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  1. Analysis of the Effect of Pile Skin Resistance Verses Pile Diameter Based on Experimental Research

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    S. M. Marandi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In spite of the many recent advances in pile design and execution methods, the quantitative effects of grouted pile skin resistance and form on subsequent pile behavior remains an area for research. There are many parameters involved in the analysis of the bearing capacity of piles and descriptive method theory of the loading effect for each parameter is very complex. Many of these parameters are interrelated and investigation of the relationships leads to complex equations, which cannot be easily solved. The only reliable solution is to study the influence of each parameter by experimental model tests in equipped laboratories. This research presents the results of static compression tests on two model groups of pipe and grouted pile shafts (35mm, 50mm and 60 mm in diameters and 900 mm in length installed into beds of Yazd siliceous sand (located in southeast Iran. The findings of the experimental research were to the average ultimate loads at failure for grouted piles were approximately 12% higher than for the pipe piles. The pile skin resistance is an effective factor on pile bearing capacity, the load transfer response appears to be more plastic with increasing pile diameter in siliceous sand and the skin resistance of the pile was not linearly proportional to the pile diameter and varied with increase in pile diameter.

  2. British Energy Operating Experience Programme

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    British Energy is the major nuclear generator in the U.K. It has a market share varying between 22% and 25% of the total U.K. generation. The fleet of power stations operated by British Energy consists of one 1250 MWe Pressurised Water Reactor, six Advanced Gas Cooled reactor sites, each with two reactor units of 660 MWe, and one coal fired site with four units of 500 Mwe. In early 1999 British Energy set a strategic goal, for all its reactor units, to achieve 'World Class Performance through Cost leadership' by the end of year 2004. This would be measured against the applicable Upper Quartile performance indicators of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). Against this strategic goal six fundamental objectives were identified, one of which was to define, deploy and measure the effectiveness of a world class Operating Experience programme. British Energy has clearly re-defined its Operating Experience programme and, recognised the value of learning from Operating Experience. Commitment to the programme, and communicating the value of an effective OE programme is being clearly demonstrated by all managers throughout the organisation. Making the information easily accessible at the workplace has been achieved via the British Energy intranet, the harder step is to ensure OE is consulted before commencing an assigned task or plant evolution. Early signs of this are encouraging, but a continuous sustained effort will be required for probably the next two years. The full deployment of the OE programme is scheduled to be complete by 2004. There will however be a redefined programme identified by then to incorporate the lessons learnt and to ensure the programme is aligned with the business as it evolves. An analysis of event root causes and precursors since May 2001 will be undertaken in June 2002. These will be compared with data from previous years to ascertain the effect on the number of recurring events. The critical question, 'has this prevented recurring

  3. Seismic soil pile interaction:experimental evidence

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    Moccia, Flaviana

    2009-01-01

    The comprehension of the real behaviour of pile foundations under earthquake loading is very important, since it can significantly affect the performance of the superstructure. As a matter of fact the experience of recent earthquake has confirmed that piles can suffer extreme damage and failure under earthquake loading. The case histories from Kobe earthquake (1995) indicate that not only the inertial actions but also the kinematic ones, due to ground movements, which was overlooked in design...

  4. Evaluation of graphite safety issues for the British production piles at Windscale: Graphite sampling in preparation for the dismantling of Pile 1 and the further safe storage of Pile 2

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    The two air-cooled graphite-moderated production piles at the UK Sellafield site (formerly Windscale) have not operated since the late 1950s following the fire in Pile no. 1 in 1957. Although limited graphite trepanning took place immediately following the fire (mainly in the undamaged reactor, Pile no. 2), it has been deemed necessary to obtain new samples and extensive data to support the intended programme, which is for further 'Safe Storage' of Pile 2 and for the dismantling of Pile no. 1. The reactors (especially Pile no.2) contain significant Wigner energy, and elaborate precautions have been applied to ensure that intrusive operations cannot lead to energy releases. The paper discusses the visual surveys, trepanning procedure and the analytical data which have been obtained from the samples. There appear to be no obstacles to the continued storage of Pile no.2. For Pile no.1, the data will be used to support the safety case now being developed for dismantling and will define acceptable handling, storage and disposal procedures for the graphite blocks. (author)

  5. Experimental study of the pile EL3

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    The results of two months' experiments, carried out at low power following the first divergence (4. July 1957) are presented. These experiments dealt with the following points: comparison of experimental and calculated values of the critical size; effects due to the introduction of absorbing materials into the principal experimental facilities, flux distribution measurements especially in these facilities, calibration of safety, control and compensating rods, determination of the average life of the neutrons. (author)

  6. In-pile experimental facility needs for LMFR safety research

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    Although the achievement of the safety research during the past years has been significant, there still exists a strong need for future research, especially when there is prospect for future LMFR commercialization. In this paper, our current views are described on future research needs especially with a new in-pile experimental facility. The basic ideas and progress are outlined of a preliminary feasibility study. (author)

  7. Experimental Investigation of the Effectiveness of Various  Additives in Reducing Wind Erosion from Iron Ore Piles 

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    Mohammad Sadegh Hassanvand

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: Wind-induced particulate air pollution from iron ore piles can causes environmental and economic problems for steel industries. In this experimental study, the effectiveness of various additives in reducing particulate air pollution from iron ore piles was investigated in a laboratory wind tunnel.Materials and Methods:  The experimental set up consisted of a prismatic pile and a wind tunnel. Four different wind speeds of 4.3, 5, 7 and 11 m/s was used in the study  Municipal water, quick lime (2%, seawater, treated industrial wastewater and Polylatice (0.25% were used as additives to stabilize the upper layer of the pile. Results: Emission factors for non-stabilized (without additive piles at 4.3, 5, 7 and 11 m /s wind speeds were 46.7, 73.2, 1025.4 and 13768.7 g/m2, respectively. Stabilized piles with 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.7 and 2.8 percent additive (moisture content of the upper layer of the pile for municipal water, Polylattice (0.25%, treated industrial wastewater, seawater and quick lime (2% indicated a decrease of 99.4%, 100%, 99.3%, 99.5% and 99.5% particulate emission reduction, respectively. Conclusions: Proper selection and use of additives on iron piles has the potential for decreasing  more than 99% of the wind-induced particulate emissions. Operational factors such as covered area, spray frequency, pile geometry, seasonal adjustments related to ambient temperature and humidity, wind speed and operator training need to be an integral part of the pollutant reduction program.              

  8. An Experimental Study on Pile Spacing Effects under Lateral Loading in Sand

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    Mahdy Khari

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Grouped and single pile behavior differs owing to the impacts of the pile-to-pile interaction. Ultimate lateral resistance and lateral subgrade modulus within a pile group are known as the key parameters in the soil-pile interaction phenomenon. In this study, a series of experimental investigation was carried out on single and group pile subjected to monotonic lateral loadings. Experimental investigations were conducted on twelve model pile groups of configurations 1 × 2, 1 × 3, 2 × 2, 3 × 3, and 3 × 2 for embedded length-to-diameter ratio l/d = 32 into loose and dense sand, spacing from 3 to 6 pile diameter, in parallel and series arrangement. The tests were performed in dry sand from Johor Bahru, Malaysia. To reconstruct the sand samples, the new designed apparatus, Mobile Pluviator, was adopted. The ultimate lateral load is increased 53% in increasing of s/d from 3 to 6 owing to effects of sand relative density. An increasing of the number of piles in-group decreases the group efficiency owing to the increasing of overlapped stress zones and active wedges. A ratio of s/d more than 6d is large enough to eliminate the pile-to-pile interaction and the group effects. It may be more in the loose sand.

  9. Experimental study of several types of ground heat exchanger using a steel pile foundation

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    Jalaluddin

    2011-01-01

    A b s t r a c t: An experimental study of several types of ground heat exchangers (GHEs) installed in a steel pile foundation, including double-tube, U-tube, and multi-tube GHEs, was carried out at Saga University. Water flows through the heat exchangers and exchanges heat to or from the ground. The performance of GHEs was investigated under actual operation in the cooling mode with flow rates of 2, 4, and 8 l/min. Temperatures of the ground and GHE tube wall were measured to find the temp...

  10. British Columbia Power Export Corporation: Operational review for operating year, October 1989 to September 1990

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    The British Columbia Power Export Corporation (POWEREX) is a wholly owned subsidiary of British Columbia Hydro, established in 1988 as the single agency responsible for implementing the provincial policy of international electricity trade. POWEREX objectives are to conduct long term firm electricity trade utilizing private sector financing, operating capabilities, and generating sources. Short term electricity transactions are handled by the part of POWEREX called the Powerex Pool Operation. An operational review of POWEREX for 1989-90 is presented, giving information on export contracts, license approvals, export sales negotiations, pool operation revenues and sales, British Columbia Hydro generation and integrated system performance, and operational planning. 15 figs

  11. The British Library Big Data Experiment: Experimental Interfaces, Experimental Teaching

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    Baker, J. W.; Terras, M. M.; Mohamedally, D.; Weyrich, T.; Alborzpour, S.; Stelios, G.; Stavrou, N.; Wong, W

    2015-01-01

    Many digital humanities–taught programmes aim to engage undergraduate and postgraduate humanists with computational methods and practices (Hirsch, 2012; Cohen and Scheinfeldt, 2013). It is relatively rare, however, to routinely engage computer scientists with the needs, methods, and worldview of historians, literature scholars, librarians, and related researchers (Spiro, 2012). This poster describes an ongoing collaboration between British Library Digital Research and the UCL Department of Co...

  12. CONDUCTING AND ANALYZING THE RESULTS OF THE EXPERIMENTAL BOX TEST OF RETAINING WALL MODELS WITHOUT PILES AND ON THE PILE FOUNDATION

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    M. A. Lisnevskyi

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. Taking into consideration that the bearing capacity of the foundation may be insufficient, in the study it is assumed that pile foundation can be used to reduce the impact of the construction of new retaining structures on roads and railways near the existing buildings or in areas of dense urban development and ensure the stability of the foundation. To reduce the volume of excavation it is necessary to choose the economic structure of the retaining wall. To do this, one should explore stress-strain state (SSS of the retaining walls, to develop methods to improve their strength and stability, as well as to choose the most appropriate method of their analysis. Methodology. In the design of retaining walls foundation mat and piles are considered as independent elements. Since the combined effect of the retaining wall, piles and foundation mat as well as the effect of soil or rock foundation on the structure are considered not fully, so there are some limitations in the existing design techniques. To achieve the purpose the box tests of retaining walls models without piles and with piles for studying their interaction with the surrounding soil massif were conducted. Findings. Laboratory simulation of complex systems «surrounding soil – retaining wall – pile» was carried out and on the basis of the box test results were analyzed strains and its main parameters of the stress-strain state. Analysis of the results showed that the structure of a retaining wall with piles is steady and stable. Originality. So far, in Ukraine has not been carried out similar experimental box tests with models of retaining walls in such combinations. In the article has been presented unique photos and test results, as well as their analysis. Practical value. Using the methodology of experimental tests of the retaining wall models with piles and without them gives a wider opportunity to study stress-strain state of such structures.

  13. Experimental Comparison of Non-Slender Piles under Static Loading and under Cyclic Loading in Sand

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    Sørensen, Søren Peder Hyldal; Ibsen, Lars Bo

    2012-01-01

    An experimental evaluation of the pile behavior of non-slender piles exposed to static and cyclic lateral loading is presented. The tests were conducted in a pressure tank at Aalborg University. This enabled the possibility of applying an overburden pressure to the soil. When conducting small-scale...... tests at 1-g the determination of the friction angle and the Young’s modulus of elasticity of the soil are difficult and further these soil parameters varies greatly with depth. These uncertainties were avoided by application of an overburden pressure....

  14. Experimental Modeling of Pile-Leg Interaction in Jacket Type Offshore Platforms Cyclic Inelastic Behavior

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    M. R. Honarvar

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Offshore platforms in seismically active areas should be designed to survive in the event of severe ground excitations with no global structural failure. The annulus between the pile and leg in jacket-type offshore platforms can be filled with cement grout as a means of reducing horizontal deflections, inhibiting corrosion and preventing local damages. This paper discusses an experimental approach which can be used to demonstrate the effect of grouting on enhanced structural performance of jackets. In this regard, the lateral load bearing behavior of grouted and un-grouted jackets are investigated experimentally with special attention to effect of grout on pile-leg interaction. Results are presented on the cyclic inelastic behavior of two scaled frame models of a representative platform which was recently installed in the Persian gulf. The objective of this effort was to improve the understanding of the behavior of jackets subjected to lateral motions and specially the effects of exact real pile-leg interaction. it should be noted that this paper addresses the exact and realistic pile-leg interaction. It is concluded that grouting can not be considered as a definite method of improving strength and structural nonlinear dynamic behavior. Although it generally increases the lateral stiffness, but some side effects and points are to be considered. In this paper, the two separate lateral load bearing mechanisms -namely portal (braced mechanism and frame bending mechanism- are distinguished and the effect of grout on each one is shown.

  15. Marijuana growing operations in British Columbia revisited, 1997-2003

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    Plecas, D.; Malm, A.; Kinney, B. [University College of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC (Canada). Dept. of Criminology and Criminal Justice]|[University College of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC (Canada). International Centre for Urban Research Studies

    2005-03-01

    The results of a comprehensive study of marihuana cultivation in British Columbia were presented. This report describes the incidents of marihuana grow operations coming to the attention of the police; the characteristics of marihuana growing operations; the suspects involved; the actions taken by the police and courts; and penalty. The study confirms that these operations which are dispersed throughout the province are increasing in both size and sophistication. The average number of kilograms of harvested marihuana seized per grow operation tripled from 1997 to 2003. In addition, the number of high intensity lights seized per operation also grew, leading to an associated increase in the average amount of electricity theft per operation. About 1 in 5 grow operations involved hydro theft. The average cost associated with hydro theft per operation was about $2,880 in 1997 and $3,740 in 2003. In 2003, it is estimated that growers stole more than $3,200,000 from BC Hydro. In addition to electricity by-passes, 15 per cent of indoor grow operations contained hazards such as weapons, explosives, and other drugs. 25 tabs., 34 figs.

  16. EXPERIMENTAL AND NUMERICAL ASSESSMENT OF DYNAMIC SOIL-PILE-STRUCTURE INTERACTION

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    Durante, Maria Giovanna

    2015-01-01

    A reliable approach for studying the seismic soil-pile- structure interaction is the physical modelling of scaled models in 1-g or n-g devices. A comprehensive laboratory test campaign, performed on the 6-degree-of-freedom 1-g shaking table of the Bristol Laboratory for Advanced Dynamics Engineering (BLADE) of the University of Bristol (UK), is illustrated and discussed in the present thesis. The experimental campaign was carried out within the framework of the Seismic Engineering Research In...

  17. Experimental Study on Post Grouting Bearing Capacity of Large Diameter Bored Piles

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    Wang Duanduan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Post grouting can improve the inherent defects such as the formation of the mud cake at pile side and the sediment at pile end in the process of bored pile construction. Thus post grouting has been widely used in Engineering. The purpose of this paper is to research the influences of post grouting to pile bearing capacity more systematically and intuitively. Combined with the static load test of four test piles in Weihe River Bridge test area of new airport highway in Xi’an, the bearing capacity and settlement of routine piles and post grouting piles are comparatively analyzed. The test results show that under the same geological condition, post grouting can improve the properties of pile tip and pile shaft soil of bored piles significantly, enhance the ultimate resistance, improve the ultimate bearing capacity and reduce the pile tip settlement. Then post grouting can aim to optimize pile foundation.

  18. British Gas marks progress in drive for global operations

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    This paper reports that British Gas plc, London, is driving to boost the share of its business that comes form outside the U.K. Non-U.K. activities accounted for about 10% of the company's business last year. By the turn of the century earnings form British Gas's non-U.K. exploration and production activities are expected to be about in line with those form the U.K. core business. In addition, the company's global gas business unit-acquisitions, sales, of British Gas technology worldwide, and power generation form gas-will contribute significantly to overseas earnings

  19. Experimental study on DX pile performance in frozen soils under lateral loading

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    XiaoBing Liu; LiHong Chen; ZhongYang Yu; JianXiao Hu; Wen Peng

    2013-01-01

    Experiments about working mechanism and mechanical characteristics of the DX model pile foundation under lateral dynamic and static loading were conducted by using a model system of the dynamic frozen soil-pile interaction. The horizontal displacement-force relationship of the pile head and bending moment distribution along the body in frozen soils of different temperatures were discussed. According to test results, both the horizontal displacement-force relationship of the DX pile head and bending moment distribution of the DX pile body are smaller than that of equal-diameter piles under same lateral loads. The piles with different plate positions show different displacements and bending moments. This phenomenon is mainly related to the soil temperature and bearing plates locations. Thus, dynamic response analysis of the pile foundation should be taken into account.

  20. Experimental assessment of the insertion loss of an underwater noise mitigation screen for marine pile driving

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    Jansen, H.W.; Jong, C.A.F. de; Jung, B.

    2012-01-01

    Because of the concern about potential effects on marine pile driving, the industry is developing silent marine pile driving concepts. One of the new concepts, which has been engineered by IHC Hydrohammer in the Netherlands, is the application of a steel Noise Mitigation Screen (NMS) around the pile

  1. Experimental Investigations of Tension Piles in Sand Subjected to Static and Cyclic Loading

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    Thomassen, Kristina

    The present thesis regards the behavior of the piles in jacket pile foundations used for offshore wind turbines. The piles are often loaded in tension because of the combination of wind and wave conditions and the low self-weight of the wind turbine. The repeated cyclic loading can lead to...

  2. Experimental Research on Large Diameter Cast-in-Place Piles Embedded in Rock

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    衡朝阳; 何满潮; 姚爱军

    2001-01-01

    This paper expatiated the field test of large diameter cast-in-place piles embedded in soft rock, including static loading test, high or low strain dynamic test, measurement of stresses and strains of pile body, and pressure measurements between pile tip and soft rock. The relative in-situ test problems are discussed. Based on the limit equilibrium theory and the load transfer equation, a synthesis method of analyzing the ultimate carrying capacity of single large diameter pile is put forward. The research results show that the key to determining the ultimate carrying capacity of single pile with a large diameter is the analysis of the intensity of soft rock.

  3. Experimental Study on Post Grouting Bearing Capacity of Large Diameter Bored Piles

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    Wang Duanduan; Wang Longfei; Zhang Lipeng

    2015-01-01

    Post grouting can improve the inherent defects such as the formation of the mud cake at pile side and the sediment at pile end in the process of bored pile construction. Thus post grouting has been widely used in Engineering. The purpose of this paper is to research the influences of post grouting to pile bearing capacity more systematically and intuitively. Combined with the static load test of four test piles in Weihe River Bridge test area of new airport highway in Xi’an, the bearing capac...

  4. Experimental analysis of the inertial soil-pile interaction in the centrifuge

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    CHENAF, N; CHAZELAS, JL; Escoffier, S.

    2006-01-01

    The soil-pile dynamic interaction is studied through centrifuge tests. In this paper, we focus on the inertial effect as a first step to knowledge the seismic behaviour of the soil-pile system. A single shock test, applied at the head of a flexible single pile, is used to simulate an impact on bridge piers ; successive shocks are also used to simulate boat impacts on harbour facilities. To improve the understanding of the inertial soil-pile interaction, a comparison of pile response to both l...

  5. Experimental Comparison of Statically and Cyclically Loaded Non-Slender Piles in Sand

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    Sørensen, Søren Peder Hyldal; Ibsen, Lars Bo

    rigid form of motion. The Winkler model approach, employing p-y curves to describe the soil-pile interaction, is often employed as the design method for laterally loaded piles. The p-y curve formulation, currently recommended by the American Petroleum Institute and Det Norske Veritas, is based on tests...... applied and hence the effective stresses in the soil have been increased homogeneously. The tests have been conducted in a pressure tank at Aalborg University. A total of 29 quasi-static tests and 14 cyclic tests have been conducted on laterally loaded piles situated in sand. Aluminium pipe piles......The monopile foundation concept is often employed as foundation for offshore wind energy converters. Typically, monopiles are hollow piles made of steel with outer diameters, D, in the range of four to six meters and length to diameter ratios, L/D, around five. Hence, the piles exhibit a rather...

  6. Some Experiences and In-pile Experimental Programme on Fuel Coolant Interaction in NSRR

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    The experimental and analytical investigation on fuel-coolant interaction problem has been made in JAERI. The NSRR (Nuclear Safety Research Reactor) project was proposed for in-pile experiments on reactor safety research, and general objectives of the NSRR experiments in the first phase of the programme are to determine the threshold energy for fuel failure and to investigate fuel behaviours under the reactivity initiated accident condition in sodium environment as well as in water one. One of the main interests in the phase-I programme is to investigate the degree of fuel dispersal into the coolant, molten fuel-coolant interaction and its mechanical effect in the reactor condition. The NSRR is a large-pulsed reactor, its maximum pulsing performance attained with 4.67 dollar reactivity insertion is energy release of 117 MW.sec, peak power of 21,100 MW at a minimum reactor period of 1.17 msec. The phase-I experiments started in October, 1975, and more than ten in-pile tests have been performed in water environment with ambient pressure and temperature condition so far. Among them fuel failure occurred in two cases, and in 292 cal/g.UO2 test, the test fuel was almost completely melted and broken into large five pieces and accompanying particles. Even in this case, however, detectable pressure generation was not observed. Several hundred tests are planned in the phase-I programme for water reactor fuels and fast reactor fuels in water environment and in sodium environment, respectively. The out-of-pile experiment on fuel-coolant interaction has been also performed using several sorts of simulant metals mainly to find out the thermal conditions for fragmentation. Some interesting results on the thermal thresholds for occurrence of fragmentation were obtained. The analytical model for evaluation of fuel-coolant interaction has been developed. The compressibility of liquid sodium and fragmentation process under simple assumption are taken into account in the model. The

  7. MTR and PWR/PHWR in-pile loop safety in integration with the operation of multipurpose reactor - GAS

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    MTR and PWR/PHWR In-Pile Loop safety analysis in integration with the operation of Multipurpose Reactor - Gas has been carried out and completed. The assessment is emphasized on the function of the interface systems from the dependence of the operation and the evaluation to the possibility of leakage or failure of the in-pile part inside the reactor pool and reactor core. The analysis is refers to the logic function of the interface system and the possibility of leakage or failure of the in-pile part inside reactor pool and reactor core to consider the integrity of the core qualitatively. The results show that in normal and in transient conditions , the interface system meet the function requirement in safe integrated operation of in-pile loop and reactor. And the results of the possibility analysis of the leakage shows that the possibility based on mechanically assessment is very low and the impact to core integrity is nothing or can be eliminated. The possible position for leakage is on the flen on which one meter above the top level of the core, therefore no influence of leakage to the core

  8. Experimental and Analytical Investigations of Piles and Abutments of Integral Bridges

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    Arsoy, Sami

    2000-01-01

    Bridges without expansion joints are called "integral bridges." Eliminating joints from bridges crates concerns for the piles and the abutments of integral bridges because the abutments and the piles are subjected to temperature-induced cyclic lateral loads. As temperatures change daily and seasonally, the lengths of integral bridges increase and decrease, pushing the abutment against the approach fill and pulling it away. As a result the bridge superstructure, the abutment, the approach f...

  9. Influence of dynamic soil-pile raft-structure interaction: an experimental approach

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    Saha, Rajib; Haldar, Sumanta; Dutta, Sekhar Chandra

    2015-12-01

    Traditionally seismic design of structures supported on piled raft foundation is performed by considering fixed base conditions, while the pile head is also considered to be fixed for the design of the pile foundation. Major drawback of this assumption is that it cannot capture soil-foundation-structure interaction due to flexibility of soil or the inertial interaction involving heavy foundation masses. Previous studies on this subject addressed mainly the intricacy in modelling of dynamic soil structure interaction (DSSI) but not the implication of such interaction on the distribution of forces at various elements of the pile foundation and supported structure. A recent numerical study by the authors showed significant change in response at different elements of the piled raft supported structure when DSSI effects are considered. The present study is a limited attempt in this direction, and it examines such observations through shake table tests. The effect of DSSI is examined by comparing dynamic responses from fixed base scaled down model structures and the overall systems. This study indicates the possibility of significant underestimation in design forces for both the column and pile if designed under fixed base assumption. Such underestimation in the design forces may have serious implication in the design of a foundation or structural element.

  10. Investigating Potential Toxicity of Leachate from Wood Chip Piles Generated by Roadside Biomass Operations

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    John Rex; Stephane Dubé; Phillip Krauskopf; Shannon Berch

    2016-01-01

    Roadside processing of wood biomass leaves chip piles of varying size depending upon whether they were created for temporary storage, spillage, or equipment maintenance. Wood chips left in these piles can generate leachate that contaminates streams when processing sites are connected to waterways. Leachate toxicity and chemistry were assessed for pure aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.), lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl.), hybrid white spruce (Picea engelmannii x glauca Parry), and black s...

  11. French simulation keeps British operators up to scratch

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    Corys' simulator system built for Nuclear Electric has been designed to provide training for Sizewell-B reactor operators in the physical principles underlying processes implemented in a Pressurised Water Reactor during both normal and abnormal operation, together with an overall appreciation of the operation of the installation. So as not to confuse trainees, the system represents accurately the whole operation of the plant. In addition, it draws their attention to points which cannot be observed readily in practice. (author)

  12. The Relationship between Basic Skills and Operational Effectiveness in the British Army

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    Swain, Jon

    2015-01-01

    This paper draws on data that formed part of a major three-year longitudinal study (2008-2011), which set out to investigate basic skills (BS) provision and needs in the British army and its relationship to operational effectiveness. Using mixed methods, the findings draw on qualitative data from 60 semi-structured interviews with 26 young…

  13. FORECASTING PILE SETTLEMENT ON CLAYSTONE USING NUMERICAL AND ANALYTICAL METHODS

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    Ponomarev Andrey Budimirovich

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In the article the problem of designing pile foundations on claystones is reviewed. The purpose of this paper is comparative analysis of the analytical and numerical methods for forecasting the settlement of piles on claystones. The following tasks were solved during the study: 1 The existing researches of pile settlement are analyzed; 2 The characteristics of experimental studies and the parameters for numerical modeling are presented, methods of field research of single piles’ operation are described; 3 Calculation of single pile settlement is performed using numerical methods in the software package Plaxis 2D and analytical method according to the requirements SP 24.13330.2011; 4 Experimental data is compared with the results of analytical and numerical calculations; 5 Basing on these results recommendations for forecasting pile settlement on claystone are presented. Much attention is paid to the calculation of pile settlement considering the impacted areas in ground space beside pile and the comparison with the results of field experiments. Basing on the obtained results, for the prediction of settlement of single pile on claystone the authors recommend using the analytical method considered in SP 24.13330.2011 with account for the impacted areas in ground space beside driven pile. In the case of forecasting the settlement of single pile on claystone by numerical methods in Plaxis 2D the authors recommend using the Hardening Soil model considering the impacted areas in ground space beside the driven pile. The analyses of the results and calculations are presented for examination and verification; therefore it is necessary to continue the research work of deep foundation at another experimental sites to improve the reliability of the calculation of pile foundation settlement. The work is of great interest for geotechnical engineers engaged in research, design and construction of pile foundations.

  14. Guide : Environmental operating practices for the upstream petroleum industry : British Columbia pipelines

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    This document is part of a five-volume guide designed to assist the users by providing a comprehensive resource and management tool in the upstream petroleum industry in British Columbia. The five-volume guide is called Environmental Operating Practices for the Upstream Petroleum Industry: British Columbia Operations. The user is able to rapidly determine the regulatory requirements applicable in a situation, as well as the environmental issues involved. The recommended industry practices and resources available in meeting the requirements were included in this guide. This document provided a road map to the environmental operating practices in section 1, followed by environmental management in section 2. In section 3, the reader was presented with environmental planning and design, while construction was discussed in section 4. Operations were reviewed in section 5, and reclamation discussed in section 6. refs., 10 tabs., 14 figs

  15. Ageing management within British Energy in support of safe, reliable operation and lifetime extension objectives

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    British Energy has established a comprehensive suite of ageing/obsolescence asset management programmes. Through these programmes, the company has developed a thorough understanding of all the potentially significant degradation mechanisms which could affect the systems structures and components (SSCs) which are essential to the safe, reliable operation of their NPPs. The results from these ageing management programmes underwrite the existing design basis safety case, provide trending information for Safety System Reviews (SSRs) and Periodic Safety Reviews (PSRs) and provide data in support of extending the operating lifetimes of the NPPs. This paper describes the UK regulatory framework with respect to ageing management, British Energy's overall approach to ageing management. The various ageing/obsolescence management programmes established by BEG, including examples of potentially significant ageing issues which have been successfully addressed by these programmes and the manner in which the results from the programmes are used in support of continued operation, SSRs, PSRs, lifetime extension and general performance enhancement. (orig.)

  16. Value engineering and observation of settlement behavior on piled-raft foundation of Hadron Experimental Hall of J-PARC. Part 3

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    Piled raft foundations are recognized to be able to offer a cost-effective alternative to conventional pile foundations. This paper describes performance of piled-raft foundation used for the Hadron Experimental Hall in J-PARC. To confirm validity of the foundation design, field measurements were performed on the foundation settlement and load sharing between raft and piles from the beginning of construction to four years after the end of construction. The measured settlement reached 20 mm and the ratios of the load carried by the piles to the effective load in the tributary area of the instrumented piles were estimated to be 0.86 and 0.67, respectively, 42 months after the end of construction. Two months later, the 2011 Tohoku Pacific Earthquake occurred. The peak horizontal ground acceleration of 546 gal was recorded at Nakaminato (K-Net) 10 km south from J-PARC. Based on the measurement results, there were no significant changes in the foundation settlement and the load sharing, therefore, the piled raft was found to be quite stable after the strong seismic vibration. (author)

  17. Investigating Potential Toxicity of Leachate from Wood Chip Piles Generated by Roadside Biomass Operations

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Roadside processing of wood biomass leaves chip piles of varying size depending upon whether they were created for temporary storage, spillage, or equipment maintenance. Wood chips left in these piles can generate leachate that contaminates streams when processing sites are connected to waterways. Leachate toxicity and chemistry were assessed for pure aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx., lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl., hybrid white spruce (Picea engelmannii x glauca Parry, and black spruce (Picea mariana (Mill. Britton as well as from two wood chipping sites using mixes of lodgepole pine and hybrid or black spruce. Leachate was generated using rainfall simulation, a static 28-day laboratory assay, and a field-based exposure. Leachate generated by these exposures was analyzed for organic matter content, phenols, ammonia, pH, and toxicity. Findings indicate that all wood chip types produced a toxic leachate despite differences in their chemistry. The consistent toxicity response highlights the need for runoff management that will disconnect processing sites from aquatic environments.

  18. Experimental and Theoretical Research of Deformation of Vertically Loaded Displacement Piles in Sand Soil

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    Full Text Available The displacement piles are one of the oldest type of foundation not just in Lithuania, but also all over the world. Stiff, glacial origin sands lay not far from the ground surface in Lithuania as opposed to the rest of the Western Europe, therefore this kind of foundation is carried out into practice very often in our country. For geotechnical engineers it is very hard to decide which method should be applied, when there is no local experience. Five approaches are discussed on this paper and the results of three single piles’ tests are compared. The full scale single piles’ tests were carried out at the artificial bearing stratum pit. Piles’ diameter was 330 mm. The ratio of the piles’ depth and diameter were 3.3, 4.4 and 4.8. In conclusion of this paper the recommendations are given, which should be applied in different cases using mentioned above methods.

  19. Guide : Environmental operating practices for the upstream petroleum industry : British Columbia drilling

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    This document represents the Drilling volume of the Environmental Operating Practices for the Upstream Petroleum Industry : British Columbia Operations. The document is a comprehensive resource and management tool designed to assist the user in the rapid determination of which regulatory requirements and environmental issues affect their operations, and was divided into five volumes. The first section discussed the road map, and environmental management was addressed in section 2. Section 3 tackled environmental planning and design, while construction was dealt with in section 4. In section 5, the topic of operations was discussed, and reclamation was presented in section 6. The recommended industry practices and resources for meeting those requirements were provided. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers uses this document as a key guide in support of its Environment, Health and Safety Stewardship Program. refs

  20. Seismic behavior analysis of piled drums

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    In general, low level radioactive waste is packed in drums and stored in a warehouse being piled vertically, or laid horizontally. To observe the behavior of piled drums during an earthquake, an experimental study was reported. The experimental study is limited by the vibrating platform capacity. To carry out these tests up to the supporting limit is not recommended, in view of the vibrating platform curing as well as the operators' security. It is very useful to develop the analytical method for simulating the behavior of the drums. In this report, a computer program of piled drum's dynamic motion is shown, and the analytical result is referred to the experimental result. From the result of experiment on piled drums, the sliding effect has been found to be very important for the stability of drum, and the rocking motion observed, showing a little acceleration is less than the static estimated value. Behavior of piled drums is a complex phenomena comprising of sliding, rocking and jumping

  1. De-regulated electric power markets and operating nuclear power plants: the case of British energy

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    One issue addressed in almost all electric power restructuring/de-regulation plans in both the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) was the recovery of operating nuclear power plant's spent fuel disposal costs and the expenditures to decommission the units when they are retired. Prior to restructuring, in theory at least, in both countries, electricity consumers were paying for the back end costs from operating nuclear power plants. Moreover, in virtually all cases in the US, states included special provisions to insure that consumers would continue to do so after power markets were de-regulated. When power markets in the UK were initially restructured/de-regulated and nuclear power privatized, the shareholders of British Energy (BE) were initially responsible for these costs. However, after electricity prices fell and BE collapsed, the British government shifted many of the costs to future taxpayers, as much as a century forward. If this was not done, the book value of BE's equity would have been about -3.5 billion pounds. That is, BE's liabilities would have been about -3.5 billion pounds greater than their assets. It is difficult to see how BE could remain viable under such circumstances

  2. Piled Embankment Design Comparison

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    Drusa Marián

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available There are currently several national standards or regulations for the design of the piled embankment, providing suitable solutions for foundation of transport structure on soft, high compressible subsoil, [1]. The most widely used and the best-known standard is British Standard BS8006 [2], which was confronted with another analytical design methodologies (Ebgeo, CUR. Today’s popularity and versatility of FEM numerical models brings many advantages, which analytical methods cannot achieved, but must be verified by proposed scaled physical model, which was currently being developed by Department of Geotechnics, University of Žilina.

  3. Piled Embankment Design Comparison

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    Drusa, Marián; Kais, Ladislav; Vlček, Jozef; Mečár, Martin

    2015-05-01

    There are currently several national standards or regulations for the design of the piled embankment, providing suitable solutions for foundation of transport structure on soft, high compressible subsoil, [1]. The most widely used and the best-known standard is British Standard BS8006 [2], which was confronted with another analytical design methodologies (Ebgeo, CUR). Today's popularity and versatility of FEM numerical models brings many advantages, which analytical methods cannot achieved, but must be verified by proposed scaled physical model, which was currently being developed by Department of Geotechnics, University of Žilina.

  4. Analysis of the in-pile operation and preliminary results of the post irradiation dismantling of the pebble bed assemblies

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    Magielsen, A.J.; Peeters, M.M.W.; Hegeman, J.B.J.; Stijkel, M.P.; Laan, J.G. van der [NRG-Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (Netherlands)

    2007-07-01

    The Pebble Bed Assemblies (PBA) are four tritium breeding sub scale modules, representing a segment of the European Helium Cooled Pebble Bed Test Blanket. The objective of these experiments is the study the thermomechanical behaviour of the pebble bed assemblies during irradiation. This objective will be full- filled by the analysis of changes in the in-pile temperature profiles during irradiation and the post irradiation examination of the pebble beds in the Hot Cells. The PBA has been irradiated in the HFR in Petten for 294 Full Power Days (FPD), to a dose of 2-3 dpa in Eurofer, and estimated lithium burnup of 2-3 %. Changes in the temperature profile during in-pile operation are indication for pebble bed creep compaction during first start up and the possible formation gas gaps between the pebble beds and the structure. During progressive irradiation the radial and axial differential temperatures within the breeder and beryllium pebble beds are evaluated. During start up of the sub sequent irradiation cycles (each 26 FPD) the temperature differences within the beryllium pebble beds show a slight increase suggesting changes in the structure of the pebble beds. The PBA are transported from the HFR to the Hot Cell Laboratory in upright position to maintain the gas gaps between the pebble beds and Eurofer. Various microscopy preparation techniques are used to study the deformation state of the pebble beds (signs of creep compaction and sintering), formation of gas gaps between the pebble beds and structural materials and the interaction layers between eurofer-ceramic and eurofer-beryllium. In this paper first results on the Post Irradiation examination are given. (orig.)

  5. Out-of-pile experimental stand for research of fast reactors safety questions

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    In the given paper there is given the description of experimental facility 'EAGLE', which is meant for research of safety problems of fast reactors one of which is excluding of re-criticality in case of severe accident with core melting. There are demonstrated concepts and volume of planned tests and also the results of conducted experiments. (author)

  6. Grouted jetted precast concrete sheet piles: Method, experiments, and applications

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    Xu, GH; Yue, ZQ; Liu, DF; He, FR

    2006-01-01

    This paper introduces an innovative technology - grouted jetted precast concrete piling - that increases the efficiency of piling operations in coastal regions. The technology includes the following steps: (i) casting concrete piles factory-designed especially for jetting and grouting; (ii) jetting to drive the concrete piles with a crane on a floating ship or platform into soil; and (iii) grouting to enhance the sheet pile connections and to increase the pile bearing capacity. This technolog...

  7. Some particular problems put by operating experimental reactors

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    On basis of a six years experience in operating research reactors, the authors explain, first, the difference in their utilization between these piles and another similar ones and, after, in consequence, they set off corresponding servitudes. These servitudes put very particular problems in operating itself, maintenance, modifications or additions on these apparatus. (author)

  8. Impacts of the operation of existing hydroelectric developments on fishery resources in British Columbia

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    The main features of 46 hydroelectric dams and diversions in British Columbia are reviewed, and available information on the inland sport fish resources within and below the impoundments are summarized. The projects are collectively responsible for ca 95% of the electrical power used in the province. The characteristics detailed include water license and operational constraints, electrical generation, enhancement facilities, operational regime, physical and chemical environment, downstream system, sportfish populations, and recreational fishery. All the hydroelectric impoundments reviewed, with the possible exceptions of some small headponds, support sport fish populations. Recreational angling quality is considered good for about one quarter of impoundments for which information is available. Low population density is the dominant reason for poor angling quality. Drawdowns exceeding 10 m annually and/or low water retention times are significant impediments to sport fish stock densities. Recommended measures to improve sport fishery resources in and below hydroelectric impoundments include evaluation of the efficiency of ongoing compensation programs, improvement to impact assessment procedures to ensure adequate documentation of pre- and post-impoundment conditions, and enhancement of several systems through stock or nutritional supplementation. 161 refs., 95 figs., 9 tabs

  9. Complex-pile-irradiation dosimetry using calorimeters. Complement to theory and interpretation of experimental results

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    C.E.A. report number 2217 (1962) discussed theory, applications and experimental study of isothermal calorimeters developed at the CEN-Grenoble. Since, new data about specific heat of graphite, and a complement to theory, brought us to introduce a corrective factor in the fundamental relationship: energy deposition versus calorimeter heating. Energy deposition can be now estimated with an accuracy of ± 2 per cent, while before there was a systematic error in excess of 2 to 4 per cent. At last a system of curves permit direct reading of absorbed thermal power versus equilibrium temperature of calorimeter. These curves are available for the two devices TM and TMS used at the CEN-Grenoble. (authors)

  10. Experimental Investigation and Finite Element Analysis of Prestressed High Strength Concrete Pile-Pile Cap Connections%PHC管桩与承台连接节点试验研究与有限元分析

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    王铁成; 杨志坚; 赵海龙; 王文进

    2015-01-01

    Based on the results of four prestressed high strength concrete(PHC)pile-pile cap connections under cyclic loading,the failure patterns and the mode of the specimens are described. The strain of pile,anchor bars and carbon fiber-reinforced polymer(CFRP),hysteretic curve,bearing capacity and displacement ductility of connections are analyzed. The test results show that the cap of specimens appeared to be a squeezing failure. The anchor bars lost con-straint,and formed a hinge joint that resulted in the connection rotation being unrestricted and the rotation capacity of connection being increased. PHC pile reinforced by steel fiber and non-prestressed steel bars can improve the dis-placement ductility of connections. The connections should be designed with enough rotating capacity,which ensures that the cap will not be damaged by squeezing or prying due to the rotating of the pile end. The finite element software OpenSees was used to simulate the nonlinear behavior of pile-cap connections under cyclic loading. Comparison be-tween analytical and experimental results shows that the proposed modeling technique is capable of accurately describ-ing the cyclic behavior of the connections.%对4个预应力高强混凝土(PHC)管桩与承台连接节点进行了低周往复荷载试验,描述了试件的破坏过程和形态,分析了桩身混凝土、锚固钢筋以及碳纤维约束预应力混凝土管桩(CFRP)的应变,对构件的滞回曲线、承载力和位移延性等进行了研究。试验结果表明,在弯矩作用下,节点区域混凝土被压碎,节点区锚固钢筋约束减弱,形成铰接点,节点转动能力变大;在桩身混凝土中掺入钢纤维以及配置非预应力筋可以提高节点的位移延性;在进行节点设计时,应保证承台不会由于桩端转动时产生的挤压力或撬力作用过早地发生破坏。采用有限元分析软件OpenSees对节点在往复荷载作用下的受力性能进行了模拟分

  11. Fabrication of the 4. set of fuel elements for the experimental pile EL2

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    The reactor EL2 is the second atomic reactor built in France. It is a laboratory reactor using heavy water and natural uranium. Its cooling circuit operates with compressed CO2 gas at 8 kg/cm2 pressure. The subject of this lecture is the manufacturing of the fourth set of rods. The principle of uranium-can connection is exposed: that is the principle of a pre-pressed bound can. The EL2 reactor has been a prototype with respect to this aspect of the question, and a prototype which has been quite satisfactory. The main steps of the fabrication are exposed: the γ phase extension of uranium, the machining, the three canning (die canning, hydraulic canning, compressed air treatment), the automatic argon arc welding of cups and the different manufacturing controls. (author)

  12. Effects of fuel properties on the natural downward smoldering of piled biomass powder: Experimental investigation

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    To validate the modeling of one-dimensional biomass smoldering and combustion, the effects of fuel type, moisture content and particle size on the natural downward smoldering of biomass powder have been investigated experimentally. A cylindrical reactor (inner size Φ26 cm × 22 cm) was constructed, and corn stalk, pine trunk, pyrolysis char and activated char from corn stalk were prepared as powders. The smoldering characteristics were examined for each of the four materials and for different moisture contents and particle sizes. The results revealed the following: 1) The maximum temperature in the fuel bed is only slightly affected by the fuel type and particle size. It increases gradually for original biomass and decreases slowly for chars with the development of the process. 2) The propagation velocity of the char oxidation front is significantly affected by the carbon density and ash content and nearly unaffected by moisture content and particle size. 3) The propagation velocity of the drying front is significantly affected by the moisture content, decreasing from over 10 times the propagation velocity of char oxidation front to about 3 times as the moisture content increased from 3 to 21%. - Highlights: • Natural downward smoldering of four materials, different moisture contents, and different particle sizes were investigated. • Propagation velocity of the char oxidation front differs significantly from that of the drying front. • Carbon density and ash content of fuel significantly affect propagation velocity of the char oxidation front

  13. Operating systems for experimental physics

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    Modern high energy physics experiments are very dependent on the use of computers and present a fairly well defined list of technical demands on them. It is therefore possible to look at the construction of a computer operating system and to see how the design choices should be made in order to make the systems as useful as possible to physics experiments or, more practically, to look at existing operating systems to see which can most easily be used to do the jobs of rapid data acquisition and checking. In these notes, operating systems are looked at from the point of view of the informed user. Emphasis is placed on systems which are intended for single processor microcomputers of the type frequently used for data acquisition applications. The principles described are, of course, equally valid for other kinds of system. (Auth.)

  14. Qualification of an out-of-pile Thermohydraulic test Bench (BETHY) developed to calibrate calorimetric cells under specific JHR experimental conditions

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    Online in-pile measurement methods are crucial during irradiations in material testing reactors to better understand the behavior of materials under accelerated ageing conditions and of nuclear fuels under high irradiation levels. Thus, the construction of a new Material Testing Reactor such as the Jules Horowitz Reactor (JHR) leads to new research and development programs devoted to innovative instrumentation and measurement methods. The presented works are performed in the framework of the IN-CORE program, 'Instrumentation for Nuclear radiations and Calorimetry Online in Reactor', between CEA and Aix-Marseille University. The program aim is to develop experimental devices and test bench to quantify more precisely the nuclear heating parameter in the JHR experimental channels. This in-pile parameter is usually measured by means of calorimeter or gamma thermometer. This paper focuses on a new out-of-pile test bench called BETHY. This bench was developed to study the response of a differential calorimeter during its preliminary calibration step according to specific thermal and hydraulic conditions occurring inside one type of JHR core channel. The first section of this paper is dedicated to a detailed description of the bench. The second part presents the study of the thermal characteristics established in the bench for two main thermal running modes. The last one concerns the calibration curve of the reference cell of the differential calorimeter in the case of homogenous temperature. (authors)

  15. Parametric study on the effects of pile inclination angle on the response of batter piles in offshore jacket platforms

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    Aminfar, Ali; Ahmadi, Hamid; Aminfar, Mohammad Hossein

    2016-06-01

    Offshore jacket-type platforms are attached to the seabed by long batter piles. In this paper, results from a finite element analysis, verified against experimental data, are used to study the effect of the pile's inclination angle, and its interaction with the geometrical properties of the pile and the geotechnical characteristics of the surrounding soil on the behavior of the inclined piles supporting the jacket platforms. Results show that the inclination angle is one of the main parameters affecting the behavior of an offshore pile. We investigated the effect of the inclination angle on the maximum von Mises stress, maximum von Mises elastic strain, maximum displacement vector sum, maximum displacement in the horizontal direction, and maximum displacement in the vertical direction. The pile seems to have an operationally optimal degree of inclination of approximately 5°. By exceeding this value, the instability in the surrounding soil under applied loads grows extensively in all the geotechnical properties considered. Cohesive soils tend to display poorer results compared to grained soils.

  16. Decommissioning of Windscale pile 1

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    The Windscale Piles were constructed in the late 1940's primarily for the production of plutonium in support of the British atomic weapons programme. In 1957 Pile 1 suffered a fire during the routine release of stored Wigner energy by nuclear heating. Following the fire as much material as possible was recovered, an inventory and status report prepared and the pile sealed and placed under surveillance and maintenance, the only practicable option at the time. Over the last decade in addition to general improvements in routine monitoring equipment there has been extensive investigative work carried out to better understand the damage caused by the fire and assess the options for further action. These studies concluded that the preferred option was for the Pile core to be removed, treated and packaged for intermediate storage prior to final disposal. The paper will describe the core investigations, the assessed conditions, and the options considered. It will also describe the tendering process to allow contractors to propose solutions against a cardinal point specification, the outline of the preferred solution and the progress of the work to date. (author)

  17. Current Status of Experimental and Theoretical Work on Sodium/Fuel Interaction (SFI) at Karlsruhe 'Out-of-pile Experiments'

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    In April 1975 operation of the sodium loop test facility for out-of-pile experiments started at the Institute of Materials and Solid state Research (IMF). In this facility it is possible to melt down single UO2 rods and small rod bundles (a maximum of seven rods) in a sodium flow by heating them electrically. The rods are subjected to a power transient starting from steady state operating conditions. This gives rise to rod failure and to fuel-sodium interaction within some hundred msec. During the power excursion pressure, flow, electrical voltage and current are measured. Prior to the power excursion, conditions can be established in the cooling channels which are comparable to those existing in the SNR fuel element. The heated fuel zone consists one UO2 cylinder (5 mm diameter and 80 mm length). The fuel is insulated from the cladding tube by means of a gas gap 0.4 mm wide and Al2O3 sleeves 0.3 mm thick. These sleeves are fit into the cladding tube (7 mm outside diameter) with little clearance. In this way the temperature of the insulation remains low even if the fuel temperature becomes very high. Electric power is supplied to the fuel rods by means of tungsten electrodes. The gas pressure in the fuel rod can be set to values between 1 bar and approximately 40 bar and is controlled until power excursion starts. The coolant enters from the bottom and flows into a guide tube. In single rod tests an annular cooling channel from 1 to 3.5 mm radial thickness can be provided. In a seven-rod bundle the rod pitch is fixed at 8.7 mm. The bundle is surrounded by a hexagonal guide tube. The free length of the bundle is 500 mm. The wall thickness of the body of the test section has been designed in such a way that no plastic strain is expected to occur for pressures up to 100 bars. This ensures that all the mechanical energy released during the fuel-sodium interaction is transferred to the coolant column. Two pumps connected in parallel generate a maximum velocity in the 7

  18. Safety precautions in atomic pile control (1962)

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    We have been led to study the problem of safety in atomic pile control as a result of our participation on the one hand in the planning of C.E.A. atomic piles, and on the other hand in the pile safety sub omission considering atomic pile safety of operational or planned C.E.A. piles. We have thus had to consider the wishes occurring in piles during their operation and also their behaviour in the dynamic state The present work deals mainly with the importance of intrinsic safety devices, with the influence of reactivity variations on the power fluctuations during accidental operation, and with the development of robust and reliable safety appliances. The starting p accident has been especially studied both for low-flux piles where a compromise is necessary between the response time of the safety appliances and the statistical fluctuations and for high lux piles where xenon poisoning has an effect on the lower limit of the velocity of reactivity liberation. The desirability has been stressed of automation as a safety factor in atomic pile control. The details required for an understanding of the diagrams of the apparatus are given. (author)

  19. Soil stress field around driven piles

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    Allard, Marie-Agnes

    1989-01-01

    The description, equipment, and results of a series of pile-driving experiments conducted in a centrifuge using a model pile driven in dry sand are presented. The work was conceived on the basis of the modelling of a soil-structure system under an artificially generated gravitational field, and motivated by the need for experimental data for a better understanding of the complex phenomena involved in the pile-soil interaction during driving. The behavior of the pile itself has been the fo...

  20. EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF SEISMIC PERFORMANCE OF PHC PIPE PILE CONSIDERING SOIL-PILE-STRUCTURE INTERACTION%考虑土-桩-结构相互作用的PHC管桩抗震性能试验研究

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    李曰辰; 邢克勇; 刘浩; 陈明祥

    2013-01-01

    A shaking table model test of the earthquake performance of PHC pipe pile under seismic excitations considering soil-pile-structure interaction effect is presented.Features of the shaking table test include a variety of pile models,i.e.single pile,three piles,and six piles,and a shear soil box consisting of clay,silt,and sand layers.The various developed soil-pile-structure systems are then subjected to three sets of seismic ground motions.Each set of the earthquake events is composed of five input excitation scenarios with varying intensities.The evaluation results show that along with earthquake continues,each model system natural frequency decreases and damping increases.The earthquake intensity has a significant effect on the soil-pile-structure system.Specifically,the soil-pile-structure interaction and soil nonlinearity effects are observed to go up as the intensity increases.The nonlinearity effects of systems with fewer piles are stronger than those with more piles.Moreover,the number and arrangement pattern of the piles as well as the configuration of the upper structure can exert substantial impact on the strain and bending moment responses.It is shown that compared to the single-pile model,the maximum tensile strains of the three-pile model and six-pile model drop by 23 percent and 66 percent respectively,whereas the maximum bending moments decrease by 29 percent and 70 percent respectively.On the other hand,the soil-pile interface pressure reduces by 22 percent and 32 percent respectively.It is also found that the damage behaviors for systems with more piles are less severe than those with fewer piles.The results of this preliminary investigation further indicate the feasibility of exploiting PHC piles in high seismicity regions.Nonetheless,it is also suggested that more research efforts are required for extensive application of PHC piles in such areas.%通过振动台模型试验,在考虑土-桩-结构相互作用的条件下研究PHC管桩的抗震

  1. Evaluation of thermal response and performance of PHC energy pile: Field experiments and numerical simulation

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    Highlights: ► We performed TRTs for PHC energy piles with 3U- and W- shaped heat exchangers. ► We successfully predicted the monitored thermal behaviors in TRTs by 3D FE analyses. ► We evaluated thermal resistances of energy piles from TRT simulations. ► Thermal performance of the PHC energy pile in Korea was estimated to be efficient. ► Longer pipe was estimated to be beneficial not for base load but for peak load. -- Abstract: This paper presents an experimental and numerical study on evaluation of thermal response and performance of prototype precast-high strength concrete (PHC) energy pile. Short-term field thermal response tests (TRTs) were conducted for the PHC energy piles installed in partially saturated weathered granite soil deposit, in which two types of heat exchangers were considered: W and 3U-shaped heat exchangers. The TRTs were successfully simulated by three-dimensional finite element analyses employing quasi-steady-state convective heat transfer boundary condition. The numerical model was applied to simulate 3-day TRTs, and the simulation results were used for assessing effective thermal conductivity and thermal resistance. Besides, continuous and intermittent operation simulations of the energy piles were performed, and for the results of performance analyses, discussion was made to evaluate energy efficiency of the prototype PHC piles.

  2. Safety precautions in atomic pile control (1962); Securite dans le controle des piles atomiques (1962)

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    Furet, J. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1962-07-01

    We have been led to study the problem of safety in atomic pile control as a result of our participation on the one hand in the planning of C.E.A. atomic piles, and on the other hand in the pile safety sub omission considering atomic pile safety of operational or planned C.E.A. piles. We have thus had to consider the wishes occurring in piles during their operation and also their behaviour in the dynamic state The present work deals mainly with the importance of intrinsic safety devices, with the influence of reactivity variations on the power fluctuations during accidental operation, and with the development of robust and reliable safety appliances. The starting p accident has been especially studied both for low-flux piles where a compromise is necessary between the response time of the safety appliances and the statistical fluctuations and for high lux piles where xenon poisoning has an effect on the lower limit of the velocity of reactivity liberation. The desirability has been stressed of automation as a safety factor in atomic pile control. The details required for an understanding of the diagrams of the apparatus are given. (author) [French] Nous avons aborde le probleme de la securite dans le controle des piles atomiques a la suite de notre participation d'une part aux avant rojets de piles atomiques du CE.A. et d'autre part a l'examen au sein de la sous ommission de surete des piles, de la securite des piles du CE.A. en fonctionnement ou en projet. Nous avons ete amenes a nous interesser alors aux risques encourus par les piles pendant leur fonctionnement et par la meme a leur comportement en regime dynamique. Ce travail traite principalement de l'importance des securites intrinseques, de l'influence des variations de reactivite sur les evolutions de puissance en regime d'accident et du developpement d'appareillages de securite robustes et de fonctionnement tres sur. L'accident de demarrage a ete particulierement

  3. Measurements of operator performance - an experimental setup

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    The human has to be considered as an important element in a process control system, even if the degree of automation is extremely high. Other elements, e.g. computer, displays, etc., can to a large extent be described and quantified. The human (operator), is difficult to describe in a precise way, and it is just as difficult to predict his thinking and acting in a control room environment. Many factors influence his performance, such as: experience, motivation, level of knowledge, training, control environment, job organization, etc. These factors have to a certain degree to be described before guidelines for design of the man-process interfaces and the control room layout can be developed. For decades, the psychological science has obtained knowledge of the human mind and behaviour. This knowledge should have the potential of a positive input on our effort to describe the factors influencing the operator performance. Even if the human is complex, a better understanding of his thinking and acting, and a more precise description of the factors influencing his performance can be obtained. At OECD Halden Reactor Project an experimental set-up for such studies has been developed and implemented in the computer laboratory. The present set-up includes elements as a computer- and display-based control room, a simulator representing a nuclear power plant, training programme for the subjects, and methods for the experiments. Set-up modules allow reconfiguration of experiments. (orig./HP)

  4. Piles of objects

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    Hsu, Shu-Wei

    2010-01-01

    We present a method for directly modeling piles of objects in multi-body simulations. Piles of objects represent some of the more interesting, but also most time-consuming portion of simulation. We propose a method for reducing computation in many of these situations by explicitly modeling the piles that the objects may form into. By modeling pile behavior rather than the behavior of all individual objects, we can achieve realistic results in less time, and without directly modeling the frictional component that leads to desired pile shapes. Our method is simple to implement and can be easily integrated with existing rigid body simulations. We observe notable speedups in several rigid body examples, and generate a wider variety of piled structures than possible with strict impulse-based simulation. © 2010 ACM.

  5. Hazardous gases and oxygen depletion in a wet paddy pile: an experimental study in a simulating underground rice mill pit, Thailand.

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    Yenjai, Pornthip; Chaiear, Naesinee; Charerntanyarak, Lertchai; Boonmee, Mallika

    2012-01-01

    During the rice harvesting season in Thailand, large amounts of fresh paddy are sent to rice mills immediately after harvesting due to a lack of proper farm storage space. At certain levels of moisture content, rice grains may generate hazardous gases, which can replace oxygen (O(2)) in the confined spaces of underground rice mill pits. This phenomenon has been observed in a fatal accident in Thailand. Our study aimed to investigate the type of gases and their air concentrations emitted from the paddy piles at different levels of moisture content and duration of piling time. Four levels of moisture content in the paddy piles were investigated, including dry paddy group (concrete pits 80 × 80 cm wide by 60 cm high. Gases emitted were measured with an infrared spectrophotometer and a multi-gas detector every 12 h for 5 days throughout the experiment. The results revealed high levels of carbon dioxide (CO(2)) (range 5,864-8,419 ppm) in all wet paddy groups, which gradually increased over time. The concentration of carbon monoxide (CO), methane (CH(4)), nitromethane (CH(3)NO(2)) and nitrous oxide (N(2)O) in all wet paddy groups increased with piling time and with moisture content, with ranges of 11-289; 2-8; 36-374; and 4-26 ppm, respectively. The highest levels of moisture content in the paddy piles were in the range 28-30%wb. Nitrogen dioxide (NO(2)) concentrations were low in all paddy groups. The percentage of O(2) in the wet paddy groups decreased with piling time and moisture content (from 18.7% to 4.1%). This study suggested that hazardous gases could be emitted in moist paddy piles, and their concentrations could increase with increasing moisture content and piling time period. PMID:23047081

  6. The pile EL3

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    The programme of the high flux laboratory pile EL3 was laid down in october 1954. It is a heavy-water moderated and cooled pile. The fuel rods are of uranium metal with 1.6 per cent - 2 per cent of molybdenum, with aluminium canning. The maximum thermal flux in the moderator is 1014 n/cm2/s. Studies began in january 1955, construction in may 1955, and the first divergence took place in July 1957. This report gives a general description of the pile and its adjacent buildings, the physical study of the pile, and certain technological studies carried out for the construction of EL3. (author)

  7. BEHAVIOR OF LATERALLY LOADED PILE

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    Ashish Mehta; P.D.Pachpor

    2010-01-01

    A finite element analysis is done to predict the responses for single pile subjected to lateral load in layered soils, with consideration of pile soil interaction. Pile and soil are simulated by Solid-3D element. In the computational model, contact surfaces between pile and soil are created. The displacements are determined for pile soil system with linearly constants and linearly varying with depth cases is considered. The engineering properties for soil and pile are considered as variable f...

  8. Basal Reinforced Piled Embankments

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    Van Eekelen, S.J.M.

    2015-01-01

    A basal reinforced piled embankment consists of a reinforced embankment on a pile foundation. The reinforcement consists of one or more horizontal layers of geosynthetic reinforcement (GR) installed at the base of the embankment. The design of the GR is the subject of this thesis. A basal reinforce

  9. 12 April 2013 - The British Royal Academy of Engineering visiting the LHC superconducting magnet test hall with R. Veness and the ATLAS experimental cavern with Collaboration Spokesperson D. Charlton.

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    2013-01-01

    12 April 2013 - The British Royal Academy of Engineering visiting the LHC superconducting magnet test hall with R. Veness and the ATLAS experimental cavern with Collaboration Spokesperson D. Charlton.

  10. Experimental investigation of pile-soil interaction under confining stress. Kosoku atsuryokuka no kui to jiban no sogo sayo ni kansuru jikkenteki kenkyu

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    Takeuchi, M.; Asano, T.; Koga, A.; Mizuno, T. (Okumura Corp., Osaka (Japan))

    1992-11-10

    As a problem concerning the interaction between the pile and the ground under the constrained pressure, the deep zone of the large diameter pile receiving the horizontal load was investigated. The behavior of the ground around the large diameter pile receiving the horizontal load is thought to be varied depending on the depth. The deep zone which is thought to be governed by the secondary behavior on the horizontal plane due to the loading effect was investigated by a simulation experiment to obtain the ground deformation and the fracture pattern. The results were as follows: (1) Concerning the displacement by the load, a break point appeared on the load-displacement curve when the load is small (displacement is less than 1 % of the pile diameter). However, when the displacement proceeded furthermore, the curve was straightened and no peak load value appeared, (2) When the displacement exceeded 10 % of the pile diameter, the slide took place. The slide propagated in the direction of loading as the load was increased, (3) Inside the sliding plane, the compressive strain is dominant, while outside, little compression strain occurs, (4) The direction along which the sliding plane appears is almost identical to the direction along which no relative expansion and shrinkage take place. 21 figs., 2 tabs.

  11. 桩-土相互作用的模型试验研究%Model experimental study of pile-soil interaction

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    袁春辉

    2011-01-01

    Due to the presence of soil around the pile,the defect degree of pile can only be qualitatively analyzed by low stress-reflected wave method.The reverberation-ray matrix method was applied to fit coefficients of pile-bottom-soil at different compaction condition by model experiments in this paper,and some useful conclusions can be obtained after analyzing and comparing them.%应用回传射线矩阵法,通过模型试验,对不同压实状态下桩底土的系数进行拟合,通过分析对比得出一些有意义的结论。

  12. Operational aspects of experimental accelerator physics

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    During the normal course of high energy storage ring operations, it is customary for blocks of time to be allotted to something called ''machine studies,'' or more simply, just ''studies.'' It is during these periods of time that observations and measurement of accelerator behavior are actually performed. Almost invariably these studies are performed in support of normal machine operations. The machine physicist is either attempting to improve machine performance, or more often trying to recover previously attained ''good'' operation, for example after an extended machine down period. For the latter activity, a good portion of machine studies time is usually devoted to ''beam tuning'' activities: those standard measurements and adjustments required to recover good operations. Before continuing, please note that this paper is not intended to be comprehensive. It is intended solely to reflect one accelerator physicist's impressions as to what goes on in an accelerator control room. Many topics are discussed, some in more detail than others, and it is not the intention that the techniques described herein be applied verbatim to any existing accelerator. It is hoped,, however, that by reading through the various sections, scientists, including accelerator physicists, engineers, and accelerator beam users, will come to appreciate the types of operations that are required to make an accelerator work

  13. Bearing Behaviors of Stiffened Deep Cement Mixed Pile

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    WU Mai; ZHAO Xin

    2006-01-01

    A series of investigations were conducted to study the bearing capacity and load transfer mechanism of stiffened deep cement mixed (SDCM) pile.Laboratory tests including six specimens were conducted to investigate the frictional resistance between the concrete core and the cementsoil.Two model piles and twenty-four full-scale piles were tested to examine the bearing behavior of single pile.Laboratory and model tests results indicate that the cohesive strength is large enough to ensure the interaction between core pile and the outer cement-soil.The full-scale test results show that the SDCM piles exhibit similar bearing behavior to bored and cast-in-place concrete piles.In general, with the rational composite structure the SDCM piles can transmit the applied load effectively, and due to the addition of the stiffer core, the SDCM piles possess high bearing capacity.Based on the findings of these experimental investigations and theoretical analysis, a practical design method is developed to predict the vertical bearing capacity of SDCM pile.

  14. Pile Instrumentation Using Retrievable Sensors

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    Faisal H. Ali; Bujang B.K. Huat; Lee S. Kai

    2008-01-01

    Strain gauges are normally used to monitor the shortening or compression of pile during static pile load test. For concrete spun pile, the technique used either by incorporating high temperature-resistant strain gauges into the heat-cured production process of the spun piles or by installing an instrumented steel pipe into the hollow core of the spun piles followed by cement grout infilling. The former is extremely unpopular due to high cost of these gauges and the uncertainty over their abil...

  15. Critical sizes and flux distributions in the shut down pile

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    An important part of the experiments carried out on the reactor G1 during a period of shut-down has consisted in determinations of critical sizes, and measurements of flux distribution by irradiations of detectors. This report deals with the following points: 1- Critical sizes of the flat pile, the long pile and the uranium-thorium pile. 2- Flux charts of the same piles, and study of an exponential experiment. 3- Determination of the slit effect. 4- Calculation of the anisotropy of the lattice. 5- Description of the experimental apparatus of the irradiation measurements. (author)

  16. Soil-Pile Interaction in the Pile Vertical Vibration Based on Fictitious Soil-Pile Model

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    Guodong Deng; Jiasheng Zhang; Wenbing Wu; Xiong Shi; Fei Meng

    2014-01-01

    By introducing the fictitious soil-pile model, the soil-pile interaction in the pile vertical vibration is investigated. Firstly, assuming the surrounding soil of pile to be viscoelastic material and considering its vertical wave effect, the governing equations of soil-pile system subjected to arbitrary harmonic dynamic force are founded based on the Euler-Bernoulli rod theory. Secondly, the analytical solution of velocity response in frequency domain and its corresponding semianalytical solu...

  17. Pellet impact drilling operational parameters: experimental research

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    The article deals with the study of particle-impact drilling that is designed to enhance the rate-of-penetration function in hard and tough drilling environments. It contains the experimental results on relation between drilling parameters and drilling efficiency, the experiments being conducted by means of a specially designed laboratory model. To interpret the results properly a high-speed camera was used to capture the pellet motion. These results can be used to choose optimal parameters, as well as to develop enhanced design of ejector pellet impact drill bits

  18. Aerodynamic noise suppression using pile-fabrics; Jumo wo mochiita kuriki soon no seigyo shuho

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    Nishioka, M. [University of Osaka Prefecture, Osaka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    2000-03-05

    The paper explained a study of technology of aerodynamic noise suppression by vorticity operation. It is known that an owl flies quiet without making big noise even when it is flying flapping its wings. In a picture taken of the instant when an owl flies for game, it was found that the lower side of wing is covered with comparatively long high-density feathers. The author paid attention to it and conducted the experimental study on the reduction of aerodynamic noise using pile fabric. As a result, it was found that the aerodynamic noise can be controlled when relaxing vorticity around the object by covering the surface of the object exposed to the flow with pile fabric. The flow around the fabric element of pile fabric is the flow of the low Reynolds number. It is thought that the drag is proportional to viscosity coefficient and local speed. Pile fabric works as such a resistor and has a function to relax vorticity. When the soft pile fabric is displaced by flow, additional transfer of energy and momentum occurs. By making simulation with no consideration of it, the study is being proceeded with. (NEDO)

  19. WAVE CURRENT FORCES ON THE PILE GROUP OF BASE FOUNDATION FOR THE EAST SEA BRIDGE, CHINA

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    2007-01-01

    On the basis of the two structures of the bridge foundation designed for the East Sea Bridge, the wave current forces on four types of oblique piles, the pile group and the single piles at different positions in the pile group considering the effect of the super structures were experimentally investigated. The relationship between the wave current forces and the associated wave parameters, and the comparison of the wave current forces on the pile groups and the single piles were systematically analyzed. The group effectiveness and the reduction coefficient for the wave current forces on the group were examined for engineering design.

  20. Analysis of piles in residual soil from granite considering residual loads

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    da Fonseca, AV; dos Santos, JA; Esteves, EC; F. Massad

    2007-01-01

    The paper deals with the analysis of static loading tests carried out in 3 different types of piles: bored piles with temporary casing, continuous flight auger, CFA, piles (bored and CFA piles with circular section - nominal diameter Ø600 mm) and driven piles (with square section - width 350 mm). These piles were installed in the CEFEUP/ISC2 experimental site, located in the Campus of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (Portugal), in a contact zone between the gneissic rock...

  1. Response of shallow geothermal energy pile from laboratory model tests

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    Marto, A.; Amaludin, A.

    2015-09-01

    In shallow geothermal energy pile systems, the thermal loads from the pile, transferred and stored in the soil will cause thermally induced settlement. This factor must be considered in the geotechnical design process to avoid unexpected hazards. Series of laboratory model tests were carried out to study the behaviour of energy piles installed in kaolin soil, subjected to thermal loads and a combination of axial and thermal loads (henceforth known as thermo-axial loads). Six tests which included two thermal load tests (35°C and 40°C) and four thermo-axial load tests (100 N and 200 N, combined with 35°C and 40°C thermal loads) were conducted. To simulate the behaviour of geothermal energy piles during its operation, the thermo-axial tests were carried out by applying an axial load to the model pile head, and a subsequent application of thermal load. The model soil was compacted at 90% maximum dry density and had an undrained shear strength of 37 kPa, thus classified as having a firm soil consistency. The behaviour of model pile, having the ultimate load capacity of 460 N, was monitored using a linear variable displacement transducer, load cell and wire thermocouple, to measure the pile head settlement, applied axial load and model pile temperature. The acquired data from this study was used to define the thermo-axial response characteristics of the energy pile model. In this study, the limiting settlement was defined as 10% of the model pile diameter. For thermal load tests, higher thermal loads induced higher values of thermal settlement. At 40°C thermal load an irreversible settlement was observed after the heating and cooling cycle was applied to the model pile. Meanwhile, the pile response to thermo-axial loads were attributed to soil consistency and the magnitude of both the axial and thermal loads applied to the pile. The higher the thermoaxial loads, the higher the settlements occurred. A slight hazard on the model pile was detected, since the settlement

  2. Policies for the Reduction of Slash Pile Burning in BC Forests

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    Kamp, Adam Roger

    2013-01-01

    In British Columbia, it is a common practice for forest companies to pile the unwanted fibre after harvest and burn the piles. There are numerous reasons why companies do this, but the primary reason is to reduce the forest fire risk. However, slash burning produces greenhouse gas emissions and local air contaminants. BC has also seen a significant reduction in the timber supply in interior regions due to the mountain pine beetle devastation. Thus, government and the industry are looking ...

  3. Foundation heat transfer analysis for buildings with thermal piles

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    Highlights: • A numerical transient thermal model for thermo-active foundations is developed. • Thermal interactions between thermal piles and building foundations are evaluated. • A simplified analysis method of thermal interactions between thermal piles and building foundations is developed. - Abstract: Thermal piles or thermo-active foundations utilize heat exchangers embedded within foundation footings to heat and/or cool buildings. In this paper, the impact of thermal piles on building foundation heat transfer is investigated. In particular, a simplified analysis method is developed to estimate the annual ground-coupled foundation heat transfer when buildings are equipped with thermal piles. First, a numerical analysis of the thermal performance of thermo-active building foundations is developed and used to assess the interactions between thermal piles and slab-on-grade building foundations. The impact of various design parameters and operating conditions is evaluated including foundation pile depth, building slab width, foundation insulation configuration, and soil thermal properties. Based on the results of a series of parametric analyses, a simplified analysis method is presented to assess the impact of the thermal piles on the annual heat fluxes toward or from the building foundations. A comparative evaluation of the predictions of the simplified analysis method and those obtained from the detailed numerical analysis indicated good agreement with prediction accuracy lower than 5%. Moreover, it is found that thermal piles can affect annual building foundation heat loss/gain by up to 30% depending on foundation size and insulation level

  4. Global and local scour at pile groups

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    Sumer, B. Mutlu; Bundgaard, Klavs; Fredsøe, Jørgen

    This paper presents the results of an experimental investigation on scour around pile groups with different configurations exposed to steady current. Two kinds of tests were carried out: (1) Rigid-bed tests, and (2) Actual scour tests. In the former tests, the mean and turbulence properties of th...

  5. Global and local scour at pile groups

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    Sumer, B. Mutlu; Bundgaard, Klavs; Fredsøe, Jørgen

    2005-01-01

    This paper presents the results of an experimental investigation on scour around pile groups with different configurations exposed to steady current. Two kinds of tests were carried out: rigid-bed tests and actual scour tests. In these, the mean and turbulence properties of the flow were measured...

  6. Cyclic and Rapid Axial Load Tests on Displacement Piles in Soft Clay

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    Doherty, Paul; Gavin, Kenneth

    2012-01-01

    Offshore piles are subjected to complex loading regimes, which include both rapidly applied static and cyclic loads. This note describes an experimental investigation conducted in order to assess the factors influencing the response of offshore piles to these loading conditions. The tests were performed using instrumented model piles installed in soft clay. During cyclic loading, the piles demonstrated a transition from stable to unstable behaviour when the applied loads reache...

  7. 40 CFR 264.554 - Staging piles.

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    2010-07-01

    ... Professional Engineer for technical data, such as design drawings and specifications, and engineering studies... operation; (ii) Volumes of wastes you intend to store in the pile; (iii) Physical and chemical characteristics of the wastes to be stored in the unit; (iv) Potential for releases from the unit;...

  8. Interim report, Production Test 105-522-E, Examination of pile process tubes removed from 100-C, D and F piles

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    Strege, D.E.

    1955-03-17

    This report covers the examination of thirteen process tubes seven from F Pile, three from C Pile and three from D Pile. Five of the thirteen tubes were removed because they were leakers, four from F Pile and one from C Pile. One tube from F Pile and one from D Pile were removed. Reactor Section had requested the removal of two from F Pile to check for external corrosion. Two tubes, small diameter old pile annulus, were removed from C Pile under PT 105-519-E, ``Raising Permissible Outlet Water Temperatures of Certain Tubes at C Pile.`` Two tubes were removed from D Pile under PT 105-525-E, ``Effects of Water Quality on Operations.`` Visual inspection was made of the inside and outside surfaces of the tubes before and after cleaning in a cold 10 per cent nitric acid solution. Samples varying from one to four inches in length were taken from each section for metallurgical examination to determine depth of pitting, wall thickness, and spot check the 72-S cladding thickness. These determinations were made at selected points in each section on what appeared to be the area of severest attack.

  9. Experimental realization of perfect discrimination for two unitary operations

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    We experimentally demonstrate perfect discrimination between two unitary operations by using the sequential scheme proposed by Duan et al.[Phys. Rev. Lett. 98 (2007) 100503] Also, we show how to understand the scheme and to calculate the parameters for two-dimensional operations in the picture of the Bloch sphere. (authors)

  10. Soil-Pile Interaction in the Pile Vertical Vibration Based on Fictitious Soil-Pile Model

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    Guodong Deng

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available By introducing the fictitious soil-pile model, the soil-pile interaction in the pile vertical vibration is investigated. Firstly, assuming the surrounding soil of pile to be viscoelastic material and considering its vertical wave effect, the governing equations of soil-pile system subjected to arbitrary harmonic dynamic force are founded based on the Euler-Bernoulli rod theory. Secondly, the analytical solution of velocity response in frequency domain and its corresponding semianalytical solution of velocity response in time domain are derived by means of Laplace transform technique and separation of variables technique. Based on the obtained solutions, the influence of parameters of pile end soil on the dynamic response is studied in detail for different designing parameters of pile. Lastly, the fictitious soil-pile model and other pile end soil supporting models are compared. It is shown that the dynamic response obtained by the fictitious soil-pile model is among the dynamic responses obtained by other existing models if there are appropriate material parameters and thickness of pile end soil for the fictitious soil-pile model.

  11. Experimental investigation of geogrid-reinforced and pile-supported embankment on soils with medium-low compressibility%中低压缩性土地区桩承式加筋路堤现场试验研究

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    郑俊杰; 曹文昭; 董同新; 张军; 谢明星

    2015-01-01

    将桩承式加筋路堤技术应用于中低压缩性土地区高速铁路桥台和涵洞之间填方路基的处理,通过逐渐改变CFG桩桩长形成刚度均匀变化的地基加固区,严格控制线路纵向差异沉降.通过现场试验对桥台、涵顶和路基中心地基沉降进行了长期观测,同时对桩承式加筋路堤桩间土沉降、孔隙水压力、格栅上下表面土压力和格栅变形进行了长期监测分析.研究结果表明:桩承式加筋路堤可有效减小中低压缩性土地基沉降,总沉降小且很快趋于稳定;桩承式加筋路堤通过土拱效应和张拉膜效应将路堤荷载向桩帽传递,格栅下桩土应力比明显高于格栅上,张拉膜效应明显,格栅上桩土应力比接近1.0,土拱效应较弱;格栅在路肩处发挥的作用强于线路中心处.%The geogrid-reinforced and pile-supported embankment is adopted to treat the subgrade of high-speed railways between the bridge abutment and culvert on the soils with medium-low compressibility. The subgrade with uniformly variable stiffness is formed by varying the lengths of CFG piles gradually aiming at controlling the longitudinal differential settlement strictly. The settlements of bridge abutment, culvert and subgrade center are monitored based on full scale field tests. Meanwhile, the settlement of the surrounding soils of pile, the pore water pressure, the earth pressure above/below the geogrid, and the geogrid deformation are measured. The experimental results demonstrate that the total and layered settlements of the subsoils with medium-low compressibility are reduced effectively, and the total settlements are very small and reach the stable value soon. The embankment load is transferred to pile caps by the combined action of soil arching effect and tensioned membrane effect. The pile-soil pressure ratio below the geogrid is significantly larger than that above the geogrid, which suggests that an obvious tensioned membrane effect exists

  12. Horizontal vibrations of piles in a centrifuge

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    The aim of the thesis is the study of soil dynamics for important structures like nuclear power plants, offshore platforms, dams etc. Experimental results of horizontal vibrations on a pile partially anchored in a soil scale model put into a centrifuge are presented. Mechanical similitude conditions from equilibrium equations or rheologic laws are described. After a description of testing equipment (centrifuge, electrodynamic excitator) experimental results are interpreted with a model. Non-linearities on frequency response curves are characterized

  13. Experimental RA reactor operation with 80% enriched fuel - Program of experimental operation: a) Program of experimental operation with 80% enriched fuel at low power, b) contents of the experimental operation with 80% enriched fuel at higher power levels

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    Highly enriched (80%) uranium oxide fuel was regularly used in the mixed reactor core with the 2% enriched fuel since 1976. The most important changes related to reactor operation, in comparison with the original design project were related to reactor core fuelling schemes. At the end of 1979 reactor was shutdown due to the corrosion coating noticed on some fuel elements and due to decrease quality of the heavy water. Subsequently the Sanitary inspector of Serbia has prohibited further reactor operation. Restart of the reactor will not be a simple continuation of operation. It is indispensable to perform complete experimental program including measurements of critical parameters at different power levels for the core with fresh 80% enriched fuel. The aim of this document is to obtain working permission and its contents are in agreement with the procedure demanded by the Safety Committee of the Institute. It includes results of optimization and safety analysis for the initial reactor core. Since the permission for restart is not obtained, a separate RA reactor safety report is prepared in addition to the program for experimental operation. This report includes: detailed program for reactor experimental operation with 80% enriched fuel in the core at low power levels, and contents of the experimental operation with 80% enriched fuel in the core at higher power levels

  14. Pile Instrumentation Using Retrievable Sensors

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    Faisal H. Ali

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Strain gauges are normally used to monitor the shortening or compression of pile during static pile load test. For concrete spun pile, the technique used either by incorporating high temperature-resistant strain gauges into the heat-cured production process of the spun piles or by installing an instrumented steel pipe into the hollow core of the spun piles followed by cement grout infilling. The former is extremely unpopular due to high cost of these gauges and the uncertainty over their ability to survive the pile production and driving processes. The shortcoming of the other technique is the infilling of cement grout substantially alters the structural properties of the piles, thus rendering their load-response behaviour significantly different from that of the actual working piles. To address the difficulties of the above techniques a new method was recently developed by the authors, which uses retrieval sensors instead of strain gauges (which have to be sacrificed in every test. The method also has the ability to monitor loads and displacements at various levels along the pile shaft and toe of instrumented piles. Results of field tests show high quality, reliable and consistent data, clearly far exceeding the capability of both conventional and approximate methods of using strain gauges.

  15. High Temperature Operational Experiences of Helium Experimental Loop

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    The development of high temperature components of VHTR is very important because of its higher operation temperature than that of a common light water reactor and high pressure industrial process. The development of high temperature components requires the large helium loop. Many countries have high temperature helium loops or a plan for its construction. Table 1 shows various international state-of-the-art of high temperature and high pressure gas loops. HELP performance test results show that there is no problem in operation of HELP at the very high temperature experimental condition. These experimental results also provide the basic information for very high temperature operation with bench-scale intermediate heat exchanger prototype in HELP. In the future, various heat exchanger tests will give us the experimental data for GAMMA+ validation about transient T/H behavior of the IHX prototype and the optimization of the working fluid in the intermediate loop

  16. Grouting for Pile Foundation Improvement

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    Van der Stoel, A.E.C.

    2001-01-01

    The aim of this research was to examine the use of grouting methods for pile foundation improvement, a generic term that is used here to define both foundation renovation (increasing the bearing capacity of a pile foundation that has insufficient bearing capacity) and foundation protection (safeguarding the piles of the foundation against possible damage resulting from underground construction activities in the vicinity). A full-scale test, of which the general set-up and consistency check ar...

  17. Largest Experimental Facility for Acetylene Production in Operation

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    2005-01-01

    @@ Scientists from the CAS Institute of Plasma Physics (IPP) completed in early November, 2004, a 2-megawatt experimental facility for acetylene production by coal plasma pyrolysis. The successful operation of the largest installation of the kind in the world confirms a new method for the large-scale industrialization of acetylene production.

  18. CENTRIFUGAL VIBRATION TEST OF RC PILE FOUNDATION

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    Higuchi, Shunichi; Tsutsumiuchi, Takahiro; Otsuka, Rinna; Ito, Koji; Ejiri, Joji

    It is necessary that nonlinear responses of structures are clarified by soil-structure interaction analysis for the purpose of evaluating the seismic performances of underground structure or foundation structure. In this research, centrifuge shake table tests of reinforced concrete pile foundation installed in the liquefied ground were conducted. Then, finite element analyses for the tests were conducted to confirm an applicability of the analytical method by comparing the experimental results and analytical results.

  19. Pressured Grouting Method (PGM) in Pile Engineering

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    吴兴序; 于志强; 王旭

    2002-01-01

    Application of pressured grouting method (PGM) in pile engineering can tackle problems encountered during construction of bored piles. Bearing capacity of piles can be increased through compaction of subsoils around piles. This paper reports research efforts of this technique by the pile research team in Southwest Jiaotong University in last decade with respect to the construction process, test findings, and primary research conclusions. The social-economical benefits of this method and application market in pile engineering are also analyzed.

  20. Utilisation of British University Research Reactors.

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    Duncton, P. J.; And Others

    British experience relating to the employment of university research reactors and subcritical assemblies in the education of nuclear scientists and technologists, in the training of reactor operators and for fundamental pure and applied research in this field is reviewed. The facilities available in a number of British universities and the uses…

  1. Effect of Operating Conditions on CSTR performance: an Experimental Study

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    Mohd. Danish; Mohammed K. Al Mesfer

    2015-01-01

    In this work, Saponification reaction of ethyl acetate by sodium hydroxide is studied experimentally in a continuous stirred tank reactor at 1 atmospheric pressure. The aim of this study is to investigate the influence of operating conditions on the conversion and specific rate constant. The parameters considered for analysis are temperature, feed flow rate, residence time, volume of reactor and stirrer rate. The steady state conversion of 0.45 achieved after a period of 30 minute...

  2. Integrated operation of membrane bioreactors: simulation and experimental studies

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    Dalmau Figueras, Montserrat

    2014-01-01

    Membrane bioreactors (MBR) are a combination of common bioreactors and membrane filtration units for biomass retention, presenting unique advantages like high effluent quality and a smaller footprint than the one by conventional wastewater treatment plants. However, fouling and its associated costs are the main drawbacks related to this technology. This thesis presents a step towards the integrated operation of MBRs through experimental and model-based studies. Interactions between the biolog...

  3. Proceedings of the 31. annual British Columbia mine reclamation symposium : rejuvenation through reclamation and operating for closure

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    This annual symposium fosters the exchange of information on mine reclamation, including metal mines, coal mines, placer operations, sand and gravel operations and quarry operations. The presentations addressed a wide variety of environmental and reclamation issues associated with mine development as well as the rehabilitation of lands disturbed by resource exploration. Studies have shown that it is possible to minimize or eliminate environmental damage in all types of terrain by using appropriate remedial methods such as revegetation, reforestation, soil conservation, resloping, and recontouring of the soil to return the ecosystem to a natural self-sustaining state. Revegetation and reforestation efforts usually involve the selection of appropriate species that will adapt to climatic and local soil conditions. The conference featured 23 presentations, of which 3 have been catalogued separately for inclusion in this database. refs., tabs., figs

  4. Simulation analyses of vibration tests on pile-group effects using blast-induced ground motions

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    Extensive vibration tests have been performed on pile-supported structures at a large-scale mining site to promote better understanding of the dynamic behavior of pile-supported structures, especially pile-group effects. Two test structures were constructed in an excavated pit. One structure was supported on 25 tubular steel piles and the other on 4. The test pit was backfilled with sand of an appropriate grain size distribution to ensure good compaction. Ground motions induced by large-scale blasting operations were used as excitation forces for the tests. The 3D Finite Element Method (3D FEM)and a Genetic Algorithm (GA) were employed to identify the shear wave velocities and damping factors of the compacted sand, especially of the surface layer. A beam-interaction spring model was employed to simulate the test results of the piles and the pile-supported structures. The superstructure and pile foundation were modeled by a one-stick model comprising lumped masses and beam elements. The pile foundations were modeled just as they were, with lumped masses and beam elements to simulate the test results showing that, for the 25-pile structure, piles at different locations showed different responses. It was confirmed that the analysis methods employed were very useful for evaluating the nonlinear behavior of the soil-pile-structure system, even under severe ground motions. (authors)

  5. Stratified chaos in a sand pile formation

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    Poortinga, Ate; Ritsema, Coen J

    2014-01-01

    Sand pile formation is often used to describe stratified chaos in dynamic systems due to self-emergent and scale invariant behaviour. Cellular automata (Bak-Tang-Wiesenfeld model) are often used to describe chaotic behaviour, as simulating physical interactions between individual particles is computationally demanding. In this study, we use a state-of-the-art parallel implementation of the discrete element method on the graphical processing unit to simulate sand pile formation. Interactions between individual grains were simulated using a contact model in an Euler integration scheme. Results show non-linear self-emergent behaviour which is in good agreement with experimental results, theoretical work and self organized criticality (SOC) approaches. Moreover, it was found that the fully deterministic model, where the position and forces on every individual particle can be determined every iteration has a brown noise signal in the x and y direction, where the signal is the z direction is closer to a white noise...

  6. Carbon Emissions from Residue Burn Piles Estimated Using LiDAR or Ground Based Measurements of Pile Volumes in a Coastal Douglas-Fir Forest

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    Trofymow, J. A.; Coops, N.; Hayhurst, D.

    2012-12-01

    Following forest harvest, residues left on site and roadsides are often disposed of to reduce fire risk and free planting space. In coastal British Columbia burn piles are the main method of disposal, particularly for accumulations from log processing. Quantification of residue wood in piles is required for: smoke emission estimates, C budget calculations, billable waste assessment, harvest efficiency monitoring, and determination of bioenergy potentials. A second-growth Douglas-fir dominated (DF1949) site on eastern Vancouver Island and subject of C flux and budget studies since 1998, was clearcut in winter 2011, residues piled in spring and burned in fall. Prior to harvest, the site was divided into 4 blocks to account for harvest plans and ecosite conditions. Total harvested wood volume was scaled for each block. Residue pile wood volume was determined by a standard Waste and Residue Survey (WRS) using field estimates of pile base area and plot density (wood volume / 0.005 ha plot) on 2 piles per block, by a smoke emissions geometric method with pile volumes estimated as ellipsoidal paraboloids and packing ratios (wood volume / pile volume) for 2 piles per block, as well as by five other GIS methods using pile volumes and areas from LiDAR and orthophotography flown August 2011, a LiDAR derived digital elevation model (DEM) from 2008, and total scaled wood volumes of 8 sample piles disassembled November 2011. A weak but significant negative relationship was found between pile packing ratio and pile volume. Block level avoidable+unavoidable residue pile wood volumes from the WRS method (20.0 m3 ha-1 SE 2.8) were 30%-50% of the geometric (69.0 m3 ha-1 SE 18.0) or five GIS/LiDAR (48.0 to 65.7 m3 ha-1 ) methods. Block volumes using the 2008 LiDAR DEM (unshifted 48.0 m3 ha-1 SE 3.9, shifted 53.6 m3 ha-1 SE 4.2) to account for pre-existing humps or hollows beneath piles were not different from those using the 2011 LiDAR DEM (50.3 m3 ha-1 SE 4.0). The block volume ratio

  7. A data-driven approach to pile-up at high luminosity

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    Hautmann, F

    2015-01-01

    We discuss recent results on pile-up based on a data-driven jet-mixing method. We illustrate prospects for experimental searches and precision studies in high pile-up regimes at high-luminosity hadron colliders, showing how the jet mixing approach can be used, also outside tracker acceptances, to treat correlation observables and effects of hard jets from pile-up.

  8. 基于透明土材料的异形桩拔桩过程对比模型试验%Comparative experimentation on pulling process of profiled pile by using transparent soil

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    曹兆虎; 孔纲强; 周航; 孙学谨

    2014-01-01

    With the development of underground space,pulling out problems of the existing pile and its impact areas become more and more prominent.However,the researches focused on displacement field and impact areas of pile pulling out process were relatively little,not to mention the study about profiled pile.Base on transparent soil material and PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry)technique,experiment on pulling process of the belled wedge pile was carried out,and the displacement field of the pile surrounding soil,and impact areas during pile pulling out process were non-intrusively measured.In order to conduct comparative analysis,experiment on the equal cross-section pile and the tapered pile with the same concrete usage was also taken.The research results show that the impact areas of belled wedge pile are obviously larger than those of equal section piles and tapered piles, of which the value is nearly 2.0 times of those of equal section piles.In the process of pulling out belled wedge piles,the horizontal displacement of the tapered pile is larger than that of the equal section pile,while the verti-cal displacement of the tapered pile is smaller than that of the equal section pile.%随着地下空间的逐步开发,既有桩基拔除问题及其拔桩过程对周围构件物影响的问题日渐突出;针对拔桩过程中桩对周围土体的位移场及影响范围的研究相对较少,而针对异形桩的研究更少。基于透明土材料和PIV(Particle Image Ve-locimetry)技术,开展扩底楔形桩的拔桩过程模型试验,测得拔桩过程中桩周土体的位移场变化规律以及拔桩影响范围;同时进行等直径圆形桩和楔形桩的拔桩模型试验并对比分析。研究结果表明:扩底楔形桩的拔桩扰动范围明显比楔形桩和等直径圆形桩大,其数值接近等直径圆形桩的2.0倍;楔形桩拔桩过程中水平向位移扰动比等直径圆形桩大,竖向位移扰动比等直径圆形桩小。

  9. Grouted Pile and Its Bearing Capacity

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    2000-01-01

    The grouting method applied in bored pile is an improvement to the conventional bored pile. Load tests have proved that grouting under the bored pile tip is an effective method to enhance the bearing capacity of the pile and to reduce the pile settlement. In this paper, the grouting technology is described and pile-load test results are discussed. In order to put the grouting method into design practice, the authors analyze the working mechanism of soil compaction. And, based on the theory of cavities expansion in soil mass, approximate formulae are proposed for estimating the bearing capacity of the grouted pile. The theoretical prediction agrees well with the load test results.

  10. Settlement and bearingcapacity of long pile

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    Ter-Martirosyan Zaven Grigor’evich; Ter-Martirosyan Armen Zavenovich; Trinh Tuan Viet; Luzin Ivan Nikolaevich

    2015-01-01

    When a long pile is interacting with the soil, the combined force applied to the pile head is distributed among the side face and the pile toe inhomogeneously. The toe gets not more than 30 % from the general force, which doesn’t let using the reserves of the bearing capacity of relatively firm soil under the fifth pile. Account for the depth of the pile toe and the dead load of the soil allows increasing the bearing capacity of the soil under the pile toe and decrease the pile settlement in ...

  11. British Sign Name Customs

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    Day, Linda; Sutton-Spence, Rachel

    2010-01-01

    Research presented here describes the sign names and the customs of name allocation within the British Deaf community. While some aspects of British Sign Language sign names and British Deaf naming customs differ from those in most Western societies, there are many similarities. There are also similarities with other societies outside the more…

  12. Decommissioning and dismantling of 305-M test pile at the Savannah River Plant

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    The 305-M Test Pile was started up at the Savannah River Plant in 1952 and operated until 1981. The pile was used to measure the uranium content of reactor fuel. In 1984 work began to decommission and dismantle the pile. Extensive procedures were used that included a detailed description of the radiological controls and safety measures. These controls allowed the job to be completed with radiation doses as low as reasonably achievable

  13. Viscoelastic behavior of concrete pile

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    丁科; 唐小弟

    2008-01-01

    Based on constitutive theory of viscoelasticity,the viscoelastic behaviour of concrete pile was investigated.The influence of viscosity coefficient on the stress,displacement and velocity response was discussed.With the increase of viscosity coefficient,the amplitude of stress wave decreases,and the maximum value of the stress wave shifts to deeper position of the pile.In other words,the viscosity coefficient behaves as lag effect to stress wave.

  14. Vibration tests on pile-group foundations using large-scale blast excitation

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    Extensive vibration tests have been performed on pile-supported structures at a large-scale mining site. Ground motions induced by large-scale blasting operations were used as excitation forces for vibration tests. The main objective of this research is to investigate the dynamic behavior of pile-supported structures, in particular, pile-group effects. Two test structures were constructed in an excavated 4 m deep pit. One structure had 25 steel tubular piles and the other had 4 piles. The super-structures were exactly the same. The test pit was backfilled with sand of appropriate grain size distributions in order to obtain good compaction, especially between the 25 piles. Accelerations were measured at the structures, in the test pit and in the adjacent free field, and pile strains were measured. The vibration tests were performed six times with different levels of input motions. The maximum horizontal acceleration recorded at the adjacent ground surface varied from 57 cm/s2 to 1683 cm/s2 according to the distances between the test site and the blast areas. Maximum strains were 13,400 micro-strains were recorded at the pile top of the 4-pile structure, which means that these piles were subjected to yielding

  15. 3D FEM Numerical Simulation of Seismic Pile-supported Bridge Structure Reaction in Liquefying Ground

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    Ling XianZhang, Tang Liang and Xu Pengju

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available This study examines the establishment of liquefied ground pile-soil-bridge seismic interaction analysis of three-dimensional finite element analysis method for the simulation of liquefied ground shaking table test of pile-soil seismic interaction analysis, undertake OpenSees finite element based numerical simulation platform, for the shaking table test based on two-phase saturated porous media, Comparative numerical and experimental results, detailed test pile dynamic response of bridge structure and dynamic properties, especially liquefaction pore pressure, liquefaction of pile foundation and the dynamic response of the free field. Finite element method can reasonably predict the site of pore pressure, dynamic response; despite the conventional beam element simulation of pile, pile dynamic response can still accurately simulated.

  16. Simulation analysis for O-cell test of pile and the interaction of upper pile and lower pile

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    ZHENG Ying-jie; ZHANG Ke-xu; ZHANG Er-qi

    2009-01-01

    In this paper, the soil-pile system of O-cell test of pile is simplified as an axi-symmetrie problem.By using aggregation of quadrilateral isoparametrie elements to simulate pile and soil, setting Goodman' s elements between pile and soils, a method of numerical simulation analysis on O-cell test of pile is presented with the consideration of nonlinear mechanical behavior of soils and pile-soil interface.The method is applied to the a-nalysis of a case of O-cell test of pile.The load-displacement curves and axial force curves of upper pile and lower pile obtained from the O-cell test of pile are fitted, and parameters of the mechanical model of soils and interface are determined.Analysis results validate that the numerical simulation analysis method put forward in this paper is applicable.Furthermore, the interaction and influence of upper pile and lower pile in the O-cell test are also studied with the method.The result shows that if load box is located in a soil layer with fine me-chanical behavior, the interaction of upper pile and lower pile in O-cell test can be ignored generally.

  17. Part 1: Logging residues in piles - Needle loss and fuel quality. Part 2: Nitrogen leaching under piles of logging residues

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    Part 1: Experimental piles were built in three geographical locations during May-Sept. 1989. Logging residues consisted of 95% spruce and 5% pine. Height of the piles varied between 80 and 230 cm. Needles were collected by placing drawers under 40 randomely chosen piles. The drawers were emptied every two weeks during the storage period. Natural needle loss was between 18 and 32% of the total amount of needles after the first two months of storage. At the end of the storage period, 24-42% of the needles had fallen down to the drawers. At the end of the experiment the total needle fall was 95-100% in the shaken piles. According to the results of this study piles smaller than 150 cm had the most effective needle fall. Piles should be placed on open places where the air and sun heat penetrate and dry them. Needles were the most sensitive fraction to variations in precipitation compared to the other components, such as branches. Piles usually dried quickly, but they also rewet easily. This was especially true in the smaller piles. The lowest moisture content was measured at the end of June. The ash content in needles varied between 4 and 8%. 16 refs., 15 figs. Part 2: Three field experiments were equipped with no-tension humus lysimeters. Pairs of lysimeters with the same humus/field layer vegetation material were placed in pairs, one under a pile of felling residues and another in the open clear felling. Leaching of nitrogen as well as pH and electric conductivity in the leachate was followed through sampling of the leachate at regular intervals. The results from the investigation show that: * the amount of leachate was higher in lysimeters in the open clear felling, * pH in the leachate was initially lower under piles of felling residues, * the amount of nitrogen leached was higher in the open clear felling. Thus, storing of felling residues in piles during the summer season did not cause any increase in nitrogen leaching, which had been considered to be a risk

  18. Experimental validation of modelling tools for a PEM fuel cell; Validation experimentale d'outils de modelisation d'une pile a combustible de type PEM

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    Boillot, M.

    2005-10-15

    In this work, a global view of the phenomena occurring in a PEM fuel cell is given. An original methodology was developed in order to determine the main parameters: thermodynamics, kinetics and transport phenomena. The gas flow in bipolar plates was characterised using experimental determination of residence time distributions and numerical simulations. Kinetics of both electrochemical reactions were analysed feeding the cell by diluted gases. In this part, the diffusion of reactants in the membrane electrodes assembly was taken into account. Finally, the relationship between humidity and electrical performance was investigated and the ohmic resistance of the cell was estimated. (author)

  19. Effect of Operating Conditions on CSTR performance: an Experimental Study

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available In this work, Saponification reaction of ethyl acetate by sodium hydroxide is studied experimentally in a continuous stirred tank reactor at 1 atmospheric pressure. The aim of this study is to investigate the influence of operating conditions on the conversion and specific rate constant. The parameters considered for analysis are temperature, feed flow rate, residence time, volume of reactor and stirrer rate. The steady state conversion of 0.45 achieved after a period of 30 minutes. Conversion decreases with increase of reactant flow rate due to decrease of residence time. The stirrer rate has a positive effect on the conversion and rate constant. Specific rate constant and conversion increase with temperature within the studied temperature range. Within the range of reactor volume selected for analysis, conversion increases with increase in reactor volume. The results obtained in this study may be helpful in maximizing the conversion of ethyl acetate saponification reaction at industrial scale in a CSTR.

  20. Experimental study and calculation of boiling heat transfer on steel plates during runout table operation

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    Within a hot strip steel mill, red hot steel is hot rolled into a long continuous slab that is led onto what is called the runout table. Temperatures of the steel at the beginning of this table are around 900 oC. Above and below the runout table are banks of water jets, sprays or water curtains that rapidly cool the steel slab. The heat transfer process itself may be considered one of the most complicated in the industrial world. The cooling process that occurs on the runout table is crucial and governs the final mechanical properties and flatness of a steel strip. However, very limited data of industrial conditions has been available and that which is available is poorly understood. To study heat transfer during runout table cooling, an industrial scale pilot runout table facility was constructed at the University of British Columbia (UBC). This paper describes the experimental details, data acquisition and data handling techniques for steel plates during water jet impingement cooling by one circular water jet from industrial headers. The effect of cooling water temperature and initial steel plate temperature as well as varying water jet diameters on heat transfer was systematically investigated. A two-dimensional finite element scheme based inverse heat conduction model was developed to calculate surface heat transfer coefficients along the impinging surface. Heat flux curves at the stagnation area were obtained for selected tests. A quantitative relationship between adjustable processing parameters and heat transfer coefficients along the impinging surface during runout table operation is discussed. The results of the study were used to upgrade an extensive process model developed at UBC. The model ties in the cooling rate and hence two dimensional temperature gradients to the resulting microstructure and final mechanical properties of the steel. This process model is widely used by major steel industries in Canada and the United States. (author)

  1. Measurements of Operational Wind Turbine Noise in UK Waters.

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    Cheesman, Samuel

    2016-01-01

    The effects of wind farm operational noise have not been addressed to the same extent as their construction methods such as piling and drilling of the foundations despite their long operational lifetimes compared with weeks of construction. The results of five postconstruction underwater sound-monitoring surveys on wind farms located throughout the waters of the British Isles are discussed. These wind farms consist of differing turbine power outputs, from 3 to 3.6 MW, and differing numbers of turbines. This work presents an overview of the results obtained and discusses both the levels and frequency components of the sound in several metrics. PMID:26610955

  2. Analysis of Interaction Factors Between Two Piles

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    CAO Ming; CHEN Long-zhu

    2008-01-01

    A rigorous analytical method is presented for calculating the interaction factor between two identical piles subjected to vertical loads. Following the technique proposed by Muki and Sternberg, the problem is decomposed into an extended soil mass and two fictitious piles characterized respectively by Young's modulus of the soil and that of the difference between the pile and soil. The unknown axial forces along fictitious piles are determined by solving a Fredholm integral equation of the second kind, which imposes the compatibility condition that the axial strains of the fictitious piles are equal to those corresponding to the centroidal axes of the extended soil. The real pile forces and displacements can subequally be calculated based on the determined fictitious pile forces, and finally, the desired pile interaction factors may be obtained. Results confirm the validity of the proposed approach and portray the influence of the governing parameters on the pile interaction.

  3. Operational behaviour of catalytic recombiners - experimental results and modelling approaches

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    Autocatalytic passive recombiners (PAR) are implemented in containments as an accident management measure to mitigate the consequences of possible hydrogen combustion in the course of a severe accident. The performance of a PAR has been demonstrated in large scale tests; however these integral tests provided no data for detailed model development. At Forschungszentrum Juelich separate effect tests are performed in order to obtain experimental data suited for the validation of detailed numerical models for the assessment of the operational behaviour of PAR. The paper describes the experimental facilities and results obtained so far. Two modelling strategies are pursued and assessed with their applicability and further development needs. The detailed evaluation of the reaction kinetics and heat and mass transport phenomena on a single catalyst element is performed by a direct implementation of the transport and kinetic approaches in ANSYS CFX 11. To model the interaction of PAR with the containment and address the issues mentioned above, REKO-Direkt, a detailed user model based on Fortran 90 will be implemented in CFX to model the entire PAR. This in-house code is already validated against the database and capable to model all relevant processes. Finally some results of local interaction studies are presented. (authors)

  4. Axially Loaded Behavior of Driven PC Piles

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    Hsu, Shih-Tsung

    2010-05-01

    To obtain a fair load-settlement curve of a driven pile, and to evaluate the ultimate pile capacity more accurately, a numerical model was created to simulate the ground movements during a pile being driven. After the procedure, the axially loaded behaviors of the piles in silty sand were analyzed. The numerical results are compared with those results by full scale pile load tests. It was found, although the loads added on the tested piles are different from those by the numerical analyses which applied displacement increments on piles, the load-settlement behaviors of piles calculated from the numerical model were close to those measured from field tests before the piles stressed to peak. Total load, shaft friction, and point bearing do not reach peak values at the same pile settlement; furthermore, the point bearing slowly increases all the while, with no peak. However, the point bearing only contributes 10˜20% of ultimate pile capacity. No matter which relative density of silty sand, pile diameter, and pile length increased, ultimate pile capacity increased as well.

  5. Backfilling of a Scour Hole around a Pile in Waves and Current

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    Sumer, B. Mutlu; Petersen, Thor Ugelvig; Locatelli, Luca;

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents the results of an experimental investigation of the backfilling of scour holes around circular piles. Scour holes around a pile are generated either by a current or a wave. Subsequently, the flow climate is changed from current to wave, combined waves and current, or wave to a...

  6. Boron Pile v-bar Measurements

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    Accurate absolute measurements of v, the average number of neutrons per fission, have been made with the boron pile. The experimental method is described and results are presented of the v values obtained for the thermal-neutron-induced fission of U233, U235, Pu239 and Pu241, the spontaneous fission of Pu240 and Cf252, and the fast neutron-induced fission of U235 in the energy range 100 keV to 2.6 MeV. (author)

  7. Energy piles. A fundamental energy pile; Energiepfaehle. Eine fundamentale Energiequelle

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    Kaiser, Holger; Beldermann, Nico [GF-Tec GmbH, Roedermark (Germany)

    2013-03-01

    The Maintower, the new airport in Berlin/Brandenburg, a lot of Ikea buildings, and also small office buildings or residential buildings may exchange energy with the underground by means of pile fundaments. At the correct planning and execution, energy piles are low-cost geothermal power plants which sustainable generate heating and cooling for the buildings standing on them. Even more energy can be generated safely under compliance with the groundwater protection by means of a new development of the material and the transfer.

  8. A performance case study of energy pile foundation at Rosborg Gymnasium (Denmark)

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    Pagola, Maria Alberdi; Jensen, Rasmus Lund; Poulsen, Søren Erbs

    2016-01-01

    The Rosborg Gymnasium building in Vejle (Denmark) is partially founded on 200 foundation pile heat exchangers (energy piles). The thermo-active foundation has supplemented the heating and free cooling needs of the building since 2011 (4,000 m2 living area). Operational data from the ground source...

  9. Design Features and Operating Experience of Experimental Fast Reactors

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    One of the IAEA's statutory objectives is to 'seek to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world'. One way this objective is achieved is through the publication of a range of technical series. Two of these are the IAEA Nuclear Energy Series and the IAEA Safety Standards Series. According to Article III.A.6 of the IAEA Statute, the safety standards establish 'standards of safety for protection of health and minimization of danger to life and property'. The safety standards include the Safety Fundamentals, Safety Requirements and Safety Guides. These standards are written primarily in a regulatory style, and are binding on the IAEA for its own programmes. The principal users are the regulatory bodies in Member States and other national authorities. The IAEA Nuclear Energy Series comprises reports designed to encourage and assist R and D on, and application of, nuclear energy for peaceful uses. This includes practical examples to be used by owners and operators of utilities in Member States, implementing organizations, academia, and government officials, among others. This information is presented in guides, reports on technology status and advances, and best practices for peaceful uses of nuclear energy based on inputs from international experts. The IAEA Nuclear Energy Series complements the IAEA Safety Standards Series. The IAEA has begun an initiative to help coordinate Member State efforts in the field of fast neutron nuclear reactors. This initiative is primarily targeted at the preservation of knowledge in the areas of design, construction and operation, for both experimental and power fast reactors. The ultimate goal of this activity is to establish a comprehensive, international inventory of fast reactor data and knowledge, which will be an essential resource for the future development and deployment of fast reactor technology. In this project, carried out within the framework of the

  10. Study and modelling of the in-pile densification of the UO2 and MOx nuclear oxides

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    Amongst the many phenomena which take place in the course of the irradiation of UO2 or (U, Pu)O2 nuclear fuels, one of them involves the elimination of a fraction of the as-fabricated porosity. In-pile densification or sintering can reach 2.5%, i.e. approximately half the initial volume of pores is likely to disappear. Our literature survey indicates that the amplitude and kinetics of the phenomenon are both heavily dependent on the initial fuel microstructure. Micro-structural characterisation techniques of oxide fuels have therefore been developed in conjunction with quantitative image analysis methods. The ensuing methodology enables a quantitative comparison of micro-structural features in different fuels and has been applied to ascertaining the influence of the local fission rate and temperature on in-pile densification. It is thus revealed that in-pile operation eliminates a significant fraction of pores smaller than 3 microns in diameter. The experimental data generated has been used to set up a semi-empirical and a mechanistic model. The former is based on experimental results and is not essentially predictive. The inability of this model to predict the in-pile densification of oxide fuels is illustrated by the fact that the maximum fraction of pores that disappears is proportional to an empirical function of fission rate, and temperature. The proportionality factor appears to be difficult to correlate quantitatively to any given micro-structural feature. The model has however been applied to the interpretation of an in-pile densification experiment carried out in the Halden reactor (Norway). The latter model is mechanistic, i.e. it is based on the solution to a set of equations that describe the coupled temperature and radiation induced phenomena which occur in-pile. These can broadly be broken down into three categories: the fission fragment-pore interaction, the creation of point defects as the fission fragments slow down, and the diffusion of these

  11. EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ON BEARING PERFORMANCE OF STEEL PIPE PILE COMPOSITE FOUNDATION CONSTRUCTED BY TOP-DOWN METHOD UNDER VERTICAL LOADS%钢管桩逆作复合基础竖向承载性能试验研究

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    周儒夏; 龚维明; 杨乐; 柏平

    2012-01-01

    Model tests were designed to investigate the bearing capacity properties of composite steel pipe pile foundations in sandy soil.Results indicated that:To a single pile composite foundation,the load was totally carried by ground under the cap before sealing piles.Then,after sealing,the pile started to work and the pile-soil load share ratios were between 73.5%~92% before reaching ultimate bearing capacity.As vertical load increased continually to the capacity limit,the ratio reduced obviously.To a composite foundation with 8 steel pipe piles was tested,the attenuation gradient of axial load was larger in the middle and lower parts rather than the upper part during axial load transfer.The rates of the corner piles were biggest,then the side piles.The side frictional resistances developed gradually from the top to the bottom and the maximum value reached at the distance of 1.55 m below the top.At every load step,the resistances of the corner piles were greater than that of side piles.Moreover,the ultimate bearing capacity of the steel pipe pile composite foundation was significantly higher than that of the high-rise cap pile group foundation.%为了研究砂性土中钢管桩复合基础的承载特性,设计了模型桩系列试验。结果表明:对于单桩复合基础,封桩前阶段的荷载全部直接由承台底砂土承担,封桩后阶段桩体达到极限承载力之前,桩体分担的荷载占荷载增量的73.5%~92%,当桩的承载能力达到极限后,随着荷载的继续增加,桩分担的荷载比例较之前衰减明显,而土体分担的荷载比例增加。钢管桩八桩复合基础中,桩身轴力在桩身上部的衰减梯度明显小于中下部,角桩衰减速率最大,边桩次之;桩身摩阻力自上而下逐渐发挥,桩顶以下1.55 m处摩阻力达到最大;每级荷载作用下,角桩的侧阻力大于边桩。钢管桩群桩复合基础的竖向承载力远大于相对应的高承台群桩承载力。

  12. Experimental Design for the INL Sample Collection Operational Test

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    Amidan, Brett G.; Piepel, Gregory F.; Matzke, Brett D.; Filliben, James J.; Jones, Barbara

    2007-12-13

    This document describes the test events and numbers of samples comprising the experimental design that was developed for the contamination, decontamination, and sampling of a building at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). This study is referred to as the INL Sample Collection Operational Test. Specific objectives were developed to guide the construction of the experimental design. The main objective is to assess the relative abilities of judgmental and probabilistic sampling strategies to detect contamination in individual rooms or on a whole floor of the INL building. A second objective is to assess the use of probabilistic and Bayesian (judgmental + probabilistic) sampling strategies to make clearance statements of the form “X% confidence that at least Y% of a room (or floor of the building) is not contaminated. The experimental design described in this report includes five test events. The test events (i) vary the floor of the building on which the contaminant will be released, (ii) provide for varying or adjusting the concentration of contaminant released to obtain the ideal concentration gradient across a floor of the building, and (iii) investigate overt as well as covert release of contaminants. The ideal contaminant gradient would have high concentrations of contaminant in rooms near the release point, with concentrations decreasing to zero in rooms at the opposite end of the building floor. For each of the five test events, the specified floor of the INL building will be contaminated with BG, a stand-in for Bacillus anthracis. The BG contaminant will be disseminated from a point-release device located in the room specified in the experimental design for each test event. Then judgmental and probabilistic samples will be collected according to the pre-specified sampling plan. Judgmental samples will be selected based on professional judgment and prior information. Probabilistic samples will be selected in sufficient numbers to provide desired confidence

  13. Instrumented model pile tests on sand plugs

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    Haaren, L.J.C. van; Verruijt, A. [Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands); Kolk, H.J. [Fugro Engineers B.V., Leidschendam (Netherlands)

    1995-12-31

    0pen ended piles develop internal frictional resistance between the internal soil plug end the pile wall during axial loading. Current pipe pile design practice assumes that the ultimate internal skin friction is of the same order of magnitude as the outer skin friction. This paper describes a series of laboratory pile load tests on instrumented model pipe piles, designed to investigate the development of plug stresses and skin friction along the plug length during pile loading. The piles contain sand columns of various relative densities and of different heights. The soil plugs are loaded to failure under fully drained conditions. The test data indicate that internal skin friction in sand can be substantially higher than assumed in conventional design practice. This finding could lead to significant economical savings on future pipe pile foundations in sand.

  14. In-pile measurements of the fission gas pressure and comparison with ROFEM code results

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    2010-05-15

    One of the main objectives of INR Pitesti Nuclear Fuel R and D Program is to provide high quality experimental data for development and validation of the fuel performance computer codes and for improvement of the physical models used in these computer codes, thanks to the understanding and quantifying of the basic physical mechanisms. The in-pile fission gas pressure measurements provide a wide data base for the evaluation of the fission gas release from the UO{sub 2} pellet during power change operation. The results from the two instrumented fuel elements of different pellet microstructure which operated until to 179 Mwd/tU at significantly power levels in TRIGA Material Testing Reactor (TRIGA MTR) of INR Pitesti, are presented.Some analyses were performed using the ROFEM computer code and the results were compared with experimental data in the framework of the IAEA research project. This paper describes briefly measuring techniques developed and currently in use in INR Pitesti, and presents and discusses selected experimental results obtained during in-pile experiment. (orig.)

  15. In-pile measurements of the fission gas pressure and comparison with ROFEM code results

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    One of the main objectives of INR Pitesti Nuclear Fuel R and D Program is to provide high quality experimental data for development and validation of the fuel performance computer codes and for improvement of the physical models used in these computer codes, thanks to the understanding and quantifying of the basic physical mechanisms. The in-pile fission gas pressure measurements provide a wide data base for the evaluation of the fission gas release from the UO2 pellet during power change operation. The results from the two instrumented fuel elements of different pellet microstructure which operated until to 179 Mwd/tU at significantly power levels in TRIGA Material Testing Reactor (TRIGA MTR) of INR Pitesti, are presented.Some analyses were performed using the ROFEM computer code and the results were compared with experimental data in the framework of the IAEA research project. This paper describes briefly measuring techniques developed and currently in use in INR Pitesti, and presents and discusses selected experimental results obtained during in-pile experiment. (orig.)

  16. Centrifuge modelling of rigid piles in soft clay

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    this study is to employ centrifuge modelling in order to derive experimental p-y curves for rigid piles embedded in over-consolidated soft clay. A kaolin clay sample was prepared and pre-consolidated by applying a constant pressure at the soil surface, while different over-consolidation ratios were...

  17. Influence of vertical loads on lateral pile group response considering soil-pile-cap interactions

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    Hussien, Mahmoud N.; Tobita, Tetsuo; Iai, Susumu

    This paper presents the results of a numerical investigation conducted to study the effect of vertical loads on lateral response of a free head and a capped pile group in sand. A coupled soil-pile system is idealized through 2D finite elements with soil models idealized by a hyperbolic type multiple shear mechanism. The analysis focuses on the five piles in the middle row of a 3x5 pile group spaced at 3.92-pile diameters. The interaction between a pile and the surrounding soil in the 3D type is idealized in the 2D analysis using soil-pile interaction springs with a hysteretic non-linear load displacement relationship. The presence of vertical loads on free head piles increases the confining pressures in the sand deposit confined by the piles but the rate of increase in those outside the group is relatively small, resulting in the difference in a balance of lateral soil pressures acting at the back of and in front of individual piles. A vertical load applied to a group pile with a uniform vertical displacement of 0.1 pile diameter decreases the lateral resistance of the leading pile (pile 1) by 10 % and increases the lateral resistance of piles 3 and 5 by 14 and 35 %, respectively. The same trend with higher percentages of increase or decrease is observed in the capped pile group case.

  18. Analysis of pile foundations under dynamic loads

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    A method is presented for the analysis of pile foundations which are subjected to horizontal dynamic loads from earthquakes, airplane impact, gas explosion or other sources. The motion of the pile cap and the pile forces are computed. - The loads may be applied to the pile cap or directly to the piles (e.g. by earthquake wave motion). The soil may be stratified and is considered to be an elastic or visco-elastic medium. The piles are assumed vertical. The method makes use of an approximate fundamental solution for displacements caused by a dynamic point load in a layered visco-elastic medium. The approximation involves a discretization of the medium in the vertical direction. In horizontal directions the medium is treated by continuum theory. The soil medium supports each pile at about 10 to 20 nodes. A dynamic flexiblity matrix for the soil is derived which relates the elastic, damping and inertial forces of the soil to the displacements at each node. It includes effects of radiation damping. All piles are coupled through the soil flexibility matrix. The piles are modelled by beam elements. Transient response is computed using fast discrete Fourier transforms. The arrangement of the piles is arbitrary. However, simple and double symmetry can be accounted for by the computer program. When the pile arrangement is axisymmetric, the degrees of freedom can be reduced to only those of two piles per ring. The influence of the number of piles and the influence of the pile spacing on group stiffness and on pile forces is presented for two soil profiles. Dynamic effects on pile forces of a foundation for a reactor building are studied. They are significant when soils are soft. (orig.)

  19. OF THE SLAB-PILE FOUNDATION

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    Ter-Martirosyan ZavenGrigorevich

    2012-10-01

    It is proven that the above properties produce a substantial impact onto the stress-strain state of soils that interact with the pile and the grid, and the impact values make it possible to assess the rigidity of the slab-pile foundation that is needed to solve the problems of the multiplicity of piles as well as the problems of distribution of the total load between the piles and the grid.

  20. Design of anti-slide piles for slope stabilization in Wanzhou city, Three Gorges Area, China

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    Zhou, Chunmei; van Westen, Cees

    2013-04-01

    calculation of the anchor section in case of intensely weathered bedrock. The next component is a study on the subgrade retaining coefficient of anti-slide piles, which includes the definition and experimental methods used. The factors that have influence on the coefficient are discussed and the results of stress calculations in the anti-slide piles for different distributions of subgrade retaining coefficients are presented. Finally the differences between rigid piles and elastic pile are discussed and the elastic piles are considered to be more suitable for the landslide stabilization in the Wan Zhou area. The most important aspects for optimal design is the detailed knowledge of the features of soil and rock around the anchor part, which includes ground coefficients, uniaxial compressive strength, rock mass structure, fractures of bedrock, and weathering degree.

  1. Settlement and bearingcapacity of long pile

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    Ter-Martirosyan Zaven Grigor’evich

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available When a long pile is interacting with the soil, the combined force applied to the pile head is distributed among the side face and the pile toe inhomogeneously. The toe gets not more than 30 % from the general force, which doesn’t let using the reserves of the bearing capacity of relatively firm soil under the fifth pile. Account for the depth of the pile toe and the dead load of the soil allows increasing the bearing capacity of the soil under the pile toe and decrease the pile settlement in general. For the quantitative estimation of these factors it is necessary to solve the task on the interaction of the rigid long pile with the surrounding soil, which includes under the pile toe, which is absolutely rigid round stamp.The article presents the formulation and analytical solution to a quantification of the settlement of a circular foundation with the due account for its depth, basing on the development of P. Mindlin’s studies as well as the interactions between a long rigid pile and surrounding soils, including under pile toe.It is proposed to compare the estimated value of stresses under the heel of pile with the initial critical load for the round foundation to check the condition that the estinated value is less than the intial critical one.

  2. Pulse pile-up effects

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    The energy spectrum containing the effects of all orders of pulse pileup is predicted for an idealized x-ray pulse-height-analysis system measuring randomly occurring events. Two simplifying assumptions used are first a fixed pulse resolution time and second that the measured energy of piled-up pulses is the algebraic sum of the energy associated with each pulse

  3. Vision-based autonomous grasping of unknown piled objects

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    Computer vision techniques have been used to develop a vision-based grasping capability for autonomously picking and placing unknown piled objects. This work is currently being applied to the problem of hazardous waste sorting in support of the Department of Energy's Mixed Waste Operations Program

  4. Review article: review of behavioral operations experimental studies of newsvendor problems for operating room management.

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    Wachtel, Ruth E; Dexter, Franklin

    2010-06-01

    Operating room (OR) managers must plan staffing in the face of uncertain demand for OR time. Planning too much staffing results in underutilized OR time. Planning too little staffing causes overutilized time, which is approximately twice as expensive as underutilized time. Deciding how much staffing to plan for an OR is analogous to the classic newsvendor problem in operations research. A newsvendor must decide how much product to order based on its cost c and sales price p, plus estimates of the uncertain future demand for the product. The newsvendor problem has a simple mathematical solution. The correct amount of product to order is the (p - c)/p quantile of the demand for the product. This optimal order quantity is analogous mathematically to the number of hours of OR time for which staffing should be planned. We performed a systematic review of the behavioral operations experimental literature on newsvendor problems relevant to OR management. Student volunteers participating in experimental studies have great difficulty knowing how much product to order, given c, p, and the demand distribution. Decision making is only modestly improved by more frequent feedback. Even scores of rounds of ordering are insufficient for much learning to occur. Suboptimal decisions result from innate psychological biases. Students anchor on mean demand, make insufficient adjustments, and rely disproportionately on the most recent demand values. The behavior of OR managers who plan staffing for the OR is analogous to that of students participating in a newsvendor experiment. Month after month, an OR manager will plan too little staffing for the surgeon who consistently ends the day late and too much staffing for the surgeon who consistently does not fill an OR. Experimental studies of the newsvendor problem provide mechanistic insights into the reasons that OR managers make poor decisions when planning OR staffing. The students face no organizational factors or personality issues

  5. Pullout capacity of batter pile in sand

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    Ashraf Nazir

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Many offshore structures are subjected to overturning moments due to wind load, wave pressure, and ship impacts. Also most of retaining walls are subjected to horizontal forces and bending moments, these forces are due to earth pressure. For foundations in such structures, usually a combination of vertical and batter piles is used. Little information is available in the literature about estimating the capacity of piles under uplift. In cases where these supporting piles are not vertical, the behavior under axial pullout is not well established. In order to delineate the significant variables affecting the ultimate uplift shaft resistance of batter pile in dry sand, a testing program comprising 62 pullout tests was conducted. The tests are conducted on model steel pile installed in loose, medium, and dense sand to an embedded depth ratio, L/d, vary from 7.5 to 30 and with various batter angles of 0°, 10°, 20°, and 30°. Results indicate that the pullout capacity of a batter pile constructed in dense and/or medium density sand increases with the increase of batter angle attains maximum value and then decreases, the maximum value of Pα occurs at batter angle approximately equal to 20°, and it is about 21–31% more than the vertical pile capacity, while the pullout capacity for batter pile that constructed in loose sand decreases with the increase of pile inclination. The results also indicated that the circular pile is more resistant to pullout forces than the square and rectangular pile shape. The rough model piles tested is experienced 18–75% increase in capacity compared with the smooth model piles. The suggested relations for the pullout capacity of batter pile regarding the vertical pile capacity are well predicted.

  6. Experimental Study of the Ground Penetrating Radar Monitoring on the Integrity of Tamping Soil Cement Pile%夯实水泥土桩桩身完整性探地雷达检测技术试验研究

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    王海东; 张梦; 邓继平; 罗杰; 杨献章; 廖春芳

    2012-01-01

    针对复合地基柔性桩基桩身完整性难以检测的实际工程问题,提出了组合天线阵方式的探地雷达检测技术.通过对6根夯实水泥土桩桩长和桩身缺陷检测试验研究发现,桩长检测的最大平均相对误差为5.10%,桩身缺陷位置检测相对误差为5.45%,表明采用此技术对复合地基柔性桩基桩身完整性进行测定具有足够的可靠性,满足工程需要.通过对龄期、配合比、含水率和天线选择等影响因素的分析,得到了这些参数对检测质量的影响规律,并据此为工程应用提出了相应合理建议.%The combination of antenna array detection method of ground penetrating radar was put forward to solve the actual engineering problem that is difficult to monitor the integrity of the flexural pile composite foundation. The experiments of the lengths and defects of six tamping soil cement piles have shown that the maximum average relative error of pile lengths is 5. 10% and the relative error of the pile position of defects is 5. 45%. The results have indicated that there is enough reliability to determine the pile integrity by using the GPR method, which can meet the engineering needs. Furthermore, the age of cement, the ratio between soil and cement, moisture content were studied, and corresponding proposals for actual projects were presented.

  7. Retrofitting Of RCC Piles By Using Basalt Fiber Reinforced Polymer BFRP Composite Part 1 Review Papers On RCC Structures And Piles Retrofitting Works.

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    R. Ananda Kumar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Retrofitting works are immensely essential for deteriorated and damaged structures in Engineering and Medical fields in order to keep or return to the originality for safe guarding the structures and consumers. In this paper different types of methods of retrofitting review notes are given based on the experimental numerical and analytical methods results on strengthening the Reinforced cement concrete RCC structures including RCC piles. Soil-pile interaction on axial load lateral load reviews are also presented. This review paper is prepared to find out the performance of basalt fibre reinforced polymer BFRP composite retrofitted reinforced cement concrete single end bearing piles.

  8. DRIVEN POLYSTRONG REINFORCED CONCRETE PILES AND NEW DESIGN OF PILE CAPS

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    I. I. Bekbasarov

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents constructional and technological features for manufacturing driven piles with variable strength of pile shaft. Economical efficiency of their production has been shown in the paper. The paper provides a pile cap design that ensures perception of hammer impacts with the help of lateral edges of the pile cap. Driven reinforced concrete piles which are manufactured from three shaft sections having various strength have been proposed in the paper. Material strength (concrete grade and diameter of bars and length of shaft sections are given on a case by case basis in accordance with nature and rate of stresses in piles during their driving process. Manufacturing of polystrong piles provides an opportunity to select them for a particular construction site with due account of their preservation during driving process.A pile cap has been developed that as opposed to existing analogous designs makes it possible to transmit impact efforts from a hammer to the pile through lateral surface of its head part. The pile cap provides the possibility to increase an area for perception of hammer impact efforts by the pile and in doing so it is possible significantly to reduce a damage risk and destruction of pile concrete during its driving. Application of polystrong piles and their driving with the help of new pile cap are considered as a basis for defect-free and resource-saving technology for pile foundations in the construction.

  9. Pile Load Capacity – Calculation Methods

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    Wrana Bogumił

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The article is a review of the current problems of the foundation pile capacity calculations. The article considers the main principles of pile capacity calculations presented in Eurocode 7 and other methods with adequate explanations. Two main methods are presented: α – method used to calculate the short-term load capacity of piles in cohesive soils and β – method used to calculate the long-term load capacity of piles in both cohesive and cohesionless soils. Moreover, methods based on cone CPTu result are presented as well as the pile capacity problem based on static tests.

  10. Pile Model Tests Using Strain Gauge Technology

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Ordinary pile bearing capacity tests are usually carried out to determine the relationship between load and displacement of pile head. The measurement system required in such tests consists of force transducer and three or four displacement gauges. The whole system is installed at the pile head above the ground level. This approach, however, does not give us complete information about the pile-soil interaction. We can only determine the total bearing capacity of the pile, without the knowledge of its distribution into the shaft and base resistances. Much more information can be obtained by carrying out a test of instrumented pile equipped with a system for measuring the distribution of axial force along its core. In the case of pile model tests the use of such measurement is difficult due to small scale of the model.

  11. Catastrophic model for stability analysis of high pile-column bridge pier

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    According to the engineering features of higher pile-column bridge pier in mountainous area, a clamped beam mechanical model was set up by synthetically analyzing the higher pile-column bridge pier buckling mechanism. Based on the catastrophe theory, the cusp catastrophe model of higher pile-column bridge pier was established by the determination of its potential function and bifurcation set equation, the necessary instability conditions of high pile-column bridge pier were deduced, and the determination method for column-buckling and lateral displacement of high pile-column bridge pier was derived. The comparison between the experimental and calculated results show that the calculated curves agree with testing curves and the method is reasonable and effective.

  12. EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ON DYNAMIC CHARACTERISTICS OF COMPOSITE FOUNDATIONS OF RAMMED CEMENT-SOIL LOOP PILES WITH CFG CORES%CFG芯水泥土环组合桩复合地基动力特性试验研究

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    丁继辉; 冯俊辉; 张攀星; 全小娟

    2015-01-01

    For optimized pile foundation design,the concepts of cement-flyash-gravel pile (CFGP) and rammed cement-soil pile (RCSP) were combined in this study to form the rammed cement-soil loop pile with CFG cores (CFGCP-RCSLP).The static and dynamic characteristics of the CFGCP-RCSLP composite foundation were studied using in-situ tests.Test results show that with identical soil properties,pile length and pile spacing,the load-settlement curve of the CFGCP-RCSLP composite foundation demonstrates a clear linear relationship.The bearing capacity of the CFGCP-RCSLP composite foundation is 19.1% lower than the CFGP composite foundation,23.8% lower than that of the RCSP pile composite foundation,and 102% higher than a natural foundation.The blasting tests show that under same explosion energy and the arrangement of blast points,the dynamic characteristics of composite foundations are primarily related to soil properties,pile rigidity distribution and pilling load.The blast point location arrangement directly influences the distribution of peak acceleration along the pile body of CFGCP-RCSLP composite foundations,and the peak acceleration decreases significantly as the pilling load increases.%基于优化桩型的观点,将工法成熟的水泥粉煤灰碎石桩(简称CFGP)和夯实水泥土桩(简称RCSP)进行组合,设计CFG芯桩-水泥土环桩(简称CFGCP-RCSLP)组合桩复合地基,通过现场试验研究CFGCP-RCSLP组合桩复合地基的静力特性和动力特性.现场载荷试验表明,当土性、桩长、桩间距相同的情况下,CFGCP-RCSLP组合桩复合地基的荷载沉降曲线具有明显的线性关系,复合地基承载力比CFGP复合地基降低19.1%,比RCSP桩复合地基降低23.8%,比天然地基增加了102%.现场爆破试验表明,在爆炸能量、爆炸点位置相同条件下,复合地基的动力特性主要取决于土性、桩体刚度分布和堆载的大小.爆炸点的位置直接影响CFGCP-RCSLP组合桩复合地基中峰

  13. Trial fabrication and performance test of in-pile sodium loop for NSRR experiment

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    Described are the details of trial in-pile sodium loop for the NSRR experiment and its performance test results. The loop can be inserted inside the experimental tube of the NSRR reactor, and consists of main four systems of sodium circulation, cover gas, evacuation and air cooling. Seven fuel pins in maximum can be accommodated in the test section, and the test section is surrounded by neutron modetator made of zirconium hydride to get higher thermal neutron flux, thereby higher energy deposition in a test fuel pin. The loop is a doubly contained loop to avoid sodium leakage to the experimental tube in case of the failure of the sodium circulation systems, and thermal insulation is made by evacuating the gas inside the secondary containment. The performance test was made successfully, and the design target values of sodium temperature of 5000C and sodium velocity of 8 m/sec were attained well stably and safely through the test, although the operation with high sodium velocity at low sodium temperature was rather difficult due to large heat generation by the operation of the electromagnetic pump. Furthermore, before filling the loop with sodium, trial cutting and welding at the test section were performed for exchange it after the in-pile experiment and the difficulties and problems of the work were understood. (author)

  14. Experimental study of a fast plasma focus discharge operated in the range of tens of joules emitting neutrons

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    expected to yield 103-104 neutrons per pulse when is operated with deuterium. Standard detection techniques, for example neutron activation detectors, present detection limits higher than 105 neutrons per pulse, so it was necessary to develop a measurement method for higher efficiency detectors based on the use moderated proportional counter tubes for the purpose of neutron optimization. In contrast to low rate continuous regime, this detectors show pulse piling up when irradiated with pulsed neutrons, which make impossible to count events with standard nuclear electronics. In this thesis, it is presented a detailed study of pulsed piling up statistics in the proportional counter and a complete characterization of the 3He tubes based detection system. Regarding that the net area of detector output signal is proportional to the number of detected events, a counting model was developed and thus a methodology for measurement of the neutron yield is proposed. Special emphasis was put on the sources of fluctuation that affects the measurement process, which are given by the counting statistics, piling up statistics, and background electrical noise. As a result, the methodology allows measurements uncertainties for pulsed D-D fusion neutrons lower than 30% in the range of Y ≥ 3x103n/shot, reducing in this way by almost two order of magnitude the detection limit of the state of art techniques. A theoretical study of the detection frequency or reproducibility for pulsed neutron sources is also presented. Comparisons with results in PF-50J show that theoretical models for reproducibility are reasonable high boundary estimations for the experimental values. The optimization study is presented in the last part of this work. Optimal conditions for neutron emission were experimentally obtained. An interesting finding is the observation of two regimes for pinch formation and neutron emission. The first regime is related to the pinch formation close to the first current maximum in the

  15. Retrofitting Of RCC Piles By Using Basalt Fiber Reinforced Polymer BFRP Composite Part 1 Review Papers On RCC Structures And Piles Retrofitting Works.

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    Abstract Retrofitting works are immensely essential for deteriorated and damaged structures in Engineering and Medical fields in order to keep or return to the originality for safe guarding the structures and consumers. In this paper different types of methods of retrofitting review notes are given based on the experimental numerical and analytical methods results on strengthening the Reinforced cement concrete RCC structures including RCC piles. Soil-pile interaction on axial load lateral lo...

  16. 地震激励下冻土-液化土-单桩共同作用试验研究%Experimental study on frozen soil-liquefiable soil-single pile interaction during earthquakes

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    杨润林; 杨朝晖; 乔春明; 张小雨

    2014-01-01

    Liquefaction-induced lateral gound spreading can result in excessive lateral displacement, even failure of piles, nevertheless the situation may be somewhat different in frozen ground. Shaking table tests are conducted with the purpose of investigating the corresponding influence. The soil profile, contained in a large flexible box, consists of a horizontally saturated sand layer overlaid with a simulated frozen soil layer. The simulated steel-pipe pile is embeded in these two soil layers, with a supplemental lumped mass at the top. The device is excited through several amplitude-scaled seismic waves with different levels. During the tests the strain of the pile, the displacements of the pile and the frozen-soil layer, and the pore water pressure in the sand are recorded. Some important conclusions can be drawn. When liquefaction occurs, the frozen-soil layer can suppress the pore water drains from the saturated sand soils and make the pore water pressure increase continuously. Hence, the liquefaction has the tendency to accelerate and the lateral displacement of the pile may increase significantly. With the increasing levels of seismic excitation, the position on the frozen crust corresponding to the contact surface of the frozen-soil layer and the pile may be damaged because of squeezing, and thus the contact surface cannot be maintained effectively any longer. The sudden changes in the lateral deformation of the pile occour at the positions corresponding to the bottom and the top surface of the frozen crust, and consequently these positions on the pile can be easily damaged.%地基土地震液化诱发的侧向扩展可导致桩基侧移过大甚至失效破坏,但如果场地存在冻土层,情况则变得复杂。通过试验研究了在地震作用下冻土、液化土和单桩三者之间的相互作用,分析了由于存在冻土层这一因素对地基液化和桩基承载性能的影响。试验中土体盛放在一个柔性模型箱当中,分为

  17. Development of the Testing System for Multi-functional Pile Foundation%新型多功能桩基试验系统的研制

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    戴兵; 张瑜; 段梦兰; 袁志林

    2012-01-01

    The stability of pile foundation has great effect on the operating safety of jack-up drilling platform. There is little research on the stability of pile foundation at home and lack of the corresponding test device. Therefore, a new type of multi-functional testing system for pile foundation was designed. The system can conduct the common experimental study of pile foundation stability, such as pile-inserting, pile-pulling and piercing in self-elevating drilling platform, providing a desirable testing platform for the precise prediction of pile-inserting depth and pile-pulling resistance and the intensive study of piercing mechanism. After installation of washingout pile system, the analysis of pile washing-out effect in pile-pulling in jack-up drilling platform and study of active formation penetration mechanism with washing-out pile can be conducted. Therefore, the function of the testing system is extended. A quick simulation of the interaction between the foundation and the subsea soil in the operating process of the jack-up platform can be carried out. As a result the powerful technological support is provided for determination of whether the jack-up platform can work in some area, especially in strange areas.%桩基稳性对自升式钻井平台作业安全影响很大。国内针对桩基稳性的研究较少,更缺乏相应的试验装置。为此,设计了新型多功能桩基试验系统。该系统可以开展自升式钻井平台插桩、拔桩和穿刺等常见的桩基稳性试验研究,为自升式钻井平台在作业区域插桩深度、拔桩阻力的准确预测以及穿刺机理的深入研究提供了一个良好的试验平台;加装冲桩系统后,还可以开展自升式钻井平台拔桩时的冲桩效果分析和采用冲桩的方式主动穿透硬地层机理研究,扩展了试验系统的功能;能方便、快速地模拟自升式钻井平台作业过程中桩基与海土的相互作用,从而为自升式钻井平台能

  18. Thermal Conductivity Of Rubble Piles

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    Luan, Jing

    2015-01-01

    Rubble piles are a common feature of solar system bodies. They are composed of monolithic elements of ice or rock bound by gravity. Voids occupy a significant fraction of the volume of a rubble pile. They can exist up to pressure $P\\approx \\epsy\\mu$, where $\\epsy$ is the monolithic material's yield strain and $\\mu$ its rigidity. At low $P$, contacts between neighboring elements are confined to a small fraction of their surface areas. As a result, the effective thermal conductivity of a rubble pile, $\\kcon\\approx k(P/(\\epsy\\mu))^{1/2}$, can be orders of magnitude smaller than, $k$, the thermal conductivity of its monolithic elements. In a fluid-free environment, only radiation can transfer energy across voids. It contributes an additional component, $\\krad=16\\ell\\sigma T^3/3$, to the total effective conductivity, $\\keff=\\kcon +\\krad$. Here $\\ell$, the inverse of the opacity per unit volume, is of order the size of the elements and voids. An important distinction between $\\kcon$ and $\\krad$ is that the former i...

  19. Optimization Mathematical Model of Pile Forces for Offshore Piled Breasting Dolphins

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    周锡礽; 王东芹; 王晖; 朱福明

    2004-01-01

    An optimization mathematical model of the pile forces for piled breasting dolphins in the open sea under various loading conditions is presented. The optimum layout with the well distributed pile forces and the least number of piles is achieved by the multiplier penalty function method. Several engineering cases have been calculated and compared with the result of the conventional design method. It is shown that the number of piles can be reduced at least by 10% ~ 20%and the piles' bearing state is improved greatly.

  20. An experimental study of a VVER reactor's steam generator model operating in the condensing mode

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    Morozov, A. V.; Remizov, O. V.

    2012-05-01

    Results obtained from an experimental study of a VVER reactor's steam generator model operating in the condensing mode are presented. The obtained empirical dependence for calculating the power of heat exchangers operating in the steam condensation mode is presented.

  1. Development of p-y Curves of Laterally Loaded Piles in Cohesionless Soil

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    Mahdy Khari

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The research on damages of structures that are supported by deep foundations has been quite intensive in the past decade. Kinematic interaction in soil-pile interaction is evaluated based on the p-y curve approach. Existing p-y curves have considered the effects of relative density on soil-pile interaction in sandy soil. The roughness influence of the surface wall pile on p-y curves has not been emphasized sufficiently. The presented study was performed to develop a series of p-y curves for single piles through comprehensive experimental investigations. Modification factors were studied, namely, the effects of relative density and roughness of the wall surface of pile. The model tests were subjected to lateral load in Johor Bahru sand. The new p-y curves were evaluated based on the experimental data and were compared to the existing p-y curves. The soil-pile reaction for various relative density (from 30% to 75% was increased in the range of 40–95% for a smooth pile at a small displacement and 90% at a large displacement. For rough pile, the ratio of dense to loose relative density soil-pile reaction was from 2.0 to 3.0 at a small to large displacement. Direct comparison of the developed p-y curve shows significant differences in the magnitude and shapes with the existing load-transfer curves. Good comparison with the experimental and design studies demonstrates the multidisciplinary applications of the present method.

  2. Digitalisation in atomic pile control (1962)

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    A brief survey is first given of the general theorems of Boodle's algebra and of sequence systems using D.A. Huffmans theory. Some indications are then given concerning the setting-up and the operation of digital computers and also of the principal codes used in digital techniques. It is then shown how digitalisation in atomic pile control makes it possible to use new techniques having the following advantages in particular: greater working safety, a higher degree of centralisation, and suppression of the linear elements. A few examples are given of the application of these techniques to control, particularly with respect to the measurement of the neutronic power and of the period and also of course, to the treatment of the data and the sequence automatisms. The advantage of using digital techniques in the shutdown channels is also examined. Finally a review is given of the technology and the viability of the control devices used. (author)

  3. Pile Model Tests Using Strain Gauge Technology

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    Krasiński, Adam; Kusio, Tomasz

    2015-09-01

    Ordinary pile bearing capacity tests are usually carried out to determine the relationship between load and displacement of pile head. The measurement system required in such tests consists of force transducer and three or four displacement gauges. The whole system is installed at the pile head above the ground level. This approach, however, does not give us complete information about the pile-soil interaction. We can only determine the total bearing capacity of the pile, without the knowledge of its distribution into the shaft and base resistances. Much more information can be obtained by carrying out a test of instrumented pile equipped with a system for measuring the distribution of axial force along its core. In the case of pile model tests the use of such measurement is difficult due to small scale of the model. To find a suitable solution for axial force measurement, which could be applied to small scale model piles, we had to take into account the following requirements: - a linear and stable relationship between measured and physical values, - the force measurement accuracy of about 0.1 kN, - the range of measured forces up to 30 kN, - resistance of measuring gauges against aggressive counteraction of concrete mortar and against moisture, - insensitivity to pile bending, - economical factor. These requirements can be fulfilled by strain gauge sensors if an appropriate methodology is used for test preparation (Hoffmann [1]). In this paper, we focus on some aspects of the application of strain gauge sensors for model pile tests. The efficiency of the method is proved on the examples of static load tests carried out on SDP model piles acting as single piles and in a group.

  4. Numerical Modeling of Laterally Loaded Piles

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    S. T. Kok; B. B.k. Huat

    2008-01-01

    Design of laterally loaded piles due to soil movement relies on a number of theoretical and numerical approaches. However, the magnitude of soil movement is difficult to estimate with reasonable confidence and accuracy. Finite Element Analysis (FEA) offers an excellent alternative to study pile-soil interaction and piles response under lateral loading due to soil movement. This research presents published analytical results and case history modeled in a 2D finite element environment in the ca...

  5. Norwegian supply of goods and services to the British offshore sector

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    Representatives from ten Norwegian companies in the offshore supplies industry were interviewed to explore the opportunities and barriers they had experienced in their effort to enter the British offshore sector. The interviews revealed that there are mainly four reasons why British sector is regarded as a favorable market: British sector is a natural homemarket, buyers operate both on the British and the Norwegian sector, the British sector can be a ''door-opener'' to the rest of the English speaking world, and finally the British sector is a market of considerable size. The companies had mainly encountered three types of barriers: British culture/communication problems, heavy competition from British suppliers, and protectionism. The report is concluded by summarizing what we believe are the critical success factors for entering the British sector. Directions for further research are also given

  6. Nonlinear Behavior of Single Piles in Jacket Type Offshore Platforms Using Incremental Dynamic Analysis

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    Mohammad A. Assareh

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The operation for offshore oil has become an important issue in the recent years. Offshore platforms are some of those structures which are built to withstand environmental and accidental loads during oil exploitation operation. One of the most usual types of these platforms is the Jacket Type Offshore Platform (JTOP which can be divided into three important parts, which are Deck, Jacket and piles. In order to increase the safety, particular attention should be paid to earthquake excitations which are directly applied to the piles of these structures. Nonlinearity in piles and buckling of the struts are important issues which have to be considered by the designers of offshore platforms. The case of nonlinearity in piles and failure capture in these members has not effectively been covered by researchers. Incremental Dynamic Analysis (IDA is a powerful tool to assess the capacity of a structure upon seismic loads. In this paper incremental dynamic analysis has been implemented on single piles considering soil-pile interactions and free field site response. The use of nonlinear materials and lateral load resisting elements in the incremental dynamic analysis done in this paper has made it possible to get promising insights for incorporation of appropriate limit states and applications of performance based engineering. Special Engineering Demand Parameters (EDP and Intensity Measures (IM have been introduced for the single pile dynamic analysis in jacket type offshore platforms.

  7. Pile Spacing Optimization of Short Piled Raft Foundation System for Obtaining Minimum Settlement on Peat

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    Suro, S. M.; Bakar, I.; Sulaeman, A.

    2016-07-01

    Short Piled Raft is a modified piled raft foundation system, which represents combination between raft foundation and pile foundation, but the length of pile is relatively shorter. The basic concept of the Short Piled Raft foundation system considers the passive soil pressure creating a stiff condition of slab-pile system. This means that the thin concrete slab floats on the supporting soil, while the piles serve as stiffeners concrete slab and also to reduce settlement of the foundation. Slab to pile ratio of such system has been mentioned by several researchers, however the optimum pile spacing of stability performance for obtaining minimum settlement on peat haven't been clearly discussed. In this study, finite element method to simulate the stability performance related to settlement of Short Piled Raft foundation system was used. Short Piled Raft foundation system with concrete slab of 7.0 m x 7.0 m square was assumed to be built on peat with the thickness of 3.5 m. The material properties of pile and raft were constant. The outer diameter of galvanized steel pipe as pile was 0.30 m; raft thickness was considered to be constant of 0.15 m and the length of pile was 3.0 m, while the pile spacing varied from 0.50 to 3.00 m. Point load varied from 0 to 100 kN with increment of 20 kN was also considered as a static load, acted on the centre of the concrete slab. Optimization was done by comparing each numerical result of simulations, thus conclusion can easily be drawn. The optimum pile spacing was 1.00 m which produced minimum settlement of 30.11 mm under the load of 100 kN.

  8. Point resistance of piles in sand

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    Miura, Norihiko

    1983-01-01

    Mechanism of point resistance of pile in sand was investigated mainly from the viewpoint of the particle-crushing of sand at the pile tip. It is shown that the work dissipated in the particle-crushing of sand is as large as 66 percent of the total work done by the external force, hence the point resistance of a pile in sand greatly depends on the particle-crushing property of the sand. It is also shown that the relationship between point resistance and vertical pressure of a pile can be predi...

  9. Airborne sound propagation over sea during offshore wind farm piling.

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    Van Renterghem, T; Botteldooren, D; Dekoninck, L

    2014-02-01

    Offshore piling for wind farm construction has attracted a lot of attention in recent years due to the extremely high noise emission levels associated with such operations. While underwater noise levels were shown to be harmful for the marine biology, the propagation of airborne piling noise over sea has not been studied in detail before. In this study, detailed numerical calculations have been performed with the Green's Function Parabolic Equation (GFPE) method to estimate noise levels up to a distance of 10 km. Measured noise emission levels during piling of pinpiles for a jacket-foundation wind turbine were assessed and used together with combinations of the sea surface state and idealized vertical sound speed profiles (downwind sound propagation). Effective impedances were found and used to represent non-flat sea surfaces at low-wind sea states 2, 3, and 4. Calculations show that scattering by a rough sea surface, which decreases sound pressure levels, exceeds refractive effects, which increase sound pressure levels under downwind conditions. This suggests that the presence of wind, even when blowing downwind to potential receivers, is beneficial to increase the attenuation of piling sound over the sea. A fully flat sea surface therefore represents a worst-case scenario. PMID:25234870

  10. Influence of reaction piles on test pile response in a static load test

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    Qian-qing ZHANG; Shu-cai LI; Zhong-miao ZHANG

    2013-01-01

    This work presents a new analytical method to analyze the influence of reaction piles on the test pile response in a static load test.In our method,the interactive effect between soil and pile is simulated using independent springs and the shear displacement method is adopted to analyze the influence of reaction piles on test pile response.Moreover,the influence of the sheltering effect between reaction piles and test pile on the test pile response is taken into account.Two cases are analyzed to verify the rationality and efficiency of the present method.This method can be easily extended to a nonlinear response of an influenced test pile embedded in a multilayered soil,and the validity is also demonstrated using centrifuge model tests and a computer program presented in the literature.The present analyses indicate that the proposed method will lead to an underestimation of the test pile settlement in a static load test if the influence of the presence of reaction piles on the test pile response is neglected.

  11. Thermal behaviour and tritium management for in-pile testing of the pebble bed assemblies in the HFR in Petten

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    Four pebble-bed assemblies are to be irradiated in the HFR in Petten with the objective to study the thermo-mechanical behaviour of the breeder ceramic pebble beds during irradiation. The thermo-mechanical behaviour of the pebble bed assemblies was calculated in a 2D axi-symmetric model in MARC. In this approach there could not be accounted for the influence of thermocouple tubes on the temperature distribution in the assembly, because these are distributed in the assembly in a non axi-symmetric manner. The solution for this problem was to expand the model to a 3D model used for thermal computations only. For safety reasons the tritium production in the breeder and permeation through the first and second containment must be estimated before the in-pile experimentation begins. In order to do so, the calculated thermal distribution is used as input for the enhanced two-dimensional finite element model in MARC. Adaptations are made in the 2D model by adding the capability of performing mass flux calculations. This paper describes the finite element models used for computation of the temperature distribution and the tritium flux through the pebble bed assembly. The results of these calculations are critical for a safety assessment of the in-pile operation of the experiment and will give a better understanding of the in-pile behaviour on temperature and tritium management in advance. (orig.)

  12. In-Pile instrumentation development

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    A proper interpretation of data from advanced irradiations in research reactors requires the on-line monitoring of neutron fluxes, gamma dose rates, central fuel rod temperatures, fission gas release pressures, small geometry changes, etc. Our activities in this field aim at a thorough understanding of the sensors' behaviour under the irradiation conditions in order to extract reliable real-time information. The objectives of the work reported upon are On-line in-pile measurement of thermal and fast neutron fluxes and gamma heating rate and to study parasitic currents and voltages in instrumentation cables due to radiation and temperature effects

  13. Laboratory Model Test on Interaction of Pile-tip Soils and Pile-side Soils%灌注桩桩端与桩侧土体相互作用试验研究

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    王学知; 李亚东; 赵春风

    2012-01-01

    Based on the laboratory model experiment, according to the influence factors during the pile construction, the bearing condition of the pile-side soils and pile-tip soils is controlled by setting mire skin around the pile and asbestos at the bottom of pile. Then the influence regulation on the pile-tip bearing capacity and pile lateral friction is studied by the change of the condition of the pile-tip soils and pile-side soils respectively. By the experimental study, the commutative enhance mechanism is revealed.%基于室内模型桩试验方法,结合灌注桩施工工艺对桩侧与桩端土体造成的影响,通过在桩侧设置泥皮与在桩端铺设石棉毡的方法分别控制桩侧与桩端土体承载条件,考察桩侧土体性质变化对桩端阻力的影响规律以及桩端土体性质改变时桩侧摩阻力的变化特征,进而揭示灌注桩桩端与桩侧土体相互强化的规律.

  14. Experimentation with the prototype of the PEC control rod operating mechanism (PCROM): washing activities and results

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    Experimentation on prototypes of Pec components is presently being carried out at Casaccia Cre. This report shows the results of the first cycle of experimentation of the control rods operating mechanism prototype (Pcrom), concerning the aspects of sodium removal and the checks after experimentation. The activities carried out for the finalization of the washing procedure are also reported

  15. Pile-Reinforcement Behavior of Cohesive Soil Slopes: Numerical Modeling and Centrifuge Testing

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    Liping Wang; Ga Zhang

    2013-01-01

    Centrifuge model tests were conducted on pile-reinforced and unreinforced cohesive soil slopes to investigate the fundamental behavior and reinforcement mechanism. A finite element analysis model was established and confirmed to be effective in capturing the primary behavior of pile-reinforced slopes by comparing its predictions with experimental results. Thus, a comprehensive understanding of the stress-deformation response was obtained by combining the numerical and physical simulations. Th...

  16. Analysis of Sandia in-pile EOS experiments

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    Preliminary analysis has been carried out of the dynamic in-pile equation-of-state measurements for UO2, conducted at Sandia Laboratories, aimed at reducing the uncertainties in the effective UO2 enthalpy corresponding to the measured pressures. Of the remaining width of the p-H band of some 350 J/g, about 200 J/g originate in the uncertainties of the analytical modelling and about 150 J/g result from the scatter in the experimental data

  17. Experimental Results from Initial Operation of Plasma Injector 1

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    Howard, Stephen

    2010-11-01

    General Fusion has begun operation of its first full-scale plasma injector, designed to accelerate high density spheromak plasmas into the compression chamber of a proposed MTF reactor. The geometry of Plasma Injector 1 (PI-1) is that of a two stage coaxial Marshal gun with a conical converging accelerator electrodes, similar in shape to the MARAUDER device, while pulsed power is applied in the same configuration as the RACE device. PI-1 is 5 meters in length and 1.9 m in diameter at the expansion region where a high aspect ratio (4.4) spheromak is formed with a minimum lambda of 9 m-1. The acceleration/compression stage is 4 m long and tapers to a final outer diameter of 40 cm. PI-1 is now operating at 1 MJ of total capacitor power, which will be doubled again before it reaches its design parameters. Diagnostics include 3 interferometer chords, 21 magnetic probes (2 axis poloidal/toroidal), 13 fast photodiode chords, as well as one Thomson scattering chord, a visible light survey spectrometer, and a Langmuir triple probe. Electrode voltage and current are also monitored. So far spheromaks of poloidal flux exceeding 100 mWb have been formed in the expansion region, and spheromaks of 40-50 mWb have been formed and accelerated out the end of the accelerator into a flux conserving target chamber. Expansion region densities are typically ˜5 x10^14cm-3, while conditions in the target chamber have reached ne˜10^16cm-3, and lifetimes of 300 μs.

  18. Regressive approach for predicting bearing capacity of bored piles from cone penetration test data

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    Iyad S. Alkroosh

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the least square support vector machine (LSSVM algorithm was applied to predicting the bearing capacity of bored piles embedded in sand and mixed soils. Pile geometry and cone penetration test (CPT results were used as input variables for prediction of pile bearing capacity. The data used were collected from the existing literature and consisted of 50 case records. The application of LSSVM was carried out by dividing the data into three sets: a training set for learning the problem and obtaining a relationship between input variables and pile bearing capacity, and testing and validation sets for evaluation of the predictive and generalization ability of the obtained relationship. The predictions of pile bearing capacity by LSSVM were evaluated by comparing with experimental data and with those by traditional CPT-based methods and the gene expression programming (GEP model. It was found that the LSSVM performs well with coefficient of determination, mean, and standard deviation equivalent to 0.99, 1.03, and 0.08, respectively, for the testing set, and 1, 1.04, and 0.11, respectively, for the validation set. The low values of the calculated mean squared error and mean absolute error indicated that the LSSVM was accurate in predicting the pile bearing capacity. The results of comparison also showed that the proposed algorithm predicted the pile bearing capacity more accurately than the traditional methods including the GEP model.

  19. Postmortem analysis of sand grain crushing from pile interface using X-ray tomography

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    Silva, I. Matias; Combe, Gaeel; Foray, Pierre; Flin, Frederic; Lesaffre, Bernard [Universite de Grenoble, 3SR Lab, UMR 5521 Grenoble-INP, UJF-Grenoble 1, CNRS, Grenoble, France CEN, CNRM-GAME UMR 3589, Meteo France - CNRS, Grenoble (France)

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    Pile foundations of offshore platforms, wind and water turbines are typically subjected to a variety of cyclic loading paths due to their complex environment. While many studies focus on global pile behaviour, the soil-pile interface is explored here by a micromechanical study of the soil layer in contact with the pile surface. This work is devoted to the analysis of frozen post-mortem silica sand samples recovered at the pile interface following installation and cyclic loading tests in a calibration chamber using x-ray tomography. An experimental procedure developed for three dimensional (3D) snow imaging was adapted for the recovery of the in-situ sand samples to preserve their structure during tomography scans. 3D images at a pixel size of 7 {mu}m were then obtained using a cryogenic cell. Results confirm the presence of a shear band at the pile surface as well as void ratios changes in the direction of the pile's radius.

  20. Tension Tests On Bored Piles In Sand

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    Krabbenhøft, Sven; Clausen, Johan; Damkilde, Lars

    2006-01-01

    The lengths of the bored piles varied from 2 m to 6 m and all were of a diameter of 140 mm. The piles were tested to failure in tension and the load-displacement relations were recorded. The investigation has shown pronounced differences between the load bearing capacities obtained by different d...

  1. Steel Sheet Pile Walls in Soft Soil

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    Kort, D.A.

    2002-01-01

    For almost a century, steel sheet pile walls are applied worldwide as earth retaining structures for excavations and quay walls. Within the framework of the development of European structural codes for Civil Engineering works, the Eurocodes, Eurocode 3 Part 5 for design of steel sheet pile walls was

  2. Effect of pile-cap connection on behavior of torsionally loaded pile groups

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    Ling-gang KONG; Li-min ZHANG

    2008-01-01

    To evaluate the respouses of fixed and pinned pile groups under torsiun, a method is presented to analyze the nonlinear behavior of free-standing pile groups with rigid pile caps. The method is capable of simulating the nonlinear soil response in the near field usingp-y and τ-θ curves, the far-field interactions through Mindlin's and Randolph's elastic solutions, and the coupling effect of lateral resistance on torsional resistance of the individual piles using an empirical factor. Based on comparisons of the solutions for fixedand pinned-head, 1×2, 2×2, and 3×3 pile groups subjected to torsion, it was found that pile-cap connection significantly influences the torsional capacity of pile groups and the assignment of applied torques in the pile groups. In this study, the applied torques for the pinned-head pile groups are only 44%~64% of those for the corresponding fixed-head pile groups at a twist angle of 2°. Such a difference is mainly due to the change of the lateral resistances of individual piles in the groups.

  3. 17 January 2011 - British (Cambridge) Trustee of the London Science Museum Chair of the Management Committee of the Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences H. Covington in the LHCB underground experimental area with A. Schopper; signing the guest book with Director for Accelerators and Technology S. Myers; throughout accompanied by R. Veness.

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    17 January 2011 - British (Cambridge) Trustee of the London Science Museum Chair of the Management Committee of the Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences H. Covington in the LHCB underground experimental area with A. Schopper; signing the guest book with Director for Accelerators and Technology S. Myers; throughout accompanied by R. Veness.

  4. 3 February 2011 - British Members of the Science and Technology Committee (Commons)led by A. Miller MP signing the guest book with CERN Director for Accelerators and Technology S. Myers; in the ATLAS experimental cavern at LHC Point 1 with Spokesperson F. Gianotti and Deputy D. Charlton.

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    3 February 2011 - British Members of the Science and Technology Committee (Commons)led by A. Miller MP signing the guest book with CERN Director for Accelerators and Technology S. Myers; in the ATLAS experimental cavern at LHC Point 1 with Spokesperson F. Gianotti and Deputy D. Charlton.

  5. 1 October 2013 - British Minister of State for Trade and Investment Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint signing the guest book with Head of Internationals Relations R. Voss; visiting the LHC tunnel at Point 1 and the ATLAS experimental cavern with ATLAS Collaboration Members K. Behr and J. Catmore.

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    1 October 2013 - British Minister of State for Trade and Investment Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint signing the guest book with Head of Internationals Relations R. Voss; visiting the LHC tunnel at Point 1 and the ATLAS experimental cavern with ATLAS Collaboration Members K. Behr and J. Catmore.

  6. 24 January 2012 - British Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge Sir Leszek Borysiewicz signing the guest book with CERN Director-General, visiting ATLAS experimental area with Collaboration Deputy Spokesperson D. Charlton and Sm18 with engineer R. Veness.

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    Jean-Claude Gadmer

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    24 January 2012 - British Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge Sir Leszek Borysiewicz signing the guest book with CERN Director-General, visiting ATLAS experimental area with Collaboration Deputy Spokesperson D. Charlton and Sm18 with engineer R. Veness.

  7. A Study of Horizontal Displacement of Laterally Loaded Piles

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    Aram M. Raheem

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available  A theoretical approach is used to analyze single pile and pile in group under lateral loading using two programs. The first one used the finite element method for single pile depending on plain strain condition while the second one used the characteristic load method for pile in group. Horizontal displacement for pile in group is measured while both horizontal displacement and shear stress for single pile are measured. A comparison between the results of horizontal displacement for both single pile and pile in group with the actual practical values are produced and shows a good agreement.

  8. Model Tests of Pile Defect Detection

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    2001-01-01

    The pile, as an important foundation style, is being used in engineering practice. Defects of different types and damages of different degrees easily occur during the process of pile construction. So,dietecting defects of the pile is very important. As so far, there are some difficult problems in pile defect detection. Based on stress wave theory, some of these typical difficult problems were studied through model tests. The analyses of the test results are carried out and some significant results of the low-strain method are obtained, when a pile has a gradually-decreasing crosssection part, the amplitude of the reflective signal originating from the defect is dependent on the decreasing value of the rate of crosssection β. No apparent signal reflected from the necking appeares on the velocity response curve when the value of β is less than about 3.5 %.

  9. Characterization of Odorant Compounds from Mechanical Aerated Pile Composting and Static Aerated Pile Composting.

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    Kumari, Priyanka; Lee, Joonhee; Choi, Hong-Lim

    2016-04-01

    We studied airborne contaminants (airborne particulates and odorous compounds) emitted from compost facilities in South Korea. There are primarily two different types of composting systems operating in Korean farms, namely mechanical aerated pile composting (MAPC) and aerated static pile composting (SAPC). In this study, we analyzed various particulate matters (PM10, PM7, PM2.5, PM1, and total suspended particles), volatile organic compounds and ammonia, and correlated these airborne contaminants with microclimatic parameters, i.e., temperature and relative humidity. Most of the analyzed airborne particulates (PM7, PM2.5, and PM1) were detected in high concentration at SAPC facilities compered to MAPC; however these differences were statistically non-significant. Similarly, most of the odorants did not vary significantly between MAPC and SAPC facilities, except for dimethyl sulfide (DMS) and skatole. DMS concentrations were significantly higher in MAPC facilities, whereas skatole concentrations were significantly higher in SAPC facilities. The microclimate variables also did not vary significantly between MAPC and SAPC facilities, and did not correlate significantly with most of the airborne particles and odorous compounds, suggesting that microclimate variables did not influence their emission from compost facilities. These findings provide insight into the airborne contaminants that are emitted from compost facilities and the two different types of composting agitation systems. PMID:26949962

  10. Operation of an experimental thermonuclear fusion device from Tore Supra to ITER

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    The operation of a thermonuclear experimental reactor requires the simultaneous availability of a large number of basic sub- systems. One of the main goal of the operating staff is to maximize the time duration and the potential performances of the experimental campaigns. The implementation of availability indicators allows for both the optimization of the maintenance periods and the increase of reliability of the device. The data collected along the lifetime of the tokamak Tore Supra are feeding the international database which will be used to define the operation procedures of the next international thermonuclear experimental reactor ITER. (authors)

  11. Prevent and "British Values"

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    Kenny, Alex; Ghale, Baljeet

    2015-01-01

    At the recent National Union of Teachers' conference the role of the Prevent strategy and the introduction of "British Values" in the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills framework emerged as key issues for delegates. Two of the speeches made at the conference are presented here.

  12. Overview of release phenomenology in Phebus FP and comparison with out-of-pile experiments

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    An estimate of the fission-product (FP) releases from fuel under reactor accident conditions is a key input to a source-term calculation. Numerous out-of-pile FP release experimental programs have been conducted over the years, including HEVA/VERCORS (France), HI/VI (U.S.A), VEGA (Japan) and HCE/UCE/MCE (Canada). These out-of-pile experiments have led to a good understanding of the fundamental phenomena affecting FP releases under accident conditions. One of the main objectives of the Phebus FP in-pile experimental program is to measure FP releases from fuel under conditions representative of Light Water Reactor (LWR) severe accident sequences. This paper presents a summary of the out-of-pile experiments and the fundamental phenomena affecting FP release from fuel under accident conditions. Releases determined in the Phebus FP in-pile tests conducted to date agree well with the results of out-of-pile tests for most volatile fission products. The extent of cladding oxidation makes a difference, particularly to the release kinetics. Releases for certain less-volatile fission-product elements, such as Mo and Ba, also show qualitative agreement for most tests. (author)

  13. 3D finite element analysis on pile-soil interaction of passive pile group

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    ZHAO Ming-hua; LIU Dun-ping; ZHANG Ling; JIANG Chong

    2008-01-01

    The interaction between pile and soft soil of the passive pile group subjected to soil movement was analyzed with three-dimensional finite element model by using ANSYS software. The soil was assumed to be elastic-plastic complying with the Drucker-Prager yield criterion in the analysis. The large displacement of soil was considered and contact elements were used to evaluate the interaction between pile and soil. The influences of soil depth of layer and number of piles on the lateral pressure of the pile were investigated, and the lateral pressure distributions on the (2×1) pile group and on the (2×2) pile group were compared. The results show that the adjacent surcharge may result in significant lateral movement of the soft soil and cousiderable pressure on the pile. The pressure acting on the row near the surcharge is higher than that on the other row, due to the "barrier" and arching effects in pile groups. The passive load and its distribution should be taken into account in the design of the passive piles.

  14. Safety aspects of the operation experience with the AVR experimental power station

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    The AVR experimental power station supplied electricity into the public grid since the end of 1967. During that operating time safety behaviour has been observed and tested. Some results are given in the paper

  15. In-pile loop experiments in water chemistry and corrosion

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    Methods and techniques used were as follows: (a) Method of polarizing resistance for remote monitoring of instantaneous rate of uniform corrosion. (b) Out-of-pile loop at the temperature 350 degC, pressure 19 MPa, circulation 20 kgs/h, testing time 1000 h. (c) High temperature electromagnetic filter with classical solenoid and ball matrix for high pressure filtration tests. (d) High pressure and high temperature in-pile water loop with coolant flow rate 10 000 kgs/h, neutron flux in active channel 7x1013 n/cm2.s, 16 MPa, 330 degC. (e) Evaluation of experimental results by chemical and radiochemical analysis of coolant, corrosion products and corrosion layer on surface. The results of measurements carried out in loop facilities can be summarized into the following conclusions: (a) In-pile and out-of-pile loops are suitable means of investigating corrosion processes and mass transport in the nuclear power plant primary circuit. (b) In studying transport phenomena in the loop, it is necessary to consider the differences in geometry of the loop and the primary circuit, mainly the ratio of irradiated and non-irradiated surfaces and volumes. (c) In the experimental facility simulating the WWER-type nuclear power plant primary circuit, solid suspended particles of a chemical composition corresponding most frequently to magnetite or nickel ferrite, though with non-stoichiometric composition Mex2+Fe3-x3+O4, were found. (d) Continuous filtration of water by means of an electromagnetic filter removing large particles of corrosion products leads to a decrease in radioactivity of the outer epitactic layer only. The effect of filtration on the inner topotactic layer is negligible

  16. 6 June 2012 - British Member of Parliament for Bromsgrove Parliamentary Private Secretary to George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer S. Javid MP signing the guest book with Adviser E. Tsesmelis and visiting the LHC superconducting magnet test hall with Beams Department Head P. Collier, Head of Operations M. Lamont and Adviser E. Tsesmelis.

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    6 June 2012 - British Member of Parliament for Bromsgrove Parliamentary Private Secretary to George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer S. Javid MP signing the guest book with Adviser E. Tsesmelis and visiting the LHC superconducting magnet test hall with Beams Department Head P. Collier, Head of Operations M. Lamont and Adviser E. Tsesmelis.

  17. Migrant labour, racism and the British National Health Service.

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    Kyriakides, Christopher; Virdee, Satnam

    2003-11-01

    This study explores the dynamics of racism, specifically its generation and reproduction as an ideology, and its role in affecting the reception and occupational location of migrant medical labour in Britain. It is argued that the treatment of 'overseas doctors' in Britain draws on a complex interplay between racism and nationalism underpinned by the historical construction of 'welfarism' as a moral legitimator of 'Britishness'. Through an exploration of internal and external immigration controls introduced with the aim of regulating migrant labour, we demonstrate how British social policy and elite discourses of 'race' combine to construct moral prescriptions of threat such that migrants and British-born 'non-whites' entering the British medical profession are forced to negotiate 'saviour/pariah' ascriptions indicative of discriminatory but contradictory processes specific to the operation of the British National Health Service as a normative institution. PMID:14660122

  18. Analysis of effect of different construction methods of piles on the end effect on skin friction of piles

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    ZHOU Hongbo; CHEN Zhuchang

    2007-01-01

    Based on the comparative analysis of end effect on skin friction of displacement-pile (driven pile),the end effect on skin friction of bored pile is studied.The end effect on skin friction between driven pile and bored pile is different and the end effect on skin friction of bored pile is reduce of skin friction in the soil layer adjacent to the pile end.The degradation degree of skin friction is deduced with the increase of the distance from pile end.The concept of additional mud cake formed by the effect of cushion at the bottom of borehole during pouring concrete is introduced to explain the mechanism of end effect on skin friction of the bored pile.The test results of post-grouting piles indicate that the post-grouting technique is an effective way to improve the end effect on skin friction of bored pile.

  19. Regional scale selenium loading associated with surface coal mining, Elk Valley, British Columbia, Canada.

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    Wellen, Christopher C; Shatilla, Nadine J; Carey, Sean K

    2015-11-01

    Selenium (Se) concentrations in surface water downstream of surface mining operations have been reported at levels in excess of water quality guidelines for the protection of wildlife. Previous research in surface mining environments has focused on downstream water quality impacts, yet little is known about the fundamental controls on Se loading. This study investigated the relationship between mining practices, stream flows and Se concentrations using a SPAtially Referenced Regression On Watershed attributes (SPARROW) model. This work is part of a R&D program examining the influence of surface coal mining on hydrological and water quality responses in the Elk Valley, British Columbia, Canada, aimed at informing effective management responses. Results indicate that waste rock volume, a product of mining activity, accounted for roughly 80% of the Se load from the Elk Valley, while background sources accounted for roughly 13%. Wet years were characterized by more than twice the Se load of dry years. A number of variables regarding placement of waste rock within the catchments, length of buried streams, and the construction of rock drains did not significantly influence the Se load. The age of the waste rock, the proportion of waste rock surface reclaimed, and the ratio of waste rock pile side area to top area all varied inversely with the Se load from watersheds containing waste rock. These results suggest operational practices that are likely to reduce the release of Se to surface waters. PMID:26136156

  20. Study and modelling of the in-pile densification of the UO{sub 2} and MO{sub x} nuclear oxides; Etude et modelisation de la densification en pile des oxydes nucleaires UO{sub 2} et MO{sub x}

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    Boulore, A

    2001-03-01

    Amongst the many phenomena which take place in the course of the irradiation of UO{sub 2} or (U, Pu)O{sub 2} nuclear fuels, one of them involves the elimination of a fraction of the as-fabricated porosity. In-pile densification or sintering can reach 2.5%, i.e. approximately half the initial volume of pores is likely to disappear. Our literature survey indicates that the amplitude and kinetics of the phenomenon are both heavily dependent on the initial fuel microstructure. Micro-structural characterisation techniques of oxide fuels have therefore been developed in conjunction with quantitative image analysis methods. The ensuing methodology enables a quantitative comparison of micro-structural features in different fuels and has been applied to ascertaining the influence of the local fission rate and temperature on in-pile densification. It is thus revealed that in-pile operation eliminates a significant fraction of pores smaller than 3 microns in diameter. The experimental data generated has been used to set up a semi-empirical and a mechanistic model. The former is based on experimental results and is not essentially predictive. The inability of this model to predict the in-pile densification of oxide fuels is illustrated by the fact that the maximum fraction of pores that disappears is proportional to an empirical function of fission rate, and temperature. The proportionality factor appears to be difficult to correlate quantitatively to any given micro-structural feature. The model has however been applied to the interpretation of an in-pile densification experiment carried out in the Halden reactor (Norway). The latter model is mechanistic, i.e. it is based on the solution to a set of equations that describe the coupled temperature and radiation induced phenomena which occur in-pile. These can broadly be broken down into three categories: the fission fragment-pore interaction, the creation of point defects as the fission fragments slow down, and the diffusion

  1. British Columbia Utilities Commission 2000 annual report

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    The main responsibility of the British Columbia Utilities Commission is to regulate the energy utilities under its jurisdiction to ensure that energy rates are fair and that utility operators in the province provide safe, adequate and secure service to their customers. The Commission also approves the construction of new facilities planned by utilities. In addition, it participates in the review of utility and energy projects under the Environmental Assessment Act. This report notes that the most significant development in 2000 was the sharp increase in the continental market price for natural gas, and in the winter spot price spikes in the west from southern British Columbia to California. As a result, the Commission had to approve large rate increases for BC gas customers. These high prices had a marked impact on cost of living and operating costs. In British Columbia, electricity rates are based on the cost of generation, transmission and distribution. Electricity rates have been, and will continue to be frozen for B.C. Hydro customers until October 2001. The Commission has instituted transmission access principles and tariffs for B.C. Hydro and West Kootenay Power to make it possible for these utilities to participate in regional electricity markets. The report also noted that the movement toward increased competition and deregulation of electricity markets in British Columbia has lost momentum, given the experiences in California and Alberta. tabs., figs

  2. The power of British Energy

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    When the power industry in Britain was privatized, British Energy plc (BE), whose head office is in Edingburgh, Scotland, was founded in July 1996. It is the only power utility in the world exclusively operating nuclear power stations. Operative business has remained the responsibility of the two regional supply companies, Nuclear Electric (NE) and Scottish Nuclear (SN) which, in addition to the modern PWR nuclear generating unit of Sizewell B, have included in the new holding company their advanced gas-cooled and gas-moderated reactor (AGR) units. The older gas-graphite reactor (GGR) plants were combined in the new Magnox Electric plc, Berkeley; at some later date, this company is to be merged with another nuclear power plant operator, British Nuclear Fuels plc (BNFL). Sizewell B, which was commissioned in 1995, is the last nuclear generating unit to be started up in the United Kingdom, for the time being. In times of low raw material prices and the need for a quick return on invested capital, BE is reluctant to run the risk associated with tying up capital for a long time. Instead, the company has backfitted its plants so that the production of electricity from nuclear power in Britain in 1996 of 92,476 GWh was increased by almost 10% over the 1995 level of 84,174 GWh. In addition to modernization and rationalization at home, BE together with Sizewell B vendor Westinghouse is engaged worldwide in the development and commercialization of future advanced reactors. This ensures that the know-how accumulated will be preserved and will be available for new nuclear power plants to be built in Britain in the next century. (orig.)

  3. Test Setup for Axially Loaded Piles in Sand

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    Thomassen, Kristina

    The test setup for testing axially static and cyclic loaded piles in sand is described in the following. The purpose for the tests is to examine the tensile capacity of axially loaded piles in dense fully saturated sand. The pile dimensions are chosen to resemble full scale dimension of piles used...

  4. Numerical Analysis of Piles in Layered Soils: A Parametric Study

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    Ravi Kumar Reddy C

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, numerical analysis of a pile-soil interaction problem is presented considering the parameters influencing the axial load-deformation behavior of the pile embedded in a layered soil medium. The analysis is demonstrated with parametric solutions of a pile with underlain model soil strata under the axial force. An attempt is made to ascertain the extent of influence of elastic properties of the pile, geometry of the pile, end conditions of the pile and the elastic properties of the underlain soil strata on the response of the piles under axial loads lying in a model soil layers in terms of the settlement of the pile and the internal deformation of the pile. The study revealed that the increase in modulus of elasticity of pile improves the settlement resistance of the pile, increase in the ratio of cross sectional dimensions causes decrease in the top deformations of the pile, the settlement of the pile reduced to a great extent when the cross section of the pile adopted is non circular instead of circular and increase in the elastic modulii of top and bottom layers of soil has decreased the settlement of the pile to a great extent, but elastic modulus of soil layers other than top and bottom has got negligible influence on the settlement of the pile.

  5. Experimental operation of the RA reactor with 4 fuel channels containing 80% enriched dispersion fuel - Operational Report

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    Start of utilization of the new 80% enriched dispersion nuclear fuel is underway in the RA reactor core. Both economic and technical analyses were in favor of introducing the new fuel elements gradually into the RA reactor core. Thus overall theoretical and experimental analyses as well as other preparations are directed to transition regime based on gradual introducing of new fuel into the core, i.e. reactor core with two types of fuel. The objective of these analyses and preparation is establishment of conditions for safe reactor operation during transition period. The analyses and preparations are almost completed. The experimental data about fuel burnup during a time period of operation at nominal power i.e. daily decrease of excess reactivity is missing. This data is needed for planning the refueling (quantity of fresh fuel and frequency of refueling) during the transient period. This data can be obtained only by normal operation of the reactor during a period of time significantly longer than the period of attaining equilibrium poisoning, as time between two D2O condensate overflows into the RA reactor core. Thus a ten day experimental campaign was planned to be done in December 1976. This report presents the most important results of safety analyses and preparation which show that, during this experimental period, the reactor operation is absolutely safe taking into account the most important parameters influencing reactor safety, as reactivity, thermal and temperature limits for fuel and the reactor, etc. Data to be obtained during this experimental campaign are significant because they would enable definition of future supply of fresh fuel during the transition period

  6. Pegase: safety studies - experimental study of burn-out risks in transient operation

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    An experiment out-of-pile experimental set up is proposed simulating the breakage of a pipe supplying the core of the reactor Pegase. The two fast phenomena, depressurization of the vessel and flow reversal, are reproduced. The aluminium heating channel has the same shape as that of the reactor channel but has twice the heat capacity. The starting conditions are V= 4.50 and 6 m/sec., TE = 50 and 60 degrees C and PE = 4 bars. The results show that the critical flux PHIC varies with the flow-rate from 45 to 60 W/cm2 in the case where there is no power reduction. For fluxes of 90 W/cm2 the results lead to the conclusion that the hot channel attains a state of burn-out after 0.1 sec. and that its temperature reaches 500 C in 0.8 sec. The hydrodynamic conditions in the channels after the accident involve periodic expulsion (0.2 to 0.5 sec.), characteristic of boiling at low pressure. A study of the steady state flow redistribution through a by-pass has given flux redistribution PHIR of 190 W/cm2 for a flow rate of 4.5 m/sec. at 50 and of 175 W/cm2 at 60 C. These values increase which has to be made between the critical flux PHIC during the periodic expulsion conditions and the flux redistribution PHIR during the steady state, has been shown. (author)

  7. American and British English

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    袁波

    2004-01-01

    @@ The difficulty for the nonnative learner of English is there is no standard English form. He is confronted(面对) with two English dialects (方言) to learn: British English and American English (leaving aside Australian,Indian, South African English ete.) And despite the many cross-cultural influences, it seems that the vocabularies, spellings and pronunciations of these two dialects are diverging year by year.

  8. INTERACTION BETWEEN LONG PILES AND THE SOIL BODY AS PART OF THE SLAB-PILE FOUNDATION

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    Ter-Martirosyan ZavenGrigorevich; Trinh Tuan Viet

    2012-01-01

    The paper provides a definition of and a solution to the problems of interaction between long piles and the soil body as part of the slab-pile foundation with the due account for the interval between the piles, the length of piles and their correlations, as well as the nonlinear properties of soil identified by analytical and numerical methods through the application of Plaxis-2d software. It is proven that the above properties produce a substantial impact onto the stress-strain state of s...

  9. Modelling the dynamic pile-soil-pile interaction in a multi-layered half-space

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    Hamad, Waleed; Ntotsios, Evangelos; Hunt, Hugh; Hussein, M.F.M.; Thompson, D. J.; Talbot, James

    2015-01-01

    Within the context of railway ground-borne vibration, the dynamic pile-soil-pile interaction remains an area that has not been sufficiently investigated. Whilest a number of researchers have scrutinised the vibration response of piled-foundations, their approaches exhibit a compromise between computation time and solution accuracy. In this paper, two models of piled-foundations in a multi-layered half-space are presented; one is an efficient semi-analytical model and another is a fully-couple...

  10. The Phebus fission products in pile test programme

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    The need for quantifying the radioactive materials escaping from an LWR Nuclear Power Plant following a melt-down accident has arisen relatively late in the nuclear reactor technology development process. The TMI-2 accident in 1979 and the Chernobyl accident in 1986 have confirmed the importance of a good knowledge of phenomena which take place in a plant undergoing extreme accident conditions. After an extensive resarch effort which has involved the major nuclear countries for several years, we are now at the stage where a selective and converging attitude should be taken towards the wide range of problems underlying severe accidents. Selective, because we must understand what is important and what could be neglected. Converging, because we must arrive at a consensus at international level on the methods to treat these problems and a common understanding of the main scientific phenomena and the models to correctly represent them. After a large amount of separate effects tests and semi-integral in-pile and out-of-pile experiments, the Phebus FP project is being started as an experimental effort to quantify the relative importance of complicated processes and to give an insight into the interconnection of various mechanisms. The overall objective of this programme is to provide a qualified data base of integral in-pile experiments to validate codes dealing with FP transport in reactor core, primary cooling system and containment. This paper describes mainly the motivations and objectives of the Phebus PF programme

  11. Postmortem analysis of sand grain crushing from pile interface using X-ray tomography

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    Pile foundations of offshore platforms, wind and water turbines are typically subjected to a variety of cyclic loading paths due to their complex environment. While many studies focus on global pile behaviour, the soil-pile interface is explored here by a micromechanical study of the soil layer in contact with the pile surface. This work is devoted to the analysis of frozen post-mortem silica sand samples recovered at the pile interface following installation and cyclic loading tests in a calibration chamber using x-ray tomography. An experimental procedure developed for three dimensional (3D) snow imaging was adapted for the recovery of the in-situ sand samples to preserve their structure during tomography scans. 3D images at a pixel size of 7 μm were then obtained using a cryogenic cell. Results confirm the presence of a shear band at the pile surface as well as void ratios changes in the direction of the pile’s radius.

  12. Static nonlinear analysis of piles cap based on the Continuum Damage Mechanics

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    Luiz Antonio Farani de Souza

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The piles cap is an important structural element whose function is to transfer the actions of the superstructure for a group of piles. The visual inspection of the piles cap behavior under service conditions is not possible and, in addition, the knowledge of its actual structural performance is a vital necessity for the constructions overall stability. In this paper, a two-dimensional nonlinear analysis is carried out, by means of Finite Element Method, of a reinforced concrete pile caps with two piles found in the literature. It adopts for the material concrete a constitutive model based on the Continuum Damage Mechanics, with the possibility to provide a tensile and compression differentiated behavior. The steel is described by an elastoplastic bilinear model. The equilibrium path is achieved by Arc Length iteration technique in association with the Newton - Raphson Method. The numerical results obtained with the developed computational code are compared with the available experimental and numerical results and the analytical solution, and have the objective of evaluate the potential of the proposed modeling as an investigation numerical tool to determine the rupture force and the damage distribution in the piles cap.

  13. Local Scour Around Piles Under Wave Action

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    陈国平; 左其华; 黄海龙

    2004-01-01

    The model tests are performed with regular waves, and the effect of wave height, wave period, water depth, scdiment size and pile diameter is evaluated. The shape and size of local scour around piles are studied. There are three typical scour patterns due to wave action. It is found that a relationship exists between the erosion depth and the wave number. An empirical formula of the maximum local scour is thus derived.

  14. Pulse pile-up. I: Short pulses

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    The search for rare large pulses against an intense background of smaller ones involves consideration of pulse pile-up. Approximate methods are presented, based on ruin theory, by which the probability of such pile-up may be estimated for pulses of arbitrary form and of arbitrary pulse-height distribution. These methods are checked against cases for which exact solutions are available. The present paper is concerned chiefly with short pulses of finite total duration. (Author) (5 refs., 24 figs.)

  15. Grouting of uranium mill tailings piles

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    A program of remedial action was initiated for a number of inactive uranium mill tailings piles. These piles result from mining and processing of uranium ores to meet the nation's defense and nuclear power needs and represent a potential hazard to health and the environment. Possible remedial actions include the application of covers to reduce radon emissions and airborne transport of the tailings, liners to prevent groundwater contamination by leachates from the piles, physical or chemical stabilization of the tailings, or moving the piles to remote locations. Conventional installation of liners would require excavation of the piles to emplace the liner; however, utilization of grouting techniques, such as those used in civil engineering to stabilize soils, might be a potential method of producing a liner without excavation. Laboratory studies on groutability of uranium mill tailings were conducted using samples from three abandoned piles and employing a number of particulate and chemical grouts. These studies indicate that it is possible to alter the permeability of the tailings from ambient values of 10-3 cm/s to values approaching 10-7 cm/s using silicate grouts and to 10-8 cm/s using acrylamide and acrylate grouts. An evaluation of grouting techniques, equipment required, and costs associated with grouting were also conducted and are presented. 10 references, 1 table

  16. Bracing system of the reflecting sheets making up an insulating pile

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    In order to reduce heat and radiation losses, the body of nuclear reactors and the connected pipe work are encased in reflecting and insulating piles of thin spaced sheets of aluminium or stainless steel. These spaced sheets are then encased in thicker and more solid internal and external shells. The piles and shells are generally shaped to follow the contour of the reactor and connected piping. It is therefore necessary to have available a study bracing system to keep the pile intact during the various handling and assembly operations. The fastening system must also exert an effect on the edge of the pile to prevent the sheets making it up from shifting in relation to each other. The description is given of a fastening system that includes an oblong section to be fitted along the edges of the piles up sheets; bracing substantially perpendicular to the oblong section, to space the sheets of the stack in pairs; and a maintaining system, normally perpendicular to the oblong section, to enable the fastener to be clipped to the edge of the sheets by bending it around the edge of each sheet of the pile

  17. Noise reduction by the application of an air-bubble curtain in offshore pile driving

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    Tsouvalas, A.; Metrikine, A. V.

    2016-06-01

    Underwater noise pollution is a by-product of marine industrial operations. In particular, the noise generated when a foundation pile is driven into the soil with an impact hammer is considered to be harmful for the aquatic species. In an attempt to reduce the ecological footprint, several noise mitigation techniques have been investigated. Among the various solutions proposed, the air-bubble curtain is often applied due to its efficacy in noise reduction. In this paper, a model is proposed for the investigation of the sound reduction during marine piling when an air-bubble curtain is placed around the pile. The model consists of the pile, the surrounding water and soil media, and the air-bubble curtain which is positioned at a certain distance from the pile surface. The solution approach is semi-analytical and is based on the dynamic sub-structuring technique and the modal decomposition method. Two main results of the paper can be distinguished. First, a new model is proposed that can be used for predictions of the noise levels in a computationally efficient manner. Second, an analysis is presented of the principal mechanisms that are responsible for the noise reduction due to the application of the air-bubble curtain in marine piling. The understanding of these mechanisms turns to be crucial for the exploitation of the maximum efficiency of the system. It is shown that the principal mechanism of noise reduction depends strongly on the frequency content of the radiated sound and the characteristics of the bubbly medium. For piles of large diameter which radiate most of the acoustic energy at relatively low frequencies, the noise reduction is mainly attributed to the mismatch of the acoustic impedances between the seawater and the bubbly layer. On the contrary, for smaller piles and when the radiated acoustic energy is concentrated at frequencies close to, or higher than, the resonance frequency of the air bubbles, the sound absorption within the bubbly layer

  18. Experimental study on burying technology of fiber grating Sensor system in driven pile%光纤光栅传感系统在打入桩中的埋设工艺试验研究

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    冯春; 李世海; 刘天苹; 许利凯; 王观石; 谷雨雷

    2009-01-01

    According to test status of fiber Bragg grating( FBG) sensor system applied to a concrete piles project, the anti-hitting performance of the sensor system is evaluated. Due to experiments, the flange joints and nearby regions are mostly prone to damage,the data connecting cables are also easy to breakage,while the FBG sensors are the most difficult to destroy. According to results of experiment, the corresponding protection measures are adopted. The glue-felt, plastic pipe and twine are used to protect the FBG sensor system, and the effect of the protection approach is approved by the experiment.%根据光纤Bragg光栅(FBG)传感系统应用于某工程混凝土管桩测试的现状,对该传感系统的抗击打性能进行了试验评价,发现法兰盘接头和附近的区域最易发生破坏,数据连接线也易损坏,而FBG传感器最不易破坏.根据以上试验结果,提出了相应的减振措施,采用粘扣、塑料管、麻绳等手段进行保护,并通过试验验证了此种保护措施的减振效果.

  19. Dynamic Instability of Pile-Supported Structures in Liquefiable Soils during Earthquakes

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Piles are long slender columns installed deep into the ground to support heavy structures such as oil platforms, bridges, and tall buildings where the ground is not strong enough to support the structure on its own. In seismic prone zones, in the areas of soft soils (loose to medium dense soil which liquefies like a quick sand piles are routinely used to support structures (buildings/ bridges. The pile and the building vibrate, and often collapse, in liquefiable soils during major earthquakes. In this paper an experimental and analytical approach is taken to characterize this vibration. The emphasis has been given to the dynamic instability of piled foundations in liquefied soil. The first natural frequency of a piled-structure vibrating in liquefiable soil is obtained from centrifuge tests. The experimental system is modelled using a fixed-free Euler-Bernoulli beam resting against an elastic support with axial load and tip mass with rotary inertia. Natural frequencies obtained from the analytical method are compared with experimental results. It was observed that the effective natural frequency of the system can reduce significantly during an earthquake.

  20. Experimental evaluation of an operator decision aid system for BWR power plants

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    An experiment was carried out to evaluate the effectiveness of an integrated operator decision aid (IODA) system for boiling water reactor (BWR) power plants. The IODA was developed to enhance the operating safety, reliability and quality of plants. It assists an operator's monitoring and diagnostic capabilities under adverse plant situations using computers and color CRT display devices. Three functions - a standby systems management system (SSMS), a disturbance analysis system (DAS), and a post-trip operational guidance (PTOG) system - have been developed as aids corresponding to the operator's various roles in the safe operation of a nuclear power plant. These functions were designed with full consideration of the operator's problem-solving process, and they have been integrated into a comprehensive IODA system for abnormal BWR power plant conditions. To ensure the applicability of the test results to real-life situations, emphasis was placed on establishing realistic test conditions - including a fully equipped experimental control room, a full-scope plant simulator, participation of experienced operating crews, and well-designed test transient scenarios. Experimental data were collected by means of computers and audio-visual devices, and were processed and summarized to facilitate analysis. Qualitative analysis of the test results was performed with emphasis on the decision-making process of an operator. The analysis points to the utility of the IODA as an operator aid, especially in diagnosing adverse plant situations and in formulating strategies for countermeasures. (orig.)

  1. A nestbox trial for British marsh tits Poecile palustris

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    Broughton, Richard K.; Hinsley, Shelley A.

    2014-01-01

    Two experimental nestbox trials were attempted, which aimed to maximise uptake by Marsh Tits in British woodland. Nestboxes which more closely approximated the dimensions of natural cavities were used more frequently than standard nestboxes, but the overall uptake was low. We conclude that nestboxes are an inefficient method of monitoring Marsh Tits, at least in the British context, and researchers should concentrate efforts on locating and monitoring natural nest sites.

  2. Monitoring natural sequestration of carbon dioxide into chrysotile milling waste piles

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    Lemieux, J.; Beaudoin, G.; Pronost, J.; Constantin, M.; Duchesne, J.; Hebert, R.; Larachi, F.; Maldague, X.; Molson, J. W.; Tremblay, J.

    2010-12-01

    Chrysotile milling waste piles are naturally, passively and permanently stripping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by mineral carbonation reactions at the surface and within the piles. Serpentines react with CO2 and water to yield hydrated magnesium carbonates. The reaction is exothermic and warm air vents capable of melting snow have been discovered at the upper surface of a chrysotile milling waste pile holding 130 Mt of serpentinized ultramafic rocks, accumulated since 1953, at the Black Lake mine, Québec, Canada. The warm air vents are otherwise inconspicuous at the surface of the milling waste piles. The warm air vent temperatures ranged from 7.0 to 18.5 °C from March 2009 to July 2010, as measured with a thermocouple placed in the venting area identified by infrared photography. During this time, the temperature of ambient air ranged from -13.4 to 10 °C. Measurements of CO2 concentration using a Li-Cor Li-8100 equipped with a 10-cm survey chamber yielded values as low as 10 ppm CO2 during winter 2010, which is much lower than measured atmospheric CO2, which is about 390 ppm. In order to better understand the reaction, laboratory experiments and field work are being conducted. Preliminary laboratory experiments have shown that the reaction is relatively fast and is depending strongly on humidity and CO2 supply. An experimental small-scale pile was also constructed in which the temperature, volumetric water content, gas pressure and gas composition are monitored at different depth along a cross section. The pile is 2 m high with a surface of about 100 m2 and made of fresh milling wastes. Infiltration within the pile is monitored as well as water composition running out of the pile. The observation of the carbonatation reaction in this experimental milling pile is expected to provide invaluable insights about the natural reaction taking place in the full-scale piles and may provide an estimate of captured CO2 since their construction.

  3. Theoretical and Experimental Impact Analysis of Decision Support Systems for Advanced MCR Operators

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    Human error is recognized as one of the main causes of nuclear power plant (NPP) accidents, and there have been efforts to reduce and prevent human errors by developing various operator support systems. Before adapting these support systems to actual NPPs, it is necessary to validate their reliability and to evaluate their effect on operator performance. Particularly for safety-critical systems such as NPPs, the validation and evaluation of support systems is as important as the design of good systems. Such evaluations may be carried out through a theoretical modelling or experimentation. The objective of this study is to investigate the effects of decision support systems on operator performance by both theoretical and experimental methods. The target system is an integrated decision support system including four decision support sub-systems. In the results of both the theoretical and experimental evaluations, the decision support systems revealed positive effects, and several trends were observed. (authors)

  4. Comprehensive Monitoring of Wildlife Mortality on British Columbia Highways Using the WARS System (1978 to 2005)

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    Sielecki, Leonard E.

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    The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation (BCMoT) has been operating its Wildlife Accident Reporting System (WARS) for almost three decades. Detailed information on motor vehicle-related wildlife mortality is systematically collected on a daily basis on major highways throughout British Columbia. Since its inception, WARS has become an increasingly valuable tool for highway planning and operational purposes. With WARS, BCMoT is able to support the British Columbia Government’s commitmen...

  5. Pile foundation of nuclear power plant structures

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    The subject of pile foundation used for nuclear power plant structures, considering the experience gained by the designers of the Angra Nuclear Power Plant, Units 2 and 3 in Brazil is dealt with. The general concept of the pile foundations, including types and execution of the piles, is described briefly. Then the two basic models, i.e. the static model and the dynamic one, used in the design are shown, and the pertinent design assumptions as related to the Angra project are mentioned. The criteria which established the loading capacity of the piles are discussed and the geological conditions of the Angra site are also explained briefly, justifying the reasons why pile foundations are necessary in this project. After that, the design procedures and particularly the tools - i.e. the computer programs - are described. It is noted that the relatively simple but always time consuming job of loading determination calculations can be computerized too, as it was done on this project through the computer program SEASA. The interesting aspects of soil/structure interaction, applicable to static models, are covered in detail, showing the theoretical base wich was used in the program PILMAT. Then the advantage resulting from computerizing of the job of pile reinforcement design are mentioned, describing briefly the jobs done by the two special programs PILDES and PILTAB. The point is stressed that the effort computerizing the structural design of this project was not so much due to the required accuracy of the calculations, but mainly due to the need to save on the design time, as to allow to perform the design task within the relatively tight time schedule. A conclusion can be drawn that design of pile foundations for nuclear power plant structures is a more complex task than the design of bearing type of foundation for the same structures, but that the task can be always made easier when the design process can be computerized. (Author)

  6. The Effect of the Propeller Jet on Pile Groups

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    Kubilay Cihan

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this study is to determine the effect of jet propeller on the damage of berthing structures combined of armoured slope with pile groups. For this purpose, scour measurements were performed for four types berthing structures, which were armoured slope with tandem arrangements of piles for two and three piles and with side by side arrangements of piles for two and three piles. The effect of gap between piles on damage was investigated. The damage level induced by propeller jet between piles was determined. The gaps were 1, 2, 3, and 4 times the pile diameter. Three different values of Rpm (690, 820, and 950) were chosen for the tests. The diameter of circular piles is 40 mm. The slope ratio was 1/3 and the diameter of propeller was 10 cm.

  7. Simulation in an experimental reactor of a load follow and a remote control operation

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    In order to confirm fuel reliability for operation in daily load follow and remote control, a simulation of this kind of operation was carried out in a CEA experimental reactor containing twelve 17x17 assemblies. The manner with which this simulation has been defined on the basis of operation data on a power reactor and its implementation is presented. Load variations corresponded to a cycle consisting of a decrease in ower, a plateau at reduced power and a power escalation to full rated power. The definition of the irradiation conditions in the experimental reactor was based on the same power requirements as those obtained in a 900 MWe reactor operating under load follow and remote control

  8. Attempt of automated space network operations at ETS-VI experimental data relay system

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    Ishihara, Kiyoomi; Sugawara, Masayuki

    1994-01-01

    National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) is to perform experimental operations to acquire necessary technology for the future inter-satellite communications configured with a data relay satellite. This paper intends to overview functions of the experimental ground system which NASDA has developed for the Engineering Test Satellite VI (ETS-VI) Data Relay and Tracking Experiment, and to introduce Space Network System Operations Procedure (SNSOP) method with an example of Ka-band Single Access (KSA) acquisition sequence. To reduce operational load, SNSOP is developed with the concept of automated control and monitor of both ground terminal and data relay satellite. To perform acquisition and tracking operations fluently, the information exchange with user spacecraft controllers is automated by SNSOP functions.

  9. Operational experience with synchrotron light interferometers for CEBAF experimental beam lines

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    Pavel Chevtsov

    2006-10-24

    Beam size and energy spread monitoring systems based on Synchrotron Light Interferometers (SLI) have been in operations at Jefferson Lab for several years. A non-invasive nature and a very high (a few mm) resolution of SLI make these instruments valuable beam diagnostic tools for the CEBAF accelerator. This presentation describes the evolution of the Synchrotron Light Interferometer at Jefferson Lab and highlights our extensive experience in the installation and operation of the SLI for CEBAF experimental beam lines.

  10. Preliminary design of steam reformer in out-pile demonstration test facility for HTTR heat utilization system

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    One of the key objectives of HTTR is to demonstrate effectiveness of high-temperature nuclear heat utilization system. Prior to connecting a heat utilization system to HTTR, an out-pile demonstration test is indispensable for the development of experimental apparatuses, operational control and safety technology, and verification of the analysis code of safety assessment. For the first heat utilization system of HTTR, design of the hydrogen production system by steam reforming is going on. We have proposed the out-pile demonstration test plan of the heat utilization system and conducted preliminary design of the test facility. In this report, design of the steam reformer, which is the principal component of the test facility, is described. In the course of the design, two types of reformers are considered. The one reformer contains three reactor tubes and the other contains one reactor tube to reduce the construction cost of the test facility. We have selected the steam reformer operational conditions and structural specifications by analyzing the steam reforming characteristics and component structural strength for each type of reformer. (author)

  11. Indians Repulse British With Rocket

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    2004-01-01

    During the early introduction of rockets to Europe, they were used only as weapons. Enemy troops in India repulsed the British with rockets. Later, in Britain, Sir William Congreve developed a rocket that could fire to about 9,000 feet. The British fired Congreve rockets against the United States in the War of 1812.

  12. British Gas business opportunities overseas

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    These proceedings of the joint British Gas Department of Trade and Industry Seminar cover overseas exploration and production and development projects; an overview of gas transmission, distribution and supply; and power generation. Details of the Oil and Gas Projects and Supplies Office, Projects Export Promotion Division, the Export Credits Guarantee Department, and British Gas Offices Worldwide are given in the Appendix. (UK)

  13. Operational readiness review for the Waste Experimental Reduction Facility. Final report

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    An Operational Readiness Review (ORR) at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory's (INEL's) Waste Experimental Reduction Facility (WERF) was conducted by EG ampersand G Idaho, Inc., to verify the readiness of WERF to resume operations following a shutdown and modification period of more than two years. It is the conclusion of the ORR Team that, pending satisfactory resolution of all pre-startup findings, WERF has achieved readiness to resume unrestricted operations within the approved safety basis. ORR appraisal forms are included in this report

  14. 27 CFR 19.71 - Experimental or research operations by scientific institutions and colleges of learning.

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    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Experimental or research operations by scientific institutions and colleges of learning. 19.71 Section 19.71 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY LIQUORS DISTILLED SPIRITS PLANTS Administrative...

  15. Welding Techniques for In-Pile Instrumentation at INR Pitesti

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    Welding is widely involved in developing in-pile instrumentation, regarding both attaching sensors and joining components of the in-pile experimental devices. Although new methods were not developed, we combined existing techniques, aiming to master them and to ensure reproducibility, sensitivity, robustness, and fast response (for sensor welding). In this paper we present results regarding thermocouple welded on cladding, and dissimilar joints. Techniques for welding K-type thermocouples on cladding were designated to ensure robust joints able to resist during pressure and temperature transients, to minimize the perturbation on temperature field and on the cladding material structure, to reproduce the joint shape and dimension, and to ensure fast response. Welded or brazed joints between materials with properties suitable to nuclear applications are often required for in-pile instrumentation to allow coupling to other components of the experimental devices. The paper describes work related to Zircaloy-to-Stainless Steel joint through eutectic vacuum brazing. The eutectic was produced by thermal diffusion of the elements in the base materials at their interface, through formation of liquid phases of Zr-Fe and Zr-Ni systems at the Zy-SS interface. Clean, reduced roughness, oxide-free contact interface, and precise temperature control were aimed. The optimal interface was the joint on perfectly matching truncated cone surfaces. Heating to 1030oC was obtained through vacuum induction at 10 kHz frequency, with vacuum between 10-5 and 10-6 mbar. Other dissimilar joints were micro-TIG welds on SS capillary connected to Inconel-Incoloy capsules, for high pressure measurement lines with small internal volume. To evaluate the joints burst tests (for thermocouple welding only) polarized light metallography, macrography, backscattered electron tests, Helium leak test, tensile test, and thermal cycling tests were performed. (author)

  16. In-pile and out-of-pile testing of a molybdenum-uranium dioxide cermet fueled themionic diode

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    Diianni, D. C.

    1972-01-01

    The behavior of Mo-UO2 cermet fuel in a diode for thermionic reactor application was studied. The diode had a Mo-0.5 Ti emitter and niobium collector. Output power ranged from 1.4 to 2.8 W/cm squared at emitter and collector temperatures of 1500 deg and 540 C. Thermionic performance was stable within the limits of the instrumentation sensitivity. Through 1000 hours of in-pile operation the emitter was dimensionally stable. However, some fission gases (15 percent) leaked through an inner clad imperfection that occurred during fuel fabrication.

  17. Operation and management manual of JT-60 experimental data analysis system

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    In the Japan Atomic Energy Agency Naka Fusion Institute, a lot of experiments have been conducted by using the large tokamak device JT-60 aiming to realize fusion power plant. In order to optimize the JT-60 experiment and to investigate complex characteristics of plasma, JT-60 experimental data analysis system was developed and used for collecting, referring and analyzing the JT-60 experimental data. Main components of the system are a data analysis server and a database server for the analyses and accumulation of the experimental data respectively. Other peripheral devices of the system are magnetic disk units, NAS (Network Attached Storage) device, and a backup tape drive. This is an operation and management manual the JT-60 experimental data analysis system. (author)

  18. Uranium migration and retention during weathering of a granitic waste rock pile

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    Highlights: • We investigate the environmental impact of the granitic waste rock piles. • The majority of the waste rocks in the pile is barren- or overburden rock. • The main neo-formed U-bearing phases are (Ca) and (Cu) uranyl phosphates. • Under circum-neutral pH conditions they do not pose an environment threat. - Abstract: This study investigates the post-mining evolution of S-type granitic waste rocks around a former uranium mine, Vieilles Sagnes (Haute Vienne, NW Massif Central, France). This mine was operated between 1957 and 1965 in the La Crouzille former world-class uranium mining district and is representative of intra-granitic vein-type deposits. 50 years after mine closure and the construction and subsequent re-vegetation of the granitic waste rock pile, we evaluate the environmental evolution of the rock pile, including rock alteration, neo-formation of U-bearing phases during weathering, and U migration. Vertical trenches have been excavated through the rock pile down to an underlying paleo-soil, allowing the investigation of the vertical differentiation of the rock pile and its influence on water pathways, weathering processes and U migration and retention. Arenization dominantly drives liberation of U, by dissolution of uraninite inclusions in the most alterable granitic minerals (i.e. K-feldspar and biotite). Retention of U in the matrix at the base of the waste rock pile, and in the underlying paleo-soil most likely occurs by precipitation of (nano-) uranyl phosphates or a combination of co-precipitation and adsorption reactions of U onto Fe (oxy)hydroxides and/or clay minerals. Even though U-migration was observed, U is retained in stable secondary mineral phases, provided the current conditions will not be modified

  19. Transient response of piles-bridge under horizontal excitation

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    朱斌; 陈仁朋; 陈云敏

    2003-01-01

    Moving ships and other objects drifting on water often impact a bridge's pile foundations. The mechanical model of the piles-bridge structure under horizontal forcing was established, and a time-domain approach based on Finite-difference Method was developed for analyzing the dynamic response of the piles-bridge structure. For a single pile, good agreement between two computed results validated the present approach. The slenderness ratio of the pile, the pile-soil stiffness ratio and the type of the structure influence the dynamic response of the piles-bridge structure. The computed results showed that the stiffness of the structure determines the dynamic response of the piles-bridge structure under horizontal forcing.

  20. Transient response of piles-bridge under horizontal excitation

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    朱斌; 陈仁朋; 陈云敏

    2003-01-01

    Moving ships and other objects drifting on water often impact a bridge' s pile foundations. The mechanical model of the piles-bridge structure under horizontal forcing was established, and a time-domain approach based on Finite-difference Method was developed for analyzing the dynamic response of the piles-bridge structure. For a single pile, good agreement between two computed results validated the present approach.The slenderness ratio of the pile, the pile-soil stiffness ratio and the type of the structure influence the dynamic response of the piles-bridge structure. The computed results showed that the stiffness of the structure determines the dynamic response of the piles-bridge structure under horizontal forcing.

  1. Designing a Physical Model for the Interaction between Displacement Piles and Soil

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    Arūnas Jankauskas

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with the interaction between piles installed in dusty sandy clay and the base. The paper reviews experimental and theoretical work, presents a geological litological structure of soil and looks at the methods of composing a model. The article also describes the model of the carried out experiment and analyzes directions towards soil movement. Field and laboratory studies as well as soil analysis, including its distribution scheme are provided. Ground elevation around the piles has been calculated. A new physical model has been created on the basis of the before examined physical model and its reasoning.Article in Lithuanian

  2. Methodology for the ITER [International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor] technology phase operational scenario analysis

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    The operational space for the technology phase of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) has been examined with the ITER systems code, TETRA (September 1989 version). The goal of the technology phase is to provide neutron wall loads sufficient to test the technologies required for fusion reactors, ideally with steady-state operation. Heat loads on the divertor, however, place severe restrictions on the operational space. Steady-state operation is found to be limited to neutron wall loads of about 0.75 MW/m2 (Q near 6, and injection power of 150 MW), even when controlled impurity seeding is used to mitigate the divertor heat loads via line radiation. Wall loads approaching the required levels for technology testing (∼1 MW/m2) are possible with steady-state operation only if the divertor limits are relaxed. Otherwise, a hybrid form of operation, in which both inductive and noninductive current drive are used, must be employed for technology testing. With this scheme, plasma operational space is found with long pulses (>1000 s), high wall loads (1.2 MW/m2), energy multiplication factor Q > 10, injection power near 100 MW, and acceptable divertor conditions. We note that the results for ITER operation have changed slightly since this work was carried out. Nonetheless the basic methodology and the trends identified here remain the same. 16 refs

  3. Experimental investigation of thermal balance of a turbocharged SI engine operating on natural gas

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    This paper experimentally investigates the thermal balance and performance of a turbocharged gas spark ignition engine. The First Law of Thermodynamics was used for control volume around the engine to compute the output power, transferred energy to the cooling fluid, exhaust gases and also unaccounted losses through convection and radiation heat transfer. Thermal balance tests were performed for various operational conditions including full and half loads and different cooling fluid temperatures. Results indicate that by increasing engine load and coolant temperature, the percentage of transferred energy to the exhaust gases increased while the percentage of coolant energy decreased. Also, experimental data reveals that using gaseous fuel and a turbocharger (TC) in the engine leads to 4.5% and 4% more thermal efficiency than gasoline and natural aspirated (NA), respectively. Also, second law analysis reveals that using a turbocharger leads to a 3.6% increase in exergetic efficiency of the engine, averagely. Based on experimental results, an empirical correlation was suggested for computing the energy of exhaust gases which shows good agreement with the experimental data for the majority of operating conditions. -- Highlights: • Thermal balance of a turbocharged gas SI engine was investigated experimentally. • By increasing load and coolant temperature, transferred energy to exhaust increased. • Coolant energy percentage decreased by increasing the load and coolant temperature. • Gaseous fuel and a turbocharger (TC) lead to 4.5% and 4% more thermal efficiency. • An empirical correlation was suggested for computing the energy of exhaust gases

  4. The Tensile Capacity Of Bored Piles In Frictional Soils

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    Krabbenhøft, Sven; Andersen, Allan; Damkilde, Lars

    2008-01-01

    Three series of 10 piles each were installed in two different locations. The length of the piles varied from 2 to 6 m and the diameters were 14 and 25 cm. The piles were constructed above the groundwater table using continuous flight augers and the concrete was placed by gravity free fall. The pi...... piles were tested to failure in axial uplift and the load-displacement relations were recorded....

  5. THE KINEMATIC AND INERTIAL SOIL-PILE INTERACTIONS: CENTRIFUGE MODELLING

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    Chenaf, Nawel; CHAZELAS, Jean-Louis

    2008-01-01

    International audience Piles supporting superstructures undergo with the soil two interactions during an earthquake: the kinematic interaction and the inertial interaction. The kinematic soil-pile interaction is the pile loading by the soil displacement produced by the seismic waves propagating. Inertial superstructure-pile-soil interaction results from forces due to the superstructure actuation by the kinematic interaction. These two interactions are superimposed in seismic events and the...

  6. Monte Carlo simulation of pulse pile-up effect in gamma spectrum of a PGNAA system

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    Mowlavi, Ali Asghar; Hadizadeh Yazdi, Mohammad Hadi

    2011-12-01

    We have applied a pile-up Monte Carlo simulation code on gamma spectrum of a prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) system. The code has been run in nonparalyzable mode for a specific geometry of a PGNAA system with 241Am-9Be source and NaI(Tl) detector to obtain the distortion due to “pile-up” in the pulse height of gamma spectrum. The results show that the main background in the nitrogen region of interest (ROI) is due to two pile-ups. We have also evaluated the variation of count rate and total photon sampling over the Monte Carlo spectra. At high count rates, not only the nitrogen ROI but also carbon ROI, and hydrogen peak are disturbed strongly. Comparison between the results of simulations and the experimental spectra has shown a good agreement. The code could be used for other source setups and different gamma detection systems.

  7. Monte Carlo simulation of pulse pile-up effect in gamma spectrum of a PGNAA system

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    Mowlavi, Ali Asghar, E-mail: amowlavi@sttu.ac.ir [Physics Department, School of Sciences, Sabzevar Tarbiat Moallem University, Sabzevar (Iran, Islamic Republic of); TRIL, ICTP, Trieste (Italy); Hadizadeh Yazdi, Mohammad Hadi [Physics Department, School of Sciences, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-12-21

    We have applied a pile-up Monte Carlo simulation code on gamma spectrum of a prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) system. The code has been run in nonparalyzable mode for a specific geometry of a PGNAA system with {sup 241}Am-{sup 9}Be source and NaI(Tl) detector to obtain the distortion due to 'pile-up' in the pulse height of gamma spectrum. The results show that the main background in the nitrogen region of interest (ROI) is due to two pile-ups. We have also evaluated the variation of count rate and total photon sampling over the Monte Carlo spectra. At high count rates, not only the nitrogen ROI but also carbon ROI, and hydrogen peak are disturbed strongly. Comparison between the results of simulations and the experimental spectra has shown a good agreement. The code could be used for other source setups and different gamma detection systems.

  8. Monte Carlo simulation of pulse pile-up effect in gamma spectrum of a PGNAA system

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    We have applied a pile-up Monte Carlo simulation code on gamma spectrum of a prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) system. The code has been run in nonparalyzable mode for a specific geometry of a PGNAA system with 241Am-9Be source and NaI(Tl) detector to obtain the distortion due to “pile-up” in the pulse height of gamma spectrum. The results show that the main background in the nitrogen region of interest (ROI) is due to two pile-ups. We have also evaluated the variation of count rate and total photon sampling over the Monte Carlo spectra. At high count rates, not only the nitrogen ROI but also carbon ROI, and hydrogen peak are disturbed strongly. Comparison between the results of simulations and the experimental spectra has shown a good agreement. The code could be used for other source setups and different gamma detection systems.

  9. Analysis of uplift loads of precast-concrete piles in porous soils

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    Stélio Maia Menezes

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the analysis of uplift load tests in three precast-concrete piles carried out in a collapsible sandy soil. The piles with 12 meters (m length and 0.17 x 0.17 square meter (m2 cross section were instrumented with strain gauges, in order to know the load transfer in depth. Three tests performed in a slow maintained load way were conducted in a natural condition of moisture content soil. A fourth test was carried out after the previous soaking of the soil around the pile head. The tests were performed in the experimental research site at the Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” (Unesp. The results obtained were evaluated by analytical and empirical methods.

  10. Operational experience and upgrading program of the experimental fast reactor JOYO

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    Twenty years of successful operations at the experimental fast reactor JOYO provide a wealth of experience covering core management, chemical analysis of sodium and cover gas for impurity control, natural convection tests, upgrade of fuel failure detection system, corrosion product measurement, development of operation and maintenance support system, and replacement of major components in the cooling systems. Some of the data obtained is stored in a database to preserve the related knowledge. This experience and accumulated data will be useful for the design of future fast reactors. (author)

  11. Operational Status and Power Upgrade Prospects of the Neutrino Experimental Facility at J-PARC

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    Ishida, Taku; Group, for the T2K Beam

    2014-01-01

    In order to explore CP asymmetry in the lepton sector, a power upgrade to the neutrino experimental facility at J-PARC is a key requirement for both the Tokai to Kamioka (T2K) long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment and a future project with Hyper-Kamiokande. Based on five years of operational experience, the facility has achieved stable operation with 230 kW beam power without significant problems on the beam-line apparatus. After successful maintenance works in 2013-2014 to replace al...

  12. Experimental demonstration of resonant-tunneling-diode operation beyond quasibound-state-lifetime limit

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    We show, first, that the charge relaxation (response) time of resonant-tunneling diode (RTD) can be significantly shorter or longer than the resonant-state lifetime, depending on RTD operating point and RTD parameters. Coulomb interaction of electrons is responsible for the effect. Second, we demonstrate that the operating frequencies of RTDs are limited neither by resonant-state lifetime, nor by relaxation time; particularly in the RTDs with heavily doped collector, the differential conductance can stay negative at the frequencies far beyond the limits imposed by both time constants. We provide experimental evidences for both effects.

  13. Experimental demonstration of resonant-tunneling-diode operation beyond quasibound-state-lifetime limit

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    Feiginov, M N [Technische Universitaet Darmstad, 64283 Darmstadt (Germany); Chowdhury, D Roy, E-mail: feiginov@ont.tu-darmstadt.d [Universitaet Duisburg-Essen, 47057 Duisburg (Germany)

    2009-11-15

    We show, first, that the charge relaxation (response) time of resonant-tunneling diode (RTD) can be significantly shorter or longer than the resonant-state lifetime, depending on RTD operating point and RTD parameters. Coulomb interaction of electrons is responsible for the effect. Second, we demonstrate that the operating frequencies of RTDs are limited neither by resonant-state lifetime, nor by relaxation time; particularly in the RTDs with heavily doped collector, the differential conductance can stay negative at the frequencies far beyond the limits imposed by both time constants. We provide experimental evidences for both effects.

  14. Underwater noise generated by offshore pile driving

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    Tsouvalas, A.

    2015-01-01

    Anthropogenic noise emission in the marine environment has always been an environmental issue of serious concern. In particular, the noise generated during the installation of foundation piles is considered to be one of the most significant sources of underwater noise pollution. This is mainly attri

  15. Modelling Pile Installation Effects: A Numerical Approach

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    Engin, H.K.

    2013-01-01

    One of the most traditional methods for supporting structures resting on soft soils is the use of piles. They generally work by transferring the loads to deeper soil layers, which can provide sufficient bearing capacity when mobilised. This type of foundations has been commonly used throughout the w

  16. Noise Mitigation During Pile Driving Efficiently Reduces Disturbance of Marine Mammals.

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    Nehls, Georg; Rose, Armin; Diederichs, Ansgar; Bellmann, Michael; Pehlke, Hendrik

    2016-01-01

    Acoustic monitoring of harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena L., 1758) indicated a strongly reduced disturbance by noise emitted by pile driving for offshore wind turbine foundations insulated by a big bubble curtain (BBC). This newly developed noise mitigation system was tested during construction of the offshore wind farm Borkum West II (North Sea). Because porpoise activity strongly corresponded to the sound level, operation of the new system under its most suitable configuration reduced the porpoise disturbance area by ~90%. Hence, for the first time, a positive effect of a noise mitigation system during offshore pile driving on an affected marine mammal species could be demonstrated. PMID:26611029

  17. Experimental and Numerical Characterization of CaPaMan 2bis Operation

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    E. E. Hernandez‐Martinez

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the operation performance of CaPaMan 2bis (Cassino Parallel Manipulator 2 bis was investigated through labexperimental tests and computer simulations. Milli‐CaTraSys (Milli‐Cassino Tracking System was implemented to determinedisplacements and orientation variations of CaPaMan 2bis end‐effector during experimental tests. A 3D (three dimensionvirtual model was built in ADAMS environment to simulate the operation behavior for different prescribed motions. Severalprescribed motions have been simulated and tested under different conditions in order to characterize the system behavior. Inparticular, the kinematic characteristics were obtained from both, experimental tests and numerical simulations. Finally,experiment results and simulation computations were compared for purpose of performance evaluation and designcharacterization of the parallel manipulator structure and its prototype.

  18. Experimental research on dynamic operating characteristics of a novel silica gel-water adsorption chiller

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    WANG Dechang; WU Jingyi; WANG Ruzhu; DOU Weidong

    2007-01-01

    A novel silica gel-water adsorption chiller consisting of two adsorption/desorption chambers and an evaporator with one heat-pipe working chamber is experimentally studied.The dynamic operating characteristics of the chiller and the thermodynamic characteristics of the adsorber are obtained.The experimental results show that the dynamic operating characteristics of the chiller and the thermodynamic characteristics of the adsorber are satisfactory and that the cycle is a novel and effective adsorption cycle.A mass recovery process increases the cyclic adsorption capacity of the system and improves adaptability of the chiller to a lowgrade heat source.In addition,the experiment indicates that this novel chiller is highly suitable for an air conditioning system with a low dehumidification requirement or a system with a large cycle flowrate and an industrial cooling water system.

  19. Reduction in Rebound of Concrete Piles Driven into Clays by Coating Pile Surface with Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles

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    Amalia, Nadya; Asri, Asifa; Rokhmat, Mamat; Sutisna; Abdullah, Mikrajuddin

    2015-01-01

    Using a model for concrete piles driven into clays, we compared penetration depths between uncoated piles and piles coated with titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles. The behavior of surfaces coated with TiO2 changes to superhydrophilic, enabling water molecules to penetrate inside the clay pores. The attraction suppresses or reduces the compression of water inside the clay pores. The absence of bulk pressure from water causes the pile not to bounce (backward movement after striking). Contrar...

  20. Pile – Soil Interaction during Vibratory Sheet Pile Driving : a Full Scale Field Study

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    Guillement, Claire

    2013-01-01

    Urban construction sites require strict control of their environmental impact, which, for vibratory sheet pile driving, can include damage to nearby structures due to ground vibrations. However, the lack of knowledge concerning the generation of soil vibrations makes the prediction of ground vibration levels difficult. This MSc. thesis in particular, focuses on a crucial link in the vibration transfer chain: the sheet pile – soil interface, which is also one of the least documented. The aim o...

  1. In-pile test of the crud separator system in the HBWR. (II)

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    The out-of-pile test results of the advanced crud separator system was previously investigated. It was suggested that the system characteristics (separation factor) depended on magnetic susceptibility of crud, crud particle diameter and flow rate, and that utilization of the crud size enlarger, a high gradient magnetic system, was effective especially in the lower separation factor region. After the out-of-pile test, the system was shipped to the HBWR (Norway), and the final in-pile test was carried out under the operating conditions similar to BWR. As the test results, the separation factor decreased with increasing inlet crud concentration in the lower inlet concentration region, and crud production (or release) rate and crud separation rate seem to reach the state of equilibrium at the inlet iron concentration approximately 6 ppb for this system size. It was also suggested that separation factor became higher when coolant temperature increased. (author)

  2. An Estimation of Internal Soliton Forces on a Pile in the Ocean

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    DU Tao; SUN Li; ZHANG Yijun; BAO Xianwen; FANG Xinhua

    2007-01-01

    Internal soliton forces on oil-platform piles in the ocean are estimated with the Morison Formula. Different from sur face wave forces, which change only in magnitude along a pile, internal soliton forces can be distributed over the entire pile in the water and they change not only in magnitude but also in direction with depth. Our calculations show that the maximum total force caused by a soliton with its associated current of 2.1 ms-1 is nearly equal to the maximum total force exerted by a surface wave with a wavelength of 300 m and a wave-height of 18 m. The total internal soliton force is large enough to affect the operations of marine oil platforms and other facilities. Therefore, the influence of internal solitons should not be neglected in the design of oil platforms.

  3. British Energy - nuclear power in the private sector

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    The first four months of the operation of British Energy as a privatised nuclear utility are briefly reviewed. Operational and financial performance have been good as exemplified by the figures for power output and financial return. Freedom from government control means that the options open to the company are much wider but the need to meet the expectations of shareholders is a major consideration. Added to this, the competitive nature of the electricity industry means that the cost reduction is important, though this cannot be at the expense of safety. Shareholder expectations make the funding of new nuclear power stations unrealistic at present. Increasingly, however, markets are opening up in the maintenance of existing plant and the decommissioning of older plant. The British Energy Group also has considerable expertise in the design, operation and management of power stations and of acting in a competitive energy market that could be exported. British Energy's International Division is in place to develop this potential. (UK)

  4. Influence of operation of national experimental nuclear reactor on the natural environment

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    Agnieszka Kaczmarek-Kacprzak; Marcin Jaskólski

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents the impact of experimental nuclear reactor operations on the national environment, based on assessment reports of the radiological protection of active nuclear technology sources. Using the analysis of measurements carried out in the last 15 years, the trends are presented in selected elements of the environment on the Świerk Nuclear Centre site and its surroundings. In addition, the impact of research results is presented from the fi fteen year period of environmental ana...

  5. Genetic Effects of Pile Radiations in Rice

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    In attempts to utilize radiation-induced mutations for rice breeding, it is of primary interest to obtain the fundamental data of the biological effects of pile radiations. Although considerable variation of radiosensitivity was found among rice varieties, Japanese rice was comparatively more susceptible to pile radiations than foreign varieties, and tetraploids were less susceptible as compared with the diploid varieties after irradiation. From die observation of the radiation injury of F1, hybrids it was concluded that, in addition to the contribution of a gene or a gene system, the cytoplasm was related to the intervarietal difference of radiosensitivity. Sterility was more easily induced by pile radiations than X-irradiation. In the X-ray series, chlorophyll mutations on the X1-ear basis reached a maximum frequency at middle doses and decreased at higher doses. In the pile radiation series the frequency increased with increasing doses. The cause of differences of these two series seemed to be a difference of the mean size of mutated sectors between both the radiations. The increment of induced variation on quantitative characters occurred in plus and minus direction with similar frequencies after the treatment of pile radiations. However, the heritable variations did not increase in accordance with neutron flux. The amount of induced variation was more in the progenies of partially sterile X1 ear and less in those which segregated chlorophyll mutants in X2 generation. It was calculated that 1 r of X- and gamma-rays was equivalent to 1-2 x 109 thermal neutrons per cm2 for induction of chlorophyll mutations and of variation on quantitative characters. (author)

  6. Experimental program for validation of cooling and operational performance of the APR+ Passive auxiliary feedwater system

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    PAFS (Passive Auxiliary Feedwater System) is one of the advanced passive safety systems adopted in the APR+ (Advanced Power Reactor plus), which is intended to completely replace the conventional active auxiliary feedwater system. PAFS cools down the steam generator's secondary side, and eventually removes the decay heat from the reactor core by introducing a natural driving force mechanism; i.e., condensing steam in nearly horizontal U-tubes submerged inside the passive condensation cooling tank (PCCT). With an aim of validating the cooling and operational performance of the PAFS, an experimental program is in progress at KAERI (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute), which is composed of two kinds of tests; the separate effect test and the integral effect test. The separate effect test, PASCAL (PAFS Condensing Heat Removal Assessment Loop), is in progress to experimentally investigate the condensation heat transfer and natural convection phenomena in PAFS. The integral effect test is being performed to confirm the operational performance of the PAFS coupled with the other reactor coolant systems (RCS) using the thermal hydraulic integral effect test facility, ATLAS (Advanced Thermal hydraulic test Loop for Accident Simulation). This paper summarizes the up to date experimental results of the separate effect test and the integral effect test for PAFS from a cooling and operational performance point of view

  7. Digitalisation in atomic pile control (1962); La digitalisation dans le controle des piles atomiques (1962)

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    Furet, J. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

    1962-07-01

    A brief survey is first given of the general theorems of Boodle's algebra and of sequence systems using D.A. Huffmans theory. Some indications are then given concerning the setting-up and the operation of digital computers and also of the principal codes used in digital techniques. It is then shown how digitalisation in atomic pile control makes it possible to use new techniques having the following advantages in particular: greater working safety, a higher degree of centralisation, and suppression of the linear elements. A few examples are given of the application of these techniques to control, particularly with respect to the measurement of the neutronic power and of the period and also of course, to the treatment of the data and the sequence automatisms. The advantage of using digital techniques in the shutdown channels is also examined. Finally a review is given of the technology and the viability of the control devices used. (author) [French] On rappelle d'abord ici les theoremes generaux de l'algebre de Boole et des systemes a sequences en s'appuyant sur la theorie de D.A. Huffmann. On donne ensuite quelques indications sur l'agencement et le fonctionnement des calculateurs digitaux ainsi que les principaux codes utilises dans les techniques digitales. On montre alors comment la digitalisation dans le controle des piles atomiques permet d'utiliser de nouvelles techniques presentant principalement les avantages suivants: securite de fonctionnement plus grande, centralisation plus elevee et suppression des elements lineaires. Un certain nombre d'exemples sont donnes sur l'application de ces techniques au controle, particulierement en ce qui concerne la mesure de la puissance neutronique, de la periode et aussi bien entendu du traitement des informations et des automatismes a sequences. On analyse aussi l'avantage de l'utilisation des techniques digitales dans les chaines de securite. Enfin, un apercu est donne

  8. 保留齿线痔上黏膜缝扎固定术治疗混合痔临床疗效评价%Clinical evaluation of suture-fixation operation above mucosal of piles with retaining dental line in treatment of mixed hemorrhoids

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    翟敏; 张永安; 周峰; 张旗; 徐慧磊; 孙琼

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨保留齿线痔上黏膜缝扎固定术治疗混合痔的临床疗效.方法 对我科100例混合痔患者采用随机分组,50例采用保留齿线痔上黏膜缝扎固定术(治疗组),50例采用外剥内扎术(对照组),对两组疗效进行对比分析.结果 两组手术疗效相近(P >0.05),但治疗组术后疼痛、愈合时间、术后出血,评分均较对照组减少(P 0. 05), while scores in postoperative pain, healing time and postoperative bleeding were less in treatment group than that in control group ( P <0. 05). Conclusion Suture-fixation operation on the mucosal of piles with retaining dental line can not only eliminate symptoms induced by hemorrhoids but also protect anal function. It is a safe, effective and less postoperative pain operation.

  9. An experimental investigation of the effects of alarm processing and display on operator performance

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    O`Hara, J.; Brown, W. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States). Dept. of Advanced Technology; Hallbert, B.; Skraaning, G. [Halden Reactor Project (Norway); Wachtel, J.; Persensky, J. [Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC (United States). Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research

    1998-03-01

    This paper describes a research program sponsored by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to address the human factors engineering (HFE) aspects of nuclear power plant alarm systems. The overall objective of the program is to develop HFE review guidance for advanced alarm systems. As part of this program, guidance has been developed based on a broad base of technical and research literature. In the course of guidance development, aspects of alarm system design for which the technical basis was insufficient to support complete guidance development were identified. The primary purpose of the research reported in this paper was to evaluate the effects of three of these alarm system design characteristics on operator performance in order to contribute to the understanding of potential safety issues and to provide data to support the development of design review guidance in these areas. Three alarm system design characteristics studied were (1) alarm processing (degree of alarm reduction), (2) alarm availability (dynamic prioritization and suppression), and (3) alarm display (a dedicated tile format, a mixed tile and message list format, and a format in which alarm information is integrated into the process displays). A secondary purpose was to provide confirmatory evidence of selected alarm system guidance developed in an earlier phase of the project. The alarm characteristics were combined into eight separate experimental conditions. Six, two-person crews of professional nuclear power plant operators participated in the study. Following training, each crew completed 16 test trials which consisted of two trials in each of the eight experimental conditions (one with a low-complexity scenario and one with a high-complexity scenario). Measures of process performance, operator task performance, situation awareness, and workload were obtained. In addition, operator opinions and evaluations of the alarm processing and display conditions were collected. No deficient

  10. Alpha thalassaemia in British people.

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    Higgs, D R; Ayyub, H.; Clegg, J B; Hill, A V; Nicholls, R D; Teal, H; Wainscoat, J.S. (James S.); Weatherall, D. J.

    1985-01-01

    Although alpha thalassaemia is rare in north Europeans, it has been identified in British people with no known foreign ancestry. Twelve such patients were studied, of whom eight shared a distinctive molecular defect, which was clearly different from defects seen in subjects of Mediterranean or South East Asian origin. A rare but specific form of alpha thalassaemia is therefore present in the British population. In addition, two patients from families of mixed racial origin were encountered wh...

  11. Seismic Response Analysis of Portal Water Injection Sheet Pile

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    WANG Yuanbin; GUO Haiyan; ZHANG Chunhui

    2007-01-01

    To further the study on the newly developed portal water injection sheet pile under static loads, in this paper, by adopting the nonlinear calculation module of FEM software ANSYS, a model for the interaction between the soil and the sheet piles is set up,and the seismic response analysis for this type of space-retaining structure is performed. The effects of the embedded depth and the distance between the front pile and the back pile on the dynamic characteristics of the portal water injection sheet pile are studied.

  12. The Settlement Behavior of Piled Raft Interaction in Undrained Soil

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    Ghalesari, Abbasali Taghavi; Barari, Amin; Amini, Pedram Fardad;

    2013-01-01

    , the behavior of a piled raft on undrained soil is studied based on a series of parametric studies on the average and differential settlement of piled raft using three-dimensional finite element analysis. The settlement behavior is found to be dependent on the number of piles and raft thickness.......Offshore piled raft foundations are one of the most commonly used foundations in offshore structures. When a raft foundation alone does not satisfy the design requirements, the addition of piles may improve both the ultimate load capacity and the settlement performance of the raft. In this paper...

  13. Operational Status and Power Upgrade Prospects of the Neutrino Experimental Facility at J-PARC

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    Ishida, Taku

    2014-01-01

    In order to explore CP asymmetry in the lepton sector, a power upgrade to the neutrino experimental facility at J-PARC is a key requirement for both the Tokai to Kamioka (T2K) long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment and a future project with Hyper-Kamiokande. Based on five years of operational experience, the facility has achieved stable operation with 230 kW beam power without significant problems on the beam-line apparatus. After successful maintenance works in 2013-2014 to replace all electromagnetic horns and a production target, the facility is now ready to accomodate a 750-kW-rated beam. Also, the possibility of achieving a few to multi-MW beam operation is discussed in detail.

  14. 1970 British Cohort Study

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    Matt Brown

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70 is one of Britain’s world famous national longitudinal birth cohort studies, three of which are run by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the Institute of Education, University of London. BCS70 follows the lives of more than 17,000 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in a single week of 1970. Over the course of cohort members lives, the BCS70 has collected information on health, physical, educational and social development, and economic circumstances among other factors. Since the birth survey in 1970, there have been nine ‘sweeps’ of all cohort members at ages 5, 10, 16, 26, 30, 34, 38 and most recently at 42. Data has been collected from a number of different sources (the midwife present at birth, parents of the cohort members, head and class teachers, school health service personnel and the cohort members themselves. The data has been collected in a variety of ways including via paper and electronic questionnaires, clinical records, medical examinations, physical measurements, tests of ability, educational assessments and diaries. The majority of can be accessed by bona fide researchers through the a href="http://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/series/?sn=200001" UK Data Service at the University of Essex.

  15. 1970 British Cohort Study

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    Full Text Available The 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70 is one of Britain’s world famous national longitudinal birth cohort studies, three of which are run by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the Institute of Education, University of London.  BCS70 follows the lives of more than 17,000 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in a single week of 1970. Over the course of cohort members lives, the BCS70 has collected information on health, physical, educational and social development, and economic circumstances among other factors. Since the birth survey in 1970, there have been nine ‘sweeps’ of all cohort members at ages 5, 10, 16, 26, 30, 34, 38 and most recently at 42. Data has been collected from a number of different sources (the midwife present at birth, parents of the cohort members, head and class teachers, school health service personnel and the cohort members themselves. The data has been collected in a variety of ways including via paper and electronic questionnaires, clinical records, medical examinations, physical measurements, tests of ability, educational assessments and diaries. The majority of BCS70 survey data can be accessed by bona fide researchers through the UK Data Service at the University of Essex.

  16. Videotaped Feedback Method to Enhance Learning in Preclinical Operative Dentistry: An Experimental Study.

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    Shah, Dipali Yogesh; Dadpe, Ashwini Manish; Kalra, Dheeraj Deepak; Garcha, Vikram P

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate if a videotaped feedback method enhanced teaching and learning outcomes in a preclinical operative laboratory setting for novice learners. In 2013, 60 dental students at a dental school in India were randomly assigned to two groups: control (n=30) and experimental (n=30). The control group prepared a Class II tooth preparation for amalgam after receiving a video demonstration of the exercise. The experimental group received the same video demonstration as the control group, but they also participated in a discussion and analysis of the control groups' videotaped performance and then performed the same exercise. The self-evaluation scores (SS) and examiner evaluation scores (ES) of the two groups were compared using the unpaired t-test. The experimental group also used a five-point Likert scale to rate each item on the feedback form. The means of SS (13.65±2.43) and ES (14.75±1.97) of the experimental group were statistically higher than the means of SS (11.55±2.09) and ES (11.60±1.82) of the control group. Most students in the experimental group perceived that this technique enhanced their learning experience. Within the limits of this study, the videotaped feedback using both ideal and non-ideal examples enhanced the students' performance. PMID:26632301

  17. The Strength of Rubble Pile Asteroids

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    Scheeres, D. J.; Sanchez, P.

    2012-12-01

    The rubble pile hypothesis for small asteroids in the Near Earth and Main Belt populations have been driven by several factors, including the observed high porosity of those bodies whose mass have been measured, the evident limitation on spin rate of asteroids larger than ~500 meters, and direct observation of the surface morphology of these bodies. Given these observations, it has been presumed that small asteroids should evolve as if they were cohesionless collections of grains. Detailed geophysical analysis of these bodies by Holsapple (Icarus 2010) show that cohesionless bodies will evolve under the addition of angular momentum by the YORP effect into more distended and, paradoxically, more slowly rotating bodies. Additional analysis in Holsapple (Icarus 2007) has shown that cohesional strength within a rubble pile could strengthen a collection of grains to the point where they could sustain rapid rotation. In our current talk we use the above as a starting point and incorporate new observations of the asteroid morphology driven by recent analysis of asteroid Itokawa by the Hayabusa science team and research on the mechanics of grains in the space environment (Scheeres et al. 2010). Analysis of images of Itokawa determined a measured size distribution of 1/d^3 for larger grains on asteroid Itokawa (Michikami et al., Earth Planets Space, 60, 13-20, 2008). Analysis of the sample shows the presence of micron sized dust on that asteroid's surface (Tsuchiyama et al., Science 333, 1125, 2011). Combining these observations provides a global indication of grain distribution within rubble piles. Even assuming a less steep distribution of 1/d^2 for dust grains smaller than 1 mm in size, the interior of Itokawa should still be dominated by the finest dust grains, with the mean grain size equal to ~ twice the smallest grain in the distribution. One implication of this result is that fines are present on the surface of the rubble pile Itokawa and thus should be distributed

  18. In-Pile Thermal Conductivity Measurement Method for Nuclear Fuels

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    Joy L. Rempe; Brandon Fox; Heng Ban; Joshua E. Daw; Darrell L. Knudson; Keith G. Condie

    2009-08-01

    Thermophysical properties of advanced nuclear fuels and materials during irradiation must be known prior to their use in existing, advanced, or next generation reactors. Thermal conductivity is one of the most important properties for predicting fuel and material performance. A joint Utah State University (USU) / Idaho National Laboratory (INL) project, which is being conducted with assistance from the Institute for Energy Technology at the Norway Halden Reactor Project, is investigating in-pile fuel thermal conductivity measurement methods. This paper focuses on one of these methods – a multiple thermocouple method. This two-thermocouple method uses a surrogate fuel rod with Joule heating to simulate volumetric heat generation to gain insights about in-pile detection of thermal conductivity. Preliminary results indicated that this method can measure thermal conductivity over a specific temperature range. This paper reports the thermal conductivity values obtained by this technique and compares these values with thermal property data obtained from standard thermal property measurement techniques available at INL’s High Test Temperature Laboratory. Experimental results and material properties data are also compared to finite element analysis results.

  19. In pile AISI 316L. Low cycle fatigue. Final report

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    In pile testing of the effect of neutron irradiation on the fatigue life of the reference material AISI 316L was performed in the framework of the European fusion technology program. The overall programme, carried out at SCK CEN (Mol,Belgium), exists of two instrumented rigs for low cycle fatigue testing, which were consecutively loaded in the BR-2 reactor during periods Jan (94) June (94) and Aug (94)-Dec(94). In each experiment, two identical samples were loaded by means of a pneumatically driven system. The samples were instrumented with thermocouples, strain gages, linear variable displacement transducers, and activation monitors. The experimental conditions are given. Type of fatigue test: load controlled, symmetric, uniaxial, triangular wave shape; stress range: about 580 MPa; sample shape: hourglass, diameter 3.2 mm, radius 12.5 mm; environment: NaK (peritectic); temperature: 250 C; maximum dpa value up to fracture: 1.7. Two of four samples were broken (one in each experiment) after having experienced 17 419 respectively 11 870 stress cycles. These new data points confirm earlier results from pile fatigue tests: irradiation causes no degradation of fatigue life of AISI 316L steel, at least for the parameters corresponding to these experiments

  20. Numerical analysis of kinematic soil—pile interaction

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    Castelli, Francesco; Maugeri, Michele; Mylonakis, George

    2008-07-01

    In the present study, the response of singles pile to kinematic seismic loading is investigated using the computer program SAP2000@. The objectives of the study are: (1) to develop a numerical model that can realistically simulate kinematic soil-structure interaction for piles accounting for discontinuity conditions at the pile-soil interface, energy dissipation and wave propagation; (2) to use the model for evaluating kinematic interaction effects on pile response as function of input ground motion; and (3) to present a case study in which theoretical predictions are compared with results obtained from other formulations. To evaluate the effects of kinematic loading, the responses of both the free-field soil (with no piles) and the pile were compared. Time history and static pushover analyses were conducted to estimate the displacement and kinematic pile bending under seismic loadings.

  1. In pile helium loop ''COMEDIE''

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    The SR1 test in the COMEDIE loop has permitted to demonstrate particularly the device operation reliability with a fuel loading. The post-irradiation examinations have pointed out the good filter efficiency and have enabled to determine the deposition profiles either for the activation products (e.g.: 51Cr, 60Co) or for the fission products (e.g.: sup(110m)Ag, 131I, 134Cs, 137Cs). (author)

  2. Transition from Research to Operations: Assessing Value of Experimental Forecast Products within the NWSFO Environment

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    Lapenta, William M.; Wohlman, Richard; Bradshaw, Tom; Burks, Jason; Jedlovec, Gary; Goodman, Steve; Darden, Chris; Meyer, Paul

    2003-01-01

    The NASA Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) Center seeks to accelerate the infusion of NASA Earth Science Enterprise (ESE) observations, data assimilation and modeling research into NWS forecast operations and decision-making. To meet long-term program expectations, it is not sufficient simply to give forecasters sophisticated workstations or new forecast products without fully assessing the ways in which they will be utilized. Close communication must be established between the research and operational communities so that developers have a complete understanding of user needs. In turn, forecasters must obtain a more comprehensive knowledge of the modeling and sensing tools available to them. A major goal of the SPoRT Program is to develop metrics and conduct assessment studies with NWS forecasters to evaluate the impacts and benefits of ESE experimental products on forecast skill. At a glance the task seems relatively straightforward. However, performing assessment of experimental products in an operational environment is demanding. Given the tremendous time constraints placed on NWS forecasters, it is imperative that forecaster input be obtained in a concise unobtrusive manor. Great care must also be taken to ensure that forecasters understand their participation will eventually benefit them and WFO operations in general. Two requirements of the assessment plan developed under the SPoRT activity are that it 1) Can be implemented within the WFO environment; and 2) Provide tangible results for BOTH the research and operational communities. Supplemental numerical quantitative precipitation forecasts (QPF) were chosen as the first experimental SPoRT product to be evaluated during a Pilot Assessment Program conducted 1 May 2003 within the Huntsville AL National Weather Service Forecast Office. Forecast time periods were broken up into six- hour bins ranging from zero to twenty-four hours. Data were made available for display in AWIPS on an

  3. Experimental study on operating parameters of miniature loop heat pipe with flat evaporator

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    Miniature loop heat pipe (MLHP) with flat evaporator has been proved that it has the capability to fulfill the demand for the thermal management of high-power electronic system. To employ MLHP into practical application and obtain the best operating parameters, a copper-water MLHP with flat evaporator of 8 mm thick was fabricated and tested in the condition of different condenser locations and operating orientations. The results show that the condenser located close to the evaporator outlet and adverse orientation have positive impact on the operating temperature of the loop, but negative impact on the cooling capability of condenser. For better understanding of their effect on the heat transfer characteristics of MLHP, the start-up behaviors, thermal performance and the operating regimes are explored in detail. - Highlights: ► A copper-water MLHP with flat evaporator of only 8 mm thick was fabricated. ► The MLHP can be applied to electronic cooling. ► The effect of condenser locations was investigated for the first time. ► The experimental results were discussed and analyzed comprehensively. ► Some practical solutions for disadvantages of LHP operation were provided.

  4. Experimental Investigation of Factors Influencing Operating Rotor Tip Clearance in Multistage Compressors

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    Reid A. Berdanier

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available An analysis of compressor rotor tip clearance measurements using capacitance probe instrumentation is discussed for a three-stage axial compressor. Thermal variations and centrifugal effects related to rotational speed changes affect clearance heights relative to the assembled configuration. These two primary contributions to measured changes are discussed both independently and in combination. Emphasis is given to tip clearance changes due to changing loading condition and at several compressor operating speeds. Measurements show a tip clearance change approaching 0.1 mm (0.2% rotor span when comparing a near-choke operating condition to a near-stall operating condition for the third stage. Additional consideration is given to environmental contributions such as ambient temperature, for which changes in tip clearance height on the order of 0.05 mm (0.1% rotor span were noted for temperature variations of 15°C. Experimental compressor operating clearances are presented for several temperatures, operating speeds, and loading conditions, and comparisons are drawn between these measured variations and predicted changes under the same conditions.

  5. Gas Bearing Control for Safe Operation in Critical Speed Regions - Experimental Verification

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    Theisen, Lukas R. S.; Niemann, Hans H.; Galeazzi, Roberto; Santos, Ilmar F.

    2015-11-01

    Gas bearings are popular for their high speed capabilities, low friction and clean operation, but require low clearances and suffer from poor damping properties. The poor damping properties cause high disturbance amplification near the natural frequencies. These become critical when the rotation speed coincides with a natural frequency. In these regions, even low mass unbalances can cause rub and damage the machine. To prevent rubbing, the variation of the rotation speed of machines supported by gas bearings has to be carefully conducted during run-ups and run-downs, by acceleration and deceleration patterns and avoidance of operation near the critical speeds, which is a limiting factor during operation, specially during run-downs. An approach for reducing the vibrations is by feedback controlled lubrication. This paper addresses the challenge of reducing vibrations in rotating machines supported by gas bearings to extend their operating range. Using H∞-design methods, active lubrication techniques are proposed to enhance the damping, which in turn reduces the vibrations to a desired safe level. The control design is validated experimentally on a laboratory test rig, and shown to allow safe shaft rotation speeds up to, in and above the two first critical speeds, which significantly extends the operating range.

  6. Computing the modal mass from the state space model in combined experimental-operational modal analysis

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    Cara, Javier

    2016-05-01

    Modal parameters comprise natural frequencies, damping ratios, modal vectors and modal masses. In a theoretic framework, these parameters are the basis for the solution of vibration problems using the theory of modal superposition. In practice, they can be computed from input-output vibration data: the usual procedure is to estimate a mathematical model from the data and then to compute the modal parameters from the estimated model. The most popular models for input-output data are based on the frequency response function, but in recent years the state space model in the time domain has become popular among researchers and practitioners of modal analysis with experimental data. In this work, the equations to compute the modal parameters from the state space model when input and output data are available (like in combined experimental-operational modal analysis) are derived in detail using invariants of the state space model: the equations needed to compute natural frequencies, damping ratios and modal vectors are well known in the operational modal analysis framework, but the equation needed to compute the modal masses has not generated much interest in technical literature. These equations are applied to both a numerical simulation and an experimental study in the last part of the work.

  7. Experimental study of operation performance of a low power thermoelectric cooling dehumidifier

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    Wang Huajun, Qi Chengying

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The present work was performed to apply thermoelectric technology to a low power dehumidifying device as an alternative to the conventional vapor-compression refrigeration systems. The experimental prototype of a small-scale thermoelectric dehumidifier (TED with rectangular cooling fins was built and its operation performance was studied experimentally. The results showed that the TED experienced two typical thermodynamic processes including the cooling dehumidification and the isothermal dehumidification, where the latter was dominated. It was found that there existed a peak during the variation of the average coefficient of performance (COP as a function of the input power of the thermoelectric module. Under the present experimental conditions, the COP of the TED reached the maximum of 0.32 and the corresponding dehumidifying rate was 0.0097 g/min, when the input power was kept at 6.0 W. The rapid elimination of condensed liquid-drops on the cooling fins amounted on the thermoelectric module is a major approach to improving the operation performance of the TED.

  8. Experimental set up of a magnetoelectric measuring system operating at different temperatures

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    Gil, K.; Gil, J.; Cruz, B.; Ramirez, A.; Medina, M.; Torres, J.

    2016-02-01

    The magnetoelectric effect is the phenomenon whereby through a magnetic stimulation can be produced an electrical response or vice versa. We implement a magnetoelectric voltage measuring device through the dynamic method for a different range of temperatures. The system was split into an electric set and an instrumentation and control set. Design and element selection criteria that the experimenter must take into account are presented, with special emphasis in the design of the sample holder, which is the fundamental component that differentiates the system operating at high temperature and the one operating at room temperature. The experimental equipment consists of an electromagnet with DC magnetic flux density (B) in a range of (0.0 to 1.6) KOe, a Helmholtz coil which operates with a sinusoidal B between (0.0 and 0.016) KOe and a PT100 temperature sensor. A tubular heating resistance, a Checkman temperature control and an SSR 40A were used for controlling the temperature. As an application of the system, the transverse and longitudinal magnetoelectric coefficient was measured for a thin film of BiFeO3 at room temperature and 307K. It was observed that the behaviour of the longitudinal and transverse magnetoelectric coefficient matches the reported value and decreased with increasing temperature.

  9. Experimental test of Landauer’s principle in single-bit operations on nanomagnetic memory bits

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    Hong, Jeongmin; Lambson, Brian; Dhuey, Scott; Bokor, Jeffrey

    2016-01-01

    Minimizing energy dissipation has emerged as the key challenge in continuing to scale the performance of digital computers. The question of whether there exists a fundamental lower limit to the energy required for digital operations is therefore of great interest. A well-known theoretical result put forward by Landauer states that any irreversible single-bit operation on a physical memory element in contact with a heat bath at a temperature T requires at least kBT ln(2) of heat be dissipated from the memory into the environment, where kB is the Boltzmann constant. We report an experimental investigation of the intrinsic energy loss of an adiabatic single-bit reset operation using nanoscale magnetic memory bits, by far the most ubiquitous digital storage technology in use today. Through sensitive, high-precision magnetometry measurements, we observed that the amount of dissipated energy in this process is consistent (within 2 SDs of experimental uncertainty) with the Landauer limit. This result reinforces the connection between “information thermodynamics” and physical systems and also provides a foundation for the development of practical information processing technologies that approach the fundamental limit of energy dissipation. The significance of the result includes insightful direction for future development of information technology. PMID:26998519

  10. Experimental test of Landauer's principle in single-bit operations on nanomagnetic memory bits.

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    Hong, Jeongmin; Lambson, Brian; Dhuey, Scott; Bokor, Jeffrey

    2016-03-01

    Minimizing energy dissipation has emerged as the key challenge in continuing to scale the performance of digital computers. The question of whether there exists a fundamental lower limit to the energy required for digital operations is therefore of great interest. A well-known theoretical result put forward by Landauer states that any irreversible single-bit operation on a physical memory element in contact with a heat bath at a temperature T requires at least k B T ln(2) of heat be dissipated from the memory into the environment, where k B is the Boltzmann constant. We report an experimental investigation of the intrinsic energy loss of an adiabatic single-bit reset operation using nanoscale magnetic memory bits, by far the most ubiquitous digital storage technology in use today. Through sensitive, high-precision magnetometry measurements, we observed that the amount of dissipated energy in this process is consistent (within 2 SDs of experimental uncertainty) with the Landauer limit. This result reinforces the connection between "information thermodynamics" and physical systems and also provides a foundation for the development of practical information processing technologies that approach the fundamental limit of energy dissipation. The significance of the result includes insightful direction for future development of information technology. PMID:26998519

  11. A computational model of pile vertical vibration in saturated soil based on the radial disturbed zone of pile driving

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    Li, Qiang; Shi, Qian; Wang, Kuihua

    2010-06-01

    In this study, a simplified computational model of pile vertical vibration was developed. The model was based on the inhomogeneous radial disturbed zone of soil in the vicinity of a pile disturbed by pile driving. The model contained two regions: the disturbed zone, which was located in the immediate vicinity of the pile, and the undisturbed region, external to the disturbed zone. In the model, excess pore pressure in the disturbed zone caused by pile driving was assumed to follow a logarithmic distribution. The relationships of stress and strain in the disturbed zone were based on the principle of effective stress under plain strain conditions. The external zone was governed by the poroelastic theory proposed by Biot. With the use of a variable separation method, an analytical solution in the frequency domain was obtained. Furthermore, a semi-analytical solution was attained by employing a numerical convolution method. Numerical results from the frequency and time domain indicated that the equivalent radius of the disturbed zone and the ratio of excess pore pressure had a significant effect on pile dynamic response. However, actual interactions between pile and soil will be weaker due to the presence of the radial disturbed zone, which is caused by pile driving. Consequently, the ideal undisturbed model overestimates the interaction between pile and soil; however, the proposed model reflects the interaction of pile and soil better than the perfect contact model. Numerical results indicate that the model can account for the time effect of pile dynamic tests.

  12. The mechanical response of piles with consideration of pile-soil interactions under a periodic wave pressure

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    朱峰; 徐卫亚; 王环玲

    2014-01-01

    The pile-soil interaction under wave loads is an extremely complex and difficult issue in engineering. In this study, a physical model test is designed based on the principle of the gravity similarity to obtain time histories of wave forces of unsteady regular waves, and to measure the magnitude and the distribution of wave forces acting on the piles. A numerical model and relevant numerical methods for the pile-soil contact surface are adopted based on the principles of elastic dynamics. For a practical project, the time histories of wave forces on the piles are obtained through physical model tests. The deformations of the piles in the pile-soil interactions and the distribution of the bending moment on the piles are studied. It is shown that, with the increase of the period of wave pressures, the absolute value of the horizontal displacement of the piles increases, the embedment depth of the piles increases, and the scope of influence of soils increases. The change of the bending moment on the piles is consistent with that of its theoretical results, and the proposed numerical method can very well simulate the properties of the piles.

  13. Regional futures: British Columbia

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    Two paradigms that are the source of present-day economic development policies are described. The dominant paradigm is the expansionist world view that assumes economic growth is essentially unlimited, subject to certain constraints, and that the best way to monitor the human economy is through money flows. The steady-state or ecological world view assumes there are real constraints on material throughput and growth, and puts a significant emphasis on natural capital as a form of wealth which is distinct from economic or manufactured capital. Over the long term, each generation must receive from the previous generation at least an adequate stock of natural capital assets to ensure long-term sustainability. For every major category of consumption, such as food and energy, an ecological footprint can be assigned which represents the land needed to sustain a given pattern of consumption. For the lower mainland of British Columbia, this footprint would be about 22 times the actual land area; for the Netherlands, it would be about 15 times larger than the country itself. On a global basis, only about 1.7 hectares per capita of ecologically productive land is actually available, showing that Canadian material standards would not be sustainable on a global level. The steady-state approach to economic development would involve a local and regional approach from the bottom up, preferring small-scale labor-intensive enterprise. Trade would be limited to trading in real ecological surpluses, and value-added products would be made locally instead of shipping raw materials for processing elsewhere. 5 figs

  14. Study of waste rock piles producing acid drainage in the Brazilian first uranium mine

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    Oliveira, Alexandre P. de; Rey-Silva, Daniela V.F.M.; Barreto, Rodrigo P., E-mail: apolivei@cnen.gov.b [Brazilian National Commission for Nuclear Energy (LAPOC/CNEN-MG), Pocos de Caldas, MG (Brazil). Pocos de Caldas Lab.; Souza-Santos, Marcio L. de, E-mail: dss@fem.unicamp.b [University of Campinas (UNICAMP), SP (Brazil). Faculty of Mechanical Engineering; Veronesi, Luciano da S., E-mail: lsv61@hotmail.co [Catholic University of Pocos de Caldas (PUC-PCaldas), MG (Brazil). Civil Engineering Dept.

    2009-07-01

    The Uranium Mine and Milling Facility located in the Pocos de Caldas Plateau stopped operating since mid-1990's and remediation actions for the mine areas are going to take place in the near future. However, environmental concerns should be addressed such as acid mine drainage (AMD) in the waste rock piles (WRPs), pit mine, and tailing dam, all driven by pyrite oxidation reactions. The AMD process leaches both heavy metals and radionuclides pollutants through the soil. This work shows the methodology applied for the determination of chemical species leaching from WRP4 as well the generation of acid waters. An experimental setup has been assembled to determine the acidity of water in contact with samples of material from the WRP4. Results are presented along a list of chemical species found in the remaining water. That is followed by discussions regarding its pH and chemical composition measured during the experiments. It has been observed that not only water and available oxygen are significant to the pyrite oxidation reaction, but also bacterial activity. This last effect should be addressed in the near future. Moreover, various important aspects regarding the experimental setup were noticed and are addressed as propositions for the continuation of the present work. (author)

  15. Study of waste rock piles producing acid drainage in the Brazilian first uranium mine

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    The Uranium Mine and Milling Facility located in the Pocos de Caldas Plateau stopped operating since mid-1990's and remediation actions for the mine areas are going to take place in the near future. However, environmental concerns should be addressed such as acid mine drainage (AMD) in the waste rock piles (WRPs), pit mine, and tailing dam, all driven by pyrite oxidation reactions. The AMD process leaches both heavy metals and radionuclides pollutants through the soil. This work shows the methodology applied for the determination of chemical species leaching from WRP4 as well the generation of acid waters. An experimental setup has been assembled to determine the acidity of water in contact with samples of material from the WRP4. Results are presented along a list of chemical species found in the remaining water. That is followed by discussions regarding its pH and chemical composition measured during the experiments. It has been observed that not only water and available oxygen are significant to the pyrite oxidation reaction, but also bacterial activity. This last effect should be addressed in the near future. Moreover, various important aspects regarding the experimental setup were noticed and are addressed as propositions for the continuation of the present work. (author)

  16. The characterization of Vicker's microhardness indentations and pile-up profiles as a strain-hardening microprobe

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    Microhardness measurements have long been used to examine strength properties and changes in strength properties in metals, for example, as induced by irradiation. Microhardness affords a relatively simple test that can be applied to very small volumes of material. Microhardness is nominally related to the flow stress of the material at a fixed level of plastic strain. Further, the geometry of the pile-up of material around the indentation is related to the strain-hardening behavior of a material; steeper pile-ups correspond to smaller strain-hardening rates. In this study the relationship between pile-up profiles and strain hardening is examined using both experimental and analytical methods. Vickers microhardness tests have been performed on a variety of metal alloys including low alloy, high Cr and austenitic stainless steels. The pile-up topology around the indentations has been quantified using confocal microscopy techniques. In addition, the indentation and pile-up geometry has been simulated using finite element method techniques. These results have been used to develop an improved quantification of the relationship between the pile-up geometry and the strain-hardening constitutive behavior of the test material

  17. Experimental study on the operators' cognitive behavior analysis for the plant anomaly diagnosis

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    In this paper, a method of human cognitive state estimation based on physiological measures has been applied to the analysis of cognitive behavior during anomaly diagnosis observed with nuclear power plant simulator. This method has also been combined with the conventional experimental protocol such as operational sequence and questionnaire results. The simulator experiments have been performed using plant experts and the results demonstrate that the cognitive state estimation method can be an effective way for understanding cognitive behavior during the anomaly diagnosis of the nuclear power plant. It has also been shown from the results that the combined use of the human cognitive state estimation and the conventional experimental protocol can provide effective information in decreasing the ambiguity of the analysis results. (author)

  18. Introduction to Single Piles under Lateral Loading

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    Augustesen, Anders; Ibsen, Lars Bo

    .2). The description is based on results of laboratory tests, full-scale field tests as well as numerical investigations presented in literature. Second, general methods that attempt to model lateral pile response are discussed in section 1.4. Third, focus is paid to a widely used method for prediction of...... Committee for Standardization), DNV (2004b) (Det Norske Veritas), CEN (2004) (European Committee for Standardization), ISO (2001) (International Organization for Standardization) and API (1993) (American Petroleum Institute)....

  19. Soil Structure Interaction in Energy Piles

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    Chen, Diming

    2016-01-01

    This study focuses on developing an improved thermo-mechanical soil-structure interaction (i.e., load transfer) analysis to assess the axial strains, stresses, and displacements during thermo-mechanical loading of energy piles in different soils having different end restraint boundary conditions. This study builds on established analyses by (i) incorporating an algorithm to identify the location of the point of zero displacement (i.e., the null point) during changes in temperature, (ii) addin...

  20. Underwater noise generated by offshore pile driving

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    Tsouvalas, A.

    2015-01-01

    Anthropogenic noise emission in the marine environment has always been an environmental issue of serious concern. In particular, the noise generated during the installation of foundation piles is considered to be one of the most significant sources of underwater noise pollution. This is mainly attributed to the recent developments in the offshore wind industry. To meet the increasing demand for energy from renewable resources, a large number of offshore wind farms are planned to be constructe...

  1. Energy piles: site investigation and analysis

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    Hemmingway, Phil; Long, Michael

    2013-01-01

    Despite an increasing worldwide use of geothermal energy foundations, there is a lack of published guidelines and results from thermal response testing of such installations. In this paper the results are presented from thermal response, thermal recovery and laboratory thermal testing performed at two sites in Ireland. Some practical issues concerned with the use of thermal response testing rigs, designed for use with deep boreholes, on relatively short piles are discussed and addressed. Give...

  2. 不同运动方向两桩间桩-土-桩相互作用%PILE-SOIL-PILE INTERACTION BETWEEN TWO PILES MOVING ALONG DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS

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    孔令刚; 樊继营; 陈仁朋; 陈云敏

    2013-01-01

    Both centrifuge modeling and numerical simulation are employed to investigate pile-soil-pile interaction between two adjacent piles with pile spacing of 3 times pile diameter moving in different directions. The influence of pile spacing,internal friction angle of sand,and different displacements of the leading and trailing piles on reduction factor are also analyzed based on numerical results. It is found that pile-soil-pile interaction is significant in two adjacent piles undergoing different movement directions. The reduction factor of the trail pile is not larger than that of the leading one in the investigated two cases. It is also found that reduction factors for the leading and trail piles almost linearly increase as pile spacing varies from 3 times pile diameter to 5 times and almost keep constant with internal friction angle. In addition,loading mode has certain effect on reduction factors of the two piles.%通过离心模型试验和数值模拟手段研究不同运动方向下桩间距为3倍桩径的两桩间相互作用规律,并分析桩间距、土体内摩擦角以及不同桩头位移对前、后桩折减系数的影响。通过分析表明,沿不同方向运动的两桩间存在明显的桩-土-桩相互作用,该相互作用效果与桩所在位置有明显关系,前桩的相互作用折减系数明显大于于后桩;当桩间距在3~5倍桩径范围内,前、后桩折减系数随桩间距近似线性变化;砂土内摩察角对折减系数的影响可以忽略。另外,不同加载方式对两桩的折减系数也有一定影响。

  3. Experimental Demonstration of xor Operation in Graphene Magnetologic Gates at Room Temperature

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    Wen, Hua; Dery, Hanan; Amamou, Walid; Zhu, Tiancong; Lin, Zhisheng; Shi, Jing; Žutić, Igor; Krivorotov, Ilya; Sham, L. J.; Kawakami, Roland K.

    2016-04-01

    We report the experimental demonstration of a magnetologic gate built on graphene at room temperature. This magnetologic gate consists of three ferromagnetic electrodes contacting a single-layer graphene spin channel and relies on spin injection and spin transport in the graphene. We utilize electrical bias tuning of spin injection to balance the inputs and achieve "exclusive or" (xor) logic operation. Furthermore, a simulation of the device performance shows that substantial improvement towards spintronic applications can be achieved by optimizing the device parameters such as the device dimensions. This advance holds promise as a basic building block for spin-based information processing.

  4. Experimental studies of systematic multiple-energy operation at HIMAC synchrotron

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    Multiple-energy synchrotron operation providing carbon-ion beams with various energies has been used for scanned particle therapy at NIRS. An energy range from 430 to 56 MeV/u and about 200 steps within this range are required to vary the Bragg peak position for effective treatment. The treatment also demands the slow extraction of beam with highly reliable properties, such as spill, position and size, for all energies. We propose an approach to generating multiple-energy operation meeting these requirements within a short time. In this approach, the device settings at most energy steps are determined without manual adjustments by using systematic parameter tuning depending on the beam energy. Experimental verification was carried out at the HIMAC synchrotron, and its results proved that this approach can greatly reduce the adjustment period

  5. Operating experience of the experimental industrial plant for reprocessing of tritiated water wastes

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    The results of 5-year operation of the experimental industrial plant for hydrogen isotope separation using combined electrolysis and catalytic exchange (CECE) process are presented. The plant is used for large-scale studies of CECE process and for reprocessing tritiated heavy water wastes. The main parts of the plant are a 100-mm diameter exchange column of 6.9 m overall height, alkaline electrolytic cells and catalytic burners. The separation performance of the column was determined. The computer code makes it possible to carry out the calculation over a wide range of conditions and to forecast a concentration profile within the column when the values of flow rates are changed. The experience gained during the plant operation shows a high efficiency of isotope separation by CECE process and allows regarding CECE process as a considerable promise for the industrial use, in particular, for water purification from tritium

  6. Experimental studies of systematic multiple-energy operation at HIMAC synchrotron

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    Mizushima, K., E-mail: mizshima@nirs.go.jp [Department of Accelerator and Medical Physics, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, 4-9-1 Anagawa, Inage-ku, Chiba 263-8555 (Japan); Katagiri, K.; Iwata, Y.; Furukawa, T. [Department of Accelerator and Medical Physics, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, 4-9-1 Anagawa, Inage-ku, Chiba 263-8555 (Japan); Fujimoto, T. [Accelerator Engineering Corporation, 3-8-5 Konakadai, Inage-ku, Chiba 263-0043 (Japan); Sato, S.; Hara, Y.; Shirai, T.; Noda, K. [Department of Accelerator and Medical Physics, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, 4-9-1 Anagawa, Inage-ku, Chiba 263-8555 (Japan)

    2014-07-15

    Multiple-energy synchrotron operation providing carbon-ion beams with various energies has been used for scanned particle therapy at NIRS. An energy range from 430 to 56 MeV/u and about 200 steps within this range are required to vary the Bragg peak position for effective treatment. The treatment also demands the slow extraction of beam with highly reliable properties, such as spill, position and size, for all energies. We propose an approach to generating multiple-energy operation meeting these requirements within a short time. In this approach, the device settings at most energy steps are determined without manual adjustments by using systematic parameter tuning depending on the beam energy. Experimental verification was carried out at the HIMAC synchrotron, and its results proved that this approach can greatly reduce the adjustment period.

  7. Experimental Modeling of VHTR Plenum Flows during Normal Operation and Pressurized Conduction Cooldown

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    Glenn E McCreery; Keith G Condie

    2006-09-01

    The Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) is the leading candidate for the Next Generation Nuclear Power (NGNP) Project in the U.S. which has the goal of demonstrating the production of emissions free electricity and hydrogen by 2015. The present document addresses experimental modeling of flow and thermal mixing phenomena of importance during normal or reduced power operation and during a loss of forced reactor cooling (pressurized conduction cooldown) scenario. The objectives of the experiments are, 1), provide benchmark data for assessment and improvement of codes proposed for NGNP designs and safety studies, and, 2), obtain a better understanding of related phenomena, behavior and needs. Physical models of VHTR vessel upper and lower plenums which use various working fluids to scale phenomena of interest are described. The models may be used to both simulate natural convection conditions during pressurized conduction cooldown and turbulent lower plenum flow during normal or reduced power operation.

  8. Reheating experiment in the 35-ton pile

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    When the 35-ton pile was started up it was necessary for us, in order to study certain effects (xenon for example), to know the anti reactivity value of the rods as a function of their dimensions. We have made use of the possibility, in the reheating experiment, of raising the temperature of the graphite-uranium block by simple heating, in order to determine the anti reactivity curves of the rods, and from that the overall temperature coefficient. For the latter we have considered two solutions: first, one in which the average temperature of the pile is defined as our arithmetical mean of the different values given by the 28 thermocouples distributed throughout the pile; a second in which the temperature in likened to a poisoning and is balanced by the square of the flux. The way in which the measurements have been made is indicated, and the different instruments used are described. The method of reheating does not permit the separation of the temperature coefficients of uranium and of graphite. The precision obtained is only moderate, and suffers from the changes of various parameters necessary to other manipulations carried out simultaneously (life time modulators for example), and finally it is a function of the comparatively restricted time allowed. It is evident of course that more careful stabilisation at the different plateaux chosen would have necessitated long periods of reheating. (author)

  9. Control servomechanisms of the pile

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    The power control system of the EL-1 Chatillon reactor is a 45 kg cadmium plate (neutron absorber) which is interposed between the core and the reflector. This plate is moved vertically with a less than 0.5 mm preciseness using a motor-driven remote control system. This report describes the different elements of this system: the synchronization between the emitter and the receiver of the remote control system, the asynchronous motor, the amplifier for the reversal of the motor rotation, the preamplifier for the amplification of the signal given by the receiver-synchro. The stability of the counter-reaction system made by the motor, the mechanical system and the receiver-synchro is analyzed in the last part. The equations of the operation of an asynchronous motor are analyzed in the appendix (leak flux, balancing of the motor, electrical angle, torque, numerical application). (J.S.)

  10. Resonant and nonresonant new phenomena of four-fermion operators for experimental searches

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available In the fermion content and gauge symmetry of the standard model (SM, we study the four-fermion operators in the torsion-free Einstein–Cartan theory. The collider signatures of irrelevant operators are suppressed by the high-energy cutoff (torsion-field mass Λ, and cannot be experimentally accessible at TeV scales. Whereas the dynamics of relevant operators accounts for (i the SM symmetry-breaking in the domain of infrared-stable fixed point with the energy scale v≈239.5 GeV and (ii composite Dirac particles restoring the SM symmetry in the domain of ultraviolet-stable fixed point with the energy scale E≳5 TeV. To search for the resonant phenomena of composite Dirac particles with peculiar kinematic distributions in final states, we discuss possible high-energy processes: multi-jets and dilepton Drell–Yan process in LHC pp collisions, the resonant cross-section in e−e+ collisions annihilating to hadrons and deep inelastic lepton–hadron e−p scatterings. To search for the nonresonant phenomena due to the form-factor of Higgs boson, we calculate the variation of Higgs-boson production and decay rate with the CM energy in LHC. We also present the discussions on four-fermion operators in the lepton sector and the mass-squared differences for neutrino oscillations in short baseline experiments.

  11. An experimental investigation and statistical modelling for trim cutting operation in WEDM of Nimonic-90

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    Vinod Kumar

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Trim cutting operation in wire electrical discharge machining (WEDM is considered as a probable solution to improve surface characteristics and geometrical accuracy by removing very small amount of work materials from the surface obtained after a rough cutting operation. In this study, an attempt has been made to model the surface roughness and dimensional shift in trim cutting operations in WEDM process through response surface methodology (RSM. Four process parameters; namely pulse-on time (Ton, servo voltage (SV, wire depth (Wd and Dielectric flow rate (FR have been considered as input parameters in trim cutting operations for modelling. Desirability function has been employed to optimize multi performance characteristics. Increasing the value of Ton, Wd and FR increases the surface roughness and dimensional shift but increasing SV decreases both surface roughness and dimensional shift. Quadratic models have been proposed for both the performance characteristics. In present experimentation, thickness of recast layer was observed in the range of 6μm to 12μm for low to high value of discharge parameters.

  12. Effects of pile-driving on harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) at the first offshore wind farm in Germany

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    Dähne, Michael; Gilles, Anita; Lucke, Klaus; Peschko, Verena; Adler, Sven; Krügel, Kathrin; Sundermeyer, Janne; Siebert, Ursula

    2013-06-01

    The first offshore wind farm ‘alpha ventus’ in the German North Sea was constructed north east of Borkum Reef Ground approximately 45 km north off the German coast in 2008 and 2009 using percussive piling for the foundations of 12 wind turbines. Visual monitoring of harbour porpoises was conducted prior to as well as during construction and operation by means of 15 aerial line transect distance sampling surveys, from 2008 to 2010. Static acoustic monitoring (SAM) with echolocation click loggers at 12 positions was performed additionally from 2008 to 2011. SAM devices were deployed between 1 and 50 km from the centre of the wind farm. During aerial surveys, 18 600 km of transect lines were covered in two survey areas (10 934 and 11 824 km2) and 1392 harbour porpoise sightings were recorded. Lowest densities were documented during the construction period in 2009. The spatial distribution pattern recorded on two aerial surveys three weeks before and exactly during pile-driving points towards a strong avoidance response within 20 km distance of the noise source. Generalized additive modelling of SAM data showed a negative impact of pile-driving on relative porpoise detection rates at eight positions at distances less than 10.8 km. Increased detection rates were found at two positions at 25 and 50 km distance suggesting that porpoises were displaced towards these positions. A pile-driving related behavioural reaction could thus be detected using SAM at a much larger distance than a pure avoidance radius would suggest. The first waiting time (interval between porpoise detections of at least 10 min), after piling started, increased with longer piling durations. A gradient in avoidance, a gradual fading of the avoidance reaction with increasing distance from the piling site, is hence most probably a product of an incomplete displacement during shorter piling events.

  13. Effects of pile-driving on harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) at the first offshore wind farm in Germany

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    The first offshore wind farm alpha ventusin the German North Sea was constructed north east of Borkum Reef Ground approximately 45 km north off the German coast in 2008 and 2009 using percussive piling for the foundations of 12 wind turbines. Visual monitoring of harbour porpoises was conducted prior to as well as during construction and operation by means of 15 aerial line transect distance sampling surveys, from 2008 to 2010. Static acoustic monitoring (SAM) with echolocation click loggers at 12 positions was performed additionally from 2008 to 2011. SAM devices were deployed between 1 and 50 km from the centre of the wind farm. During aerial surveys, 18 600 km of transect lines were covered in two survey areas (10 934 and 11 824 km2) and 1392 harbour porpoise sightings were recorded. Lowest densities were documented during the construction period in 2009. The spatial distribution pattern recorded on two aerial surveys three weeks before and exactly during pile-driving points towards a strong avoidance response within 20 km distance of the noise source. Generalized additive modelling of SAM data showed a negative impact of pile-driving on relative porpoise detection rates at eight positions at distances less than 10.8 km. Increased detection rates were found at two positions at 25 and 50 km distance suggesting that porpoises were displaced towards these positions. A pile-driving related behavioural reaction could thus be detected using SAM at a much larger distance than a pure avoidance radius would suggest. The first waiting time (interval between porpoise detections of at least 10 min), after piling started, increased with longer piling durations. A gradient in avoidance, a gradual fading of the avoidance reaction with increasing distance from the piling site, is hence most probably a product of an incomplete displacement during shorter piling events. (letter)

  14. In-pile cladding tests at NRI Rez and PIE capabilities and experience

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    In-pile cladding corrosion test facilities and relevant post-irradiation capabilities at NRI Rez plc are overviewed. Basic information about the research rector LVR-15 and in-pile water loops is given. An experience in the field of Zr-alloy cladding corrosion testing and investigation of cladding corrosion behaviour is demonstrated for two experimental programmes conducted at NRI Rez in the past period. The first example describes results obtained at studying of corrosion behaviour of advanced Zr-alloys under PWR conditions with a special concern to a high lithium content and subcooled surface boiling. The second example informs about completion of the experimental programme supported by the IAEA which is focused on investigation of Zircaloy-4 cladding behaviour under VVER water chemistry, thermal-hydraulic and irradiation conditions with the main to obtain experimental data for an assessment of the Zircaloy-4 cladding compatibility with VVER conditions. (author)

  15. Theoretical and experimental studies on a magnetorheological brake operating under compression plus shear mode

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    Sarkar, C.; Hirani, H.

    2013-11-01

    The torque characteristics of magnetorheological brakes, consisting of rotating disks immersed in a MR fluid and enclosed in an electromagnetic casing, are controlled by regulating the yield stress of the MR fluid. An increase in yield stress increases the braking torque, which means that the higher the yield strength of the MR fluid, the better the performance of the MR brake will be. In the present research an application of compressive force on MR fluid has been proposed to increase the torque capacity of MR brakes. The mathematical expressions to estimate the torque values for MR brake, operating under compression plus shear mode accounting Herschel-Bulkley shear thinning model, have been detailed. The required compressive force on MR fluid of the proposed brake has been applied using an electromagnetic actuator. The development of a single-plate MR disk brake and an experimental test rig are described. Experiments have been performed to illustrate braking torque under different control currents (0.0-2.0 A). The torque results have been plotted and compared with theoretical study. Experimental results as well as theoretical calculations indicate that the braking torque of the proposed MR brake is higher than that of the MR brake operating only under shear.

  16. Theoretical and experimental studies on a magnetorheological brake operating under compression plus shear mode

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    The torque characteristics of magnetorheological brakes, consisting of rotating disks immersed in a MR fluid and enclosed in an electromagnetic casing, are controlled by regulating the yield stress of the MR fluid. An increase in yield stress increases the braking torque, which means that the higher the yield strength of the MR fluid, the better the performance of the MR brake will be. In the present research an application of compressive force on MR fluid has been proposed to increase the torque capacity of MR brakes. The mathematical expressions to estimate the torque values for MR brake, operating under compression plus shear mode accounting Herschel–Bulkley shear thinning model, have been detailed. The required compressive force on MR fluid of the proposed brake has been applied using an electromagnetic actuator. The development of a single-plate MR disk brake and an experimental test rig are described. Experiments have been performed to illustrate braking torque under different control currents (0.0–2.0 A). The torque results have been plotted and compared with theoretical study. Experimental results as well as theoretical calculations indicate that the braking torque of the proposed MR brake is higher than that of the MR brake operating only under shear. (paper)

  17. Experimental and computational thermalhydraulics research related to CANDU reactor operation and safety

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    This paper describes recent, ongoing and planned research projects at the University of Ottawa, whose objective is to enhance our knowledge of flow and heat transfer in CANDU rod bundles and header/feeder systems and to assist the Canadian nuclear industry in the analysis of operation and safety of CANDU components as well as in designing improved ones. Several experimental facilities are being developed, including a refractive-index matching flow loop for detailed measurements of flows in eccentric annuli and rod bundles, a large-scale, heated rod-bundle facility with air as medium, matching the Reynolds number of the CANDU core and suitable for the study of the effects of geometrical distortions (e.g., pressure tube creep, spacers and fuel element bow) and transients, and an air-water loop for the testing of the operation of wire-mesh sensors and the study of two-phase flows in simple header/feeder vessels. Extensive CFD work on similar topics is also been conducted in parallel with the experiments using the experimental results for its validation. (author)

  18. Conflict Resolution Performance in an Experimental Study of En Route Free Maneuvering Operations

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    Doble, Nathan A.; Barhydt, Richard; Hitt, James M., II

    2005-01-01

    NASA has developed a far-term air traffic management concept, termed Distributed Air/Ground Traffic Management (DAG-TM). One component of DAG-TM, En Route Free Maneuvering, allows properly trained flight crews of equipped autonomous aircraft to assume responsibility for separation from other autonomous aircraft and from Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aircraft. Ground-based air traffic controllers continue to separate IFR traffic and issue flow management constraints to all aircraft. To examine En Route Free Maneuvering operations, a joint human-in-the-loop experiment was conducted in summer 2004 at the NASA Ames and Langley Research Centers. Test subject pilots used desktop flight simulators to resolve traffic conflicts and adhere to air traffic flow constraints issued by subject controllers. The experimental airspace integrated both autonomous and IFR aircraft at varying traffic densities. This paper presents a subset of the En Route Free Maneuvering experimental results, focusing on airborne and ground-based conflict resolution, and the effects of increased traffic levels on the ability of pilots and air traffic controllers to perform this task. The results show that, in general, increases in autonomous traffic do not significantly impact conflict resolution performance. In addition, pilot acceptability of autonomous operations remains high throughout the range of traffic densities studied. Together with previously reported findings, these results continue to support the feasibility of the En Route Free Maneuvering component of DAG-TM.

  19. Full Wave Solution for Hydrodynamic Behaviors of Pile Breakwater

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    ZHU Da-tong

    2013-01-01

    Rayleigh expansion is used to study the water-wave interaction with a row of pile breakwater in finite water depth.Evanescent waves,the wave energy dissipated on the fluid resistance and the thickness of the breakwater are totally included in the model.The formulae of wave reflection and transmission coefficients are obtained.The accuracy of the present model is verified by a comparison with existing results.It is found that the predicted wave reflection and transmission coefficients for the zero order are all highly consistent with the experimental data (Hagiwara,1984;Isaacson et al.,1998) and plane wave solutions (Zhu,2011).The losses of the wave energy for the fluid passing through slits play an important role,which removes the phenomena of enhanced wave transmission.

  20. Soil Plug Effect Prediction and Pile Driveability Analysis for Large-Diameter Steel Piles in Ocean Engineering

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    LIU Run; YAN Shu-wang; LI Zhi-hua

    2009-01-01

    Long steel piles with large diameters have been more widely used in the field of ocean engineering.Owing to the pile with a large diameter,soil plug development during pile driving has great influences on pile driveability and beating capacity.The response of soil plug developed inside the open-ended pipe pile during the dynamic condition of pile-driving is different from the response under the static condition of loading during service.This paper addresses the former aspect.A numerical procedure for soil plng effect prediction and pile driveability analysis is proposed and described.By taking into consideration of the pile dimension effect on side and tip resistance,this approach introduces a dimensional coefficient to the conventional static equilibrium equations for the plug differential unit and proposes an improved static equity method for the plug effect prediction.At the same time,this approach introduces a simplified model by use of one-dimensional stress wave equation to simulate the interaction between soft ping and pile inner wall.The proposed approach has been applied in practical engineering analyses.Results show that the calculated plug effect and pile driveability based on the proposed approach agree well with the observed data.

  1. In-pile dosimetry. Report of a panel

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    A serious difficulty in much experimental research work with research reactors is that of measuring accurately doses or neutron fluences in cases where these are an essential parameter. Even if accurate measurements are performed, it is still in most cases impossible to compare experimental results obtained in different types of reactors, because of the inadequacy of present methods and units to reflect the dependence of spectra and radiation composition on the induced processes. In view of this the International Atomic Energy Agency convened a Panel on in-pile dosimetry which was held from 13 to 17 July 1964 to review the present status of research and development work and to advise the Director General of the Agency on a possible programme in this field. The results of this Panel are published in the present Report. Although primarily intended as advice to the Agency, many aspects of the discussions and submitted status reports and papers were considered to be of such general interest that the Agency should make them available in published form. The papers have, however, been included only as summaries as they have, to a considerable extent, been incorporated in the Panel Report and recommendations. It is recognized that the International Commission on Radiological Units and Measurements (ICRU) has recommended a terminology for this field, but this is not yet in general use in many laboratories. Although this terminology is used in the Report of the Panel, no effort has been made to introduce it into the submitted status reports and summaries published here as it Is felt that there is no major risk of confusion. This publication should not be taken as a report on the Agency's programme in the field of in-pile dosimetry, although it serves as a basis on which to build such a program

  2. Auditing the British Medical Journal.

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    Channer, K S

    1994-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to audit the outcome in terms of change in practice of the published research from one volume of the British Medical Journal. All original papers and short reports from one Volume 296 of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) 1988 were read and classified into theoretical only, practical and theoretical and practical. Those papers with any practical message were reviewed by one of a panel of specialists in the subject of the paper to assess if the recommendation made ...

  3. Model study on dynamic behavior of a single pile-soil interaction in surface layer. Kogata mokei jikken ni yoru kui-jiban no doteki sogo sayos seijo no kosatsu

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    Yahata, K. (Kajima Corp., Tokyo (Japan))

    1993-10-31

    An experimental study was made on the dynamic interaction between pile and soil by a small scale model made of silicone rubber. The model consists of models of ground, friction pile, and supporting pile. The vibration experiment was carried out in two ways, i.e., the pile head excitation by an exciter and the excitation by a vibration desk. The input was a steady excitation. The excitation from the exciter was transmitted to the pile head through the rigid rod which was supported horizontally. Although it is difficult to obtain the linear result in the horizontal excitation experiment in a single pile on the real ground, this experiment gave the linear results to be compared with the analytical results. The response of pile was influenced by the dynamic characteristic of the ground. In some cases, the influence was enhanced at the resonance point of the surface ground. The pile length dependence of the horizontal rigidity was not so big. The experimental results quite agreed with the results of the pile and ground interaction which were calculated based on the three-dimensional wave theory. The experiments using exciter and the vibrator clarified the nature of the dynamic interaction. 4 refs., 10 figs.

  4. Numerical and experimental investigation on the performance of safety valves operating with different gases

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    A detailed analysis of the effect related to the expansion of different gases throughout safety relief valves is carried out both numerically and experimentally. The considered gases are air, argon and ethylene, representative of a wide range of specific heat ratios. A first experimental campaign performed in air and argon on a safety relief valve characterized by connection 1/2″ × 1″ and orifice designation D (diameter 10 mm) according to API 526 showed significant reduction both in disc lift and in exhausted mass flow rate, at the nominal overpressure, when operating with argon. In order to gain a deeper insight into the physics involved and to evaluate the valve behavior with other gases, an extensive numerical testing has been performed by means of an accurate CFD code based on discontinuous Galerkin formulation. Numerical results are at first validated against measurements obtained in air on a 2″ J 3″ safety relief valve proving a remarkable accuracy of the computational method. Then the validated solver is applied on the same computational grid using argon and ethylene as working fluids. The three gases are considered as thermally perfect gases. A critical discussion based on the numerical results allows to clarify the fluid dynamic and physical reasons causing the observed trends both in the opening force and in the discharge coefficient. The main conclusion is that particular care must be taken when a safety valve operates with a fluid characterized by a specific heat ratio greater than the one of the gas used during type testing. -- Highlights: ► Effects of different gases on the discharge capacity and operational characteristics on safety relief valves. ► Influence of different specific heat ratio on safety relief valves discharge coefficient. ► Skilful application of Discontinuous Galerkin CFD solver to safety valves performances prediction

  5. Impedance function of a group of vertical piles

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    Impedance and transfer functions of a group of vertical piles located in any desired configuration in plan in a horizontally stratified soil layer are derived. Hysteretic and radiation damping are accounted for. The method separates the piles and the soil, introducing unknown interaction forces. The total flexibility matrix of the soil is constructed, superposing the (complex) flexibility coefficients caused by the interaction forces of a single pile only. The dependence of the impedance and transfer functions on the oscllating frequency for foundations with different numbers of piles is investigated. Pile-soil-pile interaction is shown to be very important for all modes of vibration. The procedure is used in the seismic analysis of a reactor building. (Author)

  6. Settlement calculation for long-short composite piled raft foundation

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    ZHAO Ming-hua; ZHANG Ling; YANG Ming-hui

    2006-01-01

    The mechanism of long-short composite piled raft foundation was discussed. Assuming the relationship between shear stress and shear strain of the surrounding soil was elasto-plastic, shear displacement method was employed to establish the different explicit relational equations between the load and the displacement at the top of pile in either elastic or elasto-plastic period. Then Mylonakis & Gazetas model was introduced to simulate the interaction between two piles or between piles and soil. Considering the effect of cushion, the flexible coefficients of interaction were provided. With the addition of a relevant program, the settlement calculation for long-short composite piled raft foundation was developed which could be used to account for the interaction of piles,soil and cushion. Finally, the calculation method was used to analyze an engineering example. The calculated value of settlement is 10.2 mm, which is close to the observed value 8.8 mm.

  7. Experimental identification and study of hydraulic resonance test rig with Francis turbine operating at partial load

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    Favrel, A.; Landry, C.; Müller, A.; Avellan, F.

    2012-11-01

    Resonance in hydraulic systems is characterized by pressure fluctuations of high amplitude which can lead to undesirable and dangerous effects, such as noise, vibration and structural failure. For a Francis turbine operating at partial load, the cavitating vortex rope developing at the outlet of the runner induces pressure fluctuations which can excite the hydraulic system resonance, leading to undesirable large torque and power fluctuations. At resonant operating points, the prediction of amplitude pressure fluctuations by hydro-acoustic models breaks down and gives unreliable results. A more detailed knowledge of the eigenmodes and a better understanding of phenomenon occurring at resonance could allow improving the hydro-acoustic models prediction.This paper presents an experimental identification of a resonance observed in a close-looped hydraulic system with a Francis turbine reduced scale model operating at partial load. The resonance is excited matching one of the test rig eigenfrequencies with the vortex rope precession frequency. At this point, the hydro-acoustic response of the test rig is studied more precisely and used finally to reproduce the shape of the excited eigenmode.

  8. Experimental identification and study of hydraulic resonance test rig with Francis turbine operating at partial load

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    Resonance in hydraulic systems is characterized by pressure fluctuations of high amplitude which can lead to undesirable and dangerous effects, such as noise, vibration and structural failure. For a Francis turbine operating at partial load, the cavitating vortex rope developing at the outlet of the runner induces pressure fluctuations which can excite the hydraulic system resonance, leading to undesirable large torque and power fluctuations. At resonant operating points, the prediction of amplitude pressure fluctuations by hydro-acoustic models breaks down and gives unreliable results. A more detailed knowledge of the eigenmodes and a better understanding of phenomenon occurring at resonance could allow improving the hydro-acoustic models prediction.This paper presents an experimental identification of a resonance observed in a close-looped hydraulic system with a Francis turbine reduced scale model operating at partial load. The resonance is excited matching one of the test rig eigenfrequencies with the vortex rope precession frequency. At this point, the hydro-acoustic response of the test rig is studied more precisely and used finally to reproduce the shape of the excited eigenmode.

  9. In-Pile Thermal Conductivity Measurement Methods for Nuclear Fuels

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    Fox, Brandon S.

    2010-01-01

    Measuring nuclear fuel thermal conductivity in-pile can provide much needed data for understanding fuel performance during irradiation and yield thermophysical property data needed for simulation codes and fuel databases. The objective of this research is to develop and compare two in-pile thermal conductivity methods in a laboratory setting using surrogate fuel materials. A steady-state radial heat flow method was investigated to understand its viability as an in-pile steady-state thermal...

  10. Influence of heave reducing piles on ground movements around excavations

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    McNamara, A M

    2001-01-01

    The research concerns the influence of piles, installed beneath deep excavations, as a means of reducing movements in the surrounding ground. The work focussed on the use of piles installed as a part of top down basement construction, a technique used in conjunction with deep excavations in urban areas. The investigations sought to explore the effectiveness of bored piles as a means of enhancing the stiffness of the soil beneath the excavation and so reducing the spread of movements to the su...

  11. Summary of in-pile loop experiments related to the development of the fuel failure detection systems for LMFBR in Japan

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    The works on the development of the fuel failure detection systems for LMFBRs using two sodium in-pile loops (SIL and FPL) and one cover gas loop (CGMTF) are summarized. The sodium in-pile loop (SIL) is at the JRR-2 in Tokai Research Establishment, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, and contains 8.5 l of sodium. The fission product loop (FPL) is a sodium inpile loop located at the Toshiba Training Reactor in Nuclear Engineering Laboratory, Toshiba Corp., and has 4.8 kg of sodium. The cover gas monitor test facility (CGMTF) is located at the JRR-3 in TRE, JAERI, and various types of cover gas monitors are tested with it. Delayed neutron monitors, moving wire precipitators, cover gas reservoirs-Ge (Li) gamma-ray spectrometers, proportional counter type precipitators and others were tested in these facilities. Some of the results obtained by the above mentioned experiments were used for licensing the operation of the experimental FBR ''Joyo'', and will be reflected to the design of the prototype FBR ''Monju''. The experimental data obtained are shown. (Kako, I.)

  12. Effect of Rigidity of Plinth Beam on Soil Interaction of Modeled Building Frame Supported on Pile Groups

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    Ravi Kumar Reddy, C.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the effect of rigidity of plinth beam on a model building frame supported by pile groups embedded in cohesionless soil (sand through the results of static vertical load tests. The effect of rigidity of plinth beam on displacements and rotation at the column base and also shears and bending moments in the building frame were investigated. In the analytical model, soil nonlinearity in the axial direction is characterized by nonlinear vertical springs along the length of the pile (t-z curves and at the tip of the pile (Q-z curves while in the lateral direction by the p-y curves. Results revealed that, shear force and bending moment values which were back calculated from the experimental results, showed considerable reduction with the reduction of the rigidity of the plinth beam. The response of the frame from the experimental results is in good agreement with that obtained by the nonlinear finite element analysis.

  13. Simulation of Pile-up in the ATLAS Experiment

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    2014-01-01

    The high luminosity of the LHC results in a significant background to interesting physics events known as pile-up. ATLAS has adopted two independent methods for modeling pile-up and its effect on analyses. The first is a bottom-up approach, using a detailed simulation of the detector to recreate each component of the pile-up background. The second uses specially recorded data events to emulate it. This article reports on the experience using both of these methods, including performance considerations, for simulating pile-up in ATLAS.

  14. Soil-cement piles by drilling-mixing method

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    ZOTSENKO N.; VYNNYKOV YU.; ZOTSENKO V.

    2015-01-01

    Development of the drilling-mixing technology lead to the appearance of the soil-cement piles. It has all advantages of the drilling piles, but it eliminate the problem of the well walls stability. Drilling-mixing technology consist in, that machine with drilling-mixing head loosen soil; impregnated it by laitance; and mixed. Piles are perform from the excavation bottom until design depth. The movable soil-cement mixture feels wells during all the process. Pile has cylindrical form with set s...

  15. Bearing Capacity of Mixed Pile with Stiffness Core

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    YUE Jianwei; JIANG Xinliang; LING Guangrong

    2006-01-01

    To study load transfer mechanism and bearing capacity of a mixed pile with stiffness core (MPSC), which is formed by inserting a precast reinforced concrete pile (PRCP), in-situ tests involving MPSCs with different lengths, diameters, water cement ratios and PRCPs, cement mixed piles, and drilling hole piles, were carried out.Limit bearing capacities, load-settlement curves and stress distribution of MPSCs and mixed piles were obtained.The load transfer between cement soil and PRCP was analyzed by finite element method (FEM).Test results and FEM analysis show that an MPSC has fully utilized the big friction from a cement mixed pile and the high compressive strength from a PRCP which transfers outer top load into the inner cement soil, and that inserting a PRCP into a mixed pile changes the stress distribution of a mixed pile and improves frictional resistance between a mixed pile and soil.The length and the section area on PRCP of an MPSC both have an optimum value.Adopting MPSC is effective in improving the bearing capacity of soft soil ground.

  16. Experimental analysis of oxygen-methane combustion inside a gas turbine reactor under various operating conditions

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    The oxygen-methane diffusion flame taking place in a gas turbine reactor was investigated experimentally with emphasis on flame stability. The oxidizer is a mixture of O2 and CO2 and the oxy-combustion process was studied at different equivalence ratios ranging from Φ = 0.5 to 1.0 and different O2/CO2 mixture composition (100/0, 80/20, 60/40, 50/50, 40/60, 30/70 and 25/75). The flame blowout condition was achieved through the reduction of oxygen percentage in the oxidizer mixture. Measurements were obtained for the flue gas temperature and concentration as well as flame visualization. It was found that the flame is very stable at the equivalence ratio of 0.65. At this ratio, the flame blows out at an O2/CO2 blending ratio of 22/78 for the case of fuel flow rate of 6 L/min and at a blending ratio of 21/79 for the case of fuel flow rate of 9 L/min. Attempts for operating the burner with less than 21% O2 were unsuccessful at all ranges of the operating parameters and resulted in unstable operation and blowout. Moreover, it was observed that the stabilization behavior did not change significantly with the variation of the fuel volume flow rate. It was also found that both flame and flue gas temperatures are reduced with the increase of the equivalence ratio. - Highlights: • Stability and characteristics of oxy-combustion diffusion flame were investigated. • The flame blowout conditions was determined. • Visualization of flame is carried out and the exhaust gas temperature is measured. • It was found that the most stable flame is at an equivalence ratio of 0.65. • Attempts for operating the burner with less than 21% O2 were unsuccessful

  17. Verification of cosmos code using in-pile data of re-instrumented MOX fuels

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    Two MIMAS MOX fuel rods base-irradiated in a commercial PWR have been re-instrumented and irradiated at a test reactor. The fabrication data for two MOX rods are characterized together with base irradiation information. Both rods were re-instrumented to be fitted with thermocouple to measure centerline temperature of fuel. One rod was equipped with pressure transducer for rod internal pressure, whereas the other with a cladding elongation detector. The post irradiation examinations for various items were performed to determine fuel and cladding in-pile behavior after base irradiation. By using well characterized fabrication and re-instrumentation data and power history, the fuel performance code, COSMOS, is verified with measured in-pile and PIE information. The COSMOS code shows good agreement for the cladding oxidation and creep, and fission gas release when compared with PIE data after base irradiation. Based on the re-instrumentation information and power history measured in-pile, the COSMOS predicts re-instrumented in-pile thermal behaviour during the power up-ramp and steady operation with acceptable accuracy. The rod internal pressure is also well simulated by COSMOS code. Therefore, with all the other verification by COSMOS code up to now, it can be concluded that the COMSOS fuel performance code is applicable for the design and license for MOX fuel rods up to high burnup

  18. Young British Art / Hanno Soans

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    Soans, Hanno, 1974-

    2001-01-01

    1990ndate kunsti muutumisest. Inglise kunstniku Peter Daviese maalist "Kuum esimene sada" (1996), Gavin Turki vahakujuna valminud autoportreest "Pop". "Young British Art'i" uuskunstist ja Jasper Zoova installatsioonist "F1". Eri analüüsivõimalusi pakkuvatest töödest (Marko Laimre & Ene-Liis Semperi 2000. a. novembri ühisnäituse osa töid).

  19. American English vs. British English

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    Shahheidaripour, Gholamabbass

    1997-01-01

    The present study, using a totally direct method, investigates, within the framework of sociolinguistics and foreign language teaching in Iran, whether teachers of English prefer British or American variety of English language, and whether their preference corresponds to their performance on a related test. Thirty Iranian English language teachers…

  20. British Industrial Libraries Before 1939

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    Marshall, Margaret R.

    1972-01-01

    British industrial firm libraries are traced from their beginnings till 1939, by which date they had spread to many branches of industry and had been recognized as an important part of the industrial and library worlds, thus establishing standard patterns of work. The origins and significance of Aslib are discussed. (27 references) (Author/NH)

  1. BRITISH ARMY COMMISIONS BY PURCHASE

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    H.J. Dick Usher

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available I have before me a copy of a letter dated 12 May, 1814, written by certain Lieutenant-Colonel William Fuller of the King's Dragoon Guards to a British Lord, in which is advised that a commission for His Lordship's son would cost £735. Further on in this article I shall state the prices as they were at the time of the' Crimean War. Only recently did I read a book by a very well-known British author who claims that the British army of the 1850's was small, and that the Crimean War was to prove that it was shockingly organised, but he speaks only well of the navy of that period. I ask that my readers please bear in mind that in earlier days there was no such rank as second-lieutenant nor sub-lieutenant in the British army. The most junior commissioned rank in the infantry was that of ensign. In the cavalry, it was cornet until 1871, when it became sub-lieutenant.

  2. Threat from Rubble-Pile Asteroids

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    Schultz, P. H.

    2015-12-01

    While chondrites are the most common meteoroids to enter our atmosphere, they represent a small fraction of recovered falls. Most stony meteorites disrupt during entry, consumed by ablation or lost by weathering; in contrast, small iron meteorites (entry at altitude; (c) no accessory meteorite falls; (d) "explosion" (not low-speed compression) crater; (e) infrasound/seismic data indicating a high-speed entry/collision; and (f) petrologic evidence for shock deformation/melting in breccias indicative of speeds >4 km/s. Although a monolithic chondrite (~ 10 m across) might allow surviving entry, most objects of this size contain multiple flaws, ensuring atmospheric disruption. Hence, an alternative "needle model" was proposed wherein a small rubble-pile object gradually re-shaped itself during entry [Schultz, 2008], a process that minimizes drag, thermal signatures of entry, and catastrophic disruption. First proposed to account for smaller than expected craters on Venus [Schultz, 1992], such a process resembles subsequent Shoemaker-Levy entry models [Boslough and Crawford, 1997] that predicted much deeper entry than standard models. Laboratory experiments at the NASA Ames Vertical Gun Range simulated this process by breaking-up hypervelocity projectiles into a cloud of debris and tracking its path at near-full atmospheric pressure. The resulting cloud of fragments exhibited less deceleration than a solid sphere at the same speed. Moreover, shadowgraphs revealed constituent fragments "surfing" the pressure jump within the mach cone/column. Previous models proposed that crater-forming impacts must be >50-100 m in diameter in order to survive entry [Bland and Artemieva, 2004]. The "needle model" for the Carancas meteorite entry, however, raises questions about this lower limit for threats by rubble-pile asteroids, e.g., Itokawa. Consequently, we modeled the fate of a rubble-pile entering earth's atmosphere using GEODYN, an Eulerian code with adaptive mesh refinement

  3. Experimental studies on bubble pump operated diffusion absorption machine based on light hydrocarbons for solar cooling

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    Ben Ezzine, N.; Garma, R.; Bellagi, A. [U.R. Thermique et Thermodynamique des Procedes Industriels, Ecole Nationale d' Ingenieurs de Monastir, Av. Ibn Jazzar, 5060 Monastir (Tunisia); Bourouis, M. [Center CREVER, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 43006 Tarragona (Spain)

    2010-02-15

    An experimental investigation of an air-cooled diffusion absorption machine operating with a binary light hydrocarbon mixture (C{sub 4}H{sub 10}/C{sub 9}H{sub 20}) as working fluids and helium as pressure equalizing inert gas is presented in this paper. The machine, made of copper an available and very good heat conducting metal, is intended to be solar powered heat from flat plate or common evacuated tube collectors. The cooling capacity is 40-47 W respectively for 9 and 11 C chilled water temperature. Cold is produced at temperatures between -10 and +10 C for a driving temperature in the range of 120-150 C. (author)

  4. Wave Synchronizing Crane Control during Water Entry in Offshore Moonpool Operations - Experimental Results

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    Tor A. Johansen

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available A new strategy for active control in heavy-lift offshore crane operations is suggested, by introducing a new concept referred to as wave synchronization. Wave synchronization reduces the hydrodynamic forces by minimization of variations in the relative vertical velocity between payload and water using a wave amplitude measurement. Wave synchronization is combined with conventional active heave compensation to obtain accurate control. Experimental results using a scale model of a semi-submerged vessel with a moonpool shows that wave synchronization leads to significant improvements in performance. Depending on the sea state and payload, the results indicate that the reduction in the standard deviation of the wire tension may be up to 50

  5. Experimental Evaluation of the Surface Alteration of Gasket Samples under Operative Conditions

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates the surface alteration of gasket samples commercialized by two alternative producers. These gaskets, in polymeric materials, are installed in process plants used for cleaning tires molds by a pioneering ultrasonic process. They are exposed to a combination of ultrasonic waves, temperature, humidity and acid attack causing several erosion phenomena. Their surface degradation under ordinary operative conditions was investigated using mechanical and tribological tests. The experimental characterization was performed by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, thermograms, differential scanning calorimetry curves and infrared spectra aiming at defining the specific mechanics of wearing. As a conclusion, it was possible to state that even if samples exhibit similar chemical structures, their thermal and mechanical properties as well as their geometric dimensions are different. Such differences in the materials might cause various unexpected wear behaviors when gaskets are employed in the same working conditions.


  6. Engineering approach to modeling of piled systems

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    Available methods of analysis of piled systems subjected to dynamic excitation invade areas of mathematics usually beyond the reach of a practising engineer. A simple technique that avoids that conflict is proposed, at least for preliminary studies, and its application, compared with other methods, is shown to be satisfactory. A corrective factor for parameters currently used to represent transmitting boundaries is derived for a finite strip that models an infinite layer. The influence of internal damping on the dynamic stiffness of the layer and on radiation damping is analysed. (Author)

  7. Analytic technique for measuring hydrogen production during in-pile severe nuclear fuel damage experiments

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    A technique has been developed to measure the hydrogen production during in-pile severe nuclear fuel damage experiments. The method involves both thermal measurements and analysis of experimental data and is analogous to a continuous calorimetry method. This report presents results from the hydrogen calibration portion of an in-pile severe fuel damage experiment conducted at Sandia National Laboratories. A known quantity of calibration hydrogen was injected into the normal steam flow path of the experimental system. The hydrogen recombined with oxygen in copper oxide recombiner tubes instrumented with thermocouples at regular intervals. Highly exothermic reduction resulted, leaving a clear thermal signature in the tubes. An energy balance was used to determine the fraction of energy attributable to hydrogen recombination reactions. The COPOX (COPper OXide recombiner analysis) code was written to solve the semi-implicit, time dependent energy balance described above. The measurement technique accurately predicted the amount of injected hydrogen to within a few percent. (orig.)

  8. Experimental and Sampling Design for the INL-2 Sample Collection Operational Test

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    Piepel, Gregory F.; Amidan, Brett G.; Matzke, Brett D.

    2009-02-16

    This report describes the experimental and sampling design developed to assess sampling approaches and methods for detecting contamination in a building and clearing the building for use after decontamination. An Idaho National Laboratory (INL) building will be contaminated with BG (Bacillus globigii, renamed Bacillus atrophaeus), a simulant for Bacillus anthracis (BA). The contamination, sampling, decontamination, and re-sampling will occur per the experimental and sampling design. This INL-2 Sample Collection Operational Test is being planned by the Validated Sampling Plan Working Group (VSPWG). The primary objectives are: 1) Evaluate judgmental and probabilistic sampling for characterization as well as probabilistic and combined (judgment and probabilistic) sampling approaches for clearance, 2) Conduct these evaluations for gradient contamination (from low or moderate down to absent or undetectable) for different initial concentrations of the contaminant, 3) Explore judgment composite sampling approaches to reduce sample numbers, 4) Collect baseline data to serve as an indication of the actual levels of contamination in the tests. A combined judgmental and random (CJR) approach uses Bayesian methodology to combine judgmental and probabilistic samples to make clearance statements of the form "X% confidence that at least Y% of an area does not contain detectable contamination” (X%/Y% clearance statements). The INL-2 experimental design has five test events, which 1) vary the floor of the INL building on which the contaminant will be released, 2) provide for varying the amount of contaminant released to obtain desired concentration gradients, and 3) investigate overt as well as covert release of contaminants. Desirable contaminant gradients would have moderate to low concentrations of contaminant in rooms near the release point, with concentrations down to zero in other rooms. Such gradients would provide a range of contamination levels to challenge the sampling

  9. Insurance revolution within British gas

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    Rooke, R.W.

    1976-07-01

    With the transformation of the British gas industry from a manufacturing to a distribution role, British Gas Corp. questioned the whole function of insurance within the industry and arrived at a new approach of extended self-insurance. The basic questions posed were whether British Gas really needed insurance protection, what size of loss it could absorb within its own financial resources, and what catastrophic losses might occur that should be covered by insurance. In the past, each area board determined its own insurance requirements and obtained the best coverage available for its needs. With the formation of British Gas, however, insurance was investigated on an industry-wide basis by an insurance committee in which each region was represented by its insurance officer. This enabled the industry to negotiate from a position of strength in what would be a bulk purchase and permit the most flexible coverage to be obtained at the most economic cost. The committee proposed a system that made the figure of $3.6 million (pounds 2 million) the main criterion for self-insurance; risks not considered as having a real potential for a loss exceeding this figure would be borne uninsured. Where such potential existed, only amounts above this figure would be insured. The actual program that was eventually adopted cancelled the employer's liability insurance, retained third-party insurance for claims over $3.6 million, retained full-coverage fire insurance, reduced engineering coverage to an inspection service only, retained motor and personal accident insurance for further consideration, and cancelled all other forms of insurance. To implement this program of greater self-insurance, British Gas strengthened the claims-handling expertise within the regions and has incorporated greater risk management techniques to reduce or eliminate risks with loss-making potential.

  10. A theoretical analysis of the bearing performance of vertically loaded large-diameter pipe pile groups

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    Ding, Xuanming; Zhang, Ting; Li, Ping; Cheng, Ke

    2016-02-01

    This paper aims to present a theoretical method to study the bearing performance of vertically loaded large-diameter pipe pile groups. The interactions between group piles result in different bearing performance of both a single pile and pile groups. Considering the pile group effect and the skin friction from both outer and inner soils, an analytical solution is developed to calculate the settlement and axial force in large-diameter pipe pile groups. The analytical solution was verified by centrifuge and field testing results. An extensive parametric analysis was performed to study the bearing performance of the pipe pile groups. The results reveal that the axial forces in group piles are not the same. The larger the distance from central pile, the larger the axial force. The axial force in the central pile is the smallest, while that in corner piles is the largest. The axial force on the top of the corner piles decreases while that in the central pile increases with increasing of pile spacing and decreasing of pile length. The axial force in side piles varies little with the variations of pile spacing, pile length, and shear modulus of the soil and is approximately equal to the average load shared by one pile. For a pile group, the larger the pile length is, the larger the influence radius is. As a result, the pile group effect is more apparent for a larger pile length. The settlement of pile groups decreases with increasing of the pile number in the group and the shear modulus of the underlying soil.

  11. Longitudinal vibration of pile in layered soil based on Rayleigh-Love rod theory and fictitious soil-pile model

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    Lü Shu-hui; WANG Kui-hua; WU Wen-bing; C. J. LEO

    2015-01-01

    The dynamic response of pile in layered soil is theoretically investigated when considering the transverse inertia effect. Firstly, the fictitious soil-pile model is employed to simulate the dynamic interaction between the pile and the soil layers beneath pile toe. The dynamic interactions of adjacent soil layers along the vertical direction are simplified as distributed Voigt models. Meanwhile, the pile and fictitious soil-pile are assumed to be viscoelastic Rayleigh-Love rods, and both the radial and vertical displacement continuity conditions at the soil-pile interface are taken into consideration. On this basis, the analytical solution for dynamic response at the pile head is derived in the frequency domain and the corresponding quasi-analytical solution in the time domain is then obtained by means of the convolution theorem. Following this, the accuracy and parameter value of the hypothetical boundaries for soil-layer interfaces are discussed. Comparisons with published solution and measured data are carried out to verify the rationality of the present solution. Parametric analyses are further conducted by using the present solution to investigate the relationships between the transverse inertia effects and soil-pile parameters.

  12. Experimental Study and Modeling of Fouling in Immersed Membrane Bioreactor Operating in Constant Pressure Filtration

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    Mostafa Hosseinzadeh

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A new mathematical model is proposed based on filtration mechanisms for the prediction of fouling in airlift immersed membrane bioreactors (iMBRs. The cake formation on the membrane surface through constant pressure filtration process in the iMBR was explained by a proposed cake filtration mechanism which assumes that no particle enters the pores when forming the cake layer on the membrane surface. The cake porosity reduction due to diffusion of particles was described by an intermediate blocking mechanism. Experimental study of fouling was also performed in a lab-scale airlift flat-sheet iMBR operating at constant vacuum. The mixed liquor suspended solid (MLSS concentration was changed within the range of 5000 to 15000 mg/L, while the superficial air velocity was varied between 32 and 128 m3/m2/h. The presented model includes two parameters, that is, ultimate filtration resistance and initial rate of cake formation. The effect of the MLSS concentration and superficial air velocity on the parameters of the proposed model was studied. The results obtained from the model demonstrated that the ultimate filtration resistance and the initial rate of cake formation are more sensitive to the aeration rate at lower superficial velocities. It was also shown that the ultimate filtration resistance has a linear relation with MLSS concentration. A good agreement exists between the results of the model and the experimental data. The proposed model also showed a better compatibility with the experimental data compared to other fouling models available in the literature.

  13. Concept of operation and preliminary experimental results of the DRDC through-wall SAR system

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    Sévigny, Pascale; DiFilippo, David J.; Laneve, Tony; Chan, Brigitte; Fournier, Jonathan; Roy, Simon; Ricard, Benoît; Maheux, Jean

    2010-04-01

    Mapping the interior of buildings is of great interest to military forces operating in an urban battlefield. Throughwall radars have the potential of mapping interior room layout, including the location of walls, doors and furniture. They could provide information on the in-wall structure, and detect objects of interest concealed in buildings, such as persons and arms caches. We are proposing to provide further context to the end user by fusing the radar data with LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) images of the building exterior. In this paper, we present our system concept of operation, which involves a vehicle driven along a path in front of a building of interest. The vehicle is equipped with both radar and LIDAR systems, as well as a motion compensation unit. We describe our ultra wideband through-wall L-band radar system which uses stretch processing techniques to obtain high range resolution, and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) techniques to achieve good azimuth resolution. We demonstrate its current 2-D capabilities with experimental data, and discuss the current progress in using array processing in elevation to provide a 3-D image. Finally, we show preliminary data fusion of SAR and LIDAR data.

  14. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Experimental Test Site (Site 300) Potable Water System Operations Plan

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    Ocampo, Ruben P. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Bellah, Wendy [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2016-03-04

    The existing Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Site 300 drinking water system operation schematic is shown in Figures 1 and 2 below. The sources of water are from two Site 300 wells (Well #18 and Well #20) and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Hetch-Hetchy water through the Thomas shaft pumping station. Currently, Well #20 with 300 gallons per minute (gpm) pump capacity is the primary source of well water used during the months of September through July, while Well #18 with 225 gpm pump capacity is the source of well water for the month of August. The well water is chlorinated using sodium hypochlorite to provide required residual chlorine throughout Site 300. Well water chlorination is covered in the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Experimental Test Site (Site 300) Chlorination Plan (“the Chlorination Plan”; LLNL-TR-642903; current version dated August 2013). The third source of water is the SFPUC Hetch-Hetchy Water System through the Thomas shaft facility with a 150 gpm pump capacity. At the Thomas shaft station the pumped water is treated through SFPUC-owned and operated ultraviolet (UV) reactor disinfection units on its way to Site 300. The Thomas Shaft Hetch- Hetchy water line is connected to the Site 300 water system through the line common to Well pumps #18 and #20 at valve box #1.

  15. Shaft friction of bored piles in hard clay

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    The precise prediction of maximum load carrying capacity of bored piles is a complex problem because it is a function of a number of factor. These factor include method of boring, method of concreting. quality of concrete, expertise of the construction staff, the ground conditions etc. besides the pile geometry. The performance of pile load test is therefore, of paramount importance to establish the most economical design of piles especially where bored cast-in-situ piles are to be provided to support a structure. This paper describes the experience gained from four pile load test at a site in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan where a new cement plant is going to be installed. Geotechnical investigations at the side were carried out to a maximum depth of 60 m. The subsoils at the site are predominantly hard clays within the investigated depth with thin layer of gravels boulders below 40 m depth. Perched water was encountered at various horizons. Four piles of diameter varying from 660 mm to 760 mm and length ranging between 20 m and 47.5 m were subjected to axial loads. The load test data were analyzed using various state of the art techniques including intercept of two tangents, point of change of slope 6 mm net settlement (1), 90 percent and 80 percent Hansen (7), limit value Davisson (2), and Chin (3). Based on a comparison of pile capacities from these methods with the theoretical values, recommendations are made on the approach to estimate the pile capacity in hard clays. Using the pile load test result back calculations were also carried out 10 estimate the appropriate values of pile design parameter such as undrained cohesion and adhesion factor. (author)

  16. Experimental investigation and modeling of an aircraft Otto engine operating with gasoline and heavier fuels

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    Saldivar Olague, Jose

    A Continental "O-200" aircraft Otto-cycle engine has been modified to burn diesel fuel. Algebraic models of the different processes of the cycle were developed from basic principles applied to a real engine, and utilized in an algorithm for the simulation of engine performance. The simulation provides a means to investigate the performance of the modified version of the Continental engine for a wide range of operating parameters. The main goals of this study are to increase the range of a particular aircraft by reducing the specific fuel consumption of the engine, and to show that such an engine can burn heavier fuels (such as diesel, kerosene, and jet fuel) instead of gasoline. Such heavier fuels are much less flammable during handling operations making them safer than aviation gasoline and very attractive for use in flight operations from naval vessels. The cycle uses an electric spark to ignite the heavier fuel at low to moderate compression ratios, The stratified charge combustion process is utilized in a pre-chamber where the spray injection of the fuel occurs at a moderate pressure of 1200 psi (8.3 MPa). One advantage of fuel injection into the combustion chamber instead of into the intake port, is that the air-to-fuel ratio can be widely varied---in contrast to the narrower limits of the premixed combustion case used in gasoline engines---in order to obtain very lean combustion. Another benefit is that higher compression ratios can be attained in the modified cycle with heavier fuels. The combination of injection into the chamber for lean combustion, and higher compression ratios allow to limit the peak pressure in the cylinder, and to avoid engine damage. Such high-compression ratios are characteristic of Diesel engines and lead to increase in thermal efficiency without pre-ignition problems. In this experimental investigation, operations with diesel fuel have shown that considerable improvements in the fuel efficiency are possible. The results of

  17. Influence of experimental set-up on the infiltration characteristics during managed aquifer recharge operation

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    Fichtner, Thomas; Vanzella de Melo, Julio Augusto; Stefan, Catalin

    2016-04-01

    The main focus during operation of managed aquifer recharge (MAR) is on clogging processes, specifically on the changes of infiltration capacities and degradation of infiltrated organic substances including vadose zone oxygen dynamics. Lab scale experiments are one opportunity to understand and characterize these processes under different drying and wetting cycles and infiltration rates. However, the multitude of assumptions and scale-related limitations of downscale investigations often lead to over- or underestimations, rendering their results useless when translated to field-like conditions. Therefore, the specific objective of this investigation is to compare the results obtained from two different experimental set-ups with different scales: a 3D, rectangular shaped, stainless steel lysimeter (1.5 x 1.0 x 1.0 m) with an infiltration basin installed in the centre of its surface and a 1D soil column (1m, ᴓ 0.15 m) with the infiltration over the complete column surface. The study focuses on the influence of the experimental setup conditions on the soil clogging, water flow pattern, oxygen dynamics and degradation of organic substances. The results should allow making statements about the suitability of these lab experiments for the investigation of processes taking place in the unsaturated soil zone during operation of MAR. Both experimental units were packed with the same soil and equipped with tensiometers, TDR-probes, oxygen probes and suction cups in two depths for the estimation of spatial and temporal distribution of soil moisture, oxygen and infiltrated substances. The lysimeter and the column were placed inside of a fully automatic climate tent, which facilitates the exact control of air temperature and humidity. The first results confirm that both infiltration units are suitable to simulate the clogging and the oxidation of easily degradable organic substances. However, the velocity of water transport is higher in the column compared with the lysimeter

  18. Experimental fast reactor Joyo emergency operation act in Northeastern Japan Earthquake 3.11

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    Experimental fast reactor 'Joyo' under facility's periodic inspection received damage at its power incoming unit due to the 2011 off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake, which incurred loss-of-offsite-power. Immediately, two emergency diesel generators (D/G) automatically started, which supplied emergency system power. During eight days before the power incoming unit got provisional restoration, power supply through D/G continued. During this period, emergency measures for fuel and cooling water securement for D/G were taken, which forced unexperienced long-term load operation for D/G. This paper reports the change of plant conditions of Joyo, as well as the measures taken for keeping fuel and cooling water for continuing the operation of D/G. Since the main machines of the primary system and secondary system were functioning normally after the earthquake, the plant could be maintained in a stable state. As for the fuel for D/G, reduction in fuel consumption based on load suppression was implemented, and the cooperation of trading firms, related facilities, and local suppliers secured the fuel that supported the long-term operation of D/G. As for the cooling water, the cooperation of a self-defense fire brigade allowed to secure the required amount by utilizing the reserved water in the water tank for fire prevention. From these series of experiences of handling the plant, it was possible to extract the future challenges against the time when a massive earthquake or prolonged power failure has occurred. (A.O.)

  19. Thermal conductivity of sintered UO2 under in-pile conditions

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    The temperature distribution in a stack of sintered UO2 cylinders has been studied both in the laboratory where the heat energy is produced by an axial heating element, and in-pile, where the heating is due solely to nuclear effects. Under a high thermal gradient the UO2 cracks both along radial planes and along pseudo-cylindrical surfaces: these latter act as thermal barriers to the heat flow, It is therefore an apparent thermal conductivity ka(T), lower than the intrinsic value k(T) of this parameter which is measured. The efficiency of these barriers decreases when the gap decreases and when the external pressure acting on the cracked stack increases: in the limiting case, for high values of the binding strain, ka(T) ≅ k(T). In the domain of phonon conduction (T ≤ 1350 deg C), the expression kw.cm-1.C-1=1/(11+0.024*T) accounts for the real thermal conductivity. Above 1350 deg C the thermal conductivity increases. Two in-pile measurements up to 1250 deg C carried out using cartridges fitted with thermocouples confirm, within the limits of experimental error, the above expression and the qualitative effects of the binding strains. Similar tests have been carried out-of-pile and in-pile on the real shape of the EL-4 fuel 'pencils'. Out-of-pile, the influence of the initial free gap, of the nature of the gas filing the 'pencil' and of the external pressure have been studied; the results are compatible with the above interpretation; It appears that an external pressure of 60 kg/cm2 is insufficient to restore completely the thermal conductivity of the fuel. (authors)

  20. Study of soil interaction in a model building frame with plinth beam supported by pile group

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    Reddy, Ravikumar C.; Rao, Gunneswara T. D.

    2012-12-01

    This paper presents the results of static vertical load tests carried out on a model building frame with plinth beam supported by pile groups embedded in cohesionless soil (sand). The effect of soil interaction on displacements and rotation at the column base and also the shears and bending moments in the building frame were investigated. The experimental results have been compared with those obtained from the finite element analysis and conventional method of analysis. Soil nonlinearity in the axial direction is characterized by nonlinear vertical springs along the length of the pile (τ-z curves) and at the tip of the pile (Q-z curves) and in the lateral direction by the p-y curves. The results reveal that the conventional method gives the shear force in the column by about 20%, the bending moment at the column top about 10%, and at the column base about 20% to 30%, more than those from the experimental results. The response of the frame from the experimental results is in good agreement with that obtained by the nonlinear finite element analysis.

  1. In-pile corrosion of grade H-451 graphite by steam

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    The fuel elements for the Modular High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor (MHTGR) are to be manufactured from a near-isotropic graphite, such as grade H-451. For economical plant operation, graphite corrosion must not impact the normal fuel-element replacement schedule and must not be the cause of extended reactor-shutdown periods. Graphite corrosion and the potential for increased fission-gas release from fuel hydrolysis are inherently coupled; the water vapor must first penetrate a web of graphite before reaching the fuel compacts that contain the small fraction of failed particles. Hence, graphite corrosion is an important issue for both plant design and safety. In general, previous calculations have not shown good agreement with data obtained from out-of-pile and in-pile experiments that involve both transport and reaction phenomena, unless significant adjustments were made to model parameters, including reaction-rate correlations. The currently used reaction-rate correlations, were developed from out-of-pile data. Under in-pile conditions, radiolysis of water vapor and neutron-induced damage to the graphite may enhance graphite corrosion. The recently completed irradiation of capsule HFR-B1 provided some unique data for in-pile corrosion of H-451 graphite. In this paper, the HFR-B1 graphite-corrosion data are analyzed and compared with model predictions. The calculations were performed using a new corrosion model that previously showed good agreement with burnoff-profile data for out-of-pile corrosion of grade 2020 graphite. Improvements in the new model include a correction in the mass-sink term for steam, and improved models for the burnoff factor and the effective diffusivity of steam in graphite. Predictions obtained suing the new model are also in good agreement with the HFR-B1 data, which indicates that the currently used reaction-rate correlation may be used to predict in-pile corrosion with good accuracy. The analyses described here are a logical first

  2. Design Considerations for Pile Groups Supporting Marine Structures with Respect to Scour

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    Yasser E. Mostafa

    2012-01-01

    Piles supporting marine structures such as jetties, relieving platforms, quay walls and fixed offshore structures are subjected to lateral loads due to berthing and mooring forces, wind, waves, storm surges and current forces. This paper presents some factors that affect the design of pile groups supporting marine structures founded in cohesionless soils. Some main aspects that should be considered in the pile group design are addressed such as pile batter angle, pile group arrangement, pile ...

  3. Numerical Simulation for the Soil-Pile-Structure Interaction under Seismic Loading

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    Lifeng Luan; Yunbin Liu; Ying Li

    2015-01-01

    Piles are widely used as reinforcement structures in geotechnical engineering designs. If the settlement of the soil is greater than the pile, the pile is pulled down by the soil, and negative friction force is produced. Previous studies have mainly focused on the interaction of pile-soil under static condition. However, many pile projects are located in earthquake-prone areas, which indicate the importance of determining the response of the pile-soil structure under seismic load. In this pap...

  4. Investigation of Pile- Soil Interaction Subjected to Lateral Loads in Layered Soils

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    A. Avaei; Ghotbi, Abdoul R.; M. Aryafar

    2008-01-01

    To stabilize infrastructures such as tall buildings, bridges, etc., piles are used to resist lateral loads created from earth pressure, wind, waves and earthquake extensively. Pile design requires understanding of how the load is transferred from a pile to surrounding soil and vice versa. Pile properties, soil stress-strain behavior and pile-soil interaction play important roles in pile-response subjected to lateral loads. A study was carried out to investigate the effects of above-mentioned ...

  5. Design and operating experience on the US Department of Energy experimental Mod-0 100-kW wind turbine

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    Glasgow, J. C.; Birchenough, A. G.

    1978-01-01

    The experimental wind turbine was designed and fabricated to assess technology requirements and engineering problems of large wind turbines. The machine has demonstrated successful operation in all of its design modes and served as a prototype developmental test bed for the Mod-0A operational wind turbines which are currently used on utility networks. The mechanical and control system are described as they evolved in operational tests and some of the experience with various systems in the downwind rotor configurations are elaborated.

  6. In situ mortality experiments with juvenile sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax in relation to impulsive sound levels caused by pile driving of windmill foundations.

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    Elisabeth Debusschere

    Full Text Available Impact assessments of offshore wind farm installations and operations on the marine fauna are performed in many countries. Yet, only limited quantitative data on the physiological impact of impulsive sounds on (juvenile fishes during pile driving of offshore wind farm foundations are available. Our current knowledge on fish injury and mortality due to pile driving is mainly based on laboratory experiments, in which high-intensity pile driving sounds are generated inside acoustic chambers. To validate these lab results, an in situ field experiment was carried out on board of a pile driving vessel. Juvenile European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax of 68 and 115 days post hatching were exposed to pile-driving sounds as close as 45 m from the actual pile driving activity. Fish were exposed to strikes with a sound exposure level between 181 and 188 dB re 1 µPa².s. The number of strikes ranged from 1739 to 3067, resulting in a cumulative sound exposure level between 215 and 222 dB re 1 µPa².s. Control treatments consisted of fish not exposed to pile driving sounds. No differences in immediate mortality were found between exposed and control fish groups. Also no differences were noted in the delayed mortality up to 14 days after exposure between both groups. Our in situ experiments largely confirm the mortality results of the lab experiments found in other studies.

  7. Examination of graphite pile radiation conditions of industrial reactors

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    Radiation states of graphite piles of three industrial uranium-graphite reactors are investigated. The level, composition, distribution of the pile radioactive contamination, parameters of neutron and gamma radiations are determined. The forecast of variation of radionuclide activity in graphite in dependence on the cooling time is developed

  8. Perturbation analysis on post-buckling behavior of pile

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    2007-01-01

    The nonlinear large deflection differential equation, based on the assumption that the subsoil coefficient is the 2nd root of the depth, was established by energy method. The perturbation parameter was introduced to transform the equation to a series of linear differential equations to be solved, and the deflection function according with the boundary condition was considered. Then,the nonlinear higher-order asymptotic solution of post-buckling behavior of a pile was obtained by parameter-substituting. The influencing factors such as bury-depth ratio and stiffness ratio of soil to pile, slenderness ratio on the post-buckling behavior of a pile were analyzed. The results show that the pile is more unstable when the bury-depth ratio and stiffness ratio of soil to pile increase,and although the buckling load increases with the stiffness of soil, the pile may ruin for its brittleness. Thus, in the region where buckling behavior of pile must be taken into account, the high grade concrete is supposed to be applied, and the dynamic buckling behavior of pile needs to be further studied.

  9. Visualization of soil arching in flexible piled embankments

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    Tuğba Eskışar

    2015-10-01

    Piled embankments rely on soil arching, but, when geogrid reinforcements are used, membrane action within the reinforcement contributes to load distribution. The arching of soil in unreinforced and reinforced piled embankments is evaluated in this study. A small-scale test apparatus is used to model the settlement up to 5 mm in an embankment with four pile elements. Visual inspection of the soil settlement and soil-reinforcement interaction is important to explain the mechanism of arching. In this study, X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) method was used as a non-destructive technique. The arching of soil between the piles was observed in the case of rigid piles and in the case of flexible piles with grid type of reinforcement. The load carrying capacity increased up to 33% in the case of geogrid reinforcement, and the differential settlement decreased around 35%, proving the efficiency of piled embankments with geogrid reinforcements. It is also shown that, using X-ray CT method and visualization techniques provides a better understanding of soil behavior in a reinforced embankment with the flexible pile foundation system.

  10. Modeling the damming effect of pile foundations (Tomsk city)

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    Kuzevanov, K. I.; Pokrovsky, D. S.; Pokrovsky, V. D.; Kuzevanov, K. K.

    2016-03-01

    The authors have considered the impact of pile foundations on the structure of filtration flows in the conditions of urban development. Hydrodynamic simulation methods have shown that a groundwater level rise might occur due to the damming effect that can be created by pile fields in semipermeable rocks. This phenomenon can intensify anthropogenic waterlogging processes in urbanized territories.

  11. A NIM module for efficient amplifier pile-up rejection

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    A NIM standard module containing four individual circuits for detecting an amplifier pile-up condition is described. Each circuit can be adjusted to match a wide range of amplifier shaping time-constants. Output with a variable delay are provided for signaling a pile-up reject to the data acquisition system

  12. The Influence of Time on Bearing Capacity of Driven Piles

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    Jensen, J. Lysebjerg; Augustesen, A.; Sørensen, Carsten S.

    2004-01-01

    In Danish engineering practice, one of the ways to determine the ultimate bearing capacity of an axially loaded pile is by means of geostatic formulas. In the equation describing the contribution from the shaft friction to the total bearing capacity for piles located entirely or partly in clay, a...

  13. Cause Analysis of Wuhan Tianheng Building Pile Accident

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    2001-01-01

    The geological condition and the original structure feature and foundation design of Wuhan Tianheng building are described. The accident appearance of pile foundation in the construction execution of work is illustrated. The generating source of this pile foundation accident is analyzed in great details.``

  14. Separation of British Gas' transportation and storage business

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    In making his substantive reference of the transportation and storage business of British Gas to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, the Director General of Gas Supply identified the following principal effects adverse to the public interest: ''The absence of provision for the establishment of an independent undertaking to operate the pipe-line system and other facilities used by British Gas for the conveyance and storage of gas which would not be subject to conflicting interests in securing (a) transparency of the prices charged, the costs incurred and the operating methods in respect of the conveyance and storage of gas; (b) proper allocation to various parts of the Gas Supply Business of costs incurred and returns by that business; and (c) protection of information relating to the conveyance and storage of gas from which British Gas might obtain unfair commercial advantage, and thereby avoid the restriction or distortion of competition between British Gas and other persons whose business consists of or includes the supply of gas''. This paper considers the structural issues associated with achieving effective competition and looks at how the relationship between the businesses of supply and transportation might be organised in the short and longer term. (Author)

  15. 19 January 2011 - British University of Manchester, Vice-President and Dean for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences Professor of Structural Engineering School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering C. Bailey in CERN Control Centre with Department Head P. Collier; at LHCb with R. Lindner and ATLAS underground experimental area with Deputy Spokesperson D. Charlton, througout accompanied by . Collier with R. Appleby and F. Loebinger

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    19 January 2011 - British University of Manchester, Vice-President and Dean for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences Professor of Structural Engineering School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering C. Bailey in CERN Control Centre with Department Head P. Collier; at LHCb with R. Lindner and ATLAS underground experimental area with Deputy Spokesperson D. Charlton, througout accompanied by . Collier with R. Appleby and F. Loebinger

  16. INTERACTION OF A LONG SINGLE PILE THAT HAS A DOUBLE-LAYER BASE WITH ACCOUNT FOR COMPRESSIBILITY OF THE PILE SHAFT

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    Ter-Martirosyan Zaven Grigor'evich; Trinh Tuan Viet

    2012-01-01

    WITH ACCOUNT FOR COMPRESSIBILITY OF THE PILE SHAFT The authors provide their solution to the problem of interaction of a long compressible pile that has a double-layer linear deformable base. The paper demonstrates that taking account of compressible properties of the pile material leads to qualitatively new distribution of shearing stresses over the surface of a cylindrical pile. It is noteworthy that increase of the pile length and stiffness of the upper section of the base raise the sha...

  17. Out-of-pile Verifying Test for the Hydraulic Stability of the CARR Standard Fuel Assembly

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    2002-01-01

    The CARR standard fuel element is a flat-plate-type assembly. A fuel plate consists of 0.6 mmthickness layer of uranium- silicon - aluminum fuel (U3Si2-Al) and 0.38 mm thickness of aluminumcladding. The fuel plates are attached to aluminum alloy side plates by a "roll swaging" technique. Thistype of fuel assembly is first used in China. The testing simulates the in-pile thermal-hydraulic operating conditions except for neutron

  18. Study on Formation Mechanism of Dumping Piles on Dumping Area Stability

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    Donghua Zhang; Naoya Inoue; Takashi Sasaoka; Hideki Shimada; Akihiro Hamanaka; Kikuo Matsui

    2014-01-01

    Dumping areas represent a stable hazard. To clarify the formation mechanism of dumping piles on dumping area stability, an investigation in open pit mine was performed. Moreover, experiments with gravel were conducted based on the research site conditions. The geological conditions, dumping operation, and waste particle size distribution were investigated in the Heidaigou open pit mine. Particle size distribution, dumping height, dumping volume, and floor inclination we...

  19. The stiffness change and the increase in the ultimate capacity for a stiff pile resulting from a cyclic loading

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    Lada, Aleksandra; Ibsen, Lars Bo; Nicolai, Giulio

    In the paper the experimental results of small-scale tests on a stiff monopile are presented to outline the change in stiffness during the cyclic loading and the change in the ultimate pile capacity. The results confirm the increase of stiffness and the increase in bearing capacity resulting from...

  20. The Analysis of Soil Resistance During Screw Displacement Pile Installation

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    Krasinski, Adam

    2015-02-01

    The application of screw displacement piles (SDP) is still increasing due to their high efficiency and many advantages. However, one technological problem is a serious disadvantage of those piles. It relates to the generation of very high soil resistance during screw auger penetration, especially when piles are installed in non-cohesive soils. In many situations this problem causes difficulties in creating piles of designed length and diameter. It is necessary to find a proper method for prediction of soil resistance during screw pile installation. The analysis of screw resistances based on model and field tests is presented in the paper. The investigations were carried out as part of research project, financed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. As a result of tests and analyses the empirical method for prediction of rotation resistance (torque) during screw auger penetration in non-cohesive subsoil based on CPT is proposed.

  1. Static Tension Tests on Axially Loaded Pile Segments in Sand

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    Thomassen, Kristina; Andersen, Lars Vabbersgaard; Ibsen, Lars Bo

    showed best agreement with the traditional design method given in the American Petroleum Institute (API) design code. When t-z curves obtained from the test results were compared to t-z curve formulations found in the literature, the Zhang formulation gave good predictions of the initial and post......This paper provides laboratory test results of static axially loaded piles in sand. With a newly developed test setup, the pile-soil interface friction was investigated by using an open-ended steel pile segment with a diameter of 0.5 m. Use of a pile length of 1 m enabled the pile-soil interface...... friction to be analyzed at a given soil horizon while increasing the vertical effective stress in the sand. Test results obtained by this approach can be analyzed as single t-z curves and compared to predictions of unit shaft friction from current design methods for offshore foundations. The test results...

  2. The Analysis of Soil Resistance During Screw Displacement Pile Installation

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    Krasinski Adam

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The application of screw displacement piles (SDP is still increasing due to their high efficiency and many advantages. However, one technological problem is a serious disadvantage of those piles. It relates to the generation of very high soil resistance during screw auger penetration, especially when piles are installed in non-cohesive soils. In many situations this problem causes difficulties in creating piles of designed length and diameter. It is necessary to find a proper method for prediction of soil resistance during screw pile installation. The analysis of screw resistances based on model and field tests is presented in the paper. The investigations were carried out as part of research project, financed by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. As a result of tests and analyses the empirical method for prediction of rotation resistance (torque during screw auger penetration in non-cohesive subsoil based on CPT is proposed.

  3. Vertical vibration of a pile in transversely isotropic multilayered soils

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    Ai, Zhi Yong; Liu, Chun Lin

    2015-11-01

    A new method for the dynamic response of a vertically loaded single pile embedded in transversely isotropic multilayered soils is proposed in this paper. The dynamic response of the pile is governed by the one-dimensional (1D) vibration theory, and that of transversely isotropic multilayered soils is achieved by using an analytical layer-element method. Then, with the aid of the displacement compatibility and the contact forces equilibrium along the pile-soil contact surface, the dynamic pile-soil interaction problem is solved efficiently. The presented solution method is proved to be correct and efficient by comparing the obtained results with other existing solutions. Selected numerical results are presented to study the influence of mass density ratio, length-radius ratio, frequency of excitation, soil anisotropy and hard soil stratum on the pile vertical impedance.

  4. Pre-Stressed Rope Reinforced Anti-Sliding Pile

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    XU Jun; WANG Chenghua

    2006-01-01

    Pre-stressed rope reinforced anti-sliding pile is a composite anti-sliding structure. It is made up of pre-stressed rope and general anti-sliding pile. It can bring traditional anti-sliding pile's retaining performance into full play, and to treat with landslide fast and economically. The difference between them is that the pre-stressed rope will transfix the whole anti-sliding pile through a prearranged pipe in this structure. The working mechanics, the design method and economic benefit are studied. The results show that the pre-stressed rope reinforced anti-sliding pile can treat with the small and middle landslides or high slopes well and possess the notable advantage of technology and economic.

  5. Optimal Design of Sheet Pile Wall Embedded in Clay

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    Das, Manas Ranjan; Das, Sarat Kumar

    2015-09-01

    Sheet pile wall is a type of flexible earth retaining structure used in waterfront offshore structures, river protection work and temporary supports in foundations and excavations. Economy is an essential part of a good engineering design and needs to be considered explicitly in obtaining an optimum section. By considering appropriate embedment depth and sheet pile section it may be possible to achieve better economy. This paper describes optimum design of both cantilever and anchored sheet pile wall penetrating clay using a simple optimization tool Microsoft Excel ® Solver. The detail methodology and its application with examples are presented for cantilever and anchored sheet piles. The effects of soil properties, depth of penetration and variation of ground water table on the optimum design are also discussed. Such a study will help professional while designing the sheet pile wall penetrating clay.

  6. Dynamic Soil-Pile Interaction for large diameter monopile foundations

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    Zania, Varvara

    2013-01-01

    of the study is to analyse the dynamic interaction of the soil and a single pile embedded in it by accounting for the geometric and stiffness properties of the pile. In doing so, a semi – analytical approach is adopted based on the fundamental solution of horizontal pile vibration by Novak and Nogami...... eigenfrequencies of the soil layer do not affect the soil – pile interaction. The decrease of the eigefrequency of the OWT depends on the aforementioned variation of the dynamic stiffness and the slenderness ratio of the monopile....... left between two restrictive frequency areas. Moreover the design of monopile foundations when subjected to combined lateral and moment loading (the latter arising from the eccentricity of the applied wind pressure) usually dictates a large diameter steel pile with small slenderness ratio. Hence, aim...

  7. Distributed fibre optic strain measurements on a driven pile

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    Woschitz, Helmut; Monsberger, Christoph; Hayden, Martin

    2016-05-01

    In civil engineering pile systems are used in unstable areas as a foundation of buildings or other structures. Among other parameters, the load capacity of the piles depends on their length. A better understanding of the mechanism of load-transfer to the soil would allow selective optimisation of the system. Thereby, the strain variations along the loaded pile are of major interest. In this paper, we report about a field trial using an optical backscatter reflectometer for distributed fibre-optic strain measurements along a driven pile. The most significant results gathered in a field trial with artificial pile loadings are presented. Calibration results show the performance of the fibre-optic system with variations in the strain-optic coefficient.

  8. Experimental assessment of an absorption cooling system operating with the ammonia/lithium nitrate mixture

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    This paper reports the experimental results of a single effect absorption cooling system of 3 kW of nominal cooling capacity operating with ammonia–lithium nitrate solution. The system was designed and built in the Instituto de Energías Renovables of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and can be used for food conservation or air conditioning. The absorber and generator are falling film heat exchangers. The condenser, evaporator and solution heat exchanger are compact plate heat exchangers. The heat was supplied to the generator at temperatures between 85 °C and 105 °C, while the cooling water temperatures to remove the heat produced during the condensation and absorption varied between 18 °C and 36 °C. The results showed that the system can produce up to 2.7 kW of cooling capacity at heating water temperatures of 95 °C and can achieve evaporator temperatures as low as 1 °C. The experimental coefficients of performance varied between 0.45 and 0.70. Because of the developed system do not need a rectifier and reasonable good coefficients of performance were achieved, the developed system seems to be a good alternative to be used for food conservation or air conditioning. - Highlights: • An absorption cooling system was developed using NH3–LiNO3. • The achieved COP (coefficients of performance) are the highest reported for a system using NH3–LiNO3. • Evaporator temperatures as low as 1 °C were achieved. • COP varied between 0.45 and 0.7. • The developed system seems to be a good alternative for food conservation and air conditioning

  9. Effect of dislocation pile-up on size-dependent yield strength in finite single-crystal micro-samples

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    Recent research has explained that the steeply increasing yield strength in metals depends on decreasing sample size. In this work, we derive a statistical physical model of the yield strength of finite single-crystal micro-pillars that depends on single-ended dislocation pile-up inside the micro-pillars. We show that this size effect can be explained almost completely by considering the stochastic lengths of the dislocation source and the dislocation pile-up length in the single-crystal micro-pillars. The Hall–Petch-type relation holds even in a microscale single-crystal, which is characterized by its dislocation source lengths. Our quantitative conclusions suggest that the number of dislocation sources and pile-ups are significant factors for the size effect. They also indicate that starvation of dislocation sources is another reason for the size effect. Moreover, we investigated the explicit relationship between the stacking fault energy and the dislocation “pile-up” effect inside the sample: materials with low stacking fault energy exhibit an obvious dislocation pile-up effect. Our proposed physical model predicts a sample strength that agrees well with experimental data, and our model can give a more precise prediction than the current single arm source model, especially for materials with low stacking fault energy

  10. Experimental study of combustion noise radiation during transient turbocharged diesel engine operation

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    Diesel engine noise radiation has drawn increased attention in recent years since it is associated with the passengers' and pedestrians' discomfort, a fact that has been acknowledged by the manufacturers and the legislation in many countries. In the current study, experimental tests were conducted on a truck, turbocharged diesel engine in order to investigate the mechanism of combustion noise emission under various transient schedules experienced during daily driving conditions, namely acceleration and load increase. To this aim, a fully instrumented test bed was set up in order to capture the development of key engine and turbocharger variables during the transient events. Analytical diagrams are provided to explain the behavior of combustion noise radiation in conjunction with cylinder pressure (spectrum), turbocharger and governor/fuel pump response. Turbocharger lag was found to be the main cause for the noise spikes during all test cases examined, with the engine injection timing calibration and the slow adjustment of cylinder wall temperature to the new fueling conditions playing a vital role. The analysis was extended with a quasi-steady approximation of transient combustion noise using steady-state maps, in order to better highlight the effect of dynamic engine operation on combustion noise emissions. -- Highlights: → Studying the effects of acceleration and load increase on the combustion noise radiation from a turbocharged diesel engine. → Turbocharger lag was the most notable contributor for the behavior of combustion noise radiation. → Turbocharged diesel engine behaves noisier at acceleration compared with the steady-state operation. → Fuel limiter, governing and engine injection timing calibration play a decisive role on the emission of combustion noise. → Transient noise radiation was smoothed the slower the acceleration and the smaller the demanded speed increase.

  11. Seismic Analysis of Deep Water Pile Foundation Based on Three-Dimensional Potential-Based Fluid Elements

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    Kai Wei

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates the use of three-dimensional (3D ϕ-u potential-based fluid elements for seismic analyses of deep water pile foundation. The mathematical derivations of the potential-based formulations are presented for reference. The potential-based modeling technique is studied and validated through experimental data and analytical solutions. Earthquake time history analyses for a 9-pile foundation in dry and different water environments are conducted, respectively. The seismic responses are discussed to investigate the complex effect of earthquake-induced fluid-structure interaction. Through the analyses, the potential-based fluid and interface elements are shown to perform adequately for the seismic analyses of pile foundation-water systems, and some interesting conclusions and recommendations are drawn.

  12. Small asteroids - rubble piles or boulders?

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    Harris, Alan W.

    2013-10-01

    The asteroid rotation spin barrier at ~2.2 h period among asteroids 10 km > D > 200 m doesn’t prove all such asteroids are rubble piles, and the faster rotations among smaller asteroids doesn’t require monolithic strength, either. Only a very modest strength, perhaps no more than van der Waals force, might suffice to hold regolith together on a small super-fast rotator (Sanchez & Scheeres, 2013, arXif:1306.1622v1). The problem is that for a constant or only slowly varying strength with respect to diameter, the spin barrier becomes proportional to 1/D below the size where material strength is dominant, or perhaps a bit steeper if strength increases with decreasing D. What we observe in the distribution of asteroid spins versus diameter is that below D ~ 200 m, the spin barrier goes up at least ~D-3.5, if not abruptly. Models with constant or slowly varying strength fail to fit this observation, and the abrupt transition cannot be an observational selection effect: the void in the phase space of rotations would be among the easiest rotations to observe, e.g. the one conspicuous exception, 2001 OE84 (D ~ 0.7 km, P = 0.5 h) was easily and unambiguously measured (Pravec, et al. 2002, Proc. ACM 2002, ESA SP-500, 743-745). This abrupt transition is most easily explained as a real transition in material properties of asteroids in the size range ~200 m diameter, from “rubble pile” to “boulder”, although neither term may be fully descriptive of the actual structure. Two other lines of evidence suggest that this transition in properties is real: the dip in the size-frequency distribution of NEAs is maximum at ~150 m, suggesting that a transition to stronger material structure occurs about there, and we observe, e.g., Tunguska and the recent Chelyabinsk bolide, that bodies in the tens of meters size range entering the atmosphere behave more like solid rocks than rock piles (Boslough & Crawford 2008, Int. J. Imp. Eng. 35, 1441-1448). I encourage those doing computer

  13. Experimental study on the operational and the cooling performance of the APR+ passive auxiliary feedwater system

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    The passive auxiliary feedwater system (PAFS) is one of the advanced safety features adopted in the APR+ which is intended to completely replace the conventional active auxiliary feedwater system. The PAFS cools down the steam generator secondary side and eventually removes the decay heat from the reactor core by introducing a natural driving force mechanism; i.e., condensing steam in nearly-horizontal U-tubes submerged inside the passive condensation cooling tank (PCCT). With an aim of validating the cooling and operational performance of the PAFS, the separate effect test, PASCAL (PAFS Condensing Heat Removal Assessment Loop), is being performed to experimentally investigate the condensation heat transfer and natural convection phenomena in the PAFS. A single nearly-horizontal U-tube whose dimension is same as the prototypic U-tube of the APR+ PAFS is simulated in the PASCAL test. By performing the PASCAL test, the major thermal-hydraulic parameters such as local/overall heat transfer coefficients, fluid temperature inside the tube, wall temperature of the tube, and pool temperature distribution in the PCCT were produced not only to evaluate the current condensation heat transfer model but also to present database for the safety analysis related with the PAFS. (authors)

  14. Experimental study of one-stage VM cryocooler operating below 8 K

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    Pan, Changzhao; Zhang, Tong; Zhou, Yuan; Wang, Junjie

    2015-12-01

    The Vuilleumier (VM) refrigerator, known as heat driven refrigerator, is one kind of closed-cycle Stirling type regenerative refrigerator. The VM refrigerator with power being supplied by liquid nitrogen was proposed by Hogen and developed by Zhou, which shows great potential for development below 10 K. This paper describes the experimental development of a VM cryocooler operating below 8 K, which was achieved by using liquid nitrogen as a heat sink of middle cavity. The regenerator was optimized by using a part of metallic magnetic regenerator material Er3Ni to replace the lead sphere and a no-load temperature of 7.8 K was obtained. Then all the lead spheres were replaced by Er0.6Pr0.4 material and a no-load temperature of 7.35 K was obtained, which is the lowest temperature for this kind of refrigerator reported so far. The cooling power at 10 K is about 500 mW with a pressure ratio near 1.6 and a charge pressure of 1.8 MPa. Especially, the magnetic material Er0.6Pr0.4 was found to be a potential substitution for the conventional lead.

  15. Wind energy sector in British Columbia

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    British Columbia (BC) possesses significant wind energy resources, and many wind energy projects are currently in the planning phase or are already under construction. Wind power policies in the province have been designed to ensure the secure and orderly development of the wind power industry. Policies in the province include a 10-year exemption from participation rents for new projects as well as a policy that has established the maximum permissible noise levels for wind farms located near residential properties. BC's wind power development plan forms part of the province's aim to become electricity self-sufficient by 2016 while ensuring that clean or renewable energy generation accounts for at least 90 per cent of total generation. This guide provided an outline of the province's wind energy sector, and provided a listing of selected wind power operators. Details of new wind power projects were also presented. 11 fig.

  16. Influence of space of double row piles on soil arching effect

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available FLAC3d software, based on continuous theory, is used to analysis influence of space of double row piles on soil arching effect. The result shows that different from single row pile, double row piles will produce soil arching effect at front pile and rear pile severally, this phenomenon is called multiple soil arching effect; the residual load of front of front row pile will increase,the soil arch zone and the soil arching effect will decrease with the continuous increase of double row pile spacing.At the same time the soil arching effect of rear pile decreases, while the soil arching effect of front pile increases and finally the soil arching effect between front pile and rear pile will be equal.

  17. Measurement and analysis of angular neutron spectra in a manganese pile

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    The energy and angular distribution of neutrons in a Mn pile were measured by the linac time-of-flight method. A cylindrical Pb target for the production of photoneutrons was placed at the center of the pile. The experimental results were compared with the theoretical calculations using the group constants from the nuclear data files, JENDL-2 and ENDF/B-IV. Good agreement can be seen in the general shapes between calculated and measured angular spectra in three decades of energy range form a few keV to a few MeV. As far as can be concluded from the intercomparison, the neutron cross section data for Mn in ENDF/B-IV may be applicable to reactor design: however, several improvements for its resonance parameters can be recommended. A little more improvements are recommended for that in JENDL-2 from this intercomparison. (orig.)

  18. Studying radon exhalation rates variability from phosphogypsum piles in the SW of Spain

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    López-Coto, I., E-mail: israel.lopez@dfa.uhu.es [Dpto. Física Aplicada, Facultad CC. Experimentales, University of Huelva, Campus de El Carmen s/n, 21007 Huelva (Spain); Mas, J.L. [Dpto. Física Aplicada I. Escuela Politécnica Superior, University of Sevilla, C/Virgen de Africa 7, 41012 Sevilla (Spain); Vargas, A. [Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Instituto de Técnicas Energéticas, Campus Sud Edificio ETSEIB, Planta 0, Pabellón C, Av. Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Bolívar, J.P. [Dpto. Física Aplicada, Facultad CC. Experimentales, University of Huelva, Campus de El Carmen s/n, 21007 Huelva (Spain)

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • Variability of radon exhalation rates from PG piles has been studied using numerical simulation supported by experimental data. • Most relevant parameters controlling the exhalation rate are radon potential and moisture saturation. • Piling up the waste increasing the height instead of the surface allows the reduction of the exhalation rate. • A proposed cover here is expected to allow exhalation rates reductions up to 95%. - Abstract: Nearly 1.0 × 10{sup 8} tonnes of phosphogypsum were accumulated during last 50 years on a 1200 ha disposal site near Huelva town (SW of Spain). Previous measurements of exhalation rates offered very variable values, in such a way that a worst case scenario could not be established. Here, new experimental data coupled to numerical simulations show that increasing the moisture contents or the temperature reduces the exhalation rate whilst increasing the radon potential or porosity has the contrary effect. Once the relative effects are compared, it can be drawn that the most relevant parameters controlling the exhalation rate are radon potential (product of emanation factor by {sup 226}Ra concentration) and moisture saturation of PG. From wastes management point of view, it can be concluded that piling up the waste increasing the height instead of the surface allows the reduction of the exhalation rate. Furthermore, a proposed cover here is expected to allow exhalation rates reductions up to 95%. We established that the worst case scenario corresponds to a situation of extremely dry winter. Under these conditions, the radon exhalation rate (0.508 Bq m{sup −2} s{sup −1}) would be below though close to the upper limit established by U.S.E.P.A. for inactive phopsphogypsum piles (0.722 Bq m{sup −2} s{sup −1})

  19. OPERATION OF A NODE IN THE EXPERIMENTAL IPV6 MULTICAST NETWORK “M6BONE”

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    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available This work describes the participation of the Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh in the experimental network M6Bone or IPv6 multicast network. Currently the M6Bone network works in distributed manner, giving support to connections at global scale. Its administration is coordinated from the French research and development network RENATER. Many research projects make use of this worldwide network structure, using it as a great test laboratory with the intention to enable and accelerate the migration of IPv4 to IPv6. In the implementation of the model, free software was used to configure an IPv6 router with multicast support and videoconference tools were used to verify the correct operation. It could be verified that the connection mechanism enables video and audio conferencing of good quality on global scale. Therefore, the use of IPv6 for applications of this type can be promoted.Este trabajo describe la participación y experiencia de la Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh en la red experimental M6Bone o red multicast sobre IPv6. Actualmente la red M6Bone está en funcionamiento distribuido, dando soporte a conexiones a escala mundial. Su administración es coordinada desde la red Francesa de investigación y desarrollo RENATER. Muchos proyectos de investigación hacen uso de esta estructura mundial de red, utilizándola como un gran laboratorio de pruebas con el fin de posibilitar y acelerar la migración de IPv4 a IPv6. En la implementación del modelo se utilizo software de uso libre para configurar un router IPv6 con soporte multicast y se utilizaron herramientas de videoconferencia para verificar su funcionamiento correcto. Se pudo verificar que el mecanismo de conexión permite conferencias de audio y video en buena calidad a escala global. Por lo tanto, se puede promover el uso de IPv6 para aplicaciones de este tipo.

  20. Analysis of Wave Fields induced by Offshore Pile Driving

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    Ruhnau, M.; Heitmann, K.; Lippert, T.; Lippert, S.; von Estorff, O.

    2015-12-01

    Impact pile driving is the common technique to install foundations for offshore wind turbines. With each hammer strike the steel pile - often exceeding 6 m in diameter and 80 m in length - radiates energy into the surrounding water and soil, until reaching its targeted penetration depth. Several European authorities introduced limitations regarding hydroacoustic emissions during the construction process to protect marine wildlife. Satisfying these regulations made the development and application of sound mitigation systems (e.g. bubble curtains or insulation screens) inevitable, which are commonly installed within the water column surrounding the pile or even the complete construction site. Last years' advances have led to a point, where the seismic energy tunneling the sound mitigation systems through the soil and radiating back towards the water column gains importance, as it confines the maximum achievable sound mitigation. From an engineering point of view, the challenge of deciding on an effective noise mitigation layout arises, which especially requires a good understanding of the soil-dependent wave field. From a geophysical point of view, the pile acts like a very unique line source, generating a characteristic wave field dominated by inclined wave fronts, diving as well as head waves. Monitoring the seismic arrivals while the pile penetration steadily increases enables to perform quasi-vertical seismic profiling. This work is based on datasets that have been collected within the frame of three comprehensive offshore measurement campaigns during pile driving and demonstrates the potential of seismic arrivals induced by pile driving for further soil characterization.

  1. Remedial action for radioactive waste rock piles in China

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    The Chinese government has conducted remedial action for radioactive waste rock piles since 1990. The radioactive waste rocks produced in the course of geological exploration of uranium deposits are widely distributed over several hundreds of locations in more than 20 provinces in China. The following remedial actions for radioactive waste rock piles have been undertaken in China: 1. Protecting dams for stabilizing the piles have been built. A total length of about 50,000 m of these dams has been completed. 2. Soil layers have been emplaced on the radioactive waste rock piles. The focus of the action is to eliminate the radiation harmful to public health. A total area of 750,000 square meters of soil has been placed on the piles in China. 3. Radioactive waste rock piles have been vegetated. Aesthetic shaping of the landscape in the exploratory district of the uranium deposits is our expectant goal. A total area of about 560,000 square meters of vegetation has been placed on the soil covering the piles. Through these remedial actions, the environmental situation has been extensively improved in the remedial districts. The individual annual effective dose equivalent is less than 1 Sv/a. The radon emission rate is less than 20 pCi/m2.s. The gamma ray external exposure rate has been greatly reduced. Copyright (2001) Material Research Society

  2. Three-dimensional analysis of slopes reinforced with piles

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    高玉峰; 叶茂; 张飞

    2015-01-01

    Based on the upper bound of limit analysis, the plane-strain analysis of the slopes reinforced with a row of piles to the 3D case was extended. A 3D rotational failure mechanism was adopted to yield the upper bound of the factor of safety. Parametric studies were carried out to explore the end effects of the slope failures and the effects of the pile location and diameter on the safety of the reinforced slopes. The results demonstrate that the end effects nearly have no effects on the most suitable location of the installed piles but have significant influence on the safety of the slopes. For a slope constrained to a narrow width, the slope becomes more stable owing to the contribution of the end effects. When the slope is reinforced with a row of piles in small space between piles, the effects of group piles are significant for evaluating the safety of slopes. The presented method is more appropriate for assessing the stability of slopes reinforced with piles and can be also utilized in the design of plies stabilizing the unstable slopes.

  3. Marine pollution network euromar-mermaid: Results of the experimental operation

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    Knauth, H.-D.; Schroeder, F.; Menzel, R.; Gebhart, E.; Marx, S.; Kohnke, D.; Holzkamm, F.; Nies, H.; Theobald, N.

    1997-09-01

    The need for automated systems to monitor chemical and biochemical variables led to the definition of the EUREKA-EUROMAR project MERMAID. It was realized by several international scientific and industrial partners. Important components were automatic nutrient analyzers and remote-controlled samplers for toxic trace substances in addition to a high-performance data management system with bi-directional telemetry units for remote-controlled network operation. These modules were implemented in the MERMAID network consisting of three sea stations, two of them set up in the Elbe estuary, and one in the Elbe-influenced coastal zone. The latter was at the same time part of the BSH-network. The data were transmitted to shore and processed at GKSS and BSH. While in the preceding project phase the marine pollution network was established and tested, the last MERMAID phase covered its experimental operation. For this purpose, different modules were installed at the three stations. They incorporated meteorological, oceanographic, physical and chemical sensors in addition to automatic analyzers for phosphate, nitrite/nitrate and ammonium as well as specialized samplers for heavy metals and organic micropollutants. Variables were determined directly either continuously by in situ sensors or at variable time intervals by remote-controlled in situ analyzers, or they were determined indirectly by samplers allowing phase-separated multiple sampling with remote or event control of the sampling frequency. In this contribution, the results of nutrient and heavy metal concentration time series measured in 1995 and 1996 are presented together with corresponding meteorological and oceanographic variables. The examples indicate that the transfer of nutrients and contaminants in the estuary and in the coastal zone is strongly influenced by different short- and long-term events, i.e. freshwater discharge rates and wind action. Additionally, in summer, chemical and biological processes

  4. Development of the irradiation assembly used in-pile tritium production

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    The irradiation assembly of in-pile tritium production is main part of the first in-pile tritium demonstration apparatus for hybrid reactor in China. The paper describes its principle configuration and specifications. Design calculation are given in which include tritium production calculation, heat transfer calculation and stress calculation. Key technology in development of the assembly is explained. Operation and in-situ tritium release experiments of the assembly show that thermal and nuclear characteristics of the assembly is good. Adjustable temperature range of the tritium breeder is 250∼700 degree C. Radius temperature difference in the tritium breeder is less than 70 degree C. Tritium production efficiency of the assembly under thermal neutron irradiation is 0.183 x 10-7 Bq·cm2. The assembly and its utilization is discussed and reviewed

  5. Report On Design And Preliminary Data Of Halden In-Pile Creep Rig

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    Terrani, Kurt A [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Karlsen, T. M. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Yamamoto, Yukinori [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-09-01

    A set of in-pile creep tests is ongoing in the Halden reactor on ORNL’s candidate accident tolerant fuel cladding materials. These tests are meant to provide essential material property information that is needed for an informed analysis of these fuel concepts under normal operating conditions. These tests provide detailed information regarding swelling, thermal creep, and irradiation creep rates of these materials. The results to date have been compared with the limited set of information available in literature that is form irradiation tests in other reactors or out-of-pile tests. Most of the results are in good agreement with prior literature, except for irradiation creep rate of SiC. To elucidate the difference between the HFIR and Halden test results continued testing is necessary. The tests describe in this progress report are ongoing and will continue for at least another year.

  6. Ice bustles on quay piles : field studies and numerical simulations

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    Loset, S.; Marchenko, A. [Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology, Trondheim (Norway)]|[Svalbard Univ. Centre, Spitsbergen (Norway)

    2008-07-01

    The additional gravity action created by the accumulation of ice on coastal structures and piles in cold climates may create a potential threat for the safety of the structures, particularly for mooring and fendering of floating structures and jacket-type structures. The gravity action is particularly critical in areas with changes in water level, such as large tide amplitudes. Ice bustle on piles may also increase the water line, thereby creating more horizontal action from moving ice fields. This study examined the growth and properties of ice bustles on quay piles in the Svea coal harbour, Spitsbergen during the winter and spring of 2007. Their formation was found to be related to super-cooling of piles relative to the temperature of surrounding water, when the heat conductivity of the pile material is higher than the heat conductivity of the water. Ice grows laterally from the surface of the pile at larger depths than the thickness of the surrounding level ice. The bustles are kept in place during water level changes because of the high adhesion between the ice and pile. The vertical and horizontal size of ice bustles formed on cylindrical quay steel piles in the study area was about 1.5 m with slightly downward sloping side walls. At high tide, the top surface coincided with the water level while at low tide, it was almost above the water surface. The Comsol Multiphysics 3.3a mathematical model was used to describe the formation of ice bustle around the cylindrical pile. Ice bustle growth was simulated with a constant water level while taking into consideration changes in tide and water level. This paper also described how the size of ice bustle is influenced by meteorological conditions, time and tidal amplitude. 1 refs., 1 tab., 10 figs.

  7. Analysis of static and dynamic pile-soil-jacket behaviour

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    Azadi, Mohammad Reza Emami

    1998-12-31

    In the offshore industry, recent extreme storms, severe earthquakes and subsidence of the foundation of jacket platforms have shown that new models and methods must take into account the jacket- pile-soil foundation interaction as well as the non-linear dynamic performance/loading effects. This thesis begins with a review of the state of art pile-soil interaction model, recognizing that most existing pile-soil models have been established based on large diameter pile tests on specific sites. The need for site independent and mechanistic pile-soil interaction models led to the development of new (t-z) and (p-y) disk models. These are validated using the available database from recent large diameter pile tests in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico. The established static disk models are applied for non-linear static analysis of the jacket-pile-soil system under extreme wave loading. Dynamic pile-soil interaction is studied and a new disk-cone model is developed for the non-linear and non-homogeneous soils. This model is applied to both surface and embedded disks in a soil layer with non-linear properties. Simplified non-linear as well as more complex analysis methods are used to study the dynamic response of the jacket platform under extreme sea and seismic loading. Ductility spectra analysis is introduced and used to study the dynamic performance of the jacket systems near collapse. Case studies are used to illustrate the effects of structural, foundation failure characteristics as well as dynamic loading effects on the overall performance of the jacket-pile-soil systems near ultimate collapse. 175 refs., 429 figs., 70 tabs.

  8. Assessing the impact of pile driving upon fish

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    Hawkins, Anthony

    2005-01-01

    Pile driving associated with the removal and reconstruction of a jetty was monitored at a busy harbor in the North East of Scotland, adjacent to an important Atlantic salmon river. The main concern was with the impact of noise upon salmon migrating through the lower part of the river estuary. Pile driving was allowed to proceed subject to an agreed program of works to monitor sound levels and ensure least disturbance to salmon. Both percussive and vibratory pile driving took place. Sound-pres...

  9. Combinatorial Optimization Method for Operation of Pumping Station with Adjustable Blade and Variable Speed Based on Experimental Optimization of Subsystem

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    Yi Gong; Jilin Cheng

    2014-01-01

    A decomposition-dynamic programming aggregation method based on experimental optimization for subsystem was proposed to solve mathematical model of optimal operation for single pumping station with adjustable blade and variable speed. Taking minimal daily electric cost as objective function and water quantity pumped by units as coordinated variable, this model was decomposed into several submodels of daily optimal operation with adjustable blade and variable speed for single pump unit which w...

  10. A dose reconstruction case study - the retrospective assessment of neutron dose for workers on the Windscale Piles at Sellafield

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    The Windscale Piles were air-cooled reactors which started operation in 1951 to irradiate natural uranium fuel elements. It is now nearly 40 years since the Windscale Piles ceased operation after a fire during the release of Wigner energy in Reactor 1 on 10 October 1957. The spotlight returned to the Windscale Piles during the recent childhood leukaemia cases because the two fathers concerned worked there during the 1950s. Operators working on the Piles wore film badges and QFEs, but no suitable personal neutron dosemeter was available at that time and no neutron doses were entered onto dose records. For the purposes of litigation, a major dose reconstruction exercise was carried out to retrospectively assess the likely neutron doses received by the two individuals. The paper describes the main steps and processes required to carry out the reconstruction exercise. Within the overall exercise, two technical aspects required particular attention. Firstly, expert interpretation was used to convert contemporary survey measurements into useable data requiring some knowledge of the neutron spectrum and the capabilities of the early neutron instruments. Secondly, it was necessary to model the reactors to predict neutron dose rates for key scenarios identified in the dose reconstruction process for which archive survey information was not located. Finally, the methodology used to convert the survey data and model predictions into neutron doses for the individuals concerned is discussed and contrasted with other potential approaches. (author)

  11. Optimising the bio-piling of weathered hydrocarbons within a risk management framework

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    Hough, R.; Brassington, K.; Sinke, A.; Crossley, J.; Paton, G.; Semple, K.; Risdon, G.; Jacobson, Ch.; Daly, P.; Jackman, S.; Lethbridge, G.; Pollard, S. [Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)

    2005-07-01

    Thirty years of research into petroleum microbiology and bio-remediation have bypassed an important observation - that many hydrocarbon contaminated sites posing potential risks to human health harbour weathered, 'mid-distillate' or heavy oils rather than 'fresh product'. Ex-situ bio-piling is an important technology for treating soils contaminated with weathered hydrocarbons. However, its performance continues to be represented by reference to reductions in the hydrocarbon 'load' in the soils being treated, rather than reductions in the risks posed by the hydrocarbon contamination. The absence of 'risk' from the vocabulary of many operators and remediation projects reduces stakeholder (regulatory, investor, landowner, and public) confidence in remediation technologies, and subsequently limits the market potential of these technologies. Stakeholder confidence in the bio-piling of weathered hydrocarbons may be improved by demonstrating process optimisation within a validated risk management framework. To address these issues, a consortium led by Cranfield University's Integrated Waste Management Centre has secured funding from the UK Government's Bio-remediation LINK programme. Project PROMISE (involving BP, SecondSite Regeneration Ltd., Dew Remediation Ltd., TES Bretby (Mowlem Group), technology translators PERA, and academics from Aberdeen, Cranfield and Lancaster Universities) aims to improve market confidence in bio-piling by demonstrating how this treatment may be applied within a risk management context. For weathered hydrocarbons in particular, the underpinning scientific components of process control, waste diagnostics, environmental fate modelling, and risk assessment have yet to be fully integrated to allow bio-piling projects to be verified with improved confidence. The Joint Research Council Review of Bio-remediation recognised this in calling explicitly for the positioning of bio-remediation within a

  12. Optimising the bio-piling of weathered hydrocarbons within a risk management framework

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    Thirty years of research into petroleum microbiology and bio-remediation have bypassed an important observation - that many hydrocarbon contaminated sites posing potential risks to human health harbour weathered, 'mid-distillate' or heavy oils rather than 'fresh product'. Ex-situ bio-piling is an important technology for treating soils contaminated with weathered hydrocarbons. However, its performance continues to be represented by reference to reductions in the hydrocarbon 'load' in the soils being treated, rather than reductions in the risks posed by the hydrocarbon contamination. The absence of 'risk' from the vocabulary of many operators and remediation projects reduces stakeholder (regulatory, investor, landowner, and public) confidence in remediation technologies, and subsequently limits the market potential of these technologies. Stakeholder confidence in the bio-piling of weathered hydrocarbons may be improved by demonstrating process optimisation within a validated risk management framework. To address these issues, a consortium led by Cranfield University's Integrated Waste Management Centre has secured funding from the UK Government's Bio-remediation LINK programme. Project PROMISE (involving BP, SecondSite Regeneration Ltd., Dew Remediation Ltd., TES Bretby (Mowlem Group), technology translators PERA, and academics from Aberdeen, Cranfield and Lancaster Universities) aims to improve market confidence in bio-piling by demonstrating how this treatment may be applied within a risk management context. For weathered hydrocarbons in particular, the underpinning scientific components of process control, waste diagnostics, environmental fate modelling, and risk assessment have yet to be fully integrated to allow bio-piling projects to be verified with improved confidence. The Joint Research Council Review of Bio-remediation recognised this in calling explicitly for the positioning of bio-remediation within a risk management framework. The PERF report (Thermo

  13. Rebel alliances: the means and ends of contemporary British anarchisms

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    Franks, Benjamin

    2000-01-01

    This thesis examines, classifies and evaluates the tactics and organisational methods of British and Irish anarchist groups, which operated in the period 1984-1999 (although reference is made to groupings and events outside of this period). The thesis explains how class struggle anarchism, which was a minority trend even within the libertarian milieu, has developed into a significant and lively (anti-)political movement. This thesis examines recent groups through their own publications and th...

  14. Negotiating Planning Gains through the British Development Control System

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    Jim Claydon; Bryan Smith

    1997-01-01

    The British planning system provides for the exercise of discretion in the interpretation of policy and at the operational level processing planning applications. That discretionary space is utilised to negotiate, often over the provision of planning gains. Three applications for commercial uses drawn from different parts of England are taken as case study examples. They are examined within the context of an analytical framework which identifies the activity of negotiation, the influences on ...

  15. Conceptual design of Fusion Experimental Reactor (FER) based on an advanced scenario of plasma operation and control

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    The Fusion Experimental Reactor (FER) which is being developed at JAERI as a next-generation tokamak following JT-60 has the major purpose of realizing a self-ignited, long-burning DT plasma and demonstrating engineering feasibility. The paper emphasizes the advanced scenario of FER plasma operation and control and the advantage in engineering design made possible by the scenario. The FER concept is discussed, which is based on quasi-steady-state operation by a lower-hybrid-wave current drive or steady-state operation by three candidate radiofrequency waves, impurity control by a cold and dense divertor plasma and vertical position control of a highly elongated plasma. (author)

  16. Experimental research of dose distribution and protection for mobile intra-operative radiotherapy accelerator in operating room

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    Objective: To study the dose distribution characteristics for mobile intra-operative radiotherapy accelerator (Mobetron) in an operating room, and to provide basic data for developing appropriate radiation protection measures and protection standard. Methods: For most commonly used electron energy 9 MeV, TLD dosimeters were placed at 50, 100, 150 and 200 cm high plane, respectively. For each plane,the measurement points were selected at every 50 cm from the central axis at every 45° at eight different directions. Also different electron energies, such as 4, 6, 9 and 12 MeV, were taken into consideration at the plane at 100 cm height. After 10 Gy with a dose rate of 10 Gy/min were delivered, the TLD dosimeters were used to read out the data. Results: For 9 MeV, at the phantom plane (100 cm high plane), the average doses were 169, 756, 395 and 241 μSv at 50, 100, 150 and 200 cm from the central axis,respectively. The maximum deviation between the doses at 50 cm from the central axis in different angles and their average values were 9.1%. In the identical angle, the average doses of 50, 100, 150 and 200 cm high planes at the distance of 100 cm from central axis were 527, 756, 570 and 141 μSv, respectively. For the energies of 4, 6, 9 and 12 MeV, the average doses were 573, 486, 689 and 781 μSv at 100 cm from the central axis at 90° of 100 cm high plane. Conclusions: For the same energy,the dose values at different directions were decreased by the minus exponential function law with the distance. The doses were uniformly distributed at different directions at the same distance from the central axis. The doses on the plane of 100 cm height were much higher than those at other heights,and the dose values were increased with the election energy. (authors)

  17. The experimental setup of a large field operational test for cooperative driving vehicles at the A270

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    Broek, T.H.A. van den; Netten, B.D.; Hoedemaeker, M.; Ploeg, J.

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, a large field operational test (FOT) for cooperative driving systems, which take place on a public highway, is discussed. The experimental setup consist of a specific driver support system, which is closely related to cooperative adaptive cruise control (CACC) systems. Instead of auto

  18. Numerical Simulation for the Soil-Pile-Structure Interaction under Seismic Loading

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Piles are widely used as reinforcement structures in geotechnical engineering designs. If the settlement of the soil is greater than the pile, the pile is pulled down by the soil, and negative friction force is produced. Previous studies have mainly focused on the interaction of pile-soil under static condition. However, many pile projects are located in earthquake-prone areas, which indicate the importance of determining the response of the pile-soil structure under seismic load. In this paper, the nonlinear, explicit, and finite difference program FLAC3D, which considers the mechanical behavior of soil-pile interaction, is used to establish an underconsolidated soil-pile mode. The response processes of the pile side friction force, the pile axial force, and the soil response under seismic load are also analyzed.

  19. Vanadium-lithium in-pile loop for comprehensive tests of vanadium alloys and multipurpose coatings

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    The reliable information on design and material properties of self-cooled Li-Li blanket and liquid metal divertor under neutron radiation conditions can be obtained using the concept of combined technological and material in-pile tests in a vanadium-lithium loop. The method of in-pile loop tests includes studies of vanadium-base alloys resistance, weld resistance under mechanical stress, multipurpose coating formation processes and coatings' resistance under the following conditions: high temperature (600-700 C), lithium velocities up to 10 m/s, lithium with controlled concentration of impurities and technological additions, a neutron load of 0.4-0.5 MW/m2 and level of irradiation doses up to 5 dpa. The design of such an in-pile loop is considered. The experimental data on corrosion and compatibility with lithium, mechanical properties and welding technology of the vanadium alloys, methods of coatings formation and its radiation tests in lithium environment in the BOR-60 reactor (fast neutron fluence up to 1026 m-2, irradiation temperature range of 500-523 C) are presented and analyzed as a basis for such loop development. (orig.)

  20. Lateral response of pile foundations in liquefiable soils

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Liquefaction has been a main cause of damage to civil engineering structures in seismically active areas. The effects of damage of liquefaction on deep foundations are very destructive. Seismic behavior of pile foundations is widely discussed by many researchers for safer and more economic design purposes. This paper presents a pseudo-static method for analysis of piles in liquefiable soil under seismic loads. A free-field site response analysis using three-dimensional (3D numerical modeling was performed to determine kinematic loads from lateral ground displacements and inertial loads from vibration of the superstructure. The effects of various parameters, such as soil layering, kinematic and inertial forces, boundary condition of pile head and ground slope, on pile response were studied. By comparing the numerical results with the centrifuge test results, it can be concluded that the use of the p-y curves with various degradation factors in liquefiable sand gives reasonable results.

  1. Residual settlement calculation of geocell cushion over gravel piles

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    陈昌富; 杨宇; 肖淑君; 周志军

    2008-01-01

    The calculation of residual settlement of bidirectional reinforced composite foundation, which is composed of geocell cushion over gravel piles, was studied. The geocell cushion was modeled as a thin flexible plate with large deflection. Based on the Kirchhoff hypothesis, the governing differential equations and boundary conditions of the deformation of geocell cushion under working load were founded using von Karman method and solved by Galerkin method. On theses bases, the gravel piles and inter-pile soils were assumed as Winkler ground with variable spring stiffness so as to execute the approximate calculation of the residual settlement of the bidirectional reinforced composite foundation. The calculation method was verified by two laboratory experiments concerning settlement of embankments. One experiment was with just geocell cushion installed to treat the soft clay under embankments; another one was with both geocell cushion and gravel piles installed. The results show that the calculated settlement curve and the maximum settlement are closed to the observed ones.

  2. 20051655 - Petronas, Capacity of Driven Piles Offshore Malaysia

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    Augustesen, Anders; Andersen, Lars

    This document is the third of four notes concerning the vertical capacity of piles. It includes an assessment of the effect of previous static load testing upon the measured capacity, i.e. preshearing effects....

  3. 20051655 - Petronas, Capacity of Driven Piles Offshore Malaysia

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    Augustesen, Anders

    This document is the second of four notes concerning the effects of time (in this case ageing) on the vertical capacity of piles. It includes a critical review of the relevant publications described in note a....

  4. Airborne thermography of temperature patterns in sugar beet piles

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    Moore, D. G.; Bichsel, S.

    1975-01-01

    An investigation was conducted to evaluate the use of thermography for locating spoilage areas (chimneys) within storage piles and to subsequently use the information for the scheduling of their processing. Thermal-infrared quantitative scanner data were acquired initially on January 16, 1975, over the storage piles at Moorhead, Minnesota, both during the day and predawn. Photographic data were acquired during the day mission to evaluate the effect of uneven snow cover on the thermal emittance, and the predawn thermography was used to locate potential chimneys. The piles were examined the day prior for indications of spoilage areas, and the ground crew indicated that no spoilage areas were located using their existing methods. Nine spoilage areas were interpreted from the thermography. The piles were rechecked by ground methods three days following the flights. Six of the nine areas delineated by thermography were actual spoilage areas.

  5. Centrifuge modelling of drained lateral pile - soil response

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    Klinkvort, Rasmus Tofte

    remaining tests were used to investigate the pile - soil interaction to gain a better in-sight into the complex problem. A monotonic test series was carried out initially and then pile - soil interaction curves were deduced from these tests and compared with methodologies used today. The results indicate...... was proposed to predict the accumulation of displacement and change in secant stiffness using the observations seen in the centrifuge. With the centrifuge test observation as basis, an cyclic pile - soil interaction element was developed. The element can be used in Winkler type analysis where the soil...... of rigid piles. The tests have been performed in homogeneously dense dry or saturated Fontainebleau sand in order to mimic simplified drained offshore soil conditions. Approximately half of the tests have been carried out to investigate the centrifuge procedure in order to create a methodology of...

  6. Acoustic emission diagnosis of concrete-piles damaged by earthquakes

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    Earthquakes often impose unexpected damage on structures. Concerning the soundness of the structure, the upper portion is easily estimated by visual observation, while the lower portion located in deep underground is difficult to be estimated. Thus there exist few effective methods to investigate underground structures. In this paper, a new inspection technique for damage evaluation of concrete-piles utilizing acoustic emission (AE) is proposed, and is verified by a series of experiments. Firstly, such basic characteristics as the attenuation and effective wave-guides for detecting AE underground, are examined through laboratory tests. Secondary, fracture tests of full-scale prefabricated concrete piles are conducted, and the characteristics of the AE are examined. Finally, actual concrete-piles attacked by the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake are investigated. Results confirm that the estimated damages by the proposed method are in good agreement with actual damaged locations. Thus, the method is very effective for the diagnosis of the concrete-piles.

  7. Experimental investigation of debris effects on pump operation and comparison with existing wear models

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    During a Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA) the emergency core cooling system (ECCS), comprised of several pumping systems, must provide cooling water to the reactor core. Initially, during an LOCA pumps are operated with clean water delivered from the storage tanks. After a certain time the water is recycled from the containment sump through the ECCS. This recycled water contains debris, both particulate and fibrous, that has collected in the containment sumps and passed through the strainers. The debris passing through the pumps will affect the pump performance. Previous tests, considering the effect of pumping debris, produced a model for predicting the wear in the pumps. This article and the objective of recent testing provide additional data which will improve prediction methods for performance degradation as a result of pumping foreign material. Experiments were performed on a small two stage pump with back to back impellers and a central bushing to obtain data and facilitate qualification of other pumps for these injections services. Various material combinations for pump internals, particle sizes and particle concentrations from 100 to 10000 ppm were examined. A total of six tests with more than 360 hours of run time were performed. At various points during each test, the pump was opened and dimensional measurements were taken. Pump hydraulic performance was measured during each segment of the various tests. Samples of the fluid were also taken at various times during the testing. The pump successfully ran without seizing during all modes of operation for all runs. Other incidents did occur including multiple failures involving wear through piping during the 10000 ppm run at which time the test was stopped before reaching the planned total run time. Pump seizure after shut down occurred after one of the tests. Hydraulic performance results showed a slight degradation in the developed head for all cases but one. That one case having a fine grain debris

  8. Interpretation of the TRADE In-Pile source multiplication experiments

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    Mercatali, Luigi; Carta, Mario; Peluso, Vincenzo

    2006-06-01

    Within the framework of the neutronic characterization of the TRIGA RC-1 reactor in support to the TRADE (TRiga Accelerator Driven Experiment) program, the interpretation of the subcriticality level measurements performed in static regime during the TRADE In-Pile experimental program is presented. Different levels of subcriticality have been measured using the MSA (Modified Source Approximated) method by the insertion of a standard fixed radioactive source into different core positions. Starting from a reference configuration, fuel elements were removed: control rods were moved outward as required for the coupling experiments envisioned with the proton accelerator and fission chambers were inserted in order to measure subcritical count rates. A neutron-physics analysis based on the modified formulation of the source multiplication method (MSM) has been carried out, which requires the systematic solution for each experimental configuration of the homogeneous, both in the forward and adjoint forms, and inhomogeneous Boltzmann equations. By means of such a methodology calculated correction factors to be applied to the MSA measured reactivities were produced in order to take into account spatial and energetic effects creating changes in the detector efficiencies and effective source with respect to the calibration configuration. The methodology presented has been tested against a large number of experimental states. The measurements have underlined the sensitivity of the MSA measured reactivities to core geometry changes and control rod perturbations; the efficiency of MSM factors to dramatically correct for this sensitivity is underlined, making of this technique a relevant methodology in view of the incoming US RACE program to be performed in TRIGA reactors.

  9. Leukaemia near british nuclear installations

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    An excess of childhood leukaemia has been seen near some British nuclear installations, especially near the Sellafield reprocessing plant. The same result was found in a more general study including a large number of nuclear sites. Similar studies made in USA, Canada and France have been negative. Moreover, epidemiological studies made in England have discovered other childhood leukaemia clusters in areas far from nuclear facilities, and especially near potential sites of nuclear installations. Several explanations are suggested but no definite conclusion is yet possible. Doses from radioactive releases seem to be too low to account for the additional deaths from leukaemia by environmental contamination. A virus activation, which might be associated with population influx into rural isolated areas, has been considered. The hypothesis of genetic mutation induced by ionising radiation in the fathers of children with leukaemia has been made because a higher risk of leukaemia was observed for children of fathers employed at Sellafield. No firm conclusion is possible considering the small number of observed cases and the lack of excess leukaemias in the offspring of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors. The possibility of internal contamination, chemicals or even radon is discussed as other causes. Studies in progress might allow to find an answer to the problem of leukaemia in the vicinity of British nuclear installations

  10. Jointless and Smoother Bridges: Behavior and Design of Piles

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    Frosch, Robert J; Chovichien, Voraniti; Durbin, Katrinna; Fedroff, David

    2006-01-01

    Integral abutment bridges have been used in the United States for decades. By eliminating expensive expansion joints, the piles supporting the end bent accommodate the total thermal movement of the bridge. Currently, integral bridges are designed based upon experience, and a rational design specification has not been developed. Furthermore, the interaction of the abutment, pile, and soil remains uncertain. A better understanding regarding the behavior of this system is needed. The objective o...

  11. Pile Structure Program, Projected Start Date : January 1, 2010 (Implementation).

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    Collins, Chris; Corbett, Catherine [Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership; Ebberts, Blaine [U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    2009-07-27

    The 2008 Federal Columbia River Power System Biological Opinion includes Reasonable and Prudent Alternative 38-Piling and Piling Dike Removal Program. This RPA directs the Action Agencies to work with the Estuary Partnership to develop and implement a piling and pile dike removal program. The program has since evolved to include modifying pile structures to enhance their habitat value and complexity by adding large woody debris. The geographic extent of the Pile Structure Program (PSP) includes all tidally-influenced portions of the lower Columbia River below Bonneville Dam; however, it will focus on the mainstem. The overarching goal of the PSP is to enhance and restore ecosystem structure and function for the recovery of federally listed salmonids through the active management of pile structures. To attain this goal, the program team developed the following objectives: (1) Develop a plan to remove or modify pile structures that have lower value to navigation channel maintenance, and in which removal or modification will present low-risk to adjacent land use, is cost-effective, and would result in increased ecosystem function. (2) Determine program benefits for juvenile salmonids and the ecosystem through a series of intensively monitored pilot projects. (3) Incorporate best available science and pilot project results into an adaptive management framework that will guide future management by prioritizing projects with the highest benefits. The PSP's hypotheses, which form the basis of the pilot project experiments, are organized into five categories: Sediment and Habitat-forming Processes, Habitat Conditions and Food Web, Piscivorous Fish, Piscivorous Birds, and Toxic Contaminant Reduction. These hypotheses are based on the effects listed in the Estuary Module (NOAA Fisheries in press) and others that emerged during literature reviews, discussions with scientists, and field visits. Using pilot project findings, future implementation will be adaptively managed

  12. In-pile test of Qinshan PWR fuel bundle

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    In-pile test of Qinshan Nuclear Power Plant PWR fuel bundle has been conducted in HWRR HTHP Test loop at CIAE. The test fuel bundle was irradiated to an average burnup of 25000 Mwd/tU. The authors describe the structure of (3 x 3-2) test fuel bundle, structure of irradiation rig, fuel fabrication, irradiation conditions, power and fuel burnup. Some comments on the in-pile performance for fuel bundle, fuel rod and irradiation rig were made

  13. Guidelines for the Protection of Steel Piles : Corrosive Marine Environment

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    Rhodes, Graham

    2011-01-01

    The corrosion of steel is a common phenomenon. In a marine environment, steel is corroded at an accelerated rate due to the atmospheric conditions. To combat this corrosion, steel piles are coated in order to protect them. As a major supplier of steel piles, Rautaruukki Oyj (Ruukki) commissioned this project in order to streamline their coating process. Currently Ruukki supplies a different coating system for almost every job; the aim of the project was to reduce the number of systems used to...

  14. Pile groups under deep expansion: a case history

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    Alonso Pérez de Agreda, Eduardo; Sauter, Simon; Ramon Tarragona, Anna

    2015-01-01

    A viaduct in a high speed railway line experienced severe heave of its central pillars as a result of deep expansion of an anhydrite rock. Bridge pillars were founded on pile groups which experienced vertical heave displacements as well as lateral displacements and rotations. A semi-analytical solution for the response of a pile group under loading and arbitrary located soil expansion was developed integrating fundamental solutions for the elastic half-space. The procedure was first validated...

  15. Golden Herbs used in Piles Treatment: A Concise Report

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    Rajani Chauhan; Km. Ruby; Jaya Dwivedi

    2012-01-01

    Herbal medicine is also called phytomedicine. It is refers to using a plant's seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for disease treatment.Herbs have many golden phytochemicals or secondary metabolites to treat disease. They have a long tradition of use outside of conventional medicine. Hemorrhoids or Piles treatment through Herbs has been effective and a golden treatment without any side-effects. There are some herbs which is useful in piles treatment such as Aesculus hippocastanum,...

  16. THE NEW STRUCTURE OF A PLATE-PILE FOUNDATION

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Raising of problem. In the construction of high-rise buildings with significant loads on foundations and bedding at the base of not rocky soils tend to use the most common pile foundation to reduce the deformation and correspond to regulations [1] on the maximum permissible deformation. Monitoring of the stress-strain state (SSS pile foundations constructed buildings shows the existing reserves of bearing capacity on the one hand - soil bases of the second group of limit states, on the other - the foundation of the first group of limit states by regulating the SSS foundation during construction and exploitation. Therefore, are increasingly using more progressive structure of foundations consisting of piles and of plate, as well as methods for their construction [2 - 10], however, in their design there are a number of disadvantages associated with the ambiguity of the application of methods for the calculation of such structures, which allows to do only partial conclusions and recommendations. Purpose. Is proposing the new structure of a plate-pile foundation, which overcomes the drawbacks of the existing design solutions and methods of consruction their, as well as is proposing an engineering method of a determination of basic parameters. Conclusion. Is proposes the new structure of a plate-pile foundation and the method of a determination of basic parameters his in the design of a soil base to the maximum permissible deformation Su buildings. Efficiency of application this type plate-pile foundation obtained by rational distribution resistance between a plate and piles, when under load from the building to the first work fully incorporated plate that allows maximum deformed for plate, and then the piles - due to of the hinge connection with the plate. Thus, depending on the maximum permissible deformation for buildings resistance of plate part of a full load of more than 50%, that significantly reduces the consumption of concrete.

  17. Axial Non-linear Dynamic Soil-Pile Interaction - Keynote

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    Holeyman A.; Whenham V.

    2014-01-01

    This keynote lecture describes recent analytical and numerical advances in the modeling of the axial nonlinear dynamic interaction between a single pile and its embedding soil. On one hand, analytical solutions are developed for assessing the nonlinear axial dynamic response of the shaft of a pile subjected to dynamic loads, and in particular to vibratory loads. Radial inhomogeneity arising from shear modulus degradation is evaluated over a range of parameters and compared with those obtained...

  18. Experimental Study on Extremum Seeking Control for Efficient Operation of Air-side Economizer

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    Mu, Baojie; Li, Yaoyu; Seem, John E.

    2014-01-01

    The air-side economizers are a major class of energy-saving devices for ventilation and air conditioning systems by taking advantage of outdoor air during cool or cold weather. Typical rule based control cannot justify energy optimal operation, while model based optimization of air-side economizer operation depends on the accurate knowledge of system model and enthalpy sensing of the ambient and return-air. Such optimal operation is hard to achieve in practice due to inaccurate model and degr...

  19. An Experimental Comparison of Event Driven and Multi-Threaded Sensor Node Operating Systems

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    Duffy, Cormac; Roedig, Utz; Herbert,John; Sreenan, Cormac J.

    2007-01-01

    Two different operating system types are currently considered for sensor networks: event driven and multi-threaded. This paper compares the two well-known operating systems TinyOS (event driven) and MANTIS (multi-threaded) regarding their memory usage, power consumption and processing capabilities. TinyOS and MANTIS are both ported to the DSYS25 sensor platform. Both operating systems are used to execute the same sensor network application and the aforementioned parameters of interest are mea...

  20. An experimental investigation and statistical modelling for trim cutting operation in WEDM of Nimonic-90

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    Vinod Kumar; Vikas Kumar; Kamal Kumar Jangra

    2015-01-01

    Trim cutting operation in wire electrical discharge machining (WEDM) is considered as a probable solution to improve surface characteristics and geometrical accuracy by removing very small amount of work materials from the surface obtained after a rough cutting operation. In this study, an attempt has been made to model the surface roughness and dimensional shift in trim cutting operations in WEDM process through response surface methodology (RSM). Four process parameters; namely pulse-on tim...

  1. INTERACTION BETWEEN LONG PILES AND THE SOIL BODY EXPOSED TO NON-LINEAR DEFORMATIONS

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    Telichenko Valeriy Ivanovich; Ter-Martirosyan Zaven Grigor'evich

    2012-01-01

    Theoretical and numeral solutions to the problem of interaction between a long pile and the heterogeneous soil body are considered in the article. It has been discovered that the distribution of stresses between bottom and side sections of a pile depends on elastic and plastic properties of soils and the pile length-to-diameter ratio. Optimal geometric parameters of a pile can be derived by means of the optimal stress distribution between side and bottom sections of a pile. The problem of...

  2. EL3 reactor description and safety analysis report; Pile EL3, rapport descriptif et de surete

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    1969-02-01

    The EL-3 reactor is an experimental pile. Heterogenous type reactor, water moderated and cooled it uses slightly enriched uranium oxide as fuel (4.5 percent) distributed in vertical cells that constitute the core (the maximum number of cells is 99). It is conceived to function at a maximal thermal power of 20 MW. It supplies a maximum thermal neutron flux of 10{sup 14} neutrons/cm{sup 2}/sec. It has several experimental devices. The EL-3 reactor is surrounded by auxiliary circuits of fluids, in a sealed containment, slightly depressed. The primary heavy water coolant circuit is completely included in this containment. Its cooling is made by the intermediary of a light water secondary circuit by atmospheric refrigerants. The ventilation circuits of the sealed containment and the reactor block do not release air outside, under nornal functioning, by a particularly studied chimney only after filtering and eventually dilution. The eventual contamination of the light water or air by active products is permanently monitored to allow the reactor shutdown and avoid the release in atmosphere of dangerous products. The EL-3 reactor, laying down in may 1955, has diverged in july 1957, made its first ascending in power in december 1957 and reached its complete power in april 1958. The positioning of actual fuel (snow crystal) was made during summer 1964. Reactor with an experimental aim, it is used for theoretical and technological studies by material irradiation in the experimental channels and the core cells, with possibilities to constitute independent loops (relative to the cooling fluids). Thirty vertical channels are devoted to the fabrication of artificial radioelements. [French] La pile EL-3 est une pile experimentale. Du type heterogene, moderee et refroidie a l'eau lourde elle utilise comme combustible de l'oxygene d'uranium faiblement enrichi (4,5 p.cent) reparti en cellules verticales qui constituent le coeur (le nombre maximal de cellules est de, 99

  3. Experimental study of transient ionizing radiation effects in bipolar operational amplifier

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    The in-situ test system of transient ionizing radiation effects for operational amplifier was established to study the response to transient ionizing irradiation. Three different bipolar operational amplifiers with different bandwidths and slew rates were irradiated using the Qiangguang-Ⅰ accelerator in Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology. The results show that the response time decreases, as the bandwidth and the slew rate of the bipolar operational amplifiers increase for the same dose rate. Analysis indicates that the slew rate is related to the compensation capacitor for the bipolar operational amplifier with inside compensation capacitor. The smaller the compensation capacitor is, the greater the slew rate is. (authors)

  4. Slime thickness evaluation of bored piles by electrical resistivity probe

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    Chun, Ok-Hyun; Yoon, Hyung-Koo; Park, Min-Chul; Lee, Jong-Sub

    2014-09-01

    The bottoms of bored piles are generally stacked with soil particles, both while boreholes are being drilled, and afterward. The stacked soils are called slime, and when loads are applied on the pile, increase the pile settlement. Thus to guarantee the end bearing capacity of bored piles, the slime thickness should be precisely detected. The objective of this study is to suggest a new method for evaluating the slime thickness, using temperature compensated electrical resistivity. Laboratory studies are performed in advance, to estimate and compare the resolution of the electrical resistivity probe (ERP) and time domain reflectometry (TDR). The electrical properties of the ERP and TDR are measured using coaxial type electrodes and parallel type two-wire electrodes, respectively. Penetration tests, conducted in the fully saturated sand-clay mixtures, demonstrate that the ERP produces a better resolution of layer detection than TDR. Thus, field application tests using the ERP with a diameter of 35.7 mm are conducted for the investigation of slime thickness in large diameter bored piles. Field tests show that the slime layers are clearly identified by the ERP: the electrical resistivity dramatically increases at the interface between the slurry and slime layer. The electrical resistivity in the slurry layer inversely correlates with the amount of circulated water. This study suggests that the new electrical resistivity method may be a useful method for the investigation of the slime thickness in bored piles.

  5. Axial Non-linear Dynamic Soil-Pile Interaction - Keynote

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    Holeyman A.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This keynote lecture describes recent analytical and numerical advances in the modeling of the axial nonlinear dynamic interaction between a single pile and its embedding soil. On one hand, analytical solutions are developed for assessing the nonlinear axial dynamic response of the shaft of a pile subjected to dynamic loads, and in particular to vibratory loads. Radial inhomogeneity arising from shear modulus degradation is evaluated over a range of parameters and compared with those obtained by other authors and by a numerical radial discrete model simulating the pile and soil movements from integration of the laws of motion. New approximate non linear solutions for axial pile shaft behaviour developed from general elastodynamic equations are presented and compared to existing linear solutions. The soil non linear behaviour and its ability to dissipate mechanical energy upon cyclic loading are shown to have a significant influence on the mechanical impedance provided by the surrounding soil against pile shaft movement. The limitations of over-simplified modelling of pile response are highlighted.

  6. PileLine: a toolbox to handle genome position information in next-generation sequencing studies

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    Fdez-Riverola Florentino

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Genomic position (GP files currently used in next-generation sequencing (NGS studies are always difficult to manipulate due to their huge size and the lack of appropriate tools to properly manage them. The structure of these flat files is based on representing one line per position that has been covered by at least one aligned read, imposing significant restrictions from a computational performance perspective. Results PileLine implements a flexible command-line toolkit providing specific support to the management, filtering, comparison and annotation of GP files produced by NGS experiments. PileLine tools are coded in Java and run on both UNIX (Linux, Mac OS and Windows platforms. The set of tools comprising PileLine are designed to be memory efficient by performing fast seek on-disk operations over sorted GP files. Conclusions Our novel toolbox has been extensively tested taking into consideration performance issues. It is publicly available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/pilelinetools under the GNU LGPL license. Full documentation including common use cases and guided analysis workflows is available at http://sing.ei.uvigo.es/pileline.

  7. British African Caribbean Women and Depression

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    Adkison-Bradley, Carla; Maynard, Donna; Johnson, Phillip; Carter, Stephaney

    2009-01-01

    Depression is a common condition among women in the United Kingdom. However, little is known about the context of depression among British African Caribbean women. This article offers a preliminary discussion regarding issues and information pertaining to depression among British African Caribbean women. Characteristics and symptoms of depression…

  8. The Current Canon in British Romantics Studies.

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    Linkin, Harriet Kramer

    1991-01-01

    Describes and reports on a survey of 164 U.S. universities to ascertain what is taught as the current canon of British Romantic literature. Asserts that the canon may now include Mary Shelley with the former standard six major male Romantic poets, indicating a significant emergence of a feminist perspective on British Romanticism in the classroom.…

  9. An experimental study of heat transfer characteristics of a two-phase nitrogen thermosyphon over a large dynamic range operation

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    Nakano, A.; Shiraishi, M.; Nishio, M.; Murakami, M.

    Heat transport characteristics of a cryogenic two-phase nitrogen thermosyphon have been experimentally investigated in this study. The thermal resistance and the maximum heat transfer rate were mainly investigated over a wide dynamic range from near the triple point to the critical point. The experimental data suggests that the nominal thermal resistance does not have pressure dependence in the high pressure and high temperature region. The present experimental result is well explained by the theoretical prediction. From the experimental result of the operating limit of the thermosyphon, it is found that the maximum heat transfer rate is governed by the interaction between the vapor flow and the returning liquid film flow along the wall in the evaporator section, even near the critical point.

  10. Experimental studies of computerized procedures and team size in nuclear power plant operations

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    The operation of a nuclear power plant is so complex that it requires teamwork. To support team performance, a system need to provide all team members integrated information displays as well as decision aids (e.g., computerized procedures). Two experiments were conducted to investigate the effects of computerized procedures and team size on operating performance. Forty-five participants were involved in the experiments. Each participant executed decision and action tasks to deal with alarm signals, while detecting occasional system errors in the interface. Results showed that effects of computerized procedures were significant on various performance indicators, such as operation time, operation errors, and learning effect, and that two operators would be a satisfactory size in the teamwork system providing computerized procedures

  11. Experimental investigation on the operating characteristics of a dual compensation chamber loop heat pipe subjected to acceleration field

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    High power and high local heat flux electronic devices employed in aircraft and spacecraft sustain the high acceleration condition in maneuvers and take-off stage. Loop heat pipe (LHP) are promising in dissipating high heat load to meet the increasing cooling needs. This article presents an experimental investigation on the operating characteristics of a dual compensation chamber loop heat pipe (DCCLHP) under elevated acceleration conditions. A centrifuge with a 2 m-long arm is used to provide the acceleration up to 7 g with four different acceleration directions. The heat load applied on the evaporator ranges from 80 W to 300 W. The typical performances in terrestrial were obtained and the influence of the different acceleration direction and magnitude on the operating characteristics was analyzed. Experimental results show that the change of the vapor–liquid distributions induced by the acceleration force results in some specific operating characteristics of the DCCLHP. The operating temperature becomes lower as the effect of the acceleration force improves the liquid returning. The operation of the DCCLHP demonstrates the sensitive behavior to the acceleration direction at small heat load and insensitive behavior at large heat load. It was also found that the acceleration magnitude can alter the operating mode. A number of unstable phenomena are observed under both terrestrial gravity and elevated acceleration conditions. - Highlights: • The DCCLHP operating performance is studied experimentally in acceleration field. • Acceleration effects have notable impacts on the DCCLHP performance in some cases. • Temperature fluctuation and reverse flow phenomenon are observed in the tests

  12. Preliminary report on coal pile, coal pile runoff basins, and ash basins at the Savannah River Site: effects on groundwater

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    Palmer, E. [Westinghouse Savannah River Company, AIKEN, SC (United States)

    1997-04-28

    Coal storage piles, their associated coal pile runoff basins and ash basins could potentially have adverse environmental impacts, especially on groundwater. This report presents and summarizes SRS groundwater and soil data that have been compiled. Also, a result of research conducted on the subject topics, discussions from noted experts in the field are cited. Recommendations are made for additional monitor wells to be installed and site assessments to be conducted.

  13. Experimental study of thermohydraulic processes in justification of passive systems operability of WWER NPP

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    The operation of passive safety systems is based on the use of gravitation, natural circulation processes, compressed gases energy. The passive systems ensure shutdown, reactor shutdown cooling and continuous after-heat removal. The results of investigations of thermohydraulic processes, during which the operability of WWER NPP passive safety systems have been justified, are considered. The processes are blowdown of subcooled liquid into opposing steam flow at GE-2 system starting-up, undeveloped boiling of subcooled liquid on horizontal tubes under condensation operation of WWER steam generator, heat transfer in air-air heat exchanger of WWER passive filtration system

  14. Seismic Demands for Pile-Supported Wharf Structures with Batter Piles

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    Rouhollah Amirabadi

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available This study develops an optimal Probabilistic Seismic Demand Model (PSDM for pile-supported wharves whit batter plies. Four bins with twenty non-near-field ground motions and three typical pile-supported wharf structures from western United States ports are used to determine an optimal PSDM by using Probabilistic Seismic Demand Analysis (PSDA. PSDA is used to compute the relationship between Engineering Demand Parameters (EDPs and earthquake Intensity Measures (IMs. An optimal PSDM should be practical, sufficient, effective and efficient-all tested through several IM-EDP pairs. It has been found that for these types of structures, the optimal model comprises a spectral IM, such as spectral acceleration and one of several EDPs. These EDPs are considered for local (moment curvature ductility factor, intermediate (displacement ductility factor and horizontal displacement of embankment and global (differential settlement between deck and behind land response quantities. The considered PSDMs are a critical component in performance-based seismic design and seismic risk assessment. Results can be used in probabilistic framework for performance-based design developed by Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER center.

  15. State of the air in British Columbia

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    Scientific evidence is rising regarding the danger of air pollution. Poor air quality can pose a problem in British Columbia, particularly in interior communities when temperature inversions, during certain times of the year, trap pollutants in mountain valleys. This document described where pollutants come from, ambient levels in the atmosphere and how they affect human health. Particular focus was on fine particulate matter, ozone and oxides of nitrogen, as these 3 pollutants have been linked to health impacts. The cost of air pollution through increased health care costs and the economic impact of lost productivity from missed work days was also discussed along with the influence of poor air quality on crop damage and forestry production losses. The document also outlined government and community initiatives to protect public health and listed some measures that individuals can do to keep air clean. Air pollution stems from activities such as land development, burning fossil fuels for energy and transportation, industrial operations, residential wood burning and backyard burning of debris and burning from forestry and agricultural operations. The health impacts range from irritation, to coughing and worsening of existing heart and lung conditions. The document states that despite all measures being taken to reduce emissions and to maintain levels of air pollutants at current low levels, health effects are still observed and still pose a burden to health care cost. Scientific evidence indicates that a further reduction in air pollution will result in health benefits. refs., figs

  16. British Columbia inland oil spill response plan

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    This paper presents an outline of the organization, procedures and duties of the provincial government in response to inland oil spills stemming from pipeline or tank-farm rupture, train derailment and vehicle accidents in British Columbia. Provincial response strategies were reviewed, along with their relationships to various policies and standards. Public, infrastructure and environmental protection were identified as key factors. Incident notification procedures were detailed, including outlines of roles, event criteria and call for incident management teams. Agreements and cost recovery issues were examined. The characteristics of site response were reviewed, including details of communications, tactical planning, and unified command among local and federal governments. The role of First Nations and responsible parties was also addressed. Details of shore cleanup, wildlife rescue, decontamination, and waste handling strategies were presented. The organization, missions and duties for an incident management team were outlined, along with a summary of operational guidelines and information on team positions and the establishment of joint information centres. The involvement of cooperating agencies was examined. An incident command system was also presented, including details of planning, operations, logistics, and organization. A checklist of individual duties was provided, with details of responsibilities, safety issues and general instructions for all team members. tabs., figs

  17. British Columbia marine oil spill response plan. Rev. ed.

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    The scope and structure of British Columbia's involvement in response to a major oil spill was defined in this document. Emergency preparedness and response management in the case of an oil spill in British Columbia is the responsibility of the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection. The Incident Command Post is a marine oil spill response plan that focuses on a response at the spill site. This marine oil spill response plan was designed to be operated concurrently and in cooperation with the plans in place by other responding jurisdictions and companies. The plan discusses: provincial response strategy; incident notification, escalation and support; response organization; checklist of individual duties; ministry roles and services; and provincial support. 27 refs., 6 figs

  18. Automated operator procedure prompting for startup of Experimental Breeder Reactor-2

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    This report describes the development of an operator procedure prompting aid for startup of a nuclear reactor. This operator aid is a preliminary design for a similar aid that eventually will be used with the Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor (ALMR) presently in the design stage. Two approaches were used to develop this operator procedure prompting aid. One method uses an expert system software shell, and the other method uses database software. The preliminary requirements strongly pointed toward features traditionally associated with both database and expert systems software. Database software usually provides data manipulation flexibility and user interface tools, and expert systems tools offer sophisticated data representation and reasoning capabilities. Both methods, including software and associated hardware, are described in this report. Proposals for future enhancements to improve the expert system approach to procedure prompting and for developing other operator aids are also offered. 25 refs., 14 figs

  19. Implementation plan for the Waste Experimental Reduction Facility Restart Operational Readiness Review

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    The primary technical objective for the WERF Restart Project is to assess, upgrade where necessary, and implement management, documentation, safety, and operation control systems that enable the resumption and continued operation of waste treatment and storage operations in a manner that is compliant with all environment, safety, and quality requirements of the US Department of Energy and Federal and State regulatory agencies. Specific processes that will be resumed at WERF include compaction of low-level compatible waste; size reduction of LLW, metallic and wood waste; incineration of combustible LLW and MLLW; and solidification of low-level and mixed low-level incinerator bottom ash, baghouse fly ash, and compatible sludges and debris. WERF will also provide for the operation of the WWSB which includes storage of MLLW in accordance with Resource Conservation and Recovery Act requirements

  20. Theoretical and experimental researches on the operating costs of a wastewater treatment plant

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    Panaitescu, M.; Panaitescu, F.-V.; Anton, I.-A.

    2015-11-01

    Purpose of the work: The total cost of a sewage plants is often determined by the present value method. All of the annual operating costs for each process are converted to the value of today's correspondence and added to the costs of investment for each process, which leads to getting the current net value. The operating costs of the sewage plants are subdivided, in general, in the premises of the investment and operating costs. The latter can be stable (normal operation and maintenance, the establishment of power) or variables (chemical and power sludge treatment and disposal, of effluent charges). For the purpose of evaluating the preliminary costs so that an installation can choose between different alternatives in an incipient phase of a project, can be used cost functions. In this paper will be calculated the operational cost to make several scenarios in order to optimize its. Total operational cost (fixed and variable) is dependent global parameters of wastewater treatment plant. Research and methodology: The wastewater treatment plant costs are subdivided in investment and operating costs. We can use different cost functions to estimate fixed and variable operating costs. In this study we have used the statistical formulas for cost functions. The method which was applied to study the impact of the influent characteristics on the costs is economic analysis. Optimization of plant design consist in firstly, to assess the ability of the smallest design to treat the maximum loading rates to a given effluent quality and, secondly, to compare the cost of the two alternatives for average and maximum loading rates. Results: In this paper we obtained the statistical values for the investment cost functions, operational fixed costs and operational variable costs for wastewater treatment plant and its graphical representations. All costs were compared to the net values. Finally we observe that it is more economical to build a larger plant, especially if maximum loading

  1. Experimental Identification and Study of Hydraulic Resonance Test Rig with Francis Turbine operating at Partial Load

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    Favrel, Arthur; Landry, Christian; Müller, Andres; Avellan, François

    2013-01-01

    Resonance in hydraulic systems is characterized by pressure fluctuations of high amplitude which can lead to undesirable and dangerous effects, such as noise, vibration and structural failure. For a Francis turbine operating at partial load, the cavitating vortex rope developing at the outlet of the runner induces pressure fluctuations which can excite the hydraulic system resonance, leading to undesirable large torque and power fluctuations. At resonant operating points, the prediction of am...

  2. Experimental Study on Series Operation of Sliding Vane Pump and Centrifugal Pump

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    Tao Li; Weiming Zhang; Ming Jiang; Zhengyang Li

    2013-01-01

    A platform for sliding vane pump and centrifugal pump tests is installed to study the series operation of them under different characteristics of pipeline. Firstly, the sliding vane pump and the centrifugal pump work independently, and the performance is recorded. Then, the two types of pumps are combined together, with the sliding vane pump acting as the feeding pump. Comparison is made between the performance of the independently working pump and the performance of series operation pump. Re...

  3. Dynamic load testing on the bearing capacity of prestressed tubular concrete piles in soft ground

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    Yu, Chuang; Liu, Songyu

    2008-11-01

    Dynamic load testing (DLT) is a high strain test method for assessing pile performance. The shaft capacity of a driven PTC (prestressed tubular concrete) pile in marine soft ground will vary with time after installation. The DLT method has been successfully transferred to the testing of prestressed pipe piles in marine soft clay of Lianyungang area in China. DLT is investigated to determine the ultimate bearing capacity of single pile at different period after pile installation. The ultimate bearing capacity of single pile was founded to increase more than 70% during the inventing 3 months, which demonstrate the time effect of rigid pile bearing capacity in marine soft ground. Furthermore, the skin friction and axial force along the pile shaft are presented as well, which present the load transfer mechanism of pipe pile in soft clay. It shows the economy and efficiency of DLT method compared to static load testing method.

  4. Seismic response of tall building considering soil-pile-structure interaction

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    2002-01-01

    The seismic behavior of tall buildings can be greatly affected by non-linear soil-pile interaction during strongearthquakes. In this study a 20-storey building is examined as a typical structure supported on a pile foundation for differentconditions: (1) rigid base, i.e. no deformation in the foundation: (2) linear soil-pile system; and (3) nonlinear soil-pile system.The effects of pile foundation displacements on the behavior of tall building are investigated, and compared with the behavior ofbuildings supported on shallow foundation. With a model of non-reflective boundary between the near field and far field,Novak's method of soil-pile interaction is improved. The computation method for vibration of pile foundations and DYNANcomputer program are introduced comprehensively. A series of dynamic experiments have been done on full-scale piles,including single pile and group, linear vibration and nonlinear vibration, to verify the validity of boundary zone model.

  5. Finite Element Investigations on the Interaction between a Pile and Swelling Clay

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    Kaufmann, Kristine Lee; Nielsen, Benjaminn Nordahl; Augustesen, Anders Hust

    This paper aims to investigate the interaction between a pile and a swelling soil modelled as a cohesive soil subjected to unloading. The investigations include analyses of the heave of the excavation level, shear stresses at the soil–pile interface and internal pile forces based on a case study of...... Little Belt Clay. The case study involves a circular concrete pile installed in clay immediately after an excavation. The influence of the swelling soil on the soil–pile interaction and the internal pile forces are analysed by solely observing the upper pile part positioned in the swelling zone. For the...... surrounding soil implies upward shear stresses at the soil–pile interface leading to tensile vertical stresses in the pile. In the current case, they exceed the tensile strength of concrete. The tensile vertical stresses peak after 35-50 years. However, the heave of the soil continues for additional 300 years...

  6. Seismic response of tall building considering soil-pile-structure interaction

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    Han, Yingcai

    2002-06-01

    The seismic behavior of tall buildings can be greatly affected by non-linear soil-pile interaction during strong earthquakes. In this study a 20-storey building is examined as a typical structure supported on a pile foundation for different conditions: (1) rigid base, i.e. no deformation in the foundation: (2) linear soil-pile system; and (3) nonlinear soil-pile system. The effects of pile foundation displacements on the behavior of tall building are investigated, and compared with the behavior of buildings supported on shallow foundation. With a model of non-reflective boundary between the near field and far field, Novak’s method of soil-pile interaction is improved. The computation method for vibration of pile foundations and DYNAN computer program are introduced comprehensively. A series of dynamic experiments have been done on full-scale piles, including single pile and group, linear vibration and nonlinear vibration, to verify the validity of boundary zone model.

  7. Experimental study of a W-band Gyroklystron amplifier operated in the high-order TE021 cavity mode

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    Zasypkin, E. V.; Gachev, I. G.; Antakov, I. I.

    2012-10-01

    We present experimental results for a 93.2-GHz gyroklystron amplifier operated in the high-order TE021 cavity mode in a cryomagnet. In a three-cavity gyroklystron, a peak output power of 340 kW with 27% efficiency, 23-dB saturated gain, and 0.41% (380 MHz) bandwidth was obtained with a 75-kV, 17-A electron beam. The output-power and efficiency restriction was due to the selfexcitation of the TE021 operating mode in the output cavity. The influence of the electron beam current and intermediate cavity Q-factor on output characteristics of a three-cavity gyroklystron has been studied experimentally.

  8. Experimental Investigation on Low Magnetic Field Operation of an Overmoded Slow-Wave High-Power Microwave Generator

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    ZHANG Jun; ZHONG Hui-Huang; SHU Ting; LUO Ling; WANG Yong

    2004-01-01

    @@ The experimental results of an overmoded slow-wave high-power microwave generator operated at low magnetic field are presented. The feasibility of low magnetic field operation is investigated both theoretically and experimentally based on the characteristics of the overmoded slow-wave device. The experiments were carried out at the Spark-2 accelerator. Under the condition of guiding magnetic field strength of 0.55 T, diode voltage of 474 k V,and beam current of 5.2kA, a microwave was generated with power of 510MW, mode of TM01, and frequency of 9.54 GHz. The relative half-width of the frequency spectrum is less than 1%, and the beam-to-microwave efficiency is about 21% in our experiments.

  9. Experimental Verification of Dynamic Operation of Continuous and Multivessel Batch Distillation

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    Wittgens, Bernd

    1999-07-01

    This thesis presents a rigorous model based on first principles for dynamic simulation of the composition dynamics of a staged high-purity continuous distillation columns and experiments performed to verify it. The thesis also demonstrates the importance of tray hydraulics to obtain good agreement between simulation and experiment and derives analytic expressions for dynamic time constants for use in simplified and vapour dynamics. A newly developed multivessel batch distillation column consisting of a reboiler, intermediate vessels and a condenser vessel provides a generalization of previously proposed batch distillation schemes. The total reflux operation of this column was presented previously and the present thesis proposes a simple feedback control strategy for its operation based on temperature measurements. The feasibility of this strategy is demonstrated by simulations and verified by laboratory experiments. It is concluded that the multivessel column can be easily operated with simple temperature controllers, where the holdups are only controlled indirectly. For a given set of temperature setpoints, the final product compositions are independent of the initial feed composition. When the multivessel batch distillation column is compared to a conventional batch column, both operated under feedback control, it is found that the energy required to separate a multicomponent mixture into highly pure products is much less for the multivessel system. This system is also the simplest one to operate.

  10. Experimental Study on Series Operation of Sliding Vane Pump and Centrifugal Pump

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    Tao Li

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A platform for sliding vane pump and centrifugal pump tests is installed to study the series operation of them under different characteristics of pipeline. Firstly, the sliding vane pump and the centrifugal pump work independently, and the performance is recorded. Then, the two types of pumps are combined together, with the sliding vane pump acting as the feeding pump. Comparison is made between the performance of the independently working pump and the performance of series operation pump. Results show that the system flow rate is determined by the sliding vane pump. In order to ensure the stability of the series operation pumping system, the energy consumption required by the pipeline under the system flow should be greater than the pressure energy centrifugal pump can generate. Otherwise, the centrifugal pump can not operate stably, with reflux, swirl, gas-liquid two-phase flow in the runner and strong vibration and noise. The sliding vane pump can be in serial operation with the centrifugal pump under limited conditions.

  11. Development technology of rigidity-drain pile and numerical analysis of its anti-liquefaction characteristics

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    刘汉龙; 陈育民; 赵楠

    2008-01-01

    Pile foundation is widely used in the offshore engineering. The pile can be seriously destroyed by the soil liquefaction during strong earthquakes. The potentials of liquefaction and damages of pile foundation due to the liquefaction can be reduced by the implementation of the drainage in the liquefiable foundation. A patented pile technology, named rigidity-drain pile, was introduced. The partial section of the pile body was filled by materials with higher penetrability which forms some effective drainage channels in the pile. The principles and construction methods were presented. 3D models for both rigidity-drain pile and ordinary pile were built in FLAC3D code. The dynamic loadings were applied on the bottom of the model. According to the numerical results, in the case of the rigidity-drain pile, the water in the relevant distance range around the pile flows toward the pile drainage, the contour of the pore pressure shows a funnel form. Contrast to the ordinary pile, the rigidity-drain pile can dissipate the accumulated excess pore water, maintain effective stress and obviously reduce the possibility of surrounding soil liquefaction.

  12. 大直径深层钻孔灌注桩拔除工艺研究%Research on Pulling-out Technology for Long Bored Pile with Large Diameter

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    裴迅; 芮大虎; 吴庆红; 葛执礼

    2015-01-01

    According to the characteristics of long and large diameter pile to be pulled out in the open-excavated tunnel ( pile-puling interval) in Zhengzhou, the force on pile body and the pile-pulling technology are studied.Through the analy-sis and calculation on failure mode of soil around the pile and tensile strength of the pile body in pulling-out process, the ef-fective method of resistance reduction is selected to be applied in the engineering practice, and good results are achieved. The solutions of pile body partial enlarged, too large pile lateral friction and pile broken in pile pulling-out operation are summed up, which can serve as reference for the same projects.%结合郑州南站连接线明挖隧道(拔桩区间)拟拔桩基直径大、桩长的特点,对桩体受力特征和拔桩工艺进行了研究。通过拔桩过程中桩周土破坏模式和桩体自身的抗拉强度分析计算,选取有效的减阻方法并应用于工程实践,取得良好效果。最后总结出大直径深层钻孔灌注桩拔除工程中桩身局部扩大、桩侧摩阻力过大和断桩等问题及相应的解决方法,供今后类似工程借鉴。

  13. Smart Portable Fluorometer for Express-Diagnostics of Photosynthesis: Principles of Operation and Results of Experimental Researches

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    Romanov, Volodymyr; Sherer, Volodimyr; Galelyuka, Igor; Sarakhan, Yevgeniya; Skrypnyk, Oleksandra

    2008-01-01

    In the Institute of Cybernetics of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine the smart portable fluorometer for express-diagnostics of photosynthesis was designed. The device allows easy to estimate the level of influence of natural environment and pollutions to alive plants. The device is based on real time processing of the curve of chlorophyll fluorescent induction. The principles of operation and results of experimental researches of device are described in the article.

  14. Results of environmental radiation monitoring and meteorology measurements (material prepared for obtaining the licence for RA reactor experimental operation)

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    According to the demands for obtaining the licence for restarting the Ra reactor and the experimental operation this document includes the radiation monitoring measured data in the working space and environment of the RA reactor, i.e. Boris Kidric Institute. The meteorology measured data are included as well. All the measurements are performed according to the radiation protection program applied actually from the first reactor start-up at the end of 1959

  15. Sizing Stack and Battery of a Fuel Cell Hybrid Distribution Truck Dimensionnement pile et batterie d’un camion hybride à pile à combustible de distribution

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available An existing fuel cell hybrid distribution truck, built for demonstration purposes, is used as a case study to investigate the effect of stack (kW and battery (kW, kWh sizes on the hydrogen consumption of the vehicle. Three driving cycles, the NEDC for Low Power vehicles, CSC and JE05 cycle, define the driving requirements for the vehicle. The Equivalent Consumption Minimization Strategy (ECMS is used for determining the control setpoint for the fuel cell and battery system. It closely approximates the global minimum in fuel consumption, set by Dynamic Programming (DP. Using DP the sizing problem can be solved but ECMS can also be implemented real-time. For the considered vehicle and hardware, all three driving cycles result in optimal sizes for the fuel cell stack of approximately three times the average drive power demand. This demonstrates that sizing the fuel cell stack the average or maximum power demand is not necessarily optimal with respect to a minimum fuel consumption. The battery is sized to deliver the difference between specified stack power and the peak power in the total power demand. The sizing of the battery is dominated by its power handling capabilities. Therefore, a higher maximum C-rate leads to a lower battery weight which in turn leads to a lower hydrogen consumption. The energy storage capacity of the battery only becomes an issue for C-rates over 30. Compared to a Range Extender (RE configuration, where the stack size is comparable to the average power demand and the stack is operated on a constant power level, optimal stack and battery sizes with ECMS as EnergyManagement Strategy significantly reduce the fuel consumption. Compared to a RE strategy, ECMS makes much better use of the combined power available from the fuel cell stack and the battery, resulting in a lower fuel consumption but also enabling a lower battery weight which consequently leads to improved payload capabilities. Un camion hybride, utilisant une pile

  16. Experimental Study of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Performance Under Low Operating Temperatures

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    In this study, the performance characteristics of a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) were investigated at low operating temperatures under steady-state and dynamic conditions. The performance of the PEMFC was analyzed according to the external humidifying rate and air stoichiometry. The ohmic resistance was also investigated using EIS tests. At the operating temperature of 35 ℃, voltage fluctuation occurred to a greater degree compared to that at 45 ℃. Therefore, it was found that the air stoichiometry should be higher than 2.5 for the stable operation of the fuel cell. In addition, the relative humidity of the reactant gases should be higher than 60 to reduce the ohmic resistance

  17. Safety analysis report for packaging: the ORNL in-pile capsule shipping cask

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    Evans, J.H.; Chipley, K.K.; Haynie, C.B.; Crowley, W.K.; Just, R.A.

    1977-11-01

    The ORNL in-pile capsule shipping cask is used to transport irradiated experimental capsules and spent fuel elements. The cask was analytically evaluated to determine its compliance with the applicable regulations governing containers in which radioactive materials are transported. Computational procedures were used to determine the structural integrity and thermal behavior of the cask relative to the general standards for normal conditions of transport and the standards for the hypothetical accident conditions. The results of the evaluation show that the cask is in compliance with the applicable regulations.

  18. Edge scour at scour protections around piles in the marine environment - Laboratory and field investigation

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    Petersen, Thor Ugelvig; Sumer, B. Mutlu; Fredsøe, Jørgen;

    2015-01-01

    combined waves and current. This paper presents an extensive experimental campaign to explain the edge scour process in current and combined irregular waves and current, as well as tidal current. The three-dimensional flow field around the pile and scour protection is resolved by particle image velocimetry...... and bed shear stress measurements, showing a local increase in the flow velocities and bed shear stresses leading to increased sediment transport and scour. The governing process in steady current is a pair of symmetrical counter-rotating vortices emerging in the near bed region in the wake of the...

  19. Performance testing of log pile photonic crystal fast-fabricated by direct femtosecond laser writing

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    Haifeng Yang; Ming Zhou; Juan Dai; Jianke Di; Enlan Zhao

    2008-01-01

    Great efforts has been made on fabricating photonic crystals (PCs) with photonic band gaps (PBGs) during the past decade. Three-dimensional (31)) log pile PC was fabricated fast by direct femtosecond laser writing in ORMOCER. Qualitative analysis of the errors of PC was investigated using the Image Pro Plus. Surface qualities such as bending, distortion, and surface roughness were shown, and the band gap in the infrared wavelength region was observed. Meanwhile, the theory was experimentally verified that the center of PBG diminishes as the crystal lattice period reduces. Therefore, it is possible to fabricate PCs whose band gap range is from the near-infrared to visible wave band.

  20. Future needs on the in-pile safety experiments for the commercialization of FBRs

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    This paper classifies first key issues in the safety of future liquid-metal-cooled fast breeder reactors in order to establish a basic framework for long-term safety research. Second, we summarize future experimental research needs especially of in-pile experiments. Among them, it is stressed to reduce or eliminate the possibility of recriticality events in hypothetical core disruptive accidents. We propose an idea of the basic approach by means of discharging fuel out of the core. A new device for discharging fuel is proposed to eliminate the recriticality concerns. (author)

  1. ITER: design, construction and operation of te first experimental nuclear fusion reactor

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    The ITER project's mission is to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power for peaceful purposes and its now under construction at Saint Paul-Lez-Durance (France). The ITER reactor is based on the 'tokamak' concept of plasma magnetic confinement, in which the fusion (deuterium-tritium) fuel is contained in a doughnut-shaped vessel. The plasma is kept away from the vessel walls by strong magnetic fields produced by superconducting coils surrounding the vessel and by an electrical current driven in the plasma. The ITER reactor is designed to generate 500 MW of fusion power for periods of 300 to 500 seconds with a fusion power multiplication factor, Q, of at least 10 (Q ≥ 10). ITER will also aim at demonstrating long fusion power production pulses, of at least 1000 seconds, with a fusion power multiplication factor of 5 and, ultimately, of 1 hour duration (only limited by hardware design limits) when full non-inductive operation is demonstrated. The presentation will cover the following aspects of the ITER reactor design, construction and foreseen operation: a) The basis for power production by magnetic confinement tokamak fusion reactors. b) The main features of the ITER tokamak reactor design. c) The key design principles of the ITER tokamak and of the key ancillary systems required for the operational scenarios considered to achieve the project's mission. d) The design and progress in qualification and manufacturing of the key ITER tokamak infrastructure, tokamak components and ancillary systems. e) The operational plan from the initial commissioning phase, through operation with non-nuclear hydrogen-helium plasmas to nuclear operation with deuterium-tritium plasmas and the demonstration of high Q fusion power. (author)

  2. Self operating absorption cooling system using solar energy: Small power experimental plant

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    Velluet, P.; Dehausse, R.

    This study deals with a solar system for refrigeration specially designed for remote areas conditions. So, it must be very simple and reliable, and in addition it must be also mechanically self-operating. The thermodynamic cycle used is an ammonia-water absorption one. It consumes only thermal energy, which is easily and cheaply converted directly from solar radiation. In order to make a self-operating system, an engine is located between the boiler (at high pressure) and the absorber (at low pressure). It expands ammonia vapor and produces mechanical energy to run the solution pump.

  3. MODERN METHODS OF DESIGN AND ARRANGEMENT OF RAMMING PILES IN PUNCHED HOLES

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    ZOTSENKO N. L.

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement. Ramming piles in punched holes (RPPH differ of high degree of use of supporting capacity of base because of forming in it a compacted zone at the expense of displacement of soil in the volume rammer and compacted material of expansion. The method of their construction almost exclude excavation and formwork, reducing the consumption of concrete, metal, accelerates zero cycle compared to the foundations raised and excavation and immersion into the soil of precast elements. The expansion of the normative base, their design and construction should be for further implementation of of natural objects. The correctness of the geomechanical model of plane and spatial version of finite element method (FEM should be proved for the calculation of cooperative work of RPPH as part of grillages with base. The most effective kinds of equipment and technological schemes of construction of RPPH should be noticed. Conclusions. The paper presents the main regulations on the design and the arrangement RPPH, corresponding of construction norms of Ukraine. The results of experimental and theoretical studies conducted by the authors for over thirty years, and the experience of the use of these piles on the objects of civil engineering, industrial and agricultural construction made their base. The use of the elastoplastic model with the criterion of Mohr-Coulomb strength for designing of the system "grillage -RPPH- soil" was substantiated. The designing in plane and spatial problems of FEM is proved that in the distance between the axes of adjacent piles up to five diameters is a correct choice of a flat version and simplifying of calculating scheme to the conventional strip foundation. An improved. The method of calculating of RPPH as part of grillages ribbon, where as the width of the foundation was taken a diameter of the broadening of the pile, and the depth of its inception corresponds to the bottom of it. The supporting layer of base under the

  4. Comparative study of OMA applied to experimental and simulated data from an operating Vestas V27 wind turbine

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    Requeson, Oscar Ramirez; Tcherniak, Dmitri; Larsen, Gunner Chr.

    2015-01-01

    Today, design of wind turbines is extensively done by the implementation of numerical models. These models simulate the dynamic behaviour of full-scale wind turbines which helps to ensure the structural integrity of prototypes. However, these numerical models need validation from experimental...... results, and in turn, numerical and analytical modelling help improve and validate new experimental techniques. Wind turbines are complex dynamic systems that consist of mutually moving substructures under high dynamic loads. At a standstill, the system can be modelled as linear time-invariant (LTI), and...... assumptions, among which is the assumption of isotropic rotors. Since rotors are never completely isotropic in real life, this paper presents the application of operational modal analysis together with the Coleman transformation on both experimental data from a full-scale Vestas wind turbine with instrumented...

  5. INTERACTION OF A LONG SINGLE PILE THAT HAS A DOUBLE-LAYER BASE WITH ACCOUNT FOR COMPRESSIBILITY OF THE PILE SHAFT

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    Ter-Martirosyan Zaven Grigor'evich

    2012-07-01

    The authors provide their solution to the problem of interaction of a long compressible pile that has a double-layer linear deformable base. The paper demonstrates that taking account of compressible properties of the pile material leads to qualitatively new distribution of shearing stresses over the surface of a cylindrical pile. It is noteworthy that increase of the pile length and stiffness of the upper section of the base raise the share of the load perceived by the surface of the pile. Besides, in particular conditions of the soil environment, the load perceived by the lower section of the base may reach approximately 20-30 % of the total load.

  6. Mechanism Research on the Improvement of Bearing Capacity of Single Pile by Pile-base Post Grouting Technique and Estimation of Bearing Capacity

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    Zhao Feng

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The slurry wall bored grouting has some defects. The pile-base post grouting technique can efficiently make up these defects and greatly improve the bearing capacity. Based on the pile-base post grouting technique and its process analysis, this paper carries out a detailed analysis about the improvement of mechanism of bearing capacity and mechanism of spherical expansion by the use of pile-base post grouting technique, as well as the estimation method of the bearing capacity of pile-base post grouting pile, which has a certain reference value for theoretical research and technical application of the technique.

  7. Gas Bearing Control for Safe Operation in Critical Speed Regions - Experimental Verification

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    Theisen, Lukas R. S.; Niemann, Hans H.; Galeazzi, Roberto;

    2015-01-01

    Gas bearings are popular for their high speed capabilities, low friction and clean operation, but require low clearances and suffer from poor damping properties. The poor damping properties cause high disturbance amplification near the natural frequencies. These become critical when the rotation ...

  8. Experimental investigation of a draft tube spouted bed for effects of geometric parameters on operation

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    Azizaddini, Seyednezamaddin; Lin, Weigang; Dam-Johansen, Kim

    2016-01-01

    Experiments are performed in a draft tube spouted bed (DTSB) to investigate effects of the operating conditions and the geometric parameters on the hydrodynamics. Geometry parameters, such as heights of the entrained zone, draft tube inner diameter, inner angle of the conical section were studied...

  9. Initial Experimental Result of Accurately Controlled Routinely Operated Signal System (ACROSS)

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    Liao Chengwang; Zhuang Cantao; Liang Hongsen

    2003-01-01

    The principle of Accurately Controlled Routinely Operated Signal System (ACROSS) isintroduced in this paper. A sample machine is made and tested. The experiment shows that thesignal-stacking technique is effective in improving signal-to-noise ratio and the sompi cepstrummethod is applicable to deconvolute a set of travel times of wave elements from accuratetransfer function data in frequency domain.

  10. In-Pile Testing and Instrumentation for Development of Generation-IV Fuels and Materials. Proceedings of a Technical Meeting

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    For many years, the increase in efficiency in the production of nuclear electricity has been an economic challenge in many countries which have developed this kind of energy. The increase in fuel burnup and fuel residence time leads to a reduction in the volume of fresh fuel loaded and spent fuel discharged, respectively. More demanding nuclear fuel cycle parameters are combined with a need to operate nuclear power plants with maximal availability and load factors, in load-follow mode and with longer fuel cycles. In meeting these requirements, fuel has to operate in a demanding environment of high radiation fields, high temperatures, high mechanical stresses and high coolant flow. Requirements of increased fuel reliability and minimal fuel failures also remain in force. Under such circumstances, continuous development of more radiation resistant fuel materials, especially advanced cladding, careful and incremental examinations, and improved understanding and modelling of high burnup fuel behaviour are required. Following a recommendation of the IAEA Technical Working Group on Fuel Performance and Technology, the Technical Meeting on In-pile Testing and Instrumentation for Development of Generation-IV Fuels and Materials was held in Halden, Norway, on 21-24 August 2012. The purpose of the meeting was to review the current status and the progress in methods and technologies used for the in-pile testing of nuclear fuel achieved since the previous IAEA meeting on In-core Instrumentation and Reactor Core Assessment, also held in Halden in 2007. Emphasis was placed on advanced techniques applied for the understanding of high burnup fuel behaviour of water cooled power reactors that represent the vast majority of the current nuclear reactor fleet. However, the meeting also included papers and discussion on testing techniques applied or developed specifically for new fuel and structural materials considered for Generation-IV systems. The meeting was attended by 43

  11. Experimental and theoretical study of the proportional blade gaseous detector operation

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    The curved gaseous blade detector works in the so called self quenching streamer mode. The electronic signals which are provided are saturated and so insensitive to the radiations's energy which are detected. The systematic study of a gaseous blade detector has been undertaken. Numeric simulation programmes of electronic avalanches have been carried out, showing that a proportional working with such a detector is possible and arises from electrostatic compensations resulting from the blades extension, so far as the gaseous mixture is well selected. The energy resolution that has been experimentally observed is situated between 15% and 30% depending on the blade geometry. On an other hand simulation programmes have predicted space charge effects for avalanches sizes of about 6.106 electrons, and streamers setting for avalanches sizes of about 2.107 electrons. Those calculated values are in good agreement with experimental results

  12. Post-Irradiation Examination and In-Pile Measurement Techniques for Water Reactor Fuels

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    held from 27-30 November 2006 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, while the second TM was organized on 3-5 September 2007 in Halden, Norway. The purpose of these technical meetings was to provide an overview of the status of in-pile and post irradiation techniques of water reactor fuel examination with an emphasis given to experimental methods applied to high burnup fuel. The majority of presentations made at the technical meeting in Argentina and at the sessions on post irradiation examination techniques in Norway either directly described the status of different national hot labs (methods, infrastructure) or described these labs by the examples of investigations carried out in and typical of these labs. Other papers presented at the meetings described the progress achieved in non destructive and destructive PIE techniques used for investigation of water reactor fuel. Recent practices in high burn up fuel investigation revealed the importance of advanced PIE techniques, such as 3-D tomography, secondary ion mass spectrometry and scanning electron microscopy, as well as advanced in-pile measurement techniques for better understanding of the mechanisms of fuel behaviour under irradiation. (author)

  13. Field investigation of potential contamination by bitumen-coated piles

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    Coating piles with bitumen down to their neutral points to debond them from embedding soil is a feasible method to minimize the adverse effects of negative skin friction. Bitumen is a petroleum product composed of numerous extremely complex organic compounds including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) that have been identified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as toxic and carcinogenic materials. To investigate the engineering behavior of bitumen-coated piles under extreme weather conditions, full-scale field tests were performed in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Instrumented piles were installed at these sites from 1989 to 1990. This paper presents the results of geoenvironmental field investigations performed at these sites to determine the spatial distribution of target PAHs in the subsurface after the piles had been installed for 2--3 1/2 yr. The findings of the investigation indicate that the subsurface contamination, if there is any, caused by the installation of bitumen-coated piles is well within acceptable limits

  14. Prediction of pile set-up in clays and sands

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    Increase in pile capacity after initial driving has been well observed in clays and sands over decades. The phenomenon is referred to as pile set-up by geotechnical engineers. More economical pile design may benefit from this time-dependent increase subject to a reliable prediction. Simple empirical relations of the current capacity with the initial capacity and elapse time after driving are available in the literature with different model parameters being suggested for clays and sands, respectively. Nevertheless, appropriateness of the relations and confidence interval of the model parameters are rarely investigated and this hinders the application of these formulae. In this study, a revised single-parameter empirical relation is proposed based on the existing formulae. A comprehensive database from pile field tests data in clayey and sandy ground in the literature is compiled and Bayesian analysis is conducted on both these empirical formulae independently for clays and sands. Bayesian inference allows not only the estimation of the uncertain parameter but also the quantification of the associated uncertainty in the form of probability distribution. This study sheds lights on the confidence interval of the model parameter and it provides designers more reliable prediction of the additional capacity due to pile set-up.

  15. Experimental Characterization of Robot Arm Rigidity in Order to Be Used in Machining Operation

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    K'Nevez, Jean-Yves; Cherif, Mehdi; Zapciu, Miron; Gérard, Alain

    2012-01-01

    Attempts to install a rotating tool at the end of a robot arm poly-articulated date back twenty years, but these robots were not designed for that. Indeed, two essential features are necessary for machining: high rigidity and precision in a given workspace. The experimental results presented are the dynamic identification of a poly-articulated robot equipped with an integrated spindle. This study aims to highlight the influence of the geometric configuration of the robot arm on the overall st...

  16. Theater level operations: modeling ground unit logistical requirements in the Joint Warfare Analysis Experimental Prototype

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    Wilk, Thomas J.

    1995-01-01

    This study proposes a methodology for modeling the logistics processes for ground units in the Joint Warfare Analysis Experimental Prototype (JWAEP) simulation. The model structure presented in this research allows for the representation of the consumption. movement, and distribution of supplies within the combat units modeled in JWAEP. Also presented is an architecture to model logistical units in JWAEP Methodologies are presented to model both the "push" and "pull" systems of supply. The su...

  17. Apparent stress-strain relationships in experimental equipment where magnetorheological fluids operate under compression mode

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    Mazlan, SA; Ekreem, NB; Olabi, Abdul

    2008-01-01

    Abstract: This paper presents an experimental investigation of two different magnetorheological ( MR) fluids, namely, water-based and hydrocarbon-based MR fluids in compression mode under various applied currents. Finite element method magnetics was used to predict the magnetic field distribution inside the MR fluids generated by a coil. A test rig was constructed where the MR fluid was sandwiched between two flat surfaces. During the compression, the upper surface was moved towards the lower...

  18. OPERATION OF A NODE IN THE EXPERIMENTAL IPV6 MULTICAST NETWORK “M6BONE”

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    Christian Lazo R; Roland Glöckler

    2005-01-01

    This work describes the participation of the Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh) in the experimental network M6Bone or IPv6 multicast network. Currently the M6Bone network works in distributed manner, giving support to connections at global scale. Its administration is coordinated from the French research and development network RENATER. Many research projects make use of this worldwide network structure, using it as a great test laboratory with the intention to enable and accelerate the migr...

  19. Experimental Hydrologic Ensemble Forecast System for Collaborative R&D and Research-to-Operations Transition in NWS

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    Seo, D.; Liu, Y.; Herr, H.

    2008-12-01

    Providing uncertainty information is one of the most pressing needs of operational hydrologic forecasting in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) today. To address this need, the NWS Office of Hydrologic Development (OHD) is developing the EXperimental Ensemble Forecast System (XEFS), an integrated short- to long-range hydrologic ensemble prediction system to be implemented at the NWS River Forecast Centers for experimental operation within the next two years. The baseline system includes the Ensemble Pre-Processor (EPP3), Ensemble Streamflow Prediction (ESP2) subsystem, Hydrologic Model Output Statistics (HMOS) streamflow ensemble processor, Ensemble Post-Processor (EnsPost) and the Ensemble Product Generator (EPG), and will use the service-oriented architecture of the Early Flood Warning System (FEWS) of Deltares. To support in-house and collaborative research and development of hydrologic ensemble prediction and data assimilation capabilities, NWS/OHD is developing a research and development version of XEFS, or R&D XEFS, of which the above baseline system is a subset. In this presentation, we describe the overall framework and major components of the R&D XEFS, progress to date, plans, challenges and opportunities for collaborative R&D and research-to-operations transition of the research outcome into NWS hydrologic operations and services.

  20. Software emulator of nuclear pulse generation with different pulse shapes and pile-up

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    Pechousek, Jiri; Konecny, Daniel; Novak, Petr; Kouril, Lukas; Kohout, Pavel; Celiktas, Cuneyt; Vujtek, Milan

    2016-08-01

    The optimal detection of output signals from nuclear counting devices represents one of the key physical factors that govern accuracy and experimental reproducibility. In this context, the fine calibration of the detector under diverse experimental scenarios, although time costly, is necessary. However this process can be rendered easier with the use of systems that work in lieu of emulators. In this report we describe an innovative programmable pulse generator device capable to emulate the scintillation detector signals, in a way to mimic the detector performances under a variety of experimental conditions. The emulator generates a defined number of pulses, with a given shape and amplitude in the form of a sampled detector signal. The emulator output is then used off-line by a spectrometric system in order to set up its optimal performance. Three types of pulse shapes are produced by our device, with the possibility to add noise and pulse pile-up effects into the signal. The efficiency of the pulse detection, pile-up rejection and/or correction, together with the dead-time of the system, are therein analyzed through the use of some specific algorithms for pulse processing, and the results obtained validate the beneficial use of emulators for the accurate calibration process of spectrometric systems.