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  1. The Marine Magnetotelluric Method (MMT) applied of hydrocarbons exploration in Brazilian waters; Aplicacao do Metodo Magnetotelurico Marinho (MMT) na exploracao de hidrocarbonetos em aguas brasileiras

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    Pinto, Vinicius R.; Flexor, Jean M.; La Terra, Emanuele F.; Fontes, Sergio L. [Observatorio Nacional do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Lugao, Patricia P. [Schlumberger, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Western-Geco

    2008-07-01

    Magnetotellurics (MT) is a natural-source, electromagnetic geophysical method of imaging structures below the earth's surface. It is used to map the subsurface Earth's resistivity by measuring the naturally occurring electric and magnetic fields at the Earth's surface. These natural EM fields are generated in the Earth's atmosphere mainly by lightning strokes and by interactions between the solar wind and the ionosphere. Natural variations in the earth's magnetic field induce electric currents (or telluric currents) under the earth's surface. Concurrent measurements of orthogonal components of the electric and magnetic fields allow for the calculation of the impedance tensor, which is complex and frequency-dependent and from which it is possible to gain insight into the resistivity structure of the surrounding material. The marine magnetotelluric method (MMT) is the application of MT method to investigate the sea-floor resistivity's distribution. A MMT sounding with 96 stations was realized in the region of Santos Basin on a subsalt section to assist the interpretation of seismic data in order to estimate the depth of base of the salt (subsalt) since this imaging in general is problematic. The high contrast of the electrical resistivity between the salt and the surrounding sediments is an excellent objective and it constitutes a great opportunity to test the applicability of the MMT method in oil exploration studies. The geological interpretation of the seismic profile of the studied area shows the existence of several bodies of salt with depths of the base that could vary more from 7000 m to more than 9000 m. The top of the body of more important salt of the profile begins to the 3500 m and your base is not solved by the seismic sign that it reaches a maximum depth of 9000 m. The MMT data of the central profile were submitted an inversion procedure - 2D by using the non linear conjugate gradients that produces smooth models for

  2. Obtention of polyester-montmorillonite (MMT) nanocomposites applied to powder coating - part 1: nanocomposites characterization;Obtencao de nanocompositos de poliester-montmorilonita (MMT) aplicados em tinta em po - parte 1: caracterizacao dos nanocompositos

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    Piazza, Diego; Zattera, Ademir J., E-mail: piazza@nol.com.b [Universidade de Caxias do Sul (UCS), RS (Brazil). Lab. de Polimeros; Silveira, Debora S.; Lorandi, Natalia P.; Birriel, Eliena J.; Scienza, Lisete C., E-mail: ajzattera@terra.com.b [Universidade de Caxias do Sul (UCS), RS (Brazil). Lab. de Corrosao

    2009-07-01

    The development and obtention of polymeric nanocomposites in the nanotechnology and nanoscience field have attracted great attention due to diversity of potential applications and significant property improvement when compared to conventional composites. In this work, commercial formulations of polyester-based powder coating with 0, 2 and 4% (w/w) of montmorillonite (MMT) were obtained by incorporation in the melting state and characterized by TEM, SEM, DSC, TGA and XRD. The nanocoatings were applied on the mild carbon steel panels by electrostatic paint. The microscopy analysis showed MMT in the coating film, predominantly in the exfoliated form, corroborated by XRD results. Some tactoid structures and a surface film with some defects and porous were also revealed. Progressive reduction of crosslinking temperature and thermal stability was observed in thermal analysis. The best clay dispersion in the coating and a higher quality film were achieved at 2% MMT concentration. (author)

  3. Applied study on the chinese medicine - micro-magnetic field - thermal radiation coupling fitness theory%MMT 耦合健身理论应用研究

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    陈雪诺; 陈洪凯; 唐红梅

    2013-01-01

    It is an important scientific way to stimulate activity of acupoints in human body. This paper introduces MMT coupling fitness theory (the chinese medicine -micro-magnetic field - thermal radiation coupling fitness theory), which pays at ention to fitness of accupoints in areas such as head, waist and foot. Based on the MMT coupling fitness theory, three steps to develop an fitness waistband for human bod are discussed in detail in the paper, firstly, the fitness waistband for human body is designed with waistband, tourmaline ceramic powder at aching in the waistband, magnetic iron oxide, and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) package. From exterior to interior close to the body, tourmaline ceramic powder , magnetic iron oxide and TCM package are set in the fitness waistband. Secondly, paying at ention to 19 acupoints in area of waistband, dominant fitness positions at the front and the back of the fitness waistband are set, definitely, the front position includes 13 acupoints such as life-gate and yin chiao, and the back position includes 6 acupoints such as Shangliao and shenshu. Thirdly, TCM package in the fitness waistband is composed of radix dipsaci, ricinus communis, marjoram, evodiae feuctus, tuckahoe, zhuifeng umbrel a, semen cassiae, gynostemma, dreams take root, epimedium, and drynaria rhizome, and the optimal weight ratio by these traditional Chinese medicines achieved. Clinical trials identify effectiveness of the fitness waistband, to 85.9% under the experimental conditions. Results in the paper are valuable in promoting applied researches of the MMT coupling fitness theory.%激发穴位经脉活性是人体保健的重要科学途径。介绍了 MMT 耦合健身理论,该理论重视人体头部、腰部和脚底穴位的保健功能。基于 MMT 耦合健身理论,详细论述了健身腰带的研发过程:1)人体保健腰带包括腰带、附着在腰带上的电气石陶瓷粉、磁性氧化铁和药包,腰带从外侧到靠近人体

  4. Quasibreathers in MMT model

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    Pushkarev, A

    2012-01-01

    We report numerical detection of new type of localized structures in the frame of Majda-McLaughlin-Tabak (MMT) model adjusted for description of essentially nonlinear gravity waves on the surface of ideal deep water. These structures -- quasibreathers, or oscillating quasisolitons -- can be treated as groups of freak waves closely resembling experimentally observed "Three Sisters" wave packs on the ocean surface. The MMT model has quasisolitonic solutions. Unlike NLSE solitons, MMT quasisolitons are permanently backward radiating energy, but nevertheless do exist during thousands of carrier wave periods. Quasisolitons of small amplitude are regular and stable, but large-amplitude ones demonstrate oscillations of amplitude and spectral shape. This effect can be explained by periodic formation of weak collapses, carrying out negligibly small amount of energy. We call oscillating quasisolitons "quasibreathers".

  5. Commune Health Workers' Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) Knowledge and Perceived Difficulties Providing Decentralized MMT Services in Vietnam.

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    Lin, Chunqing; Tuan, Nguyen Anh; Li, Li

    2017-07-13

    With the initial establishment of countrywide methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) system, Vietnam is in the process of expanding and decentralizing the MMT program to community-based healthcare settings. The study aimed to measure the MMT-related knowledge and perceived difficulties in treating patient who use drugs (PWUD) among community-based healthcare providers, e.g., commune health workers (CHW), and examine its correlated factors. A total of 300 CHW from 60 communes in two provinces of Vietnam completed a survey using Audio Computer-Assisted Self-Interview (ACASI) method. Twelve true-or-false questions were used to assess the CHW's MMT-related knowledge. The CHW's background characteristics and perceived difficulties treating PWUD were recorded. The mean MMT knowledge score was 8.2 (SD = 1.2; range: 5-11). Misconceptions toward the benefits, procedure, and side effects of MMT were prevalent. The participants perceived varying degrees of difficulties in recruiting, engaging, and communicating with PWUD. With all covariates holding constant, younger age (standardized ẞ = -0.166; p = 0.0078) was associated with less MMT-related knowledge. Number of PWUD seen in a month and MMT-related knowledge was associated with less perceived difficulties treating PWUD. Conclusions/importance: The finding shed lights on the CHW's knowledge gap, which need to be addressed to facilitate the decentralization of MMT services in Vietnam. In preparation for a decentralized MMT service delivery model, specially designed training is warranted to equip CHW with knowledge and confidence to provide MMT-related services to PWUD.

  6. Non-isothermal curing kinetics and physical properties of MMT-reinforced unsaturated polyester (UP) resins

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    Vargas, María A., E-mail: angelesvh@yahoo.com [Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Ecatepec, Av. Tecnológico S/N, Valle de Anáhuac, 55210 Ecatepec de Morelos (Mexico); Vázquez, H. [Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Departamento de Física, Av. San Rafael Atlixco 186, col. Vicentina, Mexico, D.F. 09340 (Mexico); Guthausen, G. [KIT, Pro2NMR at MVM and IBG, Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2015-07-10

    Highlights: • Non-isothermal DSC analysis results have shown that the addition of MMT to a UP resin produces a delay in the cure reaction. • The shape of experimental heat-flow DSC curves showed two exothermic peaks for all the samples at different heating rates. • The overall kinetic analysis was performed by isoconversional methods. • It was found that the dependence of the activation energy (E{sub a}) on degree of reaction (α) is complex. - Abstract: Cure behavior of unsaturated polyester (UP)/montmorillonite (MMT)/methyl ethyl ketone peroxide (MEKP)/cobalt octoate intercalated nanocomposites with various MMT loadings was investigated by dynamic differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). UP/MMT nanocomposites were prepared by sequential mixing. Non-isothermal DSC curves were obtained by applying heating rates ranging from 5 to 20 °C/min. They presented two exothermic peaks, which should correspond to two independent cure reactions. The effective activation energy E{sub a}, was determined by applying both the Kissinger’s and Starink’s methods. The results showed slightly higher activation energy for nanocomposites, except for UP/10-MMT. It was found that the dependence of E{sub a} on α is complex. All the systems in this study fitted Sesták–Berggren (SB) model in overall reaction controlled kinetics and the corresponding model parameters, n, m, A were obtained, but it was insufficient in depicting the complex reaction kinetics. Transmission electron microscopy data support the formation of a partially delaminated nanocomposite material. UP and nanocomposites showed similar behavior on thermal stability.

  7. Morphology, thermal and mechanical properties of PVC/MMT nanocomposites prepared by solution blending and solution blending + melt compounding

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    Madaleno, Liliana Andreia Oliveira; Schjødt-Thomsen, Jan; Pinto, José Cruz

    2010-01-01

    and solution blending + melt compounding The effects on morphology, thermal and mechanical properties of the PVC/MMT nanocomposites were studied by varying the amount of Na-MMT and OMMT in both methods SEM and XRD analysis revealed that possible intercalated and exfoliated structures were obtained in all...... of the PVC/MMT nanocomposites Thermogravimetric analysis revealed that PVC/Na-MMT nanocomposites have better thermal stability than PVC/OMMT nanocomposites and PVC. In general, PVC/MMT nanocomposites prepared by solution blending + melt compounding revealed improved thermal properties compared to PVC....../MMT nanocomposites prepared by solution blending Vicar tests revealed a significant decrease in Vicar softening temperature of PVC/MMT nanocomposites prepared by solution blending + melt compounding compared to unfilled PVC The mechanical properties of the PVC/MMT nanocomposites were, in general, greatly improved...

  8. Applied Bayesian Hierarchical Methods

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    Congdon, Peter D

    2010-01-01

    Bayesian methods facilitate the analysis of complex models and data structures. Emphasizing data applications, alternative modeling specifications, and computer implementation, this book provides a practical overview of methods for Bayesian analysis of hierarchical models.

  9. Methods of applied mathematics

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    Hildebrand, Francis B

    1992-01-01

    This invaluable book offers engineers and physicists working knowledge of a number of mathematical facts and techniques not commonly treated in courses in advanced calculus, but nevertheless extremely useful when applied to typical problems in many different fields. It deals principally with linear algebraic equations, quadratic and Hermitian forms, operations with vectors and matrices, the calculus of variations, and the formulations and theory of linear integral equations. Annotated problems and exercises accompany each chapter.

  10. Applied iterative methods

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    Hageman, Louis A

    2004-01-01

    This graduate-level text examines the practical use of iterative methods in solving large, sparse systems of linear algebraic equations and in resolving multidimensional boundary-value problems. Assuming minimal mathematical background, it profiles the relative merits of several general iterative procedures. Topics include polynomial acceleration of basic iterative methods, Chebyshev and conjugate gradient acceleration procedures applicable to partitioning the linear system into a "red/black" block form, adaptive computational algorithms for the successive overrelaxation (SOR) method, and comp

  11. 5-Fluorouracil Loaded Chitosan-PVA/Na+MMT Nanocomposite Films for Drug Release and Antimicrobial Activity

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    A Babul Reddy; B Manjula; T Jayaramudu; E R Sadiku; P Anand Babu; S Periyar Selvam

    2016-01-01

    In the present study, chitosan and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) were blended with different concentrations of sodium montmorillonite (Na?MMT) clay solution by a solvent casting method. X-ray diffraction and transition electron microscope results show that the film properties are related to the co-existence of Na?MMT intercalation/exfoliation in the blend and the interaction between chitosan–PVA and Na?MMT. 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) was loaded with chitosan–PVA/Na?MMT nanocomposite films for in vitro drug delivery study. The antimicrobial activity of the chitosan–PVA/Na?MMT films showed significant effect against Salmonella (Gram-negative) and Staphylococcus aureus (Gram-positive), whereas 5-FU encapsulated chitosan–PVA/Na?MMT bio-nanocomposite films did not show any inhibition against bacteria. Our results indicate that combination of a flexible and soft polymeric material with high drug loading ability of a hard inorganic porous material can produce improved control over degradation and drug release. It will be an economically viable method for preparation of advanced drug delivery vehicles and biodegradable implants or scaffolds.

  12. Preparation of PAA/AM/MMT Hybrid by Intercalation Polymerization

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    2001-01-01

    @@ Over the last few years, Montmorillonite (MMT) was widely used as a special inorganic material for preparing Polymer/MMT nanocompsites. MMT is a clay imineral consisting of stacked silicate sheets whose thickness is about 10A. Through intercalation a large number of polymer-clay nanocomposites have been prepared such as Nylon-clay hybrid [1], PS-clay hybrid [2], Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)-clay hybrid [3], etc. In this article, the synthesis and properties of Poly (acrylic acid/acrylamide)/MMT hybrid (PAAAM/MMT) were studied. X-ray diffraction and Transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the hybrid material. DSC has been used to study its property. Results showed that the intercalating reagents have entered the space of MMT's layers and enlarged them. At the same time, the MMT dispersed homogeneously in acrylic acid and acrylamide monomers that allow MMT to disperse in PAAAM matrix in the monolayer form.

  13. Classification of 5 DES supernovae by MMT

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    Challis, P.; Kirshner, R.; Mandel, K.; Avelino, A.; Foley, R. J.; Pan, Y.-C.; Casas, R.; Castander, F. J.; Desai, S.; Paech, K.; Smith, R. C.; Schubnell, M.; Kessler, R.; Lasker, J.; Scolnic, D.; Brout, D. J.; Gladney, L.; Sako, M.; Wolf, R. C.; Brown, P. J.; Krisciunas, K.; Suntzeff, N.; Nichol, R.; Papadopoulos, A.; Childress, M.; D'Andrea, C.; Smith, M.; Sullivan, M.; Maartens, R.; Gupta, R.; Kovacs, E.; Kuhlmann, S.; Spinka, H.; Ahn, E.; Finley, D. A.; Frieman, J.; Marriner, J.; Wester, W.; Aldering, G.; Kim, A. G.; Thomas, R. C.; Barbary, K.; Bloom, J. S.; Goldstein, D.; Nugent, P.; Perlmutter, S.

    2016-04-01

    We report optical spectroscopy of 5 supernovae discovered by the Dark Energy Survey (ATel #4668). The spectra (330-850nm) were obtained using the Blue Channel Spectrograph on the MMT. Object classification was performed using SNID (Blondin & Tonry, 2007, ApJ, 666, 1024) and superfit (Howell et al, 2005, ApJ, 634, 119), the details of which are reported in the table below.

  14. The MMT-POL Instrument Control System

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    Warner, C.; Packham, C.; Jones, T. J.; Varosi, F.; Eikenberry, S. S.; Dewahl, K.; Krejny, M.

    2011-07-01

    Instrument control system (ICS) suites are a continually evolving class of software packages that are highly dependent upon the design choices and application programming interfaces (APIs) of the observatory control system (OCS), as well as the hardware choices for motors and electronics. We present the ICS for MMT-POL, a 1-5 μm polarimeter for the MMT telescope, in the context of being a transitional step between the software packages developed for facility class instruments at the University of Florida (UF), such as Flamingos-II and CanariCam, and in preparation for 30 m-class instruments. Our goals for improving ICS suites are to make them (a) portable (compile once, run anywhere), (b) highly modular and extensible (through the re-use of common libraries), (c) multi-threaded (to allow multiple tasks to be performed in parallel), (d) smart, and (e) easy to use and maintain. An ICS should also be well-defined and use mature languages (we choose Java and Python) and common standards (such as XML and the FITS file format). We also note that as hardware moves away from serial communications to ethernet, the use of TCP sockets makes communication faster and easier. Below, we present our design choices for the MMT-POL ICS and discuss our reasons for these choices and potential issues that must be addressed for future ICS suites ready for thirty meter class instruments.

  15. Preparation of PAA/AM/MMT Hybrid by Intercalation Polymerization

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    WANG; YunPu

    2001-01-01

    Over the last few years, Montmorillonite (MMT) was widely used as a special inorganic material for preparing Polymer/MMT nanocompsites. MMT is a clay imineral consisting of stacked silicate sheets whose thickness is about 10A. Through intercalation a large number of polymer-clay nanocomposites have been prepared such as Nylon-clay hybrid [1], PS-clay hybrid [2], Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)-clay hybrid [3], etc.  In this article, the synthesis and properties of Poly (acrylic acid/acrylamide)/MMT hybrid (PAAAM/MMT) were studied. X-ray diffraction and Transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the hybrid material. DSC has been used to study its property. Results showed that the intercalating reagents have entered the space of MMT's layers and enlarged them. At the same time, the MMT dispersed homogeneously in acrylic acid and acrylamide monomers that allow MMT to disperse in PAAAM matrix in the monolayer form.  ……

  16. H-methods in applied sciences

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    Høskuldsson, Agnar

    2008-01-01

    The author has developed a framework for mathematical modelling within applied sciences. It is characteristic for data from 'nature and industry' that they have reduced rank for inference. It means that full rank solutions normally do not give satisfactory solutions. The basic idea of H...... with finding a balance between the estimation task and the prediction task. The name H-methods has been chosen because of close analogy with the Heisenberg uncertainty inequality. A similar situation is present in modelling data. The mathematical modelling stops, when the prediction aspect of the model cannot...... be improved. H-methods have been applied to wide range of fields within applied sciences. In each case, the H-methods provide with superior solutions compared to the traditional ones. A background for the H-methods is presented. The H-principle of mathematical modelling is explained. It is shown how...

  17. [Montessori method applied to dementia - literature review].

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    Brandão, Daniela Filipa Soares; Martín, José Ignacio

    2012-06-01

    The Montessori method was initially applied to children, but now it has also been applied to people with dementia. The purpose of this study is to systematically review the research on the effectiveness of this method using Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online (Medline) with the keywords dementia and Montessori method. We selected lo studies, in which there were significant improvements in participation and constructive engagement, and reduction of negative affects and passive engagement. Nevertheless, systematic reviews about this non-pharmacological intervention in dementia rate this method as weak in terms of effectiveness. This apparent discrepancy can be explained because the Montessori method may have, in fact, a small influence on dimensions such as behavioral problems, or because there is no research about this method with high levels of control, such as the presence of several control groups or a double-blind study.

  18. Geostatistical methods applied to field model residuals

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    Maule, Fox; Mosegaard, K.; Olsen, Nils

    consists of measurement errors and unmodelled signal), and is typically assumed to be uncorrelated and Gaussian distributed. We have applied geostatistical methods to analyse the residuals of the Oersted(09d/04) field model [http://www.dsri.dk/Oersted/Field_models/IGRF_2005_candidates/], which is based...

  19. Thompson's Method applied to Quantum Electrodynamics (QED)

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    Nassif, C; Nassif, Claudio

    2000-01-01

    In this work we apply Thompson's method (of the dimensions) to study the quantum electrodynamics (QED). This method can be considered as a simple and alternative way to the renormalisation group (R.G) approach and when applied to QED lagrangian is able to obtain the running coupling constant behavior $\\alpha (\\mu)$, namely the dependence of $\\alpha$ on the energy scale. We also obtain the dependence of the mass on the energy scale. The calculations are evaluated just at $d_c=4$, where $d_c$ is the upper critical dimension of the problem, so that we obtain logarithmic behavior both for the coupling $\\alpha$ and the mass $m$ on the energy scale $\\mu$.

  20. PAN Nanofibers Reinforced with MMT/GO Hybrid Nanofillers

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    Qingqing Wang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Single component nanofiller has shown some limitations in its performance, which can be overcome by hybrid nanofillers with two different components. In this work, montmorillonite (MMT/graphene oxide (GO hybrid nanofillers were formed by self-assembly and then incorporated into the polyacrylonitrile (PAN nanofibers by electrospinning process. X-ray diffraction (XRD, atomic force microscopy (AFM, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM were utilized to analyze the structures of MMT/GO hybrid nanofillers. And the effects of MMT/GO hybrid nanofillers on the morphology, thermal stability, and mechanical properties of PAN/MMT/GO composite nanofibrous membrane were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, and tensile test machine, respectively. The incorporation of MMT/GO hybrid nanofillers into PAN nanofibers showed a noticeable increase up to 30°C for the onset decomposition temperature and 1.32 times larger tensile strength than the pure PAN, indicating that the hybrid nanofiller is a promising candidate in improving thermal and mechanical properties of polymers.

  1. Visible light induced TiO2 pillared MMT photocatalyst coupling-doped with S and N

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    ZHOU An-ning; CHEN You-mei; YU Zhan-jiang

    2008-01-01

    Visible light induced titanium dioxide (TiO2) pillared montmorillonite clay (MMT)photocatalyst coupling-doped with S and N elements was prepared by the two-step ad-sorption method. The photocatalyst was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectros-copy (XPS) and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption spectroscopy. The photocatalysic ef-ficacy of the prepared photocatalyst for degrading gaseous formaldehyde was evaluatedunder visible light irradiation. The degrading rate of gaseous formaldehyde is nearly 85%in 300 min visible light irradiation. The results demonstrate that the much higher visiblelight photocatalytic activity of the photocatalyst is due to the synergistic effects of coupling-doping of S and N elements to TiO2, extensive specific surface area of MMT and quantumsized efficacy between layers of MMT.

  2. Effectiveness of Methadone in Reduction of High Risk Behaviors in Clients of MMT Center

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    F Ehsani

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Addiction as a social, health problem with its specific complications threatens societies. High risk behaviors such as violence, self mutilation, tattooing, shared injections and unprotected sex behaviors are some of the problems in addicts that need to be treated. One of these treatments is methadone therapy. The purpose of this study was to evaluate effectiveness of methadone in prevention or reduction of high risk behaviors in clients of a MMT center of Shaheed Sadoughi University of medical sciences of Yazd. Methods: This study was done on 93 clients of a MMT center.Questionnaire for this study included items from MAP and questions about some other risky behaviors. This questionnaire was completed at onset of treatment and 6 months after. Data was analyzed with SPSS software program Results: 89.2% of participants were married and 10.8% were single. 63.5% of them were in the20-40 years age group. Most commonly abused substances were heroin and opium. Before onset of treatment, 37.6% of participants had history of imprisonment, 35.5% had shared injections, 32.3%had had unprotected sex, 22.6%had tattooing and 5.4%had mutilated their own selves. Only 36.6% didn’t have any high risk behavior. These behaviors were more common in heroin users and in the20-40 years age group. After onset of treatment and during 6 month of MMT, 86% of clients didn’t have any risky behavior. Only 14%of them continued to have unsafe sex behaviors Conclusion: Addiction can cause high risk behaviors. Data in this paper suggests that young age, heroin use, low education level and no or inadequate information about addictive substances and their consequences are effective and important factors that cause high risk behaviors. Treatment of addicts with methadone maintenance therapy plays an important role in reduction of risky behaviors. Development of appropriate and more MMT centers are recommended.

  3. Synthesis and Characterization of New Material——La/Zr/MMT Employed in Acetone Oxidation

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    FAN,Li-Ping; CHEN,Min; ZHANG,Yi-Gai; ZHOU,Ren-Xian; ZHENG,Xiao-Ming

    2007-01-01

    A new material of zirconium pillared montmorillonite added with lanthanum (denoted as La/Zr/MMT) was prepared for acetone oxidation. Surface properties of the catalysts were investigated by means of XRD, TEM,TG-DTA and BET methods. The XRD result indicated that the interlayer space of the montmorillonite was enlarged from 1.57 to 4.85 nm after the treatment with zirconium pillaring and the addition of lanthanum. N2 adsorption-desorption result showed that by the process of zirconium pillaring, the specific surface area of the sample was increased to 128.0 m2/g, which was two times almost as large as pure montmorillonite. Simultaneously, the thermal stability was also enhanced. The activity of the new material on the total oxidation of acetone was investigated, and the results indicated that the catalytic activity of the montmorillonite was greatly improved. Over the sample of La/Zr/MMT, the T98 of acetone was obtained at 350℃, while it needs 400℃ over the pure montmorillonite. After 0.1% Pd was supported on the sample of La/Zr/MMT, the T98 decreased from 350 to 280 ℃, indicating the montmorillonite is a promising material for the control of some types of the volatile organic compounds such as acetone.

  4. Computational methods applied to wind tunnel optimization

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    Lindsay, David

    methods, coordinate transformation theorems and techniques including the Method of Jacobians, and a derivation of the fluid flow fundamentals required for the model. It applies the methods to study the effect of cross-section and fillet variation, and to obtain a sample design of a high-uniformity nozzle.

  5. Applying the Scientific Method of Cybersecurity Research

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    Tardiff, Mark F.; Bonheyo, George T.; Cort, Katherine A.; Edgar, Thomas W.; Hess, Nancy J.; Hutton, William J.; Miller, Erin A.; Nowak, Kathleen E.; Oehmen, Christopher S.; Purvine, Emilie AH; Schenter, Gregory K.; Whitney, Paul D.

    2016-09-15

    The cyber environment has rapidly evolved from a curiosity to an essential component of the contemporary world. As the cyber environment has expanded and become more complex, so have the nature of adversaries and styles of attacks. Today, cyber incidents are an expected part of life. As a result, cybersecurity research emerged to address adversarial attacks interfering with or preventing normal cyber activities. Historical response to cybersecurity attacks is heavily skewed to tactical responses with an emphasis on rapid recovery. While threat mitigation is important and can be time critical, a knowledge gap exists with respect to developing the science of cybersecurity. Such a science will enable the development and testing of theories that lead to understanding the broad sweep of cyber threats and the ability to assess trade-offs in sustaining network missions while mitigating attacks. The Asymmetric Resilient Cybersecurity Initiative at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment to develop approaches for shifting the advantage to the defender and sustaining the operability of systems under attack. The initiative established a Science Council to focus attention on the research process for cybersecurity. The Council shares science practices, critiques research plans, and aids in documenting and reporting reproducible research results. The Council members represent ecology, economics, statistics, physics, computational chemistry, microbiology and genetics, and geochemistry. This paper reports the initial work of the Science Council to implement the scientific method in cybersecurity research. The second section describes the scientific method. The third section in this paper discusses scientific practices for cybersecurity research. Section four describes initial impacts of applying the science practices to cybersecurity research.

  6. The Effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy on Reduction of Craving, Depression and Anxiety Symptoms among the Opiate Abusers Under MMT

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    Fereshtwh Momeni

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The aim of this study was to examine the effectiveness of cognitive behavior group therapy on reduction of craving, depression and anxiety symptoms among the Opiate abusers under MMT. Method: In this experimental research, 36 addicts on MMT were selected between the entire opiate addicts referred to Iranian national center for addiction studies (INCAS by convenience sampling and were randomly assigned into experimental and control groups. In experimental group, cognitive behavior group therapy was performed in 8 sessions, one each week. Sessions were performed for craving, depression and anxiety management. Data was gathered by demographic questionnaire, scale of relapse predicts craving assessment, BDI-II and BAI for depression and anxiety symptoms assessment. The data was analyzed, independent and paired samples t test. Results: Data analysis revealed that craving index was decreased in post- test and follow-up and it was statistically significant. Also beck depression and anxiety symptoms were decreased significantly in post-test and follow-up. Conclusion: The results show that cognitive-behavior group therapy was efficient on reduction of drug craving, depression, and anxiety symptoms in post-test and follow-up, and it can apply as a method of treatment.

  7. Automation and control of the MMT thermal system

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    Gibson, J. D.; Porter, Dallan; Goble, William

    2016-07-01

    This study investigates the software automation and control framework for the MMT thermal system. Thermal-related effects on observing and telescope behavior have been considered during the entire software development process. Regression analysis of telescope and observatory subsystem data is used to characterize and model these thermal-related effects. The regression models help predict expected changes in focus and overall astronomical seeing that result from temperature variations within the telescope structure, within the primary mirror glass, and between the primary mirror glass and adjacent air (i.e., mirror seeing). This discussion is followed by a description of ongoing upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system and the associated software controls. The improvements of the MMT thermal system have two objectives: 1) to provide air conditioning capabilities for the MMT facilities, and 2) to modernize and enhance the primary mirror (M1) ventilation system. The HVAC upgrade necessitates changes to the automation and control of the M1 ventilation system. The revised control system must factor in the additional requirements of the HVAC system, while still optimizing performance of the M1 ventilation system and the M1's optical behavior. An industry-standard HVAC communication and networking protocol, BACnet (Building Automation and Control network), has been adopted. Integration of the BACnet protocol into the existing software framework at the MMT is discussed. Performance of the existing automated system is evaluated and a preliminary upgraded automated control system is presented. Finally, user interfaces to the new HVAC system are discussed.

  8. PREPARATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE (SPI)/MONTMORILLONITE (MMT) BIONANOCOMPOSITES

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    Lixue Xiang; Chang-yu Tang; Jing Can; Chao-yu Wang; Ke Wang; Qin Zhang; Qiang Fu; Shu-gao Zhao

    2009-01-01

    The bionanocomposites of soy protein isolate (SPI)/montmorillonite (MMT) have been prepared successfully via simple melt mixing, in which MMT was used as nanofiller and glycerol was used as plasticizer. Their structures and properties were characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis and tensile testing. XRD, TEM and SEM results indicated that the MMT layers could be easily intercalated by the SPI matrix even by simple melt processing. The exfoliated MMT layers were randomly dispersed in the protein matrix as MMT content was low (less than 5 wt%), an incomplete exfoliation was evident from SEM results, and some primary particles were observed as the MMT content was high (from 5 wt% to 9 wt%). A significant improvement of the mechanical strength and thermal stability of SPI/MMT nanocomposites has been achieved. Our work suggests that simple melt processing is an efficient way to prepare SPI/MMT nanocomposites with exfoliated structure.

  9. Prediction of difficult laryngoscopy: Extended mallampati score versus the MMT, ULBT and RHTMD

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    Mohammadreza Safavi

    2014-01-01

    Conclusion: EMS predicted difficult laryngoscopy better than MMT while both ULBT and RHTMD had more power than EMS and MMT in this regard. ULBT and RHTMD had similar predictive value for prediction of difficult laryngoscopy in general population.

  10. Design of Wood/Montmorillonite (MMT) Intercalation NanocompositeCollege of Material Science and Technology, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, P.R.China

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    Lü Wenhua; Zhao Guangjie

    2004-01-01

    Studying new wood composites through nano science and technology (NSC) will develop new compounding theory of wood, and accelerate the combination of new technology, wood science, material science and other disciplines. The compounding of wood and inorganic MMT on nanoscale molecular level has high potential to greatly improve the mechanical properties, fire retardance, abrasion resistance, decay resistance, dimensional stability and other properties of wood. Based on the great achievements of polymer/montmorillonite (MMT) nanocomposites, this paper reviewed nano intercalation compounding methods (i.e. in-situ intercalative polymerization and direct polymer intercalation), and discussed the structure, properties and modification of montmorillonite (MMT). According to the main chemical components and particular structure of wood, the authors discussed the liquefaction and plasticization of wood, compared the dissolvability and meltability between wood and polymer, and then systematically put forward the basic idea, technological processes and schematic diagram to prepare wood/MMT nanocomposites (WMNC). The key technology to prepare WMNC is either to introduce delaminated MMT nanolayers into wood with the help of some intermediate polymers, or to obtain liquefied wood or plasticized wood from the complicated natural composite. It is applicable and effective to realize wood/MMT nanoscale compounding with the help of proper intercalation agent and medium polymer through the proposed "one-step" or "two-step" impregnating processes.

  11. Applied Mathematical Methods in Theoretical Physics

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    Masujima, Michio

    2005-04-01

    All there is to know about functional analysis, integral equations and calculus of variations in a single volume. This advanced textbook is divided into two parts: The first on integral equations and the second on the calculus of variations. It begins with a short introduction to functional analysis, including a short review of complex analysis, before continuing a systematic discussion of different types of equations, such as Volterra integral equations, singular integral equations of Cauchy type, integral equations of the Fredholm type, with a special emphasis on Wiener-Hopf integral equations and Wiener-Hopf sum equations. After a few remarks on the historical development, the second part starts with an introduction to the calculus of variations and the relationship between integral equations and applications of the calculus of variations. It further covers applications of the calculus of variations developed in the second half of the 20th century in the fields of quantum mechanics, quantum statistical mechanics and quantum field theory. Throughout the book, the author presents over 150 problems and exercises -- many from such branches of physics as quantum mechanics, quantum statistical mechanics, and quantum field theory -- together with outlines of the solutions in each case. Detailed solutions are given, supplementing the materials discussed in the main text, allowing problems to be solved making direct use of the method illustrated. The original references are given for difficult problems. The result is complete coverage of the mathematical tools and techniques used by physicists and applied mathematicians Intended for senior undergraduates and first-year graduates in science and engineering, this is equally useful as a reference and self-study guide.

  12. Applying Chosen Teaching Methods in Technical Education

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Education, also the technical one, is supposed to prepare students for adult life, not only by providing them with ready-made knowledge, but first of all by equipping students with an ability to learn, gather and select information. Active methods influence students’ senses, allowing for a better understanding and remembering the subject matter. The study shows some didactic methods used in technical education. The attention has been aid to inventive, exploratory, and inventive-exploratory methods.

  13. A multigrid method applied to reactor kinetics

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    Nguyen, T.S

    2006-07-01

    The control and safety analysis of a nuclear reactor strongly relies on numerical simulation of reactor dynamics, in which the neutronics computation is one of the most important tasks. It is necessary to utilize a full three-dimensional model of neutron kinetics for satisfactory results but this requires an extensive computation. The purpose of this research is to explore an efficient method for accurate solution of the spatial neutron kinetics problem. The kinetics of neutrons in a nuclear reactor of practical interest is adequately represented by the few-group diffusion equations with delayed neutron effects taken into account. For solving such a space-time equation system, finite difference methods, though the simplest, must work with a very fine-mesh grid, resulting in an extremely large algebraic system whose solution by basic numerical methods encounters inefficiency. Coarse-mesh methods increase computational efficiency by reducing the number of discretized equations. However, by adding more complexity and limitations, the coarse-mesh computation is still rather time-consuming. Multigrid methods may provide an optimal solution for a large, sparse algebraic system arising from discretization of a partial differential equation or system but have not found many applications in reactor physics due to inherent difficulties. In this research, a finite difference method is used for discretization of the kinetics equations and a multigrid solver is developed to solve the discretized equation system. The Additive Correction Multigrid, the simplest and cheapest method in the multigrid family, is used for grid coarsening, allowing for reaching the coarsest grid without any difficulties. By avoiding the singularity and indefiniteness of the discretized system, the Red-Black Gauss-Seidel method is suited for multigrid smoothing and favours an implementation of parallel computation. Numerical experiments show that our multigrid solver is not only much faster than any

  14. Synthesis and characterization of HDA/NaMMT organoclay

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    C Yürüdü; S İşçi; C Ünlü; O Atici; Ö I Ece; N Güngör

    2005-10-01

    In this study, the rheologic and colloidal characterizations of sodium montmorillonite (NaMMT) were examined. Hexadecylamine (CH3(CH2)15NH2, HDA) was added to the bentonite water dispersion (2%, w/w) in different concentrations in the range 5.6 × 10-4–9.4 × 10-3 m mol/l. The rheological and electrokinetic behaviour of aqueous montmorillonite dispersions was investigated as a function of solid content and HDA concentration. The basal spacings of the HDA/NaMMT composites were studied by X-ray diffraction. The FTIR spectra were obtained from the modified bentonite products, which revealed the characteristic absorbances after treatment with HDA.

  15. Neuroimaging methods applied in Parkinson's disease

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    2004-01-01

    Radiotracer methods provide regional in vivo quantified information about specific biochemical activities in brain tissue. The understanding of the principles governing radiotracer uptake into brain tissue determines the potential value of these tracers in assessing pathophysiology of brain diseases

  16. MM&T: Bibliography on Optical Testing with Appendix.

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    I963-A ITI to TECHNICAL REPORT RH-CR-82-6’.-4 MM&T: BIBLIOGRAPHY ON OPTICAL TESTING WITH APPENDIX A. Comejo-Rodriguez Apdo..Postal 216 Puebla , Puebla ...13, 2693 (1974) A system is described for measuring optical components to Lamda/100 by averaging many wavefronts to minimize the effects of air ...SURFACES; LENSES; AIR TURBULENCE; THERMAL DRIFTS; VIBRATIONS; ERRORS; WAVEFRONT; POINT SPREAD FUNCTION; MODULATION TRANSFER FUNCTION; OPTICAL TRANSFER

  17. Applying Mixed Methods Techniques in Strategic Planning

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    Voorhees, Richard A.

    2008-01-01

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

  18. Applying statistical methods to text steganography

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    Nechta, Ivan

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents a survey of text steganography methods used for hid- ing secret information inside some covertext. Widely known hiding techniques (such as translation based steganography, text generating and syntactic embed- ding) and detection are considered. It is shown that statistical analysis has an important role in text steganalysis.

  19. Applying Human Computation Methods to Information Science

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    Harris, Christopher Glenn

    2013-01-01

    Human Computation methods such as crowdsourcing and games with a purpose (GWAP) have each recently drawn considerable attention for their ability to synergize the strengths of people and technology to accomplish tasks that are challenging for either to do well alone. Despite this increased attention, much of this transformation has been focused on…

  20. Applying Mixed Methods Techniques in Strategic Planning

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    Voorhees, Richard A.

    2008-01-01

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

  1. Predictors of One-Year Retention in Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT in Iran, Rafsanjan

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    Sheikh Fathollahi

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Background Retention in treatment is a key factor to the success of methadone maintenance treatment (MMT and considered an important measure in evaluation of treatment effectiveness. Objectives This study aimed to investigate the retention rate and predictors of retention in MMT in Rafsanjan. Patients and Methods This was a historical cohort study. A total of 1396 patients admitted between March 2011 and March 2012 in 16 MMT clinics (13 private and 3 state clinics in Rafsanjan, entered the study and their retention rate was examined for one year. The patients’ data abstracted from their medical records using checklists and collected by clinics’ staff. Data analyses were performed using SPSS 15.0 and SAS 9.1. Kaplan-Meier method and Cox proportional hazards model were used to determine the retention rate and identify predictors of retention, respectively. Results The mean age of 1396 patients was 37.65 ± 10.77 years and most patients were men (93.8%. The mean and median of retention duration were 193.22 ± 3.83 and 153 ± 9.54 days, respectively. Three-month and one-year retention rates were 66.0% and 34.4%, respectively. Predictor variables of one-year retention in Cox proportional hazards model were high methadone dosage, polysubstance abuse and treatment under state clinics. Conclusions In this study, retention rate was lower compared to previous studies from other countries. The results suggested that program related factors are better predictors of retention than individual related ones.

  2. [The diagnostic methods applied in mycology].

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    Kurnatowska, Alicja; Kurnatowski, Piotr

    2008-01-01

    The systemic fungal invasions are recognized with increasing frequency and constitute a primary cause of morbidity and mortality, especially in immunocompromised patients. Early diagnosis improves prognosis, but remains a problem because there is lack of sensitive tests to aid in the diagnosis of systemic mycoses on the one hand, and on the other the patients only present unspecific signs and symptoms, thus delaying early diagnosis. The diagnosis depends upon a combination of clinical observation and laboratory investigation. The successful laboratory diagnosis of fungal infection depends in major part on the collection of appropriate clinical specimens for investigations and on the selection of appropriate microbiological test procedures. So these problems (collection of specimens, direct techniques, staining methods, cultures on different media and non-culture-based methods) are presented in article.

  3. Scanning probe methods applied to molecular electronics

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    2013-01-01

    Scanning probe methods on insulating films offer a rich toolbox to study electronic, structural and spin properties of individual molecules. This work discusses three issues in the field of molecular and organic electronics. A scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) head to be operated in high magnetic fields has been designed and built up. The STM head is very compact and rigid relying on a robust coarse approach mechanism. This will facilitate investigations of the spin properties of individ...

  4. Versatile Formal Methods Applied to Quantum Information.

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    Witzel, Wayne [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Rudinger, Kenneth Michael [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Sarovar, Mohan [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-11-01

    Using a novel formal methods approach, we have generated computer-veri ed proofs of major theorems pertinent to the quantum phase estimation algorithm. This was accomplished using our Prove-It software package in Python. While many formal methods tools are available, their practical utility is limited. Translating a problem of interest into these systems and working through the steps of a proof is an art form that requires much expertise. One must surrender to the preferences and restrictions of the tool regarding how mathematical notions are expressed and what deductions are allowed. Automation is a major driver that forces restrictions. Our focus, on the other hand, is to produce a tool that allows users the ability to con rm proofs that are essentially known already. This goal is valuable in itself. We demonstrate the viability of our approach that allows the user great exibility in expressing state- ments and composing derivations. There were no major obstacles in following a textbook proof of the quantum phase estimation algorithm. There were tedious details of algebraic manipulations that we needed to implement (and a few that we did not have time to enter into our system) and some basic components that we needed to rethink, but there were no serious roadblocks. In the process, we made a number of convenient additions to our Prove-It package that will make certain algebraic manipulations easier to perform in the future. In fact, our intent is for our system to build upon itself in this manner.

  5. 蒙脱土(MMT)/PA纳米复合材料的制备与性能研究%Preparation and Properites of MMT/Nylon Nanocomposite

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    郝向阳; 刘吉平; 冯顺山

    2001-01-01

    The preparation of MMT/PA66 and MMT/PA66 nanocomposites bymelt-intercalation process is proposed. The Organically-Modified MMT is synthesized and hybrided with PA6 and PA66. Their structure are characterized, mechanical testing is performed and the fire retardancy of this kind of polymer layered silicate (PLS) nanocomposite is observed. The introduction of MMT leads to about 50% increase in the impact strength of PA66 and enhances the LOI of PA6. There is a kind of synergistic effect betwwen MMT and other fire retardans.%用熔融插层法制备MMT/PA纳米复合材料,先合成有机改性蒙脱土,再将PA6和PA66分别与改性MMT共混制成纳米复合材料。表征了其结构和力学性能,观察了MMT/PA6和MMT/PA66纳米复合材料的阻燃特性。发现纳米MMT也能将PA66的冲击强度提高近50%,并能提高PA6的LOI,与其他阻燃剂起协同效应。

  6. Optimization methods applied to hybrid vehicle design

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    Donoghue, J. F.; Burghart, J. H.

    1983-01-01

    The use of optimization methods as an effective design tool in the design of hybrid vehicle propulsion systems is demonstrated. Optimization techniques were used to select values for three design parameters (battery weight, heat engine power rating and power split between the two on-board energy sources) such that various measures of vehicle performance (acquisition cost, life cycle cost and petroleum consumption) were optimized. The apporach produced designs which were often significant improvements over hybrid designs already reported on in the literature. The principal conclusions are as follows. First, it was found that the strategy used to split the required power between the two on-board energy sources can have a significant effect on life cycle cost and petroleum consumption. Second, the optimization program should be constructed so that performance measures and design variables can be easily changed. Third, the vehicle simulation program has a significant effect on the computer run time of the overall optimization program; run time can be significantly reduced by proper design of the types of trips the vehicle takes in a one year period. Fourth, care must be taken in designing the cost and constraint expressions which are used in the optimization so that they are relatively smooth functions of the design variables. Fifth, proper handling of constraints on battery weight and heat engine rating, variables which must be large enough to meet power demands, is particularly important for the success of an optimization study. Finally, the principal conclusion is that optimization methods provide a practical tool for carrying out the design of a hybrid vehicle propulsion system.

  7. STS-114: Post Launch MMT Briefing

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    2005-01-01

    Bill Parsons, Space Shuttle Program Manager, and Wayne Hill, Deputy Manager of the Space Shuttle Program, and Chair of the Mission Management Team talks about the flight day 2 of the Discovery. Bill noted that flight operations are extremely going on well. He also explained an unexpected debris event on a power ramp little ways down where LH2 ramp begins. Before flight and based from technical data, slight modifications were done on the power ramp to ensure safety of return to flight. Bill also noted that STS-114 is a test flight; all data collected and brought back by the crew will be analyzed to ensure that all information needed is sufficient to work on faults and defects and to make appropriate repairs. Wayne discussed on flight safety. He emphasized the need to thoroughly inspect the thermal protection system of the Orbiter to ensure safe entry. Inspection of still photographs from the ISS and the boom sensor system scan are the primary means to understand engineering data in terms of the immediate flight safety. He also reported accomplishments for the day such as survey of the Orbiter boom system, all the wing leading edge, RCC panels and the nose cap, to make sure these are in good shape and working well, and re-emphasized that these are primary methods to clear the thermal protection system of the Orbiter to prove that it is safe to come home on this flight.

  8. Bayesian analysis of resolved stellar spectra: application to MMT/Hectochelle Observations of the Draco dwarf spheroidal

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    Walker, Matthew G; Mateo, Mario

    2015-01-01

    We introduce a Bayesian method for fitting faint, resolved stellar spectra in order to obtain simultaneous estimates of redshift and stellar-atmospheric parameters. We apply the method to thousands of spectra---covering 5160-5280 Angs. at resolution R~20,000---that we have acquired with the MMT/Hectochelle fibre spectrograph for red-giant and horizontal branch candidates along the line of sight to the Milky Way's dwarf spheroidal satellite in Draco. The observed stars subtend an area of ~4 deg^2, extending ~3 times beyond Draco's nominal `tidal' radius. For each spectrum we tabulate the first four moments---central value, variance, skewness and kurtosis---of posterior probability distribution functions representing estimates of the following physical parameters: line-of-sight velocity v_los, effective temperature (T_eff), surface gravity (logg) and metallicity ([Fe/H]). After rejecting low-quality measurements, we retain a new sample consisting of 2813 independent observations of 1565 unique stars, including ...

  9. Making Interoperability Easier with NASA's Metadata Management Tool (MMT)

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    Shum, Dana; Reese, Mark; Pilone, Dan; Baynes, Katie

    2016-01-01

    While the ISO-19115 collection level metadata format meets many users' needs for interoperable metadata, it can be cumbersome to create it correctly. Through the MMT's simple UI experience, metadata curators can create and edit collections which are compliant with ISO-19115 without full knowledge of the NASA Best Practices implementation of ISO-19115 format. Users are guided through the metadata creation process through a forms-based editor, complete with field information, validation hints and picklists. Once a record is completed, users can download the metadata in any of the supported formats with just 2 clicks.

  10. Data reduction pipeline for the MMT Magellan Infrared Spectrograph

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    Chilingarian, Igor; Fabricant, Daniel; McLeod, Brian; Roll, John; Szentgyorgyi, Andrew

    2012-01-01

    We describe principal components of the new spectroscopic data pipeline for the multi-object MMT/Magellan Infrared Spectrograph (MMIRS). The pipeline is implemented in IDL and C++. The performance of the data processing algorithms is sufficient to reduce a single dataset in 2--3 min on a modern PC workstation so that one can use the pipeline as a quick-look tool during observations. We provide an example of the spectral data processed by our pipeline and demonstrate that the sky subtraction quality gets close to the limits set by the Poisson photon statistics.

  11. Reflections on Mixing Methods in Applied Linguistics Research

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    Hashemi, Mohammad R.

    2012-01-01

    This commentary advocates the use of mixed methods research--that is the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods in a single study--in applied linguistics. Based on preliminary findings from a research project in progress, some reflections on the current practice of mixing methods as a new trend in applied linguistics are put forward.…

  12. Reflections on Mixing Methods in Applied Linguistics Research

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    Hashemi, Mohammad R.

    2012-01-01

    This commentary advocates the use of mixed methods research--that is the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods in a single study--in applied linguistics. Based on preliminary findings from a research project in progress, some reflections on the current practice of mixing methods as a new trend in applied linguistics are put forward.…

  13. PREPARATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE(SPI)/MONTMORILLONITE(MMT) BIONANOCOMPOSITES

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    傅强

    2009-01-01

    The bionanocomposites of soy protein isolate(SPI)/montmorillonite(MMT) have been prepared successfully via simple melt mixing,in which MMT was used as nanofiller and glycerol was used as plasticizer.Their structures and properties were characterized with X-ray diffraction(XRD),differential scanning calorimetry(DSC),scanning electron microscopy(SEM),thermogravimetric analysis and tensile testing.XRD、TEM and SEM results indicated that the MMT layers could be easily intercalated by the SPI matrix even by si...

  14. Chronic Infections and Management Setting in Drug Addicts of MMT Program in Pinang, Malaysia

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    Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman; Syed Wasif Gillani

    2009-01-01

    Background: The authors sought to identify the prevalence of blood-borne chronic infections and determine the appropriate management therapy setting among the drug addicts of methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) program. The purpose to identify such factor is to know the quality of health of respondents active to MMT program and possibly predict the risk reduction of relapse during the treatment. Methodology: As it was known that government of Malaysia allowed MMT on large scale at 2005, so ...

  15. DASH and MMT and Their Applications in ATSC 3.0

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    Yiling Xu; Shaowei Xie; Hao Chen; Le Yang; Jun Sun

    2016-01-01

    Despite the success of MPEG⁃2 Transport Stream (TS) being used to deliver services in broadcast channels, the increase of on⁃demand viewing of multimedia content over IP with browser⁃centric media endpoints introduces a new requirement for more indi⁃vidualized and flexible access to content. This has resulted in alternatives to MPEG⁃2 TS. While the needs of interactive broad⁃cast services (such as personalized advertisement or selection of audio stream with a language suitable for a specific user) grow there is an active standardization work under going for the next generation broadcasting systems. To best enable a complete sys⁃tem of hybrid broadcast and broadband services, Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) 3.0 has developed an enhanced broadcast transport method named Real⁃Time Object Delivery over Unidirectional Transport (ROUTE)/DASH for delivery of DASH⁃formatted content and non⁃real time (NRT) data. Additionally, for broadcasting, ATSC 3.0 has also adopted MPEG Media Trans⁃port (MMT) standard, which inherits major advantageous features of MPEG⁃2 TS and is very useful in real⁃time streaming delivery via a unidirectional delivery network.This paper mainly describes features and design considerations of ATSC 3.0, and discusses the applications of the transport protocols used for broadcasting, i.e., ROUTE/DASH and MMT, whose comparative introductions are also presented in details.

  16. Survey of relationship between spiritual health and mental health in patients undergoing methadone maintenance treatment (MMT

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction and goal: Religiosity and spirituality decreasesof the impact of life stress on the tendency to substance use. Everyday addedto the number of people who believe that spirituality is the way to treat neuroses and mental problems. This study aimed to determine the relationship between spiritual health and mental health in patients undergoing to methadone maintenance treatment (MMT dependent on the private and government sector in Sari. Method: This study was cross- sectional study. The target populations of this study were 123 women and men undergoing to methadone maintenance treatment (MMT. The data collected by spiritual and mental health questionnaire and were analyzed using two-sample t-test and spearman correlationin theSPSS (18 software. Findings: The grade average of spiritual health was 43/29 and mental health was 41/26.The results showed that a significant correlation between spiritual health with mental health. The highest correlation was between spiritual healthwith the social function and the lowestcorrelation was with physical problems. There was no significant relationshipbetween of marital status, number of children, sex and spiritual health. Conclusion: According to positive and significant role spiritual health in mental health, so, strengthen the spiritual dimension can to promote mental health and reduce mental disorders and the tendency to addiction.

  17. Use of a Fourier transform spectrometer on a balloon-borne telescope and at the multiple mirror telescope (MMT)

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    Traub, W. A.; Chance, K. V.; Brasunas, J. C.; Vrtilek, J. M.; Carleton, N. P.

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    The design and use of an infrared Fourier transform spectrometer which has been used for observations of laboratory, stratospheric, and astronomical spectra are described. The spectrometer has a spectral resolution of 0.032/cm and has operated in the mid-infrared (12 to 13 microns) as well as the far-infrared (40 to 140 microns), using both bolometer and photoconductor cryogenic detectors. The spectrometer is optically sized to accept an f/9 beam from the multi-mirror telescope (MMT). The optical and electronic design are discussed, including remote operation of the spectrometer on a balloon-borne 102-cm telescope. The performance of the laser-controlled, screw-driven moving cat's-eye mirror is discussed. Segments of typical far-infrared balloon flight spectra, lab spectra, and mid-infrared MMT spectra are presented. Data reduction, interferogram processing, artifact removal, wavelength calibration, and intensity calibration methods are discussed. Future use of the spectrometer is outlined.

  18. Spectrophotometry with Hectospec, the MMT's Fiber-Fed Spectrograph

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    Fabricant, Daniel G; Geller, Margaret J; Caldwell, Nelson; Woods, Deborah

    2008-01-01

    We describe techniques for photometric calibration of optical spectra obtained with the MMT's fiber-fed spectrograph, Hectospec. The atmospheric dispersion compensation prisms built into the MMT's f/5 wide field corrector effectively eliminate errors due to differential refraction, and simplify the calibration procedure. The procedures that we describe here are applicable to all 220,000+ spectra obtained to date with Hectospec because the instrument response is stable. We estimate the internal error in the Hectospec measurements by comparing duplicate measurements of $\\sim$1500 galaxies. For a sample of 400 galaxies in the Smithsonian Hectospec Lensing Survey (SHELS) with a median z=0.10, we compare line and continuum fluxes measured by Hectospec through a 1.5 arcsec diameter optical fiber with those measured by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) through a 3 arcsec diameter optical fiber. Agreement of the [OII] and H alpha SHELS and SDSS line fluxes, after scaling by the R band flux in the different aperture...

  19. Report: Demographic profiles and sleep quality among patients on methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) in Malaysia.

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    Zahari, Zalina; Siong, Lee Chee; Musa, Nurfadhlina; Mohd Yasin, Mohd Azhar; Choon, Tan Soo; Mohamad, Nasir; Ismail, Rusli

    2016-01-01

    Poor sleep quality was frequently reported by opioid dependence patients during methadone maintenance therapy (MMT). The study investigated a sample of patients on MMT to investigate the severity and prevalence of sleep problems in MMT patients. We evaluated sleep quality and disturbances of 119 Malay male patients from MMT clinics in Kelantan, Malaysia between March and July 2013 using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI)-Malay version. Patients' demographic, clinical data, past drug history and methadone treatment variables were recorded. Patients averaged 37.5 years of age (SD 6.79) and their mean age of first time illicit drug use was 19.3 years (SD 4.48). Their mean age of entering MMT was 34.7 years (SD 6.92) and the mean duration in MMT was 2.8 years (SD 2.13). The mean current daily dosage of methadone was 77.8 mg (SD 39.47) and ranged from 20 to 360 mg. The mean global PSQI score was 5.6 (SD 2.79) and 43.7% patients were identified as 'poor sleepers' (global PSQI scores >5). This study confirms the poor overall sleep quality among patients on MMT. The prevalence and severity of sleep problems in MMT patients should not be underestimated.

  20. Weak versus strong wave turbulence in the MMT model

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    Chibbaro, Sergio; Onorato, Miguel

    2016-01-01

    Within the spirit of fluid turbulence, we consider the one-dimensional Majda-McLaughlin-Tabak (MMT) model that describes the interactions of nonlinear dispersive waves. We perform a detailed numerical study of the direct energy cascade in the defocusing regime. In particular, we consider a configuration with large-scale forcing and small scale dissipation, and we introduce three non- dimensional parameters: the ratio between nonlinearity and dispersion, {\\epsilon}, and the analogues of the Reynolds number, Re, i.e. the ratio between the nonlinear and dissipative time-scales, both at large and small scales. Our numerical experiments show that (i) in the limit of small {\\epsilon} the spectral slope observed in the statistical steady regime corresponds to the one predicted by the Weak Wave Turbulence (WWT) theory. (ii) As the nonlinearity is increased, the WWT theory breaks down and deviations from its predictions are observed. (iii) It is shown that such departures from the WWT theoretical predictions are accom...

  1. Methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT), plant uptake and effects on metabolism

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    Jones, A.R.; Lytle, C.M.; Stone, R.L.; Smith, B.N [Department of Botany and Range Science, Brigham Young University, Provo (United States); Hansen, L.D. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Brigham Young University, Provo (United States)

    2000-04-01

    In the USA and Canada, methylcyclopentadienyl manganese (MMT) is currently added to gasoline to replace tetraethyl lead as an antiknock fuel additive. Manganese concentrations in roadside soil and plants are increasing and correlated with distance from the roadway, traffic volume, plant type, and microhabitat. Radish (Raphanus sativus L.) seedlings were treated for either five or thirty-five days with different levels of manganous chloride (0-1000ppm). Metabolic heat rates (q) and respiration rates (R{sub CO{sub 2}}), measured calorimetrically, indicated severe stress at Mn concentrations between 10 and 100ppm and at temperatures above 20C. Predicted growth rates (R{sub SG}) also decreased in these circumstances.

  2. Building "Applied Linguistic Historiography": Rationale, Scope, and Methods

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    Smith, Richard

    2016-01-01

    In this article I argue for the establishment of "Applied Linguistic Historiography" (ALH), that is, a new domain of enquiry within applied linguistics involving a rigorous, scholarly, and self-reflexive approach to historical research. Considering issues of rationale, scope, and methods in turn, I provide reasons why ALH is needed and…

  3. Observations Of The LCROSS Impact From The MMT Observatory

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    Hastie, Morag Ann; Bailey, V.; Hinz, P.; Callahan, S.; Vaitheeswaran, V.; Gibson, D.; Porter, D.; Vilas, F.

    2010-01-01

    On the night of UT 9 Oct 2009, the MMT Observatory 6.5-m telescope watched with multiple ‘eyes’ as NASA crashed the two LCROSS spacecraft into the Cabeus crater near the south pole of the Moon. The primary goal of the observations was to address the LCROSS mission’s first science goal: “Confirm the presence or absence of water ice in a permanently shadowed region on the Moon”. Using the MMT in conjunction with CLIO, a thermal infrared camera coupled with a low-resolution prism covering a spectral range of 2.5 - 4.5 µm, we obtained spectra across Cabeus crater throughout the event. These spectra bracket 3 µm to identify the 3-µm absorption feature caused by adsorbed or interlayer water or both in minerals created by the process of aqueous alteration, which could be present in plume dust if water ice is present in the impacted crater. Additionally, we trained three optical cameras with varying FOVs at the impact area, in particular, one fast temporal camera with a 0.7-µm medium band filter with the hope to follow the growth of expected plume development with time. As an observatory we used this unique observing night to reach out to the public and give them a glimpse of the professional astronomy world. We streamed the live images coming from three of our science cameras and web cams around the observatory on the internet and got thousands of viewers from around the world. We present a snapshot of the night and initial results from our observations.

  4. Applying Mixed Methods Research at the Synthesis Level: An Overview

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    Heyvaert, Mieke; Maes, Bea; Onghena, Patrick

    2011-01-01

    Historically, qualitative and quantitative approaches have been applied relatively separately in synthesizing qualitative and quantitative evidence, respectively, in several research domains. However, mixed methods approaches are becoming increasingly popular nowadays, and practices of combining qualitative and quantitative research components at…

  5. Applying sociodramatic methods in teaching transition to palliative care

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    Baile, Walter F; Walters, Rebecca

    2013-01-01

    We introduce the technique of sociodrama, describe its key components, and illustrate how this simulation method was applied in a workshop format to address the challenge of discussing transition to palliative care...

  6. The harmonics detection method based on neural network applied ...

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    Keywords: Artificial Neural Networks (ANN), p-q theory, (SAPF), Harmonics, Total Harmonic Distortion. 1. ... Recently, some methods based on artificial intelligence have been applied In order to improve ..... The effect is the reduction of.

  7. Applying Mixed Methods Research at the Synthesis Level: An Overview

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    Heyvaert, Mieke; Maes, Bea; Onghena, Patrick

    2011-01-01

    Historically, qualitative and quantitative approaches have been applied relatively separately in synthesizing qualitative and quantitative evidence, respectively, in several research domains. However, mixed methods approaches are becoming increasingly popular nowadays, and practices of combining qualitative and quantitative research components at…

  8. Enhancement of corrosion protection effect in mechanochemically synthesized Polyaniline/MMT clay nanocomposites

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    N. Kalaivasan

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Nanocomposite material that consists of DBSA (dodecylbenzensulfonic acid doped polyaniline (PANI was prepared by solvent free mechanochemical intercalation method. Organic aniline monomer was first intercalated into the interlayer regions of Na-MMT (sodium montmorillonite clay hosts and followed by one-step oxidative polymerization. The as synthesized polyaniline clay nanocomposites were treated with DBSA to get PANI-DBSA clay nanocomposites. PANI-DBSA clay nanocomposites in the form of coatings at different concentrations of DBSA on C45 steel were found much superior in corrosion protection over those of conventional polyaniline, based on the series of electrochemical measurement of corrosion potential, polarization resistance and corrosion current in 3.5% aqueous NaCl electrolyte. UV–visible spectroscopy, FT-IR and SEM studies confirm the formation of intercalated polyaniline clay nanocomposites inside the clay nanolayers.

  9. Effects of Reality Therapy Methods Applied in the Classroom

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    Shearn, Donald F.; Randolph, Daniel Lee

    1978-01-01

    Reality therapy methods in the classroom were examined via a four-group experimental design. The groups were as follows: (a) pretested reality therapy, (b) unpretested reality therapy, (c) pretested placebo, and (d) unpretested placebo. Findings were not supportive of reality therapy methods as applied in the classroom. (Author)

  10. MMT hypervelocity star survey. III. The complete survey

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    Brown, Warren R.; Geller, Margaret J.; Kenyon, Scott J., E-mail: wbrown@cfa.harvard.edu, E-mail: mgeller@cfa.harvard.edu, E-mail: skenyon@cfa.harvard.edu [Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)

    2014-05-20

    We describe our completed spectroscopic survey for unbound hypervelocity stars (HVSs) ejected from the Milky Way. Three new discoveries bring the total number of unbound late B-type stars to 21. We place new constraints on the nature of the stars and on their distances using moderate resolution MMT spectroscopy. Half of the stars are fast rotators; they are certain 2.5-4 M {sub ☉} main sequence stars at 50-120 kpc distances. Correcting for stellar lifetime, our survey implies that unbound 2.5-4 M {sub ☉} stars are ejected from the Milky Way at a rate of 1.5 × 10{sup –6} yr{sup –1}. These unbound HVSs are likely ejected continuously over the past 200 Myr and do not share a common flight time. The anisotropic spatial distribution of HVSs on the sky remains puzzling. Southern hemisphere surveys like SkyMapper will soon allow us to map the all-sky distribution of HVSs. Future proper motion measurements with Hubble Space Telescope and Gaia will provide strong constraints on origin. Existing observations are all consistent with HVS ejections from encounters with the massive black hole in the Galactic center.

  11. The crowding factor method applied to parafoveal vision

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    Ghahghaei, Saeideh; Walker, Laura

    2016-01-01

    Crowding increases with eccentricity and is most readily observed in the periphery. During natural, active vision, however, central vision plays an important role. Measures of critical distance to estimate crowding are difficult in central vision, as these distances are small. Any overlap of flankers with the target may create an overlay masking confound. The crowding factor method avoids this issue by simultaneously modulating target size and flanker distance and using a ratio to compare crowded to uncrowded conditions. This method was developed and applied in the periphery (Petrov & Meleshkevich, 2011b). In this work, we apply the method to characterize crowding in parafoveal vision (crowding than in the periphery, yet radial/tangential asymmetries are clearly preserved. There are considerable idiosyncratic differences observed between participants. The crowding factor method provides a powerful tool for examining crowding in central and peripheral vision, which will be useful in future studies that seek to understand visual processing under natural, active viewing conditions. PMID:27690170

  12. Teaching students to apply multiple physical modeling methods

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    Wiegers, T.; Verlinden, J.C.; Vergeest, J.S.M.

    2014-01-01

    Design students should be able to explore a variety of shapes before elaborating one particular shape. Current modelling courses don’t address this issue. We developed the course Rapid Modelling, which teaches students to explore multiple shape models in a short time, applying different methods and

  13. Method for applying daytime colors to nighttime imagery in realtime

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    Hogervorst, M.A.; Toet, A.

    2008-01-01

    We present a fast and efficient method to derive and apply natural colors to nighttime imagery from multiband sensors. The color mapping is derived from the combination of a multiband image and a corresponding natural color reference image. The mapping optimizes the match between the multiband image

  14. Teaching students to apply multiple physical modeling methods

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    Wiegers, T.; Verlinden, J.C.; Vergeest, J.S.M.

    2014-01-01

    Design students should be able to explore a variety of shapes before elaborating one particular shape. Current modelling courses don’t address this issue. We developed the course Rapid Modelling, which teaches students to explore multiple shape models in a short time, applying different methods and

  15. Hybrid method of solution applied to simulation of pulse chromatography

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    M. A. Cremasco

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available In this communication, the method proposed by Cremasco et al. (2003 is applied to predict single and low concentration pulse chromatography. In previous work, a general rate model was presented to describe the breakthrough curve, where a hybrid solution was proposed for the linear adsorption. The liquid phase concentration inside the particle was found analytically and related with the bed liquid phase through Duhamel's Theorem, while the bulk-phase equation was solved by a numerical method. In this paper, this method is applied to describe pulse chromatography of solutes that present linear adsorption isotherms. The simulated results of pulse chromatography are compared with experimental ones for aromatic amino acid experiments from literature.

  16. Linear algebraic methods applied to intensity modulated radiation therapy.

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    Crooks, S M; Xing, L

    2001-10-01

    Methods of linear algebra are applied to the choice of beam weights for intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). It is shown that the physical interpretation of the beam weights, target homogeneity and ratios of deposited energy can be given in terms of matrix equations and quadratic forms. The methodology of fitting using linear algebra as applied to IMRT is examined. Results are compared with IMRT plans that had been prepared using a commercially available IMRT treatment planning system and previously delivered to cancer patients.

  17. Structure and characterization of Chinese fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) wood/MMT intercalation nanocomposite (WMNC)

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    Wenhua Lü; Guangjie ZHAO

    2008-01-01

    With water-soluble phenol-formaldehyde resin as an intermediate,Chinese fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) wood/montmorillonite nanocomposite (WMNC) was prepared through vacuum impregnation and character-ized with XRD, SEM, FTIR and TG-DTA analyses. The XRD analysis indicated that the wood crystallinity of WMNC decreased, the MMT exfoliated and some nano silicate layers entered into the non-crystallized micro-fibrillar region of the wood cell wall. Wood structure is anisotropic and its impregnation is anisotropic. Due to the nonuniformity of the MMT organic modification, PF intercalation and wood impregnation, the MMT config-uration and distribution in wood were diverse. The SEM graphs of WMNC showed that some silicate grains were blocked in the wood cell lumen,some silicate layers adhered to the inner surface of the wood cell wall, and some exfoliated MMT layers even penetrated the wood cell wall. The obtained hydroxyl of WMNC increased and its ether linking decreased. It was considered that MMT and wood interacted not only with hydroxyl bonds,but also involved some chemical linking.Compared with untreated wood and the PF-impreg, the pyrolysis process of WMNC changed; its starting decomposing temperature decreased and its pyrolysis weight loss at high temperatures greatly decreased. The WMNC indicated certain nanoeffects of the composition of the inorganic MMT nanolamellae.

  18. Surface modification of PMMA/O-MMT composite microfibers by TiO 2 coating

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    Wang, Qingqing; Wang, Xin; Li, Xuejia; Cai, Yibing; Wei, Qufu

    2011-10-01

    In the present work, poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)/organically modified montmorillonite (O-MMT) composite microfibers were firstly prepared by emulsion polymerization combined with electrospinning, and then coated by nanosize titanium dioxide (TiO 2) using RF magnetron sputter technique. The modified surfaces of PMMA/O-MMT composite microfibers were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis spectroscopy and drop shape analyzer. Finally, the photocatalytic properties of TiO 2 coated PMMA/O-MMT composite microfiber membranes were evaluated by degradation of methylene blue(MB) under UV illumination. The experimental results revealed that anatase-TiO 2 and rutile-TiO 2 nanoparticles were well spread and physically deposited on the surface of PMMA/O-MMT microfibers, and the wettability of the PMMA/O-MMT composite microfibers was improved after surface modification by sputter coating. Furthermore, the PMMA/O-MMT microfibers membrane coated with TiO 2 performed well in photocatalytic degradation of MB.

  19. Methods of applied mathematics with a software overview

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    Davis, Jon H

    2016-01-01

    This textbook, now in its second edition, provides students with a firm grasp of the fundamental notions and techniques of applied mathematics as well as the software skills to implement them. The text emphasizes the computational aspects of problem solving as well as the limitations and implicit assumptions inherent in the formal methods. Readers are also given a sense of the wide variety of problems in which the presented techniques are useful. Broadly organized around the theme of applied Fourier analysis, the treatment covers classical applications in partial differential equations and boundary value problems, and a substantial number of topics associated with Laplace, Fourier, and discrete transform theories. Some advanced topics are explored in the final chapters such as short-time Fourier analysis and geometrically based transforms applicable to boundary value problems. The topics covered are useful in a variety of applied fields such as continuum mechanics, mathematical physics, control theory, and si...

  20. Singularly Perturbation Method Applied To Multivariable PID Controller Design

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    Mashitah Che Razali

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Proportional integral derivative (PID controllers are commonly used in process industries due to their simple structure and high reliability. Efficient tuning is one of the relevant issues of PID controller type. The tuning process always becomes a challenging matter especially for multivariable system and to obtain the best control tuning for different time scales system. This motivates the use of singularly perturbation method into the multivariable PID (MPID controller designs. In this work, wastewater treatment plant and Newell and Lee evaporator were considered as system case studies. Four MPID control strategies, Davison, Penttinen-Koivo, Maciejowski, and Combined methods, were applied into the systems. The singularly perturbation method based on Naidu and Jian Niu algorithms was applied into MPID control design. It was found that the singularly perturbed system obtained by Naidu method was able to maintain the system characteristic and hence was applied into the design of MPID controllers. The closed loop performance and process interactions were analyzed. It is observed that less computation time is required for singularly perturbed MPID controller compared to the conventional MPID controller. The closed loop performance shows good transient responses, low steady state error, and less process interaction when using singularly perturbed MPID controller.

  1. Using VPython to Apply Mathematics to Physics in Mathematical Methods

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    Demaree, Dedra; Eagan, J.; Finn, P.; Knight, B.; Singleton, J.; Therrien, A.

    2006-12-01

    At the College of the Holy Cross, the sophomore mathematical methods of physics students completed VPython programming projects. This is the first time VPython has been used in a physics course at this college. These projects were aimed at applying some methods learned to actual physical situations. Students first completed worksheets from North Carolina State University to learn the programming environment. They then used VPython to apply the mathematics of vectors and differential equations learned in class to solve physics situations which appear simple but are not easy to solve analytically. For most of these students it was their first programming experience. It was also one of the only chances we had to do actual physics applications during the semester due to the large amount of mathematical content covered. In addition to showcasing the students’ final programs, this poster will share their view of including VPython in this course.

  2. Numerov numerical method applied to the Schr\\"odinger equation

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    Caruso, F

    2014-01-01

    In this paper it is shown how to solve numerically eigenvalue problems associated to second order linear ordinary differential equations, containing also terms which depend on the variable. A didactic presentation of the Numerov Method is given and, in the sequel, it is applied to two quantum non-relativistic problems with well known analytical solutions: the simple harmonic oscillator and the hydrogen atom. The numerical results are compared to those obtained analytically.

  3. A new method of AHP applied to personal credit evaluation

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    JIANG Ming-hui; XIONG Qi; CAO Jing

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents a new negative judgment matrix that combines the advantages of the reciprocal judgment matrix and the fuzzy complementary judgment matrix, and then puts forth the properties of this new matrix. In view of these properties, this paper derives a clear sequencing formula for the new negative judgment matrix, which improves the sequencing principle of AHP. Finally, this new method is applied to personal credit evaluation to show its advantages of conciseness and swiftness.

  4. MM&T: Bibliography on optical testing with appendix

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    Cornejo-Rodriguez, A.; Caulfield, H. J.; Friday, W.

    1982-02-01

    The following is a major expansion of 'Bibliography on Various Optical Testing Methods,' by Daniel Malacara, Alejandro Cornejo, and M. V. R. K. Murty which appeared in Applied Optica, 14, 1065 - 1080(1975). It is computerized to allow for easy update and correction. The last update was in September 1979. For availability information, please contact either of the authors. The present bibliography occupies 321 pages and includes the work of Cornejo, et al. as an appendix.

  5. Quantitative EEG Applying the Statistical Recognition Pattern Method

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    Engedal, Knut; Snaedal, Jon; Hoegh, Peter

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim of this study was to examine the discriminatory power of quantitative EEG (qEEG) applying the statistical pattern recognition (SPR) method to separate Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients from elderly individuals without dementia and from other dementia patients. METHODS...... accepted criteria by at least 2 clinicians. EEGs were recorded in a standardized way and analyzed independently of the clinical diagnoses, using the SPR method. RESULTS: In receiver operating characteristic curve analyses, the qEEGs separated AD patients from healthy elderly individuals with an area under...... the curve (AUC) of 0.90, representing a sensitivity of 84% and a specificity of 81%. The qEEGs further separated patients with Lewy body dementia or Parkinson's disease dementia from AD patients with an AUC of 0.9, a sensitivity of 85% and a specificity of 87%. CONCLUSION: qEEG using the SPR method could...

  6. An ultrasonic guided wave method to estimate applied biaxial loads

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    Shi, Fan; Michaels, Jennifer E.; Lee, Sang Jun

    2012-05-01

    Guided waves propagating in a homogeneous plate are known to be sensitive to both temperature changes and applied stress variations. Here we consider the inverse problem of recovering homogeneous biaxial stresses from measured changes in phase velocity at multiple propagation directions using a single mode at a specific frequency. Although there is no closed form solution relating phase velocity changes to applied stresses, prior results indicate that phase velocity changes can be closely approximated by a sinusoidal function with respect to angle of propagation. Here it is shown that all sinusoidal coefficients can be estimated from a single uniaxial loading experiment. The general biaxial inverse problem can thus be solved by fitting an appropriate sinusoid to measured phase velocity changes versus propagation angle, and relating the coefficients to the unknown stresses. The phase velocity data are obtained from direct arrivals between guided wave transducers whose direct paths of propagation are oriented at different angles. This method is applied and verified using sparse array data recorded during a fatigue test. The additional complication of the resulting fatigue cracks interfering with some of the direct arrivals is addressed via proper selection of transducer pairs. Results show that applied stresses can be successfully recovered from the measured changes in guided wave signals.

  7. Methods for model selection in applied science and engineering.

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    Field, Richard V., Jr.

    2004-10-01

    Mathematical models are developed and used to study the properties of complex systems and/or modify these systems to satisfy some performance requirements in just about every area of applied science and engineering. A particular reason for developing a model, e.g., performance assessment or design, is referred to as the model use. Our objective is the development of a methodology for selecting a model that is sufficiently accurate for an intended use. Information on the system being modeled is, in general, incomplete, so that there may be two or more models consistent with the available information. The collection of these models is called the class of candidate models. Methods are developed for selecting the optimal member from a class of candidate models for the system. The optimal model depends on the available information, the selected class of candidate models, and the model use. Classical methods for model selection, including the method of maximum likelihood and Bayesian methods, as well as a method employing a decision-theoretic approach, are formulated to select the optimal model for numerous applications. There is no requirement that the candidate models be random. Classical methods for model selection ignore model use and require data to be available. Examples are used to show that these methods can be unreliable when data is limited. The decision-theoretic approach to model selection does not have these limitations, and model use is included through an appropriate utility function. This is especially important when modeling high risk systems, where the consequences of using an inappropriate model for the system can be disastrous. The decision-theoretic method for model selection is developed and applied for a series of complex and diverse applications. These include the selection of the: (1) optimal order of the polynomial chaos approximation for non-Gaussian random variables and stationary stochastic processes, (2) optimal pressure load model to be

  8. Advanced methods for image registration applied to JET videos

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    Craciunescu, Teddy, E-mail: teddy.craciunescu@jet.uk [EURATOM-MEdC Association, NILPRP, Bucharest (Romania); Murari, Andrea [Consorzio RFX, Associazione EURATOM-ENEA per la Fusione, Padova (Italy); Gelfusa, Michela [Associazione EURATOM-ENEA – University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Roma (Italy); Tiseanu, Ion; Zoita, Vasile [EURATOM-MEdC Association, NILPRP, Bucharest (Romania); Arnoux, Gilles [EURATOM/CCFE Fusion Association, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, Oxon (United Kingdom)

    2015-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Development of an image registration method for JET IR and fast visible cameras. • Method based on SIFT descriptors and coherent point drift points set registration technique. • Method able to deal with extremely noisy images and very low luminosity images. • Computation time compatible with the inter-shot analysis. - Abstract: The last years have witnessed a significant increase in the use of digital cameras on JET. They are routinely applied for imaging in the IR and visible spectral regions. One of the main technical difficulties in interpreting the data of camera based diagnostics is the presence of movements of the field of view. Small movements occur due to machine shaking during normal pulses while large ones may arise during disruptions. Some cameras show a correlation of image movement with change of magnetic field strength. For deriving unaltered information from the videos and for allowing correct interpretation an image registration method, based on highly distinctive scale invariant feature transform (SIFT) descriptors and on the coherent point drift (CPD) points set registration technique, has been developed. The algorithm incorporates a complex procedure for rejecting outliers. The method has been applied for vibrations correction to videos collected by the JET wide angle infrared camera and for the correction of spurious rotations in the case of the JET fast visible camera (which is equipped with an image intensifier). The method has proved to be able to deal with the images provided by this camera frequently characterized by low contrast and a high level of blurring and noise.

  9. A simple method of applying ear dressing in microtia patients

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    Vinita Puri

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Numerous splints and ear guards have been described for dressing in microtia patients but each has its own merit and demerit. We have devised a simple method of applying such dressings on the operating table. Materials and Methods: A rectangular piece of lubricated dressing material like paraffin gauze or antibiotic impregnated dressing is cut. The dressing material is than split partially into one thirds in a staggered manner. The dressing material is then applied to the retroauricular sulcus. The fans of the dressing material are then turned onto themselves over the projecting ear which makes the dressing stable in its position. Results: The authors have been regularly using this dressing for reconstruction in all cases of microtia. The dressing stays firmly in place in the peri-operative period and is subsequently replaced by stents. Conclusion: It is a low cost, readily available, simple, fast and effective method of ear dressing in the peri-operative period for microtia cases.

  10. Numerical spectral methods applied to flow in highly heterogeneous aquifers

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    Van Lent, T.J.

    1992-01-01

    The small perturbation approximation is of central importance to many of the current stochastic approaches to groundwater flow and transport. However, the range of validity of this approximation is not clear. In this thesis, the author applies a numerical spectral approach to investigate the range of validity of the small perturbation approximation for head and specific discharge moments in one- and two-dimensional finite domains. The objectives of this thesis are three-fold. First, to investigate numerical Fourier methods applicable to periodic domains. This periodic formulation allows an approximation to stationarity to an arbitrary degree. Secondly, apply Fourier methods to the numerical derivation of generalized covariance functions of head and specific discharge using a small perturbation approximation. Lastly, use the numerical spectral methods to investigate the range of validity of the small perturbation approximation for head and specific discharge moments. The findings are that the small perturbation approximation tends to underestimate the variance of large-scale head and specific discharge fluctuations, and error increases with increasing log-conductivity variance. Moreover, the validity of the small perturbation approximating for head depends upon log-conductivity variance, initial log-conductivity covariance function, and domain size. The head fluctuations are not ergodic. The specific discharge fluctuations, on the other hand, do appear ergodic. The specific discharge moments are less affected by initial log-conductivity covariance choice. The small perturbation approximation performs well in estimating total variance in the longitudinal direction, but underestimates transverse specific discharge variance.

  11. Classification of Specialized Farms Applying Multivariate Statistical Methods

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    Zuzana Hloušková

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Classification of specialized farms applying multivariate statistical methods The paper is aimed at application of advanced multivariate statistical methods when classifying cattle breeding farming enterprises by their economic size. Advantage of the model is its ability to use a few selected indicators compared to the complex methodology of current classification model that requires knowledge of detailed structure of the herd turnover and structure of cultivated crops. Output of the paper is intended to be applied within farm structure research focused on future development of Czech agriculture. As data source, the farming enterprises database for 2014 has been used, from the FADN CZ system. The predictive model proposed exploits knowledge of actual size classes of the farms tested. Outcomes of the linear discriminatory analysis multifactor classification method have supported the chance of filing farming enterprises in the group of Small farms (98 % filed correctly, and the Large and Very Large enterprises (100 % filed correctly. The Medium Size farms have been correctly filed at 58.11 % only. Partial shortages of the process presented have been found when discriminating Medium and Small farms.

  12. Gamma neutron method applied to field measurement of hydrodynamic dispersion

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    Brissaud, F.; Pappalardo, A.; Couchat, Ph.

    1983-06-01

    The gamma neutron method is applied to the study of solute movements during field irrigations under steady-state and transient hydrodynamic conditions. Two different types of behavior are discussed. In the first, the labeled water pulse velocity matches the conservation of the vertical rate of water and, when the deuterated water concentration profiles are mass-conservative, the experimental results are accurately described by the equation of dispersion. In the second, the pore water velocity differs considerably from that of strictly vertical displacements and the concentration profiles are not massconservative.

  13. Preparation and Mechanical Properties of Solid-phase Grafting Nanocomposites of PVC/Graft Copolymers/MMT

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    ZHOU Dunbai; CAI Changgen; JIA Demin

    2006-01-01

    In order to improve the mechanical properties of PVC, by solid-phase grafting reaction, grafting on and nano-modifying the PVC process synchronously, acrylic monomers not only graft on PVC, but also are intercalated into the layers of MMT in the heating process. Blending PVC and the MMT-PVC grafting copolymers, we can get nanocomposites of PVC/ grafters/ MMT, and the mechanical performance of the material is improved.

  14. Efficient electronic structure methods applied to metal nanoparticles

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    Larsen, Ask Hjorth

    Nano-scale structures are increasingly applied in the design of catalysts and electronic devices. A theoretical understanding of the basic properties of such systems is enabled through modern electronic structure methods such as density functional theory. This thesis describes the development...... more strongly than large ones. This can be understood mostly as a geometric eect. Convergence of chemisorption energies within 0.1 eV of bulk values happens at about 200 atoms for Pt and 600 atoms for Au. Particularly for O on Au, large variations due to electronic effects are seen for smaller clusters....... The basis set method is used to study the electronic effects for the contiguous range of clusters up to several hundred atoms. The s-electrons hybridize to form electronic shells consistent with the jellium model, leading to electronic magic numbers for clusters with full shells. Large electronic gaps...

  15. Applied systems ecology: models, data, and statistical methods

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    Eberhardt, L L

    1976-01-01

    In this report, systems ecology is largely equated to mathematical or computer simulation modelling. The need for models in ecology stems from the necessity to have an integrative device for the diversity of ecological data, much of which is observational, rather than experimental, as well as from the present lack of a theoretical structure for ecology. Different objectives in applied studies require specialized methods. The best predictive devices may be regression equations, often non-linear in form, extracted from much more detailed models. A variety of statistical aspects of modelling, including sampling, are discussed. Several aspects of population dynamics and food-chain kinetics are described, and it is suggested that the two presently separated approaches should be combined into a single theoretical framework. It is concluded that future efforts in systems ecology should emphasize actual data and statistical methods, as well as modelling.

  16. Adapted G-mode Clustering Method applied to Asteroid Taxonomy

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    Hasselmann, Pedro H.; Carvano, Jorge M.; Lazzaro, D.

    2013-11-01

    The original G-mode was a clustering method developed by A. I. Gavrishin in the late 60's for geochemical classification of rocks, but was also applied to asteroid photometry, cosmic rays, lunar sample and planetary science spectroscopy data. In this work, we used an adapted version to classify the asteroid photometry from SDSS Moving Objects Catalog. The method works by identifying normal distributions in a multidimensional space of variables. The identification starts by locating a set of points with smallest mutual distance in the sample, which is a problem when data is not planar. Here we present a modified version of the G-mode algorithm, which was previously written in FORTRAN 77, in Python 2.7 and using NumPy, SciPy and Matplotlib packages. The NumPy was used for array and matrix manipulation and Matplotlib for plot control. The Scipy had a import role in speeding up G-mode, Scipy.spatial.distance.mahalanobis was chosen as distance estimator and Numpy.histogramdd was applied to find the initial seeds from which clusters are going to evolve. Scipy was also used to quickly produce dendrograms showing the distances among clusters. Finally, results for Asteroids Taxonomy and tests for different sample sizes and implementations are presented.

  17. Matched-filtering Line Search Methods Applied to Suzaku Data

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    Miyazaki, Naoto; Enoto, Teruaki; Axelsson, Magnus; Ohashi, Takaya

    2016-01-01

    A detailed search for emission and absorption lines and assessing their upper limits are performed for Suzaku data. The method utilizes a matched-filtering approach to maximize the signal-to-noise ratio for a given energy resolution, which could be applicable to many types of line search. We first applied it to well-known AGN spectra that have been reported to have ultra-fast outflows, and find that our results are consistent with previous findings at the ~3{\\sigma} level. We proceeded to search for emission and absorption features in the two bright magnetars 4U 0142+61 and 1RXS J1708-4009, applying the filtering method to Suzaku data. We found that neither source showed any significant indication of line features, even using long Suzaku observations and dividing their spectra into spin phases. The upper limits on the equivalent width of emission/absorption lines are constrained to be a few eV at ~1 keV, and a few hundreds of eV at ~10 keV. This strengthens previous reports that persistently bright magnetars ...

  18. Pre-dispersed organo-montmorillonite (organo-MMT) nanofiller: Morphology, cytocompatibility and impact on flexibility, toughness and biostability of biomedical ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymer.

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    Osman, Azlin F; M Fitri, Tuty Fareyhynn; Rakibuddin, Md; Hashim, Fatimah; Tuan Johari, Syed Ahmad Tajudin; Ananthakrishnan, Rajakumar; Ramli, Rafiza

    2017-05-01

    Polymer-clay based nanocomposites are among the attractive materials to be applied for various applications, including biomedical. The incorporation of the nano sized clay (nanoclay) into polymer matrices can result in their remarkable improvement in mechanical, thermal and barrier properties as long as the nanofillers are well exfoliated and dispersed throughout the matrix. In this work, exfoliation strategy through pre-dispersing process of the organically modified montmorillonite (organo-MMT) nanofiller was done to obtain ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA) nanocomposite with improved flexibility, toughness, thermal stability and biostability. Our results indicated that the degree of organo-MMT exfoliation affects its cytotoxicity level and the properties of the resulting EVA nanocomposite. The pre-dispersed organo-MMT by ultrasonication in water possesses higher degree of exfoliation as compared to its origin condition and significantly performed reduced cytotoxicity level. Beneficially, this nanofiller also enhanced the EVA flexibility, thermal stability and biostability upon the in vitro exposure. We postulated that these were due to plasticizing effect and enhanced EVA-nanofiller interactions contributing to more stable chemical bonds in the main copolymer chains. Improvement in copolymer flexibility is beneficial for close contact with human soft tissue, while enhancement in toughness and biostability is crucial to extend its life expectancy as insulation material for implantable device.

  19. A Multifactorial Analysis of Reconstruction Methods Applied After Total Gastrectomy

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    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the reconstruction methods applied after total gastrectomy in terms of postoperative symptomology and nutrition. Methods: This retrospective study was conducted on 31 patients who underwent total gastrectomy due to gastric cancer in 2. Clinic of General Surgery, SSK Ankara Training Hospital. 6 different reconstruction methods were used and analyzed in terms of age, sex and postoperative complications. One from esophagus and two biopsy specimens from jejunum were taken through upper gastrointestinal endoscopy from all cases, and late period morphological and microbiological changes were examined. Postoperative weight change, dumping symptoms, reflux esophagitis, solid/liquid dysphagia, early satiety, postprandial pain, diarrhea and anorexia were assessed. Results: Of 31 patients,18 were males and 13 females; the youngest one was 33 years old, while the oldest- 69 years old. It was found that reconstruction without pouch was performed in 22 cases and with pouch in 9 cases. Early satiety, postprandial pain, dumping symptoms, diarrhea and anemia were found most commonly in cases with reconstruction without pouch. The rate of bacterial colonization of the jejunal mucosa was identical in both groups. Reflux esophagitis was most commonly seen in omega esophagojejunostomy (EJ, while the least-in Roux-en-Y, Tooley and Tanner 19 EJ. Conclusion: Reconstruction with pouch performed after total gastrectomy is still a preferable method. (The Medical Bulletin of Haseki 2010; 48:126-31

  20. The virtual fields method applied to spalling tests on concrete

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    Pierron, F.; Forquin, P.

    2012-08-01

    For one decade spalling techniques based on the use of a metallic Hopkinson bar put in contact with a concrete sample have been widely employed to characterize the dynamic tensile strength of concrete at strain-rates ranging from a few tens to two hundreds of s-1. However, the processing method mainly based on the use of the velocity profile measured on the rear free surface of the sample (Novikov formula) remains quite basic and an identification of the whole softening behaviour of the concrete is out of reach. In the present paper a new processing method is proposed based on the use of the Virtual Fields Method (VFM). First, a digital high speed camera is used to record the pictures of a grid glued on the specimen. Next, full-field measurements are used to obtain the axial displacement field at the surface of the specimen. Finally, a specific virtual field has been defined in the VFM equation to use the acceleration map as an alternative `load cell'. This method applied to three spalling tests allowed to identify Young's modulus during the test. It was shown that this modulus is constant during the initial compressive part of the test and decreases in the tensile part when micro-damage exists. It was also shown that in such a simple inertial test, it was possible to reconstruct average axial stress profiles using only the acceleration data. Then, it was possible to construct local stress-strain curves and derive a tensile strength value.

  1. Six Sigma methods applied to cryogenic coolers assembly line

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    Ventre, Jean-Marc; Germain-Lacour, Michel; Martin, Jean-Yves; Cauquil, Jean-Marc; Benschop, Tonny; Griot, René

    2009-05-01

    Six Sigma method have been applied to manufacturing process of a rotary Stirling cooler: RM2. Name of the project is NoVa as main goal of the Six Sigma approach is to reduce variability (No Variability). Project has been based on the DMAIC guideline following five stages: Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve, Control. Objective has been set on the rate of coolers succeeding performance at first attempt with a goal value of 95%. A team has been gathered involving people and skills acting on the RM2 manufacturing line. Measurement System Analysis (MSA) has been applied to test bench and results after R&R gage show that measurement is one of the root cause for variability in RM2 process. Two more root causes have been identified by the team after process mapping analysis: regenerator filling factor and cleaning procedure. Causes for measurement variability have been identified and eradicated as shown by new results from R&R gage. Experimental results show that regenerator filling factor impacts process variability and affects yield. Improved process haven been set after new calibration process for test bench, new filling procedure for regenerator and an additional cleaning stage have been implemented. The objective for 95% coolers succeeding performance test at first attempt has been reached and kept for a significant period. RM2 manufacturing process is now managed according to Statistical Process Control based on control charts. Improvement in process capability have enabled introduction of sample testing procedure before delivery.

  2. Superabsorbent nanocomposite (alginate-g-PAMPS/MMT): synthesis, characterization and swelling behavior.

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    Yadav, Mithilesh; Rhee, Kyong Yop

    2012-09-01

    A superabsorbent composite (alginate-g-PAMPS/MMT) was prepared by graft copolymerization from alginate, 2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid (AMPS) and Na+ montmorillonite (MMT) in an inert atmosphere. Effects of polymerization variables on water absorbency, including the content of Na+ montmorillonite, sodium alginate, N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide and AMPS, were studied. The introduced montmorillonite formed a loose and porous surface and improved the water absorbency of the alginate-g-PAMPS/MMT superabsorbent composite. Swelling behaviors of the superabsorbent composites in various cationic salt solutions (NaCl, CaCl2 and FeCl3) and anionic salt solutions (NaCl and Na2SO4) were also systematically investigated. The superabsorbent composite was further characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), rheology, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) taking alginate-g-PAMPS as a reference.

  3. Analytical methods applied to diverse types of Brazilian propolis

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    2011-01-01

    Propolis is a bee product, composed mainly of plant resins and beeswax, therefore its chemical composition varies due to the geographic and plant origins of these resins, as well as the species of bee. Brazil is an important supplier of propolis on the world market and, although green colored propolis from the southeast is the most known and studied, several other types of propolis from Apis mellifera and native stingless bees (also called cerumen) can be found. Propolis is usually consumed as an extract, so the type of solvent and extractive procedures employed further affect its composition. Methods used for the extraction; analysis the percentage of resins, wax and insoluble material in crude propolis; determination of phenolic, flavonoid, amino acid and heavy metal contents are reviewed herein. Different chromatographic methods applied to the separation, identification and quantification of Brazilian propolis components and their relative strengths are discussed; as well as direct insertion mass spectrometry fingerprinting. Propolis has been used as a popular remedy for several centuries for a wide array of ailments. Its antimicrobial properties, present in propolis from different origins, have been extensively studied. But, more recently, anti-parasitic, anti-viral/immune stimulating, healing, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and analgesic activities of diverse types of Brazilian propolis have been evaluated. The most common methods employed and overviews of their relative results are presented. PMID:21631940

  4. Analytical methods applied to diverse types of Brazilian propolis

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    Marcucci Maria

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Propolis is a bee product, composed mainly of plant resins and beeswax, therefore its chemical composition varies due to the geographic and plant origins of these resins, as well as the species of bee. Brazil is an important supplier of propolis on the world market and, although green colored propolis from the southeast is the most known and studied, several other types of propolis from Apis mellifera and native stingless bees (also called cerumen can be found. Propolis is usually consumed as an extract, so the type of solvent and extractive procedures employed further affect its composition. Methods used for the extraction; analysis the percentage of resins, wax and insoluble material in crude propolis; determination of phenolic, flavonoid, amino acid and heavy metal contents are reviewed herein. Different chromatographic methods applied to the separation, identification and quantification of Brazilian propolis components and their relative strengths are discussed; as well as direct insertion mass spectrometry fingerprinting. Propolis has been used as a popular remedy for several centuries for a wide array of ailments. Its antimicrobial properties, present in propolis from different origins, have been extensively studied. But, more recently, anti-parasitic, anti-viral/immune stimulating, healing, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and analgesic activities of diverse types of Brazilian propolis have been evaluated. The most common methods employed and overviews of their relative results are presented.

  5. A gait planning method applied to hexapod biomimetic robot locomotion

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    Chen Fu; Yan Jihong; Zang Xizhe; Zhao Jie

    2009-01-01

    In order to fulfill the goal of autonomous walking on rough terrain, a distributed gait planning method applied to hexapod biomimetic robot locomotion is proposed based on the research effort of gait coordination mechanism of stick insect. The mathematical relation of walking velocity and gait pattern was depicted, a set of local rules operating between adjacent legs were put forward, and a distributed network of local rules for gait control was constructed. With the interaction of adjacent legs, adaptive adjustment of phase sequence fluctuation of walking legs resulting from change of terrain conditions or variety of walking speed was implemented to generate statically stable gait. In the simulation experiments, adaptive adjustment of inter-leg phase sequence and smooth transition of velocity and gait pattern were realized, and static stableness was ensured simultaneously, which provided the hexapod robot with the capability of walking on rough terrain stably and expeditiously.

  6. Structural dynamic responses analysis applying differential quadrature method

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    PU Jun-ping; ZHENG Jian-jun

    2006-01-01

    Unconditionally stable higher-order accurate time step integration algorithms based on the differential quadrature method (DQM) for second-order initial value problems were applied and the quadrature rules of DQM, computing of the weighting coefficients and choices of sampling grid points were discussed. Some numerical examples dealing with the heat transfer problem, the second-order differential equation of imposed vibration of linear single-degree-of-freedom systems and double-degree-of-freedom systems, the nonlinear move differential equation and a beam forced by a changing load were computed,respectively. The results indicated that the algorithm can produce highly accurate solutions with minimal time consumption, and that the system total energy can remain conservative in the numerical computation.

  7. Metrological evaluation of characterization methods applied to nuclear fuels

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    Faeda, Kelly Cristina Martins; Lameiras, Fernando Soares; Camarano, Denise das Merces; Ferreira, Ricardo Alberto Neto; Migliorini, Fabricio Lima; Carneiro, Luciana Capanema Silva; Silva, Egonn Hendrigo Carvalho, E-mail: kellyfisica@gmail.co, E-mail: fernando.lameiras@pq.cnpq.b, E-mail: dmc@cdtn.b, E-mail: ranf@cdtn.b, E-mail: flmigliorini@hotmail.co, E-mail: lucsc@hotmail.co, E-mail: egonn@ufmg.b [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2010-07-01

    In manufacturing the nuclear fuel, characterizations are performed in order to assure the minimization of harmful effects. The uranium dioxide is the most used substance as nuclear reactor fuel because of many advantages, such as: high stability even when it is in contact with water at high temperatures, high fusion point, and high capacity to retain fission products. Several methods are used for characterization of nuclear fuels, such as thermogravimetric analysis for the ratio O / U, penetration-immersion method, helium pycnometer and mercury porosimetry for the density and porosity, BET method for the specific surface, chemical analyses for relevant impurities, and the laser flash method for thermophysical properties. Specific tools are needed to control the diameter and the sphericity of the microspheres and the properties of the coating layers (thickness, density, and degree of anisotropy). Other methods can also give information, such as scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, microanalysis, and mass spectroscopy of secondary ions for chemical analysis. The accuracy of measurement and level of uncertainty of the resulting data are important. This work describes a general metrological characterization of some techniques applied to the characterization of nuclear fuel. Sources of measurement uncertainty were analyzed. The purpose is to summarize selected properties of UO{sub 2} that have been studied by CDTN in a program of fuel development for Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR). The selected properties are crucial for thermalhydraulic codes to study basic design accidents. The thermal characterization (thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity) and the penetration immersion method (density and open porosity) of UO{sub 2} samples were focused. The thermal characterization of UO{sub 2} samples was determined by the laser flash method between room temperature and 448 K. The adaptive Monte Carlo Method was used to obtain the endpoints of

  8. Single-Case Designs and Qualitative Methods: Applying a Mixed Methods Research Perspective

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    Hitchcock, John H.; Nastasi, Bonnie K.; Summerville, Meredith

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this conceptual paper is to describe a design that mixes single-case (sometimes referred to as single-subject) and qualitative methods, hereafter referred to as a single-case mixed methods design (SCD-MM). Minimal attention has been given to the topic of applying qualitative methods to SCD work in the literature. These two…

  9. Single-Case Designs and Qualitative Methods: Applying a Mixed Methods Research Perspective

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    Hitchcock, John H.; Nastasi, Bonnie K.; Summerville, Meredith

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this conceptual paper is to describe a design that mixes single-case (sometimes referred to as single-subject) and qualitative methods, hereafter referred to as a single-case mixed methods design (SCD-MM). Minimal attention has been given to the topic of applying qualitative methods to SCD work in the literature. These two…

  10. Influence of processing temperature on the rheological behavior of PCL/MMT nanocomposites;Influencia da temperatura de processamento no comportamento reologico de nanocompositos de PCL/MMT

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    Marini, Juliano; Beatrice, Cesar A.G.; Favaro, Marcia M.; Bretas, Rosario E.S., E-mail: bretas@power.ufscar.b [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (PPG-CEMUFSCar), SP (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Ciencia e Engenharia de Materiais; Branciforti, Marcia C. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (DEMa/UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais

    2009-07-01

    Polycaprolactone (PCL) is a biodegradable polymer; however, this polymer had low mechanical strength, limiting its applications. The addition of a lamellar silicate (MMT) can alter this behavior, especially when the filler is well dispersed and distributed thru the polymeric matrix. In this work the influence of the processing temperature in the structure of PCL/MMT nanocomposites was studied. The nanocomposites were obtained by melt intercalation in a Haake rheometer at two temperatures: 80 and 120 deg C. Wide angle X-ray analysis showed that the intercalation of the polymer chains into the clay's galleries was not influenced by the processing temperature. However, the steady state and dynamic rheological properties showed that the higher the processing temperature the better the dispersion and distribution of the clay thru the matrix, without having polymer degradation. (author)

  11. Supervised Machine Learning Methods Applied to Predict Ligand- Binding Affinity.

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    Heck, Gabriela S; Pintro, Val O; Pereira, Richard R; de Ávila, Mauricio B; Levin, Nayara M B; de Azevedo, Walter F

    2017-01-01

    Calculation of ligand-binding affinity is an open problem in computational medicinal chemistry. The ability to computationally predict affinities has a beneficial impact in the early stages of drug development, since it allows a mathematical model to assess protein-ligand interactions. Due to the availability of structural and binding information, machine learning methods have been applied to generate scoring functions with good predictive power. Our goal here is to review recent developments in the application of machine learning methods to predict ligand-binding affinity. We focus our review on the application of computational methods to predict binding affinity for protein targets. In addition, we also describe the major available databases for experimental binding constants and protein structures. Furthermore, we explain the most successful methods to evaluate the predictive power of scoring functions. Association of structural information with ligand-binding affinity makes it possible to generate scoring functions targeted to a specific biological system. Through regression analysis, this data can be used as a base to generate mathematical models to predict ligandbinding affinities, such as inhibition constant, dissociation constant and binding energy. Experimental biophysical techniques were able to determine the structures of over 120,000 macromolecules. Considering also the evolution of binding affinity information, we may say that we have a promising scenario for development of scoring functions, making use of machine learning techniques. Recent developments in this area indicate that building scoring functions targeted to the biological systems of interest shows superior predictive performance, when compared with other approaches. Copyright© Bentham Science Publishers; For any queries, please email at epub@benthamscience.org.

  12. The virtual fields method applied to spalling tests on concrete

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    Forquin P.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available For one decade spalling techniques based on the use of a metallic Hopkinson bar put in contact with a concrete sample have been widely employed to characterize the dynamic tensile strength of concrete at strain-rates ranging from a few tens to two hundreds of s−1. However, the processing method mainly based on the use of the velocity profile measured on the rear free surface of the sample (Novikov formula remains quite basic and an identification of the whole softening behaviour of the concrete is out of reach. In the present paper a new processing method is proposed based on the use of the Virtual Fields Method (VFM. First, a digital high speed camera is used to record the pictures of a grid glued on the specimen. Next, full-field measurements are used to obtain the axial displacement field at the surface of the specimen. Finally, a specific virtual field has been defined in the VFM equation to use the acceleration map as an alternative ‘load cell’. This method applied to three spalling tests allowed to identify Young’s modulus during the test. It was shown that this modulus is constant during the initial compressive part of the test and decreases in the tensile part when micro-damage exists. It was also shown that in such a simple inertial test, it was possible to reconstruct average axial stress profiles using only the acceleration data. Then, it was possible to construct local stress-strain curves and derive a tensile strength value.

  13. Fast multipole method applied to Lagrangian simulations of vortical flows

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    Ricciardi, Túlio R.; Wolf, William R.; Bimbato, Alex M.

    2017-10-01

    Lagrangian simulations of unsteady vortical flows are accelerated by the multi-level fast multipole method, FMM. The combination of the FMM algorithm with a discrete vortex method, DVM, is discussed for free domain and periodic problems with focus on implementation details to reduce numerical dissipation and avoid spurious solutions in unsteady inviscid flows. An assessment of the FMM-DVM accuracy is presented through a comparison with the direct calculation of the Biot-Savart law for the simulation of the temporal evolution of an aircraft wake in the Trefftz plane. The role of several parameters such as time step restriction, truncation of the FMM series expansion, number of particles in the wake discretization and machine precision is investigated and we show how to avoid spurious instabilities. The FMM-DVM is also applied to compute the evolution of a temporal shear layer with periodic boundary conditions. A novel approach is proposed to achieve accurate solutions in the periodic FMM. This approach avoids a spurious precession of the periodic shear layer and solutions are shown to converge to the direct Biot-Savart calculation using a cotangent function.

  14. Potassium fertilizer applied by different methods in the zucchini crop

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    Carlos N. V. Fernandes

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Aiming to evaluate the effect of potassium (K doses applied by the conventional method and fertigation in zucchini (Cucurbita pepo L., a field experiment was conducted in Fortaleza, CE, Brazil. The statistical design was a randomized block, with four replicates, in a 4 x 2 factorial scheme, which corresponded to four doses of K (0, 75, 150 and 300 kg K2O ha-1 and two fertilization methods (conventional and fertigation. The analyzed variables were: fruit mass (FM, number of fruits (NF, fruit length (FL, fruit diameter (FD, pulp thickness (PT, soluble solids (SS, yield (Y, water use efficiency (WUE and potassium use efficiency (KUE, besides an economic analysis using the net present value (NPV, internal rate of return (IRR and payback period (PP. K doses influenced FM, FD, PT and Y, which increased linearly, with the highest value estimated at 36,828 kg ha-1 for the highest K dose (300 kg K2O ha-1. This dose was also responsible for the largest WUE, 92 kg ha-1 mm-1. KUE showed quadratic behavior and the dose of 174 kg K2O ha-1 led to its maximum value (87.41 kg ha-1 (kg K2O ha-1-1. All treatments were economically viable, and the most profitable months were May, April, December and November.

  15. Reasons for not applying safe contraceptive methods in women using withdrawal method in Amol city, 2003

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    Full Text Available Background and purpose : Withdrawal method is one of the most common contraceptive ways (% 23 nationwide. With regard to its relatively high failure rate (% 4-23 with unwanted pregnancies as well as resulted complications, this descriptive study was conducted to find out the reasons for not applying safe contraceptive methods.Materials and methods: Subject population consisted of 379 married women between 15 and 45 living in Amol city and using withdrawal method. The subjects were selected through different stages with final randomization Data were collected by a questionnaire in which personal, social, and obstetrical history, and reasons for using withdrawal method as well as for not applying other methods were documented. The validity and reliability of the tool were determined by content validity and test-re test method respectively. Pearson coefficient of correlation as well as t-test and ANOVA were used for quantitative and qualitative variables respectively.Results : Findings showed that the mean age of subjects was 28.1 ± 6.4, who had used withdrawal method at least for 3 months. Mean duration in using withdrawal method was 53.6 ± 6.6 months. Health care workers were considered the most frequent source of information (%26.6 and the main reasons for not applying safe contraceptive methods included fear of side effects (% 28.2, husband opposition (% 28.2, contraindication (% 9 Lactation (% 8.7 and indifference to conception (% 7.7. The most common reasons for applying withdrawal method were husband preference (% 25.1, having less complications (% 20.3, availability (% 19.5 and being safer than other methods (% 12.7.Conclusion : It can be concluded that much more efforts should be made to devise and perform family planning programs correctly, and training health care workers continuously and finally educating people either by mass media or by professionals to encourage applying safe contraceptive methods.

  16. Applying sociodramatic methods in teaching transition to palliative care.

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    Baile, Walter F; Walters, Rebecca

    2013-03-01

    We introduce the technique of sociodrama, describe its key components, and illustrate how this simulation method was applied in a workshop format to address the challenge of discussing transition to palliative care. We describe how warm-up exercises prepared 15 learners who provide direct clinical care to patients with cancer for a dramatic portrayal of this dilemma. We then show how small-group brainstorming led to the creation of a challenging scenario wherein highly optimistic family members of a 20-year-old young man with terminal acute lymphocytic leukemia responded to information about the lack of further anticancer treatment with anger and blame toward the staff. We illustrate how the facilitators, using sociodramatic techniques of doubling and role reversal, helped learners to understand and articulate the hidden feelings of fear and loss behind the family's emotional reactions. By modeling effective communication skills, the facilitators demonstrated how key communication skills, such as empathic responses to anger and blame and using "wish" statements, could transform the conversation from one of conflict to one of problem solving with the family. We also describe how we set up practice dyads to give the learners an opportunity to try out new skills with each other. An evaluation of the workshop and similar workshops we conducted is presented. Copyright © 2013 U.S. Cancer Pain Relief Committee. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Diffusion Monte Carlo methods applied to Hamaker Constant evaluations

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    2016-01-01

    We applied diffusion Monte Carlo (DMC) methods to evaluate Hamaker constants of liquids for wettabilities, with practical size of a liquid molecule, Si$_6$H$_{12}$ (cyclohexasilane). The evaluated constant would be justified in the sense that it lies within the expected dependence on molecular weights among similar kinds of molecules, though there is no reference experimental values available for this molecule. Comparing the DMC with vdW-DFT evaluations, we clarified that some of the vdW-DFT evaluations could not describe correct asymptotic decays and hence Hamaker constants even though they gave reasonable binding lengths and energies, and vice versa for the rest of vdW-DFTs. We also found the advantage of DMC for this practical purpose over CCSD(T) because of the large amount of BSSE/CBS corrections required for the latter under the limitation of basis set size applicable to the practical size of a liquid molecule, while the former is free from such limitations to the extent that only the nodal structure of...

  18. An introduction to quantum chemical methods applied to drug design.

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    Stenta, Marco; Dal Peraro, Matteo

    2011-06-01

    The advent of molecular medicine allowed identifying the malfunctioning of subcellular processes as the source of many diseases. Since then, drugs are not only discovered, but actually designed to fulfill a precise task. Modern computational techniques, based on molecular modeling, play a relevant role both in target identification and drug lead development. By flanking and integrating standard experimental techniques, modeling has proven itself as a powerful tool across the drug design process. The success of computational methods depends on a balance between cost (computation time) and accuracy. Thus, the integration of innovative theories and more powerful hardware architectures allows molecular modeling to be used as a reliable tool for rationalizing the results of experiments and accelerating the development of new drug design strategies. We present an overview of the most common quantum chemistry computational approaches, providing for each one a general theoretical introduction to highlight limitations and strong points. We then discuss recent developments in software and hardware resources, which have allowed state-of-the-art of computational quantum chemistry to be applied to drug development.

  19. Analytic methods in applied probability in memory of Fridrikh Karpelevich

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    Suhov, Yu M

    2002-01-01

    This volume is dedicated to F. I. Karpelevich, an outstanding Russian mathematician who made important contributions to applied probability theory. The book contains original papers focusing on several areas of applied probability and its uses in modern industrial processes, telecommunications, computing, mathematical economics, and finance. It opens with a review of Karpelevich's contributions to applied probability theory and includes a bibliography of his works. Other articles discuss queueing network theory, in particular, in heavy traffic approximation (fluid models). The book is suitable

  20. Neural network method applied to particle image velocimetry

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    Grant, Ian; Pan, X.

    1993-12-01

    realised. An important class of neural network is the multi-layer perceptron. The neurons are distributed on surfaces and linked by weighted interconnections. In the present paper we demonstrate how this type of net can developed into a competitive, adaptive filter which will identify PIV image pairs in a number of commonly occurring flow types. Previous work by the authors in particle tracking analysis (1, 2) has shown the efficiency of statistical windowing techniques in flows without systematic (in time or space) variations. The effectiveness of the present neural net is illustrated by applying it to digital simulations ofturbulent and rotating flows. Work reported by Cenedese et al (3) has taken a different approach in examining the potential for neural net methods applied to PIV.

  1. ACT effectiveness in reducing aggressive behavior consent from patients treated with MMT

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    Soosan Bahrami Kohshahi

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of ACT on reducing aggressive behavior and improving the quality of the marital relationship and satisfaction with treatment in patients treated with the MMT. The type of the research was Quasi-experimental with a pre-test - post-test plan with the control group.The study population included all patients treated with MMT, in Tehran who have referred voluntary in 2015 for a period of six months to addiction treatment centers in Tehran and have treated.30 people were selectedamong the target population, by random sampling and then people randomly were replaced in two groups of 15 people, including experimental and control groups. The two groupswere evaluated in two steps of pre-test and post-test by questionnaire of the study, and the experimental group has received the treatment based on acceptance and commitment between two steps.Data were analyzed by analysis of covariance. Results showed that scores on aggressive behavior and satisfaction of patients treated with MMT participating in the training group of ACT, has significant difference compared to the group (0.05> P. Therefore, teaching ACT will help the aggressive behaviors and satisfaction of treating patients with MMT.

  2. Nanocomposites of poly(methyl methacrylate (PMMA and montmorillonite (MMT Brazilian clay: A tribological study

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    Full Text Available Nanocomposites of PMMA+MMT Brazilian clays were developed by mechanical mixing in co-rotational twinscrew extrusion and injection molding with varying weight fraction of MMT Brazilian clays. The clays were purchased in crude form and then washed and purified to extract the organic materials and contaminants. Dynamic friction and wear rate of these composites were studied as a function of concentration of the Brazilian clay. With an increase in the amount of MMT Brazilian clay, the dynamic friction of the nanocomposites increases, a clear but not large effect. It can be explained by sticky nature of clay; clay in the composite is also on the surface and sticks to the partner surface. The wear rate as a function of the clay concentration passes through a minimum at 1 wt% MMT; at this concentration the clay provides a reinforcement against abrasion. At higher clay concentrations we see a dramatic increase in wear – a consequence of clay agglomeration and increased brittleness. The conclusions are confirmed by microscopy results.

  3. IMPROVEMENT OF QUALITY IN PRODUCTION PROCESS BY APPLYING KAIKAKU METHOD

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    Milan Radenkovic

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, Kaikaku method is presented. The essence of this method is introduction, principles and ways of implementation in the real systems. The main point how Kaikaku method influences on quality. It is presented on the practical example (furniture industry, one way how to implement Kaikaku method and how influence on quality improvement of production process.

  4. Applied RCM2 Algorithms Based on Statistical Methods

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    Fausto Pedro García Márquez; Diego J. Pedregal

    2007-01-01

    The main purpose of this paper is to implement a system capable of detecting faults in railway point mechanisms. This is achieved by developing an algorithm that takes advantage of three empirical criteria simultaneously capable of detecting faults from records of measurements of force against time. The system is dynamic in several respects: the base reference data is computed using all the curves free from faults as they are encountered in the experimental data; the algorithm that uses the three criteria simultaneously may be applied in on-line situations as each new data point becomes available; and recursive algorithms are applied to filter noise from the raw data in an automatic way. Encouraging results are found in practice when the system is applied to a number of experiments carried out by an industrial sponsor.

  5. The Possible Effects of Methadone Maintenance Therapy on Erectile Dysfunction in Male Addicts Visiting MMT Centers of Rasht

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    Morteza Rahbar Taramsari

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Methadone is considered a long-acting opioid agonist which is widely used in the treatment of drug addiction. It is believed that opioids can cause erectile dysfunction (ED by inhibiting gonadotropin and testosterone release. This study is aimed at defining the possible effects of conservative treatment with methadone on erectile dysfunction in the addicts. Methods: A total of 382 male addicts visiting methadone maintenance therapy (MMT centers in Rasht, Iran, during 2010 were enrolled in this study. International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF questionnaire and patients' profiles were the main means of collecting data on demographic information, methadone dose intake, and erectile function status before and after the two months of therapy with methadone. Erectile function status was defined by the total score from questions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 15 of the questionnaire. The data was analyzed by X2, McNemer’s test, and paired t-test using SPSS software 18. Results: The mean age of patients was 37.6 ± 8.9 years (range: 18-72 years. Most of the patients were married (79.3% and they were citizens of Rasht (72.3%. The most frequent substances were opium (188 patients, 49.2% and crack (129 patients, 33.8%, respectively. Most of the patients received low dose methadone (286 patients, 74.9%. No significant relationship was indicated comparing the average scores of erectile function before and after taking methadone (18.53±6.978 vs. 19.03±5.819 (P=0.138. However, the severity of erectile dysfunction was significantly related to the methadone intake dose (P<0.001. Conclusion: Although MMT increases the frequency of erectile dysfunction, appropriate doses of methadone minimize this effect.

  6. CONTINUATION METHOD APPLIED IN KINEMATICS OF PARALLEL ROBOT

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    董滨; 张祥德

    2001-01-01

    Continuation method solving forward kinematics problem of parallel robot was discussed. And through a coefficient-parameter continuation method the efficiency and feasibility of continuation method were improved. Using this method all forward solutions of a new parallel robot model which was put forward lately by Robot Open Laboratory of Science Institute of China were obtained. Therefore it provided the basis of mechanism analysis and real-time control for new model.

  7. A series method applied to engineering calculations in structural dynamics

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    Reyes Márquez, Auxiliadora; Reyes Perales, José Antonio; Cortés Molina, Mónica; García Alonso, Fernando Luis

    2014-01-01

    This paper shows an application of the Φ-functions series method to calculate the response of structures in face of an earthquake, modelled by a 2DOF. The Φ-functions series method is an adaptation of the ideas of Scheifele to integrate forced and damped oscillators. This algorithm presents the advantage of integrating precisely the perturbed problem with only two Φ-functions. Method coefficients are calculated by simple algebraic recurrences in which the perturbation function is involved. Re...

  8. 交联聚乙烯/蒙脱土纳米复合物空间电荷特性研究%STUDY ON SPACE CHARGE CHARACTERISTICS OF XLPE/O-MMT NANOCOMPOSITES

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    高俊国; 张豪; 李丽丽; 张静; 郭宁; 张晓虹

    2013-01-01

    以十八烷基氯化铵处理的有机化蒙脱土(O-MMT)为无机纳米相,以低密度聚乙烯(LDPE)作为基体聚合物,以马来酸酐接枝聚乙烯(PEMA)为相容剂,以双叔丁基过氧化二异丙基苯BIPB为交联剂,通过熔融插层复合后再进行化学交联的“两步法”,制备了交联聚乙烯/有机化蒙脱土(XLPE/O-MMT)纳米复合物.利用电声脉冲法(PEA)试验研究了不同蒙脱土含量的XLPE/O-MMT纳米复合物的空间电荷特性.实验结果表明,与纯XLPE相比,含一定比例O-MMT的XLPE/O-MMT纳米复合物具有不同程度抑制空间电荷的能力.当O-MMT含量为0.5% ~1%时,其纳米复合物的空间电荷量最小;在O-MMT含量为3% ~7%的范围内,随O-MMT含量的增加,XLPE/O-MMT纳米复合物中空间电荷量逐渐增大,但仍低于纯XLPE中的空间电荷量.通过热激电流(TSC)实验证实,与XLPE相比,XLPE/O-MMT纳米复合物的TSC峰均不同程度地向高温方向偏移,说明纳米复合材料的陷阱深度增加.当O-MMT含量为1 wt%时,TSC曲线所包围的面积最小,相应地,其陷阱密度最小;而随着O-MMT含量的增加,XLPE/O-MMT纳米复合物的TSC曲线所包围面积逐渐增大,说明其陷阱密度有所增加.绝缘电导率的试验结果进一步支持了上述观点.%In the present paper cross-linked polyethylene/organic montmorillonite ( XLPE/O-MMT) nanocomposites, in which organic montmorillonite (O-MMT) treated by octadecyl ammonium chloride as the inorganic nanophase, low density polyethylene ( LDPE ) as the matrix polymer, maleic anhydride grafted polyethylene (PEMA) as the compatibilizer and bis( l-( tert-butylperoxy)-1-methylethyl) -benzene (BIPB) as the crosslinking agent,are prepared by means of the two-step method,i. e. after melting intercalation process the cross-linking reaction is carried out chemically. The space charge properties of XLPE/O-MMT nanocomposites with different proportions of O-MMT are investigated by the pulsed

  9. Evaluation of Controller Tuning Methods Applied to Distillation Column Control

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    Nielsen, Kim; W. Andersen, Henrik; Kümmel, Professor Mogens

    1998-01-01

    of this is to examine whether ZN and BLT design yield satisfactory control of distillation columns. Further, PI controllers are tuned according to a proposed multivariable frequency domain method. A major conclusion is that the ZN tuned controllers yield undesired overshoot and oscillation and poor stability robustness...... properties. BLT tuning removes the overshoot and oscillation, however, at the expense of a more sluggish response. We conclude that if a simple control design is to be used, the BLT method should be referred compared to the ZN method. The frequency domain design approach presented yields a more proper trade...... off between oscillation, response time and stability robustness. However, this method is more complicated to use than the ZN and BLT methods. Moreover, it is shown that properly tuned diagonal PI controllers can provide performance and robustness properties which equal well tuned PI controllers...

  10. Kinetic Monte Carlo method applied to nucleic acid hairpin folding.

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    Sauerwine, Ben; Widom, Michael

    2011-12-01

    Kinetic Monte Carlo on coarse-grained systems, such as nucleic acid secondary structure, is advantageous for being able to access behavior at long time scales, even minutes or hours. Transition rates between coarse-grained states depend upon intermediate barriers, which are not directly simulated. We propose an Arrhenius rate model and an intermediate energy model that incorporates the effects of the barrier between simulated states without enlarging the state space itself. Applying our Arrhenius rate model to DNA hairpin folding, we demonstrate improved agreement with experiment compared to the usual kinetic Monte Carlo model. Further improvement results from including rigidity of single-stranded stacking.

  11. Statistical methods for damage detection applied to civil structures

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    Gres, Szymon; Ulriksen, Martin Dalgaard; Döhler, Michael

    2017-01-01

    of the two damage detection methods is similar, hereby implying merit of the new Mahalanobis distance-based approach, as it is less computational complex. The fusion of the damage indicators in the control chart provides the most accurate view on the progressively damaged systems....... and compared to the well-known subspace-based damage detection algorithm in the context of two large case studies. Both methods are implemented in the modal analysis and structural health monitoring software ARTeMIS, in which the joint features of the methods are concluded in a control chart in an attempt...

  12. Applying a life cycle approach to project management methods

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    Biggins, David; Trollsund, F.; Høiby, A.L.

    2016-01-01

    Project management is increasingly important to organisations because projects are the method\\ud by which organisations respond to their environment. A key element within project management\\ud is the standards and methods that are used to control and conduct projects, collectively known as\\ud project management methods (PMMs) and exemplified by PRINCE2, the Project Management\\ud Institute’s and the Association for Project Management’s Bodies of Knowledge (PMBOK and\\ud APMBOK. The purpose of t...

  13. Thermal stability and structural characteristics of PTHF–Mmt organophile nanocomposite

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    Youcef Hattab

    2015-05-01

    The objective of this study is to use organophilized montmorillonites in the presence of monomer tetrahydrofuran to obtain polytétrahydrofuran montmorillonites (PTHF–Mmt of composites by polymerization in situ. The organophilisation of the Mmt is formed by active cationic surface. The obtained results show an increase in the distance inside the reticular in the diffractograms of X-rays (DRX and the appearance of absorption bands of the characteristics of polytétrahydrofuran on the spectra of infrared spectroscopy (IR, which indicate pre-polymerization of tetrahydrofuran in the galleries of clay and, therefore, the obtaining of a nanocomposite. We have also studied the thermal stability of the samples by differential analysis calorimetric (DSC analysis, and we can conclude that the nanocomposites are stabilized thermally by the presence of clay in the matrix.

  14. Experimental study and micromechanical modeling of MMT platelet-reinforced PP nanocomposites

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    Cauvin, Ludovic; Bhatnagar, Naresh; Brieu, Mathias; Kondo, Djimédo

    2007-11-01

    Nanocomposites with platelets reinforcements are emerging materials with strong potential for future engineering applications. The present study is a first step to characterize and predict the elastic behavior of Montmorillonite (MMT) clay reinforced Polypropylene (PP) nanocomposites. The pellets of nanoclay composites were made by first uniformly mixing the MMT platelets in a twin-screw extruder by the melt intercalation route. These pellets were then converted into tensile specimens as per ASTM 638 by injection molding process. From tensile tests it is shown that there is a significant increase of the Young modulus with the mass fraction (2-7%) of clay platelets. A first approach of homogenization allows to conclude that the Ponte Castañeda and Willis (1995) bound predicts the measured moduli provided that a suitable aspect ratio of the reinforcement is considered. To cite this article: L. Cauvin et al., C. R. Mecanique 335 (2007).

  15. The 6.5-m MMT Telescope: status and plans for the future

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    Williams, G. Grant; Ortiz, R.; Goble, W.; Gibson, J. D.

    2016-08-01

    The MMT Observatory, a joint venture of the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Arizona, operates the 6.5-m MMT telescope on the summit of Mount Hopkins approximately 45 miles south of Tucson, AZ. The upgraded telescope has been in routine operation for nearly fifteen years and, as such, is a very reliable and productive general purpose astronomical instrument. The telescope can be configured with one of three secondary mirrors that feed more than ten instruments at the Cassegrain focus. In this paper we provide an overview of the the telescope, its current capabilities, and its performance. We will review the existing suite of instruments and their different modes of operation. We will describe some of the general operations challenges and strategies for the Observatory. Finally, we will discuss plans for the near-term future including technical upgrades, new instrumentation and routine queue operation of MMIRS and Binospec.

  16. Methods applied in studies of benthic marine debris.

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    Spengler, Angela; Costa, Monica F

    2008-02-01

    The ocean floor is one of the main accumulation sites of marine debris. The study of this kind of debris still lags behind that of shorelines. It is necessary to identify the methods used to evaluate this debris and how the results are presented and interpreted. From the available literature on benthic marine debris (26 studies), six sampling methods were registered: bottom trawl net, sonar, submersible, snorkeling, scuba diving and manta tow. The most frequent method used was bottom trawl net, followed by the three methods of diving. The majority of the debris was classified according to their former use and the results usually expressed as items per unity of area. To facilitate comparisons of the contamination levels among sites and regions some standardization requirements are suggested.

  17. Spectral methods applied to fluidized bed combustors. Final report

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    Brown, R.C.; Christofides, N.J.; Junk, K.W.; Raines, T.S.; Thiede, T.D.

    1996-08-01

    The objective of this project was to develop methods for characterizing fuels and sorbents from time-series data obtained during transient operation of fluidized bed boilers. These methods aimed at determining time constants for devolatilization and char burnout using carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) profiles and from time constants for the calcination and sulfation processes using CO{sub 2} and sulfur dioxide (SO{sub 2}) profiles.

  18. Disentangling manual muscle testing and Applied Kinesiology: critique and reinterpretation of a literature review

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    Cooperstein Robert

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Cuthbert and Goodheart recently published a narrative review on the reliability and validity of manual muscle testing (MMT in the Journal. The authors should be recognized for their effort to synthesize this vast body of literature. However, the review contains critical errors in the search methods, inclusion criteria, quality assessment, validity definitions, study interpretation, literature synthesis, generalizability of study findings, and conclusion formulation that merit a reconsideration of the authors' findings. Most importantly, a misunderstanding of the review could easily arise because the authors did not distinguish the general use of muscle strength testing from the specific applications that distinguish the Applied Kinesiology (AK chiropractic technique. The article makes the fundamental error of implying that the reliability and validity of manual muscle testing lends some degree of credibility to the unique diagnostic procedures of AK. The purpose of this commentary is to provide a critical appraisal of the review, suggest conclusions consistent with the literature both reviewed and omitted, and extricate conclusions that can be made about AK in particular from those that can be made about MMT. When AK is disentangled from standard orthopedic muscle testing, the few studies evaluating unique AK procedures either refute or cannot support the validity of AK procedures as diagnostic tests. The evidence to date does not support the use of MMT for the diagnosis of organic disease or pre/subclinical conditions.

  19. Disentangling manual muscle testing and Applied Kinesiology: critique and reinterpretation of a literature review.

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    Haas, Mitchell; Cooperstein, Robert; Peterson, David

    2007-08-23

    Cuthbert and Goodheart recently published a narrative review on the reliability and validity of manual muscle testing (MMT) in the Journal. The authors should be recognized for their effort to synthesize this vast body of literature. However, the review contains critical errors in the search methods, inclusion criteria, quality assessment, validity definitions, study interpretation, literature synthesis, generalizability of study findings, and conclusion formulation that merit a reconsideration of the authors' findings. Most importantly, a misunderstanding of the review could easily arise because the authors did not distinguish the general use of muscle strength testing from the specific applications that distinguish the Applied Kinesiology (AK) chiropractic technique. The article makes the fundamental error of implying that the reliability and validity of manual muscle testing lends some degree of credibility to the unique diagnostic procedures of AK. The purpose of this commentary is to provide a critical appraisal of the review, suggest conclusions consistent with the literature both reviewed and omitted, and extricate conclusions that can be made about AK in particular from those that can be made about MMT. When AK is disentangled from standard orthopedic muscle testing, the few studies evaluating unique AK procedures either refute or cannot support the validity of AK procedures as diagnostic tests. The evidence to date does not support the use of MMT for the diagnosis of organic disease or pre/subclinical conditions.

  20. Prediction of difficult laryngoscopy: Extended mallampati score versus the MMT, ULBT and RHTMD.

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    Safavi, Mohammadreza; Honarmand, Azim; Amoushahi, Mahsa

    2014-01-01

    Preoperative using of anatomical landmarks detects potentially difficult laryngoscopies. The main object of the present study was to evaluate the predictive power of Extended Mallampati Score (EMS) in comparison with modified Mallampati test (MMT), the ratio of height to thyromental distance (RHTMD) and the Upper-Lip-Bite test (ULBT) in isolation and combination. Four hundred seventy sixadult patients who candidate for elective surgery under general anesthesia requiring endotracheal intubation were included in this study and evaluated based of all four factors before surgery. This study was randomized prospective double - blind. After that, laryngoscopy was performed by an anesthesiologist who didn't involve in preoperative airway assessment and graded based on Cormack and Lehane's classification. We calculated sensitivity, specificity, and area under receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) (AUC) for each score. The AUCof the ROC was significantly more for the ULBT (AUC = 0.820, P = 0.049) and RHTMD score (AUC = 0.845, P = 0.033) than the EMS (AUC = 0.703). This variable was significantly higher for the EMS compared with MMT (0.703 vs. 0.569, P = 0.046 respectively). There was no significant difference between the AUC of the ROC for the ULBT and the RHTMD score (P = 0.685). The optimalcut-off point for the RHTMD for predicting difficult laryngoscopy was 29.3. EMS predicted difficult laryngoscopy better than MMT while both ULBT and RHTMD had more power than EMS and MMT in this regard. ULBT and RHTMD had similar predictive value for prediction of difficult laryngoscopy in general population.

  1. MMT and LDH organo-modification with surfactants tailored for PLA nanocomposites

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    S. Coiai; F. Cicogna; Santi, A.; L. Perez Amaro; R. Spiniello; F. Signori; Fiori, S.; W. Oberhauser; Passaglia, E.

    2017-01-01

    Low molecular weight polyesters were end-functionalized with ammonium and carboxylate salts and used in ionic exchange reactions with respectively cationic (MMT) and anionic (LDH) clays. The hybrid organic-inorganic substrates were structurally analysed to determine the ester oligomers’ modification degree and their thermal behaviour owing to confinement effects. The dispersion of such hybrids in polylactic acid (PLA) matrix was performed and the ultimate structural, morphological and thermal...

  2. Prediction of useful casting structure applying Cellular Automaton method

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    Z. Ignaszak

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available The results of simulation investigations of primary casting’s structure made of hypoeutectic Al-Si alloy using the Calcosoft system with CAFE 3D (Cellular Automaton Finite Element module are presented. CAFE 3-D module let to predict the structure formation of complete castings indicating the spatial distribution of columnar and equiaxed grains. That simplified model concerns only hypoeutectic phase. Simulation investigations of structure concern the useful casting of camshaft which solidified in high-insulation mould with properly chills distribution. These conditions let to apply the expedient locally different simplified the grains blocs geometry which are called by the authors as pseudo-crystals. The mechanical properties in selected cross-sections of casing are estimated.

  3. Robustness of Modal Parameter Estimation Methods Applied to Lightweight Structures

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    Dickow, Kristoffer Ahrens; Kirkegaard, Poul Henning; Andersen, Lars Vabbersgaard

    2013-01-01

    of nominally identical test subjects. However, the literature on modal testing of timber structures is rather limited and the applicability and robustness of dierent curve tting methods for modal analysis of such structures is not described in detail. The aim of this paper is to investigate the robustness...... of two parameter estimation methods built into the commercial modal testing software B&K Pulse Re ex Advanced Modal Analysis. The investigations are done by means of frequency response functions generated from a nite-element model and subjected to articial noise before being analyzed with Pulse Re ex...... and the Polyreference Time method are fairly robust and well suited for the structure being analyzed....

  4. Robustness of Modal Parameter Estimation Methods Applied to Lightweight Structures

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    Dickow, Kristoffer Ahrens; Kirkegaard, Poul Henning; Andersen, Lars Vabbersgaard

    2013-01-01

    of nominally identical test subjects. However, the literature on modal testing of timber structures is rather limited and the applicability and robustness of dierent curve tting methods for modal analysis of such structures is not described in detail. The aim of this paper is to investigate the robustness....... The ability to handle closely spaced modes and broad frequency ranges is investigated for a numerical model of a lightweight junction under dierent signal-to-noise ratios. The selection of both excitation points and response points are discussed. It is found that both the Rational Fraction Polynomial-Z method...... of two parameter estimation methods built into the commercial modal testing software B&K Pulse Re ex Advanced Modal Analysis. The investigations are done by means of frequency response functions generated from a nite-element model and subjected to articial noise before being analyzed with Pulse Re ex...

  5. Nonstandard Finite Difference Method Applied to a Linear Pharmacokinetics Model

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    Oluwaseun Egbelowo

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available We extend the nonstandard finite difference method of solution to the study of pharmacokinetic–pharmacodynamic models. Pharmacokinetic (PK models are commonly used to predict drug concentrations that drive controlled intravenous (I.V. transfers (or infusion and oral transfers while pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic (PD interaction models are used to provide predictions of drug concentrations affecting the response of these clinical drugs. We structure a nonstandard finite difference (NSFD scheme for the relevant system of equations which models this pharamcokinetic process. We compare the results obtained to standard methods. The scheme is dynamically consistent and reliable in replicating complex dynamic properties of the relevant continuous models for varying step sizes. This study provides assistance in understanding the long-term behavior of the drug in the system, and validation of the efficiency of the nonstandard finite difference scheme as the method of choice.

  6. Variance reduction methods applied to deep-penetration problems

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    Cramer, S.N.

    1984-01-01

    All deep-penetration Monte Carlo calculations require variance reduction methods. Before beginning with a detailed approach to these methods, several general comments concerning deep-penetration calculations by Monte Carlo, the associated variance reduction, and the similarities and differences of these with regard to non-deep-penetration problems will be addressed. The experienced practitioner of Monte Carlo methods will easily find exceptions to any of these generalities, but it is felt that these comments will aid the novice in understanding some of the basic ideas and nomenclature. Also, from a practical point of view, the discussions and developments presented are oriented toward use of the computer codes which are presented in segments of this Monte Carlo course.

  7. DAKOTA reliability methods applied to RAVEN/RELAP-7.

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    Swiler, Laura Painton; Mandelli, Diego; Rabiti, Cristian; Alfonsi, Andrea

    2013-09-01

    This report summarizes the result of a NEAMS project focused on the use of reliability methods within the RAVEN and RELAP-7 software framework for assessing failure probabilities as part of probabilistic risk assessment for nuclear power plants. RAVEN is a software tool under development at the Idaho National Laboratory that acts as the control logic driver and post-processing tool for the newly developed Thermal-Hydraulic code RELAP-7. Dakota is a software tool developed at Sandia National Laboratories containing optimization, sensitivity analysis, and uncertainty quantification algorithms. Reliability methods are algorithms which transform the uncertainty problem to an optimization problem to solve for the failure probability, given uncertainty on problem inputs and a failure threshold on an output response. The goal of this work is to demonstrate the use of reliability methods in Dakota with RAVEN/RELAP-7. These capabilities are demonstrated on a demonstration of a Station Blackout analysis of a simplified Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR).

  8. Applying the Priority Distribution Method for Employee Motivation

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    Jonas Žaptorius

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available In an age of increasing healthcare expenditure, the efficiency of healthcare services is a burning issue. This paper deals with the creation of a performance-related remuneration system, which would meet requirements for efficiency and sustainable quality. In real world scenarios, it is difficult to create an objective and transparent employee performance evaluation model dealing with both qualitative and quantitative criteria. To achieve these goals, the use of decision support methods is suggested and analysed. The systematic approach of practical application of the Priority Distribution Method to healthcare provider organisations is created and described.

  9. Preparation and photo-catalytic activities of FeOOH/ZnO/MMT composite

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    Zhou, Yao; Liu, Fusheng; Yu, Shitao

    2015-11-01

    Montmorillonite (MMT) was used as the carrier for synthesis of FeOOH and FeOOH/ZnO nano-material. FeOOH and FeOOH/ZnO were synthesized by the aqueous solutions of Fe(NO3)3-HNO3 and Zn(NO3)2-NaOH/Fe(NO3)3-HNO3 with the carrier of montmorillonite respectively. Transmission electron-microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to study the morphology form and structure of the nano-materials. TEM was also used to demonstrate that FeOOH/ZnO can be formed with the appropriate interface. According to UV-vis absorption spectra, FeOOH/ZnO has a better response to visible light than FeOOH and ZnO, which indicates there is some coupling effect between FeOOH and ZnO. Pentachlorophenol (PCP) was used as a representative organic pollutant to evaluate the photo-catalytic efficiency of the FeOOH/ZnO and FeOOH catalysts in visible light (λ > 400 nm). The photo-catalytic efficiency of FeOOH/ZnO/MMT is better than FeOOH/MMT. According to FTIR, changes of pH and TOC, the degradation mechanism was also discussed. PCP was degraded to aromatic ketone and chloro-hydrocarbon compounds and then to H2O, CO2 and HCl.

  10. Inversion method applied to the rotation curves of galaxies

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    Márquez-Caicedo, L. A.; Lora-Clavijo, F. D.; Sanabria-Gómez, J. D.

    2017-07-01

    We used simulated annealing, Montecarlo and genetic algorithm methods for matching both numerical data of density and velocity profiles in some low surface brigthness galaxies with theoretical models of Boehmer-Harko, Navarro-Frenk-White and Pseudo Isothermal Profiles for galaxies with dark matter halos. We found that Navarro-Frenk-White model does not fit at all in contrast with the other two models which fit very well. Inversion methods have been widely used in various branches of science including astrophysics (Charbonneau 1995, ApJS, 101, 309). In this work we have used three different parametric inversion methods (MonteCarlo, Genetic Algorithm and Simmulated Annealing) in order to determine the best fit of the observed data of the density and velocity profiles of a set of low surface brigthness galaxies (De Block et al. 2001, ApJ, 122, 2396) with three models of galaxies containing dark mattter. The parameters adjusted by the inversion methods were the central density and a characteristic distance in the Boehmer-Harko BH (Boehmer & Harko 2007, JCAP, 6, 25), Navarro-Frenk-White NFW (Navarro et al. 2007, ApJ, 490, 493) and Pseudo Isothermal Profile PI (Robles & Matos 2012, MNRAS, 422, 282). The results obtained showed that the BH and PI Profile dark matter galaxies fit very well for both the density and the velocity profiles, in contrast the NFW model did not make good adjustments to the profiles in any analized galaxy.

  11. System Identification and POD Method Applied to Unsteady Aerodynamics

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    Tang, Deman; Kholodar, Denis; Juang, Jer-Nan; Dowell, Earl H.

    2001-01-01

    The representation of unsteady aerodynamic flow fields in terms of global aerodynamic modes has proven to be a useful method for reducing the size of the aerodynamic model over those representations that use local variables at discrete grid points in the flow field. Eigenmodes and Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) modes have been used for this purpose with good effect. This suggests that system identification models may also be used to represent the aerodynamic flow field. Implicit in the use of a systems identification technique is the notion that a relative small state space model can be useful in describing a dynamical system. The POD model is first used to show that indeed a reduced order model can be obtained from a much larger numerical aerodynamical model (the vortex lattice method is used for illustrative purposes) and the results from the POD and the system identification methods are then compared. For the example considered, the two methods are shown to give comparable results in terms of accuracy and reduced model size. The advantages and limitations of each approach are briefly discussed. Both appear promising and complementary in their characteristics.

  12. Ideal and computer mathematics applied to meshfree methods

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    Kansa, E.

    2016-10-01

    Early numerical methods to solve ordinary and partial differential relied upon human computers who used mechanical devices. The algorithms used changed little over the evolution of electronic computers having only low order convergence rates. A meshfree scheme was developed for problems that converges exponentially using the latest computational science toolkit.

  13. The method of characteristics applied to analyse 2DH models

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    Sloff, C.J.

    1992-01-01

    To gain insight into the physical behaviour of 2D hydraulic models (mathematically formulated as a system of partial differential equations), the method of characteristics is used to analyse the propagation of physical meaningful disturbances. These disturbances propagate as wave fronts along bichar

  14. Tensor product decomposition methods applied to complex flow data

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    von Larcher, Thomas; Klein, Rupert; Schneider, Reinhold; Wolf, Sebastian; Huber, Benjamin

    2017-04-01

    Low-rank multilevel approximation methods are an important tool in numerical analysis and in scientific computing. Those methods are often suited to attack high-dimensional problems successfully and allow very compact representations of large data sets. Specifically, hierarchical tensor product decomposition methods emerge as an promising approach for application to data that are concerned with cascade-of-scales problems as, e.g., in turbulent fluid dynamics. We focus on two particular objectives, that is representing turbulent data in an appropriate compact form and, secondly and as a long-term goal, finding self-similar vortex structures in multiscale problems. The question here is whether tensor product methods can support the development of improved understanding of the multiscale behavior and whether they are an improved starting point in the development of compact storage schemes for solutions of such problems relative to linear ansatz spaces. We present the reconstruction capabilities of a tensor decomposition based modeling approach tested against 3D turbulent channel flow data.

  15. Photogrammetric methods applied to Svalbard glaciers: accuracies and challenges

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    Trond Eiken

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Use of digital images is expanding as a tool for glacier monitoring, and small-format time-lapse cameras are increasingly being used for glacier monitoring of fast-flowing glaciers. Stereoscopic imagery is preferable since it yields direct displacement results but stereo photogrammetry has more requirements regarding geometry in set-up and control points, as well as the additional cost of another complete camera system. We investigate a combination of methods to achieve satisfactory control of accuracy with resulting significant day-to-day velocity variations ranging from 1.5–4 m day−1 made at a distance of 2 km. Validation of results was made by comparing different methods, partly using the same image material, but also in combination with aerial and satellite images. Monoscopic results can also be used to gain continuity in a stereo data set when geometry or visibility is poor. We also explore the use of ordinary photographs taken from airliners for compilation of orthoimages as a potential low cost method for detection of sudden changes. The method, showing some tens of metres accuracy, was verified for monitoring velocities and front positions during a glacier surge and was also used to validate monoscopic time-lapse images.

  16. Some methods of computational geometry applied to computer graphics

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    Overmars, M.H.; Edelsbrunner, H.; Seidel, R.

    1984-01-01

    Abstract Windowing a two-dimensional picture means to determine those line segments of the picture that are visible through an axis-parallel window. A study of some algorithmic problems involved in windowing a picture is offered. Some methods from computational geometry are exploited to store the

  17. A second order Rosenbrock method applied to photochemical dispersion problems

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    Verwer, J.G.; Spee, E.J.; Blom, J.G.; Hundsdorfer, W.

    1997-01-01

    A 2nd-order, L-stable Rosenbrock method from the field of stiff ordinary differential equations is studied for application to atmospheric dispersion problems describing photochemistry, advective and turbulent diffusive transport. Partial differential equation problems of this type occur in the field

  18. E-LEARNING METHOD APPLIED TO TECHNICAL GRAPHICS SUBJECTS

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    GOANTA Adrian Mihai

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents some of the author’s endeavors in creating video courses for the students from the Faculty of Engineering in Braila related to subjects involving technical graphics . There are also mentioned the steps taken in completing the method and how to achieve a feedback on the rate of access to these types of courses by the students.

  19. Theoretical and applied aerodynamics and related numerical methods

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    Chattot, J J

    2015-01-01

    This book covers classical and modern aerodynamics, theories and related numerical methods, for senior and first-year graduate engineering students, including: -The classical potential (incompressible) flow theories for low speed aerodynamics of thin airfoils and high and low aspect ratio wings. - The linearized theories for compressible subsonic and supersonic aerodynamics. - The nonlinear transonic small disturbance potential flow theory, including supercritical wing sections, the extended transonic area rule with lift effect, transonic lifting line and swept or oblique wings to minimize wave drag. Unsteady flow is also briefly discussed. Numerical simulations based on relaxation mixed-finite difference methods are presented and explained. - Boundary layer theory for all Mach number regimes and viscous/inviscid interaction procedures used in practical aerodynamics calculations. There are also four chapters covering special topics, including wind turbines and propellers, airplane design, flow analogies and h...

  20. Generic Methods for Formalising Sequent Calculi Applied to Provability Logic

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    Dawson, Jeremy E.; Goré, Rajeev

    We describe generic methods for reasoning about multiset-based sequent calculi which allow us to combine shallow and deep embeddings as desired. Our methods are modular, permit explicit structural rules, and are widely applicable to many sequent systems, even to other styles of calculi like natural deduction and term rewriting systems. We describe new axiomatic type classes which enable simplification of multiset or sequent expressions using existing algebraic manipulation facilities. We demonstrate the benefits of our combined approach by formalising in Isabelle/HOL a variant of a recent, non-trivial, pen-and-paper proof of cut-admissibility for the provability logic GL, where we abstract a large part of the proof in a way which is immediately applicable to other calculi. Our work also provides a machine-checked proof to settle the controversy surrounding the proof of cut-admissibility for GL.

  1. Current Human Reliability Analysis Methods Applied to Computerized Procedures

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    Ronald L. Boring

    2012-06-01

    Computerized procedures (CPs) are an emerging technology within nuclear power plant control rooms. While CPs have been implemented internationally in advanced control rooms, to date no US nuclear power plant has implemented CPs in its main control room (Fink et al., 2009). Yet, CPs are a reality of new plant builds and are an area of considerable interest to existing plants, which see advantages in terms of enhanced ease of use and easier records management by omitting the need for updating hardcopy procedures. The overall intent of this paper is to provide a characterization of human reliability analysis (HRA) issues for computerized procedures. It is beyond the scope of this document to propose a new HRA approach or to recommend specific methods or refinements to those methods. Rather, this paper serves as a review of current HRA as it may be used for the analysis and review of computerized procedures.

  2. EMD Method Applied to Identification of Logging Sequence Strata

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    Zhao Ni

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we compare Fourier transform, wavelet transform, and empirical mode decomposition (EMD, and point out that EMD method decomposes complex signal into a series of component functions through curves of local mean value. Each of Intrinsic Mode Functions (IMFs - component functions contains all the information on the original signal. Therefore, it is more suitable for the interface identification of logging sequence strata.

  3. SPH method applied to high speed cutting modelling

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    LIMIDO, Jérôme; Espinosa, Christine; Salaün, Michel; Lacome, Jean-Luc

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to introduce a new approach of high speed cutting numerical modelling. A Lagrangian smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH)- based model is arried out using the Ls-Dyna software. SPH is a meshless method, thus large material distortions that occur in the cutting problem are easily managed and SPH contact control permits a "natural" workpiece/chip separation. The developed approach is compared to machining dedicated code results and experimental data. The SPH cutting...

  4. The colour analysis method applied to homogeneous rocks

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    Halász Amadé

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Computer-aided colour analysis can facilitate cyclostratigraphic studies. Here we report on a case study involving the development of a digital colour analysis method for examination of the Boda Claystone Formation which is the most suitable in Hungary for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste. Rock type colours are reddish brown or brownish red, or any shade between brown and red. The method presented here could be used to differentiate similar colours and to identify gradual transitions between these; the latter are of great importance in a cyclostratigraphic analysis of the succession. Geophysical well-logging has demonstrated the existence of characteristic cyclic units, as detected by colour and natural gamma. Based on our research, colour, natural gamma and lithology correlate well. For core Ib-4, these features reveal the presence of orderly cycles with thicknesses of roughly 0.64 to 13 metres. Once the core has been scanned, this is a time- and cost-effective method.

  5. Differential correction method applied to measurement of the FAST reflector

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    Li, Xin-Yi; Zhu, Li-Chun; Hu, Jin-Wen; Li, Zhi-Heng

    2016-08-01

    The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST) adopts an active deformable main reflector which is composed of 4450 triangular panels. During an observation, the illuminated area of the reflector is deformed into a 300-m diameter paraboloid and directed toward a source. To achieve accurate control of the reflector shape, positions of 2226 nodes distributed around the entire reflector must be measured with sufficient precision within a limited time, which is a challenging task because of the large scale. Measurement of the FAST reflector makes use of stations and node targets. However, in this case the effect of the atmosphere on measurement accuracy is a significant issue. This paper investigates a differential correction method for total stations measurement of the FAST reflector. A multi-benchmark differential correction method, including a scheme for benchmark selection and weight assignment, is proposed. On-site evaluation experiments show there is an improvement of 70%-80% in measurement accuracy compared with the uncorrected measurement, verifying the effectiveness of the proposed method.

  6. Applying stochastic methods to building thermal design and control

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    Scartezzini, J.L.; Bottazzi, F.; Nygard-Ferguson, M. (Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (CH))

    1990-01-01

    The object of this project is to develop numerical tools based on stochastic methods, issued from the theory of probability. Two objectives have been identified: I. The development of stochastic simulation techniques for thermal design and analysis of passive solar systems and buildings; II. The development of strategies for predictive controllers which can account for the stochastic behaviour of the weather and the occupants of buildings. The advantage of the stochastic approach is to treat the weather evolution and occupants behaviour by their probabilities. Previously to this work, an important effort was made towards the development of a stochastic approach to numerical simulations of passive solar systems. A smaller project has also treated the application of stochastic methods to predictive building thermal control. Encouraging results were obtained. They gave however rise to questions studied within the framework of this project: Design and analysis (hybrid dynamic simulation, Markovian stochastic simulation), predictive control. Two different institutions of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne collaborate in this project: The 'Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory (LESO-PB)' in the Physics Department and the 'Chair of Operations Research' in the Mathematics Department. This document is a synthesis report of the work carried out within the project 'Application des methodes stochastiques: dimensionnement et regulation (Phase I)'. A detailed description of the results is available in French. (author) 20 figs., 10 refs.

  7. Data Mining Methods Applied to Flight Operations Quality Assurance Data: A Comparison to Standard Statistical Methods

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    Stolzer, Alan J.; Halford, Carl

    2007-01-01

    In a previous study, multiple regression techniques were applied to Flight Operations Quality Assurance-derived data to develop parsimonious model(s) for fuel consumption on the Boeing 757 airplane. The present study examined several data mining algorithms, including neural networks, on the fuel consumption problem and compared them to the multiple regression results obtained earlier. Using regression methods, parsimonious models were obtained that explained approximately 85% of the variation in fuel flow. In general data mining methods were more effective in predicting fuel consumption. Classification and Regression Tree methods reported correlation coefficients of .91 to .92, and General Linear Models and Multilayer Perceptron neural networks reported correlation coefficients of about .99. These data mining models show great promise for use in further examining large FOQA databases for operational and safety improvements.

  8. Reducing mining losses when applying room and pillar mining methods

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    Duchrow, G.; Schilder, C.

    1985-12-01

    In potassium mining in the German Democratic Republic, the reduction of losses is an important problem, and considerable scientific and technical efforts have been made on this sector. There were four stages of development: A period of 'empirical' dimensioning was followed by dimensioning on a mathematical basis and by the optimized design of winning parameter relationships. The latest stage focuses on the optimisation of pillar parameters in suitable rock salt and sylvinite fields. The different stages of development are described, explained, and illustrated by examples. The efficiency in loss reduction is determined, and methods for monitoring the winning operations are presented. (orig./MOS).

  9. Applying corpus methods to written academic texts: Explorations of MICUSP

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    Ute Römer

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Based on explorations of the Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Papers (MICUSP, the present paper provides an introduction to the central techniques in corpus analysis, including the creation and examination of word lists, keyword lists, concordances, and cluster lists. It also presents a MICUSP-based case study of the demonstrative pronoun this and the distribution and use of its attended and unattended forms in different disciplinary subsets of the corpus. The paper aims to demonstrate how corpus linguistics and corpus methods can contribute to writing research and provide fruitful insights into student academic writing.

  10. Methods of analysis applied on the e-shop Arsta

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    Flégl, Jan

    2013-01-01

    Bachelor thesis is focused on summarizing methods of e-shop analysis. The first chapter summarizes and describes the basics of e-commerce and e-shops in general. The second chapter deals with search engines, their functioning and in what ways it is possible to influence the order of search results. Special attention is paid to the optimization and search engine marketing. The third chapter summarizes basic tools of the Google Analytics. The fourth chapter uses findings of all the previous cha...

  11. Artificial Intelligence Methods Applied to Parameter Detection of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Arotaritei, D.; Rotariu, C.

    2015-09-01

    In this paper we present a novel method to develop an atrial fibrillation (AF) based on statistical descriptors and hybrid neuro-fuzzy and crisp system. The inference of system produce rules of type if-then-else that care extracted to construct a binary decision system: normal of atrial fibrillation. We use TPR (Turning Point Ratio), SE (Shannon Entropy) and RMSSD (Root Mean Square of Successive Differences) along with a new descriptor, Teager- Kaiser energy, in order to improve the accuracy of detection. The descriptors are calculated over a sliding window that produce very large number of vectors (massive dataset) used by classifier. The length of window is a crisp descriptor meanwhile the rest of descriptors are interval-valued type. The parameters of hybrid system are adapted using Genetic Algorithm (GA) algorithm with fitness single objective target: highest values for sensibility and sensitivity. The rules are extracted and they are part of the decision system. The proposed method was tested using the Physionet MIT-BIH Atrial Fibrillation Database and the experimental results revealed a good accuracy of AF detection in terms of sensitivity and specificity (above 90%).

  12. Benchmark Comparison of Cloud Analytics Methods Applied to Earth Observations

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    Lynnes, Chris; Little, Mike; Huang, Thomas; Jacob, Joseph; Yang, Phil; Kuo, Kwo-Sen

    2016-01-01

    Cloud computing has the potential to bring high performance computing capabilities to the average science researcher. However, in order to take full advantage of cloud capabilities, the science data used in the analysis must often be reorganized. This typically involves sharding the data across multiple nodes to enable relatively fine-grained parallelism. This can be either via cloud-based file systems or cloud-enabled databases such as Cassandra, Rasdaman or SciDB. Since storing an extra copy of data leads to increased cost and data management complexity, NASA is interested in determining the benefits and costs of various cloud analytics methods for real Earth Observation cases. Accordingly, NASA's Earth Science Technology Office and Earth Science Data and Information Systems project have teamed with cloud analytics practitioners to run a benchmark comparison on cloud analytics methods using the same input data and analysis algorithms. We have particularly looked at analysis algorithms that work over long time series, because these are particularly intractable for many Earth Observation datasets which typically store data with one or just a few time steps per file. This post will present side-by-side cost and performance results for several common Earth observation analysis operations.

  13. Benchmark Comparison of Cloud Analytics Methods Applied to Earth Observations

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    Lynnes, C.; Little, M. M.; Huang, T.; Jacob, J. C.; Yang, C. P.; Kuo, K. S.

    2016-12-01

    Cloud computing has the potential to bring high performance computing capabilities to the average science researcher. However, in order to take full advantage of cloud capabilities, the science data used in the analysis must often be reorganized. This typically involves sharding the data across multiple nodes to enable relatively fine-grained parallelism. This can be either via cloud-based filesystems or cloud-enabled databases such as Cassandra, Rasdaman or SciDB. Since storing an extra copy of data leads to increased cost and data management complexity, NASA is interested in determining the benefits and costs of various cloud analytics methods for real Earth Observation cases. Accordingly, NASA's Earth Science Technology Office and Earth Science Data and Information Systems project have teamed with cloud analytics practitioners to run a benchmark comparison on cloud analytics methods using the same input data and analysis algorithms. We have particularly looked at analysis algorithms that work over long time series, because these are particularly intractable for many Earth Observation datasets which typically store data with one or just a few time steps per file. This post will present side-by-side cost and performance results for several common Earth observation analysis operations.

  14. A multilateral filtering method applied to airplane runway image

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    Yu, Zhang; Run-quan, Wang

    2008-01-01

    By considering the features of the airport runway image filtering, an improved bilateral filtering method was proposed which can remove noise with edge preserving. Firstly the steerable filtering decomposition is used to calculate the sub-band parameters of 4 orients, and the texture feature matrix is then obtained from the sub-band local median energy. The texture similar, the spatial closer and the color similar functions are used to filter the image.The effect of the weighting function parameters is qualitatively analyzed also. In contrast with the standard bilateral filter and the simulation results for the real airport runway image show that the multilateral filtering is more effective than the standard bilateral filtering.

  15. Applying Simulation Method in Formulation of Gluten-Free Cookies

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    Nikitina Marina

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available At present time priority direction in the development of new food products its developing of technology products for special purposes. These types of products are gluten-free confectionery products, intended for people with celiac disease. Gluten-free products are in demand among consumers, it needs to expand assortment, and improvement of quality indicators. At this article results of studies on the development of pastry products based on amaranth flour does not contain gluten. Study based on method of simulation recipes gluten-free confectionery functional orientation to optimize their chemical composition. The resulting products will allow to diversify and supplement the necessary nutrients diet for people with gluten intolerance, as well as for those who follow a gluten-free diet.

  16. Complexity Methods Applied to Turbulence in Plasma Astrophysics

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    Vlahos, Loukas

    2016-01-01

    In this review many of the well known tools for the analysis of Complex systems are used in order to study the global coupling of the turbulent convection zone with the solar atmosphere where the magnetic energy is dissipated explosively. Several well documented observations are not easy to interpret with the use of Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) and/or Kinetic numerical codes. Such observations are: (1) The size distribution of the Active Regions (AR) on the solar surface, (2) The fractal and multi fractal characteristics of the observed magnetograms, (3) The Self-Organised characteristics of the explosive magnetic energy release and (4) the very efficient acceleration of particles during the flaring periods in the solar corona. We review briefly the work published the last twenty five years on the above issues and propose solutions by using methods borrowed from the analysis of complex systems. The scenario which emerged is as follows: (a) The fully developed turbulence in the convection zone generates and trans...

  17. Applied statistical methods in agriculture, health and life sciences

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    Lawal, Bayo

    2014-01-01

    This textbook teaches crucial statistical methods to answer research questions using a unique range of statistical software programs, including MINITAB and R. This textbook is developed for undergraduate students in agriculture, nursing, biology and biomedical research. Graduate students will also find it to be a useful way to refresh their statistics skills and to reference software options. The unique combination of examples is approached using MINITAB and R for their individual strengths. Subjects covered include among others data description, probability distributions, experimental design, regression analysis, randomized design and biological assay. Unlike other biostatistics textbooks, this text also includes outliers, influential observations in regression and an introduction to survival analysis. Material is taken from the author's extensive teaching and research in Africa, USA and the UK. Sample problems, references and electronic supplementary material accompany each chapter.

  18. Applying Human-Centered Design Methods to Scientific Communication Products

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    Burkett, E. R.; Jayanty, N. K.; DeGroot, R. M.

    2016-12-01

    Knowing your users is a critical part of developing anything to be used or experienced by a human being. User interviews, journey maps, and personas are all techniques commonly employed in human-centered design practices because they have proven effective for informing the design of products and services that meet the needs of users. Many non-designers are unaware of the usefulness of personas and journey maps. Scientists who are interested in developing more effective products and communication can adopt and employ user-centered design approaches to better reach intended audiences. Journey mapping is a qualitative data-collection method that captures the story of a user's experience over time as related to the situation or product that requires development or improvement. Journey maps help define user expectations, where they are coming from, what they want to achieve, what questions they have, their challenges, and the gaps and opportunities that can be addressed by designing for them. A persona is a tool used to describe the goals and behavioral patterns of a subset of potential users or customers. The persona is a qualitative data model that takes the form of a character profile, built upon data about the behaviors and needs of multiple users. Gathering data directly from users avoids the risk of basing models on assumptions, which are often limited by misconceptions or gaps in understanding. Journey maps and user interviews together provide the data necessary to build the composite character that is the persona. Because a persona models the behaviors and needs of the target audience, it can then be used to make informed product design decisions. We share the methods and advantages of developing and using personas and journey maps to create more effective science communication products.

  19. Atomistic Method Applied to Computational Modeling of Surface Alloys

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    Bozzolo, Guillermo H.; Abel, Phillip B.

    2000-01-01

    The formation of surface alloys is a growing research field that, in terms of the surface structure of multicomponent systems, defines the frontier both for experimental and theoretical techniques. Because of the impact that the formation of surface alloys has on surface properties, researchers need reliable methods to predict new surface alloys and to help interpret unknown structures. The structure of surface alloys and when, and even if, they form are largely unpredictable from the known properties of the participating elements. No unified theory or model to date can infer surface alloy structures from the constituents properties or their bulk alloy characteristics. In spite of these severe limitations, a growing catalogue of such systems has been developed during the last decade, and only recently are global theories being advanced to fully understand the phenomenon. None of the methods used in other areas of surface science can properly model even the already known cases. Aware of these limitations, the Computational Materials Group at the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field has developed a useful, computationally economical, and physically sound methodology to enable the systematic study of surface alloy formation in metals. This tool has been tested successfully on several known systems for which hard experimental evidence exists and has been used to predict ternary surface alloy formation (results to be published: Garces, J.E.; Bozzolo, G.; and Mosca, H.: Atomistic Modeling of Pd/Cu(100) Surface Alloy Formation. Surf. Sci., 2000 (in press); Mosca, H.; Garces J.E.; and Bozzolo, G.: Surface Ternary Alloys of (Cu,Au)/Ni(110). (Accepted for publication in Surf. Sci., 2000.); and Garces, J.E.; Bozzolo, G.; Mosca, H.; and Abel, P.: A New Approach for Atomistic Modeling of Pd/Cu(110) Surface Alloy Formation. (Submitted to Appl. Surf. Sci.)). Ternary alloy formation is a field yet to be fully explored experimentally. The computational tool, which is based on

  20. Simplified Methods Applied to Nonlinear Motion of Spar Platforms

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    Haslum, Herbjoern Alf

    2000-07-01

    Simplified methods for prediction of motion response of spar platforms are presented. The methods are based on first and second order potential theory. Nonlinear drag loads and the effect of the pumping motion in a moon-pool are also considered. Large amplitude pitch motions coupled to extreme amplitude heave motions may arise when spar platforms are exposed to long period swell. The phenomenon is investigated theoretically and explained as a Mathieu instability. It is caused by nonlinear coupling effects between heave, surge, and pitch. It is shown that for a critical wave period, the envelope of the heave motion makes the pitch motion unstable. For the same wave period, a higher order pitch/heave coupling excites resonant heave response. This mutual interaction largely amplifies both the pitch and the heave response. As a result, the pitch/heave instability revealed in this work is more critical than the previously well known Mathieu's instability in pitch which occurs if the wave period (or the natural heave period) is half the natural pitch period. The Mathieu instability is demonstrated both by numerical simulations with a newly developed calculation tool and in model experiments. In order to learn more about the conditions for this instability to occur and also how it may be controlled, different damping configurations (heave damping disks and pitch/surge damping fins) are evaluated both in model experiments and by numerical simulations. With increased drag damping, larger wave amplitudes and more time are needed to trigger the instability. The pitch/heave instability is a low probability of occurrence phenomenon. Extreme wave periods are needed for the instability to be triggered, about 20 seconds for a typical 200m draft spar. However, it may be important to consider the phenomenon in design since the pitch/heave instability is very critical. It is also seen that when classical spar platforms (constant cylindrical cross section and about 200m draft

  1. Applying the partitioned multiobjective risk method (PMRM) to portfolio selection.

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    Reyes Santos, Joost; Haimes, Yacov Y

    2004-06-01

    The analysis of risk-return tradeoffs and their practical applications to portfolio analysis paved the way for Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT), which won Harry Markowitz a 1992 Nobel Prize in Economics. A typical approach in measuring a portfolio's expected return is based on the historical returns of the assets included in a portfolio. On the other hand, portfolio risk is usually measured using volatility, which is derived from the historical variance-covariance relationships among the portfolio assets. This article focuses on assessing portfolio risk, with emphasis on extreme risks. To date, volatility is a major measure of risk owing to its simplicity and validity for relatively small asset price fluctuations. Volatility is a justified measure for stable market performance, but it is weak in addressing portfolio risk under aberrant market fluctuations. Extreme market crashes such as that on October 19, 1987 ("Black Monday") and catastrophic events such as the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 that led to a four-day suspension of trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) are a few examples where measuring risk via volatility can lead to inaccurate predictions. Thus, there is a need for a more robust metric of risk. By invoking the principles of the extreme-risk-analysis method through the partitioned multiobjective risk method (PMRM), this article contributes to the modeling of extreme risks in portfolio performance. A measure of an extreme portfolio risk, denoted by f(4), is defined as the conditional expectation for a lower-tail region of the distribution of the possible portfolio returns. This article presents a multiobjective problem formulation consisting of optimizing expected return and f(4), whose solution is determined using Evolver-a software that implements a genetic algorithm. Under business-as-usual market scenarios, the results of the proposed PMRM portfolio selection model are found to be compatible with those of the volatility-based model

  2. Boundary integral method applied in chaotic quantum billiards

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    Li, B; Li, Baowen; Robnik, Marko

    1995-01-01

    The boundary integral method (BIM) is a formulation of Helmholtz equation in the form of an integral equation suitable for numerical discretization to solve the quantum billiard. This paper is an extensive numerical survey of BIM in a variety of quantum billiards, integrable (circle, rectangle), KAM systems (Robnik billiard) and fully chaotic (ergodic, such as stadium, Sinai billiard and cardioid billiard). On the theoretical side we point out some serious flaws in the derivation of BIM in the literature and show how the final formula (which nevertheless was correct) should be derived in a sound way and we also argue that a simple minded application of BIM in nonconvex geometries presents serious difficulties or even fails. On the numerical side we have analyzed the scaling of the averaged absolute value of the systematic error \\Delta E of the eigenenergy in units of mean level spacing with the density of discretization (b = number of numerical nodes on the boundary within one de Broglie wavelength), and we f...

  3. Perturbation Method of Analysis Applied to Substitution Measurements of Buckling

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    Persson, Rolf

    1966-11-15

    Calculations with two-group perturbation theory on substitution experiments with homogenized regions show that a condensation of the results into a one-group formula is possible, provided that a transition region is introduced in a proper way. In heterogeneous cores the transition region comes in as a consequence of a new cell concept. By making use of progressive substitutions the properties of the transition region can be regarded as fitting parameters in the evaluation procedure. The thickness of the region is approximately equal to the sum of 1/(1/{tau} + 1/L{sup 2}){sup 1/2} for the test and reference regions. Consequently a region where L{sup 2} >> {tau}, e.g. D{sub 2}O, contributes with {radical}{tau} to the thickness. In cores where {tau} >> L{sup 2} , e.g. H{sub 2}O assemblies, the thickness of the transition region is determined by L. Experiments on rod lattices in D{sub 2}O and on test regions of D{sub 2}O alone (where B{sup 2} = - 1/L{sup 2} ) are analysed. The lattice measurements, where the pitches differed by a factor of {radical}2, gave excellent results, whereas the determination of the diffusion length in D{sub 2}O by this method was not quite successful. Even regions containing only one test element can be used in a meaningful way in the analysis.

  4. What health care managers do: applying Mintzberg's structured observation method.

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    Arman, Rebecka; Dellve, Lotta; Wikström, Ewa; Törnström, Linda

    2009-09-01

    Aim The aim of the present study was to explore and describe what characterizes first- and second-line health care managers' use of time. Background Many Swedish health care managers experience difficulties managing their time. Methods Structured and unstructured observations were used. Ten first- and second-line managers in different health care settings were studied in detail from 3.5 and 4 days each. Duration and frequency of different types of work activities were analysed. Results The individual variation was considerable. The managers' days consisted to a large degree of short activities (<9 minutes). On average, nearly half of the managers' time was spent in meetings. Most of the managers' time was spent with subordinates and <1% was spent alone with their superiors. Sixteen per cent of their time was spent on administration and only a small fraction on explicit strategic work. Conclusions The individual variations in time use patterns suggest the possibility of interventions to support changes in time use patterns. Implications for nursing management A reliable description of what managers do paves the way for analyses of what they should do to be effective.

  5. Nondestructive methods of analysis applied to oriental swords

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    Edge, David

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Various neutron techniques were employed at the Budapest Nuclear Centre in an attempt to find the most useful method for analysing the high-carbon steels found in Oriental arms and armour, such as those in the Wallace Collection, London. Neutron diffraction was found to be the most useful in terms of identifying such steels and also indicating the presence of hidden patternEn el Centro Nuclear de Budapest se han empleado varias técnicas neutrónicas con el fin de encontrar un método adecuado para analizar las armas y armaduras orientales con un alto contenido en carbono, como algunas de las que se encuentran en la Colección Wallace de Londres. El empleo de la difracción de neutrones resultó ser la técnica más útil de cara a identificar ese tipo de aceros y también para encontrar patrones escondidos.

  6. Variational methods applied to problems of diffusion and reaction

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    1973-01-01

    This monograph is an account of some problems involving diffusion or diffusion with simultaneous reaction that can be illuminated by the use of variational principles. It was written during a period that included sabbatical leaves of one of us (W. S. ) at the University of Minnesota and the other (R. A. ) at the University of Cambridge and we are grateful to the Petroleum Research Fund for helping to support the former and the Guggenheim Foundation for making possible the latter. We would also like to thank Stephen Prager for getting us together in the first place and for showing how interesting and useful these methods can be. We have also benefitted from correspondence with Dr. A. M. Arthurs of the University of York and from the counsel of Dr. B. D. Coleman the general editor of this series. Table of Contents Chapter 1. Introduction and Preliminaries . 1. 1. General Survey 1 1. 2. Phenomenological Descriptions of Diffusion and Reaction 2 1. 3. Correlation Functions for Random Suspensions 4 1. 4. Mean Free ...

  7. Complexity methods applied to turbulence in plasma astrophysics

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    Vlahos, L.; Isliker, H.

    2016-09-01

    In this review many of the well known tools for the analysis of Complex systems are used in order to study the global coupling of the turbulent convection zone with the solar atmosphere where the magnetic energy is dissipated explosively. Several well documented observations are not easy to interpret with the use of Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) and/or Kinetic numerical codes. Such observations are: (1) The size distribution of the Active Regions (AR) on the solar surface, (2) The fractal and multi fractal characteristics of the observed magnetograms, (3) The Self-Organised characteristics of the explosive magnetic energy release and (4) the very efficient acceleration of particles during the flaring periods in the solar corona. We review briefly the work published the last twenty five years on the above issues and propose solutions by using methods borrowed from the analysis of complex systems. The scenario which emerged is as follows: (a) The fully developed turbulence in the convection zone generates and transports magnetic flux tubes to the solar surface. Using probabilistic percolation models we were able to reproduce the size distribution and the fractal properties of the emerged and randomly moving magnetic flux tubes. (b) Using a Non Linear Force Free (NLFF) magnetic extrapolation numerical code we can explore how the emerged magnetic flux tubes interact nonlinearly and form thin and Unstable Current Sheets (UCS) inside the coronal part of the AR. (c) The fragmentation of the UCS and the redistribution of the magnetic field locally, when the local current exceeds a Critical threshold, is a key process which drives avalanches and forms coherent structures. This local reorganization of the magnetic field enhances the energy dissipation and influences the global evolution of the complex magnetic topology. Using a Cellular Automaton and following the simple rules of Self Organized Criticality (SOC), we were able to reproduce the statistical characteristics of the

  8. MMT nightly tracking logs: a web-enabled database for continuous evaluation of tracking performance

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    Clark, D.; Gibson, J. D.; Porter, D.; Trebisky, T.

    2012-09-01

    Over the past few years, the MMT Observatory has developed a number of web browser front ends for operation interfaces and staff access to internal databases. Among these is a facility for viewed reduced tracking logs in both time series and FFTs for convenient examination of tracking performance. Part of the back-end software also keeps the tracking data in a searchable database, allowing data over long periods of time to be collected and analyzed to look for trends, the influence of environmental factors on tracking, and help detect tracking degradation in a timely manner.

  9. Optimal Alternative to the Akima's Method of Smooth Interpolation Applied in Diabetology

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    Emanuel Paul

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available It is presented a new method of cubic piecewise smooth interpolation applied to experimental data obtained by glycemic profile for diabetics. This method is applied to create a soft useful in clinical diabetology. The method give an alternative to the Akima's procedure of the derivatives computation on the knots from [Akima, J. Assoc. Comput. Mach., 1970] and have an optimal property.

  10. Oxygen and water vapor barrier properties of MMT nanocomposites from low density polyethylene or EPM with grafted succinic groups.

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    Passaglia, Elisa; Bertoldo, Monica; Ceriegi, Silvia; Sulcis, Roberta; Narducci, Piero; Conzatti, Lucia

    2008-04-01

    LDPE, EPM and their derivatives containing a moderate amount (0.08-1.8 by mol) of diethylsuccinate or succinic anhydryde groups were used as matrices in blending with different amount of organophilic montmorillonites and the resulting composite morphology and structure (by XRD, SEM, TEM microscopy, DSC analysis and selective solvent extraction) were studied with reference to the polar groups/MMT ratio. Exfoliated, intercalated and mixed morphologies were achieved. High concentrations of polar groups grafted to the polyolefin and montmorillonite loading not larger than 5% wt were favourable for obtaining high exfoliation degree. Particularly in the exfoliated MMT composite LDPE had lower crystallinity degree, while EPM showed increased glass transition temperature and reduced solubility in hot toluene. Moreover, oxygen and water vapor barrier property improvement was observed in films where MMT exhibits either exfoliated or intercalated morphologies. Strong interactions with the montmorillonite particle surface through the polar groups grafted to the polyolefin seems to be the basic effect responsible for the morphology and peculiar properties. A model based on the reduced mobility of the polymer located near the particle surface or inside the MMT gallery (confined phase) was proposed to explain the observed oxygen permeability reduction, the T(g) increase and solubility of poly(ethylene-ran-propylene)/MMT nanocomposites.

  11. MMT and LDH organo-modification with surfactants tailored for PLA nanocomposites

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    S. Coiai

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Low molecular weight polyesters were end-functionalized with ammonium and carboxylate salts and used in ionic exchange reactions with respectively cationic (MMT and anionic (LDH clays. The hybrid organic-inorganic substrates were structurally analysed to determine the ester oligomers’ modification degree and their thermal behaviour owing to confinement effects. The dispersion of such hybrids in polylactic acid (PLA matrix was performed and the ultimate structural, morphological and thermal properties of the collected nanocomposites were investigated and correlated to the tailored interfacial properties with the different inorganic substrates. While the composites with MMT proved to be stable under thermo-oxidative conditions, the samples obtained by dispersing the LDH hybrid suffered from poor final thermostability owing to molecular weights decrease. Deeper insights about the effect of the interactions at interface (polymer chain-surfactant and polymer chain- inorganic surface evidenced that by promoting an intimate contact between PLA chains and LDH surface (through oligoester used as inorganic substrate modifier a certain extent of PLA hydrolysis triggered by both surfactant and inorganic surface (LDH occurred and cannot completely avoided.

  12. Fabrication of durable fluorine-free superhydrophobic polyethersulfone (PES) composite coating enhanced by assembled MMT-SiO2 nanoparticles

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    Zhang, Xiguang; Wang, Huaiyuan; Liu, Zhanjian; Zhu, Yixing; Wu, Shiqi; Wang, Chijia; Zhu, Yanji

    2017-02-01

    A durable fluorine-free polyethersulfone (PES) superhydrophobic composite coating with excellent wear-resistant and anti-corrosion properties has been successfully fabricated by combining sol-gel and spray technology. The robust micro/nano-structures of the prepared surface were established by introducing binary montmorillonite-silica (MMT-SiO2) assembled composite particles, which were formed by in-situ growth of SiO2 on MMT surfaces via sol-gel. Combined with the low surface energy of amino silicon oil (APDMS), the fluorine-free superhydrophoic PES coating was obtained with high water contact angle 156.1 ± 1.1° and low sliding angle 4.8 ± 0.7°. The anti-wear of the final PES/APDMS/MMT-SiO2 superhydrophobic coating can reach up to 60,100 cycles, which is outdistancing the pure PES coating (6800 cycles) and the PES/MMT/SiO2 coating prepared by simple physical mixture (18,200 cycles). The enhanced wear resistance property can be mainly attributed to the lubrication performance of APDMS and stable interface bonding force between the MMT surface and SiO2. Simultaneously, potentiodynamic polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy exhibited the outstanding anti-corrosion property of PES/APDMS/MMT-SiO2 composite coating, with low corrosion current (1.6 × 10-10 A/cm2) and high protection efficiency (99.999%) even after 30 d immersion process. These test results show that this durable superhydrophobic PES composite coating can be hopefully to provide the possibility of industrial application.

  13. Preparation and photo-catalytic activities of FeOOH/ZnO/MMT composite

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    Zhou, Yao, E-mail: zy19830808@163.com [College of Environment and Safety Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042 (China); Liu, Fusheng; Yu, Shitao [College of Chemical Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042 (China)

    2015-11-15

    Highlights: • The montmorillonite was used as the carrier for the synthesis of FeOOH nano-material and FeOOH/ZnO nano-material. • TEM was used to study the structure of the two nano-materials with the composite structure of goethite and wurtzite. • TEM was used to demonstrate FeOOH/ZnO nano-material can formed with the appropriate interface: wurtzite-(1 0 1)/(1 1 1)-goethite. • There were some coupling effect between FeOOH and ZnO, which can improve the photo-catalytic activities of FeOOH. • According to FTIR and TOC, PCP was degraded to aromatic ketone compounds and then to H{sub 2}O, CO{sub 2}, HCl. - Abstract: Montmorillonite (MMT) was used as the carrier for synthesis of FeOOH and FeOOH/ZnO nano-material. FeOOH and FeOOH/ZnO were synthesized by the aqueous solutions of Fe(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}–HNO{sub 3} and Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}–NaOH/Fe(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}–HNO{sub 3} with the carrier of montmorillonite respectively. Transmission electron-microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to study the morphology form and structure of the nano-materials. TEM was also used to demonstrate that FeOOH/ZnO can be formed with the appropriate interface. According to UV–vis absorption spectra, FeOOH/ZnO has a better response to visible light than FeOOH and ZnO, which indicates there is some coupling effect between FeOOH and ZnO. Pentachlorophenol (PCP) was used as a representative organic pollutant to evaluate the photo-catalytic efficiency of the FeOOH/ZnO and FeOOH catalysts in visible light (λ > 400 nm). The photo-catalytic efficiency of FeOOH/ZnO/MMT is better than FeOOH/MMT. According to FTIR, changes of pH and TOC, the degradation mechanism was also discussed. PCP was degraded to aromatic ketone and chloro-hydrocarbon compounds and then to H{sub 2}O, CO{sub 2} and HCl.

  14. Preparation and characterization of HMSPP/MMT/silver nanocomposite films with antibacterial activity

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    Oliani, Washington Luiz; Komatsu, Luiz Gustavo Hiroki; Berenguer, Isabelle; Lugao, Ademar Benevolo; Parra, Duclerc Fernandes, E-mail: washoliani@usp.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Lincopan, Nilton [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Escola de Farmacia. Dept. de Analises Clinicas; Rangari, Vijaya Kumar [Center For Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Tuskegee University, AL (United States)

    2015-07-01

    The aim of study was to use nanocomposites for bactericide packing for food. The polypropylene modified by irradiation in acetylene at dose of 12.5 kGy, also known as high-melt-strength-polypropylene (HMSPP), with montmorillonite (MMT) and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) composed a mix to process by melt intercalation in a twin-screw extruder. As compatibilizer agent it has been used a propylene graft maleic anhydride copolymer (PP-g-MA). The nanocomposites were evaluated by Fourier Transformed Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDX) and determination of antibacterial activity. The results indicate the formation of microstructures predominantly intercalated and flocculated. Further, the antibacterial properties of the films were investigated against Escherichia coli (Gram-negative) and Staphylococcus aureus (Gram-positive) bacteria. (author)

  15. An Aural Learning Project: Assimilating Jazz Education Methods for Traditional Applied Pedagogy

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    Gamso, Nancy M.

    2011-01-01

    The Aural Learning Project (ALP) was developed to incorporate jazz method components into the author's classical practice and her applied woodwind lesson curriculum. The primary objective was to place a more focused pedagogical emphasis on listening and hearing than is traditionally used in the classical applied curriculum. The components of the…

  16. Comparative Effects of MMT Clay Modified with Two Different Cationic Surfactants on the Thermal and Rheological Properties of Polypropylene Nanocomposites

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    Meshal Al-Samhan

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Polypropylene montmorillonite (MMT nanocomposites were prepared by melt blending using two different organoclays modified with imidazolium and alkylammonium surfactants. The imidazolium and ammonium modified organoclays were characterized by the FTIR and SEM analysis. The effect of organic clay (MMT on the physical properties of polypropylene was evaluated, thermal and rheological properties with different filler weight percentage. Differential scanning calorimetric results showed that imidazolium modified clay (IMMT exhibits low melting temperature compared to the ammonium modified clay (AMMT. The crystallinity analysis showed that crystallization improved in all nanocomposites irrespective of surface modification; the thermogravimetric analysis showed that the imidazolium modified polymer composites are more thermally stable than conventional ammonium modified composites. The Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM analyses indicated that the PP-IMMT composites displayed exfoliated morphologies compared with the intercalated structure in PP-AMMT, and the rheological analysis at 180°C showed an enhancement in the viscoelastic properties as the clay concentration increases. The melt viscosity, crossover modulus, and relaxation times were comparable for both the surface modified composites with two different cations. The imidazolium based surfactant was found to be an effective organic modification for MMT to prepare thermally stable PP/MMT nanocomposites.

  17. Power Series Method applied to Inverse Analysis in Chemical Kinetics Problem

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    Lopez-Sandoval, E.; Mello, A.; Godina-Nava, J. J.; Samana, A. R.

    2012-01-01

    Power Series Solution Method has been traditionally used to solve Ordinary and Partial Linear Differential Equations. However, despite their usefulness the application of this method has been limited to this particular kind of equations. In this work we use the method of power series to solve nonlinear partial differential equations. The method is applied to solve three versions of nonlinear time-dependent Burgers-Type differential equations in order to demonstrate its scope and applicability.

  18. Formal methods applied to industrial complex systems implementation of the B method

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    Boulanger, Jean-Louis

    2014-01-01

    This book presents real-world examples of formal techniques in an industrial context. It covers formal methods such as SCADE and/or the B Method, in various fields such as railways, aeronautics, and the automotive industry. The purpose of this book is to present a summary of experience on the use of "formal methods" (based on formal techniques such as proof, abstract interpretation and model-checking) in industrial examples of complex systems, based on the experience of people currently involved in the creation and assessment of safety critical system software. The involvement of people from

  19. The Renormalization-Group Method Applied to Asymptotic Analysis of Vector Fields

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    Kunihiro, T

    1996-01-01

    The renormalization group method of Goldenfeld, Oono and their collaborators is applied to asymptotic analysis of vector fields. The method is formulated on the basis of the theory of envelopes, as was done for scalar fields. This formulation actually completes the discussion of the previous work for scalar equations. It is shown in a generic way that the method applied to equations with a bifurcation leads to the Landau-Stuart and the (time-dependent) Ginzburg-Landau equations. It is confirmed that this method is actually a powerful theory for the reduction of the dynamics as the reductive perturbation method is. Some examples for ordinary diferential equations, such as the forced Duffing, the Lotka-Volterra and the Lorenz equations, are worked out in this method: The time evolution of the solution of the Lotka-Volterra equation is explicitly given, while the center manifolds of the Lorenz equation are constructed in a simple way in the RG method.

  20. An Empirical Study of Applying Associative Method in College English Vocabulary Learning

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    Zhang, Min

    2014-01-01

    Vocabulary is the basis of any language learning. To many Chinese non-English majors it is difficult to memorize English words. This paper applied associative method in presenting new words to them. It is found that associative method did receive a better result both in short-term and long-term retention of English words. Compared with the…

  1. Extreme Wind Calculation Applying Spectral Correction Method – Test and Validation

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    Rathmann, Ole Steen; Hansen, Brian Ohrbeck; Larsén, Xiaoli Guo

    2016-01-01

    We present a test and validation of extreme wind calculation applying the Spectral Correction (SC) method as implemented in a DTU Wind Condition Software. This method can do with a short-term(~1 year) local measured wind data series in combination with a long-term (10-20 years) reference modelled...

  2. The Wigner method applied to the photodissociation of CH3I

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    Henriksen, Niels Engholm

    1985-01-01

    The Wigner method is applied to the Shapiro-Bersohn model of the photodissociation of CH3I. The partial cross sections obtained by this semiclassical method are in very good agreement with results of exact quantum calculations. It is also shown that a harmonic approximation to the vibrational...

  3. Applying of interactive methods for astronomy education in a school project "International space colony TANHGRA"

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    Radeva, Veselka S.

    Several interactive methods, applied in the astronomy education during creation of the project about a colony in the Space, are presented. The methods Pyramid, Brainstorm, Snow-slip (Snowball) and Aquarium give the opportunity for schooler to understand and learn well a large packet of astronomical knowledge.

  4. New large amplitude oscillatory elongation method applied on elastomeric PDMS networks

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    Bejenariu, Anca Gabriela; Rasmussen, Henrik K.; Skov, Anne Ladegaard;

    The reversed deformation measurements give important information about the entropic state of the sample and about the behaviour of the polymer inside it. Even though there exist important stretching methods studies through rheometry [5], to our knowledge this is the first elongational method...... applied on elastomers for measuring the elastic recovery through oscillations at a constant strain....

  5. Accurate simulation of MPPT methods performance when applied to commercial photovoltaic panels.

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    Cubas, Javier; Pindado, Santiago; Sanz-Andrés, Ángel

    2015-01-01

    A new, simple, and quick-calculation methodology to obtain a solar panel model, based on the manufacturers' datasheet, to perform MPPT simulations, is described. The method takes into account variations on the ambient conditions (sun irradiation and solar cells temperature) and allows fast MPPT methods comparison or their performance prediction when applied to a particular solar panel. The feasibility of the described methodology is checked with four different MPPT methods applied to a commercial solar panel, within a day, and under realistic ambient conditions.

  6. Accurate Simulation of MPPT Methods Performance When Applied to Commercial Photovoltaic Panels

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    Javier Cubas

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A new, simple, and quick-calculation methodology to obtain a solar panel model, based on the manufacturers’ datasheet, to perform MPPT simulations, is described. The method takes into account variations on the ambient conditions (sun irradiation and solar cells temperature and allows fast MPPT methods comparison or their performance prediction when applied to a particular solar panel. The feasibility of the described methodology is checked with four different MPPT methods applied to a commercial solar panel, within a day, and under realistic ambient conditions.

  7. The bi-potential method applied to the modeling of dynamic problems with friction

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    Feng, Z.-Q.; Joli, P.; Cros, J.-M.; Magnain, B.

    2005-10-01

    The bi-potential method has been successfully applied to the modeling of frictional contact problems in static cases. This paper presents an extension of this method for dynamic analysis of impact problems with deformable bodies. A first order algorithm is applied to the numerical integration of the time-discretized equation of motion. Using the Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) techniques in C++ and OpenGL graphical support, a finite element code including pre/postprocessor FER/Impact is developed. The numerical results show that, at the present stage of development, this approach is robust and efficient in terms of numerical stability and precision compared with the penalty method.

  8. A novel method for fabricating hybrid biobased nanocomposites film with stable fluorescence containing CdTe quantum dots and montmorillonite-chitosan nanosheets.

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    Guo, Yawen; Ge, Xuesong; Guan, Jing; Wu, Lin; Zhao, Fuhua; Li, Hui; Mu, Xindong; Jiang, Yijun; Chen, Aibing

    2016-07-10

    A method was presented for fabricating the fluorescent nanocomposites containing CdTe quantum dots (QDs) and montmorillonite (MMT)-chitosan (CS). MMT-CS/CdTe QDs nanocomposites were prepared via a simple, versatile and robust approach combination of covalent and electrostatic assembly methods (Scheme 1). The negatively charged MMT was initially modified with positively charged CS through electrostatic assembly, followed by incorporation of CdTe-QDs into the MMT-CS nanosheets by covalent connections between the amino groups of CS and the carboxylic acid groups of thioglycollic acid (TGA). The X-ray diffraction (XRD), High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the FTIR were used to prove the QDs have intercalated into the MMT-CS matrix. The fluorescence emission spectra showed that the MMT-CS/CdTe QDs nanocomposites had the best fluorescence intensity compared with the bare CdTe QDs and CS-QDs.

  9. Active Problem Solving and Applied Research Methods in a Graduate Course on Numerical Methods

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    Maase, Eric L.; High, Karen A.

    2008-01-01

    "Chemical Engineering Modeling" is a first-semester graduate course traditionally taught in a lecture format at Oklahoma State University. The course as taught by the author for the past seven years focuses on numerical and mathematical methods as necessary skills for incoming graduate students. Recent changes to the course have included Visual…

  10. Synthesis, characterization and cure kinetics of polyaniline modified MMT clay/epoxy nanocomposites

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    Aykanat, Aydin

    bisphenol-A (DGEBA) epoxy prepolymer crosslinked with tri ethylene tetra amine (TETA) was analyzed by DSC. The tensile, flexural and impact tests of carbon fiber epoxy micro composites showed that PANi coated carbon fiber epoxy systems have higher modulus, toughness and mechanical strengths compared to unmodified carbon fiber epoxy composites. In the second part of the research work, conducting polyaniline (PANi) montmorillonite (MMT) clay nanocomposites were synthesized by using in-situ polymerization. The X-Ray diffraction patterns showed that polyaniline was intercalated between clay galleries in the order of nanoscale. From the SEM micrographs, it was revealed that, in-situ polymerization of aniline took place both in and out of the clay galleries. Polyaniline surface modified clay nanoparticles were then dispersed in diglycidyl ether of bisphenol-A (DGEBA) epoxy prepolymer using high shear mixing and ultrasonication. The viscosity measurements of modified and unmodified clay dispersed in epoxy prepolymer systems showed that PANi modified clay has lower viscosity than the pristine clay that provides easiness during processing. Infrared spectroscopy data proves that reactive secondary and tertiary amine groups on the fully dispersed polyaniline modified clay platelets react with epoxy resin resulting a strong chemical and physical interaction between nanoparticles and polymeric matrix. The effect of PANi surface modified nano particles on the curing reaction and kinetics of epoxy with tri-ethylene tetra amine (TETA) was analyzed by using DSC and explained by modified Avrami equation. The X-Ray diffraction pattern of fully cured 5% (w/w) PANi-MMT clay epoxy nanocomposites showed exfoliation behavior. Thermal analysis showed that for 5% (w/w) PANi-MMT filled epoxy nanocomposites has higher thermal stability than both fully cured pristine epoxy and 5% (w/w) clay epoxy nanocomposite. With the addition and exfoliation of 5% (w/w) PANi modified clay an increase of 8°C in

  11. Convergence analysis for general linear methods applied to stiff delay differential equations

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    2002-01-01

    For Runge-Kutta methods applied to stiff delay differential equations (DDEs), the concept of D-convergence was proposed, which is an extension to that of B-convergence in ordinary differential equations (ODEs). In this paper, D-convergence of general linear methods is discussed and the previous related results are improved. Some order results to determine D-convergence of the methods are obtained.

  12. Proposal and Evaluation of Management Method for College Mechatronics Education Applying the Project Management

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    Ando, Yoshinobu; Eguchi, Yuya; Mizukawa, Makoto

    In this research, we proposed and evaluated a management method of college mechatronics education. We applied the project management to college mechatronics education. We practiced our management method to the seminar “Microcomputer Seminar” for 3rd grade students who belong to Department of Electrical Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology. We succeeded in management of Microcomputer Seminar in 2006. We obtained the good evaluation for our management method by means of questionnaire.

  13. Ab-initio electronic structure method for substitutional disorder applied to iron-based superconductors

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    Herbig, Alexander

    2016-02-12

    An ab-initio electronic structure method for substitutionally disordered real materials is developed within a pseudopotential density functional theory approach. The method is validated against exact diagonalization and for simple disordered CuZn alloys. The developed method is applied to iron-based superconductors. In particular, band renormalization effects due to various chemical substitutions in BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} are investigated and their Cooper pair breaking effects are compared.

  14. Cluster detection methods applied to the Upper Cape Cod cancer data

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    Ozonoff David

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A variety of statistical methods have been suggested to assess the degree and/or the location of spatial clustering of disease cases. However, there is relatively little in the literature devoted to comparison and critique of different methods. Most of the available comparative studies rely on simulated data rather than real data sets. Methods We have chosen three methods currently used for examining spatial disease patterns: the M-statistic of Bonetti and Pagano; the Generalized Additive Model (GAM method as applied by Webster; and Kulldorff's spatial scan statistic. We apply these statistics to analyze breast cancer data from the Upper Cape Cancer Incidence Study using three different latency assumptions. Results The three different latency assumptions produced three different spatial patterns of cases and controls. For 20 year latency, all three methods generally concur. However, for 15 year latency and no latency assumptions, the methods produce different results when testing for global clustering. Conclusion The comparative analyses of real data sets by different statistical methods provides insight into directions for further research. We suggest a research program designed around examining real data sets to guide focused investigation of relevant features using simulated data, for the purpose of understanding how to interpret statistical methods applied to epidemiological data with a spatial component.

  15. Analysis of Preconditioning and Relaxation Operators for the Discontinuous Galerkin Method Applied to Diffusion

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    Atkins, H. L.; Shu, Chi-Wang

    2001-01-01

    The explicit stability constraint of the discontinuous Galerkin method applied to the diffusion operator decreases dramatically as the order of the method is increased. Block Jacobi and block Gauss-Seidel preconditioner operators are examined for their effectiveness at accelerating convergence. A Fourier analysis for methods of order 2 through 6 reveals that both preconditioner operators bound the eigenvalues of the discrete spatial operator. Additionally, in one dimension, the eigenvalues are grouped into two or three regions that are invariant with order of the method. Local relaxation methods are constructed that rapidly damp high frequencies for arbitrarily large time step.

  16. An uncertainty analysis of the PVT gauging method applied to sub-critical cryogenic propellant tanks

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    Van Dresar, Neil T. [NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH (United States)

    2004-08-01

    The PVT (pressure, volume, temperature) method of liquid quantity gauging in low-gravity is based on gas law calculations assuming conservation of pressurant gas within the propellant tank and the pressurant supply bottle. There is interest in applying this method to cryogenic propellant tanks since the method requires minimal additional hardware or instrumentation. To use PVT with cryogenic fluids, a non-condensable pressurant gas (helium) is required. With cryogens, there will be a significant amount of propellant vapor mixed with the pressurant gas in the tank ullage. This condition, along with the high sensitivity of propellant vapor pressure to temperature, makes the PVT method susceptible to substantially greater measurement uncertainty than is the case with less volatile propellants. A conventional uncertainty analysis is applied to example cases of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen tanks. It appears that the PVT method may be feasible for liquid oxygen. Acceptable accuracy will be more difficult to obtain with liquid hydrogen. (Author)

  17. Multifunctional e-spun colloidal nanofiber structures from various dispersed blends of PVA/ODA-MMT with PVP/ODA-MMT, poly(VP-alt-MA and AgNPs incorporated polymer complexes as electro-active platforms

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    U. Bunyatova

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available This work presented a new approach to fabricate polymer nanocomposites films with nanofiber structures from solution blends of poly(vinyl alcohol + octadecyl amine-montmorillonite (ODA-MMT (matrix with poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone + ODA-MMT (partner-1, poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone-alt-maleic anhydride ((poly(VP-alt-MA + (ODA-MMT (partner-2 and their silver (Ag-carrying polymer complexes by electrospinning. Chemical and physical structures, surface morphologies, thermal behaviors, electrical conductivity and thermal resistance parameters of nanofiber structures were investigated. Poly(VP-alt-MA was used both as a crosslinker and a donor of the hydrophilic groups such as ‒COOH and ‒NH–C=O amide from pyrrolidone ring. Reactive poly(VP-alt-MA, in situ generated Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs and original partner polymer had an significant effect on the morphology and diameter distribution of nanofibers. High and excellent conductive behaviors were observed for the homopolymer and copolymer of VP based fiber structures, respectively. Upon successive chemical cross-linking of the nanofiber structures by reactive partner copolymer, the conductivity of nanofiber films as electro-active platforms dramatically increased to 3.90·10–2 S·cm–1 at room temperature. Comparative analysis results also indicated that electrical properties strongly depended on the loaded reactive organoclay and in situ generated AgNPs.

  18. A software framework for telemetry and data logging, MMT Observatory, Arizona, USA

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    Gibson, J. D.; Trebisky, T.; Schaller, S.; Porter, D.

    2010-07-01

    An object-oriented software approach to acquisition and logging of telemetry data has been implemented at the MMT Observatory (MMTO). This approach includes: 1) a uniform interface to RS-232 serial and TCP/UDP network-enabled hardware devices, 2) a multiplexed socket server able to handle multiple simultaneous connections, 3) a simple ASCII network protocol, 4) standardized relational and round-robin database logging, 5) consistent parameter naming conventions, 6) automatic data validation, 7) centralized configuration files, and 8) unified process control. Over 25 miniservers, each of which corresponds to a single hardware device, implement the hardware-specific protocol for communication with that hardware device. The miniserver collects data from the device and allows network access to the dataset for that device via a uniform ASCII protocol. Each miniserver also periodically logs data to relational and, optionally, round-robin databases. Over 29 gigabytes of logged telemetry data, representing over 1500 distinct parameters and 120,000,000 MySQL records, are currently available for the past 4-5 years through this software framework. Essentially any scripting language can be used to access the ASCII-based network interface and MySQL relational databases. This object-oriented approach to telemetry provides a framework into which new hardware devices can easily be added and leverages existing data acquisition, analysis, and visualization tools.

  19. Applying Activity Based Costing (ABC Method to Calculate Cost Price in Hospital and Remedy Services

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    A Dabiri

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Activity Based Costing (ABC is one of the new methods began appearing as a costing methodology in the 1990. It calculates cost price by determining the usage of resources. In this study, ABC method was used for calculating cost price of remedial services in hospitals.Methods: To apply ABC method, Shahid Faghihi Hospital was selected. First, hospital units were divided into three main departments: administrative, diagnostic, and hospitalized. Second, activity centers were defined by the activity analysis method. Third, costs of administrative activity centers were allocated into diagnostic and operational departments based on the cost driver. Finally, with regard to the usage of cost objectives from services of activity centers, the cost price of medical services was calculated.Results: The cost price from ABC method significantly differs from tariff method. In addition, high amount of indirect costs in the hospital indicates that capacities of resources are not used properly.Conclusion: Cost price of remedial services with tariff method is not properly calculated when compared with ABC method. ABC calculates cost price by applying suitable mechanisms but tariff method is based on the fixed price. In addition, ABC represents useful information about the amount and combination of cost price services.

  20. The transfer function method for gear system dynamics applied to conventional and minimum excitation gearing designs

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    Mark, W. D.

    1982-01-01

    A transfer function method for predicting the dynamic responses of gear systems with more than one gear mesh is developed and applied to the NASA Lewis four-square gear fatigue test apparatus. Methods for computing bearing-support force spectra and temporal histories of the total force transmitted by a gear mesh, the force transmitted by a single pair of teeth, and the maximum root stress in a single tooth are developed. Dynamic effects arising from other gear meshes in the system are included. A profile modification design method to minimize the vibration excitation arising from a pair of meshing gears is reviewed and extended. Families of tooth loading functions required for such designs are developed and examined for potential excitation of individual tooth vibrations. The profile modification design method is applied to a pair of test gears.

  1. PROJECTION TRANSFORMATION METHODS APPLIED TO THE REPRESENTATION OF MECHANICAL PARTS. COMPARATIVE GRAPHICAL AND ANALYTICAL STUDY

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    Full Text Available The paper presents a comparative graphical and analytical study concerning the possibility of applying methods of transforming the projection – rotation and change of projection planes - for determination of spatial image of some machine parts whose edges or plane faces form imposed angles with the projection planes. An analysis of the existing relation between the two methods respectively with the axonometric representation realized by the coordinate’s method is also performed, highlighting the advantages presented by each of the considered methods. In both cases, the double rotation, respectively the double change of projection planes will be applied, equivalent to an intuitive axonometric representation which will meet, at the same time, some concrete requirements of a project.

  2. Area Efficient Hardware Implementation of Elliptic Curve Cryptography by Iteratively Applying Karatsuba's Method

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    Dyka, Zoya

    2011-01-01

    Securing communication channels is especially needed in wireless environments. But applying cipher mechanisms in software is limited by the calculation and energy resources of the mobile devices. If hardware is applied to realize cryptographic operations cost becomes an issue. In this paper we describe an approach which tackles all these three points. We implemented a hardware accelerator for polynomial multiplication in extended Galois fields (GF) applying Karatsuba's method iteratively. With this approach the area consumption is reduced to 2.1 mm^2 in comparison to. 6.2 mm^2 for the standard application of Karatsuba's method i.e. for recursive application. Our approach also reduces the energy consumption to 60 per cent of the original approach. The price we have to pay for these achievement is the increased execution time. In our implementation a polynomial multiplication takes 3 clock cycles whereas the recurisve Karatsuba approach needs only one clock cycle. But considering area, energy and calculation sp...

  3. Several methods applied to measuring residual stress in a known specimen

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    Prime, M.B.; Rangaswamy, P.; Daymond, M.R.; Abelin, T.G.

    1998-09-01

    In this study, a beam with a precisely known residual stress distribution provided a unique experimental opportunity. A plastically bent beam was carefully prepared in order to provide a specimen with a known residual stress profile. 21Cr-6Ni-9Mn austenitic stainless steel was obtained as 43 mm square forged stock. Several methods were used to determine the residual stresses, and the results were compared to the known values. Some subtleties of applying the various methods were exposed.

  4. Applying systems-centered theory (SCT) and methods in organizational contexts: putting SCT to work.

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    Gantt, Susan P

    2013-04-01

    Though initially applied in psychotherapy, a theory of living human systems (TLHS) and its systems-centered practice (SCT) offer a comprehensive conceptual framework replete with operational definitions and methods that is applicable in a wide range of contexts. This article elaborates the application of SCT in organizations by first summarizing systems-centered theory, its constructs and methods, and then using case examples to illustrate how SCT has been used in organizational and coaching contexts.

  5. The Effect Of The Applied Performance Methods On The Objective Of The Managers

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    Derya Kara

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Within the changing management concept, employees and employers have the constant feeling of keeping up with the changing environment. In this regard, performance evaluation activities are regarded as an indispensable element. Data obtained from the results of the performance evaluation activities, shed light on the development of the employees and enable the enterprises to stand in the fierce competitive environment. This study sets out to find out the effect of the applied performance methods on the objective of the managers. The population of the study comprises 182 hotel enterprises with five stars operating in Antalya, İzmir and Muğla with 2184 managers. Sample population was comprised of 578 managers. The results of the study suggest that the effect of the applied performance methods on the objective of the managers counts. The objective of the managers applying 360-degree performance evaluation method is found to be “finding out the training and development needs”, while the objective of the managers applying conventional performance evaluation methods is found to be “enhancing the existing performance”.

  6. The POWHEG method applied to top pair production and decays at the ILC

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    Latunde-Dada, Oluseyi

    2008-01-01

    We study the effects of gluon radiation in top pair production and their decays for e+e- annihilation at the ILC. To achieve this we apply the POWHEG method and interface our results to the Monte Carlo event generator Herwig++. We consider a center-of-mass energy of 500GeV and compare decay correlations and bottom quark distributions before hadronization.

  7. Wide-field optical monitoring with Mini-MegaTORTORA (MMT-9) multichannel high temporal resolution telescope

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    Beskin, G. M.; Karpov, S. V.; Biryukov, A. V.; Bondar, S. F.; Ivanov, E. A.; Katkova, E. V.; Orekhova, N. V.; Perkov, A. V.; Sasyuk, V. V.

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    We describe the properties of Mini-MegaTORTORA (MMT-9) nine-channel wide-field optical sky monitoring system with subsecond temporal resolution. This instrument can observe sky areas as large as 900 deg2, perform photometry in three filters close to Johnson BV R system and polarimetry of selected objects or areas with 100-300 deg2 sizes. The limiting magnitude of the system is up to V = 11m for 0.1 s temporal resolution, and reaches V = 15m in minute-long exposures. The system is equipped with a powerful computing facility and dedicated software pipeline allowing it to perform automatic detection, real-time classification, and investigation of transient events of different nature located both in the near- Earth space and at extragalactic distances. The objects routinely detected by MMT-9 include faint meteors and artificial Earth satellites.We discuss astronomical tasks that can be solved using MMT-9, and present the results of the first two years of its operation. In particular, we report the parameters of the optical flare detected on June 25, 2016, which accompanied the gamma-ray burst GRB160625B.

  8. Comparison of cosmological parameter inference methods applied to supernovae lightcurves fitted with SALT2

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    March, M C; Feroz, F; Hobson, M P

    2012-01-01

    We present a comparison of two methods for cosmological parameter inference from supernovae Ia lightcurves fitted with the SALT2 technique. The standard chi-square methodology and the recently proposed Bayesian hierarchical method (BHM) are each applied to identical sets of simulations based on the 3-year data release from the Supernova Legacy Survey (SNLS3), and also data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), the Low Redshift sample and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), assuming a concordance LCDM cosmology. For both methods, we find that the recovered values of the cosmological parameters, and the global nuisance parameters controlling the stretch and colour corrections to the supernovae lightcurves, suffer from small biasses. The magnitude of the biasses is similar in both cases, with the BHM yielding slightly more accurate results, in particular for cosmological parameters when applied to just the SNLS3 single survey data sets. Most notably, in this case, the biasses in the recovered matter density $\\...

  9. How to Apply Assignment Methods that were Developed for Vehicular Traffic to Pedestrian Microsimulations

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    Roca, Vidal; Kretz, Tobias; Lehmann, Karsten; Hofsäß, Ingmar

    2014-01-01

    Applying assignment methods to compute user-equilibrium route choice is very common in traffic planning. It is common sense that vehicular traffic arranges in a user-equilibrium based on generalized costs in which travel time is a major factor. Surprisingly travel time has not received much attention for the route choice of pedestrians. In microscopic simulations of pedestrians the vastly dominating paradigm for the computation of the preferred walking direction is set into the direction of the (spatially) shortest path. For situations where pedestrians have travel time as primary determinant for their walking behavior it would be desirable to also have an assignment method in pedestrian simulations. To apply existing (road traffic) assignment methods with simulations of pedestrians one has to reduce the nondenumerably many possible pedestrian trajectories to a small subset of routes which represent the main, relevant, and significantly distinguished routing alternatives. All except one of these routes will m...

  10. Conservative management of post-surgical urinary incontinence in an adolescent using applied kinesiology: a case report.

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    Cuthbert, Scott C; Rosner, Anthony L

    2011-06-01

    This case report describes the successful treatment of an adolescent female suffering daily stress and occasional total urinary incontinence with applied kinesiology methods and chiropractic manipulative therapy. A 13-year-old female developed unpredictable urinary incontinence and right hip pain immediately following emergency open appendectomy surgery. The patient was forced to wear an incontinence pad throughout the day and night for 10 months because of unpredictable urinary incontinence. ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION: Chiropractic and applied kinesiology (AK) methods - a multi-modal diagnostic technique that utilizes manual muscle tests (MMT) for the detection of musculoskeletal impairments and specific AK techniques for correction of identified issues - were utilized to diagnose and treat this patient for muscle impairments in the lumbar spine and pelvis. Patient experienced a rapid resolution of her urinary incontinence and hip pain. A six-year follow-up confirmed complete resolution of symptoms. In this case, utilization of MMT allowed for the identification of several inhibited muscles. Utilizing the appropriate corrective techniques improved the strength of these muscles and resulted in their being graded as facilitated. Symptoms of urinary incontinence and hip pain resolved with this diagnostic and treatment approach. AK methods were useful for the discovery of a number of apparent causative factors underlying this patient's urinary incontinence and hip pain. Treatment for these pelvic-floor muscle and joint abnormalities resulted in rapid, long-lasting resolution of her urinary incontinence and hip pain.

  11. Applying the Support Vector Machine Method to Matching IRAS and SDSS Catalogues

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    Chen Cao

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents results of applying a machine learning technique, the Support Vector Machine (SVM, to the astronomical problem of matching the Infra-Red Astronomical Satellite (IRAS and Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS object catalogues. In this study, the IRAS catalogue has much larger positional uncertainties than those of the SDSS. A model was constructed by applying the supervised learning algorithm (SVM to a set of training data. Validation of the model shows a good identification performance (∼ 90% correct, better than that derived from classical cross-matching algorithms, such as the likelihood-ratio method used in previous studies.

  12. Phenotyping and genotyping methods applied to investigate the relatedness of Brazilian isolates of Enterobacter cloacae

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    A.L.C. Darini

    1999-09-01

    Full Text Available In order to evaluate the resolving power of several typing methods to identify relatedness among Brazilian strains of Enterobacter cloacae, we selected twenty isolates from different patients on three wards of a University Hospital (Orthopedics, Nephrology, and Hematology. Traditional phenotyping methods applied to isolates included biotyping, antibiotic sensitivity, phage-typing, and O-serotyping. Plasmid profile analysis, ribotyping, and macrorestriction analysis by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE were used as genotyping methods. Sero- and phage-typing were not useful since the majority of isolates could not be subtyped by these methods. Biotyping, antibiogram and plasmid profile permitted us to classify the samples into different groups depending on the method used, and consequently were not reliable. Ribotyping and PFGE were significantly correlated with the clinical epidemiological analysis. PFGE did not type strains containing nonspecific DNase. Ribotyping was the most discriminative method for typing Brazilian isolates of E. cloacae.

  13. Applying Possibility Degree Method for Ranking Interval Numbers to Partnership Selection

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    LI Tong; ZHANG Qiang; ZHENG Tao

    2008-01-01

    A new interval number ranking approach is applied for assessment of priorities of the alternative partners, where the attribute values are given out as interval numbers while the weight of each criterion is still exact numerical value pattern. After aggregating with the weighted arithmetic averaging operator, the result is still in the form of interval number. To achieve the priorities of alternative partners we take the possibility method for ranking interval numbers into account which could derive priorities from inconsistent attribute values, thus eliminating the adjustment to the inconsistent attribute values. Moreover, this method is very simple and needs less calculation. An illustrative example is given out to demonstrate this smart method.

  14. Relationship of Medication Management Test-Revised (MMT-R) Performance to Neuropsychological Functioning and Antiretroviral Adherence in Adults with HIV

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    Patton, Doyle E.; Woods, Steven Paul; Franklin, Donald; Cattie, Jordan E.; Heaton, Robert K.; Collier, Ann C.; Marra, Christina; Clifford, David; Gelman, Benjamin; McArthur, Justin; Morgello, Susan; Simpson, David; McCutchan, J. Allen; Grant, Igor

    2013-01-01

    While performance-based tests of everyday functioning offer promise in facilitating diagnosis and classification of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND), there remains a dearth of well-validated instruments. In the present study, clinical correlates of performance on one such measure (i.e., Medication Management Test—Revised; MMT-R) were examined in 448 HIV+ adults who were prescribed antiretroviral therapy. Significant bivariate relationships were found between MMT-R scores and demographics (e.g., education), hepatitis C co-infection, estimated premorbid IQ, neuropsychological functioning, and practical work abilities. MMT-R scores were not related to HIV disease severity, psychiatric factors, or self-reported adherence among participants with a broad range of current health status. However, lower MMT-R scores were strongly and uniquely associated with poorer adherence among participants with CD4 T-cell counts <200. In multivariate analyses, MMT-R scores were predicted by practical work abilities, estimated premorbid functioning, attention/working memory, learning, and education. Findings provide overall mixed support for the construct validity of the MMT-R and are discussed in the context of their clinical and research implications for evaluation of HAND. PMID:22722882

  15. Multigrid method applied to the solution of an elliptic, generalized eigenvalue problem

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    Alchalabi, R.M. [BOC Group, Murray Hill, NJ (United States); Turinsky, P.J. [North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (United States)

    1996-12-31

    The work presented in this paper is concerned with the development of an efficient MG algorithm for the solution of an elliptic, generalized eigenvalue problem. The application is specifically applied to the multigroup neutron diffusion equation which is discretized by utilizing the Nodal Expansion Method (NEM). The underlying relaxation method is the Power Method, also known as the (Outer-Inner Method). The inner iterations are completed using Multi-color Line SOR, and the outer iterations are accelerated using Chebyshev Semi-iterative Method. Furthermore, the MG algorithm utilizes the consistent homogenization concept to construct the restriction operator, and a form function as a prolongation operator. The MG algorithm was integrated into the reactor neutronic analysis code NESTLE, and numerical results were obtained from solving production type benchmark problems.

  16. Control Method for Electromagnetic Unmanned Robot Applied to Automotive Test Based on Improved Smith Predictor Compensator

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    Gang Chen

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available A new control method for an electromagnetic unmanned robot applied to automotive testing (URAT and based on improved Smith predictor compensator, and considering a time delay, is proposed. The mechanical system structure and the control system structure are presented. The electromagnetic URAT adopts pulse width modulation (PWM control, while the displacement and the current doubles as a closed-loop control strategy. The coordinated control method of multiple manipulators for the electromagnetic URAT, e.g., a skilled human driver with intelligent decision-making ability is provided, and the improved Smith predictor compensator controller for the electromagnetic URAT considering a time delay is designed. Experiments are conducted using a Ford FOCUS automobile. Comparisons between the PID control method and the proposed method are conducted. Experimental results show that the proposed method can achieve the accurate tracking of the target vehicle’s speed and reduce the mileage derivation of autonomous driving, which meets the requirements of national test standards.

  17. Software framework for the upcoming MMT Observatory primary mirror re-aluminization

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    Gibson, J. Duane; Clark, Dusty; Porter, Dallan

    2014-07-01

    Details of the software framework for the upcoming in-situ re-aluminization of the 6.5m MMT Observatory (MMTO) primary mirror are presented. This framework includes: 1) a centralized key-value store and data structure server for data exchange between software modules, 2) a newly developed hardware-software interface for faster data sampling and better hardware control, 3) automated control algorithms that are based upon empirical testing, modeling, and simulation of the aluminization process, 4) re-engineered graphical user interfaces (GUI's) that use state-of-the-art web technologies, and 5) redundant relational databases for data logging. Redesign of the software framework has several objectives: 1) automated process control to provide more consistent and uniform mirror coatings, 2) optional manual control of the aluminization process, 3) modular design to allow flexibility in process control and software implementation, 4) faster data sampling and logging rates to better characterize the approximately 100-second aluminization event, and 5) synchronized "real-time" web application GUI's to provide all users with exactly the same data. The framework has been implemented as four modules interconnected by a data store/server. The four modules are integrated into two Linux system services that start automatically at boot-time and remain running at all times. Performance of the software framework is assessed through extensive testing within 2.0 meter and smaller coating chambers at the Sunnyside Test Facility. The redesigned software framework helps ensure that a better performing and longer lasting coating will be achieved during the re-aluminization of the MMTO primary mirror.

  18. Agglomeration multigrid methods with implicit Runge-Kutta smoothers applied to aerodynamic simulations on unstructured grids

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    Langer, Stefan

    2014-11-01

    For unstructured finite volume methods an agglomeration multigrid with an implicit multistage Runge-Kutta method as a smoother is developed for solving the compressible Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations. The implicit Runge-Kutta method is interpreted as a preconditioned explicit Runge-Kutta method. The construction of the preconditioner is based on an approximate derivative. The linear systems are solved approximately with a symmetric Gauss-Seidel method. To significantly improve this solution method grid anisotropy is treated within the Gauss-Seidel iteration in such a way that the strong couplings in the linear system are resolved by tridiagonal systems constructed along these directions of strong coupling. The agglomeration strategy is adapted to this procedure by taking into account exactly these anisotropies in such a way that a directional coarsening is applied along these directions of strong coupling. Turbulence effects are included by a Spalart-Allmaras model, and the additional transport-type equation is approximately solved in a loosely coupled manner with the same method. For two-dimensional and three-dimensional numerical examples and a variety of differently generated meshes we show the wide range of applicability of the solution method. Finally, we exploit the GMRES method to determine approximate spectral information of the linearized RANS equations. This approximate spectral information is used to discuss and compare characteristics of multistage Runge-Kutta methods.

  19. Extreme Wind Calculation Applying Spectral Correction Method – Test and Validation

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    Hansen, Brian Ohrbeck; Larsén, Xiaoli Guo; Kelly, Mark C.

    This report presents a test and validation of extreme wind calculation applying the Spectral Correction method as implemented in the WAsP Engineering 4 software package. The test and validation is based on four sites located in Denmark, one site located in the Netherlands and one site located in ...... in the USA. Calculations have been carried out using wind data from on-site meteorological masts as well as long-term reference wind data.......This report presents a test and validation of extreme wind calculation applying the Spectral Correction method as implemented in the WAsP Engineering 4 software package. The test and validation is based on four sites located in Denmark, one site located in the Netherlands and one site located...

  20. The role of applied epidemiology methods in the disaster management cycle.

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    Malilay, Josephine; Heumann, Michael; Perrotta, Dennis; Wolkin, Amy F; Schnall, Amy H; Podgornik, Michelle N; Cruz, Miguel A; Horney, Jennifer A; Zane, David; Roisman, Rachel; Greenspan, Joel R; Thoroughman, Doug; Anderson, Henry A; Wells, Eden V; Simms, Erin F

    2014-11-01

    Disaster epidemiology (i.e., applied epidemiology in disaster settings) presents a source of reliable and actionable information for decision-makers and stakeholders in the disaster management cycle. However, epidemiological methods have yet to be routinely integrated into disaster response and fully communicated to response leaders. We present a framework consisting of rapid needs assessments, health surveillance, tracking and registries, and epidemiological investigations, including risk factor and health outcome studies and evaluation of interventions, which can be practiced throughout the cycle. Applying each method can result in actionable information for planners and decision-makers responsible for preparedness, response, and recovery. Disaster epidemiology, once integrated into the disaster management cycle, can provide the evidence base to inform and enhance response capability within the public health infrastructure.

  1. A Novel Neural Network Based Method Developed for Digit Recognition Applied to Automatic Speed Sign Recognition

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    Hanene Rouabeh

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available This Paper presents a new hybrid technique for digit recognition applied to the speed limit sign recognition task. The complete recognition system consists in the detection and recognition of the speed signs in RGB images. A pretreatment is applied to extract the pictogram from a detected circular road sign, and then the task discussed in this work is employed to recognize digit candidates. To realize a compromise between performances, reduced execution time and optimized memory resources, the developed method is based on a conjoint use of a Neural Network and a Decision Tree. A simple Network is employed firstly to classify the extracted candidates into three classes and secondly a small Decision Tree is charged to determine the exact information. This combination is used to reduce the size of the Network as well as the memory resources utilization. The evaluation of the technique and the comparison with existent methods show the effectiveness.

  2. Statistical equations and methods applied to the precision muon (g-2) experiment at BNL

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    Bennett, G.W. [Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973 (United States); Bousquet, B. [Department of Physics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (United States); Brown, H.N.; Bunce, G. [Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973 (United States); Carey, R.M. [Department of Physics, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215 (United States); Cushman, P. [Department of Physics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (United States); Danby, G.T. [Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973 (United States); Debevec, P.T. [Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 55455 (United States); Deile, M.; Deng, H. [Physics Department, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511 (United States); Deninger, W. [Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 55455 (United States); Dhawan, S.K. [Physics Department, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511 (United States); Druzhinin, V.P. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Duong, L. [Department of Physics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (United States); Efstathiadis, E. [Department of Physics, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215 (United States); Farley, F.J.M. [Physics Department, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511 (United States); Fedotovich, G.V. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Giron, S. [Department of Physics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (United States); Gray, F. [Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 55455 (United States); Grigoriev, D. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)] (and others)

    2007-09-11

    In the muon (g-2) experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory, the spin precession frequency {omega}{sub a} is obtained from a standard {chi}{sup 2} minimization fit applied to the time distribution of decay electrons. The unusually high accuracy ({approx}0.5ppm) of the experiment puts stringent requirements on the quality of the fit and the level of understanding of the statistical properties of the fitted parameters. We discuss the properties of the fits and their implications on the derived value for {omega}{sub a}, including estimates of the effect of an imperfect fit function, methods of including additional external information to reduce the error, the effects of splitting the data into many smaller subsets of data, applying different weighting methods to the data using energy information, and various tests of data suitability.

  3. Applying terminological methods and description logic for creating and implementing and ontology on inhibition

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    Zambach, Sine; Madsen, Bodil Nistrup

    2009-01-01

    By applying formal terminological methods to model an ontology within the domain of enzyme inhibition, we aim to clarify concepts and to obtain consistency. Additionally, we propose a procedure for implementing this ontology in OWL with the aim of obtaining a strict structure which can form...... the basis for reasoning and further processing, and we compare a semi-formal terminological concept modeling approach with a formal Description Logic approach in OWL-DL....

  4. Applied Ecosystem Analysis - - a Primer : EDT the Ecosystem Diagnosis and Treatment Method.

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    Lestelle, Lawrence C.; Mobrand, Lars E.

    1996-05-01

    The aim of this document is to inform and instruct the reader about an approach to ecosystem management that is based upon salmon as an indicator species. It is intended to provide natural resource management professionals with the background information needed to answer questions about why and how to apply the approach. The methods and tools the authors describe are continually updated and refined, so this primer should be treated as a first iteration of a sequentially revised manual.

  5. Research methods applied to studies with active elderly: A literature review

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    Martins, L; Baptista, J.; Arezes, P.

    2016-01-01

    In almost every developed and in developing countries, the elderly population is increasing. It is assumed that environments, products and services must be appropriate and accessible to them as many people, regarding their characteristics, abilities and limitations. The purpose of this paper is to establish an outlook about the methods that are usually applied in research involving active elderly at the development stages of products designed for that specific segment of the Society.

  6. Applying the POWHEG method to top pair production and decays at the ILC

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    Latunde-Dada, Oluseyi

    2008-01-01

    We study the effects of gluon radiation in top pair production and their decays for e+e- annihilation at the ILC. To achieve this we apply the POWHEG method and interface our results to the Monte Carlo event generator Herwig++. We consider a center-of-mass energy of \\sqrt{s}=500 GeV and compare decay correlations and bottom quark and anti-quark distributions before hadronization.

  7. The Density Matrix Renormalization Group Method applied to Interaction Round a Face Hamiltonians

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    1996-01-01

    Given a Hamiltonian with a continuous symmetry one can generally factorize that symmetry and consider the dynamics on invariant Hilbert spaces. In statistical mechanics this procedure is known as the vertex-IRF map, and in certain cases, like rotational invariant Hamiltonians, it can be implemented via group theoretical techniques. Using this map we translate the DMRG method, which applies to 1D vertex Hamiltonians, into a formulation adequate to study IRF Hamiltonians. The advantage of the I...

  8. Extreme Wind Calculation Applying Spectral Correction Method – Test and Validation

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    Hansen, Brian Ohrbeck; Larsén, Xiaoli Guo; Kelly, Mark C; Rathmann, Ole Steen; Berg, Jacob; Bechmann, Andreas; Sempreviva, Anna Maria; Ejsing Jørgensen, Hans

    2016-01-01

    This report presents a test and validation of extreme wind calculation applying the Spectral Correction method as implemented in the WAsP Engineering 4 software package. The test and validation is based on four sites located in Denmark, one site located in the Netherlands and one site located in the USA. Calculations have been carried out using wind data from on-site meteorological masts as well as long-term reference wind data.

  9. Method for operating an automobile with a combustion engine with applied ignition

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    Anderton, R.A.; Smith, R.R.; Tippler, R.

    1982-01-28

    A method is proposed to operate automobiles with combustion engines with applied ignition directly after the assembly on a petrol-mineral oil mixture; this prevents a spark plug fouling when the cars which hare just been completed are operated on short distances only. This petrol-mineral oil mixture should consist preferably of 95-98 ROZ petrol and mineral oil share of less than 5 vol.% preferably 0,5 vol.%.

  10. How to Apply Communicative and Interactive Teaching Method to English Major Classroom

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    丁燕

    2015-01-01

    #%This paper focuses on introducing communicative and interactive teaching method (abbreviation: CITM).It points out definitely that under the condition of applying CITM,the English major classroom wil receive more achievement.The key way to push forward CITM is the transformation of the role of the teachers,whereas the objective-oriented course preparation and suitable organization of the classroom can effectively support the implementation of a communicative and interactive classroom.

  11. THE CORRELATION ANALYSIS ON METHAMPHETAMINE ABUSEIN MMT PATIENTS%美沙酮维持治疗者滥用甲基苯丙胺相关因素分析

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    黎超雄; 张泉水; 蔡翠兰; 邓秀良; 刘文红; 麦梅英; 杨梅

    2011-01-01

    目的:探讨美沙酮维持治疗者滥用甲基苯丙胺(MA,冰毒)隐匿行为发生率以及相关因素.方法:对2010年7月23日-2010年7月31日期间在深圳市宝安区慢性病防治院美沙酮维持治疗门诊接受美沙酮维持治疗的289例患者进行甲基苯丙胺尿样检测(胶体金法),并对尿检结果与患者的人口学特征、滥用海洛因、治疗情况等9项因素进行Logistic回归分析.结果:在 289例美沙酮维持治疗者中合并滥用甲基苯丙胺14例(4.70%);美沙酮维持剂量对滥用甲基苯丙胺隐匿行为有影响,呈负相关(β=-0.034,P=0.037);性别、年龄、婚姻、职业、文化程度、美沙酮维持治疗时间、滥用海洛因年限及滥用方式等对滥用甲基苯丙胺隐匿行为无影响.结论:本地区美沙酮维持治疗中患者存在滥用甲基苯丙胺隐匿行为,适当提高美沙酮维持剂量有减少MMT患者滥用MA的可能性.%Objective: To explore the incidence and related factors of methamphetamine (MA,Ice) abuse in methadone maintenance treatment (MMT)patients. Methods: Urine test for methamphetamine(Colloidal Gold)was conducted among 289 MMT patients in Shenzhen Bao' an MMT clinic from July 23,2010 to July 31,2010, and Logistic regression analysis was made on the urine test results and the demographic characteristics, heroin abuse, the treatment, and other nine factors of the patients. Results: Among the 289 cases, 14 cases (4. 70% ) were abusing methamphetamine when doing MMT. Methadone dose had negative correlation with the behavior of methamphetamine abuse (β = -0. 034, P = 0. 037 ). Gender, age, marital status, occupation, education, duration for MMT, and heroin abuse and patterns of abuse had no effect on methamphetamine abuse. Conclusion: It is a common phenomenon for MMT patients abusing methamphetamine. Increasing the amount of methadone dose for maintenance treatment may reduce the abuse of methamphetamine.

  12. An Integrated Optimization Design Method Based on Surrogate Modeling Applied to Diverging Duct Design

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    Hanan, Lu; Qiushi, Li; Shaobin, Li

    2016-12-01

    This paper presents an integrated optimization design method in which uniform design, response surface methodology and genetic algorithm are used in combination. In detail, uniform design is used to select the experimental sampling points in the experimental domain and the system performance is evaluated by means of computational fluid dynamics to construct a database. After that, response surface methodology is employed to generate a surrogate mathematical model relating the optimization objective and the design variables. Subsequently, genetic algorithm is adopted and applied to the surrogate model to acquire the optimal solution in the case of satisfying some constraints. The method has been applied to the optimization design of an axisymmetric diverging duct, dealing with three design variables including one qualitative variable and two quantitative variables. The method of modeling and optimization design performs well in improving the duct aerodynamic performance and can be also applied to wider fields of mechanical design and seen as a useful tool for engineering designers, by reducing the design time and computation consumption.

  13. Machine Learning Method Applied in Readout System of Superheated Droplet Detector

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    Liu, Yi; Sullivan, Clair Julia; d'Errico, Francesco

    2017-07-01

    Direct readability is one advantage of superheated droplet detectors in neutron dosimetry. Utilizing such a distinct characteristic, an imaging readout system analyzes image of the detector for neutron dose readout. To improve the accuracy and precision of algorithms in the imaging readout system, machine learning algorithms were developed. Deep learning neural network and support vector machine algorithms are applied and compared with generally used Hough transform and curvature analysis methods. The machine learning methods showed a much higher accuracy and better precision in recognizing circular gas bubbles.

  14. A New Method to Determine the Thickness of Spiral Galaxies: Apply to M31

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    LI Meng; LUO Xin-Lian; PENG Qiu-He; ZOU Zhi-Gang

    2000-01-01

    A new method is presented to determine the thickness of spiral galaxies. Based on the rigorous solution of the Poisson equation for logarithmic density disturbance in three-dimensional spiral galaxies, we have derived an accurate dispersion relation for the stellar and gaseous disk with a finite thickness. From this relation, a new method is put forward here for determining the thickness of galaxies. We apply this way to M31 and get the thickness of about 0.7kpc, which is in good agreement with the previous results.

  15. [New methods of treatment applied in the hospital of Sochi during the Great Patriotic War].

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    Artiukhov, S A

    2013-05-01

    During the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 Sochi was turned into the largest hospital base in the south of the USSR. All told, 335 thousand wonded and seriously ill soldiers were treated in the hospitals of Sochi. During the war physicians applied many new, including, early unknown medical methods of treatment. Poor provision with medical equipment, instruments, bandages and medicines was made up for using of local resources. Adoption of new treatment methods based on the use of local medicines allowed the Sochi's physicians to save many lives during the war.

  16. A review of studies applying environmental impact assessment methods on fruit production systems.

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    Cerutti, Alessandro K; Bruun, Sander; Beccaro, Gabriele L; Bounous, Giancarlo

    2011-10-01

    Although many aspects of environmental accounting methodologies in food production have already been investigated, the application of environmental indicators in the fruit sector is still rare and no consensus can be found on the preferred method. On the contrary, widely diverging approaches have been taken to several aspects of the analyses, such as data collection, handling of scaling issues, and goal and scope definition. This paper reviews studies assessing the sustainability or environmental impacts of fruit production under different conditions and identifies aspects of fruit production that are of environmental importance. Four environmental assessment methods which may be applied to assess fruit production systems are evaluated, namely Life Cycle Assessment, Ecological Footprint Analysis, Emergy Analysis and Energy Balance. In the 22 peer-reviewed journal articles and two conference articles applying one of these methods in the fruit sector that were included in this review, a total of 26 applications of environmental impact assessment methods are described. These applications differ concerning e.g. overall objective, set of environmental issues considered, definition of system boundaries and calculation algorithms. Due to the relatively high variability in study cases and approaches, it was not possible to identify any one method as being better than the others. However, remarks on methodologies and suggestions for standardisation are given and the environmental burdens of fruit systems are highlighted.

  17. Development of a tracking method for augmented reality applied to nuclear plant maintenance work

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    Shimoda, Hiroshi; Maeshima, Masayuki; Nakai, Toshinori; Bian, Zhiqiang; Ishii, Hirotake; Yoshikawa, Hidekazu [Kyoto University, Kyoto (Japan)

    2005-11-15

    In this paper, a plant maintenance support method is described, which employs the state-of-the-art information technology, Augmented Reality (AR), in order to improve efficiency of NPP maintenance work and to prevent from human error. Although AR has a great possibility to support various works in real world, it is difficult to apply it to actual work support because the tracking method is the bottleneck for the practical use. In this study, a bar code marker tracking method is proposed to apply AR system for a maintenance work support in NPP field. The proposed method calculates the users position and orientation in real time by two long markers, which are captured by the user-mounted camera. The markers can be easily pasted on the pipes in plant field, and they can be easily recognized in long distance in order to reduce the number of pasted markers in the work field. Experiments were conducted in a laboratory and plant field to evaluate the proposed method. The results show that (1) fast and stable tracking can be realized, (2) position error in camera view is less than 1%, which is almost perfect under the limitation of camera resolution, and (3) it is relatively difficult to catch two markers in one camera view especially in short distance.

  18. Method to integrate clinical guidelines into the electronic health record (EHR) by applying the archetypes approach.

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    Garcia, Diego; Moro, Claudia Maria Cabral; Cicogna, Paulo Eduardo; Carvalho, Deborah Ribeiro

    2013-01-01

    Clinical guidelines are documents that assist healthcare professionals, facilitating and standardizing diagnosis, management, and treatment in specific areas. Computerized guidelines as decision support systems (DSS) attempt to increase the performance of tasks and facilitate the use of guidelines. Most DSS are not integrated into the electronic health record (EHR), ordering some degree of rework especially related to data collection. This study's objective was to present a method for integrating clinical guidelines into the EHR. The study developed first a way to identify data and rules contained in the guidelines, and then incorporate rules into an archetype-based EHR. The proposed method tested was anemia treatment in the Chronic Kidney Disease Guideline. The phases of the method are: data and rules identification; archetypes elaboration; rules definition and inclusion in inference engine; and DSS-EHR integration and validation. The main feature of the proposed method is that it is generic and can be applied toany type of guideline.

  19. Modeling methods for mixture-of-mixtures experiments applied to a tablet formulation problem.

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    Piepel, G F

    1999-01-01

    During the past few years, statistical methods for the experimental design, modeling, and optimization of mixture experiments have been widely applied to drug formulation problems. Different methods are required for mixture-of-mixtures (MoM) experiments in which a formulation is a mixture of two or more "major" components, each of which is a mixture of one or more "minor" components. Two types of MoM experiments are briefly described. A tablet formulation optimization example from a 1997 article in this journal is used to illustrate one type of MoM experiment and corresponding empirical modeling methods. Literature references that discuss other methods for MoM experiments are also provided.

  20. A characteristic based volume penalization method for general evolution problems applied to compressible viscous flows

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    Brown-Dymkoski, Eric; Kasimov, Nurlybek; Vasilyev, Oleg V.

    2014-04-01

    In order to introduce solid obstacles into flows, several different methods are used, including volume penalization methods which prescribe appropriate boundary conditions by applying local forcing to the constitutive equations. One well known method is Brinkman penalization, which models solid obstacles as porous media. While it has been adapted for compressible, incompressible, viscous and inviscid flows, it is limited in the types of boundary conditions that it imposes, as are most volume penalization methods. Typically, approaches are limited to Dirichlet boundary conditions. In this paper, Brinkman penalization is extended for generalized Neumann and Robin boundary conditions by introducing hyperbolic penalization terms with characteristics pointing inward on solid obstacles. This Characteristic-Based Volume Penalization (CBVP) method is a comprehensive approach to conditions on immersed boundaries, providing for homogeneous and inhomogeneous Dirichlet, Neumann, and Robin boundary conditions on hyperbolic and parabolic equations. This CBVP method can be used to impose boundary conditions for both integrated and non-integrated variables in a systematic manner that parallels the prescription of exact boundary conditions. Furthermore, the method does not depend upon a physical model, as with porous media approach for Brinkman penalization, and is therefore flexible for various physical regimes and general evolutionary equations. Here, the method is applied to scalar diffusion and to direct numerical simulation of compressible, viscous flows. With the Navier-Stokes equations, both homogeneous and inhomogeneous Neumann boundary conditions are demonstrated through external flow around an adiabatic and heated cylinder. Theoretical and numerical examination shows that the error from penalized Neumann and Robin boundary conditions can be rigorously controlled through an a priori penalization parameter η. The error on a transient boundary is found to converge as O

  1. Solution of the neutron point kinetics equations with temperature feedback effects applying the polynomial approach method

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    Tumelero, Fernanda, E-mail: fernanda.tumelero@yahoo.com.br [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia Mecanica; Petersen, Claudio Z.; Goncalves, Glenio A.; Lazzari, Luana, E-mail: claudiopeteren@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: gleniogoncalves@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: luana-lazzari@hotmail.com [Universidade Federal de Pelotas (DME/UFPEL), Capao do Leao, RS (Brazil). Instituto de Fisica e Matematica

    2015-07-01

    In this work, we present a solution of the Neutron Point Kinetics Equations with temperature feedback effects applying the Polynomial Approach Method. For the solution, we consider one and six groups of delayed neutrons precursors with temperature feedback effects and constant reactivity. The main idea is to expand the neutron density, delayed neutron precursors and temperature as a power series considering the reactivity as an arbitrary function of the time in a relatively short time interval around an ordinary point. In the first interval one applies the initial conditions of the problem and the analytical continuation is used to determine the solutions of the next intervals. With the application of the Polynomial Approximation Method it is possible to overcome the stiffness problem of the equations. In such a way, one varies the time step size of the Polynomial Approach Method and performs an analysis about the precision and computational time. Moreover, we compare the method with different types of approaches (linear, quadratic and cubic) of the power series. The answer of neutron density and temperature obtained by numerical simulations with linear approximation are compared with results in the literature. (author)

  2. Inlfuence of Nano MMT on Properties of APP/MCA Composite Flame Retardant EP%纳米MMT对APP/MCA复合阻燃EP性能的影响

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    洪晓东; 秦昌强; 赵爽; 梁兵

    2014-01-01

    The distances between layers of nano montmorillonite(MMT) and epoxy resin(EP)/nano MMT composites were studied by X ray diffraction,the results show that nano MMT and nano MMT in EP/nano MMT composites have no difference in the layer distance,which show that nano MMT is just physically mixed with the EP,there are no intercalative polymerization reaction. The influence of nano MMT contents on EP/nano MMT and EP/ammonium polyphosphate(APP)/melamine cyanurate(MCA) composites were also studied,the results show that the addition of nano MMT can not improve the limited oxygen index(LOI) of EP/nano MMT composites,while it can improve the tensile strength of the composites. Nano MMT play prominent synergetic flame retardant effect when used together with flame retardant APP and MCA,EP/APP/MCA/nano MMT composite has a best combination performance when the mass ratio of APP and MCA is 3∶1,the mass fraction of nano MMT in composite flame retardants is 20%and the mass fraction of the composite flame retardants is 20%in the composite,the LOI is 29.6%,the vertical burning rating reach UL94 V-0 level,the tensile and impact strength is 45.9 MPa and 8.6 kJ/m2 respectively.%采用X射线衍射仪研究了纳米蒙脱土(MMT)和EP/纳米MMT复合材料中纳米MMT的层间距变化。结果表明,纳米MMT与EP/纳米MMT复合材料中纳米MMT的层间距相差不大,说明纳米MMT在EP中只是物理混合,没有发生插层反应。研究了纳米MMT用量对EP/纳米MMT以及EP/聚磷酸铵(APP)/三聚氰胺氰尿酸盐(MCA)复合材料性能的影响。结果表明,纳米MMT的加入不能提高EP/纳米MMT的极限氧指数(LOI),可以提高EP/纳米MMT复合材料的拉伸强度。纳米MMT与APP和MCA复配作为复合阻燃剂,可以产生明显的阻燃协同效应,当APP和MCA质量比为3∶1,纳米MMT在复合阻燃剂中的质量分数为20%且复合阻燃剂在复合材料中的质量分数为20%时,EP/APP/MCA/纳米MMT复合材料

  3. Should methods of correction for multiple comparisons be applied in pharmacovigilance?

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    Lorenza Scotti

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. In pharmacovigilance, spontaneous reporting databases are devoted to the early detection of adverse event ‘signals’ of marketed drugs. A common limitation of these systems is the wide number of concurrently investigated associations, implying a high probability of generating positive signals simply by chance. However it is not clear if the application of methods aimed to adjust for the multiple testing problems are needed when at least some of the drug-outcome relationship under study are known. To this aim we applied a robust estimation method for the FDR (rFDR particularly suitable in the pharmacovigilance context. Methods. We exploited the data available for the SAFEGUARD project to apply the rFDR estimation methods to detect potential false positive signals of adverse reactions attributable to the use of non-insulin blood glucose lowering drugs. Specifically, the number of signals generated from the conventional disproportionality measures and after the application of the rFDR adjustment method was compared. Results. Among the 311 evaluable pairs (i.e., drug-event pairs with at least one adverse event report, 106 (34% signals were considered as significant from the conventional analysis. Among them 1 resulted in false positive signals according to rFDR method. Conclusions. The results of this study seem to suggest that when a restricted number of drug-outcome pairs is considered and warnings about some of them are known, multiple comparisons methods for recognizing false positive signals are not so useful as suggested by theoretical considerations.

  4. In vivo evaluation of the penetration of topically applied drugs into human skin by spectroscopic methods.

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    Sennhenn, B; Giese, K; Plamann, K; Harendt, N; Kölmel, K

    1993-01-01

    Spectroscopic techniques are reported on which allow to study in vivo the penetration behaviour of topically applied light-absorbing drugs into human skin. Remittance spectroscopy, a purely optical method, provides a good tool in both, skin adaptation by use of a remote viewing head coupled to the spectrometer via optical fibres, and adequate sensitivity for the detection of small amounts of the applied drugs. The measuring depth in the skin is determined by the wavelength-dependent optical penetration depth, which itself depends on light absorption and light scattering. In the UV-spectral region the optical penetration depth is of the order of the thickness of the stratum corneum (UV-A) or of only a superficial part of it (UV-B, UV-C). Fluorescence spectroscopy, another optical method, offers two kinds of drug detection, a direct one in case of self-fluorescent drugs or an indirect one being based on the light absorption of the drug, which may give rise to a screening of the self-fluorescence of the skin itself or of an applied marker. The measuring depth is comparable to that achieved with remittance spectroscopy. A third method is photothermal spectroscopy which is determined by thermal properties of the skin in addition to optical properties. Photothermal spectroscopy is unique in that it allows depth profiles of drug concentration to be measured non-invasively, as the photothermal measuring depth can be changed by varying the modulation frequency of the intensity-modulated incident light. Results of measurements demonstrating the potentials of these spectroscopic methods are presented.

  5. Novel change detection methods for multi-date digital imagery applied to South Florida vegetation

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    Byron, Jonathan Roy

    Remote sensing using multidate imagery allows for change detection and the analysis of important landscape processes over time. Multidate image analysis has been used to map, measure, monitor and model important changes related to topics including deforestation, loss of wetlands, drought and flooding, and urban change. Existing change detection methods have proven themselves valuable, but are limited in terms of the patterns they can detect, the need for analyst intervention, and ease of interpretation. As the volume of remotely sensed data increases and the price of data and computing facilities decreases, new techniques are needed for the rapid automated or semi-automated identification of change patterns. This research presents a number of novel methods for analyzing and visualizing change in remotely sensed data sets. One approach includes the application of parametric measures (standard deviation, range, slope) to a time series. A second approach involves the visualization of data transformed into the temporal shape domain. The third approach involves the classification of temporal patterns by neural networks. The novel techniques were proven using synthetic data, then applied to anniversary AVHRR NDVI composite images of South Florida from 1989 through 1993. For the Florida data, the results from the novel methods were compared with the results of standard methods including an unsupervised classification, principal components analysis, and write function memory insertion. A comparison of results indicates that the novel methods do uncover information that is different from, but consistent with, the standard methods. The novel methods are able to detect specific change patterns that the standard methods cannot. The novel methods are easier to interpret than the standard methods, and can contribute to the interpretation of the standard methods.

  6. Non-destructive research methods applied on materials for the new generation of nuclear reactors

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    Bartošová, I.; Slugeň, V.; Veterníková, J.; Sojak, S.; Petriska, M.; Bouhaddane, A.

    2014-06-01

    The paper is aimed on non-destructive experimental techniques applied on materials for the new generation of nuclear reactors (GEN IV). With the development of these reactors, also materials have to be developed in order to guarantee high standard properties needed for construction. These properties are high temperature resistance, radiation resistance and resistance to other negative effects. Nevertheless the changes in their mechanical properties should be only minimal. Materials, that fulfil these requirements, are analysed in this work. The ferritic-martensitic (FM) steels and ODS steels are studied in details. Microstructural defects, which can occur in structural materials and can be also accumulated during irradiation due to neutron flux or alpha, beta and gamma radiation, were analysed using different spectroscopic methods as positron annihilation spectroscopy and Barkhausen noise, which were applied for measurements of three different FM steels (T91, P91 and E97) as well as one ODS steel (ODS Eurofer).

  7. Contextual filtering method applied to sub-bands of interferometric image decomposition

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    Belhadj-Aissa, S.; Hocine, F.; Boughacha, M. S.; Belhadj-Aissa, M.

    2016-10-01

    The precision and accuracy of Digital elevation model and deformation measurement, from SAR interferometry (InSAR/DInSAR) depend mainly on the quality of the interferogram. However, the phase noise, which is mainly due to decorrelation between the images and the speckle, makes the step of phase unwrapping most delicate. In this paper, we propose a filtering method that combines the techniques of decomposition into sub-bands and nonlinear local weights. The Spectral / Contextual filter that we propose, inspired from to Goldstein filter is applied to the sub-bands from the wavelet decomposition. To validate the results, we applied to interferometric products tandem pair ERS1/ERS2 taken in the region of Algiers Algeria.

  8. Studying the properties of Variational Data Assimilation Methods by Applying a Set of Test-Examples

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    Thomsen, Per Grove; Zlatev, Zahari

    2007-01-01

    ) and the storage needed. This is why it might be appropriate to apply some splitting procedure in the efforts to reduce the computational work. Five test-examples have been created. Different numerical aspects of the data assimilation methods and the interplay between the major computational parts of any data...... assimilation method (numerical algorithms for solving differential equations, splitting procedures and optimization algorithms) have been studied by using these tests. The presentation will include results from testing carried out in the study.......he variational data assimilation methods can successfully be used in different fields of science and engineering. An attempt to utilize available sets of observations in the efforts to improve (i) the models used to study different phenomena (ii) the model results is systematically carried out when...

  9. Applying tensor renormalization group methods to frustrated and glassy systems: advantages, limitations, and applications

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    Zhu, Zheng; Katzgraber, Helmut G.

    2014-03-01

    We study the thermodynamic properties of the two-dimensional Edwards-Anderson Ising spin-glass model on a square lattice using the tensor renormalization group method based on a higher-order singular-value decomposition. Our estimates of the internal energy per spin agree very well with high-precision parallel tempering Monte Carlo studies, thus illustrating that the method can, in principle, be applied to frustrated magnetic systems. In particular, we discuss the necessary tuning of parameters for convergence, memory requirements, efficiency for different types of disorder, as well as advantages and limitations in comparison to conventional multicanonical and Monte Carlo methods. Extensions to higher space dimensions, as well as applications to spin glasses in a field are explored.

  10. The impact of ultra-low amounts of amino-modified MMT on dynamics and properties of densely cross-linked cyanate ester resins

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    Bershtein, Vladimir; Fainleib, Alexander; Egorova, Larisa; Gusakova, Kristina; Grigoryeva, Olga; Kirilenko, Demid; Konnikov, Semen; Ryzhov, Valery; Yakushev, Pavel; Lavrenyuk, Natalia

    2015-04-01

    Thermostable nanocomposites based on densely cross-linked cyanate ester resins (CER), derived from bisphenol E and doped by 0.01 to 5 wt. % amino-functionalized 2D montmorillonite (MMT) nanoparticles, were synthesized and characterized using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS), wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), far-infrared (Far-IR), and creep rate spectroscopy (CRS) techniques. It was revealed that ultra-low additives, e.g., 0.025 to 0.1 wt. %, of amino-MMT nanolayers covalently embedded into CER network exerted an anomalously large impact on its dynamics and properties resulting, in particular, in some suppression of dynamics, increasing the onset of glass transition temperature by 30° to 40° and twofold rise of modulus in temperature range from 20°C to 200°C. Contrarily, the effects became negligibly small or even negative at increased amino-MMT contents, especially at 2 and 5 wt. %. That could be explained by TEM/EDXS data displaying predominance of individual amino-MMT nanolayers and their thin (2 to 3 nanolayers) stacks over more thick tactoids (5 to 10 nanolayers) and the large amino-MMT aggregates (100 to 500 nm in thickness) reversing the composite structure produced with increasing of amino-MMT content within CER matrix. The revealed effect of ultra-low amino-MMT content testifies in favor of the idea about the extraordinarily enhanced long-range action of the `constrained dynamics' effect in the case of densely cross-linked polymer networks.

  11. Evaluating methods for ranking differentially expressed genes applied to microArray quality control data

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    Shimizu Kentaro

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Statistical methods for ranking differentially expressed genes (DEGs from gene expression data should be evaluated with regard to high sensitivity, specificity, and reproducibility. In our previous studies, we evaluated eight gene ranking methods applied to only Affymetrix GeneChip data. A more general evaluation that also includes other microarray platforms, such as the Agilent or Illumina systems, is desirable for determining which methods are suitable for each platform and which method has better inter-platform reproducibility. Results We compared the eight gene ranking methods using the MicroArray Quality Control (MAQC datasets produced by five manufacturers: Affymetrix, Applied Biosystems, Agilent, GE Healthcare, and Illumina. The area under the curve (AUC was used as a measure for both sensitivity and specificity. Although the highest AUC values can vary with the definition of "true" DEGs, the best methods were, in most cases, either the weighted average difference (WAD, rank products (RP, or intensity-based moderated t statistic (ibmT. The percentages of overlapping genes (POGs across different test sites were mainly evaluated as a measure for both intra- and inter-platform reproducibility. The POG values for WAD were the highest overall, irrespective of the choice of microarray platform. The high intra- and inter-platform reproducibility of WAD was also observed at a higher biological function level. Conclusion These results for the five microarray platforms were consistent with our previous ones based on 36 real experimental datasets measured using the Affymetrix platform. Thus, recommendations made using the MAQC benchmark data might be universally applicable.

  12. ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF APPLYING EVOLVED METHODS IN MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING PRACTICE

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    SABOU FELICIA

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The evolved methods of management accounting have been developed with the purpose of removing the disadvantages of the classical methods, they are methods adapted to the new market conditions, which provide much more useful cost-related information so that the management of the company is able to take certain strategic decisions. Out of the category of evolved methods, the most used is the one of standard-costs due to the advantages that it presents, being used widely in calculating the production costs in some developed countries. The main advantages of the standard-cost method are: in-advance knowledge of the production costs and the measures that ensure compliance to these; with the help of the deviations calculated from the standard costs, one manages a systematic control over the costs, thus allowing the making of decision in due time, in as far as the elimination of the deviations and the improvement of the activity are concerned and it is a method of analysis, control and cost forecast; Although the advantages of using standards are significant, there are a few disadvantages to the employment of the standard-cost method: sometimes there can appear difficulties in establishing the deviations from the standard costs, the method does not allow an accurate calculation of the fixed costs. As a result of the study, we can observe the fact that the evolved methods of management accounting, as compared to the classical ones, present a series of advantages linked to a better analysis, control, and foreseeing of costs, whereas the main disadvantage is related to the large amount of work necessary for these methods to be applied.

  13. ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF APPLYING EVOLVED METHODS IN MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING PRACTICE

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    SABOU FELICIA

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The evolved methods of management accounting have been developed with the purpose of removing the disadvantages of the classical methods, they are methods adapted to the new market conditions, which provide much more useful cost-related information so that the management of the company is able to take certain strategic decisions. Out of the category of evolved methods, the most used is the one of standard-costs due to the advantages that it presents, being used widely in calculating the production costs in some developed countries. The main advantages of the standard-cost method are: in-advance knowledge of the production costs and the measures that ensure compliance to these; with the help of the deviations calculated from the standard costs, one manages a systematic control over the costs, thus allowing the making of decision in due time, in as far as the elimination of the deviations and the improvement of the activity are concerned and it is a method of analysis, control and cost forecast; Although the advantages of using standards are significant, there are a few disadvantages to the employment of the standard-cost method: sometimes there can appear difficulties in establishing the deviations from the standard costs, the method does not allow an accurate calculation of the fixed costs. As a result of the study, we can observe the fact that the evolved methods of management accounting, as compared to the classical ones, present a series of advantages linked to a better analysis, control, and foreseeing of costs, whereas the main disadvantage is related to the large amount of work necessary for these methods to be applied

  14. River basin soil-vegetation condition assessment applying mathematic simulation methods

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    Mishchenko, Natalia; Trifonova, Tatiana; Shirkin, Leonid

    2013-04-01

    Meticulous attention paid nowadays to the problem of vegetation cover productivity changes is connected also to climate global transformation. At the same time ecosystems anthropogenic transformation, basically connected to the changes of land use structure and human impact on soil fertility, is developing to a great extent independently from climatic processes and can seriously influence vegetation cover productivity not only at the local and regional levels but also globally. Analysis results of land use structure and soil cover condition influence on river basin ecosystems productive potential is presented in the research. The analysis is carried out applying integrated characteristics of ecosystems functioning, space images processing results and mathematic simulation methods. The possibility of making permanent functional simulator defining connection between macroparameters of "phytocenosis-soil" system condition on the basis of basin approach is shown. Ecosystems of river catchment basins of various degrees located in European part of Russia were chosen as research objects. For the integrated assessment of ecosystems soil and vegetation conditions the following characteristics have been applied: 1. Soil-productional potential, characterizing the ability of natural and natural-anthropogenic ecosystem in certain soil-bioclimatic conditions for long term reproduction. This indicator allows for specific phytomass characteristics and ecosystem produce, humus content in soil and bioclimatic parameters. 2. Normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) has been applied as an efficient, remotely defined, monitoring indicator characterizing spatio-temporal unsteadiness of soil-productional potential. To design mathematic simulator functional simulation methods and principles on the basis of regression, correlation and factor analysis have been applied in the research. Coefficients values defining in the designed static model of phytoproductivity distribution has been

  15. Characteristics of an Extrusion Panel Made by Applying a Modified Curing Method

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    Haseog Kim

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available CO2 emitted from building materials and the construction materials industry has reached about 67 million tons. Controls on the use of consumed fossil fuels and the reduction of emission gases are essential for the reduction of CO2 in the construction area as one reduces the second and third curing to emit CO2 in the construction materials industry. In this study, a new curing method was addressed by using a low energy curing admixture (LA in order to exclude autoclave curing. The new curing method was applied to make panels. Then, its physical properties, depending on the mixed amount of fiber, type of fiber and mixed ratio of fiber, were observed. The type of fiber did not appear to be a main factor that affected strength, while the LA mixing ratio and mixing amount of fiber appeared to be major factors affecting the strength. Applying the proposed new curing method can reduce carbon and restrain the use of fossil fuels through a reduction of the second and third curing processes, which emit CO2 in the construction materials industry. Therefore, it will be helpful to reduce global warming.

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

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

    2016-02-18

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

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

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    Bailing Liu

    2016-02-01

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

  18. The Inverse System Method Applied to the Derivation of Power System Non—linear Control Laws

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    DonghaiLI; XuezhiJIANG; 等

    1997-01-01

    The differential geometric method has been applied to a series of power system non-linear control problems effectively.However a set of differential equations must be solved for obtaining the required diffeomorphic transformation.Therefore the derivation of control laws is very complicated.In fact because of the specificity of power system models the required diffeomorphic transformation may be obtained directly,so it is unnecessary to solve a set of differential equations.In addition inverse system method is equivalent to differential geometric method in reality and not limited to affine nonlinear systems,Its physical meaning is able to be viewed directly and its deduction needs only algebraic operation and derivation,so control laws can be obtained easily and the application to engineering is very convenient.Authors of this paper take steam valving control of power system as a typical case to be studied.It is demonstrated that the control law deduced by inverse system method is just the same as one by differential geometric method.The conclusion will simplify the control law derivations of steam valving,excitation,converter and static var compensator by differential geometric method and may be suited to similar control problems in other areas.

  19. Applied an Efficient Site-directed Mutagenesis Method into Escherichia coli

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    Muqing Qiu

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available A new technique for conducting site-directed mutagenesis was developed. This method allows the color selection of mutants through the simultaneous activation or deactivation of the α-peptide of ß-galactosidase. The method can efficiently create mutations at multiple sites simultaneously and can be used to perform multiple rounds of mutation on the same construct. In this paper, in order to develop an efficient site-directed mutagenesis method in vivo, the tests were tested by the following methods. The methods that the fragment knock-out ompR gene was constructed through overlapping PCR, digested by Notand SalⅠⅠ, ligated to plasmid pKOV were applied. The recombination plasmid was transformed into Escherichia coli WMC-001 strain, integrated into the genomic DNA through two step homologous recombination. The Escherichia coli WMC-001/ompR- mutant was obtained due to gene replacement. The fragment of the mutant ompR gene was amplified through overlapping PCR, cloned into pKOV vector. The recombinant plasmid was introduced into Escherichia coli WMC-001/ompR- mutant. The Escherichia coli WMC-001/ompR mutant was also obtained due to gene replacement. Results: The site-directed mutagenesis has been successfully constructed in the ompR gene by sequencing. Conclusion: The method is effective for construction of gene site-directed mutagenesis in vivo.

  20. Selective Synthesis, Characterization and Kinetics Studies of poly(α-Methyl styrene induced by Maghnite-Na+ Clay (Algerian MMT

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    Moulkheir Ayat

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available A new and efficient catalyst of Na-Montmorillonite (Na+-MMT was employed in this paper for α-methylstyrene (AMS cationic polymerization. Maghnite clay, obtained from Tlemcen Algeria, was investigated to remove heavy metal ion from wastewater. “Maghnite-Na” is a Montmorillonite sheet silicate clay, exchanged with sodium as an efficient catalyst for cationic polymerization of many vinylic and heterocyclic monomers. The various techniques, including 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR, IR, DSC and Ubbelohde viscometer, were used to elucidate structural characteristics and thermal properties of the resulting polymers. The structure compositions of “MMT”, “H+-MMT” and “Na+-MMT” have been developed. It was found that the cationic polymerization of AMS is initiated by Na+-MMT at 0 °C in bulk and in solution. The influences of reaction temperature, solvent, weight ratio of initiator/monomer and reaction time on the yield of monomer and the molecular weight are investigated. The kinetics indicated that the polymerization rate is first order with respect to the monomer concentration. A possible mechanism of this cationic polymerization is discussed based on the results of the 1H-NMR Spectroscopic analysis of these model reactions. A cationic mechanism for the reaction was proposed. From the mechanism studies, it was showed that monomer was inserted into the growing chains. Copyright © 2016 BCREC GROUP. All rights reserved. Received: 6th September 2016; Revised: 27th April 2016; Accepted: 7th June 2016 How to Cite: Ayat, M., Belbachir, M., Rahmouni, A. (2016. Selective Synthesis, Characterization and Kinetics Studies of poly(α-Methyl styrene induced by Maghnite-Na+ Clay (Algerian MMT. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 11 (3: 376-388 (doi:10.9767/bcrec.11.3.578.376-388 Permalink/DOI: http://doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.11.3.578.376-388

  1. The overlapping plates method applied to CCD observations of 243 Ida

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    Owen, W. M., Jr.; Yeomans, D. K.

    1994-01-01

    The overlapping plates method has been applied to crossing-point Charge Coupled Device (CCD) observations of minor planet 243 Ida to produce absolute position measurements precise to better than 0.1 sec and differential position measurements precise to better than 0.06 sec. Although these observations numbered only 17 out of the 520 that produced the final ground-based Ida ephemeris for the Galileo spacecraft flyby, their inclusion decreased Ida's downtrack error from 78 to 60 km and its out-of-plane error from 58 to 44 km.

  2. Monthly Monetary Planning for China via Applying Method of Constructing Objective Function

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    ZENG Jian-hua; YANG Xiao-guang; XU Shan-ying

    2001-01-01

    Many economic problems can be formulated as optimization problems. Econometricians have long devoted their efforts to construct the econometric equation systems, while the corresponding objective functions receive few attentions. In recent twenty years, some techniques to construct the objective functions with economic implications have been developed, which might have a potential in economic decision-making.In the paper we apply the method of constructing objective function to design an optimization model for monthly monetary planning of China. The real monthly data from 1991 to 1999 are used to evaluate the monthly economic situation. Our empirical experiment shows that the model gives a good short-term forecasting.

  3. Cork-resin ablative insulation for complex surfaces and method for applying the same

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    Walker, H. M.; Sharpe, M. H.; Simpson, W. G. (Inventor)

    1980-01-01

    A method of applying cork-resin ablative insulation material to complex curved surfaces is disclosed. The material is prepared by mixing finely divided cork with a B-stage curable thermosetting resin, forming the resulting mixture into a block, B-stage curing the resin-containing block, and slicing the block into sheets. The B-stage cured sheet is shaped to conform to the surface being insulated, and further curing is then performed. Curing of the resins only to B-stage before shaping enables application of sheet material to complex curved surfaces and avoids limitations and disadvantages presented in handling of fully cured sheet material.

  4. 2nd EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON ELECTROCHEMICAL METHODS APPLIED TO THE CONSERVATION OF ARTWORKS

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    Domenech Carbo, Mª Teresa; DOMENECH CARBO, ANTONIO

    2014-01-01

    This book is issued at the occasion of the 2nd European Conference on electrochemical methods applied to the conservation of artworks, held in Valencia, on 23th September, 2014. This Conference has been hosted by the Instituto Universitario de Restauración del Patrimonio of the Universitat Politècnica de València and has been organized under the auspices of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, the Universitat Politécnica de València, the Universitat de València and the Universisad de Grana...

  5. Applying the dynamic cone penetrometer (DCP) design method to low volume roads

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    Paige-Green, P

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available in one hand and assessing the ?cohesion?. At OMC (damp) the material can be squeezed into a ?sausage? that remains intact. In the very dry state (less than about 25% of OMC), the material is dusty and loose and has absolutely no cohesion. In the dry... state (about 50% of OMC), the material will have no cohesion P. Paige-Green / Applying the Dynamic Cone Penetrometer Design Method to Low Volume Roads 423 when squeezed into a sausage whereas in the moist state (about 75% of OMC), the material may just...

  6. Making Design Decisions Visible: Applying the Case-Based Method in Designing Online Instruction

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    Heng Luo,

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The instructional intervention in this design case is a self-directed online tutorial that applies the case-based method to teach educators how to design and conduct entrepreneurship programs for elementary school students. In this article, the authors describe the major decisions made in each phase of the design and development process, explicate the rationales behind them, and demonstrate their effect on the production of the tutorial. Based on such analysis, the guidelines for designing case-based online instruction are summarized for the design case.

  7. Method for applying a photoresist layer to a substrate having a preexisting topology

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    Morales, Alfredo M.; Gonzales, Marcela

    2004-01-20

    The present invention describes a method for preventing a photoresist layer from delaminating, peeling, away from the surface of a substrate that already contains an etched three dimensional structure such as a hole or a trench. The process comprises establishing a saturated vapor phase of the solvent media used to formulate the photoresist layer, above the surface of the coated substrate as the applied photoresist is heated in order to "cure" or drive off the retained solvent constituent within the layer. By controlling the rate and manner in which solvent is removed from the photoresist layer the layer is stabilized and kept from differentially shrinking and peeling away from the substrate.

  8. Effect of various normalization methods on Applied Biosystems expression array system data

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    Keys David N

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background DNA microarray technology provides a powerful tool for characterizing gene expression on a genome scale. While the technology has been widely used in discovery-based medical and basic biological research, its direct application in clinical practice and regulatory decision-making has been questioned. A few key issues, including the reproducibility, reliability, compatibility and standardization of microarray analysis and results, must be critically addressed before any routine usage of microarrays in clinical laboratory and regulated areas can occur. In this study we investigate some of these issues for the Applied Biosystems Human Genome Survey Microarrays. Results We analyzed the gene expression profiles of two samples: brain and universal human reference (UHR, a mixture of RNAs from 10 cancer cell lines, using the Applied Biosystems Human Genome Survey Microarrays. Five technical replicates in three different sites were performed on the same total RNA samples according to manufacturer's standard protocols. Five different methods, quantile, median, scale, VSN and cyclic loess were used to normalize AB microarray data within each site. 1,000 genes spanning a wide dynamic range in gene expression levels were selected for real-time PCR validation. Using the TaqMan® assays data set as the reference set, the performance of the five normalization methods was evaluated focusing on the following criteria: (1 Sensitivity and reproducibility in detection of expression; (2 Fold change correlation with real-time PCR data; (3 Sensitivity and specificity in detection of differential expression; (4 Reproducibility of differentially expressed gene lists. Conclusion Our results showed a high level of concordance between these normalization methods. This is true, regardless of whether signal, detection, variation, fold change measurements and reproducibility were interrogated. Furthermore, we used TaqMan® assays as a reference, to generate

  9. Monte Carlo method of radiative transfer applied to a turbulent flame modeling with LES

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    Zhang, Jin; Gicquel, Olivier; Veynante, Denis; Taine, Jean

    2009-06-01

    Radiative transfer plays an important role in the numerical simulation of turbulent combustion. However, for the reason that combustion and radiation are characterized by different time scales and different spatial and chemical treatments, the radiation effect is often neglected or roughly modelled. The coupling of a large eddy simulation combustion solver and a radiation solver through a dedicated language, CORBA, is investigated. Two formulations of Monte Carlo method (Forward Method and Emission Reciprocity Method) employed to resolve RTE have been compared in a one-dimensional flame test case using three-dimensional calculation grids with absorbing and emitting media in order to validate the Monte Carlo radiative solver and to choose the most efficient model for coupling. Then the results obtained using two different RTE solvers (Reciprocity Monte Carlo method and Discrete Ordinate Method) applied on a three-dimensional flame holder set-up with a correlated-k distribution model describing the real gas medium spectral radiative properties are compared not only in terms of the physical behavior of the flame, but also in computational performance (storage requirement, CPU time and parallelization efficiency). To cite this article: J. Zhang et al., C. R. Mecanique 337 (2009).

  10. A Comparison of Parametric and Non-Parametric Methods Applied to a Likert Scale.

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    Mircioiu, Constantin; Atkinson, Jeffrey

    2017-05-10

    A trenchant and passionate dispute over the use of parametric versus non-parametric methods for the analysis of Likert scale ordinal data has raged for the past eight decades. The answer is not a simple "yes" or "no" but is related to hypotheses, objectives, risks, and paradigms. In this paper, we took a pragmatic approach. We applied both types of methods to the analysis of actual Likert data on responses from different professional subgroups of European pharmacists regarding competencies for practice. Results obtained show that with "large" (>15) numbers of responses and similar (but clearly not normal) distributions from different subgroups, parametric and non-parametric analyses give in almost all cases the same significant or non-significant results for inter-subgroup comparisons. Parametric methods were more discriminant in the cases of non-similar conclusions. Considering that the largest differences in opinions occurred in the upper part of the 4-point Likert scale (ranks 3 "very important" and 4 "essential"), a "score analysis" based on this part of the data was undertaken. This transformation of the ordinal Likert data into binary scores produced a graphical representation that was visually easier to understand as differences were accentuated. In conclusion, in this case of Likert ordinal data with high response rates, restraining the analysis to non-parametric methods leads to a loss of information. The addition of parametric methods, graphical analysis, analysis of subsets, and transformation of data leads to more in-depth analyses.

  11. Geometric methods for estimating representative sidewalk widths applied to Vienna's streetscape surfaces database

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    Brezina, Tadej; Graser, Anita; Leth, Ulrich

    2017-04-01

    Space, and in particular public space for movement and leisure, is a valuable and scarce resource, especially in today's growing urban centres. The distribution and absolute amount of urban space—especially the provision of sufficient pedestrian areas, such as sidewalks—is considered crucial for shaping living and mobility options as well as transport choices. Ubiquitous urban data collection and today's IT capabilities offer new possibilities for providing a relation-preserving overview and for keeping track of infrastructure changes. This paper presents three novel methods for estimating representative sidewalk widths and applies them to the official Viennese streetscape surface database. The first two methods use individual pedestrian area polygons and their geometrical representations of minimum circumscribing and maximum inscribing circles to derive a representative width of these individual surfaces. The third method utilizes aggregated pedestrian areas within the buffered street axis and results in a representative width for the corresponding road axis segment. Results are displayed as city-wide means in a 500 by 500 m grid and spatial autocorrelation based on Moran's I is studied. We also compare the results between methods as well as to previous research, existing databases and guideline requirements on sidewalk widths. Finally, we discuss possible applications of these methods for monitoring and regression analysis and suggest future methodological improvements for increased accuracy.

  12. Knowledge-Based Trajectory Error Pattern Method Applied to an Active Force Control Scheme

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    Endra Pitowarno, Musa Mailah, Hishamuddin Jamaluddin

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The active force control (AFC method is known as a robust control scheme that dramatically enhances the performance of a robot arm particularly in compensating the disturbance effects. The main task of the AFC method is to estimate the inertia matrix in the feedback loop to provide the correct (motor torque required to cancel out these disturbances. Several intelligent control schemes have already been introduced to enhance the estimation methods of acquiring the inertia matrix such as those using neural network, iterative learning and fuzzy logic. In this paper, we propose an alternative scheme called Knowledge-Based Trajectory Error Pattern Method (KBTEPM to suppress the trajectory track error of the AFC scheme. The knowledge is developed from the trajectory track error characteristic based on the previous experimental results of the crude approximation method. It produces a unique, new and desirable error pattern when a trajectory command is forced. An experimental study was performed using simulation work on the AFC scheme with KBTEPM applied to a two-planar manipulator in which a set of rule-based algorithm is derived. A number of previous AFC schemes are also reviewed as benchmark. The simulation results show that the AFC-KBTEPM scheme successfully reduces the trajectory track error significantly even in the presence of the introduced disturbances.Key Words:  Active force control, estimated inertia matrix, robot arm, trajectory error pattern, knowledge-based.

  13. LEVEL SET METHOD FOR TOPOLOGICAL OPTIMIZATION APPLYING TO STRUCTURE,MECHANISM AND MATERIAL DESIGNS

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    Mei Yulin; Wang Xiaoming

    2004-01-01

    Based on a level set model,a topology optimization method has been suggested recently.It uses a level set to express the moving structural boundary,which can flexibly handle complex topological changes.By combining vector level set models with gradient projection technology,the level set method for topological optimization is extended to a topological optimization problem with multi-constraints,multi-materials and multi-load cases.Meanwhile,an appropriate nonlinear speed mapping is established in the tangential space of the active constraints for a fast convergence.Then the method is applied to structure designs,mechanism and material designs by a number of benchmark examples.Finally,in order to further improve computational efficiency and overcome the difficulty that the level set method cannot generate new material interfaces during the optimization process,the topological derivative analysis is incorporated into the level set method for topological optimization,and a topological derivative and level set algorithm for topological optimization is proposed.

  14. The generalized method of moments as applied to the generalized gamma distribution

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    Ashkar, F.; Bobée, B.; Leroux, D.; Morisette, D.

    1988-09-01

    The generalized gamma (GG) distribution has a density function that can take on many possible forms commonly encountered in hydrologic applications. This fact has led many authors to study the properties of the distribution and to propose various estimation techniques (method of moments, mixed moments, maximum likelihood etc.). We discuss some of the most important properties of this flexible distribution and present a flexible method of parameter estimation, called the “generalized method of moments” (GMM) which combines any three moments of the GG distribution. The main advantage of this general method is that it has many of the previously proposed methods of estimation as special cases. We also give a general formula for the variance of the T-year event X T obtained by the GMM along with a general formula for the parameter estimates and also for the covariances and correlation coefficients between any pair of such estimates. By applying the GMM and carefully choosing the order of the moments that are used in the estimation one can significantly reduce the variance of T-year events for the range of return periods that are of interest.

  15. Geometric methods for estimating representative sidewalk widths applied to Vienna's streetscape surfaces database

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    Brezina, Tadej; Graser, Anita; Leth, Ulrich

    2017-02-01

    Space, and in particular public space for movement and leisure, is a valuable and scarce resource, especially in today's growing urban centres. The distribution and absolute amount of urban space—especially the provision of sufficient pedestrian areas, such as sidewalks—is considered crucial for shaping living and mobility options as well as transport choices. Ubiquitous urban data collection and today's IT capabilities offer new possibilities for providing a relation-preserving overview and for keeping track of infrastructure changes. This paper presents three novel methods for estimating representative sidewalk widths and applies them to the official Viennese streetscape surface database. The first two methods use individual pedestrian area polygons and their geometrical representations of minimum circumscribing and maximum inscribing circles to derive a representative width of these individual surfaces. The third method utilizes aggregated pedestrian areas within the buffered street axis and results in a representative width for the corresponding road axis segment. Results are displayed as city-wide means in a 500 by 500 m grid and spatial autocorrelation based on Moran's I is studied. We also compare the results between methods as well as to previous research, existing databases and guideline requirements on sidewalk widths. Finally, we discuss possible applications of these methods for monitoring and regression analysis and suggest future methodological improvements for increased accuracy.

  16. Vortex methods with immersed lifting lines applied to LES of wind turbine wakes

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    Chatelain, Philippe; Bricteux, Laurent; Winckelmans, Gregoire; Koumoutsakos, Petros

    2010-11-01

    We present the coupling of a vortex particle-mesh method with immersed lifting lines. The method relies on the Lagrangian discretization of the Navier-Stokes equations in vorticity-velocity formulation. Advection is handled by the particles while the mesh allows the evaluation of the differential operators and the use of fast Poisson solvers. We use a Fourier-based fast Poisson solver which simultaneously allows unbounded directions and inlet/outlet boundaries. A lifting line approach models the vorticity sources in the flow. Its immersed treatment efficiently captures the development of vorticity from thin sheets into a three-dimensional field. We apply this approach to the simulation of a wind turbine wake at very high Reynolds number. The combined use of particles and multiscale subgrid models allows the capture of wake dynamics with minimal spurious diffusion and dispersion.

  17. Matrix product states and variational methods applied to critical quantum field theory

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    Milsted, Ashley; Osborne, Tobias J

    2013-01-01

    We study the second-order quantum phase-transition of massive real scalar field theory with a quartic interaction in (1+1) dimensions on an infinite spatial lattice using matrix product states (MPS). We introduce and apply a naive variational conjugate gradient method, based on the time-dependent variational principle (TDVP) for imaginary time, to obtain approximate ground states, using a related ansatz for excitations to calculate the particle and soliton masses and to obtain the spectral density. We also estimate the central charge using finite-entanglement scaling. Our value for the critical parameter agrees well with recent Monte Carlo results, improving on an earlier study which used the related DMRG method, verifying that these techniques are well-suited to studying critical field systems. We also obtain critical exponents that agree, as expected, with those of the transverse Ising model. Additionally, we treat the special case of uniform product states (mean field theory) separately, showing that they ...

  18. A preliminary analysis on metaheuristics methods applied to the Haplotype Inference Problem

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    Di Gaspero, Luca

    2007-01-01

    Haplotype Inference is a challenging problem in bioinformatics that consists in inferring the basic genetic constitution of diploid organisms on the basis of their genotype. This information allows researchers to perform association studies for the genetic variants involved in diseases and the individual responses to therapeutic agents. A notable approach to the problem is to encode it as a combinatorial problem (under certain hypotheses, such as the pure parsimony criterion) and to solve it using off-the-shelf combinatorial optimization techniques. The main methods applied to Haplotype Inference are either simple greedy heuristic or exact methods (Integer Linear Programming, Semidefinite Programming, SAT encoding) that, at present, are adequate only for moderate size instances. We believe that metaheuristic and hybrid approaches could provide a better scalability. Moreover, metaheuristics can be very easily combined with problem specific heuristics and they can also be integrated with tree-based search techn...

  19. Methods and methodology for FTIR spectral correction of channel spectra and uncertainty, applied to ferrocene

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    Islam, M. T.; Trevorah, R. M.; Appadoo, D. R. T.; Best, S. P.; Chantler, C. T.

    2017-04-01

    We present methodology for the first FTIR measurements of ferrocene using dilute wax solutions for dispersion and to preserve non-crystallinity; a new method for removal of channel spectra interference for high quality data; and a consistent approach for the robust estimation of a defined uncertainty for advanced structural χr2 analysis and mathematical hypothesis testing. While some of these issues have been investigated previously, the combination of novel approaches gives markedly improved results. Methods for addressing these in the presence of a modest signal and how to quantify the quality of the data irrespective of preprocessing for subsequent hypothesis testing are applied to the FTIR spectra of Ferrocene (Fc) and deuterated ferrocene (dFc, Fc-d10) collected at the THz/Far-IR beam-line of the Australian Synchrotron at operating temperatures of 7 K through 353 K.

  20. A method for high purity sorting of rare cell subsets applied to TDC.

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    Kuka, Mirela; Ashwell, Jonathan D

    2013-12-31

    T(DC) are a recently described subset of polyclonal αβ T-cells with dendritic cell properties. Because of their low number in peripheral immune compartments, isolation and characterization of T(DC) with existing purification methods are technically challenging. Here we describe a customized gating strategy and a flow cytometry-based cell sorting protocol for isolation of T(DC). The protocol was developed because, despite very conservative gating for dead-cell and doublet exclusion, cells obtained with normal sorting procedures were enriched for T(DC) but not pure. Re-sorting the output of the first round of sorting results in highly pure T(DC). Cells obtained with this method are viable and can be used for in vitro characterization. Moreover, this double-round sorting strategy can be universally applied to the isolation of other rare cell subsets.

  1. Methods and methodology for FTIR spectral correction of channel spectra and uncertainty, applied to ferrocene.

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    Islam, M T; Trevorah, R M; Appadoo, D R T; Best, S P; Chantler, C T

    2017-04-15

    We present methodology for the first FTIR measurements of ferrocene using dilute wax solutions for dispersion and to preserve non-crystallinity; a new method for removal of channel spectra interference for high quality data; and a consistent approach for the robust estimation of a defined uncertainty for advanced structural χr(2) analysis and mathematical hypothesis testing. While some of these issues have been investigated previously, the combination of novel approaches gives markedly improved results. Methods for addressing these in the presence of a modest signal and how to quantify the quality of the data irrespective of preprocessing for subsequent hypothesis testing are applied to the FTIR spectra of Ferrocene (Fc) and deuterated ferrocene (dFc, Fc-d10) collected at the THz/Far-IR beam-line of the Australian Synchrotron at operating temperatures of 7K through 353K.

  2. Time Series Analysis Methods Applied to the Super-Kamiokande I Data

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    Ranucci, G

    2005-01-01

    The need to unravel modulations hidden in noisy time series of experimental data is a well known problem, traditionally attacked through a variety of methods, among which a popular tool is the so called Lomb-Scargle periodogram. Recently, for a class of problems in the solar neutrino field, it has been proposed an alternative maximum likelihood based approach, intended to overcome some intrinsic limitations affecting the Lomb-Scargle implementation. This work is focused to highlight the features of the likelihood methodology, introducing in particular an analytical approach to assess the quantitative significance of the potential modulation signals. As an example, the proposed method is applied to the time series of the measured values of the 8B neutrino flux released by the Super-Kamiokande collaboration, and the results compared with those of previous analysis performed on the same data sets. In appendix, for completeness, it is also examined in detail the relationship between the Lomb-Scargle and the likel...

  3. Problem Solving Method and Change Management in Universities (Applied case-Jordan

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    Mohammad Alaya

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available TQ/M is a style of management that has worked for several decades all over world and is receiving growing attention, new some colleges and universities are beginning to recognize that T.Q.M values are more compatible with higher education that many existing control originally coined by Feigenbaum (1983, also used in higher education want the service we provide to be the highest quality. The purpose of this study was to provide an over view of T.Q. M thou (problems solution method. It's feasibility for higher education and academic libraries, and the results of its implementation by colleges and universities. And the change management helps to control the success. Questionnaire was designed to measure the knowledge and perception of academic library directors, dependent heads. Each college has framework which named strategically planning concerned of the problem solving method. In the initial of the educational stage of a process, improvement program, quick results are often obtained because the solutions are obvious or someone has a brilliant idea... However long term, a systematic approach will yield the greatest benefits. In this research scientific method as applied used to constitute the improvement, on fact some control chart can be used effectively utilized is more than one step of the method, while process. Of improvement is the main goal, also in addition to management of changes are mapping to be as way of improve the process and to increase the satisfaction of the performing the process. Therefore the research is divided in to three parts First part care of problem solving method and how to utilize of it in colleges, second take the change management, third part applied among the stuffs of universities (120, who are dealing of education. The data analysis yields the following results: There was a significant differencing found among the respondents concerning their option (member of colleges staffs indicates that there is an evidence

  4. Estimating the Impacts of Local Policy Innovation: The Synthetic Control Method Applied to Tropical Deforestation.

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    Erin O Sills

    Full Text Available Quasi-experimental methods increasingly are used to evaluate the impacts of conservation interventions by generating credible estimates of counterfactual baselines. These methods generally require large samples for statistical comparisons, presenting a challenge for evaluating innovative policies implemented within a few pioneering jurisdictions. Single jurisdictions often are studied using comparative methods, which rely on analysts' selection of best case comparisons. The synthetic control method (SCM offers one systematic and transparent way to select cases for comparison, from a sizeable pool, by focusing upon similarity in outcomes before the intervention. We explain SCM, then apply it to one local initiative to limit deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. The municipality of Paragominas launched a multi-pronged local initiative in 2008 to maintain low deforestation while restoring economic production. This was a response to having been placed, due to high deforestation, on a federal "blacklist" that increased enforcement of forest regulations and restricted access to credit and output markets. The local initiative included mapping and monitoring of rural land plus promotion of economic alternatives compatible with low deforestation. The key motivation for the program may have been to reduce the costs of blacklisting. However its stated purpose was to limit deforestation, and thus we apply SCM to estimate what deforestation would have been in a (counterfactual scenario of no local initiative. We obtain a plausible estimate, in that deforestation patterns before the intervention were similar in Paragominas and the synthetic control, which suggests that after several years, the initiative did lower deforestation (significantly below the synthetic control in 2012. This demonstrates that SCM can yield helpful land-use counterfactuals for single units, with opportunities to integrate local and expert knowledge and to test innovations and

  5. Estimating the Impacts of Local Policy Innovation: The Synthetic Control Method Applied to Tropical Deforestation.

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    Sills, Erin O; Herrera, Diego; Kirkpatrick, A Justin; Brandão, Amintas; Dickson, Rebecca; Hall, Simon; Pattanayak, Subhrendu; Shoch, David; Vedoveto, Mariana; Young, Luisa; Pfaff, Alexander

    2015-01-01

    Quasi-experimental methods increasingly are used to evaluate the impacts of conservation interventions by generating credible estimates of counterfactual baselines. These methods generally require large samples for statistical comparisons, presenting a challenge for evaluating innovative policies implemented within a few pioneering jurisdictions. Single jurisdictions often are studied using comparative methods, which rely on analysts' selection of best case comparisons. The synthetic control method (SCM) offers one systematic and transparent way to select cases for comparison, from a sizeable pool, by focusing upon similarity in outcomes before the intervention. We explain SCM, then apply it to one local initiative to limit deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. The municipality of Paragominas launched a multi-pronged local initiative in 2008 to maintain low deforestation while restoring economic production. This was a response to having been placed, due to high deforestation, on a federal "blacklist" that increased enforcement of forest regulations and restricted access to credit and output markets. The local initiative included mapping and monitoring of rural land plus promotion of economic alternatives compatible with low deforestation. The key motivation for the program may have been to reduce the costs of blacklisting. However its stated purpose was to limit deforestation, and thus we apply SCM to estimate what deforestation would have been in a (counterfactual) scenario of no local initiative. We obtain a plausible estimate, in that deforestation patterns before the intervention were similar in Paragominas and the synthetic control, which suggests that after several years, the initiative did lower deforestation (significantly below the synthetic control in 2012). This demonstrates that SCM can yield helpful land-use counterfactuals for single units, with opportunities to integrate local and expert knowledge and to test innovations and permutations on policies

  6. Applying Mathematical Optimization Methods to an ACT-R Instance-Based Learning Model.

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    Nadia Said

    Full Text Available Computational models of cognition provide an interface to connect advanced mathematical tools and methods to empirically supported theories of behavior in psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience. In this article, we consider a computational model of instance-based learning, implemented in the ACT-R cognitive architecture. We propose an approach for obtaining mathematical reformulations of such cognitive models that improve their computational tractability. For the well-established Sugar Factory dynamic decision making task, we conduct a simulation study to analyze central model parameters. We show how mathematical optimization techniques can be applied to efficiently identify optimal parameter values with respect to different optimization goals. Beyond these methodological contributions, our analysis reveals the sensitivity of this particular task with respect to initial settings and yields new insights into how average human performance deviates from potential optimal performance. We conclude by discussing possible extensions of our approach as well as future steps towards applying more powerful derivative-based optimization methods.

  7. Identification Method by Least Squares Applied On a Level Didactic Plant Viafoundation Fieldbus Protocol

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    Murillo Ferreira Dos Santos

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The industrial field is always considered a growing area, which leads some systems toimprove the techniques used on its manufacturing. By consequence of this concept, level systems became an important part of the whole system, showing that needs to be studied more specific to get the optimal controlled response. It's known that the good controlled response is gotten when the system is identified correctly. Then, the objective of this paper is to present a didactic project of modeling and identification method applied on a level system, which uses a didactic system with Foundation Fieldbus protocol developed by SMAR® enterprise, belonging to CEFET MG-Campus III –Leopoldina, Brazil. The experiments were implemented considering the least squares method to identify the system dynamic, which the results were obtained using the OPC toolbox from MATLAB/Simulink®to establish the communication between the computer and the system. The modeling and identification results were satisfactory, showing that the applied technic can be used to approximate the system's level dynamic to a second order transfer function.

  8. Integrated Geophysical Methods Applied to Geotechnical and Geohazard Engineering: From Qualitative to Quantitative Analysis and Interpretation

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    Hayashi, K.

    2014-12-01

    . Engineers need more quantitative information. In order to apply geophysical methods to engineering design works, quantitative interpretation is very important. The presentation introduces several case studies from different countries around the world (Fig. 2) from the integrated and quantitative points of view.

  9. LOGICAL CONDITIONS ANALYSIS METHOD FOR DIAGNOSTIC TEST RESULTS DECODING APPLIED TO COMPETENCE ELEMENTS PROFICIENCY

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    V. I. Freyman

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    Full Text Available Subject of Research.Representation features of education results for competence-based educational programs are analyzed. Solution importance of decoding and proficiency estimation for elements and components of discipline parts of competences is shown. The purpose and objectives of research are formulated. Methods. The paper deals with methods of mathematical logic, Boolean algebra, and parametrical analysis of complex diagnostic test results, that controls proficiency of some discipline competence elements. Results. The method of logical conditions analysis is created. It will give the possibility to formulate logical conditions for proficiency determination of each discipline competence element, controlled by complex diagnostic test. Normalized test result is divided into noncrossing zones; a logical condition about controlled elements proficiency is formulated for each of them. Summarized characteristics for test result zones are imposed. An example of logical conditions forming for diagnostic test with preset features is provided. Practical Relevance. The proposed method of logical conditions analysis is applied in the decoding algorithm of proficiency test diagnosis for discipline competence elements. It will give the possibility to automate the search procedure for elements with insufficient proficiency, and is also usable for estimation of education results of a discipline or a component of competence-based educational program.

  10. A Novel Microaneurysms Detection Method Based on Local Applying of Markov Random Field.

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    Ganjee, Razieh; Azmi, Reza; Moghadam, Mohsen Ebrahimi

    2016-03-01

    Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) is one of the most common complications of long-term diabetes. It is a progressive disease and by damaging retina, it finally results in blindness of patients. Since Microaneurysms (MAs) appear as a first sign of DR in retina, early detection of this lesion is an essential step in automatic detection of DR. In this paper, a new MAs detection method is presented. The proposed approach consists of two main steps. In the first step, the MA candidates are detected based on local applying of Markov random field model (MRF). In the second step, these candidate regions are categorized to identify the correct MAs using 23 features based on shape, intensity and Gaussian distribution of MAs intensity. The proposed method is evaluated on DIARETDB1 which is a standard and publicly available database in this field. Evaluation of the proposed method on this database resulted in the average sensitivity of 0.82 for a confidence level of 75 as a ground truth. The results show that our method is able to detect the low contrast MAs with the background while its performance is still comparable to other state of the art approaches.

  11. An IMU-to-Body Alignment Method Applied to Human Gait Analysis

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    Laura Susana Vargas-Valencia

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a novel calibration procedure as a simple, yet powerful, method to place and align inertial sensors with body segments. The calibration can be easily replicated without the need of any additional tools. The proposed method is validated in three different applications: a computer mathematical simulation; a simplified joint composed of two semi-spheres interconnected by a universal goniometer; and a real gait test with five able-bodied subjects. Simulation results demonstrate that, after the calibration method is applied, the joint angles are correctly measured independently of previous sensor placement on the joint, thus validating the proposed procedure. In the cases of a simplified joint and a real gait test with human volunteers, the method also performs correctly, although secondary plane errors appear when compared with the simulation results. We believe that such errors are caused by limitations of the current inertial measurement unit (IMU technology and fusion algorithms. In conclusion, the presented calibration procedure is an interesting option to solve the alignment problem when using IMUs for gait analysis.

  12. KRON's Method Applied to the Study of Electromagnetic Interference Occurring in Aerospace Systems

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    Leman, S.; Reineix, A.; Hoeppe, F.; Poiré, Y.; Mahoudi, M.; Démoulin, B.; Üstüner, F.; Rodriquez, V. P.

    2012-05-01

    In this paper, spacecraft and aircraft mock-ups are used to simulate the performance of KRON based tools applied to the simulation of large EMC systems. These tools aim to assist engineers in the design phase of complex systems. This is done by effectively evaluating the EM disturbances between antennas, electronic equipment, and Portable Electronic Devices found in large systems. We use a topological analysis of the system to model independent sub-volumes such as antennas, cables, equipments, PED and cavity walls. Each of these sub- volumes is modelled by an appropriate method which can be based on, for example, analytical expressions, transmission line theory or other numerical tools such as the full wave FDFD method. This representation associated with the electrical tensorial method of G.KRON leads to reasonable simulation times (typically a few minutes) and accurate results. Because equivalent sub-models are built separately, the main originality of this method is that each sub- volume can be easily replaced by another one without rebuilding the entire system. Comparisons between measurements and simulations will be also presented.

  13. Brucellosis Prevention Program: Applying “Child to Family Health Education” Method

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    H. Allahverdipour

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction & Objective: Pupils have efficient potential to increase community awareness and promoting community health through participating in the health education programs. Child to family health education program is one of the communicative strategies that was applied in this field trial study. Because of high prevalence of Brucellosis in Hamadan province, Iran, the aim of this study was promoting families’ knowledge and preventive behaviors about Brucellosis in the rural areas by using child to family health education method.Materials & Methods: In this nonequivalent control group design study three rural schools were chosen (one as intervention and two others as control. At first knowledge and behavior of families about Brucellosis were determined using a designed questionnaire. Then the families were educated through “child to family” procedure. At this stage the students gained information. Then they were instructed to teach their parents what they had learned. After 3 months following the last session of education, the level of knowledge and behavior changes of the families about Brucellosis were determined and analyzed by paired t-test.Results: The results showed significant improvement in the knowledge of the mothers. The knowledge of the mothers about the signs of Brucellosis disease in human increased from 1.81 to 3.79 ( t:-21.64 , sig:0.000 , and also the knowledge on the signs of Brucellosis in animals increased from 1.48 to 2.82 ( t:-10.60 , sig:0.000. Conclusion: Child to family health education program is one of the effective and available methods, which would be useful and effective in most communities, and also Students potential would be effective for applying in the health promotion programs.

  14. Applying Novel Time-Frequency Moments Singular Value Decomposition Method and Artificial Neural Networks for Ballistocardiography

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    Koivistoinen Teemu

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available As we know, singular value decomposition (SVD is designed for computing singular values (SVs of a matrix. Then, if it is used for finding SVs of an -by-1 or 1-by- array with elements representing samples of a signal, it will return only one singular value that is not enough to express the whole signal. To overcome this problem, we designed a new kind of the feature extraction method which we call ''time-frequency moments singular value decomposition (TFM-SVD.'' In this new method, we use statistical features of time series as well as frequency series (Fourier transform of the signal. This information is then extracted into a certain matrix with a fixed structure and the SVs of that matrix are sought. This transform can be used as a preprocessing stage in pattern clustering methods. The results in using it indicate that the performance of a combined system including this transform and classifiers is comparable with the performance of using other feature extraction methods such as wavelet transforms. To evaluate TFM-SVD, we applied this new method and artificial neural networks (ANNs for ballistocardiogram (BCG data clustering to look for probable heart disease of six test subjects. BCG from the test subjects was recorded using a chair-like ballistocardiograph, developed in our project. This kind of device combined with automated recording and analysis would be suitable for use in many places, such as home, office, and so forth. The results show that the method has high performance and it is almost insensitive to BCG waveform latency or nonlinear disturbance.

  15. Applying Novel Time-Frequency Moments Singular Value Decomposition Method and Artificial Neural Networks for Ballistocardiography

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    Akhbardeh, Alireza; Junnila, Sakari; Koivuluoma, Mikko; Koivistoinen, Teemu; Värri, Alpo

    2006-12-01

    As we know, singular value decomposition (SVD) is designed for computing singular values (SVs) of a matrix. Then, if it is used for finding SVs of an [InlineEquation not available: see fulltext.]-by-1 or 1-by- [InlineEquation not available: see fulltext.] array with elements representing samples of a signal, it will return only one singular value that is not enough to express the whole signal. To overcome this problem, we designed a new kind of the feature extraction method which we call ''time-frequency moments singular value decomposition (TFM-SVD).'' In this new method, we use statistical features of time series as well as frequency series (Fourier transform of the signal). This information is then extracted into a certain matrix with a fixed structure and the SVs of that matrix are sought. This transform can be used as a preprocessing stage in pattern clustering methods. The results in using it indicate that the performance of a combined system including this transform and classifiers is comparable with the performance of using other feature extraction methods such as wavelet transforms. To evaluate TFM-SVD, we applied this new method and artificial neural networks (ANNs) for ballistocardiogram (BCG) data clustering to look for probable heart disease of six test subjects. BCG from the test subjects was recorded using a chair-like ballistocardiograph, developed in our project. This kind of device combined with automated recording and analysis would be suitable for use in many places, such as home, office, and so forth. The results show that the method has high performance and it is almost insensitive to BCG waveform latency or nonlinear disturbance.

  16. Applying Novel Time-Frequency Moments Singular Value Decomposition Method and Artificial Neural Networks for Ballistocardiography

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    Alpo Värri

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available As we know, singular value decomposition (SVD is designed for computing singular values (SVs of a matrix. Then, if it is used for finding SVs of an m-by-1 or 1-by-m array with elements representing samples of a signal, it will return only one singular value that is not enough to express the whole signal. To overcome this problem, we designed a new kind of the feature extraction method which we call ‘‘time-frequency moments singular value decomposition (TFM-SVD.’’ In this new method, we use statistical features of time series as well as frequency series (Fourier transform of the signal. This information is then extracted into a certain matrix with a fixed structure and the SVs of that matrix are sought. This transform can be used as a preprocessing stage in pattern clustering methods. The results in using it indicate that the performance of a combined system including this transform and classifiers is comparable with the performance of using other feature extraction methods such as wavelet transforms. To evaluate TFM-SVD, we applied this new method and artificial neural networks (ANNs for ballistocardiogram (BCG data clustering to look for probable heart disease of six test subjects. BCG from the test subjects was recorded using a chair-like ballistocardiograph, developed in our project. This kind of device combined with automated recording and analysis would be suitable for use in many places, such as home, office, and so forth. The results show that the method has high performance and it is almost insensitive to BCG waveform latency or nonlinear disturbance.

  17. Applying of whole-tree harvesting method; Kokopuujuontomenetelmaen soveltaminen aines- ja energiapuun hankintaan

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    Vesisenaho, T. [VTT Energy, Jyvaeskylae (Finland); Liukkonen, S. [VTT Manufacturing Technology, Espoo (Finland)

    1997-12-01

    The objective of this project is to apply whole-tree harvesting method to Finnish timber harvesting conditions in order to lower the harvesting costs of energy wood and timber in spruce-dominant final cuttings. In Finnish conditions timber harvesting is normally based on the log-length method. Because of small landings and the high level of thinning cuttings, whole-tree skidding methods cannot be utilised extensively. The share of stands which could be harvested with whole-tree skidding method showed up to be about 10 % of the total harvesting amount of 50 mill. m{sup 3}. The corresponding harvesting potential of energy wood is 0,25 Mtoe. The aim of the structural measurements made in this project was to get information about the effect of different hauling methods into the structural response of the tractor, and thus reveal the possible special requirements that the new whole-tree skidding places forest tractor design. Altogether 7 strain gauge based sensors were mounted into the rear frame structures and drive shafts of the forest tractor. Five strain gauges measured local strains in some critical details and two sensors measured the torque moments of the front and rear bogie drive shafts. Also the revolution speed of the rear drive shaft was recorded. Signal time histories, maximum peaks, Time at Level distributions and Rainflow distributions were gathered in different hauling modes. From these, maximum values, average stress levels and fatigue life estimates were calculated for each mode, and a comparison of the different methods from the structural point of view was performed

  18. Effect of film multi-scale structure on the water vapor permeability in hydroxypropyl starch (HPS)/Na-MMT nanocomposites.

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    Liu, Siyuan; Cai, Panfu; Li, Xiaoxi; Chen, Ling; Li, Lin; Li, Bing

    2016-12-10

    To improve the water vapor resistance of starch-based films, Na-MMT (Na-montmorillonite) as nanofillers were fabricated into hydroxypropyl starch and the multi-scale structural changes (including intermolecular interaction, short-range conformation, long-range ordered structure and the aggregated structure of the film) were revealed. The elongation of the water vapor molecule pathway by tortuous path is generally recognized as the main reason for the improvement of water resistance. However this study observed the lowest water vapor permeability (WVP) was at the 3% Na-MMT/hydroxypropyl starch (HPS) ratio instead of 5% even nanofillers were partially exfoliated at both ratio. Except for the "tortuous path" caused by nanofillers, this observation proposed that the short-range conformation of HPS chains, long-range ordered structure and the aggregated structure likely influenced the water barrier property. The relationship between WVP and multi-scale structure of the film was investigated. The results suggested that a good balance of short-range conformationin the amorphous region, long-range ordered structure and the aggregated structure of the film was required for the improvement of water vapor barrier property.

  19. Postgraduate Education in Quality Improvement Methods: Initial Results of the Fellows' Applied Quality Training (FAQT) Curriculum.

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    Winchester, David E; Burkart, Thomas A; Choi, Calvin Y; McKillop, Matthew S; Beyth, Rebecca J; Dahm, Phillipp

    2016-06-01

    Training in quality improvement (QI) is a pillar of the next accreditation system of the Accreditation Committee on Graduate Medical Education and a growing expectation of physicians for maintenance of certification. Despite this, many postgraduate medical trainees are not receiving training in QI methods. We created the Fellows Applied Quality Training (FAQT) curriculum for cardiology fellows using both didactic and applied components with the goal of increasing confidence to participate in future QI projects. Fellows completed didactic training from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Open School and then designed and completed a project to improve quality of care or patient safety. Self-assessments were completed by the fellows before, during, and after the first year of the curriculum. The primary outcome for our curriculum was the median score reported by the fellows regarding their self-confidence to complete QI activities. Self-assessments were completed by 23 fellows. The majority of fellows (15 of 23, 65.2%) reported no prior formal QI training. Median score on baseline self-assessment was 3.0 (range, 1.85-4), which was significantly increased to 3.27 (range, 2.23-4; P = 0.004) on the final assessment. The distribution of scores reported by the fellows indicates that 30% were slightly confident at conducting QI activities on their own, which was reduced to 5% after completing the FAQT curriculum. An interim assessment was conducted after the fellows completed didactic training only; median scores were not different from the baseline (mean, 3.0; P = 0.51). After completion of the FAQT, cardiology fellows reported higher self-confidence to complete QI activities. The increase in self-confidence seemed to be limited to the applied component of the curriculum, with no significant change after the didactic component.

  20. Applying the seismic interferometry method to vertical seismic profile data using tunnel excavation noise as source

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    Jurado, Maria Jose; Teixido, Teresa; Martin, Elena; Segarra, Miguel; Segura, Carlos

    2013-04-01

    In the frame of the research conducted to develop efficient strategies for investigation of rock properties and fluids ahead of tunnel excavations the seismic interferometry method was applied to analyze the data acquired in boreholes instrumented with geophone strings. The results obtained confirmed that seismic interferometry provided an improved resolution of petrophysical properties to identify heterogeneities and geological structures ahead of the excavation. These features are beyond the resolution of other conventional geophysical methods but can be the cause severe problems in the excavation of tunnels. Geophone strings were used to record different types of seismic noise generated at the tunnel head during excavation with a tunnelling machine and also during the placement of the rings covering the tunnel excavation. In this study we show how tunnel construction activities have been characterized as source of seismic signal and used in our research as the seismic source signal for generating a 3D reflection seismic survey. The data was recorded in vertical water filled borehole with a borehole seismic string at a distance of 60 m from the tunnel trace. A reference pilot signal was obtained from seismograms acquired close the tunnel face excavation in order to obtain best signal-to-noise ratio to be used in the interferometry processing (Poletto et al., 2010). The seismic interferometry method (Claerbout 1968) was successfully applied to image the subsurface geological structure using the seismic wave field generated by tunneling (tunnelling machine and construction activities) recorded with geophone strings. This technique was applied simulating virtual shot records related to the number of receivers in the borehole with the seismic transmitted events, and processing the data as a reflection seismic survey. The pseudo reflective wave field was obtained by cross-correlation of the transmitted wave data. We applied the relationship between the transmission

  1. Adsorption of PolyCarboxylate Poly(ethylene glycol) (PCP) esters on Montmorillonite (Mmt): effect of exchangeable cations (Na+, Mg2+ and Ca2+) and PCP molecular structure.

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    Ait-Akbour, Rachid; Boustingorry, Pascal; Leroux, Fabrice; Leising, Frédéric; Taviot-Guého, Christine

    2015-01-01

    This study deals with the adsorption of PolyCarboxylate Poly(ethylene glycol) esters (PCP) superplasticizers on Na-, Mg- and Ca-saturated Montmorillonite (Mmt) clays. The interactions have been examined through different experimental methods: adsorption isotherms, zeta potential measurements and sedimentation experiments. It was found that PCP adsorption depends both on the architecture of PCP molecules and the nature of cation located on the interlayer exchange sites of the Montmorillonite. Whatever the PCP, a larger amount was adsorbed on Na-Mont than on Mg-Mont or Ca-Mont. This indicates the occurrence of two adsorption mechanisms: (i) a superficial adsorption via electrostatic interactions between the carboxylate groups of PCP and positively charged sites on clay surfaces, (ii) intercalation of ether units of the PCP grafts in the interlayer space by displacement of water molecules coordinated to the exchangeable cations. Furthermore, despite the weak negative values of the zeta potential, the addition of PCP promotes the stability of the suspensions which is attributed to steric repulsion acting between particles. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Hunting for extremely metal-poor emission-line galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: MMT and 3.5m APO observations

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    Izotov, Y I; Guseva, N G

    2012-01-01

    We present 6.5-meter MMT and 3.5m APO spectrophotometry of 69 H II regions in 42 low-metallicity emission-line galaxies, selected from the Data Release 7 of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to have mostly [O III]4959/Hbeta < 1 and [N II]6583/Hbeta < 0.1. The electron temperature-sensitive emission line [O III] 4363 is detected in 53 H II regions allowing a direct abundance determination. The oxygen abundance in the remaining 16 H II regions is derived using a semi-empirical method. The oxygen abundance of the galaxies in our sample ranges from 12 + log O/H ~ 7.1 to ~ 7.9, with 14 H II regions in 7 galaxies with 12 +log O/H < 7.35. In 5 of the latter galaxies, the oxygen abundance is derived here for the first time. Including other known extremely metal-deficient emission-line galaxies from the literature, e.g. SBS 0335-052W, SBS 0335-052E and I Zw 18, we have compiled a sample of the 17 most metal-deficient (with 12 +log O/H < 7.35) emission-line galaxies known in the local universe. There appears to ...

  3. A useful method to overcome the difficulties of applying silicone gel sheet on irregular surfaces.

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    Grella, Roberto; Nicoletti, Gianfranco; D'Ari, Antonio; Romanucci, Vincenza; Santoro, Mariangela; D'Andrea, Francesco

    2015-04-01

    To date, silicone gel and silicone occlusive plates are the most useful and effective treatment options for hypertrophic scars (surgical and traumatic). Use of silicone sheeting has also been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of minor keloids in association with corticosteroid intralesional infiltration. In our practice, we encountered four problems: maceration, rashes, pruritus and infection. Not all patients are able to tolerate the cushion, especially children, and certain anatomical regions as the face and the upper chest are not easy to dress for obvious social, psychological and aesthetic reasons. In other anatomical regions, it is also difficult to obtain adequate compression and occlusion of the scar. To overcome such problems of applying silicone gel sheeting, we tested the use of liquid silicone gel (LSG) in the treatment of 18 linear hypertrophic scars (HS group) and 12 minor keloids (KS group) as an alternative to silicone gel sheeting or cushion. Objective parameters (volume, thickness and colour) and subjective symptoms such as pain and pruritus were examined. Evaluations were made when the therapy started and after 30, 90 and 180 days of follow-up. After 90 days of treatment with silicone gel alone (two applications daily), HS group showed a significant improvement in terms of volume decrease, reduced inflammation and redness and improved elasticity. In conclusion, on the basis of our clinical data, we find LSG to be a useful method to overcome the difficulties of applying silicone gel sheeting on irregular surface.

  4. The Application of Intensive Longitudinal Methods to Investigate Change: Stimulating the Field of Applied Family Research.

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    Bamberger, Katharine T

    2016-03-01

    The use of intensive longitudinal methods (ILM)-rapid in situ assessment at micro timescales-can be overlaid on RCTs and other study designs in applied family research. Particularly, when done as part of a multiple timescale design-in bursts over macro timescales-ILM can advance the study of the mechanisms and effects of family interventions and processes of family change. ILM confers measurement benefits in accurately assessing momentary and variable experiences and captures fine-grained dynamic pictures of time-ordered processes. Thus, ILM allows opportunities to investigate new research questions about intervention effects on within-subject (i.e., within-person, within-family) variability (i.e., dynamic constructs) and about the time-ordered change process that interventions induce in families and family members beginning with the first intervention session. This paper discusses the need and rationale for applying ILM to family intervention evaluation, new research questions that can be addressed with ILM, example research using ILM in the related fields of basic family research and the evaluation of individual-based interventions. Finally, the paper touches on practical challenges and considerations associated with ILM and points readers to resources for the application of ILM.

  5. Combustion reaction kinetics of guarana seed residue applying isoconversional methods and consecutive reaction scheme.

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    Lopes, Fernanda Cristina Rezende; Tannous, Katia; Rueda-Ordóñez, Yesid Javier

    2016-11-01

    This work aims the study of decomposition kinetics of guarana seed residue using thermogravimetric analyzer under synthetic air atmosphere applying heating rates of 5, 10, and 15°C/min, from room temperature to 900°C. Three thermal decomposition stages were identified: dehydration (25.1-160°C), oxidative pyrolysis (240-370°C), and combustion (350-650°C). The activation energies, reaction model, and pre-exponential factor were determined through four isoconversional methods, master plots, and linearization of the conversion rate equation, respectively. A scheme of two-consecutive reactions was applied validating the kinetic parameters of first-order reaction and two-dimensional diffusion models for the oxidative pyrolysis stage (149.57kJ/mol, 6.97×10(10)1/s) and for combustion stage (77.98kJ/mol, 98.611/s), respectively. The comparison between theoretical and experimental conversion and conversion rate showed good agreement with average deviation lower than 2%, indicating that these results could be used for modeling of guarana seed residue. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. A transversal substructuring mode matching method applied to the acoustic analysis of dissipative mufflers

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    Albelda, J.; Denia, F. D.; Torres, M. I.; Fuenmayor, F. J.

    2007-06-01

    To carry out the acoustic analysis of dissipative silencers with uniform cross-section, the application of the mode matching method at the geometrical discontinuities is an attractive option from a computational point of view. The consideration of this methodology assumes, in general, that the modes associated with the transversal geometry of each element with uniform cross-section are known for the excitation frequencies considered in the analysis. The calculation of the transversal modes is not, however, a simple task when the acoustic system involves perforated elements and absorbent materials. The current work presents a modal approach to calculate the transversal modes and the corresponding axial wavenumbers for dissipative mufflers of uniform (but arbitrary) cross-section. The proposed technique is based on the division of the transversal section into subdomains and the subsequent use of a substructuring procedure with two sets of modes to improve the convergence. The former set of modes fulfils the condition of zero pressure at the common boundary between transversal subdomains while the latter satisfies the condition of zero derivative in the direction normal to the boundary. The approach leads to a versatile methodology with a moderate computational effort that can be applied to mufflers commonly found in real applications. To validate the procedure presented in this work, comparisons are provided with finite element predictions and results available in the literature, showing a good agreement. In addition, the procedure is applied to an example of practical interest.

  7. Applying the Taguchi method to optimize sumatriptan succinate niosomes as drug carriers for skin delivery.

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    González-Rodríguez, Maria Luisa; Mouram, Imane; Cózar-Bernal, Ma Jose; Villasmil, Sheila; Rabasco, Antonio M

    2012-10-01

    Niosomes formulated from different nonionic surfactants (Span® 60, Brij® 72, Span® 80, or Eumulgin® B 2) with cholesterol (CH) molar ratios of 3:1 or 4:1 with respect to surfactant were prepared with different sumatriptan amount (10 and 15 mg) and stearylamine (SA). Thin-film hydration method was employed to produce the vesicles, and the time lapsed to hydrate the lipid film (1 or 24 h) was introduced as variable. These factors were selected as variables and their levels were introduced into two L18 orthogonal arrays. The aim was to optimize the manufacturing conditions by applying Taguchi methodology. Response variables were vesicle size, zeta potential (Z), and drug entrapment. From Taguchi analysis, drug concentration and the time until the hydration were the most influencing parameters on size, being the niosomes made with Span® 80 the smallest vesicles. The presence of SA into the vesicles had a relevant influence on Z values. All the factors except the surfactant-CH ratio had an influence on the encapsulation. Formulations were optimized by applying the marginal means methodology. Results obtained showed a good correlation between mean and signal-to-noise ratio parameters, indicating the feasibility of the robust methodology to optimize this formulation. Also, the extrusion process exerted a positive influence on the drug entrapment.

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

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    Jesús Cajigas

    2014-06-01

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

  9. A method of applying two-pump system in automatic transmissions for energy conservation

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    Peng Dong

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In order to improve the hydraulic efficiency, modern automatic transmissions tend to apply electric oil pump in their hydraulic system. The electric oil pump can support the mechanical oil pump for cooling, lubrication, and maintaining the line pressure at low engine speeds. In addition, the start–stop function can be realized by means of the electric oil pump; thus, the fuel consumption can be further reduced. This article proposes a method of applying two-pump system (one electric oil pump and one mechanical oil pump in automatic transmissions based on the forward driving simulation. A mathematical model for calculating the transmission power loss is developed. The power loss transfers to heat which requires oil flow for cooling and lubrication. A leakage model is developed to calculate the leakage of the hydraulic system. In order to satisfy the flow requirement, a flow-based control strategy for the electric oil pump is developed. Simulation results of different driving cycles show that there is a best combination of the size of electric oil pump and the size of mechanical oil pump with respect to the optimal energy conservation. Besides, the two-pump system can also satisfy the requirement of the start–stop function. This research is extremely valuable for the forward design of a two-pump system in automatic transmissions with respect to energy conservation and start–stop function.

  10. Adaptive Ant Colony Clustering Method Applied to Finding Closely Communicating Community

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    Yan Liu

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The investigation of community structures in networks is an important issue in many domains and disciplines. Closely communicating community is different from the traditional community which emphasize particularly on structure or context. Our previous method played more emphasis on the feasibility that ant colony algorithm applied to community detection. However the essence of closely communicating community did not be described clearly. In this paper, the definition of closely communicating community is put forward firstly, the four features are described and corresponding methods are introduced to achieve the value of features between each pair. Meanwhile, pair propinquity and local propinquity are put forward and used to guide ants’ decision. Based on the previous work, the closely communicating community detection method is improved in four aspects of adaptive adjusting, which are entropy based weight modulation, combining historical paths and random wandering to select next coordination, the strategy of forcing unloading and the adaptive change of ant’s eyesight. The value selection of parameters is discussed in the portion of experiments, and the results also reveal the improvement of our algorithm in adaptive djusting.

  11. Research on linguistic concept creation method applied to environmental comfort sensors in health smart home.

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    Xin, Li; Wenxue, Hong; Jialin, Song; Jiannan, Kang

    2005-01-01

    We endeavor to provide a novel tool to evaluate environmental comfort level in Health Smart Home (HSH). HSH is regarded a good alternative for the independent life of elders and people with disability. Numerous intelligent devices, installed within a home environment, can provide the resident with continuous monitoring and comfortable environment. In this paper, a novel method of evaluating environmental comfort level is provided. An intelligent sensor is a fuzzy comfort sensor that can measure and fusion the environmental parameters. Based upon the results, it will further give a linguistic description about the environmental comfort level, in the manner of an expert system. The core of the sensor is multi-parameter information fusion. Similar to human behavior, the sensor makes all the evaluation about the surrounding environment's comfort level based on the symbolic measurement theory. We applied chart representation theory in multivariate analysis in the biomedical engineering field to complete the human comfortable sensor's linguistic concept creation. We achieved better performance when using this method to complete multi-parameter fusion and fuzziness. It is our belief that this method can be used in both biology intelligent sensing and many other areas, where the quantitative and qualitative information transform is needed.

  12. Photonic simulation method applied to the study of structural color in Myxomycetes.

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    Dolinko, Andrés; Skigin, Diana; Inchaussandague, Marina; Carmaran, Cecilia

    2012-07-02

    We present a novel simulation method to investigate the multicolored effect of the Diachea leucopoda (Physarales order, Myxomycetes class), which is a microorganism that has a characteristic pointillistic iridescent appearance. It was shown that this appearance is of structural origin, and is produced within the peridium -protective layer that encloses the mass of spores-, which is basically a corrugated sheet of a transparent material. The main characteristics of the observed color were explained in terms of interference effects using a simple model of homogeneous planar slab. In this paper we apply a novel simulation method to investigate the electromagnetic response of such structure in more detail, i.e., taking into account the inhomogeneities of the biological material within the peridium and its curvature. We show that both features, which could not be considered within the simplified model, affect the observed color. The proposed method is of great potential for the study of biological structures, which present a high degree of complexity in the geometrical shapes as well as in the materials involved.

  13. Quantum Monte Carlo method applied to non-Markovian barrier transmission

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    Hupin, Guillaume; Lacroix, Denis

    2010-01-01

    In nuclear fusion and fission, fluctuation and dissipation arise because of the coupling of collective degrees of freedom with internal excitations. Close to the barrier, quantum, statistical, and non-Markovian effects are expected to be important. In this work, a new approach based on quantum Monte Carlo addressing this problem is presented. The exact dynamics of a system coupled to an environment is replaced by a set of stochastic evolutions of the system density. The quantum Monte Carlo method is applied to systems with quadratic potentials. In all ranges of temperature and coupling, the stochastic method matches the exact evolution, showing that non-Markovian effects can be simulated accurately. A comparison with other theories, such as Nakajima-Zwanzig or time-convolutionless, shows that only the latter can be competitive if the expansion in terms of coupling constant is made at least to fourth order. A systematic study of the inverted parabola case is made at different temperatures and coupling constants. The asymptotic passing probability is estimated by different approaches including the Markovian limit. Large differences with an exact result are seen in the latter case or when only second order in the coupling strength is considered, as is generally assumed in nuclear transport models. In contrast, if fourth order in the coupling or quantum Monte Carlo method is used, a perfect agreement is obtained.

  14. The boundary element method applied to viscous and vortex shedding flows around cylinders

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    Farrant, Tim

    Studies are presented to further extend the use of the boundary element method (BEM) for the solution of viscous flows around bluff bodies, governed by the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. Two distinct formulations are applied to various flows around cylindrical geometries for Reynolds numbers Tan (1994) and known herein as the global BEM, was coded to execute in parallel on multi-processor computers. Reductions in execution time were achieved and the method was employed to solve an oscillating cylinder problem. In this study, the displacement undergone by the body was very large but the Reynolds number was always Tan et al (1998). A validation for isolated and double circular cylinders in a uniform stream was performed against experimental evidence to demonstrate the method's stability and accuracy for laminar vortex shedding with geometries involving multiply connected domains. Finally, computational results for flows around four equispaced circular cylinders of equal diameter and two cylinders, one circular the other elliptical, are reported. Many of the concepts established for the flow around two cylinders of equal diameter were found to be useful in interpretation of these more complicated arrangements.

  15. Resampling method for applying density-dependent habitat selection theory to wildlife surveys.

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    Olivia Tardy

    Full Text Available Isodar theory can be used to evaluate fitness consequences of density-dependent habitat selection by animals. A typical habitat isodar is a regression curve plotting competitor densities in two adjacent habitats when individual fitness is equal. Despite the increasing use of habitat isodars, their application remains largely limited to areas composed of pairs of adjacent habitats that are defined a priori. We developed a resampling method that uses data from wildlife surveys to build isodars in heterogeneous landscapes without having to predefine habitat types. The method consists in randomly placing blocks over the survey area and dividing those blocks in two adjacent sub-blocks of the same size. Animal abundance is then estimated within the two sub-blocks. This process is done 100 times. Different functional forms of isodars can be investigated by relating animal abundance and differences in habitat features between sub-blocks. We applied this method to abundance data of raccoons and striped skunks, two of the main hosts of rabies virus in North America. Habitat selection by raccoons and striped skunks depended on both conspecific abundance and the difference in landscape composition and structure between sub-blocks. When conspecific abundance was low, raccoons and striped skunks favored areas with relatively high proportions of forests and anthropogenic features, respectively. Under high conspecific abundance, however, both species preferred areas with rather large corn-forest edge densities and corn field proportions. Based on random sampling techniques, we provide a robust method that is applicable to a broad range of species, including medium- to large-sized mammals with high mobility. The method is sufficiently flexible to incorporate multiple environmental covariates that can reflect key requirements of the focal species. We thus illustrate how isodar theory can be used with wildlife surveys to assess density-dependent habitat selection

  16. Variational multiparticle-multihole configuration mixing method applied to pairing correlations in nuclei

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    Pillet, N; Caurier, E

    2008-01-01

    Applying a variational multiparticle-multihole configuration mixing method whose purpose is to include correlations beyond the mean field in a unified way without particle number and Pauli principle violations, we investigate pairing-like correlations in the ground states of $ ^{116}$Sn,$ ^{106}$Sn and $ ^{100}$Sn. The same effective nucleon-nucleon interaction namely, the D1S parameterization of the Gogny force is used to derive both the mean field and correlation components of nuclear wave functions. Calculations are performed using an axially symetric representation. The structure of correlated wave functions, their convergence with respect to the number of particle-hole excitations and the influence of correlations on single-particle level spectra and occupation probabilities are analyzed and compared with results obtained with the same two-body effective interaction from BCS, Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov and particle number projected after variation BCS approaches. Calculations of nuclear radii and the first ...

  17. Applying innovation method to assess english speaking performance on communication apprehension

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    Wang, Li-Jyu

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A growing number of research studies are now available to shed some light on ELT methods. Currently, educational portfolios are implemented in Science, Mathematics and Geography and also have become widely used in ELT. When the students prepared their own portfolios, they self-monitored their performances. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of self-monitoring and portfolios on college students’ English speaking performance. The participants involved in this study were 60 college students majoring in the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at one university of technology in Taiwan. In the study, descriptive statistics and t-tests were used to test the effects of using communication apprehension. In the portfolio group, the students’ communication apprehension was lowered. In conducting this study, the researcher hoped that this research could provide valuable perspective on the use of portfolios and self-monitoring

  18. A Field Method for Backscatter Calibration Applied to NOAA's Reson 7125 Multibeam Echo-Sounders

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    Welton, Briana

    Acoustic seafloor backscatter measurements made by multiple Reson multibeam echo-sounders (MBES) used for hydrographic survey are observed to be inconsistent, affecting the quality of data products and impeding large-scale processing efforts. A method to conduct a relative inter and intea sonar calibration in the field using dual frequency Reson 7125 MBES has been developed, tested, and evaluated to improve the consistency of backscatter measurements made from multiple MBES systems. The approach is unique in that it determines a set of corrections for power, gain, pulse length, and an angle dependent calibration term relative to a single Reson 7125 MBES calibrated in an acoustic test tank. These corrections for each MBES can then be applied during processing for any acquisition setting combination. This approach seeks to reduce the need for subjective and inefficient manual data or data product manipulation during post processing, providing a foundation for improved automated seafloor characterization using data from more than one MBES system.

  19. Is It Possible to Apply Multidimensional Graphical Methods in The Teaching and Learning of Economics?

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    Mario Arturo Ruiz Estrada

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This article explores the effectiveness of applying a new multidimensional graphical method to the teaching and learning of economics. In essence, the paper extends the significance of multi-dimensional graphs to study any economic phenomenon from a multidimensional perspective. The paper proposes the introduction of a new set of multidimensional coordinate spaces that should clearly and logically propose the effective visualization of complex and dynamic economic phenomena into the same graphical space and time with which the effectiveness of multidimensional graphs for real practical purposes can be evaluated. From the analyses carried out, which are based on both primary and secondary data sources, the article argues that multidimensional graphs can actually be evaluated to understand the degree of their effectiveness in visualizing economic problems affecting society on different levels.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  1. Comparison of gradient methods for gain tuning of a PD controller applied on a quadrotor system

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    Kim, Jinho; Wilkerson, Stephen A.; Gadsden, S. Andrew

    2016-05-01

    Many mechanical and electrical systems have utilized the proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control strategy. The concept of PID control is a classical approach but it is easy to implement and yields a very good tracking performance. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are currently experiencing a significant growth in popularity. Due to the advantages of PID controllers, UAVs are implementing PID controllers for improved stability and performance. An important consideration for the system is the selection of PID gain values in order to achieve a safe flight and successful mission. There are a number of different algorithms that can be used for real-time tuning of gains. This paper presents two algorithms for gain tuning, and are based on the method of steepest descent and Newton's minimization of an objective function. This paper compares the results of applying these two gain tuning algorithms in conjunction with a PD controller on a quadrotor system.

  2. Applying RP-FDM Technology to Produce Prototype Castings Using the Investment Casting Method

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    M. Macků

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The research focused on the production of prototype castings, which is mapped out starting from the drawing documentation up to theproduction of the casting itself. The FDM method was applied for the production of the 3D pattern. Its main objective was to find out whatdimensional changes happened during individual production stages, starting from the 3D pattern printing through a silicon mouldproduction, wax patterns casting, making shells, melting out wax from shells and drying, up to the production of the final casting itself.Five measurements of determined dimensions were made during the production, which were processed and evaluated mathematically.A determination of shrinkage and a proposal of measures to maintain the dimensional stability of the final casting so as to meetrequirements specified by a customer were the results.

  3. Experimental design applied to spin coating of 2D colloidal crystal masks: a relevant method?

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    Colson, Pierre; Cloots, Rudi; Henrist, Catherine

    2011-11-01

    Monolayers of colloidal spheres are used as masks in nanosphere lithography (NSL) for the selective deposition of nanostructured layers. Several methods exist for the formation of self-organized particle monolayers, among which spin coating appears to be very promising. However, a spin coating process is defined by several parameters like several ramps, rotation speeds, and durations. All parameters influence the spreading and drying of the droplet containing the particles. Moreover, scientists are confronted with the formation of numerous defects in spin coated layers, limiting well-ordered areas to a few micrometers squared. So far, empiricism has mainly ruled the world of nanoparticle self-organization by spin coating, and much of the literature is experimentally based. Therefore, the development of experimental protocols to control the ordering of particles is a major goal for further progress in NSL. We applied experimental design to spin coating, to evaluate the efficiency of this method to extract and model the relationships between the experimental parameters and the degree of ordering in the particles monolayers. A set of experiments was generated by the MODDE software and applied to the spin coating of latex suspension (diameter 490 nm). We calculated the ordering by a homemade image analysis tool. The results of partial least squares (PLS) modeling show that the proposed mathematical model only fits data from strictly monolayers but is not predictive for new sets of parameters. We submitted the data to principal component analysis (PCA) that was able to explain 91% of the results when based on strictly monolayered samples. PCA shows that the ordering was positively correlated to the ramp time and negatively correlated to the first rotation speed. We obtain large defect-free domains with the best set of parameters tested in this study. This protocol leads to areas of 200 μm(2), which has never been reported so far.

  4. Applying clustering approach in predictive uncertainty estimation: a case study with the UNEEC method

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    Dogulu, Nilay; Solomatine, Dimitri; Lal Shrestha, Durga

    2014-05-01

    Within the context of flood forecasting, assessment of predictive uncertainty has become a necessity for most of the modelling studies in operational hydrology. There are several uncertainty analysis and/or prediction methods available in the literature; however, most of them rely on normality and homoscedasticity assumptions for model residuals occurring in reproducing the observed data. This study focuses on a statistical method analyzing model residuals without having any assumptions and based on a clustering approach: Uncertainty Estimation based on local Errors and Clustering (UNEEC). The aim of this work is to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the UNEEC method's performance in view of clustering approach employed within its methodology. This is done by analyzing normality of model residuals and comparing uncertainty analysis results (for 50% and 90% confidence level) with those obtained from uniform interval and quantile regression methods. An important part of the basis by which the methods are compared is analysis of data clusters representing different hydrometeorological conditions. The validation measures used are PICP, MPI, ARIL and NUE where necessary. A new validation measure linking prediction interval to the (hydrological) model quality - weighted mean prediction interval (WMPI) - is also proposed for comparing the methods more effectively. The case study is Brue catchment, located in the South West of England. A different parametrization of the method than its previous application in Shrestha and Solomatine (2008) is used, i.e. past error values in addition to discharge and effective rainfall is considered. The results show that UNEEC's notable characteristic in its methodology, i.e. applying clustering to data of predictors upon which catchment behaviour information is encapsulated, contributes increased accuracy of the method's results for varying flow conditions. Besides, classifying data so that extreme flow events are individually

  5. 载锌蒙脱石抗菌中间体的制备及镁合金表面的应用研究∗%Synthesis and properties of Zn-MMT antimicrobial composites and application on the surface of magnesium alloy

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    邹玉红; 王庆昭; 曾荣昌; 韩秋霞; 王闯; 刘志威

    2016-01-01

    以钠化蒙脱石、硝酸锌为原料,采用液相离子交换法制备载锌蒙脱石抗菌中间体;应用响应面法设计优化工艺、扫描电镜、XRD观察载锌蒙脱石形貌、分析组成;抑菌圈及最低抑菌浓度法(MIC)研究其抗菌性能;应用水热法,在镁合金AZ31表面制备载锌蒙脱石涂层,电镜观察其形貌.结果表明,采用Design-Expert软件中的Box-behnken设计的二次多项式模型比较显著,得出最佳优化条件,硝酸锌为4 mmol,温度为80℃,时间为4.5 h,蒙脱石载锌量达到94.65 mg/g;扫描电镜观察载锌蒙脱石颗粒细小,呈不规则形,很少聚集成团;XRD分析发现蒙脱石片层间距由原来的1.48 nm增加到1.57 nm;抗菌实验表明,载锌蒙脱石对大肠杆菌和金黄色葡萄球菌具有较好的抗菌活性,MIC为6400 mg/mL;电镜观察显示,载锌蒙脱石在AZ31镁合金表面形成比较致密的1层涂层,与基体结合紧密,厚度达42μm,说明载锌蒙脱石抗菌中间体可成功应用于镁合金表面.%Zn-montmorillonites (Zn-MMT)as antibacterial compounds were prepared from natrium montmoril-lonite,zinc nitrate by an ion-exchange reaction.The effects of the amount of zinc nitrate,reaction temperature and reaction time on the zinc content of montmorillonite were optimized with response surface methodology.Zn-MMT were characterized by means of XRD and SEM.The results of bacterial growth tests were confirmed by determination of zone of inhibition against E.coli,S.aureus and the minimum inhibition concentrations (MIC). The Zn-MMT coating on the magnesium alloy was prepared via hydrothermal method.The structure of Zn-MMT coating was investigated by SEM.Design-expert 8.0 was used to established the mathematical model.The results showed that quadratic model was the best model to describe the relationship between the zinc content of Zn-MMT and the three factors.With adding zinc nitrate 4 mmol,reaction temperature of 80 ℃,reaction time of 4

  6. Investigation of the effects caused by applying voltage in Layer-by-Layer self-assembly method

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    Omura Y.

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Recently, Layer-by-Layer (LbL self-assembly method under applied voltage (voltage-applied LbL attracts great attention. It is reported that the method enables more abundant film adsorption than conventional LbL method. However, a small proportion of experimental results about adsorption of polyelectrolytes by voltage-applied LbL have been reported. In this study, voltage-applied LbL method using weakly charged polyelectrolytes was examined. Poly (allylamine hydrochloride (PAH and Poly (ethylene imine (PEI as cationic solutions and Poly (acrylic acid (PAA as anionic solution were chosen. The pH of solutions was adjusted to several conditions and film of PAH/PAA and film of PEI/PAA were fabricated by voltage-applied LbL method. Change of adsorption behavior and film morphology by applying voltage depended on pH condition of solutions. When pH of PAH/PAA solutions was 3.9/3.8, respectively, the film adsorption was accelerated by applying voltage. Moreover, in this condition, the surface morphology remarkably changes and texture structure appears by applying voltage. Consequently, it was found that applying voltage in LbL method was effective in controlling film adsorption and the surface nano structure.

  7. An analysis of high risk behaviors of HIV negative spouses of MMT clients and related factors%美沙酮服药人员HIV阴性配偶高危性行为及影响因素分析

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    杨丽华; 朵林; 雷宇靖; 薛皓铭; 钟君睿; 邓玲

    2012-01-01

    Objective To understand the high risk behaviors of HIV negative spouses of HIV infected MMT clients in Yunnan Province, and to analyze the related factors in order to provide evidence for further intervention. Methods A total of 107 HIV negative spouses /regular sex partners of HIV infected MMT clients were selected from 13 MMT clinics in Yunnan Province, and were surveyed with self designed questionnaire to collect demographic information, HIV knowledge, sexual risk behavior and the impact factors. Result Condom use among HIV positive MMT clients and their HIV negative spouses/sex partners in the last sexual activities was 74% , of whom 90% and 92% received STI/HIV VCT service. Only 28% received STI examination and treatment. No child status was a factor related to not using condoms (OR = 0. 197). Conclusion HIV positive MMT clients have obviously high risk sexual behavior with their HIV negative spouses/sex partners, as a result, the spouses/sex partners become vulnerable to HIV spread, especially the female spouses/sex partners of ethnic minority without children. Thus, intensive interventions for HIV negative spouses or sex partners should be strengthened, and the condom use should be promoted so as to lower the possibility of HIV spread among them.%目的 了解云南省美沙酮维持治疗人员艾滋病病毒(HIV)阴性配偶(单阳阴配)高危性行为及其影响因素,为针对性地进行干预提供依据.方法 选取云南省13个美沙酮门诊所有HIV阳性服药人员的固定性伴,并通过IIIV阳性检测筛检出阴性者,采用调查问卷收集包括人口学特征、知识知晓率及高危性行为等数据,并对高危性行为及影响因素进行分析.结果 阴性配偶上次发生性关系时使用安全套的占74%;接受过性病、艾滋病免费咨询和HIV检测的较高,分别为90%、92%;但接受过性病检查治疗的仅有28%.无小孩是其不使用安全套的影响因素(OR=0.197).结论 HIV阴性配偶

  8. Assessment of Atmospheric Correction Methods for Sentinel-2 MSI Images Applied to Amazon Floodplain Lakes

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    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Satellite data provide the only viable means for extensive monitoring of remote and large freshwater systems, such as the Amazon floodplain lakes. However, an accurate atmospheric correction is required to retrieve water constituents based on surface water reflectance ( R W . In this paper, we assessed three atmospheric correction methods (Second Simulation of a Satellite Signal in the Solar Spectrum (6SV, ACOLITE and Sen2Cor applied to an image acquired by the MultiSpectral Instrument (MSI on-board of the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2A platform using concurrent in-situ measurements over four Amazon floodplain lakes in Brazil. In addition, we evaluated the correction of forest adjacency effects based on the linear spectral unmixing model, and performed a temporal evaluation of atmospheric constituents from Multi-Angle Implementation of Atmospheric Correction (MAIAC products. The validation of MAIAC aerosol optical depth (AOD indicated satisfactory retrievals over the Amazon region, with a correlation coefficient (R of ~0.7 and 0.85 for Terra and Aqua products, respectively. The seasonal distribution of the cloud cover and AOD revealed a contrast between the first and second half of the year in the study area. Furthermore, simulation of top-of-atmosphere (TOA reflectance showed a critical contribution of atmospheric effects (>50% to all spectral bands, especially the deep blue (92%–96% and blue (84%–92% bands. The atmospheric correction results of the visible bands illustrate the limitation of the methods over dark lakes ( R W < 1%, and better match of the R W shape compared with in-situ measurements over turbid lakes, although the accuracy varied depending on the spectral bands and methods. Particularly above 705 nm, R W was highly affected by Amazon forest adjacency, and the proposed adjacency effect correction minimized the spectral distortions in R W (RMSE < 0.006. Finally, an extensive validation of the methods is required for

  9. Balancing a U-Shaped Assembly Line by Applying Nested Partitions Method

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    Bhagwat, Nikhil V. [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2005-01-01

    In this study, we applied the Nested Partitions method to a U-line balancing problem and conducted experiments to evaluate the application. From the results, it is quite evident that the Nested Partitions method provided near optimal solutions (optimal in some cases). Besides, the execution time is quite short as compared to the Branch and Bound algorithm. However, for larger data sets, the algorithm took significantly longer times for execution. One of the reasons could be the way in which the random samples are generated. In the present study, a random sample is a solution in itself which requires assignment of tasks to various stations. The time taken to assign tasks to stations is directly proportional to the number of tasks. Thus, if the number of tasks increases, the time taken to generate random samples for the different regions also increases. The performance index for the Nested Partitions method in the present study was the number of stations in the random solutions (samples) generated. The total idle time for the samples can be used as another performance index. ULINO method is known to have used a combination of bounds to come up with good solutions. This approach of combining different performance indices can be used to evaluate the random samples and obtain even better solutions. Here, we used deterministic time values for the tasks. In industries where majority of tasks are performed manually, the stochastic version of the problem could be of vital importance. Experimenting with different objective functions (No. of stations was used in this study) could be of some significance to some industries where in the cost associated with creation of a new station is not the same. For such industries, the results obtained by using the present approach will not be of much value. Labor costs, task incompletion costs or a combination of those can be effectively used as alternate objective functions.

  10. A new feature extraction method for signal classification applied to cord dorsum potentials detection

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    Vidaurre, D.; Rodríguez, E. E.; Bielza, C.; Larrañaga, P.; Rudomin, P.

    2012-01-01

    In the spinal cord of the anesthetized cat, spontaneous cord dorsum potentials (CDPs) appear synchronously along the lumbo-sacral segments. These CDPs have different shapes and magnitudes. Previous work has indicated that some CDPs appear to be specially associated with the activation of spinal pathways that lead to primary afferent depolarization and presynaptic inhibition. Visual detection and classification of these CDPs provides relevant information on the functional organization of the neural networks involved in the control of sensory information and allows the characterization of the changes produced by acute nerve and spinal lesions. We now present a novel feature extraction approach for signal classification, applied to CDP detection. The method is based on an intuitive procedure. We first remove by convolution the noise from the CDPs recorded in each given spinal segment. Then, we assign a coefficient for each main local maximum of the signal using its amplitude and distance to the most important maximum of the signal. These coefficients will be the input for the subsequent classification algorithm. In particular, we employ gradient boosting classification trees. This combination of approaches allows a faster and more accurate discrimination of CDPs than is obtained by other methods. PMID:22929924

  11. A new feature extraction method for signal classification applied to cord dorsum potential detection

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    Vidaurre, D.; Rodríguez, E. E.; Bielza, C.; Larrañaga, P.; Rudomin, P.

    2012-10-01

    In the spinal cord of the anesthetized cat, spontaneous cord dorsum potentials (CDPs) appear synchronously along the lumbo-sacral segments. These CDPs have different shapes and magnitudes. Previous work has indicated that some CDPs appear to be specially associated with the activation of spinal pathways that lead to primary afferent depolarization and presynaptic inhibition. Visual detection and classification of these CDPs provides relevant information on the functional organization of the neural networks involved in the control of sensory information and allows the characterization of the changes produced by acute nerve and spinal lesions. We now present a novel feature extraction approach for signal classification, applied to CDP detection. The method is based on an intuitive procedure. We first remove by convolution the noise from the CDPs recorded in each given spinal segment. Then, we assign a coefficient for each main local maximum of the signal using its amplitude and distance to the most important maximum of the signal. These coefficients will be the input for the subsequent classification algorithm. In particular, we employ gradient boosting classification trees. This combination of approaches allows a faster and more accurate discrimination of CDPs than is obtained by other methods.

  12. Kinetic energy partition method applied to ground state helium-like atoms.

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    Chen, Yu-Hsin; Chao, Sheng D

    2017-03-28

    We have used the recently developed kinetic energy partition (KEP) method to solve the quantum eigenvalue problems for helium-like atoms and obtain precise ground state energies and wave-functions. The key to treating properly the electron-electron (repulsive) Coulomb potential energies for the KEP method to be applied is to introduce a "negative mass" term into the partitioned kinetic energy. A Hartree-like product wave-function from the subsystem wave-functions is used to form the initial trial function, and the variational search for the optimized adiabatic parameters leads to a precise ground state energy. This new approach sheds new light on the all-important problem of solving many-electron Schrödinger equations and hopefully opens a new way to predictive quantum chemistry. The results presented here give very promising evidence that an effective one-electron model can be used to represent a many-electron system, in the spirit of density functional theory.

  13. Quantum Monte-Carlo method applied to Non-Markovian barrier transmission

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    Hupin, G

    2010-01-01

    In nuclear fusion and fission, fluctuation and dissipation arise due to the coupling of collective degrees of freedom with internal excitations. Close to the barrier, both quantum, statistical and non-Markovian effects are expected to be important. In this work, a new approach based on quantum Monte-Carlo addressing this problem is presented. The exact dynamics of a system coupled to an environment is replaced by a set of stochastic evolutions of the system density. The quantum Monte-Carlo method is applied to systems with quadratic potentials. In all range of temperature and coupling, the stochastic method matches the exact evolution showing that non-Markovian effects can be simulated accurately. A comparison with other theories like Nakajima-Zwanzig or Time-ConvolutionLess ones shows that only the latter can be competitive if the expansion in terms of coupling constant is made at least to fourth order. A systematic study of the inverted parabola case is made at different temperatures and coupling constants....

  14. Complex Variable Methods for 3D Applied Mathematics: 3D Twistors and the biharmonic equation

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    Shaw, William T

    2010-01-01

    In applied mathematics generally and fluid dynamics in particular, the role of complex variable methods is normally confined to two-dimensional motion and the association of points with complex numbers via the assignment w = x+i y. In this framework 2D potential flow can be treated through the use of holomorphic functions and biharmonic flow through a simple, but superficially non-holomorphic extension. This paper explains how to elevate the use of complex methods to three dimensions, using Penrose's theory of twistors as adapted to intrinsically 3D and non-relativistic problems by Hitchin. We first summarize the equations of 3D steady viscous fluid flow in their basic geometric form. We then explain the theory of twistors for 3D, resulting in complex holomorphic representations of solutions to harmonic and biharmonic problems. It is shown how this intrinsically holomorphic 3D approach reduces naturally to the well-known 2D situations when there is translational or rotational symmetry, and an example is given...

  15. Design and fabrication of facial prostheses for cancer patient applying computer aided method and manufacturing (CADCAM)

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    Din, Tengku Noor Daimah Tengku; Jamayet, Nafij; Rajion, Zainul Ahmad; Luddin, Norhayati; Abdullah, Johari Yap; Abdullah, Abdul Manaf; Yahya, Suzana

    2016-12-01

    Facial defects are either congenital or caused by trauma or cancer where most of them affect the person appearance. The emotional pressure and low self-esteem are problems commonly related to patient with facial defect. To overcome this problem, silicone prosthesis was designed to cover the defect part. This study describes the techniques in designing and fabrication for facial prosthesis applying computer aided method and manufacturing (CADCAM). The steps of fabricating the facial prosthesis were based on a patient case. The patient was diagnosed for Gorlin Gotz syndrome and came to Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM) for prosthesis. The 3D image of the patient was reconstructed from CT data using MIMICS software. Based on the 3D image, the intercanthal and zygomatic measurements of the patient were compared with available data in the database to find the suitable nose shape. The normal nose shape for the patient was retrieved from the nasal digital library. Mirror imaging technique was used to mirror the facial part. The final design of facial prosthesis including eye, nose and cheek was superimposed to see the result virtually. After the final design was confirmed, the mould design was created. The mould of nasal prosthesis was printed using Objet 3D printer. Silicone casting was done using the 3D print mould. The final prosthesis produced from the computer aided method was acceptable to be used for facial rehabilitation to provide better quality of life.

  16. Applying a traditional individual psychotherapy model to Equine-facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP): theory and method.

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    Karol, Jane

    2007-01-01

    This article describes a unique, innovative, and effective method of psychotherapy using horses to aid in the therapeutic process (Equine-facilitated Psychotherapy or EFP). The remarkable elements of the horse--power, grace, vulnerability, and a willingness to bear another--combine to form a fertile stage for psychotherapeutic exploration. Therapeutic programs using horses to work with various psychiatric presentations in children and adolescents have begun to receive attention over the past 10 years. However, few EFP programs utilize the expertise of masters and doctoral-level psychologists, clinical social workers, or psychiatrists. In contrast, the psychological practice described in this article, written and practiced by a doctoral-level clinician, applies the breadth and depth of psychological theory and practice developed over the last century to a distinctly compelling milieu. The method relies not only on the therapeutic relationship with the clinician, but is also fueled by the client's compelling attachment to the therapeutic horse. As both of these relationships progress, the child's inner world and interpersonal style come to the forefront and the EFP theater allows the clinician to explore the client's intrapersonal and interpersonal worlds on preverbal, nonverbal and verbal levels of experience.

  17. Design method of electromagnetic field applied to Al-alloy electromagnetic casting

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    YANG Jing; DANG Jing-zhi; PENG You-gen; CHENG Jun

    2006-01-01

    The electromagnetic pump imposes the electromagnetic motive force (Lorentz force) on the liquid metal directly and makes it move along the definite direction by using the function of electric current and magnetic field in the conducting fluid.Compared with the traditional die casting, the system of counter-gravity casting can effectively control the speed of fillingto make Al-alloy liquid fill steadily by adjusting controlled-current. So the foundry defects can be decreased or avoided effectively by this system. Based on the theory of electromagnetic pump, the design method of electromagnetic field in electromagnetic pump was investigated emphatically. The rule of magnetic induction intensity B influenced by the divided electromagnet airgap's size was founded. Furthermore, the empirical formula of magnetic induction intensity B in a magnetic airgap for an open magnet in the saturated state was deduced by mathematics regression analysis. Counter-gravity casting applied to the Al-alloy electromagnetic filling was developed with this method. Besides, the electromagnetism filling counter-gravity casting process of the turbo-charge blade wheel was also fixed. The eligibility rate of blade wheel produced by such technique can be increased to 98%. The casts have compact structure and excellent capability.

  18. Goal oriented soil mapping: applying modern methods supported by local knowledge: A review

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    Pereira, Paulo; Brevik, Eric; Oliva, Marc; Estebaranz, Ferran; Depellegrin, Daniel; Novara, Agata; Cerda, Artemi; Menshov, Oleksandr

    2017-04-01

    In the recent years the amount of soil data available increased importantly. This facilitated the production of better and accurate maps, important for sustainable land management (Pereira et al., 2017). Despite these advances, the human knowledge is extremely important to understand the natural characteristics of the landscape. The knowledge accumulated and transmitted generation after generation is priceless, and should be considered as a valuable data source for soil mapping and modelling. The local knowledge and wisdom can complement the new advances in soil analysis. In addition, farmers are the most interested in the participation and incorporation of their knowledge in the models, since they are the end-users of the study that soil scientists produce. Integration of local community's vision and understanding about nature is assumed to be an important step to the implementation of decision maker's policies. Despite this, many challenges appear regarding the integration of local and scientific knowledge, since in some cases there is no spatial correlation between folk and scientific classifications, which may be attributed to the different cultural variables that influence local soil classification. The objective of this work is to review how modern soil methods incorporated local knowledge in their models. References Pereira, P., Brevik, E., Oliva, M., Estebaranz, F., Depellegrin, D., Novara, A., Cerda, A., Menshov, O. (2017) Goal Oriented soil mapping: applying modern methods supported by local knowledge. In: Pereira, P., Brevik, E., Munoz-Rojas, M., Miller, B. (Eds.) Soil mapping and process modelling for sustainable land use management (Elsevier Publishing House) ISBN: 9780128052006

  19. Stochastic method-based computational system for neutron/photon dosimetry applied to radiotherapy and radiology

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    Trindade, Bruno Machado; Campos, Tarcisio Passos Ribeiro de, E-mail: campos@nuclear.ufmg.b [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Program of Post-Graduation in Sciences and Nuclear Techniques

    2011-03-15

    Objective: The present paper describes a procedure for conversion of computed tomography or magnetic resonance images into a three-dimensional voxel model for dosimetry purposes. Such model is a personalized representation of the patient that can be utilized in nuclear particle transport simulations by means of the MCNP (Monte Carlo N-Particle) code, reproducing the stochastic process of nuclear particles interaction with human tissues. Materials and Methods: The developed computational system - SISCODES - is a tool designed for 3D planning of radiotherapy or radiological procedures. Based on tomographic images of the patient, the treatment plan is modeled and simulated. Then, the absorbed doses are shown by means of isodose curves superimposed on the model. The SISCODES couples the three dimensional model with the MCNP5 code, simulating the protocol of exposure to ionizing radiation. Results: The SISCODES has been utilized by the NRI/CNPq in the creation of anthropomorphic and anthropometric voxel models which are coupled with the MCNP code for modeling brachytherapy and teletherapy applied to lung, pelvis, spine, head and neck tumors, among others. The current SISCODES modules are presented together with examples of cases of radiotherapy planning. Conclusion: The SISCODES provides a fast method to create personalized voxel models of any patient which can be used in stochastic simulations. The combination of the MCNP simulation with a personalized model of the patient increases the dosimetry accuracy in radiotherapy. (author)

  20. Beyond parallax barriers: applying formal optimization methods to multilayer automultiscopic displays

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    Lanman, Douglas; Wetzstein, Gordon; Hirsch, Matthew; Heidrich, Wolfgang; Raskar, Ramesh

    2012-03-01

    This paper focuses on resolving long-standing limitations of parallax barriers by applying formal optimization methods. We consider two generalizations of conventional parallax barriers. First, we consider general two-layer architectures, supporting high-speed temporal variation with arbitrary opacities on each layer. Second, we consider general multi-layer architectures containing three or more light-attenuating layers. This line of research has led to two new attenuation-based displays. The High-Rank 3D (HR3D) display contains a stacked pair of LCD panels; rather than using heuristically-defined parallax barriers, both layers are jointly-optimized using low-rank light field factorization, resulting in increased brightness, refresh rate, and battery life for mobile applications. The Layered 3D display extends this approach to multi-layered displays composed of compact volumes of light-attenuating material. Such volumetric attenuators recreate a 4D light field when illuminated by a uniform backlight. We further introduce Polarization Fields as an optically-efficient and computationally efficient extension of Layered 3D to multi-layer LCDs. Together, these projects reveal new generalizations to parallax barrier concepts, enabled by the application of formal optimization methods to multi-layer attenuation-based designs in a manner that uniquely leverages the compressive nature of 3D scenes for display applications.

  1. A hamiltonian replica exchange method for building protein-protein interfaces applied to a leucine zipper.

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    Cukier, Robert I

    2011-01-28

    Leucine zippers consist of alpha helical monomers dimerized (or oligomerized) into alpha superhelical structures known as coiled coils. Forming the correct interface of a dimer from its monomers requires an exploration of configuration space focused on the side chains of one monomer that must interdigitate with sites on the other monomer. The aim of this work is to generate good interfaces in short simulations starting from separated monomers. Methods are developed to accomplish this goal based on an extension of a previously introduced [Su and Cukier, J. Phys. Chem. B 113, 9595, (2009)] hamiltonian temperature replica exchange method (HTREM), which scales the hamiltonian in both potential and kinetic energies that was used for the simulation of dimer melting curves. The new method, HTREM_MS (MS designates mean square), focused on interface formation, adds restraints to the hamiltonians for all but the physical system, which is characterized by the normal molecular dynamics force field at the desired temperature. The restraints in the nonphysical systems serve to prevent the monomers from separating too far, and have the dual aims of enhancing the sampling of close in configurations and breaking unwanted correlations in the restrained systems. The method is applied to a 31-residue truncation of the 33-residue leucine zipper (GCN4-p1) of the yeast transcriptional activator GCN4. The monomers are initially separated by a distance that is beyond their capture length. HTREM simulations show that the monomers oscillate between dimerlike and monomerlike configurations, but do not form a stable interface. HTREM_MS simulations result in the dimer interface being faithfully reconstructed on a 2 ns time scale. A small number of systems (one physical and two restrained with modified potentials and higher effective temperatures) are sufficient. An in silico mutant that should not dimerize because it lacks charged residues that provide electrostatic stabilization of the dimer

  2. A Hamiltonian replica exchange method for building protein-protein interfaces applied to a leucine zipper

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    Cukier, Robert I.

    2011-01-01

    Leucine zippers consist of alpha helical monomers dimerized (or oligomerized) into alpha superhelical structures known as coiled coils. Forming the correct interface of a dimer from its monomers requires an exploration of configuration space focused on the side chains of one monomer that must interdigitate with sites on the other monomer. The aim of this work is to generate good interfaces in short simulations starting from separated monomers. Methods are developed to accomplish this goal based on an extension of a previously introduced [Su and Cukier, J. Phys. Chem. B 113, 9595, (2009)] Hamiltonian temperature replica exchange method (HTREM), which scales the Hamiltonian in both potential and kinetic energies that was used for the simulation of dimer melting curves. The new method, HTREM_MS (MS designates mean square), focused on interface formation, adds restraints to the Hamiltonians for all but the physical system, which is characterized by the normal molecular dynamics force field at the desired temperature. The restraints in the nonphysical systems serve to prevent the monomers from separating too far, and have the dual aims of enhancing the sampling of close in configurations and breaking unwanted correlations in the restrained systems. The method is applied to a 31-residue truncation of the 33-residue leucine zipper (GCN4-p1) of the yeast transcriptional activator GCN4. The monomers are initially separated by a distance that is beyond their capture length. HTREM simulations show that the monomers oscillate between dimerlike and monomerlike configurations, but do not form a stable interface. HTREM_MS simulations result in the dimer interface being faithfully reconstructed on a 2 ns time scale. A small number of systems (one physical and two restrained with modified potentials and higher effective temperatures) are sufficient. An in silico mutant that should not dimerize because it lacks charged residues that provide electrostatic stabilization of the dimer

  3. A new method to identify earthquake swarms applied to seismicity near the San Jacinto Fault, California

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    Zhang, Qiong; Shearer, Peter M.

    2016-05-01

    Understanding earthquake clustering in space and time is important but also challenging because of complexities in earthquake patterns and the large and diverse nature of earthquake catalogues. Swarms are of particular interest because they likely result from physical changes in the crust, such as slow slip or fluid flow. Both swarms and clusters resulting from aftershock sequences can span a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. Here we test and implement a new method to identify seismicity clusters of varying sizes and discriminate them from randomly occurring background seismicity. Our method searches for the closest neighbouring earthquakes in space and time and compares the number of neighbours to the background events in larger space/time windows. Applying our method to California's San Jacinto Fault Zone (SJFZ), we find a total of 89 swarm-like groups. These groups range in size from 0.14 to 7.23 km and last from 15 min to 22 d. The most striking spatial pattern is the larger fraction of swarms at the northern and southern ends of the SJFZ than its central segment, which may be related to more normal-faulting events at the two ends. In order to explore possible driving mechanisms, we study the spatial migration of events in swarms containing at least 20 events by fitting with both linear and diffusion migration models. Our results suggest that SJFZ swarms are better explained by fluid flow because their estimated linear migration velocities are far smaller than those of typical creep events while large values of best-fitting hydraulic diffusivity are found.

  4. Development of Crop Yield Estimation Method by Applying Seasonal Climate Prediction in Asia-Pacific Region

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    Shin, Y.; Lee, E.

    2015-12-01

    Under the influence of recent climate change, abnormal weather condition such as floods and droughts has issued frequently all over the world. The occurrence of abnormal weather in major crop production areas leads to soaring world grain prices because it influence the reduction of crop yield. Development of crop yield estimation method is important means to accommodate the global food crisis caused by abnormal weather. However, due to problems with the reliability of the seasonal climate prediction, application research on agricultural productivity has not been much progress yet. In this study, it is an object to develop long-term crop yield estimation method in major crop production countries worldwide using multi seasonal climate prediction data collected by APEC Climate Center. There are 6-month lead seasonal predictions produced by six state-of-the-art global coupled ocean-atmosphere models(MSC_CANCM3, MSC_CANCM4, NASA, NCEP, PNU, POAMA). First of all, we produce a customized climate data through temporal and spatial downscaling methods for use as a climatic input data to the global scale crop model. Next, we evaluate the uncertainty of climate prediction by applying multi seasonal climate prediction in the crop model. Because rice is the most important staple food crop in the Asia-Pacific region, we assess the reliability of the rice yields using seasonal climate prediction for main rice production countries. RMSE(Root Mean Squire Error) and TCC(Temporal Correlation Coefficient) analysis is performed in Asia-Pacific countries, major 14 rice production countries, to evaluate the reliability of the rice yield according to the climate prediction models. We compare the rice yield data obtained from FAOSTAT and estimated using the seasonal climate prediction data in Asia-Pacific countries. In addition, we show that the reliability of seasonal climate prediction according to the climate models in Asia-Pacific countries where rice cultivation is being carried out.

  5. Statistical Track-Before-Detect Methods Applied to Faint Optical Observations of Resident Space Objects

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    Fujimoto, K.; Yanagisawa, T.; Uetsuhara, M.

    Automated detection and tracking of faint objects in optical, or bearing-only, sensor imagery is a topic of immense interest in space surveillance. Robust methods in this realm will lead to better space situational awareness (SSA) while reducing the cost of sensors and optics. They are especially relevant in the search for high area-to-mass ratio (HAMR) objects, as their apparent brightness can change significantly over time. A track-before-detect (TBD) approach has been shown to be suitable for faint, low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) images of resident space objects (RSOs). TBD does not rely upon the extraction of feature points within the image based on some thresholding criteria, but rather directly takes as input the intensity information from the image file. Not only is all of the available information from the image used, TBD avoids the computational intractability of the conventional feature-based line detection (i.e., "string of pearls") approach to track detection for low SNR data. Implementation of TBD rooted in finite set statistics (FISST) theory has been proposed recently by Vo, et al. Compared to other TBD methods applied so far to SSA, such as the stacking method or multi-pass multi-period denoising, the FISST approach is statistically rigorous and has been shown to be more computationally efficient, thus paving the path toward on-line processing. In this paper, we intend to apply a multi-Bernoulli filter to actual CCD imagery of RSOs. The multi-Bernoulli filter can explicitly account for the birth and death of multiple targets in a measurement arc. TBD is achieved via a sequential Monte Carlo implementation. Preliminary results with simulated single-target data indicate that a Bernoulli filter can successfully track and detect objects with measurement SNR as low as 2.4. Although the advent of fast-cadence scientific CMOS sensors have made the automation of faint object detection a realistic goal, it is nonetheless a difficult goal, as measurements

  6. Influence of blending sequence on the rheological behavior of HDPE/LLDPE/MMT nano composites; Influencia da sequencia de mistura no comportamento reologico de nanocompositos HDPE/LLDPE/MMT

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    Passador, F.R.; Pessan, L.A., E-mail: fabiopassador@gmail.co [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (DEMA/UFSCAR), SP (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais; Ruvolo Filho, A. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (PPGCEM/UFSCAR), SP (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Ciencia e Engenharia de Materiais

    2010-07-01

    The blending sequence affects the rheological behavior and the morphology formation of the nanocomposites. In this work, the blending sequences were explored to see its influence in the rheological behavior of HDPE/LLDPE/MMT nanocomposites. The nanocomposites were obtained by melt-intercalation using HDPE-g-MA as a compatibilizer in a torque rheometer (Haake Rheomix 600p at 180 deg C and rotor speed of 80rpm) and five blending sequences were studied. The materials structures were characterized by wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and by rheological properties. The nanoclay's addition increased the shear viscosity at low shear rates, changing the behavior of HDPE/LLDPE matrix to a Bingham model behavior with an apparent yield stress. Intense interactions were obtained for the blending sequence where HDPE and HDPE-g-MA were first reinforced with organoclay and then the HDPE/HDPE-g-MA/organoclay nanocomposite was later blended with LLDPE. (author)

  7. Gliding Box method applied to trace element distribution of a geochemical data set

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    Paz González, Antonio; Vidal Vázquez, Eva; Rosario García Moreno, M.; Paz Ferreiro, Jorge; Saa Requejo, Antonio; María Tarquis, Ana

    2010-05-01

    The application of fractal theory to process geochemical prospecting data can provide useful information for evaluating mineralization potential. A geochemical survey was carried out in the west area of Coruña province (NW Spain). Major elements and trace elements were determined by standard analytical techniques. It is well known that there are specific elements or arrays of elements, which are associated with specific types of mineralization. Arsenic has been used to evaluate the metallogenetic importance of the studied zone. Moreover, as can be considered as a pathfinder of Au, as these two elements are genetically associated. The main objective of this study was to use multifractal analysis to characterize the distribution of three trace elements, namely Au, As, and Sb. Concerning the local geology, the study area comprises predominantly acid rocks, mainly alkaline and calcalkaline granites, gneiss and migmatites. The most significant structural feature of this zone is the presence of a mylonitic band, with an approximate NE-SW orientation. The data set used in this study comprises 323 samples collected, with standard geochemical criteria, preferentially in the B horizon of the soil. Occasionally where this horizon was not present, samples were collected from the C horizon. Samples were taken in a rectilinear grid. The sampling lines were perpendicular to the NE-SW tectonic structures. Frequency distributions of the studied elements departed from normal. Coefficients of variation ranked as follows: Sb coefficients between Au, Sb, and As were found, even if these were low. The so-called ‘gliding box' algorithm (GB) proposed originally for lacunarity analysis has been extended to multifractal modelling and provides an alternative to the ‘box-counting' method for implementing multifractal analysis. The partitioning method applied in GB algorithm constructs samples by gliding a box of certain size (a) over the grid map in all possible directions. An "up

  8. Method developments approaches in supercritical fluid chromatography applied to the analysis of cosmetics.

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    Lesellier, E; Mith, D; Dubrulle, I

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    necessary, two-step gradient elution. The developed methods were then applied to real cosmetic samples to assess the method specificity, with regards to matrix interferences, and calibration curves were plotted to evaluate quantification. Besides, depending on the matrix and on the studied compounds, the importance of the detector type, UV or ELSD (evaporative light-scattering detection), and of the particle size of the stationary phase is discussed.

  9. Method for evaluating prediction models that apply the results of randomized trials to individual patients

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    Kattan Michael W

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction The clinical significance of a treatment effect demonstrated in a randomized trial is typically assessed by reference to differences in event rates at the group level. An alternative is to make individualized predictions for each patient based on a prediction model. This approach is growing in popularity, particularly for cancer. Despite its intuitive advantages, it remains plausible that some prediction models may do more harm than good. Here we present a novel method for determining whether predictions from a model should be used to apply the results of a randomized trial to individual patients, as opposed to using group level results. Methods We propose applying the prediction model to a data set from a randomized trial and examining the results of patients for whom the treatment arm recommended by a prediction model is congruent with allocation. These results are compared with the strategy of treating all patients through use of a net benefit function that incorporates both the number of patients treated and the outcome. We examined models developed using data sets regarding adjuvant chemotherapy for colorectal cancer and Dutasteride for benign prostatic hypertrophy. Results For adjuvant chemotherapy, we found that patients who would opt for chemotherapy even for small risk reductions, and, conversely, those who would require a very large risk reduction, would on average be harmed by using a prediction model; those with intermediate preferences would on average benefit by allowing such information to help their decision making. Use of prediction could, at worst, lead to the equivalent of an additional death or recurrence per 143 patients; at best it could lead to the equivalent of a reduction in the number of treatments of 25% without an increase in event rates. In the Dutasteride case, where the average benefit of treatment is more modest, there is a small benefit of prediction modelling, equivalent to a reduction of

  10. Analytical Methods INAA and PIXE Applied to Characterization of Airborne Particulate Matter in Bandung, Indonesia

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    D.D. Lestiani

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Urbanization and industrial growth have deteriorated air quality and are major cause to air pollution. Air pollution through fine and ultra-fine particles is a serious threat to human health. The source of air pollution must be known quantitatively by elemental characterization, in order to design the appropriate air quality management. The suitable methods for analysis the airborne particulate matter such as nuclear analytical techniques are hardly needed to solve the air pollution problem. The objectives of this study are to apply the nuclear analytical techniques to airborne particulate samples collected in Bandung, to assess the accuracy and to ensure the reliable of analytical results through the comparison of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA and particles induced X-ray emission (PIXE. Particle samples in the PM2.5 and PM2.5-10 ranges have been collected in Bandung twice a week for 24 hours using a Gent stacked filter unit. The result showed that generally there was a systematic difference between INAA and PIXE results, which the values obtained by PIXE were lower than values determined by INAA. INAA is generally more sensitive and reliable than PIXE for Na, Al, Cl, V, Mn, Fe, Br and I, therefore INAA data are preffered, while PIXE usually gives better precision than INAA for Mg, K, Ca, Ti and Zn. Nevertheless, both techniques provide reliable results and complement to each other. INAA is still a prospective method, while PIXE with the special capabilities is a promising tool that could contribute and complement the lack of NAA in determination of lead, sulphur and silicon. The combination of INAA and PIXE can advantageously be used in air pollution studies to extend the number of important elements measured as key elements in source apportionment.

  11. An alternative method of gas boriding applied to the formation of borocarburized layer

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    Kulka, M., E-mail: michal.kulka@put.poznan.pl; Makuch, N.; Pertek, A.; Piasecki, A.

    2012-10-15

    The borocarburized layers were produced by tandem diffusion processes: carburizing followed by boriding. An alternative method of gas boriding was proposed. Two-stage gas boronizing in N{sub 2}-H{sub 2}-BCl{sub 3} atmosphere was applied to the formation of iron borides on a carburized substrate. This process consisted in two stages, which were alternately repeated: saturation by boron and diffusion annealing. The microstructure and microhardness of produced layer were compared to those-obtained in case of continuous gas boriding in H{sub 2}-BCl{sub 3} atmosphere, earlier used. The first objective of two-stage boronizing, consisting in acceleration of boron diffusion, has been efficiently implemented. Despite the lower temperature and shorter duration of boronizing, about 1.5 times larger iron borides' zone has been formed on carburized steel. Second objective, the absolute elimination of brittle FeB phase, has failed. However, the amount of FeB phase has been considerably limited. Longer diffusion annealing should provide the boride layer with single-phase microstructure, without FeB phase. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Alternative method of gas boriding in H{sub 2}-N{sub 2}-BCl{sub 3} atmosphere was proposed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The process consisted in two stages: saturation by boron and diffusion annealing. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer These stages of short duration were alternately repeated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The acceleration of boron diffusion was efficiently implemented. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The amount of FeB phase in the boride zone was limited.

  12. Applying Automated MR-Based Diagnostic Methods to the Memory Clinic: A Prospective Study.

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    Klöppel, Stefan; Peter, Jessica; Ludl, Anna; Pilatus, Anne; Maier, Sabrina; Mader, Irina; Heimbach, Bernhard; Frings, Lars; Egger, Karl; Dukart, Juergen; Schroeter, Matthias L; Perneczky, Robert; Häussermann, Peter; Vach, Werner; Urbach, Horst; Teipel, Stefan; Hüll, Michael; Abdulkadir, Ahmed

    2015-01-01

    Several studies have demonstrated that fully automated pattern recognition methods applied to structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) aid in the diagnosis of dementia, but these conclusions are based on highly preselected samples that significantly differ from that seen in a dementia clinic. At a single dementia clinic, we evaluated the ability of a linear support vector machine trained with completely unrelated data to differentiate between Alzheimer's disease (AD), frontotemporal dementia (FTD), Lewy body dementia, and healthy aging based on 3D-T1 weighted MRI data sets. Furthermore, we predicted progression to AD in subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) at baseline and automatically quantified white matter hyperintensities from FLAIR-images. Separating additionally recruited healthy elderly from those with dementia was accurate with an area under the curve (AUC) of 0.97 (according to Fig. 4). Multi-class separation of patients with either AD or FTD from other included groups was good on the training set (AUC >  0.9) but substantially less accurate (AUC = 0.76 for AD, AUC = 0.78 for FTD) on 134 cases from the local clinic. Longitudinal data from 28 cases with MCI at baseline and appropriate follow-up data were available. The computer tool discriminated progressive from stable MCI with AUC = 0.73, compared to AUC = 0.80 for the training set. A relatively low accuracy by clinicians (AUC = 0.81) illustrates the difficulties of predicting conversion in this heterogeneous cohort. This first application of a MRI-based pattern recognition method to a routine sample demonstrates feasibility, but also illustrates that automated multi-class differential diagnoses have to be the focus of future methodological developments and application studies.

  13. Stochastic Methods Applied to Power System Operations with Renewable Energy: A Review

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    Zhou, Z. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Liu, C. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Austin, TX (United States); Botterud, A. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)

    2016-08-01

    Renewable energy resources have been rapidly integrated into power systems in many parts of the world, contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable supply of electricity. Wind and solar resources also introduce new challenges for system operations and planning in terms of economics and reliability because of their variability and uncertainty. Operational strategies based on stochastic optimization have been developed recently to address these challenges. In general terms, these stochastic strategies either embed uncertainties into the scheduling formulations (e.g., the unit commitment [UC] problem) in probabilistic forms or develop more appropriate operating reserve strategies to take advantage of advanced forecasting techniques. Other approaches to address uncertainty are also proposed, where operational feasibility is ensured within an uncertainty set of forecasting intervals. In this report, a comprehensive review is conducted to present the state of the art through Spring 2015 in the area of stochastic methods applied to power system operations with high penetration of renewable energy. Chapters 1 and 2 give a brief introduction and overview of power system and electricity market operations, as well as the impact of renewable energy and how this impact is typically considered in modeling tools. Chapter 3 reviews relevant literature on operating reserves and specifically probabilistic methods to estimate the need for system reserve requirements. Chapter 4 looks at stochastic programming formulations of the UC and economic dispatch (ED) problems, highlighting benefits reported in the literature as well as recent industry developments. Chapter 5 briefly introduces alternative formulations of UC under uncertainty, such as robust, chance-constrained, and interval programming. Finally, in Chapter 6, we conclude with the main observations from our review and important directions for future work.

  14. Concepts and Methods of Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy Applied to Biomembranes.

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    Molugu, Trivikram R; Lee, Soohyun; Brown, Michael F

    2017-09-14

    Concepts of solid-state NMR spectroscopy and applications to fluid membranes are reviewed in this paper. Membrane lipids with (2)H-labeled acyl chains or polar head groups are studied using (2)H NMR to yield knowledge of their atomistic structures in relation to equilibrium properties. This review demonstrates the principles and applications of solid-state NMR by unifying dipolar and quadrupolar interactions and highlights the unique features offered by solid-state (2)H NMR with experimental illustrations. For randomly oriented multilamellar lipids or aligned membranes, solid-state (2)H NMR enables direct measurement of residual quadrupolar couplings (RQCs) due to individual C-(2)H-labeled segments. The distribution of RQC values gives nearly complete profiles of the segmental order parameters SCD((i)) as a function of acyl segment position (i). Alternatively, one can measure residual dipolar couplings (RDCs) for natural abundance lipid samples to obtain segmental SCH order parameters. A theoretical mean-torque model provides acyl-packing profiles representing the cumulative chain extension along the normal to the aqueous interface. Equilibrium structural properties of fluid bilayers and various thermodynamic quantities can then be calculated, which describe the interactions with cholesterol, detergents, peptides, and integral membrane proteins and formation of lipid rafts. One can also obtain direct information for membrane-bound peptides or proteins by measuring RDCs using magic-angle spinning (MAS) in combination with dipolar recoupling methods. Solid-state NMR methods have been extensively applied to characterize model membranes and membrane-bound peptides and proteins, giving unique information on their conformations, orientations, and interactions in the natural liquid-crystalline state.

  15. Multicriterial Hierarchy Methods Applied in Consumption Demand Analysis. The Case of Romania

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    Constantin Bob

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available The basic information for computing the quantitative statistical indicators, that characterize the demand of industrial products and services are collected by the national statistics organizations, through a series of statistical surveys (most of them periodical and partial. The source for data we used in the present paper is an statistical investigation organized by the National Institute of Statistics, "Family budgets survey" that allows to collect information regarding the households composition, income, expenditure, consumption and other aspects of population living standard. In 2005, in Romania, a person spent monthly in average 391,2 RON, meaning about 115,1 Euros for purchasing the consumed food products and beverage, as well as non-foods products, services, investments and other taxes. 23% of this sum was spent for purchasing the consumed food products and beverages, 21.6% of the total sum was spent for purchasing non-food goods and 18,1%  for payment of different services. There is a discrepancy between the different development regions in Romania, regarding total households expenditure composition. For this reason, in the present paper we applied statistical methods for ranking the various development regions in Romania, using the share of householdsí expenditure on categories of products and services as ranking criteria.

  16. Thompson's renormalization group method applied to QCD at high energy scale

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    Nassif, Claudio; Silva, P R

    2007-01-01

    We use a renormalization group method to treat QCD-vacuum behavior specially closer to the regime of asymptotic freedom. QCD-vacuum behaves effectively like a "paramagnetic system" of a classical theory in the sense that virtual color charges (gluons) emerges in it as a spin effect of a paramagnetic material when a magnetic field aligns their microscopic magnetic dipoles. Due to that strong classical analogy with the paramagnetism of Landau's theory,we will be able to use a certain Landau effective action without temperature and phase transition for just representing QCD-vacuum behavior at higher energies as being magnetization of a paramagnetic material in the presence of a magnetic field $H$. This reasoning will allow us to apply Thompson's approach to such an action in order to extract an "effective susceptibility" ($\\chi>0$) of QCD-vacuum. It depends on logarithmic of energy scale $u$ to investigate hadronic matter. Consequently we are able to get an ``effective magnetic permeability" ($\\mu>1$) of such a ...

  17. CASE STUDY OF THE OPTIMIZING THE AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS EFFICIENCY VIA APPLYING NEW METHOD OF SCHEDULING

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    Seyedehfarzaneh Nojabaei

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Efficiency is becoming a pivotal aspect in each manufacturing system and scheduling plays a crucial role in sustaining it. The applicability of distributed computing to coordinate and execute jobs has been investigated in the past literature. Moreover, it is significant that even for sensitive industrial systems the only criterion of allocating jobs to appropriate machines is the FIFO policy. On the other flip, many researchers are of the opinion that the main reason behind failing to provide fairness in distributed systems is considering the only criterion of time stamp to judge upon and form the queue of jobs with the aim of allocating those jobs to the machines. In order to increase the efficiency of sensitive industrial system, this study takes into consideration of three criteria of each job including priority, time action and time stamp. The methodology adopted by this study is definition of job scheduler and positioning jobs in temporary queue and sorting via developing bubble sort. In sorting algorithm criterion of priority, time action should be considered besides time stamp to recognize the tense jobs for processing earlier. To evaluate this algorithm first a numerical test case (simulation is programmed and then the case study performing in order to optimize efficiency of applying this method in real manufacturing system. Eventually the results of this study provided evidence on that the rate of efficiency is increased.

  18. New Methods for Timing Analysis of Transient Events, Applied to Fermi/GBM Magnetar Bursts

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    Huppenkothen, Daniela; Uttley, Phil; van der Horst, Alexander J; van der Klis, Michiel; Kouveliotou, Chryssa; Gogus, Ersin; Granot, Jonathan; Vaughan, Simon; Finger, Mark H

    2013-01-01

    In order to discern the physical nature of many gamma-ray sources in the sky, we must look not only in spectral and spatial dimensions, but also understand their temporal variability. However, timing analysis of sources with a highly transient nature, such as magnetar bursts, is difficult: standard Fourier techniques developed for long-term variability generally observed, for example, from AGN often do not apply. Here, we present newly developed timing methods applicable to transient events of all kinds, and show their successful application to magnetar bursts observed with Fermi/GBM. Magnetars are a prime subject for timing studies, thanks to the detection of quasi-periodicities in magnetar Giant Flares and their potential to help shed light on the structure of neutron stars. Using state-of-the art statistical techniques, we search for quasi-periodicities (QPOs) in a sample of bursts from Soft Gamma Repeater SGR J0501+4516 observed with Fermi/GBM and provide upper limits for potential QPO detections. Additio...

  19. An Online Gravity Modeling Method Applied for High Precision Free-INS.

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    Wang, Jing; Yang, Gongliu; Li, Jing; Zhou, Xiao

    2016-09-23

    For real-time solution of inertial navigation system (INS), the high-degree spherical harmonic gravity model (SHM) is not applicable because of its time and space complexity, in which traditional normal gravity model (NGM) has been the dominant technique for gravity compensation. In this paper, a two-dimensional second-order polynomial model is derived from SHM according to the approximate linear characteristic of regional disturbing potential. Firstly, deflections of vertical (DOVs) on dense grids are calculated with SHM in an external computer. And then, the polynomial coefficients are obtained using these DOVs. To achieve global navigation, the coefficients and applicable region of polynomial model are both updated synchronously in above computer. Compared with high-degree SHM, the polynomial model takes less storage and computational time at the expense of minor precision. Meanwhile, the model is more accurate than NGM. Finally, numerical test and INS experiment show that the proposed method outperforms traditional gravity models applied for high precision free-INS.

  20. Kinetics-based phase change approach for VOF method applied to boiling flow

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    Cifani, Paolo; Geurts, Bernard; Kuerten, Hans

    2014-11-01

    Direct numerical simulations of boiling flows are performed to better understand the interaction of boiling phenomena with turbulence. The multiphase flow is simulated by solving a single set of equations for the whole flow field according to the one-fluid formulation, using a VOF interface capturing method. Interface terms, related to surface tension, interphase mass transfer and latent heat, are added at the phase boundary. The mass transfer rate across the interface is derived from kinetic theory and subsequently coupled with the continuum representation of the flow field. The numerical model was implemented in OpenFOAM and validated against 3 cases: evaporation of a spherical uniformly heated droplet, growth of a spherical bubble in a superheated liquid and two dimensional film boiling. The computational model will be used to investigate the change in turbulence intensity in a fully developed channel flow due to interaction with boiling heat and mass transfer. In particular, we will focus on the influence of the vapor bubble volume fraction on enhancing heat and mass transfer. Furthermore, we will investigate kinetic energy spectra in order to identify the dynamics associated with the wakes of vapor bubbles. Department of Applied Mathematics, 7500 AE Enschede, NL.

  1. Applying the Communicative Methodic in Learning Lithuanian as a Second Language

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    Vaida Buivydienė

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available One of the strengths of European countries is their multilingual nature. That was stressed by the European Council during different international projects. Every citizen of Europe should be given the opportunity to learn languages life long, as languages open new perspectives in the modern world. Besides, learning languages brings tolerance and understanding to people from different cultures. The article presents the idea, based on the experience of foreign language teaching, that communicative method in learning languages should be applied also to Lithuanian as a foreign language teaching. According to international SOCRATES exchange programme, every year a lot of students and teachers from abroad come to Lithuanian Higher Schools (VGTU included. They should also be provided with opportunities to gain the best language learning, cultural and educational experience. Most of the students that came to VGTU pointed out Lithuanian language learning being one of the subjects to be chosen. That leads to organizing interesting and useful short-lasting Lithuanian language courses. The survey carried in VGTU and the analysis of the materials gathered leads to the conclusion that the communicative approach in language teaching is the best to cater the needs and interests of the learners to master the survival Lithuanian.

  2. Applied kinesiology: distinctions in its definition and interpretation.

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    Rosner, Anthony L; Cuthbert, Scott C

    2012-10-01

    Modification of the motor system in assessing and treating as well as understanding one of the causes of musculoskeletal dysfunctions is a topic of growing importance in healthcare. Applied kinesiology (AK) addresses this interest in that it is a system which attempts to evaluate numerous aspects of health (structural, chemical, and mental) by the manual testing of muscles combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. It leads to a variety of conservative, non-invasive treatments which involve joint manipulations or mobilizations, myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian and acupuncture skills, clinical nutrition and dietary management, counseling skills, evaluating environmental irritants, and various reflex techniques. The effectiveness of these ancillary treatments is believed to be consistent with the expanded construct validity of the manual muscle test (MMT), as described, although this assertion has primarily been tested in outcome studies. AK and its adjunctive procedures (challenge and therapy localization) are highlighted in this review providing details of its implementation as prescribed by an International College of Applied Kinesiology's Board of Examiners, cited for its scholarly and scientific activities. Because these procedures are believed to identify specific articular, soft tissue, biochemical, or emotional issues underlying muscle function, the applicability of this diagnostic method for all clinicians treating muscle imbalance disorders is described. As of yet, MMT efficacy in therapy localization and challenge techniques has not been established in published, peer-reviewed research. A variety of challenges likewise remain for professional AK to establish itself as an emerging science, with numerous gaps in the literature and testable hypotheses enumerated. Of particular concern are a multiplicity of derivatives of AK that have been described in the literature, which should be greeted with caution in light of the fact that they

  3. Applying Terzaghi's method of slope characterization to the recognition of Holocene land slippage

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    Rogers, J. David; Chung, Jae-won

    2016-07-01

    -placed trenches across headscarp grabens can provide more detailed structure of old landslides and are usually a cost-effective approach. Additional subsurface exploration can often be employed to characterize landslides. Small diameter borings are usually employed for geotechnical investigations but can easily be applied to landslides, depending on the mean particle size diameter (D50). Downhole logging of large diameter holes is the best method to evaluate complex subsurface conditions, such as dormant bedrock landslides.

  4. Water Resistance of Soy Protein Based Adhesives Enhanced by Na-MMT%钠基蒙脱土增强豆胶的耐水性研究

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    桂成胜; 刘小青; 吴(頔); 王古月; 朱锦

    2012-01-01

    The adhesion strength and water resistance of soy protein based adhesives were enhanced by adding Na-montmorillonite(Na-MMT). The adhesion strength and water resistance were the highest when 1 wt% Na-MMT was added. The adhesion strength and type- Ⅱ wet strength of the poplar plywood were improved by 20.5% and 18.8% respectively. The water resistance mechanism of Na-MMT enhanced soy protein based adhesion was analyzed by using XRD, TEM, FTIR and contact angle.%钠基蒙脱土(Na-MMT)的加入,提高了大豆蛋白胶黏剂的预压性能、粘接强度和耐水性,当Na-MMT的加入量为大豆分离蛋白的1 wt%时,增强效果最好,可以使杨木胶合板的干强度和Ⅱ类湿强度分别提高20.5%和18.8%;利用XRD、TEM、FUR、接触角等分析方法研究了Na-MMT增强豆胶耐水性的机理.

  5. Study on preparation and properties of MMT/epoxy%蒙脱土/环氧树脂复合材料的制备及性能研究

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    万勇; 林生岭

    2011-01-01

    先选择3种比例的KH550、KH560和KH570硅烷偶联剂改性蒙脱土,然后以5%(质量分数)的量加入到环氧树脂中,电磁搅拌1h后加入聚酰胺树脂,固化0.5h后涂刷.XRD和TGA分析表明硅烷偶联剂加入到了蒙脱土中;FT-IR分析表明硅烷偶联剂与蒙脱土存在相互作用;电化学阻抗谱(EIS)表明0.4%KH570改性的蒙脱土/环氧树脂表现出优异的耐腐性性能.%First selected three ratios of KH550, KH560 and KH570 silane coupling agent to modify MMT, and then added modified MMT of 5% to epoxy. After stired it with electromagnetic for an lh. Added polyamide resin. Half an hour later, brushing it on sheet iron. XRD and TGA analysis indicated silane coupling agent had added to MMT; FT-IR analysis indicated that MMT acted with silane coupling agent. The corrosion resistances of the composite paint films were studied by the means of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) test, which showed the composite which was modified by 0. 4%KH570 has excellent corrosion resistance.

  6. A novel sintering method to obtain fully dense gadolinia doped ceria by applying a direct current

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    Hao, Xiaoming; Liu, Yajie; Wang, Zhenhua; Qiao, Jinshuo; Sun, Kening

    2012-07-01

    A fully dense Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9 (gadolinia doped ceria, GDC) is obtained by a novel using a sintering technique for several seconds at 545 °C by applying a direct current (DC) electrical field of 70 V cm-1. The onset applied field value of this phenomenon is 20 V cm-1, and the volume specific power dissipation for the onset of flash sintering is about ∼10 mW mm-3. Through contrast with the shrinkage strain of the conventional sintering as well as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis, we conclude that GDC specimens are sintered to fully density under various applied fields. In addition, we demonstrate that the grain size of GDC is decreasing with the increase of applied field and the decrease of sintering temperature. Through calculation, we find that sintering of GDC can be explained by the Joule heating from the applied electrical field.

  7. PySCIs: a user friendly Python tool to quickly applying Small Circle methods

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    Calvín, Pablo; José Villalaín, Juan; Casas, Antonio; Torres, Sara

    2017-04-01

    Small Circle (SC) methods are common tools in paleomagnetic working on synfolding paleomagnetic components. These methods have a twofold applicability. On one hand, the Small Circle Intersection (SCI) method allows obtaining the local remagnetization direction and on the other the SCs can be used to restitute the attitude of the sedimentary beds at the moment of the remagnetization acquisition. The bases of the SCI method are as follows. (i) The paleomagnetic direction for each site follows a path which draws a SC under progressive untinting of the beds; this SC links the paleomagnetic direction before and after the tectonic correction. (ii) Considering that the beds have been deformed only by tilting around the bedding strike, the remagnetization direction is placed upon the small circle of each site. (iii) The acquisition of the remagnetization was simultaneous for the analyzed rocks. Therefore, the remagnetization direction must to be placed upon the small circle for all sites and hence the all small circle must to intersect in one direction which corresponds with the remagnetization direction. Actually the method looks for the direction in the space closest to the set of SCs by means of A/n parameter (this is the sum of the angular distances between one direction and each SC normalized by the number of sites). Once the remagnetization direction is known, it is possible to calculate the paleomagnetic direction upon each SC closest to the calculated remagnetization direction, called as Best Fit Direction (BFD). After that the paleodip of the bed (i.e. the dip of the bed at the moment of the remagnetization event) can be calculated for each site (the paleodip is the angle measured over the SC between the BFD and the paleomagnetic direction after the complete bedding correction) and perform a palinspastic reconstruction of a region. We present pySCIs, a new python tool which allows applying this methodology in an easy way. The program has two different modules, py

  8. Analysis of flow boiling heat transfer in narrow annular gaps applying the design of experiments method

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    Gunar Boye

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The axial heat transfer coefficient during flow boiling of n-hexane was measured using infrared thermography to determine the axial wall temperature in three geometrically similar annular gaps with different widths (s = 1.5 mm, s = 1 mm, s = 0.5 mm. During the design and evaluation process, the methods of statistical experimental design were applied. The following factors/parameters were varied: the heat flux q · = 30 − 190 kW / m 2 , the mass flux m · = 30 − 700 kg / m 2 s , the vapor quality x · = 0 . 2 − 0 . 7 , and the subcooled inlet temperature T U = 20 − 60 K . The test sections with gap widths of s = 1.5 mm and s = 1 mm had very similar heat transfer characteristics. The heat transfer coefficient increases significantly in the range of subcooled boiling, and after reaching a maximum at the transition to the saturated flow boiling, it drops almost monotonically with increasing vapor quality. With a gap width of 0.5 mm, however, the heat transfer coefficient in the range of saturated flow boiling first has a downward trend and then increases at higher vapor qualities. For each test section, two correlations between the heat transfer coefficient and the operating parameters have been created. The comparison also shows a clear trend of an increasing heat transfer coefficient with increasing heat flux for test sections s = 1.5 mm and s = 1.0 mm, but with increasing vapor quality, this trend is reversed for test section 0.5 mm.

  9. Primena metoda ekspertskog ocenjivanja pri oceni profesionalnog rizika / Applying of expert method for professional risk rate

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    Zoran Novaković

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Osnovni cilj utvrđivanja ocene profesionalnog rizika je preventivno delovanje u funkciji bezbednosti i zaštite zdravlja zaposlenih, tj. preduzimanje opštih i posebnih mera zaštite na radu radi eliminisanja opasnosti ili štetnosti ili smanjivanja vremena ekspozicije zaposlenog određenim faktorima rizika u sredinama gde je ustanovljena njihova prisutnost. U mnogim slučajevima raspoloživi podaci o prethodnim štetnim događajima su nepotpuni ili nisu dovoljno statistički relevantni. Zbog toga je skup ovih podataka najčešće statistički nehomogen, pa su i rezultati statističke analize, a time i procenjeni rizici, nedovoljno tačni i nepouzdani. Radi toga se u radu predlaže i primenjuje ekspertski metod koji poništava taj nedostatak, a istovremeno omogućava otklanjanje uticaja koji se odnose na neodređenost i subjektivnost pojedinačnih ocena. / The main goal of professional risk rate determination is preventive action in order to secure and protect health of employees. It considers assumption of common and special working protection measures in order to eliminate any danger or damage or to reduce workers exposition time to some risk factors in their working environments. In many cases data on former noxious events are incomplete or statistically insufficiently relevant. So the set of these data is often statistically nonhomogeneous, so are the results of statistical analysis. Thereby rated risks are insufficiently accurate and unreliable. Because of all these things, in this paper is recommend and apply an expert method which annuls this shortage and simultaneously it removes influences that are the consequence of some rate in determination and subjectivity.

  10. Element-free Galerkin method applied to quantum dot and quantum well nanostructures

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    Sperotto, Lucas Kriesel [Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica (ITA/IEAv), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Instituto de Estudos Avancados; Passaro, Angelo; Tanaka, Roberto Y. [Instituto de Estudos Avancados (IEAv), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil); Marques, Gleber N. [Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso (UNEMAT), MT (Brazil)

    2012-07-01

    Full text: The development of native technologies for the fabrication of infrared photodetectors based on quantum wells and quantum dots is the goal of a set of Brazilian Research Institutes and Universities gathered in a National Institute for Science and Technology. The research covers all phases of the production of such devices in Brazil, from the design to the growing of nanostructured semiconductors, processing and characterization of samples. In this context, a set of computer programs have been developed in the recent years in order to assist the design of such structures, some of them based on the Finite Element Methods (FEM). The Element-Free Galerkin Method (EFGM) is an attractive numerical alternative to the FEM. To perform an EFGM approximation it is required a set of nodal points and the shape functions associated to each node. In this sense its similar to FEM. In the EFGM, the Moving Least Squares (MLS) is used to build highly continuous shape functions, which also result in approximations (solutions) highly continuous. The assembling of the final linear system requires support for numerical integration, which in this work is the same triangular mesh generated for the FEM. One of the main drawbacks of the EFGM is the reproduction of the physical discontinuities inherent to each phenomenon, which means discontinuities of the state variable and/or of its spatial derivatives. If no additional numerical treatment is adopted, spurious oscillations arise in the approximation nearby the discontinuity lines. For instance, some aid techniques such as the domain truncation have been successfully applied for the treatment of material interfaces in the computation of electrostatic and electromagnetic fields. Although the EFGM has been successfully tested for one-dimensional quantum well structures, additional techniques are required for ensuring the Dirichlet boundary conditions, e.g. Lagrange multipliers, which spoil the symmetrical character of the final

  11. Genome-scale identification method applied to find cryptic aminoglycoside resistance genes in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The ability of bacteria to rapidly evolve resistance to antibiotics is a critical public health problem. Resistance leads to increased disease severity and death rates, as well as imposes pressure towards the discovery and development of new antibiotic therapies. Improving understanding of the evolution and genetic basis of resistance is a fundamental goal in the field of microbiology. RESULTS: We have applied a new genomic method, Scalar Analysis of Library Enrichments (SCALEs, to identify genomic regions that, given increased copy number, may lead to aminoglycoside resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa at the genome scale. We report the result of selections on highly representative genomic libraries for three different aminoglycoside antibiotics (amikacin, gentamicin, and tobramycin. At the genome-scale, we show significant (p<0.05 overlap in genes identified for each aminoglycoside evaluated. Among the genomic segments identified, we confirmed increased resistance associated with an increased copy number of several genomic regions, including the ORF of PA5471, recently implicated in MexXY efflux pump related aminoglycoside resistance, PA4943-PA4946 (encoding a probable GTP-binding protein, a predicted host factor I protein, a delta 2-isopentenylpyrophosphate transferase, and DNA mismatch repair protein mutL, PA0960-PA0963 (encoding hypothetical proteins, a probable cold shock protein, a probable DNA-binding stress protein, and aspartyl-tRNA synthetase, a segment of PA4967 (encoding a topoisomerase IV subunit B, as well as a chimeric clone containing two inserts including the ORFs PA0547 and PA2326 (encoding a probable transcriptional regulator and a probable hypothetical protein, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The studies reported here demonstrate the application of new a genomic method, SCALEs, which can be used to improve understanding of the evolution of antibiotic resistance in P. aeruginosa. In our demonstration studies, we

  12. Different spectrophotometric methods applied for the analysis of binary mixture of flucloxacillin and amoxicillin: A comparative study

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

    2016-05-01

    Three different spectrophotometric methods were applied for the quantitative analysis of flucloxacillin and amoxicillin in their binary mixture, namely, ratio subtraction, absorbance subtraction and amplitude modulation. A comparative study was done listing the advantages and the disadvantages of each method. All the methods were validated according to the ICH guidelines and the obtained accuracy, precision and repeatability were found to be within the acceptable limits. The selectivity of the proposed methods was tested using laboratory prepared mixtures and assessed by applying the standard addition technique. So, they can be used for the routine analysis of flucloxacillin and amoxicillin in their binary mixtures.

  13. 分阶段综合个体心理干预对 MMT 受治者效果分析%Analysis of clinical efficacy of different stages of comprehensive individual psychological intervention in patients receiving methadone maintenance treatment

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    李贵斌; 贾伟; 刘柠; 马丽; 刘婷; 张蕊

    2014-01-01

    目的:研究分阶段综合个体心理干预在美沙酮维持治疗中的效果。方法:将100例海洛因依赖者分为美沙酮个体心理干预组(研究组)和美沙酮维持治疗组(对照组),比较组间治疗保持率、治疗12个月后抑郁自评量表、焦虑自评量表、家庭支持量表的差异。结果:分阶段综合个体心理干预技术能够提高美沙酮维持治疗受治者治疗保持率,治疗12个月后两组对比抑郁、焦虑、家庭支持量表评分均值有统计学差异(P <0.05)。结论:个体心理干预能通过坚定海洛因成瘾者的戒毒愿望与信心,改善不良情绪,使患者在家庭关系方面都得到改善,帮助海洛因成瘾者彻底戒毒,真正回归社会。%Objective:To investigate the efficacy of various stages of comprehensive individual psychological intervention in patients undergoing methadone maintenance treatment(MMT). Methods:100 cases of heroin addicts were divided into methadone combined with individual psychological intervention(study group)and MMT groups(control group). The retention rate,self-rating depression scale(SDS),self-rating anxiety scale(SAS)and family support scale at 12 months after treatment were statistically compared between two groups. Results:Various stages of comprehensive individual psychological intervention could improve the retention rate of heroin addicts treated with MMT. SDS,SAS and family support scale mean scores significantly differed between two groups at 12-month after treatment(P < 0. 05). Conclusion:Individual psychological intervention is able to bolster patients’desire,eliminate negative feel-ings,improve family relationship,promote the goal of rehabilitation and return to society.

  14. Singularity method applied to the classical Helmholtz flow coupling procedure with boundary layer calculation

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    Legallais, Ph.; Hureau, J.

    1994-06-01

    A free streamline wake model based on singularity distribution is proposed in order to treat the flow past an arbitrary curved obstacle with Helmholtz's wake. The slipping condition gives the vortex distribution on the obstacle and the steady evolution condition is written on the first part of the free streamlines in order to find their locations, the geometry of the second part being fixed by an asymptotic study. The validity of the method is judged by comparing results with those obtained by a formulation, to be used as a standard, which encloses conformal mapping and is an adaptation of Levi-Civita's method. Good agreement leads us to envisage extending the method to multi-element systems. Correlatively, we show a coupling procedure with a boundary layer calculation. Applied to the circular cylinder, it allows to bring out the existence of sub-and supercritical ranges. Although the latter is well predicted for the separation angle and the drag coefficient, the former is only approximately approached, with an overestimate of the critical Reynolds number as an immediate consequence. Nous mettons en œuvre une méthode de singularités pour calculer l'écoulement autour d'un obstacle à paroi courbe quelconque en présence d'un sillage de Helmholtz. La répartition de densité tourbillonnaire sur la paroi baignée de l'obstacle est calculée par l'application de la condition de glissement. La condition d'évolution stationnaire est écrite sur la première partie des lignes de glissement afin de déterminer leur position, la géométrie de la seconde partie provenant d'une étude asymptotique. Nous jugeons de la validité de la méthode en comparant les résultats avec ceux obtenus par une méthode étalon utilisant la transformation conforme, et qui est une adaptation de la méthode de Levi-Civita. Le bon accord entre les deux nous permet d'envisager l'extension de la méthode au cas multi-obstacles. Nous proposons ensuite une procédure de couplage avec un calcul

  15. The Density-Enthalpy Method Applied to Model Two–phase Darcy Flow

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    Ibrahim, D.

    2012-01-01

    In this thesis, we use a more recent method to numerically solve two-phase fluid flow problems. The method is developed at TNO and it is presented by Arendsen et al. in [1] for spatially homogeneous systems. We will refer to this method as the densityenthalpy method (DEM) because the density-enthalp

  16. Methods for Increasing Power Efficiency of Heating Furnaces Applied in Metallurgical and Mechanical Engineering Industries

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    M. L. German

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available  The paper analyzes experimental data and results of balance tests of two continuous heating furnaces applied in mechanical engineering and metallurgical industries. Furnace power technological characteristics  and dependences of these characteristics on equipment productivity have been determined in the paper. The analysis has made it possible to reveal reasons of higher efficiency of a heating furnace used at BSW Rolling Mill-320 and formulate recommendations on reduction of fuel consumption in operating and designed combustion furnaces applied in mechanical engineering and metallurgical industries.

  17. Non-regularized inversion method from light scattering applied to ferrofluid magnetization curves for magnetic size distribution analysis

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    Rijssel, Jos van; Kuipers, Bonny W.M.; Erné, Ben H., E-mail: B.H.Erne@uu.nl

    2014-03-15

    A numerical inversion method known from the analysis of light scattering by colloidal dispersions is now applied to magnetization curves of ferrofluids. The distribution of magnetic particle sizes or dipole moments is determined without assuming that the distribution is unimodal or of a particular shape. The inversion method enforces positive number densities via a non-negative least squares procedure. It is tested successfully on experimental and simulated data for ferrofluid samples with known multimodal size distributions. The created computer program MINORIM is made available on the web. - Highlights: • A method from light scattering is applied to analyze ferrofluid magnetization curves. • A magnetic size distribution is obtained without prior assumption of its shape. • The method is tested successfully on ferrofluids with a known size distribution. • The practical limits of the method are explored with simulated data including noise. • This method is implemented in the program MINORIM, freely available online.

  18. Methods in (Applied) Folk Linguistics: Getting into the Minds of the Folk

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    Preston, Dennis R.

    2011-01-01

    This paper deals with data gathering and interpretation in folk linguistics, but, as the parenthetical title suggests, it is not limited to any prejudged notion of what approaches or techniques might be most relevant to the wide variety of concerns encompassed by applied linguistics. In this article, the author conceives of folk linguistics…

  19. Benthic microalgal production in the Arctic: Applied methods and status of the current database

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    Glud, Ronnie Nøhr; Woelfel, Jana; Karsten, Ulf

    2009-01-01

    The current database on benthic microalgal production in Arctic waters comprises 10 peer-reviewed and three unpublished studies. Here, we compile and discuss these datasets, along with the applied measurement approaches used. The latter is essential for robust comparative analysis and to clarify ...

  20. 3-D surface profilometry based on modulation measurement by applying wavelet transform method

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    Zhong, Min; Chen, Feng; Xiao, Chao; Wei, Yongchao

    2017-01-01

    A new analysis of 3-D surface profilometry based on modulation measurement technique by the application of Wavelet Transform method is proposed. As a tool excelling for its multi-resolution and localization in the time and frequency domains, Wavelet Transform method with good localized time-frequency analysis ability and effective de-noizing capacity can extract the modulation distribution more accurately than Fourier Transform method. Especially for the analysis of complex object, more details of the measured object can be well remained. In this paper, the theoretical derivation of Wavelet Transform method that obtains the modulation values from a captured fringe pattern is given. Both computer simulation and elementary experiment are used to show the validity of the proposed method by making a comparison with the results of Fourier Transform method. The results show that the Wavelet Transform method has a better performance than the Fourier Transform method in modulation values retrieval.

  1. Applying Item Response Theory methods to design a learning progression-based science assessment

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    Chen, Jing

    Learning progressions are used to describe how students' understanding of a topic progresses over time and to classify the progress of students into steps or levels. This study applies Item Response Theory (IRT) based methods to investigate how to design learning progression-based science assessments. The research questions of this study are: (1) how to use items in different formats to classify students into levels on the learning progression, (2) how to design a test to give good information about students' progress through the learning progression of a particular construct and (3) what characteristics of test items support their use for assessing students' levels. Data used for this study were collected from 1500 elementary and secondary school students during 2009--2010. The written assessment was developed in several formats such as the Constructed Response (CR) items, Ordered Multiple Choice (OMC) and Multiple True or False (MTF) items. The followings are the main findings from this study. The OMC, MTF and CR items might measure different components of the construct. A single construct explained most of the variance in students' performances. However, additional dimensions in terms of item format can explain certain amount of the variance in student performance. So additional dimensions need to be considered when we want to capture the differences in students' performances on different types of items targeting the understanding of the same underlying progression. Items in each item format need to be improved in certain ways to classify students more accurately into the learning progression levels. This study establishes some general steps that can be followed to design other learning progression-based tests as well. For example, first, the boundaries between levels on the IRT scale can be defined by using the means of the item thresholds across a set of good items. Second, items in multiple formats can be selected to achieve the information criterion at all

  2. Reliability analysis method applied in slope stability: slope prediction and forecast on stability analysis

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    Wenjuan ZHANG; Li CHEN; Ning QU; Hai'an LIANG

    2006-01-01

    Landslide is one kind of geologic hazards that often happens all over the world. It brings huge losses to human life and property; therefore, it is very important to research it. This study focused in combination between single and regional landslide, traditional slope stability analysis method and reliability analysis method. Meanwhile, methods of prediction of slopes and reliability analysis were discussed.

  3. Method of applying single higher order polynomial basis function over multiple domains

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    Lysko, AA

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available approximation accuracy. The method extends the current state of art from using the composite piecewise uniform, linear and sinusoidal basis and testing functions onto polynomials. The method has been derived within the framework of a method of moments (Mo...

  4. Learning and applying new quality improvement methods to the school health setting.

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    Elik, Laurel L

    2013-11-01

    A school health registered nurse identified medication administration documentation errors by unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) in a system of school health clinics in an urban setting. This nurse applied the Lean Six Sigma Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control process of improvement methodology to effectively improve the process. The UAP of medication administration documentation error rate improved from 68% to 35%. This methodology may be used by school nurses to collaboratively look at ways to improve processes at the point of care.

  5. Comparison of hole surface finishing processes with roller burnishing method applied in copper materials

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    Adnan AKKURT; Kurt, Abdullah; Ahmet ÖZDEMİR; ŞEKER, Ulvi

    2014-01-01

    Surface finishing processes such as drilling, turning, reaming, grinding, honing and roller burnishing etc. are widely used in manufacturing as hole surface finishing process. In addition to the characteristics of hole such as the surface roughness, the surface hardness and the wear resistance, the circularity and cylindricality of hole are also effective on the performance of hole. In this paper, it is presented that different hole surface finishing processes were applied to the samples made...

  6. A study of the limitations of linear theory methods as applied to sonic boom calculations

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    Darden, Christine M.

    1990-01-01

    Current sonic boom minimization theories have been reviewed to emphasize the capabilities and flexibilities of the methods. Flexibility is important because it is necessary for the designer to meet optimized area constraints while reducing the impact on vehicle aerodynamic performance. Preliminary comparisons of sonic booms predicted for two Mach 3 concepts illustrate the benefits of shaping. Finally, for very simple bodies of revolution, sonic boom predictions were made using two methods - a modified linear theory method and a nonlinear method - for signature shapes which were both farfield N-waves and midfield waves. Preliminary analysis on these simple bodies verified that current modified linear theory prediction methods become inadequate for predicting midfield signatures for Mach numbers above 3. The importance of impulse is sonic boom disturbance and the importance of three-dimensional effects which could not be simulated with the bodies of revolution will determine the validity of current modified linear theory methods in predicting midfield signatures at lower Mach numbers.

  7. Methods of the professional-applied physical preparation of students of higher educational establishments of economic type

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    Maliar E.I.

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Is considered the directions of professionally-applied physical preparation of students with the prevailing use of facilities of football. Are presented the methods of professionally-applied physical preparation of students. It is indicated that application of method of the circular training is rendered by an assistance development of discipline, honesty, honesty, rational use of time. Underline, that in teaching it is necessary to provide a short cut to mastering of the planned knowledge, abilities and skills, improvement of physical qualities.

  8. A consistent method for finite volume discretization of body forces on collocated grids applied to flow through an actuator disk

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    Troldborg, Niels; Sørensen, Niels N.; Réthoré, Pierre-Elouan;

    2015-01-01

    This paper describes a consistent algorithm for eliminating the numerical wiggles appearing when solving the finite volume discretized Navier-Stokes equations with discrete body forces in a collocated grid arrangement. The proposed method is a modification of the Rhie-Chow algorithm where the force...... in a cell is spread on neighboring cells by applying equivalent pressure jumps at the cell faces. The method shows excellent results when applied for simulating the flow through an actuator disk, which is relevant for wind turbine wake simulations. (c) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved....

  9. Purists need not apply: the case for pragmatism in mixed methods research.

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    Florczak, Kristine L

    2014-10-01

    The purpose of this column is to describe several different ways of conducting mixed method research. The paradigms that underpin both qualitative and quantitative research are also considered along with a cursory review of classical pragmatism as it relates conducting mixed methods studies. Finally, the idea of loosely coupled systems as a means to support mixed methods studies is proposed along with several caveats to researchers who desire to use this new way of obtaining knowledge. © The Author(s) 2014.

  10. Maximum entropy method applied to deblurring images on a MasPar MP-1 computer

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    Bonavito, N. L.; Dorband, John; Busse, Tim

    1991-01-01

    A statistical inference method based on the principle of maximum entropy is developed for the purpose of enhancing and restoring satellite images. The proposed maximum entropy image restoration method is shown to overcome the difficulties associated with image restoration and provide the smoothest and most appropriate solution consistent with the measured data. An implementation of the method on the MP-1 computer is described, and results of tests on simulated data are presented.

  11. Applying Upwind Godunov Methods to Calculate Two—Phase Mixture Conservation Laws

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    Zeidan, D.

    2010-09-01

    This paper continues a previous work (ICNAAM 2009; AIP Conference Proceedings, 1168, 601-604) on solving a hyperbolic conservative model for compressible gas—solid mixture flow using upwind Godunov methods. The numerical resolution of the model from Godunov first—order upwind and MUSCL—Hancock methods are reported. Both methods are based on the HLL Riemann solver in the framework of finite volume techniques. Calculation results are presented for a series of one—dimensional test problems. The results show that upwind Godunov methods are accurate and robust enough for two—phase mixture conservation laws.

  12. Taguchi Method Applied in Optimization of Shipley 5740 Positive Resist Deposition

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    Hui, Allan; Wiberg, Dean V.; Blosiu, Julian

    1997-01-01

    Taguchi Methods of Robust Design Presents a way to optimize output process performance through organized experiments, by using orthogonal arrays for the evaluation of the process controlleable parameters.

  13. The constraint method: A new finite element technique. [applied to static and dynamic loads on plates

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    Tsai, C.; Szabo, B. A.

    1973-01-01

    An approch to the finite element method which utilizes families of conforming finite elements based on complete polynomials is presented. Finite element approximations based on this method converge with respect to progressively reduced element sizes as well as with respect to progressively increasing orders of approximation. Numerical results of static and dynamic applications of plates are presented to demonstrate the efficiency of the method. Comparisons are made with plate elements in NASTRAN and the high-precision plate element developed by Cowper and his co-workers. Some considerations are given to implementation of the constraint method into general purpose computer programs such as NASTRAN.

  14. Port-Hamiltonian Formulation of the Gradient Method Applied to Smart Grids

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    Stegink, Tjerk; De Persis, Claudio; van der Schaft, Arjan

    2015-01-01

    The gradient method is a well-known tool for solving convex optimization problems. This paper shows that the gradient method admits a Brayton-Moser and a port-Hamiltonian representation. In fact, its dynamics can be interpreted as a interconnection of multiple (port-Hamiltonian) passive systems, whi

  15. Calculation Method for Reliability of Agricultural Distribution Power Networks while Applying Functions of Boolean Algebra

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    V. Rusan

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper considers calculation methods for reliability of  agricultural distribution power networks while using Boolean algebra functions and analytical method. Reliability of 10 kV overhead line circuits with automatic sectionalization points and automatic standby activation has been investigated in the paper.

  16. Least-squares spectral element method applied to the Euler equations

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    Gerritsma, M.I.; Bas, R. van der; De Maerschalck, B.; Koren, B.; Deconinck, H.

    2008-01-01

    This paper describes the application of the least-squares spectral element method to compressible flow problems. Special attention is paid to the imposition of the weak boundary conditions along curved walls and the influence of the time step on the position and resolution of shocks. The method is d

  17. A direct algebraic method applied to obtain complex solutions of some nonlinear partial differential equations

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    Zhang Huiqun [College of Mathematical Science, Qingdao University, Qingdao, Shandong 266071 (China)], E-mail: hellozhq@yahoo.com.cn

    2009-02-15

    By using some exact solutions of an auxiliary ordinary differential equation, a direct algebraic method is described to construct the exact complex solutions for nonlinear partial differential equations. The method is implemented for the NLS equation, a new Hamiltonian amplitude equation, the coupled Schrodinger-KdV equations and the Hirota-Maccari equations. New exact complex solutions are obtained.

  18. METHOD FOR DETERMINING OF ELECTROPHYSICAL PARAMETERS OF METALS APPLIED IN MOTOR CAR CONSTRUCTION

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    Barbaschova, M.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents substantiation of the non-contact method for determining the electrical parameters of metals used in motor car construction. The method is based on compensation of elec-tromagnetic fields of two inductors in the internal area with two sheet samples. Analytical relations for calculations of main electromagnetic characteristics of the system under consideration is obtained.

  19. Two Thermoeconomic Diagnosis Methods Applied to Representative Operating Data of a Commercial Transcritical Refrigeration Plant

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    Ommen, Torben Schmidt; Sigthorsson, Oskar; Elmegaard, Brian

    2017-01-01

    In order to investigate options for improving the maintenance protocol of commercial refrigeration plants, two thermoeconomic diagnosis methods were evaluated on a state-of-the-art refrigeration plant. A common relative indicator was proposed for the two methods in order to directly compare the q...

  20. A TVD uncertainty quantification method with bounded error applied to transonic airfoil flutter

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    Witteveen, J.A.S.; Bijl, H.

    2009-01-01

    The Unsteady Adaptive Stochastic Finite Elements (UASFE) approach is a robust and efficient uncertainty quantification method for resolving the effect of random parameters in unsteady simulations. In this paper, it is shown that the underlying Adaptive Stochastic Finite Elements (ASFE) method for st

  1. The cost of applying current helicopter external noise reduction methods while maintaining realistic vehicle performance

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    Bowes, M. A.

    1978-01-01

    Analytical methods were developed and/or adopted for calculating helicopter component noise, and these methods were incorporated into a unified total vehicle noise calculation model. Analytical methods were also developed for calculating the effects of noise reduction methodology on helicopter design, performance, and cost. These methods were used to calculate changes in noise, design, performance, and cost due to the incorporation of engine and main rotor noise reduction methods. All noise reduction techniques were evaluated in the context of an established mission performance criterion which included consideration of hovering ceiling, forward flight range/speed/payload, and rotor stall margin. The results indicate that small, but meaningful, reductions in helicopter noise can be obtained by treating the turbine engine exhaust duct. Furthermore, these reductions do not result in excessive life cycle cost penalties. Currently available main rotor noise reduction methodology, however, is shown to be inadequate and excessively costly.

  2. Applying cognitive developmental psychology to middle school physics learning: The rule assessment method

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    Hallinen, Nicole R.; Chi, Min; Chin, Doris B.; Prempeh, Joe; Blair, Kristen P.; Schwartz, Daniel L.

    2013-01-01

    Cognitive developmental psychology often describes children's growing qualitative understanding of the physical world. Physics educators may be able to use the relevant methods to advantage for characterizing changes in students' qualitative reasoning. Siegler developed the "rule assessment" method for characterizing levels of qualitative understanding for two factor situations (e.g., volume and mass for density). The method assigns children to rule levels that correspond to the degree they notice and coordinate the two factors. Here, we provide a brief tutorial plus a demonstration of how we have used this method to evaluate instructional outcomes with middle-school students who learned about torque, projectile motion, and collisions using different instructional methods with simulations.

  3. A comparative analysis of three metaheuristic methods applied to fuzzy cognitive maps learning

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    Bruno A. Angélico

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This work analyses the performance of three different population-based metaheuristic approaches applied to Fuzzy cognitive maps (FCM learning in qualitative control of processes. Fuzzy cognitive maps permit to include the previous specialist knowledge in the control rule. Particularly, Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO, Genetic Algorithm (GA and an Ant Colony Optimization (ACO are considered for obtaining appropriate weight matrices for learning the FCM. A statistical convergence analysis within 10000 simulations of each algorithm is presented. In order to validate the proposed approach, two industrial control process problems previously described in the literature are considered in this work.

  4. Study on State Transition Method Applied to Motion Planning for a Humanoid Robot

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    Xuyang Wang

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an approach of motion planning for a humanoid robot using a state transition method. In this method, motion planning is simplified by introducing a state-space to describe the whole motion series. And each state in the state-space corresponds to a contact state specified during the motion. The continuous motion is represented by a sequence of discrete states. The concept of the transition between two neighboring states, that is the state transition, can be realized by using some traditional path planning methods. Considering the dynamical stability of the robot, a state transition method based on search strategy is proposed. Different sets of trajectories are generated by using a variable 5th-order polynomial interpolation method. After quantifying the stabilities of these trajectories, the trajectories with the largest stability margin are selected as the final state transition trajectories. Rising motion process is exemplified to validate the method and the simulation results show the proposed method to be feasible and effective.

  5. A Survey of Ergonomic Evaluation Methods and the Peculiarity of Applying Them in Lithuania

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    Simona Jokantaitė

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available There is no relevant experience of adapting the methods of ergonomic risk factors in Lithuania, and thus a lack of experts in this field is a serious problem. Therefore, research activities in this field remain a burning issue. A study has been done using descriptive and quiz methods and all results were processed using statistic methods. The carried out research has revealed that the most frequently used  methods are REBA and RULA, questionnaire, LST EN 1005-2, LST EN 1005-4, LST EN 1005-5, physical labour force intensity research method adapting Brouha and Rohmert criteria, MAC;, NIOSH – KRS, OCRA (OCRA statement, OCRA assessment sheet. All things considered, REBA and RULA methods are most frequently used because they are easily adapted and a very concrete grade can be calculated as the final evaluation. The article also introduces the interpretation of the fixed grade. The application of other methods requires more time and calculations, and therefore a researcher is offered a wider possibility of interpretation. Article in Lithuanian

  6. Applying the Taguchi method to river water pollution remediation strategy optimization.

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    Yang, Tsung-Ming; Hsu, Nien-Sheng; Chiu, Chih-Chiang; Wang, Hsin-Ju

    2014-04-15

    Optimization methods usually obtain the travel direction of the solution by substituting the solutions into the objective function. However, if the solution space is too large, this search method may be time consuming. In order to address this problem, this study incorporated the Taguchi method into the solution space search process of the optimization method, and used the characteristics of the Taguchi method to sequence the effects of the variation of decision variables on the system. Based on the level of effect, this study determined the impact factor of decision variables and the optimal solution for the model. The integration of the Taguchi method and the solution optimization method successfully obtained the optimal solution of the optimization problem, while significantly reducing the solution computing time and enhancing the river water quality. The results suggested that the basin with the greatest water quality improvement effectiveness is the Dahan River. Under the optimal strategy of this study, the severe pollution length was reduced from 18 km to 5 km.

  7. A developmental teaching method applied to a select group of nursing students.

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    James, R M

    1994-01-01

    This study investigates the relationships between Integrated Skills Reinforcement (ISR), an instructional method that reinforces basic skills, student reading comprehension and student attrition rates using a quasi-experimental method. Ninety-three junior level baccalaureate nursing students at a city university participated in the study. One class of 42 students taught by the ISR method was designated the treatment group. Another class of 51 students taught by the lecture method served as the comparison group. Reading comprehension data were collected by retest and posttest the second and twelfth weeks of the semester, respectively, using the Descriptive Test of Language Skills (DTLS). Differences between the comparison and treatment group mean scores on the DTLS were not statistically significant (p lecture method and the ISR method effectively improve reading comprehension levels. Comparison group experienced attrition at 22.5 percent (13 students). By contrast, all 42 students in the treatment group completed the course. Possibly, some elements of the ISR method viably reduce attrition in the school of nursing at this city university.

  8. Indirect scaling methods applied to the identification and quantification of auditory attributes

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    Wickelmaier, Florian

    of sound quality research: be it in product-sound design or in the assessment of sound reproduction systems. In this Ph.D. thesis, so-called indirect scaling methods were developed and analyzed for their usefulness in sound quality evaluation. Such methods are characterized by requiring only simple...... or the representation of the attributes are derived from modeling the listeners' judgments. The applicability of the developed methods was investigated in a series of experiments which aimed at identifying and quantifying auditory attributes of home-audio reproduction formats (mono, stereo, and multichannel formats...

  9. Improving the accuracy of multiple integral evaluation by applying Romberg's method

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    Zhidkov, E. P.; Lobanov, Yu. Yu.; Rushai, V. D.

    2009-02-01

    Romberg’s method, which is used to improve the accuracy of one-dimensional integral evaluation, is extended to multiple integrals if they are evaluated using the product of composite quadrature formulas. Under certain conditions, the coefficients of the Romberg formula are independent of the integral’s multiplicity, which makes it possible to use a simple evaluation algorithm developed for one-dimensional integrals. As examples, integrals of multiplicity two to six are evaluated by Romberg’s method and the results are compared with other methods.

  10. The flocculation performance of starch-g-polyacrylamide/MMT composite%淀粉-g-PAM/MMT的絮凝性能

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    王煦漫; 张彩宁; 姚连军

    2015-01-01

    以蒙脱土、淀粉和丙烯酰胺为原料、N,N-亚甲基双丙烯酰胺为交联剂,采用水溶液聚合法制备淀粉接枝聚丙烯酰胺/蒙脱土(St-g-PAM/MMT)新型絮凝复合材料.将该复合材料作为絮凝剂,研究其对高岭土悬浊液的絮凝性能,分析影响其絮凝性能的因素.研究发现,St-g-PAM/MMT对高岭土的絮凝率可达83.3%.此外,随着絮凝时间和絮凝剂用量的增加,絮凝率先增大,随后均基本保持不变;随着pH值的增大,絮凝率逐渐减小;随NaCl浓度和絮凝温度的增加,絮凝率逐步增大.

  11. Applying Convolution-Based Processing Methods To A Dual-Channel, Large Array Artificial Olfactory Mucosa

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    Taylor, J. E.; Che Harun, F. K.; Covington, J. A.; Gardner, J. W.

    2009-05-01

    Our understanding of the human olfactory system, particularly with respect to the phenomenon of nasal chromatography, has led us to develop a new generation of novel odour-sensitive instruments (or electronic noses). This novel instrument is in need of new approaches to data processing so that the information rich signals can be fully exploited; here, we apply a novel time-series based technique for processing such data. The dual-channel, large array artificial olfactory mucosa consists of 3 arrays of 300 sensors each. The sensors are divided into 24 groups, with each group made from a particular type of polymer. The first array is connected to the other two arrays by a pair of retentive columns. One channel is coated with Carbowax 20 M, and the other with OV-1. This configuration partly mimics the nasal chromatography effect, and partly augments it by utilizing not only polar (mucus layer) but also non-polar (artificial) coatings. Such a device presents several challenges to multi-variate data processing: a large, redundant dataset, spatio-temporal output, and small sample space. By applying a novel convolution approach to this problem, it has been demonstrated that these problems can be overcome. The artificial mucosa signals have been classified using a probabilistic neural network and gave an accuracy of 85%. Even better results should be possible through the selection of other sensors with lower correlation.

  12. Optimum method of applying and removing a shaped-function signal for low-light-level image detection.

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    Li, Gang; Zhao, Longfei; Zhou, Mei; Wang, Mengjun; Lin, Ling

    2013-11-20

    This paper presents an optimum method that exploits the principle of diffuse scattering and employs the least squares method (LSM) to apply and remove a shaped-function signal for low-light-level image detection. With the help of a sawtooth-shaped-function light signal applied to an image sensor, the LSM is employed to remove the sawtooth signal from the captured images and restore the weak image signal. The experiment process and result verify that this method can not only maintain the capability of upgrading the image sensor's sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio like the previous method, but it also can improve the imaging speed in the low-light level, decrease the computation cost of the extraction process, and eliminate the influence of the environment light to satisfy the requirement of long-distance detection.

  13. Development of direct-inverse 3-D methods for applied transonic aerodynamic wing design and analysis

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    Carlson, Leland A.

    1989-01-01

    An inverse wing design method was developed around an existing transonic wing analysis code. The original analysis code, TAWFIVE, has as its core the numerical potential flow solver, FLO30, developed by Jameson and Caughey. Features of the analysis code include a finite-volume formulation; wing and fuselage fitted, curvilinear grid mesh; and a viscous boundary layer correction that also accounts for viscous wake thickness and curvature. The development of the inverse methods as an extension of previous methods existing for design in Cartesian coordinates is presented. Results are shown for inviscid wing design cases in super-critical flow regimes. The test cases selected also demonstrate the versatility of the design method in designing an entire wing or discontinuous sections of a wing.

  14. Subpixel Accuracy Analysis of Phase Correlation Shift Measurement Methods Applied to Satellite Imagery

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    S.M. Badwai

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available the key point of super resolution process is the accurate measuring of sub-pixel shift. Any tiny error in measuring such shift leads to an incorrect image focusing. In this paper, methodology of measuring sub-pixel shift using Phase correlation (PC are evaluated using different window functions, then modified version of (PC method using high pass filter (HPF is introduced . Comprehensive analysis and assessment of (PC methods shows that different natural features yield different shift measurements. It is concluded that there is no universal window function for measuring shift; it mainly depends on the features in the satellite images. Even the question of which window is optimal of particular feature is generally remains open. This paper presents the design of a method for obtaining high accuracy sub pixel shift phase correlation using (HPF.The proposed method makes the change in the different locations that lack of edges easy.

  15. Review on applied foods and analyzed methods in identification testing of irradiated foods

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    Kim, Kwang Hoon; Lee, Hoo Chul; Park, Sung Hyun; Kim, Soo Jin; Kim, Kwan Soo [Greenpia Technology Inc., Yeojoo (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Il Yun; Lee, Ju Woon [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Jeongeup (Korea, Republic of); Yook, Hong Sun [Chungnam National University, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-06-15

    Identification methods of irradiated foods have been adopted as official test by EU and Codex. PSL, TL, ESR and GC/MS methods were registered in Korea food code on 2009 and put in force as control system of verification for labelling of food irradiation. But most generally applicable PSL and TL methods are specified applicable foods according to domestic approved items. Unlike these specifications, foods unpermitted in Korea are included in applicable items of ESR and GC/MS methods. According to recent research data, numerous food groups are possible to effective legal control by identification and these items are demanded to permit regulations for irradiation additionally. Especially, the prohibition of irradiation for meats or seafoods is not harmonized with international standards and interacts as trade friction or industrial restrictions due to unprepared domestic regulation. Hence, extension of domestic legal permission for food irradiation can contrive to related industrial development and also can reduce trade friction and enhance international competitiveness.

  16. THE COST CONTROL BY APPLYING THE TARGET COSTING METHOD IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Radu MĂRGINEAN

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The Romanian economic spectrum considered on a slightly increasing trend in the general aspects of the national economy, feels increasingly the need for a development in the cost management issue. One of the modern methods of cost calculation that can fill this gap in the Romanian business practice in management accounting is the target costing method. The overall objective of this case study is to demonstrate the applicability and usefulness of this method in the cost controlling activity, widely used in the field of managerial accounting practice in the developed economies. The financial accounting and the managerial accounting converge in terms of ultimate interest for the company, i.e. value creation and performance increase in a sustainable way. After performing the case study with real financial data, we conclude that the target costing method is applicable and particularly useful in the construction industry and the results may provide support for decision-makers.

  17. Considerations on Applying the Method for Assessing the Level of Safety at Work

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    Costica Bejinariu

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available The application of the method for assessing the level of safety at work starts with a document that contains the cover page, the description of the company (name, location, core business, organizational chart etc., description of the work system, a detailed list of its components, and a brief description of the assessment method. It continues with a Microsoft Excel document, which represents the actual application of the method and, finally, there is another document presenting conclusions, proposals, and prioritizations, which leads to the execution of the Prevention and Protection Plan. The present paper approaches the issue of developing the Microsoft Excel document, an essential part of the method for assessing the level of safety at work. The document is divided into a variable number of worksheets, showing the risk categories of general, specific, and management.

  18. Neutron tomography as a reverse engineering method applied to the IS-60 Rover gas turbine

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    Roos, TH

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Probably the most common method of reverse engineering in mechanical engineering involves measuring the physical geometry of a component using a coordinate measuring machine (CMM). Neutron tomography, in contrast, is used primarily as a non...

  19. Overcoming the problems of inconsistent international migration data: a new method applied to flows in Europe

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    de Beer, J.A.A.; Raymer, J.; van der Erf, R.F.; van Wissen, L.J.G.

    2010-01-01

    Due to differences in definitions and measurement methods, crosscountry comparisons of international migration patterns are difficult and confusing. Emigration numbers reported by sending countries tend to differ from the corresponding immigration numbers reported by receiving countries. In this pap

  20. A fast three-dimensional reconstruction method applied for the fabric defect detection

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    Song, Limei; Zhang, Chunbo; Xiong, Hui; Wei, Yiying; Chen, Huawei

    2010-11-01

    The fabric quality defect detection is very useful for improving the qualities of the products. It is also very important to increase the reputation and the economic benefits of a company. However, there are some shortcomings in the traditional manual detection methods, such as the low detection efficiency, the fatigue problem of the operator, and the detection inaccuracy, etc. The existing 2D image processing methods are difficult to solve the interference which is caused by non-defect case, just like the cloth folds, the flying thick silk floss, the noise from the background light and ambient light, etc. In order to solve those problem, the BCCSL (Binocular Camera Color Structure Light) method and SFMS (Shape from Multi Shading) method is proposed in this paper. The three-dimensional color coordinates of the fabric can be quickly and highly-precision obtained, thus to judge the defects shape and location. The BCCSL method and SFMS method can quickly obtain the three-dimensional coordinates' information of the fabric defects. The BCCSL method collects the 3D skeleton's information of a fabric image through the binocular video capture device and the color structured light projection device in real-time. And the details 3D coordinates of fabric outside strip structural are obtained through the proposed method SFMS. The interference information, such as the cloth fold, the flying thick silk floss, and the noise from the background light and ambient light can be excluded by using the three-dimensional defect identification. What is more, according to the characteristics of 3D structure of the defect, the fabric can be identified and classified. Further more, the possible problems from the production line can be summarized.

  1. Development of direct-inverse 3-D methods for applied aerodynamic design and analysis

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    Carlson, Leland A.

    1988-01-01

    Several inverse methods have been compared and initial results indicate that differences in results are primarily due to coordinate systems and fuselage representations and not to design procedures. Further, results from a direct-inverse method that includes 3-D wing boundary layer effects, wake curvature, and wake displacement are presented. These results show that boundary layer displacements must be included in the design process for accurate results.

  2. Image Contrast Immersion Method for Measuring Refractive Index Applied to Spider Silks

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    2011-09-26

    12.880665. 8. A. J. Werner, “Methods in high precision refractometry of optical glasses,” Appl. Opt. 7(5), 837–843 (1968). 9. Y. S. Liu, “Direct...transparent, low visibility orb web. Refractometry is the most widely used technique for accurately measuring n for transparent media. It has been...in use for more than a century. There are several standard refractometry methods [8]. Most require a bulk sample with surfaces polished to optical

  3. Sustainable Assessment of Aerosol Pollution Decrease Applying Multiple Attribute Decision-Making Methods

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Air pollution with various materials, particularly with aerosols, increases with the advances in technological development. This is a complicated global problem. One of the priorities in achieving sustainable development is the reduction of harmful technological effects on the environment and human health. It is a responsibility of researchers to search for effective methods of reducing pollution. The reliable results can be obtained by combining the approaches used in various fields of science and technology. This paper aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of the multiple attribute decision-making (MADM methods in investigating and solving the environmental pollution problems. The paper presents the study of the process of the evaporation of a toxic liquid based on using the MADM methods. A schematic view of the test setup is presented. The density, viscosity, and rate of the released vapor flow are measured and the dependence of the variation of the solution concentration on its temperature is determined in the experimental study. The concentration of hydrochloric acid solution (HAS varies in the range from 28% to 34%, while the liquid is heated from 50 to 80 °C. The variations in the parameters are analyzed using the well-known VIKOR and COPRAS MADM methods. For determining the criteria weights, a new CILOS (Criterion Impact LOSs method is used. The experimental results are arranged in the priority order, using the MADM methods. Based on the obtained data, the technological parameters of production, ensuring minimum environmental pollution, can be chosen.

  4. Economic valuation of informal care: the contingent valuation method applied to informal caregiving.

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    van den Berg, Bernard; Brouwer, Werner; van Exel, Job; Koopmanschap, Marc

    2005-02-01

    This paper reports the results of the application of the contingent valuation method (CVM) to determine a monetary value of informal care. We discuss the current practice in valuing informal care and a theoretical model of the costs and benefits related to the provision of informal care. In addition, we developed a survey in which informal caregivers' willingness to accept (WTA) to provide an additional hour of informal care was elicited. This method is better than normally recommended valuation methods able to capture the heterogeneity and dynamics of informal care. Data were obtained from postal surveys. A total of 153 informal caregivers and 149 care recipients with rheumatoid arthritis returned a completed survey. Informal caregivers reported a mean WTA to provide a hypothetical additional hour of informal care of 9.52 Euro (n=124). Many hypotheses derived from the theoretical model and the literature were supported by the data.CVM is a promising alternative for existing methods like the opportunity cost method and the proxy good method to determine a monetary value of informal care that can be incorporated in the numerator of any economic evaluation.

  5. The Best Combination Methods and Applied Research of Seismic Prospecting for Active Faults in Urban Areas

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    2007-01-01

    This paper introduces briefly the basic principles of various seismic prospecting techniques and working methods according to nationwide practices of seismic prospecting of active faults beneath big cities in recent years. Furthermore, it analyzes the application range of different seismic prospecting methods, main achievements and solved problems, and discusses the best combination of seismic exploration methods for detecting crustal structures and locating the faults used in the present stage, that is, to trace faults which are at depths of hundred of meters underground using shallow seismic investigation, to detect the faults which are above basement (at a depth of kilometers) using high resolution refraction sounding, and the deep crustal faults using combined seismic prospecting methods of reflection seismic sounding and wide-angle reflection/refraction sounding, and furthermore, to use the 3-D deep seismic sounding method to obtain 3-D velocity structures beneath urban areas. Thus, we can get information about fault attitude and distribution at different depths and a complete image of faults from their shallow part to deep part using the combined seismic exploration method. Some application examples are presented in the article.

  6. Two Thermoeconomic Diagnosis Methods Applied to Representative Operating Data of a Commercial Transcritical Refrigeration Plant

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    Torben Ommen

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available In order to investigate options for improving the maintenance protocol of commercial refrigeration plants, two thermoeconomic diagnosis methods were evaluated on a state-of-the-art refrigeration plant. A common relative indicator was proposed for the two methods in order to directly compare the quality of malfunction identification. Both methods were applicable to locate and categorise the malfunctions when using steady state data without measurement uncertainties. By introduction of measurement uncertainty, the categorisation of malfunctions became increasingly difficult, though depending on the magnitude of the uncertainties. Two different uncertainty scenarios were evaluated, as the use of repeated measurements yields a lower magnitude of uncertainty. The two methods show similar performance in the presented study for both of the considered measurement uncertainty scenarios. However, only in the low measurement uncertainty scenario, both methods are applicable to locate the causes of the malfunctions. For both the scenarios an outlier limit was found, which determines if it was possible to reject a high relative indicator based on measurement uncertainty. For high uncertainties, the threshold value of the relative indicator was 35, whereas for low uncertainties one of the methods resulted in a threshold at 8. Additionally, the contribution of different measuring instruments to the relative indicator in two central components was analysed. It shows that the contribution was component dependent.

  7. Assessment of Pansharpening Methods Applied to WorldView-2 Imagery Fusion

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    Hui Li

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Since WorldView-2 (WV-2 images are widely used in various fields, there is a high demand for the use of high-quality pansharpened WV-2 images for different application purposes. With respect to the novelty of the WV-2 multispectral (MS and panchromatic (PAN bands, the performances of eight state-of-art pan-sharpening methods for WV-2 imagery including six datasets from three WV-2 scenes were assessed in this study using both quality indices and information indices, along with visual inspection. The normalized difference vegetation index, normalized difference water index, and morphological building index, which are widely used in applications related to land cover classification, the extraction of vegetation areas, buildings, and water bodies, were employed in this work to evaluate the performance of different pansharpening methods in terms of information presentation ability. The experimental results show that the Haze- and Ratio-based, adaptive Gram-Schmidt, Generalized Laplacian pyramids (GLP methods using enhanced spectral distortion minimal model and enhanced context-based decision model methods are good choices for producing fused WV-2 images used for image interpretation and the extraction of urban buildings. The two GLP-based methods are better choices than the other methods, if the fused images will be used for applications related to vegetation and water-bodies.

  8. Personas as a method for applying gender theory in Triple Helix constellations:experiences from two research projects

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    Wikberg-Nilsson, Åsa; Källhammer, Eva; Fältholm, Ylva; Abrahamsson, Lena

    2010-01-01

    In focus in this paper is the use of the Persona method for applying gender theory in Triple Helix systems. Whereas such systems often are considered gender neutral, we in contrast emphasize the need for understanding the process of ‘doing gender' within those constellations. The aim of this paper is to describe our experiences of developing Persona as a method for gender equality interventions within two Triple Helix constellations. The personas are fictional characters addressing issues and...

  9. A Method for Evaluation and Comparison of Parallel Robots for Safe Human Interaction, Applied to Robotic TMS

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    Jong, de J.J.; Stienen, A.H.A.; Wijk, van der V.; Wessels, M.; Kooij, van der H.

    2012-01-01

    Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive method to modify behaviour of neurons in the brain. TMS is applied by running large currents through a coil close to the scalp. For consistent results it is required to maintain the coil position within millimetres of the targeted location, bu

  10. GLYCOHEMOGLOBIN - COMPARISON OF 12 ANALYTICAL METHODS, APPLIED TO LYOPHILIZED HEMOLYSATES BY 101 LABORATORIES IN AN EXTERNAL QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAM

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    WEYKAMP, CW; PENDERS, TJ; MUSKIET, FAJ; VANDERSLIK, W

    1993-01-01

    Stable lyophilized ethylenediaminetetra-acetic acid (EDTA)-blood haemolysates were applied in an external quality assurance programme (SKZL, The Netherlands) for glycohaemoglobin assays in 101 laboratories using 12 methods. The mean intralaboratory day-to-day coefficient of variation (CV), calculate

  11. Aiming for the Singing Teacher: An Applied Study on Preservice Kindergarten Teachers' Singing Skills Development within a Music Methods Course

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    Neokleous, Rania

    2015-01-01

    This study examined the effects of a music methods course offered at a Cypriot university on the singing skills of 33 female preservice kindergarten teachers. To systematically measure and analyze student progress, the research design was both experimental and descriptive. As an applied study which was carried out "in situ," the normal…

  12. A Method for Evaluation and Comparison of Parallel Robots for Safe Human Interaction, Applied to Robotic TMS

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    de Jong, Jan Johannes; Stienen, Arno; van der Wijk, V.; Wessels, Martijn; van der Kooij, Herman

    2012-01-01

    Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive method to modify behaviour of neurons in the brain. TMS is applied by running large currents through a coil close to the scalp. For consistent results it is required to maintain the coil position within millimetres of the targeted location, bu

  13. Solution of Ge(111)-(4x4)-Ag structure using direct methods applied to X-ray diffraction data

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    Collazo-Davila, C.; Grozea, D.; Marks, L.D.

    1998-01-01

    A structure model for the Ge(111)-(4 x 4)-Ag surface is proposed. The model was derived by applying direct methods to surface X-ray diffraction data. It is a missing top layer reconstruction with six Ag atoms placed on Ge substitutional sites in one triangular subunit of the surface unit cell...

  14. A note on the net radiation method applied to a system composed of a semitransparent film between two glazings

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    Zeegers, J.; Dijk, van H.A.L.

    1994-01-01

    The net radiation method is applied to obtain an expression for the thermal radiation heat transfer between a double glazed window unit which contains a semitransparent grey film in the cavity. The results are interpreted in terms of network modelling equations. The total heat transfer equals the re

  15. Unsupervised nonlinear dimensionality reduction machine learning methods applied to multiparametric MRI in cerebral ischemia: preliminary results

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    Parekh, Vishwa S.; Jacobs, Jeremy R.; Jacobs, Michael A.

    2014-03-01

    The evaluation and treatment of acute cerebral ischemia requires a technique that can determine the total area of tissue at risk for infarction using diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sequences. Typical MRI data sets consist of T1- and T2-weighted imaging (T1WI, T2WI) along with advanced MRI parameters of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and perfusion weighted imaging (PWI) methods. Each of these parameters has distinct radiological-pathological meaning. For example, DWI interrogates the movement of water in the tissue and PWI gives an estimate of the blood flow, both are critical measures during the evolution of stroke. In order to integrate these data and give an estimate of the tissue at risk or damaged; we have developed advanced machine learning methods based on unsupervised non-linear dimensionality reduction (NLDR) techniques. NLDR methods are a class of algorithms that uses mathematically defined manifolds for statistical sampling of multidimensional classes to generate a discrimination rule of guaranteed statistical accuracy and they can generate a two- or three-dimensional map, which represents the prominent structures of the data and provides an embedded image of meaningful low-dimensional structures hidden in their high-dimensional observations. In this manuscript, we develop NLDR methods on high dimensional MRI data sets of preclinical animals and clinical patients with stroke. On analyzing the performance of these methods, we observed that there was a high of similarity between multiparametric embedded images from NLDR methods and the ADC map and perfusion map. It was also observed that embedded scattergram of abnormal (infarcted or at risk) tissue can be visualized and provides a mechanism for automatic methods to delineate potential stroke volumes and early tissue at risk.

  16. Structure analysis of interstellar clouds: II. Applying the Delta-variance method to interstellar turbulence

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    Ossenkopf, V; Stutzki, J

    2008-01-01

    The Delta-variance analysis is an efficient tool for measuring the structural scaling behaviour of interstellar turbulence in astronomical maps. In paper I we proposed essential improvements to the Delta-variance analysis. In this paper we apply the improved Delta-variance analysis to i) a hydrodynamic turbulence simulation with prominent density and velocity structures, ii) an observed intensity map of rho Oph with irregular boundaries and variable uncertainties of the different data points, and iii) a map of the turbulent velocity structure in the Polaris Flare affected by the intensity dependence on the centroid velocity determination. The tests confirm the extended capabilities of the improved Delta-variance analysis. Prominent spatial scales were accurately identified and artifacts from a variable reliability of the data were removed. The analysis of the hydrodynamic simulations showed that the injection of a turbulent velocity structure creates the most prominent density structures are produced on a sca...

  17. Color changes in wood during heating: kinetic analysis by applying a time-temperature superposition method

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    Matsuo, Miyuki; Yokoyama, Misao; Umemura, Kenji; Gril, Joseph; Yano, Ken'ichiro; Kawai, Shuichi

    2010-04-01

    This paper deals with the kinetics of the color properties of hinoki ( Chamaecyparis obtusa Endl.) wood. Specimens cut from the wood were heated at 90-180°C as accelerated aging treatment. The specimens completely dried and heated in the presence of oxygen allowed us to evaluate the effects of thermal oxidation on wood color change. Color properties measured by a spectrophotometer showed similar behavior irrespective of the treatment temperature with each time scale. Kinetic analysis using the time-temperature superposition principle, which uses the whole data set, was successfully applied to the color changes. The calculated values of the apparent activation energy in terms of L *, a *, b *, and Δ E^{*}_{ab} were 117, 95, 114, and 113 kJ/mol, respectively, which are similar to the values of the literature obtained for other properties such as the physical and mechanical properties of wood.

  18. Stability Study of Darunavir Ethanolate Tablets Applying a New Stability-Indicating HPLC Method

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    Josilene Chaves Ruela Corrêa

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Chemical and physical degradation of drugs may result in altered therapeutic efficacy and even toxic effects. Therefore, the aim of this work was to study the stability of darunavir and to develop and validate a liquid chromatography (LC method to determine darunavir in raw material and tablets in the presence of degradation products. The novel method showed to be linear from 6.0 to 21.0 μg/mL, with high precision (CV < 2% and accuracy (recuperation of 99.64%. It is simple and reliable, free of placebo interferences. The robustness of the method was evaluated by a factorial design using seven different parameters. Forced degradation study was done under alkaline, acidic, and oxidative stress at ambient temperature and by heating. The LC method was able to quantify and separate darunavir and its degradation products. Darunavir showed to be unstable under alkaline, acid, and oxidative conditions. The novelty of this study is understanding the factors that affect darunavir ethanolate stability in tablets, which is the first step to unravel the path to know the degradation products. The novel stability-indicating method can be used to monitor the drug and the main degradation products in low concentrations in which there is linearity.

  19. Boundary element method applied to a gas-fired pin-fin-enhanced heat pipe

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    Andraka, C.E.; Knorovsky, G.A.; Drewien, C.A.

    1998-02-01

    The thermal conduction of a portion of an enhanced surface heat exchanger for a gas fired heat pipe solar receiver was modeled using the boundary element and finite element methods (BEM and FEM) to determine the effect of weld fillet size on performance of a stud welded pin fin. A process that could be utilized by others for designing the surface mesh on an object of interest, performing a conversion from the mesh into the input format utilized by the BEM code, obtaining output on the surface of the object, and displaying visual results was developed. It was determined that the weld fillet on the pin fin significantly enhanced the heat performance, improving the operating margin of the heat exchanger. The performance of the BEM program on the pin fin was measured (as computational time) and used as a performance comparison with the FEM model. Given similar surface element densities, the BEM method took longer to get a solution than the FEM method. The FEM method creates a sparse matrix that scales in storage and computation as the number of nodes (N), whereas the BEM method scales as N{sup 2} in storage and N{sup 3} in computation.

  20. Applying Process Improvement Methods to Clinical and Translational Research: Conceptual Framework and Case Examples.

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    Daudelin, Denise H; Selker, Harry P; Leslie, Laurel K

    2015-12-01

    There is growing appreciation that process improvement holds promise for improving quality and efficiency across the translational research continuum but frameworks for such programs are not often described. The purpose of this paper is to present a framework and case examples of a Research Process Improvement Program implemented at Tufts CTSI. To promote research process improvement, we developed online training seminars, workshops, and in-person consultation models to describe core process improvement principles and methods, demonstrate the use of improvement tools, and illustrate the application of these methods in case examples. We implemented these methods, as well as relational coordination theory, with junior researchers, pilot funding awardees, our CTRC, and CTSI resource and service providers. The program focuses on capacity building to address common process problems and quality gaps that threaten the efficient, timely and successful completion of clinical and translational studies.

  1. A combined approach of AHP and TOPSIS methods applied in the field of integrated software systems

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    Berdie, A. D.; Osaci, M.; Muscalagiu, I.; Barz, C.

    2017-05-01

    Adopting the most appropriate technology for developing applications on an integrated software system for enterprises, may result in great savings both in cost and hours of work. This paper proposes a research study for the determination of a hierarchy between three SAP (System Applications and Products in Data Processing) technologies. The technologies Web Dynpro -WD, Floorplan Manager - FPM and CRM WebClient UI - CRM WCUI are multi-criteria evaluated in terms of the obtained performances through the implementation of the same web business application. To establish the hierarchy a multi-criteria analysis model that combines the AHP (Analytic Hierarchy Process) and the TOPSIS (Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution) methods was proposed. This model was built with the help of the SuperDecision software. This software is based on the AHP method and determines the weights for the selected sets of criteria. The TOPSIS method was used to obtain the final ranking and the technologies hierarchy.

  2. The SAT solving method as applied to cryptographic analysis of asymmetric ciphers

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    Faizullin, R T; Dylkeyt, V I

    2009-01-01

    The one of the most interesting problem of discrete mathematics is the SAT (satisfiability) problem. Good way in SAT solver developing is to transform the SAT problem to the problem of continuous search of global minimums of the functional associated with the CNF. This article proves the special construction of the functional and offers to solve the system of non-linear algebraic equation that determines functional stationary points via modified method of consecutive approximation. The article describes parallel versions of the method. Also gives the schema of using the method to important problems of cryptographic analysis of asymmetric ciphers, including determining concrete bits of multipliers (in binary form) in large factorization problems and concrete bits of exponent of discrete logarithm problem.

  3. The increase in the starting torque of PMSM motor by applying of FOC method

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    Plachta, Kamil

    2017-05-01

    The article presents field oriented control method of synchronous permanent magnet motor equipped in optical sensors. This method allows for a wide range regulation of torque and rotational speed of the electric motor. The paper presents mathematical model of electric motor and vector control method. Optical sensors have shorter time response as compared to the inductive sensors, which allow for faster response of the electronic control system to changes of motor loads. The motor driver is based on the digital signal processor which performs advanced mathematical operations in real time. The appliance of Clark and Park transformation in the software defines the angle of rotor position. The presented solution provides smooth adjustment of the rotational speed in the first operating zone and reduces the dead zone of the torque in the second and third operating zones.

  4. Applying the chronicle workshop as a method for evaluating participatory interventions

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    Poulsen, Signe; Ipsen, Christine; Gish, Liv

    2015-01-01

    Despite the growing interest for process evaluation in participatory interventions, studies examining specific methods for process evaluation are lacking. In this paper, we propose a new method for process evaluation – the chronicle workshop. The chronicle workshop has not previously been used...... in intervention studies. The method was tested in three small and medium-sized companies. Four to six employees participated in each chronicle workshop, which was the last activity of the participatory preventive intervention program PoWRS. The program aims at creating changes which have a positive effect on both...... productivity and well-being. In all cases, we saw that the chronicle workshop gave valuable information about the intervention process and that it initiated a joint reflection among participants from different departments. The chronicle workshop makes it possible to better understand the results...

  5. A Review of Methods Applied to Study Airborne Biocontaminants inside Aircraft Cabins

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    Sandro Tavares Conceição

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Indoor-cross infection of expiratory contaminants is still a concern, worsened by the SARS outbreak in 2003 and recent cases of influenza strains (H1N1, avian flu, etc.. A variety of methods to study the airborne spread of expiratory contaminants have been worked out, including the use of tracer gas, particle generators, and CFD simulations. In this context, the main objective of this work is reviewing methods to evaluate airborne dispersion of contaminants, more specifically those related to cross infection of expiratory droplets inside aircraft cabins. This literature review provides guidance in developing methods and choosing equipment for future studies.This study gathers knowledge developed so far in a common source, serving as a guideline for researchers who work in this area.

  6. Prospects of Applying Enhanced Semi-Empirical QM Methods for 2101 Virtual Drug Design.

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    Yilmazer, Nusret Duygu; Korth, Martin

    2016-01-01

    The last five years have seen a renaissance of semiempirical quantum mechanical (SQM) methods in the field of virtual drug design, largely due to the increased accuracy of so-called enhanced SQM approaches. These methods make use of additional terms for treating dispersion (D) and hydrogen bond (H) interactions with an accuracy comparable to dispersion-corrected density functional theory (DFT-D). DFT-D in turn was shown to provide an accuracy comparable to the most sophisticated QM approaches when it comes to non-covalent intermolecular forces, which usually dominate the protein/ligand interactions that are central to virtual drug design. Enhanced SQM methods thus offer a very promising way to improve upon the current state of the art in the field of virtual drug design.

  7. Comparison of Modal Analysis Methods Applied to a Vibro-Acoustic Test Article

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    Pritchard, Jocelyn; Pappa, Richard; Buehrle, Ralph; Grosveld, Ferdinand

    2001-01-01

    Modal testing of a vibro-acoustic test article referred to as the Aluminum Testbed Cylinder (ATC) has provided frequency response data for the development of validated numerical models of complex structures for interior noise prediction and control. The ATC is an all aluminum, ring and stringer stiffened cylinder, 12 feet in length and 4 feet in diameter. The cylinder was designed to represent typical aircraft construction. Modal tests were conducted for several different configurations of the cylinder assembly under ambient and pressurized conditions. The purpose of this paper is to present results from dynamic testing of different ATC configurations using two modal analysis software methods: Eigensystem Realization Algorithm (ERA) and MTS IDEAS Polyreference method. The paper compares results from the two analysis methods as well as the results from various test configurations. The effects of pressurization on the modal characteristics are discussed.

  8. An Efficient Acoustic Density Estimation Method with Human Detectors Applied to Gibbons in Cambodia.

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    Darren Kidney

    Full Text Available Some animal species are hard to see but easy to hear. Standard visual methods for estimating population density for such species are often ineffective or inefficient, but methods based on passive acoustics show more promise. We develop spatially explicit capture-recapture (SECR methods for territorial vocalising species, in which humans act as an acoustic detector array. We use SECR and estimated bearing data from a single-occasion acoustic survey of a gibbon population in northeastern Cambodia to estimate the density of calling groups. The properties of the estimator are assessed using a simulation study, in which a variety of survey designs are also investigated. We then present a new form of the SECR likelihood for multi-occasion data which accounts for the stochastic availability of animals. In the context of gibbon surveys this allows model-based estimation of the proportion of groups that produce territorial vocalisations on a given day, thereby enabling the density of groups, instead of the density of calling groups, to be estimated. We illustrate the performance of this new estimator by simulation. We show that it is possible to estimate density reliably from human acoustic detections of visually cryptic species using SECR methods. For gibbon surveys we also show that incorporating observers' estimates of bearings to detected groups substantially improves estimator performance. Using the new form of the SECR likelihood we demonstrate that estimates of availability, in addition to population density and detection function parameters, can be obtained from multi-occasion data, and that the detection function parameters are not confounded with the availability parameter. This acoustic SECR method provides a means of obtaining reliable density estimates for territorial vocalising species. It is also efficient in terms of data requirements since since it only requires routine survey data. We anticipate that the low-tech field requirements will

  9. Recent progress in EDF-based methods applied to nuclear properties

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    Khan E.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Recent results obtained with energy density functional (EDF based methods are presented, focused on the nuclear phenomenology. EDF approaches aim for an universal description of the nuclear phenomena over the nuclear chart. Achievements from large to small nuclear systems are depicted: equation of state of nuclear matter, heavy and light nuclei. Dynamical aspects such as nuclear excitations, decay and reactions are also presented. EDF methods are progressing towards an unified and systematic description of the rich variety of the nuclear phenomena such as quantum liquid and cluster states, or nuclear structure and reactions.

  10. Newton's method as applied to the Riemann problem for media with general equations of state

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    Moiseev, N. Ya.; Mukhamadieva, T. A.

    2008-06-01

    An approach based on Newton’s method is proposed for solving the Riemann problem for media with normal equations of state. The Riemann integrals are evaluated using a cubic approximation of an isentropic curve that is superior to the Simpson method in terms of accuracy, convergence rate, and efficiency. The potentials of the approach are demonstrated by solving problems for media obeying the Mie-Grüneisen equation of state. The algebraic equation of the isentropic curve and some exact solutions for configurations with rarefaction waves are explicitly given.

  11. The Constant Intensity Cut Method applied to the KASCADE-Grande muon data

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    Arteaga-Velazquez, J.C., E-mail: arteaga@ifm.umich.m [Institut fuer Experimentelle Kernphysik, Universitaet Karlsruhe, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Apel, W.D.; Badea, F.; Bekk, K. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Bertaina, M. [Dipartimento di Fisica Generale dell' Universita, 10125 Torino (Italy); Bluemer, J. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Institut fuer Experimentelle Kernphysik, Universitaet Karlsruhe, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Bozdog, H. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Brancus, I.M. [National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, P.O. Box Mg-6, RO-7690 Bucharest (Romania); Brueggemann, M.; Buchholz, P. [Fachbereich Physik, Universitaet Siegen, 57068 Siegen (Germany); Cantoni, E. [Dipartimento di Fisica Generale dell' Universita, 10125 Torino (Italy); Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario, INAF, 10133 Torino (Italy); Chiavassa, A. [Dipartimento di Fisica Generale dell' Universita, 10125 Torino (Italy); Cossavella, F. [Institut fuer Experimentelle Kernphysik, Universitaet Karlsruhe, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Daumiller, K. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Souza, V. de [Institut fuer Experimentelle Kernphysik, Universitaet Karlsruhe, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Di Pierro, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica Generale dell' Universita, 10125 Torino (Italy); Doll, P.; Engel, R.; Engler, J.; Finger, M. [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2009-12-15

    The constant intensity cut method is a very useful tool to reconstruct the cosmic ray energy spectrum in order to combine or compare extensive air shower data measured for different attenuation depths independently of the MC model. In this contribution the method is used to explore the muon data of the KASCADE-Grande experiment. In particular, with this technique, the measured muon number spectra for different zenith angle ranges are compared and summed up to obtain a single muon spectrum for the measured showers. Preliminary results are presented, along with estimations of the systematic uncertainties associated with the analysis technique.

  12. Properties of the Feynman-alpha method applied to accelerator-driven subcritical systems.

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    Taczanowski, S; Domanska, G; Kopec, M; Janczyszyn, J

    2005-01-01

    A Monte Carlo study of the Feynman-method with a simple code simulating the multiplication chain, confined to pertinent time-dependent phenomena has been done. The significance of its key parameters (detector efficiency and dead time, k-source and spallation neutrons multiplicities, required number of fissions etc.) has been discussed. It has been demonstrated that this method can be insensitive to properties of the zones surrounding the core, whereas is strongly affected by the detector dead time. In turn, the influence of harmonics in the neutron field and of the dispersion of spallation neutrons has proven much less pronounced.

  13. Stability study of darunavir ethanolate tablets applying a new stability-indicating HPLC method

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    Josilene Chaves Ruela Corrêa; Cristina Helena dos Reis Serra; Hérida Regina Nunes Salgado

    2013-01-01

    Chemical and physical degradation of drugs may result in altered therapeutic efficacy and even toxic effects. Therefore, the aim of this work was to study the stability of darunavir and to develop and validate a liquid chromatography (LC) method to determine darunavir in raw material and tablets in the presence of degradation products. The novel method showed to be linear from 6.0 to 21.0 μg/mL, with high precision (CV < 2%) and accuracy (recuperation of 99.64%). It is simple and reliable, fr...

  14. Dakota uncertainty quantification methods applied to the NEK-5000 SAHEX model.

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    Weirs, V. Gregory

    2014-03-01

    This report summarizes the results of a NEAMS project focused on the use of uncertainty and sensitivity analysis methods within the NEK-5000 and Dakota software framework for assessing failure probabilities as part of probabilistic risk assessment. NEK-5000 is a software tool under development at Argonne National Laboratory to perform computational fluid dynamics calculations for applications such as thermohydraulics of nuclear reactor cores. Dakota is a software tool developed at Sandia National Laboratories containing optimization, sensitivity analysis, and uncertainty quantification algorithms. The goal of this work is to demonstrate the use of uncertainty quantification methods in Dakota with NEK-5000.

  15. A new formulation for the epsilon method applied to the minimum-time-to-climb problem

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    Taylor, L. W., Jr.; Smith, H. J.

    1978-01-01

    Balakrishnan's epsilon technique is used to compute minimum-time profiles for the F-104 airplane. This technique differs from the classical gradient method in that a quadratic penalty on the error in satisfying the equation of motion is included in the cost function to be minimized as a means of eliminating the requirement of satisfying the equations of motion. Although the number of unknown independent functions is increased to include the state variables, the evaluation of the gradient of the cost function is simplified, resulting in considerable computational savings, thereby making it appear feasible to use the epsilon method for real-time application.

  16. Super-resolution image reconstruction methods applied to GFE-referenced navigation system

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    Yan, Lei; Lin, Yi; Tong, Qingxi

    2007-11-01

    The problem about reference grid data's overlarge spacing, which makes deviated estimation of un-surveyed points and poor accuracy of correlation positioning, has been embarrassing Geophysical Fields of the Earth (GFE) referenced navigation research. The super-resolution images reconstruction methods in remote sensing field give some inspiration, and its brief method, Maximum A-Posterior (MAP) based on Bayesian theory, is transplanted on grid data. The proposed algorithm named MAP-G can implement interpolation of reference data field by reflecting whole distribution trend. Comparison with traditional interpolation algorithms and simulation experiments on underwater terrain/gravity-aided navigation platform, indicate that MAP-G algorithm can effectively improve navigation's performance.

  17. A generic method for assignment of reliability scores applied to solvent accessibility predictions

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    Petersen, Bent; Petersen, Thomas Nordahl; Andersen, Pernille

    2009-01-01

    the relative exposure of the amino acids. The method assigns a reliability score to each surface accessibility prediction as an inherent part of the training process. This is in contrast to the most commonly used procedures where reliabilities are obtained by post-processing the output. CONCLUSION...

  18. Morphological and chemical changes of dentin after applying different sterilization methods

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    Cláudio Antonio Talge Carvalho

    Full Text Available Aim The present study evaluated the morphological and chemical changes of dentin produced by different sterilization methods, using scanning electron microscopy (SEM and energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS analysis. Material and method Five human teeth were sectioned into 4 samples, each divided into 3 specimens. The specimens were separated into sterilization groups, as follows: wet heat under pressure; cobalt 60 gamma radiation; and control (without sterilization. After sterilization, the 60 specimens were analyzed by SEM under 3 magnifications: 1500X, 5000X, and 10000X. The images were analyzed by 3 calibrated examiners, who assigned scores according to the changes observed in the dentinal tubules: 0 = no morphological change; 1, 2 and 3 = slight, medium and complete obliteration of the dentinal tubules. The chemical composition of dentin was assessed by EDS, with 15 kV incidence and 1 μm penetration. Result The data obtained were submitted to the statistical tests of Kruskall-Wallis and ANOVA. It was observed that both sterilization methods – with autoclave and with cobalt 60 gamma radiation – produced no significant changes to the morphology of the dentinal tubules or to the chemical composition of dentin. Conclusion Both methods may thus be used to sterilize teeth for research conducted in vitro.

  19. Model-based acoustic substitution source methods for assessing shielding measures applied to trains

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    Geerlings, A.C.; Thompson, D.J.; Verheij, J.W.

    2001-01-01

    A promising means of reducing the rolling noise from trains is local shielding in the form of vehicle-mounted shrouds combined with low trackside barriers. This is much less visually intrusive than classic lineside noise barriers. Various experimental methods have been proposed that allow the

  20. Applying Qualitative Methods in Organizations: A Note for Industrial/Organizational Psychologists

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    Ehigie, Benjamin Osayawe; Ehigie, Rebecca Ibhaguelo

    2005-01-01

    Early approach to research in industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology was oriented towards quantitative techniques as a result of influences from the social sciences. As the focus of I/O psychology expands from psychological test development to other personnel functions, there has been an inclusion of qualitative methods in I/O psychology…

  1. The Induced Dimension Reduction method applied to convection-diffusion-reaction problems

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    Astudillo, R.; Van Gijzen, M.B.

    2016-01-01

    Discretization of (linearized) convection-diffusion-reaction problems yields a large and sparse non symmetric linear system of equations, Ax = b. (1) In this work, we compare the computational behavior of the Induced Dimension Reduction method (IDR(s)) [10], with other short-recurrences Krylov met

  2. APPLYING ROBUST RANKING METHOD IN TWO PHASE FUZZY OPTIMIZATION LINEAR PROGRAMMING PROBLEMS (FOLPP

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: This paper explores the solutions to the fuzzy optimization linear program problems (FOLPP where some parameters are fuzzy numbers. In practice, there are many problems in which all decision parameters are fuzzy numbers, and such problems are usually solved by either probabilistic programming or multi-objective programming methods. Methods: In this paper, using the concept of comparison of fuzzy numbers, a very effective method is introduced for solving these problems. This paper extends linear programming based problem in fuzzy environment. With the problem assumptions, the optimal solution can still be theoretically solved using the two phase simplex based method in fuzzy environment. To handle the fuzzy decision variables can be initially generated and then solved and improved sequentially using the fuzzy decision approach by introducing robust ranking technique. Results and conclusions: The model is illustrated with an application and a post optimal analysis approach is obtained. The proposed procedure was programmed with MATLAB (R2009a version software for plotting the four dimensional slice diagram to the application. Finally, numerical example is presented to illustrate the effectiveness of the theoretical results, and to gain additional managerial insights. 

  3. A Comparative Analysis of Multivariate Statistical Detection Methods Applied to Syndromic Surveillance

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    2007-06-01

    the observed system. Our research involved a comparative analysis of two multivariate statistical methods, the multivariate CUSUM (MCUSUM) and the...outbreaks. We found that, similar to results for the univariate CUSUM and EWMA, the directionally-sensitive MCUSUM and MEWMA perform very similarly. 14...SUBJECT TERMS Biosurveillance, Multivariate CUSUM , Multivariate EWMA, Statistical Process Control, Syndromic Surveillance 15. NUMBER OF PAGES

  4. The element-based finite volume method applied to petroleum reservoir simulation

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    Cordazzo, Jonas; Maliska, Clovis R.; Silva, Antonio F.C. da; Hurtado, Fernando S.V. [Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianopolis, SC (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Mecanica

    2004-07-01

    In this work a numerical model for simulating petroleum reservoirs using the Element-based Finite Volume Method (EbFVM) is presented. The method employs unstructured grids using triangular and/or quadrilateral elements, such that complex reservoir geometries can be easily represented. Due to the control-volume approach, local mass conservation is enforced, permitting a direct physical interpretation of the resulting discrete equations. It is demonstrated that this method can deal with the permeability maps without averaging procedures, since this scheme assumes uniform properties inside elements, instead inside of control volumes, avoiding the need of weighting the permeability values at the control volumes interfaces. Moreover, it is easy to include the full permeability tensor in this method, which is an important issue in simulating heterogeneous and anisotropic reservoirs. Finally, a comparison among the results obtained using the scheme proposed in this work in the EbFVM framework with those obtained employing the scheme commonly used in petroleum reservoir simulation is presented. It is also shown that the scheme proposed is less susceptible to the grid orientation effect with the increasing of the mobility ratio. (author)

  5. Using module analysis for multiple choice responses: A new method applied to Force Concept Inventory data

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    Brewe, Eric; Bruun, Jesper; Bearden, Ian G.

    2016-12-01

    We describe Module Analysis for Multiple Choice Responses (MAMCR), a new methodology for carrying out network analysis on responses to multiple choice assessments. This method is used to identify modules of non-normative responses which can then be interpreted as an alternative to factor analysis. MAMCR allows us to identify conceptual modules that are present in student responses that are more specific than the broad categorization of questions that is possible with factor analysis and to incorporate non-normative responses. Thus, this method may prove to have greater utility in helping to modify instruction. In MAMCR the responses to a multiple choice assessment are first treated as a bipartite, student X response, network which is then projected into a response X response network. We then use data reduction and community detection techniques to identify modules of non-normative responses. To illustrate the utility of the method we have analyzed one cohort of postinstruction Force Concept Inventory (FCI) responses. From this analysis, we find nine modules which we then interpret. The first three modules include the following: Impetus Force, More Force Yields More Results, and Force as Competition or Undistinguished Velocity and Acceleration. This method has a variety of potential uses particularly to help classroom instructors in using multiple choice assessments as diagnostic instruments beyond the Force Concept Inventory.

  6. Business-oriented modeling and Simulation: Dynamic Scorecard method Applied the Formularization of Strategies

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    Josué Vitor

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The main goal of this research was to application the “Scorecard Dinâmico” method onstrategic formulation process in a small business. This method incorporate qualitative andsimulation tools from System Dynamics in the strategic map provided by Balanced Scorecardmaking the strategic management flexible in accordance with the organizational realitycomplexity. The research method adopted was the “research-action” and it was possible,with participating observation, the construction of strategic models on interaction with thecompany directors. During this process, it could be assessed organizing points thatinterfering in formulation of strategy of a small business during the research. Through thisprocess, company members mental models were explained in strategic map and qualitativemodels resulting on a simulation tool for control the results and alternative prospection offuture strategies and a higher level of learning organizational. As a result, it could be pointedthe method difficult implantation in virtue of the absence quantitative data and a higherunderstanding by the research participants of the problem resulting from the systemicstructural behavior in the small business.

  7. Transfer matrix method applied to the parallel assembly of sound absorbing materials.

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    Verdière, Kévin; Panneton, Raymond; Elkoun, Saïd; Dupont, Thomas; Leclaire, Philippe

    2013-12-01

    The transfer matrix method (TMM) is used conventionally to predict the acoustic properties of laterally infinite homogeneous layers assembled in series to form a multilayer. In this work, a parallel assembly process of transfer matrices is used to model heterogeneous materials such as patchworks, acoustic mosaics, or a collection of acoustic elements in parallel. In this method, it is assumed that each parallel element can be modeled by a 2 × 2 transfer matrix, and no diffusion exists between elements. The resulting transfer matrix of the parallel assembly is also a 2 × 2 matrix that can be assembled in series with the classical TMM. The method is validated by comparison with finite element (FE) simulations and acoustical tube measurements on different parallel/series configurations at normal and oblique incidence. The comparisons are in terms of sound absorption coefficient and transmission loss on experimental and simulated data and published data, notably published data on a parallel array of resonators. From these comparisons, the limitations of the method are discussed. Finally, applications to three-dimensional geometries are studied, where the geometries are discretized as in a FE concept. Compared to FE simulations, the extended TMM yields similar results with a trivial computation time.

  8. Analysis of The Jilting of Granny Weatherall--Apply the Artistic Method

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    2013-01-01

    The Jilting of Granny Weatherall, the superlative works of Katherine Anne Porter of America, presented the situation of the protagonist——Granny towards the end of her life. The novel seemed casual and random. However, with a certain artistic appreciation, it’ s easier to find that the whole novel is arranged with luxuriating artistic method and sophisticated skill.

  9. Applying Critical Race Theory to Group Model Building Methods to Address Community Violence.

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    Frerichs, Leah; Lich, Kristen Hassmiller; Funchess, Melanie; Burrell, Marcus; Cerulli, Catherine; Bedell, Precious; White, Ann Marie

    2016-01-01

    Group model building (GMB) is an approach to building qualitative and quantitative models with stakeholders to learn about the interrelationships among multilevel factors causing complex public health problems over time. Scant literature exists on adapting this method to address public health issues that involve racial dynamics. This study's objectives are to (1) introduce GMB methods, (2) present a framework for adapting GMB to enhance cultural responsiveness, and (3) describe outcomes of adapting GMB to incorporate differences in racial socialization during a community project seeking to understand key determinants of community violence transmission. An academic-community partnership planned a 1-day session with diverse stakeholders to explore the issue of violence using GMB. We documented key questions inspired by critical race theory (CRT) and adaptations to established GMB "scripts" (i.e., published facilitation instructions). The theory's emphasis on experiential knowledge led to a narrative-based facilitation guide from which participants created causal loop diagrams. These early diagrams depict how violence is transmitted and how communities respond, based on participants' lived experiences and mental models of causation that grew to include factors associated with race. Participants found these methods useful for advancing difficult discussion. The resulting diagrams can be tested and expanded in future research, and will form the foundation for collaborative identification of solutions to build community resilience. GMB is a promising strategy that community partnerships should consider when addressing complex health issues; our experience adapting methods based on CRT is promising in its acceptability and early system insights.

  10. Applying NAEP to Improve Mathematics Content and Methods Courses for Preservice Elementary and Middle School Teachers

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    Goodson-Espy, Tracy; Cifarelli, Victor V.; Pugalee, David; Lynch-Davis, Kathleen; Morge, Shelby; Salinas, Tracie

    2014-01-01

    This study explored how mathematics content and methods courses for preservice elementary and middle school teachers could be improved through the integration of a set of instructional materials based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). A set of eight instructional modules was developed and tested. The study involved 7…

  11. A Method for Robust Strategic Railway Dispatch Applied to a Single Track Line

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    Harrod, Steven

    2013-01-01

    A method is presented for global optimization of a dispatch plan assuming perfect information over a given time horizon. An example problem is solved for the North American case of a single dominant high-speed train sharing a network with a majority flow of slower trains. Initial dispatch priorit...

  12. Teaching to Think: Applying the Socratic Method outside the Law School Setting

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    Peterson, Evan

    2009-01-01

    An active learning process has the potential to provide educational benefits above-and-beyond what they might receive from more traditional, passive approaches. The Socratic Method is a unique approach to passive learning that facilitates critical thinking, open-mindedness, and teamwork. By imposing a series of guided questions to students, an…

  13. 3D magnetospheric parallel hybrid multi-grid method applied to planet–plasma interactions

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    Leclercq, L., E-mail: ludivine.leclercq@latmos.ipsl.fr [LATMOS/IPSL, UVSQ Université Paris-Saclay, UPMC Univ. Paris 06, CNRS, Guyancourt (France); Modolo, R., E-mail: ronan.modolo@latmos.ipsl.fr [LATMOS/IPSL, UVSQ Université Paris-Saclay, UPMC Univ. Paris 06, CNRS, Guyancourt (France); Leblanc, F. [LATMOS/IPSL, UPMC Univ. Paris 06 Sorbonne Universités, UVSQ, CNRS, Paris (France); Hess, S. [ONERA, Toulouse (France); Mancini, M. [LUTH, Observatoire Paris-Meudon (France)

    2016-03-15

    We present a new method to exploit multiple refinement levels within a 3D parallel hybrid model, developed to study planet–plasma interactions. This model is based on the hybrid formalism: ions are kinetically treated whereas electrons are considered as a inertia-less fluid. Generally, ions are represented by numerical particles whose size equals the volume of the cells. Particles that leave a coarse grid subsequently entering a refined region are split into particles whose volume corresponds to the volume of the refined cells. The number of refined particles created from a coarse particle depends on the grid refinement rate. In order to conserve velocity distribution functions and to avoid calculations of average velocities, particles are not coalesced. Moreover, to ensure the constancy of particles' shape function sizes, the hybrid method is adapted to allow refined particles to move within a coarse region. Another innovation of this approach is the method developed to compute grid moments at interfaces between two refinement levels. Indeed, the hybrid method is adapted to accurately account for the special grid structure at the interfaces, avoiding any overlapping grid considerations. Some fundamental test runs were performed to validate our approach (e.g. quiet plasma flow, Alfven wave propagation). Lastly, we also show a planetary application of the model, simulating the interaction between Jupiter's moon Ganymede and the Jovian plasma.

  14. Developing digital technologies for university mathematics by applying participatory design methods

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    Triantafyllou, Eva; Timcenko, Olga

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents our research efforts to develop digital technologies for undergraduate university mathematics. We employ participatory design methods in order to involve teachers and students in the design of such technologies. The results of the first round of our design are included...

  15. Model-based acoustic substitution source methods for assessing shielding measures applied to trains

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    Geerlings, A.C.; Thompson, D.J.; Verheij, J.W.

    2001-01-01

    A promising means of reducing the rolling noise from trains is local shielding in the form of vehicle-mounted shrouds combined with low trackside barriers. This is much less visually intrusive than classic lineside noise barriers. Various experimental methods have been proposed that allow the perfor

  16. Pharmacokinetics of ivermectin applied topically by whole-body bathing method in healthy volunteers.

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    Miyajima, Atsushi; Hirota, Takashi; Tashiro, Mari; Noguchi, Wataru; Kawano, Yayoi; Hanawa, Takehisa; Kigure, Akira; Anata, Taichi; Yamamoto, Yosuke; Yuasa, Nae; Koshino, Machi; Shiraishi, Yumi; Yuzawa, Kaoru; Akagi, Keita; Yoshimasu, Takashi; Makigami, Kuniko; Komoda, Masayo

    2016-10-15

    As a novel administration method of ivermectin (IVM) for scabies treatment, we proposed a "whole-body bathing method (WBBM)". In this method, the patients would bathe themselves in a bathing fluid containing IVM at an effective concentration. Previously, we demonstrated that WBBM could deliver IVM to the skin but not to the plasma in rats. In the present study, to assess the clinical validity of the method an arm bathing examination (first trial) and a whole-body bathing examination (second trial) were conducted in healthy volunteers. In both the first and second trials, after bathing in fluid containing IVM, the exposure in the stratum corneum was higher compared with that after taking IVM p.o. as reported previously. IVM was not detected in plasma at any sampling point after the whole-body bathing in the second trial. Furthermore no serious adverse events were found. These results in both trials suggest that WBBM can deliver IVM to the human stratum corneum without systemic exposure or serious adverse effects in healthy volunteers, and at concentrations that would be adequate for scabies treatment.

  17. Applying the decision moving window to risky choice: Comparison of eye-tracking and mousetracing methods

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    Ana M. Franco-Watkins

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Currently, a disparity exists between the process-level models decision researchers use to describe and predict decision behavior and the methods implemented and metrics collected to test these models. The current work seeks to remedy this disparity by combining the advantages of work in decision research (mouse-tracing paradigms with contingent information display and cognitive psychology (eye-tracking paradigms from reading and scene perception. In particular, we introduce a new decision moving-window paradigm that presents stimulus information contingent on eye fixations. We provide data from the first application of this method to risky decision making, and show how it compares to basic eye-tracking and mouse-tracing methods. We also enumerate the practical, theoretical, and analytic advantages this method offers above and beyond both mouse-tracing with occlusion and basic eye tracking of information without occlusion. We include the use of new metrics that offer more precision than those typically calculated on mouse-tracing data as well as those not possible or feasible within the mouse-tracing paradigm.

  18. GOCE in ocean modelling - Point mass method applied on GOCE gravity gradients

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    Herceg, Matija

    2009-01-01

    This presentation is an introduction to my Ph.D project. The main objective of the study is to improve the methodology for combining GOCE gravity field models with satellite altimetry to derive optimal dynamic ocean topography models for oceanography. Here a method for geoid determination using...

  19. Energy Moment Method Applied to Nuclear Quadrupole Splitting of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Lines

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    Frank, V

    1962-01-01

    Expressions giving the sum of the energy values, raised to the second and third power, for a nucleus interacting with a static magnetic field and a static electric field gradient are derived. Several applications of this method for obtaining the values of the components of the electric field...

  20. The simulation of skin temperature distributions by means of a relaxation method (applied to IR thermography)

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    Vermey, G.F.

    1975-01-01

    To solve the differential equation for the heat in a two-layer, rectangular piece of skin tissue, a relaxation method, based on a finite difference technique, is used. The temperature distributions on the skin surface are calculated. The results are used to derive a criterion for the resolution for