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  1. Power Outages

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    ... Thunderstorms & Lightning Tornadoes Tsunamis Volcanoes Wildfires Main Content Power Outages This page provides basic safety tips and ... during and after a power outage. Before a Power Outage Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit , ...

  2. The method of timber buildings reinforced by FRP%木结构建筑的FRP加固法

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    郑涌林

    2011-01-01

    The speciality and advantage of FRP is Recommend, analyse the researcher on timber beam, timber column and timber joint, and some engineering examples in domestic and foreign. Summarize the method of reinfocement construction, and point out the method of timber buildings reinforced by FRP is a kind of worthy extend technology.%介绍了FRP的特性及优势,分析了国内外FRP在加固木梁、木柱和木节点方面的研究和工程实例,总结了FRP加固木结构的施工工法,指出FRP加固木结构建筑的方法是一种可值得推广应用的加固技术。

  3. FRP rupture strains in FRP wrapped columns

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    Li, Shiqing

    2012-01-01

    Applying lateral confinement to concrete columns using fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites is a very promising technique. FRP rupture is the typical failure mode of FRP wrapped columns under axial compression. numerous experiments have shown that the FRP rupture strain in an FRP wrapped circular column is significantly lower than the FRP ultimate rupture strain determined from flat coupon test of FRP. Despite a large number of studies on the application of FRP confined columns, the mech...

  4. CONTRIBUTION TO THE POTENTIAL OF USING FRP MATERIALS IN THE REHABILITATION AND STABILIZATION OF TIMBERED BUILDINGS

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    Tomáš Čejka

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Wooden log, timbered perimeter and interior walls ranked among the most common building constructions used from the Early Middle Ages. In most cases, the local natural resources, i.e. wood, clay, straw and stone, were used for building houses with wooden framing. This article outlines typical defects and failures of timbered houses, “classic” techniques for the rehabilitation of these defects and failures indicating the potential of using composite materials based on high- strength fibres and epoxy resin in the rehabilitation and strengthening of timbered buildings.

  5. A Novel Structural Assessment Technique to Prevent Damaged FRP-Wrapped Concrete Bridge Piers from Collapse

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    Buyukozturk, Oral; Yu, Tzu-Yang

    2009-01-01

    Repairing deteriorated concrete bridge piers using externally wrapped fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites have been proven as an effective approach. This technique has also been applied to low-rise building structures. Failures in FRP-wrapped concrete structures may occur by flexural failures of critical sections or by debonding of FRP plate from the concrete substrate. Debonding in the FRP/adhesive/concrete interface region may cause a significant decrease in member capacity leading to...

  6. FRP : Strengthened RC Structures

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    Teng, J. G.; Chen, J. F.; Smith, S. T.; Lam, L.

    2002-01-01

    The strengthening of reinforced concrete (RC) structures using advanced fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, and in particular the behaviour of FRP-strengthened RC structures is a topic which has become very popular in recent years. This popularity has arisen due to the need to maintain and upgrade essential infrastructure in all parts of the world, combined with the well-known advantages of FRP composites, such as good corrosion resistance and ease for site handling due to their light weight. The continuous reduction in the material cost of FRP composites has also contributed to their popularity. While a great amount of research now exists in the published literature on this topic, it is scattered in various journals and conference proceedings. This book therefore provides the first ever comprehensive, state-of-the-art summary of the existing research on FRP strengthening of RC structures, with the emphasis being on structural behaviour and strength models. The main topics covered include: Bond behaviour Flexural and shear strengthening of beams Column strengthening Flexural strengthening of slabs. For each area, the methods of strengthening are discussed, followed by a description of behaviour and failure modes and then the presentation of rational design recommendations, for direct use in practical design of FRP strengthening measures. Researchers, practicing engineers, code writers and postgraduate students in structural engineering and construction materials, as well as consulting firms, government departments, professional bodies, contracting firms and FRP material suppliers will find this an invaluable resource.

  7. Facility Response Plan (FRP)

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — A Facility Response Plan (FRP) demonstrates a facility's preparedness to respond to a worst case oil discharge. Under the Clean Water Act, as amended by the Oil...

  8. Darlington NGS vacuum building outage: modification to supply post-seismic makeup water to the heat transport system

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    The periodic stationwide outage at Darlington NGS includes removal of the Emergency Coolant Injection System from service to allow for maintenance. As a prerequisite, the station must set up a minimum 2.5 kg/s temporary makeup water supply, to help cool the fuel should a seismic event occur. This modification cannot be commissioned, as commissioning would dilute the heavy water in the Primary Heat Transport System with light water. Therefore, flow analysis is necessary to demonstrate that the required flow rate can be achieved. This paper provides details of the design, and key aspects of the supporting analysis. (author)

  9. Architectural engineering of FRP bridges

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    Smits, J.E.P.

    2014-01-01

    This paper deals with the use of Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP's) in architectural and structural bridge design. The challenges and opportunities that come with this relatively new material are discussed. An inventory is made of recent engineers' solutions in FRP, followed by a discussion on architectural application of FRP's derived from the authors architectural practice.

  10. REPAIR AND STRENGTHENING OF REINFORCED CONCRETE BEAMS USING FIBRE REINFORCED POLIMER (FRP) MATERIALS

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    ÇETİNKAYA, Nihat; Kaplan, Hasan; Ş. Murat ŞENEL

    2004-01-01

    The use of Fibre Reinforced Polimer (FRP ) materials for the repair and strengthening of Reinforced Concrete structures has become widespread recently. FRP materials are being prefered because they have very high tensile strength, resistance to corrosion and they do not affect the use of the building during the repair and strengthening process. Four reinfoced concrete beams repaired and strengthened with FRP materials have been used in this study which were performed at Pamukkale University-F...

  11. Architectural engineering of FRP bridges

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    Smits, J.E.P.

    2014-01-01

    This paper deals with the use of Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP's) in architectural and structural bridge design. The challenges and opportunities that come with this relatively new material are discussed. An inventory is made of recent engineers' solutions in FRP, followed by a discussion on archit

  12. FRP-to-concrete joint assemblies anchored with multiple FRP anchors: experimental investigation

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    Zhang, H.; Smith, ST

    2010-01-01

    Higher strains can be developed in fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites which are bonded to the surfaces of concrete members if the FRP is anchored. Anchors made from FRP (also known as FRP spike anchors but herein referred to as FRP anchors) are a promising type of anchorage as they can be applied to a variety of different shaped structural elements and they have been shown to be effective in en-hancing the strain capacity of externally bonded FRP. Limited research, however, has been co...

  13. Refuelling outage optimization

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    The Teollisuuden Voima Oy (TVO) operates two 710 MW nuclear power plant units in Olkiluoto on the west coast of Finland. TVO I was connected to the national grid in 1978 and TVO II in 1980. The price of the produced electricity is depending on the capacity factor of the plant. In order to avoid unplanned shutdowns and to operate at a high efficiency a good condition monitoring and an effective maintenance are needed. In this paper the development of the main maintenance period of the plant and the refuelling outage are described. (author). 11 figs

  14. REPAIR AND STRENGTHENING OF REINFORCED CONCRETE BEAMS USING FIBRE REINFORCED POLIMER (FRP MATERIALS

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    Nihat ÇETİNKAYA

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available The use of Fibre Reinforced Polimer (FRP materials for the repair and strengthening of Reinforced Concrete structures has become widespread recently. FRP materials are being prefered because they have very high tensile strength, resistance to corrosion and they do not affect the use of the building during the repair and strengthening process. Four reinfoced concrete beams repaired and strengthened with FRP materials have been used in this study which were performed at Pamukkale University-Faculty of Engineering- Civil Engineering Department- Structural Engineering Laboratuary. The behaviour of the beams before and after repair and strengthening was compared by obtaining the load- displacement curves under static loading. In this study, it was observed that the repair and strengthening of reinforced concrete beams by using FRP materials had increased the load carrying capacity significantly.

  15. Outage management and health physics issue, 2009

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    The focus of the May-June issue is on outage management and health physics. Major articles include the following: Planning and scheduling to minimize refueling outage, by Pat McKenna, AmerenUE; Prioritizing safety, quality and schedule, by Tom Sharkey, Dominion; Benchmarking to high standards, by Margie Jepson, Energy Nuclear; Benchmarking against U.S. standards, by Magnox North, United Kingdom; Enabling suppliers for new build activity, by Marcus Harrington, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy; Identifying, cultivating and qualifying suppliers, by Thomas E. Silva, AREVA NP; Creating new U.S. jobs, by Francois Martineau, Areva NP. Industry innovation articles include: MSL Acoustic source load reduction, by Amir Shahkarami, Exelon Nuclear; Dual Methodology NDE of CRDM nozzles, by Michael Stark, Dominion Nuclear; and Electronic circuit board testing, by James Amundsen, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company. The plant profile article is titled The future is now, by Julia Milstead, Progress Energy Service Company, LLC

  16. Nuclear Plant Integrated Outage Management

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    This paper is a discussion of an emerging concept for improving nuclear plant outage performance - integrated outage management. The paper begins with an explanation of what the concept encompasses, including a scope definition of the service and descriptions of the organization structure, various team functions, and vendor/customer relationships. The evolvement of traditional base scope services to the integrated outage concept is addressed and includes discussions on changing customer needs, shared risks, and a partnership approach to outages. Experiences with concept implementation from a single service in 1984 to the current volume of integrated outage management presented in this paper. We at Westinghouse believe that the operators of nuclear power plants will continue to be aggressively challenged in the next decade to improve the operating and financial performance of their units. More and more customers in the U. S. are looking towards integrated outage as the way to meet these challenges of the 1990s, an arrangement that is best implemented through a long-term partnering with a single-source supplier of high quality nuclear and turbine generator outage services. This availability, and other important parameters

  17. Outage rates and outage durations of opportunistic relaying systems

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    Hadzi-Velkov, Zoran; 10.1109/LCOMM.2010.02.091683

    2010-01-01

    Opportunistic relaying is a simple yet efficient cooperation scheme that achieves full diversity and preserves the spectral efficiency among the spatially distributed stations. However, the stations' mobility causes temporal correlation of the system's capacity outage events, which gives rise to its important second-order outage statistical parameters, such as the average outage rate (AOR) and the average outage duration (AOD). This letter presents exact analytical expressions for the AOR and the AOD of an opportunistic relaying system, which employs a mobile source and a mobile destination (without a direct path), and an arbitrary number of (fixed-gain amplify-and-forward or decode-and-forward) mobile relays in Rayleigh fading environment.

  18. 35/30 outage improvement project

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    Outage performance is a significant contributor to the business plan at Bruce Power. A process improvement initiative commenced in 2010-11 to improve outage efficiency and predictability. 12 teams (over 200 people) participated in improvement identification in four areas: Organizational Engagement; Outage Scope; Resources; and, Critical Outage Execution. Out of over 550 initiatives identified, 200 are being incorporated into the Outage Improvement Initiative. Key deliverables include: Development of a long-range 'fleet-level' business strategy to integrate outage duration, outage improvements and unit refurbishments; Development of a 35 day outage schedule template; Determining optimal outage organization to perform outages on an 8-unit site; Improved schedule adherence and productivity; Process to integrate scope needs to support life-cycle and long-range outage needs improvement while meeting near term and regulatory requirements; Consistent methodology in planning of outages to front-end load the high risk work into the outage schedule; Consistent baseline by senior leaders for the expectations of milestone ownership and completion; Consistent framework for milestone compliance and preparation; Communication strategy to educate personnel on the importance of the outage program and nuclear safety, business goals, and budget; and, Suite of metrics based upon industry benchmarks. The Outage Improvement Initiative has a goal of 35 day outages every 30 months. This potentially represents considerable savings to the Bruce Power business plan, both direct revenue savings attributed to reduced outage duration, as well as incremental outage cost savings. Other improvements from the initiative will include personnel radiation exposure and equipment reliability due to decreased outage duration and adherence to scoping, assessing and long lead part milestones. This presentation will describe the outage improvement initiatives to achieve a goal of consistent 35 day outages

  19. Influence of FRP anchors on FRP-to-concrete bonder interfaces

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    Zhang, Huawen; 张华文

    2013-01-01

    Existing reinforced concrete (RC) structural members such as beams, columns and joints can be strengthened and repaired with externally bonded high-strength and light-weight fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites. The effectiveness of such strengthening can, however, be limited by premature debonding of the FRP at strains well below the strain capacity of the FRP. Such failures are also generally sudden and give rise to brittle member behavour. It is therefore important to prevent or even...

  20. Region 9 Facility Response Plan (FRP) - 2014

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — A Facility Response Plan (FRP) demonstrates a facility's preparedness to respond to a worst case oil discharge. Under the Clean Water Act, as amended by the Oil...

  1. Improvements in D2O leakage detection in restricted areas of Reactor Building during operation and tritium in air monitoring during outages

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    This report describes the air sampling lines required for the improvement of simultaneous sampling for tritium in air monitoring in restricted areas of Reactor Building during operation. These sampling lines require penetrations equipped with containment sealing solenoid valves. It also describes the equipment used and the experience gained from some D2O leakages since Plant commissioning. By taking into account the current tendencies, improvements in gathering all data related to tritium concentrations in Reactor Building in Health Physicist's office, room S - 307 were made. Air samples were analyzed either by a liquid scintillation detector and/or by a proportional counter simultaneously, instead of the former single samples. These improvements also gave the possibility of a quicker detection of D2O leakage, thus contributing to keep low personnel dose, according to ALARA principles, as 'in situ' monitoring have proved to be not justifiable. (authors)

  2. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN FRP STRENGTHENING TECHNIQUES

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    Zhishen WU(吴智深); Hedong Niu

    2004-01-01

    This paper mainly gives a State-of-the-Art report of recent development in FRP strengthening techniques for structural rehabilitation by starting with a brief review on some achievements in clarifying bonding/debonding mechanisms and developing evaluation/design methodology for predicting debonding failure caused by intermedioate flexural cracks of con crete.Due to some drawbacks of current FRP bonding technique,two effective FRP strengthening methods,i.e.FRP prestressing and hybrid strengthening techniques,are investigated in detail to make full advantage of FRP composite materials.Combining with the newly develiped PBO fiber sheets,a more effective prestressing method is established as compared with carbon fiber sheets,a more effective prestressing method is established as compared with carbon fiber sheets,where several anchorage treatments are also established to prevent anchorage bond failure due to high shear stress concentration after release of prestressed FRP ends.In addition,the fatigue performance of RC beams externally strenghened with prestressed PBO fiber sheets is experimentally studied.For the developments of hybrid composites and their strengthening methods,both experimental and analytical studies are performed to clarify the hybrid strengthening behavior in structures.

  3. FIRE PROTECTION OF TIMBER STRUCTURES STRENGTHENED WITH FRP MATERIALS

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    Radek Zigler

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Modern, progressive methods of structures’ strengthening based on the use of composite materials composed of high strength fibers (carbon, glass, aramid or basalt and matrices based on epoxy resins brings, among many indisputable advantages (low weight, high effectiveness, easy application etc. also some disadvantages. One of the major disadvantages is a low fire resistance of these materials due to the low glass transition temperature Tg of the resin used. Based on an extensive research of strengthening of historic structures with FRP materials [1], the article outlines possible approaches to this problem, especially while strengthening timber load- bearing structures of historic buildings.

  4. Outage management: A case study

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    Outage management issues identified from a field study conducted at a two-unit commercial pressurized water reactor (PWR), when one unit was in a refueling outage and the other unit was at full power operation, are the focus of this paper. The study was conduced as part of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) organizational factors research program, and therefore the issues to be addressed are from an organizational perspective. Topics discussed refer to areas identified by the NRC as critical for safety during shutdown operations, including outage planning and control, personnel stress, and improvements in training and procedures. Specifically, issues in communication, management attention, involvement and oversight, administrative processes, organizational culture, and human resources relevant to each of the areas are highlighted by example from field data collection. Insights regarding future guidance in these areas are presented based upon additional data collection subsequent to the original study

  5. Outage management: A case study

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    Haber, S.B.; Barriere, M.T. (Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)); Roberts, K.H. (California Univ., Berkeley, CA (United States). Walter A. Haas School of Business)

    1992-01-01

    Outage management issues identified from a field study conducted at a two-unit commercial pressurized water reactor (PWR), when one unit was in a refueling outage and the other unit was at full power operation, are the focus of this paper. The study was conduced as part of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) organizational factors research program, and therefore the issues to be addressed are from an organizational perspective. Topics discussed refer to areas identified by the NRC as critical for safety during shutdown operations, including outage planning and control, personnel stress, and improvements in training and procedures. Specifically, issues in communication, management attention, involvement and oversight, administrative processes, organizational culture, and human resources relevant to each of the areas are highlighted by example from field data collection. Insights regarding future guidance in these areas are presented based upon additional data collection subsequent to the original study.

  6. Outage management: A case study

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    Haber, S.B.; Barriere, M.T. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States); Roberts, K.H. [California Univ., Berkeley, CA (United States). Walter A. Haas School of Business

    1992-09-01

    Outage management issues identified from a field study conducted at a two-unit commercial pressurized water reactor (PWR), when one unit was in a refueling outage and the other unit was at full power operation, are the focus of this paper. The study was conduced as part of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission`s (NRC) organizational factors research program, and therefore the issues to be addressed are from an organizational perspective. Topics discussed refer to areas identified by the NRC as critical for safety during shutdown operations, including outage planning and control, personnel stress, and improvements in training and procedures. Specifically, issues in communication, management attention, involvement and oversight, administrative processes, organizational culture, and human resources relevant to each of the areas are highlighted by example from field data collection. Insights regarding future guidance in these areas are presented based upon additional data collection subsequent to the original study.

  7. Power Outage - 16 October

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    2014-01-01

    At 19:03 last night, a fire in an 18kV circuit breaker in building 212 led to a blackout on the Meyrin site. The CERN fire brigade rapidly brought the fire under control and power was restored by 22:25. Many CERN systems were affected and have been brought back in to service overnight, this work will continue through the day.

  8. Improving refueling outages through partnership

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    This paper describes an approach to reduce nuclear plant outage duration and cost through partnership. Partnership is defined as a long-term commitment between the utility and the vendor with the objective of achieving shared business goals by maximizing the effectiveness of each party's resources. The elements of an effective partnership are described. Specific examples are given as to how partnership has worked in the effective performance of refueling outages. To gain the full benefits of a partnership, both parties must agree to share information, define the scope early, communicate goals and expectations, and identify boundaries for technical ownership. (author)

  9. FRP resin process automating system; FRP jushi kako jidoka system

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    Ochiai, I.; Sakai, H. [Meidensha Corp., Tokyo (Japan)

    1994-10-18

    This paper introduces as FRP resin product processing system using robots. Automatic processing by means of robots requires considerations on positioning of delivered workpieces, correction of positional shift of workpieces, monitoring of tools and cutters, disposal of chips, and dust and noise preventive measures. In a bath tank drilling and deburring system, robots should measure and correct the positional shift of workpieces, exchange tools automatically, and shut down the system upon occurrence of anomaly in processing. The wall panel processing system performs transportation of products by using a lift and carry system in consideration of preventing nicks on the transportation side a product. Workpiece positioning is performed by lifting and pressing them onto the standard plate on the upper portion of panel, and the thickness and length are measured and corrected by a workpiece shift correcting sensor disposed on a robot. The purification tank partition drilling system has shuttle-type transportation devices installed on both flanks of a robot. This is a high-efficiency system requiring no robot downtime. A dust collecting duct is disposed below the positioning device to prevent chips from leaking outside the device. 4 figs., 7 tabs.

  10. Minimizing forced outage risk in generator bidding

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    Das, Dibyendu

    Competition in power markets has exposed the participating companies to physical and financial uncertainties. Generator companies bid to supply power in a day-ahead market. Once their bids are accepted by the ISO they are bound to supply power. A random outage after acceptance of bids forces a generator to buy power from the expensive real-time hourly spot market and sell to the ISO at the set day-ahead market clearing price, incurring losses. A risk management technique is developed to assess this financial risk associated with forced outages of generators and then minimize it. This work presents a risk assessment module which measures the financial risk of generators bidding in an open market for different bidding scenarios. The day-ahead power market auction is modeled using a Unit Commitment algorithm and a combination of Normal and Cauchy distributions generate the real time hourly spot market. Risk profiles are derived and VaRs are calculated at 98 percent confidence level as a measure of financial risk. Risk Profiles and VaRs help the generators to analyze the forced outage risk and different factors affecting it. The VaRs and the estimated total earning for different bidding scenarios are used to develop a risk minimization module. This module will develop a bidding strategy of the generator company such that its estimated total earning is maximized keeping the VaR below a tolerable limit. This general framework of a risk management technique for the generating companies bidding in competitive day-ahead market can also help them in decisions related to building new generators.

  11. Stress analysis in FRP composites

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    Nitin Jauhari

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available A composite material, in mechanics sense, is a structure with the ingredients as element transferring forces to adjacent members. The issue of defects and their effect on the mechanical properties of composites is of great concern among high end users. Experimental investigation of failure modes of composite materials requires correlating the fundamentals of composite materials, their mechanical properties as well as their failure characteristics in the presence of defects. In this paper, three formats of defects of hole (single, double and quadruple as a discontinuity were incorporated along with tensile testing. Unique failure modes of these specimens provided overview regarding mechanical behaviour of composite materials containing defects. Certain correlations were observed between defects and resulting properties. Results are in agreement with general behaviour of FRP composite laminates and it can be concluded that for low deformation in composite laminates, number of layers must be increased, which at the same time results in increase of von-Mises stress. Fibres are the main constituents which are responsible for strength of a composite laminate and they along with fibre orientation, play an important role on its load bearing capacity. It can be inferred based on the analysis that cross-ply configuration [0°/90°] has good load bearing capacity as well as least deflection emphasizing more strength.

  12. Infrared Scanning of FRP Composite Members

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    Halabe, U. B.; Bangalore, G.; GangaRao, H. V. S.; Klinkhachorn, P.

    2003-03-01

    Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composite is rapidly emerging as an alternative material for the infrastructure industry, and as a supplement to the conventional material such as steel, concrete, and timber. However, the long-term behavior of these materials has not been fully understood. In order to study the durability issues, it is important to develop a nondestructive evaluation (NDE) system for continuous monitoring of structural members built with FRP materials. This paper presents the results of an experimental study on delamination detection in FRP composite members using infrared thermography. Simulated delaminations of various sizes were inserted into several FRP box sections and deck sections during the pultrusion process to create subsurface defects. The defective specimens were then tested in the laboratory using infrared thermography to predict the location and planar extent of these subsurface delaminations. The infrared tests yielded good results, which indicate that the technique can be developed for long-term in-service monitoring of FRP structural members in the field environment.

  13. Outage capacity of multicarrier systems

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    Yilmaz, Ferkan

    2010-01-01

    The probability density function and the cumulative distribution function of the product of shifted Gamma variates are obtained in terms of the generalized Fox\\'s H function. Using these new results, the exact outage capacity of multi carrier transmission through a slow Nakagami-m fading channel is presented. Moreover, it is shown that analytical and simulation results are in perfect agreement. © 2009 IEEE.

  14. Global Loads on FRP Ship Hulls

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    Pedersen, Preben Terndrup

    1997-01-01

    . As part of the NoKoS project it was decided to investigate the effect of hull flexibility on the wave-induced as well as accidental structural loads on high-speed ships.Especially it was decided to determine whether there is an upper size of FRP and aluminium mono-hulls caused by continuous wave action,slamming...

  15. Nuclear power plant outage optimisation strategy

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    Competitive environment for electricity generation has significant implications for nuclear power plant operations, including among others the need of efficient use of resources, effective management of plant activities such as on-line maintenance and outages. Nuclear power plant outage management is a key factor for good, safe and economic nuclear power plant performance which involves many aspects: plant policy, co-ordination of available resources, nuclear safety, regulatory and technical requirements and, all activities and work hazards, before and during the outage. This technical publication aims to communicate these practices in a way they can be used by operators and utilities in the Member States of the IAEA. It intends to give guidance to outage managers, operating staff and to the local industry on planning aspects, as well as examples and strategies experienced from current plants in operation on the optimization of outage period. This report discusses the plant outage strategy and how this strategy is actually implemented. The main areas identified as most important for outage optimization by the utilities and government organizations participating in this report are: organization and management; outage planning and preparation, outage execution, safety outage review, and counter measures to avoid extension of outages and to easier the work in forced outages. This report was based on discussions and findings by the authors of the annexes and the participants of an Advisory Group Meeting on Determinant Causes for Reducing Outage Duration held in June 1999 in Vienna. The report presents the consensus of these experts regarding best common or individual good practices that can be used at nuclear power plants with the aim to optimize

  16. Nuclear operations branch outage management strategy

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    In 1991, partly in response to declining nuclear performance in Ontario Hydro, six priority areas were chosen where improvement efforts should be focused. Of these, outage management has the greatest potential for increasing near-term electrical generation. Many initiatives are being undertaken to improve performance in this key area. The outage management strategy is intended to focus these improvement efforts, and put outage management at Ontario Hydro's nuclear generating stations on a more predictable and business-like basis. This paper outlines the strategic planning process, and provides an overview of the outage management strategy. 2 refs, 1 tab., 4 figs

  17. Limit analysis on FRP-strengthened RC members

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    D. De Domenico; A.A.Pisano; P. Fuschi

    2014-01-01

    Reinforced concrete (RC) members strengthened with externally bonded fiber-reinforced-polymer (FRP) plates are numerically investigated by a plasticity-based limit analysis approach. The key-concept of the present approach is to adopt proper constitutive models for concrete, steel reinforcement bars (re-bars) and FRP strengthening plates according to a multi-yield-criteria formulation. This allows the prediction of concrete crushing, steel bars yielding and FRP rupture that may oc...

  18. Study Progress of FRP Rebars in Concrete Structures

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    Xue Weichen

    2005-01-01

    @@ Fiber reinforced plastics ( i. e. FRP ) rebars are one kind of high-performance composite materials used in concrete structures of civil engineering.Compared with ordinary steel rebars, FRP rebars have the characteristics of high tensile strength, antisepsis, light weight, low elastics modulus and low shear strength, et al. At present time, FRP rebars have been studied and applied in Europe,America and Japan. Since 2000, in the Fund of NSFC, we systematically carried out experimental and theoretical studies on FRP rebars. The progress of our research is briefly introduced in this paper.

  19. Superelastic SMA–FRP composite reinforcement for concrete structures

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    For many years there has been interest in using fiber-reinforced polymers (FRPs) as reinforcement in concrete structures. Unfortunately, due to their linear elastic behavior, FRP reinforcing bars are never considered for structural damping or dynamic applications. With the aim of improving the ductility and damping capability of concrete structures reinforced with FRP reinforcement, this paper studies the application of SMA–FRP, a relatively novel type of composite reinforced with superelastic shape memory alloy (SMA) wires. The cyclic tensile behavior of SMA–FRP composites are studied experimentally and analytically. Tests of SMA–FRP composite coupons are conducted to determine their constitutive behavior. The experimental results are used to develop and calibrate a uniaxial SMA–FRP analytical model. Parametric and case studies are performed to determine the efficacy of the SMA–FRP reinforcement in concrete structures and the key factors governing its behavior. The results show significant potential for SMA–FRP reinforcement to improve the ductility and damping of concrete structures while still maintaining its elastic characteristic, typical of FRP reinforcement

  20. Areva: experiences in outage services

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    As the world leader in the nuclear industry, Areva is firmly committed to the safe and reliable operation of the Spanish nuclear power plants. Following this commitment, Areva has established the subsidiary Areva NP Services Spain as a local platform to provide nuclear services for the Spanish nuclear power plants. being integrated and supported by the global Areva Group, Areva NP Services Spain is able to offer services solutions to all customers demands while maintaining close and sustainable relationships with them. This integration also allows the Spanish personnel of Areva to employ their skills by working in multinational teams in international projects. This article will present the capacities, and the most important recent national and international project performed by Areva NP Services Spain in the field of outage services. (Author)

  1. Handover Outage Time Optimization in Heterogeneous Networks

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    S. Louvros

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Handover is a very critical parameter in Cellular Networks. The outage handover time is a drawback for Quality of Service in wireless voice applications and heterogeneous cellular wireless networks. Apart from existing handover technique, a novel approach has been developed known as Network Assisted Handover improving the outage handover time and the fluctuations of data throughput.

  2. GUIDELINES FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF AN ADVANCED OUTAGE CONTROL CENTER TO IMPROVE OUTAGE COORDINATION, PROBLEM RESOLUTION, AND OUTAGE RISK MANAGEMENT

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    Germain, Shawn St; Farris, Ronald; Whaley, April M; Medema, Heather; Gertman, David

    2014-09-01

    This research effort is a part of the Light-Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program, which is a research and development (R&D) program sponsored by Department of Energy (DOE) and performed in close collaboration with industry R&D programs that provide the technical foundations for licensing and managing the long-term, safe, and economical operation of current nuclear power plants. The LWRS program serves to help the U.S. nuclear industry adopt new technologies and engineering solutions that facilitate the continued safe operation of the plants and extension of the current operating licenses. Managing NPP outages is a complex and difficult task due to the large number of maintenance and repair activities that are accomplished in a short period of time. During an outage, the outage control center (OCC) is the temporary command center for outage managers and provides several critical functions for the successful execution of the outage schedule. Essentially, the OCC functions to facilitate information inflow, assist outage management in processing information, and to facilitate the dissemination of information to stakeholders. Currently, outage management activities primarily rely on telephone communication, face to face reports of status, and periodic briefings in the OCC. It is a difficult task to maintain current the information related to outage progress and discovered conditions. Several advanced communication and collaboration technologies have shown promise for facilitating the information flow into, across, and out of the OCC. The use of these technologies will allow information to be shared electronically, providing greater amounts of real-time information to the decision makers and allowing OCC coordinators to meet with supporting staff remotely. Passively monitoring status electronically through advances in the areas of mobile worker technologies, computer-based procedures, and automated work packages will reduce the current reliance on manually

  3. Survey on the FRP waste recycling system; FRP haikibutsu recycle system ni kansuru chosa

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    1997-03-01

    Using the area around the Ariake Sea in Kyushu as a model case, the FRP (fiber reinforced plastics) waste recycling system which can be established in Japan has been investigated in cooperation with local government bodies and fishery organizations. As a result, some proposals are provided. The recovery of waste boats utilizing existing sales outlets for fishing boats will facilitate efficient transport, efficient removal of vessel fixtures, and information management and user guidance via existing sales routes. This should make it possible to systematically secure and dispose a certain volume of scrapped FRP boats, and thus generate savings in the disposal costs. In the Phase 1, the main focus will be on establishing the recovery system for scrapped FRP boats to promote reuse and prevent improper disposal. In the Phase 2, the economics will be improved by expanding the recovery system to include other FRP waste products. In the Phase 3, the number of recyclable items will be increased, and thus the recycling system will be completed. 3 refs., 11 figs., 7 tabs.

  4. EB-FRP 及 HB-FRP 加固预裂 RC梁对比试验研究%Experimental Analysis of Pre-cracked RC Beams Strengthened with EB-FRP and HB-FRP

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    管延华; 朱登元; 庄培芝; 李红超; 周志东

    2013-01-01

    On the basis of the crack characteristics of aging RC beam bridges ,the cross-section of RC simple beams with different pre-cracking levels were strengthened by the externally bonded FRP (EB-FRP)and the FRP-bolt hybrid bonding(HB-FRP)respectively to check the strengthening characteristics of HB-FRP .The flexural test with symmetrical loading on two points was conducted to study the mechanical behavior and failure mode of pre-crack beams strengthened with EB-FRP and HB-FRP .The influence of pre-cracking level on the FRP initial debonding load and FRP utilization ratio was assessed respectively .The test results show that the flexural capacity of pre-cracking beam strengthened with HB-FRP can be improved by 30% ~44% compared with the one with EB-FRP . The failure mode has been changed from FRP brittleness debonding of beam strengthened with EB-FRP to obvious ductility failure of beam strengthened with HB-FRP .Furthermore ,the crack distribution of RC beam has obvious influence on the FRP initial debonding load ,the FRP utilization ratio and the failure mode of strengthened pre-crack beams .%为验证FRP 螺栓加固新技术的合理性,结合现役钢筋混凝土桥梁带裂缝工作的特点,采用表面粘贴FRP(EB-FRP)加固技术和FRP 螺栓混合加固技术(HB-FRP),分别对不同预裂度的钢筋混凝土简支梁进行抗弯加固,通过两点对称加载抗弯试验研究加固预裂梁的受力特性和破坏模式,分析裂缝分布对加固预裂梁的剥离荷载及FRP材料利用率的影响。试验结果表明,与表面粘贴FRP加固技术相比较,采用 FRP 螺栓混合加固的预裂梁,抗弯极限承载能力提高30%~44%,加固后结构的破坏表现为明显的延性,改善了FRP脆性剥离破坏模式;另外,钢筋混凝土梁裂缝对FRP的剥离荷载、FRP材料的利用率及梁的破坏模式影响显著。

  5. San Onofre - the evolution of outage management

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    With the addition of units 2 and 3 to San Onofre nuclear station in 1983 and 1984, it became evident that a separate group was needed to manage outages. Despite early establishment of a division to handle outages, it was a difficult journey to make the changes to achieve short outages. Early organizational emphasis was on developing an error-free operating environment and work culture. This is difficult for a relatively large organization at a three-unit site. The work processes and decision styles were designed to be very deliberate with many checks and balances. The organization leadership and accountability were focused in the traditional operations, maintenance, and engineering divisions. Later, our organization emphasis shifted to achieving engineering excellence. With a sound foundation of operating and engineering excellence, our organizational focus has turned to achieving quality outages. This means accomplishing the right work in a shorter duration and having the units run until the next refueling

  6. Power Outage, Business Continuity and Businesses' Choices of Power Outage Mitigation Measures

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    Ali Asgary

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Power outage has been mentioned as one of the most experienced and perceived risks by various types of businesses and organizations. Thus, reducing the impacts of power outage has become a key agenda in business continuity planning. Back-up or stand-by generators are among the most well known measures taken by power consumers to tackle the power outage problem. Approach: A survey was conducted to understand various aspects of power outage and the impacts of power outrage on businesses. In addition a choice experiment method was used to derive businesses’ preferences for different power outage mitigation measures that would have a range of prices, space requirements, air and noise pollution as well as mobility attributes using a sample of Canadian businesses located in the . Sample was drawn from businesses operating in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA and surrounding communities in Ontario, Canada. Results: It was found that majority of businesses have experienced and unconvinced by power outage and consider it to be a major risk to their operations. Production loss, data loss, damage to equipment and loss of lighting are the most significant sources for inconveniences caused by the power outages. It was found that a considerable number of businesses have not taken appropriate measures to mitigate this risk. Estimations from the responses revealed that sample businesses had a positive willingness to pay for power outage reduction and that businesses prefer power outage mitigation measures that are least costly, have low levels of air and noise pollution and occupy smaller spaces respectively. Conclusion: An uninterrupted power supply is an important element of business continuity in today’s business world. Although many businesses are not fully prepared against power outages, they are willing to pay for low cost and low pollution power outage mitigation measures.

  7. An Expert System in FRP Composite Material Design

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    2001-01-01

    An expert system prototype for fibre-reinforced plastic matrix (FRP) composite material design,ESFRP, has been developed. The system consists of seven main functional parts: a general inference engine, a set of knowledge bases, a material properties algorithm base, an explanation engine, various data bases, several function models and the user interface. The ESFRP can simulate human experts to make design scheme for fibre-reinforced plastics design, FRP layered plates design and FRP typical engineering components design. It can also predict the material properties and make strength analysis according to the micro and macro mechanics of composite materials. A satisfied result can be gained through the reiterative design.

  8. Estimating the spatial distribution of power outages during hurricanes in the Gulf coast region

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    Hurricanes have caused severe damage to the electric power system throughout the Gulf coast region of the US, and electric power is critical to post-hurricane disaster response as well as to long-term recovery for impacted areas. Managing power outage risk and preparing for post-storm recovery efforts requires accurate methods for estimating the number and location of power outages. This paper builds on past work on statistical power outage estimation models to develop, test, and demonstrate a statistical power outage risk estimation model for the Gulf Coast region of the US. Previous work used binary hurricane-indicator variables representing particular hurricanes in order to achieve a good fit to the past data. To use these models for predicting power outages during future hurricanes, one must implicitly assume that an approaching hurricane is similar to the average of the past hurricanes. The model developed in this paper replaces these indicator variables with physically measurable variables, enabling future predictions to be based on only well-understood characteristics of hurricanes. The models were developed using data about power outages during nine hurricanes in three states served by a large, investor-owned utility company in the Gulf Coast region

  9. Contingency Analysis of Cascading Line Outage Events

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    Thomas L Baldwin; Magdy S Tawfik; Miles McQueen

    2011-03-01

    As the US power systems continue to increase in size and complexity, including the growth of smart grids, larger blackouts due to cascading outages become more likely. Grid congestion is often associated with a cascading collapse leading to a major blackout. Such a collapse is characterized by a self-sustaining sequence of line outages followed by a topology breakup of the network. This paper addresses the implementation and testing of a process for N-k contingency analysis and sequential cascading outage simulation in order to identify potential cascading modes. A modeling approach described in this paper offers a unique capability to identify initiating events that may lead to cascading outages. It predicts the development of cascading events by identifying and visualizing potential cascading tiers. The proposed approach was implemented using a 328-bus simplified SERC power system network. The results of the study indicate that initiating events and possible cascading chains may be identified, ranked and visualized. This approach may be used to improve the reliability of a transmission grid and reduce its vulnerability to cascading outages.

  10. Limit analysis on FRP-strengthened RC members

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    D. De Domenico

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Reinforced concrete (RC members strengthened with externally bonded fiber-reinforced-polymer (FRP plates are numerically investigated by a plasticity-based limit analysis approach. The key-concept of the present approach is to adopt proper constitutive models for concrete, steel reinforcement bars (re-bars and FRP strengthening plates according to a multi-yield-criteria formulation. This allows the prediction of concrete crushing, steel bars yielding and FRP rupture that may occur at the ultimate limit state. To simulate such limitstate of the analysed elements, two iterative methods performing linear elastic analyses with adaptive elastic parameters and finite elements (FEs description are employed. The peak loads and collapse mechanisms predicted for FRP-plated RC beams are validated by comparison with the corresponding experimental findings.

  11. Development of a nondestructive evaluation method for FRP bridge decks

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    Brown, Jeff; Fox, Terra

    2010-05-01

    Open steel grids are typically used on bridges to minimize the weight of the bridge deck and wearing surface. These grids, however, require frequent maintenance and exhibit other durability concerns related to fatigue cracking and corrosion. Bridge decks constructed from composite materials, such as a Fiber-reinforced Polymer (FRP), are strong and lightweight; they also offer improved rideability, reduced noise levels, less maintenance, and are relatively easy to install compared to steel grids. This research is aimed at developing an inspection protocol for FRP bridge decks using Infrared thermography. The finite element method was used to simulate the heat transfer process and determine optimal heating and data acquisition parameters that will be used to inspect FRP bridge decks in the field. It was demonstrated that thermal imaging could successfully identify features of the FRP bridge deck to depths of 1.7 cm using a phase analysis process.

  12. Durability of concrete structures strengthened with FRP laminates

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    2007-01-01

    Based on the fast freeze-thaw cycling test, the alkaline immersion test, the water immersion test and the wet-thermal exposure test, the influence of aggressive environments on mechanical behavior of FRP was studied. CFRP specimens subjected to aggressive environments showed good durability with no significant degradation in tensile strength and modulus; however, GFRP specimens exhibited a little decrease in mechanical property after aggressive environments exposure. Based on the fast freeze-thaw cycling test and the wet-thermal exposure test, the influence of aggressive environments on the bond behavior between FRP and concrete, mechanical behavior of concrete beams and columns strengthened with FRP laminates was studied. The results showed that the bond strength had a significant decrease compared with those specimens kept at room temperature, and the specimens strengthened with FRP exhibited good durability.

  13. An investigation of FRP-to-timber bonded interfaces

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    Wan, Jing; 萬婧

    2014-01-01

    Timber has been used as a construction material in civil infrastructure throughout the world for several millennia and it is still a popular construction material to this day. Degradation of timber due to mechanical and environmental actions, as well as possible higher loads, can necessitate the need for strengthening or repair. The external bonding of fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites offers a viable solution. A lack of understanding of the strength and behaviour of FRP-to-timber bon...

  14. Experimental bond behavior of FRP sheets glued on brick masonry

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    Oliveira, Daniel V.; Basílio, Ismael; Lourenço, Paulo B.

    2011-01-01

    This paper deals with the experimental characterization of the mechanical tensile and shear bond behavior of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) sheets externally glued on masonry prisms, in terms of load capacity and stress distribution along the bonded length. The brick masonry adopted tries to replicate ancient brick masonry, by using handmade low strength solids bricks and low strength lime based mortar. Key parameters relative to the FRP-masonry interface response, particularly bo...

  15. Tensile tests of basalt FRP rebars using chemical anchorages

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    Neagoe, Catalin Andrei; Gil Espert, Lluís

    2013-01-01

    In the current report are analyzed the experimental results of initial tensile tests of Basalt FRP (BFRP) rebars provided by VSL. The investigation was conducted in the laboratory of CER LITEM. Objectives of the study: to determine the tensile strengths of 6 mm and 8 mm basalt FRP rebars, and to determine what type of test setup and anchorage system is best suited for future tensile tests of BFRP bars.

  16. Tensile tests of basalt FRP rebars using mechanical anchorages

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    Neagoe, Catalin Andrei; Gil Espert, Lluís

    2013-01-01

    In the current report are analyzed the experimental results of initial tensile tests of Basalt FRP (BFRP) rebars provided by VSL. The investigation was conducted on the 19th of February 2013, in the laboratory of CER LITEM. Objectives of the study: to determine the tensile strengths of 6 mm and 8 mm basalt FRP rebars, and to determine what type of test setup and anchorage system is best suited for future tensile tests of BFRP bars.

  17. Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis of FRP Strengthened Reinforced Concrete Beams

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    Sasmal, S.; Kalidoss, S.; Srinivas, V.

    2012-12-01

    This paper focuses on nonlinear analysis of parent and fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) strengthened reinforced concrete (RC) beam using general purpose finite element software, ANSYS. Further, it is aimed to investigate the suitability of different elements available in ANSYS library to represent FRP, epoxy and interface. 3-D structural RC solid element has been used to model concrete and truss element is employed for modeling the reinforcements. FRP has been modelled using 3-D membrane element and layered element with number of layers, epoxy is modelled using eight node brick element, and eight node layered solid shell is used to mathematically represent the concrete-FRP interface behavior. Initially, the validation of the numerical model for the efficacy of different elements (SOLID65 for concrete and LINK8 for reinforcement) and material models is carried out on the experimental beam reported in literature. The validated model, elements and material properties is used to evaluate the load-displacement and load-strain response behavior and crack patterns of the FRP strengthened RC beams. The numerical results indicated that significant improvement in the displacement in the strengthened RC beams with the advancement of cracks. The study shows that FRP with shell elements is recommended when single layer of FRP is used. When multi layered FRP is used, solid layered element can be a reasonably good choice whereas the epoxy matrix with linear solid element does not need further complicated model. Interfacial element makes the analysis minimally improved at the cost of complicated modeling issues and considerable computation time. Hence, for nonlinear analysis of usual strengthened structures, unless it is specifically required for, interface element may not be required and a full contact can be assumed at interface.

  18. Secrecy Outage Capacity of Fading Channels

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    Gungor, Onur; Koksal, C Emre; Gamal, Hesham El; Shroff, Ness B

    2011-01-01

    This paper considers point to point secure communication over flat fading channels under an outage constraint. More specifically, we extend the definition of outage capacity to account for the secrecy constraint and obtain sharp characterizations of the corresponding fundamental limits under two different assumptions on the transmitter CSI (Channel state information). First, we find the outage secrecy capacity assuming that the transmitter has perfect knowledge of the legitimate and eavesdropper channel gains. In this scenario, the capacity achieving scheme relies on opportunistically exchanging private keys between the legitimate nodes. These keys are stored in a key buffer and later used to secure delay sensitive data using the Vernam's one time pad technique. We then extend our results to the more practical scenario where the transmitter is assumed to know only the legitimate channel gain. Here, our achievability arguments rely on privacy amplification techniques to generate secret key bits. In the two cas...

  19. Finite element analysis of FRP-strengthened RC beams

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    2004-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a non-linear finite element analysis of reinforced concrete beam strengthened with externally bonded FRP plates. The finite element modeling of FRP-strengthened beams is demonstrated. Concrete and reinforcing bars are modeled together as 8-node isoparametric 2D RC element. The FRP plate is modeled as 8-node isoparametric 2D elastic element. The glue is modeled as perfect compatibility by directly connecting the nodes of FRP with those of concrete since there is no failure at the glue layer. The key to the analysis is the correct material models of concrete, steel and FRP. Cracks and steel bars are modeled as smeared over the entire element. Stress-strain properties of cracked concrete consist of tensile stress model normal to crack, compressive stress model parallel to crack and shear stress model tangential to crack. Stressstrain property of reinforcement is assumed to be elastic-hardening to account for the bond between concrete and steel bars. FRP is modeled as elastic-brittle material. From the analysis, it is found that FEM can predict the load-displacement relation, ultimate load and failure mode of the beam correctly. It can also capture the cracking process for both shear-flexural peeling and end peeling modes similar to the experiment.

  20. TESTS ON STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT RC SLABS STRENGTHENED WITH FIBRE REINFORCED POLYMER (FRP) COMPOSITES

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    S.T. Smith; S.J. Kim

    2004-01-01

    This paper reports the results of a series of tests on fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) strengthened reinforced concrete (RC) slabs, which were recently undertaken at the University of Technology,Sydney. The slabs were reinforced with high-strength low-ductile steel reinforcement and strengthened with either carbon FRP (CFRP) or glass FRP (GFRP) composites. The unstrengthened control slabs failed by fracture of the steel tension reinforcement while the FRP strengthened slabs failed by debonding of the FRP followed by rupture of the tension steel. The FRP-strengthened slabs were stronger than their unstrengthened counterparts and displayed considerable ductility.

  1. Guidelines for Implementation of an Advanced Outage Control Center to Improve Outage Coordination, Problem Resolution, and Outage Risk Management

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    St. Germain, Shawn W. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Farris, Ronald K. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Whaley, April M. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Medema, Heather D. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Gertman, David I. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2014-09-01

    This research effort is a part of the Light-Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program, which is a research and development (R&D) program sponsored by Department of Energy (DOE) and performed in close collaboration with industry R&D programs that provide the technical foundations for licensing and managing the long-term, safe, and economical operation of current nuclear power plants. The LWRS program serves to help the U.S. nuclear industry adopt new technologies and engineering solutions that facilitate the continued safe operation of the plants and extension of the current operating licenses. The purpose of this research is to improve management of nuclear power plant (NPP) outages through the development of an advanced outage control center (AOCC) that is specifically designed to maximize the usefulness of communication and collaboration technologies for outage coordination and problem resolution activities. This technical report for industry implementation outlines methods and considerations for the establishment of an AOCC. This report provides a process for implementation of a change management plan, evaluation of current outage processes, the selection of technology, and guidance for the implementation of the selected technology. Methods are presented for both adoption of technologies within an existing OCC and for a complete OCC replacement, including human factors considerations for OCC design and setup.

  2. Benchmark Report on Key Outage Attributes: An Analysis of Outage Improvement Opportunities and Priorities

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    Germain, Shawn St. [Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Farris, Ronald [Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2014-09-01

    Advanced Outage Control Center (AOCC), is a multi-year pilot project targeted at Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) outage improvement. The purpose of this pilot project is to improve management of NPP outages through the development of an AOCC that is specifically designed to maximize the usefulness of communication and collaboration technologies for outage coordination and problem resolution activities. This report documents the results of a benchmarking effort to evaluate the transferability of technologies demonstrated at Idaho National Laboratory and the primary pilot project partner, Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. The initial assumption for this pilot project was that NPPs generally do not take advantage of advanced technology to support outage management activities. Several researchers involved in this pilot project have commercial NPP experience and believed that very little technology has been applied towards outage communication and collaboration. To verify that the technology options researched and demonstrated through this pilot project would in fact have broad application for the US commercial nuclear fleet, and to look for additional outage management best practices, LWRS program researchers visited several additional nuclear facilities.

  3. Pricing power outages in the Netherlands

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    Baarsma, Barbara E.; Hop, J. Peter [SEO Economic Research/University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    2009-09-15

    In most Western countries, the power grid provides electricity more than 99% of the time. To maintain reliability at such high levels, energy companies have to continually invest in electric transmission- and distribution systems. Since customers of electricity cannot switch from one distribution network to another, no economic incentive exists that matches the supplied reliability to customer preferences. Either under- or over-investment in reliability may thus result. In order to introduce market-like incentives, the Dutch Energy Regulator introduced a regulatory system based on the (perceived) costs of power outages. An essential ingredient of the regulation is the cost of a power outage of a particular duration (i.e., 1 minute). This paper measures these outage cost by using conjoint analysis. We find that the social cost of the present Dutch level of reliability - that is, one outage of two hours every four years - is EUR2.80 on average for every household, and EUR33.10 on average for every SME firm. The total costs to Dutch society are almost EUR50 million. (author)

  4. Residential outage cost estimation: Hong Kong

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    Hong Kong has almost perfect electricity reliability, the result of substantial investments ultimately financed by electricity consumers who may be willing to accept lower reliability in exchange for lower bills. But consumers with high outage costs are likely to reject the reliability reduction. Our ordered-logit regression analysis of the responses by 1876 households to a telephone survey conducted in June 2013 indicates that Hong Kong residents exhibit a statistically-significant preference for their existing service reliability and rate. Moreover, the average residential cost estimate for a 1-h outage is US$45 (HK$350), topping the estimates reported in 10 of the 11 studies published in the last 10 years. The policy implication is that absent additional compelling evidence, Hong Kong should not reduce its service reliability. - Highlights: • Use a contingent valuation survey to obtain residential preferences for reliability. • Use an ordered logit analysis to estimate Hong Kong's residential outage costs. • Find high outage cost estimates that imply high reliability requirements. • Conclude that sans new evidence, Hong Kong should not reduce its reliability

  5. Cell outage compensation in LTE networks: Algorithms and performance assessment

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    Amirijoo, M.; Jorguseski, L.; Litjens, R.; Schmelz, L.C.

    2011-01-01

    Cell outage compensation is a self-healing function and as such part of the Self-Organising Networks concept for mobile wireless networks. It aims at mitigating the degradation of coverage, capacity and service quality caused by a cell or site level outage. Upon detection of such an outage, cell out

  6. FRP Composites for Retrofit and Construction of Structures:Recent Research at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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    2004-01-01

    @@ At The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, on-going research addresses many aspects of the theory of FRP-strengthened structures and the innovative use of FRP composites in new construction. A very brief summary of some of the recent research progresses made at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is given here. Further details of these recent developments can be found in the references listed at the end. Some of the research summarized here has been carried out in collaboration with researchers at other institutions, including the University of Edinburgh, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, the University of Adelaide, Fuzhou University, Jinan University and the National Engineering Research Centre for Diagnosis and Rehabilitation of Industrial Buildings.

  7. NDE of FRP Wrapped Timber Bridge Components Using Infrared Thermography

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    Halabe, U. B.; Steele, W. E.; GangaRao, H. V. S.; Klinkhachorn, P.

    2003-03-01

    This paper presents the results of an experimental study on the use of infrared thermography technique for detection of subsurface debonds in fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) wrapped timber railroad bridge components. Simulated subsurface debonds were constructed in the laboratory in timber piles wrapped with FRP composite fabric. The debonds varied in size, thickness and severity. These debonds were placed between the 1/8″ thick FRP wrap and the timber surface. The thermal images from the delaminated specimens were compared with the thermal images from undamaged specimens to study the effect of subsurface debonds. In addition, several field tests were conducted using the infrared imaging system on three timber railroad bridges located in Moorefield, West Virginia that were rehabilitated with FRP composite fabric wraps. The field test data was used to detect any possible debond at the composite-timber interface and study the effect of environmental parameters on the infrared images. This study showed that the infrared thermography technique can be effectively used to detect subsurface debonds in timber components wrapped with FRP composite fabric. The study also shows the effect of different parameters (environmental conditions, heat source, etc.) on the infrared images.

  8. FRP/steel composite damage acoustic emission monitoring and analysis

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    Li, Dongsheng; Chen, Zhi

    2015-04-01

    FRP is a new material with good mechanical properties, such as high strength of extension, low density, good corrosion resistance and anti-fatigue. FRP and steel composite has gotten a wide range of applications in civil engineering because of its good performance. As the FRP/steel composite get more and more widely used, the monitor of its damage is also getting more important. To monitor this composite, acoustic emission (AE) is a good choice. In this study, we prepare four identical specimens to conduct our test. During the testing process, the AE character parameters and mechanics properties were obtained. Damaged properties of FRP/steel composite were analyzed through acoustic emission (AE) signals. By the growing trend of AE accumulated energy, the severity of the damage made on FRP/steel composite was estimated. The AE sentry function has been successfully used to study damage progression and fracture emerge release rate of composite laminates. This technique combines the cumulative AE energy with strain energy of the material rather than analyzes the AE information and mechanical separately.

  9. Concrete-Filled-Large Deformable FRP Tubular Columns under Axial Compressive Loading

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    Omar I. Abdelkarim

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The behavior of concrete-filled fiber tubes (CFFT polymers under axial compressive loading was investigated. Unlike the traditional fiber reinforced polymers (FRP such as carbon, glass, aramid, etc., the FRP tubes in this study were designed using large rupture strains FRP which are made of recycled materials such as plastic bottles; hence, large rupture strain (LRS FRP composites are environmentally friendly and can be used in the context of green construction. This study performed finite element (FE analysis using LS-DYNA software to conduct an extensive parametric study on CFFT. The effects of the FRP confinement ratio, the unconfined concrete compressive strength ( , column size, and column aspect ratio on the behavior of the CFFT under axial compressive loading were investigated during this study. A comparison between the behavior of the CFFTs with LRS-FRP and those with traditional FRP (carbon and glass with a high range of confinement ratios was conducted as well. A new hybrid FRP system combined with traditional and LRS-FRP is proposed. Generally, the CFFTs with LRS-FRP showed remarkable behavior under axial loading in strength and ultimate strain. Equations to estimate the concrete dilation parameter and dilation angle of the CFFTs with LRS-FRP tubes and hybrid FRP tubes are suggested.

  10. The role of the F-Box protein Frp1 in pathogenicity of fusarium oxysporum

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    W. Jonkers

    2009-01-01

    Previously, FRP1 has been identified in a mutant screen as a pathogenicity gene of the plant pathogenic fungus Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. lycopersici. Deletion of the gene confirmed the requirement of FRP1 for pathogenicity. FRP1 encodes an F-box protein and in this thesis we set out to elucidate its

  11. Record outage at South Texas Project

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    The outage at South Texas Project's nuclear power plant Unit 2 was completed in 17 days, 14 hours and 10 minutes. Westinghouse was responsible for three critical path activities. Steam generator maintenance and repair including plug inspections and contingency repairs; 100 percent eddy current testing; tube plugging and stabilisation; in-situ tube pressure testing; sludge lancing of the secondary side; and removal and installation of manway covers and nozzle dams. Refueling services included reactor disassembly and reassembly, refueling and dynamic rod worth measurement. Turbine generator inspection included substantial improvements to the end turn bracing system, two feed-pump turbine inspections, extensive main turbine valve change-outs, MSR inspections, lube oil cooler inspection and EH system flush. This paper details the steam generator and refueling portions of the outage program performed by Westinghouse Nuclear Services and the critical preplanning and communications activities coordinated by HLP. (author)

  12. A mechanical model for FRP-strengthened beams in bending

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    P. S. Valvo

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available We analyse the problem of a simply supported beam, strengthened with a fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP strip bonded to its intrados and subjected to bending couples applied to its end sections. A mechanical model is proposed, whereby the beam and FRP strip are modelled according to classical beam theory, while the adhesive and its neighbouring layers are modelled as an interface having a piecewise linear constitutive law defined over three intervals (elastic response – softening response – debonding. The model is described by a set of differential equations with appropriate boundary conditions. An analytical solution to the problem is determined, including explicit expressions for the internal forces, displacements and interfacial stresses. The model predicts an overall non-linear mechanical response for the strengthened beam, ranging over several stages: from linearly elastic behaviour to damage, until the complete detachment of the FRP reinforcement.

  13. New Strengthening Techniques with FRP Laminates and Interfacial Fracture Theories

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    Hong YUAN; Zhishen WU

    2000-01-01

    The use of FRP composites in the form of sheet or plate bonded to the large-scale RC structures is becoming an increasing attractive solution to the strengthening of existing structures. Compared with traditional steel plate strengthening, FRP possesses excellent behavior such as lightness in weight, high strength-to-weight and stiffness-to-weight ratio, high corrosion and fatigue resistance, electronic neutrality, and great efficiency in construction. A important failure mode for FRP-strengthened structures is debondings.Therefore, the LEFM and NLFM are utilized to treat this problem. Closed form expressions for energy release rate, load-carrying capacity, load-displacement relation and interfacial crack propagation are obtained, in which a local shear stress-slip law with softening is adopted.

  14. Wear properties of nanosilica filled epoxy polymers and FRP composites

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    A. Jumahat

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper is aimed to determine the wear properties of nanosilica filled epoxy polymers and FRP composites. Woven fiberglass has been deployed as the reinforcement material. The fibers were mixed with three different percentages of nanosilica-modified epoxy resin, i.e: 5wt%; 13wt%; 25wt%, in order to fabricate the desired samples of FRP composites. The effect of nanosilica on wear properties was evaluated using dry sliding wear and slurry tests. The results show that increasing the amount of nanosilica content has reduced the amount of accumulated mass loss. It was found that the FRP laminates with 25wt% of nanosilica have the highest wear resistance. The nanosilica filled fiber reinforced polymer composites have a high potential in tribological application such as ball bearing housing and snow sleds.

  15. Advanced Outage and Control Center: Strategies for Nuclear Plant Outage Work Status Capabilities

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    Gregory Weatherby

    2012-05-01

    The research effort is a part of the Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program. LWRS is a research and development program sponsored by the Department of Energy, performed in close collaboration with industry to provide the technical foundations for licensing and managing the long-term, safe and economical operation of current nuclear power plants. The LWRS Program serves to help the US nuclear industry adopt new technologies and engineering solutions that facilitate the continued safe operation of the plants and extension of the current operating licenses. The Outage Control Center (OCC) Pilot Project was directed at carrying out the applied research for development and pilot of technology designed to enhance safe outage and maintenance operations, improve human performance and reliability, increase overall operational efficiency, and improve plant status control. Plant outage management is a high priority concern for the nuclear industry from cost and safety perspectives. Unfortunately, many of the underlying technologies supporting outage control are the same as those used in the 1980’s. They depend heavily upon large teams of staff, multiple work and coordination locations, and manual administrative actions that require large amounts of paper. Previous work in human reliability analysis suggests that many repetitive tasks, including paper work tasks, may have a failure rate of 1.0E-3 or higher (Gertman, 1996). With between 10,000 and 45,000 subtasks being performed during an outage (Gomes, 1996), the opportunity for human error of some consequence is a realistic concern. Although a number of factors exist that can make these errors recoverable, reducing and effectively coordinating the sheer number of tasks to be performed, particularly those that are error prone, has the potential to enhance outage efficiency and safety. Additionally, outage management requires precise coordination of work groups that do not always share similar objectives. Outage

  16. Finnish outage management practices to reduce occupational doses and shorten outage duration

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    Two Finnish nuclear power stations, TVO and Loviisa, have been among the world leaders in nuclear power plants. The plants consistently accomplish refueling outages in less than 25 days and outage occupational doses below 50 person-rem per unit. As U.S. utilities enter a deregulated market, cost reduction has become a paramount interest along with safe nuclear plant operations. U.S. attention has focused on European plant experience to better understand the relationship between shorter refueling outages and reduction in occupational dose. This paper summarizes the observations made during a NARTC site visit in October, 1995, to TVO and Loviisa to study health physics management practices to achieve this world class performance. Planning and selection of work is critical to the success of a shorter outage. Planning needs to occur by outage time, in-plant zone and be resource loaded/coordinated. The TVO plant works to a 10-y planning matrix. Only required work is approved at Loviisa; nice to do work is not allowed. Training of Finnish workers occurs in a carefully laid out plan from apprenticeship to journeyman levels. Finnish attitudes about radiation protection and work performance is discussed as also being a key to Finnish successes

  17. How individual traces and interactive timelines could support outage execution - Toward an outage historian concept

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    In the context of a project that is designing innovative ICT-based solutions for the organizational concept of outage management, we focus on the informational process of the OCR (Outage Control Room) underlying the execution of the outages. Informational process are based on structured and unstructured documents that have a key role in the collaborative processes and management of the outage. We especially track the structured and unstructured documents, electronically or not, from creation to sharing. Our analysis allows us to consider that the individual traces produced by an individual participant with a specific role could be multi-purpose and support sharing between participants without creating duplication of work. The ultimate goal is to be able to generate an outage historian, that is not just focused on highly structured information, which could be useful to improve the continuity of information between participants. We study the implementation of this approach through web technologies and social media tools to address this issue. We also investigate the issue of data access through interactive visualization timelines coupled with other modality's to assist users in the navigation and exploration of the proposed historian. (authors)

  18. Analysis and behaviour of FRP-confined short concrete columns subjected to eccentric loading

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    2008-01-01

    Fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites were widely utilized in civil engineering structures as the retrofit of reinforced concrete (RC) columns. To design FRP jackets safely and economically, the behaviour of such columns should be predicted first. This paper is concerned with the analysis and behaviour of FRP-confined RC circular and rectangular short columns subjected to eccentric loading. A simple design-oriented stress-strain model for FRP-confined concrete in a section analysis was first proposed. The accuracy was then proved by two test data. Following that, a parametric study including amount of FRP confinement, FRP strain capacity, unconfined concrete strength and shape of column section is provided. Some conclusions were obtained at the end of the paper. The work here will provide a comprehensive understanding of the behaviour of FRP-confined concrete columns. The simplicity of the model also enables a simple equivalent stress block to be developed for direct use in practical design.

  19. FRP-Confined Recycled Coarse Aggregate Concrete: Experimental Investigation and Model Comparison

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    Yingwu Zhou

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The in situ application of recycled aggregate concrete (RAC is of great significance in environmental protection and construction resources sustainability. However, it has been limited to nonstructural purposes due to its poor mechanical performance. External confinement using steel tubes and fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP can significantly improve the mechanical performance of RAC and thus the first-ever study on the axial compressive behavior of glass FRP (GFRP-confined RAC was recently reported. To have a full understanding of FRP-confined RAC, this paper has extended the type of FRP and presents a systematic experimental study on the axial compressive performance of carbon FRP (CFRP-confined RAC. The mechanical properties of CFRP-confined RAC from the perspective of the failure mode, ultimate strength and strain, and stress–strain relationship responses were analyzed. Integrated with existing experimental data of FRP-confined RAC, the paper compiles a database for the mechanical properties of FRP-confined RAC. Based on the database, the effects of FRP type (i.e., GFRP and CFRP and the replacement ratio of recycled coarse aggregate were investigated. The results indicated that the stress–stain behavior of FRP-confined RAC depended heavily on the unconfined concrete strength and the FRP confining pressure instead of the replacement ratio. Therefore, this study adopted eleven high-performance ultimate strength and strain models developed for FRP-confined normal aggregate concrete (NAC to predict the mechanical properties of FRP-confined RAC. All the predictions had good agreement with the test results, which further confirmed similar roles played by FRP confinement in improving the mechanical properties of RAC and improving those of NAC. On this basis, this paper finally recommended a stress–strain relationship model for FRP-confined RAC.

  20. Indicators for management of planned outages in nuclear power plants

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    The outages considered within the scope of this publication are planned refuelling outages (PWR and BWR nuclear power plants) and planned outages associated with major maintenance, tests and inspections (PHWR and LWGR nuclear power plants). The IAEA has published some valuable reports providing guidance and assistance to operating organizations on outage management. This TECDOC outlines main issues to be considered in outage performance monitoring and provides guidance to operating organizations for the development and implementation of outage programmes which could enhance plant safety, reliability and economics. It also complements the series of reports published by the IAEA on outage management and on previous work related to performance indicators developed for monitoring different areas of plant operation, such as safety, production, reliability and economics. This publication is based upon the information presented at a technical meeting to develop a standardized set of outage indicators for outage optimization, which was organised in Vienna, 6-9 October 2003. At this meeting, case studies and good practices relating to performance indicator utilization in the process of planned outage management were presented and discussed

  1. Fire performance of basalt FRP mesh reinforced HPC thin plates

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    Hulin, Thomas; Hodicky, Kamil; Schmidt, Jacob Wittrup;

    2013-01-01

    An experimental program was carried out to investigate the influence of basalt FRP (BFRP) reinforcing mesh on the fire behaviour of thin high performance concrete (HPC) plates applied to sandwich elements. Samples with BFRP mesh were compared to samples with no mesh, samples with steel mesh...

  2. Evaluation of FRP Bars Performance under High Temperature

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    Kashwani, Ghanim A.; Al-Tamimi, Adil K.

    Fiber reinforced polymer bars are increasingly used in the construction industry. Strength, durability and stability are the main criteria for selection and design of FRP. However in case of exposure to high temperature, the change in the material properties affects the overall structure performance. Extensive materials evaluation and numerical modeling are needed to determine any repair/demolish recommendations. FRP bar is one of the main choices for high corrosion resistance in sever environmental conditions. However, FRP materials lose their strength and stiffness at early stage due to high temperature. Many investigations have been carried out on the performance of FRP bond strength exposed to high temperature. In this paper, two different groups of Glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) specimens were tested to determine the effect of the high temperature. Tensile test was applied on all specimens with three different speed rates where the critical temperature for this experiment was 350 °C. From the results and the graphs, the effects of the temperature were explained and analyzed. It showed a reduction of 32% in the tensile strength due to high temperature exposure and an increase in its ductility.

  3. Mechanical anchorage of FRP tendons – A literature review

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    Schmidt, Jacob W.; Bennitz, Anders; Täljsten, Björn;

    2012-01-01

    anchorage systems for use with Aramid, Glass and Carbon FRP tendons have been proposed over the last two decades. Each system is usually tailored to a particular type of tendon. This paper presents a brief overview of bonded anchorage applications while the primary literature review discusses three methods...

  4. Outage planning in nuclear power plants. A paradigm shift from an external towards an integrated project planning tool

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    Rosemann, Andreas [Gesellschaft fuer integrierte Systemplanung (GiS) mbH, Weinheim (Germany)

    2014-05-15

    In nuclear power plants it is common to carry out the technical planning of the annual outage work orders in an Enterprise Application Management (EAM) system and to schedule the outage tasks in a project planning tool. The reason for this is historical: Former EAM systems did not (or just to some extend) offer the necessary functionalities to realise the scheduling of the outage; graphical support for the planning was not provided at all. Consequently, scheduling the annual outage was performed in a separate planning tool. Modern Enterprise Application Management (EAM) software builds on established project planning tools with respect to the functionalities and timing of work orders. As a standard they provide editable charts as well as a lot of functionalities which are required for scheduling the annual outage. The functional gap between the demanded planning functionalities and the functionalities provided by the EAM system has been significantly reduced. Depending on the deployed software itself it is possible to extend the EAM system with little effort (in comparison to the promising advantages) so that external project timing planning tools are not required any more. By shifting towards an integrated planning tool, efficiency in planning an outage as well as the quality of communication of the current planning status increases. Furthermore, the basis of information for work orders by the control room staff and therefore safety can be enhanced. (orig.)

  5. Outage analysis of blind cooperative diversity

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    Tourki, Kamel

    2011-06-06

    Mobile users with single antennas can still take advantage of spatial diversity through cooperative space-time-encoded transmission. In this paper, we considered a scheme in which a relay chooses to cooperate only if its source-relay channel is of an acceptable quality, and we evaluate the usefulness of relaying when the source acts blindly and ignores the decision of the relays whether they may cooperate or not. In our study, we consider the regenerative relays in which the decisions to cooperate are based on a targeted end-to-end data rate R. We derived the end-to-end outage probability for a transmission rate R and a code rate ρ and look at a power allocation strategy between the source and the relays in order to minimize the end-to-end outage probability at the destination for high signal-to-noise ratio, by using the golden section search method. Performance results show that the computer simulations-based results coincide with our analytical results. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  6. Outage capacity and outage rate performance of MIMO free-space optical system over strong turbulence channel

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    Hasan, Omar M.; Taha, Mohamed; Abu Sharkh, Osama

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we investigate outage capacity, outage probability, and outage rate performance of multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) free-space optical system operating over strong turbulence channels. The MIMO optical system employs intensity modulation direct detection with on-off signaling, and equal gain combining technique at the receiver. We derived novel closed-form expressions for three system metrics, namely, outage capacity, outage probability, and outage rate. Expressions derived here are based on the generalized Gamma-Gamma channel model, which is based on scintillation theory that assumes that the irradiance of the received optical wave is modeled as the product of small-scale and large-scale turbulence eddies. The results are evaluated for different values of received signal-to-noise ratios, strong turbulence conditions, and several values of transmit/receive diversity.

  7. Development of Improved Graphical Displays for an Advanced Outage Control Center, Employing Human Factors Principles for Outage Schedule Management

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    The long-term viability of existing nuclear power plants in the United States (U.S.) is dependent upon a number of factors, including maintaining high capacity factors, maintaining nuclear safety, and reducing operating costs, particularly those associated with refueling outages. Refueling outages typically take 20-30 days, and for existing light water NPPs in the U.S., the reactor cannot be in operation during the outage. Furthermore, given that many NPPs generate between $1-1.5 million/day in revenue when in operation, there is considerable interest in shortening the length of refueling outages. Yet refueling outages are highly complex operations, involving multiple concurrent and dependent activities that are somewhat challenging to coordinate; therefore, finding ways to improve refueling outage performance, while maintaining nuclear safety has proven to be difficult. The Advanced Outage Control Center (AOCC) project is a research and development (R&D) demonstration activity under the LWRS Program. LWRS is an R&D program that works closely with industry R&D programs to establish technical foundations for the licensing and managing of long-term, safe, and economical operation of current fleet of NPPs. As such, the LWRS Advanced Outage Control Center project has the goal of improving the management of commercial NPP refueling outages. To accomplish this goal, INL is developing an advanced outage control center (OCC) that is specifically designed to maximize the usefulness of communication and collaboration technologies for outage coordination and problem resolution activities. The overall focus is on developing an AOCC with the following capabilities that enables plant and OCC staff to; Collaborate in real-time to address emergent issues; Effectively communicate outage status to all workers involved in the outage; Effectively communicate discovered conditions in the field to the OCC; Provide real-time work status; Provide automatic pending support notifications

  8. Development of Improved Graphical Displays for an Advanced Outage Control Center, Employing Human Factors Principles for Outage Schedule Management

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    St Germain, Shawn Walter [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Farris, Ronald Keith [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Thomas, Kenneth David [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-09-01

    The long-term viability of existing nuclear power plants in the United States (U.S.) is dependent upon a number of factors, including maintaining high capacity factors, maintaining nuclear safety, and reducing operating costs, particularly those associated with refueling outages. Refueling outages typically take 20-30 days, and for existing light water NPPs in the U.S., the reactor cannot be in operation during the outage. Furthermore, given that many NPPs generate between $1-1.5 million/day in revenue when in operation, there is considerable interest in shortening the length of refueling outages. Yet refueling outages are highly complex operations, involving multiple concurrent and dependent activities that are somewhat challenging to coordinate; therefore, finding ways to improve refueling outage performance, while maintaining nuclear safety has proven to be difficult. The Advanced Outage Control Center (AOCC) project is a research and development (R&D) demonstration activity under the LWRS Program. LWRS is an R&D program that works closely with industry R&D programs to establish technical foundations for the licensing and managing of long-term, safe, and economical operation of current fleet of NPPs. As such, the LWRS Advanced Outage Control Center project has the goal of improving the management of commercial NPP refueling outages. To accomplish this goal, INL is developing an advanced outage control center (OCC) that is specifically designed to maximize the usefulness of communication and collaboration technologies for outage coordination and problem resolution activities. The overall focus is on developing an AOCC with the following capabilities that enables plant and OCC staff to; Collaborate in real-time to address emergent issues; Effectively communicate outage status to all workers involved in the outage; Effectively communicate discovered conditions in the field to the OCC; Provide real-time work status; Provide automatic pending support notifications

  9. Reducing outage times: a FROG perspective

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    In 1992, the Framatome Owners Group (FROG) was set up. It provides a forum for the members, who are all users of Framatome nuclear steam supply systems, to share and benefit from each others experience. Joint activities have been focused on safety and economic performance. Through effective control of outage duration, the average capability factor for the 60 plus nuclear units operated by the members rose from 74% in 1992 to 81.5% in 1993, while the average unplanned capability loss factor reduced from 9% to 3.5%. The specific measures now being taken by three FROG members to improve these results still further are described. The members concerned are Electrabel of Belgium, Electrite de France and the Korea Electric Power Co. (UK)

  10. Behavior of FRP-Confined Concrete-Filled Steel Tube Columns

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    Yiyan Lu; Na Li; Shan Li

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents the results of an experimental study into the behavior of concrete-filled steel tube columns confined by fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP). Eleven columns were tested to investigate the effects of the FRP layer number, the thickness of the steel tube and concrete strength on their load capacity and axial deformation capacity. The experimental results indicated that the FRP wrap can effectively confine the concrete expansion and delay the local buckling of the steel tube. Both...

  11. Elimination of maintenance outage and cost reduction by development of outage-free maintenance techniques

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    The development program of KEPCO on outage-free maintenance techniques for distribution line work since 1984 is overviewed. It has succeeded in eliminating maintenance outages since 1989. The original aim was to improve customer satisfaction. However, in all, four benefits were realised through the development. These are cost reduction, securing of worker safety, improvement of customer service, and advancement of distribution techniques and morale in KEPCO. The introduction of robotic techniques for maintenance work and manipulator techniques for repair work is planned for further modernization. These new techniques are helping in both work safety and work efficiency improvement. Cost reduction and advancement of distribution line work techniques is also considered. (R.P.)

  12. Numerical Study of FRP Reinforced Concrete Slabs at Elevated Temperature

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    Masoud Adelzadeh

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available One-way glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP reinforced concrete slabs at elevated temperatures are investigated through numerical modeling. Serviceability and strength requirements of ACI-440.1R are considered for the design of the slabs. Diagrams to determine fire endurance of slabs by employing “strength domain” failure criterion are presented. Comparisons between the existing “temperature domain” method with the more representative “strength domain” method show that the “temperature domain” method is conservative. Additionally, a method to increase the fire endurance of slabs by placing FRP reinforcement in two layers is investigated numerically. The amount of fire endurance gained by placing FRP in two layers increases as the thickness of slab increases.

  13. FRP Retrofitted RC Slabs Using Finite Difference Model

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    WU Chengqing; OEHLERS Deric John; WHITTAKER Andrew

    2008-01-01

    Current guidelines recommend using single-degree-of-freedom(SDOF) method for dy namic analysis of reinforced concretec(RC)structures against biast loads,which is not suitable for retrofitted members.Thus.a finite difference procedure developed in another study was used fo accurately and efficiently analyze the dynamic response of fibre reinforced polymer(FRP)plated members under biasf loads.It can accommodate changes in the mechanical properties of a member's cross section along its length and through its depth in each time step.making it possible to directly incorporate both strain rate effects(which will vary along the length and depth of a member)and non-uniform member loading to solve the partial differential equation of morion.The accuracy of the proposed method was validated in part using data from field blast testing.The finite difference procedure is implemented easily and enables accurate predictions of FRP-plated member response.

  14. Inventory of FRP strengthening methods in masonry structures

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    Islam, Rashadul

    2008-01-01

    Masonry structures are prone to extensive damage followed by failure and collapse when subjected to loads resulting from wind, earthquake and other natural or man-made events. Recent earthquakes and terrorist acts have clearly demonstrated that the development of effective and affordable strategies for the strengthening of masonry is urgently needed. As a response to these challenges, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites may offer technically and economically viable soluti...

  15. Assessment of Infrared Thermography for NDE of FRP Bridge Decks

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    Miceli, Marybeth

    2000-01-01

    Statistics released in the fall 1989 showed that 238,357 (41%) of the nation's 577,710 bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. New materials, such as fiber reinforced polymeric composites (FRP), are being suggested for use in bridge systems to solve some of the current problems. These materials are thought to be less affected by corrosive environmental conditions than conventional civil engineering materials. Therefore they may require less maintenance and provi...

  16. A Review on Strengthening Steel Beams Using FRP under Fatigue

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    Mohamed Kamruzzaman

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In recent decades, the application of fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP composites for strengthening structural elements has become an efficient option to meet the increased cyclic loads or repair due to corrosion or fatigue cracking. Hence, the objective of this study is to explore the existing FRP reinforcing techniques to care for fatigue damaged structural steel elements. This study covers the surface treatment techniques, adhesive curing, and support conditions under cyclic loading including fatigue performance, crack propagation, and failure modes with finite element (FE simulation of the steel bridge girders and structural elements. FRP strengthening composites delay initial cracking, reduce the crack growth rate, extend the fatigue life, and decrease the stiffness decay with residual deflection. Prestressed carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP is the best strengthening option. End anchorage prevents debonding of the CRRP strips at the beam ends by reducing the local interfacial shear and peel stresses. Hybrid-joint, nanoadhesive, and carbon-flex can also be attractive for strengthening systems.

  17. A Review on Strengthening Steel Beams Using FRP under Fatigue

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    Jumaat, Mohd Zamin; Ramli Sulong, N. H.

    2014-01-01

    In recent decades, the application of fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites for strengthening structural elements has become an efficient option to meet the increased cyclic loads or repair due to corrosion or fatigue cracking. Hence, the objective of this study is to explore the existing FRP reinforcing techniques to care for fatigue damaged structural steel elements. This study covers the surface treatment techniques, adhesive curing, and support conditions under cyclic loading including fatigue performance, crack propagation, and failure modes with finite element (FE) simulation of the steel bridge girders and structural elements. FRP strengthening composites delay initial cracking, reduce the crack growth rate, extend the fatigue life, and decrease the stiffness decay with residual deflection. Prestressed carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) is the best strengthening option. End anchorage prevents debonding of the CRRP strips at the beam ends by reducing the local interfacial shear and peel stresses. Hybrid-joint, nanoadhesive, and carbon-flex can also be attractive for strengthening systems. PMID:25243221

  18. Analysis of beam pumping system utilizing FRP sucker rod. FRP sakka roddo ni yoru ponpingu no kyodo kaiseki

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    Takahashi, Yasuo; Kurimura, Hideki (Teikoku Oil Co., Ltd., Tokyo (Japan))

    1989-11-01

    The performance of the FRP sucker rod pumping system in an oil field was analyzed. The analyses were carried out using programs of which diagrams of load and displacement at the pump location are determined from surface data by use of a dynamometer. The production rate of the FRP system fluctuates on a larger scale than the steel sucker rod pumping system even in a same condition, sometimes the production rate becomes nearly zero. This is due to large elasticity of FRP rods and cavitation of the pump. An effective plunger stroke (relate to the production rate) fluctuates markedly with fluctuations of the dynamical level because of high elasticity. Production capacity of the well is grasped accurately then submergence is kept to be a constant level, and an improved gas anchor is installed for measures against gas lock. Thus, stable production is achieved even with fluctuations of the dynamical level, as well as the increase of the production rate, the plunger stroke is not changed (if anything, it is longer than that of the steel rod). 2 refs., 7 figs., 3 tabs.

  19. Technology Integration Initiative In Support of Outage Management

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    Gregory Weatherby; David Gertman

    2012-07-01

    Plant outage management is a high priority concern for the nuclear industry from cost and safety perspectives. Often, command and control during outages is maintained in the outage control center where many of the underlying technologies supporting outage control are the same as those used in the 1980’s. This research reports on the use of advanced integrating software technologies and hand held mobile devices as a means by which to reduce cycle time, improve accuracy, and enhance transparency among outage team members. This paper reports on the first phase of research supported by the DOE Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program that is performed in close collaboration with industry to examine the introduction of newly available technology allowing for safe and efficient outage performance. It is thought that this research will result in: improved resource management among various plant stakeholder groups, reduced paper work, and enhanced overall situation awareness for the outage control center management team. A description of field data collection methods, including personnel interview data, success factors, end-user evaluation and integration of hand held devices in achieving an integrated design are also evaluated. Finally, the necessity of obtaining operations cooperation support in field studies and technology evaluation is acknowledged.

  20. Role of shutdown PRA in outage planning

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    As part of the ABWR shutdown risk evaluation, a reliability assessment of the decay heat removal (DHR) function was completed to determine the minimum number of systems that must be kept available during shutdown to ensure that the risks associated with the loss of decay heat removal events are acceptable. The selected criteria for the study is a conditional core damage probability of 1.0E-05. The analysis was carried out by developing probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) models for shutdown conditions. The plant is assumed to be initially shutdown with the decay heat being removed by the residual heat removal (RHR) system in the shutdown cooling mode. Loss of the operating RHR system due to random failure, loss of service water, and loss of offsite power are assumed to be the initiating events. The results of this study provide guidance regarding various combinations of systems that can be kept available during a plant outage, to ensure acceptable risk associated with loss of the DHR systems. This minimum set of systems will give a utility flexibility in scheduling maintenance activities for DHR systems. This PRA-based approach could be easily extended to operating BWR plants using information available from the operating plant IPE

  1. Experimental and Numerical Investigation of the FRP Shear Mechanism for Concrete Sandwich Panels

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    Hodicky, Kamil; Sopal, G.; Rizkalla, S.;

    2015-01-01

    This paper investigates the composite action of 46 segments representing precast concrete sandwich panels (PCSPs) using a fiber-reinforced polymer [FRP; specifically, a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP)] grid/rigid foam as a shear mechanism. The experimental aspect of the research reported...... shear flow strength of different FRP materials, rigid foam thickness, and spacing between vertical lines of the grid....

  2. Practical applications of asset management and comakership business models for FRP bridges

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    Sebastian, R.

    2012-01-01

    Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) material and the associated technologies for bridge construction and refurbishment have been proven to be durable and sustainable. Much research and a number of recent projects have demonstrated that FRP bridges can also be cost-effective, provided that the cost and be

  3. Investigation of rectangular concrete columns reinforced or prestressed with fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) bars or tendons

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    Choo, Ching Chiaw

    Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites have been increasingly used in concrete construction. This research focused on the behavior of concrete columns reinforced with FRP bars, or prestressed with FRP tendons. The methodology was based the ultimate strength approach where stress and strain compatibility conditions and material constitutive laws were applied. Axial strength-moment (P-M) interaction relations of reinforced or prestressed concrete columns with FRP, a linearly-elastic material, were examined. The analytical results identified the possibility of premature compression and/or brittle-tension failure occurring in FRP reinforced and prestressed concrete columns where sudden and explosive type failures were expected. These failures were related to the rupture of FRP rebars or tendons in compression and/or in tension prior to concrete reaching its ultimate strain and strength. The study also concluded that brittle-tension failure was more likely to occur due to the low ultimate tensile strain of FRP bars or tendons as compared to steel. In addition, the failures were more prevalent when long term effects such as creep and shrinkage of concrete, and creep rupture of FRP were considered. Barring FRP failure, concrete columns reinforced with FRP, in some instances, gained significant moment resistance. As expected the strength interaction of slender steel or FRP reinforced concrete columns were dependent more on column length rather than material differences between steel and FRP. Current ACI minimum reinforcement ratio for steel (rhomin) reinforced concrete columns may not be adequate for use in FRP reinforced concrete columns. Design aids were developed in this study to determine the minimum reinforcement ratio (rhof,min) required for rectangular reinforced concrete columns by averting brittle-tension failure to a failure controlled by concrete crushing which in nature was a less catastrophic and more gradual type failure. The proposed method using rhof

  4. Analytical and Numerical Modelling of FRP Debonding from Concrete Substrate under Pure Shearing

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    PAN Jinlong; XU Zhun; C K Y Leung; LI Zongjin

    2012-01-01

    External bonding of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites on the concrete structures has been proved to be an effective and efficient way to strengthen concrete structures.For a FRP strengthened concrete beam,it is usually observed that the failure occurs in the concrete and a thin layer of concrete is attached on the surface of the debonded FRP plate.To study the debond behavior between concrete and FRP composites,an analytical model based on the three-parameter model is developed to study the debonding behavior for the FRP-to-concrete joint under pure shearing.Then,nonlinear FEM analysis is conducted to verify the proposed analytical model.The FEM results shows good agreement with the results from the model.Finally,with the analytical model,sensitivity analyses are performed to study the effect of the interfacial parameters or the geometric parameters on the debonding behavior.

  5. Behavior of FRP-Confined Concrete-Filled Steel Tube Columns

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    Yiyan Lu

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of an experimental study into the behavior of concrete-filled steel tube columns confined by fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP. Eleven columns were tested to investigate the effects of the FRP layer number, the thickness of the steel tube and concrete strength on their load capacity and axial deformation capacity. The experimental results indicated that the FRP wrap can effectively confine the concrete expansion and delay the local buckling of the steel tube. Both the load capacity and the axial deformation capacity of concrete-filled steel tube columns can be substantially enhanced with FRP confinement. A model is proposed to predict the load capacity of the FRP-confined concrete-filled steel tube columns. The predicted results are generally in good agreement with the experimental ones obtained in this study and in the literature.

  6. Good practices for outage management in nuclear power plants

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    As a follow-up to an earlier Technical Document on Good Practices for Improved Nuclear Power Plant Performance (IAEA-TECDOC-498), the Agency has produced a more focused technical report on good practices associated with nuclear power plant outage planning and execution. As with the earlier document, the overall aim is that by identifying good practices in the key aspects of outage management, overall world nuclear performance will improve and the gap between excellent performers and operators with developing programmes will be narrowed. This document has been produced through the contribution of numerous operators and government agencies. It aims at minimizing text and focusing on actual good practices in use which can be found in the annexes. While the specific methods used to achieve excellence in maintenance/refuelling outages may differ, the fundamental requirements of outage management are discussed

  7. Outage performance of cognitive radio systems with Improper Gaussian signaling

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    Amin, Osama

    2015-06-14

    Improper Gaussian signaling has proved its ability to improve the achievable rate of the systems that suffer from interference compared with proper Gaussian signaling. In this paper, we first study impact of improper Gaussian signaling on the performance of the cognitive radio system by analyzing the outage probability of both the primary user (PU) and the secondary user (SU). We derive exact expression of the SU outage probability and upper and lower bounds for the PU outage probability. Then, we design the SU signal by adjusting its transmitted power and the circularity coefficient to minimize the SU outage probability while maintaining a certain PU quality-of-service. Finally, we evaluate the proposed bounds and adaptive algorithms by numerical results.

  8. Development of Methodologies for Technology Deployment for Advanced Outage Control Centers that Improve Outage Coordination, Problem Resolution and Outage Risk Management

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    Shawn St. Germain; Ronald Farris; Heather Medeman

    2013-09-01

    This research effort is a part of the Light-Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program, which is a research and development (R&D) program sponsored by Department of Energy (DOE) and performed in close collaboration with industry R&D programs that provides the technical foundations for licensing and managing the long-term, safe, and economical operation of current nuclear power plants. The LWRS program serves to help the U.S. nuclear industry adopt new technologies and engineering solutions that facilitate the continued safe operation of the plants and extension of the current operating licenses. The long term viability of existing nuclear power plants in the U.S. will depend upon maintaining high capacity factors, avoiding nuclear safety issues and reducing operating costs. The slow progress in the construction on new nuclear power plants has placed in increased importance on maintaining the output of the current fleet of nuclear power plants. Recently expanded natural gas production has placed increased economic pressure on nuclear power plants due to lower cost competition. Until recently, power uprate projects had steadily increased the total output of the U.S. nuclear fleet. Errors made during power plant upgrade projects have now removed three nuclear power plants from the U.S. fleet and economic considerations have caused the permanent shutdown of a fourth plant. Additionally, several utilities have cancelled power uprate projects citing economic concerns. For the past several years net electrical generation from U.S. nuclear power plants has been declining. One of few remaining areas where significant improvements in plant capacity factors can be made is in minimizing the duration of refueling outages. Managing nuclear power plant outages is a complex and difficult task. Due to the large number of complex tasks and the uncertainty that accompanies them, outage durations routinely exceed the planned duration. The ability to complete an outage on or near

  9. Sample Results from MCU Solids Outage

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    Peters, T.; Washington, A.; Oji, L.; Coleman, C.; Poirier, M.

    2014-09-22

    Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) has received several solid and liquid samples from MCU in an effort to understand and recover from the system outage starting on April 6, 2014. SRNL concludes that the presence of solids in the Salt Solution Feed Tank (SSFT) is the likely root cause for the outage, based upon the following discoveries: A solids sample from the extraction contactor #1 proved to be mostly sodium oxalate; A solids sample from the scrub contactor#1 proved to be mostly sodium oxalate; A solids sample from the Salt Solution Feed Tank (SSFT) proved to be mostly sodium oxalate; An archived sample from Tank 49H taken last year was shown to contain a fine precipitate of sodium oxalate; A solids sample from ; A liquid sample from the SSFT was shown to have elevated levels of oxalate anion compared to the expected concentration in the feed. Visual inspection of the SSFT indicated the presence of precipitated or transferred solids, which were likely also in the Salt Solution Receipt Tank (SSRT). The presence of the solids coupled with agitation performed to maintain feed temperature resulted in oxalate solids migration through the MCU system and caused hydraulic issues that resulted in unplanned phase carryover from the extraction into the scrub, and ultimately the strip contactors. Not only did this carryover result in the Strip Effluent (SE) being pushed out of waste acceptance specification, but it resulted in the deposition of solids into several of the contactors. At the same time, extensive deposits of aluminosilicates were found in the drain tube in the extraction contactor #1. However it is not known at this time how the aluminosilicate solids are related to the oxalate solids. The solids were successfully cleaned out of the MCU system. However, future consideration must be given to the exclusion of oxalate solids into the MCU system. There were 53 recommendations for improving operations recently identified. Some additional considerations or

  10. Sensitivity analysis for the outages of nuclear power plants

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    Barty, Kengy; Bonnans, J. Frederic; Pfeiffer, Laurent

    2014-01-01

    International audience; Nuclear power plants must be regularly shut down in order to perform refueling and maintenance operations. The scheduling of the outages is the first problem to be solved in electricity production management. It is a hard combinatorial problem for which an exact solving is impossible. Our approach consists in modelling the problem by a two-level problem. First, we fix a feasible schedule of the dates of the outages. Then, we solve a low-level problem of optimization of...

  11. Mast sipping technique optimises refueling outages

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    Innovative inspection systems from FRAMATOME ANP can significantly contribute towards shortening the time needed for refueling outages. Mast sipping is a technique which provides fast information on the condition of fuel assemblies scheduled for further use in the reactor core. FRAMATOME ANP is going to deliver a mast sipping system for Kozloduy 440 VVER units, to identify leaking fuel assemblies. Whereas in some other VVER 440 plants the sipping test has normally been performed to date with a sipping hood placed on the top of the fuel assemblies in the core before unloading them to the spent fuel storage pool, today the sipping test can be performed as the fuel assemblies are being removed from the reactor. This new method can save time and permits the condition of a fuel assembly to be identified at the earliest possible point in time. The mast sipping procedure makes use of the reduction in pressure which occurs when fuel assemblies are lifted out of the reactor pressure vessel, the resulting pressure difference al-lowing water-soluble or gaseous fission products to be released from defective fuel rods. During the movement of the fuel assembly by the refueling machine, water is extracted from the refueling machine mast in the vicinity of the fuel assembly and analyzed for the presence of fission products. Gaseous fission products (xenon and krypton) are separated from the water, dried and routed to a scintillation detector. The measured data are analysed immediately after sampling. A water sample is taken in parallel which can be analysed in the radio-chemical laboratory to provide a reference measurement. The data obtained from the sample measurements are immediately evaluated. The results are displayed on screen and the data stored in a text file. The mast sipping system has been qualified in several German PWR plants during refueling with excellent results. In the mean time Mast Sipping is considered as a standard procedure in nuclear power plants of Germany

  12. RESEARCH ON KEY TECHNOLOGY IN CONSTRUCTING FRP-STEEL COMPOSITE BRIDGE%FRP-钢组合结构桥梁建造关键技术研究

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    朱坤宁; 万水

    2011-01-01

    FRP-钢组合结构公路桥研制过程中的关键技术进行了研究,通过GFRP桥面板的设计与加工、有限元分析和试验研究,研制出适用于我国公路桥梁用的重型FRP桥面板.将GFRP桥面板与波形腹板H型钢梁组合起来,建成我国第一座FRP-钢组合结构公路桥.对GFRP-钢组合结构公路桥梁结构进行成桥荷载试验.试验结果表明,FRP-钢组合结构桥梁处于安全受力状态,满足设计荷载下的使用要求.%The construction technology of FRP-steel composite bridge is researched through the development process. The FRP bridge deck that used in bridge structure is developed through the design and fabricate, as well as the finite element analysis and experimental research of GFRP bridge deck. And the first FRP-steel composite bridge in China is built with GFRP bridge deck and steel H girder with corrugated web. Load test of the composite bridge is made, and the result shows that the structure is in a safe state and meets the requirements under the design load.

  13. RESEARCH ON KEY TECHNOLOGY IN CONSTRUCTING FRP-STEEL COMPOSITE BRIDGE%FRP-钢组合结构桥梁建造关键技术研究

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    朱坤宁; 万水

    2011-01-01

    The construction technology of FRP-steel composite bridge is researched through the development process. The FRP bridge deck that used in bridge structure is developed through the design and fabricate, as well as the finite element analysis and experimental research of GFRP bridge deck. And the first FRP-steel composite bridge in China is built with GFRP bridge deck and steel H girder with corrugated web. Load test of the composite bridge is made, and the result shows that the structure is in a safe state and meets the requirements under the design load.%对FRP-钢组合结构公路桥研制过程中的关键技术进行了研究,通过GFRP桥面板的设计与加工、有限元分析和试验研究,研制出适用于我国公路桥梁用的重型FRP桥面板.将GFRP桥面板与波形腹板H型钢梁组合起来,建成我国第一座FRP-钢组合结构公路桥.对GFRP-钢组合结构公路桥梁结构进行成桥荷载试验.试验结果表明,FRP-钢组合结构桥梁处于安全受力状态,满足设计荷载下的使用要求.

  14. Shaking Table Tests on RC Retrofitted Frame with FRP

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    Chaudat, T.; Pilakoutas, K.; Papastergiou, P.; Ciupala, M.A.

    2006-01-01

    This paper describes the experimental work undertaken on FRP seismic strengthening of a RC structure as part of the “Ecoleader” European program. Shaking table tests were performed on a one-bay, 2 storey, full-scale spatial RC-frame (4 m x 4 m, 6.6 m high, 30 t mass) at CEA Saclay on the AZALEE shaking table. Two further papers in this conference will describe the analytical work relating to the tests. The main objective of the program was to assess different strengthening strategies and tech...

  15. Estructuras de hormigón pretensado armadas con FRP

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    GARCÍA POLO, JOSÉ MANUEL

    2013-01-01

    El objetivo del presente Proyecto Final de Carrera (PFC) es la actualización del estado de la cuestión en el campo del uso de hormigón pretensado con barras de refuerzo formadas por materiales compuestos a base de fibras de carbono, aramidas o vidrio y una matriz formada por resinas poliméricas a base de poliéster, vinyil éster o epoxi, conocidas como barras FRP (Fiber Reinforced Polymer), designándose CFRP, AFRP y GFRP, según sean de carbono, aramidas o vidrio respectivamente. La consecución...

  16. Behaviour of FRP confined concrete in square columns

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    de Diego, A.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available A significant amount of research has been conducted on FRP-confined circular columns, but much less is known about rectangular/square columns in which the effectiveness of confinement is much reduced. This paper presents the results of experimental investigations on low strength square concrete columns confined with FRP. Axial compression tests were performed on ten intermediate size columns. The tests results indicate that FRP composites can significantly improve the bearing capacity and ductility of square section reinforced concrete columns with rounded corners. The strength enhancement ratio is greater the lower the concrete strength and also increases with the stiffness of the jacket. The confined concrete behaviour was predicted according to the more accepted theoretical models and compared with experimental results. There are two key parameters which critically influence the fitting of the models: the strain efficiency factor and the effect of confinement in non-circular sections.La mayoría de las investigaciones sobre hormigón confinado con FRP se han realizado sobre pilares de sección circular, pero el comportamiento en secciones cuadradas/rectangulares, donde el confinamiento es menos eficaz, es mucho menos conocido. Este trabajo presenta los resultados de un estudio experimental sobre probetas de hormigón de baja resistencia y sección cuadrada. Se han ensayado a compresión centrada diez probetas de tamaño intermedio. Los resultados indican que el confinamiento mejora significativamente la resistencia y ductilidad del hormigón en columnas de sección cuadrada con las esquinas redondeadas. El incremento de resistencia es mayor cuanto menor es la resistencia del hormigón sin confinar y también aumenta con la rigidez del encamisado. Los resultados se compararon con los obtenidos según los modelos teóricos más aceptados. Hay dos parámetros críticos en el ajuste de los modelos: el factor de eficiencia de la deformación y el

  17. Behavior of FRP Link Slabs in Jointless Bridge Decks

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    Aziz Saber

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper investigated the use of fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP grid for reinforcement in link slabs for jointless bridge decks. The design concept of link slab was examined based on the ductility of the fiberglass-reinforced plastic grid to accommodate bridge deck deformations. The implementation of hybrid simulation assisted in combining the experimental results and the theoretical work. The numerical analyses and the experimental work investigated the behavior of the link slab and confirmed its feasibility. The results indicated that the technique would allow simultaneous achievement of structural need, lower flexural stiffness of the link slab approaching the behavior of a hinge, and sustainability need of the link slab. The outcome of the study supports the contention that jointless concrete bridge decks may be designed and constructed with fiberglass-reinforced plastic grid link slabs. This concept would also provide a solution to a number of deterioration problems associated with bridge deck joints and can be used during new construction of bridge decks. The federal highway administration provided funds to Louisiana Department of Transportation through the innovative bridge research and development program to implement the use of FRP grid as link slab.

  18. A comparison of FRP-sandwich penetrating impact test methods

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    Hildebrand, M. [VTT Manufacturing Technology, Espoo (Finland). Maritime and Mechanical Engineering

    1996-12-31

    The main objective of this project is to identify the test methods which provide useful results for the different types of penetrating impacts occurring in sandwich structures. A series of penetrating impact tests on FRP-sandwich panels is performed using three different test methods and the results of the test methods are compared. The test methods used are the standardised method ISO 6603 and two non-standardised methods. The first non-standardised method uses a pyramid-shaped impactor instead of the cylindrical impactor used in the ISO 6603 method. In the second non-standardised method, the impact test is performed quasistatically using a cylindrical impactor. Possible stages of failure occurring in FRP-sandwich during a penetrating impact are illustrated. A comprehensive test method should be able to provoke various failure modes, as observed in impact failures of actual sandwich structures. The results obtained with the three test methods lead to a different ranking in impact strength of the panels. Hence, impact test results obtained with different test methods are not even qualitatively comparable. The pyramid-shaped impactor is able to generate clearly more failure modes than the cylindrical impactor in the ISO 6603 method. Therefore, it is considered to be of more practical value for determining the impact strength of PRP-sandwich structures. (orig.) (15 refs.)

  19. Temporary cooling system for critical loads during Recirculation Cooling Water (RCW) system outage

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    As part of the Point Lepreau Refurbishment Project, Recirculation Cooling Water (RCW) system will be shutdown for maintenance activity. During the RCW outage, alternate cooling flow for critical heat loads such as Spent Fuel Bay (SFB), D2O vapour dryers and Instrument Air Compressor Coolers will be provided through a temporary cooling system to remove approximately 3MW of heat. This paper describes a practical strategy to build in the temporary cooling system for this project. Major equipment involved, piping modifications required and system reliability analysis are also addressed. (author)

  20. Study on fabrication of smart FRP-OFBG composite laminates and their sensing properties

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    Wang, Yanlei; Zhou, Zhi; Ou, Jinping

    2007-01-01

    Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) has gained much attention in civil engineering due to its high strength-to-weight and stiffness-to-weight ratios, corrosion resistance and good fatigue resistance. Optical Fiber Bragg Grating (OFBG) is now widely accepted as smart sensor due to its advantages of electric-magnetic resistance, small size, distributed sensing, durability, and so on. Combined the FRP with OFBG, new kind of smart FRP-OFBG composite laminates was developed. Fabrication method of the smart composite laminates was introduced in this paper. The study presented the basic principle of OFBG sensors. Then the strain and temperature sensing properties of the proposed smart FRP-OFBG composite laminates were experimentally studied on material test system and under hot water, respectively. The experimental results indicate the strain sensing properties of the smart FRP-OFBG composite laminates are nearly the same as that of bare OFBG, however, the temperature sensing abilities of the smart FRP-OFBG composite laminates are improved and the sensitivity coefficient is nearly 3.2 times as much as that of bare OFBG. The strain and temperature sensing precisions of the smart FRP-OFBG composite laminates are 1 μ\\Vegr and 0.03 °C, respectively. The smart FRYOFBG composite laminates are very proper for application in civil engineering.

  1. Glulam beams reinforced with FRP strips and their application in architecture

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    Solarov Radivoj

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper emphasizes the advantage of using carbon polymers while producing and strengthening glulam beams. Due to advanced research carried out in this field, the first application of carbon polymers based products was implemented in Western countries. Structural elements containing carbon polymers, or being reinforced by them, show higher resistance and durability properties, as well as the ability to be produced in various shapes. These features can find best application in architecture so the architects’ imagination in design could be realized. Many attractive buildings were constructed over the last decade, each of them showing exceptional safety, resistance to atmospheric influences, durability and cost-efficiency. Beside application of carbon polymers in the construction of new buildings, they are even more important in the field of historic heritage restoration. The original research carried out on ten samples in the laboratory is presented in the second part of the paper. Position of the reinforcement on the samples was chosen as it would be done in practical retrofit cases. Deformations of the samples exposed to pure bending were measured, so their behaviour in the elastic range could be analysed based on the results. Measured results were compared to those calculated by using FEM model, developed with software package AxisVM. Based on performed analysis, the conclusion was made that by strengthening timber glulam beams with FRP strips, the simple and efficient static load bearing capacity upgrade is gained.

  2. Accelerated Testing for Long-Term Durability of Various FRP Laminates for Marine Use

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    Miyano, Yasushi; Nakada, Masayuki

    The prediction of long-term fatigue life of various FRP laminates combined with resins, fibers and fabrics for marine use under temperature and water environments were performed by our developed accelerated testing methodology based on the time-temperature superposition principle (TTSP). The base material of five kinds of FRP laminates employed in this study was plain fabric CFRP laminates T300 carbon fibers/vinylester (T300/VE). The first selection of FRP laminate to T300/VE was the combinations of different fabrics, that is flat yarn plain fabric T700 carbon fibers/vinylester (T700/VE-F) and multi-axial knitted T700 carbon fibers/vinylester (T700/VE-K) for marine use and the second selection of FRP laminates to T300/VE was the combinations with different fibers and matrix resin, that is plain fabric T300 carbon fibers/epoxy (T300/EP) and plain fabric E-glass fibers/vinylester (E-glass/VE). These five kinds of FRP laminates were prepared under three water absorption conditions of Dry, Wet and Wet C Dry after molding. The three-point bending constant strain rate (CSR) tests for these FRP laminates at three conditions of water absorption were carried out at various temperatures and strain rates. Furthermore, the three-point bending fatigue tests for these specimens were carried out at various temperatures and frequencies. The flexural CSR and fatigue strengths of these five kinds of FRP laminates strongly depend on water absorption as well as time and temperature. The mater curves of fatigue strength as well as CSR strength for these FRP laminates at three water absorption conditions are constructed by using the test data based on TTSP. It is possible to predict the long term fatigue life for these FRP laminates under an arbitrary temperature and water absorption conditions by using the master curves.

  3. Anchorage Failure of RC beams strengthened with FRP at the bottom face

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    Täljsten, Björn; Arifovic, Fedja

    2009-01-01

    When RC beams are strengthened by FRP plates bonded to the bottom face of the beam they fail due to the lack of the mechanical anchorage of the plate. This paper shows that it is possible to relate the anchorage failure of tension face FRP-plated beams to the crack sliding capacity of the beams...... load of tension face plated beams. The assumption is that the FRP-plate must be extended at least one critical anchorage length beyond the theoretical occurrence of the critical diagonal crack....

  4. TOPOLOGY AND CASCADING LINE OUTAGES IN POWER GRIDS

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    David L. PEPYNE

    2007-01-01

    Motivated by the small world network research of Watts & Strogatz, this paper studies relationships between topology and cascading line outages in electric power grids. Cascading line outages are a type of cascading collapse that can occur in power grids when the transmission network is congested. It is characterized by a self-sustaining sequence of line outages followed by grid breakup, which generally leads to widespread blackout. The main findings of this work are twofold: On one hand, the work suggests that topologies with more disorder in their interconnection topology tend to be robust with respect to cascading line outages in the sense of being able to support greater generation and demand levels than more regularly interconnected topologies. On the other hand, the work suggests that topologies with more disorder tend to be more fragile in that should a cascade get started, they tend to break apart after fewer outages than more regularly interconnected topologies. Thus, as has been observed in other complex networks, there appears to be a tradeoff between robustness and fragility.These results were established using synthetically generated power grid topologies and verified using the IEEE 57 bus and 188 bus power grid test cases.

  5. Outage Risk Assessment and Management (ORAM) thermal-hydraulics toolkit

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    A PC-based thermal-hydraulic toolkit for use in support of outage optimization, management and risk assessment has been developed. This mechanistic toolkit incorporates simple models of key thermal-hydraulic processes which occur during an outage, such as recovery from or mitigation of outage upsets; this includes heat-up of water pools following loss of shutdown cooling, inadvertent drain down of the RCS, boiloff of coolant inventory, heatup of the uncovered core, and reflux cooling. This paper provides a list of key toolkit elements, briefly describes the technical basis and presents illustrative results for RCS transient behavior during reflux cooling, peak clad temperatures for an uncovered core and RCS response to loss of shutdown cooling. (author)

  6. Does it matter when a power outage occurs? - A choice experiment study on the willingness to pay to avoid power outages

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    Carlsson, Fredrik; Martinsson, Peter [Department of Economics, Goeteborg University, Box 640, 405, 30 Goeteborg (Sweden)

    2008-05-15

    Using a choice experiment survey, the marginal willingness to pay (WTP) among Swedish households for reductions in power outages is estimated. The results from the random parameter logit estimation indicate that the marginal WTP increases with the duration of the outages, and is higher if the outages occur during weekends and during winter months. Moreover, the random parameter logit model allows us to estimate a sample distribution of WTP and we find a significant unobserved heterogeneity in some of the outage attributes. Given that households have negative welfare effects from outages, it is important that policy makers consider these negative impacts on household utility when regulating the Swedish electricity market. (author)

  7. 3D Numerical Realization of FRP Mircrostructure from High-Res X-Ray CT Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Currently, characterization of constituent-level failure in state-of-the-art FRP composites is limited to two-dimensional observations (e.g. using optical or...

  8. Effects of RC beams reinforcement using near surface mounted reinforced FRP composites

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    Ranković Slobodan

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper analyzes application of modern reinforcement methods for reinforced concrete (RC beams using fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP materials. Basic characteristics of FRP materials and the method of mounting the FRP bars within concrete, that is, near the surface of the beams (NSM method are presented. The properties of this method and its advantages in comparison to externally bonded reinforcement laminate method (EBR have been analyzed. The results of measured deflections and width of the cracks of the beams reinforced by FRP bars, depending on the load are presented and discussed, in comparison to the results obtained from the non-reinforced beams. The experimental research was published at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture of Niš in 2009.

  9. Structural Performance of Light Weight Multicellular FRP Composite Bridge Deck Using Finite Element Analysis

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    Woraphot Prachasaree; Pongsak Sookmanee

    2012-01-01

    Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials having advantages such as higher strength to weight than conventional engineering materials,non-corrosiveness and modularization,which should help engineers to obtain more efficient and cost effective structural materials and systems.Currently,FRP composites are becoming more popular in civil engineering applications.The objectives of this research are to study performance and behavior of light weight multi-cellular FRP composite bridge decks (both module and system levels) under various loading conditions through finite element modeling,and to validate analytical response of FRP composite bridge decks with data from laboratory evaluations.The relative deflection,equivalent flexural rigidity,failure load (mode) and load distribution factors (LDF) based on FE results have been compared with experimental data and discussed in detail.The finite element results showing good correlations with experimental data are presented in this work.

  10. Prediction and experimental characterization of the molecular architecture of FRP and ATRP synthesized polyacrylate networks

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    Gonçalves, Miguel; Dias, Rolando; Costa, Mário Rui

    2010-01-01

    This work reports experimental and modeling studies concerning the conventional (FRP) and atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of acrylate/diacrylate monomers. In the framework of a recently developed general approach, kinetic models including crosslinking reactions and branching by chain transfer to polymer are discussed for FRP and ATRP polymerization systems. Besides molecular weight distribution (MWD), fairly good predictions of the z-average radius of gyration could be obtained fo...

  11. FRP-RC Beam in Shear: Mechanical Model and Assessment Procedure for Pseudo-Ductile Behavior

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    Floriana Petrone; Giorgio Monti

    2014-01-01

    This work deals with the development of a mechanics-based shear model for reinforced concrete (RC) elements strengthened in shear with fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) and a design/assessment procedure capable of predicting the failure sequence of resisting elements: the yielding of existing transverse steel ties and the debonding of FRP sheets/strips, while checking the corresponding compressive stress in concrete. The research aims at the definition of an accurate capacity equation, consisten...

  12. Confining concrete with sisal and jute FRP as alternatives for CFRP and GFRP

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    Tara Sen

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This research paper presents an experimental investigation on the confinement strength and confinement modulus of concrete cylinders confined using different types of natural fibre composites and a comparative performance analysis with different artificial fibre based composite materials. The paper also highlights the need to switch over from the utilization of artificial fibres, which are non-renewable and fossil fuel products, to environmental beneficial materials like green fibres. The utilization of plant products like sisal and jute fibres and their composites in various structural engineering applications addresses the issues of sustainability and renewability with constructional materials. The paper describes a suitable mechanical treatment method like high temperature conditioning, which aids us in further improving the properties of these woven natural materials like sisal and jute for composite fabrication and utilization. Heat treated natural fibres of woven sisal and jute were utilized for confining concrete cylinders similar to CFRP and GFRP confinement and their confinement characteristics were obtained and compared. All the cylinders were subjected to monotonic axial compressive loads, so as to evaluate the effect of confinement on the axial load carrying capacity and all their failure modes were discussed thoroughly. The results indicated superior performance by sisal FRP as well as jute FRP confined cylinders as compared to controlled or unconfined cylinders, also sisal FRP wrapped cylinders displayed ultimate axial load of comparable magnitude to CFRP confinement. Natural FRP confinement displayed superior confinement modulus and confinement strength, also the ultimate axial load of concrete cylinders confined with natural FRPs underwent 66% enhancement by sisal FRP and 48% enhancement by jute FRP, in comparison with controlled or unconfined cylinders. Enhancement in axial load carrying capacity was 83% with CFRP confinement

  13. Literature review on reinforced concrete members strengthened with FRP at room and elevated temperature

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    Proia, Alessandro; Matthys, Stijn

    2015-01-01

    In the last 30 years, composite materials have been successfully applied as structural reinforcement to strengthen existing structures. The success of applying FRPs (Fibre Reinforced Polymers) for strengthening is due to their excellent mechanical properties and durability, their ease of application and the versatility of FRP strengthening systems. In particular Near Surface Mounted (NSM) reinforcement offers an interesting technology in terms of protection of the FRP from external influences...

  14. Effects of Aspect Ratio on the Observed Hoop Strain Variation in FRP Confined Concrete Cylinders

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    Bisby, L. A.; Sinclair, D; Webster, M.; Stratford, T. J.; Take, W.A.

    2009-01-01

    Confinement of circular concrete columns by circumferential fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) wraps is among the most widely implemented applications of FRP materials for infrastructure. FRPs are wrapped in the hoop direction around the perimeter of concrete columns and bonded in place with an epoxy adhesive; the effect of this is to drastically improve the columns’ strength and deformability, which has clear benefits for axial strengthening, seismic enhancement, and blast damage mitigation. The...

  15. Effect of Chloride Content on Bond Behavior Between FRP and Concrete

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    潘金龙; 黄毅方; 邢锋

    2010-01-01

    For reinforced concrete structures located along the seaside, the penetration of chloride ions into concrete may be a threat to the durability of the structures. Experimental investigations were carried out to study the effect of chloride content on the bond behavior between concrete and fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) plates. Direct shear tests were conducted on the FRP strengthened concrete members. Before testing, the specimens were immersed in NaCl solutions with concentrations ranging from 3%—15% for di...

  16. FRP-RC Beam in Shear: Mechanical Model and Assessment Procedure for Pseudo-Ductile Behavior

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    Floriana Petrone

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available This work deals with the development of a mechanics-based shear model for reinforced concrete (RC elements strengthened in shear with fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP and a design/assessment procedure capable of predicting the failure sequence of resisting elements: the yielding of existing transverse steel ties and the debonding of FRP sheets/strips, while checking the corresponding compressive stress in concrete. The research aims at the definition of an accurate capacity equation, consistent with the requirement of the pseudo-ductile shear behavior of structural elements, that is, transverse steel ties yield before FRP debonding and concrete crushing. For the purpose of validating the proposed model, an extended parametric study and a comparison against experimental results have been conducted: it is proven that the common accepted rule of assuming the shear capacity of RC members strengthened in shear with FRP as the sum of the maximum contribution of both FRP and stirrups can lead to an unsafe overestimation of the shear capacity. This issue has been pointed out by some authors, when comparing experimental shear capacity values with the theoretical ones, but without giving a convincing explanation of that. In this sense, the proposed model represents also a valid instrument to better understand the mechanical behavior of FRP-RC beams in shear and to calculate their actual shear capacity.

  17. Outage probability analysis for superposition coded symmetric relaying

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    WU Yi; ZHENG Meng; FEI ZeSong; LARSSON Erik G.; KUANG JingMing

    2013-01-01

    Superposition coded symmetric relaying is a bandwidth-efficient cooperative scheme where each source node simultaneously transmits both its own "local" packet and "relay" packet that originated at its partner by adding the modulated local and relay signals in Euclidean space. This paper investigates the power allocation and outage probability of a superposition coded symmetric relaying system with finite-constellation signaling. We first derive the mutual information (MI) metrics for the system. The derived MI metrics consist of two parts: one represents the MI conveyed by the modulated signal corresponding to its own data, and the other represents the MI conveyed by the modulated signal corresponding to its partner's data. Using MI based effective signal-to-noise ratio mapping technique, we attain expressions for the outage probability. Furthermore, we discuss power allocation policies that minimize the outage probability. Simulation results are presented to verify the correctness of the outage probability analysis and the benefits of the power allocation.

  18. Refueling outage availability study. Phase 1 final report

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    Thomasson, F.R.

    1977-11-01

    Babcock and Wilcox entered into a contract with the Department of Energy (formerly the Energy Research and Development Administration) for the performance of a refueling outage availability study with the cooperation of Duke Power Company and Arkansas Power and Light Company. The objective was to improve plant availability through reduction of refueling outage time. The conclusions of the study were drawn from data gathered during the 1976 Oconee 3 and 1977 Arkansas Unit One refueling outages. The onsite effort was one of observation and data recording, which included time-lapsed photography and video tape. The collected data were then evaluated and analyzed for potential improvements and to identify in detail where resources were consumed. The overall result was a listing of (1) specific recommendations for implementing improvements in the facilities, equipment, tools, procedures, and techniques for the participating utilities; (2) generic recommendations of immediate benefit to other applicable utilities; and (3) recommendations for further work in the succeeding phases of the DOE program. The results indicate that, by incorporating the recommendations and taking credit for the time savings, an ideal refueling outage length of 21 to 22 days for the nuclear steam system (NSS) could be realized. Additional benefits would be a reduction in man-Rem exposure and manpower requirements.

  19. World class performance: the outage/operating cycle continuum

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    It's all about Performance! Predictable and sustainable high performance is the key to public and stakeholder confidence in the nuclear industry. Why? Because nuclear is unique and safe, reliable operation each and every day is required to keep public trust. What better way to demonstrate this predictability than in breaker to breaker operating runs? Delivering on what was promised is the essence of our OPG accountability model: 'Say it, Do it'. This presentation is drawn from practical experience gained during the most recent planned maintenance outages at Darlington Nuclear. Key elements for outage success that will be discussed include; Human Performance: Ensuring each action is deliberate and executed right the first time; Continuous Learning: Recent examples demonstrating how drawing from lessons learned and operating experience worldwide can dramatically improve outage performance; Teamwork and Partnership: Recognizing our industry is too complex for a single; individual or organization to run on its own; Scope Selection: Darlington currently has an industry leading 0.5% Forced Loss Rate (FLR). If right work is selected and executed at the right time then ultimately the plant speaks and it shows up in low FLR and high Nuclear Performance Index; Planning: Ask and anticipate what can go wrong, what options exist and then pre-decide what path you would take. Some practical tools will be provided which have been recently used to plan out surprises; Oversight: An outage left to run its own course will have a surprise outcome. Strong management oversight is required to meet the goals of outage execution. Tips on how to improve communication and accountability will be discussed. Trust is built on confidence and confidence is built on sustainable performance. World class sustainable performance requires using all the tools available. This discussion will provide insight on these very tools. (author)

  20. ALARA database value in future outage work planning and dose management

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    ALARA database encompassing job-specific duration and man-rem plant specific information over three refueling outages represents an invaluable tool for the outage work planner and ALARA engineer. This paper describes dose-management trends emerging based on analysis of three refueling outages at Clinton Power Station. Conclusions reached based on hard data available from a relational database dose-tracking system is a valuable tool for planning of future outage work. The system's ability to identify key problem areas during a refueling outage is improving as more outage comparative data becomes available. Trends over a three outage period are identified in this paper in the categories of number and type of radiation work permits implemented, duration of jobs, projected vs. actual dose rates in work areas, and accuracy of outage person-rem projection. The value of the database in projecting 1 and 5 year station person-rem estimates is discussed

  1. 76 FR 33686 - Proposed Extension of Part 4 of the Commission's Rules Regarding Outage Reporting to...

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    2011-06-09

    ..., wireless, cable, and satellite communications services must report communications outages. Commission... (including paging), cable, and satellite communications. 12. The Commission uses outage information submitted... meaningful trends in data as well as associated technical analysis to gather communications...

  2. A framework and review of customer outage costs: Integration and analysis of electric utility outage cost surveys

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    Lawton, Leora; Sullivan, Michael; Van Liere, Kent; Katz, Aaron; Eto, Joseph

    2003-11-01

    A clear understanding of the monetary value that customers place on reliability and the factors that give rise to higher and lower values is an essential tool in determining investment in the grid. The recent National Transmission Grid Study recognizes the need for this information as one of growing importance for both public and private decision makers. In response, the U.S. Department of Energy has undertaken this study, as a first step toward addressing the current absence of consistent data needed to support better estimates of the economic value of electricity reliability. Twenty-four studies, conducted by eight electric utilities between 1989 and 2002 representing residential and commercial/industrial (small, medium and large) customer groups, were chosen for analysis. The studies cover virtually all of the Southeast, most of the western United States, including California, rural Washington and Oregon, and the Midwest south and east of Chicago. All variables were standardized to a consistent metric and dollar amounts were adjusted to the 2002 CPI. The data were then incorporated into a meta-database in which each outage scenario (e.g., the lost of electric service for one hour on a weekday summer afternoon) is treated as an independent case or record both to permit comparisons between outage characteristics and to increase the statistical power of analysis results. Unadjusted average outage costs and Tobit models that estimate customer damage functions are presented. The customer damage functions express customer outage costs for a given outage scenario and customer class as a function of location, time of day, consumption, and business type. One can use the damage functions to calculate outage costs for specific customer types. For example, using the customer damage functions, the cost experienced by an ''average'' customer resulting from a 1 hour summer afternoon outage is estimated to be approximately $3 for a residential customer, $1

  3. LIDAR AND INS FUSION IN PERIODS OF GPS OUTAGES FOR MOBILE LASER SCANNING MAPPING SYSTEMS

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    I. Klein

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Mobile laser scanning systems are becoming an increasingly popular means to obtain 3D coverage on a large scale. To perform the mapping, the exact position of the vehicle must be known throughout the trajectory. Exact position is achieved via integration of Global Positioning Systems (GPS and Inertial Navigation Systems (INS. Yet, in urban environments, cases of complete or even partial GPS outages may occur leaving the navigation solution to rely only on the INS. The INS navigation solution degrades with time as the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU measurements contains noise, which permeates into the navigation equations. Degradation of the position determination leads to loss of data in such segments. To circumvent such drift and its effects, we propose fusing INS with lidar data by using building edges. This detection of edges is then translated into position data, which is used as an aiding to the INS. It thereby enables the determination of the vehicle position with a satisfactory level accuracy, sufficient to perform the laser-scanning based mapping in those outage periods.

  4. Analysis of heterogeneous boron dilution transients during outages with APROS 3D nodal core model

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    Kuopanportti, Jaakko [Fortum Power and Heat Ltd, Nuclear Production, Fortum (Finland)

    2015-09-15

    A diluted water plug can form inside the primary coolant circuit if the coolant flow has stopped at least temporarily. The source of the clean water can be external or the fresh water can build up internally during boiling/condensing heat transfer mode, which can occur if the primary coolant inventory has decreased enough during an accident. If the flow restarts in the stagnant primary loop, the diluted water plug can enter the reactor core. During outages after the fresh fuel has been loaded and the temperature of the coolant is low, the dilution potential is the highest because the critical boron concentration is at the maximum. This paper examines the behaviour of the core as clean or diluted water plugs of different sizes enter the core during outages. The analysis were performed with the APROS 3D nodal core model of Loviisa VVER-440, which contains an own flow channel and 10 axial nodes for each fuel assembly. The widerange cross section data was calculated with CASMO-4E. According to the results, the core can withstand even large pure water plugs without fuel failures on natural circulation. The analyses emphasize the importance of the simulation of the backflows inside the core when the reactor is on natural circulation.

  5. Identification of intermediate debonding damage in FRP-plated RC beams based on multi-objective particle swarm optimization without updated baseline model

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    Perera Velamazán, Ricardo; Sevillano Bravo, Enrique; Diego Villalón, Ana de; Arteaga Iriarte, Ángel

    2014-01-01

    Fiber reinforced polymer composites (FRP) have found widespread usage in the repair and strengthening of concrete structures. FRP composites exhibit high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, and are convenient to use in repair applications. Externally bonded FRP flexural strengthening of concrete beams is the most extended application of this technique. A common cause of failure in such members is associated with intermediate crack-induced debonding (IC debonding) of the FRP substr...

  6. Design and behavior of reinforced concrete beams strengthened with fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP)

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    El-Mihilmy, Mahmoud Tharwat

    A comprehensive investigation of the design and behavior of reinforced concrete beams strengthened with externally bonded FRP laminates has been conducted. The study has confirmed the applicability of the strain compatibility method for calculating the increased ultimate moment capacity of the repaired beams. An upper limit to the amount of FRP that can be added to a specific structure was recommended to ensure ductile behavior. Design charts to facilitate calculations of the ultimate moment capacity for reinforced concrete beams strengthened with FRP laminates were developed. The results of a subsequent parametric investigation indicate that strengthening reinforced concrete beams with FRP laminates can enhance their ultimate capacity by as much as three times the original strength, especially for beams with a low steel ratio. It was also determined that, increasing the concrete compressive strength and the FRP modulus of elasticity increases the beam ultimate flexural capacity significantly; however, the repaired beams are less ductile than the pre-repaired concrete beams. During the course of the study, it had been noticed that the current ACI recommended method for calculating deflections for ordinary reinforced concrete beams does not render an accurate estimate for reinforced concrete beams strengthened with FRP laminates. A simplified equation for predicting the deflection of reinforced concrete beams repaired with FRP was developed and verified with comparisons to experimental results. The effectiveness of strengthening an existing bridge with externally bonded FRP laminates was investigated through comprehensive static and dynamic finite element analyses. The results of these analyses correlate well with field load test results. The repaired girders exhibited an average reduction in reinforcing steel stresses of 11 percent and an average reduction in midspan girder deflections of 9 percent. The results of the study also indicated that existing methods for

  7. Constitutive Modeling and Numerical Simulation of Frp Confined Concrete Specimens

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    Smitha, Gopinath; Ramachandramurthy, Avadhanam; Nagesh, Ranganatha Iyer; Shahulhameed, Eduvammal Kunhimoideen

    2014-09-01

    Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites are generally used for the seismic retrofit of concrete members to enhance their strength and ductility. In the present work, the confining effect of Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) composite layers has been investigated by numerical simulation. The numerical simulation has been carried out using nonlinear finite element analysis (FEA) to predict the response behaviour of CFRP-wrapped concrete cylinders. The nonlinear behaviour of concrete in compression and the linear elastic behaviour of CFRP has been modeled using an appropriate constitutive relationship. A cohesive model has been developed for modeling the interface between the concrete and CFRP. The interaction and damage failure criteria between the concrete to the cohesive element and the cohesive element to the CFRP has also been accounted for in the modeling. The response behaviour of the wrapped concrete specimen has been compared with the proposed interface model and with a perfectly bonded condition. The results obtained from the present study showed good agreement with the experimental load-displacement response and the failure pattern in the literature. Further, a sensitivity analysis has been carried out to study the effect of the number of layers of CFRP on the concrete specimens. It has been observed that wrapping with two layers was found to be the optimum, beyond which the response becomes flexible but with a higher load-carrying capacity

  8. LOW VELOCITY IMPACT ANALYSIS OF LAMINATED FRP COMPOSITES

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    B. KRANTHI KUMAR

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Fiber reinforced composites have become increasingly important over the past few years and are now the first choice for fabricating structures where low weight in combination with high strength and stiffness are required. Fiber Reinforced Plastics (FRP composites are in greatest commercial use. They have been extensively used inaerospace, automotive, marine and construction industries due to their inherent advantages over conventional metals. Failure modes of such laminated structures are also different than those of conventional metallic materials. Impact is one such great design limitation criteria involved in designing new composite products.The present work is aimed at gaining an initial understanding of the impact behavior of fiberglass reinforced laminates with vinylester and is polyester resins. The purpose of this research is to characterize the damage done to fiberglass laminates subjected to low velocity, high mass impact. The effect of adding a protectivelayer of rubber to the laminates is also investigated. Finite element models are created with ANSYS/LS-DYNA onlinear finite element software. These models are used to simulate the drop tower tests and extended to thicker laminates as well as different impact speeds andimpactor mass. These models are able to predict approximate stresses and strains induced in the laminates during the impact which are compared to the damage from the drop tower tests.

  9. Outage analysis of opportunistic decode-and-forward relaying

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    Tourki, Kamel

    2010-09-01

    In this paper, we investigate a dual-hop opportunistic decode-and-forward relaying scheme where the source may or not be able to communicate directly with the destination. We first derive statistics based on exact probability density function (PDF) of each hop. Then, the PDFs are used to determine closed-form outage probability expression for a transmission rate R. Furthermore, we evaluate the asymptotic outage performance and the diversity order is deduced. Unlike existing works where the analysis focused on high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) regime, such results are important to enable the designers to take decisions regarding practical systems that operate at low SNR regime. We show that performance simulation results coincide with our analytical results under practical assumption of unbalanced hops. © 2010 IEEE.

  10. Distributed Long-Gauge Optical Fiber Sensors Based Self-Sensing FRP Bar for Concrete Structure

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    Tang, Yongsheng; Wu, Zhishen

    2016-01-01

    Brillouin scattering-based distributed optical fiber (OF) sensing technique presents advantages for concrete structure monitoring. However, the existence of spatial resolution greatly decreases strain measurement accuracy especially around cracks. Meanwhile, the brittle feature of OF also hinders its further application. In this paper, the distributed OF sensor was firstly proposed as long-gauge sensor to improve strain measurement accuracy. Then, a new type of self-sensing fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) bar was developed by embedding the packaged long-gauge OF sensors into FRP bar, followed by experimental studies on strain sensing, temperature sensing and basic mechanical properties. The results confirmed the superior strain sensing properties, namely satisfied accuracy, repeatability and linearity, as well as excellent mechanical performance. At the same time, the temperature sensing property was not influenced by the long-gauge package, making temperature compensation easy. Furthermore, the bonding performance between self-sensing FRP bar and concrete was investigated to study its influence on the sensing. Lastly, the sensing performance was further verified with static experiments of concrete beam reinforced with the proposed self-sensing FRP bar. Therefore, the self-sensing FRP bar has potential applications for long-term structural health monitoring (SHM) as embedded sensors as well as reinforcing materials for concrete structures. PMID:26927110

  11. Secreted Frizzled related protein-4 (sFRP4) promotes epidermal differentiation and apoptosis

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    The skin provides vital protection from infection and dehydration. Maintenance of the skin is through a constant program of proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis of epidermal cells, whereby proliferating cells in the basal layer differentiating to form the keratinized, anucleated stratum corneum. The WNT signalling pathway is known to be important in the skin. WNT signalling has been shown to be important both in epidermal development and in the maintenance and cycling of hair follicles and epidermal stem cells. However, the precise role for this pathway in epidermal differentiation remains unknown. We investigated the role of the WNT signalling inhibitor sFRP4 in epidermal differentiation. sFRP4 is expressed in both normal skin and keratinocytes in culture. Expression of sFRP4 mRNA and protein increases with keratinocyte differentiation and apoptosis, whilst exposure of keratinocytes to exogenous sFRP4 promotes apoptosis and expression of the terminal differentiation marker Involucrin. These data suggest sFRP4 promotes epidermal differentiation.

  12. An investigation into the impact of cryogenic environment on mechanical stresses in FRP composites

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    Fifo, O.; Basu, B.

    2015-07-01

    Fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites are fast becoming a highly utilised engineering material for high performance applications due to their light weight and high strength. Carbon fibre and other high strength fibres are commonly used in design of aerospace structures, wind turbine blades, etc. and potentially for propellant tanks of launch vehicles. For the aforementioned fields of application, stability of the material is essential over a wide range of temperature particularly for structures in hostile environments. Many studies have been conducted, experimentally, over the last decade to investigate the mechanical behaviour of FRP materials at varying subzero temperature. Likewise, tests on aging and cycling effect (room to low temperature) on the mechanical response of FRP have been reported. However, a relatively lesser focused area has been the mechanical behaviour of FRP composites under cryogenic environment. This article reports a finite element method of investigating the changes in the mechanical characteristics of an FRP material when temperature based analysis falls below zero. The simulated tests are carried out using a finite element package with close material properties used in the cited literatures. Tensile test was conducted and the results indicate that the mechanical responses agree with those reported in the literature sited.

  13. Seismic response of concrete gravity dam reinforced with FRP sheets on dam surface

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    Hong ZHONG

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims at exploring the effects of anti-seismic reinforcement with the fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP material bonded to the dam surface in dam engineering. Time-history analysis was performed to simulate the seismic failure process of a gravity dam that was assumed to be reinforced at the locations of slope discontinuity at the downstream surface, part of the upstream face, and the dam heel. A damage model considering the influence of concrete heterogeneity was used to model the nonlinearity of concrete. A bond-slip model was applied to the interface between FRP and concrete, and the reinforcement mechanism was analyzed through the bond stress and the stress in FRP. The results of the crack pattern, displacement, and acceleration of the reinforced dam were compared with those of the original one. It is shown that FRP, as a reinforcement material, postpones the occurrence of cracks and slows the crack propagation, and that cracks emanating from the upstream surface and downstream surface are not connected, meaning that the reinforced dam can retain water-impounding function when subjected to the earthquake. Anti-seismic reinforcement with FRP is therefore beneficial to improving the seismic resistant capability of concrete dams.

  14. Distributed Long-Gauge Optical Fiber Sensors Based Self-Sensing FRP Bar for Concrete Structure.

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    Tang, Yongsheng; Wu, Zhishen

    2016-01-01

    Brillouin scattering-based distributed optical fiber (OF) sensing technique presents advantages for concrete structure monitoring. However, the existence of spatial resolution greatly decreases strain measurement accuracy especially around cracks. Meanwhile, the brittle feature of OF also hinders its further application. In this paper, the distributed OF sensor was firstly proposed as long-gauge sensor to improve strain measurement accuracy. Then, a new type of self-sensing fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) bar was developed by embedding the packaged long-gauge OF sensors into FRP bar, followed by experimental studies on strain sensing, temperature sensing and basic mechanical properties. The results confirmed the superior strain sensing properties, namely satisfied accuracy, repeatability and linearity, as well as excellent mechanical performance. At the same time, the temperature sensing property was not influenced by the long-gauge package, making temperature compensation easy. Furthermore, the bonding performance between self-sensing FRP bar and concrete was investigated to study its influence on the sensing. Lastly, the sensing performance was further verified with static experiments of concrete beam reinforced with the proposed self-sensing FRP bar. Therefore, the self-sensing FRP bar has potential applications for long-term structural health monitoring (SHM) as embedded sensors as well as reinforcing materials for concrete structures. PMID:26927110

  15. Load-induced debonding of FRP composites applied to reinforced concrete

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    Blok, Joel; Brown, Jeff

    2009-05-01

    Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites are widely used to increase the flexural and shear capacity of reinforced concrete (RC) elements. One potential disadvantage is that strengthened surfaces are no longer visible and cracks or delaminations that result from excessive loading or fatigue may go undetected. This research investigated thermal imaging techniques for monitoring and evaluating load-induced delamination of FRP composites applied to small scale RC beams. Two beams (3.5 in x 4.5 in x 58 in) were loaded monotonically to failure. Infrared thermography (IRT) inspections were performed at various load levels through failure using a composite phase imaging technique. Two similar beams were tested in fatigue and periodic IRT inspections were performed at 50,000-cycle intervals. Individual phase values for each pixel were designated as "well-bonded", "suspect" or "unbonded" to indicate the quality of FRP bond. Suspect areas included regions of excess thickened-epoxy tack-coat and smaller installation defects in the unloaded specimens. The long-term objective of this research is to develop a practical framework for conducting quantitative IRT inspections of FRP composites applied to RC and incorporating these results into acceptance criteria for new installations and predictions for the remaining service life of in-service FRP systems. This method may also offer insight into the necessity for repairs to in-service systems.

  16. Distributed Long-Gauge Optical Fiber Sensors Based Self-Sensing FRP Bar for Concrete Structure.

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    Tang, Yongsheng; Wu, Zhishen

    2016-02-25

    Brillouin scattering-based distributed optical fiber (OF) sensing technique presents advantages for concrete structure monitoring. However, the existence of spatial resolution greatly decreases strain measurement accuracy especially around cracks. Meanwhile, the brittle feature of OF also hinders its further application. In this paper, the distributed OF sensor was firstly proposed as long-gauge sensor to improve strain measurement accuracy. Then, a new type of self-sensing fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) bar was developed by embedding the packaged long-gauge OF sensors into FRP bar, followed by experimental studies on strain sensing, temperature sensing and basic mechanical properties. The results confirmed the superior strain sensing properties, namely satisfied accuracy, repeatability and linearity, as well as excellent mechanical performance. At the same time, the temperature sensing property was not influenced by the long-gauge package, making temperature compensation easy. Furthermore, the bonding performance between self-sensing FRP bar and concrete was investigated to study its influence on the sensing. Lastly, the sensing performance was further verified with static experiments of concrete beam reinforced with the proposed self-sensing FRP bar. Therefore, the self-sensing FRP bar has potential applications for long-term structural health monitoring (SHM) as embedded sensors as well as reinforcing materials for concrete structures.

  17. Ontario-U.S. power outages : impacts on critical infrastructure

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    This paper described the power outage and resulting blackout that occurred on August 14, 2003 and identified how critical infrastructure was directly and interdependently impacted in Canada. The aim of the paper was to assist critical infrastructure protection and emergency management professionals in assessing the potential impacts of large-scale critical infrastructure disruptions. Information for the study was acquired from Canadian and American media reports and cross-sectoral information sharing with provincial and federal governments and the private sector. The blackout impacted most of the sources and means of generating, transmitting and distributing power within the area, which in turn impacted all critical infrastructure sectors. Landline and cellular companies experienced operational difficulties, which meant that emergency responders were impacted. Newspapers and the electronic media struggled to release information to the public. The banking and finance industry experienced an immediate degradation of services. The power outage caused shipping and storage difficulties for commercial retailers and dairy producers. A number of incidents were reported where only partially treated waste water was released into neighbouring waterways. The timing of the blackout coincided with the closures of workplaces and created additional difficulties on transportation networks. Many gas station pumps were inoperable. Police, fire departments and ambulance services experienced a dramatic increase in the volume of calls received, and all branches of the emergency services sector encountered transportation delays and difficulties with communications equipment. Nuclear reactors were also impacted. An estimated 150,000 Government of Canada employees were unable to report to work. Estimates have indicated that the power outage cost Ontario's economy between $1 and $2 billion. The outage negatively impacted 82 per cent of small businesses in Ontario. 170 refs., 3 figs

  18. Outage probability of distributed beamforming with co-channel interference

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    Yang, Liang

    2012-03-01

    In this letter, we consider a distributed beamforming scheme (DBF) in the presence of equal-power co-channel interferers for both amplify-and-forward and decode-and-forward relaying protocols over Rayleigh fading channels. We first derive outage probability expressions for the DBF systems. We then present a performance analysis for a scheme relying on source selection. Numerical results are finally presented to verify our analysis. © 2011 IEEE.

  19. Pretreatment of Woven Jute FRP Composite and Its Use in Strengthening of Reinforced Concrete Beams in Flexure

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    Tara Sen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Environmental awareness motivates researchers worldwide to perform studies of natural fibre reinforced polymer composites, as they come with many advantages and are primarily sustainable. The present study aims at evaluating the mechanical characteristics of natural woven jute fibre reinforced polymer (FRP composite subjected to three different pretreatments, alkali, benzyl chloride, and lastly heat treatment. It was concluded that heat treatment is one of the most suitable treatment methods for enhancing mechanical properties of jute FRP. Durability studies on Jute FRP pertaining to some common environmental conditions were also carried out such as effect of normal water and thermal aging on the tensile strength of jute FRP followed by fire flow test. The heat treated woven jute FRP composites were subsequently used for flexural strengthening of reinforced concrete beams in full and strip wrapping configurations. The study includes the effect of flexural strengthening provided by woven jute FRP, study of different failure modes, load deflection behavior, effect on the first crack load, and ultimate flexural strength of concrete beams strengthened using woven jute FRP subjected to bending loads. The study concludes that woven jute FRP is a suitable material which can be used for flexural upgradation of reinforced concrete beams.

  20. Crack-induced debonding failure in fiber reinforced plastics (FRP) strengthened concrete beams: Experimental and theoretical analysis

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    Pan, Jinlong

    External bonding of FRP plates to the tension substrate of RC beams has been accepted as an efficient and effective technique for flexural strengthening. In this thesis, different problems related to crack-induced debonding of the FRP plate in the flexural strengthened concrete beams have been investigated. FRP strengthened RC beam may fail by FRP debonding from the bottom of a major flexural crack in the span. This kind of failure is studied with the direct shear test in the present research work. Our experimental investigation focuses on the effect of concrete composition on the bond behavior between FRP and concrete. Based on the test results, the bond capacity of the specimen is found to be governed by the concrete surface tensile strength, aggregate size and aggregate content. Then, the neural network is employed to derive an empirical expression for the interfacial fracture energy in terms of concrete surface tensile strength and aggregate content. Using the empirical equation, simulated bond capacity is in good agreement with experimental results. In the FRP strengthened RC beams, debonding of the FRP plate often occurs under the presence of multiple cracks along the span. In the present thesis, experimental and theoretical investigations are performed to study the effect of multiple secondary cracks on the debonding behavior and ultimate load capacity. A new analytical model for FRP debonding under multiple cracks has been developed. The effect of the multiple secondary cracks on the shear softening in the debonded zone is explicitly considered in the model. Using the new model, the simulated values of ultimate load when debonding occurs are in good agreement with measured values. In the FRP strengthened RC beams, concrete cover separation or plate end debonding can be avoided by applying tapers at the FRP plate end. In this situation, it is easier for FRP debonding to be induced by a major flexural crack close to the support. To study the effect of the

  1. Dynamic response of RC beams strengthened with near surface mounted Carbon-FRP rods subjected to damage

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    Capozucca, R.; Blasi, M. G.; Corina, V.

    2015-07-01

    Near surface mounted (NSM) technique with fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) is becoming a common method in the strengthening of concrete beams. The availability of NSM FRP technique depends on many factors linked to materials and geometry - dimensions of the rods used, type of FRP material employed, rods’ surface configuration, groove size - and to adhesion between concrete and FRP rods. In this paper detection of damage is investigated measuring the natural frequency values of beam in the case of free-free ends. Damage was due both to reduction of adhesion between concrete and carbon-FRP rectangular and circular rods and cracking of concrete under static bending tests on beams. Comparison between experimental and theoretical frequency values evaluating frequency changes due to damage permits to monitor actual behaviour of RC beams strengthened by NSM CFRP rods.

  2. Novel hybrid FRP tubular columns for sustainable mining infrastructure:Recent research at University of Wollongong

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    Yu Tao; Remennikov Alex M.

    2014-01-01

    This paper introduces, for applications in the mining industry, an innovative hybrid column form which consists of an inner steel tube, an outer fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) tube and an annular concrete infill between them. The two tubes may be concentrically placed to produce a section form more suitable for columns, or eccentrically placed to produce a section form more suitable for beams. The FRP is combined with steel and concrete in these hybrid structural members in such a way that the advantages of FRP are appropriately exploited while its disadvantages are minimized. As a result, these hybrid members pos-sess excellent corrosion resistance as well as excellent ductility and seismic resistance. This paper sum-marizes existing research on this new form of structural members, and discusses their potential applications in mining infrastructure before presenting a summary of the recent and current studies at University of Wollongong (UOW) on their structural behaviour and design.

  3. Constitutive Behavior and Finite Element Analysis of FRP Composite and Concrete Members

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    Ki Yong Ann

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The present study concerns compressive and flexural constitutive models incorporated into an isoparametric beam finite element scheme for fiber reinforced polymer (FRP and concrete composites, using their multi-axial constitutive behavior. The constitutive behavior of concrete was treated in triaxial stress states as an orthotropic hypoelasticity-based formulation to determine the confinement effect of concrete from a three-dimensional failure surface in triaxial stress states. The constitutive behavior of the FRP composite was formulated from the two-dimensional classical lamination theory. To predict the flexural behavior of circular cross-section with FRP sheet and concrete composite, a layered discretization of cross-sections was incorporated into nonlinear isoparametric beam finite elements. The predicted constitutive behavior was validated by a comparison to available experimental results in the compressive and flexural beam loading test.

  4. Secreted Frizzled-related protein-2 (sFRP2) augments canonical Wnt3a-induced signaling

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    Marschall, Zofia von [Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch, NIDCR, NIH, DHHS, Bethesda, MD (United States); Fisher, Larry W., E-mail: lfisher@dir.nidcr.nih.gov [Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch, NIDCR, NIH, DHHS, Bethesda, MD (United States)

    2010-09-24

    Research highlights: {yields} sFRP2 enhances the Wnt3a-induced {beta}-catenin stabilization and its nuclear translocation. {yields} sFRP2 enhances LRP6 phosphorylation and Wnt3a/{beta}-catenin transcriptional reporter activity. {yields} Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) fully antagonizes both Wnt3a/sFRP2-induced LRP6 phosphorylation and transcriptional activity. {yields} sFRP2 enhances expression of genes known to be regulated by Wnt3a signaling. -- Abstract: Secreted Frizzled-related proteins (sFRP) are involved in embryonic development as well as pathological conditions including bone and myocardial disorders and cancer. Because of their sequence homology with the Wnt-binding domain of Frizzled, they have generally been considered antagonists of canonical Wnt signaling. However, additional activities of various sFRPs including both synergism and mimicry of Wnt signaling as well as functions other than modulation of Wnt signaling have been reported. Using human embryonic kidney cells (HEK293A), we found that sFRP2 enhanced Wnt3a-dependent phosphorylation of LRP6 as well as both cytosolic {beta}-catenin levels and its nuclear translocation. While addition of recombinant sFRP2 had no activity by itself, Top/Fop luciferase reporter assays showed a dose-dependent increase of Wnt3a-mediated transcriptional activity. sFRP2 enhancement of Wnt3a signaling was abolished by treatment with the Wnt antagonist, Dickkopf-1 (DKK1). Wnt-signaling pathway qPCR arrays showed that sFRP2 enhanced the Wnt3a-mediated transcriptional up-regulation of several genes regulated by Wnt3a including its antagonists, DKK1, and Naked cuticle-1 homolog (NKD1). These results support sFRP2's role as an enhancer of Wnt/{beta}-catenin signaling, a result with biological impact for both normal development and diverse pathologies such as tumorigenesis.

  5. A simplified spectral approachfor impedance-based damage identification of frp-strengthened rc beams

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    Sun, Rui

    2015-01-01

    Hoy en día, el refuerzo y reparación de estructuras de hormigón armado mediante el pegado de bandas de polímeros reforzados con fibras (FRP) se emplea cada vez con más frecuencia a causa de sus numerosas ventajas. Sin embargo, las vigas reforzadas con esta técnica pueden experimentar un modo de fallo frágil a causa del despegue repentino de la banda de FRP a partir de una fisura intermedia. A pesar de su importancia, el número de trabajos que abordan el estudio de este mecanismo de fallo y su...

  6. Analysis of the Dependence of Power Outages on Lightning Events within the Ijebu Province, Nigeria

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    J.O. Adepitan

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The study aimed at developing a model for lightning-induced outages in Nigeria from results obtained on determining the proportion and rate of lightning-induced outages out of the total power outages experienced in Ijebu province of Nigeria. Power outage records for Ijebu province, comprising Ijebu-Ode and Sagamu areas, Ogun state, Nigeria for the years 2002-2006 were collected from Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN. Unintentional stochastic outages were separated from those due to deliberate load shedding. Lightning events records were collected from Nigeria Meteorological Agency for the same period. The two sets of time series were superimposed. Outages with time, t6 min were classified as ‘Others’ (OT. The two sets of data were analyzed in order to determine percentage of lightning-induced outagfes. Also, thunderstorm days and power line parameters were used as input data for modified FLASH 1.7 software (considering tropical region to estimate the rate of lightning induced outages. The five-year period, 2002 to 2006, experienced no significant difference (p<0.05 in the mean of percentage of LI outages for both areas, calculated as 8.6 for Ijebu-Ode and 9.5 for Sagamu. The corresponding values for PLI being 1 and 2%; whereas OT had values 90.4 and 88.5%. Where earth wires were available on the transmission lines, the mafn lightning-induced outage rate was 1/100 km-year. The mean flashover rate for unshielded lines was 22/100 km-year. A linear relationship was established between the annual lightning-induced outages and the annual lightning days for the province. Lightning accounted for approximately 10% of the random outages experienced in Ijebu province. Lightning-induced outages are linearly related to lightning days. Lightning-induced outage rate is much higher over unshielded than shielded transmission lines.

  7. Design Concepts for an Outage Control Center Information Dashboard

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    Hugo, Jacques Victor [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); St Germain, Shawn Walter [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Thompson, Cheradan Jo [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Whitesides, McKenzie Jo [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Farris, Ronald Keith [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-12-01

    The nuclear industry, and the business world in general, is facing a rapidly increasing amount of data to be dealt with on a daily basis. In the last two decades, the steady improvement of data storage devices and means to create and collect data along the way influenced the manner in which we deal with information. Most data is still stored without filtering and refinement for later use. Many functions at a nuclear power plant generate vast amounts of data, with scheduled and unscheduled outages being a prime example of a source of some of the most complex data sets at the plant. To make matters worse, modern information and communications technology is making it possible to collect and store data faster than our ability to use it for making decisions. However, in most applications, especially outages, raw data has no value in itself; instead, managers, engineers and other specialists want to extract the information contained in it. The complexity and sheer volume of data could lead to information overload, resulting in getting lost in data that may be irrelevant to the task at hand, processed in an inappropriate way, or presented in an ineffective way. To prevent information overload, many data sources are ignored so production opportunities are lost because utilities lack the ability to deal with the enormous data volumes properly. Decision-makers are often confronted with large amounts of disparate, conflicting and dynamic information, which are available from multiple heterogeneous sources. Information and communication technologies alone will not solve this problem. Utilities need effective methods to exploit and use the hidden opportunities and knowledge residing in unexplored data resources. Superior performance before, during and after outages depends upon the right information being available at the right time to the right people. Acquisition of raw data is the easy part; instead, it is the ability to use advanced analytical, data processing and data

  8. Design Concepts for an Outage Control Center Information Dashboard

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    The nuclear industry, and the business world in general, is facing a rapidly increasing amount of data to be dealt with on a daily basis. In the last two decades, the steady improvement of data storage devices and means to create and collect data along the way influenced the manner in which we deal with information. Most data is still stored without filtering and refinement for later use. Many functions at a nuclear power plant generate vast amounts of data, with scheduled and unscheduled outages being a prime example of a source of some of the most complex data sets at the plant. To make matters worse, modern information and communications technology is making it possible to collect and store data faster than our ability to use it for making decisions. However, in most applications, especially outages, raw data has no value in itself; instead, managers, engineers and other specialists want to extract the information contained in it. The complexity and sheer volume of data could lead to information overload, resulting in getting lost in data that may be irrelevant to the task at hand, processed in an inappropriate way, or presented in an ineffective way. To prevent information overload, many data sources are ignored so production opportunities are lost because utilities lack the ability to deal with the enormous data volumes properly. Decision-makers are often confronted with large amounts of disparate, conflicting and dynamic information, which are available from multiple heterogeneous sources. Information and communication technologies alone will not solve this problem. Utilities need effective methods to exploit and use the hidden opportunities and knowledge residing in unexplored data resources. Superior performance before, during and after outages depends upon the right information being available at the right time to the right people. Acquisition of raw data is the easy part; instead, it is the ability to use advanced analytical, data processing and data

  9. Overview of Pickering NGS Units 1 and 2 retube outage

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    After the Pickering NGS Unit 2 pressure tube failure in August 1983, a decision was made in March 1984 to replace all the pressure tubes from both Unit 1 and Unit 2. This retubing was accomplished over a three year period, together with a program of inspection, maintenance, and modification on other systems. Equipment was put in a short term mothballed state at the commencement of the outage, and a thorough recommissioning of all systems, both old and new, was carried out during restart. This paper provides an overview of the program, highlighting successes and difficulties, and recommending changes for future retubing projects

  10. Lay-up condition during ENPP refurbishment outage

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    Embalse Nuclear Power Plant (ENPP) is a CANDU® 6 type with 648 MWe output with the First Criticality in 1983, and 100% Power in September 1983. The plant was designed and licensed to operate during 24 Effective Full Power Years (EFPY) As it is getting close to the end of the design life, it was decided to implement the necessary tasks for a Plant Life Extension (PLEX) Project. The PLEX Project includes 3 Phases: Phase I: Prioritization and Analysis, Phase II: Project Engineering, and Phase III: Implementation. (See Figure 1) During Phase III in the PLEX Proyect, many components will be replaced, and many Systems, Structures and Components (SSC) need to be inspected/refurbished (e.g. Reactor Retubing, Steam Generators Cartridge replacement, inspections and maintenance of large components (as pipes, pumps, heat exchangers), station systems configuration will be totally different from normal operating conditions. Even when some Systems have conservation facilities and procedures these are thought for normal maintenance outage. During the refurbishment outage the condition on those components can change and lead the SSC exposed to abnormal aggressive conditions, as an oxidizing atmosphere due to the air ingress to the system (the stressors could be increased). Consequently the Aging Related Degradation Mechanisms (ARDM) can be accelerated limiting the remaining life of these components.Then it is very important to implement an adequate Lay Up Condition Program. During the implementation of a Lay Up refurbished Condition Program a prioritization of systems and / or more relevant components requiring special conservation will be done. Then a review of the chemical specifications to analyze while lay up methods should be applied. From the PLEX phase I, scope definition, it was identified equipment to be replaced or requiring certain inspections during the refurbishment outage, the possible interference and conditions needed for implementation depending on the method

  11. Downregulation of sFRP-2 by epigenetic silencing activates the β-catenin/Wnt signaling pathway in esophageal basaloid squamous cell carcinoma.

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    Saito, Tsuyoshi; Mitomi, Hiroyuki; Imamhasan, Abdukadir; Hayashi, Takuo; Mitani, Keiko; Takahashi, Michiko; Kajiyama, Yoshiaki; Yao, Takashi

    2014-02-01

    Basaloid squamous cell carcinoma (BSCC) of the esophagus is a rare variant of typical squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) associated with poor survival. A characteristic feature is nuclear accumulation of β-catenin, without a mutation of the gene. We studied the methylation status of Wnt antagonist genes, such as secreted frizzled-related protein (sFRP) gene family members, Wnt inhibitory factor-1 (WIF-1), Dickkopf-1 (Dkk-1), and human Dapper protein-1 (HDPR-1), and alterations of the APC, Axin1, and Axin2 genes in 30 cases of esophageal BSCC. β-catenin and sFRP (sFRP-1, sFRP-2, sFRP-4, sFRP-5) protein expression was examined by immunohistochemistry. APC, Axin1, and Axin2 gene mutations were detected in 3, 2, and 2 cases, respectively, and 6 cases (20 %) harbored at least 1 alteration in these genes. Methylation of the sFRP-2 promoter region was observed in all cases, and methylation was frequent in sFRP-1 and sFRP-5, but infrequent in Dkk-1, WIF-1, sFRP-4, and HDPR-1. sFRP-2 expression was almost completely absent in 25 cases (83 %), consistent with the methylation status. Nuclear accumulation of β-catenin was observed in all cases. sFRP-5 expression was associated with a low nuclear β-catenin labeling index. These results show that sFRP-2 is a target gene of hypermethylation in esophageal BSCC and suggest that sFRP-2 might contribute to BSCC tumorigenesis through the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway. PMID:24464051

  12. Nucleotide variation of sFRP5 gene is not associated with obesity in children and adolescents.

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    Van Camp, Jasmijn K; Beckers, Sigri; Zegers, Doreen; Verhulst, Stijn L; Van Hoorenbeeck, Kim; Massa, Guy; Verrijken, An; Desager, Kristine N; Van Gaal, Luc F; Van Hul, Wim

    2016-10-01

    Because sFRP5 was shown to be an important extracellular modulator of the Wnt pathway, regulating adipogenesis, we wanted to investigate the role of sFRP5 variants in human, monogenic obesity by performing mutation analysis. We screened the complete sFRP5 coding region in 622 obese children and adolescents and 503 lean control individuals by high-resolution melting curve analysis and direct sequencing. We found a total of 15 sequence variants in sFRP5, 10 of which resulted in a non-synonymous amino acid change. Five of these variants were, to our knowledge, not previously reported. For one of the variants (c.-3G>A), we identified a trend towards association between the variant frequency and the obese phenotype. We argue that, when looking at conservation and location inside known protein domains, several of the identified variants (D103N, A113V, K212N and H317L), may affect sFRP5 protein function. In addition, we found c.-3G>A, residing in the Kozak sequence, with a lower frequency in cases compared to controls. However, functional studies investigating the effect of sFRP5 variants on protein function are necessary to determine the true role of sFRP5 genetic variation in human, monogenic obesity.

  13. Effect of Shear Resistance on Flexural Debonding Load-Carrying Capacity of RC Beams Strengthened with Externally Bonded FRP Composites

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    Guibing Li

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Debonding failure is the main failure mode in flexurally strengthened reinforced concrete beams by externally bonded or near surface mounted fibre reinforced polymer (FRP composites. It is believed that FRP debonding will be initiated if the shear stress on the concrete-FRP interface reaches the tensile strength of concrete. However, it was found through experimental and analytical studies that the debonding mechanism of FRP composites has the potential of shear failure in combination with debonding failure. Moreover, the shear failure probably influences the debonding failure. Presently, there are very little experimental and analytical studies to investigate the influence of shear resistance of reinforced concrete (RC beam on FRP debonding failure. The current study investigates and analyzes the effect of shear resistance on FRP debonding failure based on test results. The analytical results show that the shear resistance of RC beam has a great effect on flexural debonding load-carrying capacity of FRP-strengthened RC beam. The influence of shear resistance on flexural debonding load-carrying capacity must be fully considered in flexural strengthening design of RC beams.

  14. On Outage Performance of Spectrum-Sharing Communication over M-Block Fading

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    Alabbasi, AbdulRahman

    2015-12-06

    In this paper, we consider a cognitive radio system in which a block-fading channel is assumed. Each transmission frame consists of M blocks and each block undergoes a different channel gain. Instantaneous channel state information about the interference links remains unknown to the primary and secondary users. We minimize the secondary user\\'s targeted outage probability over the block-fading channels. To protect the primary user, a statistical constraint on its targeted outage probability is enforced. The secondary user\\'s targeted outage region and the corresponding optimal power are derived. We also propose two sub-optimal power strategies and derive compact expressions for the corresponding outage probabilities. These probabilities are shown to be asymptotic lower and upper bounds on the outage probability. Utilizing these bounds, we derive the exact diversity order of the secondary user outage probability. Selected numerical results are presented to characterize the system\\'s behavior.

  15. Analysis of Fixed Outage Transmission Schemes: A Finer Look at the Full Multiplexing Point

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    Wu, Peng

    2007-01-01

    This paper studies the performance of transmission schemes that have rate that increases with average SNR while maintaining a fixed outage probability. This is in contrast to the classical Zheng-Tse diversity-multiplexing tradeoff (DMT) that focuses on increasing rate and decreasing outage probability. Three different systems are explored: antenna diversity systems, time/frequency diversity systems, and automatic repeat request (ARQ) systems. In order to accurately study performance in the fixed outage setting, it is necesary to go beyond the coarse, asymptotic multiplexing gain metric. In the case of antenna diversity and time/frequency diversity, an affine approximation to high SNR outage capacity (i.e., multiplexing gain plus a power/rate offset) accurately describes performance and shows the very significant benefits of diversity. ARQ is also seen to provide a significant performance advantage, but even an affine approximation to outage capacity is unable to capture this advantage and outage capacity must...

  16. Cascading Power Outages Propagate Locally in an Influence Graph that is not the Actual Grid Topology

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    Hines, Paul D H; Rezaei, Pooya

    2015-01-01

    In a cascading power transmission outage, component outages propagate non-locally; after one component outages, the next failure may be very distant, both topologically and geographically. As a result, simple models of topological contagion do not accurately represent the propagation of cascades in power systems. However, cascading power outages do follow patterns, some of which are useful in understanding and reducing blackout risk. This paper describes a method by which the data from many cascading failure simulations can be transformed into a graph-based model of influences that provides actionable information about the many ways that cascades propagate in a particular system. The resulting "influence graph" model is Markovian, since component outage probabilities depend only on the outages that occurred in the prior generation. To validate the model we compare the distribution of cascade sizes resulting from n-2 contingencies in a 2896 branch test case to cascade sizes in the influence graph. The two dist...

  17. Evaluation of Fiber Optic Strain Measurement System for Monitoring FRP Bridge Decks

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    Klinkhachorn, P.; Lonkar, G. M.; Halabe, Udaya B.; GangaRao, H. V. S.

    2005-04-01

    The use of Fiber Optic sensors for structural monitoring applications has attained popularity among researchers and practitioners recently due to their immense advantages. This paper discusses a continuous structural monitoring technique using surface mounted and embedded fiber optic strain sensors to measure the strain in FRP bridge decks. An Extrinsic Fabry-Perot Interferometric (EFPI) strain sensor was selected for evaluation as it offers a good compromise between accuracy and cost considerations. This EFPI strain sensor, along with a conventional strain gauge, was surface mounted on a FRP bridge decks. The decks were then subjected to an accelerated aging test in an environmental chamber and the performance of both the strain sensors was recorded for a performance comparison. The results from the seven months of accelerated aging that is equivalent to 10 years of actual life show that the strain gauge sensor and the EFPI Fiber Optic sensor are still in working condition. The EFPI fiber optic sensor detects minute and sudden changes in strain more effectively than the strain gauge sensor. Placement in the environmental chamber did not affect the EFPI sensor's performance and is an indication of its applicability to field structural monitoring for lengthy periods of time. The second part is a preliminary work where a fiber optic sensor was embedded inside a FRP plate during the pultrusion process. This shows the feasibility of manufacturing FRP bridge decks with embedded fiber optic sensors.

  18. Mechanical Behaviour and Durability of FRP-to-steel Adhesively-bonded Joints

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    Jiang, X.

    2013-01-01

    During the last two decades, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge decks have been increasingly used as a competitive alternative for wood, concrete and orthotropic steel decks, due to their various advantages: light-weight, good corrosion resistance, low maintenance cost and rapid installation for

  19. In-situ monitoring of curing and ageing effects in FRP plates using embedded FBG sensors

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    Xian, Guijun; Wang, Chuan; Li, Hui

    2010-04-01

    In recent years, fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites have been widely applied in civil engineering for retrofitting or renewal of existing structures. Since FRP composite may degrade when exposed to severe outdoor environments, a serious concern has been raised on its long term durability. In the present study, fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors were embedded in glass-, carbon- and basalt-fiber reinforced epoxy based FRP plates with wet lay-up technology, to in-situ monitor the stain changes in FRPs during the curing, and water immersion and freeze-thaw ageing processes. The study demonstrates that the curing of epoxy resin brings in a slight tension strain (e.g., 10 ~ 30 μɛ) along the fiber direction and a high contraction (e.g., ~ 1100μɛ) in the direction perpendicular to the fibers, mainly due to the resin shrinkage. The cured FRP strips were then subjected to distilled water immersion at 80oC and freeze-thaw cycles from -30°C to 30°C. Remarkable strain changes of FRPs due to the variation of the temperatures during freeze-thaw cycles indicate the potential property degradation from fatigue. The maximum strain change is dependent on the fiber types and directions to the fiber. Based on the monitored strain values with temperature change and water uptake content, CTE (coefficient of thermal expansion) and CME (coefficient of moisture expansion) are exactly determined for the FRPs.

  20. Spectroscopic Classification of SN 2016frp (= PTSS-16mvz) as a Peculiar Type Ib Supernova

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    Rui, Liming; Wang, Xiaofeng; Li, Wenxiong; Yang, Zesheng; Xu, Zhijian; Li, Bin; Wang, Lifan; Zhao, Haibin; Jia, Junjun; Wu, Hong; Zhang, Tianmeng; Zhang, Jujia

    2016-09-01

    We obtained an optical spectrum (range 370-860 nm) of SN 2016frp (= PTSS-16mvz), discovered by PMO-Tsinghua Supernova Survey (PTSS; http://119.78.210.3/ptss2/), on UT Sep.05.7 2016 with the 2.16-m telescope (+BFOSC) at Xinglong Station of NAOC.

  1. Experimental Study on Flexural Behaviour of Circular Concrete-Filled FRP-PVC Tubular Members

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    MA Shenglan; LIN Quan; JIANG Shaofei

    2012-01-01

    An experimental investigation was conducted on the flexural behavior of FRP-PVC confined concrete circular tubular members.A total of six specimens were prepared and tested under flexural loading.The main parameters varied in the tests were the layer of FRP and the strengthening approach of BFRP and CFRP.The failure modes,ultimate bending capacity and stress-strain relation curves were investigated in details.Furthermore,the relation model of moment(M)-curvature((Φ))was studied,and on the basis of M-(Φ)relation model,a simplified formula was presented to compute the ultimate bending moment capacity.The resuits show that the external confinement of concrete specimens by FRP-PVC tubes results in enhancing the ultimate bending strength and ultimate deformation,and the ultimate bending capacity increased with the FRP layers.Simultaneously,the reinforcement effect in CFRP is better than that in BFRP.The ultimate bending moment capacity values predicted by the presented formula agree well with the experimental results,which imply that the presented formula is applicable and efficient for prediction of the ultimate bending moment capacity as well.

  2. Concrete Open-Wall Systems Wrapped with FRP under Torsional Loads

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    Valentino P. Berardi

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The static behavior of reinforced concrete (RC beams plated with layers of fiber-reinforced composite material (FRP is widely investigated in current literature, which deals with both its numerical modeling as well as experiments. Scientific interest in this topic is explained by the increasing widespread use of composite materials in retrofitting techniques, as well as the consolidation and upgrading of existing reinforced concrete elements to new service conditions. The effectiveness of these techniques is typically influenced by the debonding of the FRP at the interface with concrete, where the transfer of stresses occurs from one element (RC member to the other (FRP strengthening. In fact, the activation of the well-known premature failure modes can be regarded as a consequence of high peak values of the interfacial interactions. Until now, typical applications of FRP structural plating have included cases of flexural or shear-flexural strengthening. Within this context, the present study aims at extending the investigation to the case of wall-systems with open cross-section under torsional loads. It includes the results of some numerical analyses carried out by means of a finite element approximation.

  3. Time-dependent behavior of RC beams strengthened with externally bonded FRP plates: interfacial stresses analysis

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    Benyoucef, S.; Tounsi, A.; Benrahou, K. H.; Adda Bedia, E. A.

    2007-12-01

    External bonding of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites has becomes a popular technique for strengthening concrete structures all over the world. An important failure mode of such strengthened members is the debonding of the FRP plate from the concrete due to high interfacial stresses near the plate ends. For correctly installed FRP plate, failure will occur within the concrete. Accurate predictions of the interfacial stresses are prerequisite for designing against debonding failures. In particular, the interfacial stresses between a beam and soffit plate within the linear elastic range have been addressed by numerous analytical investigations. In this study, the time-dependent behavior of RC beams bonded with thin composite plate was investigated theoretically by including the effect of the adherend shear deformations. The time effects considered here are those that arise from shrinkage and creep deformations of the concrete. This paper presents an analytical model for the interfacial stresses between RC beam and a thin FRP plate bonded to its soffit. The influence of creep and shrinkage effect relative to the time of the casting and the time of the loading of the beams is taken into account. Numerical results from the present analysis are presented to illustrate the significance of time-dependent of adhesive stresses.

  4. Crack detection and fatigue related delamination in FRP composites applied to concrete

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    Brown, Jeff; Baker, Rebecca; Kallemeyn, Lisa; Zendler, Andrew

    2008-03-01

    Reinforced concrete beams are designed to allow minor concrete cracking in the tension zone. The severity of cracking in a beam element is a good indicator of how well a structure is performing and whether or not repairs are needed to prevent structural failure. FRP composites are commonly used to increase the flexural and shear capacity of RC beam elements, but one potential disadvantage of this method is that strengthened surfaces are no longer visible and cracks or delaminations that result from excessive loading or fatigue may go undetected. This research investigated thermal imaging techniques for detecting load induced cracking in the concrete substrate and delamination of FRP strengthening systems applied to reinforced concrete (RC). One small-scale RC beam (5 in. x 6 in. x 60 in.) was strengthened with FRP and loaded to failure monotonically. An infrared thermography inspection was performed after failure. A second strengthened beam was loaded cyclically for 1,750,000 cycles to investigate how fatigue might affect substrate cracking and delamination growth throughout the service-life of a repaired element. No changes were observed in the FRP bond during/after the cyclic loading. The thermal imaging component of this research included pixel normalization to enhance detectability and characterization of this specific type of damage.

  5. Cognitive Proactive and Reactive DF Relaying Schemes under Joint Outage and Peak Transmit Power Constraints

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    Tran, Hung; Zepernick, Hans-Jürgen; Phan, Hoc

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, outage performance of cognitive cooperative radio networks using two decode-and-forward (DF) schemes is investigated. Subject to the joint outage constraint of the primary user and the peak transmit power constraint of the secondary user, adaptive power allocation policies for the secondary transmitter and secondary relays are studied. Based on these strategies, expressions for the outage probability of proactive and reactive DF schemes are obtained. Interestingly, our results ...

  6. Long-range outage planning - A strategy for success

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    The nuclear power industry, already beset by reduced demand, environmental concerns, regulatory-initiated modifications, increased operations costs, and other cost-affecting factors, is now entering a new era. Electric utilities in general and the nuclear utilities in particular are facing the specter of competition, until now a facet of the business world they have seldom had to confront in their geographically defined, independent service areas. The force of competition stems not only from other utilities but also from alternative fuels, and from utility customers. In light of this climate of competition, the utilities must seek to control operating costs, to maintain or improve plant availability and reliability, and to assess and schedule the requirements imposed by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and by needed maintenance activities. In particular, the need to control the many regulatory proposed plant modifications and inspections on a plant-specific basis has prompted the development of the living schedule concept. This paper presents the subject of long-range outage planning as a means of dealing with the futurity of present operating decisions and a method of achieving quality outages

  7. Outage analysis for underlay cognitive networks using incremental regenerative relaying

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    Tourki, Kamel

    2013-02-01

    Cooperative relay technology has recently been introduced into cognitive radio (CR) networks to enhance the network capacity, scalability, and reliability of end-to-end communication. In this paper, we investigate an underlay cognitive network where the quality of service (QoS) of the secondary link is maintained by triggering an opportunistic regenerative relaying once it falls under an unacceptable level. Analysis is conducted for two schemes, referred to as the channel-state information (CSI)-based and fault-tolerant schemes, respectively, where different amounts of CSI were considered. We first provide the exact cumulative distribution function (cdf) of the received signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) over each hop with colocated relays. Then, the cdf\\'s are used to determine a very accurate closed-form expression for the outage probability for a transmission rate $R$. In a high-SNR region, a floor of the secondary outage probability occurs, and we derive its corresponding expression. We validate our analysis by showing that the simulation results coincide with our analytical results in Rayleigh fading channels. © 1967-2012 IEEE.

  8. Parametric Study of Shear Strength of Concrete Beams Reinforced with FRP Bars

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    Thomas, Job; Ramadass, S.

    2016-06-01

    Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) bars are being widely used as internal reinforcement in structural elements in the last decade. The corrosion resistance of FRP bars qualifies its use in severe and marine exposure conditions in structures. A total of eight concrete beams longitudinally reinforced with FRP bars were cast and tested over shear span to depth ratio of 0.5 and 1.75. The shear strength test data of 188 beams published in various literatures were also used. The model originally proposed by Indian Standard Code of practice for the prediction of shear strength of concrete beams reinforced with steel bars IS:456 (Plain and reinforced concrete, code of practice, fourth revision. Bureau of Indian Standards, New Delhi, 2000) is considered and a modification to account for the influence of the FRP bars is proposed based on regression analysis. Out of the 196 test data, 110 test data is used for the regression analysis and 86 test data is used for the validation of the model. In addition, the shear strength of 86 test data accounted for the validation is assessed using eleven models proposed by various researchers. The proposed model accounts for compressive strength of concrete (f ck ), modulus of elasticity of FRP rebar (E f ), longitudinal reinforcement ratio (ρ f ), shear span to depth ratio (a/d) and size effect of beams. The predicted shear strength of beams using the proposed model and 11 models proposed by other researchers is compared with the corresponding experimental results. The mean of predicted shear strength to the experimental shear strength for the 86 beams accounted for the validation of the proposed model is found to be 0.93. The result of the statistical analysis indicates that the prediction based on the proposed model corroborates with the corresponding experimental data.

  9. LSA SAF Meteosat FRP products - Part 2: Evaluation and demonstration for use in the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS)

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    Roberts, G.; Wooster, M. J.; Xu, W.; Freeborn, P. H.; Morcrette, J.-J.; Jones, L.; Benedetti, A.; Jiangping, H.; Fisher, D.; Kaiser, J. W.

    2015-11-01

    Characterising the dynamics of landscape-scale wildfires at very high temporal resolutions is best achieved using observations from Earth Observation (EO) sensors mounted onboard geostationary satellites. As a result, a number of operational active fire products have been developed from the data of such sensors. An example of which are the Fire Radiative Power (FRP) products, the FRP-PIXEL and FRP-GRID products, generated by the Land Surface Analysis Satellite Applications Facility (LSA SAF) from imagery collected by the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) onboard the Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) series of geostationary EO satellites. The processing chain developed to deliver these FRP products detects SEVIRI pixels containing actively burning fires and characterises their FRP output across four geographic regions covering Europe, part of South America and Northern and Southern Africa. The FRP-PIXEL product contains the highest spatial and temporal resolution FRP data set, whilst the FRP-GRID product contains a spatio-temporal summary that includes bias adjustments for cloud cover and the non-detection of low FRP fire pixels. Here we evaluate these two products against active fire data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and compare the results to those for three alternative active fire products derived from SEVIRI imagery. The FRP-PIXEL product is shown to detect a substantially greater number of active fire pixels than do alternative SEVIRI-based products, and comparison to MODIS on a per-fire basis indicates a strong agreement and low bias in terms of FRP values. However, low FRP fire pixels remain undetected by SEVIRI, with errors of active fire pixel detection commission and omission compared to MODIS ranging between 9-13 % and 65-77 % respectively in Africa. Higher errors of omission result in greater underestimation of regional FRP totals relative to those derived from simultaneously collected MODIS

  10. Outage analysis for underlay relay-assisted cognitive networks

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    Tourki, Kamel

    2012-12-01

    Cooperative relay technology was recently introduced into cognitive radio networks in order to enhance network capacity, scalability, and reliability of end-to-end communication. In this paper, we investigate an underlay cognitive network where the quality of service of the secondary link is maintained by triggering an opportunistic regenerative relaying once it falls under an unacceptable level. We first provide the exact cumulative density function (CDF) of received signal-to-noise (SNR) over each hop with co-located relays. Then, the CDFs are used to determine very accurate closed-form expression for the outage probability for a transmission rate R. We validate our analysis by showing that simulation results coincide with our analytical results in Rayleigh fading channels. © 2012 IEEE.

  11. Modified Johnston Failure Criterion from Rock Mechanics to Predict the Ultimate Strength of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Confined Columns

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    Zehra Canan Girgin

    2013-01-01

    The failure criteria from rock mechanics, Hoek-Brown and Johnston failure criteria, may be extended and modified to assess the ultimate compressive strength of axially loaded circular fiber reinforced polymer (FRP)-confined concrete columns. In addition to the previously modified Hoek-Brown criterion, in this study, the Johnston failure criterion is extended to scope of FRP-confined concrete, verified with the experimental data and compared with the significant relationships from the current ...

  12. Seasonal and Local Characteristics of Lightning Outages of Power Distribution Lines in Hokuriku Area

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    Sugimoto, Hitoshi; Shimasaki, Katsuhiko

    The proportion of the lightning outages in all outages on Japanese 6.6kV distribution lines is high with approximately 20 percent, and then lightning protections are very important for supply reliability of 6.6kV lines. It is effective for the lightning performance to apply countermeasures in order of the area where a large number of the lightning outages occur. Winter lightning occurs in Hokuriku area, therefore it is also important to understand the seasonal characteristics of the lightning outages. In summer 70 percent of the lightning outages on distribution lines in Hokuriku area were due to sparkover, such as power wire breakings and failures of pole-mounted transformers. However, in winter almost half of lightning-damaged equipments were surge arrester failures. The number of the lightning outages per lightning strokes detected by the lightning location system (LLS) in winter was 4.4 times larger than that in summer. The authors have presumed the occurrence of lightning outages from lightning stroke density, 50% value of lightning current and installation rate of lightning protection equipments and overhead ground wire by multiple regression analysis. The presumed results suggest the local difference in the lightning outages.

  13. Use of collaboration software to improve nuclear power plant outage management

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    Germain, Shawn

    2015-02-01

    Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) refueling outages create some of the most challenging activities the utilities face in both tracking and coordinating thousands of activities in a short period of time. Other challenges, including nuclear safety concerns arising from atypical system configurations and resource allocation issues, can create delays and schedule overruns, driving up outage costs. Today the majority of the outage communication is done using processes that do not take advantage of advances in modern technologies that enable enhanced communication, collaboration and information sharing. Some of the common practices include: runners that deliver paper-based requests for approval, radios, telephones, desktop computers, daily schedule printouts, and static whiteboards that are used to display information. Many gains have been made to reduce the challenges facing outage coordinators; however; new opportunities can be realized by utilizing modern technological advancements in communication and information tools that can enhance the collective situational awareness of plant personnel leading to improved decision-making. Ongoing research as part of the Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program (LWRS) has been targeting NPP outage improvement. As part of this research, various applications of collaborative software have been demonstrated through pilot project utility partnerships. Collaboration software can be utilized as part of the larger concept of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). Collaborative software can be used for emergent issue resolution, Outage Control Center (OCC) displays, and schedule monitoring. Use of collaboration software enables outage staff and subject matter experts (SMEs) to view and update critical outage information from any location on site or off.

  14. Outage probability of opportunistic decode-and-forward relaying over Nakagami-m fading channels

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    CHUAI Gang; ZHANG Bao-zhi; LIU Xing-mei; GAO Li

    2009-01-01

    In this article, the outage probability behavior of a relay network over Nakagami-m fading channels is analyzed. Both reactive and proactive opportunistic decode-and-forward (DAF) strategies are considered. The closed-form solutions to the outage probabilities on both opportunistic DAF strategies are derived. Simulation results conf'Lrrn the presented mathematical analysis.

  15. Use of collaboration software to improve nuclear power plant outage management

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    Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) refueling outages create some of the most challenging activities the utilities face in both tracking and coordinating thousands of activities in a short period of time. Other challenges, including nuclear safety concerns arising from atypical system configurations and resource allocation issues, can create delays and schedule overruns, driving up outage costs. Today the majority of the outage communication is done using processes that do not take advantage of advances in modern technologies that enable enhanced communication, collaboration and information sharing. Some of the common practices include: runners that deliver paper-based requests for approval, radios, telephones, desktop computers, daily schedule printouts, and static whiteboards that are used to display information. Many gains have been made to reduce the challenges facing outage coordinators; however; new opportunities can be realized by utilizing modern technological advancements in communication and information tools that can enhance the collective situational awareness of plant personnel leading to improved decision-making. Ongoing research as part of the Light Water Reactor Sustainability Program (LWRS) has been targeting NPP outage improvement. As part of this research, various applications of collaborative software have been demonstrated through pilot project utility partnerships. Collaboration software can be utilized as part of the larger concept of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). Collaborative software can be used for emergent issue resolution, Outage Control Center (OCC) displays, and schedule monitoring. Use of collaboration software enables outage staff and subject matter experts (SMEs) to view and update critical outage information from any location on site or off.

  16. Underlay Cognitive Radio Systems with Improper Gaussian Signaling: Outage Performance Analysis

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    Amin, Osama

    2016-03-29

    Improper Gaussian signaling has the ability over proper (conventional) Gaussian signaling to improve the achievable rate of systems that suffer from interference. In this paper, we study the impact of using improper Gaussian signaling on the performance limits of the underlay cognitive radio system by analyzing the achievable outage probability of both the primary user (PU) and secondary user (SU). We derive the exact outage probability expression of the SU and construct upper and lower bounds of the PU outage probability which results in formulating an approximate expression of the PU outage probability. This allows us to design the SU signal by adjusting its transmitted power and the circularity coefficient to minimize the SU outage probability while maintaining a certain PU quality-of-service. Finally, we evaluate the derived expressions for both the SU and the PU and the corresponding adaptive algorithms by numerical results.

  17. Estimating Power Outage Cost based on a Survey for Industrial Customers

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    Yoshida, Yoshikuni; Matsuhashi, Ryuji

    A survey was conducted on power outage cost for industrial customers. 5139 factories, which are designated energy management factories in Japan, answered their power consumption and the loss of production value due to the power outage in an hour in summer weekday. The median of unit cost of power outage of whole sectors is estimated as 672 yen/kWh. The sector of services for amusement and hobbies and the sector of manufacture of information and communication electronics equipment relatively have higher unit cost of power outage. Direct damage cost from power outage in whole sectors reaches 77 billion yen. Then utilizing input-output analysis, we estimated indirect damage cost that is caused by the repercussion of production halt. Indirect damage cost in whole sectors reaches 91 billion yen. The sector of wholesale and retail trade has the largest direct damage cost. The sector of manufacture of transportation equipment has the largest indirect damage cost.

  18. Barras de FRP: avaliando o módulo de elasticidade não destrutivamente FRP bars: assesing elastic modulus nondestructively

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    1997-06-01

    Full Text Available Um estudo experimental foi realizado com o objetivo de contribuir com o desenvolvimento de métodos de ensaios de avaliação das características mecânicas das barras de plástico reforçado com fibra (FRP a serem utilizadas como armadura nas obras de engenharia civil. Comparou-se o módulo de elasticidade estático, obtido por ensaio de tração em uma máquina universal, com o módulo de elasticidade dinâmico, obtido por ensaios não destrutivos. O módulo de elasticidade dinâmico foi determinado utilizando-se dois métodos de propagação de ondas: o pulso ultra-sônico e a freqüência de ressonância. Os valores do módulo de elasticidade dinâmico e os valores do módulo de elasticidade estático obtidos a partir da curva tensão-deformação dos ensaios de tração são significativamente semelhantes. Os resultados mostram que os ensaios de módulo de elasticidade dinâmico possuem potencial para serem utilizados na linha de fabricação das barras de FRP como controle da produção.An experimental study was carried out to support the development of standards test methods for fiber reinforced plastic (FRP bars used as concrete reinforcement. In addition, this study compares the elastic modulus values from tensile stress-strain curves with the dynamic values obtained nondestructively. Dynamic modulus of elasticity was determined using two stress wave propagation methods: ultrasonic pulse velocity and resonant frequency. The dynamic values compared favorably with values obtained from tensile stress-strain curves. The results showed the feasibility of using nondestructive methods, as control test, to estimate FRP bars elastic modulus in a manufacture process.

  19. The Role of Occupational Health and Safety in Complex Outage Services to NPPs

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    Meeting outage schedules in NPPs which are increasingly demanding, apart from all other aspects, introduces a new perspective on occupational health and safety (OHS). Not only is the OHS a constituent part of a plant's overall outage management, it above all dictates paramount objectives to outage service providers. The paper reviews the impacts of reductions of outage durations on OHS and presents related experience of the leading Slovenian outage services provider, NUMIP d.o.o. over the last ten years. The company is now getting prepared for its 12th outage at Krsko NPP in 2010, and has not have recorded a major injury so far, even though these projects engaged over 450 people at a time on-site. To achieve such results, a lot of emphasis is being put onto OHS management prior to and during outages. A certified OHSAS 18001 system has been established and implemented to further support preparation and execution of NUMIP's outage activities at Krsko NPP, and also for other projects. An effective continuous improvement system is built into the project, providing for implementation of lessons learned from domestic and foreign plants. To illustrate the topic in more detail, a case on a Seismic protection of polar crane project is presented. It took place in the 2009 Outage and has certainly been one of the most demanding projects from the OHS point of view for NUMIP so far. The paper aims at contributing to a better understanding of the role of effective management of OHS on the side of a service provider, and, consequently, in the overall outage success of a plant.(author).

  20. FRP 筋纤维混凝土受弯构件试验研究%An Experimental Study of Flexural Behaviour of FRP Reinforced Fiber Concrete Flexural Components

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    熊明权; 邱振清; 郑愚; 周日瑜

    2013-01-01

    In the current FRP flexural components , FRP is used as longitudinal tensile materials with large quantity .There-fore, the construction cost is huge and the structural design is determined by deflection but not by strength , which is due to low stiff-ness.In this study, fiber concrete will be introduced to FRP reinforced concrete beams with the consideration of high tensile strength of reinforcing materials .The influences of fibers on ductility and deformation of FRP reinforced concrete flexural components is in -vestigated by experimental tests .It turns out that the increasing of fibers in concrete materials can enhance the deformation of FRP reinforced concrete beams in order to solve problems of high reinforcement percentages in FRP reinforced concrete flexural compo -nents caused by the low structural ductility .Due to the difference between FRP and steel , ductility factor for FRP reinforced con-crete structures is established .With this ductility factor , the increasing of fiber quantity can improve the ductility of FRP reinforced flexural elements .%现有采用FRP的受弯构件中, FRP作为主要纵向受拉材料,用量通常较大。这造成FRP筋混凝土构件成本较高,同时还因构件刚度不够导致其变形而非承载力成为设计的控制因素。为了充分发挥FRP材料良好的抗拉性能,建立了FRP筋纤维混凝土受弯构件。通过结构试验的方法研究纤维混凝土对FRP筋混凝土受弯构件延性及变形能力的影响。试验结果表明,纤维的增加能够有效提高FRP筋受弯构件的变形能力,解决了过去FRP筋受弯构件延性差导致配筋率过高的问题。基于FRP筋与钢筋材料上的差异,针对FRP筋混凝土构件建立了相应的延性设计指标。采用该指标对纤维混凝土构件进行分析后发现,随着纤维含量的增加, FRP筋混凝土受弯构件的延性有着明显提高。

  1. A design model for strain-softening and strain-hardening fiber reinforced elements reinforced longitudinally with steel and FRP bars

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    Mahsa, Taheri; Barros, Joaquim A. O.; Salehian, Hamidreza

    2011-01-01

    A close form solution is developed for the prediction of the moment-curvature relationship of cross sections of fiber reinforced concrete (FRC) elements failing in bending, and reinforced longitudinally with steel and fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) bars. The FRP bars are installed with the largest possible internal arm, e.g. with the minimum concrete cover that assures the bond conditions for a sound stress transfer from FRC to the FRP bars. The model is also able of simulating th...

  2. Home Use Devices: How to Prepare for and Handle Power Outages for Medical Devices That Require Electricity

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    ... to Prepare for and Handle Power Outages for Medical Devices that Require Electricity Center for De CDRH vices ... to Prepare for and Handle Power Outages for Medical Devices that Require Electricity As a home medical device ...

  3. Prediction of Flexural Capacity of RC Beams Strengthened in Flexure with FRP Fabric and Cementitious Matrix

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents both experimental and analytical research results for predicting the flexural capacity of reinforced concrete (RC beams strengthened in flexure with fabric reinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM. In order to assess the efficiency of the FRCM-strengthening method, six beams were strengthened in flexure with FRCM composite having different amounts and layers of FRP fabric and were tested under four-point loading. From test results, it was confirmed that the slippage between the FRP fabric and matrix occurs at a high strain level, and all of the FRCM-strengthened beams failed by the debonding of the FRCM. Additionally, a new bond strength model for FRCM considering the slippage between fabric and matrix was proposed, using a test database to predict the strengthening performance of the FRCM composite. The prediction of the proposed bond strength model agreed well with the debonding loads of the test database.

  4. Damage model for FRP-confined concrete columns under cyclic loading

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    Desprez, Cédric; Mazars, Jacky; Kotronis, Panagiotis; PAULTRE, Patrick

    2013-01-01

    In structural engineering, seismic vulnerability reduction of existing structures is a crucial issue. External reinforcement with fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) holds interest in achieving this aim. Its use as a retrofitting method is limited, however, for a number of reasons, including the lack of numerical tools for predicting cyclic loading. This paper presents a simplified stress–strain model suitable for monotonic and cycling loading capable of predicting the FRP’s effect on ...

  5. Design procedures for the use of EB FRP in shear strengthening of reinforced concrete beams

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    Vasic, Mira

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this work is assessment and analysis of the reliability of the most well-known design models, available for the prediction of the contribution of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) systems to the shear capacity of strengthened reinforced concrete beams. In this study, current analytical formulations for basic shear design and shear strengthening design are presented in detail and main problems and lacks, being the motivation of this work, are highlighted. The research is based on th...

  6. Disbond detection with piezoelectric wafer active sensors in RC structures strengthened with FRP composite overlays

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    Victor Giurgiutiu; Kent Harries; Michael Petrou; Joel Bost; Josh B. Quattlebaum

    2003-01-01

    The capability of embedded piezoelectric wafer active sensors (PWAS) to perform in-situ nondestructive evaluation (NDE) for structural health monitoring (SHM) of reinforced concrete (RC) structures strengthened with fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite overlays is explored. First, the disbond detection method were developed on coupon specimens consisting of concrete blocks covered with an FRP composite layer. It was found that the prescnce of a disbond crack drastically changes the electromecbanical (E/M) impedance spectrum measured at the PWAS terminals. The spectral changes depend on the distance between the PWAS and the crack tip. Second, large scale experiments were conducted on a RC beam strengthened with carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite overlay. The beam was subject to an acccleratcd fatigue load regime in a three-point bending configuration up to a total of807,415 cycles. During these fatigue tests, the CFRP overlay experienced disbonding beginning at about 500,000 cycles. The PWAS were able to detect the disbonding before it could be reliably seen by visual inspection. Good correlation between the PWAS readings and the position and extent of disbond damage was observed. These preliminary results demonstrate the potential of PWAS technology for SHM of RC structures strengthened with FRP composite ovcrlays.

  7. Combined Transverse Steel-External FRP Confinement Model for Rectangular Reinforced Concrete Columns

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    Ahmed Al-Rahmani

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Recently, the need to increase the strength of reinforced concrete members has become a subject that civil engineers are interested in tackling. Of the many proposed solutions, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP materials have attracted attention due to their superior properties, such as high strength-to-weight ratio, high energy absorption and excellent corrosion resistance. FRP wrapping of concrete columns is done to enhance the ultimate strength due to the confinement effect, which is normally induced by steel ties. The existence of the two confinement systems changes the nature of the problem, thus necessitating specialized nonlinear analysis to obtain the column’s ultimate capacity. Existing research focused on a single confinement system. Furthermore, very limited research on rectangular sections was found in the literature. In this work, a model to estimate the combined behavior of the two systems in rectangular columns is proposed. The calculation of the effective lateral pressure is based on the Lam and Teng model and the Mander model for FRP wraps and steel ties, respectively. The model then generates stress-strain diagrams for both the concrete core and the cover. The model was developed for the analysis in extreme load events, where all possible contributions to the column’s ultimate capacity should be accounted for without any margin of safety. The model was validated against experiments, and the results obtained showed good agreement with almost all of the available experimental data.

  8. THEORETICAL MODEL ON INTERFACE FAILURE MECHANISM OF REINFORCED CONCRETE CONTINUOUS BEAM STRENGTHENED BY FRP

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    Hong Yuan; Zifeng Lin

    2009-01-01

    Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites are increasingly being used for the re-pair and strengthening of deteriorated concrete structural components through adhesive bonding of prefabricated strips/plates and the wet lay-up of fabric. Interracial bond failure modes have at-tracted the attention of researchers because of the importance. The objective of the present study is to analyse the interface failure mechanism of reinforced concrete continuous beam strength-ened by FRP. An analytical solution has been firstly presented to predict the entire debonding process of the model. The realistic bi-linear bond-slip interfacial law was adopted to study this problem. The crack propagation process of the loaded model was divided into four stages (elastic, elastic-softening, elastic-softening-debonded and softening-debonded stage). Among them, elastic-softening-debonded stage has four sub-stages. The equations are solved by adding suitable stress and displacement boundary conditions. Finally, critical value of bond length is determined to make the failure mechanism in the paper effective by solving the simultaneously linear algebraic equations. The interaction between the upper and lower FRP plates can be neglected if axial stiffness ratio of the concrete-to-plate prism is large enough.

  9. Strength Modeling of Reinforced Concrete Beam with Externally Bonded FRP Reinforcement

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    N. Pannirselvam

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available This research study presents the evaluation of the structural behaviour of reinforced concrete beams with externally bonded Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP reinforcements. Three different steel ratios with two different Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer (GFRP types and two different thicknesses in each type of GFRP were used. Totally fifteen rectangular beams of 3 m length were cast. Three rectangular beams were used as reference beam (Control Beams and the remaining were fixed with GFRP laminates on the soffit of the rectangular beam. The variables considered for the study includes longitudinal steel ratio, type of GFRP laminates, thickness of GFRP laminates and composite ratios. Flexural test, using simple beam with third-point loading was adopted to study the performance of FRP plated beams interms flexural strength, deflection, ductility and was compared with the unplated beams. The test results show that the beams strengthened with GFRP laminates exhibit better performance. The flexural strength and ductility increase with increase in thickness of GFRP plate. The increase in first crack loads was up to 88.89% for 3 mm thick WRGFRP plates and 100.00% for 5 mm WRGFRP plated beams and increase in ductility interms of energy and deflection was found to be 56.01 and 64.69% respectively with 5 mm thick GFRP plated beam. Strength models were developed for predicting the flexural strength (ultimate load, service load and ductility of FRP beams. The strength model developed give prediction matching the measurements.

  10. Disbond detection with piezoelectric wafer active sensors in RC structures strengthened with FRP composite overlays

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    Giurgiutiu, Victor; Harries, Kent; Petrou, Michael; Bost, Joel; Quattlebaum, Josh B.

    2003-12-01

    The capability of embedded piezoelectric wafer active sensors (PWAS) to perform in-situ nondestructive evaluation (NDE) for structural health monitoring (SHM) of reinforced concrete (RC) structures strengthened with fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite overlays is explored. First, the disbond detection method were developed on coupon specimens consisting of concrete blocks covered with an FRP composite layer. It was found that the presence of a disbond crack drastically changes the electromechanical (E/M) impedance spectrum measured at the PWAS terminals. The spectral changes depend on the distance between the PWAS and the crack tip. Second, large scale experiments were conducted on a RC beam strengthened with carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite overlay. The beam was subject to an accelerated fatigue load regime in a three-point bending configuration up to a total of 807,415 cycles. During these fatigue tests, the CFRP overlay experienced disbonding beginning at about 500,000 cycles. The PWAS were able to detect the disbonding before it could be reliably seen by visual inspection. Good correlation between the PWAS readings and the position and extent of disbond damage was observed. These preliminary results demonstrate the potential of PWAS technology for SHM of RC structures strengthened with FRP composite overlays.

  11. A state of the art review on reinforced concrete beams with openings retrofitted with FRP

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    Osman, Bashir H.; Wu, Erjun; Ji, Bohai; S Abdelgader, Abdeldime M.

    2016-09-01

    The use of externally bonded fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) sheets, strips or steel plates is a modern and convenient way for strengthening of reinforced concrete (RC) beams. Several researches have been carried out on reinforced concrete beams with web openings that strengthened using fiber reinforced polymer composite. Majority of researches focused on shear strengthening compared with flexural strengthening, while others studied the effect of openings on shear and flexural separately with various loading. This paper investigates the impact of more than sixty articles on opening reinforced concrete beams with and without strengthening by fiber reinforcement polymers FRP. Moreover, important practical issues, which are contributed in shear strengthening of beams with different strengthening techniques, such as steel plate and FRP laminate, and detailed with various design approaches are discussed. Furthermore, a simple technique of applying fiber reinforced polymer contributed with steel plate for strengthening the RC beams with openings under different load application is concluded. Directions for future research based on the existing gaps of the present works are presented.

  12. Reliabilty worth: Development of a relationship with outage magnitude, duration and frequency

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    British Columbia Hydro's Worth Project Team was founded to determine values for reliability for reference in evaluation of investment and operating decisions. Work to date has produced key preliminary values for specific outages and concepts for the shape of the relationship between value and these determinates of reliability worth, frequency, magnitude and duration. These values and concepts are described. The values are developed through an iterative, trial and refinement approach. The approach incorporates direct input from customers, common sense and judgement, and micro- and macro-economic concepts. Reliability worth values for reduced or prevented outages are presented for residential, commercial, small industrial and mixed sectors and various outage durations. Reliability worth values were obtained through customer surveys. Limitations of the reliability worth value are numerous and are listed. Study of cost vs magnitude of interruption using microeconomic models has shown that costly system improvements to reduce the possibility of widespread outages may not be justified. The case of exceptionally large area outages (blackouts) is examined. The cost vs frequency relationship was examined in terms of the economic concept of utility or satisfaction. Different loss/frequency characteristics are demonstrated for different customer classes. Customer value for reduced outage duration is expressed in a curve with flatter slope than that for eliminated outages. 2 refs., 6 figs

  13. Power Outages, Extreme Events and Health: a Systematic Review of the Literature from 2011-2012

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    Klinger, Chaamala; Landeg, Owen; Murray, Virginia

    2014-01-01

    Background Extreme events (e.g. flooding) threaten critical infrastructure including power supplies. Many interlinked systems in the modern world depend on a reliable power supply to function effectively. The health sector is no exception, but the impact of power outages on health is poorly understood. Greater understanding is essential so that adverse health impacts can be prevented and/or mitigated. Methods We searched Medline, CINAHL and Scopus for papers about the health impacts of power outages during extreme events published in 2011-2012. A thematic analysis was undertaken on the extracted information. The Public Health England Extreme Events Bulletins between 01/01/2013 - 31/03/2013 were used to identify extreme events that led to power outages during this three-month period. Results We identified 20 relevant articles. Power outages were found to impact health at many levels within diverse settings. Recurrent themes included the difficulties of accessing healthcare, maintaining frontline services and the challenges of community healthcare. We identified 52 power outages in 19 countries that were the direct consequence of extreme events during the first three months of 2013. Conclusions To our knowledge, this is the first review of the health impacts of power outages. We found the current evidence and knowledge base to be poor. With scientific consensus predicting an increase in the frequency and magnitude of extreme events due to climate change, the gaps in knowledge need to be addressed in order to mitigate the impact of power outages on global health. PMID:24459613

  14. Use of a Computerized Tool (ORAM) to Help Manage Outage Safety and Risk at NPP Krsko

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    Outage Risk Assessment and Management (ORAM) is a computerized methodology developed by the U.S. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to help Nuclear Power Plant personnel manage the risk and safety associated with refueling and forced plant outages. Today, over 60 plants including NPP Krsko are using ORAM during the preparation and performance of plant outages. In fact, many plants are attributing much of the reductions in the duration of refueling outages to the use of ORAM. The success of the ORAM methodology is the capability to provide plant and management personnel with understandable results from both deterministic evaluations of plant safety and quantitative risk assessments. The Nuklearna Elektrarna Krsko (NEK) use of ORAM involves both of these approaches. The deterministic portion of ORAM is used to model the NPP Krsko Shutdown Technical Specifications and administrative considerations. The probabilistic portion of ORAM uses industry and NEK specific initiating events and other risk elements pertaining to shutdown to derive a quantitative risk assessment for various end states, including core damage and RCS boiling. This paper expands on the value of each approach and demonstrates the benefits of combining these elements in the decision-making process. Another key advantage of ORAM is the ability to apply the methodology to specific outages. Since no outage is identical, this provides tremendous benefits to plant personnel for managing the safety and risk of a particular outage. ORAM does this ba organizing all of the various plant configurations and equipment unavailability windows into numerous plant states. Furthermore, ORAM evaluations can be automatedby interfacing with outage scheduling software programs such as Primavera. For each plant state, the deterministic and the probabilistic logic evaluations are applied. This paper will demonstrate the ORAM evaluation for an actual NPP Krsko outage. (author)

  15. Investigation of Suitability of Cascading Outage Assessment Methods for Real-Time Assessment

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    Petersen, Pauli Fríðheim; Jóhannsson, Hjörtur; Nielsen, Arne Hejde

    This paper investigates the suitability of assessment methods for cascading outages for real-time assessment. A total of ten assessment methods for cascading outages are investigated, and for all of the investigated methods a complexity assessment is performed to assess the suitability...... of the method to real-time assessment. The investigation revealed that two of the methods are of special interest for further study on real-time assessment of cascading outages. These are the betweenness centrality model, based on network topology, and the manchester model, based on AC power flow....

  16. An analytical model for evaluating outage and handover probability of cellular wireless networks

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    Decreusefond, Laurent; Vu, Than-Tung

    2010-01-01

    We consider stochastic cellular networks where base stations locations form a homogenous Poisson point process and each mobile is attached to the base station that provides the best mean signal power. The mobile is in outage if the SINR falls below some threshold. The handover decision has to be made if the mobile is in outage for some time slots. The outage probability and the handover probability is evaluated in taking into account the effect of path loss, shadowing, Rayleigh fast fading, frequency factor reuse and conventional beamforming. The main assumption is that the Rayleigh fast fading changes each time slot while other network components remain static during the period of study.

  17. Configuration control during plant outages. A review of operating experience

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    Peinador Veira, Miguel; El Kanbi, Semir [European Commission Joint Research Centre, Petten (Netherlands). Inst. for Energy and Transport; Stephan, Jean-Luc [Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire (IRSN), Fontenay-aux-Roses (France); Martens, Johannes [Gesellschaft fuer Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) gGmbH, Koeln (Germany)

    2015-03-15

    After the occurrence of several significant events in nuclear power plants during shut-down modes of operation in the eighties, and from the results of probabilistic safety assessments completed in the nineties, it was clear that risk from low power and shutdown operational modes could not be neglected and had to be addressed by appropriate safety programs. A comprehensive review of operating experience from the last ten years has been conducted by the Joint Research Centre with the objective of deriving lessons learned and recommendations useful for nuclear regulatory bodies and utilities alike. This paper is focused on one particular challenge that any nuclear plant faces whenever it plans its next outage period: how to manage the configuration of all systems under a complex environment involving numerous concurrent activities, and how to make sure that systems are returned to their valid configuration before the plant resumes power operation. This study highlights the importance of conveying accurate but synthesized information on the status of the plant to the operators in the main control room. Many of the lessons learned are related to the alarm display in the control room and to the use of check lists to control the status of systems. Members of the industry and safety authorities may now use these recommendations and lessons learned to feed their own operating experience feedback programs, and check their applicability for specific sites.

  18. Power outage estimation for tropical cyclones: improved accuracy with simpler models.

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    Nateghi, Roshanak; Guikema, Seth; Quiring, Steven M

    2014-06-01

    In this article, we discuss an outage-forecasting model that we have developed. This model uses very few input variables to estimate hurricane-induced outages prior to landfall with great predictive accuracy. We also show the results for a series of simpler models that use only publicly available data and can still estimate outages with reasonable accuracy. The intended users of these models are emergency response planners within power utilities and related government agencies. We developed our models based on the method of random forest, using data from a power distribution system serving two states in the Gulf Coast region of the United States. We also show that estimates of system reliability based on wind speed alone are not sufficient for adequately capturing the reliability of system components. We demonstrate that a multivariate approach can produce more accurate power outage predictions.

  19. Outage Analysis of Spectrum-Sharing over M-Block Fading with Sensing Information

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    Alabbasi, Abdulrahman

    2016-07-13

    Future wireless technologies, such as, 5G, are expected to support real-time applications with high data throughput, e.g., holographic meetings. From a bandwidth perspective, cognitive radio is a promising technology to enhance the system’s throughput via sharing the licensed spectrum. From a delay perspective, it is well known that increasing the number of decoding blocks will improve the system robustness against errors, while increasing the delay. Therefore, optimally allocating the resources to determine the tradeoff of tuning the length of decoding blocks while sharing the spectrum is a critical challenge for future wireless systems. In this work, we minimize the targeted outage probability over the block-fading channels while utilizing the spectrum-sharing concept. The secondary user’s outage region and the corresponding optimal power are derived, over twoblocks and M-blocks fading channels. We propose two suboptimal power strategies and derive the associated asymptotic lower and upper bounds on the outage probability with tractable expressions. These bounds allow us to derive the exact diversity order of the secondary user’s outage probability. To further enhance the system’s performance, we also investigate the impact of including the sensing information on the outage problem. The outage problem is then solved via proposing an alternating optimization algorithm, which utilizes the verified strict quasiconvex structure of the problem. Selected numerical results are presented to characterize the system’s behavior and show the improvements of several sharing concepts.

  20. Comparison and validation of statistical methods for predicting power outage durations in the event of hurricanes.

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    Nateghi, Roshanak; Guikema, Seth D; Quiring, Steven M

    2011-12-01

    This article compares statistical methods for modeling power outage durations during hurricanes and examines the predictive accuracy of these methods. Being able to make accurate predictions of power outage durations is valuable because the information can be used by utility companies to plan their restoration efforts more efficiently. This information can also help inform customers and public agencies of the expected outage times, enabling better collective response planning, and coordination of restoration efforts for other critical infrastructures that depend on electricity. In the long run, outage duration estimates for future storm scenarios may help utilities and public agencies better allocate risk management resources to balance the disruption from hurricanes with the cost of hardening power systems. We compare the out-of-sample predictive accuracy of five distinct statistical models for estimating power outage duration times caused by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The methods compared include both regression models (accelerated failure time (AFT) and Cox proportional hazard models (Cox PH)) and data mining techniques (regression trees, Bayesian additive regression trees (BART), and multivariate additive regression splines). We then validate our models against two other hurricanes. Our results indicate that BART yields the best prediction accuracy and that it is possible to predict outage durations with reasonable accuracy.

  1. The strategy of reducing the annual outage length of Fukushima-II NPS

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    The ninth annual outage inspection of Fukushima-II NPS unit No.3 was executed within 36 days from September 12 to October 17, 1998. The outage length of 36 days is the shortest in our history. The capacity factor will exceed 86% in fiscal 1998. It used to be emphasized the necessity for energy security and safety rather than costs in the nuclear industry. Recently, environment of the electric industry has been becoming more competitive. The nuclear industry had to participate in the competition. The preparations for shortening the annual outage length were begun in 1994. The shortening activities have progressed with the policy which ensure safety and reliability. The outage length has been reduced from mid-80 s to 36 days step by step over 3 years. The most important factor in shortening the outage length is to commit all participants, employees and contractors. Because of the endeavor to shorten the outage length, the capacity factor of Fukushima-II NPS is being maintained at a higher level. Hereafter the capacity factor level of 85% will continue, except unplanned shutdown. (author)

  2. The impact of fuel cladding failure events on occupational radiation exposures at nuclear power plants: Case study, PWR [pressurized-water reactor] during an outage

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    This report is the second in a series of case studies designed to evaluate the magnitude of increase in occupational radiation exposures at commercial US nuclear power plants resulting from small incidents or abnormal events. The event evaluated is fuel cladding failure, which can result in elevated primary coolant activity and increased radiation exposure rates within a plant. For this case study, radiation measurements were made at a pressurized-water reactor (PWR) during a maintenance and refueling outage. The PWR had been operating for 22 months with fuel cladding failure characterized as 105 pin-hole leakers, the equivalent of 0.21% failed fuel. Gamma spectroscopy measurements, radiation exposure rate determinations, thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD) assessments, and air sample analyses were made in the plant's radwaste, pipe penetration, and containment buildings. Based on the data collected, evaluations indicate that the relative contributions of activation products and fission products to the total exposure rates were constant over the duration of the outage. This constancy is due to the significant contribution from the longer-lived isotopes of cesium (a fission product) and cobalt (an activation product). For this reason, fuel cladding failure events remain as significant to occupational radiation exposure during an outage as during routine operations. As documented in the previous case study (NUREG/CR-4485 Vol. 1), fuel cladding failure events increased radiation exposure rates an estimated 540% at some locations of the plant during routine operations. Consequently, such events can result in significantly greater radiation exposure rates in many areas of the plant during the maintenance and refueling outages than would have been present under normal fuel conditions

  3. Application of PZT and FBG impedance sensors for structural health monitoring of reinforced concrete beams strengthened with FRP composite materials

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    Sevillano Bravo, Enrique

    2015-01-01

    Esta Tesis tiene como objetivo principal el desarrollo de métodos de identificación del daño que sean robustos y fiables, enfocados a sistemas estructurales experimentales, fundamentalmente a las estructuras de hormigón armado reforzadas externamente con bandas fibras de polímeros reforzados (FRP). El modo de fallo de este tipo de sistema estructural es crítico, pues generalmente es debido a un despegue repentino y frágil de la banda del refuerzo FRP originado en grietas intermedias causadas ...

  4. Strengthening of reinforced concrete beams with basalt-based FRP sheets: An analytical assessment

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    Nerilli, Francesca; Vairo, Giuseppe

    2016-06-01

    In this paper the effectiveness of the flexural strengthening of RC beams through basalt fiber-reinforced sheets is investigated. The non-linear flexural response of RC beams strengthened with FRP composites applied at the traction side is described via an analytical formulation. Validation results and some comparative analyses confirm soundness and consistency of the proposed approach, and highlight the good mechanical performances (in terms of strength and ductility enhancement of the beam) produced by basalt-based reinforcements in comparison with traditional glass or carbon FRPs.

  5. Modelling Static and Dynamic FRP-Concrete Bond Behaviour Using a Local Concrete Damage Model

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    Li, Xiaoqin; Chen, Jian-Fei; Lu, Yong; Yang, Zhenjun

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a study on the bond behaviour of FRP-concrete bonded joints under static and dynamic loadings, by developing a meso-scale finite element model using the K&C concrete damage model in LS-DYNA. A significant number of single shear experiments under static pull-off loading were modelled with an extensive parametric study covering key factors in the K&C model, including the crack band width, the compressive fracture energy and the shear dilatation factor. It is demonstr...

  6. Influence of Basalt FRP Mesh Reinforcement on High-Performance Concrete Thin Plates at High Temperatures

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    Hulin, Thomas; Lauridsen, Dan H.; Hodicky, Kamil;

    2015-01-01

    furnace tests compared performances of HPC with and without BFRP mesh, assessing material behavior; another set including polypropylene (PP) fibers to avoid spalling compared the performance of BFRP mesh reinforcement to that of regular steel reinforcement, assessing mechanical properties......, requiring the use of steel. Microscope observations highlighted degradation of the HPC-BFRP mesh interface with temperature due to the melting polymer matrix of the mesh. These observations call for caution when using fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement in elements exposed to fire hazard....

  7. ANALISA TEKNIS DAN EKONOMIS PENGGUNAAN COREMAT UNTUK KONSTRUKSI FRP (FIBERGLASS REINFORCED PLASTIC SANDWICH PADA BADAN KAPAL

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    Parlindungan Manik

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Planning of ship construction is make its having good effectivity value and efficiency. Composite as material alternative to changes of steel feedstock and wood has many applied named FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastics single skin. The weakness of this FRP was heavy construction and requires many production time. Therefore, will be checked comparison between single skin with sandwich constructions for shell. In this research, the way for making composite is hand lay up method with three various thickness of skin there are : t, t/2, and t/4. To know strength comparison from the various skin of sandwich with single skin, must be test, consist of tensile test.. The result is analyzed then compared by BKI (Biro Klasifikasi Indonesia rules for the fiberglass ship. Based on the result, indicates that optimization skin thickness of sandwich construction applies Coremat which tensile strength it is equivalent with Single Skin at 2/3t and usage of Sandwich construction causes 23,12 % lighter. In economic analyze, advantage from low weight is compensation of addition 23,12 % DWT. Material cost for Sandwich about 11,35% bigger than Single Skin construction.

  8. 国外FRP预浸料发展概况%Foreign Developments of FRP Prepregs

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    叶鼎铨

    2013-01-01

    Prepregs are semi-finished fiber reinforced plastics ( FRP ) products that are pre-impregnated with resin and can be stored, ready to be used for molding composite end-products. Prepregs are divided into thermoset and thermoplastic preppregs. Due to their ease of use, consistent properties, low void content, clean molding operation and other advantages, prepregs are becoming increasingly common in the composite industry, exhibiting a very good prospect.%预浸料是用树脂预先浸渍,可以储存的纤维增强塑料( FRP)半成品,随时可以用来制造复合材料制品。预浸料有热固性和热塑性预浸料之分。因它们容易使用、性能稳定、空隙率低、模塑过程清洁等诸多优点,预浸料在复合材料工业中日趋普遍,前景甚好。

  9. ANALISA TEKNIS DAN EKONOMIS PENGGUNAAN COREMAT UNTUK KONSTRUKSI FRP (FIBERGLASS REINFORCED PLASTIC SANDWICH PADA BADAN KAPAL

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    Parlindungan Manik

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Planning of ship construction is make its having good effectivity value and efficiency. Composite as materialalternative to changes of steel feedstock and wood has many applied named FRP (fiberglass reinforcedplastics single skin. The weakness of this FRP was heavy construction and requires many production time.Therefore, will be checked comparison between single skin with sandwich constructions for shell.In this research, the way for making composite is hand lay up method with three various thickness of skinthere are : t, t/2, and t/4. To know strength comparison from the various skin of sandwich with single skin,must be test, consist of tensile test.. The result is analyzed then compared by BKI (Biro Klasifikasi Indonesiarules for the fiberglass ship.Based on the result, indicates that optimization skin thickness of sandwich construction applies Corematwhich tensile strength it is equivalent with Single Skin at 2/3t and usage of Sandwich construction causes23,12 % lighter. In economic analyze, advantage from low weight is compensation of addition 23,12 % DWT.Material cost for Sandwich about 11,35% bigger than Single Skin construction.

  10. Deformation behavior of FRP-metal composites locally reinforced with carbon fibers

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    Scholze, M.; Kolonko, A.; Lindner, T.; Lampke, T.; Helbig, F.

    2016-03-01

    This study investigates variations of hybrid laminates, consisting of one aluminum sheet and a unidirectional glass fiber (GF) reinforced polyamide 6 (PA6) basic structure with partial carbon fiber (CF) reinforcement. To create these heterogeneous FRP laminates, it is necessary to design and produce semi-finished textile-based products. Moreover, a warp knitting machine in conjunction with a warp thread offset unit was used to generate bionic inspired compounds. By the variation of stacking prior to the consolidation process of the hybrid laminate, an oriented CF reinforcement at the top and middle layer of the FRP is realized. In both cases the GFRP layer prevents contact between the aluminum and carbon fibers. In so doing, the high strength of carbon fibers can be transferred to the hybrid laminate in load directions with an active prevention of contact corrosion. The interface strength between thermoplastic and metal component was improved by a thermal spray coating on the aluminum sheet. Because of the high surface roughness and porosity, mechanical interlock was used to provide high interface strength without bonding agents between both components. The resulting mechanical properties of the hybrid laminates are evaluated by three point bending tests in different load directions. The effect of local fiber orientation and layer positioning on failure and deformation mechanism is additionally investigated by digital image correlation (DIC).

  11. Nonlinear FE simulations of structural behavior parameters of reinforced concrete beam with epoxy-bonded FRP

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    Sasmal, Saptarshi; Kalidoss, S.

    2015-05-01

    In the present study, investigations on fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) plated-reinforced concrete (RC) beam are carried out. Numerical investigations are performed by using a nonlinear finite element analysis by incorporating cracking and crushing of concrete. The numerical models developed in the present study are validated with the results obtained from the experiment under monotonic load using the servo-hydraulic actuator in displacement control mode. Further, the validated numerical models are used to evaluate the influence of different parameters. It is found from the investigations that increase in the elastic modulus of adhesive layer and CFRP laminate increases the interfacial stresses whereas increase in laminate modulus decreases the displacement and reinforcement strain of the beam. It is also observed that increase in the adhesive layer can largely reduce the interfacial stresses, whereas increase in laminate thickness increases it. However, increase in laminate thickness decreases the displacement and reinforcement strain of the beam significantly. It is mention worthy that increase in laminate length reduces the interfacial stresses, whereas CFRP width change does not affect the interfacial stresses. The study will be useful for the design and practicing engineers for arriving at the FRP-based strengthening schemes for RC structures judiciously.

  12. Estimating the Propagation of Interdependent Cascading Outages with Multi-Type Branching Processes

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    Qi, Junjian; Sun, Kai

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, the multi-type branching process is applied to describe the statistics of line outages, the load shed, and isolated buses. The offspring mean matrix of the multi-type branching process is estimated by the Expectation Maximization (EM) algorithm and can quantify the extent of outage propagation. The joint distribution of two types of outages is estimated by the multi-type branching process via the Lagrange-Good inversion. The proposed model is tested with data generated by the AC OPA cascading simulations on the IEEE 118-bus system. The largest eigenvalues of the offspring mean matrix indicate that the system is closer to criticality when considering the interdependence of different types of outages. Compared with empirically estimating the joint distribution of the total outages, good estimate is obtained by using the multi-type branching process with a much smaller number of cascades, thus greatly improving the efficiency. It is shown that the multi-type branching process can effectively predi...

  13. Distributed Power-Line Outage Detection Based on Wide Area Measurement System

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    Liang Zhao

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available In modern power grids, the fast and reliable detection of power-line outages is an important functionality, which prevents cascading failures and facilitates an accurate state estimation to monitor the real-time conditions of the grids. However, most of the existing approaches for outage detection suffer from two drawbacks, namely: (i high computational complexity; and (ii relying on a centralized means of implementation. The high computational complexity limits the practical usage of outage detection only for the case of single-line or double-line outages. Meanwhile, the centralized means of implementation raises security and privacy issues. Considering these drawbacks, the present paper proposes a distributed framework, which carries out in-network information processing and only shares estimates on boundaries with the neighboring control areas. This novel framework relies on a convex-relaxed formulation of the line outage detection problem and leverages the alternating direction method of multipliers (ADMM for its distributed solution. The proposed framework invokes a low computational complexity, requiring only linear and simple matrix-vector operations. We also extend this framework to incorporate the sparse property of the measurement matrix and employ the LSQRalgorithm to enable a warm start, which further accelerates the algorithm. Analysis and simulation tests validate the correctness and effectiveness of the proposed approaches.

  14. International outage coding system for nuclear power plants. Results of a co-ordinated research project

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    The experience obtained in each individual plant constitutes the most relevant source of information for improving its performance. However, experience of the level of the utility, country and worldwide is also extremely valuable, because there are limitations to what can be learned from in-house experience. But learning from the experience of others is admittedly difficult, if the information is not harmonized. Therefore, such systems should be standardized and applicable to all types of reactors satisfying the needs of the broad set of nuclear power plant operators worldwide and allowing experience to be shared internationally. To cope with the considerable amount of information gathered from nuclear power plants worldwide, it is necessary to codify the information facilitating the identification of causes of outages, systems or component failures. Therefore, the IAEA established a sponsored Co-ordinated Research Project (CRP) on the International Outage Coding System to develop a general, internationally applicable system of coding nuclear power plant outages, providing worldwide nuclear utilities with a standardized tool for reporting outage information. This TECDOC summarizes the results of this CRP and provides information for transformation of the historical outage data into the new coding system, taking into consideration the existing systems for coding nuclear power plant events (WANO, IAEA-IRS and IAEA PRIS) but avoiding duplication of efforts to the maximum possible extent

  15. Detecting Power Outages with the VIIRS DNB Images - potentials and challenges

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    Cao, C.; Uprety, S.; Shao, X.

    2012-12-01

    Power outages after a major storm or hurricane affect millions of people. The launch of the Suomi NPP with the VIIRS significantly enhances our capability to monitor and detect power outages on a daily basis with the Day Night Band (DNB) which outperforms the traditional OSL on DMSP satellites in both spatial and radiometric resolutions. This study explores the use of the DNB for detecting power outages in the Washington DC metropolitan area in June 2012, which was the largest non-hurricane power outage in history for the region with millions of people lost power, and state of emergency declared in some states such as Virginia. The DNB data were analyzed for the period one week before and after the storm. The light loss is estimated through image differencing techniques for spatial patterns, as well as total radiance and irradiance changes as a time series. The effects of cloud absorption and scattering are evaluated using the cloud masks from VIIRS products, and the long wave thermal infrared images are also used to assist the assessment. The results show that the DNB data are very useful for both spatial and radiometric detection of light loss, but also with some challenges due to clouds and the known terminator straylight effect of the instrument for the region during summer solstice. It is expected that further refinements in the methodology will significantly reduce the uncertainties. A VIIRS Data Robotics system is also being developed which will allow the routine detection of power outages for any given location worldwide.

  16. Achievable Outage Rates In Cognitive Radio Networks under Imperfect Spectrum Sensing

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we aim at deriving the outage rates achieved by the primary user due spectrum sensing in a cognitive radio network, that we call sensing-induced primary outage rates. To reach this goal, in the first step, instead of classical spectrum sensing techniques that evaluate sensing performance only based on correct detection of the presence of the primary user’s signal, we propose a modified framework that also takes into account the correct detection of the absence of primary user’s signal for spectrum sensing performance evaluation. In a second step, we derive the information rates achieved by the coexistence of a primary and a cognitive network. In the last step, assuming slow fading sensing channels, we derive the sensing-induced primary outage rates, i.e., outage rates achieved by the primary network in the presence of a CR with imperfect spectrum sensing, characterized by a given miss-detection probability. Numerical results show that the proposed spectrum sensing outperforms conventional spectrum sensing techniques in terms of primary signal outage rates and total achievable throughputs, without any increase in the cognitive radio complexity.

  17. Balance-of-plant outage availability study. Phase I. Extension report

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    After completion of the Phase 1 Refueling Outage Availability Study, Babcock and Wilcox and the U.S. Department of Energy entered into a supplemental agreement to perform a balance-of-plant maintenance, inspection, and test study with the cooperation of Duke Power Company and Arkansas Power and Light Company. The objectives were (1) to expand the Phase 1 data base, including balance-of-plant activities, to reduce outage time and increase plant availability and (2) to conduct an onsite review of plant maintenance, practices to complement the utility efforts in reducing outage time and increasing on-line operational time. Data were obtained from (1) observations during the 1977 refueling outage at Oconee 3, (2) review of maintenance practices during the Arkansas Nuclear One, Unit 1, operational cycle in 1977, and (3) selected observations of the 1978 refueling outage at ANO-1. Accumulated data were then reviewed and analyzed to produce a list of improvement recommendations for Oconee 3 and ANO-1 that can be generically applied to plants of similar design and construction

  18. Status Report on the Development of Micro-Scheduling Software for the Advanced Outage Control Center Project

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    Shawn St. Germain; Kenneth Thomas; Ronald Farris; Jeffrey Joe

    2014-09-01

    The long-term viability of existing nuclear power plants (NPPs) in the United States (U.S.) is dependent upon a number of factors, including maintaining high capacity factors, maintaining nuclear safety, and reducing operating costs, particularly those associated with refueling outages. Refueling outages typically take 20-30 days, and for existing light water NPPs in the U.S., the reactor cannot be in operation during the outage. Furthermore, given that many NPPs generate between $1-1.5 million/day in revenue when in operation, there is considerable interest in shortening the length of refueling outages. Yet, refueling outages are highly complex operations, involving multiple concurrent and dependent activities that are difficult to coordinate. Finding ways to improve refueling outage performance while maintaining nuclear safety has proven to be difficult. The Advanced Outage Control Center project is a research and development (R&D) demonstration activity under the Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program. LWRS is a R&D program which works with industry R&D programs to establish technical foundations for the licensing and managing of long-term, safe, and economical operation of current NPPs. The Advanced Outage Control Center project has the goal of improving the management of commercial NPP refueling outages. To accomplish this goal, this INL R&D project is developing an advanced outage control center (OCC) that is specifically designed to maximize the usefulness of communication and collaboration technologies for outage coordination and problem resolution activities. This report describes specific recent efforts to develop a capability called outage Micro-Scheduling. Micro-Scheduling is the ability to allocate and schedule outage support task resources on a sub-hour basis. Micro-Scheduling is the real-time fine-tuning of the outage schedule to react to the actual progress of the primary outage activities to ensure that support task resources are

  19. A Design-Oriented Combined Model (7 MPa to 190 MPa for FRP-Confined Circular Short Columns

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    Zehra Canan Girgin

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This study addresses a design oriented combined model to predict the ultimate strengths and ultimate strains in an extensive range of unconfined strength (7 to 190 MPa for the axially loaded fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP-wrapped circular short columns. Modified Hoek-Brown strength criterion, which was previously extended to FRP-confined concrete from 7 to 108 MPa, is revisited and verified. An empirical strength model beyond 108 MPa encompassing ultra-high strength concrete (UHSC and ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC data, as well as empirical strain models, are defined to accomplish the design oriented combined model. This article especially focuses on the verification of the proposed strain models. The assessment performances of those models for carbon FRP (CFRP and glass FRP (GFRP confinement are compared with specific models in the current literature. Strength and strain predictions for UHSC and UHPC are integrated into the design oriented combined model as well. The assessments on this model agree with the experimental results in high accuracy.

  20. Outage performance of Decode-and-Forward partial selection in Nakagami-m fading channels

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    Benjillali, Mustapha

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we investigate the outage performance of Decode-and-Forward with partial selection relaying in dualhop cooperative Nakagami-m fading links. The source, based on the unique knowledge of local first hop channel state information, selects the best relay to increase the chances of successful decoding and hence the possibility of cooperation when the direct link is also available. After deriving the exact distribution of the sum of two gamma variates with the same shape parameter, the outage probability of the system-with and without the direct link-is obtained in closed-form. We also derive the ε-outage capacity in different particular cases, and the obtained results- when the channel model is reduced to a Rayleigh fading-are either new or correspond to those previously obtained in other works. Simulation results confirm the accuracy of our analysis for a large selection of system and fading parameters. © 2009 IEEE.

  1. Outage performance of reactive cooperation in Nakagami-m fading channels

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    Benjillali, Mustapha

    2010-06-01

    In this paper, we investigate the outage performance of Decode-and-Forward with reactive relaying in dual-hop cooperetive Nakagaml-m fading links. The destination, based on the umque knowledge of local second hop channel state information, selects the best relay to increase the chances of cooperation when the direct link is also available. After deriving the exact distribution of the variables of interest, the outage probability of the system - with and without the direct link - is obtained in closed-form, and the ε-outage capacity is derived in the particular c.se wh.ere the channel model is reduced to a Rayleigh fading. Simulation results confirm the accuracy of our analysis for a large selection of system and fading parameters.

  2. Outage Performance of Flexible OFDM Schemes in Packet-Switched Transmissions

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    Romain Couillet

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available α-OFDM, a generalization of the OFDM modulation, is proposed. This new modulation enhances the outage capacity performance of bursty communications. The α-OFDM scheme is easily implementable as it only requires an additional time symbol rotation after the IDFT stage and a subsequent phase rotation of the cyclic prefix. The physical effect of the induced rotation is to slide the DFT window over the frequency spectrum. When successively used with different angles α at the symbol rate, α-OFDM provides frequency diversity in block fading channels. Interestingly, simulation results show a substantial gain in terms of outage capacity and outage BER in comparison with classical OFDM modulation schemes. The framework is extended to multiantenna and multicellular OFDM-based standards. Practical simulations, in the context of 3GPP-LTE, called hereafter α-LTE, sustain our theoretical claims.

  3. Outage Performance of Decode-and-Forward in Two-Way Relaying with Outdated CSI

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    Hyadi, Amal

    2015-01-07

    In this paper, we analyze the outage behavior of decode-and-forward relaying in the context of selective two-way cooperative systems. First, a new relay selection metric is proposed to take into consideration both transmission rates and instantaneous link conditions between cooperating nodes. Afterwards, the outage probability of the proposed system is derived for Nakagami-m fading channels in the case when perfect channel state information is available and then extended to the more realistic scenario where the available channel state information (CSI) is outdated due to fast fading. New expressions for the outage probability are obtained, and the impact of imperfect CSI on the performance is evaluated. Illustrative numerical results, Monte Carlo simulations, and comparisons with similar approaches are presented to assess the accuracy of our analytical derivations and confirm the performance gain of the proposed scheme.

  4. A Simple Scheme for Improved Performance of Fixed Outage Rate Cellular System

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    Hussein M.A. Basi

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The traffic characteristic of mobile cellular systems is rather distinct from that of a fixed telephone network. However the system planning and design are still carried out with the tools of conventional traffic theory. In the recent days much work is being done in the performance evaluation of mobile or cellular communication systems in order to develop a system with greater efficiency. The useful parameters to estimate the performance of the system are voice quality, frequency spectrum efficiency and Grade of Service (GOS. The grade of service will be affected due to outage of channels. In this study, a new scheme is proposed to reduce lost calls due to channel outage in the fixed rate outage cellular system. In this proposed scheme the call will never dropped but may be delayed. The system performance is evaluated for different conditions and the results are discussed.

  5. Accelerated aging tests for evaluation of shear behavior of FRP connectors in precast sandwich insulation wall panels%预制夹芯保温墙体FRP连接件抗剪性能加速老化试验研究

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    薛伟辰; 付凯; 李向民

    2012-01-01

    为实现预制夹芯保温墙体主体结构与围护结构同寿命,有必要开展混凝土环境下预制夹芯保温墙体纤维增强塑料(FRP)连接件的力学性能(主要是层间剪切性能)的加速老化试验研究。基于ACI 440.3R-04规定的试验方法,将30根预制夹芯保温墙体FRP连接件浸入60℃的模拟混凝土溶液中进行加速老化试验,侵蚀时间分别为3.65,18,36.5,92,183d,主要分析了侵蚀时间对FRP连接件层间剪切强度的影响。研究表明,在60℃模拟混凝土溶液环境下,FRP连接件的层间剪切强度早期退化较快,侵蚀36.5d后,退化速率逐渐变缓;侵蚀36.5d和183d后,FRP连接件的层间剪切强度分别下降了17.22%和26.89%。扫描电子显微镜(SEM)的观测表明,侵蚀后FRP连接件劣化区域内的纤维与周围树脂之间出现了明显的脱粘现象,而且随着侵蚀时间的增加这种脱粘现象更加明显。%In order to make the main structure of the precast sandwich insulation wall panel to have the same life with building envelope,it is necessary to conduct the accelerated aging tests for evaluation of mechanical property(mainly its interlaminar shear strength) for FRP connectors under simulated concrete environment.According to the ACI 440.3R-04,the test consisting of 30 FRP connectors in 60℃ of simulated concrete environment for 3.65,18,36.5,92,183d was conducted to evaluate the interlaminar shear strength of FRP connectors under simulated concrete environment.The results show that,with the aging time,the interlaminar shear strength of FRP connectors decreased significantly before 36.5d.After being exposed to simulated concrete environment for 36.5,183d,interlaminar shear strength degradation of FRP connectors were 17.22%and 26.89% respectively.The micro-formation of the FRP connectors' surface was surveyed under scanning electron microscopy(SEM),and it indicates that the bonds between fiber and resin of FRP connectors in the

  6. Operational Readiness Verification, Phase 3. A Field Study at a Swedish NPP during a Productive Outage (Safety-train Outage)

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    Hollnagel, Erik [Linkoeping Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Computer and Information Science; Gauthereau, Vincent; Persson, Bodil [Linkoeping Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Industrial Engineering

    2004-01-01

    This report describes the results from Phase III of a study on Operational Readiness Verification (ORV) that was carried out from December 2002 to November 2003. The work comprised a field study of ORV activities at a Swedish NPP during a planned productive outage, which allowed empirical work to be conducted in an appropriate environment with good accessibility to technical staff. One conclusion from Phase I of this project was the need to look more closely at the differences between three levels or types of tests that occur in ORV: object (component) test, system level test and (safety) function test, and to analyse the different steps of testing in order to understand the nontrivial relations between tests and safety. A second conclusion was the need to take a closer look at the organisation's ability to improvise in the sense of adjusting pre-defined plans to the actual conditions under which they are to be carried out. Phase II of the project found that although all three types of test occurred, they were rather used according to need rather than to a predefined arrangement or procedure. The complexity of ORV could be understood and described by using the concepts of Community of Practice, embedding, and Efficiency-Thoroughness Trade-Off. In addition, organisation and the different communities of practice improvise by adjusting pre-defined plans or work orders to the existing conditions. Such improvisations take place both on the levels of individual actions, on the level of communities of practice, and on the organisational level. The ability to improvise is practically a necessity for work to be carried out, but is also a potential risk. Phase III of the project studied how tasks are adapted relative to the different types of embedding and the degree of correspondence between nominal and actual ORV. It also looked further at the different Communities of Practice that are part of maintenance and ORV, focusing on the coordination and communication between

  7. Operational Readiness Verification, Phase 3. A Field Study at a Swedish NPP during a Productive Outage (Safety-train Outage)

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    This report describes the results from Phase III of a study on Operational Readiness Verification (ORV) that was carried out from December 2002 to November 2003. The work comprised a field study of ORV activities at a Swedish NPP during a planned productive outage [subavstaellning], which allowed empirical work to be conducted in an appropriate environment with good accessibility to technical staff. One conclusion from Phase I of this project was the need to look more closely at the differences between three levels or types of tests that occur in ORV: object (component) test, system level test and (safety) function test, and to analyse the different steps of testing in order to understand the nontrivial relations between tests and safety. A second conclusion was the need to take a closer look at the organisation's ability to improvise in the sense of adjusting pre-defined plans to the actual conditions under which they are to be carried out. Phase II of the project found that although all three types of test occurred, they were rather used according to need rather than to a predefined arrangement or procedure. The complexity of ORV could be understood and described by using the concepts of Community of Practice, embedding, and Efficiency-Thoroughness Trade-Off. In addition, organisation and the different communities of practice improvise by adjusting pre-defined plans or work orders to the existing conditions. Such improvisations take place both on the levels of individual actions, on the level of communities of practice, and on the organisational level. The ability to improvise is practically a necessity for work to be carried out, but is also a potential risk. Phase III of the project studied how tasks are adapted relative to the different types of embedding and the degree of correspondence between nominal and actual ORV. It also looked further at the different Communities of Practice that are part of maintenance and ORV, focusing on the coordination and

  8. Outage probability analysis of wireless sensor networks in the presence of channel fading and spatial correlation

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    Al-Murad, Tamim M.

    2011-07-01

    Evaluating the reliability of wireless sensor networks is becoming more important as theses networks are being used in crucial applications. The outage probability defined as the probability that the error in the system exceeds a maximum acceptable threshold has recently been used as a measure of the reliability of such systems. In this work we find the outage probability of wireless sensor network in different scenarios of distributed sensing where sensors\\' readings are affected by spatial correlation and in the presence of channel fading. © 2011 IEEE.

  9. Integrated head area design of KNGR to reduce refueling outage duration

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    Jeong, Woo Tae; Park, Chi Yong; Kim, In Hwan; Kim, Dae Woong [Korea Electric Power Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-12-31

    In the design of KNGR (Korea Next Generation Reactor), we believe that economy is one of the most important factors to be considered. Thus, we reviewed and evaluated the consequences of designing the head area into an integrated package from an economical point of view. The refueling outage durations of the nuclear power plants currently in operation in Korea, some having and others not having integrated head package, are compared. This paper discusses the characteristics of head area design and the critical design issues of KNGR head area to evaluate the effect of the head area characteristics on the outage duration. 8 refs., 4 figs. (Author)

  10. Creep behavior of an epoxy resin and an epoxy-based FRP in condition of simultaneous supply of radiation and stress at cryogenic temperatures

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    Creep tests of an epoxy resin and an epoxy-based FRP in bending under irradiation condition have been carried out, to investigate the synergistic effects of radiation and stress on mechanical properties of FRP. Simultaneous supply of stress and irradiation on the epoxy resin and the FRP enhanced creep rates in comparison with that supply of the stress on a post-irradiated one did. ESR spectra measurement was also carried out to study the change of molecule of the resin irradiated. Increase of molecular weight between crosslinks was found out to be enhanced by the synergistic effect of radiation and stress. The mechanism of increased damage of FRP induced by the effects of simultaneous stress and irradiation is discussed. (author)

  11. 10 CFR 501.191 - Use of natural gas or petroleum for certain unanticipated equipment outages and emergencies...

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    2010-01-01

    ... 10 Energy 4 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Use of natural gas or petroleum for certain unanticipated... Natural Gas or Petroleum for Emergency and Unanticipated Equipment Outage Purposes § 501.191 Use of natural gas or petroleum for certain unanticipated equipment outages and emergencies defined in...

  12. PreFRP: Prediction and visualization of fluctuation residues in proteins

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    Saravanan, Konda Mani; Senthil, Renganathan

    2016-01-01

    Aim: The PreFRP web server extracts sequence and basic information of a protein structure and groups amino acid residues in a protein into three important types such as high, moderate, and weak fluctuating residues. Materials and Methods: The server takes a protein data bank file or an amino acid sequence as input and prints the probability of amino acid residues to fluctuate. The server also provides a link to Jmol, a molecular visualization program to visualize the high, moderate, and weak fluctuating residues in three different colors. Results: Prediction and visualization of fluctuating amino acid residues in proteins may help to understand the complex three-dimensional structure of proteins and may further help in docking and mutation experiments. Availability: The web server is freely accessible through the web page of the author's institution http://www.mpi.edu.in/prefrp/link.html.

  13. Life cycle cost analysis of new FRP based solar parabolic trough collector hot water generation system

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    A. VALAN ARASU; T. SORNAKUMAR

    2008-01-01

    Parabolic trough collectors (PTCs) are employed for a variety of applications including steam generation and hot water generation. This paper deals with the experimental results and an economic analysis of a new fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) based solar PTC with an embedded electronic controlled tracking system designed and developed for hot water generation in a restaurant in Madurai, India. The new collector performance has been tested according to ASHRAE Standard 93 (1986). The performance of a new PTC hot water generation system with a well mixed hot water storage tank is investigated by a series of extensive tests over ten months period. The average maximum storage tank water temperature observed was 74.91 ℃, when no energy is withdrawn from the tank to the load during the collection period. The total cost of the new economic FRP based solar PTC for hot water generation with an embedded electronic controlled tracking system is Rs. 25000 (US$ 573) only. In the present work, life cycle savings (LCS) method is employed for a detailed economic analysis of the PTC system. A computer program is used as a tool for the economic analysis. The present worth of life cycle solar savings is evaluated for the new solar PTC hot water generation system that replaces an existing electric water heating system in the restaurant and attains a value of Rs. 23171.66 after 15 years, which is a significant saving. The LCS method and the MATLAB computer simulation program presented in this paper can be used to estimate the LCS of other renewable energy systems.

  14. Planning maintenance during the first outage and refuelling of Qinshan 300 MW Nuclear Power Unit

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    To take an example in the equipment maintenance of the primary circuit and auxiliary systems, this paper sums up the first outage and refuelling planning maintenance of Qinshan 300 MW Nuclear Power Unit. It concludes the guiding principle and preparatory treatment. Some suggestions are put forward. These suggestions provide active function for improving planning maintenance and management of Qinshan Nuclear Power Plant

  15. COG CANDU outage optimization project at Wolsong, Qinshan, Cernavoda, Point Lepreau, Darlington and Pickering

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    McWilliams, L. [CANDU Owners Group, Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

    2011-07-01

    This COG initiated project objective is to reduce the timeline CANDU power plants are shutdown for planned maintenance outages through knowledge sharing, benchmarking and completion of a Gap Analysis. The following CANDU Nuclear Power Stations/Facilities formed a partnership to achieve the objective: Korean Hydro and Nuclear Power Company (Wolsong), Qinshan, Societatea Nationala 'Nuclearelectrica' (Cernavoda), New Brunswick Power Nuclear (Point Lepreau), Candu Energy Inc. (formerly AECL) and Ontario Power Generation Inc. (Darlington and Pickering). Project participants selected ten focus areas to evaluate and optimize. Benchmarking studies were conducted at each utility. A Gap Analysis was performed between the stations and site specific recommendations have been made considering: Critical path improvement opportunities (Unit Shutdown, RBLRT and Unit Start up); Major work program improvement opportunities (Turbine/Generator, Electrical Maintenance, MOT, SST and the Valve Program); Recommended modifications to reduce outage durations; and, Process Improvements (standardized clearance process). A final report has been issued to each station identifying: Gap Analysis Comparison results; Best Practices for each area studied; Site specific improvement opportunities; Most Effective Process for Outage Preparation; Most Effective Outage Execution Practices; and, Contingency Plan Preparation. Results were discussed during the presentation.

  16. Health and maintenance outages in nuclear power plants: an epidemiological survey

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    An epidemiological survey, started in 1989, was carried out at the nuclear power plants in the Loire river valley and at Le Blayais (France). Working conditions, work organisation and their impact on health during annual maintenance outages were studied. The main areas covered in this cross-sectional study were: anxiety and symptoms of depression using the Spielberger and CES-D scales. Comparisons were made during both a scheduled outage and in normal operation on four distinct groups of workers, each individual being his own control. A chi-square test was used for the quantitative variables and a test on differences for the quantitative variables. During a unit outage, more frequent overtime and atypical working hours were reported (p<0.01); working rhythms and safety rules were felt as more restrictive and exposure to radiation higher (p<0.01). Detrimental modifications of anxiety and symptoms of depression were observed on controllers whereas expected on maintenance agents. Similar results were observed when considering the rates of outages. Possible readings are given with reference to qualitative studies carried out on this topic, which implies extending our research with both the quantitative and qualitative approaches. (authors). 10 refs., 6 tabs

  17. Competitive outage lengths when servicing the liquid relief valves of the heat transport system

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    Conservative engineering judgement has been frequently used to decide how early into an outage certain type of maintenance work for key elements of the Heat Transport System (HTS) can be conducted. The immediate consequence of this approach is that the length of the outages is increased unnecessarily because this maintenance work often becomes the critical path and, in an environment of competition such as the up coming open market for electricity in Ontario, short duration outages provide great strategic advantages. This paper presents the work done to relax the 30-day waiting period to block closed the LRVs. A detailed model of the HTS which includes the SDCS and the LCH piping connection to the D2O Storage Tank was developed for the state-of-the-art Two Unequal Fluids (TUF) computer code. The results of the simulations with the TUF code have shown that the LCH can be credited as the overpressure relief path as early as two days after unit shutdown in case of loss of forced circulation (e.g., loss of Class III Power to the SDCS pumps). The financial savings and the additional flexibility in planning outage work due to the reduction of the waiting period by a factor of 15 are apparent. (author)

  18. Consequences of long-term power outages and high electricity prices lasting for months

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    Several areas in the world have experienced electricity outages for longer periods of time, but the consequences of these are sparsely documented. There is a need for further analysis of the socioeconomic consequences of the outages. In addition to KILE (Quality adjusted revenue framework for un supplied energy) costs one has to take into account that the costs often increase proportionally with the durance of the outage, and that KILE tariffs do not reflect lost consumer's surplus for products that are not produced during an outage. A good example is the public underground transport, where the company's economical loss can be significantly smaller than the loss of utility value for the travellers. If the authorities act with reasonability it is difficult to see that periods with very high prices represent a big problem. The most important problems are related to diffused effects, especially for households with a weak economy. These problems can be solved with improved contractual forms (price guarantees) or by transfers to the households, without weakening the incentives for electricity economising (ml)

  19. The cost of power outages in the business and public sectors in Israel: Revealed preference vs. subjective evaluation

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    Beenstock, M.; Goldin, E.; Haitovsky, Y. [Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus (Israel)

    1997-05-01

    The economic cost of power outages is a central parameter in the cost-benefit analysis of electric power reliability and the design of electric power systems. The authors present a new methodology for estimating the cost of power outages in the business and public sections and illustrate with data for Israel. The methodology is based on the principle of revealed preference, the cost of an outage may be inferred from the actions taken by consumers to mitigate losses induced by unsupplied electricity. If outages impose costs on businesses, managers are likely to invest in back-up power to mitigate the losses that are incurred when electricity is not supplied. Investment in back-up generators may then be used to impute the mitigated and unmitigated damage from outages. 12 refs., 3 figs., 7 tabs.

  20. Proceedings of a joint OECD/NEA-IAEA symposium on human factors and organisation in NPP maintenance outages: impact on safety

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    The sessions of this conference dealt with outage strategy and methods (in Sweden, France and United States), the organisation and management of outages (organisation during refuelling shutdowns in France, safety approaches in France, in the USA, in Canada, in the United Kingdom and in Sweden), case studies and lessons learned (in France, Korea, Sweden, UK, USA), regulatory aspects of outages (UK, Germany, Mexico, France), the development of outage techniques

  1. Analysis of Chain of Events in Major Historic Power Outages

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    HUANG, T.

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Contemporary power systems are facing increasing intricate conditions that have never been considered when initially designing the infrastructure, such as malicious threats, accommodating smart grids, etc. As a consequence, blackouts albeit seldom but stubbornly keep appearing from time to time the world around, and demonstrate their devastating capability to create vast damage on both power systems and the society at large. Patterns of the blackout starting from the first triggering events to the system final status have emerged. A framework of a coding system was proposed in this paper in order to capture the common feature in the system evolution during the development of cascades. Cascades in a blackout can be tracked by a chain of events with the help of the codes. It is facile to adopt the framework to build up a knowledge base of blackouts. By applying the proposed framework to 31 selected historic blackouts, most frequent events, effects and origins are identified; the findings can provide useful information for grid designers and security experts for ranking the most imminent issues in their study.

  2. Textile-reinforced mortar (TRM) versus fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP) in shear strengthening of concrete beams

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    Tetta, Z.C.; Koutas, L.N.; Bournas, D.A.

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents an experimental study on shear strengthening of rectangular reinforced concrete (RC) beams with advanced composite materials. Key parameters of this study include: (a) the strengthening system, namely textile-reinforced mortar (TRM) jacketing and fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) jacketing, (b) the strengthening configuration, namely side-bonding, U-wrapping and full-wrapping, and (c) the number of the strengthening layers. In total, 14 RC beams were constructed and tested un...

  3. NSM FRP STRENGTHENING RC BEAMS USING HIGH TG FRPS & CEMENTITIOUS ADHESIVES – RESPONSE AT AMBIENT AND ELEVATED TEMPERATURE

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    Del Prete, Iolanda

    2015-01-01

    The aging of the built heritage and infrastructures throughout the civil and industrialized world, as well as their deterioration due to environmental effects, and/or changing in service demand, lead to increasing interest in novel techniques aimed to design, maintain and rehabilitate concrete structures. Among the available strengthening techniques for improving the performance of concrete structures, the strengthening with Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP) gained huge and fast popularity d...

  4. Technique for reduction of mechanical losses in AC superconducting coils due to thermal expansion properties of various FRP bobbins

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    Sekine, N. [Tsukamoto Laboratory, Faculty of Engineering, Yokohama National University, 79-5, Tokiwadai, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama 240-8501 (Japan)]. E-mail: n-sekine@tsukalab.dnj.ynu.ac.jp; Tada, S. [Sophia University, 7-1, Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554 (Japan); Higuchi, T. [Sophia University, 7-1, Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554 (Japan); Furumura, Y. [Sophia University, 7-1, Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554 (Japan); Takao, T. [Sophia University, 7-1, Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554 (Japan); Yamanaka, A. [Research Center, Toyobo, Co., Ltd, 2-1-1, Katata, Otsu, Shiga 520-0292 (Japan)

    2005-10-01

    We reported about reduction of mechanical losses in AC superconducting coils. The method is the use of FRP bobbins fabricated with special fibers. Since their FRPs have negative thermal expansion coefficient to the fiber direction, the FRP bobbins expand to the circumferential direction during cooling down. In case of the superconducting coils with such FRP bobbins, the winding tensions do not decrease during cooling down. Therefore, the mechanical losses are reduced by the suppression of wire's vibration. Their special FRPs are a Dyneema[reg] fiber reinforced plastic (DFRP), a Dyneema and glass fiber reinforced plastic (DGFRP), and a Zylon[reg] fiber reinforced plastic (ZFRP). These materials have negative thermal expansion coefficient to the fiber direction, however, the amplitudes of thermal expansion are various by the quantity or quality of the fiber. In this paper, the values of thermal expansion were actually measured, and it was discussed about the influence on the mechanical losses. At the experimental results, the mechanical loss was small, so that the thermal strain to the circumferential direction on the coil was large. Moreover, in case of the coils with sufficiently strong winding tensions at coil-operating temperature, the mechanical losses vanished.

  5. Technique for reduction of mechanical losses in AC superconducting coils due to thermal expansion properties of various FRP bobbins

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    Sekine, N.; Tada, S.; Higuchi, T.; Furumura, Y.; Takao, T.; Yamanaka, A.

    2005-10-01

    We reported about reduction of mechanical losses in AC superconducting coils. The method is the use of FRP bobbins fabricated with special fibers. Since their FRPs have negative thermal expansion coefficient to the fiber direction, the FRP bobbins expand to the circumferential direction during cooling down. In case of the superconducting coils with such FRP bobbins, the winding tensions do not decrease during cooling down. Therefore, the mechanical losses are reduced by the suppression of wire's vibration. Their special FRPs are a Dyneema® fiber reinforced plastic (DFRP), a Dyneema and glass fiber reinforced plastic (DGFRP), and a Zylon® fiber reinforced plastic (ZFRP). These materials have negative thermal expansion coefficient to the fiber direction, however, the amplitudes of thermal expansion are various by the quantity or quality of the fiber. In this paper, the values of thermal expansion were actually measured, and it was discussed about the influence on the mechanical losses. At the experimental results, the mechanical loss was small, so that the thermal strain to the circumferential direction on the coil was large. Moreover, in case of the coils with sufficiently strong winding tensions at coil-operating temperature, the mechanical losses vanished.

  6. Wnt, Frizzled, and sFRP gene expression patterns during gastrulation in the starfish Patiria (Asterina) pectinifera.

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    Kawai, Narudo; Kuraishi, Ritsu; Kaneko, Hiroyuki

    2016-05-01

    By the initial phase of gastrulation, Wnt pathway regulation mediates endomesoderm specification and establishes the animal-vegetal axis, thereby leading to proper gastrulation in starfish. To provide insight into the ancestral mechanism regulating deuterostome gastrulation, we identified the gene expression patterns of Wnt, Frizzled (Fz), and secreted frizzled-related protein (sFRP) family genes, which play a role in the initial stage of the Wnt pathway, in starfish Patiria (Asterina) pectinifera embryos using whole mount in situ hybridization. We identified ten Wnt, four Fz, and two sFRP paralogues. From the hatching blastula to the late gastrula stage, the majority of the Wnt genes and both Fz5/8 and sFRP1/5 were expressed in the posterior and anterior half of the embryo, respectively. Wnt8, Fz1, and Fz4 showed restricted expression in the lateral ectoderm. On the other hand, several genes were expressed de novo in the restricted domain of the archenteron at the late gastrula stage. These results suggest that the canonical and/or non-canonical Wnt pathway might implicate endomesoderm specification, anterior-posterior axis establishment, anterior-posterior patterning, and archenteron morphogenesis in the developmental context of starfish embryos. From comparison with the expression patterns observed in Patria miniata, we consider that the Wnt pathway is conserved among starfishes.

  7. Effects of Elevated Temperatures on the Compressive Strength Capacity of Concrete Cylinders Confined with FRP Sheets: An Experimental Investigation

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    Sherif El-Gamal

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Due to their high strength, corrosion resistance, and durability, fiber reinforced polymers (FRP are very attractive for civil engineering applications. One of these applications is the strengthening of concrete columns with FRP sheets. The performance of this strengthening technique at elevated temperature is still questionable and needs more investigations. This research investigates the effects of exposure to high temperatures on the compressive strength of concrete cylinders wrapped with glass and carbon FRP sheets. Test specimens consisted of 30 unwrapped and 60 wrapped concrete cylinders. All specimens were exposed to temperatures of 100, 200, and 300°C for periods of 1, 2, and 3 hours. The compressive strengths of the unwrapped concrete cylinders were compared with their counterparts of the wrapped cylinders. For the unwrapped cylinders, test results showed that the elevated temperatures considered in this study had almost no effect on their compressive strength; however, the wrapped specimens were significantly affected, especially those wrapped with GFRP sheets. The compressive strength of the wrapped specimens decreased as the exposure period and the temperature level increased. After three hours of exposure to 300°C, a maximum compressive strength loss of about 25.3% and 37.9%, respectively, was recorded in the wrapped CFRP and GFRP specimens.

  8. Rapid Repair of Earthquake Damaged RC Interior Beam-wide Column Joints and Beam-wall Joints Using FRP Composites

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    LI Bing; LIM Chee Leong

    2009-01-01

    This paper studies the seismic performance of FRP-strengthened RC interior non-seismically detailed beam-wide columns and beam-wall joints after limited seismic damage. Four eccentric and concentric beam-wide column joints and two beam-wall joints, initially damaged in a previous study, were repaired and tested under constant axial loads (0. \\fc'Ag and 0. 35 fc'Ag ) and lateral cyclic loading. The rapid repair technique developed, aimed to restore the original strength and to provide minimum drift capacity. The repair schemes were characterized by the use of; (a) epoxy injections and polymer modified cementitious mortar to seal the cracks and replace spalled concrete; and (b) glass (GFRP) and carbon (CFRP) sheets to enhance the joint performance. The FRP sheets were effectively prevented against possible debonding through the use of fiber anchors. Comparison between responses of specimens before and after repair clearly indicated reasonable restoration in strength, drift capacity, stiffness and cumulative energy dissipation capacity. All specimens failed with delamination of FRP sheets at beam-column joint interfaces. The rapid repair technique developed in this study is recommended for mass upgrading or repair of earthquake damaged beam-column joints.

  9. Technique for reduction of mechanical losses in AC superconducting coils due to thermal expansion properties of various FRP bobbins

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    We reported about reduction of mechanical losses in AC superconducting coils. The method is the use of FRP bobbins fabricated with special fibers. Since their FRPs have negative thermal expansion coefficient to the fiber direction, the FRP bobbins expand to the circumferential direction during cooling down. In case of the superconducting coils with such FRP bobbins, the winding tensions do not decrease during cooling down. Therefore, the mechanical losses are reduced by the suppression of wire's vibration. Their special FRPs are a Dyneema[reg] fiber reinforced plastic (DFRP), a Dyneema and glass fiber reinforced plastic (DGFRP), and a Zylon[reg] fiber reinforced plastic (ZFRP). These materials have negative thermal expansion coefficient to the fiber direction, however, the amplitudes of thermal expansion are various by the quantity or quality of the fiber. In this paper, the values of thermal expansion were actually measured, and it was discussed about the influence on the mechanical losses. At the experimental results, the mechanical loss was small, so that the thermal strain to the circumferential direction on the coil was large. Moreover, in case of the coils with sufficiently strong winding tensions at coil-operating temperature, the mechanical losses vanished

  10. Effects of the April 1st, 2014 GLONASS Outage on GNSS Receivers

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    Blume, F.; Berglund, H. T.; Romero, I.; D'Anastasio, E.

    2014-12-01

    The use of multi-constellation GNSS receivers has been assumed as a way to increase system integrity both by increased coverage during normal operations and failover redundancy in the event of a constellation failure. At approximately 21:00 UTC on April 1st the entire GLONASS constellation was disrupted as illegal ephemeris uploaded to each satellite took effect simultaneously. The outage continued for more than 10 hours. While ephemeris were incorrect, pseudoranges were correctly broadcast on both L1 and L2 and carrier phases were not affected; in the best case, GNSS receivers could be expected to continue to track all signals including GLONASS and at the worst to continue to track GPS and other constellations. It became clear to operators of the GeoNet network in New Zealand that the majority of their 79 GLONASS-enabled receivers experienced total tracking failures. Further detailed analysis of data from these and 315 additional GLONASS-enabled stations worldwide showed that receiver tracking behavior was affected for most receiver brands and models, both for GLONASS and GPS. Findings regarding the impacts of the GLONASS outage on receiver behavior will be highlighted. We use data recorded by GLONASS enabled global sites for the days during, preceding and following the outage to evaluate the impact of the outage on tracking and positioning performance. We observe that for some receiver types the onboard receiver autonomous integrity monitoring (RAIM) failed to ignore the incorrect messages, resulting in degraded GLONASS and GPS tracking and in some cases complete tracking failures and significant data loss. In addition, many of the receivers with clock steering enabled showed outliers in their receiver clock bias estimates that also coincided with the outage. Our results show in detail how different brands, configurations, and distributions of receivers were affected to varying extents, but no common factors are apparent. This event shows that many manufacturers

  11. Estimating Landscape Fire Particulate Matter (PM) Emissions over Southern Africa using MSG-SEVIRI Fire Radiative Power (FRP) and MODIS Aerosol Optical Thickness Observations

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    Mota, Bernardo; Wooster, Martin J.

    2016-04-01

    The approach to estimating landscape fire fuel consumption based on the remotely sensed fire radiative power (FRP) thermal energy release rate, as opposed to burned area, is now relatively widely used in studies of fire emissions, including operationally within the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS). Nevertheless, there are still limitations to the approach, including uncertainties associated with using only the few daily overpasses typically provided by polar orbiting satellite systems, the conversion between FRP and smoke emissions, and the increased likelihood that the more frequent data from geostationary systems fails to detect the (probably highly numerous) smaller (i.e. low FRP) component of a regions fire regime. In this study, we address these limitations to directly estimate fire emissions of Particular Matter (PM; or smoke aerosols) by presenting an approach combining the "bottom-up" FRP observations available every 15 minutes across Africa from the Meteosat Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) Fire Radiative Product (FRP) processed at the EUMETSAT LSA SAF, and the "top-down" aerosol optical thickness (AOT) measures of the fire plumes themselves as measured by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectro-radiometer (MODIS) sensors aboard the Terra (MOD04_L2) and Aqua (MYD04_L2) satellites. We determine PM emission coefficients that relate directly to FRP measures by combining these two datasets, and the use of the almost continuous geostationary FRP observations allows us to do this without recourse to (uncertain) data on wind speed at the (unknown) height of the matching plume. We also develop compensation factors to address the detection limitations of small/low intensity (low FRP) fires, and remove the need to estimate fuel consumption by going directly from FRP to PM emissions. We derive the smoke PM emissions coefficients per land cover class by comparing the total fire radiative energy (FRE) released from individual fires

  12. Outage planning in nuclear power plants. A paradigm shift from an external towards an integrated project planning tool

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    Rosemann, Andreas [Gesellschaft fuer integrierte Systemplanung (GIS) mbH, Weinheim (Germany)

    2014-07-01

    Latest demands on nuclear plant inspections are the ongoing actualisation of the outage plan on the basis of the current work progress and current events as well as the permanent access to the current planning status and work process of all people involved in the outage. Modern EAM systems (EAM: Enterprise Application Management) made up ground on established project planning tools with regard to functionalities for scheduling work orders. A shift towards an integrated planning in the EAM system increases the efficiency in the outage planning and improves the communication of current states of planning. (orig.)

  13. Mode-Ⅰ fracture and durability of FRP-concrete bonded interfaces

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    Qiao Pizhong; Xu Yingwu

    2008-01-01

    In this study, a work-of-fracture method using a three-point bend beam (3PBB) specimen, which is commonly used to determine the fracture energy of concrete, was adapted to evaluate the mode-Ⅰ fracture and durability of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite-concrete bonded interfaces. Interface fracture properties were evaluated with established data reduction procedures. The proposed test method is primarily for use in evaluating the effects of freeze-thaw (F-T) and wet-dry (W-D) cycles that are the accelerated aging protocols on the mode-Ⅰ fracture of carbon FRP-concrete bonded interfaces. The results of the mode-Ⅰ fracture tests of F-T and W-D cycle-conditioned specimens show that both the critical load and fracture energy decrease as the number of cycles increases, and their degradation pattern has a nearly linear relationship with the number of cycles. However, compared with the effect of the F-T cycles, the critical load and fracture energy degrade at a slower rate with W-D cycles, which suggests that F-T cyclic conditioning causes more deterioration of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP)-concrete bonded interface. After 50 and 100 conditioning cycles, scaling of concrete was observed in all the specimens subjected to F-T cycles, but not in those subjected to W-D cycles. The examination of interface fracture surfaces along the bonded interfaces with varying numbers of F-T and W-D conditioning cycles shows that (1) cohesive failure of CFRP composites is not observed in all fractured surfaces; (2) for the control specimens that have not been exposed to any conditioning cycles, the majority of interface failure is a result of cohesive fracture of concrete (peeling of concrete from the concrete substrate), which means that the cracks mostly propagate within the concrete; and (3) as the number of F-T or W-D conditioning cycles increases, adhesive failure along the interface begins to emerge and gradually increases. It is thus concluded that the fracture

  14. Mode-I fracture and durability of FRP-concrete bonded interfaces

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    Qiao Pizhong

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a work-of-fracture method using a three-point bend beam (3PBB specimen, which is commonly used to determine the fracture energy of concrete, was adapted to evaluate the mode-I fracture and durability of fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP composite-concrete bonded interfaces. Interface fracture properties were evaluated with established data reduction procedures. The proposed test method is primarily for use in evaluating the effects of freeze-thaw (F-T and wet-dry (W-D cycles that are the accelerated aging protocols on the mode-I fracture of carbon FRP-concrete bonded interfaces. The results of the mode-I fracture tests of F-T and W-D cycle-conditioned specimens show that both the critical load and fracture energy decrease as the number of cycles increases, and their degradation pattern has a nearly linear relationship with the number of cycles. However, compared with the effect of the F-T cycles, the critical load and fracture energy degrade at a slower rate with W-D cycles, which suggests that F-T cyclic conditioning causes more deterioration of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP-concrete bonded interface. After 50 and 100 conditioning cycles, scaling of concrete was observed in all the specimens subjected to F-T cycles, but not in those subjected to W-D cycles. The examination of interface fracture surfaces along the bonded interfaces with varying numbers of F-T and W-D conditioning cycles shows that (1 cohesive failure of CFRP composites is not observed in all fractured surfaces; (2 for the control specimens that have not been exposed to any conditioning cycles, the majority of interface failure is a result of cohesive fracture of concrete (peeling of concrete from the concrete substrate, which means that the cracks mostly propagate within the concrete; and (3 as the number of F-T or W-D conditioning cycles increases, adhesive failure along the interface begins to emerge and gradually increases. It is thus concluded that the

  15. Cognitive Multiple-Antenna Network with Outage and Rate Margins at the Primary System

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    Maham, Behrouz; Popovski, Petar

    2015-01-01

    In the common model for spectrum sharing, cognitive users can access the spectrum as long as the target performance in the legitimate primary system is not violated. In this paper, we consider a downlink primary multiple-inputsingle- output (MISO) system which operates under a controlled interfer......In the common model for spectrum sharing, cognitive users can access the spectrum as long as the target performance in the legitimate primary system is not violated. In this paper, we consider a downlink primary multiple-inputsingle- output (MISO) system which operates under a controlled...... formulas for the outage probability. Furthermore, the optimum transmit power in the secondary system is investigated for maximizing the ergodic capacity when there is an outage constraint at the primary system, and simple solutions are proposed. We then consider the case with rate adaptation at the primary...

  16. Outage Performance of Hybrid FSO/RF System with Low-Complexity Power Adaptation

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    Rakia, Tamer

    2016-02-26

    Hybrid free-space optical (FSO) / radio-frequency (RF) systems have emerged as a promising solution for high data- rate wireless communication systems. We consider truncated channel inversion based power adaptation strategy for coherent and non- coherent hybrid FSO/RF systems, employing an adaptive combining scheme. Specifically, we activate the RF link along with the FSO link when FSO link quality is unacceptable, and adaptively set RF transmission power to ensure constant combined signal-to-noise ratio at receiver terminal. Analytical expressions for the outage probability of the hybrid system with and without power adaptation are derived. Numerical examples show that, the hybrid FSO/RF systems with power adaptation achieve considerable outage performance improvement over conventional hybrid FSO/RF systems without power adaptation. © 2015 IEEE.

  17. On the outage capacity of the block fading channel at low-power regime

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    Rezki, Zouheir

    2014-06-01

    Outage performance of the M-block fading with additive white Gaussian noise (BF-AWGN) is investigated at low-power regime. We consider delay-constrained constant-rate communications with perfect channel state information (CSI) at both the transmitter and the receiver (CSI-TR), under a short-term power constraint. We show that selection diversity that allocates all the power to the strongest block is asymptotically optimal. Then, we provide a simple characterization of the outage probability in the regime of interest. We quantify the reward due to CSI-TR over the constant-rate constant-power scheme and show that this reward increases with the delay constraint. For instance, for Rayleigh fading, we find that a power gain up to 4.3 dB is achievable. © 2014 IEEE.

  18. Recent performance of and plasma outage studies with the SNS H- source

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    Stockli, M. P.; Han, B.; Murray, S. N.; Pennisi, T. R.; Piller, C.; Santana, M.; Welton, R.

    2016-02-01

    Spallation Neutron Source ramps to higher power levels that can be sustained with high availability. The goal is 1.4 MW despite a compromised radio frequency quadrupole (RFQ), which requires higher radio frequency power than design levels to approach the nominal beam transmission. Unfortunately at higher power the RFQ often loses its thermal stability, a problem apparently enhanced by beam losses and high influxes of hydrogen. Delivering as much H- beam as possible with the least amount of hydrogen led to plasma outages. The root cause is the dense 1-ms long ˜55-kW 2-MHz plasma pulses reflecting ˜90% of the continuous ˜300 W, 13-MHz power, which was mitigated with a 4-ms filter for the reflected power signal and an outage resistant, slightly detuned 13-MHz match. Lowering the H2 gas also increased the H- beam current to ˜55 mA and increased the RFQ transmission by ˜7% (relative).

  19. Recent Performance of and Plasma Outage Studies with the SNS H- Source

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    Stockli, Martin P [ORNL; Han, Baoxi [ORNL; Murray Jr, S N [ORNL; Pennisi, Terry R [ORNL; Piller, Chip [ORNL; Santana, Manuel [ORNL; Welton, Robert F [ORNL

    2016-01-01

    SNS ramps to higher power levels that can be sustained with high availability. The goal is 1.4 MW despite a compromised RFQ, which requires higher RF power than design levels to approach the nominal beam transmission. Unfortunately at higher power the RFQ often loses its thermal stability, a problem apparently enhanced by beam losses and high influxes of hydrogen. Delivering as much H- beam as possible with the least amount of hydrogen led to plasma outages. The root cause is the dense 1-ms long ~55-kW 2-MHz plasma pulses reflecting ~90% of the continuous ~300W, 13-MHz power, which was mitigated with a 4-ms filter for the reflected power signal and an outage resistant, slightly-detuned 13-MHz match. Lowering the H2 also increased the H- beam current to ~55 mA, and increased the transmission by ~7%.

  20. Prediction of power system frequency response after generator outages using neural nets

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    Djukanovic, M.B.; Popovic, D.P. (Electrotechnicki Inst. ' Nikola Tesla' , Belgrade (Yugoslavia)); Sobajic, D.J.; Pao, Y.-H. (Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH (United States))

    1993-09-01

    A new methodology is presented for estimating the frequency behaviour of power systems necessary for an indication of under-frequency load shedding in steady-state security assessment. It is well known that large structural disturbances such as generator tripping or load outages can initiate cascading outages, system separation into islands, and even the complete breakup. The approach provides a fairly accurate method of estimating the system average frequency response without making simplifications or neglecting non-linearities and small time constants in the equations of generating units, voltage regulators and turbines. The efficiency of the new procedure is demonstrated using the New England power system model for a series of characteristic perturbations. The validity of the proposed approach is verified by comparison with the simulation of short-term dynamics including effects of control and automatic devices. (author)

  1. Method for estimating power outages and restoration during natural and man-made events

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    Omitaomu, Olufemi A.; Fernandez, Steven J.

    2016-01-05

    A method of modeling electric supply and demand with a data processor in combination with a recordable medium, and for estimating spatial distribution of electric power outages and affected populations. A geographic area is divided into cells to form a matrix. Within the matrix, supply cells are identified as containing electric substations and demand cells are identified as including electricity customers. Demand cells of the matrix are associated with the supply cells as a function of the capacity of each of the supply cells and the proximity and/or electricity demand of each of the demand cells. The method includes estimating a power outage by applying disaster event prediction information to the matrix, and estimating power restoration using the supply and demand cell information of the matrix and standardized and historical restoration information.

  2. Exact Outage Performance Analysis of Multiuser Multi-relay Spectrum Sharing Cognitive Networks

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    T. Zhang

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we investigate the outage performance of dual-hop multiuser multi-relay cognitive radio networks under spectrum sharing constraints. Using an efficient relay-destination selection scheme, the exact and asymptotic closed-form expressions for the outage probability are derived. From these expressions it is indicated that the achieved diversity order is only determined by the number of secondary user (SU relays and destinations, and equals to M+N (where M and N are the number of destination nodes and relay nodes, respectively. Further, we find that the coding gain of the SU network will be affected by the interference threshold $bar I$ at the primary user (PU receiver. Specifically, as the increases of the interference threshold, the coding gain of the considered network approaches to that of the multiuser multi-relay system in the non-cognitive network. Finally, our study is corroborated by representative numerical examples.

  3. On the Outage Performance of Full-Duplex Selective Decode-and-Forward Relaying

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    Khafagy, Mohammad Galal

    2013-02-25

    We evaluate the outage performance in a three-terminal full-duplex relay channel that adopts a selective decode-and-forward protocol, taking relay self-interference into account. Previous work focused on coverage extension scenarios where direct source-destination transmissions are neglected or considered as interference. In this work, we account for the relay self-interference, and exploit the cooperative diversity offered by the independently fading source/relay message replicas that arrive at the destination. We present an approximate, yet accurate, closed-form expression for the end-to-end outage probability that captures their joint effect. With the derived expression in hand, we propose a relay transmit power optimization scheme that only requires the relay knowledge of channel statistics. Finally, we corroborate our analysis with simulations.

  4. Study on compression performance of FRP rubber bearing%FRP橡胶支座压缩性能分析

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    张华; 彭天波; 李建中; 李文晓

    2011-01-01

    将纤维复合材料板(FRP)代替传统板式橡胶支座中的加劲钢板,可以得到一种新型的橡胶支座隔振器,即FRP橡胶支座.文中首先对FRP橡胶支座的概念及特点作了基本介绍,之后,为了了解其在竖向加载情况下的力学性能,为FRP橡胶支座竖向承载力及压缩刚度的设计提供了参考,利用通用有限元程序对FRP橡胶支座进行了有限元数值模拟,对支座在竖向加载作用下的力学性能进行了研究,讨论了支座的变形情况以及FRP加劲板应力的大小及分布情况,对比研究了由数值模拟、理论分析以及试验研究得到的FRP橡胶支座的压缩刚度.从对支座中FRP加劲板的应力情况以及支座的刚度性能可以看出,使用FRP加劲板替代板式橡胶支座中的加劲钢板来制作新型FRP橡胶支座是可行的.%FRP rubber bearing, made by replacing the steel reinforcement in traditional laminated rubber bearing with fiber reinforcement, is a novel rubber isolator. The concept and the characteristics of FRP rubber bearing are introduced in this paper. To provide some references to the designing of the vertical bearing capacity and compression stiffness of FRP rubber bearing, the compression performance of the bearing is studied. The finite element model is set up. The deformation of the bearing and the stress distribution of the fiber reinforcement under a given pressure are discussed. Comparison of the compression stiffness values from different methods, including numerical method, analytical method and experimental method, is made to validate the modeling method used and the results shows that it is effective. The results of the stress in the fiber reinforcement and the compression stiffness of the bearing show that it is feasible to replace the steel reinforcement with fiber reinforcement to manufacture FRP rubber bearing with well compression performance.

  5. Final report of MoReMO 2011-2012. Modelling resilience for maintenance and outage

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    Gotcheva, N.; Macchi, L.; Oedewald, P. [Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), Espoo (Finland); Eitrheim, M.H.R. [Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) (Norway); Axelsson, C.; Reiman, T.; Pietikaeinen, E. [Ringhals AB (NPP), Vattenfall AB (Sweden)

    2013-04-15

    The project Modelling Resilience for Maintenance and Outage (MoReMO) represents a two-year joint effort by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Institute for Energy Technology (IFE, Norway) and Vattenfall (Sweden) to develop and test new approaches for safety management. The overall goal of the project was to present concepts on how resilience can be operationalized and built in a safety critical and socio-technical context. Furthermore, the project also aimed at providing guidance for other organizations that strive to develop and improve their safety performance in a business driven industry. We have applied four approaches in different case studies: Organisational Core Task modelling (OCT), Functional Resonance Analysis Method (FRAM), Efficiency Thoroughness Trade-Off (ETTO) analysis, and Work Practice and Culture Characterisation. During 2011 and 2012 the MoReMO project team has collected data through field observations, interviews, workshops, and document analysis on the work practices and adjustments in maintenance and outage in Nordic NPPs. The project consisted of two sub-studies, one focused on identifying and assessing adjustments and supporting resilient work practices in maintenance activities, while the other focused on handling performance trade-offs in maintenance and outage, as follows: A. Adjustments in maintenance work in Nordic nuclear power plants (VTT and Vattenfall). B. Handling performance trade-offs - the support of adaptive capacities (IFE and Vattenfall). The historical perspective of maintenance and outage management (Chapter 1.1) was provided by Vattenfall. Together, the two sub-studies have provided valuable insights for understanding the rationale behind work practices and adjustments, their effects on resilience, promoting flexibility and balancing between flexibility and reliability. (Author)

  6. Secrecy Cognitive Gain of Cognitive Radio Sensor Networks with Primary Outage Constraint

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    Hongyu Ma; Kai Niu; Weiling Wu; Shengyu Li; Guangqian Chu

    2015-01-01

    This paper studies the physical layer security issue for cognitive radio sensor networks (CRSNs) with primary outage constraint, for which a tractable framework is developed to analyze the secrecy performance for CRSNs related to the random channel characteristics, the spatial distributions of nodes, the nearest neighbour routing protocol, and the aggregate interference. Based on stochastic geometry technique, a novel random analysis method is proposed to derive the closed-form expression of ...

  7. Use of VIIRS DNB Data to Monitor Power Outages and Restoration for Significant Weather Events

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    Jedlovec, Gary; Molthan, Andrew

    2008-01-01

    NASA fs Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) project operates from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The team provides unique satellite data to the National Weather Service (NWS) and other agencies and organizations for weather analysis. While much of its work is focused on improving short-term weather forecasting, the SPoRT team supported damage assessment and response to Hurricane Superstorm Sandy by providing imagery that highlighted regions without power. The team used data from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite. The VIIRS low-light sensor, known as the day-night-band (DNB), can detect nighttime light from wildfires, urban and rural communities, and other human activity which emits light. It can also detect moonlight reflected from clouds and surface features. Using real time VIIRS data collected by our collaborative partner at the Space Science and Engineering Center of the University of Wisconsin, the SPoRT team created composite imagery to help detect power outages and restoration. This blackout imagery allowed emergency response teams from a variety of agencies to better plan and marshal resources for recovery efforts. The blackout product identified large-scale outages, offering a comprehensive perspective beyond a patchwork GIS mapping of outages that utility companies provide based on customer complaints. To support the relief efforts, the team provided its imagery to the USGS data portal, which the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies used in their relief efforts. The team fs product helped FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Army monitor regions without power as part of their disaster response activities. Disaster responders used the images to identify possible outages and effectively distribute relief resources. An enhanced product is being developed and integrated into a web

  8. Risk-Based Allowed Outage Time and Surveillance Test Interval Extensions for Angra 1

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    Orlando Gibelli, Sonia M.; e Melo, P. F. Frutuoso; Bogado Leite, Sérgio Q.

    2012-01-01

    In this work, Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA) is used to evaluate Allowed Outage Times (AOT) and Surveillance Test Intervals (STI) extensions for three Angra 1 nuclear power plant safety systems. The interest in such an analysis lies on the fact that PSA comprises a risk-based tool for safety evaluation and has been increasingly applied to support both the regulatory and the operational decision-making processes. Regarding Angra 1, among other applications, PSA is meant to be an additio...

  9. Final report of MoReMO 2011-2012. Modelling resilience for maintenance and outage

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    The project Modelling Resilience for Maintenance and Outage (MoReMO) represents a two-year joint effort by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Institute for Energy Technology (IFE, Norway) and Vattenfall (Sweden) to develop and test new approaches for safety management. The overall goal of the project was to present concepts on how resilience can be operationalized and built in a safety critical and socio-technical context. Furthermore, the project also aimed at providing guidance for other organizations that strive to develop and improve their safety performance in a business driven industry. We have applied four approaches in different case studies: Organisational Core Task modelling (OCT), Functional Resonance Analysis Method (FRAM), Efficiency Thoroughness Trade-Off (ETTO) analysis, and Work Practice and Culture Characterisation. During 2011 and 2012 the MoReMO project team has collected data through field observations, interviews, workshops, and document analysis on the work practices and adjustments in maintenance and outage in Nordic NPPs. The project consisted of two sub-studies, one focused on identifying and assessing adjustments and supporting resilient work practices in maintenance activities, while the other focused on handling performance trade-offs in maintenance and outage, as follows: A. Adjustments in maintenance work in Nordic nuclear power plants (VTT and Vattenfall). B. Handling performance trade-offs - the support of adaptive capacities (IFE and Vattenfall). The historical perspective of maintenance and outage management (Chapter 1.1) was provided by Vattenfall. Together, the two sub-studies have provided valuable insights for understanding the rationale behind work practices and adjustments, their effects on resilience, promoting flexibility and balancing between flexibility and reliability. (Author)

  10. Study on European Nuclear Safety Practices during Planned Outages at Nuclear Power Plants

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    The present project was aimed at providing: a description of the current status of nuclear safety practices during planned outages at nuclear power plants followed in Europe; the criteria for the safety analysis of future reactors at the design stage; proposing a set of recommendations on good practices and criteria leading to the improvement of nuclear safety during those conditions. The work was organised in 3 phases: Collecting data on current practices; Analysis of questionnaire answers and drawing up of safety good practices references and recommendations; Collecting relevant ideas related to the future reactors at design stage (European Pressurised Water Reactor, European Passive Plant project, European Utilities Requirements and Utilities Requirement Document project). The key element of the performed work was the detailed questionnaire, based on bibliographical review, expert experience and outage practices available in the working team. Different safety areas and activities were covered: outage context; nuclear safety; outage strategy, organisation and control; operating feedback; use of Probabilistic Safety Assessment. The questionnaire was answered by 12 European nuclear power plants, representing 9 different European countries and three different types of reactors (Pressurised Water Reactor, Boiling Water Reactor and Water Water Energy Reactor). Conclusions were drawn under the following headers: Organisational survey and generalities Organisational effectiveness Quality of maintenance Quality of operation Engineering support, management of modification Specific aspects Each analysed subject includes the following topics: Questions background with a summary and the aim of the questions. Current status, that describes common practices, as derived from the answers to the questionnaire, and some examples of good specific practices. Identified good practices. (author)

  11. Partner cooperation with decode-and-forward: Closed-form outage analysis and comparison

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    Benjillali, Mustapha

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we investigate the outage performance of "partner cooperation" based on opportunistic Decodeand- Forward with constrained partial selection and reactive relaying strategies in dual-hop cooperative Nakagami-m fading links. The source/destination, which is based on the unique knowledge of local channel state information, selects the best relay to increase the chances of cooperation in both uplink and downlink communications when the direct link is also available. After deriving new expressions for the cumulative distribution functions of the variables of interest, the outage probability of the system is obtained in closed-form. We also derive the ε-outage capacity in different particular cases, and the obtained results - when the channel model is reduced to a Rayleigh fading - either are new or correspond to those previously obtained in other works. Simulation results confirm the accuracy of our analysis for a large selection of system and fading parameters and provide a new insight into the design and optimization of cooperative configurations. © 2012 IEEE.

  12. A novel fusion methodology to bridge GPS outages for land vehicle positioning

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    Many intelligent transportation system applications require accurate, reliable, and continuous vehicle position information whether in open-sky environments or in Global Positioning System (GPS) denied environments. However, there remains a challenging task for land vehicles to achieve such positioning performance using low-cost sensors, especially microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors. In this paper, a novel and cost-effective fusion methodology to bridge GPS outages is proposed and applied in the Inertial Navigation System (INS)/GPS/ compass integrated positioning system. In the implementation of the proposed methodology, a key data preprocessing algorithm is first developed to eliminate the noise in inertial sensors in order to provide more accurate information for subsequent modeling. Then, a novel hybrid strategy incorporating the designed autoregressive model (AR model)-based forward estimator (ARFE) with Kalman filter (KF) is presented to predict the INS position errors during GPS outages. To verify the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed methodology, real road tests with various scenarios were performed. The proposed methodology illustrates significant improvement in positioning accuracy during GPS outages. (paper)

  13. Outages of electric power supply resulting from cable failures Boston Edison Company system

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    1980-07-01

    Factual data are provided regarding 5 electric power supply interruptions that occurred in the Boston Metropolitan area during April to June, 1979. Common to all of these outages was the failure of an underground cable as the initiating event, followed by multiple equipment failures. There was significant variation in the voltage ratings and types of cables which failed. The investigation was unable to delineate a single specific Boston Edison design operating or maintenance practice that could be cited as the cause of the outages. After reviewing the investigative report the following actions were recommended: the development and implementation of a plan to eliminate the direct current cable network; develop a network outage restoration plan; regroup primary feeder cables wherever possible to minimize the number of circuits in manholes, and to separate feeders to high load density areas; develop a program to detect incipient cable faults; evaluate the separation of the north and south sections of Back Bay network into separate networks; and, as a minimum, install the necessary facilities to make it possible to re-energize one section without interfering with the other; and re-evaluate the cathodic protection scheme where necessary. (LCL)

  14. Ergodic and Outage Performance of Fading Broadcast Channels with 1-Bit Feedback

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    Niu, Bo; Somekh, Oren; Haimovich, Alexander M

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, the ergodic sum-rate and outage probability of a downlink single-antenna channel with K users are analyzed in the presence of Rayleigh flat fading, where limited channel state information (CSI) feedback is assumed. Specifically, only 1-bit feedback per fading block per user is available at the base station. We first study the ergodic sum-rate of the 1-bit feedback scheme, and consider the impact of feedback delay on the system. A closed-form expression for the achievable ergodic sum-rate is presented as a function of the fading temporal correlation coefficient. It is proved that the sum-rate scales as loglogK, which is the same scaling law achieved by the optimal non-delayed full CSI feedback scheme. The sum-rate degradation due to outdated CSI is also evaluated in the asymptotic regimes of either large K or low SNR. The outage performance of the 1-bit feedback scheme for both instantaneous and outdated feedback is then investigated. Expressions for the outage probabilities are derived, along w...

  15. A novel fusion methodology to bridge GPS outages for land vehicle positioning

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    Chen, Wei; Li, Xu; Song, Xiang; Li, Bin; Song, Xianghui; Xu, Qimin

    2015-07-01

    Many intelligent transportation system applications require accurate, reliable, and continuous vehicle position information whether in open-sky environments or in Global Positioning System (GPS) denied environments. However, there remains a challenging task for land vehicles to achieve such positioning performance using low-cost sensors, especially microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors. In this paper, a novel and cost-effective fusion methodology to bridge GPS outages is proposed and applied in the Inertial Navigation System (INS)/GPS/ compass integrated positioning system. In the implementation of the proposed methodology, a key data preprocessing algorithm is first developed to eliminate the noise in inertial sensors in order to provide more accurate information for subsequent modeling. Then, a novel hybrid strategy incorporating the designed autoregressive model (AR model)-based forward estimator (ARFE) with Kalman filter (KF) is presented to predict the INS position errors during GPS outages. To verify the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed methodology, real road tests with various scenarios were performed. The proposed methodology illustrates significant improvement in positioning accuracy during GPS outages.

  16. An Isotropic SPPP Mo del for Femto cells Networks with Outage Probability Constraints

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    ZHANG Jun; TIAN Hui

    2015-01-01

    Femtocells have been considered as a cost-eff ective solution to unload traffic from already overbur-dened macrocell networks in 4G cellular networks. The severe interference in spectrum-sharing macro and femto networks may cause User-equipment (UE) to experience outage. We derive an utmost isotropic Spatial Poisson point process (SPPP) density for Femtocell access points (FAPs) under the UEs’ outage constraints. Based on the derived isotropic SPPP density, we propose a distributed transmit probability self-regulation scheme for an FAP to adapt its transmit probability per Transmission time in-terval (TTI). The scheme adjusts the homogeneous dis-tributed FAPs in practice deployment to the proposed isotropic one. Simulation results show that the derived den-sity can fulfill the outage probability constraints of UEs while accommodating the maximum femtocells. The self-regulation scheme can adapt the femtocell transmit prob-abilities to provide reliable downlink service, for even a large number of femtocells per cell site.

  17. Lights out: Impact of the August 2003 power outage on mortality in New York, NY

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    Anderson, G. Brooke; Bell, Michelle L.

    2012-01-01

    Background Little is known about how power outages affect health. We investigated mortality effects of the largest US blackout to date, August 14–15, 2003 in New York, NY. Methods We estimated mortality risk in New York, NY, using a generalized linear model with data from 1987–2005. We incorporated possible confounders, including weather and long-term and seasonal mortality trends. Results During the blackout, mortality increased for accidental deaths (122% [95% confidence interval = 28%–287%]) and non-accidental (i.e., disease-related) deaths (25% [12%–41%]), resulting in approximately 90 excess deaths. Increased mortality was not from deaths being advanced by a few days; rather, mortality risk remained slightly elevated through August 2003. Discussion To our knowledge, this is the first analysis of power outages and non-accidental mortality. Understanding the impact of power outages on human health is relevant, given that increased energy demand and climate change are likely to put added strain on power grids. PMID:22252408

  18. Distributions of large-scale power outages : extreme values and the effect of truncation

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    Zeretzki, R.L. [Tenessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (United States). Dept. of Statistics; Briggs, W.M. [New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY (United States); Sterling, M. [Oak Ridge Operations, Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Dept. of Energy; Shankar, M. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Computational Sciences

    2009-07-01

    Studies using complex systems theories have suggested that many power outages follow a power law distribution over certain time scales. In this study, a North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) database was used to investigate the distribution of large-scale power outages between 1984 and 2006. The aim of the study was to statistically characterize the distribution of outages. Modern statistical methodologies were used to fit the data with various distributions. The statistical theory of extremes was then used to account for the truncation of smaller values in the reporting criteria. Results of the study were then used to investigate the risk management consequences of various tail behaviors. Techniques were developed to fit the actual distribution of the day including log-log rank plots and novel diagnostic plots. A central limit theorem was applied to the log of results in order to produce normalized data. The study showed that immediate investments to increase the reliability of the transmission and distribution network would be beneficial. 24 refs., 2 tabs., 6 figs.

  19. Outage Analysis of Cooperative Transmission with Energy Harvesting Relay: Time Switching versus Power Splitting

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    Guanyao Du

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates the multiuser transmission network with an energy harvesting (EH cooperative relay, where a source transmits independent information to multiple destinations with the help of an energy constrained relay. The relay can harvest energy from the radio frequency (RF signals transmitted from the source, and it helps the multiuser transmission only by consuming the harvested energy. By adopting the time switching and the power splitting relay receiver architectures, we firstly propose two protocols, the time switching cooperative multiuser transmission (TSCMT protocol and the power splitting cooperative multiuser transmission (PSCMT protocol, to enable the simultaneous information processing and EH at the relay for the system. To evaluate the system performance, we theoretically analyze the system outage probability for the two proposed protocols and then derive explicit expressions for each of them, respectively. Numerical results are provided to demonstrate the accuracy of our analytical results and reveal that compared with traditional noncooperative scheme our proposed protocols are green solutions to offer reliable communication and lower system outage probability without consuming additional energy. In particular, for the same transmit power at the source, the PSCMT protocol is superior to the TSCMT protocol to obtain lower system outage probability.

  20. Risk-Based, genetic algorithm approach to optimize outage maintenance schedule

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    Hadavi, S. Mohammad Hadi [Department of Nuclear Engineering, School of Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: smhadihadavi@yahoo.com

    2008-04-15

    A huge number of components are typically scheduled for maintenance when a nuclear power plant is shut down for its planned outage. Among these components, a number of them are risk significant so that their operability as well as reliability is of prime concern. Lack of proper maintenance for such components during the outage would impose substantial risk on the nuclear power plant (NPP) operation. In this paper, a new approach based on genetic algorithm (GA) is presented for the optimization of the NPP maintenance schedule during plant outage/overhaul, and an optimizer is developed accordingly. The developed optimizer, coupled with the suggested risk-cost model, compromises the cost in favor of maintaining the risk imposed by each schedule below regulatory/industry set limits. The suggested cost model consists of two elements, one considering the cost incurred by maintenance activities and the other incorporating the loss of revenues if needed, but unscheduled component maintenance causes further plant shutdown. The optimizer is developed in such a way that any risk and/or cost models the user desires can be applied. The performance of the developed GA/optimizer is evaluated by comparing its predictions with Monte Carlo simulation results. It is shown that the GA/optimizer performs significantly better.

  1. A heuristic model for risk and cost impacts of plant outage maintenance schedule

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    Mohammad Hadi Hadavi, S. [Energy Research Inc., 6167 Executive Blvd., Rockville, MD 20852 (United States)], E-mail: smhadihadavi@yahoo.com

    2009-07-15

    Cost and risk are two major competing criteria in maintenance optimization problems. If a plant is forced to shutdown because of accident or fear of accident happening, beside loss of revenue, it causes damage to the credibility and reputation of the business operation. In this paper a heuristic model for incorporating three compelling optimization criteria (i.e., risk, cost, and loss) into a single evaluation function is proposed. Such a model could be used in any evaluation engine of outage maintenance schedule optimizer. It is attempted to make the model realistic and to address the ongoing challenges facing a schedule planner in a simple and commonly understandable fashion. Two simple competing schedules for the NPP feedwater system are examined against the model. The results show that while the model successfully addresses the current challenges for outage maintenance optimization, it properly demonstrates the dynamics of schedule in regards to risk, cost, and losses endured by maintenance schedule, particularly when prolonged outage and lack of maintenance for equipments in need of urgent care are of concern.

  2. Meteosat SEVIRI Fire Radiative Power (FRP products from the Land Surface Analysis Satellite Applications Facility (LSA SAF – Part 1: Algorithms, product contents and analysis

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    M. J. Wooster

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Characterising changes in landscape scale fire activity at very high temporal resolution is best achieved using thermal observations of actively burning fires made from geostationary Earth observation (EO satellites. Over the last decade or more, a series of research and/or operational "active fire" products have been developed from these types of geostationary observations, often with the aim of supporting the generation of data related to biomass burning fuel consumption and trace gas and aerosol emission fields. The Fire Radiative Power (FRP products generated by the Land Surface Analysis Satellite Applications Facility (LSA SAF from data collected by the Meteosat Second Generation (MSG Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI are one such set of products, and are freely available in both near real-time and archived form. Every 15 min, the algorithms used to generate these products identify and map the location of new SEVIRI observations containing actively burning fires, and characterise their individual rates of radiative energy release (fire radiative power; FRP that is believed proportional to rates of biomass consumption and smoke emission. The FRP-PIXEL product contains the highest spatial resolution FRP dataset, delivered for all of Europe, northern and southern Africa, and part of South America at a spatial resolution of 3 km (decreasing away from the west African sub-satellite point at the full 15 min temporal resolution. The FRP-GRID product is an hourly summary of the FRP-PIXEL data, produced at a 5° grid cell size and including simple bias adjustments for meteorological cloud cover and for the regional underestimation of FRP caused, primarily, by the non-detection of low FRP fire pixels at SEVIRI's relatively coarse pixel size. Here we describe the enhanced geostationary Fire Thermal Anomaly (FTA algorithm used to detect the SEVIRI active fire pixels, and detail methods used to deliver atmospherically corrected FRP

  3. Outage Analysis of Ultra-Wideband System in Lognormal Multipath Fading and Square-Shaped Cellular Configurations

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    Pirinen Pekka

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Generic ultra-wideband (UWB spread-spectrum system performance is evaluated in centralized and distributed spatial topologies comprising square-shaped indoor cells. Statistical distributions for link distances in single-cell and multicell configurations are derived. Cochannel-interference-induced outage probability is used as a performance measure. The probability of outage varies depending on the spatial distribution statistics of users (link distances, propagation characteristics, user activities, and receiver settings. Lognormal fading in each channel path is incorporated in the model, where power sums of multiple lognormal signal components are approximated by a Fenton-Wilkinson approach. Outage performance of different spatial configurations is outlined numerically. Numerical results show the strong dependence of outage probability on the link distance distributions, number of rake fingers, and path losses.

  4. Microtomographic Analysis of Impact Damage in FRP Composite Laminates: A Comparative Study

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    M. Alemi-Ardakani

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available With the advancement of testing tools, the ability to characterize mechanical properties of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP composites under extreme loading scenarios has allowed designers to use these materials in high-level applications more confidently. Conventionally, impact characterization of composite materials is studied via nondestructive techniques such as ultrasonic C-scanning, infrared thermography, X-ray, and acoustography. None of these techniques, however, enable 3D microscale visualization of the damage at different layers of composite laminates. In this paper, a 3D microtomographic technique has been employed to visualize and compare impact damage modes in a set of thermoplastic laminates. The test samples were made of commingled polypropylene (PP and glass fibers with two different architectures, including the plain woven and unidirectional. Impact testing using a drop-weight tower, followed by postimpact four-point flexural testing and nondestructive tomographic analysis demonstrated a close relationship between the type of fibre architecture and the induced impact damage mechanisms and their extensions.

  5. Finite Element and Experimental Serviceability Analysis of HSC Beams Strengthened with FRP Sheets

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    Seyed H. Hashemi

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The use of externally bonded composite sheets or laminates is by now a diffuse technique to strengthen existing RC structures. However, some aspects of flexural condition still need experimental and numerical analysis; furthermore, especially for serviceability checks, there is a lack of code provisions. Six reinforced high strength concrete (HSC beams strengthened with FRP sheets were fabricated and tested, the finite element (FE models adopted by ANSYS was performed to examine the structural behavior of tested beams was performed. A comparison between the finite element analysis results and the experimental data available on the specimens was made and by using trial and error method, the finite element model was calibrated. Six under-reinforced concrete beams were fabricated and tested to failure. With the exception of the control beam, one or four layers of CFRP were applied to the specimens. The structural response throughout the loading regime was primarily captured in terms of the load deflection behavior. The load deflection plots obtained from numerical study show good agreement with the experimental results. The serviceability characteristics of the test beams were evaluated in terms of the crack width, deflection and stress in steel and concrete. The crack patterns in the beams are also presented.

  6. Research and Development on Control System of Novel Winding Machine for High-pressure FRP Pipeline

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    YOU Bo; XU Jiazhong; HU Haiyan; CHENG Ningbo; ZHANG Qingli

    2006-01-01

    The novel winding machine adopted steam inside solidification technics, can wind, solidify and extract high-pressure fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) pipelines in one single machine. Its control system consisted of the winding and extraction subsystem and the steam inside solidification subsystem. In order to improve the control precision and stability, a real-time control method was adopted in the winding and extraction subsystem. In this method, high-precision TRIO motion controller combined with industrial personal computer (IPC) forms an open-type CNC system which supports multitask. The Modbus protocol was adopted for the communication between the IPC and TRIO motion controller. The human-machine interface (HMI) was developed with VC++ 6.0 and the control software of the motion controller was developed with TRIO BASIC language. In the steam inside solidification subsystem, embedded IPC and PLC were used to realize the closed-loop control of the steam temperature and the HMI was developed with MCGS 5.1 under WinCE. Practices show that this system has the good performances of high precision, good stability and high efficiency.

  7. The Influence of Fiber Type and Conformation on the Damping Property of FRP Composite

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    WANG Xiang; CHEN Wei; WANG Jun; LIU Hanxing

    2012-01-01

    In order to get a fiber reinforced plastic(FRP) composite with good damping property as well as good mechanical properties,different types of reinforcing materials were used to reinforcing a damping resin.The influence of fiber types and conformation on the damping property of the composite are tested.Compared to the glass fiber(GF),carbon fiber(CF) can improve the damping factor of the composites; the highest tanδ value is 0.827 while the Tg is 22.5 ℃.The style of the fibers also influences the damping factors of the composite.The composite reinforced with mat has higher loss factors than that composite reinforced with clothe for the reason that the former has the ability to deform and the composite has higher resin content.The loss factor of GF mat reinforced composite is 0.704 while the T is 27 ℃.Both composite has good damping properties and can be used as the damping layer of the structural damping composite.

  8. Characterization of Ti6Al4V for integral transition structures in FRP-aluminum compounds

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    Schimanski, Kai; Schumacher, Jens; Von Hehl, Axel; Zoch, Hans-Werner [Stiftung Institut fuer Werkstofftechnik, Bremen (Germany); Wottschel, Vitalij; Vollertsen, Frank [Bremer Institut fuer Angewandte Strahltechnik, Bremen (Germany)

    2012-08-15

    Components in hybrid design become more and more important in terms of their lightweight potential. In this context, the demand for weight saving in aerospace industry leads to increase numbers of applications of fiber reinforced composites for primary structural components. In consequence, the use of FRP-metal compounds is necessary. In the context of the investigations of the researcher group named ''Black-Silver'' (''Schwarz Silber'', FOR 1224) founded by the DFG (German Research Foundation) material optimized interface structures for advanced carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP)-aluminum compounds are currently being studied. Within their work the researcher group focussed on three concepts realizing the transition structures: the usage of wires (titanium), foils (titanium), and fibers (glass fiber) as transition elements between CFRP and aluminum. For the connection of the aluminum sheet and the transition element die-casting and laser beam welding are basically used. The paper concentrates on the characterization of suitable materials for transition structures. Due to their high strength and low density (in comparison to steel) and the resulting potential in view on light-weight design Ti-alloys were investigated. Because of the increased availability of Ti-wires compared to Ti-foils in suitable thickness the former were used for the basic investigations on Ti-alloys which are suitable for integral transition structures. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  9. Diffusion bonding of transition structures for integral aluminium-fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) compounds

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    Hehl, A. von [IWT - Stiftung Institut fuer Werkstofftechnik, Hauptabteilung Werkstofftechnik, Bremen (Germany); Syassen, F. [Airbus Operations GmbH, Metal Technology, Bremen (Germany); Schimanski, K.

    2012-04-15

    Components in hybrid design become more and more important in terms of their lightweight potential. In this context the demand for weight saving in aerospace leads to increasing numbers of applications of fibre composites for primary structural components. In consequence the use of FRP-metal compounds is necessary. Within the investigations of the researcher group ''Schwarz Silber'' (FOR 1224) founded by the DFG (German Research Foundation) material optimised interface structures for advanced CFRP-aluminium compounds are currently being studied. Within their work the researcher group focussed on three concepts realizing the transition structures: the usage of wires (titanium), foils (titanium) and fibres (glass fibre) as transition elements between CFRP and aluminium. For the connection of the aluminium sheet and the transition element die-casting and laser beam welding are basically used. As a possible alternative to the both liquid phase processes a feasibility study haven been done focussing the solid state processes diffusion bonding. The experimental results show the high potential of this process in view of the transferable loads for integral transition structures. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  10. Experimental method of axial compressive concrete columns strengthened by externally bonded FRP%FRP加固在役混凝土柱轴压试验方法

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    马卫华; 康洪震

    2011-01-01

    为研究FRP(fiber reinforced plastics)加固在役混凝土柱轴压性能的试验方法,采用后张预应力法对混凝土柱施加初始应力,然后采用附加刚性千斤顶加载法进行模拟FRP加固混凝土柱轴压加载试验,得到应力一应变全曲线.研究结果表明,该试验方法能较好地实现FRP加固在役混凝土柱轴心受压试验.%To study the experimental method of axial compressive test of concrete columns strengthened by bonded FRP(fiber reinforced plastics), the post-tensioned prestressing method was employed to exert initial stress to the specimens before FRP, then FRP was bonded.Axial loading method of the specimens were that one main jack exert that axial force and two jacks provided stiffness for the specimens.In this way the complete stress-strain curves of specimens were obtained.The results indicate the technical target of axial compressive test of concrete columns strengthened by FRP was greatly achieved by using this experimental method.

  11. An Extensible Sensing and Control Platform for Building Energy Management

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    Rowe, Anthony [Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Berges, Mario [Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Martin, Christopher [Robert Bosch LLC, Anderson, SC (United States)

    2016-04-03

    The goal of this project is to develop Mortar.io, an open-source BAS platform designed to simplify data collection, archiving, event scheduling and coordination of cross-system interactions. Mortar.io is optimized for (1) robustness to network outages, (2) ease of installation using plug-and-play and (3) scalable support for small to large buildings and campuses.

  12. MiR-27a targets sFRP1 in hFOB cells to regulate proliferation, apoptosis and differentiation.

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    Full Text Available MicroRNAs (miRNAs play a key role in the regulation of almost all the physiological and pathological processes, including bone metabolism. Recent studies have suggested that miR-27 might play a key role in osteoblast differentiation and bone formation. Increasing evidence indicates that the canonical Wnt signaling pathway contributes to different stages of bone formation. In this study, we identify miR-27a can promote osteoblast differentiation by repressing a new target, secreted frizzled-related proteins 1 (sFRP1 expression at the transcriptional level. Here, 21 candidate targets of miR-27a involved in canonical Wnt/β-catenin signaling were predicted, and a significant decrease in sFRP1 luciferase activity was observed both in 293T and MG63 cells co-transfected with the matched luciferase reporter constructs and miR-27a mimic. Furthermore, the presence of exogenous miR-27a significantly decreased sFRP1 mRNA and protein expression in hFOB1.19 cells during both proliferation and osteogenic differentiation. The over-expression of miR-27a or knockdown sFRP1 significantly increased the percentage of apoptotic hFOBs, the percentage of cells in the G2-M phase of the cell cycle and the expression of key osteoblastic markers, including ALP, SPP1, RUNX2 and ALP activity. Over-expression of miR-27a or knockdown of endogenous sFRP1 led to an accumulation of β-catenin in hFOBs. In the present study, we demonstrate that miR-27a induced gene silencing effect is a vital mechanism contributing to bone metabolism in hFOB cells in vitro, which is partly affected by the post-transcriptional regulation of sFRP1, during osteoblast proliferation, apoptosis and differentiation.

  13. 玻璃钢活节式灯桩的设计计算%DESIGN CALCULATION OF FRP LIGHTSTAKE WITH FLEXIBLE JOINTS

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    赵会娟; 林维学; 付秀君; 王喜斌

    2001-01-01

    本文探讨了玻璃钢活节灯桩的设计计算思想,给出了玻璃钢活节式灯桩静水力性能、环境荷载、水动力性能和灯桩沉块的计算方法。%The article explores the idea in designing and res earching FRP lightstake with flexible joints. It provides the calculating methods of performance of FRP lightstake in static water force, environmental lo ad the motive power of water as well as sinking block .

  14. DURABILITY OF CONCRETE STRUCTURES STRENGTHENED EXTERNALLY USING FIBER REINFORCED POLYMER (FRP) AND IT???S PERFORMANCE DUE TO SEA ENVIRONTMENT

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    RUDY DJAMALUDDIN; . IRMAWATI; . SHINICHI HINO

    2014-01-01

    Overall objective of the research is to establish a strengthening method for damaged concrete structures using Fiber Reinforced Plastics (FRP) as well as to have an understanding of the effect of the tropic and sub-tropic sea environment to its durability and performance. Due to the change of the life demands, the structures may be experiencing changes in the function and an increase in service load so that the structures is no longer safe for use and it may cause a damage on th...

  15. Metamodel-assisted evolutionary algorithms for the unit commitment problem with probabilistic outages

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    Georgopoulou, Chariklia A.; Giannakoglou, Kyriakos C. [National Technical University of Athens, School of Mechanical Engineering, Lab. of Thermal Turbomachines, Parallel CFD and Optimization Unit, P.O. Box 64069, Athens 157 10 (Greece)

    2010-05-15

    An efficient method for solving power generating unit commitment (UC) problems with probabilistic unit outages is proposed. It is based on a two-level evolutionary algorithm (EA) minimizing the expected total operating cost (TOC) of a system of power generating units over a scheduling period, with known failure and repair rates of each unit. To compute the cost function value of each EA population member, namely a candidate UC schedule, a Monte Carlo simulation must be carried out. Some thousands of replicates are generated according to the units' outage and repair rates and the corresponding probabilities. Each replicate is represented by a series of randomly generated availability and unavailability periods of time for each unit and the UC schedule under consideration accordingly. The expected TOC is the average of the TOCs of all Monte Carlo replicates. Therefore, the CPU cost per Monte Carlo evaluation increases noticeably and so does the CPU cost of running the EA. To reduce it, the use of a metamodel-assisted EA (MAEA) with on-line trained surrogate evaluation models or metamodels (namely, radial-basis function networks) is proposed. A novelty of this method is that the metamodels are trained on a few ''representative'' unit outage scenarios selected among the Monte Carlo replicates generated once during the optimization and, then, used to predict the expected TOC. Based on this low cost, approximate pre-evaluation, only a few top individuals within each generation undergo Monte Carlo simulations. The proposed MAEA is demonstrated on test problems and shown to drastically reduce the CPU cost, compared to EAs which are exclusively based on Monte Carlo simulations. (author)

  16. Cognitive multiple-antenna network in outage-restricted primary system

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    Maham, Behrouz; Popovski, Petar

    2013-01-01

    In the commons model for the spectrum sharing, cognitive users can access the spectrum as long as the target performance in the legitimate primary system is not violated. In this paper, we consider a downlink primary multiple-input-single-output (MISO) system which operates under a controlled......-form asymptotic formula for the outage probability is derived, which shows that the primary receiver achieves full spatial diversity under given interference from the secondary user. Next, the optimum transmit power in the secondary system is investigated for maximizing the ergodic capacity when...

  17. Outage performance of two-way DF relaying systems with a new relay selection metric

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    Hyadi, Amal

    2012-04-01

    This paper investigates a new constrained relay selection scheme for two-way relaying systems where two end terminals communicate simultaneously via a relay. The introduced technique is based on the maximization of the weighted sum rate of both users. To evaluate the performance of the proposed system, the outage probability is derived in a general case (where an arbitrary channel is considered), and then over independently but not necessarily identically distributed (i.n.i.d.) Rayleigh fading channels. The analytical results are verified through simulations. © 2012 IEEE.

  18. Outage and BER analysis for ultrawideband-based WPAN in Nakagami-m fading channels

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    Mehbodniya, Abolfazl

    2011-09-01

    This paper presents a performance analysis of multiband orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (MB-OFDM) in ultra wideband (UWB)-based personal area networks (UPANs). A UPAN consists of devices with different UWB technologies at the physical layer. Approximate expressions for the outage probability and average bit error rate (BER) are derived in closed form for the MB-OFDM target receiver, taking into account multi-user interference (MUI), as well as external interference in the form of time-hopping (TH) and direct-sequence (DS) UWB signals. © 2010 IEEE.

  19. Outage and ser performance of an opportunistic multi-user underlay cognitive network

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    Khan, Fahd Ahmed

    2012-10-01

    Consider a multi-user underlay cognitive network where multiple cognitive users concurrently share the spectrum with a primary network and a single secondary user is selected for transmission. The channel is assumed to have independent but not identical Nakagami-m fading. Closed form expressions for the outage performance and the symbol-error-rate performance of the opportunistic multi-user secondary network are derived when a peak interference power constraint is imposed on the secondary network in addition to the limited peak transmit power of each secondary user. © 2012 IEEE.

  20. Efficient Outage Probability Evaluation of Diversity Receivers Over Generalized Gamma Channels

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    Ben Issaid, Chaouki

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, we are interested in determining the cumulative distribution function of the sum of generalized Gamma in the setting of rare event simulations. To this end, we present an efficient importance sampling estimator. The main result of this work is the bounded relative property of the proposed estimator. This result is used to accurately estimate the outage probability of multibranch maximum ratio combining and equal gain combining diversity receivers over generalized Gamma fading channels. Selected numerical simulations are discussed to show the robustness of our estimator compared to naive Monte Carlo.

  1. Outage analysis of interference-limited systems using STBC with co-channel MIMO interferers

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    Yongzhao LI; Leonard J.CIMINI,JR.; Nageen HIMAYAT

    2009-01-01

    The performance of Space-Time Block Coding (STBC) with co-channel MIMO interference is investigated.For an interference-limited environment, the closed-form ex-pressions for the probability density functions of the signal-to-interference ratio are derived and applied to analyze the outage probability with three typical types of co-channel MIMO interferers: STBC, open-loop spatial multiplexing and closed-loop spatial multiplexing. Both theoretical anal-yses and simulation results show that the performance of STBC is independent of the MIMO modes used in the in-terfering links.

  2. Outage Analysis of Opportunistic Cooperative Ad Hoc Networks with Randomly Located Nodes

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    Cheng-Wen Xing; Hai-Chuan Ding; Guang-Hua Yang; Shao-Dan Ma; Ze-Song Fei

    2013-01-01

    In this paper,an opportunistic cooperative ad hoc sensor network with randomly located nodes is analyzed.The randomness of nodes' locations is captured by a homogeneous Poisson point process.The effect of imperfect interference cancellation is also taken into account in the analysis.Based on the theory of stochastic geometry,outage probability and cooperative gain are derived.It is demonstrated that explicit performance gain can be achieved through cooperation.The analyses are corroborated by extensive simulation results and the analytical results can thus serve as a guideline for wireless sensor network design.

  3. Exact outage analysis of incremental decode-and-forward opportunistic relaying

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    Tourki, Kamel

    2010-11-01

    In this paper, we investigate a dual-hop decode-andforward opportunistic relaying scheme where the selected relay chooses to cooperate only if the source-destination channel is of an unacceptable quality. In our study, we derive exact closed-form expression for the outage probability based on the exact statistics of each hop. Furthermore, we perform asymptotic analysis and we deduce the diversity order of the scheme. We validate our analysis by showing that performance simulation results coincide with our analytical results over different network architectures. © 2010 IEEE.

  4. Study on behavior of car and driver in the very small commuter car made of FRP during collision using scale model. Under the consideration of thorax deformation of driver using airbag; FRP sei mokei ni yoru FRP sei chokeiryo jissha shototsuji no kuruma to join no anzensei ni kansuru kenkyu. Kyobu henkei tokusei wo yusuru join ni taisuru air gab no koka

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    Sakai, H.; Morisawa, M.; Yoshino, T. [Musashi Institute of Technology, Tokyo (Japan); Sato, T. [Keio University, Tokyo (Japan); Ishizuki, H. [Satake Co., Tokyo (Japan)

    1997-10-01

    In this study, after having performed simulation which took up scale models substituting for full scale model of commuter car made of FRP, we carried out collision tests to barrier. Here, we made enquiries about the occupant safety by changing the collision speed and the deformation characteristics of the seat belt, during head-on barrier collision using one-fifth scale models. We sought for the occupant`s safe combinations among the deformation characteristics of airbag and the thorax deformation. In this case, the degree of the occupants injury were estimated using HIC values, 3msecG and maximum deformation of the thorax. 7 refs., 5 figs.

  5. Psychosocial work strain of maintenance personnel during annual outage and normal operation in a nuclear power plant

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    This paper reports on a study which evaluates psychosocial work demands during the annual outage for a maintenance work group in a nuclear power plant. The study is based on a stress paradigm and it has been asserted that increased work strain would have a negative effect on performance. Nineteen workers, aged 20-55 years, participated in the study. The subjects filled out a questionnaire comparing work strain during annual outage and normal operation. During the outage period a 3-shift 24-hour work schedule, including nightwork, was used (working hours during normal operation was 7-16). Increased demands on concentration and vigilance, increased time pressure and strain on social relations within the group were found to characterize work during annual outage. Interestingly, for specific work tasks an association was found between the risk of making errors and high psychological workload. Increased work strain, shiftwork including nightwork and reduced social support are important psychosocial risk factors that might contribute to human error during the outage period

  6. Global NDE Best Practice for Technology Improvement, Outage Management, Foreign Material Exclusion and Dose Control

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    Non Destructive Examination (NDE) is a critical element of both Boiling Water and Pressurized Water Reactor outages. Frequently this includes critical path activity so both the utility and the inspection vendor are under intense pressure to perform the work quickly. Concurrent with AREVA's new global organization of NDE resources, AREVA NDE SOLUTIONS, efforts have intensified for global application of lessons learned and best practices. These best practices include new developments as well as continuous improvements to well established tools and NDE techniques. Advancements range from steam generator robots, advanced steam generator deposit characterization sensors and method, new phased array approaches for PWR and BWR reactor vessel examination, new sensors and approaches for RPV head examinations, plus advanced internals examination robots and methods. In addition to specialized tools and techniques, best practice includes numerous management innovations. AREVA's multi-disciplined integrated nuclear worker strategy helps to minimize the total number of personnel deployed to multi-task outages. Specific design and on-site practice has been implemented to minimize or eliminate foreign material from the reactor system and vigorous pursuit of dose management practices keeps our nuclear worker dose as low as reasonably achievable. The industry is moving to much more conservative nuclear worker dose limits. While this is proving to be an issue with many vendors, AREVA has had an internal policy of <2R since 2006. Globalizing the organization also helps AREVA manage peaks and unplanned emergency inspections from an enlarged pool of globally qualified inspection personnel and tools. (Author)

  7. Outage Analysis of Practical FSO/RF Hybrid System With Adaptive Combining

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    Rakia, Tamer

    2015-08-01

    Hybrid free-space optical (FSO)/radio-frequency (RF) systems have emerged as a promising solution for high-data-rate wireless transmission. We present and analyze a transmission scheme for the hybrid FSO/RF communication system based on adaptive combining. Specifically, only FSO link is active as long as the instantaneous signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) at the FSO receiver is above a certain threshold level. When it falls below this threshold level, the RF link is activated along with the FSO link and the signals from the two links are combined at the receiver using a dual-branch maximal ratio combiner. Novel analytical expression for the cumulative distribution function (CDF) of the received SNR for the proposed hybrid system is obtained. This CDF expression is used to study the system outage performance. Numerical examples are presented to compare the outage performance of the proposed hybrid FSO/RF system with that of the FSO-only and RF-only systems. © 1997-2012 IEEE.

  8. Recent performance of and plasma outage studies with the SNS H⁻ source.

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    Stockli, M P; Han, B; Murray, S N; Pennisi, T R; Piller, C; Santana, M; Welton, R

    2016-02-01

    Spallation Neutron Source ramps to higher power levels that can be sustained with high availability. The goal is 1.4 MW despite a compromised radio frequency quadrupole (RFQ), which requires higher radio frequency power than design levels to approach the nominal beam transmission. Unfortunately at higher power the RFQ often loses its thermal stability, a problem apparently enhanced by beam losses and high influxes of hydrogen. Delivering as much H(-) beam as possible with the least amount of hydrogen led to plasma outages. The root cause is the dense 1-ms long ∼55-kW 2-MHz plasma pulses reflecting ∼90% of the continuous ∼300 W, 13-MHz power, which was mitigated with a 4-ms filter for the reflected power signal and an outage resistant, slightly detuned 13-MHz match. Lowering the H2 gas also increased the H(-) beam current to ∼55 mA and increased the RFQ transmission by ∼7% (relative). PMID:26932022

  9. Fundamental Limits of Parallel Optical Wireless Channels: Capacity Results and Outage Formulation

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    Chaaban, Anas

    2016-10-26

    Multi-channel (MC) optical wireless communication (OWC) systems employing wave-division multiplexing for outdoors free-space optical communications, or multi-user timedivision multiple access for indoors visible-light communications, e.g., can be modeled as parallel channels. Multi-input multioutput OWC systems can also be transformed, possibly with some performance loss, to parallel channels using pre-/postcoding. Studying the performance of such MC-OWC systems requires characterizing the capacity of the underlying parallel channels. In this paper, upper and lower bounds on the capacity of constant parallel OWC channels with a total average intensity constraint are derived. Then, the paper focuses on finding intensity allocations that maximize the lower bounds given channel-state information at the transmitter (CSIT). Due to its nonconvexity, the KKT conditions are used to describe a list of candidate allocations. Instead searching exhaustively for the best solution, low-complexity near-optimal algorithms are proposed. The resulting optimized lower bound nearly coincides with capacity at high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Under a quasi-static channel model and in the absence of CSIT, outage probability upper and lower bounds are derived. Those bounds also meet at high SNR, thus characterizing the outage capacity in this regime. Finally, the results are extended to a system with both average and peak intensity constraints.

  10. On Outage Probability and Diversity-Multiplexing Tradeoff in MIMO Relay Channels

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    Loyka, Sergey

    2011-01-01

    Fading MIMO relay channels are studied analytically, when the source and destination are equipped with multiple antennas and the relays have a single one. Compact closed-form expressions are obtained for the outage probability under i.i.d. and correlated Rayleigh-fading links. Low-outage approximations are derived, which reveal a number of insights, including the impact of correlation, of the number of antennas, of relay noise and of relaying protocol. The effect of correlation is shown to be negligible, unless the channel becomes almost fully correlated. The SNR loss of relay fading channels compared to the AWGN channel is quantified. The SNR-asymptotic diversity-multiplexing tradeoff (DMT) is obtained for a broad class of fading distributions, including, as special cases, Rayleigh, Rice, Nakagami, Weibull, which may be non-identical, spatially correlated and/or non-zero mean. The DMT is shown to depend not on a particular fading distribution, but rather on its polynomial behavior near zero, and is the same ...

  11. Exploiting Outage and Error Probability of Cooperative Incremental Relaying in Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Hina Nasir

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper embeds a bi-fold contribution for Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks (UWSNs; performance analysis of incremental relaying in terms of outage and error probability, and based on the analysis proposition of two new cooperative routing protocols. Subject to the first contribution, a three step procedure is carried out; a system model is presented, the number of available relays are determined, and based on cooperative incremental retransmission methodology, closed-form expressions for outage and error probability are derived. Subject to the second contribution, Adaptive Cooperation in Energy (ACE efficient depth based routing and Enhanced-ACE (E-ACE are presented. In the proposed model, feedback mechanism indicates success or failure of data transmission. If direct transmission is successful, there is no need for relaying by cooperative relay nodes. In case of failure, all the available relays retransmit the data one by one till the desired signal quality is achieved at destination. Simulation results show that the ACE and E-ACE significantly improves network performance, i.e., throughput, when compared with other incremental relaying protocols like Cooperative Automatic Repeat reQuest (CARQ. E-ACE and ACE achieve 69% and 63% more throughput respectively as compared to CARQ in hard underwater environment.

  12. Water outage increases the risk of gastroenteritis and eyes and skin diseases

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    Chou Chang-Hung

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The present study used insurance claims data to investigate infections associated with short-term water outage because of constructions or pipe breaks. Methods The present study used medical claims of one million insured persons for 2004-2006. We estimated incidences of gastroenteritis and eye and skin complaints for 10 days before, during, and after 10 days of water supply restriction for outpatient visits and for emergency and in-patient care combined. Results There was an increase in medical services for these complaints in outpatient visits because of water outages. Poisson regression analyses showed that increased risks of medical services were significant for gastroenteritis (relative risk [RR] 1.31, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.26-1.37, skin disease (RR 1.36, 95% CI 1.30-1.42, and eye disease patients (RR 1.34, 95% CI 1.26-1.44. Similar risks were observed during 10-day lag periods. Compared with those in cool days, risks of medical services are higher when average daily temperature is above 30°C for gastroenteritis (RR 12.1, 95% CI 6.17-23.7, skin diseases (RR 4.48, 95% CI 2.29-8.78, and eye diseases (RR 40.3, 95% CI 7.23-224. Conclusion We suggest promoting personal hygiene education during water supply shortages, particularly during the warm months.

  13. Optimal utilization of outages. The tasks of the OEM and/or service provider

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    Jakobs, Norbert [Siemens AG, Nuclear Power Generation Division, D-91050 Erlangen (Germany); Grauf, Eberhard [Gemeinschaftskernkraftwerk Neckar GmbH, im Steinbruch, D-74382 Neckarwestheim (Germany)

    1998-07-01

    The deregulation of Europe's power market on January 1, 1999 will force many electric utilities and especially nuclear power plant operators to introduce extensive cost-cutting measures in order that they can hold their own in the new competitive environment. Existing plants basically have three potential ways of reducing their power generating costs: by increasing availability, reducing fuel costs and cutting back operating costs. Optimizing plant outages provides considerable potential for raising plant availability but can also lower operating costs by reducing expenditure on maintenance. In order to optimize an outage in terms of performance time and cost, there are a number of starting points based on certain key factors: organization, planning, logistics, performance monitoring, plant and equipment enhancements as well as personnel motivation. To reach this goal it is necessary for the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and/or service provider to be involved in these activities to a much greater extent than before and for a closer form of partnership to be established with the consumer. For it is only within a team having a common set of goals that the successes of the past have been able to be achieved and new tasks can be efficiently handled in the future. (author)

  14. Recent performance of and plasma outage studies with the SNS H{sup −} source

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    Stockli, M. P., E-mail: stockli@ornl.gov; Han, B.; Murray, S. N.; Pennisi, T. R.; Piller, C.; Santana, M.; Welton, R. [Spallation Neutron Source, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830 (United States)

    2016-02-15

    Spallation Neutron Source ramps to higher power levels that can be sustained with high availability. The goal is 1.4 MW despite a compromised radio frequency quadrupole (RFQ), which requires higher radio frequency power than design levels to approach the nominal beam transmission. Unfortunately at higher power the RFQ often loses its thermal stability, a problem apparently enhanced by beam losses and high influxes of hydrogen. Delivering as much H{sup −} beam as possible with the least amount of hydrogen led to plasma outages. The root cause is the dense 1-ms long ∼55-kW 2-MHz plasma pulses reflecting ∼90% of the continuous ∼300 W, 13-MHz power, which was mitigated with a 4-ms filter for the reflected power signal and an outage resistant, slightly detuned 13-MHz match. Lowering the H{sub 2} gas also increased the H{sup −} beam current to ∼55 mA and increased the RFQ transmission by ∼7% (relative)

  15. Exploiting Outage and Error Probability of Cooperative Incremental Relaying in Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks.

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    Nasir, Hina; Javaid, Nadeem; Sher, Muhammad; Qasim, Umar; Khan, Zahoor Ali; Alrajeh, Nabil; Niaz, Iftikhar Azim

    2016-01-01

    This paper embeds a bi-fold contribution for Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks (UWSNs); performance analysis of incremental relaying in terms of outage and error probability, and based on the analysis proposition of two new cooperative routing protocols. Subject to the first contribution, a three step procedure is carried out; a system model is presented, the number of available relays are determined, and based on cooperative incremental retransmission methodology, closed-form expressions for outage and error probability are derived. Subject to the second contribution, Adaptive Cooperation in Energy (ACE) efficient depth based routing and Enhanced-ACE (E-ACE) are presented. In the proposed model, feedback mechanism indicates success or failure of data transmission. If direct transmission is successful, there is no need for relaying by cooperative relay nodes. In case of failure, all the available relays retransmit the data one by one till the desired signal quality is achieved at destination. Simulation results show that the ACE and E-ACE significantly improves network performance, i.e., throughput, when compared with other incremental relaying protocols like Cooperative Automatic Repeat reQuest (CARQ). E-ACE and ACE achieve 69% and 63% more throughput respectively as compared to CARQ in hard underwater environment. PMID:27420061

  16. Outage performance analysis of underlay cognitive RF and FSO wireless channels

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    Ansari, Imran Shafique

    2014-09-01

    In this work, the outage performance analysis of a dual-hop transmission system composed of asymmetric radio frequency (RF) channel cascaded with a free-space optical (FSO) link is presented. For the RF link, an underlay cognitive network is considered where the secondary users share the spectrum with licensed primary users. Indoor femtocells act as a practical example for such networks. More specifically, it is assumed that the RF link applies power control to maintain the interference at the primary network below a predetermined threshold. While the RF channel is modeled by the Rayleigh fading distribution, the FSO link is modeled by a unified Gamma-Gamma turbulence distribution. The FSO link accounts for pointing errors and both types of detection techniques (i.e. heterodyne detection as well as intensity modulation/direct detection (IM/DD)). With this model, a new exact closed-form expression is derived for the outage probability of the end-To-end signal-To-noise ratio of these systems in terms of the Meijer\\'s G function and the Fox\\'s H functions under fixed amplify-and-forward relay scheme. All new analytical results are verified via computer-based Monte-Carlo simulations and are illustrated by some selected numerical results.

  17. Report on Nova Scotia Power Company's transmission system and outages communications

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    Stright, R.; Cannata, M.D.Jr.; Lautenschlager, M.; Kozlosky, C.K.; Arndt, S.M. [Liberty Consulting Group, Quentin, PA (United States)

    2005-03-04

    A severe storm occurred in Nova Scotia on November 13 and 14, 2004, during which a large portion of Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) customers were without power. The storm severely damaged sections of Nova Scotia's power transmission and distribution systems. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board issued a request for proposals (RFP) for consultants to examine NSPI's communications as well as its transmission system operations, maintenance and planning. The Liberty Consulting Group conducted the study and reported on transmission system maintenance and structure design; transmission system planning and system design; and communications and outage response. The consultant field inspected the adequacy of design criteria and the condition of failed and remaining towers and poles in areas affected by the storm and compared results with areas not affected by the storm. The consultant also evaluated NSPI's maintenance and inspection programs, vegetation management, staffing, replacement structure inventory and lessons learned from previous weather events. The report revealed how the collapse of a small number of transmission towers resulted in such a major outage. Following the review, 74 actions were created, of which more than half are complete. tabs, figs.

  18. Exploiting Outage and Error Probability of Cooperative Incremental Relaying in Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Nasir, Hina; Javaid, Nadeem; Sher, Muhammad; Qasim, Umar; Khan, Zahoor Ali; Alrajeh, Nabil; Niaz, Iftikhar Azim

    2016-01-01

    This paper embeds a bi-fold contribution for Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks (UWSNs); performance analysis of incremental relaying in terms of outage and error probability, and based on the analysis proposition of two new cooperative routing protocols. Subject to the first contribution, a three step procedure is carried out; a system model is presented, the number of available relays are determined, and based on cooperative incremental retransmission methodology, closed-form expressions for outage and error probability are derived. Subject to the second contribution, Adaptive Cooperation in Energy (ACE) efficient depth based routing and Enhanced-ACE (E-ACE) are presented. In the proposed model, feedback mechanism indicates success or failure of data transmission. If direct transmission is successful, there is no need for relaying by cooperative relay nodes. In case of failure, all the available relays retransmit the data one by one till the desired signal quality is achieved at destination. Simulation results show that the ACE and E-ACE significantly improves network performance, i.e., throughput, when compared with other incremental relaying protocols like Cooperative Automatic Repeat reQuest (CARQ). E-ACE and ACE achieve 69% and 63% more throughput respectively as compared to CARQ in hard underwater environment. PMID:27420061

  19. Outage Performance of Cooperative Relay Selection with Multiple Source and Destination Antennas over Dissimilar Nakagami-m Fading Channels

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    Lee, Wooju; Yoon, Dongweon

    Cooperative relay selection, in which one of multiple relays is selected to retransmit the source signal to the destination, has received considerable attention in recent years, because it is a simple way to obtain cooperative diversity in wireless networks. The exact expression of outage probability for a decode-and-forward cooperative relay selection with multiple source and destination antennas over Rayleigh fading channels was recently derived in [9]. In this letter, we derive the exact expressions of outage probability and diversity-multiplexing tradeoff over independent and non-identically distributed Nakagami-m fading channels as an extension of [9]. We then analyze the effects of various parameters such as fading conditions, number of relays, and number of source and destination antennas on the outage probability.

  20. Outage probability of dual-hop partial relay selection with feedback delay in the presence of interference

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    Al-Qahtani, Fawaz S.

    2011-09-01

    In this paper, we investigate the outage performance of a dual-hop relaying systems with partial relay selection and feedback delay. The analysis considers the case of Rayleigh fading channels when the relaying station as well as the destination undergo mutually independent interfering signals. Particularly, we derive the cumulative distribution function (c.d.f.) of a new type of random variable involving sum of multiple independent exponential random variables, based on which, we present closed-form expressions for the exact outage probability of a fixed amplify-and-forward (AF) and decode-and-forward (DF) relaying protocols. Numerical results are provided to illustrate the joint effect of the delayed feedback and co-channel interference on the outage probability. © 2011 IEEE.

  1. Outage performance of opportunistic two-way amplify-and-forward relaying with outdated channel state information

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    Hwang, Kyusung

    2013-09-01

    In this paper, we study the outage performance of an amplify-and-forward (AF)-based two-way relaying (TWR) system with multiple relays where a single relay selection is performed based on outdated channel state information (CSI). Specifically, we propose a single relay selection scheme in AF-based TWR system under outdated CSI conditions. With this policy, we offer a statistical analysis of the signal-to-noise ratio per hop and analyze the outage probability with asymmetric outage thresholds based on CSI-assisted AF protocol. Additionally, we provide the exact and asymptotic expressions based on the provided statistical/joint statistical analyses of a dual-hop AF transmission. Finally, we verify our analytical results with some selected computer-based simulation results. © 1972-2012 IEEE.

  2. 基于梁段的FRP加固混凝土梁剥离破坏分析%Analysis of debonding of FRP strengthened reinforced concrete beams using beam segment

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    叶苏荣; 熊光晶

    2011-01-01

    In order to analyze the debonding failure of the shear-flexure zone of FRP (fiber reinforced plastics) strengthened reinforced concrete beams, a simple three dimensional nonlinear finite element model, based on a "beam segment" between two cracks of a strengthened beam, was built. An application of Saint-Venant principle and a numerical study were carried out to prove the rationality and reliability of the proposed model. Based on this model, the debonding load of FRP strengthened beams,under the influence of differenct stress levels of FRP, layers of FRP, shear-span ratio, FRP-concrete constitutive laws and length of beam segment, were analyzed by nonlinear finite element method. The numerical analysis indicate that the debonding failure is induced mainly by FRP stress and the number of FRP layers. There is a substantial agreement between our numerical calculation and existing experimental results.%为更合理分析增强纤维复合材料(FRP)加固混凝土梁剪弯段的剥离破坏,提出了一个基于加固梁两裂缝间梁段的空间有限元模型,并用圣维南原理和数值方法证实其合理性和可靠性;进而以FRP应力、FRP层数、剪跨比、FRP-混凝土粘结滑移本构关系和梁段长度作为影响因素,对此模型做非线性有限元计算分析.结果表明:FRP应力和层数对剥离荷载有显著影响,数值计算与多个既有实验结果基本一致.

  3. 46 CFR 160.035-8 - Construction of fibrous glass reinforced plastic (F.R.P.), oar-, hand-, and motor-propelled...

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    ... 46 Shipping 6 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Construction of fibrous glass reinforced plastic (F.R.P... APPROVAL LIFESAVING EQUIPMENT Lifeboats for Merchant Vessels § 160.035-8 Construction of fibrous glass... set forth in this subpart. (2) Fibrous glass reinforced plastic lifeboats may be of the...

  4. Analysis on Adhesively-Bonded Joints of FRP-steel Composite Bridge under Combined Loading: Arcan Test Study and Numerical Modeling

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    Jiang, X.; Qiang, X.; Kolstein, M.H.; Bijlaard, F.S.K.

    2016-01-01

    The research presented in this paper is an experimental study and numerical analysis on mechanical behavior of the adhesively-bonded joint between FRP sandwich bridge deck and steel girder. Generally, there are three typical stress states in the adhesively-bonded joint: shear stress, tensile stress,

  5. Compressive Behavior of Four Types FRP Tube Confined Ultra-high-performance Concrete%四种FRP管约束UHPC轴压特性的试验研究

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    邓宗才; 刘少新; 王海忠; 陈仲锴

    2015-01-01

    为研究纤维增强聚合物( fiber reinforced polymer, FRP )管约束超高性能混凝土( ultra-high performance concrete, UHPC)的轴压特性,分别对4个未约束和36个约束圆柱体试件进行了轴压试验,测定了应力-应变全曲线,获得了强度和极限应变值。试验结果发现:FRP约束UHPC可明显提高其强度和变形能力,纤维布层数愈多、强度越高,改善效果愈明显;轴压应力-应变曲线为双线性;在相近的约束比下,FRP管约束刚度越小,约束试件的极限应变值越大;已有的强度和极限应变的模型预测值均高于实测值,极限应变预测值偏离试验值更大。本文回归得到了FRP管UHPC的强度和极限应变预测公式预测精度较高。%An axial compression test was conducted to investigate the performance of ultra-high performance concrete ( UHPC) specimens confined with different types and thickness of fiber reinforced polymer ( FRP) tubes. 40 cylindrical specimens were prepared, of which 4 were non-confined while the rest were confined with FRP tubes. Stress-strain curves were produced, and the strength and ultimate strains obtained. The test results show significant enhancement in ultimate strength and strain of UHPC. The confinement effectiveness improves with increase in the FRP layers, and also with increase in strength of FRP. Axial compression stress-strain curves relationship exhibits bilinear characteristics. Under the same confinement ratio, the smaller the stiffness of FRP tube is, the greater the ultimate strain value of the confined specimen becomes. The predicted value of both ultimate strength and strain of existing models is higher than the tested value, and the predicted values of the ultimate strain are more higher than that of the experimental results. The accuracy of the formula for the prediction of strength and ultimate strain of FRP tube confined UHPC specimens suggested in this paper is higher.

  6. 四种FRP管约束UHPC轴压特性的试验研究%Compressive Behavior of Four Types FRP Tube Confined Ultra-high-performance Concrete

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    邓宗才; 刘少新; 王海忠; 陈仲锴

    2015-01-01

    为研究纤维增强聚合物( fiber reinforced polymer, FRP )管约束超高性能混凝土( ultra-high performance concrete, UHPC)的轴压特性,分别对4个未约束和36个约束圆柱体试件进行了轴压试验,测定了应力-应变全曲线,获得了强度和极限应变值。试验结果发现:FRP约束UHPC可明显提高其强度和变形能力,纤维布层数愈多、强度越高,改善效果愈明显;轴压应力-应变曲线为双线性;在相近的约束比下,FRP管约束刚度越小,约束试件的极限应变值越大;已有的强度和极限应变的模型预测值均高于实测值,极限应变预测值偏离试验值更大。本文回归得到了FRP管UHPC的强度和极限应变预测公式预测精度较高。%An axial compression test was conducted to investigate the performance of ultra-high performance concrete ( UHPC) specimens confined with different types and thickness of fiber reinforced polymer ( FRP) tubes. 40 cylindrical specimens were prepared, of which 4 were non-confined while the rest were confined with FRP tubes. Stress-strain curves were produced, and the strength and ultimate strains obtained. The test results show significant enhancement in ultimate strength and strain of UHPC. The confinement effectiveness improves with increase in the FRP layers, and also with increase in strength of FRP. Axial compression stress-strain curves relationship exhibits bilinear characteristics. Under the same confinement ratio, the smaller the stiffness of FRP tube is, the greater the ultimate strain value of the confined specimen becomes. The predicted value of both ultimate strength and strain of existing models is higher than the tested value, and the predicted values of the ultimate strain are more higher than that of the experimental results. The accuracy of the formula for the prediction of strength and ultimate strain of FRP tube confined UHPC specimens suggested in this paper is higher.

  7. Fire Radiative Power (FRP)-based Emission Factors of PM2.5, CO and NOX for Remote Sensing of Biomass Burning Emissions

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    Karandana Gamalathge, T. D.; Chen, L. W. A.

    2015-12-01

    Large-scale biomass burning such as forest fires represents an important and yet uncertain source of air pollutants and greenhouse gases on a global scale. Due to the highly accidental nature of forest fires, satellite remote sensing could be a promising method to develop regional and global fire emission inventories on a real-time basis. Reliable fire radiative power (FRP)-based fuel consumption and emission factors are critical in this approach. In an attempt to obtain the information, laboratory combustion experiments were conducted to simultaneously monitor FRP, fuel consumption, and emissions of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), carbon monoxide (CO), and reactive nitrogen oxides (NO and NO2). FRP were quantified using temperature-resolved values from a thermal imager instead of conventionally used average temperature, as the former provides more realistic estimates. For dry Ponderosa pine branches, a common fuel in the Sierra Nevada, a strong correlation (r2 ~ 0.8) between FRP and the mass reduction rate (MRR) was found. This led to a radiative energy yield (REY) of 8.5 ± 1.2 MJ/kg, assuming blackbody radiation and a flame emissivity of 0.5. Mass-based emission factors were determined with the carbon balance approach. Considering the ratio of mass-based emission factors and the REY, FRP-based emission factors: PM2.5: 11 g/MJ, CO: 8.0 g/MJ, NO: 0.33 g/MJ, and NO2: 0.07 g/MJ were quantified. The application of this approach to other fuel types and uncertainties in the measurements will be discussed.

  8. Outage performance improvement by state of the art reactor stud tensioning

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    Actual methods of reactor closing, i.e. cover to vessel sealing, is based on the creation of an equal load to the sealing circumference by tensioning all reactor studs with an equal force. This method ensures leak tightness through equal compression of the reactor seal in normal circumstances and is largely applied for all types of reactors throughout many generations and designs of nuclear power stations. The tension generated in each reactor stud is controlled indirectly by measuring the reactor stud elongation while under stress. Most studs are designed to measure this elongation easily by conventional or more advanced systems (from individual clock gauge to integrated digital transmission to a computer screen). It is this elongation value, prescribed by the reactor vessel/cover manufacturer which must be respected and demonstrated during all reactor closing operations, weather they take place for initial hydro testing, refuelling operations or periodical hydraulic tests of the primary circuit. Closing (and re-opening) of reactor vessels has become a routine operation as it is required for fuel reloading of the reactor core. This operation is performed on all PWR and BWR type of reactors with a large variety of tooling. As most of the utilities have implemented maintenance optimisation programs, the refuelling outage is reduced to a sequence of activities that allow quick and efficient refuelling of the core. The performance and efficiency of instrumentation and tooling deployed during these essential activities are of the utmost importance to minimise the critical path of the refuelling outage. Today, in support of outage performance, many utilities have invested in new and refurbished tooling to allow quick and efficient opening and closing of the reactor vessel. The features and properties of the most performing multi stud tensioning machines currently in service in nuclear power stations world wide (Africa, Europe, Asia and USA) are presented in the paper

  9. Outage performance improvement by state of the art reactor stud tensioning

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    Oehler, Horst Werner [Wenutec GmbH, Industriestrasse 1, D-44534 Luenen (Germany); Vervliet, Herman [Wenutec Sarl, 2, Parc des Fontenelles, F-78870 Bailly (France)

    2006-07-01

    Actual methods of reactor closing, i.e. cover to vessel sealing, is based on the creation of an equal load to the sealing circumference by tensioning all reactor studs with an equal force. This method ensures leak tightness through equal compression of the reactor seal in normal circumstances and is largely applied for all types of reactors throughout many generations and designs of nuclear power stations. The tension generated in each reactor stud is controlled indirectly by measuring the reactor stud elongation while under stress. Most studs are designed to measure this elongation easily by conventional or more advanced systems (from individual clock gauge to integrated digital transmission to a computer screen). It is this elongation value, prescribed by the reactor vessel/cover manufacturer which must be respected and demonstrated during all reactor closing operations, weather they take place for initial hydro testing, refuelling operations or periodical hydraulic tests of the primary circuit. Closing (and re-opening) of reactor vessels has become a routine operation as it is required for fuel reloading of the reactor core. This operation is performed on all PWR and BWR type of reactors with a large variety of tooling. As most of the utilities have implemented maintenance optimisation programs, the refuelling outage is reduced to a sequence of activities that allow quick and efficient refuelling of the core. The performance and efficiency of instrumentation and tooling deployed during these essential activities are of the utmost importance to minimise the critical path of the refuelling outage. Today, in support of outage performance, many utilities have invested in new and refurbished tooling to allow quick and efficient opening and closing of the reactor vessel. The features and properties of the most performing multi stud tensioning machines currently in service in nuclear power stations world wide (Africa, Europe, Asia and USA) are presented in the paper

  10. Outage Performance Analysis of Cooperative Diversity with MRC and SC in Correlated Lognormal Channels

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    D. Skraparlis

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The study of relaying systems has found renewed interest in the context of cooperative diversity for communication channels suffering from fading. This paper provides analytical expressions for the end-to-end SNR and outage probability of cooperative diversity in correlated lognormal channels, typically found in indoor and specific outdoor environments. The system under consideration utilizes decode-and-forward relaying and Selection Combining or Maximum Ratio Combining at the destination node. The provided expressions are used to evaluate the gains of cooperative diversity compared to noncooperation in correlated lognormal channels, taking into account the spectral and energy efficiency of the protocols and the half-duplex or full-duplex capability of the relay. Our analysis demonstrates that correlation and lognormal variances play a significant role on the performance gain of cooperative diversity against noncooperation.

  11. Outage Analysis of PLNC Based Bidirectional Relay Network in the presence of I/Q Imbalance

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    V.N.Senthil Kumaran

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Bidirectional relay network consists of two sources and a relay, where each node has a single antenna and operates in half duplex mode. The PLNC based OFDM system transmits numerous high data streams through narrow band flat fading subchannels to achieve high spectral efficiency over wide band channels. However in practice, I/Q imbalance is introduced at the radio frequency sections of the nodes affects the orthogonality among the subcarriers. In this paper, the bidirectional relay network is modelled with I/Q imbalance and the outage performance of Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM based bidirectional relay network which employs physical layer network coding (PLNC is analyzed in the presence of In-phase and Quadrature (I/Q imbalance at both the time slots.

  12. Mathematical model for planning measures to reduce coal face outages in mines

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    Litvintsev, A.V.

    1987-05-01

    Describes with detailed examples the TISPLAN SUP OZSh computer program which has been developed for use by mine management (supervisors and mechanics) and comprises two main subsets, managerial and mechanical. The full set of causes of coal face outages is determined using the classifiers currently used by the Soviet coal industry (217 causes). This model was assessed in data processing and computer centers belonging to the Donetskugol' and Oktyabr'ugol' associations and its largest drawback was found to be the laboriousness of the preventive measure calculations; this may be corrected by improving the reliability of the primary data in the data base of preventive measures, with objective assessments of their effectiveness and details of the level of staff training. The minimum annual benefit of introducing this computerized calculation system will be 6,000 rubles per mine. 4 refs.

  13. Living at the Edge: A Large Deviations Approach to the Outage MIMO Capacity

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    Kazakopoulos, P; Moustakas, A L; Caire, G

    2009-01-01

    Using a large deviations approach we calculate the probability distribution of the mutual information of MIMO channels in the limit of large antenna numbers. In contrast to previous methods that only focused at the distribution close to its mean (thus obtaining an asymptotically Gaussian distribution), we calculate the full distribution, including its tails which strongly deviate from the Gaussian behavior near the mean. The resulting distribution interpolates seamlessly between the Gaussian approximation for rates $R$ close to the ergodic value of the mutual information and the approach of Zheng and Tse for large signal to noise ratios $\\rho$. This calculation provides us with a tool to obtain outage probabilities analytically at any point in the $(R, \\rho, N)$ parameter space, as long as the number of antennas $N$ is not too small. In addition, this method also yields the probability distribution of eigenvalues constrained in the subspace where the mutual information per antenna is fixed to $R$ for a given ...

  14. QA's role in the independent verification of plant readiness for startup from planned outages

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    Quality Assurance (QA) personnel at the N Reactor, located near Richland, Washington, USA, perform many activities to independently verify the readiness for startup of the reactor from planned outages. The verifications are performed as inspections, test witnessing, audits, surveillance, and followup on identified corrective action needs. The results of these verifications are used in a formal readiness review process. The formal reviews are administered by a Review Board of representatives from several major components of the Company and are conducted using systematically structured analytical techniques. The N Reactor QA staff includes 26 persons (excluding managers) who are involved in independent verifications of reactor-related work as part or all of their assigned functions

  15. A unified simulation approach for the fast outage capacity evaluation over generalized fading channels

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    Ben Rached, Nadhir

    2015-06-14

    The outage capacity (OC) is among the most important performance metrics of communication systems over fading channels. The evaluation of the OC, when Equal Gain Combining (EGC) or Maximum Ratio Combining (MRC) diversity techniques are employed, boils down to computing the Cumulative Distribution Function (CDF) of the sum of channel envelopes (equivalently amplitudes) for EGC or channel gain (equivalently squared enveloped/amplitudes) for MRC. Closed-form expressions of the CDF of the sum of many generalized fading variates are generally unknown and constitute open problems. In this paper, we develop a unified hazard rate twisting Importance Sampling (IS) based approach to efficiently estimate the CDF of the sum of independent arbitrary variates. The proposed IS estimator is shown to achieve an asymptotic optimality criterion, which clearly guarantees its efficiency. Some selected simulation results are also shown to illustrate the substantial computational gain achieved by the proposed IS scheme over crude Monte-Carlo simulations.

  16. On the Outage Behavior of Asynchronous OFDM DF and AF Cooperative Networks

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    Torbatian, Mehdi

    2009-01-01

    The outage behavior of various relaying protocols over a general one hop asynchronous cooperative network is examined when orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) is used to combat synchronization error among the relays. We consider non-orthogonal selection decode-and-forward (NSDF), orthogonal selection decode-and-forward (OSDF), non-orthogonal amplify-and-forward (NAF), and orthogonal amplify-and-forward (OAF) relaying protocols and analyze the diversity multiplexing gain tradeoff (DMT) in all scenarios. The transmitting nodes cooperatively construct an asynchronous OFDM space-time code by re-sending the source messages over a common time interval and a common frequency bandwidth. It is shown that in decode-and-forward (DF) type protocols, the asynchronous network provides a diversity gain greater than or equal to the one of the corresponding synchronous network in the limit of code word length and throughout the range of multiplexing gain. In amplify-and-forward (AF) type protocols, in which the ...

  17. Accurate outage analysis of incremental decode-and-forward opportunistic relaying

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    Tourki, Kamel

    2011-04-01

    In this paper, we investigate a dual-hop decode-and-forward opportunistic relaying scheme where the selected relay chooses to cooperate only if the source-destination channel is of an unacceptable quality. We first derive the exact statistics of received signal-to-noise (SNR) over each hop with co-located relays, in terms of probability density function (PDF). Then, the PDFs are used to determine very accurate closed-form expression for the outage probability for a transmission rate R. Furthermore, we perform asymptotic analysis and we deduce the diversity order of the scheme. We validate our analysis by showing that performance simulation results coincide with our analytical results over different network architectures. © 2011 IEEE.

  18. Outage Performance Analysis of Cooperative Diversity with MRC and SC in Correlated Lognormal Channels

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    Skraparlis D

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The study of relaying systems has found renewed interest in the context of cooperative diversity for communication channels suffering from fading. This paper provides analytical expressions for the end-to-end SNR and outage probability of cooperative diversity in correlated lognormal channels, typically found in indoor and specific outdoor environments. The system under consideration utilizes decode-and-forward relaying and Selection Combining or Maximum Ratio Combining at the destination node. The provided expressions are used to evaluate the gains of cooperative diversity compared to noncooperation in correlated lognormal channels, taking into account the spectral and energy efficiency of the protocols and the half-duplex or full-duplex capability of the relay. Our analysis demonstrates that correlation and lognormal variances play a significant role on the performance gain of cooperative diversity against noncooperation.

  19. Cognitive Multiple Access Network with Outage Margin in the Primary System

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    Maham, Behrouz; Popovski, Petar; Zhou, Xiangyun;

    2011-01-01

    This paper investigates the problem of spectrally efficient operation of a multiuser uplink cognitive radio system in the presence of a single primary link. The secondary system applies opportunistic interference cancelation (OIC) and decodes the primary signal when such an opportunity is created...... the accuracy of the analysis, and the fact that the spectral-efficient, low-complexity, flexible, and high-performing cognitive radio can be designed based on the proposed schemes....... system is exposed to interference from secondary users. Moreover, approximated formulas and tight lower and upper bounds for the ergodic sum-rate capacity of the secondary network are found. Next, the power allocation is investigated in the secondary system for maximizing the sum-rate under an outage...

  20. Unified Importance Sampling Schemes for Efficient Simulation of Outage Capacity over Generalized Fading Channels

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    Ben Rached, Nadhir

    2015-11-13

    The outage capacity (OC) is among the most important performance metrics of communication systems operating over fading channels. Of interest in the present paper is the evaluation of the OC at the output of the Equal Gain Combining (EGC) and the Maximum Ratio Combining (MRC) receivers. In this case, it can be seen that this problem turns out to be that of computing the Cumulative Distribution Function (CDF) for the sum of independent random variables. Since finding a closedform expression for the CDF of the sum distribution is out of reach for a wide class of commonly used distributions, methods based on Monte Carlo (MC) simulations take pride of price. In order to allow for the estimation of the operating range of small outage probabilities, it is of paramount importance to develop fast and efficient estimation methods as naive Monte Carlo (MC) simulations would require high computational complexity. In this line, we propose in this work two unified, yet efficient, hazard rate twisting Importance Sampling (IS) based approaches that efficiently estimate the OC of MRC or EGC diversity techniques over generalized independent fading channels. The first estimator is shown to possess the asymptotic optimality criterion and applies for arbitrary fading models, whereas the second one achieves the well-desired bounded relative error property for the majority of the well-known fading variates. Moreover, the second estimator is shown to achieve the asymptotic optimality property under the particular Log-normal environment. Some selected simulation results are finally provided in order to illustrate the substantial computational gain achieved by the proposed IS schemes over naive MC simulations.

  1. Assessment of the impact on safety with regard to change in outage interval from 12 to 18 or 24 months at Gentilly-2 Nuclear Generating Station

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    Vaillancourt, R.; Croteau, M.; Komljenovic, D.; Royer, M. [Hydro-Quebec, Montreal, Quebec (Canada); Bellil, A.; Joober, K. [ENAQ, (Canada); Abdul-Nour, G.; Darragi, M. [Univ. of Quebec in Trois-Rivieres, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec (Canada)

    2003-07-01

    This paper presents the methodology and preliminary results of an impact assessment, concerning safety, resulting from the increase in outage interval from 12 to 18 or 24 months at Gentilly-2 NPP. This change will result in the decrease of the frequency of periodic tests and preventive maintenance performed during planned outages, and modify safety design matrices and reliability studies results and conclusions. (author)

  2. Are Older Adults Prepared to Ensure Food Safety during Extended Power Outages and Other Emergencies?: Findings from a National Survey

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    Kosa, Katherine M.; Cates, Sheryl C.; Karns, Shawn; Godwin, Sandria L.; Coppings, Richard J.

    2012-01-01

    Natural disasters and other emergencies can cause an increased risk of foodborne illness. We conducted a nationally representative survey to understand consumers' knowledge and use of recommended practices during/after extended power outages and other emergencies. Because older adults are at an increased risk for foodborne illness, this paper…

  3. New materials Mr. Constructor - A comparison of: Glass,FRP and Mycelium with concrete

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    Debets, N.; Gkioka, M.; Postel, M.

    2016-01-01

    This "designers' manual" is made during the TIDO-course AR0531 Innovation and Sustainability This manual aims to inform about common and new materials, used for structural purposes. Th ree building materials are discussed. Th rough a comparison with the popular building material, concrete, their pr

  4. Research of Effective Width of FRP U-shaped Hoop Reinforcement Properties of Concrete Beams by Shear

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    Li Baokun

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paste fiber reinforced composite material (hereinafter referred to as FRP U-shaped hoop of reinforced concrete beams interfacial debonding is an important reinforcement technology research. For the effective width of the CFRP U-shaped hoop reinforcement, it is still a lack of in-depth research, only relying on the test research huge workload, this article (ANSYS and the numerical simulation in the whole process of the shear load release properties of finite element calculation software. According to the results of finite element analysis, the author studied the CFRP U-shaped hoop to increase the width of the shear capacity of reinforced concrete beams by the impact.

  5. 复合纤维增强塑料/聚氯乙烯泡沫复合板材料与气垫船%Composite FRP/PVC and Hovercraft

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    程虹; 方志刚; 杨屹

    2004-01-01

    主要介绍了复合纤维增强塑料/聚氯乙烯泡沫复合板(FRP/PVC)材料和铝质材料的特性,并将它们的特性作了相应的比较,阐述了复合FRP/PVC材料用于气垫船上的优势,分析了目前未能得到广泛应用的原因.

  6. Improving nuclear utility generation capacity, understanding the sources of forced outage and learning how to prevent them

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    MIT and PECO Energy have completed a detailed examination of the sources of forced outages at the Limerick Generating Station (LGS) Boiling Water Reactor Class IV (BWR IV) site over a five year period and contrasted that information to similar BWR IV utilities in the United States over the same period. Each forced outage was attributed to one system and assigned causal codes of equipment versus human factors and failure attributes such as weak design, poor craftsmanship, and worn parts. It was found that fifty four percent of the lost power at LGS was the result of Balance of Plant failures. Industry wide data identifies fifty nine percent of the lost power as attributed to Balance of Plant failures. Balance of Plant systems are those systems not included in the primary and safety related system category. Considering failure causal factors, forty six percent of the lost power at the utility under study was the result of equipment factors such as weak design or worn parts. Significantly, the study showed a high variance between those systems which caused significant forced outage at the two sister LGS units. This demonstrated the infrequent nature of plant forced outages within a given system. This was supported by the observation that dominant systems attributing to forced outage at LGS were not equally represented in industry data. It is suggested that for individual utilities to dramatically improve unit capability factors with regard to Balance of Plant systems, they must learn from industry wide experiences and develop cooperative means of exchanging lessons learned among similarly designed plants and systems. With the broad knowledge base of system failures, current designs must be frequently assessed and altered until each system poses an acceptable level of risk to generation capacity. (author)

  7. Pro-inflammatory wnt5a and anti-inflammatory sFRP5 are differentially regulated by nutritional factors in obese human subjects.

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    Dominik M Schulte

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Obesity is associated with macrophage infiltration of adipose tissue. These inflammatory cells affect adipocytes not only by classical cytokines but also by the secreted glycopeptide wnt5a. Healthy adipocytes are able to release the wnt5a inhibitor sFRP5. This protective effect, however, was found to be diminished in obesity. The aim of the present study was to examine (1 whether obese human subjects exhibit increased serum concentrations of wnt5a and (2 whether wnt5a and/or sFRP5 serum concentrations in obese subjects can be influenced by caloric restriction. METHODOLOGY: 23 obese human subjects (BMI 44.1 ± 1.1 kg/m(2 and 12 age- and sex-matched lean controls (BMI 22.3 ± 0.4 kg/m(2 were included in the study. Obese subjects were treated with a very low-calorie diet (approximately 800 kcal/d for 12 weeks. Body composition was assessed by impedance analysis, insulin sensitivity was estimated by HOMA-IR and the leptin-to-adiponectin ratio and wnt5a and sFRP5 serum concentrations were measured by ELISA. sFRP5 expression in human adipose tissue biopsies was further determined on protein level by immunohistology. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Pro-inflammatory wnt5a was not measurable in any serum sample of lean control subjects. In patients with obesity, however, wnt5a became significantly detectable consistent with low grade inflammation in such subjects. Caloric restriction resulted in a weight loss from 131.9 ± 4.0 to 112.3 ± 3.2 kg in the obese patients group. This was accompanied by a significant decrease of HOMA-IR and leptin-to-adiponectin ratio, indicating improved insulin sensitivity. Interestingly, these metabolic improvements were associated with a significant increase in serum concentrations of the anti-inflammatory factor and wnt5a-inhibitor sFRP5. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Obesity is associated with elevated serum levels of pro-inflammatory wnt5a in humans. Furthermore, caloric restriction beneficially affects serum concentrations

  8. FRP人行天桥的结构性能与设计指标研究%Research on Structural Performance and Design Indices of FRP Footbridges

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    冯鹏; 金飞飞; 叶列平

    2011-01-01

    A tentative FRP cable-stayed footbridge was investigated, in which the design method and design indices of FRP footbridges were studied. Firstly, the analysis of mechanical properties of the FRP footbridge made of large section industrialization pultruded profiles was carried out. It was found that FRP footbridge had the high loading capacity, while the deformation and the vibration comfort were the main controlling parameters for structural design. Furthermore, based on summarizing the deformation limits of the footbridge in domestic and international codes and considering the finite element analysis and the field measurement results, the deflection limit of 1/500 span length for FRP footbridge was proposed. The indices for the pedestrian vibration comfort requirements were also summarized, and the frequency limit, acceleration limit and excitation load were analyzed. Considering the finite element analysis and the field measurement results, it was concluded that the acceleration should be the controlling indicator, and simplifiedexcitation load model and calculation method for acceleration were proposed. After reviewing the variety of damping ratio of real bridge in literature, the damping ratio of FRP footbridge was suggested to take as 0. 008 for single component and 0. 02 for multi-component structures. Based on the proposed design indices above, the limit span of continuous beam FRP footbridge and cable-stayed FRP footbridge were analyzed. For the cable-stayed FRP footbridge, the results of finite element analysis and field measurement showed that it could not meet the designing requirements. Hence, the improvement of overlaying a concrete layer was proposed. After it, the behaviors of the FRP footbridge met the requirements. All these works made out the design approach and the design indices for FRP footbridges, which were proved to be practical and reasonable through the actual FRP footbridge. Results show that overlaying a concrete layer is an effective

  9. Outage Key Safety Functions Configuration risk assessment for a three loops Westinghouse PWR

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    Cid, M.M.; Dies, J., E-mail: javier.Dies@Upc.Edu; Tapia, C., E-mail: carlos.Tapia@Upc.Edu; Diaz, P., E-mail: pedro.diaz.bayona@upc.edu

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • The paper evaluates the use of PSA on the Outage configuration risk management. • A method is proposed based on Risk Criteria to evaluate the OKSFs’ Configurations. • The methodology allows to identify which of the OKSFs can be analyzed using PSA. • The method has been applied to a Pilot real case. The OKSFs procedure is evaluated. - Abstract: The methodology developed provides guidance on the use of Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA) for the risk-informed evaluation of Guides which ensure the compliment of Outage Key Safety Functions (OKSFs) in Nuclear Power Plants. The methodology has been applied to the 3rd and 13th Plant Operational States (POSs) as a pilot experience. These POSs are within the Operating Mode 4 (Hot Shutdown) of a three loops Westinghouse Pressurized Water Reactor. The addressed Guide requires the operability of just one charge pump as boric acid supply source. PSA gives a Core Damage Frequency increase (ΔCDF) of 1.19 × 10{sup −6} year{sup −1} for the unavailability of the charge pump in standby, consequently, the maximum exposure time (time for the Increase of Core Damage Probability of the configuration to reach 1.0E−06) for this situation is T = 53.6 h. Given an average time for the POSs of 40 h, it is concluded that the charge pumps requirement is correct. However, it could be improved with the inclusion of an additional inventory replacement function. This would limit the effect on risk of the charge pump unavailability. Furthermore, the need for the external electrical sources to be available during Mode 4 is ratified. The procedure requires the operability of both supply sources during the POSs. The unavailability of one of supply sources them involves a ΔCDF equal to 1.64 × 10{sup −5} year{sup −1} and a maximum exposure time of T = 3.89 h. This requirement is considered appropriate from the risk-informed regulation point of view.

  10. 玻璃钢蜂窝夹层结构支撑点的设计%DESIGN OF SUPPORTING SPOT INSIDE FRP HONEYCOMB SADWICH PANELS

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    何玉梅; 林有才; 等

    2001-01-01

    In this paper, strength of supporting spot inside FRP honeycomb sandwich panels are stuided on the basis of comparision of thr ee kind supporting spot models,and effect of model of supporting spot on strengt h of radome made of FRP honeycomb sandwich panels are discussed.%本文研究了某地面雷达天线罩采用的含有预埋件的玻璃钢蜂窝夹层结构支撑点的强度,把含有三种不同形式支撑点的蜂窝夹层结构试件的强度进行了对比,讨论了支撑点的形式对结构强度的影响。

  11. Application Analysis on FRP Composite Material Cable Bracket%玻璃钢复合材料电缆支架的应用分析

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    马昀涛; 李凌睿; 朱萍

    2013-01-01

    针对金属电缆支架易锈蚀等问题,介绍一种新型玻璃钢复合材料电缆支架,分析其存在优势和应用情况,认为玻璃钢复合材料电缆支架替代金属电缆支架切实可行。%Because metal cable support is easy to rust,propo-ses a new composite cable support,analyzes the advantages of FRP composite material cable support and application, considers that it is feasible to replace metal cable support with FRP composite material cable support.

  12. Peeling-off stress analysis of shear-flexure zone of FRP strengthened RC beams%FRP加固混凝土梁剪弯段的剥离应力分析

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    叶苏荣; 熊光晶

    2011-01-01

    In order to analyze the peeling-off stress of shear-flexure zone of externally bonded FRP strengthened reinforced concrete beams, a simple three-dimensional nonlinear finite element model based on the beam segment between two flexural cracks of a FRP strengthened beam was proposed. The difficulty to analyze the peeling-off stress by taking a whole strengthened beam as a finite element model was avoided. The proposed simple model was validated by Saint-Venant principle and numerical study. Based on this model, a parameter study on the peeling-off stress under the influence of stress levels of FRP,shear-span ratio, FRP-concrete constitutive laws and layers of FRP was performed. The calculated analysis shows that the FRP stress and layers have a significant influence on the peeling-off stress, and the peeling-off failure is induced mainly by normal stress in FRP-concrete interfacial layer. The average error between the numerical results and the existed experimental results is 18.5%.%为更有效地分析外贴纤维复合材料(FRP)片材加固混凝土梁剪弯段的剥离应力问题,提出了避开对整根加固梁进行有限元分析的困难,取加固梁两弯剪裂缝间梁段作为空间非线性有限元计算模型的思路,并用圣维南原理和数值模拟方法说明该简单模型的合理性和可靠性.并基于此模型,以FRP应力、剪跨比、FRP-混凝土粘结滑移本构关系、FRP层数为影响因素,对剥离应力进行参数分析.分析结果显示:FRP应力和层数对剥离应力有显著影响,剪弯段剥离主要是FRP-混凝土界面层的正应力所致.进而针对既有试验梁的材料和几何参数,进行剥离应力计算;并与上述试验梁的实测剥离应力进行比较,两者的平均误差为18.5%,表明计算值与实测值一致性较好.

  13. Analysis on Adhesively-Bonded Joints of FRP-steel Composite Bridge under Combined Loading: Arcan Test Study and Numerical Modeling

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    Xu Jiang; Xuhong Qiang; Henk Kolstein; Frans Bijlaard

    2016-01-01

    The research presented in this paper is an experimental study and numerical analysis on mechanical behavior of the adhesively-bonded joint between FRP sandwich bridge deck and steel girder. Generally, there are three typical stress states in the adhesively-bonded joint: shear stress, tensile stress, and combination of both. To realize these stress states in the adhesively-bonded joint during tests, a specific loading device is developed with the capacity of providing six different loading ang...

  14. Numerical Analysis of Interface Bonding between Fiber Reinforced Polymer and Clay Brick%FRP 与砖界面粘结性能的数值分析

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    黄奕辉; 罗才松; 黄田良

    2015-01-01

    A numerical model is proposed to this paper to simulate the bonding stress distribution on the interface be-tween fiber reinforced polymer (FRP)and brick based on finite element software ABAQUS.Using the numerical model, the load-displacement curve and the bonding stress distributions of FRP-brick interface are obtained,which shows the model is feasible.Bond bearing capacity increases with the increase of FRP′s bond length.When the bond length reaches a certain value,bond bearing capacity does not increased,but it can improve the ductility of the specimens,and raise the limit displacement.%利用有限元软件 ABAQUS 建立纤维复合材料(FRP)-砖界面分析模型,模拟其粘结应力分布,加载端荷载-位移曲线及界面应力的传递过程,并与试验结果进行对比分析。结果表明:数值模拟结果与试验结果吻合较好,采用的 FRP-砖界面计算模型具有可行性;粘结承载力随着 FRP 与砖粘结长度的增加而增加,当粘结长度达到某一定值后,粘结承载力基本不增长,此时增加粘结长度可改善试件的延性,增加试件的极限位移。

  15. WNT signaling enhances breast cancer cell motility and blockade of the WNT pathway by sFRP1 suppresses MDA-MB-231 xenograft growth

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    Matsuda, Yutaka; Schlange, Thomas; Oakeley, Edward J.; Boulay, Anne; Nancy E Hynes

    2009-01-01

    Introduction In breast cancer, deregulation of the WNT signaling pathway occurs by autocrine mechanisms. WNT ligands and Frizzled receptors are coexpressed in primary breast tumors and cancer cell lines. Moreover, many breast tumors show hypermethylation of the secreted Frizzled-related protein 1 (sFRP1) promoter region, causing low expression of this WNT antagonist. We have previously shown that the WNT pathway influences proliferation of breast cancer cell lines via activation of canonical ...

  16. A study on maintenance optimization by the automatic planning tool for regular plant outage work in nuclear power plant using the logic programming language 'Prolog'

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    This paper discusses maintenance optimization by the automatic planning tool for regular plant outage work in nuclear power plant using the logic programming language 'Prolog'. As a result of consideration, the following results were obtained. (1) The automatic planning tool for regular plant outage in nuclear power plant was developed. (2) Using this tool, the work plan for BWR primary recirculation system and residual heat removal system was automatically made on the condition of flattening man loading over the plant outage schedule as much as possible. (3) Several points for improving the developed tool were listed. (author)

  17. Risk-informed allowed outage time change for Ulchin units 3 and 4

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    In this report, the risk assessment on the change of allowed outage time (AOT) and the on-line maintenance of major safety systems for Ulchin Units 3 and 4 is performed to identify the possibilities of them. The systems for which the risk assessment is performed are High Pressure Safety Injection System (HPSIS), Low Pressure Safety Injection System (LPSIS), Containment Spray System (CSS), Shutdown Cooling System (SCS), Safety Injection Tank (SIT), Component Cooling Water System (CCWS), Essential Service Water System (ESWS), Essential Chilled Water System (ECWS), and Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG). Major measures for risk assessment are core damage frequency and large early release frequency. Comprehensive evaluation results from PSA aspects are as follows: 1) It is expected that present AOT of 3days for EDG can be extended to 10 days, that of 3days for LPSIS, SCS, CSS to 7 days, and that of 1 hour for SIT to 24 hours. 2) The risk on the AOT change can be optimistically estimated without the consideration for the change of common cause failure probabilities and initiating event frequencies. 3) It is expected that on-line preventive maintenance of LPSIS, CSS, SCS, CCWS, ESWS, ECWS, and EDG can be performed without greatly increasing the risk

  18. The Application of Phasor Measurement Units in Transmission Line Outage Detection Using Support Vector Machine

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    A. Y. Abdelaziz

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Many protection applications are based upon the Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs technology. Therefore, PMUs have been increasingly widespread throughout the power network, and there are several researches have been made to locate the PMUs for complete system observability. This paper introduces an important application of PMUs in power system protection which is the detection of single line outage. In addition, a detection of the out of service line is achieved depending on the variations of phase angles measured at the system buses where the PMUs are located. Hence, a protection scheme from unexpected overloading in the network that may lead to system collapse can be achieved. Such detections are based upon an artificial intelligence technique which is the support Vector Machine (SVM classification tool. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach, the algorithm is tested using offline simulation for both the 14-bus IEEE and the 30-bus IEEE systems. Two different kernels of the SVM are tested to select the more appropriate one (i.e. polynomial and Radial Basis Function (RBF kernels are used.

  19. Stability and Distributed Power Control in MANETs with Outages and Retransmissions

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    Giovanidis, Anastasios

    2009-01-01

    In the current work the effects of hop-by-hop packet loss and retransmissions via ARQ protocols are investigated within a Mobile Ad-hoc NET-work (MANET). Errors occur due to outages and a success probability function is related to each link, which can be controlled by power and rate allocation. We first derive the expression for the network's capacity region, where the success function plays a critical role. Properties of the latter as well as the related maximum goodput function are presented and proved. A Network Utility Maximization problem (NUM) with stability constraints is further formulated which decomposes into (a) the input rate control problem and (b) the scheduling problem. Under certain assumptions problem (b) is relaxed to a weighted sum maximization problem with number of summants equal to the number of nodes. This further allows the formulation of a non-cooperative game where each node decides independently over its transmitting power through a chosen link. Use of supermodular game theory sugge...

  20. Risk-Based Allowed Outage Time and Surveillance Test Interval Extensions for Angra 1

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    Sonia M. Orlando Gibelli

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA is used to evaluate Allowed Outage Times (AOT and Surveillance Test Intervals (STI extensions for three Angra 1 nuclear power plant safety systems. The interest in such an analysis lies on the fact that PSA comprises a risk-based tool for safety evaluation and has been increasingly applied to support both the regulatory and the operational decision-making processes. Regarding Angra 1, among other applications, PSA is meant to be an additional method that can be used by the utility to justify Technical Specification relaxation to the Brazilian regulatory body. The risk measure used in this work is the Core Damage Frequency, obtained from the Angra 1 Level 1 PSA study. AOT and STI extensions are evaluated for the Safety Injection, Service Water and Auxiliary Feedwater Systems using the SAPHIRE code. In order to compensate for the risk increase caused by the extensions, compensatory measures as (1 test of redundant train prior to entering maintenance and (2 staggered test strategy are proposed. Results have shown that the proposed AOT extensions are acceptable for two of the systems with the implementation of compensatory measures whereas STI extensions are acceptable for all three systems.

  1. Optimal Power Allocation for Fading Channels in Cognitive Radio Networks: Ergodic Capacity and Outage Capacity

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    Kang, Xin; Nallanathan, Arumugam; Garg, Hari Krishna; Zhang, Rui

    2008-01-01

    A cognitive radio network (CRN) is formed by either allowing the secondary users (SUs) in a secondary communication network (SCN) to opportunistically operate in the frequency bands originally allocated to a primary communication network (PCN) or by allowing SCN to coexist with the primary users (PUs) in PCN as long as the interference caused by SCN to each PU is properly regulated. In this paper, we consider the latter case, known as spectrum sharing, and study the optimal power allocation strategies to achieve the ergodic capacity and the outage capacity of the SU fading channel under different types of power constraints and fading channel models. In particular, besides the interference power constraint at PU, the transmit power constraint of SU is also considered. Since the transmit power and the interference power can be limited either by a peak or an average constraint, various combinations of power constraints are studied. It is shown that there is a capacity gain for SU under the average over the peak ...

  2. BER and Outage Probability Approximations for LMMSE Detectors on Correlated MIMO Channels

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    Kammoun, Abla; Hachem, Walid; Najim, Jamal

    2008-01-01

    This paper is devoted to the study of the performance of the Linear Minimum Mean-Square Error receiver for (receive) correlated Multiple-Input Multiple-Output systems. By the random matrix theory, it is well-known that the Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) at the output of this receiver behaves asymptotically like a Gaussian random variable as the number of receive and transmit antennas converge to +$\\infty$ at the same rate. However, this approximation being inaccurate for the estimation of some performance metrics such as the Bit Error Rate and the outage probability, especially for small system dimensions, Li et al. proposed convincingly to assume that the SNR follows a generalized Gamma distribution which parameters are tuned by computing the first three asymptotic moments of the SNR. In this article, this technique is generalized to (receive) correlated channels, and closed-form expressions for the first three asymptotic moments of the SNR are provided. To obtain these results, a random matrix theory technique...

  3. Study on risk-informed determination method of allowed outage time in fast reactor systems

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    The present report describes a study aiming at proposing a method to determine the allowed outage time (AOT) after detecting a failure in the equipment that stands by during fast reactor power operation by taking into account risk information rationally. In the present study, an improved risk estimation model based on the previous study was constructed so as to consider properly that the repaired component was returned to the standby state again when the repair action completed within the range of AOT. Based on the improved model, core damage probability (CDP) per each detection of the failure is expressed as a function depending on the elapsed time after failure detection. In addition, there are the upper and lower bound values of CDP, and the CDP changes monotonously (i.e., either decreases or increases) between a pair of both the bound values. If a target value of CDP that is not lower than the lower bound can be given, it is possible to determine AOT, where the point-estimation value of CDP becomes lower than or equal to the target value because CDP depends on the elapsed time. Finally, we developed the procedure for determining the AOT from the view point of maintaining the total core damage frequency less than or equal to a prescribed target value. (author)

  4. Intermediate report of MoReMo. Modelling resilience for maintenance and outage

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    Oedewald, P.; Macchi, L. (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Finland)); Axelsson, C. (Ringhals AB, Vattenfall AB (Sweden)); Eitrheim, M.H.R. (Institute for Energy Technology (Norway))

    2012-02-15

    Resilience Engineering (RE) is a new approach to safety that helps organisations and individuals adapt to unforeseen events and long-term changes. Such an approach is needed by nuclear power plants (NPPs) as they face demanding modification projects, high staff turnover and increased pressures to maintain and improve safety. The goal of the Modelling Resilience for Maintenance and Outage (MoReMO) project is to develop and test models and methods to identify and analyse resilience in safety-critical activities in natural everyday settings. In 2011, we have applied four approaches in different case studies: Organisational Core Task modelling (OCT), Functional Resonance Analysis Method (FRAM), Efficiency Thoroughness Trade-Off (ETTO) analysis, and Work Practice and Culture Characterisation. The project has collected data through observations, interviews and document reviews at two NPPs. Together, the four approaches have provided valuable insights for understanding the rationale behind work practices, their effects on safety, and the support of flexibility and adaptability. In 2012, the MoReMO project will complete the data collection and integrate results on how resilience can be operationalized in practical safety management tools for the companies. (Author)

  5. A study on assessment methodology of surveillance test interval and allowed outage time

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    Chung, Chang Hyun; You, Young Woo; Cho, Jae Seon; Huh, Chang Wook; Kim, Do Hyoung; Kim, Ju Youl; Kim, Yoon Ik; Yang, Hui Chang; Park, Kang Min [Seoul National Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-03-15

    The objectives of this study is the development of methodology by which assesses the optimization of Surveillance Test Internal(STI) and Allowed Outage Time(AOT) using PSA method that can supplement the current deterministic methods and the improvement of Korean nuclear power plant safety. In this study, the survey about the assessment methodologies, modelings and results performed by domestic and international researches are performed as the basic step before developing the assessment methodology of this study. The assessment methodology that supplement the revealed problems in many other studies is presented and the application of new methodology into the example system assures the feasibility of this method. The sensitivity analyses about the failure factors of the components are performed in the bases of the and AOT is quantified. And the reliability assessment methodology about the diesel generator is reviewed and applied to the PSA code. The qualitative assessment for the STI/AOR of RPS/ESFAS assured safety the most important system in the nuclear power plant are performed.

  6. Foreign Objects Found in Steam Generator 'Cold' Header During Scheduled Maintenance Outage

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    During scheduled maintenance outage on the Unit in the course of TV examination of the 'cold header' on Steam Generator 2 (SG-2) to check for cleanliness and for subsequent pressurization, the following foreign material was found: M4x8 mm stainless steel bolt; 15x2 mm piece of plastic clamp; two 10x10 mm pieces of black-colour reinforced hose; Undetermined particulate. On completion of examination all the above objects were removed from the header. No breach of safe operation limits and conditions occurred. The foreign objects fell into SG-2 'cold' header from a maintenance platform during SG-2 repair works; no requirement for maintenance plugs for header was identified to avoid foreign material intrusion. Contractors and plant personnel were allowed to work unsupervised during the maintenance work. Maintenance documentation did not identify the actions required and risk assessment to avoid foreign material intrusion into the primary circuit during activities performed on depressurized components of the reactor installation. (author)

  7. Optimal PMU placement for maintaining full network observability during single outage of lines

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    Fariborz Haghighatdar fesharaki

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, the optimal application of phasor measurement units (PMUs in power systems is increasing because of their advantages such as the capability for dynamical state estimation and improvements in the speed of control and protection systems. In this paper, a new method is presented using binary integer linear programming for the optimal placement of PMUs to guarantee full observability of a power system. Moreover, the problem of the optimal placement of these units in the case of a single line outage is investigated. In all of the investigations, the effect of zero-injection buses in the power system was considered. The ability of the proposed method in solving any of these problems was demonstrated by applying to the 14-, 30-, 39-, 57- and 118-bus IEEE standard systems, 42-bus transmission network of Esfahan Regional Electric and also two very large-scale systems with 2383 and 2746 buses. The simulation results verified the effective and appropriate performance of the proposed method in comparison with other methods.

  8. Outage and ser performance of spectrum sharing system with TAS/MRC

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    Khan, Fahd Ahmed

    2013-06-01

    Capacity of the secondary network degrades due to the interference constraint from the primary network. The secondary network capacity can be enhanced by means of spatial diversity, that can be achieved by adding multiple antennas on the terminals. In this paper, the performance of a multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) secondary link with transmit antenna selection (TAS) at the transmitter and maximum ratio combining (MRC) at the receiver is analysed. A peak transmit power constraint is considered in addition to the interference power constraint. For a Rayleigh faded channel, closed-form expression for the outage probability of a MIMO cognitive system (MIMO-CS) with TAS/MRC is derived. In addition, closed-form expressions of the moment generating function and the symbol error rate are also obtained. The performance of this system is analyzed for asymptotic regimes and it is shown that TAS/MRC in a MIMO-CS achieves a generalized diversity order of nTnR, where nT and nR are the number of transmit and receive antennas, respectively. Numerical results are also presented to corroborate the derived analytical results. © 2013 IEEE.

  9. Analysis on Adhesively-Bonded Joints of FRP-steel Composite Bridge under Combined Loading: Arcan Test Study and Numerical Modeling

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    Xu Jiang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The research presented in this paper is an experimental study and numerical analysis on mechanical behavior of the adhesively-bonded joint between FRP sandwich bridge deck and steel girder. Generally, there are three typical stress states in the adhesively-bonded joint: shear stress, tensile stress, and combination of both. To realize these stress states in the adhesively-bonded joint during tests, a specific loading device is developed with the capacity of providing six different loading angles, which are 0°(pure tension, 18°, 36°, 54°, 72° and 90°(pure shear. Failure modes of adhesively-bonded joints are investigated. It indicates that, for the pure shear loading, the failure mode is the cohesive failure (near the interface between the adhesive layer and the steel support in the adhesive layer. For the pure tensile and combined loading conditions, the failure mode is the combination of fiber breaking, FRP delamination and interfacial adhesion failure between the FRP sandwich deck and the adhesive layer. The load-bearing capacities of adhesive joints under combined loading are much lower than those of the pure tensile and pure shear loading conditions. According to the test results of six angle loading conditions, a tensile/shear failure criterion of the adhesively-bonded joint is obtained. By using Finite Element (FE modeling method, linear elastic simulations are performed to characterize the stress distribution throughout the adhesively-bonded joint.

  10. Exact Outage Probability of Dual-Hop CSI-Assisted AF Relaying Over Nakagami-m Fading Channels

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    2012-10-01

    In this correspondence, considering dual-hop channel state information (CSI)-assisted amplify-and-forward (AF) relaying over Nakagami- m fading channels, the cumulative distribution function (CDF) of the end-to-end signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is derived. In particular, when the fading shape factors m1 and m2 at consecutive hops take non-integer values, the bivariate H-function and G -function are exploited to obtain an exact analytical expression for the CDF. The obtained CDF is then applied to evaluate the outage performance of the system under study. The analytical results of outage probability coincide exactly with Monte-Carlo simulation results and outperform the previously reported upper bounds in the low and medium SNR regions.

  11. Methodology if inspections to carry out the nuclear outages model; Metodologia de inspeccciones para cumplir el modelo de paradas nucleares

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    Aycart, J.; Mortenson, S.; Fourquet, J. M.

    2005-07-01

    Before the nuclear generation industry was deregulated in the United States, refueling and maintenance outages in nuclear power plants usually lasted orotund 100 days. After deregulation took effect, improved capability factors and performances became more important. As a result, it became essential to reduce the critical path time during the outage, which meant that activities that had typically been done in series had to be executed in parallel. The new outage model required the development of new tools and new processes, The 360-degree platform developed by GE Energy has made it possible to execute multiple activities in parallel. Various in-vessel visual inspection (IVVI) equipments can now simultaneously perform inspections on the pressurized reactor vessel (RPV) components. The larger number of inspection equipments in turn results in a larger volume of data, with the risk of increasing the time needed for examining them and postponing the end of the analysis phase, which is critical for the outage. To decrease data analysis times, the IVVI Digitalisation process has been development. With this process, the IVVI data are sent via a high-speed transmission line to a site outside the Plant called Center of Excellence (COE), where a team of Level III experts is in charge of analyzing them. The tools for the different product lines are being developed to interfere with each other as little as possible, thus minimizing the impact of the critical path on plant refueling activities. Methods are also being developed to increase the intervals between inspection. In accordance with the guidelines of the Boiling Water Reactor Vessel and Internals project (BWRVIP), the intervals between inspections are typically longer if ultrasound volumetric inspections are performed than if the scope is limited to IVVI. (Author)

  12. Outage Analysis of Train-to-Train Communication Model over Nakagami-m Channel in High-Speed Railway

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper analyzes the end-to-end outage performance of high-speed-railway train-to-train communication model in high-speed railway over independent identical and nonidentical Nakagami-m channels. The train-to-train communication is inter-train communication without an aid of infrastructure (for base station. Source train uses trains on other rail tracks as relays to transmit signals to destination train on the same track. The mechanism of such communication among trains can be divided into three cases based on occurrence of possible-occurrence relay trains. We first present a new closed form for the sum of squared independent Nakagami-m variates and then derive an expression for the outage probability of the identical and non-identical Nakagami-m channels in three cases. In particular, the problem is improved by the proposed formulation that statistic for sum of squared Nakagami-m variates with identical m tends to be infinite. Numerical analysis indicates that the derived analytic results are reasonable and the outage performance is better over Nakagami-m channel in high-speed railway scenarios.

  13. Spectrum Sharing in an ISM Band: Outage Performance of a Hybrid DS/FH Spread Spectrum System with Beamforming

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    Hanyu Li

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates spectrum sharing issues in the unlicensed industrial, scientific, and medical (ISM bands. It presents a radio frequency measurement setup and measurement results in 2.4 GHz. It then develops an analytical model to characterize the coexistence interference in the ISM bands, based on radio frequency measurement results in the 2.4 GHz. Outage performance using the interference model is examined for a hybrid direct-sequence frequency-hopping spread spectrum system. The utilization of beamforming techniques in the system is also investigated, and a simplified beamforming model is proposed to analyze the system performance using beamforming. Numerical results show that beamforming significantly improves the system outage performance. The work presented in this paper provides a quantitative evaluation of signal outages in a spectrum sharing environment. It can be used as a tool in the development process for future dynamic spectrum access models as well as engineering designs for applications in unlicensed bands.

  14. FRP增强结构用集成材木梁胶合性能研究%Study on Bonding Properties of FRP Reinforced Structural Glulam Beams

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    李杰; 申士杰; 范诒杰

    2015-01-01

    FRP reinforced structural glulam beams can effectively improve the bending mechanical strength performance of beam body. By comparing the effect of plasma treatment process and Hydroxymethyl resorcinol HMR modification treatment process on the bonding properties of FRP timber interface,layer peeling rate and shear strength are used to characterize bonding properties. The test result shows that the glued interface optimization process of FRP reinforced structural glulam beams is: FRP didn't accept any surface treatment. However,wood surface was treated by plasma at the speed of 2.5m/min and 400 watts 5 times before coating of hydroxymethyl resorcinol,150 g/m2. All evaluation indices such as immersion and boiling delamination percentage,dry and wet state shear strength and wood failure percentage meet the requirements of Ser-vice Environment Class 3 prescribed in GB/T 26899-2011.%FRP增强结构用集成材木梁可有效地提升梁体的抗弯强度,FRP与结构用集成材的复合首先要解决的是FRP与木材的胶合问题。本试验对比等离子体处理及羟甲基间苯二酚HMR改性处理工艺对FRP木材界面胶合性能的影响,并用胶层剥离率、剪切强度对胶合性能加以表征。试验结果表明,FRP增强结构用集成材木梁的胶合界面优化处理工艺为:FRP表面不处理,木材表面预先以2.5 m/min的送料速度进行射频功率为400 W的等离子体处理5次,然后以150 g/m2的涂胶量涂布HMR。试材的浸渍剥离率、煮沸剥离率、干剪强度、湿剪强度及木破率均满足结构用集成材国家标准GB/T 26899-2011中关于使用环境3的要求。

  15. Study on Compression Performance of an Innovate FRP Rubber Isolator%新型FRP橡胶支座受压性能研究

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    张华; 彭天波

    2011-01-01

    FRP橡胶支座是用FRP复合材料板替代传统板式橡胶支座中的加劲钢板而制成的.已有的试验和理论分析表明FRP橡胶支座在满足一般板式橡胶支座力学性能要求的同时还具有较好的阻尼耗能能力,因此在减隔震设计中具有较好的应用前景.首先对FRP橡胶支座的概念及特点做了基本介绍,在此基础上利用通用有限元程序MSC.MARC对FRP橡胶支座的进行了有限元分析.为了考虑支座设计参数对FRP复合加劲板应力情况以及支座刚度的影响,对不同设计参数的FRP橡胶支座进行了竖向加载数值模拟,对加劲板中的最大应力和支座刚度进行了影响参数分析,初步提出了各设计参数对FRP橡胶支座受压力学性能的影响规律,为FRP橡胶支座的设计应用提供参考.%Fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) rubber isolator is made by replacing the steel reinforcing elements of multilayer elastomeric isolation bearings by fiber reinforcement. Former experimental and theoretical researches have shown that FRP rubber isolator has equivalent performance in shear deformation capacity and vertical loading capacity, but has superior behavior in damping, so broad application prospects of FRP rubber isolator should be expected. This paper aims to study the effects of influential factors on the compression performance of FRP rubber isolator,including the stress in the reinforcement and the compression modulus of the isolator. The concept of the isolator is introduced first, and then numerical simulation is conducted to study the influence of the factors on the isolator. The influence laws of the factors are proposed, which provides references of the design of FRP rubber isolator.

  16. 预应力纤维布混合锚固分析与试验研究%Analysis and Testing Study of Hybrid Anchorage of Prestressed FRP

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    李青松; 孟少平; 单岗; 王侠伟

    2011-01-01

    In order to improve the deficiency in the technology of embedded prestressed FRP reinforcement, with the principle of anchoring bond and additional mechanical anchoring working together, the tensioning end of prestressed FRP is anchored twice after the tension and bonding of the FRP, then removing the existing fixture and anchor. To ensure the reliability of anchoring, the paper makes a theoretical analysis of the performance of the bonding layer in the anchoring end and an experimental research on hybrid anchoring end. The research results show that the change of the performance in the bonding layer improves its anchoring ability significantly, and the steel plate can be squeezed to provide pressure to improve and enhance the performance of the bonding layer,which guarantee the quality of anchoring end. The method of combining bonding layer with hybrid anchorage of the steel plate can provide the adequate anchoring capacity, improve the construction techniques, lessen the cost and the boost the application of prestress FRP reinforcement in the practical constructions.%为了改善嵌人式预应力纤维布(FRP)加固技术的不足之处,利用粘结与机械锚固共同工作的原理,在预应力FRP张拉粘贴完毕后,对张拉端进行二次锚固,粘结层硬化后拆除原有锚夹具.为保证锚固端的可靠性,本文对锚固端粘结层的性能进行了理论分析,并对混合锚固端进行了试验研究.研究结果表明:通过改变粘结层的性能,可大幅度提高粘结层的锚固能力;钢板压条可提供挤压力,改善和提高了粘结层的受力性能,便于保证锚同端施工质量,可靠性好.采用粘结层与钢板压条混合锚固的方式可为预应力FRP提供足够的锚固力,改善了施工工艺,明显降低加固成本,促进了预应力FRP加固技术在实际工程中的应用.

  17. Down-select ion specific media (ISM) utilization in upset and outage conditions

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    This paper presents a process that has been used to help nuclear power plant (NPP) clients resolve some of their more challenging waste water processing issues. These treatment issues may become even more evident during outage conditions, due (in part) to associated decontamination activities that may cause off-normal chemical conditions, which may subsequently change both the peak levels of activities for radionuclides introduced into the collected waste water and also the chemical forms in which they may exist (e.g., formation of colloids or soluble chelates). In one NPP waste processing example, a large proportion of soluble Co-58, which is normally present as a soluble cationic species or an uncharged colloidal solid, was found to behave like an anion; formation of an anionic chelation complex was implicated, possibly due to suspect EDTA, or similar additive, in a proprietary decontamination soap formulation. Antimony 125 (Sb125), normally present as a weakly anionic (Sb(OH)6-) or even neutral (Sb(OH)30) species, was being displaced from previously-loaded media by other, more strongly bound species, causing an unacceptable peak activity in water intended for discharge. A quick resolution of the existing waste processing limitations was required, due to limited waste water holding capacity. Samples of the authentic NPP waste water containing the recalcitrant radionuclides were sent to our licensed off-site laboratory (MCLinc), where small-scale batch-equilibrium testing was used to down-select, from a large number (36) of candidate media (both commercially available and developed internally), those that were relatively effective and economical for use in achieving the required discharge criteria. Batch equilibrium testing is very efficient for use in screening the relative effectiveness of contaminant removal by candidate media in a select waste water composition, and can also provide an estimate of the ultimate contaminant loading capacities on the candidate

  18. Creep performances of FRP reinforced glulam arch%FRP增强胶合木拱的蠕变性能

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    何敏; 陆伟东; 岳孔; 宋二玮

    2013-01-01

    通过胶合木拱蠕变试验研究长期荷载作用下胶合木拱的蠕变性能.开展有无纤维增强材料(FRP)增强的6根胶合木拱的蠕变性能试验.结果表明:加载应力对蠕变有重要影响,加载应力水平从30%提高到50%后,花旗松胶合木拱初始位移增加了46.92%;蠕变位移增加了29.64%;采用FRP增强可有效抑制蠕变变形,花旗松及速生杨木胶合木拱采用双层FRP增强后,初始位移均降低近80%,而蠕变位移分别降低了68.26%和45.84%.

  19. Standard practice for determining damage-Based design Stress for fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) materials using acoustic emission

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    2006-01-01

    1.1 This practice details procedures for establishing the direct stress and shear stress damage-based design values for use in the damage-based design criterion for materials to be used in FRP vessels and other composite structures. The practice uses data derived from acoustic emission examination of four-point beam bending tests and in-plane shear tests (see ASME Section X, Article RT-8). 1.2 The onset of lamina damage is indicated by the presence of significant acoustic emission during the reload portion of load/reload cycles. "Significant emission" is defined with historic index. 1.3 Units - The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in brackets are mathematical conversions to SI units which are provided for information only and are not considered standard. 1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health pr...

  20. Automatically produced FRP beams with embedded FOS in complex geometry: process, material compatibility, micromechanical analysis, and performance tests

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    Gabler, Markus; Tkachenko, Viktoriya; Küppers, Simon; Kuka, Georg G.; Habel, Wolfgang R.; Milwich, Markus; Knippers, Jan

    2012-04-01

    The main goal of the presented work was to evolve a multifunctional beam composed out of fiber reinforced plastics (FRP) and an embedded optical fiber with various fiber Bragg grating sensors (FBG). These beams are developed for the use as structural member for bridges or industrial applications. It is now possible to realize large scale cross sections, the embedding is part of a fully automated process and jumpers can be omitted in order to not negatively influence the laminate. The development includes the smart placement and layout of the optical fibers in the cross section, reliable strain transfer, and finally the coupling of the embedded fibers after production. Micromechanical tests and analysis were carried out to evaluate the performance of the sensor. The work was funded by the German ministry of economics and technology (funding scheme ZIM). Next to the authors of this contribution, Melanie Book with Röchling Engineering Plastics KG (Haren/Germany; Katharina Frey with SAERTEX GmbH & Co. KG (Saerbeck/Germany) were part of the research group.

  1. A simple analytical solution for predicting deflection of a hybrid FRP-aluminum modular space truss bridge

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    李飞; 张冬冬; 赵启林; 邓安仲

    2015-01-01

    A novel hybrid FRP-aluminum space truss was employed in a two-rut modular bridge superstructure, which is composed of standard structural units. The main objective of this work was to obtain a simple analytical solution that can conveniently predict the deflection of the proposed hybrid space truss bridge. The analytical formulae are expected to possess a straightforward format and simple calculation process. A simple description of the proposed bridge was introduced. The design formulae of the deflection were derived based on a simplified analytical plane truss model, which possessed hinge nodes and was subsequently simplified as two solid web beams during the theoretical derivation process. To validate the analytical model and formulae, numerical and experimental works were conducted and compared with the theoretical solutions. The results indicate that the analytical formulae provide higher deflection magnitudes with a difference of <1.5% compared with the experiments performed and <4.5% compared with the FE model used; the simplified plane truss is thus shown to be an effective analytical model for the derivation of deflection design formulae, which can conveniently calculate the deflection of the hybrid space truss bridge with satisfactory accuracy.

  2. Development of FRP composite structural biomaterials: fatigue strength of the fiber/matrix interfacial bond in simulated in vivo environments.

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    Latour, R A; Black, J

    1993-10-01

    Fiber/matrix interfacial bonding in fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials is potentially sensitive to degradation in aqueous environments. Ultimate bond strength (UBS) in carbon fiber/polysulfone (CF/PSF) and polyaramid/polysulfone (K49/PSF) was previously reported to be significantly decreased in two simulated in vivo environments. While UBS is a useful parameter, for orthopedic implant applications the fatigue behavior of the interface is probably a more relevant indicator of long-term composite material performance. In this article, the effects of simulated in vivo environments (saline, exudate) upon the fatigue behavior of the interface of CF/PSF and K49/PSF are reported. The fatigue behavior of both material combinations was linearly dependent on the logarithm of fatigue life in the dry (control), saline, and exudate environments. Testing either material in saline and exudate resulted in significantly lower fatigue strength than in the dry environment; however, results in the two wet environments were indistinguishable. The CF/PSF interface experienced fatigue failure at approximately 10(5) load cycles at a maximum applied load level of only 15% of its ultimate dry bond strength without indication of an endurance limit being reached. These results raise some important questions regarding the durability of CF/PSF composite in load bearing orthopedic applications.

  3. Overview Shear Strengthening of RC Beams with Externally Bonded FRP Composites

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    Alzoubi, Feras; Zhengliang, Li

    Shear strengthening is required when an RC beam is found deficient in shear, or when its shear capacity falls below its flexural capacity after flexural strengthening. This study presents a state-of-the-art review of existing research on this topic. The research programs conducted to investigate the shear performance and to evaluate the shear capacity of the strengthened beams are reviewed in this paper by details. The research is a good reference for all engineers and researchers in fields of shear strengthening and repair RC beams in building and bridges.

  4. Flexural properties and influence factors of continuous RC beam strengthened with near-surface mounted mixing FRP tendons%表层嵌入混合 FRP 筋的连续梁弯曲性能与影响因素

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    王兴国; 朱坤佳; 郑宇宙; 郑丹丹; 小室雅人

    2015-01-01

    The flexural properties of four continuous reinforced concrete(RC)beams strengthened with near-surface mounted(NSM)mixing fiber reinforced polymer(FRP)tendons were studied by static test.The influence factors of bearing capacities of test beams were analyzed by finite element analysis(FEA)software,such as strength of concrete,initial load,elastic modulus and content of FRP tendons.Analysis result indicates that the reinforcement effect without debond between FRP tendons and concrete is significant.Compared with unstrengthened RC beam,the yield load and ultimate load of strengthened RC beam can increase by 31% and 56% respectively. When concrete strength,elastic modulus and content of FRP tendons increase,the yield load and ultimate load can increase by 38% and 17% respectively.When initial load increases,the yield load and ultimate load can decrease by 6% and 24% respectively.For test RC beams,the mean ratio of simulation and test values for the yield load is 0.969,0.962 for the ultimate load,1.104 for the midspan yield deflection,1.024 for the midspan destructive deflection,and the trends of simulation load-deflection curves are basically consistent with test curves,so FEA result is in good agreement with test result,and FEA can accurately simulate the mechanical properties of test beam.4 tabs,18 figs,22 refs.%通过4根表层内嵌入不同 FRP 筋加固连续梁试件的静载试验,研究了试验梁的弯曲性能,借助通用有限元分析软件分析了影响试验梁承载力的混凝土强度、初始荷载、FRP 筋弹性模量与配纤率等因素。分析结果表明:FRP 筋与混凝土之间未发生剥离破坏,加固效果显著;与未加固梁相比,加固梁屈服荷载与极限荷载提高幅度分别可达31%、56%;随着混凝土强度、FRP 筋弹性模量与含纤率的提高,加固梁屈服荷载与极限荷载提高幅度分别可达38%、17%;随着初始荷载的增大,加固梁屈服荷载与极限

  5. Experimental Investigation on Bridge Structures Reinforced by FRP Grids Underwater%纤维网格加固桥梁水下结构试验研究

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    魏洋; 吴刚; 纪军; 张敏

    2014-01-01

    FRP grids have an excellent application prospect in the field of civil engineering due to its light weight, corrosion resistance and easy formation. Based on the conception of construction underwater without water drainage, the construction technology of FRP grids reinforced bridge structures underwater was presented. Five groups consisting of fifteen cylindrical concrete specimens were prepared to investigate the efficiency of the FRP grids reinforced underwater structures. The main parameters were the type of bonding material ( underwater non-dispersion mortar or underwater epoxy resin ) and casting conditions of bonding material ( land or underwater ) . Test results show that the load-carrying and deformation capacity of FRP grids reinforced specimens were enhanced by confining core concrete. Whether the bonding material was underwater non-dispersion mortar or underwater epoxy resin, the positive effects of FRP grids reinforced underwater structures could be achieved by the manner of no water drainage. When the bonding material is underwater non-dispersion mortar, the load-displacement curves of the specimens show a relatively smooth descending trend; when the bonding material is underwater epoxy resin, the load-displacement curves show a progressive and stepped descending trend. However, there is no significant difference in the overall deformability between them.%FRP网格以其轻质、耐腐蚀、易成型,在土木工程领域具有很好的应用前景。基于水下无排水施工思想,提出了FRP网格加固桥梁水下结构的施工工艺,共制作了5组15个混凝土圆柱试件,研究FRP网格加固水下结构的技术效果,研究参数包括黏结材料类型(水下不分散砂浆、水下环氧树脂)、黏结材料浇筑条件(陆上浇筑、水下浇筑)。试验结果表明,FRP网格通过对加固结构核心混凝土的约束实现其承载力和变形能力的提高,黏结材料无论是水下不分散砂浆还是

  6. Nonlinear Progressive Damage Analysis of Notched or Bolted Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP Laminates Based on a Three-Dimensional Strain Failure Criterion

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Notching and bolting are commonly utilised in connecting fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP laminates. These mechanical methods are usually superior to other connections, particularly when joining thick composite laminates. Stress distributions, damage modes and ultimate strengths in notched or bolted FRP laminate designs are of particular interest to the industrial community. To predict the ultimate strengths and the failure processes of notched or bolted composite laminates, nonlinear progressive damage analyses (PDA based on the finite element method (FEM at the meso-scale level are performed in this paper. A three-dimensional strength criterion in terms of strains, which can distinguish different damage modes, was developed and adopted in the analysis model to detect damage initiation in the laminates. Different material degradation methods and the influence of cohesive layers were discussed and compared with results of verification experiments. The results showed that the analysis model that used the succinct strength criterion proposed in this paper could properly predict the damage initiation and the ultimate strengths of notched or bolted FRP laminates. The errors between the numerical results and experimental data were small. The material degradation method with continuum damage mechanics (CDM-based exponential damage factors using the damage index as the independent variable achieved greater accuracy and convergence than the method with CDM-based exponential damage factors using the square index as the independent variable or than the method with constant damage factors. Adding cohesive layers in the model had negligible influence on the final results, largely because the succinct analysis model proposed in this paper is sufficiently accurate in cases of small delamination.

  7. 增韧剂对环氧树脂玻璃钢性能影响的研究%Research of Toughening Agent Effect on EP FRP Property

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    董金虎

    2011-01-01

    Using DBP and SBS toughening epoxy resin fiberglass-reinforced plastics (EP FRP) respectively , and the toughening agent effect on tensile properties, impact properties and hardness of EP FRP were discussed. The result showed that, the EP FRP performance after two kinds of different toughening agent modification were equal when the content was of DBP and SBS was about 7 wt%. And when the content more than 7 wt% , the toughening effect improved further with the content of DBP increasing; however the toughening effect decreased with the content of SBS increasing. The microstructure on rupture showed the different dispersion of DBP and SBS resulting the differences of toughening mechanism and toughening effect.%分别采用邻苯二甲酸二丁酯(DBP)和苯乙烯-丁二烯-苯乙烯(SBS)来增韧环氧树脂玻璃钢(EPFRP),探讨增韧剂对EP FRP的拉伸性能、冲击性能以及硬度的影响.结果表明:DBP和SBS的质量分数为7%左右时,经两种增韧剂改性的EP FRP的性能相当;而当质量分数大于7%时,DBP的增韧效果随用量的增大进一步增强,而SBS的增韧效果则呈减弱趋势.从断口的微观形貌来看,是由于DBP和SBS分散状况不同,导致了两者增韧机理和增韧效果的差异.

  8. Analysis of Large Deflection Buckling of Eccentric Compression Steel Members With Local Damage by FRP Strengthening%局部损伤偏心受压钢构件FRP加固后的大挠度屈曲分析

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    李斌; 李传习

    2016-01-01

    为了解决具有多区域局部损伤偏心受压钢构件FRP(纤维增强复合材料)加固后整体弯曲刚度的评价和大挠度屈曲分析计算缺乏实用方法的问题,考虑任意多区域局部损伤以及FRP对钢压杆整体弯曲刚度的贡献,采用能量方法推导损伤钢压杆FRP加固后的整体等效弯曲刚度. 基于大挠度理论,研究局部损伤偏心受压钢构件FRP加固后的变形特性,推导了杆件屈曲后的杆端转角、挠度与荷载之间的函数表达式,并对影响抗屈曲性能的主要参数(如损伤位置、FRP厚度及偏心距等)进行参数分析. 结果表明:损伤位置、FRP厚度及偏心距对钢压杆的抗屈曲性能影响明显,FRP 抗屈曲加固方法可以显著提高局部损伤偏心受压钢构件的抗屈曲能力.%A method of analyzing of large deflection buckling behaviors and calculating integral bending rigidity of eccentric compression steel members with local damage strengthened with FRP lacks practical was proposed in this paper. Considering the contribution of multiple local damage and FRP, integral equivalent bending rigidity was deduced by using energy approach. Based on the large displacement theory,the large deflection buckling of eccentric compression steel members with local damage by FRP strengthening was studied. The post buckling angle, deflection, load function of eccentric compression steel members was deduced. The influencing rule of damage position, FRP thickness and eccentricity of stability of hollow pipe with local damage by FRP strengthening was obtained. The analysis shows that the effect of damage position, FRP thickness and eccentricity of anti-buckling capability of steel compression members is obvious. And the carbon fiber reinforced method can significantly improve the ability of anti-buckling.

  9. 混杂FRP复合材料性能及其加固腐蚀RC梁弯曲性能研究%Research on Material Properties of Hybrid FRP Composites and Flexural Performance for Strengthening Corroded RC Beams

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    邵运达; 李建辉

    2012-01-01

    在混杂FRP(Fiber Reinforced Polymer)复合材料单轴拉伸性能研究的基础上,通过对四根腐蚀混凝土梁的弯曲试验,研究了碳/芳纶/玻璃三种纤维层间混杂布对腐蚀混凝土梁弯曲性能的影响.结果表明:(1)混杂FRP复合材料均表现出良好的混杂效应,但碳/芳纶/玻璃三种纤维的混杂效应最优,其混杂效应系数达到0.453.(2)碳/芳纶/玻璃层间混杂纤维布加固腐蚀梁的开裂、屈服、峰值、极限荷载相比未加固腐蚀梁分别提高了14%、60%、98%和91%,而位移延性系数仅降低11%,表明混杂纤维布可显著改善腐蚀混凝土梁的弯曲性能,这将为混杂FRP复合材料加固腐蚀混凝土结构性能评估与加固设计提供参考.%Based on the uniaxial tensile properties of hybrid FRP composites, The effects of CFRP (Carbon FRP)/AFRP (Aramid FRP)/GFRP (Glass FRP) laminated hybrid fiber sheets on the flexural performance of corroded RC beam was investigated by ihe flexural experiments of four corroded RC beams, results show that (1) the hybrid FRP composites occurs good hybrid effect, and hybrid effect of CFRP/AFRP/GFRP laminated hybrid composites is optimum, its hybrid effect coefficients is 0.453. (2) compared with the un - strengthened corroded RC beam, the cracking load, yield load, maximum load and ultimate load of corroded RC beam strengthened with CFRP/AFRP/GFRP hybrid sheets is respectively increased by 14% , 60% , 98% and 91% , but the displacement ductility index is only decreased by 11 % , which indicates that the hybrid FRP sheets can improve significantly the flexural performance of corroded RC beam. The reference of the evaluating and design of corroded RC structures strengthened with hybrid FRP composites is provided.

  10. Cálculo en agotamiento de secciones de fábrica reforzadas a flexión con láminas de FRP

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Masonry structures can hardly resist tensile loads. For this reason these structures are vulnerable to accidental actions, such as earthquakes, or when they suffer damage that change their geometry conditions, for instead, due to differential soil settlements. This paper presents an ultimate limit state method for checking FRP-strengthened unreinforced masonry sections. The method is similar to the one used for reinforced concrete members, but it is adapted to masonry and FRP laminates particularities. In this proposal a bilinear strength-strain relationship is used and the FRP design strain is limited to take into account different aspects which cause the plate can’t reach its ultimate strength. In particular, it is proposed a “bond reduction factor”, derived from a large bending test database.Las estructuras de fábrica apenas tienen capacidad para resistir tracciones lo que las hace vulnerables ante acciones desestabilizantes de tipo accidental, como terremotos, o cuando sufren daños que alteran su geometría, por ejemplo, por asientos diferenciales. En este trabajo se presenta un método para la comprobación en agotamiento de secciones de fábrica reforzadas a flexión con láminas de FRP. Está basado en el procedimiento de cálculo de la capacidad resistente de secciones de hormigón pero adaptado a las particularidades y condicionantes de las fábricas reforzadas. En esta propuesta se utiliza un diagrama de cálculo tensión deformación de la fábrica de tipo bilineal y se limita la deformación de cálculo del refuerzo teniendo en consideración ciertos aspectos que provocan que no pueda desarrollar toda su resistencia. En concreto, se propone un «coeficiente reductor por adherencia» que se determina a partir de una amplia base de datos con ensayos de flexión.

  11. Fiber Optic Assessment of Damage in Frp Strengthened Structures%光纤传感器测量FRP加固结构的损伤

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    赵鸣; 赵鸿; 赵阳; F.Ansari

    2002-01-01

    A distributed fiber optic sensor is developed for condition monitoring of civil infrastructure sys-tems. The fiber optic sensor is especially useful in applications involving structures strengthened by fiberreinforced polymer (FRP) composites. The sensor principles are simple and therefore, practical for detec-tion of cracks, debonding and deformation measurements. Structural monitoring capability of the sensorwas evaluated through experiments with cracked reinforced concrete beams strengthened by way of CFRP(Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer) fabrics. Sensor principle and experimental results are presented anddiscussed.

  12. FRP加固混凝土柱的位移延性系数研究%DISPLACEMENT DUCTILITY COEFFICIENT OF FRP-STRENGTHENED RC COLUMNS

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    李刚; 傅仕磊; 林巍

    2011-01-01

    简要概括了FRP抗震加固混凝土柱的位移延性系数的相关研究成果,包括其影响因素和计算公式,尤其是塑性铰区高度,并提出进一步的研究趋向和思路.%This paper presents a brief review on displacement ductility coefficient of FRP -strengthened RC columns, including influence factors and useful formulas, particularly in plastic hinge length. Also useful conclusions for further investigations are proposed.

  13. FRP人行桥的人致振动特性研究%VIBRATION STUDY ON FRP FOOTBRIDGE UNDER HUMAN-INDUCED LOAD

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    金飞飞; 冯鹏; 叶列平

    2011-01-01

    As the new structural materials and long span footbridge being used these years, the vibration prob lem due to human-induced load has become a significant issue. Especially in regards to the light-weight FRP foot bridge , the weight of crowd can' t be overlooked, thus when analyzing the dynamic response of FRP footbridge, it' s necessary to consider the influence of crowd. In this paper, the human body internal driven force is introduced and derived, then the vertical coupling vibration equations are established. With the numerical analysis method, the dy namic response of an actual FRP cable-stayed footbridge is analyzed under different pedestrian flows, and the effect of reducing the dynamic response by paving a layer of concrete is also analyzed. All theoretical analysis shows that the FRP cable-stayed footbridge can meet the requirement of dynamic performance under human-induced load.%近年来随着新材料以及大跨度人行天桥的不断出现,由行人行走引起的振动问题日渐显著.尤其在轻质FRP人行天桥中,行人质量相对桥梁本身质量不可忽略,在计算FRP人行天桥动力响应时,需要考虑行人带来的影响.本文通过引入并推导了行人人体驱动力,建立起行人与人行天桥之间的耦合竖向振动方程.利用数值分析方法分析了一座实际FRP斜拉人行桥在不同行人通行量下的动力响应,并分析了上铺混凝土面层对改善动力响应的效果.理论分析表明,该FRP斜拉桥可满足对人行天桥动力性能的要求.

  14. Cooperative AF Relaying in Spectrum-Sharing Systems: Outage Probability Analysis under Co-Channel Interferences and Relay Selection

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    Xia, Minghua

    2012-11-01

    For cooperative amplify-and-forward (AF) relaying in spectrum-sharing wireless systems, secondary users share spectrum resources originally licensed to primary users to communicate with each other and, thus, the transmit power of secondary transmitters is strictly limited by the tolerable interference powers at primary receivers. Furthermore, the received signals at a relay and at a secondary receiver are inevitably interfered by the signals from primary transmitters. These co-channel interferences (CCIs) from concurrent primary transmission can significantly degrade the performance of secondary transmission. This paper studies the effect of CCIs on outage probability of the secondary link in a spectrum-sharing environment. In particular, in order to compensate the performance loss due to CCIs, the transmit powers of a secondary transmitter and its relaying node are respectively optimized with respect to both the tolerable interference powers at the primary receivers and the CCIs from the primary transmitters. Moreover, when multiple relays are available, the technique of opportunistic relay selection is exploited to further improve system performance with low implementation complexity. By analyzing lower and upper bounds on the outage probability of the secondary system, this study reveals that it is the tolerable interference powers at primary receivers that dominate the system performance, rather than the CCIs from primary transmitters. System designers will benefit from this result in planning and designing next-generation broadband spectrum-sharing systems.

  15. Exact closed form expressions for outage probability of GSC receivers over Rayleigh fading channel subject to self-interference

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    Nam, Sungsik

    2010-11-01

    Previous work on performance analyses of generalized selection combining (GSC) RAKE receivers based on the signal to noise ratio focused on the development of methodologies to derive exact closed-form expressions for various performance measures. However, some open problems related to the performance evaluation of GSC RAKE receivers still remain to be solved such that an assessment of the impact of self-interference on the performance of GSC RAKE receivers. To have a full and exact understanding of the performance of GSC RAKE receivers, the outage probability of GSC RAKE receivers needs to be analyzed as closed-form expressions. The major difficulty in this problem is to derive some joint statistics of ordered exponential variates. With this motivation in mind, we capitalize in this paper on some new order statistics results to derive exact closed-form expressions for outage probability of GSC RAKE receivers subject to self-interference over independent and identically distributed Rayleigh fading channels. © 2010 IEEE.

  16. Experimental study on durability of FRP entirely-wrapped concrete cylinders and FRP strip-wrapped concrete cylinders under wet-dry cycles in salt solution%干湿环境下FRP全裹与条带间隔加固混凝土圆柱耐久性试验研究

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    李趁趁; 高丹盈; 赵军

    2009-01-01

    通过碳纤维布(CFRP)和玻璃纤维布(GFRP)全裹黏贴加固与条带间隔黏贴加固混凝土圆柱在盐溶液干湿循环作用下的轴心受压试验,对比分析环境作用、纤维布类型、纤维布黏贴方式对混凝土圆柱轴压性能的影响.结果表明,经过盐溶液干湿循环作用之后,FRP加固混凝土圆柱的强度和延性有所降低,CFRP加固柱比GFRP加固柱耐干湿循环性能好.如果从提高强度、抗震能力、耐久性方面考虑,全裹黏贴方式优于条带间隔黏贴方式,在盐溶液干湿循环环境下,可以考虑采用FRP全裹黏贴加固混凝土结构,在提高混凝土结构受力性能的同时,以全裹黏贴加固方式来延缓外界环境对混凝土的侵蚀,延长混凝土结构的寿命.但从经济方面考虑,FRP约束对圆柱强度的提高程度并不与FRP用量成正比,条带黏贴方式比全裹黏贴方式更经济.建立了考虑盐溶液干湿循环影响的FRP条带柱与全裹柱的承载力计算模型.%The effects of the environment, FRP type and bonding manner on the durability of concrete cylinders were studied by comparing the compressive performance of specimens confined with carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP), glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) wraps and without any wrap, under wet-dry cycles in salt solution. The experimental resuhs show that strength and ductility of FRP strengthened concrete cylinders decrease after wet-dry cycles in salt solution. Concrete cylinders confined with CFRP are more resistant to wet-dry cycles in salt solution than those cylinders confined with GFRP. In terms of improving strength, earthquake-resistant capacity and durability of concrete structure, the entirely-wrapped specimens perform better than those strip-wrapped ones. The entire-wrap can be adopted when using FRP to strengthen concrete structures under wet-dry cycles in salt solution, in order to improve the mechanical performance of the concrete structure, defer

  17. Operational readiness verification, phase 1: A study on safety during outage and restart of nuclear power plants

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    Hollnagel, E. [Linkoeping Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Computer and Information Science; Gauthereau, V. [Linkoeping Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Industrial Engineering

    2001-06-01

    This report contains the findings from the first phase of a study on safety during outage and restart of nuclear power plants. Operational Readiness Verification (ORV) - in Swedish called Driftklarhetsverifiering (DKV) - refers to the test and verification activities that are necessary to ensure that plant systems are able to provide their required functions when needed - more concretely that all plant systems are in their correct functional state when the plant is restarted after an outage period. The concrete background for this work is that nine ORV related incidents were reported in Sweden between July 1995 and October 1998. The work reported here comprised a literature survey of research relevant for ORV issues, and an assessment of the present situation at Swedish NPPs with respect to ORV. The literature survey was primarily aimed at research related to NPPs, but also looked at domains where similar problems have occurred, such as maintenance in commercial aviation. The survey looked specifically for organisational and MTO aspects relevant to the present situation in Swedish NPPs. One finding was that ORV should be seen as an integral part of maintenance, rather than as a separate activity. Another, that there is a characteristic distribution of error modes for maintenance and ORV, with many sequence errors and omissions, rather than a set of unique error modes. An international study further showed that there are important differences in how procedures are used, and in the balance between decentralisation and centralisation. Several studies also suggested that ORV could usefully be described as a barrier system in relation to the flow of work, for instance using the following five stages: (1) preventive actions during maintenance/outage, (2) post-test after completion of work, (3) pre-test before start-up, (4) the start-up sequence itself, and (5) preventive actions during power operation - possibly including automatic safety systems. In the field survey

  18. Analysis study on flexural deflection of FRP reinforced glulam beams%FRP增强胶合木梁弯曲变形的解析分析

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    杨会峰; 刘伟庆

    2006-01-01

    在胶合木梁的受拉区设置纤维增强复合材料(FRP)是提高胶合木(glulam)梁结构性能的有效方法.通过力学模型分析,给出了FRP-glulam简支梁变形的解析解.根据相关的力学机理并结合试验数据,对解析解进行了修正;修正系数是通过对某些参数进行回归分析得到的,将其与已有的试验结果进行对比,证实了模型具有较高精度,可以很好地模拟梁的全过程变形与刚度变化.此外,模型还广泛适用于多种常见简支梁的变形分析或刚度分析.

  19. Research on Design Technique of FRP-liners of Wet Chimney%湿烟囱玻璃钢内简结构设计技术研究

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    杨小兵; 田树桐; 阮明山; 马申

    2011-01-01

    The wet chimney with high-performance FRP( Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic) liners is effective scheme to solve the corrosion problem, however, the design technique need to be improved by virtue of less study and practice.In this paper, through analysis and calculation, such topics as failure mode of FRP material, safety factors and supporting style of liners was studied exhaustively on base of the service conditions of wet chimney and the design standards home and abroad. Then reasonable suggestions were pointed out. It can be referred for engineers in design and construction .%采用高性能玻璃钢内筒是解决环保燃煤电厂湿烟囱腐蚀问题的有效途径,但目前国内对玻璃钢烟囱结构设计研究较少,有关技术问题亟待解决.文章基于国内外玻璃钢结构设计规范和湿烟囱的使用条件,通过分析计算,对玻璃钢烟囱结构设计中材料失效模式、安全系数取值、内筒支承方式等技术问题进行了深入探讨,提出了合理的建议,可供有关工程技术人员参考.

  20. Operational readiness verification, phase 1: A study on safety during outage and restart of nuclear power plants

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    Hollnagel, E. [Linkoeping Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Computer and Information Science; Gauthereau, V. [Linkoeping Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Industrial Engineering

    2001-06-01

    This report contains the findings from the first phase of a study on safety during outage and restart of nuclear power plants. Operational Readiness Verification (ORV) - in Swedish called Driftklarhetsverifiering (DKV) - refers to the test and verification activities that are necessary to ensure that plant systems are able to provide their required functions when needed - more concretely that all plant systems are in their correct functional state when the plant is restarted after an outage period. The concrete background for this work is that nine ORV related incidents were reported in Sweden between July 1995 and October 1998. The work reported here comprised a literature survey of research relevant for ORV issues, and an assessment of the present situation at Swedish NPPs with respect to ORV. The literature survey was primarily aimed at research related to NPPs, but also looked at domains where similar problems have occurred, such as maintenance in commercial aviation. The survey looked specifically for organisational and MTO aspects relevant to the present situation in Swedish NPPs. One finding was that ORV should be seen as an integral part of maintenance, rather than as a separate activity. Another, that there is a characteristic distribution of error modes for maintenance and ORV, with many sequence errors and omissions, rather than a set of unique error modes. An international study further showed that there are important differences in how procedures are used, and in the balance between decentralisation and centralisation. Several studies also suggested that ORV could usefully be described as a barrier system in relation to the flow of work, for instance using the following five stages: (1) preventive actions during maintenance/outage, (2) post-test after completion of work, (3) pre-test before start-up, (4) the start-up sequence itself, and (5) preventive actions during power operation - possibly including automatic safety systems. In the field survey

  1. Operational readiness verification, phase 1: A study on safety during outage and restart of nuclear power plants

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    This report contains the findings from the first phase of a study on safety during outage and restart of nuclear power plants. Operational Readiness Verification (ORV) - in Swedish called Driftklarhetsverifiering (DKV) - refers to the test and verification activities that are necessary to ensure that plant systems are able to provide their required functions when needed - more concretely that all plant systems are in their correct functional state when the plant is restarted after an outage period. The concrete background for this work is that nine ORV related incidents were reported in Sweden between July 1995 and October 1998. The work reported here comprised a literature survey of research relevant for ORV issues, and an assessment of the present situation at Swedish NPPs with respect to ORV. The literature survey was primarily aimed at research related to NPPs, but also looked at domains where similar problems have occurred, such as maintenance in commercial aviation. The survey looked specifically for organisational and MTO aspects relevant to the present situation in Swedish NPPs. One finding was that ORV should be seen as an integral part of maintenance, rather than as a separate activity. Another, that there is a characteristic distribution of error modes for maintenance and ORV, with many sequence errors and omissions, rather than a set of unique error modes. An international study further showed that there are important differences in how procedures are used, and in the balance between decentralisation and centralisation. Several studies also suggested that ORV could usefully be described as a barrier system in relation to the flow of work, for instance using the following five stages: (1) preventive actions during maintenance/outage, (2) post-test after completion of work, (3) pre-test before start-up, (4) the start-up sequence itself, and (5) preventive actions during power operation - possibly including automatic safety systems. In the field survey

  2. FRP约束混凝土压弯构件力学性能的理论分析%THEORETICAL ANALYSIS OF MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF FRP-CONFINED CONCRETE BEAM-COLUMNS

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    陶忠; 于清

    2001-01-01

    Based on the determination of stress-model of FRP-confined concrete,a kind of simplified integral method is applied to calculate the complete curve of load-deformation of FRP-confined beam-columns.The influence of several parameters,such as the strength of FRP composite,concrete,the FRP ratio as well as slenderness ratio on the behavior and bearing capacity of the beam-columns are analyzed.%利用FRP约束混凝土的应力-应变关系模型,采用数值方法,对FRP约束混凝土压弯构件的荷载-变形关系进行了全过程分析,据此考察了FRP极限强度、含FRP率和长细比等参数对该类构件力学性能及承载力的影响,可供有关工程实践参考。

  3. FUNDAMENTAL MECHANICAL MODEL AND ANALYSIS OF SINGLE LAYER FRP WOVEN WEB STRUCTURES%单层FRP编织网结构的基本力学模型与分析

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    齐玉军; 冯鹏; 叶列平

    2012-01-01

    FRP大跨编织网结构是一种新型大跨空间结构体系,它由FRP板条按一定规律编织并通过平面外整体张拉构成,具有很好的建筑效果。此结构体系为柔性构件构成的空间整体张拉结构,有4个关键受力状态。该文研究圆形环梁、板条中心对称分布的典型的单层FRP编织网结构,提出了编织网结构力学分析的基本假设和通用力学分析模型,对单层网面进行了平面外整体张拉、全跨荷载工况和半跨荷载工况的理论分析,推导了相应的计算公式,并进行了编织网结构的计算。通过研究建立的FRP编织网结构的基本力学方程,可分析计算单层编织网的各个受力状态,为FRP编织网结构的设计计算提供了理论工具。还进行了参数分析,得到了各参数对结构在使用过程中刚度的影响规律,为FRP编织网结构的初步设计提供了参考。%The fiber-reinforced polymer(FRP) woven web structure(WWS) is an innovative large-span spatial structure composed of FRP strips.The FRP strips are crossed each other and woven to form a flexible web plane,and then the web is stressed integrally in an outer plane.The WWS is a tensegrity spatial structure system made of flexible members of several mechanical statues.The basic assumptions,the fundamental mechanical model,and the equations of the simple FRP WWS of ring beams and central symmetry FRP strips are studied.The equations are drawn.Based on the equations,three load cases of FRP WWS including integrally pre-stressed in an outer plane,the whole span load and half span load are analyzed in theoretical method.The numerical calculations of a simplified FRP WWS are conducted.The fundamental mechanical model of FRP WWS is established,and the theoretical approach for analyzing FRP WWS is concluded.Those provide the theoretical method for calculating of FRP WWS.Through the parameter analysis,the influence principals of parameters on stiffness of structure in

  4. Lightning-Generated Whistler Waves Observed by Probes On The Communication/Navigation Outage Forecast System Satellite at Low Latitudes

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    Holzworth, R. H.; McCarthy, M. P.; Pfaff, R. F.; Jacobson, A. R.; Willcockson, W. L.; Rowland, D. E.

    2011-01-01

    Direct evidence is presented for a causal relationship between lightning and strong electric field transients inside equatorial ionospheric density depletions. In fact, these whistler mode plasma waves may be the dominant electric field signal within such depletions. Optical lightning data from the Communication/Navigation Outage Forecast System (C/NOFS) satellite and global lightning location information from the World Wide Lightning Location Network are presented as independent verification that these electric field transients are caused by lightning. The electric field instrument on C/NOFS routinely measures lightning ]related electric field wave packets or sferics, associated with simultaneous measurements of optical flashes at all altitudes encountered by the satellite (401.867 km). Lightning ]generated whistler waves have abundant access to the topside ionosphere, even close to the magnetic equator.

  5. Complementary system for monitoring and control of neutron flux during a fuel outage and during reactor start up stage

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    The present work is an example for that, how with modern technical instruments is possible to compensate disadvantage and to increase technical resources of the old systems, without a change of given system totally with new one. The system detail design and implementation was possible mostly, due to the international conferences and courses organised by IAEA and technical information provided by the agency. The designed system plays a role of complementary system to the in-situ operational systems for monitoring and control of the reactor core neutron flux, allowing its measurement and control during a fuel outage and during reactor start up stage. Additionally, the system recalculates the reactivity in beta units and according to its value the reactor criticality fixed up reactivity is defined. (author)

  6. Power allocation and achievable data rate in spectrum-sharing channels under adaptive primary service outage constraints

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    Yang, Yuli

    2012-09-01

    In this paper, we focus on a cognitive radio network where adaptive modulation is adopted in primary links. The gap between the primary user (PU)\\'s received signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and the lower SNR boundary of the modulation mode that is being used, provides an interference-tolerable zone. Based on this gap, a secondary user (SU) has an increased opportunity to access the licensed spectrum and to determine the transmit power it should use to keep the PU\\'s quality-of-service (QoS) unaffected. However, since the SU cannot obtain perfect information on the PU\\'s received SNR, it has to choose an SNR point between the lower and upper boundaries of the PU\\'s current modulation mode as if this point were the real SNR received by the PU. Considering this issue, in order to quantify the effect of the SU\\'s transmissions on the PU\\'s QoS, we define the PU\\'s service outage probability and obtain its closed-form expressions by taking into account whether the peak transmit power constraint is imposed on the secondary\\'s transmission or not. Subsequently, we derive the SU\\'s achievable data rate in closed form for counterpart scenarios. Numerical results provided here quantify the relation between the PU\\'s service outage probability and the SU\\'s achievable data rate, which further demonstrate that the higher the peak transmit power a secondary transmitter can support, the better performance the cognitive radio network can achieve. © 2012 IEEE.

  7. Subsurface defect detection in first layer of pavement structure and reinforced civil engineering structure by FRP bonding using active infrared thermography

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    Dumoulin, Jean; Ibos, Laurent

    2010-05-01

    In many countries road network ages while road traffic and maintenance costs increase. Nowadays, thousand and thousand kilometers of roads are each year submitted to surface distress survey. They generally lean on pavement surface imaging measurement techniques, mainly in the visible spectrum, coupled with visual inspection or image processing detection of emergent distresses. Nevertheless, optimisation of maintenance works and costs requires an early detection of defects within the pavement structure when they still are hidden from surface. Accordingly, alternative measurement techniques for pavement monitoring are currently under investigation (seismic methods, step frequency radar). On the other hand, strengthening or retrofitting of reinforced concrete structures by externally bonded Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) systems is now a commonly accepted and widespread technique. However, the use of bonding techniques always implies following rigorous installing procedures. To ensure the durability and long-term performance of the FRP reinforcements, conformance checking through an in situ auscultation of the bonded FRP systems is then highly suitable. The quality-control program should involve a set of adequate inspections and tests. Visual inspection and acoustic sounding (hammer tap) are commonly used to detect delaminations (disbonds) but are unable to provide sufficient information about the depth (in case of multilayered composite) and width of debonded areas. Consequently, rapid and efficient inspection methods are also required. Among the non destructive methods under study, active infrared thermography was investigated both for pavement and civil engineering structures through experiments in laboratory and numerical simulations, because of its ability to be also used on field. Pulse Thermography (PT), Pulse Phase Thermography (PPT) and Principal Component Thermography (PCT) approaches have been tested onto pavement samples and CFRP bonding on concrete

  8. FRP横向加固木柱轴心受压性能计算%Calculation of axial compressive behavior of timber column laterally strengthened with FRP

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    邵劲松; 薛伟辰; 刘伟庆; 蒋建强; 蒋桐

    2012-01-01

    Based on anisotropic elastic mechanics and Tsai-Wu criterion, formulas to predict the yield load and yield strain of strengthened timber columns were established. The compressive behavior of 15 cylindrical timber columns that are externally wrapped by FRP sheets were tested. The work mechanism and failure modes of the specimens were discussed in details. The results show that FRP can effectively improve the compressive bearing capacity and ductility of the timber columns by strengthening it laterally. Capability and peak strain of timber columns wrapped laterally by three sheets of FRP are higher than those of unstrengthened columns by about 21.82% and 94.95%, respectively. The lateral strengthening sheets are not fractured, and its hoop strain is only about 10% of the ultimate strain. According to the relationship between the peak strain ratio and the confined stiffness ratio, expressions of the ultimate load and the peak strain have been proposed. By comparison, the predictions of the formulas agree well with test data.%在各向异性弹性力学的基础上,根据Tsai—Wu强度准则建立加固木柱屈服荷载和屈服应变的计算公式,进行15根FRP加固木柱的轴心抗压性能试验,详细探讨受载后试件的工作机理和破坏模式。试验结果表明,FRP横向加固木柱可提高木柱的抗压承载力,改善木柱的延性;三层GFRP可提高木柱承载力和峰值应变分别达21.82%和94.95%;加固木柱达到极限荷载时,横向加固层没有出现拉断现象,其横向应变并未达到横向加固层的极限应变,仅为FRP极限拉应变的10%左右。通过分析峰值应变比和约束刚度比的关系,提出加固木柱极限承载力和峰值应变的计算公式。经比较,计算值和试验结果吻合较好。

  9. Evaluation of the resilience of a full-scale down-flow hanging sponge reactor to long-term outages at a sewage treatment plant in India.

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    Onodera, Takashi; Takayama, Daisuke; Ohashi, Akiyoshi; Yamaguchi, Takashi; Uemura, Shigeki; Harada, Hideki

    2016-10-01

    Resilience to process outages is an essential requirement for sustainable wastewater treatment systems in developing countries. In this study, we evaluated the ability of a full-scale down-flow hanging sponge (DHS) reactor to recover after a 10-day outage. The DHS tested in this study uses polyurethane sponge as packing material. This full-scale DHS reactor has been tested over a period of about 4 years in India with a flow rate of 500 m(3)/day. Water was not supplied to the DHS reactor that was subjected to the 10-day outage; however, the biomass did not dry out because the sponge was able to retain enough water. Soon after the reactor was restarted, a small quantity of biomass, amounting to only 0.1% of the total retained biomass, was eluted. The DHS effluent achieved satisfactory removal of suspended solids, chemical oxygen demand, and ammonium nitrogen within 90, 45, and 90 min, respectively. Conversely, fecal coliforms in the DHS effluent did not reach satisfactory levels within 540 min; instead, the normal levels of fecal coliforms were achieved within 3 days. Overall, the tests demonstrated that the DHS reactor was sufficiently robust to withstand long-term outages and achieved steady state soon after restart. This reinforces the suitability of this technology for developing countries. PMID:27450993

  10. Evaluation of the resilience of a full-scale down-flow hanging sponge reactor to long-term outages at a sewage treatment plant in India.

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    Onodera, Takashi; Takayama, Daisuke; Ohashi, Akiyoshi; Yamaguchi, Takashi; Uemura, Shigeki; Harada, Hideki

    2016-10-01

    Resilience to process outages is an essential requirement for sustainable wastewater treatment systems in developing countries. In this study, we evaluated the ability of a full-scale down-flow hanging sponge (DHS) reactor to recover after a 10-day outage. The DHS tested in this study uses polyurethane sponge as packing material. This full-scale DHS reactor has been tested over a period of about 4 years in India with a flow rate of 500 m(3)/day. Water was not supplied to the DHS reactor that was subjected to the 10-day outage; however, the biomass did not dry out because the sponge was able to retain enough water. Soon after the reactor was restarted, a small quantity of biomass, amounting to only 0.1% of the total retained biomass, was eluted. The DHS effluent achieved satisfactory removal of suspended solids, chemical oxygen demand, and ammonium nitrogen within 90, 45, and 90 min, respectively. Conversely, fecal coliforms in the DHS effluent did not reach satisfactory levels within 540 min; instead, the normal levels of fecal coliforms were achieved within 3 days. Overall, the tests demonstrated that the DHS reactor was sufficiently robust to withstand long-term outages and achieved steady state soon after restart. This reinforces the suitability of this technology for developing countries.

  11. APPLICATION OF QUALITY FUNCTION DEPLOYMENT METHOD AND FUZZY LOGIC FOR IMPROVING THE DESIGN CHARACTERISTICS IN FRP COOLING TOWER-CASE STUDY

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Quality Function Deployment is a continuous improvement technique applied in the design of an FRP cooling tower.QFD helps to develop customer oriented, higher quality products. In order to improve the quality characteristics of this product and to satisfy the customers, the technique such as QFD followed by fuzzy logic technique approach is done. Though, the QFD method has some draw backs, it is one of the most important methods to interpret customer needs for specific quality development. To overcome this drawback, fuzzy linguistics approach is proposed in this paper. This paper shows how QFD approach can be combined with fuzzy logic to resolve some of its drawback. Finally, these two approaches have been compared to know whichapplies the best for this case study.

  12. Open fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) flat plate collector (FPC) and spray network systems for augmenting the evaporation rate of tannery effluent (soak liquor)

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    Presently, tanneries in Tamilnadu, India are required to segregate the effluent of soaking and pickling sections from other wastewater streams and send it to shallow solar pans for evaporation to avoid land pollution. A large area of solar pans is required for evaporating the water in the effluent at salt concentration in the range of 4-5%. An experimental study has been made by using fibre reinforced plastic flat plate collector (FRP-FPC) and spray system in a pilot plant with a capacity to handle 5000 l per day, which increases the evaporation rate. After increasing the salt concentration level to near saturation limit, the concentrated liquid was sent to conventional solar pans for its continued evaporation and recovery of salt. In this improved system, the rate of evaporation was found to be 30-40% more than that in the conventional solar pans. The performance is compared with the theoretically simulated performance. (author)

  13. Performance et caracterisation a l'arrachement des tiges en FRP de carbone utilisees pour renforcement au cisaillement par la methode ETS

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    Ammar Khodja, L'Hady

    The rehabilitation and strengthening concrete structures in shear using composite materials such as externally bonded (EB) or near surface mounted rebar (NSMR) are well established techniques. However, debonding of these strengthening materials is still present and constitute the principal cause of shear failure of beams strengthened with composite materials. A new method called ETS (Embedded Through Section) was recently developed in order to avoid premature failures due to debonding of composite materials. The objective of this study is to highlight the importance and influence of important parameters on the behavior of CFRP bars anchorages subjected to pullout forces. These parameters are: concrete strength, anchorage length of CFRP bars, hole diameter in concrete, diameter of the bar and CFRP surface type (smooth versus sanded). Understanding the influence of these parameters on the relationship between the pullout force and the slip is paramount. This allows an accurate description of the behavior of all elements that contribute to the resistance of the CFRP bars pullout. A series of 25 specimens were subjected to pullout tests. The impact of these parameters on the pullout performance of CFRP rods is summarized in terms of failure mode, ultimate tensile strength and loading force slip relationship. The results of these investigations show that using the ETS method, failure of the anchors can be avoided by providing adequate anchorage length and concrete strength. The method provides greater confinement and thus leads to a substantial improvement in the performance of anchors. As a result, designers will be able to avoid failures that are due to debonding of anchors using thereby the full capabilities of reinforced beams strengthened in shear with EB FRP. Keywords: ETS method, shear, strengthening, anchor, slip, FRP, NSM.

  14. Relaxation of containment: Pickering NGS-A unit 3 rehabilitation outage

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    A reactor containment system provides designed barriers between radioactive sources in reactor systems and the general public. Normally, access to the reactor systems is controlled via airlocks in the Reactor Building so that the containment system integrity can be maintained unimpaired. During reactor retubing, however, a more direct access to the reactor is necessary in order that retubing operations can be conducted efficiently. The Pickering NGS containment system is described briefly together with the detailed strategy adopted to relax the guidelines governing containment, which permits a less restrictive access to the reactor. Topics discussed include prerequisite work, the control strategy and procedures employed during relaxation as well as supporting analyses. Of particular importance is the need to maintain quality and operational standards, where required, so that the containment envelope can be reestablished quickly when and if required. This paper will be of interest to all CANDU owner/operators regardless of containment design and is potentially of interest to operators of other containment designs. It is anticipated that future containment relaxations at other CANDU sites in Canada will follow this strategy as a baseline. (author). 3 tabs., 5 figs

  15. Solar heating and hot water system installed at Municipal Building complex, Abbeville, South Carolina

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    Information on the solar energy system installed at the new municipal building for the City of Abbeville, SC is presented, including a description of solar energy system and buildings, lessons learned, and recommendations. The solar space heating system is a direct air heating system. The flat roof collector panel was sized to provide 75% of the heating requirement based on an average day in January. The collectors used are job-built with two layers of filon corrugated fiberglass FRP panels cross lapped make up the cover. The storage consists of a pit filled with washed 3/4 in - 1 1/2 in diameter crushed granite stone. The air handler includes the air handling mechanism, motorized dampers, air circulating blower, sensors, control relays and mode control unit. Solar heating of water is provided only those times when the hot air in the collector is exhausted to the outside.

  16. Reactor building

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    The whole reactor building is accommodated in a shaft and is sealed level with the earth's surface by a building ceiling, which provides protection against penetration due to external effects. The building ceiling is supported on walls of the reactor building, which line the shaft and transfer the vertical components of forces to the foundations. The thickness of the walls is designed to withstand horizontal pressure waves in the floor. The building ceiling has an opening above the reactor, which must be closed by cover plates. Operating equipment for the reactor can be situated above the building ceiling. (orig./HP)

  17. Quantification of risk considering external events on the change of allowed outage time and the preventive maintenance during power operation

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    In this study, for the major safety systems of Ulchin Units 3/4, we quantify the risk on the change of AOT and the PM during power operation to identify the effects on the results of external events PSA when nuclear power plant changes such as allowed outage time are requested. The systems for which the risks on the change of allowed outage time are quantified are High Pressure Safety Injection System (HPSIS), Containment Spray System (CSS), and Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG). The systems for which the risks on the PM during power operation are Low Pressure Safety Injection System (LPSIS), CSS, EDG, Essential Service Water System (ESWS). Following conclusions can be obtained through this study: 1)The increase of core damage frequency (ΔCDF) on the change of AOT and the conditional core damage probability (CCDP) on the on-line PM of each system are differently quantified according to the cases of considering only internal events or only external events. . 2)It is expected that the quantification of risk including internal and external events is advantageous for the licensee of NPP if the regulatory acceptance criteria for the technical specification changes are relatively set up. However, it is expected to be disadvantageous for the licensee if the acceptance criteria are absolutely set up. 3)It is expected that the conduction on the quantification of only a fire event is sufficient when the quantification of external events PSA model is required for the plant changes of Korea Standard NPPs. 4)It is expected that the quantification of the increase of core damage frequency and the incremental conditional core damage probability on technical specification changes are not needed if the quantification results of those considering only internal events are below regulatory acceptance criteria and the external events PSA results are not greatly affected by the system availability. However, it is expected that the quantification of risk considering external events on

  18. Quantification of risk considering external events on the change of allowed outage time and the preventive maintenance during power operation

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    Kang, D. J.; Kim, K. Y.; Yang, J. E

    2001-03-01

    In this study, for the major safety systems of Ulchin Units 3/4, we quantify the risk on the change of AOT and the PM during power operation to identify the effects on the results of external events PSA when nuclear power plant changes such as allowed outage time are requested. The systems for which the risks on the change of allowed outage time are quantified are High Pressure Safety Injection System (HPSIS), Containment Spray System (CSS), and Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG). The systems for which the risks on the PM during power operation are Low Pressure Safety Injection System (LPSIS), CSS, EDG, Essential Service Water System (ESWS). Following conclusions can be obtained through this study: 1)The increase of core damage frequency ({delta}CDF) on the change of AOT and the conditional core damage probability (CCDP) on the on-line PM of each system are differently quantified according to the cases of considering only internal events or only external events. . 2)It is expected that the quantification of risk including internal and external events is advantageous for the licensee of NPP if the regulatory acceptance criteria for the technical specification changes are relatively set up. However, it is expected to be disadvantageous for the licensee if the acceptance criteria are absolutely set up. 3)It is expected that the conduction on the quantification of only a fire event is sufficient when the quantification of external events PSA model is required for the plant changes of Korea Standard NPPs. 4)It is expected that the quantification of the increase of core damage frequency and the incremental conditional core damage probability on technical specification changes are not needed if the quantification results of those considering only internal events are below regulatory acceptance criteria and the external events PSA results are not greatly affected by the system availability. However, it is expected that the quantification of risk considering external events

  19. Building America

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    2010-12-31

    IBACOS researched the constructability and viability issues of using high performance windows as one component of a larger approach to building houses that achieve the Building America 70% energy savings target.

  20. Solar building

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    Zhang, Luxin

    2014-01-01

    In my thesis I describe the utilization of solar energy and solar energy with building integration. In introduction it is also mentioned how the solar building works, trying to make more people understand and accept the solar building. The thesis introduces different types of solar heat collectors. I compared the difference two operation modes of solar water heating system and created examples of solar water system selection. I also introduced other solar building applications. It is conv...

  1. Using consensus building to improve utility regulation

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    The utility industry and its regulatory environment are at a crossroads. Utilities, intervenors and even public utility commissions are no longer able to initiate and sustain changes unilaterally. Traditional approaches to regulation are often contentious and costly, producing results that are not perceived as legitimate or practical. Consensus building and alternative dispute resolution have the potential to help utilities, intervenors and regulators resolve a host of regulatory issues. This book traces the decline of consensus in utility regulation and delineates current controversies. It presents the theory and practice of alternative dispute resolution in utility regulation and offers a framework for evaluating the successes and failures of attempts to employ these processes. Four regulatory cases are analyzed in detail: the Pilgrim nuclear power plant outage settlement, the use of DSM collaboratives, the New Jersey resource bidding policy and the formation of integrated resource management rules in Massachusetts

  2. An Overview of Scientific and Space Weather Results from the Communication/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS) Mission

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    Pfaff, R.; de la Beaujardiere, O.; Hunton, D.; Heelis, R.; Earle, G.; Strauss, P.; Bernhardt, P.

    2012-01-01

    The Communication/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS) Mission of the Air Force Research Laboratory is described. C/NOFS science objectives may be organized into three categories: (1) to understand physical processes active in the background ionosphere and thermosphere in which plasma instabilities grow; (2) to identify mechanisms that trigger or quench the plasma irregularities responsible for signal degradation; and (3) to determine how the plasma irregularities affect the propagation of electromagnetic waves. The satellite was launched in April, 2008 into a low inclination (13 deg), elliptical (400 x 850 km) orbit. The satellite sensors measure the following parameters in situ: ambient and fluctuating electron densities, AC and DC electric and magnetic fields, ion drifts and large scale ion composition, ion and electron temperatures, and neutral winds. C/NOFS is also equipped with a GPS occultation receiver and a radio beacon. In addition to the satellite sensors, complementary ground-based measurements, theory, and advanced modeling techniques are also important parts of the mission. We report scientific and space weather highlights of the mission after nearly four years in orbit

  3. Risk-based evaluation of allowed outage time and surveillance test interval extensions for nuclear power plants

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    The main goal of this work is, through the use of Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA), to evaluate Technical Specification (TS) Allowed Outage Times (AOT) and Surveillance Test Intervals (STI) extensions for Angra 1 nuclear power plant. PSA has been incorporated as an additional tool, required as part of NPP licensing process. The risk measure used in this work is the Core Damage Frequency (CDF), obtained from the Angra 1 PSA Level 1. AOT and STI extensions are calculated for the Safety Injection System (SIS), Service water System (SAS) and Auxiliary Feedwater System (AFS) through the use of SAPHIRE code. In order to compensate for the risk increase caused by the extensions, compensatory measures as test of redundant train prior to entering maintenance and staggered test strategy are proposed. Results have shown that the proposed AOT extensions are acceptable for the SIS and SAS with the implementation of compensatory measures. The proposed AOT extension is not acceptable for the AFS. The STI extensions are acceptable for all three systems. (author)

  4. 预应力FRP增强竹木集成材抗弯性能的初步研究%Preliminary study on bending property of wood-bamboo structural glulam reinforced by prestressed FRP

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    王希俊; 申士杰; 靳婷婷; 袁卉; 赵书平

    2016-01-01

    According tobending experiments of wood-bamboo structuralglulam reinforced by prestressed FRP, the influence of prestressed FRP on bending strength, elastic modulus and the neutral axis was studied. The experimental results are as follows: bending strength, elastic modulus and the shift of neutral axis of wood-bamboo structuralglulam reinforced by prestressed FRP with 30% of ultimate tensile strength(UTS) are most. In addition,they are respectively 73.05MPa, 7312.80MPa, 1.73mm compared with gulam with no prestressing. What’s more, after thefirst destruction, the load of wood-bamboo structuralglulam reinforced by prestressed FRP with 30% ,40% of UTS respectively declines11%,18% instead of 46.80% of glulam with no prestressing.%通过对预应力FRP增强竹木集成材的抗弯实验,研究了不同预应力FRP对集成材抗弯强度、弹性模量及中性轴的影响,实验结果表明:在预应力FRP增强竹木集成材中,30%UTS预应力FRP增强竹木集成材的抗弯强度、弹性模量及中性轴偏移最大,抗弯强度达到73.05MPa,弹性模量7312.80 MPa,相对于无预应力FRP增强的竹木集成材中性轴向下偏移1.73 mm。并且集成材在一次破坏后,30%UTS、40%UTS预应力FRP增强竹木集成材承受荷载仅分别下降11%,18%,而无预应力FRP增强竹木集成材则急剧下降46.80%。

  5. On the Efficient Simulation of the Distribution of the Sum of Gamma-Gamma Variates with Application to the Outage Probability Evaluation Over Fading Channels

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    Chaouki Ben Issaid

    2016-06-01

    The Gamma-Gamma distribution has recently emerged in a number of applications ranging from modeling scattering and reverbation in sonar and radar systems to modeling atmospheric turbulence in wireless optical channels. In this respect, assessing the outage probability achieved by some diversity techniques over this kind of channels is of major practical importance. In many circumstances, this is intimately related to the difficult question of analyzing the statistics of a sum of Gamma-Gamma random variables. Answering this question is not a simple matter. This is essentially because outage probabilities encountered in practice are often very small, and hence the use of classical Monte Carlo methods is not a reasonable choice. This lies behind the main motivation of the present work. In particular, this paper proposes a new approach to estimate the left tail of the sum of Gamma-Gamma variates. More specifically, we propose a mean-shift importance sampling scheme that efficiently evaluates the outage probability of L-branch maximum ratio combining diversity receivers over Gamma-Gamma fading channels. The proposed estimator satisfies the well-known bounded relative error criterion, a well-desired property characterizing the robustness of importance sampling schemes, for both identically and non-identically independent distributed cases. We show the accuracy and the efficiency of our approach compared to naive Monte Carlo via some selected numerical simulations.

  6. Dimensionamiento del refuerzo a flexión con laminados de polímeros reforzados con fibras (FRP evitando su desprendimiento prematuro

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    Oller, E.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available According to the available experimental research related to structures flexurally strengthened by bonding fiber reinforced polymer (FRP laminates, the laminate debonds in a brittle manner in most tests. This debonding failure usually initiates in the most loaded regions due the effect of intermediate cracks (intermediate crack debonding. From the beginning of this technique, several models have been developed to avoid this premature failure. However, some of them present a significant scatter in relation to the experimental data. This paper presents a comparative analysis of the existing formulations through a database of tests compiled by the authors. Afterwards, a design procedure based on a shear-bending moment interaction diagram related to intermediate crack debonding is presented. This interaction diagram depends on the maximum shear force between crack discontinuities. Finally, the proposed method is compared to the rest of the models obtaining satisfactory results when predicting the failure load.La investigación experimental de elementos de hormigón reforzados a flexión mediante la adhesión de laminados de polímeros reforzados con fibras (FRP muestra que en la mayor parte de ensayos, el laminado se desprende de forma prematura iniciándose normalmente el fallo en las regiones más solicitadas debido al efecto de las fisuras intermedias. Desde los inicios de esta técnica de refuerzo, se han desarrollado modelos para evitar este tipo de rotura, la mayoría de los cuales presentan una dispersión considerable comparando sus resultados con los experimentales. En este artículo se presenta un análisis comparativo de diferentes formulaciones existentes a partir de una base de datos de ensayos recopilada por los autores. Posteriormente, se propone un método de dimensionamiento basado en un diagrama de interacción cortante-flexión asociado al desprendimiento del refuerzo, que depende de la máxima fuerza rasante transmitida entre

  7. 玻璃钢管在水电站压力管道中的应用复核分析%Review Analysis on the Application of FRP Pipe in Pressure Pipe of Hydropower Station

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    付成华; 周洪波

    2015-01-01

    结合玻璃钢管在水电站压力管道中的应用情况,对石马岱水电站压力管道上部由700 mm管径螺旋钢管调整为600 mm管径玻璃钢管的方案进行管径和压力等级复核。结果表明,调整设计方案中上部1#~12#镇墩之间816.8 m的压力管道,采用600 mm管径玻璃钢管能满足过水能力要求,按1.5倍工作内水压力确定玻璃钢管压力等级合适,且满足现行规程规范要求,验证了调整设计方案的合理性。根据复核分析提出的建议可为玻璃钢管在小型水电站压力管道中的应用提供参考。%Combined with the application of FRP pipe in pressure pipe of hydropower station, Diameter of pipe and the pressure rating are analyzed for the adjustment scheme from 700mm diameter spiral pipe to 600mm diameter FRP pipe in the upper of pressure pipe of Shimadai hydropower station. The results show that, in adjustment design scheme between 1# to 12# town pier 816. 8m pressure pipes using 600m diameter FRP pipe can meet the requirement of discharge capacity, and it is appropriate that pressure rating of FRP pipe is determined by 1. 5 times working water pressure, and it meets the requirements of the current codes and specification, Adjusted scheme is reasonable. Proposals from the review are references for the application of FRP pipe in pressure pipe of small hydropower station.

  8. Laboratory Building.

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    Herrera, Joshua M. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-03-01

    This report is an analysis of the means of egress and life safety requirements for the laboratory building. The building is located at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in Albuquerque, NM. The report includes a prescriptive-based analysis as well as a performance-based analysis. Following the analysis are appendices which contain maps of the laboratory building used throughout the analysis. The top of all the maps is assumed to be north.

  9. Outage analysis of selective cooperation in underlay cognitive networks with fixed gain relays and primary interference modeling

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    Hussain, Syed Imtiaz

    2012-09-01

    Selective cooperation is a well investigated technique in non-cognitive networks for efficient spectrum utilization and performance improvement. However, it is still a nascent topic for underlay cognitive networks. Recently, it was investigated for underlay networks where the secondary nodes were able to adapt their transmit power to always satisfy the interference threshold to the primary users. This is a valid assumption for cellular networks but many non-cellular devices have fixed transmit powers. In this situation, selective cooperation poses a more challenging problem and performs entirely differently. In this paper, we extend our previous work of selective cooperation based on either hop\\'s signal to noise ratio (SNR) with fixed gain and fixed transmit power relays in an underlay cognitive network. This work lacked in considering the primary interference over the cognitive network and presented a rather idealistic analysis. This paper deals with a more realistic system model and includes the effects of primary interference on the secondary transmission. We first derive end-to-end signal to interference and noise ratio (SINR) expression and the related statistics for a dual-hop relay link using asymptotic and approximate approaches. We then derive the statistics of the selected relay link based on maximum end-to-end SINR among the relays satisfying the interference threshold to the primary user. Using this statistics, we derive closed form asymptotic and approximate expressions for the outage probability of the system. Analytical results are verified through simulations. It is concluded that selective cooperation in underlay cognitive networks performs better only in low to medium SNR regions. © 2012 IEEE.

  10. Observations and insights from the Grand Gulf Low Power and Shutdown Study of POS 5 during a refueling outage

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    With the completion of the documentation of the results from the Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant Low Power and Shutdown (LP and S) Project funded by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, detailed probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) information from a boiling water reactor for a specific time period in LP and S conditions became available for examination. This paper summarizes why LP and S conditions should be examined and how the particular operational state was selected. It also summarizes observations and insights extracted from an examination of: (1) results in the LP and S documentation, (2) the specific models and assumptions used in the LP and S analyses, (3) selected results from the full power analysis, (4) the experience of the analysts who performed the original LP and S study, and (5) results from sensitivity calculations to help determine the impact that model assumptions and data values had on the results from the original LP and S analysis. Observations and insights on core damage frequency and aggregate risk (early fatalities and total latent cancer fatalities) associated with operations during plant operational state 5 (i.e., basically cold shutdown as defined by Technical Specifications) during a refueling outage for traditional internal events are provided. In addition, a discussion of similarities and differences between full power accidents and accidents during LP and S conditions is provided. As part of this discussion, core damage frequency and risks results are presented on a per hour and per calendar year basis, allowing alternative perspectives on both the core damage frequency and risk associated with these two operational states

  11. When does unreliable grid supply become unacceptable policy? Costs of power supply and outages in rural India

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    Despite frequent blackouts and brownouts, extension of the central grid remains the Indian government's preferred strategy for the country's rural electrification policy. This study reports an assessment that compares grid extension with distributed generation (DG) alternatives, based on the subsidies they will necessitate, and costs of service interruptions that are appropriate in the rural Indian context. Using cross-sectional household expenditure data and region fixed-effects models, average household demand is estimated. The price elasticity of demand is found to be in the range of −0.3 to −0.4. Interruption costs are estimated based on the loss of consumer surplus due to reduced consumption of electric lighting energy that results from intermittent power supply. Different grid reliability scenarios are simulated. Despite the inclusion of interruption costs, standalone DG does not appear to be competitive with grid extension at distances of less than 17 km. However, backing up unreliable grid service with local DG plants is attractive when reliability is very poor, even in previously electrified villages. Introduction of energy efficient lighting changes these economics, and the threshold for acceptable grid unreliability significantly reduces. A variety of polices to promote accelerated deployment and the wider adoption of improved end-use efficiency, warrant serious consideration. - Highlights: • We question the reliance on conventional grid in rural electricity supply in India. • Alternatives compared through government subsidies and consumer interruption costs. • Interruption costs are estimated based on loss of consumer surplus due to outages. • Augmenting unreliable grid with local biomass or diesel based backups preferable. • With efficient lighting, standalone biomass plants are optimal at very low distances

  12. DEFECTS AND FAILURES OF JOINTS OF HISTORIC ROOF TRUSSES AND POSSIBILITIES OF USING FRP MATERIALS IN THEIR REHABILITATION AND STABILIZATION

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The survey of selected historic roof trusses performed within the NAKI DF12P01OVV037project revealed numerous failures and defects of joints of roof truss elements of historic and listed buildings. Based on the results of the survey, the article outlines potential rehabilitation and reinforcement techniques of joints of roof truss elements in which the most frequent defects and failures were found using composite fabrics based on high-strength carbon fibres and epoxy resin (CFRP.

  13. 工程结构用FRP筋的力学性能%Mechanics Performance of FRP Tendons Used in Engineering Structure

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    朱虹; 钱洋

    2006-01-01

    通过分析工程结构用纤维增强塑料(FRP)筋的组成和物理力学性能特点,对比FRP筋性能和钢筋性能的不同之处,指出了FRP筋在工程结构中的适用性和应用前景.通过试验研究,分析了局部弯折对芳纶纤维增强塑料(AFRP)筋极限抗拉强度、加载速率和加载历史对编织型芳纶纤维筋(FiBRA)型AFRP筋弹性模量,以及应力水平对FiBRA型AFRP筋松弛率的影响,建立了规格为FA11的FiBRA型AFRP筋的松弛率计算公式.结果表明,局部弯折可能导致FRP筋的极限抗拉强度下降,FiBRA型AFRP筋编织状的成型特征造成其弹性模量在张拉过程中是渐趋稳定的,并且造成其总松弛量较大,工程应用时需充分考虑这些因素.

  14. In service inspection of the reactor pressure vessel coolant and moderator nozzles at Atucha 1. 1998/1999 outages

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    During the August 1998 and the August 1999 Atucha 1 outages, two areas were inspected on the Reactor Pressure Vessel: the nozzle inner radii and the nozzle shell welds on all 3 moderator nozzles and all 4 main coolant nozzles. The inspections themselves were carried out by Mitsui Babcock Energy Limited from Scotland. The coordination, maintenance assistant and mounting of the manipulator devices over the nozzles were carried out by NASA personnel. Although it was not the first time the nozzle shell welds were inspected, due to the technologies advances in the ultrasonic field and in the inspection manipulators (magnetic ones), it was possible to inspect more volume than in previous inspections. In the other hand, it was the first time NASA was able to inspect the inner radii. In this last case the mayor problems to inspect them were the nozzles geometry and the small space available to install manipulators. The result of the inspections were: 1) There were no reportable indications at any of the inner radii inspected; 2) The inspection of nozzle to shell welds in main-coolant nozzles R3 and R4 detected flaws (one in each nozzle) which were reported as exceeding the dimensions specified as the acceptance level under Table IWB 3512-1, Section XI of the ASME code. Subsequent analysis requested by NASA and performed by Mitsui Babcock, demonstrated that the flaws were over dimensioned and could be explained as due to 'point' flaws. The analysis was based on theoretical mathematic model and experimental trials. Therefore their dimension were under the acceptance level of the ASME XI code. Although the Mitsui Babcock analysis, and at the same time it was in progress, it was assumed that the flaws were as they were originally presented (exceeding the acceptance level). NASA asked SIEMENS/KWU, the designer of the plant, to perform the fracture assessment according to ASME XI App. A. The assessment shows that the expected crack growth is negligibly small and the safety

  15. Operational Readiness Verification, Phase 2: A Field Study at a Swedish NPP during a Productive-Outage

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    This report describes the results from Phase II of a study on Operational Readiness Verification (ORV), and was carried out from October 2001 to September 2002. The work comprised a field study of ORV activities at a Swedish NPP during a planned productive outage, which allowed empirical work to be conducted in an appropriate environment with good accessibility to technical staff. One conclusion from Phase I of this project was the need to look more closely at the differences between three levels or types of tests that occur in ORV: object (component) test, system level test and (safety) function test, and to analyse the different steps of testing in order to understand the nontrivial relations between tests and safety. A second conclusion was the need to take a closer look at the organisation's ability to improvise in the sense of adjusting pre-defined plans to the actual conditions under which they are to be carried out. One outcome of Phase II is that there is no clear distinction between the three types of tests in the way they are carried out, and that they are used according to need rather than according to an internal logic or structure. In order better to understand the complexity of ORV, it was found useful to introduce concepts such as: (1) Community of Practice, defined as a small groups of people who through extensive communication developed a common sense of purpose, work-related knowledge and experience; (2) embedding, which means that all tasks and activities take place in an environment or context that may be physical, social, or historical (cultural); and (3) the Efficiency-Thoroughness Trade-Off (ETTO) principle, which characterises how people try to adjust what they do to the local conditions of work (temporal, physical and organisational). By using these terms to understand the practice of ORV, it becomes easier to understand how actions at times can be carried out in such a manner that the outcomes differ significantly from what was desired. It

  16. Building Inclusion

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    Jeanet Kullberg; Isik Kulu-Glasgow

    2009-01-01

    The social inclusion of immigrants and ethnic minorities is a central issue in many European countries. Governments face challenges in ensuring housing for immigrants, delivering public services, promoting neighbourhood coexistence and addressing residential segregation. The Building Inclusion proje

  17. Building Languages

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    ... family's native language) is taught as the child's second language through reading, writing, speech, and use of residual ... that parents can use to help their child learn language. There are many types of building blocks, and ...

  18. Evaluation of Pull-Out Hydraulic Test of FRP Wrapped Rebar%MFRP锚杆拉拔水工试验方案有限元分析评估

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    刘志刚; 郑百林; 胡兴健

    2013-01-01

    FRP包裹钢筋(MFRP)锚杆是在FRP锚杆的基础上,增加钢筋层和功能梯度层达到综合FRP锚杆和钢筋锚杆优点的目的.在界面力学模型基础上,建立三维锚杆拉拔试验有限元模型,通过设置接触单元对锚杆在混凝土中拉拔过程进行模拟.首先对钢锚杆进行了拉拔试验的测试,证明本文方法的可行性.然后将方法运用到FRP包裹钢筋(MFRP)锚杆上,通过不同直径和不同锚固长度的锚杆进行测试,得到一些可供参考的结论,评估MFRP拉拔水工试验的可行性.%MFRP(Metal Fiber Reinforced Plastics)anchor synthesizes the advantages of steel anchor and FRP anchor. A 3D finite element model was built for anchor pull-out test based on the interface mechanics model, and a series of numerical experiments of reinforcing anchor and FRP anchor were simulated based on the calculation interface model and damage criterion, and then the feasibility of the method was checked by contrast physics experiments. The numerical method will be applied to the FRP wrapped re-bar, and reached some significant reference conclusion.

  19. Value analysis for equivalent roughness of pressure FRP pipe with large diameter%大口径有压玻璃钢管当量粗糙度取值

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    常胜; 牧振伟; 万连宾

    2015-01-01

    In terms of the value problem for the equivalent roughness of pressure FRP pipe with large diameter,the water flow regimes of FRP pipe under different working conditions were analyzed using the calculation method,which verified the impor-tance of equivalent roughness to hydraulic calculations.On the basis,JiEn formula and Haaland formula were used to calculate the head loss of small trough inverted siphon with different equivalent roughness values under each working condition.The cal-culation results were compared with the measured data,which suggested that the flow regime in the pressure FRP pipe with large diameter is usually in the turbulent transition zone,and the equivalent roughness is about 0.005 to 0.01 mm for the pres-sure FRP pipe with large diameter.%针对大口径有压玻璃钢管当量粗糙度取值问题,采用计算分析方法,判别不同工况下大口径玻璃钢管道管内水流流态,验证了当量粗糙度对其水力计算的重要性;在此基础上,以新疆小洼槽倒虹吸管道为例,利用齐恩公式、哈兰德公式,计算不同当量粗糙度取值情况下各工况的水头损失值,将计算结果与实测数据作比较分析和误差分析,结果表明,大口径有压玻璃钢管在一般工况下管内水流流态基本处于紊流过渡区,大口径有压玻璃钢管道当量粗糙度取值范围宜为0.005~0.01 mm。

  20. 预制夹芯保温墙体FRP连接件抗拔性能试验研究%PULL-OUT TESTS FOR EVALUATIONS OF ANTI-PULLING BEHAVIOR OF FRP CONNECTORS IN PRECAST SANDWICH INSULATION WALL PANELS

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    薛伟辰; 杨佳林; 王君若

    2012-01-01

    预制夹芯保温墙体是集承载与保温一体化的新型预制保温墙体.该墙体由内外叶钢筋混凝土板、中间保温层及纤维增强塑料(FRP)连接件组成,其中FRP连接件是连接内外叶钢筋混凝土板的关键部件,其受力性能直接影响墙体的安全性.本文以上海市某安居工程为背景,基于拔出试验对FRP连接件的抗拔承载力、破坏形态、荷载-滑移关系及荷载-应变关系等进行了较为系统的研究.研究表明,试件均发生了混凝土劈裂破坏;试件的抗拔承载力为23.5kN,为抗拔荷载设计值的14.3倍,满足工程设计要求,并具有较大的安全储备.最后,提出了预制保温墙体FRP连接件的抗拔承载力计算方法.%Precast sandwich insulation wall panel is a new type of insulation wall which performs well both in structural bearing and thermal insulation. This kind of wall is consisted of internal and external concrete wythes, insulating layers and the key component-FRP connectors, which ties two concrete wythes together to provide a distributed fastening system. Taking the model from a practical project in Shanghai as a reference, a series of tests including three pull-out specimens, with emphasis on FRP connectors' pull-out capacity, failure pattern and load-slip curve etc. , were presented. All the tests were terminated by the concrete fracture, and the average pull-out capacity of the connectors was 23. 5kN, about 14. 3 times of the design pull-out load. This means the connector could meet the requirements of the design in the practical project, and has a great safety margin as well. In addition, the calculation method to compute the pull-out capacity of FRP connectors in precast concrete sandwich wall is proposed.

  1. 光纤光栅传感器在FRP土钉现场拉拔试验中的应用%Application of FBG Sensor in FRP Soil Nailing Pull-out Tests

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    金清平; 郑祖嘉; 雷学文

    2014-01-01

    Different from reinforcement material properties, adhesion distribution and development law between FRP ( fiber reinforced plastics) soil nailing and the grout have been urgent research problems. FBG sensors were embedded in FRP soil nailing and used for the actual slope support. After completion of the construction, field pull-out force tests were done to measure force characteristics of FRP soil nailing. The analysis shows that FRP soil nailing assumed the supporting function. At the beginning, the proximal soil nailing withstand pull-out force. With the pull-out force increasing, the force growth is inconsistent in different points of soil nailing, proximal soil nailing has more rapid growth early, after a certain pulling force, points tested of soil nailing tend to a constant growth in pull-out force. The force on soil nailing at different position tend to consistency in the end, but bearing capacity is uneven.%FRP不同于钢筋材料特性, FRP土钉与灌浆材料的黏结力分布与发展规律等作用机理一直是研究的难题和急需解决的问题。通过在FRP土钉中埋设光纤光栅传感器,并将FRP土钉用于实际边坡支护,在施工完成后进行现场拉拔力测试试验,测定短期拉拔力作用下FRP土钉的受力特性,分析表明:FRP土钉承担了支护作用;受力初期钉体近端先承力;随着拉拔力增大,钉体各点受力增长率不一致,近端初期增长较快,到一定拉拔力后,钉体各点拉拔力增长率趋于常数;钉体各位置承载力的变化趋势最后均呈现一致性,但大小不均匀。

  2. Análisis de los modelos de comportamiento de vigas de hormigón armado reforzadas a cortante con polímeros armados con fibras (frp). Validación y calibración experimental

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    Alzate Ramírez, Albert Leonard

    2012-01-01

    Los polímeros armados con fibras (FRP) se utilizan en refuerzos de estructuras de hormigón debido sobre todo a sus excelentes propiedades mecánicas, su resistencia a la corrosión y a su ligereza que se traduce en facilidad y ahorro en el transporte, puesta en obra y aplicación, la cual se realiza de forma muy rápida, con pocos operarios y utilizando medios auxiliares ligeros, minimizándose las interrupciones del uso de la estructura y las molestias a los usuarios. Las razones presentadas ante...

  3. FRP增强胶合木梁的受弯性能研究%Study on flexural behavior of FRP reinforced glulam beams

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    杨会峰; 刘伟庆

    2007-01-01

    FRP(fiber reinforced plastics/polymer)增强胶合木梁的受弯性能做了详细研究.通过试验分析了构件的破坏形态与破坏机理,对比分析了FRP增强胶合木梁与未增强梁的极限荷载与抗弯刚度等受弯性能.试验结果表明FRP增强杨木胶合木梁相对于未增强梁,受弯极限承载力提高了18%~63%,刚度提高了32%~88%,当配筋率为1.0%左右时,FRP增强杨木胶合木梁的受弯承载力与刚度分别可达到常用松木实木构件的1.82倍和1.35倍,并且增强构件的破坏形式大多表现为塑性受压破坏.基于力学模型分析,提出了粘结界面粘结剪应力、截面中性轴位置、FRP板拉力、受拉面层破坏荷载和极限荷载等的计算公式;然后将理论分析结果与现有的大量试验结果进行了对比,结果表明,模型精度较高,能够较好地预测FRP增强胶合木梁的受弯性能,可为此类结构构件的加工设计与工程应用提供参考.

  4. Reliability Analysis of Bridge Bending Component Strengthened with FRP%FRP加固桥梁受弯构件的可靠性分析

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    闫磊; 任伟

    2011-01-01

    This paper studied the bending component strengthened with fibre reinforced polymer(FRP) based on the Specifications for Strengthening Design of Highway Bridge(JTG/T J22-2008 ) with reliability method.The statistics parameters were achieved by means of Monte-Carlo method, the average value was 1. 713, the standard deviation was 0.545 and the variation coefficient was 0.318. The distributing law of reliability index considering ρ and vehicle operation state was studied. The result showed that the reliability of strengthened component was slightly lower than the code. The safety reservations of components were greater for reinforcement of larger increase amplitude load effect.%利用可靠度方法对JTG/T J22-2008中矩形截面受弯构件的FRP加固进行了研究,通过Monte-Carlo法获得了加固后构件抗力的统计参数:均值为1.713、标准差为0.545、变异系数为0.318.考虑不同p值及汽车运行状态,研究了加固后构件可靠指标的分布规律.结果表明:受抗力变异性增大的影响,构件可靠指标略低于规范的标准,加固规范对汽车荷栽提级增幅较大的构件安全设置水准较大.

  5. Competence Building

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    Borrás, Susana; Edquist, Charles

    The main question that guides this paper is how governments are focusing (and must focus) on competence building (education and training) when designing and implementing innovation policies. With this approach, the paper aims at filling the gap between the existing literature on competences...... on the one hand, and the real world of innovation policy-making on the other, typically not speaking to each other. With this purpose in mind, this paper discusses the role of competences and competence-building in the innovation process from a perspective of innovation systems; it examines how governments...... and public agencies in different countries and different times have actually approached the issue of building, maintaining and using competences in their innovation systems; it examines what are the critical and most important issues at stake from the point of view of innovation policy, looking particularly...

  6. Building Procurement

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    Andersson, Niclas

    2007-01-01

    ‘The procurement of construction work is complex, and a successful outcome frequently elusive’. With this opening phrase of the book, the authors take on the challenging job of explaining the complexity of building procurement. Even though building procurement systems are, and will remain, complex...... despite this excellent book, the knowledge, expertise, well-articulated argument and collection of recent research efforts that are provided by the three authors will help to make project success less elusive. The book constitutes a thorough and comprehensive investigation of building procurement, which...... evolves from a simple establishment of a contractual relationship to a central and strategic part of construction. The authors relate to cultural, ethical and social and behavioural sciences as the fundamental basis for analysis and understanding of the complexity and dynamics of the procurement system...

  7. Analyzing Design Heating Loads in Superinsulated Buildings

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    Arena, Lois [Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings, Norwalk, CT (United States)

    2015-06-01

    Super-insulated homes offer many benefits including improved comfort, reduced exterior noise penetration, lower energy bills, and the ability to withstand power and fuel outages under much more comfortable conditions than a typical home. While these homes aren't necessarily constructed with excessive mass in the form of concrete floors and walls, the amount of insulation and the increase in the thickness of the building envelope can lead to a mass effect, resulting in the structures ability to store much more heat than a code built home. This results in a very low thermal inertia making the building much less sensitive to drastic temperature swings thereby decreasing the peak heating load demand. During the winter of 2013/2014, CARB monitored the energy use of three homes in climate zone 6 in an attempt to evaluate the accuracy of two different mechanical system sizing methods for low load homes. Based on the results, it is recommended that internal and solar gains be included and some credit for thermal inertia be used in sizing calculations for super insulated homes.

  8. Building Bridges

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    The report Building Bridges adresses the questions why, how and for whom academic audience research has public value, from the different points of view of the four working groups in the COST Action IS0906 Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies – “New Media Genres, Media Literacy and Trust...... in the Media”, “Audience Interactivity and Participation”, “The Role of Media and ICT Use for Evolving Social Relationships” and “Audience Transformations and Social Integration”. Building Bridges is the result of an ongoing dialogue between the Action and non-academic stakeholders in the field of audience...

  9. Shaking Table Tests Validating Two Strengthening Interventions on Masonry Buildings

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    De Canio, Gerardo; Muscolino, Giuseppe; Palmeri, Alessandro; Poggi, Massimo; Clemente, Paolo

    2008-07-01

    numerical and experimental research has been carried out, aimed at validating two different strengthening interventions on masonry buildings: (i) the substitution of the existing roof with timber-concrete composite slabs, which are able to improve the dynamic behaviour of the structure without excessively increase the mass, and (ii) the reinforcement of masonry walls with FRP materials, which allow increasing both stiffness and strength of the construction. The experimental tests have been performed on a 1:2 scale model of a masonry building resembling a special type, the so-called "tipo misto messinese", which is proper to the reconstruction of the city of Messina after the 1783 Calabria earthquake. The model, incorporating a novel timber-concrete composite slab, has been tested on the main shaking table available at the ENEA Research Centre "Casaccia," both before and after the reinforcement with FRP materials. Some aspects related to the definition of the model and to the selection of an appropriate seismic input will be discussed, and numerical results confirming the effectiveness of the interventions mentioned above will be presented.

  10. Building Bridges

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    The report Building Bridges adresses the questions why, how and for whom academic audience research has public value, from the different points of view of the four working groups in the COST Action IS0906 Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies – “New Media Genres, Media Literacy and Trust...

  11. Sustainable Buildings

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    Tommerup, Henrik M.; Elle, Morten

    The scientific community agrees that: all countries must drastically and rapidly reduce their CO2 emissions and that energy efficient houses play a decisive role in this. The general attitude at the workshop on Sustainable Buildings was that we face large and serious climate change problems...

  12. RC梁板表层嵌贴FRP的抗弯加固研究进展%Research Advance in Flexural Strengthening of RC Beams and Slabs with Near-Surface-Mounted FRP

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    汪光满; 姚谏; 廖志刚

    2011-01-01

    Near-surface-mounted fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP)is one of the latest and most promising strengthening techniques for RC beams and slabs in flexure.Research on this topic started only a few years ago but the existing work is still limited in both scope and depth.This paper presents a state-of-the-art review of the existing research in this area.Topics covered briefly include experimental research, failure modes, strength models, providing a basis for further research and application in China.%表层嵌贴纤维增强复合材料(FRP)是一种新生的、富有发展前景的钢筋混凝土(RC)构件抗弯加固方法,目前研究成果数量有限.本文分别从试验研究、破坏模式与抗弯承载力计算等方面对现有研究进行了总结,可供国内今后开展相关的研究与工程应用参考.

  13. Building Letters

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    2005-01-01

    Cabinet是种十分吸引人却很简单的衬线字体,是由一名匿名字体设计师专门为Building Letters最新的资金筹集活动所设计的。这个Building Letters包中包含一个CDROM,有32种字体,以及一本专门设计的杂志和两张由Eboy和Emigre所设计的海报。字体光盘样例是由世界顶级的字体设计师们设计的.

  14. Model Building

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    Frampton, Paul H.

    1997-01-01

    In this talk I begin with some general discussion of model building in particle theory, emphasizing the need for motivation and testability. Three illustrative examples are then described. The first is the Left-Right model which provides an explanation for the chirality of quarks and leptons. The second is the 331-model which offers a first step to understanding the three generations of quarks and leptons. Third and last is the SU(15) model which can accommodate the light leptoquarks possibly...

  15. Building economics

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    Pedersen, D.O.(red.)

    Publikationen er på engelsk. Den omfatter alle indlæg på det fjerde internationale symposium om byggeøkonomi, der blev arrangeret af SBI for det internationale byggeforskningsråd CIB. De fem bind omhandler: Methods of Economic Evaluation, Design Optimization, Ressource Utilization, The Building...... Market og Economics and Technological Forecasting in Construction. Et indledende bind bringer statusrapporter for de fem forskningsområder, og det sidste bind sammenfatter debatten på symposiet....

  16. Computational fluid dynamics analysis of a twisted airfoil shaped two-bladed H-Darrieus rotor made from fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP

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    Rajat Gupta, Sukanta Roy, Agnimitra Biswas

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available H-Darrieus rotor is a lift type device having two to three blades designed as airfoils. The blades are attached vertically to the central shaft through support arms. The support to vertical axis helps the rotor maintain its shape. In this paper, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD analysis of an airfoil shaped two-bladed H-Darrieus rotor using Fluent 6.2 software was performed. Based on the CFD results, a comparative study between experimental and computational works was carried out. The H-Darrieus rotor was 20cm in height, 5cm in chord and twisted with an angle of 30° at the trailing end. The blade material of rotor was Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP. The experiments were earlier conducted in a subsonic wind tunnel for various height-to-diameter (H/D ratios. A two dimensional computational modeling was done with the help of Gambit tool using unstructured grid. Realistic boundary conditions were provided for the model to have synchronization with the experimental conditions. Two dimensional steady-state segregated solver with absolute velocity formulation and cell based grid was considered, and a standard k-epsilon viscous model with standard wall functions was chosen. A first order upwind discretization scheme was adopted for pressure velocity coupling of the flow. The inlet velocities and rotor rotational speeds were taken from the experimental results. From the computational analysis, power coefficient (Cp and torque coefficient (Ct values at ten different H/D ratios namely 0.85, 1.0, 1.10, 1.33, 1.54, 1.72, 1.80, 1.92, 2.10 and 2.20 were calculated in order to predict the performances of the twisted H-rotor. The variations of Cp and Ct with tip speed ratios were analyzed and compared with the experimental results. The standard deviations of computational Cp and Ct from experimental Cp and Ct were obtained. From the computational analysis, the highest values of Cp and Ct were obtained at H/D ratios of 1.0 and 1.54 respectively. The

  17. Outage Performance for Heterogeneous Cellular Networks with Interference Cancellation%基于干扰消除的异构蜂窝网络中断分析

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    宋康; 韦磊; 冀保峰; 王雅芳; 黄永明; 杨绿溪

    2016-01-01

    Inheterogeneous cellular networks, small cells provide for the handover of users from the macro cell and organize itself during the transmission. This paper studies the downlink outage performance of heterogeneous cellular networks with an interference cancellation scheme employed at macro base station, which aims to eliminate the cross-tier interference from macro base station to small cell users. Then, the downlink performance of heterogeneous cellular networks is investigated. Expressions of the Probability Density Function (PDF) and Cumulative Distribution Function (CDF) of the received SNRs of both macro and small cell users are derived and closed-form expressions of overall outage probability of the system are provided. Both analytical results and simulations show that the overall performance of the heterogeneous cellular networks is improved with interference cancellation.%在异构网络中,小小区可以为宏基站用户提供接入服务,并能够根据自身条件调节传输参数。该文研究在宏基站端干扰消除技术,来消除宏基站到小小区用户的干扰。该文分析了采用此种方案后异构网络下行链路的整体性能,推导了宏基站和小小区用户接收端信噪比的概率密度函数和分布函数。在此基础上,得到了系统整体中断概率的闭合表达式。理论推导和仿真结果表明,干扰消除方案能够有效提升异构蜂窝网络的整体性能。

  18. FRP侧贴加固钢筋混凝土梁受弯承载力计算与分析%Calculation and Analysis on Flexural Capacity of RC Beam Strengthened with Side-Bonded FRP

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    陈绪军; 戴木香; 徐芸

    2011-01-01

    The bending failure modes of and design requirements for Reinforced Concrete(RC) member strengthened with side-bonded Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) are investigated through tests on its flexural behavior. With theoretical method of calculating flexural capacity on the positive section based on the assumption of plane section, a practical calculation method for the flexural strength reinforced with side-bonded FRP is put forward. The calculated values, which are well consistent with the test data, are reliable and can be referential for designers. The study also probed into the values of correction coefficient ηf in Design Code for Strengthening Concrete Structure ( GB 50367-2006) when FRP is bonded on the sides of RC beams rather than on the bottom. When hf/h is a fixed value , the correction coefficient ηf is not a definite value as shown in the design above code, but varies with the parameters of the strengthened RC beams.%根据纤维增强复合材料(Fiber Reinforced Plastics)侧贴加固钢筋混凝土构件受弯性能的试验研究,对受弯破坏形态和设计要求进行了讨论.基于平截面假定的正截面受弯承载力的计算理论,提出了FRP侧贴加固构件的正截面受弯承载力的实用计算方法.计算值与试验值吻合较好,并具有较高的可靠性,可供设计参考.探讨了《混凝土结构加固设计规范》(GB 50367-2006)中由梁底改贴到梁两侧面的FRP截面积修正系数ηf的取值情况:在hf/h为定值时,ηf并不象《混凝土结构加固设计规范》所示为定值,而是随加固梁各参数的变化而变化.

  19. Experimental Research on Mechanical Performance of Self-locking Anchor System for Pre-stressed FRP Sheets%纤维复合材料自锁式锚固体系力学性能试验研究

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    周长东; 李季; 吕西林

    2012-01-01

    纤维复合材料自锁式锚固体系由锚头、螺栓和高强纤维布组成,其中的高强纤维布采用的是未刷胶的纤维复合材料(fiber reinforced polymer,FRP)片材.针对4组未刷胶碳纤维布(carbonfiber reinforced polymer,CFRP)试件进行了轴向拉伸试验,考虑了断裂形式、极限荷载和弹性模量等影响因素,结果表明:与刷胶后的碳纤维布相比,未刷胶碳纤维布的破坏应力降低约50%,弹性模量降低13%,其力学性能有所下降;对7组经过了850 h大气环境暴露、不同预应力作用下的自锁式锚具试件进行了破坏性试验,结果表明:锚头形式对碳纤维布断裂形式影响最大,方端锚头为剪切破坏,圆端锚头为受拉破坏.力学推导结果表明,碳纤维布抗拉强度约为其抗剪强度的20倍,剪切破坏随着混凝土墩柱直径的增长而延缓发生.%The self-locking anchor(SLA) system for fiber reinforced polymer(FRP) comprises two anchor heads, bolts and FRP. Unlike the FRP sheets, sheets used for the SLA are without epoxy resin. The axial extension tests were conducted on 4 groups of carbon fiber sheet, with the main parameters being fracture modes, ultimate loads and elastic modulus. Based on the test results, the breaking stress of the carbon fiber sheet without epoxy resin was about 50% of the carbon fiber sheet with it, and the elastic modulus reduced by 13%. The mechanical properties of carbon fiber sheet without epoxy resin were lower than those with epoxy resin. 7 groups of SLA were loaded till failure after 850 hours of environmental exposure under different pre-stress. The test result shows that shape of anchor heads affects the failure mode of the carbon fiber sheet mostly. The failure mode of specimens in which the anchor heads are of square end is the shear failure of carbon fiber sheet, while it is the tension failure for specimens in which the anchor heads are of round end. It can be found from mechanical deduction that the

  20. FRP加固木结构的计算研析与实际工程应用%Calculation Analysis about Wood Structure Strenthened with FRP and Actual Engineering Application

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    师亚军

    2012-01-01

    本文研究了采用FRP材料对木结构进行加固的设计方法,并将该方法应用于北京前门新潮胡同某近代木结构建筑的实际加固,取得了理想的效果.该设计方法及工程实践经验可为同类工程提供参考.%The design method about, reinforcing timber structures by FRP was studied. Meanwhile this method was applied in one timber structure in XinChao HuTong at QianMen Street in Beijing, acquiring fine effect. The method and the engineering case would provide a reference to the similar engineering.

  1. Calculation Methods Comparison of Normal Section Bearing Opacity of Strengthened RC Beam with FRP%FRP加固RC梁的正截面承载力计算方法的比较

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    赵璟; 伍亚玲; 张俊芝

    2011-01-01

    With experimental data, the study compared and analyzed the calculation results of the normal section bearing capacity of strengthened RC beam with FRP using two formulas. It pointed out problems of the current calculation methods and proposed ways to improve the calculation accuracy.%通过现有试验数据,对比分析了运用2种规范计算FRP加固RC梁的正截面承载力所得的计算结果,指出现有的FRP加固RC梁正截面承载力的设计计算方法存在的问题,并提出了改进计算精度的方法。

  2. 模拟混凝土碱性环境下FRP筋的耐久性%Durability of FRP Rebars in Alkaline Environment of Concrete

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    李趁趁; 于爱民; 王英来

    2013-01-01

    The durability of glass fiber reinforced polymer ( GFRP) rebar and basalt fiber reinforced polymer ( BFRP) rebar in alkali solution is studied. The test results show that the tensile strength and shear strength of GFRP bars decrease in alkali solution, and the changing degree is related to the treated time. GFRP bars continue to cure when being suffered from alkaline solution. The mechanical performance change of GFRP bars is from the role of alkali solution and the degree of post-curing. Alkali solution reduces the tensile strength, tensile modulus of elasticity and shear strength of BFRP bars, and the changing degree of the tensile strength and elasticity modulus increase with the increase of the treated time. Si-0 bonds in the glass fibers and basalt fibers rupture under the role of water molecules and OH , the hydrolysis of ester bonds in resin matrix in alkaline solution and the performance degradation of the bonding interface between fiber and resin are main reasons for the performance degradation of GFRP bars and BFRP bars. The alkali resistance of GFRP bars is better than that of BFRP bars. The possible mechanisms are revealed and the relevant recommendations to improve the alkali resistance of FRP bars are presented in the paper.%通过碱溶液模拟混凝土内部孔隙水的碱性环境,研究了碱性环境对玻璃纤维增强塑料筋(GFRP筋)和玄武岩纤维增强塑料筋(BFRP筋)的拉伸强度、拉伸弹性模量以及剪切强度、破坏形态等的影响.结果表明:碱溶液作用降低了GFRP筋的拉伸强度和剪切强度,降低程度与时间有关;GFRP筋在碱溶液中发生了后固化反应,GFRP筋的力学性能变化是碱溶液作用和后期固化程度综合影响的结果.碱溶液作用降低了BFRP筋的拉伸强度、拉伸弹性模量和剪切强度,随着碱溶液作用时间的增加,拉伸强度与拉伸弹性模量降低程度有增加的趋势.玻璃纤维和玄武岩纤维中的Si-O键在水分子和

  3. FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS OF PANEL CAPACITY IN FRP REINFORCED CONCRETE BRIDGE%对FRP筋混凝土桥梁面板承载力性能的非线性有限元分析

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    潘云锋; 郑愚; 于国友

    2011-01-01

    为了研究FRP筋混凝土梁面板的承载能力,采用了大型商用软件ABAQUS对Sherif EI-Gamal等的钢混桥梁模型进行了数值模拟.将非线性有限元计算结果同试验结果进行对比分析,非线性有限元的计算结果与试验结果吻合良好.基于数值模准确的分析结果,对结构体系中的压缩薄膜效应进行了分析,并开展了一系列的参数学习,包括混凝土强度、支撑梁刚度以及横隔梁.分析结果表明,压缩薄膜效应对FRP筋混凝土桥面板的承载能力有显著的影响.%In the investigation of ultimate strengths in FRP reinforced concrete bridge deck slabs, a commercial software named ABAQUS was used to establish the numerical model for steel-concrete composite bridge tests by Sheriff EI-Gamal et al. In the comparison of nonlinear finite element analysis and experimental tests, numerical re sults showed good accordance with those from experimental tests. According to the accurate validation, the analysis of compressive membrane action in this structural type were developed with a series of parametric study, including of concrete compressive strength, supporting beam stiffness and diaphragm beams. It was found that influence from compressive membrane action on loading capacities in FRP reinforced concrete bridge deck slabs was significant.

  4. FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS OF PANEL CAPACITY IN FRP REINFORCED CONCRETE BRIDGE%对FRP筋混凝土桥梁面板承载力性能的非线性有限元分析

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    潘云锋; 郑愚; 于国友

    2011-01-01

    为了研究FRP筋混凝土梁面板的承载能力,采用了大型商用软件ABAQUS对Sherif EI-Gamal等的钢混桥梁模型进行了数值模拟.将非线性有限元计算结果同试验结果进行对比分析,非线性有限元的计算结果与试验结果吻合良好.基于数值模准确的分析结果,对结构体系中的压缩薄膜效应进行了分析,并开展了一系列的参数学习,包括混凝土强度、支撑梁刚度以及横隔梁.分析结果表明,压缩薄膜效应对FRP筋混凝土桥面板的承载能力有显著的影响.%In the investigation of ultimate strengths in FRP reinforced concrete bridge deck slabs, a commercial software named ABAQUS was used to establish the numerical model for steel-concrete composite bridge tests by Sheriff EL-Gamal et al. In the comparison of nonlinear finite element analysis and experimental tests, numerical results showed good accordance with those from experimental tests. According to the accurate validation, the analysis of compressive membrane action in this structural type were developed with a series of parametri6c study, including of conccete compessive stength, supporting beam saiffness and diaphragm beams. It was found that influence from compressive membrane action on loading capacities in FRP reinforced concrete bridge deck slabs was significant.

  5. THE STATE AND THE ART OF RESEARCH ON SEISMIC BEHAVIOR OF FRP-STRENGTHENED RC COLUMNS%纤维增强复合材料加固混凝土柱的抗震性能研究现状

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    李刚; 姚谏

    2012-01-01

    阐述纤维增强复合材料(FRP)加固混凝土柱的研究进展及成果,包括FRP加固混凝土柱的原理、破坏形式、试验研究、有限元模拟、抗震性能评估以及未来发展趋势等。在抗震性能评估方面,介绍了延性的量化设计指标:位移延性系数和曲率延性系数。介绍计算位移延性系数的3种实用方法,并用曲率增大系数来衡量曲率延性系数,以期为FRP抗震加固的进一步研究提供参考。%It is presented a brief review on FRP for the seismic retrofit of RC columns, including the theories of FRPstrengthened RC columns, failure modes, the conclusions obtained through experimental investigations, finite element simulations, seismic performance evaluation and further developments of FRP reinforced columns. Displacement ductility coefficient and curvature ductility coefficient are two quantificational indices for seismic ductility design. It is also introduced three useful methods to calculate displacement ductility coefficient, and curvature enhancement coefficient is used to measure curvature ductility coefficient, it is expected to provide useful conclusions for further investigations.

  6. A Comprehensive Outage Management Model Based on Multi-Objective Decision Analysis%多目标决策分析的电网综合停电管理模型

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    郇嘉嘉; 王钢; 李海锋; 汪隆君

    2013-01-01

    针对目前电网综合停电管理中存在的工作量大和效率低下等问题,综合考虑计划停电、临时停电、故障停电、抢修停电、停电施工等各因素造成停电的电网设备,提出电网综合停电管理多目标多约束决策分析模型。该模型以全部待停电设备具体停电时段的排列组合为决策变量,以电网运行方式、供电可靠性要求、运行维护资源配置和停电时间协调情况为约束条件,以电网经济性、可靠性、工作量均衡性联合最优为目标。计算过程采用基于精英保留策略和目标函数值排序的多目标差分进化算法,高效求取全局 Pareto 前沿最优解集,生成多种可选方案,提供给电力企业进行对比分析和最终决策。以RBTS-BUS6为例进行分析计算,验证了所提模型的合理性和有效性。%In allusion to the heavy workload and inefficiency in comprehensive outage management of power grids, synthetically considering shutdown of power equipments caused by outage due to maintenance schedule, temporary outage, outage caused by faults, outage due to rush-repair, outage under construction and so on a multi-objective and multi-restriction decision analysis model for comprehensive outage management of power grid is proposed. In the proposed model, the permutations and combinations of concrete outage time intervals of all power equipments to be interrupted are taken as decision variables;the operation modes of power grid, the requirement on power supply reliability, the resource allocation for operation and maintenance and the coordination of outage time are taken as constraints; the joint optimization of economy, reliability and workload balance of power grid is taken as the objective. In the computation the multi-objective differential evolution algorithm based on elitism strategy and sorting of objective function values is utilized to achieve global Pareto frontier optimum solution set efficiently

  7. Building energy analysis tool

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    Brackney, Larry; Parker, Andrew; Long, Nicholas; Metzger, Ian; Dean, Jesse; Lisell, Lars

    2016-04-12

    A building energy analysis system includes a building component library configured to store a plurality of building components, a modeling tool configured to access the building component library and create a building model of a building under analysis using building spatial data and using selected building components of the plurality of building components stored in the building component library, a building analysis engine configured to operate the building model and generate a baseline energy model of the building under analysis and further configured to apply one or more energy conservation measures to the baseline energy model in order to generate one or more corresponding optimized energy models, and a recommendation tool configured to assess the one or more optimized energy models against the baseline energy model and generate recommendations for substitute building components or modifications.

  8. Building America

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    Brad Oberg

    2010-12-31

    Builders generally use a 'spec and purchase' business management system (BMS) when implementing energy efficiency. A BMS is the overall operational and organizational systems and strategies that a builder uses to set up and run its company. This type of BMS treats building performance as a simple technology swap (e.g. a tank water heater to a tankless water heater) and typically compartmentalizes energy efficiency within one or two groups in the organization (e.g. purchasing and construction). While certain tools, such as details, checklists, and scopes of work, can assist builders in managing the quality of the construction of higher performance homes, they do nothing to address the underlying operational strategies and issues related to change management that builders face when they make high performance homes a core part of their mission. To achieve the systems integration necessary for attaining 40% + levels of energy efficiency, while capturing the cost tradeoffs, builders must use a 'systems approach' BMS, rather than a 'spec and purchase' BMS. The following attributes are inherent in a systems approach BMS; they are also generally seen in quality management systems (QMS), such as the National Housing Quality Certification program: Cultural and corporate alignment, Clear intent for quality and performance, Increased collaboration across internal and external teams, Better communication practices and systems, Disciplined approach to quality control, Measurement and verification of performance, Continuous feedback and improvement, and Whole house integrated design and specification.

  9. Building trust

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    'Activate' is the energy magazine for secondary schools and is part of the Education Programme which is managed on behalf of the British Nuclear Industry Forum by AEA Technology. activate is the flagship communication device between the British Nuclear Industry Forum's Education Programme and secondary schools in the UK. It was developed from a previous publication, Nuclear Bulletin. There is a need for the nuclear industry to build trust with teachers and students in the UK, where for a long time, everything that the industry has said, written or printed has been disregarded by school teachers as propaganda. Over the last few years the industry has put in a great deal of effort to position itself as a provider of educationally sound and socially acceptable information. 'Activate' was an evolution of this idea and there was a hole in the market for a lively, activity and article based magazine that could be used in the classroom. The target audience is principally teachers of science, mathematics and geography, but also includes teachers of art,, English and history with students of between 11 and 18. The results were very positive in that teachers appreciated the colourful and lively nature of activate and they felt that it provided information and opinions in an un biased and non-propagandist way. Their comments about layout, number of activities style of presentation were taken into account and during the summer of 1994 activate was remodelled ready for re launch in September. The feedback so far is good with more teachers signing up every week to receive their own free copy

  10. Minimization of outage probability of WiMAX link supported by laser link between a high-altitude platform and a satellite.

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    Arnon, Shlomi

    2009-07-01

    Various technologies for the implementation of a WiMAX (IEEE802.16) base station on board a high-altitude platform (HAP) are currently being researched. The network configuration under consideration includes a satellite, several HAPs, and subscribers on the ground. The WiMAX base station is positioned on the satellite and connects with the HAP via an analog RF over-laser communication (LC) link. The HAPs house a transparent transponder that converts the optic signal to a WiMAX RF signal and the reverse. The LC system consists of a laser transmitter and an optical receiver that need to be strictly aligned to achieve a line-of-sight link. However, mechanical vibration and electronic noise in the control system challenge the transmitter-receiver alignment and cause pointing errors. The outcome of pointing errors is fading of the received signal, which leads to impaired link performance. In this paper, we derive the value of laser transmitter gain that can minimize the outage probability of the WiMAX link. The results indicate that the optimum value of the laser transmitter gain is not a function of the pointing error statistics. PMID:19568289

  11. Minimization of outage probability of WiMAX link supported by laser link between a high-altitude platform and a satellite.

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    Arnon, Shlomi

    2009-07-01

    Various technologies for the implementation of a WiMAX (IEEE802.16) base station on board a high-altitude platform (HAP) are currently being researched. The network configuration under consideration includes a satellite, several HAPs, and subscribers on the ground. The WiMAX base station is positioned on the satellite and connects with the HAP via an analog RF over-laser communication (LC) link. The HAPs house a transparent transponder that converts the optic signal to a WiMAX RF signal and the reverse. The LC system consists of a laser transmitter and an optical receiver that need to be strictly aligned to achieve a line-of-sight link. However, mechanical vibration and electronic noise in the control system challenge the transmitter-receiver alignment and cause pointing errors. The outcome of pointing errors is fading of the received signal, which leads to impaired link performance. In this paper, we derive the value of laser transmitter gain that can minimize the outage probability of the WiMAX link. The results indicate that the optimum value of the laser transmitter gain is not a function of the pointing error statistics.

  12. BUILDING 341 Seismic Evaluation

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    Halle, J. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2015-06-15

    The Seismic Evaluation of Building 341 located at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California has been completed. The subject building consists of a main building, Increment 1, and two smaller additions; Increments 2 and 3.

  13. 考虑线路多种停运模式的静态电压稳定风险评估%Risk Assessment of Static Voltage Stability by Considering Multiple Outage Model of Lines

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    吴昊; 薛贵挺; 张焰; 杨增辉; 冯煜尧

    2011-01-01

    Due to the common mode outages and dependent outages have great impact on system static voltage stability,this paper focuses on the establishment of the equivalent branch outage model for two parallel transmission lines by considering outage overlapping, then computes the state probability of transmission system. Basing on the state probability model of power system, a risk index system of static voltage stability and the calculation method of every index are presented. By the voltage stability criteria based on CPF and optimal load shedding model, the loss of voltage stability of transmission system can be judged and controlled. Taking an area of power grid for east china for example, the risk of static voltage stability is assessed, which verifies the effectiveness of the proposed method.%鉴于双回平行输电线路共同模式停运和相关停运对系统电压稳定性影响较大,本文重点建立了双回线多种停运模式重叠的支路等效停运模型,进而计算输电系统状态概率.在输电系统状态概率模型的基础上,提出输电系统静态电压稳定风险评估指标体系及各项指标计算方法,其中通过基于连续潮流的电压稳定性判据及最优切负荷模型,对输电系统电压失稳进行判定及校正控制.最后以华东某地区电网为例进行静态电压稳定风险评估,说明本文所提方法的有效性.

  14. 计算FRP加固RC梁跨中保护层剥离应力的新思路%A NEW TRAIN OF THOUGHT FOR CALCULATING PEELING-OFF STRESS IN CONCRETE COVER OF MIDSPAN OF FRP STRENGTHENING RC BEAMS

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    杨奇飞; 熊光晶

    2005-01-01

    指出对剥离块体进行有限元分析,准确计算纤维复合材料(FRP)加固钢筋混凝土(RC)梁跨中保护层剥离应力的困难,提出解决这一困难的新思路,说明按新思路计算得到的剥离应力更加接近实际情况.

  15. Danish building typologies

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    Wittchen, Kim Bjarne; Kragh, Jesper

    The objective of TABULA is to develop a harmonised building typology for European countries. Each national building typology will consist of a set of residential model buildings with characteristic energy-related properties (element areas of the thermal building envelope, U-values, supply system...... efficiencies). The model buildings will each represent a specific construction period of the country in question and a specific building size. Furthermore the number of buildings, flats and the overall floor areas will be given, which are represented by the different building types of the national typologies....

  16. Integrating Responsive Building Elements in Buildings

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    Haase, Matthias; Amato, Alex; Heiselberg, Per

    2006-01-01

    energy strategies to develop guidelines and procedures for estimation of environmental performance of responsive building elements and integrated building concepts This paper introduces the ideas of this collaborative work and discusses its usefulness for Hong Kong and China. Special focus was put......There is a global need for a more sustainable building development. About 50% of energy is used in buildings indicating that buildings provide a considerable potential for operational energy savings. Studies were conducted with the following objectives: to perform a state-of-the-art review...

  17. The Building Commissioning Handbook.

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    Heinz, John A.; Casault, Rick

    This book discusses building commissioning, which is the process of certifying that a new facility meets the required specifications. As buildings have become more complex, the traditional methods for building start-up and final acceptance have been proven inadequate, and building commissioning has been developed, which often necessitates the use…

  18. Global building physics

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    Rode, Carsten

    2013-01-01

    High ambitions are set for the building physics performance of buildings today. No single technology can achieve fulfilment of these ambitions alone. Integrated, multi-facetted solutions and optimization are necessary. A holistic, or ‘global’, technological perspective is needed, which includes all...... aspects of the building as defined in building engineering. We live in an international society and building solutions are developed across country borders. Building physics is a global theme. The International Association of Building Physics has global appeal. This brief article reports the keynote...

  19. Global Building Physics

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    Rode, Carsten

    2012-01-01

    High ambitions are set for the building physics performance of buildings today. No single technology can achieve fulfilment of these ambitions alone. Integrated, multi-facetted solutions and optimization are necessary. A holistic, or “global”, technological perspective is needed, which includes all...... aspects of the building as defined in building engineering. We live in an international society and building solutions are developed across country borders. Building physics is a global theme. The International Association of Building Physics has global appeal. The keynote lecture and this brief paper...

  20. 基于性能的FRP加固混凝土柱抗震水平及指标选取%Performance-based Seismic Level Division and Index Choosing for RC Column Strengthened with FRP

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    盛国华; 朱浮声; 徐明磊

    2012-01-01

    The performance-based seismic design (PBSD) theory was introduced into the performance analysis of RC frame column strengthened with FRP. The anti-seismic performance was divided into 5 levels in terms of applicability, repairability and security, i. e., fully operational level, temporarily operational level, repairable level, life safety level and collapse prevention level. The drift limits of the columns were statistically analyzed, and the relationship was discussed between the drift and longitudinal reinforcement ratio Ps, confining reinforcement characteristic values ),v, shear span-to-depth ratioλ, axial compression ratio n, as well as FRP characteristic values λ f, with the conclusion obtained that n and A f significantly affect the drift. Using the drift as performance index and introducing n and λf into the quantization of the drift, the drift limit of PBSD was presented.%在研究FRP加固混凝土框架柱的抗震性能时引入了基于性能的抗震设计理论,从适用性、经济可修性、安全性三个方面将FRP加固框架柱的抗震性能划分为5个等级:正常使用、暂时使用、可修使用、生命安全及防止倒塌.对FRP加固框架柱的位移角限值进行统计分析,讨论了位移角与纵筋率ρ3、配箍特征值A。剪跨比A、轴压比n及FRP特征值λf之间的关系;结果表明,η和λf对位移角有显著影响.选取位移角作为性能指标,并将”和λf引入到位移角的量化当中,给出了基于性能的抗震设计的指标限值。