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  1. Algorithm for the calculation of a steam generator efficiency; Algoritmo para el calculo de la eficiencia de un generador de vapor

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    Franco, David; Ambriz, Juan Jose; Romero Paredes, Hernando [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Mexico, D. F. (Mexico)

    1994-12-31

    The efficiency calculation of steam generators is not always simple. The purpose of this paper is to propose an algorithm for the calculation of steam generators efficiency, easy to understand and carry out, in the form of a series of steps to be followed. It takes as starting point that the person in charge of applying these calculations has knowledge of the combustion processes and thermodynamic principles that rule such processes. [Espanol] El calculo de la eficiencia de los generadores de vapor no siempre es sencillo, el presente trabajo tiene como objetivo el de proponer un algoritmo de calculo de eficiencia de generadores de vapor, el cual sea facil de entender y de llevar a cabo, en forma de una serie de pasos a seguir. Se toma como punto de partida, que la persona encargada de aplicar estos calculos tenga el conocimiento de los procesos de combustion y principios termodinamicos que rigen tales procesos.

  2. Algoritmo eficiente en la generación de una tabla de primalidad de números usando Programación Funcional [An application of a simple and efficient algorithm to generate a prime number table using Functional Programming

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    TREJOS BURITICÁ, Omar Iván; Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira

    2014-01-01

    Resumen En el presente artículo se acude a la Programación Funcional para generar una tabla de análisis de primalidad de números en un rango dado a partir del uso de un algoritmo que, por las necesidades del mismo objetivo, tiene características de ser eficiente. Se plantea la fundamentación de dicho algoritmo y además se aprovecha su estructura lógica para resolver el problema propuesto. El propósito de este artículo es mostrar una arista útil de la eficiencia algorítmica teniendo en cuenta ...

  3. Análisis de algoritmos

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    Ruiz Lizama, Edgar; FII-UNMSM

    2014-01-01

    Presenta los fundamentos matemáticos para el análisis de algoritmos a fin de determinar su eficiencia, con el cuál se puede decidir por uno entre varios algoritmos en pugna Presents the mathematical foundations for analyzing algorithms to determine their efficiency, with which you can decide for one of several competing algorithms

  4. Algoritmos de antialiasing

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    Gabriel Mañana Guichón

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Se presentan los algoritmos desarrollados para el trazado de lineas suaves y aplicación de texto sobre imágenes, como ejemplo del trabajo de investigación que se lleva a cabo en el campo del filtrado de imágenes o antialiasing.

  5. Efficient Generation of Generic Entanglement

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    Oliveira, R; Plenio, M B

    2006-01-01

    We find that generic entanglement is physical, in the sense that it can be generated in polynomial time from two-qubit gates picked at random. We prove as the main result that such a process generates the average entanglement of the uniform (Haar) measure in at most $O(N^3)$ steps for $N$ qubits. This is despite an exponentially growing number of such gates being necessary for generating that measure fully on the state space. Numerics furthermore show a variation cut-off allowing one to associate a specific time with the achievement of the uniform measure entanglement distribution. Various extensions of this work are discussed. The results are relevant to entanglement theory and to protocols that assume generic entanglement can be achieved efficiently.

  6. REx: An Efficient Rule Generator

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    Kamruzzaman, S M

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes an efficient algorithm REx for generating symbolic rules from artificial neural network (ANN). Classification rules are sought in many areas from automatic knowledge acquisition to data mining and ANN rule extraction. This is because classification rules possess some attractive features. They are explicit, understandable and verifiable by domain experts, and can be modified, extended and passed on as modular knowledge. REx exploits the first order information in the data and finds shortest sufficient conditions for a rule of a class that can differentiate it from patterns of other classes. It can generate concise and perfect rules in the sense that the error rate of the rules is not worse than the inconsistency rate found in the original data. An important feature of rule extraction algorithm, REx, is its recursive nature. They are concise, comprehensible, order insensitive and do not involve any weight values. Extensive experimental studies on several benchmark classification problems, s...

  7. Determination of generator losses and efficiency

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    Klasnić Ilija

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the results of deriving by calculation the local and total losses of the generator as well as efficiency determination of the revitalised hydro-generator unit A4 in HPP 'Djerdap 1'. In order to determine the generator losses and generator efficiency, measurements are performed during the acceptance tests of revitalised aggregate A4 in HPP 'Djerdap 1'.

  8. MULTIOBJECTIVE EVOLUTIONARY ALGORITHMS APPLIED TO MICROSTRIP ANTENNAS DESIGN ALGORITMOS EVOLUTIVOS MULTIOBJETIVO APLICADOS A LOS PROYECTOS DE ANTENAS MICROSTRIP

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    Juliano Rodrigues Brianeze

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available This work presents three of the main evolutionary algorithms: Genetic Algorithm, Evolution Strategy and Evolutionary Programming, applied to microstrip antennas design. Efficiency tests were performed, considering the analysis of key physical and geometrical parameters, evolution type, numerical random generators effects, evolution operators and selection criteria. These algorithms were validated through design of microstrip antennas based on the Resonant Cavity Method, and allow multiobjective optimizations, considering bandwidth, standing wave ratio and relative material permittivity. The optimal results obtained with these optimization processes, were confirmed by CST Microwave Studio commercial package.Este trabajo presenta tres de los principales algoritmos evolutivos: Algoritmo Genético, Estrategia Evolutiva y Programación Evolutiva, aplicados al diseño de antenas de microlíneas (microstrip. Se realizaron pruebas de eficiencia de los algoritmos, considerando el análisis de los parámetros físicos y geométricos, tipo de evolución, efecto de generación de números aleatorios, operadores evolutivos y los criterios de selección. Estos algoritmos fueron validados a través del diseño de antenas de microlíneas basado en el Método de Cavidades Resonantes y permiten optimizaciones multiobjetivo, considerando ancho de banda, razón de onda estacionaria y permitividad relativa del dieléctrico. Los resultados óptimos obtenidos fueron confirmados a través del software comercial CST Microwave Studio.

  9. Entropy-generated power and its efficiency

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    Golubeva, N.; Imparato, A.; Esposito, M.

    2013-01-01

    We propose a simple model for a motor that generates mechanical motion by exploiting an entropic force arising from the topology of the underlying phase space. We show that the generation of mechanical forces in our system is surprisingly robust to local changes in kinetic and topological paramet...... parameters. Furthermore, we find that the efficiency at maximum power may show discontinuities....

  10. Complejidad Lineal y Algoritmo Berlekamp-Massey para la Construcción de Generadores de Secuencias Pseudoaleatorias Linear Complexity and the Berlekamp-Massey Algorithm in the Construction of Pseudorandom Sequence Generators

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    Francisco I Peralta

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta un estudio sobre la construcción de generadores de secuencias pseudoaleatorias. Se muestra que al combinar un lenguaje de descripción de hardware, con el resultado que produce el algoritmo de Berlekamp-Massey, se puede diseñar e implementar en un circuito reprogramable la función de un Registro de Desplazamiento con Retroalimentación Lineal. Se presenta también el diseño del Generador Multivelocidad utilizando combinaciones de la función generada, así como también su simulación utilizando las herramientas que proporciona ALTERA TM. Inicialmente, se explica el uso de polinomios primitivos en la construcción de Registros de Desplazamiento con Retroalimentación Lineal y se muestra la debilidad de utilizar uno solo en la generación de secuencias pseudoaleatorias. Esto último justifica el uso de arreglos de Registros para su uso en cifradores de flujo.This article presents a study on the construction of pseudorandom sequence generators. It is shown that by combining a hardware description language and the result of the Berlekamp-Massey algorithm, the function of a linear feedback shift register can be produced and implemented in a reprogrammable chip. It also shows the design of the Multispeed Generator using combinations of the generated function, and its simulation using tools provided by ALTERA TM. Initially, we explain the use of primitive polynomials in the construction of linear feedback shift registers, and show the weakness of using only one in the generation of pseudorandom sequences. The latter justifies the use of registers on stream ciphers.

  11. Virtual Generation (Energy Efficiency) The Cheapest Source For Power Generation

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    Hasnie, Sohail

    2010-09-15

    Energy efficiency is the cheapest source of energy that has escaped the minds of the politicians in the developing countries. This paper argues for large scale utility led end use efficiency programs in a new paradigm, where 1 million efficient light bulbs is synonymous to a 50 MW power station that costs only 2% of the traditional fossil fuel power station and zero maintenance. Bulk procurement, setting up new standards and generation of certified emissions reduction is part of this strategy. It discusses implementation of a $20 million pilot in the Philippines supported by the Asian Development Bank.

  12. Efficient Modelling and Generation of Markov Automata

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    Timmer, Mark; Katoen, Joost-Pieter; Pol, van de Jaco; Stoelinga, Mariëlle; Koutny, M.; Ulidowski, I.

    2012-01-01

    This paper introduces a framework for the efficient modelling and generation of Markov automata. It consists of (1) the data-rich process-algebraic language MAPA, allowing concise modelling of systems with nondeterminism, probability and Markovian timing; (2) a restricted form of the language, the M

  13. Algoritmos array para filtragem de sistemas lineares

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    Gildson Queiroz de Jesus

    2007-01-01

    Esta dissertação desenvolve filtro de informação, algoritmos array para estimador do erro médio mínimo quadrático para sistemas lineares sujeitos a saltos Markovianos e algoritmos array rápidos para filtragem de sistemas singulares convencionais. Exemplos numéricos serão apresentados para mostrarem as vantagens dos algoritmos array deduzidos. Parte dos resultados obtidos nesta pesquisa serão publicados no seguinte artigo: Terra et al. (2007). Terra, M. H., Ishihara, J. Y. and Jesus, G. Q. (20...

  14. DETECCION DE FALLAS CON EL ALGORITMO

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    Delgado Cascante, Geovanny

    2011-01-01

    En este artículo se presenta un método sistemático para la detección de fallas en sistemas digitales combinacionales: el algoritmo D. En la primera parte se estudian algunas definiciones sobre este algoritmo, esta sección se ha denominado Calculo D, a partir del cual se define la cobertura Singular, lo Cubos Primitivos de Falla y los Cubos de Propagación de Falla. Luego se presenta el algoritmo D constituido por el Conducto D y la Operación de Consistencia. Finalmente el trabajo se enriquece ...

  15. The generation expansion planning of the Brazilian electric sector employing genetic algorithms; O planejamento da expansao da geracao do setor eletrico brasileiro utilizando os algoritmos geneticos

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    Kazay, Heloisa Firmo

    2001-07-01

    The generation expansion-planning problem is a non-linear large-scale optimisation problem, which is even larger when it refers to the Brazilian system, and when one considers the multiple intervening uncertainty sources. To handle the complexity of the problem, decomposition schemes have been used. Usually, such schemes divide the expansion problem into two sub-problems: one related to the construction of new plants (investment sub-problem) and another dealing with the task of operating the system (operation sub-problem). This thesis proposes a genetic algorithm to solve the investment sub-problem. Initially, an analysis of the state of the art on the generation expansion planning and the field of the genetic algorithms are presented. Then follows a practical application of the proposed algorithm in a model of generation expansion planning under uncertainty. Finally, the results obtained in two case studies are presented and analysed. These results indicate that the proposed genetic algorithm is an effective alternative to the solution of the investment sub-problem. (author)

  16. Acid generation efficiency: EUV photons versus photoelectrons

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    Goldfarb, Dario L.; Afzali-Ardakani, Ali; Glodde, Martin

    2016-03-01

    EUV photoacid generation efficiency has been described primarily in terms of the EUV photon absorption by the PAG or the resist matrix and the production of low energy photoelectrons, which are reported as being ultimately responsible for the high quantum efficiencies reported in EUV resists (harvesting efficiency. However, such studies either did not disclose the PAG chemical structures, replaced the EUV source with an e-beam source, or lacked a fundamental discussion of the underlying physical mechanisms behind EUV PAG decomposition. In this work, we report the EUV photospeed of a methacrylatebased resist formulated with a battery of openly disclosed isostructural sulfonium PAGs covering a wide range of EA's and Ered's, to unveil any preferential photoelectron scavenging effect. In parallel, several iodonium PAGs are also tested in order to compare the direct EUV photon absorption route to the photoelectron-based decomposition path. Contrarily to what has been widely reported, we have found no direct correlation whatsoever between photospeed and the calculated EA's or experimental Ered's for the isostructural sulfonium PAGs studied. Instead, we found that iodonium PAGs make more efficient use of the available EUV power due to their higher photoabsorption cross-section. Additionally, we determined a cation size effect for both PAG groups, which is able to further modulate the acid generation efficiency. Finally, we present a formal explanation for the unselective response towards photoelectron harvesting based on the stabilization of the PAG cation by bulky substituent groups, the spatial and temporal range of the transient photoelectron and the differences in electron transfer processes for the different systems studied.

  17. Glass devices for efficient second harmonic generation

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    Fage-Pedersen, Jacob; Jacobsen, Rune Shim; Kristensen, Martin

    2005-01-01

    We show here that quasi-phase matched (QPM) planar nonlinear devices of high quality can be fabricated by means of periodic poling of the glass. The devices, used for second-harmonic generation (SHG), have accurately-controlled centre wavelengths, and the normalised conversion efficiencies...... are approximately one order of magnitude higher than what has previously been reported for periodically poled glass. In conclusion, we have demonstrated that high-quality nonlinear QPM devices can be fabricated in glass-on-silicon. The technology is easily adaptable to any desired wavelength (e.g. 1550 nm) and can...

  18. Modelo poblacional con algoritmos genéticos

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    Veliz Quintero, Eduardo; Rodriguez Ojeda, Luis

    2009-01-01

    Para el desarrollo de este trabajo, “MODELO POBLACIONAL CON ALGORITMOS GENÉTICOS”, he investigado la rama de la inteligencia artificial, como son los algoritmos genéticos. Primero presento en forma general los aspectos que envuelven los algoritmos genéticos, parto de la necesidad de optimizar, así como su historia y posibles aplicaciones y luego he cubierto detalladamente todo lo que pude investigar sobre la teoría de los algoritmos genéticos, sus fundamentos matemáticos, tipos de algoritmos ...

  19. Partial Data Traces: Efficient Generation and Representation

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    Mueller, F; De Supinski, B R; McKee, S A; Yoo, A

    2001-08-20

    Binary manipulation techniques are increasing in popularity. They support program transformations tailored toward certain program inputs, and these transformations have been shown to yield performance gains beyond the scope of static code optimizations without profile-directed feedback. They even deliver moderate gains in the presence of profile-guided optimizations. In addition, transformations can be performed on the entire executable, including library routines. This work focuses on program instrumentation, yet another application of binary manipulation. This paper reports preliminary results on generating partial data traces through dynamic binary rewriting. The contributions are threefold. First, a portable method for extracting precise data traces for partial executions of arbitrary applications is developed. Second, a set of hierarchical structures for compactly representing these accesses is developed. Third, an efficient online algorithm to detect regular accesses is introduced. The authors utilize dynamic binary rewriting to selectively collect partial address traces of regions within a program. This allows partial tracing of hot paths for only a short time during program execution in contrast to static rewriting techniques that lack hot path detection and also lack facilities to limit the duration of data collection. Preliminary results show reductions of three orders of a magnitude of inline instrumentation over a dual process approach involving context switching. They also report constant size representations for regular access patters in nested loops. These efforts are part of a larger project to counter the increasing gap between processor and main memory speeds by means of software optimization and hardware enhancements.

  20. Efficient Generation of Freak Waves in Laboratory

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    2007-01-01

    In the present study, Kriebel's method is improved to generate freak waves in laboratory. The improved method superposes a random wave train with two transient wave trains to simulate freak wave events in a wave tank. The freak waves are more nonlinear than what generated with Kriebel's method of the same energy. It can also generate freak waves to satisfy all the qualifications of the adopted definition with less energy than Kriebel's and can hardly influence the significant wave height.

  1. Efficiency of nuclear energy generation by hydrogen burning

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    Mitalas, R.

    1989-03-01

    An explicit formula for the efficiency of the PP chain energy generation in terms of the branching fractions to the three PP chains is derived and the variation of the efficiency with temperature and hydrogen abundance is illustrated. The PP chain efficiency is shown to have a minimum as a function of Y/X. The combined efficiency of simultaneous nuclear energy generation by the PP chain and the equilibrium CN cycle is then presented. 6 refs.

  2. Algoritmo de posicionamento e backtracking para seguidor solar

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    Nascimento, Bruno André Marques

    2015-01-01

    Nesta dissertação foi implementado um algoritmo de posicionamento solar e desenvolvido um algoritmo de backtracking num autómato programável (PLC) para o controlo de seguidores solares de um eixo da empresa Martifer Solar. Optou-se por implementar o algoritmo de posicionamento solar SPA devido à elevada precisão nos resultados apresentados. Para além disso foi desenvolvido um algoritmo de backtracking com o objetivo de evitar as sombras resultantes da posição dos painéis vizinh...

  3. EFFICIENT IMAGE SEGMENTATION FOR SEMANTIC OBJECT GENERATION

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    Chen Xiaotang; Yu Yinglin

    2002-01-01

    This letter presents an efficient and simple image segmentation method for semantic object spatial segmentation. First, the image is filtered using contour-preserving filters. Then it is quasi-flat labeled. The small regions near the contour are classified as uncertain regions and are eliminated by region growing and merging. Further region merging is used to reduce the region number. The simulation results show its efficiency and simplicity. It can preserve the semantic object shape while emphasize on the perceptual complex part of the object. So it conforms to the human visual perception very well.

  4. EFFICIENT IMAGE SEGMENTATION FOR SEMANTIC OBJECT GENERATION

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    ChenXiaotang; YuYinglin

    2002-01-01

    This letter presents an efficient and simple image segmentation method for semantic object spatial segmentation.First,the image is filtered using contour-preserving filters.Then it is quasi-flat labeled.The small regions near the contour are classified as uncertain regions and are eliminated by region growing and merging.Further region merging is used to reduce the region number.The simulation results show its efficiency and simplicity,It can preserve the semantic object shape while emphasize on the perceptual complex part of the object.So it conforms to the humann visual perception very well.

  5. Efficient coroutine generation of constrained Gray sequences

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    Knuth, Donald E

    2009-01-01

    We study an interesting family of cooperating coroutines, which is able to generate all patterns of bits that satisfy certain fairly general ordering constraints, changing only one bit at a time. (More precisely, the directed graph of constraints is required to be cycle-free when it is regarded as an undirected graph.) If the coroutines are implemented carefully, they yield an algorithm that needs only a bounded amount of computation per bit change, thereby solving an open problem in the field of combinatorial pattern generation.

  6. An Efficient Algorithm for Surface Generation

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    Samuelsson, C

    1995-01-01

    A method is given that "inverts" a logic grammar and displays it from the point of view of the logical form, rather than from that of the word string. LR-compiling techniques are used to allow a recursive-descent generation algorithm to perform "functor merging" much in the same way as an LR parser performs prefix merging. This is an improvement on the semantic-head-driven generator that results in a much smaller search space. The amount of semantic lookahead can be varied, and appropriate tradeoff points between table size and resulting nondeterminism can be found automatically.

  7. Efficient Modelling and Generation of Markov Automata

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    Timmer, Mark; Katoen, Joost P.; van de Pol, Jan Cornelis; Stoelinga, Mariëlle Ida Antoinette

    2012-01-01

    This presentation introduces a process-algebraic framework with data for modelling and generating Markov automata. We show how an existing linearisation procedure for process-algebraic representations of probabilistic automata can be reused to transform systems in our new framework to a special

  8. Efficient Generation of Random Bits from Finite State Markov Chains

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    Zhou, Hongchao

    2010-01-01

    The problem of random number generation from an uncorrelated random source (of unknown probability distribution) dates back to von Neumann's 1951 work. Elias (1972) generalized von Neumann's scheme and showed how to achieve optimal efficiency in unbiased random bits generation. Hence, a natural question is what if the sources are correlated? Both Elias and Samuelson proposed methods for generating unbiased random bits in the case of correlated sources (of unknown probability distribution), specifically, they considered finite Markov chains. However, their proposed methods are not efficient or have implementation difficulties. Blum (1986) devised an algorithm for efficiently generating random bits from degree-2 finite Markov chains in expected linear time, however, his beautiful method is still far from optimality on information-efficiency. In this paper, we generalize Blum's algorithm to arbitrary degree finite Markov chains and combine it with Elias's method for efficient generation of unbiased bits. As a re...

  9. Efficiency of choice set generation methods for bicycle routes

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    Halldórsdóttir, Katrín; Rieser-Schussler, Nadine; Axhausen, Kay W.

    2014-01-01

    The current study analyses the efficiency of choice set generation methods for bicycle routes and proposes the extension of cost functions to bicycle-oriented factors not limited to distance and time. Three choice set generation methods for route choice were examined in their ability to generate...... relevant and heterogeneous routes: doubly stochastic generation function, breadth first search on link elimination, and branch & bound algorithm. Efficiency of the methods was evaluated for a high-resolution network by comparing the performances with four multi-attribute cost functions accounting...... generated realistic routes, while the former outperformed in computation cost and the latter produced more heterogeneous routes....

  10. Development of the ultra high efficiency thermal power generation facility

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    Sano, Toshihiro

    2010-09-15

    In order to prevent global warming, attention is focused on nuclear power generation and renewable energy such as wind and solar power generation. The electric power suppliers of Japan are aiming to increase the amount of nuclear and non-fossil fuel power generation over 50% of the total power generation by 2020. But this means that the remaining half will still be of thermal power generation using fossil fuel and will still play an important role. Under such circumstances, further efficiency improvement of the thermal power generation and its aggressive implementation is ongoing in Japan.

  11. Efficient generation of pronunciation dictionaries: human factors factors during bootstrapping

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    Davel, MH

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Bootstrapping techniques have significant potential for the efficient generation of linguistic resources such as electronic pronunciation dictionaries. The authors describe a system and an approach to bootstrapping for the development...

  12. Efficient Electrochemical Hydrogen Peroxide Generation in Water Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — An electrochemical cell is proposed for the efficient generation of 3% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in pure water using only power, oxygen and water. H2O2 is an...

  13. Efficient Generation of Truncated Bessel Beams using Cylindrical Waveguides

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    Ilchenko, Vladimir S.; Mohageg, Makan; Savchenkov, Anatoliy A.; Matsko, Andrey B.; Maleki, Lute

    2007-01-01

    In this paper we address efficient conversion between a Gaussian beam (a truncated plane wave) and a truncated Bessel beam of agiven order, using cylindrical optical waveguides and whispering gallery mode resonators. Utilizing a generator based on waveguides combined with whispering gallery mode resonators, we have realized Bessel beams of the order of 200 with a conversion efficiency exceeding 10 %.

  14. SELECCIÓN DETERMINÍSTICA Y CRUCE ANULAR EN ALGORITMOS GENÉTICOS: APLICACIÓN A LA PLANIFICACIÓN DE UNIDADES TÉRMICAS DE GENERACIÓN DETERMINISTIC SELECTION AND ANNULAR CROSSOVER IN GENETIC ALGORITHMS: AN APPLICATION TO THE PLANNING OF THERMAL GENERATING UNITS

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    Boris Pavez-Lazo

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Uno de los problemas fundamentales de los algoritmos genéticos (AG es la convergencia prematura a un óptimo local, debido principalmente a que los mejores individuos tienden a adueñarse de las características genéticas de la población, disminuyéndose la diversidad. Además, cuando la representación cromosómica es lineal, el cruzamiento es sensible a la codificación, ya que los extremos en este tipo de cromosoma pueden cambiar, con una probabilidad muy baja, sólo si son mutados. En este trabajo se aplica al problema de planificación de unidades térmicas de generación. Un AG que utiliza un operador determinista en la selección de individuos, donde se permite a individuos menos aptos perdurar de una generación a otra y un operador de cruce, llamado Cruce Anular, para generar nuevos individuos. Con ambos mecanismos se permite una mayor diversidad de la población y que el algoritmo sea menos dependiente de la codificación del cromosoma. Estos operadores garantizan la convergencia a una solución óptima, pero no garantiza rapidez de la convergencia. Sin embargo, los resultados obtenidos muestran que estos operadores alcanzan una convergencia más rápida y de mejor calidad que cuando se usan operadores estándares.One of the fundamental problems of genetic algorithms (GA is the premature convergence to a local optimum due mainly to the fact that the best individuals tend to take over the genetic characteristics of the population, reducing diversity. Moreover, when the chromosome has a linear representation, the crossover is sensitive to the chromosome codification, as its head and tail change with a very low probability, only if they are affected by mutation. In this work we propose an approach to the problem of thermal generating units scheduling, using a GA which combines a deterministic selection operator with an Annular Crossover operator to generate new individuals. Both mechanisms allow greater diversity of the population and

  15. Efficient Generation and Selection of Combined Features for Improved Classification

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    Shono, Ahmad N.

    2014-05-01

    This study contributes a methodology and associated toolkit developed to allow users to experiment with the use of combined features in classification problems. Methods are provided for efficiently generating combined features from an original feature set, for efficiently selecting the most discriminating of these generated combined features, and for efficiently performing a preliminary comparison of the classification results when using the original features exclusively against the results when using the selected combined features. The potential benefit of considering combined features in classification problems is demonstrated by applying the developed methodology and toolkit to three sample data sets where the discovery of combined features containing new discriminating information led to improved classification results.

  16. Absorption-reduced waveguide structure for efficient terahertz generation

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    Pálfalvi, L., E-mail: palfalvi@fizika.ttk.pte.hu [Institute of Physics, University of Pécs, Ifjúság ú. 6, 7624 Pécs (Hungary); Fülöp, J. A. [MTA-PTE High-Field Terahertz Research Group, Ifjúság ú. 6, 7624 Pécs (Hungary); Szentágothai Research Centre, University of Pécs, Ifjúság ú. 20, 7624 Pécs (Hungary); Hebling, J. [Institute of Physics, University of Pécs, Ifjúság ú. 6, 7624 Pécs (Hungary); MTA-PTE High-Field Terahertz Research Group, Ifjúság ú. 6, 7624 Pécs (Hungary); Szentágothai Research Centre, University of Pécs, Ifjúság ú. 20, 7624 Pécs (Hungary)

    2015-12-07

    An absorption-reduced planar waveguide structure is proposed for increasing the efficiency of terahertz (THz) pulse generation by optical rectification of femtosecond laser pulses with tilted-pulse-front in highly nonlinear materials with large absorption coefficient. The structure functions as waveguide both for the optical pump and the generated THz radiation. Most of the THz power propagates inside the cladding with low THz absorption, thereby reducing losses and leading to the enhancement of the THz generation efficiency by up to more than one order of magnitude, as compared with a bulk medium. Such a source can be suitable for highly efficient THz pulse generation pumped by low-energy (nJ-μJ) pulses at high (MHz) repetition rates delivered by compact fiber lasers.

  17. Concentrated Windings in Compact Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generators: Managing Efficiency

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    Olivier Barré

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In electric power generation, customers want generators with high efficiency. Nowadays, modern turbo-generators have efficiencies greater than 98%. Although this amount should not be obtained for all kind of machines, efficiency will remain one of the main parameters for customer choice. Efficiency is also linked to the life of the machine: the higher the efficiency is, the longer the machine’s lifetime. During the past decade, new forms of energy production have appeared and generators have been developed to fit well into this market. For example, wind generators evolved towards permanent magnet generators having high polarity and running at low speed. Nevertheless, their structure is not fixed. An industrial company has built a prototype of such a generator which uses fractional-slot concentrated-windings (FSCW. This kind of winding is not the structure used by default in such electrical machines. Another field of interest is in autonomous generators which can be used on boats. Even if everyone has in mind large merchant ships, we must not forget smaller ships, such as fishing boats and short-range cruise ships, which spend the most of their time near the coast. This kind of ship does nothave large areas for installing the electric generation or the electric propulsion. It is the reason why, in this article, we focus on the efficiency of machines using fractional-slot concentrated-windings. In many publications which compare performances between distributed and concentrated windings, the result is almost the same. The efficiency of FSCW is not as high as the efficiency associated to the machines which are using distributed windings. Design methods have to be redrawn to integrate, as soon as possible, the loss mitigation in order to provide the best efficiency in power conversion. The following discussion, step by step, introduces the loss mitigation in every part of a machine using FSCW. To close the discussion, a design is produced and it

  18. Promoting the energy efficiency advantages of distributed generation/cogeneration

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    Love, P. [Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, Toronto, ON (Canada)

    2002-07-01

    The economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency were discussed with reference to district energy and distributed generation/cogeneration. The Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance is a leading independent organization which promotes energy efficiency and its benefits to the economy and the environment. Members include utilities, manufacturers, energy consultants, consumers and environmental groups across Canada. The Alliance mobilizes support for government policies, programs and standards. It also monitors and reports on government activities to raise a public profile of energy efficiency. This presentation includes a report card of the environmental performance of the provincial and federal governments in Canada which provides an indication of the level of their commitment to incorporate energy efficiency measures in their policy processes. Quebec and the Yukon share top honours for their initiatives on energy efficiency. The direct benefits of energy efficiency include reduced energy bills for customers, reduced carbon dioxide emissions, and greater efficiency of the supply system. Indirect benefits include job creation, the advancement of new technologies and enhanced energy security. Between 1990 and 1999 energy efficiency initiatives in Canada resulted in an 8 per cent reduction. Overall energy usage increased 12 per cent. Distributed generation consists of small-scale, modular power generation units located in proximity to where the energy is used. Cogeneration is the combined production of heat (usually as steam) and electricity, where both products are used. Since district energy often makes use of steam or hot water it can be part of a cogeneration system and a cogeneration-based district energy qualifies as distributed generation. Cogeneration produces about one third of the carbon dioxide emissions compared to power produced from coal and heat from natural gas. Distributed generation results in reduced electricity transmission and

  19. Enhancement of the low-intensity noise generator efficiency

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. The low-intensity noise generators of millimeter wavelength range find wide application in the engineering, biological appliance and therapy procedures due to the simplicity, reliability and efficiency at treatment of pain syndromes in the different branches of practical medicine. Design of the low-intensity noise generator. The features of low-intensity noise generator are electromagnetic waves generation by means of the radiation source (working substance that has a temperature more or less of the environment ambient temperature. Structurally the radiation source is made as a millimeter range waveguide matched load. It is enclosed and heat-insulated. One of basic lacks of similar noise generators is small initial power. Authors have proposed two variant of the noise generator power increasing. Their experimental stud-ies results and choice of natural origin (minerals materials prompt are undertaken for the working substance of thermal generator and more effective construction of cool element of-fers. Enhancement of the noise generator power. Utilization of mineral (for example, nephrite as working substance provides the double increase of noise initial signal power in comparison with standard material – ferroepoxide usually used in microwave technique. The multi-layered construction of Peltier element provides the value of working substance temperature in range 20-30оС accordingly increases power of negative electromagnetic stream. Conclusion. Thus the proposed low-intensity noise generator design provides greater efficiency at its use in the engineering, biological appliance and therapy procedures of practical medicine.

  20. Cascaded Parametric Amplification for Highly Efficient Terahertz Generation

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    Ravi, Koustuban; Cirmi, Giovanni; Reichert, Fabian; Schimpf, Damian N; Muecke, Oliver D; Kaertner, Franz X

    2016-01-01

    A highly efficient, practical approach to high-energy terahertz (THz) generation based on spectrally cascaded optical parametric amplification (THz-COPA) is introduced. The THz wave initially generated by difference frequency generation between a strong narrowband optical pump and optical seed (0.1-10% of pump energy) kick-starts a repeated or cascaded energy down-conversion of pump photons. This helps to greatly surpass the quantum-defect efficiency and results in exponential growth of THz energy over crystal length. In cryogenically cooled periodically poled lithium niobate, energy conversion efficiencies >8% for 100 ps pulses are predicted. The calculations account for cascading effects, absorption, dispersion and laser-induced damage. Due to the coupled nonlinear interaction of multiple triplets of waves, THz-COPA exhibits physics distinct from conventional three-wave mixing parametric amplifiers. This in turn governs optimal phase-matching conditions, evolution of optical spectra as well as limitations o...

  1. High-efficiency generation in a short random fiber laser

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    Vatnik, I. D.; Churkin, D. V.; Podivilov, E. V.; Babin, S. A.

    2014-07-01

    We demonstrate a high-efficiency random lasing in a 850 m span of a phosphosilicate fiber. Random distributed feedback owing to the Rayleigh backscattering in the fiber enables narrowband generation with output power of up to 7.3 W at the Stokes wavelength λS = 1308 nm from 11 W of the pump power at λP = 1115 nm. The laser demonstrates unique generation efficiency. Near the generation threshold, more than 2 W of output power is generated from only 0.5 W of pump power excess over the generation threshold. At high pump power, the quantum conversion efficiency defined as a ratio of generated and pump photons at the laser output exceeds 100%. It is explained by the fact that every pump photon is converted into the Stokes photon far from the output fiber end, while the Stokes photons have lower attenuation than the pump photons.

  2. Efficient Modelling and Generation of Markov Automata (extended version)

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    Timmer, Mark; Katoen, Joost-Pieter; Pol, van de Jaco; Stoelinga, Mariëlle

    2012-01-01

    This paper introduces a framework for the efficient modelling and generation of Markov automata. It consists of (1) the data-rich process-algebraic language MAPA, allowing concise modelling of systems with nondeterminism, probability and Markovian timing; (2) a restricted form of the language, the M

  3. Efficiently generated turbulence for an increased flame speed

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    Verbeek, Antonie Alex

    2014-01-01

    In this study two different methods to generate turbulence in an efficient way are studied. This turbulence is used to increase the flame speed of a low-swirl burner, which makes this low NOx burner more applicable for gas turbine application. The first approach adopts an active grid that forms a ti

  4. Highly efficient singular surface plasmon generation by achiral apertures

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    Jiang, Quanbo; Bellessa, Joel; Huant, Serge; Genet, Cyriaque; Drezet, Aurélien

    2016-01-01

    We report a highly efficient generation of singular surface plasmon (SP) field by an achiral plasmonic structure consisting of $\\Lambda$-shaped apertures. Our quantitative analysis based on leakage radiation microscopy (LRM) demonstrates that the induced spin-orbit coupling can be tuned by adjusting the apex angle of the $\\Lambda$-shaped aperture. Specifically, the array of $\\Lambda$-shaped apertures with the apex angle $60^\\circ$ is shown to give rise to the directional coupling efficiency. The ring of $\\Lambda$-shaped apertures with the apex angle $60^\\circ$ realized to generate the maximum extinction ratio (ER=11) for the SP singularities between two different polarization states. This result provides a more efficient way for developing SP focusing and SP vortex in the field of nanophotonics such as optical tweezers.

  5. Efficiency of Choice Set Generation Methods for Bicycle Routes

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    Halldórsdóttir, Katrín; Rieser-Schüssler, Nadine; W. Axhausen, Kay

    behaviour, observed choices and alternatives composing the choice set of each cyclist are necessary. However, generating the alternative choice sets can prove challenging. This paper analyses the efficiency of various choice set generation methods for bicycle routes in order to contribute to our...... understanding of choice generation for highly detailed networks. There is a substantial amount of literature that studies cyclists’ route choices. Most studies have been based on stated preference (SP) data (see, e.g., [1,2]). Although SP data have a lot of benefits there are some disadvantages, e.......g. the challenge to, without bias, predefine what cyclists consider when choosing a route. There have been few revealed preference (RP) studies reported in the literature (see, e.g., [1,2]). One disadvantage with RP data is that generating alternative routes can prove difficult. The benefit of collecting...

  6. Sobre algunos algoritmos de la lagrangiana aumentada

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    Seijas, J. A.

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available El término método Lagrangiano aumentado lo usamos en el sentido que el parámetro penalty lo hacemos tender a cero en vez de mantenerlo acotado lejos del cero. El espíritu del algoritmo es que a partir un método clásico penalty calculamos una estimación de los multiplicadores de Lagrange,. Gould (1989 Siam J. Numer. Anal. 26, 107 ha obtenido una convergencia local superlineal doble-paso, resultado de una estimación de un multiplicador de Lagrange constante. Dussault y otro han generalizado otro camino, la convergencia y la razón de convergencia resultan de métodos Lagrangianos aumentados respecto a la convergencia de las variables duales, sin el esfuerzo de obtener soluciones aproximadas de la minimizaciones primales sin condiciones. En el trabajo consideramos varias reglas de cálculo para la estimación de los multiplicadores de Lagrange y obtenemos resultados de razones de convergencia para variables primales y duales, una convergencia superlineal doble-paso de orden alfa, con alfa<2. En cada iteración usamos la solución de un sistema lineal primal-dual. Observamos que esto no mejora la razón de convergencia de los métodos simples penalty, pero mejora alguna cancelación de errores en cálculos internos.

  7. Investigation of beat-waves generation with high efficiency

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    Song, W.; Shi, Y. C.; Deng, Y. Q.; Zhu, X. X.; Zhang, Z. Q.; Hu, X. G.

    2013-10-01

    A method for generating high power beating radio-frequency wave with high conversion efficiency is proposed. Based on Cherenkov radiation, two longitudinal resonant modes are excited simultaneously and interacted with intense electron beam synchronously. An experiment was carried out and beat-waves with an average power of about 2.3 GW, frequencies of 9.29 GHz and 10.31 GHz, and efficiency of about 40% were obtained. Through controlling the electron energy, the amplitude proportions of the two resonant modes are altered, and different beat-wave patterns are formed.

  8. Investigation of beat-waves generation with high efficiency

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    Song, W.; Shi, Y. C.; Deng, Y. Q.; Zhu, X. X.; Zhang, Z. Q.; Hu, X. G. [Science and Technology on High Power Microwave Laboratory, Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology, Xi' an, Shanxi 710024 (China)

    2013-10-21

    A method for generating high power beating radio-frequency wave with high conversion efficiency is proposed. Based on Cherenkov radiation, two longitudinal resonant modes are excited simultaneously and interacted with intense electron beam synchronously. An experiment was carried out and beat-waves with an average power of about 2.3 GW, frequencies of 9.29 GHz and 10.31 GHz, and efficiency of about 40% were obtained. Through controlling the electron energy, the amplitude proportions of the two resonant modes are altered, and different beat-wave patterns are formed.

  9. Secure and Efficient Pseudorandom Bit Generator for Chaotic Stream Ciphers

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    WANG Xiao-Min; ZHANG Jia-Shu

    2007-01-01

    Based on the entropy criterion and n-dimensional uniform distribution of nonlinear digital filter (NDF), we present an efficient NDF-based pseudorandom bit generator (NDF-PRBG) for chaotic stream ciphers. The cryptographic properties of the proposed NDF-PRBG are analysed, and some experiments are made. The results show that it has desirable cryptographic properties, and can be used to construct secure stream ciphers with high speed.

  10. Highly efficient electron vortex beams generated by nanofabricated phase holograms

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    Grillo, Vincenzo, E-mail: vincenzo.grillo@nano.cnr.it [CNR-Istituto Nanoscienze, Centro S3, Via G Campi 213/a, I-41125 Modena (Italy); CNR-IMEM Parco Area delle Scienze 37/A, I-43124 Parma (Italy); Carlo Gazzadi, Gian [CNR-Istituto Nanoscienze, Centro S3, Via G Campi 213/a, I-41125 Modena (Italy); Karimi, Ebrahim [CNR-Istituto Nanoscienze, Centro S3, Via G Campi 213/a, I-41125 Modena (Italy); Department of Physics, University of Ottawa, 150 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5 (Canada); Mafakheri, Erfan [Dipartimento di Fisica Informatica e Matematica, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, via G Campi 213/a, I-41125 Modena (Italy); Boyd, Robert W. [Department of Physics, University of Ottawa, 150 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5 (Canada); Frabboni, Stefano [CNR-Istituto Nanoscienze, Centro S3, Via G Campi 213/a, I-41125 Modena (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica Informatica e Matematica, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, via G Campi 213/a, I-41125 Modena (Italy)

    2014-01-27

    We propose an improved type of holographic-plate suitable for the shaping of electron beams. The plate is fabricated by a focused ion beam on a silicon nitride membrane and introduces a controllable phase shift to the electron wavefunction. We adopted the optimal blazed-profile design for the phase hologram, which results in the generation of highly efficient (25%) electron vortex beams. This approach paves the route towards applications in nano-scale imaging and materials science.

  11. Analysis of entropy extraction efficiencies in random number generation systems

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    Wang, Chao; Wang, Shuang; Chen, Wei; Yin, Zhen-Qiang; Han, Zheng-Fu

    2016-05-01

    Random numbers (RNs) have applications in many areas: lottery games, gambling, computer simulation, and, most importantly, cryptography [N. Gisin et al., Rev. Mod. Phys. 74 (2002) 145]. In cryptography theory, the theoretical security of the system calls for high quality RNs. Therefore, developing methods for producing unpredictable RNs with adequate speed is an attractive topic. Early on, despite the lack of theoretical support, pseudo RNs generated by algorithmic methods performed well and satisfied reasonable statistical requirements. However, as implemented, those pseudorandom sequences were completely determined by mathematical formulas and initial seeds, which cannot introduce extra entropy or information. In these cases, “random” bits are generated that are not at all random. Physical random number generators (RNGs), which, in contrast to algorithmic methods, are based on unpredictable physical random phenomena, have attracted considerable research interest. However, the way that we extract random bits from those physical entropy sources has a large influence on the efficiency and performance of the system. In this manuscript, we will review and discuss several randomness extraction schemes that are based on radiation or photon arrival times. We analyze the robustness, post-processing requirements and, in particular, the extraction efficiency of those methods to aid in the construction of efficient, compact and robust physical RNG systems.

  12. Efficient Generation of Craig Interpolants in Satisfiability Modulo Theories

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    Cimatti, Alessandro; Sebastiani, Roberto

    2009-01-01

    The problem of computing Craig Interpolants has recently received a lot of interest. In this paper, we address the problem of efficient generation of interpolants for some important fragments of first order logic, which are amenable for effective decision procedures, called Satisfiability Modulo Theory solvers. We make the following contributions. First, we provide interpolation procedures for several basic theories of interest: the theories of linear arithmetic over the rationals, difference logic over rationals and integers, and UTVPI over rationals and integers. Second, we define a novel approach to interpolate combinations of theories, that applies to the Delayed Theory Combination approach. Efficiency is ensured by the fact that the proposed interpolation algorithms extend state of the art algorithms for Satisfiability Modulo Theories. Our experimental evaluation shows that the MathSAT SMT solver can produce interpolants with minor overhead in search, and much more efficiently than other competitor solve...

  13. High-efficiency photovoltaic technology including thermoelectric generation

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    Fisac, Miguel; Villasevil, Francesc X.; López, Antonio M.

    2014-04-01

    Nowadays, photovoltaic solar energy is a clean and reliable source for producing electric power. Most photovoltaic systems have been designed and built up for use in applications with low power requirements. The efficiency of solar cells is quite low, obtaining best results in monocrystalline silicon structures, with an efficiency of about 18%. When temperature rises, photovoltaic cell efficiency decreases, given that the short-circuit current is slightly increased, and the open-circuit voltage, fill factor and power output are reduced. To ensure that this does not affect performance, this paper describes how to interconnect photovoltaic and thermoelectric technology into a single structure. The temperature gradient in the solar panel is used to supply thermoelectric cells, which generate electricity, achieving a positive contribution to the total balance of the complete system.

  14. Efficient Raman Sideband Generation in a Coherent Atomic Medium

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    Huss, A F; Lammegger, R; Korsunsky, E A; Windholz, L

    2000-01-01

    We demonstrate the efficient generation of Raman sidebands in a medium coherently prepared in a dark state by continuous-wave low-intensity laser radiation. Our experiment is performed in sodium vapor excited in $\\Lambda $ configuration on the D$_{1}$ line by two laser fields of resonant frequencies $\\omega_{1}$ and $\\omega_{2}$, and probed by a third field $% \\omega_{3}$. First-order sidebands for frequencies $\\omega_{1}$, $\\omega_{2}$ and up to the third-order sidebands for frequency $\\omega_{3}$ are observed. The generation starts at a power as low as 10 microwatt for each input field. Dependencies of the intensities of both input and generated waves on the frequency difference ($\\omega_{1}-\\omega_{2}$), on the frequency $\\omega_{3}$ and on the optical density are investigated.

  15. Efficient Forward Second-Harmonic Generation from Planar Archimedean Nanospirals

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    Davidson, Roderick B; Vargas, Guillermo; Avanesyan, Sergey M; Haglund, Richard F

    2015-01-01

    The enhanced electric field at plasmonic resonances in nanoscale antennas can lead to efficient harmonic generation, especially when the plasmonic geometry is asymmetric on either inter-particle or intra-particle levels. The planar Archimedean nanospiral offers a unique geometrical asymmetry for second-harmonic generation (SHG) because the SHG results neither from arranging centrosymmetric nanoparticles in asymmetric groupings, nor from non-centrosymmetric nanoparticles that retain a local axis of symmetry. Here we report forward SHG from planar arrays of Archimedean nanospirals using 15 fs pulse from a Ti:sapphire oscillator tuned to 800 nm wavelength. The measured harmonic-generation efficiencies are 2.6*10-9, 8*10-9 and 1.3*10-8 for left-handed circular, linear, and right-handed circular polarizations, respectively. The uncoated nanospirals are stable under average power loading of as much as 300 uW per nanoparticle. The nanospirals also exhibit a selective conversion between polarization states. These exp...

  16. HIGH EFFICIENCY GENERATION OF HYDROGEN FUELS USING NUCLEAR POWER

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    BROWN,LC; BESENBRUCH,GE; LENTSCH,RD; SCHULTZ,KR; FUNK,JF; PICKARD,PS; MARSHALL,AC; SHOWALTER,SK

    2003-06-01

    OAK B202 HIGH EFFICIENCY GENERATION OF HYDROGEN FUELS USING NUCLEAR POWER. Combustion of fossil fuels, used to power transportation, generate electricity, heat homes and fuel industry provides 86% of the world's energy. Drawbacks to fossil fuel utilization include limited supply, pollution, and carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon dioxide emissions, thought to be responsible for global warming, are now the subject of international treaties. Together, these drawbacks argue for the replacement of fossil fuels with a less-polluting potentially renewable primary energy such as nuclear energy. Conventional nuclear plants readily generate electric power but fossil fuels are firmly entrenched in the transportation sector. Hydrogen is an environmentally attractive transportation fuel that has the potential to displace fossil fuels. Hydrogen will be particularly advantageous when coupled with fuel cells. Fuel cells have higher efficiency than conventional battery/internal combustion engine combinations and do not produce nitrogen oxides during low-temperature operation. Contemporary hydrogen production is primarily based on fossil fuels and most specifically on natural gas. When hydrogen is produced using energy derived from fossil fuels, there is little or no environmental advantage. There is currently no large scale, cost-effective, environmentally attractive hydrogen production process available for commercialization, nor has such a process been identified. The objective of this work is to find an economically feasible process for the production of hydrogen, by nuclear means, using an advanced high-temperature nuclear reactor as the primary energy source. Hydrogen production by thermochemical water-splitting (Appendix A), a chemical process that accomplishes the decomposition of water into hydrogen and oxygen using only heat or, in the case of a hybrid thermochemical process, by a combination of heat and electrolysis, could meet these goals. Hydrogen produced from

  17. AN EFFICIENT VOICE SCRAMBLING TECHNIQUE FOR NEXT GENERATION COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

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    Dhanya G

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The OFDM scrambler is most widely used for secure communication. In order to eliminate the intelligibility of speech, speech scrambling is used. Many of the scrambling techniques shows poor performance, to improve the efficiency of the scrambler an efficient speech scrambling technique, random permutation with pseudorandom- generator under multipath fading is proposed. The Common Intelligibility Scale (CIS and Speech Transmission Index (STI are used to predict the intelligibility of speech. Also to evaluate the performance of speech the BER (Bit Error Rate and the SINR (Signal to Interference plus Noise Ratio was used. By the measurement of PESQ (Perceptual Evaluation of Speech Quality the recovered speech quality was observed. The simulations show that OFDM scrambler is a best technique for providing extremely high data security for 4G mobile communication when compared to a conventional technique.

  18. Behaviours, transmissions, generations: why is energy efficiency not enough?

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    Garabuau-Moussaoui, Isabelle (Electricite de France, Research and Development (France))

    2009-07-01

    Energy use is nowadays a very important question, in the context of global warming and expensive prices of energy. 'Energy conservation' is a paradox: environmental awareness increases, but also energy demand. Sociological knowledge concerning energy uses and energy savings remains important to understand the possible evolutions of practices and values and thus the possible future energy policies. Can the 'consumer society' become a 'less energy-intensive' society? This paper proposes to innovate with a 'new' way to analyse behaviours and to help policy makers to break the walls of 'the behavioural complexity'. We argue that energy efficiency, energy-using products and activities are socially embedded. More specifically, they depend on the 'social age' of people (children, teenagers, young adults, parents, old age people) and on their generation (events, experiences that people did live). The demonstration is based on the analysis of several qualitative studies carried out in France, showing that the generational and social ages analysis could be very efficient and innovative to understand: How are information, policies and energy-efficient technologies understood and embodied by people according to their age and their 'life story'? What kind of 'energy-related material culture' have people, and how does it evolve during the life? In a context of increasing energy demand, is it possible to change the energy-intensive 'socio-technical' mainstream towards a more sustainable way of life? What are the best moments during life for a behavioural change towards a less energy intensive way of life? Can we count on the new generation, to be more aware and less 'energy-intensive'?

  19. Energy Efficient Glass Melting - The Next Generation Melter

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    David Rue

    2008-03-01

    The objective of this project is to demonstrate a high intensity glass melter, based on the submerged combustion melting technology. This melter will serve as the melting and homogenization section of a segmented, lower-capital cost, energy-efficient Next Generation Glass Melting System (NGMS). After this project, the melter will be ready to move toward commercial trials for some glasses needing little refining (fiberglass, etc.). For other glasses, a second project Phase or glass industry research is anticipated to develop the fining stage of the NGMS process.

  20. Reflection type metasurface designed for high efficiency vectorial field generation

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    Wang, Shiyi; Zhan, Qiwen

    2016-07-01

    We propose a reflection type metal-insulator-metal (MIM) metasurface composed of hybrid nano-antennas for comprehensive spatial engineering of the properties of optical fields. The capability of such structure is illustrated in the design of a device that can be used to produce a radially polarized vectorial beam for optical needle field generation. This device consists of uniformly segmented sectors of high efficiency MIM metasurface. With each of the segment sector functioning as a local quarter-wave-plate (QWP), the device is designed to convert circularly polarized incidence into local linear polarization to create an overall radial polarization with corresponding binary phases and extremely high dynamic range amplitude modulation. The capability of such devices enables the generation of nearly arbitrarily complex optical fields that may find broad applications that transcend disciplinary boundaries.

  1. Generating Private Recommendations Efficiently Using Homomorphic Encryption and Data Packing

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    Erkin, Zekeriya; Veugen, Thijs; Toft, Tomas

    2012-01-01

    security only against malicious third parties, but not the service provider. This creates a serious privacy risk for the users. In this paper, we aim to protect the private data against the service provider while preserving the functionality of the system. We propose encrypting private data and processing...... them under encryption to generate recommendations. By introducing a semitrusted third party and using data packing, we construct a highly efficient system that does not require the active participation of the user. We also present a comparison protocol, which is the first one to the best of our...... knowledge, that compares multiple values that are packed in one encryption. Conducted experiments show that this work opens a door to generate private recommendations in a privacy-preserving manner...

  2. Generation of siRNA Nanosheets for Efficient RNA Interference

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    Kim, Hyejin; Lee, Jae Sung; Lee, Jong Bum

    2016-04-01

    After the discovery of small interference RNA (siRNA), nanostructured siRNA delivery systems have been introduced to achieve an efficient regulation of the target gene expression. Here we report a new siRNA-generating two dimensional nanostructure in a formation of nanosized sheet. Inspired by tunable mechanical and functional properties of the previously reported RNA membrane, siRNA nanosized sheets (siRNA-NS) with multiple Dicer cleavage sites were prepared. The siRNA-NS has two dimensional structure, providing a large surface area for Dicer to cleave the siRNA-NS for the generation of functional siRNAs. Furthermore, downregulation of the cellular target gene expression was achieved by delivery of siRNA-NS without chemical modification of RNA strands or conjugation to other substances.

  3. METADATA DRIVEN EFFICIENT KEY GENERATION AND DISTRIBUTION IN CLOUD SECURITY

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available With rapid development of cloud computing to a greater extent IT industries outsource their sensitive data at cloud data storage location. To keep the stored data confidential against untrusted cloud service providers, a natural way is to store only encrypted data in the cloud severs and providing an efficient access control mechanism using a competent cipher key-Cmxn, which is becoming a promising cryptographic solution. In this proposed model the cipher key is generated based on attributes of metadata. The key problems of this approach includes, the generation of cipher key-Cmxn and establishing an access control mechanism for the encrypted data using cipher key, where keys cannot be revoked without the involvement of data owner and the Metadata Data Server (MDS, hence makes data owner feels comfortable about the data stored. From this study, we propose a novel Metadata driven efficient key generation and distribution policies for cloud data security system by exploiting the characteristic of the metadata stored. Our design enforces security by providing two novel features. 1. Generation of Cipher key-Cmxn using modified feistel network, which holds good for the avalanche effect as each round of the feistel function, depends on the previous round. 2. A novel key distribution policy is designed where the encryption and decryption keys cannot be compromised without the involvement of data owner and the Metadata Data Server (MDS, hence makes data owner comfortable about the data stored. We have implemented a security model that incorporates our ideas and evaluated the performance and scalability of the secured model.

  4. Efficient generation of image chips for training deep learning algorithms

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    Han, Sanghui; Fafard, Alex; Kerekes, John; Gartley, Michael; Ientilucci, Emmett; Savakis, Andreas; Law, Charles; Parhan, Jason; Turek, Matt; Fieldhouse, Keith; Rovito, Todd

    2017-05-01

    Training deep convolutional networks for satellite or aerial image analysis often requires a large amount of training data. For a more robust algorithm, training data need to have variations not only in the background and target, but also radiometric variations in the image such as shadowing, illumination changes, atmospheric conditions, and imaging platforms with different collection geometry. Data augmentation is a commonly used approach to generating additional training data. However, this approach is often insufficient in accounting for real world changes in lighting, location or viewpoint outside of the collection geometry. Alternatively, image simulation can be an efficient way to augment training data that incorporates all these variations, such as changing backgrounds, that may be encountered in real data. The Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Image Image Generation (DIRSIG) model is a tool that produces synthetic imagery using a suite of physics-based radiation propagation modules. DIRSIG can simulate images taken from different sensors with variation in collection geometry, spectral response, solar elevation and angle, atmospheric models, target, and background. Simulation of Urban Mobility (SUMO) is a multi-modal traffic simulation tool that explicitly models vehicles that move through a given road network. The output of the SUMO model was incorporated into DIRSIG to generate scenes with moving vehicles. The same approach was used when using helicopters as targets, but with slight modifications. Using the combination of DIRSIG and SUMO, we quickly generated many small images, with the target at the center with different backgrounds. The simulations generated images with vehicles and helicopters as targets, and corresponding images without targets. Using parallel computing, 120,000 training images were generated in about an hour. Some preliminary results show an improvement in the deep learning algorithm when real image training data are augmented with

  5. Efficient Moment Matrix Generation for Arbitrary Chemical Networks.

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    Smadbeck, P; Kaznessis, Y N

    2012-12-24

    As stochastic simulations become increasingly common in biological research, tools for analysis of such systems are in demand. The deterministic analogue to stochastic models, a set of probability moment equations equivalent to the Chemical Master Equation (CME), offers the possibility of a priori analysis of systems without the need for computationally costly Monte Carlo simulations. Despite the drawbacks of the method, in particular non-linearity in even the simplest of cases, the use of moment equations combined with moment-closure techniques has been used effectively in many fields. The techniques currently available to generate moment equations rely upon analytical expressions that are not efficient upon scaling. Additionally, the resulting moment-dependent matrix is lower diagonal and demands massive memory allocation in extreme cases. Here it is demonstrated that by utilizing factorial moments and the probability generating function (the Z-transform of the probability distribution) a recursive algorithm is produced. The resulting method is scalable and particularly efficient when high-order moments are required. The matrix produced is banded and often demands substantially less memory resources.

  6. Efficient Interpolant Generation in Satisfiability Modulo Linear Integer Arithmetic

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    Griggio, Alberto; Sebastiani, Roberto

    2010-01-01

    The problem of computing Craig interpolants in SAT and SMT has recently received a lot of interest, mainly for its applications in formal verification. Efficient algorithms for interpolant generation have been presented for some theories of interest ---including that of equality and uninterpreted functions, linear arithmetic over the rationals, and their combination--- and they are successfully used within model checking tools. For the theory of linear arithmetic over the integers (LA(Z)), however, the problem of finding an interpolant is more challenging, and the task of developing efficient interpolant generators for the full theory LA(Z) is still the objective of ongoing research. In this paper we try to close this gap. We build on previous work and present a novel interpolation algorithm for SMT(LA(Z)), which exploits the full power of current state-of-the-art SMT(LA(Z)) solvers. We demonstrate the potential of our approach with an extensive experimental evaluation of our implementation of the proposed al...

  7. Cost efficient SAGD heave monitoring: new generation radar technology

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    Granda, Johanna; Arnaud, Alain; Payas, Blanca; Katsuris, Dimitra; Cooksley, Geraint [Altamira Information (Canada)

    2011-07-01

    Oil sands operations are subject to various regulations, one of them being the obligation to monitor heave monuments or other surfaces. Besides meeting the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) requirements, heave monitoring is efficient in steam chamber monitoring and guaranteeing the safety of SAGD operations. Several techniques exist for heave monitoring, such as GPS-measurement and Interferometry for synthetic aperture readar (InSAR). This paper aimed at presenting the InSAR technology and the advances made with the new generation X-band satellite technology. Two studies were conducted: one in an SAGD steam injection area in Alberta, Canada, and the other in a CO2 storage site in In Salah, Algeria. The new generation X-band radar satellites showed some advantages over traditional techniques, with: redundancy of satellites, frequency of images, measurement precision, a higher resolution and a smaller size of corner reflectors. The InSAR technology presented herein is a cost efficient technique allowing heavy oil operators to comply with ERCB requirements.

  8. Tópicos sobre optimización de algoritmos

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    Gloria Inés Giraldo Echeverry

    2011-01-01

    El presente artículo pretende ilustrar cómo, en el desarrollo de sofware, un primer algoritmo que se construya en la solución de un problema puede mejorarse muchísimo. analizando dónde se gasta su tiempo.

  9. Tópicos sobre optimización de algoritmos

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    Gloria Inés Giraldo Echeverry

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo pretende ilustrar cómo, en el desarrollo de sofware, un primer algoritmo que se construya en la solución de un problema puede mejorarse muchísimo. analizando dónde se gasta su tiempo.

  10. An Efficient Collision Detection Scheme for Generation-2 RFID Systems

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    Cheng Jin

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available In radio-frequency identification (RFID systems, tag collision resolution is a significant issue for fast tag identification. Dynamic framed slotted ALOHA (DFSA is one of the most widely used algorithms to resolve tag collision. Collision detection (CD plays an important role in determining the efficiency of DFSA-based algorithms because most DFSA-based algorithms determine the next frame size according to the number of collided slots in the current frame. Existing CD methods do not respond quickly enough to detect a collision and have difficulty in distinguishing a collision from noise, resulting in a degradation of system efficiency. This paper presents a CD scheme based on the EPCglobal Class-1 Generation-2 protocol to improve CD efficiency. This scheme enables fast and accurate CD by detecting the number of pulses transmitted by tags. The effectiveness and practical feasibility of the scheme is verified by simulation and implementation. Performance evaluation results show that the proposed scheme achieves faster identification speed than the conventional methods, especially under noise conditions.

  11. An Efficient Grid Generation Method for Arbitrary Domains

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    Orme, Melissa; Huang, Changzheng

    1997-11-01

    This paper describes an efficient grid generation method for arbitrary or multiply connected domains. Our method, essentially based on the edge swapping techniques, combines the advantages of the Delaunay triangulation method and the advancing front method. The latter two methods are in popular use nowadays. But both suffer some limitations. Delaunay method generates high quality grid but grid may cut across the boundary in concave regions. Advancing front method works for general domain but may encounter difficulties where fronts have to be merged. The current method garantees the boundary integrity and attains the nice Delaunay features into the domain. This is achieved by carefully documenting the grid information so that each edge is readily identified to be inside or outside the domain; and (2) continuously swapping out those bad edges that destroy the Delaunay properties. The computer program built on this method allows users to control the grid density distribution by specifying typical grid sizes on a few chosen points. Interesting examples are demonstrated here. One of them is a circular domain with three letters APS inside. (see figure 1 and figure 2 ). Given a grid size for APS and another size for the circle, the program automatically generates a smooth triangular grid regardless of the complex multiply connected geometry.

  12. Efficient Raman generation in a waveguide: A route to ultrafast quantum random number generation

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    England, D. G.; Bustard, P. J.; Moffatt, D. J.; Nunn, J.; Lausten, R.; Sussman, B. J.

    2014-02-01

    The inherent uncertainty in quantum mechanics offers a source of true randomness which can be used to produce unbreakable cryptographic keys. We discuss the development of a high-speed random number generator based on the quantum phase fluctuations in spontaneously initiated stimulated Raman scattering (SISRS). We utilize the tight confinement and long interaction length available in a Potassium Titanyl Phosphate waveguide to generate highly efficient SISRS using nanojoule pulse energies, reducing the high pump power requirements of the previous approaches. We measure the random phase of the Stokes output using a simple interferometric setup to yield quantum random numbers at 145 Mbps.

  13. Next generation of high-efficient waste incinerators. Final report

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    Jappe Frandsen, F.

    2010-11-15

    Modern society produces increasing amounts of combustible waste which may be utilized for heat and power production, at a lower emission of CO{sub 2}, e.g. by substituting a certain fraction of energy from fossil fuel-fired power stations. In 2007, 20.4 % of the district heating and 4.5 % of the power produced in Denmark came from thermal conversion of waste, and waste is a very important part of a future sustainable, and independent, Danish energy supply [Frandsen et al., 2009; Groen Energi, 2010]. In Denmark, approx 3.3 Mtons of waste was produced in 2005, an amount predicted to increase to 4.4 Mtons by the year 2030. According to Affald Danmark, 25 % of the current WtE plant capacity in Denmark is older than 20 years, which is usually considered as the technical and economical lifetime of WtE plants. Thus, there is a need for installation of a significant fraction of new waste incineration capacity, preferentially with an increased electrical efficiency, within the next few years. Compared to fossil fuels, waste is difficult to handle in terms of pre-treatment, combustion, and generation of reusable solid residues. In particular, the content of inorganic species (S, Cl, K, Na, etc.) is problematic, due to enhanced deposition and corrosion - especially at higher temperatures. This puts severe constraints on the electrical efficiency of grate-fired units utilizing waste, which seldom exceeds 26-27%, campared to 46-48 % for coal combustion in suspension. The key parameters when targeting higher electrical efficiency are the pressure and temperature in the steam cycle, which are limited by high-temperature corrosion, boiler- and combustion-technology. This report reviews some of the means that can be applied in order to increase the electrical efficiency in plants firing waste on a grate. (Author)

  14. Efficient generation of ozone in arrays of microchannel plasmas

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    Kim, M. H.; Cho, J. H.; Ban, S. B.; Choi, R. Y.; Kwon, E. J.; Park, S.-J.; Eden, J. G.

    2013-07-01

    Ozone is produced efficiently in arrays of low-temperature, linear microplasmas having a trapezoidal or parabolic cross-sectional profile and generated within nanoporous alumina (Al2O3) microchannels. Fabricated from aluminum foil by wet chemical processing, micropowder ablation, and one photolithographic step, arrays of microchannel plasma devices 3 cm in length and 250 µm in width at the aperture of the channel produce spatially uniform glow discharges in O2 feedstock gas at a pressure of 1 atm and flow rates of 0.25-2.5 standard litres per minute. Several device and array structures, incorporating embedded electrodes and Al/Al2O3 or glass channels, have been fabricated and tested extensively. A design based solely on microchannels fabricated in nanoporous alumina, flanked by Al electrodes buried in the channel wall, is found to be superior in performance to other materials and geometries. Altering the electric field profile inside the microchannels (by means of the electrode geometry) is found to have a significant impact on the reactor efficiency. Ozone output is observed to scale linearly with the number of microchannels in the array and the feedstock gas flow rate. Efficiencies and O3 concentrations surpassing 85 g kWh-1 and 17 g m-3, respectively, have been measured, and arrays as large as 120 microchannels have been realized to date. The results presented here suggest a new approach to plasma-chemical reactors, one in which ‘massively parallel’ processing of one or more gases in non-streamer (glow) discharges efficiently produces products of commercial value in thousands of micropores or microchannels fabricated in recyclable and inexpensive materials. Reductions of an order of magnitude in the weight and volume of microplasma-based O3 reactors, relative to conventional dielectric barrier discharge technology, appear to be feasible.

  15. Efficient and Robust Two-Party RSA Key Generation

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    YANG Muxiang; HONG Fan; ZHENG Minghui; LI Jun

    2006-01-01

    An efficient two party RSA secret key sharing generation scheme based on a homomorphic encryption, which is semantically secure under the prime residuosity assumption, is proposed in this paper. At the stage of computing RSA modulo N, an initial distributed primality test protocol is used to reduce the computation complexity and increase the probability of N being a two-prime product. On the other aspect, the homomorphic encryption based sharing conversion protocols is devised and adopted in multi-party computing modulus N and secret key d. Comparing to any sharing conversion protocols based on oblivious transfer protocol, the homomorphic encryption based sharing conversion protocols are of high performance. Our scheme resists the passive attack and since a method of verifying the sharing was introduced in, the scheme can resists any cheating behaviors too. Security proof, computation complexity and communication complexity analysis are given at last.

  16. Efficient Vortex Generation in Subwavelength Epsilon-Near-Zero Slabs

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    Ciattoni, Alessandro; Marini, Andrea; Rizza, Carlo

    2017-03-01

    We show that a homogeneous and isotropic slab, illuminated by a circularly polarized beam with no topological charge, produces vortices of order 2 in the opposite circularly polarized components of the reflected and transmitted fields, as a consequence of the transverse magnetic and transverse electric asymmetric response of the rotationally invariant system. In addition, in the epsilon-near-zero regime, we find that vortex generation is remarkably efficient in subwavelength thick slabs up to the paraxial regime. This physically stems from the fact that a vacuum paraxial field can excite a nonparaxial field inside an epsilon-near-zero slab since it hosts slowly varying fields over physically large portions of the bulk. Our theoretical predictions indicate that epsilon-near-zero media hold great potential as nanophotonic elements for manipulating the angular momentum of the radiation, since they are available without resorting to complicated micro- or nanofabrication processes and can operate even at very small (ultraviolet) wavelengths.

  17. Fast Reactor Subassembly Design Modifications for Increasing Electricity Generation Efficiency

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    R. Wigeland; K. Hamman

    2009-09-01

    Suggested for Track 7: Advances in Reactor Core Design and In-Core Management _____________________________________________________________________________________ Fast Reactor Subassembly Design Modifications for Increasing Electricity Generation Efficiency R. Wigeland and K. Hamman Idaho National Laboratory Given the ability of fast reactors to effectively transmute the transuranic elements as are present in spent nuclear fuel, fast reactors are being considered as one element of future nuclear power systems to enable continued use and growth of nuclear power by limiting high-level waste generation. However, a key issue for fast reactors is higher electricity cost relative to other forms of nuclear energy generation. The economics of the fast reactor are affected by the amount of electric power that can be produced from a reactor, i.e., the thermal efficiency for electricity generation. The present study is examining the potential for fast reactor subassembly design changes to improve the thermal efficiency by increasing the average coolant outlet temperature without increasing peak temperatures within the subassembly, i.e., to make better use of current technology. Sodium-cooled fast reactors operate at temperatures far below the coolant boiling point, so that the maximum coolant outlet temperature is limited by the acceptable peak temperatures for the reactor fuel and cladding. Fast reactor fuel subassemblies have historically been constructed using a large number of small diameter fuel pins contained within a tube of hexagonal cross-section, or hexcan. Due to this design, there is a larger coolant flow area next to the hexcan wall as compared to flow area in the interior of the subassembly. This results in a higher flow rate near the hexcan wall, overcooling the fuel pins next to the wall, and a non-uniform coolant temperature distribution. It has been recognized for many years that this difference in sodium coolant temperature was detrimental to achieving

  18. Efficient Pruning Method for Ensemble Self-Generating Neural Networks

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    Hirotaka Inoue

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Recently, multiple classifier systems (MCS have been used for practical applications to improve classification accuracy. Self-generating neural networks (SGNN are one of the suitable base-classifiers for MCS because of their simple setting and fast learning. However, the computation cost of the MCS increases in proportion to the number of SGNN. In this paper, we propose an efficient pruning method for the structure of the SGNN in the MCS. We compare the pruned MCS with two sampling methods. Experiments have been conducted to compare the pruned MCS with an unpruned MCS, the MCS based on C4.5, and k-nearest neighbor method. The results show that the pruned MCS can improve its classification accuracy as well as reducing the computation cost.

  19. An Efficient Framework for Generating Storyline Visualizations from Streaming Data.

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    Tanahashi, Yuzuru; Hsueh, Chien-Hsin; Ma, Kwan-Liu

    2015-06-01

    This paper presents a novel framework for applying storyline visualizations to streaming data. The framework includes three components: a new data management scheme for processing and storing the incoming data, a layout construction algorithm specifically designed for incrementally generating storylines from streaming data, and a layout refinement algorithm for improving the legibility of the visualization. By dividing the layout computation to two separate components, one for constructing and another for refining, our framework effectively provides the users with the ability to follow and reason dynamic data. The evaluation studies of our storyline visualization framework demonstrate its efficacy to present streaming data as well as its superior performance over existing methods in terms of both computational efficiency and visual clarity.

  20. Efficient computation of clipped Voronoi diagram for mesh generation

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    Yan, Dongming

    2013-04-01

    The Voronoi diagram is a fundamental geometric structure widely used in various fields, especially in computer graphics and geometry computing. For a set of points in a compact domain (i.e. a bounded and closed 2D region or a 3D volume), some Voronoi cells of their Voronoi diagram are infinite or partially outside of the domain, but in practice only the parts of the cells inside the domain are needed, as when computing the centroidal Voronoi tessellation. Such a Voronoi diagram confined to a compact domain is called a clipped Voronoi diagram. We present an efficient algorithm to compute the clipped Voronoi diagram for a set of sites with respect to a compact 2D region or a 3D volume. We also apply the proposed method to optimal mesh generation based on the centroidal Voronoi tessellation. Crown Copyright © 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Efficient Vortex Generation in Subwavelength Epsilon-Near-Zero Slabs.

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    Ciattoni, Alessandro; Marini, Andrea; Rizza, Carlo

    2017-03-10

    We show that a homogeneous and isotropic slab, illuminated by a circularly polarized beam with no topological charge, produces vortices of order 2 in the opposite circularly polarized components of the reflected and transmitted fields, as a consequence of the transverse magnetic and transverse electric asymmetric response of the rotationally invariant system. In addition, in the epsilon-near-zero regime, we find that vortex generation is remarkably efficient in subwavelength thick slabs up to the paraxial regime. This physically stems from the fact that a vacuum paraxial field can excite a nonparaxial field inside an epsilon-near-zero slab since it hosts slowly varying fields over physically large portions of the bulk. Our theoretical predictions indicate that epsilon-near-zero media hold great potential as nanophotonic elements for manipulating the angular momentum of the radiation, since they are available without resorting to complicated micro- or nanofabrication processes and can operate even at very small (ultraviolet) wavelengths.

  2. Efficient Algorithms for Generating Truncated Multivariate Normal Distributions

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    Jun-wu YU; Guo-liang TIAN

    2011-01-01

    Sampling from a truncated multivariate normal distribution (TMVND) constitutes the core computational module in fitting many statistical and econometric models.We propose two efficient methods,an iterative data augmentation (DA) algorithm and a non-iterative inverse Bayes formulae (IBF) sampler,to simulate TMVND and generalize them to multivariate normal distributions with linear inequality constraints.By creating a Bayesian incomplete-data structure,the posterior step of the DA algorithm directly generates random vector draws as opposed to single element draws,resulting obvious computational advantage and easy coding with common statistical software packages such as S-PLUS,MATLAB and GAUSS.Furthermore,the DA provides a ready structure for implementing a fast EM algorithm to identify the mode of TMVND,which has many potential applications in statistical inference of constrained parameter problems.In addition,utilizing this mode as an intermediate result,the IBF sampling provides a novel alternative to Gibbs sampling and eliminates problems with convergence and possible slow convergence due to the high correlation between components of a TMVND.The DA algorithm is applied to a linear regression model with constrained parameters and is illustrated with a published data set.Numerical comparisons show that the propoeed DA algorithm and IBF sampler are more efficient than the Gibbs sampler and the accept-reject algorithm.

  3. The generation of efficient supported (Heterogeneous) olefin metathesis catalysts

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    Grubbs, Robert H

    2013-04-05

    Over the past decade, a new family of homogeneous metathesis catalysts has been developed that will tolerate most organic functionalities as well as water and air. These homogeneous catalysts are finding numerous applications in the pharmaceutical industry as well as in the production of functional polymers. In addition the catalysts are being used to convert seed oils into products that can substitute for those that are now made from petroleum products. Seed oils are unsaturated, contain double bonds, and are a ready source of linear hydrocarbon fragments that are specifically functionalized. To increase the number of applications in the area of biomaterial conversion to petrol chemicals, the activity and efficiency of the catalysts need to be as high as possible. The higher the efficiency of the catalysts, the lower the cost of the conversion and a larger number of practical applications become available. Active supported catalysts were prepared and tested in the conversion of seed oils and other important starting materials. The outcome of the work was successful and the technology has been transferred to a commercial operation to develop viable applications of the discovered systems. A biorefinery that converts seed oils is under construction in Indonesia. The catalysts developed in this study will be considered for the next generation of operations.

  4. Efficient generation of human IgA monoclonal antibodies.

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    Lorin, Valérie; Mouquet, Hugo

    2015-07-01

    Immunoglobulin A (IgA) is the most abundant antibody isotype produced in humans. IgA antibodies primarily ensure immune protection of mucosal surfaces against invading pathogens, but also circulate and are present in large quantities in blood. IgAs are heterogeneous at a molecular level, with two IgA subtypes and the capacity to form multimers by interacting with the joining (J) chain. Here, we have developed an efficient strategy to rapidly generate human IgA1 and IgA2 monoclonal antibodies in their monomeric and dimeric forms. Recombinant monomeric and dimeric IgA1/IgA2 counterparts of a prototypical IgG1 monoclonal antibody, 10-1074, targeting the HIV-1 envelope protein, were produced in large amounts after expression cloning and transient transfection of 293-F cells. 10-1074 IgAs were FPLC-purified using a novel affinity-based resin engrafted with anti-IgA chimeric Fabs, followed by a monomers/multimers separation using size exclusion-based FPLC. ELISA binding experiments confirmed that the artificial IgA class switching of 10-1074 did not alter its antigen recognition. In summary, our technical approach allows the very efficient production of various forms of purified recombinant human IgA molecules, which are precious tools in dissecting IgA B-cell responses in physiological and pathophysiological conditions, and studying the biology, function and therapeutic potential of IgAs.

  5. Gerando orientações acíclicas com algoritmos probabilísticos distribuídos

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    Gladstone M. Arantes Jr

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo apresenta um novo algoritmo distribuído probabilístico para a geração de orientações acíclicas em um sistema distribuído anônimo de topologia arbitrária. O algoritmo é analisado tanto em termos de correção e complexidade esperada quanto velocidade de convergência. Em particular, é demonstrado que este novo algoritmo, chamado Alg-Arestas, é capaz de produzir, com alta probabilidade, orientações acíclicas quase instantaneamente, isto é, em menos de dois passos. Duas aplicações para essa forma de quebra de simetria serão discutidas: (i inicialização do Escalonamento por Reversão de Arestas (ERA, um simples e poderoso algoritmo de escalonamento distribuído, e (ii uma estratégia de distribuição de uploads em redes de computadores.This paper presents a new randomized distributed algorithm for the generation of acyclic orientations upon anonymous distributed systems of arbitrary topology. This algorithm is analyzed in terms of correctness and complexity as well as its convergence rate. In particular, it is shown that this new algorithm, called Alg-Arestas, is able to produce, with high probability, acyclic orientations quasi instantaneously, i.e., in less than two steps. Two applications of this form of symmetry breaking will be discussed: (i initialization of Scheduling by Edge Reversal (SER, a simple and powerful distributed scheduling algorithm, and (ii a strategy for distributed uploading in computer networks.

  6. Synergetic effect of combined pretreatment for energy efficient biogas generation.

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    Kannah, R Yukesh; Kavitha, S; Rajesh Banu, J; Yeom, Ick Tae; Johnson, M

    2017-05-01

    Physiochemical disintegration of waste activated biosolids (WAB) through thermochemical (TC) pretreatment requires high energy and cost for efficient energy generation. Therefore in the present study, an attempt has been made to enhance the biodegrdability and to minimize the operational cost of TC pretreatment by combining it with ozonation. A higher solubilization of about 30.4% was achieved at lesser energy input of about 141.02kJ/kgTS and a ozone dosage of about 0.0012mgO3/mgSS through this combined thermo chemo ozone (TCO3) pretreatment. The methane production potential (0.32gCOD/gCOD) of TCO3 pretreatment was comparatively higher than the (0.19gCOD/gCOD) TC pretreatment. The energetic analysis and economic assessment of the proposed method of pretreatment can possibly reduces the energy requirement of TC pretreatment with a positive net profit of about 35.49$/ton of biosolids. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. The Next Generation Photoinjector (thermal Emittance, Quantum Efficiency)

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    Palmer, D T

    1998-01-01

    This dissertation will elucidate the design, construction, theory, and operation of the Next Generation Photoinjector (NGP). This photoinjector is comprised of the BNL/SLAC/UCLA 1.6 cell symmetrized S-band photocathode radio frequency (rf) electron gun and a single emittance-compensation solenoidal magnet. This photoinjector is a prototype for the Linear Coherent Light Source X-ray Free Electron Laser operating in the 1.5 A range. Simulations indicate that this photoinjector is capable of producing a 1 nC electron bunch with transverse normalized emittance less than 1 $\\pi$ mm-mrad were the cathode is illuminated with a 10 psec longitudinal flat top pulse. Using a Gaussian longitudinal laser profile with a full width half maximum (FWHM) of 10 psec, simulation indicates that the NGP is capable of producing a normalized rms emittance of 2.50 $\\pi$ mm-mrad at 1 nC. Using the removable cathode plate we have studied the quantum efficiency (QE) of both copper and magnesium photo-cathodes...

  8. Análisis de eficiencia de algoritmos

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    Lovos, Edith

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available La resolución de un problema usando una computadora puede ser modelada por diferentes algoritmos. De aquí la importancia de contar con herramientas que nos permitan seleccionar el algoritmo que sea más eficiente, es decir, el que insuma menos recursos del ordenador: tiempo y memoria necesarios para su ejecución. Existen dos formas de medir la complejidad de un algoritmo: análisis teórico y análisis empírico. En este trabajo se presenta la descripción del simulador, “SIMULA-ALGO”, junto con la propuesta de uso y detalles del diseño de la interfaz. Se presenta además una fundamentación teórica sobre las ventajas del uso de la simulación como recurso pedagógico-didáctico. El simulador se propone como recurso para la enseñanza aprendizaje del análisis teórico de eficiencia de algoritmos. El mismo está destinado a alumnos de los primeros años de carreras universitarias de licenciatura en sistemas. Los contenidos considerados en el simulador, requieren, para su comprensión, del uso de procesos cognitivos analíticos. El simulador pretende optimizar estos procesos en el alumno que lo usa. Así, por ejemplo, el simulador podrá realizar procesos rutinarios en forma rápida y efectiva, permitiendo que el alumno se concentre en los procesos analíticos que requiere la tarea.

  9. TOMA DE DECISIONES BASADAS EN EL ALGORITMO DE DIJKSTRA

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    Laura Méndez Martínez

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Una de las funciones que realiza un ‘Radio Cognitivo’ es la toma de decisiones sobre el espectro radioeléctrico, esto a partir del análisis que realiza de su entorno. En este trabajo de investigación, se propone un método para la toma de decisiones para la selección de una banda en el espectro radioeléctrico que cumpla con ciertos criterios requeridos para una aplicación. Esta toma de decisiones se basa en un algoritmo de búsqueda del camino más corto similar al Algoritmo de Dijkstra. Para encontrar el camino más corto, el cual representa a la banda de frecuencia requerida, se especifican los atributos o parámetros a considerar para cada una de las bandas de acuerdo a una aplicación en particular o servicio requerido. A estos atributos o parámetros se les asignan valores es decir, pesos que determinan la prioridad e importancia para cada servicio. El algoritmo propuesto basado en Dijkstra, evalúa los parámetros del conjunto de bandas disponibles considerando el peso asignado, e indica la banda a seleccionar y que cubre con los criterios de la toma de decisiones. Se realizaron simulaciones por computadora para caracterizar los servicios identificados como mejor esfuerzo ‘Best Effort’ y tiempo real ‘Real Time’, obteniendo como resultado una latencia reducida que representa un tiempo práctico para ser implementado en un Radio Cognitivo en su toma de decisiones. Se observó también que los tiempos mostraron una mejora al ser comparados con los resultados obtenidos al implementar el Algoritmo de AHP.

  10. PROPOSICIÓN Y SIMULACIÓN DE UN ALGORITMO ADAPTATIVO PARA SISTEMAS DE ANTENAS INTELIGENTES

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    Espinosa Díaz,Perla; Villarroel González,Carlos

    2007-01-01

    En este trabajo se describen brevemente los sistemas de antenas inteligentes. Se presentan algunos algoritmos adaptativos que hacen que el sistema sea inteligente. Los algoritmos que se presentan son LMS y el RLS y serán sometidos a un análisis matemático para su posterior simulación vía MatLab. Éstos se escogen por su relación con un algoritmo híbrido desarrollado. Cada algoritmo será evaluado respecto a diferentes parámetros tales como convergencia, rapidez, estabilidad, etc

  11. Efficiency of including first-generation information in second-generation ranking and selection: results of computer simulation.

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    T.Z. Ye; K.J.S. Jayawickrama; G.R. Johnson

    2006-01-01

    Using computer simulation, we evaluated the impact of using first-generation information to increase selection efficiency in a second-generation breeding program. Selection efficiency was compared in terms of increase in rank correlation between estimated and true breeding values (i.e., ranking accuracy), reduction in coefficient of variation of correlation...

  12. Photocurrent generation efficiency of a carbon nanotube pn junction

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    McCulley, Daniel; Aspitarte, Lee; Minot, Ethan

    Carrier multiplication effects can enhance the quantum efficiency of photovoltaic devices. For example, quantum dot solar cells have demonstrated photon-to-electron conversion efficiencies greater than 100% when photon energies exceed twice the band gap. Carbon nanotube photodiodes exhibit carrier multiplication effects (Gabor et al., Science 2009), but the quantum efficiency of such photodiodes has not previously been characterized. We have reproduced the carrier multiplication phenomena in individual CNT pn junctions and investigated the conditions under which it occurs. We will present early results quantifying the internal quantum efficiency of the process.

  13. Efficient ion generation in laser-foil interaction

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    Kawata S.

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available A remarkable improvement is presented on the energy conversion efficiency from laser to protons in a laser-foil interaction by particle simulations. The total laser-proton energy conversion efficiency from laser to protons becomes 16.7%, though a conventional plane foil target serves a rather low efficiency. In our 2.5-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations the Al multihole structure is also employed, and the laser absorption ratio reaches 71.2%. The main physical reason for the enhancement of the conversion efficiency is a reduction of the laser reflection at the target surface area;

  14. Efficient generation of photonic entanglement and multiparty quantum communication

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    Trojek, Pavel

    2007-09-15

    This thesis deals largely with the problem of efficient generation of photonic entanglement with the principal aim of developing a bright source of polarization-entangled photon pairs, which meets the requirements for reliable and economic operation of quantum communication prototypes and demonstrators. Our approach uses a cor-related photon-pair emission in nonlinear process of spontaneous parametric downconversion pumped by light coming from a compact and cheap blue laser diode. Two alternative source configurations are examined within the thesis. The first makes use of a well established concept of degenerate non-collinear emission from a single type-II nonlinear crystal and the second relies on a novel method where the emissions from two adjacent type-I phase-matched nonlinear crystals operated in collinear non-degenerate regime are coherently overlapped. The latter approach showed to be more effective, yielding a total detected rate of almost 10{sup 6} pairs/s at >98% quantum interference visibility of polarization correlations. The second issue addressed within the thesis is the simplification and practical implementation of quantum-assisted solutions to multiparty communication tasks. We show that entanglement is not the only non-classical resource endowing the quantum multiparty information processing its power. Instead, only the sequential communication and transformation of a single qubit can be sufficient to accomplish certain tasks. This we prove for two distinct communication tasks, secret sharing and communication complexity. Whereas the goal of the first is to split a cryptographic key among several parties in a way that its reconstruction requires their collaboration, the latter aims at reducing the amount of communication during distributed computational tasks. Importantly, our qubitassisted solutions to the problems are feasible with state-of-the-art technology. This we clearly demonstrate in the laboratory implementation for 6 and 5 parties

  15. An efficient method for parallel CRC automatic generation

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    陈红胜; 张继承; 王勇; 陈抗生

    2003-01-01

    The State Transition Equation (STE) based method to automatically generate the parallel CRC circuits for any generator polynomial or required amount of parallelism is presented. The parallel CRC circuit so generated is partially optimized before being fed to synthesis tools and works properly in our LAN transceiv-er. Compared with the cascading method, the proposed method gives better timing results and significantly re-duces the synthesis time, in particular.

  16. Highly efficient methane generation from untreated microalgae biomass

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    Viktor Klassen; Olga Blifernez-Klassen; Daniel Wibberg; Anika Winkler; Jorn Kalinowski; Clemens Posten; Olaf Kruse

    2017-01-01

    .... Especially, biogas generation via anaerobic digestion is economically attractive due to the comparably simple apparative process technology and the theoretical possibility of converting the entire...

  17. Developing an Efficient DMCIS with Next-Generation Wireless Networks

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    Pathan, Al-Sakib Khan

    2007-01-01

    The impact of extreme events across the globe is extraordinary which continues to handicap the advancement of the struggling developing societies and threatens most of the industrialized countries in the globe. Various fields of Information and Communication Technology have widely been used for efficient disaster management; but only to a limited extent though, there is a tremendous potential for increasing efficiency and effectiveness in coping with disasters with the utilization of emerging wireless network technologies. Early warning, response to the particular situation and proper recovery are among the main focuses of an efficient disaster management system today. Considering these aspects, in this paper we propose a framework for developing an efficient Disaster Management Communications and Information System (DMCIS) which is basically benefited by the exploitation of the emerging wireless network technologies combined with other networking and data processing technologies.

  18. Probabilistic Forecasting of Photovoltaic Generation: An Efficient Statistical Approach

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    Wan, Can; Lin, Jin; Song, Yonghua;

    2016-01-01

    This letter proposes a novel efficient probabilistic forecasting approach to accurately quantify the variability and uncertainty of the power production from photovoltaic (PV) systems. Distinguished from most existing models, a linear programming based prediction interval construction model for PV...

  19. Second Generation Advanced Reburning for High Efficiency NOx Control

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    Vladimir M. Zamansky; Peter M. Maly; Vitali V. Lissianski; Mark S. Sheldon; David Moyeda; Roy Payne

    2001-06-30

    This project develops a family of novel Second Generation Advanced Reburning (SGAR) NO{sub x} control technologies, which can achieve 95% NO{sub x} control in coal fired boilers at a significantly lower cost than Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR). The conventional Advanced Reburning (AR) process integrates basic reburning and N-agent injection. The SGAR systems include six AR variants: (1) AR-Lean--injection of the N-agent and promoter along with overfire air; (2) AR-Rich--injection of N-agent and promoter into the reburning zone; (3) Multiple Injection Advanced Reburning (MIAR)--injection of N-agents and promoters both into the reburning zone and with overfire air; (4) AR-Lean + Promoted SNCR--injection of N-agents and promoters with overfire air and into the temperature zone at which Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction (SNCR) is effective; (5) AR-Rich + Promoted SNCR--injection of N-agents and promoters into the reburning zone and into the SNCR zone; and (6) Promoted Reburning + Promoted SNCR--basic or promoted reburning followed by basic or promoted SNCR process. The project was conducted in two phases over a five-year period. The work included a combination of analytical and experimental studies to confirm the process mechanisms, identify optimum process configurations, and develop a design methodology for full-scale applications. Phase I was conducted from October, 1995 to September, 1997 and included both analytical studies and tests in bench and pilot-scale test rigs. Phase I moved AR technology to Maturity Level III-Major Subsystems. Phase II is conducted over a 45 month period (October, 1997-June, 2001). Phase II included evaluation of alternative promoters, development of alternative reburning fuel and N-Agent jet mixing systems, and scale up. The goal of Phase II was to move the technology to Maturity Level I-Subscale Integrated System. Tests in combustion facility ranging in firing rate from 0.1 x 10{sup 6} to 10 x 10{sup 6} Btu/hr demonstrated the

  20. Forecasting the Efficiency of Test Generation Algorithms for Combinational Circuits

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    徐拾义

    2000-01-01

    In this era of VLSI circuits, testability is truly a very crucial issue. To generate a test set for a given circuit, choice of an algorithm from a number of existing test generation algorithms to apply is bound to vary from circuit to circuit. In this paper, the Genetic Algorithm is used in order to construct an accurate model for some existing test generation algorithms that are being used everywhere in the world. Some objective quantitative measures are used as an effective tool in making such choice. Such measures are so important to the analysis of algorithms that they become one of the subjects of this work.

  1. Efficient Column Generation for Cell Detection and Segmentation

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    Zhang, Chong; Wang, Shaofei; Gonzalez-Ballester, Miguel A.; Yarkony, Julian

    2017-01-01

    We study the problem of instance segmentation in biological images with crowded and compact cells. We formulate this task as an integer program where variables correspond to cells and constraints enforce that cells do not overlap. To solve this integer program, we propose a column generation formulation where the pricing program is solved via exact optimization of very small scale integer programs. Column generation is tightened using odd set inequalities which fit elegantly into pricing prob...

  2. Efficient and Safe Chemical Gas Generators with Nanocomposite Reactive Materials

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    2015-11-30

    ammonia borane has been developed that involves the reaction of mechanically alloyed Al·Mg powder with water as a source of heat for ammonia borane...Edward L. Dreizin, Evgeny Shafirovich. Hydrogen generation from ammonia borane and water through combustion reactions with mechanically alloyed... Synthesis , 21 - 24 October 2013, South Padre Island, TX, p. 211. Rodriguez, D., Machado, M., Shafirovich, E., and Dreizin, E.L., “Gas Generating

  3. Efficient modelling, generation and analysis of Markov automata

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    Timmer, Mark

    2013-01-01

    Quantitative model checking is concerned with the verification of both quantitative and qualitative properties over models incorporating quantitative information. Increases in expressivity of these models allow more types of systems to be analysed, but also raise the difficulty of their efficient an

  4. Efficient Generation of Frequency-Multiplexed Entangled Single Photons

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    Qiu, Tian-Hui; Xie, Min

    2016-12-01

    We present two schemes to generate frequency-multiplexed entangled (FME) single photons by coherently mapping photonic entanglement into and out of a quantum memory based on Raman interactions. By splitting a single photon and performing subsequent state transfer, we separate the generation of entanglement and its frequency conversion, and find that the both progresses have the characteristic of inherent determinacy. Our theory can reproduce the prominent features of observed results including pulse shapes and the condition for deterministically generating the FME single photons. The schemes are suitable for the entangled photon pairs with a wider frequency range, and could be immune to the photon loss originating from cavity-mode damping, spontaneous emission, and the dephasing due to atomic thermal motion. The sources might have significant applications in wavelength-division-multiplexing quantum key distribution.

  5. Triangle/Square Waveform Generator Using Area Efficient Hysteresis Comparator

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    M. Drinovsky

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available A function generator generating both square and triangle waveforms is proposed. The generator employs only one low area comparator with accurate hysteresis set by a bias current and a resistor. Oscillation frequency and its non-idealities are analyzed. The function of the proposed circuit is demonstrated on a design of 1 MHz oscillator in STMicroelectronics 180 nm BCD technology. The designed circuit is thoroughly simulated including trimming evaluation. It consumes 4.1 μA at 1.8 V and takes 0.0126 mm2 of silicon area. The temperature variation from -40°C to 125°C is ±1.5 % and the temperature coefficient is 127 ppm/°C.

  6. Efficient, Robust and Constant-Round Distributed RSA Key Generation

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    Damgård, Ivan Bjerre; Mikkelsen, Gert Læssøe

    2010-01-01

    We present the first protocol for distributed RSA key generation which is constant round, secure against malicious adversaries and has a negligibly small bound on the error probability, even using only one iteration of the underlying primality test on each candidate number.......We present the first protocol for distributed RSA key generation which is constant round, secure against malicious adversaries and has a negligibly small bound on the error probability, even using only one iteration of the underlying primality test on each candidate number....

  7. Efficient Cryptography for the Next Generation Secure Cloud

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    Kupcu, Alptekin

    2010-01-01

    Peer-to-peer (P2P) systems, and client-server type storage and computation outsourcing constitute some of the major applications that the next generation cloud schemes will address. Since these applications are just emerging, it is the perfect time to design them with security and privacy in mind. Furthermore, considering the high-churn…

  8. Efficient Sonochemistry through Microbubbles Generated with Micromachined Surfaces

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    Rivas, David Fernandez; Zijlstra, Aaldert G; Lohse, Detlef; Gardeniers, Han J G E; 10.1002/anie.201005533

    2012-01-01

    Sonochemical reactors are used in water treatment, the synthesis of fine chemicals, pharmaceutics and others. The low efficiency of sonoreactors have prevented its massive usage at industrial scales. Controlling the appearance of bubbles in place and time is the most limiting factor. A novel type of sonochemical reactor was designed making use of micro-fabrication techniques to control the nucleation sites of micro-bubbles. The efficiency was increased first by locating the nucleation sites in the most active region of a micro-chamber; additionally the desired chemical effect was significantly higher at the same powers than when not controlled. Silicon substrates were micromachined with "artificial nucleation sites" or pits, and placed at the bottom of the micro-chamber. The pits entrap gas which, upon ultrasonic excitation, sheds off a stream of microbubbles. The gas content of the pits is not depleted but is replenished by diffusion and the emission of microbubbles can continue for hours.

  9. UN ALGORITMO SAEM PARA EL PROBLEMA DE COMPLETACIÓN DE MATRICES // A SAEM ALGORITHM FOR MATRIX COMPLETION PROBLEMS

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    Anaís Frangeline Acuña Sosa

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work we dealt with matrix completion problem. This problem arises in different fields, for example, systems and control theory, image processing and collaborative filtering. Given a probabilistic matrix factorization model, we present an approach based on Bayesian statistics and a stochastic expectation maximization algorithm to retrieve an array of data from a sample of its inputs. The proposed method does not require regularization parameters and estimates the rank of the matrix, in contrast to the BPMF method. Our results show that the proposed method outperforms to an augmented lagrangian algorithm and the BPMF method in its ability to find the rank of the matrix and in efficiency respectively. // RESUMEN En este trabajo estudiamos el problema de completación de matrices. Este problema se presenta en diversas áreas como la teoría de sistemas y control, procesamiento de imágenes y filtrado colaborativo. Considerando un modelo de factorización probabilística de matrices, establecemos una propuesta basada en estadística Bayesiana y un algoritmo EM estocástico para recubrir una matriz de datos a partir de una muestras de sus entradas. El método propuesto no requiere de parámetros de regularización y da un estimado del rango de la matriz, en contraste con el método BPMF. Los resultados muestran que el algoritmo propuesto da mejores estimados del rango de la matriz en comparación con un algoritmo basado en lagrangeanos aumentados y es más eficiente que el método BPMF.

  10. Efficient Focusing Models for Generation of Freak Waves

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    ZHAO Xi-zeng; SUN Zhao-chen; LIANG Shu-xiu

    2009-01-01

    Four focusing models for generation of freak waves are presented. An extreme wave focusing model is presented on the basis of the enhanced High-Order Spectral (HOS) method and the importance of the nonlinear wave-wave interaction is evaluated by comparison of the calculated results with experimental and theoretical data. Based on the modification of the Longuet-Higgins model, four wave models for generation of freak waves (a. Extreme wave model + random wave model; b. Extreme wave model + regular wave model; c. Phase interval modulation wave focusing model; d. Number modulation wave focusing model with the same phase) are proposed. By use of different energy distribution techniques in the four models, freak wave events are obtained with different H_(max)/H_s in finite space and time.

  11. Efficient biased random bit generation for parallel processing

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    Slone, D.M.

    1994-09-28

    A lattice gas automaton was implemented on a massively parallel machine (the BBN TC2000) and a vector supercomputer (the CRAY C90). The automaton models Burgers equation {rho}t + {rho}{rho}{sub x} = {nu}{rho}{sub xx} in 1 dimension. The lattice gas evolves by advecting and colliding pseudo-particles on a 1-dimensional, periodic grid. The specific rules for colliding particles are stochastic in nature and require the generation of many billions of random numbers to create the random bits necessary for the lattice gas. The goal of the thesis was to speed up the process of generating the random bits and thereby lessen the computational bottleneck of the automaton.

  12. An efficient algorithm for generating AoA networks

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    Nasser Eddine Mouhoub

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The activities, in project scheduling, can be represented graphically in two different ways, by either assigning the activities to the nodes 'AoN directed acyclic graph (dag or to the arcs 'AoA dag. In this paper, a new algorithm is proposed for generating, for a given project scheduling problem, an Activity-on-Arc dag starting from the Activity-on-Node dag using the concepts of line graphs of graphs.

  13. Bioinspired Bifunctional Membrane for Efficient Clean Water Generation.

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    Liu, Yang; Lou, Jinwei; Ni, Mengtian; Song, Chengyi; Wu, Jianbo; Dasgupta, Neil P; Tao, Peng; Shang, Wen; Deng, Tao

    2016-01-13

    Solving the problems of water pollution and water shortage is an urgent need for the sustainable development of modern society. Different approaches, including distillation, filtration, and photocatalytic degradation, have been developed for the purification of contaminated water and the generation of clean water. In this study, we explored a new approach that uses solar light for both water purification and clean water generation. A bifunctional membrane consisting of a top layer of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs), a middle layer of Au NPs, and a bottom layer of anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) was designed and fabricated through multiple filtration processes. Such a design enables both TiO2 NP-based photocatalytic function and Au NP-based solar-driven plasmonic evaporation. With the integration of these two functions into a single membrane, both the purification of contaminated water through photocatalytic degradation and the generation of clean water through evaporation were demonstrated using simulated solar illumination. Such a demonstration should also help open up a new strategy for maximizing solar energy conversion and utilization.

  14. Efficient second harmonic generation of picosecond laser pulses.

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    Rabson, T. A.; Ruiz, H. J.; Shah, P. L.; Tittel, F. K.

    1972-01-01

    Efficient conversion to the second harmonic (SH) using KD2PO4 and CsH2AsO4 crystals inside a folded cavity of a high-power-dye mode-locked neodymium-glass laser is reported. For the first time, frequency-doubled picosecond light pulses have been obtained in CsH2AsO4 with peak powers of the order of 1 GW/sq cm at 0.531 micron for an effective pump power density of 4 GW/sq cm.

  15. Production and efficiency of organic compost generated by millipede activity

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    Luiz Fernando de Sousa Antunes

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: The putrefactive activity of organisms such as diplopods in the edaphic macrof auna can be leveraged to promote the transformation of agricultural and urban waste into a low-cost substrate for the production of vegetable seedlings. This research aimed to evaluate: (1 the quantity of Gervais millipedes ( Trigoniulus corallinus needed to produce an acceptable quantity of organic compost; (2 the main physical and chemical characteristics of different compost types; and (3 compost efficiency in the production of lettuce seedlings. The first experiment lasted 90 days and was conducted using 6.5L of Gliricidia, 6.5L of Flemingia, 13.5L of grass cuttings, 4.5L of cardboard, 4.5L of coconut husk, and 4.5L of corncob. Treatments consisting of 0, 0.10, 0.30, 0.50, and 0.90L of millipedes were applied. This experiment compared millicompost and vermicompost, using four repetitions. After 23 days, the heights of grown lettuce plants and the weights of the fresh and dry mass of above ground lettuce and of the roots were assessed. A millipede volume of 0.1L proved to be sufficient for the production of an acceptable volume of organic compost. However, the addition of greater volumes leads to increased calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous content. Millicompost has similar physicochemical characteristics those of vermicompost, and both are equally efficient as a substrate for the production of lettuce seedlings.

  16. Efficient key frames selection for panorama generation from video

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    Fadaeieslam, Mohammad Javad; Soryani, Mohsen; Fathy, Mahmood

    2011-04-01

    A video sequence consists of several hundred frames, and as a result, creating a panoramic image from these frames is a very time-consuming process. Consecutive frames have large overlap areas that do not provide much information. Therefore, some key frames must be extracted for better performance. There are a number of methods for key-frame selection that match all frames in a video sequence. We present a novel and efficient method to select key frames from video for creating a large panoramic mosaic without matching all frames. Consecutive frames are transformed and projected onto the common mosaic surface and the position of each corner of the next frame is predicted with a distinct Kalman filter on this surface. The overlap area between each predicted frame and its previous key frame is used as the criterion to select the next key frame. This method uses video information to reduce features and align frames with repeated structures more accurately. We show that this approach is an efficient preprocessing step and substantially reduces the time required to construct panorama from a video sequence.

  17. Water pumps generate power efficiently; Wasserpumpen erzeugen wirtschaftlich Strom

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    Orchard, Bryan [KSB Aktiengesellschaft, Frankenthal (Germany)

    2010-09-15

    The water supply utility of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Bavaria (Zweckverband Landeswasserversorgung - ZV-LW) intended to construct another power generation stage in the Geislingen station. A longitudinally divided, single-stage spiral casing pump with a capacity of 600 kW was used as turbine; the investment cost and installation cost was only one fourth of the cost of a Francis turbine. Further, it is an advantage that the pump can also be used conventionally, i.e. in pump operation, to support drinking water transport. (orig.)

  18. Efficient generation of Bell-cat states in remote cavities

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    LI Xing; ZHANG Ying-Jie; XIA Yun-Jie

    2008-01-01

    In the context of cavity quantum electrodynamics (QED), a potential scheme is proposed to generate entangled coherentstates. The scheme includes twice interactions of two-level atoms with cavities. In the first interaction, two atoms are sentinto a microwave cavity with the large detuning respectively. And then the second interaction is that the two atoms enteranother microwave cavity and are driven by a resonant classical field meantime. When we choose the proper interactiontime and make measurement on the two atoms, the two microwave cavity mode fields are determinatively entangled. Inaddition, it is easy to generalize the scheme to multi-cavity and multi-atom.

  19. Some Efficient Random Number Generators for Micro Computers.

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    1983-09-01

    bytt:bytel; CONST 1IKLT z 1221; ( other good values are: 2937, 393, 4199, 4293,) b5in ( 9237,14789,15125,17245) seed.int : MULT I sed.int +; Rlyte...Ili](B) Z ..X ....... X ........ x ........ S A * *-------- Figure I: Relationship betueen bits in a Tausuorthe sequence. Here B) is defined as a...Ii]c )R od@ -----------------------------I *here li] = the i-th number produced by the generator. Ii+I] the (i41)-th number produced by the geerator

  20. Highly efficient optical parametric generation in proton exchanged PPLN waveguides

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    Chanvillard, L; Baldi, P; De Micheli, M; Ostrowsky, D B; Huang, L; Bamford, G

    1999-01-01

    Summary form only given. Parametric fluorescence, amplification, and oscillation in PPLN waveguides have already been demonstrated. In all previous experiments, the measured efficiencies were smaller than the theoretically predicted values since the waveguide fabrication process utilized, annealed proton exchange (APE) can reduce or even destroy the nonlinear coefficient and/or the periodic domain orientation in a portion of the guiding structure. In the experiment reported here, we used a 2 cm long, Z-cut PPLN with a 18 mu m domain inversion period. The waveguides are created using a direct proton exchange process in a highly diluted melt, which induces no crystallographic phase transition. This allows preserving both the nonlinear coefficient and the domain orientation while fully benefiting from the power confinement associated with the guided wave configuration. (4 refs).

  1. Estudo comparativo entre algoritmos das transformadas discretas de Fourier e Wavelet

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    Wilson Hissamu Shirado; Márcio de Abreu Moreira; Jandira Guenka Palma; Sylvio Barbon Júnior

    2015-01-01

    Este trabalho apresenta um estudo comparativo das complexidades dos algoritmos das Transformadas Discretas de Fourier, Wavelet e Transformada Rápida de Fourier. As formalizações matemáticas e algumas características dos algoritmos são apresentadas, assim como alguns conceitos de complexidade assintótica. Por fim, é realizado um ensaio prático para comparação dos algoritmos, abrangendo questões como tempo de execução, vantagens e desvantagens de cada transformada assim como avaliações a respei...

  2. Estudo comparativo entre algoritmos das transformadas discretas de Fourier e Wavelet

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    Wilson Hissamu Shirado; Márcio de Abreu Moreira; Jandira Guenka Palma; Sylvio Barbon Júnior

    2015-01-01

    Este trabalho apresenta um estudo comparativo das complexidades dos algoritmos das Transformadas Discretas de Fourier, Wavelet e Transformada Rápida de Fourier. As formalizações matemáticas e algumas características dos algoritmos são apresentadas, assim como alguns conceitos de complexidade assintótica. Por fim, é realizado um ensaio prático para comparação dos algoritmos, abrangendo questões como tempo de execução, vantagens e desvantagens de cada transformada assim como avaliações a respei...

  3. Second Generation Advanced Reburning for High Efficiency NOx Control

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    Vladimir M. Zamansky; Pete M. Maly; Vitali V. Lissianski

    2000-12-31

    This project is designed to develop a family of novel NO{sub x} control technologies, called Second Generation Advanced Reburning (SGAR) which has the potential to achieve 90+% NO{sub x} control in coal-fired boilers at a significantly lower cost than SCR. The thirteenth reporting period in Phase II (October 1-December 31, 2000) included SGAR tests in which coal was used as the reburning fuel. All test work was conducted at GE-EER's 1.0 MMBtu/hr Boiler Simulator Facility. Three test series were performed including AR-Lean, AR-Rich, and reburning + SNCR. Tests demonstrated that over 90% NO{sub x} reduction could be achieved with utilization of coal as a reburning fuel in SGAR. The most effective SGAR variant is reburning + SNCR followed by AR-Lean and AR-Rich.

  4. Efficiency of Choice Set Generation Methods for Bicycle Routes

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    Halldórsdóttir, Katrín; Rieser-Schüssler, Nadine; W. Axhausen, Kay

    travelling information with GPS loggers, compared to self-reported RP data, is more accurate geographic locations and routes. Also, the GPS traces give more reliable information on times and prevent trip underreporting, and it is possible to collect information on many trips by the same person without......With a growing interest in sustainable transport systems, the interest has increased on encouraging more cycling. To encourage cycling, it is important to identify which network attributes influence cyclists route choice and evaluate the trade-offs among these attributes. To analyse travel...... reporting fatigue. GPS data require nevertheless extensive post-processing and in some cases mode imputation. They also require a very detailed digital network to map the routes accurately, which can lead to high computation times during choice set generation, as well as issues with behavioural realism...

  5. Thermal Power: Focusing on Efficient and Clean Generation

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    Han Wei; Li Jialu

    2009-01-01

    @@ History review Before the foundation of New China, there was no thermal power equipment manufacturing industry in China at all. China imported the manufacturing technology of 6-MW and 12-MW thermal power units from the former Czechoslovakia in 1952, and imported the manufacturing technology of 6-MW and 50-MW thermal power units from the former Soviet Union in 1953. At that time, the thermal power equipment manufacturing industry in China started to develop. Before the reform and opening up, China had been able to independently develop 6-300-MW thermal power units of high-pressure, super high-pressure and sub-critical utility boiler, impulse turbine, dual internal water cooling or water-hydrogen-hydrogen turbogenerator, among which the 100-MW, 125-MW,200-MW and 300-MW thermal power units had become the main parts in power grids, and three large-scale power generation equipment manufacturing bases of Harbin, Shanghai and Dongfang had been established simultaneously.

  6. Generating power at high efficiency combined cycle technology for sustainable energy production

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    Jeffs, E

    2008-01-01

    Combined cycle technology is used to generate power at one of the highest levels of efficiency of conventional power plants. It does this through primary generation from a gas turbine coupled with secondary generation from a steam turbine powered by primary exhaust heat. Generating power at high efficiency thoroughly charts the development and implementation of this technology in power plants and looks to the future of the technology, noting the advantages of the most important technical features - including gas turbines, steam generator, combined heat and power and integrated gasification com

  7. Generating efficient belief models for task-oriented dialogues

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    Taylor, J

    1995-01-01

    We have shown that belief modelling for dialogue can be simplified if the assumption is made that the participants are cooperating, i.e., they are not committed to any goals requiring deception. In such domains, there is no need to maintain individual representations of deeply nested beliefs; instead, three specific types of belief can be used to summarize all the states of nested belief that can exist about a domain entity. Here, we set out to design a ``compiler'' for belief models. This system will accept as input a description of agents' interactions with a task domain expressed in a fully-expressive belief logic with non-monotonic and temporal extensions. It generates an operational belief model for use in that domain, sufficient for the requirements of cooperative dialogue, including the negotiation of complex domain plans. The compiled model incorporates the belief simplification mentioned above, and also uses a simplified temporal logic of belief based on the restricted circumstances under which belie...

  8. Efficient Third Harmonic Generation for Wind Lidar Applications

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    Mordaunt, David W.; Cheung, Eric C.; Ho, James G.; Palese, Stephen P.

    1998-01-01

    The characterization of atmospheric winds on a global basis is a key parameter required for accurate weather prediction. The use of a space based lidar system for remote measurement of wind speed would provide detailed and highly accurate data for future weather prediction models. This paper reports the demonstration of efficient third harmonic conversion of a 1 micrometer laser to provide an ultraviolet (UV) source suitable for a wind lidar system based on atmospheric molecular scattering. Although infrared based lidars using aerosol scattering have been demonstrated to provide accurate wind measurement, a UV based system using molecular or Rayleigh scattering will provide accurate global wind measurements, even in those areas of the atmosphere where the aerosol density is too low to yield good infrared backscatter signals. The overall objective of this work is to demonstrate the maturity of the laser technology and its suitability for a near term flight aboard the space shuttle. The laser source is based on diode-pumped solid-state laser technology which has been extensively demonstrated at TRW in a variety of programs and internal development efforts. The pump laser used for the third harmonic demonstration is a breadboard system, designated the Laser for Risk Reduction Experiments (LARRE), which has been operating regularly for over 5 years. The laser technology has been further refined in an engineering model designated as the Compact Advanced Pulsed Solid-State Laser (CAPSSL), in which the laser head was packaged into an 8 x 8 x 18 inch volume with a weight of approximately 61 pounds. The CAPSSL system is a ruggedized configuration suitable for typical military applications. The LARRE and CAPSSL systems are based on Nd:YAG with an output wavelength of 1064 nm. The current work proves the viability of converting the Nd:YAG fundamental to the third harmonic wavelength at 355 nm for use in a direct detection wind lidar based on atmospheric Rayleigh scattering.

  9. Multiple-exciton generation in lead selenide nanorod solar cells with external quantum efficiencies exceeding 120.

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    Davis, Nathaniel J L K; Böhm, Marcus L; Tabachnyk, Maxim; Wisnivesky-Rocca-Rivarola, Florencia; Jellicoe, Tom C; Ducati, Caterina; Ehrler, Bruno; Greenham, Neil C

    2015-09-28

    Multiple-exciton generation-a process in which multiple charge-carrier pairs are generated from a single optical excitation-is a promising way to improve the photocurrent in photovoltaic devices and offers the potential to break the Shockley-Queisser limit. One-dimensional nanostructures, for example nanorods, have been shown spectroscopically to display increased multiple exciton generation efficiencies compared with their zero-dimensional analogues. Here we present solar cells fabricated from PbSe nanorods of three different bandgaps. All three devices showed external quantum efficiencies exceeding 100% and we report a maximum external quantum efficiency of 122% for cells consisting of the smallest bandgap nanorods. We estimate internal quantum efficiencies to exceed 150% at relatively low energies compared with other multiple exciton generation systems, and this demonstrates the potential for substantial improvements in device performance due to multiple exciton generation.

  10. Algoritmo de Encriptación de Archivo de Texto Plano

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    2010-01-01

    El presente proyecto es del tipo exploratorio y trata acerca de la implementación de un algoritmo de encriptación basado en el método de Hills y RSA, por el cual se leen las líneas de un archivo de texto plano, para luego ser codificado o decodificado según el proceder del usuario.Trabajamos con el código ASCII para la aplicación del algoritmo, debido a que el algoritmo se basa en aritmética modular. Las características notables del algoritmo son:• Facilidad de conversión de cualquier carácte...

  11. Estudo comparativo entre algoritmos das transformadas discretas de Fourier e Wavelet

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    Wilson Hissamu Shirado

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho apresenta um estudo comparativo das complexidades dos algoritmos das Transformadas Discretas de Fourier, Wavelet e Transformada Rápida de Fourier. As formalizações matemáticas e algumas características dos algoritmos são apresentadas, assim como alguns conceitos de complexidade assintótica. Por fim, é realizado um ensaio prático para comparação dos algoritmos, abrangendo questões como tempo de execução, vantagens e desvantagens de cada transformada assim como avaliações a respeito das diferentes resoluções tempo/frequência de cada algoritmo.

  12. A highly efficient method for second and third harmonic generation from magnetic metamaterials

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    Sajedian, Iman; Zakery, Abdolnasser; Rho, Junsuk

    2016-01-01

    Second and third harmonic signals have been usually generated by using nonlinear crystals, but that method suffers from the low efficiency in small thicknesses. Metamaterials can be used to generate harmonic signals in small thicknesses. Here, we introduce a new method for amplifying second and third harmonic generation from magnetic metamaterials. We show that by using a grating structure under the metamaterial, the grating and the metamaterial form a resonator, and amplify the resonant behavior of the metamaterial. Therefore, we can generate second and third harmonic signals with high efficiency from this metamaterial-based nonlinear media.

  13. Efficient femtosecond mid-infrared pulse generation by dispersivewave radiation in bulk lithium niobate crystal

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    Zhou, Binbin; Guo, Hairun; Bache, Morten

    2014-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate efficient mid-infrared pulse generation by dispersive wave radiation in bulk lithium niobate crystal. Femtosecond mid-IR pulses centering from 2.8–2.92 µm are generated using the single pump wavelengths from 1.25–1.45 µm.......We experimentally demonstrate efficient mid-infrared pulse generation by dispersive wave radiation in bulk lithium niobate crystal. Femtosecond mid-IR pulses centering from 2.8–2.92 µm are generated using the single pump wavelengths from 1.25–1.45 µm....

  14. A Novel Coarsening Method for Scalable and Efficient Mesh Generation

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    Yoo, A; Hysom, D; Gunney, B

    2010-12-02

    matrix-vector multiplication can be performed locally on each processor and hence to minimize communication. Furthermore, a good graph partitioning scheme ensures the equal amount of computation performed on each processor. Graph partitioning is a well known NP-complete problem, and thus the most commonly used graph partitioning algorithms employ some forms of heuristics. These algorithms vary in terms of their complexity, partition generation time, and the quality of partitions, and they tend to trade off these factors. A significant challenge we are currently facing at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is how to partition very large meshes on massive-size distributed memory machines like IBM BlueGene/P, where scalability becomes a big issue. For example, we have found that the ParMetis, a very popular graph partitioning tool, can only scale to 16K processors. An ideal graph partitioning method on such an environment should be fast and scale to very large meshes, while producing high quality partitions. This is an extremely challenging task, as to scale to that level, the partitioning algorithm should be simple and be able to produce partitions that minimize inter-processor communications and balance the load imposed on the processors. Our goals in this work are two-fold: (1) To develop a new scalable graph partitioning method with good load balancing and communication reduction capability. (2) To study the performance of the proposed partitioning method on very large parallel machines using actual data sets and compare the performance to that of existing methods. The proposed method achieves the desired scalability by reducing the mesh size. For this, it coarsens an input mesh into a smaller size mesh by coalescing the vertices and edges of the original mesh into a set of mega-vertices and mega-edges. A new coarsening method called brick algorithm is developed in this research. In the brick algorithm, the zones in a given mesh are first grouped into fixed size

  15. Teorema de Hall y un algoritmo para detectar sistemas de representantes distintos

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    Edwin Carranza Vargas

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo presenta dos aportes a la combinatoria aplicada el primerola relación de equivalencia de los Teoremas de Ford- Fulkerson, Menger,Köning, Dilworth y Hall, además presenta una nueva prueba al Teoremade Hall que sirve como algoritmo para detectar sistemas de representantes distintos.En cada sección se establecen generalidades de los teoremas mencionados y finalmente el algoritmo con su respectiva justificación.

  16. Chemical generation of volatile species of copper - Optimization, efficiency and investigation of volatile species nature.

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    Šoukal, Jakub; Benada, Oldřich; Matoušek, Tomáš; Dědina, Jiří; Musil, Stanislav

    2017-07-18

    This work is a comprehensive study on chemical generation of volatile species (VSG) of copper for analytical atomic spectrometry. VSG was carried out in a flow injection mode in a special arrangement of the generator. Atomization in a diffusion flame atomizer (DF) with atomic absorption spectrometry detection was mostly used for VSG optimization. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was utilized to investigate generation efficiencies and feasibility of VSG system for ultratrace analysis. Concentration of individual reagents, namely of nitric acid, sodium tetrahydroborate and various reaction modifiers, was optimized with respect to generation efficiency. Triton X-100 and Antifoam B were chosen as the best combination of the modifiers owing to sixfold increase in sensitivity, decrease of tailing of measured signals and long-term repeatability. The addition of 500 μg L(-1) of Ag was found crucial to maintain identical generation efficiency at low concentrations of Cu. This phenomenon was ascribed to the change in the size of generated species. The release and generation efficiency were accurately determined as 56-58 and 31-32%, respectively. The contribution of co-generated aerosol to release and generation efficiency measured by means of Cs and Ba was found negligible, only 0.40 and 0.13%, respectively, which underlines highly efficient VSG of Cu. The nature of volatile species was investigated by various approaches. The results cannot provide the decisive evidence. However, experiments with the DF, ICP-MS and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) indicate that the generated species are not volatile in the true sense but that they are strongly associated with fine aerosol co-generated during VSG. Cu clusters or nanoparticles of very small size (copper hydride cannot be conclusively excluded. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Multiple-exciton generation in lead selenide nanorod solar cells with external quantum efficiencies exceeding 120%

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    Davis, Nathaniel J. L. K.; Böhm, Marcus L.; Tabachnyk, Maxim; Wisnivesky-Rocca-Rivarola, Florencia; Jellicoe, Tom C.; Ducati, Caterina; Ehrler, Bruno; Greenham, Neil C.

    2015-01-01

    Multiple-exciton generation—a process in which multiple charge-carrier pairs are generated from a single optical excitation—is a promising way to improve the photocurrent in photovoltaic devices and offers the potential to break the Shockley–Queisser limit. One-dimensional nanostructures, for example nanorods, have been shown spectroscopically to display increased multiple exciton generation efficiencies compared with their zero-dimensional analogues. Here we present solar cells fabricated from PbSe nanorods of three different bandgaps. All three devices showed external quantum efficiencies exceeding 100% and we report a maximum external quantum efficiency of 122% for cells consisting of the smallest bandgap nanorods. We estimate internal quantum efficiencies to exceed 150% at relatively low energies compared with other multiple exciton generation systems, and this demonstrates the potential for substantial improvements in device performance due to multiple exciton generation. PMID:26411283

  18. Dispersion engineered cob-web photonic crystal fibers for efficient supercontinuum generation

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    Sørensen, Niels Thorkild; Nikolov, N. I.; Bang, Ole; Bjarklev, Anders Overgaard; Hougaard, Kristian G.; Hansen, Kim Per

    2004-01-01

    Highly nonlinear cob-web photonic crystal fibers are engineered to have dispersion profiles for efficient direct degenerate four-wave mixing and optimized supercontinuum generation with low-power picosecond pulses. This process is robust to fiber irregularities.

  19. Next Generation Luminaires: Recognizing Innovative, Energy-Efficient Commercial Lighting Luminaires

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    Fact sheet that describes the Next Generation Luminaires SSL lighting design competition, which recognizes excellence in technical innovation and design of high-quality, energy-efficient commercial lighting, both indoor and outdoor.

  20. High voltage generator circuit with low power and high efficiency applied in EEPROM

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    Liu Yan; Zhang Shilin; Zhao Yiqiang

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a low power and high efficiency high voltage generator circuit embedded in electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (EEPROM).The low power is minimized by a capacitance divider circuit and a regulator circuit using the controlling clock switch technique.The high efficiency is dependent on the zero threshold voltage (Vth) MOSFET and the charge transfer switch (CTS) charge pump.The proposed high voltage generator circuit has been implemented in a 0.35μm EEPROM CMOS process.Measured results show that the proposed high voltage generator circuit has a low power consumption of about 150.48 μW and a higher pumping efficiency (83.3%) than previously reported circuits.This high voltage generator circuit can also be widely used in low-power flash devices due to its high efficiency and low power dissipation.

  1. Dispersion engineered cob-web photonic crystal fibers for efficient supercontinuum generation

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    Sørensen, Niels Thorkild; Nikolov, N.I.; Bang, Ole;

    2004-01-01

    Highly nonlinear cob-web photonic crystal fibers are engineered to have dispersion profiles for efficient direct degenerate four-wave mixing and optimized supercontinuum generation with low-power picosecond pulses. This process is robust to fiber irregularities.......Highly nonlinear cob-web photonic crystal fibers are engineered to have dispersion profiles for efficient direct degenerate four-wave mixing and optimized supercontinuum generation with low-power picosecond pulses. This process is robust to fiber irregularities....

  2. Technology Roadmap: High-Efficiency, Low-Emissions Coal-Fired Power Generation

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    2012-07-01

    Coal is the largest source of power globally and, given its wide availability and relatively low cost, it is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. The High-Efficiency, Low-Emissions Coal-Fired Power Generation Roadmap describes the steps necessary to adopt and further develop technologies to improve the efficiency of the global fleet of coal. To generate the same amount of electricity, a more efficient coal-fired unit will burn less fuel, emit less carbon, release less local air pollutants, consume less water and have a smaller footprint. High-efficiency, low emissions (HELE) technologies in operation already reach a thermal efficiency of 45%, and technologies in development promise even higher values. This compares with a global average efficiency for today’s fleet of coal-fired plants of 33%, where three-quarters of operating units use less efficient technologies and more than half is over 25 years old. A successful outcome to ongoing RD&D could see units with efficiencies approaching 50% or even higher demonstrated within the next decade. Generation from older, less efficient technology must gradually be phased out. Technologies exist to make coal-fired power generation much more effective and cleaner burning. Of course, while increased efficiency has a major role to play in reducing emissions, particularly over the next 10 years, carbon capture and storage (CCS) will be essential in the longer term to make the deep cuts in carbon emissions required for a low-carbon future. Combined with CCS, HELE technologies can cut CO2 emissions from coal-fired power generation plants by as much as 90%, to less than 100 grams per kilowatt-hour. HELE technologies will be an influential factor in the deployment of CCS. For the same power output, a higher efficiency coal plant will require less CO2 to be captured; this means a smaller, less costly capture plant; lower operating costs; and less CO2 to be transported and stored.

  3. Efficiency of using first-generation information during second-generation selection: results of computer simulation.

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    T.Z. Ye; K.J.S. Jayawickrama; G.R. Johnson

    2004-01-01

    BLUP (Best linear unbiased prediction) method has been widely used in forest tree improvement programs. Since one of the properties of BLUP is that related individuals contribute to the predictions of each other, it seems logical that integrating data from all generations and from all populations would improve both the precision and accuracy in predicting genetic...

  4. Efficient Dual-LBO Second-Harmonic Generation by Using a Polarization Modulation Configuration

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    毕勇; 孙志培; 李瑞宁; 张瑛; 姚爱云; 林学春; 许祖彦; 王舫

    2003-01-01

    We analyse the relationship of conversion efficiency with the inter-crystal phase shift by the heuristic theory and propose a novel configuration of two cascaded nonlinear crystals for the second-harmonic generation with the polarization modulation. With this configuration, 70% external doubling efffciency is obtained, which is, to the best of our knowledge, the highest conversion efficiency with LBO crystal external frequency doubling. This configuration provides a simple and effective method to improve the second harmonic conversion efficiency.

  5. Efficient and robust generation of maximally entangled states of two atomic ensembles by adiabatic quantum feedback

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    Lisi, A D; Illuminati, F; Vitali, D; Lisi, Antonio Di; Siena, Silvio De; Illuminati, Fabrizio; Vitali, David

    2004-01-01

    We introduce an efficient and robust scheme to generate maximally entangled states of two atomic ensembles. The scheme is based on quantum non-demolition measurements of total atomic populations and on quantum feedback conditioned by the measurements outputs. The high efficiency of the scheme is tested and confirmed numerically for photo-detection with ideal efficiency as well as in the presence of losses.

  6. Knowledge-generating efficiency in innovation systems: the acceleration of technological paradigm changes with increasing complexity

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    Ivanova, I.A.; Leydesdorff, L.

    2015-01-01

    Time series of US patents per million inhabitants show cyclic structures which can be attributed to the different knowledge-generating paradigms that drive innovation systems. The changes in the slopes between the waves can be used to indicate efficiencies in the generation of knowledge. When knowle

  7. Peculiarities of Efficient Plasma Generation in Air and Water by Short Duration Laser Pulses

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    Adamovsky, Grigory; Floyd, Bertram M.

    2017-01-01

    We have conducted experiments to demonstrate an efficient generation of plasma discharges by focused nanosecond pulsed laser beams in air and provided recommendations on the design of optical systems to implement such plasma generation. We have also demonstrated generation of the secondary plasma discharge using the unused energy from the primary one. Focused nanosecond pulsed laser beams have also been utilized to generate plasma in water where we observed self-focusing and filamentation. Furthermore, we applied the laser generated plasma to the decomposition of methylene blue dye diluted in water.

  8. Efficiency of pulse high-current generator energy transfer into plasma liner energy

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    Oreshkin, V. I.

    2013-08-01

    The efficiency of capacitor-bank energy transfer from a high-current pulse generator into kinetic energy of a plasma liner has been analyzed. The analysis was performed using a model including the circuit equations and equations of the cylindrical shell motion. High efficiency of the energy transfer into kinetic energy of the liner is shown to be achieved only by a low-inductance generator. We considered an "ideal" liner load in which the load current is close to zero in the final of the shell compression. This load provides a high (up to 80%) efficiency of energy transfer and higher stability when compressing the liner.

  9. A SURVEY ON VARIOUS CANDIDATE GENERATOR METHODS FOR EFFICIENT STRING TRANSFORMATION

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    P. Malarvizhi

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available String Transformation can be formalized such as given an input string; the system generates the k most likely output strings corresponding to the input string. The essential and important step for string transformation is to generate candidates to which the given string s is likely to be transformed. The different approaches and various candidate generator methods for efficient string transformation are discussed in this paper.

  10. A Survey on Various Candidate Generator Methods for Efficient String Transformation

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available String Transformation can be formalized such as given an input string; the system generates the k most likely output strings corresponding to the input string. The essential and important step for string transformation is to generate candidates to which the given string s is likely to be transformed. The different approaches and various candidate generator methods for efficient string transformation are discussed in this paper.

  11. Programación de Máquinas Paralelas no Relacionadas con Tiempos de Montaje dependientes de la Secuencia y Entrada Dinámica usando Algoritmos Genéticos Scheduling of Non-Related Parallel Machines with Sequence Dependent Setup Times and Dynamic Entry using Genetic Algorithms

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    Jaime A Arango

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo describe una propuesta de solución al problema de procesar n trabajos en m máquinas paralelas no relacionadas. Es un problema de asignación generalizado de orden lineal y tipo combinatorial que considera tiempos de montaje dependientes de la secuencia y entrada dinámica de trabajos. Se propone un algoritmo genético con codificación entera y conformación de la población, selección de padres, cruzamiento y mutación aleatorios. Hay dos descendientes por generación que compiten contra el peor elemento existente para entrar a la población. Se itera un número de generaciones proporcional al producto de nxm para obtener la solución En cada máquina se secuencian los trabajos por fecha de entrega y los tiempos computacionales son aceptables. Se concluye que el problema pudo ser solucionado mediante el algoritmo genético propuesto de forma eficaz y eficiente y que las soluciones se enfocan en reducir el tiempo de procesamiento y cumplimiento de fechas de entrega.This paper describes a solution method to the problem of processing n jobs on m non-related parallel machines. It is a linear and combinatorial generalized allocation problem that considered a sequence-dependent setup time and dynamic job entry. A genetic algorithm with integer coding and random generation of population, parent selection, crossover and mutation is proposed. There are two descendants per generation that are compared against the worst existing element to enter to population. After a number of generations that is proportional to the product of nxm the solution is generated. The jobs are sequenced on each machine by due date and computational times are acceptable. It is concluded that the proposed genetic algorithm is an effective and efficient solution that focuses on reducing processing time and on meeting deadlines.

  12. Efficient RTL-based code generation for specified DSP C-compiler

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    Pan, Qiaohai; Liu, Peng; Shi, Ce; Yao, Qingdong; Zhu, Shaobo; Yan, Li; Zhou, Ying; Huang, Weibing

    2001-12-01

    A C-compiler is a basic tool for most embedded systems programmers. It is the tool by which the ideas and algorithms in your application (expressed as C source code) are transformed into machine code executable by the target processor. Our research was to develop an optimizing C-compiler for a specified 16-bit DSP. As one of the most important part in the C-compiler, Code Generation's efficiency and performance directly affect to the resultant target assembly code. Thus, in order to improve the performance of the C-compiler, we constructed an efficient code generation based on RTL, an intermediate language used in GNU CC. The code generation accepts RTL as main input, takes good advantage of features specific to RTL and specified DSP's architecture, and generates compact assembly code of the specified DSP. In this paper, firstly, the features of RTL will be briefly introduced. Then, the basic principle of constructing the code generation will be presented in detail. According to the basic principle, this paper will discuss the architecture of the code generation, including: syntax tree construction / reconstruction, basic RTL instruction extraction, behavior description at RTL level, and instruction description at assembly level. The optimization strategies used in the code generation for generating compact assembly code will also be given in this paper. Finally, we will achieve the conclusion that the C-compiler using this special code generation achieved high efficiency we expected.

  13. The Efficiency Improvement by Combining HHO Gas, Coal and Oil in Boiler for Electricity Generation

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    Chia-Nan Wang

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Electricity is an essential energy that can benefit our daily lives. There are many sources available for electricity generation, such as coal, natural gas and nuclear. Among these sources, coal has been widely used in thermal power plants that account for about 41% of the worldwide electricity supply. However, these thermal power plants are also found to be a big pollution source to our environment. There is a need to explore alternative electricity sources and improve the efficiency of electricity generation. This research focuses on improving the efficiency of electricity generation through the use of hydrogen and oxygen mixture (HHO gas. In this research, experiments have been conducted to investigate the combined effects of HHO gas with other fuels, including coal and oil. The results show that the combinations of HHO with coal and oil can improve the efficiency of electricity generation while reducing the pollution to our environment.

  14. Theory of highly efficient multiexciton generation in type-II nanorods

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    Eshet, Hagai; Baer, Roi; Neuhauser, Daniel; Rabani, Eran

    2016-10-01

    Multiexciton generation, by which more than a single electron-hole pair is generated on optical excitation, is a promising paradigm for pushing the efficiency of solar cells beyond the Shockley-Queisser limit of 31%. Utilizing this paradigm, however, requires the onset energy of multiexciton generation to be close to twice the band gap energy and the efficiency to increase rapidly above this onset. This challenge remains unattainable even using confined nanocrystals, nanorods or nanowires. Here, we show how both goals can be achieved in a nanorod heterostructure with type-II band offsets. Using pseudopotential atomistic calculation on a model type-II semiconductor heterostructure we predict the optimal conditions for controlling multiexciton generation efficiencies at twice the band gap energy. For a finite band offset, this requires a sharp interface along with a reduction of the exciton cooling and may enable a route for breaking the Shockley-Queisser limit.

  15. RECONFIGURACIÓN DE REDES ELÉCTRICAS DE MEDIA TENSIÓN BASADA EN EL ALGORITMO DE PRIM RECONFIGURATION OF MEDIUM VOLTAGE NETWORKS BASED ON PRIM'S ALGORITHM

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    Angely Cárcamo-Gallardo

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se presenta un nuevo algoritmo que permite reconfigurar un sistema de distribución (SD de energía eléctrica minimizando la energía no suministrada (ENS. El SD se modela utilizando teoría de grafos, mientras que la ENS se formula recursivamente y se parametriza en términos de los índices de confiabilidad del SD. Empleando esta modelación se transforma el problema de optimización en el problema de encontrar el árbol de mínima expansión (AME a partir del grafo que modela al SD, donde la métrica de distancia utilizada corresponde a la ENS a cada nodo del SD. Para encontrar de manera eficiente el AME se utiliza el algoritmo de Prim, ya que pertenece a la clase de algoritmos voraces en el cálculo del AME. Adicionalmente, se propone un algoritmo que realiza una revisión del AME obtenido analizando las topologías que fueron descartadas aleatoriamente durante el proceso de decisión. El desempeño del algoritmo de optimización se evalúa en sistemas de pruebas y en dos sistemas eléctricos reales.This paper presents a novel algorithm to reconfigure an electric power distribution network (EPDN, minimizing its non-supplied energy (NSE. The EPDN is modeled using graph theory and the NSE is recursively formulated in terms of the reliability parameters of the EPDN. Based on this mathematical model, we transform the original optimization problem into the graph theory problem of finding the minimum spanning tree (MST of a given graph, which models the EPDN. The distance metric employed by the searching algorithm is the NSE. In order to efficiently find the MST, Prim's algorithm is employed due to is greedy search behavior. In addition, a backtracking algorithm is used to check the MST obtained. The backtracking algorithm analyzes all the candidate topologies that were randomly discarded during the decision process. The performance of the optimization algorithm is evaluated using testing systems and two actual EPDNs.

  16. High efficiency second and third harmonic generation from magnetic metamaterials by using a grating

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    Sajedian, Iman; Zakery, Abdolnasser; Rho, Junsuk

    2017-08-01

    Metamaterials can be used to generate harmonic signals in small thicknesses, but they suffer from low efficiency. Here, we introduce a new method for amplifying second and third harmonic generation from magnetic metamaterials. We show numerically that by using a grating structure under the metamaterial, the grating and the metamaterial form a resonator which leads to a higher absorption in the metamaterial. By this method we could increase the absorption of the structure in the magnetic resonance up to 25% of the initial value. This leads to the generation of second and third harmonic signals with a higher efficiency from this metamaterial-based nonlinear media. We confirmed this idea in the nanostrip metamaterials and saw the amplitude of the second harmonic generation was doubled and the amplitude of the third harmonic generation increased by a factor of 4 in comparison to the same structure without grating.

  17. Geoeffectiveness and efficiency of CIR, Sheath and ICME in generation of magnetic storms

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    Yermolaev, Yu I; Lodkina, I G; Yermolaev, M Yu

    2011-01-01

    We investigate relative role of various types of solar wind streams in generation of magnetic storms. On the basis of the OMNI data of interplanetary measurements for the period of 1976-2000 we analyze 798 geomagnetic storms with Dst < -50 nT and their interplanetary sources: corotating interaction regions (CIR), interplanetary CME (ICME) including magnetic clouds (MC) and Ejecta and compression regions Sheath before both types of ICME. For various types of solar wind we study following relative characteristics: occurrence rate; mass, momentum, energy and magnetic fluxes; probability of generation of magnetic storm (geoeffectiveness) and efficiency of process of this generation. Obtained results show that despite magnetic clouds have lower occurrence rate and lower efficiency than CIR and Sheath they play an essential role in generation of magnetic storms due to higher geoeffectiveness of storm generation (i.e higher probability to contain large and long-term southward IMF Bz component).

  18. Improvement of the efficiency of a space oxygen-hydrogen electrochemical generator

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    Glukhikh, I. N.; Shcherbakov, A. N.; Chelyaev, V. F.

    2014-12-01

    This paper describes the method used for cooling of an on-board oxygen-hydrogen electrochemical generator (ECG). Apart from electric power, such a unit produces water of reaction and heat; the latter is an additional load on the thermal control system of a space vehicle. This load is undesirable in long-duration space flights, when specific energy characteristics of on-board systems are the determining factors. It is suggested to partially compensate the energy consumption by the thermal control system of a space vehicle required for cooling of the electrochemical generator through evaporation of water of reaction from the generator into a vacuum (or through ice sublimation if the pressure in the ambient space is lower than that in the triple point of water.) Such method of cooling of an electrochemical generator improves specific energy parameters of an on-board electric power supply system, and, due to the presence of the negative feedback, it makes the operation of this system more stable. Estimates suggest that it is possible to compensate approximately one half of heat released from the generator through evaporation of its water of reaction at the electrical efficiency of the electrochemical generator equal to 60%. In this case, even minor increase in the efficiency of the generator would result in a considerable increase in the efficiency of the evaporative system intended for its cooling.

  19. Evaluation on the Efficiency of Biomass Power Generation Industry in China

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    Jingqi Sun

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available As a developing country with large population, China is facing the problems of energy resource shortage and growing environmental pollution arising from the coal-dominated energy structure. Biomass energy, as a kind of renewable energy with the characteristics of being easy to store and friendly to environment, has become the focus of China’s energy development in the future. Affected by the advanced power generation technology and diversified geography environment, the biomass power generation projects show new features in recent years. Hence, it is necessary to evaluate the efficiency of biomass power generation industry by employing proper method with the consideration of new features. In this paper, the regional difference as a new feature of biomass power generation industry is taken into consideration, and the AR model is employed to modify the zero-weight issue when using data envelopment analysis (DEA method to evaluate the efficiency of biomass power generation industry. 30 biomass power generation enterprises in China are selected as the sample, and the efficiency evaluation is performed. The result can provide some insights into the sustainable development of biomass power generation industry in China.

  20. Evaluation on the efficiency of biomass power generation industry in china.

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    Sun, Jingqi; Sun, Dong; Guo, Sen

    2014-01-01

    As a developing country with large population, China is facing the problems of energy resource shortage and growing environmental pollution arising from the coal-dominated energy structure. Biomass energy, as a kind of renewable energy with the characteristics of being easy to store and friendly to environment, has become the focus of China's energy development in the future. Affected by the advanced power generation technology and diversified geography environment, the biomass power generation projects show new features in recent years. Hence, it is necessary to evaluate the efficiency of biomass power generation industry by employing proper method with the consideration of new features. In this paper, the regional difference as a new feature of biomass power generation industry is taken into consideration, and the AR model is employed to modify the zero-weight issue when using data envelopment analysis (DEA) method to evaluate the efficiency of biomass power generation industry. 30 biomass power generation enterprises in China are selected as the sample, and the efficiency evaluation is performed. The result can provide some insights into the sustainable development of biomass power generation industry in China.

  1. Computationally generated velocity taper for efficiency enhancement in a coupled-cavity traveling-wave tube

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    Wilson, Jeffrey D.

    1989-01-01

    A computational routine has been created to generate velocity tapers for efficiency enhancement in coupled-cavity TWTs. Programmed into the NASA multidimensional large-signal coupled-cavity TWT computer code, the routine generates the gradually decreasing cavity periods required to maintain a prescribed relationship between the circuit phase velocity and the electron-bunch velocity. Computational results for several computer-generated tapers are compared to those for an existing coupled-cavity TWT with a three-step taper. Guidelines are developed for prescribing the bunch-phase profile to produce a taper for efficiency. The resulting taper provides a calculated RF efficiency 45 percent higher than the step taper at center frequency and at least 37 percent higher over the bandwidth.

  2. Possibilities of improving the efficiency of power generation with regard to electrolytic water splitting

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    Knoche, K. F.; Hasberg, W.; Roth, M.

    The efficiency of power generation has a considerable influence on the upper limit of the total efficiency of electrolytic water splitting. This paper deals with the energetic potential of power generation processes and therefore with the water electrolysis processes. In the investigations reported here, it was assumed that the heat source is always the same (high-temperature nuclear reactor). For comparing thermochemical or hybrid water splitting cycles and water electrolysis, the upper limit of process temperatures must be comparable, too. Therefore, high-temperature processes for power generation have been investigated. A detailed energy and exergy balance is presented for the following cycles: (1) steam turbine cycles; (2) helium gas turbine cycles; (3) combined gas/steam turbine cycles. For these different processes an exergy analysis was performed in order to localize the process units, which make a considerable contribution to the decrease in total efficiency.

  3. Hybrid centralized-distributed power conditioning system for thermoelectric generator with high energy efficiency

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    Wu, Hongfei; Sun, Kai; Chen, Min;

    2013-01-01

    The unbalanced temperature distribution influences the power output of thermoelectric generator (TEG) system, which leads to mismatch power among TEG modules. This mismatch power degrades the energy efficiency of TEG systems based on the series-connected TEG modules. A hybrid centralized-distribu......The unbalanced temperature distribution influences the power output of thermoelectric generator (TEG) system, which leads to mismatch power among TEG modules. This mismatch power degrades the energy efficiency of TEG systems based on the series-connected TEG modules. A hybrid centralized...... the proposed system, which benefits for implementing high MPPT efficiency and high conversion efficiency simultaneously. A hybrid MPPT control strategy is proposed for this HCD power conditioning system. The characteristics, circuit implementation and operation principles of the proposed system are presented...

  4. NUEVO ALGORITMO MULTICLASIFICADOR PARA FLUJOS DE DATOS CON CAMBIOS DE CONCEPTO

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    Ramón Osmany Ramírez Tasé

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Los algoritmos multiclasificadores se han mostrado particularmente eficientes para trabajar sobre espacios de datos grandes y complejos como los llamados flujos de datos. En estos flujos, durante la clasificación, aparecen conceptos que cambian con el tiempo, por lo que los métodos para su minería, sobre todo los  que detectan y se adaptan  a estos cambios, son importantes por su aplicación en áreas como: bioinformática, medicina, economía y finanzas, industria, medio ambiente, entre otras. La presente investigación propone un nuevo algoritmo multiclasificador que se adapta a los cambios de conceptos, tiene votación ponderada con una nueva forma para ajustar los pesos y permite variar el tipo de clasificador básico. El algoritmo fue implementado en compatibilidad y bajo las exigencias del entorno de trabajo MOA (Massive Online Analysis facilitando la comparación con otros algoritmos conocidos y la generación de bases de datos sintéticas que simulan cambios de conceptos. Para la experimentación se generaron experiencias bajo conceptos artificiales conocidos, tales como: SEA, LED, STAGGER e Hiperplano; logrando mostrar la alta capacidad de adaptación y la estabilidad del algoritmo frente a diferentes situaciones simuladas.

  5. Measurements of properties concerning isentropic efficiency in a nonequilibrium MHD disk generator

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    Nakamura, H.; Okamura, T.; Shioda, S. [Tokyo Inst. of Tech., Yokohama (Japan)

    1996-06-01

    The isentropic efficiency and the effective Hall parameter in a nonequilibrium disk MHD generator have been successfully evaluated on the basis of the experiments under high enthalpy extraction conditions. Special attention is devoted to measuring the exit total pressure and the Faraday current. The maximum isentropic efficiency achieved in the present experiments was 46% with the enthalpy extraction ratio of 31.6%. The experimentally obtained values of the effective Hall parameter covered a range of 2--3.

  6. Efficient yellow beam generation by intracavity sum frequency mixing in DPSS Nd:YVO4 laser

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    A J Singh; P K Gupta; S K Sharma; P K Mukhopadhyay; K S Bindra; S M Oak

    2014-02-01

    We present our studies on dual wavelength operation using a single Nd:YVO4 crystal and its intracavity sum frequency generation by considering the influence of the thermal lensing effect on the performance of the laser. A KTP crystal cut for type-II phase matching was used for intracavity sum frequency generation in the cavity at an appropriate location for efficient and stable yellow output power. More than 550 mW of stable CW yellow-orange beam at 593.5 nm with beam quality parameter (2) ∼ 4.3 was obtained. The total pump to yellow beam conversion efficiency was estimated to be 3.83%.

  7. The Cross Flow Turbine Behavior towards the Turbine Rotation Quality, Efficiency, and Generated Power

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    Haurissa, Jusuf; Wahyudi, Slamet; Irawan, Yudy Surya; Soenoko, Rudy

    2012-01-01

    page number: 448-453; International audience; The focus of this research is the turbine flow behavior toward the turbine rotation quality, the turbine efficiency and the turbine power generated. The turbine rotation quality is really needed for the high quality electricity power generated. The method used in this research is the experimental method. The fluid flow behavior was observed by using a Casio 1000 handy camera and a Canon 550D camera. The data obtained from this observation is in a ...

  8. The Cross Flow Turbine Behavior towards the Turbine Rotation Quality, Efficiency, and Generated Power

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    Haurissa, Jusuf; Wahyudi, Slamet; Irawan,Yudy Surya; Soenoko, Rudy

    2012-01-01

    page number: 448-453; International audience; The focus of this research is the turbine flow behavior toward the turbine rotation quality, the turbine efficiency and the turbine power generated. The turbine rotation quality is really needed for the high quality electricity power generated. The method used in this research is the experimental method. The fluid flow behavior was observed by using a Casio 1000 handy camera and a Canon 550D camera. The data obtained from this observation is in a ...

  9. An Efficient Method for Generation of Transgenic Rats Avoiding Embryo Manipulation

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    Bhola Shankar Pradhan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Although rats are preferred over mice as an animal model, transgenic animals are generated predominantly using mouse embryos. There are limitations in the generation of transgenic rat by embryo manipulation. Unlike mouse embryos, most of the rat embryos do not survive after male pronuclear DNA injection which reduces the efficiency of generation of transgenic rat by this method. More importantly, this method requires hundreds of eggs collected by killing several females for insertion of transgene to generate transgenic rat. To this end, we developed a noninvasive and deathless technique for generation of transgenic rats by integrating transgene into the genome of the spermatogonial cells by testicular injection of DNA followed by electroporation. After standardization of this technique using EGFP as a transgene, a transgenic disease model displaying alpha thalassemia was successfully generated using rats. This efficient method will ease the generation of transgenic rats without killing the lives of rats while simultaneously reducing the number of rats used for generation of transgenic animal.

  10. Milking technique of sup(99m)Tc generators and labeling efficiencies

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    Salehi, N.; Guignard, P.A. (Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville (Australia). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine)

    1985-05-01

    Increased levels of /sup 99/Tc in generator produced sup(99m)Tc have an adverse effect on the labelling efficiency of red blood cells and human serum albumin. A two-step milking technique in which the first 1-2 ml of eluate is discarded has been found to produce higher and more constant labelling efficiency of lymphocytes and platelets than a one-step procedure. Binding efficiency of platelet-rich plasma and lymphocytes with sup(99m)Tc is greater in the two-step technique. High activity concentration in the eluate for critical labelling is between 1.5-3 ml.

  11. Un algoritmo para el registro del tiempo de atoro en máquinas cosechadoras de caña

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    Juan Carlos Sepúlveda Peña

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available El algoritmo descrito fue desarrollado para detectar el atoro en máquinas cosechadoras de caña usando los datos primarios captados por el "computador de a bordo" AGM-200A o el AGM-200B. El algoritmo igualmente pudiera ser aplicado a problemas similares que afrontan otros tipos de cosechadoras agrícolas.

  12. Comparación entre algoritmos recursivos e iterativos y su medición en términos de eficiencia

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    Juan de Dios Murillo Morera; Santiago Caamaño Polini

    2013-01-01

    Se llevarán a cabo comparaciones simples entre algoritmos recursivos e iterativos, para determinar el grado de eficiencia de un problema en particular. Se efectuaron pruebas de comparación y análisis utilizando tres ejemplos en ambos tipos de algoritmos, a los cuales se les aplicaron los criterios de análisis de algoritmos

  13. Um algoritmo branch-and-bound para o problema de programação de projetos com custo de disponibilidade de recursos e múltiplos modos A branch-and-bound algorithm for the resource constrained project scheduling problem with resource availability cost and multiple modes

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    Denise Sato Yamashita

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Em um estudo anterior (YAMASHITA; MORABITO, 2007a, foi proposto um algoritmo exato para resolver o problema de programação de projetos com custo de disponibilidade de recursos, considerando múltiplos modos de execução para as atividades. O algoritmo é uma adaptação de outro algoritmo exato da literatura para o caso particular do problema em que só existe um modo de executar as atividades. No presente estudo, é proposto um novo algoritmo exato baseado no método branch-and-bound para tratar do problema com múltiplos modos de execução. Como o problema é NP-difícil, o algoritmo é viável computacionalmente apenas para resolver exemplares de tamanho moderado. Diversos testes computacionais utilizando o programa gerador Progen da literatura foram realizados para comparar o desempenho do algoritmo proposto com o algoritmo anterior e também com o aplicativo CPLEX. Os resultados obtidos mostram que a versão atual do algoritmo é competitiva com os outros métodos, e estimulam a pesquisa e o desenvolvimento de versões mais elaboradas deste algoritmo.In a recent study (YAMASHITA; MORABITO, 2007a, it was proposed an exact algorithm to solve problems of resource-constrained project scheduling with resource availability costs under multiple modes of execution. That algorithm is an adaptation of another exact algorithm recorded in the literature for the particular case where there is only a single mode for executing the tasks. In the present study, we propose a new exact algorithm based on the branch and bound method to deal with multiple performing modes problem. Since the problem is NP-hard, the algorithm is computationally viable only for problems of moderate size. Numerous computational tests using the generator ProGen were run to compare the performance of the proposed algorithm with the former algorithm and with the CPLEX software. The results show that the proposed version of the algorithm is competitive with the other methods and

  14. Efficient generation of Hermite-Gauss and Ince-Gauss beams through kinoform phase elements.

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    Aguirre-Olivas, Dilia; Mellado-Villaseñor, Gabriel; Sánchez-de-la-Llave, David; Arrizón, Victor

    2015-10-01

    We discuss the generation of Hermite-Gauss and Ince-Gauss beams employing phase elements whose transmittances coincide with the phase modulations of such beams. A scaled version of the desired field appears, distorted by marginal optical noise, at the element's Fourier domain. The motivation to perform this study is that, in the context of the proposed approach, the desired beams are generated with the maximum possible efficiency. A disadvantage of the method is the distortion of the desired beams by the influence of several nondesired beam modes generated by the phase elements. We evaluate such distortion employing the root mean square deviation as a figure of merit.

  15. Sliding mode control for efficiency optimization of wind energy systems with double output induction generator

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    Puleston, P.F.; Mantz, R.J.; Battaiotto, P.E.; Valenciaga, F. [La Plata Univ., Electrical Engineering Dept., La Plata (Argentina)

    2000-07-01

    This paper deals with generation efficiency maximization of wind energy conversion system (WECS) with double output induction generator (DOIG). In the first place, to design a sliding mode controller, an apropos model of the DOIG with electronic drive in the rotor is developed. Then, conditions of maximum power generation are obtained. Finally, a sliding mode control strategy for this type of WECS is presented. The proposed strategy varies the firing angle of the electronic drive in order to set the extreme control values equal to the maximum and minimum available control action of the system. Consequently, robustness to parametric uncertainties and external disturbances is maximised. (Author)

  16. Efficient 266 nm Ultraviolet Beam Generation in K2Al2B2O7 Crystal

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    吕军华; 王桂玲; 许祖彦; 陈创天; 王继扬; 张承乾; 刘耀岗

    2002-01-01

    The ultraviolet beam at 266 nm was obtained by fourth harmonic generation of 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser radiation through a nonlinear crystal K2Al2 B2O7 (KABO). The fundamental frequency of a Hash-lamp pumped Nd: YAG laser was doubled in a β-Ba2B2O4 crystal to generate a second harmonic output at the wavelength of 532 nm,and then doubled again in the KABO crystal to generate the fourth harmonic output at 266 nm. The optical conversion efficiency from 532 to 266 nm was investigated for the first time, and 13% was achieved.

  17. Algoritmo de criptografia RSA: análise entre a segurança e velocidade

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    Rafael Santos Andrade

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho é abordar a relação existente entre a busca pela segurança de dados e a velocidade de codificação e decodificação do algoritmo de criptografia RSA, que utiliza um par de números inteiros como ‘chave’. Considerando o tamanho da chave como requisito de segurança, devido à dificuldade computacional de fatorar números inteiros extensos, simulamos estes processos, com o algoritmo implementado na linguagem de programação C, utilizando chaves aleatórias de 1024, 2048 e 4096 bits. Desta forma, observamos o tempo de processamento em função do tamanho das chaves, confrontando segurança e desempenho.Palavras-chave: criptografia; algoritmo RSA; segurança; desempenho.

  18. Increasing the Efficiency of a Thermoelectric Generator Using an Evaporative Cooling System

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    Boonyasri, M.; Jamradloedluk, J.; Lertsatitthanakorn, C.; Therdyothin, A.; Soponronnarit, S.

    2016-11-01

    A system for reducing heat from the cold side of a thermoelectric (TE) power generator, based on the principle of evaporative cooling, is presented. An evaporative cooling system could increase the conversion efficiency of a TE generator. To this end, two sets of TE generators were constructed. Both TE generators were composed of five TE power modules. The cold and hot sides of the TE modules were fixed to rectangular fin heat sinks. The hot side heat sinks were inserted in a hot gas duct. The cold side of one set was cooled by the cooling air from a counter flow evaporative cooling system, whereas the other set was cooled by the parallel flow evaporative cooling system. The counter flow pattern had better performance than the parallel flow pattern. A comparison between the TE generator with and without an evaporative cooling system was made. Experimental results show that the power output increased by using the evaporative cooling system. This can significantly increase the TE conversion efficiency. The evaporative cooling system increased the power output of the TE generator from 22.9 W of ambient air flowing through the heat sinks to 28.6 W at the hot gas temperature of 350°C (an increase of about 24.8%). The present study shows the promising potential of using TE generators with evaporative cooling for waste heat recovery.

  19. Power Efficiency of Steam Turbine Generator Switching into Thermal Circuit of Small and Medium Boiler Houses

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    R. I. Yesman

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper is devoted to the solution of the problem concerning power saving on the basis of small power-and-heat-supply plants.Power efficiency of power turbine generator switching into thermal circuit of small and medium boiler houses is justified in the paper.

  20. Energy efficient walking with central pattern generators: from passive dynamic walking to biologically inspired control

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    Verdaasdonk, B.W.; Koopman, H.F.J.M.; Van der Helm, F.C.T.

    2009-01-01

    Like human walking, passive dynamic walking—i.e. walking down a slope with no actuation except gravity—is energy efficient by exploiting the natural dynamics. In the animal world, neural oscillators termed central pattern generators (CPGs) provide the basic rhythm for muscular activity in

  1. LVTTL Based Energy Efficient Watermark Generator Design and Implementation on FPGA

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    Pandey, Bishwajeet; Kaur, Amanpreet; Kumar, Tanesh

    2014-01-01

    of energy efficient Watermark Generator (WMG) for video frame in order to gain extended life of the battery in the camera because the WMG is embedded into camera. We have assumed that target device is operating under five different frequencies and five different drive strength values. Low voltage Transistor...

  2. Energy efficient walking with central pattern generators: from passive dynamic walking to biologically inspired control

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    Verdaasdonk, B.W.; Koopman, H.F.J.M.; Van der Helm, F.C.T.

    2009-01-01

    Like human walking, passive dynamic walking—i.e. walking down a slope with no actuation except gravity—is energy efficient by exploiting the natural dynamics. In the animal world, neural oscillators termed central pattern generators (CPGs) provide the basic rhythm for muscular activity in locomotion

  3. Energy efficient and robust rhythmic limb movement by central pattern generators

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    Verdaasdonk, B.W.; Koopman, H.F.J.M.; Helm, van der F.C.T.

    2006-01-01

    Humans show great energy efficiency and robustness in rhythmic tasks, such as walking and arm swinging. In this study a mathematical model of rhythmic limb movement is presented, which shows that tight local coupling of Central Pattern Generators (CPGs) to limbs could explain part of this behavior.

  4. Efficiency evolution of coal-fired electricity generation in China, 1999-2007

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    Han Tai Wu; Pierre-Olivier Pineau; Gilles Caporossi [HEC Montreal, Montreal (Canada). Department of Business Intelligence

    2010-07-01

    The paper seeks to evaluate the changes in efficiency and productivity of coal-fired electricity generation of 30 Chinese administrative regions from 1999 to 2007. The paper incorporates data envelopment analysis with the Malmquist index to study the progress made in this sector. The model considers both economic and environmental factors by including the variables fuel consumption, labor, capital, sulfur dioxide emissions and electricity generated. A second model is constructed without the variable sulfur dioxide emissions to evaluate economic performances without taking environmental measures into consideration. By comparing the two models, the paper identified provinces that favored economic performance over environmental performance, or vice versa. Also, it showed that the more efficient provinces tend to manage both economic and environmental efficiencies equally well, while the reverse is true for the least efficient provinces. The average total factor productivity growth in coal-fired electricity generation of all provinces was 3.96 per cent for 1999-2007, and this growth is mainly attributed to technological change. In addition, it found that the Eastern provinces are the most efficient and productive of the group.

  5. Effect of turbine materials on power generation efficiency from free water vortex hydro power plant

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    Sritram, P.; Treedet, W.; Suntivarakorn, R.

    2015-12-01

    The objective of this research was to study the effect of turbine materials on power generation efficiency from the water free vortex hydro power plant made of steel and aluminium. These turbines consisted of five blades and were twisted with angles along the height of water. These blades were the maximum width of 45 cm. and height of 32 cm. These turbines were made and experimented for the water free vortex hydro power plant in the laboratory with the water flow rate of 0.68, 1.33, 1.61, 2.31, 2.96 and 3.63 m3/min and an electrical load of 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100 W respectively. The experimental results were calculated to find out the torque, electric power, and electricity production efficiency. From the experiment, the results showed that the maximum power generation efficiency of steel and aluminium turbine were 33.56% and 34.79% respectively. From the result at the maximum water flow rate of 3.63 m3/min, it was found that the torque value and electricity production efficiency of aluminium turbine was higher than that of steel turbine at the average of 8.4% and 8.14%, respectively. This result showed that light weight of water turbine can increase the torque and power generation efficiency.

  6. Parallel strategies for a multi-criteria GRASP algorithm Estratégias de paralelização para um algoritmo GRASP multicritério

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    Dalessandro Soares Vianna

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes different strategies of parallelizing a multi-criteria GRASP (Greedy Randomized Adaptive Search Problem algorithm. The parallel GRASP algorithm is applied to the multi-criteria minimum spanning tree problem, which is NP-hard. In this problem, a vector of costs is defined for each edge of the graph and the goal is to find all the efficient or Pareto optimal spanning trees (Pareto-optimal solutions. Each process finds a subset of efficient solutions. These subsets are joined using different strategies to obtain the final set of efficient solutions. The multi-criteria GRASP algorithm with the different parallel strategies are tested on complete graphs with n = 20, 30 and 50 nodes and r = 2 and 3 criteria. The computational results show that the proposed parallel algorithms reduce the execution time and the results obtained by the sequential version were improved.Este artigo propõe diferentes estratégias de paralelização de um algoritmo GRASP (Greedy Randomized Adaptive Search Procedure multicritério. O algoritmo paralelo proposto é aplicado ao problema da árvore geradora mínima multicritério, que é NP-difícil. Neste problema, um vetor de custos é definido para cada aresta do grafo e o objetivo é encontrar as árvores geradoras eficientes (soluções Pareto-ótimas. Cada processo encontra um subconjunto de soluções eficientes. Estes subconjuntos são reunidos usando diferentes estratégias para obter o conjunto final de soluções eficientes. O algoritmo proposto é testado em grafos completos com n = 20, 30 e 50 nós e r = 2 e 3 critérios. Os resultados computacionais mostram que a proposta de se paralelizar o algoritmo reduz o tempo de execução e os resultados obtidos pela versão seqüencial foram melhorados.

  7. Model of Next Generation Energy-Efficient Design Software for Buildings

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    MA Zhiliang; ZHAO Yili

    2008-01-01

    Energy-efficient design for buildings (EEDB) is a vital step towards building energy-saving. In or-der to greatly improve the EEDB, the next generation EEDB software that makes use of latest technologies needs to be developed. This paper mainly focuses on establishing the model of the next generation EEDB software. Based on the investigation of literatures and the interviews to the designers, the requirements on the next generation EEDB software were identified, where the lifecycle assessment on both energy con-sumption and environmental impacts, 3D graphics support, and building information modeling (BIM) support were stressed. Then the workflow for using the next generation EEDB software was established. Finally,based on the workflow, the framework model for the software was proposed, and the partial models and the corresponding functions were systematically analyzed. The model lays a solid foundation for developing the next generation EEDB software.

  8. Efficient Generation of Myostatin Gene Mutated Rabbit by CRISPR/Cas9.

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    Lv, Qingyan; Yuan, Lin; Deng, Jichao; Chen, Mao; Wang, Yong; Zeng, Jian; Li, Zhanjun; Lai, Liangxue

    2016-04-26

    CRISPR/Cas9 has been widely used in generating site-specific genetically modified animal models. Myostatin (MSTN) is a negative regulator of muscle mass, related to muscle growth and differentiation. The knockout of MSTN with the desired phenotype of double muscle has been successfully generated in mice, goats, pigs and cattle, but not in rabbits. In this study, the MSTN knockout (KO) rabbits were generated by co-injection of Cas9 mRNA and sgRNA into zygotes. The typical phenotype of double muscle with hyperplasia or hypertrophy of muscle fiber was observed in MSTN KO rabbits. Furthermore, a similar phenotype was found in the F1 generation, suggesting that the mutation of MSTN could be stably inherited in the MSTN KO rabbits. In summary, we have successfully generated MSTN KO rabbits using CRISPR/Cas9 system with high efficiency, which is a reliable and effective animal model for the study of muscle development and related diseases.

  9. The determinants of cost efficiency of hydroelectric generating plants: A random frontier approach

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    Barros, Carlos P. [Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao, Technical University of Lisbon, Rua Miguel Lupi, 20, 1249-078 Lisbon (Portugal); Peypoch, Nicolas [GEREM, IAE, University of Perpignan Via Domitia, 52 avenue Paul Alduy, F-66860 Cedex Perpignan cedex (France)

    2007-09-15

    This paper analyses the technical efficiency in the hydroelectric generating plants of a main Portuguese electricity enterprise EDP (Electricity of Portugal) between 1994 and 2004, investigating the role played by increase in competition and regulation. A random cost frontier method is adopted. A translog frontier model is used and the maximum likelihood estimation technique is employed to estimate the empirical model. We estimate the efficiency scores and decompose the exogenous variables into homogeneous and heterogeneous. It is concluded that production and capacity are heterogeneous, signifying that the hydroelectric generating plants are very distinct and therefore any energy policy should take into account this heterogeneity. It is also concluded that competition, rather than regulation, plays the key role in increasing hydroelectric plant efficiency. (author)

  10. Active control of highly efficient third-harmonic generation in ultrathin nonlinear metasurfaces

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    Gong, Zibo; Li, Chong; Hu, Xiaoyong; Yang, Hong; Gong, Qihuang

    2016-10-01

    Active electric control of highly efficient third harmonic generation was realized in an ultrathin nonlinear metasurface by using a nanocomposite consisting of gold nanoparticles dispersed in polycrystalline strontium titanate as the electro-optic material. Owing to the nonlinearity enhancement associated with the slow light effect, quantum confinement effect, and field-reinforcement, a high conversion efficiency of 3 × 10-5 was obtained, which is two orders of magnitude larger than previously reported efficiencies at comparable pump intensities. A modulation of 12% in the intensity of the third harmonic generation and a 30-nm shift in the transparency window center were achieved by varying the applied voltage from -30 V to zero. Our results pave the way toward the realization of multi-functional integrated photonic devices and chips based on metasurfaces.

  11. Efficient nonlinear generation of high power, higher order, ultrafast "perfect" vortices in green

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    Chaitanya, N Apurv; Samanta, G K

    2016-01-01

    We report on efficient nonlinear generation of ultrafast, higher order "perfect" vortices at the green wavelength. Based on Fourier transformation of the higher order Bessel-Gauss beam generated through the combination of spiral phase plate and axicon we have transformed the Gaussian beam of the ultrafast Yb-fiber laser at 1060 nm into perfect vortices of power 4.4 W and order up to 6. Using single-pass second harmonic generation (SHG) of such vortices in 5-mm long chirped MgO-doped, periodically poled congruent LiNbO$_3$ crystal we have generated perfect vortices at green wavelength with output power of 1.2 W and vortex order up to 12 at single-pass conversion efficiency of 27% independent of its order. This is the highest single-pass SHG efficiency of any optical beams other than Gaussian beams. Unlike the disintegration of higher order vortices in birefringent crystals, here, the use of quasi-phase matching process enables generation of high quality vortices even at higher orders. The green perfect vortice...

  12. Highly efficient single-pass sum frequency generation by cascaded nonlinear crystals

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    Hansen, Anders Kragh; Andersen, Peter E.; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin;

    2015-01-01

    , despite differences in the phase relations of the involved fields. An unprecedented 5.5 W of continuous-wave diffraction-limited green light is generated from the single-pass sum frequency mixing of two diode lasers in two periodically poled nonlinear crystals (conversion efficiency 50%). The technique......The cascading of nonlinear crystals has been established as a simple method to greatly increase the conversion efficiency of single-pass second-harmonic generation compared to a single-crystal scheme. Here, we show for the first time that the technique can be extended to sum frequency generation...... is generally applicable and can be applied to any combination of fundamental wavelengths and nonlinear crystals....

  13. Generation of efficient THz radiation by optical rectification in DAST crystal using tunable femtosecond laser pulses

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    Venkatesh, Mottamchetty; Thirupugalmani, K.; Rao, K. S.; Brahadeeswaran, S.; Chaudhary, A. K.

    2017-03-01

    We report the efficient THz generation by optical rectification from an indigenously grown organic DAST crystal using the 140 fs oscillator laser pulses tunable in between 780 and 850 nm. The generated THz pulse profile and powers have been measured using the photoconductive (PC) antennas and pyroelectric detector, respectively. The highest THz peak amplitude and power is obtained at 825 nm central wavelength. We have theoretically explained the enhancement of THz radiation based on the matching of average optical group refractive index and average THz refractive index of the DAST crystal at 825 nm. In addition, the dependence of THz peak amplitude and THz power on laser power have been carried out. The measured quantum conversion efficiency (QCE) of 0.5 and 1.5 THz bands are of the order 3.7 × 10-3, 1.4 × 10-3, respectively. Finally, an attempt has been made to study the effect of polarizations on generated THz signal.

  14. Experimental studies on isentropic efficiency of a nonequilibrium MHD disk generator

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    Nakamura, Hajime [National Defense Academy, Yokosuka (Japan). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Okamura, Tetsuji [Tokyo Inst. of Tech., Yokohama (Japan). Dept. of Energy Sciences; Shioda, Susumu [Keio Univ., Fujisawa (Japan). Faculty of Environmental Information

    1998-02-01

    Isentropic efficiency of the nonequilibrium MHD power generator was studied by a shock tube driven disk generator. Cesium seeded helium was used as a working gas. From the measurements of Faraday current density distribution, it was possible to estimate the general tendency of Joule dissipation in the generator. The Joule dissipation did not decrease due to the occurrence of nonuniformity of the plasma when external load resistance was low, although it decreased with the decrease in the load resistance when the load resistance was high. The electrical efficiency increased with the increase in applied magnetic flux density. This fact is thought to be caused by high Hall parameter and the stabilization of the plasma due to high degree of seed ionization.

  15. Investigation of Battery Heat Generation and Key Performance Indicator Efficiency Using Isothermal Calorimeter

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    Khan, Mohammad Rezwan; Kær, Søren Knudsen

    2016-01-01

    , and the heat flux of the battery cell at the same time. Temperatures on the surface of the cell are measured using contact thermocouples, whereas, the heat flux is measured simultaneously by the isothermal calorimeter. This heat flux measurement is used for determining the heat generation inside the cell....... Consequently, using the heat generation result the important performance constituent of the battery cell efficiency is calculated. Those are accomplished at different temperature levels (-5°C, 10°C, 25°C and 40°C) of continuous charge and discharge constant current rate (1C,2C,4......C,8C,10C (maximum)). There is a significant change in heat generation in both charge and discharge events on different temperature and C-rate. The heat flux change level is non-linear. This nonlinear heat flux is responsible for the nonlinear change of efficiency in different C-rate in a particular...

  16. Extremely Efficient Multiple Electron-hole Pair Generation in Carbon Nanotube Photodiodes

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    Gabor, Nathaniel

    2010-03-01

    The efficient generation of multiple electron-hole (e-h) pairs from a single photon could improve the efficiency of photovoltaic solar cells beyond standard thermodynamic limits [1] and has been the focus of much recent work in semiconductor nanomaterials [2,3]. In single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), the small Fermi velocity and low dielectric constant suggests that electron-electron interactions are very strong and that high-energy carriers should efficiently generate e-h pairs. Here, I will discuss observations of highly efficient generation of e-h pairs due to impact excitation in SWNT p-n junction photodiodes [4]. To investigate optoelectronic transport properties of individual SWNT photodiodes, we focus a laser beam over the device while monitoring the electronic characteristics. Optical excitation into the second electronic subband E22 ˜ 2 EGAP leads to striking photocurrent steps in the device I-VSD characteristics that occur at voltage intervals of the band gap energy EGAP/ e. Spatially and spectrally resolved photocurrent combined with temperature-dependent studies suggest that these steps result from efficient generation of multiple e-h pairs from a single hot E22 carrier. We conclude that in the SWNT photodiode, a single photon with energy greater than 2EGAP is converted into multiple e-h pairs, leading to enhanced photocurrent and increased photo-conversion efficiency. [1] W. Shockley, and H. J. Queisser, Journal of Applied Physics 32, 510 (1961). [2] R. D. Schaller, and V. I. Klimov, Physical Review Letters 92 (18), 186601 (2004). [3] R. J. Ellingson, et al, Nano Letters, 5 (5), 865-871 (2005). [4] Nathaniel M. Gabor, Zhaohui Zhong, Ken Bosnick, Jiwoong Park, and Paul McEuen, Science, 325, 1367 (2009).

  17. Algoritmo eficiente para procesos de estimación geoestadísticos

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    Mirelis Rasúa-López

    2001-03-01

    Full Text Available En el presente artículo se expone un algoritmo que permite disminuir de manera sustancial el número de operaciones usualmente requerido para realizar la estimación del valor de una variable regionalizada, a partir de los valores conocidos de la misma en un conjunto de puntos del espacio o del plano. El algoritmo puede usarse para acelerar la estimación por Kriging, o por el método de las funciones de autocorrelación permitiendo, por tanto, mayor rapidez en la generación de mapas y otros cálculos asociados

  18. INTELIGÊNCIA ARTIFICIAL COM ENFOQUE EM ALGORITMOS GENÉTICOS

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    Renata Luiza da Costa

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available A palestra aqui proposta aborda as principais técnicas de Inteligência Artificial dando enfoque maior a técnica chamada Algoritmos Genéticos, a qual é aplicada a problemas de otimização. Tal palestra aborda os fundamentos teóricos do assunto e apresenta uma aplicação prática, desenvolvida usando a Linguagem de Programação Delphi, onde o problema da Dieta tem suas respostas factíveis encontradas a partir do uso de um Algoritmo Genético.

  19. Algoritmo de suspensión activa para vehículos ferroviarios

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    Bustos Caballero, Alejandro

    2012-01-01

    En este proyecto se abordará el desarrollo de un sistema de suspensión activa basado en un nuevo algoritmo, propuesto por el grupo MAQLAB de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, que hace uso de la característica determinista del ferrocarril. Para llevarlo a cabo se desarrollará un modelo de vehículo ½ sobre el entorno Simulink/SimMechanics que se validará mediante comparación con otro software de reconocido prestigio. Por otra parte, se planteará el nuevo algoritmo y se implementará en nuestr...

  20. Algunos algoritmos iterativos en álgebra lineal numérica

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    Uslé Laza, Laura

    2016-01-01

    RESUMEN: En este trabajo estudiamos algunos de los grandes problemas a los que se enfrenta el Álgebra Lineal Numérica, como el cálculo de los valores propios de una matriz, así como la resolución de sistemas de ecuaciones mediante distintos algoritmos. Se realiza un estudio sobre diversos algoritmos, implementándolos en Matlab. Para el análisis de resultados tomamos matrices aleatorias de tamaño 100, 500 y 1000 tanto para matrices reales como complejas, simétricas/hermíticas o no. Concluimos...

  1. INTELIGÊNCIA ARTIFICIAL COM ENFOQUE EM ALGORITMOS GENÉTICOS

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    2010-01-01

    A palestra aqui proposta aborda as principais técnicas de Inteligência Artificial dando enfoque maior a técnica chamada Algoritmos Genéticos, a qual é aplicada a problemas de otimização. Tal palestra aborda os fundamentos teóricos do assunto e apresenta uma aplicação prática, desenvolvida usando a Linguagem de Programação Delphi, onde o problema da Dieta tem suas respostas factíveis encontradas a partir do uso de um Algoritmo Genético.

  2. Implementación de algoritmo de scan-matching basado en PSO

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    Gallo Merino, Carlos Alberto

    2015-01-01

    Uno de los campos en los que se está centrando la robótica los últimos años es el desarrollo de nuevos algoritmos que permitan localizar el robot en un entorno con el objetivo de mejorar su autonomía. Este problema ha llevado al desarrollo de algoritmos de SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) que buscan localizar al robot mientras se construye un mapa de su entorno y a la vez se explora el mismo usando este mapa. Un aspecto relativo a esta tarea en particular es el problema de scan...

  3. Algoritmos y gramáticas : un capitulo apasionante de la teoría cognitiva

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    2012-01-01

    DOS GRANDES PROBLEMASUno de los grandes pioneros de la teoría cognitiva es el profesor norteamericano Noam Chomsky. En este ensayo presentaremos algunos de sus muy numerosos aportes al desarrollo de esta nueva teoría, limitando la atención a las relaciones entre gramaticas y algoritmos. Una manera muy sugestiva de abordar las relaciones entre los algoritmos matemáticos y las gramáticas de la teoría lingüística, la ofrece el propio Noam Chomsky en su importante trabajo "El conocimiento del len...

  4. Algoritmos de predicción en la modelación cuadrática

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    Mendoza, Marvin; Díaz, Leonora; Arrieta, Jaime

    2014-01-01

    Este trabajo reporta la emergencia, evolución y cosificación de algoritmos de predicción al modelar un fenómeno, en este caso el vaciado de un estanque cilíndrico, por modelos cuadráticos. La trayectoria que siguen este algoritmo se evidencia en el análisis de las producciones de profesores de matemáticas al participar en puestas en escena de un diseño de aprendizaje. Este análisis revela los procedimientos que siguen los actores, las herramientas con que actúan y los argumentos que esgrimen ...

  5. Algoritmo multiobjetivo NSGA-II aplicado al problema de la mochila

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    2008-01-01

    Este trabajo presenta la filosofía del algoritmo multiobjetivo elitista NSGA-II, explicando su esquema de funcionamiento y los mecanismos especiales que permiten la preservación y la evolución de soluciones Pareto-óptimas. Este algoritmo se aplica sobre el problema de optimización clásico correspondiente al problema de la mochila adaptado para optimización multiobjetivo. También se desarrolla una propuesta alternativa para ser comparada con el esquema básico del NSGA-II. This paper...

  6. Debilidad SAC en el algoritmo de cifrado en flujo RC4

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    Evaristo J. Madarro Capó

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se describe una interesante vía para la detección de la existencia de entradas de colisión en el algoritmo de cifrado en flujo RC4 basado en el criterio estricto de avalancha y se discuten los resultados obtenidos en comparación con las debilidades y ataques reportados sobre el RC4 que plantean la existencia de una fuerte correlación entre los parámetros de entrada y salida del algoritmo.

  7. Feasibility of large-scale calorimetric efficiency measurement for wind turbine generator drivetrains

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    Pagitsch, Michael; Jacobs, Georg; Schelenz, Ralf; Bosse, Dennis; Liewen, Christian; Reisch, Sebastian; Deicke, Matthias

    2016-09-01

    In the course of the global energy turnaround, the importance of wind energy is increasing continuously. For making wind energy more competitive with fossil energy, reducing the costs is an important measure. One way to reach this goal is to improve the efficiency. As the major potentials have already been exploited, improvements in the efficiency are made in small steps. One of the main preconditions for enabling these development activities is the sufficiently accurate measurement of the efficiency. This paper presents a method for measuring the efficiency of geared wind turbine generator drivetrains with errors below 0.5% by directly quantifying the power losses. The presented method is novel for wind turbines in the multi- MW-class.

  8. Efficient generation and optimization of stochastic template banks by a neighboring cell algorithm

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    Fehrmann, Henning

    2014-01-01

    Placing signal templates (grid points) as efficiently as possible to cover a multi-dimensional parameter space is crucial in computing-intensive matched-filtering searches for gravitational waves, but also in similar searches in other fields of astronomy. To generate efficient coverings of arbitrary parameter spaces, stochastic template banks have been advocated, where templates are placed at random while rejecting those too close to others. However, in this simple scheme, for each new random point its distance to every template in the existing bank is computed. This rapidly increasing number of distance computations can render the acceptance of new templates computationally prohibitive, particularly for wide parameter spaces or in large dimensions. This work presents a neighboring cell algorithm that can dramatically improve the efficiency of constructing a stochastic template bank. By dividing the parameter space into sub-volumes (cells), for an arbitrary point an efficient hashing technique is exploited to...

  9. Highly efficient second-harmonic generation from indefinite epsilon-near-zero slabs of subwavelength thickness

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    Ciattoni, Alessandro

    2011-01-01

    We theoretically predict efficient optical second-harmonic generation (SHG) from a few hundred nanometer thick slab consisting of a quadratic nonlinear anisotropic medium whose linear principal permittivities are, at the fundamental wavelength, very small and have different signs (indefinite medium). We show that, by illuminating the slab with a p-polarized fundamental wave (with intensity of a few MW/cm^2), a highly efficient scattering of the second-harmonic field occurs when the conditions of linear complete slab transparency for the fundamental wave are met. The high efficiency of the SHG process, stems from the large non-plasmonic enhancement of the longitudinal field, perpendicular to the slab surface, produced by the very small value of the slab dielectric permittivities. A suitable nano-structured composite is proposed and numerically designed for observing the novel non-phase-matched and highly efficient SHG process from nano-structures.

  10. Highly efficient gate-tunable photocurrent generation in vertical heterostructures of layered materials

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    Yu, Woo Jong; Liu, Yuan; Zhou, Hailong; Yin, Anxiang; Li, Zheng; Huang, Yu; Duan, Xiangfeng

    2013-12-01

    Layered materials of graphene and MoS2, for example, have recently emerged as an exciting material system for future electronics and optoelectronics. Vertical integration of layered materials can enable the design of novel electronic and photonic devices. Here, we report highly efficient photocurrent generation from vertical heterostructures of layered materials. We show that vertically stacked graphene-MoS2-graphene and graphene-MoS2-metal junctions can be created with a broad junction area for efficient photon harvesting. The weak electrostatic screening effect of graphene allows the integration of single or dual gates under and/or above the vertical heterostructure to tune the band slope and photocurrent generation. We demonstrate that the amplitude and polarity of the photocurrent in the gated vertical heterostructures can be readily modulated by the electric field of an external gate to achieve a maximum external quantum efficiency of 55% and internal quantum efficiency up to 85%. Our study establishes a method to control photocarrier generation, separation and transport processes using an external electric field.

  11. Improvement of force factor of magnetostrictive vibration power generator for high efficiency

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    Kita, Shota, E-mail: happiest3.7@gmail.com; Ueno, Toshiyuki; Yamada, Sotoshi [Kanazawa University, Kakuma-machi, Kanazawa-city, Ishikawa 920-1164 (Japan)

    2015-05-07

    We develop high power magnetostrictive vibration power generator for battery-free wireless electronics. The generator is based on a cantilever of parallel beam structure consisting of coil-wound Galfenol and stainless plates with permanent magnet for bias. Oscillating force exerted on the tip bends the cantilever in vibration yields stress variation of Galfenol plate, which causes flux variation and generates voltage on coil due to the law of induction. This generator has advantages over conventional, such as piezoelectric or moving magnet types, in the point of high efficiency, highly robust, and low electrical impedance. Our concern is the improvement of energy conversion efficiency dependent on the dimension. Especially, force factor, the conversion ratio of the electromotive force (voltage) on the tip velocity in vibration, has an important role in energy conversion process. First, the theoretical value of the force factor is formulated and then the validity was verified by experiments, where we compare four types of prototype with parameters of the dimension using 7.0 × 1.5 × 50 mm beams of Galfenol with 1606-turn wound coil. In addition, the energy conversion efficiency of the prototypes depending on load resistance was measured. The most efficient prototype exhibits the maximum instantaneous power of 0.73 W and energy of 4.7 mJ at a free vibration of frequency of 202 Hz in the case of applied force is 25 N. Further, it was found that energy conversion efficiency depends not only on the force factor but also on the damping (mechanical loss) of the vibration.

  12. Piezoelectric two-dimensional nanosheets/anionic layer heterojunction for efficient direct current power generation

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    Kim, Kwon-Ho; Kumar, Brijesh; Lee, Keun Young; Park, Hyun-Kyu; Lee, Ju-Hyuck; Lee, Hyun Hwi; Jun, Hoin; Lee, Dongyun; Kim, Sang-Woo

    2013-06-01

    Direct current (DC) piezoelectric power generator is promising for the miniaturization of a power package and self-powering of nanorobots and body-implanted devices. Hence, we report the first use of two-dimensional (2D) zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructure and an anionic nanoclay layer to generate piezoelectric DC output power. The device, made from 2D nanosheets and an anionic nanoclay layer heterojunction, has potential to be the smallest size power package, and could be used to charge wireless nano/micro scale systems without the use of rectifier circuits to convert alternating current into DC to store the generated power. The combined effect of buckling behaviour of the ZnO nanosheets, a self-formed anionic nanoclay layer, and coupled semiconducting and piezoelectric properties of ZnO nanosheets contributes to efficient DC power generation. The networked ZnO nanosheets proved to be structurally stable under huge external mechanical loads.

  13. Generation of induced pluripotent stem cells with high efficiency from human umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells.

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    Wang, Juan; Gu, Qi; Hao, Jie; Bai, Donghui; Liu, Lei; Zhao, Xiaoyang; Liu, Zhonghua; Wang, Liu; Zhou, Qi

    2013-10-01

    Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) hold great promise for regenerative medicine. Generating iPSCs from immunologically immature newborn umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells (UCBMCs) is of great significance. Here we report generation of human iPSCs with great efficiency from UCBMCs using a dox-inducible lentiviral system carrying four Yamanaka factors. We generated these cells by optimizing the existing iPSC induction protocol. The UCBMC-derived iPSCs (UCB-iPSCs) have characteristics that are identical to pluripotent human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). This study highlights the use of UCBMCs to generate highly functional human iPSCs that could accelerate the development of cell-based regenerative therapy for patients suffering from various diseases.

  14. Piezoelectric two-dimensional nanosheets/anionic layer heterojunction for efficient direct current power generation.

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    Kim, Kwon-Ho; Kumar, Brijesh; Lee, Keun Young; Park, Hyun-Kyu; Lee, Ju-Hyuck; Lee, Hyun Hwi; Jun, Hoin; Lee, Dongyun; Kim, Sang-Woo

    2013-01-01

    Direct current (DC) piezoelectric power generator is promising for the miniaturization of a power package and self-powering of nanorobots and body-implanted devices. Hence, we report the first use of two-dimensional (2D) zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructure and an anionic nanoclay layer to generate piezoelectric DC output power. The device, made from 2D nanosheets and an anionic nanoclay layer heterojunction, has potential to be the smallest size power package, and could be used to charge wireless nano/micro scale systems without the use of rectifier circuits to convert alternating current into DC to store the generated power. The combined effect of buckling behaviour of the ZnO nanosheets, a self-formed anionic nanoclay layer, and coupled semiconducting and piezoelectric properties of ZnO nanosheets contributes to efficient DC power generation. The networked ZnO nanosheets proved to be structurally stable under huge external mechanical loads.

  15. Spectral splitting optimization for high-efficiency solar photovoltaic and thermal power generation

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    Bierman, David M.; Lenert, Andrej; Wang, Evelyn N.

    2016-12-01

    Utilizing the full solar spectrum is desirable to enhance the conversion efficiency of a solar power generator. In practice, this can be achieved through spectral splitting between multiple converters in parallel. However, it is unclear which wavelength bands should be directed to each converter in order to maximize the efficiency. We developed a model of an ideal hybrid solar converter which utilizes both a single-junction photovoltaic cell and a thermal engine. We determined the limiting efficiencies of this hybrid strategy and the corresponding optimum spectral bandwidth directed to the photovoltaic cell. This optimum width is inversely proportional to the thermal engine efficiency and scales with the bandgap of the photovoltaic cell. This bandwidth was also obtained analytically through an entropy minimization scheme and matches well with our model. We show that the maximum efficiency of the system occurs when it minimizes the spectral entropy generation. This concept can be extended to capture generalized non-idealities to increase the usefulness of this technique for a range of full solar spectrum utilization technologies.

  16. Increasing efficiency of two-photon excited fluorescence and second harmonic generation using ultrashort pulses

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    Tang, Shuo; Krasieva, Tatiana B.; Chen, Zhongping; Tempea, Gabriel; Tromberg, Bruce J.

    2006-02-01

    Multiphoton microscopy (MPM) has become an important tool for high-resolution and non-invasive imaging in biological tissues. However, the efficiencies of two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) and second harmonic generation (SHG) are relatively low because of their nonlinear nature. Therefore, it is critical to optimize laser parameters for most efficient excitation of MPM. Reducing the pulse duration can increase the peak intensity of excitation and thus potentially increase the excitation efficiency. In this paper, a multiphoton microscopy system using a 12 fs Ti:Sapphire laser is reported. With adjustable dispersion pre-compensation, the pulse duration at the sample location can be varied from 400 fs to sub-20 fs. The efficiencies of TPEF and SHG are studied for the various pulse durations, respectively. Both TPEF and SHG are found to increase proportionally to the inverse of the pulse duration for the entire tested range. To transmit most of the SHG and TPEF signals, the spectral transmission widow of the detection optics needs to be carefully considered. Limitation from phase-matching in SHG generation is not significant because the effective interaction length for SHG is less than 10 μm at the focal depth of the objectives. These results are important in improving MPM excitation efficiency using ultrashort pulses. MPM images from human artery wall are also demonstrated.

  17. Self-assembly of highly efficient, broadband plasmonic absorbers for solar steam generation.

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    Zhou, Lin; Tan, Yingling; Ji, Dengxin; Zhu, Bin; Zhang, Pei; Xu, Jun; Gan, Qiaoqiang; Yu, Zongfu; Zhu, Jia

    2016-04-01

    The study of ideal absorbers, which can efficiently absorb light over a broad range of wavelengths, is of fundamental importance, as well as critical for many applications from solar steam generation and thermophotovoltaics to light/thermal detectors. As a result of recent advances in plasmonics, plasmonic absorbers have attracted a lot of attention. However, the performance and scalability of these absorbers, predominantly fabricated by the top-down approach, need to be further improved to enable widespread applications. We report a plasmonic absorber which can enable an average measured absorbance of ~99% across the wavelengths from 400 nm to 10 μm, the most efficient and broadband plasmonic absorber reported to date. The absorber is fabricated through self-assembly of metallic nanoparticles onto a nanoporous template by a one-step deposition process. Because of its efficient light absorption, strong field enhancement, and porous structures, which together enable not only efficient solar absorption but also significant local heating and continuous stream flow, plasmonic absorber-based solar steam generation has over 90% efficiency under solar irradiation of only 4-sun intensity (4 kW m(-2)). The pronounced light absorption effect coupled with the high-throughput self-assembly process could lead toward large-scale manufacturing of other nanophotonic structures and devices.

  18. Very Rapid and Efficient Generation of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells from Mouse Pre-B Cells.

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    Di Stefano, Bruno; Graf, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    One of the major obstacles in generating induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells suitable for therapeutic application is the low efficiency of the process and the long time required, with many iPS lines acquiring genomic aberrations. In this chapter we describe a highly efficient iPS reprogramming system based on the transient expression in pre-B cells of the transcription factor C/EBPα, followed by the induction of the four Yamanaka factors (OSKM). In addition, the process is very rapid, yielding Oct4 positive cells within 2 days and Nanog-positive iPS cell colonies within a week.

  19. Efficient second harmonic generation in χ(2) profile reconfigured lithium niobate thin film

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    Cai, Lutong; Wang, Yiwen; Hu, Hui

    2017-03-01

    Second harmonic wave was efficiently generated in proton exchanged lithium niobate thin film channel waveguides. Modal dispersion phase matching was achieved between two guided modes at pump and second-harmonic wavelengths with the same polarization, enabling using the largest second-order nonlinear component d33. The χ(2) profile in the lithium niobate thin film was reconfigured by proton exchange, leading to significantly enhanced modal overlap integral between the interacting modes. Normalized conversion efficiency up to 48% W-1 cm-2 was achieved in experiments.

  20. On the thermodynamic efficiency of a multiferroic thermomagnetic generator: From bulk to atomic scale

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    Sandoval, Samuel Mancilla

    A unique multiferroic type of thermomagnetic generator is being investigated in order to establish its thermodynamic efficiency at different size scales. This device generates electricity when a magnetic material interacts with a thermal gradient by means of a spring-magnet mechanism. This unique technology is compared to other thermal-electric energy harvesting technologies to show that these devices have a similar goal of achieving a maximum theoretical efficiency of around 50% relative to Carnot. The first approach towards achieving improved performance relies on the analytical modeling, and experimental verification, of several subsystems stemming from the original design, which include the optimization of the magnetic force component, the optimization of the heat transfer process and the efficiency of the energy conversion process. The method to improve the magnetic force component is not recommended and neither is the method to improve the heat transfer process. Nevertheless, the energy conversion subsystem is successfully modeled and verified; thereby suggesting that an electromagnetic induction coil may be better suited for the energy conversion process over a ferroelectric transduction mechanism at bulk scale. A cascade design is also investigated as a method to improve device efficiency; though analysis reveals a design flaw, which leads to other methods for improving efficiency. Two models of thermomagnetic generator thermodynamic efficiency are developed, which are based on distinct approaches taken by Solomon and Brillouin in order to compare this unique system to a Carnot engine. The model based on a modified form of Solomon's approach results in a relative efficiency of 0.5%, which compares well with an estimate of efficiency based on provided data from the original design. This representative model of efficiency was then applied to a survey of pure elements for comparison, which confirms gadolinium as the best material for use as a working body with

  1. Efficient generation of cluster states with semiconductor double-dot molecules on a chip

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    Zhou Jian [Anhui Xinhua University, Hefei 230088 (China); Dong Ping, E-mail: dongping9979@163.co [Department of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Hefei Normal University, Hefei 230061 (China); Zou Weiping; Xue Zhengyuan [Laboratory of Quantum Information Technology, ICMP and School of Physics and Telecommunication Engineering, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China)

    2011-03-01

    We propose an efficient scheme for the generation of the cluster states directly using the iSWAP gate, with semiconductor double-dot molecules on a chip. The implementation of an iSWAP gate only requires resonant interaction between a molecule and a transmission line resonator, which results in considerable improvement for gate speed comparing to conventional dispersive techniques. Meanwhile, the fast generation speed is also very important in view of decoherence. Therefore, our approach makes one-way quantum computation more feasible via this on chip architecture. -- Research highlights: {yields} An efficient generation scheme of the cluster states is proposed with iSWAP gate in semiconductor double-dot molecules on a chip. {yields} The implementation of an iSWAP gate only requires resonant qubit-resonator interaction, which results in considerable improvement of gate speed comparing to dispersive interaction techniques. {yields} Resonant qubit-resonator interaction results in fast generation, which is very important in view of systematical decoherence. {yields} Our generation approach makes one-way quantum computation more feasible via this on chip architecture.

  2. A compact, high efficiency contra-rotating generator suitable for wind turbines in the urban environment

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    Booker, J.D. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol, University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TR (United Kingdom); Mellor, P.H.; Wrobel, R.; Drury, D. [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol, Bristol (United Kingdom)

    2010-09-15

    This paper is concerned with the design, development and performance testing of a permanent magnet (PM) generator for wind turbine applications in urban areas. The radially interacting armature windings and magnet array are carried on direct drive, contra-rotating rotors, resulting in a high torque density and efficiency. This topology also provides improved physical and mechanical characteristics such as compactness, low starting torque, elimination of gearboxes, low maintenance, low noise and vibration, and the potential for modular construction. The design brief required a 50 kW continuous rated prototype generator, with a relative speed at the air-gap of 500 rpm. A test rig has been instrumented to give measurements of the mechanical input (torque and speed) and electrical output (voltage, current and power) of the generator, as well as temperature readings from inside the generator using a wireless telemetry device. Peak power output was found to be 48 kW at a contra-rotating speed of 500 rpm, close to the design target, with an efficiency of 94%. It is anticipated that the generator will find application in a wide range of wind turbine designs suited to the urban environment, e.g. types sited on the top of buildings, as there is growing interest in providing quiet, low cost, clean electricity at point of use. (author)

  3. Selecting the optimum method of heat transfer intensification to improve efficiency of thermoelectric generator

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    Leontyev, A. I.; Onishchenko, D. O.; Arutyunyan, G. A.

    2016-09-01

    The relevance of applying the methods of energy recovery from exhaust gases is substantiated. The principle of operation of a thermoelectric generator is described, the variant of its design is proposed, and the efficiency of various design methods of heat exchange intensification is compared. Designs are compared with a baseline configuration without heat transfer intensifiers in terms of coefficients of gas dynamic resistance ξ/ξ0 and the ratio of dimensionless criteria Nu/Nu0. The results of comparative analysis have proved the applicability of the methods of heat exchange intensification in the design of thermoelectric generators of various vehicles.

  4. High efficiency supercontinuum generation using ultra-long Raman fiber cavities.

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    El-Taher, Atalla E; Ania-Castañón, Juan D; Karalekas, Vassilis; Harper, Paul

    2009-09-28

    Supercontinuum generation in a multi-fiber ultra-long Raman fiber laser cavity is experimentally investigated for the first time. We demonstrate significantly enhanced spectral flatness and supercontinuum generation efficiency using only conventional single mode silica fiber. With a pump power of only 1.63W a approximately 15 dB bandwidth >260 nm wide (from 1440 to >1700 nm) supercontinuum source is reported with a flatness of nm using an optimised hybrid TW/HNLF cavity. We address the dependence of the supercontinuum spectrum on the input pump power and ultra-long Raman cavity.

  5. Efficient generation of correlated random numbers using Chebyshev-optimal magnitude-only IIR filters

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    Rodríguez, A; Johnson, Steven G.; Rodriguez, Alejandro

    2007-01-01

    We compare several methods for the efficient generation of correlated random sequences (colored noise) by filtering white noise to achieve a desired correlation spectrum. We argue that a class of IIR filter-design techniques developed in the 1970s, which obtain the global Chebyshev-optimum minimum-phase filter with a desired magnitude and arbitrary phase, are uniquely suited for this problem but have seldom been used. The short filters that result from such techniques are crucial for applications of colored noise in physical simulations involving random processes, for which many long random sequences must be generated and computational time and memory are at a premium.

  6. An efficient algorithm for generating random number pairs drawn from a bivariate normal distribution

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    Campbell, C. W.

    1983-01-01

    An efficient algorithm for generating random number pairs from a bivariate normal distribution was developed. Any desired value of the two means, two standard deviations, and correlation coefficient can be selected. Theoretically the technique is exact and in practice its accuracy is limited only by the quality of the uniform distribution random number generator, inaccuracies in computer function evaluation, and arithmetic. A FORTRAN routine was written to check the algorithm and good accuracy was obtained. Some small errors in the correlation coefficient were observed to vary in a surprisingly regular manner. A simple model was developed which explained the qualities aspects of the errors.

  7. High-Efficiency Supercontinuum Generation at 12.8 W in an All-Fiber Device

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    WANG Yan-Bin; HOU Jing; CHEN Zi-Lun; CHEN Sheng-Ping; SONG Rui; LI Ying; YANG Wei-Qiang; LU Qi-Sheng

    2011-01-01

    We report 12.8 W supercontinuum generation with a high optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of up to 85% in an all-fiber device.This is achieved by using an all-fiber picosecond master oscillator power amplifier laser,which has an output pigtail double clad fiber,to pump a 3-m photonic crystal fiber with the core at one end enlarged by adiabatically collapsing two inner layers of air holes while keeping other holes open.Our experimental results show that the short-wavelength generation is due to dispersive wave trapping by redshifted solitons.

  8. Efficiency of dispersive wave generation in dual concentric core microstructured fiber

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    Modotto, Daniele; Krupa, Katarzyna; Manili, Gabriele; Minoni, Umberto; Tonello, Alessandro; Couderc, Vincent; Barthélémy, Alain; Labruyère, Alexis; Shalaby, Badr Mohammed; Leproux, Philippe; Wabnitz, Stefan; Aceves, Alejandro B

    2015-01-01

    We describe the generation of powerful dispersive waves that are observed when pumping a dual concentric core microstructured fiber by means of a sub-nanosecond laser emitting at the wavelength of~1064 nm. The presence of three zeros in the dispersion curve, their spectral separation from the pump wavelength, and the complex dynamics of solitons originated by the pump pulse break-up, all contribute to boost the amplitude of the dispersive wave on the long-wavelength side of the pump. The measured conversion efficiency towards the dispersive wave at 1548 nm is as high as 50%. Our experimental analysis of the output spectra is completed by the acquisition of the time delays of the different spectral components. Numerical simulations and an analytical perturbative analysis identify the central wavelength of the red-shifted pump solitons and the dispersion profile of the fiber as the key parameters for determining the efficiency of the dispersive wave generation process.

  9. Increasing the Efficiency of the Multi-mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator

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    Holgate, Tim C.; Bennett, Russell; Hammel, Tom; Caillat, Thierry; Keyser, Steve; Sievers, Bob

    2015-06-01

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Mars Science Laboratory terrestrial rover, Curiosity, has recently completed its first Martian year (687 Earth days) during which it has provided a wealth of information and insight into the red planet's atmosphere and geology. The success of this mission was made possible in part by the reliable electrical power provided by its onboard thermoelectric power source—the multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator (MMRTG). In an effort to increase the output power and efficiency of these generators, a newly designed enhanced MMRTG (eMMRTG) that will utilize the more efficient skutterudite-based thermoelectric materials has been conceptualized and modeled, and is now being developed. A discussion of the motivations, modeling results and key design factors are presented and discussed.

  10. Development of a Handheld Line Information Reader and Generator for Efficient Management of Optical Communication Lines.

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    Lee, Jaeyul; Kwon, Hyungwoo; Song, Jaewon; Jeon, Mansik; Kim, Jeehyun

    2017-08-24

    A handheld line information reader and a line information generator were developed for the efficient management of optical communication lines. The line information reader consists of a photo diode, trans-impedance amplifier, voltage amplifier, microcontroller unit, display panel, and communication modules. The line information generator consists of a laser diode, laser driving circuits, microcontroller unit, and communication modules. The line information reader can detect the optical radiation field of the test line by bending the optical fiber. To enhance the sensitivity of the line information reader, an additional lens was used with a focal length of 4.51 mm. Moreover, the simulation results obtained through BeamPROP(®) software from Synopsys, Inc. demonstrated a stronger optical radiation field of the fiber due to a longer transmission wavelength and larger bending angle of the fiber. Therefore, the developed devices can be considered as useful tools for the efficient management of optical communication lines.

  11. Solid oxide fuel cells powered by biomass gasification for high efficiency power generation

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    Gadsbøll, Rasmus Østergaard; Thomsen, Jesper; Bang-Møller, Christian

    2017-01-01

    efficiencies, flexibility and possibly costs of current biomass power generating systems, a power plant concept combining solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and gasification is investigated experimentally. The aim of the study is to examine the commercial operation system potential of these two technologies......Increased use of bioenergy is a very cost-effective and flexible measure to limit changes in the climate and the infrastructure. One of the key technologies toward a higher implementation of biomass is thermal gasification, which enables a wide span of downstream applications. In order to improve....... Investigations are done by combining the commercial TwoStage Viking gasifier developed at the Technical University of Denmark and a state-of-the-art SOFC stack from Topsoe Fuel Cell for high efficiency power generation. A total of 5 tests were performed including polarization tests at various gas flows to study...

  12. Efficient supercontinuum generation in quadratic nonlinear waveguides without quasi-phase matching

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    Guo, Hairun; Steinert, Michael; Setzpfandt, Frank; Pertsch, Thomas; Chung, Hung-ping; Chen, Yen-Hung; Bache, Morten

    2014-01-01

    Efficient supercontinuum generation (SCG) requires excitation of solitons at the pump laser wavelength. Quadratic nonlinear waveguides may support an effective self-defocusing nonlinearity so solitons can directly be generated at common ultrafast laser wavelengths without any waveguide dispersion engineering. We here experimentally demonstrate efficient SCG in a standard lithium niobate (LN) waveguide without using quasi-phase matching (QPM). By using femtosecond pumps with wavelengths in the $1.25-1.5 \\mu\\rm m$ range, where LN has normal dispersion and thus supports self-defocusing solitons, octave-spanning SCG is observed. An optimized mid-IR waveguide design is expected to support even broader spectra. The QPM-free design reduces production complexity, allows longer waveguides, limits undesired spectral resonances and effectively allows using nonlinear crystals where QPM is inefficient or impossible. This result is important for mid-IR SCG, where QPM-free self-defocusing waveguides in common mid-IR nonline...

  13. Efficient generation of linearly polarized Cerenkov radiation in a photonic crystal fiber with suspended rectangle core

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    Luo, Xing; Cheng, Lan; Peng, Jinggang; Yang, Luyun; Dai, Nengli; Li, Haiqing; Li, Jinyan

    2017-10-01

    We report high efficiency linearly polarized Cerenkov radiation (CR) generation in a photonic crystal fiber with suspended rectangle core. The frequency up-conversion via the Cerenkov radiation upon pumping of Yb-doped femtosecond fiber laser is discussed in details. Experiment results show that the output spectrum contains, besides the infrared supercontinuum, intense green Cerenkov radiation around 536 nm, which carry about 43% of the pump energy at best. The influence of the high birefringence and dispersion character on the Cerenkov radiation generation is discussed. Experiment and simulation results indicate that the rectangle core photonic crystal fiber acts like single-mode single-polarization fiber at the pump wavelength. Only the pulse component along with the slow axis could be confined in the rectangle core well and release Cerenkov radiation efficiently. The Output green Cerenkov radiation is also demonstrated to be linearly polarized. Experiments results agree well with the theoretical predictions.

  14. Algoritmos para la clasificación piramidal simbólica

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    Oldemar Rodríguez

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se define el concepto de pirámide simbólica, además se presentan dos algoritmos para generar este tipo d pirámide a partir de una matriz de datos simbólicos. El primer algoritmo (CAPS encuentra un "orden total compatible con la pirámide" de los n objetos, mientras que el segundo (CAPSO construye la pirámide a partir de un orden dado apriori en los objetos, dicho orden se recibe como entrada en el algoritmo. Ambos algoritmos, además de producir la pirámide, para cada grada encuentran el objeto simbólico asociado a cada nodo y su extensión. También se presentan los teoremas de convergencia. Palabras clave: pirámide, objeto simbólico, grada, grado de generalidad, objeto completo, componente conexa, tablas de datos simbólica.

  15. Improving efficiency of supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal|fibers by direct degenerate four-wave-mixing

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    Nikolov, Nikola Ivanov; Bang, Ole; Bjarklev, Anders Overgaard

    2002-01-01

    The efficiency of supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fibers is significantly improved by designing the dispersion to allow widely separated spectral lines generated by degenerate four-wave-mixing directly from the pump to broaden and merge.......The efficiency of supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fibers is significantly improved by designing the dispersion to allow widely separated spectral lines generated by degenerate four-wave-mixing directly from the pump to broaden and merge....

  16. Efficient Scheme for the Generation of Atomic Schroedinger Cat States in an Optical Cavity

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    ZHENGShi-Biao; LINLi-Hua; JIANGYun-Kun

    2003-01-01

    An efficient scheme is proposed for the generation of atomic Schroedinger cat states in an optical cavity. In the scheme N three-level atoms are loaded in the optical cavity. Raman coupling of two ground states is achieved via a laser tield and the cavity mode. The cavity mode is always in the vacuum state and the atoms have no probability of being populated in the excited state. Thus, the scheme is insensitive to both the cavity decay and spontaneous emission.

  17. Efficient identification of opportunities for Distributed Generation based on Smart Grid Technology

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    Mutule, Anna; Obushevs, Artjoms; Lvov, Aleksandr

    2013-01-01

    The paper presents the main goals and achievements of the Smart Grids ERA-NET project named “Efficient identification of opportunities for Distributed Generation based on Smart Grid Technology (SmartGen)” during the second stage of project implementation. A description of Smart Grid Technology (SGT......) models developed within the framework of the project is given. The performed study cases where the SGT-models were implemented to analyze the impact of the electrical grid are discussed....

  18. Efficient Scheme for the Generation of Atomic Schrodinger Cat States in an Optical Cavity

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    ZHENG Shi-Biao; LIN Li-Hua; JIANG Yun-Kun

    2003-01-01

    An efficient scheme is proposed for the generation of atomic Schrodinger cat states in an optical cavity. Inthe scheme N three-level atoms are loaded in the optical cavity. Raman coupling of two ground states is achieved via alaser field and the cavity mode. The cavity mode is always in the vacuum state and the atoms have no probability ofbeing populated in the excited state. Thus, the scheme is insensitive to both the cavity decay and spontaneous emission.

  19. An efficient FPGA implementation of MRI image filtering and tumor characterization using Xilinx system generator

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    Christe, S Allin; Kandaswamy, A

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents an efficient architecture for various image filtering algorithms and tumor characterization using Xilinx System Generator (XSG). This architecture offers an alternative through a graphical user interface that combines MATLAB, Simulink and XSG and explores important aspects concerned to hardware implementation. Performance of this architecture implemented in SPARTAN-3E Starter kit (XC3S500E-FG320) exceeds those of similar or greater resources architectures. The proposed architecture reduces the resources available on target device by 50%.

  20. Self-assembly of highly efficient, broadband plasmonic absorbers for solar steam generation

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    Lin ZHOU; Tan, Yingling; Ji, Dengxin; Zhu, Bin; Zhang, Pei; Xu, Jun; Gan, Qiaoqiang; Yu, Zongfu; Zhu, Jia

    2016-01-01

    The study of ideal absorbers, which can efficiently absorb light over a broad range of wavelengths, is of fundamental importance, as well as critical for many applications from solar steam generation and thermophotovoltaics to light/thermal detectors. As a result of recent advances in plasmonics, plasmonic absorbers have attracted a lot of attention. However, the performance and scalability of these absorbers, predominantly fabricated by the top-down approach, need to be further improved to e...

  1. Efficiency and economics of large scale hydrogen liquefaction. [for future generation aircraft requirements

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    Baker, C. R.

    1975-01-01

    Liquid hydrogen is being considered as a substitute for conventional hydrocarbon-based fuels for future generations of commercial jet aircraft. Its acceptance will depend, in part, upon the technology and cost of liquefaction. The process and economic requirements for providing a sufficient quantity of liquid hydrogen to service a major airport are described. The design is supported by thermodynamic studies which determine the effect of process arrangement and operating parameters on the process efficiency and work of liquefaction.

  2. Energy Efficiency of Inductive Energy Storage System Pulsed Power Generator Using Fast Recovery Diode

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    Go, Tomio; Kanesawa, Kyousuke; Yamazaki, Nobuyuki; Mukaigawa, Seiji; Takaki, Koichi; Fujiwara, Tamiya

    Characteristics of inductive energy storage system pulsed power generator with semiconductor opening switch (SOS) diodes are investigated with focusing on an energy transfer efficiency from the generator to the resistive load. Fast recovery diodes VMI K100UF were used as SOS and were connected in series and/or in parallel to realize a large current and a high output voltage. The output voltage increases with increasing circuit inductance L and/or primary capacitor capacitance C. The reverse pumping time also increases with LC value and is saturated to 100 ns at LC=50×10-15 HF. The pulse width of the output voltage increases gradually with increasing value of the LC multiplication. The energy transfer efficiency of the generator to the resistive load has a maximum value of 71% at C=4nF and L=12.6μH when the load resistance is 122 Ω. This value is almost two times larger than 56 Ω of the surge impedance Zs=√L/C and much smaller than impedance of the SOS diodes after interrupting the circuit current. The maximum energy transfer efficiency decreases from 71 to 32% with decreasing LC value from 50×10-15 to 1.2×10-15 HF.

  3. Integration of direct carbon and hydrogen fuel cells for highly efficient power generation from hydrocarbon fuels

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    Muradov, Nazim; Choi, Pyoungho; Smith, Franklyn; Bokerman, Gary [Florida Solar Energy Center, University of Central Florida, 1679 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, FL 32922-5703 (United States)

    2010-02-15

    In view of impending depletion of hydrocarbon fuel resources and their negative environmental impact, it is imperative to significantly increase the energy conversion efficiency of hydrocarbon-based power generation systems. The combination of a hydrocarbon decomposition reactor with a direct carbon and hydrogen fuel cells (FC) as a means for a significant increase in chemical-to-electrical energy conversion efficiency is discussed in this paper. The data on development and operation of a thermocatalytic hydrocarbon decomposition reactor and its coupling with a proton exchange membrane FC are presented. The analysis of the integrated power generating system including a hydrocarbon decomposition reactor, direct carbon and hydrogen FC using natural gas and propane as fuels is conducted. It was estimated that overall chemical-to-electrical energy conversion efficiency of the integrated system varied in the range of 49.4-82.5%, depending on the type of fuel and FC used, and CO{sub 2} emission per kW{sub el}h produced is less than half of that from conventional power generation sources. (author)

  4. High-efficient generation of induced pluripotent stem cells from human astrocytes.

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    Ruiz, Sergio; Brennand, Kristen; Panopoulos, Athanasia D; Herrerías, Aída; Gage, Fred H; Izpisua-Belmonte, Juan Carlos

    2010-12-09

    The reprogramming of human somatic cells to induced pluripotent stem (hiPS) cells enables the possibility of generating patient-specific autologous cells for regenerative medicine. A number of human somatic cell types have been reported to generate hiPS cells, including fibroblasts, keratinocytes and peripheral blood cells, with variable reprogramming efficiencies and kinetics. Here, we show that human astrocytes can also be reprogrammed into hiPS (ASThiPS) cells, with similar efficiencies to keratinocytes, which are currently reported to have one of the highest somatic reprogramming efficiencies. ASThiPS lines were indistinguishable from human embryonic stem (ES) cells based on the expression of pluripotent markers and the ability to differentiate into the three embryonic germ layers in vitro by embryoid body generation and in vivo by teratoma formation after injection into immunodeficient mice. Our data demonstrates that a human differentiated neural cell type can be reprogrammed to pluripotency and is consistent with the universality of the somatic reprogramming procedure.

  5. High-efficient generation of induced pluripotent stem cells from human astrocytes.

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    Sergio Ruiz

    Full Text Available The reprogramming of human somatic cells to induced pluripotent stem (hiPS cells enables the possibility of generating patient-specific autologous cells for regenerative medicine. A number of human somatic cell types have been reported to generate hiPS cells, including fibroblasts, keratinocytes and peripheral blood cells, with variable reprogramming efficiencies and kinetics. Here, we show that human astrocytes can also be reprogrammed into hiPS (ASThiPS cells, with similar efficiencies to keratinocytes, which are currently reported to have one of the highest somatic reprogramming efficiencies. ASThiPS lines were indistinguishable from human embryonic stem (ES cells based on the expression of pluripotent markers and the ability to differentiate into the three embryonic germ layers in vitro by embryoid body generation and in vivo by teratoma formation after injection into immunodeficient mice. Our data demonstrates that a human differentiated neural cell type can be reprogrammed to pluripotency and is consistent with the universality of the somatic reprogramming procedure.

  6. An Efficient Evaluation and Vector Generation Method for Observability-Enhanced Statement Coverage

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    Wei Lu; Xiu-Tao Yang; Tao Lv; Xiao-Wei Li

    2005-01-01

    Coverage evaluation is indispensable for verification via simulation. As the functional complexity of modern design is increasing at a breathtaking pace, it is requisite to take observability into account. Unfortunately, nowadays coverage metrics taking observability into account are not very satisfactory. On the one hand, for the observability assessment algorithms proposed up to now, the overhead of computing is large, so they could not be integrated into simulation tools easily. On the other hand, the vector generation methods involving the metrics taking observability into account are not very efficient, and there exists a disconnection between these metrics and the vector generation process.In this paper, some original ideas for the problems above are presented. (1) Precise and concise abstract representations from HDL (Hardware Description Language) descriptions at RTL (Register Transfer Level) are presented to model observability information. (2) A novel observability evaluation method based on the proposed models is introduced. This method is more computationally efficient than prior efforts to assess observability and it could be integrated into compilers and simulators easily. (3) A new simulation vector generation procedure involving the observability-enhanced statement coverage metric is developed. The method is simulation-based and driven by the distribution of unobserved statements.During this procedure, the proposed algorithm always tries to cover all unobserved statements, and reduce unnecessary backtracking, so it is efficient. The methods proposed have been implemented as a prototype tool for VHDL designs, and the results on benchmarks show significant benefits.

  7. Efficient terahertz generation by carbon nanotubes within the limited space-charge accumulation regime

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    Pennington, G.; Wickenden, A. E.

    2009-05-01

    This paper investigates the generation of power at terahertz frequencies by a single-walled semiconducting carbon nanotube (s-SWCNT). The prediction of negative differential resistance (NDR) in s-SWCNTs allows for their consideration as a Gunn-type oscillator. Here we consider the regime of limited-space-charge accumulation within nanotubes biased with a potential along the tube axis. This regime minimizes the growth of high-field domain regions, which may be destructive to the nanotube, and allows for efficient high-power operation. Results show that a high-power, efficient, miniaturized, room temperature source of terahertz radiation is possible by appropriate biasing of the s-SWCNT element in the NDR region of operation. Nanotubes of diameter (d) 0.8-4.5 nm are considered. The generated ac power (Pac) is found to range in the μW/μm range, reaching values as high as 13 μW/μm at high bias and small diameter. Very large generation efficiencies (η ) were found with a maximum value of 20% at high bias and small d. For a fixed dc bias field to NDR threshold field ratio, performance parameters are found to decrease with increasing s-SWCNT tube diameter as Pac˜d-2 and η ˜d-1/3. Frequencies of operation where found to span the terahertz regime, indicating that a s-SWCNT may serve as the active element in terahertz oscillator diodes.

  8. Industry perspectives on increasing the efficiency of coal-fired power generation

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    Torrens, I.M. [Shell Coal International, London (United Kingdom); Stenzel, W.C.

    1997-12-31

    Independent power producers will build a substantial fraction of expected new coal-fired power generation in developing countries over the coming decades. To reduce perceived risk and obtain financing for their projects, they are currently building and plan to continue to build subcritical coal-fired plants with generating efficiency below 40%. Up-to-date engineering assessment leads to the conclusion that supercritical generating technology, capable of efficiencies of up to 45%, can produce electricity at a lower total cost than conventional plants. If such plants were built in Asia over the coming decades, the savings in carbon dioxide emissions over their lifetime would be measured in billions of tons. IPPs perceive supercritical technology as riskier and higher cost than conventional technology. The truth needs to be confirmed by discussions with additional experienced power engineering companies. Better communication among the interested parties could help to overcome the IPP perception issue. Governments working together with industry might be able to identify creative financing arrangements which can encourage the use of more efficient pulverized clean coal technologies, while awaiting the commercialization of advanced clean coal technologies like gasification combined cycle and pressurized fluidized bed combustion.

  9. High-efficiency generation-collection microelectrochemical platform for interrogating electroactive thin films.

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    Anderson, Morgan J; Crooks, Richard M

    2014-10-07

    Here we report on the development of a high-efficiency, dual channel-electrode (DCE) generation-collection system and its application for interrogating redox-active surface-adsorbed thin films. DCE systems consist of two electrodes configured on the base of a microfluidic channel. Under laminar flow conditions, a redox reaction can be driven on the upstream generator electrode, and the products carried by convection to the downstream collector electrode where the reverse redox reaction occurs. One significant outcome of this report is that simple fabrication techniques can be used to prepare DCE systems that have collection efficiencies of up to 97%. This level of efficiency makes it possible to quantitatively measure the charge associated with redox-active thin films interposed between the generator and collector electrodes. This is important, because it provides a means for interrogating species that are not in sufficiently close proximity to an electrode to enable direct electron transfer or electroactive films adsorbed to insulating surfaces. Here, the method is demonstrated by comparing results from this indirect surface interrogation method, using Fe(CN)6(3-) as the redox probe, and direct electroreduction of Au oxide thin films. These experimental results are further compared to finite-element simulations.

  10. Energy-Efficient Next-Generation Passive Optical Networks Based on Sleep Mode and Heuristic Optimization

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    Zulai, Luis G. T.; Durand, Fábio R.; Abrão, Taufik

    2015-05-01

    In this article, an energy-efficiency mechanism for next-generation passive optical networks is investigated through heuristic particle swarm optimization. Ten-gigabit Ethernet-wavelength division multiplexing optical code division multiplexing-passive optical network next-generation passive optical networks are based on the use of a legacy 10-gigabit Ethernet-passive optical network with the advantage of using only an en/decoder pair of optical code division multiplexing technology, thus eliminating the en/decoder at each optical network unit. The proposed joint mechanism is based on the sleep-mode power-saving scheme for a 10-gigabit Ethernet-passive optical network, combined with a power control procedure aiming to adjust the transmitted power of the active optical network units while maximizing the overall energy-efficiency network. The particle swarm optimization based power control algorithm establishes the optimal transmitted power in each optical network unit according to the network pre-defined quality of service requirements. The objective is controlling the power consumption of the optical network unit according to the traffic demand by adjusting its transmitter power in an attempt to maximize the number of transmitted bits with minimum energy consumption, achieving maximal system energy efficiency. Numerical results have revealed that it is possible to save 75% of energy consumption with the proposed particle swarm optimization based sleep-mode energy-efficiency mechanism compared to 55% energy savings when just a sleeping-mode-based mechanism is deployed.

  11. Evaluation of Power Generation Efficiency of Cascade Hydropower Plants: A Case Study

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    Jiahua Wei

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Effective utilization of scarce water resources has presented a significant challenge to respond to the needs created by rapid economic growth in China. In this study, the efficiency of the joint operation of the Three Gorges and Gezhouba cascade hydropower plants in terms of power generation was evaluated on the basis of a precise simulation-optimization technique. The joint operation conditions of the Three Gorges and Gezhouba hydropower plants between 2004 and 2010 were utilized in this research in order to investigate the major factors that could affect power output of the cascade complex. The results showed that the current power output of the Three Gorges and Gezhouba cascade complex had already reached around 90% of the maximum theoretical value. Compared to other influencing factors evaluated in this study, the accuracy of hydrological forecasts and flood control levels can have significant impact on the power generating efficiency, whereas the navigation has a minor influence. This research provides a solid quantitative-based methodology to assess the operation efficiency of cascade hydropower plants, and more importantly, proposes potential methods that could improve the operation efficiency of cascade hydropower plants.

  12. Wood-Graphene Oxide Composite for Highly Efficient Solar Steam Generation and Desalination.

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    Liu, Keng-Ku; Jiang, Qisheng; Tadepalli, Sirimuvva; Raliya, Ramesh; Biswas, Pratim; Naik, Rajesh R; Singamaneni, Srikanth

    2017-03-01

    Solar steam generation is a highly promising technology for harvesting solar energy, desalination and water purification. We introduce a novel bilayered structure composed of wood and graphene oxide (GO) for highly efficient solar steam generation. The GO layer deposited on the microporous wood provides broad optical absorption and high photothermal conversion resulting in rapid increase in the temperature at the liquid surface. On the other hand, wood serves as a thermal insulator to confine the photothermal heat to the evaporative surface and to facilitate the efficient transport of water from the bulk to the photothermally active space. Owing to the tailored bilayer structure and the optimal thermo-optical properties of the individual components, the wood-GO composite structure exhibited a solar thermal efficiency of ∼83% under simulated solar excitation at a power density of 12 kW/m(2). The novel composite structure demonstrated here is highly scalable and cost-efficient, making it an attractive material for various applications involving large light absorption, photothermal conversion and heat localization.

  13. Thermodynamic, energy efficiency, and power density analysis of reverse electrodialysis power generation with natural salinity gradients.

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    Yip, Ngai Yin; Vermaas, David A; Nijmeijer, Kitty; Elimelech, Menachem

    2014-05-06

    Reverse electrodialysis (RED) can harness the Gibbs free energy of mixing when fresh river water flows into the sea for sustainable power generation. In this study, we carry out a thermodynamic and energy efficiency analysis of RED power generation, and assess the membrane power density. First, we present a reversible thermodynamic model for RED and verify that the theoretical maximum extractable work in a reversible RED process is identical to the Gibbs free energy of mixing. Work extraction in an irreversible process with maximized power density using a constant-resistance load is then examined to assess the energy conversion efficiency and power density. With equal volumes of seawater and river water, energy conversion efficiency of ∼ 33-44% can be obtained in RED, while the rest is lost through dissipation in the internal resistance of the ion-exchange membrane stack. We show that imperfections in the selectivity of typical ion exchange membranes (namely, co-ion transport, osmosis, and electro-osmosis) can detrimentally lower efficiency by up to 26%, with co-ion leakage being the dominant effect. Further inspection of the power density profile during RED revealed inherent ineffectiveness toward the end of the process. By judicious early discontinuation of the controlled mixing process, the overall power density performance can be considerably enhanced by up to 7-fold, without significant compromise to the energy efficiency. Additionally, membrane resistance was found to be an important factor in determining the power densities attainable. Lastly, the performance of an RED stack was examined for different membrane conductivities and intermembrane distances simulating high performance membranes and stack design. By thoughtful selection of the operating parameters, an efficiency of ∼ 37% and an overall gross power density of 3.5 W/m(2) represent the maximum performance that can potentially be achieved in a seawater-river water RED system with low

  14. High-Efficiency, Multijunction Solar Cells for Large-Scale Solar Electricity Generation

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    Kurtz, Sarah

    2006-03-01

    A solar cell with an infinite number of materials (matched to the solar spectrum) has a theoretical efficiency limit of 68%. If sunlight is concentrated, this limit increases to about 87%. These theoretical limits are calculated using basic physics and are independent of the details of the materials. In practice, the challenge of achieving high efficiency depends on identifying materials that can effectively use the solar spectrum. Impressive progress has been made with the current efficiency record being 39%. Today's solar market is also showing impressive progress, but is still hindered by high prices. One strategy for reducing cost is to use lenses or mirrors to focus the light on small solar cells. In this case, the system cost is dominated by the cost of the relatively inexpensive optics. The value of the optics increases with the efficiency of the solar cell. Thus, a concentrator system made with 35%- 40%-efficient solar cells is expected to deliver 50% more power at a similar cost when compare with a system using 25%-efficient cells. Today's markets are showing an opportunity for large concentrator systems that didn't exist 5-10 years ago. Efficiencies may soon pass 40% and ultimately may reach 50%, providing a pathway to improved performance and decreased cost. Many companies are currently investigating this technology for large-scale electricity generation. The presentation will cover the basic physics and more practical considerations to achieving high efficiency as well as describing the current status of the concentrator industry. This work has been authored by an employee of the Midwest Research Institute under Contract No. DE- AC36-99GO10337 with the U.S. Department of Energy. The United States Government retains and the publisher, by accepting the article for publication, acknowledges that the United States Government retains a non-exclusive, paid-up, irrevocable, worldwide license to publish or reproduce the published form of this work, or allow

  15. Desarrollo de un agente 3D con uso de algoritmos evolutivos y minería de datos

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    Reyes Santiago, Pedro Jesús

    2014-01-01

    En este Trabajo Fin de Grado se lleva a cabo la implementación de un mundo 3D a través del uso del entorno Unity en el se cual realizará el desarrollo de un agente 3D el cual interactúe con el entorno que le rodea. Para ello haremos uso de algoritmos relacionado con la inteligencia artificial así como aplicación de algoritmos relacionados con la minería de datos tales como redes neuronales basando su aprendizaje en algoritmos evolutivos o arboles de decisión, respectivamente. A...

  16. Mejoras a un Algoritmo Genético Simple, aplicando conceptos de Computación Evolutiva

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    Claudia Hurtado González; Beatriz Izquierdo Rivera; Marcela López Aguado Hernández; Armando Nicolás Cruz; Eduardo Gómez Ramírez

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    Uno de los problemas con que se enfrentan los algoritmos evolutivos es la gran cantidad de tiempo que requieren para converger en la solución óptima. Por esta razón es muy importante el desarrollo de algoritmos que mejoren su desempeño. En este artículo se presenta una versión mejorada de Algoritmo Genético, así como la manera en que distintos parámetros internos, como mutaciónnúmero de padres afectan en la convergencia. Las pruebas propuestas se evaluaron estadísticamente, median...

  17. IMPLEMENTACIÓN EN HARDWARE DE UN SVPWM EN UN SOFT-CORE NIOS II PARTE II: ALGORITMO DEL SVPWM

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    Full Text Available En este trabajo se presentan los detalles de la moduclación por ancho de pulso en el espacio vectorial (SVPWM por sus siglas en inglés. Primero se plantea el escenario en donde es más usado este algoritmo, es decir, en el control de motores eléctricos trifásicos. Se explica que el algoritmo del SVPWM sirve para manejar los inversores, además se indica en qué marco de referencia deben estar las acciones de control que el algortimo del SVPWM acepta, para finalmente presentar el algoritmo de una manera clara y concisa.

  18. Economic incentives for evidence generation: promoting an efficient path to personalized medicine.

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    Towse, Adrian; Garrison, Louis P

    2013-01-01

    The preceding articles in this volume have identified and discussed a wide range of methodological and practical issues in the development of personalized medicine. This concluding article uses the resulting insights to identify implications for the economic incentives for evidence generation. It argues that promoting an efficient path to personalized medicine is going to require appropriate incentives for evidence generation including: 1) a greater willingness on the part of payers to accept prices that reflect value; 2) consideration of some form of intellectual property protection (e.g., data exclusivity) for diagnostics to incentivize generation of evidence of clinical utility; 3) realistic expectations around the standards for evidence; and 4) public investment in evidence collection to complement the efforts of payers and manufacturers. It concludes that such incentives could build and maintain a balance among: 1) realistic thresholds for evidence and the need for payers to have confidence in the clinical utility of the drugs and tests they use; 2) payment for value, with prices that ensure cost-effectiveness for health systems; and 3) levels of intellectual property protection for evidence generation that provide a return for those financing research and development, while encouraging competition to produce both better and more efficient tests.

  19. Automotive Thermoelectric Generator impact on the efficiency of a drive system with a combustion engine

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    Ziolkowski Andrzej

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    Full Text Available Increasing the combustion engine drive systems efficiency is currently being achieved by structural changes in internal combustion engines and its equipment, which are geared towards limiting mechanical, thermal and outlet losses. For this reason, downsizing. In addition to these changes, all manner of exhaust gas energy recovery systems are being investigated and implemented, including turbocompound, turbogenerators and thermoelectric generators. The article presents the author’s idea of a thermoelectric generator system of automotive applications ATEG (Automotive Thermoelectric Generator and the study of the recovery of exhaust gas energy stream. The ATEG consists of a heat exchanger, thermoelectric modules and a cooling system. In this solution, 24 commercial thermoelectric modules based on Bi2Te3 (bismuth telluride were used. Measurements were made at two engine test sites on which SI and CI engines were installed. The exhaust gas parameters (temperature and mass flow rate, fuel consumption and operating parameters of the ATEG – the intensity and the voltage generated by the thermoelectric modules and the temperature on the walls of the heat exchanger – were all measured in the experiments. Based on the obtained results, the exhaust gas energy flow and the power of the ATEG were determined as well as its effect on the diesel engine drive system efficiency.

  20. Benzothiazolium Single Crystals: A New Class of Nonlinear Optical Crystals with Efficient THz Wave Generation.

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    Lee, Seung-Heon; Lu, Jian; Lee, Seung-Jun; Han, Jae-Hyun; Jeong, Chan-Uk; Lee, Seung-Chul; Li, Xian; Jazbinšek, Mojca; Yoon, Woojin; Yun, Hoseop; Kang, Bong Joo; Rotermund, Fabian; Nelson, Keith A; Kwon, O-Pil

    2017-08-01

    Highly efficient nonlinear optical organic crystals are very attractive for various photonic applications including terahertz (THz) wave generation. Up to now, only two classes of ionic crystals based on either pyridinium or quinolinium with extremely large macroscopic optical nonlinearity have been developed. This study reports on a new class of organic nonlinear optical crystals introducing electron-accepting benzothiazolium, which exhibit higher electron-withdrawing strength than pyridinium and quinolinium in benchmark crystals. The benzothiazolium crystals consisting of new acentric core HMB (2-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxystyryl)-3-methylbenzo[d]thiazol-3-ium) exhibit extremely large macroscopic optical nonlinearity with optimal molecular ordering for maximizing the diagonal second-order nonlinearity. HMB-based single crystals prepared by simple cleaving method satisfy all required crystal characteristics for intense THz wave generation such as large crystal size with parallel surfaces, moderate thickness and high optical quality with large optical transparency range (580-1620 nm). Optical rectification of 35 fs pulses at the technologically very important wavelength of 800 nm in 0.26 mm thick HMB crystal leads to one order of magnitude higher THz wave generation efficiency with remarkably broader bandwidth compared to standard inorganic 0.5 mm thick ZnTe crystal. Therefore, newly developed HMB crystals introducing benzothiazolium with extremely large macroscopic optical nonlinearity are very promising materials for intense broadband THz wave generation and other nonlinear optical applications. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Investigating the association between photosynthetic efficiency and generation of biophotoelectricity in autotrophic microbial fuel cells

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    Ciniciato, Gustavo P. M. K.; Ng, Fong-Lee; Phang, Siew-Moi; Jaafar, Muhammad Musoddiq; Fisher, Adrian C.; Yunus, Kamran; Periasamy, Vengadesh

    2016-08-01

    Microbial fuel cells operating with autotrophic microorganisms are known as biophotovoltaic devices. It represents a great opportunity for environmentally-friendly power generation using the energy of the sunlight. The efficiency of electricity generation in this novel system is however low. This is partially reflected by the poor understanding of the bioelectrochemical mechanisms behind the electron transfer from these microorganisms to the electrode surface. In this work, we propose a combination of electrochemical and fluorescence techniques, giving emphasis to the pulse amplitude modulation fluorescence. The combination of these two techniques allow us to obtain information that can assist in understanding the electrical response obtained from the generation of electricity through the intrinsic properties related to the photosynthetic efficiency that can be obtained from the fluorescence emitted. These were achieved quantitatively by means of observed changes in four photosynthetic parameters with the bioanode generating electricity. These are the maximum quantum yield (Fv/Fm), alpha (α), light saturation coefficient (Ek) and maximum rate of electron transfer (rETRm). The relationship between the increases in the current density collected by the bioanode to the decrease of the rETRm values in the photosynthetic pathway for the two microorganisms was also discussed.

  2. An efficient process of generating bispecific antibodies via controlled Fab-arm exchange using culture supernatants.

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    Paul, Suparna; Connor, Judy; Nesspor, Tom; Haytko, Peter; Boakye, Ken; Chiu, Mark L; Jiang, Haiyan

    2016-05-01

    Bispecific antibody generation is actively pursued for therapeutic and research antibody development. Although there are multiple strategies for generating bispecific antibodies (bsAbs); the common challenge is to develop a scalable method to prepare bsAbs with high purity and yield. The controlled Fab-arm exchange (cFAE) method combines two parental monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), each with a matched point mutation, F405L and K409R in the respective CH3 domains. The conventional process employs two steps: the purification of two parental mAbs from culture supernatants followed by cFAE. Following a reduction/oxidation reaction, the bispecific mAb is formed with greater than 95% heterodimerization efficiency. In this study, cFAE was initiated in culture supernatants expressing the two parental mAbs, thereby eliminating the need to first purify the parental mAbs. The bsAbs formed in culture supernatant was then purified using a Protein A affinity chromatography. The BsAbs generated in this manner had efficiency comparable to the conventional method using purified parental mAbs. BsAbs prepared by two different routes showed indistinguishable characteristics by SDS capillary electrophoresis, analytical size exclusion, and cation exchange chromatography. This alternative method significantly shortened timelines and reduced resources required for bsAb generation, providing an improved process with potential benefits in large-scale bsAb preparation, as well as for HTP small-scale bsAb matrix selection.

  3. Efficient Generation of Bispecific Murine Antibodies for Pre-Clinical Investigations in Syngeneic Rodent Models.

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    Labrijn, Aran F; Meesters, Joyce I; Bunce, Matthew; Armstrong, Anthony A; Somani, Sandeep; Nesspor, Tom C; Chiu, Mark L; Altintaş, Işil; Verploegen, Sandra; Schuurman, Janine; Parren, Paul W H I

    2017-05-30

    Therapeutic concepts exploiting tumor-specific antibodies are often established in pre-clinical xenograft models using immuno-deficient mice. More complex therapeutic paradigms, however, warrant the use of immuno-competent mice, that more accurately capture the relevant biology that is being exploited. These models require the use of (surrogate) mouse or rat antibodies to enable optimal interactions with murine effector molecules. Immunogenicity is furthermore decreased, allowing longer-term treatment. We recently described controlled Fab-arm exchange (cFAE) as an easy-to-use method for the generation of therapeutic human IgG1 bispecific antibodies (bsAb). To facilitate the investigation of dual-targeting concepts in immuno-competent mice, we now applied and optimized our method for the generation of murine bsAbs. We show that the optimized combinations of matched point-mutations enabled efficient generation of murine bsAbs for all subclasses studied (mouse IgG1, IgG2a and IgG2b; rat IgG1, IgG2a, IgG2b, and IgG2c). The mutations did not adversely affect the inherent effector functions or pharmacokinetic properties of the corresponding subclasses. Thus, cFAE can be used to efficiently generate (surrogate) mouse or rat bsAbs for pre-clinical evaluation in immuno-competent rodents.

  4. Efficient generation of 3D hologram for American Sign Language using look-up table

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    Park, Joo-Sup; Kim, Seung-Cheol; Kim, Eun-Soo

    2010-02-01

    American Sign Language (ASL) is one of the languages giving the greatest help for communication of the hearing impaired person. Current 2-D broadcasting, 2-D movies are used the ASL to give some information, help understand the situation of the scene and translate the foreign language. These ASL will not be disappeared in future three-dimensional (3-D) broadcasting or 3-D movies because the usefulness of the ASL. On the other hands, some approaches for generation of CGH patterns have been suggested like the ray-tracing method and look-up table (LUT) method. However, these methods have some drawbacks that needs much time or needs huge memory size for look-up table. Recently, a novel LUT (N-LUT) method for fast generation of CGH patterns of 3-D objects with a dramatically reduced LUT without the loss of computational speed was proposed. Therefore, we proposed the method to efficiently generate the holographic ASL in holographic 3DTV or 3-D movies using look-up table method. The proposed method is largely consisted of five steps: construction of the LUT for each ASL images, extraction of characters in scripts or situation, call the fringe patterns for characters in the LUT for each ASL, composition of hologram pattern for 3-D video and hologram pattern for ASL and reconstruct the holographic 3D video with ASL. Some simulation results confirmed the feasibility of the proposed method in efficient generation of CGH patterns for ASL.

  5. Pulse Sequences for Efficient Multi-Cycle Terahertz Generation in Periodically Poled Lithium Niobate

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    Ravi, Koustuban; Kärtner, Franz X

    2016-01-01

    The use of laser pulse sequences to drive the cascaded difference frequency generation of high energy, high peak-power and multi-cycle terahertz pulses in cryogenically cooled periodically poled lithium niobate is proposed. Detailed simulations considering the coupled nonlinear interaction of terahertz and optical waves show that unprecedented optical-to-terahertz energy conversion efficiencies > 5%, peak electric fields of hundred(s) of Mega volts/meter at terahertz pulse durations of hundred(s) of picoseconds can be achieved. The proposed methods are shown to circumvent laser-induced damage at Joule-level pumping by 1$\\mu$m lasers to enable multi-cycle terahertz sources with pulse energies >> 10 milli-joules. Various pulse sequence formats are proposed and analyzed. Numerical calculations for periodically poled structures accounting for cascaded difference frequency generation, self-phase-modulation, cascaded second harmonic generation and laser induced damage are introduced. Unprecedented studies of the ph...

  6. Algoritmos multirecombinativos aplicados al problema de ruteo de vehículos

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    Renzo Ramon Miño

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available El diseño de algoritmos eficientes para resolver problemas complejos ha sido tradicionalmente uno de los aspectos más importantes en la investigación en el campo de la informática. El objetivo perseguido en este campo es fundamentalmente el desarrollo de nuevos métodos capaces de resolver problemas complejos con el menor esfuerzo computacional posible, mejorando así a los algoritmos existentes. En consecuencia, esto no sólo permite afrontar los problemas de forma más eficiente, sino afrontar tareas vedadas en el pasado debido a su alto costo computacional. Las metaheurísticas son métodos que integran procedimientos de mejora local y estrategias de alto nivel para realizar una búsqueda robusta en el espacio-problema. El problema de ruteo de vehículos es un problema de optimización combinatoria de gran importancia en diferentes entornos logísticos debido a su dificultad (NP-duros y a sus múltiples aplicaciones industriales. Se han propuestos varias soluciones a este problema haciendo uso de heurísticas y metaheurísticas. En este trabajo proponemos dos algoritmos para resolver el problema de ruteo de vehículos con capacidad limitada, utilizando como base un Algoritmo Evolutivo conocido como MCMP-SRI (Stud and Random Inmigrants combinados con Hill- Climbing. Detalles de los algoritmos y los resultados de los experimentos muestran un promisorio comportamiento para resolver el problema.

  7. A testing-coverage software reliability model considering fault removal efficiency and error generation.

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    Li, Qiuying; Pham, Hoang

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a software reliability model that considers not only error generation but also fault removal efficiency combined with testing coverage information based on a nonhomogeneous Poisson process (NHPP). During the past four decades, many software reliability growth models (SRGMs) based on NHPP have been proposed to estimate the software reliability measures, most of which have the same following agreements: 1) it is a common phenomenon that during the testing phase, the fault detection rate always changes; 2) as a result of imperfect debugging, fault removal has been related to a fault re-introduction rate. But there are few SRGMs in the literature that differentiate between fault detection and fault removal, i.e. they seldom consider the imperfect fault removal efficiency. But in practical software developing process, fault removal efficiency cannot always be perfect, i.e. the failures detected might not be removed completely and the original faults might still exist and new faults might be introduced meanwhile, which is referred to as imperfect debugging phenomenon. In this study, a model aiming to incorporate fault introduction rate, fault removal efficiency and testing coverage into software reliability evaluation is developed, using testing coverage to express the fault detection rate and using fault removal efficiency to consider the fault repair. We compare the performance of the proposed model with several existing NHPP SRGMs using three sets of real failure data based on five criteria. The results exhibit that the model can give a better fitting and predictive performance.

  8. Effects of electrode settings on chlorine generation efficiency of electrolyzing seawater

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    Guoo-Shyng Wang Hsu

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Electrolyzed water has significant disinfection effects, can comply with food safety regulations, and is environmental friendly. We investigated the effects of immersion depth of electrodes, stirring, electrode size, and electrode gap on the properties and chlorine generation efficiency of electrolyzing seawater and its storage stability. Results indicated that temperature and oxidation-reduction potential (ORP of the seawater increased gradually, whereas electrical conductivity decreased steadily in electrolysis. During the electrolysis process, pH values and electric currents also decreased slightly within small ranges. Additional stirring or immersing the electrodes deep under the seawater significantly increased current density without affecting its electric efficiency and current efficiency. Decreasing electrode size or increasing electrode gap decreased chlorine production and electric current of the process without affecting its electric efficiency and current efficiency. Less than 35% of chlorine in the electrolyzed seawater was lost in a 3-week storage period. The decrement trend leveled off after the 1st week of storage. The electrolyzing system is a convenient and economical method for producing high-chlorine seawater, which will have high potential applications in agriculture, aquaculture, or food processing.

  9. Effect of ethanol-gasoline blends on small engine generator energy efficiency and exhaust emission.

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    Lin, Wen-Yinn; Chang, Yuan-Yi; Hsieh, You-Ru

    2010-02-01

    This study was focused on fuel energy efficiency and pollution analysis of different ratios of ethanol-gasoline blended fuels (E0, E3, E6, and E9) under different loadings. In this research, the experimental system consisted of a small engine generator, a particulate matter measurement system, and an exhaust gas analyzer system. Different fuels, unleaded gasoline, and ethanol-gasoline blends (E0, E3, E6, and E9) were used to study their effects on the exhaust gas emission and were expressed as thermal efficiency of the small engine generator energy efficiency. The results suggested that particle number concentration increased as the engine loading increased; however, it decreased as the ethanol content in the blend increased. While using E6 as fuel, the carbon monoxide (CO) concentration was less than other fuels (E0, E3, and E9) for each engine loading. The average of CO concentration reduction by using E3, E6, and E9 is 42, 86, and 83%, respectively. Using an ethanol-gasoline blend led to a significant reduction in exhaust emissions by approximately 78.7, 97.5, and 89.46% of the mean average values of hydrocarbons (HCs) with E3, E6, and E9 fuels, respectively, for all engine loadings. Using an ethanol-gasoline blend led to a significant reduction in exhaust emissions by approximately 35, 86, and 77% of the mean average values of nitrogen oxides (NOx) with E3, E6, and E9 fuels, respectively, at each engine loading. The E6 fuel gave the best results of the exhaust emissions, and the E9 fuel gave the best results of the particle emissions and engine performance. The thermal efficiency of the small engine generator increased as the ethanol content in the blend increased and as the engine loading increased.

  10. Highly efficient generation of transgenic sheep by lentivirus accompanying the alteration of methylation status.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Low efficiency of gene transfer and silence of transgene expression are the critical factors hampering the development of transgenic livestock. Recently, transfer of recombinant lentivirus has been demonstrated to be an efficient transgene delivery method in various animals. However, the lentiviral transgenesis and the methylation status of transgene in sheep have not been well addressed. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPLE FINDINGS: EGFP transgenic sheep were generated by injecting recombinant lentivirus into zygotes. Of the 13 lambs born, 8 carried the EGFP transgene, and its chromosomal integration was identified in all tested tissues. Western blotting showed that GFP was expressed in all transgenic founders and their various tissues. Analysis of CpG methylation status of CMV promoter by bisulfate sequencing unraveled remarkable variation of methylation levels in transgenic sheep. The average methylation levels ranged from 37.6% to 79.1% in the transgenic individuals and 34.7% to 83% in the tested tissues. Correlative analysis of methylation status with GFP expression revealed that the GFP expression level was inversely correlated with methylation density. The similar phenomenon was also observed in tested tissues. Transgene integration determined by Southern blotting presented multiple integrants ranging from 2 to 6 copies in the genome of transgenic sheep. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Injection of lentiviral transgene into zygotes could be a promising efficient gene delivery system to generate transgenic sheep and achieved widespread transgene expression. The promoter of integrants transferred by lentiviral vector was subjected to dramatic alteration of methylation status and the transgene expression level was inversely correlative with promoter methylation density. Our work illustrated for the first time that generation of transgenic sheep by injecting recombinant lentivirus into zygote could be an efficient tool to improve sheep performance by

  11. Brief Report: Efficient Generation of Hematopoietic Precursors and Progenitors from Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Lines

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    Woods, Niels-Bjarne; Parker, Aaron S.; Moraghebi, Roksana; Lutz, Margaret K.; Firth, Amy L.; Brennand, Kristen J.; Berggren, W. Travis; Raya, Angel; Izpisúa Belmonte, Juan Carlos; Gage, Fred H.; Verma, Inder M.

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    By mimicking embryonic development of the hematopoietic system, we have developed an optimized in vitro differentiation protocol for the generation of precursors of hematopoietic lineages and primitive hematopoietic cells from human embryonic stem cells (ESC) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Factors such as cytokines, extra cellular matrix components, and small molecules as well as the temporal association and concentration of these factors were tested on seven different human ESC and iPSC lines. We report the differentiation of up to 84% human CD45+ cells (average 41% ± 16%, from seven pluripotent lines) from the differentiation culture, including significant numbers of primitive CD45+/CD341 and CD45+/CD341/CD38− hematopoietic progenitors. Moreover, the numbers of hematopoietic progenitor cells generated, as measured by colony forming unit assays, were comparable to numbers obtained from fresh umbilical cord blood mononuclear cell isolates on a per CD45+ cell basis. Our approach demonstrates highly efficient generation of multipotent hematopoietic progenitors with among the highest efficiencies reported to date (CD45+/CD341) using a single standardized differentiation protocol on several human ESC and iPSC lines. Our data add to the cumulating evidence for the existence of an in vitro derived precursor to the hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) with limited engrafting ability in transplanted mice but with multipotent hematopoietic potential. Because this protocol efficiently expands the preblood precursors and hematopoietic progenitors, it is ideal for testing novel factors for the generation and expansion of definitive HSCs with long-term repopulating ability. PMID:21544903

  12. Brief report: efficient generation of hematopoietic precursors and progenitors from human pluripotent stem cell lines.

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    Woods, Niels-Bjarne; Parker, Aaron S; Moraghebi, Roksana; Lutz, Margaret K; Firth, Amy L; Brennand, Kristen J; Berggren, W Travis; Raya, Angel; Izpisúa Belmonte, Juan Carlos; Gage, Fred H; Verma, Inder M

    2011-07-01

    By mimicking embryonic development of the hematopoietic system, we have developed an optimized in vitro differentiation protocol for the generation of precursors of hematopoietic lineages and primitive hematopoietic cells from human embryonic stem cells (ESC) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Factors such as cytokines, extra cellular matrix components, and small molecules as well as the temporal association and concentration of these factors were tested on seven different human ESC and iPSC lines. We report the differentiation of up to 84% human CD45+ cells (average 41% ± 16%, from seven pluripotent lines) from the differentiation culture, including significant numbers of primitive CD45+/CD34+ and CD45+/CD34+/CD38- hematopoietic progenitors. Moreover, the numbers of hematopoietic progenitor cells generated, as measured by colony forming unit assays, were comparable to numbers obtained from fresh umbilical cord blood mononuclear cell isolates on a per CD45+ cell basis. Our approach demonstrates highly efficient generation of multipotent hematopoietic progenitors with among the highest efficiencies reported to date (CD45+/CD34+) using a single standardized differentiation protocol on several human ESC and iPSC lines. Our data add to the cumulating evidence for the existence of an in vitro derived precursor to the hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) with limited engrafting ability in transplanted mice but with multipotent hematopoietic potential. Because this protocol efficiently expands the preblood precursors and hematopoietic progenitors, it is ideal for testing novel factors for the generation and expansion of definitive HSCs with long-term repopulating ability.

  13. Orbital angular momentum generation and mode transformation with high efficiency using forked polarization gratings.

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    Li, Yanming; Kim, Jihwan; Escuti, Michael J

    2012-12-01

    We present a novel optical element that efficiently generates orbital angular momentum (OAM) of light and transforms light between OAM modes based on a polarization grating with a fork-shaped singularity. This forked polarization grating (FPG) is composed of liquid crystalline materials, and can be made either static or switchable with high diffraction efficiency (i.e., 100% theoretically) into a single order. By spatially varying the Pancharatnam-Berry phase, FPGs shape the wavefront and thus control the OAM mode. We demonstrate theoretically and empirically that a charge l(g) FPG creates helical modes with OAM charge ±l(g) when a gaussian beam is input, and more generally, transforms the incident helical mode with OAM charge l(in) into output modes with OAM charge l(in)±l(g). We also show for the first time that this conversion into a single mode can be very efficient (i.e., ∼95% experimentally) at visible wavelengths, and the relative power between the two possible output modes is polarization-controllable from 0% to ∼100%. We developed a fabrication method that substantially improves FPG quality and efficiency over prior work. We also successfully fabricated switchable FPGs, which can be electrically switched between an OAM generating/transforming state and a transmissive state. Our experimental results showed >92% conversion efficiency for both configurations at 633 nm. These holographically fabricated elements are compact (i.e., thin glass plates), lightweight, and easily optimized for nearly any wavelength from ultraviolet to infrared, for a wide range of OAM charge, and for large or small clear apertures. They are ideal elements for enhanced control of OAM, e.g., in optical trapping and high-capacity information.

  14. Efficient generation of cavitation bubbles and reactive oxygen species using triggered high-intensity focused ultrasound sequence for sonodynamic treatment

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    Yasuda, Jun; Yoshizawa, Shin; Umemura, Shin-ichiro

    2016-07-01

    Sonodynamic treatment is a method of treating cancer using reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated by cavitation bubbles in collaboration with a sonosensitizer at a target tissue. In this treatment method, both localized ROS generation and ROS generation with high efficiency are important. In this study, a triggered high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) sequence, which consists of a short, extremely high intensity pulse immediately followed by a long, moderate-intensity burst, was employed for the efficient generation of ROS. In experiments, a solution sealed in a chamber was exposed to a triggered HIFU sequence. Then, the distribution of generated ROS was observed by the luminol reaction, and the amount of generated ROS was quantified using KI method. As a result, the localized ROS generation was demonstrated by light emission from the luminol reaction. Moreover, it was demonstrated that the triggered HIFU sequence has higher efficiency of ROS generation by both the KI method and the luminol reaction emission.

  15. Efficient generation of connectivity in neuronal networks from simulator-independent descriptions

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    Mikael eDjurfeldt

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Simulator-independent descriptions of connectivity in neuronal networks promise greater ease of model sharing, improved reproducibility of simulation results, and reduced programming effort for computational neuroscientists. However, until now, enabling the use of such descriptions in a given simulator in a computationally efficient way has entailed considerable work for simulator developers, which must be repeated for each new connectivity-generating library that is developed.We have developed a generic connection generator interface that provides a standard way to connect a connectivity-generating library to a simulator, such that one library can easily be replaced by another, according to the modeller's needs. We have used the connection generator interface to connect C++ and Python implementations of the connection-set algebra to the NEST simulator. We also demonstrate how the simulator-independent modelling framework PyNN can transparently take advantage of this, passing a connection description through to the simulator layer for rapid processing in C++ where a simulator supports the connection generator interface and falling-back to slower iteration in Python otherwise. A set of benchmarks demonstrates the good performance of the interface.

  16. Efficient generation of connectivity in neuronal networks from simulator-independent descriptions.

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    Djurfeldt, Mikael; Davison, Andrew P; Eppler, Jochen M

    2014-01-01

    Simulator-independent descriptions of connectivity in neuronal networks promise greater ease of model sharing, improved reproducibility of simulation results, and reduced programming effort for computational neuroscientists. However, until now, enabling the use of such descriptions in a given simulator in a computationally efficient way has entailed considerable work for simulator developers, which must be repeated for each new connectivity-generating library that is developed. We have developed a generic connection generator interface that provides a standard way to connect a connectivity-generating library to a simulator, such that one library can easily be replaced by another, according to the modeler's needs. We have used the connection generator interface to connect C++ and Python implementations of the previously described connection-set algebra to the NEST simulator. We also demonstrate how the simulator-independent modeling framework PyNN can transparently take advantage of this, passing a connection description through to the simulator layer for rapid processing in C++ where a simulator supports the connection generator interface and falling-back to slower iteration in Python otherwise. A set of benchmarks demonstrates the good performance of the interface.

  17. Spectral turning bands for efficient Gaussian random fields generation on GPUs and accelerators

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    Hunger, L.; Cosenza, B.; Kimeswenger, S.; Fahringer, T.

    2015-11-01

    A random field (RF) is a set of correlated random variables associated with different spatial locations. RF generation algorithms are of crucial importance for many scientific areas, such as astrophysics, geostatistics, computer graphics, and many others. Current approaches commonly make use of 3D fast Fourier transform (FFT), which does not scale well for RF bigger than the available memory; they are also limited to regular rectilinear meshes. We introduce random field generation with the turning band method (RAFT), an RF generation algorithm based on the turning band method that is optimized for massively parallel hardware such as GPUs and accelerators. Our algorithm replaces the 3D FFT with a lower-order, one-dimensional FFT followed by a projection step and is further optimized with loop unrolling and blocking. RAFT can easily generate RF on non-regular (non-uniform) meshes and efficiently produce fields with mesh sizes bigger than the available device memory by using a streaming, out-of-core approach. Our algorithm generates RF with the correct statistical behavior and is tested on a variety of modern hardware, such as NVIDIA Tesla, AMD FirePro and Intel Phi. RAFT is faster than the traditional methods on regular meshes and has been successfully applied to two real case scenarios: planetary nebulae and cosmological simulations.

  18. Effects of water-emulsified fuel on a diesel engine generator's thermal efficiency and exhaust.

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    Syu, Jin-Yuan; Chang, Yuan-Yi; Tseng, Chao-Heng; Yan, Yeou-Lih; Chang, Yu-Min; Chen, Chih-Chieh; Lin, Wen-Yinn

    2014-08-01

    Water-emulsified diesel has proven itself as a technically sufficient improvement fuel to improve diesel engine fuel combustion emissions and engine performance. However, it has seldom been used in light-duty diesel engines. Therefore, this paper focuses on an investigation into the thermal efficiency and pollution emission analysis of a light-duty diesel engine generator fueled with different water content emulsified diesel fuels (WD, including WD-0, WD-5, WD-10, and WD-15). In this study, nitric oxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and carbon dioxide were analyzed by a vehicle emission gas analyzer and the particle size and number concentration were measured by an electrical low-pressure impactor. In addition, engine loading and fuel consumption were also measured to calculate the thermal efficiency. Measurement results suggested that water-emulsified diesel was useful to improve the thermal efficiency and the exhaust emission of a diesel engine. Obviously, the thermal efficiency was increased about 1.2 to 19.9%. In addition, water-emulsified diesel leads to a significant reduction of nitric oxide emission (less by about 18.3 to 45.4%). However the particle number concentration emission might be increased if the loading of the generator becomes lower than or equal to 1800 W. In addition, exhaust particle size distributions were shifted toward larger particles at high loading. The consequence of this research proposed that the water-emulsified diesel was useful to improve the engine performance and some of exhaust emissions, especially the NO emission reduction. Implications: The accumulated test results provide a good basis to resolve the corresponding pollutants emitted from a light-duty diesel engine generator. By measuring and analyzing transforms of exhaust pollutant from this engine generator, the effects of water-emulsified diesel fuel and loading on emission characteristics might be more clear. Understanding reduction of pollutant emissions during the use

  19. Efficient generation of indistinguishable single photons on-demand at telecom wavelengths

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    Kim, Jehyung; Cai, Tao; Richardson, Christopher; Leavitt, Richard; Waks, Edo

    Highly efficient single photon sources are important building blocks for optical quantum information processing. For practical use and long-distance quantum communication, single photons should have fiber-compatible telecom wavelengths. In addition, most quantum communication applications require high degree of indistinguishability of single photons, such that they exhibit interference on a beam splitter. However, deterministic generation of indistinguishable single photons with high brightness remains a challenging problem in particular at telecom wavelengths. We demonstrate a telecom wavelength source of indistinguishable single photons using an InAs/InP quantum dot in a nanophotonic cavity. To obtain the efficient single quantum dot emission, we employ the higher order mode in L3 photonic crystal cavity that shows a nearly Gaussian transverse mode profile and results in out-coupling efficiency exceeding 46 % and unusual bright single quantum dot emission exceeding 1.5 million counts per second at a detector. We also observe Purcell enhanced spontaneous emission rate as large as 4 and high linear polarization ratio of 0.96 for the coupled dots. Using this source, we generate high purity single photons at 1.3 μm wavelength and demonstrate the indistinguishable nature of the emission using a two-photon interference measurement.

  20. Efficient charge generation by relaxed charge-transfer states at organic interfaces

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    Vandewal, Koen; Albrecht, Steve; Hoke, Eric T.; Graham, Kenneth R.; Widmer, Johannes; Douglas, Jessica D.; Schubert, Marcel; Mateker, William R.; Bloking, Jason T.; Burkhard, George F.; Sellinger, Alan; Fréchet, Jean M. J.; Amassian, Aram; Riede, Moritz K.; McGehee, Michael D.; Neher, Dieter; Salleo, Alberto

    2014-01-01

    Interfaces between organic electron-donating (D) and electron-accepting (A) materials have the ability to generate charge carriers on illumination. Efficient organic solar cells require a high yield for this process, combined with a minimum of energy losses. Here, we investigate the role of the lowest energy emissive interfacial charge-transfer state (CT1) in the charge generation process. We measure the quantum yield and the electric field dependence of charge generation on excitation of the charge-transfer (CT) state manifold via weakly allowed, low-energy optical transitions. For a wide range of photovoltaic devices based on polymer:fullerene, small-molecule:C60 and polymer:polymer blends, our study reveals that the internal quantum efficiency (IQE) is essentially independent of whether or not D, A or CT states with an energy higher than that of CT1 are excited. The best materials systems show an IQE higher than 90% without the need for excess electronic or vibrational energy.

  1. Efficient green phosphorescent tandem organic light emitting diodes with solution processable mixed hosts charge generating layer

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    Talik, N.A.; Yeoh, K.H.; Ng, C.Y.B [Low Dimensional Research Center, Department of Physics, University Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); ItraMAS Corporation. Sdn. Bhd., 542A-B Mukim 1, Lorong Perusahaan Baru 2, Kawasan Perindustrian, Perai 13600, Penang (Malaysia); Yap, B.K. [Center of Microelectronic and Nanotechnology Engineering (CeMNE), College of Engineering, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Jln. Uniten-Ikram, 4300 Kajang, Selangor (Malaysia); Woon, K.L., E-mail: ph7klw76@um.edu.my [Low Dimensional Research Center, Department of Physics, University Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    2014-10-15

    A novel solution processable charge generating layer (CGL) that consists of 1,4,5,8,9,11-hexaazatriphenylene hexacarbonitrile (HATCN{sub 6})/Poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK): 1,1-bis-(4-bis(4-tolyl)-aminophenyl) cyclohexene (TAPC) for a tandem green phosphorescent organic light emitting diode (PHOLED) is demonstrated. The use of orthogonal solvent to dissolve HATCN{sub 6} and PVK:TAPC is the key to overcome the interface erosion problem for the solution processed CGL. The current efficiency of the 2 wt% TAPC mixed with PVK is the highest at 24.2 cd/A, which is more than three-folds higher than that of the single device at 1000 cd/m{sup 2}. - Highlights: • A solution processable tandem OLED is built using a novel charge generating layer. • HATCN{sub 6} and PVK:TAPC are shown to be effective charge generating layers. • The turn on voltages for tandem devices are almost similar to single unit. • 2 wt% TAPC blended with PVK exhibits three-folds increase in efficiency.

  2. Enhanced Efficiency of Thermoelectric Generator by Optimizing Mechanical and Electrical Structures

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    Jinlong Chen

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Much attention has been paid to the application of low temperature thermal resources, especially for power generation in recent years. Most of the current commercialized thermal (including geothermal power-generation technologies convert thermal energy to electric energy indirectly, that is, making mechanical work before producing electricity. Technology using a thermoelectric generator (TEG, however, can directly transform thermal energy into electricity through the Seebeck effect. TEG technology has many advantages such as compactness, quietness, and reliability because there are no moving parts. One of the biggest disadvantages of TEGs is the low efficiency from thermal to electric energy. For this reason, we redesigned and modified our previous 1 KW (at a temperature difference of around 120 °C TEG system. The output power of the system was improved significantly, about 34.6% greater; the instantaneous efficiency of the TEG system could reach about 6.5%. Laboratory experiments have been conducted to measure the output power at different conditions: different connection modes between TEG modules, different mechanical structures, and different temperature differences between hot and cold sides. The TEG apparatus has been tested and the data have been presented. This kind of TEG power system can be applied in many thermal and geothermal sites with low temperature resources, including oil fields where fossil and geothermal energies are coproduced.

  3. Efficient charge generation by relaxed charge-transfer states at organic interfaces

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    Vandewal, Koen

    2013-11-17

    Interfaces between organic electron-donating (D) and electron-accepting (A) materials have the ability to generate charge carriers on illumination. Efficient organic solar cells require a high yield for this process, combined with a minimum of energy losses. Here, we investigate the role of the lowest energy emissive interfacial charge-transfer state (CT1) in the charge generation process. We measure the quantum yield and the electric field dependence of charge generation on excitation of the charge-transfer (CT) state manifold via weakly allowed, low-energy optical transitions. For a wide range of photovoltaic devices based on polymer:fullerene, small-molecule:C60 and polymer:polymer blends, our study reveals that the internal quantum efficiency (IQE) is essentially independent of whether or not D, A or CT states with an energy higher than that of CT1 are excited. The best materials systems show an IQE higher than 90% without the need for excess electronic or vibrational energy. © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited.

  4. Vertically Aligned Graphene Sheets Membrane for Highly Efficient Solar Thermal Generation of Clean Water.

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    Zhang, Panpan; Li, Jing; Lv, Lingxiao; Zhao, Yang; Qu, Liangti

    2017-05-23

    Efficient utilization of solar energy for clean water is an attractive, renewable, and environment friendly way to solve the long-standing water crisis. For this task, we prepared the long-range vertically aligned graphene sheets membrane (VA-GSM) as the highly efficient solar thermal converter for generation of clean water. The VA-GSM was prepared by the antifreeze-assisted freezing technique we developed, which possessed the run-through channels facilitating the water transport, high light absorption capacity for excellent photothermal transduction, and the extraordinary stability in rigorous conditions. As a result, VA-GSM has achieved average water evaporation rates of 1.62 and 6.25 kg m(-2) h(-1) under 1 and 4 sun illumination with a superb solar thermal conversion efficiency of up to 86.5% and 94.2%, respectively, better than that of most carbon materials reported previously, which can efficiently produce the clean water from seawater, common wastewater, and even concentrated acid and/or alkali solutions.

  5. Efficient generation and optimization of stochastic template banks by a neighboring cell algorithm

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    Fehrmann, Henning; Pletsch, Holger J.

    2014-12-01

    Placing signal templates (grid points) as efficiently as possible to cover a multidimensional parameter space is crucial in computing-intensive matched-filtering searches for gravitational waves, but also in similar searches in other fields of astronomy. To generate efficient coverings of arbitrary parameter spaces, stochastic template banks have been advocated, where templates are placed at random while rejecting those too close to others. However, in this simple scheme, for each new random point its distance to every template in the existing bank is computed. This rapidly increasing number of distance computations can render the acceptance of new templates computationally prohibitive, particularly for wide parameter spaces or in large dimensions. This paper presents a neighboring cell algorithm that can dramatically improve the efficiency of constructing a stochastic template bank. By dividing the parameter space into subvolumes (cells), for an arbitrary point an efficient hashing technique is exploited to obtain the index of its enclosing cell along with the parameters of its neighboring templates. Hence only distances to these neighboring templates in the bank are computed, massively lowering the overall computing cost, as demonstrated in simple examples. Furthermore, we propose a novel method based on this technique to increase the fraction of covered parameter space solely by directed template shifts, without adding any templates. As is demonstrated in examples, this method can be highly effective.

  6. High-efficiency concentration/multi-solar-cell system for orbital power generation

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    Onffroy, J. R.; Stoltzmann, D. E.; Lin, R. J. H.; Knowles, G. R.

    1980-01-01

    An analysis was performed to determine the economic feasibility of a concentrating spectrophotovoltaic orbital electrical power generation system. In this system dichroic beam-splitting mirrors are used to divide the solar spectrum into several wavebands. Absorption of these wavebands by solar cells with matched energy bandgaps increases the cell efficiency while decreasing the amount of heat which must be rejected. The optical concentration is performed in two stages. The first concentration stage employs a Cassegrain-type telescope, resulting in a short system length. The output from this stage is directed to compound parabolic concentrators which comprise the second stage of concentration. Ideal efficiencies for one-, two-, three-, and four-cell systems were calculated under 1000 sun, AMO conditions, and optimum energy bands were determined. Realistic efficiencies were calculated for various combinations of Si, GaAs, Ge and GaP. Efficiencies of 32 to 33 percent were obtained with the multicell systems. The optimum system consists of an f/3.5 optical system, a beam splitter to divide the spectrum at 0.9 microns, and two solar cell arrays, GaAs and Si.

  7. Conversion efficiency enhancement technique for a quasiphase matched second-harmonic generation device

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    Shinozaki, Keisuke; Takamori, Takeshi; Watanabe, Kenji; Fukunaga, Toshiaki; Kamijoh, Takeshi

    1992-07-01

    Conversion efficiency enhancement techniques have been demonstrated for quasi-phase matched (QPM) second-harmonic generation (SHG). First, a technique is described for confining the high fundamental optical power density in a waveguide with a domain-inverted grating (SHG waveguide) (i.e., a technique for monolithic integration), the SHG waveguide, and a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR). A 40-percent increase in the conversion compared with a conventional device without a DBR was achieved under QPM conditions. Also described is a method of automatically satisfying QPM conditions, using a laser diode (LD) with antireflection-coated facets. The InP/InGaAsP LDs were used and it was confirmed that the LD oscillated at a wavelength satisfying the QPM conditions. The normalized conversion efficiency was 4.1 percent/W per sq cm.

  8. Cherenkov radiation and dielectric based accelerating structures: Wakefield generation, power extraction and energy transfer efficiency

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    Kanareykin, Alexei

    2010-06-01

    We present here our recent results of the Euclid Techlabs LLC/Argonne National Laboratory/St.Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI" collaboration on wakefield high energy acceleration of electron bunches in dielectric based accelerating structures. This program concentrates primarily on Cherenkov radiation studies providing efficient high energy generation aimed at a future 1 TeV collider. We report here on recent experiments in high power Cherenkov radiation and corresponding dielectric material developments and characterizations. Progress in diamond, quartz and microwave low-loss ceramic structure development in GHz and THz frequency ranges is presented. Beam Breakup effects and transverse bunch stability are discussed as well. We e report on recent progress on tunable dielectric based structure development. A special subject of our paper is transformer ratio enhancement schemes providing energy transfer efficiency for the dielectric based wakefield acceleration.

  9. Efficient Generation of Myelinating Oligodendrocytes from Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Patients by Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

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    Panagiotis Douvaras

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Multiple sclerosis (MS is a chronic demyelinating disease of unknown etiology that affects the CNS. While current therapies are primarily directed against the immune system, the new challenge is to address progressive MS with remyelinating and neuroprotective strategies. Here, we develop a highly reproducible protocol to efficiently derive oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs and mature oligodendrocytes from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs. Key elements of our protocol include adherent cultures, dual SMAD inhibition, and addition of retinoids from the beginning of differentiation, which lead to increased yields of OLIG2 progenitors and high numbers of OPCs within 75 days. Furthermore, we show the generation of viral and integration-free iPSCs from primary progressive MS (PPMS patients and their efficient differentiation to oligodendrocytes. PPMS OPCs are functional, as demonstrated by in vivo myelination in the shiverer mouse. These results provide encouraging advances toward the development of autologous cell therapies using iPSCs.

  10. Mice with megabase humanization of their immunoglobulin genes generate antibodies as efficiently as normal mice.

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    Murphy, Andrew J; Macdonald, Lynn E; Stevens, Sean; Karow, Margaret; Dore, Anthony T; Pobursky, Kevin; Huang, Tammy T; Poueymirou, William T; Esau, Lakeisha; Meola, Melissa; Mikulka, Warren; Krueger, Pamela; Fairhurst, Jeanette; Valenzuela, David M; Papadopoulos, Nicholas; Yancopoulos, George D

    2014-04-01

    Mice genetically engineered to be humanized for their Ig genes allow for human antibody responses within a mouse background (HumAb mice), providing a valuable platform for the generation of fully human therapeutic antibodies. Unfortunately, existing HumAb mice do not have fully functional immune systems, perhaps because of the manner in which their genetic humanization was carried out. Heretofore, HumAb mice have been generated by disrupting the endogenous mouse Ig genes and simultaneously introducing human Ig transgenes at a different and random location; KO-plus-transgenic humanization. As we describe in the companion paper, we attempted to make mice that more efficiently use human variable region segments in their humoral responses by precisely replacing 6 Mb of mouse Ig heavy and kappa light variable region germ-line gene segments with their human counterparts while leaving the mouse constant regions intact, using a unique in situ humanization approach. We reasoned the introduced human variable region gene segments would function indistinguishably in their new genetic location, whereas the retained mouse constant regions would allow for optimal interactions and selection of the resulting antibodies within the mouse environment. We show that these mice, termed VelocImmune mice because they were generated using VelociGene technology, efficiently produce human:mouse hybrid antibodies (that are rapidly convertible to fully human antibodies) and have fully functional humoral immune systems indistinguishable from those of WT mice. The efficiency of the VelocImmune approach is confirmed by the rapid progression of 10 different fully human antibodies into human clinical trials.

  11. Efficient generation of functional dopaminergic neurons from human induced pluripotent stem cells under defined conditions.

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    Swistowski, Andrzej; Peng, Jun; Liu, Qiuyue; Mali, Prashant; Rao, Mahendra S; Cheng, Linzhao; Zeng, Xianmin

    2010-10-01

    Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) reprogrammed from somatic cells represent a promising unlimited cell source for generating patient-specific cells for biomedical research and personalized medicine. As a first step, critical to clinical applications, we attempted to develop defined culture conditions to expand and differentiate human iPSCs into functional progeny such as dopaminergic neurons for treating or modeling Parkinson's disease (PD). We used a completely defined (xeno-free) system that we previously developed for efficient generation of authentic dopaminergic neurons from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), and applied it to iPSCs. First, we adapted two human iPSC lines derived from different somatic cell types for the defined expansion medium and showed that the iPSCs grew similarly as hESCs in the same medium regarding pluripotency and genomic stability. Second, by using these two independent adapted iPSC lines, we showed that the process of differentiation into committed neural stem cells (NSCs) and subsequently into dopaminergic neurons was also similar to hESCs. Importantly, iPSC-derived dopaminergic neurons were functional as they survived and improved behavioral deficits in 6-hydroxydopamine-leasioned rats after transplantation. In addition, iPSC-derived NSCs and neurons could be efficiently transduced by a baculoviral vector delivering episomal DNA for future gene function study and disease modeling using iPSCs. We also performed genome-wide microarray comparisons between iPSCs and hESCs, and we derived NSC and dopaminergic neurons. Our data revealed overall similarity and visible differences at a molecular level. Efficient generation of functional dopaminergic neurons under defined conditions will facilitate research and applications using PD patient-specific iPSCs.

  12. Highly efficient generation of GGTA1 biallelic knockout inbred mini-pigs with TALENs.

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    Xin, Jige; Yang, Huaqiang; Fan, Nana; Zhao, Bentian; Ouyang, Zhen; Liu, Zhaoming; Zhao, Yu; Li, Xiaoping; Song, Jun; Yang, Yi; Zou, Qingjian; Yan, Quanmei; Zeng, Yangzhi; Lai, Liangxue

    2013-01-01

    Inbred mini-pigs are ideal organ donors for future human xenotransplantations because of their clear genetic background, high homozygosity, and high inbreeding endurance. In this study, we chose fibroblast cells from a highly inbred pig line called Banna mini-pig inbred line (BMI) as donor nuclei for nuclear transfer, combining with transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) and successfully generated α-1,3-galactosyltransferase (GGTA1) gene biallelic knockout (KO) pigs. To validate the efficiency of TALEN vectors, in vitro-transcribed TALEN mRNAs were microinjected into one-cell stage parthenogenetically activated porcine embryos. The efficiency of indel mutations at the GGTA1-targeting loci was as high as 73.1% (19/26) among the parthenogenetic blastocysts. TALENs were co-transfected into porcine fetal fibroblasts of BMI with a plasmid containing neomycin gene. The targeting efficiency reached 89.5% (187/209) among the survived cell clones after a 10 d selection. More remarkably 27.8% (58/209) of colonies were biallelic KO. Five fibroblast cell lines with biallelic KO were chosen as nuclear donors for somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). Three miniature piglets with biallelic mutations of the GGTA1 gene were achieved. Gal epitopes on the surface of cells from all the three biallelic KO piglets were completely absent. The fibroblasts from the GGTA1 null piglets were more resistant to lysis by pooled complement-preserved normal human serum than those from wild-type pigs. These results indicate that a combination of TALENs technology with SCNT can generate biallelic KO pigs directly with high efficiency. The GGTA1 null piglets with inbred features created in this study can provide a new organ source for xenotransplantation research.

  13. Highly efficient generation of GGTA1 biallelic knockout inbred mini-pigs with TALENs.

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    Jige Xin

    Full Text Available Inbred mini-pigs are ideal organ donors for future human xenotransplantations because of their clear genetic background, high homozygosity, and high inbreeding endurance. In this study, we chose fibroblast cells from a highly inbred pig line called Banna mini-pig inbred line (BMI as donor nuclei for nuclear transfer, combining with transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs and successfully generated α-1,3-galactosyltransferase (GGTA1 gene biallelic knockout (KO pigs. To validate the efficiency of TALEN vectors, in vitro-transcribed TALEN mRNAs were microinjected into one-cell stage parthenogenetically activated porcine embryos. The efficiency of indel mutations at the GGTA1-targeting loci was as high as 73.1% (19/26 among the parthenogenetic blastocysts. TALENs were co-transfected into porcine fetal fibroblasts of BMI with a plasmid containing neomycin gene. The targeting efficiency reached 89.5% (187/209 among the survived cell clones after a 10 d selection. More remarkably 27.8% (58/209 of colonies were biallelic KO. Five fibroblast cell lines with biallelic KO were chosen as nuclear donors for somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT. Three miniature piglets with biallelic mutations of the GGTA1 gene were achieved. Gal epitopes on the surface of cells from all the three biallelic KO piglets were completely absent. The fibroblasts from the GGTA1 null piglets were more resistant to lysis by pooled complement-preserved normal human serum than those from wild-type pigs. These results indicate that a combination of TALENs technology with SCNT can generate biallelic KO pigs directly with high efficiency. The GGTA1 null piglets with inbred features created in this study can provide a new organ source for xenotransplantation research.

  14. Fast Generation of Near-Optimal Plans for Eco-Efficient Stowage of Large Container Vessels

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    Pacino, Dario; Delgado, Alberto; Jensen, Rune Møller

    2011-01-01

    Eco-efficient stowage plans that are both competitive and sustainable have become a priority for the shipping industry. Stowage planning is NP-hard and is a challenging optimization problem in practice. We propose a new 2-phase approach that generates near-optimal stowage plans and fulfills indus...... industrial time and quality requirements. Our approach combines an integer programming model for assigning groups of containers to storage areas of the vessel over multiple ports, and a constraint programming and local search procedure for stowing individual containers....

  15. Domain-Reversed Lithium Niobate Single-Crystal Fibers are Potentially for Efficient Terahertz Wave Generation

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    Kitt Reinhardt

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Nonlinear frequency conversion remains one of the dominant approaches to efficiently generate THz waves. Significant material absorption in the THz range is the main factor impeding the progress towards this direction. In this research, a new multicladding nonlinear fiber design was proposed to solve this problem, and as the major experimental effort, periodic domain structure was introduced into lithium niobate single-crystal fibers by electrical poling. The introduced periodic domain structures were nondestructively revealed using a crossly polarized optical microscope and a confocal scanning optical microscope for quality assurance.

  16. Fast Generation of Near-Optimal Plans for Eco-Efficient Stowage of Large Container Vessels

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    Pacino, Dario; Jensen, Rune Møller; Delgado-Ortegon, Alberto

    2011-01-01

    Eco-Efficient stowage plans that are both competitive and sustainable have become a priority for the shipping industry. Stowage planning is NP-hard and is a challenging optimization problem in practice. We propose a new 2-phase approach that generates near-optimal stowage plans and fulfills indus...... industrial time and quality requirements. Our approach combines an integer programming model for assigning groups of containers to storage areas of the vessel over multiple ports, and a constraint programming and local search procedure for stowing individual containers....

  17. An efficient parallel pseudorandom bit generator based on an asymmetric coupled chaotic map lattice

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    Renfu Liang; Xue Tan; Hu Zhou; Shihong Wang

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, an asymmetric coupled map lattice (CML) combining sawtooth map as a local map is presented and its chaotic behaviours are analysed. Based on this asymmetric CML, a pseudorandom bit generator (PRBG) is proposed. The specific parameters of the system that make complicated floating-point computation and multiplication computation transform into simple shift bit operations are adopted, that not only ensures the nonlinear operations, but also increases the performance efficiency. The PRBG is implemented in software and hardware. The parallel output bit sequences pass all of the NIST SP800-22 statistical tests.

  18. Efficiency analysis of hydroelectric generating plants: A case study for Portugal

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    Barros, Carlos Pestana [Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao, Technical University of Lisbon, Rua Miguel Lupi, 20, 1249-078 Lisbon (Portugal)

    2008-01-15

    This paper estimates changes in total productivity, breaking this down into technically efficient change and technological change, by means of data envelopment analysis (DEA) applied to the hydroelectric energy generating plants of EDP - the Portugal Electricity Company. The aim of this procedure is to seek out those best practices that will lead to improved performance in the energy market. We rank the plants according to their change in total productivity for the period 2001-2004, concluding that some plants experienced productivity growth while others experienced a decrease in productivity. The implications arising from the study are that EDP should adopt an internal benchmark management procedure in order to evaluate the relative position of each hydroelectric generating plant and to adopt managerial strategies designed to catch up with the frontier of 'best practices'. As the frontier is shifting along the time, constant efforts are needed in this respect along the time. (author)

  19. Efficiency analysis of hydroelectric generating plants: a case study for Portugal

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    Pestana Barros, C. [Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal). Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao

    2008-01-15

    This paper estimates changes in total productivity, breaking this down into technically efficient change and technological change, by means of data envelopment analysis (DEA) applied to the hydroelectric energy generating plants of EDP - the Portugal Electricity Company. The aim of this procedure is to seek out those best practices that will lead to improved performance in the energy market. We rank the plants according to their change in total productivity for the period 2001-2004, concluding that some plants experienced productivity growth while others experienced a decrease in productivity. The implications arising from the study are that EDP should adopt an internal benchmark management procedure in order to evaluate the relative position of each hydroelectric generating plant and to adopt managerial strategies designed to catch up with the frontier of ''best practices''. As the frontier is shifting along the time, constant efforts are needed in this respect along the time. (author)

  20. Efficient generation of broad Raman sidebands in an index-guided photonic crystal fiber.

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    Li, Ying; Hou, Jing; Jiang, Zongfu; Leng, Jinyong

    2013-04-01

    The efficient generation of broad Raman sidebands is experimentally demonstrated in a short piece of index-guided photonic crystal fiber, which is pumped by a high-peak-power pulse near the zero-dispersion wavelength and seeded by a continuous-wave Stokes signal centered at 1117 nm. The Raman sidebands generated via stimulated Raman scattering and cascaded four-wave mixing contain five Stokes and six anti-Stokes peaks and span from 827 to 1398 nm, and the 3 dB linewidth for each peak is smaller than 1 nm. However, the pure Raman sidebands are largely dependent on the pulse pump power as well as the fiber length.

  1. Efficient Non-Uniform Orthogonal Mesh Generation Algorithm for Cylindrical Finite Difference Time Domain Applications

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    ZHOU Guoxiang; CHEN Yinchao; SHEN Guoqiang

    2001-01-01

    The paper presents an efficient andfast non-uniform, orthogonal mesh generation algo-rithm for the analysis and design of cylindrical mi-crowave devices and integrated circuits using thecylindrical finite-difference time-domain (CFDTD)methods. By using this algorithm, we can easily gen-erate a suitable CFDTD grid fitting for the devel-oped CFDTD Maxwell's solver. In the paper, wewill introduce in detail the algorithm and the graph-ical functions of the corresponding software package,CylinMesh. In addition, we will illustrate the algo-rithm by demonstrating various one, two, and three-dimensional grid patterns for a double-layered cylin-drical microstrip stepped-impedance low pass filter.

  2. Efficiency of selected mutagens in generating Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous strains hyperproducing astaxanthin.

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    Stachowiak, Barbara

    2013-01-01

    Astaxanthin is a xanthophill pigment with commercial application in the aquaculture, pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industries. The red yeast Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous is one of the most promising microorganisms for its industrial production. However, astaxanthin content in wild yeast strains is low. Pigment production by X. dendrorhous can be improved by mutagenesis. The aim of the study was to assess the efficiency of four mutagens: UV radiation, benomyl, ethyl methanesulfonate and ethidium bromide in generating asthaxanthin-hyperproducing strains of the yeast Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous DSM 5626. Mutations with benomyl, ethidium bromide and UV radiation generated a group of hyperpigmented mutants exhibiting increases up to 100% in astaxanthin content. Ethyl methanesulfonate turned out to be useless in this respect.

  3. Monitoring applications of power generators for the increase of energy efficiency using novel fiber optical sensors

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    Villnow, Michael; Willsch, Michael; Bosselmann, Thomas; Schmauss, Bernhard

    2011-05-01

    To verify optimization measures of power generators to improve the energy efficiency and to monitor critical parameters, fiber optical sensors have been developed and investigated. A fiber optical hot wire anemometer based on the thermooptic effect of Fiber Bragg Gratings was investigated to measure the flow distribution along the stator core. Fiber optical magnetic field sensors, based on the strain-optic effect of FBGs, were used to measure the magnetic field distribution on the end windings of a power generator. A novel fiber-optical accelerometer was used to measure the end winding vibrations. In this paper the functionality of each sensor is described and results of field test under real conditions are shown and discussed.

  4. An Efficient Expert System Generator for Qualitative Feed-Back Loop Analysis

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    Manoj Kumar Jain

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Quite often the variables used in system analysis are qualitative in nature. They cannot be defined precisely, whereas software development for system analysis needs a mathematical framework with precise computations. It is not trivial to capture the uncertainty in the system.
    Fuzzy sets provide us the facility to capture the uncertainty in the system. In normal crisp set where the membership of an element is always certain in a sense that it would be member or not of the given set. In contrast to this a membership functions or possibility (ranging from 0 to 1, including both values is assigned with each member. System analysis is done through system dynamics which is not very efficient. We present an efficient technique to generate expert system using fuzzy set. In our proposed approach five linguistic qualifiers are used for each variable, namely, Very Low (VL, Low (L, Medium (M, High (H, and Very High
    (VH. We capture the influence or feedback in the system with the help of if then else rules and matrices are generated for them which are used for analysis. Complete methodology and its applicability are presented here.

  5. Efficient Generation of Corticofugal Projection Neurons from Human Embryonic Stem Cells.

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    Zhu, Xiaoqing; Ai, Zongyong; Hu, Xintian; Li, Tianqing

    2016-06-27

    Efforts to study development and function of corticofugal projection neurons (CfuPNs) in the human cerebral cortex for health and disease have been limited by the unavailability of highly enriched CfuPNs. Here, we develop a robust, two-step process for generating CfuPNs from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs): directed induction of neuroepithelial stem cells (NESCs) from hESCs and efficient differentiation of NESCs to about 80% of CfuPNs. NESCs or a NESC faithfully maintain unlimitedly self-renewal and self-organized abilities to develop into miniature neural tube-like structures. NESCs retain a stable propensity toward neuronal differentiation over culture as fate-restricted progenitors of CfuPNs and interneurons. When grafted into mouse brains, NESCs successfully integrate into the host brains, differentiate into CfuPNs and effectively reestablish specific patterns of subcortical projections and synapse structures. Efficient generation of CfuPNs in vitro and in vivo will facilitate human cortex development and offer sufficient CfuPNs for cell therapy.

  6. Moisture effects on gas-phase biofilter ammonia removal efficiency, nitrous oxide generation, and microbial communities.

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    Yang, Liangcheng; Kent, Angela D; Wang, Xinlei; Funk, Ted L; Gates, Richard S; Zhang, Yuanhui

    2014-04-30

    We established a four-biofilter setup to examine the effects of moisture content (MC) on biofilter performance, including NH3 removal and N2O generation. We hypothesized that MC increase can improve NH3 removal, stimulate N2O generation and alter the composition and function of microbial communities. We found that NH3 removal efficiency was greatly improved when MC increased from 35 to 55%, but further increasing MC to 63% did not help much; while N2O concentration was low at 35-55% MC, but dramatically increased at 63% MC. Decreasing MC from 63 to 55% restored N2O concentration. Examination of amoA communities using T-RFLP and real-time qPCR showed that the composition and abundance of ammonia oxidizers were not significantly changed in a "moisture disturbance-disturbance relief" process in which MC was increased from 55 to 63% and then reduced to 55%. This observation supported the changes of NH3 removal efficiency. The composition of nosZ community was altered at 63% MC and then was recovered at 55% MC, which indicates resilience to moisture disturbance. The abundance of nosZ community was negatively correlated with moisture content in this process, and the decreased nosZ abundance at 63% MC explained the observation of increased N2O concentration at that condition. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. An efficient algorithm for global periodic orbits generation near irregular-shaped asteroids

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    Shang, Haibin; Wu, Xiaoyu; Ren, Yuan; Shan, Jinjun

    2017-07-01

    Periodic orbits (POs) play an important role in understanding dynamical behaviors around natural celestial bodies. In this study, an efficient algorithm was presented to generate the global POs around irregular-shaped uniformly rotating asteroids. The algorithm was performed in three steps, namely global search, local refinement, and model continuation. First, a mascon model with a low number of particles and optimized mass distribution was constructed to remodel the exterior gravitational potential of the asteroid. Using this model, a multi-start differential evolution enhanced with a deflection strategy with strong global exploration and bypassing abilities was adopted. This algorithm can be regarded as a search engine to find multiple globally optimal regions in which potential POs were located. This was followed by applying a differential correction to locally refine global search solutions and generate the accurate POs in the mascon model in which an analytical Jacobian matrix was derived to improve convergence. Finally, the concept of numerical model continuation was introduced and used to convert the POs from the mascon model into a high-fidelity polyhedron model by sequentially correcting the initial states. The efficiency of the proposed algorithm was substantiated by computing the global POs around an elongated shoe-shaped asteroid 433 Eros. Various global POs with different topological structures in the configuration space were successfully located. Specifically, the proposed algorithm was generic and could be conveniently extended to explore periodic motions in other gravitational systems.

  8. High Efficiency Generation of Hydrogen Fuels using Nuclear Power Annual Report August, 2000 - July 2001

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    Brown, L.C.

    2002-11-01

    OAK B188 High Efficiency Generation of Hydrogen Fuels using Nuclear Power Annual Report August 2000 - July 2001. Currently no large scale, cost-effective, environmentally attractive hydrogen production process is available for commercialization nor has such a process been identified. Hydrogen is a promising energy carrier, which potentially could replace the fossil fuels used in the transportation sector of our economy. Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion are thought to be responsible for global warming. The purpose of this work is to determine the potential for efficient, cost-effective, large-scale production of hydrogen utilizing high temperature heat from an advanced nuclear power station. The benefits of this work will include the generation of a low-polluting transportable energy feedstock in an efficient method that has little or no implication for greenhouse gas emissions from a primary energy source whose availability and sources are domestically controlled. This will help to ensure energy for a future transportation/energy infrastructure that is not influenced/controlled by foreign governments. This report describes work accomplished during the second year (Phase 2) of a three year project whose objective is to ''define an economically feasible concept for production of hydrogen, by nuclear means, using an advanced high temperature nuclear reactor as the energy source.'' The emphasis of the first year (Phase 1) was to evaluate thermochemical processes which offer the potential for efficient, cost-effective, large-scale production of hydrogen from water, in which the primary energy input is high temperature heat from an advanced nuclear reactor and to select one (or, at most, three) for further detailed consideration. Phase 1 met its goals and did select one process, the sulfur-iodine process, for investigation in Phases 2 and 3. The combined goals of Phases 2 and 3 were to select the advanced nuclear reactor best

  9. PAH emissions and energy efficiency of palm-biodiesel blends fueled on diesel generator

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    Lin, Yuan-Chung; Lee, Wen-Jhy; Hou, Hsiao-Chung

    This study investigated the emissions of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), carcinogenic potencies (BaP eq) and particulate matter (PM), fuel consumption and energy efficiency from the generator under steady state for seven test fuels: P0 (Premium Diesel Fuel), P10 (10% palm biodiesel+90% P0), P20, P30, P50, P75 and P100. Experimental results indicated that PAH emission decreased with increasing palm-biodiesel blends due to small PAH content in biodiesel. The mean reduction fraction of total PAHs emission factor (P0=1110 μg L -1) from the exhaust of diesel generator were 13.2%, 28.0%, 40.6%, 54.4%, 61.89% and 98.8% for P10, P20, P30, P50, P75 and P100, respectively, compared with P0. The mean reduction fraction of total BaP eq (P0=1.65 μg L -1) from the exhaust of diesel generator were 15.2%, 29.1%, 43.3%, 56.4%, 58.2% and 97.6% for P10, P20, P30, P50, P75 and P100, respectively, compared with P0. PM emission decreased as the palm-biodiesel blends increased from 0% to 10%, and increased as the palm-biodiesel blends increased from 10% to 100% because the soluble organic fraction of PM emission was high in blends with high palm-biodiesel content. The brake specific fuel consumption rose with rising palm-biodiesel blends due to the low gross heat value of palm-biodiesel. The increasing fraction of BSFC of palm-biodiesel was lower than those of soy-, soapstock-, brassica-carinate and rapeseed-biodiesel. Palm-biodiesel seems to be the most feasible biodiesel. The best energy efficiency occurred between P10 and P20, close to P15. The curve dropped as the palm-biodiesel content rose above P20. Above results revealed that palm-biodiesel was an oxygenated fuel appropriate for use in diesel engines to promote combustion efficiency and decrease PAH emission. However, adding an excess of palm-biodiesel to P0 leaded to incomplete combustion in the diesel-engine generator and inhibited the release of energy in the fuel.

  10. Efficient generation of rat induced pluripotent stem cells using a non-viral inducible vector.

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    Claudia Merkl

    Full Text Available Current methods of generating rat induced pluripotent stem cells are based on viral transduction of pluripotency inducing genes (Oct4, Sox2, c-myc and Klf4 into somatic cells. These activate endogenous pluripotency genes and reprogram the identity of the cell to an undifferentiated state. Epigenetic silencing of exogenous genes has to occur to allow normal iPS cell differentiation. To gain more control over the expression of exogenous reprogramming factors, we used a novel doxycycline-inducible plasmid vector encoding Oct4, Sox2, c-Myc and Klf4. To ensure efficient and controlled generation of iPS cells by plasmid transfection we equipped the reprogramming vector with a bacteriophage φC31 attB site and used a φC31 integrase expression vector to enhance vector integration. A series of doxycycline-independent rat iPS cell lines were established. These were characterized by immunocytochemical detection of Oct4, SSEA1 and SSEA4, alkaline phosphatase staining, methylation analysis of the endogenous Oct4 promoter and RT-PCR analysis of endogenous rat pluripotency genes. We also determined the number of vector integrations and the extent to which reprogramming factor gene expression was controlled. Protocols were developed to generate embryoid bodies and rat iPS cells demonstrated as pluripotent by generating derivatives of all three embryonic germ layers in vitro, and teratoma formation in vivo. All data suggest that our rat iPS cells, generated by plasmid based reprogramming, are similar to rat ES cells. Methods of DNA transfection, protein transduction and feeder-free monolayer culture of rat iPS cells were established to enable future applications.

  11. Algoritmo para el cálculo de cargas de trabajo

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    Mauricio Becerra Fernández

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta el desarrollo un algoritmo para el cálculo de cargas de trabajo, soportado en el análisis de estudios similares y la teoría del estudio de métodos y tiempos. El algoritmo se propone como un elemento de soporte para el análisis del nivel trabajo asignado a un cargo específico o a un grupo de trabajadores en un área determinada, ya sea en la industria de manufactura o de servicios, lo que permita nivelar el volumen de trabajo asignado mediante la definición de diversas alternativas que promuevan el aumento de la productividad, favorezcan la mejora en el clima y las condiciones laborales.

  12. Búsqueda de algoritmos cuánticamente no Turning-computables

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    Ballesteros del Val, José Luis

    2017-01-01

    La computación cuántica constituye una de las líneas de investigación principales, tanto en física, por su parte experimental, centrada en la implementación, como en informática teórica y ciencias de la computación, por su parte teórica, centrada en el diseño de algoritmos. Esta realiza aportaciones fundamentales tanto en la reducción de complejidad en la resolución de algoritmos, asunto que se trata en el presente escrito, as como da pie al planteamiento de problemas de índ...

  13. Efficient generation of iPS cells from skeletal muscle stem cells.

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    Kah Yong Tan

    Full Text Available Reprogramming of somatic cells into inducible pluripotent stem cells generally occurs at low efficiency, although what limits reprogramming of particular cell types is poorly understood. Recent data suggest that the differentiation status of the cell targeted for reprogramming may influence its susceptibility to reprogramming as well as the differentiation potential of the induced pluripotent stem (iPS cells that are derived from it. To assess directly the influence of lineage commitment on iPS cell derivation and differentiation, we evaluated reprogramming in adult stem cell and mature cell populations residing in skeletal muscle. Our data using clonal assays and a second-generation inducible reprogramming system indicate that stem cells found in mouse muscle, including resident satellite cells and mesenchymal progenitors, reprogram with significantly greater efficiency than their more differentiated daughters (myoblasts and fibroblasts. However, in contrast to previous reports, we find no evidence of biased differentiation potential among iPS cells derived from myogenically committed cells. These data support the notion that adult stem cells reprogram more efficiently than terminally differentiated cells, and argue against the suggestion that "epigenetic memory" significantly influences the differentiation potential of iPS cells derived from distinct somatic cell lineages in skeletal muscle.

  14. The universal influence of contact resistance on the efficiency of a thermoelectric generator

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    Bjørk, R

    2015-01-01

    The influence of electrical and thermal contact resistance on the efficiency of a segmented thermoelectric generator is investigated. We consider 12 different segmented $p$-legs and 12 different segmented $n$-legs, using 8 different $p$-type and 8 different $n$-type thermoelectric materials. For all systems a universal influence of both the electrical and thermal contact resistance is observed on the leg's efficiency, when the systems are analyzed in terms of the contribution of the contact resistance to the total resistance of the leg. The results are compared with the analytical model of Min and Rowe (1992). In order for the efficiency not to decrease more than 20%, the contact electrical resistance should be less than 30% of the total leg resistance for zero thermal contact resistance, while the thermal contact resistance should be less than 20% for zero electrical contact resistance. The universal behavior also allowed the maximum tolerable contact resistance for a segmented system to be found, i.e. the r...

  15. Irreversibilities and efficiency at maximum power of heat engines: the illustrative case of a thermoelectric generator.

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    Apertet, Y; Ouerdane, H; Goupil, C; Lecoeur, Ph

    2012-03-01

    Energy conversion efficiency at maximum output power, which embodies the essential characteristics of heat engines, is the main focus of the present work. The so-called Curzon and Ahlborn efficiency η(CA) is commonly believed to be an absolute reference for real heat engines; however, a different but general expression for the case of stochastic heat engines, η(SS), was recently found and then extended to low-dissipation engines. The discrepancy between η(CA) and η(SS) is here analyzed considering different irreversibility sources of heat engines, of both internal and external types. To this end, we choose a thermoelectric generator operating in the strong-coupling regime as a physical system to qualitatively and quantitatively study the impact of the nature of irreversibility on the efficiency at maximum output power. In the limit of pure external dissipation, we obtain η(CA), while η(SS) corresponds to the case of pure internal dissipation. A continuous transition between from one extreme to the other, which may be operated by tuning the different sources of irreversibility, also is evidenced.

  16. Concentrating solar thermoelectric generators with a peak efficiency of 7.4%

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    Kraemer, Daniel; Jie, Qing; McEnaney, Kenneth; Cao, Feng; Liu, Weishu; Weinstein, Lee A.; Loomis, James; Ren, Zhifeng; Chen, Gang

    2016-11-01

    Concentrating solar power normally employs mechanical heat engines and is thus only used in large-scale power plants; however, it is compatible with inexpensive thermal storage, enabling electricity dispatchability. Concentrating solar thermoelectric generators (STEGs) have the advantage of replacing the mechanical power block with a solid-state heat engine based on the Seebeck effect, simplifying the system. The highest reported efficiency of STEGs so far is 5.2%. Here, we report experimental measurements of STEGs with a peak efficiency of 9.6% at an optically concentrated normal solar irradiance of 211 kW m-2, and a system efficiency of 7.4% after considering optical concentration losses. The performance improvement is achieved by the use of segmented thermoelectric legs, a high-temperature spectrally selective solar absorber enabling stable vacuum operation with absorber temperatures up to 600 ∘C, and combining optical and thermal concentration. Our work suggests that concentrating STEGs have the potential to become a promising alternative solar energy technology.

  17. The punctum fixum-punctum mobile model: a neuromuscular principle for efficient movement generation?

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    Christoph von Laßberg

    Full Text Available According to the "punctum fixum-punctum mobile model" that was introduced in prior studies, for generation of the most effective intentional acceleration of a body part the intersegmental neuromuscular onset succession has to spread successively from the rotation axis (punctum fixum toward the body part that shall be accelerated (punctum mobile. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether this principle is, indeed, fundamental for any kind of efficient rotational accelerations in general, independent of the kind of movements, type of rotational axis, the current body position, or movement direction. Neuromuscular onset succession was captured by surface electromyography of relevant muscles of the anterior and posterior muscle chain in 16 high-level gymnasts during intentional accelerating movement phases while performing 18 different gymnastics elements (in various body positions to forward and backward, performed on high bar, parallel bars, rings and trampoline, as well as during non-sport specific pivot movements around the longitudinal axis. The succession patterns to generate the acceleration phases during these movements were described and statistically evaluated based on the onset time difference between the muscles of the corresponding muscle chain. In all the analyzed movement phases, the results clearly support the hypothesized succession pattern from punctum fixum to punctum mobile. This principle was further underlined by the finding that the succession patterns do change their direction running through the body when the rotational axis (punctum fixum has been changed (e.g., high bar or rings [hands] vs. floor or trampoline [feet]. The findings improve our understanding of intersegmental neuromuscular coordination patterns to generate intentional movements most efficiently. This could help to develop more specific methods to facilitate such patterns in particular contexts, thus allowing for shorter motor learning

  18. Algoritmo memético con operadores de inteligencia artificial para el CARP con inicio y fin no determinado y bi-objetivo

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    B J Macías; C A Amaya

    2016-01-01

    ... y minimizar el costo total. Adicionalmente se propone complementar la heurística, la cual es basada en algoritmos genéticos, con operadores de inteligencia artificial. Palabras clave: algoritmo genético; algoritmo memético; optimización multiobjetivo; CARP; OCARP; MO-OCARP; redes neuronales; búsqueda local; ruteo de vehículos sobre arcos. Hybrid Algorithm...

  19. Comparación entre algoritmos recursivos e iterativos y su medición en términos de eficiencia

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    Juan de Dios Murillo Morera

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Se llevarán a cabo comparaciones simples entre algoritmos recursivos e iterativos, para determinar el grado de eficiencia de un problema en particular. Se efectuaron pruebas de comparación y análisis utilizando tres ejemplos en ambos tipos de algoritmos, a los cuales se les aplicaron los criterios de análisis de algoritmos

  20. Algoritmo para coordinar exclusión mutua y concurrencia de grupos de procesos

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    Cenci, Karina M.; Ardenghi, Jorge Raúl

    2002-01-01

    Las aplicaciones distribuidas están formadas por un conjunto de procesos, los cuales pueden competir por utilizar un recurso o trabajar en forma conjunta para resolver una tarea. Estas aplicaciones requieren protocolos que permitan concurrencia entre los procesos que trabajan cooperativamente y exclusión mutua para aquellos que compiten por utilizar el recurso. En este trabajo se presenta un algoritmo que permite que grupos utilicen el recurso, donde cada uno de los grupos está integrado p...

  1. Comparison of the optoacoustic signal generation efficiency of different nanoparticular contrast agents.

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    Bost, Wolfgang; Lemor, Robert; Fournelle, Marc

    2012-11-20

    Optoacoustic imaging represents a new modality that allows noninvasive in vivo molecular imaging with optical contrast and acoustical resolution. Whereas structural or functional imaging applications such as imaging of vasculature do not require contrast enhancing agents, nanoprobes with defined biochemical binding behavior are needed for molecular imaging tasks. Since the contrast of this modality is based on the local optical absorption coefficient, all particle or molecule types that show significant absorption cross sections in the spectral range of the laser wavelength used for signal generation are suitable contrast agents. Currently, several particle types such as gold nanospheres, nanoshells, nanorods, or polymer particles are used as optoacoustic contrast agents. These particles have specific advantages with respect to their absorption properties, or in terms of biologically relevant features (biodegradability, binding to molecular markers). In the present study, a comparative analysis of the signal generation efficiency of gold nanorods, polymeric particles, and magnetite particles using a 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser for signal generation is described.

  2. Generation of An Efficient Digital Watermark Key Based on Honey Comb Polynomial Interpolation Approach

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The present paper provides a new mechanism with two stages for efficient authentication based on Honey Comb Polynomial Interpolation (HCPI and Morphological Border Sorted Pixel Value Difference (MBSPVD scheme. A simple polynomial interpolation technique on new hexagonal structure called Honey Comb structure (HCS is used for generating the key of the digital watermark. The polynomial interpolation gives a high secured key, which is difficult to break. HCS is used in the present paper to select pixel positions for generating the Digital Watermark key (DWK. The significant factor of the present method is, the digital watermark is generated by using DWK. The importance of HCS representation is that it possesses special computational features that are pertinent to the vision process. The HCS has features of higher degree of circular symmetry, uniform connectivity, greater angular resolution, and which leads to reduce storage and computation in image processing operations. The DWK is placed in the image by using MBSPVD method. Its guarantees high authentication, robustness, security and copyright protection. The Lagrange Polynomial interpolation (LPI is used for retrieving the digital watermark from the DWK. The LPI accomplish the aim of image authentication and protection without reducing the image quality. The proposed HCPI-MBSPVD is tested with various attacks and compared with various existing image authentication and copyright protection methods. The comparisons and results indicate the efficacy of the proposed method.

  3. Efficient generation of Heisenberg Hamiltonian matrices for VB calculations of potential energy surfaces

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    Tokmachev, A. M.; Robb, M. A.

    The spin-Hamiltonian valence bond theory relies upon covalent configurations formed by singly occupied orbitals differing by their spin counterparts. This theory has been proven to be successful in studying potential energy surfaces of the ground and lowest excited states in organic molecules when used as a part of the hybrid molecular mechanics - valence bond method. The method allows one to consider systems with large active spaces formed by n electrons in n orbitals and relies upon a specially proposed graphical unitary group approach. At the same time, the restriction of the equality of the numbers of electrons and orbitals in the active space is too severe: it excludes from the consideration a lot of interesting applications. We can mention here carbocations and systems with heteroatoms. Moreover, the structure of the method makes it difficult to study charge-transfer excited states because they are formed by ionic configurations. In the present work we tackle these problems by significant extension of the spin-Hamiltonian approach. We consider (i) more general active space formed by n ± m electrons in n orbitals and (ii) states with the charge transfer. The main problem addressed is the generation of Hamiltonian matrices for these general cases. We propose a scheme combining operators of electron exchange and hopping, generating all nonzero matrix elements step-by-step. This scheme provides a very efficient way to generate the Hamiltonians, thus extending the applicability of spin-Hamiltonian valence bond theory.

  4. Algoritmo incremental de agrupamiento con traslape para el procesamiento de grandes colecciones de datos (Overlapping clustering incremental algorithm for large data collections processing

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    Lázaro Janier González-Soler

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Spanish abstract Existen diversos problemas en el Reconocimiento de Patrones y en la Minería de Datos que, por su naturaleza, consideran que los objetos pueden pertenecer a más de una clase o grupo. DClustR es un algoritmo dinámico de agrupamiento con traslape que ha mostrado, en tareas de agrupamiento de documentos, el mejor balance entre calidad de los grupos y eficiencia entre los algoritmos dinámicos de agrupamiento con traslape reportados en la literatura. A pesar de obtener buenos resultados, DClustR puede ser poco útil en aplicaciones que trabajen con grandes colecciones de documentos, debido a que tiene una complejidad computacional y a la cantidad de memoria que utiliza para el procesamiento de las colecciones. En este trabajo se presenta una versión paralela basada en GPU del algoritmo DClustR, llamada CUDA-DClus, para mejorar la eficiencia de DClustR en aplicaciones que lidien con largas colecciones de documentos. Los experimentos fueron realizados sobre varias colecciones estándares de documentos y en ellos se muestra el buen rendimiento de CUDA-DClus en términos de eficiencia y consumo de memoria. English abstract There are several problems in Pattern Recognition and Data Mining that, by its inherent nature, consider that the objects can belong to more than a class or cluster. DClustR is a dynamic overlapping clustering algorithm that has shown, in document clustering tasks, the best trade-off between cluster’s quality and efficiency among existing dynamic overlapping clustering algorithms. However, DClustR could be less useful when working in applications that deal with large data collections, due to its computational complexity and memory demanded for processing them. In this paper, a GPU-based parallel algorithm of DClustR, named CUDA-DClus is suggested to enhance DClustR efficiency in applications dealing with large data collections. The experimental phase conducted over various standard data collections showed that

  5. CB-SMoT+: UNA EXTENSIÓN AL ALGORITMO CB-SMoT

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    FRANCISCO MORENO

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Una trayectoria es un registro de la evoluciónde la posición de un objeto móvil. Por ejemplo,un vehículo que se mueve en el espacio durante unintervalo de tiempo. Una trayectoria se representamediante una secuencia de observaciones que indicanla posición y el tiempo en el que fue tomada cadaobservación. CB-SMoT es un algoritmo que identificalas partes de una trayectoria durante las cuales elobjeto mantuvo una velocidad promedio por debajode un límite dado. En este artículo se propone unaextensión para dicho algoritmo que permite identificarlas partes de una trayectoria durante las cualesel objeto mantuvo una velocidad promedio entre observacionespor debajo de un límite dado. Esto posibilitala identificación, por ejemplo, de violacionesa un límite de velocidad que no son advertidas porel algoritmo original. Para el estudio se usó el sistemade gestión de bases de datos PostgreSQL y losalgoritmos se implementaron en su lenguaje de programación,llamado PL/pgSQL. Además, se hicieronexperimentos con 100 trayectorias de vehículos conel propósito de mostrar la utilidad y la viabilidad de lapropuesta.

  6. Análisis Comparativo de Algoritmos de Minería de Subgrafos Frecuentes

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    Santiago Bianco

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Gracias a las posibilidades que ofrecen a la hora de representar información y la abstracción conceptual que permiten manejar, los grafos son ampliamente utilizados en investigaciones relacionadas con la informática. A medida que se fueron incrementando las aplicaciones de estas estructuras, la complejidad de los elementos a representar y el volumen de información manejado, aparece la necesidad de utilizar procesos eficientes para extraer información o patrones ocultos en esa gran masa de datos, por lo que se comienza a aplicar la minería de grafos. Dentro las técnicas de minería de grafos se encuentra la búsqueda de subgrafos frecuentes, utilizada para reconocer subestructuras comunes entre un conjunto de grafos. En los últimos años se han llevado a cabo varias investigaciones que resuelven este problema, generando algoritmos diversos aplicando distintos enfoques, entre los cuales se encuentran el FSG, FFSM, gSpan y GASTON. El objetivo de este artículo es analizar el comportamiento de estos algoritmos a través de distintos experimentos diseñados para identificar si existe un algoritmo superior al resto y, en caso de que no lo haya, poder definir en qué escenarios es más recomendable la elección de cada uno.

  7. Algoritmo assistencial de enfermagem para infusão de amiodarona intravenosa

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    Francimar Tinoco de Oliveira

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Los objetivos fueron identificar publicaciones científicas sobre flebitis causado por amiodarona y proponer un algoritmo de atención de enfermería para intervenciones en la administración intravenosa de amiodarona, basada en la Infusion Nursing Society y Center for Disease Control and Prevention . Estudio descriptivo, llevado a cabo por revisión integradora en bases MedLine, LILACS, IBECS, BDENF, Biblioteca Cochrane y Scielo, publicados de 2006 a 2013. La muestra consistió de nueve artículos. Las evidencias señalaron incidencia de flebitis debido a la infusión de amiodarona y la necesidad de su control. El algoritmo propuesto nortea los materiales que deben ser utilizados y el procedimiento de administración del medicamento, objetivando minimizar agravios. Esto algoritmo, además de subsidiar el desarrollo de futuros estudios, también promueve la incorporación de mejores recomendaciones para la práctica clínica de forma intervencionista y legítima.

  8. Introducción a los algoritmos genéticos y sus aplicaciones

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    Piedad Tolmos Rodríguez-Piñero

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Los algoritmos genéticos son un logro más de la Inteligencia Artificial en su intento de replicar comportamientos biológicos, con los avances científicos que ello implica, mediante la computación. Se trata de algoritmos de búsqueda basados en la mecánica de la selección natural y de la genética. Utilizan la información histórica para encontrar nuevos puntos de búsqueda de una solución óptima del problema planteado, con esperanzas de mejorar los resultados. En el presente artículo se realizará una introducción a los Algoritmos Genéticos: qué son, de dónde proceden, y en qué difieren de otros métodos de búsqueda, comentándose, asimismo, sus aplicaciones principales.

  9. Diseño e implementación de algoritmos de unificación y matching para términos comprimidos.

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    Ramos Garrido, Lander

    2011-01-01

    Las gramáticas incontextuales se pueden utilizar como herramienta para comprimir palabras o términos. Estas gramáticas pueden permitir en casos extremos comprimir hasta un factor exponencial. Sobre este tipo de compresiones existen diferentes algoritmos que se pueden implementar sin necesidad de descomprimir la palabra o término dados. En este PFC diseñamos nuevos algoritmos probabilísticos que se puedan aplicar a este tipo de compresiones. Estos algoritmos mejoran el coste de los algoritmos ...

  10. Environmental-Economic Assessment Of Generation, Flow And Efficiency Of Use Of Production And Consumption Waste

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    Mikhailov, V. G.; Golofastova, N. N.; Galanina, T. V.; Koroleva, T. G.; Mikhailova, Ya S.

    2017-01-01

    The article deals with the issues of environmental and economic analysis of industrial and economic activities of an enterprise to assess the generation, flow and efficiency of production and consumption waste. The purpose of research is the analysis and the development of theoretical propositions for the functioning of the system of environmental and economic indicators for the effective management of production and consumption waste in the enterprise. The analysis of the existing systems of environmental and economic indicators taking into consideration the industry characteristics and the types of negative impacts is carried out. The main result of the study is the development of the system of environmental and economic indicators of production and consumption waste, adapted to the modern requirements. The results of the study can be recommended to support the effective management decision-making concerning waste management and the establishment of appropriate infrastructure.

  11. Efficient Generation and Selection of Virtual Populations in Quantitative Systems Pharmacology Models

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    Rieger, TR; Musante, CJ

    2016-01-01

    Quantitative systems pharmacology models mechanistically describe a biological system and the effect of drug treatment on system behavior. Because these models rarely are identifiable from the available data, the uncertainty in physiological parameters may be sampled to create alternative parameterizations of the model, sometimes termed “virtual patients.” In order to reproduce the statistics of a clinical population, virtual patients are often weighted to form a virtual population that reflects the baseline characteristics of the clinical cohort. Here we introduce a novel technique to efficiently generate virtual patients and, from this ensemble, demonstrate how to select a virtual population that matches the observed data without the need for weighting. This approach improves confidence in model predictions by mitigating the risk that spurious virtual patients become overrepresented in virtual populations. PMID:27069777

  12. Efficient broadband sum and difference frequency generation with a single chirped quasi-phase-matching crystal

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    Rangelov, Andon A

    2012-01-01

    We propose an efficient broadband frequency generation technique for two collinear optical parametric processes $\\omega_3=\\omega_1+\\omega_2$ and $\\omega_4=\\omega_1-\\omega_2$. It exploits chirped quasi-phase-matched gratings, which in the undepleted pump approximation regime perform population transfer that is analogous to adiabatic population transfer in a three-state ``vee'' quantum system. The energy of the input fields is transferred adiabatically either into $\\omega_3$ or $\\omega_4$ field, depending on which of the two phase matchings occurs first by the local modulation period in the crystal. One can switch the output between $\\omega_3$ and $\\omega_4$ by inverting the direction of the local modulation sweep, which corresponds to a rotation of the crystal by angle $\\pi$

  13. Efficient vortex generation in sub-wavelength epsilon-near-zero slabs

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    Ciattoni, Alessandro; Rizza, Carlo

    2016-01-01

    We show that a homogeneous and isotropic slab, illuminated by a circularly polarized beam with no topological charge, produces vortices of order two in the opposite circularly polarized components of the reflected and transmitted fields, as a consequence of the difference between transverse magnetic and transverse electric dynamics. In the epsilon-near-zero regime, we find that vortex generation is remarkably efficient in sub-wavelength thick slabs up to the paraxial regime. This physically stems from the fact that a vacuum paraxial field can excite a nonparaxial field inside an epsilon-near-zero slab since it hosts slowly varying fields over physically large portion of the bulk. Our theoretical predictions indicate that epsilon-near-zero media hold great potential as nanophotonic elements for manipulating the angular momentum of the radiation, since they are available without resorting to complicated micro/nano fabrication processes and can operate even at very small (ultraviolet) wavelengths.

  14. Inter-Fullerene Electronic Coupling Controls the Efficiency of Photoinduced Charge Generation in Organic Bulk Heterojunctions

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    Larson, Bryon W. [Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University, 200 W Lake Street Fort Collins CO 80523 USA; Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 15013 Denver West Parkway Golden CO 80401 USA; Reid, Obadiah G. [Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 15013 Denver West Parkway Golden CO 80401 USA; Coffey, David C. [Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 15013 Denver West Parkway Golden CO 80401 USA; Department of Chemistry and Physics, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa NC 28778 USA; Avdoshenko, Stanislav M. [Liebniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, Dresden D01069 Germany; Popov, Alexey A. [Liebniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, Dresden D01069 Germany; Boltalina, Olga V. [Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University, 200 W Lake Street Fort Collins CO 80523 USA; Strauss, Steven H. [Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University, 200 W Lake Street Fort Collins CO 80523 USA; Kopidakis, Nikos [Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 15013 Denver West Parkway Golden CO 80401 USA; Rumbles, Garry [Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University, 200 W Lake Street Fort Collins CO 80523 USA; Chemistry and Nanoscience Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 15013 Denver West Parkway Golden CO 80401 USA

    2016-09-26

    Photoinduced charge generation (PCG) dynamics are notoriously difficult to correlate with specific molecular properties in device relevant polymer:fullerene organic photovoltaic blend films due to the highly complex nature of the solid state blend morphology. Here, this study uses six judiciously selected trifluoromethylfullerenes blended with the prototypical polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene) and measure the PCG dynamics in 50 fs-500 ns time scales with time-resolved microwave conductivity and femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. The isomeric purity and thorough chemical characterization of the fullerenes used in this study allow for a detailed correlation between molecular properties, driving force, local intermolecular electronic coupling and, ultimately, the efficiency of PCG yield. The findings show that the molecular design of the fullerene not only determines inter-fullerene electronic coupling, but also influences the decay dynamics of free holes in the donor phase even when the polymer microstructure remains unchanged.

  15. Efficient simulation of voxelized phantom in GATE with embedded SimSET multiple photon history generator

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    Lin, Hsin-Hon; Chuang, Keh-Shih; Lin, Yi-Hsing; Ni, Yu-Ching; Wu, Jay; Jan, Meei-Ling

    2014-10-01

    GEANT4 Application for Tomographic Emission (GATE) is a powerful Monte Carlo simulator that combines the advantages of the general-purpose GEANT4 simulation code and the specific software tool implementations dedicated to emission tomography. However, the detailed physical modelling of GEANT4 is highly computationally demanding, especially when tracking particles through voxelized phantoms. To circumvent the relatively slow simulation of voxelized phantoms in GATE, another efficient Monte Carlo code can be used to simulate photon interactions and transport inside a voxelized phantom. The simulation system for emission tomography (SimSET), a dedicated Monte Carlo code for PET/SPECT systems, is well-known for its efficiency in simulation of voxel-based objects. An efficient Monte Carlo workflow integrating GATE and SimSET for simulating pinhole SPECT has been proposed to improve voxelized phantom simulation. Although the workflow achieves a desirable increase in speed, it sacrifices the ability to simulate decaying radioactive sources such as non-pure positron emitters or multiple emission isotopes with complex decay schemes and lacks the modelling of time-dependent processes due to the inherent limitations of the SimSET photon history generator (PHG). Moreover, a large volume of disk storage is needed to store the huge temporal photon history file produced by SimSET that must be transported to GATE. In this work, we developed a multiple photon emission history generator (MPHG) based on SimSET/PHG to support a majority of the medically important positron emitters. We incorporated the new generator codes inside GATE to improve the simulation efficiency of voxelized phantoms in GATE, while eliminating the need for the temporal photon history file. The validation of this new code based on a MicroPET R4 system was conducted for 124I and 18F with mouse-like and rat-like phantoms. Comparison of GATE/MPHG with GATE/GEANT4 indicated there is a slight difference in energy

  16. Efficient generation of lens progenitor cells from cataract patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells.

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    Full Text Available The development of a technique to induce the transformation of somatic cells to a pluripotent state via the ectopic expression of defined transcription factors was a transformational event in the field of regenerative medicine. The development of this technique also impacted ophthalmology, as patient-specific induced pluripotent stemcells (iPSCs may be useful resources for some ophthalmological diseases. The lens is a key refractive element in the eye that focuses images of the visual world onto the retina. To establish a new model for drug screening to treat lens diseases and investigating lens aging and development, we examined whether human lens epithelial cells (HLECs could be induced into iPSCs and if lens-specific differentiation of these cells could be achieved under defined chemical conditions. We first efficiently reprogrammed HLECs from age-related cataract patients to iPSCs with OCT-4, SOX-2, and KLF-4. The resulting HLEC-derived iPS (HLE-iPS colonies were indistinguishable from human ES cells with respect to morphology, gene expression, pluripotent marker expression and their ability to generate all embryonic germ-cell layers. Next, we performed a 3-step induction procedure: HLE-iPS cells were differentiated into large numbers of lens progenitor-like cells with defined factors (Noggin, BMP and FGF2, and we determined that these cells expressed lens-specific markers (PAX6, SOX2, SIX3, CRYAB, CRYAA, BFSP1, and MIP. In addition, HLE-iPS-derived lens cells exhibited reduced expression of epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT markers compared with human embryonic stem cells (hESCs and fibroblast-derived iPSCs. Our study describes a highly efficient procedure for generating lens progenitor cells from cataract patient HLEC-derived iPSCs. These patient-derived pluripotent cells provide a valuable model for studying the developmental and molecular biological mechanisms that underlie cell determination in lens development and cataract

  17. Influence of water conductivity on the efficiency and the reproducibility of electrohydraulic shock wave generation.

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    Cathignol, D; Mestas, J L; Gomez, F; Lenz, P

    1991-01-01

    In an electrohydraulic generator, two underwater metal electrodes are connected with a capacitor charged to a high voltage. When the circuit is switched on, a plasma is generated reaching temperatures of thousands of K, resulting in a compressive pressure pulse. The formation of the plasma is a nonreproducible phenomenon inducing great variations of the pressure pulse. When the electrodes are immersed in an electrolyte instead of degassed water, the conditions of electrical discharge are dramatically modified. The latency time and the amplitude of the oscillations of the discharge current decrease as the conductivity of the electrolyte increases. For a conductivity of 7 omega.cm, there is no latency, and the critically damped discharge is achieved. The expanding pressure wave is increased by 10%, and the mean peak pressure value over 120 shocks at the second focus after focalization is increased by 50%. The relative standard deviation of the pressure value at the second focus is only 5%, while it is about 30% in ordinary water. The fragmentation efficiency is considerably increased because total fragmentation is obtained in 220 shocks instead of 450 shocks in ordinary water when standard stones are used, and in 131 shocks instead of 304 shocks when gallstones are used. Last, we show that the wear of the electrodes is reduced by a factor 8 when electrolyte is used. The improvement is supposed to have two causes: First, the energy is delivered into the medium in a shorter time, and, second, the center of the shock wave is always located at the same place. The decreased wear should make it possible to treat a much greater number of patients without changing electrodes, and the enhancement of the pressure should increase the efficiency of the fragmentation of the gallstones without aggravating the patient's pain.

  18. Computational Intelligence and Wavelet Transform Based Metamodel for Efficient Generation of Not-Yet Simulated Waveforms.

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    Oltean, Gabriel; Ivanciu, Laura-Nicoleta

    2016-01-01

    The design and verification of complex electronic systems, especially the analog and mixed-signal ones, prove to be extremely time consuming tasks, if only circuit-level simulations are involved. A significant amount of time can be saved if a cost effective solution is used for the extensive analysis of the system, under all conceivable conditions. This paper proposes a data-driven method to build fast to evaluate, but also accurate metamodels capable of generating not-yet simulated waveforms as a function of different combinations of the parameters of the system. The necessary data are obtained by early-stage simulation of an electronic control system from the automotive industry. The metamodel development is based on three key elements: a wavelet transform for waveform characterization, a genetic algorithm optimization to detect the optimal wavelet transform and to identify the most relevant decomposition coefficients, and an artificial neuronal network to derive the relevant coefficients of the wavelet transform for any new parameters combination. The resulted metamodels for three different waveform families are fully reliable. They satisfy the required key points: high accuracy (a maximum mean squared error of 7.1x10-5 for the unity-based normalized waveforms), efficiency (fully affordable computational effort for metamodel build-up: maximum 18 minutes on a general purpose computer), and simplicity (less than 1 second for running the metamodel, the user only provides the parameters combination). The metamodels can be used for very efficient generation of new waveforms, for any possible combination of dependent parameters, offering the possibility to explore the entire design space. A wide range of possibilities becomes achievable for the user, such as: all design corners can be analyzed, possible worst-case situations can be investigated, extreme values of waveforms can be discovered, sensitivity analyses can be performed (the influence of each parameter on the

  19. Computational Intelligence and Wavelet Transform Based Metamodel for Efficient Generation of Not-Yet Simulated Waveforms

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    Oltean, Gabriel; Ivanciu, Laura-Nicoleta

    2016-01-01

    The design and verification of complex electronic systems, especially the analog and mixed-signal ones, prove to be extremely time consuming tasks, if only circuit-level simulations are involved. A significant amount of time can be saved if a cost effective solution is used for the extensive analysis of the system, under all conceivable conditions. This paper proposes a data-driven method to build fast to evaluate, but also accurate metamodels capable of generating not-yet simulated waveforms as a function of different combinations of the parameters of the system. The necessary data are obtained by early-stage simulation of an electronic control system from the automotive industry. The metamodel development is based on three key elements: a wavelet transform for waveform characterization, a genetic algorithm optimization to detect the optimal wavelet transform and to identify the most relevant decomposition coefficients, and an artificial neuronal network to derive the relevant coefficients of the wavelet transform for any new parameters combination. The resulted metamodels for three different waveform families are fully reliable. They satisfy the required key points: high accuracy (a maximum mean squared error of 7.1x10-5 for the unity-based normalized waveforms), efficiency (fully affordable computational effort for metamodel build-up: maximum 18 minutes on a general purpose computer), and simplicity (less than 1 second for running the metamodel, the user only provides the parameters combination). The metamodels can be used for very efficient generation of new waveforms, for any possible combination of dependent parameters, offering the possibility to explore the entire design space. A wide range of possibilities becomes achievable for the user, such as: all design corners can be analyzed, possible worst-case situations can be investigated, extreme values of waveforms can be discovered, sensitivity analyses can be performed (the influence of each parameter on the

  20. Computational Intelligence and Wavelet Transform Based Metamodel for Efficient Generation of Not-Yet Simulated Waveforms.

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    Gabriel Oltean

    Full Text Available The design and verification of complex electronic systems, especially the analog and mixed-signal ones, prove to be extremely time consuming tasks, if only circuit-level simulations are involved. A significant amount of time can be saved if a cost effective solution is used for the extensive analysis of the system, under all conceivable conditions. This paper proposes a data-driven method to build fast to evaluate, but also accurate metamodels capable of generating not-yet simulated waveforms as a function of different combinations of the parameters of the system. The necessary data are obtained by early-stage simulation of an electronic control system from the automotive industry. The metamodel development is based on three key elements: a wavelet transform for waveform characterization, a genetic algorithm optimization to detect the optimal wavelet transform and to identify the most relevant decomposition coefficients, and an artificial neuronal network to derive the relevant coefficients of the wavelet transform for any new parameters combination. The resulted metamodels for three different waveform families are fully reliable. They satisfy the required key points: high accuracy (a maximum mean squared error of 7.1x10-5 for the unity-based normalized waveforms, efficiency (fully affordable computational effort for metamodel build-up: maximum 18 minutes on a general purpose computer, and simplicity (less than 1 second for running the metamodel, the user only provides the parameters combination. The metamodels can be used for very efficient generation of new waveforms, for any possible combination of dependent parameters, offering the possibility to explore the entire design space. A wide range of possibilities becomes achievable for the user, such as: all design corners can be analyzed, possible worst-case situations can be investigated, extreme values of waveforms can be discovered, sensitivity analyses can be performed (the influence of each

  1. Energy efficient walking with central pattern generators: from passive dynamic walking to biologically inspired control.

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    Verdaasdonk, B W; Koopman, H F J M; van der Helm, F C T

    2009-07-01

    Like human walking, passive dynamic walking-i.e. walking down a slope with no actuation except gravity-is energy efficient by exploiting the natural dynamics. In the animal world, neural oscillators termed central pattern generators (CPGs) provide the basic rhythm for muscular activity in locomotion. We present a CPG model, which automatically tunes into the resonance frequency of the passive dynamics of a bipedal walker, i.e. the CPG model exhibits resonance tuning behavior. Each leg is coupled to its own CPG, controlling the hip moment of force. Resonance tuning above the endogenous frequency of the CPG-i.e. the CPG's eigenfrequency-is achieved by feedback of both limb angles to their corresponding CPG, while integration of the limb angles provides resonance tuning at and below the endogenous frequency of the CPG. Feedback of the angular velocity of both limbs to their corresponding CPG compensates for the time delay in the loop coupling each limb to its CPG. The resonance tuning behavior of the CPG model allows the gait velocity to be controlled by a single parameter, while retaining the energy efficiency of passive dynamic walking.

  2. Combustion efficiency: Greenhouse gas emission reductions from the power generation sector

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    Kane, R.; South, D.W.; Fish, A.L. [Argonne National Laboratory, Upton, IL (United States)

    1993-12-31

    Concern for the possibility of an enhanced greenhouse effect and global climate change (GCC) has often been associated with energy use in general, and fossil fuel combustion in particular, because of associated emissions of CO{sub 2} and other greenhouse gases (GHG). Therefore, energy policies play a significant role in determining greenhouse gas emissions. The generation of electricity and power from more efficient fossil energy technologies provides an opportunity to significantly lower GHG emissions, together with other pollutants. The U.S. government oversees a broad-based program to facilitate the development, demonstration, and deployment of these technologies. Advanced fossil technologies offer other benefits as well, in that they permit continued use of widely available fuels such as coal. An international perspective is critical for assessing the role of these fuels, since countries differ in terms of their ability to maximize these benefits. Often, new technologies are considered the domain of industrialized countries. Yet more efficient technologies may have their greatest potential - to concurrently permit the utilization of indigenous fuels and to lower global GHG emissions in developing countries, especially those in the Asia-Pacific region.

  3. Methods to improve harvested energy and conversion efficiency of viscoelastic dielectric elastomer generators

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    Zhou, Jianyou; Jiang, Liying; Khayat, Roger E.

    2017-05-01

    As a new transduction technology, dielectric elastomer generators (DEGs) are capable of converting mechanical energy from diverse sources into electrical energy. However, their energy harvesting performance is strongly affected by the material viscoelasticity. Based on the finite-deformation viscoelasticity theory and the nonlinear coupled field theory for dielectric elastomers, this work presents a theoretical framework to model the performance of DEGs. Motivated by the recent experiments of DEGs with a triangular harvesting scheme, we propose a method to optimize the harvesting cycle, which could significantly improve the conversion efficiency of viscoelastic DEGs. From our simulation results, choosing a higher voltage power source appears to be an effective way to improve the performance of DEGs. In addition, optimizing the period of the discharging process of DEG can markedly increase its efficiency. Also, we have uncovered that the triangular harvesting scheme for DEGs, which is expected to harvest energy close to the maximum achievable energy, could be actually realized by choosing dielectric elastomers with a higher fraction of time-independent polymer networks. The theoretical framework and simulation results presented in this work are expected to benefit the optimal design of DEGs for different applications.

  4. Flexible thermoelectric generator with efficient vertical to lateral heat path films

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    Nishino, T.; Suzuki, T.

    2017-03-01

    This paper presents a flexible thermoelectric generator (TEG) with heat path films, which efficiently convert vertical temperature difference (ΔT) into lateral ΔT for thermocouple (TC). The heat path film consists of copper-filled-vias with low thermal resistance and polymer films with high thermal resistance. They were made in two fabrication steps. The first used a flexible printed circuit board with high density copper-filled-vias, while the second saw the deposition of thin film TCs. The combination offers flexibility of application due to its thinness, mass production potential, and low energy heat loss in the device. We demonstrated 54 TCs cm-2 in a 25 cm2 flexible TEG using Bi2Te3- and Nickel-based TCs respectively. The experimental data were in good accordance with a model which was calculated using the finite element method. The prototype flexible TEGs indicated that the proposed structure converted 84% heat flow from vertical into lateral ΔT in each TC, which was two times higher than the non-heat path film. They produced voltage of 11 mV/K/cm2 and power output of 0.1 µW/K/cm2 respectively. These flexible TEGs are ideally suited for harvesting from waste heat emitted from objects with large wavy areas because of their low weight, low cost and high efficiency conversion with flexibility.

  5. Optimization and field demonstration of hybrid hydrogen generator/high efficiency furnace system

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    Entchev, E.; Coyle, I.; Szadkowski, F. [CANMET Energy Technology Centre, 1 Haanel Dr., Ottawa, Ontario K1A-1M1 (Canada); Manning, M.; Swinton, M. [National Research Council Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Graydon, J.; Kirk, D. [University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

    2009-05-15

    Hydrogen is seen as an energy carrier of the future and significant research on hydrogen generation, storage and utilization is accomplished around the world. However, an appropriate intermediate step before wide hydrogen introduction will be blending conventional fuels such as natural gas, oil or diesel with hydrogen and follow up combustion through conventional means. Due to changes in the combustion and flame characteristics of the system additional research is needed to access the limits and the impact of the fuel mix on the combustion systems performance. The hybrid system consists of a 5 kW{sub el} electrolyzer and a residential 15 kW{sub th} high efficiency gas fired furnace. The electrolyzer was integrated with the furnace gas supply and setup to replace 5-25% of the furnace natural gas flow with hydrogen. A mean for proper mixing of hydrogen with natural gas was provided and a control system for safe system operation was developed. Prior to the start of the field trial the hybrid system was investigated in laboratory environment. It was subjected to a variety of steady state and cycling conditions and a detailed performance and optimization analysis was performed with a range of hydrogen/natural gas mixtures. The optimized system was then installed at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technologies (CCHT) Experimental research house. The energy performance of the hybrid system was compared to the energy performance of an identical high efficiency furnace in the Control research house next door. (author)

  6. Combined DECS Analysis and Next-Generation Sequencing Enable Efficient Detection of Novel Plant RNA Viruses.

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    Yanagisawa, Hironobu; Tomita, Reiko; Katsu, Koji; Uehara, Takuya; Atsumi, Go; Tateda, Chika; Kobayashi, Kappei; Sekine, Ken-Taro

    2016-03-07

    The presence of high molecular weight double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) within plant cells is an indicator of infection with RNA viruses as these possess genomic or replicative dsRNA. DECS (dsRNA isolation, exhaustive amplification, cloning, and sequencing) analysis has been shown to be capable of detecting unknown viruses. We postulated that a combination of DECS analysis and next-generation sequencing (NGS) would improve detection efficiency and usability of the technique. Here, we describe a model case in which we efficiently detected the presumed genome sequence of Blueberry shoestring virus (BSSV), a member of the genus Sobemovirus, which has not so far been reported. dsRNAs were isolated from BSSV-infected blueberry plants using the dsRNA-binding protein, reverse-transcribed, amplified, and sequenced using NGS. A contig of 4,020 nucleotides (nt) that shared similarities with sequences from other Sobemovirus species was obtained as a candidate of the BSSV genomic sequence. Reverse transcription (RT)-PCR primer sets based on sequences from this contig enabled the detection of BSSV in all BSSV-infected plants tested but not in healthy controls. A recombinant protein encoded by the putative coat protein gene was bound by the BSSV-antibody, indicating that the candidate sequence was that of BSSV itself. Our results suggest that a combination of DECS analysis and NGS, designated here as "DECS-C," is a powerful method for detecting novel plant viruses.

  7. Efficiency factors of singlet oxygen generation from core-modified expanded porphyrin: tetrathiarubyrin in ethanol

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    Ha, J H; Kim, Y R; Jung, G Y; Lee, Y H; Shin, K

    2001-01-01

    The photophysical properties and the singlet oxygen generation efficiency of tetrathiarubyrin have been investigated to elucidate the possibility of its use as a photodynamic therapy (PDT) photosensitizer by steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopic methods. The observed photophysical properties were affected by various molecular aspects, such as extended pi conjugation, structural distortion, and internal heavy atom. The steady-state electronic absorption spectrum was red-shifted due to the extended pi-conjugation, and the spin orbital coupling was enhanced by the structural distortion and the internal heavy atom effect. As a result of the enhanced spin orbital coupling, the triplet quantum yield increased to 0.90 +- 0.10 and the triplet state lifetime was shortened to 7.0 +- 1.2 mu s. Since the triplet state decays at a relatively faster rate, the efficiency of the oxygen quenching of the triplet state decreases. The singlet oxygen quantum yield was estimated to be 0.52 +- 0.02, which is somewhat lower t...

  8. Efficient and robust quantum random number generation by photon number detection

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    Applegate, M. J.; Thomas, O.; Dynes, J. F.; Yuan, Z. L.; Ritchie, D. A.; Shields, A. J.

    2015-08-01

    We present an efficient and robust quantum random number generator based upon high-rate room temperature photon number detection. We employ an electric field-modulated silicon avalanche photodiode, a type of device particularly suited to high-rate photon number detection with excellent photon number resolution to detect, without an applied dead-time, up to 4 photons from the optical pulses emitted by a laser. By both measuring and modeling the response of the detector to the incident photons, we are able to determine the illumination conditions that achieve an optimal bit rate that we show is robust against variation in the photon flux. We extract random bits from the detected photon numbers with an efficiency of 99% corresponding to 1.97 bits per detected photon number yielding a bit rate of 143 Mbit/s, and verify that the extracted bits pass stringent statistical tests for randomness. Our scheme is highly scalable and has the potential of multi-Gbit/s bit rates.

  9. Frequency interleaving towards spectrally efficient directly detected optical OFDM for next-generation optical access networks.

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    Mehedy, Lenin; Bakaul, Masuduzzaman; Nirmalathas, Ampalavanapillai

    2010-10-25

    In this paper, we theoretically analyze and demonstrate that spectral efficiency of a conventional direct detection based optical OFDM system (DDO-OFDM) can be improved significantly using frequency interleaving of adjacent DDO-OFDM channels where OFDM signal band of one channel occupies the spectral gap of other channel and vice versa. We show that, at optimum operating condition, the proposed technique can effectively improve the spectral efficiency of the conventional DDO-OFDM system as much as 50%. We also show that such a frequency interleaved DDO-OFDM system, with a bit rate of 48 Gb/s within 25 GHz bandwidth, achieves sufficient power budget after transmission over 25 km single mode fiber to be used in next-generation time-division-multiplexed passive optical networks (TDM-PON). Moreover, by applying 64- quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), the system can be further scaled up to 96 Gb/s with a power budget sufficient for 1:16 split TDM-PON.

  10. Nanostructured Bulk Thermoelectric Generator for Efficient Power Harvesting for Self-powered Sensor Networks

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    Zhang, Yanliang [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Butt, Darryl [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Agarwal, Vivek [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-07-01

    The objective of this Nuclear Energy Enabling Technology research project is to develop high-efficiency and reliable thermoelectric generators for self-powered wireless sensors nodes utilizing thermal energy from nuclear plant or fuel cycle. The power harvesting technology has crosscutting significance to address critical technology gaps in monitoring nuclear plants and fuel cycle. The outcomes of the project will lead to significant advancement in sensors and instrumentation technology, reducing cost, improving monitoring reliability and therefore enhancing safety. The self-powered wireless sensor networks could support the long-term safe and economical operation of all the reactor designs and fuel cycle concepts, as well as spent fuel storage and many other nuclear science and engineering applications. The research is based on recent breakthroughs in high-performance nanostructured bulk (nanobulk) thermoelectric materials that enable high-efficiency direct heat-to-electricity conversion over a wide temperature range. The nanobulk thermoelectric materials that the research team at Boise State University and University of Houston has developed yield up to a 50% increase in the thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT, compared with state-of-the-art bulk counterparts. This report focuses on the selection of optimal thermoelectric materials for this project. The team has performed extensive study on two thermoelectric materials systems, i.e. the half-Heusler materials, and the Bismuth-Telluride materials. The report contains our recent research results on the fabrication, characterization and thermoelectric property measurements of these two materials.

  11. Aspects for efficient wide spectral band THz generation via CO2 laser down conversion

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    Panchenko, Yu. N.; Andreev, Yu. M.; Lanskii, G. V.; Losev, V. F.; Lubenko, D. M.

    2015-02-01

    Detailed model study of THz generation by CO2 laser down-conversion in pure and solid solution crystals GaSe1-xSx is carried out for the first time. Both forward and backward collinear interactions of common (eo-e, oe-e, oe-o, oo-e, ee-o) and original (ee-e, oo-o) types are considered. Possibility of realization, phase matching angles and figure of merits are estimated for line mixing within 9 μm and 10 μm emission bands, as well between them. Dispersion properties of o- and e-wave refractive indices and absorption coefficients for GaSe, GaS and GaSe1-xSx crystals were preliminary measured by THz-TDS, approximated in the equation form and then used in the study. Estimated results are presented in the form of 3-D figures that are suitable for rapid analyses of DFG parameters. The most efficient type of interaction is eo-o type. Optimally doped (x = 0.09-0.13) GaSe1-xSx crystals are from 4 to 5 times more efficient at limit pump intensity than not doped GaSe crystals.

  12. Efficiency and stability aspects of CdS photoanode for solar hydrogen generation technology

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    Pareek, Alka; Gopalakrishnan, Arthi; Borse, Pramod H.

    2016-10-01

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell based technology is expected to be one of the easiest green technologies to harness and to convert available solar energy into hydrogen [1]. Among the known systems of GaAs, Si, GaP and CdS- Cadmium sulphide is one of the best suited PEC materials that display a balance between its efficiency and stability. It has capability to absorb the visible light photons (E∼1.5eV - 3eV), and displays the band- energetics that suits for water-splitting reaction (H2O→H2+O2), that ultimately is based on the electronic and optical structure of the sulphides. However, the photo-induced dissolution of CdS in an electrolyte during its photo-illumination in PEC cell is its major drawback [2]. Though arsenides and phosphides show higher efficiency however CdS exhibits significant stability. In contrast though TiO2/ ZnO show good stability but CdS displays good optical response towards visible light photons as compared null response of titanate like systems. This necessitates one to identify the practical way to inhibit the photocorrosion in case of CdS photoanodes which is mainly facilitated due to interaction of photogenerated holes with CdS lattice. In past, Pt/ RuO2/ Ru modified CdS surface were found to control the unwanted photocorrosion [3]. Commercially, usage of such materials is un-economic option for any technological usage. The present work discusses that with advent of present day new synthetic routes how the dynamics of photo generated holes and electrons can be controlled to improve the stability and efficiency of the sulphide photoanodes, which in turn shows an an improvement in the performance and stability of the PEC cell for desirable technological applications.

  13. Towards the next generation 23% efficient n-type cells with low cost manufacturing

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    Yelundur, Vijay [Suniva Inc., Norcross, GA (United States)

    2017-04-19

    Suniva, Inc., in collaboration with the University Center for Excellence in Photovoltaics (UCEP) at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) proposed this comprehensive three year program to enable the development of an advanced high performance product that will help the US regain its competitive edge in PV. This project was designed to overcome cost and efficiency barriers through advances in PV science, technology innovation, low-cost manufacturing and full production of ~22.5% efficient n-type Si cells in Norcross, GA. At the heart of the project is the desire to complement the technology being developed concurrently under the Solarmat and ARPAe initiatives to develop a differentiated product superior in both performance and cost effectiveness to the competing alternatives available on the market, and push towards achieving SunShot objectives while ensuring a sustainable business model based on US manufacturing. A significant reduction of the costs in modules produced today will need to combine reductions in wafer costs, cell processing costs as well as module fabrication costs while delivering a product that is not only more efficient under test conditions but also increases the energy yield in outdoor operations. This project will result in a differentiated high performance product and technology that is consistent with sustaining PV manufacturing in the US for a longer term and further highlights the need for continued support for developing the next generation concepts that can keep US manufacturing thriving to support the growing demand for PV in the US and consistent with the US government’s mandates for energy independence.

  14. Investigation of Battery Heat Generation and Key Performance Indicator Efficiency Using Isothermal Calorimeter

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    Khan, Mohammad Rezwan; Kær, Søren Knudsen

    2016-01-01

    In this experiment-based research, the performance and behaviour of a pouch type Li-ion battery cell are reported. The commercial test cell has a Lithium Titanate Oxide (LTO) based anode with 13Ah capacity. It is accomplished by measuring the evolution of surface temperature distribution, and the......In this experiment-based research, the performance and behaviour of a pouch type Li-ion battery cell are reported. The commercial test cell has a Lithium Titanate Oxide (LTO) based anode with 13Ah capacity. It is accomplished by measuring the evolution of surface temperature distribution......, and the heat flux of the battery cell at the same time. Temperatures on the surface of the cell are measured using contact thermocouples, whereas, the heat flux is measured simultaneously by the isothermal calorimeter. This heat flux measurement is used for determining the heat generation inside the cell....... Consequently, using the heat generation result the important performance constituent of the battery cell efficiency is calculated. Those are accomplished at different temperature levels (-5°C, 10°C, 25°C and 40°C) of continuous charge and discharge constant current rate (1C,2C,4...

  15. Magnesium and Manganese Silicides For Efficient And Low Cost Thermo-Electric Power Generation

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    Trivedi, Sudhir B. [Brimrose Technology Corporation; Kutcher, Susan W. [Brimrose Technology Corporation; Rosemeier, Cory A. [Brimrose Technology Corporation; Mayers, David [Brimrose Technology Corporation; Singh, Jogender [Pennsylvania State University

    2013-12-02

    Thermoelectric Power Generation (TEPG) is the most efficient and commercially deployable power generation technology for harvesting wasted heat from such things as automobile exhausts, industrial furnaces, and incinerators, and converting it into usable electrical power. We investigated the materials magnesium silicide (Mg2Si) and manganese silicide (MnSi) for TEG. MgSi2 and MnSi are environmentally friendly, have constituent elements that are abundant in the earth's crust, non-toxic, lighter and cheaper. In Phase I, we successfully produced Mg2Si and MnSi material with good TE properties. We developed a novel technique to synthesize Mg2Si with good crystalline quality, which is normally very difficult due to high Mg vapor pressure and its corrosive nature. We produced n-type Mg2Si and p-type MnSi nanocomposite pellets using FAST. Measurements of resistivity and voltage under a temperature gradient indicated a Seebeck coefficient of roughly 120 V/K on average per leg, which is quite respectable. Results indicated however, that issues related to bonding resulted in high resistivity contacts. Determining a bonding process and bonding material that can provide ohmic contact from room temperature to the operating temperature is an essential part of successful device fabrication. Work continues in the development of a process for reproducibly obtaining low resistance electrical contacts.

  16. A Rapid Microwave-Assisted Thermolysis Route to Highly Crystalline Carbon Nitrides for Efficient Hydrogen Generation.

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    Guo, Yufei; Li, Jing; Yuan, Yupeng; Li, Lu; Zhang, Mingyi; Zhou, Chenyan; Lin, Zhiqun

    2016-11-14

    Highly crystalline graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3 N4 ) with decreased structural imperfections benefits from the suppression of electron-hole recombination, which enhances its hydrogen generation activity. However, producing such g-C3 N4 materials by conventional heating in an electric furnace has proven challenging. Herein, we report on the synthesis of high-quality g-C3 N4 with reduced structural defects by judiciously combining the implementation of melamine-cyanuric acid (MCA) supramolecular aggregates and microwave-assisted thermolysis. The g-C3 N4 material produced after optimizing the microwave reaction time can effectively generate H2 under visible-light irradiation. The highest H2 evolution rate achieved was 40.5 μmol h(-1) , which is two times higher than that of a g-C3 N4 sample prepared by thermal polycondensation of the same supramolecular aggregates in an electric furnace. The microwave-assisted thermolysis strategy is simple, rapid, and robust, thereby providing a promising route for the synthesis of high-efficiency g-C3 N4 photocatalysts. © 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. A High-Efficiency Voltage Equalization Scheme for Supercapacitor Energy Storage System in Renewable Generation Applications

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    Liran Li

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Due to its fast charge and discharge rate, a supercapacitor-based energy storage system is especially suitable for power smoothing in renewable energy generation applications. Voltage equalization is essential for series-connected supercapacitors in an energy storage system, because it supports the system’s sustainability and maximizes the available cell energy. In this paper, we present a high-efficiency voltage equalization scheme for supercapacitor energy storage systems in renewable generation applications. We propose an improved isolated converter topology that uses a multi-winding transformer. An improved push-pull forward circuit is applied on the primary side of the transformer. A coupling inductor is added on the primary side to allow the switches to operate under the zero-voltage switching (ZVS condition, which reduces switching losses. The diodes in the rectifier are replaced with metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs to reduce the power dissipation of the secondary side. In order to simplify the control, we designed a controllable rectifying circuit to achieve synchronous rectifying on the secondary side of the transformer. The experimental results verified the effectiveness of the proposed design.

  18. Efficient Simplification Methods for Generating High Quality LODs of 3D Meshes

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    Muhammad Hussain

    2009-01-01

    Two simplification algorithms are proposed for automatic decimation of polygonal models, and for generating their LODs. Each algorithm orders vertices according to their priority values and then removes them iteratively. For setting the priority value of each vertex, exploiting normal field of its one-ring neighborhood, we introduce a new measure of geometric fidelity that reflects well the local geometric features of the vertex. After a vertex is selected, using other measures of geometric distortion that are based on normal field deviation and distance measure, it is decided which of the edges incident on the vertex is to be collapsed for removing it. The collapsed edge is substituted with a new vertex whose position is found by minimizing the local quadric error measure. A comparison with the state-of-the-art algorithms reveals that the proposed algorithms are simple to implement, are computationally more efficient, generate LODs with better quality, and preserve salient features even after drastic simplification. The methods are useful for applications such as 3D computer games, virtual reality, where focus is on fast running time, reduced memory overhead, and high quality LODs.

  19. Efficient and cost-effective generation of mature neurons from human induced pluripotent stem cells.

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    Badja, Cherif; Maleeva, Galyna; El-Yazidi, Claire; Barruet, Emilie; Lasserre, Manon; Tropel, Philippe; Binetruy, Bernard; Bregestovski, Piotr; Magdinier, Frédérique

    2014-12-01

    For years, our ability to study pathological changes in neurological diseases has been hampered by the lack of relevant models until the recent groundbreaking work from Yamanaka's group showing that it is feasible to generate induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from human somatic cells and to redirect the fate of these iPSCs into differentiated cells. In particular, much interest has focused on the ability to differentiate human iPSCs into neuronal progenitors and functional neurons for relevance to a large number of pathologies including mental retardation and behavioral or degenerative syndromes. Current differentiation protocols are time-consuming and generate limited amounts of cells, hindering use on a large scale. We describe a feeder-free method relying on the use of a chemically defined medium that overcomes the need for embryoid body formation and neuronal rosette isolation for neuronal precursors and terminally differentiated neuron production. Four days after induction, expression of markers of the neurectoderm lineage is detectable. Between 4 and 7 days, neuronal precursors can be expanded, frozen, and thawed without loss of proliferation and differentiation capacities or further differentiated. Terminal differentiation into the different subtypes of mature neurons found in the human brain were observed. At 6-35 days after induction, cells express typical voltage-gated and ionotrophic receptors for GABA, glycine, and acetylcholine. This specific and efficient single-step strategy in a chemically defined medium allows the production of mature neurons in 20-40 days with multiple applications, especially for modeling human pathologies.

  20. Efficient generation of B2m-null pigs via injection of zygote with TALENs

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    Wang, Yong; Du, Yinan; Zhou, Xiaoyang; Wang, Lulu; Li, Jian; Wang, Fengchao; Huang, Zhengen; Huang, Xingxu; Wei, Hong

    2016-01-01

    Donor major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC I) molecules are the main targets of the host immune response after organ allotransplantation. Whether and how MHC I-deficiency of pig donor tissues affects rejection after xenotransplantation has not been assessed. Beta2-microglobulin (B2M) is indispensable for the assembly of MHC I receptors and therefore provides an effective target to disrupt cell surface MHC I expression. Here, we report the one-step generation of mutant pigs with targeted disruptions in B2m by injection of porcine zygotes with B2m exon 2-specific TALENs. After germline transmission of mutant B2m alleles, we obtained F1 pigs with biallelic B2m frameshift mutations. F1 pigs lacked detectable B2M expression in tissues derived from the three germ layers, and their lymphocytes were devoid of MHC I surface receptors. Skin grafts from B2M deficient pigs exhibited remarkably prolonged survival on xenogeneic wounds compared to tissues of non-mutant littermates. Mutant founder pigs with bi-allelic disruption in B2m and B2M deficient F1 offspring did not display visible abnormalities, suggesting that pigs are tolerant to B2M deficiency. In summary, we show the efficient generation of pigs with germline mutations in B2m, and demonstrate a beneficial effect of donor MHC I-deficiency on xenotransplantation. PMID:27982048

  1. Efficient third harmonic generation of a CW-fibered 1.5 µm laser diode

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    Philippe, Charles; Chea, Erick; Nishida, Yoshiki; du Burck, Frédéric; Acef, Ouali

    2016-10-01

    We report on frequency tripling of CW-Telecom laser diode using two cascaded PPLN ridge nonlinear crystals, both used in single-pass configuration. All optical components used for this development are fibered, leading to a very compact and easy to use optical setup. We have generated up to 290 mW optical power in the green range, from 800 mW only of infrared power around 1.54 µm. This result corresponds to an optical conversion efficiency P 3 ω / P ω > 36 %. To our knowledge, this is best value ever demonstrated up today for a CW-third harmonic generation in single-pass configuration. This frequency tripling experimental setup was tested over more than 2 years of continuous operation, without any interruption. The compactness and the reliability of our device make it very suitable as a transportable optical oscillator. In particular, it paves the way for embedded applications thanks to the high level of long-term stability of the optical alignments.

  2. ZTEK`s ultra-high efficiency fuel cell/gas turbine system for distributed generation

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    Hsu, M.; Nathanson, D. [Ztek Corp., Waltham, MA (United States); Bradshaw, D.T. [Tennessee Valley Authority, Chattanooga, TN (United States)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    Ztek`s Planar Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) system has exceptional potential for utility electric power generation because of: simplicity of components construction, capability for low cost manufacturing, efficient recovery of very high quality by-product heat (up to 1000{degrees}C), and system integration simplicity. Utility applications of the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell are varied and include distributed generation units (sub-MW to 30MW capacity), repowering existing power plants (i.e. 30MW to 100MW), and multi-megawatt central power plants. A TVA/EPRI collaboration program involved functional testing of the advanced solid oxide fuel cell stacks and design scale-up for distributed power generation applications. The emphasis is on the engineering design of the utility modules which will be the building blocks for up to megawatt scale power plants. The program has two distinctive subprograms: Verification test on a 1 kW stack and 25kW module for utility demonstration. A 1 kW Planar SOFC stack was successfully operated for 15,000 hours as of December, 1995. Ztek began work on a 25kW SOFC Power System for TVA, which plans to install the 25kW SOFC at a host site for demonstration in 1997. The 25kW module is Ztek`s intended building block for the commercial use of the Planar SOFC. Systems of up to megawatt capacity can be obtained by packaging the modules in 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional arrays.

  3. Generating free charges by carrier multiplication in quantum dots for highly efficient photovoltaics.

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    Ten Cate, Sybren; Sandeep, C S Suchand; Liu, Yao; Law, Matt; Kinge, Sachin; Houtepen, Arjan J; Schins, Juleon M; Siebbeles, Laurens D A

    2015-02-17

    CONSPECTUS: In a conventional photovoltaic device (solar cell or photodiode) photons are absorbed in a bulk semiconductor layer, leading to excitation of an electron from a valence band to a conduction band. Directly after photoexcitation, the hole in the valence band and the electron in the conduction band have excess energy given by the difference between the photon energy and the semiconductor band gap. In a bulk semiconductor, the initially hot charges rapidly lose their excess energy as heat. This heat loss is the main reason that the theoretical efficiency of a conventional solar cell is limited to the Shockley-Queisser limit of ∼33%. The efficiency of a photovoltaic device can be increased if the excess energy is utilized to excite additional electrons across the band gap. A sufficiently hot charge can produce an electron-hole pair by Coulomb scattering on a valence electron. This process of carrier multiplication (CM) leads to formation of two or more electron-hole pairs for the absorption of one photon. In bulk semiconductors such as silicon, the energetic threshold for CM is too high to be of practical use. However, CM in nanometer sized semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) offers prospects for exploitation in photovoltaics. CM leads to formation of two or more electron-hole pairs that are initially in close proximity. For photovoltaic applications, these charges must escape from recombination. This Account outlines our recent progress in the generation of free mobile charges that result from CM in QDs. Studies of charge carrier photogeneration and mobility were carried out using (ultrafast) time-resolved laser techniques with optical or ac conductivity detection. We found that charges can be extracted from photoexcited PbS QDs by bringing them into contact with organic electron and hole accepting materials. However, charge localization on the QD produces a strong Coulomb attraction to its counter charge in the organic material. This limits the production

  4. Next Generation Pressurized Oxy-Coal Combustion: High Efficiency and No Flue Gas Recirculation

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    Rue, David

    2013-09-30

    The Gas Technology Institute (GTI) has developed a pressurized oxy-coal fired molten bed boiler (MBB) concept, in which coal and oxygen are fired directly into a bed of molten coal slag through burners located on the bottom of the boiler and fired upward. Circulation of heat by the molten slag eliminates the need for a flue gas recirculation loop and provides excellent heat transfer to steam tubes in the boiler walls. Advantages of the MBB technology over other boilers include higher efficiency (from eliminating flue gas recirculation), a smaller and less expensive boiler, modular design leading to direct scalability, decreased fines carryover and handling costs, smaller exhaust duct size, and smaller emissions control equipment sizes. The objective of this project was to conduct techno-economic analyses and an engineering design of the MBB project and to support this work with thermodynamic analyses and oxy-coal burner testing. Techno-economic analyses of GTI’s pressurized oxy-coal fired MBB technology found that the overall plant with compressed CO2 has an efficiency of 31.6%. This is a significant increase over calculated 29.2% efficiency of first generation oxy-coal plants. Cost of electricity (COE) for the pressurized MBB supercritical steam power plant with CO2 capture and compression was calculated to be 134% of the COE for an air-coal supercritical steam power plant with no CO2 capture. This compares positively with a calculated COE for first generation oxy-coal supercritical steam power plants with CO2 capture and compression of 164%. The COE for the MBB power plant is found to meet the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) target of 135%, before any plant optimization. The MBB power plant was also determined to be simpler than other oxy-coal power plants with a 17% lower capital cost. No other known combustion technology can produce higher efficiencies or lower COE when CO2 capture and compression are included. A thermodynamic enthalpy and exergy analysis

  5. Efficient generation of isolated attosecond pulses with high beam-quality by two-color Bessel-Gauss beams

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    Wang, Zhe; Zhang, Qingbin; Wang, Shaoyi; Lu, Peixiang

    2011-01-01

    The generation of isolated attosecond pulses with high efficiency and high beam quality is essential for attosec- ond spectroscopy. We numerically investigate the supercontinuum generation in a neutral rare-gas medium driven by a two-color Bessel-Gauss beam. The results show that an efficient smooth supercontinuum in the plateau is obtained after propagation, and the spatial profile of the generated attosecond pulse is Gaussian-like with the divergence angle of 0.1 degree in the far field. This bright source with high beam quality is beneficial for detecting and controlling the microscopic processes on attosecond time scale.

  6. The influence of Thomson effect on the maximum power output and maximum efficiency of a thermoelectric generator

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    Chen, Jincan; Yan, Zijun; Wu, Liqing

    1996-06-01

    Considering a thermoelectric generator as a heat engine cycle, the general differential equations of the temperature field inside thermoelectric elements are established by means of nonequilibrium thermodynamics. These equations are used to study the influence of heat leak, Joule's heat, and Thomson heat on the performance of the thermoelectric generator. New expressions are derived for the power output and the efficiency of the thermoelectric generator. The maximum power output is calculated and the optimal matching condition of load is determined. The maximum efficiency is discussed by a representative numerical example. The aim of this research is to provide some novel conclusions and redress some errors existing in a related investigation.

  7. The relationship between the thermoelectric generator efficiency and the device engineering figure of merit Zd,eng. The maximum efficiency 𝜼max

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    Hapenciuc, C. L.; Borca-Tasciuc, T.; Mihailescu, I. N.

    2017-04-01

    Thermoelectric materials are used today in thermoelectric devices for heat to electricity(thermoelectric generators-TEG) or electricity to heat(heat pumps) conversion in a large range of applications. In the case of TEGs the final measure of their performance is given by a quantity named the maximum efficiency which shows how much from the heat input is converted into electrical power. Therefore it is of great interest to know correctly how much is the efficiency of a device to can make commercial assessments. The concept of engineering figure of merit, Zeng, and engineering power factor, Peng, were already introduced in the field to quantify the efficiency of a single material under temperature dependent thermoelectric properties, with the mention that the formulas derivation was limited to one leg of the thermoelectric generator. In this paper we propose to extend the concept of engineering figure of merit to a thermoelectric generator by introducing a more general concept of device engineering thermoelectric figure of merit, Zd,eng, which depends on the both TEG materials properties and which shall be the right quantity to be used when we are interested in the evaluation of the efficiency. Also, this work takes into account the electrical contact resistance between the electrodes and thermoelement legs in an attempt to quantify its influence upon the performance of a TEG. Finally, a new formula is proposed for the maximum efficiency of a TEG.

  8. An efficient auto TPT stitch guidance generation for optimized standard cell design

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    Samboju, Nagaraj C.; Choi, Soo-Han; Arikati, Srini; Cilingir, Erdem

    2015-03-01

    As the technology continues to shrink below 14nm, triple patterning lithography (TPT) is a worthwhile lithography methodology for printing dense layers such as Metal1. However, this increases the complexity of standard cell design, as it is very difficult to develop a TPT compliant layout without compromising on the area. Hence, this emphasizes the importance to have an accurate stitch generation methodology to meet the standard cell area requirement as defined by the technology shrink factor. In this paper, we present an efficient auto TPT stitch guidance generation technique for optimized standard cell design. The basic idea here is to first identify the conflicting polygons based on the Fix Guidance [1] solution developed by Synopsys. Fix Guidance is a reduced sub-graph containing minimum set of edges along with the connecting polygons; by eliminating these edges in a design 3-color conflicts can be resolved. Once the conflicting polygons are identified using this method, they are categorized into four types [2] - (Type 1 to 4). The categorization is based on number of interactions a polygon has with the coloring links and the triangle loops of fix guidance. For each type a certain criteria for keep-out region is defined, based on which the final stitch guidance locations are generated. This technique provides various possible stitch locations to the user and helps the user to select the best stitch location considering both design flexibility (max. pin access/small area) and process-preferences. Based on this technique, a standard cell library for place and route (P and R) can be developed with colorless data and a stitch marker defined by designer using our proposed method. After P and R, the full chip (block) would contain the colorless data and standard cell stitch markers only. These stitch markers are considered as "must be stitch" candidates. Hence during full chip decomposition it is not required to generate and select the stitch markers again for the

  9. Dependence of efficiency of magnetic storm generation on the types of interplanetary drivers.

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    Yermolaev, Yuri; Nikolaeva, Nadezhda; Lodkina, Irina

    2015-04-01

    To compare the coupling coefficients between the solar-wind electric field Ey and Dst (and corrected Dst*) index during the magnetic storms generated by different types of interplanetary drivers, we use the Kyoto Dst-index data, the OMNI data of solar wind plasma and magnetic field measurements, and our "Catalog of large scale phenomena during 1976-2000" (published in [1] and presented on websites: ftp://ftp.iki.rssi.ru/pub/omni/). Both indexes at the main phase of magnetic storms are approximated by the linear dependence on the following solar wind parameters: integrated electric field of solar wind (sumEy), solar wind dynamic pressure (Pd), and the level of magnetic field fluctuations (sB), and the fitting coefficients are determined by the technique of least squares. We present the results of the main phase modelling for magnetic storms with Dst<-50 nT induced by 4 types of the solar wind streams: MC (10 events), CIR (41), Sheath (26), Ejecta (45). Our analysis [2, 3] shows that the coefficients of coupling between Dst and Dst* indexes and integral electric field are significantly higher for Sheath (for Dst*and Dst they are -3.4 and -3.3 nT/V m-1 h, respectively) and CIR (-3.0 and -2.8) than for MC (-2.0 and -2.5) and Ejecta (-2.1 and -2.3). Thus we obtained additional confirmation of experimental fact that Sheath and CIR have higher efficiency in generation of magnetic storms than MC and Ejecta. This work was supported by the RFBR, project 13-02-00158a, and by the Program 9 of Presidium of Russian Academy of Sciences. References 1. Yu. I. Yermolaev, N. S. Nikolaeva, I. G. Lodkina, and M. Yu. Yermolaev, Catalog of Large-Scale Solar Wind Phenomena during 1976-2000, Cosmic Research, 2009, Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 81-94. 2. N.S. Nikolaeva, Yu.I. Yermolaev, I.G. Lodkina, Modeling of Dst-index temporal profile on the main phase of the magnetic storms generated by different types of solar wind, Cosmic Research, 2013, Vol. 51, No. 6, pp. 401-412 3. Nikolaeva N.S., Yermolaev

  10. Effect of plasma jet diameter on the efficiency of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species generation in water

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    Oh, Jun-Seok; Kakuta, Maito; Furuta, Hiroshi; Akatsuka, Hiroshi; Hatta, Akimitsu

    2016-06-01

    The plasma jet generation of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS) in solution is important in biology, medicine, and disinfection. Studies using a wide variety of plasma jet devices have been carried out for this purpose, making it difficult to compare the performance between devices. In this study, we compared the efficiency of RONS generation in deionized (DI) water between 3.7-mm- and 800-µm-sized helium (He) plasma jets (hereafter mm-jet and µm-jet, respectively) at different treatment distances and times. The efficiency of RONS generation was determined by considering the total amount of RONS generated in DI water with respect to the input energy and gas consumption. We found that the mm-jet generated 20% more RONS in the DI water than the µm-jet at the optimized distance. However, when the input power and He gas consumption were taken into account, we discovered that the µm-jet was 5 times more efficient in generating RONS in the DI water. Under the parameters investigated in this study, the concentration of RONS continued to increase as a function of treatment time (up to 30 min). However treatment distance had a marked effect on the efficiency of RONS generation: treatment distances of 25 and 30 mm were optimal for the mm-jet and µm-jet, respectively. Our method of comparing the efficiency of RONS generation in solution between plasma jets could be used as a reference protocol for the development of efficient plasma jet sources for use in medicine, biology, and agriculture.

  11. Efficient peroxydisulfate activation process not relying on sulfate radical generation for water pollutant degradation

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    Zhang, Tao

    2014-05-20

    Peroxydisulfate (PDS) is an appealing oxidant for contaminated groundwater and toxic industrial wastewaters. Activation of PDS is necessary for application because of its low reactivity. Present activation processes always generate sulfate radicals as actual oxidants which unselectively oxidize organics and halide anions reducing oxidation capacity of PDS and producing toxic halogenated products. Here we report that copper oxide (CuO) can efficiently activate PDS under mild conditions without producing sulfate radicals. The PDS/CuO coupled process is most efficient at neutral pH for decomposing a model compound, 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP). In a continuous-flow reaction with an empty-bed contact time of 0.55 min, over 90% of 2,4-DCP (initially 20 μM) and 90% of adsorbable organic chlorine (AOCl) can be removed at the PDS/2,4-DCP molar ratio of 1 and 4, respectively. Based on kinetic study and surface characterization, PDS is proposed to be first activated by CuO through outer-sphere interaction, the rate-limiting step, followed by a rapid reaction with 2,4-DCP present in the solution. In the presence of ubiquitous chloride ions in groundwater/industrial wastewater, the PDS/CuO oxidation shows significant advantages over sulfate radical oxidation by achieving much higher 2,4-DCP degradation capacity and avoiding the formation of highly chlorinated degradation products. This work provides a new way of PDS activation for contaminant removal. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  12. Efficient Generation of Dancing Animation Synchronizing with Music Based on Meta Motion Graphs

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    Xu, Jianfeng; Takagi, Koichi; Sakazawa, Shigeyuki

    This paper presents a system for automatic generation of dancing animation that is synchronized with a piece of music by re-using motion capture data. Basically, the dancing motion is synthesized according to the rhythm and intensity features of music. For this purpose, we propose a novel meta motion graph structure to embed the necessary features including both rhythm and intensity, which is constructed on the motion capture database beforehand. In this paper, we consider two scenarios for non-streaming music and streaming music, where global search and local search are required respectively. In the case of the former, once a piece of music is input, the efficient dynamic programming algorithm can be employed to globally search a best path in the meta motion graph, where an objective function is properly designed by measuring the quality of beat synchronization, intensity matching, and motion smoothness. In the case of the latter, the input music is stored in a buffer in a streaming mode, then an efficient search method is presented for a certain amount of music data (called a segment) in the buffer with the same objective function, resulting in a segment-based search approach. For streaming applications, we define an additional property in the above meta motion graph to deal with the unpredictable future music, which guarantees that there is some motion to match the unknown remaining music. A user study with totally 60 subjects demonstrates that our system outperforms the stat-of-the-art techniques in both scenarios. Furthermore, our system improves the synthesis speed greatly (maximal speedup is more than 500 times), which is essential for mobile applications. We have implemented our system on commercially available smart phones and confirmed that it works well on these mobile phones.

  13. Efficient rendering and compression for full-parallax computer-generated holographic stereograms

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    Kartch, Daniel Aaron

    2000-10-01

    In the past decade, we have witnessed a quantum leap in rendering technology and a simultaneous increase in usage of computer generated images. Despite the advances made thus far, we are faced with an ever increasing desire for technology which can provide a more realistic, more immersive experience. One fledgling technology which shows great promise is the electronic holographic display. Holograms are capable of producing a fully three-dimensional image, exhibiting all the depth cues of a real scene, including motion parallax, binocular disparity, and focal effects. Furthermore, they can be viewed simultaneously by any number of users, without the aid of special headgear or position trackers. However, to date, they have been limited in use because of their computational intractability. This thesis deals with the complex task of computing a hologram for use with such a device. Specifically, we will focus on one particular type of hologram: the holographic stereogram. A holographic stereogram is created by generating a large set of two-dimensional images of a scene as seen from multiple camera points, and then converting them to a holographic interference pattern. It is closely related to the light fields or lumigraphs used in image-based rendering. Most previous algorithms have treated the problem of rendering these images as independent computations, ignoring a great deal of coherency which could be used to our advantage. We present a new computationally efficient algorithm which operates on the image set as a whole, rather than on its individual elements. Scene polygons are mapped by perspective projection into a four-dimensional space, where they are scan-converted into 4D color and depth buffers. We use a set of very simple data structures and basic operations to form an algorithm which will lend itself well to future hardware implementation, so as to drive a real-time holographic display. We also examined issues related to the compression of stereograms

  14. Aplicación de algoritmos genéticos en la planificación de redes de telefonia celular

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    Figueroa de la Cruz, Mario M.; Zakour, José; Juarez, Gustavo; Ibarra, Daniel

    2007-01-01

    Este trabajo analiza la problemática que tiene la planificación celular considerando el crecimiento y la evolución hacia nuevas tecnologías proponiendo como alternativa de planificación el uso de algoritmos de Inteligencia Artificial como son los Algoritmos Genéticos.

  15. Aligned copper nanorod arrays for highly efficient generation of intense ultra-broadband THz pulses

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    Mondal, S; Ding, W J; Hafez, H A; Fareed, M A; Laramée, A; Ropagnol, X; Zhang, G; Sun, S; Sheng, Z M; Zhang, J; Ozaki, T

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate an intense broadband terahertz (THz) source based on the interaction of relativistic-intensity femtosecond lasers with aligned copper nanorod array targets. For copper nanorod targets with length 5 \\mu m, a maximum 13.8 times enhancement in the THz pulse energy (in $\\leq$ 20 THz spectral range) is measured as compared to that with a thick plane copper target under the same laser conditions. A further increase in the nanorod length leads to a decrease in the THz pulse energy at medium frequencies ($\\leq$ 20THz) and increase of the electromagnetic pulse energy in the high-frequency range (from 20 - 200 THz). For the latter, we measure a maximum energy enhancement of 28 times for the nanorod targets of length 60 \\mu m . Particle-in-cell simulations reveal that THz pulses are mostly generated by coherent transition radiation of laser produced hot electrons, which are efficiently enhanced with the use of nanorod targets. Good agreement is found between the simulation and experimental results.

  16. Multiple surface DBD electrode system for efficient and controlled generation of ozone

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    Prukner, Vaclav; Hoffer, Petr; Simek, Milan

    2016-09-01

    Electrical characteristics and ozone production measurements were performed to evaluate the efficiency of ozone generation using an amplitude-modulated AC Surface Dielectric Barrier Discharge (SDBD) in dry synthetic air and pure oxygen at atmospheric pressure. To increase the concentration and production of ozone we used the multiple SDBD electrode system consisting of several identical elements in parallel configuration. Each SDBD element is made of a thin alumina plate (10cm x 10 cm x 0,065cm) with metallic strips deposited on the upper side as a HV electrode and full square or strips on the opposite side as a ground electrode. An influence of a photocatalyst on ozone production was studied as well by inserting thin alumina plates coated with titanium dioxide thin films between SDBD electrodes. Alternatively, the SDBD electrodes directly coated with titanium dioxide were tested either. Dependence of ozone production on the discharge duty cycle and gas flow rate of 0,8 slm - 10 slm were evaluated. Work supported by TACR (Contract No. TA03010098).

  17. Energy Efficiency in TDMA-Based Next-Generation Passive Optical Access Networks

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    Dhaini, Ahmad R.

    2014-06-01

    Next-generation passive optical network (PON) has been considered in the past few years as a cost-effective broadband access technology. With the ever-increasing power saving concern, energy efficiency has been an important issue in its operations. In this paper, we propose a novel sleep-time sizing and scheduling framework for the implementation of green bandwidth allocation (GBA) in TDMA-PONs. The proposed framework leverages the batch-mode transmission feature of GBA to minimize the overhead due to frequent ONU on-off transitions. The optimal sleeping time sequence of each ONU is determined in every cycle without violating the maximum delay requirement. With multiple ONUs possibly accessing the shared media simultaneously, a collision may occur. To address this problem, we propose a new sleep-time sizing mechanism, namely Sort-And-Shift (SAS), in which the ONUs are sorted according to their expected transmission start times, and their sleep times are shifted to resolve any possible collision while ensuring maximum energy saving. Results show the effectiveness of the proposed framework and highlight the merits of our solutions.

  18. Efficient Generation of Jets from Magnetically Arrested Accretion on a Rapidly Spinning Black Hole

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    Tchekhovskoy, Alexander; McKinney, Jonathan C

    2011-01-01

    We describe global, 3D, time-dependent, non-radiative, general-relativistic, magnetohydrodynamic simulations of accreting black holes (BHs). The simulations are designed to transport a large amount of magnetic flux to the center, more than the BH can swallow. The excess magnetic flux remains outside the BH, impedes accretion, and leads to a magnetically arrested disc. We find powerful outflows. For a BH with spin parameter a = 0.5, the efficiency with which the accretion system generates outflowing energy in jets and winds is eta ~ 30%. For a = 0.99, we find eta ~ 140%, which means that more energy flows out of the BH than flows in. Thus, the gravitational mass of the BH decreases with time. This simulation represents an unambiguous demonstration, within an astrophysically plausible scenario, of the extraction of net energy from a spinning BH via the Penrose-Blandford-Znajek mechanism. We suggest that magnetically arrested accretion might explain observations of AGN with apparent eta ~ few x 100%.

  19. Crystal growth and second harmonic generation efficiency of a chalcone derivative

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    Meenatchi, V.; Muthu, K.; Rajasekar, M.; Meenakshisundaram, SP., E-mail: aumats2009@gmail.com

    2013-06-15

    Single crystals of (2E,6E)-2-(4-fluorobenzylidine)-6-(4-methoxybenzylidine)cyclohexanone (FBMBC) have been grown by a slow evaporation solution growth technique from ethanol at room temperature. The single crystal X-ray diffraction study reveals that the FBMBC belongs to triclinic system and the cell parameters are a=9.790(6) Å, b=12.08(7) Å, c=14.09(9) Å and V=1577 Å{sup 3}. The structure and the crystallinity of the material were further confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction analysis. The various functional groups present in the molecule are confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectral analysis. The scanning electron microscopy study reveals the surface morphology of the as-grown crystal. Thermogravimetric/differential thermal analysis studies reveal the purity of the material and the crystals are transparent in the visible region having a low optical cut-off at ∼475 nm. The second harmonic generation efficiency of FBMBC is estimated by the Kurtz and Perry technique. Theoretical calculations were performed using the Hartree–Fock method with 6-31 G(d,p) as the basis set to derive the optimized geometry and the first-order molecular hyperpolarizability (β) values.

  20. Increased ATP generation in the host cell is required for efficient vaccinia virus production

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    Hsu Che-Fang

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract To search for cellular genes up-regulated by vaccinia virus (VV infection, differential display-reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (ddRT-PCR assays were used to examine the expression of mRNAs from mock-infected and VV-infected HeLa cells. Two mitochondrial genes for proteins that are part of the electron transport chain that generates ATP, ND4 and CO II, were up-regulated after VV infection. Up-regulation of ND4 level by VV infection was confirmed by Western blotting analysis. Up-regulation of ND4 was reduced by the MAPK inhibitor, apigenin, which has been demonstrated elsewhere to inhibit VV replication. The induction of ND4 expression occurred after viral DNA replication since ara C, an inhibitor of poxviral DNA replication, could block this induction. ATP production was increased in the host cells after VV infection. Moreover, 4.5 μM oligomycin, an inhibitor of ATP production, reduced the ATP level 13 hr after virus infection to that of mock-infected cells and inhibited viral protein expression and virus production, suggesting that increased ATP production is required for efficient VV production. Our results further suggest that induction of ND4 expression is through a Bcl-2 independent pathway.

  1. An efficient and numerically stable procedure for generating sextic force fields in normal mode coordinates.

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    Sibaev, M; Crittenden, D L

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we outline a general, scalable, and black-box approach for calculating high-order strongly coupled force fields in rectilinear normal mode coordinates, based upon constructing low order expansions in curvilinear coordinates with naturally limited mode-mode coupling, and then transforming between coordinate sets analytically. The optimal balance between accuracy and efficiency is achieved by transforming from 3 mode representation quartic force fields in curvilinear normal mode coordinates to 4 mode representation sextic force fields in rectilinear normal modes. Using this reduced mode-representation strategy introduces an error of only 1 cm(-1) in fundamental frequencies, on average, across a sizable test set of molecules. We demonstrate that if it is feasible to generate an initial semi-quartic force field in curvilinear normal mode coordinates from ab initio data, then the subsequent coordinate transformation procedure will be relatively fast with modest memory demands. This procedure facilitates solving the nuclear vibrational problem, as all required integrals can be evaluated analytically. Our coordinate transformation code is implemented within the extensible PyPES library program package, at http://sourceforge.net/projects/pypes-lib-ext/.

  2. Energy-Efficient User Association Strategy for Hyperdense Heterogeneous Networking in the Fifth Generation Systems

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    Lei Li

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Redesigning user association strategies to improve energy efficiency (EE has been viewed as one of the promising shifting paradigms for the fifth generation (5G cellular networks. In this paper, we investigate how to optimize users’ association to enhance EE for hyper dense heterogeneous networking in the 5G cellular networks, where the low-power node (LPN much outnumbers the high-power node (HPN. To characterize that densely deployed LPNs would undertake a majority of high-rate services, while HPNs mainly support coverage; the EE metric is defined as average weighted EE of access nodes with the unit of bit per joule. Then, the EE optimization objective function is formulated and proved to be nonconvex. Two mathematical transformation techniques are presented to solve the nonconvex problem. In the first case, the original problem is reformulated as an equivalent problem involving the maximization of a biconcave function. In the second case, it is equivalent to a concave minimization problem. We focus on the solution of the biconcave framework, and, by exploiting the biconcave structure, a novel iterative algorithm based on dual theory is proposed, where a partially optimal solution can be achieved. Simulation results have verified the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm.

  3. Dielectric Elastomer Generator with Improved Energy Density and Conversion Efficiency Based on Polyurethane Composites.

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    Yin, Guoling; Yang, Yu; Song, Feilong; Renard, Christophe; Dang, Zhi-Min; Shi, Chang-Yong; Wang, Dongrui

    2017-02-15

    Dielectric elastomer generators (DEGs), which follow the physics of variable capacitors and harvest electric energy from mechanical work, have attracted intensive attention over the past decade. The lack of ideal dielectric elastomers, after nearly two decades of research, has become the bottleneck for DEGs' practical applications. Here, we fabricated a series of polyurethane-based ternary composites and estimated their potential as DEGs to harvest electric energy for the first time. Thermoplastic polyurethane (PU) with high relative permittivity (∼8) was chosen as the elastic matrix. Barium titanate (BT) nanoparticles and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) plasticizers, which were selected to improve the permittivity and mechanical properties, respectively, were blended into the PU matrix. As compared to pristine PU, the resultant ternary composite films fabricated through a solution casting approach showed enhanced permittivity, remarkably reduced elastic modulus, and relatively good electrical breakdown strength, dielectric loss, and strain at break. Most importantly, the harvested energy density of PU was significantly enhanced when blended with BT and DBP. A composite film containing 25 phr of BT and 60 phr of DBP with the harvested energy density of 1.71 mJ/cm(3) was achieved, which is about 4 times greater than that of pure PU and 8 times greater than that of VHB adhesives. Remarkably improved conversion efficiency of mechano-electric energy was also obtained via cofilling BT and DBP into PU. The results shown in this work strongly suggest compositing is a very promising way to provide better dielectric elastomer candidates for forthcoming practical DEGs.

  4. Efficient linear programming algorithm to generate the densest lattice sphere packings.

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    Marcotte, Étienne; Torquato, Salvatore

    2013-06-01

    Finding the densest sphere packing in d-dimensional Euclidean space R(d) is an outstanding fundamental problem with relevance in many fields, including the ground states of molecular systems, colloidal crystal structures, coding theory, discrete geometry, number theory, and biological systems. Numerically generating the densest sphere packings becomes very challenging in high dimensions due to an exponentially increasing number of possible sphere contacts and sphere configurations, even for the restricted problem of finding the densest lattice sphere packings. In this paper we apply the Torquato-Jiao packing algorithm, which is a method based on solving a sequence of linear programs, to robustly reproduce the densest known lattice sphere packings for dimensions 2 through 19. We show that the TJ algorithm is appreciably more efficient at solving these problems than previously published methods. Indeed, in some dimensions, the former procedure can be as much as three orders of magnitude faster at finding the optimal solutions than earlier ones. We also study the suboptimal local density-maxima solutions (inherent structures or "extreme" lattices) to gain insight about the nature of the topography of the "density" landscape.

  5. Modelo hipercubo integrado a um algoritmo genético para análise de sistemas médicos emergenciais em rodovias The hypercube queuing model integrated to a genetic algorithm to analyze emergency medical systems on highways

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    Ana Paula Iannoni

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available O modelo hipercubo, conhecido na literatura de problemas de localização de sistemas servidor para cliente, é um modelo baseado em teoria de filas espacialmente distribuídas e aproximações Markovianas. O modelo pode ser modificado para analisar os sistemas de atendimentos emergenciais (SAEs em rodovias, considerando as particularidades da política de despacho destes sistemas. Neste estudo, combinou-se o modelo hipercubo com um algoritmo genético para otimizar a configuração e operação de SAEs em rodovias. A abordagem é efetiva para apoiar decisões relacionadas ao planejamento e operação destes sistemas, por exemplo, em determinar o tamanho ideal para as áreas de cobertura de cada ambulância, de forma a minimizar o tempo médio de resposta aos usuários e o desbalanceamento das cargas de trabalho das ambulâncias. Os resultados computacionais desta abordagem foram analisados utilizando dados reais do sistema Anjos do Asfalto (rodovia Presidente Dutra.The hypercube model, well-known in the literature on problems of server-to-customer localization systems, is based on the spatially distributed queuing theory and Markovian analysis approximations. The model can be modified to analyze Emergency Medical Systems (EMSs on highways, considering the particularities of these systems' dispatching policies. In this study, we combine the hypercube model with a genetic algorithm to optimize the configuration and operation of EMSs on highways. This approach is effective to support planning and operation decisions, such as determining the ideal size of the area each ambulance should cover to minimize not only the average time of response to the user but also ambulance workload imbalances, as well as generating a Pareto efficient boundary between these measures. The computational results of this approach were analyzed using real data Anjos do Asfalto EMS (which covers the Presidente Dutra highway.

  6. MLRul: un algoritmo para la generación de reglas borrosas para la clasificación

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    Pedro R. Piñero

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se investiga acerca de las técnicas del soft computing y sus potencialidades en el aprendizaje automático y la clasificación. Se presenta un nuevo algoritmo MLRul que permite aprender y generalizar en forma de reglas borrosas del tipo Sugeno grado cero el conocimiento implícito en bases de casos. Para la prueba del algoritmo se presenta el sistema MLClassif version 1.0 que implementa el algoritmo y un módulo que posibilita la explotación de la base de reglas generadas por MLRul. Se comparan los resultados experimentales de aplicar MLClassif con reglas generadas por MLRul con otros sistemas clasificadores sobre bases de datos publicadas en el repositorio de aprendizaje automático de la Universidad de California Irvine.

  7. Optimización multiobjetivo en redes ópticas con transmisión Multicast, utilizando algoritmos evolutivos y lógica difusa

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    Luis Tovar

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available En el presente artículo se desarrolla un modelo analítico difuso, el cual resuelve un problema multiobjetivo en transmisión multicast con árboles estáticos sobre redes GMPLS. Para ello, se utilizó como base el modelo propuesto en Donoso [4]. El problema multiobjetivo planteado se soluciona mediante metaheurística con algoritmos evolutivos, específicamente el SPEA2, resolviendo un problema NP-Hard en tiempo polinomial. Adicionalmente, se implementa un algoritmo evolutivo difuso, basado en el algoritmo evolutivo SPEA2, para resolver el modelo desarrollado. Por último, se analiza el comportamiento del algoritmo propuesto (FSPEA2 frente al algoritmo original (SPEA2 y se presentan las respectivas conclusiones

  8. Efficiency

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    I.P. van Staveren (Irene)

    2009-01-01

    textabstractThe dominant economic theory, neoclassical economics, employs a single economic evaluative criterion: efficiency. Moreover, it assigns this criterion a very specific meaning. Other – heterodox – schools of thought in economics tend to use more open concepts of efficiency, related to comm

  9. FY 1998 annual report on the surveys on high-efficiency power generation techniques of the next generation; 1998 nendo jisedai kokoritsu hatsuden gijutsu ni kansuru chosa hokokusho

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    1999-03-01

    Comprehensive surveys on and assessment of seeds of the high-efficiency power generation techniques of the next generation, both domestic and overseas, are conducted to help propose preliminary national research themes. In FY 1998, the survey efforts are directed not only to the trends of those for industrial power generation under development, e.g., combined cycle, coal-gasification combined cycle and pressurized fluidized bed combined cycle, but also to the trends of newly proposed systems, e.g., humid air combined cycle, methane reforming combined cycle, fuel reforming/humid air combined cycle, fuel reforming/fuel cell combined cycle and micro gas turbine, to further enhance efficiency by integration with a gas turbine power generation system. The efforts are also directed to (new power generation techniques in the basic research stage) being studied mainly by academic and research organizations, and to development trends of new power generation techniques under development by private enterprises, mainly based on the patent survey. (NEDO)

  10. Algoritmo de agregación de mappings basado en reglas de selección

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    Ramos, JA.; Fernández-López, M.; Gómez-Pérez, A.

    2009-01-01

    Los sistemas de integración de información resuelven las diferencias entre las fuentes, en la mayoría de los casos, mediante la creación de mappings, puentes semánticos entre los elementos de las fuentes. Hasta ahora se han propuesto técnicas para generar un conjunto de mappings para cada par de elementos de las fuentes a integrar, sin embargo, hasta la publicación del presente trabajo, no se disponía de un algoritmo de agregación público y general para distintos tipos de fuentes que permitie...

  11. Diabetes gestacional : um algoritmo de tratamento multidisciplinar=Gestational diabetes management: a multidisciplinary treatment algorithm

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    Weinert, Letícia Schwerz; Silveiro, Sandra Pinho; Oppermann, Maria Lúcia Rocha; Salazar, Cristiano Caetano; Simionato, Bárbara Marina; Siebeneichler, Aline Stalder; Reichelt, Angela de Azevedo Jacob

    2011-01-01

    O tratamento do diabetes gestacional é importante para evitar a morbimortalidade materno- -fetal. O objetivo deste artigo é descrever o tratamento atualmente disponível para o manejo otimizado da hiperglicemia na gestação e sugerir um algoritmo de tratamento multidisciplinar. A terapia nutricional é a primeira opção de tratamento para as gestantes, e a prática de exercício físico leve a moderado deve ser estimulada na ausência de contraindicações obstétricas. O tratamento medicamentoso está r...

  12. Identificación en lazo cerrado mediante algoritmos genéticos

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    Alfredo Gómez Infante; Abelardo del Pozo Quintero; Alberto Aguado Behar

    2010-01-01

    La identificación  en lazo cerrado de sistemas continuos es un problema de optimización no lineal que resulta de difícil solución mediante métodos convencionales.  En este trabajo se propone el uso de algoritmos genéticos (AG) para esta tarea y se muestra mediante simulaciones que los modelos obtenidos pueden reproducir fielmente el comportamiento de la planta, aun en el caso de sistemas inestables o que presentan algún tipo de no-linealidad. Estos modelos pueden utilizarse para el ajuste ...

  13. Sistemas de ecuaciones polinomiales ralas: aspectos teóricos y algoritmos

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    Herrero, María Isabel

    2013-01-01

    Esta tesis se centra en la resolución efectiva de sistemas de ecuaciones polinomiales reales (es decir, dadas por polinomios con estructura monomial prefijada). A lo largo del trabajo, se analizan distintos aspectos teóricos de las variedades afines definidas por estos sistemas y, en base a los resultados de este análisis, se diseñan nuevos algoritmos simbólicos probabilísticos para describirlas cuyas complejidades dependen de invariantes algebraico-combinatorios asociados al sistema. En prim...

  14. NUEVO ALGORITMO MULTICLASIFICADOR PARA FLUJOS DE DATOS CON CAMBIOS DE CONCEPTO

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    Ramón Osmany Ramírez Tasé; Alberto Verdecia Cabrera; Agustín Alejandro Ortiz Díaz; Isvani Frías Blanco

    2016-01-01

    Los algoritmos multiclasificadores se han mostrado particularmente eficientes para trabajar sobre espacios de datos grandes y complejos como los llamados flujos de datos. En estos flujos, durante la clasificación, aparecen conceptos que cambian con el tiempo, por lo que los métodos para su minería, sobre todo los  que detectan y se adaptan  a estos cambios, son importantes por su aplicación en áreas como: bioinformática, medicina, economía y finanzas, industria, medio ambiente, entre otras. L...

  15. Análisis sintáctico ascendente con un algoritmo evolutivo

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    Araujo Serna, Lourdes

    2003-01-01

    Los métodos de análisis sintáctico clásicos buscan las distintas interpretaciones de una sentencia mediante técnicas de búsqueda completas. Pero el tamaño del espacio de búsqueda crece exponencialmente con la longitud de la sentencia y el tamaño de la gramática, de forma que los métodos de búsqueda exhaustivos pueden ser insuficientes. Sin embargo, existen otras técnicas de búsqueda, como los algoritmos evolutivos, que aunque no garantizan encontrar el valor óptimo, permiten ajustar la calida...

  16. Evaluación de algoritmos de ruteo de paquetes en redes de computadoras

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    2004-01-01

    Las MANets (Mobile Ad hoc Networks) y las Redes sin Cables (Wireless Networks) son redes de computadoras que funcionan sin una infraestructura de conexión fija. En estos tipos de redes, el ruteo de paquetes debe seguir estrategias diferentes a las conocidas debido a que la organización de la red cambia constantemente. La Geometría Computacional brinda un marco teórico y formal para el diseño de estructuras y análisis de algoritmos que solucionan problemas de tipo geométrico en diferentes área...

  17. Algoritmo para el manejo hospitalario del trauma craneoencefálico leve

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    Varela Hernández, Ariel

    2008-01-01

    Esta investigación representa una innovación tecnológica de carácter organizacional, donde se aplicó un algoritmo para el cribaje de los lesionados con trauma craneoencefálico leve en el servicio de urgencias hospitalario, con el objetivo de optimizar el empleo de la tomografía computarizada de cráneo y mejorar los resultados del tratamiento. El estudio se realizó en tres etapas: en la primera se practicó la caracterización de estos enfermos, donde se demostró que existían degradaciones de co...

  18. Evaluación de algoritmos de ruteo en redes de computadoras

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    Gagliardi, Edilma Olinda; Berón, Mario; Hernández Peñalver, Gregorio

    2003-01-01

    En este trabajo, se presenta una línea de investigación que se encarga del análisis de algoritmos de ruteo de paquetes en una red de computadoras. Nuestra herramienta trabaja en la capa de aplicación dentro de un protocolo de redes, obteniendo una colección de métricas que determinan el mejor ruteo de paquetes en cada momento. Presentamos los aspectos más relevantes del diseño de la herramienta, sus alcances y futuras etapas en este proyecto, como así también enlaces de interés.

  19. Uma estratégia de testes logarítmica para o algoritmo HI-ADSD

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    Ruoso, Vinicius Kwiecien

    2013-01-01

    Resumo: O objetivo do diagnóstico distribuído e permitir que os nodos sem-falha de um sistema determinem o estado - falho ou sem-falha - de todos os nodos do sistema. Assume-se que os nodos sao capazes de testar outros nodos e os nodos sem-falha determinam o estado dos nodos testados corretamente. O algoritmo Hierarchical Adaptive Distributed Systemlevel Diagnosis (Hi-ADSD) [9] e um algoritmo de diagnóstico distribuído que cria uma topologia virtual baseada em um hipercubo. O hipercubo óe uma...

  20. Los algoritmos genéticos y el método de generación y prueba

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    Luis Roberto Ojeda Ch.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo pretende mostrar dos paradigmas de solución de problemas en inteligencia artificial. Los algoritmos genéticos han tomado una posición destacada en los últimos tiempos y el método de generación y prueba, cuyo perfil se aproxima al fundamento de los algoritmos genéticos constituye la forma de diseño de DENDRAL, un producto ampliamente reconocido en IA. Se desea mostrar que ambos paradigmas se ubican naturalmente dentro de las expectativas de la inteligencia artificial.

  1. Desarrollo de algoritmos de procesamiento de imágenes basados en "Operadores de Ventana" sobre una FPGA

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    Quijano, Antonio Adrián; Rapallini, José Antonio; Aróztegui, Walter J.; Osio, Jorge R.

    2011-01-01

    Con el avance de la tecnología las FPGAs se han convertido en una herramienta indispensable en el diseño rápido y eficiente de proyectos que requieren procesamiento digital y lógica programable. Es por eso que se ha convertido en la principal herramienta para la implementación de los algoritmos de procesamiento Digital de imágenes presentados en este trabajo [1]. Debido a la gran cantidad de algoritmos para procesamiento de imágenes basados en los Operadores de Ventana, se llega a la necesida...

  2. Uso de técnicas de paralelización para el algoritmo de los Filtros de Kalman

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    Rodríguez Arroyo, Javier

    2012-01-01

    El objetivo principal del proyecto es realizar el análisis, el diseño y la implementación en C++ de un sistema en tiempo real de calidad de servicio para la aplicación del algoritmo del filtro de Kalman lineal o discreto a varios objetos. La consecución de este propósito se puede desglosar en los siguientes subobjetivos: *Estudio del funcionamiento del algoritmo del filtro de Kalman discreto. *Familiarización con el lenguaje de programación C++ y con el estándar ISO/IEC C++ 2011.*Implem...

  3. Algoritmo híbrido para avaliação da integridade estrutural: uma abordagem heurística

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    Oscar Javier Begambre Carrillo

    2007-01-01

    Neste estudo, o novo algoritmo hibrido autoconfigurado PSOS (Particle Swarm Optimization - Simplex) para avaliação da integridade estrutural a partir de respostas dinâmicas é apresentado. A formulação da função objetivo para o problema de minimização definido emprega funções de resposta em freqüência e/ou dados modais do sistema. Uma nova estratégia para o controle dos parâmetros do algoritmo Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO), baseada no uso do método de Nelder - Mead é desenvolvida; conseqüe...

  4. Algoritmos de enjambre de partículas para agrupamiento y clasificación de patrones

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    García Martínez, Edgar Alfonso

    2016-01-01

    En esta tesis se abordan diferentes variantes de algoritmos de enjambre de partículas (PSO) adaptados para resolver problemas de agrupamiento de patrones; se proponen dos nuevas variantes de PSO, la primera incorpora una etapa de búsqueda local usando un algoritmo en escalada y la segunda utiliza un µPSO para encontrar el número óptimo de grupos en un conjunto de datos. Se presenta una plataforma que lleva por nombre Heuristic Pattern Recognition Studio cuyo objetivo es asistir a los inve...

  5. ALGORITMO PARA EL APRENDIZAJE DE REGLAS DE CLASIFICACION BASADO EN LA TEORÍA DE LOS CONJUNTOS APROXIMADOS EXTENDIDA

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Los conjuntos aproximados han demostrado ser efectivos para desarrollar técnicas de aprendizaje automático, entre ellos métodos para el descubrimiento de reglas de clasificación. En este trabajo se presenta un algoritmo para generar reglas de clasificación basado en relaciones de similaridad, lo que permite que sea aplicable en casos donde los rasgos tienen dominio discreto o continuo. Los resultados experimentales muestran un desempeño satisfactorio en comparación con otros algoritmos conocidos como C4.5 y MODLEM.

  6. Comparativa de algoritmos para la optimización de un sistema de recursos hídricos

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    2015-01-01

    De manera tradicional, las técnicas de obtención de reglas de gestión (RG) en sistemas multiembalse han consistido en emplear modelos de simulación que permiten evaluar el comportamiento del sistema una vez definida dicha RG. Se trata de un proceso largo y repetitivo hasta encontrar la RG apropiada. El objetivo de este artículo es comparar dos algoritmos evolutivos empleados para la obtención de RG. Para ello, se ha desarrollado una metodología que acopla los algoritmo...

  7. Aportación al análisis de espectros de radiación: estructuras y algoritmos

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    Díaz Martín, Juan Carlos

    2015-01-01

    A lo largo del presente trabajo se investiga la viabilidad de la descomposición automática de espectros de radiación gamma por medio de algoritmos de resolución de sistemas de ecuaciones algebraicas lineales basados en técnicas de pseudoinversión. La determinación de dichos algoritmos ha sido realizada teniendo en cuenta su posible implementación sobre procesadores de propósito específico de baja complejidad. En el primer capítulo se resumen las técnicas para la detección y ...

  8. Um algoritmo evolutivo híbrido para o problema de recobrimento de rotas com coletas de premios.

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    Silva, Matheus de Souza Alves; Mine, Marcio Tadayuki; Ochi, Luiz Satoru; Souza,Marcone Jamilson Freitas

    2010-01-01

    Este artigo propõe um algoritmo evolutivo híbrido para obter soluções aproximadas para o Problema de Recobrimento de Rotas com Coleta de Prêmios (PRRCP). O algoritmo proposto combina estratégias heurísticas baseadas nos procedimentos Busca Local Iterada, Busca em Vizinhança Variável, Reconexão por Caminhos e GENIUS. Resultados computacionais para um conjunto de instancias mostram a eficiência e a robustez da heurística proposta. _________________________________________________________________...

  9. 21.2% wall-plug efficiency green laser based on an electrically pumped VECSEL through intracavity second harmonic generation

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    Zhao, Pu; Xu, Bing; van Leeuwen, Robert; Chen, Tong; Watkins, Laurence; Zhou, Delai; Seurin, Jean-Francois; Gao, Peng; Xu, Guoyang; Wang, Qing; Ghosh, Chuni

    2015-03-01

    We have achieved a 21.2% wall-plug efficiency green laser at 532 nm based on an electrically pumped vertical externalcavity surface emitting laser (VECSEL) through intracavity second harmonic generation. The continuous-wave green output power was 3.34 W. The VECSEL gain device is cooled by using a thermoelectric cooler, which can greatly benefit packaging. Both power and efficiency can be further scaled up by optimizing external-cavity design and improving the performance of VECSEL gain device.

  10. Production efficiencies of U.S. electric generation plants: Effects of data aggregation and greenhouse gas and renewable energy policy

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    Lynes, Melissa Kate

    Over the last few decades there has been a shift in electricity production in the U.S. Renewable energy sources are becoming more widely used. In addition, electric generation plants that use coal inputs are more heavily regulated than a couple decades ago. This shift in electricity production was brought on by changes in federal policy -- a desire for electricity produced in the U.S. which led to policies being adopted that encourage the use of renewable energy. The change in production practices due to policies may have led to changes in the productivity of electric generation plants. Multiple studies have examined the most efficient electric generation plants using the data envelopment analysis (DEA) approach. This study builds on past research to answer three questions: 1) Does the level of aggregation of fuel input variables affect the plant efficiency scores and how does the efficiency of renewable energy input compare to nonrenewable energy inputs; 2) Are policies geared toward directly or indirectly reducing greenhouse gas emissions affecting the production efficiencies of greenhouse gas emitting electric generation plants; and 3) Do renewable energy policies and the use of intermittent energy sources (i.e. wind and solar) affect the productivity growth of electric generation plants. All three analysis, presented in three essays, use U.S. plant level data obtained from the Energy Information Administration to answer these questions. The first two essays use DEA to determine the pure technical, overall technical, and scale efficiencies of electric generation plants. The third essay uses DEA within the Malmquist index to assess the change in productivity over time. Results indicate that the level of aggregation does matter particularly for scale efficiency. This implies that valuable information is likely lost when fuel inputs are aggregated together. Policies directly focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions may improve the production efficiencies of

  11. Second Generation Advanced Reburning for High Efficiency N0x Control

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    Zamansky, Vladimir M.; Maly, Peter, M.; Sheldon, Mark; Seeker, W. Randall; Folsom, Blair A.

    1997-12-31

    Energy and Environmental Research Corporation is developing a family of high efficiency and low cost NO{sub x} control technologies for coal fired utility boilers based on Advanced Reburning (AR), a synergistic integration of basic reburning with injection of an N-agent. In conventional AR, injection of the reburn fuel is followed by simultaneous N-agent and overfire air injection. The second generation AR systems incorporate several components which can be used in different combinations. These components include: (1) Reburning Injection of the reburn fuel and overfire air. (2) N-agent Injection The N-agent (ammonia or urea) can be injected at different locations: into the reburning zone, along with the overfire air, and downstream of the overfire air injection. (3) N-agent Promotion Several sodium compounds can considerably enhance the NO{sub x} control from N-agent injection. These ''promoters'' can be added to aqueous N-agents. (4) Two Stages of N-agent Injection and Promotion Two N-agents with or without promoters can be injected at different locations for deeper NO{sub x} control. AR systems are intended for post-RACT applications in ozone non-attainment areas where NO{sub x} control in excess of 80% is required. AR will provide flexible installations that allow NO{sub x} levels to be lowered when regulations become more stringent. The total cost of NO{sub x} control for AR systems is approximately half of that for SCR. Experimental and kinetic modeling results for development of these novel AR systems are presented. Tests have been conducted in a 1.0 MMBtu/hr Boiler Simulator Facility with coal as the main fuel and natural gas as the reburning fuel. The results show that high efficiency NO{sub x} control, in the range 84-95%, can be achieved with various elements of AR. A comparative byproduct emission study was performed to compare the emissions from different variants of AR with commercial technologies (reburning and SNCR). For each

  12. Efficient RSA Key Generation and Threshold Paillier in the Two-Party Setting

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    Hazay, Carmit; Mikkelsen, Gert Læssøe; Rabin, Tal

    2011-01-01

    The problem of generating an RSA composite in a distributed manner without leaking its factorization is particularly challenging and useful in many cryptographic protocols. Our first contribution is the first non-generic fully simulatable protocol for distributively generating an RSA composite...... generation is comprised of the following: (i) a distributed protocol for generation of an RSA composite, and (ii) a biprimality test for verifying the validity of the generated composite. Our Paillier threshold encryption scheme uses the RSA composite as public key and is comprised of: (i) a distributed...... generation of the corresponding secret-key shares and, (ii) a distributed decryption protocol for decrypting according to Paillier....

  13. Highly-Efficient Blue-Light Generation by Intracavity Frequency Doubling with LiB3O5

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    林学春; 李瑞宁; 崔大复; 姚爱云; 冯衍; 毕勇; 许祖彦

    2002-01-01

    We have investigated the generation of highly-efficient blue light in critically type-I phase-matched LiBsO5(LBO) with intracavity frequency doubling of diode-pumped Nd: YA G laser. A maximum output power of 502 m W at 473nm blue light was obtained and the overall optical-to-optical efficiency is up to 11.2%. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest conversion efficiency for 473 nm output using a diode pumped Nd:YAG laser through LBO.

  14. Efficient and Robust Thermoelectric Power Generation Device Using Hot-Pressed Metal Contacts on Nanostructured Half-Heusler Alloys

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    Joshi, Giri; Poudel, Bed

    2016-12-01

    We report an efficient thermoelectric device with power density of 8.9 W/cm2 and efficiency of 8.9% at 678°C temperature difference using hot-pressed titanium metal contact layers on nanostructured half-Heusler materials. The high power density and efficiency are due to the efficient nanostructured materials and very low contact resistance of 1 μΩ cm2 between the titanium layer and half-Heusler material. Moreover, the bonding strength between the titanium and half-Heusler is more than 50 MPa, significantly higher compared with conventional contact metallization methods. The low contact resistance and high bonding strength are due to thin-layer diffusion of titanium (600°C). The low contact resistance and high bonding strength result in a stable and efficient power generation device with great potential for use in recovery of waste heat, e.g., in automotive and industrial applications.

  15. Generating Instructions in a 3D Game Environment: Efficiency or Entertainment?

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    Boer Rookhuiszen, Roan; Theune, Mariët

    2009-01-01

    The GIVE Challenge was designed for the evaluation of natural language generation (NLG) systems. It involved the automatic generation of instructions for users in a 3D environment. In this paper we introduce two NLG systems that we developed for this challenge. One system focused on generating optim

  16. Comparing efficiency and accuracy of the kinoform and the helical axicon as Bessel-Gauss beam generators.

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    Arrizón, Victor; Ruiz, Ulises; Aguirre-Olivas, Dilia; Sánchez-de-la-Llave, David; Ostrovsky, Andrey S

    2014-03-01

    We compare two phase optical elements that are employed to generate approximate Bessel-Gauss beams of arbitrary order. These elements are the helical axicon (HA) and the kinoform of the desired Bessel-Gauss beam. The HA generates a Bessel beam (BB) by free propagation, and the kinoform is employed in a Fourier spatial filtering optical setup. As the main result, it is obtained that the error in the BBs generated with the kinoform is smaller than the error in the beams obtained with the HA. On the other hand, it is obtained that the efficiencies of the methods are approximately 1.0 (HA) and 0.7 (kinoform).

  17. Software para la enseñanza-aprendizaje de algoritmos estructurados

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    Arellano Pimentel, J. Jesús

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Actualmente existen diversas herramientas de software que sirven como recurso didáctico en la enseñanza-aprendizaje de algoritmos estructurados a nivel superior. Sin embargo, la gran mayoría solo hace énfasis en el diseño y prueba de los algoritmos. En el presente trabajo se propone un nuevo software, con base en la heurística de resolución de problemas de Polya, que da soporte a las fases de análisis y planteamiento del problema, además del diseño y traza completa de la prueba. Se realiza un análisis cualitativo entre el software propuesto y otras tres herramientas ampliamente utilizadas a nivel superior. La estructura y funcionalidad del software propuesto contribuye a que el estudiante adquiera, practique y ejercite la capacidad de resolver problemas de forma metódica a través de soluciones algorítmicas estructuradas.

  18. El algoritmo HyRPNI y una aplicación en bioinformática

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    Gloria Inés Alvarez V.

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Proponemos un algoritmo de inferencia gramatical para lenguajes regulares que permite ahorrar cómputo al usar dos criterios diferentes para elegir los estados a ser procesados, un criterio se usa en la primera fase del proceso de inferencia (al principio y el otro en el resto del proceso. Realizamos experimentos para observar el desempeño del algoritmo, para aprender sobre el tamaño ideal de su primera fase y para mostrar su aplicación en la solución de un problema específico en bioinformática: la predicción de sitios de corte en poliproteínas codificadas por virus de la familia Potyviridae./ We propose a grammar inference algorithm for regular languages which saves computational cost by using two different criteria to choose states to be processed: one in the first phase of the inference process (the beginning and another for the rest of the process. We applied experiments to observe performance of the algorithm, to learn about the best size of its first phase and to show results of its application to solve a specific problem in Bioinformatics: the cleavage site prediction problem in polyproteins encoded by viruses of the Potyviridae family.

  19. APLICAÇÃO DO ALGORITMO DA SEPSE POR ENFERMEIROS NA UNIDADE DE TERAPIA INTENSIVA

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    Paula Pedroso Peninck

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available La sepsis es un síndrome clínico con respuesta inflamatoria sistémica asociada con foco infeccioso, que puede determinar la disfunción o falencia de múltiples órganos. Los objetivos fueron verificar la aplicación del algoritmo de la sepsis en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos y crear una guía de asistencia para enfermeros. Estudio exploratorio, descriptivo, con enfoque cuantitativo. Se desarrolló un instrumento de recopilación de datos basado en la literatura pertinente, sometido, corregido y validado. La muestra fue de 20 enfermeros de unidades de cuidados intensivos. Se obtuvo desempeño satisfactorio de los enfermeros, pero algunas cuestiones no alcanzaron 50% de aciertos. Se señala la importancia de que más profesionales conozcan y apliquen correctamente el algoritmo de la sepsis. Se creó una guía de asistencia de enfermería al paciente séptico, basado en dificultades ante variables aplicadas en la investigación y pertinencia literaria.

  20. Generalización algebraica de la DFC: reflexiones por medio de un algoritmo algebraico

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    Antonio Geloneze Neto

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available La Demostración de Flujos de Caja (DFC pasó a ser un informe obligatorio por la contabilidad a partir del 1 deenero de 2008 para todas las empresas de capital abierto o con patrimonio líquido superior a dos millones de realesy, de esa forma, se torna otro importante informe para la toma de decisiones gerenciales. Este trabajo tiene porobjetivo proponer una generalización algébrica para la DFC. Papeles de trabajo pueden contribuir para cerrar unalaguna didáctica en la enseñanza de la DFC y producir el método indirecto y el método directo, lado a lado consu equivalencia destacada, en una misma matriz por medio de algoritmos algebraicos. La pesquisa es de naturalezanormativa y enfatiza el carácter transversal entre la Contabilidad y la Matemática, mostrando que los informescontables y sus estructuras pueden ser vistos como matrices y sujetos a deducciones algebraicas sobre los eventosregistrados por medio de las partidas dobles. Como resultado, se pudo demostrar un algoritmo matemático conmatrices y sub-matrices y un guión en el formato de papeles de trabajo, compatibles con las orientaciones normativaspara la DFC en la legislación brasileña, que permite una DFC clara, segura y efectiva.

  1. GENERALIZACIÓN ALGEBRAICA DE LA DFC: REFLEXIONES POR MEDIO DE UN ALGORITMO ALGEBRAICO

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    Antonio Geloneze Neto

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available La Demostración de Flujos de Caja (DFC pasó a ser un informe obligatorio por la contabilidad a partir del 1 de enero de 2008 para todas las empresas de capital abierto o con patrimonio líquido superior a dos millones de rea¬les y, de esa forma, se torna otro importante informe para la toma de decisiones gerenciales. Este trabajo tiene por objetivo proponer una generalización algébrica para la DFC. Papeles de trabajo pueden contribuir para cerrar una laguna didáctica en la enseñanza de la DFC y producir el método indirecto y el método directo, lado a lado con su equivalencia destacada, en una misma matriz por medio de algoritmos algebraicos. La pesquisa es de naturale¬za normativa y enfatiza el carácter transversal entre la Contabilidad y la Matemática, mostrando que los informes contables y sus estructuras pueden ser vistos como matrices y sujetos a deducciones algebraicas sobre los eventos registrados por medio de las partidas dobles. Como resultado, se pudo demostrar un algoritmo matemático con matrices y sub-matrices y un guión en el formato de papeles de trabajo, compatibles con las orientaciones norma¬tivas para la DFC en la legislación brasileña, que permite una DFC clara, segura y efectiva.

  2. Implementación de un algoritmo de búsqueda de posiciones de equilibrio ponderado

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    Rodrigo, Javier

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available En esta ponencia se presenta un algoritmo que determina las posiciones de equilibrio en un juego de competición política entre dos partidos representados en el plano de políticas por dos puntos. Para modelar una situación que se ajuste lo más posible a la realidad política de los diferentes países, se considera que los votantes están distribuidos en tipos posicionados en el plano por puntos que representan sus preferencias políticas y que dichos tipos no están equidistribuidos (se les asigna un peso. El estudio teórico de la existencia y unicidad de posiciones de equilibrio en el sentido clásico de Nash se hace aplicando herramientas geométricas como son los cierres convexos. El algoritmo de búsqueda de dichas posiciones de equilibrio cuando existen, se implementa en un caso práctico de la política en España, basado en el estudio 2742 (BARÓMETRO NOVIEMBRE 2007 realizado por el CIS.

  3. Chloride ion-catalyzed generation of difluorocarbene for efficient preparation of gem-difluorinated cyclopropenes and cyclopropanes

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    Wang, Fei

    2011-01-01

    A chloride ion-catalyzed generation of difluorocarbene from a relatively non-toxic and inexpensive precursor, Me3SiCF2Cl (1), under mild and neutral conditions leads to an efficient preparation of gem-difluorocyclopropenes and difluorocyclopropanes through [2 + 1] cycloaddition reactions with alkynes and alkenes, respectively. © 2011 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  4. Notes on 'Hit-And-Run enables efficient weight generation for simulation-based multiple criteria decision analysis'

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    van Valkenhoef, Gert; Tervonen, Tommi; Postmus, Douwe

    2014-01-01

    In our previous work published in this journal, we showed how the Hit-And-Run (HAR) procedure enables efficient sampling of criteria weights from a space formed by restricting a simplex with arbitrary linear inequality constraints. In this short communication, we note that the method for generating

  5. Notes on 'Hit-And-Run enables efficient weight generation for simulation-based multiple criteria decision analysis'

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    van Valkenhoef, Gert; Tervonen, Tommi; Postmus, Douwe

    2014-01-01

    In our previous work published in this journal, we showed how the Hit-And-Run (HAR) procedure enables efficient sampling of criteria weights from a space formed by restricting a simplex with arbitrary linear inequality constraints. In this short communication, we note that the method for generating

  6. Highly efficient hybrid energy generator: coupled organic photovoltaic device and randomly oriented electrospun poly(vinylidene fluoride) nanofiber.

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    Park, Boongik; Lee, Kihwan; Park, Jongjin; Kim, Jongmin; Kim, Ohyun

    2013-03-01

    A hybrid architecture consisting of an inverted organic photovoltaic device and a randomly-oriented electrospun PVDF piezoelectric device was fabricated as a highly-efficient energy generator. It uses the inverted photovoltaic device with coupled electrospun PVDF nanofibers as tandem structure to convert solar and mechanical vibrations energy to electricity simultaneously or individually. The power conversion efficiency of the photovoltaic device was also significantly improved up to 4.72% by optimized processes such as intrinsic ZnO, MoO3 and active layer. A simple electrospinning method with the two electrode technique was adopted to achieve a high voltage of - 300 mV in PVDF piezoelectric fibers. Highly-efficient HEG using voltage adder circuit provides the conceptual possibility of realizing multi-functional energy generator whenever and wherever various energy sources are available.

  7. On the Efficient Generation of α-κ-μ and α-η-μ White Samples with Applications

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    Rausley Adriano Amaral de Souza

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper is concerned with a simple and highly efficient random sequence generator for uncorrelated α-κ-μ and α-η-μ variates. The algorithm may yield an efficiency of almost 100%, and this high efficiency can be reached for all special cases such as α-μ,  κ-μ,   η-μ, Nakagami-m, Nakagami-q, Weibull, Hoyt, Rayleigh, Rice, Exponential, and the One-Sided Gaussian. This generator is implemented via the rejection technique and allows for arbitrary fading parameters. The goodness-of-fit is measured using the Kolmogorov-Smirnov and Anderson-Darling tests. The maximum likelihood parameter estimation for the κ-μ distribution is proposed and verified against true values of the parameters chosen in the generator. We also provide two important applications for the random sequence generator, the first one dealing with the performance assessment of a digital communication system over the α-κ-μ and α-η-μ fading channels and the second one dealing with the performance assessment of the spectrum sensing with energy detection over special cases of these channels. Theoretical and simulation results are compared, validating again the accuracy of the generators.

  8. Efficient 2(nd) and 4(th) harmonic generation of a single-frequency, continuous-wave fiber amplifier.

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    Sudmeyer, Thomas; Imai, Yutaka; Masuda, Hisashi; Eguchi, Naoya; Saito, Masaki; Kubota, Shigeo

    2008-02-01

    We demonstrate efficient cavity-enhanced second and fourth harmonic generation of an air-cooled, continuous-wave (cw), single-frequency 1064 nm fiber-amplifier system. The second harmonic generator achieves up to 88% total external conversion efficiency, generating more than 20-W power at 532 nm wavelength in a diffraction-limited beam (M(2) crystal operated at 25 degrees C. The fourth harmonic generator is based on an AR-coated, Czochralski-grown beta-BaB(2)O(4) (BBO) crystal optimized for low loss and high damage threshold. Up to 12.2 W of 266-nm deep-UV (DUV) output is obtained using a 6-mm long critically phase-matched BBO operated at 40 degrees C. This power level is more than two times higher than previously reported for cw 266-nm generation. The total external conversion efficiency from the fundamental at 1064 nm to the fourth harmonic at 266 nm is >50%.

  9. Simultaneous generation of high-efficiency broadband asymmetric anomalous refraction and reflection waves with few-layer anisotropic metasurface.

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    Li, Zhancheng; Liu, Wenwei; Cheng, Hua; Liu, Jieying; Chen, Shuqi; Tian, Jianguo

    2016-10-20

    Optical metasurfaces consisting of single-layer nanostructures have immensely promising applications in wavefront control because they can be used to arbitrarily manipulate wave phase, and polarization. However, anomalous refraction and reflection waves have not yet been simultaneously and asymmetrically generated, and the limited efficiency and bandwidth of pre-existing single-layer metasurfaces hinder their practical applications. Here, a few-layer anisotropic metasurface is presented for simultaneously generating high-efficiency broadband asymmetric anomalous refraction and reflection waves. Moreover, the normal transmission and reflection waves are low and the anomalous waves are the predominant ones, which is quite beneficial for practical applications such as beam deflectors. Our work provides an effective method of enhancing the performance of anomalous wave generation, and the asymmetric performance of the proposed metasurface shows endless possibilities in wavefront control for nanophotonics device design and optical communication applications.

  10. Analysis of an Increase in the Efficiency of a Spark Ignition Engine Through the Application of an Automotive Thermoelectric Generator

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    Merkisz, Jerzy; Fuc, Pawel; Lijewski, Piotr; Ziolkowski, Andrzej; Galant, Marta; Siedlecki, Maciej

    2016-08-01

    We have analyzed the increase of the overall efficiency of a spark ignition engine through energy recovery following the application of an automotive thermoelectric generator (ATEG) of our own design. The design of the generator was developed following emission investigations during vehicle driving under city traffic conditions. The measurement points were defined by actual operation conditions (engine speed and load), subsequently reproduced on an engine dynamometer. Both the vehicle used in the on-road tests and the engine dynamometer were fit with the same, downsized spark ignition engine (with high effective power-to-displacement ratio). The thermodynamic parameters of the exhaust gases (temperature and exhaust gas mass flow) were measured on the engine testbed, along with the fuel consumption and electric current generated by the thermoelectric modules. On this basis, the power of the ATEG and its impact on overall engine efficiency were determined.

  11. An efficient linear power generator - Linear motor for oscillating piston machines; Effizienter Lineargenerator / Linearmotor fuer Kolbenmaschine - Schlussbericht

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    Lindegger, M.

    2008-07-01

    When an oscillating piston interacts with an electrical generator or motor, it is obvious that the electrical machine should also have linear motion, eliminating the disadvantage of a crankshaft. This work has two parts: construction of an efficient linear generator for a Stirling engine with a free piston and a theoretical study of the efficiency of linear motors for driving compressors. The Stirling engine and the linear generator have a continuous power of 1.3 kW{sub el}. With thermal peak power the planned 1.5 kW{sub el} are attained. The Project 'Stirling Free Piston Generator' for cogeneration will continue. Smaller linear motors with permanent magnets function without electronic control from single-phase AC net. The theoretical study shows how linear motors can be led out by linking the electric vector diagram with the pressure-volume diagram of the compressor. At a power level exceeding a few kW, a three-phase system with power electronics is more suitable. The frequency of oscillation is variable and lower than 50 Hz. The efficiency of the simulated linear motors lies in the range of efficiency class EFF1 of standard motors. The very high efficiencies of rotating motors with permanent magnets are not attained. The combination of the linear motor with an optimised thermal process leads to advantages regarding the efficiency. If a heat pump with linear drive system can operate with hot lubricating oil the losses in the heat exchangers are reduced. The Competence Center for Thermal Machines at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts shows great interest to pursue the project of a linear heat pump for small temperature differences. (author)

  12. Operadores de mutación en algoritmos genéticos celulares aplicados a problemas continuos

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    Hernán Sosa

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available El diseño de algoritmos eficientes para resolver problemas complejos es unouno de los aspectos más importantes de investigación en el campo de la informática. El objetivo perseguido es fundamentalmente el desarrollo de nuevos métodos capaces de resolver problemas complejos con el menor esfuerzo computacional posible, mejorando así a los algoritmos existentes de una forma eficaz.Los Algoritmos Genéticos Celulares (cGAs forman parte de las herramientasde optimización más populares. Estos algoritmos se enfocan en encontrar soluciones óptimos en un tiempo reducido en comparación a métodos exactos.En este trabajo se propone un estudio comparativo de diferentes operadoresde mutación en un cGa aplicado a problemas académicos clásicos de optimización continua.

  13. Paralelización del Algoritmo Criptográfico GOST Empleando el Paradigma de Memoria Compartida

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    Marlis Fulgueira-Camilo

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available El artículo refiere el proceso de paralelización del algoritmo criptográfico GOST. La investigación realizada persigue como objetivo, reducir el tiempo de ejecución del algoritmo. El estudio no se encuentra enfocado al análisis de fortaleza del algoritmo criptográfico, donde se hace énfasis es en el método empleado para disminuir el tiempo de ejecución de los procesos cifre y descifre. Para ello se realiza un diseño paralelo basado en la metodología de Ian Foster, el cual es aplicado a dos implementaciones usando técnicas como: OpenMP y CUDA. Las comparaciones realizadas teniendo en cuenta, tanto al algoritmo secuencial como las implementaciones paralelas, demuestran una significativa reducción de tiempo, sin importar la técnica empleada. El mejor resultado se logra empleando CUDA.

  14. Increased Efficiency of a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generator through Optimization of NdFeB Magnet Arrays

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    Khazdozian, Helena; Hadimani, Ravi; Jiles, David

    2014-03-01

    The United States is currently dependent on fossil fuels for the majority of its energy needs, which has many negative consequences such as climate change. Wind turbines present a viable alternative, with the highest energy return on investment among even fossil fuel generation. Traditional commercial wind turbines use an induction generator for energy conversion. However, induction generators require a gearbox to increase the rotational speed of the drive shaft. These gearboxes increase the overall cost of the wind turbine and account for about 35 percent of reported wind turbine failures. Direct drive permanent magnet synchronous generators (PMSGs) offer an alternative to induction generators which eliminate the need for a gearbox. Yet, PMSGs can be more expensive than induction generators at large power output due to their size and weight. To increase the efficiency of PMSGs, the geometry and configuration of NdFeB permanent magnets were investigated using finite element techniques. The optimized design of the PMSG increases flux density and minimizes cogging torque with NdFeB permanent magnets of a reduced volume. These factors serve to increase the efficiency and reduce the overall cost of the PMSG. This work is supported by a National Science Foundation IGERT fellowship and the Barbara and James Palmer Endowment at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Iowa State University.

  15. Design and realisation of an efficient content based music playlist generation system

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    Balkema, Jan Wietse

    2009-01-01

    This thesis presents research in the field of content based music playlist generation. The focus is on speeding up music similarity calculations at playlist generation time. Two improvements on the current state of technology are presented. Furthermore, a study on user preferences and requirements o

  16. Design and realisation of an efficient content based music playlist generation system

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    Balkema, Jan Wietse

    2009-01-01

    This thesis is on the subject of content based music playlist generation systems. The primary aim is to develop algorithms for content based music playlist generation that are faster than the current state of technology while keeping the quality of the playlists at a level that is at least comparabl

  17. Efficient RSA Key Generation and Threshold Paillier in the Two-Party Setting

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    Hazay, Carmit; Mikkelsen, Gert Læssøe; Rabin, Tal

    2012-01-01

    The problem of generating an RSA composite in a distributed manner without leaking its factorization is particularly challenging and useful in many cryptographic protocols. Our first contribution is the first non-generic fully simulatable protocol for distributively generating an RSA composite...

  18. Um sistema baseado em conhecimento para configuração e supervisão de algoritmos de controle adaptativo

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    Ruben Mario Nazzaretta

    1991-01-01

    Resumo: O presente trabalho detalha o desenvolvimento de um sistema baseado em conhecimento para o auxílio nas tarefas de configuração e supervisão de algoritmos de modelagem e controle de processos. O sistema consta dos seguintes módulos: Módulo de controle onde encontram-se os algoritmos de controle, de três termos (PID), de Variância Mínima Generalizada (GMV) e o Controlador Preditivo Generalizado (GPC); Módulo de identificação com o algoritmo de matriz estendida; Módulo de detecção de não...

  19. Diseño de algoritmo para la detección de adelantamientos de vehículos en plataforma Android

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    García Zamora, María Isabel

    2015-01-01

    El presente proyecto consiste en el estudio de la posibilidad de crear una aplicación Android con el objetivo de detectar si el vehículo en el cual se circula es adelantado. Para ello se utilizará un dispositivo Android con cámara incorporada y un algoritmo de flujo óptico que permita obtener vectores de movimiento. Dicho algoritmo es el algoritmo de Lucas-Kanade que permite identificar regiones de una imagen cuyo movimiento es similar y por tanto, mediante dos fotogramas consecutivos, obt...

  20. High-Efficiency Reliable Stirling Generator for Space Exploration Missions Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — NASA needs advanced power-conversion technologies to improve the efficiency and reliability of power conversion for space exploration missions. We propose to develop...

  1. Efficient Conversion of Carbon Dioxide into Methane using 3rd Generation Ionic Liquids Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This work directly addresses a technology of interest listed in Section 9, sub-section H1.01 In-Situ Resource Utilization, specifically "Highly efficient reactors...

  2. Direct Reprogramming of Human Primordial Germ Cells into Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells: Efficient Generation of Genetically Engineered Germ Cells.

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    Bazley, Faith A; Liu, Cyndi F; Yuan, Xuan; Hao, Haiping; All, Angelo H; De Los Angeles, Alejandro; Zambidis, Elias T; Gearhart, John D; Kerr, Candace L

    2015-11-15

    Primordial germ cells (PGCs) share many properties with embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and innately express several key pluripotency-controlling factors, including OCT4, NANOG, and LIN28. Therefore, PGCs may provide a simple and efficient model for studying somatic cell reprogramming to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), especially in determining the regulatory mechanisms that fundamentally define pluripotency. Here, we report a novel model of PGC reprogramming to generate iPSCs via transfection with SOX2 and OCT4 using integrative lentiviral. We also show the feasibility of using nonintegrative approaches for generating iPSC from PGCs using only these two factors. We show that human PGCs express endogenous levels of KLF4 and C-MYC protein at levels similar to embryonic germ cells (EGCs) but lower levels of SOX2 and OCT4. Transfection with both SOX2 and OCT4 together was required to induce PGCs to a pluripotent state at an efficiency of 1.71%, and the further addition of C-MYC increased the efficiency to 2.33%. Immunohistochemical analyses of the SO-derived PGC-iPSCs revealed that these cells were more similar to ESCs than EGCs regarding both colony morphology and molecular characterization. Although leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) was not required for the generation of PGC-iPSCs like EGCs, the presence of LIF combined with ectopic exposure to C-MYC yielded higher efficiencies. Additionally, the SO-derived PGC-iPSCs exhibited differentiation into representative cell types from all three germ layers in vitro and successfully formed teratomas in vivo. Several lines were generated that were karyotypically stable for up to 24 subcultures. Their derivation efficiency and survival in culture significantly supersedes that of EGCs, demonstrating their utility as a powerful model for studying factors regulating pluripotency in future studies.

  3. Synchronous pumping of picosecond dye laser using high efficiency second harmonic generation from optical fibres

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    Lawandy, N. M.; Bernardin, J. P.; Macdonald, R. L.; Demouchy, G.

    1991-01-01

    The stable operation of a mode-locked dye laser synchronously pumped by the second harmonic of an Nd:YAG laser produced in an Nd codoped germanosilicate optical fiber is reported. The optical fiber preparation technique, which results in a second harmonic conversion efficiency of 2 percent, is described. This optical fiber SHG conversion efficiency is the highest reported to date using a continuous-wave mode-locked laser.

  4. Performance tests and efficiency analysis of Solar Invictus 53S - A parabolic dish solar collector for direct steam generation

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    Jamil, Umer; Ali, Wajahat

    2016-05-01

    This paper presents the results of performance tests conducted on Solar Invictus 53S `system'; an economically effective solar steam generation solution designed and developed by ZED Solar Ltd. The system consists of a dual axis tracking parabolic solar dish and bespoke cavity type receiver, which works as a Once Through Solar Steam Generator `OTSSG' mounted at the focal point of the dish. The overall performance and efficiency of the system depends primarily on the optical efficiency of the solar dish and thermal efficiency of the OTSSG. Optical testing performed include `on sun' tests using CCD camera images and `burn plate' testing to evaluate the sunspot for size and quality. The intercept factor was calculated using a colour look-back method to determine the percentage of solar rays focused into the receiver. Solar dish tracking stability tests were carried out at different times of day to account for varying dish elevation angles and positions, movement of the sunspot centroid was recorded and logged using a CCD camera. Finally the overall performance and net solar to steam efficiency of the system was calculated by experimentally measuring the output steam parameters at varying Direct Normal Insolation (DNI) levels at ZED Solar's test facility in Lahore, Pakistan. Thermal losses from OTSSG were calculated using the known optical efficiency and measured changes in output steam enthalpy.

  5. Efficient generation of transgenic chickens using the spermatogonial stem cells in vivo and ex vivo transfection

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    2008-01-01

    The highly efficient novel methods to produce transgenic chickens were established by directly in-jecting the recombinant plasmid containing green fluorescent protein (GFP) gene into the cock’s testis termed as testis-medianted gene transfer (TMGT), and transplanting transfected spermatogonial stem cells (TTSSCs). For the TMGT approach,four dosages of pEGFP-N1 DNA/cationic polymer complex were injected intratesticularly. The results showed: (1) 48 h after the injection,the percentages of testis cells expressing GFP were 4.0%, 8.7%, 10.2% and 13.6% in the 50, 100, 150 and 200 μg/mL group, re-spectively. The difference from the four dosage groups was significant (P<0.05). On day 25 after the injection, a dosage-dependent and time-dependent increase in the number of transgenic sperm was observed. The percentages of gene expression reached the summit and became stable from day 70 to 160, being 12.7%, 12.8%, 15.9% and 19.1%, respectively. The difference from the four dosage groups was also significant (P<0.05). (2) 70 d after the injection, strong green fluorescent could be observed in the seminiferous tubules by whole-mount in-situ hybridization. (3) 70 d after the injection, the semen was collected and used to artificially inseminate wild-type females. The blastoderms of F1 and F2 transgenic chicken expressed GFP were 56.2% (254/452) and 53.2% (275/517), respectively. The detec-tion of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of F1 and F2 transgenic chicken blood genomic DNA showed that 56.5% (3/23) of F1 and 52.9% (9/17) of F2 were positive. Southern blot showed GFP DNA was in-serted in their genomic DNAs. (4) Frozen whole mount tissue sections of F1 and F2 transgenic chicken liver, heart, kidney and muscle showed that the rates of green fluorescent positive were between 50.0% and 66.7%. (5) With the TTSSCs method, SSCs ex vivo transfected with GFP were transplanted into recipient roosters whose endogenic SSCs had been resoluted. The donor SSCs settled and GFP ex

  6. Efficient generation of transgenic chickens using the spermatogonial stem cells in vivo and ex vivo transfection

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    LI BiChun; YU Fei; WANG KeHua; CHEN GuoHong; SUN GuoBo; SUN HuaiChang; XU Qi; GAO Bo; ZHOU GuanYue; ZHAO WenMing; WU XinSheng; BAO WenBin

    2008-01-01

    The highly efficient novel methods to produce transgenic chickens were established by directly in-jecting the recombinant plasmid containing green fluorescent protein (GFP) gene into the cock's testis termed as testis-medianted gene transfer (TMGT), and transplanting transfected spermatogonial stem cells (ITSSCs). For the TMGT approach, four dosages of pEGFP-N1 DNA/cationic polymer complex were injected intratesticularly. The results showed: (1) 48 h after the injection, the percentages of testis cells expressing GFP were 4.0%, 8.7%, 10.2% and 13.6% in the 50, 100, 150 and 200 μg/mL group, re-spectively. The difference from the four dosage groups was significant (P<0.05). On day 25 after the injection, a dosage-dependent and time-dependent increase in the number of transgenic sperm was observed. The percentages of gene expression reached the summit and became stable from day 70 to 160, being 12.7%, 12.8%, 15.9% and 19.1%, respectively. The difference from the four dosage groups was also significant (P<0.05). (2) 70 d after the injection, strong green fluorescent could be observed in the seminiferous tubules by whole-mount in-situ hybridization. (3) 70 d after the injection, the semen was collected and used to artificially inseminate wild-type females. The blastoderms of F1 and F2 transgenic chicken expressed GFP were 56.2% (254/452) and 53.2% (275/517), respectively. The detec-tion of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of F1 and F2 transgenic chicken blood genomic DNA showed that 56.5% (3/23) of F1 and 52.9% (9/17) of F2 were positive. Southern blot showed GFP DNA was in-serted in their genomic DNAs. (4) Frozen whole mount tissue sections of F1 and F2 transgenic chicken liver, head, kidney and muscle showed that the rates of green fluorescent positive were between 50.0% and 66.7%. (5) With the TTSSCs method, SSCs ex vivo transfected with GFP were transplanted into recipient roosters whose endogenic SSCs had been resoluted. The donor SSCs settled and GFP ex

  7. Efficient one-stationary bistatic synthetic aperture radar raw data generation based on Fourier analysis

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    Huang, Yulin; Wu, Junjie; Li, Zhongyu; Yang, Haiguang; Yang, Jianyu

    2016-01-01

    Raw data generation for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is very powerful for designing systems and testing imaging algorithms. In this paper, a raw data generation method based on Fourier analysis for one-stationary bistatic SAR is presented. In this mode, two-dimensional (2-D) spatial variation is the major problem faced by the fast Fourier transform-based raw data generation. To deal with this problem, a 2-D linearization followed by a 2-D frequency transformation is employed in this method. This frequency transformation can reflect the 2-D spatial variation. Residual phase compensation is also discussed. Numerical simulation verifies the method.

  8. Cost efficiency of Japanese steam power generation companies: A Bayesian comparison of random and fixed frontier models

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    Assaf, A. George [Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 90 Campus Center Way, Amherst 01002 (United States); Barros, Carlos Pestana [Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao, Technical University of Lisbon, Rua Miguel Lupi, 20, 1249-078 Lisbon (Portugal); Managi, Shunsuke [Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, 6-6-20 Aramaki-Aza Aoba, Aoba-Ku, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan)

    2011-04-15

    This study analyses and compares the cost efficiency of Japanese steam power generation companies using the fixed and random Bayesian frontier models. We show that it is essential to account for heterogeneity in modelling the performance of energy companies. Results from the model estimation also indicate that restricting CO{sub 2} emissions can lead to a decrease in total cost. The study finally discusses the efficiency variations between the energy companies under analysis, and elaborates on the managerial and policy implications of the results. (author)

  9. AN IMPROVED BIT LOADING TECHNIQUE FOR ENHANCED ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN NEXT GENERATION VOICE/VIDEO APPLICATIONS

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    VINOTH BABU K.

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Multi input multi output (MIMO and orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM are the key techniques for the future wireless communication systems. Previous research in the above areas mainly concentrated on spectral efficiency improvement and very limited work has been done in terms of energy efficient transmission. In addition to spectral efficiency improvement, energy efficiency improvement has become an important research because of the slow progressing nature of the battery technology. Since most of the user equipments (UE rely on battery, the energy required to transmit the target bits should be minimized to avoid quick battery drain. The frequency selective fading nature of the wireless channel reduces the spectral and energy efficiency of OFDM based systems. Dynamic bit loading (DBL is one of the suitable solution to improve the spectral and energy efficiency of OFDM system in frequency selective fading environment. Simple dynamic bit loading (SDBL algorithm is identified to offer better energy efficiency with less system complexity. It is well suited for fixed data rate voice/video applications. When the number of target bits are very much larger than the available subcarriers, the conventional single input single output (SISO-SDBL scheme offers high bit error rate (BER and needs large transmit energy. To improve bit error performance we combine space frequency block codes (SFBC with SDBL, where the adaptations are done in both frequency and spatial domain. To improve the quality of service (QoS further, optimal transmit antenna selection (OTAS scheme is also combined with SFBC-SDBL scheme. The simulation results prove that the proposed schemes offer better QoS when compared to the conventional SISOSDBL scheme.

  10. Direct-Drive Synchronous Generators with Excitation from Strontium-Ferrite Magnets: Efficiency Improvement

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    Serebryakov, A.; Levin, N.; Sokolov, A.

    2012-01-01

    The authors consider the possibility to raise the specific power of synchronous generators with excitation from inexpensive permanent magnets. For this purpose, it is proposed to use tooth-wise windings and permanent magnets based on inexpensive magneto-hard material, e.g. strontium-ferrite. The magnets are to be placed between the rotor teeth, the alternate polarity of which is facing the air-gap. This provides a simpler and cheaper technology of making such a generator and improves its reliability. The proposed rational bevelling of the stator teeth not only raises the specific power of the generator but also reduces the level of noise and vibrations, extends the longevity of the magnets and bearings as well as facilitates the starting torque of the electric machine, e.g. if it is employed as wind generator.

  11. Fiber optic sensor solutions for increase of efficiency and availability of electric power generators

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    Willsch, M.; Bosselmann, T.; Villnow, M.

    2010-09-01

    Multiple fiber optic sensors have been developed for strain, vibration, temperature, magnetic field and air flow measurement in electric power generators. This paper describes the recent state of development and reports about todays field experience.

  12. Singlet Oxygen Generation on Porous Superhydrophobic Surfaces: Effect of Gas Flow and Sensitizer Wetting on Trapping Efficiency

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    2015-01-01

    We describe physical-organic studies of singlet oxygen generation and transport into an aqueous solution supported on superhydrophobic surfaces on which silicon–phthalocyanine (Pc) particles are immobilized. Singlet oxygen (1O2) was trapped by a water-soluble anthracene compound and monitored in situ using a UV–vis spectrometer. When oxygen flows through the porous superhydrophobic surface, singlet oxygen generated in the plastron (i.e., the gas layer beneath the liquid) is transported into the solution within gas bubbles, thereby increasing the liquid–gas surface area over which singlet oxygen can be trapped. Higher photooxidation rates were achieved in flowing oxygen, as compared to when the gas in the plastron was static. Superhydrophobic surfaces were also synthesized so that the Pc particles were located in contact with, or isolated from, the aqueous solution to evaluate the relative effectiveness of singlet oxygen generated in solution and the gas phase, respectively; singlet oxygen generated on particles wetted by the solution was trapped more efficiently than singlet oxygen generated in the plastron, even in the presence of flowing oxygen gas. A mechanism is proposed that explains how Pc particle wetting, plastron gas composition and flow rate as well as gas saturation of the aqueous solution affect singlet oxygen trapping efficiency. These stable superhydrophobic surfaces, which can physically isolate the photosensitizer particles from the solution may be of practical importance for delivering singlet oxygen for water purification and medical devices. PMID:24885074

  13. Efficient High-Energy Pulse-Train Generation Using a 2 n-Pulse Michelson Interferometer.

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    Siders, C W; Siders, J L; Taylor, A J; Park, S G; Weiner, A M

    1998-08-01

    We demonstrate a novel, Michelson-based, ultrafast multiplexer with a throughput approaching 100% for a polarization-multiplexed train and 50% for a linearly polarized train, which is compatible with a high-energy pulse train and shaped-pulse generation. The interpulse spacings in the resultant 2(n)-pulse train can be adjusted continuously from multinanoseconds through zero. Using this interferometer, we also demonstrate generation of a 16-pulse train of terahertz pulses.

  14. High-efficiency synthesis of nanoparticles in a repetitive multigap spark discharge generator

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    Ivanov, V. V.; Efimov, A. A.; Mylnikov, D. A.; Lizunova, A. A.; Bagazeev, A. V.; Beketov, I. V.; Shcherbinin, S. V.

    2016-08-01

    We describe a method of obtaining aerosol nanoparticles in a repetitive spark discharge generator with 12 interelectrode gaps between tin electrodes, which operates at a pulse repetition frequency of 2.5 kHz. During synthesis of tin oxide nanoparticles in air, the mass productivity of the gas discharge generator reaches up to 9 g/h for primary particles with characteristic sizes within 5-10 nm and agglomerate size on the order of 50 nm.

  15. Power efficiency of the active boundary layer control around the hump by a slotted synthetic jet generator

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    Pick Petr

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The present contribution summarizes the power efficiency of the active flow control of the boundary layer of air around a hump. The synthetic jet generator with a rectangular output part, i.e. a slot, is actuated using a modulated signal. The actuation of the synthetic jet is carried out by modulating the input voltage of acoustic transducers of the generator. This causes the decrease of the loss coefficient and the change of the mixing size area (e.g. wake. A comparison of three types of modulating signals and their influence on the loss coefficient is performed. The main advantages of modulated signal are then described.

  16. Efficient generation of highly squeezed light and second harmonic wave with periodically poled MgO:LiNbO_3

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    Masada, Genta; Satoh, Yasuhiro; Ishizuki, Hideki; Taira, Takunori; Furusawa, Akira

    2009-01-01

    We report on effective generation of continuous-wave squeezed light and second harmonics with a periodically poled MgO:LiNbO$_{\\mathrm{3}}$ (PPMgLN) crystal which enables us to utilize the large nonlinear optical coefficient $d_{\\mathrm{33}}$. We achieved the squeezing level of $-7.60 \\pm 0.15$dB at 860 nm by utilizing a subthreshol optical parametric oscillator with a PPMgLN crystal. We also generated 400 mW of second harmonics at 430 nm from 570 mW of fundamental waves with 70% of conversion efficiency by using a PPMgLN crystal inside an external cavity.

  17. Initial operation of a new generation of highly efficient absorption heat pumps in Maastricht/Netherlands. Inbetriebnahme einer neuen Generation hocheffizienter Absorptionswaermepumpen in Maastricht/NL

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    Schneider-Weyergraf, R. (Ingenieurbuero Colibri (Netherlands)); Veelken, H. (Ingenieurbuero Colibri (Netherlands))

    1993-12-01

    No better place or time could have been chosen: In april '93, two weeks before the opening of the 4. Int. HEAT PUMP CONFERENCE in Maastricht/NL, the first type of a new generation of high efficient absorption heat pumps was installed in the government building in Maastricht. The ABRES 250 is a gas driven machine, which is operating with ammonia as the refrigerant. Her special merits are her high efficiency and her compactness. The high COP (coefficient of performance) is realised by a perfected process, by which the machine is driven continuously between a single- and two-stage process depending on the working conditions. Its low size results from the consequent use of compact heat exchangers of the plate-fin-heat-exchanger type. (orig.)

  18. Pd/C synthesized with citric acid: an efficient catalyst for hydrogen generation from formic acid/sodium formate.

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    Wang, Zhi-Li; Yan, Jun-Min; Wang, Hong-Li; Ping, Yun; Jiang, Qing

    2012-01-01

    A highly efficient hydrogen generation from formic acid/sodium formate aqueous solution catalyzed by in situ synthesized Pd/C with citric acid has been successfully achieved at room temperature. Interestingly, the presence of citric acid during the formation and growth of the Pd nanoparticles on carbon can drastically enhance the catalytic property of the resulted Pd/C, on which the conversion and turnover frequency for decomposition of formic acid/sodium formate system can reach the highest values ever reported of 85% within 160 min and 64 mol H(2) mol(-1) catalyst h(-1), respectively, at room temperature. The present simple, low cost, but highly efficient CO-free hydrogen generation system at room temperature is believed to greatly promote the practical application of formic acid system on fuel cells.

  19. Effect of the Sequence of the Thermoelectric Generator and the Three-Way Catalytic Converter on Exhaust Gas Conversion Efficiency

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    Su, Chuqi; Tong, Naiqiang; Xu, Yuman; Chen, Shan; Liu, Xun

    2013-07-01

    The potential for thermoelectric exhaust heat recovery in vehicles has increased with recent improvements in the efficiency of thermoelectric generators (TEGs). The problem with using thermoelectric generators for vehicle applications is whether the device is compatible with the original vehicle exhaust system, which determines the quality of the exhaust gas treatment and the realization of energy conservation and emission reduction. Based on ANSYS CFX simulation analysis of the impact of two positional relationships between the TEG and three-way catalytic converter in the exhaust system on the working efficiency of both elements, it is concluded that the layout with the front three-way catalytic converter has an advantage over the other layout mode under current conditions. New ideas for an improvement program are proposed to provide the basis for further research.

  20. S-CO2 for efficient power generation with energy storage

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    Cerio Vera, Marta

    2016-01-01

    Supercritical CO2 (s-CO2) power cycle has gained interest for concentrating solar power (CSP) application in the last decade to overcome the current low efficiency and high costs of the plants. This cycle is a potential option to replace the steam Rankine cycle due to its higher efficiency, more compact turbomachinery and possibility of including heat storage and direct heating. The purpose of this project is to determine the suitability of integrating s-CO2 power cycle into CSP plants with e...

  1. Efficient generation of 3D surfel maps using RGB–D sensors

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    Wilkowski Artur

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The article focuses on the problem of building dense 3D occupancy maps using commercial RGB-D sensors and the SLAM approach. In particular, it addresses the problem of 3D map representations, which must be able both to store millions of points and to offer efficient update mechanisms. The proposed solution consists of two such key elements, visual odometry and surfel-based mapping, but it contains substantial improvements: storing the surfel maps in octree form and utilizing a frustum culling-based method to accelerate the map update step. The performed experiments verify the usefulness and efficiency of the developed system.

  2. A high efficiency technique for the generation of transgenic sugar beets from stomatal guard cells.

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    Hall, R D; Riksen-Bruinsma, T; Weyens, G J; Rosquin, I J; Denys, P N; Evans, I J; Lathouwers, J E; Lefèbvre, M P; Dunwell, J M; van Tunen, A; Krens, F A

    1996-09-01

    An optimized protocol has been developed for the efficient and rapid genetic modification of sugar beet (Beta vulgaris L.). A polyethylene glycol-mediated DNA transformation technique could be applied to protoplast populations enriched specifically for a single totipotent cell type derived from stomatal guard cells, to achieve high transformation frequencies. Bialaphos resistance, conferred by the pat gene, produced a highly efficient selection system. The majority of plants were obtained within 8 to 9 weeks and were appropriate for plant breeding purposes. All were resistant to glufosinate-ammonium-based herbicides. Detailed genomic characterization has verified transgene integration, and progeny analysis showed Mendelian inheritance.

  3. Hybrid centralized-distributed power conditioning system for thermoelectric generator with high energy efficiency

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    Wu, Hongfei; Sun, Kai; Chen, Min

    2013-01-01

    the proposed system, which benefits for implementing high MPPT efficiency and high conversion efficiency simultaneously. A hybrid MPPT control strategy is proposed for this HCD power conditioning system. The characteristics, circuit implementation and operation principles of the proposed system are presented......-distributed (HCD) power conditioning system for TEG and its control strategy are proposed in this paper. The HCD power conditioning system is composed by a centralized power conversion stage and multiple distributed power conversion stages. Most of the power is processed by the centralized power conversion stage...

  4. Algoritmos evolutivos para predição de estruturas de proteínas

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    Telma Woerle de Lima

    2006-01-01

    A Determinação da Estrutura tridimensional de Proteínas (DEP) a partir da sua seqüência de aminoácidos é importante para a engenharia de proteínas e o desenvolvimento de novos fármacos. Uma alternativa para este problema tem sido a aplicação de técnicas de computação evolutiva. As abordagens utilizando Algoritmos Evolutivos (AEs) tem obtido resultados relevantes, porém estão restritas a pequenas proteínas, com dezenas de aminoácidos e a algumas classes de proteínas. Este trabalho propõe a inv...

  5. AGRUPAMIENTO HOMOGÉNEO DE ELEMENTOS CON MÚLTIPLES ATRIBUTOS MEDIANTE ALGORITMOS GENÉTICOS

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    JULIAN MORENO

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo describe el problema general de agrupamiento, particularmente aquel en el que se busca conformar grupos de igual tamaño y equitativos respecto a más de un atributo, como un problema de optimización multiobjetivo, cuya solución por medio de una búsqueda exhaustiva no siempre será conveniente dada la explosión combinatoria que puede presentarse. Como alternativa a esta situación, se propone un método basado en algoritmos genéticos donde las soluciones posibles se codifican en estructuras tipo cromosoma a manera de matrices y donde por medio de un proceso iterativo en el que intervienen los operadores genéticos de selección, cruce y mutación, se guía el proceso de búsqueda hasta dar con una solución satisfactoria.

  6. Un nuevo algoritmo para la optimación de estructuras: el recocido simulado

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    Vázquez Espí, Mariano

    1995-04-01

    método de resolución, salvo para ciertos casos particulares en los que la función y sus variables satisfacen condiciones específicas (continuidad, diferenciabilidad, etc.. En numerosos casos de índole práctica no se dan tales condiciones y, en consecuencia, la solución al problema se aproxima, existiendo para ello una variedad de métodos heurísticos. El recocido simulado es un algoritmo de aproximación a la solución óptima, fundado en una analogía con el comportamiento de sistemas termodinámicos simples y viene siendo utilizado en ciertos problemas de ingeniería. El presente trabajo muestra cómo usarlo en la teoría de estructuras, señalando sus ventajas (universalidad así como sus inconvenientes (lentitud. Para ello, se describen brevemente los distintos problemas de la teoría de estructuras, así como aspectos fundamentales de la teoría de algoritmos. Con mayor detalle, se describe la forma matemática del algoritmo de recocido. En ambos casos se emplea un problema paradigmático de optimación: el del viajante de comercio. Finalmente, se muestra el empleo del algoritmo para "aproximar" formas óptimas de cerchas isostáticas.

  7. ALGORITMO PARA DISEÑAR LÍNEAS DE TRANSMISIÓN CON CABLES PROTECTORES SEGMENTADOS

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    Héctor Silvio Llamo Laborí

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available En las líneas de transmisión a voltajes de 220 kV y mayores, el valor de las pérdidas en loscables protectores puede justificar económicamente su segmentación para reducirlas a cero.Se presentan los resultados y las características de un algoritmo para diseñar o comprobar eldiseño de esquemas de cables protectores segmentados a partir de calcular el voltaje máximoinducido electromagnéticamente en los mismos.  In the 220 kV and higher transmission lines, the lost value in the ground wires can justifieseconomically its segmentation to reduce it to zero.Are presented the characteristics and results of an algorithm to design or test the schemesof segmented ground wires calculating the electromagnetic voltage induced on it.

  8. Algoritmo para la Inspección de Anillos de Compresión

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    J. Mauricio de Anda

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo se describe el procedimiento utilizado en el análisis de anillos de compresión para el motor de un auto. Dicho análisis se lleva a cabo usando técnicas de procesamiento de imágenes con la finalidad de determinar si el anillo cumple con los requerimientos suficientes de calidad. El sistema de inspección está integrado por una cámara de video, un sistema de iluminación por leds blancos de alta luminosidad, una tarjeta que recibe la señal de video convirtiéndola a una señal digital y una serie de algoritmos de procesamiento de imágenes.

  9. EFFECT OF GAMMA RADIATION OF MACRO MUTATIONS, EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY UNDER M2 GENERATION IN PEA (Pisum sativum L.

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    Arvind KUMAR

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The present investigation was undertaken to study the spectrum of macro mutants, effectiveness and efficiency of different doses of gamma rays in pea variety (Arkel. The seeds were treated with gamma rays viz., 00kR (dry control, 05kR, 10kR, 15kR, 20kR, 25kR, 30kR, 35kR, 40kR (dry seeds and presoaked seeds of the same was exposed to 00kR (wet control, 05kR, 10kR, 15kR, 20kR (kilo Roentgen biological damage was calculated in M1 and M2 generation based on lethality (L and pollen sterility. The irradiated seeds were sown in the M1 field their respective controls and harvested in bulk to raise the M2 generation in Randomized Block Design (RBD with three replications. The spectrum of macro mutants i.e., plant stature (tall, dwarf, small dwarf, maturity (early, late, pod shape (bold, long, short, seed colour (brown, light white, light green and seed shape (small, bold, wrinkled were observed in M2 generation. The usefulness of any mutagen in plant breeding depends not only on its effectiveness but also upon if efficiency. Mutagenic effectiveness is a measure of the frequency of mutations induced by unit mutagen dose, whereas mutagenic efficiency is measure of proportion of mutations in relation of undesirable changes like lethality and sterility are used for gamma rays. A result of the indicated positive relationship in M2 generation with macro mutation, effectiveness and efficiency was found to be highest at lowest doses.

  10. Analysis of fish diversion efficiency and survivorship in the fish return system at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

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    Love, Milton S.; Sandhu, Meenu; Stein, Jeffrey; Herbinson, Kevin T.; Moore, Robert H; Mullin, Michael; Stephens, John S.

    1989-01-01

    This study examined the efficiency of fish diversion and survivorship of diverted fishes in the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Fish Return System in 1984 and 1985. Generally, fishes were diverted back to the ocean with high frequency, particularly in 1984. Most species were diverted at rates of 80% or more. Over 90% of the most abundant species, Engraulis mordax, were diverted. The system worked particularly well for strong-swimming forms such as Paralobrax clothratus, Atherinopsis cal...

  11. LiNbO3 ridge waveguides realized by precision dicing on silicon for high efficiency second harmonic generation

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    Chauvet, Mathieu; Bassignot, Florent; Devaux, Fabrice; Gauthier-Manuel, Ludovic; Pêcheur, Vincent; Maillotte, Hervé; Dahmani, Brahim

    2016-01-01

    Nonlinear periodically poled ridge LiNbO3 waveguides have been fabricated on silicon substrates. Components are carved with only use of a precision dicing machine without need for grinding or polishing steps. They show efficient second harmonic generation at telecommunication wavelengths with normalized conversion reaching 204%/W in a 15 mm long device. Influence of geometrical non uniformities of waveguides due to fabrication process is asserted. Components characteristics are studied notably their robustness and tunability versus temperature.

  12. High Efficiency Generation of Hydrogen Fuels Using Nuclear Power - for the period August 1, 1999 through October 31, 1999

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    L. C. Brown

    2000-01-01

    OAK B188 High Efficiency Generation of Hydrogen Fuels Using Nuclear Power - for the period August 1, 1999 through October 31, 1999. The highlights for this period are: (1) The methodologies for searching the literature for potentially attractive thermochemical water-splitting cycles, storing cycle and reference data, and screening the cycles have been established; and (2) The water-splitting cycle screening criteria were established on schedule.

  13. Comparação de algoritmos para alocação de infraestruturas virtuais

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    Denivy Braiam Ruck

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Com o surgimento da Computação em Nuvem, empresas passaram a adotá-la em virtude das diversas vantagens que apresenta, como por exemplo, baixo investimento inicial e alta escalabilidade. Nesse contexto, um provedor de Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS oferece recursos computacionais a seus clientes de forma virtualizada, que, por sua vez, podem realizar a solicitação de máquinas virtuais para implantar e disponibilizar suas aplicações. Uma proposta recente incrementou os serviços do provedor IaaS, possibilitando alocar uma rede de máquinas e roteadores virtuais interconectados por canais virtuais, ou seja, uma Infraestrutura Virtual (IV. Porém, a tarefa de alocar IVs sobre o substrato físico é complexa, caracterizada como um problema NP-Díficil, no qual algoritmos ótimos são impraticáveis em cenários reais (o tempo para encontrar uma solução ótima é exponencial. Tendo em vista esse fato, este trabalho estende o simulador CloudSim, implementando quatro algoritmos on-line para a alocação de recursos, comparando as métricas: taxa de aceitação, utilização do substrato computacional e distância entre os recursos virtuais. Tais métricas representam as perspectivas dos provedores e dos usuários requisitantes.

  14. Efficient Generation of Red and Blue Light in a Dual-Structure Periodically Poled LiTaO3 Crystal

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    何京良; 胡小鹏; 祝世宁; 朱永元; 闵乃本

    2003-01-01

    We demonstrate the efficient generation of red light at 671 nm and blue light at 447nm from a diode-pumped Q-switched 1342 nm Nd:YVO4 laser together with a periodically poled LiTaO3 (PPLT) crystal. The sample used in this experiment is a dual-structure PPLT crystal with the period of 14.9 μm for the second harmonic generation and that of 4.9μm for the third harmonic generation. The red and blue light, with the respective average power of 752 m W and 153 m W were obtained in a single path under an average fundamental power of 1.74 W, corresponding to the conversion efficiencies of 43.2% and 8.8%, respectively. These results indicate that the dual-structure PPLT can be used to construct a compact and efficient all-solid-state red-and-blue dual-wavelength laser.

  15. Nordic views on the next generation of EU energy efficiency targets

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    2012-11-15

    EU has a target for energy efficiency for 2020, namely a 20 % reduction in the primary energy consumption relative to the PRIMES 2007 forecast for 2020. According to the new energy efficiency directive, that was agreed upon in June 2012, the target is that primary energy consumption must be no more than 1,474 Mtoe or that final energy consumption must be no more than 1,078 Mtoe by 2020. This is an absolute target for EU as a whole. There are no binding targets for member states. Due to the time lapse from goal setting, to policy formulation and practical implementation it is found that 2020 is just around the corner, and that it is high time to start discussion about the next goals. This could be concrete targets for 2030 and indicative targets for 2050. In this report target design and policy instruments are discussed from a Nordic perspective: Is it relevant to have an energy efficiency target? Should targets for energy efficiency be set in terms of primary energy or final energy? In absolute numbers or in relative numbers? Whether and how to divide the burden sharing? What are the Nordic positions of strength with regard to policy instruments? (LN)

  16. High efficiency second-harmonic generation in multi-pass quadrature arrangement

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    Kiriyama, Hiromitsu; Nakano, Fumihiko; Yamakawa, Koichi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Kansai Research Establishment, Kizu, Kyoto (Japan)

    2001-05-01

    We report on multi-pass quadrature frequency conversion of high-energy and high-average-power lasers with high conversion efficiency for pumping high peak power, ultrashort pulse Ti:sapphire laser amplifiers. Using a four-pass quadrature second harmonic scheme with KTiOPO{sub 4} (KTP) crystals, we obtained an efficiency from a fundamental laser energy into a total second-harmonic laser energy in excess of 80% of a commercial Q-Switched 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser at a low input fundamental laser intensity of 76 MW/cm{sup 2}. For higher power operation, we employed a two-pass quadrature scheme with CsLiB{sub 6}O{sub 10} (CLBO) crystals. We obtained a total second-harmonic output pulse energy of 2.73 J from an input 1064-nm fundamental pulse energy of 3.27 J of a custom-built Q-switched 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser system at a fundamental laser intensity of 330 MW/cm{sup 2} at 10 Hz, corresponding to energy conversion efficiency of 83%. We discuss the details of the design and performance of this frequency conversion scheme in terms of output energy, conversion efficiency and scalability. (author)

  17. Artificial leaf goes simpler and more efficient for solar fuel generation.

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    Joya, Khurram Saleem; de Groot, Huub J M

    2014-01-01

    Layer upon layer: Solar-to-fuel conversion through water splitting is among the most challenging and growing fields in present day science. Herein, a report is highlighted that successfully demonstrates an efficient photoanodic system utilizing simple and low-cost tungsten-doped bismuth vanadate on single- or double-junction amorphous silicon photovoltaic in a tandem configuration.

  18. A Highly Efficient and Self-Stabilizing Metallic-Glass Catalyst for Electrochemical Hydrogen Generation.

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    Hu, Yuan Chao; Wang, Yi Zhi; Su, Rui; Cao, Cheng Rong; Li, Fan; Sun, Chun Wen; Yang, Yong; Guan, Peng Fei; Ding, Da Wei; Wang, Zhong Lin; Wang, Wei Hua

    2016-12-01

    A multicomponent metallic glass (MG) with highly efficient and anomalous durability for catalyzing water splitting is reported. The outstanding performance of the MG catalyst contributed by self-optimized active sites originates from the intrinsic chemical heterogeneity and selective dealloying on the disordered surface; thus, a new mechanism for improving the durability of catalysts is uncovered.

  19. A high efficiency technique for the generation of transgenic sugar beets from stomatal guard cells

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    Hall, R.D.; Riksen-Bruinsma, T.; Weyens, G.; Rosquin, I.J.; Denys, R.N.; Evans, I.J.; Lathouwers, J.E.; LefObvre, M.P.; Dunwell, J.M.; Tunen, van A.; Krens, F.A.

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    An optimized protocol has been developed for the efficient and rapid genetic modification of sugar beet (Beta vulgaris L). A polyethylene glycol- mediated DNA transformation technique could be applied to protoplast populations enriched specifically for a single totipotent cell type derived from stom

  20. An Efficient Mesh Generation Method for Fractured Network System Based on Dynamic Grid Deformation

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    Shuli Sun

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Meshing quality of the discrete model influences the accuracy, convergence, and efficiency of the solution for fractured network system in geological problem. However, modeling and meshing of such a fractured network system are usually tedious and difficult due to geometric complexity of the computational domain induced by existence and extension of fractures. The traditional meshing method to deal with fractures usually involves boundary recovery operation based on topological transformation, which relies on many complicated techniques and skills. This paper presents an alternative and efficient approach for meshing fractured network system. The method firstly presets points on fractures and then performs Delaunay triangulation to obtain preliminary mesh by point-by-point centroid insertion algorithm. Then the fractures are exactly recovered by local correction with revised dynamic grid deformation approach. Smoothing algorithm is finally applied to improve the quality of mesh. The proposed approach is efficient, easy to implement, and applicable to the cases of initial existing fractures and extension of fractures. The method is successfully applied to modeling of two- and three-dimensional discrete fractured network (DFN system in geological problems to demonstrate its effectiveness and high efficiency.

  1. Evaluation of Efficiency in Steam Generator of C3 Power Plant at Cap Des Biches in Dakar

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    A. Kane

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present study is to determine the efficiency of the power plant boiler steam C3 Cape deer and to evaluate the impact of it. We chose to calculate the return by the empirical formula of Martin which is based on two important parameters which are the temperature at the exit of the chimney and the ambient temperature. The calculation of these efficiencies allowed us to make comparative studies with data from the manufacturer and we have detected anomalies. On this basis we made a number of recommendations for improvement of the groups in normal, the application will lead to an optimization of the real exploitation of groups and a performance improvement. We gave various reasons for poor performance of steam generators and recommendations that can be used both in production efficiency on compliance with operating instructions. Solutions have been proposed after diagnosis with particular emphasis on compliance with operating instructions and maintenance schedule.

  2. Generation of an ICF Syndrome Model by Efficient Genome Editing of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Using the CRISPR System

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    Izuho Hatada

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Genome manipulation of human induced pluripotent stem (iPS cells is essential to achieve their full potential as tools for regenerative medicine. To date, however, gene targeting in human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs has proven to be extremely difficult. Recently, an efficient genome manipulation technology using the RNA-guided DNase Cas9, the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR system, has been developed. Here we report the efficient generation of an iPS cell model for immunodeficiency, centromeric region instability, facial anomalies syndrome (ICF syndrome using the CRISPR system. We obtained iPS cells with mutations in both alleles of DNA methyltransferase 3B (DNMT3B in 63% of transfected clones. Our data suggest that the CRISPR system is highly efficient and useful for genome engineering of human iPS cells.

  3. Generation of an ICF syndrome model by efficient genome editing of human induced pluripotent stem cells using the CRISPR system.

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    Horii, Takuro; Tamura, Daiki; Morita, Sumiyo; Kimura, Mika; Hatada, Izuho

    2013-09-30

    Genome manipulation of human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells is essential to achieve their full potential as tools for regenerative medicine. To date, however, gene targeting in human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) has proven to be extremely difficult. Recently, an efficient genome manipulation technology using the RNA-guided DNase Cas9, the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) system, has been developed. Here we report the efficient generation of an iPS cell model for immunodeficiency, centromeric region instability, facial anomalies syndrome (ICF) syndrome using the CRISPR system. We obtained iPS cells with mutations in both alleles of DNA methyltransferase 3B (DNMT3B) in 63% of transfected clones. Our data suggest that the CRISPR system is highly efficient and useful for genome engineering of human iPS cells.

  4. Techno-Economic Feasibility of Highly Efficient Cost-Effective Thermoelectric-SOFC Hybrid Power Generation Systems

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    Jifeng Zhang; Jean Yamanis

    2007-09-30

    Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems have the potential to generate exhaust gas streams of high temperature, ranging from 400 to 800 C. These high temperature gas streams can be used for additional power generation with bottoming cycle technologies to achieve higher system power efficiency. One of the potential candidate bottoming cycles is power generation by means of thermoelectric (TE) devices, which have the inherent advantages of low noise, low maintenance and long life. This study was to analyze the feasibility of combining coal gas based SOFC and TE through system performance and cost techno-economic modeling in the context of multi-MW power plants, with 200 kW SOFC-TE module as building blocks. System and component concepts were generated for combining SOFC and TE covering electro-thermo-chemical system integration, power conditioning system (PCS) and component designs. SOFC cost and performance models previously developed at United Technologies Research Center were modified and used in overall system analysis. The TE model was validated and provided by BSST. The optimum system in terms of energy conversion efficiency was found to be a pressurized SOFC-TE, with system efficiency of 65.3% and cost of $390/kW of manufacturing cost. The pressurization ratio was approximately 4 and the assumed ZT of the TE was 2.5. System and component specifications were generated based on the modeling study. The major technology and cost barriers for maturing the system include pressurized SOFC stack using coal gas, the high temperature recycle blowers, and system control design. Finally, a 4-step development roadmap is proposed for future technology development, the first step being a 1 kW proof-of-concept demonstration unit.

  5. Generating spatially optimized habitat in a trade-off between social optimality and budget efficiency.

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    Drechsler, Martin

    2017-02-01

    Auctions have been proposed as alternatives to payments for environmental services when spatial interactions and costs are better known to landowners than to the conservation agency (asymmetric information). Recently, an auction scheme was proposed that delivers optimal conservation in the sense that social welfare is maximized. I examined the social welfare and the budget efficiency delivered by this scheme, where social welfare represents the difference between the monetized ecological benefit and the conservation cost incurred to the landowners and budget efficiency is defined as maximizing the ecological benefit for a given conservation budget. For the analysis, I considered a stylized landscape with land patches that can be used for agriculture or conservation. The ecological benefit was measured by an objective function that increases with increasing number and spatial aggregation of conserved land patches. I compared the social welfare and the budget efficiency of the auction scheme with an agglomeration payment, a policy scheme that considers spatial interactions and that was proposed recently. The auction delivered a higher level of social welfare than the agglomeration payment. However, the agglomeration payment was more efficient budgetarily than the auction, so the comparative performances of the 2 schemes depended on the chosen policy criterion-social welfare or budget efficiency. Both policy criteria are relevant for conservation. Which one should be chosen depends on the problem at hand, for example, whether social preferences should be taken into account in the decision of how much money to invest in conservation or whether the available conservation budget is strictly limited. © 2016 Society for Conservation Biology.

  6. LOMA: A fast method to generate efficient tagged-random primers despite amplification bias of random PCR on pathogens

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    Lee Wah

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pathogen detection using DNA microarrays has the potential to become a fast and comprehensive diagnostics tool. However, since pathogen detection chips currently utilize random primers rather than specific primers for the RT-PCR step, bias inherent in random PCR amplification becomes a serious problem that causes large inaccuracies in hybridization signals. Results In this paper, we study how the efficiency of random PCR amplification affects hybridization signals. We describe a model that predicts the amplification efficiency of a given random primer on a target viral genome. The prediction allows us to filter false-negative probes of the genome that lie in regions of poor random PCR amplification and improves the accuracy of pathogen detection. Subsequently, we propose LOMA, an algorithm to generate random primers that have good amplification efficiency. Wet-lab validation showed that the generated random primers improve the amplification efficiency significantly. Conclusion The blind use of a random primer with attached universal tag (random-tagged primer in a PCR reaction on a pathogen sample may not lead to a successful amplification. Thus, the design of random-tagged primers is an important consideration when performing PCR.

  7. Determination of photo conversion efficiency of nanotubular titanium oxide photo-electrochemical cell for solar hydrogen generation

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    Raja, K. S.; Mahajan, V. K.; Misra, M.

    Anodized and annealed titanium oxide nanotubes show enhanced photo activity and can be used as photo anodes for water electrolysis in hydrogen generation. Application of an external potential to the photo anode is required for enhancement of the photocurrent. This additional electrical energy input complicates the photo conversion efficiency calculation. In this investigation, the photo-electrochemical behavior of anodized titanium oxide nanotubular arrays have been characterized in various electrolytes. Increase in the applied potential increased the photocurrent under illumination with visible light. A simple experimental method for calculating the photo conversion efficiency has been proposed. According to this method, the potential difference between the photo anode and cathode is measured with and without light illumination. The product of the photocurrent and the increase in potential due to light irradiation is considered as the net power output. The photocurrent and the conversion efficiency increased with increase in the pH of the electrolyte. TiO 2 nanotubular arrays annealed at 350 °C for 6 h in nitrogen atmosphere showed a maximum photo conversion efficiency of ∼4% in 1 M KOH electrolyte and ∼3% in 3.5 wt.% sodium chloride solution. The results indicate that nanotubular TiO 2 can be potentially used for the photo electrolysis of seawater to generate hydrogen.

  8. Efficient Generation of Bispecific Murine Antibodies for Pre-Clinical Investigations in Syngeneic Rodent Models

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    Labrijn, Aran F.; Meesters, Joyce I.; Bunce, Matthew

    2017-01-01

    Therapeutic concepts exploiting tumor-specific antibodies are often established in pre-clinical xenograft models using immuno-deficient mice. More complex therapeutic paradigms, however, warrant the use of immuno-competent mice, that more accurately capture the relevant biology that is being...... for the generation of therapeutic human IgG1 bispecific antibodies (bsAb). To facilitate the investigation of dual-Targeting concepts in immuno-competent mice, we now applied and optimized our method for the generation of murine bsAbs. We show that the optimized combinations of matched point-mutations enabled...

  9. Algoritmos evolucionários na determinação da configuração de custo mínimo de sistemas de co-geração de energia com base no gás natural

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    Marco César Goldbarg

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Esse trabalho apresenta um caso especial do problema geral da determinação de uma configuração para um sistema de co-geração de energia que utiliza o gás natural como fonte energética. O problema visa determinar a configuração de custo mínimo de um sistema de co-geração. É um problema computacionalmente difícil devido a restrições técnicas, operacionais e econômicas. Para solucioná-lo, são apresentados e comparados algoritmos evolucionários desenvolvidos de acordo com as metáforas dos Algoritmos Genéticos, Algoritmos Meméticos e da Transgenética Computacional. Os algoritmos são aplicados a um conjunto de trinta e cinco instâncias geradas de acordo com cinco diferentes ciclos de co-geração. Os experimentos computacionais relatados nesse trabalho indicam uma dominância de melhores resultados da metáfora transgenética.This work presents a special case of the general problem of determining the configuration of cogeneration systems in which the primary source of energy is natural gas. The objective is to determine the configuration with the minimum cost. Technical, operational and economic features impose constraints to the problem making it computationally hard to solve. Evolutionary algorithms based upon genetic, memetic and transgenetic algorithms are presented to solve the problem. A computational experiment with thirty-five instances generated in accordance with five distinct cogeneration cycles is reported. The results show that the transgenetic algorithm exhibits an overall best performance.

  10. Influence of thermodynamic properties of a thermo-acoustic emitter on the efficiency of thermal airborne ultrasound generation.

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    Daschewski, M; Kreutzbruck, M; Prager, J

    2015-12-01

    In this work we experimentally verify the theoretical prediction of the recently published Energy Density Fluctuation Model (EDF-model) of thermo-acoustic sound generation. Particularly, we investigate experimentally the influence of thermal inertia of an electrically conductive film on the efficiency of thermal airborne ultrasound generation predicted by the EDF-model. Unlike widely used theories, the EDF-model predicts that the thermal inertia of the electrically conductive film is a frequency-dependent parameter. Its influence grows non-linearly with the increase of excitation frequency and reduces the efficiency of the ultrasound generation. Thus, this parameter is the major limiting factor for the efficient thermal airborne ultrasound generation in the MHz-range. To verify this theoretical prediction experimentally, five thermo-acoustic emitter samples consisting of Indium-Tin-Oxide (ITO) coatings of different thicknesses (from 65 nm to 1.44 μm) on quartz glass substrates were tested for airborne ultrasound generation in a frequency range from 10 kHz to 800 kHz. For the measurement of thermally generated sound pressures a laser Doppler vibrometer combined with a 12 μm thin polyethylene foil was used as the sound pressure detector. All tested thermo-acoustic emitter samples showed a resonance-free frequency response in the entire tested frequency range. The thermal inertia of the heat producing film acts as a low-pass filter and reduces the generated sound pressure with the increasing excitation frequency and the ITO film thickness. The difference of generated sound pressure levels for samples with 65 nm and 1.44 μm thickness is in the order of about 6 dB at 50 kHz and of about 12 dB at 500 kHz. A comparison of sound pressure levels measured experimentally and those predicted by the EDF-model shows for all tested emitter samples a relative error of less than ±6%. Thus, experimental results confirm the prediction of the EDF-model and show that the model can

  11. Efficient generation of 509 nm light by sum-frequency mixing between two tapered diode lasers

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    Tawfieq, Mahmoud; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin; Hansen, Anders Kragh;

    2015-01-01

    a 1063 nm tapered diode laser, inside a periodically poled MgO doped lithium niobate crystal. This corresponds to an optical to optical conversion ef fi ciency of 12.1%. As an example of potential applica- tions, the generated nearly diffraction-limited green light is used for pumping a Ti:sapphire laser...

  12. Fractal generator for efficient production of random planar patterns and symbols in digital mapping

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    Chen, Qiyu; Liu, Gang; Ma, Xiaogang; Li, Xinchuan; He, Zhenwen

    2017-08-01

    In digital cartography, the automatic generation of random planar patterns and symbols is still an ongoing challenge. Those patterns and symbols of randomness have randomly variated configurations and boundaries, and their generating algorithms are constrained by the shape features, cartographic standards and many other conditions. The fractal geometry offers favorable solutions to simulate random boundaries and patterns. In the work presented in this paper, we used both fractal theory and random Iterated Function Systems (IFS) to develop a method for the automatic generation of random planar patterns and symbols. The marshland and the trough cross-bedding patterns were used as two case studies for the implementation of the method. We first analyzed the morphological characteristics of those two planar patterns. Then we designed algorithms and implementation schemes addressing the features of each pattern. Finally, we ran the algorithms to generate the patterns and symbols, and compared them with the requirements of a few digital cartographic standards. The method presented in this paper has already been deployed in a digital mapping system for practical uses. The flexibility of the method also allows it to be reused and/or adapted in various software platforms for digital mapping.

  13. On chip electrofusion of single human B cells and mouse myeloma cells for efficient hybridoma generation

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    Kemna, Evelien; Wolbers, F.; van den Berg, Albert; Vermes, I.

    2011-01-01

    This article describes the development and full characterization of a microfluidic chip for electrofusion of human peripheral blood B-cells and mouse myeloma (NS-1) cells to generate hybridomas. The chip consists of an array of 783 traps, with dimensions that were optimized to obtain a final cell

  14. A generator of efficient strongly typed abstract syntax trees in Java

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    Brand, M.G.J. van den; Moreau, P.-E.; Vinju, J.J.

    2003-01-01

    Abstract syntax trees are a very common data-structure in language related tools. For example compilers, interpreters, documentation generators, and syntax-directed editors use them extensively to extract, transform, store and produce information that is key to their functionality. We present a Java

  15. Efficient application of next-generation sequencing for the diagnosis of rare genetic syndromes

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    Madrigal, I.; Alvarez-Mora, M.I.; Karlberg, O.; Rodriguez-Revenga, L.; Martinez Elurbe, D.; Rabionet, R.; Mur, A.; Pie, J.; Ballesta, F.; Sauer, S.; Syvanen, A.C.; Mila, M.

    2014-01-01

    AIMS: The causes of intellectual disability, which affects 1%-3% of the general population, are highly heterogeneous and the genetic defect remains unknown in around 40% of patients. The application of next-generation sequencing is changing the nature of biomedical diagnosis. This technology has qui

  16. Efficient frequency comb generation in AlGaAs-on-insulator

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    Pu, Minhao; Ottaviano, Luisa; Semenova, Elizaveta;

    2016-01-01

    The combination of nonlinear and integrated photonics enables Kerr frequency comb generation in stable chip-based microresonators. Such a comb system will revolutionize applications, including multi-wavelength lasers, metrology, and spectroscopy. Aluminum gallium arsenide (AlGaAs) exhibits very h...

  17. Efficient generation of 509 nm light by sum-frequency mixing between two tapered diode lasers

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    Tawfieq, Mahmoud; Jensen, Ole Bjarlin; Hansen, Anders Kragh

    2015-01-01

    a 1063 nm tapered diode laser, inside a periodically poled MgO doped lithium niobate crystal. This corresponds to an optical to optical conversion ef fi ciency of 12.1%. As an example of potential applica- tions, the generated nearly diffraction-limited green light is used for pumping a Ti:sapphire laser...... (FWHM), indicating less than 20 fs pulse width...

  18. Efficient application of next-generation sequencing for the diagnosis of rare genetic syndromes

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    Madrigal, I.; Alvarez-Mora, M.I.; Karlberg, O.; Rodriguez-Revenga, L.; Martinez Elurbe, D.; Rabionet, R.; Mur, A.; Pie, J.; Ballesta, F.; Sauer, S.; Syvanen, A.C.; Mila, M.

    2014-01-01

    AIMS: The causes of intellectual disability, which affects 1%-3% of the general population, are highly heterogeneous and the genetic defect remains unknown in around 40% of patients. The application of next-generation sequencing is changing the nature of biomedical diagnosis. This technology has qui

  19. Optimizing Gas Generator Efficiency in a Forward Operating Base Using an Energy Management System

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    2013-06-01

    System (EMS) were investigated in this thesis. The EMS provides an interface between power sources, loads, and energy storage elements to form a microgrid ...consumption between the traditional architecture and EMS-enabled microgrid . 14. SUBJECT TERMS Energy management system, forward...operating base (FOB), generators, Microgrid , power electronics 15. NUMBER OF PAGES 99 16. PRICE CODE 17. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF REPORT

  20. Branch-and-price for staff rostering: An efficient implementation using generic programming and nested column generation

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    Dohn, Anders Høeg; Mason, Andrew

    2013-01-01

    We present a novel generic programming implementation of a column-generation algorithm for the generalized staff rostering problem. The problem is represented as a generalized set partitioning model, which is able to capture commonly occurring problem characteristics given in the literature....... Columns of the set partitioning problem are generated dynamically by solving a pricing subproblem, and constraint branching in a branch-and-bound framework is used to enforce integrality. The pricing problem is formulated as a novel three-stage nested shortest path problem with resource constraints...... that exploits the inherent problem structure. A very efficient implementation of this pricing problem is achieved by using generic programming principles in which careful use of the C++ pre-processor allows the generator to be customized for the target problem at compile-time. As well as decreasing run times...