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  1. Nuclear analytical techniques applied to forensic chemistry

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    Gun shot residues produced by firing guns are mainly composed by visible particles. The individual characterization of these particles allows distinguishing those ones containing heavy metals, from gun shot residues, from those having a different origin or history. In this work, the results obtained from the study of gun shot residues particles collected from hands are presented. The aim of the analysis is to establish whether a person has shot a firing gun has been in contact with one after the shot has been produced. As reference samples, particles collected hands of persons affected to different activities were studied to make comparisons. The complete study was based on the application of nuclear analytical techniques such as Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy Dispersive X Ray Electron Probe Microanalysis and Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry. The essays allow to be completed within time compatible with the forensic requirements. (author)

  2. Modern Chemistry Techniques Applied to Metal Behavior and Chelation in Medical and Environmental Systems ? Final Report

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    Sutton, M; Andresen, B; Burastero, S R; Chiarappa-Zucca, M L; Chinn, S C; Coronado, P R; Gash, A E; Perkins, J; Sawvel, A M; Szechenyi, S C

    2005-02-03

    This report details the research and findings generated over the course of a 3-year research project funded by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD). Originally tasked with studying beryllium chemistry and chelation for the treatment of Chronic Beryllium Disease and environmental remediation of beryllium-contaminated environments, this work has yielded results in beryllium and uranium solubility and speciation associated with toxicology; specific and effective chelation agents for beryllium, capable of lowering beryllium tissue burden and increasing urinary excretion in mice, and dissolution of beryllium contamination at LLNL Site 300; {sup 9}Be NMR studies previously unstudied at LLNL; secondary ionization mass spec (SIMS) imaging of beryllium in spleen and lung tissue; beryllium interactions with aerogel/GAC material for environmental cleanup. The results show that chelator development using modern chemical techniques such as chemical thermodynamic modeling, was successful in identifying and utilizing tried and tested beryllium chelators for use in medical and environmental scenarios. Additionally, a study of uranium speciation in simulated biological fluids identified uranium species present in urine, gastric juice, pancreatic fluid, airway surface fluid, simulated lung fluid, bile, saliva, plasma, interstitial fluid and intracellular fluid.

  3. Nuclear analytical techniques applied to forensic chemistry; Aplicacion de tecnicas analiticas nucleares en quimica forense

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    Nicolau, Veronica; Montoro, Silvia [Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe (Argentina). Facultad de Ingenieria Quimica. Dept. de Quimica Analitica; Pratta, Nora; Giandomenico, Angel Di [Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas, Santa Fe (Argentina). Centro Regional de Investigaciones y Desarrollo de Santa Fe

    1999-11-01

    Gun shot residues produced by firing guns are mainly composed by visible particles. The individual characterization of these particles allows distinguishing those ones containing heavy metals, from gun shot residues, from those having a different origin or history. In this work, the results obtained from the study of gun shot residues particles collected from hands are presented. The aim of the analysis is to establish whether a person has shot a firing gun has been in contact with one after the shot has been produced. As reference samples, particles collected hands of persons affected to different activities were studied to make comparisons. The complete study was based on the application of nuclear analytical techniques such as Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy Dispersive X Ray Electron Probe Microanalysis and Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry. The essays allow to be completed within time compatible with the forensic requirements. (author) 5 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.; e-mail: csedax e adigian at arcride.edu.ar

  4. Applying contemporary statistical techniques

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    Wilcox, Rand R

    2003-01-01

    Applying Contemporary Statistical Techniques explains why traditional statistical methods are often inadequate or outdated when applied to modern problems. Wilcox demonstrates how new and more powerful techniques address these problems far more effectively, making these modern robust methods understandable, practical, and easily accessible.* Assumes no previous training in statistics * Explains how and why modern statistical methods provide more accurate results than conventional methods* Covers the latest developments on multiple comparisons * Includes recent advanc

  5. Applied ALARA techniques

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    The presentation focuses on some of the time-proven and new technologies being used to accomplish radiological work. These techniques can be applied at nuclear facilities to reduce radiation doses and protect the environment. The last reactor plants and processing facilities were shutdown and Hanford was given a new mission to put the facilities in a safe condition, decontaminate, and prepare them for decommissioning. The skills that were necessary to operate these facilities were different than the skills needed today to clean up Hanford. Workers were not familiar with many of the tools, equipment, and materials needed to accomplish:the new mission, which includes clean up of contaminated areas in and around all the facilities, recovery of reactor fuel from spent fuel pools, and the removal of millions of gallons of highly radioactive waste from 177 underground tanks. In addition, this work has to be done with a reduced number of workers and a smaller budget. At Hanford, facilities contain a myriad of radioactive isotopes that are 2048 located inside plant systems, underground tanks, and the soil. As cleanup work at Hanford began, it became obvious early that in order to get workers to apply ALARA and use hew tools and equipment to accomplish the radiological work it was necessary to plan the work in advance and get radiological control and/or ALARA committee personnel involved early in the planning process. Emphasis was placed on applying,ALARA techniques to reduce dose, limit contamination spread and minimize the amount of radioactive waste generated. Progress on the cleanup has,b6en steady and Hanford workers have learned to use different types of engineered controls and ALARA techniques to perform radiological work. The purpose of this presentation is to share the lessons learned on how Hanford is accomplishing radiological work

  6. Teaching Techniques in Clinical Chemistry.

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    Wilson, Diane

    This master's thesis presents several instructional methods and techniques developed for each of eleven topics or subject areas in clinical chemistry: carbohydrate metabolism, lipid metabolism, diagnostic enzymology, endocrinology, toxicology, quality control, electrolytes, acid base balance, hepatic function, nonprotein nitrogenous compounds, and…

  7. Nuclear techniques in analytical chemistry

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    Moses, Alfred J; Gordon, L

    1964-01-01

    Nuclear Techniques in Analytical Chemistry discusses highly sensitive nuclear techniques that determine the micro- and macro-amounts or trace elements of materials. With the increasingly frequent demand for the chemical determination of trace amounts of elements in materials, the analytical chemist had to search for more sensitive methods of analysis. This book accustoms analytical chemists with nuclear techniques that possess the desired sensitivity and applicability at trace levels. The topics covered include safe handling of radioactivity; measurement of natural radioactivity; and neutron a

  8. Community Based Research by Applying Chemistry

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    Mc Donnell, Claire

    2012-01-01

    Students have been involved in several chemistry research projects with communities: breath and urine testing for alcohol with the Garda Road Safety Unit; a long-term study of soil Quality for a Grangegorman Community Garden; and work placements with Wells for Zoe, a charity based in Malawi, including soil and water testing, and development of teaching materials for science.

  9. Radiation chemistry applied to drug design

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    Radiation chemistry can contribute to drug design by quantifying redox properties of drugs and where free radicals are suspected intermediates in drug action, radiation can be used to generate these putative species and help characterise relevant reactions. Steady radiolysis produces radicals at a readily-varied but quantified rate; pulse radiolysis with fast spectrophotometric and/or conductimetric detection enables the kinetic properties of radicals to be monitored directly. Using these methods, radical intermediates from drugs with specific cytotoxicity towards hypoxic cells have been shown to react rapidly with oxygen. Radical oxidants from activated neutrophils include superoxide and hydroxyl radicals, and radiation-chemical methods have an important role to play in rational drug design to exploit such oxidative chemistry. Antioxidants can also be evaluated quantitatively by radiolysis methods; the conjugation reactions of thiyl radicals with thiolate and oxygen are now recognised to be major contributions of pulse radiolysis to thiol biochemistry. (author)

  10. Radiation chemistry applied to drug design

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    Wardman, P.; Candeias, L.P.; Everett, S.A. (Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood (United Kingdom). Cancer Research Campaign Gray Lab.); Tracy, M. (SRI International, Menlo Park, CA (United States))

    1994-01-01

    Radiation chemistry can contribute to drug design by quantifying redox properties of drugs and where free radicals are suspected intermediates in drug action, radiation can be used to generate these putative species and help characterise relevant reactions. Steady radiolysis produces radicals at a readily-varied but quantified rate; pulse radiolysis with fast spectrophotometric and/or conductimetric detection enables the kinetic properties of radicals to be monitored directly. Using these methods, radical intermediates from drugs with specific cytotoxicity towards hypoxic cells have been shown to react rapidly with oxygen. Radical oxidants from activated neutrophils include superoxide and hydroxyl radicals, and radiation-chemical methods have an important role to play in rational drug design to exploit such oxidative chemistry. Antioxidants can also be evaluated quantitatively by radiolysis methods; the conjugation reactions of thiyl radicals with thiolate and oxygen are now recognised to be major contributions of pulse radiolysis to thiol biochemistry. (author).

  11. Development of applied optical techniques

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    This report resents the status of researches on the applications of lasers at KAERI. A compact portable laser fluorometer detecting uranium desolved in aqueous solution was built. The laser-induced fluorescence of uranium was detected with a photomultiplier tube. A delayed gate circuit and an integrating circuit were used to process the electrical signal. A small nitrogen laser was used to excite uranium. The detecting limit is about 0.1 ppb. The effect of various acidic solutions was investigated. Standard addition technique was incorporated to improve the measuring accuracy. This instrument can be used for safety inspection of workers in the nuclear fuel cycle facilities. (Author)

  12. Development of applied optical techniques

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    The objective of this project is to improve laser application techniques in nuclear industry. A small,light and portable laser induced fluorometer was developed. It was designed to compensate inner filter and quenching effects by on-line data processing during analysis of uranium in aqueous solution. Computer interface improves the accuracy and data processing capabilities of the instrument. Its detection limit is as low as 0.1 ppb of uranium. It is ready to use in routine chemical analysis. The feasible applications such as for uranium level monitoring in discards from reconversion plant or fuel fabrication plant were seriously considered with minor modification of the instrument. It will be used to study trace analysis of rare-earth elements. The IRMPD of CHF3 was carried out and the effects of buffer gases such as Ar,N2 and SF6 were investigated. The IRMPD rate was increased with increasing pressure of the reactant and buffer gases. The pressure effect of the reactant CHF3 below 0.1 Torr showed opposite results. It was considered that the competition between quenching effect and rotational hole-filling effect during intermolecular collisions plays a great role in this low pressure region. The applications of holography in nuclear fuel cycle facilities were surveyed and analyzed. Also, experimental apparatuses such as an Ar ion laser, various kinds of holographic films and several optical components were prepared. (Author)

  13. Computational optimization techniques applied to microgrids planning

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    Gamarra, Carlos; Guerrero, Josep M.

    2015-01-01

    appear along the planning process. In this context, technical literature about optimization techniques applied to microgrid planning have been reviewed and the guidelines for innovative planning methodologies focused on economic feasibility can be defined. Finally, some trending techniques and new...

  14. Green Chemistry Techniques for Gold Nanoparticles Synthesis

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    Cannavino, Sarah A.; King, Christy A.; Ferrara, Davon W.

    Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are often utilized in many technological and research applications ranging from the detection of tumors, molecular and biological sensors, and as nanoantennas to probe physical processes. As these applications move from the research laboratory to industrial settings, there is a need to develop efficient and sustainable synthesis techniques. Recent research has shown that several food products and beverages containing polyphenols, a common antioxidant, can be used as reducing agents in the synthesis of AuNPs in solution. In this study, we explore a variety of products to determine which allow for the most reproducible solution of nanoparticles based on the size and shapes of particles present. We analyzed the AuNPs solutions using extinction spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. We also develop a laboratory activity to introduce introductory chemistry and physics students to AuNP synthesis techniques and analysis.

  15. UV spectroscopy applied to stratospheric chemistry, methods and results

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    Karlsen, K.

    1996-03-01

    The publication from the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) deals with an investigation done on stratospheric chemistry by UV spectroscopy. The scientific goals are briefly discussed, and it gives the results from the measuring and analysing techniques used in the investigation. 6 refs., 11 figs.

  16. Applied Computational Chemistry for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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    Wedler, Henry B.; Cohen, Sarah R.; Davis, Rebecca L.; Harrison, Jason G.; Siebert, Matthew R.; Willenbring, Dan; Hamann, Christian S.; Shaw, Jared T.; Tantillo, Dean J.

    2012-01-01

    We describe accommodations that we have made to our applied computational-theoretical chemistry laboratory to provide access for blind and visually impaired students interested in independent investigation of structure-function relationships. Our approach utilizes tactile drawings, molecular model kits, existing software, Bash and Perl scripts…

  17. Chemistry research and chemical techniques based on research reactors

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    Chemistry has occupied an important position historically in the sciences associated with nuclear reactors and it continues to play a prominent role in reactor-based research investigations. This Panel of prominent scientists in the field was convened by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to assess the present state of such chemistry research for the information of its Member States and others interested in the subject. There are two ways in which chemistry is associated with nuclear reactors: (a) general applications to many scientific fields in which chemical techniques are involved as essential service functions; and (b) specific applications of reactor facilities to the solution of chemical problems themselves. Twenty years of basic research with nuclear reactors have demonstrated a very widespread, and still increasing, demand for radioisotopes and isotopically-labelled molecules in all fields of the physical and biological sciences. Similarly, the determination of the elemental composition of a material through the analytical technique of activation analysis can be applied throughout experimental science. Refs, figs and tabs

  18. Hydrocarbon radical thermochemistry: Gas-phase ion chemistry techniques

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    Ervin, Kent M. [Univ. of Nevada, Reno, NV (United States)

    2014-03-21

    Final Scientific/Technical Report for the project "Hydrocarbon Radical Thermochemistry: Gas-Phase Ion Chemistry Techniques." The objective of this project is to exploit gas-phase ion chemistry techniques for determination of thermochemical values for neutral hydrocarbon radicals of importance in combustion kinetics.

  19. $^{31}$Mg $\\beta$-NMR applied in chemistry and biochemistry

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    Magnesium ions, Mg$^{2+}$, are essential in biological systems, taking part in practically all phosphate chemistry, in photosynthesis as an integral component of chlorophyll, and they are regulated via transport through selective membrane proteins. Nonetheless, the function of magnesium ions in biochemistry is difficult to characterize, as it is practically invisible to current experimental techniques. With this proposal we aim to advance the use of $^{31}$Mg $\\beta$-NMR to liquid samples, building on the experience from the successful LOI88 “$\\beta$-NMR as a novel technique for biological applications”. Initially a series of experiments will be conducted aiming to characterize the coordination chemistry of Mg$^{2+}$ in ionic liquids (ILs), demonstrating that it is possible within the lifetime of the radioisotope to achieve binding of Mg$^{2+}$ to a molecule dissolved in the IL. ILs are chosen as they display a very low vapor pressure, and are thus straightforwardly compatible with the vacuum requirements...

  20. Applying Machine Learning Techniques to ASP Solving

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    Maratea, Marco; Pulina, Luca; Ricca, Francesco

    2012-01-01

    Having in mind the task of improving the solving methods for Answer Set Programming (ASP), there are two usual ways to reach this goal: (i) extending state-of-the-art techniques and ASP solvers, or (ii) designing a new ASP solver from scratch. An alternative to these trends is to build on top of state-of-the-art solvers, and to apply machine learning techniques for choosing automatically the “best” available solver on a per-instance basis. In this paper we pursue this latter direction. ...

  1. Applying green chemistry to the photochemical route to artemisinin

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    Amara, Zacharias; Bellamy, Jessica F. B.; Horvath, Raphael; Miller, Samuel J.; Beeby, Andrew; Burgard, Andreas; Rossen, Kai; Poliakoff, Martyn; George, Michael W.

    2015-06-01

    Artemisinin is an important antimalarial drug, but, at present, the environmental and economic costs of its semi-synthetic production are relatively high. Most of these costs lie in the final chemical steps, which follow a complex acid- and photo-catalysed route with oxygenation by both singlet and triplet oxygen. We demonstrate that applying the principles of green chemistry can lead to innovative strategies that avoid many of the problems in current photochemical processes. The first strategy combines the use of liquid CO2 as solvent and a dual-function solid acid/photocatalyst. The second strategy is an ambient-temperature reaction in aqueous mixtures of organic solvents, where the only inputs are dihydroartemisinic acid, O2 and light, and the output is pure, crystalline artemisinin. Everything else—solvents, photocatalyst and aqueous acid—can be recycled. Some aspects developed here through green chemistry are likely to have wider application in photochemistry and other reactions.

  2. Recent Advances in Click Chemistry Applied to Dendrimer Synthesis

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    Mathieu Arseneault

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Dendrimers are monodisperse polymers grown in a fractal manner from a central point. They are poised to become the cornerstone of nanoscale devices in several fields, ranging from biomedicine to light-harvesting. Technical difficulties in obtaining these molecules has slowed their transfer from academia to industry. In 2001, the arrival of the “click chemistry” concept gave the field a major boost. The flagship reaction, a modified Hüisgen cycloaddition, allowed researchers greater freedom in designing and building dendrimers. In the last five years, advances in click chemistry saw a wider use of other click reactions and a notable increase in the complexity of the reported structures. This review covers key developments in the click chemistry field applied to dendrimer synthesis from 2010 to 2015. Even though this is an expert review, basic notions and references have been included to help newcomers to the field.

  3. Preparing polymeric biomaterials using "click" chemistry techniques

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    Lin, Fei

    Significant efforts have been focused on preparing degradable polymeric biomaterials with controllable properties, which have the potential to stimulate specific cellular responses at the molecular level. Click reactions provide a universal tool box to achieve that goal through molecular level design and modification. This dissertation demonstrates multiple methodologies and techniques to develop advanced biomaterials through combining degradable polymers and click chemistry. In my initial work, a novel class of amino acid-based poly(ester urea)s (PEU) materials was designed and prepared for potential applications in bone defect treatment. PEUs were synthesized via interfacial polycondensation, and showed degradability in vivo and possessed mechanical strength superior to conventionally used polyesters. Further mechanical enhancement was achieved after covalent crosslinking with a short peptide crosslinker derived from osteogenic growth peptide (OGP). The in vitro and in an in vivo subcutaneous rat model demonstrated that the OGP-based crosslinkers promoted proliferative activity of cells and accelerated degradation properties of PEUs. As a continuous study, extra efforts were focused on the development of PEUs with functional pendant groups, including alkyne, azide, alkene, tyrosine phenol, and ketone groups. PEUs with Mw exceeding to 100K Da were obtained via interfacial polycondensation, and the concentration of pendent groups was varied using a copolymerization strategy. Electrospinning was used to fabricate PEU nanofiber matrices with mechanical strengths suitable for tissue engineering. A series of biomolecules were conjugated to nanofiber surface following electrospinning using click reactions in aqueous media. The ability to derivatize PEUs with biological motifs using high efficient chemical reactions will significantly expand their use in vitro and in vivo. Based on similar principles, a series of mono- and multifunctionalized polycaprolactone (PCL

  4. Green chemistry applied to corrosion and scale inhibitors

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    Darling, D.; Rakshpal, R. [Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC (United States)

    1998-12-31

    Numerous breakthroughs in environmental protection and pollution prevention have been realized in recent years by both industry and academia through the application of green chemistry principles. Green chemistry, or pollution prevention at the molecular level, is chemistry designed to reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous materials associated with the manufacture and application of chemicals. The application of the green chemistry principles to the areas of corrosion and scale inhibitors has resulted in the reduction/elimination of many of the more toxic inhibitors and the development of newer, more environmentally friendly ones.

  5. Soil Studies: Applying Acid-Base Chemistry to Environmental Analysis.

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    West, Donna M.; Sterling, Donna R.

    2001-01-01

    Laboratory activities for chemistry students focus attention on the use of acid-base chemistry to examine environmental conditions. After using standard laboratory procedures to analyze soil and rainwater samples, students use web-based resources to interpret their findings. Uses CBL probes and graphing calculators to gather and analyze data and…

  6. Applying medicinal chemistry strategies to understand odorant discrimination

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    Poivet, Erwan; Peterlin, Zita; Tahirova, Narmin; Xu, Lu; Altomare, Clara; Paria, Anne; Zou, Dong-Jing; Firestein, Stuart

    2016-01-01

    Associating an odorant's chemical structure with its percept is a long-standing challenge. One hindrance may come from the adoption of the organic chemistry scheme of molecular description and classification. Chemists classify molecules according to characteristics that are useful in synthesis or isolation, but which may be of little importance to a biological sensory system. Accordingly, we look to medicinal chemistry, which emphasizes biological function over chemical form, in an attempt to...

  7. Applying Mixed Methods Techniques in Strategic Planning

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    Voorhees, Richard A.

    2008-01-01

    In its most basic form, strategic planning is a process of anticipating change, identifying new opportunities, and executing strategy. The use of mixed methods, blending quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques and data, in the process of assembling a strategic plan can help to ensure a successful outcome. In this article, the author…

  8. Ordering operator technique applied to open systems

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    The normal ordering technique and the coherent representation is used to describe the evolution of an open system of a single oscillator, linearly coupled with an infinite number of reservoir oscillators, and it is shown how to include the dissipation and obtain the exponential decay. (Author)

  9. Uranium chemistry in blood and aqueous media. Techniques of studies

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    The object of this report in a first step, is to understand the chemistry of uranium in aqueous phase by specifying the behavior of this element in function of several parameters such PH, concentration of present species, temperature, ionic force. In a second step, investigation techniques are reviewed: X rays diffraction, potentiometric titrations, polarography, spectrophotometry, NMR of 13C, 31P, 17O, capillary electrophoresis, laser detection. The third part brings elements to understand the uranium complexation in blood medium

  10. Neutron contrast techniques applied to oxide glasses

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    Neutron scattering with isotopic substitution, particularly first and second difference methods, are proving to be excellent techniques for studies of the structure of oxide glasses. Several examples are given in which the measurements provide information that is difficult or impossible to obtain otherwise, for example, accurate, detailed distributions of first- to third-neighbours of Ca, Cu or Ni in silicate and phosphate glasses. In favourable cases, it is also possible to measure, directly, Ca-Ca and Ni-Ni first- and second-neighbour distributions. The relevance of complementary techniques, XAFS, differential anomalous x-ray scattering, x-ray scattering from glasses containing elements of high atomic numbers, is also discussed. (author). 6 figs., 11 refs

  11. Modern NDT techniques applied to composite parts

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    There are many Non Destructive Testing (NDT) techniques used on qualifying the composite made parts. a) Composite materials pose significant challenge for defect detection, since they are non-homogenous and anisotropic b) in nature. Throughout their life cycle composites are susceptible to the formation of many defects such as delamination, matrix cracking, fiber fracture, fiber pullout and impact damage. Various NDT methods are used for qualifying composite made parts like Ultrasonic, Radiographic, and Eddy Current etc. However, the latest techniques are Infra-Red Thermography, Neutron Radiography, Optical Holography, X-ray Computed Tomography and Acoustic Microscopy. This paper deals with each type of the methods and their suitability for different kinds of composites. (author)

  12. Digital Speckle Technique Applied to Flow Visualization

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    2000-01-01

    Digital speckle technique uses a laser, a CCD camera, and digital processing to generate interference fringes at the television framing rate. Its most obvious advantage is that neither darkroom facilities nor photographic wet chemical processing is required. In addition, it can be used in harsh engineering environments. This paper discusses the strengths and weaknesses of three digital speckle methodologies. (1) Digital speckle pattern interferometry (DSPI) uses an optical polarization phase shifter for visualization and measurement of the density field in a flow field. (2) Digital shearing speckle interferometry (DSSI) utilizes speckle-shearing interferometry in addition to optical polarization phase shifting. (3) Digital speckle photography (DSP) with computer reconstruction. The discussion describes the concepts, the principles and the experimental arrangements with some experimental results. The investigation shows that these three digital speckle techniques provide an excellent method for visualizing flow fields and for measuring density distributions in fluid mechanics and thermal flows.

  13. Basic principles of applied nuclear techniques

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    The technological applications of radioactive isotopes and radiation in South Africa have grown steadily since the first consignment of man-made radioisotopes reached this country in 1948. By the end of 1975 there were 412 authorised non-medical organisations (327 industries) using hundreds of sealed sources as well as their fair share of the thousands of radioisotope consignments, annually either imported or produced locally (mainly for medical purposes). Consequently, it is necessary for South African technologists to understand the principles of radioactivity in order to appreciate the industrial applications of nuclear techniques

  14. Applying Cooperative Techniques in Teaching Problem Solving

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    Krisztina Barczi

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Teaching how to solve problems – from solving simple equations to solving difficult competition tasks – has been one of the greatest challenges for mathematics education for many years. Trying to find an effective method is an important educational task. Among others, the question arises as to whether a method in which students help each other might be useful. The present article describes part of an experiment that was designed to determine the effects of cooperative teaching techniques on the development of problem-solving skills.

  15. Applying medicinal chemistry strategies to understand odorant discrimination

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    Poivet, Erwan; Peterlin, Zita; Tahirova, Narmin; Xu, Lu; Altomare, Clara; Paria, Anne; Zou, Dong-Jing; Firestein, Stuart

    2016-01-01

    Associating an odorant's chemical structure with its percept is a long-standing challenge. One hindrance may come from the adoption of the organic chemistry scheme of molecular description and classification. Chemists classify molecules according to characteristics that are useful in synthesis or isolation, but which may be of little importance to a biological sensory system. Accordingly, we look to medicinal chemistry, which emphasizes biological function over chemical form, in an attempt to discern which among the many molecular features are most important for odour discrimination. Here we use medicinal chemistry concepts to assemble a panel of molecules to test how heteroaromatic ring substitution of the benzene ring will change the odour percept of acetophenone. This work allows us to describe an extensive rule in odorant detection by mammalian olfactory receptors. Whereas organic chemistry would have predicted the ring size and composition to be key features, our work reveals that the topological polar surface area is the key feature for the discrimination of these odorants. PMID:27040654

  16. Fast digitizing techniques applied to scintillation detectors

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    A 200 MHz 12-bit fast transient recorder card has been used for the digitization of pulses from photomultipliers coupled to organic scintillation detectors. Two modes of operation have been developed at ENEA-Frascati: a) continuous acquisition up to a maximum duration of ∼ 1.3 s corresponding to the full on-board memory (256 MSamples) of the card: in this mode, all scintillation events are recorded; b) non-continuous acquisition in which digitization is triggered by those scintillaton events whose amplitude is above a threshold value: the digitizing interval after each trigger can be set according to the typical decay time of the scintillation events; longer acquisition durations (>1.3 s) can be reached, although with dead time (needed for data storage) which depends on the incoming event rate. Several important features are provided by this novel digital approach: high count rate operation, pulse shape analysis, post-experiment data re-processing, pile-up identification and treatment. In particular, NE213 scintillators have been successfully used with this system for measurements in mixed neutron (n) and gamma (γ) radiation fields from fusion plasmas: separation between γ and neutron events is made by means of a dedicated software comparing the pulse charge integrated in two different time intervals and simultaneous neutron and γ pulse height spectra can be recorded at total count rates in the MHz range. It has been demonstrated that, for scintillation detection applications, 12-bit fast transient recorder cards offer improved performance with respect to analogue hardware; other radiation detectors where pulse identification or high count rate is required might also benefit from such digitizing techniques

  17. Radioanalytical Techniques Applied to Environmental Chemistry: a Two Case Study.

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    Holmes, Jennifer L.

    Case I. Collection of atmospheric aerosol began at Mauna Loa Observatory in February of 1979. A sector controller was installed in May of 1980. Weekly samples were collected. One half of the particle filters were analyzed by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) for elemental quantitation and the other half was analyzed by ion chromatography (IC) for sulfate. Sampling was later modified to include four base treated filters sequentially. One half of the particle filter was still analyzed by INAA and one quarter was analyzed by IC for anions of chloride, nitrate and sulfate. One half of the four base treated filters was also analyzed by IC. This yields a twelve year data record of weekly elemental aerosol concentrations. The most dominant source of trace metals to the 3400 m MLO site is crustal material. The large dust storms in the Chinese deserts loft immense amounts of crustal material into the troposphere every year. A typical elemental signature for Asian dust at MLO is determined. Other sources for aerosol particles in the free troposphere are marine and anthropogenic. Anthropogenic sources tend to contribute less than marine sources overall. One pollution episode in 1989 perturbed the vanadium budget by nearly three orders of magnitude. Also crustal excess values for several elements are modeled poorly with a local Hawaiian Basalt signature. Acidic gaseous nitrogen species and particulate nitrate both follow a clear seasonal trend, which is not highly correlated to the Asian dust episodes. Acidic gaseous chloride and particulate chloride together yield a marine enrichment factor near one, implying that the source for the gaseous chloride is sea salt, which has reacted with the rm H_2SO_4 in atmosphere to release HCl gas. Most of the sulfate found exists as a particle rather than in an acidic gaseous sulfur species. Case II. First prompt gamma-ray spectroscopy is discussed. A preliminary study of sewage sludge was done at the Los Alamos National Laboratory's PGRS system. The results are presented with projected detection limits of various elements relative to hydrogen. A preliminary design is then given with projected sensitivities and scan times calculated for various elements. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).

  18. Radioanalytical techniques applied to environmental chemistry: A two case study

    International Nuclear Information System (INIS)

    Collection of atmospheric aerosol began at Mauna Loa Observatory in February of 1979. A sector controller was installed in May of 1980. Weekly samples were collected. One half of the particle filters were analyzed by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) for elemental quantitation and the other half was analyzed by ion chromatography (IC) for sulfate. Sampling was later modified to include four base treated filters sequentially. One half of the particle filter was still analyzed by INAA and one quarter was analyzed by IC for anions of chloride, nitrate and sulfate. One half of the four base treated filters was also analyzed by IC. This yields a twelve year data record of weekly elemental aerosol concentrations. The most dominant source of trace metals to the 3400 m MLO site is crustal material. The large dust storms in the Chinese deserts loft immense amounts of crustal material into the troposphere every year. Other sources for aerosol particles in the free troposphere are marine and anthropogenic. Anthropogenic sources tend to contribute less than marine sources overall. One pollution episode in 1989 perturbed the vanadium budget by three orders of magnitude. Acidic gaseous nitrogen species and particulate nitrate both follow a clear seasonal trend, which is not highly correlated to the Asian dust episodes. Acidic gaseous chloride and particulate chloride together yield a marine enrichment factor near one, implying that the source for the gaseous chloride is sea salt, which has reacted with the H2SO2 in atmosphere to release HCl gas. Most of the sulfate found exists as a particle rather than in an acidic gaseous sulfur species. First prompt gamma-ray spectroscopy is discussed. A preliminary study of sewage sludge was done at the Los Alamos National Lab.'s PGRS system. The results are presented with projected detection limits of various elements relative to hydrogen

  19. Fundamental and Applied Bioorganometallic Chemistry of Technetium and Rhenium

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    Site directed accumulation is the base for therapy and imaging with inorganic medicinal compounds. To match selectively the structural properties of receptors, the topology of targeting complexes must be flexible and easily adaptable. For in vivo application, kinetic stability is desirable and in an advanced design, the complex itself can become part of the structure to be recognized by the receptor (3D structural space occupation concept).1 To match these requirements, we introduced the fac-{99mTcI(CO)3}+ building block many years ago. Many different complexes with this core were subjected to targeting studies and the organometallic chemistry of Tc developed rapidly beyond designs for molecular imaging. Some prominent examples will give insight into their structures and activities for molecular imaging. For complementing the fac-{99mTcI(CO)3}+ tag, we switched from low- to high-valent complexes. The isolobal fac-{99mTcVII(O)3}+ building block was introduced.2 Preparation of TcVII complexes is an example about how research is translated to routinely applicable conditions. For proceeding towards theranostics, homologous complexes with Re for therapy and with 99mTc complexes for imaging are mandatory. A new synthetic approach enabled the preparation of cyclopentadienyl complexes of both elements and based on pharmaceutically active lead structures.3 Newly introduced bis-arene complexes scopes at using these structures in analogy to ferrocene.4 The presentation exemplifies how questions from, ultimately practical, application lead to basic developments. Unexpected results in turn influence the discovery of new imaging and therapeutic agents.5 (1) Meggers, E. Curr. Opin. Chem. Biol. 2007, 11, 287. (2) Braband, H.; Tooyama, Y.; Fox, T.; Alberto, R. Chem. Eur. J. 2009, 15, 633. (3) Can, D.; Spingler, B.; Schmutz, P.; Mendes, F.; Raposinho, P.; Fernandes, C.; Carta, F.; Innocenti, A.; Santos, I.; Supuran, C. T.; Alberto, R. Angew. Chem. Int. Edit. 2012, 51, 3354. (4) Benz

  20. Comparison of optimization techniques applied to nuclear fuel reload design

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    In this work a comparison of three techniques of optimization is presented applied to the design of the recharge of fuel in reactors of water in boil. In short, the techniques were applied to the design of a recharge of a cycle of balance of 18 months of the Laguna Verde Nucleo electric Central. The used techniques were Genetic Algorithms, Taboo Search and Neural Nets. The conditions to apply the different techniques were the same ones. The comparison of the results quality and the computational resources required to obtain them, it indicates that with the Taboo Search better results are achieved but the computational cost is very big. On the other hand the neural net with low computational cost obtains acceptable results. Additionally to this comparison, in this work a summary of the works that have been carried out for the fuel recharges optimization from the years 60 until the present time is presented. (Author)

  1. Advanced analytical techniques for boiling water reactor chemistry control

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    The analytical techniques applied can be divided into 5 classes: OFF-LINE (discontinuous, central lab), AT-LINE (discontinuous, analysis near loop), ON-LINE (continuous, analysis in bypass). In all cases pressure and temperature of the water sample are reduced. In a strict sense only IN-LINE (continuous, flow disturbance) and NON-INVASIVE (continuous, no flow disturbance) techniques are suitable for direct process control; - the ultimate goal. An overview of the analytical techniques tested in the pilot loop is given. Apart from process and overall water quality control, standard for BWR operation, the main emphasis is on water impurity characterization (crud particles, hot filtration, organic carbon); on stress corrosion crackling control for materials (corrosion potential, oxygen concentration) and on the characterization of the oxide layer on austenites (impedance spectroscopy, IR-reflection). The above mentioned examples of advanced analytical techniques have the potential of in-line or non-invasive application. They are different stages of development and are described in more detail. 28 refs, 1 fig., 5 tabs

  2. The Ueberdruck Gas-Jet transport technique (UEGJ) for fast chemistry

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    The UEGJ transport technique transports short-lived radioactive nuclides to low background areas for chemical separation and/or on-line γ- and X-ray analysis. A pressure difference of a few torr (3-5) is enough to maintain the gas-jet, thus eliminating the need for costly pumping systems and making it possible to perform chemistry at atmospheric pressure. This UEGJ was applied to a variety of radioactive sources. There is a Z-dependence of the transporting efficiency for the various transported nuclides as a function of the transporting gas and extracting solvent. This dependence varies by as much as two orders of magnitude. This result is of importance in cross section and mass distribution studies where gas-jet transport techniques are used in general. (orig.)

  3. Sensor Data Qualification Technique Applied to Gas Turbine Engines

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    Csank, Jeffrey T.; Simon, Donald L.

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    This paper applies a previously developed sensor data qualification technique to a commercial aircraft engine simulation known as the Commercial Modular Aero-Propulsion System Simulation 40,000 (C-MAPSS40k). The sensor data qualification technique is designed to detect, isolate, and accommodate faulty sensor measurements. It features sensor networks, which group various sensors together and relies on an empirically derived analytical model to relate the sensor measurements. Relationships between all member sensors of the network are analyzed to detect and isolate any faulty sensor within the network.

  4. Applied Chemistry Division progress report for the period 1993-1995

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    The report covers the research and development (R and D) activities of the Applied Chemistry Division for the period January 1993 to December 1995. This period is marked by important contributions pertaining to the R and D programmes on chemistry aspects related to nuclear power stations. The thrust areas of the Division's R and D programmes are : chemical decontamination of nuclear reactor systems, metal-water interactions relevant to the Nuclear Power Stations and other industrial units of the Department, biofouling and its control in cooling water circuits and cooling water treatment. Other major research programmes are in the areas of radiation chemistry, solid state reactions and thermodynamic studies aimed at reactor applications. refs., 9 tabs., 1 fig

  5. Applied Chemistry Division progress report for the period 1990-1992

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    The report covers the research and development (R and D) activities of the Applied Chemistry Division for the period January 1990 to December, 1992. R and D programmes of the Division are formulated to study the chemical aspects related to nuclear power plants and heavy water plants. The Division also gives consultancy to DAE units and outside agencies on water chemistry problems. The thrust areas of the Division's R and D programmes are : decontamination of nuclear facilities, metal water interaction of the materials used in PHT system, chemistry of soluble poisons, biofouling and its control in cooling water circuits, and treatment of cooling waters. Other major R and D activities are in the areas of: solid state reactions and high temperature thermodynamics, primary coolant water chemistry, speciation studies in metal amine systems, high temperature aqueous radiation chemistry. The Division was engaged in studies in novel areas such as dental implants, remote sealing of pipes in MS pipes, and cold fusion. The Division also designed and fabricated instruments like the Knudsen cell mass spectrometer, calorimeters and developed required software. All these R and D activities are reported in the form of individual summaries. A list of publications from the Division and a list of the staff members of the Division are given at the end of the report. (author). tabs., figs., appendices

  6. Technique applied in electrical power distribution for Satellite Launch Vehicle

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    Full Text Available The Satellite Launch Vehicle electrical network, which is currently being developed in Brazil, is sub-divided for analysis in the following parts: Service Electrical Network, Controlling Electrical Network, Safety Electrical Network and Telemetry Electrical Network. During the pre-launching and launching phases, these electrical networks are associated electrically and mechanically to the structure of the vehicle. In order to succeed in the integration of these electrical networks it is necessary to employ techniques of electrical power distribution, which are proper to Launch Vehicle systems. This work presents the most important techniques to be considered in the characterization of the electrical power supply applied to Launch Vehicle systems. Such techniques are primarily designed to allow the electrical networks, when submitted to the single-phase fault to ground, to be able of keeping the power supply to the loads.

  7. Independent Instruction in High School Chemistry: A Comparison with a Traditional Technique.

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    Braly, Joe Lee

    The purpose of the study was to determine differences in chemistry resulting from a traditional and an independent technique of teaching. The population included four chemistry classes at Scottsdale Saguaro High School. Intact groups were assigned to experimental or control groups by random processes. The control group was presented the CHEM Study…

  8. Highly charged ion beam applied to lithography technique.

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    Momota, Sadao; Nojiri, Yoichi; Taniguchi, Jun; Miyamoto, Iwao; Morita, Noboru; Kawasegi, Noritaka

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    In various fields of nanotechnology, the importance of nanoscale three-dimensional (3D) structures is increasing. In order to develop an efficient process to fabricate nanoscale 3D structures, we have applied highly charged ion (HCI) beams to the ion-beam lithography (IBL) technique. Ar-ion beams with various charge states (1+ to 9+) were applied to fabricate spin on glass (SOG) and Si by means of the IBL technique. The Ar ions were prepared by a facility built at Kochi University of Technology, which includes an electron cyclotron resonance ion source (NANOGAN, 10 GHz). IBL fabrication was performed as a function of not only the charge state but also the energy and the dose of Ar ions. The present results show that the application of an Ar(9+) beam reduces the etching time for SOG and enhances the etching depth compared with those observed with Ar ions in lower charged states. Considering the high-energy deposition of HCI at a surface, the former phenomena can be understood consistently. Also, the latter phenomena can be understood based on anomalously deep structural changes, which are remarkable for glasses. Furthermore, it has also been shown that the etching depth can be easily controlled with the kinetic energy of the Ar ions. These results show the possibilities of the IBL technique with HCI beams in the field of nanoscale 3D fabrication. PMID:18315242

  9. Probabilistic Analysis Techniques Applied to Complex Spacecraft Power System Modeling

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    Hojnicki, Jeffrey S.; Rusick, Jeffrey J.

    2005-01-01

    Electric power system performance predictions are critical to spacecraft, such as the International Space Station (ISS), to ensure that sufficient power is available to support all the spacecraft s power needs. In the case of the ISS power system, analyses to date have been deterministic, meaning that each analysis produces a single-valued result for power capability because of the complexity and large size of the model. As a result, the deterministic ISS analyses did not account for the sensitivity of the power capability to uncertainties in model input variables. Over the last 10 years, the NASA Glenn Research Center has developed advanced, computationally fast, probabilistic analysis techniques and successfully applied them to large (thousands of nodes) complex structural analysis models. These same techniques were recently applied to large, complex ISS power system models. This new application enables probabilistic power analyses that account for input uncertainties and produce results that include variations caused by these uncertainties. Specifically, N&R Engineering, under contract to NASA, integrated these advanced probabilistic techniques with Glenn s internationally recognized ISS power system model, System Power Analysis for Capability Evaluation (SPACE).

  10. Time-resolved techniques. Useful tools for fundamental investigations in radiation chemistry of derivatives of polysaccharides

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    Time-resolved techniques such as pulse radiolysis with electron linear accelerator and flash photolysis with excimer laser have been utilized as useful tools for fundamental investigations in radiation chemistry of aqueous solutions of derivatives of polysaccharides. (author)

  11. Image reconstruction techniques applied to nuclear mass models

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    Morales, Irving O.; Isacker, P. Van; Velazquez, V.; Barea, J.; Mendoza-Temis, J.; Vieyra, J. C. López; Hirsch, J. G.; Frank, A.

    2010-02-01

    A new procedure is presented that combines well-known nuclear models with image reconstruction techniques. A color-coded image is built by taking the differences between measured masses and the predictions given by the different theoretical models. This image is viewed as part of a larger array in the (N,Z) plane, where unknown nuclear masses are hidden, covered by a “mask.” We apply a suitably adapted deconvolution algorithm, used in astronomical observations, to “open the window” and see the rest of the pattern. We show that it is possible to improve significantly mass predictions in regions not too far from measured nuclear masses.

  12. Image reconstruction techniques applied to nuclear mass models

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    A new procedure is presented that combines well-known nuclear models with image reconstruction techniques. A color-coded image is built by taking the differences between measured masses and the predictions given by the different theoretical models. This image is viewed as part of a larger array in the (N,Z) plane, where unknown nuclear masses are hidden, covered by a 'mask'.' We apply a suitably adapted deconvolution algorithm, used in astronomical observations, to 'open the window' and see the rest of the pattern. We show that it is possible to improve significantly mass predictions in regions not too far from measured nuclear masses.

  13. Inexpensive rf modeling and analysis techniques as applied to cyclotrons

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    A review and expansion of the circuit analogy method of modeling and analysing multiconductor TEM mode rf resonators is described. This method was used to predict the performance of the NSCL K500 and K1200 cyclotron resonators and the results compared well to the measured performance. The method is currently being applied as the initial stage of the design process to optimize the performance of the rf resonators for a proposed K250 cyclotron for medical applications. Although this technique requires an experienced rf modeller, the input files tend to be simple and small, the software is very inexpensive or free, and the computer runtimes are nearly instantaneous

  14. Three-dimensional integrated CAE system applying computer graphic technique

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    A three-dimensional CAE system for nuclear power plant design is presented. This system utilizes high-speed computer graphic techniques for the plant design review, and an integrated engineering database for handling the large amount of nuclear power plant engineering data in a unified data format. Applying this system makes it possible to construct a nuclear power plant using only computer data from the basic design phase to the manufacturing phase, and it increases the productivity and reliability of the nuclear power plants. (author)

  15. Statistical mapping techniques applied to radio-immunoscintigraphy

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    Full text: Serial image analysis techniques such as kinetic analysis with probability mapping have been successfully applied to radio-immunoscintigraphic localization of occult tumours. Lesion detection by these statistical methods is predicated on a decrease in vascular activity over time in comparison with incremental increase in tumour uptake of radiolabelled antibody on serial images. We have refined the kinetic analysis technique by introduction of weighted error determination and correlation with regional masking for application to serial SPET images as well as planar studies. Six patients undergoing radioimmunoscintigraphy for localization of radiographically occult recurrence or metastases of colon cancer were imaged within 30 min and at 3, 6 and 24 h following intravenous administration of 99Tcm-anti-CEA antibody (CEA Scan Immunomedics). Statistical mapping comprising setting of correlation parameters, subtraction of correlated images and visualization and analysis of statistical maps was performed. We found that changing weights in least square correlation improved delineation of target from background activity. The introduction of regional masking to compensate for the changing pattern of activity in the kidneys and bladder also facilitated correlation of serial images. These statistical mapping techniques were applied to SPET images with CT co-registration for accurate anatomical localization of lesions. The probability of CEA-secreting tumour recurrence or metastasis was expressed as two levels of confidence set arbitrarily as 0.05 (1.96 S.D.) and 0.001 (3.291 S.D.) in respect of CT co-registered SPET 3 and 6 h images of thorax, abdomen and pelvis

  16. Hyperspectral-imaging-based techniques applied to wheat kernels characterization

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    Serranti, Silvia; Cesare, Daniela; Bonifazi, Giuseppe

    2012-05-01

    Single kernels of durum wheat have been analyzed by hyperspectral imaging (HSI). Such an approach is based on the utilization of an integrated hardware and software architecture able to digitally capture and handle spectra as an image sequence, as they results along a pre-defined alignment on a surface sample properly energized. The study was addressed to investigate the possibility to apply HSI techniques for classification of different types of wheat kernels: vitreous, yellow berry and fusarium-damaged. Reflectance spectra of selected wheat kernels of the three typologies have been acquired by a laboratory device equipped with an HSI system working in near infrared field (1000-1700 nm). The hypercubes were analyzed applying principal component analysis (PCA) to reduce the high dimensionality of data and for selecting some effective wavelengths. Partial least squares discriminant analysis (PLS-DA) was applied for classification of the three wheat typologies. The study demonstrated that good classification results were obtained not only considering the entire investigated wavelength range, but also selecting only four optimal wavelengths (1104, 1384, 1454 and 1650 nm) out of 121. The developed procedures based on HSI can be utilized for quality control purposes or for the definition of innovative sorting logics of wheat.

  17. Applying machine learning classification techniques to automate sky object cataloguing

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    Fayyad, Usama M.; Doyle, Richard J.; Weir, W. Nick; Djorgovski, Stanislav

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    We describe the application of an Artificial Intelligence machine learning techniques to the development of an automated tool for the reduction of a large scientific data set. The 2nd Mt. Palomar Northern Sky Survey is nearly completed. This survey provides comprehensive coverage of the northern celestial hemisphere in the form of photographic plates. The plates are being transformed into digitized images whose quality will probably not be surpassed in the next ten to twenty years. The images are expected to contain on the order of 107 galaxies and 108 stars. Astronomers wish to determine which of these sky objects belong to various classes of galaxies and stars. Unfortunately, the size of this data set precludes analysis in an exclusively manual fashion. Our approach is to develop a software system which integrates the functions of independently developed techniques for image processing and data classification. Digitized sky images are passed through image processing routines to identify sky objects and to extract a set of features for each object. These routines are used to help select a useful set of attributes for classifying sky objects. Then GID3 (Generalized ID3) and O-B Tree, two inductive learning techniques, learns classification decision trees from examples. These classifiers will then be applied to new data. These developmnent process is highly interactive, with astronomer input playing a vital role. Astronomers refine the feature set used to construct sky object descriptions, and evaluate the performance of the automated classification technique on new data. This paper gives an overview of the machine learning techniques with an emphasis on their general applicability, describes the details of our specific application, and reports the initial encouraging results. The results indicate that our machine learning approach is well-suited to the problem. The primary benefit of the approach is increased data reduction throughput. Another benefit is

  18. Image analysis technique applied to lock-exchange gravity currents

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    Nogueira, Helena I. S.; Adduce, Claudia; Alves, Elsa; Franca, Mário J.

    2013-04-01

    An image analysis technique is used to estimate the two-dimensional instantaneous density field of unsteady gravity currents produced by full-depth lock-release of saline water. An experiment reproducing a gravity current was performed in a 3.0 m long, 0.20 m wide and 0.30 m deep Perspex flume with horizontal smooth bed and recorded with a 25 Hz CCD video camera under controlled light conditions. Using dye concentration as a tracer, a calibration procedure was established for each pixel in the image relating the amount of dye uniformly distributed in the tank and the greyscale values in the corresponding images. The results are evaluated and corrected by applying the mass conservation principle within the experimental tank. The procedure is a simple way to assess the time-varying density distribution within the gravity current, allowing the investigation of gravity current dynamics and mixing processes.

  19. XVII Mendeleev congress on general and applied chemistry. Summary of reports. Volume 3. Materials and nanoengineering

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    Reports of the XVII Mendeleev congress on general and applied chemistry, volume 3 (Kazan', 21 - 26 September, 2003) are presented. Current status and prospects of chemical science in the field of materials testing and nanoengineering are the subject of considerable discussion. Energetic and ecological problems of modern structural materials production, prospects for the development of ceramic structural materials, polymer nanocomposites are treated. Chemical aspects, outlook for the study and application of different substances and elements of the Periodic system in various areas of chemical science and practice are noted

  20. Students' use of problem-solving techniques in General College Chemistry

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    Ott, Stephen Robert

    College chemistry students must develop the ability to solve mathematically-based scientific problems as preparation to be successful in the professional world. Developing that ability improves when students use specific problem-solving techniques. These techniques can vary from recalling a set of memorized problem-solving steps to constructing property maps on paper. This study investigated the relationship between students' use of these various problem-solving techniques and their level of success in General College Chemistry. It was determined that students who demonstrated, in writing, the application of problem-solving techniques received higher scores on the final exam in General College Chemistry than those who did not demonstrate problem-solving skills.

  1. Analytical techniques applied to study cultural heritage objects

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    Rizzutto, M.A.; Curado, J.F.; Bernardes, S.; Campos, P.H.O.V.; Kajiya, E.A.M.; Silva, T.F.; Rodrigues, C.L.; Moro, M.; Tabacniks, M.; Added, N., E-mail: rizzutto@if.usp.br [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Instituto de Fisica

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    The scientific study of artistic and cultural heritage objects have been routinely performed in Europe and the United States for decades. In Brazil this research area is growing, mainly through the use of physical and chemical characterization methods. Since 2003 the Group of Applied Physics with Particle Accelerators of the Physics Institute of the University of Sao Paulo (GFAA-IF) has been working with various methodologies for material characterization and analysis of cultural objects. Initially using ion beam analysis performed with Particle Induced X-Ray Emission (PIXE), Rutherford Backscattering (RBS) and recently Ion Beam Induced Luminescence (IBIL), for the determination of the elements and chemical compounds in the surface layers. These techniques are widely used in the Laboratory of Materials Analysis with Ion Beams (LAMFI-USP). Recently, the GFAA expanded the studies to other possibilities of analysis enabled by imaging techniques that coupled with elemental and compositional characterization provide a better understanding on the materials and techniques used in the creative process in the manufacture of objects. The imaging analysis, mainly used to examine and document artistic and cultural heritage objects, are performed through images with visible light, infrared reflectography (IR), fluorescence with ultraviolet radiation (UV), tangential light and digital radiography. Expanding more the possibilities of analysis, new capabilities were added using portable equipment such as Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (ED-XRF) and Raman Spectroscopy that can be used for analysis 'in situ' at the museums. The results of these analyzes are providing valuable information on the manufacturing process and have provided new information on objects of different University of Sao Paulo museums. Improving the arsenal of cultural heritage analysis it was recently constructed an 3D robotic stage for the precise positioning of samples in the external beam setup

  2. Analytical techniques applied to study cultural heritage objects

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    The scientific study of artistic and cultural heritage objects have been routinely performed in Europe and the United States for decades. In Brazil this research area is growing, mainly through the use of physical and chemical characterization methods. Since 2003 the Group of Applied Physics with Particle Accelerators of the Physics Institute of the University of Sao Paulo (GFAA-IF) has been working with various methodologies for material characterization and analysis of cultural objects. Initially using ion beam analysis performed with Particle Induced X-Ray Emission (PIXE), Rutherford Backscattering (RBS) and recently Ion Beam Induced Luminescence (IBIL), for the determination of the elements and chemical compounds in the surface layers. These techniques are widely used in the Laboratory of Materials Analysis with Ion Beams (LAMFI-USP). Recently, the GFAA expanded the studies to other possibilities of analysis enabled by imaging techniques that coupled with elemental and compositional characterization provide a better understanding on the materials and techniques used in the creative process in the manufacture of objects. The imaging analysis, mainly used to examine and document artistic and cultural heritage objects, are performed through images with visible light, infrared reflectography (IR), fluorescence with ultraviolet radiation (UV), tangential light and digital radiography. Expanding more the possibilities of analysis, new capabilities were added using portable equipment such as Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (ED-XRF) and Raman Spectroscopy that can be used for analysis 'in situ' at the museums. The results of these analyzes are providing valuable information on the manufacturing process and have provided new information on objects of different University of Sao Paulo museums. Improving the arsenal of cultural heritage analysis it was recently constructed an 3D robotic stage for the precise positioning of samples in the external beam setup

  3. Applying advanced digital signal processing techniques in industrial radioisotopes applications

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    Radioisotopes can be used to obtain signals or images in order to recognize the information inside the industrial systems. The main problems of using these techniques are the difficulty of identification of the obtained signals or images and the requirement of skilled experts for the interpretation process of the output data of these applications. Now, the interpretation of the output data from these applications is performed mainly manually, depending heavily on the skills and the experience of trained operators. This process is time consuming and the results typically suffer from inconsistency and errors. The objective of the thesis is to apply the advanced digital signal processing techniques for improving the treatment and the interpretation of the output data from the different Industrial Radioisotopes Applications (IRA). This thesis focuses on two IRA; the Residence Time Distribution (RTD) measurement and the defect inspection of welded pipes using a gamma source (gamma radiography). In RTD measurement application, this thesis presents methods for signal pre-processing and modeling of the RTD signals. Simulation results have been presented for two case studies. The first case study is a laboratory experiment for measuring the RTD in a water flow rig. The second case study is an experiment for measuring the RTD in a phosphate production unit. The thesis proposes an approach for RTD signal identification in the presence of noise. In this approach, after signal processing, the Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCCs) and polynomial coefficients are extracted from the processed signal or from one of its transforms. The Discrete Wavelet Transform (DWT), Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT), and Discrete Sine Transform (DST) have been tested and compared for efficient feature extraction. Neural networks have been used for matching of the extracted features. Furthermore, the Power Density Spectrum (PDS) of the RTD signal has been also used instead of the discrete

  4. ESR dating technique applied to Pleistocene Corals (Barbados Island)

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    In this work we applied the ESR (Electron Spin Resonance) dating technique to a coral coming from Barbados island. After a preliminary purification treatment, coral samples were milled and separated in different granulometry groups. Powder samples having granulometry values between 125 μm-250 μm and 250 μm-500 μm were irradiated at the Calliope60 Co radioisotope source (R.C. ENEA-Casaccia) at doses between 10-3300 Gγ and their radiation induced ESR signals were measured by a Bruker EMS1O4 spectrometer. The signal/noise ratio turned to be highest far the granulometry between 250 μm-500 μm and consequently the paleo-curve was constructed by using the ESR signals related to this granulometry value. The paleo-curve was fitted with the exponential growth function y = a - b · e-cx which well describes the behaviour of the curve also in the saturation region. Extrapolating the paleo-dose and knowing the annual dose (999±79 μGy/y) we calculated a coral age of 156±12 ky, which is in good agreement with results obtained on coral coming from the same region by other authors

  5. Modern trends: analytical chemistry - techniques and application to biodetection

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    Microorganism isolated from specimens are usually identified by conventional bacterial identification procedures of morphological evaluation and cultural techniques. These complex methods of studying organisms are extremely tedious and time consuming. This causes serious problems by delaying the decision concerning the presence of pathogens and therefore the adequate drug therapy. Frequently, the decision about the presence of pathogens has to be made prior to the results of microbiological tests. In order to overcome these conditions, workers explored new instrumental methods for characterization, rapid acquisition, high reproducibility, computer aided data recording and interpretation of microorganisms. This article brief reviews application of these modern instrumental approaches such as Infrared Spectroscopy (IR), Gas Chromatography (GC), Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Bioluminescence, Chemiluminescence, FLow Cytometry, Micro calorimetry, GC-MASS Spectrometry, Electrical Impedance, Bio sensors and Radiometry. These techniques have increased the capacity of doing basic research with a major impact on both the clinical laboratories and industry. The radiometric procedure is being used for research and biological quality control of radiopharmaceuticals in our laboratory at PINSTECH. (author)

  6. PIXE and PDMS techniques applied to environmental control

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    The airborne particles containing metals are the one of main sources of workers and environmental exposure during mineral mining and milling processes. In order to evaluate the risk of the workers and to the environment due to mineral processes, it is necessary to determine, the concentration and the kinetics of the particles. Furthermore, the chemical composition, particle size and the elemental mass concentration in the fine fraction of aerosol are necessary for evaluation of the risk. Mineral sands are processed to obtain rutile (TiO2), ilmenite (TiFeO3), zircon (ZrSiO4 and monazite (RE3(PO4)) concentrates. The aim of this work was to apply PIXE (Particle Induced X ray Emission) and PDMS (Plasma Desorption Mass Spectrometry) methods to characterize mineral dust particles generated at this plant. The mass spectrum of positive ions of cerium oxide shows that the cerium is associated to oxygen (CeOn). Compounds of thorium (ThO2) and (ThSiO4), Sr, Ca, Zr were also observed in this spectrum. The positive ions mass spectrum of the concentrate of monazite shows that Th was associated to oxygen (ThOn) and Ce was associated to (POn). Also shows compounds of other rare earth as La, Nd and Y. Ions of ZrSiO3, TiO2 and TiFeO3 present in the mass spectra indicate that the concentrate of monazite contains zircon, rutile and ilmenite. Compounds of Cl, Ca, Mn, V, Cu, Zn and Pb also were identified in the mass spectrum. This study shows that PIXE and PDMS techniques can be used as complementary methods for the aerosol analysis. (author)

  7. Waste minimization in analytical chemistry through innovative sample preparation techniques

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    water samples. In this SPME technique, a fused-silica fiber coated with a polymeric film is exposed to the sample, extraction is allowed to take place, and then the analytes are thermally desorbed for GC analysis. Unlike liquid-liquid extraction or solid-phase extraction, SPME consumes all of the extracted sample in the analysis, significantly reducing the required sample volume

  8. Applied Taxonomy Techniques Intended for Strenuous Random Forest Robustness

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    Full Text Available Globalization and economic trade has change the scrutiny of facts from data to knowledge. For the same purpose data mining techniques have been involved in copious real world applications. This paper illustrates appraisal of assorted data mining techniques on diverse data sets. There are scores of data mining techniques for prediction and classification obtainable, this article includes most prominent techniques: J48, random forest, Naïve Bayes, AdaBoostM1 and Bagging. Experiment results prove robustness of random forest classifier by conniving accuracy, weighted average value of ROC and kappa statistics of various data sets

  9. Using a Collaborative Critiquing Technique to Develop Chemistry Students' Technical Writing Skills

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    Carr, Jeremy M.

    2013-01-01

    The technique, termed "collaborative critiquing", was developed to teach fundamental technical writing skills to analytical chemistry students for the preparation of laboratory reports. This exercise, which can be completed prior to peer-review activities, is novel, highly interactive, and allows students to take responsibility for their…

  10. Techniques to Enhance Instructors' Teaching Effectiveness with Chemistry Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

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    Supalo, Cary

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes techniques developed as solutions to problems encountered while teaching blind or visually impaired students in chemistry courses at high school and postsecondary levels. Establishing and maintaining a sound student-instructor relationship is critical to the success and implementation of a plan of action for blind or visually…

  11. An Enzymatic Clinical Chemistry Laboratory Experiment Incorporating an Introduction to Mathematical Method Comparison Techniques

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    Duxbury, Mark

    2004-01-01

    An enzymatic laboratory experiment based on the analysis of serum is described that is suitable for students of clinical chemistry. The experiment incorporates an introduction to mathematical method-comparison techniques in which three different clinical glucose analysis methods are compared using linear regression and Bland-Altman difference…

  12. A Cost-Effective Two-Part Experiment for Teaching Introductory Organic Chemistry Techniques

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    Sadek, Christopher M.; Brown, Brenna A.; Wan, Hayley

    2011-01-01

    This two-part laboratory experiment is designed to be a cost-effective method for teaching basic organic laboratory techniques (recrystallization, thin-layer chromatography, column chromatography, vacuum filtration, and melting point determination) to large classes of introductory organic chemistry students. Students are exposed to different…

  13. Chemistry

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    Research and development activities dealing with the chemical problems related to design and ultimate operation of molten-salt reactor systems are described. An experimental test stand was constructed to expose metallurgical test specimens to Te2 vapor at defined temperatures and deposition rates. To better define the chemistry of fluoroborate coolant, several aspects are being investigated. The behavior of hydroxy and oxy compounds in molten NaBF4 is being investigated to define reactions and compounds that may be involved in corrosion and/or could be involved in methods for trapping tritium. Two corrosion products of Hastelloy N, Na3CrF6 and Na5Cr3F14, were identified from fluoroborate systems. The evaluation of fluoroborate and alternate coolants continued. Research on the behavior of hydrogen and its isotopes is summarized. The solubilities of hydrogen, deuterium, and helium in Li2BeF4 are very low. The sorption of tritium on graphite was found to be significant (a few milligrams of tritium per kilogram of graphite), possibly providing a means of sequestering a portion of the tritium produced. Development of analytical methods continued with emphasis on voltammetric and spectrophotometric techniques for the in-line analysis of corrosion products such as Fe2+ and Cr3+ and the determination of the U3+/U4+ ratio in MSBR fuel salt. Similar studies were conducted with the NaBF4--NaF coolant salt. Information developed during the previous operation of the CSTF has been assessed and used to formulate plans for evaluation of in-line analytical methods in future CSTF operations. Electroanalytical and spectrophotometric research suggests that an electroactive protonic species is present in molten NaBF4--NaF, and that this species rapidly equilibrates with a volatile proton-containing species. Data obtained from the CSTF indicated that tritium was concentrated in the volatile species. (JGB)

  14. Multicriterial Evaluation of Applying Japanese Management Concepts, Methods and Techniques

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    Podobiński, Mateusz

    2014-01-01

    Japanese management concepts, methods and techniques refer to work organization and improvements to companies’ functioning. They appear in numerous Polish companies, especially in the manufacturing ones. Cultural differences are a major impediment in their implementation. Nevertheless, the advantages of using Japanese management concepts, methods and techniques motivate the management to implement them in the company. The author shows research results, which refer to advanta...

  15. Photoacoustic technique applied to the study of skin and leather

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    In this paper the photoacoustic technique is used in bull skin for the determination of thermal and optical properties as a function of the tanning process steps. Our results show that the photoacoustic technique is sensitive to the study of physical changes in this kind of material due to the tanning process

  16. Photoacoustic technique applied to the study of skin and leather

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    Vargas, M.; Varela, J.; Hernández, L.; González, A.

    1998-08-01

    In this paper the photoacoustic technique is used in bull skin for the determination of thermal and optical properties as a function of the tanning process steps. Our results show that the photoacoustic technique is sensitive to the study of physical changes in this kind of material due to the tanning process.

  17. APPLYING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TECHNIQUES TO HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERFACES

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    Sonnenwald, Diane H.

    1988-01-01

    A description is given of UIMS (User Interface Management System), a system using a variety of artificial intelligence techniques to build knowledge-based user interfaces combining functionality and information from a variety of computer systems that maintain, test, and configure customer telephone...... and data networks. Three artificial intelligence (AI) techniques used in UIMS are discussed, namely, frame representation, object-oriented programming languages, and rule-based systems. The UIMS architecture is presented, and the structure of the UIMS is explained in terms of the AI techniques....

  18. Manifold learning techniques and model reduction applied to dissipative PDEs

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    Sonday, Benjamin E.; Singer, Amit; Gear, C. William; Kevrekidis, Ioannis G.

    2010-01-01

    We link nonlinear manifold learning techniques for data analysis/compression with model reduction techniques for evolution equations with time scale separation. In particular, we demonstrate a `"nonlinear extension" of the POD-Galerkin approach to obtaining reduced dynamic models of dissipative evolution equations. The approach is illustrated through a reaction-diffusion PDE, and the performance of different simulators on the full and the reduced models is compared. We also discuss the relati...

  19. AERE Harwell Applied Chemistry Division unclassified progress report and bibliography for the period 1st April 1975 to 31st March 1976

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    The Progress Report is under the headings: Analytical Chemistry Group, Actinide Analysis Group, Applied Electrochemistry Group, Nuclear Fuels Group, Solid State Chemistry Group, Separation Processes Group, list of unclassified publications. (U.K.)

  20. Object oriented programming techniques applied to device access and control

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    In this paper a model, called the device server model, has been presented for solving the problem of device access and control faced by all control systems. Object Oriented Programming techniques were used to achieve a powerful yet flexible solution. The model provides a solution to the problem which hides device dependancies. It defines a software framework which has to be respected by implementors of device classes - this is very useful for developing groupware. The decision to implement remote access in the root class means that device servers can be easily integrated in a distributed control system. A lot of the advantages and features of the device server model are due to the adoption of OOP techniques. The main conclusion that can be drawn from this paper is that 1. the device access and control problem is adapted to being solved with OOP techniques, 2. OOP techniques offer a distinct advantage over traditional programming techniques for solving the device access problem. (J.P.N.)

  1. Techniques in Chemistry: The Centerpiece of a Research-Oriented Curriculum

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    Hanks, T. W.; Wright, Laura L.

    2002-09-01

    The creation and continuation of an active undergraduate research program sometimes requires heroic efforts on the part of the faculty. The burden is substantially less in an institution that has developed a culture of research. In response to the adoption of an unusual academic calendar, the Chemistry Department at Furman University created a curriculum designed to prepare students for a meaningful research experience. The cornerstone of this educational strategy is the Techniques in Chemistry laboratory course. Meeting daily for eight weeks, the course trains students in the art of synthetic chemistry while developing the auxiliary skills—literature searching, writing, time management, etc.—required of the practicing scientist. The course culminates with "near-research" experiments that introduce students to the excitement and demands of genuine research within the context of an organized laboratory exercise. After completing the course, students are able to begin undergraduate research projects with confidence and to approach problems with a greater degree of chemical sophistication.

  2. Metamodeling Techniques Applied to the Design of Reconfigurable Control Applications

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    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available In order to realize autonomous manufacturing systems in environments characterized by high dynamics and high complexity of task, it is necessary to improve the control system modelling and performance. This requires the use of better and reusable abstractions. In this paper, we explore the metamodel techniques as a foundation to the solution of this problem. The increasing popularity of model-driven approaches and a new generation of tools to support metamodel techniques are changing software engineering landscape, boosting the adoption of new methodologies for control application development.

  3. Flash radiographic technique applied to fuel injector sprays

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    A flash radiographic technique, using 50 ns exposure times, was used to study the pattern and density distribution of a fuel injector spray. The experimental apparatus and method are described. An 85 kVp flash x-ray generator, designed and fabricated at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, is utilized. Radiographic images, recorded on standard x-ray films, are digitized and computer processed

  4. X-diffraction technique applied for nano system metrology

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    The application of nano materials are fast growing in all industrial sectors, with a strong necessity in nano metrology and normalizing in the nano material area. The great potential of the X-ray diffraction technique in this field is illustrated at the example of metals, metal oxides and pharmaceuticals

  5. A contribution from fundamental and applied technetium chemistry to the nuclear waste disposal safety case

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    Totskiy, Yury; Yalcintas, Ezgi; Huber, Florian; Gaona, Xavier; Schaefer, Thorsten; Altmaier, Marcus; Geckeis, Horst [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany). Inst. for Nuclear Waste Disposal; Kalmykov, Stepan [Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russian Federation)

    2015-07-01

    concentrated solutions over the entire pH range. Complete and improved chemical, thermodynamic and activity (SIT, Pitzer) models were derived. The second part of this work focuses on applied Tc chemistry in near-natural systems. Interaction of Tc(VII) with crystalline rock material from a prospective repository site (Nizhnekansky massif, Russia) and from an underground research laboratory (AespoeHRL, Sweden) were studied. Drilling of the Aespoecores were performed under anoxic conditions. Part of the material was artificially oxidized to test the importance of sample preservation. Batch sorption studies under variation of the Tc(VII) concentration were performed in synthetic groundwater simulate to estimate the retention kinetics and R{sub s} values. For better understanding of the retention mechanisms, advanced surface sensitive analytics (XPS, XANES) were carried out and the data compared to reference systems. Tc migration behavior was further investigated by injections of Tc(VII)-containing groundwater simulant into the natural fracture in the unoxidized Aespoediorite core. The data obtained are compared with the results of batch sorption studies and will be used for subsequent geochemical reactive transport modeling. This work highlights the importance of combining fundamental Tc chemistry and applied studies in order to derive a comprehensive assessment of Tc mobilization and retention processes in support of the nuclear waste disposal Safety Case.

  6. A contribution from fundamental and applied technetium chemistry to the nuclear waste disposal safety case

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    . Complete and improved chemical, thermodynamic and activity (SIT, Pitzer) models were derived. The second part of this work focuses on applied Tc chemistry in near-natural systems. Interaction of Tc(VII) with crystalline rock material from a prospective repository site (Nizhnekansky massif, Russia) and from an underground research laboratory (AespoeHRL, Sweden) were studied. Drilling of the Aespoecores were performed under anoxic conditions. Part of the material was artificially oxidized to test the importance of sample preservation. Batch sorption studies under variation of the Tc(VII) concentration were performed in synthetic groundwater simulate to estimate the retention kinetics and Rs values. For better understanding of the retention mechanisms, advanced surface sensitive analytics (XPS, XANES) were carried out and the data compared to reference systems. Tc migration behavior was further investigated by injections of Tc(VII)-containing groundwater simulant into the natural fracture in the unoxidized Aespoediorite core. The data obtained are compared with the results of batch sorption studies and will be used for subsequent geochemical reactive transport modeling. This work highlights the importance of combining fundamental Tc chemistry and applied studies in order to derive a comprehensive assessment of Tc mobilization and retention processes in support of the nuclear waste disposal Safety Case.

  7. Technology Assessment of Dust Suppression Techniques Applied During Structural Demolition

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    Boudreaux, J.F.; Ebadian, M.A.; Williams, P.T.; Dua, S.K.

    1998-10-20

    Hanford, Fernald, Savannah River, and other sites are currently reviewing technologies that can be implemented to demolish buildings in a cost-effective manner. In order to demolish a structure properly and, at the same time, minimize the amount of dust generated from a given technology, an evaluation must be conducted to choose the most appropriate dust suppression technology given site-specific conditions. Thus, the purpose of this research, which was carried out at the Hemispheric Center for Environmental Technology (HCET) at Florida International University, was to conduct an experimental study of dust aerosol abatement (dust suppression) methods as applied to nuclear D and D. This experimental study targeted the problem of dust suppression during the demolition of nuclear facilities. The resulting data were employed to assist in the development of mathematical correlations that can be applied to predict dust generation during structural demolition.

  8. Traffic visualization - applying information visualization techniques to enhance traffic planning

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    Picozzi, Matteo; Verdezoto, Nervo; Pouke, Matti; Vatjus-Anttila, Jarkko; Quigley, Aaron John

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we present a space-time visualization to provide city’s decision-makers the ability to analyse and uncover important “city events” in an understandable manner for city planning activities. An interactive Web mashup visualization is presented that integrates several visualization techniques to give a rapid overview of traffic data. We illustrate our approach as a case study for traffic visualization systems, using datasets from the city of Oulu that can be extended to other city...

  9. Ion beam analysis techniques applied to large scale pollution studies

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    Ion Beam Analysis (IBA) techniques are ideally suited to analyse the thousands of filter papers a year that may originate from a large scale aerosol sampling network. They are fast multi-elemental and, for the most part, non-destructive so other analytical methods such as neutron activation and ion chromatography can be performed afterwards. ANSTO in collaboration with the NSW EPA, Pacific Power and the Universities of NSW and Macquarie has established a large area fine aerosol sampling network covering nearly 80,000 square kilometres of NSW with 25 fine particle samplers. This network known as ASP was funded by the Energy Research and Development Corporation (ERDC) and commenced sampling on 1 July 1991. The cyclone sampler at each site has a 2.5 μm particle diameter cut off and runs for 24 hours every Sunday and Wednesday using one Gillman 25mm diameter stretched Teflon filter for each day. These filters are ideal targets for ion beam analysis work. Currently ANSTO receives 300 filters per month from this network for analysis using its accelerator based ion beam techniques on the 3 MV Van de Graaff accelerator. One week a month of accelerator time is dedicated to this analysis. Four simultaneous accelerator based IBA techniques are used at ANSTO, to analyse for the following 24 elements: H, C, N, O, F, Na, Al, Si, P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Cu, Ni, Co, Zn, Br and Pb. The IBA techniques were proved invaluable in identifying sources of fine particles and their spatial and seasonal variations accross the large area sampled by the ASP network. 3 figs

  10. Applying Website Usability Testing Techniques to Promote E-services

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    Abdel Nasser H. Zaied; Hassan, Mohamed M.; Islam S. Mohamed

    2015-01-01

    In this competitive world, websites are considered to be a key aspect of any organization’s competitiveness. In addition to visual esthetics, usability of a website is a strong determinant for user’s satisfaction and pleasure. However, lack of appropriate techniques and attributes for measuring usability may constrain the usefulness of a website. To address this issue, we conduct a statistical study to evaluate the usability levels of e-learning and e-training websites based on human (user) p...

  11. Signal Processing Techniques Applied in RFI Mitigation of Radio Astronomy

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    Sixiu Wang; Zhengwen Sun; Weixia Wang; Liangquan Jia

    2012-01-01

    Radio broadcast and telecommunications are present at different power levels everywhere on Earth. Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) substantially limits the sensitivity of existing radio telescopes in several frequency bands and may prove to be an even greater obstacle for next generation of telescopes (or arrays) to overcome. A variety of RFI detection and mitigation techniques have been developed in recent years. This study describes various signal process methods of RFI mitigation in radi...

  12. Applying a Splitting Technique to Estimate Electrical Grid Reliability

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    Wadman, Wander; Crommelin, Daan; Frank, Jason; Pasupathy, R.; Kim, S.-H.; Tolk, A.; Hill, R; Kuhl, M.E.

    2013-01-01

    As intermittent renewable energy penetrates electrical power grids more and more, assessing grid reliability is of increasing concern for grid operators. Monte Carlo simulation is a robust and popular technique to estimate indices for grid reliability, but the involved computational intensity may be too high for typical reliability analyses. We show that various reliability indices can be expressed as expectations depending on the rare event probability of a so-called power curtailment, and e...

  13. Ion beam analysis techniques applied to large scale pollution studies

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    Cohen, D.D.; Bailey, G.; Martin, J.; Garton, D.; Noorman, H.; Stelcer, E.; Johnson, P. [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Lucas Heights, NSW (Australia)

    1993-12-31

    Ion Beam Analysis (IBA) techniques are ideally suited to analyse the thousands of filter papers a year that may originate from a large scale aerosol sampling network. They are fast multi-elemental and, for the most part, non-destructive so other analytical methods such as neutron activation and ion chromatography can be performed afterwards. ANSTO in collaboration with the NSW EPA, Pacific Power and the Universities of NSW and Macquarie has established a large area fine aerosol sampling network covering nearly 80,000 square kilometres of NSW with 25 fine particle samplers. This network known as ASP was funded by the Energy Research and Development Corporation (ERDC) and commenced sampling on 1 July 1991. The cyclone sampler at each site has a 2.5 {mu}m particle diameter cut off and runs for 24 hours every Sunday and Wednesday using one Gillman 25mm diameter stretched Teflon filter for each day. These filters are ideal targets for ion beam analysis work. Currently ANSTO receives 300 filters per month from this network for analysis using its accelerator based ion beam techniques on the 3 MV Van de Graaff accelerator. One week a month of accelerator time is dedicated to this analysis. Four simultaneous accelerator based IBA techniques are used at ANSTO, to analyse for the following 24 elements: H, C, N, O, F, Na, Al, Si, P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Cu, Ni, Co, Zn, Br and Pb. The IBA techniques were proved invaluable in identifying sources of fine particles and their spatial and seasonal variations accross the large area sampled by the ASP network. 3 figs.

  14. Chemistry

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    The chemical research and development efforts related to the design and ultimate operation of molten-salt breeder reactor systems are concentrated on fuel- and coolant-salt chemistry, including the development of analytical methods for use in these systems. The chemistry of tellurium in fuel salt is being studied to help elucidate the role of this element in the intergranular cracking of Hastelloy N. Studies were continued of the effect of oxygen-containing species on the equilibrium between dissolved UF3 and dissolved UF4, and, in some cases, between the dissolved uranium fluorides and graphite, and the UC2. Several aspects of coolant-salt chemistry are under investigation. Hydroxy and oxy compounds that could be formed in molten NaBF4 are being synthesized and characterized. Studies of the chemistry of chromium (III) compounds in fluoroborate melts were continued as part of a systematic investigation of the corrosion of structural alloys by coolant salt. An in-line voltammetric method for determining U4+/U3+ ratios in fuel salt was tested in a forced-convection loop over a six-month period. (LK)

  15. Enhanced nonlinear iterative techniques applied to a nonequilibrium plasma flow

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    The authors study the application of enhanced nonlinear iterative methods to the steady-state solution of a system of two-dimensional convection-diffusion-reaction partial differential equations that describe the partially ionized plasma flow in the boundary layer of a tokamak fusion reactor. This system of equations is characterized by multiple time and spatial scales and contains highly anisotropic transport coefficients due to a strong imposed magnetic field. They use Newton's method to linearize the nonlinear system of equations resulting from an implicit, finite volume discretization of the governing partial differential equations, on a staggered Cartesian mesh. The resulting linear systems are neither symmetric nor positive definite, and are poorly conditioned. Preconditioned Krylov iterative techniques are employed to solve these linear systems. They investigate both a modified and a matrix-free Newton-Krylov implementation, with the goal of reducing CPU cost associated with the numerical formation of the Jacobian. A combination of a damped iteration, mesh sequencing, and a pseudotransient continuation technique is used to enhance global nonlinear convergence and CPU efficiency. GMRES is employed as the Krylov method with incomplete lower-upper (ILU) factorization preconditioning. The goal is to construct a combination of nonlinear and linear iterative techniques for this complex physical problem that optimizes trade-offs between robustness, CPU time, memory requirements, and code complexity. It is shown that a mesh sequencing implementation provides significant CPU savings for fine grid calculations. Performance comparisons of modified Newton-Krylov and matrix-free Newton-Krylov algorithms will be presented

  16. Image analysis technique applied to lock-exchange gravity currents

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    Nogueira, Helena; Adduce, Claudia; Alves, Elsa; Franca, Rodrigues Pereira Da; Jorge, Mario

    2013-01-01

    An image analysis technique is used to estimate the two-dimensional instantaneous density field of unsteady gravity currents produced by full-depth lock-release of saline water. An experiment reproducing a gravity current was performed in a 3.0 m long, 0.20 m wide and 0.30 m deep Perspex flume with horizontal smooth bed and recorded with a 25 Hz CCD video camera under controlled light conditions. Using dye concentration as a tracer, a calibration procedure was established for each pixel in th...

  17. Applying Supervised Opinion Mining Techniques on Online User Reviews

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, the spectacular development of web technologies, lead to an enormous quantity of user generated information in online systems. This large amount of information on web platforms make them viable for use as data sources, in applications based on opinion mining and sentiment analysis. The paper proposes an algorithm for detecting sentiments on movie user reviews, based on naive Bayes classifier. We make an analysis of the opinion mining domain, techniques used in sentiment analysis and its applicability. We implemented the proposed algorithm and we tested its performance, and suggested directions of development.

  18. Unconventional Coding Technique Applied to Multi-Level Polarization Modulation

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    Rutigliano, G. G.; Betti, S.; Perrone, P.

    2016-05-01

    A new technique is proposed to improve information confidentiality in optical-fiber communications without bandwidth consumption. A pseudorandom vectorial sequence was generated by a dynamic system algorithm and used to codify a multi-level polarization modulation based on the Stokes vector. Optical-fiber birefringence, usually considered as a disturbance, was exploited to obfuscate the signal transmission. At the receiver end, the same pseudorandom sequence was generated and used to decode the multi-level polarization modulated signal. The proposed scheme, working at the physical layer, provides strong information security without introducing complex processing and thus latency.

  19. Neutron activation: an invaluable technique for teaching applied radiation

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    This experiment introduces students to the important method of neutron activation. A sample of aluminium was irradiated with neutrons from an isotropic 241Am-Be source. Using γ-ray spectroscopy, two radionuclide products were identified as 27Mg and 28Al. Applying a cadmium cut-off filter and an optimum irradiation time of 45 min, the half-life of 27Mg was determined as 9.46±0.50 min. The half-life of the 28Al radionuclide was determined as 2.28±0.10 min using a polythene moderator and an optimum irradiation time of 10 min. (author)

  20. Applying the Multilevel Framework of Discourse Comprehension to Evaluate the Text Characteristics of General Chemistry Textbooks

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    Pyburn, Daniel T.; Pazicni, Samuel

    2014-01-01

    Prior chemistry education research has demonstrated a relationship between student reading skill and general chemistry course performance. In addition to student characteristics, however, the qualities of the learning materials with which students interact also impact student learning. For example, low-knowledge students benefit from texts that…

  1. Neutrongraphy technique applied to the narcotics and terrorism enforcement

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    Among the several methods of non-destructive essays that may be used for the detection of both drugs and explosives, the ones that utilize nuclear techniques have demonstrated to possess essential qualities for an efficient detection system. These techniques allow the inspection of a large quantity of samples fast, sensibly, specifically and with automatic decision, for they utilize radiation of great power of penetration. This work aims to show the neutron radiography and computed tomography potentiality for the detection of the drugs and explosives even when they are concealed by heavy materials. In the radiographic essays with thermal neutrons, samples of powder cocaine and explosives were inspected, concealed by several materials or not. The samples were irradiated during 30 minutes in the J-9 channel of the Argonauta research reactor of the IEN/CNEN in a neutron flux of 2:5 105 n/cm2.s. We used two sheets of gadolinium converter with a thickness of 25 μm each one and a Kodak Industrex A5 photographic plaque. A comparative analysis among the tomographic images experimental and simulated obtained by X-ray, fast and thermal neutron is presented. The thermal neutron tomography demonstrate to be the best. (author)

  2. Nuclear Techniques Applied For Optimizing Irrigation In Vegetable Cultivation

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    Optimizing irrigation in vegetable cultivation has been carried out based on the water use efficiency (WUE) parameter. The experiment has been conducted with Chinese cabbage planted on alluvial soil using traditional furrow, and drip irrigation technique with scheduling and limitation of the amount of irrigated water estimated based on the water balance to compare to each other. Soil moisture and Evapotranspiration (ET) of the crop were controlled, respectively, using a neutron probe (NP, model PB 205, FielTech, Japan) and a meteorological station installed in the field. Calibration for the NP has been performed directly in the field based on the measurement of the count ratio (Rn) and the soil moisture determined gravimetrically. Productivity of the crop in each experiment was determined as the total biological (Ybio) and the edible yield (YE) harvested and the WUE was estimated as a ratio of the productivity and the amount of irrigated water in unit of kg.m-3. Experimental results showed that the drip irrigation could save up to 10-19% of water as compared to the furrow irrigation depending on the cultivation seasons. Thus, WUE was improved up to 1.4 times, as estimated either by YE or by Ybio productivities. The drip irrigation with scheduling technique could be transferred to semiarid areas in Vietnam for not only vegetable but also fruit, e.g. grape in the southern central part of the country. (author)

  3. A REVIEW ON: A SIGNIFICANCE OF MICROWAVE ASSIST TECHNIQUE IN GREEN CHEMISTRY

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    Manoj S. Charde; Shukla, A; Bukhariya, V; R. D. Chakole

    2012-01-01

    Microwave Assisted Synthesis is rapidly becoming the method of choice in modern synthesis and discovery chemistry laboratories. Microwave-assisted synthesis improves both throughput and turn-around time for chemists by offering the benefits of drastically reduced reaction times, increased yields, and purer products. In this type of synthesis we applying microwave irradiation to chemical reactions. The fundamental mechanism of microwave heating involves agitation of polar molecules or ions th...

  4. Applying Data Privacy Techniques on Tabular Data in Uganda

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    2011-01-01

    The growth of Information Technology(IT) in Africa has led to an increase in the utilization of communication networks for data transaction across the continent. A growing number of entities in the private sector, academia, and government, have deployed the Internet as a medium to transact in data, routinely posting statistical and non statistical data online and thereby making many in Africa increasingly dependent on the Internet for data transactions. In the country of Uganda, exponential growth in data transaction has presented a new challenge: What is the most efficient way to implement data privacy. This article discusses data privacy challenges faced by the country of Uganda and implementation of data privacy techniques for published tabular data. We make the case for data privacy, survey concepts of data privacy, and implementations that could be employed to provide data privacy in Uganda.

  5. Object Detection Techniques Applied on Mobile Robot Semantic Navigation

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    Carlos Astua

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The future of robotics predicts that robots will integrate themselves more every day with human beings and their environments. To achieve this integration, robots need to acquire information about the environment and its objects. There is a big need for algorithms to provide robots with these sort of skills, from the location where objects are needed to accomplish a task up to where these objects are considered as information about the environment. This paper presents a way to provide mobile robots with the ability-skill to detect objets for semantic navigation. This paper aims to use current trends in robotics and at the same time, that can be exported to other platforms. Two methods to detect objects are proposed, contour detection and a descriptor based technique, and both of them are combined to overcome their respective limitations. Finally, the code is tested on a real robot, to prove its accuracy and efficiency.

  6. Active Learning Techniques Applied to an Interdisciplinary Mineral Resources Course.

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    Aird, H. M.

    2015-12-01

    An interdisciplinary active learning course was introduced at the University of Puget Sound entitled 'Mineral Resources and the Environment'. Various formative assessment and active learning techniques that have been effective in other courses were adapted and implemented to improve student learning, increase retention and broaden knowledge and understanding of course material. This was an elective course targeted towards upper-level undergraduate geology and environmental majors. The course provided an introduction to the mineral resources industry, discussing geological, environmental, societal and economic aspects, legislation and the processes involved in exploration, extraction, processing, reclamation/remediation and recycling of products. Lectures and associated weekly labs were linked in subject matter; relevant readings from the recent scientific literature were assigned and discussed in the second lecture of the week. Peer-based learning was facilitated through weekly reading assignments with peer-led discussions and through group research projects, in addition to in-class exercises such as debates. Writing and research skills were developed through student groups designing, carrying out and reporting on their own semester-long research projects around the lasting effects of the historical Ruston Smelter on the biology and water systems of Tacoma. The writing of their mini grant proposals and final project reports was carried out in stages to allow for feedback before the deadline. Speakers from industry were invited to share their specialist knowledge as guest lecturers, and students were encouraged to interact with them, with a view to employment opportunities. Formative assessment techniques included jigsaw exercises, gallery walks, placemat surveys, think pair share and take-home point summaries. Summative assessment included discussion leadership, exams, homeworks, group projects, in-class exercises, field trips, and pre-discussion reading exercises

  7. Applying Business Process Mode ling Techniques : Case Study

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    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Selection and proper application of business process modeling methods and techniques have a significant impact on organizational improvement capabilities as well as proper understanding of functionality of information systems that shall support activity of the organization. A number of business process modeling notations were implemented in practice in recent decades. Most significant of the notations include ARIS, Business Process Modeling Notation (OMG BPMN and several Unified Modeling Language (OMG UML extensions. In this paper, the assessment whether one of the most flexible and strictly standardized contempo-rary bus iness process modeling notations, i.e. Rational UML Profile for Business Modeling, enable business analysts to prepare business models that are all-embracing and understandable by all the stakeholders. After the introduction, me-thodology of res earch is discussed. The following section presents selected case study results. The paper is concluded with a summary

  8. Signal Processing Techniques Applied in RFI Mitigation of Radio Astronomy

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    Sixiu Wang

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Radio broadcast and telecommunications are present at different power levels everywhere on Earth. Radio Frequency Interference (RFI substantially limits the sensitivity of existing radio telescopes in several frequency bands and may prove to be an even greater obstacle for next generation of telescopes (or arrays to overcome. A variety of RFI detection and mitigation techniques have been developed in recent years. This study describes various signal process methods of RFI mitigation in radio astronomy, choose the method of Time-frequency domain cancellation to eliminate certain interference and effectively improve the signal to noise ratio in pulsar observations. Finally, RFI mitigation researches and implements in China radio astronomy will be also presented.

  9. Innovative Visualization Techniques applied to a Flood Scenario

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    Falcão, António; Ho, Quan; Lopes, Pedro; Malamud, Bruce D.; Ribeiro, Rita; Jern, Mikael

    2013-04-01

    The large and ever-increasing amounts of multi-dimensional, time-varying and geospatial digital information from multiple sources represent a major challenge for today's analysts. We present a set of visualization techniques that can be used for the interactive analysis of geo-referenced and time sampled data sets, providing an integrated mechanism and that aids the user to collaboratively explore, present and communicate visually complex and dynamic data. Here we present these concepts in the context of a 4 hour flood scenario from Lisbon in 2010, with data that includes measures of water column (flood height) every 10 minutes at a 4.5 m x 4.5 m resolution, topography, building damage, building information, and online base maps. Techniques we use include web-based linked views, multiple charts, map layers and storytelling. We explain two of these in more detail that are not currently in common use for visualization of data: storytelling and web-based linked views. Visual storytelling is a method for providing a guided but interactive process of visualizing data, allowing more engaging data exploration through interactive web-enabled visualizations. Within storytelling, a snapshot mechanism helps the author of a story to highlight data views of particular interest and subsequently share or guide others within the data analysis process. This allows a particular person to select relevant attributes for a snapshot, such as highlighted regions for comparisons, time step, class values for colour legend, etc. and provide a snapshot of the current application state, which can then be provided as a hyperlink and recreated by someone else. Since data can be embedded within this snapshot, it is possible to interactively visualize and manipulate it. The second technique, web-based linked views, includes multiple windows which interactively respond to the user selections, so that when selecting an object and changing it one window, it will automatically update in all the other

  10. Quantitative Portfolio Optimization Techniques Applied to the Brazilian Stock Market

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    André Alves Portela Santos

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we assess the out-of-sample performance of two alternative quantitative portfolio optimization techniques - mean-variance and minimum variance optimization – and compare their performance with respect to a naive 1/N (or equally-weighted portfolio and also to the market portfolio given by the Ibovespa. We focus on short selling-constrained portfolios and consider alternative estimators for the covariance matrices: sample covariance matrix, RiskMetrics, and three covariance estimators proposed by Ledoit and Wolf (2003, Ledoit and Wolf (2004a and Ledoit and Wolf (2004b. Taking into account alternative portfolio re-balancing frequencies, we compute out-of-sample performance statistics which indicate that the quantitative approaches delivered improved results in terms of lower portfolio volatility and better risk-adjusted returns. Moreover, the use of more sophisticated estimators for the covariance matrix generated optimal portfolios with lower turnover over time.

  11. Considerations in applying on-line IC techniques to BWR's

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    Ion-Chromatography (IC) has moved from its traditional role as a laboratory analytical tool to a real time, dynamic, on-line measurement device to follow ppb and sub-ppb concentrations of deleterious impurities in nuclear power plants. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), individual utilities, and industry all have played significant roles in effecting the transition. This paper highlights considerations and the evolution in current on-line Ion Chromatography systems. The first applications of on-line techniques were demonstrated by General Electric (GE) under EPRI sponsorship at Rancho Seco (1980), Calvert Cliffs, and McGuire nuclear units. The primary use was for diagnostic purposes. Today the on-line IC applications have been expanded to include process control and routine plant monitoring. Current on-line IC's are innovative in design, promote operational simplicity, are modular for simplified maintenance and repair, and use field-proven components which enhance reliability. Conductivity detection with electronic or chemical suppression and spectrometric detection techniques are intermixed in applications. Remote multi-point sample systems have addressed memory effects. Early applications measured ionic species in the part per billion range. Today reliable part per trillion measurements are common for on-line systems. Current systems are meeting the challenge of EPRI guideline requirements. Today's on-line IC's, with programmed sampling systems, monitor fluid streams throughout a power plant, supplying data that can be trended, stored and retrieved easily. The on-line IC has come of age. Many technical challenges were overcome to achieve today's IC

  12. Technology Assessment of Dust Suppression Techniques applied During Structural Demolition

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    Boudreaux, J.F.; Ebadian, M.A.; Dua, S.K.

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    Hanford, Fernald, Savannah River, and other sites are currently reviewing technologies that can be implemented to demolish buildings in a cost-effective manner. In order to demolish a structure and, at the same time, minimize the amount of dust generated by a given technology, an evaluation must be conducted to choose the most appropriate dust suppression technology. Thus, the purpose of this research, which was conducted by the Hemispheric Center for Environmental Technology (HCET) at Florida International University (FIU), was to perform an experimental study of dust aerosol abatement (dust suppression) methods as applied to nuclear D and D. This experimental study specifically targeted the problem of dust suppression during demolition. The resulting data were used in the development of mathematical correlations that can be applied to structural demolition. In the Fiscal Year 1996 (FY96), the effectiveness of different dust suppressing agents was investigated for different types of concrete blocks. Initial tests were conducted in a broad particle size range. In Fiscal Year 1997 (FY97), additional tests were performed in the size range in which most of the particles were detected. Since particle distribution is an important parameter for predicting deposition in various compartments of the human respiratory tract, various tests were aimed at determining the particle size distribution of the airborne dust particles. The effectiveness of dust suppressing agents for particles of various size was studied. Instead of conducting experiments on various types of blocks, it was thought prudent to carry out additional tests on blocks of the same type. Several refinements were also incorporated in the test procedures and data acquisition system used in FY96.

  13. Optical Trapping Techniques Applied to the Study of Cell Membranes

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    Morss, Andrew J.

    Optical tweezers allow for manipulating micron-sized objects using pN level optical forces. In this work, we use an optical trapping setup to aid in three separate experiments, all related to the physics of the cellular membrane. In the first experiment, in conjunction with Brian Henslee, we use optical tweezers to allow for precise positioning and control of cells in suspension to evaluate the cell size dependence of electroporation. Theory predicts that all cells porate at a transmembrane potential VTMof roughly 1 V. The Schwann equation predicts that the transmembrane potential depends linearly on the cell radius r, thus predicting that cells should porate at threshold electric fields that go as 1/r. The threshold field required to induce poration is determined by applying a low voltage pulse to the cell and then applying additional pulses of greater and greater magnitude, checking for poration at each step using propidium iodide dye. We find that, contrary to expectations, cells do not porate at a constant value of the transmembrane potential but at a constant value of the electric field which we find to be 692 V/cm for K562 cells. Delivering precise dosages of nanoparticles into cells is of importance for assessing toxicity of nanoparticles or for genetic research. In the second experiment, we conduct nano-electroporation—a novel method of applying precise doses of transfection agents to cells—by using optical tweezers in conjunction with a confocal microscope to manipulate cells into contact with 100 nm wide nanochannels. This work was done in collaboration with Pouyan Boukany of Dr. Lee's group. The small cross sectional area of these nano channels means that the electric field within them is extremely large, 60 MV/m, which allows them to electrophoretically drive transfection agents into the cell. We find that nano electroporation results in excellent dose control (to within 10% in our experiments) compared to bulk electroporation. We also find that

  14. Dust tracking techniques applied to the STARDUST facility: First results

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    Highlights: •Use of an experimental facility, STARDUST, to analyze the dust resuspension problem inside the tokamak in case of loss of vacuum accident. •PIV technique implementation to track the dust during a LOVA reproduction inside STARDUST. •Data imaging techniques to analyze dust velocity field: first results and data discussion. -- Abstract: An important issue related to future nuclear fusion reactors fueled with deuterium and tritium is the creation of large amounts of dust due to several mechanisms (disruptions, ELMs and VDEs). The dust size expected in nuclear fusion experiments (such as ITER) is in the order of microns (between 0.1 and 1000 μm). Almost the total amount of this dust remains in the vacuum vessel (VV). This radiological dust can re-suspend in case of LOVA (loss of vacuum accident) and these phenomena can cause explosions and serious damages to the health of the operators and to the integrity of the device. The authors have developed a facility, STARDUST, in order to reproduce the thermo fluid-dynamic conditions comparable to those expected inside the VV of the next generation of experiments such as ITER in case of LOVA. The dust used inside the STARDUST facility presents particle sizes and physical characteristics comparable with those that created inside the VV of nuclear fusion experiments. In this facility an experimental campaign has been conducted with the purpose of tracking the dust re-suspended at low pressurization rates (comparable to those expected in case of LOVA in ITER and suggested by the General Safety and Security Report ITER-GSSR) using a fast camera with a frame rate from 1000 to 10,000 images per second. The velocity fields of the mobilized dust are derived from the imaging of a two-dimensional slice of the flow illuminated by optically adapted laser beam. The aim of this work is to demonstrate the possibility of dust tracking by means of image processing with the objective of determining the velocity field values

  15. Dust tracking techniques applied to the STARDUST facility: First results

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    Malizia, A., E-mail: malizia@ing.uniroma2.it [Associazione EURATOM-ENEA, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Via del Politecnico 1, 00133 Rome (Italy); Camplani, M. [Grupo de Tratamiento de Imágenes, E.T.S.I de Telecomunicación, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain); Gelfusa, M. [Associazione EURATOM-ENEA, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Via del Politecnico 1, 00133 Rome (Italy); Lupelli, I. [Associazione EURATOM-ENEA, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Via del Politecnico 1, 00133 Rome (Italy); EURATOM/CCFE Association, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon (United Kingdom); Richetta, M.; Antonelli, L.; Conetta, F.; Scarpellini, D.; Carestia, M.; Peluso, E.; Bellecci, C. [Associazione EURATOM-ENEA, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Via del Politecnico 1, 00133 Rome (Italy); Salgado, L. [Grupo de Tratamiento de Imágenes, E.T.S.I de Telecomunicación, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain); Video Processing and Understanding Laboratory, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain); Gaudio, P. [Associazione EURATOM-ENEA, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Via del Politecnico 1, 00133 Rome (Italy)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: •Use of an experimental facility, STARDUST, to analyze the dust resuspension problem inside the tokamak in case of loss of vacuum accident. •PIV technique implementation to track the dust during a LOVA reproduction inside STARDUST. •Data imaging techniques to analyze dust velocity field: first results and data discussion. -- Abstract: An important issue related to future nuclear fusion reactors fueled with deuterium and tritium is the creation of large amounts of dust due to several mechanisms (disruptions, ELMs and VDEs). The dust size expected in nuclear fusion experiments (such as ITER) is in the order of microns (between 0.1 and 1000 μm). Almost the total amount of this dust remains in the vacuum vessel (VV). This radiological dust can re-suspend in case of LOVA (loss of vacuum accident) and these phenomena can cause explosions and serious damages to the health of the operators and to the integrity of the device. The authors have developed a facility, STARDUST, in order to reproduce the thermo fluid-dynamic conditions comparable to those expected inside the VV of the next generation of experiments such as ITER in case of LOVA. The dust used inside the STARDUST facility presents particle sizes and physical characteristics comparable with those that created inside the VV of nuclear fusion experiments. In this facility an experimental campaign has been conducted with the purpose of tracking the dust re-suspended at low pressurization rates (comparable to those expected in case of LOVA in ITER and suggested by the General Safety and Security Report ITER-GSSR) using a fast camera with a frame rate from 1000 to 10,000 images per second. The velocity fields of the mobilized dust are derived from the imaging of a two-dimensional slice of the flow illuminated by optically adapted laser beam. The aim of this work is to demonstrate the possibility of dust tracking by means of image processing with the objective of determining the velocity field values

  16. Remote sensing techniques applied to seismic vulnerability assessment

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    Juan Arranz, Jose; Torres, Yolanda; Hahgi, Azade; Gaspar-Escribano, Jorge

    2016-04-01

    Advances in remote sensing and photogrammetry techniques have increased the degree of accuracy and resolution in the record of the earth's surface. This has expanded the range of possible applications of these data. In this research, we have used these data to document the construction characteristics of the urban environment of Lorca, Spain. An exposure database has been created with the gathered information to be used in seismic vulnerability assessment. To this end, we have used data from photogrammetric flights at different periods, using both orthorectified images in the visible and infrared spectrum. Furthermore, the analysis is completed using LiDAR data. From the combination of these data, it has been possible to delineate the building footprints and characterize the constructions with attributes such as the approximate date of construction, area, type of roof and even building materials. To carry out the calculation, we have developed different algorithms to compare images from different times, segment images, classify LiDAR data, and use the infrared data in order to remove vegetation or to compute roof surfaces with height value, tilt and spectral fingerprint. In addition, the accuracy of our results has been validated with ground truth data. Keywords: LiDAR, remote sensing, seismic vulnerability, Lorca

  17. Digital prototyping technique applied for redesigning plastic products

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    Pop, A.; Andrei, A.

    2015-11-01

    After products are on the market for some time, they often need to be redesigned to meet new market requirements. New products are generally derived from similar but outdated products. Redesigning a product is an important part of the production and development process. The purpose of this paper is to show that using modern technology, like Digital Prototyping in industry is an effective way to produce new products. This paper tries to demonstrate and highlight the effectiveness of the concept of Digital Prototyping, both to reduce the design time of a new product, but also the costs required for implementing this step. The results of this paper show that using Digital Prototyping techniques in designing a new product from an existing one available on the market mould offers a significantly manufacturing time and cost reduction. The ability to simulate and test a new product with modern CAD-CAM programs in all aspects of production (designing of the 3D model, simulation of the structural resistance, analysis of the injection process and beautification) offers a helpful tool for engineers. The whole process can be realised by one skilled engineer very fast and effective.

  18. Applying Website Usability Testing Techniques to Promote E-services

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    Abdel Nasser H. Zaied

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In this competitive world, websites are considered to be a key aspect of any organization’s competitiveness. In addition to visual esthetics, usability of a website is a strong determinant for user’s satisfaction and pleasure. However, lack of appropriate techniques and attributes for measuring usability may constrain the usefulness of a website. To address this issue, we conduct a statistical study to evaluate the usability levels of e-learning and e-training websites based on human (user perception. The questionnaire is implemented as user based tool, visitors of a website can use it to evaluate the usability of the websites. The results showed that according to the students’ point view the personalization has the first important criterion for the use of the e-learning websites, while according to experts’ point view the accessibility has the first important criterion for the use of the e-learning websites. Also the result indicated that the experienced respondents have demonstrated satisfaction over the usability attributes of e-learning websites they accessed for their learning purposes; while inexperienced students have expressed their perception on the importance of the usability attributes for accessing e-learning websites. When combining and comparing both finings, based on the outcomes it is evident that, all the attributes yielded satisfaction and were felt important.

  19. A REVIEW ON: A SIGNIFICANCE OF MICROWAVE ASSIST TECHNIQUE IN GREEN CHEMISTRY

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    Manoj S. Charde

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Microwave Assisted Synthesis is rapidly becoming the method of choice in modern synthesis and discovery chemistry laboratories. Microwave-assisted synthesis improves both throughput and turn-around time for chemists by offering the benefits of drastically reduced reaction times, increased yields, and purer products. In this type of synthesis we applying microwave irradiation to chemical reactions. The fundamental mechanism of microwave heating involves agitation of polar molecules or ions that oscillate under the effect of an oscillating electric or magnetic field. In the presence of an oscillating field, particles try to orient themselves or be in phase with the field. Only materials that absorb microwave radiation are relevant to microwave chemistry. These materials can be categorized according to the three main mechanisms of heating, namely. Dipolar polarization, Conduction mechanism, Interfacial polarization. Microwave chemistry apparatus are classified: Single-mode apparatus and Multi-mode apparatus. Although occasionally known by such acronyms as 'MEC' (Microwave-Enhanced Chemistry or ‘MORE’ synthesis (Microwave-organic Reaction Enhancement, these acronyms have had little acceptance outside a small number of groups. The ability to combine microwave technology with in-situ reaction monitoring as an analytical tools will offer opportunities for chemists to optimize the reaction conditions. Different compounds convert microwave radiation to heat by different amounts. This selectivity allows some parts of the object being heated to heat more quickly or more slowly than others (particularly the reaction vessel.

  20. Sterile insect technique applied to Queensland fruit fly

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    The Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) aims to suppress or eradicate pest populations by flooding wild populations with sterile males. To control fruit fly million of flies of both sexes are mass reared at the Gosford Post-Harvest laboratory near Sydney, mixed with sawdust and fluorescent dye at the pupal stage and transported to Ansto where they are exposed to low dose of 70-75Gy of gamma radiation from a Cobalt-60 source. Following irradiation the pupae are transported to the release site in plastic sleeves then transferred to large plastic garbage bins for hatching. These bins are held at 30 deg. C. to synchronise hatching and files are released 48-72 hours after hatching begins. In most cases these bins are placed among fruit trees in the form of an 800 metre grid. This maximises survival of the emerging flies which are released on an almost daily basis. Progress of the SIT program is monitored by collecting flies from traps dotted all over the infested site. The ratio of sterile to wild flies can be detected because the sterile files are coated with the fluorescent dust which can be seen under ultra-violet light. If the SIT program is successful entomologists will trap a high proportion of sterile flies to wild flies and this should result in a clear reduction in maggot infestations. Surveillance, quarantine, and trapping activities continue for 8 or 9 months to check for any surviving pockets of infestation. If any are found the SIT program is reactivated. These programs demonstrated that SIT was an efficient and environmental friendly non-chemical control method for eradicating outbreaks or suppressing fruit fly populations in important fruit growing areas. ills

  1. Applying perceptual and adaptive learning techniques for teaching introductory histopathology

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    Sally Krasne

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Medical students are expected to master the ability to interpret histopathologic images, a difficult and time-consuming process. A major problem is the issue of transferring information learned from one example of a particular pathology to a new example. Recent advances in cognitive science have identified new approaches to address this problem. Methods: We adapted a new approach for enhancing pattern recognition of basic pathologic processes in skin histopathology images that utilizes perceptual learning techniques, allowing learners to see relevant structure in novel cases along with adaptive learning algorithms that space and sequence different categories (e.g. diagnoses that appear during a learning session based on each learner′s accuracy and response time (RT. We developed a perceptual and adaptive learning module (PALM that utilized 261 unique images of cell injury, inflammation, neoplasia, or normal histology at low and high magnification. Accuracy and RT were tracked and integrated into a "Score" that reflected students rapid recognition of the pathologies and pre- and post-tests were given to assess the effectiveness. Results: Accuracy, RT and Scores significantly improved from the pre- to post-test with Scores showing much greater improvement than accuracy alone. Delayed post-tests with previously unseen cases, given after 6-7 weeks, showed a decline in accuracy relative to the post-test for 1 st -year students, but not significantly so for 2 nd -year students. However, the delayed post-test scores maintained a significant and large improvement relative to those of the pre-test for both 1 st and 2 nd year students suggesting good retention of pattern recognition. Student evaluations were very favorable. Conclusion: A web-based learning module based on the principles of cognitive science showed an evidence for improved recognition of histopathology patterns by medical students.

  2. Semantic Data And Visualization Techniques Applied To Geologic Field Mapping

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    Houser, P. I. Q.; Royo-Leon, M.; Munoz, R.; Estrada, E.; Villanueva-Rosales, N.; Pennington, D. D.

    2015-12-01

    Geologic field mapping involves the use of technology before, during, and after visiting a site. Geologists utilize hardware such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS) connected to mobile computing platforms such as tablets that include software such as ESRI's ArcPad and other software to produce maps and figures for a final analysis and report. Hand written field notes contain important information and drawings or sketches of specific areas within the field study. Our goal is to collect and geo-tag final and raw field data into a cyber-infrastructure environment with an ontology that allows for large data processing, visualization, sharing, and searching, aiding in connecting field research with prior research in the same area and/or aid with experiment replication. Online searches of a specific field area return results such as weather data from NOAA and QuakeML seismic data from USGS. These results that can then be saved to a field mobile device and searched while in the field where there is no Internet connection. To accomplish this we created the GeoField ontology service using the Web Ontology Language (OWL) and Protégé software. Advanced queries on the dataset can be made using reasoning capabilities can be supported that go beyond a standard database service. These improvements include the automated discovery of data relevant to a specific field site and visualization techniques aimed at enhancing analysis and collaboration while in the field by draping data over mobile views of the site using augmented reality. A case study is being performed at University of Texas at El Paso's Indio Mountains Research Station located near Van Horn, Texas, an active multi-disciplinary field study site. The user can interactively move the camera around the study site and view their data digitally. Geologist's can check their data against the site in real-time and improve collaboration with another person as both parties have the same interactive view of the data.

  3. Applying data mining techniques to improve diagnosis in neonatal jaundice

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    Ferreira Duarte

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Hyperbilirubinemia is emerging as an increasingly common problem in newborns due to a decreasing hospital length of stay after birth. Jaundice is the most common disease of the newborn and although being benign in most cases it can lead to severe neurological consequences if poorly evaluated. In different areas of medicine, data mining has contributed to improve the results obtained with other methodologies. Hence, the aim of this study was to improve the diagnosis of neonatal jaundice with the application of data mining techniques. Methods This study followed the different phases of the Cross Industry Standard Process for Data Mining model as its methodology. This observational study was performed at the Obstetrics Department of a central hospital (Centro Hospitalar Tâmega e Sousa – EPE, from February to March of 2011. A total of 227 healthy newborn infants with 35 or more weeks of gestation were enrolled in the study. Over 70 variables were collected and analyzed. Also, transcutaneous bilirubin levels were measured from birth to hospital discharge with maximum time intervals of 8 hours between measurements, using a noninvasive bilirubinometer. Different attribute subsets were used to train and test classification models using algorithms included in Weka data mining software, such as decision trees (J48 and neural networks (multilayer perceptron. The accuracy results were compared with the traditional methods for prediction of hyperbilirubinemia. Results The application of different classification algorithms to the collected data allowed predicting subsequent hyperbilirubinemia with high accuracy. In particular, at 24 hours of life of newborns, the accuracy for the prediction of hyperbilirubinemia was 89%. The best results were obtained using the following algorithms: naive Bayes, multilayer perceptron and simple logistic. Conclusions The findings of our study sustain that, new approaches, such as data mining, may support

  4. Chemistry

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    Research progress is reported in programs on fuel-salt chemistry, properties of compounds in the Li--Te system, Te spectroscopy UF4--H equilibria, porous electrode studies of molten salts, fuel salt-coolant salt reactions, thermodynamic properties of transition-metal fluorides, and properties of sodium fluoroborate. Developmental work on analytical methods is summarized including in-line analysis of molten MSBR fuel, analysis of coolant-salts for tritium, analysis of molten LiF--BeF2--ThF4 for Fe and analysis of LiF--BeF--ThF4 for Te

  5. Effectiveness of Student-Generated Video as a Teaching Tool for an Instrumental Technique in the Organic Chemistry Laboratory

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    Jordan, Jeremy T.; Box, Melinda C.; Eguren, Kristen E.; Parker, Thomas A.; Saraldi-Gallardo, Victoria M.; Wolfe, Michael I.; Gallardo-Williams, Maria T.

    2016-01-01

    Multimedia instruction has been shown to serve as an effective learning aid for chemistry students. In this study, the viability of student-generated video instruction for organic chemistry laboratory techniques and procedure was examined and its effectiveness compared to instruction provided by a teaching assistant (TA) was evaluated. After…

  6. Recent developments of surface complexation models applied to environmental aquatic chemistry

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    Based on numerous latest references, the current developments in surface complexation, surface precipitation and the corresponding models (SCMs and SPMs), were reviewed. The contents involved comparison on surface charge composition and layer-structure of solid-solution interface for the classical 1-pK and 2- pK models, In addition, the fundamental concept and relations of the new models, i.e., multi-site complexation (MUSIC) and charge -distribution (CD) MUSIC models were described as well. To avoid misuse or abuse, it must be emphasized that the applicability nd limitation for each model should be considered carefully when selecting the concerned model(s). In addition, some new powerful techniques for surface characterization and analysis applied to model establishment and modification were also briefly introduced.

  7. Comprehensive Mechanisms for Combustion Chemistry: An Experimental and Numerical Study with Emphasis on Applied Sensitivity Analysis

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    Dryer, Frederick L.

    2009-04-10

    This project was an integrated experimental/numerical effort to study pyrolysis and oxidation reactions and mechanisms for small-molecule hydrocarbon structures under conditions representative of combustion environments. The experimental aspects of the work were conducted in large-diameter flow reactors, at 0.3 to 18 atm pressure, 500 to 1100 K temperature, and 10-2 to 2 seconds reaction time. Experiments were also conducted to determine reference laminar flame speeds using a premixed laminar stagnation flame experiment and particle image velocimetry, as well as pressurized bomb experiments. Flow reactor data for oxidation experiments include: (1)adiabatic/isothermal species time-histories of a reaction under fixed initial pressure, temperature, and composition; to determine the species present after a fixed reaction time, initial pressure; (2)species distributions with varying initial reaction temperature; (3)perturbations of a well-defined reaction systems (e.g. CO/H2/O2 or H2/O2)by the addition of small amounts of an additive species. Radical scavenging techniques are applied to determine unimolecular decomposition rates from pyrolysis experiments. Laminar flame speed measurements are determined as a function of equivalence ratio, dilution, and unburned gas temperature at 1 atm pressure. Hierarchical, comprehensive mechanistic construction methods were applied to develop detailed kinetic mechanisms which describe the measurements and literature kinetic data. Modeling using well-defined and validated mechanisms for the CO/H2/Oxidant systems and perturbations of oxidation experiments by small amounts of additives were also used to derive absolute reaction rates and to investigate the compatibility of published elementary kinetic and thermochemical information. Numerical tools were developed and applied to assess the importance of individual elementary reactions to the predictive performance of the

  8. Applying Modeling Instruction to High School Chemistry to Improve Students' Conceptual Understanding

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    2015-01-01

    With the release of the Next Generation Science Standards, high school chemistry teachers are now pondering the implications of their recommendations for their teaching. They may agree that traditional instruction, as the Framework points out, "emphasizes discrete facts with a focus on breadth over depth, and does not provide students with…

  9. Improving Skill Development: An Exploratory Study Comparing a Philosophical and an Applied Ethical Analysis Technique

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    Al-Saggaf, Yeslam; Burmeister, Oliver K.

    2012-01-01

    This exploratory study compares and contrasts two types of critical thinking techniques; one is a philosophical and the other an applied ethical analysis technique. The two techniques analyse an ethically challenging situation involving ICT that a recent media article raised to demonstrate their ability to develop the ethical analysis skills of…

  10. Teaching Reform of Applied Chemistry Experiment%应用化学实验教学改革

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    “应用化学实验”是高等院校应用化学专业学生必修课程之一,也是高校为化工企业输出应用型人才的地方。结合包头化工产业的发展,我校加大对应用化学实验课程教学内容改革,通过应用化学实验教学改革,实现企业、学校与学生三者共赢的局面,并收到显著成效。%Applied Chemistry Experiment "is the basis for compulsory courses to Normal College in Chemis-try, And is a place which provided application -oriented talents to chemical companies .According to the develop-ment of chemical industry in Baotou , The teaching reform of applied chemistry experiment was increased .The win-win situation of companys , colleges and students was realized through the teaching reform .

  11. XVIII Mendeleev congress on general and applied chemistry. Summaries of reports in five volumes. Volume 5. IV Russian-French symposium Supramolecular systems in chemistry and biology. II Russian-Indian symposium on organic chemistry. International symposium on present-day radiochemistry Radiochemistry: progress and prospects. International symposium Green chemistry, stable evolution and social responsibility of chemists. Symposium Nucleophilic hydrogen substitution in aromatic systems and related reactions

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    The 5 volume of the XVIII Mendeleev congress on general and applied chemistry includes summaries of reports on the subjects of sypramolecular systems in chemistry and biology, organic chemistry, modern radiochemistry, green chemistry - development and social responsibility of chemists, nucleophilic hydrogen substitution in aromatic systems and related chemical reactions

  12. Some applications of radioisotopes in physical chemistry - two-phase equilibria and packed-column techniques

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    One of the most effective applications of radioisotopes in physical chemistry is the study of two-phase equilibria; our own studies for a number of years have been concentrated on ion exchange reactions with commercial organic and with new types of non-siliceous inorganic exchangers. With the former, the studies were carried out in depth, covering at times most elements in the periodic table, the objective being comparison of functional relationships of many systems rather than the detailed study of a few. With the inorganic exchangers, the objective was also broad coverage of many systems, particularly comparison of large numbers of adsorbents. Since these studies required hundreds of thousands of analyses, they would have been almost impossible with conventional analytical techniques. The feasibility of such studies can therefore be considered a direct outgrowth of the ready availability of radioactive tracers, and the steady increase in precision and convenience of counting techniques. More recently, packed-column techniques have been developed which, with radioactive tracers and relatively simple equipment, permit ready extension of studies of two-phase equilibria and of the kinetics of interfaces to higher temperatures (at present up to 200o C). Sampling and continuous monitoring techniques were used. Through adsorption and solubility studies, information on enthalpy and entropy changes of adsorption and ion-exchange reactions is reported as well as information on heats of solution, activity coefficients in concentrated electrolyte mixtures, and on complexing reactions in high-temperature aqueous systems. (author)

  13. Some aspects of analytical chemistry as applied to water quality assurance techniques for reclaimed water: The potential use of X-ray fluorescence spectrometry for automated on-line fast real-time simultaneous multi-component analysis of inorganic pollutants in reclaimed water

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    Ling, A. C.; Macpherson, L. H.; Rey, M.

    1981-01-01

    The potential use of isotopically excited energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry for automated on line fast real time (5 to 15 minutes) simultaneous multicomponent (up to 20) trace (1 to 10 parts per billion) analysis of inorganic pollutants in reclaimed water was examined. Three anionic elements (chromium 6, arsenic and selenium) were studied. The inherent lack of sensitivity of XRF spectrometry for these elements mandates use of a preconcentration technique and various methods were examined, including: several direct and indirect evaporation methods; ion exchange membranes; selective and nonselective precipitation; and complexation processes. It is shown tha XRF spectrometry itself is well suited for automated on line quality assurance, and can provide a nondestructive (and thus sample storage and repeat analysis capabilities) and particularly convenient analytical method. Further, the use of an isotopically excited energy dispersive unit (50 mCi Cd-109 source) coupled with a suitable preconcentration process can provide sufficient sensitivity to achieve the current mandated minimum levels of detection without the need for high power X-ray generating tubes.

  14. Applying Analytical Derivative and Sparse Matrix Techniques to Large-Scale Process Optimization Problems

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    2000-01-01

    The performance of analytical derivative and sparse matrix techniques applied to a traditional densesequential quadratic programming(SQP) is studied, and the strategy utilizing those techniques is also presented. Computational results on two typicalchemical optimization problems demonstrate significant enhancement in efficiency, which shows this strategy ispromising and suitable for large-scale process optimization problems.

  15. Applying Analytical Derivative and Sparse Matrix Techniques to Large-Scale Process Optimization Problems

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    钟卫涛; 邵之江; 张余岳; 钱积新

    2000-01-01

    The performance of analytical derivative and sparse matrix techniques applied to a traditional dense sequential quadratic programming (SQP) is studied, and the strategy utilizing those techniques is also presented.Computational results on two typical chemical optimization problems demonstrate significant enhancement in efficiency, which shows this strategy is promising and suitable for large-scale process optimization problems.

  16. Applying BI Techniques To Improve Decision Making And Provide Knowledge Based Management

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper focuses on BI techniques and especially data mining algorithms that can support and improve the decision making process, with applications within the financial sector. We consider the data mining techniques to be more efficient and thus we applied several techniques, supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms The case study in which these algorithms have been implemented regards the activity of a banking institution, with focus on the management of lending activities.

  17. Comparision of nerve stimulator and ultrasonography as the techniques applied for brachial plexus anesthesia

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    2011-01-01

    Background Brachial plexus block is useful for upper extremity surgery, and many techniques are available. The aim of our study was to compare the efficacy of axillary brachial plexus block using an ultrasound technique to the peripheral nerve stimulation technique. Methods 60 patients scheduled for surgery of the forearm or hand were randomly allocated into two groups (n = 30 per group). For Group 1; US, and for Group 2 PNS was applied. The quality and the onset of the sensorial and motor bl...

  18. Research on key techniques of virtual reality applied in mining industry

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    LIAO Jun; LU Guo-bin

    2009-01-01

    Based on the applications of virtual reality technology in many fields, introduced the virtual reality technical basic concept, structure type, related technique development, etc., tallied up applications of virtual reality technique in the present mining industry, inquired into core techniques related software and hardware, especially the optimization in the setup of various 3D models technique, and carried out a virtual scene to travel extensively in real-time by stereoscopic manifestation technique and so on. Then it brought forward the solution of virtual reality technique with software and hardware to the mining industry that can satisfy the demand of different aspects and levers. Finally, it show a fine prospect of virtual reality technique applied in the mining industry.

  19. UV-VIS Spectroscopy Applied to Stratospheric Chemistry, Methods and Results

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    Karlsen, K.

    1996-03-01

    This paper was read at the workshop ``The Norwegian Climate and Ozone Research Programme`` held on 11-12 March 1996. Numerous observations and modeling have shown with a very high degree of certainty that the man-made emissions of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) and halons are responsible for the Antarctica ozone hole. It is also evident that the ozone layer of the Northern Hemisphere has suffered a certain decline over the last 10-15 years, possibly because of CFC and halons. 20-30% of the observed reduction is ascribed to coupled chlorine and bromine chemistry via a catalytic cycle resulting in the net conversion of 2O{sub 3} to 3O{sub 2}. But the details are not fully understood. The author plans to assemble a UV-VIS spectrometer for measuring the species OClO and BrO and to compare and discuss measured diurnal variations of OClO and BrO with model calculations. The use of Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS) is discussed and some results from late 1995 presented. 6 refs., 2 figs.

  20. Amplification without instability: applying fluid dynamical insights in chemistry and biology

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    While amplification of small perturbations often arises from instability, transient amplification is possible locally even in asymptotically stable systems. That is, knowledge of a system's stability properties can mislead one's intuition for its transient behaviors. This insight, which has an interesting history in fluid dynamics, has more recently been rediscovered in ecology. Surprisingly, many nonlinear fluid dynamical and ecological systems share linear features associated with transient amplification of noise. This paper aims to establish that these features are widespread in many other disciplines concerned with noisy systems, especially chemistry, cell biology and molecular biology. Here, using classic nonlinear systems and the graphical language of network science, we explore how the noise amplification problem can be reframed in terms of activatory and inhibitory interactions between dynamical variables. The interaction patterns considered here are found in a great variety of systems, ranging from autocatalytic reactions and activator–inhibitor systems to influential models of nerve conduction, glycolysis, cell signaling and circadian rhythms. (paper)

  1. THE SIXTH FRENCH-ROMANIAN SYMPOSIUM OF APPLIED CHEMISTRY “COFrRoCA 2010” 07 – 10 JULY 2010 – ORLEANS, FRANCE

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    2011-01-01

    The Sixth French-Romanian Symposium of Applied Chemistry "COlloque FRanco-ROumain de Chimie Appliquée" – COFrRoCA 2010, organized by the Research Center “Applied Chemistry and Process Engineering” of the "Vasile Alecsandri" University from Bacău (Romania) and the Institute of Organic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Orleans (France), took place on 7-10 July, 2010 in Orleans. Over 140 posters, 46 oral communications, 4 conferences and two keynote lectures were presented plenary or in o...

  2. Database 'catalogue of techniques applied to materials and products of nuclear engineering'

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    The database 'Catalogue of techniques applied to materials and products of nuclear engineering' (IS MERI) was developed to provide informational support for SSC RF RIAR and other enterprises in scientific investigations. This database contains information on the techniques used at RF Minatom enterprises for reactor material properties investigation. The main purpose of this system consists in the assessment of the current status of the reactor material science experimental base for the further planning of experimental activities and methodical support improvement. (author)

  3. Data Mining E-protokol - Applying data mining techniques on student absence

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    Shrestha, Amardip; Bro Lilleås, Lauge; Hansen, Asbjørn

    2014-01-01

    The scope of this project is to explore the possibilities in applying data mining techniques for discovering new knowledge about student absenteeism in primary school. The research consists in analyzing a large dataset collected through the digital protocol system E-protokol. The data mining techniques used for the analysis involves clustering, classification and association rule mining, which are utilized using the machine learning toolset WEKA. The findings includes a number of suggestions ...

  4. Sweep as a Generic Pruning Technique Applied to the Non-Overlapping Rectangles Constraint

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    Beldiceanu, Nicolas; Carlsson, Mats

    2001-01-01

    We first present a generic pruning technique which aggregates several constraints sharing some variables. The method is derived from an idea called \\dfn{sweep} which is extensively used in computational geometry. A first benefit of this technique comes from the fact that it can be applied on several families of global constraints. A second main advantage is that it does not lead to any memory consumption problem since it only requires temporary memory that can be reclaimed after each invocat...

  5. Development of Promising Insulating Oil and Applied Techniques of EHD, ER·MR

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    Hanaoka, Ryoichi

    The development of an environment-friendly insulating liquid has been noticed for a new design of oil-filled power apparatus such as transformer from viewpoints of the protection of the environment. The dielectric liquids can also widely be applied to various fields which are concerned in the electromagnetic field. This article introduces the recent trend on promising new vegetable based oil as an electrical insulation, and EHD pumping, ER fluid and MR fluid as the applied techniques of dielectric liquids.

  6. Research on the development of green chemistry technology assessment techniques: a material reutilization case

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    Hong, Seokpyo; Ahn, Kilsoo; Kim, Sungjune; Gong, Sungyong

    2015-01-01

    Objectives This study presents a methodology that enables a quantitative assessment of green chemistry technologies. Methods The study carries out a quantitative evaluation of a particular case of material reutilization by calculating the level of “greenness” i.e., the level of compliance with the principles of green chemistry that was achieved by implementing a green chemistry technology. Results The results indicate that the greenness level was enhanced by 42% compared to the pre-improvemen...

  7. Strategies and techniques of communication and public relations applied to non-profit sector

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    Ioana – Julieta Josan

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to summarize the strategies and techniques of communication and public relations applied to non-profit sector.The approach of the paper is to identify the most appropriate strategies and techniques that non-profit sector can use to accomplish its objectives, to highlight specific differences between the strategies and techniques of the profit and non-profit sectors and to identify potential communication and public relations actions in order to increase visibility among target audience, create brand awareness and to change into positive brand sentiment the target perception about the non-profit sector.

  8. Recoil techniques in the study of transactinide elements. Discovery of new elements and hot atom chemistry

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    Hot atom chemistry has been of vital importance in the separation and discovery of the heaviest elements. Recoil techniques have been used in the discovery of all the heavy elements from mendelevium (101) through element 109, the heaviest currently known. In this 'recoil' method a relatively thin target is deposited on an appropriate backing and the projectile beam from the accelerator first passes through the backing and then into the target. The recoiling products can subsequently be collected or transported in a variety of ways. In our studies of the nuclear and chemical properties of the transactinides, gas transport systems incorporating helium gas and aerosols (KCl, NaCl, MoO3) have been used. This method is rapid (fractions of a second) and highly efficient and has been used in both our aqueous and gaseous phase studies of heavy actinides and transactinides as well as to deposit recoiling activities directly on thin foils held on a rotating wheel for spontaneous fission and alpha measurements. A few examples of our studies on the chemical and nuclear properties of elements 104 and 105 will be discussed. (author)

  9. Recoil techniques in the study of transactinide elements. Discovery of new elements and hot atom chemistry

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    Hoffman, D.C. [Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States)

    1993-12-01

    Hot atom chemistry has been of vital importance in the separation and discovery of the heaviest elements. Recoil techniques have been used in the discovery of all the heavy elements from mendelevium (101) through element 109, the heaviest currently known. In this `recoil` method a relatively thin target is deposited on an appropriate backing and the projectile beam from the accelerator first passes through the backing and then into the target. The recoiling products can subsequently be collected or transported in a variety of ways. In our studies of the nuclear and chemical properties of the transactinides, gas transport systems incorporating helium gas and aerosols (KCl, NaCl, MoO{sub 3}) have been used. This method is rapid (fractions of a second) and highly efficient and has been used in both our aqueous and gaseous phase studies of heavy actinides and transactinides as well as to deposit recoiling activities directly on thin foils held on a rotating wheel for spontaneous fission and alpha measurements. A few examples of our studies on the chemical and nuclear properties of elements 104 and 105 will be discussed. (author).

  10. Separation chemistry and clean technique of cerium(IV):A review

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    邹丹; 陈继; 李德谦

    2014-01-01

    The separation method of changeable valence RE element of cerium (Ce) was reviewed in this paper. Solvent extraction is the most effective and efficient method to separate Ce(IV) from RE(III), usually accompanied with fluorine (F) and phosphor (P) from bastnaesite and monazite etc. By roast or wet-air oxidation, Ce(III) of bastnaesite and monazite was oxidized into Ce(IV), and Cyanex923 and [A336][P507] have been investigated to co-extract and recover Ce(IV), F and P from H2SO4 leaching liquor, leading to favorable conditions for the subsequent separation of Th(IV) and RE(III). The interaction of Ce(IV) and F and/or P enhances the roasting, leaching and extraction of Ce(IV) due to increasing of the stability of Ce(IV), and the formation of CeF3 and CePO4 after reductive stripping will benefit the utilization of F and P. For dealing with RE ores of high-content Ce, the clean process of oxidation roasting and Ce(IV)-F separation for Sichuan bastnaesite highlights the advantages of Ce(IV) based clean technique, which firstly demonstrates the comprehensive utilization of Ce(IV), Th(IV), F and RE(III) and prevention of environmental pollution from foun-tainhead. A preliminary flowsheet of two-step oxidation and extraction of Ce(IV) for Bayan Obo mixed ores was further proposed to process the oxidation and extraction of Ce(IV) in presence of both F and P, indicating the possibility of similar effects with clean process of Sichuan bastnaesite. Ce(IV) separation chemistry and clean technique will open up new realms for light RE resources utilization, meeting“Emission Standards of Pollutants from Rare Earths Industry”promulgated by China’s Ministry of Environment Protection (MOP) in 2011.

  11. Applying Modern Techniques and Carrying Out English .Extracurricular—— On the Model United Nations Activity

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    XuXiaoyu; WangJian

    2004-01-01

    This paper is an introduction of the extracurricular activity of the Model United Nations in Northwestern Polyteehnical University (NPU) and it focuses on the application of the modem techniques in the activity and the pedagogical theories applied in it. An interview and questionnaire research will reveal the influence of the Model United Nations.

  12. Difficulties applying recent blind source separation techniques to EEG and MEG

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    Knuth, Kevin H

    2015-01-01

    High temporal resolution measurements of human brain activity can be performed by recording the electric potentials on the scalp surface (electroencephalography, EEG), or by recording the magnetic fields near the surface of the head (magnetoencephalography, MEG). The analysis of the data is problematic due to the fact that multiple neural generators may be simultaneously active and the potentials and magnetic fields from these sources are superimposed on the detectors. It is highly desirable to un-mix the data into signals representing the behaviors of the original individual generators. This general problem is called blind source separation and several recent techniques utilizing maximum entropy, minimum mutual information, and maximum likelihood estimation have been applied. These techniques have had much success in separating signals such as natural sounds or speech, but appear to be ineffective when applied to EEG or MEG signals. Many of these techniques implicitly assume that the source distributions hav...

  13. How to Apply Student-centered Teaching Techniques in a Large Class%How to Apply Student-centered Teaching Techniques in a Larae Class

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    李焱

    2008-01-01

    It is very common to have a class of 50 or more students in Chinese schools,and teaching a foreign language effectively to a large class is really hard work.In order to change the teacher-centered teaching model into the student-centered one,Teachers should keep students' needs,interests,and learning styles in mind,apply several kinds of teaching techniques,organize different clas$1~OIlll activities and encourage,praise and appreciate both students' success and learning process all the time.If teachers place more responsibility in the hands of students,serve as "presenter or facilitator of knowledge"instead of "source of all knowledge",they can greatly motivate students to learn the language in a very active,cooperative andeffectiveway.After all,peoplelearn by doing,not only by watching andlistening.

  14. Selected constants oxydo-reduction potentials tables of constants and numerical data affiliated to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, v.8

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    Charlot, G

    1958-01-01

    Selected Constants: Oxydo-Reduction Potentials contains Tables of the most probable value of the normal oxidation-reduction potential, or of the formal or apparent potential, of a given oxidation-reduction system. This book is prepared under the sponsorship of the Commission on Electrochemical Data of the Section of Analytical Chemistry of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. It is included in a general program of the Section of Analytical Chemistry. Entry items are classified in alphabetical order. This book will be of value to specialized and non-specialized chemists, teach

  15. Measurement of the magnitude of force applied by students when learning a mobilisation technique

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    E. Smit

    2003-02-01

    Full Text Available Passive accessory intervertebral movements (PAIVM’s are frequently used by physiotherapists in the  assessment and management of patients. Studies investigating the reliability of passive mobilisation techniques have shown conflicting results. Therefore, standardisation of PAIVM’s is essential for research and teaching purposes, which could result in better clinical management. In order to standardise graded passive mobilisation techniques, a reliable, easy-to-use, objective measurement tool must be used. The aim of this  study was to determine whether it is necessary to quantify the magnitude of force applied when teaching a grade I central  posteroanterior (PA mobilisation technique (according to Maitland on the cervical spine. An objective measurement tool (FlexiForceTM was used to determine the consistency of force applied by third and fourth year physiotherapy students while performing this technique. Twenty third- and 20 fourth year physiotherapy students (n=40 were randomly selected. Each subject performed a grade I central PA on sensors placed on C6 for 25 seconds. The average maximum grade 1 force applied by the third year students was  significantly higher than the force applied by the fourth year students (p=0.034. There was a significantly larger variation in applied force among third years (p=0.00043. The results indicate that the current teaching method is insufficient to ensure inter-therapist reliability amongst students, emphasising the need for an objective measurement tool to be used for teaching students. The measurement tool used in this study is economical, easily applied and is an efficient method of measuring the magnitude of force. Further research is needed to demonstrate the reliability and validity of the tool to assist teaching and research in a clinical setting.

  16. Development of ultrasound Doppler velocimetry technique applying cross-correlation processing

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    Ultrasound Doppler Velocimetry technique (UDV) applying Doppler effect has been developed for measuring velocity distributions of sodium flow. As Doppler shift frequency is proportional to velocity of microparticles carried by flowing liquid, it is possible to evaluate velocity distributions of flowing liquid from Doppler shift frequency. In this report, a technique applying cross-correlation processing is proposed to derive Doppler shift frequency from the echoes of ultrasonic pulses. Verification studies of the proposed technique are conducted based on simulated echoes and actual echoes in water tests. Main results are as follows: (1) As the result of verification studies conducted based on the simulated echoes, relative error estimated by the proposed technique is about 1 percent. (2) The proposed technique is an effective measures for the reduction of noise signals. (3) The velocity distributions of water flowing in a pipe are evaluated in the experiments. The velocity distributions evaluated by the proposed technique is almost equivalent to that of turbulent flow evaluated by 1/7th power law. (author)

  17. XIX Mendeleev Congress on general and applied chemistry. Abstract book in 4 volumes. Volume 4. Chemistry aspects of modern energy and alternative energy resources. Chemistry of fossil and renewable hydrocarbon raw materials. Analytical chemistry: novel methods and devices for chemical research and analysis. Chemical education

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    The abstracts of the XIX Mendeleev Congress on general and applied chemistry held 25-30 September 2011 in Volgograd are presented. The program includes the Congress plenary and section reports, poster presentations, symposia and round tables on key areas of chemical science and technology, and chemical education. The work of the Congress was held the following sections: 1. Fundamental problems of chemical sciences; 2. Chemistry and technology of materials, including nanomaterials; 3. Physicochemical basis of metallurgical processes; 4. Current issues of chemical production, technical risk assessment; 5. Chemical aspects of modern power and alternative energy sources; 6. Chemistry of fossil and renewable hydrocarbons; 7. Analytical chemistry: new methods and instruments for chemical research and analysis; 8. Chemical education. Volume 4 includes abstracts of oral and poster presentations and presentations of correspondent participants of the sections: Chemistry aspects of modern energy and alternative energy resources; Chemistry of fossil and renewable hydrocarbon raw materials; Analytical chemistry: novel methods and devices for chemical research and analysis; Chemical education, and author index

  18. Environmental water monitoring by capillary electrophoresis and result comparison with solvent chemistry techniques.

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    Sirén, Heli; Väntsi, Sirpa

    2002-05-24

    The aim of this work was to determine inorganic ions from natural waters by capillary electrophoresis (CE) and to compare the results obtained with those measured with conventional solvent chemistry techniques. The project was part of a larger CE study, during which we measured inorganic ions from some lake and river systems and groundwaters in Southern Finland. Results obtained from contaminated Finnish waters were compared with samples from the River Rhine in the Düsseldorf area. Two CE methods were used for analysis: one for determination of chloride, sulfate, nitrite and nitrate at pH 7.7 and the other for ammonium, potassium, calcium, sodium and magnesium at pH 3.6, both methods using identification based on indirect UV detection. Two separation methods were used in order to prevent complex formation of metals with sulfate, hydroxide and decomposed organic matter present in the environmental samples. On the basis of the CE studies dilution was needed for those samples having more than 100 mg/l of sulfate, chloride, calcium and sodium. On average, the natural waters in the study contained ammonium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and calcium below 0.3, 20, 200, 20, and 200 mg/l, respectively. The concentrations of chloride, sulfate, nitrite and nitrate were below 20, 100, 10, and 10 mg/l, respectively. Correlation of the CE results with those acquired by titration, atomic absorption spectrometry, ion chromatography and flow injection analysis were obtained; R2 values for the comparison tests varied from 0.8816 to 0.9994 depending on the ion. The repeatabilities of the anion and cation CE methods were tested using laboratory-made reference sample mixtures with high and low salt concentration. PMID:12102308

  19. Optimization technique applied to interpretation of experimental data and research of constitutive laws

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    The feasibility of identification technique applied to one dimensional numerical analysis of the split-Hopkinson pressure bar experiment is proven. A general 1-D elastic-plastic-viscoplastic computer program was written down so as to give an adequate solution for elastic-plastic-viscoplastic response of a pressure bar subjected to a general Heaviside step loading function in time which is applied over one end of the bar. Special emphasis is placed on the response of the specimen during the first microseconds where no equilibrium conditions can be stated. During this transient phase discontinuity conditions related to wave propagation are encountered and must be carefully taken into account. Having derived an adequate numerical model, then Pontryagin identification technique has been applied in such a way that the unknowns are physical parameters. The solutions depend mainly on the selection of a class of proper eigen objective functionals (cost functions) which may be combined so as to obtain a convenient numerical objective function. A number of significant questions arising in the choice of parameter adjustment algorithms are discussed. In particular, this technique leads to a two point boundary value problem which has been solved using an iterative gradient like technique usually referred to as a double operator gradient method. This method combines the classical Fletcher-Powell technique and a partial quadratic technique with an automatic parameter step size selection. This method is much more efficient than usual ones. Numerical experimentation with simulated data was performed to test the accuracy and stability of the identification algorithm and to determine the most adequate type and quantity of data for estimation purposes

  20. Modelling the effects of the sterile insect technique applied to Eldana saccharina Walker in sugarcane

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available A mathematical model is formulated for the population dynamics of an Eldana saccharina Walker infestation of sugarcane under the influence of partially sterile released insects. The model describes the population growth of and interaction between normal and sterile E.saccharina moths in a temporally variable, but spatially homogeneous environment. The model consists of a deterministic system of difference equations subject to strictly positive initial data. The primary objective of this model is to determine suitable parameters in terms of which the above population growth and interaction may be quantified and according to which E.saccharina infestation levels and the associated sugarcane damage may be measured. Although many models have been formulated in the past describing the sterile insect technique, few of these models describe the technique for Lepidopteran species with more than one life stage and where F1-sterility is relevant. In addition, none of these models consider the technique when fully sterile females and partially sterile males are being released. The model formulated is also the first to describe the technique applied specifically to E.saccharina, and to consider the economic viability of applying the technique to this species. Pertinent decision support is provided to farm managers in terms of the best timing for releases, release ratios and release frequencies.

  1. Uranium chemistry in blood and aqueous media. Techniques of studies; Chimie de l`uranium en milieux aqueux et sanguin. Techniques d`etudes

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    Scapolan, St.

    1996-11-01

    The object of this report in a first step, is to understand the chemistry of uranium in aqueous phase by specifying the behavior of this element in function of several parameters such PH, concentration of present species, temperature, ionic force. In a second step, investigation techniques are reviewed: X rays diffraction, potentiometric titrations, polarography, spectrophotometry, NMR of {sup 13}C, {sup 31}P, {sup 17}O, capillary electrophoresis, laser detection. The third part brings elements to understand the uranium complexation in blood medium.

  2. Renormalization techniques applied to the study of density of states in disordered systems

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    A general scheme for real space renormalization of formal scattering theory is presented and applied to the calculation of density of states (DOS) in some finite width systems. This technique is extended in a self-consistent way, to the treatment of disordered and partially ordered chains. Numerical results of moments and DOS are presented in comparison with previous calculations. In addition, a self-consistent theory for the magnetic order problem in a Hubbard chain is derived and a parametric transition is observed. Properties of localization of the electronic states in disordered chains are studied through various decimation averaging techniques and using numerical simulations. (author)

  3. Phase-shifting technique applied to circular harmonic-based joint transform correlator

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    2000-01-01

    The phase-shifting technique is applied to the circular harmonic expansion-based joint transform correlator. Computer simulation has shown that the light efficiency and the discrimination capability are greatly enhanced, and the full rotation invariance is preserved after the phase-shifting technique has been used. A rotation-invariant optical pattern recognition with high discrimination capability and high light efficiency is obtained. The influence of the additive noise on the performance of the correlator is also investigated. However, the anti-noise capability of this kind of correlator still needs improving.

  4. Best Available Technique (BAT) assessment applied to ACR-1000 waste and heavy water management systems

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    The ACR-1000 design is the next evolution of the proven CANDU reactor design. One of the key objectives for this project was to systematically apply the As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) principle to the reactor design. The ACR design team selected the Best Available Technique (BAT) assessment for this purpose to document decisions made during the design of each ACR-1000 waste and heavy water management systems. This paper describes the steps in the BAT assessment that has been applied to the ACR-1000 design. (author)

  5. A Component Approach to Collaborative Scientific Software Development: Tools and Techniques Utilized by the Quantum Chemistry Science Application Partnership

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    Joseph P. Kenny

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Cutting-edge scientific computing software is complex, increasingly involving the coupling of multiple packages to combine advanced algorithms or simulations at multiple physical scales. Component-based software engineering (CBSE has been advanced as a technique for managing this complexity, and complex component applications have been created in the quantum chemistry domain, as well as several other simulation areas, using the component model advocated by the Common Component Architecture (CCA Forum. While programming models do indeed enable sound software engineering practices, the selection of programming model is just one building block in a comprehensive approach to large-scale collaborative development which must also address interface and data standardization, and language and package interoperability. We provide an overview of the development approach utilized within the Quantum Chemistry Science Application Partnership, identifying design challenges, describing the techniques which we have adopted to address these challenges and highlighting the advantages which the CCA approach offers for collaborative development.

  6. Co-evolutionary and Reinforcement Learning Techniques Applied to Computer Go players

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    Zela Moraya, Wester Edison

    2013-01-01

    The objective of this thesis is model some processes from the nature as evolution and co-evolution, and proposing some techniques that can ensure that these learning process really happens and useful to solve some complex problems as Go game. The Go game is ancient and very complex game with simple rules which still is a challenge for the Artificial Intelligence. This dissertation cover some approaches that were applied to solve this problem, proposing solve this problem using competiti...

  7. Chemical research projects office functions accomplishments programs. [applied research in the fields of polymer chemistry and polymeric composites with emphasis on fire safety

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    Heimbuch, A. H.; Parker, J. A.

    1975-01-01

    Basic and applied research in the fields of polymer chemistry, polymeric composites, chemical engineering, and biophysical chemistry is summarized. Emphasis is placed on fire safety and human survivability as they relate to commercial and military aircraft, high-rise buildings, mines and rapid transit transportation. Materials systems and other fire control systems developed for aerospace applications and applied to national domestic needs are described along with bench-scale and full-scale tests conducted to demonstrate the improvements in performance obtained through the utilization of these materials and fire control measures.

  8. The digital geometric phase technique applied to the deformation evaluation of MEMS devices

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    Quantitative evaluation of the structure deformation of microfabricated electromechanical systems is of importance for the design and functional control of microsystems. In this investigation, a novel digital geometric phase technique was developed to meet the deformation evaluation requirement of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). The technique is performed on the basis of regular artificial lattices, instead of a natural atom lattice. The regular artificial lattices with a pitch ranging from micrometer to nanometer will be directly fabricated on the measured surface of MEMS devices by using a focused ion beam (FIB). Phase information can be obtained from the Bragg filtered images after fast Fourier transform (FFT) and inverse fast Fourier transform (IFFT) of the scanning electronic microscope (SEM) images. Then the in-plane displacement field and the local strain field related to the phase information will be evaluated. The obtained results show that the technique can be well applied to deformation measurement with nanometer sensitivity and stiction force estimation of a MEMS device

  9. Applying Squeezing Technique to Clayrocks: Lessons Learned from Experiments at Mont Terri Rock Laboratory

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    Knowledge of the pore water chemistry in clay rock formations plays an important role in determining radionuclide migration in the context of nuclear waste disposal. Among the different in situ and ex-situ techniques for pore water sampling in clay sediments and soils, squeezing technique dates back 115 years. Although different studies have been performed about the reliability and representativeness of squeezed pore waters, more of them were achieved on high porosity, high water content and unconsolidated clay sediments. A very few of them tackled the analysis of squeezed pore water from low-porosity, low water content and highly consolidated clay rocks. In this work, a specially designed and fabricated one-dimensional compression cell two directional fluid flow was used to extract and analyse the pore water composition of Opalinus Clay core samples from Mont Terri (Switzerland). The reproducibility of the technique is good and no ionic ultrafiltration, chemical fractionation or anion exclusion was found in the range of pressures analysed: 70-200 MPa. Pore waters extracted in this range of pressures do not decrease in concentration, which would indicate a dilution of water by mixing of the free pore water and the outer layers of double layer water (Donnan water). A threshold (safety) squeezing pressure of 175 MPa was established for avoiding membrane effects (ion filtering, anion exclusion, etc.) from clay particles induced by increasing pressures. Besides, the pore waters extracted at these pressures are representative of the Opalinus Clay formation from a direct comparison against in situ collected borehole waters. (Author)

  10. Applying Squeezing Technique to Clayrocks: Lessons Learned from Experiments at Mont Terri Rock Laboratory

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    Fernandez, A. M.; Sanchez-Ledesma, D. M.; Tournassat, C.; Melon, A.; Gaucher, E.; Astudillo, E.; Vinsot, A.

    2013-07-01

    Knowledge of the pore water chemistry in clay rock formations plays an important role in determining radionuclide migration in the context of nuclear waste disposal. Among the different in situ and ex-situ techniques for pore water sampling in clay sediments and soils, squeezing technique dates back 115 years. Although different studies have been performed about the reliability and representativeness of squeezed pore waters, more of them were achieved on high porosity, high water content and unconsolidated clay sediments. A very few of them tackled the analysis of squeezed pore water from low-porosity, low water content and highly consolidated clay rocks. In this work, a specially designed and fabricated one-dimensional compression cell two directional fluid flow was used to extract and analyse the pore water composition of Opalinus Clay core samples from Mont Terri (Switzerland). The reproducibility of the technique is good and no ionic ultrafiltration, chemical fractionation or anion exclusion was found in the range of pressures analysed: 70-200 MPa. Pore waters extracted in this range of pressures do not decrease in concentration, which would indicate a dilution of water by mixing of the free pore water and the outer layers of double layer water (Donnan water). A threshold (safety) squeezing pressure of 175 MPa was established for avoiding membrane effects (ion filtering, anion exclusion, etc.) from clay particles induced by increasing pressures. Besides, the pore waters extracted at these pressures are representative of the Opalinus Clay formation from a direct comparison against in situ collected borehole waters. (Author)

  11. Comparison between different techniques applied to quartz CPO determination in granitoid mylonites

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    Fazio, Eugenio; Punturo, Rosalda; Cirrincione, Rosolino; Kern, Hartmut; Wenk, Hans-Rudolph; Pezzino, Antonino; Goswami, Shalini; Mamtani, Manish

    2016-04-01

    Since the second half of the last century, several techniques have been adopted to resolve the crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) of major minerals constituting crustal and mantle rocks. To this aim, many efforts have been made to increase the accuracy of such analytical devices as well as to progressively reduce the time needed to perform microstructural analysis. It is worth noting that many of these microstructural studies deal with quartz CPO because of the wide occurrence of this mineral phase in crustal rocks as well as its quite simple chemical composition. In the present work, four different techniques were applied to define CPOs of dynamically recrystallized quartz domains from naturally deformed rocks collected from a ductile crustal scale shear zone in order to compare their advantages and limitation. The selected Alpine shear zone is located in the Aspromonte Massif (Calabrian Peloritani Orogen, southern Italy) representing granitoid lithotypes. The adopted methods span from "classical" universal stage (US), to image analysis technique (CIP), electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD), and time of flight neutron diffraction (TOF). When compared, bulk texture pole figures obtained by means of these different techniques show a good correlation. Advances in analytical techniques used for microstructural investigations are outlined by discussing results of quartz CPO that are presented in this study.

  12. Wire-mesh and ultrasound techniques applied for the characterization of gas-liquid slug flow

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    Ofuchi, Cesar Y.; Sieczkowski, Wytila Chagas; Neves Junior, Flavio; Arruda, Lucia V.R.; Morales, Rigoberto E.M.; Amaral, Carlos E.F.; Silva, Marco J. da [Federal University of Technology of Parana, Curitiba, PR (Brazil)], e-mails: ofuchi@utfpr.edu.br, wytila@utfpr.edu.br, neves@utfpr.edu.br, lvrarruda@utfpr.edu.br, rmorales@utfpr.edu.br, camaral@utfpr.edu.br, mdasilva@utfpr.edu.br

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    Gas-liquid two-phase flows are found in a broad range of industrial applications, such as chemical, petrochemical and nuclear industries and quite often determine the efficiency and safety of process and plants. Several experimental techniques have been proposed and applied to measure and quantify two-phase flows so far. In this experimental study the wire-mesh sensor and an ultrasound technique are used and comparatively evaluated to study two-phase slug flows in horizontal pipes. The wire-mesh is an imaging technique and thus appropriated for scientific studies while ultrasound-based technique is robust and non-intrusive and hence well suited for industrial applications. Based on the measured raw data it is possible to extract some specific slug flow parameters of interest such as mean void fraction and characteristic frequency. The experiments were performed in the Thermal Sciences Laboratory (LACIT) at UTFPR, Brazil, in which an experimental two-phase flow loop is available. The experimental flow loop comprises a horizontal acrylic pipe of 26 mm diameter and 9 m length. Water and air were used to produce the two phase flow under controlled conditions. The results show good agreement between the techniques. (author)

  13. Chemistry Rocks: Redox Chemistry as a Geologic Tool.

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    Burns, Mary Sue

    2001-01-01

    Applies chemistry to earth science, uses rocks in chemistry laboratories, and teaches about transition metal chemistry, oxidation states, and oxidation-reduction reactions from firsthand experiences. (YDS)

  14. Applying Content-Based Image Retrieval Techniques to Provide New Services for Tourism Industry

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    Zobeir Raisi

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    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to use the network and internet and also to apply the content based image retrieval techniques to provide new services for tourism industry. The assumption is a tourist faces an interesting subject; he or she can take an image of subject by a handheld device and send it to the server as query image of CBIR. In the server, images similar to the query are retrieved and results are returned to the handheld device to be shown on a web browser. Then, the tourist can access the useful information about the subject by clicking on one of the retrieved images. For this purpose, a tourism database is created. Then several particular content-based image retrieval techniques are selected and applied to the database. Among these techniques, ‘Edge Histogram Descriptor (EHD’ and ‘Color layout descriptor (CLD’ algorithms have better retrieval performances than the others. By combining and modification of these two methods, a new CBIR algorithm is proposed for this application. Simulation results show a high retrieval performance for the proposed algorithm.

  15. Applied methods and techniques for mechatronic systems modelling, identification and control

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    Zhu, Quanmin; Cheng, Lei; Wang, Yongji; Zhao, Dongya

    2014-01-01

    Applied Methods and Techniques for Mechatronic Systems brings together the relevant studies in mechatronic systems with the latest research from interdisciplinary theoretical studies, computational algorithm development and exemplary applications. Readers can easily tailor the techniques in this book to accommodate their ad hoc applications. The clear structure of each paper, background - motivation - quantitative development (equations) - case studies/illustration/tutorial (curve, table, etc.) is also helpful. It is mainly aimed at graduate students, professors and academic researchers in related fields, but it will also be helpful to engineers and scientists from industry. Lei Liu is a lecturer at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China; Quanmin Zhu is a professor at University of the West of England, UK; Lei Cheng is an associate professor at Wuhan University of Science and Technology, China; Yongji Wang is a professor at HUST; Dongya Zhao is an associate professor at China University o...

  16. Software engineering techniques applied to agricultural systems an object-oriented and UML approach

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    Papajorgji, Petraq J

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    Software Engineering Techniques Applied to Agricultural Systems presents cutting-edge software engineering techniques for designing and implementing better agricultural software systems based on the object-oriented paradigm and the Unified Modeling Language (UML). The focus is on the presentation of  rigorous step-by-step approaches for modeling flexible agricultural and environmental systems, starting with a conceptual diagram representing elements of the system and their relationships. Furthermore, diagrams such as sequential and collaboration diagrams are used to explain the dynamic and static aspects of the software system.    This second edition includes: a new chapter on Object Constraint Language (OCL), a new section dedicated to the Model-VIEW-Controller (MVC) design pattern, new chapters presenting details of two MDA-based tools – the Virtual Enterprise and Olivia Nova, and a new chapter with exercises on conceptual modeling.  It may be highly useful to undergraduate and graduate students as t...

  17. Guidelines for depth data collection in rivers when applying interpolation techniques (kriging for river restoration

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    Full Text Available River restoration appraisal requires the implementation of monitoring programmes that assess the river site before and after the restoration project. However, little work has yet been developed to design effective and efficient sampling strategies. Three main variables need to be considered when designing monitoring programmes: space, time and scale. The aim of this paper is to describe the methodology applied to analyse the variation of depth in space, scale and time so more comprehensive monitoring programmes can be developed. Geostatistical techniques were applied to study the spatial dimension (sampling strategy and density, spectral analysis was used to study the scale at which depth shows cyclic patterns, whilst descriptive statistics were used to assess the temporal variation. A brief set of guidelines have been summarised in the conclusion.

  18. The two-step electrochemical etching technique applied for polycarbonate track etched detectors

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    The two-step electrochemical etching technique was optimized by varying the electrical field strength and applied to the polycarbonate track detector, Makrofol DE, for neutron dosimetry and radon monitoring using an electric field strength of 26.7 kV·cm-1.In comparison with the previously applied combination of chemical and electrochemical etching, the neutron response was increased, above a threshold energy of about 1.5 MeV, by a factor of 3 to a value of 52 tracks·cm-1·mSv-1. The background track density and its standard deviation of (6±2) cm-2 allows the detection of about 0.1 mSv. The alpha energy range was extended from an alpha window of about 1.5 MeV to an alpha energy range of 0.5 to 4 MeV. (author)

  19. Investigation of finite difference recession computation techniques applied to a nonlinear recession problem

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    This report presents comparisons of results of five implicit and explicit finite difference recession computation techniques with results from a more accurate ''benchmark'' solution applied to a simple one-dimensional nonlinear ablation problem. In the comparison problem a semi-infinite solid is subjected to a constant heat flux at its surface and the rate of recession is controlled by the solid material's latent heat of fusion. All thermal properties are assumed constant. The five finite difference methods include three front node dropping schemes, a back node dropping scheme, and a method in which the ablation problem is embedded in an inverse heat conduction problem and no nodes are dropped. Constancy of thermal properties and the semiinfinite and one-dimensional nature of the problem at hand are not necessary assumptions in applying the methods studied to more general problems. The best of the methods studied will be incorporated into APL's Standard Heat Transfer Program

  20. Contact Nd:YAG Laser Technique Applied To Head And Neck Reconstructive Surgery

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    Nobori, Takuo; Miyazaki, Yasuhiro; Moriyama, Ichiro; Sannikorn, Phakdee; Ohyama, Masaru

    1989-09-01

    The contact Nd:YAG laser system with ceramics tip was applied to head and neck reconstructive surgery. Plastic surgery was performed in 78 patients with head and neck diseases during the past 11 years. Since 1984 reconstructive surgery in these patients was made on 60 cases and on 45 cases(75%) of these cases the contact Nd:YAG laser surgery was used. Using this laser technique, half volume of bleeding in the operation was obtained as compared with that of the conventional procedure.

  1. Grid-based Moment Tensor Inversion Technique Apply for Earthquakes Offshore of Northeast Taiwan

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    Cheng, H.; Lee, S.; Ma, K.

    2010-12-01

    We use a grid-based moment tensor inversion technique and broadband continuous recordings to real-time monitoring the earthquakes offshore northeast Taiwan. The moment tensor inversion technique and a grid search scheme are applied to obtain the information of source parameters, including the hypocenter, moment magnitude, and focal mechanism. In Taiwan, the routine moment tensor solutions are reported by CWB(Central Weather Bureau) and BATS(Broadband Array in Taiwan for Seismology) which both require some lag time for the information on event time and location before doing CMT(Centroid Moment Tensor) analysis. By using the Grid-based moment tensor inversion technique, the event location and focal mechanism could be obtained simultaneously within about two minutes after the occurrence of the earthquake. This inversion procedure is based on a 1-D Green’s functions database calculated by frequency-wavenumber(fk) method. The northeast offshore of Taiwan has been taken into account as our first test area which covers the region of 121.5E to 123E, 23.5N to 25N, and the depth to 136 km. A 3D grid system is set in this study area with average grid size of 10 x 10 x 10 km3. We compare our results with the past earthquakes from 2008 to 2010 which had analyzed by BATS CMT. We also compare the event time detected by GridMT with the CWB earthquake reports. The results indicate that the grid-based moment tensor inversion system is efficient and realizable to be applied real-time on monitoring the local seismic activity. Our long-term goal is to use the GridMT technique with fully 3-D Green’s functions for the whole Taiwan in the future.

  2. Analytical chemistry in semiconductor manufacturing: Techniques, role of nuclear methods and need for quality control

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    This report is the result of a consultants meeting held in Gaithersburg, USA, 2-3 October 1987. The meeting was hosted by the National Bureau of Standards and Technology, and it was attended by 18 participants from Denmark, Finland, India, Japan, Norway, People's Republic of China and the USA. The purpose of the meeting was to assess the present status of analytical chemistry in semiconductor manufacturing, the role of nuclear analytical methods and the need for internationally organized quality control of the chemical analysis. The report contains the three presentations in full and a summary report of the discussions. Thus, it gives an overview of the need of analytical chemistry in manufacturing of silicon based devices, the use of nuclear analytical methods, and discusses the need for quality control. Refs, figs and tabs

  3. Applying contact to individual silicon nanowires using a dielectrophoresis (DEP)-based technique

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    One major challenge for the technological use of nanostructures is the control of their electrical and optoelectronic properties. For that purpose, extensive research into the electrical characterization and therefore a fast and reliable way of contacting these structures are needed. Here, we report on a new, dielectrophoresis (DEP)-based technique, which enables to apply sufficient and reliable contact to individual nanostructures, like semiconducting nanowires (NW), easily and without the need for lithography. The DEP contacting technique presented in this article can be done without high-tech equipment and monitored in situ with an optical microscope. In the presented experiments, individual SiNWs are trapped and subsequently welded between two photolithographically pre-patterned electrodes by applying varying AC voltages to the electrodes. To proof the quality of these contacts, I–V curves, photoresponse and photoconductivity of a single SiNW were measured. Furthermore, the measured photoconductivity in dependence on the wavelength of illuminated light and was compared with calculations predicting the absorption spectra of an individual SiNW.

  4. Applying contact to individual silicon nanowires using a dielectrophoresis (DEP)-based technique

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    Leiterer, Christian, E-mail: christian.leiterer@gmail.com [Institute of Photonic Technology (Germany); Broenstrup, Gerald [Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Light (Germany); Jahr, Norbert; Urban, Matthias; Arnold, Cornelia; Christiansen, Silke; Fritzsche, Wolfgang [Institute of Photonic Technology (Germany)

    2013-05-15

    One major challenge for the technological use of nanostructures is the control of their electrical and optoelectronic properties. For that purpose, extensive research into the electrical characterization and therefore a fast and reliable way of contacting these structures are needed. Here, we report on a new, dielectrophoresis (DEP)-based technique, which enables to apply sufficient and reliable contact to individual nanostructures, like semiconducting nanowires (NW), easily and without the need for lithography. The DEP contacting technique presented in this article can be done without high-tech equipment and monitored in situ with an optical microscope. In the presented experiments, individual SiNWs are trapped and subsequently welded between two photolithographically pre-patterned electrodes by applying varying AC voltages to the electrodes. To proof the quality of these contacts, I-V curves, photoresponse and photoconductivity of a single SiNW were measured. Furthermore, the measured photoconductivity in dependence on the wavelength of illuminated light and was compared with calculations predicting the absorption spectra of an individual SiNW.

  5. Development of a rapid solvent extraction technique with flow injection analysis for superheavy element chemistry

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    A rapid solvent extraction system with flow injection analysis based on microchip chemistry was developed to study chemical properties of superheavy elements. Using this system, solvent extraction experiments of 95gNb were performed as model experiments of element 105, dubnium. The extraction equilibrium of Nb was reached in approximately 2 s. For on-line liquid-liquid phase separation, a phase separator was also developed by use of a membrane filter. (author)

  6. Interferometric Techniques Apply to Gemona (Friuli-Italy) Area as Tool for Structural Analysis.

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    Sternai, P.; Calcagni, L.; Crippa, B.

    2009-04-01

    Interferometric Techniques Apply to Gemona (Friuli) Area as Tool for Structural Analysis. We suggest a possible exploitation of radar interferometry for estimating many features of the brittle deformation occurring at the very surface of the Earth, such as, for example, the length of the dislocation front, the total amount of the dislocation, the dislocation rate over the time interval considered. The Interferometric techniques allows obtaining highly reliable vertical velocity values of the order of 1 mm/yr, with a maximum resolution of 80m2. The values obtained always refer to the temporal interval considered, which depends on the availability of SAR images. We demonstrate that is possible to see the evolution and the behaviour of the main tectonic lineament of the considered area even on short period of time (few years). We describe the results of a procedure to calculate terrain motion velocity on highly correlated pixels of an area nearby Gemona - Friuli, Northern Italy, and then we presented some considerations, based on three successful examples of the analysis, on how to exploit these results in a structural-geological description of the area. The versatility of the technique, the large dimensions of the area that can be analyzed (10.000 km2), and the high precision and reliability of the results obtained, make radar interferometry a powerful tool not only to monitor the dislocation occurring at the surface, but also to obtain important information on the structural evolution of mountain belts, otherwise very difficult to recognize.

  7. Photothermal Techniques Applied to the Thermal Characterization of l-Cysteine Nanofluids

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    Alvarado, E. Maldonado; Ramón-Gallegos, E.; Jiménez Pérez, J. L.; Cruz-Orea, A.; Hernández Rosas, J.

    2013-05-01

    Thermal-diffusivity ( D) and thermal-effusivity ( e) measurements were carried out in l-cysteine nanoliquids l-cysteine in combination with Au nanoparticles and protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) nanofluid) by using thermal lens spectrometry (TLS) and photopyroelectric (PPE) techniques. The TLS technique was used in the two mismatched mode experimental configuration to obtain the thermal-diffusivity of the samples. On the other hand, the sample thermal effusivity ( e) was obtained by using the PPE technique where the temperature variation of a sample, exposed to modulated radiation, is measured with a pyrolectric sensor. From the obtained thermal-diffusivity and thermal-effusivity values, the thermal conductivity and specific heat capacity of the sample were calculated. The obtained thermal parameters were compared with the thermal parameters of water. The results of this study could be applied to the detection of tumors by using the l-cysteine in combination with Au nanoparticles and PpIX nanofluid, called conjugated in this study.

  8. Micropillar compression technique applied to micron-scale mudstone elasto-plastic deformation.

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    Michael, Joseph Richard; Chidsey, Thomas (Utah Geological Survey, Salt Lake City, UT); Heath, Jason E.; Dewers, Thomas A.; Boyce, Brad Lee; Buchheit, Thomas Edward

    2010-12-01

    Mudstone mechanical testing is often limited by poor core recovery and sample size, preservation and preparation issues, which can lead to sampling bias, damage, and time-dependent effects. A micropillar compression technique, originally developed by Uchic et al. 2004, here is applied to elasto-plastic deformation of small volumes of mudstone, in the range of cubic microns. This study examines behavior of the Gothic shale, the basal unit of the Ismay zone of the Pennsylvanian Paradox Formation and potential shale gas play in southeastern Utah, USA. Precision manufacture of micropillars 5 microns in diameter and 10 microns in length are prepared using an ion-milling method. Characterization of samples is carried out using: dual focused ion - scanning electron beam imaging of nano-scaled pores and distribution of matrix clay and quartz, as well as pore-filling organics; laser scanning confocal (LSCM) 3D imaging of natural fractures; and gas permeability, among other techniques. Compression testing of micropillars under load control is performed using two different nanoindenter techniques. Deformation of 0.5 cm in diameter by 1 cm in length cores is carried out and visualized by a microscope loading stage and laser scanning confocal microscopy. Axisymmetric multistage compression testing and multi-stress path testing is carried out using 2.54 cm plugs. Discussion of results addresses size of representative elementary volumes applicable to continuum-scale mudstone deformation, anisotropy, and size-scale plasticity effects. Other issues include fabrication-induced damage, alignment, and influence of substrate.

  9. Innovative image processing techniques applied to the thermographic inspection of PFC with SATIR facility

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    The components used in fusion devices, especially high heat flux Plasma Facing Components (PFC), have to withstand heat fluxes in the range of 10-20 MW/m2. So, they require high reliability which can be only guaranteed by accurate Non Destructive Examinations (NDE). The SATIR test bed operating at Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) Cadarache performs NDE using transient infrared thermography sequence which compares the thermal response of a tested element to a Reference element assumed to be defect free. The control parameter is called DTrefmax. In this paper, we present two innovative image processing techniques of the SATIR signal allowing the qualification of a component without any Reference element. The first method is based on a spatial image autocorrelation and the second on the resolution of an Inverse Heat Conduction Problem (IHCP) using a BEM (Boundary Element Method) technique. After a validation step performed on numerical data, these two methods have been applied to SATIR experimental data. The results show that these two techniques allow accurate defect detection, without using a Reference tile. They can be used in addition to the DTrefmax, for the qualification of plasma facing components.

  10. Applied research on air pollution using nuclear-related analytical techniques

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    A co-ordinated research programme (CRP) on applied research on air pollution using nuclear-related techniques is a global CRP which will run from 1992-1996, and will build upon the experience gained by the Agency from the laboratory support that it has been providing for several years to BAPMoN - the Background Air Pollution Monitoring Network programme organized under the auspices of the World Meterological Organization. The purpose of this CRP is to promote the use of nuclear analytical techniques in air pollution studies, e.g. NAA, XFR, and PIXE for the analysis of toxic and other trace elements in suspended particulate matter (including air filter samples), rainwater and fog-water samples, and in biological indicators of air pollution (e.g. lichens and mosses). The main purposes of the core programme are i) to support the use of nuclear and nuclear-related analytical techniques for practically-oriented research and monitoring studies on air pollution ii) to identify major sources of air pollution affecting each of the participating countries with particular reference to toxic heavy metals, and iii) to obtain comparative data on pollution levels in areas of high pollution (e.g. a city centre or a populated area downwind of a large pollution source) and low pollution (e.g. rural areas). This document reports the discussions held during the first Research Co-ordination Meeting (RCM) for the CRP which took place at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna. Refs, figs and tabs

  11. Active chemistry control for coolant helium applying high-temperature gas-cooled reactors - HTR2008-58096

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    Lifetime extension of high-temperature equipment such as the intermediate heat exchanger of high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) is important from the economical point of view. Since the replacing cost will cause the increasing of the running cost, it is important to reduce replacing times of the high-cost primary equipment during assumed reactor lifetime. In the past, helium chemistry has been controlled by the passive chemistry control technology in which chemical impurity in the coolant helium is removed as low concentration as possible, as does Japan's HTTR. Although the lifetime of high- temperature equipment almost depends upon the chemistry conditions in the coolant helium, it is necessary to establish an active chemistry control technology to maintain adequate chemical conditions. In this study, carbon deposition which could occur at the surface of the heat transfer tubes of the intermediate heat exchanger and decarburization of the high-temperature material of Hastelloy XR used at the heat transfer tubes were evaluated by referring the actual chemistry data obtained by the HTTR. The chemical equilibrium study contributed to clarify the algorism of the chemistry behaviours to be controlled. The created algorism is planned to be added to the instrumentation system of the helium purification systems. In addition, the chemical composition to be maintained during the reactor operation was proposed by evaluating not only core graphite oxidation but also carbon deposition and decarburization. It was identified when the chemical composition could not keep adequately, injection of 10 ppm carbon monoxide could effectively control the chemical composition to the designated stable area where the high-temperature materials could keep their structural integrity beyond the assumed duration. The proposed active chemistry control technology is expected to contribute economically to the purification systems of the future very high-temperature reactors. (authors)

  12. Strategy for applying scaling technique to water retention curves of forest soils

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    Hayashi, Y.; Kosugi, K.; Mizuyama, T.

    2009-12-01

    Describing the infiltration of water in soils on a forested hillslope requires the information of spatial variability of water retention curve (WRC). By using a scaling technique, Hayashi et al. (2009), found that the porosity mostly characterizes the spatial variability of the WRCs on a forested hillslope. This scaling technique was based on a model, which assumes a lognormal pore size distribution and contains three parameters: the median of log-transformed pore radius, ψm, the variance of log-transformed pore radius, σ, and the effective porosity, θe. Thus, in the scaling method proposed by Hayashi et al. (2009), θe is a scaling factor, which should be determined for each individual soil, and that ψm and σ are reference parameter common for the whole data set. They examined this scaling method using θe calculated as a difference between the observed saturated water content and water content observed at ψ = -1000 cm for each sample and, ψm and σ derived from the whole data set of WRCs on the slope. Then it was showed that this scaling method could explain almost 90 % of the spatial variability in WRCs on the forested hillslope. However, this method requires the whole data set of WRCs for deriving the reference parameters (ψm and σ). For applying the scaling technique more practically, in this study, we tested a scaling method using the reference parameter derived from the WRCs at a small part of the slope. In order to examine the proposed scaling method, the WRCs for the 246 undisturbed forest soil samples, collected at 15 points distributed from downslope to upslope segments, were observed. In the proposed scaling method, we optimized the common ψm and σ to the WRCs for six soil samples, collected at one point on the middle-slope, and applied these parameters to a reference parameter for the whole data sets. The scaling method proposed by this study exhibited an increase of only 6 % in the residual sum of squares as compared with that of the method

  13. Solar coronal magnetic fields derived using seismology techniques applied to omnipresent sunspot waves

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    Jess, D B; Ryans, R S I; Christian, D J; Keys, P H; Mathioudakis, M; Mackay, D H; Prasad, S Krishna; Banerjee, D; Grant, S D T; Yau, S; Diamond, C

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    Sunspots on the surface of the Sun are the observational signatures of intense manifestations of tightly packed magnetic field lines, with near-vertical field strengths exceeding 6,000 G in extreme cases. It is well accepted that both the plasma density and the magnitude of the magnetic field strength decrease rapidly away from the solar surface, making high-cadence coronal measurements through traditional Zeeman and Hanle effects difficult since the observational signatures are fraught with low-amplitude signals that can become swamped with instrumental noise. Magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) techniques have previously been applied to coronal structures, with single and spatially isolated magnetic field strengths estimated as 9-55 G. A drawback with previous MHD approaches is that they rely on particular wave modes alongside the detectability of harmonic overtones. Here we show, for the first time, how omnipresent magneto-acoustic waves, originating from within the underlying sunspot and propagating radially outwa...

  14. A comparative assessment of texture analysis techniques applied to bone tool use-wear

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    Watson, Adam S.; Gleason, Matthew A.

    2016-06-01

    The study of bone tools, a specific class of artifacts often essential to perishable craft production, provides insight into industries otherwise largely invisible archaeologically. Building on recent breakthroughs in the analysis of microwear, this research applies confocal laser scanning microscopy and texture analysis techniques drawn from the field of surface metrology to identify use-wear patterns on experimental and archaeological bone artifacts. Our approach utilizes both conventional parameters and multi-scale geometric characterizations of the areas of worn surfaces to identify statistical similarities as a function of scale. The introduction of this quantitative approach to the study of microtopography holds significant potential for advancement in use-wear studies by reducing inter-observer variability and identifying new parameters useful in the detection of differential wear-patterns.

  15. A systematic review of applying modern software engineering techniques to developing robotic systems

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Robots have become collaborators in our daily life. While robotic systems become more and more complex, the need to engineer their software development grows as well. The traditional approaches used in developing these software systems are reaching their limits; currently used methodologies and tools fall short of addressing the needs of such complex software development. Separating robotics’ knowledge from short-cycled implementation technologies is essential to foster reuse and maintenance. This paper presents a systematic review (SLR of the current use of modern software engineering techniques for developing robotic software systems and their actual automation level. The survey was aimed at summarizing existing evidence concerning applying such technologies to the field of robotic systems to identify any gaps in current research to suggest areas for further investigation and provide a background for positioning new research activities.

  16. Technique of uranium exploration in tropical rain forests as applied in Sumatra and other tropical areas

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    The technique of uranium prospecting in areas covered by tropical rain forest is discussed using a uranium exploration campaign conducted from 1976 to 1978 in Western Sumatra as an example. A regional reconnaissance survey using stream sediment samples combined with radiometric field measurements proved ideal for covering very large areas. A mobile field laboratory was used for the geochemical survey. Helicopter support in diffult terrain was found to be very efficient and economical. A field procedure for detecting low uranium concentrations in stream water samples is described. This method has been successfully applied in Sarawak. To distinguish meaningful uranium anomalies in water from those with no meaning for prospecting, the correlations between U content and conductivity of the water and between U content and Ca and HCO3 content must be considered. This method has been used successfully in a geochemical survey in Thailand. (author)

  17. Applying Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Techniques to Prioritize Agility Drivers

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available It seems that to recognize and classify the factors affecting organizational agility and need to specify the amount of their importance for the organization is essential to preserve survival and success in today's environment. This paper reviews the concept of agility and its division in the following indicators included the factors of motivations organizational agility that have been ranked in terms of level of importance and their influence by the techniques of MCDM. The inner complexity, suppliers, competition, customer needs, market, technology and social factors are the most important factors affecting organizational agility that can evaluate the following indicators and apply them and re-engineering processes, reviews and predictions of customer needs and better understanding of competitive environment and supply chain specify organizational agility and success ultimately.

  18. How Can Synchrotron Radiation Techniques Be Applied for Detecting Microstructures in Amorphous Alloys?

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    Full Text Available In this work, how synchrotron radiation techniques can be applied for detecting the microstructure in metallic glass (MG is studied. The unit cells are the basic structural units in crystals, though it has been suggested that the co-existence of various clusters may be the universal structural feature in MG. Therefore, it is a challenge to detect microstructures of MG even at the short-range scale by directly using synchrotron radiation techniques, such as X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption methods. Here, a feasible scheme is developed where some state-of-the-art synchrotron radiation-based experiments can be combined with simulations to investigate the microstructure in MG. By studying a typical MG composition (Zr70Pd30, it is found that various clusters do co-exist in its microstructure, and icosahedral-like clusters are the popular structural units. This is the structural origin where there is precipitation of an icosahedral quasicrystalline phase prior to phase transformation from glass to crystal when heating Zr70Pd30 MG.

  19. Creep lifing methodologies applied to a single crystal superalloy by use of small scale test techniques

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    In recent years, advances in creep data interpretation have been achieved either by modified Monkman–Grant relationships or through the more contemporary Wilshire equations, which offer the opportunity of predicting long term behaviour extrapolated from short term results. Long term lifing techniques prove extremely useful in creep dominated applications, such as in the power generation industry and in particular nuclear where large static loads are applied, equally a reduction in lead time for new alloy implementation within the industry is critical. The latter requirement brings about the utilisation of the small punch (SP) creep test, a widely recognised approach for obtaining useful mechanical property information from limited material volumes, as is typically the case with novel alloy development and for any in-situ mechanical testing that may be required. The ability to correlate SP creep results with uniaxial data is vital when considering the benefits of the technique. As such an equation has been developed, known as the kSP method, which has been proven to be an effective tool across several material systems. The current work now explores the application of the aforementioned empirical approaches to correlate small punch creep data obtained on a single crystal superalloy over a range of elevated temperatures. Finite element modelling through ABAQUS software based on the uniaxial creep data has also been implemented to characterise the SP deformation and help corroborate the experimental results

  20. Creep lifing methodologies applied to a single crystal superalloy by use of small scale test techniques

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    Jeffs, S.P., E-mail: s.p.jeffs@swansea.ac.uk [Institute of Structural Materials, Swansea University, Singleton Park SA2 8PP (United Kingdom); Lancaster, R.J. [Institute of Structural Materials, Swansea University, Singleton Park SA2 8PP (United Kingdom); Garcia, T.E. [IUTA (University Institute of Industrial Technology of Asturias), University of Oviedo, Edificio Departamental Oeste 7.1.17, Campus Universitario, 33203 Gijón (Spain)

    2015-06-11

    In recent years, advances in creep data interpretation have been achieved either by modified Monkman–Grant relationships or through the more contemporary Wilshire equations, which offer the opportunity of predicting long term behaviour extrapolated from short term results. Long term lifing techniques prove extremely useful in creep dominated applications, such as in the power generation industry and in particular nuclear where large static loads are applied, equally a reduction in lead time for new alloy implementation within the industry is critical. The latter requirement brings about the utilisation of the small punch (SP) creep test, a widely recognised approach for obtaining useful mechanical property information from limited material volumes, as is typically the case with novel alloy development and for any in-situ mechanical testing that may be required. The ability to correlate SP creep results with uniaxial data is vital when considering the benefits of the technique. As such an equation has been developed, known as the k{sub SP} method, which has been proven to be an effective tool across several material systems. The current work now explores the application of the aforementioned empirical approaches to correlate small punch creep data obtained on a single crystal superalloy over a range of elevated temperatures. Finite element modelling through ABAQUS software based on the uniaxial creep data has also been implemented to characterise the SP deformation and help corroborate the experimental results.

  1. The Effect of Applying Critical Thinking Techniques on Students’ Attitudes towards Literature

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    Mansoor Fahim

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This study investigated the effect of implicit teaching of critical thinking and its practice on the attitude the participants hold towards the subject matter being taught. For the observation of the practicality of critical thinking in altering students’ attitudes, 25 Iranian EFL college students  -16 girls and 9 boys- were selected as the participants of this study, and the application of critical thinking techniques was operationalized during their English Literature course. A 20-item questionnaire was devised in order to measure the participants’ attitudes towards literature prior to the beginning of the intervention and the same questionnaire was used after the completion of the experiment in order to examine probable differences in their attitudes towards the taught subject. Throughout the course, some promoted techniques by critical thinking advocates including identifying arguments, detecting evidence in its support, reasoning for held stands, and forming analyses were applied for 12 sessions. Statistical calculation of a paired samples t-test after the treatment indicted a significance increase in the participants’ positive attitudes towards literature. The findings of this study are believed to be useful in encouraging the inclusion of critical pedagogies in academic systems for the goal of creating interest in students towards the subject matter.Keywords: critical thinking, critical pedagogy, English literature, group discussion

  2. Isotope and tracer techniques applied to groundwater investigations in the municipality of Araguari, MG, Brazil

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    During the years 2004-2005 an investigation was carried out by CDTN and UFMG in the western border of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, aimed at assessing the water resources related to the Guarani Aquifer System in the region of Araguari. The project was supported by the Fund of Universities (BNPPW/OAS) and other donors and was designed to cover a whole hydrological year. The main water supply for domestic, industrial and agricultural consumption derives from groundwater extraction, and the hydrologic system is under permanent stress. Among other classical tools, isotopic techniques were used to study groundwater origin, recharge processes, transit times and infiltration rates. For such an accomplishment 51 water samples were analyzed for their stable (deuterium and oxygen-18) and radioactive (tritium) environmental isotopic composition. Tracer techniques applying artificial tritium were used to study infiltration rates in selected areas. The overall results show that local waters fit fairly well the GMWL, with a shift in the deuterium excess due to some previous evaporation; also, the groundwater is locally recharged. The exponential model was used to estimate water age, and the results show that most of the water samples (84%) contain young waters with a renewal time up to 30 years. Infiltration rates are high due to local conditions (high pluviosity, plain relief and high permeability of surface soil, and results seem to be in good agreement with figures assessed by means of classical water balance methods. (author)

  3. An acceleration technique for the Gauss-Seidel method applied to symmetric linear systems

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available A preconditioning technique to improve the convergence of the Gauss-Seidel method applied to symmetric linear systems while preserving symmetry is proposed. The preconditioner is of the form I + K and can be applied an arbitrary number of times. It is shown that under certain conditions the application of the preconditioner a finite number of steps reduces the matrix to a diagonal. A series of numerical experiments using matrices from spatial discretizations of partial differential equations demonstrates that both versions of the preconditioner, point and block version, exhibit lower iteration counts than its non-symmetric version. Resumen. Se propone una técnica de precondicionamiento para mejorar la convergencia del método Gauss-Seidel aplicado a sistemas lineales simétricos pero preservando simetría. El precondicionador es de la forma I + K y puede ser aplicado un número arbitrario de veces. Se demuestra que bajo ciertas condiciones la aplicación del precondicionador un número finito de pasos reduce la matriz del sistema precondicionado a una diagonal. Una serie de experimentos con matrices que provienen de la discretización de ecuaciones en derivadas parciales muestra que ambas versiones del precondicionador, por punto y por bloque, muestran un menor número de iteraciones en comparación con la versión que no preserva simetría.

  4. Personnel contamination protection techniques applied during the TMI-2 [Three Mile Island Unit 2] cleanup

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    The severe damage to the Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2) core and the subsequent discharge of reactor coolant to the reactor and auxiliary buildings resulted in extremely hostile radiological environments in the TMI-2 plant. High fission product surface contamination and radiation levels necessitated the implementation of innovative techniques and methods in performing cleanup operations while assuring effective as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) practices. The approach utilized by GPU Nuclear throughout the cleanup in applying protective clothing requirements was to consider the overall health risk to the worker including factors such as cardiopulmonary stress, visual and hearing acuity, and heat stress. In applying protective clothing requirements, trade-off considerations had to be made between preventing skin contaminations and possibly overprotecting the worker, thus impacting his ability to perform his intended task at maximum efficiency and in accordance with ALARA principles. The paper discusses the following topics: protective clothing-general use, beta protection, skin contamination, training, personnel access facility, and heat stress

  5. MULTIVARIATE TECHNIQUES APPLIED TO EVALUATION OF LIGNOCELLULOSIC RESIDUES FOR BIOENERGY PRODUCTION

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5902/1980509812361The evaluation of lignocellulosic wastes for bioenergy production demands to consider several characteristicsand properties that may be correlated. This fact demands the use of various multivariate analysis techniquesthat allow the evaluation of relevant energetic factors. This work aimed to apply cluster analysis and principalcomponents analyses for the selection and evaluation of lignocellulosic wastes for bioenergy production.8 types of residual biomass were used, whose the elemental components (C, H, O, N, S content, lignin, totalextractives and ashes contents, basic density and higher and lower heating values were determined. Bothmultivariate techniques applied for evaluation and selection of lignocellulosic wastes were efficient andsimilarities were observed between the biomass groups formed by them. Through the interpretation of thefirst principal component obtained, it was possible to create a global development index for the evaluationof the viability of energetic uses of biomass. The interpretation of the second principal component alloweda contrast between nitrogen and sulfur contents with oxygen content.

  6. 以化学竞赛为契机 着力培养应用型人才%Cultivating Applied Talents Based on Chemistry Competition

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    韦寿莲; 汪洪武; 许秀丽; 刘玲; 严子军; 赵建芬

    2011-01-01

    Owing to a large social demand for applied talents, combining the school orientation, the cultivation target and an awareness of chemistry competition among students, it' s studied on how to optimize the teaching resources, to improve the teaching quality and to promote the cultivation of applied talents through chemistry competitions in local colleges.%基于社会对应用型人才的大量需求,结合肇庆学院的办学定位、培养目标及化学化工学院学生对竞赛的认知,研究地方高校如何通过化学竞赛优化教学资源,提高教学质量,促进应用型人才的培养.

  7. Bioclimatic and vegetation mapping of a topographically complex oceanic island applying different interpolation techniques

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    Garzón-Machado, Víctor; Otto, Rüdiger; del Arco Aguilar, Marcelino José

    2014-07-01

    Different spatial interpolation techniques have been applied to construct objective bioclimatic maps of La Palma, Canary Islands. Interpolation of climatic data on this topographically complex island with strong elevation and climatic gradients represents a challenge. Furthermore, meteorological stations are not evenly distributed over the island, with few stations at high elevations. We carried out spatial interpolations of the compensated thermicity index (Itc) and the annual ombrothermic Index (Io), in order to obtain appropriate bioclimatic maps by using automatic interpolation procedures, and to establish their relation to potential vegetation units for constructing a climatophilous potential natural vegetation map (CPNV). For this purpose, we used five interpolation techniques implemented in a GIS: inverse distance weighting (IDW), ordinary kriging (OK), ordinary cokriging (OCK), multiple linear regression (MLR) and MLR followed by ordinary kriging of the regression residuals. Two topographic variables (elevation and aspect), derived from a high-resolution digital elevation model (DEM), were included in OCK and MLR. The accuracy of the interpolation techniques was examined by the results of the error statistics of test data derived from comparison of the predicted and measured values. Best results for both bioclimatic indices were obtained with the MLR method with interpolation of the residuals showing the highest R 2 of the regression between observed and predicted values and lowest values of root mean square errors. MLR with correction of interpolated residuals is an attractive interpolation method for bioclimatic mapping on this oceanic island since it permits one to fully account for easily available geographic information but also takes into account local variation of climatic data.

  8. Simulation of radionuclide chemistry and sorption characteristics in the geosphere by artificial intelligence technique

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    An expert system operated in a personal computer is employed to simulate chemistry and sorption phenomena of radionuclides in the geosphere. The system handles both qualitative and quantitative analyses primarily for the actinides and fission products. The system also incorporates data bases of several groundwater and rock types with mineral and chemical compositions, the distribution coefficients of nuclides for minerals, etc. The decision rule base facilitates this system to carry out the reasoning procedures to predict the solubility-limiting phase, solute species, oxidation states and possible complex formations of radionuclides, as well as to calculate the distribution coefficients and retardation factors in a geological formation, provided that the essential groundwater and host rock information are available. It is concluded that this device of artificial intelligence provides a vehicle to accumulate developed human knowledge and serves as a tool not only for simulating the complicated radionuclide behaviour in the geosphere, but also for instructional or educational purpose in this field. (orig.)

  9. Modern structure of methods and techniques of marketing research, applied by the world and Ukrainian research companies

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The article presents the results of empiric justification of the structure of methods and techniques of marketing research of consumer decisions, applied by the world and Ukrainian research companies.

  10. New insights into the fouling mechanism of dissolved organic matter applying nanofiltration membranes with a variety of surface chemistries.

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    Mustafa, Ghulam; Wyns, Kenny; Buekenhoudt, Anita; Meynen, Vera

    2016-04-15

    Nanofiltration (NF) membrane fouling by DOM remains a major and poorly understood issue. To acquire a better insight we studied the fouling of the DOM fractions humic acids (HAs) and fulvic acids (FAs), with and without Ca(2+), on native and grafted ceramic NF membranes. Grafting with two methods and three different grafting groups allowed to create a range of membranes with a variety of surface chemistries, and a wide range of surface polarity, much broader than ever used in previous studies. A typical polymer (polyamide) NF membrane was included for comparison. All obtained results reveal that membrane fouling is not determined by membrane hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity as a general and sole criterion, but rather on the whole of the surface chemistry determining the amount and strength of the possible foulant-membrane interactions. As a consequence the effect of inorganic ions on the fouling is also dependent on the surface chemistry. Important new insight in the DOM fouling mechanism was acquired, shedding new light on the state-of-the-art knowledge. PMID:26905798

  11. The Study of Mining Activities and their Influences in the Almaden Region Applying Remote Sensing Techniques

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    This scientific-technical report is a part of an ongoing research work carried out by Celia Rico Fraile in order to obtain the Diploma of Advanced Studies as part of her PhD studies. This work has been developed in collaboration with the Faculty of Science at The Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and the Department of Environment at CIEMAT. The main objective of this work was the characterization and classification of land use in Almaden (Ciudad Real) during cinnabar mineral exploitation and after mining activities ceased in 2002, developing a methodology focused on the integration of remote sensing techniques applying multispectral and hyper spectral satellite data. By means of preprocessing and processing of data from the satellite images as well as data obtained from field campaigns, a spectral library was compiled in order to obtain representative land surfaces within the study area. Monitoring results show that the distribution of areas affected by mining activities is rapidly diminishing in recent years. (Author) 130 refs

  12. Unsteady vortex lattice techniques applied to wake formation and performance of the statically thrusting propeller

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    1975-01-01

    The application is considered of vortex lattice techniques to the problem of describing the aerodynamics and performance of statically thrusting propellers. A numerical lifting surface theory to predict the aerodynamic forces and power is performed. The chordwise and spanwise loading is modelled by bound vortices fixed to a twisted flat plate surface. In order to eliminate any apriori assumptions regarding the wake shape, it is assumed the propeller starts from rest. The wake is generated in time and allowed to deform under its own self-induced velocity field as the motion of the propeller progresses. The bound circulation distribution is then determined with time by applying the flow tangency boundary condition at certain selected control points on the blades. The aerodynamics of the infinite wing and finite wing are also considered. The details of wake formation and roll-up are investigated, particularly the localized induction effect. It is concluded that proper wake roll-up and roll-up rates can be established by considering the details of motion at the instant of start.

  13. Advanced examination techniques applied to the qualification of critical welds for the ITER correction coils

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    Sgobba, Stefano; Libeyre, Paul; Marcinek, Dawid Jaroslaw; Piguiet, Aline; Cécillon, Alexandre

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    The ITER correction coils (CCs) consist of three sets of six coils located in between the toroidal (TF) and poloidal field (PF) magnets. The CCs rely on a Cable-in-Conduit Conductor (CICC), whose supercritical cooling at 4.5 K is provided by helium inlets and outlets. The assembly of the nozzles to the stainless steel conductor conduit includes fillet welds requiring full penetration through the thickness of the nozzle. Static and cyclic stresses have to be sustained by the inlet welds during operation. The entire volume of helium inlet and outlet welds, that are submitted to the most stringent quality levels of imperfections according to standards in force, is virtually uninspectable with sufficient resolution by conventional or computed radiography or by Ultrasonic Testing. On the other hand, X-ray computed tomography (CT) was successfully applied to inspect the full weld volume of several dozens of helium inlet qualification samples. The extensive use of CT techniques allowed a significant progress in the ...

  14. Using Essential Oils to Teach Advanced-Level Organic Chemistry Separation Techniques and Spectroscopy

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    Bott, Tina M.; Wan, Hayley

    2013-01-01

    Students sometimes have difficulty grasping the importance of when and how basic distillation techniques, column chromatography, TLC, and basic spectroscopy (IR and NMR) can be used to identify unknown compounds within a mixture. This two-part experiment uses mixtures of pleasant-smelling, readily available terpenoid compounds as unknowns to…

  15. Chemistry of preparation of ceramic powders by sol-gel techniques

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    Schmidt, Helmut K.; Nass, Rüdiger; Ray, S.; Sporn, Dieter

    1988-01-01

    The sol-gel technique is a unique method for tailoring ceramic powders if the different reaction parameters can be controlled with respect to the powder properties. Reaction control can be achieved by control of hydrolysis and condensation, solvent, temperature, catalyst, additives and complex formers. Especially the use of complex formers have proved to be a successful mean with respect to the control of the gel structure, the generation of monosized particles and even the control of particl...

  16. Elucidating the crystal-chemistry of Jbel Rhassoul stevensite (Morocco) by advanced analytical techniques

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    Rhouta, Benaïssa; Kaddami, H.; Elbarqy, J.; Amjoud, M'Barek; Daoudi, Lahcen; Maury, Francis; Senocq, François; Maazouz, Abderrahim; GERARD, Jean-François

    2008-01-01

    The composition of Rhassoul clay is controversial regarding the nature of the puremineral clay fraction which is claimed to be stevensite rather than saponite. In this study, the raw and mineral fractions were characterized using various techniques including Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS NMR). The isolated fine clay mineral fraction contained a larger amount of Al (>1 wt.%) than that reported for other stevensite occurrences. ...

  17. Unraveling interactions in large complex systems using quantum chemistry interpretative techniques and new generation polarizable force fields

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    Chaudret, R.; de Courcy, B.; Marjolin, A.; van Severen, M.-C.; Ren, P. Y.; Wu, J. C.; Parisel, O.; Piquemal, J.-P.

    2012-12-01

    In this contribution, following the results exposed at the Seventh International Conference of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering (ICCMSE 09), we present an overview of some available new techniques able to unravel interactions in large complex systems such as biomolecules, ions in solution, lanthanides and actinides complexes. We first focus our attention on Quantum Chemistry (QC) interpretative techniques introducing some Energy Decomposition Analysis (EDA) scheme such as the newly introduced fragment localized Single-CI DFT scheme. We then present the recently developed DEMEP analysis which is an extension of the topological analysis of the Electron Localization Function (ELF) to the computations of chemically intuitive local electrostatic moments. In a second part, we then discuss how such QC techniques can be used, following a "bottom-up" strategy in order to develop new generation polarizable force field based on distributed multipoles such as the AMOEBA and SIBFA (Sum of Interaction Between Fragments ab initio) procedure; or on electronic density as for the GEM (Gaussian electrostatic Model) method which is based on density fitting. Some applications are detailed.

  18. Investigation about the efficiency of the bioaugmentation technique when applied to diesel oil contaminated soils

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    Adriano Pinto Mariano

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available This work investigated the efficiency of the bioaugmentation technique when applied to diesel oil contaminated soils collected at three service stations. Batch biodegradation experiments were carried out in Bartha biometer flasks (250 mL used to measure the microbial CO2 production. Biodegradation efficiency was also measured by quantifying the concentration of hydrocarbons. In addition to the biodegradation experiments, the capability of the studied cultures and the native microorganisms to biodegrade the diesel oil purchased from a local service station, was verified using a technique based on the redox indicator 2,6 -dichlorophenol indophenol (DCPIP. Results obtained with this test showed that the inocula used in the biodegradation experiments were able to degrade the diesel oil and the tests carried out with the native microorganisms indicated that these soils had a microbiota adapted to degrade the hydrocarbons. In general, no gain was obtained with the addition of microorganisms or even negative effects were observed in the biodegradation experiments.Este trabalho investigou a eficiência da técnica do bioaumento quando aplicada a solos contaminados com óleo diesel coletados em três postos de combustíveis. Experimentos de biodegradação foram realizados em frascos de Bartha (250 mL, usados para medir a produção microbiana de CO2. A eficiência de biodegradação também foi quantificada pela concentração de hidrocarbonetos. Conjuntamente aos experimentos de biodegradação, a capacidade das culturas estudadas e dos microrganismos nativos em biodegradar óleo diesel comprado de um posto de combustíveis local, foi verificada utilizando-se a técnica baseada no indicador redox 2,6 - diclorofenol indofenol (DCPIP. Resultados obtidos com esse teste mostraram que os inóculos empregados nos experimentos de biodegradação foram capazes de biodegradar óleo diesel e os testes com os microrganismos nativos indicaram que estes solos

  19. Complementary testing techniques applied to obtain the freeze-thaw resistance of concrete

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    Romero, H. L.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Most of the standards that evaluate the resistance of concrete against freeze-thaw cycles (FTC are based on the loss of weight due to scaling. Such procedures are useful but do not provide information about the microstructural deterioration of the concrete. The test procedure needs to be stopped after several FTCs for weighing the loss of material by scaling. This paper proposes the use of mercury-intrusion-porosimetry and thermogravimetric analysis for assessing the microstructural damage of concrete during FTCs. Continuous strain measurement can be performed without stopping the FTCs. The combination of the above techniques with the freeze-thaw resistance standards provides better and more precise information about concrete damage. The proposed procedure is applied to an ordinary concrete, a concrete with silica fume addition and one with an air-entraining agent. The test results showed that the three techniques used are suitable and useful to be employed as complementary to the standards.Las normas para evaluar la resistencia del hormigón a los ciclos hielo-deshielo (CHD se basan habitualmente en la pérdida de peso por descascarillamiento. Son útiles, pero no proporcionan información sobre el deterioro microestructural del hormigón. Además, exigen detener el ensayo para pesar el material desprendido. Se propone el uso complementario de la porosimetría por intrusión de mercurio y el análisis termogravimétrico para evaluar el daño microestructural del hormigón durante los CHDs. La medida continua de las deformaciones puede hacerse sin detener los CHDs. La combinación de las técnicas enumeradas con las normas de ensayo proporciona información más completa sobre el daño del hormigón. El procedimiento propuesto se aplica a un hormigón convencional, a un hormigón con adición de humo de sílice y a otro con aireante. Los resultados de los ensayos mostraron que las tres técnicas usadas son útiles y adecuadas como complemento a

  20. Volatile organic compounds in the New England troposphere: Atmospheric chemistry and measurement techniques

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    Ambrose, Jesse L.

    Atmospheric measurements made at Appledore Island, Maine were used to investigate nighttime nitrate radical (NO3) chemistry and its significance for the nitrogen oxides (NOx = NO + NO2) budget in the Gulf of Maine region during the summer of 2004 International Consortium for Atmospheric Research on Transport and Transformation field campaign. Removal of NOx was strongly dependent on reactions of NO3 with biogenic volatile organic compounds and the fate of dinitrogen pentoxide (N 2O5). For three case studies, temporal profiles of NO 3 were calculated from measured parameters. Comparisons between measured and calculated NO3 mixing ratios highlighted significant uncertainties in the kinetic parameters governing gas-phase and heterogeneous N2O 5 hydrolysis. Removal of NOx was estimated to be ˜11 ppbv day-1, with nighttime chemical pathways contributing ˜50%. Atmospheric measurements made at the AIRMAP atmospheric monitoring station Thompson Farm (THF) during summer, 2004 were used to test the specificity of a proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometer (PTA-MS) for atmospheric toluene measurements under conditions often dominated by biogenic emissions. Quantitative estimates were made of potential interferences in the PTR-MS toluene measurements related to sampling and analysis of monoterpenes, including fragmentation of the monoterpenes and some of their primary carbonyl oxidation products in the PTR-MS drift tube. The analysis supported only minor interferences from the investigated fragmentation sources, suggesting that toluene can be reliably quantified by PTR-MS with the operating parameters used, under the ambient compositions probed. This work extends the range of field conditions under which PTR-MS validation studies have been conducted. A GC instrument was developed for measurement of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) in the lower atmosphere. Its major features include a cold temperature analyte enrichment system, a robust porous polymer stationary phase capillary

  1. Study for applying microwave power saturation technique on fingernail/EPR dosimetry

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    Park, Byeong Ryong; Choi, Hoon; Nam, Hyun Ill; Lee, Byung Ill [Radiation Health Research Institute, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-10-15

    There is growing recognition worldwide of the need to develop effective uses of dosimetry methods to assess unexpected exposure to radiation in the event of a large scale event. One of physically based dosimetry methods electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy has been applied to perform retrospective radiation dosimetry using extracted samples of tooth enamel and nail(fingernail and toenail), following radiation accidents and exposures resulting from weapon use, testing, and production. Human fingernails are composed largely of a keratin, which consists of {alpha} helical peptide chains that are twisted into a left handed coil and strengthened by disulphide cross links. Ionizing radiation generates free radicals in the keratin matrix, and these radicals are stable over a relatively long period (days to weeks). Most importantly, the number of radicals is proportional to the magnitude of the dose over a wide dose range (0{approx}30 Gy). Also, dose can be estimated at four different locations on the human body, providing information on the homogeneity of the radiation exposure. And The results from EPR nail dosimetry are immediately available However, relatively large background signal (BKS) converted from mechanically induced signal (MIS) after cutting process of fingernail, normally overlaps with the radiation induced signal (RIS), make it difficult to estimate accurate dose accidental exposure. Therefore, estimation method using dose response curve was difficult to ensure reliability below 5 Gy. In this study, In order to overcome these disadvantages, we measured the reactions of RIS and BKS (MIS) according to the change of Microwave power level, and researched about the applicability of the Power saturation technique at low dose.

  2. Plasma-based techniques applied to the determination of metals and metalloids in atmospheric aerosols

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    Smichowski, Patricia, E-mail: smichows@cnea.gov.ar [Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Gerencia Quimica, Pcia de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2011-07-01

    Full text: This lecture presents an overview of the research carried out by our group during the last decade on the determination of metals, metalloids, ions and species in atmospheric aerosols and related matrices using plasma-based techniques. In our first studies we explored the application of a size fractionation procedure and the subsequent determination of minor, major and trace elements in samples of deposited particles collected one day after the eruption of the Copahue Volcano, located in the Chile-Argentina border to assess the content of relevant elements with respect of the environment and the local population health. We employed a multi-technique approach (ICP-MS, XRD and NAA) to gain complete information of the characteristics of the sample. In addition to the study of ashes emitted for natural sources we also studied ashes of anthropogenic origin such as those arising from coal combustion in thermal power plants. For estimating the behavior and fate of elements in atmospheric particles and ashes we applied in this case a chemical fractionation procedure in order to establish the distribution of many elements amongst soluble, bound to carbonates, bound to oxides and bound to organic matter and environmental immobile fraction. Studies on the air quality of the mega-city of Buenos Aires were scarce and fragmentary and our objective was, and still is, to contribute to clarify key issues related to levels of crustal, toxic and potentially toxic elements in this air basin. Our findings were compared with average concentrations of metals and metalloids with results reported for other Latin American cities such as Sao Paulo, Mexico and Santiago de Chile. In this context, a series of studies were carried out since 2004 considering different sampling strategies to reflect local aspects of air pollution sources. In the last years, our interest was focused on the levels of traffic-related elements in the urban atmosphere. We have contributed with the first data

  3. Development of Advanced In-Situ Techniques for Chemistry Monitoring and Corrosion Mitigation in SCWO Environments

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    2000-03-31

    This project is developing sensing technologies and corrosion monitoring techniques for use in super critical water oxidation (SCWO) systems to reduce the volume of mixed low-level nuclear waste by oxidizing organic components in a closed cycle system where CO2 and other gaseous oxides are produced, leaving the radioactive elements concentrated in ash. The technique uses water at supercritical temperatures under highly oxidized conditions by maintaining a high fugacity of molecular oxygen in the system, which causes high corrosion rates of even the most corrosive resistant reactor materials. This project significantly addresses the high corrosion shortcoming through development of (a) advanced electrodes and sensors for in situ potentiometric monitoring of pH in high subcritical and supercritical aqueous solutions, (b) an approach for evaluating the association constants for 1-1 aqueous electrolytes using a flow-through electrochemical thermocell; (c) an electrochemical noise sensor for the in situ measurement of corrosion rate in subcritical and supercritical aqueous systems; (d) a model for estimating the effect of pressure on reaction rates, including corrosion reactions, in high subcritical and supercritical aqueous systems. The project achieved all objectives, except for installing some of the sensors into a fully operating SCWO system.

  4. Electrophoretic separation techniques and their hyphenation to mass spectrometry in biological inorganic chemistry.

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    Holtkamp, Hannah; Grabmann, Gerlinde; Hartinger, Christian G

    2016-04-01

    Electrophoretic methods have been widely applied in research on the roles of metal complexes in biological systems. In particular, CE, often hyphenated to a sensitive MS detector, has provided valuable information on the modes of action of metal-based pharmaceuticals, and more recently new methods have been added to the electrophoretic toolbox. The range of applications continues to expand as a result of enhanced CE-to-MS interfacing, with sensitivity often at picomolar level, and evolved separation modes allowing for innovative sample analysis. This article is a followup to previous reviews about CE methods in metallodrug research (Electrophoresis, 2003, 24, 2023-2037; Electrophoresis, 2007, 28, 3436-3446; Electrophoresis, 2012, 33, 622-634), also providing a comprehensive overview of metal species studied by electrophoretic methods hyphenated to MS. It highlights the latest CE developments, takes a sneak peek into gel electrophoresis, traces biomolecule labeling, and focuses on the importance of early-stage drug development. PMID:26643265

  5. Quantum mechanics in chemistry

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    Schatz, George C

    2002-01-01

    Intended for graduate and advanced undergraduate students, this text explores quantum mechanical techniques from the viewpoint of chemistry and materials science. Dynamics, symmetry, and formalism are emphasized. An initial review of basic concepts from introductory quantum mechanics is followed by chapters examining symmetry, rotations, and angular momentum addition. Chapter 4 introduces the basic formalism of time-dependent quantum mechanics, emphasizing time-dependent perturbation theory and Fermi's golden rule. Chapter 5 sees this formalism applied to the interaction of radiation and matt

  6. Time-series-analysis techniques applied to nuclear-material accounting

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    This document is designed to introduce the reader to the applications of Time Series Analysis techniques to Nuclear Material Accountability data. Time series analysis techniques are designed to extract information from a collection of random variables ordered by time by seeking to identify any trends, patterns, or other structure in the series. Since nuclear material accountability data is a time series, one can extract more information using time series analysis techniques than by using other statistical techniques. Specifically, the objective of this document is to examine the applicability of time series analysis techniques to enhance loss detection of special nuclear materials. An introductory section examines the current industry approach which utilizes inventory differences. The error structure of inventory differences is presented. Time series analysis techniques discussed include the Shewhart Control Chart, the Cumulative Summation of Inventory Differences Statistics (CUSUM) and the Kalman Filter and Linear Smoother

  7. PWM Technique of Five-Leg Inverter Applying Two-Arm Modulation

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    Oka, Kazuo; Matsuse, Kouki

    This paper presents the simple pulse width modulation (PWM) technique of a five-leg inverter to drive two three-phase AC motors independently. Normal PWM techniques in three-phase voltage source inverter cannot be used for the five-leg inverter with the independent drive. In this paper, two kinds of simple and novel PWM techniques of the five-leg inverter with two three-phase AC motors are introduced. Experimental results are provided to illustrate the validity of the proposed PWM technique.

  8. ADVANCES OF BASIC MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TECHNIQUES: POTENTIAL TO APPLY IN PLANT VIROID DETECTION IN SRI LANKA

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    Yapa M.A.M. Wijerathna

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Viroids are the smallest pathogens of plants. They are the cause of serious diseases on economic plants worldwide. Prevention and detection of the pathogens are the best method to reduce the economic loss from viroid infection. During last decade, genetics and molecular biology techniques have gained an increasing presence in plant pathology research. The purpose of this review is to highlight the most upgrade molecular biology techniques that have been used and studied recently. Most relevant published reports and hand skilled techniques have presented here with emphasis on suitable Viroid detection technique should be used for Sri Lanka.

  9. Overview of Post-Irradiation Examination Techniques Applied at PSI for Light Water Reactor Fuel Characterization

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    Within long term cooperation agreements, the PSI Laboratory for Material Behaviour (LWV) in the Department for Nuclear Energy and Safety (NES) has characterized pathfinder PWR- and BWR fuel (meaning fuel and cladding) of the Swiss nuclear power stations Goesgen (KKG) and Leibstadt (KKL) in many PIE sequences. Based on these pathfinder fuel pin and lead assembly tests the fuels in these reactors has been continuously improved over the years and reaches today a batch burnup which is nearly twice as high as at the beginning of 1980. Additionally to providing scientific analytical services with respect to accurate engineering fuel and cladding PIE data, PSI itself as a research organization undertakes basic and applied scientific research. We focus in this environment in elucidating the cladding corrosion and hydriding mechanisms, the cladding mechanical aging processes and the fission gas diffusion process in the fuel. The PIE tools available at PSI consist of non-destructive methods (visual examination, gamma scanning, profilometry and EC-defect and -oxide thickness measurements), puncturing and fission gas analysis, and destructive investigations of cut samples (metallography/ceramography, hydrogen hot gas extraction, electron probe micro-analysis (EPMA), secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS), scanning- and transmission- electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), lately also laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (LA-ICPMS), x-ray absorption spectroscopy, and mechanical testing). While commercial high burnup programs often request standard engineering data like cladding oxide thickness values and hydrogen contents or fuel pin fission gas release values, PSI has improved such analytical techniques. Additionally, we have performed independent research in order to improve the fundamental understanding of the irradiation behaviour e.g. by elucidating the corrosion process with detailed characterization of the cladding metal-oxide interface by TEM, by local

  10. Sol gel chemistry applied to the synthesis of actinide-based compounds for the fabrication of advanced fuels

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    The chemistry of the sol-gel process is based on hydroxylation and condensation of molecular precursors and can be used for the elaboration of advanced nuclear fuel or transmutation targets. On the one hand, some fundamental studies are conducted, based on complexation reactions to modulate and control the reactivity of the different cations (Zr(IV) and minor actinides) prior to hydrolysis and condensation step. The purpose of this work is to obtain hetero poly-condensation in order to form homogenous compounds with a controlled microstructure. On the other hand, internal gelation process, one of the important sol-gel routes for the preparation of actinides microspheres (the dedicated design for advanced nuclear fuel or transmutation targets) is developed. Investigations are currently carried out to study the gelation behaviour of solutions containing actinides (III) or (IV) in comparison with the more well known behaviour of U(VI) studied during the development of process for beads production (1960 - 1990). (authors)

  11. PIE Results and New Techniques Applied for 55GWd/t High Burnup Fuel of PWR

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    Post-irradiation examinations (PIE) for 55GWd/t high burnup fuel which had been irradiated at a domestic PWR plant was conducted at the fuel hot laboratory of the Nuclear Development Corporation (NDC). In this PIE, such new techniques as the clamping for axial tensile test and the pellets density measurement method for high burnup fuels were used in addition to existing techniques to confirm the integrity of 55GWd/t high burnup fuel. The superiority of improved corrosion-resistant claddings over currently used current Zircaloy-4 claddings in terms of corrosion-resistance was also confirmed. This paper describes the PIE results and the advanced PIE techniques. (author)

  12. A multiblock grid generation technique applied to a jet engine configuration

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    Stewart, Mark E. M.

    1992-01-01

    Techniques are presented for quickly finding a multiblock grid for a 2D geometrically complex domain from geometrical boundary data. An automated technique for determining a block decomposition of the domain is explained. Techniques for representing this domain decomposition and transforming it are also presented. Further, a linear optimization method may be used to solve the equations which determine grid dimensions within the block decomposition. These algorithms automate many stages in the domain decomposition and grid formation process and limit the need for human intervention and inputs. They are demonstrated for the meridional or throughflow geometry of a bladed jet engine configuration.

  13. Quantitative thoracic CT techniques in adults: can they be applied in the pediatric population?

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    Yoon, Soon Ho [Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Department of Radiology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, and Institute of Radiation Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Goo, Jin Mo [Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Department of Radiology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, and Institute of Radiation Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Seoul National University College of Medicine, Cancer Research Institute, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Goo, Hyun Woo [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-03-15

    With the rapid evolution of the multidetector row CT technique, quantitative CT has started to be used in clinical studies for revealing a heterogeneous entity of airflow limitation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that is caused by a combination of lung parenchymal destruction and remodeling of the small airways in adults. There is growing evidence of a good correlation between quantitative CT findings and pathological findings, pulmonary function test results and other clinical parameters. This article provides an overview of current quantitative thoracic CT techniques used in adults, and how to translate these CT techniques to the pediatric population. (orig.)

  14. Calorimetric techniques applied to the thermodynamic study of interactions between proteins and polysaccharides

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    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: The interactions between biological macromolecules have been important for biotechnology, but further understanding is needed to maximize the utility of these interactions. Calorimetric techniques provide information regarding these interactions through the thermal energy that is produced or consumed during interactions. Notable techniques include differential scanning calorimetry, which generates a thermodynamic profile from temperature scanning, and isothermal titration calorimetry that provide the thermodynamic parameters directly related to the interaction. This review described how calorimetric techniques can be used to study interactions between proteins and polysaccharides, and provided valuable insight into the thermodynamics of their interaction.

  15. Nde of Advanced Automotive Composite Materials that Apply Ultrasound Infrared Thermography Technique

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    Choi, Seung-Hyun; Park, Soo-Keun; Kim, Jae-Yeol

    The infrared thermographic nondestructive inspection technique is a quality inspection and stability assessment method used to diagnose the physical characteristics and defects by detecting the infrared ray radiated from the object without destructing it. Recently, the nondestructive inspection and assessment that use the ultrasound-infrared thermography technique are widely adopted in diverse areas. The ultrasound-infrared thermography technique uses the phenomenon that the ultrasound wave incidence to an object with cracks or defects on its mating surface generates local heat on the surface. The car industry increasingly uses composite materials for their lightweight, strength, and environmental resistance. In this study, the car piston passed through the ultrasound-infrared thermography technique for nondestructive testing, among the composite material car parts. This study also examined the effects of the frequency and power to optimize the nondestructive inspection.

  16. Applying of Reliability Techniques and Expert Systems in Management of Radioactive Accidents

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    Accidents including radioactive exposure have variety of nature and size. This makes such accidents complex situations to be handled by radiation protection agencies or any responsible authority. The situations becomes worse with introducing advanced technology with high complexity that provide operator huge information about system working on. This paper discusses the application of reliability techniques in radioactive risk management. Event tree technique from nuclear field is described as well as two other techniques from nonnuclear fields, Hazard and Operability and Quality Function Deployment. The objective is to show the importance and the applicability of these techniques in radiation risk management. Finally, Expert Systems in the field of accidents management are explored and classified upon their applications

  17. State of the Art Review for Applying Computational Intelligence and Machine Learning Techniques to Portfolio Optimisation

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    Hurwitz, Evan

    2009-01-01

    Computational techniques have shown much promise in the field of Finance, owing to their ability to extract sense out of dauntingly complex systems. This paper reviews the most promising of these techniques, from traditional computational intelligence methods to their machine learning siblings, with particular view to their application in optimising the management of a portfolio of financial instruments. The current state of the art is assessed, and prospective further work is assessed and recommended

  18. ADVANCES OF BASIC MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TECHNIQUES: POTENTIAL TO APPLY IN PLANT VIROID DETECTION IN SRI LANKA

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    Yapa M.A.M. Wijerathna

    2012-01-01

    Viroids are the smallest pathogens of plants. They are the cause of serious diseases on economic plants worldwide. Prevention and detection of the pathogens are the best method to reduce the economic loss from viroid infection. During last decade, genetics and molecular biology techniques have gained an increasing presence in plant pathology research. The purpose of this review is to highlight the most upgrade molecular biology techniques that have been used and studied recently. Most relevan...

  19. Measurement of the magnitude of force applied by students when learning a mobilisation technique

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    Smit, E.; Conradie, M; Wessels, J.; I. Witbooi; Otto, R.

    2003-01-01

    Passive accessory intervertebral movements (PAIVM’s) are frequently used by physiotherapists in the  assessment and management of patients. Studies investigating the reliability of passive mobilisation techniques have shown conflicting results. Therefore, standardisation of PAIVM’s is essential for research and teaching purposes, which could result in better clinical management. In order to standardise graded passive mobilisation techniques, a reliable, easy-to-use, objective measurement tool...

  20. Flipped parameter technique applied on source localization in energy constraint sensor arrays

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    Pavlović Vlastimir D.; Veličković Zoran S.

    2009-01-01

    In this paper novel flipped parameter technique (FPT) for time delay estimation (TDE) in source localization problem is described. We propose passive source localization technique based on the development of an energy efficient algorithm that can reduce intersensor and interarray communication. We propose a flipped parameter (FP) which can be defined for any sensor in distributed sensor subarrays during the observation period. Unlike classical TDE methods that evaluate cross-correlation funct...

  1. Integration of Computational and Preparative Techniques to Demonstrate Physical Organic Concepts in Synthetic Organic Chemistry: An Example Using Diels-Alder Reaction

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    Palmer, David R. J.

    2004-01-01

    The Diels-Alder reaction is used as an example for showing the integration of computational and preparative techniques, which help in demonstrating the physical organic concepts in synthetic organic chemistry. These experiments show that the students should not accept the computational results without questioning them and in many Diels-Alder…

  2. Quantum chemistry

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    1993-01-01

    Praised for its appealing writing style and clear pedagogy, Lowe's Quantum Chemistry is now available in its Second Edition as a text for senior undergraduate- and graduate-level chemistry students. The book assumes little mathematical or physical sophistication and emphasizes an understanding of the techniques and results of quantum chemistry, thus enabling students to comprehend much of the current chemical literature in which quantum chemical methods or concepts are used as tools. The book begins with a six-chapter introduction of standard one-dimensional systems, the hydrogen atom,

  3. Performance values for non destructive assay (NDA) techniques applied to safeguards: the 2002 evaluation by the ESARDA NDA Working Group

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    The first evaluation of NDA performance values undertaken by the ESARDA Working Group for Standards and Non Destructive Assay Techniques (WGNDA) was published in 1993. Almost 10 years later the Working Group decided to review those values, to report about improvements and to issue new performance values for techniques which were not applied in the early nineties, or were at that time only emerging. Non-Destructive Assay techniques have become more and more important in recent years, and they are used to a large extent in nuclear material accountancy and control both by operators and control authorities. As a consequence, the performance evaluation for NDA techniques is of particular relevance to safeguards authorities in optimising Safeguards operations and reducing costs. Performance values are important also for NMAC regulators, to define detection levels, limits for anomalies, goal quantities and to negotiate basic audit rules. This paper presents the latest evaluation of ESARDA Performance Values (EPVs) for the most common NDA techniques currently used for the assay of nuclear materials for Safeguards purposes. The main topics covered by the document are: techniques for plutonium bearing materials: PuO2 and MOX; techniques for U-bearing materials; techniques for U and Pu in liquid form; techniques for spent fuel assay. This issue of the performance values is the result of specific international round robin exercises, field measurements and ad hoc experiments, evaluated and discussed in the ESARDA NDA Working Group. (author)

  4. Applying data mining techniques to medical time series: an empirical case study in electroencephalography and stabilometry.

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    Anguera, A; Barreiro, J M; Lara, J A; Lizcano, D

    2016-01-01

    One of the major challenges in the medical domain today is how to exploit the huge amount of data that this field generates. To do this, approaches are required that are capable of discovering knowledge that is useful for decision making in the medical field. Time series are data types that are common in the medical domain and require specialized analysis techniques and tools, especially if the information of interest to specialists is concentrated within particular time series regions, known as events. This research followed the steps specified by the so-called knowledge discovery in databases (KDD) process to discover knowledge from medical time series derived from stabilometric (396 series) and electroencephalographic (200) patient electronic health records (EHR). The view offered in the paper is based on the experience gathered as part of the VIIP project. Knowledge discovery in medical time series has a number of difficulties and implications that are highlighted by illustrating the application of several techniques that cover the entire KDD process through two case studies. This paper illustrates the application of different knowledge discovery techniques for the purposes of classification within the above domains. The accuracy of this application for the two classes considered in each case is 99.86% and 98.11% for epilepsy diagnosis in the electroencephalography (EEG) domain and 99.4% and 99.1% for early-age sports talent classification in the stabilometry domain. The KDD techniques achieve better results than other traditional neural network-based classification techniques. PMID:27293535

  5. Statistical learning techniques applied to epidemiology: a simulated case-control comparison study with logistic regression

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    Land Walker H

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background When investigating covariate interactions and group associations with standard regression analyses, the relationship between the response variable and exposure may be difficult to characterize. When the relationship is nonlinear, linear modeling techniques do not capture the nonlinear information content. Statistical learning (SL techniques with kernels are capable of addressing nonlinear problems without making parametric assumptions. However, these techniques do not produce findings relevant for epidemiologic interpretations. A simulated case-control study was used to contrast the information embedding characteristics and separation boundaries produced by a specific SL technique with logistic regression (LR modeling representing a parametric approach. The SL technique was comprised of a kernel mapping in combination with a perceptron neural network. Because the LR model has an important epidemiologic interpretation, the SL method was modified to produce the analogous interpretation and generate odds ratios for comparison. Results The SL approach is capable of generating odds ratios for main effects and risk factor interactions that better capture nonlinear relationships between exposure variables and outcome in comparison with LR. Conclusions The integration of SL methods in epidemiology may improve both the understanding and interpretation of complex exposure/disease relationships.

  6. Flipped parameter technique applied on source localization in energy constraint sensor arrays

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    Pavlović Vlastimir D.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper novel flipped parameter technique (FPT for time delay estimation (TDE in source localization problem is described. We propose passive source localization technique based on the development of an energy efficient algorithm that can reduce intersensor and interarray communication. We propose a flipped parameter (FP which can be defined for any sensor in distributed sensor subarrays during the observation period. Unlike classical TDE methods that evaluate cross-correlation function, FPT requires evaluation based upon single sensor signal. The computed cross correlation between a signal and its analytic 'flipped' pair (flipped correlation is a smooth function which peak (time delay can be accurately detected. Flipped parameters are sufficient to determine all differential delays of the signals related to the same source. The flipped parameter technique can be used successfully in two-step methods of passive source localization with significantly less energy in comparison to the classic cross correlation. The use of FPT method is especially significant for the energy constrain distributed sensor subarrays. Using synthetic seismic signals, we illustrate the error of the source localization for classical and proposed method in the presence of noise. We demonstrate the performance improvement in noise environment of the proposed technique in comparison to the classic methods that use real signals. The proposed technique gives accurate results for both coherent and non-coherent signals.

  7. Magnetic and dielectric interactions in nano zinc ferrite powder: Prepared by self-sustainable propellant chemistry technique

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    The structural, magnetic and dielectric properties of nano zinc ferrite prepared by the propellant chemistry technique are studied. The PXRD measurement at room temperature reveal that the compound is in cubic spinel phase, belong to the space group Fd−3m. The unit cell parameters have been estimated from Rietveld refinement. The calculated force constants from FTIR spectrum corresponding to octahedral and tetrahedral sites at 375 and 542 cm−1 are 6.61×102 and 3.77×102 N m−1 respectively; these values are slightly higher compared to the other ferrite systems. Magnetic hysteresis and EPR spectra show superparamagnetic property nearly to room temperature due to comparison values between magnetic anisotropy energy and the thermal energy. The calculated values of saturation magnetization, remenant magnetization, coercive field and magnetic moment supports for the existence of multi domain particles in the sample. The temperature dependent magnetic field shows the spin freezing state at 30 K and the blocking temperature at above room temperature. The frequency dependent dielectric interactions show the variation of dielectric constant, dielectric loss and impedance as similar to other ferrite systems. The AC conductivity in the prepared sample is due to the presence of electrons, holes and polarons. The synthesized material is suitable for nano-electronics and biomedical applications. - Highlights: • Nano zinc ferrite compound has been prepared at much lower temperature. • Magnetic and dielectric interactions were reported at various temperatures. • Anisotropy and spin relaxation time were interrelated by magnetic and dielectrics

  8. Schlieren technique applied to the arc temperature measurement in a high energy density cutting torch

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    Plasma temperature and radial density profiles of the plasma species in a high energy density cutting arc have been obtained by using a quantitative schlieren technique. A Z-type two-mirror schlieren system was used in this research. Due to its great sensibility such technique allows measuring plasma composition and temperature from the arc axis to the surrounding medium by processing the gray-level contrast values of digital schlieren images recorded at the observation plane for a given position of a transverse knife located at the exit focal plane of the system. The technique has provided a good visualization of the plasma flow emerging from the nozzle and its interactions with the surrounding medium and the anode. The obtained temperature values are in good agreement with those values previously obtained by the authors on the same torch using Langmuir probes.

  9. Reformulation linearization technique based branch-and-reduce approach applied to regional water supply system planning

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    Lan, Fujun; Bayraksan, Güzin; Lansey, Kevin

    2016-03-01

    A regional water supply system design problem that determines pipe and pump design parameters and water flows over a multi-year planning horizon is considered. A non-convex nonlinear model is formulated and solved by a branch-and-reduce global optimization approach. The lower bounding problem is constructed via a three-pronged effort that involves transforming the space of certain decision variables, polyhedral outer approximations, and the Reformulation Linearization Technique (RLT). Range reduction techniques are employed systematically to speed up convergence. Computational results demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed algorithm; in particular, the critical role range reduction techniques could play in RLT based branch-and-bound methods. Results also indicate using reclaimed water not only saves freshwater sources but is also a cost-effective non-potable water source in arid regions. Supplemental data for this article can be accessed at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0305215X.2015.1016508.

  10. Energy saving techniques applied over a nation-wide mobile network

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    Perez, Eva; Frank, Philipp; Micallef, Gilbert;

    2014-01-01

    networks. Although base station equipment is improving its energy efficiency by means of new power amplifiers and increased processing power, additional techniques are required to further reduce the energy consumption. In this paper, we evaluate different energy saving techniques and study their impact on...... the energy consumption based on a nation-wide network of a leading European operator. By means of an extensive analysis, we show that with the proposed techniques significant energy savings can be realized.......Traffic carried over wireless networks has grown significantly in recent years and actual forecasts show that this trend is expected to continue. However, the rapid mobile data explosion and the need for higher data rates comes at a cost of increased complexity and energy consumption of the mobile...

  11. Applied techniques for high bandwidth data transfers across wide area networks

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    Large distributed systems such as Computational/Data Grids require large amounts of data to be co-located with the computing facilities for processing. Ensuring that the data is there in time for the computation in today's Internet is a massive problem. From our work developing a scalable distributed network cache, we have gained experience with techniques necessary to achieve high data throughput over high bandwidth Wide Area Networks (WAN). In this paper, we discuss several hardware and software design techniques and issues, and then describe their application to an implementation of an enhanced FTP protocol called GridFTP. We also describe results from two applications using these techniques, which were obtained at the Supercomputing 2000 conference

  12. New Control Technique Applied in Dynamic Voltage Restorer for Voltage Sag Mitigation

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The Dynamic Voltage Restorer (DVR was a power electronics device that was able to compensate voltage sags on critical loads dynamically. The DVR consists of VSC, injection transformers, passive filters and energy storage (lead acid battery. By injecting an appropriate voltage, the DVR restores a voltage waveform and ensures constant load voltage. There were so many types of the control techniques being used in DVR for mitigating voltage sags. The efficiency of the DVR depends on the efficiency of the control technique involved in switching the inverter. Problem statement: Simulation and experimental investigation toward new algorithms development based on SVPWM. Understanding the nature of DVR and performance comparisons between the various controller technologies available. The proposed controller using space vector modulation techniques obtain higher amplitude modulation indexes if compared with conventional SPWM techniques. Moreover, space vector modulation techniques can be easily implemented using digital processors. Space vector PWM can produce about 15% higher output voltage than standard Sinusoidal PWM. Approach: The purpose of this research was to study the implementation of SVPWM in DVR. The proposed control algorithm was investigated through computer simulation by using PSCAD/EMTDC software. Results: From simulation and experimental results showed the effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed controller based on SVPWM in mitigating voltage sags in low voltage distribution systems. It was concluded that its controller also works well both in balance and unbalance conditions of voltages. Conclusion/Recommendations: The simulation and experimental results of a DVR using PSCAD/EMTDC software based on SVPWM technique showed clearly the performance of the DVR in mitigating voltage sags. The DVR operates without any difficulties to inject the appropriate voltage component to correct rapidly any anomaly in the supply voltage to keep the

  13. Applied predictive analytics principles and techniques for the professional data analyst

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    2014-01-01

    Learn the art and science of predictive analytics - techniques that get results Predictive analytics is what translates big data into meaningful, usable business information. Written by a leading expert in the field, this guide examines the science of the underlying algorithms as well as the principles and best practices that govern the art of predictive analytics. It clearly explains the theory behind predictive analytics, teaches the methods, principles, and techniques for conducting predictive analytics projects, and offers tips and tricks that are essential for successful predictive mode

  14. U P1, an example for advanced techniques applied to high level activity dismantling

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    The U P1 plant on the CEA Marcoule site was dedicated to the processing of spend fuels from the G1, G2 and G3 plutonium-producing reactors. This plant represents 20.000 m2 of workshops housing about 1000 hot cells. In 1998, a huge program for the dismantling and cleaning-up of the UP1 plant was launched. CEA has developed new techniques to face the complexity of the dismantling operations. These techniques include immersive virtual reality, laser cutting, a specific manipulator arm called MAESTRO and remote handling. (A.C.)

  15. Innovative vibration technique applied to polyurethane foam as a viable substitute for conventional fatigue testing

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    Peralta, Alexander; Just-Agosto, Frederick; Shafiq, Basir; Serrano, David

    2012-12-01

    Lifetime prediction using three-point bending (TPB) can at times be prohibitively time consuming and costly, whereas vibration testing at higher frequency may potentially save time and revenue. A vibration technique that obtains lifetimes that reasonably match those determined under flexural TPB fatigue is developed. The technique designs the specimen with a procedure based on shape optimization and finite element analysis. When the specimen is vibrated in resonance, a stress pattern that mimics the stress pattern observed under conventional TPB fatigue testing is obtained. The proposed approach was verified with polyurethane foam specimens, resulting in an average error of 4.5% when compared with TPB.

  16. Development of Characterization Techniques of Thermodynamic and Physical Properties Applied to the CO2-DMSO Mixture

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    Calvignac, Brice; Rodier, Elisabeth; Letourneau, Jean-Jacques; Fages, Jacques

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    International audience This work is focused on the development of new characterization techniques of physical and thermodynamic properties. These techniques have been validated using the binary system DMSO-CO2 for which several studies of characterization have been well documented. We focused on the DMSO-rich phase and we carried out measurements of volumetric expansion, density, viscosity and CO2 solubility at 298.15, 308.15 and 313.15 K and pressures up to 9 MPa. The experimental procedu...

  17. Review of Intelligent Techniques Applied for Classification and Preprocessing of Medical Image Data

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    H S Hota; Shukla, S.P.; Kajal Gulhare

    2013-01-01

    Medical image data like ECG, EEG and MRI, CT-scan images are the most important way to diagnose disease of human being in precise way and widely used by the physician. Problem can be clearly identified with the help of these medical images. A robust model can classify the medical image data in better way .In this paper intelligent techniques like neural network and fuzzy logic techniques are explored for MRI medical image data to identify tumor in human brain. Also need of preprocessing of me...

  18. Wavelet Techniques Applied to Modeling Transitional/Turbulent Flows in Turbomachinery

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    Computer simulation is an essential part of the design and development of jet engines for the aeropropulsion industry. Engineers concerned with calculating the flow in jet engine components, such as compressors and turbines, need simple engineering models that accurately describe the complex flow of air and gases and that allow them to quickly estimate loads, losses, temperatures, and other design parameters. In this ongoing collaborative project, advanced wavelet analysis techniques are being used to gain insight into the complex flow phenomena. These insights, which cannot be achieved by commonly used methods, are being used to develop innovative new flow models and to improve existing ones. Wavelet techniques are very suitable for analyzing the complex turbulent and transitional flows pervasive in jet engines. These flows are characterized by intermittency and a multitude of scales. Wavelet analysis results in information about these scales and their locations. The distribution of scales is equivalent to the frequency spectrum provided by commonly used Fourier analysis techniques; however, no localization information is provided by Fourier analysis. In addition, wavelet techniques allow conditional sampling analyses of the individual scales, which is not possible by Fourier methods.

  19. Review of Intelligent Techniques Applied for Classification and Preprocessing of Medical Image Data

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    H S Hota

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    Full Text Available Medical image data like ECG, EEG and MRI, CT-scan images are the most important way to diagnose disease of human being in precise way and widely used by the physician. Problem can be clearly identified with the help of these medical images. A robust model can classify the medical image data in better way .In this paper intelligent techniques like neural network and fuzzy logic techniques are explored for MRI medical image data to identify tumor in human brain. Also need of preprocessing of medical image data is explored. Classification technique has been used extensively in the field of medical imaging. The conventional method in medical science for medical image data classification is done by human inspection which may result misclassification of data sometime this type of problem identification are impractical for large amounts of data and noisy data, a noisy data may be produced due to some technical fault of the machine or by human errors and can lead misclassification of medical image data. We have collected number of papers based on neural network and fuzzy logic along with hybrid technique to explore the efficiency and robustness of the model for brain MRI data. It has been analyzed that intelligent model along with data preprocessing using principal component analysis (PCA and segmentation may be the competitive model in this domain.

  20. Applying Web Usability Techniques to Assess Student Awareness of Library Web Resources

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    Krueger, Janice; Ray, Ron L.; Knight, Lorrie

    2004-01-01

    The authors adapted Web usability techniques to assess student awareness of their library's Web site. Students performed search tasks using a Web browser. Approaches were categorized according to a student's preference for, and success with, the library's Web resources. Forty-five percent of the students utilized the library's Web site as first…

  1. X-ray micro-beam techniques and phase contrast tomography applied to biomaterials

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    Fratini, Michela; Campi, Gaetano; Bukreeva, Inna; Pelliccia, Daniele; Burghammer, Manfred; Tromba, Giuliana; Cancedda, Ranieri; Mastrogiacomo, Maddalena; Cedola, Alessia

    2015-12-01

    A deeper comprehension of the biomineralization (BM) process is at the basis of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine developments. Several in-vivo and in-vitro studies were dedicated to this purpose via the application of 2D and 3D diagnostic techniques. Here, we develop a new methodology, based on different complementary experimental techniques (X-ray phase contrast tomography, micro-X-ray diffraction and micro-X-ray fluorescence scanning technique) coupled to new analytical tools. A qualitative and quantitative structural investigation, from the atomic to the micrometric length scale, is obtained for engineered bone tissues. The high spatial resolution achieved by X-ray scanning techniques allows us to monitor the bone formation at the first-formed mineral deposit at the organic-mineral interface within a porous scaffold. This work aims at providing a full comprehension of the morphology and functionality of the biomineralization process, which is of key importance for developing new drugs for preventing and healing bone diseases and for the development of bio-inspired materials.

  2. Nuclear and conventional techniques applied to the analysis of Purhepecha metals of the Pareyon collection

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    The main objective of this investigation was to determine the composition and microstructure of 13 metallic devices by means of the nuclear techniques of PIXE, RBS and conventional; which were elaborated starting from copper and gold, and they were in the offering of a tarasc personage located in the 'Matamoros' porch in Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico. (Author)

  3. Applying the Management-by-Objectives Technique in an Industrial Library

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    Stanton, Robert O.

    1975-01-01

    An experimental "management-by-objectives" performance system was operated by the Libraries and Information Systems Center of Bell Laboratories during 1973. It was found that, though the system was very effective for work planning and the development of people, difficulties were encountered in applying it to certain classes of employees. (Author)

  4. Time-lapse motion picture technique applied to the study of geological processes

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    Miller, R.D.; Crandell, D.R.

    1959-01-01

    Light-weight, battery-operated timers were built and coupled to 16-mm motion-picture cameras having apertures controlled by photoelectric cells. The cameras were placed adjacent to Emmons Glacier on Mount Rainier. The film obtained confirms the view that exterior time-lapse photography can be applied to the study of slow-acting geologic processes.

  5. Using Commercially Available Techniques to Make Organic Chemistry Representations Tactile and More Accessible to Students with Blindness or Low Vision

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    Supalo, Cary A.; Kennedy, Sean H.

    2014-01-01

    Organic chemistry courses can present major obstacles to access for students with blindness or low vision (BLV). In recent years, efforts have been made to represent organic chemistry concepts in tactile forms for blind students. These methodologies are described in this manuscript. Further work being done at Illinois State University is also…

  6. Modelling laser speckle photographs of decayed teeth by applying a digital image information technique

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    Ansari, M. Z.; da Silva, L. C.; da Silva, J. V. P.; Deana, A. M.

    2016-09-01

    We report on the application of a digital image model to assess early carious lesions on teeth. When decay is in its early stages, the lesions were illuminated with a laser and the laser speckle images were obtained. Due to the differences in the optical properties between healthy and carious tissue, both regions produced different scatter patterns. The digital image information technique allowed us to produce colour-coded 3D surface plots of the intensity information in the speckle images, where the height (on the z-axis) and the colour in the rendering correlate with the intensity of a pixel in the image. The quantitative changes in colour component density enhance the contrast between the decayed and sound tissue, and visualization of the carious lesions become significantly evident. Therefore, the proposed technique may be adopted in the early diagnosis of carious lesions.

  7. Magnetic Resonance Techniques Applied to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

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    de Celis Alonso, Benito; Hidalgo-Tobón, Silvia S.; Menéndez-González, Manuel; Salas-Pacheco, José; Arias-Carrión, Oscar

    2015-01-01

    Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects at least 10 million people worldwide. It is a neurodegenerative disease, which is currently diagnosed by neurological examination. No neuroimaging investigation or blood biomarker is available to aid diagnosis and prognosis. Most effort toward diagnosis using magnetic resonance (MR) has been focused on the use of structural/anatomical neuroimaging and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). However, deep brain stimulation, a current strategy for treating PD, is guided by MR imaging (MRI). For clinical prognosis, diagnosis, and follow-up investigations, blood oxygen level-dependent MRI, DTI, spectroscopy, and transcranial magnetic stimulation have been used. These techniques represent the state of the art in the last 5 years. Here, we focus on MR techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. PMID:26191037

  8. Digital Image Correlation technique applied to mechanical characterisation of aluminium foam

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    Palano F.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the possibility to employ the Digital Image Correlation (DIC technique for the mechanical behaviour analysis of metallic foam was investigated. Image Correlation allowed to measure displacement and strain fields on closed and open cells aluminium foam specimens under two different loading conditions (compression and shear and to characterise, with opportune calculation, information on the mechanical behaviour of foams. The adopted technique is suitable to conduct a deep analysis and also to appreciate the local heterogeneities that appear in a specimen during test. The parameters obtained with DIC analysis are confirmed by the global data obtained by testing machine proving the adopted methodology represents a valid tool for the study of these new materials.

  9. Traffic Visualization:Applying Information Visualization Techniques to Enhance Traffic Planning

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    Picozzi, Matteo; Verdezoto, Nervo; Pouke, Matti; Vatjus-Anttila, Jarkko; Quigley, Aaron

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we present a space-time visualization to provide city’s decision-makers the ability to analyse and uncover important “city events” in an understandable manner for city planning activities. An interactive Web mashup visualization is presented that integrates several visualization techniques to give a rapid overview of traffic data. We illustrate our approach as a case study for traffic visualization systems, using datasets from the city of Oulu that can be extended to other city...

  10. Discretization techniques applied to the study of multiphoton excitation of resonances in helium

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    Two-photon ionization of helium is investigated by using a discretization technique. Perturbative cross sections are calculated with a L2 basis set (B-splines), the efficiency of such an approach is discussed in the context of above threshold ionization (ATI). We propose a parametrization of the cross sections in the region of resonances. The role of the correlations is discussed in a P - Q Feshbach projection treatment. (author)

  11. Vibrational techniques applied to photosynthesis: Resonance Raman and fluorescence line-narrowing.

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    Gall, Andrew; Pascal, Andrew A; Robert, Bruno

    2015-01-01

    Resonance Raman spectroscopy may yield precise information on the conformation of, and the interactions assumed by, the chromophores involved in the first steps of the photosynthetic process. Selectivity is achieved via resonance with the absorption transition of the chromophore of interest. Fluorescence line-narrowing spectroscopy is a complementary technique, in that it provides the same level of information (structure, conformation, interactions), but in this case for the emitting pigment(s) only (whether isolated or in an ensemble of interacting chromophores). The selectivity provided by these vibrational techniques allows for the analysis of pigment molecules not only when they are isolated in solvents, but also when embedded in soluble or membrane proteins and even, as shown recently, in vivo. They can be used, for instance, to relate the electronic properties of these pigment molecules to their structure and/or the physical properties of their environment. These techniques are even able to follow subtle changes in chromophore conformation associated with regulatory processes. After a short introduction to the physical principles that govern resonance Raman and fluorescence line-narrowing spectroscopies, the information content of the vibrational spectra of chlorophyll and carotenoid molecules is described in this article, together with the experiments which helped in determining which structural parameter(s) each vibrational band is sensitive to. A selection of applications is then presented, in order to illustrate how these techniques have been used in the field of photosynthesis, and what type of information has been obtained. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Vibrational spectroscopies and bioenergetic systems. PMID:25268562

  12. Geostatistical techniques applied to mapping limnological variables and quantify the uncertainty associated with estimates

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    Cristiano Cigagna

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Aim: This study aimed to map the concentrations of limnological variables in a reservoir employing semivariogram geostatistical techniques and Kriging estimates for unsampled locations, as well as the uncertainty calculation associated with the estimates. Methods: We established twenty-seven points distributed in a regular mesh for sampling. Then it was determined the concentrations of chlorophyll-a, total nitrogen and total phosphorus. Subsequently, a spatial variability analysis was performed and the semivariogram function was modeled for all variables and the variographic mathematical models were established. The main geostatistical estimation technique was the ordinary Kriging. The work was developed with the estimate of a heavy grid points for each variables that formed the basis of the interpolated maps. Results: Through the semivariogram analysis was possible to identify the random component as not significant for the estimation process of chlorophyll-a, and as significant for total nitrogen and total phosphorus. Geostatistical maps were produced from the Kriging for each variable and the respective standard deviations of the estimates calculated. These measurements allowed us to map the concentrations of limnological variables throughout the reservoir. The calculation of standard deviations provided the quality of the estimates and, consequently, the reliability of the final product. Conclusions: The use of the Kriging statistical technique to estimate heavy mesh points associated with the error dispersion (standard deviation of the estimate, made it possible to make quality and reliable maps of the estimated variables. Concentrations of limnological variables in general were higher in the lacustrine zone and decreased towards the riverine zone. The chlorophyll-a and total nitrogen correlated comparing the grid generated by Kriging. Although the use of Kriging is more laborious compared to other interpolation methods, this

  13. Applying Data Mining Technique For The Optimal Usage Of Neonatal Incubator

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    Hagar Fady

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available This research aims to provide intelligent tool to predict incubator Length of Stay (LOS of infants which shall increase the utilization and management of infant incubators. The data sets of Egyptian Neonatal Network (EGNN were employed and Oracle Data Miner (ODM tool was used for the analysis and prediction of data. The obtained results indicated that data mining technique is an appropriate and sufficiently sensitive method to predict required LOS of premature and ill infant.

  14. The radiation techniques of tomotherapy & intensity-modulated radiation therapy applied to lung cancer

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    Zhu, Zhengfei; Fu, Xiaolong

    2015-01-01

    Radiotherapy (RT) plays an important role in the management of lung cancer. Development of radiation techniques is a possible way to improve the effect of RT by reducing toxicities through better sparing the surrounding normal tissues. This article will review the application of two forms of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), fixed-field IMRT and helical tomotherapy (HT) in lung cancer, including dosimetric and clinical studies. The advantages and potential disadvantages of these t...

  15. Automated Boundary-Extraction and Region-Growing Techniques Applied to Solar Magnetograms

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    McAteer, R. T. James; Gallagher, Peter; Ireland, Jack; Young, C Alex

    2005-01-01

    We present an automated approach to active region extraction from full disc MDI longitudinal magnetograms. This uses a region-growing technique in conjunction with boundary-extraction to define a number of enclosed contours as belonging to separate regions of magnetic significance on the solar disc. This provides an objective definition of active regions and areas of plage on the Sun. A number of parameters relating to the flare-potential of each region is discussed.

  16. An overview of seismic strengthening techniques traditionally applied in vernacular architecture

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    Ortega, Javier; Vasconcelos, Graça; Pereira, Mariana

    2014-01-01

    Specific architectural elements can be identified in vernacular constructions located in regions frequently exposed to earthquakes. Such elements are the result of a seismic culture which has been empirically developed during centuries so that the vulnerability of the buildings is reduced. This research is based on the fact that vernacular architecture may bear important lessons on hazard mitigation. Traditional earthquake resistant technologies can be successfully applied to preserve and ret...

  17. Towards Applying Text Mining Techniques on Software Quality Standards and Models

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    Kelemen, Zádor Dániel; Kusters, Rob; Trienekens, Jos; Balla, Katalin

    2013-01-01

    Many of quality approaches are described in hundreds of textual pages. Manual processing of information consumes plenty of resources. In this report we present a text mining approach applied on CMMI, one well known and widely known quality approach. The text mining analysis can provide a quick overview on the scope of a quality approaches. The result of the analysis could accelerate the understanding and the selection of quality approaches.

  18. A photoacoustic technique applied to detection of ethylene emissions in edible coated passion fruit

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    Photoacoustic spectroscopy was applied to study the physiological behavior of passion fruit when coated with edible films. The results have shown a reduction of the ethylene emission rate. Weight loss monitoring has not shown any significant differences between the coated and uncoated passion fruit. On the other hand, slower color changes of coated samples suggest a slowdown of the ripening process in coated passion fruit.

  19. Applying the sterile insect technique to the control of insect pests

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    The sterile insect technique involves the mass-rearing of insects, which are sterilized by gamma rays from a 60Co source before being released in a controlled fashion into nature. Matings between the sterile insects released and native insects produce no progeny, and so if enough of these matings occur the pest population can be controlled or even eradicated. A modification of the technique, especially suitable for the suppression of the moths and butterflies, is called the F, or inherited sterility method. In this, lower radiation doses are used such that the released males are only partially sterile (30-60%) and the females are fully sterile. When released males mate with native females some progeny are produced, but they are completely sterile. Thus, full expression of the sterility is delayed by one generation. This article describes the use of the sterile insect technique in controlling the screwworm fly, the tsetse fly, the medfly, the pink bollworm and the melon fly, and of the F1 sterility method in the eradication of local gypsy moth infestations. 18 refs, 5 figs, 1 tab

  20. Applying Data-mining techniques to study drought periods in Spain

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    Belda, F.; Penades, M. C.

    2010-09-01

    Data-mining is a technique that it can be used to interact with large databases and to help in the discovery relations between parameters by extracting information from massive and multiple data archives. Drought affects many economic and social sectors, from agricultural to transportation, going through urban water deficit and the development of modern industries. With these problems and drought geographical and temporal distribution it's difficult to find a single definition of drought. Improving the understanding of the knowledge of climatic index is necessary to reduce the impacts of drought and to facilitate quick decisions regarding this problem. The main objective is to analyze drought periods from 1950 to 2009 in Spain. We use several kinds of information, different formats, sources and transmission mode. We use satellite-based Vegetation Index, dryness index for several temporal periods. We use daily and monthly precipitation and temperature data and soil moisture data from numerical weather model. We calculate mainly Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) that it has been used amply in the bibliography. We use OLAP-Mining techniques to discovery of association rules between remote-sensing, numerical weather model and climatic index. Time series Data- Mining techniques organize data as a sequence of events, with each event having a time of recurrence, to cluster the data into groups of records or cluster with similar characteristics. Prior climatological classification is necessary if we want to study drought periods over all Spain.

  1. An efficient permeability scaling-up technique applied to the discretized flow equations

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    Urgelli, D.; Ding, Yu [Institut Francais du Petrole, Rueil Malmaison (France)

    1997-08-01

    Grid-block permeability scaling-up for numerical reservoir simulations has been discussed for a long time in the literature. It is now recognized that a full permeability tensor is needed to get an accurate reservoir description at large scale. However, two major difficulties are encountered: (1) grid-block permeability cannot be properly defined because it depends on boundary conditions; (2) discretization of flow equations with a full permeability tensor is not straightforward and little work has been done on this subject. In this paper, we propose a new method, which allows us to get around both difficulties. As the two major problems are closely related, a global approach will preserve the accuracy. So, in the proposed method, the permeability up-scaling technique is integrated in the discretized numerical scheme for flow simulation. The permeability is scaled-up via the transmissibility term, in accordance with the fluid flow calculation in the numerical scheme. A finite-volume scheme is particularly studied, and the transmissibility scaling-up technique for this scheme is presented. Some numerical examples are tested for flow simulation. This new method is compared with some published numerical schemes for full permeability tensor discretization where the full permeability tensor is scaled-up through various techniques. Comparing the results with fine grid simulations shows that the new method is more accurate and more efficient.

  2. Quantification of material slippage in the iliotibial tract when applying the partial plastination clamping technique.

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    Sichting, Freddy; Steinke, Hanno; Wagner, Martin F-X; Fritsch, Sebastian; Hädrich, Carsten; Hammer, Niels

    2015-09-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential of the partial plastination technique in minimizing material slippage and to discuss the effects on the tensile properties of thin dense connective tissue. The ends of twelve iliotibial tract samples were primed with polyurethane resin and covered by plastic plates to provide sufficient grip between the clamps. The central part of the samples remained in an anatomically unfixed condition. Strain data of twelve partially plastinated samples and ten samples in a completely anatomically unfixed state were obtained using uniaxial crosshead displacement and an optical image tracking technique. Testing of agreement between the strain data revealed ongoing but markedly reduced material slippage in partially plastinated samples compared to the unfixed samples. The mean measurement error introduced by material slippage was up to 18.0% in partially plastinated samples. These findings might complement existing data on measurement errors during material testing and highlight the importance of individual quantitative evaluation of errors that come along with self-made clamping techniques. PMID:26005842

  3. A Reinforcement Plate for Partially Thinned Pressure Vessel Designed to Measure the Thickness of Vessel Wall Applying Ultrasonic Technique

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    It is very hard to preserve the wall thickness of the vessel because of the erosion or corrosion as time goes by. Therefore, the wall thicknesses of heaters in power plants are periodically measured using ultrasonic test. If the integrity of the wall thickness is estimated not to secure, the reinforcement plate is welled on the thinned area of the vessel. The overlay weld of the reinforcement plate on the thinned vessel is normally the fillet welding. As shown by the references, the reinforcement plate with adequate thickness does its role very well before the vessel wall is perforated due to thinning. However, the integrity of shell cannot insure because the weldment is directly applied by the shell side pressure to after the vessel wall is perforated. Therefore, it is needed to measure the thickness of thinned area under the reinforcement plate continuously for preserving integrity and planning the fabrication of replacement vessel. It is impossible to apply the ultrasonic thickness measurement technique after the reinforcement plate is welded on the shell. In this paper new reinforcement plate, which makes it possible to measure the wall thickness under the reinforcement plate applying the ultrasonic technique, is introduced. A method to evaluate the structural integrity of a fillet weldment for the reinforcement plate welded on a pressure vessel is introduced in this paper. Moreover, new reinforcement plate, which makes it possible to measure the wall thickness of pressure vessels under the reinforcement plate applying the ultrasonic technique, is introduced

  4. Assessment of ground-based monitoring techniques applied to landslide investigations

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    Uhlemann, S.; Smith, A.; Chambers, J.; Dixon, N.; Dijkstra, T.; Haslam, E.; Meldrum, P.; Merritt, A.; Gunn, D.; Mackay, J.

    2016-01-01

    A landslide complex in the Whitby Mudstone Formation at Hollin Hill, North Yorkshire, UK is periodically re-activated in response to rainfall-induced pore-water pressure fluctuations. This paper compares long-term measurements (i.e., 2009-2014) obtained from a combination of monitoring techniques that have been employed together for the first time on an active landslide. The results highlight the relative performance of the different techniques, and can provide guidance for researchers and practitioners for selecting and installing appropriate monitoring techniques to assess unstable slopes. Particular attention is given to the spatial and temporal resolutions offered by the different approaches that include: Real Time Kinematic-GPS (RTK-GPS) monitoring of a ground surface marker array, conventional inclinometers, Shape Acceleration Arrays (SAA), tilt meters, active waveguides with Acoustic Emission (AE) monitoring, and piezometers. High spatial resolution information has allowed locating areas of stability and instability across a large slope. This has enabled identification of areas where further monitoring efforts should be focused. High temporal resolution information allowed the capture of 'S'-shaped slope displacement-time behaviour (i.e. phases of slope acceleration, deceleration and stability) in response to elevations in pore-water pressures. This study shows that a well-balanced suite of monitoring techniques that provides high temporal and spatial resolutions on both measurement and slope scale is necessary to fully understand failure and movement mechanisms of slopes. In the case of the Hollin Hill landslide it enabled detailed interpretation of the geomorphological processes governing landslide activity. It highlights the benefit of regularly surveying a network of GPS markers to determine areas for installation of movement monitoring techniques that offer higher resolution both temporally and spatially. The small sensitivity of tilt meter measurements

  5. Increasing the Detection Limit of the Parkinson Disorder through a Specific Surface Chemistry Applied onto Inner Surface of the Titration Well

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    Fabienne Poncin-Epaillard

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of this paper was to illustrate the enhancement of the sensitivity of ELISA titration for neurodegenerative proteins by reducing nonspecific adsorptions that could lead to false positives. This goal was obtained thanks to the association of plasma and wet chemistries applied to the inner surface of the titration well. The polypropylene surface was plasma-activated and then, dip-coated with different amphiphilic molecules. These molecules have more or less long hydrocarbon chains and may be charged. The modified surfaces were characterized in terms of hydrophilic—phobic character, surface chemical groups and topography. Finally, the coated wells were tested during the ELISA titration of the specific antibody capture of the α-synuclein protein. The highest sensitivity is obtained with polar (Θ = 35°, negatively charged and smooth inner surface.

  6. Enhanced nonlinear iterative techniques applied to a non-equilibrium plasma flow

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    Knoll, D.A.; McHugh, P.R. [Idaho National Engineering Lab., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    1996-12-31

    We study the application of enhanced nonlinear iterative methods to the steady-state solution of a system of two-dimensional convection-diffusion-reaction partial differential equations that describe the partially-ionized plasma flow in the boundary layer of a tokamak fusion reactor. This system of equations is characterized by multiple time and spatial scales, and contains highly anisotropic transport coefficients due to a strong imposed magnetic field. We use Newton`s method to linearize the nonlinear system of equations resulting from an implicit, finite volume discretization of the governing partial differential equations, on a staggered Cartesian mesh. The resulting linear systems are neither symmetric nor positive definite, and are poorly conditioned. Preconditioned Krylov iterative techniques are employed to solve these linear systems. We investigate both a modified and a matrix-free Newton-Krylov implementation, with the goal of reducing CPU cost associated with the numerical formation of the Jacobian. A combination of a damped iteration, one-way multigrid and a pseudo-transient continuation technique are used to enhance global nonlinear convergence and CPU efficiency. GMRES is employed as the Krylov method with Incomplete Lower-Upper(ILU) factorization preconditioning. The goal is to construct a combination of nonlinear and linear iterative techniques for this complex physical problem that optimizes trade-offs between robustness, CPU time, memory requirements, and code complexity. It is shown that a one-way multigrid implementation provides significant CPU savings for fine grid calculations. Performance comparisons of the modified Newton-Krylov and matrix-free Newton-Krylov algorithms will be presented.

  7. The Pulsed Neutron Technique Applied to Fast Non-Multiplying Assemblies

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    A nanosecond pulsed Van de Graaff accelerator has been used to study the behaviour of fast neutrons in non-multiplying metal assemblies. A pulsed neutron source technique has been utilized to measure fast non-elastic cross-sections for iron. The method employed is similar to that used to measure absorption cross-sections in thermal assemblies, with the exception that the fast decay times are of the order of nanoseconds rather than microseconds. Nanosecond bursts of monoenergetic neutrons are injected into various size iron assemblies. The neutron flux in these assemblies is observed to decay exponentially with a characteristic decay constant. The decay constant is composed of a sum of terms which represent neutron loss due to leakage and energy degradation. Energy degradation represents a neutron loss since a biased neutron detector is used. The removal term due to elastic and nonelastic scattering can be determined by measuring the decay constant as a function of assembly size. A theoretical development is presented for calculating the fraction that the elastic scattering contributes to the removal term, hence the non-elastic cross-section can be determined. The theoretical treatment for calculating the elastic contribution has been verified experimentally. The non-elastic cross-section for iron has been measured by this technique for primary neutron energies between 0.8 and 1.5 MeV. The pulsed source technique described above has been used to measure decay constants for lead slabs. The experiment approximates the assumptions which are generally made when solving the time-dependent Boltzmann transport equation (i.e. one-dimension, one-velocity). Decay constants have been measured for 28 in x 32 in lead slabs of 2, 4, 6 and 8-in thickness. The results, after being corrected for energy degradation and finite assembly, are compared with the approximate solutions of the Boltzmann transport equation. (author)

  8. Sensitivity analysis techniques applied to a system of hyperbolic conservation laws

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    Sensitivity analysis is comprised of techniques to quantify the effects of the input variables on a set of outputs. In particular, sensitivity indices can be used to infer which input parameters most significantly affect the results of a computational model. With continually increasing computing power, sensitivity analysis has become an important technique by which to understand the behavior of large-scale computer simulations. Many sensitivity analysis methods rely on sampling from distributions of the inputs. Such sampling-based methods can be computationally expensive, requiring many evaluations of the simulation; in this case, the Sobol' method provides an easy and accurate way to compute variance-based measures, provided a sufficient number of model evaluations are available. As an alternative, meta-modeling approaches have been devised to approximate the response surface and estimate various measures of sensitivity. In this work, we consider a variety of sensitivity analysis methods, including different sampling strategies, different meta-models, and different ways of evaluating variance-based sensitivity indices. The problem we consider is the 1-D Riemann problem. By a careful choice of inputs, discontinuous solutions are obtained, leading to discontinuous response surfaces; such surfaces can be particularly problematic for meta-modeling approaches. The goal of this study is to compare the estimated sensitivity indices with exact values and to evaluate the convergence of these estimates with increasing samples sizes and under an increasing number of meta-model evaluations. - Highlights: ► Sensitivity analysis techniques for a model shock physics problem are compared. ► The model problem and the sensitivity analysis problem have exact solutions. ► Subtle details of the method for computing sensitivity indices can affect the results.

  9. Evaluation of Bending Strength in Friction Welded Alumina/mild Steel Joints by Applying Factorial Technique

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    Jesudoss Hynes, N. Rajesh; Nagaraj, P.; Vivek Prabhu, M.

    Joining of metal with ceramics has become significant in many applications, because they combine properties like ductility with high hardness and wear resistance. By friction welding technique, alumina can be joined to mild steel with AA1100 sheet of 1mm thickness as interlayer. In the present work, investigation of the effect of friction time on interlayer thickness reduction and bending strength is carried out by factorial design. By using ANOVA, a statistical tool, regression modeling is done. The regression model predicts the bending strength of welded ceramic/metal joints accurately with ± 2% deviation from the experimental values.

  10. Full-field speckle correlation technique as applied to blood flow monitoring

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    Vilensky, M. A.; Agafonov, D. N.; Timoshina, P. A.; Shipovskaya, O. V.; Zimnyakov, D. A.; Tuchin, V. V.; Novikov, P. A.

    2011-03-01

    The results of experimental study of monitoring the microcirculation in tissue superficial layers of the internal organs at gastro-duodenal hemorrhage with the use of laser speckles contrast analysis technique are presented. The microcirculation monitoring was provided in the course of the laparotomy of rat abdominal cavity in the real time. Microscopic hemodynamics was analyzed for small intestine and stomach under different conditions (normal state, provoked ischemia, administration of vasodilative agents such as papaverine, lidocaine). The prospects and problems of internal monitoring of micro-vascular flow in clinical conditions are discussed.

  11. Short Note: Comparison of three surveying techniques applied to hydrogeological studies: level, barometer, and GPS

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    Xyoli Pérez; Luis E. Marín; Rangel, E.

    1998-01-01

    The error from three different surveying techniques- level, hand-held barometer, and hand-held GPS-were compared in terms of accuracy and cost effectiveness for hydrogeological studies by surveying a four-kilometer circuit within the campus of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.The polygon was surveyed once with the level and the barometer, and twice with GPS. Vertical errors were 17 mm, 13 meters and 114 meters, for the level, barometer and GPS, respectively. Of the three options,...

  12. Nuclear analytical techniques applied to characterization of atmospheric aerosols in Amazon Region

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    This work presents the atmospheric aerosols characterization that exist in different regions of Amazon basin. The biogenic aerosol emission by forest, as well as the atmospheric emissions of particulate materials due to biomass burning, were analyzed. Samples of aerosol particles were collected during three years in two different locations of Amazon region using Stacked Unit Filters. In order to study these samples some analytical nuclear techniques were used. The high concentrations of aerosols as a result of biomass burning process were observed in the period of june-september

  13. Some new techniques in tritium gas handling as applied to metal hydride synthesis

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    A state-of-the-art tritium Hydride Synthesis System (HSS) was designed and built to replace the existing system within the Tritium Salt Facility (TSF) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. This new hydriding system utilized unique fast-cycling 5.63 mole uranium beds (50.9 g to T2 at 100% loading) and novel gas circulating hydriding furnaces. Tritium system components discussed include fast-cycling uranium beds, circulating gas hydriding furnaces, valves, storage volumes, manifolds, gas transfer pumps, and graphic display and control consoles. Many of the tritium handling and processing techniques incorporated into this system are directly applicable to today's fusion fuel loops

  14. Some new techniques in tritium gas handling as applied to metal hydride synthesis

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    A state-of-the-art tritium Hydriding Synthesis System (HSS) was designed and built to replace the existing system within the Tritium Salt Facility (TSF) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. This new hydriding system utilizes unique fast-cycling 7.9 mole uranium beds (47.5g of T at 100% loading) and novel gas circulating hydriding furnaces. Tritium system components discussed include fast-cycling uranium beds, circulating gas hydriding furnaces, valves, storage volumes, manifolds, gas transfer pumps, and graphic display and control consoles. Many of the tritium handling and processing techniques incorporated into this system are directly applicable to today's fusion fuel loops. 12 refs., 7 figs

  15. Applying Intelligent Computing Techniques to Modeling Biological Networks from Expression Data

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    Wei-Po Lee; Kung-Cheng Yang

    2008-01-01

    Constructing biological networks is one of the most important issues in system sbiology. However, constructing a network from data manually takes a considerable large amount of time, therefore an automated procedure is advocated. To automate the procedure of network construction, in this work we use two intelligent computing techniques, genetic programming and neural computation, to infer two kinds of network models that use continuous variables. To verify the presented approaches, experiments have been conducted and the preliminary results show that both approaches can be used to infer networks successfully.

  16. Zero order and signal processing spectrophotometric techniques applied for resolving interference of metronidazole with ciprofloxacin in their pharmaceutical dosage form

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    Attia, Khalid A. M.; Nassar, Mohammed W. I.; El-Zeiny, Mohamed B.; Serag, Ahmed

    2016-02-01

    Four rapid, simple, accurate and precise spectrophotometric methods were used for the determination of ciprofloxacin in the presence of metronidazole as interference. The methods under study are area under the curve, simultaneous equation in addition to smart signal processing techniques of manipulating ratio spectra namely Savitsky-Golay filters and continuous wavelet transform. All the methods were validated according to the ICH guidelines where accuracy, precision and repeatability were found to be within the acceptable limits. The selectivity of the proposed methods was tested using laboratory prepared mixtures and assessed by applying the standard addition technique. So, they can therefore be used for the routine analysis of ciprofloxacin in quality-control laboratories.

  17. Spectroscopic Techniques Applied to the Study of Italian Painted Neolithic Potteries

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    In the field of cultural heritage, the study of the materials used by the artist is useful both for the knowledge of the artwork and for conservation and restoring interventions. In this communication, we present results of some decorations analysis obtained by the use of two complementary laser techniques: micro-LIBS and micro-Raman spectroscopy. With both techniques it is possible to operate in a practically nondestructive way on the artwork itself, without sampling or pretreatment. Micro-Raman spectroscopy gives information on the molecular structure of the pigments used, while micro-LIBS can give quantitative information about the elemental composition of the same materials. In this paper, qualitative results are reported obtained on the study of some Neolithic potteries coming from the archaeological site of Trasano (Matera); the fragments show decorations in different colors, red, black, and white. The aim of the study was detecting whether the colored decorations were made by using added pigments or came from the manufacturing process.

  18. A New Astrometric Technique Applied to the Likely Tidal Disruption Event, Swift J166+57

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    Alianora Hounsell, Rebekah; Fruchter, Andrew S.; Levan, Andrew J.

    2015-01-01

    We have developed a new technique to align Hubble Space Telescope (HST) data using background galaxies as astrometric markers. This technique involves the cross correlation of cutouts of regions about individual galaxies from different epochs, enabling the determination of an astrometric solution. The method avoids errors introduced by proper motion when the locations of stars are used to transform the images. We have used this approach to investigate the nature of the unusual gamma-ray source Sw J1644+57, which was initially classified as a long gamma ray burst (LGRB). However, due to the object's atypical behavior in the X-ray and optical, along with its location within the host (150 ± 150 pc, see Levan et al. 2011) it has been suggested that the transient may be caused by a tidal disruption event (TDE). Additional theories have also been suggested for its origin which remain based on the collapsar model for a long burst, such as the collapse of a red giant, rather than a stripped star as is typical in LGRBs, or the creation of a magnetar.Precise astrometry of the transient with respect to the galaxy can potentially distinguish between these scenarios. Here we show that our method of alignment dramatically reduces the astrometric error of the position of the transient with respect to the nucleus of the host. We therefore discuss the implication of our result on the astrophysical nature of the object.

  19. Fragrance composition of Dendrophylax lindenii (Orchidaceae using a novel technique applied in situ

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The ghost orchid, Dendrophylax lindenii (Lindley Bentham ex Rolfe (Orchidaceae, is one of North America’s rarest and well-known orchids. Native to Cuba and SW Florida where it frequents shaded swamps as an epiphyte, the species has experienced steady decline. Little information exists on D. lindenii’s biology in situ, raising conservation concerns. During the summer of 2009 at an undisclosed population in Collier County, FL, a substantial number (ca. 13 of plants initiated anthesis offering a unique opportunity to study this species in situ. We report a new technique aimed at capturing floral headspace of D. lindenii in situ, and identified volatile compounds using gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS. All components of the floral scent were identified as terpenoids with the exception of methyl salicylate. The most abundant compound was the sesquiterpene (E,E-α-farnesene (71% followed by (E-β-ocimene (9% and methyl salicylate (8%. Other compounds were: linalool (5%, sabinene (4%, (E-α-bergamotene (2%, α-pinene (1%, and 3-carene (1%. Interestingly, (E,E-α-farnesene has previously been associated with pestiferous insects (e.g., Hemiptera. The other compounds are common floral scent constituents in other angiosperms suggesting that our in situ technique was effective. Volatile capture was, therefore, possible without imposing physical harm (e.g., inflorescence detachment to this rare orchid.

  20. Hyphenated GC-FTIR and GC-MS techniques applied in the analysis of bioactive compounds

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    Gosav, Steluta; Paduraru, Nicoleta; Praisler, Mirela

    2014-08-01

    The drugs of abuse, which affect human nature and cause numerous crimes, have become a serious problem throughout the world. There are hundreds of amphetamine analogues on the black market. They consist of various alterations of the basic amphetamine molecular structure, which are yet not yet included in the lists of forbidden compounds although they retain or slightly modify the hallucinogenic effects of their parent compound. It is their important variety that makes their identification quite a challenge. A number of analytical procedures for the identification of amphetamines and their analogues have recently been reported. We are presenting the profile of the main hallucinogenic amphetamines obtained with the hyphenated techniques that are recommended for the identification of illicit amphetamines, i. e. gas chromatography combined with mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and gas chromatography coupled with Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (GC-FTIR). The infrared spectra of the analyzed hallucinogenic amphetamines present some absorption bands (1490 cm-1, 1440 cm-1, 1245 cm-1, 1050 cm-1 and 940 cm-1) that are very stable as position and shape, while their intensity depends of the side-chain substitution. The specific ionic fragment of the studied hallucinogenic compounds is the 3,4-methylenedioxybenzyl cation (m/e = 135) which has a small relative abundance (lesser than 20%). The complementarity of the above mentioned techniques for the identification of hallucinogenic compounds is discussed.

  1. Gamma-radiography techniques applied to quality control of welds in water pipe lines

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    Non-destructive testing of welds may be done by the gamma-radiography technique, in order to detect the presence or absence of discontinuities and defects in the bulk of deposited metal and near the base metal. Gamma-radiography allows the documentation of the test with a complete inspection record, which is a fact not common in other non-destructive testing methods. In the quality control of longitudinal or transversal welds in water pipe lines, two exposition techniques are used: double wall and panoramic exposition. Three different water pipe lines systems have analysed for weld defects, giving a total of 16,000 gamma-radiographies. The tests were made according to the criteria established by the ASME standard. The principal metallic discontinuites found in the weld were: porosity (32%), lack of penetration (29%), lack of fusion (20%), and slag inclusion (19%). The percentage of gamma-radiographies showing welds without defects was 39% (6168 gamma-radiographies). On the other hand, 53% (8502 gamma-radiographies) showed the presence of acceptable discontinuities and 8% (1330 gamma-radiographies) were rejected according to the ASME standards

  2. Predicting Performance of Schools by Applying Data Mining Techniques on Public Examination Results

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available This study work presents a systematic analysis of various features of the higher grade school public examination results data in the state of Tamil Nadu, India through different data mining classification algorithms to predict the performance of Schools. Nowadays the parents always targets to select the right city, school and factors which contributes to the success of the results in schools of their children. There could be possible effects of factors such as Ethnic mix, Medium of study, geography could make a difference in results. The proposed work would focus on two fold factors namely Machine Learning algorithms to predict School performance with satisfying accuracy and to evaluate the data mining technique which would give better accuracy of the learning algorithms. It was found that there exist some apparent and some less noticeable attributes that demonstrate a strong correlation with student performance. Data were collected through the credible source data preparation and correlation analysis. The findings revealed that the public examinations results data was a very helpful predictor of performance of school in order to improve the result with maximum level and also improved the overall accuracy with the help of Adaboost technique.

  3. Applying Tiab’s direct synthesis technique to dilatant non-Newtonian/Newtonian fluids

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    Javier Andrés Martínez

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Non-Newtonian fluids, such as polymer solutions, have been used by the oil industry for many years as fracturing agents and drilling mud. These solutions, which normally include thickened water and jelled fluids, are injected into the formation to enhanced oil recovery by improving sweep efficiency. It is worth noting that some heavy oils behave non-Newtonianly. Non-Newtonian fluids do not have direct proportionality between applied shear stress and shear rate and viscosity varies with shear rate depending on whether the fluid is either pseudoplastic or dilatant. Viscosity decreases as shear rate increases for the former whilst the reverse takes place for dilatants. Mathematical models of conventional fluids thus fail when applied to non-Newtonian fluids. The pressure derivative curve is introduced in this descriptive work for a dilatant fluid and its pattern was observed. Tiab’s direct synthesis (TDS methodology was used as a tool for interpreting pressure transient data to estimate effective permeability, skin factors and non-Newtonian bank radius. The methodology was successfully verified by its application to synthetic examples. Also, comparing it to pseudoplastic behavior, it was found that the radial flow regime in the Newtonian zone of dilatant fluids took longer to form regarding both the flow behavior index and consistency factor.

  4. Effect of applied potential on changes in solution chemistry inside crevices on type 304L stainless steel and Alloy 825

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    The changes in the pH, chloride concentration, and potential inside a rectangular crevice of metal against polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) are monitored using microelectrodes as a function of time and externally applied potential. It is found that the environment inside the crevice is altered within the experimental time frame only when the external potential is maintained above a certain value. When the external potential exceeds a certain value, there is an incubation period followed by a rapid increase in the current density which is succeeded by a decrease in pH and the potential inside the crevice. The current density also decreases rapidly upon reversal of the external potential, while a significant reversal of pH occurs over a much longer period of time. The kinetics of these changes in the environment is a function of crevice tightness. A decrease in crevice gap results in a greater decrease in pH. The changes in chloride concentration are much more modest, perhaps due to the formation of chloride complexes which can not be detected by the Ag/AgCl microelectrode. Presence of chromium depletion on the surface of alloy 825 in the crevice results in a more rapid decrease in pH even when the surface is rougher. These observations are explained in terms of crevice corrosion nucleation in small zones of narrow gap between the peaks of surface asperities which then propagate laterally to adjoining zones of wider gaps between the peaks and valleys of the asperities

  5. A comparison of new, old and future densiometic techniques as applied to volcanologic study.

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    Pankhurst, Matthew; Moreland, William; Dobson, Kate; Þórðarson, Þorvaldur; Fitton, Godfrey; Lee, Peter

    2015-04-01

    The density of any material imposes a primary control upon its potential or actual physical behaviour in relation to its surrounds. It follows that a thorough understanding of the physical behaviour of dynamic, multi-component systems, such as active volcanoes, requires knowledge of the density of each component. If we are to accurately predict the physical behaviour of synthesized or natural volcanic systems, quantitative densiometric measurements are vital. The theoretical density of melt, crystals and bubble phases may be calculated using composition, structure, temperature and pressure inputs. However, measuring the density of natural, non-ideal, poly-phase materials remains problematic, especially if phase specific measurement is important. Here we compare three methods; Archimedes principle, He-displacement pycnometry and X-ray micro computed tomography (XMT) and discuss the utility and drawbacks of each in the context of modern volcanologic study. We have measured tephra, ash and lava from the 934 AD Eldgjá eruption (Iceland), and the 2010 AD Eyjafjallajökull eruption (Iceland), using each technique. These samples exhibit a range of particle sizes, phases and textures. We find that while the Archimedes method remains a useful, low-cost technique to generate whole-rock density data, relative precision is problematic at small particles sizes. Pycnometry offers a more precise whole-rock density value, at a comparable cost-per-sample. However, this technique is based upon the assumption pore spaces within the sample are equally available for gas exchange, which may or may not be the case. XMT produces 3D images, at resolutions from nm to tens of µm per voxel where X-ray attenuation is a qualitative measure of relative electron density, expressed as greyscale number/brightness (usually 16-bit). Phases and individual particles can be digitally segmented according to their greyscale and other characteristics. This represents a distinct advantage over both

  6. Mass Movement Hazards in the Mediterranean; A review on applied techniques and methodologies

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    Ziade, R.; Abdallah, C.; Baghdadi, N.

    2012-04-01

    Emergent population and expansions of settlements and life-lines over hazardous areas in the Mediterranean region have largely increased the impact of Mass Movements (MM) both in industrialized and developing countries. This trend is expected to continue in the next decades due to increased urbanization and development, continued deforestation and increased regional precipitation in MM-prone areas due to changing climatic patterns. Consequently, and over the past few years, monitoring of MM has acquired great importance from the scientific community as well as the civilian one. This article begins with a discussion of the MM classification, and the different topographic, geologic, hydrologic and environmental impacting factors. The intrinsic (preconditioning) variables determine the susceptibility of MM and extrinsic factors (triggering) can induce the probability of MM occurrence. The evolution of slope instability studies is charted from geodetic or observational techniques, to geotechnical field-based origins to recent higher levels of data acquisition through Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) techniques. Since MM detection and zoning is difficult in remote areas, RS and GIS have enabled regional studies to predominate over site-based ones where they provide multi-temporal images hence facilitate greatly MM monitoring. The unusual extent of the spectrum of MM makes it difficult to define a single methodology to establish MM hazard. Since the probability of occurrence of MM is one of the key components in making rational decisions for management of MM risk, scientists and engineers have developed physical parameters, equations and environmental process models that can be used as assessment tools for management, education, planning and legislative purposes. Assessment of MM is attained through various modeling approaches mainly divided into three main sections: quantitative/Heuristic (1:2.000-1:10.000), semi-quantitative/Statistical (1

  7. Models of signal validation using artificial intelligence techniques applied to a nuclear reactor

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    This work presents two models of signal validation in which the analytical redundancy of the monitored signals from a nuclear plant is made by neural networks. In one model the analytical redundancy is made by only one neural network while in the other it is done by several neural networks, each one working in a specific part of the entire operation region of the plant. Four cluster techniques were tested to separate the entire operation region in several specific regions. An additional information of systems' reliability is supplied by a fuzzy inference system. The models were implemented in C language and tested with signals acquired from Angra I nuclear power plant, from its start to 100% of power. (author)

  8. GPU peer-to-peer techniques applied to a cluster interconnect

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    Ammendola, Roberto; Biagioni, Andrea; Bisson, Mauro; Fatica, Massimiliano; Frezza, Ottorino; Cicero, Francesca Lo; Lonardo, Alessandro; Mastrostefano, Enrico; Paolucci, Pier Stanislao; Rossetti, Davide; Simula, Francesco; Tosoratto, Laura; Vicini, Piero

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    Modern GPUs support special protocols to exchange data directly across the PCI Express bus. While these protocols could be used to reduce GPU data transmission times, basically by avoiding staging to host memory, they require specific hardware features which are not available on current generation network adapters. In this paper we describe the architectural modifications required to implement peer-to-peer access to NVIDIA Fermi- and Kepler-class GPUs on an FPGA-based cluster interconnect. Besides, the current software implementation, which integrates this feature by minimally extending the RDMA programming model, is discussed, as well as some issues raised while employing it in a higher level API like MPI. Finally, the current limits of the technique are studied by analyzing the performance improvements on low-level benchmarks and on two GPU-accelerated applications, showing when and how they seem to benefit from the GPU peer-to-peer method.

  9. Vibroacoustic Modeling of Mechanically Coupled Structures: Artificial Spring Technique Applied to Light and Heavy Mediums

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    Full Text Available This article deals with the modeling of vibrating structures immersed in both light and heavy fluids, and possible applications to noise control problems and industrial vessels containing fluids. A theoretical approach, using artificial spring systems to characterize the mechanical coupling between substructures, is extended to include fluid loading. A structure consisting of a plate-ended cylindrical shell and its enclosed acoustic cavity is analyzed. After a brief description of the proposed technique, a number of numerical results are presented. The analysis addresses the following specific issues: the coupling between the plate and the shell; the coupling between the structure and the enclosure; the possibilities and difficulties regarding internal soundproofing through modifications of the joint connections; and the effects of fluid loading on the vibration of the structure.

  10. The principles of quality assurance and quality control applied to both equipment and techniques

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    QA is a management technique that, in diagnostic radiology, should be carried out to ensure the production of high quality diagnostic images for the minimum patient radiation dose. It will require a quality control programme involving the selective testing of each major system component on a regular basis. The major systems in diagnostic radiology concern X-ray production, X-ray detection, image processing and image viewing. For a given system, there are many possible variables that might be monitored, and it is important to balance the potential dose savings against the cost of monitoring. In the case of X-ray production, for example, it may be adequate to confine regular testing to AEDs, radiographic output and beam alignment, once the initial checks have been performed. A QA programme should also include a film reject analysis. In nuclear medicine, the QA programme should include checks on the dose calibrator as well as checks on the gamma cameras used for imaging. (Author)

  11. Research on Key Techniques for Video Surveillance System Applied to Shipping Channel Management

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    WANG Lin; ZHUANG Yan-bin; ZHENG Cheng-zeng

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    A video patrol and inspection system is an important part of the government's shipping channel information management. This system is mainly applied to video information gathering and processing as a patrol is carried out. The system described in this paper can preview, edit, and add essential explanation messages to the collected video data. It then transfers these data and messages to a video server for the leaders and engineering and technical personnel to retrieve, play, chart, download or print. Each department of the government will use the system's functions according to that department's mission. The system can provide an effective means for managing the shipping enterprise. It also provides a valuable reference for the modernizing of waterborne shipping.

  12. Contrast cancellation technique applied to digital x-ray imaging using silicon strip detectors

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    Dual-energy mammographic imaging experimental tests have been performed using a compact dichromatic imaging system based on a conventional x-ray tube, a mosaic crystal, and a 384-strip silicon detector equipped with full-custom electronics with single photon counting capability. For simulating mammal tissue, a three-component phantom, made of Plexiglass, polyethylene, and water, has been used. Images have been collected with three different pairs of x-ray energies: 16-32 keV, 18-36 keV, and 20-40 keV. A Monte Carlo simulation of the experiment has also been carried out using the MCNP-4C transport code. The Alvarez-Macovski algorithm has been applied both to experimental and simulated data to remove the contrast between two of the phantom materials so as to enhance the visibility of the third one

  13. Linear and Non-Linear Control Techniques Applied to Actively Lubricated Journal Bearings

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    Nicoletti, Rodrigo; Santos, Ilmar

    2003-01-01

    The main objectives of actively lubricated bearings are the simultaneous reduction of wear and vibration between rotating and stationary machinery parts. For reducing wear and dissipating vibration energy until certain limits, one can count with the conventional hydrodynamic lubrication. For...... further reduction of shaft vibrations one can count with the active lubrication action, which is based on injecting pressurised oil into the bearing gap through orifices machined in the bearing sliding surface. The design and efficiency of some linear (PD, PI and PID) and non-linear controllers, applied...... to a tilting-pad journal bearing, are analysed and discussed. Important conclusions about the application of integral controllers, responsible for changing the rotor-bearing equilibrium position and consequently the "passive" oil film damping coefficients, are achieved. Numerical results show an...

  14. Linear and Non-Linear Control Techniques Applied to Actively Lubricated Journal Bearings

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    Nicoletti, Rodrigo; Santos, Ilmar

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    The main objectives of actively lubricated bearings are the simultaneous reduction of wear and vibration between rotating and stationary machinery parts. For reducing wear and dissipating vibration energy until certain limits, one can count with the conventional hydrodynamic lubrication....... For further reduction of shaft vibrations one can count with the active lubrication action, which is based on injecting pressurised oil into the bearing gap through orifices machined in the bearing sliding surface. The design and efficiency of some linear (PD, PI and PID) and non-linear controllers, applied...... vibration reduction of unbalance response of a rigid rotor, where the PD and the non-linear P controllers show better performance for the frequency range of study (0 to 80 Hz). The feasibility of eliminating rotor-bearing instabilities (phenomena of whirl) by using active lubrication is also investigated...

  15. Inverting travel times with a triplication. [spline fitting technique applied to lunar seismic data reduction

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    Jarosch, H. S.

    1982-01-01

    A method based on the use of constrained spline fits is used to overcome the difficulties arising when body-wave data in the form of T-delta are reduced to the tau-p form in the presence of cusps. In comparison with unconstrained spline fits, the method proposed here tends to produce much smoother models which lie approximately in the middle of the bounds produced by the extremal method. The method is noniterative and, therefore, computationally efficient. The method is applied to the lunar seismic data, where at least one triplication is presumed to occur in the P-wave travel-time curve. It is shown, however, that because of an insufficient number of data points for events close to the antipode of the center of the lunar network, the present analysis is not accurate enough to resolve the problem of a possible lunar core.

  16. A Research on Determination of Lecithin in Eggs by Applying Microwave Digestion Techniques and Spectrophotometry

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    A method to quick detect concentration of lecithin in eggs, namely microwave digestion spectrophotometry, was established in this research. The homogenate of eggs was treated with absolute ethanol to eliminate phosphate protein in eggs which could possibly affect concentration of lecithin examined. A sample then received a new way of pre-treatment, called microwave digestion, before UV-Vis spectrometry was applied to examine the concentration of phosphate at 400 nm. The linear equation was A = 0.08628X (μg), the corresponding coefficient of correlation was 0.9998, the detection limit of phosphorous was 0.2μg (n=11). The content of lecithin in eggs was then obtained. According to the result, the recovery of 90% was secured; therefore the conclusion of high degree of accuracy was reached.

  17. Applying the sterile insect technique to the control of insect pests

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    The sterile insect technique (SIT) is basically a novel twentieth century approach to insect birth control. It is species specific and exploits the mate seeking behaviour of the insect. The basic principle is simple. Insects are mass reared in 'factories' and sexually sterilized by gamma rays from a 60Co source. The sterile insects are then released in a controlled fashion into nature. Matings between the sterile insects released and native insects produced no progeny. If enough of these matings take place, reproduction of the pest population decreases. With continued release, the pest population can be controlled and in some cases eradicated. In the light of the many important applications of the SIT worldwide and the great potential that SIT concepts hold for insect and pest control in developing countries, two special benefits should be stressed. Of greatest significance is the fact that the SIT permits suppression and eradication of insect pests in an environmentally harmless manner. It combines nuclear techniques with genetic approaches and, in effect, replaces intensive use of chemicals in pest control. Although chemicals are used sparingly at the outset in some SIT programmes to reduce the size of the pest population before releases of sterilized insects are started, the total amount of chemicals used in an SIT programme is a mere fraction of what would be used without the SIT. It is also of great importance that the SIT is not designed strictly for the eradication of pest species but can readily be used in the suppression of insect populations. In fact, the SIT is ideally suited for use in conjunction with other agricultural pest control practices such as the use of parasites and predators, attractants and cultural controls (e.g. ploughing under or destruction of crop residues) in integrated pest management programmes to achieve control at the lowest possible price and with a minimum of chemical contamination of the environment

  18. Nuclear analytical techniques applied to the large scale measurements of atmospheric aerosols in the amazon region

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    This work presents the characterization of the atmosphere aerosol collected in different places of the Amazon Basin. We studied both the biogenic emission from the forest and the particulate material which is emitted to the atmosphere due to the large scale man-made burning during the dry season. The samples were collected during a three year period at two different locations in the Amazon, namely the Alta Floresta (MT) and Serra do Navio (AP) regions, using stacked unit filters. These regions represent two different atmospheric compositions: the aerosol is dominated by the forest natural biogenic emission at Serra do Navio, while at Alta Floresta it presents an important contribution from the man-made burning during the dry season. At Alta Floresta we took samples in gold in order to characterize mercury emission to the atmosphere related to the gold prospection activity in Amazon. Airplanes were used for aerosol sampling during the 1992 and 1993 dry seasons to characterize the atmospheric aerosol contents from man-made burning in large Amazonian areas. The samples were analyzed using several nuclear analytic techniques: Particle Induced X-ray Emission for the quantitative analysis of trace elements with atomic number above 11; Particle Induced Gamma-ray Emission for the quantitative analysis of Na; and Proton Microprobe was used for the characterization of individual particles of the aerosol. Reflectancy technique was used in the black carbon quantification, gravimetric analysis to determine the total atmospheric aerosol concentration and Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy for quantitative analysis of mercury in the particulate from the Alta Floresta gold shops. Ionic chromatography was used to quantify ionic contents of aerosols from the fine mode particulate samples from Serra do Navio. Multivariate statistical analysis was used in order to identify and characterize the sources of the atmospheric aerosol present in the sampled regions. (author)

  19. Synthesis of liquid crystals derived from nitroazobenzene: a proposed multistep synthesis applied to organic chemistry laboratory classes; Sintese de cristais liquidos derivados do nitroazobenzeno: uma proposta de sintese multi-etapas aplicada as aulas de quimica organica experimental

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    Cristiano, Rodrigo; Cabral, Marilia Gabriela B.; Aquino, Rafael B. de; Cristiano, Claudia M.Z., E-mail: rcristiano@quimica.ufpb.br [Universidade Federal da Paraiba (UFPB), Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil). Departamento de Quimica

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    We describe a synthetic route consisting of five steps from aniline to obtain liquid crystal compounds derived from nitroazobenzene. Syntheses were performed during the second half of the semester in organic chemistry laboratory classes. Students characterized the liquid crystal phase by the standard melting point techniques, differential scanning calorimetry and polarized optical microscopy. These experiments allow undergraduate students to explore fundamentally important reactions in Organic Chemistry, as well as modern concepts in Chemistry such as self-assembly and self-organization, nanostructured materials and molecular electronics. (author)

  20. Time-reversal imaging techniques applied to tremor waveforms near Cholame, California to locate tectonic tremor

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    Horstmann, T.; Harrington, R. M.; Cochran, E. S.

    2012-12-01

    Frequently, the lack of distinctive phase arrivals makes locating tectonic tremor more challenging than locating earthquakes. Classic location algorithms based on travel times cannot be directly applied because impulsive phase arrivals are often difficult to recognize. Traditional location algorithms are often modified to use phase arrivals identified from stacks of recurring low-frequency events (LFEs) observed within tremor episodes, rather than single events. Stacking the LFE waveforms improves the signal-to-noise ratio for the otherwise non-distinct phase arrivals. In this study, we apply a different method to locate tectonic tremor: a modified time-reversal imaging approach that potentially exploits the information from the entire tremor waveform instead of phase arrivals from individual LFEs. Time reversal imaging uses the waveforms of a given seismic source recorded by multiple seismometers at discrete points on the surface and a 3D velocity model to rebroadcast the waveforms back into the medium to identify the seismic source location. In practice, the method works by reversing the seismograms recorded at each of the stations in time, and back-propagating them from the receiver location individually into the sub-surface as a new source time function. We use a staggered-grid, finite-difference code with 2.5 ms time steps and a grid node spacing of 50 m to compute the rebroadcast wavefield. We calculate the time-dependent curl field at each grid point of the model volume for each back-propagated seismogram. To locate the tremor, we assume that the source time function back-propagated from each individual station produces a similar curl field at the source position. We then cross-correlate the time dependent curl field functions and calculate a median cross-correlation coefficient at each grid point. The highest median cross-correlation coefficient in the model volume is expected to represent the source location. For our analysis, we use the velocity model of

  1. Prediction of Quality Features in Iberian Ham by Applying Data Mining on Data From MRI and Computer Vision Techniques

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims to predict quality features of Iberian hams by using non-destructive methods of analys is and data mining. Iberian hams were analyzed by Magn etic Resonance Imaging (MRI and Computer Vision Techniques (CVT throughout their ripening process and physico-chemical parameters from them were also measured. The obtained data were used to create an initial database. Deductive techniques ofdata mining (multiple linear regression were used to estimate new data, allowing the insertion of newrecords in the database. Predictive techniques of data mining were applied (multiple linear regression on MRI-CVT data, achieving prediction equations of weight, moisture and lipid content. Finally, data fromprediction equations were compared to data determined by physical-chemical analysis, obtaining high correlation coefficients in most cases. Therefore, data mining, MRI and CVT are suitable tools to esti mate quality traits of Iberian hams. This would improve the control of the ham processing in a non-destruct ive way.

  2. Condition monitoring and signature analysis techniques as applied to Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS) [Paper No.: VIA - 1

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    The technique of vibration signature analysis for identifying the machine troubles in their early stages is explained. The advantage is that a timely corrective action can be planned to avoid breakdowns and unplanned shutdowns. At the Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS), this technique is applied to regularly monitor vibrations of equipment and thus is serving as a tool for doing corrective maintenance of equipment. Case studies of application of this technique to main boiler feed pumps, moderation pump motors, centrifugal chiller, ventilation system fans, thermal shield ventilation fans, filtered water pumps, emergency process sea water pumps, and antifriction bearings of MAPS are presented. Condition monitoring during commissioning and subsequent operation could indicate defects. Corrective actions which were taken are described. (M.G.B.)

  3. Use of pesticides and experience of applying radioisotope techniques in a developing country

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    An evaluation is made of the use of pesticides by Panamanian farmers in a tropical environment, also covering pesticide residues in plant and animal products, man and soil. In addition, experience with radioisotope techniques is described. Chemical control is common practice among farmers. Each year, 5000 to 6000 t of pesticides are used, especially in horticulture and banana cultivation. Herbicides and insecticides predominate in terms of quantity, and fungicides in terms of frequency of application. Use of the so-called persistent organo-chlorines over the last few decades has led to the presence of residues in plant and animal products in amounts less than 2.2 and 0.1 mg/kg for DDT and lindane, respectively. An average of 11 mg of DDT per kilogram of fat has been detected in the population; about 50% of the persons handling agrochemicals showed direct exposure. Taking into account local practices and tropical conditions, an evaluation is being made of widely used pesticides (maneb, paraquat and 2,4-D) labelled with 14C. The studies have yielded additional information on the behaviour and the residues of these important additives in the environment and in fruits. (author). 3 refs, 1 fig., 5 tabs

  4. Applying satellite remote sensing technique in disastrous rainfall systems around Taiwan

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    Liu, Gin-Rong; Chen, Kwan-Ru; Kuo, Tsung-Hua; Liu, Chian-Yi; Lin, Tang-Huang; Chen, Liang-De

    2016-05-01

    Many people in Asia regions have been suffering from disastrous rainfalls year by year. The rainfall from typhoons or tropical cyclones (TCs) is one of their key water supply sources, but from another perspective such TCs may also bring forth unexpected heavy rainfall, thereby causing flash floods, mudslides or other disasters. So far we cannot stop or change a TC route or intensity via present techniques. Instead, however we could significantly mitigate the possible heavy casualties and economic losses if we can earlier know a TC's formation and can estimate its rainfall amount and distribution more accurate before its landfalling. In light of these problems, this short article presents methods to detect a TC's formation as earlier and to delineate its rainfall potential pattern more accurate in advance. For this first part, the satellite-retrieved air-sea parameters are obtained and used to estimate the thermal and dynamic energy fields and variation over open oceans to delineate the high-possibility typhoon occurring ocean areas and cloud clusters. For the second part, an improved tropical rainfall potential (TRaP) model is proposed with better assumptions then the original TRaP for TC rainfall band rotations, rainfall amount estimation, and topographic effect correction, to obtain more accurate TC rainfall distributions, especially for hilly and mountainous areas, such as Taiwan.

  5. Data smoothing techniques applied to proton microprobe scans of teleost hard parts

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    We use a proton microprobe to examine the distribution of elements in otoliths and scales of teleost (bony) fish. The elements of principal interest are calcium and strontium in otoliths and calcium and fluorine in scales. Changes in the distribution of these elements across hard structures may allow inferences about the life histories of fish. Otoliths and scales of interest are up to a centimeter in linear dimension and to reveal the structures of interest up to 200 sampling points are required in each dimension. The time needed to accumulate high X-ray counts at each sampling point can be large, particularly for strontium. To reduce microprobe usage we use data smoothing techniques to reveal changing patterns with modest X-ray count accumulations at individual data points. In this paper we review performance for revealing pattern at modest levels of X-ray count accumulations of a selection of digital filters (moving average smoothers), running median filters, robust locally weighted regression filters and adaptive spline filters. (author)

  6. Super-ensemble techniques applied to wave forecast: performance and limitations

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    F. Lenartz

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, several operational ocean wave forecasts are available for a same region. These predictions may considerably differ, and to choose the best one is generally a difficult task. The super-ensemble approach, which consists in merging different forecasts and past observations into a single multi-model prediction system, is evaluated in this study. During the DART06 campaigns organized by the NATO Undersea Research Centre, four wave forecasting systems were simultaneously run in the Adriatic Sea, and significant wave height was measured at six stations as well as along the tracks of two remote sensors. This effort provided the necessary data set to compare the skills of various multi-model combination techniques. Our results indicate that a super-ensemble based on the Kalman Filter improves the forecast skills: The bias during both the hindcast and forecast periods is reduced, and the correlation coefficient is similar to that of the best individual model. The spatial extrapolation of local results is not straightforward and requires further investigation to be properly implemented.

  7. Hyperspectral imaging techniques applied to the monitoring of wine waste anaerobic digestion process

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    Serranti, Silvia; Fabbri, Andrea; Bonifazi, Giuseppe

    2012-11-01

    An anaerobic digestion process, finalized to biogas production, is characterized by different steps involving the variation of some chemical and physical parameters related to the presence of specific biomasses as: pH, chemical oxygen demand (COD), volatile solids, nitrate (NO3-) and phosphate (PO3-). A correct process characterization requires a periodical sampling of the organic mixture in the reactor and a further analysis of the samples by traditional chemical-physical methods. Such an approach is discontinuous, time-consuming and expensive. A new analytical approach based on hyperspectral imaging in the NIR field (1000 to 1700 nm) is investigated and critically evaluated, with reference to the monitoring of wine waste anaerobic digestion process. The application of the proposed technique was addressed to identify and demonstrate the correlation existing, in terms of quality and reliability of the results, between "classical" chemical-physical parameters and spectral features of the digestate samples. Good results were obtained, ranging from a R2=0.68 and a RMSECV=12.83 mg/l for nitrate to a R2=0.90 and a RMSECV=5495.16 mg O2/l for COD. The proposed approach seems very useful in setting up innovative control strategies allowing for full, continuous control of the anaerobic digestion process.

  8. Dosimetric properties of bio minerals applied to high-dose dosimetry using the TSEE technique

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    Vila, G. B.; Caldas, L. V. E., E-mail: gbvila@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares / CNEN, Av. Lineu Prestes 2242, Cidade Universitaria, 05508-000 Sao Paulo (Brazil)

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    The study of the dosimetric properties such as reproducibility, the residual signal, lower detection dose, dose-response curve and fading of the thermally stimulated emission exo electronic (TSEE) signal of Brazilian bio minerals has shown that these materials present a potential use as radiation dosimeters. The reproducibility within ± 10% for oyster shell, mother-of-pearl and coral reef samples showed that the signal dispersion is small when compared with the mean value of the measurements. The study showed that the residual signal can be eliminated with a thermal treatment at 300 grades C/1 h. The lower detection dose of 9.8 Gy determined for the oyster shell samples when exposed to beta radiation and 1.6 Gy for oyster shell and mother-of-pearl samples when exposed to gamma radiation can be considered good, taking into account the high doses of this study. The materials presented linearity at the dose response curves in some ranges, but the lack of linearity in other cases presents no problem since a good mathematical description is possible. The fading study showed that the loss of TSEE signal can be minimized if the samples are protected from interferences such as light, heat and humidity. Taking into account the useful linearity range as the main dosimetric characteristic, the tiger shell and oyster shell samples are the most suitable for high-dose dosimetry using the TSEE technique. (Author)

  9. Dosimetric properties of bio minerals applied to high-dose dosimetry using the TSEE technique

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    The study of the dosimetric properties such as reproducibility, the residual signal, lower detection dose, dose-response curve and fading of the thermally stimulated emission exo electronic (TSEE) signal of Brazilian bio minerals has shown that these materials present a potential use as radiation dosimeters. The reproducibility within ± 10% for oyster shell, mother-of-pearl and coral reef samples showed that the signal dispersion is small when compared with the mean value of the measurements. The study showed that the residual signal can be eliminated with a thermal treatment at 300 grades C/1 h. The lower detection dose of 9.8 Gy determined for the oyster shell samples when exposed to beta radiation and 1.6 Gy for oyster shell and mother-of-pearl samples when exposed to gamma radiation can be considered good, taking into account the high doses of this study. The materials presented linearity at the dose response curves in some ranges, but the lack of linearity in other cases presents no problem since a good mathematical description is possible. The fading study showed that the loss of TSEE signal can be minimized if the samples are protected from interferences such as light, heat and humidity. Taking into account the useful linearity range as the main dosimetric characteristic, the tiger shell and oyster shell samples are the most suitable for high-dose dosimetry using the TSEE technique. (Author)

  10. Applying advanced imaging techniques to a murine model of orthotopic osteosarcoma

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    Matthew Lawrence Broadhead

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available IntroductionReliable animal models are required to evaluate novel treatments for osteosarcoma. In this study, the aim was to implement advanced imaging techniques in a murine model of orthotopic osteosarcoma to improve disease modeling and the assessment of primary and metastatic disease.Materials and methodsIntra-tibial injection of luciferase-tagged OPGR80 murine osteosarcoma cells was performed in Balb/c nude mice. Treatment agent (pigment epithelium-derived factor; PEDF was delivered to the peritoneal cavity. Primary tumors and metastases were evaluated by in vivo bioluminescent assays, micro-computed tomography, [18F]-Fluoride-PET and [18F]-FDG-PET. Results[18F]-Fluoride-PET was more sensitive than [18F]-FDG-PET for detecting early disease. Both [18F]-Fluoride-PET and [18F]-FDG-PET showed progressive disease in the model, with 4-fold and 2-fold increases in SUV (p<0.05 by the study endpoint, respectively. In vivo bioluminescent assay showed that systemically delivered PEDF inhibited growth of primary osteosarcoma.DiscussionApplication of [18F]-Fluoride-PET and [18F]-FDG-PET to an established murine model of orthotopic osteosarcoma has improved the assessment of disease. The use of targeted imaging should prove beneficial for the evaluation of new approaches to osteosarcoma therapy.

  11. Laser granulometry: A comparative study the techniques of sieving and elutriation applied to pozzoianic materials

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    Frías, M.

    1990-03-01

    Full Text Available Laser granulometry is a rapid method for determination of particle size distribution in both dry and wet phases. The present paper, diffraction technique by laser beams is an application to the granulometric studies of pozzolanic materials in suspension. Theses granulometric analysis are compared to those obtained with the Alpine pneumatic-siever and Bahco elutriator-centrifuge.

    La granulometria laser es un método rápido para determinar distribuciones de tamaños de partícula tanto en vía seca como en húmeda. En este trabajo la técnica de difracción por rayos laser se aplica al estudio granulométrico de materiales puzolánicos en suspensión. Estos análisis granulométricos se cotejan con los obtenidos con la técnica tamizador-neumático Alpine y elutriador-centrifugador Bahco.

  12. Erasing the Milky Way: new cleaning technique applied to GBT intensity mapping data

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    Wolz, L; Abdalla, F B; Anderson, C M; Chang, T -C; Li, Y -C; Masui, K W; Switzer, E; Pen, U -L; Voytek, T C; Yadav, J

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    We present the first application of a new foreground removal pipeline to the current leading HI intensity mapping dataset, obtained by the Green Bank Telescope (GBT). We study the 15hr and 1hr field data of the GBT observations previously presented in Masui et al. (2013) and Switzer et al. (2013) covering about 41 square degrees at 0.6 < z < 1.0 which overlaps with the WiggleZ galaxy survey employed for the cross-correlation with the maps. In the presented pipeline, we subtract the Galactic foreground continuum and the point source contaminations using an independent component analysis technique (fastica) and develop a description for a Fourier-based optimal weighting estimator to compute the temperature power spectrum of the intensity maps and cross-correlation with the galaxy survey data. We show that fastica is a reliable tool to subtract diffuse and point-source emission by using the non-Gaussian nature of their probability functions. The power spectra of the intensity maps and the cross-correlation...

  13. ''Cloud in Cell'' technique applied to the roll up of vortex sheets

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    The problem of the roll up of a two dimensional vortex sheet generated by a wing in an ideal fluid is phrased in terms of the streamfunction and the vortex sheet strength. A numerical method is used to calculate the time evolution of the vortex sheet by adapting the ''Cloud In Cell'' technique introduced in solving many particle simulations in plasma physics (see J. P. Christiansen, J. Computational Physics 13 (1973)). Two cases are considered for the initial distribution of circulation, one corresponding to an elliptically loaded wing and the other simulating the wing with a flap deployed. Results indicate that small scale behaviour plays an important part in the roll up. Typically, small scale perturbations result in small structures which evolve into ever increasing larger structures by vortex amalgamation. Conclusions are given from a number of tests exploring the validity of the method. Briefly, small scale perturbations are introduced artificially by the grid; but once the process of vortex amalgamation is well underway, the emerging large scale behaviour is relatively insensitive to the precise details of the initial perturbations. Since clearly defined structures result from the application of this method, it promises to aid considerably in understanding the behaviour of vortex wakes

  14. Applying data fusion techniques for benthic habitat mapping and monitoring in a coral reef ecosystem

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    Zhang, Caiyun

    2015-06-01

    Accurate mapping and effective monitoring of benthic habitat in the Florida Keys are critical in developing management strategies for this valuable coral reef ecosystem. For this study, a framework was designed for automated benthic habitat mapping by combining multiple data sources (hyperspectral, aerial photography, and bathymetry data) and four contemporary imagery processing techniques (data fusion, Object-based Image Analysis (OBIA), machine learning, and ensemble analysis). In the framework, 1-m digital aerial photograph was first merged with 17-m hyperspectral imagery and 10-m bathymetry data using a pixel/feature-level fusion strategy. The fused dataset was then preclassified by three machine learning algorithms (Random Forest, Support Vector Machines, and k-Nearest Neighbor). Final object-based habitat maps were produced through ensemble analysis of outcomes from three classifiers. The framework was tested for classifying a group-level (3-class) and code-level (9-class) habitats in a portion of the Florida Keys. Informative and accurate habitat maps were achieved with an overall accuracy of 88.5% and 83.5% for the group-level and code-level classifications, respectively.

  15. Experiences in applying optimization techniques to configurations for the Control of Flexible Structures (COFS) program

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    Walsh, Joanne L.

    1989-01-01

    Optimization procedures are developed to systematically provide closely-spaced vibration frequencies. A general purpose finite-element program for eigenvalue and sensitivity analyses is combined with formal mathematical programming techniques. Results are presented for three studies. The first study uses a simple model to obtain a design with two pairs of closely-spaced frequencies. Two formulations are developed: an objective function-based formulation and constraint-based formulation for the frequency spacing. It is found that conflicting goals are handled better by a constraint-based formulation. The second study uses a detailed model to obtain a design with one pair of closely-spaced frequencies while satisfying requirements on local member frequencies and manufacturing tolerances. Two formulations are developed. Both the constraint-based and the objective function-based formulations perform reasonably well and converge to the same results. However, no feasible design solution exists which satisfies all design requirements for the choices of design variables and the upper and lower design variable values used. More design freedom is needed to achieve a fully satisfactory design. The third study is part of a redesign activity in which a detailed model is used.

  16. Morphological analysis of the flippers in the Franciscana dolphin, Pontoporia blainvillei, applying X-ray technique.

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    Del Castillo, Daniela Laura; Panebianco, María Victoria; Negri, María Fernanda; Cappozzo, Humberto Luis

    2014-07-01

    Pectoral flippers of cetaceans function to provide stability and maneuverability during locomotion. Directional asymmetry (DA) is a common feature among odontocete cetaceans, as well as sexual dimorphism (SD). For the first time DA, allometry, physical maturity, and SD of the flipper skeleton--by X-ray technique--of Pontoporia blainvillei were analyzed. The number of carpals, metacarpals, phalanges, and morphometric characters from the humerus, radius, ulna, and digit two were studied in franciscana dolphins from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The number of visible epiphyses and their degree of fusion at the proximal and distal ends of the humerus, radius, and ulna were also analyzed. The flipper skeleton was symmetrical, showing a negative allometric trend, with similar growth patterns in both sexes with the exception of the width of the radius (P ≤ 0.01). SD was found on the number of phalanges of digit two (P ≤ 0.01), ulna and digit two lengths. Females showed a higher relative ulna length and shorter relative digit two length, and the opposite occurred in males (P ≤ 0.01). Epiphyseal fusion pattern proved to be a tool to determine dolphin's age; franciscana dolphins with a mature flipper were, at least, four years old. This study indicates that the flippers of franciscana dolphins are symmetrical; both sexes show a negative allometric trend; SD is observed in radius, ulna, and digit two; and flipper skeleton allows determine the age class of the dolphins. PMID:24700648

  17. A Morphing Technique Applied to Lung Motions in Radiotherapy: Preliminary Results

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    R. Laurent

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Organ motion leads to dosimetric uncertainties during a patient’s treatment. Much work has been done to quantify the dosimetric effects of lung movement during radiation treatment. There is a particular need for a good description and prediction of organ motion. To describe lung motion more precisely, we have examined the possibility of using a computer technique: a morphing algorithm. Morphing is an iterative method which consists of blending one image into another image. To evaluate the use of morphing, Four Dimensions Computed Tomography (4DCT acquisition of a patient was performed. The lungs were automatically segmented for different phases, and morphing was performed using the end-inspiration and the end-expiration phase scans only. Intermediate morphing files were compared with 4DCT intermediate images. The results showed good agreement between morphing images and 4DCT images: fewer than 2 % of the 512 by 256 voxels were wrongly classified as belonging/not belonging to a lung section. This paper presents preliminary results, and our morphing algorithm needs improvement. We can infer that morphing offers considerable advantages in terms of radiation protection of the patient during the diagnosis phase, handling of artifacts, definition of organ contours and description of organ motion.

  18. Comparison of motion correction techniques applied to functional near-infrared spectroscopy data from children

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    Hu, Xiao-Su; Arredondo, Maria M.; Gomba, Megan; Confer, Nicole; DaSilva, Alexandre F.; Johnson, Timothy D.; Shalinsky, Mark; Kovelman, Ioulia

    2015-12-01

    Motion artifacts are the most significant sources of noise in the context of pediatric brain imaging designs and data analyses, especially in applications of functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), in which it can completely affect the quality of the data acquired. Different methods have been developed to correct motion artifacts in fNIRS data, but the relative effectiveness of these methods for data from child and infant subjects (which is often found to be significantly noisier than adult data) remains largely unexplored. The issue is further complicated by the heterogeneity of fNIRS data artifacts. We compared the efficacy of the six most prevalent motion artifact correction techniques with fNIRS data acquired from children participating in a language acquisition task, including wavelet, spline interpolation, principal component analysis, moving average (MA), correlation-based signal improvement, and combination of wavelet and MA. The evaluation of five predefined metrics suggests that the MA and wavelet methods yield the best outcomes. These findings elucidate the varied nature of fNIRS data artifacts and the efficacy of artifact correction methods with pediatric populations, as well as help inform both the theory and practice of optical brain imaging analysis.

  19. COMPARATIVE PERFORMANCE MONITORING OF RAINFED WATERSHEDS APPLYING GIS AND RS TECHNIQUES

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    ARUN W. DHAWALE

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Under the watershed development project of the Ministry of Rural Development, many micro watersheds have been identified for development and management. However Government is handicapped inobtaining data on the performance of these programmes due to the absence of watershed performance studies. Rainfed agriculture is clearly critical to agricultural performance in India. Nonetheless, it is difficult to precisely quantify the overall importance of the sector. The widely quoted statistic is that 70% of cultivated area israinfed, implying that rainfed agriculture is more important than irrigated agriculture. In the present study two rainfed micro-watersheds namely Kolvan valley and Darewadi is taken as case study for performance monitoring using GIS and RS Techniques. An attempt has been made to highlight the role of GIS and RS in estimation of runoff from both the watersheds by SCS curve number method. The methodology developed for the research show that the knowledge extracted from proposed approach can remove the problem of performance monitoring of micro watersheds to great extent. Comparative performance of both micro watersheds having extreme rainfall conditions shows that in Darewadi micro watershed overall success rate is more than Kolvan valley.

  20. A Study of Advanced Modern Control Techniques Applied to a Twin Rotor MIMO System

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    Phillips, Andrew E.

    The twin rotor MIMO system (TRMS) is a helicopter-like system that is restricted to two degrees of freedom, pitch and yaw. It is a complicated nonlinear, coupled, MIMO system used for the verification of control methods and observers. There have been many methods successfully applied to the system ranging from simple proportional integral derivative (PID) controllers, to machine learning algorithms, nonlinear control methods and other less explored methods like deadbeat control and various optimal methodologies. This thesis details the design procedure for two different control methods. The first is a suboptimal tracking controller using a linear quadratic regulator (LQR) with integral action. The second is the design of several adaptive sliding mode controller to provide robust tracking control of the TRMS. Once the design is complete the controllers are tested in simulation and their performance is compared against a PID controller experimentally. The performance of the controllers are also compared against other controllers in the literature. The ability of the sliding mode controllers (SMC) to suppress chattering is also be explored.

  1. A non-intrusive measurement technique applying CARS for concentration measurement in a gas mixing flow

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    Yamamoto, Ken; Moriya, Madoka; Kuriyama, Reiko; Sato, Yohei

    2015-01-01

    Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscope system was built and applied to a non-intrusive gas concentration measurement of a mixing flow in a millimeter-scale channel. Carbon dioxide and nitrogen were chosen as test fluids and CARS signals from the fluids were generated by adjusting the wavelengths of the Pump and the Stokes beams. The generated CARS signals, whose wavelengths are different from those of the Pump and the Stokes beams, were captured by an EM-CCD camera after filtering out the excitation beams. A calibration experiment was performed in order to confirm the applicability of the built-up CARS system by measuring the intensity of the CARS signal from known concentrations of the samples. After confirming that the measured CARS intensity was proportional to the second power of the concentrations as was theoretically predicted, the CARS intensities in the gas mixing flow channel were measured. Ten different measurement points were set and concentrations of both carbon dioxide and nitrog...

  2. Linear and non-linear control techniques applied to actively lubricated journal bearings

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    Nicoletti, R.; Santos, I. F.

    2003-03-01

    The main objectives of actively lubricated bearings are the simultaneous reduction of wear and vibration between rotating and stationary machinery parts. For reducing wear and dissipating vibration energy until certain limits, one can use the conventional hydrodynamic lubrication. For further reduction of shaft vibrations one can use the active lubrication action, which is based on injecting pressurized oil into the bearing gap through orifices machined in the bearing sliding surface. The design and efficiency of some linear (PD, PI and PID) and a non-linear controller, applied to a tilting-pad journal bearing, are analysed and discussed. Important conclusions about the application of integral controllers, responsible for changing the rotor-bearing equilibrium position and consequently the "passive" oil film damping coefficients, are achieved. Numerical results show an effective vibration reduction of unbalance response of a rigid rotor, where the PD and the non-linear P controllers show better performance for the frequency range of study (0-80 Hz). The feasibility of eliminating rotor-bearing instabilities (phenomena of whirl) by using active lubrication is also investigated, illustrating clearly one of its most promising applications.

  3. BiasMDP: Carrier lifetime characterization technique with applied bias voltage

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    A characterization method is presented, which determines fixed charge and interface defect densities in passivation layers. This method bases on a bias voltage applied to an electrode on top of the passivation layer. During a voltage sweep, the effective carrier lifetime is measured by means of microwave detected photoconductivity. When the external voltage compensates the electric field of the fixed charges, the lifetime drops to a minimum value. This minimum value correlates to the flat band voltage determined in reference impedance measurements. This correlation is measured on p-type silicon passivated by Al2O3 and Al2O3/HfO2 stacks with different fixed charge densities and layer thicknesses. Negative fixed charges with densities of 3.8 × 1012 cm−2 and 0.7 × 1012 cm−2 are determined for Al2O3 layers without and with an ultra-thin HfO2 interface, respectively. The voltage and illumination dependencies of the effective carrier lifetime are simulated with Shockley Read Hall surface recombination at continuous defects with parabolic capture cross section distributions for electrons and holes. The best match with the measured data is achieved with a very low interface defect density of 1 × 1010 eV−1 cm−2 for the Al2O3 sample with HfO2 interface

  4. Synthesis and evaluation of sensitizer drug photorelease chemistry: Micro-optic method applied to singlet oxygen generation and drug delivery

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    Ghosh, Goutam

    This thesis summarizes a new micro-optic method for singlet oxygen generation and sensitizer drug delivery, which include i) synthesis and evaluation of a first generation device for drug delivery from native and fluorinated silica probe tips, ii) synthesis of PEG conjugated sensitizers to study phototoxicity in ovarian cancer cells, and iii) synthesis and evaluation of tris-PEGylated chlorin conjugated fluorinated silica for its future integration into the device to use as a 2nd generation device. A first generation micro-optic device was developed that works by sparging O2 gas and light generating cytotoxic singlet oxygen that cleaves the covalently attached drug (sensitizer) from the probe tip at the distal end of the fiber. The aim is to develop a 1st and 2nd generation device for site specific delivery of photosensitizer and singlet oxygen to overcome the challenges involved in systemic administration of the sensitizer. Synthesis and evaluation of drug (pheophorbide-a) delivery applying micro-optic method from native and fluorinated silica probe tip was achieved. The amount of sensitizer photocleavage depends on the loading level of sensitizer onto the probe tips. We also found that photorelease efficiency depends on the nature of the solvents where sensitizer is photocleaved. For example, no photorelease was observed in an aqueous solvent where sensitizer remained adsorbed to the native silica probe-tip. But, 90% photocleavage was obtained in octanol. A significant amount of photosensitizer (formate ester of pyropheophorbide- a) diffused into the liposome when photocleavage study was carried out in liposome. Substantial increase of photorelease was observed in organic solvent when pyropheophorbide-a (PPa) sensitizer was attached to the partially fluorinated porous Vycor glass. We also explored sensitizer photorelease from the fluorinated silica surface at various temperatures and we found that autocatalytic photorelease happened at room temperature and above

  5. Selected new developments in computational chemistry.

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    Darden, T A; Bartolotti, L; Pedersen, L G

    1996-01-01

    Molecular dynamics is a general technique for simulating the time-dependent properties of molecules and their environments. Quantum mechanics, as applied to molecules or clusters of molecules, provides a prescription for predicting properties exactly (in principle). It is reasonable to expect that both will have a profound effect on our understanding of environmental chemistry in the future. In this review, we consider several recent advances and applications in computational chemistry. Image...

  6. Handbook of hot atom chemistry

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    Hot atom chemistry is an increasingly important field, which has contributed significantly to our understanding of many fundamental processes and reactions. Its techniques have become firmly entrenched in numerous disciplines, such as applied physics, biomedical research, and all fields of chemistry. Written by leading experts, this comprehensive handbook encompasses a broad range of topics. Each chapter comprises a collection of stimulating essays, given an in-depth account of the state-of-the-art of the field, and stressing opportunities for future work. An extensive introduction to the whole area, this book provides unique insight into a vast subject, and a clear delineation of its goals, techniques, and recent findings. It also contains detailed discussions of applications in fields as diverse as nuclear medicine, geochemistry, reactor technology, and the chemistry of comets and interstellar grains. (orig.)

  7. PIE in Hot Cells and Poolside: Facilities and Techniques applied in Argentina. A brief overview

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    Full text: Argentina has covered a wide range of activities concerning PIE, visual inspection of Fuel Elements (FE), internal components of NPP and Research Reactors (RR). These activities are performed both in the Poolside Bay (Spent Fuel Pool) at each nuclear power plant and in external Hot Cell Laboratories. Argentina has two PHWR power reactors (one CANDU type at C.N.Embalse and other KWU prototype at C.N.ATUCHA 1) which have started operation in the early 80's and 70's respectively. Argentina has also one 10 MW research reactor (RA-3) for radioisotope production for more than 40 years ago. The PIE activities have covered the basic requirement for the controls and improvements of the FE and the surveillance programs for the behavior assessment of the critical internal components of the NPP (pressure vessel or tubes, control rods, guide tubes etc) consistently. PIE activities for FE were begun with the application techniques to evaluate the fission product release in the primary circuit and localization of failed FE in the core, on-line Sipping Test and exhaustive underwater visual inspection including metrology of the dimensional changes of the components. In some cases it was necessary to make available the equipment for disassembling the fuel element for further analysis. The other cases involved the studies including the determination of the cause of the primary failure to discriminate among fabrication flaws or flaws related to PCI or with the operation outside the design range. The Hot Cells Laboratory is divided in two installations i.e. the Physical Hot Cells and the Radiochemical Hot Cells The Physical Hot Cells (CELCA) consist of one beta-gamma cell for structural materials with five working positions and two alpha tight boxes for fuel material testing with four working positions. An Optical Microscopy bench and Scanning Electronic Microscope are also exited in these cells. The following destructive tests for PIE are available: - Metallurgical Test

  8. BiasMDP: Carrier lifetime characterization technique with applied bias voltage

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    Jordan, Paul M., E-mail: paul.jordan@namlab.com; Simon, Daniel K.; Dirnstorfer, Ingo [Nanoelectronic Materials Laboratory gGmbH (NaMLab), Nöthnitzer Straße 64, 01187 Dresden (Germany); Mikolajick, Thomas [Nanoelectronic Materials Laboratory gGmbH (NaMLab), Nöthnitzer Straße 64, 01187 Dresden (Germany); Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Halbleiter- und Mikrosystemtechnik, 01062 Dresden (Germany)

    2015-02-09

    A characterization method is presented, which determines fixed charge and interface defect densities in passivation layers. This method bases on a bias voltage applied to an electrode on top of the passivation layer. During a voltage sweep, the effective carrier lifetime is measured by means of microwave detected photoconductivity. When the external voltage compensates the electric field of the fixed charges, the lifetime drops to a minimum value. This minimum value correlates to the flat band voltage determined in reference impedance measurements. This correlation is measured on p-type silicon passivated by Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/HfO{sub 2} stacks with different fixed charge densities and layer thicknesses. Negative fixed charges with densities of 3.8 × 10{sup 12 }cm{sup −2} and 0.7 × 10{sup 12 }cm{sup −2} are determined for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layers without and with an ultra-thin HfO{sub 2} interface, respectively. The voltage and illumination dependencies of the effective carrier lifetime are simulated with Shockley Read Hall surface recombination at continuous defects with parabolic capture cross section distributions for electrons and holes. The best match with the measured data is achieved with a very low interface defect density of 1 × 10{sup 10 }eV{sup −1} cm{sup −2} for the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} sample with HfO{sub 2} interface.

  9. An empirical comparison of stock identification techniques applied to striped bass

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    Waldman, John R.; Richards, R. Anne; Schill, W. Bane; Wirgin, Isaac; Fabrizio, Mary C.

    1997-01-01

    Managers of migratory striped bass stocks that mix along the Atlantic coast of the USA require periodic estimates of the relative contributions of the individual stocks to coastal mixed- stock fisheries; however, to date, a standard approach has not been adopted. We compared the performances of alternative stock identification approaches, using samples taken from the same sets of fish. Reference (known) samples were collected from three Atlantic coast spawning systems: the Hudson River, Chesapeake Bay, and the Roanoke River. Striped bass of mixed-stock origin were collected from eastern Long Island, New York, and were used as test (unknown) samples. The approaches applied were discriminant analysis of morphometric data and of meristic data, logistic regression analysis of combined meristic and morphometric data, discriminant analysis of scale-shape features, discriminant analysis of immunoassay data, and mixed-stock analysis of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) data. Overall correct classification rates of reference samples ranged from 94% to 66% when just the Hudson and Chesapeake stocks were considered and were comparable when the Chesapeake and Roanoke stocks were grouped as the ''southern'' stock. When all three stocks were treated independently, correct classification rates ranged from 82% to 49%. Despite the moderate range in correct classification rates, bias due to misallocation was relatively low for all methods, suggesting that resulting stock composition estimates should be fairly accurate. However, relative contribution estimates for the mixed-stock sample varied widely (e.g., from 81% to 47% for the Hudson River stock, when only the Hudson River and Chesapeake Bay stocks were considered). Discrepancies may be related to the reliance by all of these approaches (except mtDNA) on phenotypic features. Our results support future use of either a morphometrics-based approach (among the phenotypic methods) or a genotypic approach based on mtDNA analysis. We further

  10. Organic chemistry

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    The activities of the mycotoxin research group are discussed. This includes the isolation and structure determination of mycotoxins, plant products, the biosyntheris of mycotoxins, the synthesis and characteristics of steroids, the synthesis and mechanistic aspects of heterocyclic chemistry and the functionality of steroids over long distances. Nmr spectra and mass spectroscopy are some of the techniques used

  11. Product Chemistry and Process Efficiency of Biomass Torrefaction, Pyrolysis and Gasification Studied by High-Throughput Techniques and Multivariate Analysis

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    Despite the great passion and endless efforts on development of renewable energy from biomass, the commercialization and scale up of biofuel production is still under pressure and facing challenges. New ideas and facilities are being tested around the world targeting at reducing cost and improving product value. Cutting edge technologies involving analytical chemistry, statistics analysis, industrial engineering, computer simulation, and mathematics modeling, etc. keep integrating modern elements into this classic research. One of those challenges of commercializing biofuel production is the complexity from chemical composition of biomass feedstock and the products. Because of this, feedstock selection and process optimization cannot be conducted efficiently. This dissertation attempts to further evaluate biomass thermal decomposition process using both traditional methods and advanced technique (Pyrolysis Molecular Beam Mass Spectrometry). Focus has been made on data base generation of thermal decomposition products from biomass at different temperatures, finding out the relationship between traditional methods and advanced techniques, evaluating process efficiency and optimizing reaction conditions, comparison of typically utilized biomass feedstock and new search on innovative species for economical viable feedstock preparation concepts, etc. Lab scale quartz tube reactors and 80il stainless steel sample cups coupled with auto-sampling system were utilized to simulate the complicated reactions happened in real fluidized or entrained flow reactors. Two main high throughput analytical techniques used are Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR) and Pyrolysis Molecular Beam Mass Spectrometry (Py-MBMS). Mass balance, carbon balance, and product distribution are presented in detail. Variations of thermal decomposition temperature range from 200°C to 950°C. Feedstocks used in the study involve typical hardwood and softwood (red oak, white oak, yellow poplar, loblolly pine

  12. APPLIED PHYTO-REMEDIATION TECHNIQUES USING HALOPHYTES FOR OIL AND BRINE SPILL SCARS

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    Produced salt water from historical oil and gas production was often managed with inadequate care and unfortunate consequences. In Kansas, the production practices in the 1930's and 1940's--before statewide anti-pollution laws--were such that fluids were often produced to surface impoundments where the oil would segregate from the salt water. The oil was pumped off the pits and the salt water was able to infiltrate into the subsurface soil zones and underlying bedrock. Over the years, oil producing practices were changed so that segregation of fluids was accomplished in steel tanks and salt water was isolated from the natural environment. But before that could happen, significant areas of the state were scarred by salt water. These areas are now in need of economical remediation. Remediation of salt scarred land can be facilitated with soil amendments, land management, and selection of appropriate salt tolerant plants. Current research on the salt scars around the old Leon Waterflood, in Butler County, Kansas show the relative efficiency of remediation options. Based upon these research findings, it is possible to recommend cost efficient remediation techniques for slight, medium, and heavy salt water damaged soil. Slight salt damage includes soils with Electrical Conductivity (EC) values of 4.0 mS/cm or less. Operators can treat these soils with sufficient amounts of gypsum, install irrigation systems, and till the soil. Appropriate plants can be introduced via transplants or seeded. Medium salt damage includes soils with EC values between 4.0 and 16 mS/cm. Operators will add amendments of gypsum, till the soil, and arrange for irrigation. Some particularly salt tolerant plants can be added but most planting ought to be reserved until the second season of remediation. Severe salt damage includes soil with EC values in excess of 16 mS/cm. Operators will add at least part of the gypsum required, till the soil, and arrange for irrigation. The following

  13. Statistical Mechanics Ideas and Techniques Applied to Selected Problems in Ecology

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Ecosystem dynamics provides an interesting arena for the application of a plethora concepts and techniques from statistical mechanics. Here I review three examples corresponding each one to an important problem in ecology. First, I start with an analytical derivation of clumpy patterns for species relative abundances (SRA empirically observed in several ecological communities involving a high number n of species, a phenomenon which have puzzled ecologists for decades. An interesting point is that this derivation uses results obtained from a statistical mechanics model for ferromagnets. Second, going beyond the mean field approximation, I study the spatial version of a popular ecological model involving just one species representing vegetation. The goal is to address the phenomena of catastrophic shifts—gradual cumulative variations in some control parameter that suddenly lead to an abrupt change in the system—illustrating it by means of the process of desertification of arid lands. The focus is on the aggregation processes and the effects of diffusion that combined lead to the formation of non trivial spatial vegetation patterns. It is shown that different quantities—like the variance, the two-point correlation function and the patchiness—may serve as early warnings for the desertification of arid lands. Remarkably, in the onset of a desertification transition the distribution of vegetation patches exhibits scale invariance typical of many physical systems in the vicinity a phase transition. I comment on similarities of and differences between these catastrophic shifts and paradigmatic thermodynamic phase transitions like the liquid-vapor change of state for a fluid. Third, I analyze the case of many species interacting in space. I choose tropical forests, which are mega-diverse ecosystems that exhibit remarkable dynamics. Therefore these ecosystems represent a research paradigm both for studies of complex systems dynamics as well as to

  14. Lipase immobilized by different techniques on various support materials applied in oil hydrolysis

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    Full Text Available Batch hydrolysis of olive oil was performed by Candida rugosa lipase immobilized on Amberlite IRC-50 and Al2O3. These two supports were selected out of 16 carriers: inorganic materials (sand, silica gel, infusorial earth, Al2O3, inorganic salts (CaCO3, CaSO4, ion-exchange resins (Amberlite IRC-50 and IR-4B, Dowex 2X8, a natural resin (colophony, a natural biopolymer (sodium alginate, synthetic polymers (polypropylene, polyethylene and zeolites. Lipase immobilization was carried out by simple adsorption, adsorption followed by cross-linking, adsorption on ion-exchange resins, combined adsorption and precipitation, pure precipitation and gel entrapment. The suitability of the supports and techniques for the immobilization of lipase was evaluated by estimating the enzyme activity, protein loading, immobilization efficiency and reusability of the immobilizates. Most of the immobilizates exhibited either a low enzyme activity or difficulties during the hydrolytic reaction. Only those prepared by ionic adsorption on Amberlite IRC-50 and by combined adsorption and precipitation on Al2O3 showed better activity, 2000 and 430 U/g support, respectively, and demonstrated satisfactory behavior when used repeatedly. The hydrolysis was studied as a function of several parameters: surfactant concentration, enzyme concentration, pH and temperature. The immobilized preparation with Amberlite IRC-50 was stable and active in the whole range of pH (4 to 9 and temperature (20 to 50 °C, demonstrating a 99% degree of hydrolysis. In repeated usage, it was stable and active having a half-life of 16 batches, which corresponds to an operation time of 384 h. Its storage stability was remarkable too, since after 9 months it had lost only 25 % of the initial activity. The immobilizate with Al22O3 was less stable and less active. At optimal environmental conditions, the degree of hydrolysis did not exceed 79 %. In repeated usage, after the fourth batch, the degree of

  15. Radiation-induced signals of gypsum crystals analysed by ESR and TL techniques applied to dating

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    Aydas, Canan [Turkish Atomic Energy Authority, Saraykoey Nuclear Research and Training Center, 06983 Saray-Kazan, Ankara (Turkey); Engin, Birol, E-mail: birol_engin65@yahoo.co [Turkish Atomic Energy Authority, Saraykoey Nuclear Research and Training Center, 06983 Saray-Kazan, Ankara (Turkey); Aydin, Talat [Turkish Atomic Energy Authority, Saraykoey Nuclear Research and Training Center, 06983 Saray-Kazan, Ankara (Turkey)

    2011-02-15

    Natural crystals of terrestrial gypsum were investigated concerning the radiation effects on Electron spin resonance (ESR) and Thermoluminescence (TL) properties and their application for geological dating. ESR signals of Fe{sup 3+}, Mn{sup 2+}, G1 (SO{sub 3}{sup -}, g = 2.003) and G2 (SO{sub 4}{sup -}, g{sub ||} =2.018g{sub perpendicular} =2.009) centers were observed. The thermal stability and dose response of the ESR signals were found to be suitable for an age determination using a signal at g = 2.009. The intensity of this center increased with {gamma}-radiation and the additive dose method for this ESR center yielded accumulated dose GD of 67.4 {+-} 10.1 Gy. Using U, Th and K contents plus the cosmic-ray contribution, a dose rate of 1.92 {+-} 0.22 mGy/year has been obtained. We have determined the ESR age of the gypsums to be (35 {+-} 4) x 10{sup 3} years. TL peaks at 157 and 278 {sup o}C were observed. By using initial rise method the thermal activation energy of 278 {sup o}C TL peak was found to be underestimated, probably due to the thermal quenching. Activation energies and frequency factors obtained by the method of varying the heating rate indicate lifetime of 4.09 x 10{sup 7} years (at 15 {sup o}C) for 278 {sup o}C peak. The additive dose method applied to this TL peak yielded GD of 75 {+-} 11 Gy. The corresponding TL age using the 278 {sup o}C TL peak was found to be (39 {+-} 5) x 10{sup 3} years for gypsum sample. The TL age of this sample is consistent with the ESR age within experimental error limits. The obtained ESR and TL ages are not consistent with the expectations of geologists. This contradiction is probably due to the repeatedly recrystallisation of gypsum samples under the environmental conditions after their formation in the upper Miocene-Pliocene Epoch.

  16. Radiation-induced signals of gypsum crystals analysed by ESR and TL techniques applied to dating

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    Aydaş, Canan; Engin, Birol; Aydın, Talat

    2011-02-01

    Natural crystals of terrestrial gypsum were investigated concerning the radiation effects on Electron spin resonance (ESR) and Thermoluminescence (TL) properties and their application for geological dating. ESR signals of Fe 3+, Mn 2+, G1 ( SO3-, g = 2.003) and G2 ( SO4-, g∥=2.018g⊥=2.009) centers were observed. The thermal stability and dose response of the ESR signals were found to be suitable for an age determination using a signal at g = 2.009. The intensity of this center increased with γ-radiation and the additive dose method for this ESR center yielded accumulated dose GD of 67.4 ± 10.1 Gy. Using U, Th and K contents plus the cosmic-ray contribution, a dose rate of 1.92 ± 0.22 mGy/year has been obtained. We have determined the ESR age of the gypsums to be (35 ± 4) × 10 3 years. TL peaks at 157 and 278 °C were observed. By using initial rise method the thermal activation energy of 278 °C TL peak was found to be underestimated, probably due to the thermal quenching. Activation energies and frequency factors obtained by the method of varying the heating rate indicate lifetime of 4.09 × 10 7 years (at 15 °C) for 278 °C peak. The additive dose method applied to this TL peak yielded GD of 75 ± 11 Gy. The corresponding TL age using the 278 °C TL peak was found to be (39 ± 5) × 10 3 years for gypsum sample. The TL age of this sample is consistent with the ESR age within experimental error limits. The obtained ESR and TL ages are not consistent with the expectations of geologists. This contradiction is probably due to the repeatedly recrystallisation of gypsum samples under the environmental conditions after their formation in the upper Miocene-Pliocene Epoch.

  17. Research recommendations for applying vitamin A-labelled isotope dilution techniques to improve human vitamin A nutrition.

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    Tanumihardjo, Sherry A; Kurpad, Anura V; Hunt, Janet R

    2014-01-01

    The current use of serum retinol concentrations as a measurement of subclinical vitamin A deficiency is unsatisfactory for many reasons. The best technique available for vitamin A status assessment in humans is the measurement of total body pool size. Pool size is measured by the administration of retinol labelled with stable isotopes of carbon or hydrogen that are safe for human subjects, with subsequent measurement of the dilution of the labelled retinol within the body pool. However, the isotope techniques are time-consuming, technically challenging, and relatively expensive. There is also a need to assess different types of tracers and doses, and to establish clear guidelines for the use and interpretation of this method in different populations. Field-friendly improvements are desirable to encourage the application of this technique in developing countries where the need is greatest for monitoring the risk of vitamin A deficiency, the effectiveness of public health interventions, and the potential of hypervitaminosis due to combined supplement and fortification programs. These techniques should be applied to validate other less technical methods of assessing vitamin A deficiency. Another area of public health relevance for this technique is to understand the bioconversion of β-carotene to vitamin A, and its relation to existing vitamin A status, for future dietary diversification programs. PMID:25537106

  18. Development and application of ED and EDI technique in the field of nuclear power plant water chemistry based on the ion-exchange membranes

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    In this paper, the development and application of electro-dialysis (ED) and electro-deionization (EDI) techniques based on the ion-exchange membranes in the field of radioactive waste water treatment and secondary side water purification in the nuclear reactor are introduced. It is concluded that the ion-exchange membranes should be widely developed with the help of the experiences of water chemistry in the country under the fast development of nuclear power and the membrane separation techniques in China. As a result, the water purification equipment made in China can be widely used in the radioactive waste water treatment and secondary side water purification in the nuclear reactor. (authors)

  19. Mass retrieval and a posteriori error analysis using non-linear inverse modelling techniques applied to atmospheric tracers

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    Full text: An account on recent progress in the inverse modelling of pollutants with first order chemistry (tracers, radionuclides, etc.) is given. The methods, which are variational and whose general principles have been presented in earlier EGU assemblies, are fundamentally nonlinear. They are meant to perform efficiently on the reconstruction of sources of accidental type (typically ETEX, Chernobyl.) In this report, the emphasis is put on two recent developments: First, the problem of finding the total released mass through nonlinear methods is first studied. Because the positivity of sources is taken into account, a non-zero prior mass scale appears in the background term. The cost function has a nonquadratic dependence on this parameter. This rules out many known parameter estimation techniques, when one has to choose this parameter prior to the inversion. Secondly, a posterior analysis of the retrieved source and retrieved errors is then conducted. It generalizes well-known data assimilation results that make use of the Hessian of the cost function. Closely related is the second order sensitivity analysis on the source and retrieved errors, of special significance for inverse modelling. (author)

  20. Quantum chemistry

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    2006-01-01

    Lowe's new edition assumes little mathematical or physical sophistication and emphasizes an understanding of the techniques and results of quantum chemistry. It can serve as a primary text in quantum chemistry courses, and enables students and researchers to comprehend the current literature. This third edition has been thoroughly updated and includes numerous new exercises to facilitate self-study and solutions to selected exercises.* Assumes little initial mathematical or physical sophistication, developing insights and abilities in the context of actual problems* Provides thorough treatment

  1. Pattern-recognition techniques applied to performance monitoring of the DSS 13 34-meter antenna control assembly

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    Mellstrom, J. A.; Smyth, P.

    1991-01-01

    The results of applying pattern recognition techniques to diagnose fault conditions in the pointing system of one of the Deep Space network's large antennas, the DSS 13 34-meter structure, are discussed. A previous article described an experiment whereby a neural network technique was used to identify fault classes by using data obtained from a simulation model of the Deep Space Network (DSN) 70-meter antenna system. Described here is the extension of these classification techniques to the analysis of real data from the field. The general architecture and philosophy of an autonomous monitoring paradigm is described and classification results are discussed and analyzed in this context. Key features of this approach include a probabilistic time-varying context model, the effective integration of signal processing and system identification techniques with pattern recognition algorithms, and the ability to calibrate the system given limited amounts of training data. Reported here are recognition accuracies in the 97 to 98 percent range for the particular fault classes included in the experiments.

  2. A novel technique of in situ phase-shift interferometry applied for faint dissolution of bulky montmorillonite in alkaline solution

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    The effect of alkaline pH on the dissolution rate of bulky aggregated montmorillonite samples at 23°C was investigated for the first time by using an enhanced phase-shift interferometry technique combined with an internal refraction interferometry method developed for this study. This technique was applied to provide a molecular resolution during the optical observation of the dissolution phenomena in real time and in situ while remaining noninvasive. A theoretical normal resolution limit of this technique was 0.78 nm in water for opaque material, but was limited to 6.6 nm for montmorillonite due to the transparency of the montmorillonite crystal. Normal dissolution velocities as low as 1 × 10-4 to 1 × 10-3 nm/s were obtained directly by using the measured temporal change in height of montmorillonite samples set in a reaction cell. The molar dissolution fluxes of montmorillonite obtained in this study gave considerably faster dissolution rates in comparison to those obtained in previous investigations by solution analysis methods. The pH dependence of montmorillonite dissolution rate determined in this study was qualitatively in good agreement with those reported in the previous investigations. The dissolution rates to be used in safety assessments of geological repositories for radioactive wastes should be obtained for bulky samples. This goal has been difficult to achieve using conventional powder experiment technique and solution analysis method, but has been shown to be feasible using the enhanced phase-shift interferometry. (author)

  3. Environmental Chemistry Activities.

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    The authors of this curriculum supplement believe in a laboratory approach to chemistry and express the feeling that environmental chemistry provides the students an opportunity to apply theoretical chemistry to important practical problems. There are eighteen activities presented, each accompanied with behavioral objectives, one or more suggested…

  4. Applying a nonlinear, pitch-catch, ultrasonic technique for the detection of kissing bonds in friction stir welds.

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    Delrue, Steven; Tabatabaeipour, Morteza; Hettler, Jan; Van Den Abeele, Koen

    2016-05-01

    Friction stir welding (FSW) is a promising technology for the joining of aluminum alloys and other metallic admixtures that are hard to weld by conventional fusion welding. Although FSW generally provides better fatigue properties than traditional fusion welding methods, fatigue properties are still significantly lower than for the base material. Apart from voids, kissing bonds for instance, in the form of closed cracks propagating along the interface of the stirred and heat affected zone, are inherent features of the weld and can be considered as one of the main causes of a reduced fatigue life of FSW in comparison to the base material. The main problem with kissing bond defects in FSW, is that they currently are very difficult to detect using existing NDT methods. Besides, in most cases, the defects are not directly accessible from the exposed surface. Therefore, new techniques capable of detecting small kissing bond flaws need to be introduced. In the present paper, a novel and practical approach is introduced based on a nonlinear, single-sided, ultrasonic technique. The proposed inspection technique uses two single element transducers, with the first transducer transmitting an ultrasonic signal that focuses the ultrasonic waves at the bottom side of the sample where cracks are most likely to occur. The large amount of energy at the focus activates the kissing bond, resulting in the generation of nonlinear features in the wave propagation. These nonlinear features are then captured by the second transducer operating in pitch-catch mode, and are analyzed, using pulse inversion, to reveal the presence of a defect. The performance of the proposed nonlinear, pitch-catch technique, is first illustrated using a numerical study of an aluminum sample containing simple, vertically oriented, incipient cracks. Later, the proposed technique is also applied experimentally on a real-life friction stir welded butt joint containing a kissing bond flaw. PMID:26921559

  5. Multivariate class modeling techniques applied to multielement analysis for the verification of the geographical origin of chili pepper.

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    Naccarato, Attilio; Furia, Emilia; Sindona, Giovanni; Tagarelli, Antonio

    2016-09-01

    Four class-modeling techniques (soft independent modeling of class analogy (SIMCA), unequal dispersed classes (UNEQ), potential functions (PF), and multivariate range modeling (MRM)) were applied to multielement distribution to build chemometric models able to authenticate chili pepper samples grown in Calabria respect to those grown outside of Calabria. The multivariate techniques were applied by considering both all the variables (32 elements, Al, As, Ba, Ca, Cd, Ce, Co, Cr, Cs, Cu, Dy, Fe, Ga, La, Li, Mg, Mn, Na, Nd, Ni, Pb, Pr, Rb, Sc, Se, Sr, Tl, Tm, V, Y, Yb, Zn) and variables selected by means of stepwise linear discriminant analysis (S-LDA). In the first case, satisfactory and comparable results in terms of CV efficiency are obtained with the use of SIMCA and MRM (82.3 and 83.2% respectively), whereas MRM performs better than SIMCA in terms of forced model efficiency (96.5%). The selection of variables by S-LDA permitted to build models characterized, in general, by a higher efficiency. MRM provided again the best results for CV efficiency (87.7% with an effective balance of sensitivity and specificity) as well as forced model efficiency (96.5%). PMID:27041319

  6. 2D and 3D optical diagnostic techniques applied to Madonna dei Fusi by Leonardo da Vinci

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    Fontana, R.; Gambino, M. C.; Greco, M.; Marras, L.; Materazzi, M.; Pampaloni, E.; Pelagotti, A.; Pezzati, L.; Poggi, P.; Sanapo, C.

    2005-06-01

    3D measurement and modelling have been traditionally applied to statues, buildings, archeological sites or similar large structures, but rarely to paintings. Recently, however, 3D measurements have been performed successfully also on easel paintings, allowing to detect and document the painting's surface. We used 3D models to integrate the results of various 2D imaging techniques on a common reference frame. These applications show how the 3D shape information, complemented with 2D colour maps as well as with other types of sensory data, provide the most interesting information. The 3D data acquisition was carried out by means of two devices: a high-resolution laser micro-profilometer, composed of a commercial distance meter mounted on a scanning device, and a laser-line scanner. The 2D data acquisitions were carried out using a scanning device for simultaneous RGB colour imaging and IR reflectography, and a UV fluorescence multispectral image acquisition system. We present here the results of the techniques described, applied to the analysis of an important painting of the Italian Reinassance: `Madonna dei Fusi', attributed to Leonardo da Vinci.

  7. Radiation Chemistry

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    Wojnárovits, L.

    Ionizing radiation causes chemical changes in the molecules of the interacting medium. The initial molecules change to new molecules, resulting in changes of the physical, chemical, and eventually biological properties of the material. For instance, water decomposes to its elements H2 and O2. In polymers, degradation and crosslinking take place. In biopolymers, e.g., DNS strand breaks and other alterations occur. Such changes are to be avoided in some cases (radiation protection), however, in other cases they are used for technological purposes (radiation processing). This chapter introduces radiation chemistry by discussing the sources of ionizing radiation (radionuclide sources, machine sources), absorption of radiation energy, techniques used in radiation chemistry research, and methods of absorbed energy (absorbed dose) measurements. Radiation chemistry of different classes of inorganic (water and aqueous solutions, inorganic solids, ionic liquids (ILs)) and organic substances (hydrocarbons, halogenated compounds, polymers, and biomolecules) is discussed in concise form together with theoretical and experimental backgrounds. An essential part of the chapter is the introduction of radiation processing technologies in the fields of polymer chemistry, food processing, and sterilization. The application of radiation chemistry to nuclear technology and to protection of environment (flue gas treatment, wastewater treatment) is also discussed.

  8. Applied research on air pollution using nuclear-related analytical techniques. Report on the second research co-ordination meeting

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    A co-ordinated research programme (CRP) on applied research on air pollution using nuclear-related techniques is a global CRP which started in 1992, and is scheduled to run until early 1997. The purpose of this CRP is to promote the use of nuclear analytical techniques in air pollution studies, e.g. NAA, XRF, and PIXE for the analysis of toxic and other trace elements in air particulate matter. The main purposes of the core programme are i) to support the use of nuclear and nuclear-related analytical techniques for research and monitoring studies on air pollution, ii) to identify major sources of air pollution affecting each of the participating countries with particular reference to toxic heavy metals, and iii) to obtain comparative data on pollution levels in areas of high pollution (e.g. a city centre or a populated area downwind of a large pollution source) and low pollution (e.g. rural area). This document reports the discussions held during the second Research Co-ordination Meeting (RCM) for the CRP which took place at ANSTO in Menai, Australia. (author)

  9. Secondary metabolites isolation in natural products chemistry: comparison of two semipreparative chromatographic techniques (high pressure liquid chromatography and high performance thin-layer chromatography).

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    Do, Thi Kieu Tiên; Hadji-Minaglou, Francis; Antoniotti, Sylvain; Fernandez, Xavier

    2014-01-17

    Chemical investigations on secondary metabolites in natural products chemistry require efficient isolation techniques for characterization purpose as well as for the evaluation of their biological properties. In the case of phytochemical studies, the performance of the techniques is critical (resolution and yield) since the products generally present a narrow range of polarity and physicochemical properties. Several techniques are currently available, but HPLC (preparative and semipreparative) is the most widely used. To compare the performance of semipreparative HPLC and HPTLC for the isolation of secondary metabolites in different types of extracts, we have chosen carvone from spearmint essential oil (Mentha spicata L.), resveratrol from Fallopia multiflora (Thunb.) Haraldson, and rosmarinic acid from rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) extracts. The comparison was based on the chromatographic separation, the purity and quantity of isolated compounds, the solvent consumption, the duration and the cost of the isolation operations. The results showed that semipreparative HPTLC can in some case offer some advantages over conventional semipreparative HPLC. PMID:24377738

  10. Green chemistry: A tool in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

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    Smita Talaviya; Falguni Majumdar

    2012-01-01

    Green chemistry expresses an area of research developing from scientific discoveries about pollution awareness and it utilizes a set of principles that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances in all steps of particular synthesis or process. Chemists and medicinal scientists can greatly reduce the risk to human health and the environment by following all the valuable principles of green chemistry. The most simple and direct way to apply green chemistry in pharmaceut...

  11. Study on sodium viewing technique applying sodium gamma-rays emission tomography. Verification of basic principle by analytical investigation

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    To confirm structural integrity of a primary cooling system and in-vessel components in a sodium-cooled fast breeder reactor, monitoring and inspection technique applying Gamma-rays emitted from sodium are proposed. The basic principle is as follows. As radioisotope 24Na decays, photons are emitted and a fraction of these photons penetrate materials. If the number of these photons is counted by radiation detectors, an image of gamma-rays source is reconstructed by a computed tomography technique. In this report, Applicability and problems concerned with the technique are investigated. Main results are as follows: (1) To verify applicability, the technique was analytically investigated based on gamma-rays emitted from sodium coolant in a typical pipe of a primary cooling system. As a result, it was confirmed that the image of gamma-rays source could be reconstructed. (2) A required time to measure in a spatial resolution of about 1mm was investigated in the detection efficiency of 20%. The time was about 4 minutes per section by a thousand detectors in the typical pipe of a primary cooling system. And in a typical steam generator, the time was about 2 days per section by ten thousand detectors. (3) To realize a fluoroscopic inspection system, it is necessary that the principle should be verified by experimental researches. Main equipments of the system are a collimator, radiation detector, scanner, signal processing device and image processing device. As a spatial resolution is decide by the collimator, the shape must be evaluated by experimental researches and analytical investigation. (author)

  12. Changes in elongation of falx cerebri during craniosacral therapy techniques applied on the skull of an embalmed cadaver.

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    Kostopoulos, D C; Keramidas, G

    1992-01-01

    Craniosacral therapy supports that light forces applied to the skull may be transmitted to the dura membrane having a therapeutic effect to the cranial system. This study examines the changes in elongation of falx cerebri during the application of some of the craniosacral therapy techniques to the skull of an embalmed cadaver. The study demonstrates that the relative elongation of the falx cerebri changes as follows: for the frontal lift, 1.44 mm; for the parietal lift, 1.08 mm; for the sphenobasilar compression, -0.33 mm; for the sphenobasilar decompression, 0.28 mm; and for the ear pull, inconclusive results. The present study offers validation for the scientific basis of craniosacral therapy and the contention for cranial suture mobility. PMID:1302656

  13. Application of the PISC results and methodology to assess the effectiveness of NDT techniques applied on non nuclear components

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    Performance demonstration for NDT has been an active topic for several years. Interest in it came to the fore in the early 1980's when several institutions started to propose to use of realistic training assemblies and the formal approach of Validation Centers. These steps were justified for example by the results of the PISC exercises which concluded that there was a need for performance demonstration starting with capability assessment of techniques and procedure as they were routinely applied. If the PISC programme is put under the general ''Nuclear Motivation'', the PISC Methodology could be extended to problems to structural components in general, such as on conventional power plants, chemical, aerospace and offshore industries, where integrity and safety have regarded as being of great importance. Some themes of NDT inspections of fossil power plant and offshore components that could be objects of validation studies will be illustrated. (author)

  14. Analysis of Arbitrary Reflector Antennas Applying the Geometrical Theory of Diffraction Together with the Master Points Technique

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    Full Text Available An efficient approach for the analysis of surface conformed reflector antennas fed arbitrarily is presented. The near field in a large number of sampling points in the aperture of the reflector is obtained applying the Geometrical Theory of Diffraction (GTD. A new technique named Master Points has been developed to reduce the complexity of the ray-tracing computations. The combination of both GTD and Master Points reduces the time requirements of this kind of analysis. To validate the new approach, several reflectors and the effects on the radiation pattern caused by shifting the feed and introducing different obstacles have been considered concerning both simple and complex geometries. The results of these analyses have been compared with the Method of Moments (MoM results.

  15. Organometallic chemistry

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    Bashkin, James K.; M.L.H. Green; Dr. M. L. H. Green

    1982-01-01

    Transition metal organometallic chemistry is a rapidly expanding field, which has an important relationship to industrial problems of petrochemical catalysis. This thesis describes studies of fundamental organometallic reaction processes, such as C-H and C-C bond formation and cleavage, and investigations of the structure and bonding of organometallic compounds. A number of techniques were used to pursue these studies, including synthesis, X-ray crystallography, and semi-em...

  16. Analytical chemistry

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    The division for Analytical Chemistry continued to try and develope an accurate method for the separation of trace amounts from mixtures which, contain various other elements. Ion exchange chromatography is of special importance in this regard. New separation techniques were tried on certain trace amounts in South African standard rock materials and special ceramics. Methods were also tested for the separation of carrier-free radioisotopes from irradiated cyclotron discs

  17. A Methods and procedures to apply probabilistic safety Assessment (PSA) techniques to the cobalt-therapy process. Cuban experience

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    This paper presents the results of the Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA) to the Cobalt Therapy Process, which was performed as part of the International Atomic Energy Agency's Coordinated Research Project (CRP) to Investigate Appropriate Methods and Procedures to Apply Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA) Techniques to Large Radiation Sources. The primary methodological tools used in the analysis were Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Event Trees and Fault Trees. These tools were used to evaluate occupational, public and medical exposures during cobalt therapy treatment. The emphasis of the study was on the radiological protection of patients. During the course of the PSA, several findings were analysed concerning the cobalt treatment process. In relation with the Undesired Events Probabilities, the lowest exposures probabilities correspond to the public exposures during the treatment process (Z21); around 10-10 per year, being the workers exposures (Z11); around 10-4 per year. Regarding to the patient, the Z33 probabilities prevail (not desired dose to normal tissue) and Z34 (not irradiated portion to target volume). Patient accidental exposures are also classified in terms of the extent to which the error is likely to affect individual treatments, individual patients, or all the patients treated on a specific unit. Sensitivity analyses were realised to determine the influence of certain tasks or critical stages on the results. As a conclusion the study establishes that the PSA techniques may effectively and reasonably determine the risk associated to the cobalt-therapy treatment process, though there are some weaknesses in its methodological application for this kind of study requiring further research. These weaknesses are due to the fact that the traditional PSA has been mainly applied to complex hardware systems designed to operate with a high automation level, whilst the cobalt therapy treatment is a relatively simple hardware system with a

  18. Química organometálica de superfície aplicada à preparação de catalisadores heterogêneos bem definidos Surface organometallic chemistry applied to the preparation of well defined heterogeneous catalysts

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    Full Text Available The study of the reactions of organometallic complexes with the surfaces of inorganic oxides, zeolites and metals constitutes the basis of Surface Organometallic Chemistry (SOMC. The basic rules of organometallic chemistry are often valid when applied to surfaces and well-defined surface organometallic complexes can be obtained. These complexes can be used as heterogeneous catalysts or, by controlled reactions, can be transformed in other species useful for a given catalytic reaction. In some cases, these catalysts exhibit higher activity and/or selectivity than their analogous molecular complexes.

  19. Imaging techniques applied to quality control of civil manufactured goods obtained starting from ready-to-use mixtures

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    Bonifazi, Giuseppe; Castaldi, Federica

    2003-05-01

    Concrete materials obtained from the utilization of pre-mixed and ready to use products (central mix-concrete) are more and more used. They represent a big portion of the civil construction market. Such products are used at different scale, ranging from small scale works, as those commonly realized inside and house, an apartment, etc. or at big civil or industrial scale works. In both cases the problem to control the mixtures and the final work is usually realized through the analysis of properly collected samples. Through appropriate sampling it can be derived objective parameters, as size class distribution and composition of the constituting particulate matter, or mechanical characteristics of the sample itself. An important parameter not considered by the previous mentioned approach is "segregation", that is the possibility that some particulate materials migrate preferentially in some zones of the mixtures and/or of the final product. Such a behavior dramatically influences the quality of the product and of the final manufactured good. Actually this behavior is only studied adopting a human based visual approach. Not repeatable analytical procedures or quantitative data processing exist. In this paper a procedure fully based on image processing techniques is described and applied. Results are presented and analyzed with reference to industrial products. A comparison is also made between the new proposed digital imaging based techniques and the analyses usually carried out at industrial laboratory scale for standard quality control.

  20. Conceptual design study and evaluation of an advanced treatment process applying a submerged combustion technique for spent solvents

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    An advanced treatment process based on a submerged combustion technique was proposed for spent solvents and the distillation residues containing transuranium (TRU) nuclides. A conceptual design study and the preliminary cost estimation of the treatment facility applying the process were conducted. Based on the results of the study, the process evaluation on the technical features, such as safety, volume reduction of TRU waste and economics was carried out. The key requirements for practical use were also summarized. It was shown that the process had the features as follows: the simplified treatment and solidification steps will not generate secondary aqueous wastes, the volume of TRU solid waste will be reduced less than one tenth of that of a reference technique (pyrolysis process), and the facility construction cost is less than 1 % of the total construction cost of a future large scale reprocessing plant. As for the low level wastes of calcium phosphate, it was shown that the further removal of β · γ nuclides with TRU nuclides from the wastes would be required for the safety in interim storage and transportation and for the load of shielding. (author)

  1. Applying aerial digital photography as a spectral remote sensing technique for macrophytic cover assessment in small rural streams

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    Anker, Y.; Hershkovitz, Y.; Gasith, A.; Ben-Dor, E.

    2011-12-01

    Although remote sensing of fluvial ecosystems is well developed, the tradeoff between spectral and spatial resolutions prevents its application in small streams (correction of spectral RGB (SRGB) cube. Spectral calibration of the HSR dataset was done using the empirical line method, based on reference values of progressive grey scale targets. Differentiation between the vegetation species was done by supervised classification both for the HSR and for the SRGB datasets. This procedure was done using the Spectral Angle Mapper function with the spectral pattern of each vegetation species as a spectral end member. Comparison between the two remote sensing techniques and between the SRGB classification and the in-situ transects indicates that: A. Stream vegetation classification resolution is about 4 cm by the SRGB method compared to about 1 m by HSR. Moreover, this resolution is also higher than of the manual grid transect classification. B. The SRGB method is by far the most cost-efficient. The combination of spectral information (rather than the cognitive color) and high spatial resolution of aerial photography provides noise filtration and better sub-water detection capabilities than the HSR technique. C. Only the SRGB method applies for habitat and section scales; hence, its application together with in-situ grid transects for validation, may be optimal for use in similar scenarios. The HSR dataset was first degraded to 17 bands with the same spectral range as the RGB dataset and also to a dataset with 3 equivalent bands

  2. Effect of applying wheat stubble on preservation and utilization of n-fertilizer by 15N trace technique

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    By using 15N trace technique, the effect of applying wheat stubble on the preservation and utilization rate of 15N- ammonium sulphate have been studied. The abundance of (15NH4)2SO4 fertilizer was 8.92%. After three years pot test and field plot test, the results showed that the yields with '15N+mulching' and '15N+incorporating' treated were increased by 5.4∼30.0% for spring wheat and millet(pot test), and 18∼23% for winter wheat and summer corn(field plot test), as compared with only '15N' treatment. The results of 15N-fertilizer labelled tests showed that the utilization rates of 15N-fertilizer treated by '15N+mulching' for cropping seasons were 57.8%, 65.8%, 36.6% and 8.5% respectively. These were increased 3.7%, 10.2%, 21.5% and 2.8% as compared with only '15N' treatment. Comparing with only '15N'treatment, the N leached off by percolation water was decreasing 50%, the loss of N caused by volatilization was decreasing 30.3% and the N in humus was increasing 21.1%. All of these proved that the applying of wheat stubble in different mode would adjust and control the activation of microbe in the soil, and the preservation and utilization rate of fertilizer in the soul would be increased

  3. Applying value stream mapping techniques to eliminate non-value-added waste for the procurement of endovascular stents

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    Objectives: To eliminate non-value-adding (NVA) waste for the procurement of endovascular stents in interventional radiology services by applying value stream mapping (VSM). Materials and methods: The Lean manufacturing technique was used to analyze the process of material and information flow currently required to direct endovascular stents from external suppliers to patients. Based on a decision point analysis for the procurement of stents in the hospital, a present state VSM was drawn. After assessment of the current status VSM and progressive elimination of unnecessary NVA waste, a future state VSM was drawn. Results: The current state VSM demonstrated that out of 13 processes for the procurement of stents only 2 processes were value-adding. Out of the NVA processes 5 processes were unnecessary NVA activities, which could be eliminated. The decision point analysis demonstrated that the procurement of stents was mainly a forecast driven push system. The future state VSM applies a pull inventory control system to trigger the movement of a unit after withdrawal by using a consignment stock. Conclusion: VSM is a visualization tool for the supply chain and value stream, based on the Toyota Production System and greatly assists in successfully implementing a Lean system.

  4. Evaluation of the increase in signal intensity from applying the fast recovery technique to fast spin echo images

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    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the increase in signal intensity caused by applying the fast recovery (FR) technique to fast spin echo (FSE) images, that is, the fast recovery fast spin echo (FR-FSE) method. All images of phantoms, whose T2 values were different, were acquired with a Signa 1.5 Tesla system (GE Medical Systems) using the three-dimensional (3D) FSE and 3D FR-FSE sequences. We assessed the increased signal intensity as follows: (signal intensity on the FR-FSE image-FSE image)/FSE image (%). Our results showed that the increased signal intensity became high when T2 of the phantom was prolonged, repetition time (TR) was shortened, and echo train length (ETL) was decreased. By utilizing the results of this study, the increased signal caused by the FR technique could be estimated quantitatively when the TR, ETL, and T2 of investigated substances were determined. For example, when TR, ETL, and T2 were 1500 msec, 16-64, and 1500 msec, respectively, the increase in signal intensity was estimated to be approximately 70%. In addition, when T2 was less than approximately 250 msec, signal intensity was not significantly increased by the FR pulses, that is, the FR-FSE image was the same as the FSE image. Accordingly, the FR-FSE method was confirmed to enhance the signal in substances with longer T2, while maintaining the same contrast of the image as that obtained by the conventional FSE method. Our results are useful for evaluating the increased signal intensity caused by employing the FR technique. (author)

  5. Applying clinically proven human techniques for contraception and fertility to endangered species and zoo animals: a review.

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    Silber, Sherman J; Barbey, Natalie; Lenahan, Kathy; Silber, David Z

    2013-12-01

    Reversible contraception that does not alter natural behavior is a critical need for managing zoo populations. In addition to reversible contraception, other fertility techniques perfected in humans may be useful, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or oocyte and embryo banking for endangered species like amphibians and Mexican wolves (Canis lupus baileyi). Furthermore, the genetics of human fertility can give a better understanding of fertility in more exotic species. Collaborations were established to apply human fertility techniques to the captive population. Reversible vasectomy might be one solution for reversible contraception that does not alter behavior. Reversible approaches to vasectomy, avoiding secondary epididymal disruption, were attempted in South American bush dogs (Speothos venaticus), chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), gorillas (Gorilla gorilla), Przewalski's horse (Equus przewalski poliakov), and Sika deer (Cervus nippon) in a variety of zoos around the world. These techniques were first perfected in > 4,000 humans before attempting them in zoo animals. In vitro fertilization with gestational surrogacy was used to attempt to break the vicious cycle of hand rearing of purebred orangutans, and egg and ovary vitrification in humans have led to successful gamete banking for Mexican wolves and disappearing amphibians. The study of the human Y chromosome has even explained a mechanism of extinction related to global climate change. The best results with vasectomy reversal (normal sperm counts, pregnancy, and live offspring) were obtained when the original vasectomy was performed "open-ended," so as to avoid pressure-induced epididymal disruption. The attempt at gestational surrogacy for orangutans failed because of severe male infertility and the lack of success with human ovarian hyperstimulation protocols. Vitrification of oocytes is already being employed for the Amphibian Ark Project and for Mexican wolves. Vasectomy can be a reversible contraception

  6. X-ray fluorescence in Member States (Spain): Main activities related to the use of XRF techniques at the Analytical and Environmental Chemistry Research Group of the University of Girona (UdG)

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    The Analytical and Environmental Chemistry Group (QAA) is a consolidated research group of the Department of Chemistry of the University of Girona (North- East Spain). The main research topics of the group are related to the development and application of analytical methodologies for the determination of inorganic and organic species in different kind of environmental, clinical and industrial samples. From the beginning of the 2000’s, one of the research focuses of the group, is the use of X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF) for the determination of trace amounts of metals and metalloids mostly in samples related to the environmental and industrial fields. For instance, in collaboration with the Institute of Earth Sciences “Jaume Almera” (ICTJA-CSIC, Spain), we have developed and successfully applied several analytical approaches based on the use of EDXRF (Energy dispersive XRF), WDXRF (Wavelength dispersive XRF) and PEDXRF (Polarised EDXRF) for the determination of metals at trace levels in complex liquid samples such as sea water or electroplating waters in vegetation samples collected around mining environments or in active pharmaceutical ingredients. At present, the evaluation of the analytical possibilities of TXRF (Total reflection XRF) in the chemical analysis field is also one of the research topics of QAA. In this sense, several contributions related to the use of this technique for element determination in liquid and solid samples have been developed. A summary of these contributions is summarized in the last section of this review

  7. Functional reasoning, explanation and analysis: Part 1: a survey on theories, techniques and applied systems. Part 2: qualitative function formation technique

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    Functional Reasoning (FR) enables people to derive the purpose of objects and explain their functions, JAERI's 'Human Acts Simulation Program (HASP)', started from 1987, has the goal of developing programs of the underlying technologies for intelligent robots by imitating the intelligent behavior of humans. FR is considered a useful reasoning method in HASP and applied to understand function of tools and objects in the Toolbox Project. In this report, first, the results of the diverse FR researches within a variety of disciplines are reviewed and the common core and basic problems are identified. Then the qualitative function formation (QFF) technique is introduced. Some novel points are: extending the common qualitative models to include interactions and timing of events by defining temporal and dependency constraints, and binding it with the conventional qualitative simulation. Function concepts are defined as interpretations of either a persistence or an order in the sequence of states, using the trace of the qualitative state vector derived by qualitative simulation on the extended qualitative model. This offers solution to some of the FR problems and leads to a method for generalization and comparison of functions of different objects. (author) 85 refs

  8. A solid phase extraction based non-disruptive sampling technique to investigate the surface chemistry of macroalgae.

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    Cirri, Emilio; Grosser, Katharina; Pohnert, Georg

    2016-01-01

    The surface chemistry of aquatic organisms determines their biotic interactions. Metabolites in the spatially limited laminar boundary layer mediate processes, such as antifouling, allelopathy and chemical defense against herbivores. However, very few methods are available for the investigation of such surface metabolites. An approach is described in which surfaces are extracted by means of C18 solid phase material. By powdering wet algal surfaces with this material, organic compounds are adsorbed and can be easily recovered for subsequent liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) investigations. The method is robust, picks up metabolites of a broad polarity range and is easy to handle. It is more universal compared to established solvent dipping protocols and it does not cause damage to the test organisms. A protocol is introduced for the macroalgae Fucus vesiculosus, Caulerpa taxifolia and Gracilaria vermiculophylla, but it can be easily transferred to other aquatic organisms. PMID:26795737

  9. Feasibility to apply the steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) technique in the country's heavy crude-oil fields

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    The steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) processes are one of the most efficient and profitable technologies for the production of heavy crude oils and oil sands. These processes involve the drilling of a couple of parallel horizontal wells, separated by a vertical distance and located near the oil field base. The upper well is used to continuously inject steam into the zone of interest, while the lower well collects all resulting fluids (oil, condensate and formation water) and takes them to the surface (Butler, 1994). This technology has been successfully implemented in countries such as Canada, Venezuela and United States, reaching recovery factors in excess of 50%. This article provides an overview of the technique's operation mechanism and the process most relevant characteristics, as well as the various categories this technology is divided into, including all its advantages and limitations. Furthermore, the article sets the oil field's minimal conditions under which the SAGD process is efficient, which conditions, as integrated to a series of mathematical models, allow to make forecasts on production, thermal efficiency (ODR) and oil to be recovered, as long as it is feasible (from a technical point of view) to apply this technique to a defined oil field. The information and concepts compiled during this research prompted the development of software, which may be used as an information, analysis and interpretation tool to predict and quantify this technology's performance. Based on the article, preliminary studies were started for the country's heavy crude-oil fields, identifying which provide the minimum conditions for the successful development of a pilot project

  10. Monte Carlo techniques applied in complete simulation of conventional CT image acquisition: from projection data to effective dose

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    Computed tomography has advanced very rapidly, resulting in a rapid increase in the number of examinations performed, as well as in the range of clinical applications now based on this technique. CT is a procedure generally associated with relatively high dose levels. It constitutes 5% of worldwide radiological examinations; yet contributes one third of the collective dose associated with medical imaging. Therefore, studies on the issue of dose optimization are welcome. Computer simulation uses theoretical models to predict performance of real systems. This kind of simulation is able, among other tasks, to evaluate the impact of geometric parameters of a tomograph on spatial resolution, for example: detector size; source-detector distance and source-isocentre distance. The development of new pre-process and image reconstruction algorithms and the evaluation of dose in organs and tissues of human body are tasks that have been developed by means of computer simulations. In this work, conventional CT acquisitions were completely simulated. Monte Carlo techniques were applied in radiation transport simulation to obtain projection data and to calculate conversion coefficients for doses in organs and tissues of a female anthropomorphic phantom. The computer simulation of the entire measurement and reconstruction process is a valuable and very effective means to evaluate the effects of individual parameters. A graphical reconstruction algorithm was used to obtain virtual tomographic images, the attenuation values of each projection were added to the related pixel of the reconstruction matrix. Several different geometries were simulated and the effect of geometric parameters on image quality and dose in organs and tissues was evaluated. (author)

  11. Fate of nitrogen in soil-crop system by nuclear techniques. Effects of applied rate of ammonium bicarbonate

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    The experiment was conducted with 15N tracing techniques in Shijiazhuang from 1994 to 1995. Three nitrogen rates, including optimum rate (150 kg/hm2) based on the recommendation of local farmers, above 50% of optimum rate (225 kg/hm2) and below 50% of optimum rate (75 kg/hm2), were selected to study the effect of application rates of ammonium bicarbonate on yield of winter wheat and fate of applied nitrogen under local management and irrigated condition. The results showed that nitrogen uptake and grain yield of wheat under fertilized treatments were higher than those in unfertilized treatment (except 225 kg/hm2 treatment). The highest yield and top dry mater weight (grain 6.80 t/hm2, top 14.70 t/hm2) were obtained in optimum N applied treatment (150 kg/hm2), while the highest nitrogen recovery efficiency (38.5%) of ammonium bicarbonate by winter wheat was found in below 50% of optimum rate treatment (75 kg/hm2) due to the relatively high basic fertility of the field. However, nitrogen recovery efficiency of ammonium bicarbonate decreased with the increasing N application rate. The highest residue of fertilizer N was found in 225 kg/hm2 treatment, and 46% of the residue existed in the top layer of the soil (0∼50 cm). The unaccounted N from fertilizer were 30.20%, 36.56%, 31.25% in 75 kg/hm2, 150 kg/hm2, 225 kg/hm2 treatments respectively according to 15N balance calculation in soil-plant system. The effect of residue N in soil on the next crop, maize, in 225 kg/hm2 treatment was best in three fertilized treatments, suggesting the possibilities of nitrate leaching down in 225 kg/hm2 treatment. (15 tabs.)

  12. Advances in high temperature chemistry

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    1969-01-01

    Advances in High Temperature Chemistry, Volume 2 covers the advances in the knowledge of the high temperature behavior of materials and the complex and unfamiliar characteristics of matter at high temperature. The book discusses the dissociation energies and free energy functions of gaseous monoxides; the matrix-isolation technique applied to high temperature molecules; and the main features, the techniques for the production, detection, and diagnosis, and the applications of molecular beams in high temperatures. The text also describes the chemical research in streaming thermal plasmas, as w

  13. Fine chemistry

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    The 1988 progress report of the Fine Chemistry laboratory (Polytechnic School, France) is presented. The research programs are centered on the renewal of the organic chemistry most important reactions and on the invention of new, highly efficient and highly selective reactions, by applying low cost reagents and solvents. An important research domain concerns the study and fabrication of new catalysts. They are obtained by means of the reactive sputtering of the metals and metal oxydes thin films. The Monte Carlo simulations of the long-range electrostatic interaction in a clay and the obtention of acrylamides from anhydrous or acrylic ester are summarized. Moreover, the results obtained in the field of catalysis are also given. The published papers and the congress communications are included

  14. Test-retest reliability of a new technique with pressure algometry applied to teeth in healthy Chinese individuals.

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    Liu, Ran; Gu, Xinyu; Zhang, Jinglu; Yu, Linfeng; Chen, Wenjing; Wang, Kelun; Svensson, Peter

    2016-06-01

    Pressure pain thresholds (PPTs) have been shown to be useful measures of mechanical pain sensitivity in deep tissues. However, clinical methods for measuring mechanical allodynia or hyperalgesia in teeth have not been reported. The aim of this study was to assess the reliability of PPTs in periodontal ligament of healthy Chinese participants. Twenty healthy young adults participated. Pressure pain thresholds were measured at six teeth and in two directions. The tests included three consecutive trials, in two separate sessions, which were performed on the first day by one examiner. After 1-3 wk, an identical protocol was carried out by two examiners, also in two separate sessions. There were no significant differences between repeated measures for all teeth. The PPTs had excellent reliability with high intraclass coefficients (ICCs) across different sessions (ICC: 0.871-0.956), days (ICC: 0.879-0.951), and examiners (ICC: 0.845-0.950). Pressure pain thresholds applied to the teeth have excellent intra- and inter-examiner agreement in healthy participants. This method may be proposed as an easy and reliable technique to assess mechanical pain sensitivity (e.g. mechanical allodynia and hyperalgesia) in the periodontal ligament, which is associated with endodontic or periodontal conditions. PMID:27017942

  15. 3D-QSPR Method of Computational Technique Applied on Red Reactive Dyes by Using CoMFA Strategy

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    Full Text Available Cellulose fiber is a tremendous natural resource that has broad application in various productions including the textile industry. The dyes, which are commonly used for cellulose printing, are “reactive dyes” because of their high wet fastness and brilliant colors. The interaction of various dyes with the cellulose fiber depends upon the physiochemical properties that are governed by specific features of the dye molecule. The binding pattern of the reactive dye with cellulose fiber is called the ligand-receptor concept. In the current study, the three dimensional quantitative structure property relationship (3D-QSPR technique was applied to understand the red reactive dyes interactions with the cellulose by the Comparative Molecular Field Analysis (CoMFA method. This method was successfully utilized to predict a reliable model. The predicted model gives satisfactory statistical results and in the light of these, it was further analyzed. Additionally, the graphical outcomes (contour maps help us to understand the modification pattern and to correlate the structural changes with respect to the absorptivity. Furthermore, the final selected model has potential to assist in understanding the charachteristics of the external test set. The study could be helpful to design new reactive dyes with better affinity and selectivity for the cellulose fiber.

  16. UQ and V&V techniques applied to experiments and simulations of heated pipes pressurized to failure.

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    Romero, Vicente Jose; Dempsey, J. Franklin; Antoun, Bonnie R.

    2014-05-01

    This report demonstrates versatile and practical model validation and uncertainty quantification techniques applied to the accuracy assessment of a computational model of heated steel pipes pressurized to failure. The Real Space validation methodology segregates aleatory and epistemic uncertainties to form straightforward model validation metrics especially suited for assessing models to be used in the analysis of performance and safety margins. The methodology handles difficulties associated with representing and propagating interval and/or probabilistic uncertainties from multiple correlated and uncorrelated sources in the experiments and simulations including: material variability characterized by non-parametric random functions (discrete temperature dependent stress-strain curves); very limited (sparse) experimental data at the coupon testing level for material characterization and at the pipe-test validation level; boundary condition reconstruction uncertainties from spatially sparse sensor data; normalization of pipe experimental responses for measured input-condition differences among tests and for random and systematic uncertainties in measurement/processing/inference of experimental inputs and outputs; numerical solution uncertainty from model discretization and solver effects.

  17. Mathematical problems for chemistry students

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    Mathematical Problems for Chemistry Students has been compiled and written (a) to help chemistry students in their mathematical studies by providing them with mathematical problems really occurring in chemistry (b) to help practising chemists to activate their applied mathematical skills and (c) to introduce students and specialists of the chemistry-related fields (physicists, mathematicians, biologists, etc.) into the world of the chemical applications. Some problems of the collection are mathematical reformulations of those in the standard textbooks of chemistry, other

  18. Teaching Organic Chemistry via Student-Directed Learning: A Technique that Promotes Independence and Responsibility in the Student

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    1996-05-01

    One of the frustrations of teaching is the failure of talented students due to lack of effort on their part. We have to admit that Organic chemistry presents many challenges to students. At the same time we are aware that students often defeat themselves by a combination of procrastination and cramming. The Student-Directed Learning (SDL) method discourages this student strategy. Instead SDL fosters increased self-confidence, independence, and an awareness of the student's role in the teaching/learning process. This method incorporates four criteria for acceptance of responsibility: student ownership, student-active learning, student accountability, and student control. With SDL the course content is reorganized to make it more accessible to students. Learning modules are centered around "The Big Ideas". Each big idea is connected to its usefulness in pharmaceutical science, or is identified as a foundation idea for understanding subsequent course material. The class session is changed from traditional lecture to continuous dialogue between teacher and learners. Reading quizzes emphasize the importance of conscientious preparation for class. Structured retesting is offered to increase student self-confidence and learning. The extra effort required by the SDL method is more than compensated for by the improved grades, ACS exam scores, and student attitudes towards the course.

  19. 中国大学本科应用化学专业发展历程纪要%A Brief Recordation of the Development of the Undergraduate Applied Chemistry Specialty in China

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    史济斌; 胡军; 虞大红; 蔡良珍; 张文清

    2011-01-01

    本文简述了我国本科应用化学专业建设历程。以期为专业定位、培养目标与培养规格、教学内容与课程体系的改革与建设,为应用化学专业教育的持续、健康发展,特别是应用化学特色专业建设点的建设,提供了有利于承上启下、继往开来的借鉴。%The establishment and developments of the undergraduate Applied Chemistry specialty are briefly reviewed. The reform and construction of the Applied Chemistry specialty, such as the specialty orientation, the training objective, the training specification, the curricular system and the content of courses are introduced. It provides a reference source for the sustainable development of the Applied Chemistry specialty, especially for the construction of distinguish professional characteristics. It also supports a connect link of the previous achievements and would carry forward into the future plan.

  20. A Brief Discussion on the Decision Aiding Techniques Applied to a Laboratory of Radioactive Decontamination: A General Case

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    In the Laboratory of Radioactive Decontamination ( RDL ) at the Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares IPEN it has been received objects and equipments from the various installations, each one processing different kinds of radioisotopes. These radioactive materials can range from nuclear fuel fabrication and processing, research reactor utilization or radiopharmaceuticals production. This means many different physical and chemical properties of the contaminants and composition of the contaminated surface. It is difficult to decide whether to decontaminate or not the objects and equipment that were used on the processing of these radioactive materials. Most of the radioactive contamination are transferable ones but some are fixed that would imply in more effort to reduce the contamination levels. Depending on the reuse or on the repairing need, for instance, of equipments, tools or objects, the permissible levels of remaining contamination varies and for so the decontamination process shall be more severe. Several parameters must be considered to make a decision, not only their cost to buy new ones compared to the cost of the materials and personnel those will execute the decontamination, but also the installation budget to buy new equipments, collective dose of the workers, readiness for reuse and so on. In this work we discuss how the parameters influence on the decision about decontaminate or not and if so, up to where to proceed. We also compare the decision aiding techniques applied to a general case considering some parameters those are fundamental and others that are not so important all the time but can affect in a significant way the decontamination choice and the way they can affect the decision maker to choose the best option. (Author) 8 refs

  1. Nuclear and conventional techniques applied to the analysis of prehispanic metals of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan

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    The use of the such experimental techniques as: PIXE, RBS, Metallography and Sem, applied to the characterization of pre hispanic metals of copper and gold coming from 9 offerings of the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan, are possible to obtain results and information sustained on such aspects as technological development and cultural and commercial exchange besides a relative chronology, as well as aspects related with conservation, authenticity, symbolic association and social meaning of the offerings. After way but it specifies, it will be given to know each one of the objectives outlined for this study: To carry out interpretations on technical of factory, stylistic designs and cultural and commercial exchanges starting from aspects like: microstructure, elementary composition, type of alloys, welding existence, golden superficial, and conservation, they can be had. To determine the technological advance that means the prosecution of the metallic materials and to know their location in the archaeological context, as a means for the interpretation of the social significance of the offering. To know the possible association symbolic-religious from the metallic objects offering to the deities; starting from significant characteristics as they are: color, forms and function. To establish if it is possible to know if the devices found in the offerings are of the same temporality in which one carries out this, or at least, to locate to the devices inside the two stages of the development of the metallurgy these they are known as the period of the native copper and the period of the alloys, this helped to determine a relative chronology of when the objects were manufactured. To confirm the authenticity of the devices. To determine, in a way specifies, the conservation grade in that they are the pieces. To corroborate some of the manufacture processes This is achieved by means of the reproduction of objects in laboratory, to establish comparisons and differences among pre

  2. Surface chemistry

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    Desai, KR

    2008-01-01

    The surface Chemistry of a material as a whole is crucially dependent upon the Nature and type of surfaces exposed on crystallites. It is therefore vitally important to independently Study different, well - defined surfaces through surface analytical techniques. In addition to composition and structure of surface, the subject also provides information on dynamic light scattering, micro emulsions, colloid Stability control and nanostructures. The present book endeavour to bring before the reader that the understanding and exploitation of Solid state phenomena depended largely on the ability to

  3. Bad chemistry

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    Petsko, Gregory A

    2004-01-01

    General chemistry courses haven't changed significantly in forty years. Because most basic chemistry students are premedical students, medical schools have enormous influence and could help us start all over again to create undergraduate chemistry education that works.

  4. Green chemistry: A tool in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

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    Smita Talaviya

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Green chemistry expresses an area of research developing from scientific discoveries about pollution awareness and it utilizes a set of principles that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances in all steps of particular synthesis or process. Chemists and medicinal scientists can greatly reduce the risk to human health and the environment by following all the valuable principles of green chemistry. The most simple and direct way to apply green chemistry in pharmaceuticals is to utilize eco-friendly, non-hazardous, reproducible and efficient solvents and catalysts in synthesis of drug molecules, drug intermediates and in researches involving synthetic chemistry. Microwave synthesis is also an important tool of green chemistry by being an energy efficient process.

  5. A New Approach for Detection Improvement of the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disorder through a Specific Surface Chemistry Applied onto Titration Well

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    Dominique Debarnot

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    Full Text Available This work illustrates the enhancement of the sensitivity of the ELISA titration for recombinant human and native prion proteins, while reducing other non-specific adsorptions that could increase the background signal and lead to a low sensitivity and false positives. It is achieved thanks to the association of plasma chemistry and coating with different amphiphilic molecules bearing either ionic charges and/or long hydrocarbon chains. The treated support by 3-butenylamine hydrochloride improves the signal detection of recombinant protein, while surface modification with the 3,7-dimethylocta-2,6-dien-1-diamine (geranylamine enhances the sensitivity of the native protein. Beside the surface chemistry effect, these different results are associated with protein conformation.

  6. Methods of clinical chemistry and isotopic technique for investigation of the nitrogen metabolism in man using 15N

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    The present manual is a catalogue of methods representing theoretical and practical aspects of application of the stable isotope 15N in medicine as well as a reference book for users of 15N techniques in life sciences. Special emphasis is given to the planning of 15N tracer experiments and their interpretation, sources of error and standard values of nitrogen compounds, information on sampling of medical materials, methods of separation and determination of proteins and non-protein nitrogen compounds in serum and urine, and details of the isotopic analysis of nitrogen by emission and mass spectrometry. (author)

  7. Biomimetic polymers in analytical chemistry. Part 1: preparation and applications of MIP (Molecularly Imprinted Polymers) in extraction and separation techniques

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    MIPs are synthetic polymers that are used as biomimetic materials simulating the mechanism verified in natural entities such as antibodies and enzymes. Although MIPs have been successfully used as an outstanding tool for enhancing the selectivity or different analytical approaches, such as separation science and electrochemical and optical sensors, several parameters must be optimized during their synthesis. Therefore, the state-of-the-art of MIP production as well as the different polymerization methods are discussed. The potential selectivity of MIPs in the extraction and separation techniques focusing mainly on environmental, clinical and pharmaceutical samples as applications for analytical purposes is presented. (author)

  8. Applications of artificial intelligence techniques to organic chemistry. Study on 13C NMR of steroids using computer

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    This work describes the utilization of two groups of programs in searching for characteristic signals of NMR 13C steroidal compounds. The first group of programs used data bases with the spectral data and a methodology that enables the choice and the search of substructures. The chemical shifts and multiplicities for each specific substructure are used as rules to identify different types and subtypes of steroidal compounds. The second one was built to apply the rules formulated by the first group of programs and to foresee any skeletal based on a spectral analysis. (author)

  9. A review of the Match technique as applied to AASE-2/EASOE and SOLVE/THESEO 2000

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    G. A. Morris

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available We apply the NASA Goddard Trajectory Model to data from a series of ozonesondes to derive ozone loss rates in the lower stratosphere for the AASE-2/EASOE mission (January-March 1992 and for the SOLVE/THESEO 2000 mission (January-March 2000 in an approach similar to Match. Ozone loss rates are computed by comparing the ozone concentrations provided by ozonesondes launched at the beginning and end of the trajectories connecting the launches. We investigate the sensitivity of the Match results to the various parameters used to reject potential matches in the original Match technique. While these filters effectively eliminate from consideration 80% of the matched sonde pairs and >99% of matched observations in our study, we conclude that only a filter based on potential vorticity changes along the calculated back trajectories seems warranted. Our study also demonstrates that the ozone loss rates estimated in Match can vary by up to a factor of two depending upon the precise trajectory paths calculated for each trajectory. As a result, the statistical uncertainties published with previous Match results might need to be augmented by an additional systematic error. The sensitivity to the trajectory path is particularly pronounced in the month of January, for which the largest ozone loss rate discrepancies between photochemical models and Match are found. For most of the two study periods, our ozone loss rates agree with those previously published. Notable exceptions are found for January 1992 at 475K and late February/early March 2000 at 450K, both periods during which we generally find smaller loss rates than the previous Match studies. Integrated ozone loss rates estimated by Match in both of those years compare well with those found in numerous other studies and in a potential vorticity/potential temperature approach shown previously and in this paper. Finally, we suggest an alternate approach to Match using trajectory mapping. This approach uses

  10. Neutron scattering techniques for betaine calcium chloride dihydrate under applied external field (temperature, electric field and hydrostatic pressure)

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    We have studied with neutron scattering techniques betaine calcium chloride dihydrate (BCCD), a dielectric aperiodic crystal which displays a Devil's staircase type phase diagram made up of several incommensurate and commensurate phases, having a range of stability very sensitive to temperature, electric field and hydrostatic pressure. We have measured a global hysteresis of δ(T) of about 2-3 K in the two incommensurate phases. A structural study of the modulated commensurate phases 1/4 and 1/5 allows us to evidence that the atomic modulation functions are anharmonic. The relevance of the modelization of the modulated structure by polar Ising pseudo-spins is then directly established. On the basis of group theory calculation in the four dimensional super-space, we interpret this anharmonic modulation as a soliton regime with respect to the lowest-temperature non modulated ferroelectric phase. The continuous character of the transition to the lowest-temperature non modulated phase and the diffuse scattering observed in this phase are accounted for the presence of ferroelectric domains separated by discommensurations. Furthermore, we have shown that X-rays induce in BCCD a strong variation with time of irradiation of the intensity of satellite peaks, and more specifically for third order ones. This is why the 'X-rays' structural model is found more harmonic than the 'neutron' one. Under electric field applied along the vector b axis, we confirm that commensurate phases with δ = even/odd are favoured and hence are polar along this direction. We have evidenced at 10 kV / cm two new higher order commensurate phases in the phase INC2, corroborating the idea of a 'complete' Devil's air-case phase diagram. A phenomenon of generalized coexistence of phases occurs above 5 kV / cm. We have characterized at high field phase transitions between 'coexisting' phases, which are distinguishable from classical lock-in transitions. Under hydrostatic pressure, our results contradict

  11. Non-invasive near-field measurement setup based on modulated scatterer technique applied to microwave tomography

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    Memarzadeh-Tehran, Hamidreza

    The main focus of this thesis is to address the design and development of a near-field (NF) imaging setup based on the modulated scatterer technique (MST). MST is a well-known approach used in applications where accurate and perturbation-free measurement results are necessary. Of the possible implementations available for making an MST probe, including electrical, optical and mechanical, the optically modulated scatterer OMS was considered in order to provide nearly perturbation-free measurement due to the invisibility of optical fiber to the radio-frequency electromagnetic fields. The OMS probe consists of a commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) photodiode chip (nonlinear device), a short-dipole antenna acting as a scatterer and a matching network (passive circuit). The latter improves the scattering properties and also increases the sensitivity of the OMS probe within the frequency range in which the matching network is optimized. The radiation characteristics of the probe, including cross-polarization response and omnidirectional sensitivity, were both theoretically and experimentally investigated. Finally, the performance and reliability of the probe was studied by comparing measured near-field distributions on a known field distribution with simulations. Increased imaging speed was obtained using an array of OMS probes, which reduces mechanical movements. Mutual-coupling, switching time and shadowing effect, which all may affect the performance of the array, were investigated. Then, the results obtained by the array were validated in a NF imager by measuring the E-field distribution of an antenna under test (AUT) and comparing it with a simulation. Calibration and data averaging were applied to raw data to compensate the probes for uncertainties in fabrication and interaction between array/AUT and array/receiving antenna. Dynamic range and linearity of the developed NF imager was improved by adding a carrier canceller circuit to the front-end of the receiver. The

  12. Comparison, limitations and uncertainty of wet chemistry techniques, loss on ignition and dry combustion in soil organic carbon analysis

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    Ćirić, Vladimir; Manojlović, Maja; Belić, Milivoj; Nešić, Ljiljana; Švarc-Gajić, Jaroslava; Sitaula, Bishal K.

    2014-05-01

    Soil organic carbon (SOC) has an important role in natural processes (carbon cycle, global climate change and plant growth), agriculture, soil protection and biodiversity. Determination of SOC is usually based on the oxidation of soil organic matter (SOM). Many methods are available, each with advantages and disadvantages in terms of accuracy, costs, convenience and repeatability. Therefore, it is necessary to make a comprehensive overview in order to select appropriate method with the purpose of accurate SOC determination. Most errors in SOC stocks assessment and SOC monitoring occur due to differences in analytical approaches and procedures. This can be a key factor in making incorrect conclusions. The purpose of this research was to compare methods for SOC determination and highlight the strengths and weaknesses of individual methods. The research was conducted on soil samples collected from different soil types and different land uses of temperate region. The concentration of SOC in every sample was determined by the following methods: Tyrin's method, Tyrin's method without addition of AgSO4, Kotzmann's method, loss on ignition (LOI) method, Walkley-Black method, dry combustion by CHN analyzer with pretreatment with HCl and subtraction of volumetrically determined soil inorganic carbon (SIC) from dry combustion by CHN analyzer without pretreatment. Each of the applied methods demonstrated specific limitations. The average SOC concentration determined by different methods ranged from 16.1-28.5 g kg-1. It has been established that different methods for the determination of total SOC recovered 76-157% of SOC compared to the reference dry combustion method by CHN analyzer. The correlation coefficients between applied methods ranged from 0.74-0.98. The Tyrin's method without addition of AgSO4 can be recommended as the most suitable method for the determination of SOC, with mandatory use of the correction factor 1.14. For the purpose of reducing the difference

  13. Crevice chemistry estimation from bulk water chemistry

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    Since the first PWR plant in Japan started commercial operation in 1970, 22 plants are running in Japan as of the end of 1994. The main purpose of secondary water chemistry control is to minimize the corrosion possibility of the secondary system equipment, especially steam generators (SG). To achieve this objective, much effort has been concentrated on improving secondary water chemistry control. As a result of this effort, the recent secondary water chemistry in Japanese plants is well maintained in every stage of operation. However, to ensure and improve the reliability of SG, it is necessary to control crevice environments, which are located at tube/tube support plate intersections and under the sludge pile on the tube sheet. According to recent crevice monitoring examination results, the concentration behavior impurities in SG bulk water at the crevice is different for each species, and SG bulk water and crevice chemical compositions are not always equal. From these results, to control the crevice chemistry, improving bulk water chemistry control methods and a new type of molar ratio control index is needed. This paper introduces a brief summary of a recent crevice chemistry evaluation technique and bulk water chemistry control method, which is employed for crevice chemistry control, based on crevice monitoring examination results

  14. Acceptance and Mindfulness Techniques as Applied to Refugee and Ethnic Minority Populations with PTSD: Examples from "Culturally Adapted CBT"

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    Hinton, Devon E.; Pich, Vuth; Hofmann, Stefan G.; Otto, Michael W.

    2013-01-01

    In this article we illustrate how we utilize acceptance and mindfulness techniques in our treatment (Culturally Adapted CBT, or CA-CBT) for traumatized refugees and ethnic minority populations. We present a Nodal Network Model (NNM) of Affect to explain the treatment's emphasis on body-centered mindfulness techniques and its focus on psychological…

  15. A Technique of Two-Stage Clustering Applied to Environmental and Civil Engineering and Related Methods of Citation Analysis.

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    Miyamoto, S.; Nakayama, K.

    1983-01-01

    A method of two-stage clustering of literature based on citation frequency is applied to 5,065 articles from 57 journals in environmental and civil engineering. Results of related methods of citation analysis (hierarchical graph, clustering of journals, multidimensional scaling) applied to same set of articles are compared. Ten references are…

  16. Development of a superconductor magnetic suspension and balance prototype facility for studying the feasibility of applying this technique to large scale aerodynamic testing

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    Zapata, R. N.; Humphris, R. R.; Henderson, K. C.

    1975-01-01

    The basic research and development work towards proving the feasibility of operating an all-superconductor magnetic suspension and balance device for aerodynamic testing is presented. The feasibility of applying a quasi-six-degree-of freedom free support technique to dynamic stability research was studied along with the design concepts and parameters for applying magnetic suspension techniques to large-scale aerodynamic facilities. A prototype aerodynamic test facility was implemented. Relevant aspects of the development of the prototype facility are described in three sections: (1) design characteristics; (2) operational characteristics; and (3) scaling to larger facilities.

  17. Uranium exploration data and techniques applied to the preparation of radioelement maps. Proceedings of a technical committee meeting

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    The report reviews the advantage and pitfalls of using uranium exploration data and techniques as well as other methods for the preparation of radioelement and radon maps for baseline information in environmental studies and monitoring

  18. Complex chemistry

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    Kim, Bong Gon; Kim, Jae Sang; Kim, Jin Eun; Lee, Boo Yeon

    2006-06-15

    This book introduces complex chemistry with ten chapters, which include development of complex chemistry on history coordination theory and Warner's coordination theory and new development of complex chemistry, nomenclature on complex with conception and define, chemical formula on coordination compound, symbol of stereochemistry, stereo structure and isomerism, electron structure and bond theory on complex, structure of complex like NMR and XAFS, balance and reaction on solution, an organo-metallic chemistry, biology inorganic chemistry, material chemistry of complex, design of complex and calculation chemistry.

  19. Complex chemistry

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    This book introduces complex chemistry with ten chapters, which include development of complex chemistry on history coordination theory and Warner's coordination theory and new development of complex chemistry, nomenclature on complex with conception and define, chemical formula on coordination compound, symbol of stereochemistry, stereo structure and isomerism, electron structure and bond theory on complex, structure of complex like NMR and XAFS, balance and reaction on solution, an organo-metallic chemistry, biology inorganic chemistry, material chemistry of complex, design of complex and calculation chemistry.

  20. Prediction of Quality Features in Iberian Ham by Applying Data Mining on Data From MRI and Computer Vision Techniques

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    Daniel Caballero; Andrés Caro; Trinidad Perez-Palacios; Pablo G. Rodriguez; Ramón Palacios

    2014-01-01

    This paper aims to predict quality features of Iberian hams by using non-destructive methods of analys is and data mining. Iberian hams were analyzed by Magn etic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computer Vision Techniques (CVT) throughout their ripening process and physico-chemical parameters from them were also measured. The obtained data were used to create an initial database. Deductive techniques ofdata mining (multiple linear reg...

  1. Applied chemistry and environmental engineering for engineers. Manual for students and practicians. 2. ed.; Angewandte Chemie und Umwelttechnik fuer Ingenieure. Handbuch fuer Studium und betriebliche Praxis

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    Fessmann, J.; Orth, H.

    2002-07-01

    This is a practically oriented textbook for chemistry and environmental protection training of students of mechanical engineering, vehicle engineering, electrical engineering, space HVAc engineering etc. Students are also given useful information on the practical applications of chemistry and on environmental protection in industrial practice. The book also contains problem solutions for managing engineers in organizations of the metal and electrical branch who are confronted with chemical problems in chemical engineering, quality assurance, industrial safety and environmental protection. [German] Das Handbuch vermittelt in konzentrierter Form die Grundlagen der Chemie und Umwelttechnik und schlaegt rasch die Bruecke zur industriellen Anwendung bevorzugt in der Metall- und Elektroindustrie. Das Handbuch ist ein praxisorientiertes Lehrbuch fuer die Chemie- und Umweltschutzausbildung von Ingenieurstudenten der Fachrichtungen Maschinenbau, Fahrzeugtechnik, Elektrotechnik, Versorgungstechnik u.a. Darueberhinaus finden Schueler von Chemieleistungskursen an Gymnasien oder Chemiestudenten an Fachhochschulen oder Universitaeten viele nuetzliche Informationen ueber die Anwendungen von Chemie und Umweltschutz in der industriellen Praxis. Nicht zuletzt enthaelt das Buch Problemloesungen fuer Betriebsingenieure, insbesondere aus dem Bereich der Metall- und Elektrobranche, die mit chemischen Fragestellungen in der Verfahrenstechnik, Qualitaetssicherung oder Arbeits-/Umweltschutzueberwachung konfrontiert sind. (orig.)

  2. Mathematical Chemistry

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    Trinajstić, Nenad; Gutman, Ivan

    2002-01-01

    A brief description is given of the historical development of mathematics and chemistry. A path leading to the meeting of these two sciences is described. An attempt is made to define mathematical chemistry, and journals containing the term mathematical chemistry in their titles are noted. In conclusion, the statement is made that although chemistry is an experimental science aimed at preparing new compounds and materials, mathematics is very useful in chemistry, among other things, to produc...

  3. Physics and Chemistry of Interfaces

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    Butt, Hans-Jurgen; Kappl, Michael

    2003-01-01

    Serving as a general introduction to surface and interface science, this book focuses on essential concepts rather than specific details, on intuitive understanding rather than learning facts. The text reflects the fact that the physics and chemistry of surfaces is a diverse field of research and shows this in its Interdisciplinary conceptual design. Once the most important techniques and methods have been introduced, readers will be able to apply simple models to their own scientific problems. Furthermore, manifold high-end technological applications from surface technology, biotechnology, or

  4. Proposal of requirements for performance in Brazil for systems of external individual monitoring for neutrons applying the TLD-albedo technique

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    This work presents a criteria and conditions proposal for the regulations in Brazil of individual monitoring systems for neutrons applying the albedo technique with thermoluminescent detectors. Tests are proposed for the characterization performance of the system based on the Regulation ISO 21909 and on the experience of the authors

  5. A practical approach for linearity assessment of calibration curves under the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) guidelines for an in-house validation of method of analysis.

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    Sanagi, M Marsin; Nasir, Zalilah; Ling, Susie Lu; Hermawan, Dadan; Ibrahim, Wan Aini Wan; Naim, Ahmedy Abu

    2010-01-01

    Linearity assessment as required in method validation has always been subject to different interpretations and definitions by various guidelines and protocols. However, there are very limited applicable implementation procedures that can be followed by a laboratory chemist in assessing linearity. Thus, this work proposes a simple method for linearity assessment in method validation by a regression analysis that covers experimental design, estimation of the parameters, outlier treatment, and evaluation of the assumptions according to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry guidelines. The suitability of this procedure was demonstrated by its application to an in-house validation for the determination of plasticizers in plastic food packaging by GC. PMID:20922968

  6. Mathematical problems for chemistry students

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    Pota, Gyorgy

    2011-01-01

    Mathematical Problems for Chemistry Students has been compiled and written (a) to help chemistrystudents in their mathematical studies by providing them with mathematical problems really occurring in chemistry (b) to help practising chemists to activate their applied mathematical skills and (c) to introduce students and specialistsof the chemistry-related fields (physicists, mathematicians, biologists, etc.) intothe world of the chemical applications.Some problems of the collection are mathematical reformulations of those in the standard textbooks of chemistry, others we

  7. Conference 'Chemistry of hydrides' Proceedings

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    This collection of thesis of conference of Chemistry hydrides presents the results of investigations concerning of base questions of chemistry of nonorganic hydrides, including synthesis questions, studying of physical and chemical properties, thermodynamics, analytical chemistry, investigation of structure, equilibriums in the systems of metal-hydrogen, behaviour of nonorganic hydrides in non-water mediums and applying investigations in the chemistry area and technology of nonorganic hydrides

  8. Applying the digital-image-correlation technique to measure the deformation of an old building’s column retrofitted with steel plate in an in situ pushover test

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    Shih-Heng Tung; Ming-Hsiang Shih; Wen-Pei Sung

    2014-06-01

    An in situ pushover test is carried out on an old building of Guan-Miao elementary school in south Taiwan. Columns of this building are seismically retrofitted with steel plate. The DIC (digital-image-correlation) technique is used to measure the deformation of the retrofitted column. The result shows that the DIC technique can be successfully applied to measure the relative displacement of the column. Additionally, thismethod leads to the measurement of relative displacements formany points on the column simultaneously. Hence, the column deformation curve, rotation and curvature can be determined using interpolation method. The resulting curvaturediagram reveals that the phenomenon of plastic hinge occurs at about 2% storey drift ratio, and that the DIC technique can be applied to measure column deformation in a full scale in situ test.

  9. A Comparison of Vicarious and Written Training Techniques Applied to Early Stimulation by Parents of Their Down Syndrome Babies.

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    Sanz, M. T.

    1996-01-01

    Compared effectiveness of vicarious and written training techniques to teach parents an early stimulation program for infants with Downs Syndrome. Found that infants whose parents were trained through observing a clinician stimulate their child had higher average developmental quotients in gross motor and language development between 6 and 24…

  10. Are U. S. Colleges and Universities Applying Marketing Techniques Properly and within the Context of an Overall Marketing Plan?

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    Goldgehn, Leslie A.

    1990-01-01

    A survey of 791 college admissions officers investigated the use and perceived effectiveness of 15 marketing techniques: publicity; target marketing; market segmentation; advertising; program development; market positioning; market research; access; marketing plan; pricing; marketing committee; advertising research; consultants; marketing audit;…

  11. X-diffraction technique applied for nano system metrology; Tecnica de difracao de raios X aplicada na metrologia de nanossistemas

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    Kuznetsov, Alexei Yu.; Machado, Rogerio; Robertis, Eveline de; Campos, Andrea P.C.; Archanjo, Braulio S.; Gomes, Lincoln S.; Achete, Carlos A., E-mail: okuznetsov@inmetro.gov.b [Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Normalizacao e Qualidade Industrial (DIMAT/INMETRO), Duque de Caxias, RJ (Brazil). Div. de Metrologia de Materiais

    2009-07-01

    The application of nano materials are fast growing in all industrial sectors, with a strong necessity in nano metrology and normalizing in the nano material area. The great potential of the X-ray diffraction technique in this field is illustrated at the example of metals, metal oxides and pharmaceuticals

  12. A Survey on Optimal Signal Processing Techniques Applied to Improve the Performance of Mechanical Sensors in Automotive Applications

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    Wilmar Hernandez

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper a survey on recent applications of optimal signal processing techniques to improve the performance of mechanical sensors is made. Here, a comparison between classical filters and optimal filters for automotive sensors is made, and the current state of the art of the application of robust and optimal control and signal processing techniques to the design of the intelligent (or smart sensors that today’s cars need is presented through several experimental results that show that the fusion of intelligent sensors and optimal signal processing techniques is the clear way to go. However, the switch between the traditional methods of designing automotive sensors and the new ones cannot be done overnight because there are some open research issues that have to be solved. This paper draws attention to one of the open research issues and tries to arouse researcher’s interest in the fusion of intelligent sensors and optimal signal processing techniques.

  13. Pedagogical Techniques and Student Outcomes in Applied Instrumental Lessons Taught by Experienced and Pre-Service American Music Teachers

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    Henninger, Jacqueline C.; Flowers, Patricia J.; Councill, Kimberly H.

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to examine the effect of teacher experience on student progress and performance quality in an introductory applied lesson. Nine experienced teachers and 15 pre-service teachers taught an adult beginner to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on a wind instrument. The lessons were videotaped for subsequent analysis of teaching…

  14. Stochastic techniques applied to the smoothing treatment of bias and compression of artificial satellite tracking and telemetry data

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    Orlando, V.

    1983-10-01

    Three procedures related with preprocessing of artificial satellite tracking and telemetry data, developed with the aid of stochastic techniques are presented. The first of them consists of a data smoothing procedure by curve fitting developed by the application of the Kalman filter combined with an adaptive technique of state noise evaluation. The second procedure, developed in order to allow an automatic treatment of bias errors in dynamics systems observation data, makes Kalman filter state estimation possible by direct processing of the bias errors corrupted observations. For this, a dynamic compensation scheme is used. Finally, the third procedure, classified as a data compression procedure, has the objective of obtaining, in certain conditions, a processing speed gain in Kalman filter applications to nonlinear dynamic systems state estimation. Validation tests of the procedures were made by digital computer simulation using simulated data related with a low altitude artificial satellite orbit.

  15. Technology Assessment of Dust Suppression Techniques Applied During Structural Demolition. Topical Report August1, 1995 - October 30, 1996

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    Hanford, Fernald, Savannah River, and other sites are currently reviewing technologies that can be implemented to demolish buildings in a cost-effective manner. In order to demolish a structure properly and, at the same time, minimize the amount of dust generated from a given technology, an evaluation must be conducted to choose the most appropriate dust suppression technology given site-specific conditions. Thus, the purpose of this research, which was carried out at the Hemispheric Center for Environmental Technology (HCET) at Florida International University, was to conduct an experimental study of dust aerosol abatement (dust suppression) methods as applied to nuclear D and D. This experimental study targeted the problem of dust suppression during the demolition of nuclear facilities. The resulting data were employed to assist in the development of mathematical correlations that can be applied to predict dust generation during structural demolition

  16. A spatial model with pulsed releases to compare strategies for the sterile insect technique applied to the mosquito Aedes aegypti

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    Evans, T. P. O.; Bishop, S.R.

    2014-01-01

    We present a simple mathematical model to replicate the key features of the sterile insect technique (SIT) for controlling pest species, with particular reference to the mosquito Aedes aegypti, the main vector of dengue fever. The model differs from the majority of those studied previously in that it is simultaneously spatially explicit and involves pulsed, rather than continuous, sterile insect releases. The spatially uniform equilibria of the model are identified and analysed. Simulations a...

  17. Applying Model-Based Techniques for Aerospace Projects in Accordance with DO-178C, DO-331, and DO-333

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    Eisemann, Ulrich

    2016-01-01

    The new standard for software development in civil aviation, DO-178C, mainly differs from its predecessor DO-178B, in that it has standard supplements to provide greater scope for using new software development methods. The most important standard supplements are DO-331 on the methods of model-based development and model-based verification and DO-333 on the use of formal methods such as model checking and abstract interpretation. These key software design techniques offer enormous potential f...

  18. Decision Technique of Solar Radiation Prediction Applying Recurrent Neural Network for Short-Term Ahead Power Output of Photovoltaic System

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    Atsushi Yona; Tomonobu Senjyu; Toshihisa Funabashi; Paras Mandal; Chul-Hwan Kim

    2013-01-01

    In recent years, introduction of a renewable energy source such as solar energy is expected. However, solar radiation is not constant and power output of photovoltaic (PV) system is influenced by weather conditions. It is difficult for getting to know accurate power output of PV system. In order to forecast the power output of PV system as accurate as possible, this paper proposes a decision technique of forecasting model for short-term-ahead power output of PV system based on solar radiatio...

  19. wavelet de-noising technique applied to the PLL of a GPS receiver embedded in an observation satellite

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    Dib Djamel Eddine; Djebbouri Mohamed; Taleb Ahmed Abddelmalik

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we study the Doppler effect on a GPS(Global Positioning System) on board of an observation satellite that receives information on a carrier wave L1 frequency 1575.42 MHz .We simulated GPS signal acquisition. This allowed us to see the behavior of this type of receiver in AWGN channel (AWGN) and we define a method to reduce the Doppler Effect in the tracking loop which is wavelet de-noising technique.

  20. wavelet de-noising technique applied to the PLL of a GPS receiver embedded in an observation satellite

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    Dib Djamel Eddine

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we study the Doppler effect on a GPS(Global Positioning System on board of an observation satellite that receives information on a carrier wave L1 frequency 1575.42 MHz .We simulated GPS signal acquisition. This allowed us to see the behavior of this type of receiver in AWGN channel (AWGN and we define a method to reduce the Doppler Effect in the tracking loop which is wavelet de-noising technique.

  1. Physically Based Preconditioning Techniques Applied to the First Order Particle Transport and to Fluid Transport in Porous Media

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    Rigley, Michael

    2014-01-01

    Physically based preconditioning is applied to linear systems resulting from solving the first order formulation of the particle transport equation and from solving the homogenized form of the simple flow equation for porous media flows. The first order formulation of the particle transport equation is solved two ways. The first uses a least squares finite element method resulting in a symmetric positive definite linear system which is solved by a preconditioned conjugate gradient method. The...

  2. Exploring techniques applied to select a candidate repository site for cesium-137 radioactive waste from the Goiania accident

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    A methodology covering aspects of geosciences such as geophysical, geochemical, hydrogeological, geotechnical and surface geological research, were applied to select a candidate site for caesium-137 waste deposition from the Goiania accident. Among the options one with the best characteristics was selected, located about 300 meters west from the provisional site. This article presents a summary of the studies involved. (B.C.A.). 10 refs, 01 fig, 02 tabs

  3. Digital filtering techniques applied to electric power systems protection; Tecnicas de filtragem digital aplicadas a protecao de sistemas eletricos de potencia

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    Brito, Helio Glauco Ferreira

    1996-12-31

    This work introduces an analysis and a comparative study of some of the techniques for digital filtering of the voltage and current waveforms from faulted transmission lines. This study is of fundamental importance for the development of algorithms applied to digital protection of electric power systems. The techniques studied are based on the Discrete Fourier Transform theory, the Walsh functions and the Kalman filter theory. Two aspects were emphasized in this study: Firstly, the non-recursive techniques were analysed with the implementation of filters based on Fourier theory and the Walsh functions. Secondly, recursive techniques were analyzed, with the implementation of the filters based on the Kalman theory and once more on the Fourier theory. (author) 56 refs., 25 figs., 16 tabs.

  4. Full Core modeling techniques for research reactors with irregular geometries using Serpent and PARCS applied to the CROCUS reactor

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    Highlights: • Modeling of research reactors. • Serpent and PARCS coupling. • Lattice physics codes modeling techniques. - Abstract: This paper summarizes the results of modeling methodologies developed for the zero-power (100 W) teaching and research reactor CROCUS located in the Laboratory for Reactor Physics and Systems Behavior (LRS) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). The study gives evidence that the Monte Carlo code Serpent can be used effectively as a lattice physics tool for small reactors. CROCUS’ core has an irregular geometry with two fuel zones of different lattice pitches. This and the reactor’s small size necessitate the use of nonstandard cross-section homogenization techniques when modeling the full core with a 3D nodal diffusion code (e.g. PARCS). The primary goal of this work is the development of these techniques for steady-state neutronics and future transient neutronics analyses of not only CROCUS, but research reactors in general. In addition, the modeling methods can provide useful insight for analyzing small modular reactor concepts based on light water technology. Static computational models of CROCUS with the codes Serpent and MCNP5 are presented and methodologies are analyzed for using Serpent and SerpentXS to prepare macroscopic homogenized group cross-sections for a pin-by-pin model of CROCUS with PARCS. The most accurate homogenization scheme lead to a difference in terms of keff of 385 pcm between the Serpent and PARCS model, while the MCNP5 and Serpent models differed in terms of keff by 13 pcm (within the statistical error of each simulation). Comparisons of the axial power profiles between the Serpent model as a reference and a set of PARCS models using different homogenization techniques showed a consistent root-mean-square deviation of ∼8%, indicating that the differences are not due to the homogenization technique but rather arise from the definition of the diffusion coefficients produced

  5. Applying the squeezing technique to highly consolidated clayrocks for pore water characterisation: Lessons learned from experiments at the Mont Terri Rock Laboratory

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    Highlights: • Critical assessment of the squeezing technique for pore water extraction in consolidated clayrocks. • Evolution of the chemistry of extracted water as a function of pressure. • Evaluation of artifacts on pore water composition. • Determination of the anion-accessible porosity by means of squeezing and leaching data. - Abstract: Knowledge of the pore water chemistry in clayrock formations plays an important role in determining radionuclide chemical speciation and migration in the context of nuclear waste disposal. Among the different in situ and ex situ techniques for pore water sampling in clay sediments and soils, the squeezing technique dates back 115 years. Although different studies have been conducted on the reliability and representativeness of squeezed pore waters, most of these involved high-porosity, high water content and unconsolidated clay sediments. Very few of them analysed squeezed pore water from low-porosity, low water content and highly consolidated clayrocks. In this paper, a specially designed and fabricated one-dimensional compression, two-directional fluid flow cell was used to extract and analyse the pore water composition of Opalinus Clay core samples from Mont Terri (Switzerland) with water contents between 6.2 and 7.8 wt.%. A study of the influence of the squeezing pressure on the chemistry of the pore water was performed at pressures of up to 200 MPa. To validate and demonstrate the validity of the squeezing technique for obtaining reliable pore water, different tests were performed at various pressures and the squeezed waters were compared with those obtained by other methods, such as in situ collected borehole waters. The reproducibility and quality of the squeezing method was also checked, as well as different artifacts which could affect the reliability of the pore water data. The results show that the reproducibility of the technique is good and no membrane effect (ionic ultrafiltration, chemical fractionation

  6. Applying monitoring, verification, and accounting techniques to a real-world, enhanced oil recovery operational CO2 leak

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    Wimmer, B.T.; Krapac, I.G.; Locke, R.; Iranmanesh, A.

    2011-01-01

    The use of carbon dioxide (CO2) for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) is being tested for oil fields in the Illinois Basin, USA. While this technology has shown promise for improving oil production, it has raised some issues about the safety of CO2 injection and storage. The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) organized a Monitoring, Verification, and Accounting (MVA) team to develop and deploy monitoring programs at three EOR sites in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky, USA. MVA goals include establishing baseline conditions to evaluate potential impacts from CO2 injection, demonstrating that project activities are protective of human health and the environment, and providing an accurate accounting of stored CO2. This paper focuses on the use of MVA techniques in monitoring a small CO2 leak from a supply line at an EOR facility under real-world conditions. The ability of shallow monitoring techniques to detect and quantify a CO2 leak under real-world conditions has been largely unproven. In July of 2009, a leak in the pipe supplying pressurized CO2 to an injection well was observed at an MGSC EOR site located in west-central Kentucky. Carbon dioxide was escaping from the supply pipe located approximately 1 m underground. The leak was discovered visually by site personnel and injection was halted immediately. At its largest extent, the hole created by the leak was approximately 1.9 m long by 1.7 m wide and 0.7 m deep in the land surface. This circumstance provided an excellent opportunity to evaluate the performance of several monitoring techniques including soil CO2 flux measurements, portable infrared gas analysis, thermal infrared imagery, and aerial hyperspectral imagery. Valuable experience was gained during this effort. Lessons learned included determining 1) hyperspectral imagery was not effective in detecting this relatively small, short-term CO2 leak, 2) even though injection was halted, the leak remained dynamic and presented a safety risk concern

  7. DEVELOPMENT OF A TECHNIQUE TO DETERMINE THE 3D ELASTICITY TENSOR OF WOOD AS APPLIED TO DRYING STRESS MODELING

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    Aziz Laghdir; Yves Fortin; Carmen Mariella De la Cruz; Hernández, Roger E.

    2008-01-01

    The objective of this study was to develop an accurate and simple method for measuring the engineering coefficients of the 3D elasticity tensor of wood. A method using a semi-ring extensometer (SRE) and a compression specimen (6-specimen technique) is proposed. The SRE is made of a semi-ring stainless steel blade pin-jointed to two aluminum fixing plates, and two resistance strain gauges bonded to the top and bottom faces of the blade at mid-span position. Groups of five matched compression s...

  8. Nuclear techniques (PIXE and RBS) applied to analysis of pre hispanic metals of the Templo Mayor at Tenochtitlan

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    This work has the objective of determining by means of the utilization of nuclear techniques (PIXE and RBS) the composition and the alloy type of diverse aztec ornaments corresponding to Post classic period, they were manufactured principally with copper and gold such as bells, beads and disks; all they belonging at 9 oblations of Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan. It is presented here briefly the historical and archaeological antecedents of the devices as well as the analytical methods for conclude with the results obtained. (Author)

  9. Combinatorial chemistry

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    Nielsen, John

    1994-01-01

    An overview of combinatorial chemistry is presented. Combinatorial chemistry, sometimes referred to as `irrational drug design,' involves the generation of molecular diversity. The resulting chemical library is then screened for biologically active compounds.......An overview of combinatorial chemistry is presented. Combinatorial chemistry, sometimes referred to as `irrational drug design,' involves the generation of molecular diversity. The resulting chemical library is then screened for biologically active compounds....

  10. Positronium chemistry

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    Green, James

    1964-01-01

    Positronium Chemistry focuses on the methodologies, reactions, processes, and transformations involved in positronium chemistry. The publication first offers information on positrons and positronium and experimental methods, including mesonic atoms, angular correlation measurements, annihilation spectra, and statistical errors in delayed coincidence measurements. The text then ponders on positrons in gases and solids. The manuscript takes a look at the theoretical chemistry of positronium and positronium chemistry in gases. Topics include quenching, annihilation spectrum, delayed coincidence

  11. Font hinting techniques and the importance of applying these techniques for high-quality display of fonts on the output device screen

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    Banjanin Bojan

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available In the era of contemporary and rapid way of life and with advancing digital technology, the display of electroniccontent on different types of portable devices becomes a part of everyday life. Whether it is on the screen of a TabletPC, mobile phone or e-book reader, the font needs to be designed in such a way that the displayed message isreceived and understood as easy and efficiently as possible.When it comes to digital font, intended for display on screen, it is necessary to take into account the properties ofthe output device and font size to be used. Since the text is intended for display on small screens (especially in caseof portable devices, the used font should be adapted to such conditions, namely, it should be designed so as to bereadable and legible even at small sizes and at different resolutions of the device.The integral part of contemporary outline fonts are additional instructions on how rasterizer is to render letters atlower resolutions and lower font sizes. These instructions are known as hints, or hint mechanisms, and the processof defining these instructions is called hinting.The aim of this paper is to provide a theoretical basis for understanding the issues of the display of small sizes fontson screen. The paper will also elaborate the hinting techniques with emphasis on TrueType hint mechanisms that aremost suitable for high-quality display on the output device screen, as well as some methods of automatic hinting.Theoretical basis introduced here, represent foundation on which further exploration will lay on. It is important forbroadening the knowledge in the field of rasterization and automatic hinting but also for finding new solutions forthe simpler and better hinting.

  12. Analytical Chemistry: A Literary Approach.

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    Lucy, Charles A.

    2000-01-01

    Provides an anthology of references to descriptions of analytical chemistry techniques from history, popular fiction, and film which can be used to capture student interest and frame discussions of chemical techniques. (WRM)

  13. Neutrongraphy technique applied to the narcotics and terrorism enforcement; Neutrongrafia aplicada no combate ao narcotrafico e ao terrorismo

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    Silva, Ademir X. da; Hacidume, Leo R.; Crispim, Verginia R. [Universidade Federal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-graduacao de Engenharia. Programa de Engenharia Nuclear

    1999-03-01

    Among the several methods of non-destructive essays that may be used for the detection of both drugs and explosives, the ones that utilize nuclear techniques have demonstrated to possess essential qualities for an efficient detection system. These techniques allow the inspection of a large quantity of samples fast, sensibly, specifically and with automatic decision, for they utilize radiation of great power of penetration. This work aims to show the neutron radiography and computed tomography potentiality for the detection of the drugs and explosives even when they are concealed by heavy materials. In the radiographic essays with thermal neutrons, samples of powder cocaine and explosives were inspected, concealed by several materials or not. The samples were irradiated during 30 minutes in the J-9 channel of the Argonauta research reactor of the IEN/CNEN in a neutron flux of 2:5 10{sup 5} n/cm{sup 2}.s. We used two sheets of gadolinium converter with a thickness of 25 {mu}m each one and a Kodak Industrex A5 photographic plaque. A comparative analysis among the tomographic images experimental and simulated obtained by X-ray, fast and thermal neutron is presented. The thermal neutron tomography demonstrate to be the best. (author)

  14. Técnicas quirúrgicas periodontales aplicadas a la implantología Periodontal surgical techniques applied to implantology

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    L Mateos

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available La similitud morfológica y funcional existente entre los tejidos periimplantarios y los tejidos periodontales ha permitido adaptar técnicas de uso habitual en periodoncia al campo de la implantologia. El manejo de los tejidos periimplantarios de forma correcta buscando como objetivo el mejorar el entorno periimplantario, tanto con fines estéticos como para facilitar el correcto mantenimiento, es una práctica habitual hoy en día en la terapia implantológica. El objetivo de este artículo es revisar la bibliografía referente a estos conceptos y las dístintas técnicas quirúrgicas empleadas en la terapia periodontal que han sido aplicadas en implantologia.Both periodontal and periimplant tissues share morphological and functional characteristics. This allows adapting common used periodontal techniques to the implantology. Nowadays, it is a normal practice to manage the soft periimplant tissues in a correct way, in order to improve the periimplant environment. The aim of this article is to make a literature review of all these concepts as well as the application of some periodontal techniques to the field of the implantology.

  15. Applying multivariate clustering techniques to health data: the 4 types of healthcare utilization in the Paris metropolitan area.

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    Thomas Lefèvre

    Full Text Available Cost containment policies and the need to satisfy patients' health needs and care expectations provide major challenges to healthcare systems. Identification of homogeneous groups in terms of healthcare utilisation could lead to a better understanding of how to adjust healthcare provision to society and patient needs.This study used data from the third wave of the SIRS cohort study, a representative, population-based, socio-epidemiological study set up in 2005 in the Paris metropolitan area, France. The data were analysed using a cross-sectional design. In 2010, 3000 individuals were interviewed in their homes. Non-conventional multivariate clustering techniques were used to determine homogeneous user groups in data. Multinomial models assessed a wide range of potential associations between user characteristics and their pattern of healthcare utilisation.We identified four distinct patterns of healthcare use. Patterns of consumption and the socio-demographic characteristics of users differed qualitatively and quantitatively between these four profiles. Extensive and intensive use by older, wealthier and unhealthier people contrasted with narrow and parsimonious use by younger, socially deprived people and immigrants. Rare, intermittent use by young healthy men contrasted with regular targeted use by healthy and wealthy women.The use of an original technique of massive multivariate analysis allowed us to characterise different types of healthcare users, both in terms of resource utilisation and socio-demographic variables. This method would merit replication in different populations and healthcare systems.

  16. Determination of photocarrier density under continuous photoirradiation using spectroscopic techniques as applied to polymer: Fullerene blend films

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    Kanemoto, Katsuichi, E-mail: kkane@sci.osaka-cu.ac.jp; Nakatani, Hitomi; Domoto, Shinya [Department of Physics, Osaka City University, 3-3-138 Sugimoto, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka 558-8585 (Japan)

    2014-10-28

    We propose a method to determine the density of photocarrier under continuous photoirradiation in conjugated polymers using spectroscopic signals obtained by photoinduced absorption (PIA) measurements. The bleaching signals in the PIA measurements of polymer films and the steady-state absorption signals of oxidized polymer solution are employed to determine the photocarrier density. The method is applied to photocarriers of poly (3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) in a blended film consisting of P3HT and [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). The photocarrier density under continuous photoirradiation of 580 mW/cm{sup 2} is determined to be 3.5 × 10{sup 16 }cm{sup −3}. Using a trend of the carrier density increasing in proportion to the square root of photo-excitation intensity, we provide a general formula to estimate the photocarrier density under simulated 1 sun solar irradiation for the P3HT: PCBM film of an arbitrary thickness. We emphasize that the method proposed in this study enables an estimate of carrier density without measuring a current and can be applied to films with no electrodes as well as to devices.

  17. Enhanced performance of CdS/CdTe thin-film devices through temperature profiling techniques applied to close-spaced sublimation deposition

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    Xiaonan Li; Sheldon, P.; Moutinho, H.; Matson, R. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)

    1996-05-01

    The authors describe a methodology developed and applied to the close-spaced sublimation technique for thin-film CdTe deposition. The developed temperature profiles consisted of three discrete temperature segments, which the authors called the nucleation, plugging, and annealing temperatures. They have demonstrated that these temperature profiles can be used to grow large-grain material, plug pinholes, and improve CdS/CdTe photovoltaic device performance by about 15%. The improved material and device properties have been obtained while maintaining deposition temperatures compatible with commercially available substrates. This temperature profiling technique can be easily applied to a manufacturing environment by adjusting the temperature as a function of substrate position instead of time.

  18. Restoration of badlands through applying bio-engineering techniques in active gully systems: Evidence from the Ecuadorian Andes

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    Borja, P.; Vanacker, V.; Alvarado, D.; Govers, G.

    2012-04-01

    A better insight in the processes controlling sediment generation, transport and deposition in badlands is necessary to enhance restoration of degraded soils through eco-engineering techniques. In this study, we evaluate the effect of different bio-engineering measures on soil and slope stability. Five micro-catchments (of 0.2 to 5 ha) were selected within a 3 km2 area in the lower part of the Loreto catchment (Southern Ecuadorian Andes). The micro-catchments differ only by land cover and degree of implementation of soil and water conservation measures. Bio-engineering techniques were used to construct dikes made of fascines of wooden sticks and earth-filled tires in active gully beds, where they are most efficient to reduce water and sediment transport. The experimental design consists of three micro-catchments within highly degraded lands: (DI) micro-catchment with bio-engineering measures concentrated in the active gully beds, (DF) with reforestation of Eucalyptus trees, and (DT) reference situation without any conservation measures. Two micro-catchments were monitored in agricultural lands with (AI) and without (AT) bio-engineering measures in the active gully beds. All catchments were equipped with San Dimas flumes to measure water flow, and sediment traps to monitor sediment export. In the (active) gully beds, various parameters related to gully stability (soil water content, bed elevation, vegetation cover, sedimentation/erosion) were monitored at weekly intervals. First results show that bio-engineering techniques are efficient to stabilize active gully beds through a reduction of the rapid concentration of excess rainfall and the sediment production and transfer. Fascines made of wooden sticks are far more efficient than earth-filled tires. Sediment deposition behind dikes is strongly dependent on precedent rainfall events, and the slope and vegetation cover of the gully floor. The sediment deposited facilitates colonization of the gully floor by native

  19. Mathematics for physical chemistry

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    Mortimer, Robert G

    2013-01-01

    Mathematics for Physical Chemistry is the ideal supplementary text for practicing chemists and students who want to sharpen their mathematics skills while enrolled in general through physical chemistry courses. This book specifically emphasizes the use of mathematics in the context of physical chemistry, as opposed to being simply a mathematics text. This 4e includes new exercises in each chapter that provide practice in a technique immediately after discussion or example and encourage self-study. The early chapters are constructed around a sequence of mathematical topics, wit

  20. Experiments in physical chemistry

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    Wilson, J M; Denaro, A R

    1968-01-01

    Experiments in Physical Chemistry, Second Edition provides a compilation of experiments concerning physical chemistry. This book illustrates the link between the theory and practice of physical chemistry. Organized into three parts, this edition begins with an overview of those experiments that generally have a simple theoretical background. Part II contains experiments that are associated with more advanced theory or more developed techniques, or which require a greater degree of experimental skill. Part III consists of experiments that are in the nature of investigations wherein these invest

  1. Improved general physical fitness of young swimmers by applying in the training process of endogenous hypoxic breathing techniques

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    Furman Y.M.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Purpose : to examine the effect of general physical preparedness of young swimmers in the body artificially created state hypercapnic normobaric hypoxia. Material : the study involved 21 swimmer aged 13-14 years with sports qualifications at third and second sports categories. Results : the original method of working with young swimmers. Studies were conducted for 16 weeks a year preparatory period macrocycle. The average value of the index on the results of general endurance races 800m improved by 2.80 %. 8.24 % increased speed- strength endurance and 18.77 % increased dynamic strength endurance. During the period of formative experiment performance speed, agility, static endurance, flexibility and explosive strength athletes first experimental group was not significantly changed. Conclusions : it was found that the use of the proposed technique provides statistically significant increase in overall endurance, speed strength endurance and dynamic strength endurance.

  2. Schlieren Visualization Technique Applied to the Study of Laser-Induced Breakdown in Low Density Hypersonic Flow

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    Experimental results on the visualization of the time evolution of the laser-plasma induced breakdown produced in low density hypersonic flow using the Schlieren technique are presented. The plasma was generated by focusing the high power laser pulse of a CO2 TEA laser in the test section of the IEAv 0.3m Hypersonic Shock Tunnel. An ultra-high speed electronic tube camera was used to register the event. The photographs reveal the expansion of the shock wave produced by the laser generated hot plasma and the convection of the plasma kernel by the hypersonic flow. It is also observed the interaction between the plasma disturbed region and the shock established by the flow around an hemisphere-cylinder model. A strong change in the shock wave structure near the model was observed, corroborating the DEAS concept

  3. Dutch Young Adults Ratings of Behavior Change Techniques Applied in Mobile Phone Apps to Promote Physical Activity: A Cross-Sectional Survey

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    Belmon, Laura S; Middelweerd, Anouk; te Velde, Saskia J.; Brug, Johannes

    2015-01-01

    Background Interventions delivered through new device technology, including mobile phone apps, appear to be an effective method to reach young adults. Previous research indicates that self-efficacy and social support for physical activity and self-regulation behavior change techniques (BCT), such as goal setting, feedback, and self-monitoring, are important for promoting physical activity; however, little is known about evaluations by the target population of BCTs applied to physical activity...

  4. Measuring the value of reduced health risks: the hedonic price technique applied on the case of radon radiation

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    The purpose of this study is to estimate the value of reduced health risks due to decreased radon radiation in single-family houses. The presence of radon - a radioactive gas - in houses is a serious health problem in Sweden. It is estimated that radon radiation will cause about 1100 cases of lung cancer each year during the 1990's. Estimates of the value of reducing radon radiation risks may be useful for cost-benefit analyses regarding, for instance, governmental policies concerning measures against radon radiation. By the aid of the hedonic price technique, the maximum willingness to pay of a household for a change from a radiation level higher than the former Swedish standard for radon radiation (400 Becquerel per cubic metre of air, Bq/m3) to a radiation level below this standard is estimated. The hedonic price technique is one of the methods designed for estimation of peoples valuation of non-market goods. It is argued that this study provides a good opportunity to try the usefulness of this valuation method. The estimation procedure employed in this study is based on a simplified version of a theoretical model described by Epple. The conclusion drawn after this comparison is that households that are not mitigating are likely to be those who think that the mitigation costs are high. It is also noted that if the existing governmental grants to mitigating households become more popular, they should have a large influence on the amount of mitigations, since they, in many cases, decrease mitigation costs to a level below households maximum willingness to pay for reduced radon radiation. (56 refs.) (au)

  5. Model Stacking (MOST) technique applied in cross-hole ERT field data for the detection of Thessaloniki ancient walls' depth

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    Leontarakis, Konstantinos; Apostolopoulos, George V.

    2013-06-01

    A cross-hole Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) study was undertaken near the center of Thessaloniki in order to detect the depth of the existing city walls in the planned route of the new city underground train. This cross-hole setup was used for a study of measurements with various electrode arrays in real urban field conditions to evaluate the resolution of the models which is produced by each array and the reliability of the models which is produced by the newly published "MOST" technique. The pole-tripole array (C2-C1P1P2) produces high resolution models, even when only borehole electrodes are used. The bipole-bipole C1C2-P1P2 array, when used for cross-hole measurements only, produces higher resolution models compared to the C1P1-C2P2 array, even with a lower signal-to-noise ratio, which can result in extremely high RMS error, when noise, systematic or not, must be faced. The models of both arrays are greatly improved by the use of surface electrodes. The pole-bipole array (C1-P1P2) is proved to be less accurate in imaging and quite unstable to the noisy urban environment and to systematic errors. Furthermore, the Model Stacking (MOST) interpretation technique leads to better results with models of greater resolution and fewer artifacts compared even with the combined data inversion. Finally, the ERT cross-hole analysis has been reliable in detecting the city walls.

  6. Whole brain approaches for identification of microstructural abnormalities in individual patients: comparison of techniques applied to mild traumatic brain injury.

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    Namhee Kim

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Group-wise analyses of DTI in mTBI have demonstrated evidence of traumatic axonal injury (TAI, associated with adverse clinical outcomes. Although mTBI is likely to have a unique spatial pattern in each patient, group analyses implicitly assume that location of injury will be the same across patients. The purpose of this study was to optimize and validate a procedure for analysis of DTI images acquired in individual patients, which could detect inter-individual differences and be applied in the clinical setting, where patients must be assessed as individuals. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After informed consent and in compliance with HIPAA, 34 mTBI patients and 42 normal subjects underwent 3.0 Tesla DTI. Four voxelwise assessment methods (standard Z-score, "one vs. many" t-test, Family-Wise Error Rate control using pseudo t-distribution, EZ-MAP for use in individual patients, were applied to each patient's fractional anisotropy (FA maps and tested for its ability to discriminate patients from controls. Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC analyses were used to define optimal thresholds (voxel-level significance and spatial extent for reliable and robust detection of mTBI pathology. RESULTS: ROC analyses showed EZ-MAP (specificity 71%, sensitivity 71%, "one vs. many" t-test and standard Z-score (sensitivity 65%, specificity 76% for both methods resulted in a significant area under the curve (AUC score for discriminating mTBI patients from controls in terms of the total number of abnormal white matter voxels detected while the FWER test was not significant. EZ-MAP is demonstrated to be robust to assumptions of Gaussian behavior and may serve as an alternative to methods that require strict Gaussian assumptions. CONCLUSION: EZ-MAP provides a robust approach for delineation of regional abnormal anisotropy in individual mTBI patients.

  7. Forensic Chemistry Training

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    Zuhal GERÇEK

    2012-01-01

    Increasing the types of terrorism and crime nowadays, the importance of the forensic sciences can be bett er understood. Forensic science is the application of the wide spectrum of science to answer the question of legal system. It contains the application of the principles, techniques and methods of basic sciences and its main aim is the determination of the physical facts which are important in legal situations. Forensic chemistry is the branch of chemistry which performs the chemical analy...

  8. Gas phase ion chemistry

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    Bowers, Michael T

    1979-01-01

    Gas Phase Ion Chemistry, Volume 2 covers the advances in gas phase ion chemistry. The book discusses the stabilities of positive ions from equilibrium gas-phase basicity measurements; the experimental methods used to determine molecular electron affinities, specifically photoelectron spectroscopy, photodetachment spectroscopy, charge transfer, and collisional ionization; and the gas-phase acidity scale. The text also describes the basis of the technique of chemical ionization mass spectrometry; the energetics and mechanisms of unimolecular reactions of positive ions; and the photodissociation

  9. On the formulation of species reaction rates in the context of multi-species CFD codes using complex chemistry tabulation techniques

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    Michel, Jean-Baptiste; Colin, Olivier; Angelberger, Christian [IFP, 1 et 4 Avenue de Bois Preau, F-92500 Rueil Malmaison (France)

    2010-04-15

    In the standard implementation of tabulated combustion models of the FPI or FGM type, the mean species mass fractions are read from look-up tables as functions of a progress variable, mixture fraction and their variances. In multi-species CFD codes however, the mean thermodynamic properties are deduced from the local mean species mass fractions. The unclosed mean source terms appearing in the latter's transport equations must then be given by the chemistry look-up tables. Two possible formulations for this mean source terms are discussed and compared in the present paper. In the reaction rate (RR) formulation, all mean reaction rates are directly read from a look-up table. In the mass fraction (MF) formulation, only the reaction rate for the progress variable is stored, and mean species source terms are constructed to relax the mean mass fractions towards the value stored in the look-up table. After a detailed description of in particular the MF formulation, simple a priori tests of auto-igniting reactors without convection and diffusion are used to illustrate and discuss the differences between the two formulations. Both formulations are then applied to a RANS simulation of the Cabra et al. burner in the context of a PCM-FPI and of an ADF-PCM model. The reported findings confirm the conclusions from the simple tests, highlighting the definitive advantages of the MF formulation. It ensures an accurate reproduction of auto-ignition delays, species evolutions and equilibriums, at the condition that the relaxation parameter is of the order of a characteristic chemical time. Finally, it is shown that the relaxation's effect is only a second order correction. (author)

  10. Comparison of partial least squares and lasso regression techniques as applied to laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy of geological samples

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    A remote laser-induced breakdown spectrometer (LIBS) designed to simulate the ChemCam instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory Rover Curiosity was used to probe 100 geologic samples at a 9-m standoff distance. ChemCam consists of an integrated remote LIBS instrument that will probe samples up to 7 m from the mast of the rover and a remote micro-imager (RMI) that will record context images. The elemental compositions of 100 igneous and highly-metamorphosed rocks are determined with LIBS using three variations of multivariate analysis, with a goal of improving the analytical accuracy. Two forms of partial least squares (PLS) regression are employed with finely-tuned parameters: PLS-1 regresses a single response variable (elemental concentration) against the observation variables (spectra, or intensity at each of 6144 spectrometer channels), while PLS-2 simultaneously regresses multiple response variables (concentrations of the ten major elements in rocks) against the observation predictor variables, taking advantage of natural correlations between elements. Those results are contrasted with those from the multivariate regression technique of the least absolute shrinkage and selection operator (lasso), which is a penalized shrunken regression method that selects the specific channels for each element that explain the most variance in the concentration of that element. To make this comparison, we use results of cross-validation and of held-out testing, and employ unscaled and uncentered spectral intensity data because all of the input variables are already in the same units. Results demonstrate that the lasso, PLS-1, and PLS-2 all yield comparable results in terms of accuracy for this dataset. However, the interpretability of these methods differs greatly in terms of fundamental understanding of LIBS emissions. PLS techniques generate principal components, linear combinations of intensities at any number of spectrometer channels, which explain as much variance in the

  11. Breast reconstructive techniques in cancer patients: which ones, when to apply, which immediate and long term risks?

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    Petit, J; Rietjens, M; Garusi, C

    2001-06-01

    Breast reconstruction is considered as part of the breast cancer treatment when a mastectomy is required. The techniques available today, allow reconstruction of the breast even in almost all the cases even in poor local conditions. In 60-70% of the cases, the reconstruction can be performed with an implant inserted behind the pectoralis muscle. Special implants called expanders, are inflatable progressively in the postoperative course thanks to a reservoir located subcutaneously. They provide a progressive distention of the teguments and a more natural shape after substitution of the expander with a definitive implant. The symmetry is usually obtained thanks to a contralateral plastic surgery, which allows at the same time histological check up of the glandular tissue of the opposite breast. The nipple areolar complex is usually reconstructed in a second stage under local anesthesia, using local flaps for the nipple and a tattoo for the colour of the areola. In 30% of the cases, especially after radiotherapy when a salvage mastectomy is required, a flap reconstruction is preferred. The autologous tissue reconstruction with the rectus myocutaneous flap gives excellent cosmetic results and the most natural shape for the breast. But it is a more demanding technique requiring a good experience. In some occasions, the reconstruction with the latissimus flap can also be autologous but usually requires the addition of prosthesis. In most cases, the reconstruction can be performed immediately. The delayed reconstruction is usually preferred when the adjuvant chemotherapy should be delivered as soon as possible after the mastectomy. Complications of the reconstruction such as local necrosis or infections, leading to implant removal or revision of the flap could be detrimental to the patient in delaying the start of the chemotherapy. It is not recommended to reconstruct the breast immediately in case of locally advanced breast cancer. Partial breast reconstruction using

  12. Modelling regional response of lakewater chemistry to changes in acidic deposition: the MAGIC model applied to lake surveys in southernmost Norway 1974-1986-1995

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    Full Text Available Two methods for modelling regional responses of lake water quality to changes in acidic deposition in southernmost Norway were examined. Both methods are based upon the MAGIC model but differ in mode of regional application; one uses site-specific while the other uses Monte-Carlo methods for model calibration. The simulations of regional responses from both methods were compared with observed responses based on data from three lake surveys in southernmost Norway conducted in 1974, 1986 and 1995. The regional responses of the two modelling approaches were quite similar and agreed well with the observed regional distributions of lakewater chemistry variables. From 1974 to 1986 the observed data indicated that despite a decline of approximately 10% in sulphate (SO4 deposition, the mean acid neutralizing capacity (ANC of lakes in southernmost Norway declined by approximately 6 μeq l-1. Both modelling approaches simulated no change or a very small decline in mean ANC for that period. From 1986 to 1995 the observed data indicated that, in response to an approximate 40% decline in SO4 deposition, the mean ANC of lakes in southernmost Norway increased by 11-16 μeq l-1. The modelling approaches simulated increases of 9-10 μeq l-1 in mean ANC for the same period. Both simulations and observations indicate that > 65% of lakes in southernmost Norway were acidic in 1974 and 1995. Both simulation methods predict that >65% of the lakes in southernmost Norway will have positive ANC values within 10 years of reductions of SO4 deposition to 20% of 1974 levels. Of the two regionalization methods the site-specific method appears preferable, because whereas the Monte-Carlo method gives results for a region as a whole, the site-specific method also reveals patterns within the region. The maintenance of a one-to-one correspondence between simulated and observed systems means that simulation results can be mapped for a geographically explicit presentation of model

  13. A Kalman-based deconvolution technique applied to ultrasonic imaging of fibrous composite hydrogen reservoirs: preliminary results

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    Composite reservoirs are common in high-pressure storage of gaseous hydrogen and the cryogenic storage of liquid hydrogen. These tanks are subjected to a lot of stresses that can result in the propagation of cracks than can alter their fiability and safety. It is then necessary to perform tests on these reservoirs to find and locate such defects. Non-destructive testing using ultrasounds is a valuable approach to perform this kind of task. Unfortunately, ultrasonic testing of fibrous composite structures is made difficult because of the noise caused by the diffraction of the emitted wave on the fibres. Due to an overlap between the emitted pulse and noise spectra, standard filters are not efficient to eliminate such structure noise; it is therefore difficult to image clearly the defects present in these structures. We propose a deconvolution technique based on the Kalman filter to detect the different echoes coming from the tested specimen in order to perform ultrasonic imaging of its structure. Preliminary results of C-scan type images obtained from the deconvolution are presented here. (author)

  14. A demonstration of ERTS-1 analog and digital techniques applied to strip mining in Maryland and West Virginia

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    Anderson, A. T.; Schubert, J.

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    The largest contour strip mining operations in western Maryland and West Virginia are located within the Georges Creek and the Upper Potomac Basins. These two coal basins lie within the Georges Creek (Wellersburg) syncline. The disturbed strip mine areas were delineated with the surrounding geological and vegetation features using ERTS-1 data in both analog (imagery) and digital form. The two digital systems used were: (1) the ERTS-Analysis system, a point-by-point digital analysis of spectral signatures based on known spectral values, and (2) the LARS Automatic Data Processing System. The digital techniques being developed will later be incorporated into a data base for land use planning. These two systems aided in efforts to determine the extent and state of strip mining in this region. Aircraft data, ground verification information, and geological field studies also aided in the application of ERTS-1 imagery to perform an integrated analysis that assessed the adverse effects of strip mining. The results indicated that ERTS can both monitor and map the extent of strip mining to determine immediately the acreage affected and indicate where future reclamation and revegetation may be necessary.

  15. New Techniques of LASS-ICPMS Depth Profiling Applied to Detrital Zircon from the Central Alps-Apennines System

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    Anfinson, O. A.; Smye, A.; Stockli, D. F.

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    Detrital zircon U-Pb age dating has become a widely used tool for determining sediment provenance in basins and orogenic systems. While traditional LA-ICPMS zircon geochronology is powerful, it has limitations when source regions are characterized by monotonous or non-diagnostic crystallization ages or by major sediment recycling and homogenization, leading to minimal zircon age variability. In the central Alps of Switzerland and Italy, for example, similar Cadomian, Caledonian, and Variscan zircons dominate with only minor Alpine ages. Samples collected from Oligocene-Miocene strata deposited in both the northern (Swiss Molasse) and southern (Apenninic foredeep) Alpine foreland basins document shifts in the relative abundance of Cadomian, Caledonian, Variscan and Alpine aged detrital zircon, but the exact source region and genesis of the grains remains poorly constrained based on zircon U-Pb age data alone. Laser Ablation Split Stream (LASS)-ICPMS depth profiling of detrital zircon allows for the simultaneous recovery of multiple ages and of chemical/petrogenetic data from single zircons, and has the potential to shed additional light on provenance. This study applies this approach to Oligocene-Miocene strata of the Swiss Molasse Basin and Apenninic foredeep. Recent advances in LA-ICPMS sample cell technology allow for reliable recovery of age and trace element data during progressive ablation into zircons. Decreased washout (rim-core relationships and REE/trace element abundances from grains of the major orogenic cycles, further constraining the provenance of these strata.

  16. New technique of insitu soil moisture sampling for environmental isotope analysis applied at 'Pilat-dune' near Bordeaux

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    A new soil-air suction method with soil water vapor adsorption by 4 A-molecular sieve provides soil moisture samples from various depths for environmental isotope analysis and yields soil temperature profiles. A field tritium tracer experiment shows that this insitu sampling method has an isotope profile resolution of about 5-10 cm only. Application of this method in the Pilat sand dune (Bordeaux/France) yielded deuterium and tritium profiles down to 25 meters depth. Bomb tritium measurements of monthly lysimeter percolate samples available since 1961 show that the tritium response has a mean delay of 5 months in case of a sand lysimeter and of 2.5 years for a loess loam lysimeter. A simple HETP model simulates the layered downward movement of soil water and the longitudinal dispersion in the lysimeters. Field capacity and evapotranspiration taken as open parameters yield tritium concentration values of the lysimeters' percolate which are in close agreement with the experimental results. Based on local meteorological data the HETP model applied to tritium tracer experiments in the unsaturated zone further yiels an individual prediction of the momentary tracer position and of the soil moisture distribution. This prediction can be checked experimentally at selected intervals by coring. (orig.)

  17. Flotation technique with coagulant and polymer application applied to the post-treatment of effluents from anaerobic reactor treating sewage.

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    This paper presents the results of a study performed with a lab-scale batch DAF unit fed with previously coagulated (with FeCl3 and/or cationic polymer) effluent from a pilot-scale expanded bed anaerobic reactor treating domestic sewage. The association between ferric chloride and polymers was studied, aimed at sludge reduction. Ferric chloride dosages ranging from 15 to 65 mg.l-1, and polymer dosages from 0.25 to 7.0 mg.l-1 were investigated. Flocculation conditions were kept constant: 20 min of time (Tf) and 80 s-1 of mean velocity gradient (Gf). Air requirement was kept to 19.0 g of air.m-3 wastewater, using 20% recycle ratio and saturation pressure at 450 kPa. When the anaerobic reactor was operating at steady state conditions, it was possible to reduce the FeCl3 dosage from 65 to 30 mg.l-1 after applying 0.4 mg.l-1 of non-ionic polymer, before the DAF process. For these dosages, 79% COD removal (residual of 23 mg.l-1), 86% total phosphate removal (residual of 0.9 mg.l-1) and 98% turbidity removal (residual of 2.6 NTU) were observed. Furthermore, the use of adequate polymer together with 30 mgFeCl3.l-1 leads to the production of high rising rate flocs. PMID:11575086

  18. Experimental measurement of noise-removal techniques for Compton backscatter imaging systems as applied to the detection of landmines

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    Wehlburg, Joseph C.; Keshavmurthy, Shyam P.; Dugan, Edward T.; Jacobs, Alan M.

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    The measurement and removal of noise from images created using lateral migration backscatter radiography (LMBR) a form of Compton backscatter imaging (CBI) is applied to the detection and identification of landmines. The photons that interact with the landmine produce the signal component of interest. The signal is corrupted by both quantum and structured noise. The structured noise is due to photon interaction with non-mine material. Due to the strong response of all detectors to soil surface features and other buried objects, image enhancement methods are essential for landmine identification. A four detector system is used to generate the LMBR/CB images. The inner two detectors are uncollimated and positioned to optimally detect first scattered photons. The outer detectors are collimated to detect photons that have had two or more scatterings. The difference between the collimated and uncollimated detector responses to the different types of landmine image masking phenomena, form the basis of the image enhancement and landmine identification procedures. The surface feature information is obtained by the uncollimated detectors. The collimated detector signal contains information about the surface features as well as the buried objects. Using images from these two sets of detectors the surface objects can be analyzed for possible landmines and then removed. The buried objects can then be resolved. The measurements and image enhancements demonstrate that it is possible to detect 12' plastic landmines at a buried of 3' under simulated battlefield conditions.

  19. The Application of SCC-DV-Xα Computational Method of Quantum Chemistry in Cement Chemistry

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    It has been explored why quantum chemistry is applied to the research field of cement chemistry. The fundamental theory of SCC-DV-Xα computational method of quantum chemistry is synopsized. The results obtained by computational quantum chemistry method in recent years of valence-bond structures and hydration activity of some cement clinker minerals, mechanical strength and stabilization of some hydrates are summarized and evaluated. Finally the prospects of the future application of quantum chemistry to cement chemistry are depicted.

  20. Spartans: Single-Sample Periocular-Based Alignment-Robust Recognition Technique Applied to Non-Frontal Scenarios.

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    Juefei-Xu, Felix; Luu, Khoa; Savvides, Marios

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, we investigate a single-sample periocular-based alignment-robust face recognition technique that is pose-tolerant under unconstrained face matching scenarios. Our Spartans framework starts by utilizing one single sample per subject class, and generate new face images under a wide range of 3D rotations using the 3D generic elastic model which is both accurate and computationally economic. Then, we focus on the periocular region where the most stable and discriminant features on human faces are retained, and marginalize out the regions beyond the periocular region since they are more susceptible to expression variations and occlusions. A novel facial descriptor, high-dimensional Walsh local binary patterns, is uniformly sampled on facial images with robustness toward alignment. During the learning stage, subject-dependent advanced correlation filters are learned for pose-tolerant non-linear subspace modeling in kernel feature space followed by a coupled max-pooling mechanism which further improve the performance. Given any unconstrained unseen face image, the Spartans can produce a highly discriminative matching score, thus achieving high verification rate. We have evaluated our method on the challenging Labeled Faces in the Wild database and solidly outperformed the state-of-the-art algorithms under four evaluation protocols with a high accuracy of 89.69%, a top score among image-restricted and unsupervised protocols. The advancement of Spartans is also proven in the Face Recognition Grand Challenge and Multi-PIE databases. In addition, our learning method based on advanced correlation filters is much more effective, in terms of learning subject-dependent pose-tolerant subspaces, compared with many well-established subspace methods in both linear and non-linear cases. PMID:26285149

  1. Analyses and Surveys on Urbanized Areas through MIVIS Techniques: Data Classification Applied to the City of Pomezia, Rome.

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    Lorenza Fiumi

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper is aimed at investigating, in an original and innovative manner, a portion of the territory of the Municipality of Pomezia (Rome by means of remotely sensed data. The airborne MIVIS (Multispectral Infrared and Visible Imaging Spectrometer imagery was acquired from an altitude of 1 500 m. In fact, the high spectral and good spatial resolution of the MIVIS sensor allowed to provide important information helping us study and better understand complex and diversified situations, such as anthropized areas. The site taken into consideration for this study belongs to the city of Pomezia. Founded more than 70 years ago, Pomezia, originated as rural suburb, has become an important industrial district of Lazio Region territory thanks to its location near Rome and to the fund for the development of Southern Italy. This led to a massive industrialization up to the 90s, a period when industrial activities and urban areas evolved very rapidly without, or in part without, a urban planning followed by a progressive de-industrialization process which is still under way. MIVIS data processing technique, through the classification of objects and materials within urban areas, allowed us to discriminate, with a good level of detail, the distribution of the different spectral classes. Moreover, from a first reading of the View Statistics Files, we can deduce considerations on the evolution of the territory, emphasizing some important environmental aspects, such as the diffuse waterproofing of soils. In fact, we can notice a situation of messy urban and industrial areas growth with high percentages of waterproofed surfaces that are impossible or difficult to reverse. This is a serious environmental issue which led to the loss of vegetation surfaces, increasing negative effects both on the biodiversity and landscape quality which bring about the dissipation of valuable resources, such as the soil, that will represent a serious concern for the environment in

  2. Exploration of Reform of Physical Chemistry Experiment Teaching in Cultivation of Applied Innovative Talents%改革物理化学实验教学培养应用型创新人才的探索

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    户敏; 邵晨; 田志壮; 董文惠; 陈敏; 陈秀菊

    2014-01-01

    Physical Chemistry Experiment was an important approach to cultivate applied innovative talents .The insufficiency of traditional experimental teaching mode and the requirement of reformation were discussed .To cultivate student ’ innovation ability and excellent quality was the main object of physical chemistry experiment .On the base of the exploration and practice on pre -course reading , teaching mode , teaching process , and examination in this course , the teaching quality was guaranteed , the students ’ innovation spirit was trained , and good results were got.%物理化学实验课是培养应用型创新人才的重要途径。本文分析了传统实验教学模式存在的弊端和改革的必要性,将培养学生创新能力和优良素质作为物理化学实验教学的主要目标,通过对课前预习、教学模式、教学过程、考核等诸方面进行了探索与实践,保证了教学质量,提高了学生的科研能力,培养了学生的创新精神,取得了良好的教学效果。

  3. Department of Nuclear Physical Chemistry

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    The research program at the Department of Nuclear Physical Chemistry of the Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics is described. The Department consist of three laboratories. First - Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Separation Processes on which the activity is concentrated on separation of radioactive isotopes from particle bombarded target. The main interest is production and separation of neutron deficient isotopes for medical diagnostic and therapy. The investigation program includes measurements of nuclear reaction cross sections,, band resolution technique, preparation of radioactive sources, detection of non-radioactive trace elements. An independent project on desulphurization of flue gases is also carried out in the Laboratory. In the second one - Laboratory of Chemistry and Radiochemistry - the systematic studies of physicochemical properties of transition elements in solutions are carried out. The results of the performed experiments were used for the elaboration of new rapid and selective methods for various elements. Some of these results have been applied for separation of trans actinide elements at U-400 cyclotron of JINR Dubna. The third one laboratory - Environmental Radioactivity Laboratory -conducts continuous monitoring of radioactivity contamination of atmosphere. The investigation of different radionuclides concentration in natural environment, mainly in the forest had been carried out. (author)

  4. The technique of factor analysis applied to the level of natural radioactivity determination in the basin Gediz, Turkey

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    The Gediz River originates in the vicinity of Kutahya and flows into the Aegean Sea near Izmir (Turkey). It is one of the main rivers of the Aegean Zone in Turkey. The basin Gediz stands between 38 deg 04 min to 39 deg 13 min north latitudes and 27 deg 48 min to 28 deg 04 min east longitudes. It is about 401 km long. The bedrock structure is a composite mainly of metamorphic and volcanic rocks of Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Neogene ages. In course of the detailed follow-up survey, sediment, soil and water samples were collected from 321 sites at a nominal density of one sample location per 1 km along the river starting from the confluence point with the sea of the river up to the Murat mountain (in Kutahya). In addition, field observations were recorded on cards suitable as a keypunch source document at river sample points. Sample number, location, predominant rock types; pH, Eh, specific conductivity of water; and gamma survey measurements were duly recorded. The concentrations of eU, eTh and %K in the sediment and soil samples; Ra in sediment, soil and water samples; and U in water samples were determined by gamma spectroscopy, collector chamber and fluorimetric methods, respectively. In the present study, the concentrations of eU, eTh, %K and Ra in sediment and soil samples; and the concentrations of Ra and U in water samples varied between 0.05-5.03 ppm, 0.30-17.10 ppm, % 0.01-3.51, 0.46-6.95 pCi/g and 0.10-7.54, 0.35-15.98, % 0.04-3.19, 0.75-5.86 pCi/g; 0.57-28.16 pCi/lt, 0.4-10.4 ppb, respectively. The purpose of the factor analysis (FA), which is one of the multivariate statistical methods, is the description of the observed variables in complex environmental compartments through summarising factors, which are often causally explainable. The technique of the factor analysis was used to describe the relationship among the variables in this work. Two factors were extracted and these were interpreted as the geological structure and the volcano. After their causes

  5. The rotary dual technique for total skin irradiation in the treatment of mycosis fungoides - a description of the applied method

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    Background: The aim of total skin electron irradiation in the therapy of mycosis fungoides is to obtain total or partial remission of the disease while concurrently lowering the toxicity level. Total skin electron radiotherapy should fulfill the EORTC requirements from the year 2002. Aim: The aim of this work is to present the rotary dual method for total skin electron irradiation used in the Great Poland Cancer Centre including its specific c technical and physical aspects. These aspects include the parameters and conditions for the treatment (geometrical conditions of the technique, homogeneity of the dose, patients positioning, additional fields and the method of dose fractionation), the absolute dosimetry (parameters and functions characterizing the electron irradiation beam used in the rotary dual method of the rotary dual method of the total skin electron irradiation) and in-vivo dosimetry conducted during the therapy with rotary dual fields, which allowed to control the dose distribution and to indicate additional skin areas, which should be irradiated with local fields. Materials/Methods: The rotary dual method of the Total Skin Electron Irradiation proposed by the author, is based on the combination of the two most frequently used methods: 1) six dual fields method and 2) rotary method. The original, calculation algorithm elaborated by the author was based on the two dimensional algorithm proposed by Podgorsak et al. Results: The new algorithm, proposed by the author takes into the changes in doses along the vertical and horizontal axis of the object. Moreover the elliptical; shape of the object proposed by the author, is more approximated to the shape of the patient than the cylindrical object proposed by Podgorsak et al. Discussion: Parameters used by authors: nominal energy - 6 MeV, mean energy at the skin surface - 2.8 MeV, values of the PDD (at the skin surface - 100 %, at the 4 mm - 83.6 % and at the 20 mm - 1.8 %), SSD - 300 cm, field size equal to

  6. Geomatics techniques applied to time series of aerial images for multitemporal geomorphological analysis of the Miage Glacier (Mont Blanc).

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    Perotti, Luigi; Carletti, Roberto; Giardino, Marco; Mortara, Giovanni

    2010-05-01

    The Miage glacier is the major one in the Italian side of the Mont Blanc Massif, the third by area and the first by longitudinal extent among Italian glaciers. It is a typical debris covered glacier, since the end of the L.I.A. The debris coverage reduces ablation, allowing a relative stability of the glacier terminus, which is characterized by a wide and articulated moraine apparatus. For its conservative landforms, the Miage Glacier has a great importance for the analysis of the geomorphological response to recent climatic changes. Thanks to an organized existing archive of multitemporal aerial images (1935 to present) a photogrammetric approach has been applied to detect recent geomorphological changes in the Miage glacial basin. The research team provided: a) to digitize all the available images (still in analogic form) through photogrammetric scanners (very low image distortions devices) taking care of correctly defining the resolution of the acquisition compared to the scale mapping images are suitable for; b) to import digitized images into an appropriate digital photogrammetry software environment; c) to manage images in order, where possible, to carried out the stereo models orientation necessary for 3D navigation and plotting of critical geometric features of the glacier. Recognized geometric feature, referring to different periods, can be transferred to vector layers and imported in a GIS for further comparisons and investigations; d) to produce multi-temporal Digital Elevation Models for glacier volume changes; e) to perform orthoprojection of such images to obtain multitemporal orthoimages useful for areal an planar terrain evaluation and thematic analysis; f) to evaluate both planimetric positioning and height determination accuracies reachable through the photogrammetric process. Users have to known reliability of the measures they can do over such products. This can drive them to define the applicable field of this approach and this can help them to

  7. Chemistry Division progress report for the period January 1, 1977 - December 31, 1980

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    The research and development work of the Chemistry Division of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay, during the period 1977-1980 is reported in the form of individual summaries under the headings: basic research including radiation chemistry, photochemistry, kinetic and electrochemical studies, ion exchange and sorption behaviour, chemistry of metal complexes (in particular, of uranium complexes), radiation damage in solids, heterogeneous catalysts, studies in magnetism, physical properties, solid state studies, theoretical studies, reactor related programmes (including reactor chemistry, lubricants and sealants, surface studies, water chemistry), applied research and development (including materials development, purification and analytical techniques, apolied radiation chemistry etc.), and instrumentation. Work of service facilities such as workshop, analytical se services, and repair and maintenance of instruments is described. Lists of training programmes, staff publications and divisional seminars, are given. At the end a sectionwise list of staff members is also given. (M.G.B.)

  8. Social Chemistry

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    International audience This article is both an essay to propose social chemistry as a new scientific discipline, and a preface of the book Environmental Chemistry for a Sustainable World. Environmental chemistry is a fast emerging discipline aiming at the understanding the fate of pollutants in ecosystems and at designing novel processes that are safe for ecosystems. Past pollution should be cleaned, future pollution should be predicted and avoided (Lichtfouse et al., 2005a). Such advices ...

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    Computational chemistry has come of age. With significant strides in computer hardware and software over the last few decades, computational chemistry has achieved full partnership with theory and experiment as a tool for understanding and predicting the behavior of a broad range of chemical, physical, and biological phenomena. The Nobel Prize award to John Pople and Walter Kohn in 1998 highlighted the importance of these advances in computational chemistry. With massively parallel computers ...

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    This book covers material that could be included in a one-quarter or one-semester course in bioinorganic chemistry for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students in chemistry or biochemistry. We believe that such a course should provide students with the background required to follow the research literature in the field. The topics were chosen to represent those areas of bioinorganic chemistry that are mature enough for textbook presentation. Although each chapter presents material...

  11. Technetium chemistry

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    Technetium chemistry is a young and developing field. Despite the limited knowledge of its chemistry, technetium is the workhorse for nuclear medicine. Technetium is also a significant environmental concern because it is formed as a byproduct of nuclear weapons production and fission-power generators. Development of new technetium radio-pharmaceuticals and effective environmental control depends strongly upon knowledge of basic technetium chemistry. The authors performed research into the basic coordination and organometallic chemistry of technetium and used this knowledge to address nuclear medicine and environmental applications. This is the final report of a three-year Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

  12. Magnetically applied pressure-shear : a new technique for direct strength measurement at high pressure (final report for LDRD project 117856).

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    Lamppa, Derek C.; Haill, Thomas A.; Alexander, C. Scott; Asay, James Russell

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    A new experimental technique to measure material shear strength at high pressures has been developed for use on magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) drive pulsed power platforms. By applying an external static magnetic field to the sample region, the MHD drive directly induces a shear stress wave in addition to the usual longitudinal stress wave. Strength is probed by passing this shear wave through a sample material where the transmissible shear stress is limited to the sample strength. The magnitude of the transmitted shear wave is measured via a transverse VISAR system from which the sample strength is determined.

  13. A handbook of nuclear water chemistry

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    This contents is divided three parts. The first part deals with chemistry which is related water nuclear energy. So it explains the role of water in atomic reactor including the basic properties of water, the oxide chemistry electricity chemistry, radiochemistry and measuring techniques of the quality of water in nuclear plant and radiation. The second part introduces technique of nuclear water chemistry, which explains purpose, definition and speciality of water chemistry in light-water reactor. The third part indicates application technology of water chemistry in nuclear energy including putting zinc in light-water reactor and technology of surveillance of leakage in steam generator.

  14. Evaluation of Applied Kinesiology meridian techniques by means of surface electromyography (sEMG: demonstration of the regulatory influence of antique acupuncture points

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The use of Applied Kinesiology techniques based on manual muscle tests relies on the relationship between muscles and acupuncture meridians. Applied Kinesiology detects body dysfunctions based on changes in muscle tone. Muscle tonification or inhibition within the test setting can be achieved with selected acupoints. These acupoints belong to either the same meridian or related meridians. The aim of this study is to analyze muscle sedation and tonification by means of surface electromyography. Methods Manual muscle tests were carried out using standard Applied Kinesiology (AK techniques. The investigation included basic AK procedures such as sedation and tonification with specific acupoints. The sedation and tonification acupoints were selected from related meridians according to the Five Elements. The tonification effect of these acupoints was also tested while interfering effects were induced by manual stimulation of scars. The effects of selective neural therapy, i.e. individually tested and selected anesthetic agent, for the treatment of scars were also studied. The characteristics of muscle action were documented by surface electromyographys (sEMG. Results The sEMG data showed a diminution of signal intensity when sedation was used. Graded sedation resulted in a graded diminution of signal amplitude. Graded increase in signal amplitude was observed when antique acupuncture points were used for tonification. The tactile stretch stimulus of scars localized in meridian-independent places produced diminution of signal intensity on a reference muscle, similar to sedation. These changes, however, were not corrected by tonification acupoints. Correction of these interferences was achieved by lesion specific neural therapy with local anesthetics. Conclusion We demonstrated the central working principles, i.e. sedation and tonification, of Applied Kinesiology through the use of specific acupoints that have an influence on manual

  15. Sol-Gel chemistry applied to the synthesis of Am-bearing cubic stabilised zirconia: reactivity and structure from solution to solid state

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    Full text of publication follows. In the frame of the transmutation of minor actinides, recent concepts of nuclear targets imply the elaboration of inert host phases. Wet chemical routes are under investigations for their synthesis as alternative ways to the powder metallurgy. The main advantages of these methods are a minimization of the dissemination of contaminating dusts when elaborating nuclear materials and a better accessibility to very homogenous compounds and interesting nano-structures. Among these routes, an innovative synthesis by sol-gel process is reported here to synthesize yttria-stabilised zirconia, an inert ceramic phase candidate for the transmutation of americium: (AmIII,YIII,ZrIV)O2-x. Starting from an initial solution containing Zr(IV), Y(III) and Am(III) [or Nd(III)], the main aim of this work is to adjust the reactivity of different metallic cations in aqueous media using a complexing agent, in order to initiate a favourable interaction for the repartition of homogeneous elements in the forming solid phase. Investigations on several complexing agents to control the reactivity of these cations with a view to making them react simultaneously have been performed. Among them, the use of acetylacetone led to the formation of a stable and monodisperse nano-particle dispersion under controlled conditions. The main reaction mechanisms implied in the sol formation were identified using different techniques: IR and UV-visible spectroscopies, quasi-elastic light scattering, electrokinetic measurements and potentiometric studies. The sol stabilisation may result from an original interaction between the three compounds (ZrIV, trivalent cations and acetylacetone): hydrous zirconia nano particles (homogenous in size and around 5 nm) are formed and stabilised by surface complexation with acac and trivalent cations. This sol corresponds to a structured system at the nanometer scale for which zirconium and trivalent cations are homogeneously dispersed, before

  16. Eleventh international symposium on radiopharmaceutical chemistry

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    This document contains abstracts of papers which were presented at the Eleventh International Symposium on Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry. Sessions included: radiopharmaceuticals for the dopaminergic system, strategies for the production and use of labelled reactive small molecules, radiopharmaceuticals for measuring metabolism, radiopharmaceuticals for the serotonin and sigma receptor systems, labelled probes for molecular biology applications, radiopharmaceuticals for receptor systems, radiopharmaceuticals utilizing coordination chemistry, radiolabelled antibodies, radiolabelling methods for small molecules, analytical techniques in radiopharmaceutical chemistry, and analytical techniques in radiopharmaceutical chemistry

  17. Eleventh international symposium on radiopharmaceutical chemistry

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    NONE

    1995-12-31

    This document contains abstracts of papers which were presented at the Eleventh International Symposium on Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry. Sessions included: radiopharmaceuticals for the dopaminergic system, strategies for the production and use of labelled reactive small molecules, radiopharmaceuticals for measuring metabolism, radiopharmaceuticals for the serotonin and sigma receptor systems, labelled probes for molecular biology applications, radiopharmaceuticals for receptor systems, radiopharmaceuticals utilizing coordination chemistry, radiolabelled antibodies, radiolabelling methods for small molecules, analytical techniques in radiopharmaceutical chemistry, and analytical techniques in radiopharmaceutical chemistry.

  18. Good chemistry

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    Petsko, Gregory A

    2004-01-01

    The subject matter in chemistry courses reflects almost nothing of the issues that chemists are interested in. It is important to formulate a set of topics - and a Medical College Admissions Test reflecting them - that would leave chemistry departments no choice but to change their teaching.

  19. Influencing College Chemistry Success through High School Chemistry Teaching

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    Tai, Robert H.; Sadler, Philip M.; Loehr, John F.

    2006-01-01

    The connection between high school chemistry pedagogical experiences and introductory college chemistry performance has been a topic researched in published science education literature since the 1920s. However, analysis techniques have limited the generalizability of these results. This review discusses the findings of a large-scale,…

  20. A Cooperative Chemistry Project: Chemsource.

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    Giles, Catherine Y.

    1994-01-01

    Chemsource is a set of instructional materials designed as a resource for high school chemistry teachers, particularly those not trained in the discipline. Materials consist of a videotape demonstrating both generic and science-specific teaching skills and a textbook on varied chemistry topics, including suggested teaching techniques and…