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  1. Calibration of sap flow estimated by the compensation heat pulse method in olive, plum and orange trees: relationships with xylem anatomy.

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    Fernández, J E; Durán, P J; Palomo, M J; Diaz-Espejo, A; Chamorro, V; Girón, I F

    2006-06-01

    The compensation heat pulse method is widely used to estimate sap flow in conducting organs of woody plants. Being an invasive technique, calibration is crucial to derive correction factors for accurately estimating the sap flow value from the measured heat pulse velocity. We compared the results of excision and perfusion calibration experiments made with mature olive (Olea europaea L. 'Manzanilla de Sevilla'), plum (Prunus domestica L. 'Songal') and orange (Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck. 'Cadenero') trees. The calibration experiments were designed according to current knowledge on the application of the technique and the analysis of measured heat pulse velocities. Data on xylem characteristics were obtained from the experimental trees and related to the results of the calibration experiments. The most accurate sap flow values were obtained by assuming a wound width of 2.0 mm for olive and 2.4 mm for plum and orange. Although the three possible methods of integrating the sap velocity profiles produced similar results for all three species, the best results were obtained by calculating sap flow as the weighted sum of the product of sap velocity and the associated sapwood area across the four sensors of the heat-pulse-velocity probes. Anatomical observations showed that the xylem of the studied species can be considered thermally homogeneous. Vessel lumen diameter in orange trees was about twice that in the olive and plum, but vessel density was less than half. Total vessel lumen area per transverse section of xylem tissue was greater in plum than in the other species. These and other anatomical and hydraulic differences may account for the different calibration results obtained for each species. PMID:16510387

  2. Calibrated heat-pulse method for the assessment of maize water uptake Desenvolvimento do método do "pulso de calor" para determinação da absorção hídrica em milho

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    Antonio Odair Santos

    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available Plant water requirements are important aspects of crop production to be determined in the field, in order to judiciously manage crop water usage. Water uptake by field grown maize (Zea mays L., under well-watered conditions was verified with the heat-pulse system. The temperature difference between two radially inserted thermocouples, one 9 mm above and the other 4 mm below a heater piercing the maize stem, was measured every 0.3 seconds following emission of a heat-pulse. Comparisons of the heat-pulse system outputs, lysimetric measurement and transpiration model estimates were monitored on an hourly and daily basis. At normal and low atmospheric demand daily and hourly values of heat-pulse outputs and lysimetric measurement showed good agreement. Hourly agreement of a modified Penman-Monteith energy balance equation estimate and heat-pulse outputs showed accordance between measurement of sap flow and the plant water-loss theory. Study of the relationship between maize canopy water loss rate and heat velocity in the stem showed that these two parameters were proportional and a calibration factor of 1.51 for full soil foliage coverage was verified.A determinação a campo das necessidades hídricas de plantas é um aspecto importante da produção agrícola, para o manejo correto do uso da água pelos cultivos. A absorção de água por uma cultura de milho (Zea mays L., cultivado a campo, em condições de não limitação hídrica, foi verificada através da técnica do pulso de calor. Após a emissão de um pulso, procedeu-se a medições, a cada 0,3 segundos, do diferencial de temperatura entre dois termopares, inseridos radialmente no caule da planta. O primeiro foi colocado 9 mm acima e o segundo 4 mm abaixo de uma fonte de calor ("heater". Foram feitas comparações entre as medições feitas pela técnica do pulso de calor, lisímetro e estimativas da transpiração computadas em modelo, numa base horária e diária. Comparações entre

  3. Calibrated heat-pulse method for the assessment of maize water uptake Desenvolvimento do método do "pulso de calor" para determinação da absorção hídrica em milho

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    Antonio Odair Santos; Homero Bergamaschi; Luiz Mauro G. Rosa; João Ito Bergonci

    2000-01-01

    Plant water requirements are important aspects of crop production to be determined in the field, in order to judiciously manage crop water usage. Water uptake by field grown maize (Zea mays L.), under well-watered conditions was verified with the heat-pulse system. The temperature difference between two radially inserted thermocouples, one 9 mm above and the other 4 mm below a heater piercing the maize stem, was measured every 0.3 seconds following emission of a heat-pulse. Comparisons of the...

  4. Determining the water use of rambutan and longkong during phenological development by heat-pulse method

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    Sdoodee, S.; Ormzubsin, V.; Wongwongaree, N.

    2003-01-01

    The water use of two species of tropical fruit trees: rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) and longkong (Aglaia dookkoo Griff.) were investigated by heat-pulse method. The sapflow rate of both species were determined during phenological development. An experiment was established at Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla Province. Characteristics of sapwood in each species and optimum depth for probe implanting on the trunk were investigated. During the measurement period, diurnal changes of photon ...

  5. Thermal diffusivity measurements of selected fiber reinforced polymer composites using heat pulse method

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    G. Wróbel a, S. Pawlak a, *, G. Muzia

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: The objective of this paper was to examine the effect of fiber content on the thermal diffusivity in selected fiber reinforced polymer composites. The influence of fiber type on the thermal diffusivity was also considered and discussed.Design/methodology/approach: The experiments have been performed using a heat pulse method for the thermal diffusivity measurements of engineering materials. For the purpose of the present study, two different types of composite materials with glass or...

  6. [Application of three heat pulse technique-based methods to determine the stem sap flow].

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    Wang, Sheng; Fan, Jun

    2015-08-01

    It is of critical importance to acquire tree transpiration characters through sap flow methodology to understand tree water physiology, forest ecology and ecosystem water exchange. Tri-probe heat pulse sensors, which are widely utilized in soil thermal parameters and soil evaporation measurement, were applied to implement Salix matsudana sap flow density (Vs) measurements via heat-ratio method (HRM), T-Max method (T-Max) and single-probe heat pulse probe (SHPP) method, and comparative analysis was conducted with additional Grainer's thermal diffusion probes (TDP) measured results. The results showed that, it took about five weeks to reach a stable measurement stage after TPHP installation, Vs measured with three methods in the early stage after installation was 135%-220% higher than Vs in the stable measurement stage, and Vs estimated via HRM, T-Max and SHPP methods were significantly linearly correlated with Vs estimated via TDP method, with R2 of 0.93, 0.73 and 0.91, respectively, and R2 for Vs measured by SHPP and HRM reached 0.94. HRM had relatively higher precision in measuring low rates and reverse sap flow. SHPP method seemed to be very promising to measure sap flow for configuration simplicity and high measuring accuracy, whereas it couldn' t distinguish directions of flow. T-Max method had relatively higher error in sap flow measurement, and it couldn' t measure sap flow below 5 cm3 · cm(-2) · h(-1), thus this method could not be used alone, however it could measure thermal diffusivity for calculating sap flow when other methods were imposed. It was recommended to choose a proper method or a combination of several methods to measure stem sap flow, based on specific research purpose. PMID:26685585

  7. Determining the water use of rambutan and longkong during phenological development by heat-pulse method

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    Sdoodee, S.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The water use of two species of tropical fruit trees: rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum and longkong (Aglaia dookkoo Griff. were investigated by heat-pulse method. The sapflow rate of both species were determined during phenological development. An experiment was established at Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla Province. Characteristics of sapwood in each species and optimum depth for probe implanting on the trunk were investigated. During the measurement period, diurnal changes of photon flux density, leaf water potential and stomatal conductance were recorded. It was found that sapwood of rambutan and longkong were homogeneous. An appropriate probe depth to implant on the trunk was 25 mm from bark. It was found that diurnal changes of sapflow rates of each species varied with the changes of radiation, leaf water potential and stomata conductance. The results of measurement showed that water use decreased at pre-flowering stage, and fruit maturity stage. In rambutan, water use increased during vegetative growth stage followed by flowering stage. The marked increase of water use in rambutan was during fruit development. In longkong, water use increased at the flowering stage followed by vegetative growth stage, and the peak of water use was during fruit development.

  8. Thermal diffusivity measurements of selected fiber reinforced polymer composites using heat pulse method

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    G. Wróbel a, S. Pawlak a, *, G. Muzia

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The objective of this paper was to examine the effect of fiber content on the thermal diffusivity in selected fiber reinforced polymer composites. The influence of fiber type on the thermal diffusivity was also considered and discussed.Design/methodology/approach: The experiments have been performed using a heat pulse method for the thermal diffusivity measurements of engineering materials. For the purpose of the present study, two different types of composite materials with glass or aramid fiber and with different fiber content were prepared.Findings: For the GFRP composites, the obtained results indicate that the higher is glass fiber content the higher is the thermal diffusivity value. These results shows a linear relationship between fiber content and thermal diffusivity. In the case of KFRP composites, the thermal diffusivity decreases marginally with an increase of fiber content.Research limitations/implications: Due to the relatively high thickness of investigated specimens, in comparison with standard specimens for thermal diffusivity measurements, the obtained values of thermal diffusivity are affected by several factors, e.g. heat losses or temperature-dependent thermo-physical properties. This indicates that the real quantity determined in the present study, was, so-called, apparent thermal diffusivity.Practical implications: The method applied in this work allows to obtain quantitative results, which would be satisfactory to industrial or laboratory applications in the field of non-destructive testing of composite materials.Originality/value: The method initially proposed by Parker et al. in 1961 for the thermal diffusivity measurements of homogeneous solids was successfully applied to determine the thermal diffusivity of non-homogeneous glass and aramid fiber reinforced polymer composites

  9. Detection of volatile impurities in turbine oils by the heat-pulse testing method

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    Skripov, P. V.; Demin, V. A.; Shangin, V. V.; Starostin, A. A.

    2016-07-01

    The research is aimed at development and implementation of methods and devices to control critical sections of the oil system of the power equipment that operates in the real time mode. The task was to develop a method for rapid detection of volatile impurities in turbine oils. The approach to the study is based on quantitative assessment of the short-term thermal stability of the substance that is formally associated with the content of the volatile impurity. The approach was selected on the basis of the results of search experiments taking into consideration the formulation of requirements for the method and the device, viz., (1) the method should reliably determine the moisture content in the range of 10-150 g of the impurity per ton of oil and (2) the device is to be applicable "in situ." For this purpose, a variant of the method of the controlled pulse heating of a wire probe, a resistance thermometer, has been developed. The advantages of the method are its speed, sensitivity to small contents of volatile impurities regardless of the nature of the impurity, and smallness of methodologically contributed perturbation. The heating conditions of the probe most sensitive to the appearance of moisture— including its trace amounts—in the system, has been defined. The duration of the measurement is on the order of milliseconds; the heat flux density through the surface of the probe reaches 1 MW/m2. The essence of the method consists in measuring, in the characteristic time interval, the temperature of the thermal instability onset associated with the content of the volatile impurity. The approach proposed by the authors is aimed at increasing the lifetime of the oil and preventing unpredictable failures of the operating equipment.

  10. Heat pulse propagation studies in TFTR

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    Fredrickson, E.D.; Callen, J.D.; Colchin, R.J.; Efthimion, P.C.; Hill, K.W.; Izzo, R.; Mikkelsen, D.R.; Monticello, D.A.; McGuire, K.; Bell, J.D.

    1986-02-01

    The time scales for sawtooth repetition and heat pulse propagation are much longer (10's of msec) in the large tokamak TFTR than in previous, smaller tokamaks. This extended time scale coupled with more detailed diagnostics has led us to revisit the analysis of the heat pulse propagation as a method to determine the electron heat diffusivity, chi/sub e/, in the plasma. A combination of analytic and computer solutions of the electron heat diffusion equation are used to clarify previous work and develop new methods for determining chi/sub e/. Direct comparison of the predicted heat pulses with soft x-ray and ECE data indicates that the space-time evolution is diffusive. However, the chi/sub e/ determined from heat pulse propagation usually exceeds that determined from background plasma power balance considerations by a factor ranging from 2 to 10. Some hypotheses for resolving this discrepancy are discussed. 11 refs., 19 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Heat pulse propagation studies in TFTR

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    The time scales for sawtooth repetition and heat pulse propagation are much longer (10's of msec) in the large tokamak TFTR than in previous, smaller tokamaks. This extended time scale coupled with more detailed diagnostics has led us to revisit the analysis of the heat pulse propagation as a method to determine the electron heat diffusivity, chi/sub e/, in the plasma. A combination of analytic and computer solutions of the electron heat diffusion equation are used to clarify previous work and develop new methods for determining chi/sub e/. Direct comparison of the predicted heat pulses with soft x-ray and ECE data indicates that the space-time evolution is diffusive. However, the chi/sub e/ determined from heat pulse propagation usually exceeds that determined from background plasma power balance considerations by a factor ranging from 2 to 10. Some hypotheses for resolving this discrepancy are discussed. 11 refs., 19 figs., 1 tab

  12. Trinocular Calibration Method Based on Binocular Calibration

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    CAO Dan-Dan

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available In order to solve the self-occlusion problem in plane-based multi-camera calibration system and expand the measurement range, a tri-camera vision system based on binocular calibration is proposed. The three cameras are grouped into two pairs, while the public camera is taken as the reference to build the global coordinate. By calibration of the measured absolute distance and the true absolute distance, global calibration is realized. The MRE (mean relative error of the global calibration of the two camera pairs in the experiments can be as low as 0.277% and 0.328% respectively. Experiment results show that this method is feasible, simple and effective, and has high precision.

  13. Trinocular Calibration Method Based on Binocular Calibration

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    CAO Dan-Dan; Luo, Chun; GAO Shu-Yuan; Wang, Yun; Li, Wen-Bin; XU Zhen-Ying

    2012-01-01

    In order to solve the self-occlusion problem in plane-based multi-camera calibration system and expand the measurement range, a tri-camera vision system based on binocular calibration is proposed. The three cameras are grouped into two pairs, while the public camera is taken as the reference to build the global coordinate. By calibration of the measured absolute distance and the true absolute distance, global calibration is realized. The MRE (mean relative error) of the global calibration of ...

  14. Inverse method for simultaneous determination of soil water flux density and thermal properties with a penta-needle heat pulse probe

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    Yang, Changbing; Sakai, Masaru; Jones, Scott B.

    2013-09-01

    An accurate method for determination of in situ soil water flux density continues to be the most sought after and yet elusive hydrologic measurement. The penta-needle heat pulse probe (PHPP) employs a central heater needle surrounded by an orthogonal arrangement of four thermistor needles for two-component water flux density estimation. An analytical solution and inverse fitting method are presented for simultaneous estimation of thermal properties and soil water flux density using PHPP measurements. The approach yields estimates of both components of the flux in a plane normal to the axis of the PHPP needles. The method was evaluated using data measured by PHPPs in a laboratory experiment using a wide range of saturated water fluxes ranging from 1.2 to 33,200 cm d-1. Improved water flux density determination was achieved from zero-flux adjusted estimates of the apparent heater-thermistor radii, radj, which were used in the inverse analysis. Thermal diffusivity and conductivity were estimated with coefficients of variation less than 1.35%, indicating that the inverse problem is well posed and yields unique parameter estimates when water flux is less than 2000 cm d-1. Estimates of the x and y components of water flux density agreed well with measured water fluxes up to 7000 cm d-1 exhibiting R2 values greater than 0.976. Estimation of water flow direction based on 2-D water flux density was in good agreement with installation angle for water fluxes ranging from 10 to 7000 cm d-1.

  15. New method for calibration of sun photometers

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    H.H.Asadov; I.G.Chobanzadeh

    2009-01-01

    A new method for calibration of sun photometers based on Bouguer-Beer law is proposed.The developed basic equation of calibration makes it possible to formulate the derivative methods of calibration on the basis of photometric measurements upon optical air masses,the ratio of which is an integer number.

  16. Heat pulse propagation in chaotic 3-dimensional magnetic fields

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    del-Castillo-Negrete, D.; Blazevski, D.

    2014-01-01

    Heat pulse propagation in $3$-D chaotic magnetic fields is studied by solving the parallel heat transport equation using a Lagrangian-Green's function (LG) method. The LG method provides an efficient and accurate technique that circumvents limitations of finite elements and finite difference methods. The main two problems addressed are: (i) The dependence of the radial transport on the magnetic field stochasticity (controlled by the amplitude of the perturbation, $\\epsilon$); and (ii) The rol...

  17. Heat pulse propagation in chaotic 3-dimensional magnetic fields

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    del-Castillo-Negrete, D

    2014-01-01

    Heat pulse propagation in $3$-D chaotic magnetic fields is studied by solving the parallel heat transport equation using a Lagrangian-Green's function (LG) method. The LG method provides an efficient and accurate technique that circumvents limitations of finite elements and finite difference methods. The main two problems addressed are: (i) The dependence of the radial transport on the magnetic field stochasticity (controlled by the amplitude of the perturbation, $\\epsilon$); and (ii) The role of reversed shear configurations on pulse propagation. In all the cases considered there are no magnetic flux surfaces. However, radial transport is observed to depend strongly on $\\epsilon$ due to the presence of high-order magnetic islands and Cantori that act as quasi-transport barriers that preclude the radial penetration of heat pulses within physically relevant time scale. The dependence of the magnetic field connection length, $\\ell_B$, on $\\epsilon$ is studied in detail. The decay rate of the temperature maximum...

  18. Heat pulse propagation studies in JET

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    Heat pulse propagation (HPP) studies in JET have been carried out using a twelve-channel electron cyclotron emission grating (ECE) polychromator. Emphasis is placed on the behaviour of the heat pulse under strong auxiliary heating. The conventional diffusive model for the data-interpretation has been extended so as to take into account the source- and sink terms in the electron power balance equation. It is concluded that the heat pulse is governed by an 'incremental' heat diffusivity, which is related to the incremental confinement time. Experimental results which were obtained during operation of JET are presented, including values of HPP during ohmic heating and HPP during auxiliary heating. These experimental results are discussed with respect to the incremental heat diffusivity. Finally the results of this work are considered in relation to the study of anomalous transport in tokamaks. (U.K.)

  19. Ion Beam Energy Calibration Method for Accelerator

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    Ion beam energy calibration methods, i e : nuclear reaction method, magnetic field method and calorimeter method were elaborated and studied from its advantage and disadvantage in this paper. Ion beam energy calibration method for accelerator using the method of magnetic field on 3 MV Tandem Accelerator have been carried out at Tiara, JAERI, Japan. The result showed that the energy of ion beam current is 43.56 keV. The result of study conclude that nuclear reaction method generally used to calibrate ion beam energy at the accelerator of energy larger than 2 MeV, calorimetric method for the accelerator electron including linac, magnetic field method for all particle type of accelerator. (author)

  20. Systems and methods of eye tracking calibration

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    2014-01-01

    parameters relate to a calibration of a calculation of gaze information of a user of the device, where the gaze information indicates where the user is looking. While the one or more objects are displayed, eye movement information associated with the user is determined, which indicates eye movement of one...... or more eye features associated with at least one eye of the user. The eye movement information is associated with a first object location of the one or more objects. The one or more calibration parameters are calculated based on the first object location being associated with the eye movement information.......Methods and systems to facilitate eye tracking control calibration are provided. One or more objects are displayed on a display of a device, where the one or more objects are associated with a function unrelated to a calculation of one or more calibration parameters. The one or more calibration...

  1. A transmission calibration method for superconducting resonators

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    Cataldo, Giuseppe; Barrentine, Emily M; Brown, Ari D; Moseley, Samuel H; U-Yen, Kongpop

    2014-01-01

    A method is proposed and experimentally explored for \\textit{in-situ} calibration of complex transmission data for superconducting microwave resonators. This cryogenic calibration method accounts for the instrumental transmission response between the vector network analyzer reference plane and the device calibration plane. Once calibrated, the observed resonator response was modeled in detail by two approaches. The first, a phenomenological model based on physically realizable rational functions, enables the extraction of multiple resonance frequencies and widths for coupled resonators without explicit specification of the circuit network. In the second, an ABCD-matrix representation for the distributed transmission line circuit is used to model the observed response from the characteristic impedance and propagation constant. When used in conjunction with electromagnetic simulations, the kinetic inductance fraction can be determined with this method with an accuracy of 2%. Datasets for superconducting microst...

  2. Non-iterative method for camera calibration.

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    Hong, Yuzhen; Ren, Guoqiang; Liu, Enhai

    2015-09-01

    This paper presents a new and effective technique to calibrate a camera without nonlinear iteration optimization. To this end, the centre-of-distortion is accurately estimated firstly. Based on the radial distortion division model, point correspondences between model plane and its image were used to compute the homography and distortion coefficients afterwards. Once the homographies of calibration images are obtained, the camera intrinsic parameters are solved analytically. All the solution techniques applied in this calibration process are non-iterative that do not need any initial guess, with no risk of local minima. Moreover, estimation of the distortion coefficients and intrinsic parameters could be successfully decoupled, yielding the more stable and reliable result. Both simulative and real experiments have been carried out to show that the proposed method is reliable and effective. Without nonlinear iteration optimization, the proposed method is computationally efficient and can be applied to real-time online calibration. PMID:26368490

  3. A taxonomy of camera calibration and video projection correction methods

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    Radhwan Ben Madhkour; Matei Mancas; Thierry Dutoit

    2015-01-01

    This paper provides a classification of calibration methods for cameras and projectors. From basic homography to complex geometric calibration methods, this paper aims at simplifying the choice of the methods to perform a calibration regarding the complexity of the setup. The classical camera calibration methods are presented. A comparison gives the pros and cons for each method. For the projector calibration, the homography, the structured light methods and the geometric calibration are pres...

  4. Field performance of the heat pulse flow meter: Experiences and recommendations

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    Busse, J.; Paillet, F. L.; Hossack, A.; Bringemeier, D.; Scheuermann, A.; Li, L.

    2016-03-01

    A large extent of groundwater flow in fractured aquifers follows fractures and cleats. The heat pulse flow meter allows the localisation and quantification of in- and outflow along borehole profiles through field measurements and subsequent inverse modelling. In this paper the method is presented and its feasibility is discussed based on the experiences gained from two different field sites. Field work was undertaken on two sites on the East Coast of Australia under different conditions leading to different outcomes. The experiences with the heat pulse flow meter method and concluding recommendations are reported to help improve the performance of the method.

  5. Modulated heat pulse propagation and partial transport barriers in chaotic magnetic fields

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    del-Castillo-Negrete, D

    2016-01-01

    Direct numerical simulations of the time dependent parallel heat transport equation modeling heat pulses driven by power modulation in 3-dimensional chaotic magnetic fields are presented. The numerical method is based on the Fourier formulation of a Lagrangian-Green's function method that provides an accurate and efficient technique for the solution of the parallel heat transport equation in the presence of harmonic power modulation. The numerical results presented provide conclusive evidence that even in the absence of magnetic flux surfaces, chaotic magnetic field configurations with intermediate levels of stochasticity exhibit transport barriers to modulated heat pulse propagation. In particular, high-order islands and remnants of destroyed flux surfaces (Cantori) act as partial barriers that slow down or even stop the propagation of heat waves at places where the magnetic field connection length exhibits a strong gradient. Results on modulated heat pulse propagation in fully stochastic fields and across m...

  6. An Optimal Calibration Method for a MEMS Inertial Measurement Unit

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    Bin Fang

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available An optimal calibration method for a micro-electro-mechanical inertial measurement unit (MIMU is presented in this paper. The accuracy of the MIMU is highly dependent on calibration to remove the deterministic errors of systematic errors, which also contain random errors. The overlapping Allan variance is applied to characterize the types of random error terms in the measurements. The calibration model includes package misalignment error, sensor-to-sensor misalignment error and bias, and a scale factor is built. The new concept of a calibration method, which includes a calibration scheme and a calibration algorithm, is proposed. The calibration scheme is designed by D-optimal and the calibration algorithm is deduced by a Kalman filter. In addition, the thermal calibration is investigated, as the bias and scale factor varied with temperature. The simulations and real tests verify the effectiveness of the proposed calibration method and show that it is better than the traditional method.

  7. A webcam photogrammetric method for robot calibration

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    Sargeant, Ben; Hosseininaveh, Ali A.; Erfani, Tohid; Robson, Stuart; Boehm, Jan

    2013-04-01

    This paper describes a strategy for accurate robot calibration using close range photogrammetry. A 5-DoF robot has been designed for placement of two web cameras relative to an object. To ensure correct camera positioning, the robot is calibrated using the following strategy. First, a Denavit-Hartenberg method is used to generate a general kinematic robot model. A set of reference frames are defined relative to each joint and each of the cameras, transformation matrices are then produced to represent change in position and orientation between frames in terms of joint positions and unknown parameters. The complete model is extracted by multiplying these matrices. Second, photogrammetry is used to estimate the postures of both cameras. A set of images are captured of a calibration fixture from different robot poses. The camera postures are then estimated using bundle adjustment. Third, the kinematic parameters are estimated using weighted least squares. For each pose a set of equations are extracted from the model and the unknown parameters are estimated in an iterative procedure. Finally these values are substituted back into the original model. This final model is tested using forward kinematics by comparing the model's predicted camera postures for given joint positions to the values obtained through photogrammetry. Inverse kinematics is performed using both least squares and particle swarm optimisation and these techniques are contrasted. Results demonstrate that this photogrammetry approach produces a reliable and accurate model of the robot that can be used with both least squares and particle swarm optimisation for robot control.

  8. Microscopic heat pulses induce contraction of cardiomyocytes without calcium transients

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    Highlights: ► Infra-red laser beam generates microscopic heat pulses. ► Heat pulses induce contraction of cardiomyocytes. ► Ca2+ transients during the contraction were not detected. ► Skinned cardiomyocytes in free Ca2+ solution also contracted. ► Heat pulses regulated the contractions without Ca2+ dynamics. -- Abstract: It was recently demonstrated that laser irradiation can control the beating of cardiomyocytes and hearts, however, the precise mechanism remains to be clarified. Among the effects induced by laser irradiation on biological tissues, temperature change is one possible effect which can alter physiological functions. Therefore, we investigated the mechanism by which heat pulses, produced by infra-red laser light under an optical microscope, induce contractions of cardiomyocytes. Here we show that microscopic heat pulses induce contraction of rat adult cardiomyocytes. The temperature increase, ΔT, required for inducing contraction of cardiomyocytes was dependent upon the ambient temperature; that is, ΔT at physiological temperature was lower than that at room temperature. Ca2+ transients, which are usually coupled to contraction, were not detected. We confirmed that the contractions of skinned cardiomyocytes were induced by the heat pulses even in free Ca2+ solution. This heat pulse-induced Ca2+-decoupled contraction technique has the potential to stimulate heart and skeletal muscles in a manner different from the conventional electrical stimulations.

  9. Modulated heat pulse propagation and partial transport barriers in chaotic magnetic fields

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    del-Castillo-Negrete, Diego; Blazevski, Daniel

    2016-04-01

    Direct numerical simulations of the time dependent parallel heat transport equation modeling heat pulses driven by power modulation in three-dimensional chaotic magnetic fields are presented. The numerical method is based on the Fourier formulation of a Lagrangian-Green's function method that provides an accurate and efficient technique for the solution of the parallel heat transport equation in the presence of harmonic power modulation. The numerical results presented provide conclusive evidence that even in the absence of magnetic flux surfaces, chaotic magnetic field configurations with intermediate levels of stochasticity exhibit transport barriers to modulated heat pulse propagation. In particular, high-order islands and remnants of destroyed flux surfaces (Cantori) act as partial barriers that slow down or even stop the propagation of heat waves at places where the magnetic field connection length exhibits a strong gradient. Results on modulated heat pulse propagation in fully stochastic fields and across magnetic islands are also presented. In qualitative agreement with recent experiments in large helical device and DIII-D, it is shown that the elliptic (O) and hyperbolic (X) points of magnetic islands have a direct impact on the spatio-temporal dependence of the amplitude of modulated heat pulses.

  10. Borexino calibrations: Hardware, Methods, and Results

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    Back, H; Benziger, J; Bick, D; Bonfini, G; Bravo, D; Avanzini, M Buizza; Caccianiga, B; Cadonati, L; Calaprice, F; Carraro, C; Cavalcante, P; Chavarria, A; D'Angelo, D; Davini, S; Derbin, A; Etenko, A; von Feilitzsch, F; Fernandes, G; Fomenko, K; Franco, D; Galbiati, C; Gazzana, S; Ghiano, C; Giammarchi, M; Goeger-Neff, M; Goretti, A; Grandi, L; Guardincerri, E; Hardy, S; Ianni, Aldo; Ianni, Andrea; Kayunov, A; Kidner, S; Kobychev, V; Korablev, D; Korga, G; Koshio, Y; Kryn, D; Laubenstein, M; Lewke, T; Litvinovich, E; Loer, B; Lombardi, F; Lombardi, P; Ludhova, L; Machulin, I; Manecki, S; Maneschg, W; Manuzio, G; Meindl, Q; Meroni, E; Miramonti, L; Misiaszek, M; Montanari, D; Mosteiro, P; Muratova, V; Oberauer, L; Obolensky, M; Ortica, F; Otis, K; Pallavicini, M; Papp, L; Perasso, L; Perasso, S; Pocar, A; Raghavan, R S; Ranucci, G; Razeto, A; Re, A; Romani, A; Rossi, N; Rountree, D; Sabelnikov, A; Saldanha, R; Salvo, C; Schonert, S; Simgen, H; Skorokhvatov, M; Smirnov, O; Sotnikov, A; Sukhotin, S; Suvorov, Y; Tartaglia, R; Testera, G; Vignaud, D; Vogelaar, R B; Winter, J; Wojcik, M; Wright, A; Wurm, M; Xu, J; Zaimidoroga, O; Zavatarelli, S; Zuzel, G

    2012-01-01

    Borexino was the first experiment to detect solar neutrinos in real-time in the sub-MeV region. In order to achieve high precision in the determination of neutrino rates, the detector design includes an internal and an external calibration system. This paper describes both calibration systems and the calibration campaigns that were carried out in the period between 2008 and 2011. We discuss some of the results and show that the calibration procedures preserved the radiopurity of the scintillator. The calibrations provided a detailed understanding of the detector response and led to a significant reduction of the systematic uncertainties in the Borexino measurements.

  11. A digital calibration method for synthetic aperture radar systems

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    Larson, Richard W.; Jackson, P. L.; Kasischke, Eric S.

    1988-01-01

    A basic method to calibrate imagery from synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems is presented. SAR images are calibrated by monitoring all the terms of the radar equation. This procedure includes the use of both external (calibrated reference reflectors) and internal (system-generated calibration signals) sources to monitor the total SAR system transfer function. To illustrate the implementation of the procedure, two calibrated SAR images (X-band, 3.2-cm wavelength) are presented, along with the radar cross-section measurements of specific scenes within each image. The sources of error within the SAR image calibration procedure are identified.

  12. Characterization of Preferential Flow Path in Fractured Rock Using Heat-pulse Flowmeter

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    Lee, Tsai-Ping; Lin, Ming-Hsuan; Chuang, Po-Yu; Chia, Yeeping

    2015-04-01

    Rigorous thinking on how to dispose radioactive wastes safely is essential to mankind and living environment. The concepts of multiple barriers and deep geologic disposal remain the preferred option to retard the radionuclide migration in most countries. However, the investigation of preferential groundwater flow path in a fractured rock is a challenge to the characterization of potential disposal site. Heat-pulse flowmeter is a developing logging tool for measuring the vertical flow velocity in a borehole under a constant pumping or injection rate and provides a promising direct measurement method for determining the vertical distribution of hydraulic conductivity of formation. As heat-pulse flowmeter is a potential technique to measure low-velocity borehole flow, we adopted it to test the feasibility of detecting permeable fractures. Besides, a new magnetic tracer made by nano-iron particles is developed to identify the possible flow path precisely and to verify the permeable section detected by the heat-pulse flowmeter. The magnetic tracer was received by a magnet array and can also be detected by a sensor of electric conductivity. The test site is located in the Heshe of Taiwan. Eight wells were established in a fractured sandy siltstone for characterizing the fracture network. The test wells are 25 to 45 m depth and opened ranging from 15 to 45 m. Prior to the heat-pulse flowmeter measurement, we also performed surface geological investigation, pumping test, geophysical logging, and salt tracer test. Field measurements using heat-pulse flowmeter were then conducted at a constant pumping rate. The measurement interval is 50 to 100 cm in depth but improved to 25 cm near the relatively permeable zone. Based on the results of heat-pulse flowmeter, several permeable sections were identified. The magnetic tracer tests were then conducted to verify the potential preferential flow pathway between adjacent wells. Test results indicated that water flow in borehole is

  13. Calibration and intercomparison methods of dose calibrators used in nuclear medicine facilities

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    Dose calibrators are used in most of the nuclear medicine facilities to determine the amount of radioactivity administered to a patient in a particular investigation or therapeutic procedure. It is therefore of vital importance that the equipment used presents good performance and is regular;y calibrated at a authorized laboratory. This occurs of adequate quality assurance procedures are carried out. Such quality control tests should be performed daily, other biannually or yearly, testing, for example, its accuracy and precision, the reproducibility and response linearity. In this work a commercial dose calibrator was calibrated with solution of radionuclides used in nuclear medicine. Simple instrument tests, such as response linearity and the response variation of the source volume increase at a constant source activity concentration, were performed. This instrument can now be used as a working standard for calibration of other dose calibrators/ An intercomparison procedure was proposed as a method of quality control of dose calibrators used in nuclear medicine facilities. (author)

  14. Modulated heat pulse propagation and partial transport barriers in chaotic magnetic fields

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    del-Castillo-Negrete, D.; Blazevski, D.

    2016-01-01

    Direct numerical simulations of the time dependent parallel heat transport equation modeling heat pulses driven by power modulation in 3-dimensional chaotic magnetic fields are presented. The numerical method is based on the Fourier formulation of a Lagrangian-Green's function method that provides an accurate and efficient technique for the solution of the parallel heat transport equation in the presence of harmonic power modulation. The numerical results presented provide conclusive evidence...

  15. Calibration methods for rotating shadowband irradiometers and evaluation of calibration duration

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Resource assessment for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP needs accurate Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI measurements. An option for such measurement campaigns are Rotating Shadowband Irradiometers (RSIs with a thorough calibration. Calibration of RSIs and Si-sensors in general is complex because of the inhomogeneous spectral response of such sensors and incorporates the use of several correction functions. A calibration for a given atmospheric condition and air mass might not work well for a different condition. This paper covers procedures and requirements for two calibration methods for the calibration of Rotating Shadowband Irradiometers. The necessary duration of acquisition of test measurements is examined in regard to the site specific conditions at Plataforma Solar de Almeria (PSA in Spain. Data sets of several long-term calibration periods from PSA are used to evaluate the deviation of results from calibrations with varying duration from the long-term result. The findings show that seasonal changes of environmental conditions are causing small but noticeable fluctuation of calibration results. Certain periods (i.e. November to January and April to May show a higher likelihood of particularly adverse calibration results. These effects can partially be compensated by increasing the inclusions of measurements from outside these periods. Consequently, the duration of calibrations at PSA can now be selected depending on the time of the year in which measurements are commenced.

  16. Calibration methods for rotating shadowband irradiometers and evaluation of calibration duration

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    Jessen, W.; Wilbert, S.; Nouri, B.; Geuder, N.; Fritz, H.

    2015-10-01

    Resource assessment for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) needs accurate Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) measurements. An option for such measurement campaigns are Rotating Shadowband Irradiometers (RSIs) with a thorough calibration. Calibration of RSIs and Si-sensors in general is complex because of the inhomogeneous spectral response of such sensors and incorporates the use of several correction functions. A calibration for a given atmospheric condition and air mass might not work well for a different condition. This paper covers procedures and requirements for two calibration methods for the calibration of Rotating Shadowband Irradiometers. The necessary duration of acquisition of test measurements is examined in regard to the site specific conditions at Plataforma Solar de Almeria (PSA) in Spain. Data sets of several long-term calibration periods from PSA are used to evaluate the deviation of results from calibrations with varying duration from the long-term result. The findings show that seasonal changes of environmental conditions are causing small but noticeable fluctuation of calibration results. Certain periods (i.e. November to January and April to May) show a higher likelihood of particularly adverse calibration results. These effects can partially be compensated by increasing the inclusions of measurements from outside these periods. Consequently, the duration of calibrations at PSA can now be selected depending on the time of the year in which measurements are commenced.

  17. Calibration of 133Ba by Sum-Peak Method

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    A calibration laboratory should have several methods of measurement in order to ensure robustness on the values applied. The National Laboratory for Metrology of Ionizing Radiation, (LNMRI IRD), provides gamma sources of radionuclide in various geometries and standardized in activity with reduced uncertainties. Some absolute and relative methods of calibrations could be used routinely. Relative methods require standards to determine the activity of sample to be calibrated, while the absolute methods do not need, simply make the counting and the calculation of the activity is obtained directly. The great advantage of calibrations of radionuclides by absolute method is the accuracy and low uncertainties. 133Ba is a radionuclide enough used in research laboratories and calibration of detectors for environmental analysis and, according to the scheme, it decays 100% by electron capture and emits about 14 energy gamma and X-ray lines, forming several coincidences. However, the classical methods of absolute measurement, as coincidence 4 πβ-γ have difficulty to calibrate 133Ba due to its complex decay scheme. The sum-peak method, developed by Brickman, could allow this calibration. It is used for radionuclide calibration that emits at least two photons in coincidence. Therefore, it was developed a methodology that combines gamma spectrometry technique with sum-peak method to standardize 133Ba samples. Activity results obtained proved compatible, with uncertainties of less than 1%, and, when compared with other methods of calibration, sum-peak demonstrated the feasibility of this methodology, particularly, for simplicity and effectiveness. (author)

  18. Outdoor relative radiometric calibration method using gray scale targets

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    DUAN; YiNi; YAN; Lei; YANG; Bin; JING; Xin; CHEN; Wei

    2013-01-01

    The radiometric calibration of remote sensors is a basis and prerequisite of information quantification in remote sensing. This paper proposes a method for outdoor relative radiometric calibration using gray scale targets. In this method, the idea of two substitutions is adopted. Sunlight is used to replace the integrating sphere light source, and gray scale targets are used to re-place the diffuser. In this way, images at different radiance levels obtained outdoors can calculate the relative radiometric cali-bration coefficients using the least square method. The characteristics of this method are as follows. Firstly, compared with la-boratory calibration, it greatly reduces the complexity of the calibration method and the test cost. Secondly, compared with the existing outdoor relative radiometric calibration of a single radiance level, it uses test images of different radiance levels to re-duce errors. Thirdly, it is easy to operate with fewer environmental requirements, has obvious advantages in the rapid calibra-tion of airborne remote sensors before or after flight and is practical in engineering. This paper theoretically and experimental-ly proves the feasibility of this method. Calibration experiments were conducted on the wide-view multispectral imager (WVMI) using this method, and the precision of this method was evaluated by analyzing the corrected images of large uniform targets on ground. The experiment results have demonstrated that the new method is effective and its precision meets the re-quirement of the absolute radiometric calibration.

  19. Research on digital calibration method for optical surface defect dimension

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    Chen, Xiaoyu; Liu, Dong; Wang, Shitong; Cao, Pin; Gao, Xin; Yang, Yongying

    2012-10-01

    A digital calibration method for defect dimension of the optical surface is put forward to get the correspondence between the actual scale of defect on optical surface and the number of pixels of the defect image captured by CCD. Standard scratches, with their width ranging from 0.5μm to 40μm, are fabricated by electron beam exposure and reactive ion beam etching on two kinds of standard calibration board, quartz calibration board with and without chromium film. Calibration experiments are accomplished in five different microscope magnifications. Threshold segmentation, morphological operation and feature extraction are carried out in the images of calibration board to obtain the width of standard scratches in pixels. Interpret the theoretic trend of the calibration function as well as the linear range of it, and fit the calibration function based on the experimental results. According to the analysis and comparing of the calibration results in different microscope magnifications, error source and the factors limiting the resolving accuracy of the calibration system are analyzed. Ultimately, a standardization process including fabrication of the standard scratch, establishment of the standard calibration library for different microscope magnifications and the rapid calibration of actual detect is established. The calibration of the defects on the optical element in the size of 450mm× 450mm is successfully realized.

  20. Research radiometric calibration quantitative transfer methods between internal and external

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    Guo, Ju Guang; Ma, Yong hui; Zhang, Guang; Yang, Zhi hui

    2015-10-01

    This paper puts forward a method by realizing the internal and external radiation calibration transfer for infrared radiation characteristics quantitative measuring system. Through technological innovation and innovation application to establish a theoretical model of the corresponding radiated transfer method. This method can be well in engineering application for technology conversion process of radiometric calibration that with relatively simple and effective calibration in the half light path radiation instead of complex difficult whole optical path radiometric calibration. At the same time, it also will provide the basis of effective support to further carry out the target radiated characteristics quantitative measurement and application for ground type infrared radiated quantitative measuring system.

  1. Flexible calibration method for telecentric fringe projection profilometry systems.

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    Rao, Li; Da, Feipeng; Kong, Weiqi; Huang, Heming

    2016-01-25

    A newly developed flexible calibration algorithm for telecentric 3D measurement systems is presented in this paper. We theoretically analyzed the similarities and differences between the telecentric and entocentric system. The telecentric system can be calibrated with the aid of the traditional 2D planar calibration method. An additional two-step refining process is proposed to improve the calibration accuracy effectively. With the calibration and refining algorithm, an affine camera can be calibrated with a reprojection error of 0.07 pixel. A projector with small field of view (FOV) is applied to achieve a full 3D reconstruction in our profilometry system. Experiments with a prototype demonstrate the validation and accuracy of the proposed calibration algorithm and system configuration. The reconstruction accuracy can achieve 5 µm with a measurement FOV of 28.43 mm×21.33 mm and a working distance of 110 mm. PMID:26832505

  2. Simultaneous multi-headed imager geometry calibration method

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    Tran, Vi-Hoa; Meikle, Steven Richard; Smith, Mark Frederick

    2008-02-19

    A method for calibrating multi-headed high sensitivity and high spatial resolution dynamic imaging systems, especially those useful in the acquisition of tomographic images of small animals. The method of the present invention comprises: simultaneously calibrating two or more detectors to the same coordinate system; and functionally correcting for unwanted detector movement due to gantry flexing.

  3. Propagation of cold pulses and heat pulses in ASDEX Upgrade

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    Experiments on electron heat transport were performed in the tokamak ASDEX Upgrade, mainly in ohmically heated plasmas, applying either edge cooling by impurity injection or edge heat pulses with ECH. Repetitive pulses within one plasma discharge were made allowing Fourier transformation of the temperature perturbation. This yields a good signal to noise ratio up to high harmonics and allows a detailed investigation of the pulse propagation. For densities lower than 1.8x1019m-3, an increase of the central electron temperature was found as the response to the edge cooling via impurity injection similar to observations made in other tokamaks. The inversion does not appear instantaneously, but with a time delay roughly compatible with diffusion. Modeling of the propagation of the cold pulses in the framework of the IFS-PPPL model yields qualitative agreement. However the predicted increase of the ion temperature is not observed experimentally on the fast time scale. The response to ECH heat pulses is not perfectly symmetrical to cold pulse experiments, but the similarities suggest a common underlying physical mechanism. No inversion of the heat pulse is found, instead the initial pulse from the edge is associated with a second, much slower heat pulse in the centre which is similar (and not symmetrical) to that of the cold pulses. It is found that the central increase is related to the arrival of the pulse close to the inversion radius and not to the initial pulse. (author)

  4. A novel PET camera calibration method

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    Reconstructed time-of-flight PET images must be corrected for differences in the sensitivity of detector pairs, variations in the TOF gain between groups of detector pairs, and for shifts in the detector-pair timing windows. These calibration values are measured for each detector-pair coincidence line using a positron emitting ring source. The quality of the measured value for a detector pair depends on its statistics. To improve statistics, algorithms are developed which derive individual detector calibration values for efficiency, TOF offsets, and TOF fwhm from the raw detector-pair measurements. For the author's current TOFPET system there are 162,000 detector pairs which are reduced to 720 individual detector values. The data for individual detectors are subsequently recombined, improving the statistical quality of the resultant detector-pair values. In addition, storage requirements are significantly reduced by saving the individual detector values. These parameters are automatically evaluated on a routine basis and problem detectors reported for adjustment or replacement. Decomposing the detector-pair measurements into individual detector values significantly improves the calibration values used to correct camera artifacts in PET imaging

  5. Evaluation of methods to calibrate radiation survey meters

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    Calibration requirements for radiation survey meters used in industrial radiography have been reviewed. Information obtained from a literature search, discussions with CSLD inspectors and firms performing calibrations has been considered. Based on this review a set of minimum calibration requirements was generated which, when met, will determine that the survey meter is suited for measurements described in the current AEC Regulations that apply to industrial radiography equipment. These requirements are presented in this report and may be used as guidelines for evaluating calibration methods proposed or in use in industry. 39 refs

  6. Method of Noncontact Calibration of the Robotic Ultrasonic Tomograph

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    Borikov, V. N.; Galtseva, O. V.; Filippov, G. A.

    2016-01-01

    The method of calibration of robotic ultrasonic tomograph with the construction of the trajectory of movement of the robot-manipulator on the object of control by using 3D- scanner is described. This method can significantly accelerate the process of calibration of tomograph and prevent possible displacement of the object during calibration. The algorithm of transition from use of a contact method of calibration of the tomograph to noncontact calibration is offered. Experimental data of application of this algorithm show a positive result: the time of research of object considerably decreases. Results of researches prove the practical relevance of the presented work and high efficiency of application of robotic ultrasonic tomography for nondestructive testing of objects of different forms.

  7. Radioactive standards and calibration methods for contamination monitoring instruments

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    Yoshida, Makoto [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment

    1997-06-01

    Contamination monitoring in the facilities for handling unsealed radioactive materials is one of the most important procedures for radiation protection as well as radiation dose monitoring. For implementation of the proper contamination monitoring, radiation measuring instruments should not only be suitable to the purpose of monitoring, but also be well calibrated for the objective qualities of measurement. In the calibration of contamination monitoring instruments, quality reference activities need to be used. They are supplied in different such as extended sources, radioactive solutions or radioactive gases. These reference activities must be traceable to the national standards or equivalent standards. On the other hand, the appropriate calibration methods must be applied for each type of contamination monitoring instruments. In this paper, the concepts of calibration for contamination monitoring instruments, reference sources, determination methods of reference quantities and practical calibration methods of contamination monitoring instruments, including the procedures carried out in Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute and some relevant experimental data. (G.K.)

  8. [High Precision Spectral Calibration Method of Fourier Interferometric Spectrometer].

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    Lin, Jun; Shao, Jun; Song, Chao-yu; Li, Yun-wei; Lei, Yu-fei

    2015-12-01

    The Fourier interferometric spectrometer (FIS) acquires the interference data information of the spectrum and during the spectrum data processing, a series of spectrum reconstruction will be performed on the interference information to obtain the final spectrum information data. The spectral calibration is the key step to spectrum reconstruction of FIS, which directly determines accuracy and availability of the spectrum results. This paper introduces the basic ideas and calibration accuracy about the spectral calibration for the FIS and puts forward a new spectral calibration method based on calculating the precise value of the total optical path difference (TOPD). The TOPD of FIS is difficult to be precisely measured, but it is the core and key to the spectral calibration. In order to calculate the precise TOPD, this paper proposes the idea how to traverse the TOPD and analyzes the spectrum drift. During the calibration, all the possible values of the TOPD participate in the spectrum reconstruction flow to carry out spectrum recovery and analysis. Ultimately the TOPD with the minimum spectrum drift will be achieved, namely solution value of the TOPD. This method can accurately resolve the TOPD of the FIS and then calibrate the spectrum with high accuracy. In addition, the paper introduces the detailed and complete spectral calibration flow and obtains the center wavelength value of every band and wavenumber resolution. Moreover, the paper designs the main parameters of the typical FIS and generates its simulation interference data. Using the above method to calibrate the simulation data, the analysis and verification of the spectral calibration results proves that the calibration precision of wavenumber resolution achieves 0.000 25 cm⁻¹ or above. PMID:26964245

  9. Scatterometer-Calibrated Stability Verification Method

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    McWatters, Dalia A.; Cheetham, Craig M.; Huang, Shouhua; Fischman, Mark A.; CHu, Anhua J.; Freedman, Adam P.

    2011-01-01

    The requirement for scatterometer-combined transmit-receive gain variation knowledge is typically addressed by sampling a portion of the transmit signal, attenuating it with a known-stable attenuation, and coupling it into the receiver chain. This way, the gain variations of the transmit and receive chains are represented by this loop-back calibration signal, and can be subtracted from the received remote radar echo. Certain challenges are presented by this process, such as transmit and receive components that are outside of this loop-back path and are not included in this calibration, as well as the impracticality for measuring the transmit and receive chains stability and post fabrication separately, without the resulting measurement errors from the test set up exceeding the requirement for the flight instrument. To cover the RF stability design challenge, the portions of the scatterometer that are not calibrated by the loop-back, (e.g., attenuators, switches, diplexers, couplers, and coaxial cables) are tightly thermally controlled, and have been characterized over temperature to contribute less than 0.05 dB of calibration error over worst-case thermal variation. To address the verification challenge, including the components that are not calibrated by the loop-back, a stable fiber optic delay line (FODL) was used to delay the transmitted pulse, and to route it into the receiver. In this way, the internal loopback signal amplitude variations can be compared to the full transmit/receive external path, while the flight hardware is in the worst-case thermal environment. The practical delay for implementing the FODL is 100 s. The scatterometer pulse width is 1 ms so a test mode was incorporated early in the design phase to scale the 1 ms pulse at 100-Hz pulse repetition interval (PRI), by a factor of 18, to be a 55 s pulse with 556 s PRI. This scaling maintains the duty cycle, thus maintaining a representative thermal state for the RF components. The FODL consists

  10. A new method for thread calibration on coordinate measuring machines

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    Carmignato, Simone; De Chiffre, Leonardo

    2003-01-01

    CIRP Annals – Paper proposal temporary reference: P15. This paper presents a new method for the calibration of thread gauges on coordinate measuring machines. The procedure involves scanning of thread profiles using a needle-like probe, achieving traceability by substitution of different thread...... portions with corresponding paths on a calibrated sphere. The feasibility of applying the method to calibrate a parallel thread gauge with respect to all the relevant thread parameters was demonstrated experimentally using a precision CMM. Application of the comparator approach as described in ISO 15530...

  11. Design of calibration method in neutron and individual dosimeter

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    Usually albedo dosemeters are calibrated with beam of monoenergetic neutrons. Since neutron energy around neutron sources varies greatly, we applied the calibration method to a mixed field whose energy spectrum lies between 0.025 ev and 10 Mev. The method is based on a mathematical model that deals with the dosimeter response as a function at the neutron energy. The measurements carried out with solid state nuclear track detectors show the dosimeter practical aspect. The albedo dosimeter calibration gave results on good agreement with the international institution recommendations

  12. Evaluation of two gas-dilution methods for instrument calibration

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    Evans, A., Jr.

    1977-01-01

    Two gas dilution methods were evaluated for use in the calibration of analytical instruments used in air pollution studies. A dual isotope fluorescence carbon monoxide analyzer was used as the transfer standard. The methods are not new but some modifications are described. The rotary injection gas dilution method was found to be more accurate than the closed loop method. Results by the two methods differed by 5 percent. This could not be accounted for by the random errors in the measurements. The methods avoid the problems associated with pressurized cylinders. Both methods have merit and have found a place in instrument calibration work.

  13. Calibration methods for ECE systems with microwave sources

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    The authors investigated the feasibility of two methods for calibration of electron cyclotron emission (ECE) systems, both based on the use of a microwave source. In the first method -called the Antenna Pattern Integration (API) method - the microwave source is scanned in space, so as to simulate a large - area - blackbody -source. In the second method -called the Untuned Cavity (UC) method -an untuned cavity, fed by the microwave source, is used to simulate a blackbody. For both methods, the hardware required to perform partly automated calibrations was developed. The microwave based methods were compared with a large area blackbody calibration on two different ECE systems, a Michelson interferometer and a grating polychromator. The API method was found to be more successful than the UC method. (author)

  14. The Study of Heat Pulse Propagation on HT-7 Tokamak

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    许祎; 胡立群; 万宝年; 石跃江

    2003-01-01

    The propagation of heat pulses originating from sawtooth activity has been studied on the HT-7 tokamak. Two theoretical models are used for determining electron heat diffusivity from the experimental data measured by a diagnostic system of soft x-ray diode-array. The results the signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio of the original signals, over a few tens of sawteeth are averaged to generate nice waveforms. The space-time evolution is found to be diffusive in character, which is consistent with the theoretical model. The electron heat diffusivity determined from heat pulse propagation is larger than that determined from background plasma power balance. The variation of Xe in different discharge phases has been also discussed.

  15. Calibration of omnidirectional cameras in practice: A comparison of methods

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    Puig, Luis; Bermúdez, Jesús; Sturm, Peter; Guerrero, Josechu

    2012-01-01

    International audience Omnidirectional cameras are becoming increasingly popular in computer vision and robotics. Camera calibration is a step before performing any task involving metric scene measurement, required in nearly all robotics tasks. In recent years many different methods to calibrate central omnidirectional cameras have been developed, based on different camera models and often limited to a specific mirror shape. In this paper we review the existing methods designed to calibrat...

  16. Heating pulse tests under constant volume on natural Boom clay

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    Lima, Analice; Romero Morales, Enrique Edgar; Gens Solé, Antonio; Muñoz, Juan Jorge; Li, X. L.

    2009-01-01

    Boom clay formation is a potential natural host rock for geological disposal of High Level Nuclear Waste in Belgium. Heating pulse tests with controlled power supply (maximum temperature was limited to 85ºC) and controlled hydraulic boundary conditions were performed under nearly constant volume conditions to study the impact of thermal loads on this clay formation. Selected test results on impact borehole samples retrieved in horizontal direction are presented and discussed. Attention is foc...

  17. Heating pulse tests under constant volumen on natural Boom clay.

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    Lima, Analice; Romero Morales, Enrique Edgar; Gens Solé, Antonio; Muñoz, Juan Jorge; Li, Xiangling

    2010-01-01

    Boom clay formation is a potential natural host rock for geological disposal of high-level nuclear waste in Belgium. Heating pulse tests with controlled power supply (maximum temperature was limited to 85°C) and controlled hydraulic boundary conditions were performed under nearly constant volume conditions to study the impact of thermal loading on the clay formation. Selected test results of intact borehole samples retrieved in horizontal direction are presented and discussed. The study...

  18. A review of control rod calibration methods for irradiated AGRs

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    Methods of calibrating control rods with particular reference to irradiated CAGR are surveyed. Some systematic spatial effects are found and an estimate of their magnitude made. It is concluded that control rod oscillation provides a promising method of calibrating rods at power which is as yet untried on CAGR. Also the rod drop using inverse kinetics provides a rod calibration but spatial effects may be large and these would be difficult to correct theoretically. The pulsed neutron technique provides a calibration route with small errors due to spatial effects provided a suitable K-tube can be developed. The xenon transient method is shown to have statial effects which have not needed consideration in earlier reactors but which in CAGR would need very careful evaluation. (author)

  19. Method for Accurately Calibrating a Spectrometer Using Broadband Light

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    Simmons, Stephen; Youngquist, Robert

    2011-01-01

    A novel method has been developed for performing very fine calibration of a spectrometer. This process is particularly useful for modern miniature charge-coupled device (CCD) spectrometers where a typical factory wavelength calibration has been performed and a finer, more accurate calibration is desired. Typically, the factory calibration is done with a spectral line source that generates light at known wavelengths, allowing specific pixels in the CCD array to be assigned wavelength values. This method is good to about 1 nm across the spectrometer s wavelength range. This new method appears to be accurate to about 0.1 nm, a factor of ten improvement. White light is passed through an unbalanced Michelson interferometer, producing an optical signal with significant spectral variation. A simple theory can be developed to describe this spectral pattern, so by comparing the actual spectrometer output against this predicted pattern, errors in the wavelength assignment made by the spectrometer can be determined.

  20. A review of control rod calibration methods for irradiated AGRs

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    Methods of calibrating control rods with particular reference to irradiated CAGR are surveyed. Some systematic spatial effects are found and an estimate of their magnitude made. It is concluded that control rod oscillation provides a promising method of calibrating rods at power which is as yet untried on CAGR. Also the rod drop using inverse kinetics provides a rod calibration but spatial effects may be large and these would be difficult to correct theoretically. The pulsed neutron technique provides a calibration route with small errors due to spatial effects provided a suitable K-tube can be developed. The xenon transient method is shown to have spatial effects which have not needed consideration in earlier reactors but which in CAGR would need very careful evaluation. (author)

  1. A Statistic-Based Calibration Method for TIADC System

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    Kuojun Yang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Time-interleaved technique is widely used to increase the sampling rate of analog-to-digital converter (ADC. However, the channel mismatches degrade the performance of time-interleaved ADC (TIADC. Therefore, a statistic-based calibration method for TIADC is proposed in this paper. The average value of sampling points is utilized to calculate offset error, and the summation of sampling points is used to calculate gain error. After offset and gain error are obtained, they are calibrated by offset and gain adjustment elements in ADC. Timing skew is calibrated by an iterative method. The product of sampling points of two adjacent subchannels is used as a metric for calibration. The proposed method is employed to calibrate mismatches in a four-channel 5 GS/s TIADC system. Simulation results show that the proposed method can estimate mismatches accurately in a wide frequency range. It is also proved that an accurate estimation can be obtained even if the signal noise ratio (SNR of input signal is 20 dB. Furthermore, the results obtained from a real four-channel 5 GS/s TIADC system demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method. We can see that the spectra spurs due to mismatches have been effectively eliminated after calibration.

  2. Two laboratory methods for the calibration of GPS speed meters

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    The set-ups of two calibration systems are presented to investigate calibration methods of GPS speed meters. The GPS speed meter calibrated is a special type of high accuracy speed meter for vehicles which uses Doppler demodulation of GPS signals to calculate the measured speed of a moving target. Three experiments are performed: including simulated calibration, field-test signal replay calibration, and in-field test comparison with an optical speed meter. The experiments are conducted at specific speeds in the range of 40–180 km h−1 with the same GPS speed meter as the device under calibration. The evaluation of measurement results validates both methods for calibrating GPS speed meters. The relative deviations between the measurement results of the GPS-based high accuracy speed meter and those of the optical speed meter are analyzed, and the equivalent uncertainty of the comparison is evaluated. The comparison results justify the utilization of GPS speed meters as reference equipment if no fewer than seven satellites are available. This study contributes to the widespread use of GPS-based high accuracy speed meters as legal reference equipment in traffic speed metrology. (paper)

  3. A New Method to Calibrate Robot Visual Measurement System

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    Yali Wang; Zhenzhong Wei; Mingwei Shao; Guangjun Zhang

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a new method to calibrate the robot visual measurement system. In the paper, a laser tracker is used to calibrate the robot twist angles. Each axis of the robot is moved to many positions and the positions measured by the laser tracker fit a plane. The normal vectors of the planes are the directions of the axes. According to the definition of the robot kinematics model parameters, the errors of the twist angles can be calculated. The joint angles zero offsets are calibrate...

  4. Calibrations of pocket dosemeters using a comparison method

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    This monograph is dedicated mainly to the calibration of pocket dosemeters. Various types of radiation sources used in hospitals and different radiation detectors with emphasis on ionization chambers are briefly presented. Calibration methods based on the use of a reference dosemeter were developed to calibrate all pocket dosemeters existing at the Radiation Physics and Metrology Laboratory. Some of these dosemeters were used in personnel dosimetry at hospitals. Moreover, a study was realized about factors that affect the measurements with pocket dosemeters in the long term, such as discharges due to cosmic radiation. A DBASE IV program was developed to store the information included in the hospital's registry

  5. A Calibration Method for Wide Field Multicolor Photometric System

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    Zhou, Xu; Chen, Jian-sheng; Xu, Wen; Zhang, Mei

    1999-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to present a method to self-calibrate the spectral energy distribution (SED) of objects in a survey based on the fitting of an SED library to the observed multi-color photometry. We adopt for illustrative purposes the Vilnius (Strizyz and Sviderskiene 1972) and Gunn & Stryker (1983) SED libraries. The self-calibration technique can improve the quality of observations which are not taken under perfectly photometric conditions. The more passbands used for the photom...

  6. Medium-frequency acceleration transducers and their absolute calibration methods

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    After a brief review of the principle of operation and principal calibration characteristics of accelerometers, this article presents in the middle frequency range ie, 5 Hz to 10 kHz, two absolute methods of calibration of their sensitivity. These two methods consist of: a method of interference measurement of the accelerometers displacement which for a given frequency will permit calculation of the resultant level of acceleration; an electrical reciprocity method. They require the measurement of mechanical and electrical levels which can be easily referred to National Standards and the interrelation between their frequency range and their acceleration levels permits their cross-comparison

  7. Comparison of different calibration methods suited for calibration problems with many variables

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    Holst, Helle

    1992-01-01

    This paper describes and compares different kinds of statistical methods proposed in the literature as suited for solving calibration problems with many variables. These are: principal component regression, partial least-squares, and ridge regression. The statistical techniques themselves do not...

  8. An Accurate Projector Calibration Method Based on Polynomial Distortion Representation

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    Miao Liu

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In structure light measurement systems or 3D printing systems, the errors caused by optical distortion of a digital projector always affect the precision performance and cannot be ignored. Existing methods to calibrate the projection distortion rely on calibration plate and photogrammetry, so the calibration performance is largely affected by the quality of the plate and the imaging system. This paper proposes a new projector calibration approach that makes use of photodiodes to directly detect the light emitted from a digital projector. By analyzing the output sequence of the photoelectric module, the pixel coordinates can be accurately obtained by the curve fitting method. A polynomial distortion representation is employed to reduce the residuals of the traditional distortion representation model. Experimental results and performance evaluation show that the proposed calibration method is able to avoid most of the disadvantages in traditional methods and achieves a higher accuracy. This proposed method is also practically applicable to evaluate the geometric optical performance of other optical projection system.

  9. A New Full Pose Measurement Method for Robot Calibration

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    Hee-Jun Kang

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Identification of robot kinematic errors during the calibration process often requires accurate full pose measurements (position and orientation of robot end-effectors in Cartesian space. This paper proposes a new method of full pose measurement of robot end-effectors for calibration. This method is based on an analysis of the features of a set of target points (placed on a rotating end-effector on a circular trajectory. The accurate measurement is validated by computational simulation results from the Puma robot. Moreover, experimental calibration and validation results for the Hyundai HA-06 robot prove the effectiveness, correctness, and reliability of the proposed method. This method can be applied to robots that have entirely revolute joints or to robots for which only the last joint is revolute.

  10. A calibration method for PLLs based on transient response

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    Cassia, Marco; Shah, Peter Jivan; Bruun, Erik

    2004-01-01

    A novel method to calibrate the frequency response of a Phase-Locked Loop is presented. The method requires just an additional digital counter and an auxiliary Phase-Frequency Detector (PFD) to measure the natural frequency of the PLL. The measured value can be used to tune the PLL response to the...

  11. A pratical method of data elimination in radiometric calibration

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    The absence of phosphorite standards to uranium radiometric analyses sugests the necessity of intercomparison samples to construct an uranium calibration curve. The intercomparison analysis was performed by delay neutrons, X-rays fluorescence and molecular absorption spectrophotometry in three diferents laboratories. This work intends to stablish rejection criteria for deviating data in order to achieve better precision. Through the comparison from results of the analysis methods, the data outside the confidence intervals, were eliminated. A more accurate calibration curve inside the interval +-1,1% to +-3.0% was obtained with this method. (author)

  12. An Automated Method for Ozonesonde Calibration: New Insights

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    Schmidlin, F. J.; Hoegger, Bruno A.; Levrat, Gilbert; Baldwin, Tony

    2008-01-01

    An automated method for preparation of the electrochemical concentration cell (ECC) ozonesonde is presented. Development of a computer-controlled system for preparation and calibration of the ECC is an improvement over the manual preparation method, and reduces subjectivity considerably. Preparation measurements in digital form aids analysis of the ECC before release and enhances post-flight data certification. Calibration of ozonesondes over a range of ozone concentrations between 0 mPA and 30 mPA is discussed. This presentation describes the automatic system, gives examples of calibrations. The automated system enables comparison of varying potassium iodide (KI) concentrations that should allow adjustment of earlier ozonesonde data obtained with different KT concentrations used since 1970, i.e., 2, 1.5, 1, and 0.5 percent. Preliminary results indicate ECC accuracy has a strong dependence on the electrolyte concentration and should not be considered linear with altitude.

  13. Fuzzy Interpolation and Other Interpolation Methods Used in Robot Calibrations

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel interpolation algorithm, fuzzy interpolation, is presented and compared with other popular interpolation methods widely implemented in industrial robots calibrations and manufacturing applications. Different interpolation algorithms have been developed, reported, and implemented in many industrial robot calibrations and manufacturing processes in recent years. Most of them are based on looking for the optimal interpolation trajectories based on some known values on given points around a workspace. However, it is rare to build an optimal interpolation results based on some random noises, and this is one of the most popular topics in industrial testing and measurement applications. The fuzzy interpolation algorithm (FIA reported in this paper provides a convenient and simple way to solve this problem and offers more accurate interpolation results based on given position or orientation errors that are randomly distributed in real time. This method can be implemented in many industrial applications, such as manipulators measurements and calibrations, industrial automations, and semiconductor manufacturing processes.

  14. Development of Method for X-band Weather Radar Calibration

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    Nielsen, Jesper Ellerbæk; Thorndahl, Søren Liedtke; Rasmussen, Michael R.

    2013-01-01

    Calibration of the X-band LAWR (Local Area Weather Radar) is traditionally based on an assumed linear relation between the LAWRradar output and the rainfall intensity. However, closer inspections of the data reveal that the validity of this linear assumption is doubtful. Previous studies of this ......Calibration of the X-band LAWR (Local Area Weather Radar) is traditionally based on an assumed linear relation between the LAWRradar output and the rainfall intensity. However, closer inspections of the data reveal that the validity of this linear assumption is doubtful. Previous studies...... of this type of weather radar have also illustrated that the radar commonly has difficulties in estimating high rain rates. Therefore, a new radar–rainfall transformation model and a calibration method have been developed. The new method is based on nonlinear assumptions and is aimed at describing the whole...

  15. Calibration Methods for Reliability-Based Design Codes

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    Gayton, N.; Mohamed, A.; Sørensen, John Dalsgaard;

    2004-01-01

    efficient methods. In our approach, the accuracy is balanced with time efficiency by the mean of iterative scheme using approximate methods. The presented ideas are clarified by four numerical examples of parabolic performance function, column buckling, stability of submarine shells and structural elements.......The calibration methods are applied to define the optimal code format according to some target safety levels. The calibration procedure can be seen as a specific optimization process where the control variables are the partial factors of the code. Different methods are available in the literature......, but the choice of an appropriate method is not usually an easy task. Each method can be shown to have a better performance for a particular kind of problems. The scope of this paper is to underline the advantages and disadvantages of the classical methods, to define their domain of validity and to propose new...

  16. An Expectation-Maximization Method for Calibrating Synchronous Machine Models

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    Meng, Da; Zhou, Ning; Lu, Shuai; Lin, Guang

    2013-07-21

    The accuracy of a power system dynamic model is essential to its secure and efficient operation. Lower confidence in model accuracy usually leads to conservative operation and lowers asset usage. To improve model accuracy, this paper proposes an expectation-maximization (EM) method to calibrate the synchronous machine model using phasor measurement unit (PMU) data. First, an extended Kalman filter (EKF) is applied to estimate the dynamic states using measurement data. Then, the parameters are calculated based on the estimated states using maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) method. The EM method iterates over the preceding two steps to improve estimation accuracy. The proposed EM method’s performance is evaluated using a single-machine infinite bus system and compared with a method where both state and parameters are estimated using an EKF method. Sensitivity studies of the parameter calibration using EM method are also presented to show the robustness of the proposed method for different levels of measurement noise and initial parameter uncertainty.

  17. Experimental facility and void fraction calibration methods for impedance probes

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    An experimental facility was designed and constructed with aims of to calibrate a capacitance probe for gas-liquid flow void fraction measurements. The facility is composed of a metallic hack with a vertical 2,300 mm high glass tube with 38 mm ID with stagnant water and compressed air bubbling system simulating the gas phase (vapor). At the lower part, a mixing section with a porous media element releases the air bubbles into the water, and the compressed air flow is measured by two calibrated rotameters. At the upper part a stagnant water tank separates the liquid and gas. Two pressure taps are located near the lower and upper sides of the glass tube for pressure difference measurement. The pressure difference is used for low void fraction values (0-15%) calibration methods, as described in the work. Two electrically controlled quick closing valves are installed between the porous media element and the upward separation tank for high void fraction values measurement (15-50%) used to calibrate the capacitance probe. The experimental facility design, construction, capacitance probe calibration methods and results, as well as flow pattern visualization, are presented. Finally, the capacitance probe will be installed on a natural circulation circuit mounted at the Nuclear Engineering Center (CEN/IPEN/CNEN-SP) for measurement of the instantaneous bulk void. Instantaneous signals generated by the capacitance probe will allow the determination of natural circulation loop global energy balance. (author)

  18. A stoichiometric calibration method for dual energy computed tomography

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    Bourque, Alexandra E.; Carrier, Jean-François; Bouchard, Hugo

    2014-04-01

    The accuracy of radiotherapy dose calculation relies crucially on patient composition data. The computed tomography (CT) calibration methods based on the stoichiometric calibration of Schneider et al (1996 Phys. Med. Biol. 41 111-24) are the most reliable to determine electron density (ED) with commercial single energy CT scanners. Along with the recent developments in dual energy CT (DECT) commercial scanners, several methods were published to determine ED and the effective atomic number (EAN) for polyenergetic beams without the need for CT calibration curves. This paper intends to show that with a rigorous definition of the EAN, the stoichiometric calibration method can be successfully adapted to DECT with significant accuracy improvements with respect to the literature without the need for spectrum measurements or empirical beam hardening corrections. Using a theoretical framework of ICRP human tissue compositions and the XCOM photon cross sections database, the revised stoichiometric calibration method yields Hounsfield unit (HU) predictions within less than ±1.3 HU of the theoretical HU calculated from XCOM data averaged over the spectra used (e.g., 80 kVp, 100 kVp, 140 kVp and 140/Sn kVp). A fit of mean excitation energy (I-value) data as a function of EAN is provided in order to determine the ion stopping power of human tissues from ED-EAN measurements. Analysis of the calibration phantom measurements with the Siemens SOMATOM Definition Flash dual source CT scanner shows that the present formalism yields mean absolute errors of (0.3 ± 0.4)% and (1.6 ± 2.0)% on ED and EAN, respectively. For ion therapy, the mean absolute errors for calibrated I-values and proton stopping powers (216 MeV) are (4.1 ± 2.7)% and (0.5 ± 0.4)%, respectively. In all clinical situations studied, the uncertainties in ion ranges in water for therapeutic energies are found to be less than 1.3 mm, 0.7 mm and 0.5 mm for protons, helium and carbon ions respectively, using a generic

  19. A stoichiometric calibration method for dual energy computed tomography

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    The accuracy of radiotherapy dose calculation relies crucially on patient composition data. The computed tomography (CT) calibration methods based on the stoichiometric calibration of Schneider et al (1996 Phys. Med. Biol. 41 111–24) are the most reliable to determine electron density (ED) with commercial single energy CT scanners. Along with the recent developments in dual energy CT (DECT) commercial scanners, several methods were published to determine ED and the effective atomic number (EAN) for polyenergetic beams without the need for CT calibration curves. This paper intends to show that with a rigorous definition of the EAN, the stoichiometric calibration method can be successfully adapted to DECT with significant accuracy improvements with respect to the literature without the need for spectrum measurements or empirical beam hardening corrections. Using a theoretical framework of ICRP human tissue compositions and the XCOM photon cross sections database, the revised stoichiometric calibration method yields Hounsfield unit (HU) predictions within less than ±1.3 HU of the theoretical HU calculated from XCOM data averaged over the spectra used (e.g., 80 kVp, 100 kVp, 140 kVp and 140/Sn kVp). A fit of mean excitation energy (I-value) data as a function of EAN is provided in order to determine the ion stopping power of human tissues from ED–EAN measurements. Analysis of the calibration phantom measurements with the Siemens SOMATOM Definition Flash dual source CT scanner shows that the present formalism yields mean absolute errors of (0.3 ± 0.4)% and (1.6 ± 2.0)% on ED and EAN, respectively. For ion therapy, the mean absolute errors for calibrated I-values and proton stopping powers (216 MeV) are (4.1 ± 2.7)% and (0.5 ± 0.4)%, respectively. In all clinical situations studied, the uncertainties in ion ranges in water for therapeutic energies are found to be less than 1.3 mm, 0.7 mm and 0.5 mm for protons, helium and carbon ions respectively, using a

  20. Calibration method for direct conversion receiver front-ends

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    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Technology induced process tolerances in analog circuits cause device characteristics different from specification. For direct conversion receiver front-ends a system level calibration method is presented. The malfunctions of the devices are compensated by tuning dominant circuit parameters. Thereto optimization techniques are applied which use measurement values and special evaluation functions.

  1. Liquid scintillation counting as a calibration method for PAEC monitors

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    Measurements of potential alpha energy concentration (PAEC) of radon progeny are obligatory in Polish coal mines. Very important problem is a proper calibration of PAEC monitors for coal mining industry. It is very know fact, that is no possibility of producing of standard atmosphere of radon progeny. Therefore calibration is usually based on comparison of read-out of PAEC monitor with more counting of this filter immersed in a liquid scintillation counter (LSC) gives as a result an absolute method of PAEC measurements, because of very high efficiency for alpha and beta particles in liquid scintillator (almost 100%). (author). 30 refs, 2 figs

  2. Analysis of TRIGA reactor thermal power calibration method

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    Analysis of thermal power method of the nuclear instrumentation of the TRIGA reactor in Ljubljana is described. Thermal power calibration was performed at different power levels and at different conditions. Different heat loss processes from the reactor pool to the surrounding are considered. It is shown that the use of proper calorimetric calibration procedure and the use of heat loss corrections improve the accuracy of the measurement. To correct the position of the control rods, perturbation factors are introduced. It is shown that the use of the perturbation factors enables power readings from nuclear instrumentation with accuracy better than without corrections.(author)

  3. A Calibration Method for Wide Field Multicolor Photometric System

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    Zhou, X; Xu, W; Zhang, M; Zhou, Xu; Chen, Jian-sheng; Xu, Wen; Zhang, Mei

    1999-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to present a method to self-calibrate the spectral energy distribution (SED) of objects in a survey based on the fitting of an SED library to the observed multi-color photometry. We adopt for illustrative purposes the Vilnius (Strizyz and Sviderskiene 1972) and Gunn & Stryker (1983) SED libraries. The self-calibration technique can improve the quality of observations which are not taken under perfectly photometric conditions. The more passbands used for the photometry, the better the results. This technique has been applied to the BATC 15-passband CCD survey.

  4. New Methods for Kinematic Modelling and Calibration of Robots

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    Søe-Knudsen, Rune

    2014-01-01

    Improving a robot's accuracy increases its ability to solve certain tasks, and is therefore valuable. Practical ways of achieving this improved accuracy, even after robot repair, is also valuable. In this work, we introduce methods that improve the robot's accuracy and make it possible to maintain...... the accuracy in an easy and accessible way. The required equipment is accessible, since the cost is held to a minimum and can be made with conventional processing equipment. Our first method calibrates the kinematics of a robot using known relative positions measured with the robot itself and a plate...... with holes matching the robot tool flange. The second method calibrates the kinematics using two robots. This method allows the robots to carry out the collection of measurements and the adjustment, by themselves, after the robots have been connected. Furthermore, we also propose a method for restoring...

  5. Histogram-Based Calibration Method for Pipeline ADCs.

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    Full Text Available Measurement and calibration of an analog-to-digital converter (ADC using a histogram-based method requires a large volume of data and a long test duration, especially for a high resolution ADC. A fast and accurate calibration method for pipelined ADCs is proposed in this research. The proposed calibration method composes histograms through the outputs of each stage and calculates error sources. The digitized outputs of a stage are influenced directly by the operation of the prior stage, so the results of the histogram provide the information of errors in the prior stage. The composed histograms reduce the required samples and thus calibration time being implemented by simple modules. For 14-bit resolution pipelined ADC, the measured maximum integral non-linearity (INL is improved from 6.78 to 0.52 LSB, and the spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR and signal-to-noise-and-distortion ratio (SNDR are improved from 67.0 to 106.2dB and from 65.6 to 84.8dB, respectively.

  6. An MLC calibration method using a detector array

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    Purpose: The authors have developed a quantitative calibration method for a multileaf collimator (MLC) which measures individual leaf positions relative to the MLC backup jaw on an Elekta Synergy linear accelerator. Methods: The method utilizes a commercially available two-axis detector array (Profiler 2; Sun Nuclear Corporation, Melbourne, FL). To calibrate the MLC bank, its backup jaw is positioned at the central axis and the opposing jaw is retracted to create a half-beam configuration. The position of the backup jaws field edge is then measured with the array to obtain what is termed the radiation defined reference line. The positions of the individual leaf ends relative to this reference line are then inferred by the detector response in the leaf end penumbra. Iteratively adjusting and remeasuring the leaf end positions to within specifications completes the calibration. Using the backup jaw as a reference for the leaf end positions is based on three assumptions: (1) The leading edge of an MLC leaf bank is parallel to its backup jaw's leading edge, (2) the backup jaw position is reproducible, and (3) the measured radiation field edge created by each leaf end is representative of that leaf's position. Data from an electronic portal imaging device (EPID) were used in a similar analysis to check the results obtained with the array. Results: The relative leaf end positions measured with the array differed from those measured with the EPID by an average of 0.11 ±0.09 mm per leaf. The maximum leaf positional change measured with the Profiler 2 over a 3 month period was 0.51 mm. A leaf positional accuracy of ±0.4 mm is easily attainable through the iterative calibration process. The method requires an average of 40 min to measure both leaf banks. Conclusions: This work demonstrates that the Profiler 2 is an effective tool for efficient and quantitative MLC quality assurance and calibration.

  7. Heat-pulse rectification in graphene Y junctions: A molecular dynamics simulations

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    Pan, Feng; Li, Chenhui; Fu, Xiaonan; Wang, Fei; Sun, Qiang; Jia, Yu

    2016-06-01

    By using molecular-dynamics simulations, we demonstrate the existence of heat-pulse rectification in graphene Y junctions. Our results show that the heat pulse will separate into two parts when it flows from stem to branches. However, when it flows from branches to stem, substantial part of the heat pulse is reflected back into the branches with no separation. Moreover, we discuss rectification in different type of junctions and find that the preferred heat pulse transport direction depends on the structure of the junctions, which enable us to delicately control the heat rectification in graphene based structures.

  8. A non-local model analysis of heat pulse propagation

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    Iwasaki, T. [Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University, Kasuga, Fukuoka (Japan); Itoh, S.I.; Yagi, M. [Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). Research Inst. for Applied Mechanics; Itoh, K. [National Inst. for Fusion Science, Nagoya (Japan); Stroth, U. [Max-Planck-Institute fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany)

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    The anomalous transport in high temperature plasma has been studied for a long time, from the beginning of the fusion research. Since the electron channel in stellarators and tokamaks is clearly anomalous, it is of fundamental importance to investigate the electron heat diffusivity coefficient, {chi}{sub e} and to understand the physical mechanism. Recently, the experimental data for the transient transport of the heat pulse propagation in fusion plasma has been accumulated. An observation was reported on W7-AS which the heat flux changes faster than the change of the temperature profile, responding to the switching on off of the central heating power. The observation on the transient response has simulated the transport modeling, e.g., the critical marginality which implies the existence of a finite threshold in {nabla}T for the excitation of the turbulence, or the model in which the thermal conductivity is assumed to depend on the heating power. Extensive study is made by use of these models, and the critical marginally model seems to be insufficient to explain various transient transport. The rapid change of the plasma state and its hysteresis nature were successfully modeled by a heating-power-dependent model. The foundation of this model, however, is left for future work. The development of the transport modeling remains to be an urgent problem. In this paper, we investigate the role of the non-locality of the plasma transport in the study of the heat pulse propagation. For this purpose, a model equation is proposed, in which the non-local effect is taken into account in the heat flux. The properties of this model are investigated by performing a transport simulation. The organization of this paper is as follows: In Sec. II, the model equation is proposed and the properties of the model are explained. Using the model equation, the switching on off experiment is simulated in Sec. III. Summary and discussion are given in Sec. IV. (author)

  9. A WEIGHTED ITERATIVE METHOD FOR ROBUST SELF-CALIBRATION

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    Liu Shigang; Wu Chengke; Tang Li; Jia Jing

    2006-01-01

    A robust self-calibration method is presented, which can efficiently discard the outliers based on a Weighted Iteration Method (WIM). The method is an iterative process in which the projective reconstruction is obtained based on the weights of all the points, whereas the weights are defined in inverse proportion to the reciprocal of the re-projective errors. The weights of outliers trend to zero after several iterations, and the accurate projective reconstruction is determined. The location of the absolute conic and the camera intrinsic parameters are obtained after the projective reconstruction. The theory and experiments with both simulate and real data demonstrate that the proposed method is very efficient and robust.

  10. Simplified methods for coincidence summing corrections in HPGe efficiency calibration

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    Simple and practical coincidence summing corrections for n-type HPGe detectors are presented for the common calibration nuclides 57Co and 60Co using a defined “virtual peak” and accounting for the summing of gamma photons with x-rays having energies up to 40 keV (88Y and 139Ce). These corrections make it possible to easily and effectively establish peak and total efficiency curves suitable for subsequent summing corrections in routine gamma spectrometry analyses. Experimental verification of the methods shows excellent agreement for measurements of different reference solutions. - Highlights: ► Coincidence summing corrections are important in environmental gamma-ray spectrometry. ► Simple and practical corrections are presented for HPGe efficiency calibrations. ► Emphasis is placed on summing with low-energy photons in n-type detectors. ► The experimental validations of the methods show excellent agreement.

  11. A new method for calibration of personal neutron track dosimeters

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    The calibration method discussed in this paper is based on a conceptual relationship between personal dose equivalent and neutron-induced alpha particle tracks and/or neutron-induced recoiled tracks on the polycarbonate detector when used as a part of polymeric personal albedo neutron dosimeter. The relationship represents personal dose equivalent as a function of track density of the second-order polynomial form. The parameters of the calibration relationship were optimized by fitting low detectable track density up to highest possible track density of which a significant part consisted of non-resolvable overlapped tracks, as seen by a scanning system. Our personal albedo neutron dosimeter was irradiated on a standard rectangular cubic water phantom using 252Cf and 241Am-Be reference neutron sources and the effect of scattered neutrons on the detector response was corrected by employing an analytical method, which is discussed in this paper

  12. Optimization Methods for Calibration of Heat Conduction Models

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    Blaheta, Radim; Hrtus, R.; Kohut, Roman; Jakl, Ondřej

    Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer-Verlag, 2012, -, č. 7116 /2012/, s. 541-548. ISBN 978-3-642-29842-4. ISSN 0302-9743. [LSSC 2011. Sozopol (BG), 06.06.2011-10.06.2011] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30860518 Keywords : Decovalex 2011 * optimization methods * calibration Subject RIV: DH - Mining, incl. Coal Mining http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-3-642-27996-6/#section=1035936&page=17&locus=96

  13. Change in Edge Fluctuations Synchronized with Heat Pulse in the JFT-2M Tokamak

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    Nagashima, Yoshihiko; Itoh, Kimitaka; Itoh, Sanae-I.; Fujisawa, Akihide; Hoshino, Katsumichi

    2016-06-01

    The change in edge fluctuations synchronized with a heat pulse during Sawtooth oscillation has been investigated in the JFT-2M tokamak using a reciprocating Langmuir probe. Data window of a heat pulse is segmented into a number of time frames, and time traces of auto-power spectra at each frame are calculated. Conditional averaging over a number of heat pulse events in a single discharge is performed in order to reduce the variance of the fluctuation spectra. At each heat pulse event, a reduction in the geodesic acoustic mode fluctuation power and an increase in the turbulence fluctuation power are observed. The change in the fluctuation powers suggests that the edge heat pulse during Sawtooth instability could affect the edge turbulence structure.

  14. Method for calibration of an axial tomographic scanner

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    The method of calibrating an axial tomographic scanner including frame means having an opening therein in which an object to be examined is to be placed, source and detector means mounted on the frame means for directing one or more beams of penetrating radiation through the object from the source to the detector means, and means to rotate the scanner including the source and detector means about the object whereby a plurality of sets of data corresponding to the transmission or absorption by the object of a plurality of beams of penetrating radiation are collected; the calibration method comprising mounting calibration means supporting an adjustable centering member onto the frame means, positioning the adjustable centering member at approximately the center of rotation of the scanner, placing position-sensitive indicator means adjacent the approximately centered member, rotating the scanner and the calibration means mounted thereon at least one time and, if necessary, adjusting the positioning of the centering member until the centering member is coincident with the center of rotation of the scanner as determined by minimum deflection of the position-sensitive indicator means, rotating and translating the source and detector means and determining for each angular orientation of the frame means supporting the source and detector means the central position of each translational scan relative to the centered member and/or if a plurality of detectors are utilized with the detector means for each planar slice of the object being examined, the central position of each translational scan for each detector relative to the centered member

  15. Method of Calibration for a Large Cathetometer System

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    Toland, Ronald

    2004-01-01

    A method of calibration has been devised for a pair of mutually orthogonal two-axis cathetometers that, when used together, yield measurements of three-dimensional positions of objects mounted on an optical bench. Each cathetometer has a horizontal travel of 1.8 m and a vertical travel of 1.2 m. The cathetometers are required to measure X, Y, and Z coordinates (see figure) to within plus or minus 0.005 in. (plus or minus 0.127 mm). Each cathetometer consists of an alignment telescope on a platform mounted on a two-dimensional translation stage. The knowledge required for calibration of each cathetometer is (1) the two-dimensional position of the cathetometer platform as a function of the electronic readouts of position encoders on the translation stage and (2) the amount of any angular misalignment (roll, pitch, and/or yaw) of the cathetometer platform as a function of the two-dimensional coordinates or the position-encoder readouts. By use of three equations derived from the applicable trigonometric relationships, the calibrated X, Y, and Z coordinates can be computed from the raw encoder readouts.

  16. Spectrometric methods used in the calibration of radiodiagnostic measuring instruments

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    Recently a set of parameters for checking the quality of radiation for use in diagnostic radiology was established at the calibration facility of Nederlands Meetinstituut (NMI). The establishment of the radiation quality required re-evaluation of the correction factors for the primary air-kerma standards. Free-air ionisation chambers require several correction factors to measure air-kerma according to its definition. These correction factors were calculated for the NMi free-air chamber by Monte Carlo simulations for monoenergetic photons in the energy range from 10 keV to 320 keV. The actual correction factors follow from weighting these mono-energetic correction factors with the air-kerma spectrum of the photon beam. This paper describes the determination of the photon spectra of the X-ray qualities used for the calibration of dosimetric instruments used in radiodiagnostics. The detector used for these measurements is a planar HPGe-detector, placed in the direct beam of the X-ray machine. To convert the measured pulse height spectrum to the actual photon spectrum corrections must be made for fluorescent photon escape, single and multiple compton scattering inside the detector, and detector efficiency. From the calculated photon spectra a number of parameters of the X-ray beam can be calculated. The calculated first and second half value layer in aluminum and copper are compared with the measured values of these parameters to validate the method of spectrum reconstruction. Moreover the spectrum measurements offer the possibility to calibrate the X-ray generator in terms of maximum high voltage. The maximum photon energy in the spectrum is used as a standard for calibration of kVp-meters

  17. Spectrometric methods used in the calibration of radiodiagnostic measuring instruments

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    De Vries, W. [Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht (Netherlands)

    1995-12-01

    Recently a set of parameters for checking the quality of radiation for use in diagnostic radiology was established at the calibration facility of Nederlands Meetinstituut (NMI). The establishment of the radiation quality required re-evaluation of the correction factors for the primary air-kerma standards. Free-air ionisation chambers require several correction factors to measure air-kerma according to its definition. These correction factors were calculated for the NMi free-air chamber by Monte Carlo simulations for monoenergetic photons in the energy range from 10 keV to 320 keV. The actual correction factors follow from weighting these mono-energetic correction factors with the air-kerma spectrum of the photon beam. This paper describes the determination of the photon spectra of the X-ray qualities used for the calibration of dosimetric instruments used in radiodiagnostics. The detector used for these measurements is a planar HPGe-detector, placed in the direct beam of the X-ray machine. To convert the measured pulse height spectrum to the actual photon spectrum corrections must be made for fluorescent photon escape, single and multiple compton scattering inside the detector, and detector efficiency. From the calculated photon spectra a number of parameters of the X-ray beam can be calculated. The calculated first and second half value layer in aluminum and copper are compared with the measured values of these parameters to validate the method of spectrum reconstruction. Moreover the spectrum measurements offer the possibility to calibrate the X-ray generator in terms of maximum high voltage. The maximum photon energy in the spectrum is used as a standard for calibration of kVp-meters.

  18. The cryogenic balance design and balance calibration methods

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    Ewald, B.; Polanski, L.; Graewe, E.

    1992-07-01

    The current status of a program aimed at the development of a cryogenic balance for the European Transonic Wind Tunnel is reviewed. In particular, attention is given to the cryogenic balance design philosophy, mechanical balance design, reliability and accuracy, cryogenic balance calibration concept, and the concept of an automatic calibration machine. It is shown that the use of the automatic calibration machine will improve the accuracy of calibration while reducing the man power and time required for balance calibration.

  19. Various methods and developments for calibrating seismological sensors at EOST

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    JUND, H.; Bès de Berc, M.; Thore, J.

    2013-12-01

    Calibrating seismic sensors is crucial for knowing the quality of the sensor and generating precise dataless files. We present here three calibration methods that we have developed for the short period and broad band sensors included in the temporary and permanent seismic networks in France. First, in the case of a short-period sensor with no electronics and calibration coil, we inject a sine wave signal into the signal coil. After locking the sensor mass, we first connect a voltage generator of signal waves and a series resistor to the coil. Then, a sinusoidal signal is sent to the sensor signal coil output. Both the voltage at the terminal of the resistor, which gives an image of the intensity entering the signal coil, and the voltage at the terminal of the signal coil are measured. The frequency of the generator then varies in order to find a phase shift between both signals of π/2. The output frequency of the generator corresponds to the image of the natural frequency of the sensor. Second, in the case of all types of sensors provided with a calibration coil, we inject different signals into the calibration coil. We usually apply two signals: a step signal and a sweep (or wobble) signal. A step signal into the calibration coil is equivalent to a Dirac excitation in derived acceleration. The response to this Dirac gives the transfer function of the signal coil, derived two times and without absolute gain. We developed a field-module allowing us to always apply the same excitation to various models of seismometers, in order to compare the results from several instruments previously installed on field. A wobble signal is a signal whose frequency varies. By varying the frequency of the input signal around the sensor's natural frequency, we obtain an immediate response of the sensor in acceleration. This method is particularly suitable in order to avoid any disturbances which may modify the signal of a permanent station. Finally, for the determination of absolute

  20. Calibration of quantitative neutron radiography method for moisture measurement

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    Quantitative measurements of moisture and hydrogenous matter in building materials by neutron radiography (NR) are regularly performed at TRIGA Mark II research of 'Jozef Stefan' Institute in Ljubljana. Calibration of quantitative method is performed using standard brick samples with known moisture content and also with a secondary standard, plexiglas step wedge. In general, the contribution of scattered neutrons to the neutron image is not determined explicitly what introduces an error to the measured signal. Influence of scattered neutrons is significant in regions with high gradients of moisture concentrations, where the build up of scattered neutrons causes distortion of the moisture concentration profile. In this paper detailed analysis of validity of our calibration method for different geometrical parameters is presented. The error in the measured hydrogen concentration is evaluated by an experiment and compared with results obtained by Monte Carlo calculation with computer code MCNP 4B. Optimal conditions are determined for quantitative moisture measurements in order to minimize the error due to scattered neutrons. The method is tested on concrete samples with high moisture content.(author)

  1. The Camera Itself as a Calibration Pattern: A Novel Self-Calibration Method for Non-Central Catadioptric Cameras

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    Xing Dai; Zhiyu Xiang; Bo Sun

    2012-01-01

    A novel and practical self-calibration method for misaligned non-central catadioptric cameras is proposed in this paper. Without the aid of any special calibration patterns in the scene, the developed method is able to automatically estimate the pose parameters of the mirror with respect to the perspective camera. First it uses the ellipse corresponding to the mirror boundary in the image to compute the possible solutions for mirror postures. With two pose candidates, thereafter we propose a ...

  2. Evaluating the potential of a novel dual heat-pulse sensor to measure volumetric water use in grapevines under a range of flow conditions

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    The aim of this study was to validate dual sap flow sensors that combine two heat pulse techniques to measure volumetric water use over the full range of sap flows found in grapevines. The heat ratio method (HRM), which works well at measuring low and reverse flows, was combined with the compensati...

  3. A method of calibrating wind velocity sensors with a modified gas flow calibrator

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    Stump, H. P.

    1978-01-01

    A procedure was described for calibrating air velocity sensors in the exhaust flow of a gas flow calibrator. The average velocity in the test section located at the calibrator exhaust was verified from the mass flow rate accurately measured by the calibrator's precision sonic nozzles. Air at elevated pressures flowed through a series of screens, diameter changes, and flow straighteners, resulting in a smooth flow through the open test section. The modified system generated air velocities of 2 to 90 meters per second with an uncertainty of about two percent for speeds below 15 meters per second and four percent for the higher speeds. Wind tunnel data correlated well with that taken in the flow calibrator.

  4. Adaptive calibration method with on-line growing complexity

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    Šika Z.; Skopec T.

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes a modified variant of a kinematical calibration algorithm. In the beginning, a brief review of the calibration algorithm and its simple modification are described. As the described calibration modification uses some ideas used by the Lolimot algorithm, the algorithm is described and explained. Main topic of this paper is a description of a synthesis of the Lolimot-based calibration that leads to an adaptive algorithm with an on-line growing complexity. The paper contains ...

  5. Method for Ground-to-Space Laser Calibration System

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    Lukashin, Constantine (Inventor); Wielicki, Bruce A. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    The present invention comprises an approach for calibrating the sensitivity to polarization, optics degradation, spectral and stray light response functions of instruments on orbit. The concept is based on using an accurate ground-based laser system, Ground-to-Space Laser Calibration (GSLC), transmitting laser light to instrument on orbit during nighttime substantially clear-sky conditions. To minimize atmospheric contribution to the calibration uncertainty the calibration cycles should be performed in short time intervals, and all required measurements are designed to be relative. The calibration cycles involve ground operations with laser beam polarization and wavelength changes.

  6. Calibration of high resolution digital camera based on different photogrammetric methods

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    This paper presents method of calibrating high-resolution digital camera based on different configuration which comprised of stereo and convergent. Both methods are performed in the laboratory and in the field calibration. Laboratory calibration is based on a 3D test field where a calibration plate of dimension 0.4 m × 0.4 m with grid of targets at different height is used. For field calibration, it uses the same concept of 3D test field which comprised of 81 target points located on a flat ground and the dimension is 9 m × 9 m. In this study, a non-metric high resolution digital camera called Canon Power Shot SX230 HS was calibrated in the laboratory and in the field using different configuration for data acquisition. The aim of the calibration is to investigate the behavior of the internal digital camera whether all the digital camera parameters such as focal length, principal point and other parameters remain the same or vice-versa. In the laboratory, a scale bar is placed in the test field for scaling the image and approximate coordinates were used for calibration process. Similar method is utilized in the field calibration. For both test fields, the digital images were acquired within short period using stereo and convergent configuration. For field calibration, aerial digital images were acquired using unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system. All the images were processed using photogrammetric calibration software. Different calibration results were obtained for both laboratory and field calibrations. The accuracy of the results is evaluated based on standard deviation. In general, for photogrammetric applications and other applications the digital camera must be calibrated for obtaining accurate measurement or results. The best method of calibration depends on the type of applications. Finally, for most applications the digital camera is calibrated on site, hence, field calibration is the best method of calibration and could be employed for obtaining accurate

  7. A Method Suitable for Vicarious Calibration of a UAV HyperspectralRemote Sensor

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    Zhang, Hao; Li, Haiwei; Yang, Benyong; Chen, Zhengchao

    2015-01-01

    A sensor aboard an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is vulnerable to vibration and natural conditions such as erratic winds. Considering the difference between laboratory and vicarious environments of calibration, a vicarious calibration is closer to the real environment and is a complement to laboratory calibrations for remote sensors. The existing vicarious calibration of UAVs only uses a reflectance-based method, rather than irradiance-based method. Therefore, the error caused by aerosol type...

  8. Improved method of SSC strain gauge calibration at cryogenic temperatures

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    The development of an improved strain gauge calibration station for the SSC dipole magnets will have several advantages. The new design will use significantly less helium, provide for a much higher productivity, and will generate completely automated calibration reports. This will be accomplished by having a finer control over the press pressures, prechilling of the transducers, changing the calibrated transducers for uncalibrated transducers without frosting or warming the press, and the possibility of recovering the spent helium. Five main components make up the system: (1) Test Vessel - non-pressurized cryogenic vessel where the strain gauges are calibrated; (2) Precool Vessel - non-pressurized cryogenic vessel where six strain gauge fixtures are placed for precooling; (3) Fixture - used to hold the two strain gauges that are being calibrated; (4) Hydraulics - dual stage air-over-oil system controlled by an electronic-pneumatic valve; and (5) Computer - controls the electronic-pneumatic valve and records all the readings to calibrate the strain gauges

  9. Simple method for calibrating omnidirectional stereo with multiple cameras

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    Ha, Jong-Eun; Choi, I.-Sak

    2011-04-01

    Cameras can give useful information for the autonomous navigation of a mobile robot. Typically, one or two cameras are used for this task. Recently, an omnidirectional stereo vision system that can cover the whole surrounding environment of a mobile robot is adopted. They usually adopt a mirror that cannot offer uniform spatial resolution. In this paper, we deal with an omnidirectional stereo system which consists of eight cameras where each two vertical cameras constitute one stereo system. Camera calibration is the first necessary step to obtain 3D information. Calibration using a planar pattern requires many images acquired under different poses so it is a tedious step to calibrate all eight cameras. In this paper, we present a simple calibration procedure using a cubic-type calibration structure that surrounds the omnidirectional stereo system. We can calibrate all the cameras on an omnidirectional stereo system in just one shot.

  10. Adaptive calibration method with on-line growing complexity

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    Šika Z.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a modified variant of a kinematical calibration algorithm. In the beginning, a brief review of the calibration algorithm and its simple modification are described. As the described calibration modification uses some ideas used by the Lolimot algorithm, the algorithm is described and explained. Main topic of this paper is a description of a synthesis of the Lolimot-based calibration that leads to an adaptive algorithm with an on-line growing complexity. The paper contains a comparison of simple examples results and a discussion. A note about future research topics is also included.

  11. Calibration Methods for Air Coupled Antennas - COST Action TU1208

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    Marecos, Vânia; Solla, Mercedes; Fontul, Simona; Pajewski, Lara

    2016-04-01

    This work focuses on the comparison of different methods for calibrating air coupled antennas: Coring, Surface Reflection Method (SRM) and Common Mid-Point (CMP) through the analysis of GPR data collected in a test site with different pavement solutions. Research activities have been carried out during a Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) funded by the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action TU1208 "Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar" in December 2015. The use of GPR in transport infrastructures represents one of the most significant advances for obtaining continuous data along the road, with the advantage of operation at traffic speed and being a non-destructive technique. Its main application has been the evaluation of layer thickness. For the determination of layer thickness, it is necessary to know the velocity of the signal, which depends on the dielectric constant of the material, and the two-way travel time of the reflected signal that is recorded by the GPR system. The calculation of the dielectric value of the materials can be done using different approaches such as: using fixed values based on experience, laboratory determination of dielectric values, applying the SRM, performing back calculation from ground truth references such as cores and test pits, or using the CMP method. The problem with using ground truth is that it is time consuming, labour intensive and intrusive to traffic, in addition, a drill core is not necessarily representative of the whole surveyed area. Regarding the surface reflection technique, one of the problems is that it only measures the dielectric value from the layer surface and not from the whole layer. Recent works already started to address some of these challenges proposing new approaches for GPR layer thickness measurements using multiple antennas to calculate the average dielectric value of the asphalt layer, taking advantage of significant hardware improvements in GPR

  12. A universal method for camera calibration in UITS scenes

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    Zhaoxue Chen; Pengfei Shi

    2005-01-01

    @@ A universal approach to camera calibration based on features of some representative lines on traffic ground is presented. It uses only a set of three parallel edges with known intervals and one of their intersected lines with known slope to gain the focal length and orientation parameters of a camera. A set of equations that computes related camera parameters has been derived from geometric properties of the calibration pattern. With accurate analytical implementation, precision of the approach is only decided by accuracy of the calibration target selecting. Final experimental results have showed its validity by a snapshot from real automatic visual traffic surveillance (AVTS) scenes.

  13. One step geometrical calibration method for optical coherence tomography

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    We present a novel one-step calibration methodology for geometrical distortion correction for optical coherence tomography (OCT). A calibration standard especially designed for OCT is introduced, which consists of an array of inverse pyramidal structures. The use of multiple landmarks situated on four different height levels on the pyramids allow performing a 3D geometrical calibration. The calibration procedure itself is based on a parametric model of the OCT beam propagation. It is validated by experimental results and enables the reduction of systematic errors by more than one order of magnitude. In future, our results can improve OCT image reconstruction and interpretation for medical applications such as real time monitoring of surgery. (paper)

  14. Two-Step Camera Calibration Method Developed for Micro UAV'S

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    Gašparović, M.; Gajski, D.

    2016-06-01

    The development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and continuous price reduction of unmanned systems attracted us to this research. Professional measuring systems are dozens of times more expensive and often heavier than "amateur", non-metric UAVs. For this reason, we tested the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus UAV. Phantom's smaller mass and velocity can develop less kinetic energy in relation to the professional measurement platforms, which makes it potentially less dangerous for use in populated areas. In this research, we wanted to investigate the ability of such non-metric UAV and find the procedures under which this kind of UAV may be used for the photogrammetric survey. It is important to emphasize that UAV is equipped with an ultra wide-angle camera with 14MP sensor. Calibration of such cameras is a complex process. In the research, a new two-step process is presented and developed, and the results are compared with standard one-step camera calibration procedure. Two-step process involves initially removed distortion on all images, and then uses these images in the phototriangulation with self-calibration. The paper presents statistical indicators which proved that the proposed two-step process is better and more accurate procedure for calibrating those types of cameras than standard one-step calibration. Also, we suggest two-step calibration process as the standard for ultra-wideangle cameras for unmanned aircraft.

  15. Vicarious calibration of the Ocean PHILLS hyperspectral sensor using a coastal tree-shadow method

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    Filippi, Anthony M.; Carder, Kendall L.; Davis, Curtiss O.

    2006-11-01

    Ocean color remote-sensing systems require highly accurate calibration (Sound and adjacent waters around Orcas Island, Washington, USA, in August, 1998, in concert with field data collection. To vicariously calibrate the PHILLS data, a method was developed employing pixel pairs in tree-shaded and adjacent unshadowed waters, which utilizes the sky radiance dominating the shaded pixel as a known calibration target. Transects extracted from East Sound imagery were calibrated and validated with field data (RMSE = 0.00033 sr-1), providing validation of this approach for acquiring calibration-adjustment data from the image itself.

  16. Optical geometry calibration method for free-form digital tomosynthesis

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    Chtcheprov, Pavel; Hartman, Allison; Shan, Jing; Lee, Yueh Z.; Zhou, Otto; Lu, Jianping

    2016-03-01

    Digital tomosynthesis is a type of limited angle tomography that allows 3D information to be reconstructed from a set of x-ray projection images taken at various angles using an x-ray tube, a mechanical arm to rotate the tube about the object, and a digital detector. Tomosynthesis reconstruction requires the precise location of the detector with respect to each x-ray source, forcing all current clinical tomosynthesis systems to use a physically coupled source and detector so the geometry is always known and is always the same. This limits the imaging geometries and its large size is impractical for mobile or field operations. To counter this, we have developed a free form tomosynthesis with a decoupled, free-moving source and detector that uses a novel optical method for accurate and real-time geometry calibration to allow for manual, hand-held tomosynthesis and even CT imaging. We accomplish this by using a camera, attached to the source, to track the motion of the source relative to the detector. Attached to the detector is an optical pattern and the image captured by the camera is then used to determine the relative camera/pattern position and orientation by analyzing the pattern distortion and calculating the source positions for each projection, necessary for 3D reconstruction. This allows for portable imaging in the field and also as an inexpensive upgrade to existing 2D systems, such as in developing countries, to provide 3D image data. Here we report the first feasibility demonstrations of free form digital tomosynthesis systems using the method.

  17. Method for calibration measurement in a liquid scintillation counter and carrier used in the method

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    The present invention relates to a method for use in liquid scintillation measurements to feed an accurately determined amount of radioactive substance to a fluid scintillation system for a calibration measurement. According to the invention an accurately determined amount of radioactive substance is adsorbed to a carrier, which is introduced into the fluid scintillation system. The invention also relates to a carrier for use in the method

  18. A robust method for determining calibration coefficients for VIIRS reflective solar bands

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    Ji, Qiang; McIntire, Jeffrey; Efremova, Boryana; Schwarting, Thomas; Oudrari, Hassan; Zeng, Jinan; Xiong, Xiaoxiong

    2015-09-01

    This paper presents a robust method for determining the calibration coefficients in polynomial calibration equations, and discusses the corresponding calibration uncertainties. An attenuator method that takes into account all measurements with and without an attenuator screen was used to restrict the impact of the absolute calibration of the light source. The originally proposed procedure attempts to simultaneously determine all unknowns nonlinearly using polynomial curve fitting. The newly proposed method divides the task into two simpler parts. For example, in the case of a quadratic calibration equation, the first part becomes a quadratic equation solely for the transmittance of attenuator, which has an analytical solution using three or four sets of measurements. Additionally, it is straightforward to determine the median value and the standard deviation of the transmittance from the solutions using all combinations of measured data points. In conjunction, the second part becomes a linear fit, with the ratio of the zeroth-order to first-order calibration coefficients as the intercept and the ratio of the second-order to first-order calibration coefficients as the slope. These ratios are unaffected by the absolute calibration of the light source and are then used in the calibration equation to calculate the first-order calibration coefficient. How the new method works is straightforward to visualize, which makes its results easier to verify. This is demonstrated using measurements from the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) J1 Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) reflective solar bands (RSB) pre-launch testing.

  19. A direct micropipette-based calibration method for atomic force microscope cantilevers

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    Liu, Baoyu; Yu, Yan; Yao, Da-Kang; Shao, Jin-Yu

    2009-01-01

    In this report, we describe a direct method for calibrating atomic force microscope (AFM) cantilevers with the micropipette aspiration technique (MAT). A closely fitting polystyrene bead inside a micropipette is driven by precisely controlled hydrostatic pressures to apply known loads on the sharp tip of AFM cantilevers, thus providing a calibration at the most functionally relevant position. The new method is capable of calibrating cantilevers with spring constants ranging from 0.01 to hundr...

  20. The combined use of heat-pulse flowmeter logging and packer testing for transmissive fracture recognition

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    Lo, Hung-Chieh; Chen, Po-Jui; Chou, Po-Yi; Hsu, Shih-Meng

    2014-06-01

    This paper presents an improved borehole prospecting methodology based on a combination of techniques in the hydrogeological characterization of fractured rock aquifers. The approach is demonstrated by on-site tests carried out in the Hoshe Experimental Forest site and the Tailuge National Park, Taiwan. Borehole televiewer logs are used to obtain fracture location and distribution along boreholes. The heat-pulse flow meter log is used to measure vertical velocity flow profiles which can be analyzed to estimate fracture transmissivity and to indicate hydraulic connectivity between fractures. Double-packer hydraulic tests are performed to determine the rock mass transmissivity. The computer program FLASH is used to analyze the data from the flowmeter logs. The FLASH program is confirmed as a useful tool which quantitatively predicts the fracture transmissivity in comparison to the hydraulic properties obtained from packer tests. The location of conductive fractures and their transmissivity is identified, after which the preferential flow paths through the fracture network are precisely delineated from a cross-borehole test. The results provide robust confirmation of the use of combined flowmeter and packer methods in the characterization of fractured-rock aquifers, particularly in reference to the investigation of groundwater resource and contaminant transport dynamics.

  1. Magnetization switching in GdFeCo nanostructures driven by an ultrafast heating pulse

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    Full text: It is known that magnetization reversal can be driven by a stimulus represented by a vector such as magnetic field or electric current. Although ultrafast heating may assist these processes of magnetization reversal, it has been generally assumed that just a heating pulse alone cannot result in a deterministic reversal of magnetization. Using fs-optical excitation and X-ray detection of magnetic nanostructures we have discovered a novel mechanism of magnetization reversal in a ferrimagnet, which is triggered by a heat pulse only. The mechanism does not require the presence of any other stimulus and occurs each time when a heat pulse brings magnetic sublattices of a ferrimagnet out of- equilibrium with each other. In this presentation, static Photoemission Electron Microscope (PEEM) measurements on square- and circle-shaped GdFeCo structures down to 500 nm will be shown and the model of this new magnetization reversal discussed. (author)

  2. Flexible calibration method for microscopic structured light system using telecentric lens.

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    Li, Beiwen; Zhang, Song

    2015-10-01

    This research presents a novel method to calibrate a microscopic structured light system using a camera with a telecentric lens. The pin-hole projector calibration follows the standard pin-hole camera calibration procedures. With the calibrated projector, the 3D coordinates of those feature points used for projector calibration are then estimated through iterative Levenberg-Marquardt optimization. Those 3D feature points are further used to calibrate the camera with a telecentric lens. We will describe the mathematical model of a telecentric lens, and demonstrate that the proposed calibration framework can achieve very high accuracy: approximately 10 μm with a volume of approximately 10(H) mm × 8(W) mm × 5(D) mm. PMID:26480093

  3. STUDY ON A PRECISE ON-SPOT CALIBRATION METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTED STEREO REFERENCE POSITION-SETTING

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    2002-01-01

    A high precision method used for on-spot calibration of distributed stereo reference position Setting is pre-sented. The high measuring accuracy in stereo reference calibration is derived from using a high precision water level in-strument and an accurate height vernier caliper. It settles the problem of reference calibration effectively and accurately,without using large coordinate measuring machines (CMM). It is more adaptable and precise than traditional calibrationmethods applying theodolites or autocollimators. The error sources of this method are analyzed in detail and severalmethods are developed to eliminate the calibration error. An optimizing swallowtail-like anchor target is developed. Ex-periments show that the calibration accuracy can be limited within 0.06 mm in the range of 3~5 m and 0.03 mm withoptimizing anchor target. This method can be widely used in on-spot calibration.

  4. Calibration of three rainfall simulators with automatic measurement methods

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    Roldan, Margarita

    2010-05-01

    CALIBRATION OF THREE RAINFALL SIMULATORS WITH AUTOMATIC MEASUREMENT METHODS M. Roldán (1), I. Martín (2), F. Martín (2), S. de Alba(3), M. Alcázar(3), F.I. Cermeño(3) 1 Grupo de Investigación Ecología y Gestión Forestal Sostenible. ECOGESFOR-Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. E.U.I.T. Forestal. Avda. Ramiro de Maeztu s/n. Ciudad Universitaria. 28040 Madrid. margarita.roldan@upm.es 2 E.U.I.T. Forestal. Avda. Ramiro de Maeztu s/n. Ciudad Universitaria. 28040 Madrid. 3 Facultad de Ciencias Geológicas. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Ciudad Universitaria s/n. 28040 Madrid The rainfall erosivity is the potential ability of rain to cause erosion. It is function of the physical characteristics of rainfall (Hudson, 1971). Most expressions describing erosivity are related to kinetic energy or momentum and so with drop mass or size and fall velocity. Therefore, research on factors determining erosivity leds to the necessity to study the relation between fall height and fall velocity for different drop sizes, generated in a rainfall simulator (Epema G.F.and Riezebos H.Th, 1983) Rainfall simulators are one of the most used tools for erosion studies and are used to determine fall velocity and drop size. Rainfall simulators allow repeated and multiple measurements The main reason for use of rainfall simulation as a research tool is to reproduce in a controlled way the behaviour expected in the natural environment. But in many occasions when simulated rain is used in order to compare it with natural rain, there is a lack of correspondence between natural and simulated rain and this can introduce some doubt about validity of data because the characteristics of natural rain are not adequately represented in rainfall simulation research (Dunkerley D., 2008). Many times the rainfall simulations have high rain rates and they do not resemble natural rain events and these measures are not comparables. And besides the intensity is related to the kinetic energy which

  5. A New Method for Calibrating the Time Delay of a Piezoelectric Probe

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    Hansen, Bengt Hurup

    1974-01-01

    A simple method for calibrating the time delay of a piezoelectric probe of the type often used in plasma physics is described.......A simple method for calibrating the time delay of a piezoelectric probe of the type often used in plasma physics is described....

  6. Calibration of AE sensors using time reversal method

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    Kober, Jan; Převorovský, Zdeněk

    Brno: University of Technology, 2014. s. 147. ISBN 978-80-214-5018-9. [European Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (ECNDT 2014) /11./. 06.10.2014-10.10.2014, Praha] Institutional support: RVO:61388998 Keywords : acoustic emission (AE) * ultrasonic testing (UT) * time reversal * sensor calibration Subject RIV: BI - Acoustics

  7. A Low Cost Calibration Method for Urban Drainage Models

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    Rasmussen, Michael R.; Thorndahl, Søren; Schaarup-Jensen, Kjeld

    2008-01-01

    . The reduction coefficient is found on basis of a combination of a urban drainage model (MOUSE) and a set of simple switches located in a combined sewer overflow (CSO) structure. By calibrating the model with only the duration of the CSO, it was possible to calculate a hydrological reduction coefficient close...

  8. Asymptotically Optimal Algorithm for Short-Term Trading Based on the Method of Calibration

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    2012-01-01

    A trading strategy based on a natural learning process, which asymptotically outperforms any trading strategy from RKHS (Reproduced Kernel Hilbert Space), is presented. In this process, the trader rationally chooses his gambles using predictions made by a randomized well calibrated algorithm. Our strategy is based on Dawid's notion of calibration with more general changing checking rules and on some modification of Kakade and Foster's randomized algorithm for computing calibrated forecasts. We use also Vovk's method of defensive forecasting in RKHS.

  9. Automatic Calibration Method for Driver’s Head Orientation in Natural Driving Environment

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    Fu, Xianping; Guan, Xiao; Peli, Eli; Liu, Hongbo; Luo, Gang

    2012-01-01

    Gaze tracking is crucial for studying driver’s attention, detecting fatigue, and improving driver assistance systems, but it is difficult in natural driving environments due to nonuniform and highly variable illumination and large head movements. Traditional calibrations that require subjects to follow calibrators are very cumbersome to be implemented in daily driving situations. A new automatic calibration method, based on a single camera for determining the head orientation and which utiliz...

  10. Standard Test Method for Calibration of Non-Concentrator Photovoltaic Secondary Reference Cells

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    2010-01-01

    1.1 This test method covers calibration and characterization of secondary terrestrial photovoltaic reference cells to a desired reference spectral irradiance distribution. The recommended physical requirements for these reference cells are described in Specification E1040. Reference cells are principally used in the determination of the electrical performance of a photovoltaic device. 1.2 Secondary reference cells are calibrated indoors using simulated sunlight or outdoors in natural sunlight by reference to a primary reference cell previously calibrated to the same desired reference spectral irradiance distribution. 1.3 Secondary reference cells calibrated according to this test method will have the same radiometric traceability as the of the primary reference cell used for the calibration. Therefore, if the primary reference cell is traceable to the World Radiometric Reference (WRR, see Test Method E816), the resulting secondary reference cell will also be traceable to the WRR. 1.4 This test method appli...

  11. Calibration systems and methods for the ANTARES neutrino telescope

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    2007-01-01

    The ANTARES neutrino telescope is currently being constructed in the Mediterranean Sea. The complete detector will consist of 12 strings, supplemented by an additional instrumentation line. Nine strings are at present deployed of which five are already connected to the shore and operating. Each string is equipped with 75 Optical Modules (OMs) housing the photomultipliers to detect the Cherenkov light induced by the charged particles produced in neutrino reactions. An accurate measurement of the Cherenkov photon arrival times as well as the positions and orientations of the OMs is required for a precise reconstruction of the direction of the detected neutrinos. For this purpose the ANTARES detector is provided with several system s to facilitate the calibration of the detector. The time calibration is performed using light pulses emitted from LED and laser devices. The positioning is done via acoustic triangulation using hydrophones. Additionally, local tilt angles and the orientations of the modules are measu...

  12. A self-sufficient method for calibration of Varian electronic portal imaging device

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    Sun, Baozhou; Yaddanapudi, Sridhar; Goddu, Sreekrishna M.; Mutic, Sasa

    2015-01-01

    Electronic portal imaging device (EPID) is currently used for dosimetric verification of IMRT fields and linac quality assurance (QA). It is critical to understand the dosimetric response and perform an accurate and robust calibration of EPID. We present the implementation of an efficient method for the calibration and the validation of a Varian EPID, which relies only on data collected with that specific device. The calibration method is based on images obtained with five shifts of EPID panel. With this method, the relative gain (sensitivity) of each element of a detector matrix is calculated and applied on top of the calibration determined with the flood-field procedure. The calibration procedure was verified using a physical wedge inserted in the beam line and the corrected profile shows consistent results with the measurements using a calibrated 2D array. This method does not rely on the beam profile used in the flood-field calibration process, which allows EPID calibration in 10 minutes with no additional equipment compared to at least 2 hours to obtain beam profile and scanning beam equipment requirement with the conventional method.

  13. A self-sufficient method for calibration of Varian electronic portal imaging device

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    Electronic portal imaging device (EPID) is currently used for dosimetric verification of IMRT fields and linac quality assurance (QA). It is critical to understand the dosimetric response and perform an accurate and robust calibration of EPID. We present the implementation of an efficient method for the calibration and the validation of a Varian EPID, which relies only on data collected with that specific device. The calibration method is based on images obtained with five shifts of EPID panel. With this method, the relative gain (sensitivity) of each element of a detector matrix is calculated and applied on top of the calibration determined with the flood-field procedure. The calibration procedure was verified using a physical wedge inserted in the beam line and the corrected profile shows consistent results with the measurements using a calibrated 2D array. This method does not rely on the beam profile used in the flood-field calibration process, which allows EPID calibration in 10 minutes with no additional equipment compared to at least 2 hours to obtain beam profile and scanning beam equipment requirement with the conventional method

  14. Heat pulse propagation studies around magnetic islands induced by the Dynamic Ergodic Divertor in TEXTOR

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    Spakman, G. W.; Hogeweij, G. M. D.; Jaspers, R. J. E.; Schüller, F. C.; Westerhof, E.; Boom, J. E.; Classen, I.G.J.; Delabie, E.; Domier, C.; Donne, A. J. H.; Kantor, M. Y.; Kramer-Flecken, A.; Liang, Y.; N C Luhmann Jr.,; Park, H. K.; van de Pol, M.J.; Schmitz, O.; Oosterbeek, J. W.

    2008-01-01

    Since the efficiency of the tearing mode suppression by heating depends on the electron heat diffusivity it is important to know if the electron heat transport coefficients inside the island are reduced compared with the ambient plasma. With that aim, modulated ECRH has been employed for heat pulse

  15. Camera calibration method of binocular stereo vision based on OpenCV

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    Zhong, Wanzhen; Dong, Xiaona

    2015-10-01

    Camera calibration, an important part of the binocular stereo vision research, is the essential foundation of 3D reconstruction of the spatial object. In this paper, the camera calibration method based on OpenCV (open source computer vision library) is submitted to make the process better as a result of obtaining higher precision and efficiency. First, the camera model in OpenCV and an algorithm of camera calibration are presented, especially considering the influence of camera lens radial distortion and decentering distortion. Then, camera calibration procedure is designed to compute those parameters of camera and calculate calibration errors. High-accurate profile extraction algorithm and a checkboard with 48 corners have also been used in this part. Finally, results of calibration program are presented, demonstrating the high efficiency and accuracy of the proposed approach. The results can reach the requirement of robot binocular stereo vision.

  16. Combined Calibration Method and its Realization for Direction Finding Antenna Systems with Patch Antennas

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    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available A novel radio channel compensation method aiming to give optimal calibration for microstrip antenna array systems is presented in this paper, realized for an actual DOA measurement antenna system using microstrip antennas to sample the electromagnetic field, operating at 4.5GHz. This new approach considers mismatch between antennas and channel RF ports, channel transmission inequalities, and also decreases the effects of multipath propagation components of calibration reference signals by placing the calibration reference signal feeding network on the microstrip antenna array bearer, directly beside the antenna patches. It is combined with orthogonal spread spectrum calibration signal utility for continuous uninterrupted measurements. The spread spectrum calibration signal is orthogonal to the continuous wave (CW signal to be measured, therefore, the 2 signals can be separated in the receiver, enabling them to be present simultaneously. DOA measurement results are shown, measured with the realized integrated microstrip patch antenna array with calibration network hardware.

  17. Fast wavelength calibration method for spectrometers based on waveguide comb optical filter

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    A novel fast wavelength calibration method for spectrometers based on a standard spectrometer and a double metal-cladding waveguide comb optical filter (WCOF) is proposed and demonstrated. By using the WCOF device, a wide-spectrum beam is comb-filtered, which is very suitable for spectrometer wavelength calibration. The influence of waveguide filter’s structural parameters and the beam incident angle on the comb absorption peaks’ wavelength and its bandwidth are also discussed. The verification experiments were carried out in the wavelength range of 200–1100 nm with satisfactory results. Comparing with the traditional wavelength calibration method based on discrete sparse atomic emission or absorption lines, the new method has some advantages: sufficient calibration data, high accuracy, short calibration time, fit for produce process, stability, etc

  18. In-flight calibration methods used for the Ørsted mission

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    Olsen, Nils; Risbo, Torben; Brauer, Peter;

    2000-01-01

    Several methods have been developed for the in-flight calibration of the Ørsted vector magnetometer. They are based on one of the following principles: a) estimating of the magnetometer constants by means of a scalar calibration (comparison of the vector magnetometer (CSC) with the scalar...

  19. Development and application of a heat pulse sensor for in-situ measurement of hyporheic flow

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    Angermann, L.; Lewandowski, J.; Fleckenstein, J. H.; Krause, S.; Nuetzmann, G.

    2011-12-01

    The riverine system represents a continuum of surface water (SW), shallow groundwater (GW) and the interconnecting hyporheic zone (HZ). Within this conceptual model, the HZ fulfills important ecological and biogeochemical functions caused by the high specific surface of sediment, the abundance of organic matter and steep and dynamic gradients in temperature, redox potential and oxygen content. These milieu conditions are controlled by the type and intensity of GW-SW interaction like GW-discharge, SW infiltration, alternating up- and downwelling or dominantly horizontal flow. Depending on flow regimes, the HZ either acts as mixing layer or transit zone with the respective end-member mixing ratios and residence times. Hyporheic exchange fluxes (HEF) at different scales potentially interact, superimpose and prevail each other. It is therefore crucial to understand the complex interactions of SW-GW exchange fluxes from patterns at stream reach scale down to shallow HEF in the top 20cm streambed. Field measurements of GW-SW exchange are technically challenging, especially at the decimeter scale and below. This study presents a novel heat pulse sensor (HPS) which was developed for measuring shallow HEF. The method is based on a short heat pulse which is emitted into the sediment in the depth of 5 to 10cm. Breakthrough curves of the heat propagating through the sediment are recorded by a 3D sensor array around the heat source and analyzed with an analytical solution of the advective-conductive heat transport equation in a cylindrical coordinate system. Theoretical breakthrough curves are calculated for every sensor and flow velocity and the position of the longitudinal axis, which is defined parallel to flow, are fitted. After validation in controlled lab environment, the method was applied in the streambed of 3 subsections of a 250m stream reach with heterogeneous patterns of mainly sandy sediments, representing characteristic streambed conditions of a meandering lowland

  20. Some methods for calibration and beta radiation dosimetry

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    The calibration of beta radiation was studied from the point of view of primary and secondary standardization, using extrapolation chambers and examining several effects. The properties of a commercial ionization chamber were investigated, and the possibility of its use in calibration and dosimetry of 90Sr- 90Y beta radiation was demonstrated . A secondary standard calibration facility was developed and the results obtained with this facility were compared with those obtained from a primary system directly or indirectly. Nearly energy independent response was obtained in.the range 60 keV to 0,8 MeV with this secondary standard. Two solid state techniques namely thermoluminescence (TL) and thermally stimulated exoelectron emission (TSEE) were also used for beta dosimetry. Various characteristics like reproducibility, response with dose,energy dependence, etc. were studied for the materials: LiF, CaF2,Li2B4O7, Be O, CaSO4 and Al2O3. TL detectors of thickness 0,9 mm underestimate the dose 60 μm thick CaSO4:Tm embedded on a thin aluminium plate gave energy independent response behind skin layers of 7 mg/cm2. Mixed field of beta, X and gamma radiation was analysed using this detector. Quartz based Be O and graphite based alpha beta-Al2O3 were found to be good beta radiation detectors when the TSEE technique is used. Energy independent CaSO4:Tm TL dosimeters were used in international comparison for dose measurements and the results obtained were in agreement with the actual given doses within 10%. The TL detectors were also used for dose rate measurements from glazed painted tiles used in construction industry and a 85Kr source used in textile and metal industries. Results obtained in the later case were Q compared with those using the secondary standard facility. (author)

  1. A flexible calibration method for laser displacement sensors based on a stereo-target

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    Laser displacement sensors (LDSs) are widely used in online measurement owing to their characteristics of non-contact, high measurement speed, etc. However, existing calibration methods for LDSs based on the traditional triangulation measurement model are time-consuming and tedious to operate. In this paper, a calibration method for LDSs based on a vision measurement model of the LDS is presented. According to the constraint relationships of the model parameters, the calibration is implemented by freely moving a stereo-target at least twice in the field of view of the LDS. Both simulation analyses and real experiments were conducted. Experimental results demonstrate that the calibration method achieves an accuracy of 0.044 mm within the measurement range of about 150 mm. Compared to traditional calibration methods, the proposed method has no special limitation on the relative position of the LDS and the target. The linearity approximation of the measurement model in the calibration is not needed, and thus the measurement range is not limited in the linearity range. It is easy and quick to implement the calibration for the LDS. The method can be applied in wider fields. (paper)

  2. Calibration and intercomparison methods of dose calibrators used in nuclear medicine facilities; Metodos de calibracao e de intercomparacao de calibradores de dose utilizados em servicos de medicina nuclear

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    Costa, Alessandro Martins da

    1999-07-01

    Dose calibrators are used in most of the nuclear medicine facilities to determine the amount of radioactivity administered to a patient in a particular investigation or therapeutic procedure. It is therefore of vital importance that the equipment used presents good performance and is regular;y calibrated at a authorized laboratory. This occurs of adequate quality assurance procedures are carried out. Such quality control tests should be performed daily, other biannually or yearly, testing, for example, its accuracy and precision, the reproducibility and response linearity. In this work a commercial dose calibrator was calibrated with solution of radionuclides used in nuclear medicine. Simple instrument tests, such as response linearity and the response variation of the source volume increase at a constant source activity concentration, were performed. This instrument can now be used as a working standard for calibration of other dose calibrators/ An intercomparison procedure was proposed as a method of quality control of dose calibrators used in nuclear medicine facilities. (author)

  3. Improvement on infrared imaging video bolometer by laser calibration method

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    It is necessary to estimate and decrease energy losses while keeping a high performance plasma in a nuclear fusion reactor. Therefore radiation diagnostics are required to estimate the radiation loss as a part of the total energy loss. Our diagnostic, the InfraRed imaging Video Bolometer (IRVB), which has been used in Large Helical Device (LHD), JT-60U and KSTAR, measures the radiation loss from the plasma. First, a metal foil, which is apart of the diagnostic, absorbs radiation energy through an aperture and its temperature risesdue to this energy. An IR camera measures the 2D distribution of the temperature on the foil, then we obtain the irradiance intensity and distribution by solving the heat diffusion equation on the foil. The purpose of our study is the development of the foil calibration analysis with laser for measuring plasma radiation with an IRVB using a Finite Element Model (FEM). This paper shows the improvement from two viewpoints. The first one is from the spatial resolution, and second one is the addition of the time dependent part in the heat diffusion equation with the IRVB calibration of the foil thermal diffusivity. (author)

  4. Calibration methods of plane-parallel ionization chambers used in electron dosimetry

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    The use of linear accelerators in radiotherapy is of great importance in Medicine, and according to international recommendations the electron beam dosimetry has to be performed using plane-parallel ionization chambers, previously calibrated in standard gamma radiation fields at accredited laboratories. In this work, calibration methods of plane-parallel ionization chambers used in dosimetry procedures of high energy electron beams of clinical accelerators were presented, tested and intercompared. The experiments were carried out using gamma radiation beams of 60 Co at the Calibration Laboratory of Clinical Dosemeters at IPEN and electron beams od 4 to 16 MeV at the Radiotherapy Department of Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Sao Paulo. A method was chosen to be established at IPEN. Proposals of the calibration procedure, calibration certificate and data sheets are presented. (author)

  5. Camera calibration method for dimensional measurement of heavy forging in large scale

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    Liu, Bin; Hu, Chunhai; Song, Xiaoxue; Zhao, Zhenqing

    2009-07-01

    Camera calibration method plays an important role in the stereovision system to resolve the problems of dimensional measurement of heavy forging. Due to the intensive vibrating, the camera parameters must be calibrated every time after the action of the water press. This paper presents a method using the scene geometry to calibrate cameras. In the context of heavy machinery environments, the constraints which can be used are parallelism and orthogonality. These constraints lead to geometrically intuitive methods to calibrate the cameras. The huge forging equipment such as water press belongs to geometrically constrained object and insusceptible to vibrating, which gives natural prior knowledge and constraint conditions for 3-D reconstruction. The method focuses on the calibration of the extrinsic parameters which are subject to change since the effects of the workspace factors. The intrinsic parameters were calibrated in advance by an off-line method and were assumed as invariable. The results of simulation experiments demonstrate that the camera parameters could be calibrated effectively and achieve the real time need.

  6. Self-calibration method for rotating laser positioning system using interscanning technology and ultrasonic ranging.

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    Wu, Jun; Yu, Zhijing; Zhuge, Jingchang

    2016-04-01

    A rotating laser positioning system (RLPS) is an efficient measurement method for large-scale metrology. Due to multiple transmitter stations, which consist of a measurement network, the position relationship of these stations must be first calibrated. However, with such auxiliary devices such as a laser tracker, scale bar, and complex calibration process, the traditional calibration methods greatly reduce the measurement efficiency. This paper proposes a self-calibration method for RLPS, which can automatically obtain the position relationship. The method is implemented through interscanning technology by using a calibration bar mounted on the transmitter station. Each bar is composed of three RLPS receivers and one ultrasonic sensor whose coordinates are known in advance. The calibration algorithm is mainly based on multiplane and distance constraints and is introduced in detail through a two-station mathematical model. The repeated experiments demonstrate that the coordinate measurement uncertainty of spatial points by using this method is about 0.1 mm, and the accuracy experiments show that the average coordinate measurement deviation is about 0.3 mm compared with a laser tracker. The accuracy can meet the requirements of most applications, while the calibration efficiency is significantly improved. PMID:27140762

  7. A modified interval subdividing based geometric calibration method for interior tomography

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    The interior tomography is commonly met in practice, whereas the self-calibration method for geometric parameters remains far from explored. To determine the geometry of interior tomography, a modified interval subdividing based method, which was originally developed by Tan et al.,[11] was presented in this paper. For the self-calibration method, it is necessary to obtain the reconstructed image with only geometric artifacts. Therefore, truncation artifacts reduction is a key problem for the self-calibration method of an interior tomography. In the method, an interior reconstruction algorithm instead of the Feldkamp—Davis—Kress (FDK) algorithm was employed for truncation artifact reduction. Moreover, the concept of a minimum interval was defined as the stop criterion of subdividing to ensure the geometric parameters are determined nicely. The results of numerical simulation demonstrated that our method could provide a solution to the self-calibration for interior tomography while the original interval subdividing based method could not. Furthermore, real data experiment results showed that our method could significantly suppress geometric artifacts and obtain high quality images for interior tomography with less imaging cost and faster speed compared with the traditional geometric calibration method with a dedicated calibration phantom. (interdisciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology)

  8. Calibration methods and tools for KM3NeT

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    Kulikovskiy Vladimir

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The KM3NeT detectors, ARCA and ORCA, composed of several thousands digital optical modules, are in the process of their realization in the Mediterranean Sea. Each optical module contains 31 3-inch photomultipliers. Readout of the optical modules and other detector components is synchronized at the level of sub-nanoseconds. The position of the module is measured by acoustic piezo detectors inside the module and external acoustic emitters installed on the bottom of the sea. The orientation of the module is obtained with an internal attitude and heading reference system chip. Detector calibration, i.e. timing, positioning and sea-water properties, is overviewed in this talk and discussed in detail in this conference. Results of the procedure applied to the first detector unit ready for installation in the deep sea will be shown.

  9. Radon in air calibration procedure: A primary method

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    A procedure has been developed for preparing 3- to 9-iota volumes of air under natural conditions with a known concentration of /sup 222/Rn to be used for calibrating radon systems. Air is passed into a plastic bag through a standard /sup 226/Ra solution (prepared by the U.S. National Bureau of Standards) contained in an emanation flask. This plastic bag retains /sup 222/Rn with little loss into or through the bag walls. The mean ratios of the /sup 222/Rn in the air at 2 and 7 days after filling to that immediately after filling were -.992 +- 0.006 and 0.969 +- 0.008, which suggests a rate of radon loss into the bag of 0.4 +- 0.1%/day

  10. Sum of ranking differences (SRD) to ensemble multivariate calibration model merits for tuning parameter selection and comparing calibration methods

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    Highlights: • Sum of ranking differences (SRD) used for tuning parameter selection based on fusion of multicriteria. • No weighting scheme is needed for the multicriteria. • SRD allows automatic selection of one model or a collection of models if so desired. • SRD allows simultaneous comparison of different calibration methods with tuning parameter selection. • New MATLAB programs are described and made available. - Abstract: Most multivariate calibration methods require selection of tuning parameters, such as partial least squares (PLS) or the Tikhonov regularization variant ridge regression (RR). Tuning parameter values determine the direction and magnitude of respective model vectors thereby setting the resultant predication abilities of the model vectors. Simultaneously, tuning parameter values establish the corresponding bias/variance and the underlying selectivity/sensitivity tradeoffs. Selection of the final tuning parameter is often accomplished through some form of cross-validation and the resultant root mean square error of cross-validation (RMSECV) values are evaluated. However, selection of a “good” tuning parameter with this one model evaluation merit is almost impossible. Including additional model merits assists tuning parameter selection to provide better balanced models as well as allowing for a reasonable comparison between calibration methods. Using multiple merits requires decisions to be made on how to combine and weight the merits into an information criterion. An abundance of options are possible. Presented in this paper is the sum of ranking differences (SRD) to ensemble a collection of model evaluation merits varying across tuning parameters. It is shown that the SRD consensus ranking of model tuning parameters allows automatic selection of the final model, or a collection of models if so desired. Essentially, the user’s preference for the degree of balance between bias and variance ultimately decides the merits used in SRD

  11. Sum of ranking differences (SRD) to ensemble multivariate calibration model merits for tuning parameter selection and comparing calibration methods

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    Kalivas, John H., E-mail: kalijohn@isu.edu [Department of Chemistry, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID 83209 (United States); Héberger, Károly [Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Pusztaszeri út 59-67, 1025 Budapest (Hungary); Andries, Erik [Center for Advanced Research Computing, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87106 (United States); Department of Mathematics, Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NM 87106 (United States)

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • Sum of ranking differences (SRD) used for tuning parameter selection based on fusion of multicriteria. • No weighting scheme is needed for the multicriteria. • SRD allows automatic selection of one model or a collection of models if so desired. • SRD allows simultaneous comparison of different calibration methods with tuning parameter selection. • New MATLAB programs are described and made available. - Abstract: Most multivariate calibration methods require selection of tuning parameters, such as partial least squares (PLS) or the Tikhonov regularization variant ridge regression (RR). Tuning parameter values determine the direction and magnitude of respective model vectors thereby setting the resultant predication abilities of the model vectors. Simultaneously, tuning parameter values establish the corresponding bias/variance and the underlying selectivity/sensitivity tradeoffs. Selection of the final tuning parameter is often accomplished through some form of cross-validation and the resultant root mean square error of cross-validation (RMSECV) values are evaluated. However, selection of a “good” tuning parameter with this one model evaluation merit is almost impossible. Including additional model merits assists tuning parameter selection to provide better balanced models as well as allowing for a reasonable comparison between calibration methods. Using multiple merits requires decisions to be made on how to combine and weight the merits into an information criterion. An abundance of options are possible. Presented in this paper is the sum of ranking differences (SRD) to ensemble a collection of model evaluation merits varying across tuning parameters. It is shown that the SRD consensus ranking of model tuning parameters allows automatic selection of the final model, or a collection of models if so desired. Essentially, the user’s preference for the degree of balance between bias and variance ultimately decides the merits used in SRD

  12. A direct micropipette-based calibration method for atomic force microscope cantilevers

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    Liu Baoyu; Yu Yan; Yao Dakang; Shao Jinyu [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri 63130 (United States)

    2009-06-15

    In this report, we describe a direct method for calibrating atomic force microscope (AFM) cantilevers with the micropipette aspiration technique (MAT). A closely fitting polystyrene bead inside a micropipette is driven by precisely controlled hydrostatic pressures to apply known loads on the sharp tip of AFM cantilevers, thus providing a calibration at the most functionally relevant position. The new method is capable of calibrating cantilevers with spring constants ranging from 0.01 to hundreds of newtons per meter. Under appropriate loading conditions, this new method yields measurement accuracy and precision both within 10%, with higher performance for softer cantilevers. Furthermore, this method may greatly enhance the accuracy and precision of calibration for colloidal probes.

  13. Nanoscale Calibration Standards and Methods: Dimensional and Related Measurements in the Micro- and Nanometer Range

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    Wilkening, Günter; Koenders, Ludger

    2005-08-01

    The quantitative determination of the properties of micro- and nanostructures is essential in research and development. It is also a prerequisite in process control and quality assurance in industry. The knowledge of the geometrical dimensions of structures in most cases is the base, to which other physical and chemical properties are linked. Quantitative measurements require reliable and stable instruments, suitable measurement procedures as well as appropriate calibration artefacts and methods. The seminar "NanoScale 2004" (6th Seminar on Quantitative Microscopy and 2nd Seminar on Nanoscale Calibration Standards and Methods) at the National Metrology Institute (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt PTB), Braunschweig, Germany, continues the series of seminars on Quantitative Microscopy. The series stimulates the exchange of information between manufacturers of relevant hard- and software and the users in science and industry. Topics addressed in these proceedings are a) the application of quantitative measurements and measurement problems in: microelectronics, microsystems technology, nano/quantum/molecular electronics, chemistry, biology, medicine, environmental technology, materials science, surface processing b) calibration & correction methods: calibration methods, calibration standards, calibration procedures, traceable measurements, standardization, uncertainty of measurements c) instrumentation and methods: novel/improved instruments and methods, reproducible probe/sample positioning, position-measuring systems, novel/improved probe/detector systems, linearization methods, image processing

  14. Quantitative Analysis of Carbon Steel with Multi-Line Internal Standard Calibration Method Using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy.

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    Pan, Congyuan; Du, Xuewei; An, Ning; Zeng, Qiang; Wang, Shengbo; Wang, Qiuping

    2016-04-01

    A multi-line internal standard calibration method is proposed for the quantitative analysis of carbon steel using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). A procedure based on the method was adopted to select the best calibration curves and the corresponding emission lines pairs automatically. Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy experiments with carbon steel samples were performed, and C, Cr, and Mn were analyzed via the proposed method. Calibration curves of these elements were constructed via a traditional single line internal standard calibration method and a multi-line internal standard calibration method. The calibration curves obtained were evaluated with the determination coefficient, the root mean square error of cross-validation, and the average relative error of cross-validation. All of the parameters were improved significantly with the proposed method. The results show that accurate and stable calibration curves can be obtained efficiently via the multi-line internal standard calibration method. PMID:26872822

  15. A Novel Stratified Self-calibration Method of Camera Based on Rotation Movement

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    Canlin Li; Rijian Su

    2014-01-01

    This paper proposes a novel stratified self-calibration method of camera based on rotation movement. The proposed method firstly captures more than three images of the same scene in the case of constant internal parameters by panning and rotating the camera with small relative rotation angles among the captured images. After feature extraction and matching of captured images, the pixel coordinates of feature point are normalized. Then the stratified self-calibration is performed, following pr...

  16. A Novel Stratified Self-calibration Method of Camera Based on Rotation Movement

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    Canlin Li

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a novel stratified self-calibration method of camera based on rotation movement. The proposed method firstly captures more than three images of the same scene in the case of constant internal parameters by panning and rotating the camera with small relative rotation angles among the captured images. After feature extraction and matching of captured images, the pixel coordinates of feature point are normalized. Then the stratified self-calibration is performed, following projective, affine and metric calibration. Projective calibration determines the camera projective matrix of every image in the projective reconstruct space. Affine calibration calculates the parameters of infinity reference plane in this space and the homography according to approximately equal relationship among the main diagonal elements of homography, which is inferred by virtue of small relative rotation angles among the captured images and the property of internal reference matrix corresponding to normalized pixel coordinates. Lastly metric calibration acquires internal reference matrix from the calculated homography. The proposed method can be online applied to simply, fast, accurately obtain internal parameters of camera without using the calibration reference with known 3D information. Real data has been used to test the proposed approach, and very good results have been achieved.

  17. A Tool-Free Calibration Method for Turntable-Based 3D Scanning Systems.

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    Pang, Xufang; Lau, Rynson W H; Song, Zhan; Li, Yangyan; He, Shengfeng

    2016-01-01

    Turntable-based 3D scanners are popular but require calibration of the turntable axis. Existing methods for turntable calibration typically make use of specially designed tools, such as a chessboard or criterion sphere, which users must manually install and dismount. In this article, the authors propose an automatic method to calibrate the turntable axis without any calibration tools. Given a scan sequence of the input object, they first recover the initial rotation axis from an automatic registration step. Then they apply an iterative procedure to obtain the optimized turntable axis. This iterative procedure alternates between two steps: refining the initial pose of the input scans and approximating the rotation matrix. The performance of the proposed method was evaluated on a structured light-based scanning system. PMID:25137724

  18. Automated calibration methods for robotic multisensor landmine detection

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    Keranen, Joe G.; Miller, Jonathan; Schultz, Gregory; Topolosky, Zeke

    2007-04-01

    Both force protection and humanitarian demining missions require efficient and reliable detection and discrimination of buried anti-tank and anti-personnel landmines. Widely varying surface and subsurface conditions, mine types and placement, as well as environmental regimes challenge the robustness of the automatic target recognition process. In this paper we present applications created for the U.S. Army Nemesis detection platform. Nemesis is an unmanned rubber-tracked vehicle-based system designed to eradicate a wide variety of anti-tank and anti-personnel landmines for humanitarian demining missions. The detection system integrates advanced ground penetrating synthetic aperture radar (GPSAR) and electromagnetic induction (EMI) arrays, highly accurate global and local positioning, and on-board target detection/classification software on the front loader of a semi-autonomous UGV. An automated procedure is developed to estimate the soil's dielectric constant using surface reflections from the ground penetrating radar. The results have implications not only for calibration of system data acquisition parameters, but also for user awareness and tuning of automatic target recognition detection and discrimination algorithms.

  19. Single Vector Calibration System for Multi-Axis Load Cells and Method for Calibrating a Multi-Axis Load Cell

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    Parker, Peter A. (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    A single vector calibration system is provided which facilitates the calibration of multi-axis load cells, including wind tunnel force balances. The single vector system provides the capability to calibrate a multi-axis load cell using a single directional load, for example loading solely in the gravitational direction. The system manipulates the load cell in three-dimensional space, while keeping the uni-directional calibration load aligned. The use of a single vector calibration load reduces the set-up time for the multi-axis load combinations needed to generate a complete calibration mathematical model. The system also reduces load application inaccuracies caused by the conventional requirement to generate multiple force vectors. The simplicity of the system reduces calibration time and cost, while simultaneously increasing calibration accuracy.

  20. Heating pulse tests under constant volume on natural Boom clay. Experimental results and numerical simulations

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    Lima, Analice; Romero Morales, Enrique Edgar; Vaunat, Jean; Gens Solé, Antonio; Li, X. L.

    2009-01-01

    Boom clay is a potential geological host formation for High Level Nuclear Waste in Belgium. Impact of thermal loads may play an important role on this clay formation. To this aim, heating pulse tests on intact borehole samples were carried out using an axi-symmetric heating cell. Heating tests under nearly constant volume conditions and different target temperatures (maximum 85°C) were performed under controlled hydraulic boundary conditions. Selected test result are presented and afterwards ...

  1. Accuracy enhancement of the spherical actuator with a two-level geometric calibration method

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    Zhang Liang

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a two-level geometric calibration method for the permanent magnet (PM spherical actuator to improve its motion control accuracy. The proposed actuator is composed of a stator with circumferential coils and a rotor with multiple PM poles. Due to the assembly and fabrication errors, the real geometric parameters of the actuator will deviate from their design values. Hence, the identification of such errors is critical for the motion control tasks. A two-level geometric calibration approach is proposed to identify such errors. In the first level, the calibration model is formulated based on the differential form of the kinematic equation, which is to identify the geometric errors in the spherical joint. In the second level, the calibration model is formulated based on the differential form of torque formula, which is to calibrate the geometric parameters of the magnetization axes of PM poles and coils axes. To demonstrate the robustness and availability of the calibration algorithm, simulations are conducted. The results have shown that the proposed two-level calibration method can effectively compensate the geometric parameter errors and improve the positioning accuracy of the spherical actuator.

  2. Comparative study among calibration methods of clinical applicators of beta radiation

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    90Sr+90Y clinical applicators are instruments used in brachytherapy procedures and they have to be periodically calibrated, according to international standards and recommendations. In this work, four calibration methods of dermatological and ophthalmic applicators were studied, comparing the results with those given by the calibration certificates of the manufacturers. The methods included the use of the standard applicator of the Calibration Laboratory (LCI), calibrated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology; an Amersham applicator (LCI) as reference; a mini-extrapolation chamber developed at LCI as an absolute standard; and thermoluminescent dosimetry. The mini-extrapolation chamber and a PTW commercial extrapolation chamber were studied in relation to their performance through quality control tests of their response, as leakage current, repeatability and reproducibility. The distribution of the depth dose in water, that presents high importance in dosimetry of clinical applicators, was determined using the mini extrapolation chamber and the thermoluminescent dosimeters. The results obtained were considered satisfactory for the both cases, and comparable to the data of the IAEA (2002) standard. Furthermore, a dosimetry postal kit was developed for the calibration of clinical applicators using the thermoluminescent technique, to be sent to clinics and hospitals, without the need of the transport of the sources to IPEN for calibration. (author)

  3. A new automated and precise calibration method for gamma level gauges with rod detector arrangement.

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    Peyvandi, Reza Gholipour; Taheri, Ali; Olfateh, Ali; Islami, Seyyedeh Zahra

    2016-06-01

    Gamma-ray liquid level gauging is of particular importance in several industries. Industrial vessels, tanks, and reactors, which work at high temperatures and pressures, usually have thick metal walls up to 20cm. These factors make it impossible to know the exact level of liquid or fluid while the system is operating. For this reason, the calibration process of the gamma level gauges is difficult as it is impossible to gain access to the inside of the vessels, which is important during the calibration process. In this study, a new auto-calibration method was proposed for the aforementioned situations. PMID:26974485

  4. A novel separation and calibration method for DVL and compass error in dead reckoning navigation systems

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    Zhang, Yanshun; Guo, Yajing; Yang, Tao; Li, Chunyu; Wang, Zhanqing

    2016-06-01

    The scale factor error δ C of the Doppler velocity log (DVL) and the heading angle error δ \\psi of a compass are so integrated in dead reckoning (DR) navigation systems that it is difficult to separate them. This paper aims to solve this problem by putting forward an online separation and calibration method for δ C and δ \\psi based on an ‘arc and linear’ trajectory. This method introduces the high-accuracy location information of a long base line (LBL) acoustic positioning system. At first, the relationship between the displacements on the ‘arc’ trajectory in directions of east and north, output by the LBL and DR systems, serves to judge the carrier direction and calibrate δ C . And then by compensating δ C , the displacement on the ‘linear’ trajectory is used to calibrate δ \\psi . Finally, a semi-physical simulation experiment is conducted to test and verify this calibration method to see how effective and accurate it is. Experimental results show that after calibration the residual error ratios of δ C and δ \\psi are 8.24% and 3.70% respectively. Therefore, online calibration of δ C and δ \\psi is realized effectively. What’s more, when the DR system is working alone in 400 s, this method reduces position error by up to 93.39%, from 18.91 m to 1.25 m.

  5. Comparison of two different methods to determine the air kerma calibration factor (NK) for 192Ir

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    In brachytherapy, encapsulated radioactive Low Dose Rate (LDR) and High Dose Rate (HDR) sources are used to deliver a dose to tissue near the source. One of the nuclides used in LDR as well as in HDR brachytherapy sources is 192Ir. In document IAEA-TECDOC-1079, Calibration of Brachytherapy Sources, recommendations on standardized procedures for the calibration of brachytherapy sources at SSDLs and hospitals are given. One of these recommendations is the use of an ionisation chamber with an air-kerma calibration factor for 192lr sources. The problem to derive a calibration factor for 192Ir is that the most important part of the spectrum of an 192lr brachytherapy source falls in an energy gap between the standards for x-rays and the standards for gamma-rays established at primary laboratories. It is therefore unavoidable to obtain the air kerma calibration for the ionisation chamber using an indirect method. The method recommended by IAEA for the determination of the air-kerma calibration factors is based on a technique developed by Goetsch et al. In the Netherlands a different method is recommended. This method is based on a weighting procedure of the 192Ir energy spectrum over the response curve of an ionisation chamber and differs with the procedure recommended by IAEA for a NE2561 ionisation chamber by about 0.9 %

  6. A new method for the absolute radiance calibration for UV-vis measurements of scattered sunlight

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    Wagner, T.; Beirle, S.; Dörner, S.; Penning de Vries, M.; Remmers, J.; Rozanov, A.; Shaiganfar, R.

    2015-10-01

    Absolute radiometric calibrations are important for measurements of the atmospheric spectral radiance. Such measurements can be used to determine actinic fluxes, the properties of aerosols and clouds, and the shortwave energy budget. Conventional calibration methods in the laboratory are based on calibrated light sources and reflectors and are expensive, time consuming and subject to relatively large uncertainties. Also, the calibrated instruments might change during transport from the laboratory to the measurement sites. Here we present a new calibration method for UV-vis instruments that measure the spectrally resolved sky radiance, for example zenith sky differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) instruments or multi-axis (MAX)-DOAS instruments. Our method is based on the comparison of the solar zenith angle dependence of the measured zenith sky radiance with radiative transfer simulations. For the application of our method, clear-sky measurements during periods with almost constant aerosol optical depth are needed. The radiative transfer simulations have to take polarisation into account. We show that the calibration results are almost independent from the knowledge of the aerosol optical properties and surface albedo, which causes a rather small uncertainty of about < 7 %. For wavelengths below about 330 nm it is essential that the ozone column density during the measurements be constant and known.

  7. A new and simple calibration-independent method for measuring the beam energy of a cyclotron

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    Gagnon, Katherine, E-mail: kgagnon1@ualberta.c [Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton PET Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 1Z2 (Canada); Jensen, Mikael; Thisgaard, Helge [Hevesy Laboratory, Risoe-DTU, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Publicover, Julia; Lapi, Suzanne [TRIUMF, 4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 2A3 (Canada); McQuarrie, Steve A. [Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton PET Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 1Z2 (Canada); Ruth, Thomas J. [TRIUMF, 4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 2A3 (Canada)

    2011-01-15

    This work recommends a new and simple-to-perform method for measuring the beam energy of an accelerator. The proposed method requires the irradiation of two monitor foils interspaced by an energy degrader. The primary advantage of the proposed method, which makes this method unique from previous energy evaluation strategies that employ the use of monitor foils, is that this method is independent of the detector efficiency calibration. This method was evaluated by performing proton activation of {sup nat}Cu foils using both a cyclotron and a tandem Van de Graaff accelerator. The monitor foil activities were read using a dose calibrator set to an arbitrary calibration setting. Excellent agreement was noted between the nominal and measured proton energies.

  8. A new and simple calibration-independent method for measuring the beam energy of a cyclotron.

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    Gagnon, Katherine; Jensen, Mikael; Thisgaard, Helge; Publicover, Julia; Lapi, Suzanne; McQuarrie, Steve A; Ruth, Thomas J

    2011-01-01

    This work recommends a new and simple-to-perform method for measuring the beam energy of an accelerator. The proposed method requires the irradiation of two monitor foils interspaced by an energy degrader. The primary advantage of the proposed method, which makes this method unique from previous energy evaluation strategies that employ the use of monitor foils, is that this method is independent of the detector efficiency calibration. This method was evaluated by performing proton activation of (nat)Cu foils using both a cyclotron and a tandem Van de Graaff accelerator. The monitor foil activities were read using a dose calibrator set to an arbitrary calibration setting. Excellent agreement was noted between the nominal and measured proton energies. PMID:20926304

  9. Flexible calibration method for an inner surface detector based on circle structured light.

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    Zhu, Ye; Gu, Yonggang; Jin, Yi; Zhai, Chao

    2016-02-10

    A new calibration method for an inner surface detector based on circle structured light is proposed in this study. Compared with existing methods, this technique is more flexible and practical and only requires a blank planar board and an additional camera, which is precalibrated under the detector's coordinate system. The board is observed by the detector and the additional camera at a few (at least two) different orientations, which need not be known. The mathematical model of this method considers different alignment errors, which are disregarded in existing methods; therefore, precise assembly is not required. The binocular intersection algorithm is used to calculate the coordinates of the calibration points. The measurement system calibrated by this method performs well in the field test in which the maximum relative error of the measured values is less than 0.18%. The experimental result indicates that this method is highly accurate and can be easily applied in inner surface detection. PMID:26906372

  10. Establishment of a primary reference solar cell calibration technique in Korea: methods, results and comparison with WPVS qualified laboratories

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    Ahn, SeungKyu; Ahn, SeJin; Yun, Jae Ho; Lee, Dong-Hoon; Winter, Stefan; Igari, Sanekazu; Yoon, KyungHoon

    2014-06-01

    A primary reference solar cell calibration technique recently established at the Korea Institute of Energy Research in Korea is introduced. This calibration technique is an indoor method that uses a highly collimated continuous-type solar simulator and absolute cavity radiometer traceable to the World Radiometric Reference. The results obtained using this calibration technique are shown with a precise uncertainty analysis, and the system configuration and calibration procedures are introduced. The calibration technique avoids overestimating the short-circuit current of a reference solar cell due to multiple reflections of incident simulator light using a novel method. In addition, the uncertainty analysis indicates that the calibration technique has an expanded uncertainty of approximately 0.7% with a coverage factor of k = 2 for a c-Si reference cell calibration. In addition, the developed primary reference solar cell calibration technique was compared with other techniques established in the World Photovoltaic Scale (WPVS) qualified calibration laboratories to verify its validity and reliability.

  11. Methods for calibration of the vibration measurement system EVME used on the JAS 39 Gripen engine.

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    Backlund, Ludvig; Martin, Anna; Svantesson, Gustaf

    2014-01-01

    This project investigates methods for calibrating and functional testing an Engine Vibration Measurement Equipment. The equipment uses accelerometers to measure vibrations on the JAS 39 Gripen aircraft engine to ensure that the engine is correctly installed. A model for emulating the electronic signals generated by the accelerometers was created in Simulink and different ways for utilizing the model as a part of a complete test system were examined. Upon examination of different calibration m...

  12. Camera Calibration Method of Medical Robot Positioning System Based on Binocular Vision

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    Dong Feng; Sun Li-Ning; Ru Chang-Hai

    2013-01-01

    The medical robot positioning system plays an important role in the precise radiotherapy, so the study proposes the measure system based binocular vision to reduce the patient=s setup errors for the initial positioning rapidly and accurately. In order to get higher positioning accuracy, the study proposes a new non-contact camera calibration method based on planar and 3D checkerboard calibration templates. The experimental results show that camera calibrati...

  13. A Focusing Method in the Calibration Process of Image Sensors Based on IOFBs

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    Pedro R. Fernández; Lázaro, José L.; Alfredo Gardel; Ángel E. Cano; Ignacio Bravo

    2009-01-01

    A focusing procedure in the calibration process of image sensors based on Incoherent Optical Fiber Bundles (IOFBs) is described using the information extracted from fibers. These procedures differ from any other currently known focusing method due to the non spatial in-out correspondence between fibers, which produces a natural codification of the image to transmit. Focus measuring is essential prior to carrying out calibration in order to guarantee accurate processing and decoding. Four algo...

  14. Improvements to and Comparison of Static Terrestrial LiDAR Self-Calibration Methods

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    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Terrestrial laser scanners are sophisticated instruments that operate much like high-speed total stations. It has previously been shown that unmodelled systematic errors can exist in modern terrestrial laser scanners that deteriorate their geometric measurement precision and accuracy. Typically, signalised targets are used in point-based self-calibrations to identify and model the systematic errors. Although this method has proven its effectiveness, a large quantity of signalised targets is required and is therefore labour-intensive and limits its practicality. In recent years, feature-based self-calibration of aerial, mobile terrestrial, and static terrestrial laser scanning systems has been demonstrated. In this paper, the commonalities and differences between point-based and plane-based self-calibration (in terms of model identification and parameter correlation are explored. The results of this research indicate that much of the knowledge from point-based self-calibration can be directly transferred to plane-based calibration and that the two calibration approaches are nearly equivalent. New network configurations, such as the inclusion of tilted scans, were also studied and prove to be an effective means for strengthening the self-calibration solution, and improved recoverability of the horizontal collimation axis error for hybrid scanners, which has always posed a challenge in the past.

  15. Induced Dual-Nanospray: A Novel Internal Calibration Method for Convenient and Accurate Mass Measurement

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    Li, Yafeng; Zhang, Ning; Zhou, Yueming; Wang, Jianing; Zhang, Yiming; Wang, Jiyun; Xiong, Caiqiao; Chen, Suming; Nie, Zongxiu

    2013-09-01

    Accurate mass information is of great importance in the determination of unknown compounds. An effective and easy-to-control internal mass calibration method will dramatically benefit accurate mass measurement. Here we reported a simple induced dual-nanospray internal calibration device which has the following three advantages: (1) the two sprayers are in the same alternating current field; thus both reference ions and sample ions can be simultaneously generated and recorded. (2) It is very simple and can be easily assembled. Just two metal tubes, two nanosprayers, and an alternating current power supply are included. (3) With the low-flow-rate character and the versatility of nanoESI, this calibration method is capable of calibrating various samples, even untreated complex samples such as urine and other biological samples with small sample volumes. The calibration errors are around 1 ppm in positive ion mode and 3 ppm in negative ion mode with good repeatability. This new internal calibration method opens up new possibilities in the determination of unknown compounds, and it has great potential for the broad applications in biological and chemical analysis.

  16. Local Strategy Combined with a Wavelength Selection Method for Multivariate Calibration

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available One of the essential factors influencing the prediction accuracy of multivariate calibration models is the quality of the calibration data. A local regression strategy, together with a wavelength selection approach, is proposed to build the multivariate calibration models based on partial least squares regression. The local algorithm is applied to create a calibration set of spectra similar to the spectrum of an unknown sample; the synthetic degree of grey relation coefficient is used to evaluate the similarity. A wavelength selection method based on simple-to-use interactive self-modeling mixture analysis minimizes the influence of noisy variables, and the most informative variables of the most similar samples are selected to build the multivariate calibration model based on partial least squares regression. To validate the performance of the proposed method, ultraviolet-visible absorbance spectra of mixed solutions of food coloring analytes in a concentration range of 20–200 µg/mL is measured. Experimental results show that the proposed method can not only enhance the prediction accuracy of the calibration model, but also greatly reduce its complexity.

  17. Local Strategy Combined with a Wavelength Selection Method for Multivariate Calibration.

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    Chang, Haitao; Zhu, Lianqing; Lou, Xiaoping; Meng, Xiaochen; Guo, Yangkuan; Wang, Zhongyu

    2016-01-01

    One of the essential factors influencing the prediction accuracy of multivariate calibration models is the quality of the calibration data. A local regression strategy, together with a wavelength selection approach, is proposed to build the multivariate calibration models based on partial least squares regression. The local algorithm is applied to create a calibration set of spectra similar to the spectrum of an unknown sample; the synthetic degree of grey relation coefficient is used to evaluate the similarity. A wavelength selection method based on simple-to-use interactive self-modeling mixture analysis minimizes the influence of noisy variables, and the most informative variables of the most similar samples are selected to build the multivariate calibration model based on partial least squares regression. To validate the performance of the proposed method, ultraviolet-visible absorbance spectra of mixed solutions of food coloring analytes in a concentration range of 20-200 µg/mL is measured. Experimental results show that the proposed method can not only enhance the prediction accuracy of the calibration model, but also greatly reduce its complexity. PMID:27271636

  18. An investigation of methods for free-field comparison calibration of measurement microphones

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    Barrera-Figueroa, Salvador; Moreno Pescador, Guillermo; Jacobsen, Finn; Rasmussen, Knud; Cutanda Henriquez, Vicente; Juhl, Peter Møller

    Free-field comparison calibration of measurement microphones requires that a calibrated reference microphone and a test microphone are exposed to the same sound pressure in a free field. The output voltages of the microphones can be measured either sequentially or simultaneously. The sequential...... method requires the sound field to have good temporal stability. The simultaneous method requires instead that the sound pressure is the same in the positions where the microphones are placed. In this paper the results of the application of the two methods are compared. A third combined method is...

  19. Calibration of the photometric method of heavy ion charge measurements in emulsion using a CCD camera

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    A previously developed method of heavy ion charge measurements in emulsion has been significantly improved. The charge measurements are based on analysis of photometric profiles of the particle tracks in emulsion. These profiles are obtained using a CCD camera mounted on an optical microscope. So far, the manual charge determination by delta ray counting had to be used for calibration of the photometric method. In this paper a complete procedure for calibration of the photometric method is shown, without resorting to the manual method

  20. Calibration of the photometric method of heavy ion charge measurements in emulsion using a CCD camera

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    Kudzia, D; Wilczynski, H

    2002-01-01

    A previously developed method of heavy ion charge measurements in emulsion has been significantly improved. The charge measurements are based on analysis of photometric profiles of the particle tracks in emulsion. These profiles are obtained using a CCD camera mounted on an optical microscope. So far, the manual charge determination by delta ray counting had to be used for calibration of the photometric method. In this paper a complete procedure for calibration of the photometric method is shown, without resorting to the manual method.

  1. A New Calibration Method for Microphone Array with Gain, Phase, and Position Errors

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    2007-01-01

    Microphone array can be used in sound source localization and separation. But gain, phase, and position errors can seriously influence the performance of localization algorithms such as multiple signal classification (MUSIC) algorithm. In this paper, a new calibration method for microphone array with gain, phase, and position errors is proposed. Unlike traditional calibration methods for antenna array, the proposed method can be used in the broadband and near-field signal model such as microphone array with arbitrary sensor geometries in one plane. Computer simulations are presented and simulation results show the new method having good performance.

  2. Calibration method by image registration with synthetic image of 3D model

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    Tamaki, Toru; Yamamoto, Masanobu

    2003-01-01

    We propose a method for camera calibration based on image registration. This method registers two images; one is a real image captured by a camera with a calibration object with known shape and texture, and the other is a synthetic image containing the object. The proposed method estimates the parameters of the rotation and translation of the object by using the depth imformation of the synthetic image. The Gauss-Newton method is used to minimize the residuals of intensities of the two images...

  3. Method of rotation angle measurement in machine vision based on calibration pattern with spot array

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    We propose a method of rotation angle measurement with high precision in machine vision. An area scan CCD camera, imaging lens, and calibration pattern with a spot array make up the measurement device for measuring the rotation angle. The calibration pattern with a spot array is installed at the rotation part, and the CCD camera is set at a certain distance from the rotation components. The coordinates of the spots on the calibration pattern is acquired through the vision image of the calibration pattern captured by the CCD camera. At the initial position of the calibration pattern, the camera is calibrated with the spot array; the mathematical model of distortion error of the CCD camera is built. With the equation of coordinate rotation measurement, the rotation angle of the spot array is detected. In the theoretic simulation, noise of different levels is added to the coordinates of the spot array. The experiment results show that the measurement device can measure the rotation angle precisely with a noncontact method. The standard deviation of rotation angle measurement is smaller than 3 arc sec. The measurement device can measure both microangles and large angles.

  4. An efficient calibration method for SQUID measurement system using three orthogonal Helmholtz coils

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    Hua, Li; Shu-Lin, Zhang; Chao-Xiang, Zhang; Xiang-Yan, Kong; Xiao-Ming, Xie

    2016-06-01

    For a practical superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) based measurement system, the Tesla/volt coefficient must be accurately calibrated. In this paper, we propose a highly efficient method of calibrating a SQUID magnetometer system using three orthogonal Helmholtz coils. The Tesla/volt coefficient is regarded as the magnitude of a vector pointing to the normal direction of the pickup coil. By applying magnetic fields through a three-dimensional Helmholtz coil, the Tesla/volt coefficient can be directly calculated from magnetometer responses to the three orthogonally applied magnetic fields. Calibration with alternating current (AC) field is normally used for better signal-to-noise ratio in noisy urban environments and the results are compared with the direct current (DC) calibration to avoid possible effects due to eddy current. In our experiment, a calibration relative error of about 6.89 × 10‑4 is obtained, and the error is mainly caused by the non-orthogonality of three axes of the Helmholtz coils. The method does not need precise alignment of the magnetometer inside the Helmholtz coil. It can be used for the multichannel magnetometer system calibration effectively and accurately. Project supported by the “Strategic Priority Research Program (B)” of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDB04020200) and the Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology Commission Project, China (Grant No. 15DZ1940902).

  5. Calibration of a multichannel MEG system based on the Signal Space Separation method

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    For an efficient use of multichannel MEG systems, an accurate sensor calibration is extremely important. This includes the knowledge of both channel sensitivities and channel arrangement, which can deviate from original system plans, e.g., because of thermal stresses. In this paper, we propose a new solution to the calibration of a multichannel MEG sensor array based on the signal space separation (SSS) method. It has been shown that an inaccurate knowledge of sensor calibration limits the performances of the SSS method, resulting in a mismatch between the measured neuromagnetic field and its SSS reconstruction. Given a set of known magnetic sources, we show that an objective function, which strongly depends on sensor geometry, can be derived from the principal angle between the measured vector signal and the SSS basis. Hence, the MEG sensor array calibration is carried out by minimizing the objective function through a standard large-scale optimization technique. Details on the magnetic sources and calibration process are presented here. Finally, an application to the calibration of the 153-channel whole-head MEG system installed at the University of Chieti is discussed. (paper)

  6. Improvements on the directional characteristics of a calibration sound source using the Boundary Element Method

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    Cutanda Henriquez, Vicente; Barrera Figueroa, Salvador; Juhl, Peter Møller

    2008-01-01

    The project Euromet-792 aims to investigate and improve methods for secondary free-field calibration of microphones. In this framework, the comparison method is being studied at DFM in relation to the more usual substitution method of microphone calibration. The design of the sound source is of...... particular importance to achieve a sound field that reaches both microphones with the same level and that is sufficiently uniform at the microphone positions, in order to reduce the effect of misalignment. An existing sound source has been modeled using the Boundary Element Method, and the simulations have...... been used to modify the source and make it suitable for this kind of calibration. It has been found that a central plug, already present in the device, can be re-shaped in such a way that makes the sound field on the microphone positions more uniform, even at rather high frequencies. Measurements have...

  7. Research on calibration method of axis-shift multi-camera for aerial photogrammetry

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    Wang, Xiao; Fang, Junyong; Ma, Jingyu; Zhang, Xiaohong; Zhao, Dong; Liu, Xue

    2015-12-01

    Axis-shift multi-camera has been gradually applied in the aerial photogrammetry because of its advantages on structure design. In this paper, the basic axis-shift theory is analyzed, and an improved calibration method is described. A prototype system, including two axis-shift cameras, is developed to validate the feasibility and correctness of the proposed method. With the help of a high-precision indoor control field, the parameters of single camera and the relative orientation parameters of the dual camera system are calculated respectively. Experiment result indicates that this calibration method is suitable for the axis-shift multi camera system.

  8. A GPS-Based Pitot-Static Calibration Method Using Global Output-Error Optimization

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    Foster, John V.; Cunningham, Kevin

    2010-01-01

    Pressure-based airspeed and altitude measurements for aircraft typically require calibration of the installed system to account for pressure sensing errors such as those due to local flow field effects. In some cases, calibration is used to meet requirements such as those specified in Federal Aviation Regulation Part 25. Several methods are used for in-flight pitot-static calibration including tower fly-by, pacer aircraft, and trailing cone methods. In the 1990 s, the introduction of satellite-based positioning systems to the civilian market enabled new inflight calibration methods based on accurate ground speed measurements provided by Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Use of GPS for airspeed calibration has many advantages such as accuracy, ease of portability (e.g. hand-held) and the flexibility of operating in airspace without the limitations of test range boundaries or ground telemetry support. The current research was motivated by the need for a rapid and statistically accurate method for in-flight calibration of pitot-static systems for remotely piloted, dynamically-scaled research aircraft. Current calibration methods were deemed not practical for this application because of confined test range size and limited flight time available for each sortie. A method was developed that uses high data rate measurements of static and total pressure, and GPSbased ground speed measurements to compute the pressure errors over a range of airspeed. The novel application of this approach is the use of system identification methods that rapidly compute optimal pressure error models with defined confidence intervals in nearreal time. This method has been demonstrated in flight tests and has shown 2- bounds of approximately 0.2 kts with an order of magnitude reduction in test time over other methods. As part of this experiment, a unique database of wind measurements was acquired concurrently with the flight experiments, for the purpose of experimental validation of the

  9. A method for the temperature calibration of an infrared camera using water as a radiative source

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    Presented here is an effective low-cost method for the temperature calibration of infrared cameras, for applications in the 0-100 deg. C range. The calibration of image gray level intensity to temperature is achieved by imaging an upwelling flow of water, the temperature of which is measured with a thermistor probe. The upwelling flow is created by a diffuser located below the water surface of a constant temperature water bath. The thermistor probe is kept immediately below the surface, and the distance from the diffuser outlet to the surface is adjusted so that the deformation of the water surface on account of the flow is small, yet the difference between the surface temperature seen by the camera and the bulk temperature measured by the thermistor is also small. The benefit of this method compared to typical calibration procedures is that, without sacrificing the quality of the calibration, relatively expensive commercial blackbodies are replaced by water as the radiative source (ε≅0.98 for the wavelengths considered here). A heat transfer analysis is provided, which improves the accuracy of the calibration method and also provides the user with guidance to further increases in accuracy of the method.

  10. Shrinkage calibration method for μPIM manufactured parts

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    Quagliotti, Danilo; Tosello, Guido; Salaga, J.;

    2016-01-01

    were compared with the sintered parts (final products) calculating the percentage of shrinkage after sintering. Successively, the expanded uncertainty of the measured dimensions were evaluated for each single part as well as for the overall parts. Finally, the estimated uncertainty for the shrinkage...... was evaluated propagating the expanded uncertainty previously stated and considering green and sintered parts correlated. Results showed that the proposed method can be effective instating tolerances if it is assumed that the variability on the dimensions induced by the shrinkage equals the propagated...

  11. Research on direct calibration method of eye-to-hand system of robot

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    Hu, Xiaoping; Xie, Ke; Peng, Tao

    2013-10-01

    In the position-based visual servoing control for robot, the hand-eye calibration is very important because it can affect the control precision of the system. According to the robot with eye-to-hand stereovision system, this paper proposes a direct method of hand-eye calibration. The method utilizes the triangle measuring principle to solve the coordinates in the camera coordinate system of scene point. It calculates the estimated coordinates by the hand-eye calibration equation set which indicates the transformational relation from the robot to the camera coordinate system, and then uses the error of actual and estimated coordinates to establish the objective function. Finally the method substitutes the parameters into the function repeatedly until it converged to optimize the result. The related experiment compared the measured coordinates with the actual coordinates, shows the efficiency and the precision of it.

  12. A simple method for wind tunnel balance calibration including non-linear interaction terms

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    Ramaswamy, M. A.; Srinivas, T.; Holla, V. S.

    The conventional method for calibrating wind tunnel balances to obtain the coupled linear and nonlinear interaction terms requires the application of combinations of pure components of the loads on the calibration body compensating the deflection of the balance. For a six-component balance, this calls for a complex loading system and an arrangement to translate and tilt the balance support about all three axes. A simple method called the least-square method is illustrated for a three-component balance. The simplicity arises from the fact that application of the pure components of the loads or reorientation of the balance is not required. A single load is applied that has various components whose magnitudes can be easily found knowing the orientation of the calibration body under load and the point of application of the load. The coefficients are obtained by using the least-square-fit approach to match the outputs obtained for various combinations of load.

  13. Two-dimensional differential calibration method for a neutron dosemeter using a thermal neutron beam.

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    Matsumoto, Tetsuro; Harano, Hideki; Masuda, Akihiko; Nishiyama, Jun; Matsue, Hideaki; Uritani, Akira; Nunomiya, Tomoya

    2013-08-01

    A new thermal neutron calibration method to experimentally determine the energy response function of a neutron detector using a pulse parallel beam and the time-of-flight (TOF) technique is developed. The calibration method was experimentally demonstrated for a (3)He proportional counter and an electric personal dosemeter using a pulsed thermal neutron beam from the research reactor JRR-3M. The responses of the detectors were successfully obtained as a function of neutron energy. However, detailed information on the detector structure is required to obtain the spatial response distribution for the detector. The authors further propose an improved calibration method obtaining the spatial response distribution using a pulsed narrow beam, the TOF technique and a beam scanning technique. PMID:23509397

  14. Optical system error analysis and calibration method of high-accuracy star trackers.

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    Sun, Ting; Xing, Fei; You, Zheng

    2013-01-01

    The star tracker is a high-accuracy attitude measurement device widely used in spacecraft. Its performance depends largely on the precision of the optical system parameters. Therefore, the analysis of the optical system parameter errors and a precise calibration model are crucial to the accuracy of the star tracker. Research in this field is relatively lacking a systematic and universal analysis up to now. This paper proposes in detail an approach for the synthetic error analysis of the star tracker, without the complicated theoretical derivation. This approach can determine the error propagation relationship of the star tracker, and can build intuitively and systematically an error model. The analysis results can be used as a foundation and a guide for the optical design, calibration, and compensation of the star tracker. A calibration experiment is designed and conducted. Excellent calibration results are achieved based on the calibration model. To summarize, the error analysis approach and the calibration method are proved to be adequate and precise, and could provide an important guarantee for the design, manufacture, and measurement of high-accuracy star trackers. PMID:23567527

  15. Optical System Error Analysis and Calibration Method of High-Accuracy Star Trackers

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The star tracker is a high-accuracy attitude measurement device widely used in spacecraft. Its performance depends largely on the precision of the optical system parameters. Therefore, the analysis of the optical system parameter errors and a precise calibration model are crucial to the accuracy of the star tracker. Research in this field is relatively lacking a systematic and universal analysis up to now. This paper proposes in detail an approach for the synthetic error analysis of the star tracker, without the complicated theoretical derivation. This approach can determine the error propagation relationship of the star tracker, and can build intuitively and systematically an error model. The analysis results can be used as a foundation and a guide for the optical design, calibration, and compensation of the star tracker. A calibration experiment is designed and conducted. Excellent calibration results are achieved based on the calibration model. To summarize, the error analysis approach and the calibration method are proved to be adequate and precise, and could provide an important guarantee for the design, manufacture, and measurement of high-accuracy star trackers.

  16. Hybrid calibration method for six-component force/torque transducers of wind tunnel balance based on support vector machines

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    Ma Yingkun; Xie Shilin; Zhang Xinong; Luo Yajun

    2013-01-01

    A hybrid calibration approach based on support vector machines (SVM) is proposed to characterize nonlinear cross coupling of multi-dimensional transducer.It is difficult to identify these unknown nonlinearities and crosstalk just with a single conventional calibration approach.In this paper,a hybrid model comprising calibration matrix and SVM model for calibrating linearity and nonlinearity respectively is built up.The calibration matrix is determined by linear artificial neural network (ANN),and the SVM is used to compensate for the nonlinear cross coupling among each dimension.A simulation of the calibration of a multi-dimensional sensor is conducted by the SVM hybrid calibration method,which is then utilized to calibrate a six-component force/torque transducer of wind tunnel balance.From the calibrating results,it can be indicated that the SVM hybrid calibration method has improved the calibration accuracy significantly without increasing data samples,compared with calibration matrix.Moreover,with the calibration matrix,the hybrid model can provide a basis for the design of transducers.

  17. Calibration Method for Confocal X-Ray Microanalysis with Polychromatic Excitation

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available To apply the fundamental parameters method at the confocal setup the knowledge of the sensitivity of the spectrometer is required which depends on the characteristics of two X-ray lenses: one in the excitation channel and another in the detection channel. For the particular case of polychromatic excitation, the theory shows that the focalization properties of the excitation lens for all incident energies affect the X-ray fluorescence intensity. Therefore the traditional calibration method based on the measurement of standard samples becomes unstable since the number of required fitting parameters is too high. To reduce these parameters a previous characterization of the excitation lens by a simulation program was employed giving rise to a simplified confocal setup calibration. The developed calibration method was applied for a confocal spectrometer implemented in the Brazilian Synchrotron Radiation Source (LNLS with white beam. The experimental parameters of the sensitivity were obtained from depth profile analysis of several pure thin films. The calibrated confocal setup was used to quantify reference standards in order to validate the calibration procedure. Our results for elemental concentrations show relative errors less than 15% for the quantitative analysis of a light matrix reference standard.

  18. Standardization of Laser Methods and Techniques for Vibration Measurements and Calibrations

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    The realization and dissemination of the SI units of motion quantities (vibration and shock) have been based on laser interferometer methods specified in international documentary standards. New and refined laser methods and techniques developed by national metrology institutes and by leading manufacturers in the past two decades have been swiftly specified as standard methods for inclusion into in the series ISO 16063 of international documentary standards. A survey of ISO Standards for the calibration of vibration and shock transducers demonstrates the extended ranges and improved accuracy (measurement uncertainty) of laser methods and techniques for vibration and shock measurements and calibrations. The first standard for the calibration of laser vibrometers by laser interferometry or by a reference accelerometer calibrated by laser interferometry (ISO 16063-41) is on the stage of a Draft International Standard (DIS) and may be issued by the end of 2010. The standard methods with refined techniques proved to achieve wider measurement ranges and smaller measurement uncertainties than that specified in the ISO Standards. The applicability of different standardized interferometer methods to vibrations at high frequencies was recently demonstrated up to 347 kHz (acceleration amplitudes up to 350 km/s2). The relative deviations between the amplitude measurement results of the different interferometer methods that were applied simultaneously, differed by less than 1% in all cases.

  19. The Three-Transponder Method: A Novel Approach for Traceable (E)RCS Calibration of SAR Transponders

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    Björn J. Döring; Reimann, Jens; Raab, Sebastian; Jirousek, Matthias; Rudolf, Daniel; Schwerdt, Marco

    2016-01-01

    The radiometric calibration of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems is typically based on the known backscatter of calibration point targets such as transponders. Before a SAR calibration campaign can begin it is therefore necessary to determine the backscatter (radar cross section or RCS) of the transponder itself. Known methods suffer from unnecessarily high uncertainty contributions and therefore also affect the radiometric uncertainty of the calibrated SAR system. In this paper we prese...

  20. Characterization of X-ray beams by attenuation method for personnel dosemeters calibration

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    It has been used the attenuation method to characterize the X rays beams used for calibration of personal dosemeters at Calibration and Dosimetry Laboratory of Peruvian Institute of Nuclear Energy (IPEN). Voltages applied to the X ray tube and the additional filters have been made according to publication ANSI No.13. Half value layer, the homogeneity coefficient and mean energy were determined from attenuation data. Average relative differences of 3, 40 and 4 % respectively were found with respect to values published in ANSI No.13. Also spectral distributions and their resolutions were determined. Relative differences of 16 and 9% respectively were found in comparison with values calculated by the Montecarlo's Method. (author)

  1. A quantitative model for heat pulse propagation across large helical device plasmas

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    Zhu, H.; Dendy, R. O.; Chapman, S. C.; Inagaki, S.

    2015-06-01

    It is known that rapid edge cooling of magnetically confined plasmas can trigger heat pulses that propagate rapidly inward. These can result in large excursion, either positive or negative, in the electron temperature at the core. A set of particularly detailed measurements was obtained in Large Helical Device (LHD) plasmas [S. Inagaki et al., Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion 52, 075002 (2010)], which are considered here. By applying a travelling wave transformation, we extend the model of Dendy et al., Plasma Phys. Controlled Fusion 55, 115009 (2013), which successfully describes the local time-evolution of heat pulses in these plasmas, to include also spatial dependence. The new extended model comprises two coupled nonlinear first order differential equations for the (x, t) evolution of the deviation from steady state of two independent variables: the excess electron temperature gradient and the excess heat flux, both of which are measured in the LHD experiments. The mathematical structure of the model equations implies a formula for the pulse velocity, defined in terms of plasma quantities, which aligns with empirical expectations and is within a factor of two of the measured values. We thus model spatio-temporal pulse evolution, from first principles, in a way which yields as output the spatiotemporal evolution of the electron temperature, which is also measured in detail in the experiments. We compare the model results against LHD datasets using appropriate initial and boundary conditions. Sensitivity of this nonlinear model with respect to plasma parameters, initial conditions, and boundary conditions is also investigated. We conclude that this model is able to match experimental data for the spatio-temporal evolution of the temperature profiles of these pulses, and their propagation velocities, across a broad radial range from r /a ≃0.5 to the plasma core. The model further implies that the heat pulse may be related mathematically to soliton solutions of the

  2. PMT response drift of ATLAS Tile Laser II calibration system: an introduction of a new method

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    Di Gregorio, Giulia

    2016-01-01

    In this article I describe the performance of the monitoring diodes of the Laser II system, a new system for run II used to calibrate the gain variation of PMTs in between two cesium scan. I also show a new method to measure the PMT drift response that it is compared to the method used up to now (Clermont-Ferrant) corrected with the Pisa method. The agreement between the two method is within 0.2%.

  3. A nondestructive calibration method for maximizing the range and accuracy of AFM force measurement

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    In this paper, a nondestructive method for the normal and lateral sensitivity calibrations of the optical lever in atomic force microscope (AFM) is presented. The practical application of this method in a dual-probe AFM is discussed in detail. To calibrate the conversion factors between photodiode responses and probe's deflection angles accurately without applying forces to the probe, a two-degrees-of-freedom flexure-hinge-based calibration device (FHCD) is developed. The device, which mainly consists of two mutually perpendicular flexure-hinge levers that share the same rotational center, serves as a switching mechanism for precise translation-to-rotation conversions both in the normal and lateral directions. During the calibration, a probe is attached to the FHCD at the meeting of the rotational axes of two levers. The FHCD is mounted on an AFM sample platform. The probe in this method acts as a mirror to be normally and laterally tilted at nanoscale angles to deflect the reflected laser beam by twisting the corresponding flexure-hinge levers, rather than the force-inducing probe deflection in traditional AFM calibration methods. With this method, the nondestructive calibration of the local and full-range sensitivities of the optical levers can be completed without destroying the probe tip or modifying the actual system setup of an AFM. Moreover, the nonlinearities of the optical levers are accurately compensated. Experimental results show that the linear ranges (with a deviation of 5% in the full range) of the force measurement are extended to 3.6 and 4.5 times in the normal and lateral directions, respectively, increasing to over 90% of the full range of the force measurement. (paper)

  4. Calibration method for a vision guiding-based laser-tracking measurement system

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    Laser-tracking measurement systems (laser trackers) based on a vision-guiding device are widely used in industrial fields, and their calibration is important. As conventional methods typically have many disadvantages, such as difficult machining of the target and overdependence on the retroreflector, a novel calibration method is presented in this paper. The retroreflector, which is necessary in the normal calibration method, is unnecessary in our approach. As the laser beam is linear, points on the beam can be obtained with the help of a normal planar target. In this way, we can determine the function of a laser beam under the camera coordinate system, while its corresponding function under the laser-tracker coordinate system can be obtained from the encoder of the laser tracker. Clearly, when several groups of functions are confirmed, the rotation matrix can be solved from the direction vectors of the laser beams in different coordinate systems. As the intersection of the laser beams is the origin of the laser-tracker coordinate system, the translation matrix can also be determined. Our proposed method not only achieves the calibration of a single laser-tracking measurement system but also provides a reference for the calibration of a multistation system. Simulations to evaluate the effects of some critical factors were conducted. These simulations show the robustness and accuracy of our method. In real experiments, the root mean square error of the calibration result reached 1.46 mm within a range of 10 m, even though the vision-guiding device focuses on a point approximately 5 m away from the origin of its coordinate system, with a field of view of approximately 200 mm  ×  200 mm. (paper)

  5. Calibration method for a vision guiding-based laser-tracking measurement system

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    Shao, Mingwei; Wei, Zhenzhong; Hu, Mengjie; Zhang, Guangjun

    2015-08-01

    Laser-tracking measurement systems (laser trackers) based on a vision-guiding device are widely used in industrial fields, and their calibration is important. As conventional methods typically have many disadvantages, such as difficult machining of the target and overdependence on the retroreflector, a novel calibration method is presented in this paper. The retroreflector, which is necessary in the normal calibration method, is unnecessary in our approach. As the laser beam is linear, points on the beam can be obtained with the help of a normal planar target. In this way, we can determine the function of a laser beam under the camera coordinate system, while its corresponding function under the laser-tracker coordinate system can be obtained from the encoder of the laser tracker. Clearly, when several groups of functions are confirmed, the rotation matrix can be solved from the direction vectors of the laser beams in different coordinate systems. As the intersection of the laser beams is the origin of the laser-tracker coordinate system, the translation matrix can also be determined. Our proposed method not only achieves the calibration of a single laser-tracking measurement system but also provides a reference for the calibration of a multistation system. Simulations to evaluate the effects of some critical factors were conducted. These simulations show the robustness and accuracy of our method. In real experiments, the root mean square error of the calibration result reached 1.46 mm within a range of 10 m, even though the vision-guiding device focuses on a point approximately 5 m away from the origin of its coordinate system, with a field of view of approximately 200 mm  ×  200 mm.

  6. A geometric calibration method for inverse geometry computed tomography using P-matrices

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    Slagowski, Jordan M.; Dunkerley, David A. P.; Hatt, Charles R.; Speidel, Michael A.

    2016-03-01

    Accurate and artifact free reconstruction of tomographic images requires precise knowledge of the imaging system geometry. This work proposes a novel projection matrix (P-matrix) based calibration method to enable C-arm inverse geometry CT (IGCT). The method is evaluated for scanning-beam digital x-ray (SBDX), a C-arm mounted inverse geometry fluoroscopic technology. A helical configuration of fiducials is imaged at each gantry angle in a rotational acquisition. For each gantry angle, digital tomosynthesis is performed at multiple planes and a composite image analogous to a cone-beam projection is generated from the plane stack. The geometry of the C-arm, source array, and detector array is determined at each angle by constructing a parameterized 3D-to-2D projection matrix that minimizes the sum-of-squared deviations between measured and projected fiducial coordinates. Simulations were used to evaluate calibration performance with translations and rotations of the source and detector. In a geometry with 1 mm translation of the central ray relative to the axis-of-rotation and 1 degree yaw of the detector and source arrays, the maximum error in the recovered translational parameters was 0.4 mm and maximum error in the rotation parameter was 0.02 degrees. The relative rootmean- square error in a reconstruction of a numerical thorax phantom was 0.4% using the calibration method, versus 7.7% without calibration. Changes in source-detector-distance were the most challenging to estimate. Reconstruction of experimental SBDX data using the proposed method eliminated double contour artifacts present in a non-calibrated reconstruction. The proposed IGCT geometric calibration method reduces image artifacts when uncertainties exist in system geometry.

  7. Application of LabSOCS efficiency calibration method in rapid analysis at lab under emergency monitoring of the nuclear incidents

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    Objective: To explore the effectiveness of the method of LabSOCS(Laboratory sourceless calibration software) efficiency calibration in laboratory rapid analysis for emergency monitoring of nuclear incidents. Methods: The detection efficiency of three kinds of environmental samples in emergency monitoring Wag calculated by using the LabSOCS efficiency calibration method, and compared with the values that were obtained by way of radioactive source calibration method. Results: The maximum relative deviation of the detection efficiency between the two methods was less than 15%, and the values with relative deviation less than 5% accounted for 70%. Conclusions: The LabSOCS efficiency calibration method might take the place of radioactive source efficiency calibration method, and meet the requirement of rapid analysis in emergency monitoring of the nuclear incidents. (authors)

  8. 光电综合标校系统光轴平行度标校方法%Optical Parallelism Calibration Method of Photoelectric Integrated Calibration System

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    郑均杰; 张镭; 李杰然

    2011-01-01

    针对光电综合标校系统的功能组成及标校原理,提出了标校靶标的设计及标校方法,并利用感光相纸对激光光斑进行聚焦采集,实现了对电视/红外/激光三者光轴一致性的标校,检测结果验证了该标校靶标及标校方法的可行性和有效性。%Aiming at the function component and calibration principle of photoelectric integrated calibration system,this paper presents the design and calibration method of calibration drone,and realizes the calibration to the axes consistency of television,infrared and laser by using the photographic papers to focus and collect laser spots.The detection result proves the feasibility and usefulness of the calibration drone and the calibration method.

  9. CEILINEX 2015: Validation of calibration methods during the ceilometer inter-comparison

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    Hervo, Maxime

    2016-04-01

    In Europe, more than 700 ceilometers are measuring continuously. These instruments can be used for many applications such as detection of cloud base and aerosol layers height, aerosol profiling or for fog now-casting. However, from different manufacturers exist and the results can vary extensively from one type to another. During the CeiLinEx2015 campaign (Ceilometer Performance Experiment at Lindenberg 2015), 6 types of ceilometers (CL31, CL51, CHM15k, CHM15kx CS135 and LD40) were measuring simultaneously at Lindenberg (Germany) from June to September 2015. Each type was represented by two instruments in order to assess the instrument-to-instrument variability. A companion contribution by Mattis et al. presents an overview of the campaign. The monitoring of the temporal and spatial evolution of aerosol layers like the volcanic ash, is crucial to compare measurements from different sites. Therefore, all instruments need to be calibrated in order to provide consistent results. This contribution will focus on the validation and the comparison of state-of-the-art calibration methods. The calibration methods tested were are the cloud calibration (O'Connor et al., 2004) and the Rayleigh calibration Method (Wiegner and Geiß, 2012). Both methods can be applied without on-site intervention and are thus suitable for automatic networks. Operational automated algorithms based on these methods were developed in the framework of the TOPROF project (ESSEM COST Action ES1303)..The Cloud calibration was found more appropriate for analog instruments with analog signal detection measuring at around 905nm (Vaisala CL51 and CL31 and Campbell Scientific CS135). The Rayleigh was more suitable for photon-counting systems measuring at 1064nm (CHM15k, CHM15kx). For the first time, these methods were tested simultaneously on different instrument types and compared amongst each other. For a dust event occurred on the 13/08/2015, the attenuated backscatter coefficient difference amongst all

  10. Calibrating a combined energy systems analysis and controller design method with empirical data

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    The drive towards low carbon constructions has seen buildings increasingly utilise many different energy systems simultaneously to control the human comfort of the indoor environment; such as ventilation with heat recovery, various heating solutions and applications of renewable energy. This paper describes a dynamic modelling and simulation method (IDEAS – Inverse Dynamics based Energy Assessment and Simulation) for analysing the energy utilisation of a building and its complex servicing systems. The IDEAS case study presented in this paper is based upon small perturbation theory and can be used for the analysis of the performance of complex energy systems and also for the design of smart control systems. This paper presents a process of how any dynamic model can be calibrated against a more empirical based data model, in this case the UK Government's SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure). The research targets of this work are building simulation experts for analysing the energy use of a building and also control engineers to assist in the design of smart control systems for dwellings. The calibration process presented is transferable and has applications for simulation experts to assist in calibrating any dynamic building simulation method with an empirical based method. - Highlights: • Presentation of an energy systems analysis method for assessing the energy utilisation of buildings and their complex servicing systems. • An inverse dynamics based controller design method is detailed. • Method of how a dynamic model can be calibrated with an empirical based model

  11. High accuracy position response calibration method for a micro-channel plate ion detector

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    Hong, Ran; Bagdasarova, Yelena; Flechard, Xavier; Garcia, Alejandro; Mueller, Peter; Knecht, Andreas; Lienard, Etienne; Kossin, Michael; Sternberg, Matthew G; Swanson, H E; Zumwalt, David W

    2016-01-01

    We have developed a position response calibration method for a micro-channel plate (MCP) detector with a delay-line anode position readout scheme. Using an {\\em in situ} calibration mask, an accuracy of 8~$\\mu$m and a resolution of 85~$\\mu$m (FWHM) have been achieved for MeV-scale $\\alpha$ particles and ions with energies of $\\sim$10~keV. For high statistics experiments, this method can be directly employed with the experimental data without any dedicated calibration runs. The improved performance of the MCP detector can find applications in many fields of AMO and nuclear physics. In our case, it helps reducing systematic uncertainties in a high-precision nuclear $\\beta$-decay experiment.

  12. An Improved Calibration Method for Hydrazine Monitors for the United States Air Force

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    2003-07-07

    This report documents the results of Phase 1 of the ''Air Force Hydrazine Detector Characterization and Calibration Project''. A method for calibrating model MDA 7100 hydrazine detectors in the United States Air Force (AF) inventory has been developed. The calibration system consists of a Kintek 491 reference gas generation system, a humidifier/mixer system which combines the dry reference hydrazine gas with humidified diluent or carrier gas to generate the required humidified reference for calibrations, and a gas sampling interface. The Kintek reference gas generation system itself is periodically calibrated using an ORNL-constructed coulometric titration system to verify the hydrazine concentration of the sample atmosphere in the interface module. The Kintek reference gas is then used to calibrate the hydrazine monitors. Thus, coulometric titration is only used to periodically assess the performance of the Kintek reference gas generation system, and is not required for hydrazine monitor calibrations. One advantage of using coulometric titration for verifying the concentration of the reference gas is that it is a primary standard (if used for simple solutions), thereby guaranteeing, in principle, that measurements will be traceable to SI units (i.e., to the mole). The effect of humidity of the reference gas was characterized by using the results of concentrations determined by coulometric titration to develop a humidity correction graph for the Kintek 491 reference gas generation system. Using this calibration method, calibration uncertainty has been reduced by 50% compared to the current method used to calibrate hydrazine monitors in the Air Force inventory and calibration time has also been reduced by more than 20%. Significant findings from studies documented in this report are the following: (1) The Kintek 491 reference gas generation system (generator, humidifier and interface module) can be used to calibrate hydrazine detectors. (2) The

  13. Calibration method to characterize the accuracy of phase-shifting point diffraction interferometer

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    Liu Ke; Li Yanqiu; Wang Hai [Key Laboratory of Photoelectronic Imaging Technology and System, Ministry of Education of China, School of Optoelectronics, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China)

    2011-03-15

    Characterization of measurement accuracy of the phase-shifting point diffraction interferometer (PS/PDI) is usually performed by two-pinhole null test. In this procedure, the geometrical coma and detector tilt astigmatism systematic errors are almost one or two magnitude higher than the desired accuracy of PS/PDI. These errors must be accurately removed from the null test result to achieve high accuracy. Published calibration methods, which can remove the geometrical coma error successfully, have some limitations in calibrating the astigmatism error. In this paper, we propose a method to simultaneously calibrate the geometrical coma and detector tilt astigmatism errors in PS/PDI null test. Based on the measurement results obtained from two pinhole pairs in orthogonal directions, the method utilizes the orthogonal and rotational symmetry properties of Zernike polynomials over unit circle to calculate the systematic errors introduced in null test of PS/PDI. The experiment using PS/PDI operated at visible light is performed to verify the method. The results show that the method is effective in isolating the systematic errors of PS/PDI and the measurement accuracy of the calibrated PS/PDI is 0.0088{lambda} rms ({lambda}= 632.8 nm).

  14. Calibration method to characterize the accuracy of phase-shifting point diffraction interferometer

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    Characterization of measurement accuracy of the phase-shifting point diffraction interferometer (PS/PDI) is usually performed by two-pinhole null test. In this procedure, the geometrical coma and detector tilt astigmatism systematic errors are almost one or two magnitude higher than the desired accuracy of PS/PDI. These errors must be accurately removed from the null test result to achieve high accuracy. Published calibration methods, which can remove the geometrical coma error successfully, have some limitations in calibrating the astigmatism error. In this paper, we propose a method to simultaneously calibrate the geometrical coma and detector tilt astigmatism errors in PS/PDI null test. Based on the measurement results obtained from two pinhole pairs in orthogonal directions, the method utilizes the orthogonal and rotational symmetry properties of Zernike polynomials over unit circle to calculate the systematic errors introduced in null test of PS/PDI. The experiment using PS/PDI operated at visible light is performed to verify the method. The results show that the method is effective in isolating the systematic errors of PS/PDI and the measurement accuracy of the calibrated PS/PDI is 0.0088λ rms (λ= 632.8 nm).

  15. Measurement of longitudinal impedance for a KAON test pipe model with TSD-calibration method

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    The authors report measurements of longitudinal impedances for a KAON factory beam pipe model by means of the TSD-calibration method. The experimental method and the results are discussed. The frequency band is from 48 MHz up to 900 MHz, within which range the method produces measured impedances accurate enough to be useful in indicating whether a test pipe will have a suitably low impedance

  16. An alternative method for calibration of narrow band radiometer using a radiative transfer model

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    Salvador, J; Wolfram, E; D' Elia, R [Centro de Investigaciones en Laseres y Aplicaciones, CEILAP (CITEFA-CONICET), Juan B. de La Salle 4397 (B1603ALO), Villa Martelli, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Zamorano, F; Casiccia, C [Laboratorio de Ozono y Radiacion UV, Universidad de Magallanes, Punta Arenas (Chile) (Chile); Rosales, A [Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco, UNPSJB, Facultad de Ingenieria, Trelew (Argentina) (Argentina); Quel, E, E-mail: jsalvador@citefa.gov.ar [Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia Austral, Unidad Academica Rio Gallegos Avda. Lisandro de la Torre 1070 ciudad de Rio Gallegos-Sta Cruz (Argentina) (Argentina)

    2011-01-01

    The continual monitoring of solar UV radiation is one of the major objectives proposed by many atmosphere research groups. The purpose of this task is to determine the status and degree of progress over time of the anthropogenic composition perturbation of the atmosphere. Such changes affect the intensity of the UV solar radiation transmitted through the atmosphere that then interacts with living organisms and all materials, causing serious consequences in terms of human health and durability of materials that interact with this radiation. One of the many challenges that need to be faced to perform these measurements correctly is the maintenance of periodic calibrations of these instruments. Otherwise, damage caused by the UV radiation received will render any one calibration useless after the passage of some time. This requirement makes the usage of these instruments unattractive, and the lack of frequent calibration may lead to the loss of large amounts of acquired data. Motivated by this need to maintain calibration or, at least, know the degree of stability of instrumental behavior, we have developed a calibration methodology that uses the potential of radiative transfer models to model solar radiation with 5% accuracy or better relative to actual conditions. Voltage values in each radiometer channel involved in the calibration process are carefully selected from clear sky data. Thus, tables are constructed with voltage values corresponding to various atmospheric conditions for a given solar zenith angle. Then we model with a radiative transfer model using the same conditions as for the measurements to assemble sets of values for each zenith angle. The ratio of each group (measured and modeled) allows us to calculate the calibration coefficient value as a function of zenith angle as well as the cosine response presented by the radiometer. The calibration results obtained by this method were compared with those obtained with a Brewer MKIII SN 80 located in the

  17. An alternative method for calibration of narrow band radiometer using a radiative transfer model

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    The continual monitoring of solar UV radiation is one of the major objectives proposed by many atmosphere research groups. The purpose of this task is to determine the status and degree of progress over time of the anthropogenic composition perturbation of the atmosphere. Such changes affect the intensity of the UV solar radiation transmitted through the atmosphere that then interacts with living organisms and all materials, causing serious consequences in terms of human health and durability of materials that interact with this radiation. One of the many challenges that need to be faced to perform these measurements correctly is the maintenance of periodic calibrations of these instruments. Otherwise, damage caused by the UV radiation received will render any one calibration useless after the passage of some time. This requirement makes the usage of these instruments unattractive, and the lack of frequent calibration may lead to the loss of large amounts of acquired data. Motivated by this need to maintain calibration or, at least, know the degree of stability of instrumental behavior, we have developed a calibration methodology that uses the potential of radiative transfer models to model solar radiation with 5% accuracy or better relative to actual conditions. Voltage values in each radiometer channel involved in the calibration process are carefully selected from clear sky data. Thus, tables are constructed with voltage values corresponding to various atmospheric conditions for a given solar zenith angle. Then we model with a radiative transfer model using the same conditions as for the measurements to assemble sets of values for each zenith angle. The ratio of each group (measured and modeled) allows us to calculate the calibration coefficient value as a function of zenith angle as well as the cosine response presented by the radiometer. The calibration results obtained by this method were compared with those obtained with a Brewer MKIII SN 80 located in the

  18. Calibration method for line-structured light vision sensor based on a single ball target

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    Liu, Zhen; Li, Xiaojing; Li, Fengjiao; Zhang, Guangjun

    2015-06-01

    Profile feature imaging for ball targets is unaffected by the position of the target. On this basis, this study proposes a method for the rapid calibration of a line-structured light system based on a single ball target. The calibration process is as follows: the ball target is placed at least once and is illuminated by the light stripe from the laser projector. The vision sensor captures an image of this target. The laser stripe and profile images of the ball target are then extracted. Based on these extracted features and the optical centre of the camera, the spatial equations of the ball target and a cone profile are calculated. The plane on which the intersection line of the two equations lies is the light plane. Finally, the optimal solution for the light plane equation is obtained through nonlinear optimization under a maximum likelihood criterion. The validity of the proposed method is demonstrated through simulation and physical experiments. In the physical experiment, the field of view of the structured light vision sensor measures 300 mm×250 mm. A calibration accuracy of 0.04 mm can be achieved using the proposed method. This accuracy is comparable to that of the calibration method which utilizes planar targets.

  19. Energy Calibration of the BaBar EMC Using the Pi0 Invariant Mass Method

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    Tanner, David J.; /Manchester U.

    2007-04-06

    The BaBar electromagnetic calorimeter energy calibration method was compared with the local and global peak iteration procedures, of Crystal Barrel and CLEO-II. An investigation was made of the possibility of {Upsilon}(4S) background reduction which could lead to increased statistics over a shorter time interval, for efficient calibration runs. The BaBar software package was used with unreconstructed data to study the energy response of the calorimeter, by utilizing the {pi}{sup 0} mass constraint on pairs of photon clusters.

  20. A novel single-step, multipoint calibration method for instrumented Lab-on-Chip systems

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    Pfreundt, Andrea; Patou, François; Zulfiqar, Azeem;

    2014-01-01

    . The pitfalls of PoC system adoption can be addressed early in the system design phase. They require a multidisciplinary design approach supported by systems engineering tools and methods. Considering this, we here present both a model and an implementation of a simple and rapid calibration scheme...... specifically addresses the important interfaces between a novel microfluidic unit to integrate the sensor array and a mobile-device hardware accessory. A multi-point calibration curve is obtained by generating a defined set of reference concentrations from a single input. By consecutively splitting the flow...

  1. Virtual point source efficiency calibration method for voluminous sample of radio-xenon based on efficiency function of point source

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    A virtual point source calibration method is developed to finish the calibration of voluminous sample. We used a mixed point source to get the parameters of efficiency function, obtaining the virtual position of voluminous sample. So, the detection efficiency of xenon samples and standard soil samples were calibrated by placing the point source at their virtual position. The Monte Carlo method was also used to simulate the detector efficiency of xenon samples. Deviations between the virtual source method and Monte Carlo simulation are within 2.2 % for xenon samples. Thus, we have developed two robust efficiency calibration methods based on Monte Carlo simulations and virtual point source, respectively. (author)

  2. A curve fitting method for extrinsic camera calibration from a single image of a cylindrical object

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    An important step in the process of optical steel coil quality assurance is to measure the proportions of width and radius of steel coils as well as the relative position and orientation of the camera. This work attempts to estimate these extrinsic parameters from single images by using the cylindrical coil itself as the calibration target. Therefore, an adaptive least-squares algorithm is applied to fit parametrized curves to the detected true coil outline in the acquisition. The employed model allows for strictly separating the intrinsic and the extrinsic parameters. Thus, the intrinsic camera parameters can be calibrated beforehand using available calibration software. Furthermore, a way to segment the true coil outline in the acquired images is motivated. The proposed optimization method yields highly accurate results and can be generalized even to measure other solids which cannot be characterized by the identification of simple geometric primitives. (paper)

  3. Dynamic linear calibration method for a wide range neutron flux monitor system in ITER

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    As a key part of the diagnosis system in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), the neutron flux monitor (NFM), which measures the neutron intensity of the fusion reaction, is a Counting-Campbelling system with a large dynamic counting range. A dynamic linear calibration method is proposed in this paper to solve the problem of cross-over between the different counting and Campbelling channels, and improve the accuracy of the cross-calibration for long-term operation. The experimental results show that the NFM system with the dynamic linear calibration system can obtain the neutron flux of the fusion reactor in real time and realize the seamless measurement area connection between the two channels. (authors)

  4. Long Gamma-Ray Bursts Calibrated by Pade Method and Constraints on Cosmological Models

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    Liu, Jing

    2014-01-01

    Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are among the most powerful sources in the universe. In the recent years, GRBs have been proposed as a complementary probe to type Ia supernovae (SNIa). However, as is well known, there is a circularity problem in the use of GRBs to study cosmology. In this work, based on the Pad\\'e approximant, we propose a new cosmology-independent method to calibrate GRBs. We consider a sample consisting 138 long GRBs and obtain 79 calibrated long GRBs at high redshift $z>1.4$ (named Mayflower sample) which can be used to constrain cosmological models without the circularity problem. Then, we consider the constraints on several cosmological models with these 79 calibrated GRBs and other observational data. We show that GRBs are competent to be a complementary probe to the other well-established cosmological observations.

  5. Method and apparatus for calibrating multi-axis load cells in a dexterous robot

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    Wampler, II, Charles W. (Inventor); Platt, Jr., Robert J. (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    A robotic system includes a dexterous robot having robotic joints, angle sensors adapted for measuring joint angles at a corresponding one of the joints, load cells for measuring a set of strain values imparted to a corresponding one of the load cells during a predetermined pose of the robot, and a host machine. The host machine is electrically connected to the load cells and angle sensors, and receives the joint angle values and strain values during the predetermined pose. The robot presses together mating pairs of load cells to form the poses. The host machine executes an algorithm to process the joint angles and strain values, and from the set of all calibration matrices that minimize error in force balance equations, selects the set of calibration matrices that is closest in a value to a pre-specified value. A method for calibrating the load cells via the algorithm is also provided.

  6. A curve fitting method for extrinsic camera calibration from a single image of a cylindrical object

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    Winkler, A. W.; Zagar, B. G.

    2013-08-01

    An important step in the process of optical steel coil quality assurance is to measure the proportions of width and radius of steel coils as well as the relative position and orientation of the camera. This work attempts to estimate these extrinsic parameters from single images by using the cylindrical coil itself as the calibration target. Therefore, an adaptive least-squares algorithm is applied to fit parametrized curves to the detected true coil outline in the acquisition. The employed model allows for strictly separating the intrinsic and the extrinsic parameters. Thus, the intrinsic camera parameters can be calibrated beforehand using available calibration software. Furthermore, a way to segment the true coil outline in the acquired images is motivated. The proposed optimization method yields highly accurate results and can be generalized even to measure other solids which cannot be characterized by the identification of simple geometric primitives.

  7. VIIRS Day-Night Band (DNB) calibration methods for improved uniformity

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    Mills, Stephen; Miller, Steven D.

    2014-10-01

    The Suomi-NPP VIIRS Day-Night Band (DNB) offers quantitative measurements of visible and near-infrared light over a dynamic range from full daylight to the dimmest nighttime scenes. This range presents a challenge to radiometric calibration, but the instrument has exceeded all of its absolute radiometric requirements. Nevertheless, striping and banding are still visible, day or night, but especially in low-light scenes. The causes may be cross talk, stray light or hysteresis in the data used for calibration. These issues combine to reduce the utility of these unique observations for gaining new insight on the nocturnal environment. This paper presents methods for improving gain and offset uniformity for both day and night scenes while maintaining absolute radiometric accuracy. We evaluate removal of fixed-pattern non-uniformity in dark scenes on a per orbit basis using three different techniques: i) tracking the darkest 25th percentile calibration sector signal; ii) taking the mean of filtered dark Earth-view scenes to determine offset; iii) minimizing correlated error for dark scenes within an aggregation zone. For gain uniformity we discuss some problems with the current calibration methods, and demonstrate a technique to minimize the correlated error between detectors and aggregation zones using the moment matching technique for moonlit scenes. A similar technique can be used for daytime and twilight scenes. An alternative cross-calibration technique between gain stages uses indirect illumination of solar diffuser view. The use of the space view and blackbody view for cross-calibration is also discussed. Histogram equalization is discussed for minimizing striping and banding. In all cases, data with stray light is filtered out to prevent contamination of the destriping process.

  8. One-Port Direct/Reverse Method for Characterizing VNA Calibration Standards

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    Monsalve, Raul A; Mozdzen, Thomas J; Bowman, Judd D

    2016-01-01

    This paper introduces a one-port method for estimating model parameters of VNA calibration standards. The method involves measuring the standards through an asymmetrical passive network connected in direct mode and then in reverse mode, and using these measurements to compute the S-parameters of the network. The free parameters of the calibration standards are estimated by minimizing a figure of merit based on the expected equality of the S-parameters of the network when used in direct and reverse modes. The capabilities of the method are demonstrated through simulations, and real measurements are used to estimate the actual offset delay of a 50-$\\mathbf{\\Omega}$ calibration load that is assigned zero delay by the manufacturer. The estimated delay is $38.8$ ps with a $1\\sigma$ uncertainty of $2.1$ ps for this particular load. This result is verified through measurements of a terminated airline. The measurements agree better with theoretical models of the airline when the reference plane is calibrated using th...

  9. Self-referencing calibration method for transmission spheres in Fizeau interferometry

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    Burke, Jan; Wu, David S.

    2010-08-01

    The calibration of reference surfaces becomes important in interferometry whenever the tolerances for the tested component are comparable to the imperfections of the reference surface itself. To achieve measurement accuracy better than the reference surface, its errors must be characterised and subtracted from the measurement result. We propose a rapid and simple technique utilising a flat mirror in the focus of the converging test wavefront and a partial occlusion of the test beam, to implement a double-pass self-calibration of the reference surface. Stitching together three or more measurements, with the beam stop appropriately rotated, yields the full-aperture calibration data. The method cannot detect point-antisymmetric errors, but common errors in reference spheres, such as spherical aberration and astigmatism, are point-symmetric and should still be adequately captured. For calibrating spherical surfaces in Fizeau interferometry, a ball of good sphericity can be measured against the reference surface in a number of random orientations. This averages out the errors of the ball and converges toward the stationary error in the reference sphere. Depending on the quality of the ball and the desired uncertainty, the number of orientations required can be large (50-100), which is laborious and time-consuming. We compare the performance of the new technique with the ball-averaging method and the so-called "cat's eye" method to assess the practical trade-offs involved.

  10. Calibration of UHF Sensors for GIS: Comparison of Different Methods and Testing of a Calibration System Based on a Conical Antenna%Calibration of UHF Sensors for GIS: Comparison of Different Methods and Testing of a Calibration System Based on a Conical Antenna

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    David Gautschi; Pierre Bertholet

    2011-01-01

    Different methods of calibrating ultra high frequency(UHF) sensors for gas-insulated substations (GIS) were investigated in the past. The first approach was to use strip lines, triplates and TEM calibration cells. These cells had already been in use for years for example to test the electromagnetic compatibility of electronic devices. The smaller the size of the cell, the higher its bandwidth-but the cell should be large enough to not disturb the electric field with the installed sensor under test. To overcome this problem, a calibration procedure using a gigahertz transverse e- lectromagnetic(GTEM) test cell and a pulsed signal source were introduced in 1997. Although this procedure has many advantages and is easy to understand, measurements show several shortcomings of this calibration method. To overcome the disadvantages of the known systems, a calibration cell using a monopole cone antenna and a metallic ground plane were developed and tested. The UHF sensor was placed in a region with minimum distortion of the elec- tric field due to its installation. Experience shows that the new method for calibrating UHF sensors is necessary in or- der to overcome the limits in the calibration of large sensors and to suppress the propagation of higher order modes and reflections. Due to its surprisingly simple structure, its low price and low overall measurement uncertainty, it is the preferred method for calibrating UHF sensors for GIS applications.

  11. Four-step DOAS calibration method of SO2 in flue gas

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    Tao Zhou; Bin Liu; Changku Sun

    2009-01-01

    SO2 monitoring in the flue gas of a coal burning boiler is important for environmental protection.The nonlinearity of practical condition causes deviation from theoretical law.On the basis of the Lambert-Beer Law,a new four-step calibration method is introduced. This method includes cross section interpolation,weighting spectral region combination,acquiring the spectrum with new calibration devices,and least-square fitting.Compared with conventional methods,this new method is low cost,convenient,and accurate.In the proof test,SO2 samples with different concentrations are measured.The average errors are less than 1.5%,while the maximum deviation is less than 4.5%.

  12. Standard test method for calibration of surface/stress measuring devices

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    1997-01-01

    Return to Contents page 1.1 This test method covers calibration or verification of calibration, or both, of surface-stress measuring devices used to measure stress in annealed and heat-strengthened or tempered glass using polariscopic or refractometry based principles. 1.2 This test method is nondestructive. 1.3 This test method uses transmitted light, and therefore, is applicable to light-transmitting glasses. 1.4 This test method is not applicable to chemically tempered glass. 1.5 Using the procedure described, surface stresses can be measured only on the “tin” side of float glass. 1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

  13. A new detection method used to calibrate Fabry-Perot interferometers in the infrared range

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    Fabry-Perot interferometers are routinely used in the Tore Supra Tokamak in order to measure the time evolution of the electron temperature of the confined plasmas. Calibration of such interferometers requires the detection of very low DC levels (0.1 nV) with signal-to-noise ratios less than 10-5, which is generally not compatible with standard detection methods. A new correlation method to achieve this absolute calibration is proposed. It is based on a proper noise auto-correlation technique combined with an optimized signal filtering involving Fourier analysis. The advantages of the method are detailed and experimentally compared to standard averaging techniques, such as coherent addition and synchronous detection. The method can be used in a more general context every time very small amplitude signals are to be measured

  14. A fully Bayesian method for jointly fitting instrumental calibration and X-ray spectral models

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    Xu, Jin; Yu, Yaming [Department of Statistics, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697-1250 (United States); Van Dyk, David A. [Statistics Section, Imperial College London, Huxley Building, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Kashyap, Vinay L.; Siemiginowska, Aneta; Drake, Jeremy; Ratzlaff, Pete [Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Connors, Alanna; Meng, Xiao-Li, E-mail: jinx@uci.edu, E-mail: yamingy@ics.uci.edu, E-mail: dvandyk@imperial.ac.uk, E-mail: vkashyap@cfa.harvard.edu, E-mail: asiemiginowska@cfa.harvard.edu, E-mail: jdrake@cfa.harvard.edu, E-mail: pratzlaff@cfa.harvard.edu, E-mail: meng@stat.harvard.edu [Department of Statistics, Harvard University, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)

    2014-10-20

    Owing to a lack of robust principled methods, systematic instrumental uncertainties have generally been ignored in astrophysical data analysis despite wide recognition of the importance of including them. Ignoring calibration uncertainty can cause bias in the estimation of source model parameters and can lead to underestimation of the variance of these estimates. We previously introduced a pragmatic Bayesian method to address this problem. The method is 'pragmatic' in that it introduced an ad hoc technique that simplified computation by neglecting the potential information in the data for narrowing the uncertainty for the calibration product. Following that work, we use a principal component analysis to efficiently represent the uncertainty of the effective area of an X-ray (or γ-ray) telescope. Here, however, we leverage this representation to enable a principled, fully Bayesian method that coherently accounts for the calibration uncertainty in high-energy spectral analysis. In this setting, the method is compared with standard analysis techniques and the pragmatic Bayesian method. The advantage of the fully Bayesian method is that it allows the data to provide information not only for estimation of the source parameters but also for the calibration product—here the effective area, conditional on the adopted spectral model. In this way, it can yield more accurate and efficient estimates of the source parameters along with valid estimates of their uncertainty. Provided that the source spectrum can be accurately described by a parameterized model, this method allows rigorous inference about the effective area by quantifying which possible curves are most consistent with the data.

  15. Calibration Method for Confocal X-Ray Microanalysis with Polychromatic Excitation

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    Sosa, C.; Stoytschew, V.; Leani, J.; H. J. Sánchez; C. A. Pérez; R. D. Perez

    2015-01-01

    To apply the fundamental parameters method at the confocal setup the knowledge of the sensitivity of the spectrometer is required which depends on the characteristics of two X-ray lenses: one in the excitation channel and another in the detection channel. For the particular case of polychromatic excitation, the theory shows that the focalization properties of the excitation lens for all incident energies affect the X-ray fluorescence intensity. Therefore the traditional calibration method bas...

  16. A fully Bayesian method for jointly fitting instrumental calibration and X-ray spectral models

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    Owing to a lack of robust principled methods, systematic instrumental uncertainties have generally been ignored in astrophysical data analysis despite wide recognition of the importance of including them. Ignoring calibration uncertainty can cause bias in the estimation of source model parameters and can lead to underestimation of the variance of these estimates. We previously introduced a pragmatic Bayesian method to address this problem. The method is 'pragmatic' in that it introduced an ad hoc technique that simplified computation by neglecting the potential information in the data for narrowing the uncertainty for the calibration product. Following that work, we use a principal component analysis to efficiently represent the uncertainty of the effective area of an X-ray (or γ-ray) telescope. Here, however, we leverage this representation to enable a principled, fully Bayesian method that coherently accounts for the calibration uncertainty in high-energy spectral analysis. In this setting, the method is compared with standard analysis techniques and the pragmatic Bayesian method. The advantage of the fully Bayesian method is that it allows the data to provide information not only for estimation of the source parameters but also for the calibration product—here the effective area, conditional on the adopted spectral model. In this way, it can yield more accurate and efficient estimates of the source parameters along with valid estimates of their uncertainty. Provided that the source spectrum can be accurately described by a parameterized model, this method allows rigorous inference about the effective area by quantifying which possible curves are most consistent with the data.

  17. A Curve-fitting Calibration Method applied for Ultrasonic Flow-meter

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    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available As the influence of fluid distribution in the internal pipe, the measurement characteristics of theory and practice exist significant differences in Ultrasonic Flow-meter(USF. Through analysis of fluid state, the method of curve-fitting is applied for the calibration of USF. Experimental results show that the USF can achieve level-1 accuracy with just a correction of 5 flow points, and this method performs a low computational complexity and strong practicality.  

  18. A Curve-fitting Calibration Method applied for Ultrasonic Flow-meter

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    Yong Luo; Rangding Wang; Ling Yao

    2013-01-01

    As the influence of fluid distribution in the internal pipe, the measurement characteristics of theory and practice exist significant differences in Ultrasonic Flow-meter(USF). Through analysis of fluid state, the method of curve-fitting is applied for the calibration of USF. Experimental results show that the USF can achieve level-1 accuracy with just a correction of 5 flow points, and this method performs a low computational complexity and strong practicality.  

  19. Development and evaluation of a method of calibrating medical displays based on fixed adaptation

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    Sund, Patrik, E-mail: patrik.sund@vgregion.se; Månsson, Lars Gunnar; Båth, Magnus [Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg SE-41345, Sweden and Department of Radiation Physics, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg SE-41345 (Sweden)

    2015-04-15

    Purpose: The purpose of this work was to develop and evaluate a new method for calibration of medical displays that includes the effect of fixed adaptation and by using equipment and luminance levels typical for a modern radiology department. Methods: Low contrast sinusoidal test patterns were derived at nine luminance levels from 2 to 600 cd/m{sup 2} and used in a two alternative forced choice observer study, where the adaptation level was fixed at the logarithmic average of 35 cd/m{sup 2}. The contrast sensitivity at each luminance level was derived by establishing a linear relationship between the ten pattern contrast levels used at every luminance level and a detectability index (d′) calculated from the fraction of correct responses. A Gaussian function was fitted to the data and normalized to the adaptation level. The corresponding equation was used in a display calibration method that included the grayscale standard display function (GSDF) but compensated for fixed adaptation. In the evaluation study, the contrast of circular objects with a fixed pixel contrast was displayed using both calibration methods and was rated on a five-grade scale. Results were calculated using a visual grading characteristics method. Error estimations in both observer studies were derived using a bootstrap method. Results: The contrast sensitivities for the darkest and brightest patterns compared to the contrast sensitivity at the adaptation luminance were 37% and 56%, respectively. The obtained Gaussian fit corresponded well with similar studies. The evaluation study showed a higher degree of equally distributed contrast throughout the luminance range with the calibration method compensated for fixed adaptation than for the GSDF. The two lowest scores for the GSDF were obtained for the darkest and brightest patterns. These scores were significantly lower than the lowest score obtained for the compensated GSDF. For the GSDF, the scores for all luminance levels were statistically

  20. Analytic Method Based on Identification of Ellipse Parameters for Scanner Calibration in Cone-Beam Tomography

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    Noo, F.; Clackdoyle, R.; Mennessier, C.; White, Timothy Andrew; Roney, Timothy Joseph

    2000-11-01

    This paper is about calibration of cone-beam (CB) scanners for both x-ray computed tomography and single-photon emission computed tomography. Scanner calibration refers here to the estimation of a set of parameters which fully describe the geometry of data acquisition. Such parameters are needed for the tomographic reconstruction step. The discussion is limited to the usual case where the cone vertex and planar detector move along a circular path relative to the object. It is also assumed that the detector does not have spatial distortions. We propose a new method which requires a small set of measurements of a simple calibration object consisting of two spherical objects, that can be considered as `point' objects. This object traces two ellipses on the detector and from the parametric description of these ellipses, the calibration geometry can be determined analytically using explicit formulae. The method is robust and easy to implement. However, it is not fully general as it is assumed that the detector is parallel to the rotation axis of the scanner. Implementation details are given for an experimental x-ray CB scanner.

  1. Analytic method based on identification of ellipse parameters for scanner calibration in cone-beam tomography

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    This paper is about calibration of cone-beam (CB) scanners for both x-ray computed tomography and single-photon emission computed tomography. Scanner calibration refers here to the estimation of a set of parameters which fully describe the geometry of data acquisition. Such parameters are needed for the tomographic reconstruction step. The discussion is limited to the usual case where the cone vertex and planar detector move along a circular path relative to the object. It is also assumed that the detector does not have spatial distortions. We propose a new method which requires a small set of measurements of a simple calibration object consisting of two spherical objects, that can be considered as 'point' objects. This object traces two ellipses on the detector and from the parametric description of these ellipses, the calibration geometry can be determined analytically using explicit formulae. The method is robust and easy to implement. However, it is not fully general as it is assumed that the detector is parallel to the rotation axis of the scanner. Implementation details are given for an experimental x-ray CB scanner. (author)

  2. Analytic method based on identification of ellipse parameters for scanner calibration in cone-beam tomography

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    Noo, Frederic [Institut d' Electricite Montefiore, Universite de Liege (Belgium); Department of Radiology, University of Utah (United States). E-mail: noo at montefiore.ulg.ac.be; Clackdoyle, Rolf [Department of Radiology, University of Utah (United States); Mennessier, Catherine [Universite J. Fourier, Grenoble (France); White, Timothy A.; Roney, Timothy J. [Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (United States)

    2000-11-01

    This paper is about calibration of cone-beam (CB) scanners for both x-ray computed tomography and single-photon emission computed tomography. Scanner calibration refers here to the estimation of a set of parameters which fully describe the geometry of data acquisition. Such parameters are needed for the tomographic reconstruction step. The discussion is limited to the usual case where the cone vertex and planar detector move along a circular path relative to the object. It is also assumed that the detector does not have spatial distortions. We propose a new method which requires a small set of measurements of a simple calibration object consisting of two spherical objects, that can be considered as 'point' objects. This object traces two ellipses on the detector and from the parametric description of these ellipses, the calibration geometry can be determined analytically using explicit formulae. The method is robust and easy to implement. However, it is not fully general as it is assumed that the detector is parallel to the rotation axis of the scanner. Implementation details are given for an experimental x-ray CB scanner. (author)

  3. Analytic method based on identification of ellipse parameters for scanner calibration in cone-beam tomography.

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    Noo, F; Clackdoyle, R; Mennessier, C; White, T A; Roney, T J

    2000-11-01

    This paper is about calibration of cone-beam (CB) scanners for both x-ray computed tomography and single-photon emission computed tomography. Scanner calibration refers here to the estimation of a set of parameters which fully describe the geometry of data acquisition. Such parameters are needed for the tomographic reconstruction step. The discussion is limited to the usual case where the cone vertex and planar detector move along a circular path relative to the object. It is also assumed that the detector does not have spatial distortions. We propose a new method which requires a small set of measurements of a simple calibration object consisting of two spherical objects, that can be considered as 'point' objects. This object traces two ellipses on the detector and from the parametric description of these ellipses, the calibration geometry can be determined analytically using explicit formulae. The method is robust and easy to implement. However, it is not fully general as it is assumed that the detector is parallel to the rotation axis of the scanner. Implementation details are given for an experimental x-ray CB scanner. PMID:11098919

  4. A calibration method for proposed XRF measurements of arsenic and selenium in nail clippings.

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    Gherase, Mihai R; Fleming, David E B

    2011-10-21

    A calibration method for proposed x-ray fluorescence (XRF) measurements of arsenic and selenium in nail clippings is demonstrated. Phantom nail clippings were produced from a whole nail phantom (0.7 mm thickness, 25 × 25 mm(2) area) and contained equal concentrations of arsenic and selenium ranging from 0 to 20 µg g(-1) in increments of 5 µg g(-1). The phantom nail clippings were then grouped in samples of five different masses: 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100 mg for each concentration. Experimental x-ray spectra were acquired for each of the sample masses using a portable x-ray tube and a detector unit. Calibration lines (XRF signal in a number of counts versus stoichiometric elemental concentration) were produced for each of the two elements. A semi-empirical relationship between the mass of the nail phantoms (m) and the slope of the calibration line (s) was determined separately for arsenic and selenium. Using this calibration method, one can estimate elemental concentrations and their uncertainties from the XRF spectra of human nail clippings. PMID:21937772

  5. A calibration method for proposed XRF measurements of arsenic and selenium in nail clippings

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    Gherase, Mihai R; Fleming, David E B, E-mail: mgherase@mta.ca [Physics Department, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, E4L 1E6 (Canada)

    2011-10-21

    A calibration method for proposed x-ray fluorescence (XRF) measurements of arsenic and selenium in nail clippings is demonstrated. Phantom nail clippings were produced from a whole nail phantom (0.7 mm thickness, 25 x 25 mm{sup 2} area) and contained equal concentrations of arsenic and selenium ranging from 0 to 20 {mu}g g{sup -1} in increments of 5 {mu}g g{sup -1}. The phantom nail clippings were then grouped in samples of five different masses: 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100 mg for each concentration. Experimental x-ray spectra were acquired for each of the sample masses using a portable x-ray tube and a detector unit. Calibration lines (XRF signal in a number of counts versus stoichiometric elemental concentration) were produced for each of the two elements. A semi-empirical relationship between the mass of the nail phantoms (m) and the slope of the calibration line (s) was determined separately for arsenic and selenium. Using this calibration method, one can estimate elemental concentrations and their uncertainties from the XRF spectra of human nail clippings. (note)

  6. Hybrid PSO-ASVR-based method for data fitting in the calibration of infrared radiometer

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    Yang, Sen; Li, Chengwei

    2016-06-01

    The present paper describes a hybrid particle swarm optimization-adaptive support vector regression (PSO-ASVR)-based method for data fitting in the calibration of infrared radiometer. The proposed hybrid PSO-ASVR-based method is based on PSO in combination with Adaptive Processing and Support Vector Regression (SVR). The optimization technique involves setting parameters in the ASVR fitting procedure, which significantly improves the fitting accuracy. However, its use in the calibration of infrared radiometer has not yet been widely explored. Bearing this in mind, the PSO-ASVR-based method, which is based on the statistical learning theory, is successfully used here to get the relationship between the radiation of a standard source and the response of an infrared radiometer. Main advantages of this method are the flexible adjustment mechanism in data processing and the optimization mechanism in a kernel parameter setting of SVR. Numerical examples and applications to the calibration of infrared radiometer are performed to verify the performance of PSO-ASVR-based method compared to conventional data fitting methods.

  7. Computer aided method for colour calibration and analysis of digital rock photographs

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    Matic Potočnik

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The methods used in geology to determine colour and colour coverage are expensive, time consuming, and/ or subjective. Estimates of colour coverage can only be approximate since they are based on rough comparisonbased measuring etalons and subjective estimation, which is dependent upon the skill and experience of the person performing the estimation. We present a method which accelerates, simplifis, and objectifis these tasks using a computer application. It automatically calibrates the colours of a digital photo, and enables the user to read colour values and coverage, even after returning from fild work. Colour identifiation is based on the Munsell colour system. For the purposes of colour calibration we use the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport colour chart placed onto the photographed scene. Our computer application detects the ColorChecker colour chart, and fids a colour space transformation to calibrate the colour in the photo. The user can then use the application to read colours within selected points or regions of the photo. The results of the computerised colour calibration were compared to the reference values of the ColorChecker chart. The values slightly deviate from the exact values, but the deviation is around the limit of human capability for visual comparison. We have devised an experiment, which compares the precision of the computerised colour analysis and manual colour analysis performed on a variety of rock samples with the help of geology students using Munsell Rock-color Chart. The analysis showed that the precision of manual comparative identifiation on multicoloured samples is somewhat problematic, since the choice of representative colours and observation points for a certain part of a sample are subjective. The computer based method has the edge in verifibility and repeatability of the analysis since the application the original photo to be saved with colour calibration, and tagging of colouranalysed points and regions.

  8. A New Method of Camera Self-calibration Based on Relative Lengths

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    Mingzhang Chen

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A new camera self-calibration approach is presented by considering the relative lengths of the scene. There exists a homographic matrix whose elements partly depend on the intrinsic parameters to upgrade the projective reconstruction to the metric one. Relative length is an invariant property of the similarity transformation. An error function according to the invariance of relative lengths is formulated. Hence, camera calibration and 3D structure recovery can be achieved by minimizing the error function. For the homographic matrix is uniquely determined by every views of the scene, the proposed method can effectively deal with the case with varying intrinsic parameters of camera. In addition, the complete 3D recover procedures based on relative lengths are put forth. An experiment is implemented to demonstrate the validity and the performance of the presented approach. The results show that it is accurate and the accuracy of the proposed method is obviously improved compared with the Bougnouxs methods.

  9. A Focusing Method in the Calibration Process of Image Sensors Based on IOFBs

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    Pedro R. Fernández

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available A focusing procedure in the calibration process of image sensors based on Incoherent Optical Fiber Bundles (IOFBs is described using the information extracted from fibers. These procedures differ from any other currently known focusing method due to the non spatial in-out correspondence between fibers, which produces a natural codification of the image to transmit. Focus measuring is essential prior to carrying out calibration in order to guarantee accurate processing and decoding. Four algorithms have been developed to estimate the focus measure; two methods based on mean grey level, and the other two based on variance. In this paper, a few simple focus measures are defined and compared. Some experimental results referred to the focus measure and the accuracy of the developed methods are discussed in order to demonstrate its effectiveness.

  10. Measurement techniques of thoron and thoron progeny concentrations. Active and passive methods and their calibrations

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    The measurements of 220Rn and its progeny concentrations are affected always by 222Rn and its progeny. Various types of measurement techniques of 220Rn and its progeny concentrations had been developed by using the differences between half lives of 222Rn and 220Rn and energies of α- and γ-radiations emitted from 222Rn and 220Rn progeny. Active 220Rn measurement techniques include the methods of ionization chamber, scintillation cell, two filter, liquid scintillation and activated charcoal. Decay, α-spectroscopy and integrating methods have used to measure 220Rn progeny concentrations collected on a filter. Passive monitors are suitable to survey mean 220Rn concentration in the living environment. Cup and activated charcoal monitors have been reported for the passive 220Rn methods. Calibrations of active and passive 220Rn monitors should be carried out in the calibration chambers with 220Rn source outside and inside, respectively. (author)

  11. Follow-up investigations of GPHS motion during heat pulse intervals of reentries from gravity-assist trajectories

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    Motion studies of the General Purpose Heat Source Module, GPHS, which were conducted in the heat pulse intervals associated with entries from earth gravity assist trajectories. The APL six-degree-of-freedom reentry program designated TMAGRA6C was used. The objectives of the studies were to (1) determine whether the GPHS module entering the earth's atmosphere from an earth-gravity-assist trajectory has a preferred orientation during the heat pulse of reentry, (2) determine the effect of magnus force on the roll rate and angle of attack of the GPHS during an EGA entry, (3) determine the effect of the magnitude of pitch and roll damping on the GPHS motion

  12. A calibration transmission method to determine the gamma-ray linear attenuation coefficient without a collimator

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    It is shown that the gamma-ray linear attenuation coefficient of a sample with unknown chemical composition can be determined through a systematic calibration of the correlation between the linear attenuation coefficient, gamma-ray energy and the relative degree of attenuation. For calibration, H2O, MnO2, NaCl, Na2CO3 and (NH4)2SO4 were used as reference materials. Point-like gamma-ray sources with modest activity of approximately 37 kBq, along with an HPGe detector, were used in the measurements. A semi-empirical formula was derived to calculate the linear attenuation coefficients as a function of the relative count rate and the gamma-ray energy. The method was applied to the determination of the linear attenuation coefficients for K2CrO4 and SiO2 test samples in the same setup used in calibration. The experimental result agreed well with the ones calculated by elementary data. - Highlights: • The gamma-ray linear attenuation coefficient of a compound is determined using wide-beam collimation-free transmission measurements, and calibration curves. • An experimental procedure is presented and applied to test samples

  13. Analysis of Current Redistribution in a CICC under Transient Heat Pulses

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    Bottura, L; Marinucci, C

    2004-01-01

    We have performed experiments and simulations of the current distribution process in a CICC with the aim to understand better the coupled thermal, hydraulic and electric process that leads to a stable or unstable transient cable behaviour. The cable, wound from 128 Nb3Sn and pure copper strands, has been tested in the SULTAN facility. A resistive heater, glued on the jacket of the conductor, has been used to start the transient, and the response has been monitored with arrays of Hall plates. In this paper we report the results of simulations, especially the computed Hall signals, and compare them to the experimental data. Based on the experimental results and their interpretation we postulate that large temperature gradients must develop in the helium stream in the cable cross sections during the transient heat pulse.

  14. Reduction of preferential erosion of carbon fibre composites under intense transient heat pulses

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    Two fusion-relevant carbon fibre composites (CFCs), NB31 (3D) and DMS704 (2D), have been thermally exposed in five different orientations to simulate transient events (disruptions and ELMs). In these experiments with intense transient heat pulses in the electron beam JUDITH and the ion beam facility RHEPP-1, CFCs showed a preferential erosion of the fibre bundles aligned in the surface-plane. This phenomenon also occurred when these fibre bundles were the ones with the highest thermal conductivity. First results show that reduction of the number of fibres aligned parallel to the surface-plane strongly contributes to limiting the preferential erosion by fibre segment ejection (brittle destruction) in CFCs. Strong mechanical attachment is essential to avoid fibre segment ejection during disruption. The selection of an optimum material orientation of the available CFCs is of relevant importance and will be further investigated

  15. Study and Realization of the Basic Methods of the Calibration in Stereopsis For Augmented Reality

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Augmented reality (RA is aimed at ameliorating our perception of the real world by addition of elements which are not a priori observable by the human eye. RA is define as a system able of combining real and virtual pictures, in 3D and real-time. The virtual objects must be cast in a consistent manner in real pictures. In practice, objects are positioned in a landmark linked to the scene, and objective is to determine the point of view of the camera (position and orientation in this landmark, which we are going to see in the next scene of calibration of camera. Camera calibration is a fundamental problem in computer vision. In this paper, we developed a semi automatic calibration method for our augmented reality system, which uses corner detection to extract pixel coordinates of projection points and uses homography to build the correspondence. So my method allows reconstruction 3D of the scene. To find resolution they use projections instead of the Euclidean methods which allow acquiring a good result with average error between the re-projected points and pixel points is round 2 pixels. Potential applications of this method are: applications real-time in the domains of medicine, service of fabricated objects, industry.

  16. A global calibration method for multiple vision sensors based on multiple targets

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    The global calibration of multiple vision sensors (MVS) has been widely studied in the last two decades. In this paper, we present a global calibration method for MVS with non-overlapping fields of view (FOVs) using multiple targets (MT). MT is constructed by fixing several targets, called sub-targets, together. The mutual coordinate transformations between sub-targets need not be known. The main procedures of the proposed method are as follows: one vision sensor is selected from MVS to establish the global coordinate frame (GCF). MT is placed in front of the vision sensors for several (at least four) times. Using the constraint that the relative positions of all sub-targets are invariant, the transformation matrix from the coordinate frame of each vision sensor to GCF can be solved. Both synthetic and real experiments are carried out and good result is obtained. The proposed method has been applied to several real measurement systems and shown to be both flexible and accurate. It can serve as an attractive alternative to existing global calibration methods

  17. GPHS motion studies for heat pulse intervals of reentries from gravity-assist trajectories

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    Motion studies of the General Purpose Heat Source Module, GPHS, were conducted in the heat pulse interval associated with entries from earth gravity assist trajectories. The APL six-degree-of-freedom reentry program designated TMAGRA6C was used. The objectives of the studies were to (1) determine the effect of ablation on GPHS motion, and (2) determine whether the GPHS module entering the earth's atmosphere from an earth-gravity-assist trajectory has a preferred orientation during the heat pulse phase of reentry. The results are given in summary form for easy visualization of the initial conditions investigated and to provide a quick-look of the resulting motion. Detail of the motion is also given for the parameters of interest for each case studied. Selected values of initial pitch rate, roll rate, and combinations of these within the range 0 degree to 1000 degrees/sec were investigated for initial reentry angles of -7 degrees (shallow) and -90 degrees (steep) and initial angles of attack of 0 degree (broadface to the wind) and 90 degrees. Although the studies are not exhaustive, a sufficient number of reentry conditions (initial altitude, reentry angle, angle of attack, rotational motion) have been investigated to deduce certain trends. The results also provide information on additional reentry conditions that need to be investigated. The present results show four GPHS orientations that predominate - all with some pitch oscillations and rolling motion. These are: angles of attack, αR of 0 degree, 30 degrees, 90 degrees and tumbling. It should be assumed that all these orientations are equally probable because only combinations of two initial reentry angles, γ0, and two values of αR. have been investigated. Further the probability for any given initial rate on orientation is not known

  18. Application of heat pulse injections for investigating shallow hyporheic flow in a lowland river

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    Angermann, Lisa; Krause, Stefan; Lewandowski, Joerg

    2012-10-01

    Hyporheic zone processes can have significant impact on groundwater and surface water resources. Detailed knowledge of exchange flow patterns is crucial for understanding the ecohydrological and biogeochemical functioning of river corridors. In particular, small-scale hyporheic exchange flow is still poorly understood, partially because of the lack of adequate in situ monitoring technology. This paper investigates the spatial heterogeneity of hyporheic exchange flow in a lowland river at multiple scales. It demonstrates the conjunctive use of active heat pulse tracing at shallow depths (15 cm) and vertical hydraulic gradients (VHG) at 120-150 cm streambed depth for improving the understanding of hyporheic exchange flow processes. Generally positive VHG indicated a regional dominance of groundwater up-welling. High and temporally variable VHG were used to identify confined conditions caused by low conductivity layers in the subsurface (low connectivity), while locations with lower and temporally less variable VHG indicated free groundwater up-welling (high connectivity) in highly conductive sediments. A heat pulse sensor (HPS) was applied for identifying shallow hyporheic flow at three locations representative for high versus low streambed connectivity. Shallow hyporheic flow patterns were found to be spatially heterogeneous. Subsurface flow could only partially be explained by streambed topography. Surface water infiltration and horizontal flow coincided with inhibited groundwater up-welling, whereas locations with high streambed connectivity were characterized by increased up-welling. The combined information of spatiotemporal VHG variability and flow vector frequency distribution by HPS has the potential to improve the understanding of impacts of streambed topography and subsurface stratification on hyporheic flow patterns.

  19. Selection and evaluation of gamma decay standards for detector calibration using coincidence method

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    Coincidence method for calibration of gamma detectors using suitable calibration standards with two cascading gamma rays is analyzed. From the list of recommended gamma ray standards currently under reevaluation by the CRP, 14 radionuclides were selected as the potential source candidates for the coincidence method. The following sources were selected 24Na, 46Sc, 60Co, 66Ga, 75Se, 88Y, Nb94, 111In, 123mTe, 133Ba, 134Cs, 152Eu, 154Eu and 207Bi. Reaction 11B (p,γ) 12C* was also selected as a source of high energy gamma rays. Experimental data on angular correlation coefficients for selected sources were collected from the literature and evaluated according to the recommended procedure. Theoretical angular correlation coefficients were calculated and compared to the evaluated data. (author)

  20. X-ray beams characterization by the attenuation method for the personal dosemeters calibration

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    The choice of the attenuation method to characterize the x-ray beams used in the calibration of personal dosemeters at the Calibration and Dosimetry Laboratory of the Peruvian Institute of Nuclear Energy (IPEN). Voltages applied to the X-ray tube and the addition of filters have been made according to the publication ANSI No. 13. Half value layer, homogeneity coefficient and mean energy were determined from attenuation data. Average relative differences of 3, 40 and 4% respectively were found with respect to values published in ANSI No. 13. Also spectral distributions and their resolutions were determined. relative differences of 6 and 19% respectively were found in comparison with values calculated by the Monte Carlo Method

  1. A New Method to Calibrate the Stellar Color/Surface-Brightness Relation

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    Gould, Andrew

    2014-01-01

    I show that the standard microlensing technique to measure the angular radius of a star using color/surface-brightness relations can be inverted, via late-time proper motion measurements, to calibrate these relations. The method is especially useful for very metal-rich stars because such stars are in short supply in the solar neighborhood where other methods are most effective, but very abundant in Galactic bulge microlensing fields. I provide a list of eight spectroscopically identified high-metallicity bulge stars with the requisite finite-source effects, seven of which will be suitable calibrators when the Giant Magellan Telescope comes on line. Many more such sources can be extracted from current and future microlensing surveys.

  2. Accuracy enhancement of the spherical actuator with a two-level geometric calibration method

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    Zhang Liang; Chen Weihai; Liu Jingmeng; Wu Xingming; Chen I-Ming

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a two-level geometric calibration method for the permanent magnet (PM) spherical actuator to improve its motion control accuracy. The proposed actuator is composed of a stator with circumferential coils and a rotor with multiple PM poles. Due to the assembly and fabrication errors, the real geometric parameters of the actuator will deviate from their design values. Hence, the identification of such errors is critical for the motion control tasks. A two-level geometric cali...

  3. A New Method to Calibrate Attachment Angles of Data Loggers in Swimming Sharks

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    Shizuka Kawatsu; Katsufumi Sato; Yuuki Watanabe; Susumu Hyodo; Breves, Jason P.; Bradley K. Fox; E Gordon Grau; Nobuyuki Miyazaki

    2010-01-01

    Recently, animal-borne accelerometers have been used to record the pitch angle of aquatic animals during swimming. When evaluating pitch angle, it is necessary to consider a discrepancy between the angle of an accelerometer and the long axis of an animal. In this study, we attached accelerometers to 17 free-ranging scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini) pups from Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Although there are methods to calibrate attachment angles of accelerometers, we confirmed that previous ...

  4. Analysis of the Tandem Calibration Method for Kerma Area Product Meters Via Monte Carlo Simulations

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    The IAEA recommends that uncertainties of dosimetric measurements in diagnostic radiology for risk assessment and quality assurance should be less than 7% on the confidence level of 95%. This accuracy is difficult to achieve with kerma area product (KAP) meters currently used in clinics. The reasons range from the high energy dependence of KAP meters to the wide variety of configurations in which KAP meters are used and calibrated. The tandem calibration method introduced by Poeyry, Komppa and Kosunen in 2005 has the potential to make the calibration procedure simpler and more accurate compared to the traditional beam-area method. In this method, two positions of the reference KAP meter are of interest: (a) a position close to the field KAP meter and (b) a position 20 cm above the couch. In the close position, the distance between the two KAP meters should be at least 30 cm to reduce the effect of back scatter. For the other position, which is recommended for the beam-area calibration method, the distance of 70 cm between the KAP meters was used in this study. The aim of this work was to complement existing experimental data comparing the two configurations with Monte Carlo (MC) simulations. In a geometry consisting of a simplified model of the VacuTec 70157 type KAP meter, the MCNP code was used to simulate the kerma area product, PKA, for the two (close and distant) reference planes. It was found that PKA values for the tube voltage of 40 kV were about 2.5% lower for the distant plane than for the close one. For higher tube voltages, the difference was smaller. The difference was mainly caused by attenuation of the X ray beam in air. Since the problem with high uncertainties in PKA measurements is also caused by the current design of X ray machines, possible solutions are discussed. (author)

  5. Differential Binary Encoding Method for Calibrating Image Sensors Based on IOFBs

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    Ángel Cano; Ignacio Bravo; Felipe Espinosa; José Luis Lázaro-Galilea; Alfredo Gardel; Pedro R. Fernández

    2012-01-01

    Image transmission using incoherent optical fiber bundles (IOFBs) requires prior calibration to obtain the spatial in-out fiber correspondence necessary to reconstruct the image captured by the pseudo-sensor. This information is recorded in a Look-Up Table called the Reconstruction Table (RT), used later for reordering the fiber positions and reconstructing the original image. This paper presents a very fast method based on image-scanning using spaces encoded by a weighted binary code to obta...

  6. An Improved Method for the Geometrical Calibration of Parallelogram-based Parallel Robots

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    Savoure, Ludovic; Maurine, Patrick; Corbel, David; Krut, Sébastien

    2006-01-01

    International audience This paper presents an improved method for the geometrical calibration of parallel robots for which the structure is based upon some parallelogram mechanisms. Its originality is to identify the complete geometry of the mechanism's parallelograms, and to compensate the positioning error of the TCP (Tool Centre Point), due to the infinitesimal rotation of the traveling plate, induced by the parallelogram geometrical errors. The main difficulties are: (i) to derive the ...

  7. Determination of the room scattering factor in a neutron calibration room using the polynomial fit method

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    Full text: The knowledgement of the neutron irradiation spectrum in a point of interest inside a calibration room is of fundamental importance to calibrate neutron instruments. Different factors affect the spectra inside such a room and they must be established to correct the final values of interest. Among these factors the scattering room factor, that include the contribution to the instrument response due to air, walls, floor, ceiling and other equipment present inside this room during the calibration process, have to be carefully determined. The ISO 10647 suggests three methods to carry out this determination: the semi empirical method, the shadow-cone technique and the polynomial fit method. In the case of multi-detector instruments or dosimeters mounted on a thorax phantom, the ISO recommend the polynomial fit method to be employed. This method only disadvantages come from the coefficients of the polynomial fit do not necessarily have physical significance and that a complete set of measurements shall be made for each instrument to be calibrated. In this polynomial fit method, a neutron source was located at a reference point and the instrument to be calibrated-to-source distance was varied between 0,5 m and 3,75 m.The correction due to the neutron scattering inside the room was obtained as following: where Mt is the neutron total count rate, l is the distance between source-to-detector center, Fl(l) is the geometric corrective factor, ? is the fluence at the measure point, R? is the fluence response obtained by the fitting process as well as the fit parameters x and y. In this work an 241AmBe source, emission rate (4,46 ± 0,07) x 106 n/s at july/2005 was used together with Bonner sphere multi detectors (6LiI(Eu)) and a BF3 (ThermoElectron). The obtained results were compared with those obtained by Monte Carlo method simulation. Obtained experimental and Monte Carlo values for the room scattering factor differed less than 2%. (author)

  8. A vision-based self-calibration method for robotic visual inspection systems.

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    Yin, Shibin; Ren, Yongjie; Zhu, Jigui; Yang, Shourui; Ye, Shenghua

    2013-01-01

    A vision-based robot self-calibration method is proposed in this paper to evaluate the kinematic parameter errors of a robot using a visual sensor mounted on its end-effector. This approach could be performed in the industrial field without external, expensive apparatus or an elaborate setup. A robot Tool Center Point (TCP) is defined in the structural model of a line-structured laser sensor, and aligned to a reference point fixed in the robot workspace. A mathematical model is established to formulate the misalignment errors with kinematic parameter errors and TCP position errors. Based on the fixed point constraints, the kinematic parameter errors and TCP position errors are identified with an iterative algorithm. Compared to the conventional methods, this proposed method eliminates the need for a robot-based-frame and hand-to-eye calibrations, shortens the error propagation chain, and makes the calibration process more accurate and convenient. A validation experiment is performed on an ABB IRB2400 robot. An optimal configuration on the number and distribution of fixed points in the robot workspace is obtained based on the experimental results. Comparative experiments reveal that there is a significant improvement of the measuring accuracy of the robotic visual inspection system. PMID:24300597

  9. Calibration of Soil Electromagnetic Conductivity in Inverted Salinity Profiles with an Integration Method

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    YAO Rong-Jiang; YANG Jin-Song; LIU Guang-Ming

    2007-01-01

    Various calibration methods have been propounded to determine profiles of apparent bulk soil electrical conductivity (ECa)and soil electrical conductivity of a saturated soil paste extract(ECe)or a 1:5 soil water extract(EC1:5)using an electromagnetic induction instrument(EM38).The modeled coefficients,one of the successful and classical methods hitherto,were chosen to calibrate the EM38 measurements of the inverted salinity profiles of characteristic coastal saline soils at selected sites of Xincao Farm,Jiangsu Province,China.However,this method required three parameters for each depth layer.An integration approach,based on an exponential decay profile model,was proposed and the model was fitted to all the calibration sites.The obtained model can then be used to predict EC1:5 at a certain depth from electromagnetic measurements made using the EM38 device positioned in horizontal and vertical positions at the soil surface.This exponential decay model predicted the EC1:5 well according to the results of a one-way analysis of variance,and the further comparison indicated that the modeled coefficients appeared to be slightly superior to.but not statistically different from,this exponential decay model.Nevertheless,this exponential decay model was more significant and practical because it depended on less empirical parameters and could be used to perform point predictions of EC1:5 continuously with depth.

  10. A landmark-based method for the geometrical 3D calibration of scanning microscopes

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    Ritter, M.

    2007-04-27

    This thesis presents a new strategy and a spatial method for the geometric calibration of 3D measurement devices at the micro-range, based on spatial reference structures with nanometersized landmarks (nanomarkers). The new method was successfully applied for the 3D calibration of scanning probe microscopes (SPM) and confocal laser scanning microscopes (CLSM). Moreover, the spatial method was also used for the photogrammetric self-calibration of scanning electron microscopes (SEM). In order to implement the calibration strategy to all scanning microscopes used, the landmark-based principle of reference points often applied at land survey or at close-range applications has been transferred to the nano- and micro-range in the form of nanomarker. In order to function as a support to the nanomarkers, slope-shaped step pyramids have been developed and fabricated by focused ion beam (FIB) induced metal deposition. These FIB produced 3D microstructures have been sized to embrace most of the measurement volume of the scanning microscopes. Additionally, their special design allows the homogenous distribution of the nanomarkers. The nanomarkers were applied onto the support and the plateaus of the slope-step pyramids by FIB etching (milling) as landmarks with as little as several hundreds of nanometers in diameter. The nanomarkers are either of point-, or ring-shaped design. They are optimized so that they can be spatially measured by SPM and CLSM, and, imaged and photogrammetrically analyzed on the basis of SEM data. The centre of the each nanomarker serves as reference point in the measurement data or images. By applying image processing routines, the image (2D) or object (3D) coordinates of each nanomarker has been determined with subpixel accuracy. The correlative analysis of the SPM, CLSM and photogrammetric SEM measurement data after 3D calibration resulted in mean residues in the measured coordinates of as little as 13 nm. Without the coupling factors the mean

  11. Calibration data processing of streak camera with nonlinear-least-squares method

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    The result of full-screen sweeping rates of streak camera(SC) is obtained using a nonlinear-least-squares method. The uncertainty of this method is about 0.04%, far below SC's systematic uncertainty. Full-screen result eliminates nonlinearity and space-distortion of sweeping rates, minimizes the error of SC's measurement to about 1.5%.The robustness and time-efficiency of this method make full-screen calibration of time-domain and space-domain feasible. (authors)

  12. Improvement of calibration method of thermochromic liquid crystal reflecting measurement angle

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    Yoon, S.H. [Pusan National University, Pusan (Korea); Sim, J.K.; Woo, C.S. [Pusan National University Graduate School, Pusan (Korea)

    2000-02-01

    Thermochromic liquid crystal reflect a unique color at even temperature. Therefore, they have been successfully applied to non-intrusive heat transfer research. Hue capturing method is widely used in the quantitative measurement from the TLC image. However it is affected by several measurement conditions. The distances of camera and light source have little influence on the color, but the value of hue is seriously affected by the measurement angle. In this study, the hue capturing method is improved by considering the effect of measurement angle. This improved calibration method can diminish the misreading of temperature caused by curvature of test surface. (author). 9 refs., 12 figs., 1 tab.

  13. Development of an adjoint sensitivity method for site characterization, uncertainty analysis, and code calibration/validation

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    Lu, A.H.

    1991-09-01

    The adjoint method is applied to groundwater flow-mass transport coupled equations in variably saturated media. The sensitivity coefficients derived by this method can be calculated by a single execution for each performance measure regardless of the number of parameters in question. The method provides an efficient and effective way to rank the importance of the parameters, so that data collection can be guided in support of site characterization programs. The developed code will facilitate the sensitivity/uncertainty analysis in both model prediction and model calibration/validation. 13 refs., 1 tab.

  14. Development of an adjoint sensitivity method for site characterization, uncertainty analysis, and code calibration/validation

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    The adjoint method is applied to groundwater flow-mass transport coupled equations in variably saturated media. The sensitivity coefficients derived by this method can be calculated by a single execution for each performance measure regardless of the number of parameters in question. The method provides an efficient and effective way to rank the importance of the parameters, so that data collection can be guided in support of site characterization programs. The developed code will facilitate the sensitivity/uncertainty analysis in both model prediction and model calibration/validation. 13 refs., 1 tab

  15. Estimation of radioactive noble gas activity in FBTR. A simple method of Calibration of HPGe detector

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    In the plant health physics surveillance programme, analysis and activity estimation of radioactive gaseous species released through stack are essential from the point of view of protecting environment and public. Reactor cover gas analysis is used for detection of fuel-clad failure and the localization of the failed fuel in the core by quantifying fission product noble gases (FPNGs). Gamma spectrometry is the most established method used for the identification and quantification of radioactive gases. For proper estimation of gaseous radioisotopes, the calibration procedure shall be an accurate one and also it is preferable if the experimental findings are in agreement with the theoretically estimated ones. Getting the gaseous calibration standard sources is practically not easy because the half-lives of noble gases are very less. To overcome this difficulty, a simple experimental method of determination of the sensitivity factors covering an energy up to 1.5 MeV for the HPGe detector based γ-ray spectrometer is developed. In place of gaseous isotope standard, standard aqueous salt solutions containing 152Eu, 133Ba, 60Co, 22Na and 137Cs are used for calibration. The activity distribution profile is uniform in both aqueous and gaseous medium; however, the self-absorption by the aqueous medium needs to be taken into account while determining the sensitivity factors for various energies of gas. These self absorption factors in aqueous medium are calculated using the MCNP code and are applied to determine the sensitivity factors for gaseous medium. Calibration curve for a one-litre sample bottle kept on the top of a coaxial vertical HPGe detector is determined experimentally, Experimental values are compared with values computed by MCNP and these are in close agreement. Activity of radioactive noble gases present in the cover gas of fast breeder test reactor (FBTR) is estimated by using this method. (author)

  16. Accurate and automatic extrinsic calibration method for blade measurement system integrated by different optical sensors

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    He, Wantao; Li, Zhongwei; Zhong, Kai; Shi, Yusheng; Zhao, Can; Cheng, Xu

    2014-11-01

    Fast and precise 3D inspection system is in great demand in modern manufacturing processes. At present, the available sensors have their own pros and cons, and hardly exist an omnipotent sensor to handle the complex inspection task in an accurate and effective way. The prevailing solution is integrating multiple sensors and taking advantages of their strengths. For obtaining a holistic 3D profile, the data from different sensors should be registrated into a coherent coordinate system. However, some complex shape objects own thin wall feather such as blades, the ICP registration method would become unstable. Therefore, it is very important to calibrate the extrinsic parameters of each sensor in the integrated measurement system. This paper proposed an accurate and automatic extrinsic parameter calibration method for blade measurement system integrated by different optical sensors. In this system, fringe projection sensor (FPS) and conoscopic holography sensor (CHS) is integrated into a multi-axis motion platform, and the sensors can be optimally move to any desired position at the object's surface. In order to simple the calibration process, a special calibration artifact is designed according to the characteristics of the two sensors. An automatic registration procedure based on correlation and segmentation is used to realize the artifact datasets obtaining by FPS and CHS rough alignment without any manual operation and data pro-processing, and then the Generalized Gauss-Markoff model is used to estimate the optimization transformation parameters. The experiments show the measurement result of a blade, where several sampled patches are merged into one point cloud, and it verifies the performance of the proposed method.

  17. Calibration uncertainty

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    Heydorn, Kaj; Anglov, Thomas

    2002-01-01

    Methods recommended by the International Standardization Organisation and Eurachem are not satisfactory for the correct estimation of calibration uncertainty. A novel approach is introduced and tested on actual calibration data for the determination of Pb by ICP-AES. The improved calibration...... uncertainty was verified from independent measurements of the same sample by demonstrating statistical control of analytical results and the absence of bias. The proposed method takes into account uncertainties of the measurement, as well as of the amount of calibrant. It is applicable to all types of...

  18. Semi-automated calibration method for modelling of mountain permafrost evolution in Switzerland

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    Marmy, A.; Rajczak, J.; Delaloye, R.; Hilbich, C.; Hoelzle, M.; Kotlarski, S.; Lambiel, C.; Noetzli, J.; Phillips, M.; Salzmann, N.; Staub, B.; Hauck, C.

    2015-09-01

    Permafrost is a widespread phenomenon in the European Alps. Many important topics such as the future evolution of permafrost related to climate change and the detection of permafrost related to potential natural hazards sites are of major concern to our society. Numerical permafrost models are the only tools which facilitate the projection of the future evolution of permafrost. Due to the complexity of the processes involved and the heterogeneity of Alpine terrain, models must be carefully calibrated and results should be compared with observations at the site (borehole) scale. However, a large number of local point data are necessary to obtain a broad overview of the thermal evolution of mountain permafrost over a larger area, such as the Swiss Alps, and the site-specific model calibration of each point would be time-consuming. To face this issue, this paper presents a semi-automated calibration method using the Generalized Likelihood Uncertainty Estimation (GLUE) as implemented in a 1-D soil model (CoupModel) and applies it to six permafrost sites in the Swiss Alps prior to long-term permafrost evolution simulations. We show that this automated calibration method is able to accurately reproduce the main thermal condition characteristics with some limitations at sites with unique conditions such as 3-D air or water circulation, which have to be calibrated manually. The calibration obtained was used for RCM-based long-term simulations under the A1B climate scenario specifically downscaled at each borehole site. The projection shows general permafrost degradation with thawing at 10 m, even partially reaching 20 m depths until the end of the century, but with different timing among the sites. The degradation is more rapid at bedrock sites whereas ice-rich sites with a blocky surface cover showed a reduced sensitivity to climate change. The snow cover duration is expected to be reduced drastically (between -20 to -37 %) impacting the ground thermal regime. However

  19. A method for small-animal PET/CT alignment calibration

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    Small-animal positron-emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scanners provide anatomical and molecular imaging, which enables the joint visualization and analysis of both types of data. A proper alignment calibration procedure is essential for small-animal imaging since resolution is much higher than that in human devices. This work presents an alignment phantom and two different calibration methods that provide a reliable and repeatable measurement of the spatial geometrical alignment between the PET and the CT subsystems of a hybrid scanner. The phantom can be built using laboratory materials, and it is meant to estimate the rigid spatial transformation that aligns both modalities. It consists of three glass capillaries filled with a positron-emitter solution and positioned in a non-coplanar triangular geometry inside the system field of view. The calibration methods proposed are both based on automatic line detection, but with different approaches to calculate the transformation of the lines between both modalities. Our results show an average accuracy of the alignment estimation of 0.39 mm over the whole field of view. (note)

  20. Fitness analysis method for magnesium in drinking water with atomic absorption using quadratic curve calibration

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    Esteban Pérez-López

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Because of the importance of quantitative chemical analysis in research, quality control, sales of services and other areas of interest , and the limiting of some instrumental analysis methods for quantification with linear calibration curve, sometimes because the short linear dynamic ranges of the analyte, and sometimes by limiting the technique itself, is that there is a need to investigate a little more about the convenience of using quadratic curves for analytical quantification, which seeks demonstrate that it is a valid calculation model for chemical analysis instruments. To this was taken as an analysis method based on the technique and atomic absorption spectroscopy in particular a determination of magnesium in a sample of drinking water Tacares sector Northern Grecia, employing a nonlinear calibration curve and a curve specific quadratic behavior, which was compared with the test results obtained for the same analysis with a linear calibration curve. The results show that the methodology is valid for the determination referred to, with all confidence, since the concentrations are very similar, and as used hypothesis testing can be considered equal.

  1. In situ gamma-ray spectrometry for environmental monitoring: A semi empirical calibration method

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    In situ gamma spectrometry using high-purity germanium (HPGe) detectors is a frequently used method for the determination of radionuclide ground deposition levels. Such measurements do, however, require an efficiency calibration based on detector sensitivity and parameters such as soil density and vertical activity distribution. In this work, a novel expression is used for the detector efficiency, incorporating both the influence of photon energy and incidence angle. Detector-specific efficiency data are determined empirically. For the theoretical calculation of the photon fluence at the detector, a three-layer model of finite thickness is developed for the description of soil density and vertical activity distribution. In order to facilitate the calibration of in situ measurements, a PC program has been developed to enable rapid, on-site calculations of radionuclide ground deposition levels. The semi empirical calibration method was tested on in situ measurements with two different detectors, and the results show good agreement with results obtained from traditional soil sampling. (authors)

  2. On the Potential of Least Squares Response Method for the Calibration of Superconducting Gravimeters

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    Mahmoud Abd El-Gelil

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available One of the most important operating procedures after the installation of a superconducting gravimeter (SG is its calibration. The calibration process can identify and evaluate possible time variability in the scale factor and in the hardware anti-aliasing filter response. The SG installed in Cantley, Canada is calibrated using two absolute gravimeters and the data are analysed in the time and frequency domains to estimate the SG scale factor. In the time domain, we use the weighted linear regression method whereas in the frequency domain we use the least squares response method. Rigorous statistical procedures are applied to define data disturbances, outliers, and realistic data noise levels. Using data from JILA-2 and FG5-236 separately, the scale factor is estimated in the time and frequency domains as −78.374±0.012 μGal/V and −78.403±0.075 μGal/V, respectively. The relative accuracy in the time domain is 0.015%. We cannot identify any significant periodicity in the scale factor. The hardware anti-aliasing filter response is tested by injecting known waves into the control electronics of the system. Results show that the anti-aliasing filter response is stable and conforms to the global geodynamics project standards.

  3. Methods for Determining the Activity Concentration Calibration Factor for Ventilation Duct in Cyclotron Sites

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    Cyclotrons are commonly used for production of radioactive isotopes for nuclear medicine purposes. The nuclear process requires installation of a ventilation stack. According to the regulations in many countries, the released activity should be monitored and controlled in order to limit air pollution. This requires a stuck radiation detector and determining a converting factor that will translate the radiation detector reading into activity concentration units. Calibrating the conversion factor is done mainly by releasing a known amount of activity. Having a preliminary estimation of the conversion factor, during the site construction stage, is an important option for the duct configuration design, in order to achieve the required detection sensitivity. An algorithm for estimating the stack concentration calibration factor in positron emitting isotopes producing sites was developed. The algorithm which is described in this article is based on three independent methods that consist of MCNP simulations analytical calculations and experimental setup with controlled static calibration releases of gaseous 18F which was produced especially for this purpose by the cyclotron site in Soreq Nuclear Research Center Israel. The specified methods applied on few stack sections with different shapes and sizes

  4. A method for automating calibration and records management for instrumentation and dosimetry

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    Current industry requirements are becoming more stringent on quality assurance records and documentation for calibration of instruments and dosimetry. A novel method is presented here that will allow a progressive automation scheme to be used in pursuit of that goal. This concept is based on computer-controlled irradiators that can act as stand-alone devices or be interfaced to other components via a computer local area network. In this way, complete systems can be built with modules to create a records management system to meet the needs of small laboratories or large multi-building calibration groups. Different database engines or formats can be used simply by replacing a module. Modules for temperature and pressure monitoring or shipping and receiving can be added, as well as equipment modules for direct IEEE-488 interface to electrometers and other instrumentation

  5. Absolute calibration method for fast-streaked, fiber optic light collection, spectroscopy systems

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    This report outlines a convenient method to calibrate fast (<1ns resolution) streaked, fiber optic light collection, spectroscopy systems. Such a system is used to collect spectral data on plasmas generated in the A-K gap of electron beam diodes fielded on the RITS-6 accelerator (8-12MV, 140-200kA). On RITS, light is collected through a small diameter (200 micron) optical fiber and recorded on a fast streak camera at the output of 1 meter Czerny-Turner monochromator (F/7 optics). To calibrate such a system, it is necessary to efficiently couple light from a spectral lamp into a 200 micron diameter fiber, split it into its spectral components, with 10 Angstroms or less resolution, and record it on a streak camera with 1ns or less temporal resolution.

  6. The development of in-situ calibration method for divertor IR thermography in ITER

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    For the development of the calibration method of the emissivity in IR light on the divertor plate in ITER divertor IR thermography system, the laboratory experiments have been performed by using IR instruments. The calibration of the IR camera was performed by the plane black body in the temperature of 100–600 degC. The radiances of the tungsten heated by 280 degC were measured by the IR camera without filter (2.5–5.1 μm) and with filter (2.95 μm, 4.67 μm). The preliminary data of the scattered light of the laser of 3.34 μm that injected into the tungsten were acquired

  7. Mathematical methods and algorithms for calibration data processing in the case of spiral scanning

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    Mathematical methods of calibration data processing implemented as CALIBR program are described. This program is intended for weakly testing of the ''Spiral Reader'' automatic device in order to determine its precision and parameters of the transformation between two coordinate systems (Cartesian and polar) in which measurements are made. A new approach consists in introducing a special preliminary transformation of scanned data for nonlinear distortion elimination. Coefficients of this transformation are obtained by processing the artificial straight line data measurements. Algorithms of cross center determining, two-dimensional interpolation, straight line recognition and functional minimizing have been improved. Additional testing of scanned data and of the results of their processing have been introduced. Thus precision improvement has been achieved upto 2 μm over the total scanning range

  8. Absolute calibration method for fast-streaked, fiber optic light collection, spectroscopy systems.

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    Johnston, Mark D.; Frogget, Brent (National Security Technologies, Las Vegas, NV); Oliver, Bryan Velten; Maron, Yitzhak (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel); Droemer, Darryl W. (National Security Technologies, Las Vegas, NV); Crain, Marlon D. (National Security Technologies, Las Vegas, NV)

    2010-04-01

    This report outlines a convenient method to calibrate fast (<1ns resolution) streaked, fiber optic light collection, spectroscopy systems. Such a system is used to collect spectral data on plasmas generated in the A-K gap of electron beam diodes fielded on the RITS-6 accelerator (8-12MV, 140-200kA). On RITS, light is collected through a small diameter (200 micron) optical fiber and recorded on a fast streak camera at the output of 1 meter Czerny-Turner monochromator (F/7 optics). To calibrate such a system, it is necessary to efficiently couple light from a spectral lamp into a 200 micron diameter fiber, split it into its spectral components, with 10 Angstroms or less resolution, and record it on a streak camera with 1ns or less temporal resolution.

  9. Calibration method for measurement of linear nanometric distances by scattered total internal reflection

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    Scattered total internal reflection of visible light is used to measure linear nanometric distance to as small as 10 nm. Specifically, we measure the height of magnetic transducer heads above a rotating glass disk. A breakthrough in the approach to calibration, based on combining the second derivative of the transmittance of the scattered light and parameter fitting, substantially improves the quality of the measurement relative to previous demonstrations of this method. The results agree to 1 nm with an industry-standard three-color interferometer to and including the lowest values measured. The technique in principle remains robust to as low as the zero height. Furthermore the calibration point can be as low as 10 nm, which is especially attractive in practice

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    O`Brien, J.M. Jr.; Rushton, R.O.; Burns, R.E. Jr. [Atlan-Tech, Inc., Roswell, GA (United States)

    1993-12-31

    Current industry requirements are becoming more stringent on quality assurance records and documentation for calibration of instruments and dosimetry. A novel method is presented here that will allow a progressive automation scheme to be used in pursuit of that goal. This concept is based on computer-controlled irradiators that can act as stand-alone devices or be interfaced to other components via a computer local area network. In this way, complete systems can be built with modules to create a records management system to meet the needs of small laboratories or large multi-building calibration groups. Different database engines or formats can be used simply by replacing a module. Modules for temperature and pressure monitoring or shipping and receiving can be added, as well as equipment modules for direct IEEE-488 interface to electrometers and other instrumentation.

  11. Heterodyne interferometry method for calibration of a Soleil-Babinet compensator.

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    Zhang, Wenjing; Zhang, Zhiwei

    2016-05-20

    A method based on the common-path heterodyne interferometer system is proposed for the calibration of a Soleil-Babinet compensator. In this heterodyne interferometer system, which consists of two acousto-optic modulators, the compensator being calibrated is inserted into the signal path. By using the reference beam as the benchmark and a lock-in amplifier (SR844) as the phase retardation collector, retardations of 0 and λ (one wavelength) can be located accurately, and an arbitrary retardation between 0 and λ can also be measured accurately and continuously. By fitting a straight line to the experimental data, we obtained a linear correlation coefficient (R) of 0.995, which indicates that this system is capable of linear phase detection. The experimental results demonstrate determination accuracies of 0.212° and 0.26° and measurement precisions of 0.054° and 0.608° for retardations of 0 and λ, respectively. PMID:27411154

  12. A sulphur abundance study of NGC 300 by an empirical calibration method

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    Christensen, T; Gammelgaard, P; Christensen, Tina; Petersen, Lars; Gammelgaard, Peter

    1996-01-01

    We propose an empirical sulphur abundance determination method based on the strong sulphur emission lines, [S II] 6716, 6731 and [S III] 9069, 9531 in H II regions. From a compilation of literature data we have made a calibration of sulphur abundance versus ([S II] + [S III])/Hbeta, similar to what has been widely used for the more easily observable iso-electronic element oxygen. This enables abundance determinations in extragalactic H II regions without measurements of weak temperature sensitive lines for use in model calculations. As a first application of the empirical calibration 15 spectra covering the wavelength range 3650-10000 AA have been obtained of H II regions at various galactocentric distances in the spiral galaxy NGC 300, by employing specially designed multiaperture slitmasks which allow simultaneous observations of several H II regions. Sulphur and oxygen abundances are determined and an oxygen gradient in agreement with previously published work is found as well as a somewhat steeper sulphur...

  13. Note: A calibration method to determine the lumped-circuit parameters of a magnetic probe

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    Li, Fuming; Chen, Zhipeng; Zhu, Lizhi; Liu, Hai; Wang, Zhijiang; Zhuang, Ge

    2016-06-01

    This paper describes a novel method to determine the lumped-circuit parameters of a magnetic inductive probe for calibration by using Helmholtz coils with high frequency power supply (frequency range: 10 kHz-400 kHz). The whole calibration circuit system can be separated into two parts: "generator" circuit and "receiver" circuit. By implementing the Fourier transform, two analytical lumped-circuit models, with respect to these separated circuits, are constructed to obtain the transfer function between each other. Herein, the precise lumped-circuit parameters (including the resistance, inductance, and capacitance) of the magnetic probe can be determined by fitting the experimental data to the transfer function. Regarding the fitting results, the finite impedance of magnetic probe can be used to analyze the transmission of a high-frequency signal between magnetic probes, cables, and acquisition system.

  14. Towards in-vivo K-edge imaging using a new semi-analytical calibration method

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    Schirra, Carsten; Thran, Axel; Daerr, Heiner; Roessl, Ewald; Proksa, Roland

    2014-03-01

    Flat field calibration methods are commonly used in computed tomography (CT) to correct for system imperfections. Unfortunately, they cannot be applied in energy-resolving CT when using bow-tie filters owing to spectral distortions imprinted by the filter. This work presents a novel semi-analytical calibration method for photon-counting spectral CT systems, which is applicable with a bow-tie filter in place and efficiently compensates pile-up effects at fourfold increased photon flux compared to a previously published method without degradation of image quality. The achieved reduction of the scan time enabled the first K-edge imaging in-vivo. The method employs a calibration measurement with a set of flat sheets of only a single absorber material and utilizes an analytical model to predict the expected photon counts, taking into account factors such as x-ray spectrum and detector response. From the ratios of the measured x-ray intensities and the corresponding simulated photon counts, a look-up table is generated. By use of this look-up table, measured photon-counts can be corrected yielding data in line with the analytical model. The corrected data show low pixel-to-pixel variations and pile-up effects are mitigated. Consequently, operations like material decomposition based on the same analytical model yield accurate results. The method was validated on a experimental spectral CT system equipped with a bow-tie filter in a phantom experiment and an in-vivo animal study. The level of artifacts in the resulting images is considerably lower than in images generated with a previously published method. First in-vivo K-edge images of a rabbit selectively depict vessel occlusion by an ytterbium-based thermoresponsive polymer.

  15. A new method for background deduction in sensitivity calibration experiment for neutron detectors

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    Based on the inverse square dependence of neutron signal amplitude on the distance between neutron detector and neutron source,a new method is suggested for radiation scattering background deduction in sensitivity calibration experiment for current-mode neutron detectors. Using this method,the traditional collimators and shielding materials are not necessary anymore. As the scattering background typically does not vary with the distance in the same way as the signal, a series of current can be measured at different positions and then analyses can be conducted which give not only the sensitivity of the detector, but also background distributions at various positions. (authors)

  16. Method of operational diagnostic state of flow and calculation of calibration Coefficients using artificial neural networks

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available An important task of operational management in oil and gas production is the control of fluid flow and technological objects of engineering network (EN. This paper proposed a method for diagnosis of fluid flow measurement and calibration operations. The method is based on the relationship between various parameters of the flow of Engineering Network. To calculate the actual flow rate on other parameters of the flow, such as pressure, temperature, and the parameters that determine the composition of the liquid (oil, it is proposed to use a neural network.

  17. A time-delay calibrated method for cornea hysteresis and intraocular pressure measurement

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    Wang, Kuo-Jen; Tsai, Che-Liang; Wang, Wai; Hsu, Long; Hsu, Ken-Yuh

    2016-04-01

    The presence of cornea hysteresis (CH) in characterizing the intraocular pressure (IOP) of a human eye deteriorates the accuracy of IOP. To suppress CH, the pressure gauge of a tonometer must be located as close as possible to the cornea. However, this arrangement is unpractical because appropriate working distance to the cornea is required. In this paper, a time-delay calibrated (TDC) method is proposed to counteract the undesired effect of CH in characterizing the IOP. Employing this TDC method, the CH approaches to zero for most eyes measured.

  18. A Rapid Coordinate Transformation Method Applied in Industrial Robot Calibration Based on Characteristic Line Coincidence

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    Bailing Liu

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Coordinate transformation plays an indispensable role in industrial measurements, including photogrammetry, geodesy, laser 3-D measurement and robotics. The widely applied methods of coordinate transformation are generally based on solving the equations of point clouds. Despite the high accuracy, this might result in no solution due to the use of ill conditioned matrices. In this paper, a novel coordinate transformation method is proposed, not based on the equation solution but based on the geometric transformation. We construct characteristic lines to represent the coordinate systems. According to the space geometry relation, the characteristic line scan is made to coincide by a series of rotations and translations. The transformation matrix can be obtained using matrix transformation theory. Experiments are designed to compare the proposed method with other methods. The results show that the proposed method has the same high accuracy, but the operation is more convenient and flexible. A multi-sensor combined measurement system is also presented to improve the position accuracy of a robot with the calibration of the robot kinematic parameters. Experimental verification shows that the position accuracy of robot manipulator is improved by 45.8% with the proposed method and robot calibration.

  19. A Rapid Coordinate Transformation Method Applied in Industrial Robot Calibration Based on Characteristic Line Coincidence.

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    Liu, Bailing; Zhang, Fumin; Qu, Xinghua; Shi, Xiaojia

    2016-01-01

    Coordinate transformation plays an indispensable role in industrial measurements, including photogrammetry, geodesy, laser 3-D measurement and robotics. The widely applied methods of coordinate transformation are generally based on solving the equations of point clouds. Despite the high accuracy, this might result in no solution due to the use of ill conditioned matrices. In this paper, a novel coordinate transformation method is proposed, not based on the equation solution but based on the geometric transformation. We construct characteristic lines to represent the coordinate systems. According to the space geometry relation, the characteristic line scan is made to coincide by a series of rotations and translations. The transformation matrix can be obtained using matrix transformation theory. Experiments are designed to compare the proposed method with other methods. The results show that the proposed method has the same high accuracy, but the operation is more convenient and flexible. A multi-sensor combined measurement system is also presented to improve the position accuracy of a robot with the calibration of the robot kinematic parameters. Experimental verification shows that the position accuracy of robot manipulator is improved by 45.8% with the proposed method and robot calibration. PMID:26901203

  20. An optimization-based method for geometrical calibration in cone-beam CT without dedicated phantoms

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    Panetta, D.; Belcari, N.; DelGuerra, A.; Moehrs, S.

    2008-07-01

    In this paper we present a new method for the determination of geometrical misalignments in cone-beam CT scanners, from the analysis of the projection data of a generic object. No a priori knowledge of the object shape and positioning is required. We show that a cost function, which depends on the misalignment parameters, can be defined using the projection data and that such a cost function has a local minimum in correspondence to the actual parameters of the system. Hence, the calibration of the scanner can be carried out by minimizing the cost function using standard optimization techniques. The method is developed for a particular class of 3D object functions, for which the redundancy of the fan beam sinogram in the transaxial midplane can be extended to cone-beam projection data, even at wide cone angles. The method has an approximated validity for objects which do not belong to that class; in that case, a suitable subset of the projection data can be selected in order to compute the cost function. We show by numerical simulations that our method is capable to determine with high accuracy the most critical misalignment parameters of the scanner, i.e., the transversal shift and the skew of the detector. Additionally, the detector slant can be determined. Other parameters such as the detector tilt, the longitudinal shift and the error in the source-detector distance cannot be determined with our method, as the proposed cost function has a very weak dependence on them. However, due to the negligible influence of these latter parameters in the reconstructed image quality, they can be kept fixed at estimated values in both calibration and reconstruction processes without compromising the final result. A trade-off between computational cost and calibration accuracy must be considered when choosing the data subset used for the computation of the cost function. Results on real data of a mouse femur as obtained with a small animal micro-CT are shown as well, proving

  1. Performance of Three Reflectance Calibration Methods for Airborne Hyperspectral Spectrometer Data

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    Alfredo R. Huete

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the performances and accuracies of three methods for converting airborne hyperspectral spectrometer data to reflectance factors were characterized and compared. The “reflectance mode (RM” method, which calibrates a spectrometer against a white reference panel prior to mounting on an aircraft, resulted in spectral reflectance retrievals that were biased and distorted. The magnitudes of these bias errors and distortions varied significantly, depending on time of day and length of the flight campaign. The “linear-interpolation (LI” method, which converts airborne spectrometer data by taking a ratio of linearly-interpolated reference values from the preflight and postflight reference panel readings, resulted in precise, but inaccurate reflectance retrievals. These reflectance spectra were not distorted, but were subject to bias errors of varying magnitudes dependent on the flight duration length. The “continuous panel (CP” method uses a multi-band radiometer to obtain continuous measurements over a reference panel throughout the flight campaign, in order to adjust the magnitudes of the linear-interpolated reference values from the preflight and post-flight reference panel readings. Airborne hyperspectral reflectance retrievals obtained using this method were found to be the most accurate and reliable reflectance calibration method. The performances of the CP method in retrieving accurate reflectance factors were consistent throughout time of day and for various flight durations. Based on the dataset analyzed in this study, the uncertainty of the CP method has been estimated to be 0.0025 ± 0.0005 reflectance units for the wavelength regions not affected by atmospheric absorptions. The RM method can produce reasonable results only for a very short-term flight (e.g., < 15 minutes conducted around a local solar noon. The flight duration should be kept shorter than 30 minutes for the LI method to produce results with

  2. A calibration transmission method to determine the gamma-ray linear attenuation coefficient without a collimator.

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    Byun, Jong-In; Yun, Ju-Yong

    2015-08-01

    It is shown that the gamma-ray linear attenuation coefficient of a sample with unknown chemical composition can be determined through a systematic calibration of the correlation between the linear attenuation coefficient, gamma-ray energy and the relative degree of attenuation. For calibration, H2O, MnO2, NaCl, Na2CO3 and (NH4)2SO4 were used as reference materials. Point-like gamma-ray sources with modest activity of approximately 37kBq, along with an HPGe detector, were used in the measurements. A semi-empirical formula was derived to calculate the linear attenuation coefficients as a function of the relative count rate and the gamma-ray energy. The method was applied to the determination of the linear attenuation coefficients for K2CrO4 and SiO2 test samples in the same setup used in calibration. The experimental result agreed well with the ones calculated by elementary data. PMID:25997111

  3. Calibration method for division of focal plane polarimeters in the optical and near-infrared regime

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    York, Timothy; Gruev, Viktor

    2011-06-01

    Advances in nanofabrication allow for the creation of metallic nanowires acting as linear polarizers in the visible and near infrared regime. The monolithic integration of silicon detectors and pixelated nanowire metallic polarization filters allows for an efficient realization of high resolution polarization imaging sensors. These silicon sensors, known as division of focal plane polarimeters, capture polarization information of the imaged environment from ~400nm to 1050nm wavelength. The performance of the polarization sensor can be degraded by both irregularities in the fabrication of the nanowires and possible misalignment errors during the final deposition of the optical nanowire filters on the surface of the imaging sensor. In addition, electronic offsets due to the readout circuitry, electronic crosstalk, and optical crosstalk will also negatively affect the quality of the polarization information. Partial compensation for many of these post-fabrication errors can be accomplished through the use of a camera calibration routine. This paper will describe one such routine, and show how its application can increase the quality of measurements in both the degree of linear polarization and angle of polarization in the visible spectrum. The imaging array of the division of focal plane polarimeter is segmented into two by two blocks of superpixels. The calibration method chooses one of the four pixels as a reference, and then a gain and offset for each of the remaining three is computed based on this reference. The output is a calibration matrix for each pixel in the image array.

  4. A Bayesian calibration model for combining different pre-processing methods in Affymetrix chips

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    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In gene expression studies a key role is played by the so called "pre-processing", a series of steps designed to extract the signal and account for the sources of variability due to the technology used rather than to biological differences between the RNA samples. At the moment there is no commonly agreed gold standard pre-processing method and each researcher has the responsibility to choose one method, incurring the risk of false positive and false negative features arising from the particular method chosen. Results We propose a Bayesian calibration model that makes use of the information provided by several pre-processing methods and we show that this model gives a better assessment of the 'true' unknown differential expression between two conditions. We demonstrate how to estimate the posterior distribution of the differential expression values of interest from the combined information. Conclusion On simulated data and on the spike-in Latin Square dataset from Affymetrix the Bayesian calibration model proves to have more power than each pre-processing method. Its biological interest is demonstrated through an experimental example on publicly available data.

  5. A Method to Solve Interior and Exterior Camera Calibration Parameters for Image Resection

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    Samtaney, Ravi

    1999-01-01

    An iterative method is presented to solve the internal and external camera calibration parameters, given model target points and their images from one or more camera locations. The direct linear transform formulation was used to obtain a guess for the iterative method, and herein lies one of the strengths of the present method. In all test cases, the method converged to the correct solution. In general, an overdetermined system of nonlinear equations is solved in the least-squares sense. The iterative method presented is based on Newton-Raphson for solving systems of nonlinear algebraic equations. The Jacobian is analytically derived and the pseudo-inverse of the Jacobian is obtained by singular value decomposition.

  6. Calibration of the laser induced pressure pulse method when using a semiconducting electrode as the laser target

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    Space charge distributions can directly be qualitatively estimated from a laser induced pressure pulse (LIPP) signal. To obtain precise quantitative space charge density, calibration of the LIPP method is necessary which requires an ideal measured signal. However, when a carbon loaded polymer electrode is used as the laser target, a long signal tail can be found. The cause of the signal tail is analyzed in this study and two methods are proposed to correct the experimental signals. According to the calibration procedure introduced, space charge density is obtained respectively by using the two correction methods. Finally, the calculated results are compared and the validity of the calibration and correction methods is confirmed. The correction and calibration procedures proposed can be extended to piezoelectric induced pressure pulse and pulsed electroacoustic methods. (paper)

  7. Standard Test Method for Calibration of Primary Non-Concentrator Terrestrial Photovoltaic Reference Cells Using a Tabular Spectrum

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    2010-01-01

    1.1 This test method is intended to be used for calibration and characterization of primary terrestrial photovoltaic reference cells to a desired reference spectral irradiance distribution, such as Tables G173. The recommended physical requirements for these reference cells are described in Specification E1040. Reference cells are principally used in the determination of the electrical performance of photovoltaic devices. 1.2 Primary photovoltaic reference cells are calibrated in natural sunlight using the relative spectral response of the cell, the relative spectral distribution of the sunlight, and a tabulated reference spectral irradiance distribution. 1.3 This test method requires the use of a pyrheliometer that is calibrated according to Test Method E816, which requires the use of a pyrheliometer that is traceable to the World Radiometric Reference (WRR). Therefore, reference cells calibrated according to this test method are traceable to the WRR. 1.4 This test method is a technique that may be used ...

  8. Cloned plasmid DNA fragments as calibrators for controlling GMOs: different real-time duplex quantitative PCR methods.

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    Taverniers, Isabel; Van Bockstaele, Erik; De Loose, Marc

    2004-03-01

    Analytical real-time PCR technology is a powerful tool for implementation of the GMO labeling regulations enforced in the EU. The quality of analytical measurement data obtained by quantitative real-time PCR depends on the correct use of calibrator and reference materials (RMs). For GMO methods of analysis, the choice of appropriate RMs is currently under debate. So far, genomic DNA solutions from certified reference materials (CRMs) are most often used as calibrators for GMO quantification by means of real-time PCR. However, due to some intrinsic features of these CRMs, errors may be expected in the estimations of DNA sequence quantities. In this paper, two new real-time PCR methods are presented for Roundup Ready soybean, in which two types of plasmid DNA fragments are used as calibrators. Single-target plasmids (STPs) diluted in a background of genomic DNA were used in the first method. Multiple-target plasmids (MTPs) containing both sequences in one molecule were used as calibrators for the second method. Both methods simultaneously detect a promoter 35S sequence as GMO-specific target and a lectin gene sequence as endogenous reference target in a duplex PCR. For the estimation of relative GMO percentages both "delta C(T)" and "standard curve" approaches are tested. Delta C(T) methods are based on direct comparison of measured C(T) values of both the GMO-specific target and the endogenous target. Standard curve methods measure absolute amounts of target copies or haploid genome equivalents. A duplex delta C(T) method with STP calibrators performed at least as well as a similar method with genomic DNA calibrators from commercial CRMs. Besides this, high quality results were obtained with a standard curve method using MTP calibrators. This paper demonstrates that plasmid DNA molecules containing either one or multiple target sequences form perfect alternative calibrators for GMO quantification and are especially suitable for duplex PCR reactions. PMID:14689155

  9. Validation of a treatment plan-based calibration method for 2D detectors used for treatment delivery quality assurance

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    Purpose: Dosimetry using film, CR, electronic portal imaging, or other 2D detectors requires calibration of the raw image data to obtain dose. Typically, a series of known doses are given to the detector, the raw signal for each dose is obtained, and a calibration curve is created. This calibration curve is then applied to the measured raw signals to convert them to dose. With the advent of IMRT, film dosimetry for quality assurance has become a routine and labor intensive part of the physicist's day. The process of calibrating the film or other 2D detector takes time and additional film or images for performing the calibration, and comes with its own source of errors. This article studies a new methodology for the relative dose calibration of 2D imaging detectors especially useful for IMRT QA, which relies on the treatment plan dose image to provide the dose information which is paired with the raw QA image data after registration of the two images (plan-based calibration). Methods: Validation of the accuracy and robustness of the method is performed on ten IMRT cases performed using EDR2 film with conventional and plan-based calibration. Also, for each of the ten cases, a 5 mm registration error was introduced and the Gamma analysis was reevaluated. In addition, synthetic image tests were performed to test the limits of the method. The Gamma analysis is used as a measure of dosimetric agreement between plan and film for the clinical cases and a dose difference metric for the synthetic cases. Results: The QA image calibrated by the plan-based method was found to more accurately match the treatment plan doses than the conventionally calibrated films and also to reveal dose errors more effectively when a registration error was introduced. When synthetic acquired images were systematically studied, localized and randomly placed dose errors were correctly identified without excessive falsely passing or falsely failing pixels, unless the errors were concentrated in a

  10. [Application of calibration curve method and partial least squares regression analysis to quantitative analysis of nephrite samples using XRF].

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    Liu, Song; Su, Bo-min; Li, Qing-hui; Gan, Fu-xi

    2015-01-01

    The authors tried to find a method for quantitative analysis using pXRF without solid bulk stone/jade reference samples. 24 nephrite samples were selected, 17 samples were calibration samples and the other 7 are test samples. All the nephrite samples were analyzed by Proton induced X-ray emission spectroscopy (PIXE) quantitatively. Based on the PIXE results of calibration samples, calibration curves were created for the interested components/elements and used to analyze the test samples quantitatively; then, the qualitative spectrum of all nephrite samples were obtained by pXRF. According to the PIXE results and qualitative spectrum of calibration samples, partial least square method (PLS) was used for quantitative analysis of test samples. Finally, the results of test samples obtained by calibration method, PLS method and PIXE were compared to each other. The accuracy of calibration curve method and PLS method was estimated. The result indicates that the PLS method is the alternate method for quantitative analysis of stone/jade samples. PMID:25993858

  11. Global and Local Optimization Methods for Calibration and Design of Computationally Expensive Hydrologic Models

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    Shoemaker, C. A.; Singh, A.

    2008-12-01

    This paper will describe some new optimization algorithms and their application to hydrologic models. The approaches include a parallel version of a new heuristic algorithm combined with tabu search and a mathematically derived global optimization method that is based on trust region methods. The goals of these methods are to find optimal solutions to calibration problems and to design problems with relatively few simulations or (in a parallel environment) relatively little wallclock time. This is important because currently it is not possible to apply global optimization methods like genetic algorithms to computationally expensive simulation models like partial differential equations (with many nodes in groundwater) because it is not feasible to do thousands of simulations to evaluate the objective/fitness function. Results of the application of the algorithms to some complex models of groundwater contamination and phosphorous transport in watersheds will be presented.

  12. A New Method to Calibrate Attachment Angles of Data Loggers in Swimming Sharks

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    Kawatsu, Shizuka; Sato, Katsufumi; Watanabe, Yuuki; Hyodo, Susumu; Breves, Jason P.; Fox, Bradley K.; Grau, E. Gordon; Miyazaki, Nobuyuki

    2009-12-01

    Recently, animal-borne accelerometers have been used to record the pitch angle of aquatic animals during swimming. When evaluating pitch angle, it is necessary to consider a discrepancy between the angle of an accelerometer and the long axis of an animal. In this study, we attached accelerometers to 17 free-ranging scalloped hammerhead shark ( Sphyrna lewini) pups from Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Although there are methods to calibrate attachment angles of accelerometers, we confirmed that previous methods were not applicable for hammerhead pups. According to raw data, some sharks ascended with a negative angle, which differs from tank observations of captive sharks. In turn, we developed a new method to account for this discrepancy in swimming sharks by estimating the attachment angle from the relationship between vertical speed (m/s) and pitch angle obtained by each accelerometer. The new method can be utilized for field observation of a wide range of species.

  13. A New Method to Calibrate Attachment Angles of Data Loggers in Swimming Sharks

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Recently, animal-borne accelerometers have been used to record the pitch angle of aquatic animals during swimming. When evaluating pitch angle, it is necessary to consider a discrepancy between the angle of an accelerometer and the long axis of an animal. In this study, we attached accelerometers to 17 free-ranging scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini pups from Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Although there are methods to calibrate attachment angles of accelerometers, we confirmed that previous methods were not applicable for hammerhead pups. According to raw data, some sharks ascended with a negative angle, which differs from tank observations of captive sharks. In turn, we developed a new method to account for this discrepancy in swimming sharks by estimating the attachment angle from the relationship between vertical speed (m/s and pitch angle obtained by each accelerometer. The new method can be utilized for field observation of a wide range of species.

  14. A calibration method for optical trap force by use of electrokinetic phenomena

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    Youli Yu; Zhenxi Zhang; Xiaolin Zhang

    2006-01-01

    @@ An experimental method for calibration of optical trap force upon cells by use of electrokinetic phenomena is demonstrated.An electronkinetic sample chamber system (ESCS) is designed instead of a common sample chamber and a costly automatism stage,thus the experimental setup is simpler and cheaper.Experiments indicate that the range of the trap force measured by this method is piconewton and sub-piconewton,which makes it fit for study on non-damage interaction between light and biological particles with optical tweezers especially.Since this method is relevant to particle electric charge,by applying an alternating electric field,the new method may overcome the problem of correcting drag force and allow us to measure simultaneously optical trap stiffness and particle electric charge.

  15. Application of calibration standardization method to the analysis of diuretic pharmaceutical herbs

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    Calibration standardization of X-ray fluorescence method was carried out for the determination of the anorganic contents in diuretic herbs as called Folia Betulae, Stylus Maydis, Flores Verbasci, Equisetum Arvense and Flos Helichrysi, growing in Turkey. These herbs are widely used in pharmacy and public health for kidney disease therapy. Herb samples were steeped in the water and mixed through the pure cellulose, then pelletized in the intermediate thickness. An annular source of 109Cd (3.7 MBq) was used for excitation of fluorescent K lines of elements lying between potassium and zirconium. Toxic elements in considerable amounts were not found. (author)

  16. Calibration period dependence of extreme flood estimations (with a model-based flood frequency method)

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    Brigode, P.; Bernardara, P.; Paquet, E.; Gailhard, J.; Garavaglia, F.; Ribstein, P.; Micovic, Z.

    2013-12-01

    Extreme floods estimation methods are developed since many years within the hydrological and statistical communities. More recently, approaches based on the statistical analysis of flood streamflow samples simulated by rainfall-runoff models which are forced by simulated rainfall spread in the scientific literature. These approaches, called stochastic simulation methods, are typically composed by a probabilistic rainfall model and a rainfall-runoff model. Each of these two models are calibrated over observed hydrometeorological series such as daily precipitation series for the probabilistic rainfall models or such as daily streamflow, precipitation and temperature series for the rainfall-runoff models. Since extreme flood observations are by definition particularly rare, the validation of the proposed extreme flood estimations is one of the main critical issues, whatever the method - statistical or physically-based - used. Moreover, the observed hydrometeorological series used for the calibration of the stochastic simulation methods may be subject to significant variability over time, due to global climate oscillations such as El Niño Southern Oscillations for example. If the estimation of total involved uncertainty is a difficult task, investigating to what extent the proposed extreme flood values are dependent on the calibration period is an interesting first step. The general aim of this study is to propose a methodology for performing a sensitivity analysis of extreme flood estimations to the variability of observed series used for the model calibrations in a stochastic simulation framework. The methodology proposed is based on the nonparametric bootstrap concept and consists to perform a set of block-bootstrap experiments, thus generating different sets of observed series sub-samples. The generated observed series sub-samples are then used for the calibration of the different models considered within the stochastic simulation method. The main originality of

  17. Dependence of core heating properties on heating pulse duration and intensity

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    Johzaki, Tomoyuki; Nagatomo, Hideo; Sunahara, Atsushi; Cai, Hongbo; Sakagami, Hitoshi; Mima, Kunioki

    2009-11-01

    In the cone-guiding fast ignition, an imploded core is heated by the energy transport of fast electrons generated by the ultra-intense short-pulse laser at the cone inner surface. The fast core heating (˜800eV) has been demonstrated at integrated experiments with GEKKO-XII+ PW laser systems. As the next step, experiments using more powerful heating laser, FIREX, have been started at ILE, Osaka university. In FIREX-I (phase-I of FIREX), our goal is the demonstration of efficient core heating (Ti ˜ 5keV) using a newly developed 10kJ LFEX laser. In the first integrated experiments, the LFEX laser is operated with low energy mode (˜0.5kJ/4ps) to validate the previous GEKKO+PW experiments. Between the two experiments, though the laser energy is similar (˜0.5kJ), the duration is different; ˜0.5ps in the PW laser and ˜ 4ps in the LFEX laser. In this paper, we evaluate the dependence of core heating properties on the heating pulse duration on the basis of integrated simulations with FI^3 (Fast Ignition Integrated Interconnecting) code system.

  18. Method to calibrate the absolute energy scale of air showers with ultrahigh energy photons.

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    Homola, Piotr; Risse, Markus

    2014-04-18

    Calibrating the absolute energy scale of air showers initiated by ultrahigh energy (UHE) cosmic rays is an important experimental issue. Currently, the corresponding systematic uncertainty amounts to 14%-21% using the fluorescence technique. Here, we describe a new, independent method which can be applied if ultrahigh energy photons are observed. While such photon-initiated showers have not yet been identified, the capabilities of present and future cosmic-ray detectors may allow their discovery. The method makes use of the geomagnetic conversion of UHE photons (preshower effect), which significantly affects the subsequent longitudinal shower development. The conversion probability depends on photon energy and can be calculated accurately by QED. The comparison of the observed fraction of converted photon events to the expected one allows the determination of the absolute energy scale of the observed photon air showers and, thus, an energy calibration of the air shower experiment. We provide details of the method and estimate the accuracy that can be reached as a function of the number of observed photon showers. Already a very small number of UHE photons may help to test and fix the absolute energy scale. PMID:24785024

  19. Automatic calibration method of voxel size for cone-beam 3D-CT scanning system

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    For a cone-beam three-dimensional computed tomography (3D-CT) scanning system, voxel size is an important indicator to guarantee the accuracy of data analysis and feature measurement based on 3D-CT images. Meanwhile, the voxel size changes with the movement of the rotary stage along X-ray direction. In order to realize the automatic calibration of the voxel size, a new and easily-implemented method is proposed. According to this method, several projections of a spherical phantom are captured at different imaging positions and the corresponding voxel size values are calculated by non-linear least-square fitting. Through these interpolation values, a linear equation is obtained that reflects the relationship between the voxel size and the rotary stage translation distance from its nominal zero position. Finally, the linear equation is imported into the calibration module of the 3D-CT scanning system. When the rotary stage is moving along X-ray direction, the accurate value of the voxel size is dynamically exported. The experimental results prove that this method meets the requirements of the actual CT scanning system, and has virtues of easy implementation and high accuracy. (authors)

  20. Electromagnetic flowmeter in-situ calibration by the flow fluctuation cross correlation method

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    Electromagnetic flowmeters are used widely in the sodium test loops and fast breeder reactor plants, and recognized to be one of the most reliable ones. But it is possible that the electromotive force of the flowmeters decreases by the decrease of magnetic flux density and by the increase of sodium inpurity. From these reasons, there is the cross correlation with flow fluctuation signals as one of the in-situ calibration methods. For the establishment of this method, sodium flow measurement tests were conducted using the 6 inches electromagnetic flowmeter. And for the flow range of 1 ∼ 5 m/s, calibration was confirmed to be possible within the accuracy of ± 4 %. These results were found to be realized under the following conditions; (1) Electrods are settled at the direction of 45 deg from the center of the pipe, (2) Flow fluctuation frequency of 15 ∼ 20 Hz are used by the band pass filter, (3) Distance between electrods is 150 mm, (4) Correction coefficient to the flowmeter output is 1.00. In future, effectiveness of this method would be confirmed for larger flow pipe. (author)

  1. Direct liquid deposition calibration method for trace cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine using thermal desorption instrumentation.

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    Field, Christopher R; Lubrano, Adam L; Rogers, Duane A; Giordano, Braden C; Collins, Greg E

    2013-03-22

    A simple method for establishing calibration curves with sorbent-filled thermal desorption tubes has been demonstrated for nitroaromatic and nitramine vapor samples using a thermal desorption system with a cooled inlet system (TDS-CIS), which was coupled to a gas chromatograph (GC) with an electron capture detector (ECD). The method relies upon the direct liquid deposition of standard solutions onto the glass frit at the head of sorbent-filled thermal desorption tubes. Linear calibration results and ideal system conditions for the TDS-CIS-GC-ECD were established for mixtures containing both cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine, a.k.a. RDX, and 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT). Because of the chemical characteristics of RDX, a higher TDS-CIS flow rate relative to the optimized approach for TNT was required for efficient RDX desorption. Simultaneous quantitation of TNT and RDX using the direct liquid deposition method with optimized instrumentation parameters for RDX were compared to results from a standard split/splitless GC inlet and a CIS. PMID:23415141

  2. Bureau of Mines method of calibrating a primary radon measuring apparatus

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    This paper reports on the Bureau of Mines method of calibrating a primary radon measuring apparatus. One requirement for accurate monitoring of radon in working environments, dwellings, and outdoors is to ensure that the measurement instrumentation is properly calibrated against a recognized standard. To achieve this goal, the U.S. Bureau of Mines Radiation Laboratory has participated since 1988 in a program to establish international radon measurement standards. Originally sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the program is also sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency. While the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) radium solution ampules are acceptable to all participating laboratories as a primary standard, a method of transferring radon from the NIST source into The Bureau's method transfers radon from the primary solution by bubbling 3 L of air through it into a steel cylinder. After homogenizing the radon concentrations in the cylinder, eight alpha-scintillation cells are filled consecutively and measured in a standard counting system. The resulting efficiency is 81.7 ± 1.2 pct

  3. Development of a New Calibration Method for an Ambient Ion Monitor Ion Chromatograph (AIM-IC)

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    Markovic, M.; Vandenboer, T.; Murphy, J. G.

    2009-05-01

    Fine atmospheric aerosols play an important role in the atmosphere as they alter the radiative balance of the Earth through direct and indirect climate effects, reduce visibility, participate in acid rain formation and affect human health. The motivation for chemically and temporally resolved measurements of fine aerosol composition has lead to the development of the Ambient Ion Monitor Ion Chromatograph (AIM-IC) system by Dionex/URG. This instrument is capable of simultaneously monitoring fine aerosols (organic acids and amines. Standard calibration of the AIM-IC is carried out by injecting a series of mixed standards directly onto the ion chromatographs, bypassing the sampling component of the instrument. This results in calculated detection limits on the order of 10-200 pptv for gases and 10-500 of ng/m3 for individual particle constituents when collecting at 3 L/min for 55 minutes. In this work, we present a new method for the calibration of the AIM-IC for both gas and particle collection that enables us to evaluate the entire system from size-selection to detection. This external calibration method is assessed for the gases HNO3(g), SO2(g), and NH3(g), and for particles containing (NH4)2SO4, NH4NO3, and Na2SO4. Quantitative collection of SO2 is found to require careful optimization of the H2O2 concentration of the denuder liquid, while the replacement of a cyclone with an impactor improves the sampling efficiency of NH3 and HNO3.

  4. A statistical method for estimating wood thermal diffusivity and probe geometry using in situ heat response curves from sap flow measurements.

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    Chen, Xingyuan; Miller, Gretchen R; Rubin, Yoram; Baldocchi, Dennis D

    2012-12-01

    The heat pulse method is widely used to measure water flux through plants; it works by using the speed at which a heat pulse is propagated through the system to infer the velocity of water through a porous medium. No systematic, non-destructive calibration procedure exists to determine the site-specific parameters necessary for calculating sap velocity, e.g., wood thermal diffusivity and probe spacing. Such parameter calibration is crucial to obtain the correct transpiration flux density from the sap flow measurements at the plant scale and subsequently to upscale tree-level water fluxes to canopy and landscape scales. The purpose of this study is to present a statistical framework for sampling and simultaneously estimating the tree's thermal diffusivity and probe spacing from in situ heat response curves collected by the implanted probes of a heat ratio measurement device. Conditioned on the time traces of wood temperature following a heat pulse, the parameters are inferred using a Bayesian inversion technique, based on the Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling method. The primary advantage of the proposed methodology is that it does not require knowledge of probe spacing or any further intrusive sampling of sapwood. The Bayesian framework also enables direct quantification of uncertainty in estimated sap flow velocity. Experiments using synthetic data show that repeated tests using the same apparatus are essential for obtaining reliable and accurate solutions. When applied to field conditions, these tests can be obtained in different seasons and can be automated using the existing data logging system. Empirical factors are introduced to account for the influence of non-ideal probe geometry on the estimation of heat pulse velocity, and are estimated in this study as well. The proposed methodology may be tested for its applicability to realistic field conditions, with an ultimate goal of calibrating heat ratio sap flow systems in practical applications. PMID:23135737

  5. High Precision Astrometric Millimeter VLBI Using a New Method for Atmospheric Calibration

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    Rioja, Maria J

    2011-01-01

    We describe a new method which achieves high precision Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) astrometry in observations at millimeter wavelengths. It combines fast frequency-switching observations, to correct for the dominant non-dispersive tropospheric fluctuations, with slow source-switching observations, for the remaining ionospheric dispersive terms. We call this method Source-Frequency Phase Referencing. Provided that the switching cycles match the properties of the propagation media, one can recover the source astrometry. We present an analytic description of the two-step calibration strategy, along with an error analysis to characterize its performance. Also, we provide observational demonstrations of a successful application with observations using the Very Long Baseline Array at 86 GHz of the pairs of sources 3C274 & 3C273 and 1308+326 & 1308+328, under various conditions. We conclude that this method is widely applicable to millimeter VLBI observations of many target sources, and unique i...

  6. An Accurate Calibration Method Based on Velocity in a Rotational Inertial Navigation System.

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    Zhang, Qian; Wang, Lei; Liu, Zengjun; Feng, Peide

    2015-01-01

    Rotation modulation is an effective method to enhance the accuracy of an inertial navigation system (INS) by modulating the gyroscope drifts and accelerometer bias errors into periodically varying components. The typical RINS drives the inertial measurement unit (IMU) rotation along the vertical axis and the horizontal sensors' errors are modulated, however, the azimuth angle error is closely related to vertical gyro drift, and the vertical gyro drift also should be modulated effectively. In this paper, a new rotation strategy in a dual-axis rotational INS (RINS) is proposed and the drifts of three gyros could be modulated, respectively. Experimental results from a real dual-axis RINS demonstrate that the maximum azimuth angle error is decreased from 0.04° to less than 0.01° during 1 h. Most importantly, the changing of rotation strategy leads to some additional errors in the velocity which is unacceptable in a high-precision INS. Then the paper studies the basic reason underlying horizontal velocity errors in detail and a relevant new calibration method is designed. Experimental results show that after calibration and compensation, the fluctuation and stages in the velocity curve disappear and velocity precision is improved. PMID:26225983

  7. Automatic Calibration Method of Voxel Size for Cone-beam 3D-CT Scanning System

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    Yang, Min; Liu, Yipeng; Men, Fanyong; Li, Xingdong; Liu, Wenli; Wei, Dongbo

    2013-01-01

    For cone-beam three-dimensional computed tomography (3D-CT) scanning system, voxel size is an important indicator to guarantee the accuracy of data analysis and feature measurement based on 3D-CT images. Meanwhile, the voxel size changes with the movement of the rotary table along X-ray direction. In order to realize the automatic calibration of the voxel size, a new easily-implemented method is proposed. According to this method, several projections of a spherical phantom are captured at different imaging positions and the corresponding voxel size values are calculated by non-linear least square fitting. Through these interpolation values, a linear equation is obtained, which reflects the relationship between the rotary table displacement distance from its nominal zero position and the voxel size. Finally, the linear equation is imported into the calibration module of the 3D-CT scanning system, and when the rotary table is moving along X-ray direction, the accurate value of the voxel size is dynamically expo...

  8. Generic precise augmented reality guiding system and its calibration method based on 3D virtual model.

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    Liu, Miao; Yang, Shourui; Wang, Zhangying; Huang, Shujun; Liu, Yue; Niu, Zhenqi; Zhang, Xiaoxuan; Zhu, Jigui; Zhang, Zonghua

    2016-05-30

    Augmented reality system can be applied to provide precise guidance for various kinds of manual works. The adaptability and guiding accuracy of such systems are decided by the computational model and the corresponding calibration method. In this paper, a novel type of augmented reality guiding system and the corresponding designing scheme are proposed. Guided by external positioning equipment, the proposed system can achieve high relative indication accuracy in a large working space. Meanwhile, the proposed system is realized with a digital projector and the general back projection model is derived with geometry relationship between digitized 3D model and the projector in free space. The corresponding calibration method is also designed for the proposed system to obtain the parameters of projector. To validate the proposed back projection model, the coordinate data collected by a 3D positioning equipment is used to calculate and optimize the extrinsic parameters. The final projecting indication accuracy of the system is verified with subpixel pattern projecting technique. PMID:27410124

  9. Low-level gammaspectrometry with germanium-detectors: Experience with a new calibration method

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    A new method to obtain the efficiency of a Ge-coaxial-detector in relation to the gamma-ray energy and of the relative source-to-detector position is presented. Because of the geometry (detector and sample are of cylindrical shape) ring-shaped sources of various radii were used. Standard sources in the energy region of 80 to 2000 keV were prepared and measured at different positions by using detector-insets with adjustable height. The peak- and the total-efficiency in relation to the energy and the source-to-detector distance was obtained by numerous measurements. In order to get a mathematical expression computer aided parameter fitting was carried out. A function of 27 parameters was found to describe the spatial dependencies of peak-efficiency. An analogous function (25 parameters) describes the total-efficiency-dependencies. Both approaches agree reasonably well with the measured data; the found functions represent the measured efficiency data with an accuracy of only 3 % in the energy range 100-2000 keV. This new method offers the advantage that the functions for efficiency-calibration can be generalized to any other coaxial-detector of similar measuring geometry; for fitting the parameters only a few measurements with calibration sources will be necessary. (author)

  10. The research on calibration methods of dual-CCD laser three-dimensional human face scanning system

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    Wang, Jinjiang; Chang, Tianyu; Ge, Baozhen; Tian, Qingguo; Yang, Fengting; Shi, Shendong

    2013-09-01

    In this paper, on the basis of considering the performance advantages of two-step method, we combines the stereo matching of binocular stereo vision with active laser scanning to calibrate the system. Above all, we select a reference camera coordinate system as the world coordinate system and unity the coordinates of two CCD cameras. And then obtain the new perspective projection matrix (PPM) of each camera after the epipolar rectification. By those, the corresponding epipolar equation of two cameras can be defined. So by utilizing the trigonometric parallax method, we can measure the space point position after distortion correction and achieve stereo matching calibration between two image points. Experiments verify that this method can improve accuracy and system stability is guaranteed. The stereo matching calibration has a simple process with low-cost, and simplifies regular maintenance work. It can acquire 3D coordinates only by planar checkerboard calibration without the need of designing specific standard target or using electronic theodolite. It is found that during the experiment two-step calibration error and lens distortion lead to the stratification of point cloud data. The proposed calibration method which combining active line laser scanning and binocular stereo vision has the both advantages of them. It has more flexible applicability. Theory analysis and experiment shows the method is reasonable.

  11. Online Calibration Methods for the DINA Model with Independent Attributes in CD-CAT

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    Chen, Ping; Xin, Tao; Wang, Chun; Chang, Hua-Hua

    2012-01-01

    Item replenishing is essential for item bank maintenance in cognitive diagnostic computerized adaptive testing (CD-CAT). In regular CAT, online calibration is commonly used to calibrate the new items continuously. However, until now no reference has publicly become available about online calibration for CD-CAT. Thus, this study investigates the…

  12. Absolute calibration of OH density in a nanosecond pulsed plasma filament in atmospheric pressure He-H2O: comparison of independent calibration methods

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    Verreycken, T.; van der Horst, R. M.; Sadeghi, N.; Bruggeman, P. J.

    2013-11-01

    The absolute density of OH radicals generated in a nanosecond pulsed filamentary discharge in atmospheric pressure He +0.84% H2O is measured independently by UV absorption and laser induced fluorescence (LIF) calibrated with Rayleigh scattering. For the calibration of LIF with Rayleigh scattering, two LIF models, with six levels and four levels, are studied to investigate the influence of the rotational and vibrational energy transfers. In addition, a chemical model is used to deduce the OH density in the afterglow from the relative LIF intensity as function of time. The different models show good correspondence and by comparing these different methods, the accuracy and the effect of assumptions on the obtained OH density are discussed in detail. This analysis includes an analysis of the sensitivity to parameters used in the LIF models.

  13. Calibration of the HSPF model with a new coupled FTABLE generation method

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    Jing Zhang; Mark Ross; Ken Trout; Demin Zhou

    2009-01-01

    The hydrological simulation program FORTRAN (HSPF) is a comprehensive watershed model designed to simulate water quantity and quality processes.It is used widely throughout the world.Calculating discharge from a stream reach by HSPF is based mainly on function tables (FTABLEs),which describe the relationship between surface area,stream stage,volume,and discharge.The traditional method of FTABLE generation (using general stream cross-sections and the Manning equation or other discharge relationships) can be time-consuming and inaccurate when there are limited calibration stations and survey data.Recent insights into generalized coupled stage/storage and stage/discharge relationships,however,offer the potential to improve both the speed and accuracy of compiling FTABLEs and thus HSPF models.This study tested the application of these insights in generating FTABLEs.The study domain included 18 gauging stations in a coastal plain environment on the Peace River watershed in West-Central Florida.In the calibration of this model,wetlands were treated as reaches in HSPF with storage-attenuation characteristics.Over the simulation period,the modeled daily flow and stage correlated well with observed data at all ganging stations along the Peace River.The Nash-Sutcliffe efficiency and correlation coefficient computed using observed and simulated daily flows were 0.90 and 0.91,respectively,at the Peace River outlet.Rigorous testing found that the new system for calibrating the FTABLEs improved the model predictive ability and efficiency.Uncertainty in un-calibrated station performance was also reduced.The model parameters obtained in this study could potentially serve as reference values for model application in similar climatic regions.They may also have particular relevance in disaster management,as the simulation period extended over the hurricane season of 2004,and the model domain was within a high hurricane impact zone.The possible effects of hurricanes on discharge are

  14. A new method for the absolute radiance calibration for UV/vis measurements of scattered sun light

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    Wagner, T.; Beirle, S.; Dörner, S.; Penning de Vries, M.; Remmers, J.; Rozanov, A.; Shaiganfar, R.

    2015-05-01

    Absolute radiometric calibrations are important for measurements of the atmospheric spectral radiance. Such measurements can be used to determine actinic fluxes, the properties of aerosols and clouds and the short wave energy budget. Conventional calibration methods in the laboratory are based on calibrated light sources and reflectors and are expensive, time consuming and subject to relatively large uncertainties. Also, the calibrated instruments might change during transport from the laboratory to the measurement sites. Here we present a new calibration method for UV/vis instruments that measure the spectrally resolved sky radiance, like for example zenith sky Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS-) instruments or Multi-AXis (MAX-) DOAS instruments. Our method is based on the comparison of the solar zenith angle dependence of the measured zenith sky radiance with radiative transfer simulations. For the application of our method clear sky measurements during periods with almost constant aerosol optical depth are needed. The radiative transfer simulations have to take polarisation into account. We show that the calibration results are almost independent from the knowledge of the aerosol optical properties and surface albedo, which causes a rather small uncertainty of about <7%. For wavelengths below about 330 nm it is essential that the ozone column density during the measurements is constant and known.

  15. A Novel Error Model of Optical Systems and an On-Orbit Calibration Method for Star Sensors

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    Shuang Wang

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In order to improve the on-orbit measurement accuracy of star sensors, the effects of image-plane rotary error, image-plane tilt error and distortions of optical systems resulting from the on-orbit thermal environment were studied in this paper. Since these issues will affect the precision of star image point positions, in this paper, a novel measurement error model based on the traditional error model is explored. Due to the orthonormal characteristics of image-plane rotary-tilt errors and the strong nonlinearity among these error parameters, it is difficult to calibrate all the parameters simultaneously. To solve this difficulty, for the new error model, a modified two-step calibration method based on the Extended Kalman Filter (EKF and Least Square Methods (LSM is presented. The former one is used to calibrate the main point drift, focal length error and distortions of optical systems while the latter estimates the image-plane rotary-tilt errors. With this calibration method, the precision of star image point position influenced by the above errors is greatly improved from 15.42% to 1.389%. Finally, the simulation results demonstrate that the presented measurement error model for star sensors has higher precision. Moreover, the proposed two-step method can effectively calibrate model error parameters, and the calibration precision of on-orbit star sensors is also improved obviously.

  16. A new method for the absolute radiance calibration for UV/vis measurements of scattered sun light

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    T. Wagner

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Absolute radiometric calibrations are important for measurements of the atmospheric spectral radiance. Such measurements can be used to determine actinic fluxes, the properties of aerosols and clouds and the short wave energy budget. Conventional calibration methods in the laboratory are based on calibrated light sources and reflectors and are expensive, time consuming and subject to relatively large uncertainties. Also, the calibrated instruments might change during transport from the laboratory to the measurement sites. Here we present a new calibration method for UV/vis instruments that measure the spectrally resolved sky radiance, like for example zenith sky Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS- instruments or Multi-AXis (MAX- DOAS instruments. Our method is based on the comparison of the solar zenith angle dependence of the measured zenith sky radiance with radiative transfer simulations. For the application of our method clear sky measurements during periods with almost constant aerosol optical depth are needed. The radiative transfer simulations have to take polarisation into account. We show that the calibration results are almost independent from the knowledge of the aerosol optical properties and surface albedo, which causes a rather small uncertainty of about <7%. For wavelengths below about 330 nm it is essential that the ozone column density during the measurements is constant and known.

  17. New methods of data calibration for high power-aperture lidar.

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    Guan, Sai; Yang, Guotao; Chang, Qihai; Cheng, Xuewu; Yang, Yong; Gong, Shaohua; Wang, Jihong

    2013-03-25

    For high power-aperture lidar sounding of wide atmospheric dynamic ranges, as in middle-upper atmospheric probing, photomultiplier tubes' (PMT) pulse pile-up effects and signal-induced noise (SIN) complicates the extraction of information from lidar return signal, especially from metal layers' fluorescence signal. Pursuit for sophisticated description of metal layers' characteristics at far range (80~130km) with one PMT of high quantum efficiency (QE) and good SNR, contradicts the requirements for signals of wide linear dynamic range (i.e. from approximate 10(2) to 10(8) counts/s). In this article, Substantial improvements on experimental simulation of Lidar signals affected by PMT are reported to evaluate the PMTs' distortions in our High Power-Aperture Sodium LIDAR system. A new method for pile-up calibration is proposed by taking into account PMT and High Speed Data Acquisition Card as an Integrated Black-Box, as well as a new experimental method for identifying and removing SIN from the raw Lidar signals. Contradiction between the limited linear dynamic range of raw signal (55~80km) and requirements for wider acceptable linearity has been effectively solved, without complicating the current lidar system. Validity of these methods was demonstrated by applying calibrated data to retrieve atmospheric parameters (i.e. atmospheric density, temperature and sodium absolutely number density), in comparison with measurements of TIMED satellite and atmosphere model. Good agreements are obtained between results derived from calibrated signal and reference measurements where differences of atmosphere density, temperature are less than 5% in the stratosphere and less than 10K from 30km to mesosphere, respectively. Additionally, approximate 30% changes are shown in sodium concentration at its peak value. By means of the proposed methods to revert the true signal independent of detectors, authors approach a new balance between maintaining the linearity of adequate signal (20

  18. Linear and Nonlinear Calibration Methods for Predicting Mechanical Properties of Polypropylene Pellets Using Raman Spectroscopy.

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    Banquet-Terán, Julio; Johnson-Restrepo, Boris; Hernández-Morelo, Alveiro; Ropero, Jorge; Fontalvo-Gomez, Miriam; Romañach, Rodolfo J

    2016-07-01

    A nondestructive and faster methodology to quantify mechanical properties of polypropylene (PP) pellets, obtained from an industrial plant, was developed with Raman spectroscopy. Raman spectra data were obtained from several types of samples such as homopolymer PP, random ethylene-propylene copolymer, and impact ethylene-propylene copolymer. Multivariate calibration models were developed by relating the changes in the Raman spectra to mechanical properties determined by ASTM tests (Young's traction modulus, tensile strength at yield, elongation at yield on traction, and flexural modulus at 1% secant). Several strategies were evaluated to build robust models including the use of preprocessing methods (baseline correction, vector normalization, de-trending, and standard normal variate), selecting the best subset of wavelengths to model property response and discarding irrelevant variables by applying genetic algorithm (GA). Linear multivariable models were investigated such as partial least square regression (PLS) and PLS with genetic algorithm (GA-PLS) while nonlinear models were implemented with artificial neural network (ANN) preceded by GA (GA-ANN). The best multivariate calibration models were obtained when a combination of genetic algorithms and artificial neural network were used on Raman spectral data with relative standard errors (%RSE) from 0.17 to 0.41 for training and 0.42 to 0.88% validation data sets. PMID:27287847

  19. A Single-Vector Force Calibration Method Featuring the Modern Design of Experiments

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    Parker, P. A.; Morton, M.; Draper, N.; Line, W.

    2001-01-01

    This paper proposes a new concept in force balance calibration. An overview of the state-of-the-art in force balance calibration is provided with emphasis on both the load application system and the experimental design philosophy. Limitations of current systems are detailed in the areas of data quality and productivity. A unique calibration loading system integrated with formal experimental design techniques has been developed and designated as the Single-Vector Balance Calibration System (SVS). This new concept addresses the limitations of current systems. The development of a quadratic and cubic calibration design is presented. Results from experimental testing are compared and contrasted with conventional calibration systems. Analyses of data are provided that demonstrate the feasibility of this concept and provide new insights into balance calibration.

  20. A method for Kinematic Calibration of a Parallel Robot by using one camera in hand and a spherical object

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    Traslosheros Michel, Alberto; Sebastian y Zuñiga, Jose Maria; Castillo, Eduardo; Roberti, Flavio; Carelli, Ricardo

    2011-01-01

    The main purpose of robot calibration is the correction of the possible errors in the robot parameters. This paper presents a method for a kinematic calibration of a parallel robot that is equipped with one camera in hand. In order to preserve the mechanical configuration of the robot, the camera is utilized to acquire incremental positions of the end effector from a spherical object that is fixed in the word reference frame. The positions of the end effector are related to incremental posit...

  1. A calibration method of Argo floats based on multiple regression analysis

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    2006-01-01

    Argo floats are free-moving floats that report vertical profiles of salinity, temperature and pressure at regular time intervals. These floats give good measurements of temperature and pressure, but salinity measurements may show significant sensor drifting with time. It is found that sensor drifting with time is not purely linear as presupposed by Wong (2003). A new method is developed to calibrate conductivity data measured by Argo floats. In this method, Wong's objective analysis method was adopted to estimate the background climatological salinity field on potential temperature surfaces from nearby historical data in WOD01. Furthermore, temperature and time factors are taken into account, and stepwise regression was used for a time-varying or temperature-varying slope in potential conductivity space to correct the drifting in these profiling float salinity data. The result shows salinity errors using this method are smaller than that of Wong's method, the quantitative and qualitative analysis of the conductivity sensor can be carried out with our method.

  2. Determination of constitutive parameters of homogeneous metamaterial slabs by a novel calibration-independent method

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    U. C. Hasar

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available A calibration-independent line-line method for broadband and simultaneous constitutive parameters determination of homogeneous metamaterial (MM slabs is proposed. It is shown that the sufficient condition for parameters retrieval by the proposed method is to measure uncalibrated (raw complex scattering parameters of measurement cells (different air regions in free-space which are completely and partially loaded by the two identical metamaterial slabs. The stability of derived equations for different measurement uncertainty cases is analyzed. We have validated the proposed method by using simulated scattering parameters of a MM slab with split-ring-resonators and then by comparing the extracted electromagnetic parameters with those of a general method used in the literature in the cases with and without a small offset in reference-plane positions (as well as other measurement errors. From this comparison, we note that while the general method does not eliminate those errors, the proposed method not only does not introduce the non-physical anti-resonance behavior but also removes the measurement errors arising from different mechanisms such as inaccurate reference-plane positions and mismatched connections.

  3. An empirical method for in-situ relative detection efficiency calibration for k0-based IM-NAA method

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    The in-situ relative detection efficiency strongly affects the qualitative aspects of k0-based internal mono standard instrumental neutron activation analysis (IM-NAA) method, which is used to analyze small to large size samples with irregular geometries. An empirical method is described for in-situ relative detection efficiency calibration. Two IAEA reference materials (RMs) Soil-7 and 1633b Coal Fly Ash were irradiated for elemental analysis using in-situ relative detector efficiency. The efficiency was measured from 0.12 MeV to 2.7 MeV. Both RMs were analyzed and the ξ-score values are within ±1 at 95% confidence level whereas the % deviation is within ±9 % for most of the elements. This reflects the good accuracy of the in-situ relative detection efficiency. (author)

  4. PLEIADES-HR 1A&1B image quality commissioning: innovative geometric calibration methods and results

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    Greslou, Daniel; de Lussy, Françoise; Amberg, Virginie; Dechoz, Cécile; Lenoir, Florie; Delvit, Jean-Marc; Lebègue, Laurent

    2013-09-01

    PLEIADES earth observing system consists of two satellites designed to provide optical 70cm resolution images to civilian and defense users. The first Pleiades satellite 1A was launched on December 2011 while the second satellite Pleiades 1B was placed on orbit, one year after, on December 2012. The calibration operations and the assessment of the image of the two satellites have been performed by CNES Image Quality team during the called commissioning phase which took place after each launch and lasted each time less than 6 months. The geometric commissioning activities consist in assessing and improving the geometric quality of the images in order to meet very demanding requirements. This paper deals with the means used and methods applied, mainly the innovative ones, in order to manage these activities. It describes both their accuracy and their operational interest. Finally it gives the main results for geometric image quality performances of the PHR system.

  5. PRESAGE® as a new calibration method for high intensity focused ultrasound therapy

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    High Intensity Focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a non-invasive cancer therapy that makes use of the mainly thermal effects of ultrasound to destroy tissue. In order to achieve reliable treatment planning, it is necessary to characterise the ultrasound source (transducer) and to understand how the wave propagates in tissue and the energy deposition in the focal region. This novel exploratory study investigated how HIFU affects PRESAGE®, an optical phantom used for radiotherapy dosimetry, which is potentially a rapid method of calibrating the transducer. Samples, of two different formulations, were exposed to focused ultrasound and imaged using Optical Computed Tomography. First results showed that, PRESAGE® changes colour on ultrasound exposure (darker green regions were observed) with the alterations being related to the acoustic power and sample composition. Future work will involve quantification of these alterations and understanding how to relate them to the mechanisms of action of HIFU

  6. On the growth-curve method for calibrating stellar photometry with CCDs

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    Stetson, Peter B.

    1990-08-01

    Stellar photometry with CCDs usually relies on the construction of aperture growth curves for its ultimate calibration. In the past this has been a tedious chore requiring a great deal of human intervention, mostly to select data suitable for defining empirical growth curves from data sets containing some corrupt values. A computer program has been written which incorporates a priori knowledge of the typical morphology of stellar profiles and is capable of taking a synoptic overview of all the aperture growth curves from an entire night or observing run. The program is thus enabled to make its own judgments as to the reliability of individual data points and to draw physically reasonable growth curves without human supervision, even for individual frames with insufficient or badly contaminated data. The program runs quickly and independently and produces results not noticeably inferior to those obtained by traditional hand-and-eye methods.

  7. Differential Binary Encoding Method for Calibrating Image Sensors Based on IOFBs

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    Ángel Cano

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Image transmission using incoherent optical fiber bundles (IOFBs requires prior calibration to obtain the spatial in-out fiber correspondence necessary to reconstruct the image captured by the pseudo-sensor. This information is recorded in a Look-Up Table called the Reconstruction Table (RT, used later for reordering the fiber positions and reconstructing the original image. This paper presents a very fast method based on image-scanning using spaces encoded by a weighted binary code to obtain the in-out correspondence. The results demonstrate that this technique yields a remarkable reduction in processing time and the image reconstruction quality is very good compared to previous techniques based on spot or line scanning, for example.

  8. Methods for Optical Calibration of the BigBite Hadron Spectrometer

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    Mihovilovic, M; Anderson, B D; Annand, J R M; Averett, T; Camsonne, A; Chan, R W; Chen, J -P; Chirapatpimol, K; de Jager, C W; Gilad, S; Hamilton, D J; Hansen, J -O; Higinbotham, D W; Juang, J; Jiang, X; Jin, G; Korsch, W; LeRose, J J; Lindgren, R A; Liyanage, N; Long, E; Michaels, R; Moffit, B; Monaghan, P; Nelyubin, V; Norum, B E; Piasetzky, E; Qian, X; Qiang, Y; Riordan, S; Ron, G; Rosner, G; Sawatzky, B; Shabestari, M; Shahinyan, A; Shneor, R; Sirca, S; Subedi, R; Sulkosky, V; Watson, J W; Wojtsekhowski, B; Zhang, Y -W

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    The techniques for optical calibration of Jefferson Lab's large-acceptance magnetic hadron spectrometer, BigBite, have been examined. The most consistent and stable results were obtained by using a method based on singular value decomposition. In spite of the complexity of the optics, the particles' positions and momenta at the target have been precisely reconstructed from the coordinates measured in the detectors by means of a single back-tracing matrix. The technique is applicable to any similar magnetic spectrometer and any particle type. For 0.55 GeV/c protons, we have established the vertex resolution of 1.2 cm, angular resolutions of 7 mrad and 16 mrad (in-plane and out-of-plane, respectively), and a relative momentum resolution of 1.6%.

  9. Methods for Optical Calibration of the BigBite Hadron Spectrometer

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    M. Mihovilovic, K. Allada, B.D. Anderson, J.R.M. Annand, T. Averett, A. Camsonne, R.W. Chan, J.-P. Chen, K. Chirapatpimol, C.W. de Jager, S. Gilad, D.J. Hamilton, J.-O. Hansen, D.W. Higinbotham, J. Juang, X. Jiang, G. Jin, W. Korsch, J.J. LeRose, R.A. Lindgren, N. Liyanage, E. Long, R. Michaels, B. Moffit, P. Monaghan, V. Nelyubin, B.E. Norum, E. Piasetzky, X. Qian, Y. Qiang, S. Riordan, G. Ron, G. Rosner, B. Sawatzky, M. Shabestari, A. Shahinyan, R. Shneor, S. Sirca, R. Subedi, V. Sulkosky, J.W. Watson, B. Wojtsekhowski, Y.-W. Zhang

    2012-09-01

    The techniques for optical calibration of Jefferson Lab's large-acceptance magnetic hadron spectrometer, BigBite, have been examined. The most consistent and stable results were obtained by using a method based on singular value decomposition. In spite of the complexity of the optics, the particles positions and momenta at the target have been precisely reconstructed from the coordinates measured in the detectors by means of a single back-tracing matrix. The technique is applicable to any similar magnetic spectrometer and any particle type. For 0.55 GeV/c protons, we have established the vertex resolution of 1.2 cm, angular resolutions of 7 mrad and 16 mrad (in-plane and out-of-plane, respectively), and a relative momentum resolution of 1.6%.

  10. Clustered iterative stochastic ensemble method for multi-modal calibration of subsurface flow models

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    Elsheikh, Ahmed H.

    2013-05-01

    A novel multi-modal parameter estimation algorithm is introduced. Parameter estimation is an ill-posed inverse problem that might admit many different solutions. This is attributed to the limited amount of measured data used to constrain the inverse problem. The proposed multi-modal model calibration algorithm uses an iterative stochastic ensemble method (ISEM) for parameter estimation. ISEM employs an ensemble of directional derivatives within a Gauss-Newton iteration for nonlinear parameter estimation. ISEM is augmented with a clustering step based on k-means algorithm to form sub-ensembles. These sub-ensembles are used to explore different parts of the search space. Clusters are updated at regular intervals of the algorithm to allow merging of close clusters approaching the same local minima. Numerical testing demonstrates the potential of the proposed algorithm in dealing with multi-modal nonlinear parameter estimation for subsurface flow models. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

  11. Optimaization of Calibration Method to Determine Exposure Dose on Personal Dosimeter

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    Normally the determination of exposure dose on personal dosimeter can be underestimated due to the time factor in collecting ionizing charges. The aim of this study was to establish a calibration system with minimized error for the determination of exposure dose on personal dosimeter. A standard source, Cs-137 with activity of 2.89 Ci, was equipped with a control system. Error on reading the exposure dose caused by the source traveling time was compensated by reference ionizing chamber (IC). The IC unit was connected with electrometer to collect ionizing charges at preset time. In order to minimize the error, the standard source travelling time (Timer Error) was determined and the calculated time difference was applied in the calculation. Results showed that this optimizing method can reduce the error associated with the former setup by 1.79 %.

  12. Uncertainty on differential measurements and its reduction using the calibration by comparison method

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    Ospina, José; Canuto, Enrico

    2008-08-01

    The paper deals with the uncertainty of differential measurements, obtained from the subtraction of a pair of absolute measurements. It is shown that if the same sensor is used to perform both measurements, a model of the sensor will reveal a correlation component between the uncertainty of each absolute measurement, reducing the uncertainty on its subtraction. The procedure followed is based on the Gauss-Markov estimation method, showing that differential measurement uncertainty vanishes when the gradient to be measured is zero. If the two absolute measurements are to be performed using different sensors, a calibration by comparison between them will result in a similar uncertainty reduction. Finally, a simulated example based on commercially available thermistor data is included.

  13. Calibration of the RPC charge readout in the ARGO-YBJ experiment with the iso-gradient method

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    The ARGO-YBJ experiment is a full coverage array of Resistive Plate Chambers (RPCs) with an active area of 5800 m2. In order to eliminate the response difference of the charge readout from the RPCs, a calibration procedure is carried out with the iso-gradient method. This method also allows the extension of the absolute calibration with the muon telescope including scintillation detectors to all the RPCs in the array. The overall systematic uncertainty in measurements of the number of particles by the RPCs is 10.7%. In general, the method gives results consistent with those from a totally different approach also used in the experiment

  14. Beam based gain calibration method for beam position monitor at J-PARC MR

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    Stability of the closed orbit is one of very important points for stable operations to keep a small beam loss in MR. The relative gains of the output data may drift due to unpredictable imbalance among output signals from the pickup electrodes, because the output signals must travel through separate paths, such as cables, connectors, attenuators, switches, and then are measured by detectors. In KEKB, we found noticeable errors larger than 0.1mm in the almost all BPM readings. In KEKB, A non-linear chi-square method has received practical application to calibrate these errors come from the imbalance among 4 output voltage of a BPM. However, we were not able to apply a same method as KEKB to analyze a gain of BPMs in J-PARC. W noticed linear relations among 4 outputs voltage and analyzed the imbalance by the total least-squares method. This paper introduce the new method to estimate the related gains from four output data of a BPM head. (author)

  15. Instrumentation and calibration methods for the multichannel measurement of phase and amplitude in optical tomography

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    In this article, we describe the multichannel implementation of an intensity modulated optical tomography system developed at Helsinki University of Technology. The system has two time-multiplexed wavelengths, 16 time-multiplexed source fibers and 16 parallel detection channels. The gain of the photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) is individually adjusted during the measurement sequence to increase the dynamic range of the system by 104. The PMT used has a high quantum efficiency in the near infrared (8% at 800 nm), a fast settling time, and low hysteresis. The gain of the PMT is set so that the dc anode current is below 80 nA, which allows the measurement of phase independently of the intensity. The system allows measurements of amplitude at detected intensities down to 1 fW, which is sufficient for transmittance measurements of the female breast, the forearm, and the brain of early pre-term infants. The mean repeatability of phase and the logarithm of amplitude (ln A) at 100 MHz were found to be 0.08 deg. and 0.004, respectively, in a measurement of a 7 cm phantom with an imaging time of 5 s per source and source optical power of 8 mW. We describe a three-step method of calibrating the phase and amplitude measurements so that the absolute absorption and scatter in tissue may be measured. A phantom with two small cylindrical targets and a second phantom with three rods are measured and reconstructions made from the calibrated data are shown and compared with reconstructions from simulated data

  16. Calibration of scattering and absorption properties of a liquid diffusive medium at NIR wavelengths. CW method.

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    Martelli, Fabrizio; Zaccanti, Giovanni

    2007-01-22

    In spite of many progresses achieved both with theories and with experiments in studying light propagation through diffusive media, a reliable method for accurate measurements of the optical properties of diffusive media at NIR wavelengths is, in our opinion, still missing. It is therefore difficult to create a diffusive medium with well known optical properties to be used as a reference. In this paper we describe a method to calibrate the reduced scattering coefficient, mu'(s) , of a liquid diffusive medium and the absorption coefficient, mu(a), of an absorbing medium with a standard error smaller than 2% both on mu'(s) and on mu(a). The method is based on multidistance measurements of fluence into an infinite medium illuminated by a CW source. The optical properties are retrieved with simple inversion procedures (linear fits) exploiting the knowledge of the absorption coefficient of the liquid into which the diffuser and the absorber are dispersed. In this study Intralipid diluted in water has been used as diffusive medium and Indian ink as absorber. For a full characterization of these media measurements of collimated transmittance have also been carried out, from which the asymmetry factor of the scattering function of Intralipid and the single scattering albedo of Indian ink have been determined. PMID:19532267

  17. Methods of Control-Rod Calibration in the Windscale Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor

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    Different techniques were used to calibrate control rods and to measure individual rod worths during the commissioning of the WAGR. These methods are described and the results are presented. The methods described are: (a ) Air poisoning - Changes in air pressure allow axial movement of rods at the critical condition. Thus rod movement can be related to pressure variation which is equivalent to a reactivity change. Also, rod slope measurements can be made for different rod insertions. (b) Rod slopes - The rods are withdrawn to make the reactor supercritical; then later they are inserted to make the reactor subcritical. From a measurement of the doubling and halving times the change in reactivity between the super- and subcritical states can be determined.- (c ) Absorber addition and withdrawal - The number of fixed localized absorbers is varied to give a method similar to the use of uniform air poisoning. (d) Pulsatron - This technique is used to give subcritical measurements of rod worth. (e) Rod run-in - The reactor is initially critical, and then the rods are run into the core. Analysis of the flux response relates reactivity to rod movement. (author)

  18. A Novel INS and Doppler Sensors Calibration Method for Long Range Underwater Vehicle Navigation

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    Wenqi Wu

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Since the drifts of Inertial Navigation System (INS solutions are inevitable and also grow over time, a Doppler Velocity Log (DVL is used to aid the INS to restrain its error growth. Therefore, INS/DVL integration is a common approach for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV navigation. The parameters including the scale factor of DVL and misalignments between INS and DVL are key factors which limit the accuracy of the INS/DVL integration. In this paper, a novel parameter calibration method is proposed. An iterative implementation of the method is designed to reduce the error caused by INS initial alignment. Furthermore, a simplified INS/DVL integration scheme is employed. The proposed method is evaluated with both river trial and sea trial data sets. Using 0.03°/h(1σ ring laser gyroscopes, 5 × 10−5 g(1σ quartz accelerometers and DVL with accuracy 0.5% V ± 0.5 cm/s, INS/DVL integrated navigation can reach an accuracy of about 1‰ of distance travelled (CEP in a river trial and 2‰ of distance travelled (CEP in a sea trial.

  19. HIGH-PRECISION ASTROMETRIC MILLIMETER VERY LONG BASELINE INTERFEROMETRY USING A NEW METHOD FOR ATMOSPHERIC CALIBRATION

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    We describe a new method which achieves high-precision very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) astrometry in observations at millimeter (mm) wavelengths. It combines fast frequency-switching observations, to correct for the dominant non-dispersive tropospheric fluctuations, with slow source-switching observations, for the remaining ionospheric dispersive terms. We call this method source-frequency phase referencing. Provided that the switching cycles match the properties of the propagation media, one can recover the source astrometry. We present an analytic description of the two-step calibration strategy, along with an error analysis to characterize its performance. Also, we provide observational demonstrations of a successful application with observations using the Very Long Baseline Array at 86 GHz of the pairs of sources 3C274 and 3C273 and 1308+326 and 1308+328 under various conditions. We conclude that this method is widely applicable to mm-VLBI observations of many target sources, and unique in providing bona fide astrometrically registered images and high-precision relative astrometric measurements in mm-VLBI using existing and newly built instruments, including space VLBI.

  20. A new method for calibrating a boron isotope paleo-pH proxy using massive Porites corals

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    Kubota, Kaoru; Yokoyama, Yusuke; Ishikawa, Tsuyoshi; Suzuki, Atsushi

    2015-09-01

    The boron isotope ratio (δ11B) of marine biogenic carbonates can reconstruct pH and pCO2 of seawater, and potentially CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. To date, δ11B-pHSW calibration has been proposed via culturing experiments, where calcifying organisms are cultured under artificially acidified seawater. However, in scleractinian corals, reconstructed pH values using culture-based calibrations do not agree well with actual observations of seawater CO2 chemistry. Thus, another approach is needed to establish a more reliable calibration method. In this study, we established field-based calibrations for Chichijima and Tahiti, both located in subtropical gyres where surface seawater is close to CO2 equilibrium. We suggest a new approach to calibration of δ11B-pH in which the long-term δ11B variation of massive Porites corals is compared with the decreasing pH trend (i.e., ocean acidification) that has occurred since the Industrial Revolution. This calibration will offer a new avenue for studying seawater CO2 chemistry using coral δ11B in diverse settings, such as upwelling regions, coral reefs, and coastal areas.

  1. Calibration Methods of Force Control Diagnostic System of A Rolling Stock on the Run

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    Kolomeets, A.; Bekher, S.

    2016-01-01

    In article the technique of calibration of system of dynamic control of a rolling stock is described. The scheme of carrying out and the device for calibration of dynamic control of a rolling stock is provided. Dependence of dynamic force on temporary parameters of blow is defined.

  2. Uncertainty from Model Calibration: Applying a New Method to Transport Energy Demand Modelling

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    Ruijven, B.; Van der Sluijs, J.P.; Van Vuuren, D.P.; Janssen, P.; Heuberger, P.S.C.; De Vries, B.

    2009-01-01

    Uncertainties in energy demand modelling originate from both limited understanding of the real-world system and a lack of data for model development, calibration and validation. These uncertainties allow for the development of different models, but also leave room for different calibrations of a sin

  3. Calibration of measurement sensitivities of multiple micro-cantilever dynamic modes in atomic force microscopy using a contact detection method

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    An accurate experimental method is proposed for on-spot calibration of the measurement sensitivities of multiple micro-cantilever dynamic modes in atomic force microscopy. One of the key techniques devised for this method is a reliable contact detection mechanism that detects the tip-surface contact instantly. At the contact instant, the oscillation amplitude of the tip deflection, converted to that of the deflection signal in laser reading through the measurement sensitivity, exactly equals to the distance between the sample surface and the cantilever base position. Therefore, the proposed method utilizes the recorded oscillation amplitude of the deflection signal and the base position of the cantilever at the contact instant for the measurement sensitivity calibration. Experimental apparatus along with various signal processing and control modules was realized to enable automatic and rapid acquisition of multiple sets of data, with which the calibration of a single dynamic mode could be completed in less than 1 s to suppress the effect of thermal drift and measurement noise. Calibration of the measurement sensitivities of the first and second dynamic modes of three micro-cantilevers having distinct geometries was successfully demonstrated. The dependence of the measurement sensitivity on laser spot location was also experimentally investigated. Finally, an experiment was performed to validate the calibrated measurement sensitivity of the second dynamic mode of a micro-cantilever.

  4. The integrated pulse velocity method applied to the calibration of flowmeters in high-pressure natural gas systems

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    The radioisotope Integrated-pulse-velocity Method has been previously demonstrated to measure air flowrates to uncertainties of less than +- 0.2 per cent (95 per cent confidence levels) by comparisons in a laboratory with a primary standard of gas flow measurement. This method of flow measurement, when applied with simultaneous measurement of gas density, can be used to measure mass flowrates of gas and is particularly attractive for the on-site calibration of gas flowmeters, where the effects of installation conditions and velocity distributions upstream of the meter are included in the calibration. On-site calibration can be readily effected by measuring the transit time of the gas by means of radiation detectors positioned on the outside of the gas pipe with provision required only for access of an injection probe to the flow. The volume of pipe between detectors is determined from external measurements of outside diameter and wall thickness of the gas pipe and the distance between the detector positions. The gas density is measured by sampling the flow through a calibrated vibrating cylinder density cell. In order to assess the accuracy of the method when applied to the on-site calibration of meters measuring the flow of natural gas, measurements of gas flowrate have been made in the high-pressure, natural gas test facility at Low Thornley. These experiments were carried out in both long and confined lengths of pipe and the measurements by the Integrated-pulse-velocity Method compared with those derived from a venturi meter previously calibrated in water flow. Tests were also carried out to establish the accuracy of determining the internal volume of a pipe by external measurements. The results of these tests indicate that accuracies of gas flow measurement of within +- 0.5 per cent can be achieved in a well-designed high-pressure gas system by the use of this method. (author)

  5. Extending the flash method to measure the thermal diffusivity of semitransparent solids

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    In this work, we extend the classical flash method to retrieve simultaneously the thermal diffusivity and the optical absorption coefficient of semitransparent plates. A complete theoretical model that allows calculating the rear surface temperature rise of the sample has been developed. It takes into consideration additional effects such as multiple reflections of the heating light beam inside the sample, heat losses by convection and radiation, transparency of the sample to infrared wavelengths and finite duration of the heating pulse. Measurements performed on calibrated solids, covering a wide range of absorption coefficients from transparent to opaque, validate the proposed method. (paper)

  6. a Novel Approach to Camera Calibration Method for Smart Phones Under Road Environment

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    Lee, Bijun; Zhou, Jian; Ye, Maosheng; Guo, Yuan

    2016-06-01

    Monocular vision-based lane departure warning system has been increasingly used in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). By the use of the lane mark detection and identification, we proposed an automatic and efficient camera calibration method for smart phones. At first, we can detect the lane marker feature in a perspective space and calculate edges of lane markers in image sequences. Second, because of the width of lane marker and road lane is fixed under the standard structural road environment, we can automatically build a transformation matrix between perspective space and 3D space and get a local map in vehicle coordinate system. In order to verify the validity of this method, we installed a smart phone in the `Tuzhi' self-driving car of Wuhan University and recorded more than 100km image data on the road in Wuhan. According to the result, we can calculate the positions of lane markers which are accurate enough for the self-driving car to run smoothly on the road.

  7. Developing a method for soft gamma-ray Laue lens assembly and calibration

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    Barrière, Nicolas M., E-mail: barriere@ssl.berkeley.edu [Space Sciences Laboratory, 7 Gauss Way, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-7450 (United States); Tomsick, John A.; Boggs, Steven E.; Lowell, Alexander [Space Sciences Laboratory, 7 Gauss Way, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-7450 (United States); Wade, Colin [School of Physics, University College Dublin, Dublin 4 (Ireland); Baugh, Max [Space Sciences Laboratory, 7 Gauss Way, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-7450 (United States); Ballmoos, Peter von [Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planetology, UMR 5277, 9 av. du Colonel Roche, 31028 Toulouse (France); Abrosimov, Nikolay V. [Institute for Crystal Growth, Max-Born-Str.2, D-12489 Berlin (Germany); Hanlon, Lorraine [School of Physics, University College Dublin, Dublin 4 (Ireland)

    2014-03-21

    Laue lenses constitute a promising option for concentrating soft gamma rays with a large collection area and reasonable focal lengths. In astronomy they could lead to increased telescope sensitivity by one to two orders of magnitude, in particular for faint nuclear gamma-ray lines, but also for continua like hard X-ray tails from a variety of compact objects. Other fields like Homeland security and nuclear medicine share the same need for more sensitive gamma-ray detection systems and could find applications for gamma-ray focusing optics. There are two primary challenges for developing Laue lenses: the search for high-reflectivity and reproducible crystals, and the development of a method to accurately orient and fix the thousands of crystals constituting a lens. In this paper we focus on the second topic. We used our dedicated X-ray beamline and Laue lens assembly station to build a breadboard lens made of 15 crystals. This allowed us to test our tools and methods, as well as our simulation code and calibration procedure. Although some critical points were identified, the results are very encouraging, with a crystal orientation distribution lower than 10”, as required to build a Laue lens telescope dedicated to the study of Type Ia supernovae (30-m focal length). This breadboard lens represents an important step towards raising the technology readiness level of Laue lenses.

  8. An innovative method for 192Ir HDR calibration by farmer chamber, V-film, and solid phantom

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    A simple, practical and economical technique was proposed to calibrate an 192Ir HDR brachytherapy source in terms of air kerma strength. This technique makes use of the 0.6 cm3 Farmer type ion chamber, radiographic film and polystyrene phantom. These tools are commonly used for dosimetry quality assurance of the clinical linear accelerator. In this study, the Exradin A19, PTW N30004 and TM30001 Farmer type ion chambers were used for the calibration of the 192Ir HDR source. To perform the calibration, a 25.4x30.5 cm2 radiographic film was taped on a piece of polystyrene plate, and a straight applicator probe of a HDR brachytherapy unit and the Farmer type ion chamber were affixed to the film envelope. The film was irradiated by the 192Ir source, followed by an exposure in the simulator X-ray beam. The film set with the film removed was then placed on a 5 cm thick polystyrene phantom for calibration measurement. Based on the electrometer reading from the Farmer type ion chamber irradiated by 192Ir and the measured source-to-chamber distance by means of the images on the developed film, we can calculate the air kerma strength of the 192Ir using the new technique. Our calibration results were compared to the data provided by the manufacturer and that of five different well type ion chambers, namely, Sun Nuclear cooperation (SNC) 1008, Nucletron SDS 077.091, SDS 077.094, PTW TN33004 and Standard Imaging (SI) HDR-1000 Plus. The differences were all within 1.6%. Relative to the '7-distance measurement technique' by Stump et al., 2002, our method is more efficient if our empirical formula was used. In summary, our method is simpler and cost-effective to calibrate an 192Ir HDR brachytherapy source for those hospitals without a calibration jig or a well type ion chamber.

  9. Camera calibration

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    Andrade-Cetto, J.

    2001-01-01

    This report is a tutorial on pattern based camera calibration for computer vision. The methods presented here allow for the computation of the intrinsic and extrinsic parameters of a camera. These methods are widely available in the literature, and they are only summarized here as an easy and comprehensive reference for researchers at the Institute and their collaborators.

  10. The Role of Mathematical Methods in Efficiency Calibration and Uncertainty Estimation in Gamma Based Non-Destructive Assay - 12311

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    Mathematical methods are being increasingly employed in the efficiency calibration of gamma based systems for non-destructive assay (NDA) of radioactive waste and for the estimation of the Total Measurement Uncertainty (TMU). Recently, ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) released a standard guide for use of modeling passive gamma measurements. This is a testimony to the common use and increasing acceptance of mathematical techniques in the calibration and characterization of NDA systems. Mathematical methods offer flexibility and cost savings in terms of rapidly incorporating calibrations for multiple container types, geometries, and matrix types in a new waste assay system or a system that may already be operational. Mathematical methods are also useful in modeling heterogeneous matrices and non-uniform activity distributions. In compliance with good practice, if a computational method is used in waste assay (or in any other radiological application), it must be validated or benchmarked using representative measurements. In this paper, applications involving mathematical methods in gamma based NDA systems are discussed with several examples. The application examples are from NDA systems that were recently calibrated and performance tested. Measurement based verification results are presented. Mathematical methods play an important role in the efficiency calibration of gamma based NDA systems. This is especially true when the measurement program involves a wide variety of complex item geometries and matrix combinations for which the development of physical standards may be impractical. Mathematical methods offer a cost effective means to perform TMU campaigns. Good practice demands that all mathematical estimates be benchmarked and validated using representative sets of measurements. (authors)

  11. PLEIADES-HR 1A&1B image quality commissioning: innovative radiometric calibration methods and results

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    Martin, Vincent; Blanchet, Gwendoline; Kubik, Philippe; Lacherade, Sophie; Latry, Christophe; Lebegue, Laurent; Lenoir, Florie; Porez-Nadal, Florence

    2013-09-01

    PLEIADES is an earth observing system conducted by the French National Space Agency, CNES. It consists of two satellites launched on December 2011 (PHR-1A) and December 2012 (PHR-1B), both designed to provide optical pushbroom imagery on five spectral bands to civilian and defense users, with ground sample distance up to 70 cm. During inflight image quality commissioning, radiometric activities included inter-detector normalization coefficients computation, refocusing operations, MTF assessment and estimation of signal to noise ratios. This paper presents inflight results for both satellites. It focuses on several innovative methods that were implemented, taking advantage of the satellite platform great agility. These methods are based on processing images obtained through dedicated exotic guidance. In particular, slow-motion steering enables an efficient estimation of the instrumental noise model, since during acquisition each detector has been viewing a stable ground target along different time samples. Conversely, rotated retina guidance is used to guarantee that all different elementary detectors have successively viewed the same set of landscape samples during acquisition. Non-uniformity of detector sensitivities can then be characterized, and on-board coefficients used prior to compression can be calibrated in order to prevent vertical striping effects on operational images. Defocus control and Point Spread Function estimation can be easily obtained through processing acquisitions of stars associated to various spectral characteristics, for different adjustments of the refocusing system. All these methods allow an accurate estimation of radiometric performance on the whole range of specified spectral radiances, while drastically reducing the number of required acquisitions on natural targets.

  12. Towards monolithic scintillator based TOF-PET systems: practical methods for detector calibration and operation

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    Borghi, Giacomo; Tabacchini, Valerio; Schaart, Dennis R.

    2016-07-01

    Gamma-ray detectors based on thick monolithic scintillator crystals can achieve spatial resolutions  number of monolithic scintillator detectors in a TOF-PET system practical. In particular, the k-nearest neighbor (k-NN) classification method for x,y-position estimation is accelerated with an algorithm that quickly preselects only the most useful reference events, reducing the computation time for position estimation by a factor of ~200 compared to the previously published k-NN 1D method. Also, the procedures for estimating the DOI and time of interaction are revised to enable full detector calibration by means of fan-beam or flood irradiations only. Moreover, a new technique is presented to allow the use of events in which some of the photosensor pixel values and/or timestamps are missing (e.g. due to dead time), so as to further increase system sensitivity. The accelerated methods were tested on a monolithic scintillator detector specifically developed for clinical PET applications, consisting of a 32 mm  ×  32 mm  ×  22 mm LYSO : Ce crystal coupled to a digital photon counter (DPC) array. This resulted in a spatial resolution of 1.7 mm FWHM, an average DOI resolution of 3.7 mm FWHM, and a CRT of 214 ps. Moreover, the possibility of using events missing the information of up to 16 out of 64 photosensor pixels is shown. This results in only a small deterioration of the detector performance.

  13. Performance Evaluation of Calibrated Hargreaves Method for Estimation of Ref- ET in a Hot and Humid Coastal Location in India

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    MURUGAPPAN. A,

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available The FAO-56 Penman-Monteith equation is recommended as the standard for estimating reference evapotranspiration (Ref-ET, and for evaluating other Ref-ET estimation methods. The main hindrance to usethe FAO-56 Penman-Monteith (FAO-56 P-M equation is the non-availability of requisite weather data in most of the observatories. In such situations, one has to resort to a method that employs minimum number of observed weather data. The Hargreaves equation which employs only maximum and minimum temperature datacould be used to estimate reference evapotranspiration. But, this method yields poor results, generally overestimating Ref-ET, in humid locations worldwide. The main objective of the present study is to evaluate the performance of the original Hargreaves equation (Har and the calibrated Hargreaves equation (cHar for a hot and humid location near to east coast in Tamilnadu State, India. The original Hargreaves equation underestimated Ref-ET on more than two-thirds (68% of the time period considered in the study and overestimated only during less than one-third (32% of the period. The Hargreaves equation was calibrated using the FAO-56 P-M equation. The calibrated Hargreaves equation (cHar provided better estimates of Ref- ET compared to original Hargreaves equation (Har. The mean standard error of estimate (SEE in estimation of weekly mean daily Ref-ET were found to be 0.845 mm day-1 and 0.958 mm day-1 for calibrated Hargreaves equation and original Hargreaves equation respectively. The SEE worked out to be lesser at 0.573 mm day-1 and 0.737 mm day-1 for calibrated Hargreaves equation and original Hargreaves equation respectively, in estimation of monthly mean daily Ref-ET underlying the fact that both Hargreaves and calibrated Hargreaves equationsprovided better Ref-ET estimates for longer time steps.

  14. Radioactivity in environmental samples: calibration standards measurement methods, quality assurance, and data analysis

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    The numerous environmental radioactivity measurements made by and for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.EPA) include measurements on samples of water, urine, food, milk, and air filters. Calibration standards are listed which are available in the form of water solutions and soils for a wide range of radionuclides. Method validation procedures for U.S. EPA approval include protocol development and single-laboratory and multiple-laboratory evaluation for precision and accuracy. Inter-laboratory comparison studies are conducted for both cross-check and performance evaluation samples and involve 295 federal, state, and local laboratories. For water samples, 80% to 90% of the participating laboratories are within the control limits for most of the radionuclides measured; however, some problem areas exist, especially for radium-228 and strontium-89 and -90. For milk and food samples, more than 90% of the laboratories are within control limits for cobalt-60 and cesium-137 but some problems exist for the measurement of strontium-90, iodine-131, and potassium-40. For tritium, 91% of the laboratories are within the control limit for water samples and 87% are within the control limits for the urine samples. The laboratory performance for air filter samples shows some problems for gross beta, strontium-90 and cesium-137 measurements. (author)

  15. Calibration of X-Ray diffractometer by the experimental comparison method

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    Dudka, A. P., E-mail: dudka@ns.crys.ras.ru [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography (Russian Federation)

    2015-07-15

    A software for calibrating an X-ray diffractometer with area detector has been developed. It is proposed to search for detector and goniometer calibration models whose parameters are reproduced in a series of measurements on a reference crystal. Reference (standard) crystals are prepared during the investigation; they should provide the agreement of structural models in repeated analyses. The technique developed has been used to calibrate Xcalibur Sapphire and Eos, Gemini Ruby (Agilent) and Apex x8 and Apex Duo (Bruker) diffractometers. The main conclusions are as follows: the calibration maps are stable for several years and can be used to improve structural results, verified CCD detectors exhibit significant inhomogeneity of the efficiency (response) function, and a Bruker goniometer introduces smaller distortions than an Agilent goniometer.

  16. A method for the calibration of concave 90Sr+90Y ophthalmic applicators

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    At the Amersham Laboratory (Amersham, UK) absorbed-dose rate in tissue at a depth of 7 mg cm-2 from curved ophthalmic applicators is measured with calibrated scintillator probes (Amersham International 1979, Sinclair and Trott 1956). The probes are approximately 3 mm in diameter, 0.5 mm thick and are covered with 7 mg cm-2 of aluminium. They are calibrated using standard sources whose dose rate has been determined using an extrapolation chamber equipped with a 3 mm diameter collecting electrode. Crucial to this technique is the availability of well calibrated sources of nearly the same geometry and dose rate as the source to be calibrated. A technique is presented here which yields accurate measurement of the surface absorbed-dose rate in a very simple and straightforward fashion. (author)

  17. A Method Suitable for In-Flight Calibration of a UAV Hyperspectral Remote Sensor

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    Li, Haiwei; Zhang, Hao; Chen, Zhengchao

    2014-01-01

    Imagery acquired with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has a great potential for incorporation into natural resource monitoring protocols due to their ability to be deployed quickly and repeatedly. A valid radiometric calibration of radiance measuring instruments is required for physically based analysis of the measured data. In the autumn of 2013, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle hyperspectral calibration experiment of the HeadWall imaging spectrometer was conducted at a civilian airport in Suizhon...

  18. In-flight calibration of satellite ion composition data using artificial intelligence methods

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    The scope of this report is to evaluate some of the cognitive analyzing techniques that are available and that might be useful for calibration, validation and data analysis of a satellite measurement system. As an example, these cognitive techniques are used to perform a post launch calibration of the three-dimensional ion composition, TICS, on the Freja satellite. 17 refs, 28 figs, 6 tabs

  19. Method and device for calibration of measurement contrivances for local power distribution in nuclear reactors

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    For calibration purposes a heating cable is installed inside a bundle of cables leading to thermocouples used together with a body that is heated by gamma irradiation (gamma thermometer), for measurement of local power distribution in a nuclear reactor. The signals from the thermocouples are measured during the calibration period for analysis of the signal reaction that is caused by induced heat into the body, sudden stop of electrical heating or by supply of sinus shaped heating current to the heating cable

  20. Efficiency calibration of a planar HPGe spectrometer and measurement method for 210Pb

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    A semi-empirical formula was adopted to calibrate an φ43.8 x 5 mm planar HPGe low energy γ and X ray spectrometer for the full energy peak efficiency of environmental samples in the energy range between about 14 and 63 keV. The procedure of calibration was described, and the results of calibration were compared with those obtained through a set of volume reference sources of 241Am and U-Ra (in equilibrium), which were made of mediums of coal, gangue, soil and coal ash. It was found that results from semi-empirical formula and reference sources were consistent within +- 5.5%. Another simple technique for calibration and measurement of 210Pb in environmental samples were also described. The measurement results obtained with the spectrometer calibrated with semi-empirical formula and simple technique for calibration and measurement of 210Pb were agreement within +-7.5% for 210Pb and 238U in gangue samples

  1. The use of suitable pseudo-invariant targets for MIVIS data calibration by the empirical line method

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    Mei, Alessandro; Bassani, Cristiana; Fontinovo, Giuliano; Salvatori, Rosamaria; Allegrini, Alessia

    2016-04-01

    The Empirical Line Method (ELM) enables the calibration of multi- and hyper-airborne/satellite image converting DN or radiance to reflectance values performed by using at ground data. High quality outcome can be reached with the selection of appropriate Pseudo-Invariant Targets (PIT). In this paper, spectral variability of "usual" (asphalt and concrete) and "unusual" (calcareous gravel, basaltic paving, concrete bricks, tartan paving and artificial turf) PITs is retrieved for ELM application. Such PITs are used to calibrate the Multispectral Infrared and Visible Imaging Spectrometer (MIVIS) airborne sensor in 12 different Runs. Firstly, processing of field spectral data enables the evaluation of pseudo-invariance of targets by studying their spectral changes in space and in time. Finally, these surfaces are used as Ground Calibration (GCT) and Validation Targets (GVT) in ELM. High calibration accuracy values are observed in Visible (VIS) range (98.9%) while a general decrease of accuracy in Near-InfraRed (NIR) (96.6%) and Middle-InfraRed (SWIR) (88.1%) are reached. Outcomes show that "usual" surfaces as asphalt and concrete and "unusual" surfaces such as tartan can be successfully used for MIVIS image calibration.

  2. Calibration method of laser plane equation for vision measurement adopting objective function of uniform horizontal height of feature points

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    Xu, Guan; Hao, Zhaobing; Li, Xiaotao; Su, Jian; Liu, Huanping; Zhang, Xinyuan

    2016-02-01

    A calibration method with an objective function generated from a uniform horizontal height is presented in this work for the laser plane in active vision measurement. A height target is developed with a center mark as the initial point of the uniform height. The height target is located on the horizontal plane of the 3D calibration board so that the horizontal plane is considered as the terminal of the uniform horizontal height. Based on the pinhole model of the camera and the laser plane equation, we model the objective function to find the optimal coefficients of the laser plane equation. The goal of the objective function is the smallest difference of the uniform height and the reconstructed height according to the feature points of the target. The objective function is optimized by the local particle swarm optimization. The calibrated global equation of a laser plane is obtained from the optimal value 1.153 × 103 of the objective function in the experiments. Two projective laser lines of the calibration laser plane cover the original laser lines in the image. The reconstruction errors of the calibration plane are also analyzed in discussions.

  3. A Monte Carlo (MC) based individual calibration method for in vivo x-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF)

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    Hansson, Marie; Isaksson, Mats

    2007-04-01

    X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF) is a non-invasive method that can be used for in vivo determination of thyroid iodine content. System calibrations with phantoms resembling the neck may give misleading results in the cases when the measurement situation largely differs from the calibration situation. In such cases, Monte Carlo (MC) simulations offer a possibility of improving the calibration by better accounting for individual features of the measured subjects. This study investigates the prospects of implementing MC simulations in a calibration procedure applicable to in vivo XRF measurements. Simulations were performed with Penelope 2005 to examine a procedure where a parameter, independent of the iodine concentration, was used to get an estimate of the expected detector signal if the thyroid had been measured outside the neck. An attempt to increase the simulation speed and reduce the variance by exclusion of electrons and by implementation of interaction forcing was conducted. Special attention was given to the geometry features: analysed volume, source-sample-detector distances, thyroid lobe size and position in the neck. Implementation of interaction forcing and exclusion of electrons had no obvious adverse effect on the quotients while the simulation time involved in an individual calibration was low enough to be clinically feasible.

  4. Primary calibration of solar cells based on DSR method at the National Institute of Metrology of China

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    He, Yingwei; Xiong, Limin; Zhang, Junchao; Meng, Haifeng; Cai, Chuan; Zhang, Bifeng; Xie, Linlin; Liu, Dingpu

    2015-08-01

    A primary standard measurement facility based on differential spectral responsivity (DSR) method for calibration of reference solar cells was realized at National Institute of Metrology (NIM), China. The primary calibration of the critical spectral parameters and short-circuit current of reference cells, not only with WPVS (World photovoltaic Scale) design but with non-regularly shaped, can be performed by this standard facility. The linearity measurement can be carried out by measuring DSR of the solar cells at different bias levels in the spectral range from 300nm to 1200nm. The characterization and performance of the facility were reported. An uncertainty of 0.9% (k=2) for short-circuit current of WPVS reference solar cells was able to be obtained. A more accurate and better calibration service for solar photovoltaic (PV) cells could be provided to local or international solar cell research community, testing labs and industry users and manufacturers.

  5. An enhanced multi-position calibration method for consumer-grade inertial measurement units applied and tested

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    An accurate inertial measurement unit (IMU) is a necessity when considering an inertial navigation system capable of giving reliable position and velocity estimates even for a short period of time. However, even a set of ideal gyroscopes and accelerometers does not imply an ideal IMU if its exact mechanical characteristics (i.e. alignment and position information of each sensor) are not known. In this paper, the standard multi-position calibration method for consumer-grade IMUs using a rate table is enhanced to exploit also the centripetal accelerations caused by the rotation of the table. Thus, the total number of measurements rises, making the method less sensitive to errors and allowing use of more accurate error models. As a result, the accuracy is significantly enhanced, while the required numerical methods are simple and efficient. The proposed method is tested with several IMUs and compared to existing calibration methods

  6. A novel method for calibration and monitoring of time synchronization of TOF-PET scanners by means of cosmic rays

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    Silarski, M; Bednarski, T; Moskal, P; Białas, P; Kapłon, Ł; Kochanowski, A; Korcyl, G; Kowal, J; Kowalski, P; Kozik, T; Krzemień, W; Molenda, M; Niedźwiecki, Sz; Pałka, M; Pawlik, M; Raczyński, L; Rudy, Z; Salabura, P; Sharma, N G; Słomski, A; Smyrski, J; Strzelecki, A; Wiślicki, W; Zieliński, M; Zoń, N

    2013-01-01

    All of the present methods for calibration and monitoring of TOF-PET scanner detectors utilize radioactive isotopes such as e.g. $^{22}$Na or $^{68}$Ge, which are placed or rotate inside the scanner. In this article we describe a novel method based on the cosmic rays application to the PET calibration and monitoring methods. The concept allows to overcome many of the drawbacks of the present methods and it is well suited for newly developed TOF-PET scanners with a large longitudinal field of view. The method enables also monitoring of the quality of the scintillator materials and in general allows for the continuous quality assurance of the PET detector performance.

  7. Heat-capacity measurements on small samples: The hybrid method

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    J.C.P. Klaasse; E.H. Brück

    2008-01-01

    A newly developed method is presented for measuring heat capacities on small samples, particularly where thermal isolation is not sufficient for the use of the traditional semiadiabatic heat-pulse technique. This "hybrid technique" is a modification of this heat-pulse method in case the temperature

  8. Thermal power calibrations of the IPR-R1 TRIGA reactor by the calorimetric and the heat balance methods

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    Since the first nuclear reactor was built, a number of methodological variations have been evolved for the calibration of the reactor thermal power. Power monitoring of reactors is done by means of neutronic instruments, but its calibration is always done by thermal procedures. The purpose of this paper is to present the results of the thermal power calibration carried out on March 5th, 2009 in the IPR-R1 TRIGA reactor. It was used two procedures: the calorimetric and heat balance methods. The calorimetric procedure was done with the reactor operating at a constant power, with primary cooling system switched off. The rate of temperature rise of the water was recorded. The reactor power is calculate as a function of the temperature-rise rate and the system heat capacity constant. The heat balance procedure consists in the steady-state energy balance of the primary cooling loop of the reactor. For this balance, the inlet and outlet temperatures and the water flow in the primary cooling loop were measured. The heat transferred through the primary loop was added to the heat leakage from the reactor pool. The calorimetric method calibration presented a large uncertainty. The main source of error was the determination of the heat content of the system, due to a large uncertainty in the volume of the water in the system and a lack of homogenization of the water temperature. The heat balance calibration in the primary loop is the standard procedure for calibrating the power of the IPR-R1 TRIGA nuclear reactor. (author))

  9. A method for identifying optimum strategies of measuring soil water contents for calibrating a root water uptake model

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    Musters, P. A. D.; Bouten, W.

    2000-01-01

    Measurements of soil water contents, such as with Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) are essential to calibrate models that estimate the vertical distribution of root water uptake by simulating the unsaturated flow of soil water. This study presents a method to determine how the number of TDR probes used, their orientation and depth of installation affect uncertainties in calibrating a Root Water Uptake Model (SWIF); thus the suggested method identifies optimal placement of TDR sensors for the calibration of a root water uptake model. Our approach is based on estimating efficiencies of different monitoring strategies with the help of a data set of 3000 simulations with different parameter sets. Parameter sets are accepted if simulations reproduced the 'measured' soil water dynamics of a reference run at specific depths within an accuracy of 0.01 m 3 m -3; a value representing acceptable error intervals in measured soil water contents. The smaller the number of simulations that meet this criterion, the more information measured soil water dynamics contain to identify model parameters and thus the more effective a measurement strategy for model calibration. The presented method is illustrated with results for a pine stand on a sandy soil with a rooting depth of 1.5 m. For this situation, uncertainties in simulated water contents are already less than 0.01 m 3 m -3 if SWIF is calibrated against measurements with a relatively small number (5) of TDR probes installed horizontally. Installation depths are critical when using a lower number of probes. Vertical profiles of measured soil water contents, measured with non-automated techniques, are as well effective for model calibration, especially in combination with measurements from permanently installed TDR probes. These profiles contain most information for model calibration if measured 5 days after a clear rain fall event preceded by a dry period of 20 days or more with a relatively high water demand. Uncertainty

  10. A comparison of methods for calibration and use of multi-component strain gauge wind tunnel balances

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    Galway, R. D.

    1980-03-01

    A method is presented for calibration of strain-gauge balances which does not require that the components can be loaded independently. Applicable to both 'internal' and 'external' types of balance, the procedure uses a single varying calibration load to determine all linear and non-linear calibration coefficients. Constant 'secondary' loads on one or more components are unnecessary, although they may be used if desired. The usual iterative solution of the second order balance equations is outlined, and an approximate non-iterative scheme is included for completeness, though not recommended. Two methods of accounting for dependency of the calibration coefficients on the signs of the component loads are presented. A concept of 'buoyancy' is introduced to simplify the application of force balance tares, and a procedure for determining the component outputs for absolute zero load (the 'buoyant' offsets) is given. Balance data at a series of model attitudes are used to define these offsets, and also the coefficients in the equations defining the component load distribution of the tare weight at any attitude. The topics covered are ideally suited to formulation and solution by matrix methods, which have been used throughout.

  11. Establishment of a new calibration method of pencil ionization chamber for dosimetry in computed tomography

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    Pencil ionization chambers are used for beam dosimetry in computed tomography equipment (CT). In this study, a new calibration methodology was established, in order to make the Calibration Laboratory of Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (LCI) suitable to international metrological standards, dealing with specific procedures for calibration of these chambers used in CT. Firstly, the setup for the new RQT radiation qualities was mounted, in agreement with IEC61267 from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). After the establishment of these radiation qualities, a specific calibration methodology for pencil ionization chambers was set, according to Technical Report Series No. 457, from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which describes particularities of the procedure to be followed by the Secondary Standard Dosimetry Laboratories (SSDL's), concerning to collimation and positioning related to the radiation beam. Initially, PPV (kV) measurements and the determination of copper additional filtrations were carried out, measuring the half value layers (HVL) recommended by the IEC 61267 standard, after that the RQT 8, RQT 9 and RQT 10 radiation quality references were established. For additional filters, aluminum and copper of high purity (around 99.9%) were used. RQT's in thickness of copper filters equivalent to the set 'RQR (Al) + Additional Filtration (Cu)' was directly found by an alternative methodology used to determine additional filtrations, which is a good option when RQR's have not the possibility of be setting up. With the establishment of this new methodology for the ionization pencil chambers calibration, the LCI is ready to calibrate these instruments according to the most recent international standards. Therefore, an improvement in calibration traceability, as well as in metrological services offered by IPEN to all Brazil is achieved. (author)

  12. An extended numerical calibration method for an electrochemical probe in thin wavy flow with large amplitude waves

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    Choi, Ki Yong; No, Hee Cheon [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-12-31

    The calibrating method for an electrochemical probe, neglecting the effect of the normal velocity on the mass transport, can cause large errors when applied to the measurement of wall shear rates in thin wavy flow with large amplitude waves. An extended calibrating method is developed to consider the contributions of the normal velocity. The inclusion of the turbulence-induced normal velocity term is found to have a negligible effect on the mass transfer coefficient. The contribution of the wave-induced normal velocity can be classified on the dimensionless parameter, V. If V is above a critical value of V, V{sub crit}, the effects of the wave-induced normal velocity become larger with an increase in V. While its effects negligible for inversely. The present inverse method can predict the unknown shear rate more accurately in thin wavy flow with large amplitude waves than the previous method. 18 refs., 8 figs. (Author)

  13. Joining direct and indirect inverse calibration methods to characterize karst, coastal aquifers

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    De Filippis, Giovanna; Foglia, Laura; Giudici, Mauro; Mehl, Steffen; Margiotta, Stefano; Negri, Sergio

    2016-04-01

    Parameter estimation is extremely relevant for accurate simulation of groundwater flow. Parameter values for models of large-scale catchments are usually derived from a limited set of field observations, which can rarely be obtained in a straightforward way from field tests or laboratory measurements on samples, due to a number of factors, including measurement errors and inadequate sampling density. Indeed, a wide gap exists between the local scale, at which most of the observations are taken, and the regional or basin scale, at which the planning and management decisions are usually made. For this reason, the use of geologic information and field data is generally made by zoning the parameter fields. However, pure zoning does not perform well in the case of fairly complex aquifers and this is particularly true for karst aquifers. In fact, the support of the hydraulic conductivity measured in the field is normally much smaller than the cell size of the numerical model, so it should be upscaled to a scale consistent with that of the numerical model discretization. Automatic inverse calibration is a valuable procedure to identify model parameter values by conditioning on observed, available data, limiting the subjective evaluations introduced with the trial-and-error technique. Many approaches have been proposed to solve the inverse problem. Generally speaking, inverse methods fall into two groups: direct and indirect methods. Direct methods allow determination of hydraulic conductivities from the groundwater flow equations which relate the conductivity and head fields. Indirect methods, instead, can handle any type of parameters, independently from the mathematical equations that govern the process, and condition parameter values and model construction on measurements of model output quantities, compared with the available observation data, through the minimization of an objective function. Both approaches have pros and cons, depending also on model complexity. For

  14. A self-calibration method for the edge Thomson scattering diagnostic in ITER

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    Calibration of spectral transmissivity of the collection and transmission optics is one of the most crucial issues for the Thomson scattering diagnostic system. Radioactivation of the vacuum vessel in ITER makes it difficult to calibrate spectral transmissivity in areas near the vacuum vessel. By using an additional calibration laser whose wavelength differs from those of the diagnostic laser and equipping two lasers with Thomson scattering lights, we can obtain the electron temperature and the relative transmissivity of each spectral channel of the polychromator from the Thomson scattering signal itself. A ruby laser is a promising candidate as a calibration laser because the wavelength does not diverge greatly from that of a diagnostic laser and from the lower limit of an observable wavelength. Even if the signal-noise ratio degrades, the available electron temperature data during calibration operations remain largely unaffected. A degrading signal-noise ratio increases statistical error in electron temperature data and relative spectral transmissivity. Even when the spectral transmissivity is unknown, electron temperature data may be obtained within a 10% margin of error, which fulfills the requirements for edge electron temperature measurement in ITER. (author)

  15. A likelihood method to cross-calibrate air-shower detectors

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    Dembinski, Hans Peter; Kégl, Balázs; Mariş, Ioana C.; Roth, Markus; Veberič, Darko

    2016-01-01

    We present a detailed statistical treatment of the energy calibration of hybrid air-shower detectors, which combine a surface detector array and a fluorescence detector, to obtain an unbiased estimate of the calibration curve. The special features of calibration data from air showers prevent unbiased results, if a standard least-squares fit is applied to the problem. We develop a general maximum-likelihood approach, based on the detailed statistical model, to solve the problem. Our approach was developed for the Pierre Auger Observatory, but the applied principles are general and can be transferred to other air-shower experiments, even to the cross-calibration of other observables. Since our general likelihood function is expensive to compute, we derive two approximations with significantly smaller computational cost. In the recent years both have been used to calibrate data of the Pierre Auger Observatory. We demonstrate that these approximations introduce negligible bias when they are applied to simulated toy experiments, which mimic realistic experimental conditions.

  16. Reproducible methods for calibrating the backscattered electron signal for quantitative assessment of mineral content in bone

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    Boyce, T.M.; Bloebaum, R.D.; Bachus, K.N.; Skedros, J.G. (VA Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT (USA))

    1990-09-01

    Backscattered electron (BSE) imaging shows promise for orthopaedic and bone research. BSE images of bone may be captured on-line directly from the scanning electron microscope (SEM), and then analyzed to produce a backscattered electron profile (BSEP), a modified image graylevel histogram which is representative of the mineral content in bone. The goals of this work were (1) develop a reproducible graylevel calibration technique for bone specimens, and (2) determine a conservative time interval during which SEM operating conditions would remain stable. Calibration standards containing pure aluminum and pure magnesium wires were placed in the SEM with human cancellous bone. Baseline imaging conditions were first established by adjusting the SEM until the bone image displayed good resolution and graylevel separation between regions of different mineral content. Microscope brightness and contrast controls were randomly changed to initiate the new operating conditions of another imaging session, and graylevel values from the calibration metals were used to readjust the microscope back to baseline operating conditions. Weighted mean graylevel values of the BSEPs from calibration trials were compared to those of the baseline. Data showed that bone images could be reproduced within 1.2 percent. It was also concluded that our equipment required calibration checks at 20 minute intervals.

  17. Calibration of the laser induced pressure pulse method when using a semiconducting electrode as the laser target

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    Ma, Peng; Zhang, Yewen; Holé, Stéphane; Zheng, Feihu; An, Zhenlian

    2016-01-01

    Space charge distributions can directly be qualitatively estimated from a laser induced pressure pulse (LIPP) signal. To obtain precise quantitative space charge density, calibration of the LIPP method is necessary which requires an ideal measured signal. However, when a carbon loaded polymer electrode is used as the laser target, a long signal tail can be found. The cause of the signal tail is analyzed in this study and two methods are proposed to correct the experimental signals. According ...

  18. A comparison of calibration methods for quantifictation of Basmati and non-Basmati rice using microsatellite analysis

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    Colyer, Alison; Macarthur, Roy; Lloyd, Joy; Hird, Hez

    2008-01-01

    Abstract The accurate quantitation of non-Basmati rice in Basmati rice is central to the successful prosecution of adulteration, where non-basmati rice has been substituted for Basmati rice. The current method and three alternatives of constructing calibration curves for the measurement of non-Basmati rice in Basmati rice using microsatellite analysis were investigated. The methods compared involved power regression, linear regression (with and without log10 transformation) and h...

  19. Creating long term gridded fields of reference evapotranspiration in Alpine terrain based on a re-calibrated Hargreaves method

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    Haslinger, K.; Bartsch, A.

    2015-05-01

    A new approach for the construction of high resolution gridded fields of reference evapotranspiration for the Austrian domain on a daily time step is presented. Forcing fields of gridded data of minimum and maximum temperatures are used to estimate reference evapotranspiration based on the formulation of Hargreaves. The calibration constant in the Hargreaves equation is recalibrated to the Penman-Monteith equation, which is recommended by the FAO, in a monthly and station-wise assessment. This ensures on one hand eliminated biases of the Hargreaves approach compared to the formulation of Penman-Monteith and on the other hand also reduced root mean square errors and relative errors on a daily time scale. The resulting new calibration parameters are interpolated in time to a daily temporal resolution for a standard year of 365 days. The overall novelty of the approach is the conduction of surface elevation as a predictor to estimate the re-calibrated Hargreaves parameter in space. A third order spline is fitted to the re-calibrated parameters against elevation at every station and yields the statistical model for assessing these new parameters in space by using the underlying digital elevation model of the temperature fields. Having newly calibrated parameters for every day of year and every grid point, the Hargreaves method is applied to the temperature fields, yielding reference evapotranspiration for the entire grid and time period from 1961-2013. With this approach it is possible to generate high resolution reference evapotranspiration fields starting when only temperature observations are available but re-calibrated to meet the requirements of the recommendations defined by the FAO.

  20. Calibration method for a in vivo measurement system using mathematical simulation of the radiation source and the detector

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    A Monte Carlo program which uses a voxel phantom has been developed to simulate in vivo measurement systems for calibration purposes. The calibration method presented here employs a mathematical phantom, produced in the form of volume elements (voxels), obtained through Magnetic Resonance Images of the human body. The calibration method uses the Monte Carlo technique to simulate the tissue contamination, the transport of the photons through the tissues and the detection of the radiation. The program simulates the transport and detection of photons between 0.035 and 2 MeV and uses, for the body representation, a voxel phantom with a format of 871 slices each of 277 x 148 picture elements. The Monte Carlo code was applied to the calibration of in vivo systems and to estimate differences in counting efficiencies between homogeneous and non-homogeneous radionuclide distributions in the lung. Calculations show a factor of 20 between deposition of 241 Am at the back compared with the front of the lung. The program was also used to estimate the 137 Cs body burden of an internally contaminated individual, counted with an 8 x 4 Nal (TI) detector and an 241 Am body burden of an internally contaminated individual, who was counted using a planar germanium detector. (author)

  1. New methods for the calibration of colour indices and O4 absorptions obtained from MAX-DOAS measurements

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    Wagner, Thomas; Beirle, Steffen; Dörner, Steffen; Remmers, Julia; Shaiganfar, Reza; Wang, Yang

    2015-04-01

    So called colour indices (CI) are defined as ratio of radiances at different wavelengths. CI measurements from Multi-AXis-Differential Absorption Spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS) observations are important for the detection and classification of clouds and aerosols. However, usually, MAX-DOAS instruments are not radiometrically calibrated. Thus the measured CI can not be directly compared to results from radiative transfer simulations. This shortcoming prevents the standardisation of cloud classification schemes. In addition to the CI, also the absorption of the oxygen dimer (O4) can be used for cloud detection, in particular for the detection of optically thick clouds or fog. However, also the retrieved O4 absorption has first to be calibrated (the absorption of the Fraunhofer reference spectrum has to be determined) before it can be used in a standardised way. We developed methods for the calibration of the CI and the O4 absorption derived from MAX-DOAS observations. They are based on the comparison of measurements and simulation results for well-defined atmospheric conditions. We estimate the accuracy of our calibration methods to < 10%.

  2. Linear model correction: A method for transferring a near-infrared multivariate calibration model without standard samples.

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    Liu, Yan; Cai, Wensheng; Shao, Xueguang

    2016-12-01

    Calibration transfer is essential for practical applications of near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy because the measurements of the spectra may be performed on different instruments and the difference between the instruments must be corrected. For most of calibration transfer methods, standard samples are necessary to construct the transfer model using the spectra of the samples measured on two instruments, named as master and slave instrument, respectively. In this work, a method named as linear model correction (LMC) is proposed for calibration transfer without standard samples. The method is based on the fact that, for the samples with similar physical and chemical properties, the spectra measured on different instruments are linearly correlated. The fact makes the coefficients of the linear models constructed by the spectra measured on different instruments are similar in profile. Therefore, by using the constrained optimization method, the coefficients of the master model can be transferred into that of the slave model with a few spectra measured on slave instrument. Two NIR datasets of corn and plant leaf samples measured with different instruments are used to test the performance of the method. The results show that, for both the datasets, the spectra can be correctly predicted using the transferred partial least squares (PLS) models. Because standard samples are not necessary in the method, it may be more useful in practical uses. PMID:27380302

  3. Comparing calibration methods of electron beams using plane-parallel chambers with absorbed-dose to water based protocols

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    Recent absorbed-dose-based protocols allow for two methods of calibrating electron beams using plane-parallel chambers, one using the ND,wCo for a plane-parallel chamber, and the other relying on cross-calibration of the plane-parallel chamber in a high-energy electron beam against a cylindrical chamber which has an ND,wCo factor. The second method is recommended as it avoids problems associated with the Pwall correction factors at 60Co for plane-parallel chambers which are used in the determination of the beam quality conversion factors. In this article we investigate the consistency of these two methods for the PTW Roos, Scanditronics NACP02, and PTW Markus chambers. We processed our data using both the AAPM TG-51 and the IAEA TRS-398 protocols. Wall correction factors in 60Co beams and absorbed-dose beam quality conversion factors for 20 MeV electrons were derived for these chambers by cross-calibration against a cylindrical ionization chamber. Systematic differences of up to 1.6% were found between our values of Pwall and those from the Monte Carlo calculations underlying AAPM TG-51, and up to 0.6% when comparing with the IAEA TRS-398 protocol. The differences in Pwall translate directly into differences in the beam quality conversion factors in the respective protocols. The relatively large spread in the experimental data of Pwall, and consequently the absorbed-dose beam quality conversion factor, confirms the importance of the cross-calibration technique when using plane-parallel chambers for calibrating clinical electron beams. We confirmed that for well-guarded plane-parallel chambers, the fluence perturbation correction factor at dmax is not significantly different from the value at dref. For the PTW Markus chamber the variation in the latter factor is consistent with published fits relating it to average energy at depth

  4. A fast and simple method for calibrating the flip angle in hyperpolarized 13C MRS experiments

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    Giovannetti, Giulio; Frijia, Francesca; Flori, Alessandra;

    2015-01-01

    of technological problems still limits this technology and needs innovative solutions. In particular, the optimization of the signalto-noise ratio during the acquisitions requires the use of pulse sequences with accurate flip angle calibration, which is performed by adjusting the transmit power in the prescan step....... This is even more critical in the case of hyperpolarized studies, because the fast decay of the hyperpolarized signal requires precise determination of the flip angle for the acquisition. This work describes a fast and efficient procedure for transmit power calibration of magnetic resonance acquisitions...

  5. New method for atmospheric calibration at the Pierre Auger Observatory using FRAM, a robotic astronomical telescope

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    BenZvi, S.; Boháčová, Martina; Connolly, B.; Grygar, Jiří; Hrabovský, Miroslav; Kárová, Tatiana; Mandát, Dušan; Nečesal, Petr; Nosek, D.; Nožka, Libor; Palatka, Miroslav; Pech, Miroslav; Prouza, Michael; Řídký, Jan; Schovánek, Petr; Šmída, Radomír; Trávníček, Petr; Vitale, P.; Westerhoff, S.

    Mexico : Universidad National Autonóma, 2007, s. 1-4. [International Cosmic Ray Conference /30./. Merida (MX), 03.07.2007-11.07.2007] R&D Projects: GA MŠk LA 134 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100502 Keywords : Pierre Auger Observatory * atmospheric calibration * FRAM * telescope Subject RIV: BF - Elementary Particles and High Energy Physics

  6. Viking lander camera geometry calibration report. Volume 1: Test methods and data reduction techniques

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    Wolf, M. B.

    1981-01-01

    The determination and removal of instrument signature from Viking Lander camera geometric data are described. All tests conducted as well as a listing of the final database (calibration constants) used to remove instrument signature from Viking Lander flight images are included. The theory of the geometric aberrations inherent in the Viking Lander camera is explored.

  7. TU-A-18A-01: Basic Principles of PET/CT, Calibration Methods and Contrast Recovery Across Multiple Cameras

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    Kappadath, S [UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States); Nye, J [Emory University, Atlanta, GA (United States)

    2014-06-15

    This continuing education session will discuss the physical principles of PET/CT imaging and characterization of contrast recovery using accreditation phantoms. A detailed overview will be given on the physical principles of PET including positron decay physics, 2D and 3D data acquisition, time-of-flight, scatter correction, CT attenuation correction, and image reconstruction. Instrument quality control and calibration procedures will be discussed. Technical challenges, common image artifacts and strategies to mitigate these issues will also be discussed. Data will be presented on acquisition techniques and reconstruction parameters affecting contrast recovery. The discussion will emphasize the minimization of reconstruction differences in quantification metrics such as SUV and contrast recovery coefficients for the NEMA and ACR clinical trial phantoms. Data from new and older generation scanners will be shown including comparison of contrast recovery measurements to their analytical solutions. The goal of this session is to update attendees on the quality control and calibration of PET/CT scanners, on methods to establish a common calibration for PET/CT scanners to control for instrument variance across multiple sites. Learning Objectives: Review the physical principles of PET/CT, quality control and calibration Gain further understanding on how to apply techniques for improving quantitative agreement across multiple cameras Describe the differences between measured and expected contrast recovery for the NEMA and ACR PET phantoms.

  8. Influence of the GE inactive layer thickness on detector calibration simulation for environmental radioactive samples using the Monte Carlo method

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    Rodenas, J.; Pascual, A.; Zarza, I.; Serradell, V.; Ortiz, J.; Ballesteros, L.

    2001-07-01

    One of the most powerful tools used for environmental radioactivity measurements is a gamma spectrometer, which usually includes a hp ge detector. The detector should be calibrated in efficiency for each considered geometry. Simulation of the calibration procedure with a validated computer program becomes an important auxiliary tool for an environmental radioactivity laboratory being that it permits one to optimise calibration procedures and reduce the amount of radioactive wastes produced. The Monte Carlo method is applied to simulate the detection process and obtain spectrum peaks for each modelled geometry. An accurate detector model should be developed in order to obtain a good accuracy in the output of the calibration simulation. an important parameter in the detector model is the thickness of any absorber layer surrounding the Ge crystal, particularly the inactive Ge layer. In this paper, a sensitivity analysis on the inactive Ge layer thickness is performed using MCNP 4B code. Results are compared with experimental measured efficiency. A sensitivity analysis is also performed on the aluminium cap thickness. (Author) 5 refs.

  9. TU-A-18A-01: Basic Principles of PET/CT, Calibration Methods and Contrast Recovery Across Multiple Cameras

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    This continuing education session will discuss the physical principles of PET/CT imaging and characterization of contrast recovery using accreditation phantoms. A detailed overview will be given on the physical principles of PET including positron decay physics, 2D and 3D data acquisition, time-of-flight, scatter correction, CT attenuation correction, and image reconstruction. Instrument quality control and calibration procedures will be discussed. Technical challenges, common image artifacts and strategies to mitigate these issues will also be discussed. Data will be presented on acquisition techniques and reconstruction parameters affecting contrast recovery. The discussion will emphasize the minimization of reconstruction differences in quantification metrics such as SUV and contrast recovery coefficients for the NEMA and ACR clinical trial phantoms. Data from new and older generation scanners will be shown including comparison of contrast recovery measurements to their analytical solutions. The goal of this session is to update attendees on the quality control and calibration of PET/CT scanners, on methods to establish a common calibration for PET/CT scanners to control for instrument variance across multiple sites. Learning Objectives: Review the physical principles of PET/CT, quality control and calibration Gain further understanding on how to apply techniques for improving quantitative agreement across multiple cameras Describe the differences between measured and expected contrast recovery for the NEMA and ACR PET phantoms

  10. Application of the Langley plot method to the calibration of the solar backscattered ultraviolet instrument on the Nimbus 7 satellite

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    Bhartia, P. K.; Taylor, S.; Mcpeters, R. D.; Wellemeyer, C.

    1995-01-01

    The concept of the well-known Langley plot technique, used for the calibration of ground-based instruments, has been generalized for application to satellite instruments. In polar regions, near summer solstice, the solar backscattered ultraviolet (SBUV) instrument on the Nimbus 7 satellite samples the same ozone field at widely different solar zenith angles. These measurements are compared to assess the long-term drift in the instrument calibration. Although the technique provides only a relative wavelength-to-wavelength calibration, it can be combined with existing techniques to determine the drift of the instrument at any wavelength. Using this technique, we have generated a 12-year data set of ozone vertical profiles from SBUV with an estimated accuracy of +/- 5% at 1 mbar and +/- 2% at 10 mbar (95% confidence) over 12 years. Since the method is insensitive to true changes in the atmospheric ozone profile, it can also be used to compare the calibrations of similar SBUV instruments launched without temporal overlap.

  11. An innovative method for {sup 192}Ir HDR calibration by farmer chamber, V-film, and solid phantom

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    Chang, Liyun; Ding, Hueisch-Jy [Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Ho, Sheng-Yow, E-mail: shengho@seed.net.tw [Department of Radiation Oncology, Sinlau Christian Hospital, Tainan, Taiwan (China)

    2011-08-01

    A simple, practical and economical technique was proposed to calibrate an {sup 192}Ir HDR brachytherapy source in terms of air kerma strength. This technique makes use of the 0.6 cm{sup 3} Farmer type ion chamber, radiographic film and polystyrene phantom. These tools are commonly used for dosimetry quality assurance of the clinical linear accelerator. In this study, the Exradin A19, PTW N30004 and TM30001 Farmer type ion chambers were used for the calibration of the {sup 192}Ir HDR source. To perform the calibration, a 25.4x30.5 cm{sup 2} radiographic film was taped on a piece of polystyrene plate, and a straight applicator probe of a HDR brachytherapy unit and the Farmer type ion chamber were affixed to the film envelope. The film was irradiated by the {sup 192}Ir source, followed by an exposure in the simulator X-ray beam. The film set with the film removed was then placed on a 5 cm thick polystyrene phantom for calibration measurement. Based on the electrometer reading from the Farmer type ion chamber irradiated by {sup 192}Ir and the measured source-to-chamber distance by means of the images on the developed film, we can calculate the air kerma strength of the {sup 192}Ir using the new technique. Our calibration results were compared to the data provided by the manufacturer and that of five different well type ion chambers, namely, Sun Nuclear cooperation (SNC) 1008, Nucletron SDS 077.091, SDS 077.094, PTW TN33004 and Standard Imaging (SI) HDR-1000 Plus. The differences were all within 1.6%. Relative to the '7-distance measurement technique' by Stump et al., 2002, our method is more efficient if our empirical formula was used. In summary, our method is simpler and cost-effective to calibrate an {sup 192}Ir HDR brachytherapy source for those hospitals without a calibration jig or a well type ion chamber.

  12. In-situ calibration of large heat meters in district heating plants by means of radioisotope flow measuring methods

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    The growing use of district heating network requires a reliable system of calibrated heat meters. Radioactive tracer techniques enable such control and calibration. The standardized methods of liquid flow measuring by means of radioisotope injection are described in ISO Standards 2975/VII and 555/3. The measurement consists in isotope dilution determination in hot water samples, rather than in determination of the flow rate which requires a long distance between the injection and testing point on the heat distribution pipeline. The development project aims at modification and construction of specialized equipment for radioisotopic calibration measurements of large heat meters according to the flow-rate method and dilution method. Testing of the method efficiency is based on comparison with reference measurements of the Danish Technological Institute. Instrumentation is described in detail in the Appendix. All the stages from tracer dosing for injections to the determination of the tracer in the final extracted sample are automatically controlled by a PC software, not included in this report. (EG)

  13. Oil palm water use: calibration of a sap flux method and a field measurement scheme.

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    Niu, Furong; Röll, Alexander; Hardanto, Afik; Meijide, Ana; Köhler, Michael; Hendrayanto; Hölscher, Dirk

    2015-05-01

    Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) water use was assessed by sap flux density measurements with the aim to establish the method and derive water-use characteristics. Thermal dissipation probes were inserted into leaf petioles of mature oil palms. In the laboratory, we tested our set-up against gravimetric measurements and derived new parameters for the original calibration equation that are specific to oil palm petioles. In the lowlands of Jambi, Indonesia, in a 12-year-old monoculture plantation, 56 leaves on 10 palms were equipped with one sensor per leaf. A 10-fold variation in individual leaf water use among leaves was observed, but we did not find significant correlations to the variables trunk height and diameter, leaf azimuthal orientation, leaf inclination or estimated horizontal leaf shading. We thus took an un-stratified approach to determine an appropriate sampling design to estimate stand transpiration (Es, mm day(-1)) rates of oil palm. We used the relative standard error of the mean (SEn, %) as a measure for the potential estimation error of Es associated with sample size. It was 14% for a sample size of 13 leaves to determine the average leaf water use and four palms to determine the average number of leaves per palm. Increasing these sample sizes only led to minor further decreases of the SEn of Es. The observed 90-day average of Es was 1.1 mm day(-1) (error margin ± 0.2 mm day(-1)), which seems relatively low, but does not contradict Penman-Monteith-derived estimates of evapotranspiration. Examining the environmental drivers of Es on an intra-daily scale indicates an early, pre-noon maximum of Es rates (11 am) due to a very sensitive reaction of Es to increasing vapor pressure deficit in the morning. This early peak is followed by a steady decline of Es rates for the rest of the day, despite further rising levels of vapor pressure deficit and radiation; this results in pronounced hysteresis, particularly between Es and vapor pressure deficit. PMID

  14. Simultaneous Detemination of Atorvastatin Calcium and Amlodipine Besylate by Spectrophotometry and Multivariate Calibration Methods in Pharmaceutical Formulations

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    Amir H. M. Sarrafi; Elahe Konoz; Maryam Ghiyasvand

    2011-01-01

    Resolution of binary mixture of atorvastatin (ATV) and amlodipine (AML) with minimum sample pretreatment and without analyte separation has been successfully achieved using a rapid method based on partial least square analysis of UV–spectral data. Multivariate calibration modeling procedures, traditional partial least squares (PLS-2), interval partial least squares (iPLS) and synergy partial least squares (siPLS), were applied to select a spectral range that provided the lowest prediction err...

  15. Dual Heat Pulse, Dual Layer Thermal Protection System Sizing Analysis and Trade Studies for Human Mars Entry Descent and Landing

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    McGuire, Mary Kathleen

    2011-01-01

    NASA has been recently updating design reference missions for the human exploration of Mars and evaluating the technology investments required to do so. The first of these started in January 2007 and developed the Mars Design Reference Architecture 5.0 (DRA5). As part of DRA5, Thermal Protection System (TPS) sizing analysis was performed on a mid L/D rigid aeroshell undergoing a dual heat pulse (aerocapture and atmospheric entry) trajectory. The DRA5 TPS subteam determined that using traditional monolithic ablator systems would be mass expensive. They proposed a new dual-layer TPS concept utilizing an ablator atop a low thermal conductivity insulative substrate to address the issue. Using existing thermal response models for an ablator and insulative tile, preliminary hand analysis of the dual layer concept at a few key heating points indicated that the concept showed potential to reduce TPS masses and warranted further study. In FY09, the followon Entry, Descent and Landing Systems Analysis (EDL-SA) project continued by focusing on Exploration-class cargo or crewed missions requiring 10 to 50 metric tons of landed payload. The TPS subteam advanced the preliminary dual-layer TPS analysis by developing a new process and updated TPS sizing code to rapidly evaluate mass-optimized, full body sizing for a dual layer TPS that is capable of dual heat pulse performance. This paper describes the process and presents the results of the EDL-SA FY09 dual-layer TPS analyses on the rigid mid L/D aeroshell. Additionally, several trade studies were conducted with the sizing code to evaluate the impact of various design factors, assumptions and margins.

  16. New Calibration Method Using Low Cost MEM IMUs to Verify the Performance of UAV-Borne MMS Payloads

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    Kai-Wei Chiang

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Spatial information plays a critical role in remote sensing and mapping applications such as environment surveying and disaster monitoring. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV-borne mobile mapping system (MMS can accomplish rapid spatial information acquisition under limited sky conditions with better mobility and flexibility than other means. This study proposes a long endurance Direct Geo-referencing (DG-based fixed-wing UAV photogrammetric platform and two DG modules that each use different commercial Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems’ (MEMS tactical grade Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs. Furthermore, this study develops a novel kinematic calibration method which includes lever arms, boresight angles and camera shutter delay to improve positioning accuracy. The new calibration method is then compared with the traditional calibration approach. The results show that the accuracy of the DG can be significantly improved by flying at a lower altitude using the new higher specification hardware. The new proposed method improves the accuracy of DG by about 20%. The preliminary results show that two-dimensional (2D horizontal DG positioning accuracy is around 5.8 m at a flight height of 300 m using the newly designed tactical grade integrated Positioning and Orientation System (POS. The positioning accuracy in three-dimensions (3D is less than 8 m.

  17. New calibration method using low cost MEM IMUs to verify the performance of UAV-borne MMS payloads.

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    Chiang, Kai-Wei; Tsai, Meng-Lun; Naser, El-Sheimy; Habib, Ayman; Chu, Chien-Hsun

    2015-01-01

    Spatial information plays a critical role in remote sensing and mapping applications such as environment surveying and disaster monitoring. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)-borne mobile mapping system (MMS) can accomplish rapid spatial information acquisition under limited sky conditions with better mobility and flexibility than other means. This study proposes a long endurance Direct Geo-referencing (DG)-based fixed-wing UAV photogrammetric platform and two DG modules that each use different commercial Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems' (MEMS) tactical grade Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs). Furthermore, this study develops a novel kinematic calibration method which includes lever arms, boresight angles and camera shutter delay to improve positioning accuracy. The new calibration method is then compared with the traditional calibration approach. The results show that the accuracy of the DG can be significantly improved by flying at a lower altitude using the new higher specification hardware. The new proposed method improves the accuracy of DG by about 20%. The preliminary results show that two-dimensional (2D) horizontal DG positioning accuracy is around 5.8 m at a flight height of 300 m using the newly designed tactical grade integrated Positioning and Orientation System (POS). The positioning accuracy in three-dimensions (3D) is less than 8 m. PMID:25808764

  18. New method for the time calibration of an interferometric radio antenna array

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    Schröder, F G; Bähren, L; Blümer, J; Bozdog, H; Falcke, H; Haungs, A; Horneffer, A; Huege, T; Isar, P G; Krömer, O; Nehls, S; 10.1016/j.nima.2010.01.072

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    Digital radio antenna arrays, like LOPES (LOFAR PrototypE Station), detect high-energy cosmic rays via the radio emission from atmospheric extensive air showers. LOPES is an array of dipole antennas placed within and triggered by the KASCADE-Grande experiment on site of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. The antennas are digitally combined to build a radio interferometer by forming a beam into the air shower arrival direction which allows measurements even at low signal-to-noise ratios in individual antennas. This technique requires a precise time calibration. A combination of several calibration steps is used to achieve the necessary timing accuracy of about 1 ns. The group delays of the setup are measured, the frequency dependence of these delays (dispersion) is corrected in the subsequent data analysis, and variations of the delays with time are monitored. We use a transmitting reference antenna, a beacon, which continuously emits sine waves at known frequencies. Variations of the relative del...

  19. White-light Interferometry using a Channeled Spectrum: II. Calibration Methods, Numerical and Experimental Results

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    Zhai, Chengxing; Milman, Mark H.; Regehr, Martin W.; Best, Paul K.

    2007-01-01

    In the companion paper, [Appl. Opt. 46, 5853 (2007)] a highly accurate white light interference model was developed from just a few key parameters characterized in terms of various moments of the source and instrument transmission function. We develop and implement the end-to-end process of calibrating these moment parameters together with the differential dispersion of the instrument and applying them to the algorithms developed in the companion paper. The calibration procedure developed herein is based on first obtaining the standard monochromatic parameters at the pixel level: wavenumber, phase, intensity, and visibility parameters via a nonlinear least-squares procedure that exploits the structure of the model. The pixel level parameters are then combined to obtain the required 'global' moment and dispersion parameters. The process is applied to both simulated scenarios of astrometric observations and to data from the microarcsecond metrology testbed (MAM), an interferometer testbed that has played a prominent role in the development of this technology.

  20. A novel method to calibrate DOI function of a PET detector with a dual-ended-scintillator readout.

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    Shao, Yiping; Yao, Rutao; Ma, Tianyu

    2008-12-01

    The detection of depth-of-interaction (DOI) is a critical detector capability to improve the PET spatial resolution uniformity across the field-of-view and will significantly enhance, in particular, small bore system performance for brain, breast, and small animal imaging. One promising technique of DOI detection is to use dual-ended-scintillator readout that uses two photon sensors to detect scintillation light from both ends of a scintillator array and estimate DOI based on the ratio of signals (similar to Anger logic). This approach needs a careful DOI function calibration to establish accurate relationship between DOI and signal ratios, and to recalibrate if the detection condition is shifted due to the drift of sensor gain, bias variations, or degraded optical coupling, etc. However, the current calibration method that uses coincident events to locate interaction positions inside a single scintillator crystal has severe drawbacks, such as complicated setup, long and repetitive measurements, and being prone to errors from various possible misalignments among the source and detector components. This method is also not practically suitable to calibrate multiple DOI functions of a crystal array. To solve these problems, a new method has been developed that requires only a uniform flood source to irradiate a crystal array without the need to locate the interaction positions, and calculates DOI functions based solely on the uniform probability distribution of interactions over DOI positions without knowledge or assumption of detector responses. Simulation and experiment have been studied to validate the new method, and the results show that the new method, with a simple setup and one single measurement, can provide consistent and accurate DOI functions for the entire array of multiple scintillator crystals. This will enable an accurate, simple, and practical DOI function calibration for the PET detectors based on the design of dual-ended-scintillator readout. In

  1. A novel method to calibrate DOI function of a PET detector with a dual-ended-scintillator readout

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    The detection of depth-of-interaction (DOI) is a critical detector capability to improve the PET spatial resolution uniformity across the field-of-view and will significantly enhance, in particular, small bore system performance for brain, breast, and small animal imaging. One promising technique of DOI detection is to use dual-ended-scintillator readout that uses two photon sensors to detect scintillation light from both ends of a scintillator array and estimate DOI based on the ratio of signals (similar to Anger logic). This approach needs a careful DOI function calibration to establish accurate relationship between DOI and signal ratios, and to recalibrate if the detection condition is shifted due to the drift of sensor gain, bias variations, or degraded optical coupling, etc. However, the current calibration method that uses coincident events to locate interaction positions inside a single scintillator crystal has severe drawbacks, such as complicated setup, long and repetitive measurements, and being prone to errors from various possible misalignments among the source and detector components. This method is also not practically suitable to calibrate multiple DOI functions of a crystal array. To solve these problems, a new method has been developed that requires only a uniform flood source to irradiate a crystal array without the need to locate the interaction positions, and calculates DOI functions based solely on the uniform probability distribution of interactions over DOI positions without knowledge or assumption of detector responses. Simulation and experiment have been studied to validate the new method, and the results show that the new method, with a simple setup and one single measurement, can provide consistent and accurate DOI functions for the entire array of multiple scintillator crystals. This will enable an accurate, simple, and practical DOI function calibration for the PET detectors based on the design of dual-ended-scintillator readout. In

  2. Improvements on the directional characteristics of a calibration sound source using the Boundary Element Method

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    Henriquez, Vicente Cutanda; Barrera Figueroa, Salvador; Juhl, Peter Møller

    2008-01-01

    been used to modify the source and make it suitable for this kind of calibration. It has been found that a central plug, already present in the device, can be re-shaped in such a way that makes the sound field on the microphone positions more uniform, even at rather high frequencies. Measurements have...... been carried out in order to verify the goodness of this solution....

  3. Optical System Error Analysis and Calibration Method of High-Accuracy Star Trackers

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    Zheng You; Fei Xing; Ting Sun

    2013-01-01

    The star tracker is a high-accuracy attitude measurement device widely used in spacecraft. Its performance depends largely on the precision of the optical system parameters. Therefore, the analysis of the optical system parameter errors and a precise calibration model are crucial to the accuracy of the star tracker. Research in this field is relatively lacking a systematic and universal analysis up to now. This paper proposes in detail an approach for the synthetic error analysis of the star ...

  4. Validation of the onboard radiometric calibration of the GOES I-M visible channel by reflectance-based vicarious methods

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    Leisso, Nathan P.; Thome, Kurtis J.; Czapla-Myers, Jeffrey S.

    2007-09-01

    The current generation of the Geostationary Operations Environmental Satellite (GOES) platform employs a total of 5 sensors to monitor and record atmospheric conditions used in predictions of upcoming weather events. Included in this package is a 5-band imager that, from the 36,000-km geosynchronous orbit inhabited by GOES platform, enables multiple fixed full-disc surface images of the earth during the course of a 24-hour day. There is currently no on-board radiometric calibration for the visible bands of the imager and radiometric calibration relies on vicarious approaches. The Remote Sensing Group (RSG) at the University of Arizona uses a vicarious approach that relies on ground-based measurements to determine the radiometric calibration for multiple sun-synchronous and airborne visible and near-infrared sensors. The current work extends the approach to the GOES I-M series of sensor. The paper presents the methods and results of the reflectance-based method applied to the 1-km visible channel of GOES-11using large North American high-desert test sites. Modifications to the RSG's methods to take into account the location of the test sites at large zenith angles within the full-disk GOES image. The work provides an opportunity to evaluate uncertainties of the spectral BRF of the test sites at large view angles and resulting importance to the accurate radiometric calibration of a sensor. In addition, the impact of increased path length caused by the large view angle is evaluated with an emphasis on the increased effect of the atmospheric characterization.

  5. Absolute calibration method for laser megajoule neutron yield measurement by activation diagnostics.

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    Landoas, Olivier; Glebov, Vladimir Yu; Rossé, Bertrand; Briat, Michelle; Disdier, Laurent; Sangster, Thomas C; Duffy, Tim; Marmouget, Jean Gabriel; Varignon, Cyril; Ledoux, Xavier; Caillaud, Tony; Thfoin, Isabelle; Bourgade, Jean-Luc

    2011-07-01

    The laser megajoule (LMJ) and the National Ignition Facility (NIF) plan to demonstrate thermonuclear ignition using inertial confinement fusion (ICF). The neutron yield is one of the most important parameters to characterize ICF experiment performance. For decades, the activation diagnostic was chosen as a reference at ICF facilities and is now planned to be the first nuclear diagnostic on LMJ, measuring both 2.45 MeV and 14.1 MeV neutron yields. Challenges for the activation diagnostic development are absolute calibration, accuracy, range requirement, and harsh environment. At this time, copper and zirconium material are identified for 14.1 MeV neutron yield measurement and indium material for 2.45 MeV neutrons. A series of calibrations were performed at Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA) on a Van de Graff facility to determine activation diagnostics efficiencies and to compare them with results from calculations. The CEA copper activation diagnostic was tested on the OMEGA facility during DT implosion. Experiments showed that CEA and Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) diagnostics agree to better than 1% on the neutron yield measurement, with an independent calibration for each system. Also, experimental sensitivities are in good agreement with simulations and allow us to scale activation diagnostics for the LMJ measurement range. PMID:21806179

  6. Hyper-Cam automated calibration method for continuous hyperspectral imaging measurements

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    Gagnon, Jean-Philippe; Habte, Zewdu; George, Jacks; Farley, Vincent; Tremblay, Pierre; Chamberland, Martin; Romano, Joao; Rosario, Dalton

    2010-04-01

    The midwave and longwave infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum contain rich information which can be captured by hyperspectral sensors thus enabling enhanced detection of targets of interest. A continuous hyperspectral imaging measurement capability operated 24/7 over varying seasons and weather conditions permits the evaluation of hyperspectral imaging for detection of different types of targets in real world environments. Such a measurement site was built at Picatinny Arsenal under the Spectral and Polarimetric Imagery Collection Experiment (SPICE), where two Hyper-Cam hyperspectral imagers are installed at the Precision Armament Laboratory (PAL) and are operated autonomously since Fall of 2009. The Hyper-Cam are currently collecting a complete hyperspectral database that contains the MWIR and LWIR hyperspectral measurements of several targets under day, night, sunny, cloudy, foggy, rainy and snowy conditions. The Telops Hyper-Cam sensor is an imaging spectrometer that enables the spatial and spectral analysis capabilities using a single sensor. It is based on the Fourier-transform technology yielding high spectral resolution and enabling high accuracy radiometric calibration. It provides datacubes of up to 320x256 pixels at spectral resolutions of up to 0.25 cm-1. The MWIR version covers the 3 to 5 μm spectral range and the LWIR version covers the 8 to 12 μm spectral range. This paper describes the automated operation of the two Hyper-Cam sensors being used in the SPICE data collection. The Reveal Automation Control Software (RACS) developed collaboratively between Telops, ARDEC, and ARL enables flexible operating parameters and autonomous calibration. Under the RACS software, the Hyper-Cam sensors can autonomously calibrate itself using their internal blackbody targets, and the calibration events are initiated by user defined time intervals and on internal beamsplitter temperature monitoring. The RACS software is the first software developed for

  7. CoMaLit-V. Mass forecasting with proxies. Method and application to weak lensing calibrated samples

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    Sereno, Mauro

    2016-01-01

    Mass measurements of astronomical objects are most wanted but still elusive. We need them to trace the formation and evolution of cosmic structure but we can get direct measurements only for a minority. This lack can be circumvented with a proxy and a scaling relation. The twofold goal of estimating the unbiased relation and finding the right proxy value to plug in can be hampered by systematics, selection effects, Eddington/Malmquist biases and time evolution. We present a Bayesian hierarchical method which deals with these issues. Masses to be predicted are treated as missing data in the regression and are estimated together with the scaling parameters. The calibration subsample with measured masses does not need to be representative of the full sample. We apply the method to forecast weak lensing calibrated masses of the Planck, redMaPPer and MCXC clusters. Planck masses are biased low with respect to weak lensing calibrated masses, with a bias more pronounced for high redshift clusters. MCXC masses are un...

  8. A simple method for calibration of Lucas scintillation cell counting system for measurement of 226Ra and 222Rn

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    N.K. Sethy

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Known quantity of radium from high grade ore solution was chemically separated and carefully kept inside the cavity of a Lucas Cell (LC. The 222Rn gradually builds up and attain secular equilibrium with its parent 226Ra. This gives a steady count after a suitable buildup period (>25 days. This secondary source was used to calibrate the radon counting system. The method is validated in by comparison with identical measurement with AlphaGuard Aquakit. The radon counting system was used to evaluate dissolved radon in ground water sample by gross alpha counting in LC. Radon counting system measures the collected radon after a delay of >180 min by gross alpha counting. Simultaneous measurement also carried out by AlphaGuard Aquakit in identical condition. AlphaGuard measures dissolved radon from water sample by constant aeration in a closed circuit without giving any delay. Both the methods are matching with a correlation coefficient of >0.9. This validates the calibration of Lucas scintillation cell counting system by designed encapsulated source. This study provides an alternative for calibration in absence of costly Radon source available in the market.

  9. A method for in situ absolute DD yield calibration of neutron time-of-flight detectors on OMEGA using CR-39-based proton detectors.

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    Waugh, C J; Rosenberg, M J; Zylstra, A B; Frenje, J A; Séguin, F H; Petrasso, R D; Glebov, V Yu; Sangster, T C; Stoeckl, C

    2015-05-01

    Neutron time of flight (nTOF) detectors are used routinely to measure the absolute DD neutron yield at OMEGA. To check the DD yield calibration of these detectors, originally calibrated using indium activation systems, which in turn were cross-calibrated to NOVA nTOF detectors in the early 1990s, a direct in situ calibration method using CR-39 range filter proton detectors has been successfully developed. By measuring DD neutron and proton yields from a series of exploding pusher implosions at OMEGA, a yield calibration coefficient of 1.09 ± 0.02 (relative to the previous coefficient) was determined for the 3m nTOF detector. In addition, comparison of these and other shots indicates that significant reduction in charged particle flux anisotropies is achieved when bang time occurs significantly (on the order of 500 ps) after the trailing edge of the laser pulse. This is an important observation as the main source of the yield calibration error is due to particle anisotropies caused by field effects. The results indicate that the CR-39-nTOF in situ calibration method can serve as a valuable technique for calibrating and reducing the uncertainty in the DD absolute yield calibration of nTOF detector systems on OMEGA, the National Ignition Facility, and laser megajoule. PMID:26026524

  10. A method for in situ absolute DD yield calibration of neutron time-of-flight detectors on OMEGA using CR-39-based proton detectors

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    Neutron time of flight (nTOF) detectors are used routinely to measure the absolute DD neutron yield at OMEGA. To check the DD yield calibration of these detectors, originally calibrated using indium activation systems, which in turn were cross-calibrated to NOVA nTOF detectors in the early 1990s, a direct in situ calibration method using CR-39 range filter proton detectors has been successfully developed. By measuring DD neutron and proton yields from a series of exploding pusher implosions at OMEGA, a yield calibration coefficient of 1.09 ± 0.02 (relative to the previous coefficient) was determined for the 3m nTOF detector. In addition, comparison of these and other shots indicates that significant reduction in charged particle flux anisotropies is achieved when bang time occurs significantly (on the order of 500 ps) after the trailing edge of the laser pulse. This is an important observation as the main source of the yield calibration error is due to particle anisotropies caused by field effects. The results indicate that the CR-39-nTOF in situ calibration method can serve as a valuable technique for calibrating and reducing the uncertainty in the DD absolute yield calibration of nTOF detector systems on OMEGA, the National Ignition Facility, and laser megajoule

  11. A method for in situ absolute DD yield calibration of neutron time-of-flight detectors on OMEGA using CR-39-based proton detectors

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    Waugh, C. J., E-mail: cjwaugh@mit.edu; Zylstra, A. B.; Frenje, J. A.; Séguin, F. H.; Petrasso, R. D. [Plasma Science and Fusion Center, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States); Rosenberg, M. J.; Glebov, V. Yu.; Sangster, T. C.; Stoeckl, C. [Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Rochester, New York 14623 (United States)

    2015-05-15

    Neutron time of flight (nTOF) detectors are used routinely to measure the absolute DD neutron yield at OMEGA. To check the DD yield calibration of these detectors, originally calibrated using indium activation systems, which in turn were cross-calibrated to NOVA nTOF detectors in the early 1990s, a direct in situ calibration method using CR-39 range filter proton detectors has been successfully developed. By measuring DD neutron and proton yields from a series of exploding pusher implosions at OMEGA, a yield calibration coefficient of 1.09 ± 0.02 (relative to the previous coefficient) was determined for the 3m nTOF detector. In addition, comparison of these and other shots indicates that significant reduction in charged particle flux anisotropies is achieved when bang time occurs significantly (on the order of 500 ps) after the trailing edge of the laser pulse. This is an important observation as the main source of the yield calibration error is due to particle anisotropies caused by field effects. The results indicate that the CR-39-nTOF in situ calibration method can serve as a valuable technique for calibrating and reducing the uncertainty in the DD absolute yield calibration of nTOF detector systems on OMEGA, the National Ignition Facility, and laser megajoule.

  12. A method for in situ absolute DD yield calibration of neutron time-of-flight detectors on OMEGA using CR-39-based proton detectors

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    Neutron time of flight (nTOF) detectors are used routinely to measure the absolute DD neutron yield at OMEGA. To check the DD yield calibration of these detectors, originally calibrated using indium activation systems, which in turn were cross-calibrated to NOVA nTOF detectors in the early 1990s, a direct in situ calibration method using CR-39 range filter proton detectors has been successfully developed. By measuring DD neutron and proton yields from a series of exploding pusher implosions at OMEGA, a yield calibration coefficient of 1.09 ± 0.02 (relative to the previous coefficient) was determined for the 3m nTOF detector. In addition, comparison of these and other shots indicates that significant reduction in charged particle flux anisotropies is achieved when bang time occurs significantly (on the order of 500 ps) after the trailing edge of the laser pulse. This is an important observation as the main source of the yield calibration error is due to particle anisotropies caused by field effects. The results indicate that the CR-39-nTOF in situ calibration method can serve as a valuable technique for calibrating and reducing the uncertainty in the DD absolute yield calibration of nTOF detector systems on OMEGA, the National Ignition Facility, and laser megajoule

  13. Sparse calibration of subsurface flow models using nonlinear orthogonal matching pursuit and an iterative stochastic ensemble method

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    Elsheikh, Ahmed H.

    2013-06-01

    We introduce a nonlinear orthogonal matching pursuit (NOMP) for sparse calibration of subsurface flow models. Sparse calibration is a challenging problem as the unknowns are both the non-zero components of the solution and their associated weights. NOMP is a greedy algorithm that discovers at each iteration the most correlated basis function with the residual from a large pool of basis functions. The discovered basis (aka support) is augmented across the nonlinear iterations. Once a set of basis functions are selected, the solution is obtained by applying Tikhonov regularization. The proposed algorithm relies on stochastically approximated gradient using an iterative stochastic ensemble method (ISEM). In the current study, the search space is parameterized using an overcomplete dictionary of basis functions built using the K-SVD algorithm. The proposed algorithm is the first ensemble based algorithm that tackels the sparse nonlinear parameter estimation problem. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

  14. Spiral reader calibration

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    The method to calibrate the spiral reader (SR) is presented. A brief description of the main procedures of the calibration program SCALP, adapted for the IHEP equipment and purposes, is described. The precision characteristics of the IHEP SR have been analysed on the results, presented in the form of diagrams. There is a calibration manual for the user

  15. Remote calibration of ionization chambers for radioactivity calibration

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    A new calibration technique, referred to as e-trace, has been developed by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). The e-trace technique enables rapid remote calibration of measurement equipment and requires minimal resources. We calibrated radioisotope calibrators of the Japan Radioisotope Association (JRIA) and the Nishina Memorial Cyclotron Center (NMCC) remotely and confirmed that remote calibration provided results that are consistent with the results obtained by existing methods within the limits of uncertainty. Accordingly, e-trace has been approved as the standard calibration method at AIST. We intend to apply remote calibration to radioisotope calibrators in hospitals and isotope facilities. (author)

  16. Calibration of the identiFINDER detector for the iodine measurement in thyroid using the Monte Carlo method

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    This work is based on the determination of the detection efficiency of 125I and 131I in thyroid of the identiFINDER detector using the Monte Carlo method. The suitability of the calibration method is analyzed, when comparing the results of the direct Monte Carlo method with the corrected, choosing the latter because the differences with the real efficiency stayed below 10%. To simulate the detector their geometric parameters were optimized using a tomographic study, what allowed the uncertainties minimization of the estimates. Finally were obtained the simulations of the detector geometry-point source to find the correction factors to 5 cm, 15 cm and 25 cm, and those corresponding to the detector-simulator arrangement for the method validation and final calculation of the efficiency, demonstrating that in the Monte Carlo method implementation if simulates at a greater distance than the used in the Laboratory measurements an efficiency overestimation can be obtained, while if simulates at a shorter distance this will be underestimated, so should be simulated at the same distance to which will be measured in the reality. Also, is achieved the obtaining of the efficiency curves and minimum detectable activity for the measurement of 131I and 125I. In general is achieved the implementation of the Monte Carlo methodology for the identiFINDER calibration with the purpose of estimating the measured activity of iodine in thyroid. This method represents an ideal way to replace the lack of patterns solutions and simulators assuring the capacities of the Internal Contamination Laboratory of the Centro de Proteccion e Higiene de las Radiaciones are always calibrated for the iodine measurement in thyroid. (author)

  17. 双目视觉的立体标定方法%Stereo calibration method of binocular vision

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    刘俸材; 谢明红; 王伟

    2011-01-01

    为实现双目视觉系统的立体标定,分析了摄像机成像模型,并充分考虑了透镜的径向畸变和切向畸变,提出了一种新的立体标定算法.该算法利用张正友的灵活标定算法,初步求取摄像机的内参数,结合Brown算法并提取图像中角点的子像素级坐标,精确求取摄像机内参数和畸变向量.为方便后续的图像校正,基于前面的单个摄像机标定,通过计算空间中的景物点在左右摄像机成像平面上盼位置关系,计算出双目视觉系统中两个摄像机之间的旋转矩阵R和平移向量T,从而实现了立体标定.实验结果表明,该算法能取得较高的精度,可以应用于双目视觉系统.%In order to realize stereo calibration for binocular vision system, firstly, the image model of camera with a full consideration of radial distortion and tangential distortion of lens is analyzed, and a new method of stereo calibration is proposed. The flexible calibration method of Zhang Zhengyou is used to achieve the initial value of the camera's intrinsic parameters, and combined with the arithmetic of Brown, sub-pixel coordinates of images' comer point are extracted. Through this method, it calculates the intrinsic parameters and distortion vector accurately. Hereafter, based on the single camera calibration aforementioned and calculation of the position relationship of spatial point projected to the left and right cameras' imaging planes which helps to work out the rotation matrix R and translation vector T between the two cameras of the binocular stereo vision system, finally the stereo calibration is achieved. All experimental results show that this calculation method acquires higher precision, and can be applied to binocular system.

  18. AutoCal. A method for automatic energy calibration of β-γ systems based on a 137Cs spectrum

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    A method was developed and implemented that calculates energy versus channel calibrations. This method utilizes a 137Cs spectrum acquired in β-γ coincidence. Both the γ singles and the β-γ coincident spectrum are utilized. The γ singles spectrum is utilized to calculate the γ detector energy versus resolution function. The Compton line in the β-γ coincidence is then used to calculate the β detector energy versus resolution function. Currently a linear regression (y = mx + b) is utilized to fit the data. However, higher order polynomials may easily be implemented if desired. (author)

  19. Integration of Tracer Test Data to Refine Geostatistical Hydraulic Conductivity Fields Using Sequential Self-Calibration Method

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    Bill X Hu; Jiang Xiaowei; Wan Li

    2007-01-01

    On the basis of local measurements of hydraulic conductivity, geostatistical methods have been found to be useful in heterogeneity characterization of a hydraulic conductivity field on a regional scale. However, the methods are not suited to directly integrate dynamic production data, such as,hydraulic head and solute concentration, into the study of conductivity distribution. These data, which record the flow and transport processes in the medium, are closely related to the spatial distribution of hydraulic conductivity. In this study, a three-dimensional gradient-based inverse method-the sequential self-calibration (SSC) method-is developed to calibrate a hydraulic conductivity field,initially generated by a geostatistical simulation method, conditioned on tracer test results. The SSC method can honor both local hydraulic conductivity measurements and tracer test data. The mismatch between the simulated hydraulic conductivity field and the reference true one, measured by its mean square error (MSE), is reduced through the SSC conditional study. In comparison with the unconditional results, the SSC conditional study creates the mean breakthrough curve much closer to the reference true curve, and significantly reduces the prediction uncertainty of the solute transport in the observed locations. Further, the reduction of uncertainty is spatially dependent, which indicates that good locations, geological structure, and boundary conditions will affect the efficiency of the SSC study results.

  20. In situ calibration of acoustic emission transducers by time reversal method

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    Kober, Jan; Převorovský, Zdeněk; Chlada, Milan

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 240, April (2016), s. 50-56. ISSN 0924-4247 Institutional support: RVO:61388998 Keywords : time reversed acoustics * calibration * in situ * acoustic emission Subject RIV: BI - Acoustics Impact factor: 1.903, year: 2014 http://ac.els-cdn.com/S0924424716300334/1-s2.0-S0924424716300334-main.pdf?_tid=0acf4736-ef6d-11e5-b826-00000aacb362&acdnat=1458568911_1c21eda9762b905a684ff939463ef3fe

  1. Calibration of Ge(Li) semiconductor detector by method using agar volume source

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    The Ge(Li) semiconductor detector was calibrated for measurements of environmental samples. The radioisotopes used for standard sources are 22Na, 51Cr, 56Co, 57Co, 133Ba, 137Cs, 144Ce and 241Am. These are mixed with hot agar aqueous solution and fixed uniformly in a cylindrical plastic case in cooling. The agar volume source is advantageous in handling over the fluid aqueous source. The prepared cylindrical standard sources are in diameters 6 and 8 cm and thicknesses 1, 5, 10, 20, 30 and 40 mm (only for 8 cm diameter). The radioactivities of prepared standard sources are between 0.03 μCi and 0.2 μCi. It takes only a week to make the calibration except data processing. The obtained full energy peak efficiency curves include 5 - 10% error due to preparation of agar source, reference radioactivity data of purchased standard solutions, reference data of branching ratio of gamma-ray and sum effect. The efficiency curves, however, are sufficient for quantitative analysis of environmental samples. (author)

  2. The Research of Through-casing Resistivity Logging Logging Calibration System Leakage Current Measurement Method

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduces the logging principle of through-casing resistivity logging technology, finds a phenomenon that the leakage current measurements are susceptible to sufferring interferences. The through-casing resistivity logging technology in Russia and that of Schlumberger are studied, and the system of through-casing resistivity logging is established to improve the accuracy of calibrating, testing and measuring of the instrument. In this paper, distribution parameters of the form is replaced by the lumped parameter, and precision resistor array simulation in formation leakage current and scale pool simulation in different resistivity of formation are conducted, which make the dynamic range of the simulation in formation resistivity of the medium increase to 1- 300 Ω·m and meet the requirement of through-casing resistivity logging technology measurement range, 1 Ω·m ~ 100 Ω·m. Since the measuring signals of calibration acquisition and processing systems are extremely weak and calculation signals need to tell the nV (nanovolts level, the high accurate data acquisition system of 24 digits is applied.

  3. Calibration methods of plane-parallel ionization chambers used in electron dosimetry; Metodos de calibracao de camaras de ionizacao de placas paralelas para dosimetria de feixes de eletrons

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    Bulla, Roseli Tadeu

    1999-07-01

    The use of linear accelerators in radiotherapy is of great importance in Medicine, and according to international recommendations the electron beam dosimetry has to be performed using plane-parallel ionization chambers, previously calibrated in standard gamma radiation fields at accredited laboratories. In this work, calibration methods of plane-parallel ionization chambers used in dosimetry procedures of high energy electron beams of clinical accelerators were presented, tested and intercompared. The experiments were carried out using gamma radiation beams of {sup 60} Co at the Calibration Laboratory of Clinical Dosemeters at IPEN and electron beams od 4 to 16 MeV at the Radiotherapy Department of Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Sao Paulo. A method was chosen to be established at IPEN. Proposals of the calibration procedure, calibration certificate and data sheets are presented. (author)

  4. A 3D analysis algorithm to improve interpretation of heat pulse sensor results for the determination of small-scale flow directions and velocities in the hyporheic zone

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    Angermann, Lisa; Lewandowski, Jörg; Fleckenstein, Jan H.; Nützmann, Gunnar

    2012-12-01

    The hyporheic zone is strongly influenced by the adjacent surface water and groundwater systems. It is subject to hydraulic head and pressure fluctuations at different space and time scales, causing dynamic and heterogeneous flow patterns. These patterns are crucial for many biogeochemical processes in the shallow sediment and need to be considered in investigations of this hydraulically dynamic and biogeochemical active interface. For this purpose a device employing heat as an artificial tracer and a data analysis routine were developed. The method aims at measuring hyporheic flow direction and velocity in three dimensions at a scale of a few centimeters. A short heat pulse is injected into the sediment by a point source and its propagation is detected by up to 24 temperature sensors arranged cylindrically around the heater. The resulting breakthrough curves are analyzed using an analytical solution of the heat transport equation. The device was tested in two laboratory flow-through tanks with defined flow velocities and directions. Using different flow situations and sensor arrays the sensitivity of the method was evaluated. After operational reliability was demonstrated in the laboratory, its applicability in the field was tested in the hyporheic zone of a low gradient stream with sandy streambed in NE-Germany. Median and maximum flow velocity in the hyporheic zone at the site were determined as 0.9 × 10-4 and 2.1 × 10-4 m s-1 respectively. Horizontal flow components were found to be spatially very heterogeneous, while vertical flow component appear to be predominantly driven by the streambed morphology.

  5. Amorphous silicon EPID calibration for dosimetric applications: comparison of a method based on Monte Carlo prediction of response with existing techniques

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    For EPID dosimetry, the calibration should ensure that all pixels have a similar response to a given irradiation. A calibration method (MC), using an analytical fit of a Monte Carlo simulated flood field EPID image to correct for the flood field image pixel intensity shape, was proposed. It was compared with the standard flood field calibration (FF), with the use of a water slab placed in the beam to flatten the flood field (WS) and with a multiple field calibration where the EPID was irradiated with a fixed 10 x 10 field for 16 different positions (MF). The EPID was used in its normal configuration (clinical setup) and with an additional 3 mm copper slab (modified setup). Beam asymmetry measured with a diode array was taken into account in MC and WS methods. For both setups, the MC method provided pixel sensitivity values within 3% of those obtained with the MF and WS methods (mean difference 2) and IMRT fields to within 3% of that obtained with WS and MF calibrations while differences with images calibrated with the FF method for fields larger than 10 x 10 cm2 were up to 8%. MC, WS and MF methods all provided a major improvement on the FF method. Advantages and drawbacks of each method were reviewed

  6. New method for atmospheric calibration at the Pierre Auger Observatory using FRAM, a robotic astronomical telescope

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    BenZvi, Segev; Connolly, Brian; Grygar, Jiri; Hrabovsky, Miroslav; Karova, Tatiana; Mandat, Dusan; Necesal, Petr; Nosek, Dalibor; Nozka, Libor; Palatka, Miroslav; Pech, Miroslav; Prouza, Michael; Ridky, Jan; Schovanek, Petr; Smida, Radomir; Travnicek, Petr; Vitale, Primo; Westerhoff, Stefan

    2007-01-01

    FRAM - F/(Ph)otometric Robotic Atmospheric Monitor is the latest addition to the atmospheric monitoring instruments of the Pierre Auger Observatory. An optical telescope equipped with CCD camera and photometer, it automatically observes a set of selected standard stars and a calibrated terrestrial source. Primarily, the wavelength dependence of the attenuation is derived and the comparison between its vertical values (for stars) and horizontal values (for the terrestrial source) is made. Further, the integral vertical aerosol optical depth can be obtained. A secondary program of the instrument, the detection of optical counterparts of gamma-ray bursts, has already proven successful. The hardware setup, software system, data taking procedures, and first analysis results are described in this paper.

  7. New method for atmospheric calibration at the Pierre Auger Observatory using FRAM, a robotic astronomical telescope

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    Trávníček, Petr; Benzvi, Segev; Boháčová, Martina; Connolly, Brian; Grygar, Jiří; Hrabovský, Miroslav; Kárová, Tatiana; Mandát, Dušan; Nečesal, Petr; Nosek, Dalibor; Nožka, Libor; Palatka, Miroslav; sPech, Miroslav; Prouza, Michael; Řídký, Jan; Schovánek, Petr; Šmída, Radomír; Vitale, Primo; Westerhoff, Stefan

    FRAM - F/(Ph)otometric Robotic Atmospheric Monitor is the latest addition to the atmospheric monitoring instruments of the Pierre Auger Observatory. An optical telescope equipped with CCD camera and photometer, it automatically observes a set of selected standard stars and a calibrated terrestrial source. Primarily, the wavelength dependence of the attenuation is derived and the comparison between its vertical values (for stars) and horizontal values (for the terrestrial source) is made. Further, the integral vertical aerosol optical depth can be obtained. A secondary program of the instrument, the detection of optical counterparts of gamma-ray bursts, has already proven successful. The hardware setup, software system, data taking procedures, and first analysis results are described in this paper.

  8. Application of the Gamma Spectrometry Sourceless Efficiency Calibration Method to the Measurement of Radionuclides in Rare Earth Residues

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    The paper investigates and analyses NORM residues from rare earth smelting and separation plants in Jiangsu Province using the high purity germanium gamma spectrometry sourceless efficiency calibration method which was verified by IAEA reference materials. The results show that in the rare earth residues the radioactive equilibrium of uranium and thorium decay series has been broken and the activity concentrations in the samples have obvious differences. Based on the results, the paper makes some suggestions and proposes some protective measures for the disposal of rare earth residues. (author)

  9. An Inexpensive Method for Kinematic Calibration of a Parallel Robot by Using One Hand-Held Camera as Main Sensor

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    Ricardo Carelli; Eduardo Castillo; Jesús Torrijos; José María Sebastián; Alberto Traslosheros

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a novel method for the calibration of a parallel robot, which allows a more accurate configuration instead of a configuration based on nominal parameters. It is used, as the main sensor with one camera installed in the robot hand that determines the relative position of the robot with respect to a spherical object fixed in the working area of the robot. The positions of the end effector are related to the incremental positions of resolvers of the robot motors. A kinematic ...

  10. A new method to calibrate ionospheric pulse dispersion for UHE cosmic ray and neutrino detection using the Lunar Cherenkov technique

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    UHE particle detection using the lunar Cherenkov technique aims to detect nanosecond pulses of Cherenkov emission which are produced during UHE cosmic ray and neutrino interactions in the Moon's regolith. These pulses will reach Earth-based telescopes dispersed, and therefore reduced in amplitude, due to their propagation through the Earth's ionosphere. To maximise the received signal to noise ratio and subsequent chances of pulse detection, ionospheric dispersion must therefore be corrected, and since the high time resolution would require excessive data storage this correction must be made in real time. This requires an accurate knowledge of the dispersion characteristic which is parameterised by the instantaneous Total Electron Content (TEC) of the ionosphere. A new method to calibrate the dispersive effect of the ionosphere on lunar Cherenkov pulses has been developed for the LUNASKA lunar Cherenkov experiments. This method exploits radial symmetries in the distribution of the Moon's polarised emission to make Faraday rotation measurements in the visibility domain of synthesis array data (i.e. instantaneously). Faraday rotation measurements are then combined with geomagnetic field models to estimate the ionospheric TEC. This method of ionospheric calibration is particularly attractive for the lunar Cherenkov technique as it may be used in real time to estimate the ionospheric TEC along a line-of-sight to the Moon and using the same radio telescope.

  11. Calibration method of liquid zone controller using the ex-core detector signal of CANDU 6 reactor

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    Highlights: ► We developed a new LZC calibration method and measurement system. ► Photo-neutron effect, reactor core size, and detector position were evaluated and tested. ► We applied the new method and system to Wolsong NPP Unit 1. ► The LZC calibration test was well completed, and the requirement of the test was satisfied. - Abstract: The Phase-B test (low-power reactor physics test) is one of the commissioning tests for Canada Deuterium Uranium (CANDU) reactors that ensures the safe and reliable operation of the core during the design lifetime. The Phase-B test, which includes the approach to the first criticality at low reactor powers, is performed to verify the feasibility of the reactor’s physics design and to ensure the integrity of the control and protection facilities. The commissioning testing of pressurized heavy water moderated reactors (PHWRs) is usually performed only once (at the initial commissioning after construction). The large-scale facilities of the Wolsong nuclear power plant (NPP) Unit 1 have been gradually improved since May 2009 to extend its lifetime. The refurbishment was completed in April 2011 – then this NPP has been in operation again. We discusses the new methodology and measurement system that uses an ex-core detector signal for liquid zone controller (LZC) calibration of the Phase-B test instead of conventional methods. The inverse kinetic equation in the reactivity calculator is modified to treat the 17 delayed neutron groups including 11 photo-neutron fractions. The signal acquisition resolution of the reactivity calculator was enhanced and installed reactivity calculating module by each channel. The ex-core detector was confirmed to be applicable to a large reactor core, such as the CANDU 6 by comparison with the in-core flux detector signal. A preliminary test was performed in Wolsong NPP Unit 2 to verify the robustness of the reactivity calculator. This test convincingly demonstrated that the reactivity calculator

  12. CALIBRATION METHODS FOR NON-METRIC CAMERAS%非量测相机的检校方法

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    谢丹; 程效军

    2014-01-01

    非量测相机应用于摄影测量,内部参数是影响其精度的重要因素。分别通过Matlab标定工具箱进行标定、后方交会解算法、透视变换和后方交会交替法等三种方法对相机进行检校,从而获取畸变参数和内方位元素,最后研究了三种方法在不同数量像片条件下的稳定性及精度。结果表明相比于Matlab标定工具箱标定方法,后方交会解算法及透视变换和后方交会交替法检校精度更高,且当三维控制场像片数量少时,后方交会法解算精度更稳定。%Intrinsic parameters are important factors that affect accuracy when non-measured camera is applied to the field of Photogrammetry. We utilize three methods to calibrate a camera for acquiring distortion parameters and elements of interior orientation which are Camera Calibration Toolbox for Matlab, space resection and the alternate calculation of Perspective Transformation and Resection. The conclusion proves that space resection and the alternate calculation of Perspective Transformation and Resection provide higher precision than Camera Calibration Toolbox for Matlab by considering stability and precision of three methods using different amounts of photos. Space resection also provides higher stability when the number of images for three-dimensional control field is scarce.

  13. Calibration of inductive heating energy deposited on a cable-in-conduit conductor using a calorimetric method

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    The inductive heating method is often used to originate initial normalcy in a stability experiment of a cable-in-conduit conductor (CICC). However, its magnitude cannot be evaluated easily. The calibration method to determine the CICC's inductive heating energy using a calorimetric technique was studied, and the inductive heating energies of two CICCs whose geometries were different from one another were successively evaluated applying this method. In addition, the experimental results show that the eddy currents in the strands and conduit electrically couple separately from one another and that this phenomenon affects the heating energy in the strands and conduit. The inductive heating energy in the strands and conduit was evaluated taking into account this effect. (J.P.N.)

  14. New method to remove the electronic noise for absolutely calibrating low gain photomultiplier tubes with a higher precision

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    A new method to remove the electronic noise in order to absolutely calibrate low gain photomultiplier tubes with a higher precision is proposed and validated with experiments using a digitizer-based data acquisition system. This method utilizes the fall time difference between the electronic noise (about 0.5 ns) and the real PMT signal (about 2.4 ns for Hamamatsu H10570 PMT assembly). Using this technique along with a convolution algorithm, the electronic noise and the real signals are separated very well, even including the very small signals heavily influenced by the electronic noise. One application that this method allows is for us to explore the energy relationship for gamma sensing in Cherenkov radiators while maintaining the fastest possible timing performance and high dynamic range

  15. Bayesian approach for thermal diffusivity mapping from infrared images with spatially random heat pulse heating

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    Fudym, O [RAPSODEE UMR 2392 CNRS, Mines Albi, Campus Jarlard, Albi (France); Orlande, H R B [PEM/COPPE, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Bamford, M; Batsale, J C [TREFLE-ENSAM, UMR 8508 CNRS, Talence (France)], E-mail: fudym@enstimac.fr

    2008-11-01

    This paper aims at the identification of spatially-dependent thermophysical properties and is focused on the mapping of thermal diffusivity. A one-dimensional heat conduction problem is used for the comparison of ordinary least-squares, maximum a posteriori and Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods. Simulated temperature measurements are used in the inverse analysis, which is based on a nodal strategy that results on a linear estimation problem. The nodal strategy relies on the availability of temperature measurements with fine spatial resolution and high frequency, typical of nowadays infrared cameras.

  16. An inexpensive method for kinematic calibration of a parallel robot by using one hand-held camera as main sensor.

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    Traslosheros, Alberto; Sebastián, José María; Torrijos, Jesús; Carelli, Ricardo; Castillo, Eduardo

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a novel method for the calibration of a parallel robot, which allows a more accurate configuration instead of a configuration based on nominal parameters. It is used, as the main sensor with one camera installed in the robot hand that determines the relative position of the robot with respect to a spherical object fixed in the working area of the robot. The positions of the end effector are related to the incremental positions of resolvers of the robot motors. A kinematic model of the robot is used to find a new group of parameters, which minimizes errors in the kinematic equations. Additionally, properties of the spherical object and intrinsic camera parameters are utilized to model the projection of the object in the image and thereby improve spatial measurements. Finally, several working tests, static and tracking tests are executed in order to verify how the robotic system behaviour improves by using calibrated parameters against nominal parameters. In order to emphasize that, this proposed new method uses neither external nor expensive sensor. That is why new robots are useful in teaching and research activities. PMID:23921827

  17. An Inexpensive Method for Kinematic Calibration of a Parallel Robot by Using One Hand-Held Camera as Main Sensor

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    Ricardo Carelli

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a novel method for the calibration of a parallel robot, which allows a more accurate configuration instead of a configuration based on nominal parameters. It is used, as the main sensor with one camera installed in the robot hand that determines the relative position of the robot with respect to a spherical object fixed in the working area of the robot. The positions of the end effector are related to the incremental positions of resolvers of the robot motors. A kinematic model of the robot is used to find a new group of parameters, which minimizes errors in the kinematic equations. Additionally, properties of the spherical object and intrinsic camera parameters are utilized to model the projection of the object in the image and thereby improve spatial measurements. Finally, several working tests, static and tracking tests are executed in order to verify how the robotic system behaviour improves by using calibrated parameters against nominal parameters. In order to emphasize that, this proposed new method uses neither external nor expensive sensor. That is why new robots are useful in teaching and research activities.

  18. Gray-Tone Lithography Implementation of Drexhage's Method for Calibrating Radiative and Nonradiative Decay Constants of Fluorophores

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    Kwadrin, Andrej; 10.1021/jp3048423

    2013-01-01

    We present a straightforward method to realize non-planar dielectric structures with a controlled height profile for use in calibration of fluorophores. Calibration of fluorescence quantum efficiency and intrinsic radiative and nonradiative decay rates of emitters is possible by using changes in the local density of optical states, provided one can control the emitter-surface distance with nanometer accuracy. We realize a method that is accurate yet fast to implement. We fabricate PMMA wedges (4 mm x 4 mm x 2 \\mu m) by gray-tone UV-lithography of Shipley S1813G2. Its applicability as dielectric spacer is demonstrated in Drexhage experiments for three different emitters in the visible and near-infrared wavelength regime. The decay-rate dependence of the fluorescent state of emitters on the distance to a silver mirror is observed and compared to calculations based on the local density of states. Quantitative values for (non)radiative decay rates and quantum efficiencies are extracted. Furthermore, we discuss ho...

  19. Study on efficiency calibration method using 82Br, 160Tb and 40K for the high purity germanium detector

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    Background: High-purity germanium (HPGe) detector need to be calibrate detection efficiency for the measured sample using radioactivity standard sources. However, if a great variety of samples which have different materials, densities or geometries need calibrating, the standard sources used will be very expensive and are not beneficial to environmental protection. Purpose: To study a new Full-energy peak (FEP) efficiency calibration method without artificial standard sources for the high purity germanium detector using 82Br, 160Tb produced by neutron activation and 40K. Methods: A HPGe detector (diameter 76 mm) with relative efficiency of 42% and two soil samples (Φ70 mm × 66 mm) were used in the experiments. The ratios relative to 554.3 keV of FEP counting rates, εBr(Ei) for different γ energies, Ei, of 82Br were used to fit relative efficiency function, fBr(E). The ratios relative to 1271.8 keV, Uj, of those for γ-energy, Ej, of 86.7, 197.0, 215.6, 298.6 and 392.5 keV of 160Tb were calculated, and transformed into normalized relative efficiencies to γ-energy of 554.3 keV of 82Br by using the formula εBr(Ej)=uj fBr(E1271). Then the data of εBr(Ei) and εBe(Ej) were fitted to normalized relative efficiency function f(E). The absolute efficiency εK of 40K y energy (EK=1460.8 keV), resulting from KCI, which is mixed homogeneously with the sample can be determined. Thus, those of other any energy, E, can also be determined by using the formula, ε(E) =εK·f(E)/f(EK). Results: The experiments showed that change of fBr(E) is no significant when the sample-detector distance is more than 3 cm. In order to verify the new method. the activity in two soil samples (Φ70 mm × 66 mm) were measured (sample-detector distance =3.1 cm) and the results were compared with γ-γ coincidence method. The results of the activity concentration of seven radionuclides including 226Ra, 235U, 232Th, 40K, 134Cs, 137Cs and 60Co in each sample were in good agreement within

  20. Developing a method and deriving an uncertainty budget for the internal calibration of dosemeters for radiographic equipment

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    Any institution wishing to perform an internal cross calibration of its diagnostic dosemeters should first quantify the uncertainty associated with this to demonstrate that it remains appropriate for the measurements being undertaken. An uncertainty budget for internal cross calibration that covers a range of locally used dosemeters has been derived using the methodology of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The specific internal cross calibration protocol requirements necessary for this uncertainty budget to be valid are discussed. The final quantified uncertainty is 5.31%; this is dominated by the 5% uncertainty associated with the calibration of the reference instrument. The next largest contributions are from differences in temperature and pressure and dosemeter energy dependence. It has been demonstrated that with careful adherence to a well designed internal cross calibration protocol, dosemeters can be calibrated in-house against a calibrated reference dosemeter with very little increase in the associated calibration uncertainty. (paper)

  1. Counting particles in tissue sections: Choices of methods and importance of calibration to minimize biases

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    von Bartheld, C.S.

    2002-01-01

    Investigators must choose between counting methods to quantify microscopic particles in tissues. The c o nventional profile-based ("model-based" or "2D-") counting methods have been criticized for their potential biases due to assumptions about shapes, sizes, and orientation of particles when converting profile counts into cell numbers. New stereological methods ("designbased" or "3D-") methods such as the optical disector or p hysical disector were initially i...

  2. Residual gas analyzer calibration

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    Lilienkamp, R. H.

    1972-01-01

    A technique which employs known gas mixtures to calibrate the residual gas analyzer (RGA) is described. The mass spectra from the RGA are recorded for each gas mixture. This mass spectra data and the mixture composition data each form a matrix. From the two matrices the calibration matrix may be computed. The matrix mathematics requires the number of calibration gas mixtures be equal to or greater than the number of gases included in the calibration. This technique was evaluated using a mathematical model of an RGA to generate the mass spectra. This model included shot noise errors in the mass spectra. Errors in the gas concentrations were also included in the valuation. The effects of these errors was studied by varying their magnitudes and comparing the resulting calibrations. Several methods of evaluating an actual calibration are presented. The effects of the number of gases in then, the composition of the calibration mixture, and the number of mixtures used are discussed.

  3. Amorphous silicon EPID calibration for dosimetric applications: comparison of a method based on Monte Carlo prediction of response with existing techniques

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    Parent, L [Joint Department of Physics, Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Sutton (United Kingdom); Fielding, A L [School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane (Australia); Dance, D R [Joint Department of Physics, Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London (United Kingdom); Seco, J [Department of Radiation Oncology, Francis Burr Proton Therapy Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston (United States); Evans, P M [Joint Department of Physics, Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Sutton (United Kingdom)

    2007-07-21

    For EPID dosimetry, the calibration should ensure that all pixels have a similar response to a given irradiation. A calibration method (MC), using an analytical fit of a Monte Carlo simulated flood field EPID image to correct for the flood field image pixel intensity shape, was proposed. It was compared with the standard flood field calibration (FF), with the use of a water slab placed in the beam to flatten the flood field (WS) and with a multiple field calibration where the EPID was irradiated with a fixed 10 x 10 field for 16 different positions (MF). The EPID was used in its normal configuration (clinical setup) and with an additional 3 mm copper slab (modified setup). Beam asymmetry measured with a diode array was taken into account in MC and WS methods. For both setups, the MC method provided pixel sensitivity values within 3% of those obtained with the MF and WS methods (mean difference <1%, standard deviation <2%). The difference of pixel sensitivity between MC and FF methods was up to 12.2% (clinical setup) and 11.8% (modified setup). MC calibration provided images of open fields (5 x 5 to 20 x 20 cm{sup 2}) and IMRT fields to within 3% of that obtained with WS and MF calibrations while differences with images calibrated with the FF method for fields larger than 10 x 10 cm{sup 2} were up to 8%. MC, WS and MF methods all provided a major improvement on the FF method. Advantages and drawbacks of each method were reviewed.

  4. An investigation of the Eigenvalue Calibration Method (ECM) using GASP for non-imaging and imaging detectors

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    Kyne, Gillian; Lara, David; Hallinan, Gregg; Redfern, Michael; Shearer, Andrew

    2016-02-01

    Polarised light from astronomical targets can yield a wealth of information about their source radiation mechanisms, and about the geometry of the scattered light regions. Optical observations, of both the linear and circular polarisation components, have been impeded due to non-optimised instrumentation. The need for suitable observing conditions and the availability of luminous targets are also limiting factors. The science motivation of any instrument adds constraints to its operation such as high signal-to-noise (SNR) and detector readout speeds. These factors in particular lead to a wide range of sources that have yet to be observed. The Galway Astronomical Stokes Polarimeter (GASP) has been specifically designed to make observations of these sources. GASP uses division of amplitude polarimeter (DOAP) (Compain and Drevillon Appl. Opt. 37, 5938-5944, 1998) to measure the four components of the Stokes vector (I, Q, U and V) simultaneously, which eliminates the constraints placed upon the need for moving parts during observation, and offers a real-time complete measurement of polarisation. Results from the GASP calibration are presented in this work for both a 1D detector system, and a pixel-by-pixel analysis on a 2D detector system. Following Compain et al. (Appl. Opt. 38, 3490-3502 1999) we use the Eigenvalue Calibration Method (ECM) to measure the polarimetric limitations of the instrument for each of the two systems. Consequently, the ECM is able to compensate for systematic errors introduced by the calibration optics, and it also accounts for all optical elements of the polarimeter in the output. Initial laboratory results of the ECM are presented, using APD detectors, where errors of 0.2 % and 0.1° were measured for the degree of linear polarisation (DOLP) and polarisation angle (PA) respectively. Channel-to-channel image registration is an important aspect of 2-D polarimetry. We present our calibration results of the measured Mueller matrix of each sample

  5. Utilización del "dfot heat pulse method" para el estudio del bulbo mojado en goteros

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    Gil Rodríguez, María; Rodríguez Sinobas, Leonor; Benitez Buelga, Javier; Sánchez Calvo, Raúl; Juana Sirgado, Luis; Castañon Lion, Guillermo; Laguna Peñuelas, Francisco

    2011-01-01

    Aunque se conocen muchos métodos precisos para medidas de humedad puntuales, hasta hace muy poco, no existían métodos in situ para la medida del contenido de humedad a escala de metros o de kilómetros, importantes cuando pensamos a nivel de cuenca hidrográfica. La fibra óptica ha sido muy utilizada en el área de las comunicaciones. Sin embargo, entre sus aplicaciones más recientes, destaca la de su uso para medir la temperatura incluso en grandes distancias (hasta 10 km) y con una alt...

  6. Simulation of germanium detector calibration using the Monte Carlo method: comparison between point and surface source models.

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    Ródenas, J; Burgos, M C; Zarza, I; Gallardo, S

    2005-01-01

    Simulation of detector calibration using the Monte Carlo method is very convenient. The computational calibration procedure using the MCNP code was validated by comparing results of the simulation with laboratory measurements. The standard source used for this validation was a disc-shaped filter where fission and activation products were deposited. Some discrepancies between the MCNP results and laboratory measurements were attributed to the point source model adopted. In this paper, the standard source has been simulated using both point and surface source models. Results from both models are compared with each other as well as with experimental measurements. Two variables, namely, the collimator diameter and detector-source distance have been considered in the comparison analysis. The disc model is seen to be a better model as expected. However, the point source model is good for large collimator diameter and also when the distance from detector to source increases, although for smaller sizes of the collimator and lower distances a surface source model is necessary. PMID:16604596

  7. A proficiency test system to improve performance of milk analysis methods and produce reference values for component calibration samples for infrared milk analysis.

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    Wojciechowski, Karen L; Melilli, Caterina; Barbano, David M

    2016-08-01

    Our goal was to determine the feasibility of combining proficiency testing, analytical method quality-assurance system, and production of reference samples for calibration of infrared milk analyzers to achieve a more efficient use of resources and reduce costs while maximizing analytical accuracy within and among milk payment-testing laboratories. To achieve this, we developed and demonstrated a multilaboratory combined proficiency testing and analytical method quality-assurance system as an approach to evaluate and improve the analytical performance of methods. A set of modified milks was developed and optimized to serve multiple purposes (i.e., proficiency testing, quality-assurance and method improvement, and to provide reference materials for calibration of secondary testing methods). Over a period of years, the approach has enabled the group of laboratories to document improved analytical performance (i.e., reduced within- and between-laboratory variation) of chemical reference methods used as the primary reference for calibration of high-speed electronic milk-testing equipment. An annual meeting of the laboratory technicians allows for review of results and discussion of each method and provides a forum for communication of experience and techniques that are of value to new analysts in the group. The monthly proficiency testing sample exchanges have the added benefit of producing all-laboratory mean reference values for a set of 14 milks that can be used for calibration, evaluation, and troubleshooting of calibration adjustment issues on infrared milk analyzers. PMID:27209129

  8. RF impedance measurement calibration

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    The intent of this note is not to explain all of the available calibration methods in detail. Instead, we will focus on the calibration methods of interest for RF impedance coupling measurements and attempt to explain: (1). The standards and measurements necessary for the various calibration techniques. (2). The advantages and disadvantages of each technique. (3). The mathematical manipulations that need to be applied to the measured standards and devices. (4). An outline of the steps needed for writing a calibration routine that operated from a remote computer. For further details of the various techniques presented in this note, the reader should consult the references

  9. Calibration of UV/Vis spectrophotometers: A review and comparison of different methods to estimate TSS and total and dissolved COD concentrations in sewers, WWTPs and rivers.

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    Lepot, Mathieu; Torres, Andres; Hofer, Thomas; Caradot, Nicolas; Gruber, Günter; Aubin, Jean-Baptiste; Bertrand-Krajewski, Jean-Luc

    2016-09-15

    UV/Vis spectrophotometers have been used for one decade to monitor water quality in various locations: sewers, rivers, wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), tap water networks, etc. Resulting equivalent concentrations of interest can be estimated by three ways: i) by manufacturer global calibration; ii) by local calibration based on the provided global calibration and grab sampling; iii) by advanced calibration looking for relations between UV/Vis spectra and corresponding concentrations from grab sampling. However, no study has compared the applied methods so far. This collaborative work presents a comparison between five different methods. A Linear Regression (LR), Support Vector Machine (SVM), EVOlutionary algorithm method (EVO) and Partial Least Squares (PLS) have been applied on various data sets (sewers, rivers, WWTPs under dry, wet and all weather conditions) and for three water quality parameters: TSS, COD total and dissolved. Two criteria (r(2) and Root Mean Square Error RMSE) have been calculated - on calibration and verification data subsets - to evaluate accuracy and robustness of the applied methods. Values of criteria have then been statistically analysed for all and separated data sets. Non-consistent outcomes come through this study. According to the Kruskal-Wallis test and RMSEs, PLS and SVM seem to be the best methods. According to uncertainties in laboratory analysis and ranking of methods, LR and EVO appear more robust and sustainable for concentration estimations. Conclusions are mostly independent of water matrices, weather conditions or concentrations investigated. PMID:27295626

  10. Determination of Propranolol Hydrochloride in Pharmaceutical Preparations Using Near Infrared Spectrometry with Fiber Optic Probe and Multivariate Calibration Methods

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    Jucelino Medeiros Marques Junior

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A method for determination of propranolol hydrochloride in pharmaceutical preparation using near infrared spectrometry with fiber optic probe (FTNIR/PROBE and combined with chemometric methods was developed. Calibration models were developed using two variable selection models: interval partial least squares (iPLS and synergy interval partial least squares (siPLS. The treatments based on the mean centered data and multiplicative scatter correction (MSC were selected for models construction. A root mean square error of prediction (RMSEP of 8.2 mg g−1 was achieved using siPLS (s2i20PLS algorithm with spectra divided into 20 intervals and combination of 2 intervals (8501 to 8801 and 5201 to 5501 cm−1. Results obtained by the proposed method were compared with those using the pharmacopoeia reference method and significant difference was not observed. Therefore, proposed method allowed a fast, precise, and accurate determination of propranolol hydrochloride in pharmaceutical preparations. Furthermore, it is possible to carry out on-line analysis of this active principle in pharmaceutical formulations with use of fiber optic probe.

  11. Simultaneous Spectrophotometric Determination of Iron, Cobalt and Copper by Partial Least-Squares Calibration Method in Micellar Medium

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    H. Abdollahi

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Iron, cobalt and copper are metals, which appear together in many real samples, both natural and artificial. Recently a classical univariate micellar colorimetric method has been developed for determination of these metal ions. The organized molecular assemblies such as micelles are used in spectroscopic measurements due to their possible effects on the systems of interest. The ability of micellar systems to solublize slightly insoluble or even very insoluble complexes and/or ligands has been used to enhance the analytical merit of the given methods. The ability of micelles to solublize complexes in aqueous solutions can eliminate the need for non-aqueous extraction step in a given analysis. The simultaneous determination of Fe, Co and Cu was carried out as 1-nitroso-2-naphtolcomplexes in presence of aqueous solution of nonionic surfactant of Triton-X100. A partial least-squares multivariate calibration method for the analysis of ternary mixtures of Fe, Co and Cu was developed. For individual determinations, molar absorptivities and the limit of detection were obtained, respectively. The total relative standard error for applying the method on synthetic samples was 2.02%. The proposed method was also successfully when applied to the determination of Fe, Co and Cu in several synthetic alloy solutions.

  12. A Bayesian Calibration-Prediction Method for Reducing Model-Form Uncertainties with Application in RANS Simulations

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    Wu, J -L; Xiao, H

    2015-01-01

    Model-form uncertainties in complex mechanics systems are a major obstacle for predictive simulations. Reducing these uncertainties is critical for stake-holders to make risk-informed decisions based on numerical simulations. For example, Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) simulations are increasingly used in mission-critical systems involving turbulent flows. However, for many practical flows the RANS predictions have large model-form uncertainties originating from the uncertainty in the modeled Reynolds stresses. Recently, a physics-informed Bayesian framework has been proposed to quantify and reduce model-form uncertainties in RANS simulations by utilizing sparse observation data. However, in the design stage of engineering systems, measurement data are usually not available. In the present work we extend the original framework to scenarios where there are no available data on the flow to be predicted. In the proposed method, we first calibrate the model discrepancy on a related flow with available dat...

  13. Calibration of a gamma spectrometer for measuring natural radioactivity. Experimental measurements and modeling by Monte-Carlo methods

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    The thesis proceeded in the context of dating by thermoluminescence. This method requires laboratory measurements of the natural radioactivity. For that purpose, we have been using a germanium spectrometer. To refine the calibration of this one, we modelled it by using a Monte-Carlo computer code: Geant4. We developed a geometrical model which takes into account the presence of inactive zones and zones of poor charge-collection within the germanium crystal. The parameters of the model were adjusted by comparison with experimental results obtained with a source of 137Cs. It appeared that the form of the inactive zones is less simple than is presented in the specialized literature. This model was widened to the case of a more complex source, with cascade effect and angular correlations between photons: the 60Co. Lastly, applied to extended sources, it gave correct results and allowed us to validate the simulation of matrix effect. (author)

  14. Field calibration of cup anemometers

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    Schmidt Paulsen, Uwe; Mortensen, Niels Gylling; Hansen, Jens Carsten;

    2007-01-01

    A field calibration method and results are described along with the experience gained with the method. The cup anemometers to be calibrated are mounted in a row on a 10-m high rig and calibrated in the free wind against a reference cup anemometer. The method has been reported [1] to improve the...... statistical bias on the data relative to calibrations carried out in a wind tunnel. The methodology is sufficiently accurate for calibration of cup anemometers used for wind resource assessments and provides a simple, reliable and cost-effective solution to cup anemometer calibration, especially suited for...

  15. Methods of measurement and calibration in personnel dosimetry for external irradiation: presentation of the concept and the results of a test programme in Switzerland

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    In 1986 the Swiss working group on personnel dosimetry issued a recommendation on methods of calibration and measurement in personnel dosimetry for external radiation, based on ICRU report 39. The aim of the report was to give detailed and pragmatic guidance to the dosimetry services and the calibration labs. In the recommendation a definition is given for primary and secondary limited quantities, for calibration quantities and operational quantities as well as for their interrelationships. The second part of the report is a manual for the calibration and evaluation procedures for whole-body and extremity dosemeters for photon and electron radiation. Based on that recommendation an extended test programme has been performed for all dosimetry services in Switzerland. The results show that the legal introduction of the recommended concept has no severe consequences for the dosimetry services although a number of minor modifications are needed. (author)

  16. Rapid And Accurate Technique For Measuring N-15 Of Nitrate Method Development, Calibration And Validation

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    A precise and simplified procedure for measuring nitrogen-15 of nitrate in water with moderate ionic strength and moderate to high organic loads is presented. The modified analytical train consists of two main steps: (a) extraction and purification of nitrate from liquid matrix and (b) pyrolysis of purified potassium nitrate. The presented method was evaluated with simulated solutions containing constant amounts of inter-laboratory nitrate standard salt (KNO3 , δ15N = -4.34 ± 0.32 % AirN2) and potentially interfering anions (SO42-, Cl- and HCO3-) as well as dissolved organic carbon (DOC) load. Dowex 1X8 anion exchange resin proved to be a suitable mean and provide accurate and reproducible δ15N values (SD: ± 0.48%).It tolerates high concentrations of chloride and sulfate ions for samples of small volumes (100 ml) of about four folds of the amounts enough to fully saturate the resin column. Rapid, accurate, precise, low-priced and less labour intensive activated graphite based offline pyrolysis technique for measuring N-15 content of nitrate has been developed and implemented. This involves combusting nitrate salt with activated graphite at 550oC for 30 minutes. Dramatic reduction in processing times needed for the analysis of N-15 of nitrate at natural abundance level was achieved. Performance characteristics of the modified analytical cascade showed that 1 to 2 hrs/sample/set of 5 samples processing time is required. The pyrolysis step of the developed method was validated using internationally distributed nitrate stable isotope reference materials. N-15 content of some selected nitrate salts, namely calcium nitrate, sodium nitrate, potassium nitrate and ammonium nitrate fertilizer, was measured using the modified technique, vacuum distillation method, modified ammonia diffusion method, microbial denitrifier method and EA-CF IRMS method at two different laboratories in Egypt and Germany. The results proved the validity and applicability of the modified

  17. Influences of finite probe property on soil thermal property estimated by heat pulse technique%探针有限特性对热脉冲技术测定土壤热特性的影响

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    付永威; 卢奕丽; 任图生

    2014-01-01

    Soil thermal properties, including volumetric heat capacity, thermal diffusivity, and thermal conductivity, are basic physical parameters for determining the change rate of soil temperature, heat storage and transfer. The heat pulse technique, with the advantages of relative easy operation, minimal soil disturbance, and making repeated and automatic readings, has been used widely for measuring in-situ soil thermal properties. A heat pulse is emitted from a line source enclosed in a stainless heating needle and the temperature rises with time at a shorter distance from the heater are recorded for a few minutes. Soil thermal properties are then estimated from the temperature change by time data. For simplicity, the heat pulse probe is normally considered as a line source with infinitesimal probe radius and zero heat capacity when soil thermal properties are calculated. In reality, the finite properties of the probe itself, including finite heat capacity and finite probe radius, can lead to biased thermal property estimations. In this study, we compared the results of soil thermal property estimations with the PILS (pulsed-infinite-line-source) theory and ICPC (identical cylindrical perfect conductors) theory, to evaluate the influences of finite properties of the probe on soil thermal property estimations. The heat pulse probe consist of 3 needles with a diameter of 2 mm and a length of 40 mm. Heat pulse measurements were conducted on a sand soil with water content varied from air dry condition to field capacity, and soil heat capacity, thermal diffusivity, and thermal conductivity were estimated with both the PILS and ICPC methods. In addition, heat capacity estimates with the de Vries model were used to evaluate the accuracy of heat capacity measurements. The results indicated that compared with the PILS theory, the ICPC solution significantly reduced the errors in soil thermal property estimations from the temperature change-by-time curves. For water content

  18. Implementation of the method air-kerma product area in KAP camera calibration with reference qualities of X-ray series at the SSDL RQR of Mexico

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    The X-Ray machines, at a reference laboratory for the instrument calibration in diagnostic radiology, should compliance with the ISO requirements. Sometimes there is not available as much laboratories as needed in Latin American countries. So this project shows the KAP ionization chamber implementation method using the TRS-457 radiation quality from the IAEA at the SSDL of Mexico. The KAP instruments calibration method consists in doing a substitution comparison using a standard reference with traceability to a primary laboratory and a transmission-monitoring chamber that measures the number of photons of the X-ray primary beam. A KAP chamber calibration requires a special array that consists in collocating the chamber in two different positions of its calibration process. Then, with air kerma-area product coefficient together with a corrected electrometer measure at referential conditions, the patient dosimetry magnitudes are calculated. The dosimetry necessity at hospitals always will be in function of possessing a highly reliable calibration coefficient chamber for making these measures. That dosimetry results will help in reducing the total or partial irradiation emitted to the human body of the patient. This is how stochastic risks will be lessened due to diagnostic studies. The purpose of this project is to have a synergy with calibration for making known that the SSDL of Mexico has the technical capacity to act as a link between primary standard dosimetry laboratories and the ionizing radiation equipment users who require that their KAP chamber have traceability from the primary standard to the user. (author)

  19. In Situ Determination of Trace Elements in Fish Otoliths by Laser Ablation Double Focusing Sector Field Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry Using a Solution Standard Addition Calibration Method

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    Chen, Z.; Jones, C. M.

    2002-05-01

    Microchemistry of fish otoliths (fish ear bones) is a very useful tool for monitoring aquatic environments and fish migration. However, determination of the elemental composition in fish otolith by ICP-MS has been limited to either analysis of dissolved sample solution or measurement of limited number of trace elements by laser ablation (LA)- ICP-MS due to low sensitivity, lack of available calibration standards, and complexity of polyatomic molecular interference. In this study, a method was developed for in situ determination of trace elements in fish otoliths by laser ablation double focusing sector field ultra high sensitivity Finnigan Element 2 ICP-MS using a solution standard addition calibration method. Due to the lack of matrix-match solid calibration standards, sixteen trace elements (Na, Mg, P, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Rb, Sr, Y, Cd, La, Ba, Pb and U) were determined using a solution standard calibration with Ca as an internal standard. Flexibility, easy preparation and stable signals are the advantages of using solution calibration standards. In order to resolve polyatomic molecular interferences, medium resolution (M/delta M > 4000) was used for some elements (Na, Mg, P, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, and Cu). Both external calibration and standard addition quantification strategies are compared and discussed. Precision, accuracy, and limits of detection are presented.

  20. Passive Sampling Methods for Contaminated Sediments: Practical Guidance for Selection, Calibration, and Implementation

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    This article provides practical guidance on the use of passive sampling methods(PSMs) that target the freely dissolved concentration (Cfree) for improved exposure assessment of hydrophobic organic chemicals in sediments. Primary considerations for selecting a PSM for a specific a...

  1. A spectral synthesis method to suppress aliasing and calibrate for delay errors in Fourier transform correlators

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    Kaneko, Tak

    2008-01-01

    Context: Fourier transform (or lag) correlators in radio interferometers can serve as an efficient means of synthesising spectral channels. However aliasing corrupts the edge channels so they usually have to be excluded from the data set. In systems with around 10 channels, the loss in sensitivity can be significant. In addition, the low level of residual aliasing in the remaining channels may cause systematic errors. Moreover, delay errors have been widely reported in implementations of broadband analogue correlators and simulations have shown that delay errors exasperate the effects of aliasing. Aims: We describe a software-based approach that suppresses aliasing by oversampling the cross-correlation function. This method can be applied to interferometers with individually-tracking antennas equipped with a discrete path compensator system. It is based on the well-known property of interferometers where the drift scan response is the Fourier transform of the source's band-limited spectrum. Methods: In this p...

  2. Flight Test Results of a GPS-Based Pitot-Static Calibration Method Using Output-Error Optimization for a Light Twin-Engine Airplane

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    Martos, Borja; Kiszely, Paul; Foster, John V.

    2011-01-01

    As part of the NASA Aviation Safety Program (AvSP), a novel pitot-static calibration method was developed to allow rapid in-flight calibration for subscale aircraft while flying within confined test areas. This approach uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology coupled with modern system identification methods that rapidly computes optimal pressure error models over a range of airspeed with defined confidence bounds. This method has been demonstrated in subscale flight tests and has shown small 2- error bounds with significant reduction in test time compared to other methods. The current research was motivated by the desire to further evaluate and develop this method for full-scale aircraft. A goal of this research was to develop an accurate calibration method that enables reductions in test equipment and flight time, thus reducing costs. The approach involved analysis of data acquisition requirements, development of efficient flight patterns, and analysis of pressure error models based on system identification methods. Flight tests were conducted at The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) utilizing an instrumented Piper Navajo research aircraft. In addition, the UTSI engineering flight simulator was used to investigate test maneuver requirements and handling qualities issues associated with this technique. This paper provides a summary of piloted simulation and flight test results that illustrates the performance and capabilities of the NASA calibration method. Discussion of maneuver requirements and data analysis methods is included as well as recommendations for piloting technique.

  3. Qualification, calibration, and error estimation methods for nondestructive assay. Regulatory guide 5.53, Revision 1

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    Nondestructive assay (NDA) can enhance the ability of the material control and accounting system to detect unaccounted-for loss or diversion of special nuclear material (SNM) to unauthorized uses. This guide describes methods and procedures acceptable to the NRC staff for meeting the provisions of paragraph 70.58(f) of 10 CFR Part 70 as it relates to the use of nondestructive assay

  4. Z-correction, a method for achieving ultraprecise self-calibration on large area coordinate measurement machines for photomasks

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    Ekberg, Peter; Stiblert, Lars; Mattsson, Lars

    2014-05-01

    High-quality photomasks are a prerequisite for the production of flat panel TVs, tablets and other kinds of high-resolution displays. During the past years, the resolution demand has become more and more accelerated, and today, the high-definition standard HD, 1920 × 1080 pixels2, is well established, and already the next-generation so-called ultra-high-definition UHD or 4K display is entering the market. Highly advanced mask writers are used to produce the photomasks needed for the production of such displays. The dimensional tolerance in X and Y on absolute pattern placement on these photomasks, with sizes of square meters, has been in the range of 200-300 nm (3σ), but is now on the way to be <150 nm (3σ). To verify these photomasks, 2D ultra-precision coordinate measurement machines are used with even tighter tolerance requirements. The metrology tool MMS15000 is today the world standard tool used for the verification of large area photomasks. This paper will present a method called Z-correction that has been developed for the purpose of improving the absolute X, Y placement accuracy of features on the photomask in the writing process. However, Z-correction is also a prerequisite for achieving X and Y uncertainty levels <90 nm (3σ) in the self-calibration process of the MMS15000 stage area of 1.4 × 1.5 m2. When talking of uncertainty specifications below 200 nm (3σ) of such a large area, the calibration object used, here an 8-16 mm thick quartz plate of size approximately a square meter, cannot be treated as a rigid body. The reason for this is that the absolute shape of the plate will be affected by gravity and will therefore not be the same at different places on the measurement machine stage when it is used in the self-calibration process. This mechanical deformation will stretch or compress the top surface (i.e. the image side) of the plate where the pattern resides, and therefore spatially deform the mask pattern in the X- and Y-directions. Errors due

  5. Z-correction, a method for achieving ultraprecise self-calibration on large area coordinate measurement machines for photomasks

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    High-quality photomasks are a prerequisite for the production of flat panel TVs, tablets and other kinds of high-resolution displays. During the past years, the resolution demand has become more and more accelerated, and today, the high-definition standard HD, 1920 × 1080 pixels2, is well established, and already the next-generation so-called ultra-high-definition UHD or 4K display is entering the market. Highly advanced mask writers are used to produce the photomasks needed for the production of such displays. The dimensional tolerance in X and Y on absolute pattern placement on these photomasks, with sizes of square meters, has been in the range of 200–300 nm (3σ), but is now on the way to be <150 nm (3σ). To verify these photomasks, 2D ultra-precision coordinate measurement machines are used with even tighter tolerance requirements. The metrology tool MMS15000 is today the world standard tool used for the verification of large area photomasks. This paper will present a method called Z-correction that has been developed for the purpose of improving the absolute X, Y placement accuracy of features on the photomask in the writing process. However, Z-correction is also a prerequisite for achieving X and Y uncertainty levels <90 nm (3σ) in the self-calibration process of the MMS15000 stage area of 1.4 × 1.5 m2. When talking of uncertainty specifications below 200 nm (3σ) of such a large area, the calibration object used, here an 8–16 mm thick quartz plate of size approximately a square meter, cannot be treated as a rigid body. The reason for this is that the absolute shape of the plate will be affected by gravity and will therefore not be the same at different places on the measurement machine stage when it is used in the self-calibration process. This mechanical deformation will stretch or compress the top surface (i.e. the image side) of the plate where the pattern resides, and therefore spatially deform the mask pattern in the X- and Y

  6. Rock magnetic properties of dusty olivine: comparison and calibration of non-heating paleointensity methods

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    Lappe, S. L.; Harrison, R. J.; Feinberg, J. M.

    2012-12-01

    The mechanism of chondrule formation is an important outstanding question in cosmochemistry. Magnetic signals recorded by Fe-Ni nanoparticles in chondrules could carry clues to their origin. Recently, research in this area has focused on 'dusty olivine' in ordinary chondrites as potential carriers of pre-accretionary remanence. Dusty olivine is characterised by the presence of sub-micron Fe-Ni inclusions within the olivine host. These metal particles form via subsolidus reduction of the olivine during chondrule formation and are thought to be protected from subsequent chemical and thermal alteration by the host olivine. Three sets of synthetic dusty olivines have been produced, using natural olivine (average Ni-content of 0.3 wt%), synthetic Ni-containing olivine (0.1wt% Ni) and synthetic Ni-free olivine as starting materials. The starting materials were ground to powders, packed into a 8-27 mm3 graphite crucible, heated up to 1350°C under a pure CO gas flow and kept at this temperature for 10 minutes. After this the samples were held in fixed orientation and quenched into water in a range of known magnetic fields from 0.2 mT to 1.5 mT. We present a comparison of all non-heating methods commonly used for paleointensity determination of extraterrestrial material. All samples showed uni-directional, single-component demagnetization behaviour. Saturation REM ratio (NRM/SIRM) and REMc ratio show non-linear behaviour as function of applied field and a saturation value magnetic field, temperature and time using thermal relaxation theory. The comparison of observed and calculated NRM demagnetisation spectra is adversely effected by a large population of particles in the single-vortex state. Comparison of observed and calculated REM' curves, however, yields much closer agreement in the high-coercivity SD-dominated range. Calculated values of the average REM' ratio show excellent agreement with the experimental values - including the observed non-linearity of the remanence

  7. Correction of interstitial water changes in calibration methods applied to XRF core-scanning major elements in long sediment cores: Case study from the South China Sea

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    Chen, Quan; Kissel, Catherine; Govin, Aline; Liu, Zhifei; Xie, Xin

    2016-05-01

    Fast and nondestructive X-ray fluorescence (XRF) core scanning provides high-resolution element data that are widely used in paleoclimate studies. However, various matrix and specimen effects prevent the use of semiquantitative raw XRF core-scanning intensities for robust paleoenvironmental interpretations. We present here a case study of a 50.8 m-long piston Core MD12-3432 retrieved from the northern South China Sea. The absorption effect of interstitial water is identified as the major source of deviations between XRF core-scanning intensities and measured element concentrations. The existing two calibration methods, i.e., normalized median-scaled calibration (NMS) and multivariate log-ratio calibration (MLC), are tested with this sequence after the application of water absorption correction. The results indicate that an improvement is still required to appropriately correct the influence of downcore changes in interstitial water content in the long sediment core. Consequently, we implement a new polynomial water content correction in NMS and MLC methods, referred as NPS and P_MLC calibrations. Results calibrated by these two improved methods indicate that the influence of downcore water content changes is now appropriately corrected. We therefore recommend either of the two methods to be applied for robust paleoenvironmental interpretations of major elements measured by XRF-scanning in long sediment sequences with significant downcore interstitial water content changes.

  8. Calibration and validation of ultrasonic reflection methods for thin-film measurement in tribology

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    Interfacial thin liquid films between solid bodies have been measured using ultrasonic reflective techniques in a range of tribological applications such as those present in hydrodynamic bearings, piston rings and mechanical seals (Dwyer-Joyce et al (2004) Tribol. Lett. 17 337–48, Dwyer-Joyce et al (2006) Proc. Instn Mech. Eng. A 220 619–28, Reddyhoff et al (2006) Tribol. Trans. 51 140–49, Harper et al (2005) Tribol. Interface Eng. Ser. 48 305–12). There are two main ultrasonic methods used, the spring model and film resonance techniques. For very thin films (<20 µm) a simple quasi-static spring model has been used to show that the proportion of the wave reflected by the liquid layer depends on the stiffness of the layer. This stiffness can be related to the layer thickness and its material properties. In the film resonance technique the incident ultrasonic wave is used to resonate the liquid layer. The frequency of resonance can then be related to the layer thickness. This paper collates four experiments where oil film thickness is measured by both ultrasonic reflection and an independent method. In the first three experiments the film thickness is measured ultrasonically and this measurement is compared to the thickness inferred from the geometry of the surfaces constraining the liquid film. In the final experiment the ultrasonic results are compared to measurements taken using capacitive and verified laser interferometer techniques. Excellent correlation was observed between the measurement methods in all of the experiments. In particular the film resonance technique showed repeatable and consistent results across a wide range of film thicknesses. The spring model showed a degree of agreement for films above a few microns but this relationship diverged as the film thickness approached the magnitude of the surface roughness. (paper)

  9. Control rod calibration methods for fast breeder reactors applied to Phenix

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    The control and the emergency shutdown of a fast breeder reactor depends essentially on control rods. For this reason, it is imperative to know exactly how much anti reactivity is introduced with the rods in the reactor core. Different methods have been compared in order to see if they are compatible with Phenix reactor. Their limits have been studied. The shadow and anti shadow effects that can the rods make one to the other and then their effective weight of the rods screen have been clarified. (N.C.)

  10. The Experiment and Simulation Method to Calibrate the Shear Modulus of Individual ZnO Nanorod.

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    Yu, Guangbin; Jiang, Chengming; Dai, Bing; Song, Jinhui

    2016-04-01

    A general method is presented to directly measure the shear modulus of an individual nanorod using atomic force microscope (AFM). To obtain shear modulus with less experiment error, finite element simulation is employed to simulate the twisting process of a ZnO nanorod. Based on the experimental measurements, the shear modulus of ZnO nanorod with 4 µm in length and 166 nm in radius is characterized to be 9.1 ± 0.2 GPa, which is obviously more accurate than the simple averaged experimental result. PMID:27451763

  11. Energy calibration via correlation

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    Maier, Daniel; Limousin, Olivier

    2016-03-01

    The main task of an energy calibration is to find a relation between pulse-height values and the corresponding energies. Doing this for each pulse-height channel individually requires an elaborated input spectrum with an excellent counting statistics and a sophisticated data analysis. This work presents an easy to handle energy calibration process which can operate reliably on calibration measurements with low counting statistics. The method uses a parameter based model for the energy calibration and concludes on the optimal parameters of the model by finding the best correlation between the measured pulse-height spectrum and multiple synthetic pulse-height spectra which are constructed with different sets of calibration parameters. A CdTe-based semiconductor detector and the line emissions of an 241Am source were used to test the performance of the correlation method in terms of systematic calibration errors for different counting statistics. Up to energies of 60 keV systematic errors were measured to be less than ~ 0.1 keV. Energy calibration via correlation can be applied to any kind of calibration spectra and shows a robust behavior at low counting statistics. It enables a fast and accurate calibration that can be used to monitor the spectroscopic properties of a detector system in near realtime.

  12. Developing a method for soft gamma-ray Laue lens assembly and calibration

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    Barrière, Nicolas M; Boggs, Steven E; Lowell, Alexander; Wade, Colin; Baugh, Max; von Ballmoos, Peter; Abrosimov, Nikolay V; Hanlon, Lorraine

    2013-01-01

    Laue lenses constitute a promising option for concentrating soft gamma rays with a large collection area and reasonable focal lengths. In astronomy they could lead to increased telescope sensitivity by one to two orders of magnitude, in particular for faint nuclear gamma-ray lines, but also for continua like hard X-ray tails from a variety of compact objects. Other fields like Homeland security and nuclear medicine share the same need for more sensitive gamma-ray detection systems and could find applications for gamma-ray focusing optics. There are two primary challenges for developing Laue lenses: the search for high-reflectivity and reproducible crystals, and the development of a method to accurately orient and fix the thousands of crystals constituting a lens. In this paper we focus on the second topic. We used our dedicated X-ray beamline and Laue lens assembly station to build a breadboard lens made of 15 crystals. This allowed us to test our tools and methods, as well as our simulation code and calibrat...

  13. Boosting iterative stochastic ensemble method for nonlinear calibration of subsurface flow models

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    Elsheikh, Ahmed H.

    2013-06-01

    A novel parameter estimation algorithm is proposed. The inverse problem is formulated as a sequential data integration problem in which Gaussian process regression (GPR) is used to integrate the prior knowledge (static data). The search space is further parameterized using Karhunen-Loève expansion to build a set of basis functions that spans the search space. Optimal weights of the reduced basis functions are estimated by an iterative stochastic ensemble method (ISEM). ISEM employs directional derivatives within a Gauss-Newton iteration for efficient gradient estimation. The resulting update equation relies on the inverse of the output covariance matrix which is rank deficient.In the proposed algorithm we use an iterative regularization based on the ℓ2 Boosting algorithm. ℓ2 Boosting iteratively fits the residual and the amount of regularization is controlled by the number of iterations. A termination criteria based on Akaike information criterion (AIC) is utilized. This regularization method is very attractive in terms of performance and simplicity of implementation. The proposed algorithm combining ISEM and ℓ2 Boosting is evaluated on several nonlinear subsurface flow parameter estimation problems. The efficiency of the proposed algorithm is demonstrated by the small size of utilized ensembles and in terms of error convergence rates. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

  14. Multivariate versus classical univariate calibration methods for spectrofluorimetric data: application to simultaneous determination of olmesartan medoxamil and amlodipine besylate in their combined dosage form.

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    Darwish, Hany W; Backeit, Ahmed H

    2013-01-01

    Olmesartan medoxamil (OLM, an angiotensin II receptor blocker) and amlodipine besylate (AML, a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker), are co-formulated in a single-dose combination for the treatment of hypertensive patients whose blood pressure is not adequately controlled on either component monotherapy. In this work, four multivariate and two univariate calibration methods were applied for simultaneous spectrofluorimetric determination of OLM and AML in their combined pharmaceutical tablets in all ratios approved by FDA. The four multivariate methods are partial least squares (PLS), genetic algorithm PLS (GA-PLS), principal component ANN (PC-ANN) and GA-ANN. The two proposed univariate calibration methods are, direct spectrofluorimetric method for OLM and isoabsorpitive method for determination of total concentration of OLM and AML and hence AML by subtraction. The results showed the superiority of multivariate calibration methods over univariate ones for the analysis of the binary mixture. The optimum assay conditions were established and the proposed multivariate calibration methods were successfully applied for the assay of the two drugs in validation set and combined pharmaceutical tablets with excellent recoveries. No interference was observed from common pharmaceutical additives. The results were favorably compared with those obtained by a reference spectrophotometric method. PMID:22895851

  15. Stellar color regression: a spectroscopy based method for color calibration to a few mmag accuracy and the recalibration of Stripe 82

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    Yuan, Haibo; Xiang, Maosheng; Huang, Yang; Zhang, Huihua; Chen, Bingqiu

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a spectroscopy based Stellar Color Regression (SCR) method to perform accurate color calibration for modern imaging surveys, taking advantage of millions of stellar spectra now available. The method is straightforward, insensitive to systematic errors in the spectroscopically determined stellar atmospheric parameters, applicable to regions that are effectively covered by spectroscopic surveys, and capable of delivering an accuracy of a few millimagnitudes for color calibration. As an illustration, we have applied the method to the SDSS Stripe 82 data (Ivezic et al; I07 hereafter). With a total number of 23,759 spectroscopically targeted stars, we have mapped out the small but strongly correlated color zero point errors present in the photometric catalog of Stripe 82, and improve the color calibration by a factor of 2 -- 3. Our study also reveals some small but significant magnitude dependence errors in z-band for some CCDs. Such errors are likely to be present in all the SDSS photome...

  16. Mean-free-paths in concert and chamber music halls and the correct method for calibrating dodecahedral sound sources.

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    Beranek, Leo L; Nishihara, Noriko

    2014-01-01

    The Eyring/Sabine equations assume that in a large irregular room a sound wave travels in straight lines from one surface to another, that the surfaces have an average sound absorption coefficient αav, and that the mean-free-path between reflections is 4 V/Stot where V is the volume of the room and Stot is the total area of all of its surfaces. No account is taken of diffusivity of the surfaces. The 4 V/Stot relation was originally based on experimental determinations made by Knudsen (Architectural Acoustics, 1932, pp. 132-141). This paper sets out to test the 4 V/Stot relation experimentally for a wide variety of unoccupied concert and chamber music halls with seating capacities from 200 to 5000, using the measured sound strengths Gmid and reverberation times RT60,mid. Computer simulations of the sound fields for nine of these rooms (of varying shapes) were also made to determine the mean-free-paths by that method. The study shows that 4 V/Stot is an acceptable relation for mean-free-paths in the Sabine/Eyring equations except for halls of unusual shape. Also demonstrated is the proper method for calibrating the dodecahedral sound source used for measuring the sound strength G, i.e., the reverberation chamber method. PMID:24437762

  17. Multi Function Heat Pulse Probes (MFHPP) to Estimate Ground Heat Flux and Reduce Surface Energy Budget Errors

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    Ciocca, Francesco; Sharma, Varun; Lunati, Ivan; Parlange, Marc B.

    2013-04-01

    Ground heat flux plays a crucial role in surface energy budget: an incorrect estimation of energy storage and heat fluxes in soils occur when probes such as heat flux plates are adopted, and these mistakes can account for up to 90% of the residual variance (Higgins, GRL, 2012). A promising alternative to heat flux plates is represented by Multi Function Heat Pulse Probes (MFHPP). They have proven to be accurate in thermal properties and heat fluxes estimation (e.g. Cobos, VZJ, 2003) and can be used to monitor and quantify subsurface evaporation in field experiments (Xiao et al., VZJ, 2011). We perform a laboratory experiment with controlled temperature in a small Plexiglas column (20cm diameter and 40cm height). The column is packed with homogeneously saturated sandy soil and equipped with three MFHPPs in the upper 4cm and thermocouples and dielectric soil moisture probes deeper. This configuration allows for accurate and simultaneous ground heat flux, soil moisture and subsurface evaporation measurements. Total evaporation is monitored using a precision scale, while an infrared gun and a long wave radiometer measure the soil skin temperature and the outgoing long-short wave radiation, respectively. A fan and a heat lamp placed above the column allow to mimick on a smaller and more controlled scale the field conditions induced by the diurnal cycle. At a reference height above the column relative humidity, wind speed and air temperature are collected. Results are interpreted by means of numerical simulations performed with an ad-hoc-developed numerical model that simulates coupled heat and moisture transfer in soils and is used to match and interpolate the temperature and soil moisture values got at finite depths within the column. Ground heat fluxes are then estimated by integrating over almost continuous, numerically simulated temperature profiles, which avoids errors due to use of discrete data (Lunati et al., WRR, 2012) and leads to a more reliable estimate of

  18. A robust and passive method for geometric calibration of large arrays

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    Vanwynsberghe, Charles; Marchal, Jacques; Marchiano, Régis; Ollivier, François

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a complete strategy for the geometry estimation of large microphone arrays of arbitrary shape. Largeness is intended here in both number of microphones (hundreds) and size (few meters). Such arrays can be used for various applications in open or confined spaces like acoustical imaging, source identification, or speech processing. For so large array systems,measuring the geometry by hand is impractical. Therefore a blind passive method is proposed. It is based on the analysis of the background acoustic noise, supposed to be a diffuse field. The proposed strategy is a two-step process. First the pairwise microphone distances are identified by matching their measured coherence function to the one predicted by the diffuse field theory. Second, a robust multidimensional scaling(MDS) algorithm is adapted and implemented. It takes advantage of local characteristics to reduce the set of distances and infer the geometry of the array. This work is an extension of previous studies, and it overcomes u...

  19. A novel LIDAR-based Atmospheric Calibration Method for Improving the Data Analysis of MAGIC

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    Fruck, Christian; Zanin, Roberta; Dorner, Daniela; Garrido, Daniel; Mirzoyan, Razmik; Font, Lluis

    2014-01-01

    A new method for analyzing the returns of the custom-made 'micro'-LIDAR system, which is operated along with the two MAGIC telescopes, allows to apply atmospheric corrections in the MAGIC data analysis chain. Such corrections make it possible to extend the effective observation time of MAGIC under adverse atmospheric conditions and reduce the systematic errors of energy and flux in the data analysis. LIDAR provides a range-resolved atmospheric backscatter profile from which the extinction of Cherenkov light from air shower events can be estimated. Knowledge of the extinction can allow to reconstruct the true image parameters, including energy and flux. Our final goal is to recover the source-intrinsic energy spectrum also for data affected by atmospheric extinction from aerosol layers, such as clouds.

  20. Comparison of different methods to calibrate torsional spring constant and photodetector for atomic force microscopy friction measurements in air and liquid

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    A number of atomic force microscopy cantilevers have been exhaustively calibrated by a number of techniques to obtain both normal and frictional force constants to evaluate the relative accuracy of the different methods. These were of either direct or indirect character--the latter relies on cantilever resonant frequencies. The so-called Sader [Rev. Sci. Instrum. 70, 3967 (1999)] and Cleveland [Rev. Sci. Instrum. 64, 403 (1993)] techniques are compared for the normal force constant calibration and while agreement was good, a systematic difference was observed. For the torsional force constants, all the techniques displayed a certain scatter but the agreement was highly encouraging. By far the simplest technique is that of Sader, and it is suggested in view of this validation that this method should be generally adopted. The issue of the photodetector calibration is also addressed since this is necessary to obtain the cantilever twist from which the torsional force is calculated. Here a technique of obtaining the torsional photodetector sensitivity by combining the direct and indirect methods is proposed. Direct calibration measurements were conducted in liquid as well as air, and a conversion factor was obtained showing that quantitative friction measurements in liquid are equally feasible provided the correct calibration is performed