemes of gas dispersion in liquid metal were presented taking into consideration that the gas flow rate is changing from 2 to 30 dm3/min. The range selection of the flow rate of refining gas value for five patterns of the dispersion (no dispersion, minimum, intimate, uniform and overdispersion was also done.

  16. Improved ligand geometries in crystallographic refinement using AFITT in PHENIX.

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    Janowski, Pawel A; Moriarty, Nigel W; Kelley, Brian P; Case, David A; York, Darrin M; Adams, Paul D; Warren, Gregory L

    2016-09-01

    Modern crystal structure refinement programs rely on geometry restraints to overcome the challenge of a low data-to-parameter ratio. While the classical Engh and Huber restraints work well for standard amino-acid residues, the chemical complexity of small-molecule ligands presents a particular challenge. Most current approaches either limit ligand restraints to those that can be readily described in the Crystallographic Information File (CIF) format, thus sacrificing chemical flexibility and energetic accuracy, or they employ protocols that substantially lengthen the refinement time, potentially hindering rapid automated refinement workflows. PHENIX-AFITT refinement uses a full molecular-mechanics force field for user-selected small-molecule ligands during refinement, eliminating the potentially difficult problem of finding or generating high-quality geometry restraints. It is fully integrated with a standard refinement protocol and requires practically no additional steps from the user, making it ideal for high-throughput workflows. PHENIX-AFITT refinements also handle multiple ligands in a single model, alternate conformations and covalently bound ligands. Here, the results of combining AFITT and the PHENIX software suite on a data set of 189 protein-ligand PDB structures are presented. Refinements using PHENIX-AFITT significantly reduce ligand conformational energy and lead to improved geometries without detriment to the fit to the experimental data. For the data presented, PHENIX-AFITT refinements result in more chemically accurate models for small-molecule ligands. PMID:27599738

  17. New Process for Grain Refinement of Aluminum. Final Report

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    Dr. Joseph A. Megy

    2000-09-22

    A new method of grain refining aluminum involving in-situ formation of boride nuclei in molten aluminum just prior to casting has been developed in the subject DOE program over the last thirty months by a team consisting of JDC, Inc., Alcoa Technical Center, GRAS, Inc., Touchstone Labs, and GKS Engineering Services. The Manufacturing process to make boron trichloride for grain refining is much simpler than preparing conventional grain refiners, with attendant environmental, capital, and energy savings. The manufacture of boride grain refining nuclei using the fy-Gem process avoids clusters, salt and oxide inclusions that cause quality problems in aluminum today.

  18. Bayesian refinement of protein functional site matching

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    Gold Nicola D

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Matching functional sites is a key problem for the understanding of protein function and evolution. The commonly used graph theoretic approach, and other related approaches, require adjustment of a matching distance threshold a priori according to the noise in atomic positions. This is difficult to pre-determine when matching sites related by varying evolutionary distances and crystallographic precision. Furthermore, sometimes the graph method is unable to identify alternative but important solutions in the neighbourhood of the distance based solution because of strict distance constraints. We consider the Bayesian approach to improve graph based solutions. In principle this approach applies to other methods with strict distance matching constraints. The Bayesian method can flexibly incorporate all types of prior information on specific binding sites (e.g. amino acid types in contrast to combinatorial formulations. Results We present a new meta-algorithm for matching protein functional sites (active sites and ligand binding sites based on an initial graph matching followed by refinement using a Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC procedure. This procedure is an innovative extension to our recent work. The method accounts for the 3-dimensional structure of the site as well as the physico-chemical properties of the constituent amino acids. The MCMC procedure can lead to a significant increase in the number of significant matches compared to the graph method as measured independently by rigorously derived p-values. Conclusion MCMC refinement step is able to significantly improve graph based matches. We apply the method to matching NAD(P(H binding sites within single Rossmann fold families, between different families in the same superfamily, and in different folds. Within families sites are often well conserved, but there are examples where significant shape based matches do not retain similar amino acid chemistry, indicating that

  19. Elliptic Solvers for Adaptive Mesh Refinement Grids

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    Quinlan, D.J.; Dendy, J.E., Jr.; Shapira, Y.

    1999-06-03

    We are developing multigrid methods that will efficiently solve elliptic problems with anisotropic and discontinuous coefficients on adaptive grids. The final product will be a library that provides for the simplified solution of such problems. This library will directly benefit the efforts of other Laboratory groups. The focus of this work is research on serial and parallel elliptic algorithms and the inclusion of our black-box multigrid techniques into this new setting. The approach applies the Los Alamos object-oriented class libraries that greatly simplify the development of serial and parallel adaptive mesh refinement applications. In the final year of this LDRD, we focused on putting the software together; in particular we completed the final AMR++ library, we wrote tutorials and manuals, and we built example applications. We implemented the Fast Adaptive Composite Grid method as the principal elliptic solver. We presented results at the Overset Grid Conference and other more AMR specific conferences. We worked on optimization of serial and parallel performance and published several papers on the details of this work. Performance remains an important issue and is the subject of continuing research work.

  20. GRChombo : Numerical Relativity with Adaptive Mesh Refinement

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    Clough, Katy; Finkel, Hal; Kunesch, Markus; Lim, Eugene A; Tunyasuvunakool, Saran

    2015-01-01

    Numerical relativity has undergone a revolution in the past decade. With a well-understood mathematical formalism, and full control over the gauge modes, it is now entering an era in which the science can be properly explored. In this work, we introduce GRChombo, a new numerical relativity code written to take full advantage of modern parallel computing techniques. GRChombo's features include full adaptive mesh refinement with block structured Berger-Rigoutsos grid generation which supports non-trivial "many-boxes-in-many-boxes" meshing hierarchies, and massive parallelism through the Message Passing Interface (MPI). GRChombo evolves the Einstein equation with the standard BSSN formalism, with an option to turn on CCZ4 constraint damping if required. We show that GRChombo passes all the standard "Apples-to-Apples" code comparison tests. We also show that it can stably and accurately evolve vacuum black hole spacetimes such as binary black hole mergers, and non-vacuum spacetimes such as scalar collapses into b...

  1. FPGA Congestion-Driven Placement Refinement

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    Vicente de, J.

    2005-07-01

    The routing congestion usually limits the complete proficiency of the FPGA logic resources. A key question can be formulated regarding the benefits of estimating the congestion at placement stage. In the last years, it is gaining acceptance the idea of a detailed placement taking into account congestion. In this paper, we resort to the Thermodynamic Simulated Annealing (TSA) algorithm to perform a congestion-driven placement refinement on the top of the common Bounding-Box pre optimized solution. The adaptive properties of TSA allow the search to preserve the solution quality of the pre optimized solution while improving other fine-grain objectives. Regarding the cost function two approaches have been considered. In the first one Expected Occupation (EO), a detailed probabilistic model to account for channel congestion is evaluated. We show that in spite of the minute detail of EO, the inherent uncertainty of this probabilistic model impedes to relieve congestion beyond the sole application of the Bounding-Box cost function. In the second approach we resort to the fast Rectilinear Steiner Regions algorithm to perform not an estimation but a measurement of the global routing congestion. This second strategy allows us to successfully reduce the requested channel width for a set of benchmark circuits with respect to the widespread Versatile Place and Route (VPR) tool. (Author) 31 refs.

  2. Crystal structure refinement a crystallographers guide to SHELXL

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    2006-01-01

    A crystallographers guide to SHELXL, covering various aspects of practical crystal structure refinement, from the treatment of hydrogen atoms to the assignment of atom types, and more. After an introduction to SHELXL, a brief survey of crystal structure refinement is provided.

  3. Refined analysis results for multimedia network costs and profits

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    Tahkokorpi, M.; Falch, Morten; Skouby, Knud Erik;

    This deliverable describes the techno-economic business model developed in EURORIM WP3 and presents the refined results of the multimedia service delivery cost-profit calculations......This deliverable describes the techno-economic business model developed in EURORIM WP3 and presents the refined results of the multimedia service delivery cost-profit calculations...

  4. Optimization of Refining Craft for Vegetable Insulating Oil

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    Zhou, Zhu-Jun; Hu, Ting; Cheng, Lin; Tian, Kai; Wang, Xuan; Yang, Jun; Kong, Hai-Yang; Fang, Fu-Xin; Qian, Hang; Fu, Guang-Pan

    2016-05-01

    Vegetable insulating oil because of its environmental friendliness are considered as ideal material instead of mineral oil used for the insulation and the cooling of the transformer. The main steps of traditional refining process included alkali refining, bleaching and distillation. This kind of refining process used in small doses of insulating oil refining can get satisfactory effect, but can't be applied to the large capacity reaction kettle. This paper using rapeseed oil as crude oil, and the refining process has been optimized for large capacity reaction kettle. The optimized refining process increases the acid degumming process. The alkali compound adds the sodium silicate composition in the alkali refining process, and the ratio of each component is optimized. Add the amount of activated clay and activated carbon according to 10:1 proportion in the de-colorization process, which can effectively reduce the oil acid value and dielectric loss. Using vacuum pumping gas instead of distillation process can further reduce the acid value. Compared some part of the performance parameters of refined oil products with mineral insulating oil, the dielectric loss of vegetable insulating oil is still high and some measures are needed to take to further optimize in the future.

  5. Cavitation-aided grain refinement in aluminium alloys

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    Atamanenko, T.V.

    2010-01-01

    This thesis deals with grain refinement under the influence of ultrasonic-driven cavitation in aluminium casting processes. Three major goals of this research were: (1) to identify the mechanism of the cavitation-aided grain refinement at different stages of solidification; (2) to reveal the conditi

  6. CNPC Hits New High in Refining & Petrochemical Business

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    Luo Shichao

    2010-01-01

    @@ During the "11th Five-Year Plan" period, CNPC adjusts the distribution of refining territory, and increases processed crude oil steadily, which is significant to sustained and fast development of upstream, midstream and downstream business.Of the 28 main economic and technical indicators of refining and chemical business, 21 hit record high.

  7. An approach of requirements tracing in formal refinement

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    Jastram, Michael; Hallerstede, Stefan; Leuschel, Michael;

    2010-01-01

    results that we have obtained for tracing informal natural-language requirements into formal models across refinement levels. The approach uses the WRSPM reference model for requirements modeling, and Event-B for formal modeling and formal refinement. The combined use of WRSPM and Event-B is facilitated...

  8. Industrial District as a Corporation

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    Reza MOHAMMADY GARFAMY

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper provides a comparison study of industrial districts in two European countries, Spain and Sweden, using the conceptual framework of corporation. The relevance of this approach is based on the specific qualities that the industrial districts have, including the preexisting conditions, local traditions, products and production characteristics, marketing strategies, local policies and present challenges. The findings indicate the ways in which different patterns of inter-firm relationships, organization of production and dynamics of local alliances have shaped divergent regional responses to the industrial construction.

  9. Keepers of law and order x outlaws: Police brutality, torture and execution in Elite Squad “Bandido bom é bandido morto”: violência policial, tortura e execuções em Tropa de Elite

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    Simone Maria Rocha

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work is to investigate how Brazilian movies use representations of violence and symbolic oppression to evidence the police abuse of force in actions performed to fight crime in Brazilian slums. A recent Brazilian movie, Elite Squad (2007 shows that police methods of torture are used to obtain confessions, sometimes leading to cold blood executions without previous judgment. Police brutality against slum citizens implicitly induces the assumption – commonly tolerated in Brazil - that “a good criminal is a dead criminal”. The movie analysis depicted here focus on representations that clearly points out to violation of human rights and the mistreatment given by police to poor and marginalized citizens. We argue that those citizens are not perceived as worth human beings but as enemies to be eliminated. Therefore citizenship is not only a restricted matter of human rights but also one of misrecognition. Our analysis is based on a “diagnostic criticism of culture” (Kellner, 2001 which emphasizes: a the social horizon of the movie and b its discursive field (analysis of the message and visual resources. O propósito deste artigo é investigar como os filmes brasileiros usam representações da violência e da opressão simbólica para mostrar o abuso da força policial em ações de combate contra o crime nas favelas brasileiras. Analisaremos um filme recente, Tropa de Elite (2007, no qual métodos de tortura são usados para obtenção de confissões e execuções a sangue frio são feitas sem nenhum julgamento, corroborando a máxima segundo a qual “bandido bom é bandido morto”. A violação dos direitos humanos será discutida enfocando-se a questão de como os policiais lidam com os cidadãos pobres e marginalizados trazendo à tona o fato de que cidadania no Brasil é um tema que deve ser tratado como uma questão de direitos humanos, mas também, como de reconhecimento social. Metodologicamente, nossa análise est

  10. Fitossociologia de sub-bosque de cerrado em talhão de Eucalyptus grandis W. Hill ex Maiden no município de Bom Despacho-MG

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    Saporetti Jr. Amilcar Walter

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available O Cerrado, o segundo maior bioma brasileiro, apresenta uma crescente área sujeita a impactos variados, o que desperta a necessidade de conservá-lo e desenvolver métodos para seu uso sustentável. Os objetivos do presente trabalho foram realizar um levantamento florístico e fitossociológico de regeneração em um Cerrado no município de Bom Despacho - MG e embasar tomadas de decisões para conservação da biodiversidade. Para o estudo foram instaladas 15 parcelas de 200 m² (10 x 20 m em uma área originalmente de Cerrado, que atualmente encontra-se ocupada por um plantio de Eucalyptus grandis. A distribuição das parcelas foi feita sistematicamente. Foram amostradas todas as plantas lenhosas eretas com CAB - ao nível do solo - maior ou igual a 10 cm. A composição florística apresentou 39 espécies, distribuídas em 24 famílias. As famílias com maior número de espécies foram Leguminosae Caesalpinioideae, com cinco espécies, Myrtaceae, com quatro, e Melastomataceae, com três, seguidas de Annonaceae, Leguminosae Papilionoideae, Nyctaginaceae, Rubiaceae e Vochysiaceae, com duas. A espécie que apresentou o maior VI foi Eucalyptus grandis (42,03%, seguida das Miconia albicans (7,69%, Brosimum gaudichaudii (6,9%, Eugenia dysenterica (4,99%, Qualea grandiflora (3,11% e Xylopia aromatica (3,01%. Das 39 espécies lenhosas nativas encontradas no sub-bosque de Eucalyptus grandis, 27 são peculiares do Cerrado e as demais são acessórias, vindas de florestas da região. Esses dados mostram que o Cerrado está em regeneração.

  11. Review and Prospect of China's Oil Refining Industry

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    Jin Yun; Zhu He

    2012-01-01

    Prospect of China's oil refining industry during the "12th Five-Year Plan" period The "12th Five-Year Plan" period is critical to China oil refining industry to transform growth mode and grow from big to strong. China oil refining industry will base itself on domestic market demand and maintain rapider development through construction and reconstruction. The total scale will continue to grow, crude runs and product oil output will rise steadily, and the structure and layout of refining units will be further adjusted and optimized. During the period, the number of 10-million-tonnage refineries will rise to about 30, the quality of oil products will be upgraded, overseas interest capability will be improved, and the diversified of oil refining industry will be market competition pattern developed further.

  12. Action Refinement for Real-Time Concurrent Processes with Urgency

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    Guang-Ping Qin; Jin-Zhao Wu

    2005-01-01

    Action refinement for real-time concurrent processes with urgent interactions is studied, where a partial-order setting, i.e., timed bundle event structures, is used as the system model and a real-time LOTOS-like process algebra is used as the specification language. It is shown that the proposed refinement approaches have the commonly expected properties:(1) the behaviour of the refined process can be inferred compositionally from the behaviour of the original process and from the behaviour of the processes substituted for actions; (2) the timed extensions of pomset (partially ordered multiset) trace equivalence and history preserving bisimulation equivalence are both congruences under the refinement; (3) the syntactic and semantic refinements coincide up to the aforementioned equivalence relations with respect to a cpo-based denotational semantics.

  13. Future Services for District Heating Solutions in Residential Districts

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    Hannele Ahvenniemi

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The underlying assumption of this study is that in order to retain the competitiveness while reaching for the EU targets regarding low-energy construction, district heating companies need to develop new business and service models. How district heating companies could broaden their perspective and switch to a more service-oriented way of thinking is a key interest of our research. The used methods in our study are house builder interviews and a questionnaire. With the help of these methods we discussed the potential interest in heating related services acquiring a comprehensive understanding of the customer needs. The results indicate the importance of certain criteria when choosing the heating system in households: easiness, comfort and affordability seem to dominate the house builders’ preferences. Also environmental awareness seems to be for many an important factor when making a decision about the heating of the house. Altogether, based on the results of this study, we suggest that the prospects of district heating could benefit from highlighting certain aspects and strengths in the future. District heating companies need to increase flexibility, readiness to adopt new services, to invest in new marketing strategies and improving the communication skills.

  14. Antioxidant Potential of Indigenous Medicinal Plants of District Gujrat Pakistan

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    Mohammad Rafiq Khan

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The work reported in this article was carried out to explore hidden antioxidant potential of some medicinal plants of District Gujrat, Pakistan. Crude methanolic extracts of Cichorium intybus L, Malva sylvestris L, and Euphorbia milii L were initially screened by DPPH on TLC assay for their antioxidant activity. Diphenylpicrylhydrayl (DPPH free radical scavenging activity was also determined for all plants. To assess the role of plants in lipid oxidation, PV of refined bleached and deodorized (RBD sunflower oil (SFO at 80°C was monitored. BHT was used as standard antioxidant for comparison. Total phenolic contents (TPC were also calculated. Cichorium intybus L was identified as the richest source of safe natural antioxidants.

  15. Government Districts, Other, Voting districts, fire districts, inspector districts, engineering districts, school zones, recreation leagues, Published in 2014, Not Applicable scale, GIS.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Government Districts, Other dataset, published at Not Applicable scale, was produced all or in part from Published Reports/Deeds information as of 2014. It is...

  16. Your District Deserves an Audit Committee

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    Schaupp, Frederick W.; Maust, Robert S.

    1974-01-01

    A school district audit committee has the capacity to unearth pertinent information about the operating efficiency and effectiveness of a school district, as well as providing a more professional audit. (Author/WM)

  17. Location - Managed Facility - St. Paul District (MVP)

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    Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army, Department of Defense — St. Paul District - US Army Corps of Engineers Managed Facility locations. District headquarters, Natural Resource, Recreation, Lock and Dam, and Regulatory offices...

  18. Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge : Winona District, La Crosse District, McGregor District, Savanna District : Annual Narrative Report : Calendar Year 1992

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This annual narrative report for Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge summarizes activities for Winona District, La Crosse District, McGregor...

  19. Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge : Winona District, La Crosse District, McGregor District, Savanna District : Annual Narrative Report : Calendar Year 1995

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This annual narrative report for Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge summarizes activities for Winona District, La Crosse District, McGregor...

  20. Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge : Winona District, La Crosse District, McGregor District, Savanna District : Annual Narrative Report : Calendar Year 1994

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This annual narrative report for Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge summarizes activities for Winona District, La Crosse District, McGregor...

  1. Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge : Winona District, La Crosse District, McGregor District, Savanna District : Annual Narrative Report : Calendar Year 1996

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This annual narrative report for Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge summarizes activities for Winona District, La Crosse District, McGregor...

  2. Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge : Winona District, La Crosse District, McGregor District, Savanna District : Annual Narrative Report : Calendar Year 1993

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This annual narrative report for Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge summarizes activities for Winona District, La Crosse District, McGregor...

  3. Iowa Congressional Districts for 2013-2022

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    Iowa State University GIS Support and Research Facility — Congressional district boundaries, enacted April 19, 2011, effective beginning with the elections in 2012 for the 113th U.S. Congress. The districts will remain in...

  4. Sharing Local Revenue: One District's Perspective

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    Cline, David S.

    2011-01-01

    The vast majority of U.S. school districts are considered independent and have taxing authority; the remaining districts rely on revenue and budgetary approval from their local government. In the latter case, localities often use some form of negotiated process to determine the amount of revenue their school districts will receive. Typically, a…

  5. Alterações dos processos fonológicos e índice de gravidade entre escolares com dislexia e escolares com bom desempenho acadêmico Alterations of phonological processes and severity index between students with dyslexia and students with good academic performance

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    Monique Herrera Cardoso; Ana Carla Leite Romero; Simone Aparecida Capellini

    2012-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Comparar a ocorrência de processos fonológicos alterados e utilizar o índice de gravidade do transtorno fonológico para comparar uma amostra de fala e de escrita de escolares disléxicos e de alunos com bom desempenho acadêmico. MÉTODOS: Participaram 34 escolares, distribuídos entre o segundo e o quinto ano escolar, de ambos os gêneros, na faixa etária de 8 anos a 11 anos e 11 meses de idade, divididos em: G1 (17 escolares com diagnóstico interdisciplinar de dislexia) e G2 (17 escola...

  6. Oil refining and product marketing developments in southeast Asia

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    Views on the future are based on supplies from a relatively stable Middle East and continued economic growth in the southeast Asian and Pacific countries. Under these circumstances the oil market for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will expand considerably during the decade of the 90's. Pacific country demand, 5.92 MMB/D, in 1990 is likely to grow to 7.06 MMB/D in 2000. Regional production could supply about 40% of this. The Asia-Pacific shortage of refining capacity could lead to high regional refined product prices and health refining profit margins. (author)

  7. China Expands Oil Refining Capacity to Meet Rising Demand

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    Yin Yin

    2006-01-01

    @@ With the booming of China's auto market, the oil refining industry is falling over itself to boost capacity in the coastal regions. Sinochem Corporation is the latest out of the starting blocks. Its new oil refining project in southeastern Fujian Province will see it move into territory already occupied by the nation's big-three oil companies - China National Petrochemical Corporation(Sinopec), China's largest oil refiner,China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC),the largest crude producer in the country, and China National Offshore Oil Corporation(CNOOC), the giant offshore oil player.

  8. The Relationship between Student Achievement, School District Economies of Scale, School District Size, and Student Socioeconomic Status

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    Trani, Randy

    2009-01-01

    The relationships between student achievement, school district economies of scale, school district size and student socioeconomic status were measured for 131 school districts in the state of Oregon. Data for school districts ranging in size from districts with around 300 students to districts with more than 40,000 students were collected for…

  9. Japan's refiner/marketers headed for major shakeout

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    Japan's downstream oil industry is in a state of crisis and headed for a major shakeout. The major catalyst for this was a dramatic deregulation step during April 1996 that allowed refined petroleum product imports by non-refiners. The move, together with a sharp drop in refining margins, falling retail gasoline prices, and a service station sector on the brink of collapse, are all leading to massive changes in the way the country's refiners and marketers do business. This paper reviews the collapse of corporate profits during this period of deregulation; the development of a new price system geared toward bringing the prices of gasoline, fuel oil, and kerosene into line with each other to offset the fall in gasoline prices; and industry restructuring including mergers, acquisitions, and marketing consolidation. The paper then makes predictions on the outcome of these changes on the Japanese oil industry

  10. High resolution single particle refinement in EMAN2.1.

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    Bell, James M; Chen, Muyuan; Baldwin, Philip R; Ludtke, Steven J

    2016-05-01

    EMAN2.1 is a complete image processing suite for quantitative analysis of grayscale images, with a primary focus on transmission electron microscopy, with complete workflows for performing high resolution single particle reconstruction, 2-D and 3-D heterogeneity analysis, random conical tilt reconstruction and subtomogram averaging, among other tasks. In this manuscript we provide the first detailed description of the high resolution single particle analysis pipeline and the philosophy behind its approach to the reconstruction problem. High resolution refinement is a fully automated process, and involves an advanced set of heuristics to select optimal algorithms for each specific refinement task. A gold standard FSC is produced automatically as part of refinement, providing a robust resolution estimate for the final map, and this is used to optimally filter the final CTF phase and amplitude corrected structure. Additional methods are in-place to reduce model bias during refinement, and to permit cross-validation using other computational methods. PMID:26931650

  11. Bayesian ensemble refinement by replica simulations and reweighting

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    Hummer, Gerhard

    2015-01-01

    We describe different Bayesian ensemble refinement methods, examine their interrelation, and discuss their practical application. With ensemble refinement, the properties of dynamic and partially disordered (bio)molecular structures can be characterized by integrating a wide range of experimental data, including measurements of ensemble-averaged observables. We start from a Bayesian formulation in which the posterior is a functional that ranks different configuration space distributions. By maximizing this posterior, we derive an optimal Bayesian ensemble distribution. For discrete configurations, this optimal distribution is identical to that obtained by the maximum entropy "ensemble refinement of SAXS" (EROS) formulation. Bayesian replica ensemble refinement enhances the sampling of relevant configurations by imposing restraints on averages of observables in coupled replica molecular dynamics simulations. We find that the strength of the restraint scales with the number of replicas and we show that this sca...

  12. Refined Aluminum Industry Suffers From Deficit and Western Investment Accelerates

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    2012-01-01

    <正>Under the backdrop of loss of the entire refined aluminum industry,the investment in electrolytic aluminum accelerates.The reporter learnt from a recent survey that,many companies including Shandong Xinfa Group,East Hope

  13. Refining of light rare, rare earth and radioactive metals

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    Overview of technologies for the production of high-purity light rare, rare earth, radioactive metals and their compounds: electrolytic refining, vacuum distillation, electron-beam and zone melting, directed crystallization, electrotransfer, extraction, ion exchange

  14. Recent Development and Status of CNPC's Refining and Chemical Industry

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    1997-01-01

    @@ In the past one and halfyear since carrying China National Petroleum Corporation's (CNPC) Ninth Five-Year Plan (1996-2000), CNPC's oil refining and chemical industry has made considerable progress.

  15. Integrating process models with planning and scheduling in refining operations

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    Mullick, Sanjeev [Aspen Technology, Inc., Houston, TX (United States)

    2012-10-15

    The refining industry is experiencing increased volatility on a global basis. This is felt in areas such as crude supply and demand fluctuations, product availability, pricing and, therefore, refining margins. These factors have a direct impact on business operations. This volatility requires refiners to make complex business decisions with the agility to adapt to changing market conditions. These decisions determine the choice of crudes and their supply sources, playing a key role in determining the profitability of operations. Tools that help enable the optimisation of these decisions provide significant value and contribute to the success of refining operations. Different decision-support tools have been developed for specific business functions, such as process modelling, design, simulation and optimisation, production planning and scheduling, performance monitoring, energy management and more. These solutions improve accuracy and reduce decision making time. However, there has been little integration between the functions. Solutions are now available for new best practices that improve integrated operating efficiencies and profitability. (orig.)

  16. ADAPTIVE MODEL REFINEMENT FOR THE IONOSPHERE AND THERMOSPHERE

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — ADAPTIVE MODEL REFINEMENT FOR THE IONOSPHERE AND THERMOSPHERE ANTHONY M. D’AMATO∗, AARON J. RIDLEY∗∗, AND DENNIS S. BERNSTEIN∗∗∗ Abstract. Mathematical models of...

  17. Refinement of reduced-models for dynamic systems

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    2008-01-01

    A refinement procedure for the reduced models of structural dynamic systems is presented in this article. The refinement procedure is to "tune" the parameters of a reduced model, which could be obtained from any traditional model reduction scheme, into an improved reduced model. Upon the completion of the refinement, the improved reduced model matches the dynamic characteristics - the chosen structural frequencies and their mode shapes - of the full order model. Mathematically, the procedure to implement the model refinement technique is an application of the recently developed cross-model cross-mode (CMCM) method for model updating. A numerical example of reducing a 5-DOF (degree-of-freedom) classical mass-spring (or shear-building) model into a 3-DOF generalized mass-spring model is demonstrated in this article.

  18. High resolution single particle refinement in EMAN2.1.

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    Bell, James M; Chen, Muyuan; Baldwin, Philip R; Ludtke, Steven J

    2016-05-01

    EMAN2.1 is a complete image processing suite for quantitative analysis of grayscale images, with a primary focus on transmission electron microscopy, with complete workflows for performing high resolution single particle reconstruction, 2-D and 3-D heterogeneity analysis, random conical tilt reconstruction and subtomogram averaging, among other tasks. In this manuscript we provide the first detailed description of the high resolution single particle analysis pipeline and the philosophy behind its approach to the reconstruction problem. High resolution refinement is a fully automated process, and involves an advanced set of heuristics to select optimal algorithms for each specific refinement task. A gold standard FSC is produced automatically as part of refinement, providing a robust resolution estimate for the final map, and this is used to optimally filter the final CTF phase and amplitude corrected structure. Additional methods are in-place to reduce model bias during refinement, and to permit cross-validation using other computational methods.

  19. Biorthogonal multiple wavelets generated by vector refinement equation

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    Song LI; Jun XIAN

    2007-01-01

    Biorthogonal multiple wavelets are generated from refinable function vectors by using the multiresolution analysis. In this paper we provide a general method for the construction of compactly supported biorthogonal multiple wavelets by refinable function vectors which are the solutions of vector refinement equations of the formψ(x) =∑α∈Zs α(α)ψ(Mx-α), x ∈ Rs,sequence of r × r matrices called the refinement mask, and M is an s × s integer matrix such that limn→∞ M-n = 0. Our characterizations are in the general setting and the main results of this paper are the real extensions of some known results.

  20. Biorthogonal multiple wavelets generated by vector refinement equation

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    2007-01-01

    Biorthogonal multiple wavelets are generated from refinable function vectors by using the multiresolution analysis.In this paper we provide a general method for the construction of compactly supported biorthogonal multiple wavelets by refinable function vectors which are the solutions of vector refinement equations of the form (?)(x)=(?)a(α)(?)(Mx-α),x∈Rs, where the vector of functions(?)=((?)1,...,(?)r)T is in(L2(Rs))r,a=:(a(α))α∈Zsis a finitely supported sequence of r×r matrices called the refinement mask,and M is an s×s integer matrix such that limn→∞M-n=0.Our characterizations are in the general setting and the main results of this paper are the real extensions of some known results.

  1. Pakistan stepping up expansion of refining, transportation sectors

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    1992-01-06

    This paper reports that Pakistan is taking steps to speed expansion of its refining and oil transportation infrastructure. While the country has made significant progress toward energy self-efficiency by boosting oil and gas production it still must modernize and expand an aging, inadequate refining sector to meet rapidly growing demand for refined products. Pakistan's government has disclosed plans to build two refineries in the country, one at Rawalpindi near a string of recent oil discoveries, the other somewhere in the southern part of the country, likely Karachi. At the same time, efforts are proceeding to upgrade Pakistan's refineries. In addition, Pakistani state companies continue to press joint ventures in refining and marketing with foreign companies and expand downstream ties with neighbors that are key oil and gas exporters.

  2. CHALLENGES AND STRATEGIES OF CHINESE PETROLEUM REFINING INDUSTRY

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    2003-01-01

    Based on the brief description of existing status of Chinese petroleum refining industry,this article focuses on analyzing the severe challenges and opportunities of the said industry facing and putting forward the strategy after China's accession to WTO.

  3. On Refined Mining%论精细采矿

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    曲胜利; 孙豁然; 李少辉

    2011-01-01

    随着一些废弃矿山的重新恢复生产,在开采残留矿脉的过程中,传统的粗放型采矿模式遇到了诸多问题,解决这些问题的途径是采用新的矿产资源开采模式--精细采矿模式.介绍了精细生产的基本含义和原理,提出了精细采矿的概念及其廊用范围.精细采矿的主要内容包括开采对象的描述精细化、回采方案精细化、矿山施工精细化、矿山信息精细化、安全保障精细化以及管理精细化等诸多方面.精细采矿综合采用各方面的先进技术,配合精细生产管理,以获得最好的矿山开采经济效益、环境效益与社会效益.%With the production of some abandoned mines restarting, there are many problems in the traditional mode of extensive mining during the exploration of residual ore. The way to solve these problems is to undertake the new model for exploring mineral resources - the mode of refined mining. The basic meanings and principle of refined mining are introduced,and its definition and application field are proposed. The refined mining mainly include refining the description of production target, refining the stoping scheme, refining the mining construction, refining the mining information, refining the safety control,refining the management of mining and so on. The refined mining comprehensively adopts advanced technologies in many respects, so as to acquire greatest economic benefits, environmental benefits and social benefits with the addition of refined management.

  4. Ânion gap corrigido para albumina, fosfato e lactato é um bom preditor de íon gap forte em pacientes enfermos graves: estudo de coorte em nicho

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Ânion gap corrigido e íon gap forte são usados comumente para estimar os ânions não medidos. Avaliamos o desempenho do ânion gap corrigido para albumina, fosfato e lactato na predição do íon gap forte em uma população mista de pacientes enfermos graves. Formulamos a hipótese de que o ânion gap corrigido para albumina, fosfato e lactato seria um bom preditor do íon gap forte, independentemente da presença de acidose metabólica. Além disso, avaliamos o impacto do íon gap forte por ocasião da admissão na mortalidade hospitalar. MÉTODOS: Incluímos 84 pacientes gravemente enfermos. A correlação e a concordância entre o ânion gap corrigido para albumina, fosfato e lactato e o íon gap forte foi avaliada utilizando-se os testes de correlação de Pearson, regressão linear, plot de Bland-Altman e pelo cálculo do coeficiente de correlação interclasse. Foram realizadas duas análises de subgrupos: uma para pacientes com excesso de base -2mEq/L (grupo com alto excesso de base. Foi realizada uma regressão logística para avaliar a associação entre os níveis de íon gap forte na admissão e a mortalidade hospitalar. RESULTADOS: Houve correlação muito forte e uma boa concordância entre o ânion gap corrigido para albumina, fosfato e lactato e o íon gap forte na população geral (r2=0,94; bias 1,40; limites de concordância de -0,75 a 3,57. A correlação foi também elevada nos grupos com baixo excesso de base (r2=0,94 e alto excesso de base (r2=0,92. Estavam presentes níveis elevados de íon gap forte em 66% da população total e 42% dos casos do grupo alto excesso de. Íon gap forte não se associou com a mortalidade hospitalar, conforme avaliação pela regressão logística. CONCLUSÃO: O ânion gap corrigido para albumina, fosfato e lactato e o íon gap forte tiveram uma excelente correlação. Os ânions não medidos estão frequentemente elevados em pacientes gravemente enfermos com excesso de base

  5. Vector refinement equation and subdivision schemes in Lp spaces

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    吴正昌

    2002-01-01

    In this paper we will first prove that the nontrivial Lp solutions of the vector refinement equation exist if and only if the corresponding subdivision scheme with a suitable iriitial function converges in Lp without assumption of the stability of the solutions. Then we obtain a characterization of the convergence of the subdivision scheme in terms of the mask. This gives a complete answer to the existence of Lp solutions of the refinement equation and the convergence of the corresponding subdivision schemes.

  6. Vector refinement equation and subdivision schemes in Lp spaces

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    吴正昌

    2002-01-01

    In this paper we will first prove that the nontrivial Lp solutions of the vector refinement equation exist if and only if the corresponding subdivision scheme with a suitable initial function converges in Lp without assumption of the stability of the solutions. Then we obtain a characterization of the convergence of the subdivision scheme in terms of the mask. This gives a complete answer to the existence of Lp solutions of the refinement equation and the convergence of the corresponding subdivision schemes.

  7. Asian oil refining. Demand growth and deregulation - an uncertain future

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    The objective of the report is to identify the most important features of the oil refining industry in Asia. Major developments in consumption patterns changes in regional importance of countries are discussed, highlighting potential future developments. The first chapter introduces the various refining processes and presents a simple model for the analysis of complex refineries. Chapter 2 examines the development of the Asian refining industry against a background of economic growth and analyses trends in consumption of all products in Asian countries. In Chapter 3, the key issues concerning the refining industry are examined, among them the forces driving consumption, including the importance of economic development, and electricity and transport demand. The importance of product imports and international trade is discussed, and the extent of government involvement and the effects of changing retail and market prices are analysed. Chapter 4 looks at the strategies that oil and gas companies are following in the Asian refining industry. Particular significance is attached to the vertical integration of the oil majors, Japanese and Middle Eastern oil companies. A brief overview of the importance of the petrochemical industry is presented. The countries of Asia that are involved in the refining industry are profiled in Chapter 5. The future trend in oil consumption is examined in Chapter 6. There follows a brief discussion of the plans to expand crude refining capacity in the various countries and a forecast of the state of overcapacity which will result. In the final chapter, brief profiles of some of the most important companies in the Asian refining industry are presented, discussing their major activities and future plans. (Author)

  8. Moorhead district heating, phase 2

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    Sundberg, R. E.

    1981-01-01

    The feasibility of developing a demonstration cogeneration hot water district heating system was studied. The district heating system would use coal and cogenerated heat from the Moorhead power plant to heat the water that would be distributed through underground pipes to customers or their space and domestic water heating needs, serving a substantial portion of the commercial and institutional loads as well as single and multiple family residences near the distribution lines. The technical feasibility effort considered the distribution network, retrofit of the power plant, and conversion of heating systems in customers' buildings to use hot water from the system. The system would be developed over six years. The economic analysis consisted of a market assessment and development of business plans for construction and operation of the system. Rate design methodology, institutional issues, development risk, and the proposal for implementation are discussed.

  9. Geothermal district piping - A primer

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    Rafferty, K.

    1989-11-01

    Transmission and distribution piping constitutes approximately 40 -60% of the capital costs of typical geothermal district heating systems. Selections of economical piping suitable for the fluid chemistry is critical. Presently, most piping (56%) in geothermal systems is of asbestos cement construction. Some fiberglass (19%) and steel (19%) is also in use. Identification of an economical material to replace asbestos cement is important to future project development. By providing information on relative costs, purchase considerations, existing material performance and new products, this report seeks to provide a background of information to the potential pipe purchaser. A brief discussion of the use of uninsulated piping in geothermal district heating systems is also provided. 5 refs., 19 figs., 1 tab.

  10. Strategic issues and implications for the refining and marketing sector

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    Refiners have faced a challenging business environment for the past decade. During this period, the industry has made approximately $25 billion of capital expenditures primarily to comply with increased governmental mandates, faced highly volatile petroleum product prices and garnered a return to equity of only 5%. While worldwide and US refining capacity has been flat in recent years, demand for refined petroleum products has been on the upswing and domestic supplies have also increased due to improved US capacity utilization rates (76% in 1984 and 93% in 1994) and increased imports (gasoline sales up 11% since 1984). The result has been highly volatile and generally weak refining margins (net Gulf Coast crack spread ranging from ($.95)/bbl in 1984 to $1.84/bbl in 1990 and averaging $.81/bbl since 1984). In response to the sustained difficulties in the marketplace, one has recently witnessed some strategic realignment in the industry. Several of the integrated companies, frustrated with the required capital expenditures and meager returns, have decided to shed non-core, non-strategic refining assets. For the most part, these assets have been bought by independents at, by historical measures, very attractive terms. This paper will provide an overview of the economics of the refining business, discuss the recent trends in refinery M and A activity and summarize possible implications of the recent strategic realignment

  11. Effect of refining on quality and composition of sunflower oil.

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    Pal, U S; Patra, R K; Sahoo, N R; Bakhara, C K; Panda, M K

    2015-07-01

    An experimental oil refining unit has been developed and tested for sunflower oil. Crude pressed sunflower oil obtained from a local oil mill was refined using chemical method by degumming, neutralization, bleaching and dewaxing. The quality and composition of crude and refined oil were analysed compared. Reduction in phosphorous content from 6.15 ppm to 0, FFA content from 1.1 to 0.24 % (oleic acid), peroxide value from 22.5 to 7.9 meq/kg, wax content from 1,420 to 200 ppm and colour absorbance value from 0.149 to 0.079 (in spectrophotometer at 460 nm) were observed from crude to refined oil. It was observed that refining did not have significant effect on fatty acid compositions as found in the percentage peak area in the GC-MS chromatogram. The percentage of unsaturated fatty acid in both the oils were recorded to be about 95 % containing 9-Octadecenoic acid (Oleic acid) and 11,14-Eicosadienoic acid (elongated form of linoleic acid). The research results will be useful to small entrepreneurs and farmers for refining of sunflower oil for better marketability.

  12. Voting Districts and Minority Representation

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    Kousser, J. Morgan

    1999-01-01

    In 1872, in the first congressional reapportionment after African-Americans won the right to vote everywhere in the country, white North Carolina Democrats packed blacks into a strangely-shaped, over-populated, predominantly black congressional district in a racially discriminatory and partisan effort to minimize the influence of black Republican voters. Neither this nor any of the myriad of other nineteenth century anti-black racial gerrymanders was challenged in court. 120 ye...

  13. State Quo and Future of China's Refining Sector%State Quo and Future of China's Refining Sector

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    Zhu He

    2012-01-01

    Ever since the beginning of the 21st century and China's entering into the WTO, China's refining sector has made great strides with the support of a rapid economic growth and a strong demand for petroleum despite the fact that the industry has been facing a fiercer international competition, higher oil prices, policy-related losses (losses caused by the fact that refined oil prices strangely lower than that of the crude), international financial crisis, unstable energy geopolitics, and etc.

  14. Alterações dos processos fonológicos e índice de gravidade entre escolares com dislexia e escolares com bom desempenho acadêmico Alterations of phonological processes and severity index between students with dyslexia and students with good academic performance

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    Monique Herrera Cardoso

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar a ocorrência de processos fonológicos alterados e utilizar o índice de gravidade do transtorno fonológico para comparar uma amostra de fala e de escrita de escolares disléxicos e de alunos com bom desempenho acadêmico. MÉTODOS: Participaram 34 escolares, distribuídos entre o segundo e o quinto ano escolar, de ambos os gêneros, na faixa etária de 8 anos a 11 anos e 11 meses de idade, divididos em: G1 (17 escolares com diagnóstico interdisciplinar de dislexia e G2 (17 escolares com bom desempenho acadêmico. Foram aplicadas tarefas de Imitação e de Nomeação (ABFW, compostas, respectivamente, por 39 vocábulos e 34 figuras. Foi solicitada também, a elaboração de uma redação temática, a partir de uma sequência lógica de figuras. RESULTADOS: Os escolares disléxicos deste estudo apresentaram desempenho inferior, quando comparados aos escolares com bom desempenho acadêmico, em relação à fala, no processo fonológico de simplificação de encontro consonantal (prova de imitação e em relação à análise de produção da escrita nos critérios: traçado da letra cursiva sem alteração, disgrafia funcional, hiposegmentação, e ortografia correta. Entretanto, a gravidade do transtorno fonológico da amostra da fala e da escrita, foi leve em ambos os grupos. CONCLUSÃO: Os escolares com dislexia apresentaram alterações nos processos fonológicos e na escrita, com rendimento inferior aos escolares com bom desempenho acadêmico. Quanto ao índice de gravidade PCC-R das amostras da fala e da escrita, tanto os disléxicos como os escolares com bom desempenho acadêmico, apresentaram classificação de grau leve.PURPOSE: To compare the occurrence of altered phonological processes and to use the severity index of phonological disorder to compare speech and writing samples from dyslexic students and students with good academic performance. METHODS: Participants were 34 students of both genders from second to

  15. The Problem: Low-Achieving Districts and Low-Performing Boards

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Effective school districts maintain superintendent and school board collegiality which can foster success and connectedness among members. Delagardelle and Alsbury (2008 found that superintendents and board members are not consistent in their perceptions about the work the board does, and Glass (2007 found that states do not require boards to undergo evaluation for effectiveness. In the current study, 115 board meetings were observed using the School Board Video Project (SBVP survey, which was created in 2012 by researchers to uncover school board meetings’ effectiveness. MANOVA, Univariate ANOVA, and Pearson Chi-Square test results revealed significant differences between low-, medium-, and high-performing districts’ school board meetings. Evidence indicated that low-performing districts’ board meetings were: less orderly; had less time spent on student achievement; lacked respectful and attentive engagement across speakers; had board meeting members who seemed to advance their own agenda; had less effective working relationships among the governance team; had fewer board members who relied on the superintendent for advice and input; had one member, other than the board president, stand out for taking excessive time during meetings; and did not focus on policy items as much as high- and medium-performing school districts. The research concluded that more school board members from low-performing districts needed training to improve their effectiveness. Furthermore, highly refined and target-enhanced school board training programs might lead to lasting governance success and more effective teaming that could improve district, and ultimately, student achievement.

  16. 4th Generation District Heating (4GDH)

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    Lund, Henrik; Werner, Sven; Wiltshire, Robin;

    2014-01-01

    This paper defines the concept of 4th Generation District Heating (4GDH) including the relations to District Cooling and the concepts of smart energy and smart thermal grids. The motive is to identify the future challenges of reaching a future renewable non-fossil heat supply as part of the imple......This paper defines the concept of 4th Generation District Heating (4GDH) including the relations to District Cooling and the concepts of smart energy and smart thermal grids. The motive is to identify the future challenges of reaching a future renewable non-fossil heat supply as part...... of the implementation of overall sustainable energy systems. The basic assumption is that district heating and cooling has an important role to play in future sustainable energy systems – including 100 percent renewable energy systems – but the present generation of district heating and cooling technologies will have...

  17. School Districts, City of Hutchinson School Districts polygon layer, Published in 2004, City of Hutchinson.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This School Districts dataset, was produced all or in part from Orthoimagery information as of 2004. It is described as 'City of Hutchinson School Districts polygon...

  18. Election Districts and Precincts, City Council districts, Published in 2005, Freelance.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Election Districts and Precincts dataset, was produced all or in part from Hardcopy Maps information as of 2005. It is described as 'City Council districts'....

  19. Election Districts and Precincts, School Board districts, Published in 2006, Freelance.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Election Districts and Precincts dataset, was produced all or in part from Hardcopy Maps information as of 2006. It is described as 'School Board districts'....

  20. Election Districts and Precincts, County Council districts, Published in 2005, Freelance.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Election Districts and Precincts dataset, was produced all or in part from Hardcopy Maps information as of 2005. It is described as 'County Council districts'....

  1. School Districts, washoe county school district, Published in 2006, Washoe County.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This School Districts dataset, was produced all or in part from Published Reports/Deeds information as of 2006. It is described as 'washoe county school district'....

  2. School Districts, Walworth County School Districts, Published in 2010, Not Applicable scale, Walworth County.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This School Districts dataset, published at Not Applicable scale as of 2010. It is described as 'Walworth County School Districts'. Data by this publisher are often...

  3. Election Districts and Precincts, VotingDistricts, Published in 2008, Millard County.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Election Districts and Precincts dataset, was produced all or in part from Other information as of 2008. It is described as 'VotingDistricts'. Data by this...

  4. Government Districts, Other, ConservancyDistricts, Published in 2000, Millard County.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Government Districts, Other dataset, was produced all or in part from Other information as of 2000. It is described as 'ConservancyDistricts'. Data by this...

  5. Microstructure and tensile properties of magnesium alloy modified by Si/Ca based refiner

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    DUAN Zhi-chao; SUN Yang-shan; WEI Yu; DU Wen-wen; XUE Feng; ZHU Tian-bai

    2005-01-01

    Microstructure and mechanical properties of pure magnesium and AZ31 alloy with Ca/Si based refiner addition were investigated. The results indicate that addition of Ca/Si based refiners to pure magnesium and AZ31 alloy results in remarkable microstructure refinement. With proper amount of refiner addition, the grain size in as cast ingots can be one order of magnitude lower than that without refiner addition. Small amount of refiner addition to AZ31 alloy increases both ultimate strength and yield strength significantly, while the ductility of the alloy with refiner addition is similar to that without refiner addition. Addition of refiner improves the deformability of AZ31 alloy and extruded or hot rolled specimens (rods or sheets) with refiner addition exhibit higher surface quality and mechanical properties than those without refiner addition.

  6. The future of refining industry is in Asia

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    The decision of Total Group to close down the refining activity of its Flandres' site at Dunkerque (France) is a testimony of the deep restructuring that is affecting this sector. The migration of the refining activity towards Middle-East and Asia has started several years ago. The World capacities are increasing: in 2009 4.36 billion tons of petroleum products were refined in the world, representing a 1.9% rise with respect to 2008. 661 refineries exist in the world, among which 6 were inaugurated in 2009, 115 are located in Europe and 12 in France. The bad health of the European refining activity is beneficial to Middle and Asia where investments in new production capacities follow on from one another. From now to 2030, these areas will benefit from 70% of the worldwide investments compared to 11% only for Europe and North America. The decline of the European refining industry is directly linked to decay of the automotive fuel consumption and to the increase of the diesel fuel share with respect to gasoline. On the other hand, Asia, and in particular China and India, follow the exactly opposite trend thanks to their population and economic growths. Therefore, European oil companies try to invest in Asia and are looking for new production capacities in China and India. (J.S.)

  7. REFINING BEHAVIOUR OF BAMBOO LONG FIBRE FRACTION PULP

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    NishiK.Bhardwaj; S.V.Subrahmanyam; A.G.Kulkarni

    2004-01-01

    Refining of pulp significantly contributes to papermaking process by affecting the runnability of the stock and quality of end product. The greater the production rates of a paper, the greater are the effects of machine downtime through breaks. A correct approach towards refining treatment is very essential for energy savings and product with desired properties. Papermakers are being encouraged to use non-wood fibres for a variety of reasons - the environment, changing agricultural policy and long-term fibre supply. Compared with wood fibres, there is less knowledge on how to treat non-wood fibres for optimum performance. Laboratory studies aimed at understanding the behaviour of unbleached bamboo long fibre fraction pulp on refining in Escher Wyss Laborefmer under simulated process conditions included investigations of the important parameters like wet web tensile, wet web elongation, water retention value and paper strength properties. The paper describes the influence of two specific edge loads, 1000 and 1500 Ws/km on refining of pulp. Bamboo long fibre fraction pulp responds better to lower intensity refining to develop pulp strength.

  8. REFINING BEHAVIOR OF BAMBOO LONG FIBER FRACTION PULP

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    Nishi K.Bhardwaj; S.V.Subrahmanyam; A.G.Kulkarni

    2004-01-01

    Refining of pulp significantly contributes to papermaking process by affecting the runnability of the stock and quality of end product. The greater the production rates of a paper, the greater are the effects of machine downtime through breaks. A correct approach towards refining treatment is very essential for energy savings and product with desired properties. Papermakers are being encouraged to use non-wood fibres for a variety of reasons - the environment, changing agricultural policy and long-term fibre supply. Compared with wood fibres,there is less knowledge on how to treat non-wood fibres for optimum performance. Laboratory studies aimed at understanding the behaviour of unbleached bamboo long fibre fraction pulp on refining in Escher Wyss Laborefiner under simulated process conditions included investigations of the important parameters like wet web tensile, wet web elongation, water retention value and paper strength properties. The paper describes the influence of two specific edge loads, 1000 and 1500 Ws/km on refining of pulp.Bamboo long fibre fraction pulp responds better to lower intensity refining to develop pulp strength.

  9. A refined approach: Saudi Arabia moves beyond crude

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    Saudi Arabia's role in global energy markets is changing. The kingdom is reshaping itself as a supplier of refined petroleum products while moving beyond its long-held role as a simple exporter of crude oil. This change is commensurate with the typical development trajectory of a state progressing to a more advanced stage of global economic integration. Gains from increased refining include reducing fuel imports and capturing margins now bequeathed to competitors. Refining also allows the kingdom to export its heavy crude oil to a wider array of customers, beyond select importers configured to handle heavy crudes. However, the move also presents strategic complications. The world's 'swing supplier' of oil may grow less willing or able to adjust supply to suit market demands. In the process, Saudi Arabia may have to update the old “oil for security” relationship that links it with Washington, augmenting it with a more diverse set of economic and investment ties with individual companies and countries, including China. -- Highlights: •Saudi Arabia is diverting crude oil into an expanding refining sector. •In doing so, the kingdom is moving beyond its role as global “swing supplier” of crude oil. •The kingdom will benefit from increased refining, including enhanced demand for heavy crude. •Strategic complications may force it to seek security partners beyond Washington

  10. Bayesian ensemble refinement by replica simulations and reweighting

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    Hummer, Gerhard; Köfinger, Jürgen

    2015-12-01

    We describe different Bayesian ensemble refinement methods, examine their interrelation, and discuss their practical application. With ensemble refinement, the properties of dynamic and partially disordered (bio)molecular structures can be characterized by integrating a wide range of experimental data, including measurements of ensemble-averaged observables. We start from a Bayesian formulation in which the posterior is a functional that ranks different configuration space distributions. By maximizing this posterior, we derive an optimal Bayesian ensemble distribution. For discrete configurations, this optimal distribution is identical to that obtained by the maximum entropy "ensemble refinement of SAXS" (EROS) formulation. Bayesian replica ensemble refinement enhances the sampling of relevant configurations by imposing restraints on averages of observables in coupled replica molecular dynamics simulations. We show that the strength of the restraints should scale linearly with the number of replicas to ensure convergence to the optimal Bayesian result in the limit of infinitely many replicas. In the "Bayesian inference of ensembles" method, we combine the replica and EROS approaches to accelerate the convergence. An adaptive algorithm can be used to sample directly from the optimal ensemble, without replicas. We discuss the incorporation of single-molecule measurements and dynamic observables such as relaxation parameters. The theoretical analysis of different Bayesian ensemble refinement approaches provides a basis for practical applications and a starting point for further investigations.

  11. Bayesian ensemble refinement by replica simulations and reweighting.

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    Hummer, Gerhard; Köfinger, Jürgen

    2015-12-28

    We describe different Bayesian ensemble refinement methods, examine their interrelation, and discuss their practical application. With ensemble refinement, the properties of dynamic and partially disordered (bio)molecular structures can be characterized by integrating a wide range of experimental data, including measurements of ensemble-averaged observables. We start from a Bayesian formulation in which the posterior is a functional that ranks different configuration space distributions. By maximizing this posterior, we derive an optimal Bayesian ensemble distribution. For discrete configurations, this optimal distribution is identical to that obtained by the maximum entropy "ensemble refinement of SAXS" (EROS) formulation. Bayesian replica ensemble refinement enhances the sampling of relevant configurations by imposing restraints on averages of observables in coupled replica molecular dynamics simulations. We show that the strength of the restraints should scale linearly with the number of replicas to ensure convergence to the optimal Bayesian result in the limit of infinitely many replicas. In the "Bayesian inference of ensembles" method, we combine the replica and EROS approaches to accelerate the convergence. An adaptive algorithm can be used to sample directly from the optimal ensemble, without replicas. We discuss the incorporation of single-molecule measurements and dynamic observables such as relaxation parameters. The theoretical analysis of different Bayesian ensemble refinement approaches provides a basis for practical applications and a starting point for further investigations.

  12. Refined food addiction: a classic substance use disorder.

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    Ifland, J R; Preuss, H G; Marcus, M T; Rourke, K M; Taylor, W C; Burau, K; Jacobs, W S; Kadish, W; Manso, G

    2009-05-01

    Overeating in industrial societies is a significant problem, linked to an increasing incidence of overweight and obesity, and the resultant adverse health consequences. We advance the hypothesis that a possible explanation for overeating is that processed foods with high concentrations of sugar and other refined sweeteners, refined carbohydrates, fat, salt, and caffeine are addictive substances. Therefore, many people lose control over their ability to regulate their consumption of such foods. The loss of control over these foods could account for the global epidemic of obesity and other metabolic disorders. We assert that overeating can be described as an addiction to refined foods that conforms to the DSM-IV criteria for substance use disorders. To examine the hypothesis, we relied on experience with self-identified refined foods addicts, as well as critical reading of the literature on obesity, eating behavior, and drug addiction. Reports by self-identified food addicts illustrate behaviors that conform to the 7 DSM-IV criteria for substance use disorders. The literature also supports use of the DSM-IV criteria to describe overeating as a substance use disorder. The observational and empirical data strengthen the hypothesis that certain refined food consumption behaviors meet the criteria for substance use disorders, not unlike tobacco and alcohol. This hypothesis could lead to a new diagnostic category, as well as therapeutic approaches to changing overeating behaviors. PMID:19223127

  13. Use of intensity quotients and differences in absolute structure refinement

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    Differences and quotients can be defined using Friedel pairs of reflections and applied in refinement to enable absolute structure to be determined precisely even for light atom crystal structures. Several methods for absolute structure refinement were tested using single-crystal X-ray diffraction data collected using Cu Kα radiation for 23 crystals with no element heavier than oxygen: conventional refinement using an inversion twin model, estimation using intensity quotients in SHELXL2012, estimation using Bayesian methods in PLATON, estimation using restraints consisting of numerical intensity differences in CRYSTALS and estimation using differences and quotients in TOPAS-Academic where both quantities were coded in terms of other structural parameters and implemented as restraints. The conventional refinement approach yielded accurate values of the Flack parameter, but with standard uncertainties ranging from 0.15 to 0.77. The other methods also yielded accurate values of the Flack parameter, but with much higher precision. Absolute structure was established in all cases, even for a hydrocarbon. The procedures in which restraints are coded explicitly in terms of other structural parameters enable the Flack parameter to correlate with these other parameters, so that it is determined along with those parameters during refinement

  14. Cyclone hazard proneness of districts of India

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    M Mohapatra

    2015-04-01

    Hazards associated with tropical cyclones (TCs) are long-duration rotatory high velocity winds, very heavy rain, and storm tide. India has a coastline of about 7516 km of which 5400 km is along the mainland. The entire coast is affected by cyclones with varying frequency and intensity. Thus classification of TC hazard proneness of the coastal districts is very essential for planning and preparedness aspects of management of TCs. So, an attempt has been made to classify TC hazard proneness of districts by adopting a hazard criteria based on frequency and intensity of cyclone, wind strength, probable maximum precipitation, and probable maximum storm surge. Ninety-six districts including 72 districts touching the coast and 24 districts not touching the coast, but lying within 100 km from the coast have been classified based on their proneness. Out of 96 districts, 12 are very highly prone, 41 are highly prone, 30 are moderately prone, and the remaining 13 districts are less prone. This classification of coastal districts based on hazard may be considered for all the required purposes including coastal zone management and planning. However, the vulnerability of the place has not been taken into consideration. Therefore, composite cyclone risk of a district, which is the product of hazard and vulnerability, needs to be assessed separately through a detailed study.

  15. District Fiscal Policy and Student Achievement

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    Gary G. Huang

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available School restructuring raises questions about the role of school districts in improving student learning. Centralization by state governments and decentralization to individual schools as proposed in systemic reform leave districts' role unsettled. Empirical research on the district role in the context of ongoing reform is inadequate. This analysis of combined data from the NAEP and the Common Core of Data (CCD was intended to address the issue. We analyzed 1990, 1992, and 1996 NAEP 8th grade mathematics national assessment data in combination with CCD data of corresponding years to examine the extent to which student achievement was related to districts' control over instructional expenditure, adjusting for relevant key factors at both district and student levels. Upon sample modification, we used hierarchical linear modeling (HLM to estimate the relationships of student achievement to two district fiscal policy indictors, current expenditure per pupil (CEPP and districts' discretionary rates for instructional expenditure (DDR. Net of relevant district factors, DDR was found unrelated to districts' average 8th grade math performance. The null effect was consistent in the analysis of the combined NAEP-CCD data for 1990, 1992, and 1996. In contrast, CEPP was found related to higher math performance in a modest yet fairly consistent way. Future research may be productive to separately study individual states and integrate the findings onto the national level.

  16. Rehabilitation of district heating networks

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    Ottosson, Peter [AaF-Energikonsult Syd AB (Sweden)

    1996-11-01

    Often the choice is between reparation or exchange of a damaged section of the network. If the exchange is based on the wrong assumptions, large sections of undamaged pipelines could be removed. Most important for the district heating company is to decide which strategy to use for the future exchange of the pipelines. Whichever strategy used, it has to based on an assessment of the network and/or assumptions based on that assessment. The question if it is possible extend the life span of the pipelines arises. What is the most economical choice, the exchange or the renovation. (au)

  17. Budget Stability, Revenue Volatility, and District Relations: Determinants of Georgia ELOST Distribution to Municipal School Districts

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    Reinagel, Tyler P.

    2014-01-01

    School districts across the United States are often forced into situations where limited public funds must be distributed among multiple districts. These are often reliant on distribution rates negotiated by district leadership and elected officials. An example of this is Georgia's 1% Education Local Option Sales Tax (ELOST). The tax is collected…

  18. One Approach to Increasing Revenues for Your School District. (A Small School District's Successful Struggle).

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    Dombrowski, Richard J.

    In 1983, Channahon School District 17 in Illinois was $1.3 million in debt. Real estate taxes constituted the school district's chief source of revenue, but because the state's oil industry kept its assessed valuations below the actual value of its property through the use of experts and lawyers, the school district was denied much of its income.…

  19. Study on Laboratory Method for Refining of SR Diesel Fuel

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    Li Junling; Zheng Tinglu; Han Zhaping

    2006-01-01

    The method for refining the straight-run diesel fuel was studied in laboratory scale in order to make the acid number of diesel fraction comply with the standard while removing the naphthenic acids contained in diesel without causing environmental pollution. After comparing the effect of refining using three solvents, the isopropyl alcohol-HOA was specified as the best solvent. Meanwhile, the relationship between the acid number of diesel fraction and the amount of solvent used and the relationship between the concentration of solvent and temperature and the stability of diesel in terms of its acid number were also investigated. Experimental results had shown that when the mass fraction of the HOA-IPA solvent was 20% at a dosage of 17 mL of the solvent and a temperature of 30℃, the acid number of the refined diesel fraction was 0.015 mg KOH/g with a good stability of acidity in the diesel traction.

  20. Construction and Application of a Refined Hospital Management Chain.

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    Lihua, Yi

    2016-01-01

    Large scale development was quite common in the later period of hospital industrialization in China. Today, Chinese hospital management faces such problems as service inefficiency, high human resources cost, and low rate of capital use. This study analyzes the refined management chain of Wuxi No.2 People's Hospital. This consists of six gears namely, "organizational structure, clinical practice, outpatient service, medical technology, and nursing care and logistics." The gears are based on "flat management system targets, chief of medical staff, centralized outpatient service, intensified medical examinations, vertical nursing management and socialized logistics." The core concepts of refined hospital management are optimizing flow process, reducing waste, improving efficiency, saving costs, and taking good care of patients as most important. Keywords: Hospital, Refined, Management chain

  1. Changing the preferred direction of the refined topological vertex

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    Awata, Hidetoshi

    2009-01-01

    We consider the issue of the slice invariance of refined topological string amplitudes, which means that they are independent of the choice of the preferred direction of the refined topological vertex. We work out two examples. The first example is a geometric engineering of five-dimensional U(1) gauge theory with a matter. The slice invariance follows from a highly non-trivial combinatorial identity which equates two known ways of computing the chi_y genus of the Hilbert scheme of points on C^2. The second example is concerned with the proposal that the superpolynomials of the colored Hopf link are obtained from a refinement of topological open string amplitudes. We provide a closed formula for the superpolynomial, which confirms the slice invariance when the Hopf link is colored with totally anti-symmetric representations. However, we observe a breakdown of the slice invariance for other representations.

  2. Construction and Application of a Refined Hospital Management Chain.

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    Lihua, Yi

    2016-01-01

    Large scale development was quite common in the later period of hospital industrialization in China. Today, Chinese hospital management faces such problems as service inefficiency, high human resources cost, and low rate of capital use. This study analyzes the refined management chain of Wuxi No.2 People's Hospital. This consists of six gears namely, "organizational structure, clinical practice, outpatient service, medical technology, and nursing care and logistics." The gears are based on "flat management system targets, chief of medical staff, centralized outpatient service, intensified medical examinations, vertical nursing management and socialized logistics." The core concepts of refined hospital management are optimizing flow process, reducing waste, improving efficiency, saving costs, and taking good care of patients as most important. Keywords: Hospital, Refined, Management chain PMID:27180468

  3. Zone refining of sintered, microwave-derived YBCO superconductors

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    Post-sintering treatments such as zone melting under thermal gradient has been conducted on sintered YBCO tape cast films. YBCO precursor powder was derived through decomposition of a mixture of nitrates of cations in a microwave oven for ∼4 min. The resulting powder was characterized and made into thin sheets by tape casting and then sintered at 945 C for 5 h. The sintered tapes were subjected to repeated zone refining operations at relatively high speeds of ∼30 mm/h. A microstructure having uniformly oriented grains in the a-b plane throughout the bulk of the sample was obtained by three repeated zone refining operations. Details of precursor preparation, microwave processing and its advantages, zone refining conditions, and microstructural features are presented in this paper

  4. The refined theory of transversely isotropic piezoelectric rectangular beams

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    GAO; Yang; WANG; Minzhong

    2006-01-01

    The problem of deducing one-dimensional theory from two-dimensional theory for a transversely isotropic piezoelectric rectangular beam is investigated. Based on the piezoelasticity theory, the refined theory of piezoelectric beams is derived by using the general solution of transversely isotropic piezoelasticity and Lur'e method without ad hoc assumptions. Based on the refined theory of piezoelectric beams, the exact equations for the beams without transverse surface loadings are derived, which consist of two governing differential equations: the fourth-order equation and the transcendental equation. The approximate equations for the beams under transverse loadings are derived directly from the refined beam theory. As a special case, the governing differential equations for transversely isotropic elastic beams are obtained from the corresponding equations of piezoelectric beams. To illustrate the application of the beam theory developed, a uniformly loaded and simply supported piezoelectric beam is examined.

  5. European oil refining: strategies for a competitive future

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    European Oil Refining investigates how the industry came to be in crisis and what the future holds. As well as an extensive analysis of past and present market shifts, the report predicts likely future developments and their consequences for investors. The report reviews the European oil sector in a global context, calculates the cost to refiners of key environmental legislation, assesses the problems caused by changing product demand and crude supply, examines possible solutions to the problems of low margins and overcapacity, evaluates the key players' main strategies to increase their competitiveness, analyses the western European oil refining industry by country, details the refinery operations of the major countries of central and eastern Europe, profiles 15 of the major oil companies and estimates the increase in investment required as a result of legislative and demand changes. (author)

  6. Refinement and Verification of Real-Time Systems

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    Kolano, Paul Z; Kemmerer, Richard A; Mandrioli, Dino

    2010-01-01

    This paper discusses highly general mechanisms for specifying the refinement of a real-time system as a collection of lower level parallel components that preserve the timing and functional requirements of the upper level specification. These mechanisms are discussed in the context of ASTRAL, which is a formal specification language for real-time systems. Refinement is accomplished by mapping all of the elements of an upper level specification into lower level elements that may be split among several parallel components. In addition, actions that can occur in the upper level are mapped to actions of components operating at the lower level. This allows several types of implementation strategies to be specified in a natural way, while the price for generality (in terms of complexity) is paid only when necessary. The refinement mechanisms are first illustrated using a simple digital circuit; then, through a highly complex phone system; finally, design guidelines gleaned from these specifications are presented.

  7. RNA Structure Refinement using the ERRASER-Phenix pipeline

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    Chou, Fang-Chieh; Echols, Nathaniel; Terwilliger, Thomas C.; Das, Rhiju

    2015-01-01

    Summary The final step of RNA crystallography involves the fitting of coordinates into electron density maps. The large number of backbone atoms in RNA presents a difficult and tedious challenge, particularly when experimental density is poor. The ERRASER-Phenix pipeline can improve an initial set of RNA coordinates automatically based on a physically realistic model of atomic-level RNA interactions. The pipeline couples diffraction-based refinement in Phenix with the Rosetta-based real-space refinement protocol ERRASER (Enumerative Real-Space Refinement ASsisted by Electron density under Rosetta). The combination of ERRASER and Phenix can improve the geometrical quality of RNA crystallographic models while maintaining or improving the fit to the diffraction data (as measured by Rfree). Here we present a complete tutorial for running ERRASER-Phenix through the Phenix GUI, from the command-line, and via an application in the Rosetta On-line Server that Includes Everyone (ROSIE). PMID:26227049

  8. Elliptic Solvers with Adaptive Mesh Refinement on Complex Geometries

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    Phillip, B.

    2000-07-24

    Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) is a numerical technique for locally tailoring the resolution computational grids. Multilevel algorithms for solving elliptic problems on adaptive grids include the Fast Adaptive Composite grid method (FAC) and its parallel variants (AFAC and AFACx). Theory that confirms the independence of the convergence rates of FAC and AFAC on the number of refinement levels exists under certain ellipticity and approximation property conditions. Similar theory needs to be developed for AFACx. The effectiveness of multigrid-based elliptic solvers such as FAC, AFAC, and AFACx on adaptively refined overlapping grids is not clearly understood. Finally, a non-trivial eye model problem will be solved by combining the power of using overlapping grids for complex moving geometries, AMR, and multilevel elliptic solvers.

  9. Future prospects for palm oil refining and modifications

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    Gibon Véronique

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Palm oil is rich in minor components that impart unique nutritional properties and need to be preserved. In this context, refining technologies have been improved, with the dual temperature deodorizer, the double condensing unit and the ice condensing system. The DOBI is a good tool to assess quality of the crude palm oil and its ability to be properly refined. Specially refined oils open a market for new high quality products (golden palm oil, red palm oil, white soaps, etc.. Palm oil is a good candidate for the multi-step dry fractionation process, aiming to the production of commodity oils and specialty fats (cocoa butter replacers. New technological developments allow quality and yield improvements. Palm oil and fractions are also valuable feedstock for enzymatic interesterification in which applications are for commodity oil (low-trans margarines and shortenings and for special products (cocoa butter equivalents, infant formulation, ….

  10. Automated Assume-Guarantee Reasoning by Abstraction Refinement

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    Pasareanu, Corina S.; Giannakopoulous, Dimitra; Glannakopoulou, Dimitra

    2008-01-01

    Current automated approaches for compositional model checking in the assume-guarantee style are based on learning of assumptions as deterministic automata. We propose an alternative approach based on abstraction refinement. Our new method computes the assumptions for the assume-guarantee rules as conservative and not necessarily deterministic abstractions of some of the components, and refines those abstractions using counter-examples obtained from model checking them together with the other components. Our approach also exploits the alphabets of the interfaces between components and performs iterative refinement of those alphabets as well as of the abstractions. We show experimentally that our preliminary implementation of the proposed alternative achieves similar or better performance than a previous learning-based implementation.

  11. Crystal structural refinement for NdAlSi

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    HE Wei; ZHANG Jiliang; ZENG Lingmin; ZHUANG Yinghong

    2006-01-01

    The compound NdAlSi was studied using X-ray powder diffraction technique and refined by the Rietveld method. The compound NdAlSihas tetragonal α-ThSi2-type structure, space group I41/amd (No.141), Z = 4, and the lattice parameters a = 0.41991(1) nm, c = 1.44916(3) nm. The Smith and Snyder figure of merit FN is F30= 103.1(36). The R-factors of Rietveld refinement are Rp= 0.113 and Rwp= 0.148, respectively. The X-ray powder diffraction data is presented in this article.

  12. By-products of palm oil extraction and refining

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    Tan Yew-Ai

    2006-01-01

    This paper outlines the utilisation of by-products resulting from the extraction and refining of palm oil. It summarises research by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) directed at producing zero waste from the palm oil industry. MPOB regards by-products of the palm oil industry not as waste but resources. It will be evident that by-products from the palm oil industry can be and have been used extensively and that the research carried out is relevant to both the milling and refining sectors.

  13. By-products of palm oil extraction and refining

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    Tan Yew-Ai

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper outlines the utilisation of by-products resulting from the extraction and refining of palm oil. It summarises research by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB directed at producing zero waste from the palm oil industry. MPOB regards by-products of the palm oil industry not as waste but resources. It will be evident that by-products from the palm oil industry can be and have been used extensively and that the research carried out is relevant to both the milling and refining sectors.

  14. The Algorithm for Rule-base Refinement on Fuzzy Set

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    LI Feng; WU Cui-hong; DING Xiang-wu

    2006-01-01

    In the course of running an artificial intelligent system many redundant rules are often produced. To refine the knowledge base, viz. to remove the redundant rules, can accelerate the reasoning and shrink the rule base. The purpose of the paper is to present the thinking on the topic and design the algorithm to remove the redundant rules from the rule base.The "abstraction" of "state variable", redundant rules and the least rule base are discussed in the paper. The algorithm on refining knowledge base is also presented.

  15. Maternal mortality in Bijapur district

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    Vidya A. Thobbi

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: The objectives of this study is to evaluate the incidence of maternal deaths, causes responsible for maternal mortality, direct and indirect factors, and various preventable methods to reduce maternal mortality rate. Background: 95% of maternal deaths occur in Asia and Africa. The need for undertaking this study is to know the maternal mortality rate, analyze the causes and preventable factors of death occurring in the district of Bijapur, Karnataka, India. Methodology: It is a study of 2years from the Records of District Health Office and Institutions on maternal mortality from June 2011 to May 2013 in Bijapur. Results: In two years there were fifty eight maternal deaths and seventy nine thousand five hundred and sixty six live births, hence maternal mortality ratio was seventy three per lakh live births. Eighty two percent of maternal deaths occurred in families who belonged to Below Poverty Line. Prevalence of anemia in pregnancy was 79.3%. Severe anemia (Hemoglobin <7g% seen in 5.1% was the most common indirect cause of death. Forty three percent of the deaths occurred at private setups. Hemorrhage, Septicemia and Preeclampsia & Eclampsia were responsible for 44.82%, 15.51% and 6.89% respectively. Conclusion: Majority of the maternal deaths are preventable if these four delays are avoided: a Delay in identifying the problem. b Delay in seeking care. c Delay in reaching the referral institute. d Delay in getting treatment on reaching the referral institute.

  16. Hastings Wetland Management District Annual narrative report: Calendar year 1977

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This narrative report for Hastings Wetland Management District outlines District accomplishments for the 1977 calendar year. The report begins by giving District...

  17. Health assessment for Koch Refining Company, Rosemount, Minnesota, Region 5. CERCLIS No. MND000686071. Preliminary report

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    1989-06-27

    The Koch Refining Company (KRC) is listed on the National Priorities List. The 1200-acre site is located in the Pine Bend industrial district of the City of Rosemount, in southeastern Minnesota. The site includes the refinery site and adjacent properties owned by KRC. The refinery is located about 15 miles south of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Water sampled from six private wells east of the refinery in January and February 1984 found low concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon compounds (PAHs). Monitoring wells installed in 1985-86 have contained much higher levels of contaminants. Deep-soil borings in the vicinity of these wells confirm that the soil here is also highly contaminated. In addition, in June 1987, a layer of free product was found floating on the water in a monitoring well at the eastern edge of the tank farm. A section of gasoline pipeline was found to have corroded and was replaced. The pipeline is also believed to be a source of ground-water and soil contamination. The site is considered to be of potential public health concern because of the risk to human health caused by the possibility of exposure to hazardous substances via ground water.

  18. Characteristics of Improved School Districts. Research Brief

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    Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, 2006

    2006-01-01

    This research brief presents an overview of a 2004 study by G.S. Shannon and P. Bylsma entitled "Characteristics of Improved School Districts: Themes from Research" (Olympia, WA: Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction). The authors reviewed more than 80 research articles that investigated the attributes of schools and districts that have…

  19. Corrosion Rate Monitoring in District Heating Systems

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    Hilbert, Lisbeth Rischel; Nielsen, Lars Vendelbo; Andersen, A.

    2005-01-01

    Quality control in district heating systems to keep uniform corrosion rates low and localized corrosion minimal is based on water quality control. Side-stream units equipped with carbon steel probes for online monitoring were mounted in district heating plants to investigate which techniques would...

  20. District heating today and in the future

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    Existing and projected district heating in Switzerland, with and without power generation, is reviewed with detailed tables and diagrams. Particular reference is made to the system using the Beznau 1 and 2 nuclear power plants. Topics discussed include: heat sources; district heating networks; energy accounting; development potential in Switzerland; possibilities for environmental pollution reduction. (F.Q.)

  1. A Guide to School District Reorganization.

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    Warner, Allan K.

    School district reorganization is a process that requires considerable planning. This guide provides information on school district reorganization in the state of Nebraska, to interested boards of education and county and citizen reorganization committees. Topics discussed include planning for reorganization, establishing citizen committees, using…

  2. Amid Uncertainty, Districts Weighing "Sequester" Impact

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    Klein, Alyson

    2013-01-01

    Even as they seek to quantify the impact of across-the-board federal budget cuts on K-12 programs, some of the nation's neediest school districts are bracing for tough choices. The pinch from sequestration--or "the sequester," in Washington shorthand--is expected to be particularly painful for districts that depend on the most on the federal…

  3. 5 Steps to a Greener School District

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    Hines, Gary

    2010-01-01

    Sometimes all it takes is a little fate to accomplish something great, or in this case, something green. The Broward County Public School (BCPS) District shows how a natural disaster (Hurricane Wilma) inspired a green revolution. This article presents the five steps that the Broward County School District followed in implementing an Environmental…

  4. Superintendent Leadership: Focusing on District Culture

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    Donnelly, Tanya A.; Adams, Jeffery S.; Smith, Dwayne E.

    2012-01-01

    This report describes a problem-based learning project focusing on superintendent leadership and stakeholder influence of school district culture. Current research findings suggest the importance of superintendent leadership in assessing, influencing, and enhancing school district culture. Multiple scholars wrote literature in the area of…

  5. Districts Create Community Connections with Social Media

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    Gordon, Dan

    2012-01-01

    More districts realize that communicating in a clear and engaging way with stakeholders about everything from the district's overall education vision to scholastic and extracurricular success stories can go a long way toward enlisting broad community support. And although face-to-face communications are still important, technology provides a…

  6. Supporting Solo at the District Level

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    Woodard, Mary

    2011-01-01

    School librarians in the Mesquite Independent School District (ISD) have been operating solo on their campuses since the 1970s. Campus clerical assistance in the school libraries was a luxury that they couldn't afford. Since the district's vision was of a teaching librarian, a Library Processing Department was established in 1972. As years passed,…

  7. District Leaders' Framing of Educator Evaluation Policy

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    Woulfin, Sarah L.; Donaldson, Morgaen L.; Gonzales, Richard

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: Educator evaluation systems have recently undergone scrutiny and reform, and district and school leaders play a key role in interpreting and enacting these systems. This article uses framing theory to understand district leaders' interpretation and advancement of a state's new educator evaluation policy. Research Methods: The article…

  8. Zhengdong New District: A Water City

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    2002-01-01

    ON April 12, 2002, at the Yuda World Trade Building, Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, a signing ceremony for the first group of developers to enter Zhengdong New District was in progress. Government officials announced, "In the years to come, Zhengdong New District will be a government focus.

  9. Spin systems and Political Districting Problem

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    Chou, C.-I [Department of Physics, Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan 111 (China)]. E-mail: cichou@faculty.pccu.edu.tw; Li, S.-P. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan 115 (China)

    2007-03-15

    The aim of the Political Districting Problem is to partition a territory into electoral districts subject to some constraints such as contiguity, population equality, etc. In this paper, we apply statistical physics methods to Political Districting Problem. We will show how to transform the political problem to a spin system, and how to write down a q-state Potts model-like energy function in which the political constraints can be written as interactions between sites or external fields acting on the system. Districting into q voter districts is equivalent to finding the ground state of this q-state Potts model. Searching for the ground state becomes an optimization problem, where optimization algorithms such as the simulated annealing method and Genetic Algorithm can be employed here.

  10. Sustainability Profile for Urban Districts in Copenhagen

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    Jensen, Jesper Ole

      The paper concerns the development of sustainability profiles for districts in Copenhagen. This work is currently being carried out by the Danish Building Research Institute, the Technical University of Copenhagen, and the municipality of Copenhagen. The aim of the project is to develop a first...... the data-collection has been completed, it is easy to repeat it, hence enabling a continuous monitoring of the district. The flexibility of DPL is that it accepts the use of alternative data if the requested data are not available, and also allows new indicators to be included, if they are of special.......      Applying the model on urban districts in Copenhagen has implied some changes of indicators. This has, however, also enabled an elaboration of profiles for all 10 districts in Copenhagen, an instant benchmarking between the districts, and comparative analysis of the indicators.      The paper will discuss...

  11. Analysis of Environment for Development of Oil Refining Business in China

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    Song Aiping; Yang Weijun

    2006-01-01

    This articles focuses on analysis of the changing trend relating to crude supply and petroleum products demand inside China, while introducing the preliminary progress resulted from restructuring of China' s refining industry and dynamics of competition among Chinese refining enterprises. This article has made a preliminary judgment and analysis on the situation facing China's refining industry and may serve as a reference to refiners intending to develop refining business inside China.

  12. Refined life-cycle assessment of polymer solar cells

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    Lenzmann, F.; Kroon, J.; Andriessen, R.;

    2011-01-01

    A refined life-cycle assessment of polymer solar cells is presented with a focus on critical components, i.e. the transparent conductive ITO layer and the encapsulation components. This present analysis gives a comprehensive sketch of the full environmental potential of polymer-OPV in comparison...

  13. THE REFINEMENT OF NMR STRUCTURES BY MOLECULAR-DYNAMICS SIMULATION

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    TORDA, AE; VANGUNSTEREN, WF

    1991-01-01

    We discuss the use of molecular dynamics simulations as a tool for the refinement of structures based on NMR data. The procedure always involves the construction of a pseudo-energy term to model the experimental data and we consider the various approaches to this problem. We detail recent work where

  14. Acetic acid based oil palm biomass refining process

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    Harmsen, P.F.H.; Keijsers, E.R.P.; Lips, S.J.J.; Dam, van J.E.G.; Engelen-Smit, N.P.E.

    2011-01-01

    The invention relates to a process for refining a biomass from empty fruit bunches of oil palm with a dry matter content of 5-95 wt.%, based on the total wt. of the biomass, where the process comprises the subsequent stages of (a) water extn. under atm. pressure conditions and at pH of 5-7, (b) pre

  15. Status and Development of Oil Refining and Petrochemical Industry

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    Wang Xianqing

    1994-01-01

    @@ CNPC, as a state petroleum corporation, is mainly engaged in exploration and development of oil and gas, and other businesses in upstream industry.In addition it has its own down-stream operations in refining and chemical industry. Through many years' efforts, CNPC's downstream industry has begun to take shape with a fairly good foundation.

  16. Group Averaging and Refined Algebraic Quantization: Where are we now?

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    Marolf, D.

    2000-01-01

    Refined Algebraic Quantization and Group Averaging are powerful methods for quantizing constrained systems. They give constructive algorithms for generating observables and the physical inner product. This work outlines the current status of these ideas with an eye toward quantum gravity. The main goal is provide a description of outstanding problems and possible research topics in the field.

  17. Biomass refining for sustainable development : analysis and directions

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    Luo, Lin

    2010-01-01

    To understand the contribution of biomass refining to sustainable development, the technical, environmental and economic aspects are summarized in this thesis. This work begins from life cycle assessment (LCA) of bioethanol from lignocellulosic feedstocks such as corn stover, sugarcane and bagasse,

  18. Jiangxi Copper Plans to Increase its Refined Copper Output

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    2011-01-01

    <正>According to news published on March 30th, China’s largest copper producer--Jiangxi Copper alleged in its 2010 Financial Report Statement that it plans to improve its output of refined copper by 4.4% in 2011, to increase from 900,000 tonnes last year to 940,000 tons.

  19. Refined functional relations for the elliptic SOS model

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    Galleas, W

    2012-01-01

    In this work we refine the method of [1] and obtain a novel kind of functional equation determining the partition function of the elliptic SOS model with domain wall boundaries. This functional relation is originated from the dynamical Yang-Baxter algebra and its solution is given in terms of multiple contour integrals.

  20. Assimilating Remote Ammonia Observations with a Refined Aerosol Thermodynamics Adjoint"

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    Ammonia emissions parameters in North America can be refined in order to improve the evaluation of modeled concentrations against observations. Here, we seek to do so by developing and applying the GEOS-Chem adjoint nested over North America to conductassimilation of observations...

  1. Crisis and Survival in Western European Oil Refining.

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    Pinder, David A.

    1986-01-01

    In recent years, oil refining in Western Europe has experienced a period of intense contraction. Discussed are the nature of the crisis, defensive strategies that have been adopted, the spatial consequences of the strategies, and how effective they have been in combatting the root causes of crises. (RM)

  2. Procurement planning in oil refining industries considering blending operations

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    Oddsdottir, Thordis Anna; Grunow, Martin; Akkerman, Renzo

    2013-01-01

    This paper addresses procurement planning in oil refining, which has until now only had limited attention in the literature. We introduce a mixed integer nonlinear programming (MINLP) model and develop a novel two-stage solution approach, which aims at computational efficiency while addressing...

  3. Energy Efficiency Improvement in the Petroleum RefiningIndustry

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    Worrell, Ernst; Galitsky, Christina

    2005-05-01

    Information has proven to be an important barrier inindustrial energy efficiency improvement. Voluntary government programsaim to assist industry to improve energy efficiency by supplyinginformation on opportunities. ENERGY STAR(R) supports the development ofstrong strategic corporate energy management programs, by providingenergy management information tools and strategies. This paper summarizesENERGY STAR research conducted to develop an Energy Guide for thePetroleum Refining industry. Petroleum refining in the United States isthe largest in the world, providing inputs to virtually every economicsector, including the transport sector and the chemical industry.Refineries spend typically 50 percent of the cash operating costs (e.g.,excluding capital costs and depreciation) on energy, making energy amajor cost factor and also an important opportunity for cost reduction.The petroleum refining industry consumes about 3.1 Quads of primaryenergy, making it the single largest industrial energy user in the UnitedStates. Typically, refineries can economically improve energy efficiencyby 20 percent. The findings suggest that given available resources andtechnology, there are substantial opportunities to reduce energyconsumption cost-effectively in the petroleum refining industry whilemaintaining the quality of the products manufactured.

  4. Refining Effect of Boron on Hypoeutectic Al-Si Alloys

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    2000-01-01

    @@Several concepts of the grain refinement mechanism of B on hypoeutectic Al-Si alloys have been adopted: the refining effect of B on the α-Al and eutectic Si with the different additions of Al-B master alloys made at 850℃ was investigated; and the Al-B master alloys formed under different temperature conditions have been studied to explore the morphologies of AlB2 particles;slowly cooled sample with addition of Al-B was made to explore the refinement mechanism. AlB master alloy can refine not only α-Al, but eutectic Si. Theoretical analysis indicates that,although AlB2 does not take part directly in the nucleation process in pure Al in the presence of Si, it provides a substrate for precipitation of a small content of Si from which α-Al will grow without any undercooling. When the temperature decreases to eutectic line, AlB2 subsequently nucleates eutectic Si; AlB2 particles appear in two different morphologies, namely, hexagonal platelet and tetradehedron morphology which depend on the processing temperature conditions.

  5. Singapore refiners in midst of huge construction campaign

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    This paper reports that Singapore's downstream capacity continues to mushroom. Singapore refiners, upbeat about long term prospects for petroleum products demand in the Asia-Pacific region, and are pressing plans to boost processing capacity. Their plans go beyond capacity expansions. They are proceeding with projects to upgrade refineries to emphasize production of higher value products and to further integrate refining capabilities wit the region's petrochemical industry. Planned expansion and upgrading projects at Singapore refineries call for outlays of more than $1 billion to boost total capacity to about 1.1 million b/d in 1993 and 1.27 million b/d by 1995. That would be the highest level since the mid-1980s, when refiners such as Shell Singapore cut capacity amid an oil glut. Singapore refineries currently are running at effective full capacity of 1.04 million b/d. Meanwhile, Singapore refiners are aggressively courting customers in the Indochina subcontinent, where long isolated centrally planned economies are turning gradually to free markets

  6. Discovery and refinement of loci associated with lipid levels

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    Willer, Cristen J; Schmidt, Ellen M; Sengupta, Sebanti; Peloso, Gina M; Gustafsson, Stefan; Kanoni, Stavroula; Ganna, Andrea; Chen, Jin; Buchkovich, Martin L; Mora, Samia; Beckmann, Jacques S; Bragg-Gresham, Jennifer L; Chang, Hsing-Yi; Demirkan, Ayşe; Den Hertog, Heleen M; Do, Ron; Donnelly, Louise A; Ehret, Georg B; Esko, Tõnu; Feitosa, Mary F; Ferreira, Teresa; Fischer, Krista; Fontanillas, Pierre; Fraser, Ross M; Freitag, Daniel F; Gurdasani, Deepti; Heikkilä, Kauko; Hyppönen, Elina; Isaacs, Aaron; Jackson, Anne U; Johansson, Asa; Johnson, Toby; Kaakinen, Marika; Kettunen, Johannes; Kleber, Marcus E; Li, Xiaohui; Luan, Jian'an; Lyytikäinen, Leo-Pekka; Magnusson, Patrik K E; Mangino, Massimo; Mihailov, Evelin; Montasser, May E; Müller-Nurasyid, Martina; Nolte, Ilja M; O'Connell, Jeffrey R; Palmer, Cameron D; Perola, Markus; Petersen, Ann-Kristin; Sanna, Serena; Saxena, Richa; Service, Susan K; Shah, Sonia; Shungin, Dmitry; Sidore, Carlo; Song, Ci; Strawbridge, Rona J; Surakka, Ida; Tanaka, Toshiko; Teslovich, Tanya M; Thorleifsson, Gudmar; Van den Herik, Evita G; Voight, Benjamin F; Volcik, Kelly A; Waite, Lindsay L; Wong, Andrew; Wu, Ying; Zhang, Weihua; Absher, Devin; Asiki, Gershim; Barroso, Inês; Been, Latonya F; Bolton, Jennifer L; Bonnycastle, Lori L; Brambilla, Paolo; Burnett, Mary S; Cesana, Giancarlo; Dimitriou, Maria; Doney, Alex S F; Döring, Angela; Elliott, Paul; Epstein, Stephen E; Eyjolfsson, Gudmundur Ingi; Gigante, Bruna; Goodarzi, Mark O; Grallert, Harald; Gravito, Martha L; Groves, Christopher J; Hallmans, Göran; Hartikainen, Anna-Liisa; Hayward, Caroline; Hernandez, Dena; Hicks, Andrew A; Holm, Hilma; Hung, Yi-Jen; Illig, Thomas; Jones, Michelle R; Kaleebu, Pontiano; Kastelein, John J P; Khaw, Kay-Tee; Kim, Eric; Klopp, Norman; Komulainen, Pirjo; Kumari, Meena; Langenberg, Claudia; Lehtimäki, Terho; Lin, Shih-Yi; Lindström, Jaana; Loos, Ruth J F; Mach, François; McArdle, Wendy L; Meisinger, Christa; Mitchell, Braxton D; Müller, Gabrielle; Nagaraja, Ramaiah; Narisu, Narisu; Nieminen, Tuomo V M; Nsubuga, Rebecca N; Olafsson, Isleifur; Ong, Ken K; Palotie, Aarno; Papamarkou, Theodore; Pomilla, Cristina; Pouta, Anneli; Rader, Daniel J; Reilly, Muredach P; Ridker, Paul M; Rivadeneira, Fernando; Rudan, Igor; Ruokonen, Aimo; Samani, Nilesh; Scharnagl, Hubert; Seeley, Janet; Silander, Kaisa; Stancáková, Alena; Stirrups, Kathleen; Swift, Amy J; Tiret, Laurence; Uitterlinden, Andre G; van Pelt, L Joost; Vedantam, Sailaja; Wainwright, Nicholas; Wijmenga, Cisca; Wild, Sarah H; Willemsen, Gonneke; Wilsgaard, Tom; Wilson, James F; Young, Elizabeth H; Zhao, Jing Hua; Adair, Linda S; Arveiler, Dominique; Assimes, Themistocles L; Bandinelli, Stefania; Bennett, Franklyn; Bochud, Murielle; Boehm, Bernhard O; Boomsma, Dorret I; Borecki, Ingrid B; Bornstein, Stefan R; Bovet, Pascal; Burnier, Michel; Campbell, Harry; Chakravarti, Aravinda; Chambers, John C; Chen, Yii-Der Ida; Collins, Francis S; Cooper, Richard S; Danesh, John; Dedoussis, George; de Faire, Ulf; Feranil, Alan B; Ferrières, Jean; Ferrucci, Luigi; Freimer, Nelson B; Gieger, Christian; Groop, Leif C; Gudnason, Vilmundur; Gyllensten, Ulf; Hamsten, Anders; Harris, Tamara B; Hingorani, Aroon; Hirschhorn, Joel N; Hofman, Albert; Hovingh, G Kees; Hsiung, Chao Agnes; Humphries, Steve E; Hunt, Steven C; Hveem, Kristian; Iribarren, Carlos; Järvelin, Marjo-Riitta; Jula, Antti; Kähönen, Mika; Kaprio, Jaakko; Kesäniemi, Antero; Kivimaki, Mika; Kooner, Jaspal S; Koudstaal, Peter J; Krauss, Ronald M; Kuh, Diana; Kuusisto, Johanna; Kyvik, Kirsten O; Laakso, Markku; Lakka, Timo A; Lind, Lars; Lindgren, Cecilia M; Martin, Nicholas G; März, Winfried; McCarthy, Mark I; McKenzie, Colin A; Meneton, Pierre; Metspalu, Andres; Moilanen, Leena; Morris, Andrew D; Munroe, Patricia B; Njølstad, Inger; Pedersen, Nancy L; Power, Chris; Pramstaller, Peter P; Price, Jackie F; Psaty, Bruce M; Quertermous, Thomas; Rauramaa, Rainer; Saleheen, Danish; Salomaa, Veikko; Sanghera, Dharambir K; Saramies, Jouko; Schwarz, Peter E H; Sheu, Wayne H-H; Shuldiner, Alan R; Siegbahn, Agneta; Spector, Tim D; Stefansson, Kari; Strachan, David P; Tayo, Bamidele O; Tremoli, Elena; Tuomilehto, Jaakko; Uusitupa, Matti; van Duijn, Cornelia M; Vollenweider, Peter; Wallentin, Lars; Wareham, Nicholas J; Whitfield, John B; Wolffenbuttel, Bruce H R; Ordovas, Jose M; Boerwinkle, Eric; Palmer, Colin N A; Thorsteinsdottir, Unnur; Chasman, Daniel I; Rotter, Jerome I; Franks, Paul W; Ripatti, Samuli; Cupples, L Adrienne; Sandhu, Manjinder S; Rich, Stephen S; Boehnke, Michael; Deloukas, Panos

    2013-01-01

    Levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, triglycerides and total cholesterol are heritable, modifiable risk factors for coronary artery disease. To identify new loci and refine known loci influencing these lipids, we examined 188,577 individual

  7. Removal of Phosphorus from Silicon Melts by Vacuum Refining

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    Xakalashe, Buhle Sinaye

    2011-01-01

    Induction vacuum refining testwork has been carried out for the removal of phosphorus from silicon melts. This work is of interest for the production of solar-grade silicon, since phosphorus is hard to remove from silicon and an important impurity in solar cells.

  8. Use of intensity quotients and differences in absolute structure refinement.

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    Parsons, Simon; Flack, Howard D; Wagner, Trixie

    2013-06-01

    Several methods for absolute structure refinement were tested using single-crystal X-ray diffraction data collected using Cu Kα radiation for 23 crystals with no element heavier than oxygen: conventional refinement using an inversion twin model, estimation using intensity quotients in SHELXL2012, estimation using Bayesian methods in PLATON, estimation using restraints consisting of numerical intensity differences in CRYSTALS and estimation using differences and quotients in TOPAS-Academic where both quantities were coded in terms of other structural parameters and implemented as restraints. The conventional refinement approach yielded accurate values of the Flack parameter, but with standard uncertainties ranging from 0.15 to 0.77. The other methods also yielded accurate values of the Flack parameter, but with much higher precision. Absolute structure was established in all cases, even for a hydrocarbon. The procedures in which restraints are coded explicitly in terms of other structural parameters enable the Flack parameter to correlate with these other parameters, so that it is determined along with those parameters during refinement. PMID:23719469

  9. Research of the thorium purification at monazite refinement processes

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    Shagalov, V. V.; Sobolev, V. I.; Turinskaya, M. V.; Malin, A. V.

    2016-06-01

    This paper is aimed to the research of the thorium purification processes at monazite refinement processes. We have investigated different solution containing thorium with different mix of rare-earth elements. It was found that the application of cation resin is well- recommended if we want to reach the highest yields of thorium purification process.

  10. Refining King and Baxter Magolda's Model of Intercultural Maturity

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    Perez, Rosemary J.; Shim, Woojeong; King, Patricia M.; Baxter Magolda, Marcia B.

    2015-01-01

    This study examined 110 intercultural experiences from 82 students attending six colleges and universities to explore how students' interpretations of their intercultural experiences reflected their developmental capacities for intercultural maturity. Our analysis of students' experiences confirmed as well as refined and expanded King and Baxter…

  11. Electrolytic indium refining from cadmium in glycerine electrolyte

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    The results of investigations directed on development of electrochemical indium cleaning from cadmium in glycerine base electrolyte are presented. Optimal operational conditions, specific consumption of reactants and electric power are determined. Relationship between variation of concentration of cadmium impurity in refined metal and duration of electrolysis is revealed. The method for determination of cleaning time is proposed. Developed process was put into commercial operation

  12. Computations of Aerodynamic Performance Databases Using Output-Based Refinement

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    Nemec, Marian; Aftosmis, Michael J.

    2009-01-01

    Objectives: Handle complex geometry problems; Control discretization errors via solution-adaptive mesh refinement; Focus on aerodynamic databases of parametric and optimization studies: 1. Accuracy: satisfy prescribed error bounds 2. Robustness and speed: may require over 105 mesh generations 3. Automation: avoid user supervision Obtain "expert meshes" independent of user skill; and Run every case adaptively in production settings.

  13. AMR++: Object-Oriented Parallel Adaptive Mesh Refinement

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    Quinlan, D.; Philip, B.

    2000-02-02

    Adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) computations are complicated by their dynamic nature. The development of solvers for realistic applications is complicated by both the complexity of the AMR and the geometry of realistic problem domains. The additional complexity of distributed memory parallelism within such AMR applications most commonly exceeds the level of complexity that can be reasonable maintained with traditional approaches toward software development. This paper will present the details of our object-oriented work on the simplification of the use of adaptive mesh refinement on applications with complex geometries for both serial and distributed memory parallel computation. We will present an independent set of object-oriented abstractions (C++ libraries) well suited to the development of such seemingly intractable scientific computations. As an example of the use of this object-oriented approach we will present recent results of an application modeling fluid flow in the eye. Within this example, the geometry is too complicated for a single curvilinear coordinate grid and so a set of overlapping curvilinear coordinate grids' are used. Adaptive mesh refinement and the required grid generation work to support the refinement process is coupled together in the solution of essentially elliptic equations within this domain. This paper will focus on the management of complexity within development of the AMR++ library which forms a part of the Overture object-oriented framework for the solution of partial differential equations within scientific computing.

  14. Decontamination of transuranic contaminated metals by melt refining

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    Melt refining of transuranic contaminated metals is a possible decontamination process with the potential advantages of producing metal for reuse and of simplifying chemical analyses. By routinely achieving the 10 nCi/g( about0.1ppm) level by melt refining, scrap metal can be removed from the transuranic waste category. (To demonstrate the effectiveness of this melt refining process, mild steel, stainless steel, nickel, and copper were contaminated with 500 ppm (μg/g) PuO2 and melted with various fluxes. The solidified slags and metals were analyzed for their plutonium contents, and corresponding partition ratios for plutonium were calculated. Some metals were double refined in order to study the effect of secondary slag treatment. The initial weight of the slags was also varied to investigate the effect of slag weight on the degree of plutonium removal. In general, all four metals could be decontaminated below 1 ppm (μg/g) Pu ( about100 nCi/g) by a single slag treatment. Doubling the slag weight did not improve decontamination significantly; however, double slag treatment using 5 wt.% slag did decontaminate the metals to below 0.1 ppm (μg/g) Pu (10 nCi/g).)

  15. Proteção e promoção do investimento estrangeiro no Mercosul uma ferramenta para a implementação de um bom clima de investimentos? Protection and promotion of foreign investment in Mercosur a tool to the implementation of a good investment climate?

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    José Augusto Fontoura Costa

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available A assinatura de tratados bilaterais de investimento por países em desenvolvimento é vista como uma estratégia para competir por capitais estrangeiros escassos. Este artigo discute possíveis padrões cooperativos na América do Sul partindo do conceito de bom clima de investimentos e considerando os acordos argentinos com outros paises em desenvolvimento.The signature of bilateral investment treaties by developing countries is regarded as a strategy to compete for scarce foreign capital. This article discusses the existence of possible cooperative patterns in South America starting from the concept of good investment climate and considering the Argentinean agreements with other developing countries.

  16. Genomic multiple sequence alignments: refinement using a genetic algorithm

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    Lefkowitz Elliot J

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Genomic sequence data cannot be fully appreciated in isolation. Comparative genomics – the practice of comparing genomic sequences from different species – plays an increasingly important role in understanding the genotypic differences between species that result in phenotypic differences as well as in revealing patterns of evolutionary relationships. One of the major challenges in comparative genomics is producing a high-quality alignment between two or more related genomic sequences. In recent years, a number of tools have been developed for aligning large genomic sequences. Most utilize heuristic strategies to identify a series of strong sequence similarities, which are then used as anchors to align the regions between the anchor points. The resulting alignment is globally correct, but in many cases is suboptimal locally. We describe a new program, GenAlignRefine, which improves the overall quality of global multiple alignments by using a genetic algorithm to improve local regions of alignment. Regions of low quality are identified, realigned using the program T-Coffee, and then refined using a genetic algorithm. Because a better COFFEE (Consistency based Objective Function For alignmEnt Evaluation score generally reflects greater alignment quality, the algorithm searches for an alignment that yields a better COFFEE score. To improve the intrinsic slowness of the genetic algorithm, GenAlignRefine was implemented as a parallel, cluster-based program. Results We tested the GenAlignRefine algorithm by running it on a Linux cluster to refine sequences from a simulation, as well as refine a multiple alignment of 15 Orthopoxvirus genomic sequences approximately 260,000 nucleotides in length that initially had been aligned by Multi-LAGAN. It took approximately 150 minutes for a 40-processor Linux cluster to optimize some 200 fuzzy (poorly aligned regions of the orthopoxvirus alignment. Overall sequence identity increased only

  17. The use of Fourier reverse transforms in crystallographic phase refinement

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    Often a crystallographer obtains an electron density map which shows only part of the structure. In such cases, the phasing of the trial model is poor enough that the electron density map may show peaks in some of the atomic positions, but other atomic positions are not visible. There may also be extraneous peaks present which are not due to atomic positions. A method for determination of crystal structures that have resisted solution through normal crystallographic methods has been developed. PHASER is a series of FORTRAN programs which aids in the structure solution of poorly phased electron density maps by refining the crystallographic phases. It facilitates the refinement of such poorly phased electron density maps for difficult structures which might otherwise not be solvable. The trial model, which serves as the starting point for the phase refinement, may be acquired by several routes such as direct methods or Patterson methods. Modifications are made to the reverse transform process based on several assumptions. First, the starting electron density map is modified based on the fact that physically the electron density map must be non-negative at all points. In practice a small positive cutoff is used. A reverse Fourier transform is computed based on the modified electron density map. Secondly, the authors assume that a better electron density map will result by using the observed magnitudes of the structure factors combined with the phases calculated in the reverse transform. After convergence has been reached, more atomic positions and less extraneous peaks are observed in the refined electron density map. The starting model need not be very large to achieve success with PHASER; successful phase refinement has been achieved with a starting model that consists of only 5% of the total scattering power of the full molecule. The second part of the thesis discusses three crystal structure determinations

  18. The use of Fourier reverse transforms in crystallographic phase refinement

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    Ringrose, S.

    1997-10-08

    Often a crystallographer obtains an electron density map which shows only part of the structure. In such cases, the phasing of the trial model is poor enough that the electron density map may show peaks in some of the atomic positions, but other atomic positions are not visible. There may also be extraneous peaks present which are not due to atomic positions. A method for determination of crystal structures that have resisted solution through normal crystallographic methods has been developed. PHASER is a series of FORTRAN programs which aids in the structure solution of poorly phased electron density maps by refining the crystallographic phases. It facilitates the refinement of such poorly phased electron density maps for difficult structures which might otherwise not be solvable. The trial model, which serves as the starting point for the phase refinement, may be acquired by several routes such as direct methods or Patterson methods. Modifications are made to the reverse transform process based on several assumptions. First, the starting electron density map is modified based on the fact that physically the electron density map must be non-negative at all points. In practice a small positive cutoff is used. A reverse Fourier transform is computed based on the modified electron density map. Secondly, the authors assume that a better electron density map will result by using the observed magnitudes of the structure factors combined with the phases calculated in the reverse transform. After convergence has been reached, more atomic positions and less extraneous peaks are observed in the refined electron density map. The starting model need not be very large to achieve success with PHASER; successful phase refinement has been achieved with a starting model that consists of only 5% of the total scattering power of the full molecule. The second part of the thesis discusses three crystal structure determinations.

  19. Hirshfeld atom refinement for modelling strong hydrogen bonds.

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    Woińska, Magdalena; Jayatilaka, Dylan; Spackman, Mark A; Edwards, Alison J; Dominiak, Paulina M; Woźniak, Krzysztof; Nishibori, Eiji; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Grabowsky, Simon

    2014-09-01

    High-resolution low-temperature synchrotron X-ray diffraction data of the salt L-phenylalaninium hydrogen maleate are used to test the new automated iterative Hirshfeld atom refinement (HAR) procedure for the modelling of strong hydrogen bonds. The HAR models used present the first examples of Z' > 1 treatments in the framework of wavefunction-based refinement methods. L-Phenylalaninium hydrogen maleate exhibits several hydrogen bonds in its crystal structure, of which the shortest and the most challenging to model is the O-H...O intramolecular hydrogen bond present in the hydrogen maleate anion (O...O distance is about 2.41 Å). In particular, the reconstruction of the electron density in the hydrogen maleate moiety and the determination of hydrogen-atom properties [positions, bond distances and anisotropic displacement parameters (ADPs)] are the focus of the study. For comparison to the HAR results, different spherical (independent atom model, IAM) and aspherical (free multipole model, MM; transferable aspherical atom model, TAAM) X-ray refinement techniques as well as results from a low-temperature neutron-diffraction experiment are employed. Hydrogen-atom ADPs are furthermore compared to those derived from a TLS/rigid-body (SHADE) treatment of the X-ray structures. The reference neutron-diffraction experiment reveals a truly symmetric hydrogen bond in the hydrogen maleate anion. Only with HAR is it possible to freely refine hydrogen-atom positions and ADPs from the X-ray data, which leads to the best electron-density model and the closest agreement with the structural parameters derived from the neutron-diffraction experiment, e.g. the symmetric hydrogen position can be reproduced. The multipole-based refinement techniques (MM and TAAM) yield slightly asymmetric positions, whereas the IAM yields a significantly asymmetric position.

  20. Decontamination of transuranic waste metal by melt refining

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    Melt refining of transuraniuc- (TRU-) contaminated metals has been proposed as a decontamination process with the potential advantages of reclaiming metal and simplifying analytical problems. The feasibility of routinely achieving the 10 nCi/g (approx. 0.1 ppM) decontamination level by melt refining will demonstrate the removing of scrap metal from the TRU waste classification. To demonstrate this feasibility, mild steel, stainless steel, nickel, and copper were contaminated with 500 ppM PuO2 and melted with various fluxes. Four different fluxes, borosilicate glass, blast furnace slag, high silica slag, and artificial basalt, were used in these studies. The solidified slags and metals were analyzed for their plutonium contents by the use of a combination of wet chemical and α-activity counting technique. Partition ratios were calculated for plutonium using the analytical results of each experiment. Some metals were doubled refined to study the effect of secondary slag treatment. The initial weight of the slags was also varied to investigate its effect on plutonium removal. The results indicated that the use of proper slags is necessary for effective removal of plutonium. All four slags were effective in removing plutonium from the metals. Values of less than 1 ppM Pu (approx. 100 nCi/g) could be obtained in all cases. The double-refined samples were cleaned to less than 0.1 ppM Pu (approx. nCi/g), which is the goal. Variation in the slag weight did not change the results significantly. Double refining of the metal with small primary and secondary slag volume can be an effective process for removal of TRU contaminants from metals

  1. Louisiana State House Districts from LEGIS source data, Geographic NAD83, LOSCO (2004) [la_house_districts_LEGIS_2004

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    Louisiana Geographic Information Center — Louisiana State House Districts. The district boundaries are the result of legislative acts and redistricting. Reapportionment (redistricting) occurs during the...

  2. Louisiana State Senate Districts from LEGIS source data, Geographic NAD83, LOSCO (2004) [la_senate_districts_LEGIS_2003

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    Louisiana Geographic Information Center — Louisiana State Senate Districts. The district boundaries are the result of legislative acts and redistricting. Reapportionment (redistricting) occurs during the...

  3. Effective team management by district nurses.

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    Bliss, Julie

    2004-12-01

    This article considers the key role played by the district nurse in managing the district nursing team in order to provide high quality health care. It considers how the district nurse can use key managerial roles (interpersonal, informational and decision-making) in order to ensure unity within the team. The importance of shared goals and trust to achieve unity is explored and a strategy for managing conflict is discussed. Finally, the article suggests a set of ground rules which could be used to facilitate effective team working.

  4. Earthquake vulnerability evaluation Faizabad district of Kermanshah

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    Saba Naderi

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper as examplehas been studied Faizabad district of Kermanshah and to reach its main purpose, which is reducing the damagecaused by the earthquake on the Faizabad district is been providedand in subsidiary purposes part the research is tried identify factors influence in vulnerability earthquakes,pay to provide the factors required; All these factors havean impact on reducing earthquake vulnerability. This data using geological data, soil texture, getting satelliteimages and layering over Arc Gis software identified and for long term periods donepredict using relation kernel PSHA also. In determining the level ofenvironmental risk is to use software crisis. Finally, by recognizing the riskzone, solutions for Faizabad district offered.

  5. Preschool Guidelines: Rural Model (Trimble Local School District).

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    Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus. Div. of Educational Services.

    The purpose of this handbook is to guide rural school districts intending to establish a preschool program. The program described was established in the Trimble Local School District in the rural Appalachian area of northern Athens County, the third poorest district in Ohio. Contents concern: (1) the district's beliefs about children; (2)…

  6. School District Employment Reductions Slow. Get the Facts. #1

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    Tallman, Mark

    2012-01-01

    Kansas school districts reduced employment by 327 full-time equivalent positions this school year, the smallest reduction in three years of cuts to district operating budgets. Districts reduced positions by 561 in FY 2010 and 1,626 in FY 2011. Districts eliminated nearly 400 "regular" teaching positions this year, but added 114 special education…

  7. Refinery production planning and scheduling: the refining core business

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    M. Joly

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Intelligent production planning and scheduling are of paramount importance to ensure refinery profitability, logistic reliability and safety at the local and corporate levels. In Brazil, such activities play a particularly critical role, since the Brazilian downstream model is moving towards a demand-driven model rather than a supply-driven one. Moreover, new and specialized non-linear constraints are continuously being incorporated into these large-scale problems: increases in oil prices implying the need for processing poor quality crudes, increasing demand and new demand patterns for petroleum products, new stringent environmental regulations related to clean fuels and start-up of new production technologies embedded into more complex refining schemes. This paper aims at clarifying the central role of refinery planning and scheduling activities in the Petrobras refining business. Major past and present results are outlined and corporate long-term strategies to deal with present and future challenges are presented.

  8. Optimization of RPC technique for refining the intermediate transformation microstructure

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    2002-01-01

    The influence of processing parameters of relaxation-precipitation-controlling phase transformation (RPC) technique, finish rolling temperature, reduction ratio and relaxing time on the microstructurewas studied by thermo-simulation for a low carbon Nb and Ti containing micro-alloyed steel. The microstructure was investigated by optical microscope, transmission electron microscope and electron back scatterdiffraction (EBSD). The statistical results of the packet size were calculated. It shows that, after RPC process, the steel is a composite microstructure of bainite and matensite. The best thermo-simulation process for refinement in this experiment is deformation for 30% at 850℃, and then relaxing at this temperature for 60 s to 200 s. Increasing the reduction ratio from 30% to 60% or decreasing the deformation temperature to 800℃ would cause the best relaxation time to become shorter, increasing the deformation temperature to 900℃ would cause the refinement effect to be weak.

  9. Probing the moduli dependence of refined topological amplitudes

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    I. Antoniadis

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available With the aim of providing a worldsheet description of the refined topological string, we continue the study of a particular class of higher derivative couplings Fg,n in the type II string effective action compactified on a Calabi–Yau threefold. We analyse first order differential equations in the anti-holomorphic moduli of the theory, which relate the Fg,n to other component couplings. From the point of view of the topological theory, these equations describe the contribution of non-physical states to twisted correlation functions and encode an obstruction for interpreting the Fg,n as the free energy of the refined topological string theory. We investigate possibilities of lifting this obstruction by formulating conditions on the moduli dependence under which the differential equations simplify and take the form of generalised holomorphic anomaly equations. We further test this approach against explicit calculations in the dual heterotic theory.

  10. Segmental Refinement: A Multigrid Technique for Data Locality

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    Adams, Mark [Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States). Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics Dept.; Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2014-10-27

    We investigate a technique - segmental refinement (SR) - proposed by Brandt in the 1970s as a low memory multigrid method. The technique is attractive for modern computer architectures because it provides high data locality, minimizes network communication, is amenable to loop fusion, and is naturally highly parallel and asynchronous. The network communication minimization property was recognized by Brandt and Diskin in 1994; we continue this work by developing a segmental refinement method for a finite volume discretization of the 3D Laplacian on massively parallel computers. An understanding of the asymptotic complexities, required to maintain textbook multigrid efficiency, are explored experimentally with a simple SR method. A two-level memory model is developed to compare the asymptotic communication complexity of a proposed SR method with traditional parallel multigrid. Performance and scalability are evaluated with a Cray XC30 with up to 64K cores. We achieve modest improvement in scalability from traditional parallel multigrid with a simple SR implementation.

  11. Iterative Refinement Methods for Time-Domain Equalizer Design

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    Evans Brian L

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Commonly used time domain equalizer (TEQ design methods have been recently unified as an optimization problem involving an objective function in the form of a Rayleigh quotient. The direct generalized eigenvalue solution relies on matrix decompositions. To reduce implementation complexity, we propose an iterative refinement approach in which the TEQ length starts at two taps and increases by one tap at each iteration. Each iteration involves matrix-vector multiplications and vector additions with matrices and two-element vectors. At each iteration, the optimization of the objective function either improves or the approach terminates. The iterative refinement approach provides a range of communication performance versus implementation complexity tradeoffs for any TEQ method that fits the Rayleigh quotient framework. We apply the proposed approach to three such TEQ design methods: maximum shortening signal-to-noise ratio, minimum intersymbol interference, and minimum delay spread.

  12. Post-refinement multiscale method for pin power reconstruction

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    Collins, B.; Seker, V.; Downar, T. [Dept. of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, Univ. of Michigan, 2355 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States); Xu, Y. [Argonne National Laboratory (United States)

    2012-07-01

    The ability to accurately predict local pin powers in nuclear reactors is necessary to understand the mechanisms that cause fuel pin failure during steady state and transient operation. In the research presented here, methods are developed to improve the local solution using high order methods with boundary conditions from a low order global solution. Several different core configurations were tested to determine the improvement in the local pin powers compared to the standard techniques based on diffusion theory and pin power reconstruction (PPR). The post-refinement multiscale methods use the global solution to determine boundary conditions for the local solution. The local solution is solved using either a fixed boundary source or an albedo boundary condition; this solution is 'post-refinement' and thus has no impact on the global solution. (authors)

  13. Refined Modeling of Water Temperature and Salinity in Coastal Areas

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    SHEN Yongming; ZHENG Yonghong; QIU Dahong

    2000-01-01

    The prediction of water temperature and salinity in coastal areas is one of the essential tasks in water quality control and management. This paper takes a refined forecasting model of water temperature and salinity in coastal areas as a basic target. Based on the Navier-Stokes equation and k- turbulence model, taking the characteristics of coastal areas into account, a refined model for water temperatureand salinity in coastal areas has been developed to simulate the seasonal variations of water temperatureand salinity fields in the Hakata Bay, Japan. The model takes into account the effects of a variety ofhydrodynamic and meteorological factors on water temperature and salinity. It predicts daily fluctuations in water temperature and salinity at different depths throughout the year. The model has been calibrated well against the data set of historical water temperature and salinity observations in the Hakata Bay,Japan.

  14. Uranium and thorium behavior at aluminium floating-zone refining

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    Uranium and thorium behaviour during aluminium refining by crystallization from the melt is ascertained. Measurements of of uranium and thorium radioactive impurities content in high-purity aluminiumn samples using the surface α-activity method are carried out. The content of the given impurities happened to be less than 1 x 10-7 mass.%. Such purity satisfies the requirements to materials applied in the low background 71Ge detection system of gallium-germanium solar neutrino detector

  15. Mushroom refinement endeavor auspicate non green revolution in the offing

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    SHAUKET AHMED PALA; ABDUL HAMID WANI; ROUF HAMZA BODA; BILAL AHMAD WANI

    2014-01-01

    Pala SA, Wani AH, Boda RH, Wani BA. 2014. Mushroom refinement endeavor auspicate non green revolution in the offing. Nusantara Bioscience 6: 173-185. Mushroom can serve as food, tonic, and as medicine thus make people healthier, fitter and happier. They have a cracking potential for generating great socioeconomic impact in human welfare at local, national and international level. With the help of allied mushroom farming we can easily tackle the problem of food for growing world population; re...

  16. Refined exposure assessment for Brilliant Black BN (E 151

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    Full Text Available The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA carried out an exposure assessment of Brilliant Black BN (E 151, taking into account new information on its use as a food additive in foods. In 2010, the EFSA Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS adopted a scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of Brilliant Black BN and concluded that dietary exposure in 1- to 10-year-old children at the high level may exceed the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI for Brilliant Black BN of 5 mg/kg body weight (bw/day at the upper end of the range. Following this conclusion, the European Commission requested that EFSA performs a refined exposure assessment for this food colour. Data on the presence of Brilliant Black BN in foods were requested from relevant stakeholders through a call for usage and concentration data. Usage levels were provided to EFSA for 11 out of 37 food categories in which Brilliant Black is authorised. In addition, 4 337 analytical results were also reported to EFSA, with the majority of values being below the limit of detection (LOD or limit of quantification (LOQ. Exposure assessment was performed using the EFSA Comprehensive Food Consumption Database. Three scenarios were considered: (1 exposure estimates based on Maximum Permitted Levels (MPLs, (2 a refined brand-loyal exposure scenario, and (3 a refined non-brand-loyal exposure scenario. Considering the first scenario, high exposure levels (95th percentile exceeded the ADI for toddlers and children in four dietary surveys. In comparison with the previous assessment, for both children and adults, the current mean exposure estimates are of the same order of magnitude, whereas the 95th percentile exposure is lower, particularly in adults. The mean and high-level exposure estimates of Brilliant Black BN are below the ADI for all population groups when considering the refined scenarios (brand-loyal and non-brand-loyal.

  17. New Heat Treatment Technology for Grain Refining of Structural Steel

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    L(U) Bo; ZHANG Fu-cheng; CAO Guo-hua; ZHANG Ji-ming

    2005-01-01

    The application of electrical contact heating (ECH) in austenitic grain refining of ultra-pure 42CrMoVNb steel was introduced. The ECH equipment was designed to reach uniform heating of uniform heat transfer in the sample. The 42CrMoVNb steel treated possesses uniform microstructure with an average austenite grain size of 1.4 μm, higher strength (1 538 MPa) and impact toughness (81 J/cm2).

  18. Re-Refining of Waste Lubricating Oil by Solvent Extraction

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    Hassan Ali Durrani; Muhammed Ibrahim Panhwar; Rafique Akthar Kazi

    2011-01-01

    Re-refining of waste lubricating oil by solvent extraction is one of the potential techniques. The advantages of solvent extraction technique practically offers from environmental and economic points of view have received due attention. In this paper selection of composite solvent and technique to upgrade the used lubricant oil into base oil has been made. The composite solvent 2-propanol, 1-butanol and butanone have two alcohols that make a binary system reasonably effective. ...

  19. Oil refining and product market developments in Europe

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    One political development in Europe that will affect the petroleum refining industry is the opening of a single market among the European Commission countries. Although the single market officially opens on January 1, 1993, a single market for energy will not happen at that time. Most European countries feel that refining is a strategic industry and adopt some form of protectionism in this sector. Environmental policy in Europe tends to be separate from energy policy, making conflicts in setting standards for emissions and fuel composition somewhat inevitable. For example, both environmental and energy policies favor a carbon tax on fuels; the EC environmental commission does not want to be seen as favoring nuclear power, so it favors penalizing all fuels about the same amount, while the energy commission says the carbon tax should be related to the fuel carbon content. A measure affecting the refining industry is the proposal for reducing sulfur in diesel fuel. By 1994 EC countries will have a common 0.2% standard and by 1996 a 0.05% standard for automotive diesel. To meet the latter standard, refineries will need upgrading at an estimated cost of US$4 billion. Another political consideration for the refining industry is whether eastern Europe should be part of the EC energy community. However, if there is a reluctance in the western European countries for a single western market, there is even less enthusiasm for an energy market that includes eastern Europe as well. In addition, there is a reluctance to accept that there should be a free flow of petroleum products from east to west

  20. Thermal-chemical Mantle Convection Models With Adaptive Mesh Refinement

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    Leng, W.; Zhong, S.

    2008-12-01

    In numerical modeling of mantle convection, resolution is often crucial for resolving small-scale features. New techniques, adaptive mesh refinement (AMR), allow local mesh refinement wherever high resolution is needed, while leaving other regions with relatively low resolution. Both computational efficiency for large- scale simulation and accuracy for small-scale features can thus be achieved with AMR. Based on the octree data structure [Tu et al. 2005], we implement the AMR techniques into the 2-D mantle convection models. For pure thermal convection models, benchmark tests show that our code can achieve high accuracy with relatively small number of elements both for isoviscous cases (i.e. 7492 AMR elements v.s. 65536 uniform elements) and for temperature-dependent viscosity cases (i.e. 14620 AMR elements v.s. 65536 uniform elements). We further implement tracer-method into the models for simulating thermal-chemical convection. By appropriately adding and removing tracers according to the refinement of the meshes, our code successfully reproduces the benchmark results in van Keken et al. [1997] with much fewer elements and tracers compared with uniform-mesh models (i.e. 7552 AMR elements v.s. 16384 uniform elements, and ~83000 tracers v.s. ~410000 tracers). The boundaries of the chemical piles in our AMR code can be easily refined to the scales of a few kilometers for the Earth's mantle and the tracers are concentrated near the chemical boundaries to precisely trace the evolvement of the boundaries. It is thus very suitable for our AMR code to study the thermal-chemical convection problems which need high resolution to resolve the evolvement of chemical boundaries, such as the entrainment problems [Sleep, 1988].

  1. Refinement and Transformation from Z Specification to C + +

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    张晓莺; 陈家训

    2001-01-01

    As a kind of formal specification language, Z has gained a position in the field of software development, but there is still no standard way of transforming Z specification into executable code that is promising in increasing the quality, reusability and maintainability of software.With the automatic programming model of software engineering, through the analysis for Z specification language, a feasible semi-automatic way of refinement and transformation is proposed, and the correctness of the procedure is also discussed.

  2. Annealing-induced Grain Refinement in a Nanostructured Ferritic Steel

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    Limin Wang; Zhenbo Wangt; Sheng Guo; Ke Lu

    2012-01-01

    A nanostructured surface layer with a mean ferrite grain size of -8 nm was produced on a Fe-gCr steel by means of surface mechanical attrition treatment. Upon annealing, ferrite grains coarsen with increasing temperature and their sizes increase to -40 nm at 973 K. Further increasing annealing temperature leads to an obvious reduction of ferrite grain sizes, to -14 nm at 1173 K. The annealing-induced grain refinement is analyzed in terms of phase transformations in the nanostructured steel.

  3. Decadal climate prediction with a refined anomaly initialisation approach

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    Volpi, Danila; Guemas, Virginie; Doblas-Reyes, Francisco J.; Hawkins, Ed; Nichols, Nancy K.

    2016-06-01

    In decadal prediction, the objective is to exploit both the sources of predictability from the external radiative forcings and from the internal variability to provide the best possible climate information for the next decade. Predicting the climate system internal variability relies on initialising the climate model from observational estimates. We present a refined method of anomaly initialisation (AI) applied to the ocean and sea ice components of the global climate forecast model EC-Earth, with the following key innovations: (1) the use of a weight applied to the observed anomalies, in order to avoid the risk of introducing anomalies recorded in the observed climate, whose amplitude does not fit in the range of the internal variability generated by the model; (2) the AI of the ocean density, instead of calculating it from the anomaly initialised state of temperature and salinity. An experiment initialised with this refined AI method has been compared with a full field and standard AI experiment. Results show that the use of such refinements enhances the surface temperature skill over part of the North and South Atlantic, part of the South Pacific and the Mediterranean Sea for the first forecast year. However, part of such improvement is lost in the following forecast years. For the tropical Pacific surface temperature, the full field initialised experiment performs the best. The prediction of the Arctic sea-ice volume is improved by the refined AI method for the first three forecast years and the skill of the Atlantic multidecadal oscillation is significantly increased compared to a non-initialised forecast, along the whole forecast time.

  4. The Nonlinear Sigma Model With Distributed Adaptive Mesh Refinement

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    Liebling, Steven L.

    2004-01-01

    An adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) scheme is implemented in a distributed environment using Message Passing Interface (MPI) to find solutions to the nonlinear sigma model. Previous work studied behavior similar to black hole critical phenomena at the threshold for singularity formation in this flat space model. This work is a follow-up describing extensions to distribute the grid hierarchy and presenting tests showing the correctness of the model.

  5. Transport phenomena and modelling in melting and refining processes

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    Ablitzer, D.

    1993-01-01

    Increasing requirements for ultra pure metallic materials with greater reliability and more reproducible mechanical properties have led over the years to a continual endeavour to improve the control of composition and inclusion contents (nitrides, oxides, carbides, etc.) in cast products. This is illustrated by melting and refining processes such as Vacuum Induction Melting (VIM), Vacuum Arc Remelting (VAR), Electro Slag Remelting (ESR), Electron Beam Melting (EBM) and Electron Beam Cold Hear...

  6. NM Property Tax Districts December 2013

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    Earth Data Analysis Center, University of New Mexico — This layer represents boundaries for New Mexico tax district "OUT" categories and incorporated/municipal "IN" categories as identified on the "Certificate of Tax...

  7. Industrialization of districts; 1 : 2 000 000

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    Size (number of workers in 1997) and structure of industry in the districts of Slovakia are represented. The degree of industrialisation expresses the share of workers in industry of the total number of economically active population. (authors)

  8. Judicial Districts, Published in unknown, Richland County.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Judicial Districts dataset as of unknown. Data by this publisher are often provided in Wisconsin County Coordinates (Richland) coordinate system; in a Lambert...

  9. US Forest Service Ranger District Boundaries

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    US Forest Service, Department of Agriculture — A map service on the www depicting the boundary that encompasses a Ranger District. This map service provides display, identification, and analysis tools for...

  10. Litchfield Wetland Management District: Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) was written to guide management on Litchfield Wetland Management District for the next 15 years. This plan outlines the...

  11. Allegheny County Voting District Boundaries (2015)

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    Allegheny County / City of Pittsburgh / Western PA Regional Data Center — This dataset demarcates municipal voting districts in Allegheny County. If viewing this description on the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center’s open data...

  12. Allegheny County Voting District (2015) Web Map

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    Allegheny County / City of Pittsburgh / Western PA Regional Data Center — This webmap demarcates municipal voting districts in Allegheny County. If viewing this description on the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center’s open data...

  13. Allegheny County Magisterial Districts Outlines (2015)

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    Allegheny County / City of Pittsburgh / Western PA Regional Data Center — This dataset shows the magisterial districts in Allegheny County. If viewing this description on the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center’s open data portal...

  14. Allegheny County Pennsylvania Senate District Boundaries

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    Allegheny County / City of Pittsburgh / Western PA Regional Data Center — This dataset demarcates the Pennsylvania Senate district boundaries within Allegheny County. If viewing this description on the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data...

  15. Licensing and Certification District Offices, California

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — This data contains a list of California Licensing and Certification District Offices. The California Department of Public Health, Center for Health Care Quality,...

  16. Madison Wetlands District 1970 Narrative report

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This annual narrative report for Madison Wetlands Management District outlines Refuge accomplishments during the 1970 calendar year. The report begins by...

  17. Zoning Districts, Zoning, Published in 2002, Freelance.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Zoning Districts dataset, was produced all or in part from Hardcopy Maps information as of 2002. It is described as 'Zoning'. Data by this publisher are often...

  18. Lostwood Wetland Management District: Narrative report: 1972

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This annual narrative report for Lostwood WMD outlines District accomplishments during the 1972 calendar year. The report begins by summarizing the weather...

  19. Windom Wetland Management District : Calendar Year 2006

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This annual narrative report for Windom Wetland Management District summarizes activities during the 2006 calendar year. The report begins with an introduction to...

  20. Windom Wetland Management District : Fiscal Year 2003

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This annual narrative report for Windom Wetland Management District summarizes activities during the 2003 fiscal year. The report begins with an introduction to the...

  1. Windom Wetland Management District : Calendar Year 2007

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This annual narrative report for Windom Wetland Management District summarizes activities during the 2007 calendar year. The report begins with an introduction to...

  2. Windom Wetland Management District : Fiscal Year 2000

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This annual narrative report for Windom Wetland Management District summarizes activities during the 2000 fiscal year. The report begins with an introduction to the...

  3. Windom Wetland Management District : Calendar Year 2008

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This annual narrative report for Windom Wetland Management District summarizes activities during the 2008 calendar year. The report begins with an introduction to...

  4. Windom Wetland Management District : Fiscal Year 2001

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This annual narrative report for Windom Wetland Management District summarizes activities during the 2001 fiscal year. The report begins with an introduction to the...

  5. Windom Wetland Management District : Calendar Year 2004

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This annual narrative report for Windom Wetland Management District summarizes activities during the 2004 calendar year. The report begins with an introduction to...

  6. Windom Wetland Management District : Calendar Year 2005

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This annual narrative report for Windom Wetland Management District summarizes activities during the 2005 calendar year. The report begins with an introduction to...

  7. Windom Wetland Management District : Fiscal Year 2002

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This annual narrative report for Windom Wetland Management District summarizes activities during the 2002 fiscal year. The report begins with an introduction to the...

  8. Narrative report 1971 Lostwood Wetland Management District

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This annual narrative report for the Waterfowl Production Area District of the Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge outlines Refuge accomplishments during the 1971...

  9. Leopold Wetland Management District: Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This CCP articulates the management direction for the Leopold Wetland Management District for the next 15 years. Through goals, objectives, and strategies, this CCP...

  10. NM Property Tax Districts November 2010

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    Earth Data Analysis Center, University of New Mexico — This layer represents boundaries for New Mexico tax district "OUT" categories and incorporated/municipal "IN" categories as identified on the "Certificate of Tax...

  11. Rising costs call for new European refining strategies

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    The outlook for the global refining industry is for increased spending and reduced margins, largely because of efforts to improve the environment. A look at these trends through the end of the decade is thus in order. Three major industry thrusts are proposed to see refiners through this uncertain period. Three main thrusts are necessary: fixed costs must be reduced by re-engineering business processes and reexamining noncore business units against total and marginal costs. In this respect the best refiners are well ahead of the good ones. New cooperative ways of meeting regulations must be sought, to avoid wasteful over capacity. Joint ventures and alliances with competitors will be needed. The cooperative principle upstream must be extended and new strategies must be sought to meet product demand changes and reduce feedstock costs. The picture that is presented is tough, largely because of the wish to improve the environment. The question that must be continually reviewed is ''Have governments got the right balance in these regulations between the environment and the downstream industry?''

  12. Investment in exploration-production and refining 2014

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    IFPEN analyses in this study the 2014 evolution of global investment in the field of exploration-production and refining: 1 - Changes in oil and gas prices: General background: weak economy and global disorder, Oil prices: fundamentals that could help to relax oil prices?, Gas prices: fall in Europe, stability in Japan, increase in the US; 2 - Exploration and production - Slowdown in growth: moderate rise in investment in 2014, exploration - Discoveries in 2014, Russia: sanctions will have limited short term impact, implications of the reforms to the Mexican energy sector; 3 - Drilling activity and market throughout the world: onshore and offshore drilling (Number of wells drilled throughout the world, Number of onshore wells, Number of offshore wells, Drilling, equipment and well services markets, Onshore drilling market, Offshore drilling market, Fracking market), Geophysical activity and the geophysical market, Offshore construction activity and the offshore construction market (Offshore construction activities, Rig construction activity, Floating Platform Systems (FPS), Sub-sea constructions, Offshore construction market); 4 - Refining - Significant increase in spending: increase in industrial costs, a slowdown in the increase in excess capacity in the future?, A bleak future for the european refining sector

  13. Morse Set Classification and Hierarchical Refinement Using Conley Index

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    Guoning Chen,

    2012-05-01

    Morse decomposition provides a numerically stable topological representation of vector fields that is crucial for their rigorous interpretation. However, Morse decomposition is not unique, and its granularity directly impacts its computational cost. In this paper, we propose an automatic refinement scheme to construct the Morse Connection Graph (MCG) of a given vector field in a hierarchical fashion. Our framework allows a Morse set to be refined through a local update of the flow combinatorialization graph, as well as the connection regions between Morse sets. The computation is fast because the most expensive computation is concentrated on a small portion of the domain. Furthermore, the present work allows the generation of a topologically consistent hierarchy of MCGs, which cannot be obtained using a global method. The classification of the extracted Morse sets is a crucial step for the construction of the MCG, for which the Poincar index is inadequate. We make use of an upper bound for the Conley index, provided by the Betti numbers of an index pair for a translation along the flow, to classify the Morse sets. This upper bound is sufficiently accurate for Morse set classification and provides supportive information for the automatic refinement process. An improved visualization technique for MCG is developed to incorporate the Conley indices. Finally, we apply the proposed techniques to a number of synthetic and real-world simulation data to demonstrate their utility. © 2006 IEEE.

  14. Parallel Block Structured Adaptive Mesh Refinement on Graphics Processing Units

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    Beckingsale, D. A. [Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), Aldermaston (United Kingdom); Gaudin, W. P. [Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), Aldermaston (United Kingdom); Hornung, R. D. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Gunney, B. T. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Gamblin, T. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Herdman, J. A. [Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), Aldermaston (United Kingdom); Jarvis, S. A. [Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), Aldermaston (United Kingdom)

    2014-11-17

    Block-structured adaptive mesh refinement is a technique that can be used when solving partial differential equations to reduce the number of zones necessary to achieve the required accuracy in areas of interest. These areas (shock fronts, material interfaces, etc.) are recursively covered with finer mesh patches that are grouped into a hierarchy of refinement levels. Despite the potential for large savings in computational requirements and memory usage without a corresponding reduction in accuracy, AMR adds overhead in managing the mesh hierarchy, adding complex communication and data movement requirements to a simulation. In this paper, we describe the design and implementation of a native GPU-based AMR library, including: the classes used to manage data on a mesh patch, the routines used for transferring data between GPUs on different nodes, and the data-parallel operators developed to coarsen and refine mesh data. We validate the performance and accuracy of our implementation using three test problems and two architectures: an eight-node cluster, and over four thousand nodes of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Titan supercomputer. Our GPU-based AMR hydrodynamics code performs up to 4.87× faster than the CPU-based implementation, and has been scaled to over four thousand GPUs using a combination of MPI and CUDA.

  15. Refining SCJ Mission Specifications into Parallel Handler Designs

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    Frank Zeyda

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Safety-Critical Java (SCJ is a recent technology that restricts the execution and memory model of Java in such a way that applications can be statically analysed and certified for their real-time properties and safe use of memory. Our interest is in the development of comprehensive and sound techniques for the formal specification, refinement, design, and implementation of SCJ programs, using a correct-by-construction approach. As part of this work, we present here an account of laws and patterns that are of general use for the refinement of SCJ mission specifications into designs of parallel handlers used in the SCJ programming paradigm. Our notation is a combination of languages from the Circus family, supporting state-rich reactive models with the addition of class objects and real-time properties. Our work is a first step to elicit laws of programming for SCJ and fits into a refinement strategy that we have developed previously to derive SCJ programs.

  16. Refinement of Atomic Structures Against cryo-EM Maps.

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    Murshudov, G N

    2016-01-01

    This review describes some of the methods for atomic structure refinement (fitting) against medium/high-resolution single-particle cryo-EM reconstructed maps. Some of the tools developed for macromolecular X-ray crystal structure analysis, especially those encapsulating prior chemical and structural information can be transferred directly for fitting into cryo-EM maps. However, despite the similarities, there are significant differences between data produced by these two techniques; therefore, different likelihood functions linking the data and model must be used in cryo-EM and crystallographic refinement. Although tools described in this review are mostly designed for medium/high-resolution maps, if maps have sufficiently good quality, then these tools can also be used at moderately low resolution, as shown in one example. In addition, the use of several popular crystallographic methods is strongly discouraged in cryo-EM refinement, such as 2Fo-Fc maps, solvent flattening, and feature-enhanced maps (FEMs) for visualization and model (re)building. Two problems in the cryo-EM field are overclaiming resolution and severe map oversharpening. Both of these should be avoided; if data of higher resolution than the signal are used, then overfitting of model parameters into the noise is unavoidable, and if maps are oversharpened, then at least parts of the maps might become very noisy and ultimately uninterpretable. Both of these may result in suboptimal and even misleading atomic models. PMID:27572731

  17. Refining in the 1990's: Restructuring and resurgence

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    After two years of uncertainty in dealing with the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments coupled with the shutdown of 5% of total US refining capacity, the industry is now positioning itself for continued operations throughout the remainder of the decade. However, refineries are experiencing a shift in the mode of operations to a period of more restructuring (closings, ventures, alliances, etc.) followed by a resurgence in financial performance. The purpose of this paper is to examine the current industry and highlight the reasons for industry's current plans. The authors also speculate about the strategies companies will choose to better their financial performance. Fundamentally, the characteristics of a mature domestic business remain the driving force that shape decision making. In responding to the maturing of refining, the authors suggest that refiners will change the way they conduct business over the next few years. Building on the theme of the 1993 NPRA paper, strategies will target the domestic side of the business while simultaneously shifting to a global perspective

  18. Superior refining performance beyond 2000 -- Breaking traditional paradigms

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    Over the last 5 years, refining companies have not performed well financially, generating returns below the cost of capital. Environmental regulations have caused the industry to invest significant amounts of capital, and while new regulations will cause the shutdown of between 500 thousand and 1.2 million barrels per day of capacity, the industry structure will remain poor and financial returns for the average player will likely be volatile, cyclical, and below the cost of capital. Based on this industry outlook, refining companies seeking superior performance will have to break the traditional paradigms and adopt world-class practices used in other industries. Changes required to significantly improve financial returns will include shifts in business strategy to accommodate growth, and development of nontraditional services, as well as initiates to dramatically reshape cost structure and improve profitability. Making the changes to become a superior performer in the refining business will require a clear vision and strong leadership at multiple levels in the organization. The transformation will also require changes in company culture and incentive plans that encourage managers to act as owners. In addition, superior performers will push accountability for results to low levels in the organization. Given the herd mentality of the oil industry, superior performers must take decisive, preemptive action to generate a substantial, competitive advantage

  19. The petroleum refining industry and the implications for the environment

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    The petroleum refining industry is basically concerned with the production of oil, lubricants and intermediate petrochemical products, utilizing crude oil as its main raw material. Petroleum refining, a distillation process that breaks hydrocarbons into fractions, eliminating undesired impurities, generates irreducible residues. Until the industrial revolution, the residues were essentially organic, susceptible to the attack of agents of destruction and transformation (bacterium, fungi, etc). Suddenly, due to the intensification of human activities of modern man, nature scattered across the planet more resistant products, many of them with long life times, that produce a deeper impact in the environment. Almost entirely marine is the pollution that results from increasing quantity of hydrocarbons dumped into the sea, a problem that is aggravated by the development of manufacturing and transportation of petroleum products. The expansion of the petroleum commerce, using essentially maritime transportation, has increased considerably the probability of accidents increasing the risks of environment pollution. This work presents suggestions and possible solutions to minimize the problem of environment pollution, caused by refining and transportation of this combustible, essential to present time industry. (author)

  20. Overview on Routes for Development of China's Petroleum Refining Technology

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    Hou Fusheng

    2005-01-01

    China has formed a complete and packaged system of domestic petroleum refining industry. Till 2020 the demand for petroleum products in China will record a sharp growth. However, China is currently confronted with a shortage of oil resources, unsatisfactory quality of petroleum products, a widening gap between demand and supply of steam cracking feedstocks, and a stern situation in environmental protection.In this context the petroleum refiners of China, while taking into account the actual conditions, should seek for the way of deep processing to produce transportation fuels and chemical feedstocks that can hardly be replaced by other energy forms, continue to bring into full play FCC process as core process for making finished oil products, speed up the development of hydrocracking to achieve integration between refining and chemical production, adopt measures that can combine feedstock pre-treatment, novel FCC technologies and after-treatment of products to improve the quality of finished products, as well as realize the recycling of wastewater and control over air pollution caused by SOx to accelerate the development of petroleum processing industry in China.

  1. Region-of-interest volumetric visual hull refinement

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    Knoblauch, Daniel

    2010-01-01

    This paper introduces a region-of-interest visual hull refinement technique, based on flexible voxel grids for volumetric visual hull reconstructions. Region-of-interest refinement is based on a multipass process, beginning with a focussed visual hull reconstruction, resulting in a first 3D approximation of the target, followed by a region-of-interest estimation, tasked with identifying features of interest, which in turn are used to locally refine the voxel grid and extract a higher-resolution surface representation for those regions. This approach is illustrated for the reconstruction of avatars for use in tele-immersion environments, where head and hand regions are of higher interest. To allow reproducability and direct comparison a publicly available data set for human visual hull reconstruction is used. This paper shows that region-of-interest reconstruction of the target is faster and visually comparable to higher resolution focused visual hull reconstructions. This approach reduces the amount of data generated through the reconstruction, allowing faster post processing, as rendering or networking of the surface voxels. Reconstruction speeds support smooth interactions between the avatar and the virtual environment, while the improved resolution of its facial region and hands creates a higher-degree of immersion and potentially impacts the perception of body language, facial expressions and eye-to-eye contact. Copyright © 2010 by the Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.

  2. Decontamination of steel by melt refining: A literature review

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    It has been reported that a large amount of metal waste is produced annually by nuclear fuel processing and nuclear power plants. These metal wastes are contaminated with radioactive elements, such as uranium and plutonium. Current Department of Energy guidelines require retrievable storage of all metallic wastes containing transuranic elements above a certain level. Because of high cost, it is important to develop an effective decontamination and volume reduction method for low level contaminated metals. It has been shown by some investigators that a melt refining technique can be used for the processing of the contaminated metal wastes. In this process, contaminated metal is melted wit a suitable flux. The radioactive elements are oxidized and transferred to a slag phase. In order to develop a commercial process it is important to have information on the thermodynamics and kinetics of the removal. Therefore, a literature search was carried out to evaluate the available information on the decontamination uranium and transuranic-contaminated plain steel, copper and stainless steel by melt a refining technique. Emphasis was given to the thermodynamics and kinetics of the removal. Data published in the literature indicate that it is possible to reduce the concentration of radioactive elements to a very low level by the melt refining method. 20 refs

  3. Earthquake vulnerability evaluation Faizabad district of Kermanshah

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    Saba Naderi; Yasmin Kolyai; Sirus Rezaei

    2014-01-01

    This paper as examplehas been studied Faizabad district of Kermanshah and to reach its main purpose, which is reducing the damagecaused by the earthquake on the Faizabad district is been providedand in subsidiary purposes part the research is tried identify factors influence in vulnerability earthquakes,pay to provide the factors required; All these factors havean impact on reducing earthquake vulnerability. This data using geological data, soil texture, getting satelliteimages and layering o...

  4. Swedish district heating - owners, prices and profitability

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    Owners, prices and profitability are examined in this report for 152 Swedish district heating companies during 1999. Only public information available has been used: Prices from a national annual consumer study, energy supplied, lengths of district heating pipes installed, and average prices for energy supplied. These companies are responsible for 96 % of all district heat supplied in Sweden. District heating systems owned by municipalities were responsible for 65 % of all district heat supply, while the share of power companies was 34 %. Other private owners accounted for 1 %. Only 12 % of the board members are women and more than 40 % of the companies have no woman in the board. The prices gathered by the annual consumer study are good estimates of the price level of district heating in Sweden. The average revenues are only 4,1 % lower than the effective average of prices gathered. Price of district heating decrease with size and market share. Use of combined heat and power plants decrease prices slightly. Lower prices with size can mainly be explained by lower energy supply costs. Calculated rates of return in relation to calculated replacement values increase slightly by size and are almost independent of age and market share. The purport of these conclusions is that the district heating companies share the cost reduction from size with their customers, while the whole benefit from high market shares is repaid to the customers. Calculated rates of return vary among the owner groups examined. Lower rates are accepted by municipalities, while power companies have higher rates at the average costs used. Total replacement costs for the 152 companies has been estimated to 89 billion Swedish crowns or 10 billion Euro. Only correlation analyses using one dimension have been used in this study. A higher degree of quality can be obtained by using multi-dimensional analyses

  5. Modular district heating system MODiS

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    Sipilae, K.; Ranne, A.; Koljonen, T. [VTT Energy, Espoo (Finland). Energy Systems

    2000-12-01

    MODiS (Modular District Heating System) products were developed for either building an entirely new district heating (DH) system or for renovating and extending an existing system. MODiS products comprise highly integrated prefabricated and pre- tested modules, where the modules themselves may be boilers, pumping stations, substations, metering devices, automation equipment, planning tools, information and management systems. The MODiS Concept tool was developed by VTT Energy for the rough planning of a MODiS district heating system. As a result, the MODiS Concept model can give the budget for a DH-system divided into the boiler plant, the district heating pipelines and the consumer substations. The annual investment and running cost of the system are evaluated. A dynamic simulation model for MODiS was also created with a real time simulation tool called APROS. The simulator can be used for studying normal operation, behaviour under emergency conditions, and process failures. The APROS simulation program has also been used to investigate an ejector connection in an apartment building and for analysing the operation of the ejector in relation to the entire heating system. A DH system in a Russian district heating zone was modelled with the programs. A knowledge-based tool, PIPECOR, has been developed and it estimates the remaining service life of the pipelines under the defined conditions, and the current corrosion rate. Renovation principles for the East European district heating systems have been developed during the project. (orig.)

  6. Dual energy use systems: District heating survey

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    1980-07-01

    The current status of and problems facing district heating systems operated by electric utilities were identified. The technical and economic factors which can affect the present and future success of district heating systems in the United States were evaluated. A survey of 59 district heating electric utilities was conducted to determine the current status of the industry. Questions developed to obtain data on technical, economic, regulator, and marketing factors were included in the survey. Literature on district heating in the U.S. and abroad was collected from governments, industry and foreign sources and reviewed to aid in evaluating the current and future potential of the industry. Interviews were held with executives of 16 utilities that operate district heating systems in order to determine corporate attitudes. A summary of the literature obtained is provided. Survey results are tabulated and described. The interviews and survey data were used to compile 10 case studies of utilities operating district heating systems under a braod range of circumstances.

  7. Effect of casting temperature on grain size of Al-Si alloys refined by a novel grain refiner

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    Bolzoni, L.; Nowak, M.; Hari Babu, N

    2014-01-01

    The automotive industry is willing of employing a greater amount of light metals like aluminium, magnesium and titanium, in order to reduce the total weight of the cars and, consequently, fuel consumption. Even though some casting aluminium alloys are commonly employed for automotive structural applications, their mechanical performances can be improved by means of appropriate grain refining by heterogeneous nucleation. This practise is well established for wrought aluminium alloys by using A...

  8. 78 FR 16262 - Tesoro Refining & Marketing Company LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate...

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    2013-03-14

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Tesoro Refining & Marketing Company LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial... notice in the above-referenced proceeding, of Tesoro Refining & Marketing Company LLC's application...

  9. Special Taxing Districts, TaxDistricts-The data set is a polygon feature representing special taxing districts., Published in 1991, Davis County Utah.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Special Taxing Districts dataset, was produced all or in part from Published Reports/Deeds information as of 1991. It is described as 'TaxDistricts-The data...

  10. 75 FR 33330 - Seamless Refined Copper Pipe and Tube From China and Mexico

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    2010-06-11

    ... COMMISSION Seamless Refined Copper Pipe and Tube From China and Mexico AGENCY: International Trade Commission... imports from China and Mexico of seamless refined copper pipe and tube, provided for in subheadings 7411... scope covers, but is not limited to, seamless refined copper pipe and tube produced or comparable to...

  11. 40 CFR 409.20 - Applicability; description of the crystalline cane sugar refining subcategory.

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    2010-07-01

    ... crystalline cane sugar refining subcategory. 409.20 Section 409.20 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL... Crystalline Cane Sugar Refining Subcategory § 409.20 Applicability; description of the crystalline cane sugar... processing of raw cane sugar into crystalline refined sugar....

  12. 78 FR 25415 - Waivers Under the Refined Sugar Re-Export Program

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    2013-05-01

    ... 30, 2013. (2) USDA is temporarily increasing the license limit for raw cane sugar refiners from 50... Office of the Secretary Waivers Under the Refined Sugar Re-Export Program AGENCY: Office of the Secretary... waiving certain provisions in the Refined Sugar Re-Export Program, effective today. These actions...

  13. 40 CFR 421.10 - Applicability; description of the bauxite refining subcategory.

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    2010-07-01

    ... bauxite refining subcategory. 421.10 Section 421.10 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION... CATEGORY Bauxite Refining Subcategory § 421.10 Applicability; description of the bauxite refining... bauxite to alumina by the Bayer process or by the combination process....

  14. 76 FR 61074 - USDA Increases the Fiscal Year 2011 Tariff-Rate Quota for Refined Sugar

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    2011-10-03

    ... Office of the Secretary USDA Increases the Fiscal Year 2011 Tariff-Rate Quota for Refined Sugar AGENCY... increase in the fiscal year (FY) 2011 refined sugar tariff-rate quota (TRQ) of 136,078 metric tons raw... MTRV for sugars, syrups, and molasses (collectively referred to as refined sugar) described...

  15. 77 FR 52021 - Proposed CERCLA Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent for the Mercury Refining...

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    2012-08-28

    ... AGENCY Proposed CERCLA Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent for the Mercury Refining... ``Settling Parties'') pertaining to the Mercury Refining Superfund Site (``Site'') located in the Towns of... each Settling Party to the EPA Hazardous Substance Superfund Mercury Refining Superfund Site...

  16. Transform domain Wyner-Ziv video coding with refinement of noise residue and side information

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    Huang, Xin; Forchhammer, Søren

    2010-01-01

    coding does not match that of conventional video coding yet, mainly due to the quality of side information and inaccurate noise estimation. In this context, a novel TDWZ video decoder with noise residue refinement (NRR) and side information refinement (SIR) is proposed. The proposed refinement schemes...

  17. Virtual District, Real Improvement: A Retrospective Evaluation of the Chancellor's District, 1996-2003

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    Phenix, Deinya; Siegel, Dorothy; Zaltsman, Ariel; Fruchter, Norm

    2004-01-01

    This paper describes the origins, structure, and components of the Chancellor's District, and details the findings about its outcomes for elementary schools. The Chancellor's District initiative ended in July 2003, with the implementation of a system-wide restructuring policy that reorganized the entire New York City school system. The 32…

  18. Exploring Superintendent Leadership in Smaller Urban Districts: Does District Size Influence Superintendent Behavior?

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    Hentschke, Guilbert C.; Nayfack, Michelle B.; Wohlstetter, Priscilla

    2009-01-01

    Much of the existing literature on urban school reform focuses on how the relatively small number of our nation's largest urban districts are approaching school reform with these objectives in mind. However, does smaller district size have any bearing, direct or indirect, on the nature of superintendent leadership? The authors' exploratory…

  19. District heating strategy model: community manual

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    Hrabak, R. A.; Kron, Jr., N. F.; Pferdehirt, W. P.

    1981-10-01

    The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) cosponsor a program aimed at increasing the number of district heating and cooling systems. Twenty-eight communities have received HUD cooperative agreements to aid in a national feasibility assessment of district heating and cooling systems. The HUD/DOE program includes technical assistance provided by Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Part of this assistance is a computer program, called the district heating strategy model, that performs preliminary calculations to analyze potential district heating and cooling systems. The model uses information about a community's physical characteristics, current electricity-supply systems, and local economic conditions to calculate heat demands, heat supplies from existing power plants and a new boiler, system construction costs, basic financial forecasts, and changes in air-pollutant emissions resulting from installation of a district heating and cooling system. This report explains the operation of the district heating strategy model, provides simplified forms for organizing the input data required, and describes and illustrates the model's output data. The report is written for three groups of people: (1) those in the HUD/DOE-sponsored communities who will be collecting input data, and studying output data, to assess the potential for district heating and cooling applications in their communiites; (2) those in any other communities who may wish to use the model for the same purpose; and (3) technical-support people assigned by the national laboratories to explain to community personnel how the model is used.

  20. Implicit adaptive mesh refinement for 2D reduced resistive magnetohydrodynamics

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    Philip, Bobby; Chacón, Luis; Pernice, Michael

    2008-10-01

    An implicit structured adaptive mesh refinement (SAMR) solver for 2D reduced magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) is described. The time-implicit discretization is able to step over fast normal modes, while the spatial adaptivity resolves thin, dynamically evolving features. A Jacobian-free Newton-Krylov method is used for the nonlinear solver engine. For preconditioning, we have extended the optimal "physics-based" approach developed in [L. Chacón, D.A. Knoll, J.M. Finn, An implicit, nonlinear reduced resistive MHD solver, J. Comput. Phys. 178 (2002) 15-36] (which employed multigrid solver technology in the preconditioner for scalability) to SAMR grids using the well-known Fast Adaptive Composite grid (FAC) method [S. McCormick, Multilevel Adaptive Methods for Partial Differential Equations, SIAM, Philadelphia, PA, 1989]. A grid convergence study demonstrates that the solver performance is independent of the number of grid levels and only depends on the finest resolution considered, and that it scales well with grid refinement. The study of error generation and propagation in our SAMR implementation demonstrates that high-order (cubic) interpolation during regridding, combined with a robustly damping second-order temporal scheme such as BDF2, is required to minimize impact of grid errors at coarse-fine interfaces on the overall error of the computation for this MHD application. We also demonstrate that our implementation features the desired property that the overall numerical error is dependent only on the finest resolution level considered, and not on the base-grid resolution or on the number of refinement levels present during the simulation. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the tool on several challenging problems.

  1. Environmental control technology for mining, milling, and refining thorium

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    Weakley, S.A.; Blahnik, D.E.; Young, J.K.; Bloomster, C.H.

    1980-02-01

    The purpose of this report is to evaluate, in terms of cost and effectiveness, the various environmental control technologies that would be used to control the radioactive wastes generated in the mining, milling, and refining of thorium from domestic resources. The technologies, in order to be considered for study, had to reduce the radioactivity in the waste streams to meet Atomic Energy Commission (10 CFR 20) standards for natural thorium's maximum permissible concentration (MPC) in air and water. Further regulatory standards or licensing requirements, either federal, state, or local, were not examined. The availability and cost of producing thorium from domestic resources is addressed in a companion volume. The objectives of this study were: (1) to identify the major waste streams generated during the mining, milling, and refining of reactor-grade thorium oxide from domestic resources; and (2) to determine the cost and levels of control of existing and advanced environmental control technologies for these waste streams. Six potential domestic deposits of thorium oxide, in addition to stockpiled thorium sludges, are discussed in this report. A summary of the location and characteristics of the potential domestic thorium resources and the mining, milling, and refining processes that will be needed to produce reactor-grade thorium oxide is presented in Section 2. The wastes from existing and potential domestic thorium oxide mines, mills, and refineries are identified in Section 3. Section 3 also presents the state-of-the-art technology and the costs associated with controlling the wastes from the mines, mills, and refineries. In Section 4, the available environmental control technologies for mines, mills, and refineries are assessed. Section 5 presents the cost and effectiveness estimates for the various environmental control technologies applicable to the mine, mill, and refinery for each domestic resource.

  2. Environmental control technology for mining, milling, and refining thorium

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    The purpose of this report is to evaluate, in terms of cost and effectiveness, the various environmental control technologies that would be used to control the radioactive wastes generated in the mining, milling, and refining of thorium from domestic resources. The technologies, in order to be considered for study, had to reduce the radioactivity in the waste streams to meet Atomic Energy Commission (10 CFR 20) standards for natural thorium's maximum permissible concentration (MPC) in air and water. Further regulatory standards or licensing requirements, either federal, state, or local, were not examined. The availability and cost of producing thorium from domestic resources is addressed in a companion volume. The objectives of this study were: (1) to identify the major waste streams generated during the mining, milling, and refining of reactor-grade thorium oxide from domestic resources; and (2) to determine the cost and levels of control of existing and advanced environmental control technologies for these waste streams. Six potential domestic deposits of thorium oxide, in addition to stockpiled thorium sludges, are discussed in this report. A summary of the location and characteristics of the potential domestic thorium resources and the mining, milling, and refining processes that will be needed to produce reactor-grade thorium oxide is presented in Section 2. The wastes from existing and potential domestic thorium oxide mines, mills, and refineries are identified in Section 3. Section 3 also presents the state-of-the-art technology and the costs associated with controlling the wastes from the mines, mills, and refineries. In Section 4, the available environmental control technologies for mines, mills, and refineries are assessed. Section 5 presents the cost and effectiveness estimates for the various environmental control technologies applicable to the mine, mill, and refinery for each domestic resource

  3. Grain refinement by boron nitride; Gefuegemodifizierung durch Bornitrid

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    Bach, F.W.; Guenther, A.; Phan-Tan, T.; Kruessel, T.; Wilk, P. [Institut fuer Werkstoffkunde der Universitaet Hannover, Struktur- und Biomedizinwerkstoffe, Garbsen (Germany)

    2005-01-01

    Grain refinement of magnesium alloys aims at better deformation behaviour, higher strength and improved corrosion resistance. Besides mechanical treatment like pressing, it is possible to refine the grainsize by using nucleation materials. Whereas calcium and rare earth elements are already widely used, the use of boron nitride offers a cheap alternative to refine grains of magnesium aluminum alloys. The effect is achieved by the reaction of boron nitride with aluminum which cracks the chemical compound to form aluminum nitride with the nitrogen while boron is forming different magnesium borides. These two compounds both exhibit very high melting points and are stable in this environment so that they can act as seed crystals. Because boron nitride shows a bad wettability to metal molds, it would float on top of the mold. Therefore, it is necessary to produce pellets out of boron nitride and aluminum powder to improve contact to the mold and enhance reaction velocity. (Abstract Copyright [2005], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.) [German] Durch die Kornfeinung von Magnesiumlegierungen wird das Ziel einer Festigkeitssteigerung, einer verbesserten Umformbarkeit und einer erhoehten Korrosionsbestaendigkeit verfolgt. Neben mechanischen Loesungswegen (Strangpressen etc.) besteht die Moeglichkeit legierungstechnisch durch den Einsatz keimbildender Stoffe eine Kornfeinung zu erzielen. Neben dem Einsatz von Kalzium oder Seltenen Erden bietet Bornitrid eine kostenguenstige Moeglichkeit eine Kornfeinung fuer aluminiumhaltige Magnesiumlegierungen zu erzeugen. Die Kornfeinung beruht dabei auf der Reaktion des Bornitrids mit dem Aluminium in der Schmelze, durch welche das Bornitrid zersetzt wird und mit dem freiwerdenden Stickstoff zu Aluminiumnitrid reagiert, waehrend sich das Bor mit Magnesium zu Magnesiumboriden verbindet. Bei beiden Produkten handelt es sich um hochschmelzende, in dieser Umgebung stabile Verbindungen, die als Kristallisationskeime wirken koennen. Die Zugabe des

  4. Risk as economic category: systematics scientific approach and refinement contents

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    V.G. Vygovskyy

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The paper studies the categorical-conceptual apparatus of risk and its refinement based on a critical analysis of existing systematic scientific approaches. Determined that in the refinement of the economic nature of the risk of a number of controversial issues: the definition of the objective or subjective nature of risk; matching of concepts such as «risk», «danger», «loss», «probability of loss»; definition of negative or positive consequences of risk; identification of risk with its consequences, or source of origin, which makes the relevance of research topics. As a result of scientific research has been refined interpretation of risk as an economic category, the characteristics of the company associated with the probability of unforeseen situations that may lead to negative and positive impacts, assessment of which requires the development of alternatives for management decisions. Clarification of the definition focuses on the possibility (probability of a favorable (unfavorable events which require certain corrective action management unit of the enterprise. The author emphasizes the mandatory features of the category of «risk», in particular: the concept of risk is always associated with the uncertainty of the future; event occurring has implications for the enterprise (both negative and positive; consequences for necessitates the development of a number of alternative solutions to the possible elimination of the negative consequences of risky events; risk – a mandatory attribute of modern management (its value is enhanced in terms of market conditions; subject to risk assessment and management by the company. Dedicated and updated features contribute to the clarification of the nature of the economic risk and categorical conceptual apparatus of risk management.

  5. Block-structured adaptive mesh refinement - theory, implementation and application

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    Deiterding, Ralf [ORNL

    2011-01-01

    Structured adaptive mesh refinement (SAMR) techniques can enable cutting-edge simulations of problems governed by conservation laws. Focusing on the strictly hyperbolic case, these notes explain all algorithmic and mathematical details of a technically relevant implementation tailored for distributed memory computers. An overview of the background of commonly used finite volume discretizations for gas dynamics is included and typical benchmarks to quantify accuracy and performance of the dynamically adaptive code are discussed. Large-scale simulations of shock-induced realistic combustion in non-Cartesian geometry and shock-driven fluid-structure interaction with fully coupled dynamic boundary motion demonstrate the applicability of the discussed techniques for complex scenarios.

  6. Analysis of complex time series using refined composite multiscale entropy

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    Wu, Shuen-De; Wu, Chiu-Wen [Department of Mechatronic Technology, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei 10610, Taiwan (China); Lin, Shiou-Gwo [Department of Communications, Navigation and Control Engineering, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung 20224, Taiwan (China); Lee, Kung-Yen [Department of Engineering Science and Ocean Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China); Peng, Chung-Kang [College of Health Sciences and Technology, National Central University, Chung-Li 32001, Taiwan (China); Division of Interdisciplinary Medicine and Biotechnology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, Boston (United States)

    2014-04-01

    Multiscale entropy (MSE) is an effective algorithm for measuring the complexity of a time series that has been applied in many fields successfully. However, MSE may yield an inaccurate estimation of entropy or induce undefined entropy because the coarse-graining procedure reduces the length of a time series considerably at large scales. Composite multiscale entropy (CMSE) was recently proposed to improve the accuracy of MSE, but it does not resolve undefined entropy. Here we propose a refined composite multiscale entropy (RCMSE) to improve CMSE. For short time series analyses, we demonstrate that RCMSE increases the accuracy of entropy estimation and reduces the probability of inducing undefined entropy.

  7. World petroleum refining capacity: Present and forecasted situation

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    World petroleum demand is expected to increase from about 15 million barrels to 80 million after the year 2000. The resulting necessity to increase the currently over-extended global refining capacity will put a significant burden on financial resources within the industry. This article examines the developments, after a decade of restructuring, which have led to the present situation of the petroleum industry described as having greatly improved operational conditions but beset by worrisome problems with regard not only to capacity, but also to the costly constraints being imposed by new air pollution regulations, especially those relevant to desulfurization in refinery processes

  8. CNPC'S Ambitious Efforts for Refining and Crude Processing

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    2012-01-01

    China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) announced in early May that its Guangdong-based mega joint refinery with Venezuelan partner Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) have started construction and is set to open by the end of 2014. The 58.6-billion-yuan (US$9.3 billion) project, in which CNPC will hold a 60 percent stake and the PDVSA will hold the remaining 40 percent, has a designed annual processing capacity of 20 million metric tons, or 400,000 barrels a day, making it the country's biggest integrated refining complex ever built at once.

  9. Refinement of Representation Theorems for Context-Free Languages

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    Fujioka, Kaoru

    In this paper, we obtain some refinement of representation theorems for context-free languages by using Dyck languages, insertion systems, strictly locally testable languages, and morphisms. For instance, we improved the Chomsky-Schützenberger representation theorem and show that each context-free language L can be represented in the form L = h (D ∩ R), where D is a Dyck language, R is a strictly 3-testable language, and h is a morphism. A similar representation for context-free languages can be obtained, using insertion systems of weight (3, 0) and strictly 4-testable languages.

  10. The Block-block Bootstrap: Improved Asymptotic Refinements

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    Donald W.K. Andrews

    2002-01-01

    The asymptotic refinements attributable to the block bootstrap for time series are not as large as those of the nonparametric iid bootstrap or the parametric bootstrap. One reason is that the independence between the blocks in the block bootstrap sample does not mimic the dependence structure of the original sample. This is the join-point problem. In this paper, we propose a method of solving this problem. The idea is not to alter the block bootstrap. Instead, we alter the original sample sta...

  11. Recent refinements to cranial implants for rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta).

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    Johnston, Jessica M; Cohen, Yale E; Shirley, Harry; Tsunada, Joji; Bennur, Sharath; Christison-Lagay, Kate; Veeder, Christin L

    2016-05-01

    The advent of cranial implants revolutionized primate neurophysiological research because they allow researchers to stably record neural activity from monkeys during active behavior. Cranial implants have improved over the years since their introduction, but chronic implants still increase the risk for medical complications including bacterial contamination and resultant infection, chronic inflammation, bone and tissue loss and complications related to the use of dental acrylic. These complications can lead to implant failure and early termination of study protocols. In an effort to reduce complications, we describe several refinements that have helped us improve cranial implants and the wellbeing of implanted primates. PMID:27096188

  12. Refinement of Phobos Ephemeris Using Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter Radiometry

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    Neumann, G. A.; Bills, B. G.; Smith, D. E.; Zuber, M. T.

    2004-01-01

    Radiometric observations from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) can be used to improve the ephemeris of Phobos, with particular interest in refining estimates of the secular acceleration due to tidal dissipation within Mars. We have searched the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) radiometry data for shadows cast by the moon Phobos, finding 7 such profiles during the Mapping and Extended Mission phases, and 5 during the last two years of radiometry operations. Preliminary data suggest that the motion of Phobos has advanced by one or more seconds beyond that predicted by the current ephemerides, and the advance has increased over the 5 years of Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) operations.

  13. Cogeneration handbook for the petroleum refining industry. [Contains glossary

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    Fassbender, L.L.; Garrett-Price, B.A.; Moore, N.L.; Fassbender, A.G.; Eakin, D.E.; Gorges, H.A.

    1984-03-01

    The decision of whether to cogenerate involves several considerations, including technical, economic, environmental, legal, and regulatory issues. Each of these issues is addressed separately in this handbook. In addition, a chapter is included on preparing a three-phase work statement, which is needed to guide the design of a cogeneration system. In addition, an annotated bibliography and a glossary of terminology are provided. Appendix A provides an energy-use profile of the petroleum refining industry. Appendices B through O provide specific information that will be called out in subsequent chapters.

  14. Refinements of Goldbach's conjecture,and the generalized Riemann hypothesis

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    Granville, Andrew

    2007-01-01

    We present three remarks on Goldbach's problem. First we suggest a refinement of Hardy and Littlewood's conjecture for the number of representations of $2n$ as the sum of two primes positing an estimate with a very small error term. Next we show that if a strong form of Goldbach's conjecture is true then every even integer is the sum of two primes from a rather sparse set of primes. Finally we show that an averaged strong form of Goldbach's conjecture is equivalent to the Generalized Riemann ...

  15. Petroleum mineral oil refining and evaluation of cancer hazard.

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    Mackerer, Carl R; Griffis, Larry C; Grabowski Jr, John S; Reitman, Fred A

    2003-11-01

    Petroleum base oils (petroleum mineral oils) are manufactured from crude oils by vacuum distillation to produce several distillates and a residual oil that are then further refined. Aromatics including alkylated polycyclic aromatic compounds (PAC) are undesirable constituents of base oils because they are deleterious to product performance and are potentially carcinogenic. In modern base oil refining, aromatics are reduced by solvent extraction, catalytic hydrotreating, or hydrocracking. Chronic exposure to poorly refined base oils has the potential to cause skin cancer. A chronic mouse dermal bioassay has been the standard test for estimating carcinogenic potential of mineral oils. The level of alkylated 3-7-ring PAC in raw streams from the vacuum tower must be greatly reduced to render the base oil noncarcinogenic. The processes that can reduce PAC levels are known, but the operating conditions for the processing units (e.g., temperature, pressure, catalyst type, residence time in the unit, unit engineering design, etc.) needed to achieve adequate PAC reduction are refinery specific. Chronic dermal bioassays provide information about whether conditions applied can make a noncarcinogenic oil, but cannot be used to monitor current production for quality control or for conducting research or developing new processes since this test takes at least 78 weeks to conduct. Three short-term, non-animal assays all involving extraction of oil with dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) have been validated for predicting potential carcinogenic activity of petroleum base oils: a modified Ames assay of a DMSO extract, a gravimetric assay (IP 346) for wt. percent of oil extracted into DMSO, and a GC-FID assay measuring 3-7-ring PAC content in a DMSO extract of oil, expressed as percent of the oil. Extraction with DMSO concentrates PAC in a manner that mimics the extraction method used in the solvent refining of noncarcinogenic oils. The three assays are described, data demonstrating the

  16. Recycling and refining of copper for electrical application

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    Dablement Sébastien

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Copper is, after silver, the best electrical conductor. All residual impurities inside the matrix have high consequences on these properties. Thus, the Nexans factory in Lens “purifies” the copper scraps by a fire refining in order to remove all the internal pollutant. This process, unique in France, is complementary to a traditional process using an electrolytic cathode. It allows, first, to diversify the raw material and, second, to increase the ecological balance compare to the traditional way of scrap treatment for electrical application.

  17. Progress in vacuum metal extraction, refining and consolidation

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    The unique achievements in the process metallurgy of rare metals in the past quarter century should largely be attributed to advances in vacuum technology. New standards for high purity, increasing demand for pure metals and alloys for established applications, and steady improvement in sophistication and capacity of vacuum furnaces have provided the stimulus for developing and expanding vacuum metal extraction processes, and also exploring totally new processes. The paper discusses the thermochemistry of vacuum metallurgy, carbothermic and metallothermic reduction reactions, consolidation and refining by vacuum arc melting, electron beam melting and high temperature high vacuum sintering, and ultrapurification, with special reference to the reactive and refractory metals of Group IV to VI. (author)

  18. Deep Performance Analysis of Refined HarmonicBin Packing Algorithm

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    顾晓东; 陈国良; 许胤龙

    2002-01-01

    Refined Harmonic (RH) is one of the best on-line bin packing algorithms.The algorithm was first proposed by Lee&Lee in 1985 and the upper bound of the worst-case performance ratio has been proved to be 1.63596…… In this paper, it is proved that 1.63596...is also the lower bound. The average performance of RH is also studied for the first time.It is shown that the average-case performance ratio of RH is 1.28243... under the uniform distribution.

  19. Panorama 2011: Water in fuel production Oil production and refining

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    Water plays a vital role in the production of fuels. Against a background of extremely high pressure to do with the need to protect the environment, better manage energy use and operate in a socially responsible manner - as well as the need to protect water as a resource and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water management has become a major issue for the oil industry. These issues have all more or less been factored into the integrated water management programmes which have been introduced both in oil production and oil refining. These programmes have been designed to keep waste and emissions to a minimum, and to reduce the quantities of water required. (author)

  20. Location Refinement and Power Coverage Analysis Based on Distributed Antenna

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    赵晓楠; 侯春萍; 汪清; 陈华; 浦亮洲

    2016-01-01

    To establish wireless channel suitable for the cabin environment, the power coverage was investigated with distributed antenna system and centralized antenna system based on the actual measurement of channel im-pulse response. The results indicated that the distributed antenna system has more uniform power coverage than the centralized antenna system. The average relative errors of receiving power of both antennas were calculated. The optimal position of the centralized antenna was obtained by Gaussian function refinement, making the system achieve a better transmission power with the same coverage effect, and providing a reference for antenna location in the future real communication in the cabin.

  1. Crystal chemistry and structure refinement of five hydrated calcium borates

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    Clark, J.R.; Appleman, D.E.; Christ, C.L.

    1964-01-01

    The crystal structures of the five known members of the series Ca2B6O11??xH2O (x = 1, 5, 5, 7, 9, and 13) have been refined by full-matrix least-squares techniques, yielding bond distances and angles with standard errors of less than 0??01 A?? and 0??5??, respectively. The results illustrate the crystal chemical principles that govern the structures of hydrated borate compounds. The importance of hydrogen bonding in the ferroelectric transition of colemanite is confirmed by more accurate proton assignments. ?? 1964.

  2. Solar heat storages in district heating networks

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    Ellehauge, K. (Ellehauge og Kildemoes, AArhus (DK)); Engberg Pedersen, T. (COWI A/S, Kgs. Lyngby (DK))

    2007-07-15

    This report gives information on the work carried out and the results obtained in Denmark on storages for large solar heating plants in district heating networks. Especially in Denmark the share of district heating has increased to a large percentage. In 1981 around 33% of all dwellings in DK were connected to a district heating network, while the percentage in 2006 was about 60% (in total 1.5 mio. dwellings). In the report storage types for short term storage and long term storages are described. Short term storages are done as steel tanks and is well established technology widely used in district heating networks. Long term storages are experimental and used in connection with solar heating. A number of solar heating plants have been established with either short term or long term storages showing economy competitive with normal energy sources. Since, in the majority of the Danish district heating networks the heat is produced in co-generation plants, i.e. plants producing both electricity and heat for the network, special attention has been put on the use of solar energy in combination with co-generation. Part of this report describes that in the liberalized electricity market central solar heating plants can also be advantageous in combination with co-generation plants. (au)

  3. Domestic and international district energy success stories

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    Fortum is a leading Nordic energy company that is increasingly focusing on the provision of heat supply from waste energy and renewables. This power point presentation gave an outline of Fortum's involvement in district energy projects in Sweden. Details of Fortum's heating distribution, power and electricity sales were presented, as well as a chart of share performance to 2006. A chart of Swedish electricity production from 1970 to 2003 was provided, in addition to energy input sources for district heating from 1970-2003. Details of the Hammarby eco-cycle model were presented, as well as issues concerning the use of bio-gas for stoves and vehicles. An outline of the Hammarby heat plant was presented, with details of heat pumps, bio-oil boilers, electric boilers, and heat production data. Issues concerning district cooling for commercial customers were reviewed. A bio-fuel district energy plant in Stockholm was discussed, as well as issues concerning the transportation of biofuel by sea and rail. Electric energy savings due to the use of district cooling were evaluated. Details of new gas works facilities in Hjorthagen were presented, as well as details of a proposed terminal in Nynashamn which will interact with a natural gas system. tabs., figs

  4. Refining scientific procedures involving animals to reduce suffering and improve scientific validity

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    Elliot Lilley; Penny Hawkins; Maggy Jennings; Paul Littlefair; Nikki Osborne; Barney Reed

    2013-01-01

    Refinement of procedures and models that use living animals makes a real difference to scientific validity, data quality and animal welfare. Refinements can be small and iterative and are frequently introduced without a premeditated plan, as part of general procedure development. Whilst this is encouraging, integrating refinement into experimental design is critical to reduction of suffering. A well put together welfare assessment protocol, established through a detailed analysis of each step of the model or procedure, is a very important tool for implementing refinements. This paper will give practical steps for identification of suffering in animals used for scientific purposes and provide examples of refinements to reduce suffering and improve welfare.

  5. Research Use by Leaders in Canadian School Districts

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    Amanda Cooper

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper, part of a larger study, investigates the ways research is used by leaders in Canadian schools and districts, an area in which there is relatively little empirical evidence. The paper analyzes survey results from 188 education leaders in 11 school districts across Canada about school and district practices related to the use of research. Results indicate a growing awareness in districts of the importance of research use, reported district capacity, and many kinds of support available for research-related activities; however, actual research use remains modest. Districts appear to have relatively weak processes and systems for finding, sharing, and using relevant research.

  6. Fully implicit adaptive mesh refinement algorithm for reduced MHD

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    Philip, Bobby; Pernice, Michael; Chacon, Luis

    2006-10-01

    In the macroscopic simulation of plasmas, the numerical modeler is faced with the challenge of dealing with multiple time and length scales. Traditional approaches based on explicit time integration techniques and fixed meshes are not suitable for this challenge, as such approaches prevent the modeler from using realistic plasma parameters to keep the computation feasible. We propose here a novel approach, based on implicit methods and structured adaptive mesh refinement (SAMR). Our emphasis is on both accuracy and scalability with the number of degrees of freedom. As a proof-of-principle, we focus on the reduced resistive MHD model as a basic MHD model paradigm, which is truly multiscale. The approach taken here is to adapt mature physics-based technology to AMR grids, and employ AMR-aware multilevel techniques (such as fast adaptive composite grid --FAC-- algorithms) for scalability. We demonstrate that the concept is indeed feasible, featuring near-optimal scalability under grid refinement. Results of fully-implicit, dynamically-adaptive AMR simulations in challenging dissipation regimes will be presented on a variety of problems that benefit from this capability, including tearing modes, the island coalescence instability, and the tilt mode instability. L. Chac'on et al., J. Comput. Phys. 178 (1), 15- 36 (2002) B. Philip, M. Pernice, and L. Chac'on, Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering, accepted (2006)

  7. Friction stir processing (FSP: refining microstructures and improving properties

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    McNelley, T. R.

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available FSP is reviewed as an allied technology of friction stir welding (FSW and additional considerations such as processing pattern and step over distance are introduced. The application of FSP to continuously cast AA5083 material in the as-cast condition is described and the extent of grain refinement and homogenization of microstructure is documented. The FSP-induced superplastic response of this material is compared to the response of conventionally processed AA5083 and the improved ductility of the FSP material is related to grain refinement and microstructure homogenization.

    Se revisa el procesado por fricción batida (FSP como un aliado tecnológico de la soldadura por fricción batida (FSW y se introducen consideraciones adicionales tales como el patrón de procesado y el paso en función de la distancia. Se describe la aplicación de FSP al material AA5083 por colada continua en la condición de colada y se documenta el grado de afino de grano y homogeneización de la microestructura. La respuesta de superplasticidad inducida por FSP se compara con la respuesta de la aleación AA5083 procesada convencionalmente y la mejora de ductilidad del material FSP se relaciona con el afino de grano y la homogeneización de la microestructura.

  8. On refined volatility smile expansion in the Heston model

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    Friz, P; Gulisashvili, A; Sturm, S

    2010-01-01

    It is known that Heston's stochastic volatility model exhibits moment explosion, and that the critical moment $s^{*}$ can be obtained by solving (numerically) a simple equation. This yields a leading order expansion for the implied volatility at large strikes: $\\sigma_{BS}(k,T)^{2}T\\sim \\Psi (s^*-1) \\times k$ (Roger Lee's moment formula). Motivated by recent "tail-wing" refinements of this moment formula, we first derive a novel tail expansion for the Heston density, sharpening previous work of Dr{\\u{a}}gulescu and Yakovenko [Quant. Finance 2, 6 (2002), 443--453], and then show the validity of a refined expansion of the type $% \\sigma_{BS}(k,T) ^{2}T=(\\beta _{1}k^{1/2}+\\beta_{2}+...)^{2}$, where all constants are explicitly known as functions of $s^*$, the Heston model parameters, spot vol and maturity $T$. In the case of the "zero-correlation" Heston model such an expansion was derived by Gulisashvili and Stein [Appl. Math. Opt., DOI: 10.1007/s002450099085]. Our methods and results may prove useful beyond th...

  9. Investment in exploration-production and refining 2013

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    IFPEN analyses in this study the 2013 evolution of global investment in the field of exploration-production and refining. 1 - Changes in oil and gas prices; 2 - Exploration production: a new year of growth: the increase in investments continues into 2013, exploration - Discoveries in 2013, 1978 - 2012: Investments - Production - Price; 3 - Main markets in the upstream oil equipment and services sector: introduction, drilling (Drilling activity, Number of wells drilled throughout the world, Number of onshore wells, Number of offshore wells, Drilling markets, equipment and services for wells, Onshore drilling market, Offshore drilling market, Fracking market); Geophysical market (Geophysical activity, Geophysical market); Offshore construction (Offshore construction activities, Fixed platforms (Jack-ups), Floating Platform Systems (FPS), Sub-sea constructions, Offshore construction market); Conclusion; 4 - Refining: looking for new equilibriums: falling excess capacity and regional disparities, recovery in capital spending in emerging countries, Asia is still the eldorado for investment in the downstream oil Sector (Continuing overcapacity in the medium-term, Differing investment strategies)

  10. The refined theory of deep rectangular beams for symmetrical deformation

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    2009-01-01

    Based on elasticity theory, various one-dimensional equations for symmetrical deformation have been deduced systematically and directly from the two-dimensional theory of deep rectangular beams by using the Papkovich-Neuber solution and the Lur’e method without ad hoc assumptions, and they construct the refined theory of beams for symmetrical deformation. It is shown that the displacements and stresses of the beam can be represented by the transverse normal strain and displacement of the mid-plane. In the case of homogeneous boundary conditions, the exact solutions for the beam are derived, and the exact equations consist of two governing differential equations: the second-order equation and the transcendental equation. In the case of non-homogeneous boundary conditions, the approximate governing differential equations and solutions for the beam under normal loadings only and shear loadings only are derived directly from the refined beam theory, respectively, and the correctness of the stress assumptions in classic extension or compression problems is revised. Meanwhile, as an example, explicit expressions of analytical solutions are obtained for beams subjected to an exponentially distributed load along the length of beams.

  11. Psychometric evaluation and refinement of the Pain Response Preference Questionnaire

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    McWilliams, Lachlan A; Kowal, John; Sharpe, Donald; Dick, Bruce D

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The Pain Response Preference Questionnaire (PRPQ) assesses preferences regarding pain-related social support. The initial factor analytical study of the PRPQ produced four empirically supported scales labelled Solicitude, Management, Encouragement and Suppression. A second study produced similar findings, but suggested that the Management and Encouragement scales be combined into a single scale labelled Activity Direction. OBJECTIVES: To use factor analytical methods to evaluate these competing configurations of the PRPQ (ie, three versus four scales) and to further refine the measure. The ability of the PRPQ scales to account for pain severity and disability ratings was also evaluated. METHODS: Chronic pain patients (n=201) completed the PRPQ along with the Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS) and self-reports of pain severity and disability. RESULTS: Confirmatory factor analysis indicated that both models tested provided a poor fit to the data. A follow-up exploratory factor analysis was used to further refine the PRPQ scales and resulted in scales labelled Solicitude, Encouragement and Suppression. Supportive of the potential clinical utility of the PRPQ, Suppression was positively associated with pain severity and Solicitude was positively associated with disability. These two scales were also positively associated with the PCS. Supportive of the incremental validity of the PRPQ, a multiple regression analysis indicated that the Solicitude scale accounted for unique variance in disability ratings beyond that accounted for by demographic/clinical variables and the PCS. CONCLUSIONS: The PRPQ has promise as a clinical assessment measure and for advancing research examining the interpersonal context of pain. PMID:24205508

  12. Tsunami modelling with adaptively refined finite volume methods

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    LeVeque, R.J.; George, D.L.; Berger, M.J.

    2011-01-01

    Numerical modelling of transoceanic tsunami propagation, together with the detailed modelling of inundation of small-scale coastal regions, poses a number of algorithmic challenges. The depth-averaged shallow water equations can be used to reduce this to a time-dependent problem in two space dimensions, but even so it is crucial to use adaptive mesh refinement in order to efficiently handle the vast differences in spatial scales. This must be done in a 'wellbalanced' manner that accurately captures very small perturbations to the steady state of the ocean at rest. Inundation can be modelled by allowing cells to dynamically change from dry to wet, but this must also be done carefully near refinement boundaries. We discuss these issues in the context of Riemann-solver-based finite volume methods for tsunami modelling. Several examples are presented using the GeoClaw software, and sample codes are available to accompany the paper. The techniques discussed also apply to a variety of other geophysical flows. ?? 2011 Cambridge University Press.

  13. Toughening and strengthening of ceramics composite through microstructural refinement

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    Anggraini, Lydia; Isonishi, Kazuo; Ameyama, Kei

    2016-04-01

    Silicon carbide with 50 mass% zirconia ceramic matrix composites were processed by mechanical milling (MM) followed by spark plasma sintering (SPS). By controlling the parameters of MM and SPS, an ultra-fine ZrO2 grain was homogeneously dispersed and refined on the surface of a fine SiC powder, forming a harmonic microstructure. The mechanical properties and the densification behavior of the SiC-ZrO2 composites were investigated. The effects of the milling time on the microstructure and on the mechanical properties of the composite are discussed. The results indicate that the composite mechanically milled for 144 ks and sintered at 1773 K had the highest relative density of 98 %, along with a fracture toughness of 10.7 MPa.m1/2 and a bending strength of 1128 MPa. These superior mechanical properties were influenced by the microstructure characteristics such as the homogeneous grain dispersion. Thus, the microstructural refinement forming harmonic dispersion can be considered a remarkable design tool for improving the mechanical properties of SiC-ZrO2, as well as other ceramic composite materials.

  14. Introducing BioSARN - an ecological niche model refinement tool.

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    Heap, Marshall J

    2016-08-01

    Environmental niche modeling outputs a biological species' potential distribution. Further work is needed to arrive at a species' realized distribution. The Biological Species Approximate Realized Niche (BioSARN) application provides the ecological modeler with a toolset to refine Environmental niche models (ENMs). These tools include soil and land class filtering, niche area quantification and novelties like enhanced temporal corridor definition, and output to a high spatial resolution land class model. BioSARN is exemplified with a study on Fraser fir, a tree species with strong land class and edaphic correlations. Soil and land class filtering caused the potential distribution area to decline 17%. Enhanced temporal corridor definition permitted distinction of current, continuing, and future niches, and thus niche change and movement. Tile quantification analysis provided further corroboration of these trends. BioSARN does not substitute other established ENM methods. Rather, it allows the experimenter to work with their preferred ENM, refining it using their knowledge and experience. Output from lower spatial resolution ENMs to a high spatial resolution land class model is a pseudo high-resolution result. Still, it maybe the best that can be achieved until wide range high spatial resolution environmental data and accurate high precision species occurrence data become generally available.

  15. Success in Asian refining -- Strategies for a growth industry

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    Asia offers some of the best growth opportunities to the global refining industry. Many of its nations are in the process of industrializing, with a rapid rise in living standards and associated energy use. Growth trends are firmly established, with petroleum use in particular increasing rapidly as modern transport infrastructures develop. Of perhaps greater importance is Asia's potential for continued growth based on population and GDP trends. While the expected growth offers a wide range of opportunities, succeeding in the unique Asian marketplace will be a challenge mastered by only a few new entrants. This paper will examine some of the critical issues that will drive success and shape the refining business in Asia. Industry fundamentals will be reviewed, with a focus on growth and profit drivers. With the fundamental framework established, the unique challenges posed by the Asian environment, including cultural issues, investment requirements, regulatory trends and issues in market development will be discussed. The ability to succeed in Asia by identifying factors that create local advantage within a very diverse region will be discussed. The need to merge corporate capabilities and objectives with regional opportunities is the key requirement to succeed in entering or expanding in the region

  16. REFINEMENT OF PRODUCER GAS GENERATED FROM BIOMASS GASIFIER

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Producer gas (PG generated from biomass by thermo-chemical gasification process has been proved to be a reliable and renewable substitute for petroleum fuels to drive internal combustion engines. The gasification technology has been developed well and also commercialised. However, more technological advancements must happen in the refining of PG. Generally, the refinement is confined to the removal of tar and particulates from PG before supplying it to the engines. This paper proposes to remove additionally carbon dioxide and water vapour from PG so that its heating value can be increased and faster combustion can be attained in the engine cylinder. In this direction, the various CO2 removal technologies which are currently employed for combustion flue gas, natural gas and biogas have been first studied in detail. They are: physical absorption in solvents, chemical absorption by reagents, adsorption, membrane separation and refrigeration. In the present research, a batch of experiments has been conducted by washing PG with water to absorb CO2 physically and in a separate batch of experiments PG has been treated with aqueous ammonia to absorb CO2 chemically. For both experiments, the PG was generated by a downdraft biomass gasifier fed with wood pieces. The CO2 reduction obtained was 10.9% in physical absorption by water and 95% in chemical absorption by aqueous ammonia. Along with the reduction of CO2 and H2O from PG, the tar and particulates content of PG could also be reduced by absorption method.

  17. Refinement of steel microstructure by free-forging

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    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Refinement of austenitic steel and low alloyed C-Mn-Si-Nb steel microstructure by free-forging.Design/methodology/approach: In this study severe hot deformation was applied on low alloyed 0.2C-1.5Mn-2Si-0.05Nb steel and austenitic 0.07C-18Cr-2Mn.-10Ni steel. Steels were processed in a full-hydraulic press. Different temperatures of preheating, dwells and strain levels were applied. Microstructure was characterised using optical metallography, scanning and transmission electron microscopy.Findings: After optimization of processing fine grained structures with convenient phase composition were obtained. Multiple free-forging followed by recrystallization annealing was successfully used for refinement of austenitic Cr-Ni steel and improvement of mechanical properties. While free-forging of low alloyed C-Mn-Si-Nb steel still has not satisfied expected increase of strength and ductility.Research limitations/implications: Free-forging usually results in formation of very heterogeneous structures. In submitted study relatively fine grained and uniform structures were obtained. Grain size below a few micrometers can not be probably achieved using above mentioned technology.Originality/value: Obtained results can be used for development of forging technology in service conditions.

  18. Introducing BioSARN - an ecological niche model refinement tool.

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    Heap, Marshall J

    2016-08-01

    Environmental niche modeling outputs a biological species' potential distribution. Further work is needed to arrive at a species' realized distribution. The Biological Species Approximate Realized Niche (BioSARN) application provides the ecological modeler with a toolset to refine Environmental niche models (ENMs). These tools include soil and land class filtering, niche area quantification and novelties like enhanced temporal corridor definition, and output to a high spatial resolution land class model. BioSARN is exemplified with a study on Fraser fir, a tree species with strong land class and edaphic correlations. Soil and land class filtering caused the potential distribution area to decline 17%. Enhanced temporal corridor definition permitted distinction of current, continuing, and future niches, and thus niche change and movement. Tile quantification analysis provided further corroboration of these trends. BioSARN does not substitute other established ENM methods. Rather, it allows the experimenter to work with their preferred ENM, refining it using their knowledge and experience. Output from lower spatial resolution ENMs to a high spatial resolution land class model is a pseudo high-resolution result. Still, it maybe the best that can be achieved until wide range high spatial resolution environmental data and accurate high precision species occurrence data become generally available. PMID:27547356

  19. The psychometric refinement of the Materials Concept Inventory (MCI)

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    Corkins, James

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Materials Concept Inventory (MCI) and then recommend revisions. The MCI was administered to a sample of 303 undergraduate engineering students enrolled in a materials engineering course taught by an instructor unrelated to this study. The MCI demonstrated adequate reliability (Cronbach's alpha was .73) and strong discriminatory power (Ferguson's delta was 0.96). A pretest MCI was given only two days into the course and was able to predict the final course grade (r = .30, p fit by the empirical data [chi-squared (194) = 196.03, p = .426; and root mean square error approximation (RMSEA) was .007; and comparative fit index (CFI) was .996]. The Cronbach's alpha of the refined-MCI was 0.75, suggesting 'good' reliability. The six factors could only be interpreted by an integration of cognitive processes with content. Those six factors were labeled: (1) compare and contrast ductile and brittle material, (2) analyze structure and how it changes due to defects arising from stretching, (3) understand and analyze the structure and properties of glass, (4) analyze structure and how it changes due to defects arising from bending, (5) understand and analyze the structure and properties of metals, and (6) synthesize and apply graphs and proportions with relation to various materials engineering concepts. Results related to the psychometrics of the refined version of the Materials Concept Inventory are promising, but based on this study's results, further revision may be required.

  20. A refined model for characterizing x-ray multilayers

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    The ability to quickly and accurately characterize arbitrary multilayers is very valuable for not only can we use the characterizations to predict the reflectivity of a multilayer for any soft x-ray wavelength, we also can generalize the results to apply to other multilayers of the same type. In addition, we can use the characterizations as a means of evaluating various sputtering environments and refining sputtering techniques to obtain better multilayers. In this report we have obtained improved characterizations for sample molybdenum-silicon and vanadium-silicon multilayers. However, we only examined five crystals overall, so the conclusions that we could draw about the structure of general multilayers is limited. Research involving many multilayers manufactured under the same sputtering conditions is clearly in order. In order to best understand multilayer structures it may be necessary to further refine our model, e.g., adopting a Gaussian form for the interface regions. With such improvements we can expect even better agreement with experimental values and continued concurrence with other characterization techniques. 18 refs., 30 figs., 7 tabs