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  1. Gamma probe dry bulk densities

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    The gamma density probe is a useful instrument for measuring water content in small volumes of soil. Essentially, the gamma probe measures the density of the soil and water between a source and a detector. To transpose the gamma densities into water content, the dry bulk density of the soil is needed. A nondestructive method for estimating dry bulk densities for use with the gamma probe is proposed. The procedure is based on the assumption that water content values in a field dry condition were more stable than the dry bulk density values and could be transferred from one point to another. The procedure was successfully used on three areas in Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed in southwest Idaho. (U.S.)

  2. Vibration-Induced Conductivity Fluctuation Measurement for Soil Bulk Density Analysis

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    Kishne, Andrea Sz; Chang, Hung-Chih; Kish, Laszlo B

    2007-01-01

    Soil bulk density affects water storage, water and nutrient movement, and plant root activity in the soil profile. Its measurement is difficult in field conditions. Vibration-induced conductivity fluctuation was investigated to quantify soil bulk density with possible field applications in the future. The AC electrical conductivity of soil was measured using a pair of blade-like electrodes while exposing the soil to periodic vibration. The blades were positioned longitudinally and transversally to the direction of the induced vibration to enable the calculation of a normalized index. The normalized index was expected to provide data independent from the vibration strength and to reduce the effect of soil salinity and water content. The experiment was conducted on natural and salinized fine sand at two moisture conditions and four bulk densities. The blade-shaped electrodes improved electrode-soil contact compared to cylindrical electrodes, and thereby, reduced measurement noise. Simulations on a simplified re...

  3. Guidelines for Measuring Bulk Density of Soil

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    Bulk density is defined as the dry weight of soil per unit volume of undisturbed soil. • Bulk density can be used to give an indication of the porosity and structure of the soil influencing O2 and H2O movement in the soil. • Soils with a bulk density higher than 1.6 g/cm3 may restrict root development. • Bulk density is also a measurement of the degree of compaction of the soil. • Bulk density increases with compaction and tends to increase with soil depth. • Sandy soils tend to have higher bulk density (1.4-1.5 g/cm3) than clay soils (1.2-1/3g/cm3). The measurement of soil bulk density is carried out by collecting undisturbed soil samples through inserting metal rings (with a known volume) into the soil, and determining the weight of the collected soil after drying

  4. Synthesizing Bulk Density for Soils with Abundant Rock Fragments

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    Vincent, K. R.; Chadwick, O. A.

    1994-01-01

    Bulk density is a fundamental soil property that is difficult to determine for gravelly to extremely gravelly soils because results vary significantly with sample volume. For such coarse soils, the representative volume (for whole-soil bulk density) should be large, but guidelines for selecting an appropriate sample volume do not exist.

  5. Thermal neutron diffusion parameters for media of variable bulk density

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    Thermal neutron diffusion parameters (the macroscopic cross sections, and the diffusion cooling coefficients) for a given medium are dependent on the mass density. Therefore, thermal neutron experiments are influenced by the density of samples used. In the case of measurement series with bulk materials it is difficult to keep the same bulk density for all samples of the material. The classic thermal neutron pulsed experiment is considered in the paper. A method is shown to eliminate the influence of the variable bulk density on the results. A concept of the generalised decay constant and geometric buckling, and of the so-called density-removed neutron parameters, is used. Preliminary results of the Monte Carlo computer simulations of experimental series for polyethylene spherical samples of different porosity are presented. (author)

  6. Critical soil bulk density for soybean growth in Oxisols

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    Keisuke Sato, Michel; Veras de Lima, Herdjania; Oliveira, Pedro Daniel de; Rodrigues, Sueli

    2015-10-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the critical soil bulk density from the soil penetration resistance measurements for soybean root growth in Brazilian Amazon Oxisols. The experiment was carried out in a greenhouse using disturbed soil samples collected from the northwest of Para characterized by different texture. The treatments consisted of a range of soil bulk densities for each soil textural class. Three pots were used for soybean growth of and two for the soil penetration resistance curve. From the fitted model, the critical soil bulk density was determined considering the penetration resistance values of 2 and 3 MPa. After sixty days, plants were cut and root length, dry mass of root, and dry mass of shoots were determined. At higher bulk densities, the increase in soil water content decreased the penetration resistance, allowing unrestricted growth of soybean roots. Regardless of soil texture, the penetration resistance of 2 and 3 MPa had a slight effect on root growth in soil moisture at field capacity and a reduction of 50% in the soybean root growth was achieved at critical soil bulk density of 1.82, 1.75, 1.51, and 1.45 Mg m-3 for the sandy loam, sandy clay loam, clayey, and very clayey soil.

  7. Bulk analysis using nuclear techniques

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    Bulk analysis techniques developed for the mining industry are reviewed. Using penetrating neutron and #betta#-radiations, measurements are obtained directly from a large volume of sample (3-30 kg) #betta#-techniques were used to determine the grade of iron ore and to detect shale on conveyor belts. Thermal neutron irradiation was developed for the simultaneous determination of iron and aluminium in iron ore on a conveyor belt. Thermal-neutron activation analysis includes the determination of alumina in bauxite, and manganese and alumina in manganese ore. Fast neutron activation analysis is used to determine silicon in iron ores, and alumina and silica in bauxite. Fast and thermal neutron activation has been used to determine the soil in shredded sugar cane. (U.K.)

  8. EFFECTIVE POROSITY IMPLIES EFFECTIVE BULK DENSITY IN SORBING SOLUTE TRANSPORT

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    Flach, G.

    2012-02-27

    The concept of an effective porosity is widely used in solute transport modeling to account for the presence of a fraction of the medium that effectively does not influence solute migration, apart from taking up space. This non-participating volume or ineffective porosity plays the same role as the gas phase in single-phase liquid unsaturated transport: it increases pore velocity, which is useful towards reproducing observed solute travel times. The prevalent use of the effective porosity concept is reflected by its prominent inclusion in popular texts, e.g., de Marsily (1986), Fetter (1988, 1993) and Zheng and Bennett (2002). The purpose of this commentary is to point out that proper application of the concept for sorbing solutes requires more than simply reducing porosity while leaving other material properties unchanged. More specifically, effective porosity implies the corresponding need for an effective bulk density in a conventional single-porosity model. The reason is that the designated non-participating volume is composed of both solid and fluid phases, both of which must be neglected for consistency. Said another way, if solute does not enter the ineffective porosity then it also cannot contact the adjoining solid. Conceptually neglecting the fluid portion of the non-participating volume leads to a lower (effective) porosity. Likewise, discarding the solid portion of the non-participating volume inherently leads to a lower or effective bulk density. In the author's experience, practitioners virtually never adjust bulk density when adopting the effective porosity approach.

  9. Bulk Density Adjustment of Resin-Based Equivalent Material for Geomechanical Model Test

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    Pengxian Fan; Haozhe Xing; Linjian Ma; Kaifeng Jiang; Mingyang Wang; Zechen Yan; Xiang Fang

    2015-01-01

    An equivalent material is of significance to the simulation of prototype rock in geomechanical model test. Researchers attempt to ensure that the bulk density of equivalent material is equal to that of prototype rock. In this work, barite sand was used to increase the bulk density of a resin-based equivalent material. The variation law of the bulk density was revealed in the simulation of a prototype rock of a different bulk density. Over 300 specimens were made for uniaxial compression test....

  10. Power Spectral Density of Fluctuations of Bulk and Thermal Speeds in the Solar Wind

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    Šafránková, J.; Němeček, Z.; Němec, F.; Přech, L.; Chen, C. H. K.; Zastenker, G. N.

    2016-07-01

    This paper analyzes solar wind power spectra of bulk and thermal speed fluctuations that are computed with a time resolution of 32 ms in the frequency range of 0.001–2 Hz. The analysis uses measurements of the Bright Monitor of the Solar Wind on board the Spektr-R spacecraft that are limited to 570 km s‑1 bulk speed. The statistics, based on more than 42,000 individual spectra, show that: (1) the spectra of bulk and thermal speeds can be fitted by two power-law segments; (2) despite their large variations, the parameters characterizing frequency spectrum fits computed on each particular time interval are very similar for both quantities; (3) the median slopes of the bulk and thermal speeds of the segment attributed to the MHD scale are ‑1.43 and ‑1.38, respectively, whereas they are ‑3.08 and ‑2.43 in the kinetic range; (4) the kinetic range slopes of bulk and thermal speed spectra become equal when either the ion density or magnetic field strength are high; (5) the break between MHD and kinetic scales seems to be controlled by the ion β parameter; (6) the best scaling parameter for bulk and thermal speed variations is a sum of the inertial length and proton thermal gyroradius; and (7) the above conclusions can be applied to the density variations if the background magnetic field is very low.

  11. Superfluid density of bulk CaC 6

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    Lamura, G.; Aurino, M.; Cifariello, G.; Di Gennaro, E.; Andreone, A.; Emery, N.; Hérold, C.; Marêché, J.-F.; Lagrange, P.

    2007-09-01

    The recent discovery of superconductivity at 11.5 K in the graphite intercalation compound (GIC) CaC6 has opened new perspectives in the physics of graphite. One of the main open questions for superconducting GICs is related to the nature of the pairing mechanism, since the possibility of an unconventional, excitonic or plasmonic, origin of superconductivity has also been invoked as an alternative to a simple electron-phonon interaction. To better understand the origin of pairing mechanism in these compounds, a first step is to determine the symmetry of the superconducting gap function and the nature of the elementary excitations. To this aim, we have performed the first high-resolution measurement of the in-plane magnetic penetration depth, λab(T), in a c-axis oriented polycrystalline CaC6 bulk sample using a high-resolution mutual inductance technique. A clear exponential behavior of λab(T) has been observed at low temperatures, strongly suggesting isotropic s-wave pairing. Data fit using the standard BCS theory yields λab(0) = (720 ± 80) Å and Δ(0) = (1.79 ± 0.08) meV. The ratio 2Δ(0)/kBTC = (3.6 ± 0.2) gives therefore indication for a conventional weakly coupled superconductor. By using these results as fixed parameters, a BCS calculation on the superfluid density in the overall temperature range shows that the sample under test lies in the local dirty limit.

  12. Superfluid density of bulk CaC{sub 6}

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    Lamura, G. [CNR-INFM Coherentia and Department of Physics, University of Naples ' Federico II' , 80125 Naples (Italy)], E-mail: lamura@na.infn.it; Aurino, M.; Cifariello, G.; Di Gennaro, E.; Andreone, A. [CNISM and Department of Physics, University of Naples ' Federico II' , 80125 Naples (Italy); Emery, N.; Herold, C.; Mareche, J.-F.; Lagrange, P. [Laboratoire de Chimie du Solide Mineral-UMR 7555, Universite Henri Poincare Nancy I, B.P. 239, 54506 Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy Cedex (France)

    2007-09-01

    The recent discovery of superconductivity at 11.5 K in the graphite intercalation compound (GIC) CaC{sub 6} has opened new perspectives in the physics of graphite. One of the main open questions for superconducting GICs is related to the nature of the pairing mechanism, since the possibility of an unconventional, excitonic or plasmonic, origin of superconductivity has also been invoked as an alternative to a simple electron-phonon interaction. To better understand the origin of pairing mechanism in these compounds, a first step is to determine the symmetry of the superconducting gap function and the nature of the elementary excitations. To this aim, we have performed the first high-resolution measurement of the in-plane magnetic penetration depth, {lambda}{sub ab}(T), in a c-axis oriented polycrystalline CaC{sub 6} bulk sample using a high-resolution mutual inductance technique. A clear exponential behavior of {lambda}{sub ab}(T) has been observed at low temperatures, strongly suggesting isotropic s-wave pairing. Data fit using the standard BCS theory yields {lambda}{sub ab}(0) = (720 {+-} 80) A and {delta}(0) = (1.79 {+-} 0.08) meV. The ratio 2{delta}(0)/k{sub B}T{sub C} = (3.6 {+-} 0.2) gives therefore indication for a conventional weakly coupled superconductor. By using these results as fixed parameters, a BCS calculation on the superfluid density in the overall temperature range shows that the sample under test lies in the local dirty limit.

  13. The determination of bulk (apparent) density of plant fibres by density method

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    The absolute density of plant fibres excludes all pores and lumen and therefore is a measure of the solid matter of the fibres. On the other hand the bulk density, which is being discussed here, includes all the solid matter and the pores of the fibres. In this work, the apparent density of the fibre was measured by using the Archimedes principle, which involves the immersion of a known weight of fibre into a solvent of lower density than the fibre. Toluene with a density of about 860 kg/m3 was chosen as a solvent. A tuft of fibre was weighed and recorded as Wfa. The fibre was then immersed in toluene, which wetted the fibre, and made to rest on the weighing pan submerged in the solvent and the weight of the immersed fibre was recorded as Wfs. The apparent density was then calculated using the equation. All the measurements were taken at room temperature. The fibre samples were not oven dried prior to measurement. (Author)

  14. Optimization of PGNAA instrument design for bulk coal analysis

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    Oliveira, C.; Salgado, J.; Carvalho, F.G. (National Laboratory for Industrial Technology and Engineering, Sacavem (Portugal). Physics Dept.)

    1993-06-01

    A simulation study of a PGNAA system for bulk coal analysis has been carried out using the MCNP code to investigate the dependence of the system's performance on design parameters for different coal compositions and bulk densities. Calculations were performed for simulated arrangements using a naked point [sup 252]Cf source and the source surrounded by a sphere of moderating material. Results for different sample sizes and different radii of the moderating sphere are reported. The system's optimization based upon the proper choice of sample size and amount of external thermalization is discussed. 3 refs., 18 figs., 1 tab.

  15. Bulk hydrogen analysis by neutron scattering

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    The efforts of the UCT-based group now working on bulk analysis using neutrons are directed mainly towards developing methods for detecting concealed explosive or other hidden contraband, such as drugs. The technique which we are developing, called fast neutron scattering analysis (FNSA), is based on the detection and measurement of hydrogen and other elements, particularly carbon, nitrogen and oxygen, by means of fast neutron scattering measurements. This report describes progress achieved over the past year in the work on fast neutron scattering analysis and in the development of detection techniques for plastic land mines

  16. PEDO-TRANSFER FUNCTIONS FOR ESTIMATING SOIL BULK DENSITY IN CENTRAL AMAZONIA

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    Henrique Seixas Barros; Philip Martin Fearnside

    2015-01-01

    Under field conditions in the Amazon forest, soil bulk density is difficult to measure. Rigorous methodological criteria must be applied to obtain reliable inventories of C stocks and soil nutrients, making this process expensive and sometimes unfeasible. This study aimed to generate models to estimate soil bulk density based on parameters that can be easily and reliably measured in the field and that are available in many soil-related inventories. Stepwise regression models to predict bulk d...

  17. Constraining the Bulk Density of 10m-Class Near-Earth Asteroid 2012 LA

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    Mommert, Michael; Hora, Joseph; Farnocchia, Davide; Trilling, David; Chesley, Steve; Harris, Alan; Mueller, Migo; Smith, Howard

    2016-08-01

    The physical properties of near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) provide important hints on their origin, as well as their past physical and orbital evolution. Recent observations seem to indicate that small asteroids are different than expected: instead of being monolithic bodies, some of them instead resemble loose conglomerates of smaller rocks, so called 'rubble piles'. This is surprising, since self-gravitation is practically absent in these bodies. Hence, bulk density measurements of small asteroids, from which their internal structure can be estimated, provide unique constraints on asteroid physical models, as well as models for asteroid evolution. We propose Spitzer Space Telescope observations of 10 m-sized NEA 2012 LA, which will allow us to constrain the diameter, albedo, bulk density, macroporosity, and mass of this object. We require 30 hrs of Spitzer time to detect our target with a minimum SNR of 3 in CH2. In order to interpret our observational results, we will use the same analysis technique that we used in our successful observations and analyses of tiny asteroids 2011 MD and 2009 BD. Our science goal, which is the derivation of the target's bulk density and its internal structure, can only be met with Spitzer. Our observations will produce only the third comprehensive physical characterization of an asteroid in the 10m size range (all of which have been carried out by our team, using Spitzer). Knowledge of the physical properties of small NEAs, some of which pose an impact threat to the Earth, is of importance for understanding their evolution and estimating the potential of destruction in case of an impact, as well as for potential manned missions to NEAs for either research or potential commercial uses.

  18. STUDY ON THE BULK DENSITY OF HIGH CONSISTENCY PULP AND ENGINEERING APPLICATION IN THE BLEACHING TOWER

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    Ke-Fu Chen

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available From experimental simulation of the process of high consistency pulp moving in a bleaching tower, the aerated bulk density and packed bulk density were measured and studied by using a self-made experimental system. The scattered experimental data – pressure p, and bulk density difference, which was between packed bulk density and aerated bulk density (ρ-ρ0 – were fitted by using Matlab software, and some good-fitting regression curves and equations were obtained. The results showed there was a break point W in the regression curves; within the range of pressure between zero and W the relationship between (ρ-ρ0 and p was a linear function, while for pressure between W and 70000 the relationship was a power function. To effectively meet with the bleaching response for the different kinds and different consistencies of pulp in the tower, by using the fitting regression equations combined with the expressions of average bulk density and pressure in the tower caused by gravity-driven pulp, two equations for average packed density ρa were deduced with the aim of deciding the maximum volume value of the tower, in agreement with the sizes of the towers presently used by major companies.

  19. Links between matrix bulk density, macropore characteristics and hydraulic behavior of soils

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    Katuwal, Sheela; Møldrup, Per; Lamandé, Mathieu;

    2013-01-01

    The relationship of soil bulk density with the hydraulic behavior of soil and the role of macropores in preferential flow and transport has been extensively studied in literatures. Yet, the influence of soil structural heterogeneity as simultaneous variation of bulk density and macropore...... resolution X-ray CT and linked them with laboratory measurements of air permeability and leaching experiment. In addition to macropore characteristics, we also quantified the CT-number of the matrix as a measure of the bulk density of the matrix, i.e., excluding macropores in the soil. Soils from the two...... various macropore. In Silstrup soils, in which the macroporosity and matrix bulk density were well correlated, variation in air permeability and 5% tracer arrival time, a measure of preferential flow through soils, could be explained by macroporosity and the interconnectivity of macropores in soils...

  20. Direct measurement and prediction of bulk density on alluvial soils of central Chile

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    Manuel Casanova; Elizabeth Tapia; Oscar Seguel; Osvaldo Salazar

    2016-01-01

    The significance of soil bulk density (ρ) as a key indicator of soil quality was examined in this study. Bulk density values obtained by direct methods (clod, cylinder, and excavation) with three sample sizes (small, medium, and large) were compared with those obtained by 10 published pedotransfer functions (PTFs) for two alluvial soils (a massive fine-textured Fluventic Haploxeroll and an aggregated, coarse-textured Fluventic Haploxerept) of central Chile. With the exception of small cylinde...

  1. Pedotransfer functions for Irish soils - estimation of bulk density (ρb) per horizon type

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    Reidy, B.; Simo, I.; Sills, P.; Creamer, R. E.

    2016-01-01

    Soil bulk density is a key property in defining soil characteristics. It describes the packing structure of the soil and is also essential for the measurement of soil carbon stock and nutrient assessment. In many older surveys this property was neglected and in many modern surveys this property is omitted due to cost both in laboratory and labour and in cases where the core method cannot be applied. To overcome these oversights pedotransfer functions are applied using other known soil properties to estimate bulk density. Pedotransfer functions have been derived from large international data sets across many studies, with their own inherent biases, many ignoring horizonation and depth variances. Initially pedotransfer functions from the literature were used to predict different horizon type bulk densities using local known bulk density data sets. Then the best performing of the pedotransfer functions were selected to recalibrate and then were validated again using the known data. The predicted co-efficient of determination was 0.5 or greater in 12 of the 17 horizon types studied. These new equations allowed gap filling where bulk density data were missing in part or whole soil profiles. This then allowed the development of an indicative soil bulk density map for Ireland at 0-30 and 30-50 cm horizon depths. In general the horizons with the largest known data sets had the best predictions, using the recalibrated and validated pedotransfer functions.

  2. Quark mass density- and temperature- dependent model for bulk strange quark matter

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    al, Yun Zhang et.

    2002-01-01

    It is shown that the quark mass density-dependent model can not be used to explain the process of the quark deconfinement phase transition because the quark confinement is permanent in this model. A quark mass density- and temperature-dependent model in which the quark confinement is impermanent has been suggested. We argue that the vacuum energy density B is a function of temperature. The dynamical and thermodynamical properties of bulk strange quark matter for quark mass density- and temper...

  3. PEDO-TRANSFER FUNCTIONS FOR ESTIMATING SOIL BULK DENSITY IN CENTRAL AMAZONIA

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    Henrique Seixas Barros

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Under field conditions in the Amazon forest, soil bulk density is difficult to measure. Rigorous methodological criteria must be applied to obtain reliable inventories of C stocks and soil nutrients, making this process expensive and sometimes unfeasible. This study aimed to generate models to estimate soil bulk density based on parameters that can be easily and reliably measured in the field and that are available in many soil-related inventories. Stepwise regression models to predict bulk density were developed using data on soil C content, clay content and pH in water from 140 permanent plots in terra firme (upland forests near Manaus, Amazonas State, Brazil. The model results were interpreted according to the coefficient of determination (R2 and Akaike information criterion (AIC and were validated with a dataset consisting of 125 plots different from those used to generate the models. The model with best performance in estimating soil bulk density under the conditions of this study included clay content and pH in water as independent variables and had R2 = 0.73 and AIC = -250.29. The performance of this model for predicting soil density was compared with that of models from the literature. The results showed that the locally calibrated equation was the most accurate for estimating soil bulk density for upland forests in the Manaus region.

  4. The effects of forward speed and depth of conservation tillage on soil bulk density

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    A Mahmoudi

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: In recent years, production techniques and equipment have been developed for conservation of tillage systems that have been adopted by many farmers. With proper management, overall yield averages for conventional and reduced tillage systems are nearly identical. Sometimes, field operations can be combined by connecting two or more implements. Combined operations reduce both fuel consumption, and time and labor requirements by eliminating at least one individual trip over the field. Light tillage, spraying, or fertilizing operations can be combined with either primary or secondary tillage or planting operations. Tillage helps seed growth and germination through providing appropriate conditions for soil to absorb sufficient temperature and humidity. Moreover, it helps easier development of root through reducing soil penetration resistance. Tillage is a time-consuming and expensive procedure. With the application of agricultural operations, we can save substantial amounts of fuel, time and energy consumption. Conservation tillage loosens the soil without turning, but by remaining the plant left overs, stems and roots. Bulk density reflects the soil’s ability to function for structural support, water and solute movement, and soil aeration. Bulk densities above thresholds indicate impaired function. Bulk density is also used to convert between weight and volume of soil. It is used to express soil physical, chemical and biological measurements on a volumetric basis for soil quality assessment and comparisons between management systems. This increases the validity of comparisons by removing the error associated with differences in soil density at the time of sampling. The aim of conservation tillage is to fix the soil structure. This investigation was carried out considering the advantages of conservation tillage and less scientific research works on imported conservation tillage devices and those which are made inside the country

  5. A Method for Determining Bulk Density, Material Density, and Porosity of Melter Feed During Nuclear Waste Vitrification

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    Hilliard, Zachary J.; Hrma, Pavel R.

    2016-01-31

    Abstract Glass making efficiency largely depends on heat transfer to reacting glass batch (melter feed), which in turn is influenced by the bulk density (ρb) and porosity (Φ) as functions of temperature (T). Neither b(T) nor Φ(T) functions are readily accessible to direct measurement, but they can be determined based on monitoring the profile area of heated glass batch pellets and material density of batches quenched at various stages of conversion via pycnometry. For the determination of Φb, the bulk volume must be calculated as a function of temperature. This is done via a program constructed in MATLAB which takes an image of a pellet profile at a given temperature and calculates the volume of said pellet. The quenched density measured by pycnometry must be converted to the density at heat treatment temperature. This is done by taking into account the volume change due to thermal expansion/contraction.

  6. Bulk density and water tensions in the soil on corn root production

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    João A. S. Nunes; Edna M. Bonfim-Silva; Tonny J. A. da Silva

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Inadequate management of soil and water can cause changes in soil physical characteristics, resulting in lower root development. Thus the objective of the present study was to evaluate the dry matter production of corn roots under combinations of levels of bulk density and water tension in the soil. The experiment was conducted in a greenhouse in a randomized block design, based on a modified central composite design of a 52 fractional factorial scheme, of combinations of bulk densit...

  7. Specification of Density Functional Approximation by Radial Distribution Function of Bulk Fluid

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    ZHOUShi-Qi

    2002-01-01

    A systematic methodology is proposed to deal with the weighted density approximation version of classical density functional theory by employing the knowledge of radial distribution function of bulk fluid.The present methodology results from the concept of universality of the free energy density functional combined with the test particle method.It is shown that the new method is very accurate for the predictions of density distribution of a hard sphere fluid at different confining geometries.The physical foundation of the present methodology is also applied to the quantum density functional theory.

  8. High critical current densities in bulk MgB{sub 2} fabricated using amorphous boron

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    Muralidhar, Miryala; Kenta, Nozaki; Murakami, Masato [Superconducting Materials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan); Koblischka, Michael R. [Institute of Experimental Physics, Saarland University, P.O. Box 151150, 66041 Saarbruecken (Germany)

    2015-10-15

    We prepared bulk MgB{sub 2} from high-purity commercial powders of Mg metal (99.9% purity) and amorphous B (99% purity) powders using a single-step solid state reaction at 775 C for varying sintering duration from 1 to 10 h in pure argon atmosphere. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that all the samples were single phase MgB{sub 2}. The magnetization measurements confirmed a sharp superconducting transition with T{sub c,onset} at around 38.2-38.8 K. The critical current density (J{sub c}) values for the MgB{sub 2} samples produced at 1 h sintering time is the highest one in all processed materials here. Scanning electron microscopy analyses indicated that the sintering time has a crucial influence on the grain size. As a result, the highest J{sub c} value of 270 kA cm{sup -2} at 20 K and self-field was achieved in the sample produced at 775 C for 1 h. Our results clearly demonstrate that the optimization of the sintering conditions is essential to improve the bulk MgB{sub 2} performance. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  9. The effect of dynamic changes in soil bulk density on hydraulic properties: modeling approaches

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    Assouline, Shmuel

    2014-05-01

    Natural and artificial processes, like rainfall-induced soil surface sealing or mechanical compaction, disturb the soil structure and enhance dynamic changes of the related pore size distribution. These changes may influence many aspects of the soil-water-plant-atmosphere system. One of the easiest measurable variables is the soil bulk density. Approaches are suggested that could model the effect of the change in soil bulk density on soil permeability, water retention curve (WRC) and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity function (HCF). The resulting expressions were calibrated and validated against experimental data corresponding to different soil types at various levels of compaction, and enable a relatively good prediction of the effect of bulk density on the soil hydraulic properties. These models allow estimating the impact of such changes on flow processes and on transport properties of heterogeneous soil profiles.

  10. An Approach to Calculate Mineralś Bulk Moduli KS from Chemical Composition and Density ρ

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    Breuer, S.; Schilling, F. R.; Mueller, B.; Drüppel, K.

    2015-12-01

    The elastic properties of minerals are fundamental parameters for technical and geotechnical applications and an important research topic towards a better understanding of the Eart&hacute;s interior. Published elastic properties, chemical composition, and density data of 86 minerals (total of 258 data including properties of minerals at various p, T conditions) were collected into a database. It was used to test different hypotheses about relationships between these properties (e.g. water content in minerals and their Poisson's ratio). Furthermore, a scheme to model the average elastic properties, i.e. the bulk modulus KS, based on mineral density and composition was developed. Birc&hacute;s law, a linearity between density ρ and wave velocity (e.g. vp.), is frequently used in seismic and seismology to derive density of the Eart&hacute;s interior from seismic velocities. Applying the compiled mineral data contradicts the use of a simple velocity-density relation (e.g. Gardneŕs relation, 1974). The presented model-approach to estimate the mineralś bulk moduli Ks (as Voigt-Reuss-Hill average) is based on the idea of pressure-temperature (p-T) dependent ionś bulk moduli. Using a multi-exponential regression to ascertain the ionś bulk moduli and by applying an exponential scaling with density ρ, their bulk moduli could be modelled. As a result, > 88 % of the 258 bulk moduli data are predicted with an uncertainty of < 20 % compared to published values. Compared to other models (e.g. Anderson et al. 1970 and Anderson & Nafe 1965), the here presented approach to model the bulk moduli only requires the density ρ and chemical composition of the mineral and is not limited to a specific group of minerals, composition, or structure. In addition to this, by using the pressure and temperature dependent density ρ(p, T), it is possible to predict bulk moduli for varying p-T conditions. References:Gardner, G.H.F, Gardner, L.W. and Gregory, A.R. (1974). Geophysics, 39, No. 6

  11. Specification of Density Functional Approximation by Radial Distribution Function of Bulk Fluid

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    ZHOU Shi-Qi

    2002-01-01

    A systematic methodology is proposed to deal with the weighted density approximation version of clas-sical density functional theory by employing the knowledge of radial distribution function of bulk fluid. The presentmethodology results from the concept of universality of the free energy density functional combined with the test particlemethod. It is shown that the new method is very accurate for the predictions of density distribution ofa hard sphere fluidat different confining geometries. The physical foundation of the present methodology is also applied to the quantumdensity functional theory.

  12. Bounds on the local energy density of holographic CFTs from bulk geometry

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    Fischetti, Sebastian; Wiseman, Toby

    2016-01-01

    The stress tensor is a basic local operator in any field theory; in the context of AdS/CFT, it is the operator which is dual to the bulk geometry itself. Here we exploit this feature by using the bulk geometry to place constraints on the local energy density in static states of holographic $(2+1)$-dimensional CFTs living on a closed (but otherwise generally curved) spatial geometry. We allow for the presence of a marginal scalar deformation, dual to a massless scalar field in the bulk. For certain vacuum states in which the bulk geometry is well-behaved at zero temperature, we find that the bulk equations of motion imply that the local energy density integrated over specific boundary domains is negative. In the absence of scalar deformations, we use the inverse mean curvature flow to show that if the CFT spatial geometry has spherical topology but non-constant curvature, the local energy density must be positive somewhere. This result extends to other topologies, but only for certain types of vacuum; in parti...

  13. Tillage effects on bulk density and soil strength of two Mollisols

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    Farmers in the Midwest are concerned that continuous no-tillage cultivation may be causing soil compaction within their fields. A study was conducted to determine the effects of conservation and conventional tillage on soil bulk density and soil strength of two Mollisols. Two locations, each having randomized complete-block designs with three replications of continuous corn plots under no-tillage, reduced tillage, and conventional tillage were used. One location, site 1, was in its 2nd yr of tillage experimentation and the other location, site 2, was in its 8th yr of tillage experimentation. Gamma irradiation was used to determine bulk densities of undisturbed soil cores. Soil strength was determined by using a fall cone penetrometer at soil water matric potentials of 0, −20, and −40 kPa. Tillage treatments did not have a statistically significant effect on bulk density at either site. Bulk density increased significantly with depth for the three tillage treatments at both sites. Tillage treatments had significant effects on soil strength at site 2, but not at site 1. Strength of soil at site 2 under reduced tillage was not significantly different than for soils under no-tillage, but the soils under both these tillage systems had significantly greater soil strengths than that observed for conventionally tilled soil. The pattern of differences in soil strength due to tillage treatment was the same at site 1, but the differences were not statistically significant. Soil strength increased with decreased matric potential for the three tillage treatments of both sites. Neither bulk density nor soil strength of the soils under any of the tillage systems for the 0 to −40 kPa matric potential range appeared to be large enough to have an appreciable inhibitory effect on plant root growth

  14. Soil resistivity over root area ratio, soil humidity, and bulk density: laboratory tests

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    Guastini, Enrico; Giambastiani, Yamuna; Preti, Federico

    2015-04-01

    Knowledge about root system distribution covers an important role in slope shallow stability stud-ies, as this factor grants an increase in soil geotechnical properties (soil cohesion and friction an-gle) and determines a different underground water circulation. Published studies (Amato et al., 2008 and 2011; Censini et al., 2014) about in situ application of ERT (Electrical Resistivity Tomo-graphy) analysis show how the root presence affects the measurable soil resistivity values, confirm-ing the suitability to investigate the application of such technique, aiming to estimate root density in soil with an indirect and non-invasive method. This study, laboratory-based and led on reconstructed samples in controlled condition, aim to find a correlation between the resistivity variations and the various factors that can affect them (humid-ity, bulk density, presence of foreign bodies, temperature). The tests involved a clay-loam soil (USDA classification) taken from Quaracchi (Florence, Italy), in an experimental fir-wood (Picea abies) owned by the Department of Agricultural, Food and For-estry System, Florence University, a previously chosen site for field ERT applications. The row ma-terial has been dried out in a lab stove, grounded and sieved at 2 mm, and then placed in a lexan box (30 x 20 x 20 cm) without compaction. Inside the sample have been inserted 3 series of 4 iron electrodes, insulated along the shaft and with the conductive end placed at three different depth: 2 cm from surface, in the middle of the sample and in contact with the bottom of the box; resistivity measures are conducted on the three levels using a Syscal R2 with electrodes connected in a dipole-dipole configuration. Root presence is simulated inserting bamboo spits (simple geometry, replicable "R.A.R.") in varying number from 0 to 16 in every area between two contiguous electrodes. The tests are repeated in time, monitoring the natural variations in humidity (evapotranspiration) and bulk

  15. Bulk viscosity of strange quark matter in density dependent quark mass model

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    2000-05-01

    We have studied the bulk viscosity of strange quark matter in the density dependent quark mass model (DDQM) and compared results with calculations done earlier in the MIT bag model where , masses were neglected and first order interactions were taken into account. We find that at low temperatures and high relative perturbations, the bulk viscosity is higher by 2 to 3 orders of magnitude while at low perturbations the enhancement is by 1–2 order of magnitude as compared to earlier results. Also the damping time is 2–3 orders of magnitude lower implying that the star reaches stability much earlier than in MIT bag model calculations.

  16. Balloon and core sampling for determining bulk density of alluvial desert soil

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    Andraski, B.J.

    1991-01-01

    Samples were collected from major strata in the upper 5 m of an alluvial soil profile in the Amargosa Desert of southern Nevada to compare rubber-balloon and drive-core bulk-density measurement methods. Outside the range of fine-soil texture, where soil consistency was either very loose or very hard, the core method appeared to sample inaccurately, resulting in bulk-density values less than those determined by the balloon method. Under the severe sampling conditions encountered, large decreases in the relative accuracy of the core method were not directly related to rock-fragment content, but were related to extremes in the cohesiveness of the strata sampled. -from Author

  17. Is the first hydration shell of lysozyme of higher density than bulk water?

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    Merzel, Franci; Smith, Jeremy C.

    2002-01-01

    Characterization of the physical properties of protein surface hydration water is critical for understanding protein structure and folding. Here, using molecular dynamics simulation, we provide an explanation of recent x-ray and neutron solution scattering data that indicate that the density of water on the surface of lysozyme is significantly higher than that of bulk water. The simulation-derived scattering profiles are in excellent agreement with the experiment. In the ...

  18. Flute-Model Acoustic Metamaterials with Simultaneously Negative Bulk Modulus and Mass Density

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    Zeng, H. C.; Luo, C. R.; Chen, H. J.; Zhai, S. L.; Zhao, X. P.

    2012-01-01

    We experimentally constructed a three-dimensional flute-model "molecular" structure acoustic metamaterial(AM)from a periodic array of perforated hollow steel tubes (PHSTs) and investigated its transmission and reflection behaviors in impedance tube system. The AM exhibited a transmission peak and an inverse phase, thus exhibiting the local resonance of the PHSTs. Based on the homogeneous media theory, the effective bulk modulus and mass density of the AM were calculated to be simultaneously n...

  19. Determination of critical current density in melt-processed HTS bulks from levitation force measurements

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    Kordyuk, A. A.; Nemoshkalenko, V.V.; Viznichenko, R. V.; Habisreuther, T.; Gawalek, W.

    1999-01-01

    A simple approach to describe the levitation force measurements on melt-processed HTS bulks was developed. A couple of methods to determine the critical current density $J_c$ were introduced. The averaged $ab$-plane $J_c$ values for the field parallel to this plane were determined. The first and second levitation force hysteresis loops calculated with these $J_c$ values coincide remarkably well with the experimental data.

  20. Estimating Leaf Bulk Density Distribution in a Tree Canopy Using Terrestrial LiDAR and a Straightforward Calibration Procedure

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    François Pimont

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Leaf biomass distribution is a key factor for modeling energy and carbon fluxes in forest canopies and for assessing fire behavior. We propose a new method to estimate 3D leaf bulk density distribution, based on a calibration of indices derived from T-LiDAR. We applied the method to four contrasted plots in a mature Quercus pubescens forest. Leaf bulk densities were measured inside 0.7 m-diameter spheres, referred to as Calibration Volumes. Indices were derived from LiDAR point clouds and calibrated over the Calibration Volume bulk densities. Several indices were proposed and tested to account for noise resulting from mixed pixels and other theoretical considerations. The best index and its calibration parameter were then used to estimate leaf bulk densities at the grid nodes of each plot. These LiDAR-derived bulk density distributions were used to estimate bulk density vertical profiles and loads and above four meters compared well with those assessed by the classical inventory-based approach. Below four meters, the LiDAR-based approach overestimated bulk densities since no distinction was made between wood and leaf returns. The results of our method are promising since they demonstrate the possibility to assess bulk density on small plots at a reasonable operational cost.

  1. Bolide dynamics and luminosity modeling : comparisons between uniform bulk density and porous meteoroid models

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    ReVelle, D. O. (Douglas O.)

    2001-01-01

    We compare predictions of bolide behavior using basic meteoroid models, first assuming a uniform bulk density throughout the body and secondly assuming a uniform chondritic composition throughout, but with varying amounts of porosity (assumed to be filled with either water-ice or open space). The second model is based one the uniformity of spectral observations over many years from shower meteors from the extremes of the Geminids to the dustball-like Draconids. The first model utilized is due to ReVelle (1979, 1993) and the second is based upon the porous meteoroid model of ReVelle (1983, 1993). The standard, uniform bulk density model assumes that the drag and heat transfer area are equivalent in the positive, shape change factor limit. For porous meteoroids however, the heat transfer area can exceed the drag area by increasingly larger amounts as the body's porosity increases. ReVelle (1983) used this approach to show that the bulk density and ablation parameter compositional group identifications of Ceplecha and McCrosky (1976) were essentially correct. When these factors are introduced into the relevant model equations, a set of nearly self-consistent predictive relations are developed which readily allows comparisons to be made of the end-height variations and of the normalized luminous output of the two basic meteoroid models.

  2. Bulk density and water tensions in the soil on corn root production

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    João A. S. Nunes

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Inadequate management of soil and water can cause changes in soil physical characteristics, resulting in lower root development. Thus the objective of the present study was to evaluate the dry matter production of corn roots under combinations of levels of bulk density and water tension in the soil. The experiment was conducted in a greenhouse in a randomized block design, based on a modified central composite design of a 52 fractional factorial scheme, of combinations of bulk densities (1.0, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6 and 1.8 Mg m-3 and water tensions in the soil (10, 20, 30 40 and 50 kPa, resulting in 13 treatments with four replicates. An Oxisol collected in the layer of 0-0.2 m was used. The pots were made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride tube with compacted soil in the middle layer. The tensiometers were installed at a depth of 0.15 m, remaining in the central region of the compacted layer. The experiment was collected 104 days after sowing. Root dry matter production of corn was limited by increased water stress and bulk density.

  3. Accurate bulk density determination of irregularly shaped translucent and opaque aerogels

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    Petkov, M. P.; Jones, S. M.

    2016-05-01

    We present a volumetric method for accurate determination of bulk density of aerogels, calculated from extrapolated weight of the dry pure solid and volume estimates based on the Archimedes' principle of volume displacement, using packed 100 μm-sized monodispersed glass spheres as a "quasi-fluid" media. Hard particle packing theory is invoked to demonstrate the reproducibility of the apparent density of the quasi-fluid. Accuracy rivaling that of the refractive index method is demonstrated for both translucent and opaque aerogels with different absorptive properties, as well as for aerogels with regular and irregular shapes.

  4. On-line and bulk analysis for the resource industries

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    Nuclear techniques are the basis of many CSIRO on-line and bulk analysis systems that are now widely used in the mineral and energy industries. The continuous analysis and rapid response of these systems have led to improved control of mining, processing and blending operations. This paper reviews recent developments in neutron, gamma-ray and X-ray techniques for on-line and bulk analysis by CSIRO Minerals including neutron techniques for the on-conveyor belt determination of the composition of cement raw meal, the on-line analysis of composition in pyrometallurgical applications, the on-conveyor belt determination of ash in coal, and the rapid and accurate determination of gold in bulk laboratory samples. The paper also discusses a new gamma-ray technique for the on-line determination of ash in coal and the application of X-ray diffraction techniques for the on-line determination of mineralogy in the cement industry

  5. Feasibility and limitations of bulk density assignment in MRI for head and neck IMRT treatment planning.

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    Chin, Alexander L; Lin, Alexander; Anamalayil, Shibu; Teo, Boon-Keng Kevin

    2014-01-01

    Head and neck cancers centered at the base of skull are better visualized on MRI than on CT. The purpose of this investigation was to investigate the accuracy of bulk density assignment in head and neck intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatment plan optimization. Our study investigates dose calculation differences between density-assigned MRI and CT, and identifies potential limitations related to dental implants and MRI geometrical distortion in the framework of MRI-only-based treatment planning. Bulk density assignment was performed and applied onto MRI to generate three MRI image sets with increasing levels of heterogeneity for seven patients: 1) MRIW: all water-equivalent; 2) MRIW+B: included bone with density of 1.53 g/cm3; and 3) MRIW+B+A: included bone and air. Using identical planning and optimization parameters, MRI-based IMRT plans were generated and compared to corresponding, forward-calculated, CT-based plans on the basis of target coverage, isodose distributions, and dose-volume histograms (DVHs). Phantom studies were performed to assess the magnitude and spatial dependence of MRI geometrical distortion. MRIW-based dose calculations overestimated target coverage by 16.1%. Segmentation of bone reduced differences to within 2% of the coverage area on the CT-based plan. Further segmentation of air improved conformity near air-tissue interfaces. Dental artifacts caused substantial target coverage overestimation even on MRIW+B+A. Geometrical distortion was less than 1 mm in an imaging volume 20 × 20 × 20 cm3 around scanner isocenter, but up to 4 mm at 17 cm lateral to isocenter. Bulk density assignment in the framework of MRI-only IMRT head and neck treatment planning is a feasible method with certain limitations. Bone and teeth account for the majority of density heterogeneity effects. While soft tissue is well visualized on MRI compared to CT, dental implants may not be visible on MRI and must be identified by other means and assigned

  6. Dosimetric evaluation of synthetic CT relative to bulk density assignment-based magnetic resonance-only approaches for prostate radiotherapy

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    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been incorporated as an adjunct to CT to take advantage of its excellent soft tissue contrast for contouring. MR-only treatment planning approaches have been developed to avoid errors introduced during the MR-CT registration process. The purpose of this study is to evaluate calculated dose distributions after incorporating a novel synthetic CT (synCT) derived from magnetic resonance simulation images into prostate cancer treatment planning and to compare dose distributions calculated using three previously published MR-only treatment planning methodologies. An IRB-approved retrospective study evaluated 15 prostate cancer patients that underwent IMRT (n = 11) or arc therapy (n = 4) to a total dose of 70.2-79.2 Gy. Original treatment plans were derived from CT simulation images (CT-SIM). T1-weighted, T2-weighted, and balanced turbo field echo images were acquired on a 1.0 T high field open MR simulator with patients immobilized in treatment position. Four MR-derived images were studied: bulk density assignment (10 HU) to water (MRW), bulk density assignments to water and bone with pelvic bone values derived either from literature (491 HU, MRW+B491) or from CT-SIM population average bone values (300 HU, MRW+B300), and synCTs. Plans were recalculated using fixed monitor units, plan dosimetry was evaluated, and local dose differences were characterized using gamma analysis (1 %/1 mm dose difference/distance to agreement). While synCT provided closest agreement to CT-SIM for D95, D99, and mean dose (<0.7 Gy (1 %)) compared to MRW, MRW+B491, and MRW+B300, pairwise comparisons showed differences were not significant (p < 0.05). Significant improvements were observed for synCT in the bladder, but not for rectum or penile bulb. SynCT gamma analysis pass rates (97.2 %) evaluated at 1 %/1 mm exceeded those from MRW (94.7 %), MRW+B300 (94.0 %), or MRW+B491 (90.4 %). One subject’s synCT gamma (1 %/1 mm) results (89.9 %) were lower than MRW

  7. Flute-Model Acoustic Metamaterials with Simultaneously Negative Bulk Modulus and Mass Density

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    Zeng, H C; Chen, H J; Zhai, S L; Zhao, X P

    2012-01-01

    We experimentally constructed a three-dimensional flute-model "molecular" structure acoustic metamaterial(AM)from a periodic array of perforated hollow steel tubes (PHSTs) and investigated its transmission and reflection behaviors in impedance tube system. The AM exhibited a transmission peak and an inverse phase, thus exhibiting the local resonance of the PHSTs. Based on the homogeneous media theory, the effective bulk modulus and mass density of the AM were calculated to be simultaneously negative; the refractive index was also negative. PHST AM slab focusing experiments showed that the medium with a resonant structure exhibited a distinct metamaterial property.

  8. Large transport current density in bulk oriented-grained 123/Ag composites

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    This paper reports on ceramic high temperature superconductors (HTS) that are inherently inferior in their mechanical properties. Addition of silver in bulk HTS has been shown to improve their mechanical properties. However, these HTS/Ag composites possess low transport critical current density typical of polycrystalline HTS. This paper deals with the development of a liquid-phase processing method that results in oriented-grained 123/Ag composites with large current carrying capability and enhanced mechanical properties. In this method, composites of 123 superconductor with up to 25 wt.% Ag addition are subjected to liquid-phase processing in air. Oriented-grained samples up to 10 mm long are obtained with Ag particles dispersed throughout the composites. Measurements on these oriented-grained samples using continuous direct current at 77K and zero applied magnetic field routinely give a transport critical current density in excess of 15,000 A/cm2. Magnetization measurements, however, show a Jc of 30,000 A/cm2 at 2 tesla. These results along with improved mechanical properties make these composites promising for bulk superconductivity applications. This work is supported by DARPA and the state of Texas

  9. Rapid nondestructive bulk density and soil-water content determination by computed tomography

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    Computed tomography (CT) is a promising tool that may help provide measurements needed to obtain finer resolution in soil-water content and bulk density for water uptake studies or detailed investigation of root-soil interactions. Research was conducted on soil collected from the A horizon of Mexico silt loam (Udollic Ochraqualfs) and the B2t horizon of Crider silt loam (Typic Paleudalfs) to evaluate the relationship between linear attenuation coefficients and volume fraction of soil solids and water. Air-dry soil (3 and CT slices or tomographs were taken before and after water was added. The relationship between attenuation coefficients and volume fraction of soil solids was linear for both of the soils evaluated. Parameter values for the Mexico soil compared favorably with those determined on previous data collected from Metea fine sandy loam (Arenic Hapludalfs). Differences in the parameter values for the Mexico and Crider soils were attributed to differences in Fe content. An experiment with Fe added to the Mexico soil was conducted that verified the effect of Fe content on the attenuation coefficients. Approximately 98% of the variation between the attenuation coefficients and volume fraction of soil water was accounted for by using linear regression relationships after correction for swelling. Results from this study indicate that it may be possible to develop a universal relationship for computed tomography data vs. soil bulk density and water content; however, more research is needed to characterize the influence of sample size on the calibration relationship

  10. Dense Shaped Refractory Products--Determination of Bulk Density, Apparent Porosity and True Porosity GB/T 2997-2000

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    2006-01-01

    @@ 1 Scope This standard specifies the definition, principle, apparatus and materials, procedure, expression of results and test report of determination of bulk density, apparent porosity and true porosity of dense shaped refractory products.

  11. Integrated analysis software for bulk power system stability

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    Tanaka, T.; Nagao, T.; Takahashi, K. [Central Research Inst. of Electric Power Industry, Tokyo (Japan)

    1994-12-31

    This paper presents Central Research Inst.of Electric Power Industry - CRIEPI`s - own developed three softwares for bulk power network analysis and the user support system which arranges tremendous data necessary for these softwares with easy and high reliability. (author) 3 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs.

  12. EBSD analysis of MgB2 bulk superconductors

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    Koblischka-Veneva, A.; Koblischka, M. R.; Schmauch, J.; Inoue, K.; Muralidhar, M.; Berger, K.; Noudem, J.

    2016-04-01

    The grain orientation, the texture and the grain boundary misorientations are important parameters for the understanding of the magnetic properties of the bulk MgB2 samples intended for super-magnet applications. Such data can be provided by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis. However, as the grain size (GS) of the MgB2 bulks is preferably in the 100-200 nm range, the common EBSD technique working in reflection operates properly only on highly dense samples. In order to achieve a reasonably good Kikuchi pattern quality on all samples, we apply here the newly developed transmission EBSD (t-EBSD) technique to several bulk MgB2 samples. This method requires the preparation of TEM slices by means of focused ion-beam milling, which are then analyzed within the SEM, operating with a specific sample holder. We present several EBSD mappings of samples prepared with different techniques and at various reaction temperatures.

  13. Dynamics of bulk electron heating and ionization in solid density plasmas driven by ultra-short relativistic laser pulses

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    Huang, L. G.; Kluge, T.; Cowan, T. E.

    2016-06-01

    The dynamics of bulk heating and ionization is investigated both in simulations and theory, which determines the crucial plasma parameters such as plasma temperature and density in ultra-short relativistic laser-solid target interactions. During laser-plasma interactions, the solid density plasma absorbs a fraction of laser energy and converts it into kinetic energy of electrons. A portion of the electrons with relativistic kinetic energy goes through the solid density plasma and transfers energy into the bulk electrons, which results in bulk electron heating. The bulk electron heating is finally translated into the processes of bulk collisional ionization inside the solid target. A simple model based on the Ohmic heating mechanism indicates that the local and temporal profile of bulk return current is essential to determine the temporal evolution of bulk electron temperature. A series of particle-in-cell simulations showing the local heating model is robust in the cases of target with a preplasma and without a preplasma. Predicting the bulk electron heating is then benefit for understanding the collisional ionization dynamics inside the solid targets. The connection of the heating and ionization inside the solid target is further studied using Thomas-Fermi model.

  14. Passive microwave sensing of soil moisture content - The effects of soil bulk density and surface roughness

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    Wang, J. R.

    1983-01-01

    Microwave radiometric measurements over bare fields of different surface roughness were made at frequencies of 1.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 10.7 GHz to study the frequency dependence, as well as the possible time variation, of surface roughness. An increase in surface roughness was found to increase the brightness temperature of soils and reduce the slope of regression between brightness temperature and soil moisture content. The frequency dependence of the surface roughness effect was relatively weak when compared with that of the vegetation effect. Radiometric time-series observations over a given field indicate that field surface roughness might gradually diminish with time, especially after a rainfall or irrigation. The variation of surface roughness increases the uncertainty of remote soil moisture estimates by microwave radiometry. Three years of radiometric measurements over a test site revealed a possible inconsistency in the soil bulk density determination, which is an important factor in the interpretation of radiometric data.

  15. Relationships between soil moisture-holding properties and soil texture, organic matter content, and bulk density

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    Riley, H. C. F.

    1981-01-01

    Specimens from the surface horizon and the subsoil of 62 soil horizons in Hedmark and Oppland were investigated to study how the mechanical composition of the soil, the organic matter content and the bulk density affect their porosity and air capacity and their total and available water content. Most of the specimens belonged to the loam group, and a smaller number was from sandy and silty types of soil. Equations were established to make it possible to calculate the water retention curves and the amount of available water from the above mentioned parameters. As a rule, errors derived from the equations are no greater than those which are found in similar research in other countries.

  16. Soil tensile strength as affected by time, water content and bulk density

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    J. Pytka

    1995-09-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the effect of soil water conditions and soil compaction on the age-hardening process of loamy sand and silty loamy sand in relation to the tensile strength. Soil samples from Germany (loamy sand and Poland (silty loamy sand were moulded at water contents 10 %, 15 %, 20 % and compacted up to 1.35, 1.45, 1.55g/cm3. The samples were stored at constant water content. At intervals after moulding, the tensile strengths of the moist samples were measured with the indirect tension (Brazilian test. The maximum aging time was 10 days. With increasing time the soils became stronger at the same water content. The higher the initial water content the less pronounced was the strength increase with time. Furthermore, increase in bulk density resulted in higher values of tensile strength. Two different mechanisms of age-hardening could be identified.

  17. Carbon - Bulk Density Relationships for Highly Weathered Soils of the Americas

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    Nave, L. E.

    2014-12-01

    Soils are dynamic natural bodies composed of mineral and organic materials. As a result of this mixed composition, essential properties of soils such as their apparent density, organic and mineral contents are typically correlated. Negative relationships between bulk density (Db) and organic matter concentration provide well-known examples across a broad range of soils, and such quantitative relationships among soil properties are useful for a variety of applications. First, gap-filling or data interpolation often are necessary to develop large soil carbon (C) datasets; furthermore, limitations of access to analytical instruments may preclude C determinations for every soil sample. In such cases, equations to derive soil C concentrations from basic measures of soil mass, volume, and density offer significant potential for purposes of soil C stock estimation. To facilitate estimation of soil C stocks on highly weathered soils of the Americas, I used observations from the International Soil Carbon Network (ISCN) database to develop carbon - bulk density prediction equations for Oxisols and Ultisols. Within a small sample set of georeferenced Oxisols (n=89), 29% of the variation in A horizon C concentrations can be predicted from Db. Including the A-horizon sand content improves predictive capacity to 35%. B horizon C concentrations (n=285) were best predicted by Db and clay content, but were more variable than A-horizons (only 10% of variation explained by linear regression). Among Ultisols, a larger sample set allowed investigation of specific horizons of interest. For example, C concentrations of plowed A (Ap) horizons are predictable based on Db, sand and silt contents (n=804, r2=0.38); gleyed argillic (Btg) horizon concentrations are predictable from Db, sand and clay contents (n=190, r2=0.23). Because soil C stock estimates are more sensitive to variation in soil mass and volume determinations than to variation in C concentration, prediction equations such as

  18. Dynamic monitoring of soil bulk density and infiltration rate during coal mining in sandy land with different vegetation

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    Yinli Bi; Hui Zou; Chenwei Zhu

    2014-01-01

    To investigate the effects of coal mining on soil physical properties, sandy lands with three major vegetation types (Salix psammophila, Populus simonii, and Artemisia ordosica) were investigated by the ring knife method and double-ring infiltrometer. Specifically, variations in soil bulk density and water infiltration rate and the influences of coal mining and vegetation type on the properties during different subsidence stages were studied at the Shendong Bulianta mine. The results showed that, in the period before mining, soil bulk density occurred in the order A. ordosica [ P. simonii [ S. psammophila, with a negative correlation between the initial infiltration rate and steady infiltration rate being observed. In the period during mining and 3 months after mining, there were no significant differences in soil bulk density and water infiltration rate among vegetation types. At 1 year after mining, the soil bulk density occurred in the order A. ordosica [ S. psammophila [ P. simonii, having a negative correlation with the steady infiltration rate. The water infil-tration depths of the S. psammophila, P. simonii and A. ordosica were 50, 60, and 30 cm, respectively. The infiltration characters were simulated by the Kostiakov equations, and the simulated and experimental results were consistent. Linear regression revealed that vegetation types and soil bulk density had significant effects on soil initial infiltration rate during the four study periods, and the infiltration rate of the period 1 year after mining was mainly influenced by the soil bulk density of the period before mining. The results indicated that vegetation types had significant effects on soil bulk density, and that the tree–shrub–grass mode was better than one single plantation for water conversation and vegetation recovery in sandy land subjected to mining.

  19. Occupation probabilities and current densities of bulk and edge states of a Floquet topological insulator

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    Dehghani, Hossein; Mitra, Aditi

    2016-05-01

    Results are presented for the occupation probabilities and current densities of bulk and edge states of half-filled graphene in a cylindrical geometry and irradiated by a circularly polarized laser. It is assumed that the system is closed and that the laser has been switched on as a quench. Laser parameters corresponding to some representative topological phases are studied: one where the Chern number of the Floquet bands equals the number of chiral edge modes, a second where anomalous edge states appear in the Floquet Brillouin zone boundaries, and a third where the Chern number is zero, yet topological edge states appear at the center and boundaries of the Floquet Brillouin zone. Qualitative differences are found for the high-frequency off-resonant and low-frequency on-resonant laser with edge states arising due to resonant processes occupied with a high effective temperature on the one hand, while edge states arising due to off-resonant processes occupied with a low effective temperature on the other. For an ideal half-filled system where only one of the bands in the Floquet Brillouin zone is occupied and the other empty, particle-hole and inversion symmetry of the Floquet Hamiltonian implies zero current density. However the laser switch-on protocol breaks the inversion symmetry, resulting in a net cylindrical sheet of current density at steady state. Due to the underlying chirality of the system, this current density profile is associated with a net charge imbalance between the top and bottom of the cylinders.

  20. Symmetry Analysis of the Kohn-Sham Band Structure of Bulk Lithium Fluoride

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    2003-01-01

    Kohn-Sham orbitals of face-centered cubic lithium fluoride are calculated in prototypical local-density approximations to the exchange-correlation functional. The symmetry analysis of these Bloch functions in a LCAO basis on a path Gamma-X-W-K-Gamma-L-W through the Brillouin Zone is compiled into a list of errata to symmetry labels in the LiF literature, the bulk of which dates back to the 1970's.

  1. Superconductors, analysis and applications, with special reference to the utilisation of bulk (Re)BCO materials

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    Coombs, T.A., E-mail: tac1000@cam.ac.u [University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ (United Kingdom)

    2010-11-01

    The Electrical Power and Energy Conversion (EPEC) superconductivity group at Cambridge University has been working on the application of superconductivity to large scale devices. This work is taking place over a range of areas which cover FCLs, motors and generators, SMES, accelerator magnets and MRI. The research is underpinned by advanced modelling techniques using both pure Critical State models and E-J models to analyse the behaviour of the superconductors. As part of the device design we are concentrating on the analysis of AC losses in complicated geometries such as are found in motor windings and the magnetisation of bulk superconductors to enable their full potential to be realised. We are interested in the full range of high-temperature superconductors and have measured and predicted the performance of YBCO, MgB{sub 2} and BSCCO at a range of temperatures and in wire, tape and bulk forms. This paper concentrates on recent work which includes: modelling of coils using formulations based on H and A. A critical state model for the analysis of coils in SMES; crossed field effects in bulk superconductors; a magnetic model together with experimental results which explain and describe the method of flux pumping whereby a bulk superconductor can be magnetised to a high flux density using a repeatedly applied field of low flux density and finally a new configuration for MRI magnets

  2. Superconductors, analysis and applications, with special reference to the utilisation of bulk (Re)BCO materials

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    Coombs, T. A.

    2010-11-01

    The Electrical Power and Energy Conversion (EPEC) superconductivity group at Cambridge University has been working on the application of superconductivity to large scale devices. This work is taking place over a range of areas which cover FCLs, motors and generators, SMES, accelerator magnets and MRI. The research is underpinned by advanced modelling techniques using both pure Critical State models and E- J models to analyse the behaviour of the superconductors. As part of the device design we are concentrating on the analysis of AC losses in complicated geometries such as are found in motor windings and the magnetisation of bulk superconductors to enable their full potential to be realised. We are interested in the full range of high-temperature superconductors and have measured and predicted the performance of YBCO, MgB 2 and BSCCO at a range of temperatures and in wire, tape and bulk forms. This paper concentrates on recent work which includes: modelling of coils using formulations based on H and A. A critical state model for the analysis of coils in SMES; crossed field effects in bulk superconductors; a magnetic model together with experimental results which explain and describe the method of flux pumping whereby a bulk superconductor can be magnetised to a high flux density using a repeatedly applied field of low flux density and finally a new configuration for MRI magnets

  3. Comparative Study on Super Fine Mesophase Powder and MCMB Used to Manufacture High-Density Isotropic Carbon Bulks

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    LI Tong-qi; HU Zi-jun; WANG Jun-shan; GUO Yu-ming; WANG Cheng-yang

    2006-01-01

    Mesocarbon microbeads (MCMB) and super fine mesophase powder (SFMP) were prepared firstly from a coal tar pitch and then hot-condensed into high-density isotropic carbon (HDIC) bulks under 160 Mpa and finally sintered at 1 000 ℃. By analyzing the thermogravimetric behavior of the MCMB and SFMP powders, their volume shrinkage and weight loss during sintering and the bulk density and flexural strengths of their sintered bulks, it was found that the smaller sizes and the richer β-resin contents of SFMP have facilitated formation of sintered bulks with more compact isotropic structure and higher flexural strengths than MCMB. Because of the filling and bonding effects of SFMP on MCMB bulks, addition of SFMP, albeit a little, can greatly increase the flexural strengths of sintered bulks of MCMB. However, adding MCMB, even a slight amount, into SFMP can severely impair the flexural strength of sintered bulks. This might be attributed to both the crack initiation along the boundaries between MCMB and SFMP and the formation of layered texture of MCMB sphere.

  4. Affine density in wavelet analysis

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    Kutyniok, Gitta

    2007-01-01

    In wavelet analysis, irregular wavelet frames have recently come to the forefront of current research due to questions concerning the robustness and stability of wavelet algorithms. A major difficulty in the study of these systems is the highly sensitive interplay between geometric properties of a sequence of time-scale indices and frame properties of the associated wavelet systems. This volume provides the first thorough and comprehensive treatment of irregular wavelet frames by introducing and employing a new notion of affine density as a highly effective tool for examining the geometry of sequences of time-scale indices. Many of the results are new and published for the first time. Topics include: qualitative and quantitative density conditions for existence of irregular wavelet frames, non-existence of irregular co-affine frames, the Nyquist phenomenon for wavelet systems, and approximation properties of irregular wavelet frames.

  5. The Relations Between Soil Water Retention Characteristics, Particle Size Distributions, Bulk Densities and Calcium Carbonate Contents for Danish Soils

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    Jensen, Niels H.; Balstrøm, Thomas; Breuning-Madsen, Henrik

    2005-01-01

    A database containing about 800 soil profiles located in a 7-km grid covering Denmark has been used to develop a set of regression equations of soil water content at pressure heads –1, -10, -100 and –1500 kPa versus particle size distribution, organic matter, CaCO3 and bulk density. One purpose was...... to elaborate equations based of soil parameters available in the Danish Soil Classification's texture database on particle size distribution and organic matter. It was also tested if inclusion of bulk density or CaCO3 content (in CaCO3-containing samples) as predictors or grouping in surface and...... pedotransfer functions developed in HYPRES (Hydraulic Properties of European Soils). Introducing bulk density as a predictor improved the equation for pressure head –1 kPa but not for lower ones. The grouping of data sets in surface and subsurface horizons or in textural classes did not improve the equations...

  6. Evaluation of the physical properties, bulk density and aggregate stability of potential substrates in quarry restoration.

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    Jordan, M.; Garcia-Orenes, F.; Mataix-Solera, J.; Garcia-Sanchez, E.

    2012-04-01

    Quarrying activity entails significant environmental impact affecting the soil, water, plants, landscape, etc. One of the most important impacts is the loss of the productive layer of the soil and its vegetation cover. However, mining activities are absolutely necessary for human development; keeping them sustainable implicates looking for viable solutions for the restoration of these areas to prevent degradation during and after the exploitation period. The aim of this study was to evaluate different substrates obtained from different mixes of sewage sludge and different mine spoils, to check how they are effective in quarry restoration, and to establish good practises in mining restoration. Also, the study tried to approach two refuses, one deriving from mining activity, as are the mine spoils that need to be reused for their valorisation, and the other, sewage sludge, obtained in the water depuration process to acquire a cheap substrate for soil rehabilitation. This preliminary work, which is included in a larger study, shows the results obtained from two physical properties studied, bulk density and aggregate stability, as key properties in the substrate structure for use in mining area restoration. Two doses of composted sewage sludge (30 and 90 Tm/Ha), both very rich in calcium carbonate, were applied to two different mine spoils under lab conditions. The first material, of poor quality, originated from the acquisition of arid particles in crushed limestone (Z). It is characterized by stable ''coarse elements'' predominance (up to 75% of its weight), and by the presence of elevated percentages of sand. The other waste material tested comes from limestone extraction (basically formed by the levels of interspersed non-limestone materials and the remains of stripped soils (D)). The results show that the high dose of sewage sludge applied to a mix of the two mine spoils significantly increased the percentage of stable aggregates by more than 50% than the control

  7. Gas Transport Parameters for Landfill Final Cover Soil: Measurements and Model Modification by Dry Bulk Density

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    Wickramarachchi, P. N.; Kawamoto, K.; Hamamoto, S.; Nagamori, M.; Moldrup, P.; Komatsu, T.

    2011-12-01

    Landfill sites have been emerging in greenhouse warming scenarios as a significant source of atmospheric methane (CH4). Until recently, landfill management strategies have mainly addressed the problem of preventing groundwater contamination and reduction of leachate generation. Being one of the largest sources of anthropogenic CH4 emission, the final cover system should also be designed for minimizing the greenhouse gases migration into the atmosphere or the areas surrounding the landfill while securing the hydraulic performance. Compared to the intensive research efforts on hydraulic performances of landfill final cover soil, few studies about gas transport characteristics of landfill cover soils have been done. However, recent soil-gas studies implied that the effects of soil physical properties such as bulk density (i.e., compaction level), soil particle size are key parameters to understand landfill gaseous performance. The gas exchange through the final cover soils is controlled by advective and diffusive gas transport. Air permeability (ka) governs the advective gas transport while the soil-gas diffusion coefficient (Dp) governs diffusive gas transport. In this study, the effects of compaction level and particle size fraction effects on ka and Dp for landfill final cover soil was investigated. The disturbed soil samples were taken from landfill final cover in Japan. A compaction tests were performed for the soil samples with two different size fractions (landfill final cover soil.

  8. Passive microwave sensing of soil moisture content: Soil bulk density and surface roughness

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    Wang, J. R.

    1982-01-01

    Microwave radiometric measurements over bare fields of different surface roughnesses were made at the frequencies of 1.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 10.7 GHz to study the frequency dependence as well as the possible time variation of surface roughness. The presence of surface roughness was found to increase the brightness temperature of soils and reduce the slope of regression between brightness temperature and soil moisture content. The frequency dependence of the surface roughness effect was relatively weak when compared with that of the vegetation effect. Radiometric time series observation over a given field indicated that field surface roughness might gradually diminish with time, especially after a rainfall or irrigation. This time variation of surface roughness served to enhance the uncertainty in remote soil moisture estimate by microwave radiometry. Three years of radiometric measurements over a test site revealed a possible inconsistency in the soil bulk density determination, which turned out to be an important factor in the interpretation of radiometric data.

  9. Shape Models of Asteroids as a Missing Input for Bulk Density Determinations

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    Hanuš, Josef

    2015-07-01

    To determine a meaningful bulk density of an asteroid, both accurate volume and mass estimates are necessary. The volume can be computed by scaling the size of the 3D shape model to fit the disk-resolved images or stellar occultation profiles, which are available in the literature or through collaborations. This work provides a list of asteroids, for which (i) there are already mass estimates with reported uncertainties better than 20% or their mass will be most likely determined in the future from Gaia astrometric observations, and (ii) their 3D shape models are currently unknown. Additional optical lightcurves are necessary to determine the convex shape models of these asteroids. The main aim of this article is to motivate the observers to obtain lightcurves of these asteroids, and thus contribute to their shape model determinations. Moreover, a web page https://asteroid-obs.oca.eu, which maintains an up-to-date list of these objects to assure efficiency and to avoid any overlapping efforts, was created.

  10. The role of intramolecular crosslinking in the radiolysis of bulk crystallized high density polyethylene

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    Intramolecular crosslinks have been suggested to occur in bulk crystallized, irradiated, high density polyethylene (HDPE) and to account for the low rates of gel formation, especially those of previously annealed samples when compared with that manifested by the same resin when previously quenched from the melt. Such crosslinks do not contribute to the development of gel and contribute to only a limited extent to the elastic properties above the crystalline melting point when compared with intermolecular crosslinks, but, if the mesh size of the intra- and inter-molecular networks are comparable, are fully reflected in the rupture elongation. The rupture elongations of a wide range of HDPE resins, for a given sol fraction or elastic modulus, are found to be at least as high as and often higher than those of low (LDPE) or linear low (LLDPE) polyethylene resins, indicating that intramolecular crosslinking of this type does not occur to a significantly greater extent in these higher crystallinity resins. Other factors more likely to account for the reduced rates of inter alia gel formation in some HDPE resins are discussed. (author)

  11. Magnetic properties and critical current density of bulk MgB2 polycrystalline with Bi-2212 addition

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    Bulk samples of MgB2 were prepared with 0, 3, 5, and 10 wt% Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 (Bi-2212) particles, added using a simple solid-state reaction route in order to investigate the effect of inclusions of a material with higher Tc than the superconducting matrix. The density, diamagnetic signal, and critical current density, Jc, of the samples change significantly with the doping level. It is found that Jc is significantly enhanced by the Bi-2212 addition. Microstructural analysis indicates that a small amount of Bi-2212 is decomposed into Cu2O and other impurity phases while a significant amount of unreacted Bi-2212 particles remains in MgB2 matrix, and these act as effective pinning centres for vortices. The enhanced pinning force is mainly attributable to these highly dispersed inclusions inserted in the MgB2 grains. Despite the effectiveness of the high-Tc inclusions in increasing superconducting critical currents in our experiment, our results seem to demonstrate the superiority of attractive centres over repulsive ones. A pinning mechanism is proposed to account for the contribution of this type of pinning centre in MgB2 superconductors. (rapid communication)

  12. Tillage Effects on Bulk Density and Hydraulic Properties of a Sandy Loam Soil in the Mon-Dak Region, USA

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    We evaluated the effects of conventional (CT) and strip (ST) tillage practices on bulk density (BD), water content (MC), infiltration rate (Ir) and hydraulic conductivity (Ks) in a Lihen sandy loam soil. Soil cores were collected from each plot at 0 to 10 and 10 to 30 cm depths under each tillage pr...

  13. Bulk density, water content and hydraulic properties of a sandy loam soil following conventional or strip tillage

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    We evaluated the effects of conventional (CT) and strip (ST) tillage practices on bulk density ('b), water content ('w), infiltration rate (Ir) and hydraulic conductivity (Ks) of plots in a Lihen sandy loam soil during the 2007 and 2008 growing seasons. We measured 'b and 'w using soil cores collect...

  14. Dynamic effects of soil bulk density on denitrification and mineralisation by 15N labelled lettuce residue and paper wastes

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    Two laboratory incubation experiments aimed to study the denitrification and mineralisation influenced by different additives (15N labelled lettuce residue, paper wastes and mixture of both) and soil bulk densities were carried out by means of acetylene inhibition at the constant 15 degree C for 107 and 90 days, respectively. The results showed that the changes of N2O, CO2 emission rates, inorganic nitrogen (NO3- and NH4+), total N and 15N abundance in the soils which were affected by adding lettuce residue, paper wastes and mixture of both were investigated. Soil denitrification rate increased after lettuce residue was added into soil for 8 days. The maximum rate of N2O emission was 15 times higher than that in soil without any additive. However, paper wastes did not increase N2O emission in the first 8 days compared with other treatments, mixed residue and paper wastes could promote soil microbial activity, but N2O emission was lower than that in the soil with lettuce residue added and higher than that with paper wastes, indicating that mixture of residue and paper wastes was benefit to soil nitrogen immobilisation. CO2 emission in all the treatments were declined to the same level on the 107 th day. In the treatment added mixed residues and paper wastes, the released CO2 quantities were higher than those in other treatments every day. Effect of different bulk density on N2O and CO2 emission were response to the change of bulk density, it seems that N2O and CO2 emission increased with bulk density. High bulk density could affect decomposition of paper wastes and NO3-, NH4+ concentration. (30 ref., 10 tabs.)

  15. Effects of Nb and Si on densities of valence electrons in bulk and defects of Fe3Al alloys

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    邓文; 钟夏平; 黄宇阳; 熊良钺; 王淑荷; 郭建亭; 龙期威

    1999-01-01

    Positron lifetime measurements have been performed in binary Fe3Al and Fe3Al doping with Nb or Si alloys. The densities of valence electrons of the bulk and microdefects in all tested samples have been calculated by using the positron lifetime parameters. Density of valence electron is low in the bulk of Fe3Al alloy. It indicates that, the 3d electrons in a Fe atom have strong-localized properties and tend to form covalent bonds with Al atoms, and the bonding nature in Fe3Al is a mixture of metallic and covalent bonds. The density of valence electron is very low in the defects of Fe3Al grain boundary, which makes the bonding cohesion in grain boundary quite weak. The addition of Si to Fe3Al gives rise to the decrease of the densities of valence electrons in the bulk and the grain boundary thus the metallic bonding cohesion. This makes the alloy more brittle. The addition of Nb to Fe3Al results in the decrease of the ordering energy of the alloy and increases the density of valence electron and th

  16. Neutron Texture Analysis at bulk YBaCuO cylinders

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    Complete text of publication follows. Complete text of publication follows. Neutron Texture Analysis is the only method to get bulk information about the tilting of the c-axes and about twists around the c-axes in a bulk YBaCuO cylinder. The YBaCuO cylinders were produced in a melt and recrystallisation is performed with a seed crystal implanted at the peritectic temperature into the melt. The implanted seed crystal produces a sharp texture, which is necessary for high induced superconducting currents in the HTS and therefore for a high repulsing force repulsing an inducting and levitated permanent magnet. One YBaCuO cylinder was cut into 21 pieces to study the decreasing ordering influence of the seed crystal in direction of the boundary of the YBaCuO cylinder. The c-axis orientation distribution was measured at the (005) reflection and the twists around the c-axes were measured at the (113) reflection. (author)

  17. Optimization of sintering conditions in bulk MgB{sub 2} material for improvement of critical current density

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    Muralidhar, M., E-mail: miryala1@shibaura-it.ac.jp [Superconducting Materials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, 3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan); Nozaki, K.; Kobayashi, H. [Superconducting Materials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, 3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan); Zeng, X.L.; Koblischka-Veneva, A.; Koblischka, M.R. [Experimental Physics, Saarland University, P.O. Box 151150, 66041 Saarbrücken (Germany); Inoue, K.; Murakami, M. [Superconducting Materials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, 3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan)

    2015-11-15

    The present investigation focuses on methods to further improve the J{sub c} values of disk-shaped bulk MgB{sub 2} superconductors by optimizing the sintering conditions. We prepared two sets of bulk MgB{sub 2} material from commercial high-purity powders of Mg metal and amorphous B using a single-step solid-state reaction process. To optimize the sintering time, a set of samples was sintered at 775 °C with sintering duration ranging between 1 and 10 h (pure Ar atmosphere). A second set of samples was produced similarly at 775, 780, 785, 795, 800 and 805 °C (3 h, pure argon atmosphere). X-ray diffraction analysis showed that both sets of samples were single phase MgB{sub 2}. Magnetization measurements confirmed a sharp superconducting transition with T{sub c,onset} ≈ 38.2 K–38.8 K. The critical current density (J{sub c}) values for MgB{sub 2} samples produced for 1 h were the highest in all processed materials, i.e., the high J{sub c} value of 270,000 A/cm{sup 2} and 125,000 A/cm{sup 2} (20 K, self-field and 1 T) were achieved in the sample produced at 775 °C, without any additional doping. In contrast, the second series of samples clearly indicated that at 805 °C (3 h) the highest J{sub c} of 245,000 A/cm{sup 2} and 110,000 A/cm{sup 2} (20 K, self-field and 1 T) were achieved. AFM and EBSD observations indicated that largest amount of fine grains do exist in the sample sintered at 775 °C, but the narrowest distribution of grains does exist in the sample sintered at 800 °C. The present results clearly demonstrate a strong relation between the microstructure and the pinning performance. The optimization of the sintering conditions is crucial to improve the performance of bulk MgB{sub 2} samples. - Highlights: • We had successfully improved the performance of sintered, pure bulk MgB{sub 2} materials. • EBSD observations clarified that the grain sizes are in the 100–500 nm range. • The high J{sub c} value at 20 K, 0 T and 1 T are 2.70 × 10{sup 5} A

  18. First principles study on the charge density and the bulk modulus of the transition metals and their carbides and nitrides

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    Li Cheng-Bin; Li Ming-Kai; Yin Dong; Liu Fu-Qing; Fan Xiang-Jun

    2005-01-01

    A first principles study of the electronic properties and bulk modulus (B0) of the fcc and bcc transition metals,transition metal carbides and nitrides is presented. The calculations were performed by plane-wave pseudopotential method in the framework of the density functional theory with local density approximation. The density of states and the valence charge densities of these solids are plotted. The results show that B0 does not vary monotonically when the number of the valence d electrons increases. B0 reaches a maximum and then decreases for each of the four sorts of solids. It is related to the occupation of the bonding and anti-bonding states in the solid. The value of the valence charge density at the midpoint between the two nearest metal atoms tends to be proportional to B0.

  19. A general extrudate bulk density model for both twin-screw and single-screw extruder extrusion cooking processes

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    Cheng, Hongyuan; Friis, Alan; Høeg Hansen, Jonas; Tolderlund Rasmussen, Hanne

    2010-01-01

    Effects of extrusion parameters and raw materials on extrudate expansion are respectively investigated in a twin-screw extruder and a single-screw extruder extrusion cooking experiments for fish feed, wheat, and oat & wheat mixture processing. A new phenomenological model is proposed to correlated extrudate bulk density, extrusion parameters and raw material changes based on the experimental results. The average absolute deviation (AAD) of the correlation is 2.2% for fish feed extrusion in th...

  20. Effects of soil bulk density on gas transport parameters and pore-network properties across a sandy field site

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    Masís-Meléndez, F.; De Jonge, L. W.; Chamindu, Deepagoda;

    2015-01-01

    The gas diffusion coefficient, air permeability, and their interrelations with air-filled porosity are essential for characterization of diffusive and convective transport of gases in soils. Variations in soil bulk density can affect water retention, air-filled pore space, and pore-network connec......The gas diffusion coefficient, air permeability, and their interrelations with air-filled porosity are essential for characterization of diffusive and convective transport of gases in soils. Variations in soil bulk density can affect water retention, air-filled pore space, and pore...... water characteristic were investigated. Interactions with soil organic matter, sand, and clay fractions were also examined. To evaluate bulk density effects, two constitutive parameters were derived from each of the three measured relationships. The Campbell pore-size distribution index (b) and the air......-entry matric potential (yae) were derived from the soil water characteristic; the diffusive percolation threshold (eDPT), the air-filled porosity where gas diffusivity ceases to almost zero because of interconnected water films creating isolated–inactive air content, and a pore-network connectivity index (A2...

  1. Micro and bulk analysis of prostate tissues classified as hyperplasia

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    Kwiatek, W. M.; Banaś, A.; Banaś, K.; Cinque, G.; Dyduch, G.; Falkenberg, G.; Kisiel, A.; Marcelli, A.; Podgórczyk, M.

    2007-07-01

    BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) is the most common benign neoplasm (non cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland), whose prevalence increases with age. The gland, when increased in size, exerts pressure on the urethra, causing obstruction to urine flow. The latter may result in severe urinary tract and kidney conditions. In this work prostate samples from patients diagnosed with BPH were analyzed using synchrotron radiation. Micro-analysis of the hyperplastic samples was carried out on the L-beam line at HASYLAB, DESY (Germany), while bulk analysis on selected samples was performed at the DRX2 beamline at LNF, Frascati (Italy). Microanalysis with a mono-energetic beam 15 μm in diameter confirmed that concentrations of certain elements, such as S, Mn, Cu, Fe and Zn, are good indicators of pathological disorders in prostate tissue that may be considered effective tracers of developing compliant. The concentrations of Mn, Cu, Fe and Zn are higher in hyperplastic tissues, as compared to normal ones, while for sulphur the opposite is observed. Additionally, Fe and S K-edge XANES (X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure) spectroscopy experiments were carried out in order to determine the chemical speciation of these elements in our samples.

  2. Matrix effects in compositional analysis of bulk materials by PGNAA (prompt gamma/neutron activation analysis). Final report

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    Rogers, V.C.; Sandquist, G.M.; Merrell, G.B.; Gozani, T.

    1984-08-01

    This feasibility study has identified and evaluated the influence of important matrix effects which arise in the commercial application of prompt gamma/neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) methods to bulk-coal analysis as follows: neutron moderation and absorption changes; gamma-ray attenuation in the sample; sample density and volume changes. The neutron-induced capture gamma spectra were found to vary in a similar, predictable manner for all neutron absorbers found in coal such as hydrogen, boron, nitrogen, chlorine, and sulfur. Three different models have been proposed from this study to analyze coal by PGNAA methods and account for the significant matrix effects arising from hydrogen variation and other system perturbations.

  3. Matrix effects in compositional analysis of bulk materials by PGNAA (prompt gamma/neutron activation analysis). Final report

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    This feasibility study has identified and evaluated the influence of important matrix effects which arise in the commercial application of prompt gamma/neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) methods to bulk-coal analysis as follows: neutron moderation and absorption changes; gamma-ray attenuation in the sample; sample density and volume changes. The neutron-induced capture gamma spectra were found to vary in a similar, predictable manner for all neutron absorbers found in coal such as hydrogen, boron, nitrogen, chlorine, and sulfur. Three different models have been proposed from this study to analyze coal by PGNAA methods and account for the significant matrix effects arising from hydrogen variation and other system perturbations

  4. SAFETY ANALYSIS OF THE DEMONSTRATION BULK VITRIFICATION SYSTEM

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    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and CH2M HILL, Hanford Group, Inc. (CH2M HILL) [also referred to as the Tank Farm Contractor (TFC)] are evaluating the Demonstration Bulk Vitrification System (DBVS) as a supplemental treatment technology for low-activity waste (LAW) at the Hanford Site. As a new facility at Hanford, the safety analysis for the DBVS is being subjected to new and evolving DOE requirements. Hazard categorization for the facility is being closely examined since this determines whether performance category (PC)-2 or PC-3 requirements are to be applied for natural phenomena hazards, as well as differing requirements under Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) Recommendation 2004-2, Active Confinement Systems. Questions have also arisen regarding application of DOE-STD-3009-94, Preparation Guide for U.S. Department of Energy Nonreactor Nuclear Facility Documented Safety Analyses, or DOE-STD-1189-2008, Integration of Safety into the Design Process, format and content, as well as full implementation of DOE-STD-1186-2004, Specific Administrative Controls and naming conventions and content requirements for the interim safety analysis documents under DOE O 413.3A, Program and Project Management for the Acquisition of Capital Assets (e.g., Preliminary Documented Safety Analysis or Preliminary Safety Design Report). Another challenge is the integration of the programmatic chapters of the safety document with those of the Hanford tank farms, since the tank farms Safety Management Programs (SMP) are relied upon for the DBVS facility. All of these issues and their resolutions, as well as the level of scrutiny to which internal and external regulators have held this project's safety analysis, will be discussed in this paper

  5. Theoretical analysis of ac losses in high temperature superconducting bulks

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    Ac loss behavior in HTS bulk materials is studied by developing an analytic method. The self-heating effect on the distributions of temperature in HTS bulks has been calculated. A critical frequency which sets the upper limit for driving frequency of the external field in sustaining a superconducting state is obtained. Our model provides useful information of understanding the experimental phenomena, including an anomalous ac loss behavior, a retardation of the inner field respect to the external ac field, etc., in HTS bulk materials

  6. Impact of Molecular Orientation and Packing Density on Electronic Polarization in the Bulk and at Surfaces of Organic Semiconductors

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    Ryno, Sean M.

    2016-05-16

    The polarizable environment surrounding charge carriers in organic semiconductors impacts the efficiency of the charge transport process. Here, we consider two representative organic semiconductors, tetracene and rubrene, and evaluate their polarization energies in the bulk and at the organic-vacuum interface using a polarizable force field that accounts for induced-dipole and quadrupole interactions. Though both oligoacenes pack in a herringbone motif, the tetraphenyl substituents on the tetracene backbone of rubrene alter greatly the nature of the packing. The resulting change in relative orientations of neighboring molecules is found to reduce the bulk polarization energy of holes in rubrene by some 0.3 eV when compared to tetracene. The consideration of model organic-vacuum interfaces highlights the significant variation in the electrostatic environment for a charge carrier at a surface although the net change in polarization energy is small; interestingly, the environment of a charge even just one layer removed from the surface can be viewed already as representative of the bulk. Overall, it is found that in these herringbone-type layered crystals the polarization energy has a much stronger dependence on the intralayer packing density than interlayer packing density.

  7. Impact of Molecular Orientation and Packing Density on Electronic Polarization in the Bulk and at Surfaces of Organic Semiconductors.

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    Ryno, Sean M; Risko, Chad; Brédas, Jean-Luc

    2016-06-01

    The polarizable environment surrounding charge carriers in organic semiconductors impacts the efficiency of the charge transport process. Here, we consider two representative organic semiconductors, tetracene and rubrene, and evaluate their polarization energies in the bulk and at the organic-vacuum interface using a polarizable force field that accounts for induced-dipole and quadrupole interactions. Though both oligoacenes pack in a herringbone motif, the tetraphenyl substituents on the tetracene backbone of rubrene alter greatly the nature of the packing. The resulting change in relative orientations of neighboring molecules is found to reduce the bulk polarization energy of holes in rubrene by some 0.3 eV when compared to tetracene. The consideration of model organic-vacuum interfaces highlights the significant variation in the electrostatic environment for a charge carrier at a surface although the net change in polarization energy is small; interestingly, the environment of a charge even just one layer removed from the surface can be viewed already as representative of the bulk. Overall, it is found that in these herringbone-type layered crystals the polarization energy has a much stronger dependence on the intralayer packing density than interlayer packing density. PMID:27183361

  8. Econometric Analysis of Bulk Shipping: implications for investment strategies and financial decision-making

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    2005-01-01

    textabstractThis thesis provides an econometric analysis of the bulk shipping markets and the implications for shipping investment and financial decision making. Chapter 1 sets the scene by providing a historic analysis of bulk shipping markets over the last 55 years. From this analysis, four shipp

  9. Study of Bulk modulus, Volume, Energy, lattice parameters and magnetic moments in rare earth hexaborides using density functional theory

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    We have calculated the theoretical lattice parameters, Bulk modulus, volume, energy, lattice parameters and magnetic moments for RB6 (R=La, Ce, Pr and Sm) of CaB6 type crystal structure with space group Pm3m using full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The bulk modulus was found to be 9.56 % higher for LaB6 and 2.4% lower for CeB6 compared to the experimental results Gupta et al. [4] and Ogita et al [5], Magnetic moments for LaB6, CeB6 were found in qualitative agreement with the earlier reported results. The results based on generalized gradient approximation (GGA) were found and compared with local spin density approximation (LSDA) results for CeB6 and SmB6 as well.

  10. Bulk density of an alfisol under cultivation systems in a long-term experiment evaluated with gamma ray computed tomography

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    The sustainability of irrigated rice (Oryza sativa L.) in lowland soils is based on the use of crop rotation and succession, which are essential for the control of red and black rice. The effects on the soil properties deserve studies, particularly on soil compaction. The objective of this study was to identify compacted layers in an albaqualf under different cultivation and tillage systems, by evaluating the soil bulk density (Ds) with Gamma Ray Computed Tomography (TC). The analysis was carried out in a long-term experiment, from 1985 to 2004, at an experimental station of EMBRAPA Clima Temperado, Capao do Leao, RS, Brazil, in a random block design with seven treatments, with four replications (T1 - one year rice with conventional tillage followed by two years fallow; T2 - continuous rice under conventional tillage; T4 - rice and soybean (Glycine Max L.) rotation under conventional tillage; T5 - rice, soybean and corn (Zea maize L.) rotation under conventional tillage; T6 - rice under no-tillage in the summer in succession to rye-grass (Lolium multiflorum L.) in the winter; T7 - rice under no-tillage and soybean under conventional tillage rotation; T8 - control: uncultivated soil). The Gamma Ray Computed Tomography method did not identify compacted soil layers under no tillage rice in succession to rye-grass; two fallow years in the irrigated rice production system did not prevent the formation of a compacted layer at the soil surface; and in the rice, soybean and corn rotation under conventional tillage two compacted layers were identified (0.0 to 1.5 cm and 11 to 14 cm), indicating that they may restrict the agricultural production in this cultivation system on Albaqualf soils. (author)

  11. Structure and density of Fe36Co36B19.2Si4.8Nb4 bulk glassy alloy

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    A. Januszka

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The work presents density measurements of bulk metallic glasses in as-cast state. Additionally casting method and structure characterization was displayed.Design/methodology/approach: The studies were performed on Fe36Co36B19.2Si4.8Nb4 metallic glasses in form of rods with diameter 2 and 3 mm. Samples were fabricated using copper mould casting method. The master alloy characteristic temperatures (Tm – melting point and Tl – liquidus temperature were determinate by differential thermal analysis (DTA. The structure was characterized by X-ray (XRD method and scanning electron microscope (SEM. The densities of metallic glassy rods have been measured by using the Archimedes principle.Findings: The XRD and SEM investigations revealed that the studied samples in form of rods were amorphous. Broad diffraction “halo” was observed for every testing piece. Fracture observation confirmed glassy state of samples. Archimedes principle allows calculating density of tested sample.Practical implications: The FeCo-based bulk metallic glasses have attracted great interest for a variety application fields for example electric applications, precision machinery materials or structural materials. Metallic glasses exhibit higher density than their crystalline counterparts and could be apply as a satisfactory structural material.Originality/value: The obtained results confirm the utility of applied investigation methods in the thermal and structure analysis of examined amorphous alloys. Density of metallic glasses is important properties which influence on specific application these materials. This materials offer attractive qualities, combining some of the desirable properties of conventional crystalline metals and the formability of conventional oxide glasses.

  12. Stability analysis of active acoustic metamaterial with programmable bulk modulus

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    Acoustic metamaterials (AMMs) have been considered as an effective means of controlling the propagation of acoustical wave energy through metamaterials. However, most of the currently exerted efforts are focused on studying passive metamaterials with fixed material properties. In this paper, the emphasis is placed on the development of a new class of one-dimensional acoustic metamaterials with effective bulk moduli that are programmed to vary according to any prescribed pattern along the volume of the metamaterial. Acoustic cavities coupled with either actively controlled Helmholtz or flush-mounted resonators are introduced to develop two possible configurations for obtaining active AMMs (AAMMs) with programmable bulk modulus capabilities. The resonators are provided with piezoelectric boundaries to enable control of the overall bulk modulus of the acoustic cavity through direct acoustic pressure feedback. Theoretical analyses of these two configurations of AAMMs are presented using the lumped-parameter modeling approach. The presented analyses are utilized to study the stability characteristics of the two configurations in an attempt to define their stable regions of operation. Numerical examples are presented to demonstrate the performance characteristics of the proposed AAMM configurations and their potential for generating prescribed spatial and spectral patterns of bulk modulus variation

  13. Electron density profile at the interfaces of bulk heterojunction solar cells and its implication on the S-kink characteristics

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    Gusain, Abhay; Singh, Surendra; Chauhan, A. K.; Saxena, Vibha; Jha, P.; Veerender, P.; Singh, Ajay; Varde, P. V.; Basu, Saibal; Aswal, D. K.; Gupta, S. K.

    2016-02-01

    The efficiency of a bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cell critically depends upon quality of its interfaces. The imperfect interfaces can lead to S-kink in the current-voltage characteristics that reduce the efficiency of BHJ solar cells. In this letter, using PCDTBT:PCBM based BHJ solar cells, we demonstrate that non-destructive X-ray reflectivity is powerful technique to estimate the electron density profile across the BHJ solar cells. A direct correlation is observed between the enhanced electron density at PEDOT:PSS/PCDTBT:PCBM interface and appearance of S-kink in J-V characteristics, which is also supported by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Kelvin probe measurements.

  14. Effects of density difference of constituent elements on glass formation in TiCu-based bulk metallic glasses

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    Zhongyan Zhang; Zengbao Jiao; Jie Zhou; Yuan Wu; Hui Wang; Xiongjun Liu; Zhaoping Lun

    2013-01-01

    Glass formation is generally favored by a large atomic size mismatch among constituent elements, which usually leads to large density differences among them as well. During melting, elemental segregation occurs due to Stokes’ law and then inevitably affects glass formation. In this paper, such effects on glass-forming ability in a TiCu-based alloy system have been demonstrated. In the bulk glass-forming composition Ti43Cu42Hf14Si1, macroscopic segregation of Si was observed in the as-melted ingots and silicon was completely depleted in the as-cast rods. In another Ti33Cu47Ni8Zr11Si1 alloy, nevertheless, the effects of density differences among the constituent elements were less severe. It was also confirmed that using proper pre-alloys could be an effective way in alleviating the side effects of the elemental segregation.

  15. Gamma-ray yield dependence on bulk density and moisture content of a sample of a PGNAA setup. A Monte Carlo study

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    Monte Carlo calculations were carried out to study the dependence of γ-ray yield on the bulk density and moisture content of a sample in a thermalneutron capture-based prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) setup. The results of the study showed a strong dependence of the γ-ray yield upon the sample bulk density. An order of magnitude increase in yield of 1.94 and 6.42 MeV prompt γ-rays from calcium in a Portland cement sample was observed for a corresponding order of magnitude increase in the sample bulk density. On the contrary the γ-ray yield has a weak dependence on sample moisture content and an increase of only 20% in yield of 1.94 and 6.42 MeV prompt γ-rays from calcium in the Portland cement sample was observed for an order of magnitude increase in the moisture content of the Portland cement sample. A similar effect of moisture content has been observed on the yield of 1.167 MeV prompt γ-rays from chlorine contaminants in Portland cement samples. For an order of magnitude increase in the moisture content of the sample, a 7 to 12% increase in the yield of the 1.167 MeV chlorine γ-ray was observed for the Portland cement samples containing 1 to 5 wt.% chlorine contaminants. This study has shown that effects of sample moisture content on prompt γ-ray yield from constituents of a Portland cement sample are insignificant in a thermal-neutrons capture-based PGNAA setup. (author)

  16. Estimating the density scaling exponent of viscous liquids from specific heat and bulk modulus data

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    Pedersen, Ulf R.; Hecksher, Tina; Jakobsen, Bo; Schrøder, Thomas B.; Gnan, Nicoletta; Bailey, Nicholas P.; Dyre, Jeppe C.

    2009-01-01

    It was recently shown by computer simulations that a large class of liquids exhibits strong correlations in their thermal fluctuations of virial and potential energy [Pedersen et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 015701 (2008)]. Among organic liquids the class of strongly correlating liquids includes van der Waals liquids, but excludes ionic and hydrogen-bonding liquids. The present note focuses on the density scaling of strongly correlating liquids, i.e., the fact their relaxation time tau at diffe...

  17. On valence electron density, energy dissipation and plasticity of bulk metallic glasses

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    Highlights: ► Relationship between valence electron density and plasticity of metallic glasses. ► Poisson's ratio increases as electron density decreases. ► Energy dissipation proposed to understand plasticity. ► Low electron density indicates small activation energy. -- Abstract: In conventional crystalline alloys, valence electron density (VED) is one of the most significant factors in determining their phase stability and mechanical properties. Extending the concept to metallic glasses (MGs), it is found, not totally surprisingly, that their mechanical properties are VED-dependent as in crystalline alloys. Interestingly, the whole VED region can be separated into two zones: Zone 1 consists of Mg-, Ca-, and RE-based (RE for rare earth) alloys; Zone 2 consists of the rest of MGs. In either zone, for each type of MGs, Poisson's ratio generally decreases as VED increases. From the energy dissipation viewpoint proposed recently, the amorphous plasticity is closely related to the activation energy for the operation of shear-transformation-zones (STZs). Smaller STZ activation energy suggests higher ductility because STZs with lower activation energy are able to convert deformation work more efficiently into configurational energy rather than heat, which yields mechanical softening and advances the growth of shear bands (SBs). Following this model, it is revealed that the activation energies for STZ operation and crystallization are certainly proportional to VED. Thus, it is understood that, in Zone 2, MGs have a smaller VED and hence lower activation energies which are favorable for ductility and Poisson's ratio. In Zone 1, MGs have the lowest VED but apparent brittleness because either of low glass transition temperature and poor resistance to oxidation or of a large fraction of covalent bonds

  18. A path to asteroid bulk densities: Simultaneous size and shape optimization from optical lightcurves and Keck disk-resolved data

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    Hanus, Josef; Viikinkoski, Matti; Marchis, Franck; Durech, Josef

    2015-11-01

    A reliable bulk density of an asteroid can be determined from the knowledge of its volume and mass. This quantity provides hints on the internal structure of asteroids and their origin. We compute volume of several asteroids by scaling sizes of their 3D shape models to fit the disk-resolved images, which are available in the Keck Observatory Archive (KOA) and the Virtual Observatory Binary Asteroids Database (VOBAD). The size of an asteroid is optimized together with its shape by the All-Data Asteroid Modelling inversion algorithm (ADAM, Viikinkoski et al., 2015, A&A, 576, A8), while the spin state of the original convex shape model from the DAMIT database is only used as an initial guess for the modeling. Updated sets of optical lightcurves are usually employed. Thereafter, we combine obtained volume with mass estimates available in the literature and derive bulk densities for tens of asteroids with a typical accuracy of 20-50%.On top of that, we also provide a list of asteroids, for which (i) there are already mass estimates with reported uncertainties better than 20% or their masses will be most likely determined in the future from Gaia astrometric observations, and (ii) their 3D shape models are currently unknown. Additional optical lightcurves are necessary in order to determine convex shape models of these asteroids. Our web page (https://asteroid-obs.oca.eu/foswiki/bin/view/Main/Photometry) contains additional information about this observation campaign.

  19. Diffusion of Chloride Ions in Soils: Ⅰ.Influences of Soil Moisture,Bulk Density and Temperature

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    XUMINGGANG; ZHANGYIPING; 等

    1997-01-01

    Diffusion coefficients of chlorde ions in four soils of different exture with varying effective moisture content and varying bulk density from 1.1 to 1.6 g cm3 under three different temperatures were determined by the diffusion-cell method using 36Cl-labelled CaCl2 solution.The result showed that activation energy decreased with water content,which indicated that the threshold fro diffusion was lower at a higher soil moisture rate .Therefor,the diffusion coefficient(D) of chloride ions in soil increased consistently with soil moisture,Although a near linear increase in the diffusion coefficient with increasing soil moisture or bulk density in all the soils was observed,the increase rate in different soils was not the same.The D value increased with teperature,and with temperature increased by 10℃ in the range from 5℃to 45℃ the D valve increased by 10%-30%,averaging about 20%.

  20. Optimization of PGNAA instrument design for bulk coal analysis

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    Oliveira, C.; Salgado, J.; Carvalho, F.G. (National Lab. for Industrial Technology and Engineering, Scavem (Portugal))

    1992-01-01

    The application of prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) to the on-line characterization of raw materials is progressively gaining general acceptance as a technically and economically adequate method for solving process control-related problems in different industry branches, ranging from the efficient use of energy and materials to the limitation of environmental impacts. The Nuclear Instrumentation Group at Portugal's National Laboratory for Industrial Technology and Engineering is engaged in the design optimization of a prototype industrial PGNAA unit for on-line quality control of steam coal. To this end, an experimental setup was put together while a series of computer simulation studies was carried out using the MCNP code. In the simulation, a cube-shaped coal volume 30 cm in side was used as the sample. The neutron source and the gamma-ray detector were located at the center of opposite cube faces. Computer simulation runs were carried out for Am-Be and 252 Cf neutron sources with coal samples of four different chemical compositions and densities ranging from 0.8 to 1.6.

  1. Optimization of PGNAA instrument design for bulk coal analysis

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    The application of prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) to the on-line characterization of raw materials is progressively gaining general acceptance as a technically and economically adequate method for solving process control-related problems in different industry branches, ranging from the efficient use of energy and materials to the limitation of environmental impacts. The Nuclear Instrumentation Group at Portugal's National Laboratory for Industrial Technology and Engineering is engaged in the design optimization of a prototype industrial PGNAA unit for on-line quality control of steam coal. To this end, an experimental setup was put together while a series of computer simulation studies was carried out using the MCNP code. In the simulation, a cube-shaped coal volume 30 cm in side was used as the sample. The neutron source and the gamma-ray detector were located at the center of opposite cube faces. Computer simulation runs were carried out for Am-Be and 252 Cf neutron sources with coal samples of four different chemical compositions and densities ranging from 0.8 to 1.6

  2. Searching for high magnetization density in bulk Fe: the new metastable Fe$_6$ phase

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    Umemoto, Koichiro; Himmetoglu, Burak; Wang, Jian-Ping; Wentzcovitch, Renata M.; Cococcioni, Matteo

    2014-01-01

    We report the discovery of a new allotrope of iron by first principles calculations. This phase has $Pmn2_1$ symmetry, a six-atom unit cell (hence the name Fe$_6$), and the highest magnetization density (M$_s$) among all known crystalline phases of iron. Obtained from the structural optimizations of the Fe$_3$C-cementite crystal upon carbon removal, $Pmn2_1$ Fe$_6$ is shown to result from the stabilization of a ferromagnetic FCC phase, further strained along the Bain path. Although metastable...

  3. Thermocline bulk shear analysis in the northern North Sea

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    Chen, Shengli; Polton, Jeff A.; Hu, Jianyu; Xing, Jiuxing

    2016-04-01

    Thermocline bulk shear is investigated in the northern North Sea using historical observations. The conventional bulk shear is modified to define a thermocline bulk shear (TBS), in order to better represent the shear across the thermocline. The TBS computed by observed currents is decomposed into components at different frequency bands. The near-inertial TBS is the largest component. Its dominance is significant during the period of high wind. It is formed by the wind-driven near-inertial current which has a distinct phase shift (˜180°) across the thermocline. A linear model is presented, which well simulates the observed near-inertial TBS, especially during the period of relatively strong wind. The semidiurnal TBS makes a secondary contribution to the total TBS. It is only slightly smaller than the near-inertial TBS when the wind is relatively weak. The large values of semidiurnal TBS are associated with semidiurnal currents which have a phase shift (˜30-40°) or a magnitude difference (˜5 cm/s) across the thermocline. The low-frequency (<0.7 cpd) TBS also makes an episodic contribution to the total. Its variation coincides with the Ekman transport during the period of relatively strong wind. The low-frequency TBS is mainly formed by an Ekman-like clockwise spiraling of velocity with depth or a distinct magnitude difference in velocities between upper and lower layers.

  4. Searching for high magnetization density in bulk Fe: the new metastable Fe₆ phase.

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    Umemoto, Koichiro; Himmetoglu, Burak; Wang, Jian-Ping; Wentzcovitch, Renata M; Cococcioni, Matteo

    2015-01-14

    We report the discovery of a new allotrope of iron by first principles calculations. This phase has Pmn2(1) symmetry, a six-atom unit cell (hence the name Fe6), and the highest magnetization density (Ms) among all the known crystalline phases of iron. Obtained from the structural optimizations of the Fe3C-cementite crystal upon carbon removal, Pmn2(1) Fe6 is shown to result from the stabilization of a ferromagnetic FCC phase, further strained along the Bain path. Although metastable from 0 to 50 GPa, the new phase is more stable at low pressures than the other well-known HCP and FCC allotropes and smoothly transforms into the FCC phase under compression. If stabilized to room temperature, for example, by interstitial impurities, Fe6 could become the basis material for high Ms rare-earth-free permament magnets and high-impact applications such as light-weight electric engine rotors or high-density recording media. The new phase could also be key to explaining the enigmatic high Ms of Fe16N2, which is currently attracting intense research activity. PMID:25425567

  5. Fluorescence lifetime fluctuations of single molecules probe local density fluctuations in disordered media: a bulk approach.

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    Vallée, R A L; Tomczak, N; Vancso, G J; Kuipers, L; van Hulst, N F

    2005-03-15

    We investigated the nanometer scale mobility of polymers in the glassy state by monitoring the dynamics of embedded single fluorophores. Recently we reported on fluorescence lifetime fluctuations which reflect the segmental rearrangement dynamics of the polymer in the surroundings of the single molecule probe. Here we focus on the nature of these fluorescence lifetime fluctuations. First the potential role of quenching and molecular conformational changes is discussed. Next we concentrate on the influence of the radiative density of states on the spontaneous emission of individual dye molecules embedded in a polymer. To this end we present a theory connecting the effective-medium theory to a cell-hole model, originating from the Simha-Somcynsky free-volume theory. The relation between the derived distributions of free volume and fluorescence lifetime allows one to determine the number of segments involved in the local rearrangement directly from experimental data. Results for two different polymers as a function of temperature are presented. PMID:15836240

  6. Effects of dry bulk density and particle size fraction on gas transport parameters in variably saturated landfill cover soil.

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    Wickramarachchi, Praneeth; Kawamoto, Ken; Hamamoto, Shoichiro; Nagamori, Masanao; Moldrup, Per; Komatsu, Toshiko

    2011-12-01

    Landfill sites are emerging in climate change scenarios as a significant source of greenhouse gases. The compacted final soil cover at landfill sites plays a vital role for the emission, fate and transport of landfill gases. This study investigated the effects of dry bulk density, ρ(b), and particle size fraction on the main soil-gas transport parameters - soil-gas diffusivity (D(p)/D(o), ratio of gas diffusion coefficients in soil and free air) and air permeability (k(a)) - under variably-saturated moisture conditions. Soil samples were prepared by three different compaction methods (Standard and Modified Proctor compaction, and hand compaction) with resulting ρ(b) values ranging from 1.40 to 2.10 g cm(-3). Results showed that D(p) and k(a) values for the '+gravel' fraction (soil-air content (ε), likely due to enhanced gas diffusion and advection through less tortuous, large-pore networks. The effect of dry bulk density on D(p) and k(a) was most pronounced for the '+gravel' fraction. Normalized ratios were introduced for all soil-gas parameters: (i) for gas diffusivity D(p)/D(f), the ratio of measured D(p) to D(p) in total porosity (f), (ii) for air permeability k(a)/k(a)(,pF4.1), the ratio of measured k(a) to k(a) at 1235 kPa matric potential (=pF 4.1), and (iii) for soil-air content, the ratio of soil-air content (ε) to total porosity (f) (air saturation). Based on the normalized parameters, predictive power-law models for D(p)(ε/f) and k(a)(ε/f) models were developed based on a single parameter (water blockage factor M for D(p) and P for k(a)). The water blockage factors, M and P, were found to be linearly correlated to ρ(b) values, and the effects of dry bulk density on D(p) and k(a) for both '+gravel' and '-gravel' fractions were well accounted for by the new models. PMID:21813272

  7. Effects of dry bulk density and particle size fraction on gas transport parameters in variably saturated landfill cover soil

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    Highlights: → The effects of soil physical properties on gas transport parameters were investigated. → Higher values of Dp and ka exhibited in the '+gravel' than the '-gravel' fraction at same soil-air content (ε). → Recent power law models for Dp (WLR) and ka (RPL) were modified. → Model parameters were linearly related to easily measurable dry bulk density (ρb). - Abstract: Landfill sites are emerging in climate change scenarios as a significant source of greenhouse gases. The compacted final soil cover at landfill sites plays a vital role for the emission, fate and transport of landfill gases. This study investigated the effects of dry bulk density, ρb, and particle size fraction on the main soil-gas transport parameters - soil-gas diffusivity (Dp/Do, ratio of gas diffusion coefficients in soil and free air) and air permeability (ka) - under variably-saturated moisture conditions. Soil samples were prepared by three different compaction methods (Standard and Modified Proctor compaction, and hand compaction) with resulting ρb values ranging from 1.40 to 2.10 g cm-3. Results showed that Dp and ka values for the '+gravel' fraction (p and ka was most pronounced for the '+gravel' fraction. Normalized ratios were introduced for all soil-gas parameters: (i) for gas diffusivity Dp/Df, the ratio of measured Dp to Dp in total porosity (f), (ii) for air permeability ka/ka,pF4.1, the ratio of measured ka to ka at 1235 kPa matric potential (=pF 4.1), and (iii) for soil-air content, the ratio of soil-air content (ε) to total porosity (f) (air saturation). Based on the normalized parameters, predictive power-law models for Dp(ε/f) and ka(ε/f) models were developed based on a single parameter (water blockage factor M for Dp and P for ka). The water blockage factors, M and P, were found to be linearly correlated to ρb values, and the effects of dry bulk density on Dp and ka for both '+gravel' and '-gravel' fractions were well accounted for by the new models.

  8. Influence of shrub cover vegetal and slope length on soil bulk density

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    In arid and semiarid environments of the Mediterranean climate, the shrub species play an important role in the revegetation of abandoned lands, which enables to control the soil losses, organic material and water. In this article are compared the results obtained under different revegetation in abandoned lands in the central area of Spain. In these revegetation has been used two native shrubs: A triplex halimus (Ah) and Retama sphaerocarpa (Rs), and were analyzed the influence of these revegetation in the contents of organic material of soil and apparent density in 5 years time after planting. As control, have been considered the pieces of ground with spontaneous vegetation abandoned in the same date that the shrubs revegetation. Atriplex halimus gives to the soil a covering capable to intercept a big amount of water drops absorbing a great amount part of the kinetic energy of the rain, while provides a microclimates as a result of be able to soften the wind, the temperature and the evaporation-transpiration, which makes it efficient to control the erosion and the desertification (Le Houerou, 2000). Retama sphaerocarpa was chosen because it is a native shrub very characteristic, and, due to its symbiosis with the Bradyrhizobium, enriches the soil in nitrogen, which is taken by the nitrophilous species enhancing the spontaneous vegetal covering. (Author) 9 refs.

  9. Ab-initio Density Functional Theory (DFT) Studies of Electronic, Transport, and Bulk Properties of Sodium Oxide (Na2O)

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    Polin, Daniel; Ziegler, Joshua; Malozovsky, Yuriy; Bagayoko, Diola

    We present the findings of ab-initio calculations of electronic, transport, and structural properties of cubic sodium oxide (Na2O). These results were obtained using density functional theory (DFT), specifically a local density approximation (LDA) potential, and the linear combination of Gaussian orbitals (LCGO). Our implementation of LCGO followed the Bagayoko, Zhao, and Williams method as enhanced by the work of Ekuma and Franklin (BZW-EF). We describe the electronic band structure of Na2O with a direct band gap of 2.22 eV. Our results include predicted values for the electronic band structure and associated energy eigenvalues, the total and partial density of states (DOS and pDOS), the equilibrium lattice constant of Na2O, and the bulk modulus. We have also calculated the electron and holes effective masses in the Γ to L, Γ to X, and Γ to K directions. Acknowledgments: This work was funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Louisiana Board of Regents, through LASiGMA [Award Nos. EPS- 1003897, NSF (2010-15)-RII-SUBR] and NSF HRD-1002541, the US Department of Energy - National, Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) (Award No. DE- NA0002630), LaSPACE, and LONI-SUBR.

  10. Econometric Analysis of Bulk Shipping: implications for investment strategies and financial decision-making

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    Tsolakis, S.

    2005-01-01

    textabstractThis thesis provides an econometric analysis of the bulk shipping markets and the implications for shipping investment and financial decision making. Chapter 1 sets the scene by providing a historic analysis of bulk shipping markets over the last 55 years. From this analysis, four shipping markets (freight, newbuilding, second-hand and demolition) are distinguished as well as a fifth one (ship finance) that acts as a facilitator to the other four. Also, with the help of correlatio...

  11. Fabrication of bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors with high critical current densities through the infiltration-growth process

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    Nakazato, K.; Muralidhar, M.; Koblischka, M. R.; Murakami, M.

    2014-09-01

    With the aim of producing bulk YBa2Cu3Oy (Y123) superconductors with high flux pinning performance, we employed an infiltration growth (IG) process, in which liquid phase Ba-Cu-O is infiltrated into Y2BaCuO5 (Y211) pellets with NdBa2Cu3Oy seed at high temperatures to produce Y123 phase. Single grain Y123 samples 27 mm in diameter and 5 mm in thickness could be produced with the seeded IG method. Trapped field measurements showed that the IG-processed Y123 sample was a single domain with the maximum trapped field of around 0.403 T at 1 mm above the surface at 77 K. Magnetization measurements demonstrated that IG-processed Y123 sample exhibits a sharp superconducting transition with an onset Tc of around 93.2 K. Microstructural observations by means of atomic force microscopy (AFM) clarified that sub-micrometer-sized Y211 particles are finely and uniformly distributed in the Y123 matrix, which is the source of high pinning performances. The critical current density (Jc) values at liquid nitrogen temperature (77 K) and 50 K in 0 T were 1.75 × 105 A/cm2 and 5.28 × 105 A/cm2, respectively. These values are the highest among bulk Y123 samples ever reported in the literature.

  12. Influence of optical interference and carrier lifetime on the short circuit current density of organic bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    You Hai-Long; Zhang Chun-Fu

    2009-01-01

    Based on simple analytical equations, short circuit current density (Jsc) of the organic bulk heterojunction solar cells has been calculated. It is found that the optical interference effect plays a very important role in the determination of JSC;and obvious oscillatory behaviour of Jsc was observed as a function of thickness. At the same time, the influence of JSC only increases the carrier lifetime on JSC also cannot be neglected. When the carrier lifetime is relatively short, at the initial stage and then decreases rapidly with the increase of active layer thickness. However, for a relatively long carrier lifetime, the exciton dissociation probability must be considered, and Jsc behaves wave-like with the increase of active layer thickness. The validity of this model is confirmed by the experimental results.

  13. A hybrid-exchange density functional study of the bonding and electronic structure in bulk CuFeS2

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    Martínez-Casado, Ruth; Chen, Vincent H.-Y.; Mallia, Giuseppe; Harrison, Nicholas M.

    2016-05-01

    The geometric, electronic, and magnetic properties of bulk chalcopyrite CuFeS2 have been investigated using hybrid-exchange density functional theory calculations. The results are compared with available theoretical and experimental data. The theoretical description of the bonding and electronic structure in CuFeS2 is analyzed in detail and compared to those computed for chalcocite (CuS2) and greigite (Fe3S4). In particular, the behavior of the 3d electrons of Fe3+ is discussed in terms of the Hubbard-Anderson model in the strongly correlated regime and found to be similarly described in both materials by an on-site Coulomb repulsion (U) of ˜8.9 eV and a transfer integral (t) of ˜0.3 eV.

  14. Targets for bulk hydrogen analysis using thermal neutrons

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    Csikai, J; Buczko, C M

    2002-01-01

    The reflection property of substances can be characterized by the reflection cross-section of thermal neutrons, sigma subbeta. A combination of the targets with thin polyethylene foils allowed an estimation of the flux depression of thermal neutrons caused by a bulk sample containing highly absorbing elements or compounds. Some new and more accurate sigma subbeta values were determined by using the combined target arrangement. For the ratio, R of the reflection and the elastic scattering cross-sections of thermal neutrons, R=sigma subbeta/sigma sub E sub L a value of 0.60+-0.02 was found on the basis of the data obtained for a number of elements from H to Pb. Using this correlation factor, and the sigma sub E sub L values, the unknown sigma subbeta data can be deduced. The equivalent thicknesses, to polyethylene or hydrogen, of the different target materials were determined from the sigma subbeta values.

  15. A comparative study of the density of defect states in bulk samples and thin films of glassy Se$_{90}$Sb$_{10}$

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    KUMAR ANJANI; DWIVEDI PRABHAT K; SHUKLA R K; KUMAR A

    2016-05-01

    The present paper reports the comparative study of density of defect states (DOS) between bulk samples and thin films of glassy Se$_{90}$Sb$_{10}$. These glasses have been prepared by the quenching technique. Thin films of these glasses have been prepared by vacuum evaporation technique. Space-charge-limited conduction (SCLC) has been measured at different temperatures.The density of localized states near Fermi level is calculated by fitting the data to the theory of SCLC for the case of uniform distribution of localized states for bulk as well as for thin films. A comparison has been made between the density of states calculated in these two cases.

  16. Short communication: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in bulk tank milk of dairy cows and effect of swine population density.

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    Locatelli, C; Cremonesi, P; Bertocchi, L; Zanoni, M G; Barberio, A; Drigo, I; Varisco, G; Castiglioni, B; Bronzo, V; Moroni, P

    2016-03-01

    The methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has recently frequently been reported in dairy cattle, usually with low prevalence. The livestock-associated MRSA (LA-MRSA) ST398 is especially involved in cases of subclinical and clinical mastitis. Swine carry LA-MRSA without clinical symptoms and are considered its reservoir and shedder. People exposed to swine are particularly at risk of LA-MRSA colonization. Environments with relevant livestock density are a demonstrated risk factor for humans to be carriers of a LA-MRSA. This work investigated dairy farms located in an area with a high livestock density, mainly represented by swine. Bulk tank milk samples from 224 dairy farms were collected, and their status was defined as MRSA-positive or MRSA-negative based on culture on chromogenic medium. The number of fattening swine and of fattening swine herds was calculated in an area of 3 km around each dairy farm through georeferencing. The probability of a Staphylococcus aureus-positive dairy farm to be MRSA positive based on the extent of potential infective pressure due to swine density was calculated. Both the number of swine herds and the number of swine were associated with the MRSA status of dairy herds. The 9 MRSA isolated were typed by multi-locus sequence typing and spa-typing, and characterized for their virulence factors and antimicrobial resistance profiles. The ST and spa-types detected are consistent with those present in the Italian swine population. Virulence and resistance profiles are mostly consistent with the types detected. This work provides the first evidence of the epidemiological challenge exerted by the density of the swine population on MRSA in dairy cows. PMID:26805972

  17. From bulk to particle analysis - A new challenge for radioecology

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    Full text: Radioactivity may be introduced in the environment through a variety of systems and processes. Human activities involving nuclear weapons and nuclear fuel cycle (including mining, milling, fuel enrichment, fabrication, reactor operation, spent fuel stores, reprocessing facilities, medical applications and waste storage) are important, leading to a significant creation and release of radioactivity. Human technology also releases pre-existing natural radionuclides, which would otherwise remain trapped in the earth's crust. For instance, burning of fossil fuel (oil and coal) dominates direct atmospheric release at pre-existing natural radioactivity. The distribution pattern of radioactive fallout depends on weather conditions (i.e. wet or dry) and on the nature of the surface and the physical-chemical form of the radionuclides, which may vary according to release and transport conditions as well as element properties. A general distinction can be made between gases, aerosols and particulate material. Particles with higher activity concentration, known as 'hot particles', may result from atmospheric nuclear weapon tests or nuclear reactor accidents. Their activity is diluted as material is transferred to soil and water directly or via vegetation and movement through other biota. Therefore, for monitoring radioactivity in the environment it is necessary to analyse bulk samples from all biosphere compartments as well as single microparticles. Analytical chemistry plays a determinant role for routine verifications as well as in case of radiological alarm to take decision for restoration of the environment and protection of the citizens. The reference laboratory for the measurement of radioactivity in the environment (MaRE lab) at the Institute for Transuranium Element (European Commission, Joint Research Centre) provides scientific and technical support to the policy of the Directorate General for Transport and Energy (DG TREN) of the European Commission, both

  18. Developing a Penetrometer-Based Mapping System for Visualizing Silage Bulk Density from the Bunker Silo Face

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    Li, Menghua; Jungbluth, Kerstin H.; Sun, Yurui; Cheng, Qiang; Maack, Christian; Buescher, Wolfgang; Lin, Jianhui; Zhou, Haiyang; Wang, Zhongyi

    2016-01-01

    For silage production, high bulk density (BD) is critical to minimize aerobic deterioration facilitated by oxygen intrusion. To precisely assess packing quality for bunker silos, there is a desire to visualize the BD distribution within the silage. In this study, a penetrometer-based mapping system was developed. The data processing included filtering of the penetration friction component (PFC) out of the penetration resistance (PR), transfer of the corrected penetration resistance (PRc) to BD, incorporation of Kriged interpolation for data expansion and map generation. The experiment was conducted in a maize bunker silo (width: 8 m, middle height: 3 m). The BD distributions near the bunker silo face were represented using two map groups, one related to horizontal- and the other to vertical-density distribution patterns. We also presented a comparison between the map-based BD results and core sampling data. Agreement between the two measurement approaches (RMSE = 19.175 kg·m−3) demonstrates that the developed penetrometer mapping system may be beneficial for rapid assessment of aerobic deterioration potential in bunker silos. PMID:27399703

  19. Half-metallicity of bulk and (1 1 1) surface for full-Heusler alloy Co2VAl: A density functional study

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    Highlights: •The bulk and (1 1 1) surface half-metallicity of Heusler alloy Co2VAl are investated. •The half-metallic ferromagnetism with a ground state is confirmed in bulk Co2VAl. •The bulk HM property is preserved at two surfaces but lost at other two surfaces. •The present work would be helpful for the applications of spintronic devices. -- Abstract: Motivated by the recent experimental synthesis of the bulk and thin films for full-Heusler alloy Co2VAl, we investigate the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of the bulk Co2VAl and its (1 1 1) surfaces based on the density functional theory. The half-metallic ferromagnetism with the magnetic moment of 2.00 μB per formula unit is confirmed in the bulk Co2VAl with L21 structure. For the four possible (1 1 1) surfaces, it is shown from the present DOS that the bulk half-metallicity is preserved at V- and Al-terminated surfaces but destroyed by some surface states at Co–V- and Co–Al-terminated surfaces. We also find that the atomic magnetic moments at the (1 1 1) surfaces are greatly different from the bulk values due to the effect of symmetry breaking at the surface. Moreover, the structure relaxation indicates that Al- and V-terminated surfaces are more favorable to the applications of spintronic devices

  20. AB-INITIO STUDY OF BULK MODULUS AND CHARGE DENSITY OF CUBIC SrMO3 PEROVSKITES (M = Ti, Zr, Mo, Rh, Ru

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    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Bulk modulus & charge density of cubic SrMO3 perovskites (M = Ti, Zr, Mo, Rh & Ru have been investigated systematically using the first principle density functional calculations. Local density approximation (LDAmethod has been used to compute the two quantities for five perovskites. It is found that the calculated bulk modulus for all the transition metal oxides are in good agreement with the available experimental data and with other theoretical results previously reported in the literature. ABINIT computer code is used to carry out all the calculations. Charge density plots for all the five cubic SrMO3 perovskites have been drawn using MATLAB. The maximum and minimum values of charge density along with the corresponding reduced coordinates are reported for all the perovskites.

  1. Tunnel geometry of the subterranean termite Reticulitermes grassei (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in response to sand bulk density and the presence of food

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    T(A)NIA NOBRE; LINA NUNES; DAVID E. BIGNELL

    2007-01-01

    The cryptic habits of subterranean termites restricts detailed analysis of their foraging patterns in situ, but the process is evidently dominated by tunnel constructions connecting the nest with woody resources discovered within the territory of each colony.In this study, tunnel formation and orientation were studied experimentally in the termite taining fine sand as the substratum. The building of exploratory tunnels over a 10-day period and the geometry of the resulting network are described. Fractal analysis showed that tunnel geometry had a fractal dimension, regardless of the total length tunnelled whether foragers encountered the food source or not. The bulk density of the sand in the arenas affected the distances tunnelled, with higher density reducing construction, but did not affect tunnel geometry. Tunnels were not discernibly orientated with respect to the positioning of the food source, even in a situation where termites had failed to find the food source at a distance of less than 50 mm, suggesting that volatiles from wood are not attractants.

  2. Neutron activation analysis of bulk samples from Chinese ancient porcelain to provenance research

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    Neutron activation analysis (NAA) is an important technique to determine the provenance of ancient ceramics. The most common technique used for preparing ancient samples for NAA is to grind them into a powder and then encapsulate them before neutron irradiation. Unfortunately, ceramic materials are typically very hard making it a challenge to grind them into a powder. In this study we utilize bulk porcelain samples cut from ancient shards. The bulk samples are irradiated by neutrons alongside samples that have been conventionally ground into a powder. The NAA for both the bulk samples and powders are compared and shown to provide equivalent information regarding their chemical composition. Also, the multivariate statistical have been employed to the analysis data for check the consistency. The findings suggest that NAA results are less dependent on the state of the porcelain sample, and thus bulk samples cut from shards may be used to effectively determine their provenance. (author)

  3. High resolution gamma-ray spectroscopy applied to bulk sample analysis

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    A high resolution Ge(Li) gamma-ray spectrometer has been installed and made operational for use in routine bulk sample analysis by the Bendix Field Engineering Corporation (BFEC) geochemical analysis department. The Ge(Li) spectrometer provides bulk sample analyses for potassium, uranium, and thorium that are superior to those obtained by the BFEC sodium iodide spectrometer. The near term analysis scheme permits a direct assay for uranium that corrects for bulk sample self-absorption effects and is independent of the uranium/radium disequilibrium condition of the sample. A more complete analysis scheme has been developed that fully utilizes the gamma-ray data provided by the Ge(Li) spectrometer and that more properly accounts for the sample self-absorption effect. This new analysis scheme should be implemented on the BFEC Ge(Li) spectrometer at the earliest date

  4. Error analysis in the taking of samples from bulk material

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    In the goods quality testing carried out on a sampling basis, errors must be accounted for regarding conclusions on the population. Here various methods for the error source analysis with several multistep sampling procedures are given and compared with concrete examples. (orig.)

  5. SWOT analysis for safer carriage of bulk liquid chemicals in tankers.

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    Arslan, Ozcan; Er, Ismail Deha

    2008-06-15

    The application of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis to formulation of strategy concerned with the safe carriage of bulk liquid chemicals in maritime tankers was examined in this study. A qualitative investigation using SWOT analysis has been implemented successfully for ships that are designed to carry liquid chemicals in bulk. The originality of this study lies in the use of SWOT analysis as a management tool to formulate strategic action plans for ship management companies, ship masters and officers for the carriage of dangerous goods in bulk. With this transportation-based SWOT analysis, efforts were made to explore the ways and means of converting possible threats into opportunities, and changing weaknesses into strengths; and strategic plans of action were developed for safer tanker operation. PMID:18093731

  6. Thermodynamic analysis of the bulk heating process in large chambers

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    Postrzednik, S.

    1987-05-01

    Analyzes the energy balance for heating of coke in coke ovens with heat transfer from heating surfaces. Equations are derived for heat absorbed in process cycle periods, for pseudo-stationary temperature fields in the system and for heating intensity and fuel energy utilization. An algorithm is established for efficiency analysis of fuel utilization. The influence of an adequate period length is pointed out, as well as relations for high and low fuel energy utilization efficiency. Graphs of thermal parameters are provided. 5 refs.

  7. Gamma self-shielding correction factors calculation for aqueous bulk sample analysis by PGNAA technique.

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    Nasrabadi, M N; Mohammadi, A; Jalali, M

    2009-01-01

    In this paper bulk sample prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (BSPGNAA) was applied to aqueous sample analysis using a relative method. For elemental analysis of an unknown bulk sample, gamma self-shielding coefficient was required. Gamma self-shielding coefficient of unknown samples was estimated by an experimental method and also by MCNP code calculation. The proposed methodology can be used for the determination of the elemental concentration of unknown aqueous samples by BSPGNAA where knowledge of the gamma self-shielding within the sample volume is required. PMID:19328700

  8. Gamma self-shielding correction factors calculation for aqueous bulk sample analysis by PGNAA technique

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    Nasrabadi, M.N. [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Faculty of Modern Sciences and Technologies, University of Isfahan, Isfahan 81746-73441 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: mnnasrabadi@ast.ui.ac.ir; Mohammadi, A. [Department of Physics, Payame Noor University (PNU), Kohandej, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Jalali, M. [Isfahan Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute (NSTRT), Reactor and Accelerators Research and Development School, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2009-07-15

    In this paper bulk sample prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (BSPGNAA) was applied to aqueous sample analysis using a relative method. For elemental analysis of an unknown bulk sample, gamma self-shielding coefficient was required. Gamma self-shielding coefficient of unknown samples was estimated by an experimental method and also by MCNP code calculation. The proposed methodology can be used for the determination of the elemental concentration of unknown aqueous samples by BSPGNAA where knowledge of the gamma self-shielding within the sample volume is required.

  9. Spectrum response and analysis of 77 GHz band collective Thomson scattering diagnostic for bulk and fast ions in LHD plasmas

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    Nishiura, M.; Kubo, S.; Tanaka, K.;

    2014-01-01

    electron densities of (1–2) × 1019 m−3 and electron temperatures of 2–4 keV. The measured CTS spectrum shows an asymmetric shape at the foot of the bulk-ion region during the injection of 180 keV fast ions. This shape is explained by the fast-ion distribution in the velocity space (v‖, v⊥) based on Monte...... Carlo simulation results. The analysis method of the CTS spectra is used to evaluate the ion temperature and fast-ion velocity distribution from the measured CTS data....

  10. Ensemble approach to provide uncertainty estimates of soil bulk density in support of simulation based environmental impact and risk assessment studies

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    Large scale environmental impact studies typically involve the use of simulation models and require a variety of inputs, some of which may need to be estimated in absence of adequate measured data. One important input is bulk density that partially determines conditions for soil aeration, solute tra...

  11. A Peak in Density Dependence of Electron Spin Relaxation Time in n-Type Bulk GaAs in the Metallic Regime

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    2009-01-01

    We demonstrate that the peak in the density dependence of electron spin relaxation time in n-type bulk GaAs in the metallic regime predicted by Jiang and Wu[Phys.Rev.B 79 (2009) 125206]has been realized experimentally in the latest work[arXiv:0902.0270]by Krauβ et al.

  12. About the mechanism of ablation and bulk densities of meteoroids according to the results of photo-radar and radar-television observations

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    The observed light curves of combined radar-television and photo-radar meteors were studied within the framework of the single body theory and the theory of meteoroid quasi-continuous fragmentation. The bulk densities of the showers are sporadic meteoroids were determined and it is showed that the quasi-continuous fragmentation is the basic mechanism of disintegration of meteoroids

  13. An Asymptotic Analysis of a 2-D Model of Dynamically Active Compartments Coupled by Bulk Diffusion

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    Gou, J.; Ward, M. J.

    2016-04-01

    A class of coupled cell-bulk ODE-PDE models is formulated and analyzed in a two-dimensional domain, which is relevant to studying quorum-sensing behavior on thin substrates. In this model, spatially segregated dynamically active signaling cells of a common small radius ɛ ≪ 1 are coupled through a passive bulk diffusion field. For this coupled system, the method of matched asymptotic expansions is used to construct steady-state solutions and to formulate a spectral problem that characterizes the linear stability properties of the steady-state solutions, with the aim of predicting whether temporal oscillations can be triggered by the cell-bulk coupling. Phase diagrams in parameter space where such collective oscillations can occur, as obtained from our linear stability analysis, are illustrated for two specific choices of the intracellular kinetics. In the limit of very large bulk diffusion, it is shown that solutions to the ODE-PDE cell-bulk system can be approximated by a finite-dimensional dynamical system. This limiting system is studied both analytically, using a linear stability analysis and, globally, using numerical bifurcation software. For one illustrative example of the theory, it is shown that when the number of cells exceeds some critical number, i.e., when a quorum is attained, the passive bulk diffusion field can trigger oscillations through a Hopf bifurcation that would otherwise not occur without the coupling. Moreover, for two specific models for the intracellular dynamics, we show that there are rather wide regions in parameter space where these triggered oscillations are synchronous in nature. Unless the bulk diffusivity is asymptotically large, it is shown that a diffusion-sensing behavior is possible whereby more clustered spatial configurations of cells inside the domain lead to larger regions in parameter space where synchronous collective oscillations between the small cells can occur. Finally, the linear stability analysis for these cell-bulk

  14. An Asymptotic Analysis of a 2-D Model of Dynamically Active Compartments Coupled by Bulk Diffusion

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    Gou, J.; Ward, M. J.

    2016-08-01

    A class of coupled cell-bulk ODE-PDE models is formulated and analyzed in a two-dimensional domain, which is relevant to studying quorum-sensing behavior on thin substrates. In this model, spatially segregated dynamically active signaling cells of a common small radius ɛ ≪ 1 are coupled through a passive bulk diffusion field. For this coupled system, the method of matched asymptotic expansions is used to construct steady-state solutions and to formulate a spectral problem that characterizes the linear stability properties of the steady-state solutions, with the aim of predicting whether temporal oscillations can be triggered by the cell-bulk coupling. Phase diagrams in parameter space where such collective oscillations can occur, as obtained from our linear stability analysis, are illustrated for two specific choices of the intracellular kinetics. In the limit of very large bulk diffusion, it is shown that solutions to the ODE-PDE cell-bulk system can be approximated by a finite-dimensional dynamical system. This limiting system is studied both analytically, using a linear stability analysis and, globally, using numerical bifurcation software. For one illustrative example of the theory, it is shown that when the number of cells exceeds some critical number, i.e., when a quorum is attained, the passive bulk diffusion field can trigger oscillations through a Hopf bifurcation that would otherwise not occur without the coupling. Moreover, for two specific models for the intracellular dynamics, we show that there are rather wide regions in parameter space where these triggered oscillations are synchronous in nature. Unless the bulk diffusivity is asymptotically large, it is shown that a diffusion-sensing behavior is possible whereby more clustered spatial configurations of cells inside the domain lead to larger regions in parameter space where synchronous collective oscillations between the small cells can occur. Finally, the linear stability analysis for these cell-bulk

  15. Implications of Using USDA-NCSS Bulk Density to Estimate Carbon Stocks in Forest Soils Across the Southeastern United States

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    Bacon, A. R.; Akers, K.; Cucinella, J.; Grunwald, S.; Jokela, E. J.; Markewitz, D.; Laviner, M. A.; Vogel, J. G.; Martin, T.; Fox, T. D.; Kane, M.; Peter, G. F.; Davis, J. M.; Ross, C. W.

    2015-12-01

    Estimates of soil bulk density (Db) are critical for accurate estimates of soil carbon (C) stocks, and thus, greatly influence the balance and interpretation of soil C budgets at plot, regional, and national scales. Large scale soil C investigations in the United States (US) almost always utilize a compilation of more than 20,000 Db observations across the US within the USDA-NRCS National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) database. NCSS observations can be manually extracted as point data and then stratified or modeled by a variety of soil taxonomic, geographic, and environmental factors to estimate Db across large scales. NCSS observations also underpin the popular Soil Survey Geographic (SSURGO) database which provides continuous Db estimates across most of the US. Here, for the first time, we evaluate the precision and accuracy with which NCSS data can estimate forest soil Db across the southeastern United States and explore how using these observations impacts soil C budgets in forests across the region. We analyze and compare nearly 3,000 Db observations from the NCSS database to nearly 1,500 Db observations from the PINEMAP Tier II Network (325 experimental forest plots) across the southeastern US. We model all NCSS observations and 70% of the PINEMAP Tier II observations (a calibration dataset) separately with Random Forest algorithms to create a variety of Db predictive models at 0-10, 10-20, 20-50, and 50-100 cm depths. We validate all models against 30% of the PINEMAP Tier II observations (a validation dataset). As indexed by the mean prediction error (MPE), NCSS observations tend to over predict forest soil Db across the validation dataset by an average of 0.20 g/cc. Incorporating this positive bias of NCSS Db predictions into C stock estimates in the top 100 cm of soil across the PINEMAP Tier II network inflates C stock estimates by an average of 13 Mg/ha. Our findings identify significant potential for NCSS observations to over predict soil Db, and thus

  16. The effect of wetting and drying cycles on soil chemical composition and their impact on bulk density evaluation

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    The gamma-ray attenuation technique has been applied successfully in several areas of knowledge such as medicine, industry, chemistry, biology, agriculture and so on. Before the technique application it is important to know the probability of gamma photons interaction with the matter. The linear attenuation coefficient (k) measures the probability per unit length of a photon to be absorbed or scattered while interacting with a sample. k represents the sum of several individual attenuation coefficients due mainly to the photoelectric absorption, coherent and incoherent scatterings and pair production. Soil is characterized as a three phase system composed by solid, liquid and gaseous phases. It is known that for a given photon energy the mass attenuation coefficient (μ) is directly related to the chemical composition of the soil. As a consequence by using the mixture rule, in which (μ) is calculated by adding the products of mass attenuation coefficients and the contents of the chemical components of the soil, it is possible to obtain a theoretical (μ) value. A possible cause of chemical composition changes in soil is the application of repeated wetting and drying (W-D) cycles. Another consequence of these changes in the chemical composition of the soil can be alterations in its (μ). This result can affect how well the gamma-ray attenuation or computed tomography (CT) techniques can determine soil bulk density (ds) or porosity (φ) when samples are submitted to W-D cycles. In this work the soil elemental (oxides) composition variation of three Brazilian soils submitted to the application of W-D cycles was measured in order to evaluate possible changes in the calculated μ as a function of the cycles. Measurements of μ by using radioactive sources of 241Am and 137Cs were also performed. Gamma-ray CT was used as a tool to evaluate the impact of changes in μ induced by the cycles in determinations of ds. The measured and calculated values of μ presented good

  17. Theoretical analysis of thermal rectification in a bulk Si/nanoporous Si device

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    Criado-Sancho, M., E-mail: mcriado@ccia.uned.es [Departamento de Ciencias y Técnicas Físicoquimicas, Facultad de Ciencias, UNED, Senda del Rey 9, 20040 Madrid (Spain); Castillo, L.F. del, E-mail: felipe@unam.mx [Departamento de Polímeros, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ap. 70-360 Coyoacán, México DF, 04510 (Mexico); Casas-Vázquez, J., E-mail: Jose.Casas@uab.es [Departament de Física, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia (Spain); Jou, D., E-mail: David.Jou@uab.es [Departament de Física, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia (Spain)

    2012-04-09

    We present a theoretical analysis of thermal rectification in a porous Si/bulk Si device, taking into account ballistic effects in phonon-pore collisions when phonon mean free path is much longer than the radius of the pores. Starting from an approximate analytical expression for the effective thermal conductivity of porous Si, we obtain the thermal rectifying coefficient of the device as a function of porosity, pore size, temperature interval, and relative lengths of porous and bulk samples. -- Highlights: ► Heat conductivity of porous Si depends on the pore size. ► Thermal rectification for nanoporous Si/bulk Si is predicted. ► Thermal rectifying coefficient is calculated. ► It is shown to be comparable or higher to that of systems previously considered.

  18. Theoretical analysis of thermal rectification in a bulk Si/nanoporous Si device

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    We present a theoretical analysis of thermal rectification in a porous Si/bulk Si device, taking into account ballistic effects in phonon-pore collisions when phonon mean free path is much longer than the radius of the pores. Starting from an approximate analytical expression for the effective thermal conductivity of porous Si, we obtain the thermal rectifying coefficient of the device as a function of porosity, pore size, temperature interval, and relative lengths of porous and bulk samples. -- Highlights: ► Heat conductivity of porous Si depends on the pore size. ► Thermal rectification for nanoporous Si/bulk Si is predicted. ► Thermal rectifying coefficient is calculated. ► It is shown to be comparable or higher to that of systems previously considered.

  19. Optimization of ISOCS Parameters for Quantitative Non-Destructive Analysis of Uranium in Bulk Form

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    Kutniy, D.; Vanzha, S.; Mikhaylov, V.; Belkin, F.

    2011-12-01

    Quantitative calculation of the isotopic masses of fissionable U and Pu is important for forensic analysis of nuclear materials. γ-spectrometry is the most commonly applied tool for qualitative detection and analysis of key radionuclides in nuclear materials. Relative isotopic measurement of U and Pu may be obtained from γ-spectra through application of special software such as MGAU (Multi-Group Analysis for Uranium, LLNL) or FRAM (Fixed-Energy Response Function Analysis with Multiple Efficiency, LANL). If the concentration of U/Pu in the matrix is unknown, however, isotopic masses cannot be calculated. At present, active neutron interrogation is the only practical alternative for non-destructive quantification of fissionable isotopes of U and Pu. An active well coincidence counter (AWCC), an alternative for analyses of uranium materials, has the following disadvantages: 1) The detection of small quantities (≤100 g) of 235U is not possible in many models; 2) Representative standards that capture the geometry, density and chemical composition of the analyzed unknown are required for precise analysis; and 3) Specimen size is severely restricted by the size of the measuring chamber. These problems may be addressed using modified γ-spectrometry techniques based on a coaxial HPGe-detector and ISOCS software (In Situ Object Counting System software, Canberra). We present data testing a new gamma-spectrometry method uniting actinide detection with commonly utilized software, modified for application in determining the masses of the fissionable isotopes in unknown samples of nuclear materials. The ISOCS software, widely used in radiation monitoring, calculates the detector efficiency curve in a specified geometry and range of photon energies. In describing the geometry of the source-detector, it is necessary to clearly describe the distance between the source and the detector, the material and the thickness of the walls of the container, as well as material, density

  20. An Analysis of Bulk Data Movement Patterns in Large-scale Scientific Collaborations

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    Large-scale research efforts such as LHC experiments, ITER, and climate modelling are built upon large, globally distributed collaborations. For reasons of scalability and agility and to make effective use of existing computing resources, data processing and analysis for these projects is based on distributed computing models. Such projects thus depend on predictable and efficient bulk data movement between collaboration sites. However, the available computing and networking resources to different collaboration sites vary greatly. Large collaboration sites (such as Fermilab, CERN) have created data centres comprising hundreds, and even thousands, of computation nodes to develop massively scaled, highly distributed cluster-computing platforms. These sites are usually well connected to outside worlds with high-speed networks with bandwidth greater than 10Gbps. On the other hand, some small collaboration sites have limited computing resources or poor networking connectivity. Therefore, the bulk data movements across collaboration sites vary greatly. Fermilab is the US-CMS Tier-1 Centre and the main data centre for a few other large-scale research collaborations. Scientific traffic (e.g., CMS) dominates the traffic volumes in both inbound and outbound directions of Fermilab off-site traffic. Fermilab has deployed a Flow-based network traffic collection and analysis system to monitor and analyze the status and patterns of bulk data movement between the Laboratory and its collaboration sites. In this paper, we discuss the current status and patterns of bulk data movement between Fermilab and its collaboration sites.

  1. Finite element analysis and simulation of rheological properties of bulk molding compound (BMC)

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    Ergin, M. Fatih; Aydin, Ismail

    2013-12-01

    Bulk molding compound (BMC) is one of the important composite materials with various engineering applications. BMC is a thermoset plastic resin blend of various inert fillers, fiber reinforcements, catalysts, stabilizers and pigments that form a viscous, molding compound. Depending on the end-use application, bulk molding compounds are formulated to achieve close dimensional control, flame and scratch resistance, electrical insulation, corrosion and stain resistance, superior mechanical properties, low shrink and color stability. Its excellent flow characteristics, dielectric properties, and flame resistance make this thermoset material well-suited to a wide variety of applications requiring precision in detail and dimensions as well as high performance. When a BMC is used for these purposes, the rheological behavior and properties of the BMC is the main concern. In this paper, finite element analysis of rheological properties of bulk molding composite material was studied. For this purpose, standard samples of composite material were obtained by means of uniaxial hot pressing. 3 point flexural tests were then carried out by using a universal testing machine. Finite element analyses were then performed with defined material properties within a specific constitutive material behavior. Experimental and numerical results were then compared. Good correlation between the numerical simulation and the experimental results was obtained. It was expected with this study that effects of various process parameters and boundary conditions on the rheological behavior of bulk molding compounds could be determined by means of numerical analysis without detailed experimental work.

  2. Bulk densities and porosities of Cenozoic and Cretaceous basin-filling strata and Cretaceous and older basement rocks, Los Angeles Basin, California, determined from measurements of core samples

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    Beyer, L.A.; McCulloh, T.H.

    1998-01-01

    This report describes and provides a digital data file of selected bulk properties of subsurface rocks sampled in and around Los Angeles basin, California. Selected properties include measured dry bulk density (range 0.78 to 3.01 g/cm3), measured or estimated grain (matrix) density, calculated water saturated bulk density (range 1.47 to 3.01 g/cm3), calculated total porosity (range 0 to 69 porosity percent), geologic age, and lithology. Most of the rocks are conventional core samples taken from wells drilled by the petroleum industry. A small percentage of the core samples are from shallow borings. Rocks studied range in age from pre-Cambrian (?) to Recent and include sedimentary (98.8%), and volcanic, metamorphic and intrusive (1.2%) samples. Core samples studied were taken from measured drillhole depths that range from 35 to 20,234 ft (11 to 6,167 m). Version 1.0 of the data base (dated June 1998) contains information for 7378 samples from 234 wells, including two redrilled wells. This report/data base can be accessed on U. S. Geological Survey servers at http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/open-file/of98-788. Periodic additions to the on-line data base will be provided as new data is gathered.

  3. Bulk - Samples gamma-rays activation analysis (PGNAA) with Isotopic Neutron Sources

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    An overview is given on research towards the Prompt Gamma-ray Neutron Activation Analysis (PGNAA) of bulk-samples. Some aspects in bulk-sample PGNAA are discussed, where irradiation by isotopic neutron sources is used mostly for in-situ or on-line analysis. The research was carried out in a comparative and/or qualitative way or by using a prior knowledge about the sample material. Sometimes we need to use the assumption that the mass fractions of all determined elements add up to 1. The sensitivity curves are also used for some elements in such complex samples, just to estimate the exact percentage concentration values. The uses of 252Cf, 241Arn/Be and 239Pu/Be isotopic neutron sources for elemental investigation of: hematite, ilmenite, coal, petroleum, edible oils, phosphates and pollutant lake water samples have been mentioned.

  4. Analysis of Bulk Sample of Salicylic Acid by Application of Hydrotropic Solubilization Method

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    Maheshwari R; Chavada V; Varghese S; Shahoo K

    2008-01-01

    In the present investigation, the poorly water-soluble drug, salicylic acid has been solubilized using 0.5 M ibuprofen sodium and 2.0 M sodium salicylate solution as hydrotropic agents for the titrimetric analysis precluding the use of organic solvents. Both hydrotropes are economic and pollution-free. The mean percent estimation of salicylic acid estimated in bulk sample by Indian Pharmacopoeial method is 98.78%. The mean percent estimation by ibuprofen sodium method and sodium salicy...

  5. Hybrid Hartree–Fock-density functional theory study of V2O5 three phases: Comparison of bulk and layer stability, electron and phonon properties

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    We have performed first-principles calculations of the atomic and electronic structures and stability of three (α, β and γ) layered V2O5 phases and their free layers within the same computational approach. In computations, we have used a hybrid exchange–correlation functional within the density functional theory and a basis set of localized atomic orbitals. All the lattice parameters and the atomic positions have been totally optimized and the phonon frequencies at the Γ-point of the Brillouin zone have been obtained. The calculated relative stability of considered bulk phases decreases as α > γ > β. The calculated relative stability of layers differs from that of bulk phases and decreases as β > α ⩾ γ. The possibility of the folding of V2O5 layers into nanotubes is discussed

  6. Glass Formation, Chemical Properties and Surface Analysis of Cu-Based Bulk Metallic Glasses

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    Full Text Available This paper reviews the influence of alloying elements Mo, Nb, Ta and Ni on glass formation and corrosion resistance of Cu-based bulk metallic glasses (BMGs. In order to obtain basic knowledge for application to the industry, corrosion resistance of the Cu–Hf–Ti–(Mo, Nb, Ta, Ni and Cu–Zr–Ag–Al–(Nb bulk glassy alloy systems in various solutions are reported in this work. Moreover, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS analysis is performed to clarify the surface-related chemical characteristics of the alloy before and after immersion in the solutions; this has lead to a better understanding of the correlation between the surface composition and the corrosion resistance.

  7. Error Analysis in Nuclear Density Functional Theory

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    Schunck, Nicolas; McDonnell, Jordan D.; Sarich, Jason; Wild, Stefan M.; Higdon, Dave

    2014-01-01

    Nuclear density functional theory (DFT) is the only microscopic, global approach to the structure of atomic nuclei. It is used in numerous applications, from determining the limits of stability to gaining a deep understanding of the formation of elements in the universe or the mechanisms that power stars and reactors. The predictive power of the theory depends on the amount of physics embedded in the energy density functional as well as on efficient ways to determine a small number of free pa...

  8. Density estimation using the trapping web design: A geometric analysis

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    Link, W.A.; Barker, R.J.

    1994-01-01

    Population densities for small mammal and arthropod populations can be estimated using capture frequencies for a web of traps. A conceptually simple geometric analysis that avoid the need to estimate a point on a density function is proposed. This analysis incorporates data from the outermost rings of traps, explaining large capture frequencies in these rings rather than truncating them from the analysis.

  9. Reliability analysis of the bulk cargo loading system including dependent components

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    Blokus-Roszkowska, Agnieszka

    2016-06-01

    In the paper an innovative approach to the reliability analysis of multistate series-parallel systems assuming their components' dependency is presented. The reliability function of a multistate series system with components dependent according to the local load sharing rule is determined. Linking these results for series systems with results for parallel systems with independent components, we obtain the reliability function of a multistate series-parallel system assuming dependence of components' departures from the reliability states subsets in series subsystem and assuming independence between these subsystems. As a particular case, the reliability function of a multistate series-parallel system composed of dependent components having exponential reliability functions is fixed. Theoretical results are applied practically to the reliability evaluation of a bulk cargo transportation system, which main area is to load bulk cargo on board the ships. The reliability function and other reliability characteristics of the loading system are determined in case its components have exponential reliability functions with interdependent departures rates from the subsets of their reliability states. Finally, the obtained results are compared with results for the bulk cargo transportation system composed of independent components.

  10. Effects of bulk density of steam-flaked corn in diets containing wet corn gluten feed on feedlot cattle performance, carcass characteristics, apparent total tract digestibility, and ruminal fermentation.

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    Ponce, C H; Domby, E M; Anele, U Y; Schutz, J S; Gautam, K K; Galyean, M L

    2013-07-01

    The effects of varying bulk density of steam-flaked corn (SFC) in diets containing wet corn gluten feed (WCGF; Sweet Bran; Cargill Corn Milling, Blair, NE) have not been defined. In Exp. 1, yearling steers (n = 108; initial BW = 367 ± 1.18 kg) were housed in 27 pens (4 steers/pen) and received 1 of 3 different SFC bulk density treatments in a randomized complete block design. Bulk density treatments were 283, 335, or 386 g/L SFC in diets containing 25% WCGF (% of DM). Steers were fed once daily to provide ad libitum access to feed for an average of 163 d. For a 5-d period before d 70 of the experiment, DMI was measured, and fecal samples were collected from each pen for measurement of nutrient digestibility using dietary acid insoluble ash as a marker. Varying bulk densities of SFC did not affect (P ≥ 0.233) overall DMI, ADG, or G:F on a live- or carcass-adjusted basis. Dressing percent and LM area increased linearly (P ≤ 0.05) as bulk density increased, but other carcass traits were not affected by treatments. Intake of DM, OM, and CP during the 5-d digestion phase did not differ among bulk densities; however, starch intake increased linearly (P = 0.004) as bulk density of SFC increased. Digestibility of DM, OM, and CP tended (P ≤ 0.065) to decrease and starch digestibility decreased (P = 0.002) linearly as bulk density of SFC increased. In Exp. 2, a 3 × 3 Latin square design was used for collection of ruminal fluid from 3 ruminally cannulated Jersey steers adapted to the same diets used in Exp. 1. Bulk density did not affect NH3 concentrations, VFA molar proportions, ruminal fluid osmolality, and IVDMD of the diets. Total gas production increased linearly (P = 0.003) as bulk density of SFC increased from 283 to 335 g/L, but it decreased (P = 0.002) at 386 g/L. Present data suggest that bulk density can be increased up to 386 g/L in finishing diets containing 25% (DM basis) WCGF without affecting cattle performance and with limited effects on ruminal

  11. Reliability of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors on low dislocation density bulk GaN substrate: Implications of surface step edges

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    To enable gaining insight into degradation mechanisms of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors, devices grown on a low-dislocation-density bulk-GaN substrate were studied. Gate leakage current and electroluminescence (EL) monitoring revealed a progressive appearance of EL spots during off-state stress which signify the generation of gate current leakage paths. Atomic force microscopy evidenced the formation of semiconductor surface pits at the failure location, which corresponds to the interaction region of the gate contact edge and the edges of surface steps

  12. Error Analysis in Nuclear Density Functional Theory

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    Schunck, Nicolas; Sarich, Jason; Wild, Stefan M; Higdon, Dave

    2014-01-01

    Nuclear density functional theory (DFT) is the only microscopic, global approach to the structure of atomic nuclei. It is used in numerous applications, from determining the limits of stability to gaining a deep understanding of the formation of elements in the universe or the mechanisms that power stars and reactors. The predictive power of the theory depends on the amount of physics embedded in the energy density functional as well as on efficient ways to determine a small number of free parameters and solve the DFT equations. In this article, we discuss the various sources of uncertainties and errors encountered in DFT and possible methods to quantify these uncertainties in a rigorous manner.

  13. Statistical Analysis of Distance Estimators with Density Differences and Density Ratios

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    Takafumi Kanamori

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Estimating a discrepancy between two probability distributions from samples is an important task in statistics and machine learning. There are mainly two classes of discrepancy measures: distance measures based on the density difference, such as the Lp-distances, and divergence measures based on the density ratio, such as the Φ-divergences. The intersection of these two classes is the L1-distance measure, and thus, it can be estimated either based on the density difference or the density ratio. In this paper, we first show that the Bregman scores, which are widely employed for the estimation of probability densities in statistical data analysis, allows us to estimate the density difference and the density ratio directly without separately estimating each probability distribution. We then theoretically elucidate the robustness of these estimators and present numerical experiments.

  14. Effect of Mg content on the density and critical properties of in-situ reacted MgB2 bulk superconductor

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    The effects of Mg content on the pore formation, density and critical properties were investigated in in-situ reacted MgB2 superconductors. The Mg1+xB2, (x=-0.2, 0.0, 0.05, 0.3, 1.0) bulk samples with different Mg contents were heat-treated at 900 degrees C for 1 h in an Ar atmosphere. The dimensional changes of a pellet's mass and volume after heat-treatment were measured. After heat-treatment process, the sample mass was decreased by Mg evaporation, but the sample volume was expanded by pore formation at the Mg site; therefore, the apparent density was decreased. Spherical pores the same as Mg particles were developed after heat-treatment in all samples, and the pore density was increased with increasing Mg content. As the x of Mg content was increased to 1.0, the apparent density of Mg1+xB2 samples was decreased due to a relatively larger reduction in a mass change. The critical current density of Mg excessive sample of x=0.05 showed the highest values over the applied magnetic fields because the excessive Mg may compensate Mg loss and enhance grain connectivity

  15. Effects of MgO evolution on the critical current density in bulk MgB2 containing histidine

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    Highlights: •Histidine is an effective dopant for improving the critical current density. •The dominating pinning effects are provided by nano-scale MgO pinning centers. •MgO performed stronger pinning effects than defects caused by C substitution. •We clarified how to select the amino acid for doping. -- Abstract: Glycine, an amino acid with the simplest composition, was introduced into MgB2 systems, making great contribution to the enhancement of critical current density in our previous study. Aiming at investigating the effects of histidine, another amino acid with more complicated structure and lower decomposition temperature than glycine, on the superconducting properties of MgB2, samples of MgB2 + x wt.% histidine (with x = 0, 2, 3, 5, and 8) were sintered at 800 °C after mechanical mixing. The best critical current density was obtained in the sample with 2 wt.% histidine addition, owing to the small-sized MgO and C substitution. The sample showed a significant increase in critical current density under high field compared with pure MgB2, and this property maintained at a relatively high level under low field as well. However, the growth and agglomeration of MgO with the increasing amount of histidine should be responsible for the tendency of the decrease in the connectivity and critical current density versus doping content. Finally, the conditions that the used amino acid should meet were investigated as a guide for effective amino acid doping

  16. Effects of MgO evolution on the critical current density in bulk MgB{sub 2} containing histidine

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    Cai, Qi; Liu, Yongchang, E-mail: licmtju@163.com; Ma, Zongqing; Yu, Liming

    2014-01-15

    Highlights: •Histidine is an effective dopant for improving the critical current density. •The dominating pinning effects are provided by nano-scale MgO pinning centers. •MgO performed stronger pinning effects than defects caused by C substitution. •We clarified how to select the amino acid for doping. -- Abstract: Glycine, an amino acid with the simplest composition, was introduced into MgB{sub 2} systems, making great contribution to the enhancement of critical current density in our previous study. Aiming at investigating the effects of histidine, another amino acid with more complicated structure and lower decomposition temperature than glycine, on the superconducting properties of MgB{sub 2}, samples of MgB{sub 2} + x wt.% histidine (with x = 0, 2, 3, 5, and 8) were sintered at 800 °C after mechanical mixing. The best critical current density was obtained in the sample with 2 wt.% histidine addition, owing to the small-sized MgO and C substitution. The sample showed a significant increase in critical current density under high field compared with pure MgB{sub 2}, and this property maintained at a relatively high level under low field as well. However, the growth and agglomeration of MgO with the increasing amount of histidine should be responsible for the tendency of the decrease in the connectivity and critical current density versus doping content. Finally, the conditions that the used amino acid should meet were investigated as a guide for effective amino acid doping.

  17. Covariance analysis for Energy Density Functionals and instabilities

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    Roca-Maza, X; Colò, G

    2014-01-01

    We present the covariance analysis of two successful nuclear energy density functionals, (i) a non-relativistic Skyrme functional built from a zero-range effective interaction, and (ii) a relativistic nuclear energy density functional based on density dependent meson-nucleon couplings. Such a study is crucial for assessing the information content of an observable when predicted by a given model. The covariance analysis is a useful tool for understanding the limitations of a model, the correlations between observables and the statistical errors. We also provide a brief review, partly connected with the covariance analysis, of some instabilities displayed by several energy density functionals of current use in nuclear physics.

  18. Enhancement of critical current density of liquid-infiltration-processed Y–Ba–Cu–O bulk superconductors using milled Y2BaCuO5 powder

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    The size effects of a precursor Y2BaCuO5 (Y211) powder on the microstructure and critical current density (Jc) of liquid infiltration growth (LIG)-processed YBa2Cu3O7−y (Y123) bulk superconductors were investigated in terms of milling time (t). Y211 powders were attrition-milled for 0–10 h in 2 h increments at a fixed rotation speed of 400 rpm. Y211 pre-forms were made by pelletizing the milled Y211 powders followed by subsequent sintering, after which an LIG process with top seeding was applied to the Y211/Ba3Cu5O8 (Y035) pre-forms. Spherical pores were observed in all LIG-processed Y123 samples and the pore density gradually decreased as t increased from 0 to 8 h. In addition to the reduced pore density, the Y211 particle size in the final Y123 products also decreased with increasing t. As t increased further to 10 h, unexpected Y211 coarsening and large pore evolutions were observed. The magnetic susceptibility–temperature curves showed that the onset superconducting transition temperature (Tc,onset) of all samples was the same (91.5 K), but the transition width became greater as t increased. The Jc of the Y123 bulk superconductors fabricated in this study was observed to correlate well with t of the Y211 precursor powder. The maximum Jc of 1.0 × 105 A cm−2 (at 77 K, 0 T) was achieved at t = 8 h, which is attributed to the reduction in pore density and Y211 particle size. The prolonged milling time of t = 10 h decreased the Jc of the LIG-processed Y123 superconductor owing to the evolution of large pores and exaggerated Y211 growth. (paper)

  19. Analysis of bulk sample of salicylic acid by application of hydrotropic solubilization method

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    Maheshwari R

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present investigation, the poorly water-soluble drug, salicylic acid has been solubilized using 0.5 M ibuprofen sodium and 2.0 M sodium salicylate solution as hydrotropic agents for the titrimetric analysis precluding the use of organic solvents. Both hydrotropes are economic and pollution-free. The mean percent estimation of salicylic acid estimated in bulk sample by Indian Pharmacopoeial method is 98.78%. The mean percent estimation by ibuprofen sodium method and sodium salicylate method are 99.25% and 98.82%, respectively. The results of analysis by the proposed method are very close to the results of analysis by the standard method. This confirms the accuracy of the proposed method. The proposed method was validated statistically by low values of statistical parameters viz. standard deviation, percent coefficient of variation and standard error. The proposed method is new, accurate, simple and economic.

  20. Error analysis in nuclear density functional theory

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    Nuclear density functional theory (DFT) is the only microscopic, global approach to the structure of atomic nuclei. It is used in numerous applications, from determining the limits of stability to gaining a deep understanding of the formation of elements in the Universe or the mechanisms that power stars and reactors. The predictive power of the theory depends on the amount of physics embedded in the energy density functional as well as on efficient ways to determine a small number of free parameters and solve the DFT equations. In this article, we discuss the various sources of uncertainties and errors encountered in DFT and possible methods to quantify these uncertainties in a rigorous manner. (paper)

  1. Study of bulk modulus, volume, energy, lattice parameters and magnetic moments in rare earth hexaborides using density functional theory

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    Rare earth hexaborides have unusual combination of properties with metallic conductivity and low work function as well as low volatility at temperatures providing technologically useful thermionic electron current density, micro-beam applications. Hexaborides of the rare-earth elements are considered for applications as wear- and corrosion-resistant hard coatings for decoration of consumer products such as eye-glass frames and wristwatch casings

  2. Modeling target bulk heating resulting from ultra-intense short pulse laser irradiation of solid density targets

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    Antici, P. [Dipartimento SBAI, Università di Roma ‘‘La Sapienza,’’ Via Scarpa 14-16, 00161 Roma (Italy); INRS-EMT, Varennes, Québec (Canada); Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Via E. Fermi, 40-00044 Frascati (Italy); LULI, École Polytechnique, CNRS, CEA, UPMC, route de Saclay, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Gremillet, L. [CEA, DAM, DIF, F-91297 Arpajon (France); Grismayer, T. [GoLP/Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear-Laboratório Associado, Instituto Superior Técnico, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Mora, P. [Centre de Physique Théorique, École Polytechnique, CNRS, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Audebert, P.; Mančic, A.; Fuchs, J. [LULI, École Polytechnique, CNRS, CEA, UPMC, route de Saclay, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Borghesi, M.; Cecchetti, C. A. [School of Mathematics and Physics, The Queen' s University, Belfast (United Kingdom)

    2013-12-15

    Isochoric heating of solid-density matter up to a few tens of eV is of interest for investigating astrophysical or inertial fusion scenarios. Such ultra-fast heating can be achieved via the energy deposition of short-pulse laser generated electrons. Here, we report on experimental measurements of this process by means of time- and space-resolved optical interferometry. Our results are found in reasonable agreement with a simple numerical model of fast electron-induced heating.

  3. [Effects of biochar amendment on cropland soil bulk density, cation exchange capacity, and particulate organic matter content in the North China Plain].

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    Chen, Hong-Xia; Du, Zhang-Liu; Guo, Wei; Zhang, Qing-Zhong

    2011-11-01

    A 3-year field experiment with randomized block design was conducted to study the effects of biochar amendment on the soil bulk density, cation exchange capacity (CEC), and particulate organic matter C (POM-C) and N (POM-N) contents in a high-yielding cropland in the North China Plain. Four treatments were installed, i.e., chemical NPK (CK), chemical NPK plus 2250 kg x hm(-2) of biochar (C1), chemical NPK plus 4500 kg x hm(-2) of biochar (C2), and 750 kg x hm(-2) of biochar-based slow release fertilizer (CN). Comparing with CK, treatments C1 and C2 significantly decreased the bulk density of 0-7.5 cm soil layer by 4.5% and 6.0%, respectively, and the treatments with biochar amendment increased the CEC in 0-15 cm soil layer, with an increment of 24.5% in treatment C2. Biochar amendment also increased the C (POM-C) and N (POM-N) contents in 0-7.5 cm soil layer, e.g., the POM-C and N contents in treatment C1 and C2 were 250% and 85%, and 260% and 120% higher than those of the CK, respectively. After three years of biochar amendment, the soil had obvious improvement in its physical and chemical properties, and played more active roles in soil carbon sequestration and greenhouse gases emission reduction. PMID:22303671

  4. Superior critical current density obtained in MgB2 bulks through low-cost carbon-encapsulated boron powder

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    The unavailability of high quality precursor is encouraging researchers to seek effective ways to fabricate magnesium diboride (MgB2) wire. Herein, cost-effective amorphous boron powder produced through a diborane (B2H6) gas process is investigated for the possibility of further industrial application. A thin carbon layer to encapsulate the boron particles is simultaneously deposited by pyrolysis of hydrocarbon. We found that the carbon-encapsulated amorphous boron has a high upper critical field due to impurity scattering, and thereby, enhanced high-field critical current density

  5. Bulk filling branes and the baryon density in AdS/QCD with gravity back-reaction

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    We consider the gravity back reaction on the metric due to the baryon density in effective ads/qcd model by reconsidering the role of the charged AdS black hole. Previously it has been known that the U(1) charge is dual to the R-charge. Here we point out that if we consider the case where AdS5 is completely filled with Nf flavor branes, the gravity back reaction produces charged AdS black hole where the effect of charge on the metric is proportional to Nf/Nc. As a consequence, phase diagram changes qualitatively if we allow Nf/Nc finite: it closes at the finite density unlike the probe brane embedding approach. Another issue we discuss here is the question whether there is any chemical potential dependence in the confining phase. We consider this problem in the hard wall model with baryon charge. We conclude that there is a non-trivial dependence on the chemical potential in this case also

  6. Environment-oriented life cycle analysis of bulk materials, applied in solar cell systems

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    In the solar cell technology several bulk materials (glass, steel, aluminium, concrete, copper, zinc and synthetic materials) are applied intensively. By means of a life cycle analysis (LCA) the environmental effects and bottlenecks of the use of these materials is investigated in this report. Also attention is paid to the options to reduce the environmental effects of photovoltaic (PV) systems by changing processes and/or by redesign of the PV systems. Two systems are studied: solar cells, integrated in pitched roofs, and solar cells on the ground in solar cell arrays. The study is focused on the use of bulk materials in the solar module, the cables and the supporting construction. After brief introductions on the environment-oriented LCA method, the standard construction of PV modules and the principles of solar cells, an overview is given of the present and future material input for the above-mentioned PV-systems. Next, attention is paid to the energy consumption and the most important emissions of the production of the bulk materials. Based on these data three environmental effect scores of the PV systems are calculated and analyzed: the energy consumption, the greenhouse effect or global warming equivalent, and the acidifying effect or acidification equivalent. Also a fourth effect, for which the so-called environmental indicator human toxicity is defined, is described. By means of this indicator the hazardous effects for the public health can be indicated. The sum of the four indicators is a measure for the environmental profile of the roof PV-system and the ground PV-array system. Recommendations are given by which the systems and their environmental profiles can be improved. 29 figs., 50 tabs., 5 appendices, refs

  7. Materials Analysis of CED Nb Films Being Coated on Bulk Nb Single Cell SRF Cavities

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    Zhao, Xin; Reece, Charles; Palczewski, Ari; Ciovati, Gianluigi; Krishnan, Mahadevan; James, Colt; Irfan, Irfan

    2013-09-01

    This study is an on-going research on depositing a Nb film on the internal wall of bulk Nb single cell SRF cavities, via a cathodic arc Nb plasma ions source, an coaxial energetic condensation (CED) facility at AASC company. The motivation is to firstly create a homoepitaxy-like Nb/Nb film in a scale of a ~1.5GHz RF single cell cavity. Next, through SRF measurement and materials analysis, it might reveal the baseline properties of the CED-type homoepitaxy Nb films. Literally, a top-surface layer of Nb films which sustains SRF function, always grows up in homo-epitaxy mode, on top of a Nb nucleation layer. Homo-epitaxy growth of Nb must be the final stage (a crystal thickening process) of any coatings of Nb film on alternative cavity structure materials. Such knowledge of Nb-Nb homo-epitaxy is useful to create future realistic SRF cavity film coatings, such as hetero-epitaxy Nb/Cu Films, or template-layer-mitigated Nb films. One large-grain, and three fine grain bulk Nb cavities were coated. They went through cryogenic RF measurement. Preliminary results show that the Q0 of a Nb film could be as same as the pre-coated bulk Nb surface (which received a chemically-buffered polishing plus a light electro-polishing); but quality factor of two tested cavities dropped quickly. We are investigating if the severe Q-slope is caused by hydrogen incorporation before deposition, or is determined by some structural defects during Nb film growth.

  8. High-Resolution Sedimentation Rates at IODP Sites U1424 and U1427 since the late Pliocene from spectral-analyzing GRA Bulk Density and RGB Color Profiles

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    Gorgas, Thomas; Irino, Tomohisa; Tada, Ryuji

    2016-04-01

    Sedimentation Rates (SRs) for IODP Sites U1424 (lat/lon coordinates: 40o11.40'N, 138o13.90'E; water depth: 2808 mbsl) and U1427 (lat/lon coordinates: 35o57.92'N, 134o26.06'E; water depth: 330 mbsl) were calculated by performing spectral analysis in the depth domain on both RGB color and Gamma-Ray-Attenuation (GRA) bulk density data. Inversion and integration of SRs versus depth from spectral analysis yielded detailed SR profiles in both time and depth domains. Our results show a greater variability in calculated SRs and differed from those established through coarse-scaled biostratigraphy and paleo-magnetic data. Our data analyses produces pulses of distinct high SRs for certain depth/age intervals at both sites, with time lags for such features possibly due to variable oceanographic conditions near-shore for Site U1427 versus those at Site U1424 further offshore. Both GRA and RGB profiles reveal a distinct periodicity in the waveband of Milankovitch cycles and other prominent periodicities in the 10-to-1ky period range. This observation suggests climate variabilities and trends in SRs responding to insolation patterns during the past 1 Myr at both sites and extending to 4.5 Myr for Site U1424. With only few identified eccentricity (100ky) cycle segments throughout the entire normalized spectral amplitude profile, our high-resolution Age-Depth model was tuned to obliquity (41ky) and precessional (19-23ky) cycles to achieving a strong fit with corresponding low-resolution models based on biostratigraphy, paleo-magnetic and, at least for Site U1424, augmenting volcanostratigraphy data. According to our Age-Depth models, relatively low SRs occur when evolutive amplitude spectra are dominated by periods in the range of obliquity and eccentricity. In contrast, significant SR peaks at both sites often occur when strong precessional amplitudes coexist with all other cycles. Lower SRs at Site U1424 have been interpreted to reflect a decrease in diatom flux and relative

  9. Bulk velocity measurements by video analysis of dye tracer in a macro-rough channel

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    Steep mountain rivers have hydraulic and morphodynamic characteristics that hinder velocity measurements. The high spatial variability of hydraulic parameters, such as water depth (WD), river width and flow velocity, makes the choice of a representative cross-section to measure the velocity in detail challenging. Additionally, sediment transport and rapidly changing bed morphology exclude the utilization of standard and often intrusive velocity measurement techniques. The limited technical choices are further reduced in the presence of macro-roughness elements, such as large, relatively immobile boulders. Tracer tracking techniques are among the few reliable methods that can be used under these conditions to evaluate the mean flow velocity. However, most tracer tracking techniques calculate bulk flow velocities between two or more fixed cross-sections. In the presence of intense sediment transport resulting in an important temporal variability of the bed morphology, dead water zones may appear in the few selected measurement sections. Thus a technique based on the analysis of an entire channel reach is needed in this study. A dye tracer measurement technique in which a single camcorder visualizes a long flume reach is described and developed. This allows us to overcome the problem of the presence of dead water zones. To validate this video analysis technique, velocity measurements were carried out on a laboratory flume simulating a torrent, with a relatively gentle slope of 1.97% and without sediment transport, using several commonly used velocity measurement instruments. In the absence of boulders, salt injections, WD and ultrasonic velocity profiler measurements were carried out, along with dye injection technique. When boulders were present, dye tracer technique was validated only by comparison with salt tracer. Several video analysis techniques used to infer velocities were developed and compared, showing that dye tracking is a valid technique for bulk velocity

  10. Bulk velocity measurements by video analysis of dye tracer in a macro-rough channel

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    Ghilardi, T.; Franca, M. J.; Schleiss, A. J.

    2014-03-01

    Steep mountain rivers have hydraulic and morphodynamic characteristics that hinder velocity measurements. The high spatial variability of hydraulic parameters, such as water depth (WD), river width and flow velocity, makes the choice of a representative cross-section to measure the velocity in detail challenging. Additionally, sediment transport and rapidly changing bed morphology exclude the utilization of standard and often intrusive velocity measurement techniques. The limited technical choices are further reduced in the presence of macro-roughness elements, such as large, relatively immobile boulders. Tracer tracking techniques are among the few reliable methods that can be used under these conditions to evaluate the mean flow velocity. However, most tracer tracking techniques calculate bulk flow velocities between two or more fixed cross-sections. In the presence of intense sediment transport resulting in an important temporal variability of the bed morphology, dead water zones may appear in the few selected measurement sections. Thus a technique based on the analysis of an entire channel reach is needed in this study. A dye tracer measurement technique in which a single camcorder visualizes a long flume reach is described and developed. This allows us to overcome the problem of the presence of dead water zones. To validate this video analysis technique, velocity measurements were carried out on a laboratory flume simulating a torrent, with a relatively gentle slope of 1.97% and without sediment transport, using several commonly used velocity measurement instruments. In the absence of boulders, salt injections, WD and ultrasonic velocity profiler measurements were carried out, along with dye injection technique. When boulders were present, dye tracer technique was validated only by comparison with salt tracer. Several video analysis techniques used to infer velocities were developed and compared, showing that dye tracking is a valid technique for bulk velocity

  11. Glass Stability and Kinetic Analysis of Iron-Metalloid Bulk Metallic Glass

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    Santhaweesuk, Charuayporn

    Multicomponent Fe-based bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) with a combination of excellent properties such as good soft magnetic properties, high strength, high hardness, and high corrosion resistance have attracted increasing attention both from a basic science research standpoint and due to their industrial application potential. However, many of the elemental additions which lead to the easiest glass formation are expensive. The identification of alloys composed of abundant and inexpensive elements that still retain excellent properties would promote applications for engineering and industry. In short, the development of the Fe-based BMG without any glass-forming metal elements and with high glass forming ability is desired. This study shows that the thermal stability of the Fe-based alloys can be improved beyond a simple rule of mixtures prediction by utilizing a well-balance multi-metalloid approach. The kinetics aspect of glass-forming ability is studied experimentally for Fe-B-Si-P alloys. The systematic variation in alloy composition gives access to differences in phase selection and the final dimensions of glass formation. Two alloys, representing the best glass-forming composition and the poorest glass-forming composition, were studied in terms of their stability to crystallization, solidification microstructure evolution and thermal history. The utility of the wedge-casting technique is developed to examine bulk glass-forming alloys by combining multiple temperature profiles of the quenching melt with a measurement-based kinetic analysis of the phase selection competition and critical cooling rate conditions. Based upon direct thermal measurement, microstructural analysis and kinetic modeling, it was found that both representative alloys show a board spectrum of solidification microstructures which include a critical cooling rate range. The kinetic competition in the formation of certain phases can enhance or detract from the final dimension of bulk glass

  12. Density functional and neural network analysis

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    Jalkanen, K. J.; Suhai, S.; Bohr, Henrik

    1997-01-01

    dichroism (VCD) intensities. The large changes due to hydration on the structures, relative stability of conformers, and in the VA and VCD spectra observed experimentally are reproduced by the DFT calculations. Furthermore a neural network was constructed for reproducing the inverse scattering data (infer...... the structural coordinates from spectroscopic data) that the DFT method could produce. Finally the neural network performances are used to monitor a sensitivity or dependence analysis of the importance of secondary structures....

  13. Cluster analysis on the bulk elemental compositions of Antarctic stony meteorites

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    Miyamoto, Hideaki; Niihara, Takafumi; Kuritani, Takeshi; Hong, Peng K.; Dohm, James M.; Sugita, Seiji

    2016-05-01

    Remote sensing observations by recent successful missions to small bodies have revealed the difficulty in classifying the materials which cover their surfaces into a conventional classification of meteorites. Although reflectance spectroscopy is a powerful tool for this purpose, it is influenced by many factors, such as space weathering, lighting conditions, and surface physical conditions (e.g., particle size and style of mixing). Thus, complementary information, such as elemental compositions, which can be obtained by X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and gamma-ray spectrometers (GRS), have been considered very important. However, classifying planetary materials solely based on elemental compositions has not been investigated extensively. In this study, we perform principal component and cluster analyses on 12 major and minor elements of the bulk compositions of 500 meteorites reported in the National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR), Japan database. Our unique approach, which includes using hierarchical cluster analysis, indicates that meteorites can be classified into about 10 groups purely by their bulk elemental compositions. We suggest that Si, Fe, Mg, Ca, and Na are the optimal set of elements, as this set has been used successfully to classify meteorites of the NIPR database with more than 94% accuracy. Principal components analysis indicates that elemental compositions of meteorites form eight clusters in the three-dimensional space of the components. The three major principal components (PC1, PC2, and PC3) are interpreted as (1) degree of differentiations of the source body (i.e., primitive versus differentiated), (2) degree of thermal effects, and (3) degree of chemical fractionation, respectively.

  14. On-line bulk elemental analysis in the resource industries using neutron-gamma techniques

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    There is an increasing need in industry, arising from both economic and environmental considerations, to reduce costs and improve product quality through the use of automation. The use of on-line analysis instrumentation provides plant operators with a means for continuous measurement and rapid response. This can result in better control of process efficiency, product quality and resource utilization, all of which produce significant economic and environmental benefits. On-line measurement of bulk elemental composition is important in many industrial applications and is best achieved with highly penetrating neutron-gamma techniques. Recent work by CSIRO Minerals on the development and implementation of such a technique, NITA (neutron inelastic-scattering and thermal-capture analysis) is presented. NITA is distinct from the more common PGNAA (prompt neutron gamma activation analysis) technique in its use of fast neutron sources to generate inelastic scattering reactions, and in its consequent ability to excite gamma-rays from industrially important elements such as carbon and oxygen. Features of NITA and PGNAA analysers are compared and applications of NITA in industry, including the on-line analysis of composition in pyrometallurgical applications and the on-conveyor belt monitoring of cement raw meal and coal are discussed. (author)

  15. Development of environmental sample analysis technique in KAERI. Bulk analysis and establishment of clean laboratory facility (CLASS)

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    The development of analytical methods for environmental samples in Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) is discussed. An analysis scheme for environmental samples has been established with an MCICP-MS based bulk analysis with adopting UTEVA resin for chemical separation and a particle analysis using FTTIMS and SIMS. A clean laboratory facility called CLASS (class 100∼ class 1000) was also established in order to prevent any cross contamination of the samples. The amount of U and Pu in the process blank sample prepared in the CLASS facility was estimated as 20 pg and less than 0.005 pg, respectively. The control chart of the analytical performance for the uranium standard sample of 100 ppt (NBL U030) indicated that the analytical performance of KAERI in CLASS is within 5 % of the certified values. (author)

  16. Pursuit of improvement in uranium bulk analysis at the clear facility for safeguards environmental samples

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    Full text: In order to contribute to the IAEA strengthened safeguards system, a project started in Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) in 1998. Consequently, a clean room facility called as CLEAR, the Clean Laboratory for Environmental Analysis and Research, was constructed in June 2001 at JAERI Tokai and the analytical techniques of ultra-trace nuclear materials in environmental samples are being developed. As for the bulk analysis, performance of inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was mainly examined because sample preparation for ICP-MS is simpler than that for thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS). Interference of polyatomic ion (such as PtAr+) and coexisting element (such as Na) on the uranium ions, as well as mass bias caused by ICP-MS operating conditions, has been investigated for precise measurement on uranium isotope ratio. The authors have also studied on the uranium blanks during sample treatment process. The blank value below 10 pg uranium per sample treatment was obtained: dominant origins were elution from Teflon vessel surface in acid heating process of the sample to dry up. The work is in progress to minimize the blank. Compared with the process blank and the minimum uranium amount for isotope ratio measurement by ICP-MS (ca. 10 pg for natural uranium), the swipe cotton (Texwipe-304) which is currently used for IAEA Environmental Sampling includes much more amount of natural uranium in several nano-grams. If the amount of uranium collected on Texwipe-304 is small, sensitive and reliable measurement on isotope ratio will be impossible by bulk analysis. The authors are seeking alternative swipe materials with less amount of uranium. Recently, one of the authors devised an effective technique for recovery of uranium-containing particles from Texwipe-304. The technique, named as Vacuum Suction Method, uses a combination of polycarbonate membrane filters and a macro-pipette tip, which is connected to a vacuum pump

  17. A model for calculating the errors of 2D bulk analysis relative to the true 3D bulk composition of an object, with application to chondrules

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    Hezel, Dominik C.

    2007-09-01

    Certain problems in Geosciences require knowledge of the chemical bulk composition of objects, such as, for example, minerals or lithic clasts. This 3D bulk chemical composition (bcc) is often difficult to obtain, but if the object is prepared as a thin or thick polished section a 2D bcc can be easily determined using, for example, an electron microprobe. The 2D bcc contains an error relative to the true 3D bcc that is unknown. Here I present a computer program that calculates this error, which is represented as the standard deviation of the 2D bcc relative to the real 3D bcc. A requirement for such calculations is an approximate structure of the 3D object. In petrological applications, the known fabrics of rocks facilitate modeling. The size of the standard deviation depends on (1) the modal abundance of the phases, (2) the element concentration differences between phases and (3) the distribution of the phases, i.e. the homogeneity/heterogeneity of the object considered. A newly introduced parameter " τ" is used as a measure of this homogeneity/heterogeneity. Accessory phases, which do not necessarily appear in 2D thin sections, are a second source of error, in particular if they contain high concentrations of specific elements. An abundance of only 1 vol% of an accessory phase may raise the 3D bcc of an element by up to a factor of ˜8. The code can be queried as to whether broad beam, point, line or area analysis technique is best for obtaining 2D bcc. No general conclusion can be deduced, as the error rates of these techniques depend on the specific structure of the object considered. As an example chondrules—rapidly solidified melt droplets of chondritic meteorites—are used. It is demonstrated that 2D bcc may be used to reveal trends in the chemistry of 3D objects.

  18. Multiresolution analysis of density fluctuation in supersonic mixing layer

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    2010-01-01

    Due to the difficulties in measuring supersonic density field, the multiresolution analysis of supersonic mixing layer based on experimental images is still a formidable challenge. By utilizing the recently developed nanoparticle based planar laser scattering method, the density field of a supersonic mixing layer was measured at high spatiotemporal resolution. According to the dynamic behavior of coherent structures, the multiresolution characteristics of density fluctuation signals and density field images were studied based on Taylor’s hypothesis of space-time conversion and wavelet analysis. The wavelet coefficients reflect the characteristics of density fluctuation signals at different scales, and the detailed coefficients reflect the differences of approximation at adjacent levels. The density fluctuation signals of supersonic mixing layer differ from the periodic sine signal and exhibit similarity to the fractal Koch signal. The similarity at different scales reveals the fractal characteristic of mixing layer flowfield. The two-dimensional wavelet decomposition and reconstruction of density field images extract the approximate and detailed signals at different scales, which effectively resolve the characteristic structures of the flowfield at different scales.

  19. Experimental and Theoretical Electron Density Analysis of Copper Pyrazine Nitrate Quasi-Low-Dimensional Quantum Magnets.

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    Dos Santos, Leonardo H R; Lanza, Arianna; Barton, Alyssa M; Brambleby, Jamie; Blackmore, William J A; Goddard, Paul A; Xiao, Fan; Williams, Robert C; Lancaster, Tom; Pratt, Francis L; Blundell, Stephen J; Singleton, John; Manson, Jamie L; Macchi, Piero

    2016-02-24

    The accurate electron density distribution and magnetic properties of two metal-organic polymeric magnets, the quasi-one-dimensional (1D) Cu(pyz)(NO3)2 and the quasi-two-dimensional (2D) [Cu(pyz)2(NO3)]NO3·H2O, have been investigated by high-resolution single-crystal X-ray diffraction and density functional theory calculations on the whole periodic systems and on selected fragments. Topological analyses, based on quantum theory of atoms in molecules, enabled the characterization of possible magnetic exchange pathways and the establishment of relationships between the electron (charge and spin) densities and the exchange-coupling constants. In both compounds, the experimentally observed antiferromagnetic coupling can be quantitatively explained by the Cu-Cu superexchange pathway mediated by the pyrazine bridging ligands, via a σ-type interaction. From topological analyses of experimental charge-density data, we show for the first time that the pyrazine tilt angle does not play a role in determining the strength of the magnetic interaction. Taken in combination with molecular orbital analysis and spin density calculations, we find a synergistic relationship between spin delocalization and spin polarization mechanisms and that both determine the bulk magnetic behavior of these Cu(II)-pyz coordination polymers. PMID:26811927

  20. Verification of the Bulk Analysis Procedure of Safeguards Environmental Samples by Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry in KAERI

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    The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) had been qualified as a member of the Network of Analytical Laboratories (NWAL) for bulk analysis on environmental samples (ES) in 2012. Recently a new clean facility had been constructed and opened in KAERI, which caused the validation issue as the analytical environment and the main analytical instrument had been changed after the qualification. This study is to verify the capability of KAERI to performed bulk analysis on environmental sample under the new analytical environment using thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS). The verification of the quality assurance of the bulk analysis of environmental samples was performed by TIMS measurement of a simulated swipe sample. The analytical results for the determination of the isotopic ratios and the amount contents of nuclear materials in the simulated environmental samples were in good agreement with the certified values. Therefore, we believe that our laboratory can produce reliable results for the bulk analysis on environmental swipe samples performed in CLASS and contribute the analytical services as a member of NWAL

  1. Thermomechanics analysis and optimization for high power density blanket

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    Thermomechanics analysis, i.e. steady thermal analysis and steady thermal stress analysis have been carried out for a high power density blanket. The Fusion Experimental Breeder (FEB) is adopted as the reference reactor. The parts for the blanket module in Pro/ENGINEER were created, then turn to Pro/MECHANICA functionality for thermomechanics analysis. During analysis, the distribution of the power density in the blanket was optimized to be more flat, the arched curvature and rounds of the cooling tube panels were optimized to less stiffness, and the boundary condition at the interface of helium cooling tube panel and manifold chamber was optimized, which is reasonable by using advanced welding processes with electron beam or laser beam in a single pass. To the end, a maximum temperature Tm 350 degree C and a maximum shear stress τm 80 MPa for the helium cooling panels have been shown in the calculations. (authors)

  2. Purification of U and Pu from Bulk Environmental Samples for Analysis by MC-ICPMS

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    This procedure gives the methods used at LLNL for the purification of uranium and plutonium from bulk environmental samples provided by the IAEA through the DOE Network of Analytical Laboratories (NWAL)

  3. Assessment of Functional EST-SSR Markers (Sugarcane) in Cross-Species Transferability, Genetic Diversity among Poaceae Plants, and Bulk Segregation Analysis

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    Ul Haq, Shamshad; Kumar, Pradeep; Singh, R. K.; Verma, Kumar Sambhav; Bhatt, Ritika; Sharma, Meenakshi; Kachhwaha, Sumita; Kothari, S. L.

    2016-01-01

    Expressed sequence tags (ESTs) are important resource for gene discovery, gene expression and its regulation, molecular marker development, and comparative genomics. We procured 10000 ESTs and analyzed 267 EST-SSRs markers through computational approach. The average density was one SSR/10.45 kb or 6.4% frequency, wherein trinucleotide repeats (66.74%) were the most abundant followed by di- (26.10%), tetra- (4.67%), penta- (1.5%), and hexanucleotide (1.2%) repeats. Functional annotations were done and after-effect newly developed 63 EST-SSRs were used for cross transferability, genetic diversity, and bulk segregation analysis (BSA). Out of 63 EST-SSRs, 42 markers were identified owing to their expansion genetics across 20 different plants which amplified 519 alleles at 180 loci with an average of 2.88 alleles/locus and the polymorphic information content (PIC) ranged from 0.51 to 0.93 with an average of 0.83. The cross transferability ranged from 25% for wheat to 97.22% for Schlerostachya, with an average of 55.86%, and genetic relationships were established based on diversification among them. Moreover, 10 EST-SSRs were recognized as important markers between bulks of pooled DNA of sugarcane cultivars through BSA. This study highlights the employability of the markers in transferability, genetic diversity in grass species, and distinguished sugarcane bulks. PMID:27340568

  4. Assessment of Functional EST-SSR Markers (Sugarcane) in Cross-Species Transferability, Genetic Diversity among Poaceae Plants, and Bulk Segregation Analysis.

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    Ul Haq, Shamshad; Kumar, Pradeep; Singh, R K; Verma, Kumar Sambhav; Bhatt, Ritika; Sharma, Meenakshi; Kachhwaha, Sumita; Kothari, S L

    2016-01-01

    Expressed sequence tags (ESTs) are important resource for gene discovery, gene expression and its regulation, molecular marker development, and comparative genomics. We procured 10000 ESTs and analyzed 267 EST-SSRs markers through computational approach. The average density was one SSR/10.45 kb or 6.4% frequency, wherein trinucleotide repeats (66.74%) were the most abundant followed by di- (26.10%), tetra- (4.67%), penta- (1.5%), and hexanucleotide (1.2%) repeats. Functional annotations were done and after-effect newly developed 63 EST-SSRs were used for cross transferability, genetic diversity, and bulk segregation analysis (BSA). Out of 63 EST-SSRs, 42 markers were identified owing to their expansion genetics across 20 different plants which amplified 519 alleles at 180 loci with an average of 2.88 alleles/locus and the polymorphic information content (PIC) ranged from 0.51 to 0.93 with an average of 0.83. The cross transferability ranged from 25% for wheat to 97.22% for Schlerostachya, with an average of 55.86%, and genetic relationships were established based on diversification among them. Moreover, 10 EST-SSRs were recognized as important markers between bulks of pooled DNA of sugarcane cultivars through BSA. This study highlights the employability of the markers in transferability, genetic diversity in grass species, and distinguished sugarcane bulks. PMID:27340568

  5. Assessment of Functional EST-SSR Markers (Sugarcane in Cross-Species Transferability, Genetic Diversity among Poaceae Plants, and Bulk Segregation Analysis

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    Shamshad Ul Haq

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Expressed sequence tags (ESTs are important resource for gene discovery, gene expression and its regulation, molecular marker development, and comparative genomics. We procured 10000 ESTs and analyzed 267 EST-SSRs markers through computational approach. The average density was one SSR/10.45 kb or 6.4% frequency, wherein trinucleotide repeats (66.74% were the most abundant followed by di- (26.10%, tetra- (4.67%, penta- (1.5%, and hexanucleotide (1.2% repeats. Functional annotations were done and after-effect newly developed 63 EST-SSRs were used for cross transferability, genetic diversity, and bulk segregation analysis (BSA. Out of 63 EST-SSRs, 42 markers were identified owing to their expansion genetics across 20 different plants which amplified 519 alleles at 180 loci with an average of 2.88 alleles/locus and the polymorphic information content (PIC ranged from 0.51 to 0.93 with an average of 0.83. The cross transferability ranged from 25% for wheat to 97.22% for Schlerostachya, with an average of 55.86%, and genetic relationships were established based on diversification among them. Moreover, 10 EST-SSRs were recognized as important markers between bulks of pooled DNA of sugarcane cultivars through BSA. This study highlights the employability of the markers in transferability, genetic diversity in grass species, and distinguished sugarcane bulks.

  6. Predicting available water of soil from particle-size distribution and bulk density in an oasis-desert transect in northwestern China

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    Li, Danfeng; Gao, Guangyao; Shao, Ming'an; Fu, Bojie

    2016-07-01

    A detailed understanding of soil hydraulic properties, particularly the available water content of soil, (AW, cm3 cm-3), is required for optimal water management. Direct measurement of soil hydraulic properties is impractical for large scale application, but routinely available soil particle-size distribution (PSD) and bulk density can be used as proxies to develop various prediction functions. In this study, we compared the performance of the Arya and Paris (AP) model, Mohammadi and Vanclooster (MV) model, Arya and Heitman (AH) model, and Rosetta program in predicting the soil water characteristic curve (SWCC) at 34 points with experimental SWCC data in an oasis-desert transect (20 × 5 km) in the middle reaches of the Heihe River basin, northwestern China. The idea of the three models emerges from the similarity of the shapes of the PSD and SWCC. The AP model, MV model, and Rosetta program performed better in predicting the SWCC than the AH model. The AW determined from the SWCCs predicted by the MV model agreed better with the experimental values than those derived from the AP model and Rosetta program. The fine-textured soils were characterized by higher AW values, while the sandy soils had lower AW values. The MV model has the advantages of having robust physical basis, being independent of database-related parameters, and involving subclasses of texture data. These features make it promising in predicting soil water retention at regional scales, serving for the application of hydrological models and the optimization of soil water management.

  7. Comet formation in collapsing pebble clouds. What cometary bulk density implies for the cloud mass and dust-to-ice ratio

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    2016-01-01

    Comets are remnants of the icy planetesimals that formed beyond the ice line in the Solar Nebula. Growing from micrometre-sized dust and ice particles to km-sized objects is, however, difficult because of growth barriers and time scale constraints. The gravitational collapse of pebble clouds that formed through the streaming instability may provide a suitable mechanism for comet formation. We study the collisional compression of cm-sized porous ice/dust-mixed pebbles in collapsing pebble clouds. For this, we developed a collision model for pebbles consisting of a mixture of ice and dust, characterised by their dust-to-ice mass ratio. Using the final compression of the pebbles, we constrain combinations of initial cloud mass, initial pepple porosity, and dust-to-ice ratio that lead to cometesimals which are consistent with observed bulk properties of cometary nuclei. We find that observed high porosity and low density of ~0.5 g/cc of comet nuclei can only be explained if comets formed in clouds with mass appro...

  8. Effects of graphite doping on critical current density and microstructure of MgB2 bulks by an improved Mg-diffusion method

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    abstract: A series of graphite-doped MgB2 bulks with high density have been successfully prepared by an improved Mg-diffusion method in ambient pressure. The effects of graphite doping on lattice parameters, Tc, Jc and microstructure of MgB2 have been investigated. The results show that compared to the nano-C-doped or CNTs-doped MgB2, C is not easy to substitute B in graphite-doped MgB2. However, at the same C content, the graphite-doped MgB2 has a higher Jc. At 10 K and self-field, the Jc for MgB1.985C0.015 reaches 0.58 MA/cm2. For the MgB1.945C0.055, at 5 K, 7 T and 10 K, 6 T the Jc achieves 10,000 A/cm2 which is two orders of magnitude higher than that for the undoped sample. In addition to improving electron scattering and intergranular connectivity, the unreacted graphite in the graphite-doped MgB2 is proposed to be responsible to the excellent Jc properties of MgB2 in high fields, due to depressed grain growth and enhanced grain boundary flux pinning

  9. Geostatistical analysis of the spatial distribution of mycotoxin concentration in bulk cereals

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    Rivas Casado, Monica; Parsons, David J.; Weightman, Richard Mark; Magan, Naresh; Origgi, Simona

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Deoxynivalenol (DON) and Ochratoxin A (OTA) in agricultural commodities present hazards to human and animal health. Bulk lots are routinely sampled for their presence, but it is widely acknowledged that designing sampling plans is particularly problematical because of their heterogeneous distribution. Previous studies have not explicitly looked at the interactions between the spatial distribution of the mycotoxin and the strategy used to take samples from bulk. Sampling pl...

  10. Some Ideas to Improve Pyroclast Density and Vesicularity Data Analysis

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    Bernard, B.; Kueppers, U.; Ortiz, H. D.

    2014-12-01

    Pyroclast density and vesicularity are critical parameters in physical volcanology used to reconstruct eruptive dynamics and feed numerical models. Pyroclastic deposits typically present a wide range of density and vesicularity values, so measurements must be repeated tens of times. These data are generally treated using classical statistical analysis including averages and frequency histograms. One issue in this approach is that density and vesicularity are intensive properties and therefore they cannot be added or averaged directly. We encourage the use of weighted density and vesicularity averages and histograms, which is, until now, done only in few studies. In order to insure an adequate and efficient use of the weighting equations, we introduce an open-source R code to calculate the most common statistical parameters such as range and weighted averages, and produce abundance histograms. An important question when working with statistics is whether or not the sample size is large enough. To address this matter we also included a stability analysis based on a Monte Carlo approach which enables to quantify the reliability of the results. To illustrate this methodology we chose two large datasets from Chachimbiro (Ecuador) and Unzen (Japan) volcanoes. Our first results indicate that the use of weighted analysis instead of frequency analysis can change the density and vesicularity averages up to 4% and the shape of the abundance histogram leading to different interpretations. The stability analysis reveals that the number of measurements required for reliable results depends greatly on the distribution of density and vesicularity values. Therefore the number of measurements must be fixed on an ipso facto basis using a large sample size at the beginning and reducing it to achieve time efficiency.

  11. Bulk-Flow Analysis of Hybrid Thrust Bearings for Advanced Cryogenic Turbopumps

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    SanAndres, Luis

    1998-01-01

    A bulk-flow analysis and computer program for prediction of the static load performance and dynamic force coefficients of angled injection, orifice-compensated hydrostatic/hydrodynamic thrust bearings have been completed. The product of the research is an efficient computational tool for the design of high-speed thrust bearings for cryogenic fluid turbopumps. The study addresses the needs of a growing technology that requires of reliable fluid film bearings to provide the maximum operating life with optimum controllable rotordynamic characteristics at the lowest cost. The motion of a cryogenic fluid on the thin film lands of a thrust bearing is governed by a set of bulk-flow mass and momentum conservation and energy transport equations. Mass flow conservation and a simple model for momentum transport within the hydrostatic bearing recesses are also accounted for. The bulk-flow model includes flow turbulence with fluid inertia advection, Coriolis and centrifugal acceleration effects on the bearing recesses and film lands. The cryogenic fluid properties are obtained from realistic thermophysical equations of state. Turbulent bulk-flow shear parameters are based on Hirs' model with Moody's friction factor equations allowing a simple simulation for machined bearing surface roughness. A perturbation analysis leads to zeroth-order nonlinear equations governing the fluid flow for the thrust bearing operating at a static equilibrium position, and first-order linear equations describing the perturbed fluid flow for small amplitude shaft motions in the axial direction. Numerical solution to the zeroth-order flow field equations renders the bearing flow rate, thrust load, drag torque and power dissipation. Solution to the first-order equations determines the axial stiffness, damping and inertia force coefficients. The computational method uses well established algorithms and generic subprograms available from prior developments. The Fortran9O computer program hydrothrust runs

  12. Cell wall elasticity: I. A critique of the bulk elastic modulus approach and an analysis using polymer elastic principles

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    Wu, H. I.; Spence, R. D.; Sharpe, P. J.; Goeschl, J. D.

    1985-01-01

    The traditional bulk elastic modulus approach to plant cell pressure-volume relations is inconsistent with its definition. The relationship between the bulk modulus and Young's modulus that forms the basis of their usual application to cell pressure-volume properties is demonstrated to be physically meaningless. The bulk modulus describes stress/strain relations of solid, homogeneous bodies undergoing small deformations, whereas the plant cell is best described as a thin-shelled, fluid-filled structure with a polymer base. Because cell walls possess a polymer structure, an alternative method of mechanical analysis is presented using polymer elasticity principles. This initial study presents the groundwork of polymer mechanics as would be applied to cell walls and discusses how the matrix and microfibrillar network induce nonlinear stress/strain relationships in the cell wall in response to turgor pressure. In subsequent studies, these concepts will be expanded to include anisotropic expansion as regulated by the microfibrillar network.

  13. Bulk Analysis Method of Gold Determination in Ores Using Epithermal Neutrons of Electron Accelerator Microtron MT-22

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    Gerbish, Sh; Baatarkhuu, D; Ganbold, G; Belov, A G

    2004-01-01

    Bulk analysis method of gold determination in ores by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) is described. The powder (100-200 mesh) samples were irradiated in Cd foils of 1 mm thick with photo-neutrons at the Microtron MT-22 of the Nuclear Research Center, Mongolian State University (Ulaanbaatar). The sensitivity of 0.1 mg/kg Au can be obtained using 30-50 g samples and irradiation time of 1-2 h.

  14. Bulk analysis method of gold determination in ores using epithermal neutrons of electron accelerator microtron MT-22

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    Bulk analysis method of gold determination in ores by Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) is described. The powder (100-200 mesh) samples were irradiated in Cd foils of 1 mm thick with photo-neutrons at the Microtron MT-22 of the Nuclear Research Center, Mongolian State University (Ulaanbaatar). The sensitivity of 0.1 mg/kg Au can be obtained using 30-50 g samples and irradiation time of 1-2 h

  15. Design & Performance Analysis of DG-MOSFET for Reduction of Short Channel Effect over Bulk MOSFET at 20nm

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available An aggressive scaling of conventional MOSFETs channel length reduces below 100nm and gate oxide thickness below 3nm to improved performance and packaging density. Due to this scaling short channel effect (SCEs like threshold voltage, Subthreshold slope, ON current and OFF current plays a major role in determining the performance of scaled devices. The double gate (DG MOSFETS are electro-statically superior to a single gate (SG MOSFET and allows for additional gate length scaling. Simulation work on both devices has been carried out and presented in paper. The comparative study had been carried out for threshold voltage (VT, Subthreshold slope (Sub VT, ION and IOFF Current. It is observed that DG MOSFET provide good control on leakage current over conventional Bulk (Single Gate MOSFET. The VT (Threshold Voltage is 2.7 times greater than & ION of DG MOSFET is 2.2 times smaller than the conventional Bulk (Single Gate MOSFET.

  16. Bulk segregant analysis by high-throughput sequencing reveals a novel xylose utilization gene from Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Fermentation of xylose is a fundamental requirement for the efficient production of ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass sources. Although they aggressively ferment hexoses, it has long been thought that native Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains cannot grow fermentatively or non-fermentatively on xylose. Population surveys have uncovered a few naturally occurring strains that are weakly xylose-positive, and some S. cerevisiae have been genetically engineered to ferment xylose, but no strain, either natural or engineered, has yet been reported to ferment xylose as efficiently as glucose. Here, we used a medium-throughput screen to identify Saccharomyces strains that can increase in optical density when xylose is presented as the sole carbon source. We identified 38 strains that have this xylose utilization phenotype, including strains of S. cerevisiae, other sensu stricto members, and hybrids between them. All the S. cerevisiae xylose-utilizing strains we identified are wine yeasts, and for those that could produce meiotic progeny, the xylose phenotype segregates as a single gene trait. We mapped this gene by Bulk Segregant Analysis (BSA using tiling microarrays and high-throughput sequencing. The gene is a putative xylitol dehydrogenase, which we name XDH1, and is located in the subtelomeric region of the right end of chromosome XV in a region not present in the S288c reference genome. We further characterized the xylose phenotype by performing gene expression microarrays and by genetically dissecting the endogenous Saccharomyces xylose pathway. We have demonstrated that natural S. cerevisiae yeasts are capable of utilizing xylose as the sole carbon source, characterized the genetic basis for this trait as well as the endogenous xylose utilization pathway, and demonstrated the feasibility of BSA using high-throughput sequencing.

  17. On quantitative analysis of interband recombination dynamics: Theory and application to bulk ZnO

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    The issue of the quantitative analysis of time-resolved photoluminescence experiments is addressed by developing and describing two approaches for determination of unimolecular lifetime, bimolecular recombination coefficient, and equilibrium free-carrier concentration, based on a quite general second-order expression of the electron-hole recombination rate. Application to the case of band-edge emission of ZnO single crystals is reported, evidencing the signature of sub-nanosecond second-order recombination dynamics for optical transitions close to the interband excitation edge. The resulting findings are in good agreement with the model prediction and further confirm the presence, formerly evidenced in literature by non-optical methods, of near-surface conductive layers in ZnO crystals with sheet charge densities of about 3–5×1013 cm−2

  18. Analysis of optimum density of forest roads in rural properties

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    Flávio Cipriano de Assis do Carmo

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available This study analyzed the density of roads in rural properties in the south of the Espírito Santo and compared it with the calculation of the optimal density in forestry companies in steep areas. The work was carried out in six small rural properties based on the costs of roads of forest use, wood extraction and the costs of loss of productive area. The technical analysis included time and movement study and productivity. The economic analysis included operational costs, production costs and returns for different scenarios of productivity (180m.ha-1, 220m.ha-1and 250 m.ha-1. According to the results, all the properties have densities of road well above the optimum, which reflects the lack of criteria in the planning of the forest stands, resulting in a inadequate use of plantation area. Property 1 had the highest density of roads (373.92 m.ha-1 and the property 5 presented the lowest density (111.56 m.ha-1.

  19. Bulk hydrogen analysis, using neutrons. Final report of the first research co-ordination meeting

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    There are many situations when hydrogen is required to be measured in a bulk medium. For this reason neutrons are used due to their high penetrating power in dense material. In addition, the mass attenuation coefficient for neutrons in hydrogen is significantly larger than for all other elements, meaning that neutrons have a higher probability of interacting with hydrogen than with other elements in the sample matrix. This CRP was recommended for further development of the techniques and new applications in the following areas: Fast Neutron/Gamma Transmission Technique; Digital Neutron Imaging; Hydrogen Detection by Epithermal Neutrons; Microscopic Behaviour of Hydrogen in Bulk Materials

  20. A Monte Carlo simulation of neutron activation analysis of bulk objects

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    Fantidis, J.G. [Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Laboratory of Nuclear Technology, Democritus University of Thrace, Vas. Sofias 12, 67100 Xanthi (Greece); Nicolaou, G. [Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Laboratory of Nuclear Technology, Democritus University of Thrace, Vas. Sofias 12, 67100 Xanthi (Greece)], E-mail: nicolaou@ee.duth.gr; Tsagas, N.F. [Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Laboratory of Nuclear Technology, Democritus University of Thrace, Vas. Sofias 12, 67100 Xanthi (Greece)

    2009-03-15

    A PGNAA facility comprising an isotopic neutron source has been simulated using the Monte Carlo code MCNPX. The facility is envisaged for elemental composition studies of biomedical, environmental and industrial bulk objects. The study carried out, aimed to improve the detection sensitivity of prompt gamma-rays emitted by a bulk object, measured in the presence of higher energy ones. An appropriate collimator, a filter between the neutron source and the object and an optimisation of the positioning of the neutron beam and the detector relative to the object analysed were means to improve the desired sensitivity. The simulation is demonstrated for the in-vivo PGNAA of boron in the human liver.

  1. A Monte Carlo simulation of neutron activation analysis of bulk objects

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    A PGNAA facility comprising an isotopic neutron source has been simulated using the Monte Carlo code MCNPX. The facility is envisaged for elemental composition studies of biomedical, environmental and industrial bulk objects. The study carried out, aimed to improve the detection sensitivity of prompt gamma-rays emitted by a bulk object, measured in the presence of higher energy ones. An appropriate collimator, a filter between the neutron source and the object and an optimisation of the positioning of the neutron beam and the detector relative to the object analysed were means to improve the desired sensitivity. The simulation is demonstrated for the in-vivo PGNAA of boron in the human liver.

  2. Thermodynamic analysis of Thermophotovoltaic Efficiency and Power Density Tradeoffs

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    P.F. Baldasara; J.E. Reynolds; G.W. Charache; D.M. DePoy; C.T. Ballinger; T. Donovan; J.M. Borrego

    2000-02-22

    This report presents an assessment of the efficiency and power density limitations of thermophotovoltaic (TPV) energy conversion systems for both ideal (radiative-limited) and practical (defect-limited) systems. Thermodynamics is integrated into the unique process physics of TPV conversion, and used to define the intrinsic tradeoff between power density and efficiency. The results of the analysis reveal that the selection of diode bandgap sets a limit on achievable efficiency well below the traditional Carnot level. In addition it is shown that filter performance dominates diode performance in any practical TPV system and determines the optimum bandgap for a given radiator temperature. It is demonstrated that for a given radiator temperature, lower bandgap diodes enable both higher efficiency and power density when spectral control limitations are included. The goal of this work is to provide a better understanding of the basic system limitations that will enable successful long-term development of TPV energy conversion technology.

  3. Analysis of the stability and density waves for traffic flow

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    薛郁

    2002-01-01

    In this paper, the optimal velocity model of traffic is extended to take into account the relative velocity. Thestability and density waves for traffic flow are investigated analytically with the perturbation method. The stabilitycriterion is derived by the linear stability analysis. It is shown that the triangular shock wave, soliton wave and kinkwave appear respectively in our model for density waves in the three regions: stable, metastable and unstable regions.These correspond to the solutions of the Burgers equation, Kortewegg-de Vries equation and modified Korteweg-de Vriesequation.The analytical results are confirmed to be in good agreement with those of numerical simulation. All theresults indicate that the interaction of a car with relative velocity can affect the stability of the traffic flow and raisecritical density.

  4. Urinary density measurement and analysis methods in neonatal unit care

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    Maria Vera Lúcia Moreira Leitão Cardoso

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The objective was to assess urine collection methods through cotton in contact with genitalia and urinary collector to measure urinary density in newborns. This is a quantitative intervention study carried out in a neonatal unit of Fortaleza-CE, Brazil, in 2010. The sample consisted of 61 newborns randomly chosen to compose the study group. Most neonates were full term (31/50.8% males (33/54%. Data on urinary density measurement through the methods of cotton and collector presented statistically significant differences (p<0.05. The analysis of interquartile ranges between subgroups resulted in statistical differences between urinary collector/reagent strip (1005 and cotton/reagent strip (1010, however there was no difference between urinary collector/ refractometer (1008 and cotton/ refractometer. Therefore, further research should be conducted with larger sampling using methods investigated in this study and whenever possible, comparing urine density values to laboratory tests.

  5. Numerical analysis of bulk drag coefficient in dense vegetation by immersed boundary method

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    Suzuki, T.; Arikawa, T.

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, bulk drag coefficient in rigid dense vegetation is investigated mainly by using a three dimensional numerical simulation model CADMAS-SURF/3D by incorporating Immersed Boundary Method to calculate flow around the vertical cylinder in the Cartesian grid. Large Eddy Simulation is also i

  6. Simulation of radiation dose distribution and thermal analysis for the bulk shielding of an optimized molten salt reactor

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    张志宏; 夏晓彬; 蔡军; 王建华; 李长园; 葛良全; 张庆贤

    2015-01-01

    The Chinese Academy of Science has launched a thorium-based molten-salt reactor (TMSR) research project with a mission to research and develop a fission energy system of the fourth generation. The TMSR project intends to construct a liquid fuel molten-salt reactor (TMSR-LF), which uses fluoride salt as both the fuel and coolant, and a solid fuel molten-salt reactor (TMSR-SF), which uses fluoride salt as coolant and TRISO fuel. An optimized 2 MWth TMSR-LF has been designed to solve major technological challenges in the Th-U fuel cycle. Preliminary conceptual shielding design has also been performed to develop bulk shielding. In this study, the radiation dose and temperature distribution of the shielding bulk due to the core were simulated and analyzed by performing Monte Carlo simulations and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis. The MCNP calculated dose rate and neutron and gamma spectra indicate that the total dose rate due to the core at the external surface of the concrete wall was 1.91 µSv/h in the radial direction, 1.16 µSv/h above and 1.33 µSv/h below the bulk shielding. All the radiation dose rates due to the core were below the design criteria. Thermal analysis results show that the temperature at the outermost surface of the bulk shielding was 333.86 K, which was below the required limit value. The results indicate that the designed bulk shielding satisfies the radiation shielding requirements for the 2 MWth TMSR-LF.

  7. Bulk hydrogen analysis, using neutrons. Final report of the second research co-ordination meeting

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    The aims of the Second Co-ordination Meting (RCM) of the Coordinated Research Programme (CRP) were to report on and review progress against the work programme set at the beginning of the CRP and to discuss the work plans for the second half of the programme. In many cases hydrogen is required to be measured in a bulk medium rather than merely at a surface. For this reason neutrons are used due to their high penetrating power in dense material. In addition, the mass attenuation coefficient for neutrons in hydrogen is significantly larger than for all other elements, meaning that neutrons have a higher probability of interacting with hydrogen than with other elements in the sample matrix. Neutrons have been used in the following areas: Fast Neutron Transmission, Scattering and Activation Technique; Digital Neutron Imaging; Hydrogen Detection by Epithermal Neutrons; Microscopic Behaviour of Hydrogen in Bulk Materials

  8. Theoretical Analysis of Tuned HVAC Line for Low Loss Long Distance Bulk Power Transmission

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    Ukil, Abhisek

    2015-01-01

    One of the main objectives of the smart grid initiative is to enable bulk power transmission over long distance, with reduced transmission losses. Besides the traditional high-voltage alternating current (HVAC) transmission, with the advancement in power electronics, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission is increasingly becoming important. One of the main factors impacting the transmission line parameters and the losses is the length of the transmission line (overhead). In this pape...

  9. An Econometric Analysis of the Dry Bulk Shipping Industry; Seasonality, Market Efficiency and Risk Premia

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    Alizadeh-Masoodian, A.H.

    2001-01-01

    This thesis aims to investigate four main areas of interest in the functioning of different markets in the dry bulk shipping sector using recent econometric and time series techniques. These areas include; seasonality patterns in freight markets, the efficient market hypothesis and the existence of time-varying risk premia in freight rate and ship price formation, the dynamic interrelationships between freight rate levels and spillover effects in freight rate volatilities, between sub-markets...

  10. Phase analysis of aluminium modified GeSbTe bulk prepared from XRD of samples

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    Sandhu, Sharanjit; Singh, D.; Kumar, S.; Thangaraj, R.

    2016-05-01

    Various compositions of Aluminium modified GST as Alx(Ge2Sb2Te5)1-x x= 0, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25, 0.30 are prepared to study as a phase change material. Bulk prepared is studied with XRD scans for various phases formed. Phases other than Ge2Sb2Te5 do come in but dominated one is Ge2Sb2Te5 hexagonal phase.

  11. Use of neutron reflection method for chemical analysis of bulk samples

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    The aim of our study carried out during the last 5-6 years was to find the hidden organic materials (for example explosives or drugs) in bulk objects with the neutron reflection and activation methods. The applicability of the concept of the differential σβ and integral Σβ reflection cross sections is also demonstrated. Further investigations are also recommended to improve the neutron reflection method. (author)

  12. Comparação de métodos de medida da densidade do solo = Comparison of methods to evaluate soil bulk density.

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    Luiz Fernando Pires

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A densidade do solo (ds tem sido usada como um parâmetro importante de caracterização física da estrutura do solo e como um indicador de sua compactação. Este trabalho teve como objetivo comparar os valores de ds obtidos através de métodos convencionais, como torrão parafinado (MTP e anel volumétrico (MAV, e nucleares, como tomografia computadorizada (MTC, atenuação gama (MAG e sonda de superfície nêutron-gama (MSN. Foram feitas coletas de amostras em áreas submetidas às práticas de manejo de plantio convencional e plantio direto. Para as análises pelos MAV, MTP, MTC e MAG foram coletadas 16 amostras na camada superficial do solo e para o MSN foramrealizadas leituras em 16 pontos distintos ao longo da área experimental. Os maiores valores de ds foram obtidos para os MTP, MTC e MAG (plantio convencional não diferindo estatisticamente entre si. Os menores valores de ds foram obtidos para os MSN e MAV não diferindo estatisticamente entre si. Com relação ao plantio direto foram comparados somente os MAV e MAG com os valores de ds diferindo estatisticamente entre si.Soil bulk density (ds is traditionally used as an indicator of soil structure and soil compaction. The objective of this work was to compare ds values obtained through conventional methods like paraffinsealed clod (MTP and volumetric ring (MAV, and nuclear methods like computerized tomography (MTC, gamma-ray attenuation (MAG and neutron-gamma surface gauge (MSN. Soil samples were collected in areas under conventional tillage and no-tillage systems. Sixteen samples were collected in the soil surface layer for the analyses by the MAV, MTP, MTC, and MAG. For the MSN, sixteen readings were carried out throughout the experimental area. The highest ds values for the conventional tillage system were obtained for the MTP, MPC, and MAG, without significant differences. Also the statistic test indicates that the lowest ds values obtained for the MSN and MAV did not differ

  13. 堆积密度对炼焦煤膨胀性能影响的研究%Effect of bulk density of coking coal on Audibert-Arnu dilatation

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    白金锋; 李娜; 钟祥云; 张雅茹; 徐君; 奚白; 刘洪春

    2012-01-01

    研究了典型七台河新建1/3焦煤和桃山焦煤在不同堆积密度条件下的Audibert-Arnu膨胀性能及Gb因子变化规律。结果表明:煤料堆积密度提高后,其开始软化温度增加,开始膨胀温度降低;当煤料堆积密度从0.88t/m3增加到1.19t/m3时,新建煤1/3焦煤的开始软化温度增加30℃,桃山焦煤增加14℃,新建1/3焦煤的开始膨胀温度降低19℃,桃山焦煤降低15℃;同时,随煤料堆积密度提高,其最大膨胀度增加,膨胀温度区间也呈增加趋势;Gb因子随煤料堆积密度提高而呈增加规律。%The coal bulk density significantly influences the coal dilatation during the coking process. Based on typical samples of Xinjian 1/3 and Taoshan coking coals from Qitaihe( Heilongjiang Province), the effects of bulk density on the Audibert-Arnu dilatation behavior including initial softening temperature, dilatation starting temperature, maximum dilatation and variation of Gb factor were investigated. Experimental results demonstrate that higher coal bulk density improves the initial soften temperature but decreases the dilatation starting temperature. When the bulk density is in- creased from 0. 88 to 1.19 t/m3 ,the initial soften temperature of Xinjian coal and Taoshan coal is increased by 30 and 14℃, respectively. But the starting dilatation temperature of Xinjian coal and Taoshan coal is lowered by 19 and 15 ℃ ,respectively. Higher bulk density clearly increases the percent dilatation and its temperature range. Gh factor of the coals is also increased with the coal bulk density.

  14. DESIGN, FABRICATION, TESTING AND MECHANICAL ANALYSIS OF BULK-MICROMACHINED FLOWMETERS

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    Wang Xiaobao; Qian Jin; Zhang Dacheng

    2004-01-01

    Micromachined piezoresistive flowmeters with four different types of sensing structures have been designed, fabricated and tested. Piezoresistors were defined at the end of the sensors through p-diffusion, and their values were about 3.5 kΩ. Wheatstone bridge was configured with the piezoresistors in order to measure the output response. The output voltage increases with increasing flow rate of air, obeying determined relationships. The testing results show that the sensors that are designed for measuring 10L/M in full operational range have desired sensitivities. The sensor chip is manufactured with bulk-micromachining technologies, requiring a set of seven masks.

  15. On the pinning performance analysis in bulk RE-123 twin-free superconductors

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    Jirsa, Miloš; Petrenko, Pavlo; Yao, X.; Muralidhar, M.

    463-465, - (2007), s. 353-356. ISSN 0921-4534. [International Symposium on Superconductivity /19./. Nagoya, 01.10.2006-03.10.2006] R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1P05ME728 Grant ostatní: MOST(CN) 2006CB601003; SSTC(CN) 055207077 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100520 Keywords : Penk effect * bulk RE-123 superconductors * pinning force scaling * pinning classification Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.079, year: 2007

  16. Inflation from bulk viscosity

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    Bamba, Kazuharu

    2015-01-01

    We explore the perfect fluid description of the inflationary universe. In particular, we investigate a fluid model with the bulk-viscosity term. We find that the three observables of inflationary cosmology: the spectral index of the curvature perturbations, the tensor-to-scalar ratio of the density perturbations, and the running of the spectral index, can be consistent with the recent Planck results. We also reconstruct the explicit equation of state (EoS) of the viscous fluid from the spectral index of the curvature perturbations compatible with the Planck analysis. In the reconstructed models of the viscous fluid, the tensor-to-scalar ratio of the density perturbations can satisfy the constraints obtained from the Planck satellite. The running of the spectral index can explain the Planck data. In addition, it is demonstrated that in the reconstructed models of the viscous fluid, the graceful exit from inflation can be realized. Furthermore, we show that the singular inflation can occur in the viscous fluid ...

  17. Strong perpendicular magnetocrystalline anisotropy of bulk and the (001) surface of DO22 Mn3Ga: a density functional study

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    Yun, Won Seok; Cha, Gi-Beom; Gee Kim, In; Rhim, S. H.; Hong, Soon Cheol

    2012-10-01

    Strong perpendicular magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MCA) and low saturation magnetization are found in DO22 Mn3Ga using the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FLAPW) method. The ferrimagnetism in the bulk is well preserved in the surfaces of Mn3Ga for two possible terminations, where the perpendicular MCA in the (001) direction is greatly enhanced over the bulk, consistent with experiments. Furthermore, the robustness of MCA with respect to lattice strain and a good lattice match with popular substrates suggest that Mn3Ga can be a good candidate for strain-resistance spintronics applications.

  18. Conformational Analysis of Thioether Musks Using Density Functional Theory

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    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available A conformational analysis of nine macrocyclic thioether musks has been carried out using molecular mechanics (MMFF, density functional theory (DFT using both B3LYP and M06 functionals, as well as Hartree-Fock and post-Hartree-Fock (MP2 ab initio methods. 6-Thia-, 10-thia- and 4-methyl-5-thia-14-tetradecananolide, 4-thia-, 7-thia-, 11-thia- and 12-thia-15-pentadecanolide and 6-thia- and 12-thia-16-hexadecanolide were modeled. Unfortunately, there was little agreement between the computational methods at the levels of theory used in this study.

  19. Stability analysis of 5D gravitational solutions with N bulk scalar fields

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    Gherghetta, Tony

    2011-01-01

    We study the stability of 5D gravitational solutions containing an arbitrary number of scalar fields. A closed set of equations is derived which governs the background and perturbations of N scalar fields and the metric, for arbitrary bulk and boundary scalar potentials. In particular the effect of the energy-momentum tensor of the scalar fields on the geometry is fully taken into account, together with all the perturbations of the system. The equations are explicitly written as an eigenvalue problem, which can be readily solved to determine the stability of the system and obtain the properties of the fluctuations, such as masses and couplings. As an example, we study a dynamical soft-wall model with two bulk scalar fields used to model the hadron spectrum of QCD and the Higgs sector of electroweak physics. It is shown that there are no tachyonic modes, and that there is a (radion) mode whose mass is suppressed by a large logarithm compared to that of the other Kaluza-Klein modes.

  20. Design of a New Sensor for Determination of the Effects of Tractor Field Usage in Southern Spain: Soil Sinkage and Alterations in the Cone Index and Dry Bulk Density

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    Valera, Diego L.; Jesús Gil; Juan Agüera

    2012-01-01

    Variations in sinkage and cone index are of crucial importance when planning fieldwork, and for determining the trafficability of farm machinery. Many studies have highlighted the link between higher values of these parameters and dramatic decreases in crop yield. Variations in the dry bulk density and cone index of clayey soil in Southern Spain were measured following each of five successive passes over the same land with the three types of tractor most widely used in the area (tracked, two-...

  1. Lidar point density analysis: implications for identifying water bodies

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    Worstell, Bruce B.; Poppenga, Sandra; Evans, Gayla A.; Prince, Sandra

    2014-01-01

    Most airborne topographic light detection and ranging (lidar) systems operate within the near-infrared spectrum. Laser pulses from these systems frequently are absorbed by water and therefore do not generate reflected returns on water bodies in the resulting void regions within the lidar point cloud. Thus, an analysis of lidar voids has implications for identifying water bodies. Data analysis techniques to detect reduced lidar return densities were evaluated for test sites in Blackhawk County, Iowa, and Beltrami County, Minnesota, to delineate contiguous areas that have few or no lidar returns. Results from this study indicated a 5-meter radius moving window with fewer than 23 returns (28 percent of the moving window) was sufficient for delineating void regions. Techniques to provide elevation values for void regions to flatten water features and to force channel flow in the downstream direction also are presented.

  2. Interactive effects of bulk density of steam-flaked corn and concentration of Sweet Bran on feedlot cattle performance, carcass characteristics, and apparent total tract nutrient digestibility.

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    Domby, E M; Anele, U Y; Gautam, K K; Hergenreder, J E; Pepper-Yowell, A R; Galyean, M L

    2014-03-01

    Two hundred twenty-four steers (initial BW = 363 ± 1.57 kg) were used in a 2 × 3 + 1 factorial arrangement of treatments to evaluate the interactive effects of concentration of wet corn gluten feed (WCGF) and bulk density (BD) of steam-flaked corn (SFC) on feedlot performance, carcass characteristics, and apparent total tract digestibility. Diets consisted of 0, 15, or 30% WCGF (DM basis) with a BD of SFC at 283 or 360 g/L. The additional treatment consisted of 15% WCGF, SFC at 283 g/L, and a 6% inclusion of alfalfa hay vs. 9% for all other treatments. Steers were fed once daily for an average of 163 d. During a 5-d digestion period, DMI was measured, and fecal samples were collected for measurement of nutrient digestibility using dietary acid insoluble ash as a marker. There were few WCGF × BD interactions for feedlot performance, carcass characteristics, and digestibility. Similarly, contrasts between the treatment containing 15% WCGF/360 g/L SFC and 15% WCGF/360 g/L with 6% hay yielded few differences for performance and carcass data. Final BW responded quadratically (P ≤ 0.02) to WCGF inclusion and showed increased (P ≤ 0.007) BW for greater BD. As WCGF inclusion increased, G:F and calculated NE values (P ≤ 0.03) decreased quadratically. Steers consuming 360 g/L SFC had greater (P < 0.05) G:F than those fed 283 g/L SFC. Marbling score, HCW, 12th-rib fat thickness, and calculated yield grade increased quadratically (P ≤ 0.04) with increased inclusion of WCGF. Percentage of cattle grading premium Choice or greater responded quadratically (P = 0.04) to WCGF concentration. Increasing BD increased (P ≤ 0.01) HCW, dressing percent, marbling score, and 12th-rib fat thickness and decreased calculated yield grade and percentage of cattle grading Select; however, lower BD tended (P = 0.09) to increase LM area. Intake of DM, OM, CP, and NDF and fecal output during the digestibility period increased linearly (P ≤ 0.01) with increasing WCGF, and greater BD

  3. Analysis of InAs-Si heterojunction nanowire tunnel FETs: Extreme confinement vs. bulk

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    Carrillo-Nuñez, Hamilton; Luisier, Mathieu; Schenk, Andreas

    2015-11-01

    Extremely narrow and bulk-like p-type InAs-Si nanowire TFETs are studied using (i) a full-band and atomistic quantum transport simulator based on the sp3d5s∗ tight-binding model and (ii) a drift-diffusion TCAD tool. As (iii) option, a two-band model and the WKB approximation have been adapted to work in heterostructures through a careful choice of the imaginary dispersion. It is found that for ultra-scaled InAs-Si nanowire TFETs, the WKB approximation and the quantum transport results agree very well, suggesting that the former could be applied to larger hetero-TFET structures and considerably reduce the simulation time while keeping a high accuracy.

  4. Effect of Disorder on Bulk Sound Wave Speed : A Multiscale Spectral Analysis.

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    Shrivastava, Rohit; Luding, Stefan

    2016-04-01

    Disorder in the form of size (polydispersity) and mass of discrete elements/particles in a disordered media (a granular matter like soil) have numerous effects on it's sound propagation characteristics [1,2]. The influence of disorder on the sound wave speed and it's frequency filtering characteristics is the subject of investigation. The study will assist in understanding the connection between particle-scale dynamics and system-scale behavior of wave propagation which can be further used for modeling during non-destructive testing, seismic exploration of buried objects (oil, mineral, etc.) or to study the internal structure of the Earth. Studying the wave propagation characteristics through Discrete Element Models with varying polydispersity and mass of discrete elements in real-time, frequency space as well as through dispersion curves (ω (frequency) v/s k (wavenumber)) can shed light on this aspect by providing better microscopic understanding. To isolate the P-wave from shear and rotational modes, a one-dimensional system of elements/particles is used to study the effect of mass disorder on bulk sound wave speed through ensemble averaging of signals. Increasing polydispersity/disorder decreases the sound wave speed because of decrease in the number of contacts between particles [2] but, in contrast, increasing mass disorder increases the sound wave speed (in 1 D chains). Thus we conclude that a competition exists between these two kinds of disorder for their influence on the bulk sound wave speed. References [1] Brian P. Lawney and Stefan Luding. Frequency filtering in disordered granular chains. Acta Mechanica, 225(8):2385-2407, 2014. [2] O. Mouraille and S. Luding. Sound wave propagation in weakly polydisperse granular materials. Ultrasonics, 48(6-7):498 - 505, 2008. Selected Papers from ICU 2007.

  5. Analysis of crystallization process of selected Fe-based bulk metallic glasses

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    P. Sakiewicz

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The paper mainly aims to present the influence of annealing temperature on structural changes and magnetic properties of selected Fe-based bulk metallic glasses with chemical composition of Fe43Co14Ni14B20Si5Nb4 (at.%.Design/methodology/approach: The investigated samples were cast in form of the rods with diameter of 1.5 mm by the pressure die casting method. The structure changes in function of annealing temperature were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD and transmission electron microscopy (TEM methods. The crystallization behaviour of the studied alloy was also examined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. Magnetic measurements of annealed samples included the initial magnetic permeability and the magnetic permeability relaxation measurements.Findings: The annealing process at temperature range from 373 to 773 K caused a structural relaxation of tested material, which caused the atomic rearrangements and changes of physical properties in relation to as-cast state. The annealing at higher temperatures (823-923 K obviously caused a formation of α-Fe and iron borides crystalline phases. The increasing of annealing temperature significantly improved soft magnetic properties of examined alloy by increase the initial magnetic permeability and decrease the magnetic permeability relaxation.Practical implications: The investigation of the crystallization process of Fe-based metallic glasses is important for understanding the mechanisms of forming controlled microstructures of these materials with specific physical properties.Originality/value: A proper understanding of crystallization process of Fe-based bulk metallic glasses is still novel scientific problem.

  6. Quantitative trait loci detection of Edwardsiella tarda resistance in Japanese flounder Paralichthys olivaceus using bulked segregant analysis

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    Wang, Xiaoxia; Xu, Wenteng; Liu, Yang; Wang, Lei; Sun, Hejun; Wang, Lei; Chen, Songlin

    2016-03-01

    In recent years, Edwardsiella tarda has become one of the most deadly pathogens of Japanese flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus), causing serious annual losses in commercial production. In contrast to the rapid advances in the aquaculture of P. olivaceus, the study of E. tarda resistance-related markers has lagged behind, hindering the development of a disease-resistant strain. Thus, a marker-trait association analysis was initiated, combining bulked segregant analysis (BSA) and quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping. Based on 180 microsatellite loci across all chromosomes, 106 individuals from the F1333 (♀: F0768 ×♂: F0915) (Nomenclature rule: F+year+family number) were used to detect simple sequence repeats (SSRs) and QTLs associated with E. tarda resistance. After a genomic scan, three markers (Scaffold 404-21589, Scaffold 404-21594 and Scaffold 270-13812) from the same linkage group (LG)-1 exhibited a significant difference between DNA, pooled/bulked from the resistant and susceptible groups (P disease-resistant Japanese flounder in the future.

  7. Histologic analysis of rabbit liver cancer treated by bulk ultrasound ablation

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    Karunakaran, Chandra Priya; Rudich, Steven M.; Alqadah, Amel; Burgess, Mark T.; Narmoneva, Daria A.; Mast, T. Douglas

    2012-10-01

    VX2 rabbit liver cancer, treated in vivo using bulk ultrasound ablation by miniaturized image-ablate arrays, was histologically analyzed using TTC vital stain and DAPI nucleic acid stain. VX2 cells were implanted into rabbit liver lobes and allowed to grow for 11-21 days. Liver lobes containing solid VX2 tumors were then treated with 4.8 MHz, 22.5-38.5 W/cm2 in situ intensity, unfocused ultrasound for exposure times of 20-120 s. After animal sacrifice, thermal lesions were bisected along the imaging/treatment plane, one face stained with TTC, and the other with DAPI. Levels of TTC uptake (no uptake, partial uptake, and complete uptake) in liver parenchyma corresponded to three discrete regions of tan, pink and red color. By processing images of DAPI-stained parenchymal tissue from these three regions, cellular damage was quantified. A viability index parameter incorporating the size and shape of DAPI-stained nuclei correlated significantly with levels of TTC uptake, and thus with local tissue viability. For ablation of normal liver, viability indices for parenchymal regions of no TTC uptake and partial TTC uptake were significantly different from those for viable tissue. For ablation of VX2 tumor, differences in viability index between regions of no TTC uptake and complete TTC uptake were smaller, but significant overall.

  8. Hall effect analysis of bulk ZnO comparing different crystal growth techniques

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    Yang, Xiaocheng; Giles, N. C.

    2009-03-01

    The relaxation time approximation was used to interpret Hall effect data from n-type ZnO bulk samples grown using the high-pressure melt, seeded-chemical-vapor transport, and hydrothermal techniques. These samples represent a range of free-carrier concentrations due to different amounts of donors and compensating acceptors. Treatment of intrinsic mechanisms includes polar-optical phonon scattering using an effective Tpo=750 K, piezoelectric potential scattering using P⊥=0.25, and deformation potential scattering using E1=3.8 eV. Intrinsic mobilities from 60 to 400 K for electrons and for holes in ZnO are predicted. For extrinsic behaviors, ionized and neutral impurities are included. Donor ionization energies for dilute concentrations were determined. Shallow group III donors (Al, Ga) are responsible for the free carriers in the high-pressure melt and seeded-chemical-vapor transport crystals. The hydrothermally grown sample is closely compensated and exhibits hopping conduction below 200 K. Free carriers in the hydrothermal ZnO crystal are generated by thermal activation of deep nickel donors with the Ni2+/3+ level at about 270 meV below the conduction band.

  9. High-density polyethylene dosimetry by transvinylene FTIR analysis

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    McLaughlin, W.L.; Silverman, J.; Al-Sheikhly, M.;

    1999-01-01

    (-l) (lambda = 10.36 mu m) is stable in air and can be measured by Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectrophotometry. The quantitative analysis is a useful means of product end-point dosimetry for radiation processing with gamma rays and electrons, where polyethylene is a component of the processed product...... rays and electrons. The useful dose range of 0.053 cm thick high-density polyethylene film (rho = 0.961 g cm(-3); melt index = 0.8 dg min(-1)), for irradiations by (60)Co gamma radiation and 2.0 and 0.4 MeV electron beams in deaerated atmosphere (Na gas), is about 50-10(3) kGy for FTIR transvinylene...

  10. Bulk undercooling

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    Kattamis, T. Z.

    1984-01-01

    Bulk undercooling methods and procedures will first be reviewed. Measurement of various parameters which are necessary to understand the solidification mechanism during and after recalescence will be discussed. During recalescence of levitated, glass-encased large droplets (5 to 8 mm diam) high speed temperature sensing devices coupled with a rapid response oscilloscope are now being used at MIT to measure local thermal behavior in hypoeutectic and eutectic binary Ni-Sn alloys. Dendrite tip velocities were measured by various investigators using thermal sensors or high speed cinematography. The confirmation of the validity of solidification models of bulk-undercooled melts is made difficult by the fineness of the final microstructure, the ultra-rapid evolution of the solidifying system which makes measurements very awkward, and the continuous modification of the microstructure which formed during recalescence because of precipitation, remelting and rapid coarsening.

  11. Bulk Nuclear Properties from Reactions

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    Danielewicz, P.

    2002-01-01

    Extraction of bulk nuclear properties by comparing reaction observables to results from semiclassical transport-model simulations is discussed. Specific properties include the nuclear viscosity, incompressibility and constraints on the nuclear pressure at supranormal densities.

  12. Coverage of dynamic correlation effects by density functional theory functionals: Density-based analysis for neon

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    Jankowski, K.; Nowakowski, K.; Grabowski, I.; Wasilewski, J.

    2009-04-01

    The problem of linking the dynamic electron correlation effects defined in traditional ab initio methods [or wave function theories (WFTs)] with the structure of the individual density functional theory (DFT) exchange and correlation functionals has been analyzed for the Ne atom, for which nondynamic correlation effects play a negligible role. A density-based approach directly hinged on difference radial-density (DRD) distributions defined with respect the Hartree-Fock radial density has been employed for analyzing the impact of dynamic correlation effects on the density. Attention has been paid to the elimination of basis-set incompleteness errors. The DRD distributions calculated by several ab initio methods have been compared to their DFT counterparts generated for representatives of several generations of broadly used exchange-correlation functionals and for the recently developed orbital-dependent OEP2 exchange-correlation functional [Bartlett et al., J. Chem. Phys. 122, 034104 (2005)]. For the local, generalized-gradient, and hybrid functionals it has been found that the dynamic correlation effects are to a large extend accounted for by densities resulting from exchange-only calculations. Additional calculations with self-interaction corrected exchange potentials indicate that this finding cannot be explained as an artifact caused by the self-interaction error. It has been demonstrated that the VWN5 and LYP correlation functionals do not represent any substantial dynamical correlation effects on the electron density, whereas these effects are well represented by the orbital-dependent OEP2 correlation functional. Critical comparison of the present results with their counterparts reported in literature has been made. Some attention has been paid to demonstrating the differences between the energy- and density-based perspectives. They indicate the usefulness of density-based criteria for developing new exchange-correlation functionals.

  13. A mechanistic analysis of density dependence in algal population dynamics

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    Adrian eBorlestean

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Population density regulation is a fundamental principle in ecology, but the specific process underlying functional expression of density dependence remains to be fully elucidated. One view contends that patterns of density dependence are largely fixed across a species irrespective of environmental conditions, whereas another is that the strength and expression of density dependence are fundamentally variable depending on the nature of exogenous or endogenous constraints acting on the population. We conducted a study investigating the expression of density dependence in Chlamydomonas spp. grown under a gradient from low to high nutrient density. We predicted that the relationship between per capita growth rate (pgr and population density would vary from concave up to concave down as nutrient density became less limiting and populations experienced weaker density regulation. Contrary to prediction, we found that the relationship between pgr and density became increasingly concave-up as nutrient levels increased. We also found that variation in pgr increased, and pgr levels reached higher maxima in nutrient-limited environments. Most likely, these results are attributable to population growth suppression in environments with high intraspecific competition due to limited nutrient resources. Our results suggest that density regulation is strongly variable depending on exogenous and endogenous processes acting on the population, implying that expression of density dependence depends extensively on local conditions. Additional experimental work should reveal the mechanisms influencing how the expression of density dependence varies across populations through space and time.

  14. Bulk density of an alfisol under cultivation systems in a long-term experiment evaluated with gamma ray computed tomography;Densidade de um planossolo sob sistemas de cultivo por meio da tomografia computadorizada de raios gama

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    Bamberg, Adilson Luis; Silva, Thiago Rech da, E-mail: adillbamberg@hotmail.co [Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPel), RS (Brazil). Faculdade de Agronomia Eliseu Maciel], E-mail: thiago_cccp@hotmail.com; Pauletto, Eloy Antonio; Pinto, Luiz Fernando Spinelli; Lima, Ana Claudia Rodrigues de, E-mail: pauletto@ufpel.edu.b [Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPel), RS (Brazil). Faculdade de Agronomia Eliseu Maciel. Dept. de Solos], E-mail: lfspin@ufpel.edu.b, E-mail: anacrlima@hotmail.co, E-mail: Gome, E-mail: Algenor da Silv, E-mail: algenor@cpact.embrapa.b [EMBRAPA, Pelotas, RS (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisa Agropecuaria Clima Temperado. Estacao Experimental Terras Baixas; Timm, Luis Carlos, E-mail: lctimm@ufpel.edu.b [Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPel), RS (Brazil). Faculdade de Agronomia Eliseu Maciel. Dept. de Engenharia Rural

    2009-09-15

    The sustainability of irrigated rice (Oryza sativa L.) in lowland soils is based on the use of crop rotation and succession, which are essential for the control of red and black rice. The effects on the soil properties deserve studies, particularly on soil compaction. The objective of this study was to identify compacted layers in an albaqualf under different cultivation and tillage systems, by evaluating the soil bulk density (Ds) with Gamma Ray Computed Tomography (TC). The analysis was carried out in a long-term experiment, from 1985 to 2004, at an experimental station of EMBRAPA Clima Temperado, Capao do Leao, RS, Brazil, in a random block design with seven treatments, with four replications (T1 - one year rice with conventional tillage followed by two years fallow; T2 - continuous rice under conventional tillage; T4 - rice and soybean (Glycine Max L.) rotation under conventional tillage; T5 - rice, soybean and corn (Zea maize L.) rotation under conventional tillage; T6 - rice under no-tillage in the summer in succession to rye-grass (Lolium multiflorum L.) in the winter; T7 - rice under no-tillage and soybean under conventional tillage rotation; T8 - control: uncultivated soil). The Gamma Ray Computed Tomography method did not identify compacted soil layers under no tillage rice in succession to rye-grass; two fallow years in the irrigated rice production system did not prevent the formation of a compacted layer at the soil surface; and in the rice, soybean and corn rotation under conventional tillage two compacted layers were identified (0.0 to 1.5 cm and 11 to 14 cm), indicating that they may restrict the agricultural production in this cultivation system on Albaqualf soils. (author)

  15. Downward Price Rigidity of the Japanese CPI -- Analysis by Probability Density Functions and Spatial Density Functions

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    Munehisa Kasuya

    1999-01-01

    We define downward price rigidity as the state in which the speed at which prices fall is slower than that in which they rise. Based on this definition, we examine the downward price rigidity of each item that constitutes the core CPI of Japan. That is, according to the results of fractional integration tests on price changes of individual items, we estimate probability density functions in the stationary case and estimate spatial density functions in the nonstationary case. We also test thei...

  16. Bulk dynamics for interfacial growth models

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    López, Cristóbal; Santos, Fernando; Garrido, P. L.

    2000-01-01

    We study the influence of the bulk dynamics of a growing cluster of particles on the properties of its interface. First, we define a general bulk growth model by means of a continuum Master equation for the evolution of the bulk density field. This general model just considers an arbitrary addition of particles (though it can be easily generalized to consider subtraction) with no other physical restriction. The corresponding Langevin equation for this bulk density field is derived where the i...

  17. Dispersion-Corrected Density Functional Theory Investigations of Structural and Electronic Properties of Bulk MoS2: Effect of Uniaxial Strain

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    Nguyen, Chuong V.; Hieu, Nguyen N.; Nguyen, Duong T.

    2015-01-01

    Strain-dependent structural and electronic properties of MoS2 materials are investigated using first principles calculations. The structural and electronic band structures of the MoS2 with relaxed unit cells are optimized and calculated by the dispersion-corrected density functional theory (DFT-D2). Calculations within the local density approximation (LDA) and GGA using PAW potentials were also performed for specific cases for the purpose of comparison. The effect of strain on the band gap an...

  18. Status of software for PGNAA bulk analysis by the Monte Carlo - Library Least-Squares (MCLLS) approach

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    The Center for Engineering Applications of Radioisotopes (CEAR) has been working for about ten years on the Monte Carlo - Library Least-Squares (MCLLS) approach for treating the nonlinear inverse analysis problem for PGNAA bulk analysis. This approach consists essentially of using Monte Carlo simulation to generate the libraries of all the elements to be analyzed plus any other required libraries. These libraries are then used in the linear Library Least-Squares (LLS) approach with unknown sample spectra to analyze for all elements in the sample. The other libraries include all sources of background which includes: (1) gamma-rays emitted by the neutron source, (2) prompt gamma-rays produced in the analyzer construction materials, (3) natural gamma-rays from K-40 and the uranium and thorium decay chains, and (4) prompt and decay gamma-rays produced in the NaI detector by neutron activation. A number of unforeseen problems have arisen in pursuing this approach including: (1) the neutron activation of the most common detector (NaI) used in bulk analysis PGNAA systems, (2) the nonlinearity of this detector, and (3) difficulties in obtaining detector response functions for this (and other) detectors. These problems have been addressed by CEAR recently and have either been solved or are almost solved at the present time. Development of Monte Carlo simulation for all of the libraries has been finished except the prompt gamma-ray library from the activation of the NaI detector. Treatment for the coincidence schemes for Na and particularly I must be first determined to complete the Monte Carlo simulation of this last library. (author)

  19. Continuous Flow - Cavity RingDown Spectroscopy Using a Novel Universal Interface for High-Precision Bulk 13C Analysis

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    Saad, Nabil; Richman, Bruce

    2010-05-01

    We have developed the world's first optical spectroscopy-based system for bulk stable isotope analysis of 13C. The system is based on a novel universal interface, named LIAISON, capable of coupling to almost any CO2-generating sample preparation front-end ranging from an elemental analyzer to any dissolved carbon analysis module, which are of significant use in geochemical, ecological and food authentication studies. In one specific application, we have coupled LIAISON to an elemental analyzer (EA) and to a cavity ring-down spectrometer (CRDS) for 13C isotopic analysis of adulterated honey samples. Another application was developed to analyze dissolved inorganic carbon in water samples. LIAISON is suited for handling a high-throughput sample analysis process by running three different gas handling operations in parallel: Admitting combustion gas from the EA into a first gas bellows, analyzing the previous sample collected into a second gas bellows with CRDS, and flushing and purging a third gas bellows in preparation for the upcoming sample collection operation. The sample-to-sample analysis time is 10 minutes and the operation is completely automated for the whole front-end auto-sampler tray capacity, requiring no operator intervention. The CRDS data are collected, tabulated and saved into an output text file. The memory effect between the USGS L-Glutamic acid standard at natural abundance and the moderately enriched USGS L-Glutamic acid standard is excluded by the selection of the adequate number and duration of flush and purge cycles of the gas sample bags. The system's proven accuracy was cross-checked with EA-IRMS and its achieved precision was typically less than 0.2 permil, including the 13C-enriched tested samples. The LIAISON-CRDS system presented here provides a fully automated solution for 13C bulk stable isotope analysis with unprecedented ease-of-use and possible field portability and application with the availability of a compact front-end. In

  20. Movimento e inativação do metribuzin em materiais de dois solos, sob diferentes densidades aparentes Movement and inactivation of metribuzin in two soil materials with different bulk densities

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    L.E.F. Fontes

    1980-06-01

    Full Text Available Numa série de ensaios em laboratório e casa-de-vegetação, estudou-se a mobilidade e a inativação do herbicida metribuzin em materiais de um Latossolo e de um Podzólico representativos de duas regiões do Estado de Minas Gerais, em função de diferentes densidades aparentes. Ensaios biológicos foram utilizados para medir a inativação e a mobilidade do metribuzin nos diferentes solos e densidades. A densidade aparente alterou de forma pronunciada a quantidade de herbicida lixiviado através das colunas dos materiais dos solos estudados. Quanto maior a densidade, menor a quantidade de herbicida lixiviado. A quantidade de herbicida que permaneceu biologicamente ativo ao longo da coluna foi diretamente relacionada com a densidade, em cada solo. A mobilidade do metribuzin no material do Latossolo foi maior que no de Podzólico, em consequência de maior atividade coloidal deste.The leaching and inactivation of metribuzin were studied with materials of two mineral soilsat different bulk densities. Plastic tubing of' 7.25 cm diameter and 10 cm height were filled up with different amounts of soil to get different bulk densities. One kg/ha of a.i. of metribuzin placed on the surface are a of the column was le ached through these soil colums using 250 ml of water. The cotyledon disk bioassay method was used to detect the metribuzin leachet. The biological active metribuzin in the soil colunn at different depths, and the inativation abil ity of the soils were determined using the assay with cucumber (Cucumis sativus L. as test-plant. The increase of bulk density reduced the leaching and enhanced the biologically active metribuzin in the soil column. Metribuzin was more mobil in the Red -yellow Lato ssol and more inactivated in the Red-yellow Podzolic soils.

  1. Analysis of Triplet Exciton Loss Pathways in PTB7:PC71BM Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Kraus, Hannes; Heiber, Michael C.; Väth, Stefan; Kern, Julia; Deibel, Carsten; Sperlich, Andreas; Dyakonov, Vladimir

    2016-01-01

    A strategy for increasing the conversion efficiency of organic photovoltaics has been to increase the VOC by tuning the energy levels of donor and acceptor components. However, this opens up a new loss pathway from an interfacial charge transfer state to a triplet exciton (TE) state called electron back transfer (EBT), which is detrimental to device performance. To test this hypothesis, we study triplet formation in the high performing PTB7:PC71BM blend system and determine the impact of the morphology-optimizing additive 1,8-diiodoctane (DIO). Using photoluminescence and spin-sensitive optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) measurements at low temperature, we find that TEs form on PC71BM via intersystem crossing from singlet excitons and on PTB7 via EBT mechanism. For DIO blends with smaller fullerene domains, an increased density of PTB7 TEs is observed. The EBT process is found to be significant only at very low temperature. At 300 K, no triplets are detected via ODMR, and electrically detected magnetic resonance on optimized solar cells indicates that TEs are only present on the fullerenes. We conclude that in PTB7:PC71BM devices, TE formation via EBT is impacted by fullerene domain size at low temperature, but at room temperature, EBT does not represent a dominant loss pathway. PMID:27380928

  2. Renormalization group approach to causal bulk viscous cosmological models

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    Belinchon, J A [Grupo Inter-Universitario de Analisis Dimensional, Dept. Fisica ETS Arquitectura UPM, Av. Juan de Herrera 4, Madrid (Spain); Harko, T [Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China); Mak, M K [Department of Physics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong (China)

    2002-06-07

    The renormalization group method is applied to the study of homogeneous and flat Friedmann-Robertson-Walker type universes, filled with a causal bulk viscous cosmological fluid. The starting point of the study is the consideration of the scaling properties of the gravitational field equations, the causal evolution equation of the bulk viscous pressure and the equations of state. The requirement of scale invariance imposes strong constraints on the temporal evolution of the bulk viscosity coefficient, temperature and relaxation time, thus leading to the possibility of obtaining the bulk viscosity coefficient-energy density dependence. For a cosmological model with bulk viscosity coefficient proportional to the Hubble parameter, we perform the analysis of the renormalization group flow around the scale-invariant fixed point, thereby obtaining the long-time behaviour of the scale factor.

  3. Renormalization group approach to causal bulk viscous cosmological models

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    The renormalization group method is applied to the study of homogeneous and flat Friedmann-Robertson-Walker type universes, filled with a causal bulk viscous cosmological fluid. The starting point of the study is the consideration of the scaling properties of the gravitational field equations, the causal evolution equation of the bulk viscous pressure and the equations of state. The requirement of scale invariance imposes strong constraints on the temporal evolution of the bulk viscosity coefficient, temperature and relaxation time, thus leading to the possibility of obtaining the bulk viscosity coefficient-energy density dependence. For a cosmological model with bulk viscosity coefficient proportional to the Hubble parameter, we perform the analysis of the renormalization group flow around the scale-invariant fixed point, thereby obtaining the long-time behaviour of the scale factor

  4. Analysis of chemical bonding by means of reduced density matrices

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    Álvarez Boto, Roberto

    2013-01-01

    The modern Theory of Chemical Bonding may be well understood as the study of reduced density matrices (RDMs) in real space regions to get new insights of the chemical bond. Although, much work has been widely used to understand chemical bonding from one-electron density, include correlation effects requires the access to higher order densities. Based on the cumulant expansion of the RDMs, a set of bonding indices which may decomposed into one-electron component may be defined. Each comp...

  5. Hepatic metabolism of colloidal gold-low-density lipoprotein complexes in the rat: evidence for bulk excretion of lysosomal contents into bile

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    Rats were treated with 17 alpha-ethinyl estradiol to induce high levels of low-density lipoprotein receptors in hepatocytes. When these rats were given intravenous injections of low-density lipoprotein-colloidal gold complexes, most of the gold (labeled with 195Au) appeared to be taken up by Kupffer cells, as were complexes of colloidal gold with albumin or polyvinylpyrrolidone. However, when these rats were also administered gadolinium chloride, which blocks Kupffer cell activity, most of the low-density lipoprotein-gold (but not gold complexed with albumin or polyvinylpyrrolidone) was taken up into hepatocytes by receptor-mediated endocytosis and concentrated in peribiliary lysosomes, as determined by electron microscopy. Colloidal gold taken up as a complex with low-density lipoprotein was excreted into the feces via the common bile duct at a maximal rate of about 5% daily, 4 to 12 days after injection. Thereafter, the rate of gold excretion fell off until reaching a plateau after 3 weeks. At this late time, most of the colloidal gold was shown by electron microscopy to be in Kupffer cells, whereas earlier (6 days after injection) it was contained mainly in older hepatocytic lysosomes, identified by lipofuscin granules. It is concluded that, in rats, hepatocytic lysosomes empty most of their contents into bile every week or two, apparently by exocytosis

  6. Studies on thermal neutron perturbation factor needed for bulk sample activation analysis

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    Csikai, J; Sanami, T; Michikawa, T

    2002-01-01

    The spatial distribution of thermal neutrons produced by an Am-Be source in a graphite pile was measured via the activation foil method. The results obtained agree well with calculated data using the MCNP-4B code. A previous method used for the determination of the average neutron flux within thin absorbing samples has been improved and extended for a graphite moderator. A procedure developed for the determination of the flux perturbation factor renders the thermal neutron activation analysis of bulky samples of unknown composition possible both in hydrogenous and graphite moderators.

  7. Compositional design and microstructure analysis of Zr-based bulk metallic glasses

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    2007-01-01

    The systematical studies of Zr-based BMGs were summarized in terms of their compositional design and their structural characterization. In particular, several key issues of BMG materials were focused, including initial alloy design and subsequent composition optimization, solidification microstructure characterization and crystallization process specification. The results show that a compositional designing approach is successfully developed and, through extensive microstructure characterization using transmission electron microscopy, several new crystalline phases are discovered in these newly developed Zr-based BMG alloys.Crystallization behavior of Zr-based BMG is also determined based on the microstructure analysis.

  8. Simple and sensitive spectrophotometric methods for the analysis of mesalamine in bulk and tablet dosage forms

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    Bala Sekaran Chandra

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Three simple, sensitive, economical and reproducible spectrophotometric methods (A, B and C are described for determination of mesalamine in pure drug as well as in tablet dosage forms. Method A is based on the reduction of tungstate and/or molybdate in Folin Ciocalteu's reagent; method B describes the reaction between the diazotized drug and α-naphthol and method C is based on the reaction of the drug with vanillin, in acidic medium. Under optimum conditions, mesalamine could be quantified in the concentration ranges, 1-30, 1-15 and 2-30 µg mL-1 by method A, B and C, respectively. All the methods have been applied to the determination of mesalamine in tablet dosage forms. Results of analysis are validated statistically.

  9. A critical evaluation of how ancient DNA bulk bone metabarcoding complements traditional morphological analysis of fossil assemblages

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    Grealy, Alicia C.; McDowell, Matthew C.; Scofield, Paul; Murray, Dáithí C.; Fusco, Diana A.; Haile, James; Prideaux, Gavin J.; Bunce, Michael

    2015-11-01

    caveats. Our results show that DNA analysis of bulk bone samples can be a universally useful tool for studying past biodiversity, when integrated with existing morphology-based approaches. Despite several limitations that remain, the BBM method offers a cost-effective and efficient way of studying fossil assemblages, offering complementary insights into evolution, extinction, and conservation.

  10. Analysis of Kaunas City Population and Workplace Density in Terms of Mobility

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    Vytautas Dumbliauskas; Andrius Barauskas

    2016-01-01

    In city population and workplace density distributions directly influences the number of trips, travel means and even leads to changes of energy consumption rate. This paper is aimed to perform Kaunas city workplace density and population density analysis and to evaluate the parameters impact on the mobility of the population. The main focus is on the Kaunas population and workplace distribution. For that population density and workplace density maps are made. Initial data is processed by geo...

  11. Study on the influence of X-ray tube spectral distribution on the analysis of bulk samples and thin films: Fundamental parameters method and theoretical coefficient algorithms

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    Knowledge of X-ray tube spectral distribution is necessary in theoretical methods of matrix correction, i.e. in both fundamental parameter (FP) methods and theoretical influence coefficient algorithms. Thus, the influence of X-ray tube distribution on the accuracy of the analysis of thin films and bulk samples is presented. The calculations are performed using experimental X-ray tube spectra taken from the literature and theoretical X-ray tube spectra evaluated by three different algorithms proposed by Pella et al. (X-Ray Spectrom. 14 (1985) 125-135), Ebel (X-Ray Spectrom. 28 (1999) 255-266), and Finkelshtein and Pavlova (X-Ray Spectrom. 28 (1999) 27-32). In this study, Fe-Cr-Ni system is selected as an example and the calculations are performed for X-ray tubes commonly applied in X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF), i.e., Cr, Mo, Rh and W. The influence of X-ray tube spectra on FP analysis is evaluated when quantification is performed using various types of calibration samples. FP analysis of bulk samples is performed using pure-element bulk standards and multielement bulk standards similar to the analyzed material, whereas for FP analysis of thin films, the bulk and thin pure-element standards are used. For the evaluation of the influence of X-ray tube spectra on XRF analysis performed by theoretical influence coefficient methods, two algorithms for bulk samples are selected, i.e. Claisse-Quintin (Can. Spectrosc. 12 (1967) 129-134) and COLA algorithms (G.R. Lachance, Paper Presented at the International Conference on Industrial Inorganic Elemental Analysis, Metz, France, June 3, 1981) and two algorithms (constant and linear coefficients) for thin films recently proposed by Sitko (X-Ray Spectrom. 37 (2008) 265-272)

  12. Laboratory Research of Low Bulk Density CO LTS Catalyst%低密度一氧化碳低温变换催化剂的研究

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    周莲凤

    2012-01-01

    Basing on the domestic Cu-based CO LTS catalyst,reduce bulk desity and MeOH yield of the Cu-based CO LTS catalyst was researched in laboratory.The technological route,component,formula and proper manufacture was used on study on the activity,heat resistance and MeOH yield.Composite property was excellent when the ratio of Cu/Zn at 1.0~1.8 of the catalyst.The results showed that the property of the catalyst better than the Commercial domestic Cu-based CO LTS catalyst and could applied in CO LTS with low H2O/C.%在国产铜系一氧化碳低温变换催化剂基础上,进行了降低堆密度和副产甲醇量的研究,通过对制备催化剂技术路线的研究,选择了组成为铜、锌、铝氧化物的混合物,Cu/Zn为1.0~1.8时催化剂综合性能较好,考察了制备的低密度催化剂的活性、耐热性和甲醇的生成量,并与现有工业催化剂进行了对比,结果表明本研究的低变催化剂性能达到了较先进的技术指标,能够在低水碳比条件下使用。

  13. Density Models for Velocity Analysis of Jet Impinged CEDM Missile

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    Jo, Won Ho; Kang, Tae Kyo; Cho, Yeon Ho; Chang, Sang Gyoon; Lee, Dae Hee [KEPCO EnC, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    A control element drive mechanism (CEDM) can be a potential missile in the reactor head area during one of the postulated accidents. The CEDM is propelled by the high speed water jet discharged from a broken upper head nozzle. The jet expansion models to predict the missile velocity have been investigated by Kang et al. The previous work of Kang et al. showed a continuous increase in missile velocity as the CEDM missile travels. But it is not natural in that two phase flow from the nozzle break exit tends to disperse and the thrust force on the missile decreases along the distance of the travel. The jet flow also interacts with the air surrounding itself. Therefore, the density change has to be included in the estimation of the missile velocity. In this paper, two density change models of the water jet are introduced for the jet expansion models along with the distance from the nozzle break location. The first one is the direct approximation model. Two density approximation models are introduced to predict the CEDM missile velocity. For each model, the effects of the expanded jet area were included as the area ratio to the exit nozzle area. In direct approximation model, the results have showed rapid decrease in both density and missile velocity. In pressure approach model, the density change is assumed perfectly proportional to the pressure change, and the results showed relatively smooth change in both density and missile velocity comparing to the direct approximation model. Using the model developed by Kang et al.., the maximum missile velocity is about 4 times greater comparing to the pressure approach model since the density is constant as the jet density at the nozzle exit in their model. Pressure approach model has benefits in that this model adopted neither curve fitting nor extrapolation unlike the direct approximation model, and included the effects of density change which are not considered in the model developed by Kang et al. So, this model is

  14. Thermal Analysis of Low Layer Density Multilayer Insulation Test Results

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    Johnson, Wesley L.

    2011-01-01

    Investigation of the thermal performance of low layer density multilayer insulations is important for designing long-duration space exploration missions involving the storage of cryogenic propellants. Theoretical calculations show an analytical optimal layer density, as widely reported in the literature. However, the appropriate test data by which to evaluate these calculations have been only recently obtained. As part of a recent research project, NASA procured several multilayer insulation test coupons for calorimeter testing. These coupons were configured to allow for the layer density to be varied from 0.5 to 2.6 layer/mm. The coupon testing was completed using the cylindrical Cryostat-l00 apparatus by the Cryogenics Test Laboratory at Kennedy Space Center. The results show the properties of the insulation as a function of layer density for multiple points. Overlaying these new results with data from the literature reveals a minimum layer density; however, the value is higher than predicted. Additionally, the data show that the transition region between high vacuum and no vacuum is dependent on the spacing of the reflective layers. Historically this spacing has not been taken into account as thermal performance was calculated as a function of pressure and temperature only; however the recent testing shows that the data is dependent on the Knudsen number which takes into account pressure, temperature, and layer spacing. These results aid in the understanding of the performance parameters of MLI and help to complete the body of literature on the topic.

  15. Minimum Entropy Density Method for the Time Series Analysis

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    Lee, J W; Moon, H T; Park, J B; Yang, J S; Jo, Hang-Hyun; Lee, Jeong Won; Moon, Hie-Tae; Park, Joongwoo Brian; Yang, Jae-Suk

    2006-01-01

    The entropy density is an intuitive and powerful concept to study the complicated nonlinear processes derived from physical systems. We develop the minimum entropy density method (MEDM) to detect the most correlated time interval of a given time series and define the effective delay of information (EDI) as the correlation length that minimizes the entropy density in relation to the velocity of information flow. The MEDM is applied to the financial time series of Standard and Poor's 500 (S&P500) index from February 1983 to April 2006. It is found that EDI of S&P500 index has decreased for the last twenty years, which suggests that the efficiency of the U.S. market dynamics became close to the efficient market hypothesis.

  16. Minimum entropy density method for the time series analysis

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    Lee, Jeong Won; Park, Joongwoo Brian; Jo, Hang-Hyun; Yang, Jae-Suk; Moon, Hie-Tae

    2009-01-01

    The entropy density is an intuitive and powerful concept to study the complicated nonlinear processes derived from physical systems. We develop the minimum entropy density method (MEDM) to detect the structure scale of a given time series, which is defined as the scale in which the uncertainty is minimized, hence the pattern is revealed most. The MEDM is applied to the financial time series of Standard and Poor’s 500 index from February 1983 to April 2006. Then the temporal behavior of structure scale is obtained and analyzed in relation to the information delivery time and efficient market hypothesis.

  17. Application of subtracted gDNA microarray-assisted Bulked Segregant Analysis for rapid discovery of molecular markers associated with day-neutrality in strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa).

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    Gor, Mian Chee; Mantri, Nitin; Pang, Edwin

    2016-01-01

    A Fragaria Discovery Panel (FDP; strawberry-specific SDA) containing 287 features was constructed by subtracting the pooled gDNA of nine non-angiosperm species from the pooled gDNA of five strawberry genotypes. This FDP was used for Bulk Segregant Analysis (BSA) to enable identification of molecular markers associated with day-neutrality. Analysis of hybridisation patterns of a short day (SD) DNA bulk and three day-neutral (DN) DNA bulks varying in flowering strength allowed identification of a novel feature, FaP2E11, closely linked to CYTOKININ OXIDASE 1 (CKX1) gene possibly involved in promoting flowering under non-inductive condition. The signal intensities of FaP2E11 feature obtained from the strong DN bulk (DN1) is three fold higher than the short day bulk (SD), indicating that the putative marker may linked to a CKX1 variant allele with lower enzyme activity. We propose a model for flowering regulation based on the hypothesis that flowering strength may be regulated by the copy number of FaP2E11-linked CKX1 alleles. This study demonstrates the feasibility of the SDA-based BSA approach for the identification of molecular markers associated with day-neutrality in strawberry. This innovative strategy is an efficient and cost-effective approach for molecular marker discovery. PMID:27586242

  18. Strategy for the mapping of interactive genes using bulked segregant analysis method and Mapmaker/Exp software

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    WU Weiren; HUANG Biguang

    2006-01-01

    A qualitative trait is usually controlled by a single gene, but it may be sometimes controlled by two or even more genes. This phenomenon is called gene interaction. Rapidly searching for linked molecular markers via bulked segregant analysis (BSA)and then constructing regional linkage map with Mapmaker/Exp has become a common approach to mapping single major genes. However, methods and computer programs developed for mapping single major genes cannot be simply applied to interactive genes because the genetic patterns of gene interactions are quite different from that of single-gene inheritance. Up to now, experimental methods for quickly screening molecular markers linked to interactive genes and statistical methods and corresponding computer softwares for simultaneously analyzing the linkage relationships of multiple molecular markers to an interactive gene have not been available. To solve this problem, in this paper, we propose a strategy for mapping interactive genes using BSA and Mapmaker/Exp. We demonstrate that Mapmaker/Exp' strategy using F2 generation (in a few cases, F3 generation is also needed). As BSA and Mapmaker/Exp have been broadly used in gene mapping studies and are well known by many researchers, the strategies proposed in this paper will be useful for practical researches.

  19. Record critical current densities in IG processed bulk YBa2Cu3Oy fabricated using ball-milled Y2Ba1Cu1O5 phase

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    The infiltration-growth (IG) technique enables the uniform and controllable Y2BaCuO5 (Y211) secondary phase particles formation within the YBa2Cu3Oy (Y123) matrix. Recent results clarified that the flux pinning performance of the Y123 material was dramatically improved by optimizing the processing conditions during the IG process. In this paper, we adapted the IG technique and produced several samples with addition of nanometer-sized Y211 secondary phase particles, which were produced by a ball milling technique. We found that the performance of the IG processed Y123 material dramatically improved in the low field region for a ball milling time of 12 h as compared to the samples without a ball milling step. Magnetization measurements showed a sharp superconducting transition with an onset Tc at around 92 K. The critical current density (Jc) at 77 K and zero field was determined to be 224 022 Acm-2, which is higher than the not ball-milled sample. Furthermore, microstructural observations exhibited a uniform microstructure with homogenous distribution of nanosized Y-211 inclusions within the Y-123 matrix. The improved performance of the Y-123 material can be understood in terms of fine distribution of the secondary phases. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  20. A Comparative Analysis of Density Based Clustering Techniques for Outlier Mining

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    R.Prabahari*,; Dr.V.Thiagarasu

    2014-01-01

    Density based Clustering Algorithms such as Density Based Spatial Clustering of Applications with Noise (DBSCAN), Ordering Points to Identify the Clustering Structure (OPTICS) and DENsity based CLUstering (DENCLUE) are designed to discover clusters of arbitrary shape. DBSCAN grows clusters according to a density based connectivity analysis. OPTICS, which is an extension of DBSCAN used to produce clusters ordering obtained by setting range of parameter. DENCLUE clusters object ...

  1. Improved parameterization of interatomic potentials for rare gas dimers with density-based energy decomposition analysis

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    Zhou, Nengjie; Lu, Zhenyu; Wu, Qin; Zhang, Yingkai

    2014-01-01

    We examine interatomic interactions for rare gas dimers using the density-based energy decomposition analysis (DEDA) in conjunction with computational results from CCSD(T) at the complete basis set (CBS) limit. The unique DEDA capability of separating frozen density interactions from density relaxation contributions is employed to yield clean interaction components, and the results are found to be consistent with the typical physical picture that density relaxations play a very minimal role i...

  2. 体积置换法直接测量土壤质量含水率及土壤容重%Volume replacement method for direct measurement of soil moisture and bulk density

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    马玉莹; 雷廷武; 张心平; 陈逸欣

    2013-01-01

    Direct measurement of soil moisture and bulk density is the foundation of related research and applications, which is of great importance in such studies and applications as soil mechanics, crop production, irrigation and ecological environments. This paper presents a new method for direct measurement of soil moisture and soil bulk density based on volume replacement, which is equivalent to the conventional oven-dry method. The measurement principle is based on the model of soil three-phase composition, soil particles, water and air. Its volume and mass are partitioned into three fractions of these substances. The initial soil mass is approximately determined by the soil particles and water when the air mass is neglected. The measurement principles are as the follows. The samples used for measurements of moisture content and bulk density were taken by corers of known volumes and were weighted to determine their initial masses before they were filled with water to saturation state to replace all the air-filled spaces in the soil samples. The initial/original weight of the soil sample and that after saturation were used to compute the water mass required to replace the air-filled volume. Under the known soil particle density, the given volume as defined by the corer and the determined air-filled space volume, the original soil water content and soil bulk density can be calculated. An experimental system and the related algorithm procedures were proposed for the direct measurement of water content and soil bulk density. The standard soil corers were used to prepare the soil samples under designed bulk densities. The saturators were used to pre-saturate the soil samples. The samples were dripped with water to ensure their saturation during the measurement. Three soil materials, a clay loam from Yangling of Shaanxi province, a silt loam from Beijing and a red clay from Jiangxi province, were used for the demonstrational experiments to illustrate the measurement

  3. The use of nuclear techniques for the quantification of sediment transport and bulk density of deposits - application to dredging and dumping operations optimisation and environmental impact studies

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    Nuclear techniques are used, since the 1950's and the 1960's, for studying the transport, in water environment (rivers, estuaries, bays and open coast), of sand bottom sediment and fine sediment (silt and clay) in suspension, through the labelling of sediments with γ emitters radioactive tracers of a suitable half-life. The labelling is followed by injection and subsequent in situ detection, by means of scintillation detectors slicing on the bottom or transported at suitable depths, by positioned boats. These kinds of studies associated with knowledge of the hydrodynamic agents, e.g.: river, tidal, wind and wave currents, are powerful tools for the understanding and quantification of the sediment transport and also for its response to human interventions. Some of these interventions are: construction of dams and training walls in rivers; dredging of reservoirs, access of channels and harbours and dumping of the dredged material, in water environment. A recent improvement for the utilization of radioactive tracers in labelling fine sediment was the development of the methodology for the use of 99mTc, broadly applied in Nuclear Medicine. Another important application of nuclear techniques is the use of sealed sources of γ emitters radioisotopes (e.g. 241 Am; 137 Cs) for measuring vertical density profiles of fine sediments in reservoirs, access channels, turning basins and berthing areas in harbours, and in the well of trailing suction hopper dredgers (THSD). The use of these techniques contribute for the optimisation of the dredging works and allows the evaluation of dumping sites and also the physical environmental impacts of the dumping. Furthermore, they allow calibrating mathematical models for different aspects of sediment movement. Some examples of applications of these techniques are shown for harbours in Santos-SP, Sao Luiz-MA and for the Pampulha reservoir in Belo Horizonte-MG, and the watercourses downstream. (author)

  4. Bulk Compositional Trends in Meteorites: A Guide for Analysis and Interpretation of NEAR XGRS Data from Asteroid 433 Eros

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    Nittler, L. R.; Clark, P. E.; McCoy, T. J.; Murphy, M. E.; Trombka, J. I.

    2000-01-01

    We have compiled a large database of bulk meteorite elemental compositions. We investigate compositional trends in a variety of meteorite classes to aid in interpretation of NEAR XGRS elemental abundance data from the asteroid Eros.

  5. Analysis of Bulk and Thin Film Model Samples Intended for Investigating the Strain Sensitivity of Niobium-Tin

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    Bulk samples and thin films were fabricated and characterized to determine their suitability for studying the effect of composition and morphology on strain sensitivity. Heat capacity and resistivity data are used to determine the critical temperature distribution. It is found that all bulk samples contain stoichiometric Nb3Sn regardless of their nominal Nb to Sn ratio. Furthermore, in bulk samples with Cu additions, a bi-modal distribution of stoichiometric and off-stoichiometric Nb-Sn is found. Thus the nominally off-stoichiometric bulk samples require additional homogenization steps to yield homogeneous off-stoichiometric samples. A binary magnetron-sputtered thin film has the intended off-stoichiometric Nb-Sn phase with a mid-point critical temperature of 16.3 K. This type of sample is a suitable candidate for investigating the strain sensitivity of A15 Nb1-βSnβ, with 0.18 3Sn wires.

  6. The influence of the partial pressure of air on the extent of surface and bulk grafting during the mutual irradiation of acrylic acid vapour and low-density polyethylene

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    The influence of the partial pressure of air on the extent of grafting during the mutual irradiation (γ-ray) of acrylic acid vapour and low-density polyethylene films has been monitored by ESCA and infra-red spectroscopy. It was found that increasing the pressure at which the reaction tube was sealed from 8 x 10-5 to 2 x 10-4 Torr did not change the extent of bulk grafting but drastically reduced that on the surface, and gave rise to an embedded graft. The surface of the embedded graft is crosslinked. The degree of crosslinking also appears to be dependent on the partial pressure of air (i.e. oxygen). (author)

  7. Deriving Plasma Densities and Elemental Abundances from SERTS Differential Emission Measure Analysis

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    Schmelz, J. T.; Kimble, J. A.; Saba, J. L. R.

    2012-01-01

    We use high-resolution spectral emission line data obtained by the SERTS instrument during three rocket flights to demonstrate a new approach for constraining electron densities of solar active region plasma.We apply differential emission measure (DEM) forward-fitting techniques to characterize the multithermal solar plasma producing the observed EUV spectra, with constraints on the high-temperature plasma from the Yohkoh Soft X-ray Telescope. In this iterative process, we compare line intensities predicted by an input source distribution to observed line intensities for multiple iron ion species, and search a broad range of densities to optimize chi-square simultaneously for the many available density-sensitive lines. This produces a density weighted by the DEM, which appears to be useful for characterizing the bulk of the emitting plasma over a significant range of temperature. This "DEM-weighted density" technique is complementary to the use of density-sensitive line ratios and less affected by uncertainties in atomic data and ionization fraction for any specific line. Once the DEM shape and the DEM-weighted density have been established from the iron lines, the relative elemental abundances can be determined for other lines in the spectrum. We have also identified spectral lines in the SERTS wavelength range that may be problematic

  8. Mathematical analysis of variable density flows in porous media

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    Feireisl, Eduard; Hilhorst, D.; Petzeltová, Hana; Takáč, P.

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 16, č. 1 (2016), s. 1-19. ISSN 1424-3199 EU Projects: European Commission(XE) 320078 - MATHEF Institutional support: RVO:67985840 Keywords : variable density flow * flows in porous media * global-in-time solutions Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics Impact factor: 0.783, year: 2014 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00028-015-0290-6

  9. Design of a New Sensor for Determination of the Effects of Tractor Field Usage in Southern Spain: Soil Sinkage and Alterations in the Cone Index and Dry Bulk Density

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    Diego L. Valera

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Variations in sinkage and cone index are of crucial importance when planning fieldwork, and for determining the trafficability of farm machinery. Many studies have highlighted the link between higher values of these parameters and dramatic decreases in crop yield. Variations in the dry bulk density and cone index of clayey soil in Southern Spain were measured following each of five successive passes over the same land with the three types of tractor most widely used in the area (tracked, two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. In addition, sinkage (rut depth of the running gear was measured using a laser microrelief profile meter. This device, which integrates three sensors, was specifically designed for these experiments, as was an electrical penetrometer to determine the cone index, and both instruments proved reliable and accurate in the field. The main goal of this study was to design, manufacture and test these new devices. The first pass caused most soil alteration when compared to successive passes for all types of tractor tested and soil conditions prevailing during the tests. (Heavier four-wheel drive tractors were found to cause greater soil damage (sinkage, cone index and dry bulk density than two-wheel drive and track tractors. There was no statistically significant difference between the two latter types. The greatest alterations were recorded in the top 10 cm of the soil. The results show that soil compaction should be avoided as much as possible. This can be achieved by ensuring that tractors always travel along the same tracks, especially in the wet season. At present these aspects are not considered by farmers in this area.

  10. Design of a new sensor for determination of the effects of tractor field usage in southern Spain: soil sinkage and alterations in the cone index and dry bulk density.

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    Valera, Diego L; Gil, Jesús; Agüera, Juan

    2012-01-01

    Variations in sinkage and cone index are of crucial importance when planning fieldwork, and for determining the trafficability of farm machinery. Many studies have highlighted the link between higher values of these parameters and dramatic decreases in crop yield. Variations in the dry bulk density and cone index of clayey soil in Southern Spain were measured following each of five successive passes over the same land with the three types of tractor most widely used in the area (tracked, two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive). In addition, sinkage (rut depth) of the running gear was measured using a laser microrelief profile meter. This device, which integrates three sensors, was specifically designed for these experiments, as was an electrical penetrometer to determine the cone index, and both instruments proved reliable and accurate in the field. The main goal of this study was to design, manufacture and test these new devices. The first pass caused most soil alteration when compared to successive passes for all types of tractor tested and soil conditions prevailing during the tests. (Heavier) four-wheel drive tractors were found to cause greater soil damage (sinkage, cone index and dry bulk density) than two-wheel drive and track tractors. There was no statistically significant difference between the two latter types. The greatest alterations were recorded in the top 10 cm of the soil. The results show that soil compaction should be avoided as much as possible. This can be achieved by ensuring that tractors always travel along the same tracks, especially in the wet season. At present these aspects are not considered by farmers in this area. PMID:23202006

  11. Quantum-Mechanical Analysis of Single-Particle Level Density

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    Stetcu, I

    1997-01-01

    A quantum-mechanical calculation of the single-particle level (s.p.l.) density $g(\\epsilon)$ is carried on by using the connection with the single-particle Green's function. The relation between the imaginary part of Green's function and single-particle wave functions is used separately for the discrete and continuous states. Within the bound-states region the imaginary part of the Green's function is calculated by using the wronskian theorem. The Green's function corresponding to the continuum is written by using the regular and Jost solutions of the radial Schrodinger equation. The smooth part of the rapidly fluctuating s.p.l. density is calculated by means of the Strutinski procedure. The continuum component of the s.p.l. density has rather close values within either exact quantum-mechanical calculations with the Woods-Saxon (WS) potential, or Thomas-Fermi approximation with WS as well as finite-square potential wells, provided that the free-gas contribution is subtracted. A similar trend is obtained by me...

  12. Ab-initio investigations of the electronic properties of bulk wurtzite Beryllia and its derived nanofilms

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    Goumri-Said, Souraya

    2010-08-01

    In this Letter we investigate the electronic properties of the bulk and the nanofilm BeO in wurtzite structure. We performed a first-principles pseudo-potential method within the generalized gradient approximation. We will give more importance to the changes in band structure and density of states between the bulk structure and its derived nanofilms. The bonding characterization will be investigated via the analysis Mulliken population and charge density contours. It is found that the nanofilm retains the same properties as its bulk structure with slight changes in electronic properties and band structure which may offer some unusual transport properties. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Crowd Analysis by Using Optical Flow and Density Based Clustering

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    Santoro, Francesco; Pedro, Sergio; Tan, Zheng-Hua; Moeslund, Thomas B.

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we present a system to detect and track crowds in a video sequence captured by a camera. In a first step, we compute optical flows by means of pyramidal Lucas-Kanade feature tracking. Afterwards, a density based clustering is used to group similar vectors. In the last step, it is...... applied a crowd tracker in every frame, allowing us to detect and track the crowds. Our system gives the output as a graphic overlay, i.e it adds arrows and colors to the original frame sequence, in order to identify crowds and their movements. For the evaluation, we check when our system detect certains...

  14. Density of mixed alkali borate glasses: A structural analysis

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    Density of mixed alkali borate glasses has been correlated with the glass structure. It is assumed that in such glasses each alkali oxide associates with a proportional quantity of B2O3. The number of BO3 and BO4 units related to each type of alkali oxide depends on the total concentration of alkali oxide. It is concluded that in mixed alkali borate glasses the volumes of structural units related to an alkali ion are the same as in the corresponding binary alkali borate glass. This reveals that each type of alkali oxide forms its own borate matrix and behaves as if not affected with the presence of the other alkali oxide. Similar conclusions are valid for borate glasses with three types of alkali oxide

  15. Density of mixed alkali borate glasses: A structural analysis

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    Doweidar, H. [Glass Research Group, Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Mansoura University, P.O. Box 83, Mansoura 35516 (Egypt)]. E-mail: hdoweidar@mans.edu.eg; El-Damrawi, G.M. [Glass Research Group, Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Mansoura University, P.O. Box 83, Mansoura 35516 (Egypt); Moustafa, Y.M. [Glass Research Group, Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Mansoura University, P.O. Box 83, Mansoura 35516 (Egypt); Ramadan, R.M. [Glass Research Group, Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Mansoura University, P.O. Box 83, Mansoura 35516 (Egypt)

    2005-05-15

    Density of mixed alkali borate glasses has been correlated with the glass structure. It is assumed that in such glasses each alkali oxide associates with a proportional quantity of B{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The number of BO{sub 3} and BO{sub 4} units related to each type of alkali oxide depends on the total concentration of alkali oxide. It is concluded that in mixed alkali borate glasses the volumes of structural units related to an alkali ion are the same as in the corresponding binary alkali borate glass. This reveals that each type of alkali oxide forms its own borate matrix and behaves as if not affected with the presence of the other alkali oxide. Similar conclusions are valid for borate glasses with three types of alkali oxide.

  16. Variabilidade espacial da densidade e da porosidade de um Latossolo Vermelho Eutroférrico sob semeadura direta por vinte anos Spatial variability of soil bulk density and soil porosity on Rhodic Eutrudox under no tillage for twenty years

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    Glécio Machado Siqueira

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Todas as práticas de manejo causam impacto sobre os atributos do solo que se traduzem em influência sobre o desenvolvimento das culturas. Sabe-se que no sistema de semeadura direta ocorre compactação do solo na camada superficial, com tendência a progredir com o tempo de cultivo. Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a variabilidade espacial da densidade e da porosidade de um Latossolo Vermelho eutroférrico sob semeadura direta por vinte anos. O trabalho foi desenvolvido em Campinas (SP considerando o período entre 1985 e 2005. Os atributos analisados neste estudo foram: argila (g kg-1, silte (g kg-1, areia (g kg-1, densidade (kg dm-3, porosidade total (%, macroporosidade (% e microporosidade (%. Ferramentas de geoestatística foram utilizadas para análise dos dados e construção de mapas de variabilidade espacial da densidade e da porosidade do solo. A amostragem realizada em 1985 não foi capaz de detectar a variabilidade espacial da densidade e porosidade do solo. Nos atributos físicos amostrados em 2005, observou-se alta razão de dependência espacial. Nos mapas de variabilidade espacial não se constatou relação clara entre a textura, a densidade e a porosidade do solo. Na área após vinte anos de manejo com semeadura direta não havia problemas com compactação. O manejo do solo com semeadura direta influenciou favoravelmente a variabilidade espacial dos atributos amostrados em 2005.Soil management practices affect its attributes which will further affect crop development. It is generally known and accepted that soil surface compaction occurs in no tillage system and that this compaction tends to increase with time. However, most of the research do not evaluate adequately soil physical properties behavior as affected by time of management. The objective of this work was to evaluate spatial variability of soil bulk density and soil porosity on a Rhodic Eutrudox under no tillage with annual crops for twenty years. The work

  17. The video densitometric analysis of the radiographic density and contrast

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    Generally the patient's absorb dose and readability of radiograms are affected by the exposure time and kVp of which are related with the radiographic density and contrast. The investigator carried studies to know the adequate level of exposure time and kVp to obtain the better readability of radiograms. In these studies dried human mandible with each other by video densitometry among various combination sets of the exposure time, such as, 5, 6, 8, 12, 15, 19, 24, 30, 38, 48 and 60, and varing level of kVp, such as 60, 65, 70, 80 and 90 respectively. The obtained results were as follows: 1. As exposure time and kVp were increased, radiographic density of radiograms was increased. 2. The subject contrast was increased where aluminum step wedge was thin and reduced in the reversed condition. As the thin aluminum step wedge, subject contrast was increased at the condition of lower kilovoltage than that of higher kilovoltage. 3. In the case of non-contrast was increased in the lower kilovoltage with the longer exposure time and the higher kiovoltage with the shorter exposure time. 4. At the condition of short exposure time, bitter readability of each reading item was obtained with the increment of the kilovoltage but at the opposite condition increasing exposure time worsened readability of radiograms.Since X-ray machine in the current dental clinics is fixed between the range of 60-70 kVp and 10 mA, good radiograms can be obtained by varied exposure time. But according to the conclusion of these studies, better radiograms can be obtained by using filtered high kVp and then the absorb dose to patient and exposure time can be reduced.

  18. Analysis of wave attenuation and shore protection of a bulk carrier ship performing as a detached floating breakwater

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    Fernández Lázaro, Angel; Gutiérrez Serret, Ramón María; Negro Valdecantos, Vicente; López Gutiérrez, José Santos

    2014-01-01

    Análisis de la atenuación del oleaje por un carguero funcionando como dique flotante y aplicación a dos casos de protección portuaria y costera. The effectiveness of a bulk carrier working as a detached floating breakwater to protect a stretch of coast and form salients or tombolos is assessed in this paper. Experiments were conducted in the Madrid CEDEX facilities in a 30 m long, 3 m wide, 1/150 scale flume. The bulk carrier ship is 205 m long, 29 m wide and 18 m in height with a dr...

  19. The impact of agriculture terraces on soil organic matter, aggregate stability, water repellency and bulk density. A study in abandoned and active farms in the Sierra de Enguera, Eastern Spain.

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    Cerdà, Artemi; Burguet, Maria; Keesstra, Saskia; Prosdocimi, Massimo; Di Prima, Simone; Brevik, Erik; Novara, Agata; Jordan, Antonio; Tarolli, Paolo

    2016-04-01

    Soil erosion, land degradation, lack of organic matter, erodible soils, rock outcrops… are a consequence of the human abuse and misuse of the soil resources. And this is a worldwide environmental issue (Novara et al., 2011; Vanlauwe et al., 2015; Musinguzi et al., 2015; Pereira et al., 2015; Mwagno et al., 2016). Agriculture terraces are a strategy to reduce the soil erosion, improve the soil fertility and allow the ploughing (Cerdà et al., 2010; Li et al., 2014). Although this idea is well accepted there are few scientific evidences that demonstrate that soils in the terraced areas are more stable, fertile and sustainable that the soil in non terraced areas. In fact, the ploughing in comparison to the abandoned or not ploughed land results in the soil degradation (Lieskovský and Kenderessy, 2014; Gao et al., 2015; Parras-Alcántara et al., 2014). This is mainly due to the lack of vegetation that increase the surface runoff (Cerdà et al., 1998; Keesstra et al., 2007). And why is necessary to develop also in terraced landscapes soil erosion control strategies (Mekonnen et al., 2015a; Mekonnen et al., 2015b; Prosdocimi et al., 2016). Our objective was to assess the soil organic matter content (Walkley and Black, 1934), the soil bulk density (ring method), the aggregate stabilility (drop impact) and the water repellency (Water Drop Penetration Time test) in four study sites in the Sierra de Enguera. Two sites were terraced: one abandoned 40 years before the measurements and the other still active with olive crops. And two control sites non-terraced. We used the paired plot strategy to compare the impact of terracing and abandonment. At each site we collected randomly 50 soil samples at 0-2 cm, 4-6 and 8-10 cm depth. At each sampling point 100 WDPT measurements where carried out, and one sample for the bulk density, and one for the organic matter, and one for the soil aggregate stability were collected. The soil surface samples shown the largest differences. The

  20. Thermal instability analysis in a D-T tokamak reactor with density dynamics

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    Basic models and formulations, which take account of the effects of the density dynamics (e.g. density perturbation, particle recycling, convective energy loss, etc.) are developed for the thermal instability analysis in a D-T tokamak reactor. The one-dimensional transport equations of ion density, electron and ion temperatures are linearized with respect to the perturbations and an eigenvalue analysis is used to calculate the growth rate of the instability. Critical curve of the stable and unstable regions on the density-temperature plane is determined for the case of the INTOR scaling law. It is also shown that the density mode of the trapped-ion scaling case is completely stabilized by the effect of particle recycling. They are reexamined by the time dependent transport code. These results show that the formulations developed are well effective to investigate the effects of the density dynamics on the thermal instability. (author)

  1. A Comparative Analysis of Density Based Clustering Techniques for Outlier Mining

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    R.Prabahari*,

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Density based Clustering Algorithms such as Density Based Spatial Clustering of Applications with Noise (DBSCAN, Ordering Points to Identify the Clustering Structure (OPTICS and DENsity based CLUstering (DENCLUE are designed to discover clusters of arbitrary shape. DBSCAN grows clusters according to a density based connectivity analysis. OPTICS, which is an extension of DBSCAN used to produce clusters ordering obtained by setting range of parameter. DENCLUE clusters object is based on a set of density distribution functions. The comparison of the algorithms in terms of essential parameters such as complexity, clusters shape, input parameters, noise handle, cluster quality and run time are considered. The analysis is useful in finding which density based clustering algorithm is suitable in different criteria.

  2. Power Spectral Density Specification and Analysis of Large Optical Surfaces

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    Sidick, Erkin

    2009-01-01

    The 2-dimensional Power Spectral Density (PSD) can be used to characterize the mid- and the high-spatial frequency components of the surface height errors of an optical surface. We found it necessary to have a complete, easy-to-use approach for specifying and evaluating the PSD characteristics of large optical surfaces, an approach that allows one to specify the surface quality of a large optical surface based on simulated results using a PSD function and to evaluate the measured surface profile data of the same optic in comparison with those predicted by the simulations during the specification-derivation process. This paper provides a complete mathematical description of PSD error, and proposes a new approach in which a 2-dimentional (2D) PSD is converted into a 1-dimentional (1D) one by azimuthally averaging the 2D-PSD. The 1D-PSD calculated this way has the same unit and the same profile as the original PSD function, thus allows one to compare the two with each other directly.

  3. Application of a tangent curve mathematical model for analysis of the mechanical behaviour of sunflower bulk seeds

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    Sigalingging, Riswanti; Herák, David; Kabutey, Abraham; Dajbych, Oldřich; Hrabě, Petr; Mizera, Čestmír

    2015-10-01

    This paper evaluate the use of a tangent curve mathematical model for representation of the mechanical behaviour of sunflower bulk seeds. Compression machine (Tempos Model 50, Czech Republic) and pressing vessel diameter 60 mm were used for the loading experiment. Varying forces between 50 and 130 kN and speeds ranging from 10, 50, and 100 mm min-1 were applied respectively on the bulk seeds with moisture content 12.37±0.38% w.b. The relationship between force and deformation curves of bulk seeds of pressing height 80 mm was described. The oil point strain was also determined from the different deformation values namely 30, 35, 40, and 45 mm at speed 10 mm min-1. Based on the results obtained, model coefficients were determined for fitting the experimental load and deformation curves. The validity of these coefficients were dependent on the bulk seeds of pressing height, vessel diameter, maximum force 110 kN, and speed 10 mm min-1, where optimal oil yield was observed. The oil point was detected at 45 mm deformation giving the strain value of 0.56 with the corresponding force 16.65±3.51 kN and energy 1.06±0.18 MJ m-3. At the force of 130 kN, a serration effect on the curves was indicated; hence, the compression process was ceased.

  4. Structural analysis of nanocrystals and their role in the coercivity mechanism of Nd–Fe–Al–Dy bulk amorphous ferromagnets

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    The magnetic property and microstructure of Nd60−xFe30Al10Dyx (x=0, 2, 4) bulk ferromagnets have been investigated. At room temperature, each alloy sample shows hard magnetic behavior, and the intrinsic coercivity increases significantly with increasing Dy content. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Atom probe tomography (APT) results show nanocrystals of width 5–20 nm embedded in the Fe-rich amorphous matrix. The coercivity mechanism of the Nd60−xFe30Al10Dyx (x=0, 2, 4) amorphous alloys is discussed in the context of Gaunt's strong pinning model of domain walls. The crystallographic phases of nanocrystals identified by high-resolution TEM can act as pinning centers. Our findings give further insight into the coercivity mechanism of Nd-based bulk amorphous alloys through a better understanding of the nanostructural environment. - Highlights: • Study of the crystallographic phases present in the nanocrystals in Nd–Fe–Al–Dy bulk ferromagnets. • The phase composition of the nanocrystals varies with Dy content. • Shows the amorphous matrix is Fe-rich by atom probe tomography. • This work gives further insight into the coercivity mechanism of Nd-based bulk amorphous alloys through a better understanding of the nanostructural environment

  5. An analysis of the evolving comoving number density of galaxies in hydrodynamical simulations

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    Torrey, Paul; Wellons, Sarah; Machado, Francisco; Griffen, Brendan; Nelson, Dylan; Rodriguez-Gomez, Vicente; McKinnon, Ryan; Pillepich, Annalisa; Ma, Chung-Pei; Vogelsberger, Mark; Springel, Volker; Hernquist, Lars

    2015-12-01

    We present an analysis of the evolving comoving cumulative number density of galaxy populations found in the Illustris simulation. Cumulative number density is commonly used to link galaxy populations across different epochs by assuming that galaxies preserve their number density in time. Our analysis allows us to examine the extent to which this assumption holds in the presence of galaxy mergers or when rank ordering is broken owing to variable stellar growth rates. Our primary results are as follows: (1) the inferred average stellar mass evolution obtained via a constant comoving number density assumption is systematically biased compared to the merger tree results at the factor of ˜2(4) level when tracking galaxies from redshift z = 0 to 2(3); (2) the median number density evolution for galaxy populations tracked forward in time is shallower than for galaxy populations tracked backward; (3) a similar evolution in the median number density of tracked galaxy populations is found regardless of whether number density is assigned via stellar mass, stellar velocity dispersion, or halo mass; (4) explicit tracking reveals a large diversity in the stellar and dark matter assembly histories that cannot be captured by constant number density analyses; (5) the significant scatter in galaxy linking methods is only marginally reduced (˜20 per cent) by considering additional physical galaxy properties. We provide fits for the median evolution in number density for use with observational data and discuss the implications of our analysis for interpreting multi-epoch galaxy property observations.

  6. Functional analysis of the cross-section form and X-ray density of human ulnae

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    On 20 ulnae the form of the cross sections and distribution of the X-ray density were investigated in five different cross-section heights. The analysis of the cross-section forms was carried through using plane contraction figures, the X-ray density was established by means of the equidensity line method. (orig.)

  7. Density and water content corrections in the gamma count rate of a PGNAA system for cement raw material analysis using the MCNP Code

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    A MCNP simulation study for a prompt gamma neutron activation analysis system for on-line characterisation of cement raw materials has been carried out. A neutron source is located below a conveyor belt. Two detector banks were used: a lower bank positioned symmetrically around the source to detect γ-rays emitted downwards; an upper bank detects the radiation emitted upwards. The count rate of both detector banks for a given composition depends on the bulk density and water content. This paper reports a few corrections which linearise the dependence of the corrected count rate on the mass content

  8. Density and water content corrections in the gamma count rate of a PGNAA system for cement raw material analysis using the MCNP Code

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    Oliveira, Carlos; Salgado, Jose [Nuclear and Technological Institute, Sacavem (Portugal); Leitao, Francisco [Technical Centre, Cimpor, Lisbon (Portugal)

    1998-05-11

    A MCNP simulation study for a prompt gamma neutron activation analysis system for on-line characterisation of cement raw materials has been carried out. A neutron source is located below a conveyor belt. Two detector banks were used: a lower bank positioned symmetrically around the source to detect {gamma}-rays emitted downwards; an upper bank detects the radiation emitted upwards. The count rate of both detector banks for a given composition depends on the bulk density and water content. This paper reports a few corrections which linearise the dependence of the corrected count rate on the mass content.

  9. High-density polyethylene dosimetry by transvinylene FTIR analysis

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    McLaughlin, W.L.; Silverman, J.; Al-Sheikhly, M.; Chappas, W.J.; Liu, Z.J.; Miller, A.; Batsberg Pedersen, W.

    1999-01-01

    (-l) (lambda = 10.36 mu m) is stable in air and can be measured by Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectrophotometry. The quantitative analysis is a useful means of product end-point dosimetry for radiation processing with gamma rays and electrons, where polyethylene is a component of the processed product......The formation of transvinylene unsaturation, -CH=CH-, due to free-radical or cationic-initiated dehydrogenation by irradiation, is a basic reaction in polyethylene and is useful for dosimetry at high absorbed doses. The radiation-enhanced infrared absorption having a maximum at nu = 965 cm....... The transvinylene response in air to gamma radiation is linear with dose and has relatively low yield compared with the response to electrons, whereas the response in deaerated polyethylene samples is also linear, but is more sensitive, and has negligible dose-rate dependence in its response to gamma...

  10. TLC-densitometric analysis of α-escin in bulk drug substance and in pharmaceutical dosage forms

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    Dolowy Malgorzata; Pyka-Pajak Alina; Filip Katarzyna; Zagrodzka Joanna

    2015-01-01

    A quite simple and rapid TLC-densitometric method for the identification of α-escin (Aescin) in bulk drug substances was developed. In so doing, different chromatographic conditions, including various mobile and stationary phases, were tested. A TLC densitometric determination of the examined compound was performed without using visualizing reagent, yet with the use of appropriate dipping reagents, in order to obtain reliable UV-densitometric measurements of α-escin - a substance which has we...

  11. Understanding the Effect of Unintentional Doping on Transport Optimization and Analysis in Efficient Organic Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Deledalle, Florent; Kirchartz, Thomas; Vezie, Michelle S.; Campoy-Quiles, Mariano; Shakya Tuladhar, Pabitra; Nelson, Jenny; Durrant, James R.

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we provide experimental evidence of the effects of unintentional p-type doping on the performance and the apparent recombination dynamics of bulk-heterojunction solar cells. By supporting these experimental observations with drift-diffusion simulations on two batches of the same efficient polymer-fullerene solar cells with substantially different doping levels and at different thicknesses, we investigate the way the presence of doping affects the interpretation of optoelectroni...

  12. Analysis of line integrated electron density using plasma position data on Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research

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    A 280 GHz single-channel horizontal millimeter-wave interferometer system has been installed for plasma electron density measurements on the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) device. This system has a triangular beam path that does not pass through the plasma axis due to geometrical constraints in the superconducting tokamak. The term line density on KSTAR has a different meaning from the line density of other tokamaks. To estimate the peak density and the mean density from the measured line density, information on the position of the plasma is needed. The information has been calculated from tangentially viewed visible images using the toroidal symmetry of the plasma. Interface definition language routines have been developed for this purpose. The calculated plasma position data correspond well to calculation results from magnetic analysis. With the position data and an estimated plasma profile, the peak density and the mean density have been obtained from the line density. From these results, changes of plasma density themselves can be separated from effects of the plasma movements, so they can give valuable information on the plasma status.

  13. The role of a low-energy–density re-scan in fabricating crack-free Al85Ni5Y6Co2Fe2 bulk metallic glass composites via selective laser melting

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    Highlights: • We proposed a re-scan strategy to prevent crack propagation in SLM. • The re-scan should be carried out at a low laser energy density. • The underlying mechanism is through reduction and relief of residual stresses. • Lowered temperature gradient and superplasticity account for reduction of stress. • For the first time, a crack-free BMGCs gear with a large size was produced. - Abstract: In this paper, we have investigated the use of a re-scanning strategy to prevent propagation of macro-cracks during the selective laser melting of an Al85Ni5Y6Co2Fe2 bulk metallic glass composites (BMGCs). These cracks form as a result of the high residual stress caused by the rapid heating and cooling of the material by the laser beam. Unlike crystalline materials, the BMGCs possess a supercooled liquid region in which the residual stress can be relieved by plastic flow. We show that by using a high power initial scan (designed to melt the material) followed by a lower power re-scan (for stress relief) cracking can be prevented. Using this approach, crack-free Al85Ni5Y6Co2Fe2 BMGCs components have been fabricated, including a gear with a diameter ∼25 mm and height ∼10 mm

  14. The Incredible Bulk

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    Fukushima, Keita; Kumar, Jason; Sandick, Pearl; Yamamoto, Takahiro

    2014-01-01

    Recent experimental results from the LHC have placed strong constraints on the masses of colored superpartners. The MSSM parameter space is also constrained by the measurement of the Higgs boson mass, and the requirement that the relic density of lightest neutralinos be consistent with observations. Although large regions of the MSSM parameter space can be excluded by these combined bounds, leptophilic versions of the MSSM can survive these constraints. In this paper we consider a scenario in which the requirements of minimal flavor violation, vanishing $CP$-violation, and mass universality are relaxed, specifically focusing on scenarios with light sleptons. We find a large region of parameter space, analogous to the original bulk region, for which the lightest neutralino is a thermal relic with an abundance consistent with that of dark matter. We find that these leptophilic models are constrained by measurements of the magnetic and electric dipole moments of the electron and muon, and that these models have ...

  15. Fabrication, Micro-structural Analysis, and Mechanical Testing of High Density Polymeric Foam

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    Marks, Trevor Gustov

    Foams, or what are often called cellular solids, are some of the most widely used materials in the modern era. In general, foam is a porous substance formed by the introduction of gas filled pores into condensed matter; the result is typically a light weight substance with properties related to the base (non-porous) medium. Applications of foams include: vibration dampening, energy mitigation (such as packaging and bike helmets), insulation, filtration, and flotation. The focus of this work is on the properties of flexible elastomeric foam of high relative-density. The bulk of existing literature on elastomeric foam is concerned with foam of low relative-density (ratio of the foam density to the density of the material from which the foam is formed ≤ 0.1). The relationship between the micro-structure of high relative-density foam and its mechanical response has, in large part, not been subjected to systematic investigation heretofore. The present work examines how the micro-structural features of pore shape, size, and location affect the macro-structural response of relative high density foam to compressive loading. In order to carry out this study, methods were developed and employed to control a foam's micro-structure, and hence its mechanical response, with the use of temporary pore forming particles and micron scale inclusions. Advanced microscopy techniques were used to observe, in situ, the evolution of a foam's micro-structure under compressive loading, and the results were correlated with the evolution of the foam's stress - strain response. Additionally, quantitative methods were developed and employed to describe numerically the foam's micro-structural features, such as: (i), pore shape, (ii), pore size, and (iii), the arrangement of the pores with respect to each other. Numerous foams were produced, tested, and subjected to the methodology developed for this study.

  16. Evaluation and Bulked Segregant Analysis of Major Yield QTL qtl12.1 Introgressed into Indigenous Elite Line for Low Water Availability under Water Stress

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    N.Manikanda BOOPATHI; Gat SWAPNASHRI; P.KAVITHA; S.SATHISH; R.NITHYA; Wickneswari RATNAM; Arvind KUMAR

    2013-01-01

    Near isogenic lines carrying large-effect QTL (qtl12.1),which has a consistent influence on grain yield under upland drought stress conditions in a wide range of environments,were evaluated under water stress in the fields.The line which gave higher yield under drought was crossed with a local elite line,PMK3,and forwarded to F2:3 generation.Significant variation was found among the F2:3 lines for agronomic traits under water stress in the fields.Low to high broad sense heritability (H) for investigated traits was also found.Water stress indicators such as leaf rolling and leaf drying were negatively correlated with plant height,biomass and grain yield under stress.Bulked segregant analysis (BSA) was performed with the markers in the vicinity of qtl12.1,and RM27933 was found to be segregated perfectly well in individual components of drought resistant and drought susceptible bulks which were bulked based on yield under water stress among F2:3 lines.Hence,this simple and breeder friendly marker,RM27933,may be useful as a potentially valuable candidate marker for the transfer of the QTL qtl12.1 in the regional breeding program.Bioinformatic analysis of the DNA sequence of the qtl12.1 region was also done to identify and analyze positional candidate genes associated with this QTL and to ascertain the putative molecular basis of qtl12.1.

  17. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in bulk deposition at a suburban site: assessment by principal component analysis of the influence of meteorological parameters

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    Motelay-Massei, A.; Ollivon, D.; Garban, B.; Chevreuil, M.

    Bulk deposition (wet+dry) of 14 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) was measured every week from 5 March 2001 to 4 March 2002 on a suburban site at Evreux located 100 km West of Paris (France). Measured concentrations in bulk depositions ranged from 1.1 to 222 ng l -1 with an average of 71.5 ng l -1. The most prevalent PAHs are phenanthrene, fluoranthene and pyrene, which represent 60% of the total concentration on average. The potentially carcinogenic PAHs represent 22% of the PAH concentrations. Statistical analysis, in particular principal component analysis (PCA), allowed us to analyse this data set, highlighting the influence of meteorological parameters (temperature, precipitation amount) on PAH concentration, both quantitatively and qualitatively. The temperature played an important role for PAH concentration in bulk deposition and influenced the efficiency of washout, while rainfall amounts seemed to have a minor influence. Thus, we found seasonal trends in PAH concentration. High rainfall correlated with high proportions of light PAHs. Finally, the study of wind directions allowed us to localize sources of PAHs and to estimate their respective contribution. The influence of the urban area of Rouen on PAH concentrations measured at Evreux is emphasized.

  18. The impact of agriculture terraces on soil organic matter, aggregate stability, water repellency and bulk density. A study in abandoned and active farms in the Sierra de Enguera, Eastern Spain.

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    Cerdà, Artemi; Burguet, Maria; Keesstra, Saskia; Prosdocimi, Massimo; Di Prima, Simone; Brevik, Erik; Novara, Agata; Jordan, Antonio; Tarolli, Paolo

    2016-04-01

    Soil erosion, land degradation, lack of organic matter, erodible soils, rock outcrops… are a consequence of the human abuse and misuse of the soil resources. And this is a worldwide environmental issue (Novara et al., 2011; Vanlauwe et al., 2015; Musinguzi et al., 2015; Pereira et al., 2015; Mwagno et al., 2016). Agriculture terraces are a strategy to reduce the soil erosion, improve the soil fertility and allow the ploughing (Cerdà et al., 2010; Li et al., 2014). Although this idea is well accepted there are few scientific evidences that demonstrate that soils in the terraced areas are more stable, fertile and sustainable that the soil in non terraced areas. In fact, the ploughing in comparison to the abandoned or not ploughed land results in the soil degradation (Lieskovský and Kenderessy, 2014; Gao et al., 2015; Parras-Alcántara et al., 2014). This is mainly due to the lack of vegetation that increase the surface runoff (Cerdà et al., 1998; Keesstra et al., 2007). And why is necessary to develop also in terraced landscapes soil erosion control strategies (Mekonnen et al., 2015a; Mekonnen et al., 2015b; Prosdocimi et al., 2016). Our objective was to assess the soil organic matter content (Walkley and Black, 1934), the soil bulk density (ring method), the aggregate stabilility (drop impact) and the water repellency (Water Drop Penetration Time test) in four study sites in the Sierra de Enguera. Two sites were terraced: one abandoned 40 years before the measurements and the other still active with olive crops. And two control sites non-terraced. We used the paired plot strategy to compare the impact of terracing and abandonment. At each site we collected randomly 50 soil samples at 0-2 cm, 4-6 and 8-10 cm depth. At each sampling point 100 WDPT measurements where carried out, and one sample for the bulk density, and one for the organic matter, and one for the soil aggregate stability were collected. The soil surface samples shown the largest differences. The

  19. Towards risk-based management of critical infrastructures : enabling insights and analysis methodologies from a focused study of the bulk power grid.

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    Richardson, Bryan T.; LaViolette, Randall A.; Cook, Benjamin Koger

    2008-02-01

    This report summarizes research on a holistic analysis framework to assess and manage risks in complex infrastructures, with a specific focus on the bulk electric power grid (grid). A comprehensive model of the grid is described that can approximate the coupled dynamics of its physical, control, and market components. New realism is achieved in a power simulator extended to include relevant control features such as relays. The simulator was applied to understand failure mechanisms in the grid. Results suggest that the implementation of simple controls might significantly alter the distribution of cascade failures in power systems. The absence of cascade failures in our results raises questions about the underlying failure mechanisms responsible for widespread outages, and specifically whether these outages are due to a system effect or large-scale component degradation. Finally, a new agent-based market model for bilateral trades in the short-term bulk power market is presented and compared against industry observations.

  20. Spatio-temporal linear stability analysis of stratified planar wakes: Velocity and density asymmetry effects

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    Emerson, Benjamin; Jagtap, Swapnil; Quinlan, J. Mathew; Renfro, Michael W.; Cetegen, Baki M.; Lieuwen, Tim

    2016-04-01

    This paper explores the hydrodynamic stability of bluff body wakes with non-uniform mean density, asymmetric mean density, and velocity profiles. This work is motivated by experiments [S. Tuttle et al., "Lean blow off behavior of asymmetrically-fueled bluff body-stabilized flames," Combust. Flame 160, 1677 (2013)], which investigated reacting wakes with equivalence ratio stratification and, hence, asymmetry in the base flow density profiles. They showed that highly stratified cases exhibited strong, narrowband oscillations, suggestive of global hydrodynamic instability. In this paper, we present a local hydrodynamic stability analysis for non-uniform density wakes that includes base flow asymmetry. The results show that increasing the degree of base density asymmetry generally has a destabilizing effect and that increasing base velocity asymmetry tends to be stabilizing. Furthermore, we show that increasing base density asymmetry slightly decreases the absolute frequency and that increasing the base velocity asymmetry slightly increases the absolute frequency. In addition, we show that increasing the degree of base density asymmetry distorts the most absolutely unstable hydrodynamic mode from its nominally sinuous structure. This distorted mode exhibits higher amplitude pressure and velocity oscillations near the interface with the smaller density jump than near the one with the bigger density jump. This would then be anticipated to lead to strongly non-symmetric amplitudes of flame flapping, with much stronger flame flapping on the side with lower density ratio. These predictions are shown to be consistent with experimental data. These comparisons support the analytical predictions that increased base density asymmetry are destabilizing and that hydrodynamic velocity fluctuation amplitudes should be greatest at the flame with the lowest density jump.

  1. Short-term bulk energy storage system scheduling for load leveling in unit commitment: modeling, optimization, and sensitivity analysis.

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    Hemmati, Reza; Saboori, Hedayat

    2016-05-01

    Energy storage systems (ESSs) have experienced a very rapid growth in recent years and are expected to be a promising tool in order to improving power system reliability and being economically efficient. The ESSs possess many potential benefits in various areas in the electric power systems. One of the main benefits of an ESS, especially a bulk unit, relies on smoothing the load pattern by decreasing on-peak and increasing off-peak loads, known as load leveling. These devices require new methods and tools in order to model and optimize their effects in the power system studies. In this respect, this paper will model bulk ESSs based on the several technical characteristics, introduce the proposed model in the thermal unit commitment (UC) problem, and analyze it with respect to the various sensitive parameters. The technical limitations of the thermal units and transmission network constraints are also considered in the model. The proposed model is a Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP) which can be easily solved by strong commercial solvers (for instance CPLEX) and it is appropriate to be used in the practical large scale networks. The results of implementing the proposed model on a test system reveal that proper load leveling through optimum storage scheduling leads to considerable operation cost reduction with respect to the storage system characteristics. PMID:27222741

  2. Densidade de um planossolo sob sistemas de cultivo avaliada por meio da tomografia computadorizada de raios gama Bulk density of an alfisol under cultivation systems in a long-term experiment evaluated with gamma ray computed tomography

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    2009-10-01

    lowland soils is based on the use of crop rotation and succession, which are essential for the control of red and black rice. The effects on the soil properties deserve studies, particularly on soil compaction. The objective of this study was to identify compacted layers in an Albaqualf under different cultivation and tillage systems, by evaluating the soil bulk density (Ds with Gamma Ray Computed Tomography (TC. The analysis was carried out in a long-term experiment, from 1985 to 2004, at an experimental station of Embrapa Clima Temperado, Capão do Leão, RS, Brazil, in a random block design with seven treatments, with four replications (T1 - one year rice with conventional tillage followed by two years fallow; T2 - continuous rice under conventional tillage; T4 - rice and soybean (Glycine Max L. rotation under conventional tillage; T5 - rice, soybean and corn (Zea maize L. rotation under conventional tillage; T6 - rice under no-tillage in the summer in succession to rye-grass (Lolium multiflorum L. in the winter; T7 - rice under no-tillage and soybean under conventional tillage rotation; T8 - control: uncultivated soil. The Gamma Ray Computed Tomography method did not identify compacted soil layers under no-tillage rice in succession to rye-grass; two fallow years in the irrigated rice production system did not prevent the formation of a compacted layer at the soil surface; and in the rice, soybean and corn rotation under conventional tillage two compacted layers were identified (0.0 to 1.5 cm and 11 to 14 cm, indicating that they may restrict the agricultural production in this cultivation system on Albaqualf soils.

  3. The gluon density of the proton at low x from a QCD analysis of F$_{2}$

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    1995-01-01

    We present a QCD analysis of the proton structure function F_2 measured by the H1 experiment at HERA, combined with data from previous fixed target experiments. The gluon density is extracted from the scaling violations of F_2 in the range 2\\cdot 10^{-4}density is found to rise steeply with decreasing x.

  4. Soil bulk density and biomass partitioning of Brachiaria decumbens in a silvopastoral system Densidade do solo e partição de biomassa de Brachiaria decumbens em um sistema silvopastoril

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    Domingos Sávio Campos Paciullo

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Shade in silvopastoral systems improves the thermal comfort of animals, but it may also affect the pasture productivity and can contribute to soil compaction in the shaded areas due to the increase in the number of animals looking for comfort. The effect of grazing at various distances from tree rows (under the tree canopy, at 6 and at 12 m away from the trees on the soil bulk density and on the aerial and root biomass of Brachiaria decumbens was evaluated in both the dry and the rainy seasons. The study was carried out on an Orthic Ferralsol in a randomized block design with two replications. Tree rows were composed of Eucalyptus grandis and Acacia mangium species, and the paddocks were submitted to a rotational stocking management, using Holstein (Bos taurus × Zebu (Bos indicus heifers. The shade intensity in the pasture decreased with an increasing distance from the tree row. Soil bulk density did not vary with the distance from the tree row, but varied seasonally, being greater in the rainy season (1.47 g cm-3 than in the dry season (1.28 g cm-3. Green forage and root mass, expressed as dry matter, were lower under the tree canopy and were greater in the rainy season. There were decreases of 22.3 and 41.4% in the aerial and root biomasses, respectively, in the tree rows. The greatest shoot/root ratio for B. decumbens under moderate and intensive shading indicates a modification in the forage biomass allocation pattern that favours the aerial development in detriment of the root system.O sombreamento em sistemas silvipastoris concorre para o conforto térmico dos animais; no entanto pode afetar a produção do pasto e contribuir para a compactação do solo, pelo aumento da concentração de animais nas áreas sombreadas. Avaliou-se o efeito da distância do renque de árvores (sob a copa das árvores, 6 e 12 m de distancia das árvores na densidade do solo e na biomassa aérea e de raízes de Brachiaria decumbens, nas épocas seca e chuvosa

  5. [Estimation of Hunan forest carbon density based on spectral mixture analysis of MODIS data].

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    Yan, En-ping; Lin, Hui; Wang, Guang-xing; Chen, Zhen-xiong

    2015-11-01

    With the fast development of remote sensing technology, combining forest inventory sample plot data and remotely sensed images has become a widely used method to map forest carbon density. However, the existence of mixed pixels often impedes the improvement of forest carbon density mapping, especially when low spatial resolution images such as MODIS are used. In this study, MODIS images and national forest inventory sample plot data were used to conduct the study of estimation for forest carbon density. Linear spectral mixture analysis with and without constraint, and nonlinear spectral mixture analysis were compared to derive the fractions of different land use and land cover (LULC) types. Then sequential Gaussian co-simulation algorithm with and without the fraction images from spectral mixture analyses were employed to estimate forest carbon density of Hunan Province. Results showed that 1) Linear spectral mixture analysis with constraint, leading to a mean RMSE of 0.002, more accurately estimated the fractions of LULC types than linear spectral and nonlinear spectral mixture analyses; 2) Integrating spectral mixture analysis model and sequential Gaussian co-simulation algorithm increased the estimation accuracy of forest carbon density to 81.5% from 74.1%, and decreased the RMSE to 5.18 from 7.26; and 3) The mean value of forest carbon density for the province was 30.06 t · hm(-2), ranging from 0.00 to 67.35 t · hm(-2). This implied that the spectral mixture analysis provided a great potential to increase the estimation accuracy of forest carbon density on regional and global level. PMID:26915200

  6. Analysis of auto-feed-back preventing latch-up mechanism in bulk CMOS devices exposed to transient ionizing irradiation

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    Bulk complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuits contain the parasitic silicon-controlled-rectifier (SCR) structure, which tend to latch- up, even burn out, when they are exposed to transient gamma irradiation. Therefore, it is significant to study latch-up prevention. The continuity equation based on the minority carrier in parasitic transistors was solved, the duration of photocurrent in the SCR structure was calculated, and the condition of auto-feed-back preventing the devices' latch-up was confirmed. Moreover, the relationship of the condition and dose rate was concluded. Two kinds of circuits which were SCR's equivalent circuit and CMOS circuit were irradiated by transient gamma rays. The experimental results match the theoretical results well. (authors)

  7. Analysis of Vertical Oscillations of a Permanent Magnet Freely Levitated above an YBCO Bulk in an AC External Magnetic Field

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    Yong Zhang; Ya-Li Zhang; Cui-Hua Cheng; Yong Zhao

    2008-01-01

    The effect of the moving speed of perma- nent magnet (PM) on levitation force between PM and high temperature superconducting (HTS) bulk is analyzed and described in the PM-HTS levitation system. The PM vibration characteristic in the PM-HTS system is investigated. The PM may collide with the HTS in vibration if the amplitude and frequency of driving force satisfy the relationship Pmin = A f n. When the load of the system is below a threshold, the minimal collision amplitude of the driving force increases with the load increasing, however, it sharply drops to zero when the load exceeds the threshold. With the increase of the initial height of the PM, the threshold load increases, but the minimal driving force which causes a collision between PM and HTS decreases.

  8. Electron density analysis of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquid.

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    del Olmo, Lourdes; Morera-Boado, Cercis; López, Rafael; García de la Vega, José M

    2014-06-01

    An analysis of the electron density of different conformers of the 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (bmimCl) ionic liquid by using DFT through the BVP86 density functional has been obtained within the framework of Bader's atom in molecules (AIM), localized orbital locator (LOL), natural bond orbital (NBO), and deformed atoms in molecules (DAM). We also present an analysis of the reduced density gradients that deliver the non-covalent interaction regions and allow to understand the nature of intermolecular interactions. The most polar conformer can be characterized as ionic by AIM, LOL, and DAM methods while the most stable and the least polar shows shared-type interactions. The NBO method allows to comprehend what causes the stabilization of the most stable conformer based on analysis of the second-order perturbative energy and the charge transferred among the natural orbitals involved in the interaction. PMID:24878801

  9. Electrical analysis of high dielectric constant insulator and metal gate metal oxide semiconductor capacitors on flexible bulk mono-crystalline silicon

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    Ghoneim, Mohamed T.

    2015-06-01

    We report on the electrical study of high dielectric constant insulator and metal gate metal oxide semiconductor capacitors (MOSCAPs) on a flexible ultra-thin (25 μm) silicon fabric which is peeled off using a CMOS compatible process from a standard bulk mono-crystalline silicon substrate. A lifetime projection is extracted using statistical analysis of the ramping voltage (Vramp) breakdown and time dependent dielectric breakdown data. The obtained flexible MOSCAPs operational voltages satisfying the 10 years lifetime benchmark are compared to those of the control MOSCAPs, which are not peeled off from the silicon wafer. © 2014 IEEE.

  10. Simultaneous Analysis of Losartan Potassium, Amlodipine Besylate, and Hydrochlorothiazide in Bulk and in Tablets by High-Performance Thin Layer Chromatography with UV-Absorption Densitometry

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    Karunanidhi Santhana Lakshmi; Sivasubramanian Lakshmi

    2012-01-01

    A Simple high-performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) method for separation and quantitative analysis of losartan potassium, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide in bulk and in pharmaceutical formulations has been established and validated. After extraction with methanol, sample and standard solutions were applied to silica gel plates and developed with chloroform : methanol : acetone : formic acid 7.5 : 1.3 : 0.5 : 0.03 ( / / / ) as mobile phase. Zones were scanned densitometric...

  11. Development of a multiple bulked segregant analysis (MBSA) method used to locate a new stem rust resistance gene (Sr54) in the winter wheat cultivar Norin 40.

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    Ghazvini, Habibollah; Hiebert, Colin W; Thomas, Julian B; Fetch, Thomas

    2013-02-01

    An important aspect of studying putative new genes in wheat is determining their position on the wheat genetic map. The primary difficulty in mapping genes is determining which chromosome carries the gene of interest. Several approaches have been developed to address this problem, each with advantages and disadvantages. Here we describe a new approach called multiple bulked segregant analysis (MBSA). A set of 423 simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers were selected based on profile simplicity, frequency of polymorphism, and distribution across the wheat genome. SSR primers were preloaded in 384-well PCR plates with each primer occupying 16 wells. In practice, 14 wells are reserved for "mini-bulks" that are equivalent to four gametes (e.g. two F(2) individuals) comprised of individuals from a segregated population that have a known homozygous genotype for the gene of interest. The remaining two wells are reserved for the parents of the population. Each well containing a mini-bulk can have one of three allele compositions for each SSR: only the allele from one parent, only the allele from the other parent, or both alleles. Simulation experiments were performed to determine the pattern of mini-bulk allele composition that would indicate putative linkage between the SSR in question and the gene of interest. As a test case, MBSA was employed to locate an unidentified stem rust resistance (Sr) gene in the winter wheat cultivar Norin 40. A doubled haploid (DH) population (n = 267) was produced from hybrids of the cross LMPG-6S/Norin 40. The DH population segregated for a single gene (χ (1:1) (2) = 0.093, p = 0.76) for resistance to Puccinia graminis f.sp. tritici race LCBN. Four resistant DH lines were included in each of the 14 mini-bulks for screening. The Sr gene was successfully located to the long arm of chromosome 2D using MBSA. Further mapping confirmed the chromosome location and revealed that the Sr gene was located in a linkage block that may represent an alien

  12. The Bane of Column Density Analysis and What Good It Can Do for Us

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    How-Huan Chen, Hope; Goodman, Alyssa A.; Burkhart, Blakesley K.; Myers, Philip C.; Collins, David C.; Meisner, Aaron M.; Lee, Katherine I.

    2016-01-01

    Despite the fact that astronomers are inclined to apply statistical tools, from least-square fitting to machine learning, on the big, high-dimensional data, not enough care is often spent on examining the biases that could be introduced by sample selection and observation. The talk focuses on investigating arguably one of the most often applied statistical analyses in clouds and filaments recently--the probability distribution function (PDF) analysis of column density. We look at the correlation between column density PDF and various physical processes including turbulence and star formation as traced by young stellar objects and star forming cores, in both observation and simulation; as well as potential problems in statistically consistent fitting of column density distribution, validating correlation, biased sample selection, and projection effects. Our results show that 1) even though on large scale, the "width" of the column density PDF seems to correlate with turbulence, no clear correlation is found between column density PDF and turbulence in both simulation and observation, and 2) even previous works show that the index of the "power-law tail" correlates with the star formation activity, there is statistical ambiguity in the sampling of column density structures and associating point sources with any of these structures. We further analyze the hierachical structures of column density in molecular clouds and filaments, using the structure extraction algorithm, the dendrogram.

  13. Genetic analysis of male reproductive success in relation to density in the zebrafish, Danio rerio

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    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We used behavioural and genetic data to investigate the effects of density on male reproductive success in the zebrafish, Danio rerio. Based on previous measurements of aggression and courtship behaviour by territorial males, we predicted that they would sire more offspring than non-territorial males. Results Microsatellite analysis of paternity showed that at low densities territorial males had higher reproductive success than non-territorial males. However, at high density territorial males were no more successful than non-territorials and the sex difference in the opportunity for sexual selection, based on the parameter Imates, was low. Conclusion Male zebrafish exhibit two distinct mating tactics; territoriality and active pursuit of females. Male reproductive success is density dependent and the opportunity for sexual selection appears to be weak in this species.

  14. An improved X-ray diffraction analysis method to characterize dislocation density in lath martensitic structures

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    An improved X-ray diffraction line profile analysis method is developed to determine dislocation density of lath martensitic steels. This method combines the modified Warren–Averbach (MWA) and the modified Williamson–Hall (MWH) methods. The developed method is robust and leads to unique values for the dislocation density, the effective outer cut-off radius of the dislocations (Re) and the dislocations distribution parameter (M). Dislocation structures of lath martensite in a steel, in the as-quenched condition as well as in tempered conditions, are characterized by using the proposed method. The calculated dislocation density is compared with the values obtained from the MWH method by considering a constant value for M. It was found that both methods provide dislocation densities in the range of the values calculated from the dislocation strengthening component of the yield strength

  15. Thermodynamic analysis of energy density in pressure retarded osmosis: The impact of solution volumes and costs

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    A general method was developed for estimating the volumetric energy efficiency of pressure retarded osmosis via pressure-volume analysis of a membrane process. The resulting model requires only the osmotic pressure, π, and mass fraction, w, of water in the concentrated and dilute feed solutions to estimate the maximum achievable specific energy density, uu, as a function of operating pressure. The model is independent of any membrane or module properties. This method utilizes equilibrium analysis to specify the volumetric mixing fraction of concentrated and dilute solution as a function of operating pressure, and provides results for the total volumetric energy density of similar order to more complex models for the mixing of seawater and riverwater. Within the framework of this analysis, the total volumetric energy density is maximized, for an idealized case, when the operating pressure is π(1+√w-1), which is lower than the maximum power density operating pressure, Δπ/2, derived elsewhere, and is a function of the solute osmotic pressure at a given mass fraction. It was also found that a minimum 1.45 kmol of ideal solute is required to produce 1 kWh of energy while a system operating at "maximum power density operating pressure" requires at least 2.9 kmol. Utilizing this methodology, it is possible to examine the effects of volumetric solution cost, operation of a module at various pressure, and operation of a constant pressure module with various feed.

  16. Thermodynamic analysis of energy density in pressure retarded osmosis: The impact of solution volumes and costs

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    Reimund, Kevin K. [Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; McCutcheon, Jeffrey R. [Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Wilson, Aaron D. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-08-01

    A general method was developed for estimating the volumetric energy efficiency of pressure retarded osmosis via pressure-volume analysis of a membrane process. The resulting model requires only the osmotic pressure, π, and mass fraction, w, of water in the concentrated and dilute feed solutions to estimate the maximum achievable specific energy density, uu, as a function of operating pressure. The model is independent of any membrane or module properties. This method utilizes equilibrium analysis to specify the volumetric mixing fraction of concentrated and dilute solution as a function of operating pressure, and provides results for the total volumetric energy density of similar order to more complex models for the mixing of seawater and riverwater. Within the framework of this analysis, the total volumetric energy density is maximized, for an idealized case, when the operating pressure is π/(1+√w⁻¹), which is lower than the maximum power density operating pressure, Δπ/2, derived elsewhere, and is a function of the solute osmotic pressure at a given mass fraction. It was also found that a minimum 1.45 kmol of ideal solute is required to produce 1 kWh of energy while a system operating at “maximum power density operating pressure” requires at least 2.9 kmol. Utilizing this methodology, it is possible to examine the effects of volumetric solution cost, operation of a module at various pressure, and operation of a constant pressure module with various feed.

  17. Simultaneous Analysis of Losartan Potassium, Amlodipine Besylate, and Hydrochlorothiazide in Bulk and in Tablets by High-Performance Thin Layer Chromatography with UV-Absorption Densitometry

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    Karunanidhi Santhana Lakshmi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A Simple high-performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC method for separation and quantitative analysis of losartan potassium, amlodipine, and hydrochlorothiazide in bulk and in pharmaceutical formulations has been established and validated. After extraction with methanol, sample and standard solutions were applied to silica gel plates and developed with chloroform : methanol : acetone : formic acid 7.5 : 1.3 : 0.5 : 0.03 (/// as mobile phase. Zones were scanned densitometrically at 254 nm. The values of amlodipine besylate, hydrochlorothiazide, and losartan potassium were 0.35, 0.57, and 0.74, respectively. Calibration plots were linear in the ranges 500–3000 ng per spot for losartan potassium, amlodipine and hydrochlorothiazide, the correlation coefficients, r, were 0.998, 0.998, and 0.999, respectively. The suitability of this method for quantitative determination of these compounds was by validation in accordance with the requirements of pharmaceutical regulatory standards. The method can be used for routine analysis of these drugs in bulk and in formulation.

  18. TLC-densitometric analysis of α-escin in bulk drug substance and in pharmaceutical dosage forms

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    Dolowy Malgorzata

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available A quite simple and rapid TLC-densitometric method for the identification of α-escin (Aescin in bulk drug substances was developed. In so doing, different chromatographic conditions, including various mobile and stationary phases, were tested. A TLC densitometric determination of the examined compound was performed without using visualizing reagent, yet with the use of appropriate dipping reagents, in order to obtain reliable UV-densitometric measurements of α-escin - a substance which has weak chromophore groups. Herein, the application of a mobile phase containing n-butanolacetic acid-water in volume composition 30:7:13, the use of silica gel 60F254 plates with concentrating zone, and subsequent application of 10% sulphuric acid in ethanol or 5% vanillin in methanol/sulphuric acid, respectively, provided the best results in a TLCdensitometric study of α-escin. The described method was successfully employed to identify α-escin in commercial samples that were in an oral dosage form (tablets and also in the form of gel containing 20 mg of α-escin.

  19. Benchmarking FENDL libraries through analysis of bulk shielding experiments on large SS316 assemblies for verification of ITER shielding characteristics

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    FENDL-1 data base has been developed recently for use in ITER/EDA phase and other fusion-related design activities. It is now undergoing extensive testing and benchmarking using experimental data of differential and integral measured parameters obtained from fusion-oriented experiments. As part of co-operation between UCLA (U.S.) with JAERI (Japan) on executing the required neutronics R ampersand D tasks for ITER shield design, two bulk shielding experiments on large SS316 assemblies were selected for benchmarking FENDL/MG-1 multigroup data base and FENDL/MC-1 continous energy data base. The analyses with the multigroup data (performed with S8, P5, DORT calculations with shielded and unshielded data) also included library derived from ENDF/B-VI data base for comparison purposes. The MCNP Monte Carlo code was used by JAERI with the FENDL/MC-1 data. The results of this benchmarking is reported in this paper along with the observed deficiencies and discrepancies. 20 refs., 27 figs., 1 tab

  20. Bulked segregant analysis of the pirarucu (Arapaima gigas) genome for identification of sex-specific molecular markers.

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    Almeida, I G; Ianella, P; Faria, M T; Paiva, S R; Caetano, A R

    2013-01-01

    Arapaima gigas (Osteoglossidae) is one of the largest fish species in the Amazon Basin, attaining lengths of over 2.5 m and weights of over 100 kg. Its flesh is prized, and it has great potential for production in aquaculture systems. However, live pirarucu cannot be reliably sexed visually, even after sexual development, since this species does not have clear external sexual dimorphism. Simple and inexpensive methods for sexing immature pirarucu based on DNA markers would facilitate production of this species in commercial operations. We analyzed A. gigas male and female DNA pools with 566 RAPD primers, generating 2609 fragments, with an estimated 1341 segregating polymorphic markers, and an estimated average spacing of 714 kb, which corresponds to less than 0.1% of the species' genome. Two putative sex-specific fragments were initially identified in bulked samples; but they were not confirmed in a study of individual male and female samples. We suggest that A. gigas has developed a non-chromosomal system of sex determination or, alternatively, that the species has undergone a recent loss of the chromosome carrying the sex-determining locus. PMID:24338425

  1. Creating bulk nanocrystalline metal.

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    Fredenburg, D. Anthony (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA); Saldana, Christopher J. (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN); Gill, David D.; Hall, Aaron Christopher; Roemer, Timothy John (Ktech Corporation, Albuquerque, NM); Vogler, Tracy John; Yang, Pin

    2008-10-01

    Nanocrystalline and nanostructured materials offer unique microstructure-dependent properties that are superior to coarse-grained materials. These materials have been shown to have very high hardness, strength, and wear resistance. However, most current methods of producing nanostructured materials in weapons-relevant materials create powdered metal that must be consolidated into bulk form to be useful. Conventional consolidation methods are not appropriate due to the need to maintain the nanocrystalline structure. This research investigated new ways of creating nanocrystalline material, new methods of consolidating nanocrystalline material, and an analysis of these different methods of creation and consolidation to evaluate their applicability to mesoscale weapons applications where part features are often under 100 {micro}m wide and the material's microstructure must be very small to give homogeneous properties across the feature.

  2. Probability Density Components Analysis: A New Approach to Treatment and Classification of SAR Images

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    Osmar Abílio de Carvalho Júnior; Luz Marilda de Moraes Maciel; Ana Paula Ferreira de Carvalho; Renato Fontes Guimarães; Cristiano Rosa Silva; Roberto Arnaldo Trancoso Gomes; Nilton Correia Silva

    2014-01-01

    Speckle noise (salt and pepper) is inherent to synthetic aperture radar (SAR), which causes a usual noise-like granular aspect and complicates the image classification. In SAR image analysis, the spatial information might be a particular benefit for denoising and mapping classes characterized by a statistical distribution of the pixel intensities from a complex and heterogeneous spectral response. This paper proposes the Probability Density Components Analysis (PDCA), a new alternative that c...

  3. Analysis of Lithium Driven Electron Density Peaking in FTU Liquid Lithium Limiter Experiments

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    Szepesi, G.; Romanelli, M.; Militello, F.; Peeters, A.; Camenen, Y.; Casson, F.; Hornsby, W.; Snodin, A.; Wagner, D.

    2013-01-01

    The impact of lithium impurities on the microstability and turbulent transport characteristics in the core of a typical FTU Liquid Lithium Limiter (LLL)(Mazzitelli et al., Nucl. Fusion, 2011) discharge during the density ramp-up phase is studied. A non-linear gyrokinetic analysis performed with GKW (Peeters et al.,Comp. Phys. Comm., 2009) accompanied by a quasi-linear fluid analysis is presented. We show that a centrally peaked, high concentration lithium profile contributes to the electron p...

  4. Results of bulk sediment analysis and bioassay testing on selected sediments from Oakland Inner Harbor and Alcatraz disposal site, San Francisco, California

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    Word, J Q; Ward, J A; Woodruff, D L

    1990-09-01

    The Battelle/Marine Sciences Laboratory (MSL) was contracted by the US Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District, to perform bulk sediment analysis and oyster larvae bioassays (elutriate) on sediments from Inner Oakland Harbor, California. Analysis of sediment characteristics by MSL indicated elevated priority pollutants, PAHs, pesticides, metals, organotins, and oil and grease concentrations, when compared to Alcatraz Island Dredged Material Disposal Site sediment concentrations. Larvae of the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas, were exposed to seawater collected from the Alcatraz Island Site water, and a series of controls using water and sediments collected from Sequim Bay, Washington. Exposure of larvae to the Alcatraz seawater and the 50% and 100% elutriate concentrations from each Oakland sediment resulted in low survival and a high proportion of abnormal larvae compared to Sequim Bay control exposures. MSL identified that field sample collection, preservation, and storage protocols used by Port of Oakland contractors were inconsistent with standard accepted practices. 23 refs., 10 figs., 40 tabs.

  5. Results of bulk sediment analysis and bioassay testing on selected sediments from Oakland Inner Harbor and Alcatraz disposal site, San Francisco, California

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    The Battelle/Marine Sciences Laboratory (MSL) was contracted by the US Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District, to perform bulk sediment analysis and oyster larvae bioassays (elutriate) on sediments from Inner Oakland Harbor, California. Analysis of sediment characteristics by MSL indicated elevated priority pollutants, PAHs, pesticides, metals, organotins, and oil and grease concentrations, when compared to Alcatraz Island Dredged Material Disposal Site sediment concentrations. Larvae of the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas, were exposed to seawater collected from the Alcatraz Island Site water, and a series of controls using water and sediments collected from Sequim Bay, Washington. Exposure of larvae to the Alcatraz seawater and the 50% and 100% elutriate concentrations from each Oakland sediment resulted in low survival and a high proportion of abnormal larvae compared to Sequim Bay control exposures. MSL identified that field sample collection, preservation, and storage protocols used by Port of Oakland contractors were inconsistent with standard accepted practices. 23 refs., 10 figs., 40 tabs

  6. Diffusion and bulk flow in phloem loading: a theoretical analysis of the polymer trap mechanism for sugar transport in plants.

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    Dölger, Julia; Rademaker, Hanna; Liesche, Johannes; Schulz, Alexander; Bohr, Tomas

    2014-10-01

    Plants create sugar in the mesophyll cells of their leaves by photosynthesis. This sugar, mostly sucrose, has to be loaded via the bundle sheath into the phloem vascular system (the sieve elements), where it is distributed to growing parts of the plant. We analyze the feasibility of a particular loading mechanism, active symplasmic loading, also called the polymer trap mechanism, where sucrose is transformed into heavier sugars, such as raffinose and stachyose, in the intermediary-type companion cells bordering the sieve elements in the minor veins of the phloem. Keeping the heavier sugars from diffusing back requires that the plasmodesmata connecting the bundle sheath with the intermediary cell act as extremely precise filters, which are able to distinguish between molecules that differ by less than 20% in size. In our modeling, we take into account the coupled water and sugar movement across the relevant interfaces, without explicitly considering the chemical reactions transforming the sucrose into the heavier sugars. Based on the available data for plasmodesmata geometry, sugar concentrations, and flux rates, we conclude that this mechanism can in principle function, but that it requires pores of molecular sizes. Comparing with the somewhat uncertain experimental values for sugar export rates, we expect the pores to be only 5%-10% larger than the hydraulic radius of the sucrose molecules. We find that the water flow through the plasmodesmata, which has not been quantified before, contributes only 10%-20% to the sucrose flux into the intermediary cells, while the main part is transported by diffusion. On the other hand, the subsequent sugar translocation into the sieve elements would very likely be carried predominantly by bulk water flow through the plasmodesmata. Thus, in contrast to apoplasmic loaders, all the necessary water for phloem translocation would be supplied in this way with no need for additional water uptake across the plasma membranes of the

  7. Spectroscopic analysis of the density and temperature gradients in the laser-heated gas jet

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    We have performed an analysis of the x-ray spectra produced by a 1.0TW, lambda/sub L/-0.53μm laser-irradiated gas jet. Plasmas produced by ionization of neon, argon and N2 + SF6 gases were included in those measurements. Plasma electron density and temperature gradients were obtained by comparison of measured spectra with those produced by computer modeling. Density gradients were also obtained using laser interferometry. The limitations of this technique for plasma diagnosis will be discussed

  8. Population density and efficiency in energy consumption: An empirical analysis of service establishments

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    This study, using novel establishment-level microdata from the Energy Consumption Statistics, empirically analyzes the effect of urban density on energy intensity in the service sector. According to the analysis, the efficiency of energy consumption in service establishments is higher for densely populated cities. Quantitatively, after controlling for differences among industries, energy efficiency increases by approximately 12% when the density in a municipality population doubles. This result suggests that, given a structural transformation toward the service economy, deregulation of excessive restrictions hindering urban agglomeration, and investment in infrastructure in city centers would contribute to environmentally friendly economic growth.

  9. Transport analysis of high radiation and high density plasmas in the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak

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    Casali L.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Future fusion reactors, foreseen in the “European road map” such as DEMO, will operate under more demanding conditions compared to present devices. They will require high divertor and core radiation by impurity seeding to reduce heat loads on divertor target plates. In addition, DEMO will have to work at high core densities to reach adequate fusion performance. The performance of fusion reactors depends on three essential parameters: temperature, density and energy confinement time. The latter characterizes the loss rate due to both radiation and transport processes. The DEMO foreseen scenarios described above were not investigated so far, but are now addressed at the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak. In this work we present the transport analysis of such scenarios. Plasma with high radiation by impurity seeding: transport analysis taking into account the radiation distribution shows no change in transport during impurity seeding. The observed confinement improvement is an effect of higher pedestal temperatures which extend to the core via stiffness. A non coronal radiation model was developed and compared to the bolometric measurements in order to provide a reliable radiation profile for transport calculations. High density plasmas with pellets: the analysis of kinetic profiles reveals a transient phase at the start of the pellet fuelling due to a slower density build up compared to the temperature decrease. The low particle diffusion can explain the confinement behaviour.

  10. Multifractal detrended moving average analysis of particle density functions in relativistic nuclear collisions

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    Mali, Provash; Mukhopadhyay, Amitabha; Singh, Gurmukh

    2016-05-01

    Fluctuations in particle density functions in 28Si+Ag(Br) collision at 14.5A GeV and 32S+Ag(Br) collision at 200A GeV are investigated using the multifractal detrended moving average (MFDMA) method. Multifractal parameters obtained from the data analysis are systematically compared with the ultra-relativistic quantum molecular dynamics (UrQMD) model simulation. It is found that the single particle density functions in both the experiments are multifractal in nature. Further, the degree of multifractality in the simulated event samples is almost equal to the corresponding empirical data. The results of this analysis differ significantly from those obtained from other conventional techniques of multifractal analysis previously used for the same sets of data.

  11. Reconstruction and analysis of temperature and density spatial profiles inertial confinement fusion implosion cores

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    We discuss several methods for the extraction of temperature and density spatial profiles in inertial confinement fusion implosion cores based on the analysis of the x-ray emission from spectroscopic tracers added to the deuterium fuel. The ideas rely on (1) detailed spectral models that take into account collisional-radiative atomic kinetics, Stark broadened line shapes, and radiation transport calculations, (2) the availability of narrow-band, gated pinhole and slit x-ray images, and space-resolved line spectra of the core, and (3) several data analysis and reconstruction methods that include a multi-objective search and optimization technique based on a novel application of Pareto genetic algorithms to plasma spectroscopy. The spectroscopic analysis yields the spatial profiles of temperature and density in the core at the collapse of the implosion, and also the extent of shell material mixing into the core. Results are illustrated with data recorded in implosion experiments driven by the OMEGA and Z facilities

  12. An overview of nuclear micro-beam analysis of surface and bulk fuel retention in carbon-fibre composites from Tore Supra

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    Surface and bulk retention of deuterium in tiles of the pump limiter from Tore Supra was examined with nuclear reaction analysis using both standard and micro-beam techniques. The aim was to determine the variations in the content and distribution of fuel species in carbon-fibre composites. On plasma-facing surfaces from the deposition zone, the D content reaches 2.5 x 1019 cm-2 in about 8 μm thick top layer, but lateral differences reach even more than one order of magnitude. This is also measured in the erosion zone: 6.6 x 1017 cm-2 to 7.7 x 1018 cm-2 D atoms. Bulk content was examined on cross-sections opened by fracturing the tiles. Fuel is detected up to the depth of 1-1.5 mm beneath the plasma-facing surface in tiles from both the erosion and deposition zones. It occurs in bands, about 100 μm wide and several mm long, roughly parallel to the original plasma-facing surface.

  13. Gamma-ray analysis for U, Th and K on bulk cutting samples from deep wells in the Danish Subbasin and the North German Basin

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    A total of 1329 bulk cutting samples from deep wells in Denmark were analysed for U, Th and K by laboratory gamma-ray analysis. Contamination of the samples by drilling mud additives, mud solids and fall down was studied by means of a wash down experiment and by comparison with the total gamma-ray response from wireline logging. It is concluded that the inorganic geochemistry on bulk cutting samples must be applied with great caution. The data are useful for geochemical characterization of well sections and for regional geochemical correlation. Radioelement abundance logs and radioelement ratio logs are presented from 3 wells in the Danish Subbasin and 2 wells in the North German Basin. The radioelement geochemistry is discussed for the successive lithostratigraphical units and a reference radioelement profile is established for the central part of the Danish Subbasin. Finally, a model describing the relationship between common lithofacies and their U content and Th/U ratio is suggested. The model deliniates the depositional environment and the relative distances to the provenance areas. It is concluded that: (1) Uranium is mobile during deposition, but since then it is fixed by stable mineral phases at depth; (2) Thorium reflects source area characteristics and that any available ions are readily adsorbed by clay minerals. Thorium anomalies may thus serve as lithostratigraphical markers; (3) Potassium occurs in unstable rock forming mineral phases. The present distribution is controlled not only by the clastic mineral assemblage, but also by the diagenetic processes through geologic time

  14. Cluster analysis of the organic peaks in bulk mass spectra obtained during the 2002 New England Air Quality Study with an Aerodyne aerosol mass spectrometer

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    C. Marcolli

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available We applied hierarchical cluster analysis to an Aerodyne aerosol mass spectrometer (AMS bulk mass spectral dataset collected aboard the NOAA research vessel Ronald H. Brown during the 2002 New England Air Quality Study off the east coast of the United States. Emphasizing the organic peaks, the cluster analysis yielded a series of categories that are distinguishable with respect to their mass spectra and their occurrence as a function of time. The differences between the categories mainly arise from relative intensity changes rather than from the presence or absence of specific peaks. The most frequent category exhibits a strong signal at m/z 44 and represents oxidized organic matter most probably originating from both, anthropogenic as well as biogenic sources. On the basis of spectral and trace gas correlations, the second most common category with strong signals at m/z 29, 43, and 44 contains contributions from isoprene oxidation products. The third through the fifth most common categories have peak patterns characteristic of monoterpene oxidation products and were most frequently observed when air masses from monoterpene rich regions were sampled. Taken together, the second through the fifth most common categories represent as much as 5 µg/m3 organic aerosol mass – 17% of the total organic mass – that can be attributed to biogenic sources. These numbers have to be viewed as lower limits since the most common category was attributed to anthropogenic sources for this calculation. The cluster analysis was also very effective in identifying a few contaminated mass spectra that were not removed during pre-processing. This study demonstrates that hierarchical clustering is a useful tool to analyze the complex patterns of the organic peaks in bulk aerosol mass spectra from a field study.

  15. Cluster Analysis of the Organic Peaks in Bulk Mass Spectra Obtained During the 2002 New England Air Quality Study with an Aerodyne Aerosol Mass Spectrometer

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    C. Marcolli

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available We applied hierarchical cluster analysis to an Aerodyne aerosol mass spectrometer (AMS bulk mass spectral dataset collected aboard the NOAA research vessel R. H. Brown during the 2002 New England Air Quality Study off the east coast of the United States. Emphasizing the organic peaks, the cluster analysis yielded a series of categories that are distinguishable with respect to their mass spectra and their occurrence as a function of time. The differences between the categories mainly arise from relative intensity changes rather than from the presence or absence of specific peaks. The most frequent category exhibits a strong signal at m/z 44 and represents oxidized organic matter probably originating from both anthropogenic as well as biogenic sources. On the basis of spectral and trace gas correlations, the second most common category with strong signals at m/z 29, 43, and 44 contains contributions from isoprene oxidation products. The third through the fifth most common categories have peak patterns characteristic of monoterpene oxidation products and were most frequently observed when air masses from monoterpene rich regions were sampled. Taken together, the second through the fifth most common categories represent on average 17% of the total organic mass that stems likely from biogenic sources during the ship's cruise. These numbers have to be viewed as lower limits since the most common category was attributed to anthropogenic sources for this calculation. The cluster analysis was also very effective in identifying a few contaminated mass spectra that were not removed during pre-processing. This study demonstrates that hierarchical clustering is a useful tool to analyze the complex patterns of the organic peaks in bulk aerosol mass spectra from a field study.

  16. Analysis of double hybrid density-functionals along the adiabatic connection

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    Cornaton, Yann; Teale, Andrew M; Fromager, Emmanuel

    2013-01-01

    We present a graphical analysis of the adiabatic connections underlying double-hybrid density-functional methods that employ second-order perturbation theory. Approximate adiabatic connection formulae relevant to the construction of these functionals are derived and compared directly with those calculated using accurate ab initio methods. The discontinuous nature of the approximate adiabatic integrands is emphasized, the discontinuities occurring at interaction strengths which mark the transitions between regions that are: (i) described predominantly by second- order perturbation theory (ii) described by a mixture of density-functional and second-order perturbation theory contributions and (iii) described purely by density-functional theory. Numerical examples are presented for a selection of small molecular systems and van der Waals dimers. The impacts of commonly used approximations in each of the three sections of the adiabatic connection are discussed along with possible routes for the development of impr...

  17. Frequency-resolved interferometric measurement of local density fluctuations for turbulent combustion analysis

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    A validation of a novel interferometric measurement technique for the frequency-resolved detection of local density fluctuation in turbulent combustion analysis was performed in this work. Two laser vibrometer systems together with a signal analyser were used to obtain frequency spectra of density fluctuations across a methane-jet flame. Since laser vibrometry is based on interferometric techniques, the derived signals are path-integrals along the measurement beam. To obtain local frequency spectra of density fluctuations, long-time-averaged measurements from each of the two systems were performed using correlation functions and cross spectra. Results were compared to data recorded by standard interferometric techniques for validation purposes. Additionally, Raman scattering and laser Doppler velocimetry were used for flame characterization

  18. Relativistic analysis of nuclear ground state densities at 135 to 200 MeV

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    M A Suhail; N Neeloffer; Z A Khan

    2005-12-01

    A relativistic analysis of p + 40Ca elastic scattering with different nuclear ground state target densities at 135 to 200 MeV is presented in this paper. It is found that the IGO densities are more consistent in reproducing the data over the energy range considered here. The reproduction of spin-rotation-function data with the simultaneous fitting of differential cross-section and analyzing power, and the appearance of wine-bottle-bottom shaped Re eff() in the transition energy region, sensitively depends on the input nuclear ground state densities and are not solely the relativistic characteristic signatures. We also found that the wine-bottle-bottom shaped Re eff() is preferred by the spin observables in the transition energy region (i.e. 181 MeV to 200 MeV).

  19. Vibronic coupling density analysis for α-oligothiophene cations: A new insight for polaronic defects

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    Graphical abstract: Electron-density difference is distributed mainly in the central four thiophene rings, suggesting that the polaronic defect occurs in the four rings. - Abstract: Vibronic coupling density (VCD) analyses for α,α'-oligothiophenes (denoted α-nT, where n stands for the number of thiophene rings) cations are presented. VCD analysis can reveal the origin of vibronic couplings based on the electronic and vibrational structures. We can gain a new insight for the reason why a polaronic defect of α-oligothiophenes occurs mainly in four thiophene rings for even n and at most five thiophene rings for odd n. A role of electron-density difference in the formation of polaronic defects is discussed.

  20. Analysis of the IMAGE RPI electron density data and CHAMP plasmasphere electron density reconstructions with focus on plasmasphere modelling

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    Gerzen, T.; Feltens, J.; Jakowski, N.; Galkin, I.; Reinisch, B.; Zandbergen, R.

    2016-09-01

    The electron density of the topside ionosphere and the plasmasphere contributes essentially to the overall Total Electron Content (TEC) budget affecting Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) signals. The plasmasphere can cause half or even more of the GNSS range error budget due to ionospheric propagation errors. This paper presents a comparative study of different plasmasphere and topside ionosphere data aiming at establishing an appropriate database for plasmasphere modelling. We analyze electron density profiles along the geomagnetic field lines derived from the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) satellite/Radio Plasma Imager (RPI) records of remote plasma sounding with radio waves. We compare these RPI profiles with 2D reconstructions of the topside ionosphere and plasmasphere electron density derived from GNSS based TEC measurements onboard the Challenging Minisatellite Payload (CHAMP) satellite. Most of the coincidences between IMAGE profiles and CHAMP reconstructions are detected in the region with L-shell between 2 and 5. In general the CHAMP reconstructed electron densities are below the IMAGE profile densities, with median of the CHAMP minus IMAGE residuals around -588 cm-3. Additionally, a comparison is made with electron densities derived from passive radio wave RPI measurements onboard the IMAGE satellite. Over the available 2001-2005 period of IMAGE measurements, the considered combined data from the active and passive RPI operations cover the region within a latitude range of ±60°N, all longitudes, and an L-shell ranging from 1.2 to 15. In the coincidence regions (mainly 2 ⩽ L ⩽ 4), we check the agreement between available active and passive RPI data. The comparison shows that the measurements are well correlated, with a median residual of ∼52 cm-3. The RMS and STD values of the relative residuals are around 22% and 21% respectively. In summary, the results encourage the application of IMAGE RPI data for

  1. 土壤容重对海涂垦区粉砂土水分垂直入渗特征的影响研究%Study on Impact of Soil Bulk Density on Infiltration Properties of Silt Soil in Coastal Reclamation Regions

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    佘冬立; 刘营营; 刘冬冬; 徐翠兰; 曲欣; 陈友林; 邓凌云; 俞双恩

    2012-01-01

    为探明土壤容重变异对海涂围垦区粉砂土水分入渗性能及变化过程的影响,该文通过室内土柱一维垂直入渗试验,比较分析了围垦区粉砂土和南京菜地黄棕壤不同容重下土壤水分入渗率、累积入渗量及湿润锋等的动态变化.结果表明:客重对2种试验土壤入渗过程有较大影响,表征土壤入渗能力的稳定入渗速率、累积入渗量和湿润锋深度均随容重增大递减,呈显著负相关关系.模拟2种土壤入渗过程的考斯加科夫模型中,表征初始入渗速率的参数K值随容重增大递减,而表征入渗能力衰减速度的参数α随容重增大未表现出显著差异.简略的Philip入渗方程的幂级数解可以很好地拟合2种土壤湿润锋深度随时间变化过程,拟合的参数λ和x变化规律表明随着容重的增大,基质势梯度、重力作用都呈逐渐减弱的趋势.采用一维代数模型可以较好的模拟粉砂土入渗剖面含水率分布规律,土壤容重越高,模型的理论值越准确.%In order to determine the effects of soil bulk density on infiltration properties of silt soil in coastal reclamation regions, the dynamic changes of infiltration rates, cumulative infiltration, and wetting front of soil water under different bulk density of silt soil and yellow brown soil were explored by one dimension vertical infiltration experiment in this paper. The results showed that soil infiltration processes were greatly affected by soil bulk density. Infiltration capacity indicated by infiltration rate, accumulative infiltration and wetting front depth of the two experimental soils decreased along with increasing soil bulk density. The indexes of infiltration capacity had significantly negative correlation with soil bulk density. For the two experimental soils, the parameter of K in Kostiakov infiltration equations which meant initial infiltration rate decreased along with increasing soil bulk density, but there were not

  2. An analysis of the evolving comoving number density of galaxies in hydrodynamical simulations

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    Torrey, Paul; Machado, Francisco; Griffen, Brendan; Nelson, Dylan; Rodriguez-Gomez, Vicente; McKinnon, Ryan; Pillepich, Annalisa; Ma, Chung-Pei; Vogelsberger, Mark; Springel, Volker; Hernquist, Lars

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    The cumulative comoving number-density of galaxies as a function of stellar mass or central velocity dispersion is commonly used to link galaxy populations across different epochs. By assuming that galaxies preserve their number-density in time, one can infer the evolution of their properties, such as masses, sizes, and morphologies. However, this assumption does not hold in the presence of galaxy mergers or when rank ordering is broken owing to variable stellar growth rates. We present an analysis of the evolving comoving number density of galaxy populations found in the Illustris cosmological hydrodynamical simulation focused on the redshift range $0\\leq z \\leq 3$. Our primary results are as follows: 1) The inferred average stellar mass evolution obtained via a constant comoving number density assumption is systematically biased compared to the merger tree results at the factor of $\\sim$2(4) level when tracking galaxies from redshift $z=0$ out to redshift $z=2(3)$; 2) The median number density evolution for...

  3. Analysis of Scattering Components from Fully Polarimetric SAR Images for Improving Accuracies of Urban Density Estimation

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    Susaki, J.

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we analyze probability density functions (PDFs) of scatterings derived from fully polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images for improving the accuracies of estimated urban density. We have reported a method for estimating urban density that uses an index Tv+c obtained by normalizing the sum of volume and helix scatterings Pv+c. Validation results showed that estimated urban densities have a high correlation with building-to-land ratios (Kajimoto and Susaki, 2013b; Susaki et al., 2014). While the method is found to be effective for estimating urban density, it is not clear why Tv+c is more effective than indices derived from other scatterings, such as surface or double-bounce scatterings, observed in urban areas. In this research, we focus on PDFs of scatterings derived from fully polarimetric SAR images in terms of scattering normalization. First, we introduce a theoretical PDF that assumes that image pixels have scatterers showing random backscattering. We then generate PDFs of scatterings derived from observations of concrete blocks with different orientation angles, and from a satellite-based fully polarimetric SAR image. The analysis of the PDFs and the derived statistics reveals that the curves of the PDFs of Pv+c are the most similar to the normal distribution among all the scatterings derived from fully polarimetric SAR images. It was found that Tv+c works most effectively because of its similarity to the normal distribution.

  4. Comparative analysis of the intrinsic voltage gain and unit gain frequency between SOI and bulk FinFETs up to high temperatures

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    Oliveira, Alberto Vinicius de; Agopian, Paula Ghedini Der; Martino, Joao Antonio; Simoen, Eddy; Claeys, Cor; Collaert, Nadine; Thean, Aaron

    2016-09-01

    This paper presents an experimental analysis of the analog application figures of merit: the intrinsic voltage gain (AV) and unit gain frequency, focusing on the performance comparison between silicon triple gate pFinFET devices, which were processed on both Si and Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) substrates. The high temperature (from 25 °C to 150 °C) influence and different channel lengths and fin widths were also taken into account. While the temperature impact on the intrinsic voltage gain (AV) is limited, the unit gain frequency was strongly affected due to the carrier mobility degradation at higher temperatures, for both p- and n-type FinFET structures. In addition, the pFinFETs showed slightly larger AV values compared to the n-type counterparts, whereby the bulk FinFETs presented a higher dispersion than the SOI FinFETs.

  5. Improvement in the chemical separation and determination of uncertainties for bulk analysis of Pu isotopes at ultra-trace levels by using MC-ICP-MS

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    Improved bulk analysis based on extraction chromatography and systematic evaluations of uncertainties of plutonium isotopes at ultra-trace levels in environmental swipe samples are presented. In the modified method based on a single column system using UTEVA resin for MC-ICP-MS, hydrogen peroxide was introduced to obtain pure plutonium isotopes from chemical separation by removing excess organic-based reducing reagents. We confirmed that hydrogen peroxide effectively decomposed the reducing reagents characterized by UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy and the peak fluctuations were significantly reduced. To examine the reliability of analytical performance, we systematically evaluated the combined uncertainties during the overall chemical procedures using simulated samples containing Pu reference materials. (author)

  6. Occurrence of enterotoxin genes and macrorestriction analysis of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from bovine mastitis and bulk-tank milk samples in Italy. An epidemiological study

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    Roberto Rosmini

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The goal of the study was to genotypically compare S. aureus isolates from mastitis milk and raw milk to identify therelation between strains and to assess the enterotoxigenicity of the isolates. Eighty-three Staphylococcus aureus isolatesrecovered from cows and bulk tank milk of five farms in northern Italy were compared genotypically. The genes for theenterotoxins A, D, G and I, but not for B, C, E and H and the toxic shock syndrome toxin 1 (TSST-1, were detected byPCR amplification. Macrorestriction analysis with the restrictions enzyme SmaI revealed 14 pulsed-field gel electrophoresispatterns. These were in part different from each other only in a few fragments and thus displayed a closeclonal relation. The results of the present investigation showed that identical or closely related clones seemed to beresponsible for the cases of bovine mastitis in the farms investigated and partly responsible for contamination of bulktank milk.

  7. Orbital magnetization in insulators: Bulk versus surface

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    Bianco, Raffaello; Resta, Raffaele

    2016-05-01

    The orbital magnetic moment of a finite piece of matter is expressed in terms of the one-body density matrix as a simple trace. We address a macroscopic system, insulating in the bulk, and we show that its orbital moment is the sum of a bulk term and a surface term, both extensive. The latter only occurs when the transverse conductivity is nonzero and it is due to conducting surface states. Simulations on a model Hamiltonian validate our theory.

  8. An intrinsic mobility ceiling of Si bulk

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    Garcia-Castello, Nuria; Prades, Joan Daniel; Cirera, Albert

    2011-01-01

    We compute by Density Functional Theory-Non Equilibrium Green Functions Formalism (DFT-NEGFF) the conductance of bulk Si along different crystallographic directions. We find a ceiling value for the intrinsic mobility of bulk silicon of $8.4\\cdot10^6 cm^2/V\\cdot s$. We suggest that this result is related to the lowest effective mass of the $$ direction.

  9. Advanced numerical technique for analysis of surface and bulk acoustic waves in resonators using periodic metal gratings

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    Naumenko, Natalya F.

    2014-09-01

    A numerical technique characterized by a unified approach for the analysis of different types of acoustic waves utilized in resonators in which a periodic metal grating is used for excitation and reflection of such waves is described. The combination of the Finite Element Method analysis of the electrode domain with the Spectral Domain Analysis (SDA) applied to the adjacent upper and lower semi-infinite regions, which may be multilayered and include air as a special case of a dielectric material, enables rigorous simulation of the admittance in resonators using surface acoustic waves, Love waves, plate modes including Lamb waves, Stonely waves, and other waves propagating along the interface between two media, and waves with transient structure between the mentioned types. The matrix formalism with improved convergence incorporated into SDA provides fast and robust simulation for multilayered structures with arbitrary thickness of each layer. The described technique is illustrated by a few examples of its application to various combinations of LiNbO3, isotropic silicon dioxide and silicon with a periodic array of Cu electrodes. The wave characteristics extracted from the admittance functions change continuously with the variation of the film and plate thicknesses over wide ranges, even when the wave nature changes. The transformation of the wave nature with the variation of the layer thicknesses is illustrated by diagrams and contour plots of the displacements calculated at resonant frequencies.

  10. Field spatial and temporal patterns of soil water content and bulk density changes Padrões espacial e temporal de mudanças da umidade e densidade do solo no campo

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    Luís Carlos Timm

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Soil water content (theta and bulk density (rhos greatly influence important soil and plant processes, such as water movement, soil compaction, soil aeration, and plant root system development. Spatial and temporal variability of theta and rhos during different periods of the year and different phases of crops are of fundamental interest. This work involves the characterization of spatial and temporal patterns of theta and rhos during different climatic periods of year, aiming to verify whether there are significant temporal changes in rhos at the soil surface layer when submitted to wetting and drying cycles. The field experiment was carried out in a coffee plantation, Rhodic Kandiudalf soil, clayey texture. Using a neutron/gamma surface probe, theta and rhos were measured meter by meter along a 200 m spatial transect, along an interrow contour line. During the wet period there was no difference of spatial patterns of theta while during the dry period differences were observed, and can be associated to precipitation events. It was also observed that there are rhos temporal changes at the soil surface along the studied period as a consequence of the in situ wetting and drying cycles.Umidade (teta e densidade do solo (ros influenciam importantes processos no solo e planta tais como: movimento de água, compactação do solo, aeração do solo e desenvolvimento radicular. Baseado neste fato, questões referentes à variabilidade espacial e temporal de teta e ros para diferentes períodos do ano e diferentes fases de desenvolvimento da cultura do café tornam-se de extremo interesse. Este trabalho teve como objetivo caracterizar padrões espaciais e temporais de teta e ros durante diferentes períodos do ano e verificar se existem mudanças temporais significativas de ros na superfície do solo quando submetida a ciclos de umedecimento/secagem. O experimento foi conduzido em campo cultivado com café em um solo classificado como Nitossolo Vermelho

  11. A Wave-Spectrum Analysis of Urban Population Density: Entropy, Fractal, and Spatial Localization

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    Yanguang Chen

    2008-01-01

    The method of spectral analysis is employed to research the spatial dynamics of urban population distribution. First of all, the negative exponential model is derived in a new way by using an entropy-maximizing idea. Then an approximate scaling relation between wave number and spectral density is derived by Fourier transform of the negative exponential model. The theoretical results suggest the locality of urban population activities. So the principle of entropy maximization can be utilized t...

  12. PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION OF LINEAR INDUCTION MOTOR BY EDDY CURRENT AND FLUX DENSITY DISTRIBUTION ANALYSIS

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    M. S. MANNA; Marwaha, S.; MARWAHA A.

    2011-01-01

    The development of electromagnetic devices as machines, transformers, heating devices confronts the engineers with several problems. For the design of an optimized geometry and the prediction of the operational behaviour an accurate knowledge of the dependencies of the field quantities inside the magnetic circuits is necessary. This paper provides the eddy current and core flux density distribution analysis in linear induction motor. Magnetic flux in the air gap of the Linear Induction Motor ...

  13. Optimal Thermo-Structural Analysis for High Density Package Mounting on Build-up Board

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    Nakanishi, Tohru; Hase, Tomohiro

    The importance of the high density packaging technology and mounting technology on the printed wiring build-up board has been increased for the consumer electric products. On the other hand, the chance to use the build-up boards for mounting the high density packages has been increased. However, the understanding that the reliability of the solder connection depends on the structure of the package, the motherboard, and the material properties, is not very high. In this paper, the reliability for high density packaging, mounted on the build-up board, is assessed. The compact numerical analysis model for the reliability assessment is suggested and the most reliable packaging design with optimizing each of the parameters is reported. For introduction to the reliability assessment of the FCA attachment, ceramic and silicon are compared as the inter-poser with the parameter of the solder height. The verification of the numerical analysis results using tests on the actual hardware is also shown. And the established numerical analysis model is applied to the study of influence of the copper balance between the front side and the back side copper layers.

  14. MRSA: A Density-Equalizing Mapping Analysis of the Global Research Architecture

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    Johann P. Addicks

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA has evolved as an alarming public health thread due to its global spread as hospital and community pathogen. Despite this role, a scientometric analysis has not been performed yet. Therefore, the NewQIS platform was used to conduct a combined density-equalizing mapping and scientometric study. As database, the Web of Science was used, and all entries between 1961 and 2007 were analyzed. In total, 7671 entries were identified. Density equalizing mapping demonstrated a distortion of the world map for the benefit of the USA as leading country with a total output of 2374 publications, followed by the UK (1030 and Japan (862. Citation rate analysis revealed Portugal as leading country with a rate of 35.47 citations per article, followed by New Zealand and Denmark. Country cooperation network analyses showed 743 collaborations with US-UK being most frequent. Network citation analyses indicated the publications that arose from the cooperation of USA and France as well as USA and Japan as the most cited (75.36 and 74.55 citations per collaboration article, respectively. The present study provides the first combined density-equalizing mapping and scientometric analysis of MRSA research. It illustrates the global MRSA research architecture. It can be assumed that this highly relevant topic for public health will achieve even greater dimensions in the future.

  15. Inductive Double-Contingency Analysis of UO2 Powder Bulk Blending Operations at a Commercial Fuel Plant (U)

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    An inductive double-contingency analysis (DCA) method developed by the criticality safety function at the Savannah River Site, was applied in Criticality Safety Evaluations (CSEs) of five major plant process systems at the Westinghouse Electric Corporation's Commercial Nuclear Fuel Manufacturing Plant in Columbia, South Carolina (WEC-Cola.). The method emphasizes a thorough evaluation of the controls intended to provide barriers against criticality for postulated initiating events, and has been demonstrated effective at identifying common mode failure potential and interdependence among multiple controls. A description of the method and an example of its application is provided

  16. Principal component analysis of the CT density histogram to generate parametric response maps of COPD

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    Zha, N.; Capaldi, D. P. I.; Pike, D.; McCormack, D. G.; Cunningham, I. A.; Parraga, G.

    2015-03-01

    Pulmonary x-ray computed tomography (CT) may be used to characterize emphysema and airways disease in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). One analysis approach - parametric response mapping (PMR) utilizes registered inspiratory and expiratory CT image volumes and CT-density-histogram thresholds, but there is no consensus regarding the threshold values used, or their clinical meaning. Principal-component-analysis (PCA) of the CT density histogram can be exploited to quantify emphysema using data-driven CT-density-histogram thresholds. Thus, the objective of this proof-of-concept demonstration was to develop a PRM approach using PCA-derived thresholds in COPD patients and ex-smokers without airflow limitation. Methods: Fifteen COPD ex-smokers and 5 normal ex-smokers were evaluated. Thoracic CT images were also acquired at full inspiration and full expiration and these images were non-rigidly co-registered. PCA was performed for the CT density histograms, from which the components with the highest eigenvalues greater than one were summed. Since the values of the principal component curve correlate directly with the variability in the sample, the maximum and minimum points on the curve were used as threshold values for the PCA-adjusted PRM technique. Results: A significant correlation was determined between conventional and PCA-adjusted PRM with 3He MRI apparent diffusion coefficient (pventilation defect percent, a measurement of both small airways disease (p=0.049 and p=0.06, respectively) and emphysema (p=0.02). Conclusions: PRM generated using PCA thresholds of the CT density histogram showed significant correlations with CT and 3He MRI measurements of emphysema, but not airways disease.

  17. Physical activity and lifestyle effects on bone mineral density among young adults: sociodemographic and biochemical analysis.

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    Alghadir, Ahmad H; Gabr, Sami A; Al-Eisa, Einas

    2015-07-01

    [Purpose] The purpose of this study was to assess the possible role of physical activities, calcium consumption and lifestyle factors in both bone mineral density and bone metabolism indices in 350 young adult volunteers. [Subjects and Methods] All volunteers were recruited for the assessment of lifestyle behaviors and physical activity traits using validated questioners, and bone mineral density (BMD), serum osteocalcin (s-OC), bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BAP), and calcium were estimated using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry analysis, and immunoassay techniques. [Results] Male participants showed a significant increase in BMD along with an increase in bone metabolism markers compared with females in all groups. However, younger subjects showed a significant increase in BMD, OC, BAP, and calcium compared with older subjects. Osteoporosis was more common in older subjects linked with abnormal body mass index and waist circumference. Bone metabolism markers correlated positively with BMD, physically activity and negatively with osteoporosis in all stages. Also, moderate to higher calcium and milk intake correlated positively with higher BMD. However, low calcium and milk intake along with higher caffeine, and carbonated beverage consumption, and heavy cigarette smoking showed a negative effect on the status of bone mineral density. Stepwise regression analysis showed that life style factors including physical activity and demographic parameters explained around 58-69.8% of the bone mineral density variation in young adults especially females. [Conclusion] body mass index, physical activity, low calcium consumption, and abnormal lifestyle have role in bone mineral density and prognosis of osteoporosis in young adults. PMID:26311965

  18. WARM AND FUZZY: TEMPERATURE AND DENSITY ANALYSIS OF AN Fe XV EUV IMAGING SPECTROMETER LOOP

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    The Hinode EUV Imaging Spectrometer (EIS) and X-Ray Telescope (XRT) were designed in part to work together. They have the same spatial resolution and cover different but overlapping coronal temperature ranges. These properties make a combined data set ideal for multithermal analysis, where EIS provides the best information on the cooler corona (log T 6.5). Here, we analyze a warm non-flaring loop detected in images made in a strong EIS Fe XV emission line with a wavelength of 284.16 A and peak formation temperature of log T = 6.3. We perform differential emission measure (DEM) analysis in three pixels at different heights above the footpoint and find multithermal results with the bulk of the emission measure in the range 6.0 7.2); analysis with XRT data alone resulted in a DEM that was missing most of the cooler emission measure required to produce many of the EIS lines. Thus, both results were misleading and unphysical. It was only by combining the EIS and XRT data that we were able to produce a reasonable result, one without ad hoc assumptions on the shape and range of the DEM itself.

  19. Combining SNP discovery from next-generation sequencing data with bulked segregant analysis (BSA to fine-map genes in polyploid wheat

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Next generation sequencing (NGS technologies are providing new ways to accelerate fine-mapping and gene isolation in many species. To date, the majority of these efforts have focused on diploid organisms with readily available whole genome sequence information. In this study, as a proof of concept, we tested the use of NGS for SNP discovery in tetraploid wheat lines differing for the previously cloned grain protein content (GPC gene GPC-B1. Bulked segregant analysis (BSA was used to define a subset of putative SNPs within the candidate gene region, which were then used to fine-map GPC-B1. Results We used Illumina paired end technology to sequence mRNA (RNAseq from near isogenic lines differing across a ~30-cM interval including the GPC-B1 locus. After discriminating for SNPs between the two homoeologous wheat genomes and additional quality filtering, we identified inter-varietal SNPs in wheat unigenes between the parental lines. The relative frequency of these SNPs was examined by RNAseq in two bulked samples made up of homozygous recombinant lines differing for their GPC phenotype. SNPs that were enriched at least 3-fold in the corresponding pool (6.5% of all SNPs were further evaluated. Marker assays were designed for a subset of the enriched SNPs and mapped using DNA from individuals of each bulk. Thirty nine new SNP markers, corresponding to 67% of the validated SNPs, mapped across a 12.2-cM interval including GPC-B1. This translated to 1 SNP marker per 0.31 cM defining the GPC-B1 gene to within 13-18 genes in syntenic cereal genomes and to a 0.4 cM interval in wheat. Conclusions This study exemplifies the use of RNAseq for SNP discovery in polyploid species and supports the use of BSA as an effective way to target SNPs to specific genetic intervals to fine-map genes in unsequenced genomes.

  20. Resolving the bulk δ 15N values of ancient human and animal bone collagen via compound-specific nitrogen isotope analysis of constituent amino acids

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    Styring, Amy K.; Sealy, Judith C.; Evershed, Richard P.

    2010-01-01

    Stable nitrogen isotope analysis is a fundamental tool in assessing dietary preferences and trophic positions within contemporary and ancient ecosystems. In order to assess more fully the dietary contributions to human tissue isotope values, a greater understanding of the complex biochemical and physiological factors which underpin bulk collagen δ 15N values is necessary. Determinations of δ 15N values of the individual amino acids which constitute bone collagen are necessary to unravel these relationships, since different amino acids display different δ 15N values according to their biosynthetic origins. A range of collagen isolates from archaeological faunal and human bone ( n = 12 and 11, respectively), representing a spectrum of terrestrial and marine protein origins and diets, were selected from coastal and near-coastal sites at the south-western tip of Africa. The collagens were hydrolysed and δ 15N values of their constituent amino acids determined as N-acetylmethyl esters (NACME) via gas chromatography-combustion-isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC-C-IRMS). The analytical approach employed accounts for 56% of bone collagen nitrogen. Reconstruction of bulk bone collagen δ 15N values reveals a 2‰ offset from bulk collagen δ 15N values which is attributable to the δ 15N value of the amino acids which cannot currently be determined by GC-C-IRMS, notably arginine which comprises 53% of the nitrogen unaccounted for (23% of the total nitrogen). The δ 15N values of individual amino acids provide insights into both the contributions of various amino acids to the bulk δ 15N value of collagen and the factors influencing trophic position and the nitrogen source at the base of the food web. The similarity in the δ 15N values of alanine, glutamate, proline and hydroxyproline reflects the common origin of their amino groups from glutamate. The depletion in the δ 15N value of threonine with increasing trophic level indicates a fundamental difference between

  1. Improved parameterization of interatomic potentials for rare gas dimers with density-based energy decomposition analysis.

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    Zhou, Nengjie; Lu, Zhenyu; Wu, Qin; Zhang, Yingkai

    2014-06-01

    We examine interatomic interactions for rare gas dimers using the density-based energy decomposition analysis (DEDA) in conjunction with computational results from CCSD(T) at the complete basis set (CBS) limit. The unique DEDA capability of separating frozen density interactions from density relaxation contributions is employed to yield clean interaction components, and the results are found to be consistent with the typical physical picture that density relaxations play a very minimal role in rare gas interactions. Equipped with each interaction component as reference, we develop a new three-term molecular mechanical force field to describe rare gas dimers: a smeared charge multipole model for electrostatics with charge penetration effects, a B3LYP-D3 dispersion term for asymptotically correct long-range attractions that is screened at short-range, and a Born-Mayer exponential function for the repulsion. The resulted force field not only reproduces rare gas interaction energies calculated at the CCSD(T)/CBS level, but also yields each interaction component (electrostatic or van der Waals) which agrees very well with its corresponding reference value. PMID:24908000

  2. Improved parameterization of interatomic potentials for rare gas dimers with density-based energy decomposition analysis

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    Zhou, Nengjie; Lu, Zhenyu; Wu, Qin; Zhang, Yingkai

    2014-06-01

    We examine interatomic interactions for rare gas dimers using the density-based energy decomposition analysis (DEDA) in conjunction with computational results from CCSD(T) at the complete basis set (CBS) limit. The unique DEDA capability of separating frozen density interactions from density relaxation contributions is employed to yield clean interaction components, and the results are found to be consistent with the typical physical picture that density relaxations play a very minimal role in rare gas interactions. Equipped with each interaction component as reference, we develop a new three-term molecular mechanical force field to describe rare gas dimers: a smeared charge multipole model for electrostatics with charge penetration effects, a B3LYP-D3 dispersion term for asymptotically correct long-range attractions that is screened at short-range, and a Born-Mayer exponential function for the repulsion. The resulted force field not only reproduces rare gas interaction energies calculated at the CCSD(T)/CBS level, but also yields each interaction component (electrostatic or van der Waals) which agrees very well with its corresponding reference value.

  3. Analysis of density limit with radial profile of electric field in helical plasmas

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    Full text: The study of the plasma confinement physics is the urgent task of nuclear fusion research. The phenomena of the density limit control how the plasma performance is achievable. In tokamaks, the properties of the confinement and the density limit are dictated. In helical plasmas, attention has been paid to the phenomena of the density limit. The helical plasmas have an additional freedom in magnetic geometry, which is utilized to investigate the transport mechanisms. The density limit phenomena in toroidal helical plasmas were examined with the analytic point model. Since the radial electric field determined by the ambipolar condition in a non-axisymmetric system is known to affect the confinement property significantly, theoretical analysis of the density limit including the radiation loss in helical plasmas is necessary with the effect of the ambipolar radial electric field in a set of transport equations. To examine the density limit for the thermal stability in helical plasmas, we add the term of the radiation loss rate of the energy to the temporal equation of the electron temperature in a set of one-dimensional transport equations. The radiative loss of the line emission from the impurity ions has a temperature dependence that the loss increases if the temperature gets lower. The combined mechanism of the transport and the radiation loss of the energy is discussed. The dependence of the electron temperature profile on the electron heating is studied when the radiative cooling rate is included in a set of the transport equations to examine the density limit in helical plasmas. The parameter dependence of the critical density is derived, when the effect of the radial electric field is included. The sharp decrease of the electron temperature is shown near the edge. This is because the radiative loss rate rapidly increases at the low temperature. The phenomenon like the transition near the edge in the Er profile is obtained. The value of the turbulent

  4. Gamma-ray analysis for U, TH and K on bulk cutting samples from deep wells in the Danish subbasin and the North German basin

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    A total of 1329 bulk cutting samples from deep wells in Denmark were analysed for U, Th and K by laboratory gamma-ray analysis. Contamination of the samples by drilling mud additives, mud solids and fall down was studied by means of a wash down experiment and by comparison with the total gamma-ray response from wire-line logging. It is concluded that the inorganic geochemistry on bulk cutting samples must be applied with great caution. The data are useful for geochemical characterization of well sections and for regional geochemical correlation. Radioelement abundance logs and radioelement ratio logs are presented from 3 wells in the Danish Subbasin and 2 wells in the North German Basin. The radioelement geochemistry is discussed for the successive lithostratigraphical units and a reference radio element profile is established for the central part of the Danish Subbasin. Finally, a model describing the relationship between common lithofacies and their U content and Th/U ratio is suggested. The model deliniates the depositional environment and the relative distances to the provenance areas. It is concluded that 1) Uranium is mobile during deposition, but since then it is fixed by stable mineral phases at depth. 2) Thorium reflects source area characteristics and that any available ions are readily adsorped by clay minerals. Thorium anomalies may thus serve as lithostratigraphical markers. 3) Potassium occurs in unstable rock forming mineral phases. The present distribution is controlled not only by the clastic mineral assemblage, but also by the diagenetic processes through geologic time. 33 refs. (author)

  5. Multivariate Chemometric Assisted Analysis of Metformin Hydrochloride, Gliclazide and Pioglitazone Hydrochloride in Bulk Drug and Dosage Forms

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    Vipin Saini

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In this work a numerical method, based on the use of spectrophotometric data coupled to partial least squares (PLS regression and net analyte preprocessing combined with classical least square (NAP/CLS multivariate calibration, is reported for the simultaneous determination of metformin hydrochloride (MET, gliclazide (GLZ and pioglitazone hydrochloride (PIO in synthetic samples and combined commercial tablets. Methods: Spectra of MET, GLZ and PIO were recorded at concentrations within their linear ranges (5-25 μg/ml, 0.5-8 μg/ml and 0.5-3 μg/ml respectively and were used to compute a total of 25 synthetic mixtures involving 15 calibration and 10 validation sets between wavelength range of 200 and 400 nm in 0.1N HCl. The suitability of the models was decided on the basis of root mean square error (RMSE values of calibration and validation data. Results: The analytical performances of these chemometric methods were characterized by relative prediction errors and recovery studies (% and were compared with each other. These two methods were successfully applied to pharmaceutical formulation, tablet, with no interference with excipients as indicated by the recovery study results. Mean recoveries of the commercial formulation set together with the figures of merit (calibration sensitivity, selectivity, limit of detection, limit of quantification etc. were estimated. Conclusion: The proposed methods are simple, rapid and can be easily used as an alternative analysis tool in the quality control of drugs and formulation.

  6. A Validated New Gradient Stability-Indicating LC Method for the Analysis of Doripenem in Bulk and Injection Formulation

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    Singaram Kathirvel

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A sensitive, precise, specific, linear, and stability-indicating gradient HPLC method was developed for the estimation of doripenem in active pharmaceutical ingredient (API and in injectable preparations. Chromatographic separation was achieved on C18 stationary phase with a mobile phase gradient consisting of acetonitrile, methanol, and pH 5.2 phosphate buffer. The mobile phase flow rate was 0.8 mL/min, and the eluted compounds were monitored at 210 nm. The method is linear over the range of 0.335 to 76.129 µg/mL. The correlation coefficient was found to be 0.999. The numbers of theoretical plates and tailing factor for doripenem were 53021 and 0.9, respectively. Doripenem was subjected to the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH prescribed hydrolytic (acid, base, and neutral, oxidative, photolytic, and thermal stress conditions. Among all the above-mentioned conditions, the drug was found to be stable under photolytic degradation. Peak homogeneity data for doripenem in the chromatograms from the stressed samples obtained by use of the photodiode array detector demonstrated the specificity of the method for analysis of doripenem in presence of the degradation products. The performance of the method was validated according to the present ICH guidelines for specificity, limit of detection, limit of quantification, linearity, accuracy, precision, and robustness.

  7. Gait analysis, bone and muscle density assessment for patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty

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    Benedikt Magnússon

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Total hip arthroplasty (THA is performed with or without the use of bone cement. Facing the lack of reliable clinical guidelines on decision making whether a patient should receive THA with or without bone cement, a joint clinical and engineering approach is proposed here with the objective to assess patient recovery developing monitoring techniques based on gait analysis, measurements of bone mineral density and structural and functional changes of quadriceps muscles. A clinical trial was conducted with 36 volunteer patients that were undergoing THA surgery for the first time: 18 receiving cemented implant and 18 receiving non-cemented implant. The patients are scanned with Computer Tomographic (CT modality prior-, immediately- and 12 months post-surgery. The CT data are further processed to segment muscles and bones for calculating bone mineral density (BMD. Quadriceps muscle density Hounsfield (HU based value is calculated from the segmented file on healthy and operated leg before and after THA surgery. Furthermore clinical assessment is performed using gait analysis technologies such as a sensing carpet, wireless electrodes and video. Patients undergo these measurements prior-, 6 weeks post - and 52 weeks post-surgery. The preliminary results indicate computational tools and methods that are able to quantitatively analyze patient’s condition pre and post-surgery: The spatial parameters such as step length and stride length increase 6 weeks post op in the patient group receiving cemented implant while the angle in the toe in/out parameter decrease in both patient groups.

  8. From Metal Cluster to Metal Nanowire: A Topological Analysis of Electron Density and Band Structure Calculation

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    Yu Wang

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract:We investigate a theoretical model of molecular metalwire constructed from linear polynuclear metal complexes. In particular we study the linear Crn metal complex and Cr molecular metalwire. The electron density distributions of the model nanowire and the linear Crn metal complexes, with n = 3, 5, and 7, are calculated by employing CRYSTAL98 package with topological analysis. The preliminary results indicate that the bonding types between any two neighboring Cr are all the same, namely the polarized open-shell interaction. The pattern of electron density distribution in metal complexes resembles that of the model Cr nanowire as the number of metal ions increases. The conductivity of the model Cr nanowire is also tested by performing the band structure calculation.

  9. Comparative analysis of laser-triggered proton generation from overdense and low-density targets

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    Brantov, A.V., E-mail: brantov@sci.lebedev.ru [P. N. Lebedev Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Science, Leninskii Prospect 53, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Bychenkov, V.Yu. [P. N. Lebedev Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Science, Leninskii Prospect 53, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Popov, K.I. [Department of Physics, University of Ottawa, 150 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5 (Canada); Fedosejevs, R. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2V4 (Canada); Rozmus, W. [Theoretical Physics Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2J1 (Canada); Schlegel, T. [Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Planckstrasse 1, D-64291 Darmstadt (Germany)

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    Based on 3D particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations a comparative analysis of laser-triggered proton generation from the interaction of short high-intensity laser pulses with ultrathin foils and dense gas jets has been performed. It has been shown that for ultra-relativistic laser intensities the use of low-density targets with near critical density (aerogel or dense gas jet) has no advantage in comparison with ultrathin foils in terms of maximum proton energy and spectrum quality. Utilization of mass-limited foils with submicron thickness demonstrates even greater superiority for overdense targets and allows one to produce monoenergetic proton beams with energies of hundreds of mega-electron-volts by using high-contrast laser pulses with energies of the order of tens of Joules.

  10. Finite element analysis of cylinder shell resonator and design of intelligent density meter

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    W, Sui X.; M, Fan Y.; X, Zhang G.; R, Qiu Z.

    2005-01-01

    On the basis of the mathematical model and finite element analysis of the cylinder shell resonator, a novel resonant liquid density meter is designed. The meter consists of a cylinder shell resonator fixed on both ends, a measurement circuit with automatic gain control and automatic phase control, and a signal processing system with microcomputer unit C8051F021. The density meter is insensitive to the liquid pressure, and it can intelligently compensate for the temperature. The experiment results show the meter characteristic coefficients of K0, K1, and K2 at 25 centigrade are -129.5668 kg m-3, -0.2535 × 106 kg m-3 s-1 and 0.6239 × 1010 kg m-3 s-2, respectively. The accuracy of the sensor is ±0.1% in range of 700-900 kg m-3

  11. Finite element analysis of cylinder shell resonator and design of intelligent density meter

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    On the basis of the mathematical model and finite element analysis of the cylinder shell resonator, a novel resonant liquid density meter is designed. The meter consists of a cylinder shell resonator fixed on both ends, a measurement circuit with automatic gain control and automatic phase control, and a signal processing system with microcomputer unit C8051F021. The density meter is insensitive to the liquid pressure, and it can intelligently compensate for the temperature. The experiment results show the meter characteristic coefficients of K0, K1, and K2 at 25 centigrade are -129.5668 kg m-3, -0.2535 x 106 kg m-3 s-1 and 0.6239 x 1010 kg m-3 s-2, respectively. The accuracy of the sensor is ±0.1% in range of 700-900 kg m-3

  12. Dynamic analysis of radial force density in brushless DC motor using 3-D equivalent magnetic circuit network method

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    Hur, J.; Chun, Y.D.; Lee, J.; Hyun, D.S. [Hanyang Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of). Dept. of Electrical Engineering

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    The distribution of radial force density in brushless permanent magnet DC motor is not uniform in axial direction. The analysis of radial force density has to consider the 3-D shape of teeth and overhand, because the radial force density causes vibration and acts on the surface of teeth inconstantly. For the analysis, a new 3-D equivalent magnetic circuit network method is used to account the rotor movement without remesh. The radial force density is calculated and analyzed by Maxwell stress tensor and discrete Fourier transform (DFT) respectively. The results of 3-D equivalent magnetic circuit method have been compared with the results of 3-D FEM.

  13. Interfacial analysis of the ex-situ reinforced phase of a laser spot welded Zr-based bulk metallic glass composite

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    To study the interfacial reaction of the ex-situ reinforced phase (Ta) of a Zr-based ((Zr48Cu36Al8Ag8)Si0.75 + Ta5) bulk metallic glass composite after laser spot welding, the interfacial regions of the reinforced phases located at specific zones in the welds including the parent material, weld fusion zone and heat affected zone were investigated. Specimen preparation from the specific zones for transmission electron microscopy analysis was performed using the focused ion beam technique. The test results showed that the reinforced phases in the parent material, weld fusion zone and heat affected zone were all covered by an interfacial layer. From microstructure analysis, and referring to the phase diagram, it was clear that the thin layers are an intermetallic compound ZrCu phase. However, due to their different formation processes, those layers show the different morphologies or thicknesses. - Highlights: • An ex-situ Zr-based BMG composite was laser spot welded. • The interfacial regions of the RPs located at PM, WFZ and HAZ were investigated. • The RPs in the PM, WFZ and HAZ were all covered by a ZrCu interfacial layer. • Due to different formation processes, those layers show the different morphology

  14. Density of very small meteoroids

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    Kikwaya Eluo, Jean-Baptiste

    2015-08-01

    Knowing the density of meteoroids helps to determine the physical structure and gives insight into the composition of their parent bodies. The density of meteoroids can provide clues to their origins, whether cometary or asteroidal. Density helps also to characterize the risk meteoroids may pose to artificial satellites.Ceplecha (1968) calculated the density of small meteoroids based on a parameter KB (meteoroid beginning height) and classified them in four categories (A,B,C,D) with densities going from 2700 to 180 kgm-3.Babadzhanov(2002) applied a model based on quasi-continuous fragmentation (QCF) on 413 photographic Super-Schmidt meteors by solely fitting their light curves. Their densities range from 400 to 7800 kgm-3. Bellot Rubio et al. (2002) analyzed the same 413 photographic meteors assuming the single body theory based on meteoroid dynamical properties and found densities ranging from 400 to 4800 kgm-3. A thermal erosion model was used by Borovicka et al. (2007) to analyze, simultaneously, the observed decelerations and light curves of six Draconid meteors. The density was found to be 300 kgm-3, consistent with the fact that the Draconid meteors are porous aggregates of grains associated with the Jupiter-family-comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner (Jacchia, L.G., 1950).We used the Campbell-Brown and Koschny (2004) model of meteoroid ablation to determine the density of faint meteoroids from the analysis of both observed decelerations and light curves of meteoroids (Kikwaya et al., 2009; Kikwaya et al., 2011). Our work was based on a collection of six and ninety-two sporadic meteors. The grain masses used in the modeling ranged from 10-12 Kg to 10-9 Kg. We computed the orbit of each meteoroid and determined its Tisserand parameter. We found that meteoroids with asteroidal orbits have bulk densities ranging from 3000-5000 kgm-3. Meteoroids consistent with HTC/NIC parents have bulk densities from 400 kgm-3 to 1600 kg m-3. JFC meteoroids were found to have surprisingly

  15. Computational analysis of the influence of initial fixed charge density on pH-sensitive hydrogels

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    In this paper, we conduct a computational analysis of the effects of initial fixed charge density on the responsive performance of pH-sensitive hydrogels to environmental change in solution pH. The analysis is based on a chemo-electro-mechanical formulation previously termed the multi-effect-coupling pH-stimulus (MECpH) model. In this work, we improve the MECpH model by incorporating the finite deformation formulation into the mechanical equilibrium equation. The present model consisting of coupled nonlinear partial differential equations is solved via a meshless numerical technique called the Hermite-cloud method with the modified Newton iteration methodology. After validation of the MECpH model by comparing the computational results with experimental data available in the literature, several computational case studies are carried out for analysis of the effects of initial fixed charge density on the distributive variations of the diffusive ion concentrations and electric potential and on the deformation of the pH-stimulus-responsive hydrogels, when they are immersed in different buffered solutions

  16. Simulation and analytic analysis of radiation driven islands at the density limit

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    Brennan, D. P.; Liu, C.; Gates, D. A.; Delgado-Aparicio, L.; White, R.

    2014-10-01

    The effect of radiative cooling on the onset and evolution of magnetic islands is investigated with nonlinear resistive MHD simulations and reduced theoretical analysis. The configuration is a cylindrical tokamak with a m/n = 2/1 island and includes three dimensional resistivity and anisotropic heat conduction in the simulations. The radiative cooling is implemented as a temperature perturbation inside the island, which modifies the island structure and drives the island more unstable. Analytic reduction of the saturated island size and structure supports the simulation results. The results offer intuitive understanding of experimental observations of radiation driven magnetic islands, which may explain density limit disruptions.

  17. Covariance analysis of finite temperature density functional theory: symmetric nuclear matter

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    Rios, A

    2014-01-01

    We study symmetric nuclear matter at finite temperature, with particular emphasis on the liquid-gas phase transition. We use a standard covariance analysis to propagate statistical uncertainties from the density functional to the thermodynamic properties. We use four functionals with known covariance matrices to obtain as wide a set of results as possible. Our findings suggest that thermodynamical properties are very well constrained by fitting data at zero temperature. The propagated statistical errors in the liquid-gas phase transition parameters are relatively small.

  18. Covariance analysis of finite temperature density functional theory: symmetric nuclear matter

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    We study symmetric nuclear matter at finite temperature, with particular emphasis on the liquid-gas phase transition. We use a standard covariance analysis to propagate statistical uncertainties from the density functional to the thermodynamic properties. We use four functionals with known covariance matrices to obtain as wide a set of results as possible. Our findings suggest that thermodynamical properties are very well constrained by fitting data at zero temperature. The propagated statistical errors in the liquid-gas phase transition parameters are relatively small. (paper)

  19. Breast cancer research output, 1945-2008: a bibliometric and density-equalizing analysis

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    Glynn, Ronan W

    2010-12-22

    Abstract Introduction Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women, with an estimated 194,280 new cases diagnosed in the United States in 2009 alone. The primary aim of this work was to provide an in-depth evaluation of research yield in breast cancer from 1945 to 2008, using large-scale data analysis, the employment of bibliometric indicators of production and quality, and density-equalizing mapping. Methods Data were retrieved from the Web of Science (WOS) Science Citation Expanded database; this was searched using the Boolean operator, \\'OR\\

  20. Microwave losses of bulk CaC 6

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    Cifariello, G.; Di Gennaro, E.; Lamura, G.; Andreone, A.; Emery, N.; Hérold, C.; Marêché, J. F.; Lagrange, P.

    2007-09-01

    We report a study of the temperature dependence of the surface resistance RS in the graphite intercalated compound (GIC) CaC6, where superconductivity at 11.5 K was recently discovered. Experiments are carried out using a copper dielectrically loaded cavity operating at 7 GHz in a "hot finger" configuration. Bulk CaC6 samples have been synthesized from highly oriented pyrolytic graphite. Microwave data allow to extract unique information on the quasiparticle density and on the nature of pairing in superconductors. The analysis of RS(T) confirms our recent experimental findings that CaC6 behaves as a weakly-coupled, fully gapped, superconductor.

  1. Nongeneric dispersion of excitons in the bulk of WSe2

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    Schuster, R.; Wan, Y.; Knupfer, M.; Büchner, B.

    2016-08-01

    We combine electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations to study the dispersion and effective mass of excitons in the bulk of WSe2. Our EELS data suggest substantial deviations from the generic quadratic momentum dependence along the Γ K direction. From the DFT-derived Kohn-Sham states we deduce the EELS response without the inclusion of particle-hole attraction to study the possible role of the single-particle band structure on the exciton behavior. Based on this analysis we argue in favor of a strongly momentum dependent particle-hole interaction in WSe2 and other group-VI-transition-metal dichalcogenides.

  2. A statistical analysis of the elastic distortion and dislocation density fields in deformed crystals

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    Mohamed, Mamdouh S.

    2015-05-18

    The statistical properties of the elastic distortion fields of dislocations in deforming crystals are investigated using the method of discrete dislocation dynamics to simulate dislocation structures and dislocation density evolution under tensile loading. Probability distribution functions (PDF) and pair correlation functions (PCF) of the simulated internal elastic strains and lattice rotations are generated for tensile strain levels up to 0.85%. The PDFs of simulated lattice rotation are compared with sub-micrometer resolution three-dimensional X-ray microscopy measurements of rotation magnitudes and deformation length scales in 1.0% and 2.3% compression strained Cu single crystals to explore the linkage between experiment and the theoretical analysis. The statistical properties of the deformation simulations are analyzed through determinations of the Nye and Kröner dislocation density tensors. The significance of the magnitudes and the length scales of the elastic strain and the rotation parts of dislocation density tensors are demonstrated, and their relevance to understanding the fundamental aspects of deformation is discussed.

  3. Electron density of KNiF3: analysis of the atomic interactions

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    Tsirelson; Ivanov; Zhurova; Zhurov; Tanaka

    2000-04-01

    The topological analysis of the electron density in the perovskite KNiF3, potassium nickel trifluoride, based on the accurate X-ray diffraction data, has been performed. The topological picture of the atomic interactions differs from that resulting from the classic crystal chemistry consideration. The shapes of atoms in KNiF3 defined by zero-flux surfaces in the electron density are, in general, far from spherical. At the same time, their asphericity in the close-packed layer is very small. The topological coordination numbers of K and Ni are the same as the geometrical ones, whereas topological coordination for the F atom (6) differs from the geometrical value. The latter results from a specific shape of the Ni-atom basin preventing the bond-path formation between F atoms in the same atomic close-packed layer, in spite of the fact that the closest F-F distance is the same as K-F. Judging by the electron density value and curvature at the bond critical points, the K-F interaction in KNiF3 can be considered ionic, while the Ni-F bond belongs to the polar covalent type. No correlation of the topological ionic radii with crystal or ionic radii was found in KNiF3. Critical points in the electrostatic potential have also been studied. PMID:10794272

  4. Analysis on the Density Driven Air-Ingress Accident in VHTRs

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    Air-ingress following the pipe rupture is considered to be the most serious accident in the VHTRs due to its potential problems such as core heat-up, structural integrity and toxic gas release. Previously, it has been believed that the main air-ingress mechanism of this accident is the molecular diffusion process between the reactor core and the cavity. However, according to some recent studies, there is another fast air-ingress process that has not been considered before. It is called density-driven stratified flow. The potential for density-driven stratified air ingress into the VHTR following a large-break LOCA was first described in the NGNP Methods Technical Program based on stratified flow studies performed with liquid. Studies on densitygradient driven stratified flow in advanced reactor systems has been the subject of active research for well over a decade since density-gradient dominated stratified flow is an inherent characteristic of passive systems used in advanced reactors. Recently, Oh et al. performed a CFD analysis on the stratified flow in the VHTR, and showed that this effect can significantly accelerate the air-ingress process in the VHTRs. They also proposed to replace the original air-ingress scenario based on the molecular diffusion with the one based on the stratified flow. This paper is focusing on the effect of stratified flow on the results of the air-ingress accident in VHTR

  5. Experimental measurement of energy density in a vibrating plate and comparison with energy finite element analysis

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    Navazi, H. M.; Nokhbatolfoghahaei, A.; Ghobad, Y.; Haddadpour, H.

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, a new method and formulation is presented for experimental measurement of energy density of high frequency vibrations of a plate. By use of the new proposed method and eight accelerometers, both kinetic and potential energy densities are measured. Also, a computer program is developed based on energy finite element method to evaluate the proposed method. For several points, the results of the developed experimental formulation are compared with those of the energy finite element analysis results. It is observed that, there is a good agreement between experimental results and analyses. Finally, another test setup with reduced accelerometer spacing was prepared and based on the comparison between kinetic and potential results, it is concluded that, the kinetic and potential counterparts of the energy density are equal in high frequency bands. Based on this conclusion, the measurement procedure was upgraded to an efficient and very simple one for high frequency ranges. According to the new test procedure, another experimental measurement was performed and the results had a good agreement with the EFEA results.

  6. Large zeolite H-ZSM-5 crystals as models for the methanol-to-hydrocarbons process: bridging the gap between single-particle examination and bulk catalyst analysis.

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    Hofmann, Jan P; Mores, Davide; Aramburo, Luis R; Teketel, Shewangizaw; Rohnke, Marcus; Janek, Jürgen; Olsbye, Unni; Weckhuysen, Bert M

    2013-06-24

    The catalytic, deactivation, and regeneration characteristics of large coffin-shaped H-ZSM-5 crystals were investigated during the methanol-to-hydrocarbons (MTH) reaction at 350 and 500 °C. Online gas-phase effluent analysis and examination of retained material thereof were used to explore the bulk properties of large coffin-shaped zeolite H-ZSM-5 crystals in a fixed-bed reactor to introduce them as model catalysts for the MTH reaction. These findings were related to observations made at the individual particle level by using polarization-dependent UV-visible microspectroscopy and mass spectrometric techniques after reaction in an in situ microspectroscopy reaction cell. Excellent agreement between the spectroscopic measurements and the analysis of hydrocarbon deposits by means of retained hydrocarbon analysis and time-of-flight secondary-ion mass spectrometry of spent catalyst materials was observed. The obtained data reveal a shift towards more condensed coke deposits on the outer zeolite surface at higher reaction temperatures. Zeolites in the fixed-bed reactor setup underwent more coke deposition than those reacted in the in situ microspectroscopy reaction cell. Regeneration studies of the large zeolite crystals were performed by oxidation in O2 /inert gas mixtures at 550 °C. UV-visible microspectroscopic measurements using the oligomerization of styrene derivatives as probe reaction indicated that the fraction of strong acid sites decreased during regeneration. This change was accompanied by a slight decrease in the initial conversion obtained after regeneration. H-ZSM-5 deactivated more rapidly at higher reaction temperature. PMID:23649944

  7. On-line bulk analysis of raw material in a cement plant using the neutron irradiation and capture gamma ray technique

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    In collaboration with Ciments Lafarge, the Laboratoire central des ponts et chaussees (LCPC) has developed a technique, involving neutron irradiation, for on-line bulk analysis of raw material quality, along the input line to a cement plant, by determining the quantities of the following elements: calcium, silicon, aluminium and iron. A system was constructed and tested in a cement plant under actual service conditions. The system consists of a sampler placed on the on-stream line supplying the plant at a rate of 1000 t/h. An analysing hopper incorporating a neutron irradiation system, consisting of a 14 MeV neutron generator tube, and a gamma ray detection system, comprising a NaI(Tl) scintillator associated with a photomultiplier, are coupled to this sampler. The system is fed continuously with the raw material to be analysed. Gamma radiation spectra supplied by the detector are analysed on two distinct measurement channels. One of these channels processes the nuclear radiation generated by neutron capture phenomena, while the other channel processes the nuclear radiation resulting from neutron activation phenomena. The data collected under the operating conditions mentioned above (i.e. in real time) allows readings to be obtained every 2 min for silicon, calcium, aluminium and iron as a result of the processing method applied to gamma capture and activation spectra. A comparison was made between these measurements and the results of an analysis of the same piles, conducted simultaneously through a sampling tower delivering at an hourly rate a sample analysed in accord with the X ray fluorescence process. Comparison of the results obtained from both analysis methods highlights the advantages of the neutron irradiation process. (author). 4 figs, 2 tabs

  8. A powerful tool for genome analysis in maize: development and evaluation of the high density 600 k SNP genotyping array

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    Unterseer, Sandra; Bauer, Eva; Haberer, Georg; Seidel, Michael; Knaak, Carsten; Ouzunova, Milena; Meitinger, Thomas; Strom, Tim M; Fries, Ruedi; Pausch, Hubert; Bertani, Christofer; Davassi, Alessandro; Mayer, Klaus FX; Schön, Chris-Carolin

    2014-01-01

    Background High density genotyping data are indispensable for genomic analyses of complex traits in animal and crop species. Maize is one of the most important crop plants worldwide, however a high density SNP genotyping array for analysis of its large and highly dynamic genome was not available so far. Results We developed a high density maize SNP array composed of 616,201 variants (SNPs and small indels). Initially, 57 M variants were discovered by sequencing 30 representative temperate mai...

  9. 苯乙烯本体聚合工艺模拟与分析%Simulation and analysis of bulk polystyrene reaction process

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    顾凯; 刘太奇; 李翠清

    2007-01-01

    The steady process simulation models of bulk polystyrene unit process were developed by the polymer process simulation software Polymer Plus of Aspen Tech Inc. The effect of changing of initiator, temperature, etc. on the product and Mn Mw were discussed by the sensitivity analysis. The result shows that higher concentration of initiator leads to higher production rate but the lower Mn and the higher flow rate of chain agent cause the lower product ion rate and Mn, Mn Mw reach the maximum at 115 ℃ and 107 ℃ of first reactor.%利用Aspen Tech Inc.的polymer plus建立了本体聚苯乙烯聚合反应过程模型,利用其灵敏度分析方法对影响产品产量和分子量的引发剂浓度、反应温度等因素进行分析,得出了引发剂量的增加可以提高产量同时分子量下降;链转移剂量的增加使产量和分子量均下降;在首釜温度115℃和107℃出现Mn和Mw的最大值.

  10. Analysis of gain distribution in cladding-pumped thulium-doped fiber laser and optical feedback inhibition problem in fiber-bulk laser system

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    Ji, En-Cai; Liu, Qiang; Hu, Zhen-Yue; Gong, Ma-Li

    2015-10-01

    The steady-state gain distribution in cladding pumped thulium-doped fiber laser (TDFL) is analytically and numerically solved based on the rate equations including loss coefficients and cross relaxation effect. With the gain curve, a problem, which is named optical feedback inhibition (OFI) and always occurs in tandem TDFL-Ho:YAG laser system, is analyzed quantitatively. The actual characteristics of output spectra and power basically prove the conclusion of theoretical analysis. Then a simple mirror-deflected L-shaped cavity is employed to restrain the external feedback and simplify the structure of fiber-bulk Ho:YAG laser. Finally, 25 W of 2097-nm laser power and 51.2% of optical-to-optical conversion efficiency are obtained, and the beam quality factor is less than 1.43 obtained by knife-edge method. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61275146), the Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant No. 20120002110066), and the Special Program of the Co-construction with Beijing Municipal Government of China (Grant No. 20121000302).

  11. Multi-instrumental Analysis of the Ionospheric Density Response to Geomagnetic Disturbances

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    Zakharenkova, I.; Astafyeva, E.

    2014-12-01

    Measurements provided by Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite missions have already proved to be very efficient in investigations of global redistribution of ionospheric plasma and thermosphere mass density during such phenomena as geomagnetic storms. LEO satellites have various instruments for research of the ionosphere response to the space weather events like GPS receiver for precise orbit determination (POD), total electron content estimation and radio occultation, altimeter, planar Langmuir probe, topside sounder, special detectors for particle fluxes, magnetometer etc. In this paper, we present results of joint analysis of LEO satellite data, in particular CHAMP, DMSP, JASON, as well as data provided by ground-based networks of GPS receivers and ionosonde stations for global ionospheric response to the geomagnetic disturbances. We use in-situ plasma density data from CHAMP and DMSP satellites, along with data of GPS receiver onboard CHAMP-satellite and ground-based GPS-receivers to study occurrence and global distribution of ionospheric irregularities during the main phase of the storm. Using CHAMP GPS measurements, we created maps of GPS phase fluctuation activity and found two specific zones of the most intense irregularities - first is the region of the auroral oval at high latitudes of both hemispheres, the second one is the low-latitudes/equatorial region between Africa and South America. The interhemispheric asymmetry of the ionospheric irregularities intensity and occurrence in polar region is discussed. Analysis of the topside TEC, derived from CHAMP onboard GPS POD antenna, indicate the significant redistribution of the topside ionospheric plasma density in the equatorial, middle and high-latitude ionosphere during main and recovery phases of geomagnetic storm. Multi-instrumental data allow to analyze in detail the complex modification and dynamics of the upper atmosphere in different altitudinal, spatial and temporal scales.

  12. Vibrational analysis, electronic structure and nonlinear optical properties of Levofloxacin by density functional theory

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    Gunasekaran, Sethu; Rajalakshmi, K.; Kumaresan, Subramanian

    2013-08-01

    The Fourier transform (FT-IR) spectrum of Levofloxacin was recorded in the region 4000-400 cm-1 and a complete vibrational assignment of fundamental vibrational modes of the molecule was carried out using density functional method. The observed fundamental modes have been compared with the harmonic vibrational frequencies computed using DFT (B3LYP) method by employing 6-31 G (d, p) basis sets. The most stable geometry of the molecule under investigation has been determined from the potential energy scan. The first-order hyperpolarizability (βo) and other related properties (μ, αo) of Levofloxacin are calculated using density functional theory (DFT) on a finite field approach. UV-vis spectrum of the molecule was recorded and the electronic properties, such as HOMO and LUMO energies were performed by DFT using 6-31 G (d, p) basis sets. Stability of the molecule arising from hyperconjugative interactions, charge delocalization have been analyzed using natural bond orbital analysis (NBO). The calculated HOMO and LUMO energies show that, the charge transfer occurs within the molecule. The other molecular properties like molecular electrostatic potential (MESP), Mulliken population analysis and thermodynamic properties of the title molecule have been calculated.

  13. Arrangement Analysis of Leaves Optimized on Photon Flux Density or Photosynthetic Rate

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    Obara, Shin'ya; Tanno, Itaru

    By clarifying a plant evolutive process, useful information may be obtained on engineering. Consequently, an analysis algorithm that investigates the optimal arrangement of plant leaves was developed. In the developed algorithm, the Monte Carlo method is introduced and sunlight is simulated. Moreover, the arrangement optimization of leaves is analyzed using a Genetic Algorithm (GA). The number of light quanta (photon flux density) that reaches leaves, or the average photosynthetic rate of the same was set as the objective function, and leaf models of a dogwood and a ginkgo tree were analyzed. The number of leaf models was set between two to four, and the position of the leaf was expressed in terms of the angle of direction, elevation angle, rotation angle, and the representative length of the branch of a leaf. The chromosome model introduced into GA consists of information concerning the position of the leaf. Based on the analysis results, the characteristics of the leaf of an actual plant could be simulated by ensuring the algorithm had multiple constrained conditions. The optimal arrangement of leaves differs in maximization of the photon flux density, and that of the average value of a photosynthetic rate. Furthermore, the leaf form affecting the optimal arrangement of leave and also having a significant influence also on a photosynthetic rate was shown.

  14. Revised Thickness of the Lunar Crust from GRAIL Data: Implications for Lunar Bulk Composition

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    Taylor, G. Jeffrey; Wieczorek, Mark A.; Neumann, Gregory A.; Nimmo, Francis; Kiefer, Walter S.; Melosh, H. Jay; Phillips, Roger J.; Solomon, Sean C.; Andrews-Hanna, Jeffrey C.; Asmar, Sami W.; Konopliv, Alexander S.; Lemoine, Frank G.; Smith, David E.; Watkins, Michael W.; Williams, James G.; Zuber, Maria T.

    2013-01-01

    High-resolution gravity data from GRAIL have yielded new estimates of the bulk density and thickness of the lunar crust. The bulk density of the highlands crust is 2550 kg m-3. From a comparison with crustal composition measured remotely, this density implies a mean porosity of 12%. With this bulk density and constraints from the Apollo seismic experiment, the average global crustal thickness is found to lie between 34 and 43 km, a value 10 to 20 km less than several previous estimates. Crustal thickness is a central parameter in estimating bulk lunar composition. Estimates of the concentrations of refractory elements in the Moon from heat flow, remote sensing and sample data, and geophysical data fall into two categories: those with refractory element abundances enriched by 50% or more relative to Earth, and those with abundances the same as Earth. Settling this issue has implications for processes operating during lunar formation. The crustal thickness resulting from analysis of GRAIL data is less than several previous estimates. We show here that a refractory-enriched Moon is not required

  15. Streamflow Flashiness in the Mid-Atlantic Region: A Historical Analysis of Flashiness and Population Density, Imperviousness and Urban Development

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    The relationship between stream flashiness and watershed-scale estimates of percent imperviousness, urban development, and population density were used in an historic landscape analysis at the individual watershed spatial scale. GIS technology was employed to spatially associate...

  16. Temperature dependence of Hall electron density of GaN-based heterostructures

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    Zhang Jin-Feng; Zhang Jin-Cheng; Hao Yue

    2004-01-01

    The theoretic calculation and analysis of the temperature dependence of Hall electron density of a sample AlGaN/GaN heterostructure has been carried out in the temperature range from 77 to 300K. The densities of the twodimensional electron gas and the bulk electrons are solved by self-consistent calculation of one-dimensional Schrodinger and Poisson equations at different temperatures, which allow for the variation of energy gap and structure strain, and are used for evaluation of the temperature dependence of Hall electron density. The calculated Hall electron density agrees with the measured one quite well with the appropriate bulk mobility data. Analysis revealed that for the temper ature range considered, even in the heterostructures with a small bulk conductance the factors that determine the Hall mobility and electron density could be of different sources, and not just the two-dimensional electron gas as generally supposed.

  17. Bulk viscosity : a study from Polyakov-Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model

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    Saha, Kinkar

    2015-01-01

    We present an extensive study of the bulk viscosity, $\\zeta$ using the framework of Kubo formalism within 2+1 flavored Polyakov-Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model. Alongwith, we have discussed the kinetic approaches in order to estimate the bulk viscous effects in the strongly interacting systems analogous to the situation in various high energy heavy-ion collisions. Our work strengthens the motivation for the proper incorporation of $\\zeta$ into the analysis of such systems. We also provide justification for such incorporation becoming more significant when density is substantially high.

  18. Bulk chemicals from biomass

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    Haveren, van J.; Scott, E.L.; Sanders, J.P.M.

    2008-01-01

    Given the current robust forces driving sustainable production, and available biomass conversion technologies, biomass-based routes are expected to make a significant impact on the production of bulk chemicals within 10 years, and a huge impact within 20-30 years. In the Port of Rotterdam there is a

  19. Ferromagnetic bulk glassy alloys

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    This paper deals with the review on the formation, thermal stability and magnetic properties of the Fe-based bulk glassy alloys in as-cast bulk and melt-spun ribbon forms. A large supercooled liquid region over 50 K before crystallization was obtained in Fe-(Al, Ga)-(P, C, B, Si), Fe-(Cr, Mo, Nb)-(Al, Ga)-(P, C, B) and (Fe, Co, Ni)-Zr-M-B (M=Ti, Hf, V, Nb, Ta, Cr, Mo and W) systems and bulk glassy alloys were produced in a thickness range below 2 mm for the Fe-(Al, Ga)-(P, C, B, Si) system and 6 mm for the Fe-Co-(Zr, Nb, Ta)-(Mo, W)-B system by copper-mold casting. The ring-shaped glassy Fe-(Al, Ga)-(P, C, B, Si) alloys exhibit much better soft magnetic properties as compared with the ring-shaped alloy made from the melt-spun ribbon because of the formation of the unique domain structure. The good combination of high glass-forming ability and good soft magnetic properties indicates the possibility of future development as a new bulk glassy magnetic material

  20. Heat transport in bulk/nanoporous/bulk silicon devices

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    Criado-Sancho, M. [Departamento de Ciencias y Técnicas Físicoquimicas, Facultad de Ciencias, UNED, Senda del Rey 9, 20040 Madrid (Spain); Jou, D., E-mail: David.Jou@uab.cat [Departament de Física, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia (Spain); Institut d' Estudis Catalans, Carme 47, 08001 Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain)

    2013-02-04

    We study heat transport in bulk/nanoporous/bulk silicon devices; we show that, despite bulk/nanoporous devices may act as thermal rectifiers, the non-linear aspects of their joint thermal conductance are not strong enough to lead to a negative differential thermal resistance, necessary to allow bulk/nanoporous/bulk Si devices to act as thermal transistors. Furthermore, we explicitly study the effective thermal conductivity of the mentioned devices for several temperatures, geometries, porosities, and pore size.

  1. Analysis of nanosecond breaking of a high-density current in SOS diodes

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    Grekhov, I. V.; Lyublinskii, A. G.; Smirnova, I. A.

    2015-11-01

    Effect of a sharp (nanosecond) breaking of the reverse current with a density on the order of 103-104 A/cm2 in a silicon diode upon switching from direct to reverse bias voltage (so-called silicon opening switch, or SOS effect) is widely used in nanosecond technologies of gigawatt powers. For detailed analysis of the SOS effect, we constructed a special setup with small stray inductance, which makes it possible to test single SOS diodes with a working area of 1-2 mm2 in a wide range of current densities. Our experiments show, in particular, that the numerical model of the SOS effect developed at the Institute of Electrophysics, Ural Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences successfully described the experimental results. It is also shown that the charge extracted from the diode structure by the reverse current exceeds the charge introduced by a direct current pulse by not more than 10%, indicating a relatively small role of ionization processes. The possibility to carry out experiments on single samples with a small surface area allows us to study the SOS effect and considerably facilitates investigations aimed at the perfection of the design of SOS diodes.

  2. Vibrational analysis of ferrocyanide complex ion based on density functional force field

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    Vibrational properties of ferrocyanide complex ion, [Fe(CN)6]4-, have been studied based on the force constants obtained from the density functional calculations at B3LYP/6-31G level by means of the normal mode analysis using new bond angle and linear angle internal coordinates recently developed. Vibrations of ferrocyanide were manipulated by twenty-three symmetry force constants. The angled bending deformations of C-Fe-C, the linear bending deformations of Fe-C≡N and the stretching vibrations of Fe-C have been quantitatively assigned to the calculated frequencies. The force constants in the internal coordinates employed in the modified Urey-Bradley type potential were evaluated on the density functional force field applied, and better interaction force constants in the internal coordinates have been proposed. The valence force constants in the general quadratic valence force field were also given. The stretch-stretch interaction and stretch-bending interaction constants are not sensitive to the geometrical displacement in the valence force field

  3. MEASUREMENT OF ROOT LENGTH DENSITY IN INTACT SAMPLES USING X-RADIOGRAPHY AND IMAGE ANALYSIS

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    Alain Pierret

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Measurement of root system attributes is of critical importance to understand and model plant growth. Root length density, the length of roots per unit volume of soil, is one of the important parameters required to understand plant performance. Measuring techniques currently in use to assess this parameter, such as for example core washing, are notoriously imprecise and labour-intensive. Roots and soil being inextricably linked, it is virtually impossible to separate them without loosing a significant amount of the root sample to be measured. This noticeably compromises the accuracy of washing techniques. For this reason, non-invasive measurement approaches are highly desirable. Here, a method based on the combination of X-radiography and image analysis is proposed as a new alternative for the measurement of root length density from intact samples. The successive steps of the method, from sampling to image acquisition are briefly described. A specific measurement algorithm, designed to account for the complex spatial arrangement of the roots within the samples is then presented and discussed in detail.

  4. Gene Ontology density estimation and discourse analysis for automatic GeneRiF extraction

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    Mottaz Anaïs

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background This paper describes and evaluates a sentence selection engine that extracts a GeneRiF (Gene Reference into Functions as defined in ENTREZ-Gene based on a MEDLINE record. Inputs for this task include both a gene and a pointer to a MEDLINE reference. In the suggested approach we merge two independent sentence extraction strategies. The first proposed strategy (LASt uses argumentative features, inspired by discourse-analysis models. The second extraction scheme (GOEx uses an automatic text categorizer to estimate the density of Gene Ontology categories in every sentence; thus providing a full ranking of all possible candidate GeneRiFs. A combination of the two approaches is proposed, which also aims at reducing the size of the selected segment by filtering out non-content bearing rhetorical phrases. Results Based on the TREC-2003 Genomics collection for GeneRiF identification, the LASt extraction strategy is already competitive (52.78%. When used in a combined approach, the extraction task clearly shows improvement, achieving a Dice score of over 57% (+10%. Conclusions Argumentative representation levels and conceptual density estimation using Gene Ontology contents appear complementary for functional annotation in proteomics.

  5. Redetermination of Galactic Spiral Density Wave Parameters Based on Spectral Analysis of Maser Radial Velocities

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    Bajkova, A T; 10.1134/S1063773712080014

    2012-01-01

    To redetermine the Galactic spiral density wave parameters, we have performed a spectral (Fourier) analysis of the radial velocities for 44 masers with known trigonometric parallaxes, proper motions, and line-of-sight velocities. The masers are distributed in a wide range of Galactocentric distances $(3.5density wave with the following parameters from the maser radial velocities: the perturbation amplitude $f_R = 7.7^{+1.7}_{-1.5}$ km s$^{-1}$, the...

  6. Safety analysis of the software of the power density limiting computer (DNB-module) at Grafenrheinfeld

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    This report starts with a brief description of the computer system used in Grafenrheinfeld for limiting the power density in the reactor core (DNB-Module) and is then followed by a discussion on methods for verification of the systems' software. The different language levels on which analysis may be performed are presented and criteria for choosing the appropriate language level with regard to verification are given. The program analysis splits the software into sections which are manageable and testable. Then the detailed structure of control flow and data flow as well as the functional properties of these sections are investigated. On certain premises completely analysed sections can be regarded as errorfree, i.e. their failure probability can be assumed to be zero. In addition, test cases for the various software sections are established on the basis of the program analysis. The test strategy comprises the module (sectional) test, partially performed with the test cases mentioned above, as well as an integration test of the entire DNB software. Both tests may be performed automatically - the test embedment is already established to a certain extent - thus allowing execution of a great number of tests; a feature which is extremely important in view of an assessment of quantitative software parameters. (orig.)

  7. PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION OF LINEAR INDUCTION MOTOR BY EDDY CURRENT AND FLUX DENSITY DISTRIBUTION ANALYSIS

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    M. S. MANNA

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The development of electromagnetic devices as machines, transformers, heating devices confronts the engineers with several problems. For the design of an optimized geometry and the prediction of the operational behaviour an accurate knowledge of the dependencies of the field quantities inside the magnetic circuits is necessary. This paper provides the eddy current and core flux density distribution analysis in linear induction motor. Magnetic flux in the air gap of the Linear Induction Motor (LIM is reduced to various losses such as end effects, fringes, effect, skin effects etc. The finite element based software package COMSOL Multiphysics Inc. USA is used to get the reliable and accurate computational results for optimization the performance of Linear Induction Motor (LIM. The geometrical characteristics of LIM are varied to find the optimal point of thrust and minimum flux leakage during static and dynamic conditions.

  8. Critical parameters governing energy density of Li-storage cathode materials unraveled by confirmatory factor analysis

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    Sohn, Kee-Sun; Han, Su Cheol; Park, Woon Bae; Pyo, Myoungho

    2016-03-01

    Despite extensive effort during the past few decades, a comprehensive understanding of the key variables governing the electrochemical properties of cathode materials in Li-ion batteries is still far from complete. To elucidate the critical parameters affecting energy density (ED) and capacity (Q) retention in layer and spinel cathodes, we data-mine the existing experimental data via confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) based on a structural equation model (SEM), which is a proven, versatile tool in understanding complex problems in the social science. The data sets are composed of 18 and 15 parameters extracted from 38 layer and 33 spinel compounds, respectively. CFA reveals the irrelevance of Q retention to all the parameters we adopt, but it also reveals the sensitive variations of ED with specific parameters. We validate the usefulness of CFA in material science and pinpointed critical parameters for high-ED cathodes, hoping to suggest a new insight in materials design.

  9. Hierarchical Outlier Detection for Point Cloud Data Using a Density Analysis Method

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    ZHU Junfeng

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Laser scanning and image matching are both effective ways to get dense point cloud data, however, outliers obtained from both ways are still inevitable. A novel hierarchical outlier detection method is proposed for the automatic outlier detection of point cloud from image matching and airborne laser scanning. There are two main steps in this method. Firstly, the hierarchical density estimation is used to remove single and small cluster outliers. Then a progressive TIN method is used to find non-outliers removed in the previous steps. The experimental results indicate the effectiveness of this method in dealing with the two types of points cloud data. And this method can also handle low quality point cloud data from image matching. The quantitative analysis shows that the outlier detection rate is higher than 97%.

  10. Bayesian semiparametric power spectral density estimation in gravitational wave data analysis

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    Edwards, Matthew C; Christensen, Nelson

    2015-01-01

    The standard noise model in gravitational wave (GW) data analysis assumes detector noise is stationary and Gaussian distributed, with a known power spectral density (PSD) that is usually estimated using clean off-source data. Real GW data often depart from these assumptions, and misspecified parametric models of the PSD could result in misleading inferences. We propose a Bayesian semiparametric approach to improve this. We use a nonparametric Bernstein polynomial prior on the PSD, with weights attained via a Dirichlet process distribution, and update this using the Whittle likelihood. Posterior samples are obtained using a Metropolis-within-Gibbs sampler. We simultaneously estimate the reconstruction parameters of a rotating core collapse supernova GW burst that has been embedded in simulated Advanced LIGO noise. We also discuss an approach to deal with non-stationary data by breaking longer data streams into smaller and locally stationary components.

  11. Bayesian semiparametric power spectral density estimation with applications in gravitational wave data analysis

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    Edwards, Matthew C.; Meyer, Renate; Christensen, Nelson

    2015-09-01

    The standard noise model in gravitational wave (GW) data analysis assumes detector noise is stationary and Gaussian distributed, with a known power spectral density (PSD) that is usually estimated using clean off-source data. Real GW data often depart from these assumptions, and misspecified parametric models of the PSD could result in misleading inferences. We propose a Bayesian semiparametric approach to improve this. We use a nonparametric Bernstein polynomial prior on the PSD, with weights attained via a Dirichlet process distribution, and update this using the Whittle likelihood. Posterior samples are obtained using a blocked Metropolis-within-Gibbs sampler. We simultaneously estimate the reconstruction parameters of a rotating core collapse supernova GW burst that has been embedded in simulated Advanced LIGO noise. We also discuss an approach to deal with nonstationary data by breaking longer data streams into smaller and locally stationary components.

  12. Global SAXS data analysis for multilamellar vesicles: Evolution of the scattering density profile (SDP) model

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    Heftberger, Peter; Heberle, Frederick A; Pan, Jianjun; Rappolt, Michael; Amenitsch, Heinz; Kucerka, Norbert; Katsaras, John; Pabst, Georg

    2013-01-01

    We adapted the highly successful scattering density pro?le (SDP) model, which is used to jointly analyze small angle x-ray and neutron scattering data from unilamellar vesicles, for use with data from fully hydrated, liquid crystalline multilamellar vesicles (MLVs). By using a genetic algorithm, this new method is capable of providing high resolution structural information, as well as determining bilayer elastic bending fluctuations from standalone x-ray data. Important structural parameters, such as bilayer thickness and area per lipid were determined for a series of saturated and unsaturated lipids, as well as binary mixtures with cholesterol. Results are in good agreement with previously reported SDP data, which used both neutron and x-ray data. The addition of deuterated and non-deuterated MLV neutron data to the analysis improved lipid backbone information, but did not improve, within experimental uncertainties, the structural information regarding bilayer thickness and area per lipid.

  13. Cancellation analysis of current density in solar active region NOAA10019

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    De Vita Gaetano

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Solar flares are often associated with changes in the fine magnetic structure of the emitting active region. Such topological modification results in variations of both the scaling properties of the fields’ fluctuations, and the fractal dimension of the associated gradients. The use of cancellation analysis of the current density has been attempted for the identification and quantitative estimation of such changes. The characteristics of the magnetic vector as measured by THEMIS telescope for the active region NOAA10019 have been studied in this paper, suggesting the presence of disrupted current filaments. The variation of the fractal dimension of the current structures, and in particular their smoothing, is discussed in relationship with occurrence of one flare in the active region.

  14. Analysis of vibrational, structural, and electronic properties of rivastigmine by density functional theory

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    Prasad, O.; Sinha, L.; Misra, N.; Narayan, V.; Kumar, N.; Kumar, A.

    2010-09-01

    The present work deals with the structural, electronic, and vibrational analysis of rivastigmine. Rivastigmine, an antidementia medicament, is credited with significant therapeutic effects on the cognitive, functional, and behavioural problems that are commonly associated with Alzheimer’s dementia. For rivastigmine, a number of minimum energy conformations are possible. The geometry of twelve possible conformers has been analyzed and the most stable conformer was further optimized at a higher basis set. The electronic properties and vibrational frequencies were then calculated using a density functional theory at the B3LYP level with the 6-311+G(d, p) basis set. The different molecular surfaces have also been drawn to understand the activity of the molecule. A narrower frontier orbital energy gap in rivastigmine makes it softer and more reactive than water and dimethylfuran. The calculated value of the dipole moment is 2.58 debye.

  15. Hydrogen interstitial in H-ion implanted ZnO bulk single crystals: Evaluation by elastic recoil detection analysis and electron paramagnetic resonance

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    Kaida, T.; Kamioka, K.; Nishimura, T.; Kuriyama, K.; Kushida, K.; Kinomura, A.

    2015-12-01

    The origins of low resistivity in H ion-implanted ZnO bulk single crystals are evaluated by elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and Van der Pauw methods. The H-ion implantation (peak concentration: 5.0 × 1015 cm-2) into ZnO is performed using a 500 keV implanter. The maximum of the concentration of the implanted H estimated by a TRIM simulation is at 3600 nm in depth. The resistivity decreases from ∼103 Ω cm for un implanted ZnO to 6.5 Ω cm for as-implanted, 2.3 × 10-1 Ω cm for 200 °C annealed, and 3.2 × 10-1 Ω cm for 400 °C annealed samples. The ERDA measurements can evaluate the concentration of hydrogens which move to the vicinity of the surface (surface to 300 nm or 100 nm) because of the diffusion by the annealing at 200 °C and 400 °C. The hydrogen concentration near the surface estimated using the 2.0 MeV helium beam is ∼3.8 × 1013 cm-2 for annealed samples. From EPR measurements, the oxygen vacancy of +charge state (Vo+) is observed in as-implanted samples. The Vo+ related signal (g = 1.96) observed under no illumination disappears after successive illumination with a red LED and appears again with a blue light illumination. The activation energy of as-implanted, 200 °C annealed, and 400 °C annealed samples estimated from the temperature dependence of carrier concentration lies between 29 meV and 23 meV, suggesting the existence of H interstitial as a shallow donor level.

  16. A bulk segregant gene expression analysis of a peach population reveals components of the underlying mechanism of the fruit cold response.

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    Pons, Clara; Martí, Cristina; Forment, Javier; Crisosto, Carlos H; Dandekar, Abhaya M; Granell, Antonio

    2014-01-01

    Peach fruits subjected for long periods of cold storage are primed to develop chilling injury once fruits are shelf ripened at room temperature. Very little is known about the molecular changes occurring in fruits during cold exposure. To get some insight into this process a transcript profiling analyses was performed on fruits from a PopDG population segregating for chilling injury CI responses. A bulked segregant gene expression analysis based on groups of fruits showing extreme CI responses indicated that the transcriptome of peach fruits was modified already during cold storage consistently with eventual CI development. Most peach cold-responsive genes have orthologs in Arabidopsis that participate in cold acclimation and other stresses responses, while some of them showed expression patterns that differs in fruits according to their susceptibility to develop mealiness. Members of ICE1, CBF1/3 and HOS9 regulons seem to have a prominent role in differential cold responses between low and high sensitive fruits. In high sensitive fruits, an alternative cold response program is detected. This program is probably associated with dehydration/osmotic stress and regulated by ABA, auxins and ethylene. In addition, the observation that tolerant siblings showed a series of genes encoding for stress protective activities with higher expression both at harvest and during cold treatment, suggests that preprogrammed mechanisms could shape fruit ability to tolerate postharvest cold-induced stress. A number of genes differentially expressed were validated and extended to individual genotypes by medium-throughput RT-qPCR. Analyses presented here provide a global view of the responses of peach fruits to cold storage and highlights new peach genes that probably play important roles in the tolerance/sensitivity to cold storage. Our results provide a roadmap for further experiments and would help to develop new postharvest protocols and gene directed breeding strategies to better

  17. Amperometric determination of bonded glucose with an MnO(2) and glucose oxidase bulk-modified screen-printed electrode using flow-injection analysis.

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    Turkusic, Emir; Kalcher, Josef; Kahrovic, Emira; Beyene, Negussie W; Moderegger, Helmut; Sofic, Emin; Begic, Sabina; Kalcher, Kurt

    2005-01-30

    A screen-printed amperometric biosensor based on carbon ink double bulk-modified with MnO(2) as a mediator and glucose oxidase as a biocomponent was investigated for its ability to serve as a detector for bonded glucose in different compounds, such as cellobiose, saccharose, (-)-4-nitrophenyl-beta-d-glucopyranoside, as well as in beer samples by flow-injection analysis (FIA). The biosensor could be operated under physiological conditions (0.1M phosphate buffer, pH 7.5) and exhibited good reproducibility and stability. Bonded glucose was released with glucosidase in solution, and the free glucose was detected with the modified screen-printed electrode (SPE). The release of glucose by the aid of glucosidase from cellobiose, saccharose and (-)-4-nitrophenyl-beta-d-glucopyranoside in solution showed that stoichiometric quantities of free glucose could be monitored in all three cases. The linear range of the amperometric response of the biosensor in the FIA-mode flow rate 0.2mLmin(-1), injection volume 0.25mL, operation potential 0.48V versus Ag/AgCl) extends from 11 to 13,900mumolL(-1) glucose in free form. The limit of detection (3sigma) is 1mumolL(-1) glucose. A concentration of 100mumolL(-1) yields a relative standard deviation of approximately 7% with five injections. These values correspond to the same concentrations of bonded glucose supposed that it is liberated quantitatively (incubation for 2h with glucosidase). Bonded glucose could be determined in beer samples using the same assay. The results corresponded very well with the reference procedure. PMID:18969835

  18. Probability Density Components Analysis: A New Approach to Treatment and Classification of SAR Images

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    Osmar Abílio de Carvalho Júnior

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Speckle noise (salt and pepper is inherent to synthetic aperture radar (SAR, which causes a usual noise-like granular aspect and complicates the image classification. In SAR image analysis, the spatial information might be a particular benefit for denoising and mapping classes characterized by a statistical distribution of the pixel intensities from a complex and heterogeneous spectral response. This paper proposes the Probability Density Components Analysis (PDCA, a new alternative that combines filtering and frequency histogram to improve the classification procedure for the single-channel synthetic aperture radar (SAR images. This method was tested on L-band SAR data from the Advanced Land Observation System (ALOS Phased-Array Synthetic-Aperture Radar (PALSAR sensor. The study area is localized in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, northern Rondônia State (municipality of Candeias do Jamari, containing forest and land use patterns. The proposed algorithm uses a moving window over the image, estimating the probability density curve in different image components. Therefore, a single input image generates an output with multi-components. Initially the multi-components should be treated by noise-reduction methods, such as maximum noise fraction (MNF or noise-adjusted principal components (NAPCs. Both methods enable reducing noise as well as the ordering of multi-component data in terms of the image quality. In this paper, the NAPC applied to multi-components provided large reductions in the noise levels, and the color composites considering the first NAPC enhance the classification of different surface features. In the spectral classification, the Spectral Correlation Mapper and Minimum Distance were used. The results obtained presented as similar to the visual interpretation of optical images from TM-Landsat and Google Maps.

  19. Type 2 Diabetes Research Yield, 1951-2012: Bibliometrics Analysis and Density-Equalizing Mapping.

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    Geaney, Fiona; Scutaru, Cristian; Kelly, Clare; Glynn, Ronan W; Perry, Ivan J

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this paper is to provide a detailed evaluation of type 2 diabetes mellitus research output from 1951-2012, using large-scale data analysis, bibliometric indicators and density-equalizing mapping. Data were retrieved from the Science Citation Index Expanded database, one of the seven curated databases within Web of Science. Using Boolean operators "OR", "AND" and "NOT", a search strategy was developed to estimate the total number of published items. Only studies with an English abstract were eligible. Type 1 diabetes and gestational diabetes items were excluded. Specific software developed for the database analysed the data. Information including titles, authors' affiliations and publication years were extracted from all files and exported to excel. Density-equalizing mapping was conducted as described by Groenberg-Kloft et al, 2008. A total of 24,783 items were published and cited 476,002 times. The greatest number of outputs were published in 2010 (n=2,139). The United States contributed 28.8% to the overall output, followed by the United Kingdom (8.2%) and Japan (7.7%). Bilateral cooperation was most common between the United States and United Kingdom (n=237). Harvard University produced 2% of all publications, followed by the University of California (1.1%). The leading journals were Diabetes, Diabetologia and Diabetes Care and they contributed 9.3%, 7.3% and 4.0% of the research yield, respectively. In conclusion, the volume of research is rising in parallel with the increasing global burden of disease due to type 2 diabetes mellitus. Bibliometrics analysis provides useful information to scientists and funding agencies involved in the development and implementation of research strategies to address global health issues. PMID:26208117

  20. Type 2 Diabetes Research Yield, 1951-2012: Bibliometrics Analysis and Density-Equalizing Mapping.

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    Fiona Geaney

    Full Text Available The objective of this paper is to provide a detailed evaluation of type 2 diabetes mellitus research output from 1951-2012, using large-scale data analysis, bibliometric indicators and density-equalizing mapping. Data were retrieved from the Science Citation Index Expanded database, one of the seven curated databases within Web of Science. Using Boolean operators "OR", "AND" and "NOT", a search strategy was developed to estimate the total number of published items. Only studies with an English abstract were eligible. Type 1 diabetes and gestational diabetes items were excluded. Specific software developed for the database analysed the data. Information including titles, authors' affiliations and publication years were extracted from all files and exported to excel. Density-equalizing mapping was conducted as described by Groenberg-Kloft et al, 2008. A total of 24,783 items were published and cited 476,002 times. The greatest number of outputs were published in 2010 (n=2,139. The United States contributed 28.8% to the overall output, followed by the United Kingdom (8.2% and Japan (7.7%. Bilateral cooperation was most common between the United States and United Kingdom (n=237. Harvard University produced 2% of all publications, followed by the University of California (1.1%. The leading journals were Diabetes, Diabetologia and Diabetes Care and they contributed 9.3%, 7.3% and 4.0% of the research yield, respectively. In conclusion, the volume of research is rising in parallel with the increasing global burden of disease due to type 2 diabetes mellitus. Bibliometrics analysis provides useful information to scientists and funding agencies involved in the development and implementation of research strategies to address global health issues.

  1. A systematic review and meta-analysis of the association between eating disorders and bone density.

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    Robinson, L; Aldridge, V; Clark, E M; Misra, M; Micali, N

    2016-06-01

    This meta-analysis investigates the effect of an eating disorder on bone mineral density in two eating disorder subtypes. Following conflicting findings in previous literature, this study finds that not only anorexia nervosa, but also bulimia nervosa has a detrimental effect on BMD. Key predictors of this relationship are discussed. This systematic review and meta-analysis investigates bone mineral density (BMD) in individuals with anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN) in comparison to healthy controls (HCs). AN has been associated with low BMD and a risk of fractures and mixed results have been obtained for the relationship between BN and BMD. Deciphering the effect these two ED subtypes on BMD will determine the effect of low body weight (a characteristic of AN) versus the effects of periods of restrictive eating and malnutrition which are common to both AN and BN. We conducted a systematic search through the electronic databases MedLine, EMBASE and PsychInfo and the Cochrane Library to investigate and quantify this relationship. We screened 544 articles and included 27 studies in a random-effect meta-analysis and calculated the standardised mean difference (SMD) in BMD between women with a current diagnosis of AN (n = 785) vs HCs (n = 979) and a current diagnosis of BN (n = 187) vs HCs (n = 350). The outcome measures investigated were spinal, hip, femoral neck and whole body BMD measured by DXA or DPA scanning. A meta-regression investigated the effect of factors including age, duration since diagnosis, duration of amenorrhea and BMI on BMD. The mean BMI of participants was 16.65 kg/m(2) (AN), 21.16 kg/m(2) (BN) and 22.06 kg/m(2) (HC). Spine BMD was lowest in AN subjects (SMD, -3.681; 95 % CI, -4.738, -2.625; p < 0.0001), but also lower in BN subjects compared with HCs (SMD, -0.472; 95 % CI, -0.688, -0.255; p < 0.0001). Hip, whole body and femoral neck BMD were reduced to a statistically significant level in AN but not BN

  2. Optical Density Analysis of X-Rays Utilizing Calibration Tooling to Estimate Thickness of Parts

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    Grau, David

    2012-01-01

    This process is designed to estimate the thickness change of a material through data analysis of a digitized version of an x-ray (or a digital x-ray) containing the material (with the thickness in question) and various tooling. Using this process, it is possible to estimate a material's thickness change in a region of the material or part that is thinner than the rest of the reference thickness. However, that same principle process can be used to determine the thickness change of material using a thinner region to determine thickening, or it can be used to develop contour plots of an entire part. Proper tooling must be used. An x-ray film with an S-shaped characteristic curve or a digital x-ray device with a product resulting in like characteristics is necessary. If a film exists with linear characteristics, this type of film would be ideal; however, at the time of this reporting, no such film has been known. Machined components (with known fractional thicknesses) of a like material (similar density) to that of the material to be measured are necessary. The machined components should have machined through-holes. For ease of use and better accuracy, the throughholes should be a size larger than 0.125 in. (.3 mm). Standard components for this use are known as penetrameters or image quality indicators. Also needed is standard x-ray equipment, if film is used in place of digital equipment, or x-ray digitization equipment with proven conversion properties. Typical x-ray digitization equipment is commonly used in the medical industry, and creates digital images of x-rays in DICOM format. It is recommended to scan the image in a 16-bit format. However, 12-bit and 8-bit resolutions are acceptable. Finally, x-ray analysis software that allows accurate digital image density calculations, such as Image-J freeware, is needed. The actual procedure requires the test article to be placed on the raw x-ray, ensuring the region of interest is aligned for perpendicular x-ray exposure

  3. On the characterization of inhomogeneity of the density distribution in supercritical fluids via molecular dynamics simulation and data mining analysis.

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    Idrissi, Abdenacer; Vyalov, Ivan; Georgi, Nikolaj; Kiselev, Michael

    2013-10-10

    We combined molecular dynamics simulation and DBSCAN algorithm (Density Based Spatial Clustering of Application with Noise) in order to characterize the local density inhomogeneity distribution in supercritical fluids. The DBSCAN is an algorithm that is capable of finding arbitrarily shaped density domains, where domains are defined as dense regions separated by low-density regions. The inhomogeneity of density domain distributions of Ar system in sub- and supercritical conditions along the 50 bar isobar is associated with the occurrence of a maximum in the fluctuation of number of particles of the density domains. This maximum coincides with the temperature, Tα, at which the thermal expansion occurs. Furthermore, using Voronoi polyhedral analysis, we characterized the structure of the density domains. The results show that with increasing temperature below Tα, the increase of the inhomogeneity is mainly associated with the density fluctuation of the border particles of the density domains, while with increasing temperature above Tα, the decrease of the inhomogeneity is associated with the core particles. PMID:24015951

  4. 华北高寒区多年保护性耕作对农田土壤容重的影响%Long-term Effects of Conservation Tillage on Soil Bulk Density in Cropping Zone of Cold Plateau in North China

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    王岩; 张静; 刘玉华

    2013-01-01

    In order to protect the soil, reduce wind erosion and ensure the production, explore the suitable conservation tillage model for the alpine area in North China, to provide a theoretical basis to the local crop production. Based on located experiment of different farming methods for 9 years in Zhangbei, the ministry of agriculture field station, and in 2007-2008, the author studied the effect of the no-tillage, reduced tillage and traditional tillage soil bulk density. The results showed that 3 types of farming methods at the seeding stage and harvesting stage both with the highest was no tillage and the lowest was traditional tillage, at the seeding stage the 0-10 cm and 10-20 cm soil bulk density of no-tillage, respectively were 1.65 g/cm3 and 1.81 g/cm3, with traditional tillage were 1.38 g/cm3 and 1.47 g/cm3, at harvesting stage there was no significant change. In cold plateau in North China, the soil bulk density of cropping zone had been influenced obviously by different tillage methods, the traditional tillage and reduced tillage could be a significant reduction in soil bulk density. With the bio-power effect of crop root growth, seeding stage and harvesting stage no tillage and reduced tillage in cropping zone soil bulk density was downward trend, and there was no significant change in traditional tillage.%为了在保护土壤、减抑风蚀的同时,兼顾作物的产量,探索适合华北高寒区的保护性耕作模式,给当地作物生产提供理论依据,在农业部张北野外观测站连续9年不同耕作方式定位研究的基础上,于2007-2009年探讨了免耕、松耕和翻耕对土壤耕层容重的影响.结果表明,3种耕作方式播种期不同耕层土壤容重均以免耕最高,翻耕最低,播前0~10 cm、10~20 cm土壤容重免耕分别为1.65、1.81 g/cm3,翻耕则分别为1.38、1.47 g/cm3,收获期土壤容重差异不明显.华北高寒区不同耕作方式对农田耕层土壤容重具有明显的影响,翻耕和松耕

  5. Yellow fever disease: density equalizing mapping and gender analysis of international research output

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    2013-01-01

    Background A number of scientific papers on yellow fever have been published but no broad scientometric analysis on the published research of yellow fever has been reported. The aim of the article based study was to provide an in-depth evaluation of the yellow fever field using large-scale data analysis and employment of bibliometric indicators of production and quantity. Methods Data were retrieved from the Web of Science database (WoS) and analyzed as part of the NewQis platform. Then data were extracted from each file, transferred to databases and visualized as diagrams. Partially by means of density-equalizing mapping makes the findings clear and emphasizes the output of the analysis. Results In the study period from 1900 to 2012 a total of 5,053 yellow fever-associated items were published by 79 countries. The United States (USA) having the highest publication rate at 42% (n = 751) followed by far from Brazil (n = 203), France (n = 149) and the United Kingdom (n = 113). The most productive journals are the “Public Health Reports”, the “American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene” and the “Journal of Virology”. The gender analysis showed an overall steady increase of female authorship from 1950 to 2011. Brazil is the only country of the five most productive countries with a higher proportion of female scientists. Conclusions The present data shows an increase in research productivity over the entire study period, in particular an increase of female scientists. Brazil shows a majority of female authors, a fact that is confirmed by other studies. PMID:24245856

  6. Bulk materials handling review

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    The paper provides details of some of the most important coal handling projects and technologies worldwide. It describes development by Aubema Crushing Technology GmbH, Bedeschi, Cimbria Moduflex, DBT, Dynamic Air Conveying Systems, E & F Services, InBulk Technologies, Nord-Sen Metal Industries Ltd., Pebco Inc, Primasonics International Ltd., R.J.S. Silo Clean (International) Ltd., Takraf GmbH, and The ACT Group. 17 photos.

  7. Iron - based bulk amorphous alloys

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    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The paper presents a structure characterization, thermal and soft magnetic properties analysis of Fe-based bulk amorphous materials in as-cast state and after crystallization process. In addition, the paper gives some brief review about achieving, formation and structure of bulk metallic glasses as a special group of amorphous materials.Design/methodology/approach: The studies were performed on Fe72B20Si4Nb4 metallic glass in form of ribbons and rods. The amorphous structure of tested samples was examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM methods. The thermal properties of the glassy samples were measured using differential thermal analysis (DTA and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. The magnetic properties contained initial and maximum magnetic permeability, coercive force and magnetic after-effects measurements were determined by the Maxwell-Wien bridge and VSM methods.Findings: The X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy investigations revealed that the studied as-cast bulk metallic glasses in form of ribbons and rods were amorphous. Two stage crystallization process was observed for studied bulk amorphous alloy. The differences of crystallization temperature between ribbons and rods with chosen thickness are probably caused by different amorphous structures as a result of the different cooling rates in casting process. The SEM images showed that studied fractures could be classified as mixed fractures with indicated two zones contained “river” and “smooth” areas. The changing of chosen soft magnetic properties (μr, Bs, Hc obtained for samples with different thickness is a result of the non-homogenous amorphous structure of tested metallic glasses. The annealing process in temperature range from 373 to 773 K causes structural relaxation of tested amorphous materials, which leads to changes in their physical properties. The qualitative

  8. Analysis of physical mechanisms underlying density-dependent transport in porous media

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    2005-01-01

    In this thesis, the interaction between (large) density gradients and flow and transport in porous media is studied. Large gradients in the density of groundwater exist for example near deep salt rock formations, which are considered as possible long-term storage sites for radioactive waste. Furthermore, density effects play a role in many other groundwater applications, such as salt water intrusion. Density gradients mainly affect the flow field and mass transport in two ways: by fluid volum...

  9. Network-Based Analysis on Orthogonal Separation of Human Plasma Uncovers Distinct High Density Lipoprotein Complexes.

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    Li, Hailong; Gordon, Scott M; Zhu, Xiaoting; Deng, Jingyuan; Swertfeger, Debi K; Davidson, W Sean; Lu, L Jason

    2015-08-01

    High density lipoprotein (HDL) particles are blood-borne complexes whose plasma levels have been associated with protection from cardiovascular disease (CVD). Recent studies have demonstrated the existence of distinct HDL subspecies; however, these have been difficult to isolate and characterize biochemically. Here, we present the first report that employs a network-based approach to systematically infer HDL subspecies. Healthy human plasma was separated into 58 fractions using our previously published three orthogonal chromatography techniques. Similar local migration patterns among HDL proteins were captured with a novel similarity score, and individual comigration networks were constructed for each fraction. By employing a graph mining algorithm, we identified 183 overlapped cliques, among which 38 were further selected as candidate HDL subparticles. Each of these 38 subparticles had at least two literature supports. In addition, GO function enrichment analysis showed that they were enriched with fundamental biological and CVD protective functions. Furthermore, gene knockout experiments in mouse model supported the validity of these subparticles related to three apolipoproteins. Finally, analysis of an apoA-I deficient human patient's plasma provided additional support for apoA-I related complexes. Further biochemical characterization of these putative subspecies may facilitate the mechanistic research of CVD and guide targeted therapeutics aimed at its mitigation. PMID:26057100

  10. Magnetic resonance imaging. Density equalizing mapping analysis of global research architecture

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    Despite the great medical importance, there is still no comprehensive scientometric analysis regarding the results of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and the development of the importance for the healthcare system. This paper evaluated and analyzed the entire research publication results on the topic of MRI for the period 1981-2007 based on scientometric methods and parameters. A scientometric analysis (database: ISI Web of Science 1981-2007, search terms MRI and magnetic resonance imaging) was performed. The following parameters were analyzed: number of publications, countries of publication, number of citations, citation rate and collaborations, using various analytical and display techniques, including density equalizing map projections. Most of the 49,122 publications on MRI could be attributed to the USA (32.5 %), which also has the most cooperative collaborations. Within Europe, Germany (10.3 %) is the country with the highest number of publications followed by the UK (9.3 %). The western industrialized nations dominate over the rest of the world in terms of scientific developments of MRI. The thematic focus of the publications lies in the fields of radiology and neuroscience. In addition to the journal Neurology most scientific articles were published in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Circulation. The results show that the current trend is continuing and the scientific interest in MRI is continuously increasing. (orig.)

  11. Can molecular projected density of states (PDOS be systematically used in electronic conductance analysis?

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    Tonatiuh Rangel

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Using benzenediamine and benzenedithiol molecular junctions as benchmarks, we investigate the widespread analysis of the quantum transport conductance in terms of the projected density of states (PDOS onto molecular orbitals (MOs. We first consider two different methods for identifying the relevant MOs: (1 diagonalization of the Hamiltonian of the isolated molecule and (2 diagonalization of a submatrix of the junction Hamiltonian constructed by considering only basis elements localized on the molecule. We find that these two methods can lead to substantially different MOs and hence PDOS. Furthermore, within Method 1, the PDOS can differ depending on the isolated molecule chosen to represent the molecular junction (e.g., with or without dangling bonds; within Method 2, the PDOS depends on the chosen basis set. We show that these differences can be critical when the PDOS is used to provide a physical interpretation of the conductance (especially when its value is small, as it happens typically at zero bias. In this work, we propose a new approach in an attempt to reconcile the two traditional methods. Although some improvements were achieved, the main problems remain unsolved. Our results raise more general questions and doubts on a PDOS-based analysis of the conductance.

  12. Analysis on correlation between bone strength by FEA, micro-CT parameters and bone mineral density

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    Bone mineral density (BMD) and bone micro architecture and important determinants for bone strength. Recently micro-CT have provided possibilities for measuring a variety of structural indices to characterize bone micro architecture. The objective of this study was to compare the BMD and micro-CT parameters with Young's modulus calculated by finite element analysis (FEA) for the evaluation of bone strength. Bone specimens were obtained from the 18 female rabbits aged 16 weeks. Of those, 36 samples (right and left femur) were selected for 3D micro-CT analysis(ANT 'TM, SKYSCAN, Belgium) and BMD by PIXImus 2 (GE Lunar Co. USA). Five microstructural parameters of micro-CT, such as trabecular thickness(Tb. Th), bone specific surface (BS/BV), percent bone volume (BV/TV), structure model index (SMI) and degree of anisotropy (DOA) were studied. Young's modulus was obtained by software program (ANSYS 9.0, ANSYS Inc, Canonsburg, PA) based on micro-CT three dimensional images. Young's modults assessed by FEA correlated significantly with Tb.Th, BV/TV. BS/BV and SMI respectively. Young's modulus showed higher correlation with these microstructural parameters of micro-CT than BMD. Microstructural parameters except DOA showed significant correlations within the examined group. The micro architectural parameters of micro-CT and BMD represented some information in the evaluation of bone strength assessed by FEA

  13. Multi-resolution analysis of high density spatial and temporal cloud inhomogeneity fields from HOPE campaign

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    Lakshmi Madhavan, Bomidi; Deneke, Hartwig; Macke, Andreas

    2015-04-01

    Clouds are the most complex structures in both spatial and temporal scales of the Earth's atmosphere that effect the downward surface reaching fluxes and thus contribute to large uncertainty in the global radiation budget. Within the framework of High Definition Clouds and Precipitation for advancing Climate Prediction (HD(CP)2) Observational Prototype Experiment (HOPE), a high density network of 99 pyranometer stations was set up around Jülich, Germany (~ 10 × 12 km2 area) during April to July 2013 to capture the small-scale variability in cloud induced radiation fields at the surface. In this study, we perform multi-resolution analysis of the downward solar irradiance variability at the surface from the pyranometer network to investigate the dependence of temporal and spatial averaging scales on the variance and spatial correlation for different cloud regimes. Preliminary results indicate that correlation is strongly scale-dependent where as the variance is dependent on the length of averaging period. Implications of our findings will be useful for quantifying the effect of spatial collocation while validating the satellite inferred solar irradiance estimates, and also to explore the link between cloud structure and radiation. We will present the details of our analysis and results.

  14. Bulk and Surface Nanoscale Hole Density Inhomogeneity in HgBa$_2$CuO$_{4+\\delta}$ and Bi$_2$Sr$_2$CaCu$_2$O$_{8+\\delta}$ Cuprates

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    Chen, Wei; Sushkov, Oleg P.; Khaliullin, Giniyat

    2010-01-01

    It is well established that the hole density in the prototypical superconductor La$_{2-x}$Sr$_x$CuO$_4$ is very inhomogeneous due to Sr-dopant induced disorder. On the other hand, until recently it is widely believed that the hole distribution in HgBa$_2$CuO$_{4+\\delta}$ and Bi$_2$Sr$_2$CaCu$_2$O$_{8+\\delta}$ doped by interstitial oxygen is much more uniform. Recent nuclear magnetic resonance measurements indicate, however, that the charge inhomogeneity in HgBa$_2$CuO$_{4+\\delta}$ is close to...

  15. Vibrational and electronic investigations, NLO, FMO analysis on a hetarylazoindole disperse dye by density functional theory

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    Çatıkkaş, Berna; Aktan, Ebru; Yalçın, Ergin

    2016-08-01

    This work deals with the optimized molecular structure, vibrational spectra, nonlinear optic (NLO) and frontier molecule orbital (FMO) properties of 1-Methyl-2-phenyl-3-(1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-yldiazenyl)-1H-indole (MPI) by quantum chemical calculations. The Fourier transform infrared (FT-MIR and FT-FIR) and Raman spectra of 1-Methyl-2-phenyl-3-(1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-yldiazenyl)-1H-indole (MPI) were recorded in the region (4000-400 cm-1 and 400-30 cm-1) and (3200-92 cm-1), respectively. The analysis and complete vibrational assignments of the fundamental modes of the MPI molecule were carried out by using the observed FT-IR and FT-Raman data and calculated Total Energy Distribution (TED) according to Scaled Quantum Mechanics procedure. The calculated geometrical parameters of the MPI molecule are in agreement with the obtained values from XRD studies. On the other hand, the difference between the scaled and observed wavenumber values of the most of the fundamentals are very small. 1H NMR and 13C NMR chemical shift values, and energy gap between LUMO-HOMO and molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) were investigated by using density functional theory (B3LYP) methods. UV/Visible spectra and λ maximum absorption values, the oscillator strengths in the chloroform, methanol and DMSO solvation in combination with different basis sets were calculated by using the time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT). Additionally, the predicted nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of the MPI are quite greater than that of urea at the B3LYP/6-31++G(d,p) level.

  16. Exploration of diffusion kernel density estimation in agricultural drought risk analysis: a case study in Shandong, China

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    Chen, W.; Shao, Z; L. K. Tiong

    2015-01-01

    Drought caused the most widespread damage in China, making up over 50 % of the total affected area nationwide in recent decades. In the paper, a Standardized Precipitation Index-based (SPI-based) drought risk study is conducted using historical rainfall data of 19 weather stations in Shandong province, China. Kernel density based method is adopted to carry out the risk analysis. Comparison between the bivariate Gaussian kernel density estimation (GKDE) and d...

  17. Performance analysis of solar driven heat engine with internal irreversibilities under maximum power and power density condition

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    Biswas, A.; K. M. Pandey; Deb, R.

    2006-01-01

    Thermodynamic optimizations based on the maximum power and maximum power density criteria have been performed for a solar-driven heat engine with internal irreversibilities. In the analysis, it is assumed that the heat transfer from the hot reservoir is to be in the radiation mode and the heat transfer to the cold reservoir is to be in the convection mode. The power and power density functions have been derived, and maximization of these functions has been performed for various design and ope...

  18. Intensity and the importance of country level differences: An analysis of the relationship between per capita emissions and population density

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    Longden, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    Previous studies have found an inverse (or negative) correlation between urban population density and per capita emissions from land transport. In contrast, this paper finds a positive relationship between per capita CO2 emissions from transport and population density using a dataset of over 200 cities from 28 countries. This positive relationship holds when a range of variables are accounted for and the specification of the regression analysis captures the distinction between country level d...

  19. Is High Breast Density a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer ? Significant Points Emerging from the DMIST Study Methodological Analysis

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    Colin, Catherine; Prince, Violaine

    2009-01-01

    High breast density (HBD) tends to be seen as a significant and independent risk factor for breast cancer. This article describes a methodological and quantitative study of the variables selected by the large DMIST study, i.e., age, hormonal status and breast density, in correlation with cancer occurrence frequency. The statistical analysis of cancer rates in every patient subgroup of a study involving more than 42,000 women in screening, shows that HBD, when isolated from other variables, do...

  20. Mismatch negativity in recent-onset and chronic schizophrenia: a current source density analysis.

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    Fulham, W Ross; Michie, Patricia T; Ward, Philip B; Rasser, Paul E; Todd, Juanita; Johnston, Patrick J; Thompson, Paul M; Schall, Ulrich

    2014-01-01

    Mismatch negativity (MMN) is a component of the event-related potential elicited by deviant auditory stimuli. It is presumed to index pre-attentive monitoring of changes in the auditory environment. MMN amplitude is smaller in groups of individuals with schizophrenia compared to healthy controls. We compared duration-deviant MMN in 16 recent-onset and 19 chronic schizophrenia patients versus age- and sex-matched controls. Reduced frontal MMN was found in both patient groups, involved reduced hemispheric asymmetry, and was correlated with Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) and negative symptom ratings. A cortically-constrained LORETA analysis, incorporating anatomical data from each individual's MRI, was performed to generate a current source density model of the MMN response over time. This model suggested MMN generation within a temporal, parietal and frontal network, which was right hemisphere dominant only in controls. An exploratory analysis revealed reduced CSD in patients in superior and middle temporal cortex, inferior and superior parietal cortex, precuneus, anterior cingulate, and superior and middle frontal cortex. A region of interest (ROI) analysis was performed. For the early phase of the MMN, patients had reduced bilateral temporal and parietal response and no lateralisation in frontal ROIs. For late MMN, patients had reduced bilateral parietal response and no lateralisation in temporal ROIs. In patients, correlations revealed a link between GAF and the MMN response in parietal cortex. In controls, the frontal response onset was 17 ms later than the temporal and parietal response. In patients, onset latency of the MMN response was delayed in secondary, but not primary, auditory cortex. However amplitude reductions were observed in both primary and secondary auditory cortex. These latency delays may indicate relatively intact information processing upstream of the primary auditory cortex, but impaired primary auditory cortex or cortico-cortical or

  1. Analysis of Mexico City urban air pollution using nitrogen dioxide column density measurements from UV/Visible spectroscopy

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    Garcia Payne, D. G.; Grutter, M.; Melamed, M. L.

    2010-12-01

    The differential optical absorption spectroscopy method (DOAS) was used to get column densities of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from the analysis of zenith sky UV/visible spectra. Since the optical path length provides critical information in interpreting NO2 column densities, in conjunction with NO2 column densities, the oxygen dimer (O4) column density was retrieved to give insight into the optical path length. We report observations of year round NO2 and O4 column densities (from august 2009 to september 2010) from which the mean seasonal levels and the daily evolution, as well as the occurrence of elevated pollution episodes are examined. Surface nitric oxide (NO) and NO2 from the local monitoring network, as well as wind data and the vertical aerosol density from continuous Lidar measurements are used in the analysis to investigate specific events in the context of local emissions from vehicular traffic, photochemical production and transport from industrial emissions. The NO2 column density measurements will enhance the understanding Mexico City urban air pollution. Recent research has begun to unravel the complexity of the air pollution problem in Mexico City and its effects not only locally but on a regional and global scale as well.

  2. Estimation of Bouguer Density Precision: Development of Method for Analysis of La Soufriere Volcano Gravity Data

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    Hendra Gunawan

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.17014/ijog.vol3no3.20084The precision of topographic density (Bouguer density estimation by the Nettleton approach is based on a minimum correlation of Bouguer gravity anomaly and topography. The other method, the Parasnis approach, is based on a minimum correlation of Bouguer gravity anomaly and Bouguer correction. The precision of Bouguer density estimates was investigated by both methods on simple 2D syntetic models and under an assumption free-air anomaly consisting of an effect of topography, an effect of intracrustal, and an isostatic compensation. Based on simulation results, Bouguer density estimates were then investigated for a gravity survey of 2005 on La Soufriere Volcano-Guadeloupe area (Antilles Islands. The Bouguer density based on the Parasnis approach is 2.71 g/cm3 for the whole area, except the edifice area where average topography density estimates are 2.21 g/cm3 where Bouguer density estimates from previous gravity survey of 1975 are 2.67 g/cm3. The Bouguer density in La Soufriere Volcano was uncertainly estimated to be 0.1 g/cm3. For the studied area, the density deduced from refraction seismic data is coherent with the recent Bouguer density estimates. New Bouguer anomaly map based on these Bouguer density values allows to a better geological intepretation.    

  3. The oscillatory behavior of heated channels: an analysis of the density effect. Part I. The mechanism (non linear analysis). Part II. The oscillations thresholds (linearized analysis)

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    The problem of the oscillatory behavior of heated channels is presented in terms of delay-times and a density effect model is proposed to explain the behavior. The density effect is the consequence of the physical relationship between enthalpy and density of the fluid. In the first part non-linear equations are derived from the model in a dimensionless form. A description of the mechanism of oscillations is given, based on the analysis of the equations. An inventory of the governing parameters is established. At this point of the study, some facts in agreement with the experiments can be pointed out. In the second part the start of the oscillatory behavior of heated channels is studied in terms of the density effect. The threshold equations are derived, after linearization of the equations obtained in Part I. They can be solved rigorously by numerical methods to yield: -1) a relation between the describing parameters at the onset of oscillations, and -2) the frequency of the oscillations. By comparing the results predicted by the model to the experimental behavior of actual systems, the density effect is very often shown to be the actual cause of oscillatory behaviors. (author)

  4. Bulk and interface dielectric functions: New results within the tight-binding approximation

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    A tight-binding approach is used to analyze the dielectric behaviour of bulk semiconductors and semiconductor interfaces. This time interactions between second nearest neighbours are taken into account and several electrostatic models are proposed for the induced charge density around the atoms. The bulk dielectric function of different semiconductors (Si, Ge, GaAs and AlAs) are obtained and compared with other theoretical and experimental results. Finally, the energy band offset for GaAs-AlAs(1,0,0) interface is obtained and related to bulk properties of both semiconductors. The results presented in this paper show how the use of very simple but more realistic electrostatic models improve the analysis of the screening properties in semiconductors, giving a new support to the consistent tight-binding method for studying characteristics related to those properties. (Author)

  5. Analysis and improvement of Brinkman lattice Boltzmann schemes: Bulk, boundary, interface. Similarity and distinctness with finite elements in heterogeneous porous media

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    Ginzburg, Irina; Silva, Goncalo; Talon, Laurent

    2015-02-01

    This work focuses on the numerical solution of the Stokes-Brinkman equation for a voxel-type porous-media grid, resolved by one to eight spacings per permeability contrast of 1 to 10 orders in magnitude. It is first analytically demonstrated that the lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) and the linear-finite-element method (FEM) both suffer from the viscosity correction induced by the linear variation of the resistance with the velocity. This numerical artefact may lead to an apparent negative viscosity in low-permeable blocks, inducing spurious velocity oscillations. The two-relaxation-times (TRT) LBM may control this effect thanks to free-tunable two-rates combination Λ . Moreover, the Brinkman-force-based BF-TRT schemes may maintain the nondimensional Darcy group and produce viscosity-independent permeability provided that the spatial distribution of Λ is fixed independently of the kinematic viscosity. Such a property is lost not only in the BF-BGK scheme but also by "partial bounce-back" TRT gray models, as shown in this work. Further, we propose a consistent and improved IBF-TRT model which vanishes viscosity correction via simple specific adjusting of the viscous-mode relaxation rate to local permeability value. This prevents the model from velocity fluctuations and, in parallel, improves for effective permeability measurements, from porous channel to multidimensions. The framework of our exact analysis employs a symbolic approach developed for both LBM and FEM in single and stratified, unconfined, and bounded channels. It shows that even with similar bulk discretization, BF, IBF, and FEM may manifest quite different velocity profiles on the coarse grids due to their intrinsic contrasts in the setting of interface continuity and no-slip conditions. While FEM enforces them on the grid vertexes, the LBM prescribes them implicitly. We derive effective LBM continuity conditions and show that the heterogeneous viscosity correction impacts them, a property also shared

  6. Development of superconductor bulk for superconductor bearing

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    Kim, Chan Joong; Jun, Byung Hyuk; Park, Soon Dong (and others)

    2008-08-15

    Current carrying capacity is one of the most important issues in the consideration of superconductor bulk materials for engineering applications. There are numerous applications of Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) bulk superconductors e.g. magnetic levitation train, flywheel energy storage system, levitation transportation, lunar telescope, centrifugal device, magnetic shielding materials, bulk magnets etc. Accordingly, to obtain YBCO materials in the form of large, single crystals without weak-link problem is necessary. A top seeded melt growth (TSMG) process was used to fabricate single crystal YBCO bulk superconductors. The seeded and infiltration growth (IG) technique was also very promising method for the synthesis of large, single-grain YBCO bulk superconductors with good superconducting properties. 5 wt.% Ag doped Y211 green compacts were sintered at 900 .deg. C {approx} 1200 .deg.C and then a single crystal YBCO was fabricated by an infiltration method. A refinement and uniform distribution of the Y211 particles in the Y123 matrix were achieved by sintering the Ag-doped samples. This enhancement of the critical current density was ascribable to a fine dispersion of the Y211 particles, a low porosity and the presence of Ag particles. In addition, we have designed and manufactured large YBCO single domain with levitation force of 10-13 kg/cm{sup 2} using TSMG processing technique.

  7. Parametric Power Spectral Density Analysis of Noise from Instrumentation in MALDI TOF Mass Spectrometry

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    John M. Koomen

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Noise in mass spectrometry can interfere with identification of the biochemical substances in the sample. For example, the electric motors and circuits inside the mass spectrometer or in nearby equipment generate random noise that may distort the true shape of mass spectra. This paper presents a stochastic signal processing approach to analyzing noise from electrical noise sources (i.e., noise from instrumentation in MALDI TOF mass spectrometry. Noise from instrumentation was hypothesized to be a mixture of thermal noise, 1/f noise, and electric or magnetic interference in the instrument. Parametric power spectral density estimation was conducted to derive the power distribution of noise from instrumentation with respect to frequencies. As expected, the experimental results show that noise from instrumentation contains 1/f noise and prominent periodic components in addition to thermal noise. These periodic components imply that the mass spectrometers used in this study may not be completely shielded from the internal or external electrical noise sources. However, according to a simulation study of human plasma mass spectra, noise from instrumentation does not seem to affect mass spectra significantly. In conclusion, analysis of noise from instrumentation using stochastic signal processing here provides an intuitive perspective on how to quantify noise in mass spectrometry through spectral modeling.

  8. Energy Density Functional analysis of shape evolution in N=28 isotones

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    Li, Z P; Vretenar, D; Niksic, T; Chen, H; Meng, J; 10.1103/PhysRevC.84.054304

    2012-01-01

    The structure of low-energy collective states in proton-deficient N=28 isotones is analyzed using structure models based on the relativistic energy density functional DD-PC1. The relativistic Hartree-Bogoliubov model for triaxial nuclei is used to calculate binding energy maps in the $\\beta$-$\\gamma$ plane. The evolution of neutron and proton single-particle levels with quadrupole deformation, and the occurrence of gaps around the Fermi surface, provide a simple microscopic interpretation of the onset of deformation and shape coexistence. Starting from self-consistent constrained energy surfaces calculated with the functional DD-PC1, a collective Hamiltonian for quadrupole vibrations and rotations is employed in the analysis of excitation spectra and transition rates of $^{46}$Ar, $^{44}$S, and $^{42}$Si. The results are compared to available data, and previous studies based either on the mean-field approach or large-scale shell-model calculations. The present study is particularly focused on $^{44}$S, for wh...

  9. Analysis of root growth from a phenotyping data set using a density-based model.

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    Kalogiros, Dimitris I; Adu, Michael O; White, Philip J; Broadley, Martin R; Draye, Xavier; Ptashnyk, Mariya; Bengough, A Glyn; Dupuy, Lionel X

    2016-02-01

    Major research efforts are targeting the improved performance of root systems for more efficient use of water and nutrients by crops. However, characterizing root system architecture (RSA) is challenging, because roots are difficult objects to observe and analyse. A model-based analysis of RSA traits from phenotyping image data is presented. The model can successfully back-calculate growth parameters without the need to measure individual roots. The mathematical model uses partial differential equations to describe root system development. Methods based on kernel estimators were used to quantify root density distributions from experimental image data, and different optimization approaches to parameterize the model were tested. The model was tested on root images of a set of 89 Brassica rapa L. individuals of the same genotype grown for 14 d after sowing on blue filter paper. Optimized root growth parameters enabled the final (modelled) length of the main root axes to be matched within 1% of their mean values observed in experiments. Parameterized values for elongation rates were within ±4% of the values measured directly on images. Future work should investigate the time dependency of growth parameters using time-lapse image data. The approach is a potentially powerful quantitative technique for identifying crop genotypes with more efficient root systems, using (even incomplete) data from high-throughput phenotyping systems. PMID:26880747

  10. Minimum data requirement for neural networks based on power spectral density analysis.

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    Deng, Jiamei; Maass, Bastian; Stobart, Richard

    2012-04-01

    One of the most critical challenges ahead for diesel engines is to identify new techniques for fuel economy improvement without compromising emissions regulations. One technique is the precise control of air/fuel ratio, which requires the measurement of instantaneous fuel consumption. Measurement accuracy and repeatability for fuel rate is the key to successfully controlling the air/fuel ratio and real-time measurement of fuel consumption. The volumetric and gravimetric measurement principles are well-known methods for measurement of fuel consumption in internal combustion engines. However, the fuel flow rate measured by these methods is not suitable for either real-time control or real-time measurement purposes because of the intermittent nature of the measurements. This paper describes a technique that can be used to find the minimum data [consisting of data from just 2.5% of the non-road transient cycle (NRTC)] to solve the problem concerning discontinuous data of fuel flow rate measured using an AVL 733S fuel meter for a medium or heavy-duty diesel engine using neural networks. Only torque and speed are used as the input parameters for the fuel flow rate prediction. Power density analysis is used to find the minimum amount of the data. The results show that the nonlinear autoregressive model with exogenous inputs could predict the particulate matter successfully with R(2) above 0.96 using 2.5% NRTC data with only torque and speed as inputs. PMID:24805042

  11. Influence of a drag force on linear transport in low-density gases. Stability analysis

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    Pérez-Fuentes, José Carlos; Garzó, Vicente

    2014-09-01

    The transport coefficients of a dilute classical gas in the presence of a drag force proportional to the velocity of the particle are determined from the Boltzmann equation. The viscous drag force could model the friction of solid particles with a surrounding fluid (interstitial gas phase). First, when the drag force is the only external action on the state of the system, the Boltzmann equation admits a Maxwellian solution f0(v,t) with a time-dependent temperature. Then, the Boltzmann equation is solved by means of the Chapman-Enskog expansion around the local version of the distribution f0 to obtain the relevant transport coefficients of the system: the shear viscosity η, the thermal conductivity κ, and a new transport coefficient μ (which is also present in granular gases) relating the heat flux with the density gradient. The results indicate that while η is not affected by the drag force, the impact of this force on the transport coefficients κ and μ may be significant. Finally, a stability analysis of the linear hydrodynamic equations with respect to the time-dependent equilibrium state is performed, showing that the onset of instability is associated with the transversal shear mode that could be unstable for wave numbers smaller than a certain critical wave number.

  12. Flow stress analysis of TWIP steel via the XRD measurement of dislocation density

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    In this study, the rate of dislocation accumulation in the tensile strained twinning induced plasticity (TWIP) steel was calculated via the X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements and compared with other fcc metals and alloys. The results indicated that the XRD technique is an alternative method to estimate the dislocation density. Moreover, flow stress analysis of Fe-31Mn-3Al-3Si TWIP steel with the grain size of about 18 μm indicated that, beside a direct effect of the dislocation interactions on the flow stress, another strengthening mechanism is also required to describe the flow behavior. For this reason, the strengthening contribution due to the formation of mechanical twins was considered as a reduction of dislocation mean free path. Interestingly, the estimated flow stress equation consisting of the strengthening effects of both dislocation interactions and dynamic microstructure refinement due to mechanical twinning (i.e., the dynamic Hall-Petch effect) are in good agreement with the experimental data and equation proposed by Ludwigson for low SFE materials.

  13. Uncertainty analysis of continuum scale ferroelectric energy landscapes using density functional theory

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    Oates, William S.; Miles, Paul; Leon, Lider; Smith, Ralph

    2016-04-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) provides exceptional predictions of material properties of ideal crystal structures such as elastic modulus and dielectric constants. This includes ferroelectric crystals where excellent predictions of spontaneous polarization, lattice strain, and elastic moduli have been predicted using DFT. Less analysis has focused on quantifying uncertainty of the energy landscape over a broad range of polarization states in ferroelectric materials. This is non-trivial because the degrees of freedom contained within a unit cell are reduced to a single vector order parameter which is normally polarization. For example, lead titanate contains five atoms and 15 degrees of freedom of atomic nuclei motion which contribute to the overall unit cell polarization. Bayesian statistics is used to identify the uncertainty and propagation of error of a continuum scale, Landau energy function for lead titanate. Uncertainty in different parameters is quantified and this uncertainty is propagated through the model to illustrate error propagation over the energy surface. Such results are shown to have an impact in integration of quantum simulations within a ferroelectric phase field continuum modeling framework.

  14. Wormholes in Bulk Viscous Cosmology

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    Jamil, Mubasher

    2008-01-01

    We investigate the effects of the accretion of phantom energy with non-zero bulk viscosity onto a Morris-Thorne wormhole. We have found that if the bulk viscosity is large then the mass of wormhole increases rapidly as compared to small or zero bulk viscosity.

  15. Fabrication of ternary Ca-Mg-Zn bulk metallic glasses

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    R. Nowosielski

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The paper describes the preparation, structure and thermal properties of ternary Ca-Mg-Zn bulk metallic glass in form of as-cast rods.Design/methodology/approach: The investigations on the ternary Ca-Mg-Zn glassy rods were conducted by using X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM which energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDS.Findings: The X-ray diffraction investigations have revealed that the studied as-cast rod was amorphous. The fractures of studied alloy could be classified as mixed fracture with indicated “river” and “smooth” fractures. Both type of the fracture surfaces consist of weakly formed “river” and “shell” patterns and “smooth” regions. The “river” patterns are characteristic for metallic glassy alloys.Practical implications: The studied Ca-based bulk metallic glasses is a relatively new group of material. Ca-based bulk metallic glasses are applied for many applications in different elements. Ca-based bulk metallic glasses have many unique properties such as low density (~2.0 g/cm3, low Youn g’s modulus ( ~20 to 30 GPa. The elastic modulus of Ca-b ased BMGs is comparable to that of hum an bone s, and Ca, Mg, and Zn are biocompatible. These features make the Ca-Mg-Zn–based alloys attractive for use in biomedical applications.Originality/value: Fabrication of amorphous alloy in the form of rod ternary Ca-Mg-Zn alloy by pressure die casting method.

  16. Gravitational potential wells and the cosmic bulk flow

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    Kumar, Abhinav; Feldman, Hume A; Watkins, Richard

    2015-01-01

    The bulk flow is a volume average of the peculiar velocities and a useful probe of the mass distribution on large scales. The gravitational instability model views the bulk flow as a potential flow that obeys a Maxwellian Distribution. We use two N-body simulations, the LasDamas Carmen and the Horizon Run, to calculate the bulk flows of various sized volumes in the simulation boxes. Once we have the bulk flow velocities as a function of scale, we investigate the mass and gravitational potential distribution around the volume. We found that matter densities can be asymmetrical and difficult to detect in real surveys, however, the gravitational potential and its gradient may provide better tools to investigate the underlying matter distribution. This study shows that bulk flows are indeed potential flows and thus provides information on the flow sources. We also show that bulk flow magnitudes follow a Maxwellian distribution on scales $>10\\ h^{-1}$Mpc.

  17. Gravitational potential wells and the cosmic bulk flow

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    Wang, Yuyu; Kumar, Abhinav; Feldman, Hume; Watkins, Richard

    2016-03-01

    The bulk flow is a volume average of the peculiar velocities and a useful probe of the mass distribution on large scales. The gravitational instability model views the bulk flow as a potential flow that obeys a Maxwellian Distribution. We use two N-body simulations, the LasDamas Carmen and the Horizon Run, to calculate the bulk flows of various sized volumes in the simulation boxes. Once we have the bulk flow velocities as a function of scale, we investigate the mass and gravitational potential distribution around the volume. We found that matter densities can be asymmetrical and difficult to detect in real surveys, however, the gravitational potential and its gradient may provide better tools to investigate the underlying matter distribution. This study shows that bulk flows are indeed potential flows and thus provides information on the flow sources. We also show that bulk flow magnitudes follow a Maxwellian distribution on scales > 10h-1 Mpc.

  18. Reluctance motors with bulk HTS material

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    In recent years we have successfully designed, built and tested several reluctance motors with YBCO bulk material incorporated into the rotor, working at 77 K. Our last motor type SRE150 was tested up to 200 kW. The aim of our investigations is the construction of motors with extremely high power density and dynamics. In comparison to conventional motor types the advantage of HTS reluctance motors with respect to size and dynamics could be demonstrated. Some fields of possible future applications will be described. These motors show a significant improvement in performance using high quality HTS bulk elements in the rotor. Until now the motor parameters have been limited by the current density which could be obtained in the bulk material at 77 K and by the geometric dimensions of the segments available. Therefore we expect further improvements in the case of these materials. Since the total motor including stator and rotor is working at low temperature we have to optimize the windings and the magnetic circuit to these operation conditions. A new design of a 200 kW motor in order to achieve increased power density and the theoretical results of our calculations will be shown

  19. Analysis of the uncertainty in the measurement of electron densities in plasmas using the wave cutoff method

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    We have analysed the uncertainty of a measured electron density using a wave cutoff probe and compared it with that obtained using a double Langmuir probe and plasma oscillation probe. The wave cutoff probe gives an electron density from a measured plasma frequency, using a network analyser and radiating and detecting antennae. It can also measure the spatial distribution of the electron density. The cutoff method is free of many difficulties often encountered with Langmuir probes, such as thin film deposition and plasma potential fluctuation, and the uncertainty of the cutoff probe is not affected by the complex plasma environment. Here, the measurement technique is theoretically analysed and experimentally demonstrated in density measurements of an inductively coupled radio frequency plasma, and a comparison with the double probe and a plasma oscillation method with uncertainty analysis is also made. (authors)

  20. Analysis of the uncertainty in the measurement of electron densities in plasmas using the wave cutoff method

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    Jung-Hyung, Kim; Kwang-Hwa, Chung; Yong-Hyeon, Shin [Korea Research Inst. of Standards and Science, Center for Vacuum Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-04-01

    We have analysed the uncertainty of a measured electron density using a wave cutoff probe and compared it with that obtained using a double Langmuir probe and plasma oscillation probe. The wave cutoff probe gives an electron density from a measured plasma frequency, using a network analyser and radiating and detecting antennae. It can also measure the spatial distribution of the electron density. The cutoff method is free of many difficulties often encountered with Langmuir probes, such as thin film deposition and plasma potential fluctuation, and the uncertainty of the cutoff probe is not affected by the complex plasma environment. Here, the measurement technique is theoretically analysed and experimentally demonstrated in density measurements of an inductively coupled radio frequency plasma, and a comparison with the double probe and a plasma oscillation method with uncertainty analysis is also made. (authors)

  1. Grain structure and dislocation density measurements in a friction stir welded aluminum alloy using x-ray peak profile analysis

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    Woo, Wan Chuck [ORNL; Balogh, Levente [Eotvos University, Budapest, Hungary; Ungar, Prof Tomas [Eotvos University, Budapest, Hungary; Choo, Hahn [ORNL; Feng, Zhili [ORNL

    2008-01-01

    The dislocation density and grain structure of a friction stir welded 6061-T6 aluminum alloy was determined as a function of distance from the weld centerline using high-resolution micro-beam x-ray diffraction. The results of the x-ray peak profile analysis show that the dislocation density is about 1.2 x 10^14 m-2 inside and 4.8 x 10^14 m-2 outside of the weld region. The average subgrain size is about 180 nm in both regions. Compared to the base material, the dislocation density was significantly decreased in the dynamic recrystallized zone of the friction stir welds, which is a good correlation with the TEM observations. The influence of the dislocation density on the strain hardening behavior during tensile deformation is also discussed.

  2. Practical technique of pulsed field magnetization for bulk HTS application

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    We studied a pulsed field magnetization (PFM) of bulk HTS assembled into a synchronous motor as a field-pole. The PFM is essential to apply bulk HTS inside the machine as a practical technique. In the present study, we developed a PFM technique that is a usage of Controlled Magnetic density Distribution Coil (CMDC). The coil is composed of inner vortex coil and outer solenoid. We successfully obtained the trapped flux density with 1.3 T by the step-wise cooling method with CMDC at 38 K in the motor. The bulk was cooled by a condensed neon. In addition, we studied the PFM for Gd-bulk of 140 mm diameter. By using the CMDC, we obtained the trapped flux density distribution with regular shape. In this paper we report these advanced PFM techniques for a practical machinery applications

  3. Sensitivity analysis of crustal correction for calculation of lithospheric mantle density from gravity data

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    Herceg, M.; Artemieva, I. M.; Thybo, H.

    2016-01-01

    in gravity anomalies produce up to ca. 0.04 g cm-3 (ca. 1.2 per cent) errors in density of the lithospheric mantle, which may well correspond to the amplitude of real density anomalies in the mantle. Our results demonstrate that gravity modelling alone cannot reliably constrain the crustal structure...

  4. Explaining density-dependent regulation in earthworm populations using life-history analysis

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    Kammenga, J.E.; Spurgeon, D.J.; Svendsen, C.; Weeks, J.M.

    2003-01-01

    At present there is little knowledge about how density regulates population growth rate and to what extent this is determined by life-history patterns. We compared density dependent population consequences in the Nicholsonian sense based oil experimental observations and life-history modeling for th

  5. Faixa de umidade menos limitante ao crescimento vegetal e sua relação com a densidade do solo ao longo do perfil de um latossolo roxo The least limiting water range as related to the soil bulk density along the soil profile of an oxisol

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    Vilson Antonio Klein

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available Quando um solo sofre qualquer tipo de manejo, sua estrutura é afetada, acarretando, normalmente, aumento na sua densidade com conseqüente diminuição da sua porosidade e alteração na distribuição do diâmetro dos seus poros. Este trabalho foi realizado com o objetivo de avaliar o efeito da densidade do solo sobre a disponibilidade de água às plantas. As atividades de campo foram realizadas em uma área localizada no município de Guaíra - SP em um Latossolo roxo ácrico de textura argilosa. Para avaliação, três áreas adjacentes com os seguintes usos e manejos foram selecionadas: mata, plantio direto sequeiro e plantio direto irrigado. Coletaram-se amostras de 0,1 em 0,1m até 1,0m de profundidade. Essas amostras foram submetidas a diferentes tensões para determinação da retenção de água e, posteriormente, submetidas à avaliação da resistência à penetração. Para o cálculo da água disponível, utilizou-se o conceito de faixa de umidade menos limitante ao crescimento vegetal (FUML em cuja quantificação se consideram, além da capacidade de campo e do ponto de murchamento permanente, também as umidades correspondentes aos valores limitantes da resistência à penetração e da porosidade de aeração do solo. Os resultados indicaram que o aumento na densidade do Latossolo Roxo até 1,11Mg m-3 aumenta a armazenagem de água no solo, bem como a sua disponibilidade às culturas; para valores superiores de densidade diminuem a disponibilidade de água.When a soil is managed, its structure is affected, usually increasing the bulk density, decreasing the porosity and modifying the distribution of porous diameter distribution. This investigation was carried out with the objective of evaluating the effect of soil bulk density on water availability to the plants. The experiment was conducted in Guaira (SP, Brazil in an Oxisol (typic Acrorthox. Three adjacent areas under different management systems were selected: no

  6. Analysis of operational requirements for medium density air transportation. Volume 1: Summary

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    The medium density air travel market was studied to determine the aircraft design and operational requirements. The impact of operational characteristics on the air travel system and the economic viability of the study aircraft were also evaluated. Medium density is defined in terms of numbers of people transported (20 to 500 passengers per day on round trip routes), and frequency of service ( a minumium of two and maximum of eight round trips per day) for 10 regional carriers. The operational characteristics of aircraft best suited to serve the medium density air transportation market are determined and a basepoint aircraft is designed from which tradeoff studies and parametric variations could be conducted. The impact of selected aircraft on the medium density market, economics, and operations is ascertained. Research and technology objectives for future programs in medium density air transportation are identified and ranked.

  7. Hole density and anisotropic mobility of Mg-doped InN from the analysis of LO phonon-hole plasmon properties

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    Infrared reflectance and ellipsometry measurements are applied in order to study the influence of Mg-doping on the properties of hexagonal InN films. Reflectance spectrum characteristics reveal the large effective mass and large plasmon damping rate just in the region where net acceptors have been observed by electrolyte capacitance-voltage technique. The numerical spectrum analysis accounting for the modulation of the normal mode energies of longitudinal optical phonon-plasmon coupling (LOPC) by the large hole scattering rate yields the hole density of (0.1-1.2) x 1019 cm-3 and optical mobility of 25-70 cm2/Vs for the direction vertical to the c axis. The properties of the bulk-like part of the films are determined by the optical techniques. Infrared ellipsometry on the study of anisotropy of LOPC mode broadening indicates that threading dislocations or columnar grain boundaries cause the significantly larger scattering rate for holes vibrating along the c axis than those vibrating vertical to the c axis. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  8. Development of Optimized Core Design and Analysis Methods for High Power Density BWRs

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    Shirvan, Koroush

    Increasing the economic competitiveness of nuclear energy is vital to its future. Improving the economics of BWRs is the main goal of this work, focusing on designing cores with higher power density, to reduce the BWR capital cost. Generally, the core power density in BWRs is limited by the thermal Critical Power of its assemblies, below which heat removal can be accomplished with low fuel and cladding temperatures. The present study investigates both increases in the heat transfer area between ~he fuel and coolant and changes in operating parameters to achieve higher power levels while meeting the appropriate thermal as well as materials and neutronic constraints. A scoping study is conducted under the constraints of using fuel with cylindrical geometry, traditional materials and enrichments below 5% to enhance its licensability. The reactor vessel diameter is limited to the largest proposed thus far. The BWR with High power Density (BWR-HD) is found to have a power level of 5000 MWth, equivalent to 26% uprated ABWR, resulting into 20% cheaper O&M and Capital costs. This is achieved by utilizing the same number of assemblies, but with wider 16x16 assemblies and 50% shorter active fuel than that of the ABWR. The fuel rod diameter and pitch are reduced to just over 45% of the ABWR values. Traditional cruciform form control rods are used, which restricts the assembly span to less than 1.2 times the current GE14 design due to limitation on shutdown margin. Thus, it is possible to increase the power density and specific power by 65%, while maintaining the nominal ABWR Minimum Critical Power Ratio (MCPR) margin. The plant systems outside the vessel are assumed to be the same as the ABWR-Il design, utilizing a combination of active and passive safety systems. Safety analyses applied a void reactivity coefficient calculated by SIMULA TE-3 for an equilibrium cycle core that showed a 15% less negative coefficient for the BWR-HD compared to the ABWR. The feedwater

  9. Probing the gluon density of the proton in the exclusive photoproduction of vector mesons at the LHC: A phenomenological analysis

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    Goncalves, V P; Sauter, W K

    2015-01-01

    The current uncertainty on the gluon density extracted from the global parton analysis is large in the kinematical range of small values of the Bjorken - $x$ variable and low values of the hard scale $Q^2$. An alternative to reduces this uncertainty is the analysis of the exclusive vector meson photoproduction in photon - hadron and hadron - hadron collisions. This process offers a unique opportunity to constrain the gluon density of the proton, since its cross section is proportional to the gluon density squared. In this paper we consider current parametrizations for the gluon distribution and estimate the exclusive vector meson photoproduction cross section at HERA and LHC using the collinear formalism. We perform a fit of the normalization of the $\\gamma h$ cross section and the value of the hard scale for the process and demonstrate that the current LHCb experimental data are better described by models that assume a slow increasing of the gluon distribution at small - $x$ and low $Q^2$.

  10. Effect of plasma density on diffusion rates due to wave particle interactions with chorus and plasmaspheric hiss: extreme event analysis

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    Sicard-Piet, A.; Boscher, D.; Horne, R. B.; Meredith, N. P.; Maget, V.

    2014-08-01

    Wave particle interactions play an important role in controlling the dynamics of the radiation belts. The purpose of this study is to estimate how variations in the plasma density can affect diffusion rates resulting from interactions between chorus waves and plasmaspheric hiss with energetic particles and the resulting evolution of the energetic electron population. We perform a statistical analysis of the electron density derived from the plasma wave experiment on the CRRES satellite for two magnetic local time sectors corresponding to near midnight and near noon. We present the cumulative probability distribution of the electron plasma density for three levels of magnetic activity as measured by Kp. The largest densities are seen near L* = 2.5 while the smallest occur near L* = 6. The broadest distribution, corresponding to the greatest variability, occurs near L* = 4. We calculate diffusion coefficients for plasmaspheric hiss and whistler mode chorus for extreme values of the electron density and estimate the effects on the radiation belts using the Salammbô model. At L* = 4 and L* = 6, in the low density case, using the density from the 5th percentile of the cumulative distribution function, electron energy diffusion by chorus waves is strongest at 2 MeV and increases the flux by up to 3 orders of magnitude over a period of 24 h. In contrast, in the high density case, using the density from the 95th percentile, there is little acceleration at energies above 800 keV at L* = 6, and virtually no acceleration at L* = 4. In this case the strongest energy diffusion occurs at lower energies around 400 keV where the flux at L* = 6 increases 3 orders of magnitude.

  11. Explosive bulk charge

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    Miller, Jacob Lee

    2015-04-21

    An explosive bulk charge, including: a first contact surface configured to be selectively disposed substantially adjacent to a structure or material; a second end surface configured to selectively receive a detonator; and a curvilinear side surface joining the first contact surface and the second end surface. The first contact surface, the second end surface, and the curvilinear side surface form a bi-truncated hemispherical structure. The first contact surface, the second end surface, and the curvilinear side surface are formed from an explosive material. Optionally, the first contact surface and the second end surface each have a substantially circular shape. Optionally, the first contact surface and the second end surface consist of planar structures that are aligned substantially parallel or slightly tilted with respect to one another. The curvilinear side surface has one of a smooth curved geometry, an elliptical geometry, and a parabolic geometry.

  12. Bulk muscles, loose cables.

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    Liyanage, Chamari R D G; Kodali, Venkata

    2014-01-01

    The accessibility and usage of body building supplements is on the rise with stronger internet marketing strategies by the industry. The dangers posed by the ingredients in them are underestimated. A healthy young man came to the emergency room with palpitations and feeling unwell. Initial history and clinical examination were non-contributory to find the cause. ECG showed atrial fibrillation. A detailed history for any over the counter or herbal medicine use confirmed that he was taking supplements to bulk muscle. One of the components in these supplements is yohimbine; the onset of symptoms coincided with the ingestion of this product and the patient is symptom free after stopping it. This report highlights the dangers to the public of consuming over the counter products with unknown ingredients and the consequential detrimental impact on health. PMID:25326558

  13. Association of estrogen receptor alpha gene polymorphisms with bone mineral density: a meta-analysis

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    WANG Ke-jie; SHI Dong-quan; SUN Li-sheng; JIANG Xu; L(U) Yan-yun; DAI Jin; CHEN Dong-yang; XU Zhi-hong; JIANG Qing

    2012-01-01

    Background A number of studies have examined the association between estrogen receptor alpha (ESR-α) gene polymorphisms and bone mineral density (BMD),but previous studies of ESR-α gene Xbal (rs9340799) and Pvull (rs2234693) polymorphisms have been hampered by small sample size,regional restrictions and inconclusive results.Thus a meta-analysis is needed to assess their pooled effects.üMethods This study reviewed all published articles indexed in Pubmed using the keywords in the title or abstract.All data were extracted independently by two reviewers using a standard form,the studies were mete-analyzed and minor discrepancies were resolved by authors' discussion.Results Twenty seven eligible studies involving 8467 women and 2032 men were identified.The Xbal and Pvull polymorphisms were significantly associated with BMD of the lumbar spine.XX and PP homozygotes had a protective effect in comparison with carriers of the x and p alleles,the effects were more significant in premenopausal women or Western women.At the femoral neck,the results were different.XX served as a protective factor in postmenopausal women,Western women,Western postmenopausal women,and men,while PP was likely to serve as a risk factor in Eastern women,Eastern postmenopausal women,and men.Conclusions The Xbal polymorphism is correlated to BMD at diverse skeletal sites.PP had a protective role for the lumbar spine but might be a risk factor for the femoral neck.

  14. Depression and suicide publication analysis, using density equalizing mapping and output benchmarking

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    B H Vogelzang

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Depression is a major cause of suicide worldwide. This association has been reflected by numerous scientific publications reporting about studies to this theme. There is currently no overall evaluation of the global research activities in this field. Aim: The aim of the current study was to analyze long-term developments and recent research trends in this area. Material and Methods: We searched the Web of Science databases developed by the Thompson Institute of Scientific Information for items concerning depression and suicide published between 1900 and 2007 and analyzed the results using scientometric methods and density-equalizing calculations. Results: We found that publications on this topic increased dramatically in the time period 1990 to 2007. The comparison of the different Journals showed that the Archives of General Psychiatry had the highest average citation rate (more than twice that of any other Journal. When comparing authors, we found that not all the authors who had high h-indexes cooperated much with other authors. The analysis of countries who published papers on this topic showed that they published papers in relation to their Gross Domestic Product and Purchasing Power Parity. Among the G8 countries, Russia had the highest male suicide rate in 1999 (more than twice that of any of the other G8 countries, despite having published least papers and cooperating least with other countries among the G8. Conclusion: We conclude that, although there has been an increase in publications on this topic from 1990 to 2006, this increase is of a lower gradient than that of psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.

  15. Statistical Analysis of Photopyroelectric Signals using Histogram and Kernel Density Estimation for differentiation of Maize Seeds

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    Rojas-Lima, J. E.; Domínguez-Pacheco, A.; Hernández-Aguilar, C.; Cruz-Orea, A.

    2016-09-01

    Considering the necessity of photothermal alternative approaches for characterizing nonhomogeneous materials like maize seeds, the objective of this research work was to analyze statistically the amplitude variations of photopyroelectric signals, by means of nonparametric techniques such as the histogram and the kernel density estimator, and the probability density function of the amplitude variations of two genotypes of maize seeds with different pigmentations and structural components: crystalline and floury. To determine if the probability density function had a known parametric form, the histogram was determined which did not present a known parametric form, so the kernel density estimator using the Gaussian kernel, with an efficiency of 95 % in density estimation, was used to obtain the probability density function. The results obtained indicated that maize seeds could be differentiated in terms of the statistical values for floury and crystalline seeds such as the mean (93.11, 159.21), variance (1.64× 103, 1.48× 103), and standard deviation (40.54, 38.47) obtained from the amplitude variations of photopyroelectric signals in the case of the histogram approach. For the case of the kernel density estimator, seeds can be differentiated in terms of kernel bandwidth or smoothing constant h of 9.85 and 6.09 for floury and crystalline seeds, respectively.

  16. Improving evaluation of the distribution and density of immunostained cells in breast cancer using computerized video image analysis

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    Quantitation of cell density in tissues has proven problematic over the years. The manual microscopic methodology, where an investigator visually samples multiple areas within slides of tissue sections, has long remained the basic ‘standard’ for many studies and for routine histopathologic reporting. Nevertheless, novel techniques that may provide a more standardized approach to quantitation of cells in tissue sections have been made possible by computerized video image analysis methods over recent years. The present study describes a novel, computer-assisted video image analysis method of quantitating immunostained cells within tissue sections, providing continuous graphical data. This technique enables the measurement of both distribution and density of cells within tissue sections. Specifically, the study considered immunoperoxidase-stained tumor infiltrating lymphocytes within breast tumor specimens, using the number of immunostained pixels within tissue sections to determine cellular density and number. Comparison was made between standard manual graded quantitation methods and video image analysis, using the same tissue sections. The study demonstrates that video image techniques and computer analysis can provide continuous data on cell density and number in immunostained tissue sections, which compares favorably with standard visual quantitation methods, and may offer an alternative

  17. Values of Particle Size, Particle Density and Slurry Viscosity to use in Waste Feed Delivery Transfer System Analysis

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    The objective of this document is to provide recommended values for three waste properties to be used in a planned revision of the Waste Feed Delivery Transfer System Analysis (Julyk et al. 2001). These properties are particle size distribution (PSD), particle density, and slurry viscosity. In this document, the results of laboratory and engineering studies will be collated and summarized to provide a succinct source of physical property data for use in the hydraulic analysis of the transfer system

  18. Estimation of current density distribution of PAFC by analysis of cell exhaust gas

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    Kato, S.; Seya, A. [Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., Ichihara-shi (Japan); Asano, A. [Fuji Electric Corporate, Ltd., Yokosuka-shi (Japan)

    1996-12-31

    To estimate distributions of Current densities, voltages, gas concentrations, etc., in phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) stacks, is very important for getting fuel cells with higher quality. In this work, we leave developed a numerical simulation tool to map out the distribution in a PAFC stack. And especially to Study Current density distribution in the reaction area of the cell, we analyzed gas composition in several positions inside a gas outlet manifold of the PAFC stack. Comparing these measured data with calculated data, the current density distribution in a cell plane calculated by the simulation, was certified.

  19. Analysis of the structure of the surface local density of states at the Fermi level

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    We use a tight-binding description of the bands of bulk vanadium to set a surface band structure. We show that the knowledge of the s-d charge transfer in the surface layer is very important to be able to reproduce the ferromagnetic behaviour of the (100) vanadium surface. We use the surface Stoner criterium of Allan to determine acceptable values for the s-d charge transfer. There is no full agreement between theory and experiment on the magnetic properties of (100)-vanadium at present. (author). 15 refs, 1 fig

  20. Permutation entropy analysis of density fluctuations in the torsatron TJ-K

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    In order to explore the nature of density fluctuations in the edge of magnetically confined fusion plasmas, the technique of permutation entropy and statistical complexity is used. The location of fluctuations on the entropy versus complexity plane classifies the dynamical behaviour of the system. The behaviour can be differentiated between stochastic and chaotic. The latter is supposed to be connected to a specific temporal form of intermittent density events, i.e. blobs, in the scrape-off layer (SOL). In this contribution, density fluctuations measured with a Langmuir probe in the torsatron TJ-K are analyzed with respect to the dynamical nature. Radial scans are performed across the separatrix to distinguish the dynamics in the inner edge and the SOL. Comparisons with well known test systems indeed point to a qualitative change in the dynamics across the separatrix. In the region of maximum density gradient, the fluctuations are characterized by minimum entropy. The results will be discussed on separated scales.

  1. Design and analysis on passive residual heat removal system based on density lock

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    A new passive residual heat removal system (PRHRS) based on density lock was designed. By changing mass flux in pressure-adjustment loop and maintaining high temperature water flowing in circular loop, hydraulic balance can be built in density lock, which can separate main loop away from heat removal loop. Based on AP1000 reactor coolant system, the characteristics of PRHRS on normal conditions were analyzed by using RELAP5/MOD 3.2 code. It is shown that hydraulic balance can be built in density lock and the PRHRS can be started up successfully by controlling pump speed in pressure-adjustment loop, and during normal conditions, if the parameters of reactor changes, the density lock can also be 'locked' under the feedback control of the controlling system, which can ensure primary loop away from PRHRS. (authors)

  2. Preliminary analysis of the effects of confirmation bias on software defect density

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    Calikli, Gul; Bener, Ayse

    2010-01-01

    In cognitive psychology, confirmation bias is defined as the tendency of people to verify hypotheses rather than refuting them. During unit testing software developers should aim to fail their code. However, due to confirmation bias, most defects might be overlooked leading to an increase in software defect density. In this research, we empirically analyze the effect of confirmation bias of software developers on software defect density.

  3. Error analysis of Abel retrieved electron density profiles from radio occultation measurements

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    X. Yue

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This letter reports for the first time the simulated error distribution of radio occultation (RO electron density profiles (EDPs from the Abel inversion in a systematic way. Occultation events observed by the COSMIC satellites are simulated during the spring equinox of 2008 by calculating the integrated total electron content (TEC along the COSMIC occultation paths with the "true" electron density from an empirical model. The retrieval errors are computed by comparing the retrieved EDPs with the "true" EDPs. The results show that the retrieved NmF2 and hmF2 are generally in good agreement with the true values, but the reliability of the retrieved electron density degrades in low latitude regions and at low altitudes. Specifically, the Abel retrieval method overestimates electron density to the north and south of the crests of the equatorial ionization anomaly (EIA, and introduces artificial plasma caves underneath the EIA crests. At lower altitudes (E- and F1-regions, it results in three pseudo peaks in daytime electron densities along the magnetic latitude and a pseudo trough in nighttime equatorial electron densities.

  4. Statistical analysis of long-duration low-density solar wind events

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    Full Text Available Low solar wind density with long duration was measured by in situ observation between 11 and 12 May 1999. As a result of this low-density solar wind condition, the magnetosphere of the Earth expanded considerably. We used a database of one-hour-averaged solar wind (1963–1999 near 1 AU to determine whether or not the observed low-density event was extremely abnormal. As a result it was found that this event has the longest duration in approximately 36 years of solar wind observations. There are three events with density 0.5 cm-3 or less and duration ten hours or longer. They were observed on 4 and 31 July 1979, and 11–12 May 1999. The 4 July 1979 event recurred on 31 July 1979. The events were characterized by low-beta, low Alfven Mach number (MA , and low dynamic pressure. The occurrence rate of low-density solar wind with density 0.5 cm-3 or less shows several peaks near solar maxima. However, it is difficult to find a clear relationship between the sunspot number and the occurrence rate.

    Key words. Interplanetary physics (flare and stream dynamics; solar wind plasma; sources of the solar wind

  5. Computerized bone density analysis of the proximal phalanx of the horse

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    This study utilized computed tomography to determine the density patterns and the subchondral bone thickness of the first phalanx of the horse. An image processing system and commercially available software were used to process the computed tomographic slices obtained from the first phalanges of a 2-year-old Thoroughbred horse. The thickness and density of the medial and lateral cortices in the mid-shaft of the bone were similar; however, the cortex on the dorsal aspect was more dense and extended farther toward the proximal and distal aspects of the bone than the cortex on the palmar aspect. Density of the cortical bone was highest at the region of the bone with the smallest diameter. The cortical bone density at mid-shaft was approximately 3.5 times the cancellous bone density at the proximal aspect and 2.5 times that at the distal aspect of the bone. A moderate correlation (r = 0.53, p < 0.01)was found between the subchondral bone density and thickness. Despite limited numbers of specimens used, this study demonstrated the potential applications of computed tomography for investigating equine joint mechanics and diseases

  6. Analysis of current density and related parameters in spinal cord stimulation.

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    Wesselink, W A; Holsheimer, J; Boom, H B

    1998-06-01

    A volume conductor model of the spinal cord and surrounding anatomical structures is used to calculate current (and current density) charge per pulse, and maximum charge density per pulse at the contact surface of the electrode in the dorsal epidural space, in the dorsal columns of the spinal cord and in the dorsal roots. The effects of various contact configurations (mono-, bi-, and tripole), contact area and spacing, pulsewidth and distance between contacts and spinal cord on these electrical parameters were investigated under conditions similar to those in clinical spinal cord stimulation. At the threshold stimulus of a large dorsal column fiber, current density and charge density per pulse at the contact surface were found to be highest (1.9.10(5) microA/cm2 and 39.1 microC/cm2.p, respectively) when the contact surface was only 0.7 mm2. When stimulating with a pulse of 500 microseconds, highest charge per pulse (0.92 microC/p), and the largest charge density per pulse in the dorsal columns (1.59 microC/cm2. p) occurred. It is concluded that of all stimulation parameters that can be selected freely, only pulsewidth affects the charge and charge density per pulse in the nervous tissue, whereas both pulsewidth and contact area strongly affect these parameters in the nonnervous tissue neighboring the electrode contacts. PMID:9631328

  7. Extraction and scattering analyses of 2D and bulk carriers in epitaxial graphene-on-SiC structure

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    Lisesivdin, S. B.; Atmaca, G.; ARSLAN, E.; Cakmakyapan, S; Kazar, O; Butun, S.; ul-Hassan, Jawad; Janzén, Erik; E. Ozbay

    2014-01-01

    Hall effect measurements of a graphene-on-SiC system were carried out as a function of temperature (1.8-200 K) at a static magnetic field (0.51) With the analysis of temperature dependent single-field Hall data with the Simple Parallel Conduction Extraction Method (SPCEM), bulk and two-dimensional (2D) carrier densities and mobilities were extracted successfully. Bulk carrier is attributed to SIC substrate and 2D carrier is attributed to the graphene layer. For each SPCEM extracted carrier da...

  8. Energy transmission transformer for a wireless capsule endoscope: analysis of specific absorption rate and current density in biological tissue.

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    Shiba, Kenji; Nagato, Tomohiro; Tsuji, Toshio; Koshiji, Kohji

    2008-07-01

    This paper reports on the electromagnetic influences on the analysis of biological tissue surrounding a prototype energy transmission system for a wireless capsule endoscope. Specific absorption rate (SAR) and current density were analyzed by electromagnetic simulator in a model consisting of primary coil and a human trunk including the skin, fat, muscle, small intestine, backbone, and blood. First, electric and magnetic strength in the same conditions as the analytical model were measured and compared to the analytical values to confirm the validity of the analysis. Then, SAR and current density as a function of frequency and output power were analyzed. The validity of the analysis was confirmed by comparing the analytical values with the measured ones. The SAR was below the basic restrictions of the International Commission on Nonionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). At the same time, the results for current density show that the influence on biological tissue was lowest in the 300-400 kHz range, indicating that it was possible to transmit energy safely up to 160 mW. In addition, we confirmed that the current density has decreased by reducing the primary coil's current. PMID:18595805

  9. Analysis of the H-mode density limit in the ASDEX upgrade tokamak using bolometry

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    Bernert, Matthias

    2013-10-23

    The high confinement mode (H-mode) is the operational scenario foreseen for ITER, DEMO and future fusion power plants. At high densities, which are favourable in order to maximize the fusion power, a back transition from the H-mode to the low confinement mode (L-mode) is observed. This H-mode density limit (HDL) occurs at densities on the order of, but below, the Greenwald density. In this thesis, the HDL is revisited in the fully tungsten walled ASDEX Upgrade tokamak (AUG). In AUG discharges, four distinct operational phases were identified in the approach towards the HDL. First, there is a stable H-mode, where the plasma density increases at steady confinement, followed by a degrading H-mode, where the core electron density is fixed and the confinement, expressed as the energy confinement time, reduces. In the third phase, the breakdown of the H-mode and transition to the L-mode, the overall electron density is fixed and the confinement decreases further, leading, finally, to an L-mode, where the density increases again at a steady confinement at typical L-mode values until the disruptive Greenwald limit is reached. These four phases are reproducible, quasi-stable plasma regimes and provide a framework in which the HDL can be further analysed. Radiation losses and several other mechanisms, that were proposed as explanations for the HDL, are ruled out for the current set of AUG experiments with tungsten walls. In addition, a threshold of the radial electric field or of the power flux into the divertor appears to be responsible for the final transition back to L-mode, however, it does not determine the onset of the HDL. The observation of the four phases is explained by the combination of two mechanisms: a fueling limit due to an outward shift of the ionization profile and an additional energy loss channel, which decreases the confinement. The latter is most likely created by an increased radial convective transport at the edge of the plasma. It is shown that the

  10. Analysis of the H-mode density limit in the ASDEX upgrade tokamak using bolometry

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    The high confinement mode (H-mode) is the operational scenario foreseen for ITER, DEMO and future fusion power plants. At high densities, which are favourable in order to maximize the fusion power, a back transition from the H-mode to the low confinement mode (L-mode) is observed. This H-mode density limit (HDL) occurs at densities on the order of, but below, the Greenwald density. In this thesis, the HDL is revisited in the fully tungsten walled ASDEX Upgrade tokamak (AUG). In AUG discharges, four distinct operational phases were identified in the approach towards the HDL. First, there is a stable H-mode, where the plasma density increases at steady confinement, followed by a degrading H-mode, where the core electron density is fixed and the confinement, expressed as the energy confinement time, reduces. In the third phase, the breakdown of the H-mode and transition to the L-mode, the overall electron density is fixed and the confinement decreases further, leading, finally, to an L-mode, where the density increases again at a steady confinement at typical L-mode values until the disruptive Greenwald limit is reached. These four phases are reproducible, quasi-stable plasma regimes and provide a framework in which the HDL can be further analysed. Radiation losses and several other mechanisms, that were proposed as explanations for the HDL, are ruled out for the current set of AUG experiments with tungsten walls. In addition, a threshold of the radial electric field or of the power flux into the divertor appears to be responsible for the final transition back to L-mode, however, it does not determine the onset of the HDL. The observation of the four phases is explained by the combination of two mechanisms: a fueling limit due to an outward shift of the ionization profile and an additional energy loss channel, which decreases the confinement. The latter is most likely created by an increased radial convective transport at the edge of the plasma. It is shown that the

  11. Lung Density Changes After Stereotactic Radiotherapy: A Quantitative Analysis in 50 Patients

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    Palma, David A., E-mail: david.palma@uwo.ca [Department of Radiation Oncology, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Soernsen de Koste, John van; Verbakel, Wilko F.A.R. [Department of Radiation Oncology, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Vincent, Andrew [Department of Biometrics, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Senan, Suresh [Department of Radiation Oncology, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    2011-11-15

    Purpose: Radiologic lung density changes are observed in more than 50% of patients after stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for lung cancer. We studied the relationship between SBRT dose and posttreatment computed tomography (CT) density changes, a surrogate for lung injury. Methods and Materials: The SBRT fractionation schemes used to treat Stage I lung cancer with RapidArc were three fractions of 18 Gy, five fractions of 11 Gy, or eight fractions of 7.5 Gy, prescribed at the 80% isodose. Follow-up CT scans performed at less than 6 months (n = 50) and between 6 and 9 months (n = 30) after SBRT were reviewed. Posttreatment scans were coregistered with baseline scans using a B-spline deformable registration algorithm. Voxel-Hounsfield unit histograms were created for doses between 0.5 and 50 Gy. Linear mixed effects models were used to assess the effects of SBRT dose on CT density, and the influence of possible confounders was tested. Results: Increased CT density was associated with higher dose, increasing planning target volume size, and increasing time after SBRT (all p < 0.0001). Density increases were apparent in areas receiving >6 Gy, were most prominent in areas receiving >20 Gy, and seemed to plateau above 40 Gy. In regions receiving >36 Gy, the reduction in air-filled fraction of lung after treatment was up to 18%. No increase in CT density was observed in the contralateral lung receiving {>=}3 Gy. Conclusions: A dose-response relationship exists for quantitative CT density changes after SBRT. A threshold of effect is seen at low doses, and a plateau at highest doses.

  12. Synthesis of Bulk Superconducting Magnesium Diboride

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    Margie Olbinado

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Bulk polycrystalline superconducting magnesium diboride, MgB2, samples were successfully prepared via a one-step sintering program at 750°C, in pre Argon with a pressure of 1atm. Both electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility measurements confirmed the superconductivity of the material at 39K, with a transition width of 5K. The polycrystalline nature, granular morphology, and composition of the sintered bulk material were confirmed using X-ray diffractometry (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX.

  13. Thermodynamic regularities in compressed liquids: II. The reduced bulk modulus

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    In a previous work, we analysed some regularities found in the behaviour of the thermal expansion coefficient, αp, in compressed liquids. We confirmed that a given liquid presents a characteristic pressure range in which the condition (∂αp/∂T)p=0 is fulfilled within a narrow range of reduced densities. We also found that the density at which the condition (∂αp/∂T)p=0 is satisfied, ρα, decreases with temperature, a key feature not described before. Earlier studies by other authors suggested that similar regularities are expected for the reduced bulk modulus, B. We present here a detailed analysis of the temperature and density dependence of B from existing experimental results at high pressures. Several liquids have been analysed: argon, krypton, xenon, ethylene, tetrafluoromethane, trifluoromethane, carbon dioxide, carbon disulfide, n-butane, n-hexane, toluene, ethanol, 1-hexanol, m-cresol, and quinoline. We locate that the density ρB that fulfils the condition (∂B/∂T)ρ=0 occurs at a particular region of the phase diagram, between 3.4 and 2.4 times the critical density of each liquid. Interestingly, the previously found density ρα is close to ρB, in a similar region of the reduced phase diagram. However, we note that ρB typically decreases to a lesser extent with temperature than ρα. In addition, we have found that ρB(T) behaves in a parallel fashion for the different liquids, showing larger values of ρB as the complexity of the molecules increases. These findings provide a strong basis for developing general equation of state models to describe the behaviour of liquids in the high-pressure regime

  14. [Cholesterol bound to high density lipoproteins: critical review of the methods of analysis and personal data].

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    Orso Giacone, G

    1982-01-01

    It is widely known that atherosclerosis through its complication, i.e. heart and brain infarction, is at the present the main cause of death. The atherosclerotic process has been shown in correlation with hyperlipemia especially as far as the plasma lipoprotein cholesterol level is concerned. A preminent role in removing cholesterol from tissues and arterial walls then in preventing atherosclerosis is played by a specific class of plasma lipoproteins, the high density lipoproteins (HDL). Since the HDL-colesterol level seems to have an inverse correlation with the atherosclerotic disease it is of primary importance to define a reliable and reproducible technique to measure it. One of the aims of this paper was to examine the different methods now available for such a determination. This analysis has underlined the discrepancy among the reference values reported in the literature. However, all the authors agree that only the simultaneous measurement of total and HDL-colesterol levels is of prognostic value. Personal studies are here reported on the relationship between total and HDL-colesterol levels and risk factor of cardiovascular diseases. The two mentioned laboratory analyses have been performed on blood samples from 250 between male and female human subjects of different age. The obtained results show that the highest HDL-colesterol concentrations determined by a lipoprotein precipitation procedure with dextran sulphate, are typical in the first ten years of life both in male and in female, while the lowest levels of plasma HDL-cholesterol have been evintiated during the fifth decade of life, when the total cholesterol and the risk of cardiovascular complications rich the highest values. In a following set of investigations, the already examined blood parameters together with the risk factor values have been examined in two groups of subjects, the first one represented by adult healthy persons the second one by patients of similar age from a cardiovascular

  15. Magnetic resonance imaging. Density equalizing mapping analysis of global research architecture; Magnetresonanztomographie. Eine Density-equalizing-mapping-Analyse der globalen Forschungsarchitektur

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    Ohlendorf, D.; Schwarze, B.; Groneberg, D.A.; Schwarzer, M. [Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt/M, Institut fuer Arbeitsmedizin, Sozialmedizin und Umweltmedizin, Frankfurt/M (Germany)

    2015-09-15

    Despite the great medical importance, there is still no comprehensive scientometric analysis regarding the results of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and the development of the importance for the healthcare system. This paper evaluated and analyzed the entire research publication results on the topic of MRI for the period 1981-2007 based on scientometric methods and parameters. A scientometric analysis (database: ISI Web of Science 1981-2007, search terms MRI and magnetic resonance imaging) was performed. The following parameters were analyzed: number of publications, countries of publication, number of citations, citation rate and collaborations, using various analytical and display techniques, including density equalizing map projections. Most of the 49,122 publications on MRI could be attributed to the USA (32.5 %), which also has the most cooperative collaborations. Within Europe, Germany (10.3 %) is the country with the highest number of publications followed by the UK (9.3 %). The western industrialized nations dominate over the rest of the world in terms of scientific developments of MRI. The thematic focus of the publications lies in the fields of radiology and neuroscience. In addition to the journal Neurology most scientific articles were published in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Circulation. The results show that the current trend is continuing and the scientific interest in MRI is continuously increasing. (orig.) [German] Trotz der grossen medizinischen Bedeutung existiert bis heute keine umfassende szientometrische Analyse bzgl. der Forschungsergebnisse zur Magnetresonanztomographie (MRT) und der Entwicklung ihrer Bedeutung fuer das Gesundheitssystem. Im vorliegenden Beitrag soll anhand szientometrischer Methoden und Parameter das gesamte Forschungsaufkommen zum Thema MRT fuer den Zeitraum 1981-2007 evaluiert und analysiert werden. Es wurde eine szientometrische Analyse (Datenbank: ISI-Web of Science, 1981-2007; Suchterm &apos

  16. Bulk-Fill Resin Composites

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    Benetti, Ana Raquel; Havndrup-Pedersen, Cæcilie; Honoré, Daniel;

    2015-01-01

    restorative procedure. The aim of this study, therefore, was to compare the depth of cure, polymerization contraction, and gap formation in bulk-fill resin composites with those of a conventional resin composite. To achieve this, the depth of cure was assessed in accordance with the International Organization...... for Standardization 4049 standard, and the polymerization contraction was determined using the bonded-disc method. The gap formation was measured at the dentin margin of Class II cavities. Five bulk-fill resin composites were investigated: two high-viscosity (Tetric EvoCeram Bulk Fill, SonicFill) and...... three low-viscosity (x-tra base, Venus Bulk Fill, SDR) materials. Compared with the conventional resin composite, the high-viscosity bulk-fill materials exhibited only a small increase (but significant for Tetric EvoCeram Bulk Fill) in depth of cure and polymerization contraction, whereas the low...

  17. Analysis of Compaction Shock Interactions During DDT of Low Density HMX

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    Rao, Pratap; Gonthier, Keith

    2015-06-01

    Deflagration-to-Detonation Transition (DDT) within low density HMX often occurs by a complex mechanism that involves compaction shock interactions. Piston driven DDT experiments indicate that detonation can be abruptly triggered by the interaction of a strong combustion driven shock and a lead piston supported shock, where the nature of the interaction depends on initial density and lead shock strength. These shocks induce dissipation and thermomechanical fluctuations at the meso-scale due to pore collapse resulting in hot-spots. Inert meso-scale simulations of successive shock loading of low density HMX are performed to examine how dissipation and hot-spot formation are affected by initial density, and lead and trailing shock strength. Emphasis is placed on interpreting solutions in a phase space expressed in terms of effective pressure and dissipative work because of their relevance to hot-spot formation. Meso-scale predictions are shown to compare favorably to those given by a macro-scale theory. This information is being used to formulate a dissipation-dependent reactive burn model to describe shock desensitization and DDT. Preliminary redictions will be presented that illustrate how initial density and input shock strength can affect the transition mechanism. This research is supported by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) under sponsor Award Number HDTRA1-10-1-0018, and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL-RWME) under sponsor Award Number FA8651-09-0021.

  18. Symmetry analysis of translational symmetry broken density waves: Application to hexagonal lattices in two dimensions

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    Venderbos, J. W. F.

    2016-03-01

    In this work we introduce a symmetry classification for electronic density waves which break translational symmetry due to commensurate wave-vector modulations. The symmetry classification builds on the concept of extended point groups: symmetry groups which contain, in addition to the lattice point group, translations that do not map the enlarged unit cell of the density wave to itself, and become "nonsymmorphic"-like elements. Multidimensional representations of the extended point group are associated with degenerate wave vectors. Electronic properties such as (nodal) band degeneracies and topological character can be straightforwardly addressed, and often follow directly. To further flesh out the idea of symmetry, the classification is constructed so as to manifestly distinguish time-reversal invariant charge (i.e., site and bond) order, and time-reversal breaking flux order. For the purpose of this work, we particularize to spin-rotation invariant density waves. As a first example of the application of the classification we consider the density waves of a simple single- and two-orbital square lattice model. The main objective, however, is to apply the classification to two-dimensional (2D) hexagonal lattices, specifically the triangular and the honeycomb lattices. The multicomponent density waves corresponding to the commensurate M -point ordering vectors are worked out in detail. To show that our results generally apply to 2 D hexagonal lattices, we develop a general low-energy SU(3 ) theory of (spinless) saddle-point electrons.

  19. Orchestrating Bulk Data Movement in Grid Environments

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    Vazhkudai, SS

    2005-01-25

    Data Grids provide a convenient environment for researchers to manage and access massively distributed bulk data by addressing several system and transfer challenges inherent to these environments. This work addresses issues involved in the efficient selection and access of replicated data in Grid environments in the context of the Globus Toolkit{trademark}, building middleware that (1) selects datasets in highly replicated environments, enabling efficient scheduling of data transfer requests; (2) predicts transfer times of bulk wide-area data transfers using extensive statistical analysis; and (3) co-allocates bulk data transfer requests, enabling parallel downloads from mirrored sites. These efforts have demonstrated a decentralized data scheduling architecture, a set of forecasting tools that predict bandwidth availability within 15% error and co-allocation architecture, and heuristics that expedites data downloads by up to 2 times.

  20. Exploration of diffusion kernel density estimation in agricultural drought risk analysis: a case study in Shandong, China

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    W. Chen

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Drought caused the most widespread damage in China, making up over 50 % of the total affected area nationwide in recent decades. In the paper, a Standardized Precipitation Index-based (SPI-based drought risk study is conducted using historical rainfall data of 19 weather stations in Shandong province, China. Kernel density based method is adopted to carry out the risk analysis. Comparison between the bivariate Gaussian kernel density estimation (GKDE and diffusion kernel density estimation (DKDE are carried out to analyze the effect of drought intensity and drought duration. The results show that DKDE is relatively more accurate without boundary-leakage. Combined with the GIS technique, the drought risk is presented which reveals the spatial and temporal variation of agricultural droughts for corn in Shandong. The estimation provides a different way to study the occurrence frequency and severity of drought risk from multiple perspectives.