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  1. Seam tracking with texture based image processing for laser materials processing

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    Krämer, S.; Fiedler, W.; Drenker, A.; Abels, P.

    2014-02-01

    This presentation deals with a camera based seam tracking system for laser materials processing. The digital high speed camera records interaction point and illuminated work piece surface. The camera system is coaxially integrated into the laser beam path. The aim is to observe interaction point and joint gap in one image for a closed loop control of the welding process. Especially for the joint gap observation a new image processing method is used. Basic idea is to detect a difference between the textures of the surface of the two work pieces to be welded together instead of looking for a nearly invisible narrow line imaged by the joint gap. The texture based analysis of the work piece surface is more robust and less affected by varying illumination conditions than conventional grey scale image processing. This technique of image processing gives in some cases the opportunity for real zero gap seam tracking. In a condensed view economic benefits are simultaneous laser and seam tracking for self-calibrating laser welding applications without special seam pre preparation for seam tracking.

  2. Seam-Tracking for Friction Stir Welded Lap Joints

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    Fleming, Paul A.; Hendricks, Christopher E.; Cook, George E.; Wilkes, D. M.; Strauss, Alvin M.; Lammlein, David H.

    2010-11-01

    This article presents a method for automatic seam-tracking in friction stir welding (FSW) of lap joints. In this method, tracking is accomplished by weaving the FSW tool back-and-forth perpendicular to the direction of travel during welding and monitoring force and torque signals. Research demonstrates the ability of this method to automatically track weld seam positions. Additionally, tensile and S-bend test result comparisons demonstrate that weaving most likely does not reduce weld quality. Finally, benefits of this weave-based method to FSW of lap joints are discussed and methods for incorporating it into existing friction stir welding control algorithms (such as axial load control) are examined.

  3. Empirical Study on Designing of Gaze Tracking Camera Based on the Information of User's Head Movement.

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    Pan, Weiyuan; Jung, Dongwook; Yoon, Hyo Sik; Lee, Dong Eun; Naqvi, Rizwan Ali; Lee, Kwan Woo; Park, Kang Ryoung

    2016-01-01

    Gaze tracking is the technology that identifies a region in space that a user is looking at. Most previous non-wearable gaze tracking systems use a near-infrared (NIR) light camera with an NIR illuminator. Based on the kind of camera lens used, the viewing angle and depth-of-field (DOF) of a gaze tracking camera can be different, which affects the performance of the gaze tracking system. Nevertheless, to our best knowledge, most previous researches implemented gaze tracking cameras without ground truth information for determining the optimal viewing angle and DOF of the camera lens. Eye-tracker manufacturers might also use ground truth information, but they do not provide this in public. Therefore, researchers and developers of gaze tracking systems cannot refer to such information for implementing gaze tracking system. We address this problem providing an empirical study in which we design an optimal gaze tracking camera based on experimental measurements of the amount and velocity of user's head movements. Based on our results and analyses, researchers and developers might be able to more easily implement an optimal gaze tracking system. Experimental results show that our gaze tracking system shows high performance in terms of accuracy, user convenience and interest. PMID:27589768

  4. Using active contour models for feature extraction in camera-based seam tracking of arc welding

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    Liu, Jinchao; Fan, Zhun; Olsen, Søren;

    2009-01-01

    the processes requires the extraction of characteristic parameters of the welding groove close to the molten pool, i.e. in an environment dominated by the very intense light emission from the welding arc. The typical industrial solution today is a laser-scanner containing a camera as well as a laser......In the recent decades much research has been performed in order to allow better control of arc welding processes, but the success has been limited, and the vast majority of the industrial structural welding work is therefore still being made manually. Closed-loop and nearly-closed-loop control of...... source illuminating the groove by a light curtain and thus allowing details of the groove geometry to be extracted by triangulation. This solution is relatively expensive and must act several centimetres ahead of the molten pool. In addition laser-scanners often show problems when dealing with shiny...

  5. Development of seam tracking system with ultrasonic sensor using self-tuning fuzzy control

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    2001-01-01

    One kind of the SAW seam tracking system with contactless ultrasonic sensor is presented in this paper. The new contactless ultrasonic sensor for seam tracking and the working principle of the seam tracking with the sensor are introduced. Based on the experiments, the optimal values of the fuzzy control parameters α and k3 are defined by means of the off-line adjusting method. Because the self-tuning fuzzy control is adopted in the seam tracking system, the overshoot of the system is restrained, the steady-state error is reduced, and the system’s response speed is improved effectively. The results of the SAW seam tracking experiments show that this system’s tracking accuracy is up to ±0.5mm and the system can satisfy the requirements of the engineering application.

  6. Algorithm For Simplified Robotic Tracking Of Weld Seams

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    Gutow, David A.; Paternoster, Vincent Y.

    1992-01-01

    Algorithm computes small cross-seam corrections to programmed path of welding robot. Intended for use with add-on vision system loosely coupled to robot, transmitting small amount of information about weld seam ahead of torch. Position of welding torch in reference frame of moving window estimated on basis of data on weld seam and speed of torch. Does not need data on position of torch, and does not transform data on seam to another reference frame.

  7. Seam tracking for laser welding with an industrial robot

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    Römer, G.R.B.E.; Amerongen, van, W.E.; Jonker, J.B.; Regtien, P.P.L.

    2001-01-01

    Because of their construction and flexibility, industrial robots are suitable to be used, with a laser source and an optical fiber, for laser welding of 3D products. However, the positioning accuracy of robots are insufficient for laser welding. Also the product and clamping tolerances are too wide for laser welding. These problems can be solved by applying sensors, which measure the location of the seam in real-time. This paper describes the integration and performance of a commercial seam t...

  8. Camera-based platform and sensor motion tracking for data fusion in a landmine detection system

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    van der Mark, Wannes; van den Heuvel, Johan C.; den Breejen, Eric; Groen, Frans C. A.

    2003-09-01

    Vehicles that serve in the role as landmine detection robots could be an important tool for demining former conflict areas. On the LOTUS platform for humanitarian demining, different sensors are used to detect a wide range of landmine types. Reliable and accurate detection depends on correctly combining the observations from the different sensors on the moving platform. Currently a method based on odometry is used to merge the readings from the sensors. In this paper a vision based approach is presented which can estimate the relative sensor pose and position together with the vehicle motion. To estimate the relative position and orientation of sensors, techniques from camera calibration are used. The platform motion is estimated from tracked features on the ground. A new approach is presented which can reduce the influence of tracking errors or other outliers on the accuracy of the ego-motion estimate. Overall, the new vision based approach for sensor localization leads to better estimates then the current odometry based method.

  9. Research status of seam tracking methods for orbital pipe welding robots

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    Sheng HU

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper first outlines the worldwide oil and gas pipeline laying situation by 2013 and industrial applications, the working characteristics and advantages of orbital pipe welding robots using the gas metal arc metal(GMAW. Then the classifications of commonly used welding seam tracking sensors are comprehensively introduced. The sensor working principles, advantages and disadvantages and the application situation in pipeline welding are analysed in details. The studies show that arc sensors and visual sensors have many advantages such as good real-time characteristic, informativeness and high tracking precision, and are most widely used in pipeline welding. Using single sensor in different process can limit the tracking precision easily, but a system with multiple sensors will greatly improve the tracking precision in oil and gas pipeline welding. A system using visual sensor and arc sensor has been used in the gas field pipeline welding in Japan and a good effect has been achieved. Finally the conclusion is drawn that suitable seam tracking sensor should be chosen according to the process features and methods, and using a variety of sensors can improve the welding seam tracking precision, which will become the focus of future researches.

  10. Developing selective mining capability for longwall shearers using thermal infrared-based seam tracking

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    Jonathon C. Ralston; Andrew D.Strange

    2013-01-01

    Longwall mining continues to remain the most efficient method for underground coal recovery.A key aspect in achieving safe and productive longwall mining is to ensure that the shearer is always correctly positioned within the coal seam.At present,this machine positioning task is the role of longwall personnel who must simultaneously monitor the longwall coal face and the shearer's cutting drum position to infer the geological trends of the coal seam.This is a labour intensive task which has negative impacts on the consistency and quality of coal production.As a solution to this problem,this paper presents a sensing method to automatically track geological coal seam features on the longwall face,known as marker bands,using thermal infrared imaging.These non-visible marker bands are geological features that link strongly to the horizontal trends present in layered coal seams.Tracking these line-like features allows the generation of a vertical datum that can be used to maintain the shearer in a position for optimal coal extraction.Details on the theory of thermal infrared imaging are given,as well as practical aspects associated with machine-based implementation underground.The feature detection and tracking tasks are given with real measurements to demonstrate the efficacy of the approach.The outcome is important as it represents a new selective mining capability to help address a long-standing limitation in longwall mining operations.

  11. Research status of seam tracking methods for orbital pipe welding robots

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    Hu, Sheng; Luo, Yu; Xiangdong JIAO; Canfeng ZHOU; Suxin HAN

    2015-01-01

    This paper first outlines the worldwide oil and gas pipeline laying situation by 2013 and industrial applications, the working characteristics and advantages of orbital pipe welding robots using the gas metal arc metal(GMAW). Then the classifications of commonly used welding seam tracking sensors are comprehensively introduced. The sensor working principles, advantages and disadvantages and the application situation in pipeline welding are analysed in details. The studies show that arc sensor...

  12. Study of image processing for V-shape groove and robotic weld seam tracking based on laser vision

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    2008-01-01

    Single-stripe laser was applied to acquire V-shape groove contour information. Most of arc light and splash noise was removed and stripe laser image was kept by wavelet transform. Half-threshold algorithm was used for image segmentation and stripe laser image was gotten after refining. Weld seam center position was identified and extracted by extreme curvature corner detection method. The location of torch was detected to accord the frequency of computer program with robot program and serial communication program. The tracking experiments of sidelong, reflex and curve weld line show that the system can meet the demand of the tracking precision under normal welding conditions.

  13. 波纹管焊缝跟踪检测技术%Tracking measurement technology for welding seam of bellows

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    段振云; 蒋卫卫; 赵文辉; 任仲伟

    2011-01-01

    In order to improve the seam quality and welding speed for bellows, an automatic welding technique with real-time tracking measurement system was presented according to the welding seam characteristics of bellows.The infrared laser sensor was used for performing the non-contact and real-time detection of welded joint center.The profile data of welding seam was transmitted by IEEE-1384 fire wire communication.Through pre-processing the data and combining with least square method, the coordinates of welding points were storaged and forecasted.Then the data was transmitted to the moving control card to control the welding gun.The experimental results show that the present tracking measurement technology for welding seam is stable and reliable, and is effective for improving the welding quality and efficiency of bellows.%为了提高波纹管焊缝的焊接质量和焊接速度,根据波纹管焊缝的特点,提出了一种实时跟踪检测波纹管焊缝的自动焊接技术.采用红外激光传感器对焊缝中心进行非接触式实时检测,通过1394火线通讯传输焊缝轮廓数据,经焊缝数据点预处理后结合最小二乘法直线拟合原理对焊点坐标进行存储与预测,再向运动控制卡发送数据控制焊枪跟踪焊接.实验结果表明,此焊缝跟踪检测技术稳定可靠,能够有效地提高波纹管的焊接质量和生产效率.

  14. Application of a seam weld tracking system for robot welding under hyperbar conditions. Einsatz eines Nahtfuehrungssystems fuer das hyperbare Schweissen mit einem Industrieroboter

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    Kober, J.; Santos, J.F. dos; Thomas-Jeromin, J.; Szelagowski, P.; Schultheiss, G.; Seeger, G.

    1989-01-01

    It is reported about first experiences with an optical weld seam tracking system under hyperbar conditions. Thus it was possible in two compression phases of 6 and 31 bar abs to safely weld, for the first time sensor-aided, root passes (weave-bead technique) which would pass the final inspection. (MM).

  15. Accuracy and Precision of a Custom Camera-Based System for 2-D and 3-D Motion Tracking during Speech and Nonspeech Motor Tasks

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    Feng, Yongqiang; Max, Ludo

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: Studying normal or disordered motor control requires accurate motion tracking of the effectors (e.g., orofacial structures). The cost of electromagnetic, optoelectronic, and ultrasound systems is prohibitive for many laboratories and limits clinical applications. For external movements (lips, jaw), video-based systems may be a viable…

  16. Study on welded seam recognition using circular laser vision sensor

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    Peiquan Xu; Xinhua Tang; Ri Na; Shun Yao

    2007-01-01

    A novel visual robotic arc welding system based on circular laser vision sensor is developed. After image de-noising, image segmentation, and image thinning, the relation of depth value of workpiece and off-axis angle γ, three-dimensional (3D) calculation, and seam tracking experiments are carried out. Finally, the error for seam tracking system is analyzed. The results show that 1) 3D information can be obtained using the proposed visual robotic arc welding system and the real-time seam tracking is realized; 2) the seam tracking error is small enough for gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) process, and this system can be used for seam location and seam tracking or seam finder.

  17. Application of laser seam tracking system in robotic welding of stainless steel thin plate%激光焊缝跟踪系统在汽车薄板机器人GTAW中的应用

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    李妍; 林涛; 陈华斌

    2012-01-01

    A high reliable laser seam tracking system for robotic welding was proposed and applied to the butt welding in the lip of stainless steel thin plate. Laser sensor is used effectively to adjust the torch position,and make the torch move forward along the seam center,which can greatly improve the welding quality. Finally the practical experiments were demonstrated that the developed system can meet the seam tracking accuracy requirements and engineering application.%根据不锈钢薄板卷边对接焊缝的特点,设计了一种具有可靠性高、能够在工业现场长期应用的机器人GTAW焊接跟踪系统.系统采用激光传感器进行初始焊位识别及焊缝跟踪,有效地调节焊枪位置的变化,使焊枪始终沿着焊缝中心前进,从而大大提高了焊接质量.试验结果表明,所设计的机器人焊缝跟踪系统能够满足焊缝跟踪的精度要求,具有实际应用价值.

  18. The integrated intelligent system for welding seam error and penetration depth identification

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    张华; 胡静; 彭绍彬; 邹春华

    2003-01-01

    A integrated intelligent system for seam tracking and penetration control is given. The system received information of welding seam error and penetration depth from only one sensor, then, it realized seam tracking and penetration control simultaneously. This paper introduces constitution of the system, methods of information recognition, design of the neural-fuzzy controller and results practically.

  19. A Robust Camera-Based Interface for Mobile Entertainment.

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    Roig-Maimó, Maria Francesca; Manresa-Yee, Cristina; Varona, Javier

    2016-01-01

    Camera-based interfaces in mobile devices are starting to be used in games and apps, but few works have evaluated them in terms of usability or user perception. Due to the changing nature of mobile contexts, this evaluation requires extensive studies to consider the full spectrum of potential users and contexts. However, previous works usually evaluate these interfaces in controlled environments such as laboratory conditions, therefore, the findings cannot be generalized to real users and real contexts. In this work, we present a robust camera-based interface for mobile entertainment. The interface detects and tracks the user's head by processing the frames provided by the mobile device's front camera, and its position is then used to interact with the mobile apps. First, we evaluate the interface as a pointing device to study its accuracy, and different factors to configure such as the gain or the device's orientation, as well as the optimal target size for the interface. Second, we present an in the wild study to evaluate the usage and the user's perception when playing a game controlled by head motion. Finally, the game is published in an application store to make it available to a large number of potential users and contexts and we register usage data. Results show the feasibility of using this robust camera-based interface for mobile entertainment in different contexts and by different people. PMID:26907288

  20. A cooperative control algorithm for camera based observational systems.

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    Young, Joseph G.

    2012-01-01

    Over the last several years, there has been considerable growth in camera based observation systems for a variety of safety, scientific, and recreational applications. In order to improve the effectiveness of these systems, we frequently desire the ability to increase the number of observed objects, but solving this problem is not as simple as adding more cameras. Quite often, there are economic or physical restrictions that prevent us from adding additional cameras to the system. As a result, we require methods that coordinate the tracking of objects between multiple cameras in an optimal way. In order to accomplish this goal, we present a new cooperative control algorithm for a camera based observational system. Specifically, we present a receding horizon control where we model the underlying optimal control problem as a mixed integer linear program. The benefit of this design is that we can coordinate the actions between each camera while simultaneously respecting its kinematics. In addition, we further improve the quality of our solution by coupling our algorithm with a Kalman filter. Through this integration, we not only add a predictive component to our control, but we use the uncertainty estimates provided by the filter to encourage the system to periodically observe any outliers in the observed area. This combined approach allows us to intelligently observe the entire region of interest in an effective and thorough manner.

  1. Research of welding seam tracking system using laser vision and double queues%双队列控制的激光视觉焊缝跟踪系统研究

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    王秀平; 白瑞林

    2015-01-01

    设计与实现了一套激光视觉引导的焊缝自动跟踪系统,包括系统的整体硬件构成和关键算法。在工业机器人末端安装激光视觉传感器构成焊缝跟踪系统的硬件部分。采用小波变换滤除焊缝图像噪声,采用改进的Steger算法和Hough变换方法提取激光条纹中心直线,进一步提取出焊缝位置。提出一种双队列控制策略,在采集的焊缝特征点的基础上进一步插值,从而实现激光视觉引导的焊缝自动与平滑跟踪。实验结果表明,该系统具有较好的跟踪精度,能满足工业实际需求。%It designs and realizes a set of laser vision guided automatic seam tracking system, including overall system structure and key algorithms. A laser vision sensor is installed at the end of an industrial robot. Wavelet transform is used to filter image noise and improved Steger algorithm and Hough transform method are applied to extract the laser stripe center line. Then the position of welding seam is located. A strategy of dual queues is put forward to control the move-ment of the manipulator, and a series of intermediate points among welding points are obtained by interpolation, so as to realize the automatic and smooth tracking of weld laser visual guide. The experimental results show the system has good tracking accuracy and can meet the industrial requirement.

  2. 线结构光视觉传感器二维机器人焊缝跟踪系统%2-D Robot seam tracking system based on structured-light visual sensor

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    林嘉睿; 吴斌; 高鹏; 叶声华

    2009-01-01

    提出了一种基于线结构光视觉传感器示教及纠偏的二维机器人焊缝跟踪方法.利用简单快速的系统标定,视觉传感器分别对焊缝上示教特征点和实际特征点坐标进行测量记录,同时采用模板匹配进行图像处理,测出它们之间的偏差,ABB机器人根据得到的偏差实时调整焊枪位置,从而实现自动跟踪.利用线结构光视觉传感器和ABB机器人设计了实验系统,对所提的方法进行了验证.%A method for 2-D robot seam tracking based on structured-light visual sensor is presented which combines visual teaching and correcting. The visual sensor is used to measure and record the coor-dinates of the teaching points and real points on the seam by template matching,then the deviations be-tween teaching path and real path can be figured out. According to the deviations,the ABB robot can ad-just the position of welding gun automatically to realize the real-time tracking. At last,an experimental system that consists of the structured-light visual sensor and ABB robot has been designed,and the ex-perimental results prove that this method is available.

  3. Camera Based Navigation System with Augmented Reality

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    M. Marcu

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays smart mobile devices have enough processing power, memory, storage and always connected wireless communication bandwidth that makes them available for any type of application. Augmented reality (AR proposes a new type of applications that tries to enhance the real world by superimposing or combining virtual objects or computer generated information with it. In this paper we present a camera based navigation system with augmented reality integration. The proposed system aims to the following: the user points the camera of the smartphone towards a point of interest, like a building or any other place, and the application searches for relevant information about that specific place and superimposes the data over the video feed on the display. When the user moves the camera away, changing its orientation, the data changes as well, in real-time, with the proper information about the place that is now in the camera view.

  4. Gamma camera based FDG PET in oncology

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    Positron Emission Tomography(PET) was introduced as a research tool in the 1970s and it took about 20 years before PET became an useful clinical imaging modality. In the USA, insurance coverage for PET procedures in the 1990s was the turning point, I believe, for this progress. Initially PET was used in neurology but recently more than 80% of PET procedures are in oncological applications. I firmly believe, in the 21st century, one can not manage cancer patients properly without PET and PET is very important medical imaging modality in basic and clinical sciences. PET is grouped into 2 categories; conventional (c) and gamma camera based (CB) PET. CBPET is more readily available utilizing dual-head gamma cameras and commercially available FDG to many medical centers at low cost to patients. In fact there are more CBPET in operation than cPET in the USA. CBPET is inferior to cPET in its performance but clinical studies in oncology is feasible without expensive infrastructures such as staffing, rooms and equipments. At Ajou university Hospital, CBPET was installed in late 1997 for the first time in Korea as well as in Asia and the system has been used successfully and effectively in oncological applications. Our was the fourth PET operation in Korea and I believe this may have been instrumental for other institutions got interested in clinical PET. The following is a brief description of our clinical experience of FDG CBPET in oncology

  5. Laser Seam welding method

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    The present invention provides a laser seam welding method for welding spacers to be used in nuclear fuel assemblies at a stable quality. Namely, the laser seam welding method comprises irradiating, while moving, laser beams to a portion to be welded. In this case, data of the shapes and characteristics of the portion to be welded are inputted to restrict the range of the welding of the portion to be welded. The power, moving speed, distance to a focal point and energy of the laser beams are controlled in the midway of the range for the welding. Then, a welding nugget having a shape defined to a portion to be welded can be formed thereby enabling to keep the portion to be welded to stable quality. As a result, failed welding can be eliminated, and strength of joint can be guaranteed. In addition, auxiliary products of portions to be welded, for example, springs are not failed by laser beams. As a result, satisfactory spacers can be provided. (I.S.)

  6. Seam 2 Web Development LITE

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    Salter, David

    2011-01-01

    Packed with illustrations and examples, this book will make the task of improving your Seam application simple and straightforward. This book is for Java EE application developers who have a Seam web application set up and ready to go, and are looking for information on the key areas of Seam that this book covers. You will need a basic understanding of Java EE and also to be aware of EJB3, although you do not need to know it in any detail. Experience with JBoss AS would be great, but all you really need is to be comfortable using any application server. Knowledge of AJAX and JavaScript would a

  7. A CMOS Camera-Based Pulse Oximetry Imaging System

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    Humphries, K.; Ward, T.; Markham, C.

    2005-01-01

    In this paper a CMOS camera-based system for non-contact pulse oximetry imaging in transmission mode is described. Attention is drawn to the current uses of conventional pulse oximetry and the potential application of pulse oximetry imaging to developing objective wound assessment systems

  8. Mouse Control using a Web Camera based on Colour Detection

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    2014-01-01

    In this paper we present an approach for Human computer Interaction (HCI), where we have tried to control the mouse cursor movement and click events of the mouse using hand gestures. Hand gestures were acquired using a camera based on colour detection technique. This method mainly focuses on the use of a Web Camera to develop a virtual human computer interaction device in a cost effective manner.

  9. A Bionic Camera-Based Polarization Navigation Sensor

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    Daobin Wang; Huawei Liang; Hui Zhu; Shuai Zhang

    2014-01-01

    Navigation and positioning technology is closely related to our routine life activities, from travel to aerospace. Recently it has been found that Cataglyphis (a kind of desert ant) is able to detect the polarization direction of skylight and navigate according to this information. This paper presents a real-time bionic camera-based polarization navigation sensor. This sensor has two work modes: one is a single-point measurement mode and the other is a multi-point measurement mode. An indoor ...

  10. Petrologic and geochemical characteristics of Seam 9-3 and Seam 2, Xingtai Coalfield, Northern China

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    Sun, Yuzhuang [Hebei Institute of Architectural Science and Technology, Hebei, 056038 Handan (China); Puettmann, W. [Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt, FB 17 Geowissenschaften-Umweltanalytik, Georg-Voigt-Str. 14, D-60054 Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Kalkreuth, W. [Instituto de Geociencias, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av. Benito Goncalves, 9500, 91501-970 , Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre (Brazil); Horsfield, B. [ICG-4, Forschungszentrum Juelich, Juelich (Germany)

    2002-04-01

    Six samples of Carboniferous (Mississippian-Pennsylvanian) coal (Seam 9-3) and 11 samples of Permian coal (Seam 2) from the Xingtai Coalfield were studied by petrological and organic geochemical methods. Both seams show different petrological and geochemical compositions. In Seam 9-3 of the Carboniferous age, the predominant maceral is vitrinite (83%) whereas in Seam 2 of Permian age, inertinite predominates (45%). 'Barkinite' was found with an average content 1% only in Seam 2. Sixty-four different aromatic compounds were identified by gas chromatography (GC)/mass spectrometry (MS) analysis of solvent extracts (Extr) of both seams. Abundant polyaromatic sulfur hydrocarbons (PASH) were determined in coal samples from Seam 9-3, while they are very low in samples from Seam 2. 1,2,5-Trimethylnaphthalene and 1,2,5,6-tetramethylnaphthalene contents are much higher in Seam 2, while 2-methylfluorene contents are higher in Seam 9-3. Cadalene was found in Seam 2 with a high content of 94 mg/kg coal but was not detected in samples from Seam 9-3. This might indicate a different floral contribution to the sedimentary organic matter. All petrologic and geochemical results indicate that Seam 2 formed in a more oxidized environment compared with Seam 9-3.

  11. IMRT verification with a camera-based electronic portal imaging system

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    An evaluation of the capabilities of a commercially available camera-based electronic portal imaging system for intensity-modulated radiotherapy verification is presented. Two modifications to the system are demonstrated which use a novel method to tag each image acquired with the delivered dose measured by the linac monitor chamber and reduce optical cross-talk in the imager. A detailed performance assessment is presented, including measurements of the optical decay characteristics of the system. The overall geometric accuracy of the system is determined to be ±2.0 mm, with a dosimetric accuracy of ±1.25 MU. Finally a clinical breast IMRT treatment, delivered by dynamic multileaf collimation, is successfully verified both by tracking the position of each leaf during beam delivery and recording the integrated intensity observed over the entire beam. (author)

  12. Distributed Seams for Gigapixel Panoramas.

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    Philip, Sujin; Summa, Brian; Tierny, Julien; Bremer, Peer-Timo; Pascucci, Valerio

    2015-03-01

    Gigapixel panoramas are an increasingly popular digital image application. They are often created as a mosaic of many smaller images. The mosaic acquisition can take many hours causing the individual images to differ in exposure and lighting conditions. A blending operation is often necessary to give the appearance of a seamless image. The blending quality depends on the magnitude of discontinuity along the image boundaries. Often, new boundaries, or seams, are first computed that minimize this transition. Current techniques based on multi-labeling Graph Cuts are too slow and memory intensive for gigapixel sized panoramas. In this paper, we present a parallel, out-of-core seam computing technique that is fast, has small memory footprint, and is capable of running efficiently on different types of parallel systems. Its maximum memory usage is configurable, in the form of a cache, which can improve performance by reducing redundant disk I/O and computations. It shows near-perfect scaling on symmetric multiprocessing systems and good scaling on clusters and distributed shared memory systems. Our technique improves the time required to compute seams for gigapixel imagery from many hours (or even days) to just a few minutes, while still producing boundaries with energy that is on-par with Graph Cuts. PMID:26357067

  13. Spectral Camera based on Ghost Imaging via Sparsity Constraints.

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    Liu, Zhentao; Tan, Shiyu; Wu, Jianrong; Li, Enrong; Shen, Xia; Han, Shensheng

    2016-01-01

    The image information acquisition ability of a conventional camera is usually much lower than the Shannon Limit since it does not make use of the correlation between pixels of image data. Applying a random phase modulator to code the spectral images and combining with compressive sensing (CS) theory, a spectral camera based on true thermal light ghost imaging via sparsity constraints (GISC spectral camera) is proposed and demonstrated experimentally. GISC spectral camera can acquire the information at a rate significantly below the Nyquist rate, and the resolution of the cells in the three-dimensional (3D) spectral images data-cube can be achieved with a two-dimensional (2D) detector in a single exposure. For the first time, GISC spectral camera opens the way of approaching the Shannon Limit determined by Information Theory in optical imaging instruments. PMID:27180619

  14. Spectral Camera based on Ghost Imaging via Sparsity Constraints

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    Liu, Zhentao; Tan, Shiyu; Wu, Jianrong; Li, Enrong; Shen, Xia; Han, Shensheng

    2016-05-01

    The image information acquisition ability of a conventional camera is usually much lower than the Shannon Limit since it does not make use of the correlation between pixels of image data. Applying a random phase modulator to code the spectral images and combining with compressive sensing (CS) theory, a spectral camera based on true thermal light ghost imaging via sparsity constraints (GISC spectral camera) is proposed and demonstrated experimentally. GISC spectral camera can acquire the information at a rate significantly below the Nyquist rate, and the resolution of the cells in the three-dimensional (3D) spectral images data-cube can be achieved with a two-dimensional (2D) detector in a single exposure. For the first time, GISC spectral camera opens the way of approaching the Shannon Limit determined by Information Theory in optical imaging instruments.

  15. Spectral Camera based on Ghost Imaging via Sparsity Constraints

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    Liu, Zhentao; Tan, Shiyu; Wu, Jianrong; Li, Enrong; Shen, Xia; Han, Shensheng

    2016-01-01

    The image information acquisition ability of a conventional camera is usually much lower than the Shannon Limit since it does not make use of the correlation between pixels of image data. Applying a random phase modulator to code the spectral images and combining with compressive sensing (CS) theory, a spectral camera based on true thermal light ghost imaging via sparsity constraints (GISC spectral camera) is proposed and demonstrated experimentally. GISC spectral camera can acquire the information at a rate significantly below the Nyquist rate, and the resolution of the cells in the three-dimensional (3D) spectral images data-cube can be achieved with a two-dimensional (2D) detector in a single exposure. For the first time, GISC spectral camera opens the way of approaching the Shannon Limit determined by Information Theory in optical imaging instruments. PMID:27180619

  16. Noninvasive particle sizing using camera-based diffuse reflectance spectroscopy

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    Abildgaard, Otto Højager Attermann; Frisvad, Jeppe Revall; Falster, Viggo;

    2016-01-01

    Diffuse reflectance measurements are useful for noninvasive inspection of optical properties such as reduced scattering and absorption coefficients. Spectroscopic analysis of these optical properties can be used for particle sizing. Systems based on optical fiber probes are commonly employed, but...... their low spatial resolution limits their validity ranges for the coefficients. To cover a wider range of coefficients, we use camera-based spectroscopic oblique incidence reflectometry. We develop a noninvasive technique for acquisition of apparent particle size distributions based on this approach....... Our technique is validated using stable oil-in-water emulsions with a wide range of known particle size distributions. We also measure the apparent particle size distributions of complex dairy products. These results show that our tool, in contrast to those based on fiber probes, can deal with a range...

  17. Setup of precise camera based solar tracker systems and greenhouse gas measurements using a modified portable spectrometer

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    Gisi, Michael

    2012-01-01

    Methods for correcting errors in solar absorption FTIR spectroscopy using the Sun as the light source were developed. A novel camera-based solar tracker is presented, providing robust tracking accuracies better than 30 arc sec. A method for correcting mis-sampling artifacts in the interferograms is shown. A portable and robust low-resolution FTIR spectrometer was developed for measuring total column CO2 values. An agreement of 0.1% was reached compared to a co-located TCCON reference instrument.

  18. Geomorphology of coal seam fires

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    Kuenzer, Claudia; Stracher, Glenn B.

    2012-02-01

    Coal fires occur in underground natural coal seams, in exposed surface seams, and in coal storage or waste piles. The fires ignite through spontaneous combustion or natural or anthropogenic causes. They are reported from China, India, USA, South Africa, Australia, and Russia, as well as many other countries. Coal fires lead to loss of a valuable resource (coal), the emission of greenhouse-relevant and toxic gases, and vegetation deterioration. A dangerous aspect of the fires is the threat to local mines, industries, and settlements through the volume loss underground. Surface collapse in coal fire areas is common. Thus, coal fires are significantly affecting the evolution of the landscape. Based on more than a decade of experience with in situ mapping of coal fire areas worldwide, a general classification system for coal fires is presented. Furthermore, coal seam fire geomorphology is explained in detail. The major landforms associated with, and induced by, these fires are presented. The landforms include manifestations resulting from bedrock surface fracturing, such as fissures, cracks, funnels, vents, and sponges. Further manifestations resulting from surface bedrock subsidence include sinkholes, trenches, depressions, partial surface subsidence, large surface subsidence, and slides. Additional geomorphologic coal fire manifestations include exposed ash layers, pyrometamorphic rocks, and fumarolic minerals. The origin, evolution, and possible future development of these features are explained, and examples from in situ surveys, as well as from high-resolution satellite data analyses, are presented. The geomorphology of coal fires has not been presented in a systematic manner. Knowledge of coal fire geomorphology enables the detection of underground coal fires based on distinct surface manifestations. Furthermore, it allows judgments about the safety of coal fire-affected terrain. Additionally, geomorphologic features are indicators of the burning stage of fires

  19. Is coal seam gas polluting groundwater?

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    Landholders are adamant that coal seam gas is contaminating their groundwater, but natural geological processes make their accusations difficult to prove. Now science is starting to fill in the cracks.

  20. CAMERA-BASED SOFTWARE IN REHABILITATION/THERAPY INTERVENTION (extended)

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    Brooks, Anthony Lewis

    2014-01-01

    on specific hardware. Adaptable means that human tracking and created artefact interaction in the camera field of view is relatively easily changed as one desires via a user-friendly GUI. The significance of having both available for contemporary intervention is argued. Conclusions are that the mature, robust......, and accessible software EyeCon is a potent and significant user-friendly tool in the field of rehabilitation/therapy and warrants wider exploration....

  1. CAMERA-BASED SOFTWARE IN REHABILITATION/THERAPY INTERVENTION

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    Brooks, Anthony Lewis

    2014-01-01

    on specific hardware. Adaptable means that human tracking and created artefact interaction in the camera field of view is relatively easily changed as one desires via a user-friendly GUI. The significance of having both available for contemporary intervention is argued. Conclusions are that the mature, robust......, and accessible software EyeCon is a potent and significant tool in the field of rehabilitation/therapy and warrants wider exploration....

  2. Camera-based platform and sensor motion tracking for data fusion in a landmine detection system

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    Mark, W. van der; Heuvel, J.C. van den; Breejen, E. den; Groen, F.C.A.

    2003-01-01

    Vehicles that serve in the role as landmine detection robots could be an important tool for demining former conflict areas. On the LOTUS platform for humanitarian demining, different sensors are used to detect a wide range of landmine types. Reliable and accurate detection depends on correctly combi

  3. Spectrally-Tunable Infrared Camera Based on Highly-Sensitive Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to develop a SPECTRALLY-TUNABLE INFRARED CAMERA based on quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal plane array (FPA) technology. This will build...

  4. Video-Camera-Based Position-Measuring System

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    Lane, John; Immer, Christopher; Brink, Jeffrey; Youngquist, Robert

    2005-01-01

    A prototype optoelectronic system measures the three-dimensional relative coordinates of objects of interest or of targets affixed to objects of interest in a workspace. The system includes a charge-coupled-device video camera mounted in a known position and orientation in the workspace, a frame grabber, and a personal computer running image-data-processing software. Relative to conventional optical surveying equipment, this system can be built and operated at much lower cost; however, it is less accurate. It is also much easier to operate than are conventional instrumentation systems. In addition, there is no need to establish a coordinate system through cooperative action by a team of surveyors. The system operates in real time at around 30 frames per second (limited mostly by the frame rate of the camera). It continuously tracks targets as long as they remain in the field of the camera. In this respect, it emulates more expensive, elaborate laser tracking equipment that costs of the order of 100 times as much. Unlike laser tracking equipment, this system does not pose a hazard of laser exposure. Images acquired by the camera are digitized and processed to extract all valid targets in the field of view. The three-dimensional coordinates (x, y, and z) of each target are computed from the pixel coordinates of the targets in the images to accuracy of the order of millimeters over distances of the orders of meters. The system was originally intended specifically for real-time position measurement of payload transfers from payload canisters into the payload bay of the Space Shuttle Orbiters (see Figure 1). The system may be easily adapted to other applications that involve similar coordinate-measuring requirements. Examples of such applications include manufacturing, construction, preliminary approximate land surveying, and aerial surveying. For some applications with rectangular symmetry, it is feasible and desirable to attach a target composed of black and white

  5. Controlling Effects of Surrounding Rock to Coal Seam Gas Occurrence

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    Laibin Wang; Shiwen Zhang; Jinshan Shen; Zhongwen Zhang; Xiaotong Yang

    2013-01-01

    Surrounding rock of coal seam was one of the important factors to gas occurrence. The coal seam gas occurrence was studied by the index of roof strata thickness or sand content rate; we found that there were certain shortcomings. In order to reasonably evaluate the influence of coal seam surrounding rock on gas occurrence in Panji mining area, we quantitatively evaluated the effect of coal seam surrounding rock on gas occurrence by influence coefficient of roof strata thickness, and built si...

  6. Applied on bolting-cable anchor support of full-seam roadway in weaker thick coal seam

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    赵庆彪; 张生华; 郭励生

    2003-01-01

    The designing method and the supporting mechanism of both bolt and small cable anchor for full-seam roadway in the weaker thick coal seam are systematically analyzed, and the construction technology and the supporting results are briefly summarized.

  7. Development of a stereo-laser-profile-system for the optical inspection of welding seams

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    Ekkel, T.; Meyer, A. M.; T. Luhmann; H. Hastedt; F. Bethmann

    2013-01-01

    This research project focuses on the development of an optical 3D measuring system that enables high accurate surface measurements of welding seams in order to detect impurities. The systems concept is based on a stereo camera system in conjunction with a projecting line laser. A second camera system is used as tracking or positioning component to obtain the position of the measuring systems in object space. The complete stereo laser-profile system will be used as a hand-held system....

  8. On the quantitative determination of coal seam thickness by means of In-Seam Seismic Surveys

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    Schott, W.; Waclawik, Petr

    Vol. 5. Ostrava: Ústav geoniky AV ČR, 2014 - (Koníček, P.; Souček, K.; Heroldová, N.). s. 47-48 ISBN 978-80-86407-49-4. [5th International Colloquium on Geomechanics and Geophysics. 24.06.2014-27.06.2014, Ostravice, Karolínka] Institutional support: RVO:68145535 Keywords : In-Seam Seismic (ISS) * coal seam thickness * wave guide * dispersion Subject RIV: DH - Mining, incl. Coal Mining

  9. Seam tracking for laser welding with an industrial robot

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    Römer, G.R.B.E.; Amerongen, van J.; Jonker, J.B.; Regtien, P.P.L.

    2001-01-01

    Because of their construction and flexibility, industrial robots are suitable to be used, with a laser source and an optical fiber, for laser welding of 3D products. However, the positioning accuracy of robots are insufficient for laser welding. Also the product and clamping tolerances are too wide

  10. Friction assisted solid state lap seam welding and additive manufacturing method

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    Prasad Rao KALVALA; Javed AKRAM; Mano MISRA

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes results of seam welding of relatively high temperature melting materials, AISI 304, C-Mn steels, Ni-based alloys, CP Cu, CP Ni, Ti6Al4V and relatively low temperature melting material, AA6061. It describes the seam welding of multi-layered similar and dissimilar metallic sheets. The method described and involved advancing a rotating non-consumable rod (CP Mo or AISI 304) toward the upper sheet of a metallic stack clamped under pressure. As soon as the distal end of the rod touched the top portion of the upper metallic sheet, an axial force was applied. After an initial dwell time, the metallic stack moved horizontally relative to the stationery non-consumable rod by a desired length, thereby forming a metallurgical bond between the metallic sheets. Multi-track and multi-metal seam welds of high temperature metallic sheets, AISI 304, C-Mn steel, Nickel-based alloys, Cp Cu, Ti6Al4V and low temperature metallic sheets, AA6061 were obtained. Optical and scanning electron microscopy examination and 180 degree U-bend test indicated that defect free seam welds could be obtained with this method. Tensile-shear testing showed that the seam welds of AISI 304, C-Mn steel, Nickel-based alloy were stronger than the starting base metal counterparts while AA6061 was weaker due to softening. The metallurgical bonding at the interface between the metallic sheets was attributed to localized stick and slip at the interface, dynamic recrystallization and diffusion. The method developed can be used as a means of welding, cladding and additive manufacturing.

  11. Coal seam gas and the atmosphere

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    Specified world coal resources grow with progressing exploration. A present figure would exceed 12Tt. The gases generated by continuing metamorphism of coal continuously penetrate overlying strata to escape into the atmosphere. Mining intercepts some of these gases which mix with return ventilation air, or in part may be conducted or sucked to the surface. In Australia, seam gas drainage is new and less than 20% of underground mined coal has concurrent drainage. The fairly recent contact metamorphism of many Australian coal measures has caused displacement of some of the CH4 by C02, thus reducing the local applicability of seam gas drainage with utilisation based on purity of CH4 and flammability. Both the totals to date of CH4 (2.5Pm3) and CO2(3.3Pm3) produced from coal resources and their annual additions (40Mm3 and 24Mm3 respectively) appear to be quite insignificant in total atmospheric volumes. The gases released annually in return airs are estimated at 37Gm3 of CH4 and 5Gm3 of C02, with an esimtated 3Gm3 of CH4 drained. Seam gas drainage is encouraged, aiming to replace CH4 by CO2 whilst recovering significant energy; even combustion of CH4 in mine return airs is considered, with possible energy and environment benefit. 14 refs., 1 tab., 3 figs

  12. On the quantitative determination of coal seam thickness by means of in-seam seismic surveys

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    Schott, W.; Waclawik, Petr

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 52, č. 10 (2015), s. 1496-1504. ISSN 0008-3674. [International Colloquium on Geomechanics and Geophysics /5./. Karolinka, 25.06.2014-27.06.2014] R&D Projects: GA MŠk ED2.1.00/03.0082; GA MŠk(CZ) LO1406 Institutional support: RVO:68145535 Keywords : in-seam seismic (ISS) * ISS wave * Love wave * coal seam thickness * dispersion Subject RIV: DH - Mining , incl. Coal Mining Impact factor: 1.332, year: 2014 http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/full/10.1139/cgj-2014-0466#.VgqE1Zc70mt

  13. Stress transfer between multi-seam longwall mines

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    Ganguli, Rajive

    1995-01-01

    The future of most underground coal mining in the USA will entail the extraction of coal under multi-seam mining conditions. Mine design in such an environment will require the accurate prediction of stress transfer between adjacent seams. The available knowledge on criteria controlling stress transfer has been exhaustively reviewed and critical factors affecting multi-seam mining investigated. Young's Moduli of rock layers, thickness of rock layers, number of these layers a...

  14. Numerical Simulation Study on the Coal Seam Pulse Water Infusion

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    Meng Junqing; Zhao Bi; Ma Yechao

    2014-01-01

    In the process of coal seam pulse water infusion, liquid-solid coupling effect exists in coal seam between the stress field and seepage field. Based on the basic principle of liquid-solid coupling, the dynamic liquid-solid coupling effect of stress and seepage field during coal seam pulse water infusion is simulated through secondary development of ABAQUS software, during this process the mathematical model of the strain accumulation model due to the periodic ...

  15. A BINARIZATION TECHNIQUE FOR EXTRACTION OF DEVANAGARI TEXT FROM CAMERA BASED IMAGES

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    Rajesh K. Bawa

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a binarization method for camera based natural scene (NS images based on edge analysis and morphological dilation. Image is converted to grey scale image and edge detection is carried out using canny edge detection. The edge image is dilated using morphological dilation and analyzed to remove edges corresponding to non-text regions. The image is binarized using mean and standard deviation of edge pixels. Post processing of resulting images is done to fill gaps and to smooth text strokes. The algorithm is tested on a variety of NS images captured using a digital camera under variable resolutions, lightening conditions having text of different fonts, styles and backgrounds. The results are compared with other standard techniques. The method is fast and works well for camera based natural scene images.

  16. Cryogenic Testing of Different Seam Concepts for Multilayer Insulation Systems

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    Johnson, Wesley L.; Fesmire, J. E.

    2009-01-01

    Recent testing in a cylindrical, comparative cryostat at the Cryogenics Test Laboratory has focused on various seam concepts for multilayer insulation systems. Three main types of seams were investigated: straight overlap, fold-over, and roll wrapped. Each blanket was comprised of 40 layer pairs of reflector and spacer materials. The total thickness was approximately 12.5-mm, giving an average layer density of 32 layers per centimeter. The blankets were tested at high vacuum, soft vacuum, and no vacuum using liquid nitrogen to maintain the cold boundary temperature at 77 K. Test results show that all three seam concepts are all close in thermal performance; however the fold-over method provides the lowest heat flux. For the first series of tests, seams were located 120 degrees around the circumference of the cryostat from the previous seam. This technique appears to have lessened the degradation of the blanket due to the seams. In a follow-on test, a 20 layer blanket was tested in a roll wrapped configuration and then cut down the side of the cylinder, taped together, and re-tested. This test result shows the thermal performance impact of having the seams all in one location versus having the seams clocked around the vessel. This experimental investigation indicates that the method of joining the seams in multilayer insulation systems is not as critical as the quality of the installation process.

  17. 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...

  18. Systematic solutions for thick seam mining

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    Zitz, A.

    1986-06-01

    Room and pillar method and rib pillar extraction in thick seams are analysed for non European coal mining and available equipment, the resulting weaknesses are shown - The analysis forms the basis for the development of the model of an integrated machinery system, consisting of excavating machine, continuous transport system and fully mechanised mobile support. Because the continuous conveyor system still remains to be put to underground tests, comprehensive results from applications of other system components only are available. They are the basis for improvement and source of efficiency improvement of the mentioned mining methods. (orig./MOS). With 21 figs.

  19. A quality problem in seam welds in aluminum extrusion

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    M.S. Keskin

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Seam welds occur during the hollow profile extrusion; the billet’s material is divided into separate metal streams by the bridges of the die which support a mandrel, and then these metal streams are welded in welding chamber behind the bridges. When the desired conditions have not been provided, the required quality in seam welds may not occur. One of the possible reasons for this situation is a poor metal feed. In this study, an insufficient pressure problem occurring in seam welds on an aluminum extrusion profile section is investigated.Design/methodology/approach: The study was realized on a hollow extrusion profile type which has seam weld zones. The experimental profile was produced by a real extrusion press which has a capacity of 1460 tones.Findings: The poor metal feed occurring on specimen is shown by microstructural pictures. Microstructure of the main region has a homogenous appearance. In the microstructure, containing seam weld region, only a slight change was observed in seam weld region. However, there was no significant change in near of seam weld regions. This points out that there has been no metallurgical problem. Therefore, the problem is an insufficient pressure problem and this caused poor metal feeding. In the other hand, micro hardness tests are realized on seam weld region, main region and defective region’s surround of specimen’s section. After the micro hardness tests important differences are shown among these regions’ strength. Hardness values of seam weld region were lower than the main material’s hardness values, but higher than the defective region’s.Practical implications: In application, seam welds occur on hollow profiles produced by aluminum extrusion.Originality/value: As a result, this study shows a quality problem in seam welds in aluminum extrusion.

  20. Influences Determining European Coal Seam Gas Deliverability

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    Clark, G.

    2009-04-01

    Technically the coal basins of Europe have generated significant Gas In Place figures that has historically generated investor's interest in the development of this potential coal seam gas (CSG) resource. In the early 1980's, a wave of international, principally American, companies arrived, established themselves, drilled and then left with a poor record of success and disappointed investors. Recently a second wave of investment started after 2002, with the smaller companies leading the charge but have the lesson been learned from the past failures? To select a CSG investment project the common European approach has been to: 1. Find an old mining region; 2. Look to see if it had a coal mine methane gas problem; 3. Look for the non-mined coal seams; and 4. Peg the land. This method is perhaps the reason why the history of CSG exploration in Europe is such a disappointment as generally the coal mining regions of Europe do not have commercial CSG reservoir attributes. As a result, investors and governments have lost confidence that CSG will be a commercial success in Europe. New European specific principles for the determination of commercial CSG prospects have had to be delineated that allow for the selection of coal basins that have a strong technical case for deliverability. This will result in the return of investor confidence.

  1. SEAM PUCKERING EVALUATION METHOD FOR SEWING PROCESS

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    BRAD Raluca

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents an automated method for the assessment and classification of puckering defects detected during the preproduction control stage of the sewing machine or product inspection. In this respect, we have presented the possible causes and remedies of the wrinkle nonconformities. Subjective factors related to the control environment and operators during the seams evaluation can be reduced using an automated system whose operation is based on image processing. Our implementation involves spectral image analysis using Fourier transform and an unsupervised neural network, the Kohonen Map, employed to classify material specimens, the input images, into five discrete degrees of quality, from grade 5 (best to grade 1 (the worst. The puckering features presented in the learning and test images have been pre-classified using the seam puckering quality standard. The network training stage will consist in presenting five input vectors (derived from the down-sampled arrays, representing the puckering grades. The puckering classification consists in providing an input vector derived from the image supposed to be classified. A scalar product between the input values vectors and the weighted training images is computed. The result will be assigned to one of the five classes of which the input image belongs. Using the Kohonen network the puckering defects were correctly classified in proportion of 71.42%.

  2. Filter properties of seam material from paved urban soils

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    T. Nehls

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available We studied pavement seam material. This is the soil substrate in joints of pervious pavements in urban areas. It is mostly 1 cm thick and develops from the original seam filling by depositions of all kinds of urban residues, including anthropogenic organic substances. It was investigated, how this unique form of organic matter influences the filter properties of seam material and how the seam material influences heavy metal transport through the pavement. The seam material is characterised by a darker munsell colour, higher organic carbon content, higher surface areas, higher cation exchange capacities, but a lower fraction of high adsorption energy sites compared to the original seam filling. The deposited anthropogenic organic matter itself could be characterised as particulate and non-polar. Compared to natural soils, it has a small surface area and a low surface charge density resulting in a small cation exchange capacity of only 75 cmol(+ kg−1C. The seam material shows stronger sorption of Pb and Cd compared to the original construction sand. The retardation capacity of seam material towards Pb is similar, towards Cd it is much smaller compared to natural soils. The simulated long term displacement scenarios for a street in Berlin do not indicate an acute contamination risk for Pb. For Cd the infiltration from ponds can lead to a displacement of Cd during only one decade.

  3. Nondestructive technique for assessing field seam quality of prefabricated geomembranes

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    Research was conducted to test various nondestructive testing (NDT) methods that are or can be used to assess the quality of field seams in synthetic geomembranes. The objective of the work was to find a universally applicable technique and demonstrate its capabilities for field use on actual field seams. The research was conducted in two phases: laboratory investigations and a field demonstration. Sixteen different geomembane materials were considered with assorted seam defects including sand inclusions, gas bubbles, and masking tape spots. One technique, ultrasonic impedance plane analysis (UIP), was found to work on nearly all of the seams studied, including seams made from materials with woven scrim reinforcement. The UIP technique was demonstrated under simulated field conditions on a variey of materials. Conventional pulse-echo ultrasonic testing (UT) was found to be applicable to most of the nonreinforced materials. 7 figures

  4. The geomechanics of gas recovery from coal seams

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    Klimov, D. M.; Karev, V. I.; Kovalenko, Yu. F.

    2015-05-01

    A new approach for the creation of scientific foundations for effective and environmentally safe recovery of methane from coal seams is proposed. A virgin coal seam possesses very low permeability. Free gas is contained in isolated microscopic pores and cracks of the coal seam under a pressure close to the rock pressure. An oriented system of cracks, which forms a coupled system of filtration channels, can be formed by means of directed unloading of the rock pressure from the seam due to expanding gas energy. The parameters of the manufacturing effect on the seam are determined based on physical modeling of actual mechanical and filtration processes using the experimental installation of truly three-axial loading and mathematical modeling.

  5. Camera Based Closed Loop Control for Partial Penetration Welding of Overlap Joints

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    Abt, F.; Heider, A.; Weber, R.; Graf, T.; Blug, A.; Carl, D.; Höfler, H.; Nicolosi, L.; Tetzlaff, R.

    Welding of overlap joints with partial penetration in automotive applications is a challenging process, since the laser power must be set very precisely to achieve a proper connection between the two joining partners without damaging the backside of the sheet stack. Even minor changes in welding conditions can lead to bad results. To overcome this problem a camera based closed loop control for partial penetration welding of overlap joints was developed. With this closed loop control it is possible to weld such configurations with a stable process result even under changing welding conditions.

  6. Grooving corrosion of seam welded oil pipelines

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    Mohamed Hanafy El-Sayed

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available 24” pipeline carrying oil was failed in the form of longitudinal crack at the 6 O’clock position resulting in oil spill. The failed pipe was investigated to reveal the main cause of its failure. The procedure of investigation was built on studying the intact pipe, rupture area, parent material, and intact weld. Results of chemical analysis, mechanical properties, and microstructure of the pipe material were confirmed with the specified standard. Cracks were originated from weld defected sites, initiated by grooving corrosion, propagated by inertia at the normal designed pressure condition, and stopped when stress relief is attained. It is recommended to use high quality ERW pipe, with its seam weld line positioned around the 12 O’clock during installation, to minimize and decelerate grooving corrosion. It is also important to perform regular or routine inspection, on suitable intervals, determined by past experience.

  7. Design guidelines for multi-seam mining at Elliot Lake

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    With the current expansion in uranium mining, multi-seam mining could again be practised at Elliot Lake as it was in the 1960s. Information on the dimensions of stopes, pillars, and parting zone was gathered from plans and sections of the relevant closed mines. Discussions were held with personnel familiar with these mines to establish instances of pillar, roof, and parting zone failures. Design guidelines are formulated for stope and pillar dimensions in multi-seam mining for a range of orebody configurations using past practice in a back-analysis approach. Constraints imposed by dip and seam thickness on the choice of equipment and mining layout are evaluated. An attempt is made to bring together the engineering aspects, including rock mechanics, of multi-seam mine design with uranium recovery and other economic factors for three alternative mine layouts: single-seam mining, double-seam mining, and seams-and-parting mining. A series of examples are worked through, showing how the design guidelines can be applied for typical orebody configurations

  8. Camera-based noncontact metrology for static/dynamic testing of flexible multibody systems

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    Presented here is a camera-based noncontact measurement theory for static/dynamic testing of flexible multibody systems that undergo large rigid, elastic and/or plastic deformations. The procedure and equations for accurate estimation of system parameters (i.e. the location and focal length of each camera and the transformation matrix relating its image and object coordinate systems) using an L-frame with four retroreflective markers are described in detail. Moreover, a method for refinement of estimated system parameters and establishment of a lens distortion model for correcting optical distortions using a T-wand with three markers is described. Dynamically deformed geometries of a multibody system are assumed to be obtained by tracing the three-dimensional instantaneous coordinates of markers adhered to the system's outside surfaces, and cameras and triangulation techniques are used for capturing marker images and identifying markers' coordinates. Furthermore, an EAGLE-500 motion analysis system is used to demonstrate measurements of static/dynamic deformations of six different flexible multibody systems. All numerical simulations and experimental results show that the use of camera-based motion analysis systems is feasible and accurate enough for static/dynamic experiments on flexible multibody systems, especially those that cannot be measured using conventional contact sensors

  9. The role of extended conical intersection seams in photochromic systems

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    Boggio-Pasqua, Martial; Bearpark, Michael J.; Robb, Michael A.

    2015-01-01

    We describe the role of conical intersections in the mechanism of photochromic molecular systems. In particular, the extended nature of the crossing seam associated with a conical intersection is highlighted and its significance on dihydroazulenes and diarylethenes photochromism is explained.

  10. 49 CFR 230.30 - Lap-joint seam boilers.

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    2010-10-01

    ..., DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION STEAM LOCOMOTIVE INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE STANDARDS Boilers and Appurtenances Inspection and Repair § 230.30 Lap-joint seam boilers. Every boiler having lap-joint longitudinal...

  11. Interactive prediction software for underlying multi-seam design

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    Kanniganti, Ravi S.

    1996-01-01

    An extensive review of multi-seam under-mining literature was conducted and a data base of case studies was compiled. A critical review of the design principles outlined in this literature resulted in the compilation of specific design criteria for the design of lower seam mines. Analysis of this criteria demonstrated the necessity for a protocol for the design of unsymmetrically loaded pillars. Such a design criteria was developed using finite element methods for a wide ra...

  12. Properties of seam welds produced with different extrusion parameters

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    A. Bozacl; M.S. Keskin; S. Bingol

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: This study focuses to investigate the effects of different extrusion parameters on microstructural properties of seam (longitudinal) welds in aluminum extrusion profiles.Design/methodology/approach: To realize the study, it is studied on a hollow extrusion profile type which has seam weld zones. The experimental profile was produced in different temperatures, billet temperatures and ram speeds by a real extrusion press which has a capacity of 1460 tones. These parameters are some of ...

  13. Business-IT Alignment with SEAM for Enterprise Architecture

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    Wegmann, Alain; Regev, Gil; Rychkova, Irina; Lê, Lam-Son; De La Cruz, José Diego; Julia, Philippe

    2007-01-01

    To align an IT system with an organization’s needs, it is necessary to understand the organization’s position within its environment a well as its internals. In SEAM for Enterprise Architecture the organization is considered as a hierarchy of systems that span from business down to IT. The alignment process addresses the complete hierarchy. We illustrate the use of SEAM for Enterprise Architecture with a real project in which a new hiring process and an IT system are developed.

  14. Submap joining smoothing and mapping for camera-based indoor localization and mapping

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    Bjärkefur, J.; Karlsson, A.; Grönwall, C.; Rydell, J.

    2011-06-01

    Personnel positioning is important for safety in e.g. emergency response operations. In GPS-denied environments, possible positioning solutions include systems based on radio frequency communication, inertial sensors, and cameras. Many camera-based systems create a map and localize themselves relative to that. The computational complexity of most such solutions grows rapidly with the size of the map. One way to reduce the complexity is to divide the visited region into submaps. This paper presents a novel method for merging conditionally independent submaps (generated using e.g. EKF-SLAM) by the use of smoothing. Using this approach it is possible to build large maps in close to linear time. The method is demonstrated in two indoor scenarios, where data was collected with a trolley-mounted stereo vision camera.

  15. A new depth measuring method for stereo camera based on converted relative extrinsic parameters

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    Song, Xiaowei; Yang, Lei; Wu, Yuanzhao; Liu, Zhong

    2013-08-01

    This paper presents a new depth measuring method for the dual-view stereo camera based on the converted relative extrinsic parameters. The relative extrinsic parameters between left and right cameras, which obtained by the stereo camera calibration, can indicate the geometric relationships among the left principle point, right principle point and convergent point. Furthermore, the geometry which consists of the corresponding points and the object can be obtained by making conversion between the corresponding points and principle points. Therefore, the depth of the object can be calculated based on the obtained geometry. The correctness of the proposed method has been proved in 3ds Max, and the validity of the method has been verified on the binocular stereo system of flea2 cameras. We compared our experimental results with the popular RGB-D camera (e.g. Kinect). The comparison results show that our method is reliable and efficient, without epipolar rectification.

  16. Development of a stereo-laser-profile-system for the optical inspection of welding seams

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    Ekkel, T.; Meyer, A. M.; Luhmann, T.; Hastedt, H.; Bethmann, F.

    2013-10-01

    This research project focuses on the development of an optical 3D measuring system that enables high accurate surface measurements of welding seams in order to detect impurities. The systems concept is based on a stereo camera system in conjunction with a projecting line laser. A second camera system is used as tracking or positioning component to obtain the position of the measuring systems in object space. The complete stereo laser-profile system will be used as a hand-held system. The development, optimization and testing of the system components (stereo camera system with projecting laser line and tracking component) for surface measurements as well as calibration and accuracy evaluations are the main objectives within this research project. Testing procedures and probes are constructed and evaluated to verify the results. The development considers conditions for a future adaption to underwater use.

  17. Effect of Some Fabric and Sewing Conditions on Apparel Seam Characteristics

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    A. K. Choudhary

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Many previous studies showed that seam appearance as well as performance depends on the interrelationship of fabrics, threads, and the stitch/seam selection and lastly on the sewing conditions, which include the needle size, needle thread tension, stitch density, and the appropriate operation and maintenance of the sewing machine. Present investigation elucidates the effect of blend composition, sewing thread size, and sewing needle parameters on garment seam characteristics (i.e., seam strength, seam strength efficiency, seam puckering, seam stiffness, and drape coefficient. The seam quality characterization is studied through the L9 orthogonal design methodology. In good quality apparels, compatibility of the seams with the functional requirement is very important for serviceability and life of the apparel. Reversibility as well as repairing of seams in the apparel is very limited in the condition of seam failure. Seam strength efficiency is higher for the uniform fiber matrix in the structure of fabrics. The polyester dominated suiting fabrics give minimum seam stiffness because polyester component has low flexural rigidity. The cotton dominated suiting fabrics have less seam puckering due to increase in fabric stiffness.

  18. Brazilian experience in characterization of solitary pulmonary nodules using 18-fluorodeoxyglucose on camera-based PET

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    Introduction: Positron emission tomography (PET) using 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG), showing increased 18F-FDG uptake and retention in malignant cells, has proved useful to differentiate malignant from benign pulmonary nodules. An accurate diagnosis of pulmonary cancer represents a clinical challenge. This could be even more significant in Latin America, where the incidence of infectious granulomas is high. However, the high cost of dedicated- PET studies has prevented widespread application of this technique. Hybrid PET is a new approach to tumor imaging using 18F-FDG. In our country, such a system was introduced in 1998. These systems offer the possibility to produce diagnostic quality images of 18F-FDG body distribution, making metabolic scans potentially available. Objective : The aim of this study was to determine the diagnostic value of F-18-FDG scan using a hybrid PET in characterizing pulmonary nodules as benign or malignant. Methods: We evaluated 62 patients (50 male, 38-79y) with indeterminate solitary pulmonary nodules after computed tomography (CT) screening. 18F-FDG scans were performed on a camera-based PET (MCD Vertex-plus Adac) after injection of 18-F-fluorodeoxyglucose intravenously. Image acquisition began after 1 hour. Qualitative analysis of the images was performed by visual identification of areas of increase (positive) or absence (negative)of FDG uptake. All results were assessed on basis of histology or clinical/radiological follow-up. Results : Twenty-one patients (33.9%) showed a marked increase in FDG uptake and underwent invasive intervention (biopsy or thoracotomy). Histopathological evaluation revealed malignant disease in eighteen of these patients and benign disease in three of them (positive predictive value = 85.7%). Forty-one patients (66.1%) showed absence of FDG uptake. Fourteen of them underwent surgical procedure. Malignancy was found in only one. Twenty-seven patients with negative FDG studies are being followed up with a

  19. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon formation under simulated coal seam pyrolysis conditions

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    Liu Shuqin; Wang Yuanyuan; Wang Caihong; Bao Pengcheng; Dang Jinli

    2011-01-01

    Coal seam pyrolysis occurs during coal seam fires and during underground coal gasification.This is an important source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) emission in China.Pyrolysis in a coal seam was simulated in a tubular furnace.The 16 US Environmental Protection Agency priority controlled PAHs were analyzed by HPLC.The effects of temperature,heating rate,pyrolysis atmosphere,and coal size were investigated.The results indicate that the 3-ring PAHs AcP and AcPy are the main species in the pyrolysis gas.The 2-ring NaP and the 4-ring Pyr are also of concern.Increasing temperature caused the total PAH yield to go through a minimum.The lowest value was obtained at the temperature of 600 ℃ Higher heating rates promote PAH formation,especially formation of the lower molecular weight PAHs.The typical heating rate in a coal seam,5 ℃/min,results in intermediate yields of PAHs.The total PAHs yield in an atmosphere of N2 is about 1.81 times that seen without added N2,which indicates that an air flow through the coal seam accelerates the formation of PAHs.An increase in coal particle size reduces the total PAHs emission but promotes the formation of 5- and 6-ring PAHs.

  20. Conical intersection seams in polyenes derived from their chemical composition

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    Nenov, Artur; de Vivie-Riedle, Regina

    2012-08-01

    The knowledge of conical intersection seams is important to predict and explain the outcome of ultrafast reactions in photochemistry and photobiology. They define the energetic low-lying reachable regions that allow for the ultrafast non-radiative transitions. In complex molecules it is not straightforward to locate them. We present a systematic approach to predict conical intersection seams in multifunctionalized polyenes and their sensitivity to substituent effects. Included are seams that facilitate the photoreaction of interest as well as seams that open competing loss channels. The method is based on the extended two-electron two-orbital method [A. Nenov and R. de Vivie-Riedle, J. Chem. Phys. 135, 034304 (2011)], 10.1063/1.3608924. It allows to extract the low-lying regions for non-radiative transitions, which are then divided into small linear segments. Rules of thumb are introduced to find the support points for these segments, which are then used in a linear interpolation scheme for a first estimation of the intersection seams. Quantum chemical optimization of the linear interpolated structures yields the final energetic position. We demonstrate our method for the example of the electrocyclic isomerization of trifluoromethyl-pyrrolylfulgide.

  1. Conical intersection seams in polyenes derived from their chemical composition

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    Nenov, Artur; Vivie-Riedle, Regina de [Department Chemie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univerisitaet, Muenchen Butenandtstr. 11, 81377 Muenchen (Germany)

    2012-08-21

    The knowledge of conical intersection seams is important to predict and explain the outcome of ultrafast reactions in photochemistry and photobiology. They define the energetic low-lying reachable regions that allow for the ultrafast non-radiative transitions. In complex molecules it is not straightforward to locate them. We present a systematic approach to predict conical intersection seams in multifunctionalized polyenes and their sensitivity to substituent effects. Included are seams that facilitate the photoreaction of interest as well as seams that open competing loss channels. The method is based on the extended two-electron two-orbital method [A. Nenov and R. de Vivie-Riedle, J. Chem. Phys. 135, 034304 (2011)]. It allows to extract the low-lying regions for non-radiative transitions, which are then divided into small linear segments. Rules of thumb are introduced to find the support points for these segments, which are then used in a linear interpolation scheme for a first estimation of the intersection seams. Quantum chemical optimization of the linear interpolated structures yields the final energetic position. We demonstrate our method for the example of the electrocyclic isomerization of trifluoromethyl-pyrrolylfulgide.

  2. Exploiting Seams and Closing Gaps: Lessons from Mumbai and Beyond

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    Dr. Andrea J. Dew

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This article analyzes a single event—the 2008 Mumbai attacks—in order to consider the strategic and operational lessons for dealing with other armed groups. How and why was Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT able to carry out such a sophisticated attack in the heart of Mumbai? And what lessons does Mumbai hold for strategists seeking to counter other armed groups around the world? While tactical level lessons from Mumbai have been well documented, it is important to also consider what the Mumbai attacks tell us at the strategic and operational levels. Specifically, the Mumbai attacks provide valuable insight into how armed groups use the maritime environment, and how they use surprise, denial, and deception to mask intention and invite over-reaction by states. In addition, studying the Mumbai attacks provides insight into some of the strategic and operational seams and gaps that armed groups seek to exploit. These include environmental and geographical factors; institutional, bureaucratic, and jurisdictional seams and gaps between agencies; cognitive seams and gaps that made the use of the sea by LeT so difficult to conceptualize; and the diplomatic seams and gaps that led to heightened tensions among states— in this case, India, Pakistan, and the United States. This article discusses how to categorize these seams and gaps in order to better address the problems they create, and how states might best direct and focus their limited resources when faced with similar challenges.

  3. Morphogenetic classification of coal seam washouts in Donbass mines

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    Shul' ga, V.F.; Vashchenko, V.I.

    1982-09-01

    The paper evaluates washout types in coal seams in Donbass mines. Five washout types are characterized: trough-shaped, V-shaped or U-shaped, lentil-shaped, consisting of groups of small lentils and discontinuous washouts which consist of a number of coal and rock partings. Each of the 5 washout types is shown in a scheme. The following aspects of coal seam washouts are discussed: dimensions, shape, angle of inclination of trough walls, washout dimensions in relation to coal seam thickness, rock types filling washout zones. Effects of seam washouts on longwall mining are analyzed. Morphogenetic characteristics of 5 washout groups are given. Investigations show that trough-shaped, U or V-shaped washouts are of epigenetic origin and lentil-shaped, discontinuous washouts consisting of a number of rock and coal partings and washouts with groups of rock lentils are of syngenetic origin. Washout classification is shown in a table. Classification is aimed at optimizing the mining system in washout zones. It considers washout dimensions, washout dimensions in relation to coal seam thickness and rock type filling the washout (sandstone, agrillite or aleurite). System for coding information on washouts is described.

  4. Camera-Based Microswitch Technology to Monitor Mouth, Eyebrow, and Eyelid Responses of Children with Profound Multiple Disabilities

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    Lancioni, Giulio E.; Bellini, Domenico; Oliva, Doretta; Singh, Nirbhay N.; O'Reilly, Mark F.; Lang, Russell; Didden, Robert

    2011-01-01

    A camera-based microswitch technology was recently used to successfully monitor small eyelid and mouth responses of two adults with profound multiple disabilities (Lancioni et al., Res Dev Disab 31:1509-1514, 2010a). This technology, in contrast with the traditional optic microswitches used for those responses, did not require support frames on…

  5. Camera-Based Microswitch Technology for Eyelid and Mouth Responses of Persons with Profound Multiple Disabilities: Two Case Studies

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    Lancioni, Giulio E.; Bellini, Domenico; Oliva, Doretta; Singh, Nirbhay N.; O'Reilly, Mark F.; Sigafoos, Jeff

    2010-01-01

    These two studies assessed camera-based microswitch technology for eyelid and mouth responses of two persons with profound multiple disabilities and minimal motor behavior. This technology, in contrast with the traditional optic microswitches used for those responses, did not require support frames on the participants' face but only small color…

  6. Two Persons with Multiple Disabilities Use Camera-Based Microswitch Technology to Control Stimulation with Small Mouth and Eyelid Responses

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    Lancioni, Giulio E.; Bellini, Domenico; Oliva, Doretta; Singh, Nirbhay N.; O'Reilly, Mark F.; Sigafoos, Jeff; Lang, Russell

    2012-01-01

    Background: A camera-based microswitch technology was recently developed to monitor small facial responses of persons with multiple disabilities and allow those responses to control environmental stimulation. This study assessed such a technology with 2 new participants using slight variations of previous responses. Method: The technology involved…

  7. A novel approach to accurate portal dosimetry using CCD-camera based EPIDs

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    A new method for portal dosimetry using CCD camera-based electronic portal imaging devices (CEPIDs) is demonstrated. Unlike previous approaches, it is not based on a priori assumptions concerning CEPID cross-talk characteristics. In this method, the nonsymmetrical and position-dependent cross-talk is determined by directly imaging a set of cross-talk kernels generated by small fields ('pencil beams') exploiting the high signal-to-noise ratio of a cooled CCD camera. Signal calibration is achieved by imaging two reference fields. Next, portal dose images (PDIs) can be derived from electronic portal dose images (EPIs), in a fast forward-calculating iterative deconvolution. To test the accuracy of these EPI-based PDIs, a comparison is made to PDIs obtained by scanning diode measurements. The method proved accurate to within 0.2±0.7% (1 SD), for on-axis symmetrical and asymmetrical fields with different field widths and homogeneous phantom thicknesses, off-axis Alderson thorax fields and a strongly modulated IMRT field. Hence, the proposed method allows for fast, accurate portal dosimetry. In addition, it is demonstrated that the CEPID cross-talk signal is not only induced by optical photon reflection and scatter within the CEPID structure, but also by high-energy back-scattered radiation from CEPID elements (mirror and housing) towards the fluorescent screen

  8. Calibration and disparity maps for a depth camera based on a four-lens device

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    Riou, Cécile; Colicchio, Bruno; Lauffenburger, Jean Philippe; Haeberlé, Olivier; Cudel, Christophe

    2015-11-01

    We propose a model of depth camera based on a four-lens device. This device is used for validating alternate approaches for calibrating multiview cameras and also for computing disparity or depth images. The calibration method arises from previous works, where principles of variable homography were extended for three-dimensional (3-D) measurement. Here, calibration is performed between two contiguous views obtained on the same image sensor. This approach leads us to propose a new approach for simplifying calibration by using the properties of the variable homography. Here, the second part addresses new principles for obtaining disparity images without any matching. A fast algorithm using a contour propagation algorithm is proposed without requiring structured or random pattern projection. These principles are proposed in a framework of quality control by vision, for inspection in natural illumination. By preserving scene photometry, some other standard controls, as for example calipers, shape recognition, or barcode reading, can be done conjointly with 3-D measurements. Approaches presented here are evaluated. First, we show that rapid calibration is relevant for devices mounted with multiple lenses. Second, synthetic and real experimentations validate our method for computing depth images.

  9. 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.

  10. High-resolution Compton cameras based on Si/CdTe double-sided strip detectors

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    We have developed a new Compton camera based on silicon (Si) and cadmium telluride (CdTe) semiconductor double-sided strip detectors (DSDs). The camera consists of a 500-μm-thick Si-DSD and four layers of 750-μm-thick CdTe-DSDs all of which have common electrode configuration segmented into 128 strips on each side with pitches of 250μm. In order to realize high angular resolution and to reduce size of the detector system, a stack of DSDs with short stack pitches of 4 mm is utilized to make the camera. Taking advantage of the excellent energy and position resolutions of the semiconductor devices, the camera achieves high angular resolutions of 4.5° at 356 keV and 3.5° at 662 keV. To obtain such high resolutions together with an acceptable detection efficiency, we demonstrate data reduction methods including energy calibration using Compton scattering continuum and depth sensing in the CdTe-DSD. We also discuss imaging capability of the camera and show simultaneous multi-energy imaging.

  11. Validation of a rotating camera based SPECT system for dosimetry applications

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    The authors have evaluated the quantitative properties of a rotating camera based SPECT system using three isotopes commonly used clinically (Tc-99m, In-111, and I-123 contaminated with I-124). The isotopes were chosen due to their different imaging characteristics. The Alderson body phantom was used with 'hot' spheres, with and without background activity, to determine system sensitivity and linearity. An analytic post processing attenuation correction routine was implemented which increased system linearity with respect to position in the phantom and was used throughout the study. Up to four organ phantoms were placed in the body phantom and imaged in two ways. First, a two view planar technique, and second, a circular rotation SPECT acquisition. The two view planar technique uses a combination arithmetic and geometric mean with correction for attenuation. The planar technique showed good correlation to actual activity in absence of background (slope .98; R .99), and slightly degraded accuracy with background (slope .91; R .97). However, it was only able to quantitate activity when no overlying or underlying organs were present. The SPECT system, though, was clearly able to distinguish regions of activity in transverse section for which accurate quantitation was possible. Very good correlation between SPECT activity and measured activity was observed both with (slope .98; R .98), and without (slope 1.02; R .99) background activity present. Accurate quantitation of total organ activity is very useful not only for dosimetry applications, but also for radiotherapy planning and monitoring of treatment

  12. Investigation of the Strength of Textile Bonded Seams

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    Urzamal KELESOVA

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The strength of the textile bonded seams was analyzed. Two or more fabric layers joining are based on use of base layers structural properties and thermoplastic properties of adhesive film used for bonding. Five commercial produced fabrics of different structure (woven, knitted, laminate and fiber content (polyester, cotton, flax were used in this experiment. Thermoplastic polyurethane film was transferred from the base of silicone to fabric using 160 °C temperature and 10 seconds pressing duration. Fabric layers were bonded using 180 °C temperature and 30 seconds pressing duration. The strength of textile bonded seams was investigated using four different bond types, in order to determine method suitable for the analyzes of bonded seams of knitted fabrics and method suitable to analyze woven fabrics.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.18.2.1922

  13. Depth remapping using seam carving for depth image based rendering

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    Tsubaki, Ikuko; Iwauchi, Kenichi

    2015-03-01

    Depth remapping is a technique to control depth range of stereo images. Conventional remapping which uses a transform function in the whole image has a stable characteristic, however it sometimes reduces the 3D appearance too much. To cope with this problem, a depth remapping method which preserves the details of depth structure is proposed. We apply seam carving, which is an effective technique for image retargeting, to depth remapping. An extended depth map is defined as a space-depth volume, and a seam surface which is a 2D monotonic and connected manifold is introduced. The depth range is reduced by removing depth values on the seam surface from the space-depth volume. Finally a stereo image pair is synthesized from the corrected depth map and an input color image by depth image based rendering.

  14. Theory of gas extraction from coal seams and its use

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    FAN Xi-sheng

    2012-01-01

    Gas extraction is one of the main measures of control and use of gas of coal mines.At present,the design method is under the experimental period and do not satisfy the need of practice.In this paper,the theory of gas extraction of coal seams based upon Darcy law was studied.Mathematical model of gas extraction of coal seams was established and two kinds of solving approaches based on computer software and linear approximation were given.The rightness and the validities of the model were examined with a practical example.Results obtained can be used to determine and optimize the parameters related etc.

  15. Feasibility of an Integrated Thin Seam Coal Mining and Waste Disposal System

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    Basu, Kohinoor

    1997-01-01

    The depletion of more attractive thicker and easily accessible coal seams in the central Appalachia will direct attention towards the extraction of coal seams thinner than 28 in. This thesis investigates the feasibility of an integrated mining and backfilling system applicable to thin seams. Two conceptual mining systems, namely Auger mining and Self Advancing Miner, have been proposed for this purpose. Both these systems are designed to remotely mine coal from the seams. Several ...

  16. An upgraded camera-based imaging system for mapping venous blood oxygenation in human skin tissue

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    Li, Jun; Zhang, Xiao; Qiu, Lina; Leotta, Daniel F.

    2016-07-01

    A camera-based imaging system was previously developed for mapping venous blood oxygenation in human skin. However, several limitations were realized in later applications, which could lead to either significant bias in the estimated oxygen saturation value or poor spatial resolution in the map of the oxygen saturation. To overcome these issues, an upgraded system was developed using improved modeling and image processing algorithms. In the modeling, Monte Carlo (MC) simulation was used to verify the effectiveness of the ratio-to-ratio method for semi-infinite and two-layer skin models, and then the relationship between the venous oxygen saturation and the ratio-to-ratio was determined. The improved image processing algorithms included surface curvature correction and motion compensation. The curvature correction is necessary when the imaged skin surface is uneven. The motion compensation is critical for the imaging system because surface motion is inevitable when the venous volume alteration is induced by cuff inflation. In addition to the modeling and image processing algorithms in the upgraded system, a ring light guide was used to achieve perpendicular and uniform incidence of light. Cross-polarization detection was also adopted to suppress surface specular reflection. The upgraded system was applied to mapping of venous oxygen saturation in the palm, opisthenar and forearm of human subjects. The spatial resolution of the oxygenation map achieved is much better than that of the original system. In addition, the mean values of the venous oxygen saturation for the three locations were verified with a commercial near-infrared spectroscopy system and were consistent with previously published data.

  17. Evaluation of gamma camera-based measurement of individual kidney function using iodine-123 orthoiodohippurate

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    To evaluate the accuracy of these techniques, we measured RUR by an optimized procedure and compared it with standard ERPF. Iodine-123 orthoiodohippurate (OIH) scintigraphy and simultaneous para-aminohippurate clearance study for measuring standard ERPF were performed in three hospitals in 24 patients with normal or mildly impaired renal function. 123I-OIH was injected intravenously and 10-s consecutive imaging of the kidneys was started when the abdominal aorta was seen. The attenuation coefficient for 123I was measured in each hospital using the same water-equivalent absorption materials and used for the attenuation correction. After subtracting background radioactivity, RURs were defined as the count ratios of fractional renal uptakes based on the integral from 1 to 2, 2 to 3, 1.5 to 2.5 and 1 to 3 min after the injection of 123I-OIH in relation to injected doses using the following three procedures in respect of attenuation correction: (1) RUR without attenuation correction, (2) RUR with fractional renal uptake corrected by the measured attenuation coefficient, (3) RUR with the total injected dose corrected by the absorption material. To decide upon the appropriate correction method and time interval, RURs were compared with standard ERPF. Among the three correction methods, procedure 2 showed the highest correlation between RUR and standard ERPF, but the correlation coefficient was low (r=0.75). No significant difference was observed among the RURs of each time interval. Individual kidney function measured from early renal uptake may be inaccurate even when appropriate correction is made for attenuation, background activity or time lag between injection and data acquisition. Gamma camera-based measurement of renal function using 123I-OIH is limited with regard to accuracy and reproducibility, though it is convenient and non-invasive. (orig.). With 2 figs., 2 tabs

  18. 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

  19. Entry roof truss-bolt system test under the gob of contiguous seams

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    LIAN Chuan-jie; XU Wei-ya; WANG Ya-jie

    2007-01-01

    Roof bolt support system has been widely applied in the No.7.9 seam in Caozhuang coal mine.However,it has not been able to be applied in the NO.10-2 seam since the small interburden(2m)between NO.9 and NO.10-2 seam.The NO.9 and NO.10-2 seams are contiguous seams.The NO.9 seam has been mined out and the NO.10-2 seam will be mined under the gob of the NO.9 seam.The roof strata of the NO.10-2 seam may have been weakened and fractured due to the shear failure caused by the NO.9 seam mining activities.The steel beam sets spaced at 0.8 m have been used to support the entry of the NO.10-2 seam.In order to speed up the advance rate and cut entry development cost,a test area,using roof bolt in conjunction with truss-system,was successfully conducted.This paper presents the support system design,application of designed system,and the test results.Test results provide a cheaper,quicker,and safer way to support entry for the No.10-2 seam.

  20. 18 CFR 270.302 - Occluded natural gas produced from coal seams.

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    2010-04-01

    ... produced from coal seams. 270.302 Section 270.302 Conservation of Power and Water Resources FEDERAL ENERGY... produced from coal seams. A person seeking a determination that natural gas is occluded natural gas produced from coal seams must file an application with the jurisdictional agency which contains...

  1. Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of Hüsamlar coal seam, SW Turkey

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    Zeynep Büçkün; HüLya İnaner; Riza Görkem Oskay; Kimon Christanis

    2015-06-01

    The Ören and Yatağan Basins in SW Turkey host several Miocene coal deposits currently under exploitation for power generation. The present study aims to provide insight into the palaeoenvironmental conditions, which controlled the formation of the Hüsamlar coal seam located in Ören Basin. The coal seam displays many sharp alternations of matrix lignite beds and inorganic, lacustrine sediment layers. The coal is a medium-to-high ash lignite (10.47–31.16 wt%, on dry basis) with high total sulphur content (up to 10 wt%, on dry, ash-free basis), which makes it prone to self-combustion. The maceral composition indicates that the peat-forming vegetation consisted of both arboreal and herbaceous plants, with the latter being predominant in the upper part of the seam. Mica and feldspars contribute to the low part of the seam; carbonates are dominant in the upper part, whereas quartz and pyrite are present along the entire coal profile. The sudden transitions of the telmatic to the lacustrine regime and reverse is attributed to tectonic movements that controlled water table levels in the palaeomire, which affected surface runoff and hence, clastic deposition.

  2. The Single Needle Lockstitch Machine. [Sewing Seams.] Module 4.

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    South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia. Office of Vocational Education.

    This module on sewing seams, one in a series on the single needle lockstitch sewing machine for student self-study, contains three sections. Each section includes the following parts: an introduction, directions, an objective, learning activities, student information, student self-check, check-out activities, and an instructor's final checklist.…

  3. Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of Hüsamlar coal seam, SW Turkey

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    Büçkün, Zeynep; İnaner, Hülya; Oskay, Riza Görkem; Christanis, Kimon

    2015-06-01

    The Ören and Yatağan Basins in SW Turkey host several Miocene coal deposits currently under exploitation for power generation. The present study aims to provide insight into the palaeoenvironmental conditions, which controlled the formation of the Hüsamlar coal seam located in Ören Basin. The coal seam displays many sharp alternations of matrix lignite beds and inorganic, lacustrine sediment layers. The coal is a medium-to-high ash lignite (10.47-31.16 wt%, on dry basis) with high total sulphur content (up to 10 wt%, on dry, ash-free basis), which makes it prone to self-combustion. The maceral composition indicates that the peat-forming vegetation consisted of both arboreal and herbaceous plants, with the latter being predominant in the upper part of the seam. Mica and feldspars contribute to the low part of the seam; carbonates are dominant in the upper part, whereas quartz and pyrite are present along the entire coal profile. The sudden transitions of the telmatic to the lacustrine regime and reverse is attributed to tectonic movements that controlled water table levels in the palaeomire, which affected surface runoff and hence, clastic deposition.

  4. New research facility for the coal seam gas industry

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    Massarotto, P. [University of Queensland, Qld. (Australia). School of Engineering

    2009-10-01

    A new Geo-engineering Centre, for Gas Coal Dynamics, using earth sciences, mining and chemical engineering expertise in coal seam gas, coal bed methane extraction, and geosequestration of greenhouse gases, has been established at the University of QUeensland. The article outlines it mission, capabilities, areas of expertese and facilities and equipment. 3 photos.

  5. Multi-Kinect v2 Camera Based Monitoring System for Radiotherapy Patient Safety.

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    Santhanam, Anand P; Min, Yugang; Kupelian, Patrick; Low, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    3D kinect camera systems are essential for real-time imaging of 3D treatment space that consists of both the patient anatomy as well as the treatment equipment setup. In this paper, we present the technical details of a 3D treatment room monitoring system that employs a scalable number of calibrated and coregistered Kinect v2 cameras. The monitoring system tracks radiation gantry and treatment couch positions, and tracks the patient and immobilization accessories. The number and positions of the cameras were selected to avoid line-of-sight issues and to adequately cover the treatment setup. The cameras were calibrated with a calibration error of 0.1 mm. Our tracking system evaluation show that both gantry and patient motion could be acquired at a rate of 30 frames per second. The transformations between the cameras yielded a 3D treatment space accuracy of < 2 mm error in a radiotherapy setup within 500mm around the isocenter. PMID:27046604

  6. A self-calibrating, camera-based eye tracker for the recording of rodent eye movements

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    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Much of neurophysiology and vision science relies on careful measurement of a human or animal subject’s gaze direction. Video-based eye trackers have emerged as an especially popular option for gaze tracking, because they are easy to use and are completely non-invasive. However, video eye trackers typically require a calibration procedure in which the subject must look at a series of points at known gaze angles. While it is possible to rely on innate orienting behaviors for calibration in some nonhuman species, other species, such as rodents, do not reliably saccade to visual targets, making this form of calibration impossible. To overcome this problem, we developed a fully-automated infrared video eye-tracking system that is able to quickly and accurately calibrate itself without requiring cooperation from the subject. This technique relies on the optical geometry of the cornea and uses computer controlled motorized stages to rapidly estimate the geometry of the eye relative to the camera. The accuracy and precision of our system was carefully measured using an artificial eye, and its capability to monitor the gaze of rodents was verified by tracking spontaneous saccades and evoked oculomotor reflexes in head-fixed rats (in both cases, we obtained measurements that are consistent with those found in the literature. Overall, given its fully-automated nature and its intrinsic robustness against operator errors, we believe that our eye-tracking system enhances the utility of existing approaches to gaze-tracking in rodents and represents a valid tool for rodent vision studies.

  7. In-mine geoelectric investigations for detecting tectonic disturbances in coal seam structures

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    Gyulai, Ákos; Dobróka, Mihály; Ormos, Tamás; Turai, Endre; Sasvári, Tibor

    2013-10-01

    The methods of in-mine seam-sounding and transillumination (geoelectric tomography) for the detection of tectonic disturbances of coal seams were developed by the Department of Geophysics of the University of Miskolc in the 1970-80's with the effective support of the former "Borsod" Coal Mines Ltd. The paper gives an overview about the theory of seam-sounding and a special geoelectric tomographic inversion, and introduces the in-mine geoelectric seam-sounding and transillumination measurement systems using vertical electrode dipoles. In the second part the paper, the results of an in-mine geoelectric measurement are presented, which was carried out in order to detect tectonic disturbances of the Miocene aged coal seams situated in Slovakia. As results of the geophysical investigation, the authors forecasted the tectonic features in the coal seam. The company confirmed the results by independent information about seam disturbances and tectonic features arising from the excavation of the investigated area.

  8. Coal seam methane distribution and its significance in Pingdingshan mining area

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    郭德勇; 周心权; 沈少川; 张晓萍

    2002-01-01

    A study aimed at the coal seam group E and F in Pingdingshan mining area has been completed. This study is on the relationship of the coal-seam methane reserve to coal thickness, coal rank, coal seam depth, surrounding rock and geological structure and other factors. The study indicates that different geological factor plays different role in controlling the law of coal-seam methane reserve. The coal-seam methane rich area, which was formed because of various factors and comprehensive effect, is the coal and methane outburst-prone area, and also the key area for coal-bed methane recovery. Among all factors, coal seam depth and geological structure is more important factor in affecting coal-seam methane content in Pingdingshan mining area.

  9. Innovative technology summary report: Sealed-seam sack suits

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    Sealed-seam sack suits are an improved/innovative safety and industrial hygiene technology designed to protect workers from dermal exposure to contamination. Most of these disposable, synthetic-fabric suits are more protective than cotton suits, and are also water-resistant and gas permeable. Some fabrics provide a filter to aerosols, which is important to protection against contamination, while allowing air to pass, increasing comfort level of workers. It is easier to detect body-moisture breakthrough with the disposable suits than with cotton, which is also important to protecting workers from contamination. These suits present a safe and cost-effective (6% to 17% less expensive than the baseline) alternative to traditional protective clothing. This report covers the period from October 1996 to August 1997. During that time, sealed-seam sack suits were demonstrated during daily activities under normal working conditions at the C Reactor and under environmentally controlled conditions at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

  10. Forced circular seam welding of tubes automated with orbital heads

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    Boullion, R.; Weskott, D.

    1984-06-01

    The MG process with pulse width modulated current and cold wire filler is suitable mainly for the production of high-quality welded joints. Three orbital welding heads adapted to requirements of the nuclear power station constructor have been designed for the mechanized forced circular seam welding of tubes. They differ in respect of their scope, in the structural height and in the number of the motor - controllable functions and the maximal values of the parameters defined by the functions.

  11. Coal seam methane as a natural gas supply

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    An explosive hazard for coalminers, coalbed or coal seam methane will be extracted from large coal fields in Queensland and piped to major industries. Transfield and Tri-Star Petroleum consider the Bowen Basin coal/gas field to contain approximately 4PJ/km2 or up to 16,000PJ, which represent 20% of Australia's known natural gas reserves: enough to supply Queensland, at current consumption rates, for 400 years

  12. Forced circular seam welding of tubes automated with orbital heads

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    The MG process with pulse width modulated current and cold wire filler is suitable mainly for the production of high-quality welded joints. Three orbital welding heads adapted to requirements of the nuclear power station constructor have been designed for the mechanized forced circular seam welding of tubes. They differ in respect of their scope, in the structural height and in the number of the motor - controllable functions and the maximal values of the parameters defined by the functions. (orig.)

  13. High resolution processing of 3D seismic data for thin coal seam in Guqiao coal mine

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    Li, Qiaoling; Peng, Suping; Zou, Guangui

    2015-04-01

    Accurate identification of small faults for coal seams is very important for coal-field exploration, which can greatly improve mining efficiency and safety. However, coal seams in China are mostly thin layers, ranging from 2-5 m. Moreover, the shallow coal seam with strong reflection forms a shield underneath thin coal seam which is only about 40 m deeper. This causes great difficulty in seismic processing and interpretation. The primary concern is to obtain high-resolution seismic image of underneath thin coal seam for mining safety. In this paper, field data is carefully analyzed and fit-for-purpose solutions are adopted in order to improve the quality of reprocessed data and resolution of target coal seam. Identification of small faults has been enhanced significantly.

  14. Variation in gas drainage rate from a coal seam during mining

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    Li; Gang; Qi; Qingxin; Li; Hongyan; Fan; Xisheng

    2012-01-01

    Gas flow patterns during draining of gas from a coal seam during mining are discussed.The coal seam is treated as a dual medium with both pores and cracks.The seepage,diffusion,and desorption processes are treated using a gas flow equation that describes flow around drill holes.MATLAB is used to solve the differential equations.The permeability tracer test results from a mined coal seam are used to study the variation in gas drainage from a coal seam during mining.The results show that mining can increase the permeability of a coal seam,which then increases the gas drainage.There are inflection points in this variation over time.A close relationship between this variation and the rate of change in coal seam permeability is observed.

  15. Fast time-of-flight camera based surface registration for radiotherapy patient positioning

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    Purpose: This work introduces a rigid registration framework for patient positioning in radiotherapy, based on real-time surface acquisition by a time-of-flight (ToF) camera. Dynamic properties of the system are also investigated for future gating/tracking strategies. Methods: A novel preregistration algorithm, based on translation and rotation-invariant features representing surface structures, was developed. Using these features, corresponding three-dimensional points were computed in order to determine initial registration parameters. These parameters became a robust input to an accelerated version of the iterative closest point (ICP) algorithm for the fine-tuning of the registration result. Distance calibration and Kalman filtering were used to compensate for ToF-camera dependent noise. Additionally, the advantage of using the feature based preregistration over an ''ICP only'' strategy was evaluated, as well as the robustness of the rigid-transformation-based method to deformation. Results: The proposed surface registration method was validated using phantom data. A mean target registration error (TRE) for translations and rotations of 1.62 ± 1.08 mm and 0.07 deg. ± 0.05 deg., respectively, was achieved. There was a temporal delay of about 65 ms in the registration output, which can be seen as negligible considering the dynamics of biological systems. Feature based preregistration allowed for accurate and robust registrations even at very large initial displacements. Deformations affected the accuracy of the results, necessitating particular care in cases of deformed surfaces. Conclusions: The proposed solution is able to solve surface registration problems with an accuracy suitable for radiotherapy cases where external surfaces offer primary or complementary information to patient positioning. The system shows promising dynamic properties for its use in gating/tracking applications. The overall system is competitive with commonly-used surface registration

  16. Motion Tracker: Camera-Based Monitoring of Bodily Movements Using Motion Silhouettes.

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    Full Text Available Researchers in the cognitive and affective sciences investigate how thoughts and feelings are reflected in the bodily response systems including peripheral physiology, facial features, and body movements. One specific question along this line of research is how cognition and affect are manifested in the dynamics of general body movements. Progress in this area can be accelerated by inexpensive, non-intrusive, portable, scalable, and easy to calibrate movement tracking systems. Towards this end, this paper presents and validates Motion Tracker, a simple yet effective software program that uses established computer vision techniques to estimate the amount a person moves from a video of the person engaged in a task (available for download from http://jakory.com/motion-tracker/. The system works with any commercially available camera and with existing videos, thereby affording inexpensive, non-intrusive, and potentially portable and scalable estimation of body movement. Strong between-subject correlations were obtained between Motion Tracker's estimates of movement and body movements recorded from the seat (r =.720 and back (r = .695 for participants with higher back movement of a chair affixed with pressure-sensors while completing a 32-minute computerized task (Study 1. Within-subject cross-correlations were also strong for both the seat (r =.606 and back (r = .507. In Study 2, between-subject correlations between Motion Tracker's movement estimates and movements recorded from an accelerometer worn on the wrist were also strong (rs = .801, .679, and .681 while people performed three brief actions (e.g., waving. Finally, in Study 3 the within-subject cross-correlation was high (r = .855 when Motion Tracker's estimates were correlated with the movement of a person's head as tracked with a Kinect while the person was seated at a desk (Study 3. Best-practice recommendations, limitations, and planned extensions of the system are discussed.

  17. Motion Tracker: Camera-Based Monitoring of Bodily Movements Using Motion Silhouettes.

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    Kory Westlund, Jacqueline; Westlund, Jacqueline Kory; D'Mello, Sidney K; Olney, Andrew M

    2015-01-01

    Researchers in the cognitive and affective sciences investigate how thoughts and feelings are reflected in the bodily response systems including peripheral physiology, facial features, and body movements. One specific question along this line of research is how cognition and affect are manifested in the dynamics of general body movements. Progress in this area can be accelerated by inexpensive, non-intrusive, portable, scalable, and easy to calibrate movement tracking systems. Towards this end, this paper presents and validates Motion Tracker, a simple yet effective software program that uses established computer vision techniques to estimate the amount a person moves from a video of the person engaged in a task (available for download from http://jakory.com/motion-tracker/). The system works with any commercially available camera and with existing videos, thereby affording inexpensive, non-intrusive, and potentially portable and scalable estimation of body movement. Strong between-subject correlations were obtained between Motion Tracker's estimates of movement and body movements recorded from the seat (r =.720) and back (r = .695 for participants with higher back movement) of a chair affixed with pressure-sensors while completing a 32-minute computerized task (Study 1). Within-subject cross-correlations were also strong for both the seat (r =.606) and back (r = .507). In Study 2, between-subject correlations between Motion Tracker's movement estimates and movements recorded from an accelerometer worn on the wrist were also strong (rs = .801, .679, and .681) while people performed three brief actions (e.g., waving). Finally, in Study 3 the within-subject cross-correlation was high (r = .855) when Motion Tracker's estimates were correlated with the movement of a person's head as tracked with a Kinect while the person was seated at a desk (Study 3). Best-practice recommendations, limitations, and planned extensions of the system are discussed. PMID:26086771

  18. Stochastic reservoir simulation for the modeling of uncertainty in coal seam degasification

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    Karacan, C. Özgen; Olea, Ricardo A.

    2015-01-01

    Coal seam degasification improves coal mine safety by reducing the gas content of coal seams and also by generating added value as an energy source. Coal seam reservoir simulation is one of the most effective ways to help with these two main objectives. As in all modeling and simulation studies, how the reservoir is defined and whether observed productions can be predicted are important considerations.

  19. Gray Comprehensive Evaluation Method on Coal Seam Water Injection in Order of Difficulty

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    Liu Xiao Li; Zhang Zhi Ye; Li Meng Qian

    2016-01-01

    In order to evaluate the coal mine water injection accurately, the gray comprehensive evaluation is applied in this paper, the depth of coal seam, the development degree of coal seam crack, porosity, gas pressure in coal seam, wetting edge of coal, firmness coefficient of coal are chosen as the main index to evaluate the method of water injection into coal mine. The results show that the gray comprehensive evaluation model has a relatively high reliability and accuracy, which can be used to p...

  20. Camera-based measurement for transverse vibrations of moving catenaries in mine hoists using digital image processing techniques

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    This paper proposes a novel, non-contact, sensing method to measure the transverse vibrations of hoisting catenaries in mine hoists. Hoisting catenaries are typically moving cables and it is not feasible to use traditional methods to measure their transverse vibrations. In order to obtain the transverse displacements of an arbitrary point in a moving catenary, by superposing a mask image having the predefined reference line perpendicular to the hoisting catenaries on each frame of the processed image sequence, the dynamic intersecting points with a grey value of 0 in the image sequence could be identified. Subsequently, by traversing the coordinates of the pixel with a grey value of 0 and calculating the distance between the identified dynamic points from the reference, the transverse displacements of the selected arbitrary point in the hoisting catenary can be obtained. Furthermore, based on a theoretical model, the reasonability and applicability of the proposed camera-based method were confirmed. Additionally, a laboratory experiment was also carried out, which then validated the accuracy of the proposed method. The research results indicate that the proposed camera-based method is suitable for the measurement of the transverse vibrations of moving cables. (paper)

  1. Definition of Locked-up Stresses around a Rectilinear Welding Seam

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    Velikanov, N. L.; Koryagin, S. I.; Sharkov, O. V.

    2016-04-01

    In article one of the ways of modelling of the locked-up stresses caused by imposing of a welding seam in a plate is described. These stresses are caused by residual deformations of welding seams. In the settlement scheme the welding seam is presented in the form of an element by the thickness equal to the thickness of a plate, inserted in it with a longitudinal and cross-section tightness. The field of locked-up stresses around the welding seam experiences longitudinal and cross-section shrinkage under cooling and it is defined in work with the use of complex potentials of the theory of elasticity.

  2. Tracking objects, Tracking agents

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    Bullot, Nicolas J.; Rysiew, Patrick

    2005-01-01

    Animals and humans have to keep track of individuals in their environment, both in perception (sensorimotor tracking) and in cognition (e.g., spatio-temporal localization and linguistic reference via memory, communication and reasoning). Items that are typical targets for tracking are things such as stationary physical objects (e.g., rocks, plants, trees, buildings, or attached artifacts), moving physical objects (e.g., animals, certain artifacts) and human beings. All such items are located ...

  3. Effect of Heat Treatment on High Temperature Stress Rupture Strength of Brazing Seam for Nickel-base Superalloy

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    2001-01-01

    In order to enhance the high-temperature stress rupture strength of brazing seam by heat treatment, it was diffusion treated, then solution heat treated, and finally aging treated. The microstructure of brazing seam especially morphology of phase and boride was observed and the strength of brazing seam was measured in this process. The results show that heat treatment can enhance high-temperature stress rupture strength by improving the microstructure of brazing seam. The strength of brazing seam after solution heat treatment decreases in comparison with that only after diffusion treatment while aging treatment after solution heat treatment increases the strength of brazing seam.

  4. Deep coal seams as a greener energy source: a review

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    Today, coal and oil are the main energy sources used in the world. However, these sources will last for only a few decades. Hence, the investigation of possible energy sources to meet this crisis has become a crucial task. Coal bed methane (CBM) is a potential energy source which can be used to fulfil the energy demand. Since the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted to the atmosphere from the use of CBM is comparatively very low compared to conventional energy sources, it is also a potential mitigation option for global warming. This paper reviews CBM recovery techniques with particular emphasis on CO2-enhanced coal bed methane (CO2-ECBM) recovery. The paper reviews (1) conventional CBM recovery techniques and problems associated with them, (2) CBM production-enhancement methods, including hydro-fracturing and enhanced CBM recovery techniques, such as N2-ECBM and CO2-ECBM, (3) the importance of the CO2-ECBM technique compared to other methods and problems with it, (4) the effect of CO2 injection during the CO2-ECBM process on coal seam permeability and strength and (5) current CO2-ECBM field projects and their progress. Although conventional CBM recovery methods are simple (basically related to the drawdown of the reservoir pressure to release methane from it), they are inefficient for the recovery of a commercially viable amount of methane from coal seams. Therefore, to enhance methane production, several methods are used, such as hydro-fracturing and ECBM (N2-ECBM and CO2-ECBM). The CO2-ECBM process has a number of advantages compared to other methane recovery techniques, as it contributes to the mitigation of the atmospheric CO2 level, is safer and more economical. However, as a result of CO2 injection into the coal seam during the CO2-ECBM process, coal mass permeability and strength may be crucially changed, due to the coal matrix swelling associated with CO2 adsorption into the coal matrix. Both injecting CO2 properties (gas type, CO2 phase and pressure

  5. Deep coal seams as a greener energy source: a review

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    Ranathunga, A. S.; Perera, M. S. A.; Ranjith, P. G.

    2014-12-01

    Today, coal and oil are the main energy sources used in the world. However, these sources will last for only a few decades. Hence, the investigation of possible energy sources to meet this crisis has become a crucial task. Coal bed methane (CBM) is a potential energy source which can be used to fulfil the energy demand. Since the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted to the atmosphere from the use of CBM is comparatively very low compared to conventional energy sources, it is also a potential mitigation option for global warming. This paper reviews CBM recovery techniques with particular emphasis on CO2-enhanced coal bed methane (CO2-ECBM) recovery. The paper reviews (1) conventional CBM recovery techniques and problems associated with them, (2) CBM production-enhancement methods, including hydro-fracturing and enhanced CBM recovery techniques, such as N2-ECBM and CO2-ECBM, (3) the importance of the CO2-ECBM technique compared to other methods and problems with it, (4) the effect of CO2 injection during the CO2-ECBM process on coal seam permeability and strength and (5) current CO2-ECBM field projects and their progress. Although conventional CBM recovery methods are simple (basically related to the drawdown of the reservoir pressure to release methane from it), they are inefficient for the recovery of a commercially viable amount of methane from coal seams. Therefore, to enhance methane production, several methods are used, such as hydro-fracturing and ECBM (N2-ECBM and CO2-ECBM). The CO2-ECBM process has a number of advantages compared to other methane recovery techniques, as it contributes to the mitigation of the atmospheric CO2 level, is safer and more economical. However, as a result of CO2 injection into the coal seam during the CO2-ECBM process, coal mass permeability and strength may be crucially changed, due to the coal matrix swelling associated with CO2 adsorption into the coal matrix. Both injecting CO2 properties (gas type, CO2 phase and pressure

  6. THE UTILIZATION TECHNOLOGIES OF METHANE PRODUCED FROM UNDERGRAUND COAL SEAMS

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    Gökhan AYDIN; Karakurt, İzzet

    2009-01-01

    A few coal mines use coalbed methane recovered from coal seams. As well as being unable to use gas means waste of an economically valuable source, it contributes to global warming. Gases recovered from coal mines can be used for various applications as an alternative source to natural gas or such as generation of power related to methane concentration. In cases the sale and/or use of gas would not be profitable, the best way for decreasing gas emissions is to destroy methane via flaring. In t...

  7. Face shield system for semi-steep seams

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    Betting, B.

    1981-01-01

    About 25% of the coal produced by the HBL coalfield comes from longwall rise faces and is won using double-drum shearers and powered supports for semi-steep workings (30 to 40 degrees). Face spills present a hazard to personnel. Describes tests with a shield system for rise faces with a worked thickness of 2.20 m (seam thickness 2.06 m). Explains how the system operates : a prop, set automatically from inside the support unit, is used to support a shield plate which is anchored between the roof and the floor, thereby supporting the coal face. This shield system effectively protects the solid, even when weakened. (In French)

  8. Feature extraction and classification in automatic weld seam radioscopy

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    The investigations conducted have shown that automatic feature extraction and classification procedures permit the identification of weld seam flaws. Within this context the favored learning fuzzy classificator represents a very good alternative to conventional classificators. The results have also made clear that improvements mainly in the field of image registration are still possible by increasing the resolution of the radioscopy system. Since, only if the flaw is segmented correctly, i.e. in its full size, and due to improved detail recognizability and sufficient contrast difference will an almost error-free classification be conceivable. (orig./MM)

  9. Legal aspects connected with methane recovery from coal seams

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    There are several companies in Germany vesting interest in the recovery of methane from coal seams, this process not to form part of the coal mining activities on site, thus not forming part of the mining operation plan. The provisions of the mining law are such that there is room for integrating technological progress not foreseeable at the time of legislation, so that the Mining Act offers framework conditions which are able to cover such activities as the independent methane recovery. Coal mining companies see the chance of starting a new type of business and combine it into an enlarged range of products covering methane, coal, and minerals. (orig./HSCH)

  10. A penetrative addictive for water infusion in coal seams

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    2003-01-01

    The manufacturing process, characteristics, and application results of a rod-like penetrative additive (the penetrative rod)were discussed. The components and functions of the penetrative rod were studied carefully. A large number of orthogonal combinedtests were carried out and over 100 sample molds were made. Ultimately the components were decided after careful selection amongthese molds, mainly including hygroscopic major components and auxiliary material. The results of on-site practical applicationshow that such an addictive can increase the water penetrative ability effectively and has a remarkable effect on preventing dust pro-duction during coal seam excavation. The penetrating radius, the infusing velocity and the dust-preventive effect were systematicallystudied.

  11. A large surface X-ray camera based on XPAD3/CdTe single chip hybrids

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    Cassol, F.; Blanc, N.; Bompard, F.; Boudet, N.; Boursier, Y.; Buton, C.; Clémens, J.-C.; Dawiec, A.; Debarbieux, F.; Delpierre, P.; Dupont, M.; Graber-Bolis, J.; Hustache, S.; Morel, C.; Perez-Ponce, H.; Portal, L.; Vigeolas, E.

    2015-11-01

    The XPAD3 chip bump-bonded to a Si sensor has been widely used in preclinical micro-computed tomography and in synchrotron experiments. Although the XPAD3 chip is linear up to 60 keV, the performance of the XPAD3/Si hybrid detector is limited to energies below 30 keV, for which detection efficiencies remain above 20%. To overcome this limitation on detection efficiency in order to access imaging at higher energies, we decided to develop a camera based on XPAD3 single chips bump-bonded to high-Z CdTe sensors. We will first present the construction of this new camera, from the first tests of the single chip hybrids to the actual mechanical assembly. Then, we will show first images and stability tests performed on the D2AM beam line at ESRF synchrotron facility with the fully assembled camera.

  12. A large surface X-ray camera based on XPAD3/CdTe single chip hybrids

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    The XPAD3 chip bump-bonded to a Si sensor has been widely used in preclinical micro-computed tomography and in synchrotron experiments. Although the XPAD3 chip is linear up to 60 keV, the performance of the XPAD3/Si hybrid detector is limited to energies below 30 keV, for which detection efficiencies remain above 20%. To overcome this limitation on detection efficiency in order to access imaging at higher energies, we decided to develop a camera based on XPAD3 single chips bump-bonded to high-Z CdTe sensors. We will first present the construction of this new camera, from the first tests of the single chip hybrids to the actual mechanical assembly. Then, we will show first images and stability tests performed on the D2AM beam line at ESRF synchrotron facility with the fully assembled camera

  13. CO2 Sequestration in Unmineable Coal Seams: Potential Environmental Impacts

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    Hedges, S.W.; Soong, Yee; McCarthy Jones, J.R.; Harrison, D.K.; Irdi, G.A.; Frommell, E.A.; Dilmore, R.M.; Pique, P.J.; Brown, T.D

    2005-09-01

    An initial investigation into the potential environmental impacts of CO2 sequestration in unmineable coal seams has been conducted, focusing on changes in the produced water during enhanced coalbed methane (ECBM) production using a CO2 injection process (CO2-ECBM). Two coals have been used in this study, the medium volatile bituminous Upper Freeport coal (APCS 1) of the Argonne Premium Coal Samples series, and an as-mined Pittsburgh #8 coal, which is a high volatile bituminous coal. Coal samples were reacted with either synthetic produced water or field collected produced water and gaseous carbon dioxide at 40 οC and 50 bar to evaluate the potential for mobilizing toxic metals during CO2-ECBM/sequestration. Microscopic and x-ray diffraction analysis of the post-reaction coal samples clearly show evidence of chemical reaction, and chemical analysis of the produced water shows substantial changes in composition. These results suggest that changes to the produced water chemistry and the potential for mobilizing toxic trace elements from coalbeds are important factors to be considered when evaluating deep, unmineable coal seams for CO2 sequestration.

  14. Influence of Mining Thickness on the Rationality of Upward Mining in Coal Seam Group

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    Y. Li

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to determine the influence of mining thickness on the rationality of upward mining in coal seam group. Numerical simulation and theoretical analysis were performed to investigate the influence of the mining thicknesses of initial mining seam on the destruction and pressure relief effect of the upper coal seam in a high-gas coal seam group. The mechanical model of the roof failure based on the mining thickness was established by assuming that the gob formed after adjacent panels have fully been caved is the infinite plane. On the basis of this model, an equation was derived to calculate the roof failure height of the panel. Considering the geological conditions of No. 9 and No. 12 coal seams of Zhaogezhuang Coal Mine, economic effectiveness, and proposed techniques, we concluded that the top layer (4 m of the No. 12 coal seam should be mined first. The top layer of the No. 9 coal seam should be subsequently mined. The topcaving technique was applied to the exploitation of the lower layer of the No. 12 coal seam. Practically monitored data revealed that the deformation and failure of the No. 2699 panel roadway was small and controllable, the amount of gas emission was reduced significantly, and the effect of upward mining was active. The results of this study provide theory basics for mine designing, and it is the provision of a reference for safe and efficient coal exploitation under similar conditions.

  15. Slagging and fouling characteristics of seam 32/33, Panian coalfield, Semirara Island, Philippines

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    Stella Marris Limos-Martinez; Koichiro Watanabe [Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan). Department of Earth Resources Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering

    2006-02-01

    Twenty samples of seam 32/33, the main seam of Panian coalfield in Semirara Island, Antique Province, Philippines, were collected from a borehole drilled at the northeastern edge of the coalfield. The samples were analyzed to characterize the coal geochemistry of the seam and understand why the coals of Semirara Island exhibit a high tendency for slagging and fouling despite its low average ash content. Analysis of the slagging and fouling characteristics of this seam is important because it supplies five electric power utilities and several cement plants in the Philippines. Proximate analyses and vitrinite reflectance measurements designate the rank of the seam as sub-bituminous C, based on ASTM coal classification. H/C versus O/C ratios indicate that the seam is made up largely of huminite, denoting early stages of coalification. Chemical analysis of the ash reveals high contents of Na, Mg, Fe, Ca, Ba and Sr. The strongly negative correlation of these elements with the ash content indicates an organic affinity of the chemical elements of the seam. Owing to enrichment in alkali and alkali-earth elements, slagging and fouling indices indicate that the seam has medium to high propensity for slagging and a severe tendency for fouling. The detrimental characteristics of coal feedstock from Panian mine is mitigated by modifications to the boiler design and operational conditions and by blending with coals imported from Indonesia, China and Australia. 31 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs.

  16. Pressure relief, gas drainage and deformation effects on an overlying coal seam induced by drilling an extra-thin protective coal seam

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    LIU Hai-bo; CHENG Yuan-ping; SONG Jian-cheng; SHANG Zheng-jie; WANG Liang

    2009-01-01

    Numerical simulations and field tests were used to investigate the changes in ground stress and deformation of, and gas flow from, a protected coal seam under which an extra-thin coal seam was drilled. The geological conditions were: 0.5 meter min-ing height, 18.5 meter coal seam spacing and a hard limestone/fine sandstone inter-stratum. For these conditions we conclude: 1) the overlying coal-rock mass bends and sinks without the appearance of a caving zone, and 2) the protected coal seam is in the bending zone and undergoes expansion deformation in the stress-relaxed area. The deformation was 12 mm and the relative defor-mation was 0.15%. As mining proceeds, deformation in the protected layer begins as compression, then becomes a rapid expansion and, finally, reaches a stable value. A large number of bed separation crannies are created in the stress-relaxed area and the perme-ability coefficient of the coal seam was increased 403 fold. Grid penetration boreholes were evenly drilled toward the protected coal seam to affect pressure relief and gas drainage. This made the gas pressure decrease from 0.75 to 0.15 Mpa, the gas content de-crease from 13 to 4.66 m3/t and the gas drainage reach 64%.

  17. Relative Performance of Lockstitch and Chainstitch at the Seat Seam of Military Trouser

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    Arunangshu Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D.

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available An experimental investigation of the effect of two different type of stitches viz., lockstitch and chainstitch at the seat seam of trouser for military armed forces has been reported. Performance of chainstitched seam is found to be much better as regards lower value of force at low level of strain, higher value of force at break, strain at break and work of rapture. In general with the change in thread linear density, greater improvement in seam strength, seam strain at break and work up to fracture are obtained in case of chainstitched seam. On laundering, in general force at small strain and force at break increases, the change being more in case of lockstitched fabric. However, strain at break decrease marginally on laundering in case of both the stitches.

  18. Slab track

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    Golob, Tina

    2014-01-01

    The last 160 years has been mostly used conventional track with ballasted bed, sleepers and steel rail. Ensuring the high speed rail traffic, increasing railway track capacities, providing comfortable and safe ride as well as high reliability and availability railway track, has led to development of innovative systems for railway track. The so-called slab track was first built in 1972 and since then, they have developed many different slab track systems around the world. Slab track was also b...

  19. A new straight line detection method in images for robot seam tracking

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    Chen Qiang; Zhang Wenzeng; Du Dong; Sun Zhenguo; Zhang Guoxian

    2006-01-01

    A new efficient straight line detection algorithm, GPI ( Gray Projecting Integral) method is proposed. The gray values of a sub-window are projected onto a line, and sum the gray values which are projected onto one same point to shape a special vector, then rotate the projecting direction, obtain many such vectors corresponding to different projecting directions.The vectors can form a matrix, a GPI matrix of the sub-image. The problem of lines detection is converted into maxima or minima searching problem in the GPI matrix. Based on the GPI matrix, the lines can be calculated. Different from traditional methods, the algorithm can detect the positions of lines accurately, quickly without previous edge detection, which costs less time, and avoids the error resulted from the poor threshold with traditional methods. This algorithm is useful and efficient for numerous image understanding applications and robot visual navigation, especially for welded joint position detection in heavy noise.

  20. Evaluation of cold bending and mechanical properties of helical (SAWH) and longitudinal (SAWL) seam pipes

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    Batista, Gilmar Zacca; Sanandres, Simon Ricardo [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Pipeline Engineering Division; Pinto, Percy Saavedra; Mello, Marcelo [Tubos Soldados Atlantico, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    The present work is a part of a comprehensive program that aims to evaluate the helical seam pipe application in pipeline construction and compare with the traditional longitudinal seam pipe that have been used in Brazil. One of the biggest concerns is the cold bending process once the Brazilian land profile is very sinuous, different than other countries where helical seam pipes have been used successfully. At this work, two pipes were used, one helical seam and one longitudinal seam, both API 5L X70 with 28 inch of diameter and 0.469 inch wall thickness. The results of cold bending tests comparing both types of pipe and the mechanical properties from the straight pipe with the bend section are shown. The research methodology includes dimensional analysis, microstructural evaluation and mechanical tests that were performed on the straight pipe and bend areas. The cold bending parameters used to obtain a bend according the design and construction standards requirements are also presented. The results showed that the cold bending process produces a helical seam pipe bend with the most critical radius allowed by the standards, without presenting any evidence of wrinkles, out-of-roundness above the limits or any type of mechanical damage. Both pipes tested met the standards requirements in terms of bending and mechanical properties. The results of this study provide technical information for future helical seam pipe application in Brazil. (author)

  1. Thermal effects of magmatic sills on coal seam metamorphism and gas occurrence

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    Wang, Liang; Cheng, Long-biao; Cheng, Yuan-ping; Yin, Guang-zhi; Cai, Chun-cheng; Xu, Chao; Jin, Kan

    2014-04-01

    Igneous intrusions in coal seams are found in 80 % of coal mines in the Huaibei coalfield, China, and coal and gas outburst accidents have occurred 11 times under a 120-m-thick sill in the Haizi mining field. The magma's heat had a significant controlling effect on coal seam gas occurrence. Based on theoretical analysis, experimental tests and site validation, we analyzed the temperature distribution following magma intrusion into coal measure strata and the variations in multiple physical parameters and adsorption/desorption characteristics between the underlying coal seams beneath the sill in the Haizi mining field and coal seams uninfluenced by magma intrusion in the adjacent Linhuan mining field. The research results show that the main factors controlling the temperature distribution of the magma and surrounding rocks in the cooling process include the cooling time and the thickness and initial temperature of the magmatic rock. As the distance from sill increases, the critical effective temperature and the duration of sustained high temperatures decrease. The sill in the Haizi mining field significantly promoted coal seam secondary hydrocarbon generation in the thermally affected area, which generated approximately 340 m3/t of hydrocarbon. In the magma-affected area, the metamorphic grade, micropore volume, amount of gas adsorption, initial speed of gas desorption, and amount of desorption all increase. Fluid entrapment by sills usually causes the gas pressure and gas content of the underlying coal seams to increase. As a result, the outburst risks from coal seams increases as well.

  2. System for detecting interfaces between mineral seams and the surrounding earth formations

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    The present invention contemplates a system for detecting an interface between a mineral seam and the surrounding earth formation utilizing a radiation source and a radiation receiver mounted on a miner having a positionable cutter assembly. As the miner is moved into the coal seam, a first distance is continuously sensed between one surface formed in the mineral seam by the miner cutter assembly and the surrounding earth formation and the miner cutter assembly is positioned in response to the sensed first distance. As the miner is withdrawn from the coal seam, a second distance is continuously sensed between one surface formed in the mineral seam by the miner cutter assembly and the surrounding earth formation and the miner cutter assembly is positioned in response to the sensed second distance. A substantial portion of the space between the wall formed in the mineral seam by the miner cutter assembly and the radiation source and radiation receiver is substantially filled with a material having a density greater than the density of air to direct a substantial portion of the radiation through the mineral seam

  3. Mathematical modeling for coupled solid elastic-deformation and gas leak flow in multi-coal-seams

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    孙培德

    2002-01-01

    Based on the new viewpoint of solid and gas interaction mechanics, gas leakage in a double deformable coal seam can be understood. That is, under the action of geophysical fields, the methane flow in a double deformable coal seam can be essentially considered to be compressible with time-dependent and mixed permeation and diffusion through a pore-cleat deformable heterogeneous and anisotropy medium. Based on this new viewpoint, a coupled mathematical model for coal seam deformation and gas leakage in a double coal seam was formulated and numerical simulations for gas emission from the coal seam are presented. It is found that coupled models might be closer to reality.

  4. Roof structure theory and support resistance determination of longwall face in shallow seam

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    HUANG Qing-xiang(黄庆享)

    2003-01-01

    This paper presents the structure models founded in shallow seam, the roof asymmetry arch with three articulations in roof first weighting and the step voussoir beam in roof periodic weighting. These structure models are differ from classic theory, it establishes the new roof control theory of instability structure roof, especially in shallow seam. Based on the new roof structure theory, the support working state of "given sliding load" is put forward, and the factor of load transmitting is introduced to determine the load on roof structure. Therefore, the proper and accurate calculating methods of support resistance are established. Based on this, the dynamic structure theory in shallow seam could be predicted.

  5. Gray Comprehensive Evaluation Method on Coal Seam Water Injection in Order of Difficulty

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    Liu Xiao Li

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to evaluate the coal mine water injection accurately, the gray comprehensive evaluation is applied in this paper, the depth of coal seam, the development degree of coal seam crack, porosity, gas pressure in coal seam, wetting edge of coal, firmness coefficient of coal are chosen as the main index to evaluate the method of water injection into coal mine. The results show that the gray comprehensive evaluation model has a relatively high reliability and accuracy, which can be used to predict the difficulty degree of water injection.

  6. Microscopic analysis of the morphology of seams in friction stir welded polypropylene

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    Z. Kiss

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Supermolecular structure of welded seams prepared by friction stir welding (FSW of polypropylene sheets has been studied by optical and electron microscopy. It has been shown that in the central parts of the seam spherulitic structures similar to that of the base material are formed, while at the borderline of the seam, a complex supermolecular structure could be identified. Lower welding rotation speed resulted in a border transition zone of more complex feature than the higher rotation speed during FSW. This was accompanied by reduced joint efficiency.

  7. Study on dragline-bulldozer operation with variations in coal seam thickness

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    Wei Zhou; Qing-xiang Cai; Shu-zhao Chen [China University of Mining & Technology, Xuzhou (China). School of Mining and Safety Engineering

    2007-09-15

    The dragline is one of the most promising surface mining machines in China. This paper studies the interaction between the working bench advancing speed and the stripping volume with variation in coal seam thickness. Adjusting the bulldozing volume (depth) and/or changing the dragline bench height are proposed as means to ensure a smooth and economical mining operation. When the coal seam is getting thicker it is recommended to reduce the bulldozing volume (depth) for a higher dragline efficiency. When the coal seam is getting thinner it is recommended to increase the bulldozing volume (depth) to ensure the dragline can work at the proper bench height. 7 refs., 1 tab.

  8. Seam-line determination for image mosaicking: A technique minimizing the maximum local mismatch and the global cost

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    Chon, Jaechoon; Kim, Hyongsuk; Lin, Chun-Shin

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents a novel algorithm that selects seam-lines for mosaicking image patches. This technique uses Dijkstra's algorithm to find a seam-line with the minimal objective function. Since a segment of seam-line with significant mismatch, even if it is short, is more visible than a lengthy one with small differences, a direct summation of the mismatch scores is inadequate. Limiting the level of the maximum difference along a seam-line should be part of the objective in the seam-line selection process. Our technique first determines this desired level of maximum difference, then applies Dijkstra's algorithm to find the best seam-line. A quantitative measure to evaluate a seam-line is proposed. The measure is defined as the sum of a fixed number of top mismatch scores. The proposed algorithm is compared with other techniques quantitatively and visually about various types of images.

  9. Lock-in camera based heterodyne holography for ultrasound-modulated optical tomography inside dynamic scattering media

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    Liu, Yan; Shen, Yuecheng; Ma, Cheng; Shi, Junhui; Wang, Lihong V.

    2016-06-01

    Ultrasound-modulated optical tomography (UOT) images optical contrast deep inside scattering media. Heterodyne holography based UOT is a promising technique that uses a camera for parallel speckle detection. In previous works, the speed of data acquisition was limited by the low frame rates of conventional cameras. In addition, when the signal-to-background ratio was low, these cameras wasted most of their bits representing an informationless background, resulting in extremely low efficiencies in the use of bits. Here, using a lock-in camera, we increase the bit efficiency and reduce the data transfer load by digitizing only the signal after rejecting the background. Moreover, compared with the conventional four-frame based amplitude measurement method, our single-frame method is more immune to speckle decorrelation. Using lock-in camera based UOT with an integration time of 286 μs, we imaged an absorptive object buried inside a dynamic scattering medium exhibiting a speckle correlation time ( τc ) as short as 26 μs. Since our method can tolerate speckle decorrelation faster than that found in living biological tissue ( τc ˜ 100-1000 μs), it is promising for in vivo deep tissue non-invasive imaging.

  10. Numerical investigation of coal seam gas detection using airborne electromagnetics

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    Abdulla, Mohamed

    The use of airborne electromagnetic (AEM) techniques has been mostly utilized in the mining industry. The various AEM systems enable fast data acquisition to detect zones of interest in exploration and in some cases are used to delineate targets on a production scale. For coal seam gas (CSG) reservoirs, reservoir thickness and the resistivity contrast present a new challenge to the present AEM systems in terms of detectability. Our research question began with the idea of using AEM methods in the detection of thin reservoirs. CSG reservoirs resemble thin reservoirs that have been and are currently being produced. In this thesis we present the results of a feasibility analysis of AEM study on coal seam reservoirs using synthetic models. The aim of the study is to contribute and bridge the gap of the scientific literature on AEM systems in settings such as CSG exploration. In the models we have chosen to simulate both in 1-D and 3-D, the CSG target resistivity was varied from a resistive to a conductive target (4 ohm.m, 150 ohm.m, and 667 ohm.m) to compare the different responses while the target thickness was fixed to resemble a stack of coal seams at that interval. Due to the differences in 1-D and 3-D modelling, we also examine the differences resulting from each modelling set up. The results of the 1-D forward modeling served as a first order understanding of the detection depths by AEM for CSG reservoirs. Three CSG reservoir horizontally layered earth model scenarios were examined, half-space, conductive/resistive and resistive/conductive. The response behavior for each of the three scenarios differs with the differing target resistivities. The 1-D modeling in both the halfspace and conductive/resistive models shows detection at depths beyond 300 m for three cases of target resistivity outlined above. After the 300-m depth, the response falls below the assumed noise floor level of 5% response difference. However, when a resistive layer overlies a conductive host

  11. Combined ANN prediction model for failure depth of coal seam floors

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    WANG Lian-guo; ZHANG Zhi-kang; LU Yin-long; YANG Hong-bo; YANG Sheng-qiang; SUN Jian; ZHANG Jin-yao

    2009-01-01

    Failure depth of coal seam floors is one of the important considerations that must be kept in mind when mining is carried out above a confined aquifer. In order to study the factors that affect the failure depth of coal seam floors such as mining depth, coal seam pitch, mining thickness, workface length and faults, we propose a combined artificial neural networks (ANN) prediction model for failure depth of coal seam floors on the basis of existing engineering data by using genetic algorithms to train the ANN. A practical engineering application at the Taoyuan Coal Mine indicates that this method can effectively determine the network struc-ture and training parameters, with the predicted results agreeing with practical measurements. Therefore, this method can be applied to relevant engineering projects with satisfactory results.

  12. Distribution of Heavy Hydrocarbon in Coal Seams and Its Use in Predicting Outburst of Coal

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    蒋承林; 李增华; 韩颖

    2003-01-01

    In order to verify whether any special gas component exists in outburst samples or not, coal samples from both outburst coal seams and non-outburst coal seams were collected. Some gases were extracted from the samples and analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively on chromatogram-mass spectrograph. The qualitative analysis show that there is no special gases in coal seams. And the quantitative analysis indicates that the heavy hydrocarbon content in coal samples from outburst coal seams is apparently higher than that from non-outburst district ones, which reflects the damage of geological tectonic movement to coal body in history. Therefore, the heavy hydrocarbon content of coal sample can be used as an index to predict coal outburst.

  13. Requirements modeling in SEAM: The example of a car crash management system

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    Wegmann, Alain; Bajic-Bizumic, Biljana; Golnam, Arash; Popescu, George; Tapandjieva, Gorica; Saxena, Anshuman Bahadur; Yassaee, Maedeh; Regev, Gil

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents how business and IT requirements are captured with the Systemic Enterprise Architecture Methodology (SEAM). The method is applied to the Car Crash Management System (CMS) - Software Product Line (SPL) case study. The existing business situation is analyzed. We identify the problems and list relevant solutions. We select one of these solutions for which we define the business and the IT requirements. We then present the two components of SEAM used in this paper, goal-belief...

  14. Ground Penetrating Radar Signal Processing Algorithm in Advance Detection of Coal Seam

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    Wang Shuqi; Wang Zhen

    2013-01-01

    According to the electromagnetic propagation characteristics of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) in the medium, how to identify the target in coal seam using the relative permittivity of the dielectric object is studied, the identification algorithm of dielectric object based on electromagnetic echo field intensity with propagation loss and reflection loss are analyzed. The simulation results show that coal seam attenuation coefficient has extremely weak infl...

  15. Research on drawing coal effects in the dipping and steep--dipping coal seams

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    胡伟; 王窈惠

    2002-01-01

    Controllable drawing roof coal mining method is applied either to rently inclined seam or to big dipping seam. This paper sums up four corresponding methods according to conditions of our country, and analyses the coal-recovering effects and proves applicated conditions and measures for improving by "drawing coal theory of the ellipsoid". Its conclusion basically consists with practice. This work is of guiding meaning for designing drawing coal technology.

  16. 基于FPGA的数字认证相机设计%Design of digital authentication camera based on FPGA

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    潘晓中; 罗鹏; 刘方明; 雷雨

    2012-01-01

    A model of digital authentication camera based on semi-fragile watermarking was proposed, which is imple- mented on FPGA. Our watermarking algorithm was based on two invariant properties of DCT coefficients before and af- ter JPEG compressions, resisting JPEG compression under certain quality factor. At the same time, attacks were detec- ted and located. The hardware structure of the proposed model was designed and implemented upon the multimedia ex- ploitation platform of DE2 _ 70 + TRDB _ D5M + LTM. Watermarking is real-timely generated and then inserted con- comitantly with image capture, and thus authentication is guaranteed from beginning of image obtainment.%提出了一种基于图像半脆弱水印的数字认证相机模型,并在FPGA平台上予以实现。水印算法根据图像DCT系数在JPEG压缩过程中的两个不变特性进行设计,可以抵抗一定程度的JPEG压缩,同时检测恶意篡改并定位。模型的硬件结构在DE2_70+TRDB_D5M+LTM的FPGA多媒体开发平台上进行了设计实现,水印信息可伴随图像的采集过程实时生成和嵌入,从而在图像获取的源头保证了其可认证性。

  17. A Hybrid Image Retargeting Approach via Combining Seam Carving and Grid Warping

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    Lifang Wu

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Image retargeting is a critical technique for browsing images in diversified terminals. In this paper, we propose a hybrid image resizing approach by jointly using seam carving and warping. Firstly, based on the importance partition with the saliency map, we apply a weighted seam carving approach to make the seams distributed dispersedly in the important regions. Then we propose Content Aware Image Distance (CAID to assess the deformation caused by removing seams. The weighted seam carving will stop with a fixed threshold to assure little visual image quality degradation. Finally, the grid based warping is utilized to achieve the final size with a global optimization model, since warping tends to avoid discontinuity artifacts of important region and typically make the distortion distribution of unimportant region more coherently. Experiments and comparison in the public RetargetMe dataset [1] with Dong [2], Energy-based deformation [3], Multi-operator [4], SeamCarving [5], Simple scaling operator, Shift-maps [6], Scale and Stretch [7], Streaming Video [8], Non-homogeneous warping [9], show the superiority of the proposed approach

  18. Analysis on Overhead Shielded Coupling Effectiveness of Ring Seam by Matlab

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    Chun-jiang Shuai

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available it was important to study the shielded effectiveness to reduce the electromagnetic interference and to protect electronic components. in this paper, the boundary element equation of linear segment was derived from the two-dimension boundary integral equation and linear interpolating function, and the formulas of potential and electric field intensity were also given. To demonstrate the accuracy and flexibility of the LBEM (linear boundary element method, the influence of the deformation degree of shielded deformed coaxial cable compared with the multipole theory on the results were discussed.  Taking the overhead shielded coaxial cable and the overhead shielded two-core cable of ring seam as the research objects. The influences of ring seam in shielded effectiveness were analyzed by applying the LBEM with Matlab. The engineering example results showed that for overhead shield two-core cable, the change of coupling capacitance was related with the ring seam in deep layer of overhead shield two-core cable at the location of parallel core distance; and the change tendency of coupling capacitor with the ring seam at the vertical core distance was almost the same as the ring seam at the parallel core distance. But, when the ring seam depth was quite deep, very likely one core was exposed, and then the coupling capacitor decreased rapidly. Therefore the study of coupling effectiveness was instructive for more effective to defense EMI and will improve the overhead shielded cable electromagnetic compatibility.

  19. Assessment of the Influence of Fractures on the Dynamics of Coal Seam Fires by Numerical Experiments

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    Wuttke, Manfred W.; Zeng, Qiang

    2016-04-01

    Uncontrolled burning coal seam fires still constitute major problems for the coal industry by destroying the resource, a serious hazard for the local people by severe environmental pollution, and a tremendous threat to the global environment by the emission of greenhouse gases and aerosols. In particular when the seams are lying shallow the alteration of the immediate surrounding of the coal seam fire feeds back on the dynamics of the fire. Thermal stress induced fracturing produces direct connections of the fire zone with the atmosphere. This influences the supply with oxygen, the venting of the exhaust gases, and the dissipation of heat. The first two processes are expected to enhance the fire propagation whereas the latter effect should slow it down. With our dedicated coal seam fire code ACME ("Amendable Coal-fire Modeling Exercise") we study these coupled effects of fractures in simulations of typical coal seam fire scenarios based on data from Xinjiang, China. Fractures are predefined as 1D/2D objects in a 2D/3D model geometry and are opened depending on the passage of the heat wave produced by the coal seam fire.

  20. A Small-Scale Comparison of Iceland Scallop Size Distributions Obtained from a Camera Based Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and Dredge Survey

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    Singh, Warsha, 1978-; Örnólfsdóttir, Erla B.; Stefansson, Gunnar

    2014-01-01

    An approach is developed to estimate size of Iceland scallop shells from AUV photos. A small-scale camera based AUV survey of Iceland scallops was conducted at a defined site off West Iceland. Prior to height estimation of the identified shells, the distortions introduced by the vehicle orientation and the camera lens were corrected. The average AUV pitch and roll was and deg that resulted in error in ground distance rendering these effects negligible. A quadratic polynomial model was identif...

  1. Maceral and geochemical characteristics of coal seam 1 and oil shale 1 in fault-controlled Huangxian Basin, China

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    Sun, Y.Z.; Wang, B.S.; Lin, M.Y. [University of Petroleum, Beijing (China)

    1998-12-31

    Seven samples of coal seam 1 and oil shale 1 from the fault-controlled Hangxiang Basin were analysed by coal petrographic and geochemical methods. High huminite ratios and high contents of sesquiterpenoids and diterpenoids indicate that coal seam 1 and oil shale 1 are predominantly composed of terrestrial higher plant material. Two ternary diagrams of `facies diagnostic` macerals and biomarkers were used to interpret the depositional environments of organic matter in coal seam 1 and oil shale 1.

  2. 基于全局图像结构信息的Seam Carving算法%Seam Carving algorithm based on global image structure

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    聂栋栋; 马勤勇

    2011-01-01

    This paper presented a Seam Carving algorithm based on global image structure,which changed the sizes and scales of images by the importance of each pixel.It defined a new pixel energy function from both global and local information by extracting special image edges and computing each pixel gradients, which prevented seams from crossing image edges, avoided the pixels on edges moving differently and preserved image edge structures.Experiments confirm that this algorithm reduces the structure distortion and improves the visual effect of images by Seam Carving process effectively.%提出了一种基于全局图像结构信息的Seam Carving算法,它根据像素的重要性修改图像尺寸和比例.通过从图像提取特定方向的边缘结构信息,再利用每个像素的梯度信息,从全局和局部两方面定义新的像素能量计算函数,以此来阻止seam通路与特定方向图像边缘的交叉,避免边缘像素的不一致位移,以此保持图像的边缘结构.实验结果证明,算法减少了处理后图像的结构形变,有效改进了Seam Carving算法的处理效果.

  3. Tracking and back-tracking

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    Lorenzo Pigueiras, Eduardo; Narvarte Fernandez, Luis; Muñoz Cano, Javier

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents a review of back-tracking geometry not only for single axis but also for two-axis tracking and analyses the corresponding energy gains. It compares the different back-tracking strategies with the ideal tracking in terms of energy yield concluding, on the one hand, that back-tracking is more useful for single horizontal axis than for the single vertical one, and on the other hand, that back-tracking is more efficient when applied in the primary axis of a two-axis tracker

  4. Geomechanics of subsidence above single and multi-seam coal mining

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    A.M. Suchowerska Iwanec

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Accurate prediction of surface subsidence due to the extraction of underground coal seams is a significant challenge in geotechnical engineering. This task is further compounded by the growing trend for coal to be extracted from seams either above or below previously extracted coal seams, a practice known as multi-seam mining. In order to accurately predict the subsidence above single and multi-seam longwall panels using numerical methods, constitutive laws need to appropriately represent the mechanical behaviour of coal measure strata. The choice of the most appropriate model is not always straightforward. This paper compares predictions of surface subsidence obtained using the finite element method, considering a range of well-known constitutive models. The results show that more sophisticated and numerically taxing constitutive laws do not necessarily lead to more accurate predictions of subsidence when compared to field measurements. The advantages and limitations of using each particular constitutive law are discussed. A comparison of the numerical predictions and field measurements of surface subsidence is also provided.

  5. Depth camera-based 3D hand gesture controls with immersive tactile feedback for natural mid-air gesture interactions.

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    Kim, Kwangtaek; Kim, Joongrock; Choi, Jaesung; Kim, Junghyun; Lee, Sangyoun

    2015-01-01

    Vision-based hand gesture interactions are natural and intuitive when interacting with computers, since we naturally exploit gestures to communicate with other people. However, it is agreed that users suffer from discomfort and fatigue when using gesture-controlled interfaces, due to the lack of physical feedback. To solve the problem, we propose a novel complete solution of a hand gesture control system employing immersive tactile feedback to the user's hand. For this goal, we first developed a fast and accurate hand-tracking algorithm with a Kinect sensor using the proposed MLBP (modified local binary pattern) that can efficiently analyze 3D shapes in depth images. The superiority of our tracking method was verified in terms of tracking accuracy and speed by comparing with existing methods, Natural Interaction Technology for End-user (NITE), 3D Hand Tracker and CamShift. As the second step, a new tactile feedback technology with a piezoelectric actuator has been developed and integrated into the developed hand tracking algorithm, including the DTW (dynamic time warping) gesture recognition algorithm for a complete solution of an immersive gesture control system. The quantitative and qualitative evaluations of the integrated system were conducted with human subjects, and the results demonstrate that our gesture control with tactile feedback is a promising technology compared to a vision-based gesture control system that has typically no feedback for the user's gesture inputs. Our study provides researchers and designers with informative guidelines to develop more natural gesture control systems or immersive user interfaces with haptic feedback. PMID:25580901

  6. Depth Camera-Based 3D Hand Gesture Controls with Immersive Tactile Feedback for Natural Mid-Air Gesture Interactions

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    Kwangtaek Kim

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Vision-based hand gesture interactions are natural and intuitive when interacting with computers, since we naturally exploit gestures to communicate with other people. However, it is agreed that users suffer from discomfort and fatigue when using gesture-controlled interfaces, due to the lack of physical feedback. To solve the problem, we propose a novel complete solution of a hand gesture control system employing immersive tactile feedback to the user’s hand. For this goal, we first developed a fast and accurate hand-tracking algorithm with a Kinect sensor using the proposed MLBP (modified local binary pattern that can efficiently analyze 3D shapes in depth images. The superiority of our tracking method was verified in terms of tracking accuracy and speed by comparing with existing methods, Natural Interaction Technology for End-user (NITE, 3D Hand Tracker and CamShift. As the second step, a new tactile feedback technology with a piezoelectric actuator has been developed and integrated into the developed hand tracking algorithm, including the DTW (dynamic time warping gesture recognition algorithm for a complete solution of an immersive gesture control system. The quantitative and qualitative evaluations of the integrated system were conducted with human subjects, and the results demonstrate that our gesture control with tactile feedback is a promising technology compared to a vision-based gesture control system that has typically no feedback for the user’s gesture inputs. Our study provides researchers and designers with informative guidelines to develop more natural gesture control systems or immersive user interfaces with haptic feedback.

  7. A novel track imaging system as a range counter

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    Chen, Z.; Matsufuji, N.; Kanayama, S.; Ishida, A.; Kohno, T.; Koba, Y.; Sekiguchi, M.; Kitagawa, A.; Murakami, T.

    2016-05-01

    An image-intensified, camera-based track imaging system has been developed to measure the tracks of ions in a scintillator block. To study the performance of the detector unit in the system, two types of scintillators, a dosimetrically tissue-equivalent plastic scintillator EJ-240 and a CsI(Tl) scintillator, were separately irradiated with carbon ion (12C) beams of therapeutic energy from HIMAC at NIRS. The images of individual ion tracks in the scintillators were acquired by the newly developed track imaging system. The ranges reconstructed from the images are reported here. The range resolution of the measurements is 1.8 mm for 290 MeV/u carbon ions, which is considered a significant improvement on the energy resolution of the conventional ΔE/E method. The detector is compact and easy to handle, and it can fit inside treatment rooms for in-situ studies, as well as satisfy clinical quality assurance purposes.

  8. Intramolecular fluorescence correlation spectroscopy in a feedback tracking microscope

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    McHale, Kevin

    2009-01-01

    We derive the statistics of the signals generated by shape fluctuations of large molecules studied by feedback tracking microscopy. We account for the influence of intramolecular dynamics on the response of the tracking system, and derive a general expression for the fluorescence autocorrelation function that applies when those dynamics are linear. We show that tracking provides enhanced sensitivity to translational diffusion, molecular size, heterogeneity and long time-scale decays in comparison to traditional fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. We demonstrate our approach by using a three-dimensional tracking microscope to study genomic $\\lambda$-phage DNA molecules with various fluorescence label configurations. We conclude with a discussion of related techniques, including computation of the relevant statistics for camera-based intramolecular correlation measurements.

  9. Study on improving the permeability of soft coal seam with high pressure pulsed water jet

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    Xiao-Hong Li; Yi-Yu Lu; Yu Zhao; Yong Kang; Dong-Ping Zhou [Chongqing University (China)

    2008-12-15

    A new idea of improving the permeability of soft coal seams and increasing the rate of gas release by drilling and splitting the coal seam is presented. Based on the rock dynamic damage model, the dynamic damage properties and the fracture field's dynamic evolution mechanism were studied by theoretical analyses and numerical simulation of the condition of instantaneous dynamic load and flexible impact of a high pressure pulsed water jet. The results show that the effect of the impact, denudation and vibration caused coal to crack and improved permeability. A pulsed water jet gas drainage system has been developed and applied successfully in a typical mine rich in gas and of low permeability in Chongqing. The application demonstrates the high pressure pulsed water jet has effectively improved seam permeability with the drainage flux amounting to 7.8 times per 100 m of drainage hole. 8 refs., 6 figs.

  10. Evaluation of coal bed methane potential of coal seams of Sawang Colliery, Jharkhand, India

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    Anil M Pophare; Vinod A Mendhe; A Varade

    2008-04-01

    The coal seams of Sawang Colliery, East Bokaro Coalfields are bituminous to sub-bituminous in nature and categorized as high gaseous seams (degree II to degree III level). These seams have the potential for coal bed methane (CBM) and their maturity increases with increasing depth, as a result of enhanced pressure-temperature conditions in the underground. The vitrinite maceral group composition of the investigated coal seams ranges from 62.50-83.15%, whereas the inertinite content varies from 14.93-36.81%. The liptinite content varies from 0.66% to 3.09%. The maximum micro-pores are confined within the vitrinite group of macerals. The coal seams exhibit vitrinite reflectance values (Ro% calculated) from 0.94% (sample CG-97) to 1.21% (sample CG-119). Proximate analyses of the investigated coal samples reveal that the moisture content (M%) ranges from 1.28% to 2.98%, whereas, volatile matter (VM%) content is placed in the range of 27.01% to 33.86%. The ash content (A%) ranges from 10.92% to 30.01%. Fixed carbon (FC%) content varies from 41.53% to 55.93%. Fuel ratio variation shows a restricted range from 1.53 to 1.97. All the coal samples were found to be strongly caking and forming coke buttons. The present study is based on the adsorption isotherm experiments carried out under controlled P-T conditions for determination of actual gas adsorption capacity of the coal seams. This analysis shows that the maximum methane gas adsorbed in the coal sample CG-81 is 17m3/t (Std. daf), at maximum pressure of 5.92MPa and experimental temperature of 30°C. The calculated Langmuir regression parameters PL and VL range from 2.49 to 3.75MPa and 22.94 to 26.88m3/t (Std. daf), respectively.

  11. Impacts of Coal Seam Gas (Coal Bed Methane) and Coal Mining on Water Resources in Australia

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    Post, D. A.

    2013-12-01

    Mining of coal bed methane deposits (termed ';coal seam gas' in Australia) is a rapidly growing source of natural gas in Australia. Indeed, expansion of the industry is occurring so quickly that in some cases, legislation is struggling to keep up with this expansion. Perhaps because of this, community concern about the impacts of coal seam gas development is very strong. Responding to these concerns, the Australian Government has recently established an Independent Expert Scientific Committee (IESC) to provide advice to the Commonwealth and state regulators on potential water-related impacts of coal seam gas and large coal mining developments. In order to provide the underlying science to the IESC, a program of ';bioregional assessments' has been implemented. One aim of these bioregional assessments is to improve our understanding of the connectivity between the impacts of coal seam gas extraction and groundwater aquifers, as well as their connection to surface water. A bioregional assessment can be defined as a scientific analysis of the ecology, hydrology, geology and hydrogeology of a bioregion, with explicit assessment of the potential direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of coal seam gas and large coal mining development on water resources. These bioregional assessments are now being carried out across large portions of eastern Australia which are underlain by coal reserves. This presentation will provide an overview of the issues related to the impacts of coal seam gas and coal mining on water resources in Australia. The methodology of undertaking bioregional assessments will be described, and the application of this methodology to six priority bioregions in eastern Australia will be detailed. Preliminary results of the program of research to date will be assessed in light of the requirements of the IESC to provide independent advice to the Commonwealth and State governments. Finally, parallels between the expansion of the industry in Australia with that

  12. Research of Seam Dimensional Dependence on the Short-Circuit Current in Mma Welding Process

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    Mindaugas Rimkus

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available In this article the changes of seams properties of steel S235J2(LST EN 10025:2004 were analyzed, produced by welding withdifferent technology are discussed. Samples were welded byhand arc welding, using AV-23 and AV-66 welding electrodes.The welded seams were made by changing short-circuit current.The duration of weld depth, ridge height, metal drop size, metaldrop frequency, short-circuit time and short-circuit current valueare determinated.The results of the research are given in graphs,final conclusions are also written.

  13. Laser-welded Dissimilar Steel-aluminum Seams for Automotive Lightweight Construction

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    Schimek, M.; Springer, A.; Kaierle, S.; Kracht, D.; Wesling, V.

    By reducing vehicle weight, a significant increase in fuel efficiency and consequently a reduction in CO 2 emissions can be achieved. Currently a high interest in the production of hybrid weld seams between steel and aluminum exists. Previous methods as laser brazing are possible only by using fluxes and additional materials. Laser welding can be used to join steel and aluminum without the use of additives. With a low penetration depth increases in tensile strength can be achieved. Recent results from laser welded overlap seams show that there is no compromise in strength by decreasing penetration depth in the aluminum.

  14. IMPROVING METHODS OF MODELING CANAL WAVES PROPAGATION PROCESS IN COAL SEAMS

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    SMIRNOV YU.M.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available There has been analyzed the principal methods of modeling the process of canal waves propagation in coal seams when carrying out mining geophysical studies. There has been established that the wave guide moving into the surface of the elastic half-space doesn’t practically change the main properties of the interferential waves propagating in them. There has been recommended to use Fourier integral describing the single pulse spectrum for studying the registered seismograms. There have been formulated the main problems of improving physical processes modeling in coal seams when carrying out their geological studying

  15. Reduction of emissions by storing CO2 in coal seams - The EU's RECOPOL project

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    This article describes and discusses the first European field-tests on the long-term storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in unminable coal seams. The project, which is being realised in the Upper Silesian coal-mining area near the city of Katowice in Poland, is described. The RECOPOL (Reduction of CO2 emissions by storing CO2 in coal seams in the Silesian Coal Basin in Poland) project is being funded by the European Union and is to investigate the technical and economical feasibility of this form of carbon sequestration under the geological and infrastructural conditions to be found in Central Europe

  16. The division of coal species in seams by the digital logs in Juye coalfield

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    Tang, Z. [Shandong Coal Geologic Engineering Surveying Institute, Jinan (China)

    1997-12-31

    The division of coal species is based generally on the sampling and analysis. For coal seams with complex texture and higher degree of metamorphism, the qualitative division of coal species is more complex. Using the geophysical characters of coal seams reflected by logging data, combined with the data obtained from the geological description of cores, coal-petrologic identification and coal quality analysis and so on, the better effects are obtained in the comprehensive qualitative classification of coal species. 2 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  17. Experimental Study on the Feasibility of Methane Drainage in Coal Seams with Compound Technique of Perforating and Fracturing

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    Luo Yong; Shen Zhaowu

    2007-01-01

    Compound technique of perforating and fracturing can effectively control the perforating direction and the fracturing expansion. The feasibility of this technique used in fracturing coal seams is analyzed. In this paper, the experiments of perforating and fracturing are carried out on samples of coal and the experimental effects are satisfactory. Compound technique of perforating and fracturing is promising in coal seams.

  18. Adult Education and Radical Habitus in an Environmental Campaign: Learning in the Coal Seam Gas Protests in Australia

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    Ollis, Tracey; Hamel-Green, Michael

    2015-01-01

    This paper examines the adult learning dimensions of protestors as they participate in a campaign to stop coal seam gas exploration in Gippsland in Central Victoria, Australia. On a global level, the imposition of coal seam gas exploration by governments and mining companies has been the trigger for movements of resistance from environmental…

  19. Explanation for peat-forming environments of coal seam 2 and 9-2 based on the maceral composition and aromatic compounds in the Xingtai coalfield, China

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    SUN Yu-zhuang; QIN Shen-jun; LI Yan-heng; LIN Ming-yue; DING Shu-li

    2009-01-01

    Maceral composition and aromatic compounds were determined on column samples to study the peat-forming environments of Permian coal seam 2 and Carbonifer-ous coal seam 9-2 from the Xingtai coalfield,China.The macerals were dominated by iner-tinite in seam 2 and by vitrinite in seam 9-2.Three maceral groups were selected as indi-cators of peat-forming environments.Two triangle diagrams were drawn based on the in-dicators to explicate the peat-forming environments of permian seam 2 and Carboniferous seam 9-2.The results indicate that the peat of carboniferous seam 9-2 formed dominantly in wet swamps,whereas the peat of Permian seam 2 formed dominantly in dry swamps and open moor environments.

  20. Permeability Prediction in Deep Coal Seam: A Case Study on the No. 3 Coal Seam of the Southern Qinshui Basin in China

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    Pinkun Guo; Yuanping Cheng

    2013-01-01

    The coal permeability is an important parameter in mine methane control and coal bed methane (CBM) exploitation, which determines the practicability of methane extraction. Permeability prediction in deep coal seam plays a significant role in evaluating the practicability of CBM exploitation. The coal permeability depends on the coal fractures controlled by strata stress, gas pressure, and strata temperature which change with depth. The effect of the strata stress, gas pressure, and strata tem...

  1. Application of Seismic Anisotropy Caused by Fissures in Coal Seams to the Detection of Coal-bed Methane Reservoirs

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    2000-01-01

    Coal-bed methane is accumulated in micro-fissures and cracks in coal seams. The coal seam is the source terrace and reservoir bed of the coal-bed methane (Qian et al., 1996). Anisotropy of coal seams is caused by the existence of fissures. Based on the theory of S wave splitting: an S wave will be divided into two S waves with nearly orthogonal polarization directions when passing through anisotropic media, i.e. the fast S wave with its direction of propagation parallel to that of the fissure and slow S wave with the direction of propagation perpendicular to that of the fissure.This paper gives the results of laboratory research and field test on the S wave splitting caused by coal-seam fissures. The results show that it is feasible to detect fissures in coal seams by applying the converted S wave and finally gives the development zone and development direction of these fissures.

  2. In situ determination of sulphur in coal seams and overburden rock by PGNAA

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    Borsaru, M.; Berry, M.; Biggs, M.; Rojc, A.

    2004-01-01

    The prompt gamma neutron activation analysis technique was tested successfully for the determination of sulphur in coal seams and overburden rock. The logging tool employs a 3 μg 252Cf neutron source and a 50 mm dia × 100 mm BGO detector.

  3. In situ determination of sulphur in coal seams and overburden rock by PGNAA

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    Borsaru, M. E-mail: mihai.borsaru@csiro.au; Berry, M.; Biggs, M.; Rojc, A

    2004-01-01

    The prompt gamma neutron activation analysis technique was tested successfully for the determination of sulphur in coal seams and overburden rock. The logging tool employs a 3 {mu}g {sup 252}Cf neutron source and a 50 mm dia x 100 mm BGO detector.

  4. Nitrogen Injection To Flush Coal Seam Gas Out Of Coal: An Experimental Study

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    Zhang, Lei; Aziz, Naj; Ren, Ting; Nemcik, Jan; Tu, Shihao

    2015-12-01

    Several mines operating in the Bulli seam of the Sydney Basin in NSW, Australia are experiencing difficulties in reducing gas content within the available drainage lead time in various sections of the coal deposit. Increased density of drainage boreholes has proven to be ineffective, particularly in sections of the coal seam rich in CO2. Plus with the increasing worldwide concern on green house gas reduction and clean energy utilisation, significant attention is paid to develop a more practical and economical method of enhancing the gas recovery from coal seams. A technology based on N2 injection was proposed to flush the Coal Seam Gas (CSG) out of coal and enhance the gas drainage process. In this study, laboratory tests on CO2 and CH4 gas recovery from coal by N2 injection are described and results show that N2 flushing has a significant impact on the CO2 and CH4 desorption and removal from coal. During the flushing stage, it was found that N2 flushing plays a more effective role in reducing adsorbed CH4 than CO2. Comparatively, during the desorption stage, the study shows gas desorption after N2 flushing plays a more effective role in reducing adsorbed CO2 than CH4.

  5. A versatile new mineralized bone stain for simultaneous assessment of tetracycline and osteoid seams.

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    Villanueva, A R; Lundin, K D

    1989-05-01

    A versatile mineralized bone stain (MIBS) for demonstrating osteoid seams and tetracycline fluorescence simultaneously in thin or thick undecalcified sections has been developed. Bone specimens are fixed in 70% ethanol, but 10% buffered formalin is permissible. Depending upon one's preference, these specimens can be left unstained or be prestained before plastic embedding. Osteoid seams are stained green to jade green, or light to dark purple. Mineralized bone matrix is unstained or green. Osteoblast and osteoclast nuclei are light to dark purple, cytoplasm varies from slightly gray to pink. The identification of osteoid seams by this method agrees closely with identification by in vivo tetracycline uptake using the same section from the same biopsy. The method demonstrates halo volumes, an abnormal, lacunar, low density bone around viable osteocytes in purple. This phenomenon is commonly seen in vitamin D-resistant rickets, fluorosis, renal osteodystrophy, hyperparathyroidism, and is sometimes seen in fluoride treated osteoporotic patients. In osteomalacic bone, most osteoid seams are irregularly stained as indicated by the presence of unmineralized osteoid between mineralized lamellae. The method has been used effectively in staining new bone formation in hydroxyapatite implants and bone grafts. Old, unstained, plastic embedded undecalcified sections are stained as well as fresh sections after removal of the coverslip. This stain also promises to be valuable in the study of different metabolic bone diseases from the point of view of remodeling, histomorphometry, and pathology. PMID:2480003

  6. Dynamic effects of high-pressure pulsed water jet in low-permeability coal seams

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    Li, X.; Zhou, D.; Lu, Y.; Kang, Y.; Zhao, Y.; Wang, X. [Chongqing University, Chongqing (China)

    2009-09-15

    Mine gas extraction in China is difficult due to the as micro-porosity, low-permeability and high adsorption of coal seams. The pulsed mechanism of a high-pressure pulsed water jet was studied through theoretical analysis, experiment and field measurement. The results show that high-pressure pulsed water jet has three dynamic properties. The three dynamic effects can be found in low-permeability coal seams. A new pulsed water jet with 200-1000 Hz oscillation frequency and peak pressure 2.5 times than average pressure was introduced. During bubble collapsing, sound vibration and instantaneous high pressures over 100 MPa enhanced the cutting ability of the high-pressure jet. Through high-pressure pulsed water jet drilling and slotting, the exposure area of coal bodies was greatly enlarged and pressure of the coal seams rapidly decreased. Therefore, the permeability of coal seams was improved and gas absorption rate also decreased. Application results show that gas adsorption rate decreased by 30-40% and the penetrability coefficient increased 100 times. This proves that high-pressure pulsed water is more efficient than other conventional methods. 11 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  7. Forward Modeling of Azimuthal Anisotropy to the Reflected P Wave of Coal Seam

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    ZHANG Jun-gong; DONG Shou-hua; YUE Jian-hua

    2006-01-01

    Under the condition of weak anisotropy, the relation of P-wave anisotropy in direction to fractures of coal seams was researched in order to forecast the density and the direction of the fractures. Although the approximate solution by Rüger is suitable for thick reservoirs, it has some limitations for the composite reflected wave from both roofs and floors of coal seams, as well as multiple reflections. So first, the phase velocity and group velocity as well as their travel time were calculated about the reflected P-wave of the coal seam. Then, the anisotropic coefficients of both roofs and floors were calculated by Rüger formulae and last, the section versus azimuth in fixed offset can be gotten by convolution. In addition, the relation of amplitude of the composite reflected wave to azimuth angle was discussed. The forward modelling results of the coal azimuth anisotropy show these: 1) the coal seam is the strong reflecting layer, but the change of the reflectivity caused by the azimuth anisotropy is smaller; 2) if the azimuth angle is parallel to the crack strike, the reflectivity reaches up to the maximum absolute value, however, if the azimuth angle is perpendicular to the crack strike, the absolute value of the reflection coefficient is minimum; and 3)the reflection coefficient is the cosine function of the azimuth angle and the period is π.

  8. Mechanism of Rock Burst Occurrence in Specially Thick Coal Seam with Rock Parting

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    Wang, Jian-chao; Jiang, Fu-xing; Meng, Xiang-jun; Wang, Xu-you; Zhu, Si-tao; Feng, Yu

    2016-05-01

    Specially thick coal seam with complex construction, such as rock parting and alternative soft and hard coal, is called specially thick coal seam with rock parting (STCSRP), which easily leads to rock burst during mining. Based on the stress distribution of rock parting zone, this study investigated the mechanism, engineering discriminant conditions, prevention methods, and risk evaluation method of rock burst occurrence in STCSRP through setting up a mechanical model. The main conclusions of this study are as follows. (1) When the mining face moves closer to the rock parting zone, the original non-uniform stress of the rock parting zone and the advancing stress of the mining face are combined to intensify gradually the shearing action of coal near the mining face. When the shearing action reaches a certain degree, rock burst easily occurs near the mining face. (2) Rock burst occurrence in STCSRP is positively associated with mining depth, advancing stress concentration factor of the mining face, thickness of rock parting, bursting liability of coal, thickness ratio of rock parting to coal seam, and difference of elastic modulus between rock parting and coal, whereas negatively associated with shear strength. (3) Technologies of large-diameter drilling, coal seam water injection, and deep hole blasting can reduce advancing stress concentration factor, thickness of rock parting, and difference of elastic modulus between rock parting and coal to lower the risk of rock burst in STCSRP. (4) The research result was applied to evaluate and control the risk of rock burst occurrence in STCSRP.

  9. Seam gap bridging of laser based processes for the welding of aluminium sheets for industrial applications

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    Aalderink, Bernard Johan; Pathiraj, B.; Aarts, R.G.K.M.

    2010-01-01

    Laser welding has a large potential for the production of tailor welded blanks in the automotive industry, due to the low heat input and deep penetration. However, due to the small laser spot and melt pool, laser-based welding processes in general have a low tolerance for seam gaps. In this paper, f

  10. Draft Genome Sequence of Clostridium sp. Maddingley, Isolated from Coal-Seam Gas Formation Water

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    Rosewarne, Carly P.; Greenfield, Paul; Li, Dongmei; Tran-Dinh, Nai; Bradbury, Mark I.; Midgley, David J.; Hendry, Philip

    2013-01-01

    Clostridium sp. Maddingley was isolated as an axenic culture from a brown coal-seam formation water sample collected from Victoria, Australia. It lacks the solventogenesis genes found in closely related clostridial strains. Metabolic reconstructions suggest that volatile fatty acids are the main fermentation end products.

  11. Desorption isotherm as an criterion for methane content in coal seam

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    Medek, Jiří; Weishauptová, Zuzana

    Brisbane : Australian Journal of Mining, 1998 - (Golding, S.). s. 38 [International Conference on Coal Seam Gas and Oil. 23.03.1998-25.03.1998, Brisbane] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA105/94/1371 Subject RIV: DM - Solid Waste and Recycling

  12. Draft Genome Sequence of Clostridium sp. Maddingley, Isolated from Coal-Seam Gas Formation Water.

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    Rosewarne, Carly P; Greenfield, Paul; Li, Dongmei; Tran-Dinh, Nai; Bradbury, Mark I; Midgley, David J; Hendry, Philip

    2013-01-01

    Clostridium sp. Maddingley was isolated as an axenic culture from a brown coal-seam formation water sample collected from Victoria, Australia. It lacks the solventogenesis genes found in closely related clostridial strains. Metabolic reconstructions suggest that volatile fatty acids are the main fermentation end products. PMID:23405323

  13. Observation of variability in radon concentration in the gases of eruptive seams

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    The methods and the results of preliminary measurements of radon concentration in the gases emitted in coal seams threatened with gases and rocks eruptions have been presented. The changes of concentrations are given in the function of excavation progress. The nature of radon concentration changes points to relationship between radon concentration and the probability of the occurrence of eruption. 4 refs., 2 figs. (author)

  14. Numerical investigations on mapping permeability heterogeneity in coal seam gas reservoirs using seismo-electric methods

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    Gross, L.; Shaw, S.

    2016-04-01

    Mapping the horizontal distribution of permeability is a key problem for the coal seam gas industry. Poststack seismic data with anisotropy attributes provide estimates for fracture density and orientation which are then interpreted in terms of permeability. This approach delivers an indirect measure of permeability and can fail if other sources of anisotropy (for instance stress) come into play. Seismo-electric methods, based on recording the electric signal from pore fluid movements stimulated through a seismic wave, measure permeability directly. In this paper we use numerical simulations to demonstrate that the seismo-electric method is potentially suitable to map the horizontal distribution of permeability changes across coal seams. We propose the use of an amplitude to offset (AVO) analysis of the electrical signal in combination with poststack seismic data collected during the exploration phase. Recording of electrical signals from a simple seismic source can be closer to production planning and operations. The numerical model is based on a sonic wave propagation model under the low frequency, saturated media assumption and uses a coupled high order spectral element and low order finite element solver. We investigate the impact of seam thickness, coal seam layering, layering in the overburden and horizontal heterogeneity of permeability.

  15. The mechanics of intersecting echelon veins and pressure solution seams in limestone

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    Seyum, Solomon; Pollard, David D.

    2016-08-01

    Many studies that describe the formation of echelon vein arrays relate the causative stresses implicitly to the deformation, reliant on simple shear kinematics, such that the vein-to-array angle and the array width are the primary physical quantities. In contrast, we identify twelve physical quantities to describe echelon veins in two dimensions, including coeval, vein-intersecting, pressure solution seams. A finite element method is used to reproduce vein shapes in linear elastic and elastic-perfectly plastic model limestone. Model vein geometries are designed using values within the range of geometries measured from echelon veins at Raplee Anticline and Comb Monocline, Utah. Four physical quantities are significant for describing echelon vein shapes: vein spacing, vein-array angle, limestone elastic stiffness, and closing of orthogonal pressure solution seams. Pressure solution seam closing influences the mechanical interaction between adjacent veins, and for a range of conditions, causes a nearly linear vein opening distribution (triangular shapes) and encourages straight vein propagation, both of which approximate field measurements. Model results show that small spacing of veins with seams and large vein-array angles promote straight vein traces in limestone with stiffness typical of laboratory measurements, given the physical geologic conditions inferred from the burial history of the limestone strata.

  16. Dynamic effects of high-pressure pulsed water jet in low-permeability coal seams

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    LI Xiao-hong; ZHOU Dong-ping; LU Yi-yu; KANG Yong; ZHAO Yu; WANG Xiao-chuan

    2009-01-01

    Mine gas extraction in China is difficult due to the characteristics such as mi-cro-porosity, low-permeability and high adsorption of coal seams. The pulsed mechanism of a high-pressure pulsed water jet was studied through theoretical analysis, experiment and field measurement. The results show that high-pressure pulsed water jet has three dynamic properties. What's more, the three dynamic effects can be found in low-perme-ability coal seams. A new pulsed water jet with 200-1 000 Hz oscillation frequency and peak pressure 2.5 times than average pressure was introduced. During bubble collapsing, sound vibration and instantaneous high pressures over 100 MPa enhanced the cutting ability of the high-pressure jet. Through high-pressure pulsed water jet drilling and slotting, the exposure area of coal bodies was greatly enlarged and pressure of the coal seams rapidly decreased. Therefore, the permeability of coal seams was improved and gas ab-sorption rate also decreased. Application results show that gas adsorption rate decreased by 30%-40% and the penetrability coefficient increased 100 times. This proves that high-pressure pulsed water is more efficient than other conventional methods.

  17. Decrease of desorption intensity of methane due to hydraulic fracturing of coal seam

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    Weishauptová, Zuzana; Medek, Jiří; Němec, Jaroslav

    Brisbane : Australian Journal of Mining, 1998 - (Golding, S.). s. 39 [International Conference on Coal Seam Gas and Oil. 23.03.1998-25.03.1998, Brisbane] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA105/94/1371 Subject RIV: DH - Mining, incl. Coal Mining

  18. Post-trial anatomical frame alignment procedure for comparison of 3D joint angle measurement from magnetic/inertial measurement units and camera-based systems

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    Magnetic and inertial measurement units (MIMUs) have been widely used as an alternative to traditional camera-based motion capture systems for 3D joint kinematics measurement. Since these sensors do not directly measure position, a pre-trial anatomical calibration, either with the assistance of a special protocol/apparatus or with another motion capture system is required to establish the transformation matrices between the local sensor frame and the anatomical frame (AF) of each body segment on which the sensors are attached. Because the axes of AFs are often used as the rotational axes in the joint angle calculation, any difference in the AF determination will cause discrepancies in the calculated joint angles. Therefore, a direct comparison of joint angles between MIMU systems and camera-based systems is less meaningful because the calculated joint angles contain a systemic error due to the differences in the AF determination. To solve this problem a new post-trial AF alignment procedure is proposed. By correcting the AF misalignments, the joint angle differences caused by the difference in AF determination are eliminated and the remaining discrepancies are mainly from the measurement accuracy of the systems themselves. Lower limb joint angles from 30 walking trials were used to validate the effectiveness of the proposed AF alignment procedure. This technique could serve as a new means for calibrating magnetic/inertial sensor-based motion capture systems and correcting for AF misalignment in scenarios where joint angles are compared directly. (paper)

  19. Cracks in the joints of superheated steam tubing in the area of welding seams. Pt. 1

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    The authors furnish, on the basis of extensive bibliography, an introductory review of the materials utilised in the construction of power plants and of the crack damage thereby observed in the joints of superheated steam tubing in various areas of the welding seams. The properties of the alloyed materials used in the construction of superheated steam tubing are elucidated. An optimum in creep strength with simultaneous sufficiency in toughness can only be achieved by careful heat treatment. In recent years, cracks have occurred to an ever-increasing extent in superheated steam tubing joints in the area of the welding seams. The incidents of damage dealt with from the bibliography drawn-upon primarily concern welding seam cracks and cracks running parallel to the circumferential welds in the area of the heat-affected zone. On the basis of a detailed illustration, thirteen recent occurrences of damage to the joints of superheated steam tubing in the area of welding seams are discussed; these were the subject of detailed expertises conducted at the Allianz Centre for Technology. The authors also furnish a review of the processes leading up to the occurrence of crack damage in various areas of the welding seams of joints. This is followed by pointers and recommendations for the prevention of such cracks, based on the experience gained from hitherto known incidents of damage. In summing up, the authors find that it should be feasible to avoid crack damage of this nature by means of appropriate material forming and commensurate application of welding techniques. (orig.)

  20. Fuzzy Evaluation of Coal Seam Geological Condition of Fully-Mechanized Face in Ten-Million-Ton Mine

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    2005-01-01

    Based on coal seam geological condition and mining technological characteristic in Jisan Mine, coal seam geological condition is quantitative evaluated by using fuzzy evaluation with the view of coal mining and coalface production. The structure and index system of evaluation factor, the membership functions and weights of evaluation factor, evaluation model and reliability in the coal seam geological conditions are expounded in detail. Eighty-two coalfaces which will be exploited is classified. All of these have provided a theoretical foundation for the selection of coal mining technology and for sustainable development of the coal mine.

  1. Assessment of nasopharyngeal carcinomas after radiotherapy with a hybrid camera-based PET/CT system using 18F-FDG

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    Objective: To evaluate the clinical values of hybrid imaging using a gamma camera-based PET/CT system and 18F-FDG in detection of recurrent or persistent nasopharyngeal carcinomas after radiotherapy. Methods: Nineteen patients with nasopharyngeal carcinomas were evaluated three months after radiotherapy. The recurrent or metastasis lesions were suspected by routinely diagnostic X-ray CT examinations. Hybrid imaging was performed using a device combining low-dose CT and gamma camera-based PET system (GE Millennium VG with Hawkeye) to differentiate recurrent or residual tumors from benign lesions. The presence or absence of recurrent or metastasis lesions were confirmed by the histopathologic examinations and/or 3-12 month clinical follow-up. The sequence of x-ray transmission scan and coincidence detection was initiated 60 min after the injection of 158.4-314.5 MBq (4.28-8.5 mCi) 18F-FDG. The data are rebinned into 90 projections and reconstructed iteratively including attenuation correction. The resulting images were interpreted by at least three nuclear medicine physicians together. The radioactivity ratios of target to non-target (T/NT) were calculated. Results: In the 10 patients with proven recurrent or metastasis lesions, CT findings were probable in 3 patients and doubtful in 7 ones. 18F-FDG coincidence imaging were true positive and showed significantly increased FDG uptake in all the 10 patients (10/10). The lesions' T/NT were between 1.23-5.75 (3.25±1.07 mean±s.d.). In the 9 patients eliminated the tumor recurrence, CT findings were probable in 2 patients and doubtful in 7 patients. 18F-FDG coincidence imaging were tree negative in 8 patients (8/9). The lesions' T/NT were between 0.87-3.21 (1.25±0.49 mean±s.d.). Only 1 finding was false positive in the patient with infection in the pharyngeal back and neck lymph nodes. The lesions' T/NT was 3.21. No matter what the 18F-FDG coincidence imaging was positive or negative, the fusion image can more directly

  2. Impacts of Coal Seam Gas (Coal Bed Methane) Extraction on Water Resources in Australia

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    Post, David

    2016-04-01

    While extraction of methane from shale gas deposits has been the principal source of the recent expansion of the industry in the United States and Europe, in Australia extraction of methane from coal bed methane deposits (termed 'coal seam gas' in Australia) has been the focus to date. The two sources of methane share many of the same characteristics including the potential requirement for hydraulic fracturing. However, as coal seam gas deposits generally occur at shallower depths than shale gas, the potential impacts of extraction on surface and groundwater resources may be of even greater concern. In Australia, an Independent Expert Scientific Committee (IESC) has been established to provide scientific advice to federal and state government regulators on the impact that coal seam gas and large coal mining developments may have on water resources. This advice is provided to enable decisions to be informed by the best available science about the potential water-related impacts associated with these developments. To support this advice, the Australian Government Department of the Environment has implemented a programme of research termed 'bioregional assessments' to investigate these potential impacts. A bioregional assessment is defined as a scientific analysis of the ecology, hydrology, geology and hydrogeology of a bioregion with explicit assessment of the potential direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of coal seam gas and large coal mining development on water resources. These bioregional assessments are currently being carried out across large portions of eastern Australia underlain by coal reserves. Further details of the programme and results to date can be found at http://www.bioregionalassessments.gov.au. Surface water and groundwater modelling is now complete for two regions where coal seam gas development may proceed, namely the Clarence-Moreton and Gloucester regions in eastern New South Wales. This presentation will discuss how the results of these

  3. Simulation of double-seaming in a two-piece aluminum can

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    The aluminum can industry in the United States and Canada manufactures over 100 billion cans per year. Two-piece aluminum cans are commonly used to seal and deliver foodstuffs such as soft drinks, beer, pet food, and other perishable items. In order to ensure product safety and performance, the double seam between the can body and lid is a critical component of the package. Double-seaming is a method by which the flange of the can body and the curl of the end are folded over together such that the final joint is composed of five metal thicknesses. There are a number of design challenges involved with the art of double seaming, especially with the push to lightweight. Although the requirements vary by product, the typical beer package must be able to hold pressures in excess of 90psi. In addition, in production, double seaming is a high-speed operation with speeds as high as 3000 cans/minute on an 18-spindle seamer. For this high volume, low cost industry, understanding and optimizing the seaming process can advance the industry as well as help prevent various manufacturing problems that produce a poor seal between the two pieces of the can.To aid in understanding the mechanics of the can parts during double-seaming, a simulation procedure was developed and carried out on a 202 diameter beverage can and lid. Simulations were run with the explicit dynamics solver ABAQUS/Explicit using the continuum shell element technology available in the ABAQUS general purpose FEA program. The continuum shell is a shear-deformable shell element with the topology of an eight node brick. The element's formulation allows continuously varying, solution-dependent shell thickness and through-thickness pinching stress. One important advantage of using the continuum shell as opposed to a traditional shell element is that true contact interactions at the top and bottom surfaces of the can body and lid can be accurately modeled. With a conventional shell element, contact is performed at the

  4. Impacts of Coal Seam Gas (Coal Bed Methane) Extraction on Water Resources in Australia

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    Post, David

    2015-04-01

    While extraction of methane from shale gas deposits has been the principal source of the recent expansion of the industry in the United States and Europe, in Australia extraction of methane from coal bed methane deposits (termed 'coal seam gas' in Australia) has been the focus to date. The two sources of methane share many of the same characteristics including the potential requirement for hydraulic fracturing. However as coal seam gas deposits generally occur at shallower depths than shale gas the potential impacts of extraction and hydraulic fracturing on surface and groundwater resources may be of even greater concern for coal seam gas than for shale gas. In Australia an Independent Expert Scientific Committee (IESC) has been established to provide scientific advice to federal and state government regulators on the impact that coal seam gas and large coal mining developments may have on water resources. This advice is provided to enable decisions to be informed by the best available science about the potential water-related impacts associated with these developments. To support this advice the Australian Government Department of the Environment has implemented a three-year programme of research termed 'bioregional assessments' to investigate these potential impacts. A bioregional assessment is defined as a scientific analysis of the ecology, hydrology, geology and hydrogeology of a bioregion with explicit assessment of the potential direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of coal seam gas and large coal mining development on water resources. These bioregional assessments are currently being carried out across large portions of eastern Australia underlain by coal reserves. Further details of the program and results to date can be found at http://www.bioregionalassessments.gov.au. In this presentation the methodology for undertaking bioregional assessments will be described and the application of this methodology to six priority bioregions in eastern Australia

  5. Simulation of Double-Seaming in a Two-piece Aluminum Can

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    Romanko, Anne; Berry, Dale; Fox, David

    2004-06-01

    The aluminum can industry in the United States and Canada manufactures over 100 billion cans per year. Two-piece aluminum cans are commonly used to seal and deliver foodstuffs such as soft drinks, beer, pet food, and other perishable items. In order to ensure product safety and performance, the double seam between the can body and lid is a critical component of the package. Double-seaming is a method by which the flange of the can body and the curl of the end are folded over together such that the final joint is composed of five metal thicknesses. There are a number of design challenges involved with the art of double seaming, especially with the push to lightweight. Although the requirements vary by product, the typical beer package must be able to hold pressures in excess of 90psi. In addition, in production, double seaming is a high-speed operation with speeds as high as 3000 cans/minute on an 18-spindle seamer. For this high volume, low cost industry, understanding and optimizing the seaming process can advance the industry as well as help prevent various manufacturing problems that produce a poor seal between the two pieces of the can. To aid in understanding the mechanics of the can parts during double-seaming, a simulation procedure was developed and carried out on a 202 diameter beverage can and lid. Simulations were run with the explicit dynamics solver ABAQUS/Explicit using the continuum shell element technology available in the ABAQUS general purpose FEA program. The continuum shell is a shear-deformable shell element with the topology of an eight node brick. The element's formulation allows continuously varying, solution-dependent shell thickness and through-thickness pinching stress. One important advantage of using the continuum shell as opposed to a traditional shell element is that true contact interactions at the top and bottom surfaces of the can body and lid can be accurately modeled. With a conventional shell element, contact is performed at the

  6. Improved Continuous Tube Welding Due to Unique Process Sensor System and Process Control

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    Dorsch, F.; Pfitzner, D.; Braun, H.

    A unique camera-based triple sensor system increases productivity, yield and quality of continuous welding of tubes and profiles. It combines high-precision seam tracking and beam positioning with weld spot visualization and characterization, and seam geometry measurement. The higher overall precision allows operating the process closer to its limits, online quality monitoring detects faults immediately. The process setup time is greatly reduced, and also the waste during startup is reduced. Finally, full documentation sets the basis for data traceability.

  7. Mining a coal seam below a heating goaf with a force auxiliary ventilation system at Longhua underground coal mine, China

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    Wang Gang; Xie Jun; Xue Sheng; Wang Haiyang

    2015-01-01

    Extraction of a coal seam which lies not far below a heating goaf can be a major safety challenge. A force auxiliary ventilation system was adopted as a control method in successful extraction and recovery of the panel 30110 of the #3?1 coal seam, which is about 30–40 m below the heating goaf of the #2?2 seam at Longhua underground coal mine, Shanxi Province, China. Booster fans and ventilation control devices such as doors and regulators were used in the system. The results show that, provided that a force auxiliary ventilation system is properly designed to achieve a pressure balance between a panel and its overlying goaf, the system can be used to extract a coal seam overlain by a heating goaf. This paper describes the design, installation and performance of the ventilation system during the extraction and recovery phases of the panel 30110.

  8. Hydraulic support stability control of fully mechanized top coal caving face with steep coal seams based on instable critical angle

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    TO Shi-hao; YUAN Yong; LI Nai-liang; DOU Feng-jin; WANG Fang-tian

    2008-01-01

    Analyzed the support instable mode of sliding, tripping, and so on, and believedthe key point of the support stability control of fully mechanized coal caving face with steepcoal seams was to maintain that the seam true angle was less than the hydraulic supportinstability critical angle. Through the layout of oblique face, the improvement of supportsetting load, the control of mining height and nonskid platform, the group support systemof end face, the advance optimization of conveyor and support, and the other control tech-nical measures, the true angle of the seam is reduced and the instable critical angle of thesupport is increased, the hydraulic support stability of fully mechanized coal caving facewith steep coal seams is effectively controlled.

  9. Real-time tracking for virtual environments using scaat kalman filtering and unsynchronised cameras

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    Rasmussen, Niels Tjørnly; Störring, Morritz; Moeslund, Thomas B.;

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents a real-time outside-in camera-based tracking system for wireless 3D pose tracking of a user’s head and hand in a virtual environment. The system uses four unsynchronised cameras as sensors and passive retroreflective markers arranged in rigid bodies as targets. In order...... to achieve high update rates and to cope with the unsynchronised data a single-constraint-at-a-time (SCAAT) Extended Kalman Filtering approach is used that recursively integrates measurements as soon as they are available one-at-a-time. Tests show that this approach is more robust to occlusions and provides...

  10. Relaxation and gas drainage boreholes for high performance longwall operations in low permeability coal seams

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    Imgrund, Thomas [DMT GmbH und Co. KG, Essen (Germany); Bauer, Frank [Hazemag und EPR GmbH, Duelmen (Germany). Mining

    2013-06-15

    With an increasing depth of cover, gas emission control and gas outbursts prevention has become an increasingly important issue in coal mining. Deep multi-seam mining often requires operation in an environment characterised by a high gas content and gas pressure. Control of gas related risks has to be realised during heading and close to the longwall by proper risk assessment and flexible drilling schemes. These cover exploration and relaxation drilling, in-seam drilling for pre-drainage and cross measure drilling for drainage of roof and the floor gas emissions. DMT provides comprehensive solutions based on a scientific background. These solutions are engineered considering their technical feasibility. Hazemag Mining offers a large number of complete machinery including tools systems for the implementation of those solutions. (orig.)

  11. Laser Ablation Cleaning of Self-Reacting Friction Stir Weld Seam Surfaces: A Preliminary Evaluation

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    Nunes, A. C., Jr.; Russell, C. K.; Brooke, S. A.; Parry, Q.; Lowrey, N. M.

    2014-01-01

    Anodized aluminum panels were cleaned by three lasers at three separate sites with a view to determining whether more economical laser cleaning might supplant current manual cleaning methods for preparation of surfaces to be welded by the self-reacting friction stir process. Uncleaned panels yielded welds exhibiting residual oxide defect (ROD) and failing at very low stresses along the trace of the weld seam. Manually cleaned panels yielded welds without ROD; these welds failed at nominal stress levels along an angled fracture surface not following the weld seam trace. Laser cleaned panels yielded welds failing at intermediate stress levels. The inadequacy of the laser cleaning processes leaves questions: Was the anodized aluminum test too stringent to represent actual cleaning requirements? Were the wrong laser cleaning techniques/parameters used for the study? Is the laser cleaning mechanism inadequate for effective preweld surface cleaning?

  12. Impact of longwall mining on groundwater above the longwall panel in shallow coal seams

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    Yang Li

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Since longwall mining causes subsidence through the overlying strata to the ground surface, the surface water and groundwater above the longwall panels may be affected and drained into the lower levels. Therefore, loss or interruption of streams and overburden aquifers is a common concern in coal industry. This paper analyzed the potential effects of longwall mining on subsurface water system in shallow coal seam. In order to monitor different water level fluctuations throughout the mining period, three water wells were drilled down to the proposed deformation zone above the longwall panel. A GGU-SS-FLOW3D model was used to predict water table contours for the periods of pre- and post-mining conditions. The field data from the three water wells were utilized to calibrate the model. The field test and numerical model can help to better understand the dewatering of shallow aquifers and surface waters related to ground subsidence from longwall mining in shallow coal seam.

  13. Paleoenvironmental implications from biomarker and stable isotope investigations on the Pliocene Velenje lignite seam (Slovenia)

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    Bechtel, A.; Sachsenhofer, R.F.; Markic, M.; Gratzer, R.; Lucke, A.; Puttmann, W. [Montan University of Leoben, Leoben (Austria)

    2003-07-01

    A Pliocene lignite seam up to 160 m thick occurs in the Velenje basin (Slovenia). The seam originated in a topogenous mire and evolved within a non-marine, transgressive setting. Differences in soluble organic matter yield and hydrocarbon content of borehole samples from the lignite are related to differences in the composition of free lipids of microbial origin and/or hydrocarbons derived from the biogeochemical degradation of plant tissue. Variations of the redox conditions within the mire are reflected by pristane/phytane ratios. The abundance of terpenoid biomarkers indicates the predominance of gymnosperms over angiosperms, which is consistent with palynomorphic spectra dominated by pollen of the Sequoia-Taxodium-Metasequoia plant community rather than by angiosperms. Evidence is also provided that the content of land plant derived biomarkers and the preservation of plant tissue is controlled by the input of resin-rich, decay-resistant conifers.

  14. Numerical simulation and damage analysis of fissure field evolution law in a single coal seam mining

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    Feng Gao; Xingguang Liu; Chaofeng Ge; Hongmei Cheng

    2012-01-01

    Based on the different deformation and failure laws of coal and rock materials under tensile or compressive loads,the damage variable was defined to divide three phases from the damage and rupture point of view in order to reveal the fissured field evolution characteristics and spatial distribution of coal and rock in the single coal seam mining with low permeability and rich methane.According to the corresponding damage constitutive equations,the secondary development of the finite element program was completed.The fissures field evolution law of a coal mine with single coal seam mining was calculated and analyzed by this new program and the distribution areas and failure degree of the surrounding coal and rock structures with damage,fissure or rupture are given on the condition of mining.This paper provides a scientific basis for quantitative research and evaluation of the safe simultaneous production of coal and gas.

  15. Ultrasonic seam welding technologies of copper plate and tube for collecting solar energy

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    汤勇; 万珍平; 刘亚俊; 刘树道

    2003-01-01

    The ultrasonic welding is applied more and more extensively due to its advantages such as environmental protection, cleaning and energy saving. By researching the mechanism on ultrasonic seam welding of copper plates and tubes for collecting solar energy, it is put forward that the ultrasonic metal welding process can be divided into two stages, and two factors make functions jointly to join the welded metal specimens. In order to successfully join the welding, three basic conditions must be satisfied, that is, there should be high frequency friction vibration in the contact interface; pressure must be imposed on the plate specimen during friction vibration; the time of friction vibration and pressure imposed should be proper. Furthermore, how to select the hardness of copper plate and tube and ultrasonic seam welding parameters is analyzed by experiments.

  16. Validation of the Social Exercise and Anxiety Measure (SEAM): Assessing fears, avoidance, and importance of social exercise

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    Levinson, Cheri A.; Rodebaugh, Thomas L.; Menatti, Andrew R.; Weeks, Justin W.

    2012-01-01

    In two studies (N = 416; N = 118) examining responses from undergraduates, we developed the Social Exercise and Anxiety Measure (SEAM) and tested its factorial, convergent, and divergent validity. Our results demonstrate that the SEAM exhibits an excellent three factor structure consisting of the following subscales: Social Exercise Self-efficacy, Gym Avoidance, and Exercise Importance. In both studies, Social Exercise Self-efficacy correlated negatively and Gym Avoidance correlated positivel...

  17. The benefits of innovation In-Seam Seismic method in the coal mine condition at the Karvina Subbasin

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    Waclawik, Petr; Schott, W.

    Vol. 5. Ostrava: Ústav geoniky AV ČR, 2014 - (Koníček, P.; Souček, K.; Heroldová, N.). s. 49-50 ISBN 978-80-86407-49-4. [5th International Colloquium on Geomechanics and Geophysics. 24.06.2014-27.06.2014, Ostravice, Karolínka] Institutional support: RVO:68145535 Keywords : in-seam sesmic * ISS * coal seam * longwall panel Subject RIV: DH - Mining, incl. Coal Mining

  18. “Community perspectives of natural resource extraction: coal-seam gas mining and social identity in Eastern Australia”

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    Lloyd, D.; H. Luke; W.E. Boyd

    2014-01-01

    Using a recent case study of community reaction to proposed coal - seam gas mining in eastern Australia, we illustrate the role of community views in issues of natural resource use. Drawing on interviews, observations and workshops, the paper explores the anti - coal - seam gas social movement from its stages of infancy through to being a national debate linking community groups across and beyond Australia. Primary community concerns of inadequate commun...

  19. Permeability prediction in deep coal seam: a case study on the No. 3 coal seam of the Southern Qinshui Basin in China.

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    Guo, Pinkun; Cheng, Yuanping

    2013-01-01

    The coal permeability is an important parameter in mine methane control and coal bed methane (CBM) exploitation, which determines the practicability of methane extraction. Permeability prediction in deep coal seam plays a significant role in evaluating the practicability of CBM exploitation. The coal permeability depends on the coal fractures controlled by strata stress, gas pressure, and strata temperature which change with depth. The effect of the strata stress, gas pressure, and strata temperature on the coal (the coal matrix and fracture) under triaxial stress and strain conditions was studied. Then we got the change of coal porosity with strata stress, gas pressure, and strata temperature and established a coal permeability model under tri-axial stress and strain conditions. The permeability of the No. 3 coal seam of the Southern Qinshui Basin in China was predicted, which is consistent with that tested in the field. The effect of the sorption swelling on porosity (permeability) firstly increases rapidly and then slowly with the increase of depth. However, the effect of thermal expansion and effective stress compression on porosity (permeability) increases linearly with the increase of depth. The most effective way to improve the permeability in exploiting CBM or extracting methane is to reduce the effective stress. PMID:24396293

  20. Impact of longwall mining on groundwater above the longwall panel in shallow coal seams

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    Yang Li; Syd S. Peng; Jinwang Zhang

    2015-01-01

    Since longwall mining causes subsidence through the overlying strata to the ground surface, the surface water and groundwater above the longwall panels may be affected and drained into the lower levels. Therefore, loss or interruption of streams and overburden aquifers is a common concern in coal industry. This paper analyzed the potential effects of longwall mining on subsurface water system in shallow coal seam. In order to monitor different water level fluctuations throughout the mining pe...

  1. Selection of an Appropriate Mechanized Mining Technical Process for Thin Coal Seam Mining

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    Chen Wang; Shihao Tu

    2015-01-01

    Mechanized mining technical process (MMTP) related to the control method of the shearer is a vital process in thin coal seam mining operations. An appropriate MMTP is closely related to safety, productivity, labour intensity, and efficiency. Hence, the evaluation of alternative MMTP is an important part of the mining design. Several parameters should be considered in MMTP evaluation, so the evaluation is complex and must be compliant with a set of criteria. In this paper, two multiple criteri...

  2. Coal seams, climate and intranamurian stratigraphical gap in the Upper Silesian Basin

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    Martinec, Petr; Kožušníková, Alena

    Izmir : Dokuz Eylül University, 1999 - (Nakoman, E.), s. 371-382 ISBN 975-441-152-2. [European Coal Conference/3./. Izmir (TR), 05.05.1997-10.05.1997] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA3086504; GA ČR GA205/97/0307 Keywords : coal seams * stratigraphy * Upper Silesian Basin Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  3. IMPROVING METHODS OF MODELING CANAL WAVES PROPAGATION PROCESS IN COAL SEAMS

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    SMIRNOV YU.M.; КЕNZHIN B.М.

    2012-01-01

    There has been analyzed the principal methods of modeling the process of canal waves propagation in coal seams when carrying out mining geophysical studies. There has been established that the wave guide moving into the surface of the elastic half-space doesn’t practically change the main properties of the interferential waves propagating in them. There has been recommended to use Fourier integral describing the single pulse spectrum for studying the registered seismograms. There have been fo...

  4. A Computer Aided Design and Simulation System for Upward Cross-seam Boreholes

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    Hou Shao-Jie; Zhang Yu-Wei; Cheng Yuan-Ping

    2013-01-01

    In order to prevent gas hazards, thousands of upward cross-seam boreholes for gas pre-drainage are widely used in underground coal mines. Their construction quality directly determines whether coal gas accidents happen and touches miners’ lives closely. However, the quality is difficult to be guaranteed, because of the hostile underground environment, complicated spatial calculation, sightless strata reserves and little digitalized supporting. Based on the ...

  5. All-age hospitalization rates in coal seam gas areas in Queensland, Australia, 1995–2011

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    Werner, Angela K.; Watt, Kerrianne; Cameron, Cate M; Vink, Sue; Page, Andrew; Jagals, Paul

    2016-01-01

    Background Unconventional natural gas development (UNGD) is expanding globally, with Australia expanding development in the form of coal seam gas (CSG). Residents and other interest groups have voiced concerns about the potential environmental and health impacts related to CSG. This paper compares objective health outcomes from three study areas in Queensland, Australia to examine potential environmentally-related health impacts. Methods Three study areas were selected in an ecologic study de...

  6. Coupled flow and geomechanical processes during gas production from coal seams

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    Connell, L.D. [CSIRO Petroleum, Ian Wark Laboratory, Clayton, Victoria (Australia)

    2009-07-01

    Permeability in coal seams is sensitive to stress and pore pressure changes. An additional influence on this behaviour is the nature of the coal matrix to shrink with gas desorption and swell with adsorption. Concise relationships for permeability have been developed which incorporate these mechanisms, some of which are derived from a geomechanical basis such as the Shi-Durucan model and the Palmer-Mansoori model. While these expressions are attractive approaches for defining coal permeability during gas migration, the geomechanical behaviour has been simplified by assuming uni-axial strain and constant vertical stress. In this paper a coupled numerical model is developed and used to investigate the applicability of these geomechanical assumptions for gas drainage from coal seams. The modelling approach involved coupling the existing coal seam gas reservoir simulator, SIMED II, with the geomechanical simulator, FLAC3D. While SIMED II was used to simulate gas migration in a hypothetical coal seam and a series of production scenarios, FLAC3D simulated the geomechanical response of the coal and the adjacent non-coal geological formations to fluid pressure and gas content changes imported from SIMED II. The simulations, which considered a range of property values relevant to the San Juan basin, found that while the assumption of uni-axial strain introduced negligible discrepancy, the assumption of constant vertical stress leads to significant differences between the Shi-Durucan permeability estimate and that calculated from the SIMED-FLAC3D simulation, especially at early times during production. These differences were a result of the pressure and sorption strain changes induced by production leading to arching of stresses in the vicinity of the production well. The mechanism was shown to produce significant differences in the calculated gas rate particularly at early times during production. (author)

  7. Practical methodology to evaluate the fatigue life of seam welded joints

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    K.C.Goes; G.F. Batalha; M.V. Pereira; A.F. Camarao

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: of this paper is to present a practical and robust methodology developed to evaluate the fatigue life of seam welded joints under combined cyclic loading.Design/methodology/approach: Fatigue analysis was conducted in virtual environment. The finite element stress results from each loading were imported to fatigue code FE-Fatigue and combined to perform the fatigue life prediction using the S x N (stress x life) method. A tube-to-plate specimen was submitted to a combined cyclic loadi...

  8. The influence of hydrogeological disturbance and mining on coal seam microbial communities.

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    Raudsepp, M J; Gagen, E J; Evans, P; Tyson, G W; Golding, S D; Southam, G

    2016-03-01

    The microbial communities present in two underground coal mines in the Bowen Basin, Queensland, Australia, were investigated to deduce the effect of pumping and mining on subsurface methanogens and methanotrophs. The micro-organisms in pumped water from the actively mined areas, as well as, pre- and post-mining formation waters were analyzed using 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing. The methane stable isotope composition of Bowen Basin coal seam indicates that methanogenesis has occurred in the geological past. More recently at the mine site, changing groundwater flow dynamics and the introduction of oxygen in the subsurface has increased microbial biomass and diversity. Consistent with microbial communities found in other coal seam environments, pumped coal mine waters from the subsurface were dominated by bacteria belonging to the genera Pseudomonas and the family Rhodocyclaceae. These environments and bacterial communities supported a methanogen population, including Methanobacteriaceae, Methanococcaceae and Methanosaeta. However, one of the most ubiquitous micro-organisms in anoxic coal mine waters belonged to the family 'Candidatus Methanoperedenaceae'. As the Archaeal family 'Candidatus Methanoperedenaceae' has not been extensively defined, the one studied species in the family is capable of anaerobic methane oxidation coupled to nitrate reduction. This introduces the possibility that a methane cycle between archaeal methanogenesis and methanotrophy may exist in the anoxic waters of the coal seam after hydrogeological disturbance. PMID:26541089

  9. Model test of the overburden deformation and failure law in close distance multi-seam mining

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    YANG Wei-feng; SUI Wang-hua; XIA Xiao-hong

    2008-01-01

    Based on characteristic of the associated mining of multi-coal seam and the engineering geological characteristics of overburden, the mining impact pattern of multiseam mining and the dynamic fracture mechanism of overburden were characterized by applying the engineering geological mechanical model test. The related strata movement arameters and influence area of multi-seam mining were obtained, the strike boundary angle is 61°, the full extraction coefficient is 0.93, the greatest subsidence angle is 81°, the horizontal movement factor is 0.38, the deviation of inflection point/mining deep is 0.11.The development height of caving zone and water flowing fractured zone of multi-seam mining were calculated, is 32 m and 81.5 m separatly. The assess of influence degree of coal layer safety mining is that, there exists the possibility of water and sand inflow when mining, some messures for mine water prevention and control should be used, and the mining thickness should be local strictly limit.

  10. Laser welding process in PP moulding parts: Evaluation of seam performance

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    Oliveira, N.; Pontes, A. J.

    2015-12-01

    The Polypropylene is one of the most versatile polymer materials used in the industry. Due to this versatility, it is possible to use it in different products. This material can also be mixed with several additives namely glass fiber, carbon nanotubes, etc. This compatibility with different additives allows also obtaining products with characteristics that goes from an impact absorber to an electricity conductor. When is necessary to join components in PP they could be welded through hot plate, ultrasonic weld and also by laser. This study had the objective of study the influence of several variables, capable of influence the final quality of the seam. In this case were studied variables of the injection molding process as mold temperature and cooling time. Was also studied laser welding variables and different materials. The results showed that the variables that have the most influence were mould temperature, laser velocity and laser diameter. The seams were analyzed using Optical Microscopy technique. The seams showed perfect contact between the materials analyzed, despite the high standard variation presented in the mechanical testes.

  11. Guiding-controlling technology of coal seam hydraulic fracturing fractures extension

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    Zhai Cheng; Li Min; Sun Chen; Zhang Jianguo; Yang Wei; Li Quangui

    2012-01-01

    Aiming at the uncontrollable problem of extension direction of coal seam hydraulic fracturing,this study analyzed the course of fractures variation around the boreholes in process of hydraulic fracturing,and carried out the numerical simulations to investigate the effect of artificial predetermined fractures on stress distribution around fractured holes.The simulation results show that partial coal mass occurs relatively strong shear failure and forms weak surfaces,and then fractures extended along the desired direction while predetermined fractures changed stress distribution.Directional fracturing makes the fractures link up and the pressure on coal mass is relieved within fractured regions.Combining deep hole controlling blasting with hydraulic fracturing was proposed to realize the extension guiding-controlling technology of coal seam fractures.Industrial experiments prove that this technology can avoid local stress concentration and dramatically widen the pressure relief scope of deep hole controlling blasting.The permeability of fractured coal seam increased significantly,and gas extraction was greatly improved.Besides,regional pressure relief and permeability increase was achieved in this study.

  12. Determination of Fracture Initiation Locations during Cross-Measure Drilling for Hydraulic Fracturing of Coal Seams

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available When drilling coal-bearing sequences to enhance coal seam permeability by hydraulic fracturing (HF, the location where fractures are initiated is important. To date, most research on fracture initiation has studied the problem in two dimensions. In this study, a three-dimensional model to assess initiation location is developed. The model analyzes the stress state of both the borehole wall and the coal-rock interface and the model shows that the fracture initiation location is affected by in situ stress, the dip of the coal seam, and the angle between the borehole and the coal seam. How the initiation location changes near different types of geological faults is calculated by assuming typical in situ stresses for the faults. Following these calculations, physical experiments were carried out to emulate cross-measure hydraulic fracturing under stress conditions equivalent to those in the Chongqing Tonghua coal mine, China. Fracture initiation during the experiments was monitored by an acoustic emission system. The experimental results were consistent with the theoretical calculations. This implies that the three-dimensional model for assessing the locations of fracture initiation can be applied to forecast the initiation location of fractures generated by cross-measure drilling. The assessment model provides reference values for this type of drilling in underground mines.

  13. An analysis of injury claims from low-seam coal mines

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    Gallagher, S.; Moore, S.; Dempsey, P.G. [NIOSH, Pittsburgh, PA (United States)

    2009-07-01

    The restricted workspace present in low-seam coal mines forces workers to adopt awkward working postures (kneeling and stooping), which place high physical demands on the knee and lower back. This article provides an analysis of injury claims for eight mining companies operating low-seam coal mines during calendar years 1996-2008. All cost data were normalized using data on the cost of medical care (MPI) as provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Results of the analysis indicate that the knee was the body part that led in terms of claim cost ($4.2 million), followed by injuries to the lower back ($2.7 million). While the average cost per injury for these body parts was $13,100 and $14,400, respectively (close to the average cost of an injury overall), the high frequency of these injuries resulted in their pre-eminence in terms of cost. Analysis of data from individual mining companies suggest that knee and lower back injuries were a consistent problem across companies, as these injuries were each among the top five most costly part of body for seven out of eight companies studied. Results of this investigation suggest that efforts to reduce the frequency of knee and low back injuries in low-seam mines have the potential to create substantial cost savings.

  14. Relations between coal petrology and gas content in the Upper Newlands Seam, Central Queensland, Australia

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    Walker, R.; Glikson, M.; Mastalerz, Maria

    2001-01-01

    The Upper Newlands Seam in the northern Bowen Basin, Queensland Australia consists of six benches (A-F) that have different petrographic assemblages. Benches C and E contain relatively abundant inertodetrinite and mineral matter, as well as anomalously high reflectance values; these characteristics support a largely allochthonous, detrital origin for the C and E benches. Fractures and cleats in the seam show a consistent orientation of northeast-southwest for face cleats, and a wide range of orientations for fractures. Cleat systems are well developed in bright bands, with poor continuity in the dull coal. Both maceral content and cleat character are suggested to influence gas drainage in the upper Newlands Seam. A pronounced positive correlation between vitrinite abundance and gas desorption data suggests more efficient drainage from benches with abundant vitrinite. Conversely, inertinite-rich benches are suggested to have less efficient drainage, and possibly retain gas within pore spaces, which could increase the outburst potential of the coal. ?? 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Superconvergent tracking

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    In this paper we develop a new technique (superconvergent tracking) for tracking particles through a circular accelerator or a transport line with nonlinear elements. We use the superconvergent perturbation theory of Kolmogorov to solve the Hamilton-Jacobi equation (approximately) over a finite time interval. This transformation defines a map from the initial conditions to the state of the system at some later time. This technique can be iterated to examine long-term stability in betatron phase space in a circular accelerator, or it can be used to calculate the trajectory in betatron phase space of particles in a transport line. We verify the algorithm with two test cases in one degree of freedom and then develop the technique to track the two transverse degrees of freedom in a general accelerator lattice with sextupoles. As an example we track a section of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) arcs with and without sextupole errors in the bending magnets. (author) 14 refs., 15 figs., 1 tab

  16. Lignite and tin ores exploration in southern part of Thailand by using nuclear track-etch detectors

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    Both lignite and tin mines in Southern of Thailand are associated with uranium ore. In lignite exploration, Bangpudum Lignite Mine at Krabi Province was chosen for this studied because we know the exact location and deposition of coal seam by using other geophysical technique and also confirm by borehole. The size 1x2 cm2 of cellulose nitrate CN-85 films were used, each film was stuck at the inner bottom of a softdrink cup. Each cup was put up side down at the bottom of a borehole about 75 cm depth from the earth surface and laid about 10 m apart. All the cups were put in the hole along the line in order to cover about 280 metre in the cross sectional direction long of the known coal seam. After one month, all the film detectors were collected and etched with 6.25N NaOH at 60oC about 25 minutes long in order to enlarge the latent alpha registration tracks. These alpha particles were emitted from radon gas (Rn-222) which was generated from uranium associated with lignite ore. The registration track density per area of each CN-85 film was studied by optical microscope at 400x magnifications. We found that the track densities of the films have high correlation with the depth of the known coal seam while high and low track densities will correspond to the shallow and deep coal seam respectively. Also, track density was significantly higher than background. A similar manner of experiment was designed for tin ore exploration at Ronpibul district, Nakorn Si Thammarat province. The result is in progress and will present at the conference. (Author)

  17. Doppler tracking

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    Thomas, Christopher Jacob

    This study addresses the development of a methodology using the Doppler Effect for high-resolution, short-range tracking of small projectiles and vehicles. Minimal impact on the design of the moving object is achieved by incorporating only a transmitter in it and using ground stations for all other components. This is particularly useful for tracking objects such as sports balls that have configurations and materials that are not conducive to housing onboard instrumentation. The methodology developed here uses four or more receivers to monitor a constant frequency signal emitted by the object. Efficient and accurate schemes for filtering the raw signals, determining the instantaneous frequencies, time synching the frequencies from each receiver, smoothing the synced frequencies, determining the relative velocity and radius of the object and solving the nonlinear system of equations for object position in three dimensions as a function of time are developed and described here.

  18. Tracking Porters

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    Bruun, Maja Hojer; Krause-Jensen, Jakob; Nielsen, Margit Saltofte

    2015-01-01

    Anthropology attempts to gain insight into people's experiential life-worlds through long-term fieldwork. The quality of anthropological knowledge production, however, does not depend solely on the duration of the stay in the field, but also on a particular way of seeing social situations. The...... two weeks the students followed the work of a group of porters. Drawing on anthropological concepts and research strategies the students gained crucial insights about the potential effects of using tracking technologies in the hospital....

  19. Note: Time-gated 3D single quantum dot tracking with simultaneous spinning disk imaging

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    DeVore, M. S.; Stich, D. G.; Keller, A. M.; Phipps, M. E.; Hollingsworth, J. A.; Goodwin, P. M.; Werner, J. H., E-mail: jwerner@lanl.gov [Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Mail Stop G755, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); Cleyrat, C.; Lidke, D. S.; Wilson, B. S. [Department of Pathology and Cancer Research and Treatment Center, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131 (United States)

    2015-12-15

    We describe recent upgrades to a 3D tracking microscope to include simultaneous Nipkow spinning disk imaging and time-gated single-particle tracking (SPT). Simultaneous 3D molecular tracking and spinning disk imaging enable the visualization of cellular structures and proteins around a given fluorescently labeled target molecule. The addition of photon time-gating to the SPT hardware improves signal to noise by discriminating against Raman scattering and short-lived fluorescence. In contrast to camera-based SPT, single-photon arrival times are recorded, enabling time-resolved spectroscopy (e.g., measurement of fluorescence lifetimes and photon correlations) to be performed during single molecule/particle tracking experiments.

  20. Note: Time-gated 3D single quantum dot tracking with simultaneous spinning disk imaging

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    We describe recent upgrades to a 3D tracking microscope to include simultaneous Nipkow spinning disk imaging and time-gated single-particle tracking (SPT). Simultaneous 3D molecular tracking and spinning disk imaging enable the visualization of cellular structures and proteins around a given fluorescently labeled target molecule. The addition of photon time-gating to the SPT hardware improves signal to noise by discriminating against Raman scattering and short-lived fluorescence. In contrast to camera-based SPT, single-photon arrival times are recorded, enabling time-resolved spectroscopy (e.g., measurement of fluorescence lifetimes and photon correlations) to be performed during single molecule/particle tracking experiments

  1. The development of three dimensional inspection and tracking system for the maintenance of pipes in the nuclear power plants

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    We developed 3D laser camera sensors for weld seam tracking and inspection of radioactive NPP pipes. The developed sensor's optical system adopts the optical triangulation method with the line beam generation and imaging optics. A laser line extraction algorithm accompanying preprocessing of noise reduction has been developed on images captured from the sensor. Experimental results validate the physical accuracy of the sensor hardware and the robustness of the image processing algorithms. A 3D shape reconstruction algorithm from multiple laser lines was proposed and the resulting 3D shape was visualized on the developed 3D graphic program environment utilizing OpenGL graphic libraries. And also, two D.O.F precise servo controlled mechanism was developed. The experimental results on weld seam tracking and inspection tasks show the practical feasibility of the developed sensors and the image processing algorithms. (author)

  2. Overlying strata movement rules and safety mining technology for the shallow depth seam proximity beneath a room mining goaf

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    Wang Fangtian; Zhang Cun; Zhang Xiaogang; Song Qi

    2015-01-01

    Aiming at the shallow depth seam proximity beneath a room mining goaf, due to that the shallow depth seam is exploited using the longwall mining and overlain by thin bedrock and thick loose sands, many accidents are likely to occur, including roof structure instability, roof step subsidence, damages of shield supports, and the face bumps triggered by the large area roof weighting, resulting in serious threats to the safety of underground miners and equipment. This paper analyses the overlying strata movement rules for the shallow seams using the physical simulation, the 3DEC numerical simulation and the field mea-surements. The results show that, in shallow seam mining, the overburden movement forms caved zone and fractured zone, the cracks develop continuously and reach the surface with the face advancing, and the development of surface cracks generally goes through four stages. With the application of loose blast-ing of residual pillars, reasonable mining height, and roof support and management, the safe, efficient and high recovery rate mining has been achieved in the shallow depth seam proximity beneath a room min-ing goaf.

  3. STUDY ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE DIVERSITY COAL MASS STRUCTURE AND LITHOTYPE OF COAL IN MULTI-COAL SEAM MINE

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    吴基文; 赵志根; 陈资平

    1999-01-01

    Through site observation and indoor measurements in XieJiaji No.2 Coal Mine in Huainen and Luling Coal Mine in Huaibei, it is discovered that the fragmentation degree are different in different coal seams in same mining district and even in sublevels of the same coal seam, the coal mass structures exist much difference. By analyzing the relationship between the constitution of coal matters and the epigenesis breakage of coal. This paper points out that the internal factor which causes the diversity of the coal mass structure comes from the diversity in the contents of telocollinite and desmocollinite in the vitrinite. The contenet of desmocollinite is higher than that of telocollinite in intact coal seam (sublevel) but the former is less than the later in breaking sublevel, the diversity of constituent content more affects the epigenetic fragmentation degree of coal seam. The content of desrnocollinite proves lower than that of telocollinite in the broken coal seam. The new understanding has directing, and reference for the study of coal petrology, coal mine gas geology and coal methane.

  4. APPLICATION OF EXPERT SYSTEM BASED ON NEURAL NETWORK IN MINING THE GENTLE INCLINED THICK SEAM

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    朱川曲; 施式亮

    1997-01-01

    This paper presents a new method for the correct selection of mining methods and prediction of main technological and economic indexes of the face in the gentle inclined thick seams with the application of the artificial neural network theory and the expert system. The theory analysis and calculating results indicate that the method is reliable, practical and precise. This method has strongly capabilities of self-study and non-linear dynamic data process. It is expected to be widely applied in the policy decision and prediction of mining technology in coal mine.

  5. Numerical Study on 4-1 Coal Seam of Xiaoming Mine in Ascending Mining

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    Lan Tianwei

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Coal seams ascending mining technology is very significant, since it influences the safety production and the liberation of dull coal, speeds up the construction of energy, improves the stability of stope, and reduces or avoids deep hard rock mining induced mine disaster. Combined with the Xiaoming ascending mining mine 4-1, by numerical calculation, the paper analyses ascending mining 4-1 factors, determines the feasibility of ascending mining 4-1 coalbed, and proposes roadway layout program about working face, which has broad economic and social benefits.

  6. Geological storage of carbon dioxide in the coal seams: from material to the reservoir

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    CO2 emissions into the atmosphere are recognized to have a significant effect on global warming. Geological storage of CO2 is widely regarded as an essential approach to reduce the impact of such emissions on the environment. Moreover, injecting carbon dioxide in coal bed methane reservoirs facilitates the recovery of the methane naturally present, a process known as enhanced coal bed methane recovery (ECBM). But the swelling of the coal matrix induced by the preferential adsorption by coal of carbon dioxide over the methane in place leads to a closure of the cleat system (a set of small natural fractures) of the reservoir and therefore to a loss of injectivity. This PhD thesis is dedicated to a study of how this injectivity evolves in presence of fluids. We derive two poro-mechanical dual-porosity models for a coal bed reservoir saturated by a pure fluid. The resulting constitutive equations enable to better understand and model the link between the injectivity of a coal seam and the adsorption-induced swelling of coal. For both models, the pore space of the reservoir is considered to be divided into the macroporous cleats and the pores of the coal matrix. The two models differ by how adsorption of fluid is taken into account: the first model is restricted to surface adsorption, while the second model can be applied for adsorption in a medium with a generic pore size distribution and thus in a microporous medium such as coal, in which adsorption mostly occurs by micropore filling. The latter model is calibrated on two coals with different sorption and swelling properties. We then perform simulations at various scales (Representative Elementary Volume, coal sample, coal seam). In particular, we validate our model on experimental data of adsorption-induced variations of permeability of coal. We also perform simulations of seams from which methane would be produced (CBM) or of methane-free seams into which CO2 would be injected. We study the effect of various

  7. Hybrid Technology of Hard Coal Mining from Seams Located at Great Depths

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    Czaja, Piotr; Kamiński, Paweł; Klich, Jerzy; Tajduś, Antoni

    2014-10-01

    Learning to control fire changed the life of man considerably. Learning to convert the energy derived from combustion of coal or hydrocarbons into another type of energy, such as steam pressure or electricity, has put him on the path of scientific and technological revolution, stimulating dynamic development. Since the dawn of time, fossil fuels have been serving as the mankind's natural reservoir of energy in an increasingly great capacity. A completely incomprehensible refusal to use fossil fuels causes some local populations, who do not possess a comprehensive knowledge of the subject, to protest and even generate social conflicts as an expression of their dislike for the extraction of minerals. Our times are marked by the search for more efficient ways of utilizing fossil fuels by introducing non-conventional technologies of exploiting conventional energy sources. During apartheid, South Africa demonstrated that cheap coal can easily satisfy total demand for liquid and gaseous fuels. In consideration of current high prices of hydrocarbon media (oil and gas), gasification or liquefaction of coal seems to be the innovative technology convergent with contemporary expectations of both energy producers as well as environmentalists. Known mainly from literature reports, underground coal gasification technologies can be brought down to two basic methods: - shaftless method - drilling, in which the gasified seam is uncovered using boreholes drilled from the surface, - shaft method, in which the existing infrastructure of underground mines is used to uncover the seams. This paper presents a hybrid shaft-drilling approach to the acquisition of primary energy carriers (methane and syngas) from coal seams located at great depths. A major advantage of this method is the fact that the use of conventional coal mining technology requires the seams located at great depths to be placed on the off-balance sheet, while the hybrid method of underground gasification enables them to

  8. Layout and support design of a coal roadway in ultra-close multiple-seams

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    严红; 翁明月; 冯锐敏; 李伟康

    2015-01-01

    A roadway within ultra-close multiple-seams (RUCMSs) is one of the most difficult supported coal roadways to deal with in underground coal mines. This is usually due to the unknown stress distributions, improper roadway layout, and unreasonable support parameters. In order to solve this support problem and effectively save RUCMSs from frequent and abrupt disasters (such as serious deformation of the surrounding rock, roof cave ins, and coal side collapse), a comprehensive method is adopted here which includes theoretical analysis, numerical simulation, and field monitoring. A mechanical model was constructed to determine the stress distribution in the coal pillar after two sides of a longwall panel had been mined. Based on this model, the horizontal, vertical, and tangential stress equations for the plane below the floor of the upper-left coal pillar were deduced. In addition, a typical coal mine (the Jinggonger colliery, located in Shuozhou city, Shanxi province, China) with an average distance between its 9# and 11# coal seams of less than 8.0 was chosen to conduct research on the proper layout and reasonable support required for a typical coal roadway located within coal seam 11#. Using FLAC3D (Fast Lagrangian Analysis of Continua in 3-Dimensions) numerical software, eight schemes were designed with different horizontal distances (d) between the center lines of the coal pillar and the roadway in the lower coal seam (RLCS). The simulations and detailed analysis indicate that the proper distances required are between 22.5 and 27.5 m. A total of 20 simulation schemes were used to investigate the factors influencing the support provided by the key bolts (bolt length, spacing, distance between two rows, installation angle, and pre-tightening force). The results were analyzed and used to determine reasonable values for the support parameters. Field results show that the stability and strength of the RLCS can be effectively safeguarded using a combination of researched

  9. Coal Seams in the Horna Nitra Valley - the Cigel Mining Are

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    According to the statistics data, coal will become with no doubt the most important energy source in the 21-st century. The Horna Nitra Valley represents one of the main fuels - energy centre of Slovakia. Deposits of caustobioliths - brown coal and lignite present significant raw material potential. The mining companies, along with run-in extraction methods of coal reserves, are giving their time to a research of untraditional coal processing technologies. An in-situ monitoring of coal seams geo-technological properties contributes in a significant way to obtain some complex knowledge on interactions of certain determining factors which influence the coal gases formation underground. (author)

  10. Stress Measurement in Coal Seam Ahead of Longwall Face - Case Study

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    Kukutsch, Radovan; Koníček, Petr; Waclawik, Petr; Ptáček, Jiří; Staš, Lubomír; Vavro, Martin; Hastíková, Alice

    Wollongong: The University of Wollongong, 2015 - (Aziz, N.; Kininmonth, B.), s. 54-61 ISBN 978-1-925100-23-5. [Coal Operators´ Conference. Wollongong (AU), 11.02.2015-13.02.2015] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LO1406; GA MŠk ED2.1.00/03.0082 Institutional support: RVO:68145535 Keywords : coal seam * stress measurement * destress blasting Subject RIV: DH - Mining , incl. Coal Mining http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2205&context=coal

  11. Controllable theory and applications for the wall bolting reinforcement in the roadway of seam

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    TAN Yun-liang; ZHANG Li-jun; XIAO Ya-xun

    2007-01-01

    By using the Radar penetrating technology and numerical simulations, the fractured zone could be easily determined. Both wall fractured zone and mining action of coal seam roadway were considered, and the bolt reinforcing criteria for wall including low limit condition and up limit condition were put up, which supply a basis for the bolt reinforcement design. For a particular engineering, there existed a bolt reinforcing controllable range which can be determined by the method put up in this paper. For the out of controllable range of bolt reinforcement in engineering, it is necessary to seek for other kind reinforcing technology, because the bolt reinforcing technology is not omnipotent.

  12. The NC Power Supply Design of Large Current and Wide Frequency Pulse in SEAM

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    Jianping Zhou; Yan Xu; Qiang He; Bisheng Zhou

    2013-01-01

    There are a lot of ways to achieve large current pulse power supply, and the more common way is to adopt the inverter switching circuit to achieve pulse power supply. The core of the NC power supply design of large current and wide frequency pulse in SEAM is using two-stage modulation. Combined with inverter technology, DC chopper technology and NC technology, it not only can achieve the adjustability of the output pulse amplitude, but also can realize continuous adjustment of the output puls...

  13. Geometric characterization of a circumferential seam by automatic segmentation of digitized radioscopic images

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    The present study deals with the nondestructive control of a circumferential seam by digital radioscopy. A series of images for one complete revolution of the welded component is available. We first resort to a joint approach by simulation and experimentation. This approach allows the detection of the molten zone limits for an initial image. We then develop a segmentation method that permits automatic extraction of the geometric characteristics of the set of images representative of the weld. These measures supply fast and automatic control of the weld quality. Results are shown for real components. (author)

  14. INNER TRACKING

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    The CMS Inner Tracking Detector continues to make good progress. The Objective for 2006 was to complete all of the CMS Tracker sub-detectors and to start the integration of the sub-detectors into the Tracker Support Tube (TST). The Objective for 2007 is to deliver to CMS a completed, installed, commissioned and calibrated Tracking System (Silicon Strip and Pixels) aligned to < 100µ in April 2008 ready for the first physics collisions at LHC. In November 2006 all of the sub-detectors had been delivered to the Tracker Integration facility (TIF) at CERN and the tests and QA procedures to be carried out on each sub-detector before integration had been established. In December 2006, TIB/TID+ was integrated into TOB+, TIB/TID- was being prepared for integration, and TEC+ was undergoing tests at the final tracker operating temperature (-100 C) in the Lyon cold room. In February 2007, TIB/TID- has been integrated into TOB-, and the installation of the pixel support tube and the services for TI...

  15. CEH-20/Pbx and UNC-62/Meis function upstream of rnt-1/Runx to regulate asymmetric divisions of the C. elegans stem-like seam cells

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    Samantha Hughes

    2013-06-01

    Caenorhabditis elegans seam cells divide in the stem-like mode throughout larval development, with the ability to both self-renew and produce daughters that differentiate. Seam cells typically divide asymmetrically, giving rise to an anterior daughter that fuses with the hypodermis and a posterior daughter that proliferates further. Previously we have identified rnt-1 (a homologue of the mammalian cancer-associated stem cell regulator Runx as being an important regulator of seam development, acting to promote proliferation; rnt-1 mutants have fewer seam cells whereas overexpressing rnt-1 causes seam cell hyperplasia. We isolated the interacting CEH-20/Pbx and UNC-62/Meis TALE-class transcription factors during a genome-wide RNAi screen for novel regulators of seam cell number. Animals lacking wild type CEH-20 or UNC-62 display seam cell hyperplasia, largely restricted to the anterior of the worm, whereas double mutants have many additional seam cells along the length of the animal. The cellular basis of the hyperplasia involves the symmetrisation of normally asymmetric seam cell divisions towards the proliferative stem-like fate. The hyperplasia is completely suppressed in rnt-1 mutants, and rnt-1 is upregulated in ceh-20 and unc-62 mutants, suggesting that CEH-20 and UNC-62 function upstream of rnt-1 to limit proliferative potential to the appropriate daughter cell. In further support of this we find that CEH-20 is asymmetrically localised in seam daughters following an asymmetric division, being predominantly restricted to anterior nuclei whose fate is to differentiate. Thus, ceh-20 and unc-62 encode crucial regulators of seam cell division asymmetry, acting via rnt-1 to regulate the balance between proliferation and differentiation.

  16. Depillaring of total thickness of a thick coal seam in single lift using cable bolts:A case study

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    Kumar Rakesh; Mishra Arvind Kumar; Singh Arun Kumar; Singh Amit Kumar; Ram Sahendra; Singh Rajendra

    2016-01-01

    Explaining fundamentals of application of cable bolting for a thick seam depillaring, this paper summa-rizes the results of field studies conducted during adoption of this approach in more than fifteen panels of Madhusudanpur 7 pit and incline mine. Nearly 7.0 m thick Kajora top coal seam of this mine is developed on pillars along the floor horizon to an average height of 3.0 m, leaving a coal band of around 4.0 m along the roof. Analysis of procured core samples showed that roof strata are easily caveable with a caveability index value of around 2000 only. Easily caveable overlying strata and shallow depth of cover alleviated most of the expected strata mechanics problems of the thick seam mining. However, extraction of total thickness at shallow cover caused differential-subsidence and cracks on the surface. These manifestations were immediately tackled to avoid creation of a breathing path for spontaneous heating in the extracted area.

  17. A small-scale comparison of Iceland scallop size distributions obtained from a camera based autonomous underwater vehicle and dredge survey.

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    Singh, Warsha; Örnólfsdóttir, Erla B; Stefansson, Gunnar

    2014-01-01

    An approach is developed to estimate size of Iceland scallop shells from AUV photos. A small-scale camera based AUV survey of Iceland scallops was conducted at a defined site off West Iceland. Prior to height estimation of the identified shells, the distortions introduced by the vehicle orientation and the camera lens were corrected. The average AUV pitch and roll was 1.3 and 2.3 deg that resulted in underwater, representing the inherent lens distortion. The predicted shell heights were scaled for the distance from the bottom at which the photos were taken. This approach was validated by height estimation of scallops of known sizes. An underestimation of approximately 0.5 cm was seen, which could be attributed to pixel error, where each pixel represented 0.24 x 0.27 cm. After correcting for this difference the estimated heights ranged from 3.8-9.3 cm. A comparison of the height-distribution from a small-scale dredge survey carried out in the vicinity showed non-overlapping peaks in size distribution, with scallops of a broader size range visible in the AUV survey. Further investigations are necessary to evaluate any underlying bias and to validate how representative these surveys are of the true population. The low resolution images made identification of smaller scallops difficult. Overall, the observations of very few small scallops in both surveys could be attributed to low recruitment levels in the recent years due to the known scallop parasite outbreak in the region. PMID:25303243

  18. A small-scale comparison of Iceland scallop size distributions obtained from a camera based autonomous underwater vehicle and dredge survey.

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    Full Text Available An approach is developed to estimate size of Iceland scallop shells from AUV photos. A small-scale camera based AUV survey of Iceland scallops was conducted at a defined site off West Iceland. Prior to height estimation of the identified shells, the distortions introduced by the vehicle orientation and the camera lens were corrected. The average AUV pitch and roll was 1.3 and 2.3 deg that resulted in <2% error in ground distance rendering these effects negligible. A quadratic polynomial model was identified for lens distortion correction. This model successfully predicted a theoretical grid from a frame photographed underwater, representing the inherent lens distortion. The predicted shell heights were scaled for the distance from the bottom at which the photos were taken. This approach was validated by height estimation of scallops of known sizes. An underestimation of approximately 0.5 cm was seen, which could be attributed to pixel error, where each pixel represented 0.24 x 0.27 cm. After correcting for this difference the estimated heights ranged from 3.8-9.3 cm. A comparison of the height-distribution from a small-scale dredge survey carried out in the vicinity showed non-overlapping peaks in size distribution, with scallops of a broader size range visible in the AUV survey. Further investigations are necessary to evaluate any underlying bias and to validate how representative these surveys are of the true population. The low resolution images made identification of smaller scallops difficult. Overall, the observations of very few small scallops in both surveys could be attributed to low recruitment levels in the recent years due to the known scallop parasite outbreak in the region.

  19. Strata behavior investigation for high-intensity mining in the water-rich coal seam

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    Ding Huande; Miao Xiexing; Ju Feng; Wang Xiulin; Wang Qingcang

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes a specific case of mining in a water-rich coal seam in western China. Water inrushes, roof caving and other disasters induced by intensive mining operation could pose great threats to the safety of coal mines. The strata behavior during the high-intensity extraction in the water-rich coal seam is analyzed by employing the numerical simulation method and in situ monitoring. The results show that about 10 m ahead of the workface, the front abutment pressure peaks is at 34.13 MPa, while the peak of the side abutment pressure is located about 8 m away from the gateway with the value of 12.41 MPa;the height of the fracture zone, the first weighting step and the cycle weighting step are calculated to be 45, 50 and 20.8 m, respectively; pressure distribution in the workface is characterized by that the vertical pressure in the center occurs earlier and is stronger than those on both ends. Then, the results above are verified by in situ measurement, which may provide a basis for safe mining under similar conditions.

  20. Interpretation of Coal-Seam Sequestration Data Using a New Swelling and Shrinkage Model

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    Siriwardane, H.J.; Smith, D.H.

    2006-10-01

    This paper deals with the influence of swelling and shrinkage of coal on the production of methane from, and sequestration of carbon dioxide in, a coalbed reservoir. A three-dimensional swelling and shrinkage model was developed. It is based on constitutive equations that account for coupled fluid pressure-deformation behavior of a porous medium that undergoes swelling and shrinkage. The swelling and shrinkage strains are computed on the basis of the amounts of different gases (e.g., CO2, CH4) sorbed or desorbed. The amounts of sorption and desorption are computed from measured isotherms with the aid of the Ideal Adsorbed Solution model for mixed gases. The permeability of the reservoir is modified according to the swelling-shrinkage model. The paper presents numerical results for the influence of swelling and shrinkage on reservoir performance during injection of carbon dioxide. The paper includes results from a number of examples, and analysis of a field injection into a coal seam at a site in the San Juan basin. Results show that with the incorporation of swelling and shrinkage into the analysis, it is possible to get a better history-match of production data. Results also show that coal swelling can reduce the injection volumes of carbon dioxide significantly. The interpretation of field data with the new swelling-shrinkage model shows that the coal swelling during carbon dioxide sequestration in coal-seams is an important factor that can influence field performance.

  1. Research on forced gas draining from coal seams by surface well drilling

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    Wu Dongmei; Wang Haifeng; Ge Chungui; An Fenghua

    2011-01-01

    Surface drilling was performed at the Luling Coal Mine, in Huaibei, to shorten the period required for gas draining. The experimental study was designed to reduce the cost of gas control by efficiently draining gas from the upper protected layer. The structural arraignment and technical principles of pressure relief via surface drilling are discussed. Results from the trial showed that gas drained from the surface system over a period of 10 months. The total amount of collected gas was 248.4 million m3. The gas draining occurred in three stages: a growth period; a period of maximum gas production; and an attenuation period. The period of maximum gas production lasted for 4 months. During this time the methane concentration ranged from 60% to 90% and the average draining rate was 10.6 m3/min. Combined with other methods of draining it was possible to drain 70.6% of the gas from middle coal seam groups. The amount of residual gas dropped to 5.2 m3/ton, and the pressure of the residual gas fell to 0.53 MPa,thereby eliminating the outburst danger in the middle coal seam groups. The factors affecting pressure relief gas draining by surface drilling were analysed.

  2. Recycling of coal seam gas-associated water using vacuum membrane distillation.

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    Heidarpour, Farideh; Shi, Jeffrey; Chae, So-Ryong

    2015-01-01

    Coal seam gas-associated water (CSGAW), which is a by-product of coal seam gas (CSG) production typically contains significant amounts of salts and has potential environmental issues. In this study, we optimized a bench-scale vacuum membrane distillation (VMD) process with flat-sheet hydrophobic polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membranes for the treatment of synthetic CSGAW (conductivity = 15 mS/cm). To study performance of the VMD process, we explored the effects of feed temperature (T(f) = 60, 70, and 80°C), feed flow rate (V(f) = 60, 120, and 240 mL/min), and vacuum pressure (P(v) = 3, 6, and 9 kPa) on water permeability through the PTFE membrane in the VMD process. Under the optimum conditions (i.e. T(f) = 80°C, V(f) = 240 mL/min, P(v) = 3 kPa), water permeability and rejection efficiency of salts by the VMD process were found to be 5.5 L/m(2)/h (LMH) and 99.9%, respectively, after 2 h filtration. However, after 8 h operation, the water permeability decreased by 70% compared with the initial flux due to the formation of fouling layer of calcium, chloride, sodium, magnesium, and potassium on the membrane surface. PMID:26360750

  3. Managing produced water from coal seam gas projects: implications for an emerging industry in Australia.

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    Davies, Peter J; Gore, Damian B; Khan, Stuart J

    2015-07-01

    This paper reviews the environmental problems, impacts and risks associated with the generation and disposal of produced water by the emerging coal seam gas (CSG) industry and how it may be relevant to Australia and similar physical settings. With only limited independent research on the potential environmental impacts of produced water, is it necessary for industry and government policy makers and regulators to draw upon the experiences of related endeavours such as mining and groundwater extraction accepting that the conclusions may not always be directly transferrable. CSG is widely touted in Australia as having the potential to provide significant economic and energy security benefits, yet the environmental and health policies and the planning and regulatory setting are yet to mature and are continuing to evolve amidst ongoing social and environmental concerns and political indecision. In this review, produced water has been defined as water that is brought to the land surface during the process of recovering methane gas from coal seams and includes water sourced from CSG wells as well as flowback water associated with drilling, hydraulic fracturing and gas extraction. A brief overview of produced water generation, its characteristics and environmental issues is provided. A review of past lessons and identification of potential risks, including disposal options, is included to assist in planning and management of this industry. PMID:25783163

  4. How sorption-induced matrix deformation affects gas flow in coal seams: A new FE model

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    Zhang, H.B.; Liu, J.S.; Elsworth, D. [University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA (Australia). School of Oil and Gas Engineering

    2008-12-15

    The influence of sorption-induced coal matrix deformation on the evolution of porosity and permeability of fractured coal seams is evaluated, together with its influence on gas recovery rates. The porosity-based model considers factors such as the volume occupied by the free-phase gas, the volume occupied by the adsorbed phase gas, the deformation-induced pore volume change, and the sorption-induced coal pore volume change. More importantly, these factors are quantified under in situ stress conditions. A cubic relation between coal porosity and permeability is introduced to relate the coal storage capability (changing porosity) to the coal transport property (changing permeability). A general porosity and permeability model is then implemented into a coupled gas flow and coal deformation finite element model. The new FE model was used to compare the performance of the new model with that of the Palmer-Mansoori model. It is found that the Palmer-Mansoori model may produce significant errors if loading conditions deviate from the assumptions of the uniaxial strain condition and infinite bulk modulus of the grains. The FE model was also applied to quantify the net change in permeability, the gas flow, and the resultant deformation in a coal seam. Model results demonstrate that the evolution of porosity and of permeability is controlled by the competing influences of effective stresses and sorption-based volume changes. The resulting sense of permeability change is controlled by the dominant mechanism.

  5. Behaviors of overlying strata in extra-thick coal seams using top-coal caving method

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    Bin Yu

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Accidents such as support failure and excessive deformation of roadways due to drastic changes in strata behaviors are frequently reported when mining the extra-thick coal seams Nos. 3–5 in Datong coal mine with top-coal caving method, which significantly hampers the mine's normal production. To understand the mechanism of strata failure, this paper presented a structure evolution model with respect to strata behaviors. Then the behaviors of strata overlying the extra-thick coal seams were studied with the combined method of theoretical analysis, physical simulation, and field measurement. The results show that the key strata, which are usually thick-hard strata, play an important role in overlying movement and may influence the mining-induced strata behaviors in the working face using top-coal caving method. The structural model of far-field key strata presents a “masonry beam” type structure when “horizontal O-X” breakage type happens. The rotational motion of the block imposed radial compressive stress on the surrounding rock mass of the roadway. This can induce excessive deformation of roadway near the goaf. Besides, this paper proposed a pre-control technology for the hard roof based on fracture holes and underground roof pre-splitting. It could effectively reduce stress concentration and release the accumulated energy of the strata, when mining underground coal resources with top-coal caving method.

  6. Schemes for development and mining of level coal seams without leaving support coal pillars

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    Bakhtin, A.F.; Batmanov, Yu.K.; Taratuta, N.K.

    1982-07-01

    Methods are illustrated for longwall mining without leaving support pillars for strata control. Comparative evaluations in Soviet coal mines show that with increasing mining depth coal losses associated with support pillars increase. Use of support pillars also increases rock burst hazard and increases cost of support repairs in mine roadways. Proportion of coal from longwall mining without leaving coal support pillars increased from 36 % in 1976 to 52% in 1980. Two variants of longwall mining without support pillars are analyzed: with repeated use of longwall gate roads and without their repeated use. Comparative investigations show that longwall mining with the repeated use of the gates (one of the gate roads) is used in coal seams with the most convenient mining and geological conditions, whereas the second system is used under more difficult conditions. Schemes with repeated use are designed for thin coal seams, at a depth not exceeding 600 m, under conditions of stable roof and floor (when the floor consists of less stable rocks absence of water influx is the condition). Repeated use of gate roads is economical when, in spite of repeated gate road use, cost of support repair and maintenance is low. Fifteen schemes for longwall mining with and without repeated use of gateroads are compared. The results of evaluations are shown in a table. Recommendations on the most economical mining schemes are made.

  7. Geometric accuracy of a novel gimbals based radiation therapy tumor tracking system

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    Purpose: VERO is a novel platform for image guided stereotactic body radiotherapy. Orthogonal gimbals hold the linac-MLC assembly allowing real-time moving tumor tracking. This study determines the geometric accuracy of the tracking. Materials and methods: To determine the tracking error, an 1D moving phantom produced sinusoidal motion with frequencies up to 30 breaths per minute (bpm). Tumor trajectories of patients were reproduced using a 2D robot and pursued with the gimbals tracking system prototype. Using the moving beam light field and a digital-camera-based detection unit tracking errors, system lag and equivalence of pan/tilt performance were measured. Results: The system lag was 47.7 ms for panning and 47.6 ms for tilting. Applying system lag compensation, sinusoidal motion tracking was accurate, with a tracking error 90% percentile E90% 90% of 0.54 mm, and tracking error standard deviations of 0.20 mm for pan and 0.22 mm for tilt. Conclusions: In terms of dynamic behavior, the gimbaled linac of the VERO system showed to be an excellent approach for providing accurate real-time tumor tracking in radiation therapy.

  8. Petrographic and geochemical contrasts and environmentally significant trace elements in marine-influenced coal seams, Yanzhou mining area, China

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    Liu, Gaisheng; Yang, P.; Peng, Z.; Chou, C.-L.

    2004-01-01

    The Yanzhou mining area in west Shandong Province, China contains coals of Permian and Carboniferous age. The 31 and 32 seams of the Permian Shanxi Formation and seams 6, 15-17 of the Carboniferous Taiyuan Formation were analyzed for coal petrology, mineralogy and geochemical parameters. The parameters indicate that the coal is high volatile bituminous in rank. The coal is characterized by high vitrinite and low to medium inertinite and liptinite contents. These properties may be related to evolution of the coal forming environment from more reducing conditions in a marine influenced lower delta plain environment for the early Taiyuan coals to more oxidizing paleoenvironments in an upper delta plain for the upper Shanxi coal seams. The major mineral phases present in the coal are quartz, kaolinite, pyrite and calcite. Sulfur is one of the hazardous elements in coal. The major forms of sulfur in coal are pyritic, organic and sulfate sulfur. Pyritic and organic sulfur generally account for the bulk of the sulfur in coal. Elemental sulfur also occurs in coal, but only in trace to minor amounts. In this paper, the distribution and concentration of sulfur in the Yanzhou mining district are analyzed, and the forms of sulfur are studied. The sulfur content of the Taiyuan coal seams is considerably higher than that of the Shanxi coals. Organic sulfur content is positively correlated to total and pyritic sulfur. The vertical variation of Cu, Zn, Pb, As, Th, U and sulfur contents in coal seam 3 of the Shanxi Formation in the Xinglongzhuang mine show that all these trace elements, with the exception of Th, are enriched in the top and bottom plies of the seam, and that their concentrations are also relatively high in the dirt bands within the seam. The pyritic sulfur is positively correlated with total sulfur, and both are enriched in the top, bottom and parting plies of the seam. The concentrations of the trace elements are closely related to sulfur and ash contents. Most of

  9. Solution of underground mine gas emissions on surface of abandoned mining sites where steep deposited coal seams have been exploited

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    The solution of uncontrolled gas emissions from abandoned underground coal mine sites in Ostrava-Karvina coal-field to surface ground in connection with old mine shafts and drifts and with old mining workings in horizontal and inclined coal seams has many forms. It varies according to geological and mining conditions and the disposition of the site surface. Since four years the gas emission risk has appeared in the area of former exploited vertical coal seams within the historical centre of Orlova town, which is protected by State Monument Protection office. A project based on such special nature of mining-geological and urban conditions was elaborated and already implemented. (authors)

  10. CO2 injection in a coal seam - Insights from the European CARBOLAB project with focus on water geochemical monitoring

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    Gal, Frédérick; Proust, Eric; Leynet, Aurélien

    2014-01-01

    The CARBOLAB project is funded by the European program RFCS (Research Fund for Coal and Steel). It gathers six partners from Spain, France and Poland. One of the main tasks of this project is to perform in-situ CO2 injection in a coal seam located at 464 m depth in the Montsacro pit, Asturias, Spain. Injection of CO2 in coal seams is one of the options for climate change mitigation but it presents lots of uncertainties and technical difficulties. Therefore work is needed to better constraint ...

  11. Back-and-forth mining for hard and thick coal seams-research about the mining technology for fully mechanized caving working face of Datong Mine

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    JIN Zhi-xin; YU Hong; YU Bin; SONG Hua-ling

    2005-01-01

    The article introduced the key technology, mining process, and back-and-forth mining method for the caving working face of hard-thick coal seams in Datcng mine, and researched this innovations process, optimized the systemic design and working face outplay, tried to perfect the caving mining technology of hard-thick coal seams further.

  12. Data preparation for digital modelling of the coal seams in the South Moravian Lignite Coalfield (Czech part of the Vienna Basin)

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    In the contribution data preparation for digital modelling and assessing the Kyjov Seam (Pannonian, zone B of the Vienna Basin stratigraphy) and the Dubnany Seam (Pannonian, zone F) is presented. The seams occur partly as unit seam and partly as seam split in up to four benches. Almost 3000 holes were drilled in the area in the last 50 years. Data about lithological logs, laboratory results and other measurements were gathered, uniformed, and stored in digital database. Input data for modelling, which were the thickness and average values of analytical parameters in set thickness in each data point (drill hole), were derived from the primary data stored in database by designed software. The thickness was defined in five ways in each drill hole. Firstly as the geological thickness to model natural geometry of the seam and secondly as deposit thickness to model only part of the seam with required quality. Deposit thickness was defined in four variants according to limit parameter of maximal average ash content value of 50, 40, 35, and 30 % in the seam in borehole. (authors)

  13. Track Construction Manual.

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    Banke, Ron; Di Gennaro, Guy; Ediger, Rick; Garner, Lanny; Hersom, Steve; Miller, Jack; Nemeth, Ron; Petrucelli, Jim; Sierks, Donna; Smith, Don; Swank, Kevin; West, Kevin

    This book establishes guidelines for the construction and maintenance of tracks by providing information for building new tracks or upgrading existing tracks. Subjects covered include running track planning and construction, physical layout, available surfaces, and maintenance. General track requirements and construction specifications are…

  14. Data base for the analysis of compositional characteristics of coal seams and macerals. Part 7. Petrographic variation due to depositional setting of the lower Kittanning seam, western Pennsylvania. Final report

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    Allshouse, S.D.; Davis, A.

    1984-01-01

    Detailed megascopic and microscopic petrographic analyses were conducted on samples of the Lower Kittanning seam from western Pennsylvania. Relationships were sought between the paleoenvironmental setting of the coal swamp and the vertical and lateral variability of lithotypes, maceral composition and vitrinite types. Megascopically, the four samples collected from the freshwater facies of the seam are similar in appearance and relative lithotype composition, and display no distinct vertical zonations. The sample from the marine-influenced central portion of the basin (PSOC-1340) possesses a marked vertical zonation into a bright lower zone and a dull upper zone. The lower zone is similar in appearance to the freswater samples. Detailed microscopic analyses revealed that the vertical zonation of PSOC-1340 is apparent in both the maceral and vitrinite type composition. No similar zonation is apparent in the microscopic analysis of the four freshwater facies samples. Similarities between the lower zone of PSOC-1340 and the whole seam of the freshwater samples are most apparent in the vitrinite-type analysis. The lower zone of PSOC-1340 and the whole seam from the freshwater facies are considered to be laterally equivalent coal types. The dull upper zone of PSOC-1340 is considered to have formed in response to a major change in the paleoenvironment of the swamp, probably a marine transgression. 49 references, 25 figures, 15 tables.

  15. Deformation mechanism and control of lower seam roadway of contiguous seams%极近距离煤层下位巷道变形机理及控制

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    于洋; 神文龙; 高杰

    2016-01-01

    为了解决极近距离煤层下位巷道围岩维护的难题,以山西蒲县北峪煤矿工程地质条件为背景,通过数值计算研究了极近距离上位煤层采空区下底板岩层的应力分布规律及下位煤层巷道变形破坏特征,确定了下位巷道顶板控制原则,并对不同顶板控制方式进行了现场测试;在此基础上,提出了基于水力膨胀锚杆全长锚固和顶板超前插管法的三维联合控顶技术,并依据力学计算和现场测试结果确定了关键参数。工业性试验表明,研究开发的控制技术对极近距离煤层下位巷道围岩的控制作用显著,巷道整体维护状况良好,给类似条件下的巷道围岩控制提供了有益的参考。%In order to solve the support problem of roadway locating in the lower seam of contiguous coal seams, this paper, taking Beiyu coalmine in Pu County, Shanxi Province as a case, has studied the stress field in the floor of gob belonging to upper seam and characteristics of deformation and instability for roadway locating in lower seam by means of numerical simulation. Principles of ground control for roadway roof in lower seam have been determined and different roof control methods have been tested in field. According to this research, three-dimensional combined roof control techniques based on hy-draulic expansion bolt and advancing insertion of tube on roof have been put forward with corres-ponding key parameters being determined through theoretical analysis and field test. Field test has sug-gested that control techniques raised in this paper are effective for the ground control of roadway in lower seam of contiguous coal seams and the general condition of roadway is good, which has provided great reference value for ground control of roadway in similar conditions.

  16. 保护层开采被保护层卸压增透效果的应用研究%Effect of protective seam mining on pressure relief and permeability enhancement of protected coal seam

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    冯拥军; 周玉军; 张喜传

    2014-01-01

    In view of the coal seam occurrence condition and geological condition of the west-ern region of Henan Province,the gas pressure releasing and drainage in protective coal seam was designed and the drilling design was investigated. In addition,the gas parameters and the dis-placement of roof and floor of B1 coal seam were determined. The research results showed that after the protective seam mining,coal seam gas pressure was decreased from the original 0.9 MPa to 0.12 MPa,the original gas content was reduced from the previous 6.52 m3/t to 3.1 m3/t,the expansion deformation of roof and floor reached 20.6 ‰,and the coal seam permeability coefficient was increased 810 times,so that the outburst danger at No. 12112 working face of B1 coal seam was eliminated in the pressure released area.%针对豫西煤田煤层赋存情况及地质状况,设计了被保护层的卸压抽采方案及考察钻孔,对瓦斯基础参数和二1煤层的煤层顶底板移近量进行了测定.研究结果表明,二1煤层在受到保护层开采后,煤层瓦斯压力由原始的0.9 MP a降为0.12 MP a ,原始瓦斯含量由以前的6.52 m3/t降为3.1 m3/t,顶底板膨胀变形量达到20.6‰,煤层透气性系数增大了810倍,在卸压区内完全消除了二1煤层12112工作面的突出危险性.

  17. 极近距离煤层下位巷道变形机理及控制%Deformation mechanism and control of lower seam roadway of contiguous seams

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    于洋; 神文龙; 高杰

    2016-01-01

    In order to solve the support problem of roadway locating in the lower seam of contiguous coal seams, this paper, taking Beiyu coalmine in Pu County, Shanxi Province as a case, has studied the stress field in the floor of gob belonging to upper seam and characteristics of deformation and instability for roadway locating in lower seam by means of numerical simulation. Principles of ground control for roadway roof in lower seam have been determined and different roof control methods have been tested in field. According to this research, three-dimensional combined roof control techniques based on hy-draulic expansion bolt and advancing insertion of tube on roof have been put forward with corres-ponding key parameters being determined through theoretical analysis and field test. Field test has sug-gested that control techniques raised in this paper are effective for the ground control of roadway in lower seam of contiguous coal seams and the general condition of roadway is good, which has provided great reference value for ground control of roadway in similar conditions.%为了解决极近距离煤层下位巷道围岩维护的难题,以山西蒲县北峪煤矿工程地质条件为背景,通过数值计算研究了极近距离上位煤层采空区下底板岩层的应力分布规律及下位煤层巷道变形破坏特征,确定了下位巷道顶板控制原则,并对不同顶板控制方式进行了现场测试;在此基础上,提出了基于水力膨胀锚杆全长锚固和顶板超前插管法的三维联合控顶技术,并依据力学计算和现场测试结果确定了关键参数。工业性试验表明,研究开发的控制技术对极近距离煤层下位巷道围岩的控制作用显著,巷道整体维护状况良好,给类似条件下的巷道围岩控制提供了有益的参考。

  18. INNER TRACKING

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    The CMS Inner Tracking Detector continues to make good progress. The successful commissioning of ~ 25% of the Silicon Strip Tracker was completed in the Tracker Integration Facility (TIF) at CERN on 18 July 2007 and the Tracker has since been prepared for moving and installation into CMS at P5. The Tracker will be ready to move on schedule in September 2007. The Installation of the Tracker cooling pipes and LV cables between Patch Panel 1 (PP1) on the inside the CMS magnet cryostat, and the cooling plants and power system racks on the balconies has been completed. The optical fibres from PP1 to the readout FEDs in the USC will be installed in parallel with the installation of the EB/HB services, and will be completed in October. It is planned to install the Tracker into CMS at the end of October, after the completion of the installation of the EB/HB services. The Tracker will then be connected to the pre-installed services on YB0 and commissioned with CMS in December. The FPix and BPix continue to make ...

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    The CMS Inner Tracking Detector continues to make good progress. The successful commissioning of ~ 25% of the Silicon Strip Tracker was completed in the Tracker Integration Facility (TIF) at CERN in July 2007 and the Tracker has since been prepared for moving and installation into CMS at P5. The Tracker was ready to move on schedule in September 2007. The Installation of the Tracker cooling pipes and LV cables between Patch Panel 1 (PP1) on the inside the CMS magnet cryostat, and the cooling plants and power system racks on the balconies has been completed. The optical fibres from PP1 to the readout FEDs in the USC have been installed, together with the Tracker cable channels, in parallel with the installation of the EB/HB services. All of the Tracker Safety, Power, DCS and the VME Readout Systems have been installed at P5 and are being tested and commissioned with CMS. It is planned to install the Tracker into CMS before Christmas. The Tracker will then be connected to the pre-installed services on Y...

  20. 76 FR 30241 - Pipeline Safety: Notice of Public Meetings on Managing Challenges With Pipeline Seam Welds and...

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    ... Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477) or view the... Managing Challenges With Pipeline Seam Welds and Improving Pipeline Risk Assessments and Recordkeeping... recordkeeping are driving a stronger focus on better managing these challenges. PHMSA is holding...

  1. Liptinite as an indicator of environmental changes during formation of coal seam No. 207 (Upper Silesia, Poland)

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    Jelonek, I.; Kruszewska, K.J.; Filipiak, P. [Faculty of Earth Sciences, University of Silesia, Bedzinska Street, 60, 41-200, Sosnowiec (Poland)

    2007-08-01

    The coal seam No. 207 was a subject of palynological and petrographic studies. According to the results of the vitrinite random reflectance measurements supplemented by moisture and calorific value determinations, the rank of this coal is matching the boundary between sub-bituminous and bituminous coals. The aim was to reconstruct the environmental conditions during the biochemical stage of seam formation, as well as the facies development throughout the seam profile. The maceral (incident and fluorescence mode) and microlithotype compositions (incident light) supplemented by palynological analyses, show that there were two main facies developments. In the authors opinion, they correspond with a phase of ombrogenous, raised bog marked by the presence of crassidurite with Densosporites variabilis and a wet-forest swamp phase represented by vitrite and clarite with more diverse spore assemblage including densospores. Other minor but distinctive sediments, a cannel layer and a reeds facies, both occurring in the lower part of the seam. Above the tonstein horizon, a dry forest type of sedimentation is recognized. (author)

  2. Geochemistry of autochthonous and hypautochthonous siderite-dolomite coal-balls (Foord Seam, Bolsovian, Upper Carboniferous), Nova Scotia, Canada

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    Zodrow, E.L.; Lyons, P.C.; Millay, M.A.

    1996-01-01

    The 11-13 m thick Foord Seam in the fault-bounded Stellarton Basin, Nova Scotia, is the thickest seam from the Euramerican floral province known to contain coal-balls. In addition to the first discovery of autochthonous coal-balls in the Foord Seam, Nova Scotia, its shale parting also contains hypautochthonous coal-balls with histologically preserved plant structures. The coal-ball discovery helps fill a stratigraphic gap in coal-ball occurrences in the upper Carboniferous (Bolsovian) of Euramerica. The autochthonous and hypautochthonous coal-balls have a similar mineralogical composition and are composed of siderite (81-100%), dolomite-ankerite (0-19%), minor quartz and illite, and trace amounts of 'calcite'. Similar is also their permineralizing mineralogy, which consists of dolomite-ankerite and siderite. Their low pyrite content and carbonate mineralogy, and nonmarine origin, differentiates the Foord Seam coal-balls from other Euramerican coal-ball occurrences. A preliminary geochemical model, which is based on oxygen and carbon isotopic data, indicates that siderite in both the autochthonous and hypautochthonous coal-balls is of very early diagenetic (nonmarine) origin from 13C-enriched bicarbonate derived from bacterial methanogenesis of organic matter.

  3. Coal-ball floras of maritime Canada and palynology of the Foord seam: geologic paleobotanical and paleoecogical implications

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    Lyons, P.C.; Zodrow, E.L.; Millay, M.A.; Dolby, G.; Gillis, K.S.; Cross, A.T. [US Geological Survey, Reston, VA (United States). National Center

    1997-01-01

    Coal balls in the Canadian Carboniferous System are known from the Clifton Formation (late Bolsovian) of New Brunswick and from the Foord seam (Stellarton Formation, late Bolsovian) of the Stellarton Basin of Nova Scotia. Coal balls from these two units are dominated by arborescent lycopods but ferns, seed ferns, calamiteans, and cordaiteans also occur. Baxter`s 1960 list of coal-ball plants from New Brunswick is updated. The palynomorphs and coal-ball plants of the Foord seam of the Stellarton Basin are illustrated and their paleoecology is discussed. Five genera of arborescent lycopods were present in the Foord swamp: Diaphorodendron, Paralycopodites, Lepidophloios, Sigillaria and Lepidodendron. The first three genera are represented in coal balls; the second two are also represented as compressions in the Foord seam; and all genera are represented in the spore assemblages from the Foord seam. The palynostratigraphy indicates that Sigillaria and Diaphorodendron were almost exclusively confined to the upper bench, whereas the other three genera were probably present in the Foord mire throughout its entire history. Palynomorphic changes in the Foord mire probably reflect gradual changes in wet and dry conditions.

  4. A method of determining the permeability coefficient of coal seam based on the permeability of loaded coal

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    Li Bo; Wei Jianping; Wang Kai; Li Peng; Wang Ke

    2014-01-01

    This study developed the equipment for thermo-fluid-solid coupling of methane-containing coal, and investigated the seepage character of loaded coal under different working conditions. Regarding the effective pressure as a variable, the variation characteristics of the gas permeability of loaded meth-ane-containing coal has been studied under the conditions of different confining pressures and pore pres-sures. The qualitative and quantitative relationship between effective stress and permeability of loaded methane-containing coal has been established, considering the adsorption of deformation, amount of pore gas compression and temperature variation. The results show that the permeability of coal samples decreases along with the increasing effective stress. Based on the Darcy law, the correlation equation between the effective stress and permeability coefficient of coal seam has been established by combining the permeability coefficient of loaded coal and effective stress. On the basis of experimental data, this equation is used for calculation, and the results are in accordance with the measured gas permeability coefficient of coal seam. In conclusion, this method can be accurate and convenient to determine the gas permeability coefficient of coal seam, and provide evidence for forecasting that of the deep coal seam.

  5. Facies, dissolution seams and stable isotope compositions of the Rohtas Limestone (Vindhyan Supergroup) in the Son valley area, central India

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    S Banerjee; S K Bhattacharya; S Sarkar

    2005-02-01

    The early Mesoproterozoic Rohtas Limestone in the Son valley area of central India represents an overall shallowing-upward carbonate succession. Detailed facies analysis of the limestone reveals outer- to inner-shelf deposition in an open marine setting. Wave-ripples, hummocky cross strat- ifications and edgewise conglomerates argue against a deep marine depositional model for the Rohtas Limestone proposed earlier. Stable isotope analysis of the limestone shows that 13C and 18O values are compatible with the early Mesoproterozoic open seawater composition. The ribbon limestone facies in the Rohtas Limestone is characterized by micritic beds, each decoupled in a lower band enriched and an upper band depleted in dissolution seams. Band-wise isotopic analysis reveals systematic short-term variations. Comparative enrichment of the heavier isotopes in the upper bands is attributed to early cementation from sea water and water derived from the lower band undergoing dissolution because of lowering of pH at depth. The short-term positive shifts in isotopic compositions in almost every upward gradational transition from a seamed band to a non-seamed band support the contention that dissolution seams here are of early diagenetic origin, although their formation was accentuated under overburden pressure.

  6. Concept for the monitoring of weld seams on pressure pipes made of austenitic steel using ultrasonic processes

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    A concept for the repeat testing of weld seams in pipelines made of Austenitic steel using ultrasonic processes is developed and tested. Even with varying sound attenuation in the material and on the occurence of 'ghost' indications, it ensures certain indication of faults. Further, the depth of cracks can be assessed, for example by the height of echos, even for large extents. (orig.)

  7. Comparison of external motion tracking systems for PET list-mode reconstruction

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    Olesen, Oline Vinter; Paulsen, Rasmus Reinhold; Keller, Sune H.; Højgaard, Liselotte; Roed, Bjarne; Larsen, Rasmus

    attachment of markers to the subject introducing image artifacts on human scans. We have previously designed a camera-based structured light (SL) system for 3D head tracking used with the high resolution research tomograph (HRRT, Siemens, Knoxville, USA) [5]. The system was modified to use invisible light...... markerless tracking system is not trivial to provide and to our knowledge not presently existent. The Polaris Vicra optical tracking system (Northern Digital Inc.) is generally used with PET brain imaging and has been demonstrated to work very well on phantoms [4]. However, it suffers from the necessary...... and the accuracy was demonstrated similar to a commercial system [6]. Presently, we show the SL system integrated with the HRRT PET scanner ready for PET motion correction. We show a comparison study with the Polaris Vicra based on list-mode motion corrected [7]....

  8. Comparison of external motion tracking systems for PET list-mode reconstruction

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    Olesen, Oline Vinter; Paulsen, Rasmus Reinhold; Keller, Sune H.;

    2011-01-01

    The present improvement that we see III 3D medical scanner technology including increasing spatio-temporal resolution and increasing signal-to-noise ratio underlines the need for reliable motion correction. Many motion correction schemes assume that the motions are known [1-3]. However, a reliable...... markerless tracking system is not trivial to provide and to our knowledge not presently existent. The Polaris Vicra optical tracking system (Northern Digital Inc.) is generally used with PET brain imaging and has been demonstrated to work very well on phantoms [4]. However, it suffers from the necessary...... attachment of markers to the subject introducing image artifacts on human scans. We have previously designed a camera-based structured light (SL) system for 3D head tracking used with the high resolution research tomograph (HRRT, Siemens, Knoxville, USA) [5]. The system was modified to use invisible light...

  9. Influence on the soldered seam properties with large gap widths by heat treatment

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    Soldering tests were performed on the nickel base alloy NiCr 20 TiAl with the soldering material NiCrSi. It is seen that soldered seams of over 100 μm width are very brittle. The brittleness is due to the silicides formed during soldering. The ductility behaviour can be considerably improved by an annealing treatment after soldering which does not affect the properties of the basic material. This ductility-increasing heat treatment can also be applied to other soldered joints, the optimum temperatures and annealing times being determined by metallographic and technological investigations. Spot sampling under the actual operational conditions is recommended prior to introducing this heat treatment step into the fabrication. (orig./LH)

  10. Improving the CO2 well injectivity and enhanced coalbed methane production performance in coal seams

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    This paper reports on the performance comparison for different CO2-ECBM schemes in relatively thin unminable seams typical of Northern Appalachian coal basin using a horizontal well configuration. Numerical simulations based upon public-domain coalbed reservoir properties indicated that injection of pure CO2 is likely to result in only limited incremental methane recovery if any over primary recovery, due to the low injection rates that can be achieved. On the other hand, the presence of the nitrogen component in the injected gas stream is capable of improving the efficiency of enhanced methane recovery significantly without compromising the net CO2 injection rates, as a result of improved injectivity over pure CO2 injection. There is, however, a trade off between incremental methane recovery and produced gas purity due to early nitrogen breakthrough. (author)

  11. Parametric optimization of seam welding of stainless steel (SS 304) sheets

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    Krishnan, Muthuraman Pandi; Sait, Abdullah Naveen; Ravichandran, Manickam [Chendhuran College of Engineering and Technology, Pudukkottai, Tamilnadu (India)

    2015-06-01

    In the present study, seam welding process parameters were optimized for joining 306 stainless steel plates. Welding pressure, welding speed and welding temperature combinations were carefully selected with the objective of producing a weld joint with maximum impact strength and hardness. Taguchi technique was applied for optimizing the selected welding parameters. The factors used in this study consisted of pressure, welding speed and welding temperature, each of which had three levels in the study. L{sub 27} orthogonal array and corresponding levels were selected according to the aforementioned factors and experimental tests were performed. Signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio was used to evaluate the experimental results. The results indicate that the welding speed has the greatest influence on impact strength, followed by welding pressure and temperature. Experiments have also been conducted to validate the optimized parameters.

  12. Coal seam gas water: potential hazards and exposure pathways in Queensland.

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    Navi, Maryam; Skelly, Chris; Taulis, Mauricio; Nasiri, Shahram

    2015-01-01

    The extraction of coal seam gas (CSG) produces large volumes of potentially contaminated water. It has raised concerns about the environmental health impacts of the co-produced CSG water. In this paper, we review CSG water contaminants and their potential health effects in the context of exposure pathways in Queensland's CSG basins. The hazardous substances associated with CSG water in Queensland include fluoride, boron, lead and benzene. The exposure pathways for CSG water are (1) water used for municipal purposes; (2) recreational water activities in rivers; (3) occupational exposures; (4) water extracted from contaminated aquifers; and (5) indirect exposure through the food chain. We recommend mapping of exposure pathways into communities in CSG regions to determine the potentially exposed populations in Queensland. Future efforts to monitor chemicals of concern and consolidate them into a central database will build the necessary capability to undertake a much needed environmental health impact assessment. PMID:24853090

  13. Test studies of gas flow in rock and coal surrounding a mined coal seam

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    Lv Youchang

    2012-01-01

    An analysis of the variation rule of abutment pressure at the mining working face in a single coal seam and the mechanical behavior of surrounding rock during stoping is presented.Consideration of the elastic and plastic deformation zones that develop during the mining process allowed the determination of a relationship between horizontal stress and vertical stress.Based on this,a confined pressure unloading test was conducted by the use of the "gas-containing coal thermo-fluid-solid coupling 3-axis servo seepage" experimental apparatus.Thus,gas flow patterns in the elastic and plastic zones were derived from an experimental point of view.Darcy's law and the Klinkenberg effect were used to derive a gas flow equation for the elastic and plastic stress fields.The study of gas flow phenomena at the working face during coal mining is of great importance for the study of gas migration and enrichment oatterns.

  14. Multifrequency eddy-current inspection of seam weld in steel sheath

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    Multifrequency eddy-current techniques were used to perform a continuous on-line inspection of the seam weld in the steel jacket for a superconducting cable. The inspection was required to detect both surface and internal weld flaws in the presence of a large, highly conductive central conductor. Raw eddy-current data were recorded on magnetic tape, and test properties such as discontinuity size and weld penetration were determined by mathematically fitting these data to coefficients developed with representative standards. A sophisticated computer-controlled scanning technique was applied, and a unique scanning device was developed to provide full coverage of the weld and heat-affected zone. The techniques used to develop this multifrequency eddy-current examination are described in this report along with the test equipment, test procedures, and computer programs

  15. Geological processes that control lateral and vertical variability in coal seam moisture contents-Latrobe Valley (Gippsland Basin) Australia

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    A study throughout the Latrobe Valley coal measures of coal moisture distribution using downhole bore data and 3D digital models of large bore data sets indicates lateral and vertical moisture variability is controlled by a number of factors. These include burial, type of overburden, age of the seam, marine influence, coal lithotype and lateral compression on folds and monoclines. The same rules appear to apply to the adjacent Alberton coal measures in the south Gippsland Basin, suggesting these factors may be widespread in other brown coal basins where moisture contents are still equilibrating through differential compaction. In Gippsland average moisture down seam decreases by 1-2% per seam and at a rate of approximately 1% every 20 m. Weight average moisture content for each seam decreases on average at a rate of 0.5% every 1 million years. A stepwise decrease in moisture content between the ∼100 m thick major seams of 1-7% reflects large intervals of time are represented by the relatively thinner (1-10 m thick) interseam sediments. Compression by monoclinal folding can decrease moisture contents up to 7%. For any given depth, moisture content appears higher on anticlines due to a lowered intensity of compression than in adjacent synclines. It is considered likely that coals folded over anticlines are more fractured, thereby containing greater amounts of free water. Use of the lower moisture coals and monoclinal coals may be preferable for future power station developments. Despite an increase in overburden/coal ratios, there would be significant savings in a lowered coal volume to calorific value, and a consequent reduction in greenhouse gas emission

  16. Fracture mechanics characterisation of the WWER-440 reactor pressure vessel beltline welding seam of Greifswald unit 8

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    Viehrig, Hans-Werner; Schuhknecht, Jan [Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    WWER-440 second generation (V-213) reactor pressure vessels (RPV) were produced by IZHORA in Russia and by SKODA in the former Czechoslovakia. The surveillance Charpy-V and fracture mechanics SE(B) specimens of both producers have different orientations. The main difference is the crack extension direction which is through the RPV thickness and circumferential for ISHORA and SKODA RPV, respectively. In particular for the investigation of weld metal from multilayer submerged welding seams the crack extension direction is of importance. Depending on the crack extension direction in the specimen there are different welding beads or a uniform structure along the crack front. The specimen orientation becomes more important when the fracture toughness of the weld metal is directly determined on surveillance specimens according to the Master Curve (MC) approach as standardised in the ASTM Standard Test Method E1921. This approach was applied on weld metal of the RPV beltline welding seam of Greifswald Unit 8 RPV. Charpy size SE(B) specimens from 13 locations equally spaced over the thickness of the welding seam were tested. The specimens are in TL and TS orientation. The fracture toughness values measured on the SE(B) specimens with both orientations follow the course of the MC. Nearly all values lie within the fracture toughness curves for 5% and 95% fracture probability. There is a strong variation of the reference temperature T{sub 0} though the thickness of the welding seam, which can be explained with structural differences. The scatter is more pronounced for the TS SE(B) specimens. It can be shown that specimens with TS and TL orientation in the welding seam have a differentiating and integrating behaviour, respectively. The statistical assumptions behind the MC approach are valid for both specimen orientations even if the structure is not uniform along the crack front. By comparison crack extension, JR, curves measured on SE(B) specimens with TL and TS orientation

  17. Structure instability forecasting and analysis of giant rock pillars in steeply dipping thick coal seams

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    Xing-ping Lai; Huan Sun; Peng-fei Shan; Ming Cai; Jian-tao Cao; Feng Cui

    2015-01-01

    Structure stability analysis of rock masses is essential for forecasting catastrophic structure failure in coal seam mining. Steeply dipping thick coal seams (SDTCS) are common in the Urumqi coalfield, and some dynamical hazards such as roof collapse and min-ing-induced seismicity occur frequently in the coal mines. The cause of these events is mainly structure instability in giant rock pillars sand-wiched between SDTCS. Developing methods to predict these events is important for safe mining in such a complex environment. This study focuses on understanding the structural mechanics model of a giant rock pillar and presents a viewpoint of the stability of a trend sphenoid fractured beam (TSFB). Some stability index parameters such as failure surface dips were measured, and most dips were observed to be between 46° and 51°. We used a digital panoramic borehole monitoring system to measure the TSFB’s height (ΔH), which varied from 56.37 to 60.50 m. Next, FLAC3D was used to model the distribution and evolution of vertical displacement in the giant rock pillars;the re-sults confirmed the existence of a TSFB structure. Finally, we investigated the acoustic emission (AE) energy accumulation rate and ob-served that the rate commonly ranged from 20 to 40 kJ/min. The AE energy accumulation rate could be used to anticipate impeding seismic events related to structure failure. The results presented provide a useful approach for forecasting catastrophic events related to structure in-stability and for developing hazard prevention technology for mining in SDTCS.

  18. Coal seam gas-supply and impact on U.S. markets and Canadian producers

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    The basic ways in which coalbed methane differs from natural gas are described. Coalbed methane is stored at a higher capacity in the coal seam, has a different production curve, and exploration costs are lower. Comparing a conventional gas well having 2 billion ft3 reserves with coalbed methane wells in the San Juan and Warrior basins, gas from the conventional well costs $1.90 per 1,000 ft3 and methane from the San Juan and Warrior wells costs $1.50 and $2.40 per 1,000 ft3 respectively. A 90 cent per 1,000 ft3 tax credit on coalbed methane reduces the two latter costs significantly and is without doubt the driving force behind the coalbed methane industry in some areas. Examples from the Warrior and San Juan basins are described to illustrate the technology driven economics of coalbed methane. Substantial improvements in gas production can be achieved by such means as multiple seam completion technologies, improved well stimulation, optimum well spacing, and the use of cavitation completion. Technically recoverable coalbed methane resources in the USA are estimated at 145 trillion ft3, concentrated in the western coal basins. At a wellhead price of $2 per 1,000 ft3, the economically recoverable potential is ca 13 trillion ft3. Examining future production potential, by developing new technologies or bringing more basins on stream, production could be increased to ca 3 billion ft3/d in the late 1990s. It is suggested that the increased volumes of coalbed methane have had minimal impact on gas prices. 9 figs., 12 tabs

  19. A Visual Attention Based Improved Seam Carving For Content Aware Image Rescaling

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Content-aware image resizing is a kind of new and effective approach for image resizing, which preserves image content well and does not cause obvious distortion when changing the aspect ratio of images. Saliency detection plays important roles in many image processing applications, such as regions of interest extraction and image resizing. Effective resizing of images should not only use geometric constraints, but consider the image content as well. The basic idea beyond these algorithms is the removal of vertical and/or horizontal paths of pixels (i.e., seams containing low salient information. In The proposed system, present a method which exploits the gradient vector flow (GVF of the image to establish the paths to be considered during the resizing. The relevance of each GVF path is straightforward derived from an energy map related to the magnitude of the GVF associated to the image to be resized. To make more relevant, the visual content of the images during the content-aware resizing, also propose to select the generated GVF paths based on their visual saliency properties and a blending method in order to obtain better visual results in joining adjacent image regions after seams removal. The depth of the scene will be considered to make more visually consistent the resized images. In this way, visually important image regions are better preserved in the final resized image. The proposed technique has been tested, both qualitatively and quantitatively, by considering a representative data set of images labeled with corresponding salient objects (i.e., ground-truth maps. Experimental results demonstrate that our method preserves crucial salient regions better than other state-of-the-art algorithms.

  20. The role of spatial variability in coal seam parameters on gas outburst behaviour during coal mining

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    Wold, M.B.; Connell, L.D.; Choi, S.K. (CSIRO Petroleum, Ian Wark Laboratory, Bayview Avenue, Clayton, Victoria, 3168 Australia)

    2008-06-13

    Gas outburst is recognized as a potentially fatal hazard to be managed during the mining of gassy coal seams. Gas outbursts in Australian coal mines have been associated with the presence of geological structures in the coal and surrounding rocks, having a range of spatial scales from millimetres to metres. The contributing mechanisms are influenced by coal gas reservoir variables including gas composition, fluid pressure, desorption pressure and rate, porosity, intrinsic permeability and relative permeability. They are also influenced by geomechanical variables such as strength, in situ stress and mining-induced stress. The work described here concerns the influence of variability of permeability and strength on outburst behaviour. Key coal properties are characterised for a field site in an operational underground coal mine and then used in a series of hypothetical simulations of outburst initiation. At the field site an array of horizontal holes was cored in-seam. Well tests for permeability and stress were performed in the holes and recovered core was tested in the laboratory for permeability, strength and sorption properties. For permeability and strength sufficient numbers of measurements were obtained to describe these properties statistically assuming that the measurements are uncorrelated spatially. Analysis of the cumulative probability distributions of the field and laboratory permeability data shows a strong size effect that cannot be linearly up-scaled. Using Monte Carlo techniques, these statistical descriptions are used to generate realisations of property values across the model grid used in the simulation analyses. The stochastic model approach demonstrates that the variability of the permeability and strength fields can lead to both outburst and non-outburst outcomes from the same measured input data, depending on the corresponding spatial distribution of permeability and strength at the face. These results suggest the potential application of

  1. Investigations into the prediction and modelling of total sulphur in coal seams, German creek mines, Central Queensland

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    Full text: The German Creek Formation contains five laterally persistent coal seam intervals known as the German Creek, Corvus, Tieri, Aquila and Pleiades in ascending order. The principal seam is the German Creek seam but the Aquila seam and, to a lesser extent, the Tieri seam have also been the focus of past open cut mining operations. The coal measures dip generally eastwards and the German Creek seam reaches depths of 600m to 800m at the eastern lease boundary. The majority of German Creek's production is from the German Creek seam, an ortho-bituminous, low ash, medium rank, hard coking coal, primarily for export. Most of the shallow coal in the German Creek sequence has been mined except in the north of the leases where thinner, poorer quality seams remain. Present day production is from three separate mines, German Creek Open-cut, Central and Southern Collieries. There is a systematic variation in rank across the German Creek mining lease, which is exemplified by a regular decrease in volatile matter in the coal from southwest to northeast. Because many of the coal's coking properties are governed by rank, there is a long-range reduction of coking parameters, such as fluidity and dilatation, towards the northeast. By comparison, the sulphur content of some coal seams can, on occasions, widely vary in both a vertical and lateral sense within and between seams, particularly near dykes and seam wash-out areas. This short-range variability creates problems in predicting the sulphur content of washed product coal, with the possibility of coal shipments to customers being rejected if sulphur levels exceed pre-defined limits. Therefore, if patterns in this variability could be determined and related to some geological property or process of formation of the coal seams, then areas of high sulphur might be predicted in advance of mining. The author instigated a background coal characterisation study, as it was seen as an integral part of ongoing investigations aimed

  2. Significance of Coal Seam in Recognition of Sequence Boundaries and Systems Tract of the Jurassic in East Fukang Slope, Junggar Basin, China

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    2006-01-01

    The Jurassic in the East Fukang Slope can be divided into six sequences based on sequence stratigraphy by combining logging, core and seismic data. The indicators of sequence boundaries include unconformity, coal seams,change of spore and pollen abundance, scour surfaces and base conglomerate, change of logging curve and sedimentary facies. How to determine the location of the first flooding surfaces and the maximum flooding surface is the key step to divide the systems tract. There occurred a topographic slope break in the East Fukang Slope when the Jurassic was deposited, and therefore we can recognize the location of the first flooding surface and establish the sequence stratigraphic framework with the slope break in the study area. Coal seams regionally distributed are correlatable and isochronic, and record the termination of a depositional event or episode. So, the regional coal seam (more than 60percent coverage) can be used as the genetic stratigraphic sequence boundary, while locally distributed coal seam (less than 60 percent coverage) can be used as the systems tract boundary. The thick coal seams distributed regionally in the middle of the Badaowan Formation and the lower part of the Xishanyao Formation in the study area act as the sequence boundaries, while the thin and locally distributed coal seam acts as the systems tract boundary, which results in the correlation of the division of sequence stratigraphy of the Jurassic to the whole basin where coal seams are developed extensively.

  3. High temperature properties of the seam weld portion in 1% Cr-0.5% Mo ERW boiler tubing after long-term aging

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    This study is aimed at the evaluation of reliability of the seam weld portion of 1% Cr-0.5% Mo ERW (Electric Resistance Welding) boiler tubings for high temperature use. High temperature properties of materials aged in the temperature between 500 and 6000C for 5000 h were evaluated by a slow extension rate test (SERT) and a low cycle fatigue test at high temperatures. Microscopic observation was also made with a scanning electron microscope and a transmission electron microscope. Proof stress and tensile strength obtained by SERT tend to decrease with an increase in aging temperature. It is confirmed that the strength of the seam weld portion is higher than that of the base metal. The fatigue crack propagation rates studied by test pieces with a side-notch either at the base metal or at the seam weld portion were found to be lower at the seam weld portion compared with that at the base metal. Dislocations of high density and fine precipitates of carbides were observed with electron microscopy in the seam weld portion. It is also found that the size of dislocation cells formed during fatigue is smaller in the seam weld portion than in the base metal. It is concluded that higher strength of the seam weld portion is closely related to the above mentioned microstructure originated in the dissolution of carbides during ERW process. 10 figures, 3 tables

  4. Gas Control Technology of Coal Mining in Upper Protective Seam of Contiguous Outburst Seams Group%近距离突出煤层群上保护层开采瓦斯治理技术

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    刘震; 李增华; 杨永良; 唐一博; 季淮君

    2012-01-01

    In combination with the mining conditions of the upper protective seam in Qingdong Mine, the FLAC3D software was applied to the simulation of the floor pressure releasing law in the upper protective seam mining. The study results showed that the pressure released gas emission rate of the protected seam was 30. 0% -36. 5%. After the upper protective seam mined, the in-situ ground stress of the protected seam would be reduced from i0. 5 N i0. 8 Mpa to I. 0 ~ 1.5 Mpa. The initial pressure released location in the protected seam would be 40 - 50 m to the coal mining face. According to the study results, stereo gas control technology with roof rock roadway in coal layer, bedding drainage, a roof high level gas drainage gateway, tubing buried at the up corner, downward borehole through strata with fracturing in the air retuning gateway in the upper protective seam was set up. The engineering application showed that the pressure re- leased gas would account for 86. 8% of the total gas emission of the coal mining face, the gas emission rate of the protected seam was 30. 4% and the initial pressure releasing location of the protected seam was the location that the coal mining face advanced at 40 m.%结合青东煤矿上保护层开采条件,采用FLAC3D软件模拟了上保护层开采底板卸压规律。研究结果表明:被保护煤层卸压瓦斯涌出率为30.0%~36.5%;上保护层开采后被保护煤层原始地应力由10.5~10.8 MPa降低为1.0~1.5 MPa;被保护煤层初始卸压位置为工作面回采至40~50m。根据研究结果制定了顶板岩巷穿层钻孔、顺层预抽、顶板高抽巷、上隅角埋管及上保护层回风巷下向穿层增裂钻孔的立体瓦斯治理技术。工程应用表明,卸压瓦斯占工作面瓦斯涌出总量的86.8%,被保护煤层瓦斯涌出率为30.4%,被保护煤层初始卸压位置为工作面回采至40 m位置。

  5. Origin of banded structure and coal lithotype cycles in Kargali coal seam of East Bokaro sub-basin, Jharkhand, India: Environmental implications

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    Ram Chandra Tewari; Zahid A Khan

    2015-04-01

    The Kargali seam of Early Permian Barakar cyclothems of East Bokaro sub-basin of Jharkhand, India is 12–30 m thick, splits into two parts, and extends throughout the length of the basin. It is made up of interbedded sequences and variable proportions of Vitrain, Clarain, Durain and Fusain. Application of embedded Markov chain model rejects the phenomenon of randomness in the repetition of coal lithotypes. The preferential upward transition path for coal lithotypes that can be derived for the Kargali top coal seam is: Vitrain → Clarain → Durain ↔ Fusain → Vitrain, and for the Kargali bottom coal seam is: Clarain ↔ Vitrain → Fusain → Durain → Clarain. By and large, the cyclic repetition of coal lithotypes is similar in the Kargali bottom and top seams. Among the noteworthy features are two-way transitions between Durain and Fusian in Kargali top and between Clarain and Vitrain in the case of Kargali bottom coal seam. Entropy analysis corroborates Markov chain and indicates the presence of type A-4 asymmetrical cycles of coal lithotypes. It is suggested that the banded structure of a coal seam is not a random feature and follows a definite cyclic pattern in the occurrence of coal lithotypes in vertical order and is similar to that described in Australian and European coal seams. Asymmetrical cyclic sequences are a normal, rather than an unusual condition, within coal seams. It is visualized that a gradual decline of toxic environment and ground water level resulted in the coal lithotype cycles in the Kargali seam of East Bokaro sub-basin. The close interbedding of Vitrain and Clarain is suggestive of seasonal fluctuation in anaerobic and aerobic conditions during peat formation.

  6. Novel pre-treatment of zeolite materials for the removal of sodium ions: potential materials for coal seam gas co-produced wastewater

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    Santiago, Oscar; Walsh, Kerry; Kele, Ben; Gardner, Edward; Chapman, James

    2016-01-01

    Coal seam gas (CSG) is the extraction of methane gas that is desorbed from the coal seam and brought to the surface using a dewatering and depressurisation process within the saturated coalbed. The extracted water is often referred to as co-produced CSG water. In this study, co-produced water from the coal seam of the Bowen Basin (QLD, Australia) was characterised by high concentration levels of Na+ (1156 mg/L), low concentrations of Ca2+ (28.3 mg/L) and Mg2+ (5.6 mg/L), high levels of salini...

  7. Solar tracking system

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    Okandan, Murat; Nielson, Gregory N.

    2016-07-12

    Solar tracking systems, as well as methods of using such solar tracking systems, are disclosed. More particularly, embodiments of the solar tracking systems include lateral supports horizontally positioned between uprights to support photovoltaic modules. The lateral supports may be raised and lowered along the uprights or translated to cause the photovoltaic modules to track the moving sun.

  8. Two-track categories

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    Blanc, David

    2010-01-01

    We describe a 2-dimensional analogue of track categories, called two-track categories, and show that it can be used to model categories enriched in 2-type mapping spaces. We also define a Baues-Wirsching type cohomology theory for track categories, and explain how it can be used to classify two-track extensions of a track category D by a module over D.

  9. Geochemistry and Modes of Occurrence of Hazardous Trace Elements in the No.11 Coal Seam, Antaibao Surface Mine, Shanxi Province

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    SONG Dangyu; QIN Yong; WANG Wenfeng; ZHANG Junying; ZHENG Chuguang

    2007-01-01

    Concentrations of seventeen hazardous trace elements including As, Pb, Hg, Se, Cd, Cr, Co,Mo, Mn, Ni, U, V, Th, Be, Sb, Br and Zn in the No.11 coal seam, Antaibao surface mine, Shanxi Province were determined using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA), Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP-AES), Cold-Vapor Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (CV-AAS) and Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (GF-AAS).Comparisons with average concentrations of trace elements in Chinese coal show that the concentrations of Hg and Cd in the No. 11 coal seam, Antaibao surface mine are much higher. They may be harmful to the environment in the process of utilization. The variations of the trace elements contents and pyritic sulfur in vertical section indicated that: (a) the concentrations of As, Pb, Mn, and pyritic sulfur decrease from roof to floor; (b) the concentrations of Cr, Zn and Mo are higher in roof,floor and lower in coal seam; (c) the concentration of Br, Sb, and Hg are higher in coal seam and lower in roof and floor; (d) the concentrations of Mo, V, Th and Al vary consistently with the ash yield.Cluster analysis of trace elements, pyritic sulfur, ash yield and major elements, such as Al, Fe, P, Ca shows that: (a) pyritic sulfur, Fe, As, Mn, Ni, Be are closely associated and reflect the influence of pyrite; (b) Mo, Se, Pb, Cr, Th, Co, Ca and Al are related to clay mineral, which is the main source of ash; (c) U, Zn, V, Na, P maybe controlled by phosphate or halite; (d) Hg, Br, Sb and Cd may be mainly organic-associated elements which fall outside the three main groups. The concentration distribution characteristics of trace elements in coal seam and the cluster analysis of major and trace elements showed that the contents of trace elements in the No. 11 coal seam, Antaibao surface mine, are mainly controlled by detrital input and migration from roof and floor.

  10. Calculating crawler track plates for surface mining equipment - part 2

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    Schoenemann, F.

    1988-02-01

    Demonstrates calculation procedures for static stress, steel fatigue strength and buckling resistance of crawler track links on heavy surface mining equipment according to the VBK 0052 instruction of the TAKRAF manufacturer in the GDR. Maximum permissible stresses (139 to 355 N/mm/sup 2/) for 3 locations at the link's cross section are listed. Static stress calculations concern the welded joints of the link to the sheet metal body and the buckling of the link's bottom plate. A formula for bottom plate deformation forces is provided. Stresses are different for driving on solid overburden or on dumped spoil surfaces. Values derived from fatigue experiments are provided for permanent fatigue strength of welded seams of the link. Buckling resistance has to be determined only for load conditions of partial link contact to the ground surface.

  11. Draft Genome Sequence of Methanobacterium sp. Maddingley, Reconstructed from Metagenomic Sequencing of a Methanogenic Microbial Consortium Enriched from Coal-Seam Gas Formation Water

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    Rosewarne, Carly P.; Greenfield, Paul; Li, Dongmei; Tran-Dinh, Nai; Midgley, David J.; Hendry, Philip

    2013-01-01

    The draft genome of Methanobacterium sp. Maddingley was reconstructed from metagenomic sequencing of a methanogenic microbial consortium enriched from coal-seam gas formation water. It is a hydrogenotrophic methanogen predicted to grow using hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

  12. Draft Genome Sequence of Methanobacterium sp. Maddingley, Reconstructed from Metagenomic Sequencing of a Methanogenic Microbial Consortium Enriched from Coal-Seam Gas Formation Water.

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    Rosewarne, Carly P; Greenfield, Paul; Li, Dongmei; Tran-Dinh, Nai; Midgley, David J; Hendry, Philip

    2013-01-01

    The draft genome of Methanobacterium sp. Maddingley was reconstructed from metagenomic sequencing of a methanogenic microbial consortium enriched from coal-seam gas formation water. It is a hydrogenotrophic methanogen predicted to grow using hydrogen and carbon dioxide. PMID:23405289

  13. Study on the effect of welding current during laser beam-resistance seam welding of aluminum alloy 5052

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    Li Yongqiang; Zhao Xihua; Zhao He; Cao Haipeng; Zhao Huanling

    2008-01-01

    The effect of welding current on the weld shape and tensile shear load during laser beam-resistance seam welding (LB-RSW) of aluminum alloy 5052 is studied. Experimental results show that the penetration depth, weld width,tensile shear load and the ratio of penetration depth to weld width of LB-RSW are bigger than those of laser beam welding(LBW) under the same conditions and the former three parameters increase as welding current rises. The weld shape of LB-RSW below 5 kA welding current is nearly the same as that of LBW. The weld morphology is protuberant under the condition of 5 kA welding current and 0.8 m/min welding speed. Furthermore, the microstructure of the weld seam of LB-RSW is coarser than that of LBW.

  14. Annual Change Detection by ASTER TIR Data and an Estimation of the Annual Coal Loss and CO2 Emission from Coal Seams Spontaneous Combustion

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    Xiaomin Du; Suping Peng; Haiyan Wang; Sergio Bernardes; Guang Yang; Zhipeng Li

    2014-01-01

    Coal fires, including both underground and coal waste pile fires, result in large losses of coal resources and emit considerable amounts of greenhouse gases. To estimate the annual intensity of greenhouse gas emissions and the loss of coal resources, estimating the annual loss from fire-influenced coal seams is a feasible approach. This study assumes that the primary cause of coal volume loss is subsurface coal seam fires. The main calculation process is divided into three modules: (1) Coal f...

  15. Time-Lapse Analysis of Methane Quantity in the Mary Lee Group of Coal Seams Using Filter-Based Multiple-Point Geostatistical Simulation

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    Karacan, C. Özgen; Ricardo A. Olea

    2013-01-01

    Coal seam degasification and its success are important for controlling methane, and thus for the health and safety of coal miners. During the course of degasification, properties of coal seams change. Thus, the changes in coal reservoir conditions and in-place gas content as well as methane emission potential into mines should be evaluated by examining time-dependent changes and the presence of major heterogeneities and geological discontinuities in the field. In this work, time-lapsed reserv...

  16. Modeling and finite element analysis of the nonstationary action on a multi-layer poroelastic seam with nonlinear geomechanical properties

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    Nasedkina, A.A.; Nasedkin, A.V.; Iovane, G. [Southern Federal University, Rostov Na Donu (Russian Federation)

    2009-07-15

    The paper discusses modeling of a multi-layer coal seam under hydrodynamic action based on the coupled equations of poroelasticity and filtration with the nonlinear relationship of permeability and porous pressure. The calculations by the finite element method use correspondence between the poroelasticity and thermoelasticity equations. The influence of input data on the size of a degassing hole area is analyzed for the couple problem and pure filtration problem.

  17. Thermodynamic and kinetic processes associated with CO 2-sequestration and CO 2-enhanced coalbed methane production from unminable coal seams

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    Busch, Andreas

    2005-01-01

    The present thesis investigates the thermodynamic and kinetic processes associated with gas sorption (CO2, CH4) on coal. It is incorporated into a research field which studies CO2-sequestration in combination with CO2-enhanced coalbed methane production in unminable coal seams. This combination is regarded as a viable and promising option to reduce anthropogenic CO2-emissions. At the moment numerous world-wide research projects investigate the feasibility of this concept under different geolo...

  18. Assessing Connectivity Between an Overlying Aquifer and a Coal Seam Gas Resource Using Methane Isotopes, Dissolved Organic Carbon and Tritium

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    Iverach, Charlotte P.; Cendón, Dioni I.; Hankin, Stuart I.; David Lowry; Fisher, Rebecca E.; France, James L.; Nisbet, Euan G; Andy Baker; Kelly, Bryce F. J.

    2015-01-01

    Coal seam gas (CSG) production can have an impact on groundwater quality and quantity in adjacent or overlying aquifers. To assess this impact we need to determine the background groundwater chemistry and to map geological pathways of hydraulic connectivity between aquifers. In south-east Queensland (Qld), Australia, a globally important CSG exploration and production province, we mapped hydraulic connectivity between the Walloon Coal Measures (WCM, the target formation for gas production) an...

  19. Impact of coal seam as interlayer on CO{sub 2} storage in saline aquifers: A reservoir simulation study

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    Pan, Z.J.; Connell, L.D. [CSIRO Earth Science & Resource Engineering, Clayton, Vic. (Australia)

    2011-01-15

    Geological storage of CO{sub 2} is a viable option for the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. Two main reservoir types exist; porous formations such as saline aquifers or depleted oil or gas reservoirs and, of lesser importance in terms of storage capacity, coal or shale reservoirs. These reservoirs have distinct storage mechanisms; in the porous formations the CO{sub 2} is stored within the porosity by compression and/or dissolution in the formation fluid, whereas in coal or shale, the CO{sub 2} is primarily stored by adsorption. Geological storage scenarios exist where these two reservoir types could be present within a geological sequence and come into contact with migrating CO{sub 2}. In order to simulate this situation simulators are required which represent the mechanisms operating for both reservoir types. One aspect of the work presented in this paper involves further development of the coal seam gas reservoir simulator, SIMED 11, to include CO{sub 2} dissolution in formation waters and a more accurate Equation of State, the Span and Wagner model, to describe CO{sub 2} density. The second component of this paper involved investigating the potential impact that coal seams could have on CO{sub 2} storage in saline formations. A series of hypothetical cases are constructed to investigate the impact of coal seams as (1) a layer within the target aquifer above the injection point, (2) two layers separated by an aquifer above the injection point, (3) a layer in the target aquifer below the point of injection, and (4) a layer in the overburden. The results show that coal seams can have a significant impact on CO{sub 2} storage and migration behaviour by providing extra storage capacity and influencing the CO{sub 2} flow path both vertically and horizontally.

  20. Development of the first coal seam gas exploration program in Indonesia: Reservoir properties of the Muaraenim Formation, south Sumatra

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    Sosrowidjojo, I.B. [R and D Centre for Oil and Gas Technology, LEMIGAS, Jakarta (Indonesia); Saghafi, A. [CSIRO Energy Technology, P O Box 330, Newcastle, NSW, 2300 (Australia)

    2009-09-01

    The Late Miocene Muaraenim Formation in southern Sumatra contains thick coal sequences, mostly of low rank ranging from lignite to sub-bituminous, and it is believed that these thick low rank coals are the most prospective for the production of coal seam gas (CSG), otherwise known as coalbed methane (CBM), in Indonesia. As part of a major CSG exploration project, gas exploration drilling operations are being undertaken in Rambutan Gasfields in the Muaraenim Formation to characterize the CSG potential of the coals. The first stage of the project, which is described here, was designed to examine the gas reservoir properties with a focus on coal gas storage capacity and compositional properties. Some five CSG exploration boreholes were drilled in the Rambutan Gasfield, south of Palembang. The exploration boreholes were drilled to depths of {proportional_to} 1000 m into the Muaraenim Formation. Five major coal seams were intersected by these holes between the depths of 450 and 1000 m. The petrography of coal samples collected from these seams showed that they are vitrinite rich, with vitrinite contents of more than 75% (on a mineral and moisture free basis). Gas contents of up to 5.8 m{sup 3}/t were measured for the coal samples. The gas desorbed from coal samples contain mainly methane (CH{sub 4}) ranging from 80 to 93% and carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) ranging from 6 to 19%. The composition of the gas released into the production borehole/well is, however, much richer in CH{sub 4} with about 94 to 98% CH{sub 4} and less than 5% CO{sub 2}. The initial results of drilling and reservoir characterization studies indicate suitable gas recovery parameters for three of the five coal seams with a total thickness of more than 30 m. (author)

  1. The application of OpenCV on the real -time detection system of the seam%OpenCV在焊缝实时检测系统中的应用

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    冯染宝; 徐自越

    2012-01-01

    机器视觉系统是集机械、光电、控制、计算机和数字图像处理等技术于一体的高度自动化系统,广泛应用于工业当中.焊缝实时检测系统主要针对焊接自动跟踪技术中的在线检测焊缝并进行相关处理的系统.该文在VC ++6.0开发环境中设计了一种采用Gauss小波检测边缘,基于OpenCV的焊缝实时检测与处理算法,实验结果表明该算法实时性高、效果好、检测正确快速.%The machine vision system is a high automation system in the integration of the machinery, photoelectricity, control, computer and digital image processing, widely used in industry. The real-time detection and processing system of the seam is used for on-line detection and related image processing of welding automation tracking technology. In the VC + + 6. 0 development environment this paper design a kind of the real-time seam detection algorithm based on OpenCV, adopting Gauss wavelet to detect edge. Experimental results show that the algorithm has high real-time, good effect and correct and fast detection.

  2. An evaluation of deep thin coal seams and water-beating/resisting layers in the quaternary system using seismic inversion

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    XU Yong-zhong; HUANG Wei-chuan; CHEN Tong-jun; CUI Ruo-fei; CHEN Shi-zhong

    2009-01-01

    Non-liner wave equation inversion, wavelet analysis and artificial neural networks were used to obtain stratum parame-ters and the distribution of thin coal seams. The lithology of the water-bearing/resisting layer in the Quaternary system was also predicted. The implementation process included calculating the well log parameters, stratum contrasting the seismic data and the well logs, and extracting, studying and predicting seismic attributes. Seismic inversion parameters, including the layer velocity and wave impedance, were calculated and effectively used for prediction and analysis. Prior knowledge and seismic interpretation were used to remedy a dearth of seismic data during the inversion procedure. This enhanced the stability of the inversion method. Non-linear seismic inversion and artificial neural networks were used to interpret coal seismic lithology and to study the wa-ter-bearing/resisting layer in the Quaternary system. Interpretation of the 1-2 m thin coal seams, and also of the wa-ter-bearing/resisting layer in the Quaternary system, is provided. The upper mining limit can be lifted from 60 m to 45 m. The pre-dictions show that this method can provide reliable data useful for thin coal seam exploitation and for lifting the upper mining limit, which is one of the principles of green mining.

  3. Mobile hydrocarbon microspheres from >2-billion-year-old carbon-bearing seams in the South African deep subsurface.

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    Wanger, G; Moser, D; Hay, M; Myneni, S; Onstott, T C; Southam, G

    2012-11-01

    By ~2.9 Ga, the time of the deposition of the Witwatersrand Supergroup, life is believed to have been well established on Earth. Carbon remnants of the microbial biosphere from this time period are evident in sediments from around the world. In the Witwatersrand Supergroup, the carbonaceous material is often concentrated in seams, closely associated with the gold deposits and may have been a mobile phase 2 billion years ago. Whereas today the carbon in the Witwatersrand Supergroup is presumed to be immobile, hollow hydrocarbon spheres ranging in size from 50 μm were discovered emanating from a borehole drilled through the carbon-bearing seams suggesting that a portion of the carbon may still be mobile in the deep subsurface. ToF-SIMS and STXM analyses revealed that these spheres contain a suite of alkane, alkenes, and aromatic compounds consistent with the described organic-rich carbon seams within the Witwatersrand Supergroup's auriferous reef horizons. Analysis by electron microscopy and ToF-SIMS, however, revealed that these spheres, although most likely composed of biogenic carbon and resembling biological organisms, do not retain any true structural, that is, fossil, information and were formed by an abiogenic process. PMID:22901282

  4. Influence of the Laser-Beam Distribution on the Seam Dimensions for Laser-Transmission Welding: A Simulative Approach

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    Aden, Mirko

    2016-06-01

    Radiation propagation and temperature development are simulated for laser-transmission welding of polycarbonate and polybutylene terephthalate parts. The simulations are carried out for a Gaussian- and an M-shape laser beam. For polycarbonate the shape of the laser beam is preserved, while for polybutylene terephthalate it is altered due to scattering processes. The resulting intensity and integrated intensity distribution in the joining zone are calculated for both polymers. They give rise to different temperature fields. The dimensions of the model seam are approximated by the dimensions of the melt isotherm. For polycarbonate the seam generated by a Gaussian beam has a non-homogeneous thickness and a width that is smaller than the beam diameter. For an M-shape beam it has a homogeneous thickness and its width scales with the width of the integrated intensity. For polybutylene terephthalate volumetric scattering destroys the original beam shape in the joining zone. The distributions of the integrated intensities and the dimensions of the seam are similar for both types of beams.

  5. Technology of back stoping from level floors in gateway and pillar mining areas of extra-thick seams

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    Tu Hongsheng; Tu Shihao; Zhang Xiaogang; Li Zhaoxin; Jia Shuai

    2014-01-01

    According to the special requirements of secondary mining of resources in gateway-and-pillar goaf in extra-thick seams of Shanxi, this paper presents a technical proposal of back stoping from level floors. Numerical simulation and theoretical analysis are used to investigate the compaction characteristics of cavities under stress as well as an appropriate mining height of the primary-mining layer based on dif-ferent mining widths and pillar widths. For Yangjian coal mine, the mining thickness of the first seam during back stoping from level floor is determined to be 3 m, which meets the relevant requirements. Gateway-and-pillar goaf of a single layer has a range of influence of 9 m vertically. If gateway-and-pillar goaf occurs both in 9-1 and 9-5 layers, the range is extended to within 11.2 m. When the mining width of a gateway is less than 2 m or larger than 5 m, the gateway-and-pillar goaf in the upper layer of the primary-mining seam can be filled in and compacted after stoping. When the working face is 2 m away from the gateway and pillar before entering into it and after passing through it, the coal body under the gateway and pillar is subjected to relatively high stress. During mining of the upper layer, moreover, the working face should interlock the goaf in primary-mining layer for 20 m.

  6. Influence of the Laser-Beam Distribution on the Seam Dimensions for Laser-Transmission Welding: A Simulative Approach

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    Aden, Mirko

    2016-01-01

    Radiation propagation and temperature development are simulated for laser-transmission welding of polycarbonate and polybutylene terephthalate parts. The simulations are carried out for a Gaussian- and an M-shape laser beam. For polycarbonate the shape of the laser beam is preserved, while for polybutylene terephthalate it is altered due to scattering processes. The resulting intensity and integrated intensity distribution in the joining zone are calculated for both polymers. They give rise to different temperature fields. The dimensions of the model seam are approximated by the dimensions of the melt isotherm. For polycarbonate the seam generated by a Gaussian beam has a non-homogeneous thickness and a width that is smaller than the beam diameter. For an M-shape beam it has a homogeneous thickness and its width scales with the width of the integrated intensity. For polybutylene terephthalate volumetric scattering destroys the original beam shape in the joining zone. The distributions of the integrated intensities and the dimensions of the seam are similar for both types of beams.

  7. Membrane solutions for coal seam methane produced water : case history at Origin Energy, Spring Gully Gas Plant, Australia

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    Wines, T. [Pall Corp., Port Washington, NY (United States); Blyth, G.; Chalmers, S. [Pall Australia, Melbourne (Australia); Karlapudi, R. [Pall Industrial Water, Port Washington, NY (United States)

    2009-07-01

    Coal seam methane is a significant and emerging source of energy that can be found in Australia, western Canada, the United States, China and India. However, the extraction of methane from coal seams has one particular problem whereby, in many cases, large volumes of water with high levels of dissolved salts are produced along with the gas. This produced water poses an environmental liability, but with proper treatment can be converted into an asset. This paper discussed the use of an integrated membrane system (IMS) consisting of microfiltration coupled with reverse osmosis filtration. A case history at Origin Energy was evaluated where pilot testing was first conducted and later followed by a commercial installation treating nine million liters per day, creating a purified water product that can be used for industrial processes as well as irrigation or discharge into the environment. The paper also presented lessons learned from the pilot phase and explained the experience of the full scale operation demonstrating the advantages of this newly applied technology for coal seam methane production. The IMS system has met Origin Energy's requirements for producing high quality water, and has continued to operate effectively, producing treated water that is well within the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency's guidelines. 6 refs., 1 tab., 11 figs.

  8. An Efficient Seam Elimination Method for UAV Images Based on Wallis Dodging and Gaussian Distance Weight Enhancement

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    Jinyan Tian

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The rapid development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV remote sensing conforms to the increasing demand for the low-altitude very high resolution (VHR image data. However, high processing speed of massive UAV data has become an indispensable prerequisite for its applications in various industry sectors. In this paper, we developed an effective and efficient seam elimination approach for UAV images based on Wallis dodging and Gaussian distance weight enhancement (WD-GDWE. The method encompasses two major steps: first, Wallis dodging was introduced to adjust the difference of brightness between the two matched images, and the parameters in the algorithm were derived in this study. Second, a Gaussian distance weight distribution method was proposed to fuse the two matched images in the overlap region based on the theory of the First Law of Geography, which can share the partial dislocation in the seam to the whole overlap region with an effect of smooth transition. This method was validated at a study site located in Hanwang (Sichuan, China which was a seriously damaged area in the 12 May 2008 enchuan Earthquake. Then, a performance comparison between WD-GDWE and the other five classical seam elimination algorithms in the aspect of efficiency and effectiveness was conducted. Results showed that WD-GDWE is not only efficient, but also has a satisfactory effectiveness. This method is promising in advancing the applications in UAV industry especially in emergency situations.

  9. An Efficient Seam Elimination Method for UAV Images Based on Wallis Dodging and Gaussian Distance Weight Enhancement.

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    Tian, Jinyan; Li, Xiaojuan; Duan, Fuzhou; Wang, Junqian; Ou, Yang

    2016-01-01

    The rapid development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) remote sensing conforms to the increasing demand for the low-altitude very high resolution (VHR) image data. However, high processing speed of massive UAV data has become an indispensable prerequisite for its applications in various industry sectors. In this paper, we developed an effective and efficient seam elimination approach for UAV images based on Wallis dodging and Gaussian distance weight enhancement (WD-GDWE). The method encompasses two major steps: first, Wallis dodging was introduced to adjust the difference of brightness between the two matched images, and the parameters in the algorithm were derived in this study. Second, a Gaussian distance weight distribution method was proposed to fuse the two matched images in the overlap region based on the theory of the First Law of Geography, which can share the partial dislocation in the seam to the whole overlap region with an effect of smooth transition. This method was validated at a study site located in Hanwang (Sichuan, China) which was a seriously damaged area in the 12 May 2008 enchuan Earthquake. Then, a performance comparison between WD-GDWE and the other five classical seam elimination algorithms in the aspect of efficiency and effectiveness was conducted. Results showed that WD-GDWE is not only efficient, but also has a satisfactory effectiveness. This method is promising in advancing the applications in UAV industry especially in emergency situations. PMID:27171091

  10. Wide pillar roadway retained in the deep high gas coal seam

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    Pan; Liyou; Feng; Enhu; Zhao; Qingshou; Chen; Liqiang; Kong; Fanpeng

    2012-01-01

    According to the geological and mining conditions of deep high gas coal seam,this paper established the mechanical model of stope surrounding rock,and analyzed the stress distribution and deformation failure mechanism of working face and coal pillar.The research determined the arrangement mode that adjacent working faces retain wide pillar,and the reasonable support method of roadway that the combined support of roof and grouting combined together.The reasonable time of reinforced roadway was determined.Through analyzing the mechanical model of the ways of roadway supporting,this research drew the conclusions as follows:the combined support of roof and working slope improved the support strength and range of surrounding rock,optimized the support by adjusting the angle of anchor,and reached the support requirements by using cement grouting in working slope and chemical grout in roof.The technology was applied in 15104 working face of Baoan Mine,and obtained good results.

  11. Methanolobus zinderi sp nov., a methylotrophic methanogen isolated from a deep subsurface coal seam

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    Doerfert, S.N.; Reichlen, M.; Iyer, P.; Wang, M.Y.; Ferry, J.G. [Penn State University, University Park, PA (United States)

    2009-05-15

    A methanogenic organism from the domain Archaea (SD1{sup T}) was isolated from saline water released from a coal seam located 926 m below the surface via a methane-producing well near Monroe, Louisiana, USA. Growth and methanogenesis were supported with methanol, monomethylamine, dimethylamine or trimethylamine, but not with dimethylsulfide, formate, acetate or H{sub 2}/CO{sub 2}. Cells grew in high-salt minimal medium but growth was stimulated with yeast extract or tryptone. Cells were single, non-motile, irregular coccoids 0.5-1.0 {mu} m in diameter and the cell wall contained protein. Conditions for the maximum rate of growth were 40-50{sup o}C, 0.2-0.6 M NaCl, 100- {ge} 200 mM MgCl{sub 2}, and pH 7.0-8.0. The G + C content of the genomic DNA was 42 {+-} 1 mol%. A comparison of 16S rRNA gene sequences indicated that strain SD1{sup T} was most closely related to Methanolobus oregonensis DSM 5435{sup T} with 96% gene sequence similarity. It is proposed that strain SD1{sup T} represents a novel species, Methanolobus zinderi sp. nov. The type strain is SD1{sup T} (=ATCC BAA-1601P{sup T}=DSM 21339{sup T}).

  12. Evolution of a mining induced fracture network in the overburden strata of an inclined coal seam

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    Wei; Xiujun; Gao; Mingzhong; Lv; Youchang; Shi; Xiangchao; Gao; Hailian; Zhou; Hongwei

    2012-01-01

    The geological conditions of the Pingdingshan coal mining group were used to construct a physical model used to study the distribution and evolution of mining induced cracks in the overburden strata.Digital graphics technology and fractal theory are introduced to characterize the distribution and growth of the mining induced fractures in the overburden strata of an inclined coal seam.A relationship between fractal dimension of the fracture network and the pressure in the overburden strata is suggested.Mining induced fractures spread dynamically to the mining face and up into the roof as the length of advance increases.Moreover,the fractal dimension of the fracture network increases with increased mining length,in general,but decreases during a period from overburden strata separation until the main roof collapses.It is a1so shown that overburden strata pressure plays an important role in the evolution of mining induced fractures and that the fractal dimension of the fractures increases with the pressure of the overburden.

  13. Study on Mg/Al Weld Seam Based on Zn–Mg–Al Ternary Alloy

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    Liming Liu

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Based on the idea of alloying welding seams, a series of Zn–xAl filler metals was calculated and designed for joining Mg/Al dissimilar metals by gas tungsten arc (GTA welding. An infrared thermography system was used to measure the temperature of the welding pool during the welding process to investigate the solidification process. It was found that the mechanical properties of the welded joints were improved with the increasing of the Al content in the Zn–xAl filler metals, and when Zn–30Al was used as the filler metal, the ultimate tensile strength could reach a maximum of 120 MPa. The reason for the average tensile strength of the joint increasing was that the weak zone of the joint using Zn–30Al filler metal was generated primarily by α-Al instead of MgZn2. When Zn–40Al was used as the filler metal, a new transition zone, about 20 μm-wide, appeared in the edge of the fusion zone near the Mg base metal. Due to the transition zones consisting of MgZn2- and Al-based solid solution, the mechanical property of the joints was deteriorated.

  14. Structural evaluation of WIPP disposal room raised to Clay Seam G.

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    Park, Byoung Yoon; Holland, John F.

    2004-01-01

    This report summarizes a series of structural calculations that examine effects of raising the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant repository horizon from the original design level upward 2.43 meters. These calculations allow evaluation of various features incorporated in conceptual models used for performance assessment. Material presented in this report supports the regulatory compliance re-certification, and therefore begins by replicating the calculations used in the initial compliance certification application. Calculations are then repeated for grid changes appropriate for the new horizon raised to Clay Seam G. Results are presented in three main areas: 1. Disposal room porosity, 2. Disturbed rock zone characteristics, and 3. Anhydrite marker bed failure. No change to the porosity surface for the compliance re-certification application is necessary to account for raising the repository horizon, because the new porosity surface is essentially identical. The disturbed rock zone evolution and devolution are charted in terms of a stress invariant criterion over the regulatory period. This model shows that the damage zone does not extend upward to MB 138, but does reach MB 139 below the repository. Damaged salt would be expected to heal in nominally 100 years. The anhydrite marker beds sustain states of stress that promote failure and substantial marker bed deformation into the room assures fractured anhydrite will sustain in the proximity of the disposal rooms.

  15. Variable frequency of pulse hydraulic fracturing for improving permeability in coal seam

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    Li Quangui; Lin Baiquan; Zhai Cheng; Ni Guanhua; Peng Shen; Sun Chen; Cheng Yanying

    2013-01-01

    Variable frequency, a new pattern of pulse hydraulic fracturing, is presented for improving permeability in coal seam. A variable frequency pulse hydraulic fracturing testing system was built, the mould with triaxial loading was developed. Based on the monitor methods of pressure sensor and acoustic emission, the trials of two patterns of pulse hydraulic fracturing of single frequency and variable frequency were carried out, and at last fracturing mechanism was analyzed. The results show that the effect of variable frequency on fracture extension is better than that of single frequency based on the analysis of macro-scopic figures and AE. And the shortage of single frequency is somewhat remedied when the frequency is variable. Under variable frequency, the pressure process can be divided into three stages: low fre-quency band, pressure stability band and high frequency band, and rupture pressure of the sample is smaller than that of the condition of single frequency. Based on the Miner fatigue theory, the effect of different loading sequences on sample rupture is discussed and the results show that it is better to select the sequence of low frequency at first and then high frequency. Our achievements can give a basis for the improvement and optimization of the pulse hydraulic fracturing technology.

  16. Investigation on displacement field characteristics of tunnel's surrounding rock and coal seam at FMTC face

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    XIE Guang-xiang; CHANG Ju-cai; YANG Ke

    2006-01-01

    The change rules of displacement field characteristics of coal seam and tunnel's surrounding rock were obtained by means of numerical simulation-FLAC3D and site observation, and according to engineering geology and exploitation technology of 1151 (3)fully mechanized top coal caving (FMTC) face in Xieqiao colliery. The research's results show that the top coal displacement on the top of FMTC face is apparently larger than those of the middle and the bottom, the top coal begins to move in the front of the face's wall, and the sub-level top coal-rock moves ahead of the Iow-level top coal-rock, the verticai displacement of top coal-rock increases gradually as the decreasing of distance to face.Top coal and overlying strata in vertical direction are always in compressed state in the front of face, then the top coal begins to separate from the overlying strata at the upside of face. The support loading at face is mainly the deformation pressure due to top coal and main roof's movement, and it is not suitable for the FMTC face with traditional support design. Surrounding rock movement of the face is of near-field effect, the surrounding rock deformation is acute greatly near to the face, the ideas of supporting design for the tailentry and headentry should be changed from loading control to deformation control.

  17. Influence of Lithological Characters of Coal Bearing Formation on Stability of Roof of Coal Seams

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    孟召平; 彭苏萍; 李国庆; 黄为; 芦俊; 雷志勇

    2003-01-01

    Lithology is one of the important factors influencing the stability of roof of coal seams. In order to investigate this, the phenomenon of underground pressure and distribution of pressure were studied by using the local observation and simulation test with similar materials. The observation results show that the distance of initial weighting and periodic weighting of the mudstone roof is shorter than that of sandstone roofs. The sandstone roof with a high strength has a longer distance of initial weighting and periodic weighting, the abutment stress on the working face is big and the height of caving and fracture zone is high. The peak point of abutment stress in the sandstone roof is near to the working face and the pressure bump is inclined to occur. The result is contrary to that in case of the mudstone roof with a low strength. While in the transition zone of nipped sandstone, roof rock-mass is broken and is poor in stability, therefore, it is difficult to hold the roof.

  18. Chemical variability of groundwater samples collected from a coal seam gas exploration well, Maramarua, New Zealand.

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    Taulis, Mauricio; Milke, Mark

    2013-03-01

    A pilot study has produced 31 groundwater samples from a coal seam gas (CSG) exploration well located in Maramarua, New Zealand. This paper describes sources of CSG water chemistry variations, and makes sampling and analytical recommendations to minimize these variations. The hydrochemical character of these samples is studied using factor analysis, geochemical modelling, and a sparging experiment. Factor analysis unveils carbon dioxide (CO(2)) degassing as the principal cause of sample variation (about 33%). Geochemical modelling corroborates these results and identifies minor precipitation of carbonate minerals with degassing. The sparging experiment confirms the effect of CO(2) degassing by showing a steady rise in pH while maintaining constant alkalinity. Factor analysis correlates variations in the major ion composition (about 17%) to changes in the pumping regime and to aquifer chemistry variations due to cation exchange reactions with argillaceous minerals. An effective CSG water sampling program can be put into practice by measuring pH at the wellhead and alkalinity at the laboratory; these data can later be used to calculate the carbonate speciation at the time the sample was collected. In addition, TDS variations can be reduced considerably if a correct drying temperature of 180 °C is consistently implemented. PMID:23199455

  19. Atmospheric radon, CO2 and CH4 dynamics in an Australian coal seam gas field

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    Tait, D. R.; Santos, I. R.; Maher, D. T.

    2013-12-01

    Atmospheric radon (222Rn), carbon dioxide (CO2), and methane concentrations (CH4) as well as carbon stable isotope ratios (δ13C) were used to gain insight into atmospheric chemistry within an Australian coal seam gas (CSG) field (Surat Basin, Tara region, Queensland). A˜3 fold increase in maximum 222Rn concentration was observed inside the gas field compared to outside of it. There was a significant relationship between maximum and average 222Rn concentrations and the number of gas wells within a 2 km to 4 km radius of the sampling sites (n = 5 stations; p gas field related to point sources (well heads, pipelines, etc.) and diffse soil sources due to changes in the soil structural and hydrological characteristics. A rapid qualitative assessment of CH4 and CO2 concentration, and carbon isotopes using a mobile cavity ring-down spectrometer system showed a widespread enrichment of both CH4 and CO2 within the production gas field. Concentrations of CH4 and CO2 were as high as 6.89 ppm and 541 ppm respectively compared average concentrations of 1.78 ppm (CH4) and 388 ppm (CO2) outside the gas field. The δ13C values showed distinct differences between areas inside and outside the production field with the δ13C value of the CH4 source within the field matching that of the methane in the CSG.

  20. The effect of zeolite treatment by acids on sodium adsorption ratio of coal seam gas water.

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    Wang, Xiaoyu; Ozdemir, Orhan; Hampton, Marc A; Nguyen, Anh V; Do, Duong D

    2012-10-15

    Many coal seam gas (CSG) waters contain a sodium ion concentration which is too high relative to calcium and magnesium ions for environment acceptance. Natural zeolites can be used as a cheap and effective method to control sodium adsorption ratio (SAR, which is a measure of the relative preponderance of sodium to calcium and magnesium) due to its high cation exchange capacity. In this study, a natural zeolite from Queensland was examined for its potential to treat CSG water to remove sodium ions to lower SAR and reduce the pH value. The results demonstrate that acid activated zeolite at 30%wt solid ratio can reduce the sodium content from 563.0 to 182.7 ppm; the pH from 8.74 to 6.95; and SAR from 70.3 to 18.5. Based on the results of the batch experiments, the sodium adsorption capacity of the acid-treated zeolite is three times greater than that of the untreated zeolite. Both the untreated and acid-treated zeolite samples were characterized using zeta potential, surface characterization, DTA/TG and particle size distribution in order to explain their adsorption behaviours. PMID:22841594

  1. Reactor cooling water expansion joint bellows: The role of the seam weld in fatigue crack development

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    The secondary cooling water system pressure boundary of Savannah River Site reactors includes expansion joints utilizing a thin-wall bellows. While successfully used for over thirty years, an occasional replacement has been required because of the development of small, circumferential fatigue cracks in a bellows convolute. One such crack was recently shown to have initiated from a weld heat-affected zone liquation microcrack. The crack, initially open to the outer surface of the rolled and seam welded cylindrical bellows section, was closed when cold forming of the convolutes placed the outer surface in residual compression. However, the bellows was placed in tension when installed, and the tensile stresses reopened the microcrack. This five to eight grain diameter microcrack was extended by ductile fatigue processes. Initial extension was by relatively rapid propagation through the large-grained weld metal, followed by slower extension through the fine-grained base metal. A significant through-wall crack was not developed until the crack extended into the base metal on both sides of the weld. Leakage of cooling water was subsequently detected and the bellows removed and a replacement installed

  2. Experimental validation of the influence of lamination defects in electrical resistance seam welded pipelines

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    Experimental results from seven strain gaged instrumented hydrostatic tests on ex-service tubes from a 350 mm diameter, 6.3 mm thickness electrical resistance seam welded oil pipeline are presented. Lamination defects had been detected in these sectors by means of transversal magnetic flow in-line inspection and the FAST ultrasonic technique. Five tubes failed in the weld, these yielded the lowest burst pressures. The largest laminations found in the base material reduced the burst pressure by less than 25%. Defects propagated in the weld reduced the burst strength by up to 50%. Fracture mechanics modelling of the most representative defect shows that an inclined lamination defect with a through-thickness depth of up to 3 mm is not critical; test results show that this prediction is conservative. These results show that the location of the defect is more important than its size, the main reason being the low toughness of the weld. The results of this study confirm the validity of the restrictions of Section 8 of API RP 579

  3. Deformation effect of lateral roof roadway in close coal seams after repeated mining

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    Xie Jianlin; Xu Jialin; Wang Feng; Guo Jiekai; Liu Donglin

    2014-01-01

    This paper analyzed the deformation mechanism in lateral roof roadway of the Ding Wu-3 roadway which was disturbed by repeated mining of close coal seams Wu-8 and Wu-10 in Pingdingshan No. 1 Mine. To determine the strata disturbance scope, the strata displacement angle was used to calculate the protection pillar width. A numerical model was built considering the field geological conditions. In simulation, the mining stress borderline was defined as the contour where the induced stress is 1.5 times of the original stress. Simulation results show the mining stress borderline of the lateral roadway extended 91.7 m outward after repeated mining. Then the original stress increased, deforming the road-way of interest. This deformation agreed with the in situ observations. Moreover, the strata displacement angle changed due to repeated mining. Therefore, reselection of the displacement angle was required to design the protective pillar width. Since a constant strata displacement angle was used in traditional design, the proposed method was beneficial in field cases.

  4. Tomographic 3D-radiometry for the visualisation and measurement of the defects of girth seams

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    Tomographic Computer Aided Radiology (TomoCAR) is based on the mechanical position control of an X-ray tube in front of a weld seam and the application of a Dgital Detector Array (DDA) behind it. Several hundred radiometric projections in small angle steps are acquired. The tomographical reconstruction allows the three-dimensional (3D) representation of the defects. A new radiometric detector array with small internal unsharpness and high image contrast was used for the 2- and 3-dimensional visualization and sizing of planar defects with a defect opening of less than 100 μm. This detector is based on a CMOS-flat panel with a direct converting CdTe-single crystal layer. The small design allows the application of the mobile testing equipment for mechanized X-ray inspection in industrial plants. The physical pixel size of the detector amounts to 0,1 x 0,1 mm2. Nevertheless, this system yields a better spatial resolution than indirect converting detectors (e.g. cameras with fluorescence layers of Gd2O2S). It allows the reliable detection of planar defects with openings far below the detector pixel size by subpixel resolution. A German pilot study was successfully carried out on the basis of the ENIQ guidelines. In this context 'TomoCAR' was qualified for application in the nuclear power industry. (orig.)

  5. Forward tracking detectors

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    Klaus Mönig

    2007-11-01

    Forward tracking is an essential part of a detector at the international linear collider (ILC). The requirements for forward tracking are explained and the proposed solutions in the detector concepts are shown.

  6. Economic Tracking Portfolios

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    Owen Lamont

    1999-01-01

    An economic tracking portfolio is a portfolio of assets with returns that track an economic variable. Monthly returns on stocks and bonds are useful in forecasting post-war US output, consumption, labor income, inflation, stock returns, bond returns, and Treasury bill returns. These forecasting relationships define portfolios that track market expectations about future economic variables. Using tracking portfolio returns as instruments for future economic variables substantially raises the es...

  7. Advanced Tracking of Vehicles

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    Jensen, Christian Søndergaard; Li, K.-J.; Pakalnis, Stardas;

    2005-01-01

    server-side updates. This is achieved by designing, prototyping, and testing novel tracking techniques that exploit knowledge of the road network and past movement. These resulting tracking techniques are to support mobile services that rely on the existence of a central server that continuously tracks...

  8. APPLICATION FOR AIRCRAFT TRACKING

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    Ostroumov, Ivan; Kuz’menko, Natalia

    2011-01-01

    Abstract. In the article the important problems of software development for aircraft tracking have beendiscussed. Position reports of ACARS have been used for aircraft tracking around the world.An algorithm of aircraft coordinates decoding and visualization of aircraft position on the map has beenrepresented.Keywords: ACARS, aircraft, internet, position, software, tracking.

  9. Track and Field Facilities.

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    Wood, Tony

    2001-01-01

    Discusses planning and design tips that help ensure track and field facilities are successful and well-suited to both school and community use. Examines approaches to determining the best track surface and ways to maximize track and field flexibility with limited space. (GR)

  10. Bayesian multiple target tracking

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    Streit, Roy L

    2013-01-01

    This second edition has undergone substantial revision from the 1999 first edition, recognizing that a lot has changed in the multiple target tracking field. One of the most dramatic changes is in the widespread use of particle filters to implement nonlinear, non-Gaussian Bayesian trackers. This book views multiple target tracking as a Bayesian inference problem. Within this framework it develops the theory of single target tracking, multiple target tracking, and likelihood ratio detection and tracking. In addition to providing a detailed description of a basic particle filter that implements

  11. Tracking by Neural Nets

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    Jofrehei, Arash

    2015-01-01

    Current track reconstruction methods start with two points and then for each layer loop through all possible hits to find proper hits to add to that track. Another idea would be to use this large number of already reconstructed events and/or simulated data and train a machine on this data to find tracks given hit pixels. Training time could be long but real time tracking is really fast. Simulation might not be as realistic as real data but tracking efficiency is 100 percent for that while by using real data we would probably be limited to current efficiency. The fact that this approach can be a lot faster and even more efficient than current methods by using simulation data can make it a great alternative for current track reconstruction methods used in both triggering and tracking.

  12. Smart Vehicle Tracking System

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    K.P.Kamble

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available It is amazing to know how simple ideas can give a whole new dimension to the tracking and navigation industry and smart vehicle tracking system is used for tracking the vehicles. You can optimize driver routes, save petrol or gas and time, reduce theft and control the vehicle functions. Many a times it is not required to track your vehicle or target globally. In majority of cases tracking is more restricted to local purposes only, such as tracking movement of vehicle within city, tracking the raw materials within industrial estate or to know the present position of your daughter or son within city. But unfortunately in the pursuit of making things complex this simple idea is forgotten. This simple yet powerful idea forms the basis of this revolutionary project. All this coupled with a very low cost, a robust design and tremendous market potential makes this model even more attractive.

  13. Tracks: Nurses and the Tracking Network

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    2012-06-06

    This podcast highlights the utility of the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network for nurses in a variety of work settings. It features commentary from the American Nurses Association and includes stories from a public health nurse in Massachusetts.  Created: 6/6/2012 by National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)/Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects (DEHHE)/Environmental Health Tracking Branch (EHTB).   Date Released: 6/6/2012.

  14. CO2 sequestration in deep coal seams: experimental characterization of the fundamental underlying mechanisms

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    Pini, R.; Mazzotti, M.

    2012-04-01

    The process of injecting and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) into suitable deep geological formations, such as saline aquifers, (depleted) oil or gas reservoirs, and unmineable coal seams, is referred to as CO2 sequestration. In little more than a decade, this technology has emerged as one of the most important options for reducing CO2 emissions. Among the different options, unmineable coal seams are not as broadly distributed as saline aquifers or oil/gas reservoirs, but their peculiarity resides in the proven capacity of retaining significant amount of gas (mainly methane, CH4) for a very long time. Additionally, the injection of CO2 into the coal reservoir would enhance the recovery of this natural gas, a source of energy that will most likely play a key role in the power sector over the next 20 years from now. This process is called Enhanced Coal Bed Methane (ECBM) recovery and, as for enhanced oil recovery, it allows in principle offsetting the costs associated to the storage operation. A study was undertaken aimed at the experimental characterization of the fundamental mechanisms that take place during the process of injection and storage in coal reservoirs, namely adsorption and swelling (Pini et al 2010), and of their effects on the coal's permeability (Pini et al. 2009), the property that plays a dominant role in controlling fluid transport in a porous rock. An apparatus has been built that allows measuring the permeability of rock cores under typical reservoir conditions (high pressure and temperature) by the so-called transient step method. For this study, a coal core from the Sulcis coal mine in Sardinia (Italy) has been used. In the experiments, an inert gas (helium) was used to investigate the effects of the effective pressure on the permeability of the coal sample, whereas two adsorbing gases (CO2 and N2) to quantify those of adsorption and swelling. The experiments have been interpreted by a one-dimensional model that describes the fluid transport

  15. Permeability variation characteristics of coal after injecting carbon dioxide into a coal seam

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    Ni Xiaoming; Li Quanzhong; Wang Yanbin; Gao Shasha

    2015-01-01

    A theoretical basis for the optimization of carbon dioxide injection parameters and the development of the drainage system can be provided by identifying the permeability change characteristic of coal and rock after injection of carbon dioxide into the coal seam. Sihe, Yuwu, and Changcun mines were used as research sites. Scanning electron microscopy and permeability instruments were used to measure coal properties such as permeability and surface structure of the coal samples at different pH values of carbon dioxide solution and over different timescales. The results show that the reaction between minerals in coal and carbonate solution exhibit positive and negative aspects of permeability-the dissolution reaction between carbonate minerals in coal and acid solution improves the conductivity of coal whilst, on the other hand, the clay minerals in the coal (mainly including montmorillonite, illite and kaolinite) exhibit expansion as a result of ion exchange with the H+in acid solution, which has a negative effect on the per-meability of the coal. The permeability of coal samples increased at first and then decreased with immer-sion time, and when the soaking time is 2–3 months the permeability of the coal reached a maximum. In general, for coals with permeabilities less than 0.2 mD or greater than 2 mD, the effect on the permeabil-ity is low;when the permeability of the coal is in the range 0.2–2 mD, the effect on the permeability is highest. Research into permeability change characteristics can provide a theoretical basis for carbon diox-ide injection under different reservoir permeability conditions and subsequent drainage.

  16. Structural evaluation of WIPP disposal room raised to clay seam G

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    An error was discovered in the ALGEBBRA script used to calculate the disturbed rock zone around the disposal room and the shear failure zone in the anhydrite layers in the original version. To correct the error, a memorandum of correction was submitted according to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Quality Assurance program. The recommended course of action was to correct the error, to repeat the post-process, and to rewrite Section 7.4, 7.5, 8, and Appendix B in the original report. The sections and appendix revised by the post-process using the corrected ALGEBRA scripts are provided in this revision. The original report summarizes a series of structural calculations that examine effects of raising the WIPP repository horizon from the original design level upward 2.43 meters. Calculations were then repeated for grid changes appropriate for the new horizon raised to Clay Seam G. Results are presented in three main areas: (1) Disposal room porosity, (2) Disturbed rock zone characteristics, and (3) Anhydrite marker bed failure. No change to the porosity surface for the compliance re-certification application is necessary to account for raising the repository horizon, because the new porosity surface is essentially identical. The disturbed rock zone evolution and devolution are charted in terms of a stress invariant criterion over the regulatory period. This model shows that the propagation of the DRZ into the surrounding rock salt does not penetrate through MB 139 in the case of both the original horizon and the raised room. Damaged salt would be expected to heal in nominally 150 years. The shear failure does not occur in either the upper or lower anhydrite layers at the moment of excavation, but appears above and below the middle of the pillar one day after the excavation. The damaged anhydrite is not expected to heal as the salt in the DRZ is expected to

  17. Structural evaluation of WIPP disposal room raised to Clay Seam G.

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    Park, Byoung Yoon (Sandia National Laboratories, Carlsbad, NM); Holland, John F. (Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM)

    2007-09-01

    An error was discovered in the ALGEBBRA script used to calculate the disturbed rock zone around the disposal room and the shear failure zone in the anhydrite layers in the original version. To correct the error, a memorandum of correction was submitted according to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Quality Assurance program. The recommended course of action was to correct the error, to repeat the post-process, and to rewrite Section 7.4, 7.5, 8, and Appendix B in the original report. The sections and appendix revised by the post-process using the corrected ALGEBRA scripts are provided in this revision. The original report summarizes a series of structural calculations that examine effects of raising the WIPP repository horizon from the original design level upward 2.43 meters. Calculations were then repeated for grid changes appropriate for the new horizon raised to Clay Seam G. Results are presented in three main areas: (1) Disposal room porosity, (2) Disturbed rock zone characteristics, and (3) Anhydrite marker bed failure. No change to the porosity surface for the compliance re-certification application is necessary to account for raising the repository horizon, because the new porosity surface is essentially identical. The disturbed rock zone evolution and devolution are charted in terms of a stress invariant criterion over the regulatory period. This model shows that the propagation of the DRZ into the surrounding rock salt does not penetrate through MB 139 in the case of both the original horizon and the raised room. Damaged salt would be expected to heal in nominally 150 years. The shear failure does not occur in either the upper or lower anhydrite layers at the moment of excavation, but appears above and below the middle of the pillar one day after the excavation. The damaged anhydrite is not expected to heal as the salt in the DRZ is expected to.

  18. Practical methodology to evaluate the fatigue life of seam welded joints

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    K.C.Goes

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: of this paper is to present a practical and robust methodology developed to evaluate the fatigue life of seam welded joints under combined cyclic loading.Design/methodology/approach: Fatigue analysis was conducted in virtual environment. The finite element stress results from each loading were imported to fatigue code FE-Fatigue and combined to perform the fatigue life prediction using the S x N (stress x life method. A tube-to-plate specimen was submitted to a combined cyclic loading (bending and torsion with constant amplitude. The virtual durability analysis result was calibrated based on these laboratory tests and design codes such as BS7608 and Eurocode 3. The feasibility and application of the proposed numerical-experimental methodology and contributions for the technical development are discussed. Major challenges associated with this modelling and improvement proposals are finally presented.Findings: The finite element model was validated due to laboratory results. The analytical stress result presented upper value due to the approach used that considered the fillet weld supported all work. The model presented a good representation of failure and load correlation.Research limitations/implications: The measurement or modelling of the residual stresses resulting from the welding process was not included in this work. However, the thermal and metallurgical effects, such as distortions and residual stresses, were considered indirectly with regard to the corrections performed in the fatigue curves obtained from the investigated samples.Practical implications: Integrating fatigue analysis and finite elements, it is possible to analyse several welded joint configurations in the design phase, providing development time and cost reduction, increasing the project reliability.Originality/value: This methodology will permit, in further studies, the modelling of both stresses, in-service and residual stresses, acting together, which seem

  19. Probabilities of failure of a seam-welded calandria tube after a spontaneous pressure tube rupture

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    This paper describes a methodology for calculating probabilities of seam-welded calandria tube (CT) failure after a sudden pressure tube (PT) rupture for operating conditions of CANDU reactors. Such a calculation is required in certain analyses or design option assessments such as those related to the issue of PT failure with consequential loss of moderator coincident with loss of emergency coolant injection (ECI). This accident scenario is the subject of Generic Action Item (GAl) 95G02 that was raised by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) in 1995. The CT failure probabilities were required as part of the resolution process for GAl-95G02. Two modes of CT failure considered are the prompt failure and the delayed creep failure. During the first half-second of CT pressurization by a spontaneous PT rupture, the plausible failure mechanism is the CT circumferential strain caused by a water-hammer type overpressure transient. The probability of prompt CT failure is calculated using a distribution of the measured failure strains for irradiated CTs and the calculated maximum CT strains resulting from water-hammer overpressure transients. If the CT survives the initial transient loading, the CT becomes the temporary pressure boundary to the primary heat transport system. Under certain pressure and temperature conditions the CT can experience slow-strain-rate plastic deformation and eventually fail by plastic strain. A time-to-rupture model is used to calculate the probability of this delayed creep failure within 5 to 15 minutes after a PT rupture. Then, the CT failure probability is calculated by combining prompt failure with delayed creep failure. (author)

  20. Rheological Behaviors of Bio-degradable Drilling Fluids in Horizontal Drilling of Unconsolidated Coal Seams

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    Cai Jihua

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available In China, horizontal drilling techniques have been widely used in the exploration of coalbed methane (CBM. The drill-in fluids, especially in unconsolidated coal seams, are typically comprised of cellulose polymers, xanthan polymers and guar gums. However, testing and experience have shown that insufficient degradation of filter cakes resulting from even this “clean” drill-in fluids can significantly impede flow capacity at the wellbore wall. Past approaches to minimizing the damage have been the application of strong acids or oxidative breakers systems. They are often only marginally successful, particularly when applied in extended length intervals. Therefore, this paper introduced an engineered technique incorporating non-toxic, environment friendly and economically attractive bio-degradable drilling fluids (BDF.Extensive lab tests were conducted to evaluate the effects of substrate (polymer type, substrate concentration, enzyme type and enzyme concentration on the viscosity breaking behaviors of BDFs. We got the conclusions as follows. (1 Power Law model was the best model to matching the rheological properties of BDFs; (2 Compared with konjak, the degradations of Na-CMC and guar gum were easier to be controlled; (3 In the degradation of CMC by enzyme SE-1, the optimal weight concentration ratio of CMC to SE-1 was 3 to 1; (4 Of the three enzymes, enzyme SE-2 had the highest activity and could be used to degrade polymer in shorter time; (5 Higher enzyme concentration could speed up the degradation reaction; (6 Viscosity breaking times fluctuating from 13.5 hours to 74.5 hours and viscosity breaking ratios varying from 20% to 100% could be achieved by modifying the formulations of BDFs.

  1. Determining the effect of a stope line on the seams situated above and below using measurements of electrical resistance, from the example of research in the Murck hard coal mine

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    Czekaj, A.; Jaskowski, S.

    1979-01-01

    It is known that stoping work in one of the seams of a formation causes changes in the tension of the rock mass along the line (edge) of the stope in other higher and lower seams in an area up to several dozen meters thick. Results are described of research on the effect of the stope edge under conditions of the Murck nongas well at three gently dipping seams (with interseams of 30-40 m and 130-150 m), using the method of measuring the electrical resistance of side rock in development workings at underworked and overworked seams.

  2. Tracking dynamic team activity

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    Tambe, M. [Univ. of Southern California, Marina del Rey, CA (United States)

    1996-12-31

    AI researchers are striving to build complex multi-agent worlds with intended applications ranging from the RoboCup robotic soccer tournaments, to interactive virtual theatre, to large-scale real-world battlefield simulations. Agent tracking - monitoring other agent`s actions and inferring their higher-level goals and intentions - is a central requirement in such worlds. While previous work has mostly focused on tracking individual agents, this paper goes beyond by focusing on agent teams. Team tracking poses the challenge of tracking a team`s joint goals and plans. Dynamic, real-time environments add to the challenge, as ambiguities have to be resolved in real-time. The central hypothesis underlying the present work is that an explicit team-oriented perspective enables effective team tracking. This hypothesis is instantiated using the model tracing technology employed in tracking individual agents. Thus, to track team activities, team models are put to service. Team models are a concrete application of the joint intentions framework and enable an agent to track team activities, regardless of the agent`s being a collaborative participant or a non-participant in the team. To facilitate real-time ambiguity resolution with team models: (i) aspects of tracking are cast as constraint satisfaction problems to exploit constraint propagation techniques; and (ii) a cost minimality criterion is applied to constrain tracking search. Empirical results from two separate tasks in real-world, dynamic environments one collaborative and one competitive - are provided.

  3. A creative design of robotic visual tracking system in tailed welded blanks based on TRIZ

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    Zhang Lei; Zhao Mingyang; Zou Yuanyuan; Zhao Lihua

    2006-01-01

    According to the main tools of TRIZ, the theory of inventive problem solving, a new flowchart of the product conceptual design process to solve contradiction in TRIZ is proposed. In order to realize autonomous moving and automatic weld seam tracking for welding robot in Tailed Welded Blanks, a creative design of robotic visual tracking system based on CMOS has been developed by using the flowchart. The new system is not only used to inspect the workpiece ahead of a welding torch and measure the joint orientation and lateral deviation caused by curvature or discontinuity in the joint part, but also to record and measure the image size of the weld pool. Moreover, the hardware and software components are discussed in brief.

  4. The roles of melt infiltration and cumulate assimilation in the formation of anorthosite and a Cr-spinel seam in the Rum Eastern Layered Intrusion, NW Scotland

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    O'Driscoll, Brian; Donaldson, Colin H.; Daly, J. Stephen; Emeleus, C. Henry

    2009-07-01

    Thin (~ 2 mm) Cr-spinel seams are present at the bases of several of the coupled peridotite-troctolite units that comprise the Rum Eastern Layered Intrusion. In some cases, 'subsidiary' Cr-spinel seams have also developed at between 6 and 12 cm below the unit boundaries. The subsidiary seams are thinner than the normal seams (approx. 1 mm), discontinuous, and occur within and at the base of a thin (~ 10 cm) layer of anorthosite, which is sandwiched between peridotite and troctolite. The troctolite contains cumulus olivine, but in the Cr-spinel seam and anorthosite, olivine is intercumulus only. Cr-spinel is scarce in the troctolite, but common in the anorthosite, where it has a different composition (more Fe-and Cr-rich) and crystal size distribution (CSD) profile to the Cr-spinel in the subsidiary seam, suggesting that it represents a different crystal population. A model involving downward infiltration of hot picrite and resulting troctolitic cumulate assimilation is developed here to explain the subsidiary seams. This is based on petrographic observation, quantitative textural measurement and mineral chemical analyses. It is suggested that as the picritic magma was emplaced, downward percolation of this melt occurred into a troctolite mush. The anorthosite represents a layer of almost completely melted troctolite, formed by growth of high-anorthite zones from the contaminated picrite onto residual cumulus plagioclase. Assimilation of large amounts of the troctolite cumulate mush forced the contaminated picrite onto the olivine-spinel cotectic, leading to Cr-spinel crystallisation. Subsequently, the Cr-spinel crystals in the anorthosite have reacted with intercumulus melt over a wider temperature interval and have gained a more Fe 3+-rich composition than the subsidiary seam Mg- and Al-rich Cr-spinels. It is suggested that the separation of a small fraction of immiscible sulphide liquid in the Cr-spinel seams is the result of locally changing SiO 2 and oxygen

  5. Coupled flow and geomechanical processes during enhanced coal seam methane recovery through CO{sub 2} sequestration

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    Connell, L.D. [CSIRO Petroleum Resources, Ian Wark Laboratory, Clayton, Victoria (Australia); Detournay, C. [Itasca Consulting Group, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota (United States)

    2009-01-07

    The sensitivity of coal permeability to the effective stress means that changes in stress as well as pore pressure within a coal seam lead to changes in permeability. In addition coal swells with gas adsorption and shrinks with desorption; these sorption strains impact on the coal stress state and thus the permeability. Therefore the consideration of gas migration in coal requires an appreciation of the coupled geomechanical behaviour. A number of approaches to representing coal permeability incorporate the geomechanical response and have found widespread use in reservoir simulation. However these approaches are based on two simplifying assumptions; uniaxial strain (i.e. zero strain in the horizontal plane) and constant vertical stress. This paper investigates the accuracy of these assumptions for reservoir simulation of enhanced coalbed methane through CO{sub 2} sequestration. A coupled simulation approach is used where the coalbed methane simulator SIMED II is coupled with the geomechanical model FLAC3D. This model is applied to three simulation case studies assembled from information presented in the literature. Two of these are for 100% CO{sub 2} injection, while the final example is where a flue gas (12.5% CO{sub 2} and 87.5% N{sub 2}) is injected. It was found that the horizontal contrast in sorption strain within the coal seam caused by spatial differences in the total gas content leads to vertical stress variation. Thus the permeability calculated from the coupled simulation and that using an existing coal permeability model, the Shi-Durucan model, are significantly different; for the region in the vicinity of the production well the coupled permeability is greater than the Shi-Durucan model. In the vicinity of the injection well the permeability is less than that calculated using the Shi-Durucan model. This response is a function of the magnitude of the strain contrast within the seam and dissipates as these contrasts diminish. (author)

  6. A Combined Micro-CT Imaging/Microfluidic Approach for Understating Methane Recovery in Coal Seam Gas Reservoirs

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    Mostaghimi, P.; Armstrong, R. T.; Gerami, A.; Lamei Ramandi, H.; Ebrahimi Warkiani, M.

    2015-12-01

    Coal seam methane is a form of natural gas stored in coal beds and is one of the most important unconventional resources of energy. The flow and transport in coal beds occur in a well-developed system of natural fractures that are also known as cleats. We use micro-Computed Tomography (CT) imaging at both dry and wet conditions to resolve the cleats below the resolution of the image. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) is used for calibration of micro-CT data. Using soft lithography technique, the cleat system is duplicated on a silicon mould. We fabricate a microfluidic chip using Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) to study both imbibition and drainage in generated coal structures for understating gas and water transport in coal seam reservoirs. First, we use simple patterns observed on coal images to analyse the effects of wettability, cleat size and distribution on flow behaviour. Then, we study transport in a coal by injecting both distilled water and decane with a rate of 1 microliter/ min into the fabricated cleat structure (Figure 1), initially saturated with air. We repeat the experiment for different contact angles by plasma treating the microfluidic chip, and results show significant effects of wettability on the displacement efficiency. The breakthrough time in the imbibition setup is significantly longer than in the drainage. Using rapid video capturing, and high resolution microscopy, we measure the saturation of displacing fluid with respect to time. By measuring gas and liquid recovery in the outlet at different saturation, we predict relative permeability of coal. This work has important applications for optimising gas recovery and our results can serve as a benchmark in the verification of multiphase numerical models used in coal seam gas industry.

  7. Microstructure and properties of Mg/Al joint welded by gas tungsten arc welding-assisted hybrid ultrasonic seam welding

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    Graphical abstract: Gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) was introduced into ultrasonic seam welding of Mg and Al dissimilar metals for the first time as shown in (a). The preceding GTAW can preheat the sheet metal to enhance the weldability. Without improving the ultrasonic power, the direct joining of 1 mm thick Al and Mg alloys sheets was accomplished and the maximum lap shear strength was 1 kN at a GTAW current of 30 A, approximately 40% of AZ31B Mg alloy base metal, as shown in (b). - Highlights: • Mg and Al were joined in solid state by hybrid ultrasonic seam welding. • The preceding GTAW heat source enhanced the acoustic bonding effect. • The maximum lap shear strength was 1 kN at a GTAW current of 30 A. - Abstract: A novel gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) assisted hybrid ultrasonic seam welding MgAZ31B and Al6061 alloy sheets with satisfactory joint strength were successfully achieved using a previous GTAW preheating heat source. The preceding GTAW reduced the sheet hardness but enhanced the acoustic softening effect and materials plasticity. Therefore, the direct joining of 1 mm thick MgAZ31B and Al6061 alloy sheets can be obtained without improving the ultrasonic power. The effect of GTAW current on the microstructure and mechanical properties was investigated. The tensile shear strength of the joint increased with GTAW current up to a maximum strength and then decreased dramatically with higher GTAW current. The maximum lap shear strength was 1 kN at a GTAW current of 30 A, approximately 40% of AZ31B Mg alloy base metal. The failure occurred by interface fracture mode, and the fracture patterns exhibited brittle fracture mode with cleavage facet feature

  8. Enrichment of Radon and Carbon Dioxide in the Open Atmosphere of an Australian Coal Seam Gas Field

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    Tait, Douglas R.; Santos, Isaac R.; Maher, Damien T.; Cyronak, Tyler J.; Davis, Rachael J.

    2013-01-01

    Atmospheric radon (222Rn) and carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations were used to gain insight into fugitive emissions in an Australian coal seam gas (CSG) field (Surat Basin, Tara region, Queensland). 222Rn and CO2 concentrations were observed for 24 h within and outside the gas field. Both 222Rn and CO2 concentrations followed a diurnal cycle with night time concentrations higher than day time concentrations. Average CO2 concentrations over the 24-h period ranged from ∼390 ppm at the control s...

  9. Visual identification by signature tracking

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    Munich, Mario E.; Perona, Pietro

    2003-01-01

    We propose a new camera-based biometric: visual signature identification. We discuss the importance of the parameterization of the signatures in order to achieve good classification results, independently of variations in the position of the camera with respect to the writing surface. We show that affine arc-length parameterization performs better than conventional time and Euclidean arc-length ones. We find that the system verification performance is better than 4 percent error on skilled fo...

  10. Tracking fast neutrons

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    Both neutron absorption and elastic scattering can be used to measure neutron momentum. Based on elastic collisions, the linear momentum of a fast neutron can be measured from as few as two consecutive recoil ion tracks plus the vertex position of the third collision, or ‘two and half’ ion tracks. If the time delay between the first two consecutive ion tracks is also measured, the number of ion tracks can be reduced to one and a half. The angular and magnitude resolutions are limited by ion range straggling to about 10%. Multi-wire proportional chambers and light-field imaging can be used for fast neutron tracking. Light-field imaging is free of charge-diffusion-induced image blur, but the limited number of photons available can be a challenge. 1H, 2H and 3He could be used for the initial development of fast neutron trackers based on light-field imaging. -- Highlights: • We describe the basic principle of fast neutron tracking through elastic collisions and absorption; • We calculate tracking errors, which are limited by ion range straggling. • Multi-wire proportional chamber and light field imaging are discussed for fast neutron tracking; • Time projection of ion tracks can be achieved by detecting photons

  11. Online Supervised Subspace Tracking

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    Xie, Yao; Song, Ruiyang; Dai, Hanjun; Li, Qingbin; Song, Le

    2015-01-01

    We present a framework for supervised subspace tracking, when there are two time series $x_t$ and $y_t$, one being the high-dimensional predictors and the other being the response variables and the subspace tracking needs to take into consideration of both sequences. It extends the classic online subspace tracking work which can be viewed as tracking of $x_t$ only. Our online sufficient dimensionality reduction (OSDR) is a meta-algorithm that can be applied to various cases including linear r...

  12. Tracking in anatomic pathology.

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    Pantanowitz, Liron; Mackinnon, Alexander C; Sinard, John H

    2013-12-01

    Bar code-based tracking solutions, long present in clinical pathology laboratories, have recently made an appearance in anatomic pathology (AP) laboratories. Tracking of AP "assets" (specimens, blocks, slides) can enhance laboratory efficiency, promote patient safety, and improve patient care. Routing of excess clinical material into research laboratories and biorepositories are other avenues that can benefit from tracking of AP assets. Implementing tracking is not as simple as installing software and turning it on. Not all tracking solutions are alike. Careful analysis of laboratory workflow is needed before implementing tracking to assure that this solution will meet the needs of the laboratory. Such analysis will likely uncover practices that may need to be modified before a tracking system can be deployed. Costs that go beyond simply that of purchasing software will be incurred and need to be considered in the budgeting process. Finally, people, not technology, are the key to assuring quality. Tracking will require significant changes in workflow and an overall change in the culture of the laboratory. Preparation, training, buy-in, and accountability of the people involved are crucial to the success of this process. This article reviews the benefits, available technology, underlying principles, and implementation of tracking solutions for the AP and research laboratory. PMID:23634908

  13. Sensitivity of detection of fugitive methane emissions from coal seam gas fields

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    Feitz, A. J.; Berko, H.; Wilson, P.; Jenkins, C.; Loh, Z. M.; Etheridge, D.

    2013-12-01

    There is increasing recognition that minimising methane emissions from the oil and gas sector is a key step in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions in the near term. Atmospheric monitoring techniques are likely to play an important future role in measuring the extent of existing emissions and verifying emission reductions. They can be very suitable for monitoring gas fields as they are continuous and integrate emissions from a number of potential point and diffuse sources that may vary in time. Geoscience Australia and CSIRO Marine & Atmospheric Research have collected three years of continuous methane and carbon dioxide measurements at their atmospheric composition monitoring station ('Arcturus') in the Bowen Basin, Australia. Methane signals in the Bowen Basin are likely to be influenced by cattle production, landfill, coal production, and conventional and coal seam gas (CSG) production. Australian CSG is typically 'dry' and is characterised by a mixed thermogenic-biogenic methane source with an absence of C3-C6+ alkanes. The range of δ13C isotopic signatures of the CSG is similar to methane from landfill gas and cattle emissions. The absence of standard in-situ tracers for CSG fugitive emissions suggests that having a comprehensive baseline will be critical for successful measurement of fugitive emissions using atmospheric techniques. In this paper we report on the sensitivity of atmospheric techniques for the detection of fugitive emissions from a simulated new CSG field against a three year baseline signal. Simulation of emissions was performed for a 1-year period using the coupled prognostic meteorological and air pollution model TAPM at different fugitive emission rates (i.e. estimates of <1% to up to 10% of production lost) and distances (i.e. 10 - 50 km) from the station. Emissions from the simulated CSG field are based on well density, production volumes, and field size typical of CSG fields in Australia. The distributions of the perturbed and

  14. Empirical-analytical method for evaluating the pressure distribution in the hard coal seams

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    KABIESZ Józef; MAKóWKA Janusz

    2009-01-01

    At present, numerical modelling of distributions of many rock mass characteristics plays more and more important role in many geomechanical questions. In the issues related to seismic and rockburst hazards, the analyses of distributions of stress component values in the rock strata are performed, similarly as those of deformation parameters of the strata. To do this, commercial computer programs are used which function on the basis of the finite element-, separate element-, finite difference-, boundary element methods, or individually designed computer programs. They enable to obtain information, unattainable with other methods, being of importance for further concluding on those hazards. The programs based on applying those methods have contributed to important progress and development of science in the domain of analyzing and predicting the hazards. To this end, the commercial computer programs are used that are based on the methods of: finite elements, separate elements, finite differences, boundary elements, etc., or on individually developed computer programs. They enable to obtain information, unavailable using other methods, being of vital importance for further concluding on these hazards. The programs based on these methods have contributed to essential progress and development of science in the field of analysing and predicting the hazards. Apart from their obvious advantages, they have many drawbacks that hinder their practical, routine application. To allow making these type of analyses, without the necessity of constructing complicated models and knowing the detailed geomechanical parameters of rocks, together with laborious computation using a high-rank computer hardware, an analytical-empirical method has been developed at Central Mining Institute, Poland, to make prediction (modelling) of the distribution of pressure values (vertical component of stress) in SIGMAZ coal seams. It is based on geophysical measurements, generalized for the conditions of

  15. The adjusting mining technology of combining fully mechanized with individual prop, rotating, hilt, irregular form, and double unit face on thin coal seam of Tianchen Mine

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    SONG Hua-ling; WEN Guo-feng; LI Jin-ke

    2008-01-01

    Analyzed the situations and characteristics of thin coal seam mining and its mining technologies, and introduced the mining innovation technology used by Tianchen Coal Mine of Zhaozhuang Coal Company of China. This innovation technology combined the fully mechanized mining with individual props, and the working face of mining is over length, irregular form and double units. The rotational adjusting mining technology on thin coal seam is also practiced in this new mining technology. The detail technologies, such as outlays of working face and ways, mining methods, equipments of cutting, transporting and sporting, have been introduced. So that, using the synthetic and creative mining tech-nologies, Tianchen Coal Mine solves the mining problems of thin coal seam successfully.

  16. Modelling of a coal seam of the deposit Đurđevik (BiH) by means of 2D reflection seismic imaging

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    Arsenović, Siniša; Urošević, Milovan; Sretenović, Branislav; Cvetkov, Vesna; Životić, Dragana

    2016-06-01

    A low cost 2D reflection seismic survey was used to map the continuity of the main seams as well as the numerous faults at the Đurđevik sub-bituminous coal deposit (BiH). A 24-channel seismic data acquisition system was available for this survey. The natural high reflectivity of the coal seams and a favourable geometry of seismic profiles enabled the identification and correlation of major faults across the area. Rugged terrain presented challenges to both data acquisition and processing. Stacks of acceptable quality were obtained only after the application of surface consistent statics and careful application of multi-channel filtering. A set of recorded 2D lines was interpreted in a 3D environment. Inferred structural elements disrupting the seam continuity were identified and were in agreement with available drilling results and mine workings. The result of this work was used to reduce mining hazards and also to help optimise mine planning.

  17. Numerical simulation and experiment analysis of improving permeability by deep-hole presplitting explosion in high gassy and low permeability coal seam

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    CAI Feng; LIU Ze-gong; LIN Bai-quan; LI Wei

    2009-01-01

    Created a new damage model for explosive for LS-DYNA3D, taking advantage of the Taylor method aimed at the high gassy and low permeability coal seam, and nu-merically simulated and analyzed the deep-hole presplitting explosion. The entire process of explosion was represented, including cracks caused by dynamic pressure, transmission and vibration superposition of stress waves, as well as cracks growth driven by gas gen-erated by explosion. The influence of the cracks generated in the process of explosion and the performance of improving permeability caused by the difference of interval between explosive holes were analyzed. A reasonable interval between explosive holes of deep-hole presplitting explosions in high gassy and low permeability coal seams was proposed, and the resolution of gas drainage in high gassy and low permeability coal seam was put forward.

  18. Thick coal seam fully mechanized coal face moving method improvement%厚煤层综采工作面搬家方法改进研究

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    李燎; 王建

    2015-01-01

    针对晋华宫矿现阶段厚煤层综采工作面搬家方法,提出了高效安全的改进方案,提高了厚煤层综采工作面搬家速度及安全性,为厚煤层综采工作面搬家积累宝贵经验。%For thick seam fully mechanized coal face at the present stage moving method in jinhuagong coal mine, puts forward the effective safety improvement program, improve the thick coal seam fully mechanized coal face, moving speed, and safety for thick coal seam fully mechanized coal face moving accumulated valuable experience.

  19. Inferring Hydraulic and Fracture Properties of a Fracked Coal Seam Aquifer by Using GLUE Uncertainty Analysis using TOUGH2 reservoir simulator

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    Willgoose, G. R.; Askarimarnani, S. S.

    2014-12-01

    Coal seam gas (also called coal bed methane) is a form of natural gas that occurs in some coal seams. In the coal seam gas industry, hydraulic fracturing is performed to enhance the extraction of the gas from the coal seam. This paper presents flow simulation results for a fractured coal seam and its associate production well, and an investigation of the well piezometric head drawdown curves resulting from hydraulic pumping tests. The aim is to infer the hydraulic and fracture properties of the coal and associated well, such as length, width, conductivity of fractures, and the proportion of the water and gas contained in the coal seam. For this purpose the TOUGH2/EOS7C numerical simulator is applied. It is capable of modelling multiphase flow in fractured and porous system. The EOS7C is an "equation of state" module for TOUGH2 that is used to model the methane dissolved and free gas multiphase component. The Wingridder grid generator has been used to generate the 2D, 3D and MINCE (multiple interacting continua) grids for TOUGH2. The simulation results provide some constraints on hydraulic and fracture properties. However, there is still have significant uncertainty. In order to assess the uncertainty and increase our knowledge of the hydraulic properties, uncertainty analysis using the Generalized Likelihood Uncertainty Estimation (GLUE), which is a Monte-Carlo methodology, is applied. We will discuss how the Monte-Carlo uncertainty analyses is used to infer the properties of a hydraulically fractured well from pump test data. One major outcome of this work will be the development of a fast and routine method for assessing the post-development performance and safety of a production gas well, and to provide reassurance that the fracking that has actually occurred in the field is within design parameters.

  20. Eye-Tracking

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    Gabriela GROSSECK

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Eye-tracking: one of the newest and most efficient methods of improving on-line marketing communication is called eye-tracking. Marketers have borrowed this technique, usually used in psychological and medical research, in order to study web users with the help of a video camera incorporated in the monitor.

  1. Why we are tracking

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    Tække, Jesper

    2015-01-01

    In this short essay, concerning why we are tracking, I will try to frame tracking as an evolutionary developed skill that humans need to survive. From an evolutionary point zero life must reflect upon itself in regard to its surrounding world as a kind of societal self-synchronization in this...

  2. Photon track evolution

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    Given the time scale of biological, biochemical, biophysical and physical effects in a radiation exposure of living tissue, the first physical stage can be considered to be independent of time. All the physical interactions caused by the incident photons happen at the same starting time. From this point of view it would seem that the evolution of photon tracks is not a relevant topic for analysis; however, if the photon track is considered as a sequence of several interactions, there are several steps until the total degradation of the energy of the primary photon. We can characterise the photon track structure by the probability p(E,j), that is, the probability that a photon with energy E suffers j secondary interactions. The aim of this work is to analyse the photon track structure by considering j as a step of the photon track evolution towards the total degradation of the photon energy. Low energy photons (<150 keV) are considered, with water phantoms and half-extended geometry. The photon track evolution concept is presented and compared with the energy deposition along the track and also with the spatial distribution of the several steps in the photon track. (authors)

  3. UWB Tracking Software Development

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    Gross, Julia; Arndt, Dickey; Ngo, Phong; Phan, Chau; Dusl, John; Ni, Jianjun; Rafford, Melinda

    2006-01-01

    An Ultra-Wideband (UWB) two-cluster Angle of Arrival (AOA) tracking prototype system is currently being developed and tested at NASA Johnson Space Center for space exploration applications. This talk discusses the software development efforts for this UWB two-cluster AOA tracking system. The role the software plays in this system is to take waveform data from two UWB radio receivers as an input, feed this input into an AOA tracking algorithm, and generate the target position as an output. The architecture of the software (Input/Output Interface and Algorithm Core) will be introduced in this talk. The development of this software has three phases. In Phase I, the software is mostly Matlab driven and calls C++ socket functions to provide the communication links to the radios. This is beneficial in the early stage when it is necessary to frequently test changes in the algorithm. Phase II of the development is to have the software mostly C++ driven and call a Matlab function for the AOA tracking algorithm. This is beneficial in order to send the tracking results to other systems and also to improve the tracking update rate of the system. The third phase is part of future work and is to have the software completely C++ driven with a graphics user interface. This software design enables the fine resolution tracking of the UWB two-cluster AOA tracking system.

  4. On the Wrong Track.

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    Black, Susan

    1992-01-01

    By any measure--student achievement, social development, or democratic values--ability grouping and tracking practices are indefensible and unsupported by research. Tracking allows schools to practice in-school segregation and perpetuate unequal opportunities and unequal socialization within classrooms. Jonathan Kozol's investigation shows how…

  5. Can Tracking Improve Learning?

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    Duflo, Esther; Dupas, Pascaline; Kremer, Michael

    2009-01-01

    Tracking students into different classrooms according to their prior academic performance is controversial among both scholars and policymakers. If teachers find it easier to teach a homogeneous group of students, tracking could enhance school effectiveness and raise test scores of both low- and high-ability students. If students benefit from…

  6. Large scale tracking algorithms.

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    Hansen, Ross L.; Love, Joshua Alan; Melgaard, David Kennett; Karelitz, David B.; Pitts, Todd Alan; Zollweg, Joshua David; Anderson, Dylan Z.; Nandy, Prabal; Whitlow, Gary L.; Bender, Daniel A.; Byrne, Raymond Harry

    2015-01-01

    Low signal-to-noise data processing algorithms for improved detection, tracking, discrimination and situational threat assessment are a key research challenge. As sensor technologies progress, the number of pixels will increase signi cantly. This will result in increased resolution, which could improve object discrimination, but unfortunately, will also result in a significant increase in the number of potential targets to track. Many tracking techniques, like multi-hypothesis trackers, suffer from a combinatorial explosion as the number of potential targets increase. As the resolution increases, the phenomenology applied towards detection algorithms also changes. For low resolution sensors, "blob" tracking is the norm. For higher resolution data, additional information may be employed in the detection and classfication steps. The most challenging scenarios are those where the targets cannot be fully resolved, yet must be tracked and distinguished for neighboring closely spaced objects. Tracking vehicles in an urban environment is an example of such a challenging scenario. This report evaluates several potential tracking algorithms for large-scale tracking in an urban environment.

  7. Incentives from Curriculum Tracking

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    Koerselman, Kristian

    2013-01-01

    Curriculum tracking creates incentives in the years before its start, and we should therefore expect test scores to be higher during those years. I find robust evidence for incentive effects of tracking in the UK based on the UK comprehensive school reform. Results from the Swedish comprehensive school reform are inconclusive. Internationally, I…

  8. Analysis of alternatives for using cable bolts as primary support at two low-seam coal mines

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    Esterhuizen Gabriel S; Tulu Ihsan B

    2016-01-01

    Cable bolts are sometimes used in low-seam coal mines to provide support in difficult ground conditions. This paper describes cable bolting solutions at two low-seam coal mines in similar ground conditions. Both mines used support systems incorporating cable bolts as part of the primary support system. Two original cable bolt based support systems as well as two modified systems are evaluated to estimate their ability to prevent large roof falls. One of the support systems incorporated passive cable bolts, while the other used pre-tensioned cable bolts. The results and experience at the mines showed that the mod-ified systems provided improved stability over the original support systems. The presence of the cable bolts is the most important contribution to stability against large roof falls, rather than the details of the support pattern. It was also found that a heavy steel channel can improve the safety of the system because of the‘sling’ action it provides. Additionally, the analysis showed that fully-grouted rebar bolts load much earlier than the cable bolts, and pre-tensioning of the cable bolts can result in a more uniform distribution of loading in the roof.

  9. Molecular and elemental analyses of the carbonaceous matter in the gold and uranium bearing Vaal Reef carbon seams, Witwatersrand sequence

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    The thin Vaal Reef carbon seams consist of a complex, solid, and solvent insoluble, polymer-like substance, containing mainly hydrocarbons and some organic sulphur and oxygen compounds. These carbon seams are not pure carbon, e.g. graphite, and do not contain only hydrocarbons. According to modern terminology the Vaal Reef carbonaceous matter is most appropriately referred to as kerogen rather than carbon or thucholite. This kerogen is not the result of the polymerization of gaseous or liquid hydrocarbons, but rather of the polymerization of biochemicals from decayed, primitive Precambrian micro-organisms. These microbiota formed mats in which uranium minerals and gold became incorporated before burial under younger sediments. Organic geochemistry was first developed as a means to elucidate the nature and composition of petroleum and coal. Later it was successfully used in lunar sample, planetary surface, and meteorite studies as well as in investigations of kerogens in terrestrial sediments of various ages. Considering economic geology, organic geochemistry holds promise for elucidating the origin and helping in the exploration of carbonaceous ore deposits. The purpose of this report is to review some of the major current organic geochemical methods and to illustrate these by the analysis of the Vaal Reef kerogen. The samples were analysed by a directly connected high vacuum pyrolysis system-gas chromatograph-organic mass spectrometer. Additional analyses were performed by a combined scanning electron microscope-electron microprobe, by the techniques of electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, and by neutron activation analysis

  10. “Community perspectives of natural resource extraction: coal-seam gas mining and social identity in Eastern Australia”

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    D. Lloyd

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Using a recent case study of community reaction to proposed coal - seam gas mining in eastern Australia, we illustrate the role of community views in issues of natural resource use. Drawing on interviews, observations and workshops, the paper explores the anti - coal - seam gas social movement from its stages of infancy through to being a national debate linking community groups across and beyond Australia. Primary community concerns of inadequate community consultation translate into fears regarding potential impacts o n farmland and cumulative impacts on aquifers and future water supply, and questions regarding economic, social and environmental benefits. Many of the community activists had not previously been involved in such social action. A recurring message from aff ected communities is concern around perceived insufficient research and legislation for such rapid industrial expansion. A common citizen demand is the cessation of the industry until there is better understanding of underground water system interconnectiv ity and the methane extraction and processing life cycle. Improved scientific knowledge of the industry and its potential impacts will, in the popular view, enable better comparison of power generation efficiency with coal and renewable energy sources and better comprehension of the industry as a transition energy industry . It will also enable elected representatives and policy makers to make more informed decisions while developing appropriate legislation to ensure a sustainable future.

  11. A reactive transport modelling approach to assess the leaching potential of hydraulic fracturing fluids associated with coal seam gas extraction

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    Mallants, Dirk; Simunek, Jirka; Gerke, Kirill

    2015-04-01

    Coal Seam Gas production generates large volumes of "produced" water that may contain compounds originating from the use of hydraulic fracturing fluids. Such produced water also contains elevated concentrations of naturally occurring inorganic and organic compounds, and usually has a high salinity. Leaching of produced water from storage ponds may occur as a result of flooding or containment failure. Some produced water is used for irrigation of specific crops tolerant to elevated salt levels. These chemicals may potentially contaminate soil, shallow groundwater, and groundwater, as well as receiving surface waters. This paper presents an application of scenario modelling using the reactive transport model for variably-saturated media HP1 (coupled HYDRUS-1D and PHREEQC). We evaluate the fate of hydraulic fracturing chemicals and naturally occurring chemicals in soil as a result of unintentional release from storage ponds or when produced water from Coal Seam Gas operations is used in irrigation practices. We present a review of exposure pathways and relevant hydro-bio-geo-chemical processes, a collation of physico-chemical properties of organic/inorganic contaminants as input to a set of generic simulations of transport and attenuation in variably saturated soil profiles. We demonstrate the ability to model the coupled processes of flow and transport in soil of contaminants associated with hydraulic fracturing fluids and naturally occurring contaminants.

  12. Persistent Aerial Tracking

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    Mueller, Matthias

    2016-04-13

    In this thesis, we propose a new aerial video dataset and benchmark for low altitude UAV target tracking, as well as, a photo-realistic UAV simulator that can be coupled with tracking methods. Our benchmark provides the rst evaluation of many state of-the-art and popular trackers on 123 new and fully annotated HD video sequences captured from a low-altitude aerial perspective. Among the compared trackers, we determine which ones are the most suitable for UAV tracking both in terms of tracking accuracy and run-time. We also present a simulator that can be used to evaluate tracking algorithms in real-time scenarios before they are deployed on a UAV "in the field", as well as, generate synthetic but photo-realistic tracking datasets with free ground truth annotations to easily extend existing real-world datasets. Both the benchmark and simulator will be made publicly available to the vision community to further research in the area of object tracking from UAVs. Additionally, we propose a persistent, robust and autonomous object tracking system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) called Persistent Aerial Tracking (PAT). A computer vision and control strategy is applied to a diverse set of moving objects (e.g. humans, animals, cars, boats, etc.) integrating multiple UAVs with a stabilized RGB camera. A novel strategy is employed to successfully track objects over a long period, by \\'handing over the camera\\' from one UAV to another. We integrate the complete system into an off-the-shelf UAV, and obtain promising results showing the robustness of our solution in real-world aerial scenarios.

  13. Adaptive constraints for feature tracking

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    1999-01-01

    In this paper extensions to an existing tracking algorithm are described. These extensions implement adaptive tracking constraints in the form of regional upper-bound displacements and an adaptive track smoothness constraint. Together, these constraints make the tracking algorithm more flexible than the original algorithm (which used fixed tracking parameters) and provide greater confidence in the tracking results. The result of applying the new algorithm to high-resolution ...

  14. TrackPunch

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    Weigert, Jonas

    2014-01-01

    TrackPunch is a music streaming service that turns music discovery into a social experience. Our platform provides users with an elegant way to find new music based on their friends' listening habits. We aggregate music data from top music sources to index who influences each user individually. Our users can search, listen to, and share high quality content from GrooveShark, and SoundCloud, and YouTube for free. On TrackPunch, your next favorite song awaits. TrackPunch is a music streaming...

  15. LHCb VELO Tracking Resolutions

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    Alexander, Michael

    2011-01-01

    The excellent tracking performance of the Vertex Locator (VELO) at LHCb is presented. The resolutions it achieves on single hits, impact parameters, and primary vertex positions are shown, with particular attention paid to measurement of impact parameters.

  16. Case Analysis Tracking System

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    National Archives and Records Administration — CATS tracks Public and Federal Agency Reference Requests for OPF (Official Personnel Folder) , EMF (Employee Medical Folder), and eOPF (electronic Official...

  17. 1996 : Track Count Protocol

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — The goal of St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge's Track Count Protocol is to provide an index to the population size of game animals inhabiting St. Vincent Island.

  18. Track Loading Vehicle - TLV

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The TLV is designed to apply forces close to the strength limits of the rails and other track structure components, such as ties, rail fasteners, and ballast, while...

  19. Financial Disclosure Tracking System

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    US Agency for International Development — USAID's FDTS identifies personal service contractors and local employees who should file disclosure reports. It tracks late filers and identifies those who must...

  20. Neonate turtle tracking data

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The objectives of this project are to use novel satellite tracking methods to provide improved estimation of threats at foraging areas and along migration routes...

  1. Human Capital Tracking Tool

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    Department of Transportation — AVS is now required to collect, track, and report on data from the following Flight, Business and Workforce Plan. The Human Resource Management's Performance Target...

  2. Energy Tracking Software Platform

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    Ryan Davis; Nathan Bird; Rebecca Birx; Hal Knowles

    2011-04-04

    Acceleration has created an interactive energy tracking and visualization platform that supports decreasing electric, water, and gas usage. Homeowners have access to tools that allow them to gauge their use and track progress toward a smaller energy footprint. Real estate agents have access to consumption data, allowing for sharing a comparison with potential home buyers. Home builders have the opportunity to compare their neighborhood's energy efficiency with competitors. Home energy raters have a tool for gauging the progress of their clients after efficiency changes. And, social groups are able to help encourage members to reduce their energy bills and help their environment. EnergyIT.com is the business umbrella for all energy tracking solutions and is designed to provide information about our energy tracking software and promote sales. CompareAndConserve.com (Gainesville-Green.com) helps homeowners conserve energy through education and competition. ToolsForTenants.com helps renters factor energy usage into their housing decisions.

  3. Human Capital Tracking Tool

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    Department of Transportation — AVS is now required to collect, track, and report on data from the following Flight, Business and Workforce Plan. The Human Resource Management’s Performance Target...

  4. LHCb on track

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    On 7 and 8 June 2006, the last large component of the LHCb experiment was lowered into the cavern. This 10-tonne, 18-metre long metal structure known as 'the bridge' will support the LHCb tracking system.

  5. Study on‘‘fracturing-sealing’’ integration technology based on high-energy gas fracturing in single seam with high gas and low air permeability

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    Zhang Chao; Lin Baiquan; Zhou Yan; Zhai Cheng; Zhu Chuanjie

    2013-01-01

    To improve the gas extraction efficiency of single seam with high gas and low air permeability, we devel-oped the‘fracturing-sealing’ integration technology, and carried out the engineering experiment in the 3305 Tunliu mine. In the experiment, coal seams can achieve the aim of antireflection effect through the following process:First, project main cracks with the high energy pulse jet. Second, break the coal body by delaying the propellant blasting. Next, destroy the dense structure of the hard coal body, and form loose slit rings around the holes. Finally, seal the boreholes with the‘strong-weak-strong’ pressurized sealing technology. The results are as follows:The average concentration of gas extraction increases from 8.3%to 39.5%. The average discharge of gas extraction increases from 0.02 to 0.10 m3/min. The tunneling speeds up from 49.5 to 130 m/month. And the permeability of coal seams improves nearly tenfold. Under the same conditions, the technology is much more efficient in depressurization and antireflection than common methods. In other words, it will provide a more effective way for the gas extraction of single seam with high gas and low air permeability.

  6. Application of OpenCV on Real-time Detection and Processing System of Seam%OpenCV在焊缝实时检测与处理系统中的应用

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    徐自越; 李战明; 李二超

    2012-01-01

    机器视觉系统是集机械、光电、控制、计算机和数字图像处理等技术于一体的高度自动化系统,能够有效地提高产品的质量和产量,现已广泛应用于工业当中.随着科技的发展,对焊接的质量与效率的要求越来越大,为此有必要设计一套行之有效的,在焊接自动跟踪技术中能够在线检测焊缝并进行处理的焊缝实时检测与处理系统.文中在VC++6.0开发环境中设计了一种采用Otsu自动选择阈值和Canny算子检测边缘,基于OpenCV的焊缝实时检测与处理算法,实验结果表明基于该算法的系统实时性高、效果好、检测正确快速.%The machine vision system is a high automation system in the integration of the machinery,photoelectricity,control,computer and digital image processing ,can effectively improve the product quality and production, and now is widely used in industry. With the development of technology,need to design a system that can improve the welding quality and efficiency. For this,develop the real-time detection and processing system of the seam which is used for on-line detection and related image processing of welding automation tracking technology. In the CV++ 6.0 development environment, design a kind of the real-time seam detection and processing algorithm based on OpenCV, adopting automatic value selection by Otsu and edge detection by Canny operator. Experimental results show that the algorithm has high real-time, good effect and correct and fast detection.

  7. Cable tracking system proposal

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    The Experimental Facilities Division requires a labeling system to identify and catalog the instrumentation, control, and computer cables that will run throughout the building. Tom Sheridan from the MIS Group has already made some general suggestions about the information that could be included in an Oracle-based Cable Tracking System (E-mail text distributed by Gary Gunderson on the 27th of August). Glenn Decker's LS Note No. 191 is also relevant to the subject since it addresses name assignment rules for the storage ring devices. The intent of this note is to recommend a mechanism for tracking wires/cables, with enough specifics, to which all groups in the Division would adhere when pulling cables. Because most cables will run between various beamline devices, hutch safety components, and equipment racks, any method of tracking cables is related to the Equipment Tracking System. That system has been developed by the APS Project personnel and is described in the APS Project Equipment Tracking System Guidelines (DRAFT). It can be adopted to XFD's needs. Two essential features of the Cable Tracking System are: 1) Each cable shell have a unique Identifier, and 2) Cable label must contain information that is helpful during troubleshooting in the field. The Identifier is an alphanumeric string of characters that will originate in the Oraclebased Cable Tracking System. It is not necessary for the identifier to carry a lot of intelligence its primary purpose is simply to provide a link to the database. Bar-coding the Identifier would make it easy to combine cable information with the Equipment Tracking System

  8. Digitization of streamer tracks

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    The digitization of streamer tracks is performed by use of a 383x512 element CCD image sensor and a video digitizer in the CAMAC format. By this means, an on-line measurement was carried out on the deflection angles of β-rays due to multiple Coulomb scattering in neon gas. The results indicates the general feasibility of digital recording of track data. (orig.)

  9. Provenance Tracking in UNICORE

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    Giesler, André; Hagemeier, Björn; Czekala, Myriam

    2015-01-01

    The automated tracking and storage of provenance information allows users of scientific workflow systems to validate and reproduce results of their experiments. Until now, UNICORE has not been providing comprehensive provenance features. For this reason, we plan to equip UNICORE with a flexible provenance tracking mechanism. Our goal is to ensure a suitable traceability of job and workflow processes into a description format supporting query capabilities and interoperability. In a first step,...

  10. Characteristics and stability of slope movement response to underground mining of shallow coal seams away from gullies

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    Zhang Dongsheng; Fan Gangwei; Wang Xufeng

    2012-01-01

    Underground pressure is abnormal during mining of shallow coal seams under gullies.We studied gully slope movements,subject to underground mining,with physical simulation and theoretical analysis.The rules disclose that the slope rock slides horizontally in response to mining in the direction of gullies and rotates reversely with the appearance of a polygon block in mining away from gullies.We focused our attention on the case of mining away from a gully.We built a mechanical model in terms of a polygon block hinged structure and investigated the variation of horizontal thrust and shear force at the hinged point in relation to the rotation angle under different fragmentations.The Sliding-Rotation instability conditions of the polygon block hinged structure are presented based on the analyses of sliding instability and rotation instability.These results can serve as a theoretical guide for roof control during mining away from gullies in a coalfield defined by gullies.

  11. Water inrush evaluation of coal seam floor by integrating the water inrush coefficient and the information of water abundance

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    Shi Longqing; Qiu Mei; Wei Wenxue; Xu Dongjing; Han Jin

    2014-01-01

    The method of singular coefficient of water inrush to achieve safety mining has limitation and one sidedness. Aiming at the problem above, large amounts of data about water inrush were collected. Then the data, including the maximum water inrush, water inrush coefficient and water abundance in aquifers of working face, were processed by the statistical analysis. The analysis results indicate that both water inrush coefficient and water abundance in aquifers should be taken into consideration when evaluating the danger of water inrush from coal seam floor. The prediction model of safe-mining evaluation grade was built by using the support vector machine, and the result shows that this model has high classifica-tion accuracy. A feasible classification system of water-inrush safety evaluation can be got by using the data visualization method which makes the implicit support vector machine models explicit.

  12. Suitable layout of gate roads related to slice mining in an ultra-thick unstable coal seam

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    Fan Gangwei; Zhang Dongsheng; Zhou Lei

    2011-01-01

    We determined a suitable gate road layout in slice mining in an ultra-thick unstable coal seam,using theoretical analysis and numerical calculations.Based on plasticity theory in terms of limiting equilibrium,the width of chain pillar in the upper slice was calculated to be 18 m.The stress distribution in the chain pillar after the upper slice was mined out was described with numerical simulation.The extent of the effect of stress on the upper chain pillar on the lower solid coal was obtained on the basis of an elastic solution of a distributed force loaded on a half-plane.Three layout designs for lower gate roads were proposed and a stability factor was introduced to analyze the stability of the lower pillar with numerical calculation.Gate road translation was determined as the most suitable layout method,which maximizes the extraction rate on the basis of the pillar stability.

  13. Non-harmonious deformation controlling of gob-side entry in thin coal seam under dynamic pressure

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    Kegong Fan; Hongguang Liang; Chishuai Ma; Chuanwei Zang

    2014-01-01

    The behavior of gob-side entry under dynamic pressure is totally different from the one driven after the movement of overlying strata above the adjacent coalface goaf. The gob-side entry will experience severe roof lateral structural adjustments caused by adjacent coalface mining. Thus the deformation and failure characteristics of narrow coal pillar along the gob should be carefully considered. On the basis of the data of the gob-side entry obtained in a thin coal seam under dynamic pressure, the measures to reinforce the narrow coal pillar are put forward. In addition, the non-harmonious controlling of the rock structures and non-equilibrium gob-side entry deformation is proposed to avoid potential failure. Field practices show that the supporting problems of the gob-side entry under dynamic pressure can be well addressed, which could be used in other similar mining cases.

  14. SULPHIDE MINERALIZATION IN UPPER WESTPHALIAN COAL SEAMS FROM THE EASTERN PART OF THE UPPER SILESIAN COAL BASIN

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    1997-10-01

    Full Text Available Morphologically diversified sulphide mineralization has been found in No. 301 and 302 coal seams (Westphalian B. The main sulphide is pyrite which forms veinlets cross-cutting the sedimentary fabrics of the coal, encrusts the cellular structures and intergrowths with oxysulphides. Two generations of pyrites were observed: the preceding and the following the oxysulphides. Pyrite composition is stoichiometric, rare admixtures are up to(in wt.%: Mn - 0.19, Co - 0.48, Ni - 0.42 and As - 1.41. Iron oxysulphides contain up to 35.06 wt.% oxygen. Their composition varies between FeS2O and FeS2O3. Increased contents of As (up to 1.46 wt.% and Pb (up to 0.96 wt.% were detected.

  15. Geochemistry of the late Permian No. 30 coal seam, Zhijin Coalfield of Southwest China: influence of a siliceous low-temperature hydrothermal fluid

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    This paper describes the influence of siliceous low-temperature hydrothermal fluid on the elemental concentrations and mineralogical characteristics of the late Permian anthracitic (Ro,max=3.58%) coal seam (No. 30) from the Zhijin Coalfield in western Guizhou Province, SW China. Coal samples were examined using instrumental neutron activation analysis, inductively coupled plasma-mass spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry, X-ray fluorescence, powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy-dispersive X-ray, and isotope analysis. The modes of occurrence of elements were determined using a sequential chemical extraction procedure. The studies indicate that the No. 30 coal seam has a very high content of veined quartz (vol. 9.4%), whose isotope values of δ30Si and δ18O are 0.6 per mille and 15.4 per mille, respectively, indicating that the quartz originated from siliceous low-temperature hydrothermal fluid (formation temperature 160-220 deg. C) rather than detrital material of terrigenous origin or magmatic hydrothermal inputs. Results of scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy-dispersive X-ray and sequential chemical extraction procedure show that the veined quartz is the dominant source of Fe, Cu, U, Pd, Pt and Ir, which are as high as 2.31%, 356, 8, 2.1, 2.43, and 0.006 μg/g in this coal seam, respectively. The studies have also found that elements, such as Fe and Cu are mainly in the veined quartz and they do not occur as sulfides in this coal seam, in sharp contrast to many other coal seams in China. The geochemical and mineralogical anomalies of the coal are attributed to the siliceous low-temperature hydrothermal fluid

  16. Medullosalean fusain trunk from the roof rocks of a coal seam: Insight from FTIR and NMR (Pennsylvanian Sydney Coalfield, Canada)

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    Zodrow, Erwin L. [Palaeobotanical Laboratory, Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia (Canada); Mastalerz, Maria [Indiana Geological Survey, Indiana University, 611 North Walnut Grove, Bloomington, IN 47405-2208 (United States); Werner-Zwanziger, Ulrike [Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada); D' Angelo, Jose A. [Instituto Argentino de Nivologia, Glaciologia y Ciencias Ambientales (IANIGLA), CCT-CONICET-Mendoza, Avda. Ruiz Leal s/n Parque Gral. San Martin (5500) Mendoza (Argentina); Area de Quimica, Instituto de Ciencias Basicas, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Centro Universitario - M5502JMA - Mendoza (Argentina)

    2010-05-01

    Reported for the first time from the Sydney Coalfield, Canada, is a fragmentary fusain (R{sub o} = 2.51%) specimen, 41 cm long, of a medullosalean trunk or massive petiole that originated from the roof rocks of the banded bituminous Hub Seam (R{sub o} {proportional_to} 0.65%). Megascopic characteristics of the flat-preserved specimen include an irregular-cracked fusain surface with secretinite-rodlet structures and sclerenchymatous strands some of which still embedded in the shaly matrix, and locally preserved vitrain (R{sub o} 0.69%). Co-occurrence with a compression flora composed virtually of only the seed-fern taxon Macroneuropteris scheuchzeri (Hoffmann) is noted. The goal of this study is to provide a framework for the phytophysicochemical taphonomic history which includes the perspective on vitrinite/fusinite relationship, formation of fusinite, and on the significance the only fusinized identifiable plant-fossil specimen in the Sydney Coalfield. We use state-of-the-art solid-state FTIR, {sup 13}C, {sup 1}H NMR CP/MAS techniques, and standard reflected-light microscopy and SEM methods as investigative tools. Results indicate that the fusinite is characterized by long and narrow xylem fibers, without fungal signals, and cell structures infilled with pyrite and carbonate. FTIR spectra of the fusinite and secretinite are similar particularly in respect to high absorbance of aromatic and low absorbance of aliphatic compounds, and absorbance of Si-O functionalities relating to kaolinite. {sup 13}C NMR experiments with direct carbon excitation quantify the aromatic to aliphatic ratio as being 20 {+-} 3:1. As part of the taphonomic history, the evidence favors a hot, > 400 C, directional surface-fueled flame palaeofire of local extent that charred trunks of growing arborescent seed ferns on only one side, and that these trunks were transported to comprise part of the roof rocks of the Hub Seam. (author)

  17. Numerical modeling of Gondwana coal seams in India as coalbed methane reservoirs substituted for carbon dioxide sequestration

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    India has recently witnessed the production of coalbed methane (CBM) on a commercial scale. The analysis of Garg and Shukla (2009) summarizes that initial carbon dioxide storage opportunities should be ventured in CBM sector where the effective cost of the process is partly lowered due to enhanced recovery of methane. This research work was carried out to understand and establish the technical feasibility of CO2 driven enhanced CBM recovery in Indian coals. A regional scale underground coal seam/block was modeled using a commercial reservoir simulator, COMET3. It was found that approximately 218 Mm3 of CO2 can be sequestered in place of 74 Mm3 of CH4 produced from the chosen dimensions of coal block. The changes in fracture gas saturation, matrix CO2 concentration and matrix CH4 concentration with space and time were monitored. Eventually, the numerical values for peak saturation at certain time intervals have been reported. This study is an initial technical estimate for CO2 driven ECBM (enhanced coalbed methane) at a regional scale in India. The results are expected to prove useful not only to reduce India's contribution to greenhouse gases emission into the atmosphere but also to partially meet with the growing energy demand by enhanced recovery of methane from deep, unminable coal seams. -- Highlights: ► Critical numerical simulation of storage of CO2 in coal vis-à-vis capture of natural gas. ► Approximately 218 Mm3 of CO2 can be sequestered in the chosen dimensions of Gondwana coal block. ► A total of 74 Mm3 of CH4 can be produced for the period of study (4000 days). ► Monitoring matrix gas saturation, fracture CO2-CBM saturation with space and time. ► A brief review on possible CO2 sinks in India.

  18. Gas drainage from different mine areas:optimal placement of drainage systems for deep coal seams with high gas emissions

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    Ping Lu; Ping Li; Jian Chen; Chuijin Zhang; Junhua Xue; Tao Yu

    2015-01-01

    The techniques of stress relief mining in low-permeability coal seams and pillarless gob side retained roadway entry using Y-type ventilation and gas drainage systems were developed to control gas outbursts and applied successfully. However, as the mining depth increasing, parts of the gas drainage system are not suitable for mines with high gas emissions. Because larger mining depths cause higher ground stresses, it becomes extremely difficult to maintain long gob side roadways. The greater deformation suffered by the roadway is not favorable for borehole drilling for continuous gas drainage. To solve these problems, Y-type ventilation and gas drainage systems installed from a roof roadway were designed for drainage optimization. This system was designed based on a gas-enrichment zone analysis developed from mining the 11-2 coal seam in the Zhuji Mine at Huainan, Anhui Province, China. The method of Y-type gas extraction from different mine areas was applied to the panel 1112(1) in the Zhuji Mine. The absolute gas emission rate was up to 116.3 m3/min with an average flow of 69.1 m3/min at an average drainage concentration of nearly 85%. After the Y-type method was adopted, the concentration of gas in the return air was 0.15%–0.64%, averaging 0.39%with a ventilation rate of 2100–2750 m3/min. The gas management system proved to be efficient, and the effective gas control allowed safe production to continue.

  19. The Outburst Risk as a Function of the Methane Capacity and Firmness of a Coal Seam

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    Wierzbicki, Mirosław; Skoczylas, Norbert

    2014-12-01

    In most coal basins that are currently being exploited, gas and rock outbursts pose a considerable safety threat. The risk of their occurrence is frequently assessed by means of a parameter known as the methane capacity of coal. In a lot of countries, the evaluation of the mechanical properties of coal is conducted by means of another parameter: the firmness of coal. Due to the laboratory investigations and in situ observations carried out by the authors of this paper, it was possible to determine a function space in which the outburst risk can be described as a function of the methane capacity and firmness of a coal seam. This, in turn, made it possible to link the "gas factor" to the "mechanical factor", and thus provide a more comprehensive risk analysis. Wyrzuty gazów i skał stanowią duże zagrożenie w większości obecnie eksploatowanych zagłębi węglowych. Bardzo często wykorzystywanym parametrem oceny stanu zagrożenia wyrzutowego jest zawartość metanu w węglu. W wielu krajach do oceny mechanicznych parametrów węgla wykorzystuje się zwięzłość. Autorzy przeprowadzili badania laboratoryjne polegające na prowokacjach wyrzutów w skali laboratoryjnej. Jako materiał badawczy wykorzystane zostały brykiety węglowe. W trakcie badań wstępnych ustalona została zależność pomiędzy porowatością brykietów, a ich zwięzłością f oraz pomiędzy ciśnieniem nasycania metanem, a wskaźnikiem intensywności desorpcji dP. Pozwoliło to na przygotowywanie eksperymentów o kontrolowanych parametrach gazowych (wskaźnik intensywności desorpcji) oraz wytrzymałościowych (zwięzłość). Opracowana została metoda kontrolowania intensywności prowokacji wyrzutu poprzez określenie tempa spadku ciśnienia gazu przed czołem brykietu. Dzięki temu dla siatki parametrów f-dP możliwe było poszukiwanie minimalnej, skutecznej intensywności prowokacji wyrzutu. Znormalizowana wartość stałej czasowej spadku ciśnienia przed czołem brykietu powoduj

  20. Clean tracks for ATLAS

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    First cosmic ray tracks in the integrated ATLAS barrel SCT and TRT tracking detectors. A snap-shot of a cosmic ray event seen in the different layers of both the SCT and TRT detectors. The ATLAS Inner Detector Integration Team celebrated a major success recently, when clean tracks of cosmic rays were detected in the completed semiconductor tracker (SCT) and transition radiation tracker (TRT) barrels. These tracking tests come just months after the successful insertion of the SCT into the TRT (See Bulletin 09/2006). The cosmic ray test is important for the experiment because, after 15 years of hard work, it is the last test performed on the fully assembled barrel before lowering it into the ATLAS cavern. The two trackers work together to provide millions of channels so that particles' tracks can be identified and measured with great accuracy. According to the team, the preliminary results were very encouraging. After first checks of noise levels in the final detectors, a critical goal was to study their re...

  1. Track finding efficiency in BABAR

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    We describe several studies to measure the charged track reconstruction efficiency and asymmetry of the BABAR detector. The first two studies measure the tracking efficiency of a charged particle using τ and initial state radiation decays. The third uses the τ decays to study the asymmetry in tracking, the fourth measures the tracking efficiency for low momentum tracks, and the last measures the reconstruction efficiency of KS0 particles. The first section also examines the stability of the measurements vs. BABAR running periods

  2. AIRSHIP ATTITUDE TRACKING SYSTEM

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    WANG Xiao-liang; SHAN Xue-xiong

    2006-01-01

    The attitude tracking control problem for an airship with parameter uncertainties and external disturbances was considered in this paper. The mathematical model of the airship attitude is a multi-input/multi-output uncertain nonlinear system. Based on the characteristics of this system, a design method of robust output tracking controllers was adopted based on the upper-bounds of the uncertainties. Using the input/output feedback linearization approach and Liapunov method, a control law was designed, which guarantees that the system output exponentially tracks the given desired output. The controller is easy to compute and complement. Simulation results show that, in the closed-loop system, precise attitude control is accomplished in spite of the uncertainties and external disturbances in the system.

  3. The STAR Tracking Upgrade

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    Simon, Frank

    2007-01-01

    The STAR experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider RHIC studies the new state of matter produced in relativistic heavy ion collisions and the spin structure of the nucleon in collisions of polarized protons. In order to improve the capabilities for heavy flavor measurements and the reconstruction of charged vector bosons an upgrade of the tracking system both in the central and the forward region is pursued. The challenging environments of high track multiplicity in heavy ion collisions and of high luminosity in polarized proton collisions require the use of new technologies. The proposed inner tracking system, optimized for heavy flavor identification, is using active pixel sensors close to the collision point and silicon strip technology further outward. Charge sign determination for electrons and positrons from the decay of W bosons will be provide by 6 large-area triple GEM disks currently under development. A prototype of the active pixel detectors has been tested in the STAR experiment, and an e...

  4. Tracking Your Development

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    Hennum, Kelly M

    2011-01-01

    This book provides you with the means to set development goals and to track your progress on achieving them. It can help you efficiently gather and make sense of information about your progress and avoid common pitfalls that can block your development. Tracking your development can be captures in a few steps: articulating your goal, creating an action plan, gathering information about your behavior, indentifying barriers and support, and revising your action plan. Taking these steps will greatly increase the likelihood of achieving your goals.

  5. Simple front tracking

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    Glimm, J.; Grove, J.W.; Li, X.; Zhao, N.

    1999-04-01

    A new and simplified front tracking algorithm has been developed as an aspect of the extension of this algorithm to three dimensions. Here the authors emphasize two main results: (1) a simplified description of the microtopology of the interface, based on interface crossings with cell block edges, and (2) an improved algorithm for the interaction of a tracked contact discontinuity with an untracked shock wave. For the latter question, they focus on the post interaction jump at the contact, which is a purely 1D issue. Comparisons to other methods, including the level set method, are included.

  6. Spirit Leaves Telling Tracks

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    2004-01-01

    Scientists have found clues about the nature of martian soil through analyzing wheel marks from the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit in this image. The image was taken by Spirit's rear hazard-identification camera just after the rover drove approximately 1 meter (3 feet) northwest off the Columbia Memorial Station (lander platform) early Thursday morning. That the wheel tracks are shallow indicates the soil has plenty of strength to support the moving rover. The well-defined track characteristics suggest the presence of very fine particles in the martian soil (along with larger particles). Scientists also think the soil may have some cohesive properties.

  7. Computationally efficient Bayesian tracking

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    Aughenbaugh, Jason; La Cour, Brian

    2012-06-01

    In this paper, we describe the progress we have achieved in developing a computationally efficient, grid-based Bayesian fusion tracking system. In our approach, the probability surface is represented by a collection of multidimensional polynomials, each computed adaptively on a grid of cells representing state space. Time evolution is performed using a hybrid particle/grid approach and knowledge of the grid structure, while sensor updates use a measurement-based sampling method with a Delaunay triangulation. We present an application of this system to the problem of tracking a submarine target using a field of active and passive sonar buoys.

  8. The Tensor Track, IV

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    Rivasseau, Vincent

    2016-01-01

    This note is a sequel to the previous series "Tensor Track I-III". Assuming some familiarity with the tensor track approach to quantum gravity, we provide a brief introduction to the developments of the last two years and to their corresponding bibliography. They center around understanding the interface between random matrices and random tensors through the intermediate field representation, finding new types of $1/N$ expansions by enhancing sub-leading tensor interactions, exploring the renormalization group flows in the tensor theory space, and developing the constructive aspects of the theory.

  9. Energy Tracking Diagrams

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    Scherr, Rachel E.; Harrer, Benedikt W.; Close, Hunter G.; Daane, Abigail R.; DeWater, Lezlie S.; Robertson, Amy D.; Seeley, Lane; Vokos, Stamatis

    2016-01-01

    Energy is a crosscutting concept in science and features prominently in national science education documents. In the "Next Generation Science Standards," the primary conceptual learning goal is for learners to conserve energy as they "track" the transfers and transformations of energy within, into, or out of the system of…

  10. General defocusing particle tracking.

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    Barnkob, Rune; Kähler, Christian J; Rossi, Massimiliano

    2015-09-01

    A General Defocusing Particle Tracking (GDPT) method is proposed for tracking the three-dimensional motion of particles in Lab-on-a-chip systems based on a set of calibration images and the normalized cross-correlation function. In comparison with other single-camera defocusing particle-tracking techniques, GDPT possesses a series of key advantages: it is applicable to particle images of arbitrary shapes, it is intuitive and easy to use, it can be used without advanced knowledge of optics and velocimetry theory, it is robust against outliers and overlapping particle images, and it requires only equipment which is standard in microfluidic laboratories. We demonstrate the method by tracking the three-dimensional motion of 2 μm spherical particles in a microfluidic channel using three different optical arrangements. The position of the particles was measured with an estimated uncertainty of 0.1 μm in the in-plane direction and 2 μm in the depth direction for a measurement volume of 1510 × 1270 × 160 μm(3). A ready-to-use GUI implementation of the method can be acquired on . PMID:26201498

  11. Dust Devil Tracks

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    (Released 8 May 2002) The Science This image, centered near 50.0 S and 17.7 W displays dust devil tracks on the surface. Most of the lighter portions of the image likely have a thin veneer of dust settled on the surface. As a dust devil passes over the surface, it acts as a vacuum and picks up the dust, leaving the darker substrate exposed. In this image there is a general trend of many of the tracks running from east to west or west to east, indicating the general wind direction. There is often no general trend present in dust devil tracks seen in other images. The track patterns are quite ephemeral and can completely change or even disappear over the course of a few months. Dust devils are one of the mechanisms that Mars uses to constantly pump dust into the ubiquitously dusty atmosphere. This atmospheric dust is one of the main driving forces of the present Martian climate. The Story Vrrrrooooooooom. Think of a tornado, the cartoon Tasmanian devil, or any number of vacuum commercials that powerfully suck up swirls of dust and dirt. That's pretty much what it's like on the surface of Mars a lot of the time. Whirlpools of wind called

  12. Tracking Politics with POWER

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    Moreira, Silvio; Batista, David S.; Carvalho, Paula; Couto, Francisco M.; Silva, Mario J.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: POWER is an ontology of political processes and entities. It is designed for tracking politicians, political organizations and elections, both in mainstream and social media. The aim of this paper is to propose a data model to describe political agents and their relations over time. Design/methodology/approach: The authors propose a data…

  13. Fast Passenger Tracks Network

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    2008-01-01

    China’s fast passenger tracks network consists of four parts:express rail- way with speeds between 300km/h and 350 kin/h,passenger rail lines with speeds between 200 km/h and 250 km/h,intercity high-speed railways that run

  14. Apple Shuns Tracking Tool

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    2011-01-01

    Apple Inc. is advising software de- velopers to stop using a feature in software for its iPhones and iPads .that has been linked to privacyconcerns, a move that would also take away a widely used tool for tracking users and their behavior. Developers who write programs for Apple's lOS operating system have been using a unique.

  15. Manure Tracking Book

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    This document provides an example of the ‘Manure Tracking Book’ that was used by the fifty-four Wisconsin dairy farmers who participated in the “On Farmers’ Ground” nutrient management research project. This Book was used to systematically tract how, when and where farmers spread manure, and factors...

  16. Velenje - Mislinja cycle track regulation

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    Vidonja, Klemen

    2013-01-01

    In my graduation thesis, I am planning a cycle track from Velenje to Mislinja, where it will be connected to an existing bike track to Otiški vrh. The cycle track would be placed on a deserted railway route from Velenje to Dravograd. A short section of cycle track is already in use, but it has to be repared. I planned the rest of the cycle track and I regulated it in a turist – recreational manner, suitable for all types of riders. The cycle track is placed away from traffic, does not dema...

  17. Thermal Tracking of Sports Players

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    Gade, Rikke; Moeslund, Thomas B.

    2014-01-01

    We present here a real-time tracking algorithm for thermal video from a sports game. Robust detection of people includes routines for handling occlusions and noise before tracking each detected person with a Kalman filter. This online tracking algorithm is compared with a state-of-the-art offline...... multi-target tracking algorithm. Experiments are performed on a manually annotated 2-minutes video sequence of a real soccer game. The Kalman filter shows a very promising result on this rather challenging sequence with a tracking accuracy above 70 % and is superior compared with the offline tracking...

  18. Kalman Filter Track Fits and Track Breakpoint Analysis

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    Astier, Pierre; Cardini, Alessandro; Cousins, Robert D.; Letessier-Selvon, Antoine; Popov, Boris A.; Vinogradova, Tatiana

    1999-01-01

    We give an overview of track fitting using the Kalman filter method in the NOMAD detector at CERN, and emphasize how the wealth of by-product information can be used to analyze track breakpoints (discontinuities in track parameters caused by scattering, decay, etc.). After reviewing how this information has been previously exploited by others, we describe extensions which add power to breakpoint detection and characterization. We show how complete fits to the entire track, with breakpoint par...

  19. JV Task 109 - Risk Assessment and Feasibility of Remedial Alternatives for Coal Seam at Garrison, North Dakota

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    Jarda Solc

    2008-01-01

    The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) conducted an evaluation of alternative technologies for remediation of hydrocarbon-contaminated coal seam, including impacted soils and groundwater in Garrison, North Dakota. Geotechnical characteristics of the impacted fractured coal seam provide for rapid off-site contaminant transport, with the currently identified impacted zone covering an area of about 40 acres. Regardless of the exposure mechanism (free, dissolved, or vapor phase), results of laboratory tests confirmed secondary release of gasoline-based compounds from contaminated coal to water reaching concentrations documented from the impacted areas. Coal laboratory tests confirmed low risks associated with spontaneous ignition of gasoline-contaminated coal. High contaminant recovery efficiency for the vacuum-enhanced recovery pilot tests conducted at three selected locations confirmed its feasibility for full-scale remediation. A total of 3500 gallons (13.3 m{sup 3}) of contaminated groundwater and over 430,000 ft{sup 3} (12,200 m{sup 3}) of soil vapor were extracted during vacuum-enhanced recovery testing conducted July 17-24, 2007, resulting in the removal of about 1330 lb (603 kg) of hydrocarbons, an equivalent of about 213 gallons of product. The summary of project activities is as follows: (1) Groundwater and vapor monitoring for existing wells, including domestic wells, conducted on a monthly basis from December 12, 2006, to June 6, 2007. This monitoring activity conducted prior to initiation of the EERC field investigation was requested by NDDH in a letter dated December 1, 2006. (2) Drilling of 20 soil borings, including installation of extraction and monitoring wells conducted April 30-May 4 and May 14-18, 2007. (3) Groundwater sampling and water-table monitoring conducted June 11-13, 2007. (4) Evaluation of the feasibility of using a camera survey for delineation of mining voids conducted May 16 and September 10-11, 2007. (5) Survey of all wells

  20. Estimating Effective Seismic Anisotropy Of Coal Seam Gas Reservoirs from Sonic Log Data Using Orthorhombic Buckus-style Upscaling

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    Gross, Lutz; Tyson, Stephen

    2015-04-01

    Fracture density and orientation are key parameters controlling productivity of coal seam gas reservoirs. Seismic anisotropy can help to identify and quantify fracture characteristics. In particular, wide offset and dense azimuthal coverage land seismic recordings offers the opportunity for recovery of anisotropy parameters. In many coal seam gas reservoirs (eg. Walloon Subgroup in the Surat Basin, Queensland, Australia (Esterle et al. 2013)) the thickness of coal-beds and interbeds (e.g mud-stone) are well below the seismic wave length (0.3-1m versus 5-15m). In these situations, the observed seismic anisotropy parameters represent effective elastic properties of the composite media formed of fractured, anisotropic coal and isotropic interbed. As a consequence observed seismic anisotropy cannot directly be linked to fracture characteristics but requires a more careful interpretation. In the paper we will discuss techniques to estimate effective seismic anisotropy parameters from well log data with the objective to improve the interpretation for the case of layered thin coal beds. In the first step we use sonic log data to reconstruct the elasticity parameters as function of depth (at the resolution of the sonic log). It is assumed that within a sample fractures are sparse, of the same size and orientation, penny-shaped and equally spaced. Following classical fracture model this can be modeled as an elastic horizontally transversely isotropic (HTI) media (Schoenberg & Sayers 1995). Under the additional assumption of dry fractures, normal and tangential fracture weakness is estimated from slow and fast shear wave velocities of the sonic log. In the second step we apply Backus-style upscaling to construct effective anisotropy parameters on an appropriate length scale. In order to honor the HTI anisotropy present at each layer we have developed a new extension of the classical Backus averaging for layered isotropic media (Backus 1962) . Our new method assumes layered

  1. Better features to track by estimating the tracking convergence region

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    Zivkovic, Zoran; Heijden, van der Ferdinand; Deprettere, E.F.; Belloum, A.; Heijnsdijk, J.W.J.; Stappen, van der F.

    2002-01-01

    Reliably tracking key points and textured patches from frame to frame is the basic requirement for many bottomup computer vision algorithms. The problem of selecting the features that can be tracked well is addressed here. The Lucas-Kanade tracking procedure is commonly used. We propose a method to

  2. Better features to track by estimating the tracking convergence region

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    Zivkovic, Zoran; Heijden, van der Ferdinand; Kasturi, R.; Laurendeau, D.; Suen, C.

    2002-01-01

    Reliably tracking key points and textured patches from frame to frame is the basic requirement for many bottom-up computer vision algorithms. The problem of selecting the features that can be tracked well is addressed. The Lucas-Kanade tracking procedure is commonly used. We propose a method to esti

  3. A Case Study of Damage Energy Analysis and an Early Warning by Microseismic Monitoring for Large Area Roof Caving in Shallow Depth Seams

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    Like Wei

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Shallow depth coal seams are widely spread in Shendong mining area, which is located in the Northwestern region of China. When working face is advanced out of concentrated coal pillar in upper room and pillar goaf, strong strata behaviors often cause support crushing accidents, and potentially induce large area residual pillars instability and even wind blast disaster. In order to predict the precise time when the accident happens, guaranteeing life-safety of miner, microseismic monitoring system was for the first time applied in shallow coal seam. Based on damage mechanics correlation theory, the damage energy model is established to describe relationship between damage level and cumulative energy of microseismic events. According to microseismic monitoring data of two support crushing accidents, the damage energy model is verified and an effective early warning method of these accidents is proposed. The field application showed that the early warning method had avoided miners suffering from all support crushing accidents in Shigetai coal mine.

  4. Conditions of Antonin seam exploitation in the open pit Druzba near Sokolov with regard to the protection of thermal and mineral water resources in Karlovy Vary

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    From new structural-tectonic findings concerning the extent and character of the Nove Sedlo fault in the area of the Druzba open pit in the Sokolov Basin, it is evident that it is a form of listric fault of shallow range, ending in an intermediate slip. This finding has a decisive relevance for deciding as to the current placement of the pit in the protection zone of Karlovy Vary's thermal springs. For the purposes of the exploitation of the Antonin seam, it is necessary to create a network of multipurpose bore holes at the bottom of the pit and in front of the working face for the regulation of pressure in the basal aquifer and to ensure unity of monitoring and its complex evaluation on the basis of numerical modelling of the hydrodynamic state of the basal aquifer and the geotechnical processes of the seam's impermeable bedrock. 4 refs

  5. An Analysis Of Stress Intensity Factor Due To Normal Stress For A Cracked Plate Reinforced With A Sheet By Seam Welding

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    Kim O-H.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available It is essential in damage tolerance design to determine the stress intensity factor theoretically. The stress intensity factor for a cracked plate that is reinforced with a sheet by seam welding is determined theoretically and plotted as function of the seam welding location and stiffness ratio. The singular integral equation is derived based on the compatibility condition between the cracked plate and the reinforcement plate, and it is solved by means of Erdogan and Gupta‘s method. The theory is verified by comparing the results of the present analysis with those of a numerical analysis. The results from the present analysis show that the reinforcement effect improves as the welding line is situated closer to the crack and as the stiffness ratio of the cracked plate and the reinforcement plate increases.

  6. An application of enhanced 3D-CAD methods with integrated geometry creation algorithms for PVC-seams in automotive body in white design

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    Frener, Gernot; Thum, Katharina; Hirz, Mario; Harrich, Alexander

    2012-06-01

    State of the art automotive development processes are based on virtual product models, which include a digital representation of complete vehicle geometry and structures. Increasing computation performance and continuously growing demands on virtual development processes lead to the application of precise product representation within common CAD software packages. A specific challenge represents the creation of PVC-seams, which are used for corrosion protection of sheet metal components in automotive body in white design. Besides the high requirements of accurate geometric modeling in digital representation, modern development processes call for an increasing level of design automation. To fit both, the present approach introduces a method for an automatic generation of PVC-seams using the functionalities of commercial CAD software. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  7. State of the drilling technology in the conventional tunelling in the target seam Zollverein 6 at the mine Auguste Victoria; Stand der Bohrtechnik im konventionellen Streckenvortrieb im Floezhorizont Zollverein 6 auf dem Bergwerk Auguste Victoria

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    Rossbach, Stefan [RAG Deutsche Steinkohle, Herne (Germany). Bergwerk Auguste Victoria; Andrzejewski, Michael [RAG Deutsche Steinkohle, Herne (Germany). Servicebereich Technik und Logistik; Gastberg, Ingolf [DMT GmbH und Co. KG, Essen (Germany). Wettertechnik

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    The future mining activities and activities of advance at the mine Auguste Victoria mainly concentrate in the level of the target seam Zollverein 6. The achievement of a layer depth of nearly 1,400 m in connection with difficult geological conditions imposed particular demands on the planning, technology, organization and security in mining, so that appropriate adjustments were required in mining technology. The contribution under consideration reports on the process characteristics typical for conventional tunneling in the target seam Zollverein 6.

  8. Boston Column Network: Compact Solar-Tracking Spectrometers and Differential Column Measurements

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    Chen, J.; Samra, J.; Gottlieb, E.; Budney, J.; Daube, C.; Daube, B. C.; Hase, F.; Gerbig, C.; Chance, K.; Wofsy, S. C.

    2014-12-01

    In urban environments, the surface concentration is influenced by both the dynamics of the planetary boundary layer (PBL) height and by emissions. Path-integrated measurements that integrate through the entire mixed layer are valuable complements to surface data, compatible with the scale of the atmospheric models and therefore help reduce the representation errors in data assimilation studies of surface emission rates. Here we present a ground-based column sensor network in metro Boston. The network extends the existing surface sensor network to the vertical dimension in order to help quantify the concentration gradients across a city using a differential strategy: by measuring the "total column" of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, H2O etc.) and pollutants (NO2, O3, CH2O etc.) simultaneously inside and upwind of the urban core. Each stationary network site has a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (Bruker, EM27Sun), a UV-visible grating spectrometer (Pandora) and a LIDAR (Sigma Space, Mini MPL) to provide PBL height. Two EM27Sun Fourier transform spectrometers at fixed locations are complemented by our self-developed solar-tracking Fourier transform spectrometer (Nicolet) to be used as a mobile unit to acquire cross-sectional slices of total column burdens across the urban dome. In additional to O2, CO2, CH4, H2O measurements, this system is also capable of measuring CO and N2O. This compact, inexpensive instrument uses a diffuser as a part of the tracking optics, which results in a rugged and simplified system. A novel camera-based active tracking schema is developed: the sun image on the diffuser is always regulated to the same position to ensure an accurate tracking. In this paper we will show comparisons between the self-developed solar-tracking system and the commercial Bruker EM27Sun. In addition, initial data for the retrieved column concentrations in and outside of the Boston urban dome will be presented.

  9. Novel pre-treatment of zeolite materials for the removal of sodium ions: potential materials for coal seam gas co-produced wastewater.

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    Santiago, Oscar; Walsh, Kerry; Kele, Ben; Gardner, Edward; Chapman, James

    2016-01-01

    Coal seam gas (CSG) is the extraction of methane gas that is desorbed from the coal seam and brought to the surface using a dewatering and depressurisation process within the saturated coalbed. The extracted water is often referred to as co-produced CSG water. In this study, co-produced water from the coal seam of the Bowen Basin (QLD, Australia) was characterised by high concentration levels of Na(+) (1156 mg/L), low concentrations of Ca(2+) (28.3 mg/L) and Mg(2+) (5.6 mg/L), high levels of salinity, which are expected to cause various environmental problems if released to land or waters. The potential treatment of co-produced water using locally sourced natural ion exchange (zeolite) material was assessed. The zeolite material was characterized for elemental composition and crystal structure. Natural, untreated zeolite demonstrated a capacity to adsorb Na(+) ions of 16.16 mEq/100 g, while a treated zeolite using NH4 (+) using a 1.0 M ammonium acetate (NH4C2H3O2) solution demonstrated an improved 136 % Na(+) capacity value of 38.28 mEq/100 g after 720 min of adsorption time. The theoretical exchange capacity of the natural zeolite was found to be 154 mEq/100 g. Reaction kinetics and diffusion models were used to determine the kinetic and diffusion parameters. Treated zeolite using a NH4 (+) pre-treatment represents an effective treatment to reduce Na(+) concentration in coal seam gas co-produced waters, supported by the measured and modelled kinetic rates and capacity. PMID:27247868

  10. A Case Study of Damage Energy Analysis and an Early Warning by Microseismic Monitoring for Large Area Roof Caving in Shallow Depth Seams

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    Like Wei; Qingxin Qi; Hongyan Li; Bin Zhang; Yongren Wang; Linghai Kong

    2015-01-01

    Shallow depth coal seams are widely spread in Shendong mining area, which is located in the Northwestern region of China. When working face is advanced out of concentrated coal pillar in upper room and pillar goaf, strong strata behaviors often cause support crushing accidents, and potentially induce large area residual pillars instability and even wind blast disaster. In order to predict the precise time when the accident happens, guaranteeing life-safety of miner, microseismic monitoring sy...

  11. Annual Change Detection by ASTER TIR Data and an Estimation of the Annual Coal Loss and CO2 Emission from Coal Seams Spontaneous Combustion

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Coal fires, including both underground and coal waste pile fires, result in large losses of coal resources and emit considerable amounts of greenhouse gases. To estimate the annual intensity of greenhouse gas emissions and the loss of coal resources, estimating the annual loss from fire-influenced coal seams is a feasible approach. This study assumes that the primary cause of coal volume loss is subsurface coal seam fires. The main calculation process is divided into three modules: (1 Coal fire quantity calculations, which use change detection to determine the areas of the different coal fire stages (increase/growth, maintenance/stability and decrease/shrinkage. During every change detections, the amount of coal influenced by fires for these three stages was calculated by multiplying the coal mining residual rate, combustion efficiency, average thickness and average coal intensity. (2 The life cycle estimate is based on remote sensing long-term coal fires monitoring. The life cycles for the three coal fire stages and the corresponding life cycle proportions were calculated; (3 The diurnal burnt rates for different coal fire stages were calculated using the CO2 emission rates from spontaneous combustion experiments, the coal fire life cycle, life cycle proportions. Then, using the fire-influenced quantity aggregated across the different stages, the diurnal burn rates for the different stages and the time spans between the multi-temporal image pairs used for change detection, we estimated the annual coal loss to be 44.3 × 103 tons. After correction using a CH4 emission factor, the CO2 equivalent emissions resulting from these fires was on the order of 92.7 × 103 tons. We also discovered that the centers of these coal fires migrated from deeper to shallower parts of the coal seams or traveled in the direction of the coal seam strike. This trend also agrees with the cause of the majority coal fires: spontaneous combustion of coalmine goafs.

  12. Business and IT Design with SEAM: An Illustration with the PhD Hiring Process at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

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    Popescu, George; Tapandjieva, Gorica; Wegmann, Alain

    2013-01-01

    Companies seek to align their business with their IT. This alignment is important to maximize the return on their IT investment in their business. One major challenge is to develop models that can be understood by both business and IT stakeholders. Without such models, it is difficult for stakeholders to reach a shared understanding and to agree on what the issues and solutions are. We present a method called SEAM: it uses a systemic approach for representing business and IT organizations. Wi...

  13. A sequential approach to control gas for the extraction of multi-gassy coal seams from traditional gas well drainage to mining-induced stress relief

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    Highlights: • The gas reservoirs characteristics are measured and analyzed. • A sequential approach to control gas of multi-gassy coal seams is proposed. • The design of gas drainage wells has been improved. • The utilization ways of different concentrations of gas production are shown. - Abstract: As coal resources become exhausted in shallow mines, mining operations will inevitably progress from shallow depth to deep and gassy seams due to increased demands for more coal products. However, during the extraction process of deeper and gassier coal seams, new challenges to current gas control methods have emerged, these include the conflict between the coal mine safety and the economic benefits, the difficulties in reservoirs improvement, as well as the imbalance between pre-gas drainage, roadway development and coal mining. To solve these problems, a sequential approach is introduced in this paper. Three fundamental principles are proposed: the mining-induced stress relief effect of the first-mined coalbed should be sufficient to improve the permeability of the others; the coal resource of the first-mined seams must be abundant to guarantee the economic benefits; the arrangement of the vertical wells must fit the underground mining panel. Tunlan coal mine is taken as a typical example to demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach. The approach of integrating surface coalbed methane (CBM) exploitation with underground gas control technologies brings three major benefits: the improvement of underground coal mining safety, the implementation of CBM extraction, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This practice could be used as a valuable example for other coal mines having similar geological conditions

  14. Assessment of Geogenic Contaminants in Water Co-Produced with Coal Seam Gas Extraction in Queensland, Australia: Implications for Human Health Risk

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    William Stearman; Mauricio Taulis; James Smith; Maree Corkeron

    2014-01-01

    Organic compounds in Australian coal seam gas produced water (CSG water) are poorly understood despite their environmental contamination potential. In this study, the presence of some organic substances is identified from government-held CSG water-quality data from the Bowen and Surat Basins, Queensland. These records revealed the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in 27% of samples of CSG water from the Walloon Coal Measures at concentrations <1 µg/L, and it is likely th...

  15. 压边力对双焊缝差厚拼焊板拉延成形焊缝移动的影响%Effects on Welding Seams Movement Caused of Blank Holder Force of TWBs with Double Welding Seams and Different Thicknesses on Drawing Process

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    夏江梅

    2012-01-01

    拼焊板在拉延成形时焊缝移动受多方面因素的影响,本文模拟分析了不同压边力值和分段压边力对具有两道焊缝的差厚激光拼焊板汽车后纵梁在拉延成形过程中焊缝移动的影响.通过分析在不同压边力下两条焊缝的移动量得出了焊缝最大移动量随压边力的增大而增大的规律.为了减小两条焊缝的移动量,成形过程中在保证总压边力不变的情况下对差厚拼焊板的不同板厚部分设置不同的压边力.通过模拟分析得出了焊缝最大移动量随着薄侧压边力的增大和厚侧压边力的减小而减小.合理的增大薄侧板料压边力,减小厚侧板料压边力可以减小焊缝移动量,提高成形质量.%The weld seam movement of TWB is influenced by some factors during drawing process. The effects on weld seam movement caused by different blank holder forces and segmented blank holder force of back rail of an automobile maded by TWBs with two weld seams and different thicknesses during drawing process was simulated and analyzed The results show that the maximum quantity of weld seam move increases with the blank holder force. In order to reduce the weld seam movement, under invariable blank holder force, the sheet is segmented into parts for they share different thickness, hence receiving different blank holder forces. And the max weld seam movement decreases as the blank holder force of thinner side increases and the thicker side decreases. Increasing the blank holder force of thinner side and decreasing the blank holder force of thicker side reasonable can decrease the weld seam movement and improve the forming quality.

  16. Unconstrained multiple-people tracking

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    Rowe, Daniel; Reid, Ian; Gonzàlez, Jordi; Villanueva, Juan J.

    2006-01-01

    This work presents two main contributions to achieve robust multiple-target tracking in uncontrolled scenarios. A novel system which consists on a hierarchical architecture is proposed. Each level is devoted to one of the main tracking functionalities: target detection, low-level tracking, and high-level tasks such as target-appearance representation, or event management. Secondly, tracking performances are enhanced by on-line building and updating multiple appearance models. Successful exper...

  17. On train track splitting sequences

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    Masur, Howard; Schleimer, Saul

    2010-01-01

    We show that the subsurface projection of a train track splitting sequence is an unparameterized quasi-geodesic in the curve complex of the subsurface. For the proof we introduce induced tracks, efficient position, and wide curves. This result is an important step in the proof that the disk complex is Gromov hyperbolic. As another application we show that train track sliding and splitting sequences give quasi-geodesics in the train track graph, generalizing a result of Hamenstaedt [Invent. Math.].

  18. Simple Online and Realtime Tracking

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    Bewley, Alex; Ge, ZongYuan; Ott, Lionel; Ramos, Fabio; Upcroft, Ben

    2016-01-01

    This paper explores a pragmatic approach to multiple object tracking where the main focus is to associate objects efficiently for online and realtime applications. To this end, detection quality is identified as a key factor influencing tracking performance, where changing the detector can improve tracking by up to 18.9%. Despite only using a rudimentary combination of familiar techniques such as the Kalman Filter and Hungarian algorithm for the tracking components, this approach achieves an ...

  19. Thermal Tracking of Sports Players

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    Rikke Gade; Moeslund, Thomas B

    2014-01-01

    We present here a real-time tracking algorithm for thermal video from a sports game. Robust detection of people includes routines for handling occlusions and noise before tracking each detected person with a Kalman filter. This online tracking algorithm is compared with a state-of-the-art offline multi-target tracking algorithm. Experiments are performed on a manually annotated 2-minutes video sequence of a real soccer game. The Kalman filter shows a very promising result on this rather chall...

  20. Some aspects of the development of the Vaal Reef uranium-gold carbon seams, Witwatersrand sequence: organic geochemical and microbiological considerations

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    The solvent-insoluble organic matter (kerogen) that is the predominant syngenetic component of the Vaal Reef carbon seams was analyzed by combined high-vacuum pyrolysis gas-chromatography mass spectrometry, combined electron microprobe-scanning electron microscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. The pyrolysis results indicate that the Vaal Reef carbon is a random polymer-type matter consisting mainly of aromatic and short-chain aliphatic hydrocarbons, as well as aromatic and other organic-sulfur constituents. Scanning electron microscopy revealed coccoid and filamentous microstructures in the carbonaceous seams. These structures are conceivably of biological affinity and may be fossil blue-green algae and (or) bacteria. Gold is often concentrated at the interfaces of admixed clay-carbon microenvironments. This implies physical and chemical interactions between clays and organic matter conducive to the entrapment of detrital gold during deposition and the crystallization of colloidal/dissolved gold in the carbon seams. High concentrations of organic free radicals (molecules with unpaired electrons) in the carbonaceous matter, deduced from electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, suggest that radiation emitted from uranium played a unique role in the reconstitution and polymerization of the progenitor biochemicals

  1. Block Slides on Extremely Weak Tectonic Clay Seams in Openly Folded Tertiary Mud-Rocks at Auckland and the Rangitikei Valley, North Island, New Zealand

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    Prebble, Warwick M.; Williams, Ann L.

    2016-06-01

    Block slides have developed on extremely weak, thin clay seams of tectonic origin, parallel to bedding in gently dipping sandstones and mudstones of Tertiary age. Two areas of noted instability are investigated at Auckland and the Rangitikei valley. Dimensions range from 100 m across × 100 m long for short displacement block slides up to 4 km across × 3 km long for large landslide complexes in which block slides are a major component. Displacements of blocks range from incipient (cm) through short (30 m) to 2 or 3 km for large slides. Many of the Auckland slides are dormant but likely to move in a 2000 year return period earthquake or 100 year high intensity rain storm. At Rangitikei there are many active, younger slides. Sliding rates for active failures vary from a few cm/year to 50 m in 30 min. Host rocks are weak to very weak clayey sandstones and sandy mudstones. The seams are rich in smectite. They have polished and crushed walls, may have slickensides and some contain rounded rock fragments. Laboratory shear strength of the seams is 13 kPa cohesion and 13° friction, with a lower bound of 8° at zero cohesion. Strength is increased at the field scale by waviness, steps and splays. Continuity can be demonstrated over distances of hundreds of metres. Key investigation methods were mapping, shafts and trenches. Tectonic uplift, folding and faulting of the weak Tertiary strata and river down-cutting are perpetuating block slide development.

  2. Aspects regarding non-destructive examination of the surface of the ring from the weld root seam of two pipes having small diameter, by replicating method

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    The method has been generated by a real case of breaking of the steel tape from the position control system of the ram 'C' (Fuelling Machine). The paper contains a brief description of the replicating device and of the replicating method proposed. The results obtained are showed at the end of paper. The following conclusions are highlighted: one has initiated un original replicating method of the irregular ring surface of the weld seam into the butt welded assemblies with inner diameter less than 15 mm using an original replicating device (Letters patent no. 121572/Patent application - no.a 2003 0 182 from 30.12.2007); - the tests carried out have proved the workability of the method, the functionality of the device and provided the replicas supported on metal representing the hard copy of the negative of the irregular ring surface corresponding to the weld root seam, making available the dimension examination of the profile; - the visual inspection of the replicas supported on metal gives the information about the geometry of the replicated surface, pointing out the marks which belong to the same inspected surfaces; - the minimum and maximum values have been evaluated as well as the accurate shape of the weld root seam by analyzing the profile graphics. (author)

  3. The track nanotechnology

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    The discipline now called Solid State Nuclear Track Detection (SSNTD) dates back to 1958 and has its roots in the United Kingdom. Its strength stems chiefly from factors such as its simplicity, small geometry, permanent maintenance of the nuclear record and other diversified applications. A very important field with exciting applications reported recently in conjuction with the nuclear track technique is nanotechnology, which has applications in biology, chemistry, industry, medicare and health, information technology, biotechnology, and metallurgical and chemical technologies. Nanotechnology requires material design followed by the study of the quantum effects for final produced applications in sensors, medical diagnosis, information technology to name a few. We, in this article, present a review of past and present applications of SSNTD suggesting ways to apply the technique in nanotechnology, with special reference to development of nanostructure for applications utilising nanowires, nanofilters and sensors.

  4. On particle track detectors

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    Benton, E. V.; Gruhn, T. A.; Andrus, C. H.

    1973-01-01

    Aqueous sodium hydroxide is widely used to develop charged particle tracks in polycarbonate film, particularly Lexan. The chemical nature of the etching process for this system has been determined. A method employing ultra-violet absorbance was developed for monitoring the concentration of the etch products in solution. Using this method it was possible to study the formation of the etching solution saturated in etch products. It was found that the system super-saturates to a significant extent before precipitation occurs. It was also learned that the system approaches its equilibrium state rather slowly. It is felt that both these phenomena may be due to the presence of surfactant in the solution. In light of these findings, suggestions are given regarding the preparation and maintenance of the saturated etch solution. Two additional research projects, involving automated techniques for particle track analysis and particle identification using AgCl crystals, are briefly summarized.

  5. The track nanotechnology

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    Waheed, A. [British Institute of Technology and E-Commerce, London E7 9HZ (United Kingdom); Physics Department, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AF (United Kingdom); Forsyth, D., E-mail: dforsyth@bite.ac.u [British Institute of Technology and E-Commerce, London E7 9HZ (United Kingdom); Watts, A. [Department of Physics, UCL, London Centre of Nanotechnology (LCN), 17-19 Gordon Street, London WC1H OAH (United Kingdom); Saad, A.F. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Garyounis University, Benghazi (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya); Mitchell, G.R. [British Institute of Technology and E-Commerce, London E7 9HZ (United Kingdom); Physics Department, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AF (United Kingdom); Farmer, M. [British Institute of Technology and E-Commerce, London E7 9HZ (United Kingdom); Harris, P.J.F. [Physics Department, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AF (United Kingdom)

    2009-10-15

    The discipline now called Solid State Nuclear Track Detection (SSNTD) dates back to 1958 and has its roots in the United Kingdom. Its strength stems chiefly from factors such as its simplicity, small geometry, permanent maintenance of the nuclear record and other diversified applications. A very important field with exciting applications reported recently in conjuction with the nuclear track technique is nanotechnology, which has applications in biology, chemistry, industry, medicare and health, information technology, biotechnology, and metallurgical and chemical technologies. Nanotechnology requires material design followed by the study of the quantum effects for final produced applications in sensors, medical diagnosis, information technology to name a few. We, in this article, present a review of past and present applications of SSNTD suggesting ways to apply the technique in nanotechnology, with special reference to development of nanostructure for applications utilising nanowires, nanofilters and sensors.

  6. Structural Sparse Tracking

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    Zhang, Tianzhu

    2015-06-01

    Sparse representation has been applied to visual tracking by finding the best target candidate with minimal reconstruction error by use of target templates. However, most sparse representation based trackers only consider holistic or local representations and do not make full use of the intrinsic structure among and inside target candidates, thereby making the representation less effective when similar objects appear or under occlusion. In this paper, we propose a novel Structural Sparse Tracking (SST) algorithm, which not only exploits the intrinsic relationship among target candidates and their local patches to learn their sparse representations jointly, but also preserves the spatial layout structure among the local patches inside each target candidate. We show that our SST algorithm accommodates most existing sparse trackers with the respective merits. Both qualitative and quantitative evaluations on challenging benchmark image sequences demonstrate that the proposed SST algorithm performs favorably against several state-of-the-art methods.

  7. Dissolved radon and uranium in groundwater in a potential coal seam gas development region (Richmond River Catchment, Australia).

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    Atkins, Marnie L; Santos, Isaac R; Perkins, Anita; Maher, Damien T

    2016-04-01

    The extraction of unconventional gas resources such as shale and coal seam gas (CSG) is rapidly expanding globally and often prevents the opportunity for comprehensive baseline groundwater investigations prior to drilling. Unconventional gas extraction often targets geological layers with high naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) and extraction practices may possibly mobilise radionuclides into regional and local drinking water resources. Here, we establish baseline groundwater radon and uranium levels in shallow aquifers overlying a potential CSG target formation in the Richmond River Catchment, Australia. A total of 91 groundwater samples from six different geological units showed highly variable radon activities (0.14-20.33 Bq/L) and uranium levels (0.001-2.77 μg/L) which were well below the Australian Drinking Water Guideline values (radon; 100 Bq/L and uranium; 17 μg/L). Therefore, from a radon and uranium perspective, the regional groundwater does not pose health risks to consumers. Uranium could not explain the distribution of radon in groundwater. Relatively high radon activities (7.88 ± 0.83 Bq/L) in the fractured Lismore Basalt aquifer coincided with very low uranium concentrations (0.04 ± 0.02 μg/L). In the Quaternary Sediments aquifers, a positive correlation between U and HCO3(-) (r(2) = 0.49, p gas, establishing radon and uranium concentrations in overlying aquifers comprises an important component of baseline groundwater investigations. PMID:26867097

  8. On the extent and connectivity of conical intersection seams and the effects of three-state intersections

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    Coe, Joshua D [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Levine, B G [U IL AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN; Ong, M T [UIUC; Martinez, T J [UIUC

    2008-01-01

    We discuss the connectivity of intersection spaces and the role of minimal energy points within these intersection spaces (minimal energy conical intersections or MECIs) in promoting nonadiabatic transitions. We focus on malonaldeyde as a specific example, where there is a low-lying three-state conical intersection. This three-state intersection is the global minimum on the bright excited electronic state, but it plays a limited role in population transfer in our ab initio multiple spawning (AIMS) simulations because the molecule must traverse a series of two-state conical intersections to reach the three-state intersection. Due to the differences in seam space dimensionality separating conventional (two-state) and three-state intersections, we suggest that dynamical effects arising directly from a three-state intersection may prove difficult to observe in general. We also use a newly developed method for intersection optimization with geometric constraints to demonstrate the connectivity of all the stationary points in the intersection spaces for malonaldehyde. This supports the conjecture that all intersection spaces are connected, and that three-state intersections play a key role in extending this connectivity to all pairs of states, e.g. the S{sub 1}/S{sub 0} and S{sub 2}/S{sub 1} intersection spaces.

  9. Assessing Connectivity Between an Overlying Aquifer and a Coal Seam Gas Resource Using Methane Isotopes, Dissolved Organic Carbon and Tritium

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    Iverach, Charlotte P.; Cendón, Dioni I.; Hankin, Stuart I.; Lowry, David; Fisher, Rebecca E.; France, James L.; Nisbet, Euan G.; Baker, Andy; Kelly, Bryce F. J.

    2015-11-01

    Coal seam gas (CSG) production can have an impact on groundwater quality and quantity in adjacent or overlying aquifers. To assess this impact we need to determine the background groundwater chemistry and to map geological pathways of hydraulic connectivity between aquifers. In south-east Queensland (Qld), Australia, a globally important CSG exploration and production province, we mapped hydraulic connectivity between the Walloon Coal Measures (WCM, the target formation for gas production) and the overlying Condamine River Alluvial Aquifer (CRAA), using groundwater methane (CH4) concentration and isotopic composition (δ13C-CH4), groundwater tritium (3H) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentration. A continuous mobile CH4 survey adjacent to CSG developments was used to determine the source signature of CH4 derived from the WCM. Trends in groundwater δ13C-CH4 versus CH4 concentration, in association with DOC concentration and 3H analysis, identify locations where CH4 in the groundwater of the CRAA most likely originates from the WCM. The methodology is widely applicable in unconventional gas development regions worldwide for providing an early indicator of geological pathways of hydraulic connectivity.

  10. Organic geochemistry of the Lower Suban coal seam, South Sumatra Basin, Indonesia: Palaeoecological and thermal metamorphism implications

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    Amijaya, H.; Schwarzbauer, J.; Littke, R. [University of Aachen, Aachen (Germany)

    2006-07-01

    Hydrocarbons extracted from the Tertiary age coals from the Lower Suban seam, South Sumatra Basin, Indonesia have been investigated using gas chromatography (GC) and combined gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Low rank (vitrinite-huminite reflectance about to 0.41-0.45%) coals from the Tambang Air Laya mine represent different maceral assemblages of an ideal succession of ombrogenous palaeo-peat development in a vertical section. High rank coals (vitrinite reflectance about to 1.42-5.18%) from the Suban mine have been thermally metamorphosed by an andesitic intrusion. Variations in the distributions of n-alkanes, isoprenoids and saturated and aromatic biomarkers in the low rank coals reflect variations in local source input and palaeomire conditions. Terpenoid biomarkers, such as cadinane- and eudesmane-type sesquiterpenoids and oleanane- and ursane-type triterpenoids, indicate the predominance of angiosperm plants in the palaeomire, particularly Dipterocarpaceae. The distribution of hopanoids is affected by the organic facies of the coal and their maturity, and correlates with the palaeomire evolution as derived from petrological studies. Close to the igneous intrusion, rapid thermal stress has destroyed most of the biomarkers, but variations in n-alkane distributions, attributable to palaeomire conditions, remain. Reversals in the trends for molecular parameters based on aliphatic hydrocarbons (n-alkane distribution and pristane/phytane ratio) and aromatic hydrocarbons (methyl phenanthrenes) with coal rank are observed.

  11. Pico-nano bubble column flotation using static mixer-venturi tube for Pittsburgh No. 8 coal seam

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    Peng Felicia F.; Yu Xiong

    2015-01-01

    The flotation process is a particle-hydrophobic surface-based separation technique. To improve the essential flotation steps of collision and attachment probabilities, and reduce the step of detachment probabilities between air bubbles and hydrophobic particles, a selectively designed cavitation venturi tube combined with a static mixer can be used to generate very high numbers of pico and nano bubbles in a flotation column. Fully embraced by those high numbers of tiny bubbles, hydrophobic particles readily attract the tiny bubbles to their surfaces. The results of column flotation of Pittsburgh No. 8 seam coal are obtained in a 5.08 cm ID and 162 cm height flotation column equipped with a static mixer and cavitation venturi tube, using kerosene as collector and MIBC as frother. Design of the experimental procedure is combined with a statistical two-stepwise analysis to determine the optimal operating conditions for maximum recovery at a specified grade. The effect of independent variables on the responses has been explained. Combustible material recovery of 85–90% at clean coal product of 10–11%ash is obtained from feed of 29.6%ash, with a much-reduced amount of frother and collector than that used in conventional column flotation. The column flotation process utilizing pico and nano bubbles can also be extended to the lower limit and upper limit of particle size ranges, minus 75 lm and 300–600 lm, respectively, for better recovery.

  12. Assessing Connectivity Between an Overlying Aquifer and a Coal Seam Gas Resource Using Methane Isotopes, Dissolved Organic Carbon and Tritium.

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    Iverach, Charlotte P; Cendón, Dioni I; Hankin, Stuart I; Lowry, David; Fisher, Rebecca E; France, James L; Nisbet, Euan G; Baker, Andy; Kelly, Bryce F J

    2015-01-01

    Coal seam gas (CSG) production can have an impact on groundwater quality and quantity in adjacent or overlying aquifers. To assess this impact we need to determine the background groundwater chemistry and to map geological pathways of hydraulic connectivity between aquifers. In south-east Queensland (Qld), Australia, a globally important CSG exploration and production province, we mapped hydraulic connectivity between the Walloon Coal Measures (WCM, the target formation for gas production) and the overlying Condamine River Alluvial Aquifer (CRAA), using groundwater methane (CH4) concentration and isotopic composition (δ(13)C-CH4), groundwater tritium ((3)H) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentration. A continuous mobile CH4 survey adjacent to CSG developments was used to determine the source signature of CH4 derived from the WCM. Trends in groundwater δ(13)C-CH4 versus CH4 concentration, in association with DOC concentration and (3)H analysis, identify locations where CH4 in the groundwater of the CRAA most likely originates from the WCM. The methodology is widely applicable in unconventional gas development regions worldwide for providing an early indicator of geological pathways of hydraulic connectivity. PMID:26530701

  13. Induced drill-spray during hydraulic slotting of a coal seam and its influence on gas extraction

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    Shen Chunming; Lin Baiquan; Zhang Qizhi; Yang Wei; Zhang Lianjun

    2012-01-01

    Hydraulic slotting can induce drill spray in a gassy,low permeability coal seam.This then influences subsequent gas extraction.This paper describes the drill spray phenomenon from a mechanical perspective and analyzes the effects of water jet damage during slotting.A simulation of the stresses around the drill hole and slot was prepared using FLAC-3D code.It helps explain the induction of drill spray during hydraulic slotting.The stress concentration around the bore increases as the diameter of the hole increases.As the hole enlarges the variation in stress also increases,which introduces an instability into the coal.This allows easy breaking and removal of the coal.Destruction of the coal structure by the water jet is the major factor causing drill spray.Energy stored as either strain or gas pressure is released by the water jet and this causes the coal to fracture and be expelled from the hole.Field tests showed the effect on gas extraction after slotting with drill spray.The concentration of gas increases after drilling.Compared to conventional techniques,the hydraulic slotted bore gives a gas concentration three times higher and has an effective range twice as far.This makes the gas extraction process more efficient and allows reduced construction effort.

  14. Geochemical Characteristics of Trace Elements in the No. 6 Coal Seam from the Chuancaogedan Mine, Jungar Coalfield, Inner Mongolia, China

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Fourteen samples of No. 6 coal seam were obtained from the Chuancaogedan Mine, Jungar Coalfield, Inner Mongolia, China. The samples were analyzed by optical microscopic observation, X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscope equipped with an energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (SEM-EDS, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF methods. The minerals mainly consist of kaolinite, pyrite, quartz, and calcite. The results of XRF and ICP-MS analyses indicate that the No. 6 coals from Chuancaogedan Mine are higher in Al2O3, P2O5, Zn, Sr, Li, Ga, Zr, Gd, Hf, Pb, Th, and U contents, but have a lower SiO2/Al2O3 ratio, compared to common Chinese coals. The contents of Zn, Sr, Li, Ga, Zr, Gd, Hf, Pb, Th, and U are higher than those of world hard coals. The results of cluster analyses show that the most probable carrier of strontium in the coal is gorceixite; Lithium mainly occurs in clay minerals; gallium mainly occurs in inorganic association, including the clay minerals and diaspore; cadmium mainly occurs in sphalerite; and lead in the No. 6 coal may be associated with pyrite. Potentially valuable elements (e.g., Al, Li, and Ga might be recovered as byproducts from coal ash. Other harmful elements (e.g., P, Pb, and U may cause environmental impact during coal processing.

  15. Underground pressure appearance laws analysis for fully mechanized top coal slice caving on high-dipping thick coal seams

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    YANG Sheng-li; CAO Guang-ming; LI Fu-sheng

    2011-01-01

    Taking Adaohai Coal Mine as the example, underground pressure appearance laws of fully mechanized top coal slice caving on high-dipping and thick coal seams. Through site visit, theoretical analysis and discrete element calculation, the research shows that, as the mining deepens, underground stress of lower sublevels is more obvious and higher than that of upper sublevels and is higher in the air return roadway than that in the air intake roadway in the area that is near to the top coal.Because the top coal is thick and gangue is caved above the support, underground pressure to the working face is relatively gentle. Immediate roof will mainly fall down along the floor. Main roof and the rock bed above the main roof will move to the mined out area along the fault in the early stage and then fall down with the mined out area later. In addition, roof pressure mainly periodically appears in two directions along the trend and the dip.

  16. Enrichment of radon and carbon dioxide in the open atmosphere of an Australian coal seam gas field.

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    Tait, Douglas R; Santos, Isaac R; Maher, Damien T; Cyronak, Tyler J; Davis, Rachael J

    2013-04-01

    Atmospheric radon ((222)Rn) and carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations were used to gain insight into fugitive emissions in an Australian coal seam gas (CSG) field (Surat Basin, Tara region, Queensland). (222)Rn and CO2 concentrations were observed for 24 h within and outside the gas field. Both (222)Rn and CO2 concentrations followed a diurnal cycle with night time concentrations higher than day time concentrations. Average CO2 concentrations over the 24-h period ranged from ~390 ppm at the control site to ~467 ppm near the center of the gas field. A ~3 fold increase in maximum (222)Rn concentration was observed inside the gas field compared to outside of it. There was a significant relationship between maximum and average (222)Rn concentrations and the number of gas wells within a 3 km radius of the sampling sites (n = 5 stations; p gas field related to both point (well heads, pipelines, etc.) and diffuse soil sources. Radon may be useful in monitoring enhanced soil gas fluxes to the atmosphere due to changes in the geological structure associated with wells and hydraulic fracturing in CSG fields. PMID:23444905

  17. Track the talent : methodiekbeschrijving

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    Bos, Antoinette; Abdallah, Sebastian

    2008-01-01

    Track the Talent is een beschrijving van een methodiek van Stichting Stedelijk Jongerenwerk Amsterdam en Stichting Hart voor Amsterdam. De beschrijving is uitgevoerd door Youth Spot, een samenwerkingsverband tussen SJA en de Hogeschool van Amsterdam. In het kader van dit project werden twee groepen rechtstreeks met elkaar verbonden: een groep kansarme jongeren die net niet of net wel klaar waren met school en een groep bedrijven die op zoek waren naar nieuwe werknemers. De jongeren gingen op ...

  18. PARTICLE BEAM TRACKING CIRCUIT

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    Anderson, O.A.

    1959-05-01

    >A particle-beam tracking and correcting circuit is described. Beam induction electrodes are placed on either side of the beam, and potentials induced by the beam are compared in a voltage comparator or discriminator. This comparison produces an error signal which modifies the fm curve at the voltage applied to the drift tube, thereby returning the orbit to the preferred position. The arrangement serves also to synchronize accelerating frequency and magnetic field growth. (T.R.H.)

  19. Progressive Fleet tracking systems

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    Smětal, Matěj

    2011-01-01

    This bachelor thesis is focused on the importance of vehicle tracking as a part of Fleet management for company's success. The theoretical part contains analysis of positioning systems GPS and GLONASS, describes the structure and principles of its functioning. The practical part contains implementation of Fleet management system into Russian company"Cech č. 1", Ltd. Practical part consists of information gained from internal sources of the company.

  20. Tracking environmental costs

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    Tracking Environmental Costs and Investments in SAP will provide us with a managerial tool that will help us understand better the magnitude of the financial resources we are dedicating to environmental protection activities and investments. Environmental Cost Accounting is a new project in Slovenske Elektrarne that will be particularly valuable for the Company's environmental management initiatives, such as waste monitoring, cleaner production, eco-design and environmental management systems; its launch is expected in September. (author)

  1. BESⅢ track fitting algorithm

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    WANG Ji-Ke; MAO Ze-Pu; BIAN Jian-Ming; CAO Guo-Fu; CAO Xue-Xiang; CHEN Shen-Jian; DENG Zi-Yan; FU Cheng-Dong; GAO Yuan-Ning; HE Kang-Lin; HE Miao; HUA Chun-Fei; HUANG Bin; HUANG Xing-Tao; JI Xiao-Sin; LI Fei; LI Hai-Bo; LI Wei-Dong; LIANG Yu-Tie; LIU Chun-Xiu; LIU Huai-Min; LIU Suo; LIU Ying-Jie; MA Qiu-Mei; MA Xiang; MAO Ya-Jun; MO Xiao-Hu; PAN Ming-Hua; PANG Cai-Ying; PING Rong-Gang; QIN Ya-Hong; QIU Jin-Fa; SUN Sheng-Sen; SUN Yong-Zhao; WANG Liang-Liang; WEN Shuo-Pin; WU Ling-Hui; XIE Yu-Guang; XU Min; YAN Liang; YOU Zheng-Yun; YUAN Chang-Zheng; YUAN Ye; ZHANG Bing-Yun; ZHANG Chang-Chun; ZHANG Jian-Yong; ZHANG Xue-Yao; ZHANG Yao; ZHENG Yang-Heng; ZHU Ke-Jun; ZHU Yong-Sheng; ZHU Zhi-Li; ZOU Jia-Heng

    2009-01-01

    A track fitting algorithm based on the Kalman filter method has been developed for BESⅢ of BEPCⅡ.The effects of multiple scattering and energy loss when the charged particles go through the detector,non-uniformity of magnetic field (NUMF) and wire sag, etc., have been carefully handled.This algorithm works well and the performance satisfies the physical requirements tested by the simulation data.

  2. Investigation and Numerical Simulation Study on Mining Effect of Double Protective Seam%双重保护层开采效果考察数值模拟研究

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    罗建军

    2015-01-01

    To aim at the problem of the protection range division of the overlying protected seam affected by the mining of the underlying double protective seam in Wulan Coal Mine, calculation was carried out on the change process of the deformation field of the overlying No. 2 and 3 outburst seams after the mining of the underlying No. 7 and 8 seams based on the finite difference method, according to the physical and mechanical parameters and the geological characteristics of roof and floor rock strata of the protective seam and by using FLAC3D simulation software, the roof-to-floor convergence of the protected seam after the mining of the protective seam was obtained, the maximum expansion deformation of the coal seam was calculated and it was greater than the critical point of 3 ‰ thickness of coal seam, and the protection range of the protected seam along the dip and strike after the mining of the protective seam was determined. The results showed the pressure relief angles of the overlying No. 2 and 3 protected seams along their upper and lower boundaries of the dip after the mining of No. 7 and 8 double protective seams were respectively 78° or 57° and 80° or 77°, and that along the their strike were 52° and 61°. The research results have significant theoretical guidance role for the mining effect investigation of the protective seam and the safe mining of overlying No. 2 and 3 outburst seams in the future in Wulan mine.%针对乌兰煤矿下伏双重保护层开采对上覆被保护层保护范围的划分难题,基于有限差分法,结合保护层顶底板煤岩层的物理力学参数和地质特征,采用FLAC3D软件模拟计算了下伏7 #、8 #煤层先行开采后其上覆的2#、3#突出煤层变形场的变化过程,得出保护层开采后被保护层顶底板位移量,进而计算出煤层的最大膨胀变形量大于煤层厚度3‰的临界点,确定出双重保护层开采后被保护层沿倾向和走向的保护范围. 结果表明,7#、8#煤

  3. Study on Coal and Rock Pressure Releasing Effect of Protected Seam Mining Under Long Distance%远程下保护层开采煤岩卸压效应研究

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    程详; 赵光明

    2011-01-01

    基于保护层开采覆岩移动破坏特征,分析了远程下保护层开采煤岩卸压的可行性,采用FLAC2D数值模拟软件对被保护煤层的应力分布特征、煤厚变形规律、水平位移规律、卸压范围及卸压角进行了研究。结果表明:下保护层开采时,断裂带高度已发育到被保护层,煤层产生膨胀变形,生成大量的次生裂隙,使被保护煤层产生不同程度的卸压,同时水平位移的产生也有利于煤层透气性增加。在走向方向上,被保护层向保护层采空区方向内错约30 m,煤层进入稳定膨胀变形区,走向有效卸压角的大小为66°左右。研究结果应用于工程实践后,淮南某矿13-1煤层瓦斯压力由原来的4.4 MPa变为卸压后的0.7 MPa,煤层透气性系数增大了1 061倍,表明该方法是较好的区域性防突措施。%Based on the overburden strata movement and failure features of the protected seam mining,the paper had an analysis on the feasibility of the coal and rock pressure releasing in the protected seam mining under long distance.The FLAC2D numerical simulation software was applied to the study on the stress distribution features of the protected seam,seam thickness variation law,the horizontal displacement law,the pressure releasing scope and the pressure releasing angle.The results showed that during the underneath protective seam mining,the height of the crack zone was developed to the protected seam,swelling deformations were occurred in the seam,great secondary cracks were occurred and thus different pressure releasing were occurred in the protected seam.Meanwhile,the horizontal displacement occurred would be favorable to improve the permeability of the seam.On the strike direction,the protected seam was moved about 30 m to the direction of the goaf of the protective seam.The protected seam was in the stable swelling deformation zone and the effective pressure releasing angle in the strike was about 66°.After the study

  4. Energy Tracking Diagrams

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    Scherr, Rachel E.; Harrer, Benedikt W.; Close, Hunter G.; Daane, Abigail R.; DeWater, Lezlie S.; Robertson, Amy D.; Seeley, Lane; Vokos, Stamatis

    2016-02-01

    Energy is a crosscutting concept in science and features prominently in national science education documents. In the Next Generation Science Standards, the primary conceptual learning goal is for learners to conserve energy as they track the transfers and transformations of energy within, into, or out of the system of interest in complex physical processes. As part of tracking energy transfers among objects, learners should (i) distinguish energy from matter, including recognizing that energy flow does not uniformly align with the movement of matter, and should (ii) identify specific mechanisms by which energy is transferred among objects, such as mechanical work and thermal conduction. As part of tracking energy transformations within objects, learners should (iii) associate specific forms with specific models and indicators (e.g., kinetic energy with speed and/or coordinated motion of molecules, thermal energy with random molecular motion and/or temperature) and (iv) identify specific mechanisms by which energy is converted from one form to another, such as incandescence and metabolism. Eventually, we may hope for learners to be able to optimize systems to maximize some energy transfers and transformations and minimize others, subject to constraints based in both imputed mechanism (e.g., objects must have motion energy in order for gravitational energy to change) and the second law of thermodynamics (e.g., heating is irreversible). We hypothesize that a subsequent goal of energy learning—innovating to meet socially relevant needs—depends crucially on the extent to which these goals have been met.

  5. The STAR tracking upgrade

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    The STAR experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider RHIC studies the new state of matter produced in relativistic heavy ion collisions and the spin structure of the nucleon in collisions of polarized protons. In order to improve the capabilities for heavy flavor measurements and the reconstruction of charged vector bosons an upgrade of the tracking system both in the central and the forward region is pursued. The challenging environments of high track multiplicity in heavy ion collisions and of high luminosity in polarized proton collisions require the use of new technologies. The proposed inner tracking system, optimized for heavy flavor identification, is using active pixel sensors close to the collision point and silicon strip technology further outward. Charge sign determination for electrons and positrons from the decay of W bosons will be provide by 6 large-area triple GEM disks currently under development. A prototype of the active pixel detectors has been tested in the STAR experiment, and an extensive beam test of triple GEM detectors using GEM foils produced by Tech-Etch of Plymouth, MA has been done at Fermilab

  6. Fuzzy Logic Particle Tracking

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    2005-01-01

    A new all-electronic Particle Image Velocimetry technique that can efficiently map high speed gas flows has been developed in-house at the NASA Lewis Research Center. Particle Image Velocimetry is an optical technique for measuring the instantaneous two component velocity field across a planar region of a seeded flow field. A pulsed laser light sheet is used to illuminate the seed particles entrained in the flow field at two instances in time. One or more charged coupled device (CCD) cameras can be used to record the instantaneous positions of particles. Using the time between light sheet pulses and determining either the individual particle displacements or the average displacement of particles over a small subregion of the recorded image enables the calculation of the fluid velocity. Fuzzy logic minimizes the required operator intervention in identifying particles and computing velocity. Using two cameras that have the same view of the illumination plane yields two single exposure image frames. Two competing techniques that yield unambiguous velocity vector direction information have been widely used for reducing the single-exposure, multiple image frame data: (1) cross-correlation and (2) particle tracking. Correlation techniques yield averaged velocity estimates over subregions of the flow, whereas particle tracking techniques give individual particle velocity estimates. For the correlation technique, the correlation peak corresponding to the average displacement of particles across the subregion must be identified. Noise on the images and particle dropout result in misidentification of the true correlation peak. The subsequent velocity vector maps contain spurious vectors where the displacement peaks have been improperly identified. Typically these spurious vectors are replaced by a weighted average of the neighboring vectors, thereby decreasing the independence of the measurements. In this work, fuzzy logic techniques are used to determine the true

  7. 大采高夹矸煤层片帮机理%The Spalling Mechanism in Large Mining Height Tonstein Coal Seam

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    张建生

    2012-01-01

    With the research technique of the compressive stress experiment in laboratory, theoretical analysis and the field measure- ment, taking the actual production of large mining height working face in Hedong coal mine as background, the spalling mechanism in working face of large mining height tonstein coal seam has been studied. The research indicated that the single axle compressive strength of non - coupling superposition specimens is larger than the pure coal sample intensity without tonstein, and the deformation a- mount is smaller than pure coal sample. The theory analysis of the coal wall spalling model indicated that the main influencing factors for the coal wall stability is the coal seam'whole height, under the same external force condition, more higher of the coal seam height is, more easier of the coal wall instability is, the tonstein layers reduce the overall thickness of coal seam effectively, the spalling degree of the working face is obviously small. The rib spalling phenomenon of the tonstein coal seam mainly occured in the upside position of the 10^# coal seam in Hedong coal mine, the rib spalling area is not big, and the influence degree is also small.%采用实验室内试块压力实验、理论分析及现场实测相结合的研究方法,以河东煤矿大采高工作面生产实际为背景,对大采高夹矸煤层工作面片帮作用机理进行分析。研究表明:夹矸及薄煤块不耦合叠加试件单轴抗压强度较不含夹矸的纯煤样强度有所增大,而变形量较纯煤样变形有所减小;煤壁片帮模型理论分析表明,煤层整体高度对煤壁稳定性影响较大,在相同外力条件下,高度越大,煤壁越容易失稳,夹矸层有效减小煤层整体厚度,工作面分层片帮严重程度明显较小;河东煤矿夹矸煤层片帮现象主要发生在10^#煤层靠上部位置,片帮面积不大,影响程度较小。

  8. Quality of Slab Track Construction – Track Alignment Design and Track Geometry

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    Šestáková Janka

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The slab track superstructure design (without ballast is a perspective construction especially for building tunnels and bridges in the modernized sections of railway tracks in Slovakia. Monitoring of the structure described in this article is focused on the transition areas between standard structure with ballast and slab track construction.

  9. Quality of Slab Track Construction – Track Alignment Design and Track Geometry

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    Šestáková Janka

    2015-01-01

    The slab track superstructure design (without ballast) is a perspective construction especially for building tunnels and bridges in the modernized sections of railway tracks in Slovakia. Monitoring of the structure described in this article is focused on the transition areas between standard structure with ballast and slab track construction.

  10. Quality of Slab Track Construction - Track Alignment Design and Track Geometry

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    Šestáková, Janka

    2015-05-01

    The slab track superstructure design (without ballast) is a perspective construction especially for building tunnels and bridges in the modernized sections of railway tracks in Slovakia. Monitoring of the structure described in this article is focused on the transition areas between standard structure with ballast and slab track construction.

  11. Thermal Tracking of Sports Players

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    Rikke Gade

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available We present here a real-time tracking algorithm for thermal video from a sports game. Robust detection of people includes routines for handling occlusions and noise before tracking each detected person with a Kalman filter. This online tracking algorithm is compared with a state-of-the-art offline multi-target tracking algorithm. Experiments are performed on a manually annotated 2-minutes video sequence of a real soccer game. The Kalman filter shows a very promising result on this rather challenging sequence with a tracking accuracy above 70% and is superior compared with the offline tracking approach. Furthermore, the combined detection and tracking algorithm runs in real time at 33 fps, even with large image sizes of 1920 × 480 pixels.

  12. Influence of tracks densities in solid state nuclear track detectors

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    When Solid State Nuclear Track Detectors (SSNTD) is employed to measure nuclear tracks produced mainly by fission fragments and alpha particles, it is considered that the tracks observation work is performed under an efficiency, ε0, which is independent of the track density (number of tracks/area unit). There are not published results or experimental data supporting such an assumption. In this work the dependence of ε0 with track density is studied basing on experimental data. To perform this, pieces of CR-39 cut from a sole 'mother sheet' were coupled to thin uranium films for different exposition times and the resulting ratios between track density and exposition time were compared. Our results indicate that ε0 is constant for track densities between 103 and 105 cm-2. At our etching conditions track overlapping makes impossible the counting for densities around 1.7 x 105 cm-2. For track densities less than 103 cm-2, ε0 , was not observed to be constant. (authors). 4 refs., 2 figs

  13. 远距离保护层开采煤层渗透特性及瓦斯抽采技术研究%Study on permeability characteristic of coal seam and gas extraction techniques in coal mining with long distance protection coal seam

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    王文; 李化敏; 高保彬; 李东印

    2014-01-01

    依据平顶山矿区某矿的丁、戊组煤层(间距90m)的地质条件,采用实验室试验、数值模拟和现场试验相结合的方式,对远距离下保护层开采煤层渗透特征及瓦斯抽采技术展开探讨。运用自制的煤-气耦合系统进行了大尺寸煤样的加载试验,试验将煤样加载及裂隙发展分原生微孔隙压密阶段、煤样的弹性变形阶段、膨胀破坏阶段和峰后的破坏阶段四阶段,卸载后煤样孔隙不闭合,渗透系数仍能保持高位运行;并对现场丁组煤的卸压区域进行参数测试,卸压效果明显,煤层透气性系数增加720~1550倍,卸压范围内的煤层煤与瓦斯突出危险性消除;根据对被保护层裂隙场形成分析,提出了煤与瓦斯共采中卸压瓦斯抽采钻孔抽采最佳时机,实现了戊组煤开采与丁组煤瓦斯抽采在时间、空间上的有序配合。%According to the geological conditions of Ding group coal seams and Wu coal group seams( the separation distance of them was 90 meters) in Pingdingshan mine area, the characteristics of coal seam permeability and the gas extraction techniques with the influence of long distance protection coal seam were studied by adopting various methods including laboratory tests, numerical simulation, as well as field tests.The loading tests on the large di-mension coal samples were conducted by the self-developed coal-gas coupling system.It showed that there are four stages in the coal sample loading and fracture development process, including primary micropore pressurization stage, coal sample elastic deformation stage, drum-expansion destruction stage and post-peak destruction stage.In addition, the micro pores in the sample are not closed and the permeability coefficient is still high after unloading. Field tests on parameters in the destressed zone of Ding seams revealed that the effect of pressure relief was obvi-ous, the permeability coefficient of coal seam

  14. Hierarchical fringe tracking

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    Petrov, Romain G.; Elhalkouj, Thami; Boskri, Abdelkarim; Folcher, Jean-Pierre; Lagarde, Stéphane; Bresson, Yves; Benkhaldoun, Zouhair; Lazrek, Mohamed; Rakshit, Suvendu

    2014-07-01

    The limiting magnitude is a key issue for optical interferometry. Pairwise fringe trackers based on the integrated optics concepts used for example in GRAVITY seem limited to about K=10.5 with the 8m Unit Telescopes of the VLTI, and there is a general "common sense" statement that the efficiency of fringe tracking, and hence the sensitivity of optical interferometry, must decrease as the number of apertures increases, at least in the near infrared where we are still limited by detector readout noise. Here we present a Hierarchical Fringe Tracking (HFT) concept with sensitivity at least equal to this of a two apertures fringe trackers. HFT is based of the combination of the apertures in pairs, then in pairs of pairs then in pairs of groups… The key HFT module is a device that behaves like a spatial filter for two telescopes (2TSF) and transmits all or most of the flux of a cophased pair in a single mode beam. We give an example of such an achromatic 2TSF, based on very broadband dispersed fringes analyzed by grids, and show that it allows piston measures from very broadband fringes with only 3 to 5 pixels per fringe tracker. We show the results of numerical simulation indicating that our device is a good achromatic spatial filter and allowing a first evaluation of its coupling efficiency, which is similar to this of a single mode fiber on a single aperture. Our very preliminary results indicate that HFT has a good chance to be a serious candidate for the most sensitive fringe tracking with the VLTI and also interferometers with much larger number of apertures. On the VLTI the first rough estimate of the magnitude gain with regard to the GRAVITY internal FT is between 2.5 and 3.5 magnitudes in K, with a decisive impact on the VLTI science program for AGNs, Young stars and planet forming disks.

  15. Hierarchical fringe tracking

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    Petrov, Romain G.; Elhalkouj, Thami; Boskri, Abdelkarim; Folcher, Jean-Pierre; Lagarde, Stephane; Bresson, Yves; Benkhaldoum, Zouhair; Lazrek, Mohamed; Rakshit, Suvendu

    2014-01-01

    The limiting magnitude is a key issue for optical interferometry. Pairwise fringe trackers based on the integrated optics concepts used for example in GRAVITY seem limited to about K=10.5 with the 8m Unit Telescopes of the VLTI, and there is a general "common sense" statement that the efficiency of fringe tracking, and hence the sensitivity of optical interferometry, must decrease as the number of apertures increases, at least in the near infrared where we are still limited by detector readou...

  16. Solar Tracking System

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    Nguyen, Nam

    2016-01-01

    The goal of this thesis was to develop a laboratory prototype of a solar tracking system, which is able to enhance the performance of the photovoltaic modules in a solar energy system. The operating principle of the device is to keep the photovoltaic modules constantly aligned with the sunbeams, which maximises the exposure of solar panel to the Sun’s radiation. As a result, more output power can be produced by the solar panel. The work of the project included hardware design and implemen...

  17. Bearings only naval tracking

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    Barth, M.J.

    1984-11-01

    Two commonly used Extended Kalman Filter tracking algorithms utilize the Relative Cartesian and Modified Polar coordinate systems. This report compares the two algorithms by exercising a destroyer-Submarine (DD/SS) computer simulation. A simple engagement geometry is employed which encompasses the major DD/SS options available. Error statistics are developed by Monte Carlo methods. Results are presented which show that the circular error depends upon the diagonal values of the error covariance matrix. The results also support (but do not establish) that the optimum DD manuevuer is that which minimizes the range while maximizing the bearing rate. 4 refs., 5 figs., 4 tabs.

  18. Track reconstruction at the ILC: the ILD tracking software

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    One of the key requirements for Higgs physics at the International Linear Collider ILC is excellent track reconstruction with very good momentum and impact parameter resolution. ILD is one of the two detector concepts at the ILC. Its central tracking system comprises of an outer Si-tracker, a highly granular TPC, an intermediate silicon tracker and a pixel vertex detector, and it is complemented by silicon tracking disks in the forward direction. Large hit densities from beam induced coherent electron-positron pairs at the ILC pose an additional challenge to the pattern recognition algorithms. We present the recently developed new ILD tracking software, the pattern recognition algorithms that are using clustering techniques, Cellular Automatons and Kalman filter based track extrapolation. The performance of the ILD tracking system is evaluated using a detailed simulation including dead material, gaps and imperfections.

  19. A 90 m-thick coal seam in the Lubstow lignite deposit (Central Poland): palynological analysis and sedimentary environment

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    Durska, E. [University of Warsaw, Warsaw (Poland). Faculty of Geology

    2008-07-01

    A 90 m-thick brown coal seam, the result of organic matter deposition in a fault-trough, is exploited in an open cast mine at Lubstow (Central Poland). Palynological analysis was conducted in order to determine which plants were the source of organic matter forming such a thick coal bed. The pollen spectrum is dominated by the gymnosperm pollen Inaperturopollenites, produced by trees closely related to the extant genera Taxodium and Glyptostrobus, the dominant constituents of swamp forests in SE North America and SE Asia today. However the lack of xylites and preserved tissues in the coal does not support the conception of a swamp forest as the peat-producing community. There is also significant percentage of angiosperm pollen in the coal, mainly from the groups: Castaneoideapollis, Tricolporopollenites exactus and T. pseudocingulum. The plants producing these pollen were probably the main constitutent of the peat-producing community. The community shows signs of a shrub swamp with local tree islands and a low water table. Evidence for this also includes the detrital type of coal, the lack of preserved plant tissues and the presence of fungal remains. The characteristics show the existence of aerobic zones at the time of peat production. The peat was probably derived from angiosperms. Dome-shaped forms in the upper part of the deposit are the remains of tree islands. As detritus accumulation is very on the surfaces of present-day tree islands, a similar rate of deposition may have taken place during peat production at Lubstow. This, combined with subsidence in the fault-through, explains the great thickness of the coal bed.

  20. Algal growth and community structure in a mixed-culture system using coal seam gas water as the water source.

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    Buchanan, Jessica J; Slater, Frances R; Bai, Xue; Pratt, Steven

    2013-01-01

    Coal seam gas (CSG) is being touted as a transition fuel as the world moves towards low-carbon economies. However, the development of CSG reserves will generate enormous volumes of saline water. In this work, we investigate the potential of using this saline water to support mass algae production. Water and brine from a CSG water treatment facility (1.6 and 11.6 g total dissolved solids per litre (TDS L(-1)) respectively) were inoculated with algal biomass from freshwater and seawater environments and supplemented with nutrients in open, fed-batch reactors. Significant algal growth was recorded, with maximum specific growth rates in CSG water and CSG brine of 0.20 +/- 0.05 d(-1) and 0.26 +/- 0.04 d(-1) respectively. These maximum specific growth rates were equal to or greater than specific growth rates in deionized water and seawater diluted to the same salinity. However, algal growth lag time in CSG brine was between 7 and 9 times longer than in other waters. Microscopy and terminal-restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) were used to monitor community structure in the reactors. The same few algal species dominated all of the reactors, except for the CSG brine reactor at day 15. This result indicates that conditions in CSG brine select for different species of algae compared to seawater of the same salinity and other waters tested. The findings suggest that mass algae production in CSG water is feasible but algae community composition may be a function of CSG water chemistry. This has implications for the downstream use of algae. PMID:23837320