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  1. Dual power locomotives for North America; Zweikraft-Lokomotiven fuer Nordamerika

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    Bonsen, Georg zur; Schneider, Thomas; Zimmermann, Tobias; Koch, Fabian [Bombardier Transportation (Schweiz) AG, Propulsion and Controls, Zuerich (Switzerland)

    2009-11-15

    The ALP-45DP locomotive, which will be introduced in Canada and the USA, illustrates the functionality and benefits of the propulsion technology for dual power locomotives. This technology, which has been developed and tested in Switzerland and will be assembled in Germany, is particularly suited to meet high reliability, economy, flexibility and eco friendliness on track networks which are only partially electrified. (orig.)

  2. Designing a zero emissions power switch locomotive

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    Shapiro, J.; Hines, J. [National Instruments, Austin, TX (United States)

    2009-07-01

    In addition to providing electric power and drinking water in manned spacecraft, fuel cell power plants have provided safe, clean electric power to hospitals, universities and other facilities since the early 1990s. This paper described a zero emissions hydrogen and battery-powered hybrid switching locomotive designed for use in rail, port and military base applications. Designed in partnership with a consortium, the prototype hybrid switching locomotive is comprised of a number of proven commercial technologies and includes a control system developed by National Instruments. New applications for hydrogen fuel cell use in industrial vehicles were also discussed. The new design was scheduled for field testing at the end of 2008.

  3. 49 CFR 1242.60 - Locomotive fuel, electric power purchased/produced for motive power and servicing locomotives...

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 9 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Locomotive fuel, electric power purchased/produced for motive power and servicing locomotives (accounts XX-51-67, XX-51-68 and XX-51-69). 1242.60 Section...-Transportation § 1242.60 Locomotive fuel, electric power purchased/produced for motive power and servicing...

  4. Advanced underground Vehicle Power and Control: The locomotive Research Platform

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    Vehicle Projects LLC

    2003-01-28

    Develop a fuelcell mine locomotive with metal-hydride hydrogen storage. Test the locomotive for fundamental limitations preventing successful commercialization of hydride fuelcells in underground mining. During Phase 1 of the DOE-EERE sponsored project, FPI and its partner SNL, completed work on the development of a 14.4 kW fuelcell power plant and metal-hydride energy storage. An existing battery-electric locomotive with similar power requirements, minus the battery module, was used as the base vehicle. In March 2001, Atlas Copco Wagner of Portland, OR, installed the fuelcell power plant into the base vehicle and initiated integration of the system into the vehicle. The entire vehicle returned to Sandia in May 2001 for further development and integration. Initial system power-up took place in December 2001. A revision to the original contract, Phase 2, at the request of DOE Golden Field Office, established Vehicle Projects LLC as the new prime contractor,. Phase 2 allowed industry partners to conduct surface tests, incorporate enhancements to the original design by SNL, perform an extensive risk and safety analysis, and test the fuelcell locomotive underground under representative production mine conditions. During the surface tests one of the fuelcell stacks exhibited reduced power output resulting in having to replace both fuelcell stacks. The new stacks were manufactured with new and improved technology resulting in an increase of the gross power output from 14.4 kW to 17 kW. Further work by CANMET and Hatch Associates, an engineering consulting firm specializing in safety analysis for the mining industry, both under subcontract to Vehicle Projects LLC, established minimum requirements for underground testing. CANMET upgraded the Programmable Logic Control (PLC) software used to monitor and control the fuelcell power plant, taking into account locomotive operator's needs. Battery Electric, a South Africa manufacturer, designed and manufactured (at no cost

  5. Locomotion of chemically powered autonomous nanowire motors

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    Wang, Lin; Li, Longqiu; Li, Tianlong; Zhang, Guangyu; Sun, Qian

    2015-08-01

    Physical insights on the hydrodynamics and locomotion of self-propelled nanowire motor under nonequilibrium steady state are investigated using finite element method in accordance with hybrid molecular dynamics/multiparticle collision dynamics and rigid body dynamics. Nanowire motor is discretized into finite segments, and forces of solvent molecule acting on the motor are assumed to be the sum of forces acting on all segments of the motor. We show that the locomotion of nanowire motor is mainly determined by the imbalance forces acting on the catalytic and noncatalytic segments. The average velocity along the axis increases significantly as a function of time prior to reaching equilibrium. The length of nanowire motor shows negligible effect on the velocity of the motor. Preliminary experimental results are provided to validate the current model.

  6. Biodiesel fuel costs and environmental issues when powering railway locomotives

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    Mirza, Abdul; Ziemer, Norbert; Tatara, Robert; Moraga, Reinaldo; Mirman, Clifford; Vohra, Promod

    2010-09-15

    Issues for adopting biodiesel fuel, instead of petrodiesel, to power railroad locomotives are engine performance and emissions, fuel infrastructure, and fuel cost. These are evaluated for B2 through B100 blends. Biodiesel's solvent action on fuel systems is addressed. With biodiesel, hydrocarbon, carbon monoxide, and particulate emissions are unchanged or reduced. Nitrogen oxides are elevated but it is believed that engine alterations can minimize these emissions. A Transportation Model, using data from a major railway, has demonstrated that refueling depots can be fully supplied with biodiesel at a pricing premium of 1% to 26%, depending on blend and geographical location.

  7. 49 CFR 1242.67 - Switch crews; controlling operations; yard and terminal clerical; locomotive fuel; electric power...

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    2010-10-01

    ... terminal clerical; locomotive fuel; electric power purchased/produced for motive power; operating switches signals, retarders, and humps; and servicing locomotives (accounts XX-52-64, XX-52-65, XX-52-66, XX-52-59...; yard and terminal clerical; locomotive fuel; electric power purchased/produced for motive...

  8. Design and modeling of power system for a fuel cell hybrid switcher locomotive

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    Guo Liping, E-mail: lguo@niu.ed [Department of Engineering Technology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115 (United States); Yedavalli, Karthik; Zinger, Donald [Department of Electrical Engineering, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115 (United States)

    2011-02-15

    This paper discusses the design and modeling of power system for a fuel cell hybrid locomotive. Different types of fuel cells for appropriate application to locomotives were compared, fuel cell and auxiliary storage devices were modeled, and a control strategy for the overall system was developed in this paper. By using the proposed control strategy, the power control system regulates the sharing of power demand between fuel cell and auxiliary storage units including batteries and ultracapacitors. Experimental data of the power duty cycle of a typical switcher locomotive is analyzed. The proposed control system is tested using the experimental data. Results show that the control system is able to maintain output voltage from different power sources within a certain range, keep the state of charge of the batteries within an optimal range and meet power demand of the locomotive at a high efficiency.

  9. Design and modeling of power system for a fuel cell hybrid switcher locomotive

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    Guo, Liping [Department of Engineering Technology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115 (United States); Yedavalli, Karthik; Zinger, Donald [Department of Electrical Engineering, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115 (United States)

    2011-02-15

    This paper discusses the design and modeling of power system for a fuel cell hybrid locomotive. Different types of fuel cells for appropriate application to locomotives were compared, fuel cell and auxiliary storage devices were modeled, and a control strategy for the overall system was developed in this paper. By using the proposed control strategy, the power control system regulates the sharing of power demand between fuel cell and auxiliary storage units including batteries and ultracapacitors. Experimental data of the power duty cycle of a typical switcher locomotive is analyzed. The proposed control system is tested using the experimental data. Results show that the control system is able to maintain output voltage from different power sources within a certain range, keep the state of charge of the batteries within an optimal range and meet power demand of the locomotive at a high efficiency. (author)

  10. Practical experiments on an adsorption air conditioner powered by exhausted heat from a diesel locomotive

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    Lu, Y.Z.; Wang, R.Z.; Jianzhou, S.; Xu, Y.X.; Wu, J.Y. [Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China). Institute of Refrigeration and Cryogenics

    2004-05-01

    Experimental studies on the practical performance of an adsorption air conditioning system powered by exhausted heat from a diesel locomotive are presented. The system incorporates one adsorbent bed and utilizes zeolite-water as a working pair to provide chilled water for conditioning the air in the driver's cab of the locomotive. Performance tests under different running conditions have been carried out. Experimental results show that the suggested adsorption system is technically feasible and can be applied for space air conditioning of the locomotive driver's cab, except the case when the locomotive tracts a way train. The average refrigeration power ranging from 3.0 to 4.2 kW has been obtained under typical running conditions. (author)

  11. Development of Dual Power Multirotor System

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    2017-01-01

    .... This paper proposes a dual power multirotor system to combine a quadrotor using gasoline engines to provide major lift in shorter arm with another quadrotor using brushless DC motors to offer most...

  12. A training method for locomotion mode prediction using powered lower limb prostheses.

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    Young, Aaron J; Simon, Ann M; Hargrove, Levi J

    2014-05-01

    Recently developed lower-limb prostheses are capable of actuating the knee and ankle joints, allowing amputees to perform advanced locomotion modes such as step-over-step stair ascent and walking on sloped surfaces. However, transitions between these locomotion modes and walking are neither automatic nor seamless. This study describes methods for construction and training of a high-level intent recognition system for a lower-limb prosthesis that provides natural transitions between walking, stair ascent, stair descent, ramp ascent, and ramp descent. Using mechanical sensors onboard a powered prosthesis, we collected steady-state and transition data from six transfemoral amputees while the five locomotion modes were performed. An intent recognition system built using only mechanical sensor data was 84.5% accurate using only steady-state training data. Including training data collected while amputees performed seamless transitions between locomotion modes improved the overall accuracy rate to 93.9%. Training using a single analysis window at heel contact and toe off provided higher recognition accuracy than training with multiple analysis windows. This study demonstrates the capability of an intent recognition system to provide automatic, natural, and seamless transitions between five locomotion modes for transfemoral amputees using powered lower limb prostheses.

  13. Performance evaluation of the hydrogen-powered prototype locomotive 'Hydrogen Pioneer'

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    Hoffrichter, Andreas; Fisher, Peter; Tutcher, Jonathan; Hillmansen, Stuart; Roberts, Clive

    2014-03-01

    The narrow-gauge locomotive 'Hydrogen Pioneer', which was developed and constructed at the University of Birmingham, was employed to establish the performance of a hydrogen-hybrid railway traction vehicle. To achieve this several empirical tests were conducted. The locomotive utilises hydrogen gas in a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell power-plant to supply electricity to the traction motors or charge the on-board lead-acid batteries. First, the resistance to motion of the vehicle was determined, then operating tests were conducted for the speeds 2 km h-1, 6 km h-1, 7 km h-1, and 10 km h-1 on a 30 m straight, level alignment resembling light running. The power-plant and vehicle efficiency as well as the performance of the hybrid system were recorded. The observed overall duty cycle efficiency of the power-plant was from 28% to 40% and peak-power demand, such as during acceleration, was provided by the battery-pack, while average power during the duty cycle was met by the fuel cell stack, as designed. The tests establish the proof-of-concept for a hydrogen-hybrid railway traction vehicle and the results indicate that the traction system can be applied to full-scale locomotives.

  14. Powered exoskeletons for bipedal locomotion after spinal cord injury

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    Contreras-Vidal, Jose L.; Bhagat, Nikunj A.; Brantley, Justin; Cruz-Garza, Jesus G.; He, Yongtian; Manley, Quinn; Nakagome, Sho; Nathan, Kevin; Tan, Su H.; Zhu, Fangshi; Pons, Jose L.

    2016-06-01

    Objective. Powered exoskeletons promise to increase the quality of life of people with lower-body paralysis or weakened legs by assisting or restoring legged mobility while providing health benefits across multiple physiological systems. Here, a systematic review of the literature on powered exoskeletons addressed critical questions: What is the current evidence of clinical efficacy for lower-limb powered exoskeletons? What are the benefits and risks for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI)? What are the levels of injury considered in such studies? What are their outcome measures? What are the opportunities for the next generation exoskeletons? Approach. A systematic search of online databases was performed to identify clinical trials and safety or efficacy studies with lower-limb powered exoskeletons for individuals with SCI. Twenty-two studies with eight powered exoskeletons thus selected, were analyzed based on the protocol design, subject demographics, study duration, and primary/secondary outcome measures for assessing exoskeleton's performance in SCI subjects. Main results. Findings show that the level of injury varies across studies, with T10 injuries being represented in 45.4% of the studies. A categorical breakdown of outcome measures revealed 63% of these measures were gait and ambulation related, followed by energy expenditure (16%), physiological improvements (13%), and usability and comfort (8%). Moreover, outcome measures varied across studies, and none had measures spanning every category, making comparisons difficult. Significance. This review of the literature shows that a majority of current studies focus on thoracic level injury as well as there is an emphasis on ambulatory-related primary outcome measures. Future research should: 1) develop criteria for optimal selection and training of patients most likely to benefit from this technology, 2) design multimodal gait intention detection systems that engage and empower the user, 3) develop

  15. A remotely-controlled locomotive IC driven by electrolytic bubbles and wireless powering.

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    Hsieh, Jian-Yu; Kuo, Po-Hung; Huang, Yi-Chun; Huang, Yu-Jie; Tsai, Rong-Da; Wang, Tao; Chiu, Hung-Wei; Wang, Yao-Hung; Lu, Shey-Shi

    2014-12-01

    A batteryless remotely-controlled locomotive IC utilizing electrolytic bubbles as propelling force is realized in 0.35 μm CMOS technology. Without any external components, such as magnets and on-board coils, the bare IC is wirelessly powered and controlled by a 10 MHz ASK modulated signal with RS232 control commands to execute movement in four moving directions and with two speeds. The receiving coil and electrolysis electrodes are all integrated on the locomotive chip. The experiment successfully demonstrated that the bare IC moved on the surface of an electrolyte with a speed up to 0.3 mm/s and change moving directions according to the commands. The total power consumptions of the chip are 207.4 μW and 180 μ W while the output electrolysis voltages are 2 V and 1.3 V, respectively.

  16. Development of Dual Power Multirotor System

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    Chin E. Lin

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL aircraft has good flight characteristics and system performance without runway. The multirotor system has been tried to expand into larger size for longer endurance or higher payload. But the motor power to endurance ratio has been limited. Due to the specific energy of gasoline being much higher than battery, introducing gasoline engine into multirotor system can be considered. This paper proposes a dual power multirotor system to combine a quadrotor using gasoline engines to provide major lift in shorter arm with another quadrotor using brushless DC motors to offer most controllable force with longer arm. System design, fabrication, and verification of the proposed dual power multirotor system development are presented. Preliminary flights have achieved 16 kg payload for long endurance flight. This is useful for various applications with advanced improvements.

  17. The speed-curvature power law in Drosophila larval locomotion.

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    Zago, Myrka; Lacquaniti, Francesco; Gomez-Marin, Alex

    2016-10-01

    We report the discovery that the locomotor trajectories of Drosophila larvae follow the power-law relationship between speed and curvature previously found in the movements of human and non-human primates. Using high-resolution behavioural tracking in controlled but naturalistic sensory environments, we tested the law in maggots tracing different trajectory types, from reaching-like movements to scribbles. For most but not all flies, we found that the law holds robustly, with an exponent close to three-quarters rather than to the usual two-thirds found in almost all human situations, suggesting dynamic effects adding on purely kinematic constraints. There are different hypotheses for the origin of the law in primates, one invoking cortical computations, another viscoelastic muscle properties coupled with central pattern generators. Our findings are consistent with the latter view and demonstrate that the law is possible in animals with nervous systems orders of magnitude simpler than in primates. Scaling laws might exist because natural selection favours processes that remain behaviourally efficient across a wide range of neural and body architectures in distantly related species. © 2016 The Authors.

  18. The speed–curvature power law in Drosophila larval locomotion

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    2016-01-01

    We report the discovery that the locomotor trajectories of Drosophila larvae follow the power-law relationship between speed and curvature previously found in the movements of human and non-human primates. Using high-resolution behavioural tracking in controlled but naturalistic sensory environments, we tested the law in maggots tracing different trajectory types, from reaching-like movements to scribbles. For most but not all flies, we found that the law holds robustly, with an exponent close to three-quarters rather than to the usual two-thirds found in almost all human situations, suggesting dynamic effects adding on purely kinematic constraints. There are different hypotheses for the origin of the law in primates, one invoking cortical computations, another viscoelastic muscle properties coupled with central pattern generators. Our findings are consistent with the latter view and demonstrate that the law is possible in animals with nervous systems orders of magnitude simpler than in primates. Scaling laws might exist because natural selection favours processes that remain behaviourally efficient across a wide range of neural and body architectures in distantly related species. PMID:28120807

  19. Development of an Environment-Aware Locomotion Mode Recognition System for Powered Lower Limb Prostheses.

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    Liu, Ming; Wang, Ding; Helen Huang, He

    2016-04-01

    This paper aimed to develop and evaluate an environment-aware locomotion mode recognition system for volitional control of powered artificial legs. A portable terrain recognition (TR) module, consisting of an inertia measurement unit and a laser distance meter, was built to identify the type of terrain in front of the wearer while walking. A decision tree was used to classify the terrain types and provide either coarse or refined information about the walking environment. Then, the obtained environmental information was modeled as a priori probability and was integrated with a neuromuscular-mechanical-fusion-based locomotion mode (LM) recognition system. The designed TR module and environmental-aware LM recognition system was evaluated separately on able-bodied subjects and a transfemoral amputee online. The results showed that the TR module provided high quality environmental information: TR accuracy is above 98% and terrain transitions are detected over 500 ms before the time required to switch the prosthesis control mode. This enabled smooth locomotion mode transitions for the wearers. The obtained environmental information further improved the performance of LM recognition system, regardless of whether coarse or refined information was used. In addition, the environment-aware LM recognition system produced reliable online performance when the TR output was relatively noisy, which indicated the potential of this system to operate in unconstructed environment. This paper demonstrated that environmental information should be considered for operating wearable lower limb robotic devices, such as prosthetics and orthotics.

  20. Dual voltage power supply with 48 volt

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    Froeschl, Joachim; Proebstle, Hartmut; Sirch, Ottmar [BMW Group, Muenchen (Germany)

    2012-11-01

    Automotive electrics/electronics have just reached a period of tremendous change. High voltage systems for Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid or Battery Electric Vehicles with high power electric motors, high energy accumulators and electric climate compressors will be introduced in order to achieve the challenging targets for CO{sub 2} emissions and energy efficiency and to anticipate the mobility of the future. Additionally, innovations and the continuous increase of functionality for comfort, safety, driver assistance and infotainment systems require more and more electrical power of the vehicle power supply at all. On the one hand side electrified vehicles will certainly achieve a significant market share, on the other hand side they will increase the pressure to conventional vehicles with combustion engines for fuel consumption and CO{sub 2} emissions. These vehicles will be enabled to keep their competitiveness by new functions and the optimization of their electric systems. A dual voltage power supply with 48 Volt and 12 Volt will be one of the key technologies to realize these requirements. The power capability of the existing 12 Volt power supply has reached its limits. Further potentials can only be admitted by the introduction of 48 Volt. For this reason the car manufacturers Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen started very early on this item and developed a common specification of the new voltage range. Now, it is necessary to identify the probable systems at this voltage range and to start the developments. (orig.)

  1. Feasibility study for SOFC-GT hybrid locomotive power part II. System packaging and operating route simulation

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    Martinez, Andrew S.; Brouwer, Jacob; Samuelsen, G. Scott

    2012-09-01

    This work assesses the feasibility of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell-Gas Turbine (SOFC-GT) hybrid power systems for use as the prime mover in freight locomotives. The available space in a diesel engine-powered locomotive is compared to that required for an SOFC-GT system, inclusive of fuel processing systems necessary for the SOFC-GT. The SOFC-GT space requirement is found to be similar to current diesel engines, without consideration of the electrical balance of plant. Preliminary design of the system layout within the locomotive is carried out for illustration. Recent advances in SOFC technology and implications of future improvements are discussed as well. A previously-developed FORTRAN model of an SOFC-GT system is then augmented to simulate the kinematics and power notching of a train and its locomotives. The operation of the SOFC-GT-powered train is investigated along a representative route in Southern California, with simulations presented for diesel reformate as well as natural gas reformate and hydrogen as fuels. Operational parameters and difficulties are explored as are comparisons of expected system performance to modern diesel engines. It is found that even in the diesel case, the SOFC-GT system provides significant savings in fuel and CO2 emissions, making it an attractive option for the rail industry.

  2. A Maximum Efficiency Point Tracking Control Scheme Based on Different Cross Coupling of Dual-Receiver Inductive Power Transfer System

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    Ruikun Mai

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available One of the most promising inductive power transfer applications is the wireless power supply for locomotives which may cancel the need for pantographs. In order to meet the dynamic and high power demands of wireless power supplies for locomotives, a relatively long transmitter track and multiple receivers are usually adopted. However, during the dynamic charging, the mutual inductances between the transmitter and receivers vary and the load of the locomotives also changes randomly, which dramatically affects the system efficiency. A maximum efficiency point tracking control scheme is proposed to improve the system efficiency against the variation of the load and the mutual inductances between the transmitter and receivers while considering the cross coupling between receivers. Firstly, a detailed theoretical analysis on dual receivers is carried out. Then a control scheme with three control loops is proposed to regulate the receiver currents to be the same, to regulate the output voltage and to search for the maximum efficiency point. Finally, a 2 kW prototype is established to validate the performance of the proposed method. The overall system efficiency (DC-DC efficiency reaches 90.6% at rated power and is improved by 5.8% with the proposed method under light load compared with the traditional constant output voltage control method.

  3. Comparison of mechanical drive concepts for high power ac-traction locomotives; Vergleich mechanischer Antriebskonzepte fuer Drehstrom-Hochleistungslokomotiven

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    Koerner, O. [Siemens AG, Nuernberg (Germany). A und D LD T D2

    2004-11-01

    Due to the recent progress with rare earth magnets, a direct drive based on a permanent magnetic synchronous machine could be employed in high power locomotives. An unsprung and a partially suspended direct drive are compared by the criteria of complexity, costs, vertical wheel-rail forces and dynamic loads on the drive with a conventional cardan hollow shaft drive and a nose suspended drive. (orig.)

  4. High Power Combiner/Divider Design for Dual Band RF Power Amplifiers

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    Flattery, Kyle; Amin, Shoaib; Rönnow, Daniel; Mahamat, Yaya; Eroglu, Abdullah

    2015-01-01

    Design of low loss with an enhanced thermal profile power divider/combiner for high power dual-band Radio Frequency (RF) power amplifier applications is given. The practical implementation, low loss and substrate characteristics make this type of combiner ideal for high power microwave applications.  The combiner operational frequencies are chosen to operate at 900 MHz and 2.14 GHz, which are common frequencies for concurrent dual band RF power amplifiers. The analytical results are verified ...

  5. Dual Mode Low Power Hall Thruster Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Sample and return missions desire and missions like Saturn Observer require a low power Hall thruster that can operate at high thrust to power as well as high...

  6. 混合动力牵引调车机车的研发%Development of Hybrid Power Traction Shunting Locomotive

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    叶顶康; 彭长福; 刘顺国; 任聪

    2012-01-01

    Concept and prototype structure performance of hybrid power traction shunting locomotive were expounded, emphasis on prototype development contents, technic measures, oil-saving and emission reduction effect and oil-saving test. By both calculation evaluation and test verification, hybrid power technology was proved realized the dual targets of energy high-efficiency and cyclic usage. Achievements of prototype developing were summarized.%阐述了混合动力牵引调车机车的概念和样车的结构性能,重点论述了样车主要研制内容及技术措施、节油减排效果、节油试验情况,从评估计算和试验验证两方面论证了混合动力技术能实现能量高效利用和循环利用的双重目标,总结了样车的研制成果.

  7. Dual Decomposition for Large-Scale Power Balancing

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    Halvgaard, Rasmus; Jørgensen, John Bagterp; Vandenberghe, Lieven

    2013-01-01

    Dual decomposition is applied to power balancing of exible thermal storage units. The centralized large-scale problem is decomposed into smaller subproblems and solved locallyby each unit in the Smart Grid. Convergence is achieved by coordinating the units consumption through a negotiation...

  8. Dual Band High Efficiency Power Amplifier Based on CRLH Lines

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    D. Segovia-Vargas

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we propose the use of Composite Right/Left Hand (CRLH and Extended Composite Right/Left Hand (ECRLH transmission lines for the design of dual band high efficiency power amplifiers working in CE class. The harmonic termination can be synthesized using the meta-lines is particularly suitable for CE class amplifiers, which have a termination not as sensitive to the third harmonic as F class amplifier. This paper presents the design procedure and the design equations. The nonlinear phase response of a CRLH and ECRLH transmission line has been utilized to design arbitrary dual-band amplifiers.

  9. Wind-powered wheel locomotion, initiated by leaping somersaults, in larvae of the southeastern beach tiger beetle (Cicindela dorsalis media.

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    Alan Harvey

    Full Text Available Rapid movement is challenging for elongate, soft-bodied animals with short or no legs. Leaping is known for only a few animals with this "worm-like" morphology. Wheel locomotion, in which the animal's entire body rolls forward along a central axis, has been reported for only a handful of animals worldwide. Here we present the first documented case of wind-powered wheel locomotion, in larvae of the coastal tiger beetle Cicindela dorsalis media. When removed from their shallow burrows, larvae easily can be induced to enter a behavioral sequence that starts with leaping; while airborne, larvae loop their body into a rotating wheel and usually either "hit the ground rolling" or leap again. The direction larvae wheel is closely related to the direction in which winds are blowing; thus, all our larvae wheeled up-slope, as winds at our study site consistently blew from sea to land. Stronger winds increased both the proportion of larvae wheeling, and the distance traveled, exceeding 60 m in some cases. In addition, the proportion of larvae that wheel and the distance traveled by wheeling larvae are significantly greater on smooth sandy beaches than on beach surfaces made rough and irregular by pedestrian, equestrian, and vehicular traffic. Like other coastal species of tiger beetles, C. dorsalis media has suffered major declines in recent years that are clearly correlated with increased human impacts. The present study suggests that the negative effects of beach traffic may be indirect, preventing larvae from escaping from predators using wheel locomotion by disrupting the flat, hard surface necessary for efficient wheeling.

  10. NONLINEAR CHARACTERIZATION OF CONCURRENT DUAL-BAND RF POWER AMPLIFIERS

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    Hui Ming; Liu Taijun; Ye Yan; Zhang Haili; Shen Dongya; Li Liang

    2012-01-01

    In this paper,the synchronous concurrent dual-band RF signal is used to drive the RF Power Amplifier (PA).The nonlinear characterization of a concurrent dual-band RF PA is discussed while two band signals in the dual-band are modulated by CDMA2000 and WCDMA signals.When the two band signals in the dual-band of the PA are modulated with the same signals,it is found that the nonlinearity of the PA can be expressed by any of the two corresponding baseband data.On the other hand,when the two band signals in the dual-band of the PA are modulated with two different signals,the PA nonlinearity cannot be characterized by any of the two corresponding baseband data.In this case,its nonlinearity has to be denoted by a composite signals consisting of the two baseband signals.Consequently,the requirements for the speed of the A/D converter can be largely reduced.The experimental results with CDMA2000 and WCDMA signals demonstrate the speed of the A/D converter required is only 30 M Sample Per Second (SaPS),but it will be at least 70 M SaPS for the conventional method.

  11. Modeling and Power Flow Analysis for Herringbone Gears Power Dual-Branching Transmission System

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    Yang, Xiaofang; Zhu, Yanxiang; Fang, Zongde; Gu, Jiangong

    Based on power dual-branching transmission system of herringbone gears, the mechanical structural model was established. This study represented the simplified algorithm to obtain its power flow situations through formulating the deformation compatibility condition for the linear relationship between the torque and transverse deformation of tooth surface and the torque equilibrium condition. Besides, the effects on the power flow of system were calculated under all kinds of the installation error and processing error of gear pairs. Finally, the power flow situations of dual branches were solved via Programming. A numerical example that illustrated the developed theory was provided. The research results can be applied to analyze the actual application of herringbone gears power split-path transmission system.

  12. Fuelcell Prototype Locomotive

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    David L. Barnes

    2007-09-28

    An international industry-government consortium is developing a fuelcell hybrid switcher locomotive for commercial railway applications and power-to-grid generation applications. The current phase of this on-going project addresses the practicalities of on-board hydrogen storage, fuelcell technology, and hybridity, all with an emphasis on commercially available products. Through practical evaluation using designs from Vehicle Projects’ Fuelcell-Powered Underground Mine Loader Project, the configuration of the fuelcell switcher locomotive changed from using metal-hydride hydrogen storage and a pure fuelcell power plant to using compressed hydrogen storage, a fuelcell-battery hybrid power plant, and fuelcell stack modules from Ballard Power Systems that have been extensively used in the Citaro bus program in Europe. The new overall design will now use a RailPower battery hybrid Green Goat™ as the locomotive platform. Keeping the existing lead-acid batteries, we will replace the 205 kW diesel gen-set with 225 kW of net fuelcell power, remove the diesel fuel tank, and place 14 compressed hydrogen cylinders, capable of storing 70 kg of hydrogen at 350 bar, on the roof. A detailed design with associated CAD models will allow a complete build of the fuelcell-battery hybrid switcher locomotive in the next funded phase.

  13. Nonlinear Compensation of Solar Array Simulators with Dual Power Regulation

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    Mizrah, E. A.; Tkachev, S. B.; Poymanov, D. N.; Fedchenko, A. S.

    2016-11-01

    During the tests of the spacecraft electrical systems there is a need for simulators of individual parts of the spacecrafts, in particular, solar array simulators (SAS). One of the topologies of medium and high power SAS simulators has dual control of consumed power and contains series or parallel connected linear and switching regulators. This topology allows to provide wide bandwidth and high efficiency, but the range of the resistance change of periodically switched SAS load is limited to the value of the stabilized attribute. Nonlinear compensator (NC) allows to reduce the average feedback voltage of the switching regulator in case of periodic load switching, which, in turn, allows to increase the average value of the stabilized attribute. The describing function method provides a mathematical description of the NC electrical circuit, which allows to select parameters of NC that eliminate the excitation of self-oscillation based on the SAS load switching frequency range and to study the switching regulator stability.

  14. SELF-DUAL PERMUTATION CODES OVER FORMAL POWER SERIES RINGS AND FINITE PRINCIPAL IDEAL RINGS

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    张光辉; 刘宏伟

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we study self-dual permutation codes over formal power series rings and finite principal ideal rings. We first give some results on the torsion codes associated with the linear codes over formal power series rings. These results allow for obtaining some conditions for non-existence of self-dual permutation codes over formal power series rings. Finally, we describe self-dual permutation codes over finite principal ideal rings by examining permutation codes over their component chain rings.

  15. Locomotive monitoring system using wireless sensor networks

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    Croucamp, PL

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Theft of cables used for powering a locomotive not only stops the train from functioning but also paralyzes the signalling and monitoring system. This means that information on certain locomotive's cannot be passed onto other locomotives which may...

  16. 基于混合动力型内燃机车主变流器的研制%Traction Converter Development of Hybrid-power Diesel Locomotive

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    饶沛南; 柴多; 张义

    2012-01-01

    介绍了混合动力型内燃机车主变流器的性能以及主要技术参数,通过动力蓄电池和柴油发电机共同实现机车牵引,解决传统内燃机车存在的不足.详细介绍该主变流器的工作原理及研发过程,阐述了主变流器的主要特点和创新点.%Performance and main technic parameters of hybrid-power diesel locomotive traction converters were introduced, which overcame shortages of traditional diesel locomotive by using both power battery and diesel generator for traction. Operating principle, development process, main characteristics and innovation of traction converters were described particularly.

  17. Undulatory Locomotion

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    Cohen, Netta

    2009-01-01

    Undulatory locomotion is a means of self-propulsion that relies on the generation and propagation of waves along a body. As a mode of locomotion it is primitive and relatively simple, yet can be remarkably robust. No wonder then, that it is so prevalent across a range of biological scales from motile bacteria to gigantic prehistoric snakes. Key to understanding undulatory locomotion is the body's interplay with the physical environment, which the swimmer or crawler will exploit to generate propulsion, and in some cases, even to generate the underlying undulations. This review focuses by and large on undulators in the low Reynolds numbers regime, where the physics of the environment can be much more tractable. We review some key concepts and theoretical advances, as well as simulation tools and results applied to selected examples of biological swimmers. In particular, we extend the discussion to some simple cases of locomotion in non-Newtonian media as well as to small animals, in which the nervous system, mo...

  18. Torsional locomotion

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    Bigoni, D.; Dal Corso, F.; Misseroni, D.; Bosi, F.

    2014-01-01

    One edge of an elastic rod is inserted into a friction-less and fitting socket head, whereas the other edge is subjected to a torque, generating a uniform twisting moment. It is theoretically shown and experimentally proved that, although perfectly smooth, the constraint realizes an expulsive axial force on the elastic rod, which amount is independent of the shape of the socket head. The axial force explains why screwdrivers at high torque have the tendency to disengage from screw heads and demonstrates torsional locomotion along a perfectly smooth channel. This new type of locomotion finds direct evidence in the realization of a ‘torsional gun’, capable of transforming torque into propulsive force. PMID:25383038

  19. Tunable, high-power, continuous-wave dual-polarization Yb-fiber oscillator.

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    Zeil, Peter; Pasiskevicius, Valdas; Laurell, Fredrik

    2015-06-29

    We demonstrate a high-power, dual-polarization Yb-fiber oscillator, by separately locking the two linear polarization states defined by slow and fast axis of a polarization-maintaining gain fiber with volume Bragg gratings. Dual-line lasing is achieved with a tunable wavelength separation from 0.03 to 2 THz, while exceeding output powers of 78 W over the entire tuning range, maintaining a high beam-quality with M(2)<1.2. With this laser configuration we achieve a peak-to-peak power variation of <1% for the dual-line signal and <3% for the individual signals.

  20. Locomotive energy savings possibilities

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    Leonas Povilas LINGAITIS; Lionginas LIUDVINAVIČIUS

    2009-01-01

    Economic indicators of electrodynamic braking have not been properly estimated. Vehicles with alternative power trains are transitional stage between development of pollution- free vehicles. According to these aspects the investigation on conventional hybrids drives and their control system is carried out in the article. The equation that allows evaluating effectiveness of regenerative braking for different variants of hybrid drive are given. Presenting different types of locomotive energy sa...

  1. Optimal uplink power control for dual connected users in LTE heterogeneous networks

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    Popovska Avramova, Andrijana; Wang, Hua; Dittmann, Lars

    2016-01-01

    In Dual Connectivity (DC), a User Equipment (UE) can be configured with two radio access nodes in order to aggregate the available resources at both nodes. As with dual connectivity each node has independent radio resource manage- ment, the maximum power allocation at the UE can be easily exceede...

  2. 机车空调电源的比较与分析%Comparison and Analysis of Locomotive Air-conditioner Power Supply

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    陈泽武

    2013-01-01

    总结了内燃机车、电力机车常用的空调电源的电路结构形式,简单探讨了空调电源电路的设计要点,并对电力机车的交直交与直交2种形式的空调电源电路进行了较为详细的对比分析,指出了各自的优点与不足;同时,介绍了机车空调电源变频调速的一般性原理,比较了定频与变频机车空调电源各自的优缺点.%Circuit structures of air-conditioner power supply for diesel locomotive and electric locomotive were summarized,and key points of air-conditioner power supply design were discussed.Two types of air-conditioner power supply circuit i.e.AC/DC/AC and DC/AC convert circuit were compared in detail,advantages and defects of which were pointed out.At the same time,principle of air-conditioner variable frequency speed regulation was introduced,as well as the characteristics of fix-frequency and vari-frequency air-conditioner was compared.

  3. The use of low power dual mode nuclear thermal rocket engines to support space exploration missions

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    Zubrin, Robert M.

    1991-01-01

    The evolution of dual mode concepts is presented, focusing on advantages and problems associated with both low and high temperature dual mode conversion systems. It is concluded that dual mode nuclear thermal rocket (NTR) systems using high temperature Brayton cycle conversion technology offer a high payoff enhancement of conventional NTR, with a comparatively minor increase of technological challenge. It is recommended that NTR engines be designed so that dual mode conversion systems can be attached to them in a modular way, thus enabling the production of electric power on all missions where it is needed.

  4. Laser Power Transmission Employing a Dual-Use Photovoltaic Concentrator at the Receiving End Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The proposed innovation is a wireless laser power transmission system employing a dual-use photovoltaic concentrator at the receiving end. Specifically, the laser...

  5. Laser Power Transmission Employing a Dual-Use Photovoltaic Concentrator at the Receiving End Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The proposed innovation is a wireless laser power transmission system employing a dual-use photovoltaic concentrator at the receiving end. Specifically, the laser...

  6. A Novel WPT System Based on Dual Transmitters and Dual Receivers for High Power Applications: Analysis, Design and Implementation

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    Yong Li

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Traditional Wireless Power Transfer (WPT systems only have one energy transmission path, which can hardly meet the power demand for high power applications, e.g., railway applications (electric trains and trams, etc. due to the capacity constraints of power electronic devices. A novel WPT system based on dual transmitters and dual receivers is proposed in this paper to upgrade the power capacity of the WPT system. The reliability and availability of the proposed WPT system can be dramatically improved due to the four energy transmission paths. A three-dimensional finite element analysis (FEA tool ANSYS MAXWELL (ANSYS, Canonsburg, PA, USA is adopted to investigate the proposed magnetic coupling structure. Besides, the effects of the crossing coupling mutual inductances among the transmitters and receivers are analyzed. It shows that the same-side cross couplings will decrease the efficiency and transmitted power. Decoupling transformers are employed to mitigate the effects of the same-side cross couplings. Meanwhile, the output voltage in the secondary side can be regulated at its designed value with a fast response performance, and the system can continue work even with a faulty inverter. Finally, a scale-down experimental setup is provided to verify the proposed approach. The experimental results indicate that the proposed method could improve the transmitted power capacity, overall efficiency and reliability, simultaneously. The proposed WPT structure is a potential alternative for high power applications.

  7. Pygmy locomotion.

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    Minetti, A E; Saibene, F; Ardigò, L P; Atchou, G; Schena, F; Ferretti, G

    1994-01-01

    The hypothesis that Pygmies may differ from Caucasians in some aspects of the mechanics of locomotion was tested. A total of 13 Pygmies and 7 Caucasians were asked to walk and run on a treadmill at 4-12 km.h-1. Simultaneous metabolic measurements and three-dimensional motion analysis were performed allowing the energy expenditure and the mechanical external and internal work to be calculated. In Pygmies the metabolic energy cost was higher during walking at all speeds (P stride frequency and the internal mechanical work were higher for Pygmies at all walking (P stride frequency (+9.45, SD 0.44% for Pygmies), which affected the mechanical internal work. This explains the observed higher total mechanical work of walking in Pygmies, even when the external component was the same. Most of the differences between Pygmies and Caucasians, observed during walking, tended to disappear when the speed was normalized as the Froude number. However, this was not the case for running. Thus, whereas the tested hypothesis must be rejected for walking, the data from running, do indeed suggest that Pygmies may differ in some aspects of the mechanics of locomotion.

  8. Locomotive energy savings possibilities

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    Leonas Povilas LINGAITIS

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Economic indicators of electrodynamic braking have not been properly estimated. Vehicles with alternative power trains are transitional stage between development of pollution- free vehicles. According to these aspects the investigation on conventional hybrids drives and their control system is carried out in the article. The equation that allows evaluating effectiveness of regenerative braking for different variants of hybrid drive are given. Presenting different types of locomotive energy savings power systems, which are using regenerative braking energy any form of hybrid traction vehicles systems, circuit diagrams, electrical parameters curves.

  9. Integrating Annotations into a Dual-Slide PowerPoint Presentation for Classroom Learning

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    Lai, Yen-Shou; Tsai, Hung-Hsu; Yu, Pao-Ta

    2011-01-01

    This study introduces a learning environment integrating annotations with a dual-slide PowerPoint presentation for classroom learning. Annotation means a kind of additional information to emphasize the explanations for the learning objects. The use of annotations is to support the cognitive process for PowerPoint presentation in a classroom. The…

  10. 49 CFR 212.215 - Locomotive inspector.

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    2010-10-01

    ... applicable sections of the Safety Glazing Standards (49 CFR part 223), Locomotive Safety Standards (49 CFR part 229), Safety Appliance Standards (49 CFR part 231) and Power Brake Standards (49 CFR part 232), to... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Locomotive inspector. 212.215 Section...

  11. Power Split Based Dual Hemispherical Continuously Variable Transmission

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    Douwe Dresscher

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we present a new continuously variable transmission concept: the Dual-Hemi Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT. It is designed to have properties we believe are required to apply continuously variable transmissions in robotics to their full potential. These properties are a transformation range that includes both positive and negative ratios, back-drivability under all conditions, kinematically decoupled reconfiguration, high efficiency of the transmission, and a reconfiguration mechanism requiring little work for changing the transmission ratio. The design of the Dual-Hemi CVT and a prototype realisation are discussed in detail. We show that the Dual-Hemi CVT has the aforementioned desired properties. Experiments show that the efficiency of the CVT is above 90% for a large part of the range of operation of the CVT. Significant stiction in the transmission, combined with a relatively low bandwidth for changing the transmission ratio, may cause problems when applying the DH-CVT as part of an actuator in a control loop.

  12. High power dual-wavelength tunable fiber laser in linear and ring cavity configurations

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    H. Ahmad; A. A. Latif; M. Z. Zulkifli; N. A. Awang; S. W. Harun

    2012-01-01

    We describe and compare the performances of two crucial configurations for a tunable dual-wavelength fiber laser,namely,the linear and ring configurations.The performances of these two cavities and the tunability in the dual-wavelength output varied from 0.8 to 11.9 nm are characterized.The ring cavity provides a better performance,achieving an average output power of 0.5 dBm,with a power fluctuation of only 1.1 dB and a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 66 dB.Moreover,the ring cavity has minimal or no background amplified spontaneous emission (ASE).

  13. Dual Wavelength High Power Double-Clad Ytterbium-Doped Fiber Laser

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    Moghaddam, M. R. A.; Harun, S. W.; Shahi, S.; Ahmad, H.

    A dual wavelength high power double-clad erbium/ytterbium-doped fiber laser with a narrowest spacing of 0.4 nm and a M2 value of close to unity is presented in the region of 1565 nm. This result can be realized with a significant improvement of the mode competition problem using a loop mirror as a comb filter. The wavelength region can also be varied using polarization controllers in the loop mirror. This dual-wavelength fiber laser with side mode suppression ratio (SMSR) of 40 dB is quite stable, and the output power variance is as low as 0.46 dB.

  14. Design and Implementation of Power Flow Control for a novel Dual Input DC-DC Converter

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    Taeed, Fazel; Ouyang, Ziwei; Nymand, Morten

    2014-01-01

    In this paper a control strategy for controlling the power flow from input voltage sources of a novel dual-input dcdc converter to the load is introduced. The converter can be used in renewable energy applications with two independent power sources. Firstly, the operation principle of the converter...... to control the power flow in the converter. The implemented controller in FPGA is low cost and simple. The complete system can be practically used in power management for renewable energy sources....... is outlined; then the control method for adjusting power sharing is proposed. In the next step, the controller is implemented in an FPGA, and then a 350W dual input converter is built to verify operation of the proposed control strategy. The experimental results show the excellent ability of the controller...

  15. 大功率机车静态称重系统的设计与实现%The design and implementation of high power locomotive static weighing system

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    张玉东; 伏滨; 高绍和; 杨纪富

    2015-01-01

    Articleabstract:To solve the problem after the new manufacture, use, repair of high power locomotive wheel load, axle load partial load problem, high-power locomotive static weighing system is designed and developed, the system through the detection of locomotive wheel load, axle load, heavy truck and vehicle weight, through computer processing to calculate the vehicle wheel load, axle load difference and unilateral lateral wheel weight difference, determine the plane of center of gravity of the locomotive, and can be calculated based on test result form guide adjustment scheme of locomotive wheel weight deviation, adjusting spring cushioned by the adjustment plan, so as to realize the locomotive wheel load, axle load balance.%为解决新制造、使用中、修理后的大功率机车轮重、轴重偏载问题,设计开发了大功率机车静态称重系统,该系统通过检测机车的轮重、轴重、转向架重及整车重量,经过计算机处理计算出车辆轮重差、轴重差以及单边侧轮重差,确定出机车的平面重心,并能依据检测结果计算形成指导机车轮重偏差的调整方案,依据调整方案进行调簧加垫,从而实现机车轮重、轴重均载平衡。

  16. Dual Power Supplies for PEP-II Injection Kickers

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    Olszewski, J; Decker, F.-J.; Iverson, R.H.; Kulikov, A.; Pappas, C.; /SLAC

    2005-05-25

    Originally the PEP-II injection kickers were powered by one power supply. Since the kicker magnets where not perfectly matched, the stored beam got excited by about 7% of the maximum kicker amplitude. This led to luminosity losses which were especially obvious for trickle injection when the detector is on for data taking. Therefore two independent power supplies with thyratrons in the tunnel next to the kicker magnet were installed. This also reduces the necessary power by about a factor of four since there are no long cables that have to be charged. The kickers are now independently adjustable to eliminate any non-closure of the kicker system and therefore excitation of the stored beam. Setup, commissioning and fine tuning of this system are discussed.

  17. A dual voltage control strategy for single-phase PWM converters with power decoupling function

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    Tang, Yi; Qin, Zian; Blaabjerg, Frede

    2014-01-01

    on a symmetrical half bridge circuit is proposed to decouple the ripple power so that balanced instantaneous power flow is assured between source and load, and the required dc-link capacitance can be dramatically reduced. For proper closed-loop regulation, the small signal modeling of the proposed system...... is presented, and a dual voltage control strategy is then proposed, which comprises one voltage loop implemented in the synchronous reference frame for active power balancing, and another one implemented in the harmonic reference frame for ripple power compensation. Special attention is given to the bandwidth...

  18. NOVEL COMPOSITE CVT SYSTEMS WITH DIVERGING AND DUAL-MODE CONVERGING POWER FLOW

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    Liu Shodao; Huang Xiangdong; Zhao Kegang; Luo Yutao

    2004-01-01

    A new type of composite CVT(continuously variable transmission) systems featured by power flow divergence and dual-mode convergence,capable of improving CVT's efficiency and power capacity or making AMTs(automated manual transmissions) become continuously variable,is studied.With specific mechano-mechanical and electromechanical composite CVT systems as detailed examples,its basic working principles are expatiated.General methods and key points in designing and realizing such systems are also analyzed and discussed.

  19. Electrokinetic Locomotion

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    Moran, Jeffrey Lawrence

    occurring in the interfacial layer near the particle/solution interface, which play a key role in the locomotion. The model enables one to understand how the rods' motion depends on the properties of their environment, such as hydrogen peroxide concentration, solution electrical conductivity, and solution viscosity. The numerical simulations are complemented with a scaling analysis based on the governing equations, which makes definite, verifiable predictions of these dependences. One of the most important trends that has been observed experimentally is the significant decrease in speed induced by adding sub-millimolar concentrations of inert electrolyte. It is important to understand the physical reasons for the electrolyte-induced speed decrease, in order to know whether it is fundamental to this propulsion mechanism, or if there is some feasible means to circumvent it. Successful completion of this research will result in an improved understanding of the capabilities, as well as the risks and limits of applicability, of the bimetallic nanomotors for applications in nanotechnology and nanomedicine. Potential applications of the rods include the targeted delivery of drugs in the human body, sensing of chemical impurities in drinking water, and as engines to drive fabrication of microscale structures.

  20. Electric Drive and Control System of CKD6E Hybrid Power Locomotive%CKD6E混合动力机车电传动及控制系统

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    何良; 姚晓阳

    2012-01-01

    对我国研制的首台节能环保型混合动力机车——CKD6E机车进行了介绍,对机车电传动电路、控制系统、工作方式进行了设计说明,提出了机车开发调试过程中的关键问题及解决措施,总结了混合动力机车区别于传统机车的特点,并提出了改进建议.%CKD6E locomotive, the China's first developed hybrid power locomotive with energy conservation and environmental protection, was introduced, and electric drive circuit, control system and working methods were illuminated. Key issues and solutions measures of the locomotive development and debugging process were proposed. In addition, hybrid power locomotive features different from the traditional were summarized, and improving countermeasures were proposed.

  1. A dual-rate optical transceiver for power-on-demand operation

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    Zuo, Yongrong; Kiamilev, Fouad; Wang, Xiaoqing; Gui, Ping; Wang, Xingle; Ekman, Jeremy; McFadden, Michael; Haney, Michael

    2005-03-01

    This work describes a dual-rate optical transceiver designed for power-efficient connections within and between modern high-speed digital systems. The transceiver can dynamically adjust its data rate according to the performance requirements, allowing for power-on-demand operation. To implement dual rate functionality, the transmitter and receiver circuits include separate high-speed and low-power datapath modules. The high-speed module is designed for gigabit operation and optimized to achieve the maximum bandwidth. A simpler low-power module is designed for megabit data transmission and optimized for low power consumption. The transceiver was fabricated with a 0.5μm Silicon-on-Sapphire (SOS) CMOS technology. The vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) and photodetector devices were attached to the transceiver IC using flip-chip bonding. A free-space optical link system was set up to demonstrate power-on-demand capability. Experimental results show reliable link operations at 2Gb/s and 100Mb/s data transfer rates with about 104mW and 9mW power consumption, respectively. The transceiver"s switching time between these two data rates was demonstrated at 10μs which was limited by on-chip register reconfiguration time. Improvement of this switching time can be obtained by using dedicated IO pads for dual-rate control signals. At the circuit level, the incorporation of dual rate functionality into a typical gigabit optical transceiver would require 255 additional MOS transistors.

  2. A dual band wireless power and data telemetry for retinal prosthesis.

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    Wang, Guoxing; Liu, Wentai; Sivaprakasam, Mohanasankar; Zhou, Mingcui; Weiland, James D; Humayun, Mark S

    2006-01-01

    Inductive coupling is commonly used for wireless power and data transfer in biomedical telemetry systems. The increasing demand on the performance of medical devices requires high data rate and high power efficiency at the same time. If only one radio frequency carrier is used, it is difficult to achieve both high data rate and high power efficiency due to the competing requirements on carrier frequency and system-Q of the power and data transmission. We propose a dual band telemetry system to implement power and data transmission using different frequencies by allocating lower frequency for power transmission and higher frequency for data transmission. However, the magnetic coupling between the power carrier and data carrier will affect the operation of both links. In this paper, this interference is analyzed and design equations are derived, which are used to design coils to maximize the data signal level received at the implant side. A prototype of dual band telemetry for a retinal prosthetic device has been built and experimental results show that both power and data can be transmitted and high data rate can be achieved without compromising the power transmission efficiency.

  3. Quality improvement of the dual-wavelength signals in DLOB via power equalization

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    TIAN Chang-yong; WU Chong-qing; SUN Guang-na; LI Xue; LI Zheng-yong

    2008-01-01

    The data packet buffering can be implemented in dual loop optical buffer (DLOB) through cross-phase modulation (XPM) between the control signal and the data packets. However, the output equality of dual wavelength signals will degrade due to the unbalanced gain and phase shift. This problem can be resolved by power equalization using the saturation characteristics of SOA. The data packets with 2.5 Gb/s can be buffered in DLOB for 16 cycles corresponding to 16.5 μs.The extinction ratio of the output packet is 8 dB while the S/N is 8.1 dB.

  4. Active power filter for harmonic compensation using a digital dual-mode-structure repetitive control approach

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    Zou, Zhixiang; Wang, Zheng; Cheng, Ming;

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents an digital dual-mode-structure repetitive control approach for the single-phase shunt active power filter (APF), which aims to enhance the tracking ability and eliminate arbitrary order harmonic. The proposed repetitive control scheme blends the characteristics of both odd......-harmonic repetitive control and even-harmonic repetitive control. Moreover, the convergence rate is faster than conventional repetitive controller. Additionally, the parameters have been designed and optimized for the dual-mode structure repetitive control to improve the performance of APF system. Experimental...... results on a laboratory setup are given to verify the proposed control scheme....

  5. OPTIMAL POWER ALLOCATION WITH AF AND SDF STRATEGIES IN DUAL-HOP COOPERATIVE MIMO NETWORKS

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    Xu Xiaorong; Zheng Baoyu; Zhang Jianwu

    2010-01-01

    Dual-hop cooperative Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) network with multi-relay cooperative communication is introduced. Power allocation problem with Amplify-and-Forward (AF) and Selective Decode-and-Forward (SDF) strategies in multi-node scenario are formulated and solved respectively. Optimal power allocation schemes that maximize system capacity with AF strategy are presented. In addition,optimal power allocation methods that minimize asymptotic Symbol Error Rate (SER) with SDF cooperative protocol in multi-node scenario are also proposed. Furthermore,performance comparisons are provided in terms of system capacity and approximate SER. Numerical and simulation results confirm our theoretical analysis. It is revealed that,maximum system capacity could be obtained when powers are allocated optimally with AF protocol,while minimization of system's SER could also be achieved with optimum power allocation in SDF strategy. In multi-node scenario,those optimal power allocation algorithms are superior to conventional equal power allocation schemes.

  6. Comparative study on power generation of dual-cathode microbial fuel cell according to polarization methods.

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    Lee, Kang-yu; Ryu, Wyan-seuk; Cho, Sung-il; Lim, Kyeong-ho

    2015-11-01

    Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) exist in various forms depending on the type of pollutant to be removed and the expected performance. Dual-cathode MFCs, with their simple structure, are capable of removing both organic matter and nitrogen. Moreover, various methods are available for the collection of polarization data, which can be used to calculate the maximum power density, an important factor of MFCs. Many researchers prefer the method of varying the external resistance in a single-cycle due to the short measurement time and high accuracy. This study compared power densities of dual-cathode MFCs in a single-cycle with values calculated over multi-cycles to determine the optimal polarization method. External resistance was varied from high to low and vice versa in the single-cycle, to calculate power density. External resistance was organized in descending order with initial start-up at open circuit voltage (OCV), and then it was organized in descending order again after the initial start-up at 1000 Ω. As a result, power density was underestimated at the anoxic cathode when the external resistance was varied from low to high, and overestimated at the aerobic cathode and anoxic cathode when external resistance at OCV was reduced following initial start-up. In calculating the power densities of dual-cathode MFCs, this paper recommends the method of gradually reducing the external resistance after initial start-up with high external resistance.

  7. Implementation of a Dual on Die 140 V Super-Junction Power Transistors

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    Nour, Yasser; Knott, Arnold; Jørgensen, Ivan Harald Holger

    Increasing the switching frequency for switch mode power supplies is one method to achieve smaller, lighter weight and hopefully cheaper power converters. Silicon is not only the dominant material used to produce the switches but also it allows more circuitry to be easily integrated on the same d....... This work presents an application customized switches to be used in switch mode power supplies. The prototype chip was implemented using a 0.18 μm SOI process and includes dual electrically isolated 140 V, 1.2 Ω N-channel MOSFETs....

  8. A dual voltage control strategy for single-phase PWM converters with power decoupling function

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    Tang, Yi; Qin, Zian; Blaabjerg, Frede

    2015-01-01

    converter topology based on a symmetrical half bridge circuit is proposed to decouple the ripple power so that balanced instantaneous power flow is assured between source and load, and the required dc-link capacitance can be dramatically reduced. For proper closed-loop regulation, the small signal modeling......The inherent double line ripple power in single-phase systems is adverse to the performance of power electronics converters, e.g. limited lifetime due to the requirement of large electrolytic capacitors and low voltage control bandwidth due to harmonic disturbance. In this paper, an active...... of the proposed system is presented, and a dual voltage control strategy is then proposed, which comprises one voltage loop implemented in the synchronous reference frame for active power balancing, and another one implemented in the stationary reference frame for ripple power compensation. Special attention...

  9. Scaling macroscopic aquatic locomotion

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    Gazzola, Mattia; Argentina, Mederic; Mahadevan, Lakshminarayanan

    2014-11-01

    Inertial aquatic swimmers that use undulatory gaits range in length L from a few millimeters to 30 meters, across a wide array of biological taxa. Using elementary hydrodynamic arguments, we uncover a unifying mechanistic principle characterizing their locomotion by deriving a scaling relation that links swimming speed U to body kinematics (tail beat amplitude A and frequency ω) and fluid properties (kinematic viscosity ν). This principle can be simply couched as the power law Re ~ Swα , where Re = UL / ν >> 1 and Sw = ωAL / ν , with α = 4 / 3 for laminar flows, and α = 1 for turbulent flows. Existing data from over 1000 measurements on fish, amphibians, larvae, reptiles, mammals and birds, as well as direct numerical simulations are consistent with our scaling. We interpret our results as the consequence of the convergence of aquatic gaits to the performance limits imposed by hydrodynamics.

  10. Development of dual frequency gyrotron and high power test of EC components

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    Sakamoto K.

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available In JAEA, development of high-power long-pulse gyrotrons is underway. The output power of the gyrotron was applied for high-power long-pulse tests of the transmission line (TL and the equatorial launcher (EL mock up for ITER. The feature of design in the dual frequency gyrotron is the simultaneously satisfying the matching of both frequencies at a window and the same radiation angle at an internal mode convertor for both frequencies. The dual frequency gyrotron was developed and high power operations at 170 GHz and 137 GHz were carried out. The 170 GHz high power experiment of 40 m length ITER relevant TL was carried out and transmission efficiency and mode purity change caused by long pulse operation were measured. The mock-up model of EL was also tested using 170 GHz gyrotron. The power transmission through the quasi-optical beam line in EL was demonstrated using the full scale mock up model. Furthermore, the high power test results of the transmission components will be summarized.

  11. Bicomponent Fibrous Scaffolds Made through Dual-source Dual-power Electrospinning: Dual Delivery of rhBMP-2 and Ca-P Nanoparticles and Enhanced Biological Performances.

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    Wang, Chong; Weijia Lu, William; Wang, Min

    2017-04-05

    Electrospun scaffolds incorporated with both calcium phosphates (Ca-P) and bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) have been used for bone tissue regeneration. However, in most cases BMP-2 and Ca-P were simply mixed and loaded in a monolithic structure, risking low BMP-2 loading level, reduced BMP-2 biological activity, uncontrolled BMP-2 release and inhomogeneous Ca-P distribution. In this investigation, novel bicomponent scaffolds having evenly distributed rhBMP-2-containing fibers and Ca-P nanoparticle-containing fibers were made using an established dual-source dual-power electrospinning technique with the assistance of emulsion electrospinning and blend electrospinning. The release behaviour of rhBMP-2 and Ca(2+) ions could be separately tuned and the released rhBMP-2 retained a 68% level for biological activity. MC3T3-E1 cells showed high viability and normal morphology on scaffolds. Compared to monocomponent scaffolds, enhanced cell proliferation, alkaline phosphatase activity, cell mineralization and gene expression of osteogenic markers were achieved for bicomponent scaffolds due to the synergistic effect of rhBMP-2 and Ca-P nanoparticles. Bicomponent scaffolds with a double mass elicited further enhanced cell adhesion, spreading, proliferation and osteogenic differentiation. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  12. Analysis of fuel cell hybrid locomotives

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    Miller, Arnold R.; Peters, John; Smith, Brian E.; Velev, Omourtag A.

    Led by Vehicle Projects LLC, an international industry-government consortium is developing a 109 t, 1.2 MW road-switcher locomotive for commercial and military railway applications. As part of the feasibility and conceptual-design analysis, a study has been made of the potential benefits of a hybrid power plant in which fuel cells comprise the prime mover and a battery or flywheel provides auxiliary power. The potential benefits of a hybrid power plant are: (i) enhancement of transient power and hence tractive effort; (ii) regenerative braking; (iii) reduction of capital cost. Generally, the tractive effort of a locomotive at low speed is limited by wheel adhesion and not by available power. Enhanced transient power is therefore unlikely to benefit a switcher locomotive, but could assist applications that require high acceleration, e.g. subway trains with all axles powered. In most cases, the value of regeneration in locomotives is minimal. For low-speed applications such as switchers, the available kinetic energy and the effectiveness of traction motors as generators are both minimal. For high-speed heavy applications such as freight, the ability of the auxiliary power device to absorb a significant portion of the available kinetic energy is low. Moreover, the hybrid power plant suffers a double efficiency penalty, namely, losses occur in both absorbing and then releasing energy from the auxiliary device, which result in a net storage efficiency of no more than 50% for present battery technology. Capital cost in some applications may be reduced. Based on an observed locomotive duty cycle, a cost model shows that a hybrid power plant for a switcher may indeed reduce capital cost. Offsetting this potential benefit are the increased complexity, weight and volume of the power plant, as well as 20-40% increased fuel consumption that results from lower efficiency. Based on this analysis, the consortium has decided to develop a pure fuel cell road-switcher locomotive

  13. Research on Hybrid Power System with Dual Stator-winding and Its Decoupled Control Strategy

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    WEI Shu-guang; MA Xiao-jun; KE Rong-shuo; LIU Qiu-li

    2012-01-01

    For the bi-power system adopted widely in future armored vehicles,a hybrid power generator with dual stator-winding was proposed.Its structure and working principle were analyzed first,and its main parameters were determined and verified according to the power requirements.The system's mathematical model was established,and a decoupled control method was put forward on the basis of the instantaneous reactive power theory.For the voltage building-up,a voltage control strategy was designed on the basis of mixed reactive power compensation to implement stabilized 28V and 270V outputs simultaneously.The simulation results show that the stabilization accuracy and disturbance rejection ability of the system are improved much more than other ordinary generators.

  14. Comparison and Digital Circuit Analysis Based on Low Power Subthreshold Dual Mode Logic

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    D.Naveen Kumar

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In this brief, we propose new low power techniques such as Variable body bias method. This technique reduces the leakage power by increasing the body to source voltage of the sleep transistor in the design. By reducing the leakage power overall power of the design is reduced. The proposed logic switches between the active mode and sleep mode. To reduce the leakage current in sleep mode, the body to source voltage of the sleep transistor increased. To increase the voltage of Sleep transistor another transistor is connected to it. Average power and delay are the parameters compared between proposed logic to their CMOS and Dual Mode Logic counter parts in 180-nm process.

  15. A dual voltage control strategy for single-phase PWM converters with power decoupling function

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    Tang, Yi; Qin, Zian; Blaabjerg, Frede

    2014-01-01

    The inherent double line ripple power in singlephase systems is adverse to the converter performance, e.g. limited lifetime due to the requirement of large electrolytic capacitors and low voltage control bandwidth due to harmonic disturbance. In this paper, an active converter topology based...... on a symmetrical half bridge circuit is proposed to decouple the ripple power so that balanced instantaneous power flow is assured between source and load, and the required dc-link capacitance can be dramatically reduced. For proper closed-loop regulation, the small signal modeling of the proposed system...... is presented, and a dual voltage control strategy is then proposed, which comprises one voltage loop implemented in the synchronous reference frame for active power balancing, and another one implemented in the harmonic reference frame for ripple power compensation. Special attention is given to the bandwidth...

  16. Analysis and Comparing of Urban Rail Locomotive Auxiliary System AC Power Supply Mode%城轨列车辅助系统交流供电方式的分析与比较

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    阎纯洁

    2015-01-01

    Through analyzing the urban rail locomotive auxiliary system AC power system supply mode, comparing the ad-vantages and disadvantages of general power supply mode and individual supply mode, prove accordance to urban rail auxil-iary system AC power supply mode selection.%通过对城轨列车辅助系统交流供电方式进行分析,比较集中供电方式和分散供电方式的各自优劣,为城轨列车辅助系统交流供电供电方式选型提供依据。

  17. Preliminary experimental investigation of a complex dual-band high power microwave source

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    Zhang, Xiaoping, E-mail: zhangxiaoping@nudt.edu.cn; Li, Yangmei; Li, Zhiqiang; Zhong, Huihuang; Qian, Baoliang [College of Optoelectronic Science and Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073 (China)

    2015-10-15

    In order to promote the power conversion efficiency of a magnetically insulated transmission line oscillator (MILO) and obtain microwaves in dual bands, an axially extracted C-band virtual cathode oscillator (VCO) with multiple resonant cavities is introduced to partially utilize the load current of an S-band MILO. The formed novel dual-band high power microwave source called MILO and VCO is investigated with simulation and experimentally. A dual-band radiation antenna is designed to effectively radiate microwaves generated by the MILO and the VCO, respectively, while avoiding them being influenced by the microwave reflection and diffraction. The preliminary experimental results measured by the dual-band diagnostic system show that both the MILO and the VCO operate normally under repeated shots. A microwave of 2.1 GHz, 1.70 GW is generated from the MILO and a 0.37 GW microwave at frequencies of 4.1 GHz and 3.8 GHz is generated from the VCO under the condition of about 440 kV and 35 kA. Compared with a single MILO (10.6%), a MILO and VCO achieves higher total power and efficiency (13.4%) in both S and C bands, indicating that the load current of the MILO partially couples into the beam-wave interaction in the VCO and then contributes to the output microwaves. However, more works are needed regarding the spectrum purification of the VCO and promotion of the output power of both the MILO and the VCO.

  18. Dual-Function Air Cathode for Metal-Air Batteries with Pulse-Power Capability

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    2013-01-28

    Rolison , L. F. Nazar , MRS Bull. 2011 , 36 , 486 . [ 2 ] D. Linden , Ed., Handbook of Batteries : Second Edition , McGraw Hill , New...Dual-Function Air Cathode for Metal–Air Batteries with Pulse-Power Capability J. W. Long, C. N. Chervin, N. W. Kucko, E. S . Nelson, D. R. Rolison...Air Cathode for Metal-Air Batteries with Pulse-Power Capability 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR( S ) 5d

  19. A DUAL RESERVATION CDMA-BASED MAC PROTOCOL WITH POWER CONTROL FOR AD HOC NETWORKS

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    Jia Min; Chen Huimin; Yuan Yuhua

    2007-01-01

    This paper proposes a new multi-channel Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol named as Dual Reservation Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) based MAC protocol with Power Control (DRCPC). The code channel is divided into common channel, broadcast channel and several data channels. And dynamic power control mechanism is implemented to reduce near-far interference. Compared with IEEE 802.11 Distributed Coordination Function (DCF) protocol, the results show that the proposed mechanism improves the average throughput and limits the transmission delay efficiently.

  20. On the Dual-Decomposition-Based Resource and Power Allocation with Sleeping Strategy for Heterogeneous Networks

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    Alsharoa, Ahmad M.

    2015-05-01

    In this paper, the problem of radio and power resource management in long term evolution heterogeneous networks (LTE HetNets) is investigated. The goal is to minimize the total power consumption of the network while satisfying the user quality of service determined by each target data rate. We study the model where one macrocell base station is placed in the cell center, and multiple small cell base stations and femtocell access points are distributed around it. The dual decomposition technique is adopted to jointly optimize the power and carrier allocation in the downlink direction in addition to the selection of turned off small cell base stations. Our numerical results investigate the performance of the proposed scheme versus different system parameters and show an important saving in terms of total power consumption. © 2015 IEEE.

  1. Dual shear plate power processor packaging design. [for Solar Electric Propulsion spacecraft

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    Franzon, A. O.; Fredrickson, C. D.; Ross, R. G.

    1975-01-01

    The use of solar electric propulsion (SEP) for spacecraft primary propulsion imposes an extreme range of operational and environmental design requirements associated with the diversity of missions for which solar electric primary propulsion is advantageous. One SEP element which is particularly sensitive to these environmental extremes is the power processor unit (PPU) which powers and controls the electric ion thruster. An improved power processor thermal-mechanical packaging approach, referred to as dual shear plate packaging, has been designed to accommodate these different requirements with minimum change to the power processor design. Details of this packaging design are presented together with test results obtained from thermal-vacuum and structural-vibration tests conducted with prototype hardware.

  2. Development of Underwater Microrobot with Biomimetic Locomotion

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    W. Zhang

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Microrobots have powerful applications in biomedical and naval fields. They should have a compact structure, be easy to manufacture, have efficient locomotion, be driven by low voltage and have a simple control system. To meet these purposes, inspired by the leg of stick insects, we designed a novel type of microrobot with biomimetic locomotion with 1-DOF (degree of freedom legs. The locomotion includes two ionic conducting polymer film (ICPF actuators to realize the 2-DOF motion. We developed several microrobots with this locomotion. Firstly, we review a microrobot, named Walker-1, with 1-DOF motion. And then a new microrobot, named Walker-2, utilizing six ICPF actuators, with 3-DOF motion is introduced. It is 47 mm in diameter and 8 mm in height (in static state. It has 0.61 g of dried weight. We compared the two microrobot prototypes, and the result shows that Walker-2 has some advantages, such as more flexible moving motion, good balance, less water resistance, more load-carrying ability and so on. We also compared it with some insect-inspired microrobots and some microrobots with 1-DOF legs, and the result shows that a microrobot with this novel type of locomotion has some advantages. Its structure has fewer actuators and joints, a simpler control system and is compact. The ICPF actuator decides that it can be driven by low voltage (less than 5 V and move in water. A microrobot with this locomotion has powerful applications in biomedical and naval fields.

  3. High-power dual-fed traveling wave photodetector circuits in silicon photonics.

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    Chang, Chia-Ming; Sinsky, Jeffrey H; Dong, Po; de Valicourt, Guilhem; Chen, Young-Kai

    2015-08-24

    We introduce the concept of dual-illuminated photodetectors for high-power applications. Illuminating the photodetector on both sides doubles the number of optical channels, boosting DC and RF power handling capability. This concept is demonstrated utilizing multiple-stage dual-illuminated traveling wave photodetector circuits in silicon photonics, showing a maximum DC photocurrent of 112 mA and a 3-dB bandwidth of 40 GHz at 0.3 mA. Peak continuous-wave RF power is generated up to 12.3 dBm at 2 GHz and 5.3 dBm at 40 GHz, at a DC photocurrent of 55 mA. High speed broadband data signals are detected with eye amplitudes of 2.2 V and 1.3 V at 10 Gb/s and 40 Gb/s, respectively. A theoretical analysis is presented illustrating design tradeoffs for the multiple-stage photodetector circuits based on the bandwidth and power requirements.

  4. Experimental verification of ion stopping power prediction from dual energy CT data in tissue surrogates.

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    Farace, Paolo

    2014-11-21

    A two-steps procedure is presented to convert dual-energy CT data to stopping power ratio (SPR), relative to water. In the first step the relative electron density (RED) is calculated from dual-energy CT-numbers by means of a bi-linear relationship: RED=a HUscH+b HUscL+c, where HUscH and HUscL are scaled units (HUsc=HU+1000) acquired at high and low energy respectively, and the three parameters a, b and c has to be determined for each CT scanner. In the second step the RED values were converted into SPR by means of published poly-line functions, which are invariant as they do not depend on a specific CT scanner. The comparison with other methods provides encouraging results, with residual SPR error on human tissue within 1%. The distinctive features of the proposed method are its simplicity and the generality of the conversion functions.

  5. 机车辅助供电系统状态在线检测系统设计与实现%Design and implementation of Locomotive Auxiliary Power System of State-line Inspection System

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    唐小飞

    2011-01-01

    As a back-up power supply of locomotive control circuit, VRLA was to ensure the defense for the normal operation of locomotive equipment. In order to protect the batteries work, it was designed and implemented a Locomotive Auxiliary Power System of State-line Detection System. The System could detect the battery status of work by the ratio of voltage difference and time difference, which was able to real-time monitor the battery. Data was stored in the U disk through the USB module. In order to establish the appropriate management and maintenance files, it could be used host computer software to analyze the data and find faulty batteries timely. It might be ensure the normal use of locomotive of great significance.%免维护铅酸蓄电池作为机车控制电路的后备电源,是确保机车各项设备正常运行的一道防线.为保障蓄电池正常工作,设计并实现一种机车辅助供电系统状态在线检测系统.该系统通过电压差与时间差的比值来检测蓄电池的工作状况,实时监控蓄电池,并且通过USB模块将数据储存在U盘中,利用上位机软件对数据进行分析,建立相应的管理维修档案,及时找出故障电池,对确保机车的正常运用具有十分重要的意义.

  6. Locomotive assignment problem with train precedence using genetic algorithm

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    Noori, Siamak; Ghannadpour, Seyed

    2012-01-01

    This paper aims to study the locomotive assignment problem which is very important for railway companies, in view of high cost of operating locomotives. This problem is to determine the minimum cost assignment of homogeneous locomotives located in some central depots to a set of pre-scheduled trains in order to provide sufficient power to pull the trains from their origins to their destinations. These trains have different degrees of priority for servicing, and the high class of trains should...

  7. A Preventive Design for Power Locomotive Burn Down Grid%电力机车断网事故的一种预防设计

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    王锋强; 贾密生; 阎纯洁

    2015-01-01

    In order to avoid electric locomotive contact network outage caused by locomotive accident. This paper analyzes the influence and reasons of the failure of the Shaoshan electric locomotive to burn off contact network, put forward the measures and carry out the experiment.%为避免电力机车接触网停电造成机车事故,分析了韶山型电力机车烧断接触网故障的影响和原因,提出了解决措施并进行了试验推广,实践表明,该方案的实施有效降低了机车故障发生率。

  8. Topological variations of the inverse dual converter for high-power dc-dc distribution systems

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    Ehsani, Mehrdad; Laskai, Laszlo

    New dc-to-dc converter topologies are presented which are suitable for high density high power supplies. Topological variations of the basic inverse dual converter (IDC) circuit such as the transformer coupled, the multiphase and the multipulse derivation of the single phase IDC have been analyzed and some simulation results have been presented. The single phase IDC offers a buck-boost operation over wide range without transformer, bidirectional power flow, and complementary commutation of the switches. The topologies examined in this paper have additional features such as lower device and component stresses, and smaller filter requirements, resulting in smaller size and weight. Some performance and possible applications are also examined. IDCs for serial and parallel power distribution, and ac tapping of the IDC are discussed.

  9. Fabrication and characterization of high power dual chamber E. coli microbial fuel cell

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    Lalitha Priya, R.; Ramachandran, T.; Suneesh, P. V.

    2016-09-01

    This work reports the fabrication of a dual chamber microbial fuel cell with E. coli modified graphite as the anode and lead dioxide cathode. At the optimized operating conditions, the cell provided 778 mV open circuit potential, 3.47 mA m-2 of current density and 1660 mW m-2 power density. Morphology of the of E. coli biofilm on the electrode was analysed using AFM and the electrochemical characterization of the fuel cell was carried out using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and polarization curves. The composition of the anode and the time duration for E. coli biofilm formation were varied to obtain maximum power density. The MFC fabricated in this study was found to have improved power density in comparison with other reported fuel cells.

  10. Comments on dual-mode nuclear space power and propulsion system concepts

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    Layton, J. Preston; Grey, Jerry

    1991-01-01

    Some form of Dual-Mode Nuclear Space Power & Propulsion System (D-MNSP&PS) will be essential to spacefaring throughout teh solar system and that such systems must evolve as mankind moves into outer space. The initial D-MNPSP&PS Reference System should be based on (1) present (1990), and (2) advanced (1995) technology for use on comparable mission in the 2000 and 2005 time period respectively. D-MNSP&PS can be broken down into a number of subsystems: Nuclear subsystems including the energy source and controls for the release of thermal power at elevated temperatures; power conversion subsystems; waste heat rejection subsystems; and control and safety subsystems. These systems are briefly detailed.

  11. Sizing of a hybrid locomotive based on accumulators and ultracapacitors

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    Jaafar, Amine; Sareni, Bruno; Roboam, Xavier; Thiounn-Guermeur, Marina

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, hybridization of a BB460000 locomotive is proposed integrating a reduced power diesel generator, batteries and ultracapacitors as storage elements. The power mission of the BB460000 locomotive is studied in order to analyze its ability to be hybridized and to identify the most critical mission. An energy management strategy based on a frequency sharing is proposed. It allows strongly decreasing the nominal power of the diesel generator. Then, through a power flow sizing model, ...

  12. A new type of mine electrical locomotive traction power controller development%基于单片机矿用电机车牵引控制器的研制

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    张全柱; 黄成玉; 邓永红

    2009-01-01

    为了实现矿用电机车交流传动的高性能控制运行,提高电机车运行的可靠性,以代替传统的矿用电机车直流调阻调速和直流斩波调速,实现节能降耗.本文研制设计了基于16位单片微机SPMC75F2413A的矿用电机车交流变频调速牵引控制器,给出了牵引控制器三相SPWM波形发生器的硬件和软件的实现方案和电路结构.实验结果证明,该牵引控制器能够满足矿用电机车交流变频调速运行的要求.%Mine electrical locomotive speed controlling modified from traditional changing DC Resistance and DC Chopper to VVVF, realizing mine electric locomotive to have high-performance control, saving energy and improving the reliability of operation of motor vehicles.This article is designed based on the Sunplus 16-bit single-chip microcomputer SPMC75F2413A mine locomotive traction power controller, providing the controller three-phase SPWM waveform generator hardware and software implementation program.

  13. Design and analysis of dual fuel methanol-power poly-generation

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    Minghua WANG; Zheng LI; Weidou NI

    2009-01-01

    A dual fuel head poly-generation flowsheet was designed based on coal gas and coke oven gas. To help clearly understand the system performance, a 1.2×108-3.2×108 kg methanol and 274-496 MW power poly-generation system was simulated by using the commercially available software ASPEN Plus and GT Pro. The technology scheme, the operating parameters, and the efficiency of the system were also analyzed and evaluated, which will be used for building industrial devices.

  14. Design of an Efficient ALU Using Low-Power Dual Mode Logic

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    K. Vinay Kumar

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The dual mode logic is an efficient model, which is starts working in between the static and dynamic mode of operations. Since both of the static and dynamic modes having some disadvantages like speed and power dissipations. In this paper we are going to implement a faster and efficient ALU using the DML mode of logic. A performance valuation of designed DML ALU is done with respect to the ordinary normal ALU. And we are implementing this on CADENCE Platform in 180 nm technology. And for a variation of length and width ratio’s (W/L how the design will work is going to be done. Key words -

  15. Characteristics of undulatory locomotion in granular media

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    Peng, Zhiwei; Pak, On Shun; Elfring, Gwynn J.

    2016-03-01

    Undulatory locomotion is ubiquitous in nature and observed in different media, from the swimming of flagellated microorganisms in biological fluids, to the slithering of snakes on land, or the locomotion of sandfish lizards in sand. Despite the similarity in the undulating pattern, the swimming characteristics depend on the rheological properties of different media. Analysis of locomotion in granular materials is relatively less developed compared with fluids partially due to a lack of validated force models but recently a resistive force theory in granular media has been proposed and shown useful in studying the locomotion of a sand-swimming lizard. Here we employ the proposed model to investigate the swimming characteristics of a slender filament, of both finite and infinite length, undulating in a granular medium and compare the results with swimming in viscous fluids. In particular, we characterize the effects of drifting and pitching in terms of propulsion speed and efficiency for a finite sinusoidal swimmer. We also find that, similar to Lighthill's results using resistive force theory in viscous fluids, the sawtooth swimmer is the optimal waveform for propulsion speed at a given power consumption in granular media. The results complement our understanding of undulatory locomotion and provide insights into the effective design of locomotive systems in granular media.

  16. WE-D-BRF-05: Quantitative Dual-Energy CT Imaging for Proton Stopping Power Computation

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    Han, D; Williamson, J [Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (United States); Siebers, J [University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA (United States)

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: To extend the two-parameter separable basis-vector model (BVM) to estimation of proton stopping power from dual-energy CT (DECT) imaging. Methods: BVM assumes that the photon cross sections of any unknown material can be represented as a linear combination of the corresponding quantities for two bracketing basis materials. We show that both the electron density (ρe) and mean excitation energy (Iex) can be modeled by BVM, enabling stopping power to be estimated from the Bethe-Bloch equation. We have implemented an idealized post-processing dual energy imaging (pDECT) simulation consisting of monogenetic 45 keV and 80 keV scanning beams with polystyrene-water and water-CaCl2 solution basis pairs for soft tissues and bony tissues, respectively. The coefficients of 24 standard ICRU tissue compositions were estimated by pDECT. The corresponding ρe, Iex, and stopping power tables were evaluated via BVM and compared to tabulated ICRU 44 reference values. Results: BVM-based pDECT was found to estimate ρe and Iex with average and maximum errors of 0.5% and 2%, respectively, for the 24 tissues. Proton stopping power values at 175 MeV, show average/maximum errors of 0.8%/1.4%. For adipose, muscle and bone, these errors result range prediction accuracies less than 1%. Conclusion: A new two-parameter separable DECT model (BVM) for estimating proton stopping power was developed. Compared to competing parametric fit DECT models, BVM has the comparable prediction accuracy without necessitating iterative solution of nonlinear equations or a sample-dependent empirical relationship between effective atomic number and Iex. Based on the proton BVM, an efficient iterative statistical DECT reconstruction model is under development.

  17. A dual mode charge pump with adaptive output used in a class G audio power amplifier*

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    Feng Yong; Peng Zhenfei; Yang Shanshan; Hong Zhiliang; Liu Yang

    2011-01-01

    A dual mode charge pump to produce an adaptive power supply for a class G audio power amplifier is presented. According to the amplitude of the input signals, the charge pump has two level output voltage rails available to save power. It operates both in current mode at high output load and in pulse frequency modulation (PFM) at light load to reduce the power dissipation. Also, dynamic adjustment of the power stage transistor size based on load current at the PFM mode is introduced to reduce the output voltage ripple and prevent the switching frequency from audio range. The prototype is implemented in 0.18μm 3.3 V CMOS technology. Experimental results show that the maximum power efficiency of the charge pump is 79.5% @ 0.5x mode and 83.6% @ lx mode. The output voltage ripple is less than 15 mV while providing 120 mA of the load current at PFM control and less than 18 mV while providing 300 mA of the load current at current mode control. An analytical model for ripple voltage and efficiency calculation of the proposed PFM control demonstrates reasonable agreement with measured results.

  18. A dual mode charge pump with adaptive output used in a class G audio power amplifier

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    Feng Yong; Peng Zhenfei; Yang Shanshan; Hong Zhiliang [State Key Laboratory of ASIC and System, Fudan University Shanghai 201203 (China); Liu Yang, E-mail: zlhong@fudan.edu.cn [Shanghai Design Center, Analog Devices, Shanghai 200021 (China)

    2011-04-15

    A dual mode charge pump to produce an adaptive power supply for a class G audio power amplifier is presented. According to the amplitude of the input signals, the charge pump has two level output voltage rails available to save power. It operates both in current mode at high output load and in pulse frequency modulation (PFM) at light load to reduce the power dissipation. Also, dynamic adjustment of the power stage transistor size based on load current at the PFM mode is introduced to reduce the output voltage ripple and prevent the switching frequency from audio range. The prototype is implemented in 0.18 {mu}m 3.3 V CMOS technology. Experimental results show that the maximum power efficiency of the charge pump is 79.5% - 0.5x mode and 83.6% - 1x mode. The output voltage ripple is less than 15 mV while providing 120 mA of the load current at PFM control and less than 18 mV while providing 300 mA of the load current at current mode control. An analytical model for ripple voltage and efficiency calculation of the proposed PFM control demonstrates reasonable agreement with measured results. (semiconductor integrated circuits)

  19. Dorsal column steerability with dual parallel leads using dedicated power sources: a computational model.

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    Lee, Dongchul; Gillespie, Ewan; Bradley, Kerry

    2011-02-10

    In spinal cord stimulation (SCS), concordance of stimulation-induced paresthesia over painful body regions is a necessary condition for therapeutic efficacy. Since patient pain patterns can be unique, a common stimulation configuration is the placement of two leads in parallel in the dorsal epidural space. This construct provides flexibility in steering stimulation current mediolaterally over the dorsal column to achieve better pain-paresthesia overlap. Using a mathematical model with an accurate fiber diameter distribution, we studied the ability of dual parallel leads to steer stimulation between adjacent contacts on dual parallel leads using (1) a single source system, and (2) a multi-source system, with a dedicated current source for each contact. The volume conductor model of a low-thoracic spinal cord with epidurally-positioned dual parallel (2 mm separation) percutaneous leads was first created, and the electric field was calculated using ANSYS, a finite element modeling tool. The activating function for 10 um fibers was computed as the second difference of the extracellular potential along the nodes of Ranvier on the nerve fibers in the dorsal column. The volume of activation (VOA) and the central point of the VOA were computed using a predetermined threshold of the activating function. The model compared the field steering results with single source versus dedicated power source systems on dual 8-contact stimulation leads. The model predicted that the multi-source system can target more central points of stimulation on the dorsal column than a single source system (100 vs. 3) and the mean steering step for mediolateral steering is 0.02 mm for multi-source systems vs 1 mm for single source systems, a 50-fold improvement. The ability to center stimulation regions in the dorsal column with high resolution may allow for better optimization of paresthesia-pain overlap in patients.

  20. A simulation study on proton computed tomography (CT) stopping power accuracy using dual energy CT scans as benchmark

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    Hansen, David Christoffer; Seco, Joao; Sørensen, Thomas Sangild

    2015-01-01

    Background. Accurate stopping power estimation is crucial for treatment planning in proton therapy, and the uncertainties in stopping power are currently the largest contributor to the employed dose margins. Dual energy x-ray computed tomography (CT) (clinically available) and proton CT (in...

  1. CORPORATE FEED WITH DUAL SEGMENT CIRCULAR POLARIZED ARRAY RECTENNA FOR LOW POWER RF ENERGY HARVESTING

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    CHIA CHAO KANG

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper focuses on the investigation of the level powers that can be scavenged from the ambient environment by using corporate feed with dual segment circular polarized antenna array . It will converts the received power to direct current (DC. Being a circular polarized antenna, it has higher inductance per unit area, a good Q-factor and compact capability. The design of corporate-series feed rectenna array is to achieve a high gain antenna and maximize the RF energy received by the rectenna system at ultra low power levels. The entire structure was investigated using a combination of harmonic balance nonlinear analysis and full wave electromagnetic field analysis. The results show that 5.0 dBi gain for circular polarized antenna array can be achieved at frequency 956 MHz. When the input power of 20 dBm fed into the transmitting antenna, the maximum distance for radio frequency (RF harvesting is 5.32m. The output DC voltage for various values of incident RF power is also presented. There are noticed reasonable agreements between the simulated and measured result and the works concludes that the investigation of RF energy harvesting system was successful.

  2. A dual band wireless power and FSK data telemetry for biomedical implants.

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    Jung, L H; Byrnes-Preston, P; Hessler, R; Lehmann, T; Suaning, G J; Lovell, N H

    2007-01-01

    A dual-link coil arrangement and a novel digital frequency-shift keying (FSK) demodulator are presented. The primary application of this system is for inductively powered biomedical implants. The implant is provided with data and power via two separate links. Two sets of coils are used in an arrangement such that the magnetic interference between the two pairs is minimized. The demodulator circuitry presented relies solely on delaying elements, utilizing a delayed digital FSK signal to sample the original digital FSK signal. A synchronized clock can be derived from the FSK signals alone, however, by utilizing the power signal to obtain a synchronized clock, a higher data rate and a decrease in complexity of the receiver circuitry can be achieved. The system was implemented on the bench and experimentally tested at a data rate of 2.083 Mbps with zero bit error rate while receiving a 4.17/6.25 MHz FSK carrier signal synchronized with 2.083 MHz clock derived from the power carrier. The power link was set to provide 58mW.

  3. A low power dual-band multi-mode RF front-end for GNSS applications

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    Zhang Hao; Li Zhiqun; Wang Zhigong, E-mail: zhhseu@gmail.com [Institute of RF- and OE- ICs, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096 (China)

    2010-11-15

    A CMOS dual-band multi-mode RF front-end for the global navigation satellite system receivers of all GPS, Bei-Dou, Galileo and Glonass systems is presented. It consists of a reconfigurable low noise amplifier (LNA), a broadband active balun, a high linearity mixer and a bandgap reference (BGR) circuit. The effect of the input parasitic capacitance on the input impedance of the inductively degenerated common source LNA is analyzed in detail. By using two different LC networks at the input port and the switched capacitor at the output port, the LNA can work at two different frequency bands (1.2 GHz and 1.5 GHz) under low power consumption. The active balun uses a hybrid-connection structure to achieve high bandwidth. The mixer uses the multiple gated transistors technique to acquire a high linearity under low power consumption but does not deteriorate other performances. The measurement results of the proposed front-end achieve a noise figure of 2.1/2.0 dB, again of 33.9/33.8 dB and an input 1-dB compression point of 0/1 dBm at 1227.6/1575.42 MHz. The power consumption is about 16 mW under a 1.8 V power supply.

  4. [Effect of Cu2+ on the power output of dual-chamber microbial fuel cell].

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    Mu, Shu-Jun; Li, Xiu-Fen; Ren, Yue-Ping; Wang, Xin-Hua

    2014-07-01

    After addition of Cu2+ into the anodic and/or cathodic chamber, the effect of Cu2+ on the internal resistance and its distribution, power output and coulombic efficiency of dual-chamber microbial fuel cell (MFC) was investigated in this manuscript with the aid of analyzing the distribution of copper speciation. It could provide helpful information for correlative research on treatment of copper-containing wastewater by MFC. It showed that the addition of 10 mg x L(-1) Cu2+ into the anodic chamber inhibited the microbial activity, and increased the anodic activation resistance as well as the apparent internal resistance, consequently reduced the power output and coulombic efficiency of the system. However, the addition of 500 mg x L(-1) Cu2+ into the cathodic chamber significantly reduced the cathodic activation resistance as well as the apparent internal resistance, while improved the power output and the coulombic efficiency. Cu2+ in the anodic chamber was not transfered into the cathodic chamber. When adding Cu2+ into the cathodic chamber, it was mainly reduced and deposited on the cathodic chamber. It could also be transferred/diffused to the anodic chamber across the proton exchange membrane (2.8%) because of its concentration difference, thus affecting the microbial activity and power output. Only a small amount of Cu2+ remained in the supernatant of the cathodic chamber at the end of experiment.

  5. LFP Oscillations in the Mesencephalic Locomotor Region during Voluntary Locomotion

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    Brian R. Noga

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Oscillatory rhythms in local field potentials (LFPs are thought to coherently bind cooperating neuronal ensembles to produce behaviors, including locomotion. LFPs recorded from sites that trigger locomotion have been used as a basis for identification of appropriate targets for deep brain stimulation (DBS to enhance locomotor recovery in patients with gait disorders. Theta band activity (6–12 Hz is associated with locomotor activity in locomotion-inducing sites in the hypothalamus and in the hippocampus, but the LFPs that occur in the functionally defined mesencephalic locomotor region (MLR during locomotion have not been determined. Here we record the oscillatory activity during treadmill locomotion in MLR sites effective for inducing locomotion with electrical stimulation in rats. The results show the presence of oscillatory theta rhythms in the LFPs recorded from the most effective MLR stimulus sites (at threshold ≤60 μA. Theta activity increased at the onset of locomotion, and its power was correlated with the speed of locomotion. In animals with higher thresholds (>60 μA, the correlation between locomotor speed and theta LFP oscillations was less robust. Changes in the gamma band (previously recorded in vitro in the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN, thought to be a part of the MLR were relatively small. Controlled locomotion was best achieved at 10–20 Hz frequencies of MLR stimulation. Our results indicate that theta and not delta or gamma band oscillation is a suitable biomarker for identifying the functional MLR sites.

  6. Optimizing snake locomotion on an inclined plane

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    Wang, Xiaolin; Alben, Silas

    2013-01-01

    We develop a model to study the locomotion of snakes on an inclined plane. We determine numerically which snake motions are optimal for two retrograde traveling-wave body shapes---triangular and sinusoidal waves---across a wide range of frictional parameters and incline angles. In the regime of large transverse friction coefficient, we find power-law scalings for the optimal wave amplitudes and corresponding costs of locomotion. We give an asymptotic analysis to show that the optimal snake motions are traveling-wave motions with amplitudes given by the same scaling laws found in the numerics.

  7. Data Analytics Based Dual-Optimized Adaptive Model Predictive Control for the Power Plant Boiler

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    Zhenhao Tang

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available To control the furnace temperature of a power plant boiler precisely, a dual-optimized adaptive model predictive control (DoAMPC method is designed based on the data analytics. In the proposed DoAMPC, an accurate predictive model is constructed adaptively by the hybrid algorithm of the least squares support vector machine and differential evolution method. Then, an optimization problem is constructed based on the predictive model and many constraint conditions. To control the boiler furnace temperature, the differential evolution method is utilized to decide the control variables by solving the optimization problem. The proposed method can adapt to the time-varying situation by updating the sample data. The experimental results based on practical data illustrate that the DoAMPC can control the boiler furnace temperature with errors of less than 1.5% which can meet the requirements of the real production process.

  8. Power production and wastewater treatment simultaneously by dual-chamber microbial fuel cell technique.

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    Izadi, Paniz; Rahimnejad, Mostafa; Ghoreyshi, Ali

    2015-01-01

    Microbial fuel cell (MFC) is a novel technology that is able to convert the chemical energy of organic and inorganic substrates to electrical energy directly. The use of fossil fuels and recent energy crisis bring increasing attention to this technology. Besides electricity generation, wastewater treatment is another application of MFCs. Sulfide is a hazardous ion that is common in wastes. In this article, dual-chamber MFC was fabricated and a mixed culture of microorganisms was used as an active biocatalyst in an anaerobic anodic chamber to convert substrate to electricity. The obtained experimental results indicate that this MFC can successfully alter sulfide to elementary sulfur and power generation. The initial concentration of sulfide in wastewater was 1.5 g L(-1) , and it was removed after 10 days of MFC operation. Maximum produced power and current density were 48.68 mW⋅m(-2) and 231.47 mA⋅m(-2) , respectively. Besides, the influences of a biocathode were investigated and accordingly the data obtained for power and current density were increased to 372.27 mW⋅m(-2) and 1,665.15 mA⋅m(-2) , respectively. © 2015 International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  9. Trolley locomotives at Easington

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    Proctor, G.; Nightingale, K.

    1983-01-01

    A general layout and history of the transport system in the Low Main Seam at Easington is given, illustrating the problems associated with transporting men and materials over long distances coupled with arduous gradients. The Trolley Locomotive Scheme is described in detail. Design considerations, the modifications of equipment and mining work required to install the system are described. A brief summary of the legislation which was required to allow the use of underground trolley locomotives is included. The locomotive braking system is described, together with the overhead electric line and its associated roadway substations. The bonding of heavy copper earthing wires to the ends of the rails is of interest. This was carried out using the Thermit welding process. The section on experiences to date evaluates electrical, mechanical and the general performance of the system since it was installed.

  10. Design of up/down counter based on dual mode logic and Low power Hybrid dual mode dynamic flip-flop

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    Sandhya Venugopal

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduces a 4-b Johnson up-down counter that incorporates low power dual dynamic node pulsed hybrid flip-flop (DDFF with clock gating technology and a dual mode logic (DML in the counter. Clock gating disable the clock signal when the input data does not change the stored data. A DML mode logic is introduced here which improves the speed performance of the design, also achieving significant energy consumption reduction. The large capacitance in precharge node is eliminated by the DDFF and DDFF-ELM designs by following a split dynamic node structure. The DDFF offers power reduction. The DDFF-ELM reduces pipeline overhead. 4-b Johnson up-down counter is used to magnify the performance improvement of the designs, to which the DML logic is introduced. An area, power, and speed efficient method is presented here that incorporates complex logic functions into the flip-flop. The DML logic used in DDFF-ELM helps to achieve low power and high speed requirements. The simulation results are compared using T-Spice

  11. GaAs integrated digital-to-analogue convertor for control of power dual-gate FETs

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    Saunier, P.; Kim, B.; Frensley, W. R.

    1983-01-01

    The design, fabrication and performance of a TTL compatible 4-bit GaAs integrated digital-to-analog convertor with an output voltage between -2.8 V and +2.8 V are reported. This circuit has been especially designed to control the gain of power dual-gate FETs by applying a voltage on the capacitively terminated second gate.

  12. Power Flow Control of a Dual-Input Interleaved Buck/Boost Converter with Galvanic Isolation for Renewable Energy Systems

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    Mira Albert, Maria del Carmen; Zhang, Zhe; Knott, Arnold

    2015-01-01

    DC microgrids or nanogrids have attracted increasing research interest in recent years. Therefore, as a critical component, dc-dc converters with multiple inputs are required. In this paper, a dual-input interleaved buck/boost converter is proposed and its corresponding power flow control methods...

  13. Performance of joint dual links dynamic power control and smart antenna for TDMA/TDD cellular mobile communications

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    2000-01-01

    Interference cancellation is made available by using smart antenna at cellular base stations. Well-distribut ed cumulative probability of signal-to-interference plus noise power ratio appears to be vital for cellular mobile multi media communications. A scenario of dual links dynamic power control combined to a solution of smart antenna is pro posed to adjust the instant transmission power in terms of the disparity from the favorite range. Simulation results show that this method is quite effective to improve the cumulative distribution probability performance. Meanwhile, accom panying low power consumption is also obtained at both base stations and mobile stations.

  14. Modeling and control of a novel dual-stator brushless doubly-fed wind power generation system

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    Cheng, Ming; Wei, Xinchi; Han, Peng

    2014-01-01

    A novel dual-stator brushless doubly-fed induction generator-based wind power generation system (DSBDFIG-WPGS), with the merits of reduced converter scale, compact structure and high reliability, is proposed in this paper. System topology, operational principle and power flow of the DSBDFIG......-WPGS are analyzed. Based on the modelling of the system, a vector control scheme is proposed to realize decoupled control of the reactive power and the speed. Furthermore, a speed based maximum power point tracking method is adopted in the system. The simulation results demonstrate stable operation of the DSBDFIG...

  15. Solutions and conservation laws of Benjamin–Bona–Mahony–Peregrine equation with power-law and dual power-law nonlinearities

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    Chaudry Masood Khalique

    2013-03-01

    In this paper, exact solutions of Benjamin–Bona–Mahony–Peregrine equation are obtained with power-law and dual power-law nonlinearities. The Lie group analysis as well as the simplest equation method are used to carry out the integration of these equations. The solutions obtained are cnoidal waves, periodic solutions and soliton solutions. Subsequently, the conservation laws are derived for the underlying equations.

  16. Railroad and locomotive technology roadmap.

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    Stodolsky, F.; Gaines, L.; Energy Systems

    2003-02-24

    approaches for engine, locomotive, rail systems, and advanced power plants and fuels are presented.

  17. Railroad and locomotive technology roadmap.

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    Stodolsky, F.; Gaines, L.; Energy Systems

    2003-02-24

    approaches for engine, locomotive, rail systems, and advanced power plants and

  18. Dual communication system for RAMEA's remote hybrid power system

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    Acevedo, J.F.; Iqbal, M.T. [Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland, St. John' s, NL (Canada). Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

    2010-07-01

    This PowerPoint presentation described a dual communication system designed for a wind-hydrogen-diesel hybrid system located on an island off the coast of Newfoundland. The hybrid system was comprised of a 2.775 MW diesel plant; six 65 kW wind turbines; and three 100 kW wind turbines. The hybrid power infrastructure was installed in the isolated community to reduce dependence on diesel fuel as well as to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The DAST remote communication system included wireless remote supervision and control, and functional frequency in which to operate in the free license electromagnetic spectrum. The communication system was compared with several other types of communications systems. Tests showed that the DAST system successfully communicated with the control room and recorded data on a terminal computer via Ethernet. The wireless and PLC transmission showed no instability and were adequately synchronized. High pass filter performance results and analog and digital scan rate data were presented. Future research will concentrate on developing interfacing prototypes with a centralized supervisory controller. The transformer's bypass will incorporated into the system to eliminate transformer constraints. tabs., figs.

  19. Novel locomotion via biological inspiration

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    Quinn, Roger D.; Boxerbaum, Alexander; Palmer, Luther; Chiel, Hillel; Diller, Eric; Hunt, Alexander; Bachmann, Richard

    2011-05-01

    Animal behavioral, physiological and neurobiological studies are providing a wealth of inspirational data for robot design and control. Several very different biologically inspired mobile robots will be reviewed. A robot called DIGbot is being developed that moves independent of the direction of gravity using Distributed Inward Gripping (DIG) as a rapid and robust attachment mechanism observed in climbing animals. DIGbot is an 18 degree of freedom hexapod with onboard power and control systems. Passive compliance in its feet, which is inspired by the flexible tarsus of the cockroach, increases the robustness of the adhesion strategy and enables DIGbot to execute large steps and stationary turns while walking on mesh screens. A Whegs™ robot, inspired by insect locomotion principles, is being developed that can be rapidly reconfigured between tracks and wheel-legs and carry GeoSystems Zipper Mast. The mechanisms that cause it to passively change its gait on irregular terrain have been integrated into its hubs for a compact and modular design. The robot is designed to move smoothly on moderately rugged terrain using its tracks and run on irregular terrain and stairs using its wheel-legs. We are also developing soft bodied robots that use peristalsis, the same method of locomotion earthworms use. We present a technique of using a braided mesh exterior to produce fluid waves of motion along the body of the robot that increase the robot's speed relative to previous designs. The concept is highly scalable, for endoscopes to water, oil or gas line inspection.

  20. A dual-mode phase-shift modulation control scheme for voltage multiplier based X-ray power supply

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    Iqbal, S [School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang (Malaysia); Besar, R; Venkataseshaiah, C, E-mail: shahidsidu@hotmail.co [Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Multimedia University, 75450 Melaka (Malaysia)

    2010-05-15

    This paper proposes a dual-mode phase-shift modulation control scheme for series resonant inverter fed voltage multiplier (VM) based X-ray power supply. In this control scheme the outputs voltage of two parallel connected series resonant inverters are mixed before supplying to VM circuit. The output voltage of the power supply is controlled by varying the phase-shift between the output voltages of two inverters. In order to achieve quick rise of output voltage, the power supply is started with zero phase-shift and as the output voltage reaches 90% of the target voltage, the phase-shift is increased to a value which corresponds to target output voltage to prevent overshoot. The proposed control scheme has been shown to have good performance. Experimental results based on the scaled-down laboratory prototype are presented to validate the effectiveness of proposed dual-mode phase shift modulation control scheme.

  1. Power scaling of directly dual-end-pumped Nd:GdVO4 laser using grown-together composite crystal.

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    Li, XuDong; Yu, Xin; Chen, Fei; Yan, RenPeng; Luo, Ming; Yu, JunHua; Chen, DeYing

    2010-03-29

    Power scaling of end-pumped Nd:GdVO(4) laser was realized by direct pumping, grown-together composite crystal and dual-end-pumping. A maximum CW output power of 46.0W with M(2)switch operation, peak power of 304.1kW, 58.6kW and 23.8kW, pulse width of 7.2ns, 11.3ns and 16.2ns were obtained at the repetition rates of 10kHz, 50kHz and 100kHz, respectively.

  2. The Power of Integrators, Financiers, and Insurers to Reduce Proliferation Risks: Nuclear Dual-Use Goods

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    Weise, Rachel A. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Hund, Gretchen [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2015-05-01

    Globalization of manufacturing supply chains has changed the nature of nuclear proliferation. Before 1991, nonproliferation efforts focused almost exclusively on limiting the spread of materials and equipment specifically designed for nuclear use -- reactors, centrifuges, and fissile material. Dual-use items, those items with both nuclear and non-nuclear applications, were not closely scrutinized or controlled. However, in 1991 the international community discovered that Iraq had developed a fairly sophisticated nuclear weapons program by importing dual-use items; this discovery spurred the international community to increase controls on dual-use technologies. Despite these international efforts, dual-use items are still a challenge for those seeking to limit proliferation.

  3. Dual-Axis Solar Tracking System for Maximum Power Production in PV Systems

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    Muhd.Ikram Mohd. Rashid

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The power developed in a solar energy system depends fundamentally upon the amount of sunlight captured by the photovoltaic modules/arrays. This paper describes a simple electro-mechanical dual axis solar tracking system designed and developed in a study. The control of the two axes was achieved by the pulses generated from the data acquisition (DAQ card fed into four relays. This approach was so chosen to effectively avoid the error that usually arises in sensor-based methods. The programming of the mathematical models of the solar elevation and azimuth angles was done using Borland C++ Builder. The performance and accuracy of the developed system was evaluated with a PV panel at latitude 3.53o N and longitude 103.5o W in Malaysia. The results obtained reflect the effectiveness of the developed tracking system in terms of the energy yield when compared with that generated from a fixed panel. Overall, 20%, 23% and 21% additional energy were produced for the months of March, April and May respectively using the tracker developed in this study.

  4. Dual Wake-up Low Power Listening for Duty Cycled Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Jongkeun Na

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Energy management is an interesting research area for wireless sensor networks. Relevant dutycycling (or sleep scheduling algorithm has been actively studied at MAC, routing, and application levels. Low power listening (LPL MAC is one of effective dutycycling techniques. This paper proposes a novel approach called dual wake-up LPL (DW-LPL. Existing LPL scheme uses a preamble detection method for both broadcast and unicast, thus suffers from severe overhearing problem at unicast transmission. DW-LPL uses a different wake-up method for unicast while using LPL-like method for broadcast; DW-LPL introduces a receiver-initiated method in which a sender waits a signal from receiver to start unicast transmission, which incurs some signaling overhead but supports flexible adaptive listening as well as overhearing removal effect. Through analysis and Mote (Telosb experiment, we show that DW-LPL provides more energy saving than LPL and our adaptive listening scheme is effective for energy conservation in practical network topologies and traffic patterns.

  5. Dual Wake-up Low Power Listening for Duty Cycled Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Lim Sangsoon

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Energy management is an interesting research area for wireless sensor networks. Relevant dutycycling (or sleep scheduling algorithm has been actively studied at MAC, routing, and application levels. Low power listening (LPL MAC is one of effective dutycycling techniques. This paper proposes a novel approach called dual wake-up LPL (DW-LPL. Existing LPL scheme uses a preamble detection method for both broadcast and unicast, thus suffers from severe overhearing problem at unicast transmission. DW-LPL uses a different wake-up method for unicast while using LPL-like method for broadcast; DW-LPL introduces a receiver-initiated method in which a sender waits a signal from receiver to start unicast transmission, which incurs some signaling overhead but supports flexible adaptive listening as well as overhearing removal effect. Through analysis and Mote (Telosb experiment, we show that DW-LPL provides more energy saving than LPL and our adaptive listening scheme is effective for energy conservation in practical network topologies and traffic patterns.

  6. Reduction of power line interference in electrocardiographic signals by dual Kalman filtering

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    Luis David Avendaño Valencia

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a filter for reducing powerline interference in electrocardiographic signals (ECG, based on dual parameter and state estimation using with a Kalman filter. Two models were used to represent power-line interference and ECG signal. Both models were combined to simulate the ECG signal whose state was estimated for separating the ECG signal from the interference. The proposed algorithm was fine-tuned and compared using a set of tests relying on the QT arrhythmia database. Tuning tests were done for tracking clean ECG; these results were used for setting the algorithm’s parameters for later filtering tests. Exhaustive filtering tests were carried out on artificially corrupted database registers for given signal to noise ratios; performance curves were thus obtained, leading to comparing the proposed algorithm with other filtering methods. The proposed algorithm was compared to an recursive infinite impulse response filter (IIR and a Kalman filter based on a simpler model. A filtering algorithm was thus obtained which is robust for changes in interference amplitude and keeps these properties for different types of ECG morphologies.

  7. Power optimized variation aware dual-threshold SRAM cell design technique

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    Aminul Islam

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Aminul Islam1, Mohd Hasan21Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India; 2Department of Electronics Engineering, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, IndiaAbstract: Bulk complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS technology is facing enormous challenges at channel lengths below 45 nm, such as gate tunneling, device mismatch, random dopant fluctuations, and mobility degradation. Although multiple gate transistors and strained silicon devices overcome some of the bulk CMOS problems, it is sensible to look for revolutionary new materials and devices to replace silicon. It is obvious that future technology materials should exhibit higher mobility, better channel electrostatics, scalability, and robustness against process variations. Carbon nanotube-based technology is very promising because it has most of these desired features. There is a need to explore the potential of this emerging technology by designing circuits based on this technology and comparing their performance with that of existing bulk CMOS technology. In this paper, we propose a low-power variation-immune dual-threshold voltage carbon nanotube field effect transistor (CNFET-based seven-transistor (7T static random access memory (SRAM cell. The proposed CNFET-based 7T SRAM cell offers ~1.2× improvement in standby power, ~1.3× improvement in read delay, and ~1.1× improvement in write delay. It offers narrower spread in write access time (1.4× at optimum energy point [OEP] and 1.2× at 1 V. It features 56.3% improvement in static noise margin and 40% improvement in read static noise margin. All the simulation measurements are taken at proposed OEP decided by the optimum results obtained after extensive simulation on HSPICE (high-performance simulation program with integrated circuit emphasis environment.Keywords: carbon nanotube field effect transistor (CNFET, chirality vector, random dopant

  8. Unifying Rules for Aquatic Locomotion

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    Saadat, Mehdi; Domel, August; di Santo, Valentina; Lauder, George; Haj-Hariri, Hossein

    2016-11-01

    Strouhal number, St (=fA/U) , a scaling parameter that relates speed, U, to the tail-beat frequency, f, and tail-beat amplitude, A, has been used many times to describe animal locomotion. It has been observed that swimming animals cruise at 0.2 experimental evidence of a self-propelled fish-like swimmer, we show that when cruising at minimum hydrodynamic input power, St is predetermined, and is only a function of the shape, i.e. drag coefficient and area. The narrow range for St, 0.2-0.4, has been previously associated with optimal propulsive efficiency. However, St alone is insufficient for deciding optimal motion. We show that hydrodynamic input power (energy usage to propel over a unit distance) in fish locomotion is minimized at all cruising speeds when A* (= A/L), a scaling parameter that relates tail-beat amplitude, A, to the length of the swimmer, L, is constrained to a narrow range of 0.15-0.25. Our analysis proposes a constraint on A*, in addition to the previously found constraint on St, to fully describe the optimal swimming gait for fast swimmers. A survey of kinematics for dolphin, as well as new data for trout, show that the range of St and A* for fast swimmers indeed are constrained to 0.2-0.4 and 0.15-0.25, respectively. Our findings provide physical explanation as to why fast aquatic swimmers cruise with relatively constant tail-beat amplitude at approximately 20 percent of body length, while their swimming speed is linearly correlated with their tail-beat frequency.

  9. Power-ratio tunable dual-wavelength laser using linearly variable Fabry-Perot filter as output coupler.

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    Wang, Xiaozhong; Wang, Zhongfa; Bu, Yikun; Chen, Lujian; Cai, Guoxiong; Huang, Wencai; Cai, Zhiping; Chen, Nan

    2016-02-01

    For a linearly variable Fabry-Perot filter, the peak transmission wavelengths change linearly with the transverse position shift of the substrate. Such a Fabry-Perot filter is designed and fabricated and used as an output coupler of a c-cut Nd:YVO4 laser experimentally in this paper to obtain a 1062 and 1083 nm dual-wavelength laser. The peak transmission wavelengths are gradually shifted from 1040.8 to 1070.8 nm. The peak transmission wavelength of the Fabry-Perot filter used as the output coupler for the dual-wavelength laser is 1068 nm and resides between 1062 and 1083 nm, which makes the transmissions of the desired dual wavelengths change in opposite slopes with the transverse shift of the filter. Consequently, powers of the two wavelengths change in opposite directions. A branch power, oppositely tunable 1062 and 1083 nm dual-wavelength laser is successfully demonstrated. Design principles of the linear variable Fabry-Perot filter used as an output coupler are discussed. Advantages of the method are summarized.

  10. Compliant Synergies in Locomotion

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    Travers, Matthew; Choset, Howie; Goldman @ Georgia Tech. Physics Department Collaboration

    Biological systems appear to have natural mechanisms that allow them to readily compensate for unexpected environmental variations when compared to their mechanical (i.e., robotic) counterparts. We hypothesize that the basis for this discrepancy is almost innate: what biology appears to be born with, built-in mechanisms for coordinating their many degrees of freedom, we struggle to ``program.'' We therefore look toward biology for inspiration. In particular, we are interested in kinematic synergies, low-dimensional representations that explicitly encode the underlying structure of how systems coordinate their internal degrees of freedom to achieve high-level tasks. In this work, we derive parametric representations of kinematic synergies and present a new compliant locomotion control framework that enables the parameters to be directly controlled in response to external disturbances. We present results of this framework implemented on two separate platforms, a snake-like and hexapod robot. Our results show that, using synergies, the locomotion control of these very different systems can be reduced to simple, extremely capable, and common forms, thus offering new insights into both robotic as well as biological locomotion in complex terrains.

  11. Advanced robot locomotion.

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    Neely, Jason C.; Sturgis, Beverly Rainwater; Byrne, Raymond Harry; Feddema, John Todd; Spletzer, Barry Louis; Rose, Scott E.; Novick, David Keith; Wilson, David Gerald; Buerger, Stephen P.

    2007-01-01

    This report contains the results of a research effort on advanced robot locomotion. The majority of this work focuses on walking robots. Walking robot applications include delivery of special payloads to unique locations that require human locomotion to exo-skeleton human assistance applications. A walking robot could step over obstacles and move through narrow openings that a wheeled or tracked vehicle could not overcome. It could pick up and manipulate objects in ways that a standard robot gripper could not. Most importantly, a walking robot would be able to rapidly perform these tasks through an intuitive user interface that mimics natural human motion. The largest obstacle arises in emulating stability and balance control naturally present in humans but needed for bipedal locomotion in a robot. A tracked robot is bulky and limited, but a wide wheel base assures passive stability. Human bipedal motion is so common that it is taken for granted, but bipedal motion requires active balance and stability control for which the analysis is non-trivial. This report contains an extensive literature study on the state-of-the-art of legged robotics, and it additionally provides the analysis, simulation, and hardware verification of two variants of a proto-type leg design.

  12. Dual-loop self-optimizing robust control of wind power generation with Doubly-Fed Induction Generator.

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    Chen, Quan; Li, Yaoyu; Seem, John E

    2015-09-01

    This paper presents a self-optimizing robust control scheme that can maximize the power generation for a variable speed wind turbine with Doubly-Fed Induction Generator (DFIG) operated in Region 2. A dual-loop control structure is proposed to synergize the conversion from aerodynamic power to rotor power and the conversion from rotor power to the electrical power. The outer loop is an Extremum Seeking Control (ESC) based generator torque regulation via the electric power feedback. The ESC can search for the optimal generator torque constant to maximize the rotor power without wind measurement or accurate knowledge of power map. The inner loop is a vector-control based scheme that can both regulate the generator torque requested by the ESC and also maximize the conversion from the rotor power to grid power. An ℋ(∞) controller is synthesized for maximizing, with performance specifications defined based upon the spectrum of the rotor power obtained by the ESC. Also, the controller is designed to be robust against the variations of some generator parameters. The proposed control strategy is validated via simulation study based on the synergy of several software packages including the TurbSim and FAST developed by NREL, Simulink and SimPowerSystems. Copyright © 2015 ISA. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Exotendons for assistance of human locomotion

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    van den Bogert Antonie J

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Powered robotic exoskeletons for assistance of human locomotion are currently under development for military and medical applications. The energy requirements for such devices are excessive, and this has become a major obstacle for practical applications. Legged locomotion in many animals, however, is very energy efficient. We propose that poly-articular elastic mechanisms are a major contributor to the economy of locomotion in such specialized animals. Consequently, it should be possible to design unpowered assistive devices that make effective use of similar mechanisms. Methods A passive assistive technology is presented, based on long elastic cords attached to an exoskeleton and guided by pulleys placed at the joints. A general optimization procedure is described for finding the best geometrical arrangement of such "exotendons" for assisting a specific movement. Optimality is defined either as minimal residual joint moment or as minimal residual joint power. Four specific exotendon systems with increasing complexity are considered. Representative human gait data were used to optimize each of these four systems to achieve maximal assistance for normal walking. Results The most complex exotendon system, with twelve pulleys per limb, was able to reduce the joint moments required for normal walking by 71% and joint power by 74%. A simpler system, with only three pulleys per limb, could reduce joint moments by 46% and joint power by 47%. Conclusion It is concluded that unpowered passive elastic devices can substantially reduce the muscle forces and the metabolic energy needed for walking, without requiring a change in movement. When optimally designed, such devices may allow independent locomotion in patients with large deficits in muscle function.

  14. Self Powered Highly Enhanced Dual Wavelength ZnO@CdS Core-Shell Nanorod Arrays Photodetector: An Intelligent Pair.

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    Sarkar, Sanjit; Basak, Durga

    2015-08-01

    On the face of the impending energy crisis, developing low-energy or even zero-energy photoelectronic devices is extremely important. A multispectral photosensitivity feature of a self-powered device provides an additional powerful tool. We have developed an unprecedented high performance dual wavelength self-powered ZnO@CdS/PEDOT:PSS core-shell nanorods array photodetector through a simple aqueous chemical method wherein a suitable band alignment between an intelligent material pair, i.e. ZnO and CdS, has been utilized. Besides a noteworthy advantage of the devices being that they show a very sharp and prominent dual wavelength photosensitivity, both the ultraviolet and visible light sensitivity (ratio of current under illumination (Iphoto)/current under dark (Idark)) of the device are two orders of higher magnitude than those of pristine ZnO, attaining values of 2.8 × 10(3) and 1.07 × 10(3), respectively. At the same time, temporal responses faster than 20 ms could be achieved with these solution-processed photodetectors. The present study provides a very important direction to engineer core-shell nanostructured devices for dual wavelength high photosensitivity.

  15. Feasibility study for SOFC-GT hybrid locomotive power: Part I. Development of a dynamic 3.5 MW SOFC-GT FORTRAN model

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    Martinez, Andrew S.; Brouwer, Jacob; Samuelsen, G. Scott

    2012-09-01

    This work presents the development of a dynamic SOFC-GT hybrid system model applied to a long-haul freight locomotive in operation. Given the expectations of the rail industry, the model is used to develop a preliminary analysis of the proposed system's operational capability on conventional diesel fuel as well as natural gas and hydrogen as potential fuels in the future. It is found that operation of the system on all three of these fuels is feasible with favorable efficiencies and reasonable dynamic response. The use of diesel fuel reformate in the SOFC presents a challenge to the electrochemistry, especially as it relates to control and optimization of the fuel utilization in the anode compartment. This is found to arise from the large amount of carbon monoxide in diesel reformate that is fed to the fuel cell, limiting the maximum fuel utilization possible. This presents an opportunity for further investigations into carbon monoxide electrochemical oxidation and/or system integration studies where the efficiency of the fuel reformer can be balanced against the needs of the SOFC.

  16. Decoupled Power Solution for Dual-input Isolated DC-DC Converters Using Four Quadrants Integrated Transformers (FQIT)

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    Ouyang, Ziwei; Andersen, Michael A. E.; Thomsen, Ole Cornelius

    2012-01-01

    A common limitation of power coupling effect in some known multiple-input dc-dc converters has been addressed in many literatures. In order to overcome this limitation, a new concept for decoupling the primary windings in the integrated multiple-winding transformers based on 3-dimensional (3D....... In order to verify the feasibility of the FQIT in multiple-input converter, a dual-input isolated boost dc-dc converter employing with the FQIT is designed and tested. The results have excellently demonstrated that the two input power stages can be operated independently and the correctness of all...

  17. Thermal design of a natural gas - diesel dual fuel turbocharged V18 engine for ship propulsion and power plant applications

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    Douvartzides, S.; Karmalis, I.

    2016-11-01

    A detailed method is presented on the thermal design of a natural gas - diesel dual fuel internal combustion engine. An 18 cylinder four stroke turbocharged engine is considered to operate at a maximum speed of 500 rpm for marine and power plant applications. Thermodynamic, heat transfer and fluid flow phenomena are mathematically analyzed to provide a real cycle analysis together with a complete set of calculated operation conditions, power characteristics and engine efficiencies. The method is found to provide results in close agreement to published data for the actual performance of similar engines such as V18 MAN 51/60DF.

  18. Repacking practice for G-3 engineering driller power unit with drive shaft of dual channel reverse circulation

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    Lihong ZHU; Kun YIN; Qingyan WANG; Yong HUANG

    2008-01-01

    In order to satisfy operating requirements for constant core drilling technology in reverse circulation with hollow-through DTH,the power unit of G-3 engineering driller was ameliorated. The new one with dual channel drive shaft, achieved the perfect assemble with transmission structure of the original power unit. It could interconvert according to need by using two sets of drive shafts with direct and reverse circulation. The repacked G-3 engineering driller carried on experiment in the field test in Luanchuan molybdenum mine of Henan, whose effect was very good.

  19. A Locomotion Intent Prediction System Based on Multi-Sensor Fusion

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    Baojun Chen

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Locomotion intent prediction is essential for the control of powered lower-limb prostheses to realize smooth locomotion transitions. In this research, we develop a multi-sensor fusion based locomotion intent prediction system, which can recognize current locomotion mode and detect locomotion transitions in advance. Seven able-bodied subjects were recruited for this research. Signals from two foot pressure insoles and three inertial measurement units (one on the thigh, one on the shank and the other on the foot are measured. A two-level recognition strategy is used for the recognition with linear discriminate classifier. Six kinds of locomotion modes and ten kinds of locomotion transitions are tested in this study. Recognition accuracy during steady locomotion periods (i.e., no locomotion transitions is 99.71% ± 0.05% for seven able-bodied subjects. During locomotion transition periods, all the transitions are correctly detected and most of them can be detected before transiting to new locomotion modes. No significant deterioration in recognition performance is observed in the following five hours after the system is trained, and small number of experiment trials are required to train reliable classifiers.

  20. Performance of geothermal power plants (single, dual, and binary) to compensate for LHC-CERN power consumption: comparative study

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    El Haj Assad, M; Bani-Hani, E; Khalil, M

    2017-01-01

    .... Results show that the binary power plant has the best performance and lowest cost compared with other geothermal power plants analyzed, and there is a reduction in the total power generation cost...

  1. A dual-beam dual-camera method for a battery-powered underwater miniature PIV (UWMPIV) system

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    Wang, Binbin; Liao, Qian [University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Milwaukee, WI (United States); Bootsma, Harvey A. [University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Freshwater Sciences, Milwaukee, WI (United States); Wang, Pei-Fang [Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Advanced Systems and Applied Sciences, Envrionmental Sciences, San Diego, CA (United States)

    2012-06-15

    A battery-powered in situ Underwater Miniature PIV (UWMPIV) has been developed and deployed for field studies. Instead of generating high-energy laser pulses as in a conventional PIV system, the UWMPIV employs a low-power Continuous Wave (CW) laser (class IIIb) and an oscillating mirror (galvanometer) to generate laser sheets. In a previous version of the UWMPIV, the time between exposures of a pair of particle images, {delta}t, could not be reduced without loss of illumination strength. This limitation makes it unsuitable for high-speed flows. In this paper, we present a technique to solve this problem by adopting two CW lasers with different wavelength and two CCD cameras in a second-generation UWMPIV system. Several issues including optical alignment, non-uniform distribution of {delta}t due to the varying speed of the scanning beam and local flow velocities are discussed. The timing issue is solved through a simple calibration procedure that involves the reconstruction of maps of laser beam arrival time. Comparison of the performance between the new method and a conventional PIV system is presented. Measurements were performed in a laboratory open-channel flume. Excellent agreement was found between the new method and the standard PIV measurement in terms of the extracted vertical profiles of mean velocity, RMS fluctuation, Reynolds stress and dissipation rate of turbulent kinetic energy. (orig.)

  2. System design of a large fuel cell hybrid locomotive

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    Miller, A. R.; Hess, K. S.; Barnes, D. L.; Erickson, T. L.

    Fuel cell power for locomotives combines the environmental benefits of a catenary-electric locomotive with the higher overall energy efficiency and lower infrastructure costs of a diesel-electric. A North American consortium, a public-private partnership, is developing a prototype hydrogen-fueled fuel cell-battery hybrid switcher locomotive for urban and military-base rail applications. Switcher locomotives are used in rail yards for assembling and disassembling trains and moving trains from one point to another. At 127 tonnes (280,000 lb), continuous power of 250 kW from its (proton exchange membrane) PEM fuel cell prime mover, and transient power well in excess of 1 MW, the hybrid locomotive will be the heaviest and most powerful fuel cell land vehicle yet. This fast-paced project calls for completion of the vehicle itself near the end of 2007. Several technical challenges not found in the development of smaller vehicles arise when designing and developing such a large fuel cell vehicle. Weight, center of gravity, packaging, and safety were design factors leading to, among other features, the roof location of the lightweight 350 bar compressed hydrogen storage system. Harsh operating conditions, especially shock loads during coupling to railcars, require component mounting systems capable of absorbing high energy. Vehicle scale-up by increasing mass, density, or power presents new challenges primarily related to issues of system layout, hydrogen storage, heat transfer, and shock loads.

  3. System design of a large fuel cell hybrid locomotive

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    Miller, A.R.; Hess, K.S.; Barnes, D.L.; Erickson, T.L. [Vehicle Projects LLC, 621 17th Street, Suite 2131, Denver, CO 80293 (United States)

    2007-11-15

    Fuel cell power for locomotives combines the environmental benefits of a catenary-electric locomotive with the higher overall energy efficiency and lower infrastructure costs of a diesel-electric. A North American consortium, a public-private partnership, is developing a prototype hydrogen-fueled fuel cell-battery hybrid switcher locomotive for urban and military-base rail applications. Switcher locomotives are used in rail yards for assembling and disassembling trains and moving trains from one point to another. At 127 tonnes (280,000 lb), continuous power of 250 kW from its (proton exchange membrane) PEM fuel cell prime mover, and transient power well in excess of 1 MW, the hybrid locomotive will be the heaviest and most powerful fuel cell land vehicle yet. This fast-paced project calls for completion of the vehicle itself near the end of 2007. Several technical challenges not found in the development of smaller vehicles arise when designing and developing such a large fuel cell vehicle. Weight, center of gravity, packaging, and safety were design factors leading to, among other features, the roof location of the lightweight 350 bar compressed hydrogen storage system. Harsh operating conditions, especially shock loads during coupling to railcars, require component mounting systems capable of absorbing high energy. Vehicle scale-up by increasing mass, density, or power presents new challenges primarily related to issues of system layout, hydrogen storage, heat transfer, and shock loads. (author)

  4. Characteristics and thermal behavior analysis of lithium-ion batteries for application in hybrid locomotives

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    Chatterjee, Krishnashis

    The locomotive industry accounts for 2.5 % of the total fuel consumption in the US. Thus the necessity for reducing fuel consumption and emissions led to the development of the concept of hybrid locomotive which is dual powered by the diesel engine and electric motors. But the energy dissipated in braking such a locomotive in a year is enough to power over 9100 average US households over the same period of time. Recovering this energy using regenerative braking system and storing it in a electric battery is of great interest among researchers for improving overall efficiency and reducing consumption of fuels. In the present study, LiFePO4 batteries, a type of the state-of-art lithium-ion batteries, have been tested under different environmental and load conditions. Environmental temperatures were varied to analyze their effects on the charging and discharging patterns of the battery by using the CADEX battery analyzer in order to find the temperature range for optimum battery performance. The fluctuations of temperature of the battery surface were monitored along the length of the tests, using Infra-Red imaging and thermocouple probes at different points on the battery surface. Both battery performance characteristics and the variation of the battery surface temperature were also recorded for different load cycles in order to get a comprehensive picture of the heat generation and its effect on the behavior of the battery under different load conditions. Lastly a practical Load Cycle analysis of the battery has been performed which gave a picture of the heat generated by the battery and also the performance characteristics as it is subjected to a practical Load Cycle.

  5. Synthesis of digital locomotive receiver of automatic locomotive signaling

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    K. V. Goncharov

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. Automatic locomotive signaling of continuous type with a numeric coding (ALSN has several disadvantages: a small number of signal indications, low noise stability, high inertia and low functional flexibility. Search for new and more advanced methods of signal processing for automatic locomotive signaling, synthesis of the noise proof digital locomotive receiver are essential. Methodology. The proposed algorithm of detection and identification locomotive signaling codes is based on the definition of mutual correlations of received oscillation and reference signals. For selecting threshold levels of decision element the following criterion has been formulated: the locomotive receiver should maximum set the correct solution for a given probability of dangerous errors. Findings. It has been found that the random nature of the ALSN signal amplitude does not affect the detection algorithm. However, the distribution law and numeric characteristics of signal amplitude affect the probability of errors, and should be considered when selecting a threshold levels According to obtained algorithm of detection and identification ALSN signals the digital locomotive receiver has been synthesized. It contains band pass filter, peak limiter, normalizing amplifier with automatic gain control circuit, analog to digital converter and digital signal processor. Originality. The ALSN system is improved by the way of the transfer of technical means to modern microelectronic element base, more perfect methods of detection and identification codes of locomotive signaling are applied. Practical value. Use of digital technology in the construction of the locomotive receiver ALSN will expand its functionality, will increase the noise immunity and operation stability of the locomotive signal system in conditions of various destabilizing factors.

  6. Design and implementation of power efficient 10-bit dual port SRAM on 28 nm technology

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    Gulati, Anmol; Gupta, Ashutosh; Murgai, Shruti; Bhaskar, Lala

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, 10 bit synchronous clock gated Dual port RAM has been designed. The negative latch based clock gating technique has been employed to optimize the power of the design. The design has been implemented on XV7K70T device, -3 speed grade, and kintex 7 FPGA family on Xilinx ISE Design Suite 14.7 using 28 nm technology. The design has been synthesized using Verilog HDL. We have been successful in achieving approximately 55 % reduction in total clock power, 81.55% reduction in BRAM power, 82.65%, 0.07%, 1.04% and 11.31% reduction in static power, 72.32%, 38.60%, 68.74% and 71.97%, reduction in dynamic power and 72.44%, 16.96%, 60.88% and 71.06% reduction in total supply power at 1 THz, 1GHz, 100 GHz and 1000 GHz frequency respectively. The power of the device has been calculated using XPower Analyzer tool of Xilinx ISE Design Suite 14.7.

  7. Locomotion through Morphosis

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    Larsen, Jørgen Christian

    construction kit called LocoKit, which is intended as a system on which studies on locomotion can be done in a simple way. The simplicity is ob- tained by giving the user the opportunity to build legged robots from a set of small components which allows for adjusting various parameters on the robot, even after...... in nature can be found and tested. These results shows the poten- tial of LocoKit and are nicely in line with the goal of the project. I future development, LocoKit will be improved in such a way that it allows the user to build even more efficient robots than have been build until now....

  8. Corporeal-Locomotive Media

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    Nørgård, Rikke Toft

    activities and experiences across the abovementioned gameworlds. As a consequence, the article points towards the centrality of expressive first-person corporeality and locomotion in digital games – a circumstance that sets the practice and experience of digital games apart from media practices...... and experiences such as reading or listening to a story and watching a movie or theatre play and other traditional or new media forms. These circumstances make the article question whether digital games can be understood as (new) media form at all and, thus, it points towards a possible new vocabulary...... and structure’ of a couple of specific interactions, expressions and experiences that in the study have proven to be characteristic of being a gameplayer in gameplay in digital games – regardless of whether you are a child playing Temple Run 2 or Frut Ninja on the iPhone, a tween playing Battlefield 3 on your...

  9. Numerical Comparison of NASA's Dual Brayton Power Generation System Performance Using CO2 or N2 as the Working Fluid

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    Ownens, Albert K.; Lavelle, Thomas M.; Hervol, David S.

    2010-01-01

    A Dual Brayton Power Conversion System (DBPCS) has been tested at the NASA Glenn Research Center using Nitrogen (N2) as the working fluid. This system uses two closed Brayton cycle systems that share a common heat source and working fluid but are otherwise independent. This system has been modeled using the Numerical Propulsion System Simulation (NPSS) environment. This paper presents the results of a numerical study that investigated system performance changes resulting when the working fluid is changed from gaseous (N2) to gaseous carbon dioxide (CO2).

  10. Visuomotor control of human adaptive locomotion: Understanding the anticipatory nature

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    Takahiro eHiguchi

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available To maintain balance during locomotion, the central nervous system (CNS accommodates changes in the constraints of spatial environment (e.g., existence of an obstacle or changes in the surface properties. Locomotion while modifying the basic movement patterns in response to such constraints is referred to as adaptive locomotion. The most powerful means of ensuring balance during adaptive locomotion is to visually perceive the environmental properties at a distance and modify the movement patterns in an anticipatory manner to avoid perturbation altogether. For this reason, visuomotor control of adaptive locomotion is characterized, at least in part, by its anticipatory nature. The purpose of the present article is to review the relevant studies which revealed the anticipatory nature of the visuomotor control of adaptive locomotion. The anticipatory locomotor adjustments for stationary and changeable environment, as well as the spatio-temporal patterns of gaze behavior to support the anticipatory locomotor adjustments are described. Such description will clearly show that anticipatory locomotor adjustments are initiated when an object of interest (e.g., a goal or obstacle still exists in far space. This review also show that, as a prerequisite of anticipatory locomotor adjustments, environmental properties are accurately perceived from a distance in relation to individual’s action capabilities.

  11. On the rules for aquatic locomotion

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    Saadat, M.; Fish, F. E.; Domel, A. G.; Di Santo, V.; Lauder, G. V.; Haj-Hariri, H.

    2017-08-01

    We present unifying rules governing the efficient locomotion of swimming fish and marine mammals. Using scaling and dimensional analysis, supported by new experimental data, we show that efficient locomotion occurs when the values of the Strouhal (St) number St (=f A /U ) and A*(=A /L ) , two nondimensional numbers that relate forward speed U , tail-beat amplitude A , tail-beat frequency f , and the length of the swimmer L are bound to the tight ranges of 0.2-0.4 and 0.1-0.3, respectively. The tight range of 0.2-0.4 for the St number has previously been associated with optimal thrust generation. We show that the St number alone is insufficient to achieve optimal aquatic locomotion, and an additional condition on A* is needed. More importantly, we show that when swimming at minimal power consumption, the Strouhal number of a cruising swimmer is predetermined solely by the shape and drag characteristics of the swimmer. We show that diverse species of fish and cetaceans cruise indeed with the St number and A* predicted by our theory. Our findings provide a physical explanation as to why fast aquatic swimmers cruise with a relatively constant tail-beat amplitude of approximately 20% of the body length, and their swimming speed is nearly proportional to their tail-beat frequency.

  12. 大功率交流电力机车枕梁簧座焊接工艺优化%Welding Technics Improving to the Spring Pedestal of High - power AC Electric Locomotive

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    贺煣; 许立勇; 谷祥帅

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents the product structure ,welding quality requirement ,assembling and welding scheme of the spring pedestal which used in the bolster beam of High - power AC Transmission Electric Locomotive .According to the analysis of the welding fault which caused by manual welding method and robot -welding method ,improved the welding technics and established an effective solution ,finally ensures the welding quality and heightens the manufacture efficiency of the spring pedestal which used in the bolster beam .%  文章介绍了大功率交流传动电力机车枕梁簧座产品结构、焊接质量要求、装配和焊接方案,对焊接缺陷进行了系统分析,制定了有效的解决措施,保证了枕梁簧座的焊接质量,提高了生产效率。

  13. Analysis and Design Considerations of a High-Power Density, Dual Air Gap, Axial-Field Brushless, Permanent Magnet Motor.

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    Cho, Chahee Peter

    1995-01-01

    Until recently, brush dc motors have been the dominant drive system because they provide easily controlled motor speed over a wide range, rapid acceleration and deceleration, convenient control of position, and lower product cost. Despite these capabilities, the brush dc motor configuration does not satisfy the design requirements for the U.S. Navy's underwater propulsion applications. Technical advances in rare-earth permanent magnet materials, in high-power semiconductor transistor technology, and in various rotor position-sensing devices have made using brushless permanent magnet motors a viable alternative. This research investigates brushless permanent magnet motor technology, studying the merits of dual-air gap, axial -field, brushless, permanent magnet motor configuration in terms of power density, efficiency, and noise/vibration levels. Because the design objectives for underwater motor applications include high-power density, high-performance, and low-noise/vibration, the traditional, simplified equivalent circuit analysis methods to assist in meeting these goals were inadequate. This study presents the development and verification of detailed finite element analysis (FEA) models and lumped parameter circuit models that can calculate back electromotive force waveforms, inductance, cogging torque, energized torque, and eddy current power losses. It is the first thorough quantification of dual air-gap, axial -field, brushless, permanent magnet motor parameters and performance characteristics. The new methodology introduced in this research not only facilitates the design process of an axial field, brushless, permanent magnet motor but reinforces the idea that the high-power density, high-efficiency, and low-noise/vibration motor is attainable.

  14. [Evolution of tetrapod locomotion].

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    Gambarian, P P

    2002-01-01

    Fish-like ancestors of tetrapods did not need strong limb musculature because they inhabited waters and were practically imponderable. In the primitive tetrapods, principal function of the limbs was initially restricted to passive anchoring in the course of animal movements on the substrate by means of lateral bending of the body (undulation). However, progressive development of carrying function of tetrapod limbs lead to clearing the body off the substrate which reduced friction costs and made the tetrapods less dependent on the substrate properties. Along with this, the limbs became more important as the active locomotory organs. But at the beginning, this diminished locomotory speed as the momentum caused by undulation could no longer provide additional forward sliding. Locomotory function of the tetrapod limb could be carried out due to both retraction and pronation at the shoulder joint. Relatively short humerus of the primitive tetrapods made it indifferent which of these two particular actions lead to elongation of the steps. In most of the recent tetrapods with sprawling limbs (Urodela, Lacertilia Sphenodontia, Crocodilia), step elongation was carried out mainly by retraction at the shoulder joint. Contrary to this, in Tachyglossidae (Mammalia: Monotremata) retraction is absent while pronation at the shoulder joint becomes the most important component of step elongation. This made it possible to recognize two principal types, pronatory and retractory, of locomotion on the basis of the main movement in the phase of support. A mathematical model describing changes in step length during the phase of support in both of these types is elaborated. It takes into account relative sizes of stylopodium and zeugopodium, the angles of pronation and retraction at the shoulder joint, the angle of adduction at the elbow joint, and the angle of body undulation arc. It is shown on the basis of this model, varying of which of the above parameters is advantageous and which is

  15. A Dual-Band Coaxial Waveguide Mode Converter for High-Power Microwave Applications

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    ZHANG Qiang; YUAN Cheng-Wei; LIU Lie

    2011-01-01

    @@ A dual-band coaxial waveguide mode converter is investigated.In the converter, the TEM mode (Coa.TEM) and TMol circular waveguide (Cir.TM) mode are transformed simultaneously into TE coaxial waveguide (Coa.TE) mode and TE circular waveguide (Cir.TE) mode, respectively.The optimized geometrical di- mensions are achieved by employing the mode coupling theory.A mode converter at 1.3GHz and 5.0GHz is designed, and conversion efficiencies of Coa.TEM-to-Coa.TE and Cir.TM-to-Cir.TE are 99.88% and 99.70% at central frequency, respectively.Over the frequency ranges 1.15 1.51 GHz and 4.87-5.19CHz, the conversion efficiency exceeds 90%.A good agreement between theoretical calculations and computer simulations is observed, demonstrating the feasibility of the dual-band mode converter.

  16. Nanogenerator-based dual-functional and self-powered thin patch loudspeaker or microphone for flexible electronics

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    Li, Wei; Torres, David; Díaz, Ramón; Wang, Zhengjun; Wu, Changsheng; Wang, Chuan; Lin Wang, Zhong; Sepúlveda, Nelson

    2017-05-01

    Ferroelectret nanogenerators were recently introduced as a promising alternative technology for harvesting kinetic energy. Here we report the device's intrinsic properties that allow for the bidirectional conversion of energy between electrical and mechanical domains; thus extending its potential use in wearable electronics beyond the power generation realm. This electromechanical coupling, combined with their flexibility and thin film-like form, bestows dual-functional transducing capabilities to the device that are used in this work to demonstrate its use as a thin, wearable and self-powered loudspeaker or microphone patch. To determine the device's performance and applicability, sound pressure level is characterized in both space and frequency domains for three different configurations. The confirmed device's high performance is further validated through its integration in three different systems: a music-playing flag, a sound recording film and a flexible microphone for security applications.

  17. Design of Dual Dynamic Flip-Flop with Featuring Efficient Embedded Logic for Low Power Cmos Vlsi Circuits

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we introduce a new dual dynamic node hybrid flip-flop (DDFF and a novel embedded logic module (DDFF-ELM based on DDFF. The proposed designs eliminate the large capacitance present in the pre-charge node of several state-of-the-art designs by following a split dynamic node structure to separately drive the output pull-up and pull down transistors. The aim of the DDFF-ELM is to reduce pipeline overhead. It presents an area, power, and speed efficient method to incorporate complex logic functions into the flip-flop. The performance comparisons made in a 90 nm technology when compared to the Semi dynamic flip-flop, with no degradation in speed performance. The leakage power and process-voltage-temperature variations of various designs are studied in detail and are compared with the proposed designs.

  18. An Efficient Subcarrier and Power Allocation Algorithm for Dual-Service Provisioning in OFDMA Based WiBro Systems

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    Anas, Mohmmad; Kim, Kanghee; Ahn, Jee Hwan

    2005-01-01

    This paper investigates the problem of resource allocation for quality of service (QoS) support in Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) based WiBro systems. We identify the key QoS parameters as data rate and bit error rate (BER), which are used to determine the individual traffic...... BE users in assigning subcarrier and allocating power. We present the simulation results of the proposed algorithms applied to frequency selective Rayleigh fading channel with additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) and OFDMA....... demands. We propose a resource allocation algorithm to provide dual-service, Guaranteed Performance (GP) and Best Effort (BE) differentiated on the basis of required QoS. Subcarrier assignment and power allocation are carried out sequentially to reduce the complexity, and GP users are given priority over...

  19. Implementation of nanoscale circuits using dual metal gate engineered nanowire MOSFET with high-k dielectrics for low power applications

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    Charles Pravin, J.; Nirmal, D.; Prajoon, P.; Ajayan, J.

    2016-09-01

    This work covers the impact of dual metal gate engineered Junctionless MOSFET with various high-k dielectric in Nanoscale circuits for low power applications. Due to gate engineering in junctionless MOSFET, graded potential is obtained and results in higher electron velocity of about 31% for HfO2 than SiO2 in the channel region, which in turn improves the carrier transport efficiency. The simulation is done using sentaurus TCAD, ON current, OFF current, ION/IOFF ratio, DIBL, gain, transconductance and transconductance generation factor parameters are analysed. When using HfO2, DIBL shows a reduction of 61.5% over SiO2. The transconductance and transconductance generation factor shows an improvement of 44% and 35% respectively. The gain and output resistance also shows considerable improvement with high-k dielectrics. Using this device, inverter circuit is implemented with different high-k dielectric material and delay have been decreased by 4% with HfO2 when compared to SiO2. In addition, a significant reduction in power dissipation of the inverter circuit is obtained with high-k dielectric Dual Metal Surround Gate Junctionless Transistor than SiO2 based device. From the analysis, it is found that HfO2 will be a better alternative for the future nanoscale device.

  20. Modulation corticale de la locomotion

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    Tard, Céline

    2015-01-01

    Patients with Parkinson 's disease present gait impairments, sometimes sudden and unexpected, either improved or deteriorated with environmental stimuli. Attention focalization, either on external stimuli or on gait, could then modulate locomotion.The main objective was to better characterize how environmental stimuli would modulate locomotion, via attentional networks, in healthy subjects and in parkinsonian patients, with or without freezing of gait.At first, we precisely defined the attent...

  1. A Novel Power Reduction Technique for Dual-Threshold Domino Logic in Sub-65nm Technology

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    Tarun Kr. Gupta

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available A novel technique for dual- threshold is proposed and examined with inputs and clock signals combinationin 65nm dual- threshold footerless domino circuit for reduced leakage current. In this technique a p-typeand an n-type leakage controlled transistor (LCTsare introduced between the pull-up and pull-downnetwork and the gate of one is controlled by the source of the other. A high-threshold transistor is used inthe input for reducing gate oxide leakage current which becomes dominant in nanometer technology.Simulations based on 65nm BISM4 model for proposeddomino circuits shows that CLIL (clock low andinput low and CHIH (clock high and input high state is ineffective for lowering leakage current. TheCLIH (clock low input high state is only effective to suppress the leakage at low and high temperatures forwide fan-in domino circuits but for AND gate CHIL (clock high input low state is preferred to reducetheleakage current. The proposed circuit technique forAND2, OR2, OR4 and OR8 circuits reduces the activepower consumption by 39.6% to 57.9% and by 32.4% to40.3% at low and high die temperaturesrespectively when compared to the standard dual-threshold voltage domino logic circuits.

  2. A Novel Power Reduction Technique for Dual-Threshold Domino Logic in Sub-65nm Technology

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    Tarun Kr. Gupta

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available A novel technique for dual- threshold is proposed and examined with inputs and clock signals combinationin 65nm dual- threshold footerless domino circuit for reduced leakage current. In this technique a p-typeand an n-type leakage controlled transistor (LCTsare introduced between the pull-up and pull-downnetwork and the gate of one is controlled by the source of the other. A high-threshold transistor is used inthe input for reducing gate oxide leakage current which becomes dominant in nanometer technology.Simulations based on 65nm BISM4 model for proposeddomino circuits shows that CLIL (clock low andinput low and CHIH (clock high and input high state is ineffective for lowering leakage current. TheCLIH (clock low input high state is only effective to suppress the leakage at low and high temperatures forwide fan-in domino circuits but for AND gate CHIL (clock high input low state is preferred to reducetheleakage current. The proposed circuit technique forAND2, OR2, OR4 and OR8 circuits reduces the activepower consumption by 39.6% to 57.9% and by 32.4% to40.3% at low and high die temperaturesrespectively when compared to the standard dual-threshold voltage domino logic circuits.

  3. Advanced Stirling Convertor Dual Convertor Controller Testing at NASA Glenn Research Center in the Radioisotope Power Systems System Integration Laboratory

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    Dugala, Gina M.; Taylor, Linda M.; Bell, Mark E.; Dolce, James L.; Fraeman, Martin; Frankford, David P.

    2015-01-01

    NASA Glenn Research Center developed a nonnuclear representation of a Radioisotope Power System (RPS) consisting of a pair of Advanced Stirling Convertors (ASCs), Dual Convertor Controller (DCC) EMs (engineering models) 2 and 3, and associated support equipment, which were tested in the Radioisotope Power Systems System Integration Laboratory (RSIL). The DCC was designed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) to actively control a pair of ASCs. The first phase of testing included a Dual Advanced Stirling Convertor Simulator (DASCS), which was developed by JHU/APL and simulates the operation and electrical behavior of a pair of ASCs in real time via a combination of hardware and software. RSIL provides insight into the electrical interactions between a representative radioisotope power generator, its associated control schemes, and realistic electric system loads. The first phase of integration testing included the following spacecraft bus configurations: capacitive, battery, and super-capacitor. A load profile, created based on data from several missions, tested the RPS's and RSIL's ability to maintain operation during load demands above and below the power provided by the RPS. The integration testing also confirmed the DCC's ability to disconnect from the spacecraft when the bus voltage dipped below 22 volts or exceeded 36 volts. Once operation was verified with the DASCS, the tests were repeated with actual operating ASCs. The goal of this integration testing was to verify operation of the DCC when connected to a spacecraft and to verify the functionality of the newly designed RSIL. The results of these tests are presented in this paper.

  4. High-power SiC MESFET using a dual p-buffer layer for an S-band power amplifier

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    Deng Xiao-Chuan; Sun He; Rao Cheng-Yuan; Zhang Bo

    2013-01-01

    A silicon carbide (SiC) based metal semiconductor field effect transistor (MESFET) is fabricated by using a standard SiC MESFET structure with the application of a dual p-buffer layer and a multi-recessed gate to the process for an S-band power amplifier.The lower doped upper-buffer layer serves to maintain the channel current,while the higher doped lowerbuffer layer is used to provide excellent electron confinement in the channel layer.A 20-mm gate periphery SiC MESFET biased at a drain voltage of 85 V demonstrates a pulsed wave saturated output power of 94 W,a linear gain of 11.7 dB,and a maximum power added efficiency of 24.3% at 3.4 GHz.These results are improved compared with those of the conventional single p-buffer MESFET fabricated in this work using the same process.A radio-frequency power output greater than 4.7 W/mm is achieved,showing the potential as a high-voltage operation device for high-power solid-state amplifier applications.

  5. 785-nm dual wavelength DBR diode lasers and MOPA systems with output powers up to 750 mW

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    Sumpf, Bernd; Maiwald, Martin; Klehr, Andreas; Müller, André; Bugge, Frank; Fricke, Jörg; Ressel, Peter; Erbert, Götz; Tränkle, Günther

    2015-03-01

    Raman lines are often superimposed by daylight, artificial light sources or fluorescence signals from the samples under study. Shifted excitation Raman difference spectroscopy (SERDS), i.e. exciting the sample alternatingly with two slightly shifted wavelengths, allows to distinguish between the Raman lines and sources of interference. In this work, monolithic dual wavelength Y-branch DBR ridge waveguide diode lasers and their application in master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) systems at 785 nm suitable for Raman spectroscopy and SERDS will be presented. The definition of the wavelengths is made by implementing deeply-etched 10th order 500 μm long surface gratings with different periods using i-line wafer stepper lithography. Y-branch DBR lasers with a total length of 3 mm and a stripe width of 2.2 μm were manufactured and characterized. The monolithic devices reach output powers up to 215 mW with emission widths of about 20 pm. At 200 mW the conversion efficiency is 20%, i.e. the electrical power consumption is only 1 W. The spectral distance between the two laser cavities is about 0.6 nm, i.e. 10 cm-1 as targeted. The side mode suppression ratio is better than 50 dB. Amplifying these devices using a ridge waveguide amplifier an output power of about 750 mW could be achieved maintaining the spectral properties of the master oscillator.

  6. A high-efficiency, low-noise power solution for a dual-channel GNSS RF receiver

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    Jian, Shi; Taishan, Mo; Jianlian, Le; Yebing, Gan; Chengyan, Ma; Tianchun, Ye

    2012-08-01

    A high-efficiency low-noise power solution for a dual-channel GNSS RF receiver is presented. The power solution involves a DC—DC buck converter and a followed low-dropout regulator (LDO). The pulse-width-modulation (PWM) control method is adopted for better noise performance. An improved low-power high-frequency PWM control circuit is proposed, which halves the average quiescent current of the buck converter to 80 μA by periodically shutting down the OTA. The size of the output stage has also been optimized to achieve high efficiency under a light load condition. In addition, a novel soft-start circuit based on a current limiter has been implemented to avoid inrush current. Fabricated with commercial 180-nm CMOS technology, the DC—DC converter achieves a peak efficiency of 93.1% under a 2 MHz working frequency. The whole receiver consumes only 20.2 mA from a 3.3 V power supply and has a noise figure of 2.5 dB.

  7. 和谐型大功率内燃机车高摩合成闸瓦的研制%Development of Composite Brake Shoes with High Friction Coefficient for High Power Diesel Locomotive (HXN)

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    裴顶峰; 张国文; 党佳; 贺春江

    2012-01-01

    Nitrile butadiene rubber modified phenolic resin was used as adhesive. Graphite, bauxite, potash feldspar powder, reduced ferrous powder and precipitated barium sulfate were used as filler. Steel fiber and sepiolite fiber were used as reinforcing fibers. The friction material of composite brake shoe with high friction coefficient was constituted by the blend of the above materials. Composite brake shoe with high friction coefficient for high power diesel locomotive was developed through optimizing technology and formula by trial and error. Test results show that all the physical, mechanical, braking, friction and wear properties of the developed composite brake shoe with high friction coefficient meet the technical requirements of high power diesel locomotive (HXN). The impact strength and compression modulus reaches 3. 8 kJ ? M-2 and 460 Mpa respectively. Tests of 1 : 1 Train braking dynamic test stand also show that, at the speed of 120 km ? H-1, the braking distance of the loaded car, the maximum temperature of wheel tread and abrasion loss is 817 m, 215 °C and 0. 87 cm3 ? MJ-1 respectively, which can fully meet the operating requirements of emergency braking distance less than 1100 m, the maximum temperature of wheel tread less than 400 t and the braking abrasion loss of loaded car less than 1. 5 cm3 ? MJ-1 at the speed of 120 km ? H-1. The compressive properties of composite brake shoes with high friction coefficient have reached the level of the same type foreign products.%以丁腈橡胶改性酚醛树脂为黏合剂,石墨、铝矾土、钾长石粉、还原铁粉和沉淀硫酸钡等为填料,钢纤维和海泡石纤维为增强纤维,混合构成了高摩合成闸瓦的摩擦材料;通过反复实验,优化配方及工艺,研制出适合我国和谐型大功率内燃机车运用需求的高摩合成闸瓦.测试结果显示:研制的高摩合成闸瓦的各项物理力学性能及制动摩擦磨损性能符合和谐型大功率

  8. 中华倒刺鲃幼鱼游泳运动功率曲线模型分析%Analysis of Power Curve Model on Swimming Locomotion in Qingbo ( Spinibarbus sinensis )

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    庞旭; 袁兴中; 曹振东; 彭姜岚; 付世建

    2012-01-01

    To investigate the physiological mechanism and power adaptive strategy of swimming locomotion, we measured the critical swimming speed (Ucirt) and excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) of juvenile qingbo {Spinibarbus sinensis) , and analyzed their power curve models. The results found that the oxygen consumption rate (Mo2 ) increased significantly with the increase of the swimming speed in juvenile qingbo (p< 0. 05) and the relationship between MO2 and swimming speed (U) could be described as: Mo2=222.97+0.148U2.204(R2=0.894,n=61,p<0.01) and Mo2=167.00e0.036U(R2 =0.895,n=61,p<0.01= , respectively. After exhaustive exercise, the Mo2 increased significantly and immediately reached the peak values (Mo2pcak) , then, it resumed quickly to a steady state and thus turn into so called 'slow oxygen debt repayment period' (p<0.05). The study showed that qingbo had a strong aerobic but weak anaerobic metabolic ability. The Mo2active during critical swimming speed was similar to the Mo2peak elicited by exhaustive exercise. The locomotive strategy may relate to its low predator stress and active foraging mode in field.%为探讨鱼类游泳运动的生理机制和功率适应对策,在25℃条件下,对中华倒刺鲃(Spinibarbus sinensis)幼鱼临界游泳速度(Uccit)和力竭后过量耗氧值(EPOC)进行测定并对功率曲线进行回归分析.结果发现:随着游泳速度的增加,中华倒刺鲃的耗氧率(Mo2)显著上升(p<0.05),其幂函数和指数回归方程分别为:Mo2=222.97+0.148U2.204(R2=0.894,n=61,p<0.01)和Mo2=167.00e0.036U(R2 =0.895,n=61,p<0.01);力竭运动后耗氧率显著上升并立即达到峰值(Mo2peak),然后迅速回落到平稳状态(p<0.05),进入慢速氧债偿还期,其负指数回归方程为:Mo2=280.99+984.35e- 0.193T(R2=0.907,n=140,p<0.01).研究表明中华倒刺鲃是一种有氧代谢能力较强而无氧运动能力较弱的鱼,它的活跃代谢(Mo2active)与EPOC峰值(Mo2peak)相当,这应与该鱼

  9. Optimizing snake locomotion in the plane. II. Large transverse friction

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    Alben, Silas

    2013-01-01

    We determine analytically the form of optimal snake locomotion when the coefficient of transverse friction is large, the typical regime for biological and robotic snakes. We find that the optimal snake motion is a retrograde traveling wave, with a wave amplitude that decays as the -1/4 power of the coefficient of transverse friction. This result agrees well with our numerical computations.

  10. Dual-beam ELF wave generation as a function of power, frequency, modulation waveform, and receiver location

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    Agrawal, D.; Moore, R. C.

    2012-12-01

    Dual-beam ELF wave generation experiments performed at the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) HF transmitter are used to investigate the dependence of the generated ELF wave magnitude on HF power, HF frequency, modulation waveform, and receiver location. During the experiments, two HF beams transmit simultaneously: one amplitude modulated (AM) HF beam modulates the conductivity of the lower ionosphere at ELF frequencies while a second HF beam broadcasts a continuous waveform (CW) signal, modifying the efficiency of ELF conductivity modulation and thereby the efficiency of ELF wave generation. We report experimental results for different ambient ionospheric conditions, and we interpret the observations in the context of a newly developed dual-beam HF heating model. A comparison between model predictions and experimental observations indicates that the theoretical model includes the essential physics involved in multifrequency HF heating of the lower ionosphere. In addition to the HF transmission parameters mentioned above, the model is used to predict the dependence of ELF wave magnitude on the polarization of the CW beam and on the modulation frequency of the modulated beam. We consider how these effects vary with ambientD-region electron density and electron temperature.

  11. Output Filter Design for a Novel Dual-Input PV-Wind Power Converter by Energy Balance Principle

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    Chih-Lung Shen

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a detailed and systematic derivation of the output filter in a novel dual-input photovoltaic (PV-wind converter (DIPWC is presented. The theoretical derivation is based on an energy balance principle. While the DIPWC operates in steady state, the amount of charged energy of the output filter will be equal to that of the energy pumped away within one switching cycle. From this zero net change in energy, the minimum value of the output filter can be found. With the determined value, the DIPWC is able to operate in continuous conduction for high power applications. The developed procedure of the inductance determination can be applied to other types of dual-input converters. Therefore, it makes significant contributions to the design toward a green-energy, multi-input converter. To verify the correctness of the mathematical analysis, the DIPWC—with the derived output inductance—is built and tested. Practical measurements and results have verified the inductance determination.

  12. A compact dual-wavelength Nd:LuVO4 laser with adjustable power-ratio between 1064 nm and 1342 nm lines by controlling polarization dependent loss

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    Qi, Yaoyao; Yu, Haijuan; Zhang, Jingyuan; Zhang, Ling; He, Chaojian; Lin, Xuechun

    2017-01-01

    We demonstrate a compact dual-wavelength operation of Nd:LuVO4 laser with a power-ratio adjustable between 1064 nm and 1342 nm lines in a compound cavity configuration. The output power at two wavelengths of the laser indicates that it depends not only on pumping-power and but also on the controllable polarization loss in the cavity. Also, the power-ratio, defined as ratio between the output power at 1064 nm and that at 1342 nm, can be adjusted from 0 to 8 or higher accurately by rotating a quarter-wave plate (QWP) in the cavity.

  13. Design on hopping locomotion mechanism

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    LU Yong-kui; WU Yue-hua; YANG Jie; Hisayuki AOYAMA

    2005-01-01

    A new type of locomotion mechanism is introduced in this paper. With vibrating motors used in controling the movement of the hopping locomotion mechanism, the simple hopping locomotion mechanism had two motors, when the current went through the vertical motor, the vertical motor would vibrate to cause the mechanism to go forward, and when the current went through the horizontal motor, the mechanism will go around itself. A spring was added to the mechanism to change the natural frequency of the mechanism, when the frequency of the motor was equal to the natural frequency of the mechanism, the mechanism would hop resonantly. With the resonant hopping, the load of the mechanism was greatly enlarged, and some sensors could be added to the mechanism. Optical sensors were used to detect the infrared source, the current that went through the sensors related to the distance between the infrared light. Three optical sensors was put on the left, right and the front the mechanism, when the mechanism detect the special infrared source, it would turn itself to the light, and go forward to the light. The experiments of the mechanism shown that the mechanism could work well on different surfaces freely, and the resonant hopping locomotion mechanism with infrared sensors could move to the special light by automatic regulation. Experimental results and theoretical studies demonstrate that the innovative design for hopping locomotion mechanism is superior.

  14. Analysis of dual band power and data telemetry for biomedical implants.

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    Guoxing Wang; Peijun Wang; Yina Tang; Wentai Liu

    2012-06-01

    Inductive coupling is commonly used for wireless power and data transfer in biomedical telemetry systems. To increase data bandwidth while maintaining power transfer efficiency, a multiband telemetry system transmitting power and data using different frequencies has been adopted. However, the power link and data link interact with each other, complicating the operation of both power and data transmission. In this paper, we demonstrate that to achieve high performance data transmission, the cross-coupling between the power coils and data coils have to be taken into consideration. Design equations have been derived and shown that the signal to noise (interference) ratio could be significantly reduced and the resulting data transmission could fail if only the data link coupling is optimized without considering the cross-coupling between the power link and the data link. Design examples have been constructed to demonstrate that there could be more than 30 dB difference in the signal to noise ratio. The analysis has been verified with simulation and measurement results.

  15. Thermodynamic modelling and optimization of a dual pressure reheat combined power cycle

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    T Srinivas

    2010-10-01

    Heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) plays a key role on performance of combined cycle (CC). In this work, attention was focused on a dual pressure reheat (DPRH) HRSG to maximize the heat recovery and hence performance of CC. Deaerator, an essential open feed water heater in steam bottoming cycle was located to enhance the efficiency and remove the dissolved gasses in feedwater. Each of the heating section in HRSG is solved from the local flue gas condition with an aim of getting minimum possible temperature difference. For high performance, better conditions for compressor, HRSG sections, steam reheater and deaerator are developed. The CC system is optimized at a gas turbine inlet temperature of 1400°C due to the present available technology of modern gas turbine blade cooling systems. The exergetic losses in CC system are compared with each other. The present DPRH HRSG model has been compared and validated with the plant and published data.

  16. ANALYSIS OF THE OPERATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF DIESEL-ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES

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    L. V. Ursulyak

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To compare the operational characteristics of freight diesel-electric locomotives ER20CF and 2М62м, which are operated with Lithuanian Railways. Important problems on traction calculations are considered in this article. In this article the critical tasks of traction calculations are solved. It is the main computational tool in the rational functioning, planning and development of railways: determination of the estimated weight of the rolling stock, the diagrams construction of specific resultant forces of a train, the permitted speed definition of the train on the slopes, curves of train traffic construction on the section. Methodology. Using the rules and methods of traction calculations the analysis of the basic operational characteristics of the modernized freight diesel-electric locomotive 2М62m and freight passenger dual locomotive 2ER20CF was held. The maximum weight of the train set, the track structure on a high-speed ascent through the use of kinetic energy (with traction and without traction, technical speed, acceleration force and the value of the smallest radius curve are selected as controlled parameters. During the calculations it was considered that the trains were formed of a fully loaded four-axle gondola cars, model 112-119 (feature-606 with axle load of 23.5 t; the motion was carried out on the continuous welded rail track; the front of the train set is a dual locomotive 2ER20CF or two locomotive 2М62м. Longitudinal profile of the road on the route Vilnus–KlF was analyzed for the choice of theoretical rise. Inspection concerning the possibility of overcoming the high-speed rise was performed with an analytical method, based on the use of the kinetic energy accumulated by the overcoming of «light» elements of the profile. Findings. In the calculations, the maximum weight of the train set taking into account theoretical rise was analyzed. The inspection of the theoretical weight of the train set on a reliable

  17. Multi-Purpose Low Voltage Dual Output DC-DC Converter For 100V Power Bus Telecom Platform

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    Galiana, D.; Mollard, J. M.

    2011-10-01

    The decreasing supply voltages of digital electronic and high speed ADC (Analog to Digital Converter) and DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) require flexible and high current secondary power distribution system. In the frame of the Inmarsat I-XL program, a 12 kW geomobile SatCom satellite, with 100 V regulated power bus, a multi purpose dual output converter was developed for the payload processor as a building block. After a short introduction on the main performance requirements, the baseline architecture is presented. The main drivers of the architecture are reliability, adjustability, radiation tolerant and single event free, volume and mass. The combination of all these constraints highlights the need of significant breakthrough in various domains. Many research results related to packaging and power electronic topics are brought up. These results directly drive the adopted solution presented in the next step followed by a description of the integration of the defined building block in the Inmarsat I-XL payload IP (Integrated Processor). Finally, the main electrical performances such as output ripple and spikes, load step transient and stability are summarized.

  18. Power-efficient dual-edge implicit pulse-triggered flip-flop with an embedded clock-gating scheme

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    Liang GENG; Ji-zhong SHEN; Cong-yuan XU

    2016-01-01

    A novel dual-edge implicit pulse-triggered flip-flop with an embedded clock-gating scheme (DIFF-CGS) is proposed, which employs a transmission-gate-logic (TGL) based clock-gating scheme in the pulse generation stage. This scheme condi-tionally disables the inverter chain when the input data are kept unchanged, so redundant transitions of delayed clock signals and internal nodes of the latch are all eliminated, leading to low power efficiency. Based on SMIC 65 nm technology, extensive post-layout simulation results show that the proposed DIFF-CGS gains an improvement of 41.39% to 56.21% in terms of power consumption, compared with its counterparts at 10% data-switching activity. Also, full-swing operations in both implicit pulse generation and the static latch improve the robustness of the design. Thus, DIFF-CGS is suitable for low-power applications in very-large-scale integration (VLSI) designs with low data-switching activities.

  19. Fundamentals of soft robot locomotion.

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    Calisti, M; Picardi, G; Laschi, C

    2017-05-01

    Soft robotics and its related technologies enable robot abilities in several robotics domains including, but not exclusively related to, manipulation, manufacturing, human-robot interaction and locomotion. Although field applications have emerged for soft manipulation and human-robot interaction, mobile soft robots appear to remain in the research stage, involving the somehow conflictual goals of having a deformable body and exerting forces on the environment to achieve locomotion. This paper aims to provide a reference guide for researchers approaching mobile soft robotics, to describe the underlying principles of soft robot locomotion with its pros and cons, and to envisage applications and further developments for mobile soft robotics. © 2017 The Author(s).

  20. DEFINITION OF LOCOMOTIVE TRACTION FORCE WITH REGARD TO UNEVEN LOADING OF WHEEL-MOTOR BLOCK

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    B. Ye. Bodnar

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. The article describes the most common methods for determining the locomotive traction force. Solving the tasks of traction calculations involves determination of the forces influencing the train at every point of the way. When choosing a rational trajectory of the train motion and the development of operational regulations of train driving it is necessary to determine the actual value of the locomotive traction force. Considering various factors, power value of traction electric motor of locomotive may have significant differences. Advancement of the operational definition system of the locomotive traction force during the calculations by electrical parameters of traction electric motor with regard to uneven load of wheel-motor block is the purpose of the article. Methodology. The method of determining the traction force of locomotives and diesel locomotives with electric transmission, which is based on primary data acquisition of traction electric engines of direct current behavior, was proposed. Sensors and their integration into the electrical circuitry of the locomotive in order to get the data in digital form and for operational calculation of the each traction motor mode and the definition of locomotive traction force are presented. Findings. The experimental investigation of the system of locomotive traction force determination with the electric traction motor ED-105 was offered. A comparison of electrical and mechanical power of the electric motor was conducted. Originality. The system of locomotives power operational definition, which takes into account the variable electro-mechanical factors of wheel and motor blocks and increases the accuracy of the calculations, was proposed. Practical value. The system is a part of an onboard complex in definition of energy-efficient regimes for trains movement and provides the definition of accelerating and decelerating forces.

  1. ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE HYDRAULIC TRANSMISSION TESTS AT LOCOMOTIVE REPAIR PLANT

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    B. E. Bodnar

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. In difficult economic conditions, cost reduction of electricity consumption for the needs of production is an urgent task for the country’s industrial enterprises. Technical specifications of enterprises, which repair diesel locomotive hydraulic transmission, recommend conducting a certain amount of evaluation and regulatory tests to monitor their condition after repair. Experience shows that a significant portion of hydraulic transmission defects is revealed by bench tests. The advantages of bench tests include the ability to detect defects after repair, ease of maintenance of the hydraulic transmission and relatively low labour intensity for eliminating defects. The quality of these tests results in the transmission resource and its efficiency. Improvement of the technology of plant post-repairs hydraulic tests in order to reduce electricity consumption while testing. Methodology. The possible options for hydraulic transmission test bench improvement were analysed. There was proposed an energy efficiency method for diesel locomotive hydraulic transmission testing in locomotive repair plant environment. This is achieved by installing additional drive motor which receives power from the load generator. Findings. Based on the conducted analysis the necessity of improving the plant stand testing of hydraulic transmission was proved. The variants of the stand modernization were examined. The test stand modernization analysis was conducted. Originality. The possibility of using electric power load generator to power the stand electric drive motor or the additional drive motor was theoretically substantiated. Practical value. A variant of hydraulic transmission test stand based on the mutual load method was proposed. Using this method increases the hydraulic transmission load range and power consumption by stand remains unchanged. The additional drive motor will increase the speed of the input shaft that in its turn wil allow testing in

  2. Measurement of black carbon emissions from in-use diesel-electric passenger locomotives in California

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    Tang, N. W.; Kirchstetter, T.; Martien, P. T.; Apte, J.

    2015-12-01

    Black carbon (BC) emission factors were measured for a California commuter rail line fleet of diesel-electric passenger locomotives (Caltrain). The emission factors are based on BC and carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the exhaust plumes of passing locomotives, which were measured from pedestrian overpasses using portable analyzers. Each of the 29 locomotives in the fleet was sampled on 4-20 separate occasions at different locations to characterize different driving modes. The average emission factor expressed as g BC emitted per kg diesel consumed was 0.87 ± 0.66 g kg-1 (±1 standard deviation, n = 362 samples). BC emission factors tended to be higher for accelerating locomotives traveling at higher speeds with engines in higher notch settings. Higher fuel-based BC emission factors (g kg-1) were measured for locomotives equipped with separate "head-end" power generators (SEP-HEPs), which power the passenger cars, while higher time-based emission factors (g h-1) were measured for locomotives without SEP-HEPs, whose engines are continuously operated at high speeds to provide both head-end and propulsion power. PM10 emission factors, estimated assuming a BC/PM10 emission ratio of 0.6 and a typical power output-to-fuel consumption ratio, were generally in line with the Environmental Protection Agency's locomotive exhaust emission standards. Per passenger mile, diesel-electric locomotives in this study emit only 20% of the CO2 emitted by typical gasoline-powered light-duty vehicles (i.e., cars). However, the reduction in carbon footprint (expressed in terms of CO2 equivalents) due to CO2 emissions avoidance from a passenger commuting by train rather than car is appreciably offset by the locomotive's higher BC emissions.

  3. Hip and knee pain : locomotive syndrome

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    2012-01-01

    Locomotive syndrome” is the generic term for disability-free life expectancy and locomotive organ health in advanced people, in other words, becoming bedridden or demented and thus requiring nursing care. The main cause of locomotive syndrome has two reasons ; one is spontaneous disability related to aging and the other one is locomotive organ disease, such as joint disorders, spinal disorders, osteoporosis or rheumatoid arthritis. We describe the hip joint and the knee joint in this p...

  4. Sizing and Energy Management of a Hybrid Locomotive Based on Flywheel and Accumulators

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    Jaafar, Amine; Akli, Cossi Rockys; Sareni, Bruno; Roboam, Xavier; Jeunesse, Alain

    2009-01-01

    The French National Railways Company (SNCF) is interested in the design of a hybrid locomotive based on various storage devices (accumulator, flywheel, and ultracapacitor) and fed by a diesel generator. This paper particularly deals with the integration of a flywheel device as a storage element with a reduced-power diesel generator and accumulators on the hybrid locomotive. First, a power flow model of energy-storage elements (flywheel and accumulator) is developed to achieve the design of...

  5. Locomotion of Microscopic Robots in Viscous Fluids

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    Hogg, Tad

    2013-01-01

    Microscopic robots could perform tasks with high spatial precision, such as acting in biological tissues on the scale of individual cells, provided they can reach precise locations. This paper evaluates the feasibility of in vivo locomotion for micron-size robots. Two appealing methods rely only on surface motions: steady tangential motion and small amplitude oscillations. These methods contrast with common microorganism propulsion based on flagella or cilia, which are more likely to damage nearby cells if used by robots made of stiff materials. The power available to robots, e.g., from oxygen and glucose in tissue, is sufficient to support speeds ranging from one to hundreds of microns per second, over the range of viscosities found in biological tissue. We discuss design trade-offs among propulsion method, speed, power, shear forces and robot shape, and relate those choices to robot task requirements.

  6. Dual-wavelength high-power diode laser system based on an external-cavity tapered amplifier with tunable frequency difference

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    Chi, Mingjun; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin; Petersen, Paul Michael

    2012-01-01

    A dual-wavelength high-power semiconductor laser system based on a tapered amplifier with double-Littrow external cavity is demonstrated around 800 nm. The two wavelengths can be tuned individually, and the frequency difference of the two wavelengths is tunable from 0.5 to 10.0 THz. To our knowle...

  7. Four-Bit Cmos Full Adder Design in Submicron Technology with Low Leakage Power and Ground Bounce Noise Reduction Using Dual Sleep Approach

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    Jagadeesh Yabaku

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available In CMOS integrated circuit design there is a trade-off between static power consumption and technology scaling. Leakage power accounts for an increasingly larger portion of total power consumption in deep submicron technologies. Recently, the power density has increased due to combination of higher clock speeds, greater functional integration, and smaller process geometries. As a result static power consumption is becoming more dominant. This is a challenge for the circuit designers. However, the designers do have a few methods which they can use to reduce this static power consumption. But all of these methods have some drawbacks. In order to achieve lower static power consumption, one has to sacrifice design area and circuit performance. In this paper, we propose a new method to reduce static power in the CMOS VLSI circuit using dual stack approach without being penalized in area requirement and circuit performance.

  8. 数据中心的供配电双总线系统%This p The Dual bus System of Power Supply and Distribution for IDC

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    林雪松; 胡冬冬

    2015-01-01

    aper introduces the advantage and configuration of the dual bus system of power supply and distribution solution of dif⁃ferent types, different power of uninterruptable power supply, and the reliability of this scheme, feasibility, maintainability, compar⁃ing with traditional power solutions.%该文介绍了不同型号、不同功率的不间断电源冗余双总线供电解决方案的优势和配置,并对本方案的可靠性、可行性、可维护性与传统供电方案进行比较。

  9. Importance weighting and andness control in De Morgan dual power means and OWA operators

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    Larsen, Henrik Legind

    2012-01-01

    and implicative, are proposed and discussed. The purpose of this paper is to facilitate the choice and application of such operators through providing a systematization of their classes according to their behavior and equipping some classical averaging operators, namely the Power Means and the OWA operators...

  10. A linear, separable two-parameter model for dual energy CT imaging of proton stopping power computation

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    Han, Dong, E-mail: radon.han@gmail.com; Williamson, Jeffrey F. [Medical Physics Graduate Program, Department of Radiation Oncology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia 23298 (United States); Siebers, Jeffrey V. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22908 (United States)

    2016-01-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the accuracy and robustness of a simple, linear, separable, two-parameter model (basis vector model, BVM) in mapping proton stopping powers via dual energy computed tomography (DECT) imaging. Methods: The BVM assumes that photon cross sections (attenuation coefficients) of unknown materials are linear combinations of the corresponding radiological quantities of dissimilar basis substances (i.e., polystyrene, CaCl{sub 2} aqueous solution, and water). The authors have extended this approach to the estimation of electron density and mean excitation energy, which are required parameters for computing proton stopping powers via the Bethe–Bloch equation. The authors compared the stopping power estimation accuracy of the BVM with that of a nonlinear, nonseparable photon cross section Torikoshi parametric fit model (VCU tPFM) as implemented by the authors and by Yang et al. [“Theoretical variance analysis of single- and dual-energy computed tomography methods for calculating proton stopping power ratios of biological tissues,” Phys. Med. Biol. 55, 1343–1362 (2010)]. Using an idealized monoenergetic DECT imaging model, proton ranges estimated by the BVM, VCU tPFM, and Yang tPFM were compared to International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU) published reference values. The robustness of the stopping power prediction accuracy of tissue composition variations was assessed for both of the BVM and VCU tPFM. The sensitivity of accuracy to CT image uncertainty was also evaluated. Results: Based on the authors’ idealized, error-free DECT imaging model, the root-mean-square error of BVM proton stopping power estimation for 175 MeV protons relative to ICRU reference values for 34 ICRU standard tissues is 0.20%, compared to 0.23% and 0.68% for the Yang and VCU tPFM models, respectively. The range estimation errors were less than 1 mm for the BVM and Yang tPFM models, respectively. The BVM estimation accuracy is not dependent on

  11. Energetic extremes in aquatic locomotion by coral reef fishes.

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    Christopher J Fulton

    Full Text Available Underwater locomotion is challenging due to the high friction and resistance imposed on a body moving through water and energy lost in the wake during undulatory propulsion. While aquatic organisms have evolved streamlined shapes to overcome such resistance, underwater locomotion has long been considered a costly exercise. Recent evidence for a range of swimming vertebrates, however, has suggested that flapping paired appendages around a rigid body may be an extremely efficient means of aquatic locomotion. Using intermittent flow-through respirometry, we found exceptional energetic performance in the Bluelined wrasse Stethojulis bandanensis, which maintains tuna-like optimum cruising speeds (up to 1 metre s(-1 while using 40% less energy than expected for their body size. Displaying an exceptional aerobic scope (22-fold above resting, streamlined rigid-body posture, and wing-like fins that generate lift-based thrust, S. bandanensis literally flies underwater to efficiently maintain high optimum swimming speeds. Extreme energetic performance may be key to the colonization of highly variable environments, such as the wave-swept habitats where S. bandanensis and other wing-finned species tend to occur. Challenging preconceived notions of how best to power aquatic locomotion, biomimicry of such lift-based fin movements could yield dramatic reductions in the power needed to propel underwater vehicles at high speed.

  12. Energetic Extremes in Aquatic Locomotion by Coral Reef Fishes

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    Fulton, Christopher J.; Johansen, Jacob L.; Steffensen, John F.

    2013-01-01

    Underwater locomotion is challenging due to the high friction and resistance imposed on a body moving through water and energy lost in the wake during undulatory propulsion. While aquatic organisms have evolved streamlined shapes to overcome such resistance, underwater locomotion has long been considered a costly exercise. Recent evidence for a range of swimming vertebrates, however, has suggested that flapping paired appendages around a rigid body may be an extremely efficient means of aquatic locomotion. Using intermittent flow-through respirometry, we found exceptional energetic performance in the Bluelined wrasse Stethojulis bandanensis, which maintains tuna-like optimum cruising speeds (up to 1 metre s−1) while using 40% less energy than expected for their body size. Displaying an exceptional aerobic scope (22-fold above resting), streamlined rigid-body posture, and wing-like fins that generate lift-based thrust, S. bandanensis literally flies underwater to efficiently maintain high optimum swimming speeds. Extreme energetic performance may be key to the colonization of highly variable environments, such as the wave-swept habitats where S. bandanensis and other wing-finned species tend to occur. Challenging preconceived notions of how best to power aquatic locomotion, biomimicry of such lift-based fin movements could yield dramatic reductions in the power needed to propel underwater vehicles at high speed. PMID:23326566

  13. Automatic Video Monitor and Record System for High-Power AC Diesel Locomotive%大功率交流内燃机车自动视频监控及记录系统

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    鲁渝玲

    2012-01-01

    介绍了自动视频监控和记录系统在大功率交流内燃机车上的构成及应用.采用在车前、车后、车内等部位安装多路摄像头,并可对机车的运行状态的图像和数据进行显示、记录、同步回放或分类检索的方式,使司机能及时从操纵台的显示屏了解到车内各机械间和前后方道路的情况,避免了以往司机必须亲自进到各设备间对部件进行定期故障检查的情况,也提高了车外环境监控的准确性.这样不仅降低了司机的工作强度,还提高了监控的全面性和行车的安全性,特别对于目前铁路机车驾驶由正、副司机操作改革为单司机值乘的方案具有重要的适用意义.%Constitutes and applications of automatic video monitor and record system for high-power AC diesel locomotive are introduced. The system is equipped with several video cameras separately mounted in the front, rear and inside of the loco. The retrievable video images and related data of loco running status are displayed, recorded,and assorted. By this way,drivers can get sufficient information of loco work status inside each cabinets and road situations outside the loco from displays on the console without coming into every mechanical cabinet with more accurate circumstance information outside loco. Therefore, the driver' s working intensity is reduced,and loco application safety is increased. Its significance is especially prominent under present railway steering scheme as main-assistant driver mode being changed into one single driver mode.

  14. Dynamically Stable Legged Locomotion.

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    1983-01-27

    preferred direction of travel. We decided early on not to build a self contained machine. Thcrcfore the hydraulic and pneumatic power supplies ave ...model’s motion. Running from leIt to right, the left-nost drawing shows rnodel’s configuration just blbre IrOUCIIDOWN, the center dr• aving shows...of phYsiologically motivated mathematical model;. ir human postura ! control. Ph.D. Th., The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1977. 39. Camana

  15. Dual-purpose self-deliverable lunar surface PV electrical power system

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    Arnold, Jack H.; Harris, David W.; Cross, Eldon R.; Flood, Dennis J.

    1991-01-01

    A safe haven and work supported PV power systems on the lunar surface will likely be required by NASA in support of the manned outpost scheduled for the post-2000 lunar/Mars exploration and colonization initiative. Initial system modeling and computer analysis shows that the concept is workable and contains no major high risk technology issues which cannot be resolved in the circa 2000 to 2025 timeframe. A specific selection of the best suited type of electric thruster has not been done; the initial modeling was done using an ion thruster, but Rocketdyne must also evaluate arc and resisto-jets before a final design can be formulated. As a general observation, it appears that such a system can deliver itself to the Moon using many system elements that must be transported as dead payload mass in more conventional delivery modes. It further appears that a larger power system providing a much higher safe haven power level is feasible if this delivery system is implemented, perhaps even sufficient to permit resource prospecting and/or lab experimentation. The concept permits growth and can be expanded to include cargo transport such as habitat and working modules. In short, the combined payload could be manned soon after landing and checkout. NASA has expended substantial resources in the development of electric propulsion concepts and hardware that can be applied to a lunar transport system such as described herein. In short, the paper may represent a viable mission on which previous investments play an invaluable role. A more comprehensive technical paper which embodies second generation analysis and system size will be prepared for near-term presentation.

  16. Dual-scale turbulence in filamenting laser beams at high average power

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    Schubert, Elise; Mongin, Denis; Kasparian, Jérôme; Wolf, Jean-Pierre; Klingebiel, Sandro; Schultze, Marcel; Metzger, Thomas; Michel, Knut

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the self-induced turbulence of high repetition rate laser filaments over a wide range of average powers (1 mW to 100 W) and its sensitivity to external atmospheric turbulence. Although both externally-imposed and self-generated turbulences can have comparable magnitudes, they act on different temporal and spatial scales. While the former drives the shot-to-shot motion at the millisecond time scale, the latter acts on the 0.5 s scale. As a consequence, their effects are decoupled, preventing beam stabilization by the thermally-induced low-density channel produced by the laser filaments.

  17. Generating thermal energy and electric power by yourself. Heating system modernization with a mini dual-purpose power plant; Waerme und Strom selbst erzeugen. Heizungsmodernisierung mit Mini-BHKW

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    Meissner, H. [Powerplus Technologies GmbH, Gera (Germany)

    2008-03-15

    Mini dual-purpose power plants offer many advantages to the customer by means of reduced primary energy consumoption, reduced CO{sub 2} emission and considerable savings of energy costs. The following contribution describes the balance in the one-family house of the Gross family and what heating systems master craftsman Keijo Sprogoetook into consideration when he executed this modernization task. (orig.)

  18. Dual-rod Yb: YAG laser for high-power and high-brightness applications

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    Honea, E C; Beach, R; Mitchell, S C; Skidmore, J A; Emanuel, M A; Sutton, S B; Payne, S A; Avizonis, P V; Monroe, R S; Harris, D G

    2000-03-13

    The authors describe a diode-pumped Yb:YAG laser producing 1,080 W cw with 27.5% optical-optical efficiency and 532 W Q-switched with M{sup 2} = 2.2 and 17% optical-optical efficiency. The laser uses two composite Yb:YAG rods separated by a 90 degree quartz rotator for bifocusing compensation. A microlensed diode array end-pumps each rod using a hollow lens duct for pump delivery. By changing resonator parameters, they can adjust the fundamental mode size and the output beam quality. Using a flattened gaussian intensity profile to calculate the mode fill efficiency and clipping losses, the authors compare experimental data to modeled output power vs beam quality.

  19. Electromagnetic actuation methods for intravascular locomotive microrobot.

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    Cha, Kyoungrae; Jeong, Semi; Choi, Jongho; Qin, Lulu; Li, Jie; Park, Jongoh; Park, Sukho

    2010-01-01

    Heart diseases such as angina pectoris and myocardial infarction have been becoming the leading causes of death all over the world in recent years. The pharmacotherapy and the surgical operations have been executed for treating heart problems. The percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with catheter is frequently used for the treatment of coronary artery diseases, but the treatment of chronic total occlusion (CTO) is very difficult and challenging operation, since there is no efficient alternative therapy until now. For this reason, the microrobot to improve the intravascular treatment is one of the growing research areas. In this paper, various electromagnetic actuation (EMA) systems to supply driving power for the microrobot were proposed. The performance of the locomotion of microrobot in the 2D and 3D space were validated with in-vitro experiments and also the in-vivo tests were performed for demonstrating the movement of microrobot in the living rabbit.

  20. Elastic actuation for legged locomotion

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    Cao, Chongjing; Conn, Andrew

    2017-04-01

    The inherent elasticity of dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) gives this technology great potential in energy efficient locomotion applications. In this work, a modular double cone DEA is developed with reduced manufacturing and maintenance time costs. This actuator can lift 45 g of mass (5 times its own weight) while producing a stroke of 10.4 mm (23.6% its height). The contribution of the elastic energy stored in antagonistic DEA membranes to the mechanical work output is experimentally investigated by adding delay into the DEA driving voltage. Increasing the delay time in actuation voltage and hence reducing the duty cycle is found to increase the amount of elastic energy being recovered but an upper limit is also noticed. The DEA is then applied to a three-segment leg that is able to move up and down by 17.9 mm (9% its initial height), which demonstrates the feasibility of utilizing this DEA design in legged locomotion.

  1. Advanced design methodology for single and dual voltage wound core power transformers based on a particular finite element model

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    Tsili, Marina A.; Kladas, Antonios G. [Faculty of Electrical & amp; Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, GR-15780, Athens (Greece); Georgilakis, Pavlos S. [Department of Production Engineering and Management, Technical University of Crete, GR-73100, Chania (Greece); Souflaris, Athanasios T.; Paparigas, Dimitris G. [Schneider Electric AE, Elvim Plant, GR-32011, Inofyta, Viotia (Greece)

    2006-06-15

    The paper presents an accurate and cost effective three-dimensional finite element model for the analysis and design of wound core, shell type, power transformers, focusing on the short-circuit impedance evaluation. The model efficiency lies on the detailed representation of the transformer geometry along with the adoption of a particular reduced scalar potential formulation enabling three-dimensional magnetostatic problem solution without prior source field calculation. Its accuracy is validated through local field measurements and through comparison of the calculated short-circuit impedance value with the measured one for several commercial wound core, shell type transformers. In such transformers, involving extensive winding parts out of the core window, the detailed representation of the transformer geometry, including the winding cooling ducts, provides accurate results for low densities of the three-dimensional finite element mesh, resulting to reduction of the required calculation time. The model is used in the development of a computational tool, which enables the automated and accurate transformer characteristics prediction, adopted to the manufacturing process. This tool has also been applied in the impedance calculation for different winding connections of dual voltage transformers, thus providing the information needed for the achievement of an accurate design and the enhancement of the manufacturer's ability to reduce design margins. The methodology presented in this paper has been incorporated in the design process of a transformer manufacturing industry. (author)

  2. Main conditions and effectiveness of gas fuel use for powering of dual fuel IC self-ignition engine

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    Stefan POSTRZEDNIK

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Internal combustion engines are fuelled mostly with liquid fuels (gasoline, diesel. Nowadays the gaseous fuels are applied as driving fuel of combustion engines. In case of spark ignition engines the liquid fuel (petrol can be totally replaced by the gas fuels. This possibility in case of compression engines is essentially restricted through the higher self-ignition temperatures of the combustible gases in comparison to classical diesel oil. Solution if this problem can be achieved by using of the dual fuel system, where for ignition of the prepared fuel gas - air mixture a specified amount of the liquid fuel (diesel oil should be additionally injected into the combustion chamber. For assurance that the combustion process proceeds without mistakes and completely, some basic conditions should be satisfied. In the frame of this work, three main aspects of this problem are taken into account: a. filling efficiency of the engine, b. stoichiometry of the combustion, c. performance of mechanical parameters (torque, power. A complex analysis of these conditions has been done and some achieved important results are presented in the paper.

  3. Comprehensive analysis of proton range uncertainties related to stopping-power-ratio estimation using dual-energy CT imaging

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    Li, B.; Lee, H. C.; Duan, X.; Shen, C.; Zhou, L.; Jia, X.; Yang, M.

    2017-09-01

    The dual-energy CT-based (DECT) approach holds promise in reducing the overall uncertainty in proton stopping-power-ratio (SPR) estimation as compared to the conventional stoichiometric calibration approach. The objective of this study was to analyze the factors contributing to uncertainty in SPR estimation using the DECT-based approach and to derive a comprehensive estimate of the range uncertainty associated with SPR estimation in treatment planning. Two state-of-the-art DECT-based methods were selected and implemented on a Siemens SOMATOM Force DECT scanner. The uncertainties were first divided into five independent categories. The uncertainty associated with each category was estimated for lung, soft and bone tissues separately. A single composite uncertainty estimate was eventually determined for three tumor sites (lung, prostate and head-and-neck) by weighting the relative proportion of each tissue group for that specific site. The uncertainties associated with the two selected DECT methods were found to be similar, therefore the following results applied to both methods. The overall uncertainty (1σ) in SPR estimation with the DECT-based approach was estimated to be 3.8%, 1.2% and 2.0% for lung, soft and bone tissues, respectively. The dominant factor contributing to uncertainty in the DECT approach was the imaging uncertainties, followed by the DECT modeling uncertainties. Our study showed that the DECT approach can reduce the overall range uncertainty to approximately 2.2% (2σ) in clinical scenarios, in contrast to the previously reported 1%.

  4. Analysis of Hexapod Robot Locomotion

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    Tomas Luneckas

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Hexapod robot locomotion is analyzed. Trajectory forming method for one leg is introduced. Servo angles are expressed using geometric inverse kinematics method. Forming of tripod gait is described and a diagram representing it is presented. Servo control parameters are defined to ensure fluent and versatile robot control. Several servo control methods are presented. After testing robot movement using different servo control methods, gait generation is corrected and control method that meets servo control parameters is chosen.Article in Lithuanian

  5. Dual trench AlGaN/GaN HEMT on SiC substrate: A novel device to improve the breakdown voltage and high power performance

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    Ghaffari, Majid; Orouji, Ali A.

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, an excellent performance AlGaN/AlN/GaN/SiC High Electron Mobility Transistor (HEMT) with a dual trench technique (DT-HEMT) is proposed. In the proposed technique, the dual trench between the buffer layer and the nucleation layer is created. Both the trenches are made of Gallium Nitride. A trench is created under the source region to increase the breakdown voltage. In addition, the drain current will improve due to a created trench in below the gate region. The DC and RF characteristics of the DT-HEMT are investigated. Also, the characteristics of the proposed structure compared with the characteristics of a conventional structure (C-HEMT). Our results indicate that the dual trench technique has excellent impacts on the device characteristics, especially on the drain current, breakdown voltage, and maximum output power density. The breakdown voltage, drain current, and maximum power density of DT-HEMT structure improve 56 %, 52 %, and 310 % in comparison with the C-HEMT, respectively. Also, using the dual trench technique, the maximum oscillation frequency, maximum available gain, short channel effect, maximum DC transconductance, and output resistance of the DT-HEMT structure will increase. Therefore, the proposed HEMT structure shows outstanding electrical properties compared to similar devices are based on conventional structures.

  6. Emotion through Locomotion: Gender Impact

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    Krüger, Samuel; Sokolov, Alexander N.; Enck, Paul; Krägeloh-Mann, Ingeborg; Pavlova, Marina A.

    2013-01-01

    Body language reading is of significance for daily life social cognition and successful social interaction, and constitutes a core component of social competence. Yet it is unclear whether our ability for body language reading is gender specific. In the present work, female and male observers had to visually recognize emotions through point-light human locomotion performed by female and male actors with different emotional expressions. For subtle emotional expressions only, males surpass females in recognition accuracy and readiness to respond to happy walking portrayed by female actors, whereas females exhibit a tendency to be better in recognition of hostile angry locomotion expressed by male actors. In contrast to widespread beliefs about female superiority in social cognition, the findings suggest that gender effects in recognition of emotions from human locomotion are modulated by emotional content of actions and opposite actor gender. In a nutshell, the study makes a further step in elucidation of gender impact on body language reading and on neurodevelopmental and psychiatric deficits in visual social cognition. PMID:24278456

  7. Locomotive assignment problem with train precedence using genetic algorithm

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    Noori, Siamak; Ghannadpour, Seyed Farid

    2012-07-01

    This paper aims to study the locomotive assignment problem which is very important for railway companies, in view of high cost of operating locomotives. This problem is to determine the minimum cost assignment of homogeneous locomotives located in some central depots to a set of pre-scheduled trains in order to provide sufficient power to pull the trains from their origins to their destinations. These trains have different degrees of priority for servicing, and the high class of trains should be serviced earlier than others. This problem is modeled using vehicle routing and scheduling problem where trains representing the customers are supposed to be serviced in pre-specified hard/soft fuzzy time windows. A two-phase approach is used which, in the first phase, the multi-depot locomotive assignment is converted to a set of single depot problems, and after that, each single depot problem is solved heuristically by a hybrid genetic algorithm. In the genetic algorithm, various heuristics and efficient operators are used in the evolutionary search. The suggested algorithm is applied to solve the medium sized numerical example to check capabilities of the model and algorithm. Moreover, some of the results are compared with those solutions produced by branch-and-bound technique to determine validity and quality of the model. Results show that suggested approach is rather effective in respect of quality and time.

  8. Robustness: a new SLIP model based criterion for gait transitions in bipedal locomotion

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    Martinez Salazar, Harold Roberto; Carbajal, Juan Pablo; Ivanenko, Yuri P.

    2014-01-01

    Bipedal locomotion is a phenomenon that still eludes a fundamental and concise mathematical understanding. Conceptual models that capture some relevant aspects of the process exist but their full explanatory power is not yet exhausted. In the current study, we introduce the robustness criterion which defines the conditions for stable locomotion when steps are taken with imprecise angle of attack. Intuitively, the necessity of a higher precision indicates the difficulty to continue moving with...

  9. Nonequilibrium atmospheric pressure plasma jet using a combination of 50 kHz/2 MHz dual-frequency power sources

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    Zhou, Yong-Jie; Yuan, Qiang-Hua; Li, Fei; Wang, Xiao-Min; Yin, Gui-Qin; Dong, Chen-Zhong [Key Laboratory of Atomic and Molecular Physics and Functional Materials of Gansu Province, College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China)

    2013-11-15

    An atmospheric pressure plasma jet is generated by dual sinusoidal wave (50 kHz and 2 MHz). The dual-frequency plasma jet exhibits the advantages of both low frequency and radio frequency plasmas, namely, the long plasma plume and the high electron density. The radio frequency ignition voltage can be reduced significantly by using dual-frequency excitation compared to the conventional radio frequency without the aid of the low frequency excitation source. A larger operating range of α mode discharge can be obtained using dual-frequency excitation which is important to obtain homogeneous and low-temperature plasma. A larger controllable range of the gas temperature of atmospheric pressure plasma could also be obtained using dual-frequency excitation.

  10. The noise factor in railway locomotives.

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    Rotter, T

    1982-09-01

    This article concerns the problem of acoustic work conditions on railway locomotives. The objective results of sonometric surveys in locomotive cabins are compared with subject data received from locomotive crews obtained by means of a specific questionnaire 'The Subjective Estimation of Noise'. The analysis touched 9 type of locomotives; steam, diesel and electric engines. We asked drivers of different age groups and with varying lengths of professional service for their opinions The aim of the investigation was to determine the following points: 1. to analyse the drivers' subjective estimation of the noise in the locomotive cabins; 2. to define length of time for which the driver remains under the influence of the noise after finishing work; 3. to investigate the question of perception and understanding of sounds and vocal signals used in the locomotive. These problems are a small part of the general plan to improve work conditions on the Polish National Railways.

  11. Energy-efficient relay selection and optimal power allocation for performance-constrained dual-hop variable-gain AF relaying

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    Zafar, Ammar

    2013-12-01

    This paper investigates the energy-efficiency enhancement of a variable-gain dual-hop amplify-and-forward (AF) relay network utilizing selective relaying. The objective is to minimize the total consumed power while keeping the end-to-end signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) above a certain peak value and satisfying the peak power constraints at the source and relay nodes. To achieve this objective, an optimal relay selection and power allocation strategy is derived by solving the power minimization problem. Numerical results show that the derived optimal strategy enhances the energy-efficiency as compared to a benchmark scheme in which both the source and the selected relay transmit at peak power. © 2013 IEEE.

  12. Effect of a dual-purpose cask payload increment of spent fuel assemblies from VVER 1000 Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant on basket criticality.

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    Rezaeian, M; Kamali, J

    2017-01-01

    Dual-purpose casks can be utilized for dry interim storage and transportation of the highly radioactive spent fuel assemblies (SFAs) of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). Criticality safety analysis was carried out using the MCNP code for the cask containing 12, 18, or 19 SFAs. The basket materials of borated stainless steel and Boral (Al-B4C) were investigated, and the minimum required receptacle pitch of the basket was determined. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Thermal and laser properties of Nd:Lu₃Sc₁.₅Ga₃.₅O₁₂ for high power dual-wavelength laser.

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    Wu, K; Hao, L Z; Yu, H H; Wang, Z P; Wang, J Y; Zhang, H J

    2012-03-26

    We measured the thermal properties of Nd:Lu₃Sc₁.₅Ga₃.₅O₁₂ (Nd:LuSGG) crystal, including the thermal expansion coefficient, specific heat, and thermal diffusion coefficient. The calculated thermal conductivity is 4.4 W/mK at room temperature. A high-power continuous-wave and passively Q-switched Nd:LuSGG laser was also demonstrated. Continuous-wave output power of 6.96 W is obtained which is the highest power with this material. For the first time to our knowledge, the passively Q-switched Nd:LuSGG laser is reported with the shortest pulse width, largest pulse energy, and highest peak power are achieved to be 5.1 ns, 62.5 μJ, and 12 kW, respectively. By spectral analysis, it has been found that the Nd:LuSGG laser was located at 1059 nm under low pump power, and became dual-wavelength at 1061.5 and 1059 nm when the incident pump power is over 2.27 W. The generating mechanism of dual-wavelength laser is also discussed.

  14. 电气化铁路牵引供电系统车网耦合的潮流计算方法%Power Flow Algorithm for Traction Power Supply System of Electric Railway Based on Locomotive and Network Coupling

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    陈宏伟; 耿光超; 江全元

    2012-01-01

    Based on the multi-conductor transmission line(MTL) model,the equivalent circuit of traction substation and sectioning post is derived,and a general mathematical model is established.This model is suitable for the analysis of traction power networks fed by different power supply modes.Parameter identification method is used to establish a model of induction motor in parallel with the static part of train's traction and drive system to realize train's exact modeling.On this basis,the simulation software based on coupling between train and network for traction power supply system of electric railway is developed.Calculation results of actual example show that the method fully considers interactive influence of trains and traction power supply system,and possesses good generality and reliability properties.%以多导体传输线模型为基础,推导了牵引变电所和分区所等值电路,构建了适用于不同结构和供电方式的牵引网统一数学模型。对列车牵引传动系统利用参数辨识的方法,建立了感应电动机并联静止负荷的数学模型,实现对列车更准确建模。以此为基础,开发了基于车网耦合潮流计算的电气化铁路牵引供电系统仿真软件。实例计算表明,该方法充分考虑列车与牵引供电网的交互影响,能够更真实地反映牵引供电系统的潮流分布,具有重要的工程应用价值。

  15. Modeling limbless locomotion using ADAMS software Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Limbless locomotion has the potential of meeting transportation requirements, particularly in challenging environments. Snakes can traverse a variety of surfaces...

  16. Locomotive Assignment Optimization Including Train Delays

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    Sandra Kasalica

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Intention– Cyclic locomotive assignment planning is a specific type of organization of locomotive usage, and in fact, it means putting the complete workload to a closed chain, which is repeated periodically. The concept of cyclic locomotive assignment planning type organization in the area of train traction has proven in practice as the best one, but as it is made for in-advance defined timetable and without considering the stochastic nature of the timetable realization process, it leads to incompatibility in using locomotives. Methodology – Methodology defined in this paper contains: research of train delays on the Serbian Railways and Montenegrin Railways networks, analysis of the real system organization of locomotive usage in conditions of train delays, theoretical thesis of solving the problem of optimal cyclic locomotive assignment planning in conditions of train delays, designing of a model with algorithms, preparing the software package, testing the model and program with results, as well as the conclusions drawn from the complete research project. Results– The optimization model of cyclic locomotive assignment planning during the process of making timetable including train delays has been defined. Conclusion –The obtained results have shown as expected, that the larger delays of trains required a larger number of locomotives. However, by using this model it is possible to optimize the required number of locomotives, taking into account the real time delays of trains.

  17. Continuous-wave simultaneous dual-wavelength and power-ratio-tunable operation at 1064 and 1342 nm in an Nd:LuVO4 laser

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    Hsu, C.-C.; Wu, S.-S.; Chou, C.-C.; Wei, M.-D.

    2011-11-01

    This study demonstrates continuous-wave simultaneous dual-wavelength emission at 1064 and 1342 nm in an Nd:LuVO4 laser by using a T-type cavity configuration. The output powers indicating a function of pump power had two evolutions depending on the strength of the completion of two wavelength emissions. One is that the output power increased linearly with the pump power in weak competition, and the output power and slope efficiency of 1064 and 1342 nm were 1.17 W and 13%, and 0.213 W and 2.8%, respectively. The other is that the extracting-energy capabilities of two wavelength emissions were close, and the evolution was not linear and the variations demonstrated multiple stages depending on the pump power. Moreover, the ratio of output power, defined as the output power at 1064 nm divided by that at 1342 nm, is tuned from 0 to 5.5 by varying the 1064 nm cavity, and equal output powers of 1064 and 1342 nm can be obtained at each pump power.

  18. Inferring Characteristics of Sensorimotor Behavior by Quantifying Dynamics of Animal Locomotion

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    Leung, KaWai

    Locomotion is one of the most well-studied topics in animal behavioral studies. Many fundamental and clinical research make use of the locomotion of an animal model to explore various aspects in sensorimotor behavior. In the past, most of these studies focused on population average of a specific trait due to limitation of data collection and processing power. With recent advance in computer vision and statistical modeling techniques, it is now possible to track and analyze large amounts of behavioral data. In this thesis, I present two projects that aim to infer the characteristics of sensorimotor behavior by quantifying the dynamics of locomotion of nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, shedding light on statistical dependence between sensing and behavior. In the first project, I investigate the possibility of inferring noxious sensory information from the behavior of Caenorhabditis elegans. I develop a statistical model to infer the heat stimulus level perceived by individual animals from their stereotyped escape responses after stimulation by an IR laser. The model allows quantification of analgesic-like effects of chemical agents or genetic mutations in the worm. At the same time, the method is able to differentiate perturbations of locomotion behavior that are beyond affecting the sensory system. With this model I propose experimental designs that allows statistically significant identification of analgesic-like effects. In the second project, I investigate the relationship of energy budget and stability of locomotion in determining the walking speed distribution of Drosophila melanogaster during aging. The locomotion stability at different age groups is estimated from video recordings using Floquet theory. I calculate the power consumption of different locomotion speed using a biomechanics model. In conclusion, the power consumption, not stability, predicts the locomotion speed distribution at different ages.

  19. Feasibility of a Dual-Fuel Engine Fuelled with Waste Vegetable Oil and Municipal Organic Fraction for Power Generation in Urban Areas

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    L. De Simio

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Biomass, in form of residues and waste, can be used to produce energy with low environmental impact. It is important to use the feedstock close to the places where waste are available, and with the shortest conversion pathway, to maximize the process efficiency. In particular waste vegetable oil and the organic fraction of municipal solid waste represent a good source for fuel production in urban areas. Dual fuel engines could be taken into consideration for an efficient management of these wastes. In fact, the dual fuel technology can achieve overall efficiencies typical of diesel engines with a cleaner exhaust emission. In this paper the feasibility of a cogeneration system fuelled with waste vegetable oil and biogas is discussed and the evaluation of performance and emissions is reported on the base of experimental activities on dual fuel heavy duty engine in comparison with diesel and spark ignition engines. The ratio of biogas potential from MSW and biodiesel potential from waste vegetable oil was estimated and it results suitable for dual fuel fuelling. An electric power installation of 70 kW every 10,000 people could be achieved.

  20. Preliminary research on overmoded high-power millimeter-wave Cerenkov generator with dual-cavity reflector in low guiding magnetic field

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    Ye, Hu; Wu, Ping [Department of Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Science and Technology on High Power Microwave Laboratory, Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology, Xi' an, Shaanxi 710024 (China); Chen, Changhua; Ning, Hui; Tan, Weibing; Teng, Yan; Shi, Yanchao; Song, Zhimin; Cao, Yibing; Du, Zhaoyu [Science and Technology on High Power Microwave Laboratory, Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology, Xi' an, Shaanxi 710024 (China)

    2015-12-15

    This paper presents preliminary research on a V-band overmoded Cerenkov generator with dual-cavity reflector operating in a low guiding magnetic field. It is found that the fluctuation of the electron envelope in the low guiding magnetic field can be predicted using an equivalent coaxial model of a foilless diode, and a dual-cavity reflector based on the model matching method can provide strong reflection at the front end of the overmoded structures so that any microwave power that leaks into the diode region can be effectively suppressed. Numerical simulations indicate that the control of the beam envelope and the use of the dual-cavity reflector ease generator operation in the low guiding magnetic field. In the experimental research, the fluctuation of the annular electron beam with the outer radius of 7.5 mm measures approximately 0.7 mm, which is in good agreement with the theoretical results. The disturbance caused by power leaking from the overmoded slow wave structure is eliminated by the dual-cavity reflector. With accurate fabrication and assembly processes, an operating frequency of 61.6 GHz is attained by the fifth harmonic heterodyne method, and the output power is measured to be approximately 123 MW by the far-field measurement method at a diode voltage of 445 kV, a beam current of 4.45 kA, and under a guiding magnetic field of 1.45 T. The output mode is measured using an array of neon flash bulbs, and the pulse shortening phenomenon is both observed and analyzed.

  1. 49 CFR 236.770 - Locomotive.

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    2010-10-01

    ... OF SIGNAL AND TRAIN CONTROL SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND APPLIANCES Definitions § 236.770 Locomotive. A self... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Locomotive. 236.770 Section 236.770 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued) FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT...

  2. Simulation of a Hybrid Locomotion Robot Vehicle

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    Aarnio, P.

    2002-10-01

    This study describes a simulation process of a mobile robot. The focus is in kinematic and dynamic behavior simulations of hybrid locomotion robot vehicles. This research is motivated by the development needs of the WorkPartner field service robot. The whole robot system consists of a mobile platform and a two-hand manipulator. The robot platform, called Hybtor, is a hybrid locomotion robot capable of walking and driving by wheels as well as combining these two locomotion modes. This study describes first the general problems and their solutions in the dynamic simulation of mobile robots. A kinematic and dynamic virtual model of the Hybtor robot was built and simulations were carried out using one commercial simulation tool. Walking, wheel driven and rolking mode locomotion, which is a special hybrid locomotion style, has been simulated and analyzed. Position and force control issues during obstacle overrun and climbing were also studied.

  3. Locomotive track detection for underground

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    Ma, Zhonglei; Lang, Wenhui; Li, Xiaoming; Wei, Xing

    2017-08-01

    In order to improve the PC-based track detection system, this paper proposes a method to detect linear track for underground locomotive based on DSP + FPGA. Firstly, the analog signal outputted from the camera is sampled by A / D chip. Then the collected digital signal is preprocessed by FPGA. Secondly, the output signal of FPGA is transmitted to DSP via EMIF port. Subsequently, the adaptive threshold edge detection, polar angle and radius constrain based Hough transform are implemented by DSP. Lastly, the detected track information is transmitted to host computer through Ethernet interface. The experimental results show that the system can not only meet the requirements of real-time detection, but also has good robustness.

  4. Low-Power CMOS VCO with Dual-Band Local Oscillating Signal Outputs for 5/2.5-GHz WLAN Transceivers

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    池保勇; 石秉学

    2003-01-01

    The paper describes a novel low-power CMOS voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) with dual-band local oscillating (LO) signal outputs for 5/2.5-GHz wireless local area network (WLAN) transceivers. The VCO is based on an on-chip symmetrical spiral inductor and a differential varactor. The 2.5-GHz quadrature LO signals are generated using the injection-locked frequency divider (ILFD) technique. The ILFD structure is similar to the VCO structure with its wide tracking range. The design tool ASITIC was used to optimize all on-chip symmetrical inductors. The power consumption was kept low with differential LC tanks and the ILFD technique. The circuit was implemented in a 0.18-μm CMOS process. Hspice and SpectreRF simulations show the proposed circuit could generate low phase noise 5/2.5-GHz dual band LO signals with a wide tuning range. The 2.5-GHz LO signals are quadrature with almost no phase and amplitude errors. The circuit consumes less than 5.3 mW in the tuning range with a power supply voltage of 1.5 V. The die area is only 1.0 mm×1.0 mm.

  5. Power Consumption, Mixing Time, and Oxygen Mass Transfer in a Gas-Liquid Contactor Stirred with a Dual Impeller for Different Spacing

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    Hayder Mohammed Issa

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Multiple or dual impellers are widely implemented in stirred contactors used in various biological processes like fermentation, water treatment, and pharmaceutical production. The spacing between impellers is considered as a crucial factor in designing of these types of contactors resulting in variation of oxygen mass transfer, mixing time, or power consumption for such biological system. A study of three parts was conducted to characterize the effect of the spacing between impellers on the most important parameters that related to biological contactor performance: oxygen mass transfer coefficient kla from the gas phase (air to the liquid phase (water, mixing time, and power consumption for different operating rotational speeds (1.67–3.33 rps and for three different spacing positions. The used impellers system in the study is a dual impeller system which consists of an inverted and bladed rotated cone (IBRC and a pitched-blade up-flow propeller (PBPU. The experimental results showed that the shorter spacing (the lower PBPU in a higher position is more convenient, as the achieved oxygen mass transfer coefficient has showed an improvement in its values with lower mixing time and with a slight alteration in power consumption.

  6. Power-scalable, polarization-stable, dual-colour DFB fibre laser system for CW terahertz imaging

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    Eichhorn, Finn; Pedersen, Jens Engholm; Jepsen, Peter Uhd

    -scalable, dual-colour, polarization-maintaining distributed feedback (DFB) fibre laser system with an inherent narrow linewidth from the DFB fibre laser oscillators. The laser system can be used as source in CW THz systems employing photomixing (optical heterodyning) for generation and detection...

  7. Optimized Carrier Based Multilevel Generated Modified Dual Three-Phase Open-Winding Inverter for Medium Power Applications

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    Padmanaban, Sanjeevi Kumar; Blaabjerg, Frede; Wheeler, Patrick

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a novel carrier based multilevel modulation for modified dual three-phase open-winding inverter applicable for low-voltage/high-current applications. A standard three-phase voltage source inverter (VSI) is connected across the open-winding of both ends of the motor. Each VSI i...

  8. Locomotion by tangential deformation in a polymeric fluid

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    ZHu, Lailai; Lauga, Eric; Brandt, Luca; 10.1103/PhysRevE.83.011901

    2012-01-01

    In several biologically relevant situations, cell locomotion occurs in polymeric fluids with Weissenberg {number} larger than one. Here we present results of three-dimensional numerical simulations for the steady locomotion of a self-propelled body in a model polymeric (Giesekus) fluid at low Reynolds number. Locomotion is driven by steady tangential deformation at the surface of the body (so-called squirming motion). In the case of a spherical squirmer, we show that the swimming velocity is systematically less than that in a Newtonian fluid, with a minimum occurring for Weissenberg numbers of order one. The rate of work done by the swimmer always goes up compared to that occurring in the Newtonian solvent alone, but is always lower than the power necessary to swim in a Newtonian fluid with the same viscosity. The swimming efficiency, defined as the ratio between the rate of work necessary to pull the body at the swimming speed in the same fluid and the rate of work done by swimming, is found to always be inc...

  9. Extensibility enables locomotion under isotropic drag

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    Pak, On Shun

    2011-01-01

    Anisotropic viscous drag is usually believed to be a requirement for the low Reynolds number locomotion of slender bodies such as flagella and cilia. Here we show that locomotion under isotropic drag is possible for extensible slender bodies. After general considerations, a two-ring swimmer and a model dinoflagellate flagellum are studied analytically to illustrate how extensibility can be exploited for self-propulsion without drag anisotropy. This new degree of freedom could be useful for some complex swimmer geometries and locomotion in complex fluid environments where drag anisotropy is weak or even absent.

  10. Performance of raters to assess locomotion in dairy cattle

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    Schlageter Tello, A.A.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Locomotion scoring systems are procedures used to evaluate the quality of cows’ locomotion. When scoring locomotion, raters focus their attention on gait and posture traits that are described in the protocol. Using these traits, raters assign a locomotion score to cow

  11. 49 CFR 238.223 - Locomotive fuel tanks.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Locomotive fuel tanks. 238.223 Section 238.223... Equipment § 238.223 Locomotive fuel tanks. Locomotive fuel tanks shall comply with either the following or....21: (a) External fuel tanks. External locomotive fuel tanks shall comply with the...

  12. 49 CFR 230.21 - Steam locomotive number change.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Steam locomotive number change. 230.21 Section 230... Recordkeeping Requirements § 230.21 Steam locomotive number change. When a steam locomotive number is changed, the steam locomotive owner and/or operator must reflect the change in the upper right-hand corner...

  13. 49 CFR 229.121 - Locomotive cab noise.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Locomotive cab noise. 229.121 Section 229.121... § 229.121 Locomotive cab noise. (a) Performance standards for locomotives. (1) When tested for static noise in accordance with paragraph (a)(3) of this section, all locomotives of each design or model...

  14. Locomotive Assignment Problem with Heterogeneous Vehicle Fleet and Hiring External Locomotives

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    Dušan Teichmann

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper focuses on solving the problem of how to assign locomotives to assembled trains optimally. To solve the problem, linear programming is applied. The situation we model in the paper occurs in the conditions of a transport operator that provides rail transport in the Czech Republic. In the paper, an extended locomotive assignment problem is modeled; the transport operator can use different classes of the locomotives to serve individual connections, some connections must be served by a predefined locomotive class, and the locomotives can be allocated to several depots at the beginning. The proposed model also takes into consideration the fact that some connections can be served by the locomotives of external transport companies or operators. The presented model is applied to a real example in order to test its functionality.

  15. Application analysis of dual power switch(ATS) in large power station%双电源切换开关(ATS)在大型电站的应用分析

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    赵曙伟; 高峰

    2015-01-01

    双电源切换开关的使用增强了用电负荷的可靠性和灵活性,但是如果不能熟悉、掌控开关的性能,也可能造成开关不正常工作,给用电负荷的安全运行带来威胁。根据双电源切换开关的应用经验,分析其性能特点,提出从设计选型到实际应用等各环节中的注意事项,确保其能够充分发挥应有的作用。%The use of dual power switch can increase the reliability and flexibility of power load, but if not familiar with the switch performance, it may cause the switch doesn't work normally, and bring threat to the safe operation of power load. The performance and characteristics of dual power switch are analyzed by the application experience. The notes in the design selection and practical application are put forward to ensure that it can give its full play.

  16. Computer code and users' guide for the preliminary analysis of dual-mode space nuclear fission solid core power and propulsion systems, NUROC3A. AMS report No. 1239b

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    Nichols, R.A.; Smith, W.W.

    1976-06-30

    The three-volume report describes a dual-mode nuclear space power and propulsion system concept that employs an advanced solid-core nuclear fission reactor coupled via heat pipes to one of several electric power conversion systems. The second volume describes the computer code and users' guide for the preliminary analysis of the system.

  17. 40 CFR 1033.140 - Rated power.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Rated power. 1033.140 Section 1033.140... EMISSIONS FROM LOCOMOTIVES Emission Standards and Related Requirements § 1033.140 Rated power. This section describes how to determine the rated power of a locomotive for the purposes of this part. (a) A...

  18. Low costs of terrestrial locomotion in waders

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    Bruinzeel, L.W.; Piersma, T; Kersten, M.; Leopold, Mardik F.

    1999-01-01

    Energy expenditure of terrestrial locomotion on a linear treadmill was measured in five wader species: Turnstone Arenaria interpres, Knot Calidris canutus, Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola, Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus and Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica. Additional data on Redshank Tringa

  19. Characteristics of undulatory locomotion in granular media

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    Peng, Zhiwei; Elfring, Gwynn J

    2015-01-01

    Undulatory locomotion is ubiquitous in nature and observed in different media, from the swimming of flagellated microorganisms in biological fluids, to the slithering of snakes on land, or the locomotion of sandfish lizards in sand. Despite the similarity in the undulating pattern, the swimming characteristics depend on the rheological properties of different media. Analysis of locomotion in granular materials is relatively less developed compared with fluids partially due to a lack of validated force models but recently a resistive force theory in granular media has been proposed and shown useful in studying the locomotion of a sand-swimming lizard. Here we employ the proposed model to investigate the swimming characteristics of a slender filament, of both finite and infinite length, undulating in a granular medium and compare the results with swimming in viscous fluids. In particular, we characterize the effects of drifting and pitching in terms of propulsion speed and efficiency for a finite sinusoidal swi...

  20. Power distribution of a co-axial dual-mechanical-port flux-switching permanent magnet machine for fuel-based extended range electric vehicles

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    Zhou, Lingkang; Hua, Wei; Zhang, Gan

    2017-05-01

    In this paper, power distribution between the inner and outer machines of a co-axial dual-mechanical-port flux-switching permanent magnet (CADMP-FSPM) machine is investigated for fuel-based extended range electric vehicle (ER-EV). Firstly, the topology and operation principle of the CADMP-FSPM machine are introduced, which consist of an inner FSPM machine used for high-speed, an outer FSPM machine for low-speed, and a magnetic isolation ring between them. Then, the magnetic field coupling of the inner and outer FSPM machines is analyzed with more attention paid to the optimization of the isolation ring thickness. Thirdly, the power-dimension (PD) equations of the inner and outer FSPM machines are derived, respectively, and thereafter, the PD equation of the whole CADMP-FSPM machine can be given. Finally, the PD equations are validated by finite element analysis, which supplies the guidance on the design of this type of machines.

  1. Performance requirements for locomotive braking systems

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    Vermaak, P

    2000-02-01

    Full Text Available ; and • The compilation of mine Codes of Practice and Procedures. 2 Of all the equipment used to mine and transport ore, track bound haulage systems are most commonly overlooked provided that the production is not affected. In order to reduce incidents involving... MRAC guideline for the compilation of a mandatory code of practice for the operation of underground rail bound transport equipment............... 22 9.6 Suppliers’ specifications for new locomotives ............. 23 9.6.1 Battery locomotives...

  2. Simplified and advanced modelling of traction control systems of heavy-haul locomotives

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    Spiryagin, Maksym; Wolfs, Peter; Szanto, Frank; Cole, Colin

    2015-05-01

    Improving tractive effort is a very complex task in locomotive design. It requires the development of not only mechanical systems but also power systems, traction machines and traction algorithms. At the initial design stage, traction algorithms can be verified by means of a simulation approach. A simple single wheelset simulation approach is not sufficient because all locomotive dynamics are not fully taken into consideration. Given that many traction control strategies exist, the best solution is to use more advanced approaches for such studies. This paper describes the modelling of a locomotive with a bogie traction control strategy based on a co-simulation approach in order to deliver more accurate results. The simplified and advanced modelling approaches of a locomotive electric power system are compared in this paper in order to answer a fundamental question. What level of modelling complexity is necessary for the investigation of the dynamic behaviours of a heavy-haul locomotive running under traction? The simulation results obtained provide some recommendations on simulation processes and the further implementation of advanced and simplified modelling approaches.

  3. Walking like dinosaurs: chickens with artificial tails provide clues about non-avian theropod locomotion.

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    Bruno Grossi

    Full Text Available Birds still share many traits with their dinosaur ancestors, making them the best living group to reconstruct certain aspects of non-avian theropod biology. Bipedal, digitigrade locomotion and parasagittal hindlimb movement are some of those inherited traits. Living birds, however, maintain an unusually crouched hindlimb posture and locomotion powered by knee flexion, in contrast to the inferred primitive condition of non-avian theropods: more upright posture and limb movement powered by femur retraction. Such functional differences, which are associated with a gradual, anterior shift of the centre of mass in theropods along the bird line, make the use of extant birds to study non-avian theropod locomotion problematic. Here we show that, by experimentally manipulating the location of the centre of mass in living birds, it is possible to recreate limb posture and kinematics inferred for extinct bipedal dinosaurs. Chickens raised wearing artificial tails, and consequently with more posteriorly located centre of mass, showed a more vertical orientation of the femur during standing and increased femoral displacement during locomotion. Our results support the hypothesis that gradual changes in the location of the centre of mass resulted in more crouched hindlimb postures and a shift from hip-driven to knee-driven limb movements through theropod evolution. This study suggests that, through careful experimental manipulations during the growth phase of ontogeny, extant birds can potentially be used to gain important insights into previously unexplored aspects of bipedal non-avian theropod locomotion.

  4. Walking like dinosaurs: chickens with artificial tails provide clues about non-avian theropod locomotion.

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    Grossi, Bruno; Iriarte-Díaz, José; Larach, Omar; Canals, Mauricio; Vásquez, Rodrigo A

    2014-01-01

    Birds still share many traits with their dinosaur ancestors, making them the best living group to reconstruct certain aspects of non-avian theropod biology. Bipedal, digitigrade locomotion and parasagittal hindlimb movement are some of those inherited traits. Living birds, however, maintain an unusually crouched hindlimb posture and locomotion powered by knee flexion, in contrast to the inferred primitive condition of non-avian theropods: more upright posture and limb movement powered by femur retraction. Such functional differences, which are associated with a gradual, anterior shift of the centre of mass in theropods along the bird line, make the use of extant birds to study non-avian theropod locomotion problematic. Here we show that, by experimentally manipulating the location of the centre of mass in living birds, it is possible to recreate limb posture and kinematics inferred for extinct bipedal dinosaurs. Chickens raised wearing artificial tails, and consequently with more posteriorly located centre of mass, showed a more vertical orientation of the femur during standing and increased femoral displacement during locomotion. Our results support the hypothesis that gradual changes in the location of the centre of mass resulted in more crouched hindlimb postures and a shift from hip-driven to knee-driven limb movements through theropod evolution. This study suggests that, through careful experimental manipulations during the growth phase of ontogeny, extant birds can potentially be used to gain important insights into previously unexplored aspects of bipedal non-avian theropod locomotion.

  5. Bipedal locomotion in granular media

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    Kingsbury, Mark; Zhang, Tingnan; Goldman, Daniel

    Bipedal walking, locomotion characterized by alternating swing and double support phase, is well studied on ground where feet do not penetrate the substrate. On granular media like sand however, intrusion and extrusion phases also occur. In these phases, relative motion of the two feet requires that one or both feet slip through the material, degrading performance. To study walking in these phases, we designed and studied a planarized bipedal robot (1.6 kg, 42 cm) that walked in a fluidized bed of poppy seeds. We also simulated the robot in a multibody software environment (Chrono) using granular resistive force theory (RFT) to calculate foot forces. In experiment and simulation, the robot experienced slip during the intrusion phase, with the experiment presenting additional slip due to motor control error during the double support phase. This exaggerated slip gave insight (through analysis of ground reaction forces in simulation) into how slip occurs when relative motion exists between the two feet in the granular media, where the foot with higher relative drag forces (from its instantaneous orientation, rotation, relative direction of motion, and depth) remains stationary. With this relationship, we generated walking gaits for the robot to walk with minimal slip.

  6. The PS locomotive runs again

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    Over forty years ago, the PS train entered service to steer the magnets of the accelerator into place... ... a service that was resumed last Tuesday. Left to right: Raymond Brown (CERN), Claude Tholomier (D.B.S.), Marcel Genolin (CERN), Gérard Saumade (D.B.S.), Ingo Ruehl (CERN), Olivier Carlier (D.B.S.), Patrick Poisot (D.B.S.), Christian Recour (D.B.S.). It is more than ten years since people at CERN heard the rumbling of the old PS train's steel wheels. Last Tuesday, the locomotive came back into service to be tested. It is nothing like the monstrous steel engines still running on conventional railways -just a small electric battery-driven vehicle employed on installing the magnets for the PS accelerator more than 40 years ago. To do so, it used the tracks that run round the accelerator. In fact, it is the grandfather of the LEP monorail. After PS was commissioned in 1959, the little train was used more and more rarely. This is because magnets never break down, or hardly ever! In fact, the loc...

  7. Gravitational Effects upon Locomotion Posture

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    DeWitt, John K.; Bentley, Jason R.; Edwards, W. Brent; Perusek, Gail P.; Samorezov, Sergey

    2008-01-01

    Researchers use actual microgravity (AM) during parabolic flight and simulated microgravity (SM) obtained with horizontal suspension analogs to better understand the effect of gravity upon gait. In both environments, the gravitational force is replaced by an external load (EL) that returns the subject to the treadmill. However, when compared to normal gravity (N), researchers consistently find reduced ground reaction forces (GRF) and subtle kinematic differences (Schaffner et al., 2005). On the International Space Station, the EL is applied by elastic bungees attached to a waist and shoulder harness. While bungees can provide EL approaching body weight (BW), their force-length characteristics coupled with vertical oscillations of the body during gait result in a variable load. However, during locomotion in N, the EL is consistently equal to 100% body weight. Comparisons between AM and N have shown that during running, GRF are decreased in AM (Schaffner et al, 2005). Kinematic evaluations in the past have focussed on joint range of motion rather than joint posture at specific instances of the gait cycle. The reduced GRF in microgravity may be a result of differing hip, knee, and ankle positions during contact. The purpose of this investigation was to compare joint angles of the lower extremities during walking and running in AM, SM, and N. We hypothesized that in AM and SM, joints would be more flexed at heel strike (HS), mid-stance (MS) and toe-off (TO) than in N.

  8. Fuel cell-hybrid switch locomotive for Los Angeles : test results (part 1)

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    Miller, A.R.; Hess, K.S.; Erickson, T.L.; Dippo, J.L. [Vehicle Projects LLC, Golden, CO (United States)

    2009-07-01

    This paper described the development of a prototype fuel cell-powered shunt locomotive for urban rail use. The prototype was funded by a public-private partnership involving the BNSF Railway Company and the United States Department of Defense in an effort to reduce air pollution in urban railyards; increase energy security of the rail transport system by using hydrogen as fuel; reduce atmospheric greenhouse-gas emissions; and serve as a mobile backup power source for critical infrastructure on military bases. Railyard demonstrations were performed at the Commerce and Hobart railyards in the Los Angeles metro area. The hybrid locomotive is the heaviest and most powerful fuel cell land vehicle built today. It weighs 127 tonnes and gets continuous net power of 250 kW from its PEM fuel cell prime mover. Its transient power is well in excess of 1 MW. Its fourteen carbon-fiber composite compressed-hydrogen storage tanks, located at the roofline, have a combined storage of 70 kg at 350 bar. The system provides fuel for a rigorous 8-10 hour shunt-locomotive duty cycle. This paper focused on test results for this locomotive which was scheduled for completion by the end of 2008.

  9. Effectiveness of dual-task functional power training for preventing falls in older people: study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial.

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    Daly, Robin M; Duckham, Rachel L; Tait, Jamie L; Rantalainen, Timo; Nowson, Caryl A; Taaffe, Dennis R; Sanders, Kerrie; Hill, Keith D; Kidgell, Dawson J; Busija, Lucy

    2015-03-27

    Falls are a major public health concern with at least one third of people aged 65 years and over falling at least once per year, and half of these will fall repeatedly, which can lead to injury, pain, loss of function and independence, reduced quality of life and even death. Although the causes of falls are varied and complex, the age-related loss in muscle power has emerged as a useful predictor of disability and falls in older people. In this population, the requirements to produce explosive and rapid movements often occurs whilst simultaneously performing other attention-demanding cognitive or motor tasks, such as walking while talking or carrying an object. The primary aim of this study is to determine whether dual-task functional power training (DT-FPT) can reduce the rate of falls in community-dwelling older people. The study design is an 18-month cluster randomised controlled trial in which 280 adults aged ≥65 years residing in retirement villages, who are at increased risk of falling, will be randomly allocated to: 1) an exercise programme involving DT-FPT, or 2) a usual care control group. The intervention is divided into 3 distinct phases: 6 months of supervised DT-FPT, a 6-month 'step down' maintenance programme, and a 6-month follow-up. The primary outcome will be the number of falls after 6, 12 and 18 months. Secondary outcomes will include: lower extremity muscle power and strength, grip strength, functional assessments of gait, reaction time and dynamic balance under single- and dual-task conditions, activities of daily living, quality of life, cognitive function and falls-related self-efficacy. We will also evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the programme for preventing falls. The study offers a novel approach that may guide the development and implementation of future community-based falls prevention programmes that specifically focus on optimising muscle power and dual-task performance to reduce falls risk under 'real life' conditions in older

  10. Diesel-hydraulic locomotive becomes a diesel-electric hybrid locomotive; Dieselhydraulische Lokomotive wird dieselelektrische Hybridlokomotive

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    Behmann, Uwe

    2013-01-15

    The operational partial load times cause a unnecessarily high fuel consumption and additional environmental pollutions in applications of shunting locomotives. High fuel consumption and additional environmental pollutions can be avoided by hybrid locomotives using a small-scale diesel engine with a generator only for the periodic charging of a large traction battery.

  11. 40 CFR 92.707 - Notification to locomotive or locomotive engine owners.

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    2010-07-01

    ... established to protect the public health or welfare from the dangers of air pollution.” (2) A statement that... (CONTINUED) AIR PROGRAMS (CONTINUED) CONTROL OF AIR POLLUTION FROM LOCOMOTIVES AND LOCOMOTIVE ENGINES Recall...) A description of the adverse effects, if any, that an uncorrected nonconformity would have on...

  12. Dual-core Itanium Processor

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    Intel’s first dual-core Itanium processor, code-named "Montecito" is a major release of Intel's Itanium 2 Processor Family, which implements the Intel Itanium architecture on a dual-core processor with two cores per die (integrated circuit). Itanium 2 is much more powerful than its predecessor. It has lower power consumption and thermal dissipation.

  13. Propulsion by sinusoidal locomotion: A motion inspired by Caenorhabditis elegans

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    Ulrich, Xialing

    Sinusoidal locomotion is commonly seen in snakes, fish, nematodes, or even the wings of some birds and insects. This doctoral thesis presents the study of sinusoidal locomotion of the nematode C. elegans in experiments and the application of the state-space airloads theory to the theoretical forces of sinusoidal motion. An original MATLAB program has been developed to analyze the video records of C. elegans' movement in different fluids, including Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids. The experimental and numerical studies of swimming C. elegans has revealed three conclusions. First, though the amplitude and wavelength are varying with time, the motion of swimming C. elegans can still be viewed as sinusoidal locomotion with slips. The average normalized wavelength is a conserved character of the locomotion for both Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids. Second, fluid viscosity affects the frequency but not the moving speed of C. elegans, while fluid elasticity affects the moving speed but not the frequency. Third, by the resistive force theory, for more elastic fluids the ratio of resistive coefficients becomes smaller. Inspired by the motion of C. elegans and other animals performing sinusoidal motion, we investigated the sinusoidal motion of a thin flexible wing in theory. Given the equation of the motion, we have derived the closed forms of propulsive force, lift and other generalized forces applying on the wing. We also calculated the power required to perform the motion, the power lost due to the shed vortices and the propulsive efficiency. These forces and powers are given as functions of reduced frequency k, dimensionless wavelength z, dimensionless amplitude A/b, and time. Our results show that a positive, time-averaged propulsive force is produced for all k>k0=pi/ z. At k=k0, which implies the moment when the moving speed of the wing is the same as the wave speed of its undulation, the motion reaches a steady state with all forces being zero. If there were no

  14. Relationship between osteology and aquatic locomotion in birds: determining modes of locomotion in extinct Ornithurae.

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    Hinić-Frlog, S; Motani, R

    2010-02-01

    The evolutionary history of aquatic invasion in birds would be incomplete without incorporation of extinct species. We show that aquatic affinities in fossil birds can be inferred by multivariate analysis of skeletal features and locomotion of 245 species of extant birds. Regularized discriminant analyses revealed that measurements of appendicular skeletons successfully separated diving birds from surface swimmers and flyers, while also discriminating among different underwater modes of swimming. The high accuracy of this method allows detection of skeletal characteristics that are indicative of aquatic locomotion and inference of such locomotion in bird species with insufficient behavioural information. Statistical predictions based on the analyses confirm qualitative assessments for both foot-propelled (Hesperornithiformes) and wing-propelled (Copepteryx) underwater locomotion in fossil birds. This is the first quantitative inference of underwater modes of swimming in fossil birds, enabling future studies of locomotion in extinct birds and evolutionary transitions among locomotor modes in avian lineage.

  15. 基于双频电源技术的船舶岸电系统研究%Research of Shore-to-ship Power Supply System Based on Dual-frequency Power Supply Technology

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    李晓光; 卜佩征; 王冀星; 张海波; 王海洋

    2015-01-01

    近年来,船舶岸电技术作为港口节能减排的重要举措之一,越来越受到各地政府的重视。针对我国船舶岸电存在的变压变频、电量计量等技术难题,研究船舶岸电的双频电源技术,该技术可以为靠港船舶提供50/60 Hz 双频电源,并且能分别对这两种电制进行准确的电量计量。基于此技术又提出一种新的船舶岸电系统,该岸电系统可将我国港口的交流电变换成适合于国内外船舶不同频率、不同配电电压等级的交流电,满足不同船舶对供电电制不同的需求,供电方式灵活,增加了岸电电源的适用范围。%In recent years, more and more attention has been paid by local government to the shore-to-ship power supply technology which is an important measure of port energy-saving and emission-reduction. For some technical problems of frequency and voltage conversion and electricity metering in the shore-to-ship power supply system, the dual-frequency power supply technology is studied, this technology can offer 50/60 Hz dual-frequency power supply, and can respectively meter the two kinds of frequency electric power accurately. A new-style shore-to-ship power supply system is put forward based on this technology, the system can convert alternating current of China’s port to alternating current of different frequency and different voltage level suitable for domestic and foreign ships, which meets the power supply needs of different ships, the power supply mode is flexible, and it increases the application scope of shore power supply.

  16. Effects of tendon vibration on the spatiotemporal characteristics of human locomotion.

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    Verschueren, S.M.P.; Swinnen, S.P.; Desloovere, K.; Duysens, J.E.J.

    2002-01-01

    The present study addressed the involvement of proprioceptive input of the muscle spindles in the spatiotemporal control of human locomotion. Blindfolded subjects walked along a walkway while tendon vibration, a powerful stimulus of Ia afferents, was applied to various muscles of the lower limb. The

  17. Improved dual boost power factor correction converter%一种改进型双升压功率因数校正电路

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    胡玮; 康勇; 王学华; 周小宁

    2013-01-01

    针对双升压功率因数校正电路(dual boost power factor correction,DBPFC)输入电压采样和电感电流采样困难,控制电路复杂的问题,提出一种改进的DBPFC拓扑.该拓扑在MOS开关管的源极正串一个肖特基二极管以阻塞MOS开关管的体二极管,既可以采用电阻采样法来进行电感电流平均值取样,优化了控制电路设计.详细分析电路在一个开关周期内的工作模态和MOS开关管寄生电容对电路工作模态的影响,给出电路的重要仿真波形.对电路的功率损耗和效率进行了理论分析和对比.设计了基于该拓扑的实验样机,样机输出波形表明该电路抗扰动能力强,能够快速准确地实现功率因数校正.样机效率曲线验证了理论分析的正确性,表明电路在宽电压输入宽功率输出时均能取得良好的工作效率.%According to the voltage and current sensing difficulties and the complex control problems in dual boost power factor correction ( DBPFC) with two diodes, an improved DBPFC is proposed. Through connecting a schottky diode to the MOSFET' s source in series, the circuit can sense the boost inductor' s average current by using the sensing resistance, which optimized the control circuit. Operating modes of the improved DBPFC and the influence of the parasitic capacitances on MOSFET were discussed in detail and the key simulation waveforms were given. On the basis of it, the power dissipations and the efficiencies were theoretically analyzed and compared. The prototypes of the experimental circuit based on the improved DBPFC was built to provide waveforms which show that the circuit has better disturbance rejection ability, and achieves power factor correction quickly and accurately. The efficiency curves verify the correctness of theoretical analysis, and show that the circuit can achieve high efficiency in the wide input voltage range and wide power output.

  18. Locomotion mode identification for lower limbs using neuromuscular and joint kinematic signals.

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    Afzal, Taimoor; White, Gannon; Wright, Andrew B; Iqbal, Kamran

    2014-01-01

    Recent development in lower limb prosthetics has seen an emergence of powered prosthesis that have the capability to operate in different locomotion modes. However, these devices cannot transition seamlessly between modes such as level walking, stair ascent and descent and up slope and down slope walking. They require some form of user input that defines the human intent. The purpose of this study was to develop a locomotion mode detection system and evaluate its performance for different sensor configurations and to study the effect of locomotion mode detection with and without electromyography (EMG) signals while using kinematic data from hip joint of non-dominant/impaired limb and an accelerometer. Data was collected from four able bodied subjects that completed two circuits that contained standing, level-walking, ramp ascent and descent and stair ascent and descent. By using only the kinematic data from the hip joint and accelerometer data the system was able to identify the transitions, stance and swing phases with similar performance as compared to using only EMG and accelerometer data. However, significant improvement in classification error was observed when EMG, kinematic and accelerometer data were used together to identify the locomotion modes. The higher recognition rates when using the kinematic data along with EMG shows that the joint kinematics could be beneficial in intent recognition systems of locomotion modes.

  19. Twist-related locomotion of a snake-like robot

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    Ye Changlong; Ma Shugen; Li Bin; Wang Yuechao; Jing Tao

    2006-01-01

    As a hyper-redundant robot, a 3D snake-like robot can perform many other configurations and types of locomotion adapted to environment except for mimicking the natural snake locomotion. The natural snake locomotion usually limits locomotion capability of the robot because of inadequacy in the mechanism and actuation to imitate characters of natural snake such as the too many DOFs and the characteristics of the muscle. In order to apply snake-like robots to the unstructured environment, the researchers have designed many gaits for increasing the adaptability to a variety of surroundings. The twist-related locomotion is an effective gait achieved by jointly driving the pitching-DOF and yawing-DOF, with which the snakelike robot can move on rough ground and even climb up some obstacles. In this paper, the twist-related locomotion function is firstly solved, and simplified to be expressible by sine or cosine function. The 2D locomotion such as V-shape and U-shape is achieved. Also by applying it to the serpentine locomotion or other types of locomotion, the snake-like robot can complete composite locomotion that combines the serpentine locomotion or others with twist-related locomotion. Then we extend the twist-related locomotion to 3D space. Finally, the experimental results are presented to validate all above analyses.

  20. Solitons and other solutions to nonlinear Schrödinger equation with fourth-order dispersion and dual power law nonlinearity using several different techniques

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    Zayed, Elsayed M. E.; Al-Nowehy, Abdul-Ghani; Elshater, Mona E. M.

    2017-06-01

    The (G^'/G)-expansion method, the improved Sub-ODE method, the extended auxiliary equation method, the new mapping method and the Jacobi elliptic function method are applied in this paper for finding many new exact solutions including Jacobi elliptic solutions, solitary solutions, singular solitary solutions, trigonometric function solutions and other solutions to the nonlinear Schrödinger equation with fourth-order dispersion and dual power law nonlinearity whose balance number is not positive integer. The used methods present a wider applicability for handling the nonlinear partial differential equations. A comparison of our new results with the well-known results is made. Also, we compare our results with each other yielding from these five integration tools.

  1. A 0.18 {mu}m CMOS dual-band low power low noise amplifier for a global navigation satellite system

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    Li Bing; Zhuang Yiqi; Li Zhenrong; Jin Gang, E-mail: waxmax@126.com [Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education for Wide Band-Gap Semiconductor Materials and Devices, School of Microelectronics, Xidian University, Xi' an 710071 (China)

    2010-12-15

    This paper presents a dual-band low noise amplifier for the receiver of a global navigation satellite system. The differences between single band and multi-band design methods are discussed. The relevant parameter analysis and the details of circuit design are presented. The test chip was implemented in a TSMC 0.18 {mu}m 1P4M RF CMOS process. The LNA achieves a gain of 16.8 dB/18.9 dB on 1.27 GHz/1.575 GHz. The measured noise figure is around 1.5-1.7 dB on both bands. The LNA consumes less than 4.3 mA of current from a 1.8 V power supply. The measurement results show consistency with the design. And the LNA can fully satisfy the demands of the GNSS receiver. (semiconductor integrated circuits)

  2. SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUITS A 0.18 μm CMOS dual-band low power low noise amplifier for a global navigation satellite system

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    Bing, Li; Yiqi, Zhuang; Zhenrong, Li; Gang, Jin

    2010-12-01

    This paper presents a dual-band low noise amplifier for the receiver of a global navigation satellite system. The differences between single band and multi-band design methods are discussed. The relevant parameter analysis and the details of circuit design are presented. The test chip was implemented in a TSMC 0.18 μm 1P4M RF CMOS process. The LNA achieves a gain of 16.8 dB/18.9 dB on 1.27 GHz/1.575 GHz. The measured noise figure is around 1.5-1.7 dB on both bands. The LNA consumes less than 4.3 mA of current from a 1.8 V power supply. The measurement results show consistency with the design. And the LNA can fully satisfy the demands of the GNSS receiver.

  3. A 200-Channel Area-Power-Efficient Chemical and Electrical Dual-Mode Acquisition IC for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases.

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    Guo, Jing; Ng, Waichiu; Yuan, Jie; Li, Suwen; Chan, Mansun

    2016-06-01

    Microelectrode array (MEA) can be used in the study of neurodegenerative diseases by monitoring the chemical neurotransmitter release and the electrical potential simultaneously at the cellular level. Currently, the MEA technology is migrating to more electrodes and higher electrode density, which raises power and area constraints on the design of acquisition IC. In this paper, we report the design of a 200-channel dual-mode acquisition IC with highly efficient usage of power and area. Under the constraints of target noise and fast settling, the current channel design saves power by including a novel current buffer biased in discrete time (DT) before the TIA (transimpedance amplifier). The 200 channels are sampled at 20 kS/s and quantized by column-wise SAR ADCs. The prototype IC was fabricated in a 0.18 μm CMOS process. Silicon measurements show the current channel has 21.6 pArms noise with cyclic voltammetry (CV) and 0.48 pArms noise with constant amperometry (CA) while consuming 12.1 μW . The voltage channel has 4.07 μVrms noise in the bandwidth of 100 kHz and 0.2% nonlinearity while consuming 9.1 μW. Each channel occupies 0.03 mm(2) area, which is among the smallest.

  4. Locomotion gaits of a rotating cylinder pair

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    van Rees, Wim M.; Novati, Guido; Koumoutsakos, Petros; Mahadevan, L.

    2015-11-01

    Using 2D numerical simulations of the Navier-Stokes equations, we demonstrate that a simple pair of rotating cylinders can display a range of locomotion patterns of biological and engineering interest. Steadily counter-rotating the cylinders causes the pair to move akin to a vortex dipole for low rotation rates, but as the rotational velocity is increased the direction of motion reverses. Unsteady rotations lead to different locomotion gaits that resemble jellyfish (for in-phase rotations) and undulating swimmers (for out-of-phase rotations). The small number of parameters for this simple system allows us to systematically map the phase space of these gaits, and allows us to understand the underlying physical mechanisms using a minimal model with implications for biological locomotion and engineered analogs.

  5. Stability of Periodic Locomotion in Potential Flow

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    Jing, Fangxu

    2013-01-01

    Most aquatic vertebrates swim by lateral flapping of their bodies and caudal fins. While much effort has been devoted to understanding the flapping kinematics and its influence on the swimming efficiency, little is known about the stability (or lack of) of periodic swimming. In this paper, we examine the stability of periodic locomotion due to sideways flapping in unbounded potential flow. It is believed that stability limits maneuverability and body designs/flapping motions that are adapted for stable swimming are not suitable for high maneuverability and vice versa. Here, we consider a simplified model where the swimmer is a planar elliptic body undergoing prescribed periodic heaving and pitching. We show that periodic locomotion can be achieved due to the resulting hydrodynamic forces, and its value depends on several parameters including the aspect ratio of the body, the amplitudes and phases of the prescribed flapping. We obtain closed-form solutions for the locomotion and efficiency for small flapping a...

  6. Dual PWM Wind Power Grid System Based on DSP%基于DSP双PWM风力发电并网系统的研究

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    吕振; 孟祥海; 林振杨; 高爽

    2011-01-01

    The double PWM wind power grid systems theory was analyzed. The basic theory of the wind power generator system was elaborated based on DSP TMS320LF2407, while the system machine-side converter and the network-side converter were analyzed. And by controlling the inverter output, the parallel running with the grid is realized under the premise of ensuring the quality of the output power. And to ensure that the harmonic content fed into the grid should be as small as possible while still meet the power requirements. Finally, the whole system was verified by experiment, experiment results show that the dual PWM wind power grid system has good stability and reliability.%详细分析了风力发电双PWM并网系统的原理,阐述了基于DSP TMS320LF2407风力发电并网系统的基本理论,同时对系统的机侧变流器和网侧变流器进行了分析,并通过控制逆变器的输出,在保证输出电能质量的前提下实现与电网的并行运行;并且保证馈入电网的谐波含量要尽可能小的同时还要符合功率要求.最后,对整个系统进行了实验验证,实验结果表明,双PWM风力发电并网系统具有良好的稳定性和可靠性.

  7. Dual-Functional On-Chip AlGaAs/GaAs Schottky Diode for RF Power Detection and Low-Power Rectenna Applications

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    Abdul Manaf Hashim

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available A Schottky diode has been designed and fabricated on an n-AlGaAs/GaAs high-electron-mobility-transistor (HEMT structure. Current-voltage (I-V measurements show good device rectification, with a Schottky barrier height of 0.4349 eV for Ni/Au metallization. The differences between the Schottky barrier height and the theoretical value (1.443 eV are due to the fabrication process and smaller contact area. The RF signals up to 1 GHz are rectified well by the fabricated Schottky diode and a stable DC output voltage is obtained. The increment ratio of output voltage vs input power is 0.2 V/dBm for all tested frequencies, which is considered good enough for RF power detection. Power conversion efficiency up to 50% is obtained at frequency of 1 GHz and input power of 20 dBm with series connection between diode and load, which also shows the device’s good potential as a rectenna device with further improvement. The fabricated n-AlGaAs/GaAs Schottky diode thus provides a conduit for breakthrough designs for RF power detectors, as well as ultra-low power on-chip rectenna device technology to be integrated in nanosystems.

  8. DESIGN IMPROVEMENT OF THE LOCOMOTIVE RUNNING GEARS

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    S. V. Myamlin

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To determine the dynamic qualities of the mainline freight locomotives characterizing the safe motion in tangent and curved track sections at all operational speeds, one needs a whole set of studies, which includes a selection of the design scheme, development of the corresponding mathematical model of the locomotive spatial fluctuations, construction of the computer calculation program, conducting of the theoretical and then experimental studies of the new designs. In this case, one should compare the results with existing designs. One of the necessary conditions for the qualitative improvement of the traction rolling stock is to define the parameters of its running gears. Among the issues related to this problem, an important place is occupied by the task of determining the locomotive dynamic properties on the stage of projection, taking into account the selected technical solutions in the running gear design. Methodology. The mathematical modeling studies are carried out by the numerical integration method of the dynamic loading for the mainline locomotive using the software package «Dynamics of Rail Vehicles » («DYNRAIL». Findings. As a result of research for the improvement of locomotive running gear design it can be seen that the creation of the modern locomotive requires from engineers and scientists the realization of scientific and technical solutions. The solutions enhancing design speed with simultaneous improvement of the traction, braking and dynamic qualities to provide a simple and reliable design, especially the running gear, reducing the costs for maintenance and repair, low initial cost and operating costs for the whole service life, high traction force when starting, which is as close as possible to the ultimate force of adhesion, the ability to work in multiple traction mode and sufficient design speed. Practical Value. The generalization of theoretical, scientific and methodological, experimental studies aimed

  9. Theoretical models in low-Reynolds-number locomotion

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    Pak, On Shun

    2014-01-01

    The locomotion of microorganisms in fluids is ubiquitous and plays an important role in numerous biological processes. In this chapter we present an overview of theoretical modeling for low-Reynolds-number locomotion.

  10. Bipedal Locomotion: A Fractional CPG for Generating Patterns

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    Pinto, Carla M. A.; Machado, J.A. Tenreiro

    2009-01-01

    Proceedings of the 10th Conference on Dynamical Systems Theory and Applications There has been an increase interest in the study of animal locomotion. Many models for the generation of locomotion patterns of different animals, such as centipedes, millipedes, quadrupeds, hexapods, bipeds, have been proposed. The main goal is the understanding of the neural bases that are behind animal locomotion. In vertebrates, goal-directed locomotion is a complex task, involving the central pattern ge...

  11. 40 CFR 1033.515 - Discrete-mode steady-state emission tests of locomotives and locomotive engines.

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    ... of complete locomotives using the same engine configuration. The following requirements apply for all... manifold air temperature when the engine is operated in the locomotive under similar ambient conditions. (3...

  12. 49 CFR 231.29 - Road locomotives with corner stairways.

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    ... ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION RAILROAD SAFETY APPLIANCE STANDARDS § 231.29 Road locomotives with corner stairways. After September 30, 1979, road locomotives with corner stairway openings must be... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Road locomotives with corner stairways....

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    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Steam locomotive driving journal boxes. 230.101... Locomotives and Tenders Running Gear § 230.101 Steam locomotive driving journal boxes. (a) Driving journal boxes. Driving journal boxes shall be maintained in a safe and suitable condition for service. Not...

  14. An Enhanced Dual Droop Control Scheme for Resilient Active Power Sharing among Paralleled Two-Stage Converters

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    Liu, Hongpeng; Yang, Yongheng; Wang, Xiongfei;

    2017-01-01

    Traditional droop-controlled system has assumed that generators can always generate the powers demanded from them. This is true with conventional sources, where fuel supplies are usually planned in advance. For renewable sources, it may also be possible if energy storage is available. Energy stor...

  15. The analysis of diagnostics possibilities of the Dual- Drive electric power steering system using diagnostics scanner and computer method

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    Szczypiński-Sala, W.; Dobaj, K.

    2016-09-01

    The article presents the analysis of diagnostics possibilities of electric power steering system using computer diagnostics scanner. Several testing attempts were performed. There were analyzed the changes of torque moment exerted on steering wheel by the driver and the changes of the angle of rotation steering wheel accompanying them. The tests were conducted in variable conditions comprising wheel load and the friction coefficient of tyre road interaction. Obtained results enabled the analysis of the influence of changeable operations conditions, possible to acquire in diagnostics scanners of chosen parameters of electric power steering system. Moreover, simulation model of operation, electric drive power steering system with the use of the Matlab simulation software was created. The results of the measurements obtained in road conditions served to verify this model. Subsequently, model response to inputs change of the device was analyzed and its reaction to various constructional and exploitative parameters was checked. The entirety of conducted work constitutes a step to create a diagnostic monitor possible to use in self-diagnosis of electric power steering system.

  16. Aerodynamic Design of a Locomotive Fairing

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    Stucki, Chad; Maynes, Daniel

    2016-11-01

    Rising fuel cost has motivated increased fuel efficiency of freight trains. At cruising speed, the largest contributing factor to the fuel consumption is the aerodynamic drag. As a result of air stagnation at the front of the train and substantial flow separation behind, the leading locomotive and trailing railcar experience greater drag than intermediate cars. This work introduces the design of streamlined nose fairings to be attached to freight locomotives as a means of reducing the leading locomotive drag. The aerodynamic performance of each fairing design is modeled using a commercial CFD software package. The K-epsilon turbulence model is used, and fluid properties are equivalent to atmospheric air at standard conditions. A selection of isolated screening studies are performed, and a multidimensional regression is used to predict optimal-performing fairing designs. Between screening studies, careful examination of the flow field is performed to inspire subsequent fairing designs. Results are presented for 250 different nose fairings. The best performing fairing geometry predicts a nominal drag reduction of 17% on the lead locomotive in a train set. This drag reduction is expected to result in nearly 1% fuel savings for the entire train.

  17. Locomotion of C elegans in structured environments

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    Majmudar, Trushant; Keaveny, Eric; Shelley, Michael; Zhang, Jun

    2010-11-01

    Undulatory locomotion of microorganisms like soil-dwelling worms and sperm, in structured environments, is ubiquitous in nature. They navigate complex environments consisting of fluids and obstacles, negotiating hydrodynamic effects and geometrical constraints. Here we report experimental observations on the locomotion of C elegans swimming in arrays of micro-pillars in square lattices, with different lattice spacing. We observe that the worm employs a number of different locomotion strategies depending on the lattice spacing. As observed previously in the literature, we uncover regimes of enhanced locomotion, where the velocity is much higher than the free-swimming velocity. In addition, we also observe changes in frequency, velocity, and the gait of the worm as a function of lattice spacing. We also track the worm over time and find that it exhibits super-diffusive behavior and covers a larger area by utilizing the obstacles. These results may have significant impact on the foraging behavior of the worm in its natural environment. Our experimental approach, in conjunction with modeling and simulations, allows us to disentangle the effects of structure and hydrodynamics for an undulating microorganism.

  18. Lizard locomotion in heterogeneous granular media

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    Schiebel, Perrin; Goldman, Daniel

    2014-03-01

    Locomotion strategies in heterogeneous granular environments (common substrates in deserts), are relatively unexplored. The zebra-tailed lizard (C. draconoides) is a useful model organism for such studies owing to its exceptional ability to navigate a variety of desert habitats at impressive speed (up to 50 body-lengths per second) using both quadrapedal and bidepal gaits. In laboratory experiments, we challenge the lizards to run across a field of boulders (2.54 cm diameter glass spheres or 3.8 cm 3D printed spheres) placed in a lattice pattern and embedded in a loosely packed granular medium of 0.3 mm diameter glass particles. Locomotion kinematics of the lizard are recorded using high speed cameras, with and without the scatterers. The data reveals that unlike the lizard's typical quadrupedal locomotion using a diagonal gait, when scatterers are present the lizard is most successful when using a bipedal gait, with a raised center of mass (CoM). We propose that the kinematics of bipedal running in conjunction with the lizard's long toes and compliant hind foot are the keys to this lizard's successful locomotion in the presence of such obstacles. NSF PoLS

  19. 77 FR 21311 - Locomotive Safety Standards

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    ... first public hearing on the subject in mid-1990s to gather information and examine the safety issues... systems since the Locomotive Safety Standards regulation was first published in 1980. See 45 FR 21092. The... granted, an extension of the cleaning, repairing, and testing requirements for pneumatic components of...

  20. Intraspecific variation in aerobic and anaerobic locomotion

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    Svendsen, Jon Christian; Tirsgård, Bjørn; Cordero, Gerardo A.;

    2015-01-01

    Intraspecific variation and trade-off in aerobic and anaerobic traits remain poorly understood in aquatic locomotion. Using gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata) and Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata), both axial swimmers, this study tested four hypotheses: (1) gait transition from steady...

  1. 76 FR 2199 - Locomotive Safety Standards

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    .... Current literature regarding the effect of low temperature on human performance indicates that performance...; reduced emissivity of hot surfaces; insulation from hot or cold ambient environments; radiation shielding... low temperature in each type of locomotive cab commonly used at the time. The study concluded that at...

  2. Power distribution of a co-axial dual-mechanical-port flux-switching permanent magnet machine for fuel-based extended range electric vehicles

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    Lingkang Zhou

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, power distribution between the inner and outer machines of a co-axial dual-mechanical-port flux-switching permanent magnet (CADMP-FSPM machine is investigated for fuel-based extended range electric vehicle (ER-EV. Firstly, the topology and operation principle of the CADMP-FSPM machine are introduced, which consist of an inner FSPM machine used for high-speed, an outer FSPM machine for low-speed, and a magnetic isolation ring between them. Then, the magnetic field coupling of the inner and outer FSPM machines is analyzed with more attention paid to the optimization of the isolation ring thickness. Thirdly, the power-dimension (PD equations of the inner and outer FSPM machines are derived, respectively, and thereafter, the PD equation of the whole CADMP-FSPM machine can be given. Finally, the PD equations are validated by finite element analysis, which supplies the guidance on the design of this type of machines.

  3. Terrestrial locomotion imposes high metabolic requirements on bats.

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    Voigt, Christian C; Borrisov, Ivailo M; Voigt-Heucke, Silke L

    2012-12-15

    The evolution of powered flight involved major morphological changes in Chiroptera. Nevertheless, all bats are also capable of crawling on the ground and some are even skilled sprinters. We asked if a highly derived morphology adapted for flapping flight imposes high metabolic requirements on bats when moving on the ground. We measured the metabolic rate during terrestrial locomotion in mastiff bats, Molossus currentium, a species that is both a fast-flying aerial-hawking bat and an agile crawler on the ground. Metabolic rates of bats averaged 8.0±4.0 ml CO(2) min(-1) during a 1-min period of sprinting at 1.3±0.6 km h(-1). With rising average speed, mean metabolic rates increased, reaching peak values that were similar to those of flying conspecifics. Metabolic rates of M. currentium were higher than those of similar-sized rodents that sprinted at similar velocities under steady-state conditions. When M. currentium sprinted at peak velocities, its aerobic metabolic rate was 3-5 times higher than those of rodent species running continuously in steady-state conditions. Costs of transport (J kg(-1) m(-1)) were more than 10 times higher for running than for flying bats. We conclude that at the same speed bats experience higher metabolic rates during short sprints than quadruped mammals during steady-state terrestrial locomotion, yet running bats achieve higher maximal mass-specific aerobic metabolic rates than non-volant mammals such as rodents.

  4. Paper-based Pneumatic Locomotive Robot with Sticky Actuator

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    Du Xiaohan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Demands for small-scale and low-cost robots have witnessed a great increase in recent years [1–5]. This paper introduces the design and fabrication of a novel, simple, low-cost and designer-friendly locomotive robot. The materials and tools to build the robot originate from everyday life. The robot is pneumatically powered and manually controlled by simply pumping and vacuuming the syringe repeatedly, which realizes reliable locomotion by folding and opening of the planes. In order to realize this complicated motion, a “3D Sticky Actuator” is developed. The motion and force analysis of actuator are then modelled by the numerical method to develop the relations between design parameters. This suggests a systematic and user interactive way of manufacturing various shapes of the actuator, depending on user-defined road condition (e.g. obstacles and slopes and other constraints. One key advantage of the paper-based robot is suggested by its high feasibility.

  5. The effect of realistic heavy particle induced secondary electron emission coefficients on the electron power absorption dynamics in single- and dual-frequency capacitively coupled plasmas

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    Daksha, M.; Derzsi, A.; Wilczek, S.; Trieschmann, J.; Mussenbrock, T.; Awakowicz, P.; Donkó, Z.; Schulze, J.

    2017-08-01

    In particle-in-cell/Monte Carlo collisions (PIC/MCC) simulations of capacitively coupled plasmas (CCPs), the plasma-surface interaction is generally described by a simple model in which a constant secondary electron emission coefficient (SEEC) is assumed for ions bombarding the electrodes. In most PIC/MCC studies of CCPs, this coefficient is set to γ = 0.1, independent of the energy of the incident particle, the electrode material, and the surface conditions. Here, the effects of implementing energy-dependent secondary electron yields for ions, fast neutrals, and taking surface conditions into account in PIC/MCC simulations is investigated. Simulations are performed using self-consistently calculated effective SEECs, {γ }* , for ‘clean’ (e.g., heavily sputtered) and ‘dirty’ (e.g., oxidized) metal surfaces in single- and dual-frequency discharges in argon and the results are compared to those obtained by assuming a constant secondary electron yield of γ =0.1 for ions. In single-frequency (13.56 MHz) discharges operated under conditions of low heavy particle energies at the electrodes, the pressure and voltage at which the transition between the α- and γ-mode electron power absorption occurs are found to strongly depend on the surface conditions. For ‘dirty’ surfaces, the discharge operates in α-mode for all conditions investigated due to a low effective SEEC. In classical dual-frequency (1.937 MHz + 27.12 MHz) discharges {γ }* significantly increases with increasing low-frequency voltage amplitude, {V}{LF}, for dirty surfaces. This is due to the effect of {V}{LF} on the heavy particle energies at the electrodes, which negatively influences the quality of the separate control of ion properties at the electrodes. The new results on the separate control of ion properties in such discharges indicate significant differences compared to previous results obtained with different constant values of γ.

  6. An Enhanced Dual Droop Control Scheme for Resilient Active Power Sharing among Paralleled Two-Stage Converters

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    Liu, Hongpeng; Yang, Yongheng; Wang, Xiongfei; Loh, Poh Chiang; Blaabjerg, Frede; Wang, Wei; Xu, Dianguo

    2017-01-01

    Traditional droop-controlled system has assumed that generators can always generate the powers demanded from them. This is true with conventional sources, where fuel supplies are usually planned in advance. For renewable sources, it may also be possible if energy storage is available. Energy storage, usually as batteries, may however be expensive, depending on its planned capacity. Renewable sources are therefore sometimes installed as non-dispatch-able sources without storage. This may not b...

  7. Dual-Polarized Antenna Arrays with CMOS Power Amplifiers for SiP Integration at W-Band

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    Giese, Malte; Vehring, Sönke; Böck, Georg; Jacob, Arne F.

    2017-08-01

    This paper presents requirements and front-end solutions for low-cost communication systems with data rates of 100 Gbit/s. Link budget analyses in different mass-market applications are conducted for that purpose. It proposes an implementation of the front-end as an active antenna array with support for beam steering and polarization multiplexing over the full W-band. The critical system components are investigated and presented. This applies to a transformer coupled power amplifier (PA) in 40 nm bulk CMOS. It shows saturated output power of more than 10 dBm and power-added-efficiency of more than 10 % over the full W-band. Furthermore, the performance of microstrip-to-waveguide transitions is shown exemplarily as an important part of the active antenna as it interfaces active circuitry and antenna in a polymer-and-metal process. The transition test design shows less than 0.9 dB insertion loss and more than 12 dB return loss for the differential transition over the full W-band.

  8. Design of Solar Dual Power Supply Based on Embedded System%嵌入式系统的太阳能双电源系统设计

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    张锋; 李凯亮; 曾俊林

    2014-01-01

    Aiming at the problems that the existing solar power battery life is poor,and cannot monitor the power consumption in real-time,the paper designs a new type of solar dual power supply system,which adopts the transistor control technology and ZigBee wire-less transmission technology.The system can charge the battery by converting solar energy into electric energy through a solar panel,at the same time,it will transmit the information of electric quantity to the monitoring platform of host computer through ZigBee wireless network,so that the administrators can manage the power supply remotely.After repeated tests and analysis,this system runs safely and stably.It meets the requirements of electronic products which are working outside,that have security uninterruptiable power supply and are able to remote monitor the power consumption.%针对目前已有的太阳能电源续航能力差以及无法实时监控电源电量的问题,采用晶体管控制技术和 ZigBee 无线传输技术,设计一款新型太阳能双电源系统。该系统利用太阳能电池板将太阳能转化为电能给蓄电池充电,同时将电源电量信息通过 ZigBee 无线传输到上位机监控平台,使得管理人员可以远程管理电源。经过多次的测试与分析,该系统运行安全稳定,达到了户外工作的电子产品对电源安全可靠不间断供电及远程监控电源电量的要求。

  9. Autonomous undulatory serpentine locomotion utilizing body dynamics of a fluidic soft robot.

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    Onal, Cagdas D; Rus, Daniela

    2013-06-01

    Soft robotics offers the unique promise of creating inherently safe and adaptive systems. These systems bring man-made machines closer to the natural capabilities of biological systems. An important requirement to enable self-contained soft mobile robots is an on-board power source. In this paper, we present an approach to create a bio-inspired soft robotic snake that can undulate in a similar way to its biological counterpart using pressure for actuation power, without human intervention. With this approach, we develop an autonomous soft snake robot with on-board actuation, power, computation and control capabilities. The robot consists of four bidirectional fluidic elastomer actuators in series to create a traveling curvature wave from head to tail along its body. Passive wheels between segments generate the necessary frictional anisotropy for forward locomotion. It takes 14 h to build the soft robotic snake, which can attain an average locomotion speed of 19 mm s(-1).

  10. Locomotive Schedule Optimization for Da-qin Heavy Haul Railway

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    Ruiye Su

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The main difference between locomotive schedule of heavy haul railways and that of regular rail transportation is the number of locomotives utilized for one train. One heavy-loaded train usually has more than one locomotive, but a regular train only has one. This paper develops an optimization model for the multilocomotive scheduling problem (MLSP through analyzing the current locomotive schedule of Da-qin Railway. The objective function of our paper is to minimize the total number of utilized locomotives. The MLSP is nondeterministic polynomial (NP hard. Therefore, we convert the multilocomotive traction problem into a single-locomotive traction problem. Then, the single-locomotive traction problem (SLTP can be converted into an assignment problem. The Hungarian algorithm is applied to solve the model and obtain the optimal locomotive schedule. We use the variance of detention time of locomotives at stations to evaluate the stability of locomotive schedule. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed optimization model, case studies for 20 kt and 30 kt heavy-loaded combined trains on Da-qin Railway are both conducted. Compared to the current schedules, the optimal schedules from the proposed models can save 62 and 47 locomotives for 20 kt and 30 kt heavy-loaded combined trains, respectively. Therefore, the effectiveness of the proposed model and its solution algorithm are both valid.

  11. Active High Power Conversion Efficiency Rectifier With Built-In Dual-Mode Back Telemetry in Standard CMOS Technology.

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    Bawa, G; Ghovanloo, M

    2008-09-01

    In this paper, we present an active rectifier with high power conversion efficiency (PCE) implemented in a 0.5- mum 5 V standard CMOS technology with two modes of built-in back telemetry; short- and open-circuit. As a rectifier, it ensures a PCE > 80%, taking advantage of active synchronous rectification technique in the frequency range of 0.125-1 MHz. The built-in complementary back telemetry feature can be utilized in implantable microelectronic devices (IMD), wireless sensors, and radio frequency identification (RFID) applications to reduce the silicon area, increase the data rate, and improve the reading range and robustness in load shift keying (LSK).

  12. Comparative study of regulated and unregulated air pollutant emissions before and after conversion of automobiles from gasoline power to liquefied petroleum gas/gasoline dual-fuel retrofits.

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    Yang, Hsi-Hsien; Chien, Shu-Mei; Cheng, Man-Ting; Peng, Chiung-Yu

    2007-12-15

    Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is increasingly being examined as an alternative to gasoline use in automobiles as interest grows in reducing air pollutant emissions. In this study, emissions of regulated (CO, THC, NO(x)) and unregulated air pollutants, including CO2, particulate matter (PM), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and BTEX (acronym for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene), were measured before and after conversion of nine gasoline-powered automobiles to LPG/ gasoline dual-fuel retrofits. The tests were conducted on a standard chassis dynamometer in accordance with the United States Environmental Protection Agency FTP-75 test procedure, with the exception that all tests were conducted under hot-start driving conditions. The influences of LPG on air pollutant emission levels and carcinogenic potency were investigated and compared with gasoline. The results showed average emission factors of 0.14 g/km, 0.33 mg/km, 0.09 g/km, 0.44 g/km, and 197 g/km for CO, THC, NO(x), PM, and CO2, respectively, for LPG/ gasoline dual-fuel retrofits. Paired-sample t-test results indicated that the emissions of CO (p = 0.03), THC (p = 0.04), and CO2 (p = 4.6 x 10(-8)) were significantly reduced with the retrofit in comparison with gasoline-powered automobiles. The reduction percentages were 71%, 89%, and 14% for CO, THC, and CO2, respectively. The average total PAH emission factor for LPG was 217 microg/km, which is significantly lower than gasoline (863 microg/km; p = 0.05). The PAH corresponding carcinogenicities (BaP(eq)) were calculated via toxic equivalencies based on benzo(a)pyrene (BaP). Paired-sample t-test results fortotal BaP(eq) emissions showed no significant difference between gasoline (30.0 microg/km) and LPG (24.8 microg/km) at a confidence level of 95%. The discrepancy between PAH and BaP(eq) emissions resulted from the higher emission percentages of high molecular weight PAHs for LPG, which might be from lubricant oil. The average emission factors of

  13. Investigation on a Power Coupling Steering System for Dual-Motor Drive Tracked Vehicles Based on Speed Control

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    Li Zhai

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Double-motor drive tracked vehicles (2MDTV are widely used in the tracked vehicle industry due to the development of electric vehicle drive systems. The aim of this paper is to solve the problem of insufficient propulsion motor torque in low-speed, small-radius steering and insufficient power in high-speed large-radius steering. In order to do this a new type of steering system with a coupling device is designed and a closed-loop control strategy based on speed is adopted to improve the lateral stability of the vehicle. The work done entails modeling and simulating the 2MDTV and the proposed control strategy in RecurDyn and Matlab/Simulink. The simulation results show that the 2MDTV with the coupling device outputs more torque and power in both steering cases compared to the 2MDTV without the coupling device, and the steering stability of the vehicle is improved by using the strategy based on speed.

  14. Anisotropic self-biased dual-phase low frequency magneto-mechano-electric energy harvesters with giant power densities

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    Deepak Rajaram Patil

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available We report the physical behavior of self-biased multi-functional magneto-mechano-electric (MME laminates simultaneously excited by magnetic and/or mechanical vibrations. The MME laminates composed of Ni and single crystal fiber composite exhibited strong ME coupling under Hdc = 0 Oe at both low frequency and at resonance frequency. Depending on the magnetic field direction with respect to the crystal orientation, the energy harvester showed strong in-plane anisotropy in the output voltage and was found to generate open circuit output voltage of 20 Vpp and power density of 59.78 mW/Oe2 g2 cm3 under weak magnetic field of 1 Oe and mechanical vibration of 30 mg, at frequency of 21 Hz across 1 MΩ resistance.

  15. Undulatory locomotion of finite filaments: lessons from C. elegans

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    Berman, R; Sznitman, J; Leshansky, A

    2013-01-01

    Undulatory swimming is a widespread propulsion strategy adopted by many small-scale organisms including various single-cell eukaryotes and nematodes. In this work, we report a comprehensive study of undulatory locomotion of a finite filament using (i) approximate resistive force theory (RFT) assuming a local nature of hydrodynamic interaction between the filament and the surrounding viscous liquid, and (ii) particle-based numerical computations taking into account the intra-filament hydrodynamic interaction. Using the ubiquitous model of a propagating sinusoidal waveform, we identify the limit of applicability of the RFT and determine the optimal propulsion gait in terms of (i) swimming distance per period of undulation and (ii) hydrodynamic propulsion efficiency. The occurrence of the optimal swimming gait maximizing hydrodynamic efficiency at finite wavelength in particle-based computations diverges from the prediction of the RFT. To compare the model swimmer powered by sine wave undulations to biological u...

  16. Using entropy measures to characterize human locomotion.

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    Leverick, Graham; Szturm, Tony; Wu, Christine Q

    2014-12-01

    Entropy measures have been widely used to quantify the complexity of theoretical and experimental dynamical systems. In this paper, the value of using entropy measures to characterize human locomotion is demonstrated based on their construct validity, predictive validity in a simple model of human walking and convergent validity in an experimental study. Results show that four of the five considered entropy measures increase meaningfully with the increased probability of falling in a simple passive bipedal walker model. The same four entropy measures also experienced statistically significant increases in response to increasing age and gait impairment caused by cognitive interference in an experimental study. Of the considered entropy measures, the proposed quantized dynamical entropy (QDE) and quantization-based approximation of sample entropy (QASE) offered the best combination of sensitivity to changes in gait dynamics and computational efficiency. Based on these results, entropy appears to be a viable candidate for assessing the stability of human locomotion.

  17. Azimut: a multimodal locomotion robotic platform

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    Michaud, Francois; Letourneau, Dominic; Arsenault, Martin; Bergeron, Yann; Cadrin, Richard; Gagnon, Frederic; Legault, Marc-Antoine; Millette, Mathieu; Pare, Jean-Francois; Tremblay, Marie-Christine; Lepage, Pierre; Morin, Yan; Caron, Serge

    2003-09-01

    Other than from its sensing and processing capabilities, a mobile robotic platform can be limited in its use by its ability to move in the environment. A wheeled robot works well on flat surfaces. Tracks are useful over rough terrains, while legs allow a robot to move over obstacles. In this paper we present a new concept of mobile robot with the objective of combining different locomotion mechanisms on the same platform to increase its locomotion capabilities. After presenting a review of multi-modal robotic platforms, we describe the design of our robot called AZIMUT. AZIMUT combines wheels, legs and tracks to move in three-dimensional environments. The robot is symmetrical and is made of four independent leg-track-wheel articulations. It can move with its articulations up, down or straight, or move sideways without changing the robot's orientation. The robot could be used in surveillance and rescue missions, exploration or operation in hazardous environments.

  18. Locomotion in complex fluids: Integral theorems

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    Lauga, Eric

    2014-01-01

    The biological fluids encountered by self-propelled cells display complex microstructures and rheology. We consider here the general problem of low-Reynolds number locomotion in a complex fluid. {Building on classical work on the transport of particles in viscoelastic fluids,} we demonstrate how to mathematically derive three integral theorems relating the arbitrary motion of an isolated organism to its swimming kinematics {in a non-Newtonian fluid}. These theorems correspond to three situations of interest, namely (1) squirming motion in a linear viscoelastic fluid, (2) arbitrary surface deformation in a weakly non-Newtonian fluid, and (3) small-amplitude deformation in an arbitrarily non-Newtonian fluid. Our final results, valid for a wide-class of {swimmer geometry,} surface kinematics and constitutive models, at most require mathematical knowledge of a series of Newtonian flow problems, and will be useful to quantity the locomotion of biological and synthetic swimmers in complex environments.

  19. Stokesian jellyfish: Viscous locomotion of bilayer vesicles

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    Evans, Arthur A; Lauga, Eric

    2010-01-01

    Motivated by recent advances in vesicle engineering, we consider theoretically the locomotion of shape-changing bilayer vesicles at low Reynolds number. By modulating their volume and membrane composition, the vesicles can be made to change shape quasi-statically in thermal equilibrium. When the control parameters are tuned appropriately to yield periodic shape changes which are not time-reversible, the result is a net swimming motion over one cycle of shape deformation. For two classical vesicle models (spontaneous curvature and bilayer coupling), we determine numerically the sequence of vesicle shapes through an enthalpy minimization, as well as the fluid-body interactions by solving a boundary integral formulation of the Stokes equations. For both models, net locomotion can be obtained either by continuously modulating fore-aft asymmetric vesicle shapes, or by crossing a continuous shape-transition region and alternating between fore-aft asymmetric and fore-aft symmetric shapes. The obtained hydrodynamic e...

  20. Locomotion control of hybrid cockroach robots

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    Sanchez, Carlos J.; Chiu, Chen-Wei; Zhou, Yan; González, Jorge M.; Vinson, S. Bradleigh; Liang, Hong

    2015-01-01

    Natural systems retain significant advantages over engineered systems in many aspects, including size and versatility. In this research, we develop a hybrid robotic system using American (Periplaneta americana) and discoid (Blaberus discoidalis) cockroaches that uses the natural locomotion and robustness of the insect. A tethered control system was firstly characterized using American cockroaches, wherein implanted electrodes were used to apply an electrical stimulus to the prothoracic ganglia. Using this approach, larger discoid cockroaches were engineered into a remotely controlled hybrid robotic system. Locomotion control was achieved through electrical stimulation of the prothoracic ganglia, via a remotely operated backpack system and implanted electrodes. The backpack consisted of a microcontroller with integrated transceiver protocol, and a rechargeable battery. The hybrid discoid roach was able to walk, and turn in response to an electrical stimulus to its nervous system with high repeatability of 60%. PMID:25740855

  1. Rehinging biflagellar locomotion in a viscous fluid.

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    Spagnolie, Saverio E

    2009-10-01

    A means of swimming in a viscous fluid is presented, in which a swimmer with only two links rotates around a joint and then rehinges in a periodic fashion in what is here termed rehinging locomotion. This two-link rigid swimmer is shown to locomote with an efficiency similar to that of Purcell's well-studied three-link swimmer, but with a simpler morphology. The hydrodynamically optimal stroke of an analogous flexible biflagellated swimmer is also considered. The introduction of flexibility is found to increase the swimming efficiency by up to 520% as the body begins to exhibit wavelike dynamics, with an upper bound on the efficiency determined by a degeneracy in the limit of infinite flexibility.

  2. Theoretical variance analysis of single- and dual-energy computed tomography methods for calculating proton stopping power ratios of biological tissues.

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    Yang, M; Virshup, G; Clayton, J; Zhu, X R; Mohan, R; Dong, L

    2010-03-07

    We discovered an empirical relationship between the logarithm of mean excitation energy (ln Im) and the effective atomic number (EAN) of human tissues, which allows for computing patient-specific proton stopping power ratios (SPRs) using dual-energy CT (DECT) imaging. The accuracy of the DECT method was evaluated for 'standard' human tissues as well as their variance. The DECT method was compared to the existing standard clinical practice-a procedure introduced by Schneider et al at the Paul Scherrer Institute (the stoichiometric calibration method). In this simulation study, SPRs were derived from calculated CT numbers of known material compositions, rather than from measurement. For standard human tissues, both methods achieved good accuracy with the root-mean-square (RMS) error well below 1%. For human tissues with small perturbations from standard human tissue compositions, the DECT method was shown to be less sensitive than the stoichiometric calibration method. The RMS error remained below 1% for most cases using the DECT method, which implies that the DECT method might be more suitable for measuring patient-specific tissue compositions to improve the accuracy of treatment planning for charged particle therapy. In this study, the effects of CT imaging artifacts due to the beam hardening effect, scatter, noise, patient movement, etc were not analyzed. The true potential of the DECT method achieved in theoretical conditions may not be fully achievable in clinical settings. Further research and development may be needed to take advantage of the DECT method to characterize individual human tissues.

  3. Locomotion of C. elegans in Structured Environments

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    Majmudar, Trushant S; Shelley, Mike; Zhang, Jun

    2010-01-01

    Undulatory locomotion of microorganisms like soil-dwelling worms and spermatozoa, in structured environments, is ubiquitous in nature. They navigate complex environments consisting of fluids and obstacles, negotiating hydrodynamic effects and geometrical constraints. Here, we show fluid dynamics videos of experiments and simulations of {\\textit {C. elegans}} moving in an array of micro-pillars. In addition, we show a video of transition from swimming to crawling in drop of {\\textit {C. elegans}}, where the fluid is wicking into agar.

  4. 土地储备的双重市场势力与资本结构%The Dual Market Power and the Capital Structure of Land Banking

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    陈友香; 杨洪

    2013-01-01

      研究目的:揭示土地垄断及买方垄断势力对土地储备资本结构的影响。研究方法:文献资料法、静态比较分析法和政策分析法。研究结果:土地储备双重市场势力使土地储备能够获取超额垄断利润,超额垄断利润的变动对土地储备的资本结构具有调节作用。研究结论:优化土地储备的资本结构,培育土地储备的财务理性,应在土地储备各环节加大市场化程度,减少垄断利润空间。%  The purpose of this paper is to reveal the effect of land monopoly and monopsony powers on the capital structure of land banking. Methods used include literature and data, static comparative analysis and policy analysis. The results show that the dual market power of land banking leads to excess monopoly profits of land banking. The change of the profits can be a tool for adjusting the capital structure of the land banking system. The conclusion of the study is that government should increase the market role in varieties stages of land banking operation and constrain the monopoly profit in order to optimize the capitol structure of land banking and foster the financial feature of land banking.

  5. 模块式电源监控系统双机热备份的设计%Design of Dual Hot Standby with Monitoring System of Power Supply Module

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    曾成; 赵艳玲

    2013-01-01

    To satisfy the strict requirement on reliability for module power, dual hot standby mechanism with fault-tolerant control is proposed in this paper. Design requirement of dual hot standby is research and analyzed, then the design of dual hot standby with monitoring system of module power supply is completed based on CAN bus communication. State diagnosis, real time synchronization strategies and switch control in the realization process of the dual hot standby with monitoring system are discussed further based on CAN bus communication protocol design basis, and gives design and implementation specifically.%为了满足模块式电源对可靠性的严格要求,提出了具有容错控制的双机热备份机制。研究分析了双机热备份的设计需求,完成了基于CAN总线通信的模块式电源监控系统双机热备份的设计。本文在CAN总线通信协议设计的基础上,深入讨论了在双机热备份实现过程中监控系统的状态诊断方法、实时数据同步策略以及切换控制,并给出了具体的设计和实现。

  6. FPGA implementation of a configurable neuromorphic CPG-based locomotion controller.

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    Barron-Zambrano, Jose Hugo; Torres-Huitzil, Cesar

    2013-09-01

    Neuromorphic engineering is a discipline devoted to the design and development of computational hardware that mimics the characteristics and capabilities of neuro-biological systems. In recent years, neuromorphic hardware systems have been implemented using a hybrid approach incorporating digital hardware so as to provide flexibility and scalability at the cost of power efficiency and some biological realism. This paper proposes an FPGA-based neuromorphic-like embedded system on a chip to generate locomotion patterns of periodic rhythmic movements inspired by Central Pattern Generators (CPGs). The proposed implementation follows a top-down approach where modularity and hierarchy are two desirable features. The locomotion controller is based on CPG models to produce rhythmic locomotion patterns or gaits for legged robots such as quadrupeds and hexapods. The architecture is configurable and scalable for robots with either different morphologies or different degrees of freedom (DOFs). Experiments performed on a real robot are presented and discussed. The obtained results demonstrate that the CPG-based controller provides the necessary flexibility to generate different rhythmic patterns at run-time suitable for adaptable locomotion.

  7. An intent recognition strategy for transfemoral amputee ambulation across different locomotion modes.

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    Young, Aaron J; Simon, Ann; Hargrove, Levi J

    2013-01-01

    Powered lower limb prostheses, capable of multiple locomotion modes, are being developed for transfemoral amputees. Current devices do not seamlessly transition between modes such as level walking, stairs and slopes. The purpose of this study was to develop an intent recognition system and test its performance across five different modes. A Dynamic Bayesian Network (DBN) was used for classification of neural and mechanical signals while four amputees completed a circuit containing level-walking, ramp ascent, ramp descent, stair ascent and stair descent. Our results indicate that transitional and steady-state stair steps had a high recognition rate (>99%), while ramp steps were significantly more difficult to classify (pamputees to naturally transition between locomotion modes on powered prostheses.

  8. Locomotion Gait Planning of Climber Snake-Like Robot

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    2013-01-01

    In this article a novel breed of snake-like climber robots has been introduced. Structure and operation of the first generation of snake-like climber robot "Marak I" has been discussed. The gait planning for two dimensional locomotion of a novel snake-like climber robot "Marak I" is presented. The types of locomotion investigated were rectilinear and wheeling gaits. The gaits of locomotion were experimented and their suitability for various applications has been mentioned. Some encountered pr...

  9. Integrated or dual vocational training focused on the operations of a nuclear power plant; La formacion profesional integrada y/o dual enfocada a la operativa de una central nuclear

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    Roca, F.

    2014-10-01

    Dual vocational training is understood to be all the mixed employment and training actions and initiatives, the purpose of which in the vocational qualification of workers in a system alternating a job in a company with the training activity received in the framework of the vocational training system for employment of the educational system. The dual vocational training that results from this mixed strategy is provided via the following modality: Shared training between the training center and the company, which consists of coparticipation to varying degrees in the teaching and learning processes in the company and the training center. (Author)

  10. Axial dynamics during locomotion in vertebrates lesson from the salamander.

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    Cabelguen, Jean-Marie; Ijspeert, Auke; Lamarque, Stéphanie; Ryczko, Dimitri

    2010-01-01

    Much of what we know about the flexibility of the locomotor networks in vertebrates is derived from studies examining the adaptation of limb movements during stepping in various conditions. However, the body movements play important roles during locomotion: they produce the thrust during undulatory locomotion and they help to increase the stride length during legged locomotion. In this chapter, we review our current knowledge about the flexibility in the neuronal circuits controlling the body musculature during locomotion. We focus especially on salamander because, as an amphibian, this animal is able to display a rich repertoire of aquatic and terrestrial locomotor modes.

  11. A contribution about ferrofluid based flow manipulation and locomotion systems

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    Zimmermann, K; Zeidis, I; Bohm, V; Popp, J [TU Ilmenau, Fak. f. Maschinenbau, FG Technische Mechanik, Max-Planck-Ring 12, 98693 Ilmenau (Germany)], E-mail: klaus.zimmermann@tu-ilmenau.de, E-mail: jana.popp@tu-ilmenau.de

    2009-02-01

    With the background of developing apedal bionic inspired locomotion systems for future application fields like autonomous (swarm) robots, medical engineering and inspection systems, this article presents a selection of locomotion systems with bifluidic flow control using ferrofluid. By controlling the change of shape, position and pressure of the ferrofluid in a secondary low viscous fluid by magnetic fields locomotion of objects or the ferrofluid itself can be realised. The locomotion of an object is caused in the first example by a ferrofluid generated flow of the secondary fluid and in the second and third case by the direct alteration of the ferrofluid position.

  12. Neural Control and Adaptive Neural Forward Models for Insect-like, Energy-Efficient, and Adaptable Locomotion of Walking Machines

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    Poramate eManoonpong

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Living creatures, like walking animals, have found fascinating solutions for the problem of locomotion control. Their movements show the impression of elegance including versatile, energy-efficient, and adaptable locomotion. During the last few decades, roboticists have tried to imitate such natural properties with artificial legged locomotion systems by using different approaches including machine learning algorithms, classical engineering control techniques, and biologically-inspired control mechanisms. However, their levels of performance are still far from the natural ones. By contrast, animal locomotion mechanisms seem to largely depend not only on central mechanisms (central pattern generators, CPGs and sensory feedback (afferent-based control but also on internal forward models (efference copies. They are used to a different degree in different animals. Generally, CPGs organize basic rhythmic motions which are shaped by sensory feedback while internal models are used for sensory prediction and state estimations. According to this concept, we present here adaptive neural locomotion control consisting of a CPG mechanism with neuromodulation and local leg control mechanisms based on sensory feedback and adaptive neural forward models with efference copies. This neural closed-loop controller enables a walking machine to perform a multitude of different walking patterns including insect-like leg movements and gaits as well as energy-efficient locomotion. In addition, the forward models allow the machine to autonomously adapt its locomotion to deal with a change of terrain, losing of ground contact during stance phase, stepping on or hitting an obstacle during swing phase, leg damage, and even to promote cockroach-like climbing behavior. Thus, the results presented here show that the employed embodied neural closed-loop system can be a powerful way for developing robust and adaptable machines.

  13. Power

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    Elmholdt, Claus Westergård; Fogsgaard, Morten

    2016-01-01

    In this chapter, we will explore the dynamics of power in processes of creativity, and show its paradoxical nature as both a bridge and a barrier to creativity in organisations. Recent social psychological experimental research (Slighte, de Dreu & Nijstad, 2011) on the relation between power...... and creativity suggests that when managers give people the opportunity to gain power and explicate that there is reason to be more creative, people will show a boost in creative behaviour. Moreover, this process works best in unstable power hierarchies, which implies that power is treated as a negotiable...... and floating source for empowering people in the organisation. We will explore and discuss here the potentials, challenges and pitfalls of power in relation to creativity in the life of organisations today. The aim is to demonstrate that power struggles may be utilised as constructive sources of creativity...

  14. Undulatory locomotion of finite filaments: lessons from Caenorhabditis elegans

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    Berman, R. S.; Kenneth, O.; Sznitman, J.; Leshansky, A. M.

    2013-07-01

    Undulatory swimming is a widespread propulsion strategy adopted by many small-scale organisms including various single-cell eukaryotes and nematodes. In this work, we report a comprehensive study of undulatory locomotion of a finite filament using (i) approximate resistive force theory (RFT) assuming a local nature of hydrodynamic interaction between the filament and the surrounding viscous liquid and (ii) particle-based numerical computations taking into account the intra-filament hydrodynamic interaction. Using the ubiquitous model of a propagating sinusoidal waveform, we identify the limit of applicability of the RFT and determine the optimal propulsion gait in terms of (i) swimming distance per period of undulation and (ii) hydrodynamic propulsion efficiency. The occurrence of the optimal swimming gait maximizing hydrodynamic efficiency at finite wavelength in particle-based computations diverges from the prediction of the RFT. To compare the model swimmer powered by sine wave undulations to biological undulatory swimmers, we apply the particle-based approach to study locomotion of the model organism nematode Caenorhabditis elegans using the swimming gait extracted from experiments. The analysis reveals that even though the amplitude and the wavenumber of undulations are similar to those determined for the best performing sinusoidal swimmer, C. elegans overperforms the latter in terms of both displacement and hydrodynamic efficiency. Further comparison with other undulatory microorganisms reveals that many adopt waveforms with characteristics similar to the optimal model swimmer, yet real swimmers still manage to beat the best performing sine-wave swimmer in terms of distance covered per period. Overall our results underline the importance of further waveform optimization, as periodic undulations adopted by C. elegans and other organisms deviate considerably from a simple sine wave.

  15. 46 CFR 129.326 - Dual-voltage generators.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Dual-voltage generators. 129.326 Section 129.326... INSTALLATIONS Power Sources and Distribution Systems § 129.326 Dual-voltage generators. If a dual-voltage generator is installed on an OSV— (a) The neutral of the dual-voltage system must be solidly grounded at...

  16. 46 CFR 120.324 - Dual voltage generators.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Dual voltage generators. 120.324 Section 120.324... INSTALLATION Power Sources and Distribution Systems § 120.324 Dual voltage generators. (a) A dual voltage generator installed on a vessel shall be of the grounded type, where: (1) The neutral of a dual...

  17. Power and heat generation from wood wastes. At a dual-purpose power plant with a rotary tubular kiln; Aus Holzreststoffen Strom und Waerme gewinnen. Im Heizkraftwerk mit Drehrohrofenfeuerung

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    Hofstetter, E.M.; Letz, G. [Heinz H. Lorenz KG, Geretsried (Germany)

    1997-06-01

    Wood and related fuels tend to vary considerably as to calorific value, moisture content and particle size and burn with different efficiency. Therefore, new combustion-technical solution concepts are required that meet growing demands on combustion quality and automatic control response in the case of different fuel properties. The company Heinz H. Lorenz at Geretsried are pioneering a wood-fired dual-purpose power plant supplying energy and disposing of wood wastes. The project is sponsored by the Federal Environment Agency and the Bavarian ministry of economy (orig.) [Deutsch] Holz und artverwandte Brennstoffe schwanken in der Praxis oft erheblich in ihrem Heizwert, Feuchtegehalt, Stueckgroesse und verbrennen daher auch unterschiedlich gut. Gefragt sich deshalb neue Loesungen in der Feuerungstechnik angesichts steigender Anforderungen an Verbrennungsqualitaet und Regelverhalten bei unterschiedlichen Brennstoffeigenschaften. Neue Wege bei der Erstellung einer holzbefeuerten Heizkraftwerksanlage zur innerbetrieblichen Energieversorgung und Restholzentsorgung hat die Fa. Heinz H. Lorenz KG in Geretsried beschritten. Unterstuetzt wurde sie dabei durch das Umweltbundesamt und das bayerische Wirtschaftsministerium. (orig.)

  18. Guiding locomotion in complex dynamic environments

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    Brett R Fajen

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Locomotion in complex dynamic environments is an integral part of many daily activities, including walking in crowded spaces, driving on busy roadways, and playing sports. Many of the tasks that humans perform in such environments involve interactions with moving objects -- that is, they require people to coordinate their own movement with the movements of other objects. A widely adopted framework for research on the detection, avoidance, and interception of moving objects is the bearing angle model, according to which observers move so as to keep the bearing angle of the object constant for interception and varying for obstacle avoidance. The bearing angle model offers a simple, parsimonious account of visual control but has several significant limitations and does not easily scale up to more complex tasks. In this paper, I introduce an alternative account of how humans choose actions and guide locomotion in the presence of moving objects. I show how the new approach addresses the limitations of the bearing angle model and accounts for a variety of behaviors involving moving objects, including (1 choosing whether to pass in front of or behind a moving obstacle, (2 perceiving whether a gap between a pair of moving obstacles is passable, (3 avoiding a collision while passing through single or multiple lanes of traffic, (4 coordinating speed and direction of locomotion during interception, (5 simultaneously intercepting a moving target while avoiding a stationary or moving obstacle, and (6 knowing whether to abandon the chase of a moving target. I also summarize data from recent studies that support the new approach.

  19. Serpentine Locomotion Articulated Chain: ANA II

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    A. M. Cardona

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available When humanity faces challenges in solving problems beyond their technical resources, and has no foundation to solve a problem, engineering must search for an answer developing new concepts and innovative frameworks to excel these limitations and travel beyond our capabilities. This project “Serpentine locomotion articulated chain: ANA II” is a self-contained robot built to evaluate the behavior of the platform being capable of serpentine movements, in a modular chain mechanical design, based on a master/slave architecture.

  20. Coupling of cytoskeleton functions for fibroblast locomotion

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    Couchman, J R; Lenn, M; Rees, D A

    1985-01-01

    caused visible protrusions in projected positions at the leading edge. We conclude that fibroblast locomotion may be driven coordinately by a common set of motility mechanisms and that this coordination may be lost as a result of physical or pharmacological disturbance. Taking our evidence with results...... from other Laboratories, we propose the following cytoskeleton functions. (i) Protrusive activity, probably based on solation--gelation cycles of the actin based cytoskeleton and membrane recycling which provides cellular and membrane components for streaming through the cell body to the leading edge...

  1. Kinematics Analysis of Two Parallel Locomotion Mechanisms

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    2010-08-27

    world. Many thanks to Dr. Mehdi Ahmandian, Dr. Corina Sandu, Dr. Robert Sturges and Dr. Bob West. As my committee members, you have given me...128(3), pp. 566-573. [47] Mcgeer, T., 1990, "Passive Dynamic Walking," International Journal of Robotics Research, 9(2), pp. 62-82. [48] Spong , M...Locomotion Robot," Proc. 31st ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Las Vegas, NV, United States, 8 PART B, pp. 1001-1011. [53] Spong , M. W., and

  2. Systematic profiling of Caenorhabditis elegans locomotive behaviors reveals additional components in G-protein Gαq signaling.

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    Yu, Hui; Aleman-Meza, Boanerges; Gharib, Shahla; Labocha, Marta K; Cronin, Christopher J; Sternberg, Paul W; Zhong, Weiwei

    2013-07-16

    Genetic screens have been widely applied to uncover genetic mechanisms of movement disorders. However, most screens rely on human observations of qualitative differences. Here we demonstrate the application of an automatic imaging system to conduct a quantitative screen for genes regulating the locomotive behavior in Caenorhabditis elegans. Two hundred twenty-seven neuronal signaling genes with viable homozygous mutants were selected for this study. We tracked and recorded each animal for 4 min and analyzed over 4,400 animals of 239 genotypes to obtain a quantitative, 10-parameter behavioral profile for each genotype. We discovered 87 genes whose inactivation causes movement defects, including 50 genes that had never been associated with locomotive defects. Computational analysis of the high-content behavioral profiles predicted 370 genetic interactions among these genes. Network partition revealed several functional modules regulating locomotive behaviors, including sensory genes that detect environmental conditions, genes that function in multiple types of excitable cells, and genes in the signaling pathway of the G protein Gαq, a protein that is essential for animal life and behavior. We developed quantitative epistasis analysis methods to analyze the locomotive profiles and validated the prediction of the γ isoform of phospholipase C as a component in the Gαq pathway. These results provided a system-level understanding of how neuronal signaling genes coordinate locomotive behaviors. This study also demonstrated the power of quantitative approaches in genetic studies.

  3. Hybrid Diesel Locomotive Control Method%一种混合动力内燃机车控制方法

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    李小文

    2012-01-01

    The control method of hybrid diesel locomotive based on diesel and battery and the composition of hybrid diesel locomotive electric drive system was introduced, and the locomotive states control, battery control, power matching, braking energy recovery were declared, corresponding control method of which was proposed.%介绍了一种基于柴油机和动力蓄电池组的混合动力内燃机车控制方法以及混合动力内燃机车电传动系统构成,然后就机车工况控制、蓄电池控制、功率匹配、制动能量回收等方面进行说明,并提出相应控制方法和控制策略.

  4. Proprioceptive Actuation Design for Dynamic Legged locomotion

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    Kim, Sangbae; Wensing, Patrick; Biomimetic Robotics Lab Team

    Designing an actuator system for highly-dynamic legged locomotion exhibited by animals has been one of the grand challenges in robotics research. Conventional actuators designed for manufacturing applications have difficulty satisfying challenging requirements for high-speed locomotion, such as the need for high torque density and the ability to manage dynamic physical interactions. It is critical to introduce a new actuator design paradigm and provide guidelines for its incorporation in future mobile robots for research and industry. To this end, we suggest a paradigm called proprioceptive actuation, which enables highly- dynamic operation in legged machines. Proprioceptive actuation uses collocated force control at the joints to effectively control contact interactions at the feet under dynamic conditions. In the realm of legged machines, this paradigm provides a unique combination of high torque density, high-bandwidth force control, and the ability to mitigate impacts through backdrivability. Results show that the proposed design provides an impact mitigation factor that is comparable to other quadruped designs with series springs to handle impact. The paradigm is shown to enable the MIT Cheetah to manage the application of contact forces during dynamic bounding, with results given down to contact times of 85ms and peak forces over 450N. As a result, the MIT Cheetah achieves high-speed 3D running up to 13mph and jumping over an 18-inch high obstacle. The project is sponsored by DARPA M3 program.

  5. Instability-induced hierarchy in bipedal locomotion

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    Ohgane, Kunishige; Ueda, Kei-Ichi

    2008-05-01

    One of the important features of human locomotion is its instant adaptability to various unpredictable changes of physical and environmental conditions. This property is known as flexibility. Modeling the bipedal locomotion system, we show that initial-state coordination by a global variable which encodes the attractor basins of the system can yield flexibility. This model is based on the following hypotheses: (i) the walking velocity is a global variable, and (ii) the leg posture at the beginning of the stance phase is the initial state of the gait. Moreover, we confirm these hypotheses. We investigate the regions near the neutral states between walking and falling phases using numerical experiments and demonstrate that global variables can be defined as the dominant unstable directions of the system dynamics near the neutral states. We propose the concept of an “instability-induced hierarchy.” In this hierarchy, global variables govern other variables near neutral states; i.e., they become elements of a higher level.

  6. 49 CFR 230.106 - Steam locomotive frame.

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    2010-10-01

    ... Tenders Trucks, Frames and Equalizing System § 230.106 Steam locomotive frame. (a) Maintenance and inspection. Frames, decks, plates, tailpieces, pedestals, and braces shall be maintained in a safe and... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Steam locomotive frame. 230.106 Section...

  7. Amoeba proteus displays a walking form of locomotion.

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    Cameron, Ivan; Rinaldi, Robert A; Kirby, Gerald; Davidson, David

    2007-08-01

    This report deals with observations on the directional locomotion of amoeba before and after fixation and scanning electron microscopy. The study was aimed at visualization of the stepwise events of directional movements. After the analysis of the data it is proposed that the amoeba undergoes a sequence of movement events that can be defined as a walking form of locomotion.

  8. Underground haulage by diesel and storage battery locomotive

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    1983-01-01

    The operation and maintenance of underground locomotives which operate on conventional or asymmetrical rails are covered. The transport of persons underground or in walkable outlets to the surface by locomotive haulage is also included in this code. Training of personnel, design requirements, signalling and communications, safety devices, ventilation, operation, brake testing and maintenance are all discussed.

  9. 49 CFR 229.213 - Locomotive manufacturing information.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Locomotive manufacturing information. 229.213 Section 229.213 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued) FEDERAL RAILROAD... Design Requirements § 229.213 Locomotive manufacturing information. (a) Each railroad operating...

  10. Economic assessment of coal-burning locomotives: Topical report

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    1986-02-01

    The General Electric Company embarked upon a study to evaluate various alternatives for the design and manufacture a coal fired locomotive considering various prime movers, but retaining the electric drive transmission. The initial study was supported by the Burlington-Northern and Norfolk-Southern railroads, and included the following alternatives: coal fired diesel locomotive; direct fired gas turbine locomotives; direct fired gas turbine locomotive with steam injection; raw coal gasifier gas turbine locomotive; and raw coal fluid bed steam turbine locomotive. All alternatives use the electric drive transmission and were selected for final evaluation. The first three would use a coal water slurry as a fuel, which must be produced by new processing plants. Therefore, use of a slurry would require a significant plant capital investment. The last two would use classified run-of-the-mine (ROM) coal with much less capital expenditure. Coal fueling stations would be required but are significantly lower in capital cost than a coal slurry plant. For any coal fired locomotive to be commercially viable, it must pass the following criteria: be technically feasible and environmentally acceptable; meet railroads' financial expectations; and offer an attractive return to the locomotive manufacturer. These three criteria are reviewed in the report.

  11. Underwater locomotion strategy by a benthic pennate diatom Navicula sp.

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    Wang, Jiadao; Cao, Shan; Du, Chuan; Chen, Darong

    2013-10-01

    The mechanism of diatom locomotion has been widely researched but still remains a hypothesis. There are several questionable points on the prevailing model proposed by Edgar, and some of the observed phenomena cannot be completely explained by this model. In this paper, we undertook detailed investigations of cell structures, locomotion, secreted mucilage, and bending deformation for a benthic pennate diatom Navicula species. According to these broad evidences, an updated locomotion model is proposed. For Navicula sp., locomotion is realized via two or more pseudopods or stalks protruded out of the frustules. The adhesion can be produced due to the pull-off of one pseudopod or stalk from the substratum through extracellular polymeric substances. And the positive pressure is generated to balance the adhesion because of the push-down of another pseudopod or stalk onto the substratum. Because of the positive pressure, friction is generated, acting as a driving force of locomotion, and the other pseudopod or stalk can detach from the substratum, resulting in the locomotion. Furthermore, this model is validated by the force evaluation and can better explain observed phenomena. This updated model would provide a novel aspect on underwater locomotion strategy, hence can be useful in terms of artificial underwater locomotion devices.

  12. 49 CFR 236.509 - Two or more locomotives coupled.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Two or more locomotives coupled. 236.509 Section..., INSPECTION, MAINTENANCE, AND REPAIR OF SIGNAL AND TRAIN CONTROL SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND APPLIANCES Automatic Train Stop, Train Control and Cab Signal Systems Standards § 236.509 Two or more locomotives...

  13. THE DYNAMICS AND TRACTION ENERGY METRICS LOCOMOTIVE VL40

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    S. V. Pylypenko

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available In the article the results of dynamic running and traction-energy tests of the electric locomotive VL40U are presented. In accordance with the test results a conclusion about the suitability of electric locomotive of such a type for operation with trains containing up to 15 passenger coaches inclusive is made.

  14. Millipede-inspired locomotion through novel U-shaped piezoelectric motors

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    Avirovik, Dragan; Butenhoff, Bryan; Priya, Shashank

    2014-03-01

    We report a novel piezoelectric motor that operates at a resonance frequency of 144 Hz, much lower than that of conventional ultrasonic motors, and meets the displacement and gait requirements for designing the locomotion mechanism of a millipede-inspired robot (millibot). The motor structure consists of two piezoelectric bimorphs arranged in a U-shaped configuration. Using the first bending mode for both the piezoelectric bimorphs an elliptical motion was obtained at the tip which led to the successful implementation of millipede inspired locomotion. At an input voltage of 70.7 Vrms, the piezoelectric motor operating at resonance frequency was able to generate torque of 0.03 mN m, mechanical power of 0.84 mW and maximum velocity of 62 rad s-1. Detailed discussion is provided about the principle of operation of the millibot.

  15. Locomotion Gait Planning of Climber Snake-Like Robot

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    Mohammad Nezaminia

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available In this article a novel breed of snake-like climber robots has been introduced. Structure and operation of the first generation of snake-like climber robot "Marak I" has been discussed. The gait planning for two dimensional locomotion of a novel snake-like climber robot "Marak I" is presented. The types of locomotion investigated were rectilinear and wheeling gaits. The gaits of locomotion were experimented and their suitability for various applications has been mentioned. Some encountered practical problems plus solutions were addressed. Finally we found out that: the vertical motion was producing more fault than horizontal locomotion, and notably the fastest gait of locomotion was the wheeling gait

  16. Reduction and identification for hybrid dynamical models of terrestrial locomotion

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    Burden, Samuel A.; Sastry, S. Shankar

    2013-06-01

    The study of terrestrial locomotion has compelling applications ranging from design of legged robots to development of novel prosthetic devices. From a first-principles perspective, the dynamics of legged locomotion seem overwhelmingly complex as nonlinear rigid body dynamics couple to a granular substrate through viscoelastic limbs. However, a surfeit of empirical data demonstrates that animals use a small fraction of their available degrees-of-freedom during locomotion on regular terrain, suggesting that a reduced-order model can accurately describe the dynamical variation observed during steady-state locomotion. Exploiting this emergent phenomena has the potential to dramatically simplify design and control of micro-scale legged robots. We propose a paradigm for studying dynamic terrestrial locomotion using empirically-validated reduced{order models.

  17. Cholinergic Mechanisms in Spinal Locomotion - Potential Target for Rehabilitation Approaches

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    L M Jordan

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Previous experiments implicate cholinergic brainstem and spinal systems in the control of locomotion. Our results demonstrate that the endogenous cholinergic propriospinal system, acting via M2 and M3 muscarinic receptors, is capable of consistently producing well-coordinated locomotor activity in the in vitro neonatal preparation, placing it in a position to contribute to normal locomotion and to provide a basis for recovery of locomotor capability in the absence of descending pathways. Tests of these suggestions, however, reveal that the spinal cholinergic system plays little if any role in the induction of locomotion, because MLR-evoked locomotion in decerebrate cats is not prevented by cholinergic antagonists. Furthermore, it is not required for the development of stepping movements after spinal cord injury, because cholinergic agonists do not facilitate the appearance of locomotion after spinal cord injury, unlike the dramatic locomotion-promoting effects of clonidine, a noradrenergic α-2 agonist. Furthermore, cholinergic antagonists actually improve locomotor activity after spinal cord injury, suggesting that plastic changes in the spinal cholinergic system interfere with locomotion rather than facilitating it. Changes that have been observed in the cholinergic innervation of motoneurons after spinal cord injury do not decrease motoneuron excitability, as expected. Instead, the development of a hyper-cholinergic state after spinal cord injury appears to enhance motoneuron output and suppress locomotion. A cholinergic suppression of afferent input from the limb after spinal cord injury is also evident from our data, and this may contribute to the ability of cholinergic antagonists to improve locomotion. Not only is a role for the spinal cholinergic system in supressing locomotion after SCI suggested by our results, but an obligatory contribution of a brainstem cholinergic relay to reticulospinal locomotor command systems is not confirmed

  18. Does kV-MV dual-energy computed tomography have an advantage in determining proton stopping power ratios in patients?

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    Yang, M; Virshup, G; Clayton, J; Zhu, X R; Mohan, R; Dong, L

    2011-07-21

    Conventional kilovoltage (kV) x-ray-based dual-energy CT (DECT) imaging using two different x-ray energy spectra is sensitive to image noise and beam hardening effects. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the theoretical advantage of the DECT method for determining proton stopping power ratios (SPRs) using a combination of kV and megavoltage (MV) x-ray energies. We investigated three representative x-ray energy pairs: 100 and 140 kVp comprised the kV-kV pair, 100 kVp and 1 MV comprised the kV-MV pair, and two 1 MV x-ray beams-one with and one without external filtration-comprised the MV-MV pair. The SPRs of 34 human tissues were determined using the DECT method with these three x-ray energy pairs. Small perturbations were introduced into the CT numbers and x-ray spectra used for the DECT calculation to simulate the effects of random noise and beam hardening. An error propagation analysis was performed on the DECT calculation algorithm to investigate the propagation of CT number uncertainty to final SPR estimation and to suggest the best x-ray energy combination. We found that the DECT method using each of the three beam pairs achieved similar accuracy in determining the SPRs of human tissues in ideal conditions. However, when CT number uncertainties and artifacts such as imaging noise and beam hardening effects were considered, the kV-MV DECT improved the accuracy of SPR estimation substantially over the kV-kV or MV-MV DECT methods. Furthermore, our error propagation analysis showed that the combination of 100 kVp and 1 MV beams was close to the optimal selection when using the DECT method to determine SPRs. Overall, the kV-MV combination makes the DECT method more robust in resolving the effective atomic numbers for biological tissues than the traditional kV-kV DECT method.

  19. Analysis on Impedance Matching of Optimal Dual Power for Thermoacoustic Electric Generation System%热声发电系统双功率优化运行阻抗匹配分析

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    何新; 夏加宽; 李文瑞; 张健

    2016-01-01

    In order to obtain maximum electric power output for torus topology thermoacoustic electric generation system (TOTAEGS), an acoustic impedance matching design was proposed on spring mechanical impedance and load impedance of the moving permanent magnet linear generator (TMPMLG). Two mathematical models were built about capturing acoustic power and outputting electric power by the acoustic-mechanical-electro analogism. Then combining the features for mechanical structure and gas medium in the travelling-wave thermoacoustic engine(TWTE), and analyzing the acoustic impedance influence from the spring mechanical and load, an acoustic impedance matching method of TMPMLG was proposed on the optimal dual power. The method makes improve capturing acoustic power as the constrained condition, in order to achieve maximum electric power output. Finally, MATALAB simulation and experiment verifies the acoustic impedance matching design on the optimal dual power is correct by the TOTAEGS experimental platform. The acoustic impedance matching design based on the optimal dual power is simple, which provides theoretical guidance for the controller of TOTAEGS.%为获得圆环体拓扑结构的热声发电系统最大电功输出,提出带有可变电负载的动磁式直线发电机声学阻抗匹配设计方法。通过声力电类比方法建立系统捕获声功和输出电功的数学模型。结合热声发动机机械结构和气体工作介质特征,分析弹簧机械阻抗和电负载阻抗对系统声学阻抗的影响,给出双功率优化运行的发电机声学阻抗匹配设计方法。该方法以提高声功捕获为约束条件,实现热声发电系统输出电功最大。用MATLAB程序和热声发电系统模拟实验平台验证双功率优化运行阻抗匹配方法。双功率优化运行的发电机声学阻抗匹配设计方法简单易行,为热声发电系统控制器的设计提供理论指导。

  20. Single Junction Inverted Polymer Solar Cell Reaching Power Conversion Efficiency 10.31% by Employing Dual-Doped Zinc Oxide Nano-Film as Cathode Interlayer

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    We present high efficiency and stable inverted PSCs (i-PSC) by employing sol-gel processed simultaneously doped ZnO by Indium and fullerene derivative (BisNPC60-OH) (denoted as InZnO-BisC60) film as cathode interlayer and PTB7-Th:PC71BM as the active layer (where PTB7-Th is a low bandgap polymer we proposed previously). This dual-doped ZnO, InZnO-BisC60, film shows dual and opposite gradient dopant concentration profiles, being rich in fullerene derivative at the cathode surface in contact wi...

  1. Coodinative Control of Active Power and DC-link Voltage for Cascaded Dual-Active-Bridge and Inverter in Bidirectional Applications

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    Tian, Yanjun; Chen, Zhe; Deng, Fujin;

    2014-01-01

    A bidirectional interface converter is attractive for the flexible operation and control of a system consisting of a DC sub-grid and an AC sub-grid. Cascaded connection of a dual-active-bridge (DAB) with an inverter is an ideal topology for the bidirectional interface. However, due to the bidirec......A bidirectional interface converter is attractive for the flexible operation and control of a system consisting of a DC sub-grid and an AC sub-grid. Cascaded connection of a dual-active-bridge (DAB) with an inverter is an ideal topology for the bidirectional interface. However, due...

  2. Embodied Sensorimotor Interaction for Hexapod Locomotion

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    Ambe, Yuichi; Aoi, Shinya; Nachstedt, Timo;

    2016-01-01

    is still unclear. Recent studies in biology suggest that a functional motor output during walking is formed by the interaction between central pattern generators (CPGs) and sensory feedbacks. In this paper, we investigate the dynamics of a hexapod robot model whose legs are driven by distributed...... sensory feedback the robot produces continuous stable gaits depending on the locomotion speed as a result of self-organization, one of which are similar to those of insects. These results reveal that the neuromechanical interaction induced by the local sensory feedback plays an important role...... oscillators with a local sensory feedback from neuromechanical point of view. This feedback changes the oscillation period of the oscillator depending solely on the timing of the contact between the foot and the ground. The results of dynamic simulations and real robot experiments show that due to the local...

  3. Fish locomotion: recent advances and new directions.

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    Lauder, George V

    2015-01-01

    Research on fish locomotion has expanded greatly in recent years as new approaches have been brought to bear on a classical field of study. Detailed analyses of patterns of body and fin motion and the effects of these movements on water flow patterns have helped scientists understand the causes and effects of hydrodynamic patterns produced by swimming fish. Recent developments include the study of the center-of-mass motion of swimming fish and the use of volumetric imaging systems that allow three-dimensional instantaneous snapshots of wake flow patterns. The large numbers of swimming fish in the oceans and the vorticity present in fin and body wakes support the hypothesis that fish contribute significantly to the mixing of ocean waters. New developments in fish robotics have enhanced understanding of the physical principles underlying aquatic propulsion and allowed intriguing biological features, such as the structure of shark skin, to be studied in detail.

  4. Minimum Energy Demand Locomotion on Space Station

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    Wing Kwong Chung

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The energy of a space station is a precious resource, and the minimization of energy consumption of a space manipulator is crucial to maintain its normal functionalities. This paper first presents novel gaits for space manipulators by equipping a new gripping mechanism. With the use of wheels locomotion, lower energy demand gaits can be achieved. With the use of the proposed gaits, we further develop a global path planning algorithm for space manipulators which can plan a moving path on a space station with a minimum total energy demand. Different from existing approaches, we emphasize both the use of the proposed low energy demand gaits and the gaits composition during the path planning process. To evaluate the performance of the proposed gaits and path planning algorithm, numerous simulations are performed. Results show that the energy demand of both the proposed gaits and the resultant moving path is also minimum.

  5. Helical Locomotion in a Granular Medium

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    Darbois Texier, Baptiste; Ibarra, Alejandro; Melo, Francisco

    2017-08-01

    The physical mechanisms that bring about the propulsion of a rotating helix in a granular medium are considered. A propulsive motion along the axis of the rotating helix is induced by both symmetry breaking due to the helical shape, and the anisotropic frictional forces undergone by all segments of the helix in the medium. Helix dynamics is studied as a function of helix rotation speed and its geometrical parameters. The effect of the granular pressure and the applied external load were also investigated. A theoretical model is developed based on the anisotropic frictional force experienced by a slender body moving in a granular material, to account for the translation speed of the helix. A good agreement with experimental data is obtained, which allows for predicting the helix design to propel optimally within granular media. These results pave the way for the development of an efficient sand robot operating according to this mode of locomotion.

  6. Undulatory Locomotion of Magnetic Multilink Nanoswimmers.

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    Jang, Bumjin; Gutman, Emiliya; Stucki, Nicolai; Seitz, Benedikt F; Wendel-García, Pedro D; Newton, Taylor; Pokki, Juho; Ergeneman, Olgaç; Pané, Salvador; Or, Yizhar; Nelson, Bradley J

    2015-07-01

    Micro- and nanorobots operating in low Reynolds number fluid environments require specialized swimming strategies for efficient locomotion. Prior research has focused on designs mimicking the rotary corkscrew motion of bacterial flagella or the planar beating motion of eukaryotic flagella. These biologically inspired designs are typically of uniform construction along their flagellar axis. This work demonstrates for the first time planar undulations of composite multilink nanowire-based chains (diameter 200 nm) induced by a planar-oscillating magnetic field. Those chains comprise an elastic eukaryote-like polypyrrole tail and rigid magnetic nickel links connected by flexible polymer bilayer hinges. The multilink design exhibits a high swimming efficiency. Furthermore, the manufacturing process enables tuning the geometrical and material properties to specific applications.

  7. The Effect of Increasing Mass upon Locomotion

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    DeWitt, John; Hagan, Donald

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of this investigation was to determine if increasing body mass while maintaining bodyweight would affect ground reaction forces and joint kinetics during walking and running. It was hypothesized that performing gait with increased mass while maintaining body weight would result in greater ground reaction forces, and would affect the net joint torques and work at the ankle, knee and hip when compared to gait with normal mass and bodyweight. Vertical ground reaction force was measured for ten subjects (5M/5F) during walking (1.34 m/s) and running (3.13 m/s) on a treadmill. Subjects completed one minute of locomotion at normal mass and bodyweight and at four added mass (AM) conditions (10%, 20%, 30% and 40% of body mass) in random order. Three-dimensional joint position data were collected via videography. Walking and running were analyzed separately. The addition of mass resulted in several effects. Peak impact forces and loading rates increased during walking, but decreased during running. Peak propulsive forces decreased during walking and did not change during running. Stride time increased and hip extensor angular impulse and positive work increased as mass was added for both styles of locomotion. Work increased at a greater rate during running than walking. The adaptations to additional mass that occur during walking are different than during running. Increasing mass during exercise in microgravity may be beneficial to increasing ground reaction forces during walking and strengthening hip musculature during both walking and running. Future study in true microgravity is required to determine if the adaptations found would be similar in a weightless environment.

  8. Analysis of emotionality and locomotion in radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation exposed rats.

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    Narayanan, Sareesh Naduvil; Kumar, Raju Suresh; Paval, Jaijesh; Kedage, Vivekananda; Bhat, M Shankaranarayana; Nayak, Satheesha; Bhat, P Gopalakrishna

    2013-07-01

    In the current study the modulatory role of mobile phone radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) on emotionality and locomotion was evaluated in adolescent rats. Male albino Wistar rats (6-8 weeks old) were randomly assigned into the following groups having 12 animals in each group. Group I (Control): they remained in the home cage throughout the experimental period. Group II (Sham exposed): they were exposed to mobile phone in switch-off mode for 28 days, and Group III (RF-EMR exposed): they were exposed to RF-EMR (900 MHz) from an active GSM (Global system for mobile communications) mobile phone with a peak power density of 146.60 μW/cm(2) for 28 days. On 29th day, the animals were tested for emotionality and locomotion. Elevated plus maze (EPM) test revealed that, percentage of entries into the open arm, percentage of time spent on the open arm and distance travelled on the open arm were significantly reduced in the RF-EMR exposed rats. Rearing frequency and grooming frequency were also decreased in the RF-EMR exposed rats. Defecation boli count during the EPM test was more with the RF-EMR group. No statistically significant difference was found in total distance travelled, total arm entries, percentage of closed arm entries and parallelism index in the RF-EMR exposed rats compared to controls. Results indicate that mobile phone radiation could affect the emotionality of rats without affecting the general locomotion.

  9. Dual diagnosis

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    2013-01-01

    Dual diagnosis denotes intertwining of intellectual disabilities with mental disorders. With the help of systematic examination of literature, intellectual disabilities are determined (they are characterized by subaverage intellectual activity and difficulties in adaptive skills), along side mental disorders. Their influence is seen in changes of thinking, perception, emotionality, behaviour and cognition. Mental disorders often occur with people with intellectual disabilities (data differs f...

  10. 49 CFR 230.20 - Alteration and repair report for steam locomotive boilers.

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    2010-10-01

    ... boilers. (a) Alterations. When an alteration is made to a steam locomotive boiler, the steam locomotive... steam locomotive boiler, the steam locomotive owner and/or operator shall file with the FRA Regional... the boiler. Whenever welded or riveted repairs are performed on stayed portions of a steam...

  11. Dual leadership in a hospital practice

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    Thude, Bettina Ravnborg; Thomsen, Svend Erik; Stenager, Egon

    2017-01-01

    in the hospital context and develops a categorizing tool for being able to distinguish dual leadership teams from each other. It is important to reveal if there are any indicators that can be used for optimising dual leadership teams in the health-care sector and in other organisations......., this study aims to analyse three different dual leadership pairs at a Danish hospital. Furthermore, this study develops a tool to characterize dual leadership teams from each other. Design/methodology/approach This is a qualitative study using semi-structured interviews. Six leaders were interviewed...... that power balance, personal relations and decision processes are important factors for creating efficient dual leaderships. The study develops a categorizing tool to use for further research or for organizations, to describe and analyse dual leaderships. Originality/value The study describes dual leadership...

  12. 单电源驱动双超声压缩振子的系统研制%Development on System of Dual-ultrasonic Pelleting Vibrators Driven by One Power Supply

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    莫远东; 温凯林; 胡红斐; 唐勇军; 于兆勤

    2014-01-01

    The traditional single ultrasonic power supply can only drive a single ultrasonic vibrator. A new idea of using a single ultrasonic power supply to drive two ultrasonic vibrators has been put forward. On the basis of testing and comparing the impedance characteristic between a single ultrasonic transducer and dual-ultrasonic transducers ,the design of power supply applying for dual-ultrasonic pelleting system has been carried out based on FPGA. The circuit of the power supply has been designed with FPGA as the controller. The power supply has realized the function of automatic frequency tracking with the method of maximum current and phase difference method. The comparing experiments among the single,dual ultrasonic and no ultrasonic pelleting of biomass proved that the power supply can efficiently and stably drive two ultrasonic vibrators with better pelleting efficiency than single ultrasonic pelleting.%传统的单超声电源一般只能驱动单个超声振子,根据实际情况需要,提出了采用单个超声电源同时驱动两个超声振子的新方法。在测试和比较单个超声换能器和双超声换能器的阻抗特性的基础上,进行了基于FPGA的双超声压缩系统的电源设计,设计了电源的硬件电路及以FPGA为核心的控制系统。该控制系统采用最大电流法和相位差法相结合的方法实现频率自动跟踪功能。通过双超声、单超声和无超声压缩生物质的对比实验,验证了该电源能很好地驱动双超声振子有效、稳定地工作,双超声压缩效果优于单超声和无超声压缩。

  13. Applied Research on Medium and Low Power Level Dual-CO2-Laser Cutting Machine%中低功率双CO2激光切割机的开发与应用

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    甘家梁; 孙红安; 唐海昌

    2011-01-01

    Cutting principles of high-power single-CO2-laser cutting and low-power dual-CO2-laser cutting are discussed. Non-metallic materials such as wood die-boards are cut by using these two laser cutting techniques. The dependences of cutting depth and seam shape on laser power and cutting speed are analyzed. The results show that cutting wood die-boards with low-power dual-CO2-laser cutting has many advantages over high-power single-laser-head cutting in the manufacturing costs, operating costs, cutting precision and seam shape.%研究了大功率单CO2激光切割机和小功率双CO2激光切割机的切割原理,分析了在用这两种形式的激光切割机切割非金属材料木质模切板时,激光功率、切割速度与切割深度、切割的缝形缝宽之间的关系.试验结果表明,用中小功率双CO2激光切割机切割非金属木质板材,无论是设备的制造成本、运行成本,还是切割的精度和缝形缝宽,同用大功率单CO2激光头切割机相比有很多优势.

  14. A Novel Wind Power System With a Dual-rotor and the Dual-mode Power Control Strategy Thereof%新型双转子结构风力发电系统及其双模功率控制策略

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    崔总泽; 李子健; 项群杰; 孟祥瑞; 宋立伟

    2014-01-01

    A novel wind power system was proposed, which was composed of a generator, an auxiliary motor, a planetary gear and a wind turbine. The generator was connected to the sun wheel, while auxiliary motor was connected to the ring gear, and the shaft of the wind turbine was connected to the planetary carrier. The working mode and power flow about this type of structure in different working conditions were presented, and a novel speed-torque mode control strategy in all wind conditions was proposed. The generator can be connected to the grid by controlling the speed of the auxiliary motor when the wind velocity is under the rating value, and the active power of the generator can be kept around the rating value by controlling the torque of the auxiliary motor when the wind velocity is above the rating value. The dual-mode smooth switching rule was given, and the validity was tested by the simulation study. Moreover, experimental results were given to verify the theoretical analysis, and the feasibility of the system structure also was verified.%研究了一种新型风力发电机系统,包括发电机、调速电机、行星齿轮和风力机,发电机与太阳轮连接,调速电机与内齿圈连接,风力机轴与行星架连接。分析了不同工况下两台电机的工作模式与功率流的变化,针对此种结构提出一种全风况下转速−转矩模式控制策略,低于额定风速时调速电机转速控制能够实现发电机恒频并网,高于额定风速时通过控制调速电机转矩限制发电机输出有功功率在额定值附近。对控制策略进行仿真研究,并给出转速−转矩控制平滑切换规则,搭建了双转子风力发电实验平台,实现了并网操作,验证了该系统结构的可行性与控制策略的有效性。

  15. Energetics of foraging and locomotion in the platypus Ornithorhynchus anatinus.

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    Bethge, P; Munks, S; Nicol, S

    2001-08-01

    We measured the energy requirements of platypuses foraging, diving and resting in a swim tank using flow-through respirometry. Also, walking metabolic rates were obtained from platypuses walking on a conventional treadmill. Energy requirements while foraging were found to depend on water temperature, body weight and dive duration and averaged 8.48 W kg(-1). Rates for subsurface swimming averaged 6.71 W kg(-1). Minimal cost of transport for subsurface swimming platypuses was 1.85 J N(-1)m(-1) at a speed of 0.4 m s(-1). Aerobic dive limit of the platypus amounted to 59 s. Metabolic rate of platypuses resting on the water surface was minimal with 3.91 W kg(-1) while minimal RMR on land was 2.08 W kg(-1). The metabolic rate for walking was 8.80 W kg(-1) and 10.56 W kg(-1) at speeds of 0.2 m s(-1) and 0.3 m s(-1), respectively. A formula was derived, which allows prediction of power requirements of platypuses in the wild from measurements of body weight, dive duration and water temperature. Platypuses were found to expend energy at only half the rate of semiaquatic eutherians of comparable body sizes during both walking and diving. However, costs of transport at optimal speed were in line with findings for eutherians. These patterns suggest that underwater locomotion of semiaquatic mammals have converged on very similar efficiencies despite differences in phylogeny and locomotor mode.

  16. Combining Bio-inspired Sensing with Bio-inspired Locomotion

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    Shaikh, Danish; Hallam, John; Christensen-Dalsgaard, Jakob

    In this paper we present a preliminary Braitenberg vehicle–like approach to combine bio-inspired audition with bio-inspired quadruped locomotion in simulation. Locomotion gaits of the salamander–like robot Salamandra robotica are modified by a lizard’s peripheral auditory system model that modula......In this paper we present a preliminary Braitenberg vehicle–like approach to combine bio-inspired audition with bio-inspired quadruped locomotion in simulation. Locomotion gaits of the salamander–like robot Salamandra robotica are modified by a lizard’s peripheral auditory system model...... that modulates the parameters of the locomotor central pattern generators. We present phonotactic performance results of the simulated lizard-salamander hybrid robot....

  17. Vibrational Locomotion Enabling Subsurface Exploration of Unconsolidated Regolith Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The idea of vibrational locomotion is based on vibrational-fluidization in ISRU reactor systems, which has proven very effective for regolith mixing. The vibrating...

  18. Breathing and locomotion: comparative anatomy, morphology and function.

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    Klein, Wilfried; Codd, Jonathan R

    2010-08-31

    Using specialized respiratory structures such as gills, lungs and or a tracheal system, animals take up oxygen and release carbon dioxide. The efficiency of gas exchange, however, may be constrained by the morphology of the respiratory organ itself as well as by other aspects of an animal's physiology such as feeding, circulation or locomotion. Herein we discuss some aspects of the functional link between the respiratory and locomotor systems, such as gill morphology of sharks as a factor limiting maximum aerobic scope, respiratory constraints among legless lizards, lung morphology of testudines, trade-offs between locomotion and respiration among birds, reconstruction of the respiratory system of sauropods, respiration of mice during locomotion as well as some aspects of gas exchange among insects. Data covering such a broad spectrum of interactions between the locomotor and respiratory systems shall allow us to place breathing and locomotion into a wider context of evolution of oxygen.

  19. Physical fitness, nutritional habits and daily locomotive action of 12 ...

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    Physical fitness, nutritional habits and daily locomotive action of 12-year-old children with different body mass ... South African Journal of Sports Medicine ... They were divided according to their BMI into normal, overweight or obese children.

  20. Assessment of healthy students' locomotion in a wheelchair

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    Michał Wychowański; Ryszard Biernat; Agnieszka Witke

    2013-01-01

    Introduction. Efficient locomotion in a wheelchair is of great importance for the life quality of people with diseases that make them unable to walk, and also in many sport disciplines for the handicapped...

  1. Combining Bio-inspired Sensing with Bio-inspired Locomotion

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    Shaikh, Danish; Hallam, John; Christensen-Dalsgaard, Jakob

    In this paper we present a preliminary Braitenberg vehicle–like approach to combine bio-inspired audition with bio-inspired quadruped locomotion in simulation. Locomotion gaits of the salamander–like robot Salamandra robotica are modified by a lizard’s peripheral auditory system model that modula......In this paper we present a preliminary Braitenberg vehicle–like approach to combine bio-inspired audition with bio-inspired quadruped locomotion in simulation. Locomotion gaits of the salamander–like robot Salamandra robotica are modified by a lizard’s peripheral auditory system model...... that modulates the parameters of the locomotor central pattern generators. We present phonotactic performance results of the simulated lizard-salamander hybrid robot....

  2. Underground haulage by diesel and storage battery locomotive. [United Kingdom

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    1986-01-01

    This code sets up a national standard of practice and attainment in the operation and maintenance of underground locomotives which operate on conventional or asymmetrical rails. The transport of persons underground or in walkable outlets to the surface by locomotive haulage is also covered by this code. Requirements and recommendations cover appointment and training of personnel, duties of appointed personnel, design requirements, signalling and communications, safety devices, ventilation determinations, operation, brake testing, and maintenance.

  3. Multi-modal locomotion: from animal to application.

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    Lock, R J; Burgess, S C; Vaidyanathan, R

    2014-03-01

    The majority of robotic vehicles that can be found today are bound to operations within a single media (i.e. land, air or water). This is very rarely the case when considering locomotive capabilities in natural systems. Utility for small robots often reflects the exact same problem domain as small animals, hence providing numerous avenues for biological inspiration. This paper begins to investigate the various modes of locomotion adopted by different genus groups in multiple media as an initial attempt to determine the compromise in ability adopted by the animals when achieving multi-modal locomotion. A review of current biologically inspired multi-modal robots is also presented. The primary aim of this research is to lay the foundation for a generation of vehicles capable of multi-modal locomotion, allowing ambulatory abilities in more than one media, surpassing current capabilities. By identifying and understanding when natural systems use specific locomotion mechanisms, when they opt for disparate mechanisms for each mode of locomotion rather than using a synergized singular mechanism, and how this affects their capability in each medium, similar combinations can be used as inspiration for future multi-modal biologically inspired robotic platforms.

  4. A subset of interneurons required for Drosophila larval locomotion.

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    Yoshikawa, Shingo; Long, Hong; Thomas, John B

    2016-01-01

    Efforts to define the neural circuits generating locomotor behavior have produced an initial understanding of some of the components within the spinal cord, as well as a basic understanding of several invertebrate motor pattern generators. However, how these circuits are assembled during development is poorly understood. We are defining the neural circuit that generates larval locomotion in the genetically tractable fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to study locomotor circuit development. Forward larval locomotion involves a stereotyped posterior-to-anterior segmental translocation of body wall muscle contraction and is generated by a relatively small number of identified muscles, motor and sensory neurons, plus an unknown number of the ~270 bilaterally-paired interneurons per segment of the 1st instar larva. To begin identifying the relevant interneurons, we have conditionally inactivated synaptic transmission of interneuron subsets and assayed for the effects on locomotion. From this screen we have identified a subset of 25 interneurons per hemisegment, called the lateral locomotor neurons (LLNs), that are required for locomotion. Both inactivation and constitutive activation of the LLNs disrupt locomotion, indicating that patterned output of the LLNs is required. By expressing a calcium indicator in the LLNs, we found that they display a posterior-to-anterior wave of activity within the CNS corresponding to the segmental translocation of the muscle contraction wave. Identification of the LLNs represents the first step toward elucidating the circuit generating larval locomotion.

  5. The coupling of vision with locomotion in cortical blindness.

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    Pelah, Adar; Barbur, John; Thurrell, Adrian; Hock, Howard S

    2015-05-01

    Maintaining or modifying the speed and direction of locomotion requires the coupling of the locomotion with the retinal optic flow that it generates. It is shown that this essential behavioral capability, which requires on-line neural control, is preserved in the cortically blind hemifield of a hemianope. In experiments, optic flow stimuli were presented to either the normal or blind hemifield while the patient was walking on a treadmill. Little difference was found between the hemifields with respect to the coupling (i.e. co-dependency) of optic flow detection with locomotion. Even in the cortically blind hemifield, faster walking resulted in the perceptual slowing of detected optic flow, and self-selected locomotion speeds demonstrated behavioral discrimination between different optic flow speeds. The results indicate that the processing of optic flow, and thereby on-line visuo-locomotor coupling, can take place along neural pathways that function without processing in Area V1, and thus in the absence of conscious intervention. These and earlier findings suggest that optic flow and object motion are processed in parallel along with correlated non-visual locomotion signals. Extrastriate interactions may be responsible for discounting the optical effects of locomotion on the perceived direction of object motion, and maintaining visually guided self-motion.

  6. QCD Dual

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    Sannino, Francesco

    2009-01-01

    We uncover a novel solution of the 't Hooft anomaly matching conditions for QCD. Interestingly in the perturbative regime the new gauge theory, if interpreted as a possible QCD dual, predicts the critical number of flavors above which QCD in the nonperturbative regime, develops an infrared stable...... fixed point. Remarkably this value is identical to the maximum bound predicted in the nonpertubative regime via the all-orders conjectured beta function for nonsupersymmetric gauge theories.......We uncover a novel solution of the 't Hooft anomaly matching conditions for QCD. Interestingly in the perturbative regime the new gauge theory, if interpreted as a possible QCD dual, predicts the critical number of flavors above which QCD in the nonperturbative regime, develops an infrared stable...

  7. 基于承载接触分析的双重功率分流机构均载特性%Load Sharing Characteristics Analysis of Dual Power-split Gear Train Based on Loaded Tooth Contact Analysis

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    董皓; 方宗德; 王宝宾; 杜进辅

    2013-01-01

    In order to research load sharing characteristics of the dual power-split gear train, the mechanical structure model was established. With the method of the tooth contact analysis and loaded tooth contact analysis, the actual meshing process of gear pair was simulated and the time-varying mesh stiffness was obtained, which can enhance the precision of the computation. According to the closed-loop characteristic of the power flow of the system, the reverse angle deformation coordination conditions were deduced, which were combined with the mechanical equilibrium equations and elastic support conditions to calculate the transfer torque and load sharing coefficient of system. The influences of errors on the power split characteristics were analyzed. It provided an important role in the reference for the design of the dual power-split transmission system.%建立了双重功率分流系统弹性支承下的力学模型.运用轮齿几何接触分析(TCA)和承载接触分析(LTCA)方法对齿轮副实际啮合过程进行仿真,拟合了齿轮副的时变啮合刚度,提高了计算精确度.根据系统构成功率流闭环的特点推导出系统的变形协调条件,并结合力矩平衡方程和弹性支承条件计算各齿轮副传递的扭矩,得到系统的均载系数.讨论了各种误差对系统功率分流的影响,为双重功率分流传动系统的设计提供了参考.

  8. 49 CFR 212.213 - Motive power and equipment (MP&E) inspector.

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    2010-10-01

    ...), Safety Glazing Standards (49 CFR part 223), Locomotive Safety Standards (49 CFR part 229), Safety Appliance Standards (49 CFR part 231), and Power Brake Standards (49 CFR part 232), to make reports of those... Standards, Locomotive Safety Standards, Safety Appliance Standards and Power Brake Standards. (3)...

  9. Legged-locomotion on inclined granular media

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    Rieser, Jennifer; Qian, Feifei; Goldman, Daniel

    Animals traverse a wide variety of complex environments, including situations in which the ground beneath them can yield (e.g. dry granular media in desert dunes). Locomotion strategies that are effective on level granular media can fail when traversing a granular slope. Taking inspiration from successful legged-locomotors in sandy, uneven settings, we explore the ability of a small (15 cm long, 100 g), six-c-shaped legged robot to run uphill in a bed of 1-mm-diameter poppy seeds, using an alternating tripod gait. Our fully automated experiments reveal that locomotor performance can depend sensitively on both environmental parameters such as the inclination angle and volume fraction of the substrate, and robot morphology and control parameters like leg shape, step frequency, and the friction between the feet of the robot and the substrate. We assess performance by measuring the average speed of the robot, and we find that the robot tends to perform better at higher step frequency and lower inclination angles, and that average speed decreases more rapidly with increasing angle for higher step frequency.

  10. Intramuscular Pressure Measurement During Locomotion in Humans

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    Ballard, Ricard E.

    1996-01-01

    To assess the usefulness of intramuscular pressure (IMP) measurement for studying muscle function during gait, IMP was recorded in the soleus and tibialis anterior muscles of ten volunteers during, treadmill walking, and running using transducer-tipped catheters. Soleus IMP exhibited single peaks during late-stance phase of walking (181 +/- 69 mmHg, mean +/- S.E.) and running (269 +/- 95 mmHg). Tibialis anterior IMP showed a biphasic response, with the largest peak (90 +/- 15 mmHg during walking and 151 +/- 25 mmHg during running) occurring shortly after heel strike. IMP magnitude increased with gait speed in both muscles. Linear regression of soleus IMP against ankle joint torque obtained by a dynamometer in two subjects produced linear relationships (r = 0.97). Application of these relationships to IMP data yielded estimated peak soleus moment contributions of 0.95-165 Nm/Kg during walking, and 1.43-2.70 Nm/Kg during running. IMP results from local muscle tissue deformations caused by muscle force development and thus, provides a direct, practical index of muscle function during locomotion in humans.

  11. Leg intramuscular pressures during locomotion in humans

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    Ballard, R. E.; Watenpaugh, D. E.; Breit, G. A.; Murthy, G.; Holley, D. C.; Hargens, A. R.

    1998-01-01

    To assess the usefulness of intramuscular pressure (IMP) measurement for studying muscle function during gait, IMP was recorded in the soleus and tibialis anterior muscles of 10 volunteers during treadmill walking and running by using transducer-tipped catheters. Soleus IMP exhibited single peaks during late-stance phase of walking [181 +/- 69 (SE) mmHg] and running (269 +/- 95 mmHg). Tibialis anterior IMP showed a biphasic response, with the largest peak (90 +/- 15 mmHg during walking and 151 +/- 25 mmHg during running) occurring shortly after heel strike. IMP magnitude increased with gait speed in both muscles. Linear regression of soleus IMP against ankle joint torque obtained by a dynamometer produced linear relationships (n = 2, r = 0.97 for both). Application of these relationships to IMP data yielded estimated peak soleus moment contributions of 0.95-1.65 N . m/kg during walking, and 1.43-2.70 N . m/kg during running. Phasic elevations of IMP during exercise are probably generated by local muscle tissue deformations due to muscle force development. Thus profiles of IMP provide a direct, reproducible index of muscle function during locomotion in humans.

  12. Nematode locomotion in unconfined and confined fluids

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    Bilbao, Alejandro; Wajnryb, Eligiusz; Vanapalli, Siva A.; Blawzdziewicz, Jerzy

    2013-08-01

    The millimeter-long soil-dwelling nematode Caenorhabditis elegans propels itself by producing undulations that propagate along its body and turns by assuming highly curved shapes. According to our recent study [V. Padmanabhan et al., PLoS ONE 7, e40121 (2012), 10.1371/journal.pone.0040121] all these postures can be accurately described by a piecewise-harmonic-curvature model. We combine this curvature-based description with highly accurate hydrodynamic bead models to evaluate the normalized velocity and turning angles for a worm swimming in an unconfined fluid and in a parallel-wall cell. We find that the worm moves twice as fast and navigates more effectively under a strong confinement, due to the large transverse-to-longitudinal resistance-coefficient ratio resulting from the wall-mediated far-field hydrodynamic coupling between body segments. We also note that the optimal swimming gait is similar to the gait observed for nematodes swimming in high-viscosity fluids. Our bead models allow us to determine the effects of confinement and finite thickness of the body of the nematode on its locomotion. These effects are not accounted for by the classical resistive-force and slender-body theories.

  13. EVALUATION OF DYNAMIC INDICATORS OF SIX-AXLE LOCOMOTIVE

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    S. V. Myamlin

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. The paper is devoted to dynamic characteristics evaluation of the locomotive with prospective design and determination the feasibility of its use on the Ukrainian railways. Methodology. The methods of mathematical and computer modeling of the dynamics of railway vehicles, as well as methods for the numerical integration of systems of ordinary nonlinear differential equations were used to solve the problem. Findings. The calculated diagram of a locomotive on three-axle bogies was built to solve the problem, and it is a system of rigid bodies connected by various elements of rheology. The mathematical model of the locomotive movement, allowing studying its spatial vibrations at driving on straight and curved sections of the track with random irregularities in plan and profile was developed with use of this calculated diagram. At compiling the mathematical model took into account both geometric (nonlinearity profile of the wheel roll surface and physical nonlinearity of the system (the work forces of dry friction, nonlinearity characteristics of interaction forces between wheels and rails. The multivariate calculations, which allowed assessing the dynamic qualities of the locomotive at its movement along straight and curved sections of the track, were realized with the use of computer modeling. The smoothness movement indicators of the locomotive in horizontal and vertical planes, frame strength, coefficients of vertical dynamics in the first and second stages of the suspension, the load factor of resistance against the derailment of the wheel from the rail were determined at the period of research. In addition, a comparison of the obtained results with similar characteristics is widely used on the Ukrainian railways in six-axle locomotive TE 116. The influence of speed and technical state of the track on the locomotive traffic safety was determined.Originality. A mathematical model of the spatial movement of a six-axle locomotive with

  14. INFORMATION-MEASURING TEST SYSTEM OF DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE HYDRAULIC TRANSMISSIONS

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. The article describes the process of developing the information-measuring test system of diesel locomotives hydraulic transmission, which gives the possibility to obtain baseline data to conduct further studies for the determination of the technical condition of diesel locomotives hydraulic transmission. The improvement of factory technology of post-repair tests of hydraulic transmissions by automating the existing hydraulic transmission test stands according to the specifications of the diesel locomotive repair enterprises was analyzed. It is achieved based on a detailed review of existing foreign information-measuring test systems for hydraulic transmission of diesel locomotives, BelAZ earthmover, aircraft tug, slag car, truck, BelAZ wheel dozer, some brands of tractors, etc. The problem for creation the information-measuring test systems for diesel locomotive hydraulic transmission is being solved, starting in the first place from the possibility of automation of the existing test stand of diesel locomotives hydraulic transmission at Dnipropetrovsk Diesel Locomotive Repair Plant "Promteplovoz". Methodology. In the work the researchers proposed the method to create a microprocessor automated system of diesel locomotives hydraulic transmission stand testing in the locomotive plant conditions. It acts by justifying the selection of the necessary sensors, as well as the application of the necessary hardware and software for information-measuring systems. Findings. Based on the conducted analysis there was grounded the necessity of improvement the plant hydraulic transmission stand testing by creating a microprocessor testing system, supported by the experience of developing such systems abroad. Further research should be aimed to improve the accuracy and frequency of data collection by adopting the more modern and reliable sensors in tandem with the use of filtering software for electromagnetic and other interference. Originality. The

  15. Problems of locomotive wheel wear in fleet replacement

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    L.P. Lingaytis

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To conduct a research and find out the causes of defects appearing on the wheel thread of freight locomotives 2М62 and SIEMENS ER20CF. Methodology. To find the ways to solve this problem comparing the locomotive designs and their operating conditions. Findings. After examining the nature of the wheel wear the main difference was found: in locomotives of the 2M62 line wears the wheel flange, and in the locomotives SIEMENS ER20CF – the tread surface. After installation on the 2M62 locomotive the lubrication system of flanges their wear rate significantly decreased. On the new freight locomotives SIEMENS ER20CF the flange lubrication systems of the wheel set have been already installed at the factory, however the wheel thread is wearing. As for locomotives 2M62, and on locomotives SIEMENS ER20CF most wear profile skating wheels of the first wheel set. On both locomotive lines the 2М62 and the SIEMENS ER20CF the tread profile of the first wheel set most of all is subject to the wear. After reaching the 170 000 km run, the tread surface of some wheels begins to crumble. There was a suspicion that the reason for crumb formation of the wheel surface may be insufficient or excessive wheel hardness or its chemical composition. In order to confirm or deny this suspicion the following studies were conducted: the examination of the rim surface, the study of the wheel metal hardness and the document analysis of the wheel production and their comparison with the results of wheel hardness measurement. Practical value. The technical condition of locomotives is one of the bases of safety and reliability of the rolling stock. The reduction of the wheel wear significantly reduces the operating costs of railway transport. After study completion it was found that there was no evidence to suggest that the ratio of the wheel-rail hardness could be the cause of the wheel surface crumbling.

  16. Application of oxygen-enriched combustion for locomotive diesel engines. Phase 1

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    Poola, R.B.; Sekar, R.R.; Assanis, D.N.

    1996-09-01

    A thermodynamic simulation is used to study the effects of oxygen-enriched intake air on the performance and nitrogen oxide (NO) emissions of a locomotive diesel engine. The parasitic power of the air separation membrane required to supply the oxygen-enriched air is also estimated. For a given constraint on peak cylinder pressure, the gross and net power outputs of an engine operating under different levels of oxygen enrichment are compared with those obtained when a high-boost turbocharged engine is used. A 4% increase in peak cylinder pressure can result in an increase in net engine power of approximately 13% when intake air with an oxygen content of 28% by volume is used and fuel injection timing is retarded by 4 degrees. When the engine is turbocharged to a higher inlet boost, the same increase in peak cylinder pressure improves power by only 4%. If part of the significantly higher exhaust enthalpies available as a result of oxygen enrichment are recovered, the power requirements of the air separator membrane can be met, resulting in substantial net power improvements. Oxygen enrichment reduces particulate and visible smoke emissions but increases NO emissions. However, a combination of retarded fuel injection timing and post-treatment of exhaust gases may be adequate to meet the locomotive diesel engine NO{sub x} standards. Exhaust gas after-treatment and heat recovery would be required to realize the full potential of oxygen enrichment. Economic analysis shows that oxygen-enrichment technology is economically feasible and provides high returns on investment. The study also indicates the strong influence of membrane parasitic requirements and exhaust energy recovery on economic benefits. To obtain an economic advantage while using a membrane with higher parasitic power requirements, it is necessary to recover a part of the exhaust energy.

  17. 40 CFR 201.27 - Procedures for: (1) Determining applicability of the locomotive load cell test stand standard and...

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    2010-07-01

    ... applicability of the locomotive load cell test stand standard and switcher locomotive standard by noise measurement on a receiving property; (2) measurement of locomotive load cell test stands more than 120 meters... locomotive load cell test stand standard and switcher locomotive standard by noise measurement on a...

  18. Dual-Function Au@Y2O3:Eu(3+) Smart Film for Enhanced Power Conversion Efficiency and Long-Term Stability of Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Kim, Chang Woo; Eom, Tae Young; Yang, In Seok; Kim, Byung Su; Lee, Wan In; Kang, Yong Soo; Kang, Young Soo

    2017-07-28

    In the present study, a dual-functional smart film combining the effects of wavelength conversion and amplification of the converted wave by the localized surface plasmon resonance has been investigated for a perovskite solar cell. This dual-functional film, composed of Au nanoparticles coated on the surface of Y2O3:Eu(3+) phosphor (Au@Y2O3:Eu(3+)) nanoparticle monolayer, enhances the solar energy conversion efficiency to electrical energy and long-term stability of photovoltaic cells. Coupling between the Y2O3:Eu(3+) phosphor monolayer and ultraviolet solar light induces the latter to be converted into visible light with a quantum yield above 80%. Concurrently, the Au nanoparticle monolayer on the phosphor nanoparticle monolayer amplifies the converted visible light by up to 170%. This synergy leads to an increased solar light energy conversion efficiency of perovskite solar cells. Simultaneously, the dual-function film suppresses the photodegradation of perovskite by UV light, resulting in long-term stability. Introducing the hybrid smart Au@Y2O3:Eu(3+) film in perovskite solar cells increases their overall solar-to-electrical energy conversion efficiency to 16.1% and enhances long-term stability, as compared to the value of 15.2% for standard perovskite solar cells. The synergism between the wavelength conversion effect of the phosphor nanoparticle monolayer and the wave amplification by the localized surface plasmon resonance of the Au nanoparticle monolayer in a perovskite solar cell is comparatively investigated, providing a viable strategy of broadening the solar spectrum utilization.

  19. 46 CFR 183.324 - Dual voltage generators.

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    ... 46 Shipping 7 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Dual voltage generators. 183.324 Section 183.324... TONS) ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION Power Sources and Distribution Systems § 183.324 Dual voltage generators. (a) A dual voltage generator installed on a vessel shall be of the grounded type, where: (1)...

  20. Global power production scenarios to 2100 and the dual role of forests: accelerated climate damage or regulating and provisioning ecosystem services?

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    Callesen, Ingeborg

    ). GEC with climate change as an important driver will affect the environment and the economy in multiple ways that can be summarized as losses of biodiversity and changing ecosystem services (ES), but with very diverse temporal and spatial impacts. In a simple global growth model for power production......The worlds' electrical power production is depending on the current energy infrastructure, and future investments in new power supply facilities using renewable and non-renewable energy sources. Continued growth in power production in the 21st century will cause global environmental change (GEC......, including non-renewable and renewable energy sources, the potential role of forest biomass is investigated. The demands for forest ecosystem services imposed by the global power production are assessed in the present study. Three global power supply scenarios to 2050 with different emphasis...

  1. Global power production scenarios to 2100 and the dual role of forests: accelerated climate damage or regulating and provisioning ecosystem services?

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    Callesen, Ingeborg

    The worlds' electrical power production is depending on the current energy infrastructure, and future investments in new power supply facilities using renewable and non-renewable energy sources. Continued growth in power production in the 21st century will cause global environmental change (GEC......). GEC with climate change as an important driver will affect the environment and the economy in multiple ways that can be summarized as losses of biodiversity and changing ecosystem services (ES), but with very diverse temporal and spatial impacts. In a simple global growth model for power production......, including non-renewable and renewable energy sources, the potential role of forest biomass is investigated. The demands for forest ecosystem services imposed by the global power production are assessed in the present study. Three global power supply scenarios to 2050 with different emphasis...

  2. Cytoskeletal Mechanics Regulating Amoeboid Cell Locomotion

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    Álvarez-González, Begoña; Bastounis, Effie; Meili, Ruedi; del Álamo, Juan C.; Firtel, Richard; Lasheras, Juan C.

    2014-01-01

    Migrating cells exert traction forces when moving. Amoeboid cell migration is a common type of cell migration that appears in many physiological and pathological processes and is performed by a wide variety of cell types. Understanding the coupling of the biochemistry and mechanics underlying the process of migration has the potential to guide the development of pharmacological treatment or genetic manipulations to treat a wide range of diseases. The measurement of the spatiotemporal evolution of the traction forces that produce the movement is an important aspect for the characterization of the locomotion mechanics. There are several methods to calculate the traction forces exerted by the cells. Currently the most commonly used ones are traction force microscopy methods based on the measurement of the deformation induced by the cells on elastic substrate on which they are moving. Amoeboid cells migrate by implementing a motility cycle based on the sequential repetition of four phases. In this paper, we review the role that specific cytoskeletal components play in the regulation of the cell migration mechanics. We investigate the role of specific cytoskeletal components regarding the ability of the cells to perform the motility cycle effectively and the generation of traction forces. The actin nucleation in the leading edge of the cell, carried by the ARP2/3 complex activated through the SCAR/WAVE complex, has shown to be fundamental to the execution of the cyclic movement and to the generation of the traction forces. The protein PIR121, a member of the SCAR/WAVE complex, is essential to the proper regulation of the periodic movement and the protein SCAR, also included in the SCAR/WAVE complex, is necessary for the generation of the traction forces during migration. The protein Myosin II, an important F-actin cross-linker and motor protein, is essential to cytoskeletal contractility and to the generation and proper organization of the traction forces during

  3. Stabilization of cat paw trajectory during locomotion.

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    Klishko, Alexander N; Farrell, Bradley J; Beloozerova, Irina N; Latash, Mark L; Prilutsky, Boris I

    2014-09-15

    We investigated which of cat limb kinematic variables during swing of regular walking and accurate stepping along a horizontal ladder are stabilized by coordinated changes of limb segment angles. Three hypotheses were tested: 1) animals stabilize the entire swing trajectory of specific kinematic variables (performance variables); and 2) the level of trajectory stabilization is similar between regular and ladder walking and 3) is higher for forelimbs compared with hindlimbs. We used the framework of the uncontrolled manifold (UCM) hypothesis to quantify the structure of variance of limb kinematics in the limb segment orientation space across steps. Two components of variance were quantified for each potential performance variable, one of which affected it ("bad variance," variance orthogonal to the UCM, VORT) while the other one did not ("good variance," variance within the UCM, VUCM). The analysis of five candidate performance variables revealed that cats during both locomotor behaviors stabilize 1) paw vertical position during the entire swing (VUCM > VORT, except in mid-hindpaw swing of ladder walking) and 2) horizontal paw position in initial and terminal swing (except for the entire forepaw swing of regular walking). We also found that the limb length was typically stabilized in midswing, whereas limb orientation was not (VUCM ≤ VORT) for both limbs and behaviors during entire swing. We conclude that stabilization of paw position in early and terminal swing enables accurate and stable locomotion, while stabilization of vertical paw position in midswing helps paw clearance. This study is the first to demonstrate the applicability of the UCM-based analysis to nonhuman movement.

  4. Design and implementation of low-ripple dual battery DC regulated power supply%低纹波双电池直流稳压电源设计与实现

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    李杰; 程为彬; 冯笃; 满荣娟

    2016-01-01

    为实现供电电源的低纹波输出,采用纹波控制方法,设计了一种双电池充供欠满自主切换的低纹波直流电源,并对电源进行纹波特性测试。原始信号通过电压采集电路传输给控制主电路,控制主电路依据采集到的电压信号和继电器开关的通断原则来控制充供电选择电路,可供电电池通过线性电压调整电路即可实现一路5V和两路可调电压输出,实现了从充电到供电的低纹波直流稳压输出。电源纹波测试采用同轴电缆测试装置,测试数据表明:低纹波直流稳压电源运行状况良好,输出电压稳定,与其他直流电源相比,在纹波控制方面具有较大优势。%In order to realize the low⁃ripple output of the power supply,a low⁃ripple dual battery DC power supply was de⁃signed with the ripple control method,which can switch from the low power state to full power state automatically. The ripple characteristic test for the power supply was performed. The original signal is transmitted to the main control circuit through the voltage acquisition circuit,and then the main control circuit is used to control the charging and supplying power selection circuit according to the on⁃off principle of the relay switch and collected voltage signal. The power supply battery can realize +5V volt⁃age output in one channel and adjustable voltage output in two channels through the linear voltage adjustment circuit. The low ripple DC voltage regulator output from charging state to supplying power state was implemented. A coaxial⁃cable testing device was adopted in power supply ripple test. The test data shows that the low ripple DC regulated power supply has good running condition and greater advantage in ripple control in combination with other DC power supply,and its output voltage is stable.

  5. Power Quality Application of Hybrid Drivetrain

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    Rassõlkin, Anton; Hõimoja, Hardi

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a study on the power conditioning features of hybrid powertrain, especially regarding diesel-electric locomotives. Equipped with an embarked energy buffer for diesel generator support and utility grid interface, such a locomotive can be considered as a plug-in series hybrid vehicle. The driveline inductive components, like generator and motor windings, and capacitive components like dc link capacitors can be used to provide STATCOM functions, and the energy buffer can be u...

  6. Neural Correlates of Single- and Dual-Task Walking in the Real World

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    Sara Pizzamiglio

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Recent developments in mobile brain-body imaging (MoBI technologies have enabled studies of human locomotion where subjects are able to move freely in more ecologically valid scenarios. In this study, MoBI was employed to describe the behavioral and neurophysiological aspects of three different commonly occurring walking conditions in healthy adults. The experimental conditions were self-paced walking, walking while conversing with a friend and lastly walking while texting with a smartphone. We hypothesized that gait performance would decrease with increased cognitive demands and that condition-specific neural activation would involve condition-specific brain areas. Gait kinematics and high density electroencephalography (EEG were recorded whilst walking around a university campus. Conditions with dual tasks were accompanied by decreased gait performance. Walking while conversing was associated with an increase of theta (θ and beta (β neural power in electrodes located over left-frontal and right parietal regions, whereas walking while texting was associated with a decrease of β neural power in a cluster of electrodes over the frontal-premotor and sensorimotor cortices when compared to walking whilst conversing. In conclusion, the behavioral “signatures” of common real-life activities performed outside the laboratory environment were accompanied by differing frequency-specific neural “biomarkers”. The current findings encourage the study of the neural biomarkers of disrupted gait control in neurologically impaired patients.

  7. A dual mode operated boost inverter and its control strategy for ripple current reduction in single-phase uninterruptible power supplies

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    Tang, Y.; Yao, W.; Blaabjerg, Frede

    2015-01-01

    In single-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS) applications, it is well known that the AC side instantaneous power is not constant by nature. The resulting input current from the DC source side will inevitably contain low frequency ripple components that may largely deteriorate the system...

  8. Obstacle Avoidance in Groping Locomotion of a Humanoid Robot

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    Masahiro Ohka

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the development of an autonomous obstacle-avoidance method that operates in conjunction with groping locomotion on the humanoid robot Bonten-Maru II. Present studies on groping locomotion consist of basic research in which humanoid robot recognizes its surroundings by touching and groping with its arm on the flat surface of a wall. The robot responds to the surroundings by performing corrections to its orientation and locomotion direction. During groping locomotion, however, the existence of obstacles within the correction area creates the possibility of collisions. The objective of this paper is to develop an autonomous method to avoid obstacles in the correction area by applying suitable algorithms to the humanoid robot's control system. In order to recognize its surroundings, six-axis force sensors were attached to both robotic arms as end effectors for force control. The proposed algorithm refers to the rotation angle of the humanoid robot's leg joints due to trajectory generation. The algorithm relates to the groping locomotion via the measured groping angle and motions of arms. Using Bonten-Maru II, groping experiments were conducted on a wall's surface to obtain wall orientation data. By employing these data, the humanoid robot performed the proposed method autonomously to avoid an obstacle present in the correction area. Results indicate that the humanoid robot can recognize the existence of an obstacle and avoid it by generating suitable trajectories in its legs.

  9. Segmental Kinematic Coupling of the Human Spinal Column during Locomotion

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    Guo-ru Zhao; Lei Ren; Lu-quan Ren; John R.Hutchinson; Li-mei Tian; Jian S.Dai

    2008-01-01

    As one of the most important daily motor activities, human locomotion has been investigated intensively in recent decades. The locomotor functions and mechanics of human lower limbs have become relatively well understood. However, so far our understanding of the motions and functional contributions of the human spine during locomotion is still very poor and simul-taneous in-vivo limb and spinal column motion data are scarce. The objective of this study is to investigate the delicate in-vivo kinematic coupling between different functional regions of the human spinal column during locomotion as a stepping stone to explore the locomotor function of the human spine complex. A novel infrared reflective marker cluster system was constructed using stereophotogrammetry techniques to record the 3D in-vivo geometric shape of the spinal column and the segmental position and orientation of each functional spinal region simultaneously. Gait measurements of normal walking were conducted. The preliminary results show that the spinal column shape changes periodically in the frontal plane during locomotion. The segmental motions of different spinal functional regions appear to be strongly coupled, indicating some synergistic strategy may be employed by the human spinal column to facilitate locomotion. In contrast to traditional medical imaging-based methods, the proposed technique can be used to investigate the dynamic characteristics of the spinal column, hence providing more insight into the functional biomechanies of the human spine.

  10. The advantage of mucus for adhesive locomotion in gastropods.

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    Iwamoto, Mayuko; Ueyama, Daishin; Kobayashi, Ryo

    2014-07-21

    For many gastropods, locomotion is driven by a succession of periodic muscular waves (contractions and relaxations) moving along the foot. The force generated by these waves is coupled to the substratum by a thin layer of pedal mucus. Gastropod pedal mucus has unusual physical properties: the mucus is a viscoelastic solid at small deformation and shows a sharp yield point; then, at greater strains, the mucus is a viscous liquid, although it will recover its solidity if allowed to heal for a certain period. In this paper, to clarify the role of the mucus and the flexible muscular waves in adhesive locomotion, we use a simple mathematical model to verify that directional migration can be realized through the interaction between the periodic muscular waves and the specific physical features of mucus. Our results indicate that the hysteresis property of mucus is essential in controlling kinetic friction for the realization of crawling locomotion. Furthermore, our numerical calculations show that both the hysteresis property of mucus and the contraction ratio of muscle give rise to two styles of locomotion, direct waves and retrograde waves, which until now have been explained by different mechanisms. The biomechanical effectiveness of mucus in adhesive locomotion is also discussed.

  11. Biomimetic Experimental Research on Hexapod Robot's Locomotion Planning

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    HUANG Lin; HAN Bao-ling; LUO Qing-sheng; ZHANG Chun-lin; XU Jia

    2009-01-01

    To provide hexapod robots with strategies of locomotion planning,observation experiments were operated on a kind of ant with the use of high speed digital photography and computer assistant analysis.Through digitalization of original analog video,locomotion characters of ants were obtained,the biomimetic foundation was laid for polynomial trajectory planning of multi-legged robots,which was deduced with mathematics method.In addition,five rules were concluded,which apply to hexapod robots marching locomotion planning.The first one is the fundamental strategy of multi-legged robots' leg trajectory planning.The second one helps to enhance the static and dynamic stability of multi-legged robots.The third one can improve the validity and feasibility of legs' falling points.The last two give criterions of multi-legged robots' toe trajectory figures and practical recommendatory constraints.These five rules give a good method for marching locomotion planning of multi-legged robots,and can be expended to turning planning and any other special locomotion.

  12. Vitamin D receptor signaling enhances locomotive ability in mice.

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    Sakai, Sadaoki; Suzuki, Miho; Tashiro, Yoshihito; Tanaka, Keisuke; Takeda, Satoshi; Aizawa, Ken; Hirata, Michinori; Yogo, Kenji; Endo, Koichi

    2015-01-01

    Bone fractures markedly reduce quality of life and life expectancy in elderly people. Although osteoporosis increases bone fragility, fractures frequently occur in patients with normal bone mineral density. Because most fractures occur on falling, preventing falls is another focus for reducing bone fractures. In this study, we investigated the role of vitamin D receptor (VDR) signaling in locomotive ability. In the rotarod test, physical exercise enhanced locomotive ability of wild-type (WT) mice by 1.6-fold, whereas exercise did not enhance locomotive ability of VDR knockout (KO) mice. Compared with WT mice, VDR KO mice had smaller peripheral nerve axonal diameter and disordered AChR morphology on the extensor digitorum longus muscle. Eldecalcitol (ED-71, ELD), an analog of 1,25(OH)2 D3 , administered to rotarod-trained C57BL/6 mice enhanced locomotor performance compared with vehicle-treated nontrained mice. The area of AChR cluster on the extensor digitorum longus was greater in ELD-treated mice than in vehicle-treated mice. ELD and 1,25(OH)2 D3 enhanced expression of IGF-1, myelin basic protein, and VDR in rat primary Schwann cells. VDR signaling regulates neuromuscular maintenance and enhances locomotive ability after physical exercise. Further investigation is required, but Schwann cells and the neuromuscular junction are targets of vitamin D3 signaling in locomotive ability.

  13. Load Identification of Electric Locomotive Based on RBF Neural Network%基于RBF神经网络的电力机车负荷辨识

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    薛强; 蔡承才; 米海亭

    2016-01-01

    针对目前我国铁路机车型号较多,牵引网故障后机车类型辨识过程环节较多,实时性较差问题,本文研究了不同机车运行时电流有效值特点和谐波特性,提出了利用人工神经网络的方法来在线实现电力机车负荷辨识的方法,实验仿真结果表明,该方法可以准确快速的识别出运行于供电臂上的电力机车负荷类型,实时性好。%Aimed at the current problems of the railway locomotive in China, such as the models are too many, the links of locomotive type identification process after the failure of traction network are too much and the real-time problems are poor, this paper studies the characteristics of current effective value and harmonic of the operation of different locomotives. The method of using artificial neural network to realize load identification of electric locomotive is presented. Experimental results show that the proposed method can accurately and quickly identify the load type of electric locomotive running on the power supply arm, and the real-time performance is good.

  14. 电动卡车运输双电源技术在露天煤矿中的可行性分析%Feasibility Analysis of Electric Truck with Dual Power Supply in Open-pit Mine

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    张亚娜

    2014-01-01

    分析中煤集团某露天矿燃油消耗及电动卡车的使用特点,阐明其双电源电动卡车在露天开采中的可行性,为煤炭行业“节能降耗,降本增效”提供新思路。%The paper analyzed fuel consumption and electric truck features in an open-pit mine in China Coal Group and presented the feasibility of the electric truck with dual power supply, which could contribute to Energy Saving and Consumption Reduction, Cost Cutting and Benefit Increasing in coal enterprises.

  15. Climbing, falling and jamming during ant locomotion in confined environments

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    Gravish, Nick; Goodisman, Michael A D; Goldman, Daniel I

    2013-01-01

    Locomotion emerges from effective interactions of an individual with its environment. Principles of biological terrestrial locomotion have been discovered on unconfined vertical and horizontal substrates. However a diversity of organisms construct, inhabit, and move within confined spaces. Such animals are faced with locomotor challenges including limited limb range of motion, crowding, and visual sensory deprivation. Little is known about how these organisms accomplish their locomotor tasks, and such environments challenge human-made devices. To gain greater insight into how animals move within confined spaces we study the confined locomotion of the fire ant {\\em Solenopsis invicta}, which constructs subterranean tunnel networks (nests). Laboratory experiments reveal that ants construct tunnels with diameter, D, comparable to bodylength, L=3.5 $\\pm$ 0.5 mm. Ants can move rapidly (> 9 bodylengths/sec) within these environments; their tunnels allow for effective limb, body, and antennae interaction with walls ...

  16. Goal directed locomotion and balance control in autistic children.

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    Vernazza-Martin, S; Martin, N; Vernazza, A; Lepellec-Muller, A; Rufo, M; Massion, J; Assaiante, C

    2005-02-01

    This article focuses on postural anticipation and multi-joint coordination during locomotion in healthy and autistic children. Three questions were addressed. (1) Are gait parameters modified in autistic children? (2) Is equilibrium control affected in autistic children? (3) Is locomotion adjusted to the experimenter-imposed goal? Six healthy children and nine autistic children were instructed to walk to a location (a child-sized playhouse) inside the psychomotor room of the pedopsychiatric centre located approximately 5 m in front of them. A kinematic analysis of gait (ELITE system) indicates that, rather than gait parameters or balance control, the main components affected in autistic children during locomotion are the goal of the action, the orientation towards this goal and the definition of the trajectory due probably to an impairment of movement planning.

  17. Small Step or Giant Leap - Human Locomotion on Mars

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    Hawkey, A.

    Human locomotion on Mars will be considerably different from on Earth. Optimum walking speeds will be approximately 30% lower and transitioning from a walk to a run will occur at a speed 25% slower. Peak vertical forces will be reduced by as much as 50%, and although ground contact time will remain constant with locomotion in 1g, stride length and stride time will increase. During running on Mars airborne time will increase by approximately 80% in comparison to running on the Earth. On Mars, half as much energy will be required to travel the equivalent distance on Earth and it will be 65% more economical to run rather than to walk. Crews will, therefore, find themselves using a loping gait - a running-like action, with a slight upper body lean and an extended aerial phase, an unfamiliar gait in terrestrial locomotion.

  18. The Perceived Naturalness of Virtual Walking Speeds during WIP Locomotion

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    Nilsson, Niels Chr.; Serafin, Stefania; Nordahl, Rolf

    2016-01-01

    perceived as natural. All seven studies compared treadmill and WIP locomotion and higher speeds were generally preferred during treadmill walking, but only some studies found a significant effect. Meta-analyses of the differences between the two movement types revealed a significant difference and provided......It is well established that individuals tend to underestimate visually presented walking speeds when relying on treadmills for virtual walking. However, prior to the present studies this perceptual distortion had not been observed in relation to Walking-in-Place (WIP) locomotion, and a number...... to how gait cycle characteristics, visual display properties, and methodological differences affect speed underestimation during treadmill and WIP locomotion. The studies suggested the following: A significant main effect was found for step frequency; both display and geometric field of view were...

  19. 基于二元线性回归的发动机比功率选择研究%Engine specific power selection research based on dual linear regression

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    张庆良

    2012-01-01

    Statistic data was collected regarding to 154 types of sedans of the five best seller automobile series in the domestic market in 2010. Their complete vehicle kerb weight, maximum speed and engine power data were gathered and relevant relations were discussed. Least square method was adopted, dual linear regression analysis was performed and engine specific power math-ematic model was constructed. Significance test and accuracy test were carried out to the model. The result showed that the derived model is effective and can provide evidence for engine specific power selection.%通过对2010年国内最畅销的五大车系共154种轿车的整备质量、最高车速及发动机功率进行统计,讨论了三者之间的关系.应用最小二乘法进行二元线性回归分析,构建了发动机比功率的数学模型.对该模型进行了显著性检验和精度检验,结果表明模型有效,可为发动机比功率的选择提供依据.

  20. Quantifying coordination between the head and the trunk during locomotion

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    Mulavara, Ajitkumar P.

    This study developed unique measures of coordination between the head and the trunk during the combined tasks of locomotion and gaze fixation of visual targets. These measures will be used to determine the effects of long-duration space flight on sensorimotor function. This will enable evaluation of the efficacy of countermeasures and postflight rehabilitation programs. Indices were proposed as composite measures reflecting the functional aspects of the control system involved in gaze fixation during locomotion. The stiffness index (Nm/deg) was calculated as the ratio between the change in the magnitude of the net relative moments to the change in magnitude of the relative angular motion. The viscosity index (Nm-sec/deg) was calculated as the ratio between the change in the magnitude of the net relative moments to the change in magnitude of the relative angular velocity. These coordination measures were used to evaluate the normal dynamic pattern of coordination between the head and the trunk with respect to the events occurring in a gait cycle. The indices were evaluated for three discrete speeds of locomotion for the same gaze fixation task and for three discrete gaze fixation tasks at the same speed of locomotion. The indices were found to be repeatable measures reflecting inter-segmental coordination strategies while performing an activity of daily living. These indices showed that the coordination of the head with respect to the trunk was significantly different between the events of heel strike and swing phases during the gait cycle. These indices showed no significant differences between the different gaze fixation tasks. The speed of locomotion had a significant effect on the magnitude of these indices. The results indicate that the CNS dynamically modulates head motion with respect to the trunk dependent on the events occurring during the gait cycle. This modulation is appropriate for stabilizing gaze during locomotion. The results support the hypothesis

  1. Towards a general neural controller for quadrupedal locomotion.

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    Maufroy, Christophe; Kimura, Hiroshi; Takase, Kunikatsu

    2008-05-01

    Our study aims at the design and implementation of a general controller for quadruped locomotion, allowing the robot to use the whole range of quadrupedal gaits (i.e. from low speed walking to fast running). A general legged locomotion controller must integrate both posture control and rhythmic motion control and have the ability to shift continuously from one control method to the other according to locomotion speed. We are developing such a general quadrupedal locomotion controller by using a neural model involving a CPG (Central Pattern Generator) utilizing ground reaction force sensory feedback. We used a biologically faithful musculoskeletal model with a spine and hind legs, and computationally simulated stable stepping motion at various speeds using the neuro-mechanical system combining the neural controller and the musculoskeletal model. We compared the changes of the most important locomotion characteristics (stepping period, duty ratio and support length) according to speed in our simulations with the data on real cat walking. We found similar tendencies for all of them. In particular, the swing period was approximately constant while the stance period decreased with speed, resulting in a decreasing stepping period and duty ratio. Moreover, the support length increased with speed due to the posterior extreme position that shifted progressively caudally, while the anterior extreme position was approximately constant. This indicates that we succeeded in reproducing to some extent the motion of a cat from the kinematical point of view, even though we used a 2D bipedal model. We expect that such computational models will become essential tools for legged locomotion neuroscience in the future.

  2. 3-D Locomotion control for a biomimetic robot fish

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    Zhigang ZHANG; Shuo WANG; Min TAN

    2004-01-01

    This paper concerns with 3-D locomotion control methods for a biomimetic robot fish. The system architecture of the fish is firstly presented based on a physical model of carangiform fish. The robot fish has a flexible body, a rigid caudal fin and a pair of pectoral fins, driven by several servomotors. The motion control of the robot fish are then divided into speed control, orientation control, submerge control and transient motion control, corresponding algorithms are detailed respectively.Finally, experiments and analyses on a 4-1ink, radio-controlled robot fish prototype with 3-D locomotion show its good performance.

  3. Underground haulage by diesel and storage battery locomotive

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    1986-01-01

    This code sets up a national standard of practice and attainment in the operation of maintenance of underground locomotives which operate on conventional and asymmetrical rails. The transport of persons underground or in walkable outlets to the surface by locomotive haulage is also covered by this code. Manriding in walkable outlets is excluded from this code. The Code is in 10 sections plus appendices, the sections being: scope and definitions, appointment and training of personnel, duties of appointed personnel, design requirements, signalling and communications, safety devices, ventilation determinations, operation, brake testing, maintenance.

  4. Injection nozzle materials for a coal-fueled diesel locomotive

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    Mehan, R.L.; Leonard, G.L.; Johnson, R.N.; Lavigne, R.G.

    1990-12-31

    In order to identify materials resistant to coal water mixture (CWM) erosive wear, a number of materials were evaluated using both orifice slurry and dry air erosion tests. Both erosion tests ranked materials in the same order, and the most erosion resistant material identified was sintered diamond compact. Based on operation using CWM in a single-cylinder locomotive test, superhard nozzle materials such as diamond, cubic boron nitride, and perhaps TiB{sub 2} were found to be necessary in order to obtain a reasonable operating life. An injection nozzle using sintered diamond compacts was designed and built, and has operated successfully in a CWM fired locomotive engine.

  5. Locomotive two-current ÖBB, series 1822

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    Gabriel MOISA

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents certain nominal and exploitation data about OBB two-current locomotive, alias locomotive from Breeder, of components principal, which contain she (motors 6 FRA 7059, principal transformer, microcomputer MICAS-S2. Is described in detail this principle of function, as well as one command-control system de-centralized MICAS-S2. It insists about the operation and transit mode from alternate current in continuum current. Are setting off the different protections that are imposed.

  6. Acquiring Efficient Locomotion in a Simulated Quadruped through Evolving Random and Predefined Neural Networks

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    Veenstra, Frank; Struck, Alexander; Krauledat, Matthias

    2015-01-01

    The acquisition and optimization of dynamically stable locomotion is important to engender fast and energy efficient locomotion in animals. Conventional optimization strategies tend to have difficulties in acquiring dynamically stable gaits in legged robots. In this paper, an evolving neural...

  7. Measurements of Generated Energy/Electrical Quantities from Locomotion Activities Using Piezoelectric Wearable Sensors for Body Motion Energy Harvesting

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    Antonino Proto

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, two different piezoelectric transducers—a ceramic piezoelectric, lead zirconate titanate (PZT, and a polymeric piezoelectric, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF—were compared in terms of energy that could be harvested during locomotion activities. The transducers were placed into a tight suit in proximity of the main body joints. Initial testing was performed by placing the transducers on the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle; then, five locomotion activities—walking, walking up and down stairs, jogging and running—were chosen for the tests. The values of the power output measured during the five activities were in the range 6 µW–74 µW using both transducers for each joint.

  8. Measurements of Generated Energy/Electrical Quantities from Locomotion Activities Using Piezoelectric Wearable Sensors for Body Motion Energy Harvesting.

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    Proto, Antonino; Penhaker, Marek; Bibbo, Daniele; Vala, David; Conforto, Silvia; Schmid, Maurizio

    2016-04-12

    In this paper, two different piezoelectric transducers-a ceramic piezoelectric, lead zirconate titanate (PZT), and a polymeric piezoelectric, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)-were compared in terms of energy that could be harvested during locomotion activities. The transducers were placed into a tight suit in proximity of the main body joints. Initial testing was performed by placing the transducers on the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle; then, five locomotion activities-walking, walking up and down stairs, jogging and running-were chosen for the tests. The values of the power output measured during the five activities were in the range 6 µW-74 µW using both transducers for each joint.

  9. 高原电力机车IGBT主变流器%IGBT Traction Convertor of Electric Locomotives for Altiplano

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    范荣辉; 秦方方; 郭君博; 李华

    2012-01-01

    Main technic parameters, power circuit and it's converter module characteristics of IGBT traction convenor of electric locomotives for altiplano were introduced. The adaptability design for altiplano was presented such as the working principle of heater, and so on. The traction converter was validated satisfying altiplano locomotive applying requirement by the test data.%介绍了应用于高原环境下的电力机车IGBT主变流器的主要技术参数、主电路及其变流器模块特点,并叙述了主变流器高原环境适应性相关设计,如内置加热器的工作原理等.型式试验数据表明,该变流器相关技术参数能够满足高原电力机车应用要求.

  10. A musculoskeletal model of human locomotion driven by a low dimensional set of impulsive excitation primitives.

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    Sartori, Massimo; Gizzi, Leonardo; Lloyd, David G; Farina, Dario

    2013-01-01

    Human locomotion has been described as being generated by an impulsive (burst-like) excitation of groups of musculotendon units, with timing dependent on the biomechanical goal of the task. Despite this view being supported by many experimental observations on specific locomotion tasks, it is still unknown if the same impulsive controller (i.e., a low-dimensional set of time-delayed excitastion primitives) can be used as input drive for large musculoskeletal models across different human locomotion tasks. For this purpose, we extracted, with non-negative matrix factorization, five non-negative factors from a large sample of muscle electromyograms in two healthy subjects during four motor tasks. These included walking, running, sidestepping, and crossover cutting maneuvers. The extracted non-negative factors were then averaged and parameterized to obtain task-generic Gaussian-shaped impulsive excitation curves or primitives. These were used to drive a subject-specific musculoskeletal model of the human lower extremity. Results showed that the same set of five impulsive excitation primitives could be used to predict the dynamics of 34 musculotendon units and the resulting hip, knee and ankle joint moments (i.e., NRMSE = 0.18 ± 0.08, and R (2) = 0.73 ± 0.22 across all tasks and subjects) without substantial loss of accuracy with respect to using experimental electromyograms (i.e., NRMSE = 0.16 ± 0.07, and R (2) = 0.78 ± 0.18 across all tasks and subjects). Results support the hypothesis that biomechanically different motor tasks might share similar neuromuscular control strategies. This might have implications in neurorehabilitation technologies such as human-machine interfaces for the torque-driven, proportional control of powered prostheses and orthoses. In this, device control commands (i.e., predicted joint torque) could be derived without direct experimental data but relying on simple parameterized Gaussian-shaped curves, thus decreasing the input drive

  11. Undulatory locomotion of flexible foils as biomimetic models for understanding fish propulsion.

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    Shelton, Ryan M; Thornycroft, Patrick J M; Lauder, George V

    2014-06-15

    An undulatory pattern of body bending in which waves pass along the body from head to tail is a major mechanism of creating thrust in many fish species during steady locomotion. Analyses of live fish swimming have provided the foundation of our current understanding of undulatory locomotion, but our inability to experimentally manipulate key variables such as body length, flexural stiffness and tailbeat frequency in freely swimming fish has limited our ability to investigate a number of important features of undulatory propulsion. In this paper we use a mechanical flapping apparatus to create an undulatory wave in swimming flexible foils driven with a heave motion at their leading edge, and compare this motion with body bending patterns of bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus) and clown knifefish (Notopterus chitala). We found similar swimming speeds, Reynolds and Strouhal numbers, and patterns of curvature and shape between these fish and foils, suggesting that flexible foils provide a useful model for understanding fish undulatory locomotion. We swam foils with different lengths, stiffnesses and heave frequencies while measuring forces, torques and hydrodynamics. From measured forces and torques we calculated thrust and power coefficients, work and cost of transport for each foil. We found that increasing frequency and stiffness produced faster swimming speeds and more thrust. Increasing length had minimal impact on swimming speed, but had a large impact on Strouhal number, thrust coefficient and cost of transport. Foils that were both stiff and long had the lowest cost of transport (in mJ m(-1) g(-1)) at low cycle frequencies, and the ability to reach the highest speed at high cycle frequencies. © 2014. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.

  12. Using Biomass as Fuel Substitute to Reduce Fuel Cost in Locomotive

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    Gunjan De

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The biological waste poses some characteristics which indicate that they have the calorific value up to some extent which can be used as a fuel. Jute sticks, Jute caddies, cow dung dust, Dhaincha stick, wood etc. can be used as a raw material. By application of proper technologies the potential of these materials can be exploited. The study will show that the one ton of any of these bio wastes can easily substitute coal and oil which will also reduce the fuel cost as well. The process implies supply of producer gas from gasifier to engine to generate power in space of diesel engine to run locomotives, in industries, in power generation, etc. This will result in utilization of green energy and cost effective operation.

  13. 49 CFR 231.15 - Steam locomotives used in road service.

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    2010-10-01

    ... ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION RAILROAD SAFETY APPLIANCE STANDARDS § 231.15 Steam locomotives used... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Steam locomotives used in road service. 231.15... extends across front end of locomotive to within 8 inches of end of buffer-beam, and is seven-eighths...

  14. 49 CFR 230.108 - Steam locomotive leading and trailing trucks.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Steam locomotive leading and trailing trucks. 230.108 Section 230.108 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued) FEDERAL... Steam Locomotives and Tenders Trucks, Frames and Equalizing System § 230.108 Steam locomotive leading...

  15. 49 CFR 232.105 - General requirements for locomotives.

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    2010-10-01

    ... after April 1, 2004, shall be equipped with a hand or parking brake that is: (1) Capable of application... (3) percent grade. (c) On locomotives so equipped, the hand or parking brake as well as its parts and... ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION BRAKE SYSTEM SAFETY STANDARDS FOR FREIGHT AND OTHER...

  16. 21st century locomotive technology: quarterly technical status report 26

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    Lembit Salasoo; Ramu Chandra

    2009-08-24

    Parasitic losses due to hybrid sodium battery thermal management do not significantly reduce the fuel saving benefits of the hybrid locomotive. Optimal thermal management trajectories were converted into realizable algorithms which were robust and gave excellent performance to limit thermal excusions and maintain fuel savings.

  17. 21st Century Locomotive Technology: Quarterly Technical Status Report 28

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    Lembit Salasoo; Ramu Chandra

    2010-02-19

    Thermal testing of a subscale locomotive sodium battery module was initiated.to validate thermal models. The hybrid trip optimizer problem was formulated. As outcomes of this project, GE has proceeded to commercialize trip optimizer technology, and has initiated work on a state-of-the-art battery manufacturing plant for high energy density, sodium-based batteries.

  18. Energy Efficiency of Robot Locomotion Increases Proportional to Weight

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    Larsen, Jørgen Christian; Støy, Kasper

    2011-01-01

    The task of producing steady, stable and energy efficient locomotion in legged robots with the ability to walk in un- known terrain have for many years been a big challenge in robotics. This work is focusing on how different robots build from the modular robotic system, LocoKit by Larsen et. la [3...

  19. Energy Efficiency of Robot Locomotion Increases Proportional to Weight

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    Larsen, J. C.; Stoy, K.

    2011-01-01

    The task of producing steady, stable and energy efficient locomotion in legged robots with the ability to walk in unknown terrain have for many years been a big challenge in robotics. This work is focusing on how different robots build from the modular robotic system, LocoKit by Larsen et al. [1...

  20. Effects of roughness and compressibility of flooring on cow locomotion.

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    Rushen, J; de Passillé, A M

    2006-08-01

    We examined the effects of roughness and degree of compressibility of flooring on the locomotion of dairy cows. We observed 16 cows walking down specially constructed walkways with materials that differed in surface roughness and degree of compressibility. Use of a commercially available soft rubber flooring material decreased slipping, number of strides, and time to traverse the corridor. These effects were most apparent at difficult sections of the corridor, such as at the start, at a right-angle turn, and across a gutter. Covering the walkway with a thin layer of slurry increased frequency of slipping, number of strides, and time taken to traverse the walkway. Effects of adding slurry were not overcome by increasing surface roughness or compressibility. Placing more compressible materials under a slip-resistant material reduced the time and number of steps needed to traverse the corridor but did not reduce slips, and the effects on cow locomotion varied nonlinearly with the degree of compressibility of the floor. Use of commercially available rubber floors improved cow locomotion compared with concrete floors. However, standard engineering measures of the floor properties may not predict effects of the floor on cow behavior well. Increasing compressibility of the flooring on which cows walk, independently of the roughness of the surface, can improve cow locomotion.

  1. Locomotion in Stroke Subjects: Interactions between Unaffected and Affected Sides

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    Kloter, Evelyne; Wirz, Markus; Dietz, Volker

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the sensorimotor interactions between unaffected and affected sides of post-stroke subjects during locomotion. In healthy subjects, stimulation of the tibial nerve during the mid-stance phase is followed by electromyography responses not only in the ipsilateral tibialis anterior, but also in the proximal arm…

  2. A Field Test of Festinger's Substitute Locomotion Theory.

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    Stewart, Lea P.; Gudykunst, William B.

    1986-01-01

    Provides evidence for rejecting Festinger's Substitute Locomotion Theory of organizational communication. Demonstrates a clear difference between formal and informal channels of upward communication. Indicates that high mobility individuals communicate significantly more with their supervisors than low mobility individuals and that males…

  3. Cerebellar Control of Locomotion in Health and Disease

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    M.F. Vinueza Veloz (Maria)

    2015-01-01

    markdownabstract__Abstract__ Modern neuroscience is paving the way for new insight into cerebellar functions including the control of cognitive, autonomic and emotional processes. Yet, how the cerebellum contributes to complex motor behaviors, such as locomotion, is still only partially understood.

  4. Scaling in Theropod Dinosaurs: Femoral Bone Strength and Locomotion II

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    Lee, Scott

    2015-01-01

    In the second paper of this series, the effect of transverse femoral stresses due to locomotion in theropod dinosaurs of different sizes was examined for the case of an unchanging leg geometry. Students are invariably thrilled to learn about theropod dinosaurs, and this activity applies the concepts of torque and stress to the issue of theropod…

  5. Scaling in Theropod Dinosaurs: Femoral Bone Strength and Locomotion

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    Lee, Scott

    2015-01-01

    In our first article on scaling in theropod dinosaurs, the longitudinal stress in the leg bones due to supporting the weight of the animal was studied and found not to control the dimensions of the femur. As a continuation of our study of elasticity in dinosaur bones, we now examine the transverse stress in the femur due to locomotion and find…

  6. Optimal trajectory planning for natural biped walking locomotion

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    刘荣强; 焦映厚; 陈照波

    2003-01-01

    An optimal trajectory planning method has been proposed for the walking locomotion of a biped me-c hanical system with thighs, shanks and small feet, which is modelled as a 3-DOF link system consisting of aninverted pendulum and a 2-DOF swing leg. The locomotion of swing and supporting legs is solved by the optimaltrajectory planning based on function approximation. The optimal trajectory planning based on function approxi-mation. The optimal walking locomotion solution with minimum square of input torque exhibits a natural walkinggait with one step period of 0.64 s similar to the human walking gait by using the link parameters of an adult'sleg. It is concluded from the computation results that the method proposed in this paper has been proved to bean effective tool for solving the optimal walking locomotion and joint control torque problems for a 3-DOF bipedmechanism; when the ankle joint of the supporting leg is a passive joint, a nearly, optimal walking solution canbe obtained at t1 = 0. 49 s and t2 = 10 s, and however, when the knee is a passive joint, it is impossible to ob-tain a solution which satisfies the constraint condition; for the link parameters used in this paper, the length ofan optimal stride is 0.3 m.

  7. Arsenic treatment and power generation with a dual-chambered fuel cell with anionic and cationic membranes using NaHCO3 anolyte and HCl or NaCl catholyte.

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    Maitlo, Hubdar Ali; Kim, Jung Hwan; Park, Joo Yang

    2017-04-01

    Dual-chambered fuel cells with an iron anode and an air-carbon cathode separated by an ion exchange membranes have been used to treat arsenate during power production. To select an effective catholyte, the dual-chambered fuel cell consisted 90 mL of 0.1 M HCl or 0.5 M NaCl as the catholyte and 1 L of 0.1 M NaHCO3 as the anolyte at an initial pH 5. The 0.1 M HCl was an effective catholyte, with which 1 ppm arsenate in 1 L of anolyte was reduced to 5 ppb in 1 h, and the maximum power density was about 6.3 w/m(2) with an anion exchange membrane fuel cell (AEM_FC) and 4.4 w/m(2) with a cation exchange membrane fuel cell (CEM_FC). Therefore, 90 mL of 0.1 M HCl was used as a catholyte to treat 20 L of 0.1 M NaHCO3 anolyte containing 1 ppm arsenate at an initial pH of 5 or 7. The arsenate level at pH 5 decreased to less than 5 ppb in 4 h, and the maximum power density was 5.9 W/m(2) and 4.7 W/m(2) with AEM_FC and CEM_FC, respectively. When using 0.01 M NaHCO3 as the anolyte at pH 5, arsenate was reduced to less than 5 ppb in 8 and 24 h for AEC_FC and CEM_FC, respectively. However, when using an anolyte at pH 7, arsenate could not be effectively removed in 24 h. Therefore, when using carbonate as an anolyte, the solution should be adjusted to a weakly acidic pH in order to remove arsenate.

  8. 求解离散无功优化的非线性原—对偶内点算法%NONLINEAR PRIMAL-DUAL INTERIOR POINT ALGORITHM FOR DISCRETE REACTIVE POWER OPTIMIZATION

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    程莹; 刘明波

    2001-01-01

    针对无功优化计算中离散变量和连续变量共存问题,提出用直接非线性原—对偶内点法内嵌罚函数的新算法。通过对几个不同规模试验系统计算分析,并与Tabu搜索法求得的结果比较,证明了该方法是有效的,而且在计算速度、收敛性和优化精度上都优于Tabu搜索法。这使内点法在解决非线性混合整数规划无功优化的有效性和实用性方面更进了一步。%A new algorithm for reactive power optimization problem involving both discrete and continuous variables is presented, which incorporating a penalty function into the nonlinear primal-dual interior point algorithm. By comparing with Tabu search method, the numerical results of several test systems show that the proposed method is effective, and is superior to Tabu search method on side of computation speed, convergence and optimization accuracy. The effectiveness and practicality of the interior point algorithm in solving nonlinear mixed integer programming model of reactive power optimization is improved.

  9. 77 FR 75045 - Locomotive Safety Standards

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    2012-12-19

    ... result in long-term economic losses associated with system downtime, on-site design repairs, and injury... Compliance, Motive Power & Equipment Division, RRS-14, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey..., modify them to reduce the burden. As a result its retrospective review, FRA determined that reductions...

  10. Research on one Bio-inspired Jumping Locomotion Robot for Search and Rescue

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    Dunwen Wei

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Jumping locomotion is much more effective than other locomotion means in order to tackle the unstructured and complex environment in research and rescue. Here, a bio-inspired jumping robot with a closed-chain mechanism is proposed to achieve the power amplification during taking-off. Through actuating one variable transmission mechanism to change the transmission ratio, the jumping robot reveals biological characteristics in the phase of posture adjustment when adjusting the height and distance of one jump. The kinematics and dynamics of the simplified jumping mechanism model in one jumping cycle sequence are analysed. A compliant contact model considering nonlinear damping is investigated for jumping performance under different terrain characteristics. The numerical simulation algorithm with regard to solving the dynamical equation is described and simulation results are discussed. Finally, one primary prototype and experiment are described. The experimental results show the distance of jumping in the horizontal direction increases with the increasing gear ratio, while the height of jumping decreases in reverse. The jumping robot can enhance the capability to adapt to unknown cluttered environments, such as those encountered in research and rescue, using this strategy.

  11. Configuration Synthesis and Performance Evaluation Metrics of Lunar Rover Locomotion Systems

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    DENG Zongquan; ZHANG Peng; GAO Haibo; HU Ming

    2009-01-01

    A method of topology synthesis based on graph theory and mechanism combination theory was applied to the configuration design of locomotion systems of lunar exploration rovers (LER).Through topology combination of wheel structural unit,suspension unit,and connecting device unit between suspension and load platform,some new locomotion system configurations were proposed and the metrics and indexes to evaluate the performance of the new locomotion system were analyzed.Performance evaluation and comparison between two LER with locomotion systems of different configurations were analyzed.The analysis results indicate that the new locomotion system configuration has good trafficability performance.

  12. Test Results From a Pair of 1-kWe Dual-Opposed Free-Piston Stirling Power Convertors Integrated With a Pumped NaK Loop

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    Geng, Steven M.; Briggs, Maxwell H.; Penswick, L. Barry; Pearson, J. Boise; Godfroy, Thomas J.

    2011-01-01

    As a step towards development of Stirling power conversion for potential use in Fission Surface Power (FSP) systems, a pair of commercially available 1-kW-class free-piston Stirling convertors were modified to operate with a NaK (sodium (Na) and potassium (K)) liquid metal pumped loop for thermal energy input. This was the first-ever attempt at powering a free-piston Stirling engine with a pumped liquid metal heat source and is a major FSP project milestone towards demonstrating technical feasibility. The convertors were successfully tested at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) from June 6 through July 14, 2009. The convertors were operated for a total test time of 66 hr and 16 min. The tests included (a) performance mapping the convertors over various hot- and cold-end temperatures, piston amplitudes, and NaK flow rates and (b) transient test conditions to simulate various startup (i.e., low-, medium-, and high-temperature startups) and fault scenarios (i.e., loss of heat source, loss of NaK pump, convertor stall, etc.). This report documents the results of this testing

  13. Dual-radial cell thermionic fuel element

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    Terrell, Charles W.

    A dual-radial cell thermionic fuel element (TFE) has been proposed and partially evaluated. The cell has the capacity to produce considerably more power per gram of fuel than does a single-cell TFE, with a total electrical power in a fast reactor system of several hundred kWs, conservatively operated.

  14. 权力结构与促销策略下的双重选择均衡及福利分析%Equilibrium of Dual Selection and Welfare Analysis under Power Structures and Promotional Strategies

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    刘军; 谭德庆; 谢会芹

    2013-01-01

    Based on transfer of wholesale pricing power,the article firstly studies the effect of transfer of pricing power,promotional strategies and consumer loyalty on equilibrium results of competing channels under three power structures.Then,it analyzes equilibrium of dual selection under power structures and promotional strategies.Finally,it studies the effect of consumer loyalty,promotional sensitivity and power structure on consumer surplus and social welfare.The study shows that in three power structures,regardless of whether promotional strategies is introduced,the power retailer will get more profits than the competitor because of transfer of pricing power.Manufacturers can share some of the power retailer' s profits with the weak retailer through promotional transfer in MS power structure,while all of channel members can achieve win-win effect in RS power structure.When consumer promotional sensitivity is high,double equilibrium may occur in double choice.An increase of consumer loyalty will lower consumer surplus and social welfare,while the introduction of promotional strategies will improve social welfare,which may not improve consumer surplus.%在批发价格定价权转移条件下,首先研究定价权转移、促销策略以及消费者忠诚度对三种权力结构下竞争渠道均衡结果的影响,然后分析基于权力结构与促销策略的双重选择均衡,最后探讨消费者忠诚度、促销敏感度以及权力结构对消费者剩余和社会福利的影响.研究表明:在三种权力结构下,不管是否引入促销策略,定价权转移使得强势零售商比竞争对手获得更多利润;在MS权力结构下,制造商和弱势零售商通过促销转移共同分享强势零售商部分利润,而在RS权力结构下,促销转移使得渠道成员达到“共赢效应”;当消费者促销敏感度较高时,双重选择可能会出现双均衡;消费者忠诚度的增加降低了消费者剩余和社会福利,而引入促销策

  15. Effect of a fuel activation device (FAD) on particulate matter and black carbon emissions from a diesel locomotive engine.

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    Park, Duckshin; Lee, Taejeong; Lee, Yongil; Jeong, Wonseog; Kwon, Soon-Bark; Kim, Dongsool; Lee, Kiyoung

    2017-01-01

    Emission reduction is one of the most efficient control measures in fuel-powered locomotives. The purpose of this study was to determine the reduction in particulate matter (PM) and black carbon (BC) emissions following the installation of a fuel activation device (FAD). The FAD was developed to enhance fuel combustion by atomizing fuel and to increase the surface area per unit volume of injected fuel. Emission reduction by the FAD was evaluated by installing a FAD in an operating diesel locomotive in Mongolia. The test was conducted on a train operating on a round-trip 238-km route between Ulaanbaatar and Choir stations in Mongolia. The fuel consumption rate was slightly reduced following the FAD installation. The FAD installation decreased PM and BC emissions in the diesel locomotive, especially coarse PM. The PM10 reductions achieved after FAD installation were 58.0, 69.7, and 34.2% for the constant velocity, stopping, and acceleration stages of the train's operation, respectively. The BC reduction rates were 29.5, 52.8, and 27.4% for the constant velocity, stopping, and acceleration stages, respectively.

  16. A novel approach to locomotion learning: Actor-Critic architecture using central pattern generators and dynamic motor primitives.

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    Li, Cai; Lowe, Robert; Ziemke, Tom

    2014-01-01

    In this article, we propose an architecture of a bio-inspired controller that addresses the problem of learning different locomotion gaits for different robot morphologies. The modeling objective is split into two: baseline motion modeling and dynamics adaptation. Baseline motion modeling aims to achieve fundamental functions of a certain type of locomotion and dynamics adaptation provides a "reshaping" function for adapting the baseline motion to desired motion. Based on this assumption, a three-layer architecture is developed using central pattern generators (CPGs, a bio-inspired locomotor center for the baseline motion) and dynamic motor primitives (DMPs, a model with universal "reshaping" functions). In this article, we use this architecture with the actor-critic algorithms for finding a good "reshaping" function. In order to demonstrate the learning power of the actor-critic based architecture, we tested it on two experiments: (1) learning to crawl on a humanoid and, (2) learning to gallop on a puppy robot. Two types of actor-critic algorithms (policy search and policy gradient) are compared in order to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different actor-critic based learning algorithms for different morphologies. Finally, based on the analysis of the experimental results, a generic view/architecture for locomotion learning is discussed in the conclusion.

  17. A Novel Approach to Locomotion Learning: Actor-Critic Architecture using Central Pattern Generators and Dynamic Motor Primitives

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    Cai eLi

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available In this article, we propose an architecture of a bio-inspired controller that addresses the problem of learning different locomotion gaits for different robot morphologies. The modelling objective is split into two: baseline motion modelling and dynamics adaptation. Baseline motion modelling aims to achieve fundamental functions of a certain type of locomotion and dynamics adaptation provides a ``reshaping function for adapting the baseline motion to desired motion. Based on this assumption, a three-layer architecture is developed using central pattern generators (CPGs, a bio-inspired locomotor center for the the baseline motion and dynamic motor primitives (DMPs, a model with universal ``reshaping functions. In this article, we use this architecture with the actor-critic algorithms for finding a good ``reshaping function. In order to demonstrate the learning power of the actor-critic based architecture, we tested it on two experiments: 1 learning to crawl on a humanoid and, 2 learning to gallop on a puppy robot. Two types of actor-critic algorithms (policy search and policy gradient are compared in order to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different actor-critic based learning algorithms for different morphologies. Finally, based on the analysis of the experimental results, a generic view/architecture for locomotion learning is discussed in the conclusion.

  18. Energy-based control for a biologically inspired hexapod robot with rolling locomotion

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    Takuma Nemoto

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an approach to control rolling locomotion on the level ground with a biologically inspired hexapod robot. For controlling rolling locomotion, a controller which can compensate energy loss with rolling locomotion of the hexapod robot is designed based on its dynamic model. The dynamic model describes the rolling locomotion which is limited to planar one by an assumption that the hexapod robot does not fall down while rolling and influences due to collision and contact with the ground, and it is applied for computing the mechanical energy of the hexapod robot and a plant for a numerical simulation. The numerical simulation of the rolling locomotion on the level ground verifies the effectiveness of the proposed controller. The simulation results show that the hexapod robot can perform the rolling locomotion with the proposed controller. In conclusion, it is shown that the proposed control approach is effective in achieving the rolling locomotion on the level ground.

  19. Dual arm master controller concept

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    Kuban, D.P.; Perkins, G.S.

    1984-01-01

    The Advanced Servomanipulator (ASM) slave was designed with an anthropomorphic stance, gear/torque tube power drives, and modular construction. These features resulted in increased inertia, friction, and backlash relative to tape-driven manipulators. Studies were performed which addressed the human factors design and performance trade-offs associated with the corresponding master controller best suited for the ASM. The results of these studies, as well as the conceptual design of the dual arm master controller, are presented. 6 references, 3 figures.

  20. 双三电平永磁直驱风力发电系统控制策略研究%Dual Three-level Permanent Magnet Direct Drive Wind Power System Control Strategy

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    王斌; 王峰; 刘毅; 张杰

    2011-01-01

    为满足变流器容量需求并获取较低的电流谐波指标,降低开关损耗,达到良好的并网要求,直驱式风力发电系统采用永磁同步发电机(PMSG)和双三电平变流器相结合的拓扑结构.基于PMSG d,q坐标系下的数学模型,机侧变换器运用简化的空间矢量脉宽调制技术并结合PMSG的最大转矩电流比控制策略,充分利用凸极效应,提高系统运行效率,网侧变换器采用电压电流双闭环控制策略.利用Matlab软件建立直驱式永磁同步风力发电系统的仿真模型,并对风速突变时系统的动态特性进行研究.仿真结果表明,所建立模型具有较好的动态特性并验证了控制系统的正确性及有效性.%To meet the requirement for the capacity, low current harmonic level and low switching loss, direct-drive wind power generation system employed the topology which combined the permanent magnet synchronous generator (PMSG) and dual three-level PWM full-size converter.Based on d,q axis mathematical model of PMSG,in order to take full advantages of saliency effects, improve efficiency, the generator side adopts simplified space vector pulse width modulation technology combined with maximum torque per ampere control scheme.The grid side employes the dual close-loop control strategy which are the inner current-loop and the outer voltage-loop. The model of direct-drive wind power generation system is realized with the engineering software, Matlab for the case of wind speed stepping change shows the excellent dynamic performance of the model, in the same time, verifies the correctness and feasibili ty of the control strategy.

  1. A 5.2GHz, 0.5mW RF powered wireless sensor with dual on-chip antennas for implantable intraocular pressure monitoring

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    Arsalan, Muhammad

    2013-06-01

    For the first time a single chip implantable wireless sensor system for Intraocular Pressure Monitoring (IOPM) is presented. This system-on-chip (SoC) is battery-free and harvests energy from incoming RF signals. The chip is self-contained and does not require external components or bond wires to function. This 1.4mm3 SoC has separate 2.4GHz-transmit and 5.2GHz-receive antennas, an energy harvesting module, a temperature sensor, a 7-bit TIQ Flash ADC, a 4-bit RFID, a power management and control unit, and a VCO transmitter. The chip is fabricated in a standard 6-metal 0.18μm CMOS process and is designed to work with a post-processed MEMS pressure sensor. It consumes 513μW of peak power and when implanted inside the eye, it is designed to communicate with an external reader using on-off keying (OOK). © 2013 IEEE.

  2. A Primal-Dual Interior Point Method-Based Algorithm Adopting Automatic Differentiation for Optimal Power Flow of AC/DC Power Grid Containing VSC-HVDC System%基于自动微分技术的VSC-HVDC内点法最优潮流

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    季聪; 卫志农; 汤涌; 孙国强; 韦延方; 孙永辉

    2012-01-01

    Based on steady state power flow model of voltage source converter-high voltage direct current (VSC-HVDC) power transmission system and combining with automatic differentiation (AD) technology, a primal-dual interior point method-based algorithm for optimal power flow (OPF) of AC/DC power grid was proposed. Using high efficient AD tool based on operator overloading the Jacobian and Hessian matrices were generated, thus the work load for derivation of differential expressions and code compiling could be reduced and the development efficiency of program could be improved. Simulation results of calculation examples showed that in the solution of OPF problem of AC/DC power grid containing VSC-HVDC power transmission system the high efficiency of traditional primal-dual interior point method could be kept and it possessed satisfied adaptability to the combination of different VSC control modes.%根据电压源换流器-高压直流输电(voltage source converter-high voltage direct current,VSC-HVDC)的稳态潮流模型,结合自动微分(automatic differentiation,AD)技术,提出一种基于原对偶内点法的交直流系统最优潮流算法.该算法利用高效的基于操作符重载的AD工具生成雅可比(Jacobian)矩阵和海森(Hessian)矩阵,减少了微分表达式推导和代码编写的工作量,提高了程序的开发效率.多个算例的仿真结果表明,该算法保持了传统原对偶内点法在解决含VSC-HVDC的交直流最优潮流问题上的高效性,且对VSC的不同控制方式组合均具有良好的适应性.

  3. Dual-lifetime referencing (DLR: a powerful method for on-line measurement of internal pH in carrier-bound immobilized biocatalysts

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    Boniello Caterina

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Industrial-scale biocatalytic synthesis of fine chemicals occurs preferentially as continuous processes employing immobilized enzymes on insoluble porous carriers. Diffusional effects in these systems often create substrate and product concentration gradients between bulk liquid and the carrier. Moreover, some widely-used biotransformation processes induce changes in proton concentration. Unlike the bulk pH, which is usually controlled at a suitable value, the intraparticle pH of immobilized enzymes may deviate significantly from its activity and stability optima. The magnitude of the resulting pH gradient depends on the ratio of characteristic times for enzymatic reaction and on mass transfer (the latter is strongly influenced by geometrical features of the porous carrier. Design and selection of optimally performing enzyme immobilizates would therefore benefit largely from experimental studies of the intraparticle pH environment. Here, a simple and non-invasive method based on dual-lifetime referencing (DLR for pH determination in immobilized enzymes is introduced. The technique is applicable to other systems in which particles are kept in suspension by agitation. Results The DLR method employs fluorescein as pH-sensitive luminophore and Ru(II tris(4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenantroline, abbreviated Ru(dpp, as the reference luminophore. Luminescence intensities of the two luminophores are converted into an overall phase shift suitable for pH determination in the range 5.0-8.0. Sepabeads EC-EP were labeled by physically incorporating lipophilic variants of the two luminophores into their polymeric matrix. These beads were employed as carriers for immobilization of cephalosporin C amidase (a model enzyme of industrial relevance. The luminophores did not interfere with the enzyme immobilization characteristics. Analytical intraparticle pH determination was optimized for sensitivity, reproducibility and signal stability under

  4. A low-power 10-bit 250 MS/s dual-channel pipeline ADC in 0.18 μm CMOS

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    Fan, Q.; Chen, J.; Wen, X.; Feng, Y.; Tang, Y.; Zuo, Z.; Gong, D.; Liu, T.; Ye, J.

    2017-02-01

    This paper presents a 10-bit 250-MS/s time-interleaved pipelined analog-to-digital data converter (ADC). A distributed clocking scheme is developed to eliminate timing skew between channels without introducing load capacitance to the driving buffer of the ADC. The channel offset and gain mismatch errors are calibrated in digital domain. In addition, a switch-embedded opamp-sharing technique is developed to reduce the ADC power consumption and eliminate the memory effect. The simulated SNDR and SFDR are 61.84 dB and 78.2 dB, respectively. The ADC core consumes 28 mW under a 1.8 V supply at 250 MS/s sampling rate.

  5. A dual-mode highly efficient class-E stimulator controlled by a low-Q class-E power amplifier through duty cycle.

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    Chiu, Hung-Wei; Lu, Chien-Chi; Chuang, Jia-min; Lin, Wei-Tso; Lin, Chii-Wann; Kao, Ming-Chien; Lin, Mu-Lien

    2013-06-01

    This paper presents the design flow of two high-efficiency class-E amplifiers for the implantable electrical stimulation system. The implantable stimulator is a high-Q class-E driver that delivers a sine-wave pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) stimulation, which was verified to have a superior efficacy in pain relief to a square wave. The proposed duty-cycle-controlled class-E PRF driver designed with a high-Q factor has two operational modes that are able to achieve 100% DC-AC conversion, and involves only one switched series inductor and an unchanged parallel capacitor. The measured output amplitude under low-voltage (LV) mode using a 22% duty cycle was 0.98 V with 91% efficiency, and under high-voltage (HV) mode using a 47% duty cycle was 2.95 V with 92% efficiency. These modes were inductively controlled by a duty-cycle detector, which can detect the duty-cycle modulated signal generated from the external complementary low-Q class-E power amplifier (PA). The design methodology of the low-Q inductive interface for a non-50% duty cycle is presented. The experimental results exhibits that the 1.5-V PA that consumes DC power of 14.21 mW was able to deliver a 2.9-V sine wave to a 500 Ω load. The optimal 60% drain efficiency of the system from the PA to the load was obtained at a 10-mm coupling distance.

  6. A solution for increasing the efficiency of diesel - electric locomotives with super capacitive energy storage

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    Destraz, B.; Barrade, P.; Rufer, A. [Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Lab. of Industrial Electronics, CH Lausanne EPFL (Switzerland)

    2004-07-01

    Diesel - electric traction is a well established technology in railways systems, mainly for lines with a low traffic potential. In those conditions, a diesel powered locomotive is chosen because the infrastructure costs are lower in comparison to a standard electric train. The main inconvenience of that technology is the primary energy source: oil resources are not infinite, prices are difficult to forecast and CO{sub 2} production increases global warming. It is therefore important to develop new strategies to increase the energy efficiency of diesel - electric trains. To reach that goal, a system with super-capacitive energy storage will be proposed in this paper. The aspects of production and exploitation costs are going to be presented in more details. The proposed solution will reduce diesel consumption and therefore also CO{sub 2} and other pollutant emissions while being economically viable. (authors)

  7. A Terradynamics of Legged Locomotion on Granular Media

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    Li, Chen; Goldman, Daniel I; 10.1126/science.1229163

    2013-01-01

    The theories of aero- and hydrodynamics predict animal movement and device design in air and water through the computation of lift, drag, and thrust forces. Although models of terrestrial legged locomotion have focused on interactions with solid ground, many animals move on substrates that flow in response to intrusion. However, locomotor-ground interaction models on such flowable ground are often unavailable. We developed a force model for arbitrarily-shaped legs and bodies moving freely in granular media, and used this "terradynamics" to predict a small legged robot's locomotion on granular media using various leg shapes and stride frequencies. Our study reveals a complex but generic dependence of stresses in granular media on intruder depth, orientation, and movement direction and gives insight into the effects of leg morphology and kinematics on movement.

  8. Hybrid control and motion planning of dynamical legged locomotion

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    2012-01-01

    "This book provides a comprehensive presentation of issues and challenges faced by researchers and practicing engineers in motion planning and hybrid control of dynamical legged locomotion. The major features range from offline and online motion planning algorithms to generate desired feasible periodic walking and running motions and tow-level control schemes, including within-stride feedback laws, continuous time update laws and event-based update laws, to asymptotically stabilize the generated desired periodic orbits. This book describes the current state of the art and future directions across all domains of dynamical legged locomotion so that readers can extend proposed motion planning algorithms and control methodologies to other types of planar and 3D legged robots".

  9. Fluid elasticity increases the locomotion of flexible swimmers

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    Espinosa-Garcia, Julian; Zenit, Roberto; 10.1063/1.4795166

    2013-01-01

    We conduct experiments with flexible swimmers to address the impact of fluid viscoelasticity on their locomotion. The swimmers are composed of a magnetic head actuated in rotation by a frequency-controlled magnetic field and a flexible tail whose deformation leads to forward propulsion. We consider both viscous Newtonian and glucose-based Boger fluids with similar viscosities. We find that the elasticity of the fluid systematically enhances the locomotion speed of the swimmer, and that this enhancement increases with Deborah number. Using Particle Image Velocimetry to visualize the flow field, we find a significant difference in the amount of shear between the rear and leading parts of the swimmer head. We conjecture that viscoelastic normal stresses lead to a net elastic forces in the swimming direction and thus a faster swimming speed.

  10. Configurable Embedded CPG-based Control for Robot Locomotion

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    Jose Hugo Barron-Zambrano

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Recently, the development of intelligent robots has benefited from a deeper understanding of the biomechanics and neurology of biological systems. Researchers have proposed the concept of Central Pattern Generators (CPGs as a mechanism for generating an efficient control strategy for legged robots based on biological locomotion principles. Although many studies have aimed to develop robust legged locomotion controllers, relatively few of them have focused on adopting the technology for fully practical embedded hardware implementations. In this contribution, a reconfigurable hardware implementation of a CPG‐based controller which is able to generate several gaits for quadruped and hexapod robots is presented. The proposed implementation is modular and configurable in order to scale up to legged robots with different degrees of freedom. Experimental results for embedded Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA implementations for quadruped and hexapod robot controllers are presented and analysed.

  11. Locomotion dynamics of hunting in wild cheetahs.

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    Wilson, A M; Lowe, J C; Roskilly, K; Hudson, P E; Golabek, K A; McNutt, J W

    2013-06-13

    Although the cheetah is recognised as the fastest land animal, little is known about other aspects of its notable athleticism, particularly when hunting in the wild. Here we describe and use a new tracking collar of our own design, containing a combination of Global Positioning System (GPS) and inertial measurement units, to capture the locomotor dynamics and outcome of 367 predominantly hunting runs of five wild cheetahs in Botswana. A remarkable top speed of 25.9 m s(-1) (58 m.p.h. or 93 km h(-1)) was recorded, but most cheetah hunts involved only moderate speeds. We recorded some of the highest measured values for lateral and forward acceleration, deceleration and body-mass-specific power for any terrestrial mammal. To our knowledge, this is the first detailed locomotor information on the hunting dynamics of a large cursorial predator in its natural habitat.

  12. 基于反馈迭代的双带功率放大器数字预失真%Digital predistortion based on feedback iteration for concurrent dual-band power amplifier

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    李永松; 陈客松; 胡哲彬; 王显飞; 朱盼

    2013-01-01

    为补偿双带功率放大器中的非线性,提出了二维多项式模型并结合反馈迭代法建立数字预失真系统.相比于传统的线性化技术,二维数字预失真方法降低了对数/模转换器和模/数转换器的要求.仿真结果表明,采用间隔频率为100 MHz的两路WCDMA信号同时驱动功率放大器,二维多项式模型能够更好地消除非线性失真,反馈迭代方法在求逆上更精确.%This paper presents a 2D digital predistortion(2D-DPD) technique combined with the feedback iteration method that is applied to linearization of concurrent dual-band power amplifier.Compared with conventional linearization techniques,this 2D-DPD method reduces the requirement for the digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converter device.This simulation results show that using two modulated wideband code-division multiple-access signals (WCDMA)at the same time,separated the frequency by 100 MHz,two-dimensional polynomial model can better eliminate the nonlinear distortion and feedback iteration method used on the inverse is more accurate.

  13. Improvement of signal-to-noise ratio of optoacoustic signals from double-walled carbon nanotubes by using an array of dual-wavelength high-power diode lasers

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    Leggio, Luca; de Varona, Omar E.; Escudero, Pedro; Carpintero del Barrio, Guillermo; Osiński, Marek; Lamela Rivera, Horacio

    2015-07-01

    Optoacoustic (OA) imaging is a rising biomedical technique that has attracted much interest over the last 15 years. This technique permits to visualize the internal soft tissues in depth by using short laser pulses, able to generate ultrasonic signals in a large frequency range. It combines the high contrast of optical imaging with the high resolution of ultrasound systems. The OA signals detected from the whole surface of the body serve to reconstruct in detail the image of the internal tissues, where the absorbed optical energy distribution outlines the regions of interest. In fact, the use of contrast agents could improve the detection of growing anomalies in soft tissues, such as carcinomas. This work proposes the use of double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWCNTs) as a potential nontoxic biodegradable contrast agent applicable in OA to reveal the presence of malignant in-depth tissues in near infrared (NIR) wavelength range (0.75-1.4 μm), where the biological tissues are fairly transparent to optical radiation. A dual-wavelength (870 and 905 nm) OA system is presented, based on arrays of high power diode lasers (HPDLs) that generate ultrasound signals from a DWCNT solution embedded within a biological phantom. The OA signals generated by DWCNTs are compared with those obtained using black ink, considered to be a very good absorber at these wavelengths. The experiments prove that DWCNTs are a potential contrast agent for optoacoustic spectroscopy (OAS).

  14. Animal Locomotion in Different Mediums: The Adaptations of Wetland Organisms

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    2016-06-01

    Wetlands are repositories of unique biodiversity. Wetlandorganisms are well adapted to their habitat, lying at theinterface of aquatic and terrestrial environments. In order tounderstand their adaptations in a better way, it is essential tograsp the basic properties of the medium in which variousorganisms live. This is attempted here by first examining theproperties of the two contrasting environments, terrestrialand aquatic. We focus primarily on locomotion, touchingupon related life processes like respiration, body size andmaintaining body balance by employing basic principles ofbiology and physics.

  15. Energy management and sizing of a hybrid locomotive

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    Akli, Cossi Rockys; Roboam, Xavier; Sareni, Bruno; Jeunesse, Alain

    2007-01-01

    The French national railways company (SNCF) is involved in a new project which aims at investigating and testing energy efficient and environmentally friendly traction systems of a hybrid locomotive called LHyDIE. This paper presents a new methodology for the hybrid electric vehicle design which exploits an energy management strategy based on a frequency approach. In particular, the design of the LHyDIE prototype and the energy management strategy implemented aboard are presented. The study m...

  16. The development of multisensory balance, locomotion, orientation and navigation.

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    Nardini, M.; Cowie, D

    2012-01-01

    This chapter reviews the development of multisensory control of whole-body movement. The developing interactions between non-visual (e.g. vestibular and proprioceptive) and visual (e.g. optic flow) sensory inputs for whole-body control are discussed. Even very young children use multisensory information for spatial orienting responses, and to control balance and locomotion. In many tasks, research shows that visual information is heavily weighted in infancy and early childhood, but is gradual...

  17. Performance analysis of jump-gliding locomotion for miniature robotics.

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    Vidyasagar, A; Zufferey, Jean-Christohphe; Floreano, Dario; Kovač, M

    2015-03-26

    Recent work suggests that jumping locomotion in combination with a gliding phase can be used as an effective mobility principle in robotics. Compared to pure jumping without a gliding phase, the potential benefits of hybrid jump-gliding locomotion includes the ability to extend the distance travelled and reduce the potentially damaging impact forces upon landing. This publication evaluates the performance of jump-gliding locomotion and provides models for the analysis of the relevant dynamics of flight. It also defines a jump-gliding envelope that encompasses the range that can be achieved with jump-gliding robots and that can be used to evaluate the performance and improvement potential of jump-gliding robots. We present first a planar dynamic model and then a simplified closed form model, which allow for quantification of the distance travelled and the impact energy on landing. In order to validate the prediction of these models, we validate the model with experiments using a novel jump-gliding robot, named the 'EPFL jump-glider'. It has a mass of 16.5 g and is able to perform jumps from elevated positions, perform steered gliding flight, land safely and traverse on the ground by repetitive jumping. The experiments indicate that the developed jump-gliding model fits very well with the measured flight data using the EPFL jump-glider, confirming the benefits of jump-gliding locomotion to mobile robotics. The jump-glide envelope considerations indicate that the EPFL jump-glider, when traversing from a 2 m height, reaches 74.3% of optimal jump-gliding distance compared to pure jumping without a gliding phase which only reaches 33.4% of the optimal jump-gliding distance. Methods of further improving flight performance based on the models and inspiration from biological systems are presented providing mechanical design pathways to future jump-gliding robot designs.

  18. Some historical reflections on the neural control of locomotion.

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    Clarac, François

    2008-01-01

    Thought on the neural control of locomotion dates back to antiquity. In this article, however, the focus is more recent by starting with some major 17th century concepts, which were developed by René Descartes, a French philosopher; Thomas Willis, an English anatomist; and Giovanni Borelli, an Italian physiologist and physicist. Each relied on his personal expertise to theorize on the organization and control of movements. The 18th and early 19th centuries saw work on both the central and peripheral control of movement: the former most notably by Johann Unzer, Marie Jean-Pierre Flourens and Julien-Jean-César Legallois, and the latter by Unzer, Jirí Procháska and many others. Next in the 19th century, neurologists used human locomotion as a precise tool for characterizing motor pathologies: e.g., Guillaume Duchenne de Boulogne's description of locomotor ataxia. Jean-Martin Charcot considered motor control to be organized at two levels of the central nervous system: the cerebral cortex and the spinal cord. Maurice Philippson's defined the dog's step cycle and considered that locomotion used both central and reflex mechanisms. Charles Sherrington explained that locomotor control was usually thought to consist of a succession of peripheral reflexes (e.g., the stepping reflexes). Thomas Graham Brown's then contemporary evidence for the spinal origin of locomotor rhythmicity languished in obscurity until the early 1960s. By then the stage was set for an international assault on the neural control of locomotion, which featured research conducted on both invertebrate and vertebrate animal models. These contributions have progressively became more integrated and interactive, with current work emphasizing that locomotor control involves a seamless integration between central locomotor networks and peripheral feedback.

  19. The role of vortices in animal locomotion in fluids

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    Dvořák R.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to show the significance of vortices in animal locomotion in fluids on two deliberately chosen examples. The first example concerns lift generation by bird and insect wings, the second example briefly mentiones swimming and walking on water. In all the examples, the vortices generated by the moving animal impart the necessary momentum to the surrounding fluid, the reaction to which is the force moving or lifting the animal.

  20. Effect of flooring system on locomotion comfort in dairy cows

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    Telezhenko, Evgenij

    2007-01-01

    The aim of the thesis was to study influence of different flooring systems on several aspects of locomotion of dairy cows. To assess the gait on different floors, trackway analysis was used. Cows walking on a hard, slippery surface had shorter strides, wider posture and asymmetric steps. A hard, slippery surface resulted in stride shortening, wider posture and asymmetric gait. Using soft rubber mats made gait patterns more similar to those on a natural yielding surface such as sand. When cows...

  1. Research progress in gecko locomotion and biomimetic gecko-robots

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    DAI Zhendong; SUN Jiurong

    2007-01-01

    Geckos are known for their excellent ability to climb walls and mn on ceilings. Previous studies of the gecko's locomotive and adhesive mechanisms, its neuro-sensory and neuro-modulatory systems, its fabrication of artificial setae array, and other related developments, have inspired further research on gecko-based and gecko-like robots. Key resesrch findings in this area are reviewed in the present paper.

  2. The scaling of uphill and downhill locomotion in legged animals.

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    Birn-Jeffery, Aleksandra V; Higham, Timothy E

    2014-12-01

    Animals must continually respond dynamically as they move through complex environments, and slopes are a common terrain on which legged animals must move. Despite this, non-level locomotion remains poorly understood. In this study, we first review the literature on locomotor mechanics, metabolic cost, and kinematic strategies on slopes. Using existing literature we then performed scaling analyses of kinematic variables, including speed, duty factor, and stride-length across a range of body sizes from ants to horses. The studies that examined locomotion on inclines vastly outnumbered those focusing on declines. On inclines, animals tend to reduce speed and increase duty factor, but a similar consensus could not be reached for declines. Remarkably, stride-length did not differ between locomotion on inclines and on level terrain, but this may have resulted from data only being available for low slopes (animals tended to use shorter strides than on level terrain, and the opposite occurred at larger body masses. Therefore, possibly due to stability issues, body mass plays a significant role in the locomotor strategy used when traveling downhill. Although we currently lack sufficient data, differential leg function is likely to be critical for locomotion on slopes, with mechanical demands differing on limbs during movement on level, inclined, and declined surfaces. Our scaling analysis not only highlights areas that require future work, but also suggests that body size is important for determining the mechanics and strategies animals use to negotiate non-level terrain. It is clear that selection has resulted in an incredible range of body size among animals, both extant and extinct, and it is likely that the ability to move up and down slopes has constrained or relaxed these mechanical pressures. Given the lack of integration of ecological data with laboratory experiments, future work should first determine which inclines animals actually use in nature, as this likely

  3. Effects of sounds of locomotion on speech perception

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    2015-01-01

    Human locomotion typically creates noise, a possible consequence of which is the masking of sound signals originating in the surroundings. When walking side by side, people often subconsciously synchronize their steps. The neurophysiological and evolutionary background of this behavior is unclear. The present study investigated the potential of sound created by walking to mask perception of speech and compared the masking produced by walking in step with that produced by unsynchronized walkin...

  4. Visual exploration during locomotion limited by fear of heights.

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    Kugler, Günter; Huppert, Doreen; Eckl, Maria; Schneider, Erich; Brandt, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    Visual exploration of the surroundings during locomotion at heights has not yet been investigated in subjects suffering from fear of heights. Eye and head movements were recorded separately in 16 subjects susceptible to fear of heights and in 16 non-susceptible controls while walking on an emergency escape balcony 20 meters above ground level. Participants wore mobile infrared eye-tracking goggles with a head-fixed scene camera and integrated 6-degrees-of-freedom inertial sensors for recording head movements. Video recordings of the subjects were simultaneously made to correlate gaze and gait behavior. Susceptibles exhibited a limited visual exploration of the surroundings, particularly the depth. Head movements were significantly reduced in all three planes (yaw, pitch, and roll) with less vertical head oscillations, whereas total eye movements (saccade amplitudes, frequencies, fixation durations) did not differ from those of controls. However, there was an anisotropy, with a preference for the vertical as opposed to the horizontal direction of saccades. Comparison of eye and head movement histograms and the resulting gaze-in-space revealed a smaller total area of visual exploration, which was mainly directed straight ahead and covered vertically an area from the horizon to the ground in front of the feet. This gaze behavior was associated with a slow, cautious gait. The visual exploration of the surroundings by susceptibles to fear of heights differs during locomotion at heights from the earlier investigated behavior of standing still and looking from a balcony. During locomotion, anisotropy of gaze-in-space shows a preference for the vertical as opposed to the horizontal direction during stance. Avoiding looking into the abyss may reduce anxiety in both conditions; exploration of the "vertical strip" in the heading direction is beneficial for visual control of balance and avoidance of obstacles during locomotion.

  5. Model-based Locomotion Control of Underactuated Snake Robots

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    Rezapour, Ehsan

    2015-01-01

    Snake robots are a class of biologically inspired robots which are built to emulate the features of biological snakes. These robots are underactuated, i.e. they have fewer control inputs than degrees of freedom, and are hyper redundant, i.e. they have many degrees of freedom. Furthermore, snake robots utilize complex motion patterns and possess a complicated but highly flexible physical structure. These properties make locomotion control of snake robots a complicated and cha...

  6. Sustained periodic terrestrial locomotion in air-breathing fishes.

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    Pace, C M; Gibb, A C

    2014-03-01

    While emergent behaviours have long been reported for air-breathing osteichthyians, only recently have researchers undertaken quantitative analyses of terrestrial locomotion. This review summarizes studies of sustained periodic terrestrial movements by air-breathing fishes and quantifies the contributions of the paired appendages and the axial body to forward propulsion. Elongate fishes with axial-based locomotion, e.g. the ropefish Erpetoichthys calabaricus, generate an anterior-to-posterior wave of undulation that travels down the axial musculoskeletal system and pushes the body against the substratum at multiple points. In contrast, appendage-based locomotors, e.g. the barred mudskipper Periophthalmus argentilineatus, produce no axial bending during sustained locomotion, but instead use repeated protraction-retraction cycles of the pectoral fins to elevate the centre of mass and propel the entire body anteriorly. Fishes that use an axial-appendage-based mechanism, e.g. walking catfishes Clarias spp., produce side-to-side, whole-body bending in co-ordination with protraction-retraction cycles of the pectoral fins. Once the body is maximally bent to one side, the tail is pressed against the substratum and drawn back through the mid-sagittal plane, which elevates the centre of mass and rotates it about a fulcrum formed by the pectoral fin and the ground. Although appendage-based terrestrial locomotion appears to be rare in osteichthyians, many different species appear to have converged upon functionally similar axial-based and axial-appendage-based movements. Based on common forms observed across divergent taxa, it appears that dorsoventral compression of the body, elongation of the axial skeleton or the presence of robust pectoral fins can facilitate effective terrestrial movement by air-breathing fishes.

  7. Piezoelectric vibration-driven locomotion systems - Exploiting resonance and bistable dynamics

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    Fang, Hongbin; Wang, K. W.

    2017-03-01

    While a piezoelectric-based vibration-driven system is an excellent candidate for actuating small-size crawling-type locomotion robots, it has the major drawback of limited stroke output that would severely constraint the system's locomotion performance. In this paper, to advance the state of the art, we propose two novel designs of piezoelectric vibration-driven locomotion systems. The first utilizes the resonant amplification concept, and the second explores the design of a bistable device. While these two ideas have been explored for piezoelectric actuation amplification in general, they have never been exploited for crawling-type robotic locomotion. Numerical analyses on both systems reveal that resonance and bistability can substantially increase the systems' average locomotion speed. Moreover, this research shows that with bistability, the system is able to output high average locomotion speed in a wider frequency band, possess multiple locomotion modes, and achieve fast switches among them. Through proof-of-concept prototypes, the predicted locomotion performance improvements brought by resonance and bistability are verified. Finally, the basin stability is evaluated to systematically describe the occurring probability of certain locomotion behavior of the bistable system, which would provide useful guideline to the design and control of bistable vibration-driven locomotion systems.

  8. 风光互补型发电和提水两用机组的研究%Research on wind and solar powers mutually complemented generating-pumping dual purpose unit

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    孙彦君; 尹钢吉; 滕云; 司振江; 陶延怀

    2012-01-01

    In accordance with the problems from high energy consumption and large pollution emission over the relevant national standards during pumping water with the conventional energies generally existed in China, a new generation of wind and solar powers mutually complemented generating-pumping dual purpose unit is developed with the key techniques, I. E. High-efficiency centrifugal pump, solar cell array, Darrieus vertical-axis wind turbine(VAWT) and "S" type low wind speed windmill, etc. , so as to largely save fuels and electric power resources and lower the production costs concerned. With the optimal structure, this kind of unit has realized the diversification of both the function and the application, and then got the target of energy saving and consumption reducing along with the enhancement of production efficiency.%针对我国目前普遍存在的利用常规能源来提水时能耗大和污染排放超过国家标准等问题,创制出新一代风光互补型发电和提水两用机组,采用高效离心潜水电泵、太阳能电池组和达里厄型立轴式风力机、S型低风速启动风车等这些关键技术来节约大量燃料、电能资源,降低生产成本.这种机组以最优的结构匹配,实现了功能和用途的多样化,达到了节能降耗及提高生产效率之目的.

  9. Lung ventilation during treadmill locomotion in a semi-aquatic turtle, Trachemys scripta.

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    Landberg, Tobias; Mailhot, Jeffrey D; Brainerd, Elizabeth L

    2009-10-01

    It is reasonable to presume that locomotion should have a mechanical effect on breathing in turtles. The turtle shell is rigid, and when the limbs protract and retract, air in the lungs should be displaced. This expectation was met in a previous study of the green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas; breathing completely ceased during terrestrial locomotion (Jackson and Prange, 1979. J Comp Physiol 134:315-319). In contrast, another study found no direct effect of locomotion on ventilation in the terrestrial box turtle, Terrapene carolina (Landberg et al., 2003. J Exp Biol 206:3391-3404). In this study we measured lung ventilation during treadmill locomotion in a semi-aquatic turtle, the red-eared slider, Trachemys scripta. Sliders breathed almost continuously during locomotion and during brief pauses between locomotor bouts. Tidal volume was relatively small (approximately 1 mL) during locomotion and approximately doubled during pauses. Minute ventilation was, however, not significantly smaller during locomotion because breath frequency was higher than that during the pauses. We found no consistent evidence for phase coupling between breathing and locomotion indicating that sliders do not use locomotor movements to drive breathing. We also found no evidence for a buccal-pump mechanism. Sliders, like box turtles, appear to use abdominal musculature to breathe during locomotion. Thus, locomotion affects lung ventilation differently in the three turtle species studied to date: the terrestrial Te. carolina shows no measurable effect of locomotion on ventilation; the semi-aquatic Tr. scripta breathes with smaller tidal volumes during locomotion; and the highly aquatic C. mydas stops breathing completely during terrestrial locomotion. (c) 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  10. Central Pattern Generator for Locomotion: Anatomical, Physiological and Pathophysiological Considerations

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    Pierre A. Guertin

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available This article provides a perspective on major innovations over the past century in research on the spinal cord and, specifically, on specialized spinal circuits involved in the control of rhythmic locomotor pattern generation and modulation. Pioneers such as Charles Sherrington and Thomas Graham Brown have conducted experiments in the early twentieth century that changed our views of the neural control of locomotion. Their seminal work supported subsequently by several decades of evidence has led to the conclusion that walking, flying and swimming are largely controlled by a network of spinal neurons generally referred to as the central pattern generator (CPG for locomotion. It has been subsequently demonstrated across all vertebrate species examined, from lampreys to humans, that this CPG is capable, under some conditions, to self-produce, even in absence of descending or peripheral inputs, basic rhythmic and coordinated locomotor movements. Recent evidence suggests, in turn, that plasticity changes of some CPG elements may contribute to the development of specific pathophysiological conditions associated with impaired locomotion or spontaneous locomotor-like movements. This article constitutes a comprehensive review summarizing key findings on the CPG as well as on its potential role in Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS, Periodic Leg Movement (PLM, and Alternating Leg Muscle Activation (ALMA. Special attention will be paid to the role of the CPG in a recently identified, and uniquely different neurological disorder, called the Uner Tan Syndrome.

  11. Central pattern generator for locomotion: anatomical, physiological, and pathophysiological considerations.

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    Guertin, Pierre A

    2012-01-01

    This article provides a perspective on major innovations over the past century in research on the spinal cord and, specifically, on specialized spinal circuits involved in the control of rhythmic locomotor pattern generation and modulation. Pioneers such as Charles Sherrington and Thomas Graham Brown have conducted experiments in the early twentieth century that changed our views of the neural control of locomotion. Their seminal work supported subsequently by several decades of evidence has led to the conclusion that walking, flying, and swimming are largely controlled by a network of spinal neurons generally referred to as the central pattern generator (CPG) for locomotion. It has been subsequently demonstrated across all vertebrate species examined, from lampreys to humans, that this CPG is capable, under some conditions, to self-produce, even in absence of descending or peripheral inputs, basic rhythmic, and coordinated locomotor movements. Recent evidence suggests, in turn, that plasticity changes of some CPG elements may contribute to the development of specific pathophysiological conditions associated with impaired locomotion or spontaneous locomotor-like movements. This article constitutes a comprehensive review summarizing key findings on the CPG as well as on its potential role in Restless Leg Syndrome, Periodic Leg Movement, and Alternating Leg Muscle Activation. Special attention will be paid to the role of the CPG in a recently identified, and uniquely different neurological disorder, called the Uner Tan Syndrome.

  12. PROBABILISTIC-STATISTICAL MODELING THE INTERFERENCES FROM ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES

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    Orlov A. I.

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The movements of electric locomotives create the interferences affecting the wired link. The creation of sufficiently technical effective and at the same time cost-effective means of protection from wireline interferences generated traction networks assumes as a preparatory phase to develop mathematical models of interference caused by electric locomotives. We have developed a probabilistic-statistical model of interferences caused by electric locomotives. The asymptotic distribution of the total interference is the distribution of the length of the two-dimensional random vector whose coordinates - independent normally distributed random variables with mean 0 and variance 1. Limit theorem is proved for the expectation of the total amplitude of the interferences. Monte-Carlo method is used to study the rate of convergence of the expectation of the total amplitude of the interferences to the limiting value. We used an algorithm of mixing developed by MacLaren-Marsaglia (M-algorithm. Five sets of amplitudes are analyzed, selected in accordance with the recommendations of experts in the field of traction AC networks. The most rapid convergence to the limit takes place in the case of equal amplitudes. It was found that the maximum possible average value of the amplitude of the random noise by 7.4% less than the previously used value, which promises a significant economic impact

  13. Cortical factor feedback model for cellular locomotion and cytofission.

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    Shin I Nishimura

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Eukaryotic cells can move spontaneously without being guided by external cues. For such spontaneous movements, a variety of different modes have been observed, including the amoeboid-like locomotion with protrusion of multiple pseudopods, the keratocyte-like locomotion with a widely spread lamellipodium, cell division with two daughter cells crawling in opposite directions, and fragmentations of a cell to multiple pieces. Mutagenesis studies have revealed that cells exhibit these modes depending on which genes are deficient, suggesting that seemingly different modes are the manifestation of a common mechanism to regulate cell motion. In this paper, we propose a hypothesis that the positive feedback mechanism working through the inhomogeneous distribution of regulatory proteins underlies this variety of cell locomotion and cytofission. In this hypothesis, a set of regulatory proteins, which we call cortical factors, suppress actin polymerization. These suppressing factors are diluted at the extending front and accumulated at the retracting rear of cell, which establishes a cellular polarity and enhances the cell motility, leading to the further accumulation of cortical factors at the rear. Stochastic simulation of cell movement shows that the positive feedback mechanism of cortical factors stabilizes or destabilizes modes of movement and determines the cell migration pattern. The model predicts that the pattern is selected by changing the rate of formation of the actin-filament network or the threshold to initiate the network formation.

  14. [Treatment of low back pain (pain of locomotive organs)].

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    Tanikawa, Hirotaka

    2009-09-01

    Several diseases, including the functional somatic syndromes (FSS), are characterized by pain involving locomotive structures. These disorders include low back pain, neck-shoulder-arm syndrome and fibromyalgia. FSS patients are convinced that their illness is not a psychosomatic disorder, being instead a bodily disease. Therefore, physicians such as orthopedic surgeons play an important role in supporting patients suffering from FSS with locomotive pain, because these patients expect their physicians to treat them for a physical, rather than a psychological disorder. The author investigated the patient-doctor relationship in the examination room of a hospital, and designated pain combined with a depressive state characterized by agitation and helplessness, a common complaint made by FSS and psychosomatic disorder patients, 'painful depression'. Pain and depression influence each other and trigger a vicious downward spiral termed the 'pain-depression deflation spiral'. Generally, orthopedic surgeons can achieve good relationships with FSS patients with locomotive structure pain, despite suspicion of psycho-social factors. It is concluded that physical examinations and treatments by orthopedic surgeons, conducting physical examinations only, can serve as a very good psychosomatic approach to painful depression/FSS patients.

  15. A strategy for identifying locomotion modes using surface electromyography.

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    Huang, He; Kuiken, Todd A; Lipschutz, Robert D

    2009-01-01

    This study investigated the use of surface electromyography (EMG) combined with pattern recognition (PR) to identify user locomotion modes. Due to the nonstationary characteristics of leg EMG signals during locomotion, a new phase-dependent EMG PR strategy was proposed for classifying the user's locomotion modes. The variables of the system were studied for accurate classification and timely system response. The developed PR system was tested on EMG data collected from eight able-bodied subjects and two subjects with long transfemoral (TF) amputations while they were walking on different terrains or paths. The results showed reliable classification for the seven tested modes. For eight able-bodied subjects, the average classification errors in the four defined phases using ten electrodes located over the muscles above the knee (simulating EMG from the residual limb of a TF amputee) were 12.4% +/- 5.0%, 6.0% +/- 4.7%, 7.5% +/- 5.1%, and 5.2% +/- 3.7%, respectively. Comparable results were also observed in our pilot study on the subjects with TF amputations. The outcome of this investigation could promote the future design of neural-controlled artificial legs.

  16. Kinematics of Terrestrial Locomotion in Mole Cricket Gryllotalpa orientalis

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    Yan Zhang; He Huang; Xiangyang Liu; Luquan Ren

    2011-01-01

    The fore leg of mole cricket (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae) has developed into claw for digging and excavating. As the result of having a well-suited body and appendages for living underground, mole cricket still needs to manoeuvre on land in some cases with some kinds of gait. In this paper, the three-dimensional kinematics information of mole cricket in terrestrial walking was recorded by using a high speed 3D video recording system. The mode and the gait of the terrestrial walking mole cricket were investigated by analyzing the kinematics parameters, and the kinematics coupling disciplines of each limb and body were discussed. The results show that the locomotion gait of mole cricket in terrestrial walking belongs to a distinctive alternating tripod gait. We also found that the fore legs of a mole cricket are not as effective as that ofcommon hexapod insects, its middle legs and body joints act more effective in walking and turning which compensate the function of fore legs. The terrestrial locomotion of mole cricket is the result of biological coupling of three pairs of legs, the distinctive alternating tripod gait and the trunk locomotion.

  17. Dual-fuel natural gas/diesel engines: Technology, performance, and emissions

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    Turner, S. H.; Weaver, C. S.

    1994-11-01

    An investigation of current dual-fuel natural gas/diesel engine design, performance, and emissions was conducted. The most pressing technological problems associated with dual-fuel engine use were identified along with potential solutions. It was concluded that dual-fuel engines can achieve low NO(sub x) and particulate emissions while retaining fuel-efficiency and BMEP levels comparable to those of diesel engines. The investigation also examined the potential economic impact of dual-fuel engines in diesel-electric locomotives, marine vessels, farm equipment, construction, mining, and industrial equipment, and stand-alone electricity generation systems. Recommendations for further additional funding to support research, development, and demonstration in these applications were then presented.

  18. Study on Winter Temperature Monitoring System of Diesel Locomotive%内燃机车冬季打温监控系统的研究

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    杨帆

    2015-01-01

    在冬季,内燃机车需要持续进行打温作业,使机车的油温、水温处于正常状态.如果机车的动力装置不被冻裂,机车就可以在其投入运行时正常启动.由于目前的打温手段存在燃油消耗量大、运动件磨损加剧、人力资源浪费严重等缺点,所以,特针对这种情况研发了内燃机车冬季打温监控系统.%In the winter, internal combustion engines need to be continued warming up operation, the temperature of the oil, water temperature in the normal state of locomotive. If the power device of the locomotive is not the cracking, the locomotive can be a normal start in its investment operation. Because of the present method of beating temperature, the fuel consumption is large, the wear and tear of the moving parts and the waste of human resources are serious, and so the paper has developed a temperature monitoring system for diesel locomotive in winter.

  19. Locomotion training of legged robots using hybrid machine learning techniques

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    Simon, William E.; Doerschuk, Peggy I.; Zhang, Wen-Ran; Li, Andrew L.

    1995-01-01

    In this study artificial neural networks and fuzzy logic are used to control the jumping behavior of a three-link uniped robot. The biped locomotion control problem is an increment of the uniped locomotion control. Study of legged locomotion dynamics indicates that a hierarchical controller is required to control the behavior of a legged robot. A structured control strategy is suggested which includes navigator, motion planner, biped coordinator and uniped controllers. A three-link uniped robot simulation is developed to be used as the plant. Neurocontrollers were trained both online and offline. In the case of on-line training, a reinforcement learning technique was used to train the neurocontroller to make the robot jump to a specified height. After several hundred iterations of training, the plant output achieved an accuracy of 7.4%. However, when jump distance and body angular momentum were also included in the control objectives, training time became impractically long. In the case of off-line training, a three-layered backpropagation (BP) network was first used with three inputs, three outputs and 15 to 40 hidden nodes. Pre-generated data were presented to the network with a learning rate as low as 0.003 in order to reach convergence. The low learning rate required for convergence resulted in a very slow training process which took weeks to learn 460 examples. After training, performance of the neurocontroller was rather poor. Consequently, the BP network was replaced by a Cerebeller Model Articulation Controller (CMAC) network. Subsequent experiments described in this document show that the CMAC network is more suitable to the solution of uniped locomotion control problems in terms of both learning efficiency and performance. A new approach is introduced in this report, viz., a self-organizing multiagent cerebeller model for fuzzy-neural control of uniped locomotion is suggested to improve training efficiency. This is currently being evaluated for a possible

  20. Evaluación energética de un sistema de generación de 400 kWe en modo diesel‐gas licuado de petróleo//Energy analysis of a 400 kWe power system operated on dual fuel mode with diesel‐liquefied petroleum gas

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    Full Text Available El constante aumento en los precios de los combustibles impulsó el desarrollo de sistemas energéticos cada vez más eficientes y flexibles, los cuales permitan el uso de distintos tipos de combustibles, tales como el gas licuado de petróleo (GLP. El presente trabajo buscó analizar el comportamiento energético y ambiental que tiene una planta de generación de 400 kWe operada en modo diesel y dual diesel-GLP de pozo. La eficiencia energética total del sistema en el punto de máxima carga fue igual a 39,9 % en modo diesel y 35,1 % con una relación de sustitución del 28,5 % en modo dual. La adición de GLP resultó en una disminución del índice de emisiones de CO2 de 0,76 a 0,71 kgkWh-1. El adecuado comportamiento del sistema genera interesantes oportunidades para la disminución del impacto ambiental causado por los sistemas diesel, la diversificación de la canasta energética y la reducción de costos de generación eléctrica en pozos petroleros.Palabras claves: eficiencia energética, diesel, GLP, modo dual.________________________________________________________________________________AbstractThe continuous increase of the fuel costs promoted the development of more efficient and flexible power systems, which could use alternative fuels such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG. This work aimed to analyze the performance and environmental effect of a 400kWe power system fed with diesel and diesel-LGP on a dual fuel mode. The total electric efficiency of this system at his maximum load was 39,9 % with diesel and 35,1 % at a 28,5 % substitution level on a dual fuel mode. The addition of LPG decreased the CO2 emission index from 0,76 to 0,71 kgkWh-1. The proper behavior of this system on a dual fuel mode mitigated the environmental impact of diesel internal combustion engines, diversified the energy market, and reduced the power generation costs onto petroleum extraction wells.Key words: energy efficiency, diesel, LPG, dual fuel mode.

  1. Microresonator Soliton Dual-Comb Spectroscopy

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    Suh, Myoung-Gyun; Yang, Ki Youl; Yi, Xu; Vahala, Kerry

    2016-01-01

    Rapid characterization of optical and vibrational spectra with high resolution can identify species in cluttered environments and is important for assays and early alerts. In this regard, dual-comb spectroscopy has emerged as a powerful approach to acquire nearly instantaneous Raman and optical spectra with unprecedented resolution. Spectra are generated directly in the electrical domain and avoid bulky mechanical spectrometers. Recently, a miniature soliton-based comb has emerged that can potentially transfer the dual-comb method to a chip platform. Unlike earlier microcombs, these new devices achieve high-coherence, pulsed mode locking. They generate broad, reproducible spectral envelopes, which is essential for dual-comb spectroscopy. Here, dual-comb spectroscopy is demonstrated using these devices. This work shows the potential for integrated, high signal-to-noise spectroscopy with fast acquisition rates.

  2. Load-Sharing Characteristics of Gear Train with Dual Power Split Based on Deflection Compatibility%基于变形协调的双重功率分流轮系均载特性

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    董皓; 方宗德; 王宝宾; 杜进辅

    2012-01-01

    In order to implement the uniform load distribution of the gear train with dual power split, first, a pseudo-static model is built. Next, according to the closed-loop characteristics of system power flow, the conditions for the deflection compatibility of torsional angle are proposed, which are then combined with the moment equilibrium conditions and the elastic support conditions to calculate the transmission torque of each gear pair with the help of the equivalent mesh error theory and the equivalent mesh stiffness theory. Finally, the load-sharing coefficient of the system is obtained and the influences of the installation and manufacturing errors of each component on the power split are analyzed based on the statics theory. The results show that the above-mentioned errors collectively influence the load-sharing characteristics, and that the reduction of a single error is ineffective in achieving perfect load-sharing characteristics.%针对双重功率分流系统的载荷均匀分布问题,建立了该系统的拟静力学模型,并根据系统构成功率流闭环的特点,推导出了系统的扭转角变形协调条件.将该条件与系统 的力矩平衡条件和弹性支撑条件联立,并运用当量啮合误差和等效啮合刚度理论,计算出了各齿轮副传递的扭矩,最终得到了系统的均载系数.文中还从静力学角度分析了各构件安装误差和制造误差对系统功率分流的影响.结果表明,这些误差对系统的均载特性共同起作用,单独减小某一种误差,并不能达到最好的均载效果.

  3. 铁路货运机车动态周转与运用优化方法研究%Method for Optimization of Freight Locomotive Scheduling and Routing Problem

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    王龙; 马建军; 林柏梁; 陈雷; 温旭红

    2014-01-01

    Optimization of formulation of freight locomotive scheduling and routing plans from the angle of dy-namic states is of great significance to improving the daily working efficiency of locomotives and to satisfying requirements of traction power of trains.In this paper,the continuous multi-level time-space network applica-ble to any locomotive run was constructed in comprehensive consideration of locomotive servicing work,repair and stand-by etc in locomotive shunting and with figuring out the correct and efficient locomotive daily working diagram as the objective.Thus,the freight locomotive scheduling and routing problem was transformed into route choice of freight locomotives in the time-space network.Applying the thought of path-based model,sets of available routes were generated for any of locomotives,the model for route choice was constructed and the genetic algorithm was used to solve the model.Therefore,a set of theoretical methods for optimization of freight locomotive scheduling and routing problem was formed.Finally,a numerical example was given to veri-fy the rationality and effectiveness of the proposed model and algorithm.%从动态角度出发优化编制铁路货运机车周转与运用计划对于提高机车日常工作效率、及时配备牵引动力具有重要意义。本文以编制高效的日计划机车周转图为目标,综合兼顾机车调度过程中整备、检修、备用等因素,针对任意机车交路建立多层次连续型时空网络,从而将铁路货运机车动态周转与运用问题转化为时空网络中机车走行径路的选择问题。采用弧-路模型思想为其中任意一台机车生成可选径路集,构建相应的径路优化模型,应用遗传算法对模型求解,形成一套解决铁路货运机车动态周转与运用问题的理论优化方法。最后,通过算例验证模型与算法的合理性及有效性。

  4. Automated quantification of locomotion, social interaction, and mate preference in Drosophila mutants

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    Iyengar, Atulya; Imoehl, Jordan; Ueda, Atsushi; Nirschl, Jeffery; Wu, Chun-Fang

    2012-01-01

    Automated tracking methods facilitate screening for and characterization of abnormal locomotion or more complex behaviors in Drosophila. We developed the Iowa Fly Locomotion and Interaction Tracker (IowaFLI Tracker), a MATLAB based video analysis system, to identify and track multiple flies in a small arena. We report altered motor activity in the K+ and Na+ channel mutants, Hk1 and parats1, which had previously been shown to display abnormal larval locomotion. Environmental factors influenci...

  5. CSF-contacting neurons regulate locomotion by relaying mechanical stimuli to spinal circuits

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    Böhm, Urs Lucas; Prendergast, Andrew; Djenoune, Lydia; Nunes Figueiredo, Sophie; Gomez, Johanna; Stokes, Caleb; Kaiser, Sonya; Suster, Maximilliano; Kawakami, Koichi; Charpentier, Marine; Concordet, Jean-Paul; Rio, Jean-Paul; Del Bene, Filippo; Wyart, Claire

    2016-01-01

    International audience; Throughout vertebrates, cerebrospinal fluid-contacting neurons (CSF-cNs) are ciliated cells surrounding the central canal in the ventral spinal cord. Their contribution to modulate locomotion remains undetermined. Recently, we have shown CSF-cNs modulate locomotion by directly projecting onto the locomotor central pattern generators (CPGs), but the sensory modality these cells convey to spinal circuits and their relevance to innate locomotion remain elusive. Here, we d...

  6. Functional morphology of undulatory pectoral fin locomotion in the stingray taeniura lymma (Chondrichthyes: dasyatidae)

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    Rosenberger; Westneat

    1999-12-01

    Rajiform locomotion is a unique swimming style found in the batoid fishes (skates and rays) in which thrust is generated by undulatory waves passing down the enlarged pectoral fins. We examined the kinematic patterns of fin motion and the motor patterns of pectoral fin muscles driving the locomotor system in the blue-spot stingray Taeniura lymma. Our goals in this study were to determine overall patterns of fin motion and motor control during undulatory locomotion, to discover how these patterns change with swimming velocity and to correlate muscle function with kinematics and pectoral morphology. Kinematic data were recorded from five individuals over a range of swimming speeds from 22 to 55 cm s(-)(1) (0.9-3.0 DL s(-)(1), where DL is body disc length). Electromyographic (EMG) data were recorded from three individuals over a range of velocities (1.2-3.0 DL s(-)(1)) at seven locations (four dorsal, three ventral) along the pectoral fin. As swimming velocity increases, fin-beat frequency, wavespeed and stride length increase, number of waves and reduced frequency decrease and fin amplitude remains constant. There is variability among individuals in frequency and amplitude at a given speed. An inverse relationship was found in which a high fin-beat frequency is associated with a low fin amplitude and a low fin-beat frequency is associated with a high fin amplitude. The motor pattern of undulatory locomotion is alternate firing activity in the dorsal and ventral muscles as the wave moves along the fin from anterior to posterior. Fin muscles are active along the entire length of the fin except at the lowest speeds. As swimming velocity and fin-beat frequency increase, the time of activation of posterior muscles becomes earlier relative to the onset of activity in the anterior dorsal muscles. The duration of muscle activity is longer in the ventral muscles than in the dorsal muscles, indicating that they play a central role in the power stroke of the fin-beat cycle. The

  7. INFLUENCE OF ROLLING STOCK VIBROACOUSTICAL PARAMETERS ON THE CHOICE OF RATIONAL VALUES OF LOCOMOTIVE RUNNING GEAR

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Purpose.The success of the traffic on the railways of Ukraine depends on the number and the operational fleet of electric locomotives. Today, the locomotive depot exploit physically and morally outdated locomotives that have low reliability. Modernization of electric locomotives is not economically justified. The aim of this study is to improve the safety of the traction rolling stock by the frequency analysis of dynamical systems, which allows conducting the calculation of the natural (of resonant frequencies of the design and related forms of vibrations.Methodology.The study was conducted by methods of analytical mechanics and mathematical modeling of operating loads of freight locomotive when driving at different speeds on the straight and curved track sections. The theoretical value of the work is the technique of choice of constructive schemes and rational parameters of perspective electric locomotive taking into account the electric inertia ratios and stiffness coefficients of Lagrange second-order equations.Findings. The problems of theoretical research and the development of a mathematical model of the spatial electric vibrations are solved. The theoretical studies of the effect of inertia ratios and stiffness coefficients on the dynamic values and the parameter values of electric locomotive undercarriages are presented.Originality.The set of developed regulations and obtained results is a practical solution to selecting rational parameters of bogies of the freight mainline locomotive for railways of Ukraine. A concept of choice of constructive scheme and rational parameters of perspective locomotive is formulated. It is developed the method of calculation of spatial electric locomotive oscillations to determine its dynamic performance. The software complex for processing the data of experimental studies of dynamic parameters of electric locomotive and comparing the results of the theoretical calculations with the data of full

  8. Experiments and theory of undulatory locomotion in a simple structured medium

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    Majmudar, Trushant; Keaveny, Eric E; Zhang, Jun; Shelley, Michael J

    2012-01-01

    Undulatory locomotion of micro-organisms through geometrically complex, fluidic environments is ubiquitous in nature and requires the organism to negotiate both hydrodynamic effects and geometrical constraints...

  9. The entropy-based dual performance point system assessment model of team in power entreprise%基于熵值法的电力企业二元绩效积分制考核模型研究

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    刘琳; 余顺坤; 吴轶群

    2012-01-01

    In the progress of promoting the assessment of all employees in Power Enterprise, performance points for production team has been applied and spread, which has played an important role in management with its positive incentive. But in practice, the equity and availability of the criterion of work points during different team is still being queried. And how to establish the linkage between the performance of the employee and the team has been an issue need to be researched. In this paper, the Dual Performance Points Assessment Model is advanced, by which the weight is determined by entropy. Finally, an example ia put out to give a practical try for the innovation of team performance management.%在电力企业推进全员绩效管理的过程中,一线班组绩效积分制得分推广和应用,并有效显现了其“正向激励”的管理作用.但在具体实践和探索中,不同专业班组“工作积分”标准的客观公正和有效性问题受到挑战,同时如何将班组绩效与员工绩效进行合理挂钩,从而有效体现并落实组织管理绩效,成为值得探索的议题.论文针对此,提出“二元绩效积分制”考核模型,并将熵值法应用于工作积分评估模型的具体权重确定,并给出了测算实例,以期为电力企业班组绩效管理实践提供可行性的尝试.

  10. 用于燃气锅炉低碳钢耐冲蚀-腐蚀磨损的双层热喷涂层%Thermal Sprayed Dual-layer Coatings for Steel Protection against Corrosion-Erosion at Power Boilers

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    王卜谦; 税正荣; 王海斗

    2001-01-01

    为防护发电厂锅炉的热交换器管道的腐蚀冲蚀磨损,研究开发了一种热喷涂双层涂层(高速火焰喷涂Cr3C2/TiC–25NiCr涂层+燃烧电弧喷涂Ni21Cr9Mo35Nb涂层).在锅炉管道上实际应用两年后,对这种双涂层进行冲蚀试验和金相分析,并对其性能进行讨论.结果发现,燃烧电弧喷涂Ni21Cr9Mo3.5Nb涂层在高硫及氯环境中是一种良好的防护涂层.%The heat exchanger tubes of power plant boilers suffer from corrosion-erosion by ash particles and corrosive gases attack at elevated temperatures. The tube wastage rate depends on the boiler design and operation, the characteristics of ash particles, environment conditions, and tube materials. Thermal sprayed dual-layer coatings (HVOF Cr3C2/TiC-25NiCr coating and combustion arc-sprayed Ni21Cr9Mo3.5Nb coating) were developed for the tube corrosion-erosion protection. The erosion test comparison and metallographic examination of the coated tube after two years service in boiler were presented and its performance was discussed. The combustion arc-sprayed Ni21Cr9Mo3.5Nb coating was found a good solution for relatively high sulfur and chlorine environment.

  11. Thermal management and performance evaluation of a dual bi-directional, soft-switched IGBT-based inverter for the 1st autonomous microgrid power system in Taiwan under various operating conditions

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    Chang, Tien-Chan; Fuh, Yiin-Kuen; Lu, Hong-Yi; Tu, Sheng-Xun

    2016-06-01

    The thermal management of the inverter system is of great importance since very high voltage/current will be switched intermittently and/or continuously and high temperature is excruciably detrimental to the service life of electronics, especially for the switching devices such as insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT). In this study, a newly developed dual bi-directional IGBT-based inverter in conjunction with autonomous microgrid system is investigated with particular focus on the thermal management and performance evaluation under various operation conditions. Locally enhanced heat transfer approach such as oblique orientation and heat dissipating materials are experimentally investigated. The studied inverter system is initially packaged by a galvanized steel plate (size 62 × 48 × 18 cm) and the switching power is set in the range of 0.5-3 kW. The module is operated at the switching and pulse frequencies of 60 Hz and 20 kHz, respectively. The adoption of heat dissipating material in either paste or film form had experimentally shown to possess the flexibility tailoring heat transfer performance locally. Experimental studies of heat dissipating film with various hotspot scenarios showed that the temperature difference can be appreciably reduced as much as 13.1 and 15.4 °C, respectively with facilitation of one- and two-layers of heat dissipating film. From the measurement results, the measured peak temperature is highly dominated by the thickness of heat dissipating film, showing the dominance of thickness-dependent thermal resistance and resultant heat accumulation phenomena.

  12. Support afferentation in the posture and locomotion control system

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    Grigoriev, Anatoly; Tomilovskaya, Elena; Kozlovskaya, Inesa

    Mechanisms of support afferentation contribution in posture and locomotion control, which were uncertain up to now, became the point of intensive studies recently. This became possible since the space flights era started which created the conditions for simulated microgravity experiments under conditions of dry immersion and bedrest. The results of neurophysiological studies performed under the conditions of supportlessness have shown that decline or elimination of support loads is followed by deep and fast developing alterations in postural tonic system, including development of postural muscle atonia, changes of recruitment order of motoneurons innervating the shin muscles, spinal hyperreflexia development etc. (Kozlovskaya I.B. et al., 1987). It has been also shown that application of artificial support stimulation in the regimen of natural locomotion under these conditions decreases significantly or even eliminates the development of mentioned changes. The results of these studies laid down the basis for a new hypothesis on the trigger role of support afferentation in postural tonic system and its role in organization and control of postural synergies (Grigoriev A.I. et al., 2004). According to this hypothesis the muscle reception is considered to be the leading afferent input in the control of locomotion. However the data of recent studies pointed out strongly to the participation of support afferentation in definition of cognitive strategies and motor programs of locomotor movements (Chernikova L.A. et al., 2013) and, consequently, in the processes of their initiation (Gerasimenko Yu.P. et al., 2012). The cortical locomotor reflex composes apparently the basis of these processes. The receptive field of this reflex is located in the support zones of the soles and the central part is located in the posterior parietal areas (IPL) of brain cortex. The study is supported by RFBR grant N 13-04-12091 OFI-m.

  13. Sexuality of Disabled Athletes Depending on the Form of Locomotion

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The main purpose of this study was to determine sexuality of disabled athletes depending on the form of locomotion. The study included 170 disabled athletes, aged between 18 and 45. The entire population was divided into 3 research groups depending on the form of locomotion: moving on wheelchairs (n=52, on crutches (n=29 and unaided (n=89. The research tool was a questionnaire voluntarily and anonymously completed by the respondents of the research groups. The questionnaire was composed of a general part concerning the socio-demographic conditions, medical history, health problems, a part dedicated to physical disability as well as the Polish version of the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF and the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI evaluating sexual life. STATISTICA 10.0 for Windows was used in the statistical analysis. Subjects moving on crutches were significantly older than ones moving on wheelchairs and unaided (34.41 ±11.00 vs. 30.49 ±10.44 and 27.99 ±10.51 years, respectively (p=0.018. Clinically significant erectile dysfunctions were most often diagnosed in athletes moving on wheelchairs (70.27%, followed by athletes moving on crutches and moving unaided (60% and 35.42%, respectively; p=0.048. Clinical sexual dysfunctions were diagnosed on a similar level among all female athletes. It was concluded that the form of locomotion may determine sexuality of disabled men. Males on wheelchair revealed the worst sexual functioning. Female athletes moving on wheelchairs, on crutches and moving unaided were comparable in the aspect of their sexual life.

  14. Sexuality of Disabled Athletes Depending on the Form of Locomotion

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    Plinta, Ryszard; Sobiecka, Joanna; Drosdzol-Cop, Agnieszka; Nowak-Brzezińska, Agnieszka; Skrzypulec-Plinta, Violetta

    2015-01-01

    The main purpose of this study was to determine sexuality of disabled athletes depending on the form of locomotion. The study included 170 disabled athletes, aged between 18 and 45. The entire population was divided into 3 research groups depending on the form of locomotion: moving on wheelchairs (n=52), on crutches (n=29) and unaided (n=89). The research tool was a questionnaire voluntarily and anonymously completed by the respondents of the research groups. The questionnaire was composed of a general part concerning the socio-demographic conditions, medical history, health problems, a part dedicated to physical disability as well as the Polish version of the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) and the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) evaluating sexual life. STATISTICA 10.0 for Windows was used in the statistical analysis. Subjects moving on crutches were significantly older than ones moving on wheelchairs and unaided (34.41 ±11.00 vs. 30.49 ±10.44 and 27.99 ±10.51 years, respectively) (p=0.018). Clinically significant erectile dysfunctions were most often diagnosed in athletes moving on wheelchairs (70.27%), followed by athletes moving on crutches and moving unaided (60% and 35.42%, respectively; p=0.048). Clinical sexual dysfunctions were diagnosed on a similar level among all female athletes. It was concluded that the form of locomotion may determine sexuality of disabled men. Males on wheelchair revealed the worst sexual functioning. Female athletes moving on wheelchairs, on crutches and moving unaided were comparable in the aspect of their sexual life. PMID:26834876

  15. Lightweight Multifunctional Planetary Probe for Extreme Environment Exploration and Locomotion

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    Bayandor, Javid (Principal Investigator); Schroeder, Kevin; Samareh, Jamshid

    2017-01-01

    The demand to explore new worlds requires the development of advanced technologies that enable landed science on uncertain terrains or in hard to reach locations. As a result, contemporary Entry, Descent, Landing, (EDL) and additional locomotion (EDLL) profiles are becoming increasingly more complex, with the introduction of lifting/guided entries, hazard avoidance on descent, and a plethora of landing techniques including airbags and the skycrane maneuver. The inclusion of each of these subsystems into a mission profile is associated with a substantial mass penalty. This report explores the new all-in-one entry vehicle concept, TANDEM, a new combined EDLL concept, and compares it to the current state of the art EDL systems. The explored system is lightweight and collapsible and provides the capacity for lifting/guided entry, guided descent, hazard avoidance, omnidirectional impact protection and surface locomotion without the aid of any additional subsystems. This Phase I study explored: 1. The capabilities and feasibility of the TANDEM concept as an EDLL vehicle. 2. Extensive impact analysis to ensure mission success in unfavorable landing conditions, and safe landing in Tessera regions. 3. Development of a detailed design for a conceptual mission to Venus. As a result of our work it was shown that: 1. TANDEM provides additional benefits over the Adaptive, Deployable Entry Placement Technology (ADEPT) including guided descent and surface locomotion, while reducing the mass by 38% compared to the ADEPT-VITaL mission. 2. Demonstrated that the design of tensegrity structures, and TANDEM specifically, grows linearly with an increase in velocity, which was previously unknown. 3. Investigation of surface impact revealed a promising results that suggest a properly configured TANDEM vehicle can safely land and preform science in the Tessera regions, which was previously labeled by the Decadal Survey as, largely inaccessible despite its high scientific interest. This work

  16. Does Trichomes on the Plant Epidermic Surface Disturb Ants Locomotion?

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    Danon C. Cardoso

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem Statement: Many morphological characteristics, both physical and chemical, are used in the defense against herbivores on plants. Trichomes are structures used by plants as physics defense and when associated with glands combine physics and chemistry defense. Many species of ants are herbivores and use leaves and seeds, others ants use Extra Floral Nectars as a food resource, and the majority of the species are predators of other ants and other insects, and use plants as foraging substrate in search of prey. Likewise, on the assumption that ants feed preferentially in plants free of trichomes, we tested the hypothesis that trichomes plants clouded locomotion of ants. Approach: Experiments were carried out in the field using cotton to mimic the plants surface. Thirty traps for the treatment were assembled with cotton as well as other 30 experiments for the control (treatment without cotton. Each trap consisted of Petri dishes of 14,5 cm diameter with bait (sardine and honey in a disc (3 cm diameter in the center of the plate. Around the bait, 10 grams of cotton prepared uniformly were placed. Furthermore, morphometric analysis on the length of body and legs of ants was performed. Results: The number of ants which accessed baits in the center of Petri dishes in treatment with cotton was not statistically different of the number of accesses in the control treatment without cotton. The trichomes do not cloud locomotion of ants and that leg length is equal to or greater than body length. Conclusions/Recommendations: Data revealed that the trichomes do not cloud locomotion of ants; this allows the free walking of ants on the plants surface. However, glandular trichomes that combine physics and chemistry defense with release toxic and adhesives compounds when mechanically stressed may be more efficient in the defense against these insects.

  17. Comparative energetics of mammalian locomotion: humans are not different.

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    Halsey, L G; White, C R

    2012-11-01

    Debates about the evolution of human bipedality sometimes include discussion on the energy costs of terrestrial locomotion of extinct and extant hominins. However, comparative analyses of hominin transport costs conducted to date have been limited and potentially misinforming, in part because they fail to consider phylogenetic history. In the present study, we compare the measured costs of pedestrian locomotion in humans and the estimated costs for Australopithecus afarensis (an early bipedal hominin), to a database of locomotory costs for mammals. Using data for 81 species of mammal, we demonstrate significant phylogenetic signal in both log-transformed body mass (logMass) and log-transformed net cost of transport (logNCOT), but no phylogenetic signal in residuals of the relationship between logNCOT and logMass. We then used this relationship to generate a prediction line for NCOT based on body mass, and compared this prediction with published measured data for NCOT of running and walking in humans, and estimated NCOT of walking in A. afarensis. The cost of human walking was 25% lower than predicted, while the cost of running was 27% higher. The cost of A. afarensis walking was 32% lower than predicted. However, all of these data points fall within the 95% prediction interval for mammals, indicating that they are not significantly lower or higher than predicted for other mammals of similar mass. Moreover, the difference between humans and our closest living relative the common chimpanzee is comparable to differences between other similarly closely related species. We therefore conclude that there is no evidence from metabolic data that humans, or A. afarensis, have/had a reduced energy cost of pedestrian locomotion compared to other mammals in general. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Locomotion and visually guided behavior in salamander: a neuromechanical study

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    Ijspeert, Auke J.; Arbib, Michael A.

    2000-10-01

    This article investigates the neural mechanisms underlying locomotion and visually-guided behavior in a lower vertebrate: the salamander. We develop connectionist models of the salamander's locomotor circuitry and visual system, and analyze their functioning by embedding them into a biomechanical simulation of the salamander's body. This work is therefore an experiment in computational neuroethology which aims at investigating how behavior results from the coupling of a central nervous system (CNS) and a body, and from the interactions of the CNS-body pair with the environment. We believe that understanding these mechanisms is not only relevant for neurobiology but also for potential applications in robotics.

  19. Human-robot interaction strategies for walker-assisted locomotion

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    Cifuentes, Carlos A

    2016-01-01

    This book presents the development of a new multimodal human-robot interface for testing and validating control strategies applied to robotic walkers for assisting human mobility and gait rehabilitation. The aim is to achieve a closer interaction between the robotic device and the individual, empowering the rehabilitation potential of such devices in clinical applications. A new multimodal human-robot interface for testing and validating control strategies applied to robotic walkers for assisting human mobility and gait rehabilitation is presented. Trends and opportunities for future advances in the field of assistive locomotion via the development of hybrid solutions based on the combination of smart walkers and biomechatronic exoskeletons are also discussed. .

  20. Self organized locomotion via polyhedral geometry: a minimal example

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    Ghosh, Shankar; Bhattacharya, S; Nitsure, Nitin

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we establish a geometrical route to self-organisation. We show that the relevant underlying geometry of the configuration space is a curvilinear polyhedral region. The energetics over the polyhedral region localizes the available space within the close proximity of a corner of this polyhedra. This results into a stronger entrapment of the state which provides it the observed geometrical shape, functionality, and maintains its stability. These theoretical considerations are borne out in the experiments where we study the case of an uphill locomotion of a self organised dumbbell pair placed in a rotating cylinder.