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  1. Virus removal in ceramic depth filters based on diatomaceous earth. (United States)

    Michen, Benjamin; Meder, Fabian; Rust, Annette; Fritsch, Johannes; Aneziris, Christos; Graule, Thomas


    Ceramic filter candles, based on the natural material diatomaceous earth, are widely used to purify water at the point-of-use. Although such depth filters are known to improve drinking water quality by removing human pathogenic protozoa and bacteria, their removal regarding viruses has rarely been investigated. These filters have relatively large pore diameters compared to the physical dimension of viruses. However, viruses may be retained by adsorption mechanisms due to intermolecular and surface forces. Here, we use three types of bacteriophages to investigate their removal during filtration and batch experiments conducted at different pH values and ionic strengths. Theoretical models based on DLVO-theory are applied in order to verify experimental results and assess surface forces involved in the adsorptive process. This was done by calculation of interaction energies between the filter surface and the viruses. For two small spherically shaped viruses (MS2 and PhiX174), these filters showed no significant removal. In the case of phage PhiX174, where attractive interactions were expected, due to electrostatic attraction of oppositely charged surfaces, only little adsorption was reported in the presence of divalent ions. Thus, we postulate the existence of an additional repulsive force between PhiX174 and the filter surface. It is hypothesized that such an additional energy barrier originates from either the phage's specific knobs that protrude from the viral capsid, enabling steric interactions, or hydration forces between the two hydrophilic interfaces of virus and filter. However, a larger-sized, tailed bacteriophage of the family Siphoviridae was removed by log 2 to 3, which is explained by postulating hydrophobic interactions.

  2. Removing Impulse Bursts from Images by Training-Based Filtering

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    Pertti Koivisto


    Full Text Available The characteristics of impulse bursts in remote sensing images are analyzed and a model for this noise is proposed. The model also takes into consideration other noise types, for example, the multiplicative noise present in radar images. As a case study, soft morphological filters utilizing a training-based optimization scheme are used for the noise removal. Different approaches for the training are discussed. It is shown that these techniques can provide an effective removal of impulse bursts. At the same time, other noise types in images, for example, the multiplicative noise, can be suppressed without compromising good edge and detail preservation. Numerical simulation results, as well as examples of real remote sensing images, are presented.

  3. Mecoprop (MCPP) removal in full-scale rapid sand filters at a groundwater-based waterworks

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    Hedegaard, Mathilde J., E-mail:; Arvin, Erik; Corfitzen, Charlotte B.; Albrechtsen, Hans-Jørgen


    Contamination by the herbicide mecoprop (MCPP) was detected in groundwater abstraction wells at Kerteminde Waterworks in concentrations up to 0.08 μg/L. MCPP was removed to below detection limit in a simple treatment line where anaerobic groundwater was aerated and subsequently filtered by primary and secondary rapid sand filters. Water quality parameters were measured throughout the waterworks, and they behaved as designed for. MCPP was removed in secondary rapid sand filtersremoval was the greatest in the sand filters in the filter line with the highest contact time (63 min). In these secondary sand filters, MCPP concentration decreased from 0.037 μg/L to below the detection limit of 0.01 μg/L. MCPP was removed continuously at different filter depths (0.80 m). Additionally, biodegradation, mineralisation and adsorption were investigated in the laboratory in order to elucidate removal mechanisms in the full-scale system. Therefore, microcosms were set up with filter sand, water and {sup 14}C-labelled MCPP at an initial concentration of 0.2 μg/L. After 24 h, 79–86% of the initial concentration of MCPP was removed. Sorption removed 11–15%, while the remaining part was removed by microbial processes, leading to a complete mineralisation of 13–18%. Microbial removal in the filter sand was similar at different depths of the rapid sand filter, while the amount of MCPP which adsorbed to the filter sand after 48 h decreased with depth from 21% of the initial MCPP in the top layer to 7% in the bottom layer. It was concluded that MCPP was removed in secondary rapid sand filters at Kerteminde Waterworks, to which both adsorption and microbial degradation contributed. - Highlights: • A full-scale groundwater based waterworks was able to remove MCPP. • In the secondary rapid sand filters, MCPP decreased from 0.037 μg/L to < 0.010 μg/L. • The filter sand removed MCPP both by sorption and by microbial degradation. • Microbial removal was unchanged while

  4. Comparison of sand-based water filters for point-of-use arsenic removal in China. (United States)

    Smith, Kate; Li, Zhenyu; Chen, Bohan; Liang, Honggang; Zhang, Xinyi; Xu, Ruifei; Li, Zhilin; Dai, Huanfang; Wei, Caijie; Liu, Shuming


    Contamination of groundwater wells by arsenic is a major problem in China. This study compared arsenic removal efficiency of five sand-based point-of-use filters with the aim of selecting the most effective filter for use in a village in Shanxi province, where the main groundwater source had arsenic concentration >200 μg/L. A biosand filter, two arsenic biosand filters, a SONO-style filter and a version of the biosand filter with nails embedded in the sand were tested. The biosand filter with embedded nails was the most consistent and effective under the study conditions, likely due to increased contact time between water and nails and sustained corrosion. Effluent arsenic was below China's standard of 50 μg/L for more than six months after construction. The removal rate averaged 92% and was never below 86%. In comparison, arsenic removal for the nail-free biosand filter was never higher than 53% and declined with time. The arsenic biosand filter, in which nails sit in a diffuser basin above the sand, performed better but effluent arsenic almost always exceeded the standard. This highlights the positive impact on arsenic removal of embedding nails within the top layer of biosand filter sand and the promise of this low-cost filtration method for rural areas affected by arsenic contamination. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. PSO Algorithm based Adaptive Median Filter for Noise Removal in Image Processing Application

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    Ruby Verma


    Full Text Available A adaptive Switching median filter for salt and pepper noise removal based on genetic algorithm is presented. Proposed filter consist of two stages, a noise detector stage and a noise filtering stage. Particle swarm optimization seems to be effective for single objective problem. Noise Dictation stage works on it. In contrast to the standard median filter, the proposed algorithm generates the noise map of corrupted Image. Noise map gives information about the corrupted and non-corrupted pixels of Image. In filtering, filter calculates the median of uncorrupted neighbouring pixels and replaces the corrupted pixels. Extensive simulations are performed to validate the proposed filter. Simulated results show refinement both in Peak signal to noise ratio (PSNR and Image Quality Index value (IQI. Experimental results shown that proposed method is more effective than existing methods.

  6. Insights into siloxane removal from biogas in biotrickling filters via process mapping-based analysis. (United States)

    Soreanu, Gabriela


    Data process mapping using response surface methodology (RSM)-based computational techniques is performed in this study for the diagnosis of a laboratory-scale biotrickling filter applied for siloxane (i.e. octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5)) removal from biogas. A mathematical model describing the process performance (i.e. Si removal efficiency, %) was obtained as a function of key operating parameters (e.g biogas flowrate, D4 and D5 concentration). The contour plots and the response surfaces generated for the obtained objective function indicate a minimization trend in siloxane removal performance, however a maximum performance of approximately 60% Si removal efficiency was recorded. Analysis of the process mapping results provides indicators of improvement to biological system performance.

  7. Mecoprop (MCPP) removal in full-scale rapid sand filters at a groundwater-based waterworks

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    Hedegaard, Mathilde Jørgensen; Arvin, Erik; Corfitzen, Charlotte B.;


    Contamination by the herbicide mecoprop (MCPP) was detected in groundwater abstraction wells at Kerteminde Waterworks in concentrations up to 0.08μg/L. MCPP was removed to below detection limit in a simple treatment line where anaerobic groundwater was aerated and subsequently filtered by primary...... filters, MCPP concentration decreased from 0.037μg/L to below the detection limit of 0.01μg/L. MCPP was removed continuously at different filter depths (0.80m).Additionally, biodegradation, mineralisation and adsorption were investigated in the laboratory in order to elucidate removal mechanisms.......It was concluded that MCPP was removed in secondary rapid sand filters at Kerteminde Waterworks, to which both adsorption and microbial degradation contributed....

  8. Removal of xenotropic murine leukemia virus by nanocellulose based filter paper. (United States)

    Asper, M; Hanrieder, T; Quellmalz, A; Mihranyan, A


    The removal of xenotrpic murine leukemia virus (xMuLV) by size-exclusion filter paper composed of 100% naturally derived cellulose was validated. The filter paper was produced using cellulose nanofibers derived from Cladophora sp. algae. The filter paper was characterized using atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, helium pycnometry, and model tracer (100 nm latex beads and 50 nm gold nanoparticles) retention tests. Following the filtration of xMuLV spiked solutions, LRV ≥5.25 log10 TCID50 was observed, as limited by the virus titre in the feed solution and sensitivity of the tissue infectivity test. The results of the validation study suggest that the nanocellulose filter paper is useful for removal of endogenous rodent retroviruses and retrovirus-like particles during the production of recombinant proteins.

  9. Duplication-remove algorithm of image based on EZW-based matrix bloom filter (United States)

    Che, Yujing; Fei, Xiangdong; Hu, Bo


    Transmission efficiency is seriously hindered by a huge amount of data which is largely redundant during the image transmission on the network. To solver this problem, a new algorithm is put forward here. It firstly uses EZW coding algorithm to compress, code and transform data and then uses Matrix Bloom filter on account of the characters of EZW to remove the redundant data according to the strictly defined ranks. This new algorithm attains its goal of reducing the data being transmitted on the network and improving the transmission efficiency by making real-time judgment that whether the data should be transmitted again in order to cease redundant data transmission as early as possible. Finally, the effectiveness and practicability of this new algorithm has been demonstrated by the simulation experiments.

  10. Cat Swarm Optimization Based Functional Link Artificial Neural Network Filter for Gaussian Noise Removal from Computed Tomography Images

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    M. Kumar


    Full Text Available Gaussian noise is one of the dominant noises, which degrades the quality of acquired Computed Tomography (CT image data. It creates difficulties in pathological identification or diagnosis of any disease. Gaussian noise elimination is desirable to improve the clarity of a CT image for clinical, diagnostic, and postprocessing applications. This paper proposes an evolutionary nonlinear adaptive filter approach, using Cat Swarm Functional Link Artificial Neural Network (CS-FLANN to remove the unwanted noise. The structure of the proposed filter is based on the Functional Link Artificial Neural Network (FLANN and the Cat Swarm Optimization (CSO is utilized for the selection of optimum weight of the neural network filter. The applied filter has been compared with the existing linear filters, like the mean filter and the adaptive Wiener filter. The performance indices, such as peak signal to noise ratio (PSNR, have been computed for the quantitative analysis of the proposed filter. The experimental evaluation established the superiority of the proposed filtering technique over existing methods.

  11. Study on hydrogen sulfide removal based on bench-scale experiment by bio-trickling filter

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    TIAN Shu-lei; ZHANG Lan-he; WANG Qun-hui; WANG Xu-ming; XIE Wei-min


    A bench-scale experiment for control of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) emissions was carried out continuously for nearly four months by using bio-trickling filter packed with ZX01 stuffing. The results suggested that the bio-trickling filter had proven excellent performance over substantial operational periods. Removal efficiency of H2S was nearly 100% when volumetric loading of the bio-trickling filter varied from 0.64 g/(m3·h)to 38.20 g/(m3·h) and metabolism products of H2S were mainly composed of SO42-. When inlet concentration of H2S was 250 mg/m3, the optimum gas retention time was 30 s and the optimum spray water not blocked during experiments for nearly four months during which resistance was maintained at relatively lower value, so that the bio-trickling filter need not carry out back washing frequently and can be operated steadily for long-term.

  12. New decision-based trimmed median filter for high-density salt-and-pepper noise removal in images (United States)

    Vijaykumar, Vaithiyam Rengarajan; Santhanamari, Guru


    A new switching-based trimmed median filter to remove high-density salt-and-pepper noise in digital images is proposed. Initially, a 3×3 sliding window is applied on each pixel in the noisy image. The minimum- and maximum-intensity values are trimmed, and the noisy pixels are detected based on the predefined threshold value. In the filtering stage, the noisy pixels are replaced by median value of uncorrupted pixels in the trimmed array. At very high noise density, if all the pixels in the sliding window are corrupted, then the proposed algorithm replaces noisy pixels by the midpoint of recently processed pixels. The experimental results for various test images show that the performance of the proposed algorithm is superior to the existing algorithms, namely SMF, WMF, CWMF, AMF, DBA, and MDBUTMF in terms of visual quality and edge preservation, even at noise levels as high as 95%.


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    Li Weibin; Liu Fang; Jiao Licheng; Zhang Shuling; Li Zongling


    More methods can be used to remove the additive noise, such as the Mean of Least Variance (MLV)filter. When the signal is noised by the multiplicative noise, it is difficult to remove. The paper presents an improved filter to remove multiplicative noise by changing the multiplicative noise to the additive noise, and then using the MLV-like to remove the additive noise. The simulation results show that the performance is better than Minimum Coefficient of Variation (MCV) filter and MLV filter. Both one-dimension and image experiments demonstrate its theoretical performance.

  14. Biogenic Fe(III) minerals lower the efficiency of iron-mineral-based commercial filter systems for arsenic removal. (United States)

    Kleinert, Susanne; Muehe, Eva M; Posth, Nicole R; Dippon, Urs; Daus, Birgit; Kappler, Andreas


    Millions of people worldwide are affected by As (arsenic) contaminated groundwater. Fe(III) (oxy)hydroxides sorb As efficiently and are therefore used in water purification filters. Commercial filters containing abiogenic Fe(III) (oxy)hydroxides (GEH) showed varying As removal, and it was unclear whether Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria influenced filter efficiency. We found up to 10(7) Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria/g dry-weight in GEH-filters and determined the performance of filter material in the presence and absence of Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria. GEH-material sorbed 1.7 mmol As(V)/g Fe and was ~8 times more efficient than biogenic Fe(III) minerals that sorbed only 208.3 μmol As(V)/g Fe. This was also ~5 times more efficient than a 10:1-mixture of GEH-material and biogenic Fe(III) minerals that bound 322.6 μmol As(V)/g Fe. Coprecipitation of As(V) with biogenic Fe(III) minerals removed 343.0 μmol As(V)/g Fe, while As removal by coprecipitation with biogenic minerals in the presence of GEH-material was slightly less efficient as GEH-material only and yielded 1.5 mmol As(V)/g Fe. The present study thus suggests that the formation of biogenic Fe(III) minerals lowers rather than increases As removal efficiency of the filters probably due to the repulsion of the negatively charged arsenate by the negatively charged biogenic minerals. For this reason we recommend excluding microorganisms from filters (e.g., by activated carbon filters) to maintain their high As removal capacity.

  15. Organic/inorganic hybrid filters based on dendritic and cyclodextrin "nanosponges" for the removal of organic pollutants from water. (United States)

    Arkas, Michael; Allabashi, Roza; Tsiourvas, Dimitris; Mattausch, Eva-Maria; Perfler, Reinhard


    Long-alkyl chain functionalized poly(propylene imine) dendrimer, poly(ethylene imine) hyperbranched polymer, and beta-cyclodextrin derivatives, which are completely insoluble in water, have the property of encapsulating organic pollutants from water. Ceramic porous filters can be impregnated with these compounds resulting in hybrid organic/ inorganic filter modules. These hybrid filter modules were tested for the effective purification of water, by continuous filtration experiments, employing a variety of water pollutants. It has been established that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can be removed very efficiently (more than 95%), and final concentrations of several ppb (microg/ L) are easily obtained. Representatives of the pollutant group of trihalogen methanes (THMs), monoaromatic hydrocarbons (BTX), and pesticides (simazine) can also be removed (>80%), although the filters are saturated considerably faster in these cases.

  16. Convergent Filter Bases


    Coghetto Roland


    We are inspired by the work of Henri Cartan [16], Bourbaki [10] (TG. I Filtres) and Claude Wagschal [34]. We define the base of filter, image filter, convergent filter bases, limit filter and the filter base of tails (fr: filtre des sections).

  17. Convergent Filter Bases

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    Coghetto Roland


    Full Text Available We are inspired by the work of Henri Cartan [16], Bourbaki [10] (TG. I Filtres and Claude Wagschal [34]. We define the base of filter, image filter, convergent filter bases, limit filter and the filter base of tails (fr: filtre des sections.

  18. Cat Swarm Optimization Based Functional Link Artificial Neural Network Filter for Gaussian Noise Removal from Computed Tomography Images


    Kumar, M.; Mishra, S K; S S Sahu


    Gaussian noise is one of the dominant noises, which degrades the quality of acquired Computed Tomography (CT) image data. It creates difficulties in pathological identification or diagnosis of any disease. Gaussian noise elimination is desirable to improve the clarity of a CT image for clinical, diagnostic, and postprocessing applications. This paper proposes an evolutionary nonlinear adaptive filter approach, using Cat Swarm Functional Link Artificial Neural Network (CS-FLANN) to remove the ...

  19. Removing Pathogens Using Nano-Ceramic-Fiber Filters (United States)

    Tepper, Frederick; Kaledin, Leonid


    A nano-aluminum-oxide fiber of only 2 nanometers in diameter was used to develop a ceramic-fiber filter. The fibers are electropositive and, when formulated into a filter material (NanoCeram(TradeMark)), would attract electro-negative particles such as bacteria and viruses. The ability to detect and then remove viruses as well as bacteria is of concern in space cabins since they may be carried onboard by space crews. Moreover, an improved filter was desired that would polish the effluent from condensed moisture and wastewater, producing potable drinking water. A laboratory- size filter was developed that was capable of removing greater than 99.9999 percent of bacteria and virus. Such a removal was achieved at flow rates hundreds of times greater than those through ultraporous membranes that remove particles by sieving. Because the pore size of the new filter was rather large as compared to ultraporous membranes, it was found to be more resistant to clogging. Additionally, a full-size cartridge is being developed that is capable of serving a full space crew. During this ongoing effort, research demonstrated that the filter media was a very efficient adsorbent for DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), RNA (ribonucleic acid), and endotoxins. Since the adsorption is based on the charge of the macromolecules, there is also a potential for separating proteins and other particulates on the basis of their charge differences. The separation of specific proteins is a major new thrust of biotechnology. The principal application of NanoCeram filters is based on their ability to remove viruses from water. The removal of more than 99.9999 percent of viruses was achieved by a NanoCeram polishing filter added to the effluent of an existing filtration device. NanoCeram is commercially available in laboratory-size filter discs and in the form of a syringe filter. The unique characteristic of the filter can be demonstrated by its ability to remove particulate dyes such as Metanyl yellow. Its

  20. Dust removal and filter technology. Entstaubungs- und Filtertechnik

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    Stockmann, H.W. (DMT-Gesellschaft fuer Forschung und Pruefung mbH, Essen (Germany). DMT-Institut fuer Staubbekaempfung, Gefahrstoffe und Ergonomie); Henke, B. (DMT-Gesellschaft fuer Forschung und Pruefung mbH, Essen (Germany). DMT-Institut fuer Staubbekaempfung, Gefahrstoffe und Ergonomie)


    New approaches were adopted in filter technology to respond to technological changes in mechanized mining and to allow perfect dust removal in keeping with occupational hygiene requirements. Self-supporting filter materials based on ceramic fibres and synthetic granulates were taken to develop filter elements allowing lamination to enhance their separation-active surface area. Filter materials made from thermally fixed fibre nonwovens were processed to form plicated filter bags of the same structural volume but with a surface area increased by a factor of 2.5. Integrated inlet nozzles were developed to allow these elements to be cleaned of dust deposits. These nozzles were also studied in basic filter-technology tests. A test rig supplied design findings which were included in a study to develop new generations of dedusters. A reduction of design volume and an increase of through-put rate greater than 20% could be predicted. Service tests with modified filter materials were run for ventilation-air dust dust removal both for whole faces and for face segments. The benefits of filter technology for face, face opening and drifting were highlighted. New methods for wetting and transport of the dust removed from the dedusters were developed. New concepts of exhaust-air filter separators allow flat storage bunkers to be used in pneumatic conveyance of building materials at the face. (orig.)

  1. Late removal of retrievable caval filters. (United States)

    von Segesser, Ludwig K; Ferrari, Enrico; Tozzi, Piergiorgio; Abdel-Sayed, Saad; Berdajs, Denis


    The advent of retrievable caval filters was a game changer in the sense, that the previously irreversible act of implanting a medical device into the main venous blood stream of the body requiring careful evaluation of the pros and cons prior to execution suddenly became a "reversible" procedure where potential hazards in the late future of the patient lost most of their weight at the time of decision making. This review was designed to assess the rate of success with late retrieval of so called retrievable caval filters in order to get some indication about reasonable implant duration with respect to relatively "easy" implant removal with conventional means, i.e., catheters, hooks and lassos. A PubMed search ( was performed with the search term "cava filter retrieval after 30 days clinical", and 20 reports between 1994 and 2013 dealing with late retrieval of caval filters were identified, covering approximately 7,000 devices with 600 removed filters. The maximal duration of implant reported is 2,599 days and the maximal implant duration of removed filters is also 2,599 days. The maximal duration reported with standard retrieval techniques, i.e., catheter, hook and/or lasso, is 475 days, whereas for the retrievals after this period more sophisticated techniques including lasers, etc. were required. The maximal implant duration for series with 100% retrieval accounts for 84 days, which is equivalent to 12 weeks or almost 3 months. We conclude that retrievable caval filters often become permanent despite the initial decision of temporary use. However, such "forgotten" retrievable devices can still be removed with a great chance of success up to three months after implantation. Conventional percutaneous removal techniques may be sufficient up to sixteen months after implantation whereas more sophisticated catheter techniques have been shown to be successful up to 83 months or more than seven years of implant duration. Tilting, migrating, or misplaced

  2. A Primal-Dual Proximal Algorithm for Sparse Template-Based Adaptive Filtering: Application to Seismic Multiple Removal

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    Pham, Mai Quyen; Chaux, Caroline; Pesquet, Jean-Christophe


    Unveiling meaningful geophysical information from seismic data requires to deal with both random and structured "noises". As their amplitude may be greater than signals of interest (primaries), additional prior information is especially important in performing efficient signal separation. We address here the problem of multiple reflections, caused by wave-field bouncing between layers. Since only approximate models of these phenomena are available, we propose a flexible framework for time-varying adaptive filtering of seismic signals, using sparse representations, based on inaccurate templates. We recast the joint estimation of adaptive filters and primaries in a new convex variational formulation. This approach allows us to incorporate plausible knowledge about noise statistics, data sparsity and slow filter variation in parsimony-promoting wavelet frames. The designed primal-dual algorithm solves a constrained minimization problem that alleviates standard regularization issues in finding hyperparameters. Th...

  3. Construction and optimisation of a cartridge filter for removing ...

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    Construction and optimisation of a cartridge filter for removing fluoride in drinking water. ... It was found that the optimal conditions for the F- filter that gave the best results in removing of F- from water with minimum ... Article Metrics.

  4. Ozone Removal by Filters Containing Activated Carbon: A Pilot Study

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    Fisk, William; Spears, Mike; Sullivan, Douglas; Mendell, Mark


    This study evaluated the ozone removal performance of moderate-cost particle filters containing activated carbon when installed in a commercial building heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Filters containing 300 g of activated carbon per 0.09 m2 of filter face area were installed in two 'experimental' filter banks within an office building located in Sacramento, CA. The ozone removal performance of the filters was assessed through periodic measurements of ozone concentrations in the air upstream and downstream of the filters. Ozone concentrations were also measured upstream and downstream of a 'reference' filter bank containing filters without any activated carbon. The filter banks with prefilters containing activated carbon were removing 60percent to 70percent of the ozone 67 and 81 days after filter installation. In contrast, there was negligible ozone removal by the reference filter bank without activated carbon.

  5. Removal of emerging organic contaminants in a poplar vegetation filter

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    Martínez Hernández, V.; Lealb, M.; Meffe, R.; Miguel Garcia, de Angel; Alonso-Alonso, C.; Bustamante, de I.; Lillo, J.; Martín, I.; Salas, J.J.


    Vegetation filters (VFs), a type of land application system, are a robust technology based on natural treatment mechanisms for the removal of wastewater contaminants. Their capacity to attenuate emerging organic contaminants (EOCs) has not yet been evaluated. The present study reports the results

  6. Particulate removal processes and hydraulics of porous gravel media filters (United States)

    Minto, J. M.; Phoenix, V. R.; Dorea, C. C.; Haynes, H.; Sloan, W. T.


    Sustainable urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) are rapidly gaining acceptance as a low-cost tool for treating urban runoff pollutants close to source. Road runoff water in particular requires treatment due to the presence of high levels of suspended particles and heavy metals adsorbed to these particles. The aim of this research is to elucidate the particle removal processes that occur within gravel filters that have so far been considered as 'black-box' systems. Based on these findings, a better understanding will be attained on what influences gravel filter removal efficiency and how this changes throughout their design life; leading to a more rational design of this useful technology. This has been achieved by tying together three disparate research elements: tracer residence time distribution curves of filters during clogging; 3D magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of clogging filters and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling of complex filter pore networks. This research relates column average changes in particle removal efficiency and tracer residence time distributions (RTDs) due to clogging with non-invasive measurement of the spatial variability in particle deposition. The CFD modelling provides a link between observed deposition patterns, flow velocities and wall shear stresses as well as the explanations for the change in RTD with clogging and the effect on particle transport. Results show that, as a filter clogs, particles take a longer, more tortuous path through the filter. This is offset by a reduction in filter volume resulting in higher flow velocities and more rapid particle transport. Higher velocities result in higher shear stresses and the development of preferential pathways in which the velocity exceeds the deposition threshold and the overall efficiency of the filter decreases. Initial pore geometry is linked to the pattern of deposition and subsequent formation of preferential pathways. These results shed light on the 'black-box' internal

  7. Monte Carlo-based investigations on the impact of removing the flattening filter on beam quality specifiers for photon beam dosimetry. (United States)

    Czarnecki, Damian; Poppe, Björn; Zink, Klemens


    The impact of removing the flattening filter in clinical electron accelerators on the relationship between dosimetric quantities such as beam quality specifiers and the mean photon and electron energies of the photon radiation field was investigated by Monte Carlo simulations. The purpose of this work was to determine the uncertainties when using the well-known beam quality specifiers or energy-based beam specifiers as predictors of dosimetric photon field properties when removing the flattening filter. Monte Carlo simulations applying eight different linear accelerator head models with and without flattening filter were performed in order to generate realistic radiation sources and calculate field properties such as restricted mass collision stopping power ratios (L¯/ρ)airwater, mean photon and secondary electron energies. To study the impact of removing the flattening filter on the beam quality correction factors kQ , this factor for detailed ionization chamber models was calculated by Monte Carlo simulations. Stopping power ratios (L¯/ρ)airwater and kQ values for different ionization chambers as a function of TPR1020 and %dd(10)x were calculated. Moreover, mean photon energies in air and at the point of measurement in water as well as mean secondary electron energies at the point of measurement were calculated. The results revealed that removing the flattening filter led to a change within 0.3% in the relationship between %dd(10)x and (L¯/ρ)airwater, whereby the relationship between TPR1020 and (L¯/ρ)airwater changed up to 0.8% for high energy photon beams. However, TPR1020 was a good predictor of (L¯/ρ)airwater for both types of linear accelerator with energies mean photon energy below the linear accelerators head as well as at the point of measurement may not be suitable as a predictor of (L¯/ρ)airwater and kQ to merge the dosimetry of both linear accelerator types. It was possible to derive (L¯/ρ)airwater using the mean secondary electron energy

  8. Predicting the efficiency of deposit removal during filter backwash ...

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    Predicting the efficiency of deposit removal during filter backwash. ... Abstract. The long-term performance of granular media filters used in drinking water treatment is ultimately limited by the efficiency of the backwash process. ... Article Metrics.

  9. Comparative Evaluation of Adaptive Filter and Neuro-Fuzzy Filter in Artifacts Removal From Electroencephalogram Signal

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    Paulchamy Balaiah


    Full Text Available Problem statement: This study presents an effective method for removing mixed artifacts (EOG-Electro-ocular gram, ECG-Electrocardiogram, EMG-Electromyogram from the EEG-Electroencephalogram records. The noise sources increases the difficulty in analyzing the EEG and obtaining clinical information. EEG signals are multidimensional, non-stationary (i.e., statistical properties are not invariant in time, time domain biological signals, which are not reproducible. It is supposed to contain information about what is going on in the ensemble of excitatory pyramidal neuron level, at millisecond temporal resolution scale. Since scalp EEG contains considerable amount of noise and artifacts and exactly where it is coming from is poorly determined, extracting information from it is extremely challenging. For this reason it is necessary to design specific filters to decrease such artifacts in EEG records. Approach: Some of the other methods that are really appealing are artifact removal through Independent Component Analysis (ICA, Wavelet Transforms, Linear filtering and Artificial Neural Networks. ICA method could be used in situations, where large numbers of noises need to be distinguished, but it is not suitable for on-line real time application like Brain Computer Interface (BCI. Wavelet transforms are suitable for real-time application, but there all success lies in the selection of the threshold function. Linear filtering is best when; the frequency of noises does not interfere or overlap with each other. In this study we proposed adaptive filtering and neuro-fuzzy filtering method to remove artifacts from EEG. Adaptive filter performs linear filtering. Neuro-fuzzy approaches are very promising for non-linear filtering of noisy image. The multiple-output structure is based on recursive processing. It is able to adapt the filtering action to different kinds of corrupting noise. Fuzzy reasoning embedded into the network structure aims at reducing errors

  10. A New Switching-Based Median Filtering Scheme and Algorithm for Removal of High-Density Salt and Pepper Noise in Images

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    Jayaraj V


    Full Text Available A new switching-based median filtering scheme for restoration of images that are highly corrupted by salt and pepper noise is proposed. An algorithm based on the scheme is developed. The new scheme introduces the concept of substitution of noisy pixels by linear prediction prior to estimation. A novel simplified linear predictor is developed for this purpose. The objective of the scheme and algorithm is the removal of high-density salt and pepper noise in images. The new algorithm shows significantly better image quality with good PSNR, reduced MSE, good edge preservation, and reduced streaking. The good performance is achieved with reduced computational complexity. A comparison of the performance is made with several existing algorithms in terms of visual and quantitative results. The performance of the proposed scheme and algorithm is demonstrated.

  11. Improved virus removal in ceramic depth filters modified with MgO. (United States)

    Michen, Benjamin; Fritsch, Johannes; Aneziris, Christos; Graule, Thomas


    Ceramic filters, working on the depth filtration principle, are known to improve drinking water quality by removing human pathogenic microorganisms from contaminated water. However, these microfilters show no sufficient barrier for viruses having diameters down to 20 nm. Recently, it was shown that the addition of positively charged materials, for example, iron oxyhydroxide, can improve virus removal by adsorption mechanisms. In this work, we modified a common ceramic filter based on diatomaceous earth by introducing a novel virus adsorbent material, magnesium oxyhydroxide, into the filter matrix. Such filters showed an improved removal of about 4-log in regard to bacteriophages MS2 and PhiX174. This is explained with the electrostatic enhanced adsorption approach that is the favorable adsorption of negatively charged viruses onto positively charged patches in an otherwise negatively charged filter matrix. Furthermore, we provide theoretical evidence applying calculations according to Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek theory to strengthen our experimental results. However, modified filters showed a significant variance in virus removal efficiency over the course of long-term filtration experiments with virus removal increasing with filter operation time (or filter aging). This is explained by transformational changes of MgO in the filter upon contact with water. It also demonstrates that filter history is of great concern when filters working on the adsorption principles are evaluated in regard to their retention performance as their surface characteristics may alter with use.

  12. A method for total noise removal in digital holography based on enhanced grouping and sparsity enhancement filtering (United States)

    Bianco, Vittorio; Memmolo, Pasquale; Paturzo, Melania; Finizio, Andrea; Ferraro, Pietro


    In digital holography (DH), the coherent nature of the employed light sources severely degrades the holographic reconstructions due to a mixture of speckle and incoherent additive noise. These can affect both the visual quality in holographic imaging and display, and the accuracy of quantitative phase-contrast reconstructions. Typically, the noise problem is tackled by reducing the illumination coherence, thus the most intuitive way involves the recording of multiple uncorrelated holograms to be incoherently combined. This framework is known as Multi-Look DH (MLDH). However, single shot recordings are highly desirable in DH, and numerical methods are required to go beyond the improvement bound of ML techniques. Among the existing image processing methods, the 3D Block Matching filtering (BM3D) has shown the best performance. Here we present the MLDH-BM3D, a method specifically suitable to filter DH images that combines the two aforementioned strategies to overcome their respective limitations. We demonstrate the effectiveness of this framework in three different experimental situations, i.e. reconstructions of single wavelength holograms and color holograms in the visible region and the challenging case of the Infrared Radiation Digital Holography (IRDH) reconstructions, where a very severe noise degradation occurs.

  13. [Removal characteristics of DCM by biotrickling filter and biofilter]. (United States)

    Pan, Wei-Long; Yu, Jian-Ming; Cheng, Zhuo-Wei; Cai, Wen-Ji


    A biofilter (BF) packed with nutrition slow-release material and a biotrickling filter (BTF) packed with ether-based polyurethane foam were set up to remove dichloromethane (DCM) from exhaust gas. Results showed that the biofilm formations in BTF and BF were completed by using the mixture of a special strain and a bacterial community, within 25d and 22d, respectively. Through the observation of the filter surface by SEM, the surface of packings in BF was loose with thin biofilm colonies, whereas the one in BTF was dense with thick biofilm. Under the condition of inlet DCM concentration of 100-1,500 mg x m(-3), EBRT of 25-85 s, the removal efficiency of DCM in BTF was better than that in BF, and the maximum removal load was 22.61 g x (m3 x h)(-1) and 29.05 g (m3 x h)(-1), respectively. The relationship between CO2 production and DCM removal was approximately linear, with the mineralization rate being 70.4% and 66.8% for BTF and BF, respectively. The dynamic behaviors of DCM in BTF and BF were described by the Michaelis-Menten model. Through the calculation, the unit volume maximum degradation rate r(max) was 22.7790 g x (m3 x h)(-1) and 28.5714 g x (m3 x h)(-1), while the gas phase saturation constant Ks was 0.1412 g x m(-3) and 0.1486 g x m(-3)

  14. Atrazine Removal from Aqueous Solutions using Submerged Biological Aerated Filter

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    Mohammad Ali Baghapour


    Full Text Available Atrazine is widely used in the agriculture as an herbicide. Due to its high mobility, Atrazine leaks into the groundwaters, surface waters, and drinking water wells. Many physical and chemical methods have been suggested for removing Atrazine from aquatic environments. However, these methods are very costly, have many performance problems, produce a lot of toxic intermediates which are very harmful and dangerous, and cannot completely mineralize Atrazine. In this study, biodegradation of Atrazine by microbial consortium was evaluated in the aquatic environment. In order to assess the Atrazine removal from the aquatic environment, submerged biological aerated filter (SBAF was fed with synthetic wastewater based on sucrose and Atrazine at different hydraulic retention times (HRTs. The maximum efficiencies for Atrazine and Soluble Chemical Oxygen Demand (SCOD removal were 97.9% and 98.9%, respectively. The study findings showed that Stover-Kincannon model had very good fitness (R2 > 99% in loading Atrazine in the biofilter and by increasing the initial concentration of Atrazine, the removal efficiency increased. Aerobic mixed biofilm culture was observed to be suitable for the treatment of Atrazine from aquatic environment. There was no significant inhibition effect on mixed aerobic microbial consortia. Atrazine degradation depended on the strength of wastewater and the amount of Atrazine in the influent

  15. Removal characteristics of steroid estrogens in trickling filters

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    阳春; 胡碧波; WHEATLEY; Andrew; GLASGOW; Graeme


    The discharge of steroid estroens from sewage treatment works (STW) is to be regulated by Environmental Quality Standard in the UK,thus requiring the understanding of removal characteristics of steroid estroens in trickling filters to benefit UK water industry with trickling filters used in 75% STWs. Two pilot-scale trickling filters were operated in parallel to treat synthetic sewage spiked with oestrone (E1),oestradiol (E2) and 17α-ethinyl oestradiol (EE2) at environmentally related concentrations. Control experiments show that biodegradation is the dominant removal mechanism although adsorption onto biofilm solids prior to biodegradation would be part of the overall mechanisms of estrogen removal. Approximately 44.7%-58.9% is removed by the pilot trickling filter normally operated,whilst the 1:1 recirculation increases 29.0%-32.2% estrogen removals by improved wetting rate and hydraulic retention time supported by tracer experiment with lithium chloride. Extra feed solids with 32.0% higher suspended solids levels inhibited estrogen removals by 10.8%-34.4% rather than helping bridge adsorption to the biofilm,and the change of particle characteristics with higher adsorption potency would benefit the removal.

  16. A Fast Switching Filter for Impulsive Noise Removal from Color Images

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    Celebi, M Emre; Uddin, Bakhtiyar; Aslandogan, Y Alp; 10.2352/J.ImagingSci.Technol.(2007)51:2(155)


    In this paper, we present a fast switching filter for impulsive noise removal from color images. The filter exploits the HSL color space, and is based on the peer group concept, which allows for the fast detection of noise in a neighborhood without resorting to pairwise distance computations between each pixel. Experiments on large set of diverse images demonstrate that the proposed approach is not only extremely fast, but also gives excellent results in comparison to various state-of-the-art filters.

  17. Advanced Techniques for Removal of Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filters

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    Iliescu, Bogdan; Haskal, Ziv J., E-mail: [University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (United States)


    Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters have proven valuable for the prevention of primary or recurrent pulmonary embolism in selected patients with or at high risk for venous thromboembolic disease. Their use has become commonplace, and the numbers implanted increase annually. During the last 3 years, in the United States, the percentage of annually placed optional filters, i.e., filters than can remain as permanent filters or potentially be retrieved, has consistently exceeded that of permanent filters. In parallel, the complications of long- or short-term filtration have become increasingly evident to physicians, regulatory agencies, and the public. Most filter removals are uneventful, with a high degree of success. When routine filter-retrieval techniques prove unsuccessful, progressively more advanced tools and skill sets must be used to enhance filter-retrieval success. These techniques should be used with caution to avoid damage to the filter or cava during IVC retrieval. This review describes the complex techniques for filter retrieval, including use of additional snares, guidewires, angioplasty balloons, and mechanical and thermal approaches as well as illustrates their specific application.

  18. Enzymes evaluation for the polymeric filter cake removal; Avaliacao de enzimas para remocao de reboco formado por fluidos polimericos de base agua

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    Kameda, Etel; Coelho, Maria Alice Z. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Escola de Quimica; Langone, Marta A.P. [Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica; Queiroz Neto, Joao C. de [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisas (CENPES)


    In the drilling wells in horizontal or complex configurations, the drilling fluid contact with the productive zone can reduce the productivity by fluid invasion in the borehole wall. Drilling fluids usually comprise natural polymers as starch and xanthan gum. These polymers are deposited as the filter-cake on the wellbore wall. A common approach to remove this filter-cake is the application of acids or strong oxidative solutions. However, these are non-specific species which will react with any encountered that is acid soluble or oxidizable. An alternative is the use of enzymatic preparations that are able to hydrolyze such polymers. The enzymes catalyze only certain specific substrates, are inherently environmentally friendly, the enzymatic degradation rate is slower than that achieved by the oxidative species, so the enzymes produces an uniform filter cake degradation. In this work, the kinetic behaviors of an enzymatic filter-cake breaker and a commercial thermo stable enzymatic complex were analyzed. Both kinetic profiles were very similar, as well as its electrophoresis analysis. The protein in each product showed identical molecular weight. The commercial enzymatic complex stability remained 58.56% of enzymatic activity after 30 days at 40 deg C. Stability at wellbore conditions can be considered similar for both products. At 65 deg C they showed the same enzymatic activity after 8 hours. After 3 hours at 80 deg C, the commercial enzymatic complex remained 29.89% of the initial activity and the filter-cake breaker 61.73%, while at 95 deg C remained 4.39% and 11.60% of the initial activity, respectively, after 15 minutes. (author)

  19. Comparison of the bacterial removal performance of silver nanoparticles and a polymer based quaternary amine functiaonalized silsesquioxane coated point-of-use ceramic water filters. (United States)

    Zhang, Hongyin; Oyanedel-Craver, Vinka


    This study compares the disinfection performance of ceramic water filters impregnated with two antibacterial compounds: silver nanoparticles and a polymer based quaternary amine functiaonalized silsesquioxane (poly(trihydroxysilyl) propyldimethyloctadecyl ammonium chloride (TPA)). This study evaluated these compounds using ceramic disks manufactures with clay obtained from a ceramic filter factory located in San Mateo Ixtatan, Guatemala. Instead of using full size ceramic water filters, manufactured 6.5 cm diameter ceramic water filter disks were used. Results showed that TPA can achieve a log bacterial reduction value of 10 while silver nanoparticles reached up to 2 log reduction using a initial concentration of bacteria of 10(10)-10(11)CFU/ml. Similarly, bacterial transport demonstrated that ceramic filter disks painted with TPA achieved a bacterial log reduction value of 6.24, which is about 2 log higher than the values obtained for disks painted with silver nanoparticles (bacterial log reduction value: 4.42). The release of both disinfectants from the ceramic materials to the treated water was determined measuring the effluent concentrations in each test performed. Regarding TPA, about 3% of the total mass applied to the ceramic disks was released in the effluent over 300 min, which is slightly lower than the release percentage for silver nanoparticles (4%). This study showed that TPA provides a comparable disinfection performance than silver nanoparticles in ceramic water filter. Another advantage of using TPA is the cost as the price of TPA is considerable lower than silver nanoparticles. In spite of the use of TPA in several medical related products, there is only partial information regarding the health risk associated with the ingestion of this compound. Additional long-term toxicological information for TPA should be evaluated before its future application in ceramic water filters.

  20. Biological removal of iron and manganese in rapid sand filters - Process understanding of iron and manganese removal

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    Lin, Katie

    -filter, where iron is removed. Step 2: Filtration in an after-filter where e.g. ammonium and manganese is removed. The treatment relies on microbial processes and may present an alternative, greener and more sustainable approach for drinking water production spending less chemicals and energy than chemical (e.......g. flocculation) and physical (e.g. membrane filtration) based technologies. The removal of dissolved manganese and iron is important. If manganese and iron enter the distribution system, the water will become coloured and have a metallic taste, and it may cause problems in the distribution network due......, it is essential to ensure that the required microorganisms are present and that both the physical and the nutritional requirements of those organisms are fulfilled. However, the knowledge on the microbiology and processes in rapid sand filters is limited, especially on which parameters that affect the biological...

  1. An adaptive fuzzy filter for coding artifacts removal in video and image

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    WU Jing; YE Xiu-qing; GU Wei-kang


    This paper proposes a new adaptive post-filtering algorithm to remove coding artifacts in block-based video coder. The proposed method concentrates on blocking and ringing artifacts removal. For de-blocking, the blocking strength is identified to determine the filtering range, and the maximum quantization parameter of the image is used to adapt the 1D fuzzy filter. For de-ringing, besides the edge detection, a complementary ringing detection method is proposed to locate the neglected ringing blocks, and the gradient threshold is adopted to adjust the parameter of 2D fuzzy filter. Experiments are performed on the MPEG-4 sequences. Compared with other methods, the proposed one achieves better detail preservation and artifacts removal performance with lower computational cost.

  2. Limited effectiveness of household sand filters for removal of arsenic from well water in North Vietnam. (United States)

    Ilmiawati, Cimi; Thang, Nguyen Dinh; Iida, Machiko; Maeda, Masao; Ohnuma, Shoko; Yajima, Ichiro; Ohgami, Nobutaka; Oshino, Reina; Al Hossain, M M Aeorangajeb; Ninomiya, Hiromasa; Kato, Masashi


    Since well water utilized for domestic purposes in the Red River Delta of North Vietnam has been reported to be polluted by arsenic, barium, iron, and manganese, household sand filters consisting of various components are used. Information regarding the effectiveness of various sand filters for removal of the four toxic elements in well water is limited. In this study, arsenic levels in 13/20 of well water samples and 1/7 of tap water samples exceeded World Health Organization (WHO) health-based guideline value for drinking water. Moreover, 2/20, 6/20, and 4/20 of well water samples had levels exceeding the present and previous guideline levels for barium, iron, and manganese, respectively. Levels of iron and manganese, but not arsenic, in well water treated by sand filters were lower than those in untreated water, although previous studies showed that sand filters removed all of those elements from water. A low ratio of iron/arsenic in well water may not be sufficient for efficient removal of arsenic from household sand filters. The levels of barium in well water treated by sand filters, especially a filter composed of sand and charcoal, were significantly lower than those in untreated water. Thus, we demonstrated characteristics of sand filters in North Vietnam.

  3. Multifunctional hybrid porous filters with hierarchical structures for simultaneous removal of indoor VOCs, dusts and microorganisms. (United States)

    Zhao, Yang; Low, Ze-Xian; Feng, Shasha; Zhong, Zhaoxiang; Wang, Yong; Yao, Zhong


    Air purification often requires multiple layers of filters with different functions to remove various air pollutants, which lead to high pressure drop, high air flow path and frequent filter replacement. In this work, a novel multifunctional Ag@MWCNTs/Al2O3 hybrid filter with a depth-type hierarchical structure for simultaneous removal of fine particles, microorganisms and VOCs was designed and fabricated. The novel hybrid air filter showed leading air purification performances to date, achieving 82.24% degradation of formaldehyde at room temperature, 99.99% formaldehyde degradation at 55 °C and complete retention of indoor airborne microorganisms. The complete particle retention rate (100% retention) based on the most penetrating particle size (MPPS, aerodynamic diameter ≦300 nm) of Ag@MWCNTs/Al2O3 was achieved at an only 35.60% pressure drop compared with the pristine Al2O3 filter, leading to the highest quality factor (Qf) ever reported. Furthermore, the Ag@MWCNTs/Al2O3 hybrid filter showed excellent water repellency (water contact angle of 139.6 ± 2.9°), prolonging the service life of the filters and improving the air purification efficiency. The novel Ag@MWCNTs/Al2O3 hybrid filter exhibits remarkable air purification performance in both laboratory synthetic conditions as well as in the "real world" and shows great promise as an effective single replacement for multiple layers of air purifying filters.

  4. Particle filter based entropy

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    Boers, Y.; Driessen, Hans; Bagchi, Arunabha; Mandal, Pranab K.

    For many problems in the field of tracking or even the wider area of filtering the a posteriori description of the uncertainty can oftentimes not be described by a simple Gaussian density function. In such situations the characterization of the uncertainty by a mean and a covariance does not capture

  5. Estimation of Filtration Potential of an Effective Biosand Filter for Removal of Iron, Turbidity From Various Sources of Water

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    Lopa Sarkar


    Full Text Available A study has been conducted for designing, constructing and evaluating of an effective biosand filter. Different types of charcoal mixture such as bamboo, coconut and wood and carbon mat as an important filter media was used for the modification of biosand filter. The filter had seven layers with gravel, sand, carbon mat and charcoal which were responsible for filtration process. The filtered water analysed in every 20 min interval. The raw ground water pH was 6.12 while it passes through bamboo, coconut and wood mixture filter, the filtered water showed higher pH value. The filter in which mixture of charcoal used as filter media showed better removal efficiency of turbidity compared to control filter without charcoal and mat. The value of turbidity in filtered water of charcoal mixture filter was below 2 NTU which is the permissible limit of drinking water according to World Health Organization but for control it was average 14 NTU. Initially the flow rate was higher and gradually decreases with time. The flow rate of the Biosand filtered water decreases significantly with increase in turbidity. The charcoal based filter showed better removal of iron (II (95-98% compared to control (73-76%. The charcoal based filter resulted tastier water by enriching of water with mineral like sodium and potassium.

  6. Removal of Low Concentration Toluene Vapor in a Biotrickling Filter

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    ZHOU Min; WU Guang-qian; WANG Li-ping; ZHANG Xing


    A laboratory-scale biotrickling filter packed with ceramic lasing rings is built to remove artificial toluene vapor. The performance of biotrickling filter under different superficial gas velocities and inlet toluene concentrations is evaluated. The start-up period is 6 days by using the novel "gas-liquid phase synchronic inoculation" method and adding the optimal components nutrient liquid. The experiments lasts 3 months, and different sets of continuous tests are conducted at an inlet toluene concentration ranging from 30 mg/m3 to 1 223 mg/m3 and at superficial gas velocities ranging from 123 m/h to 370 m/h (corresponding to residence time 9.75-29.3 s). The effect of nutrient liquid recycling rate on biotrickling filter performance is also evaluated. The result shows that the maximum elimination capacity is 152.1 g/(m3*h) at the inlet toluene concentration of 1 223 mg/m3 and the superficial gas velocity of 205 m/h(corresponding to a residence time of 17.6 s). The average toluene removal efficiency reaches 80% in the experiments period, and high water content has a negative effect on biotrickling filter performance. The microscope observation of the micro-organism in the biofilm shows that the Pseudomonas is the dominant group of the mixing microbial culture in the biofilm.

  7. 'Active' filters for upgrading phosphorus removal from pond systems. (United States)

    Shilton, A; Pratt, S; Drizo, A; Mahmood, B; Banker, S; Billings, L; Glenny, S; Luo, D


    This paper investigates limestone and iron slag filters as an upgrade option for phosphorus removal from wastewater treatment ponds. A review of 'active' filter technology and the results from laboratory and field research using packed columns of the different media is presented. It is shown that both limestone and iron slag can remove phosphorus but highlights that different types of limestone give markedly different performance. Filter performance appears to be improved by increasing temperature and by the presence of algae, presumably because of its tendency to elevate pH. Performance is related to hydraulic retention time (HRT), but this relationship is not linear, particularly at low HRTs. Importantly for future research, the results from field-testing with pond effluent show significant differences compared to those obtained when using a synthetic feed in the laboratory. For the iron slag filter, higher performance was observed in the field (72% in field vs. 27% in laboratory, at a 12 hour-HRT), while the opposite was observed for the limestone (64% in laboratory vs. 18% in field, at a 12-hour HRT).

  8. The effect of air supply on nitrogen removal using a biological filter ...

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    The effect of air supply on nitrogen removal using a biological filter proposed for ventilated pit latrines. ... In this research the nitrogen was removed in a biological filter using a combination of nitrification and denitrification ... Article Metrics.

  9. Research on image highlight removal based on fast bilateral filter%基于快速双边滤波的图像高光去除研究

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    卢桂荣; 汤景凡; 姜明


    在各向异性的物体中,高光被视为是漫反射分量以及镜面反射分量的一种线性组合。单幅图像的高光去除是计算机视觉中一项非常有挑战性的课题。很多方法试图将漫反射分量、镜面反射分量进行分离,然而这些方法往往需要图像分割等预处理过程,方法鲁棒性较差且比较耗时。基于双边滤波器设计了一种高效的高光消除方法,该方法利用最大漫反射色度存在着局部平滑这一性质,使用双边滤波器对色度的最大取值进行传播与扩散,从而完成整幅图像高光去除。方法采用一种加速策略对双边滤波器进行速度优化,与目前流行的方法相比,有效提升了方法的执行效率。与传统方法相比,该方法高光去除效果更好,处理速度更快,非常适用于一些实时应用的场合。%In inhomogeneous objects, highlights are linear combinations of diffuse and specular reflection components, and highlight removal from a single input image is treated as a non-trivial task in computer vision. A number of methods have been proposed to separate or decompose diffuse and specular reflection components. However, all methods require explicit color segmentation process, causing low robustness and high computational complexity. In this paper, an effective specula highlight removal method using the bilateral filter is proposed. The method utilizes a key property-the maximum diffuse chromaticity in local patches in colorful images generally changes smoothly. Using such observation, then the max-imum diffuse chromaticity values of the specular pixels are computed by directly applying bilateral filter to the maximum fraction of the color components of the original image, such that specular highlight can be removed ultimately. The fast bilateral filtering techniques is utilized to enable the method to run much faster than the state-of-the-art. Compared to tradi-tional methods, the method can get

  10. Development of improved low-cost ceramic water filters for viral removal in the Haitian context


    Guerrero-Latorre, Laura; Rusiñol Arantegui, Marta; Hundesa Gonfa, Ayalkibet; Garcia Vallès, Maite; Martínez Manent,Salvador; Joseph, Osnick; Bofill Mas, Silvia; Gironès Llop, Rosina


    Household-based water treatment (HWT) is increasingly being promoted to improve water quality and, therefore, health status in low-income countries. Ceramic water filters (CWFs) are used in many regions as sustainable HWT and have been proven to meet World Health Organization (WHO) microbiological performance targets for bacterial removal (24 log); however, the described viral removal efficiencies are insufficient to significantly reduce the associated risk of viral infection. With the object...

  11. Iron coated sand/glauconite filters for phosphorus removal from artificially drained agricultural fields (United States)

    Vandermoere, Stany; De Neve, Stefaan


    Flanders (Belgium) is confronted with reactive phosphorus concentrations in streams and lakes which are three to four times higher than the 0.1 ppm P limit set by the Water Framework Directive. Much of the excessive P input in surface waters is derived from agriculture. Direct P input from artificially drained fields (short-circuiting the buffering capacity of the subsoil) is suspected to be one of the major sources. We aim to develop simple and cheap filters that can be directly installed in the field to reduce P concentration from the drain water. Here we report on the performance of such filters tested at lab scale. As starting materials for the P filter, iron coated sand and acid pre-treated glauconite were used. These materials, both rich in Fe, were mixed in ratios of 75/25, 65/35, 50/50 and 0/100 (iron coated sand/glauconite ratio based on weight basis) and filled in plastic tubes. A screening experiment using the constant head method with a 0.01 M CaCl2 solution containing 1 ppm P showed that all four types of mixtures reduced the P concentration in the outflowing water to almost zero, and that the 75/25, 65/35 and 0/100 mixtures had a sufficiently large hydraulic conductivity of 0.9 to 6.0 cm/min, while the hydraulic conductivity of the 50/50 mixture was too low (CaCl2 solution containing 1 ppm P was passed through the filters over several days, in amounts equivalent to half of the yearly water volume passing through the drains. This experiment firstly showed that in all cases the hydraulic conductivity fluctuated strongly: it decreased from 4.0-6.0 cm/min to 2.0-1.5 cm/min for the 75/25 filter, and to values < 0.4 cm/min for the 65/35 filter, whereas it increased from 0.8 to 1.4 cm/min for the 0/100 filter. Secondly, we observed a decrease in the P removal efficiency with time on each day for all filters: from 90% removal to 80% removal for the 75/25 and 65/35 filters, while for the 0/100 filter the P removal almost reduced to 0%. Based on these results

  12. [Biological phosphorus removal in intermittent aerated biological filter]. (United States)

    Zeng, Long-Yun; Yang, Chun-Ping; Guo, Jun-Yuan; Luo, Sheng-Lian


    Under intermittent aerated and continuous fed operation where the biofilm system was subjected to alternated anaerobic/aerobic condition, the effect of influent volatile fatty acids (VFAs) concentrations, operation cycle and backwash on the biological phosphorus removal performance of the biofilter was studied. In the experiment, synthetic domestic wastewater was used, and the influent velocity was 5 L x h(-1) with gas versus liquid ratio of 8:1 and hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 1.3 h, resulting in average COD, ammonium and phosphorus load of 4.7, 0.41 and 0.095 g x (L x d) (-1) respectively. Results show that, (1) effective release and uptake of phosphorus was achieved in a operation cycle; (2) when influent VFAs was 100 mg x L(-1) (calculated by COD value) and operation cycle was 6 h the filter performed best in phosphorus removal, the phosphorus loading removal rate can be as much as 0.059 g x (L x d)(-1) at the aerated phase with those of COD and ammonium being 3.8 g x (L x d)(-1) and 0.28 g x (L x d)(-1) respectively, and with average effluent phosphorus, COD and ammonium concentrations being 1.8, 43.6 and 8.7 mg x L(-1), which shows nitrogen loss also happened; (3) the pause of backwash decreased the phosphorus removal performance rapidly with the removal efficiency lower than 40% in two days, but the consequent daily backwash operation gave a short improvement on the phosphorus removal, which disappeared in another two days. Thus, it is shown that biological phosphorus removal achieved with better phosphorus loading removal performance in the biofilter under intermittent aerated and continuous fed operation, and that sufficient and stable influent VFAs concentration, proper operation cycle, and more frequent backwash favored the performance.

  13. Active slag filters-simple and sustainable phosphorus removal from wastewater using steel industry byproduct. (United States)

    Pratt, C; Shilton, A


    Active filtration, where effluent is passed through a reactive substrate such as steel slag, offers a simple and cost-effective option for removing phosphorus (P) from effluent. This work summarises a series of studies that focused on the world's only full-scale active slag filter operated through to exhaustion. The filter achieved 75% P-removal during its first 5 years, reaching a retention capacity of 1.23 g P/kg slag but then its performance sharply declined. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, and chemical extractions revealed that P sequestration was primarily achieved via adsorption onto iron (Fe) oxyhydroxides on the slag's surface. It was concluded that batch equilibrium tests, whose use has been repeatedly proposed in the literature, cannot be used as an accurate predictor of filter adsorption capacity because Fe oxyhydroxides form via chemical weathering in the field, and laboratory tests don't account for this. Research into how chemical conditions affect slag's P retention capacity demonstrated that near-neutral pH and high redox are optimal for Fe oxyhydroxide stability and overall filter performance. However, as Fe oxyhydroxide sites fill up, removal capacity becomes exhausted. Attempts to regenerate P removal efficiency using physical techniques proved ineffective contrary to dogma in the literature. Based on the newly-developed understanding of the mechanisms of P removal, chemical regeneration techniques were investigated and were shown to strip large quantities of P from filter adsorption sites leading to a regenerated P removal efficiency. This raises the prospect of developing a breakthrough technology that can repeatedly remove and recover P from effluent.

  14. Fuzzy neural network image filter based on GA

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    刘涵; 刘丁; 李琦


    A new nonlinear image filter using fuzzy neural network based on genetic algorithm is proposed. The learning of network parameters is performed by genetic algorithm with the efficient binary encoding scheme. In the following,fuzzy reasoning embedded in the network aims at restoring noisy pixels without degrading the quality of fine details. It is shown by experiments that the filter is very effective in removing impulse noise and significantly outperforms conventional filters.

  15. Feasibility of atmospheric methane removal using methanotrophic biotrickling filters

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    Yoon, Sukhwan; Carey, Jeffrey N.; Semrau, Jeremy D. [Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor, MI (United States). Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering


    Methane is a potent greenhouse gas with a global warming potential {proportional_to}23 times that of carbon dioxide. Here, we describe the modeling of a biotrickling filtration system composed of methane-consuming bacteria, i.e., methanotrophs, to assess the utility of these systems in removing methane from the atmosphere. Model results indicate that assuming the global average atmospheric concentration of methane, 1.7 ppmv, methane removal is ineffective using these methanotrophic biofilters as the methane concentration is too low to enable cell survival. If the concentration is increased to 500-6,000 ppmv, however, similar to that found above landfills and in concentrated animal feeding operations (factory farms), 4.98-35.7 tons of methane can be removed per biofilter per year assuming biotrickling filters of typical size (3.66 m in diameter and 11.5 m in height). Using reported ranges of capital, operational, and maintenance costs, the cost of the equivalent ton of CO{sub 2} removal using these systems is $90-$910 ($2,070-$20,900 per ton of methane), depending on the influent concentration of methane and if heating is required. The use of methanotrophic biofilters for controlling methane emissions is technically feasible and, provided that either the costs of biofilter construction and operation are reduced or the value of CO{sub 2} credits is increased, can also be economically attractive. (orig.)

  16. Removing Noises Induced by Gamma Radiation in Cerenkov Luminescence Imaging Using a Temporal Median Filter (United States)

    Li, Yang; Zhan, Yonghua; Kang, Fei; Wang, Jing


    Cerenkov luminescence imaging (CLI) can provide information of medical radionuclides used in nuclear imaging based on Cerenkov radiation, which makes it possible for optical means to image clinical radionuclide labeled probes. However, the exceptionally weak Cerenkov luminescence (CL) from Cerenkov radiation is susceptible to lots of impulse noises introduced by high energy gamma rays generating from the decays of radionuclides. In this work, a temporal median filter is proposed to remove this kind of impulse noises. Unlike traditional CLI collecting a single CL image with long exposure time and smoothing it using median filter, the proposed method captures a temporal sequence of CL images with shorter exposure time and employs a temporal median filter to smooth a temporal sequence of pixels. Results of in vivo experiments demonstrated that the proposed temporal median method can effectively remove random pulse noises induced by gamma radiation and achieve a robust CLI image. PMID:27648450

  17. Removing Noises Induced by Gamma Radiation in Cerenkov Luminescence Imaging Using a Temporal Median Filter

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    Full Text Available Cerenkov luminescence imaging (CLI can provide information of medical radionuclides used in nuclear imaging based on Cerenkov radiation, which makes it possible for optical means to image clinical radionuclide labeled probes. However, the exceptionally weak Cerenkov luminescence (CL from Cerenkov radiation is susceptible to lots of impulse noises introduced by high energy gamma rays generating from the decays of radionuclides. In this work, a temporal median filter is proposed to remove this kind of impulse noises. Unlike traditional CLI collecting a single CL image with long exposure time and smoothing it using median filter, the proposed method captures a temporal sequence of CL images with shorter exposure time and employs a temporal median filter to smooth a temporal sequence of pixels. Results of in vivo experiments demonstrated that the proposed temporal median method can effectively remove random pulse noises induced by gamma radiation and achieve a robust CLI image.

  18. Stripe and ring artifact removal with combined wavelet--Fourier filtering. (United States)

    Münch, Beat; Trtik, Pavel; Marone, Federica; Stampanoni, Marco


    A fast, powerful and stable filter based on combined wavelet and Fourier analysis for the elimination of horizontal or vertical stripes in images is presented and compared with other types of destriping filters. Strict separation between artifacts and original features allowing both, suppression of the unwanted structures and high degree of preservation of the original image information is endeavoured. The results are validated by visual assessments, as well as by quantitative estimation of the image energy loss. The capabilities and the performance of the filter are tested on a number of case studies related to applications in tomographic imaging. The case studies include (i) suppression of waterfall artifacts in electron microscopy images based on focussed ion beam nanotomography, (ii) removal of different types of ring artifacts in synchrotron based X-ray microtomography and (iii) suppression of horizontal stripe artifacts from phase projections in grating interferometry.

  19. Removal of hydrocarbons from synthetic road runoff through adsorptive filters. (United States)

    Vesting, Andreas; Heinz, Eva; Helmreich, Brigitte; Wichern, Marc


    Compact filter systems, which are installed to significantly reduce the load of pollutants from road runoff, are very promising treatments for urban runoff. The objective of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of activated carbon, activated lignite, zero valent iron, exfoliated graphite, amorphous ferric hydroxide, and activated alumina at removing petrol hydrocarbons from synthetic road runoff. Therefore, the kinetics and the equilibrium adsorption of petrol hydrocarbons onto these adsorbents were investigated using column adsorption experiments at levels ranging from 100 to 42 g L(-1). Of the tested adsorbents, exfoliated graphite is the most effective with a maximum adsorption capacity for petrol hydrocarbons of 3,850 mg g(-1). The experimental equilibrium data are fitted to the Freundlich and Langmuir models.

  20. Predicting the efficiency of deposit removal during filter backwash

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    The long-term performance of granular media filters used in drinking water ... Keywords: water treatment, sand filters, fluidised backwash, backwash efficiency, backwash modelling, ...... Filter Maintenance and Operations Guidance Manual.

  1. Study on Removal of Mixed Noise in Images Based on Median Filter and Wiener Filter%基于中值滤波和维纳滤波的图像混合噪声滤波研究

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    杨辉; 唐建锋; 杨利容; 许岳兵


    One denoising method is only effective to one kind of noise. In order to suppress mixed noise, an image denoising al- gorithm combining median filter with wiener filter is proposed. The algorithm detects impulse noise points first, and median fil- ter is applied to the points, then wiener filter is used to filter the Gaussian white noise in images. Simulation experiments show that the algorithm is obviously much better than single median filter or wiener filter when filtering mixed noise of Gaussian and impulse in images.%某一种去噪方法通常只对某一类噪声的滤除较为有效,为了抑制混合噪声,提出一种结合中值滤波与维纳滤波的图像去噪算法。该算法首先检测出脉冲噪声点,并对脉冲噪声点进行中值滤波处理,然后用维纳滤波滤除图像中的高斯白噪声。仿真实验表明,对于被高斯、脉冲混合噪声污染的图像,该算法的去噪效果显然比单一的中值滤波和维纳滤波好得多。

  2. Removal of dichloromethane from waste gases by a biotrickling filter

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    YU Jian-ming; CHEN Jian-meng; WANG Jia-de


    Dichloromethane is harmful to human health and hazardous to atmospheric environment. In this study, two strains were isolated which were identified as Pseudomonas sp.and Mycobacterium sp., and utilized dichloromethane (DCM) as sole carbon and energy sources. The optimal culture conditions were temperature of 28℃ and pH of 6.5 for obtaining the two mixed bacterial strains.The investigation on the purification of DCM-contaminated gas was carried out in a bench-scale biotrickling filter which was inoculated with the two strains and operated under these optimal conditions. The DCM removal efficiencies varied between 72% and 99% in the biotrickling filter when empty-bed residence time was 9.6 s with the inlet concentrations ranged from 0.7 to 3.12 g/m3 under the conditions of pH of 6.5±0.5 and temperature of 28℃. It was also found that NaCl accumulation in the broth would inhibit the DCM biodegradation dramatically when the accumulated NaCl concentration was over 35.1 g/L.


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    Full Text Available Different kinds of natural and artificial filter media are able to retain phosphorus in the constructed wetlands. Due to the fact that the constructed wetland needs huge amounts of the filter media, it is very important to find locally available material which distinguishes itself by its ability to retain phosphorus. The materials found in Lithuania were considered and dolomite was chosen. Two dolomite fractions, dolomite powder (1–2 mm and dolomite chippings (2–5 mm, and sand media were used in the laboratory- scale installed for the comparative experiments. The laboratory-scale with dolomite as the filter media was on average by 21% more efficient in total phosphorus removal in comparison with the sand media. Based on the laboratory research pilot–scale vertical flow constructed wetland of 160 m2 was installed and planted with reed Phragmites australis. The dolomite chippings as filter media were chosen in order to avoid the danger of the clogging of constructed wetland. Efficiency of total phosphorus removal in the pilot-scale vertical flow constructed wetland was on average 95.7%, phosphates removal – 94.8% within one year.

  4. Removal of a Günther Tulip filter after 3,006 days. (United States)

    Lynch, Frank C


    Patients may be denied the opportunity to have their inferior vena cava (IVC) filters removed because of a perception that retrievable filters that have been in place for a long period of time may be more technically difficult or hazardous to remove. A case report on the removal of a Günther Tulip filter that was implanted for a total of 3,006 days is presented. This case report adds to the literature that suggests that no time limits may exist after which many retrievable IVC filters can no longer be safely removed. Copyright © 2011 SIR. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Dip-separated structural filtering using seislet transform and adaptive empirical mode decomposition based dip filter (United States)

    Chen, Yangkang


    The seislet transform has been demonstrated to have a better compression performance for seismic data compared with other well-known sparsity promoting transforms, thus it can be used to remove random noise by simply applying a thresholding operator in the seislet domain. Since the seislet transform compresses the seismic data along the local structures, the seislet thresholding can be viewed as a simple structural filtering approach. Because of the dependence on a precise local slope estimation, the seislet transform usually suffers from low compression ratio and high reconstruction error for seismic profiles that have dip conflicts. In order to remove the limitation of seislet thresholding in dealing with conflicting-dip data, I propose a dip-separated filtering strategy. In this method, I first use an adaptive empirical mode decomposition based dip filter to separate the seismic data into several dip bands (5 or 6). Next, I apply seislet thresholding to each separated dip component to remove random noise. Then I combine all the denoised components to form the final denoised data. Compared with other dip filters, the empirical mode decomposition based dip filter is data-adaptive. One only needs to specify the number of dip components to be separated. Both complicated synthetic and field data examples show superior performance of my proposed approach than the traditional alternatives. The dip-separated structural filtering is not limited to seislet thresholding, and can also be extended to all those methods that require slope information.

  6. Noncausal spatial prediction filtering based on an ARMA model

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    Liu Zhipeng; Chen Xiaohong; Li Jingye


    Conventional f-x prediction filtering methods are based on an autoregressive model. The error section is first computed as a source noise but is removed as additive noise to obtain the signal, which results in an assumption inconsistency before and after filtering. In this paper, an autoregressive, moving-average model is employed to avoid the model inconsistency. Based on the ARMA model, a noncasual prediction filter is computed and a self-deconvolved projection filter is used for estimating additive noise in order to suppress random noise. The 1-D ARMA model is also extended to the 2-D spatial domain, which is the basis for noncasual spatial prediction filtering for random noise attenuation on 3-D seismic data. Synthetic and field data processing indicate this method can suppress random noise more effectively and preserve the signal simultaneously and does much better than other conventional prediction filtering methods.

  7. Chlorpyrifos and atrazine removal from runoff by vegetated filter strips: experiments and predictive modeling. (United States)

    Poletika, N N; Coody, P N; Fox, G A; Sabbagh, G J; Dolder, S C; White, J


    Runoff volume and flow concentration are hydrological factors that limit effectiveness of vegetated filter strips (VFS) in removing pesticides from surface runoff. Empirical equations that predict VFS pesticide effectiveness based solely on physical characteristics are insufficient on the event scale because they do not completely account for hydrological processes. This research investigated the effect of drainage area ratio (i.e., the ratio of field area to VFS area) and flow concentration (i.e., uniform versus concentrated flow) on pesticide removal efficiency of a VFS and used these data to provide further field verification of a recently proposed numerical/empirical modeling procedure for predicting removal efficiency under variable flow conditions. Runoff volumes were used to simulate drainage area ratios of 15:1 and 30:1. Flow concentration was investigated based on size of the VFS by applying artificial runoff to 10% of the plot width (i.e., concentrated flow) or the full plot width (i.e., uniform flow). Artificial runoff was metered into 4.6-m long VFS plots for 90 min after a simulated rainfall of 63 mm applied over 2 h. The artificial runoff contained sediment and was dosed with chlorpyrifos and atrazine. Pesticide removal efficiency of VFS for uniform flow conditions (59% infiltration; 88% sediment removal) was 85% for chlorpyrifos and 62% for atrazine. Flow concentration reduced removal efficiencies regardless of drainage area ratio (i.e., 16% infiltration, 31% sediment removal, 21% chlorpyrifos removal, and 12% atrazine removal). Without calibration, the predictive modeling based on the integrated VFSMOD and empirical hydrologic-based pesticide trapping efficiency equation predicted atrazine and chlorpyrifos removal efficiency under uniform and concentrated flow conditions. Consideration for hydrological processes, as opposed to statistical relationships based on buffer physical characteristics, is required to adequately predict VFS pesticide trapping

  8. Drift Removal in Plant Electrical Signals via IIR Filtering Using Wavelet Energy

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    Das, Saptarshi; Chatterjee, Shre Kumar; Ghosh, Sanmitra; Maharatna, Koushik; Dasmahapatra, Srinandan; Vitaletti, Andrea; Masi, Elisa; Mancuso, Stefano


    Plant electrical signals often contains low frequency drifts with or without the application of external stimuli. Quantification of the randomness in plant signals in a stimulus-specific way is hindered because the knowledge of vital frequency information in the actual biological response is not known yet. Here we design an optimum Infinite Impulse Response (IIR) filter which removes the low frequency drifts and preserves the frequency spectrum corresponding to the random component of the unstimulated plant signals by bringing the bias due to unknown artifacts and drifts to a minimum. We use energy criteria of wavelet packet transform (WPT) for optimization based tuning of the IIR filter parameters. Such an optimum filter enforces that the energy distribution of the pre-stimulus parts in different experiments are almost overlapped but under different stimuli the distributions of the energy get changed. The reported research may popularize plant signal processing, as a separate field, besides other conventiona...

  9. A new type of cementation flushing fluid for efficiently removing wellbore filter cake

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    Erding Chen


    Full Text Available For effectively removing the water-based drilling fluid filter cake and improving interfacial cementing strength and cementing quality, a new type of cementation flushing fluid (WD-C was developed based on the strong flushing principle of water soluble fiber and the oxygenolysis principle of filter cake. It is composed of 0.5% WF-H fiber, 2.2% WF-O oxidant, 0.35% FeSO4, 1.8% KCl, 3.0% swollen powder perlite and water with its density of 1.03 g/cm3. This cementation flushing fluid was systematically tested and evaluated in terms of its washing efficiency on the filter cake of water-based drilling fluid and its capacity to improve the bonding strength of cementation interface. In addition, an analysis was performed of its effect on the physical-chemical characteristics and the micro-structures of interfacial cements by means of infrared spectrum (IR, scanning electron microscope (SEM and energy dispersive X-ray detector (EDS. It is shown that the new cementation flushing fluid presents excellent washing effect on water-based drilling fluid filter cake (with washing time within 10 min. The cement particles at the cemented interface can be hydrated normally, and hydrated calcium silicate gel, Ca(OH2 and rod-shaped ettringite (AFt crystal are generated and interwoven with each other. In this way, dense network structures are formed, so the bonding strength of the second cementing interface rises significantly, and then cementing quality is improved. Based on the research results, one more technology is set up for removing the water-based drilling fluid filter cake efficiently and improving the bonding strength of the second cementing interface.

  10. 基于时空布隆过滤器的RFID冗余数据清洗算法%RFID duplicate removing algorithm based on temporal-spatial Bloom filter

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    王永利; 王川; 蒋效会; 张功萱; 孙淑杰


    Aiming at the problem of huge amounts of duplicate data caused by the inherent unreliability of radio frequency identification( RFID) ,a redundant data filtering algorithm is proposed based on temporal-spatial Bloom filter. A great deal of RFID data are dealt every time using a limited memory. Integer array is used instead of bit array,and the memory space consumption is times of the tag length before. Compared with the traditional Bloom filter,the algorithm proposed here has good space utilization. The problem of traditional Bloom filter that it can’t deal with a mass of real-time data flow is overcomed by the algorithm proposed here. False positive errors are removed, false negative errors are minimized by setting appropriate parameters. False negative errors are related to the specific application and filter settings specifically. Experimental results verify the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm.%针对射频识别( RFID)固有不可靠性导致的海量冗余数据问题,该文提出了基于时空布隆过滤器的RFID冗余数据消除算法,该算法使用有限空间一次处理海量数据。使用位数组代替了比特数组,使得内存空间消耗为以前的标签号的长度倍。与传统布隆过滤器相比,仍有良好的空间利用率。该算法克服了传统布隆过滤器不能处理海量实时数据流的问题,消除了布隆过滤器的误报错误,设置恰当的参数以最小化漏报错误,漏报错误数量与具体应用场景和过滤器设置有关。实验结果验证了算法的有效性。

  11. Gradient based filtering of digital elevation models

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    Knudsen, Thomas; Andersen, Rune Carbuhn

    We present a filtering method for digital terrain models (DTMs). The method is based on mathematical morphological filtering within gradient (slope) defined domains. The intention with the filtering procedure is to improbé the cartographic quality of height contours generated from a DTM based on ...... in the landscape are washed out and misrepresented....

  12. Gradient based filtering of digital elevation models

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    Knudsen, Thomas; Andersen, Rune Carbuhn

    We present a filtering method for digital terrain models (DTMs). The method is based on mathematical morphological filtering within gradient (slope) defined domains. The intention with the filtering procedure is to improbé the cartographic quality of height contours generated from a DTM based...

  13. Abiotic and biological mechanisms of nitric oxide removal from waste air in biotrickling filters. (United States)

    Chen, Jian-Meng; Ma, Jian-Feng


    Nitric oxide (NO) may participate in the ozone layer depletion and forming of nitric acid. Abiotic and biological mechanisms of NO removal from waste gases were studied in a biotrickling filter. The abiotic NO removal rate in the biotrickling filter was estimated by a review of the literature. The abiotic and biological removals were also verified in the biotrickling filter. The result has shown that chemical oxidation and bionitrification were both involved in the NO removal. It was found that the NO removal in high concentration (approximately 1000 ppm or higher) was in large measure the result of abiotic removal in both gas-phase and liquid-phase reactions. When NO concentration is low (less than approximately 100 ppm), bionitrification was the main process in the NO removal process in the biotrickling filter.

  14. Simulation of mercury capture by activated carbon injection in incinerator flue gas. 2. Fabric filter removal. (United States)

    Scala, F


    Following a companion paper focused on the in-duct mercury capture in incinerator flue gas by powdered activated carbon injection, this paper is concerned with the additional mercury capture on the fabric filter cake, relevant to baghouse equipped facilities. A detailed model is presented for this process, based on material balances on mercury in both gaseous and adsorbed phases along the growing filter cake and inside the activated carbon particles,taking into account mass transfer resistances and adsorption kinetics. Several sorbents of practical interest have been considered, whose parameters have been evaluated from available literature data. The values and range of the operating variables have been chosen in order to simulate typical incinerators operating conditions. Results of simulations indicate that, contrary to the in-duct removal process, high mercury removal efficiencies can be obtained with moderate sorbent consumption, as a consequence of the effective gas/sorbent contacting on the filter. Satisfactory utilization of the sorbents is predicted, especially at long filtration times. The sorbent feed rate can be minimized by using a reactive sorbent and by lowering the filter temperature as much as possible. Minor benefits can be obtained also by decreasing the sorbent particle size and by increasing the cleaning cycle time of the baghouse compartments. Reverse-flow baghouses were more efficient than pulse-jet baghouses, while smoother operation can be obtained by increasing the number of baghouse compartments. Model results are compared with available relevant full scale data.

  15. Asymmetric membrane filters for the removal of leukocytes from blood

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    Bruil, A.; Aken, van W.G.; Beugeling, T.; Feijen, J.; Steneker, I.; Huisman, J.G.; Prins, H.K.


    As part of a study on the mechanisms of leukocyte filtration, the influence of pore size distribution on filter efficiency was investigated. Conventional leukocyte filters are not suitable for model studies, as these filters are composed of tightly packed synthetic fibers, with a poorly defined poro

  16. Removal of Ethanethiol Gas by Iron Oxide Porous Ceramsite Biotrickling Filter

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    Full Text Available The performance of ethanethiol removal in biotrickling filter was investigated by microorganisms fixed on iron oxide-based porous ceramsite (IPC under different operating parameters conditions. Ethanethiol removal efficiency was examined as a function of inlet concentration, empty bed residence time (EBRT, and spray density of nutrient solution. The results showed that the optimized operation conditions and operation characteristics of biotrickling filter for this study were at the inlet concentration of less than 250 mg·m−3, the spray density of 0.24 m3·m−2 h−1, and the EBRT of 68.7 s. The variation of the EBRT of about 100 s and the spray density of about 0.24 m3·m−2 h−1 did not change the ethanethiol removal efficiencies at certain ethanethiol concentrations of less than about 300 mg/m3, respectively. The main metabolic product was sulfate such as SO42- under continuous long-running regime in filter. The ethanethiol desulfurization process better meets the Michaelis-Menien model with calculated kinetic degradation parameters Ks=7.96 mg·m−3 and Vm=221.73 g·m−3 h−1.

  17. A Modiifed Real-time Filtering Method for Removal of Baseline Wander in ECG Signals Based on Zero-phase Filter%基于零相位的心电信号基线漂移滤波方法的实时性改进#

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    徐良; 陈日清; 王祥; 彭诚; 韩永贵; 吴剑


    As a noninvasive diagnostic technique, the electrocardiogram is indispensable in interventional therapy of heart diseases. During the process of data acquisition, it is important for removing baseline wander in real time. In this paper, we proposed a modified real-time filtering method for removal of baseline wander in ECG signals based on zero-phase filter. The modification of real-time filtering is achieved through the delay of data, which inherits the advantages of zero-phase filter in suppression of baseline wander, and meets the real-time requirement through a small time delay. We compared the results of straight zero-phase filtering and improved zero-phase filtering method by using CSE multi-lead database and MIT-BIH arrhythmia database, the results showed that two methods had the same effect in baseline wander suppression.%心电图是心脏疾病的介入治疗中不可缺少的无创诊断技术。在心电信号采集过程中,基线漂移的实时滤波是很重要的。本文提出了一种基于零相位的心电信号基线漂移实时滤波的改进方法。通过数据延时的方法实现基于零相位滤波器的实时性改进,在继承零相位对基线漂移抑制优点的同时,通过较小的时间延时满足实时性要求。采用CSE多导联数据库和MIT-BIH心律失常数据库比较直接零相位滤波和改进的零相位实时滤波两种滤波效果,实验结果表明两种滤波方法效果相当。

  18. Bayesian target tracking based on particle filter

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    For being able to deal with the nonlinear or non-Gaussian problems, particle filters have been studied by many researchers. Based on particle filter, the extended Kalman filter (EKF) proposal function is applied to Bayesian target tracking. Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) method, the resampling step, etc novel techniques are also introduced into Bayesian target tracking. And the simulation results confirm the improved particle filter with these techniques outperforms the basic one.

  19. The use of nutshell carbons in drinking water filters for removal of trace metals. (United States)

    Ahmedna, Mohamed; Marshall, Wayne E; Husseiny, Abdo A; Rao, Ramu M; Goktepe, Ipek


    Filtration of drinking water by point-of-use (POU) or point-of-entry (POE) systems is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Drinking water is filtered to remove both organic and inorganic contaminants. The objective of this study was to evaluate the use of granular activated carbon from nutshells (almond, English walnut, pecan) in a POU water filtration system to determine its effectiveness in removing select, potentially toxic metal ions, namely, copper (Cu2+), lead (Pb2+) or zinc (Zn2+) found in drinking water. The nutshell-based carbon system was designated "Envirofilter" and was compared to four commercial POU systems with brand names of BRITA, Omni Filter, PUR and Teledyne Water Pik. Eight prototype "Envirofilters", consisting of individual or binary mixtures of carbons made from acid-activated almond or pecan shells and steam-activated pecan or walnut shells were constructed and evaluated for adsorption of the three metal ions. The results indicated that a binary mixture of carbons from acid-activated almond and either steam-activated pecan or walnut shells were the most effective in removing these metals from drinking water of all the POU systems evaluated. Binary mixtures of acid-activated almond shell-based carbon with either steam-activated pecan shell- or walnut shell-based carbon removed nearly 100% of lead ion, 90-95% of copper ion and 80-90% of zinc ion. Overall the performance data on the "Envirofilters" suggest that these prototypes require less carbon than commercial filters to achieve the same metal adsorption efficiency and may also be a less expensive product.

  20. Ultrafine particle removal by residential heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning filters. (United States)

    Stephens, B; Siegel, J A


    This work uses an in situ filter test method to measure the size-resolved removal efficiency of indoor-generated ultrafine particles (approximately 7-100 nm) for six new commercially available filters installed in a recirculating heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system in an unoccupied test house. The fibrous HVAC filters were previously rated by the manufacturers according to ASHRAE Standard 52.2 and ranged from shallow (2.5 cm) fiberglass panel filters (MERV 4) to deep-bed (12.7 cm) electrostatically charged synthetic media filters (MERV 16). Measured removal efficiency ranged from 0 to 10% for most ultrafine particles (UFP) sizes with the lowest rated filters (MERV 4 and 6) to 60-80% for most UFP sizes with the highest rated filter (MERV 16). The deeper bed filters generally achieved higher removal efficiencies than the panel filters, while maintaining a low pressure drop and higher airflow rate in the operating HVAC system. Assuming constant efficiency, a modeling effort using these measured values for new filters and other inputs from real buildings shows that MERV 13-16 filters could reduce the indoor proportion of outdoor UFPs (in the absence of indoor sources) by as much as a factor of 2-3 in a typical single-family residence relative to the lowest efficiency filters, depending in part on particle size. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


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    Full Text Available Biological aerated filters (BAFs are an emerging wastewater treatment technology designed for a wide range of municipal and industrial applications. This review paper presents and discusses of the influence C/N ratio, nitrification and denitrification principle, effect of pH, DO and alkalinity on the nitrification and denitrification systems, organic and hydraulic loading of BAF reactor, etc. Results from upflow and downflow biofilter pilot at different condition, with nitrification and denitrification are reviewed. Under the optimal conditions, significant amount of COD, ammonia-nitrogen and total nitrogen were removed. Removal rates based on reactor volume for different carbon-aceous COD and ammonia loading rate are reported. The BAF system for the nitrification and denitrification processes for carbon and nitrogen removal from the wastewater need to be evaluated and applied properly to protect of our environment and resources.

  2. A consistent approach for image de-noising using spatial gradient based bilateral filter and smooth filtering (United States)

    Tiwari, Mayank; Gupta, Bhupendra


    We propose an image noise removal method based on spatial gradient based bilateral filter and smooth filtering. Our method consist two step process; in first step, for a given noisy image we extract all of its patches and apply our newly developed spatial gradient based bilateral filter on each patch and get an reference image; in second step we perform smooth filtering on each pixel of the reference image. Experimental results show that our method is consistent and comparable or better than state-of-the-art.

  3. A New Multi-Layered Fuzzy Image Filter for Removing Impulse Noise

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    Russel J Stonier


    Full Text Available In this paper we develop a fuzzy image .lter which consists of a multi-layered fuzzy structure based on the weighted fuzzy blend filter for the removal of noise from images heavily corrupted by impulse noise, while preserving the intricate details of the image. The introduction of multi-layered fuzzy systems substantially decreases the number of rules to be learnt. We then show how Evolutionary Algorithms (EAs can be used to effectively learn the fuzzy rules in each knowledge base. Results are presented for impulse noise corruption of the well-known 'Lena' image.

  4. Digital notch filter based active damping for LCL filters

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    Yao, Wenli; Yang, Yongheng; Zhang, Xiaobin


    . In contrast, the active damping does not require any dissipation elements, and thus has become of increasing interest. As a result, a vast of active damping solutions have been reported, among which multi-loop control systems and additional sensors are necessary, leading to increased cost and complexity....... In this paper, a notch filter based active damping without the requirement of additional sensors is proposed, where the inverter current is employed as the feedback variable. Firstly, a design method of the notch filter for active damping is presented. The entire system stability has then been investigated...... in the z-domain. Simulations and experiments are carried out to verify the proposed active damping method. Both results have confirmed that the notch filter based active damping can ensure the entire system stability in the case of resonances with a good system performance....

  5. Removal of stormwater particulates by disc filter technology

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    Nielsen, Katrine; Mikkelsen, Peter Steen; Eriksson, Eva

    on colloidal and nanosized particles. During the project period it rained 8.5 % of the time and the average daily rainfall was 2.9 mm/day. Based on three individual storm events it was found that 95 % of the particles were anionic charged...... and in the size-range of 100 nm. The physical treatment of particle filtration at 10 µm was inadequate to remove the small particles identified in this project. Coagulation with a cationic coagulant and subsequently flocculation is suggested as process improvements technologies....

  6. Storm Water Pollution Removal Performance of Compost Filter Socks (United States)

    In 2005, the US Environmental Protection Agency National Menu of Best Management Practices (BMPs) listed compost filter socks as an approved BMP for controlling sediment in storm runoff on construction sites. Filtrexx International manufactures and distributes Filter Soxx (FS). Literature suggests...

  7. Linear Regression Based Real-Time Filtering

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    Misel Batmend


    Full Text Available This paper introduces real time filtering method based on linear least squares fitted line. Method can be used in case that a filtered signal is linear. This constraint narrows a band of potential applications. Advantage over Kalman filter is that it is computationally less expensive. The paper further deals with application of introduced method on filtering data used to evaluate a position of engraved material with respect to engraving machine. The filter was implemented to the CNC engraving machine control system. Experiments showing its performance are included.

  8. Impact of HVAC filter on indoor air quality in terms of ozone removal and carbonyls generation (United States)

    Lin, Chi-Chi; Chen, Hsuan-Yu


    This study aims at detecting ozone removal rates and corresponding carbonyls generated by ozone reaction with HVAC filters from various building, i.e., shopping mall, school, and office building. Studies were conducted in a small-scale environmental chamber. By examining dust properties including organic carbon proportion and specific surface area of dusts adsorbed on filters along with ozone removal rates and carbonyls generation rate, the relationship among dust properties, ozone removal rates, and carbonyls generation was identified. The results indicate a well-defined positive correlation between ozone removal efficiency and carbonyls generation on filters, as well as a positive correlation among the mass of organic carbon on filters, ozone removal efficiency and carbonyls generations.

  9. Does the implementation of hardware need software? A longitudinal study on fluoride-removal filter use in Ethiopia. (United States)

    Sonego, Ina L; Huber, Alexandra C; Mosler, Hans-Joachim


    Evidence suggests that the effectiveness of technology designed to provide safe and healthy water is dependent on the degree of its use. In addition to providing safe water "hardware" (i.e., new infrastructure or equipment) to populations at risk, it might be necessary to also provide suitable "software" programs (behavior change strategies) to support use. A longitudinal survey was conducted in rural Ethiopia following the distribution of fluoride-removal household filters. Three intervention groups were evaluated. Group 1 only received the hardware, i.e., the fluoride-removal filter. Groups 2 and 3 also received software in the form of two evidence-based psychological interventions: a planning and social prompts intervention and an educational workshop with pledging. Group 2 received both software interventions, and Group 3 only received the educational workshop. The effects of the hardware and software on behavior and thus filter use were analyzed along with specific psychological factors. The results showed that the provision of the hardware alone (the fluoride-removal filter) was not enough to ensure sufficient use of the equipment. The addition of a software component in the form of psychological interventions increased filter use up to 80%. An increase in filter use was measured following each intervention resulting in the health-risk being minimized. We conclude that it is necessary that the implementation of hardware of this nature is accompanied by evidence-based intervention software.

  10. Model based optimization of EMC input filters

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    Raggl, K; Kolar, J. W. [Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Power Electronic Systems Laboratory, Zuerich (Switzerland); Nussbaumer, T. [Levitronix GmbH, Zuerich (Switzerland)


    Input filters of power converters for compliance with regulatory electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) standards are often over-dimensioned in practice due to a non-optimal selection of number of filter stages and/or the lack of solid volumetric models of the inductor cores. This paper presents a systematic filter design approach based on a specific filter attenuation requirement and volumetric component parameters. It is shown that a minimal volume can be found for a certain optimal number of filter stages for both the differential mode (DM) and common mode (CM) filter. The considerations are carried out exemplarily for an EMC input filter of a single phase power converter for the power levels of 100 W, 300 W, and 500 W. (author)

  11. Phosphorus removal by steel slag filters: modeling dissolution and precipitation kinetics to predict longevity. (United States)

    Claveau-Mallet, Dominique; Courcelles, Benoît; Comeau, Yves


    This article presents an original numerical model suitable for longevity prediction of alkaline steel slag filters used for phosphorus removal. The model includes kinetic rates for slag dissolution, hydroxyapatite and monetite precipitation and for the transformation of monetite into hydroxyapatite. The model includes equations for slag exhaustion. Short-term batch tests using slag and continuous pH monitoring were conducted. The model parameters were calibrated on these batch tests and experimental results were correctly reproduced. The model was then transposed to long-term continuous flow simulations using the software PHREEQC. Column simulations were run to test the effect of influent P concentration, influent inorganic C concentration and void hydraulic retention time on filter longevity and P retention capacity. High influent concentration of P and inorganic C, and low hydraulic retention time of voids reduced the filter longevity. The model provided realistic P breakthrough at the column outlet. Results were comparable to previous column experiments with the same slag regarding longevity and P retention capacity. A filter design methodology based on a simple batch test and numerical simulations is proposed.

  12. Multiway Filtering Based on Multilinear Algebra Tools

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    Salah Bourennane


    Full Text Available This paper presents some recent filtering methods based on the lower-rank tensor approximation approach for denoising tensor signals. In this approach, multicomponent data are represented by tensors, that is, multiway arrays, and the presented tensor filtering methods rely on multilinear algebra. First, the classical channel-by-channel SVD-based filtering method is overviewed. Then, an extension of the classical matrix filtering method is presented. It is based on the lower rank- K ,...,Kn  1 truncation of the HOSVD which performsa multimode Principal Component Analysis (PCA and is implicitly developed for an additive white Gaussian noise. Two tensor filtering methods recently developed by the authors are also overviewed. The performances and comparative results between all these tensor filtering methods are presented for the cases of noise reduction in color images.

  13. Multiway Filtering Based on Multilinear Algebra Tools (United States)

    Bourennane, Salah; Fossati, Caroline

    This paper presents some recent filtering methods based on the lower-rank tensor approximation approach for denoising tensor signals. In this approach, multicomponent data are represented by tensors, that is, multiway arrays, and the presented tensor filtering methods rely on multilinear algebra. First, the classical channel-by-channel SVD-based filtering method is overviewed. Then, an extension of the classical matrix filtering method is presented. It is based on the lower rank-(K 1,...,K N ) truncation of the HOSVD which performs a multimode Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and is implicitly developed for an additive white Gaussian noise. Two tensor filtering methods recently developed by the authors are also overviewed. The performances and comparative results between all these tensor filtering methods are presented for the cases of noise reduction in color images.

  14. Arsenic removal from drinking water by a household sand filter in Vietnam--effect of filter usage practices on arsenic removal efficiency and microbiological water quality. (United States)

    Nitzsche, Katja Sonja; Lan, Vi Mai; Trang, Pham Thi Kim; Viet, Pham Hung; Berg, Michael; Voegelin, Andreas; Planer-Friedrich, Britta; Zahoransky, Jan; Müller, Stefanie-Katharina; Byrne, James Martin; Schröder, Christian; Behrens, Sebastian; Kappler, Andreas


    Household sand filters are applied to treat arsenic- and iron-containing anoxic groundwater that is used as drinking water in rural areas of North Vietnam. These filters immobilize poisonous arsenic (As) via co-oxidation with Fe(II) and sorption to or co-precipitation with the formed Fe(III) (oxyhydr)oxides. However, information is lacking regarding the effect of the frequency and duration of filter use as well as of filter sand replacement on the residual As concentrations in the filtered water and on the presence of potentially pathogenic bacteria in the filtered and stored water. We therefore scrutinized a household sand filter with respect to As removal efficiency and the presence of fecal indicator bacteria in treated water as a function of filter operation before and after sand replacement. Quantification of As in the filtered water showed that periods of intense daily use followed by periods of non-use and even sand replacement did not significantly (pwater (95% removal). The first flush of water from the filter contained As concentrations below the drinking water limit and suggests that this water can be used without risk for human health. Colony forming units (CFUs) of coliform bacteria increased during filtration and storage from 5 ± 4 per 100mL in the groundwater to 5.1 ± 1.5 × 10(3) and 15 ± 1.4 × 10(3) per 100mL in the filtered water and in the water from the storage tank, respectively. After filter sand replacement, CFUs of Escherichia coli of samples contained CFUs of Enterococcus spp. No critical enrichment of fecal indicator bacteria belonging to E. coli or Enterococcus spp. was observed in the treated drinking water by qPCR targeting the 23S rRNA gene. The results demonstrate the efficient and reliable performance of household sand filters regarding As removal, but indicate a potential risk for human health arising from the enrichment of coliform bacteria during filtration and from E. coli cells that are introduced by sand replacement.

  15. SWNT-MWNT hybrid filter attains high viral removal and bacterial inactivation. (United States)

    Brady-Estévez, Anna S; Schnoor, Mary H; Kang, Seoktae; Elimelech, Menachem


    We describe the concept and demonstrate the efficacy of a novel SWNT-MWNT hybrid filter for the removal and inactivation of microbial pathogens from water. The filter is composed of a thin SWNT layer (0.05 mg cm(-2)) on top of a thicker MWNT layer (0.27 mg cm(-2)) supported by a microporous support membrane. The SWNT-MWNT filter exhibits high log removal of several model viruses (MS2, PRD1, and T4 bacteriophages) by depth filtration, which predominantly takes place in the thicker and more uniform MWNT layer. The filter removes all bacteria by a sieving mechanism, with the top SWNT layer providing high levels of inactivation of model bacteria (Escherichia coli K12 and Staphylococcus epidermidis), as well as microbes from river water and treated wastewater effluent. The dual-layer SWNT-MWNT filter lays the framework for new possibilities in point-of-use water filtration.

  16. Removal naturally occurring radionuclides from drinking water using a filter specifically designed for Drinking Water Treatment Plants. (United States)

    Baeza, A; Salas, A; Guillén, J; Muñoz-Serrano, A; Ontalba-Salamanca, M Á; Jiménez-Ramos, M C


    The occurrence of naturally occurring radionuclides in drinking water can pose health hazards in some populations, especially taking into account that routine procedures in Drinking Water Treatment Plants (DWTPs) are normally unable to remove them efficiently from drinking water. In fact, these procedures are practically transparent to them, and in particular to radium. In this paper, the characterization and capabilities of a patented filter designed to remove radium from drinking water with high efficiency is described. This filter is based on a sandwich structure of silica and green sand, with a natural high content manganese oxide. Both sands are authorized by Spanish authorities to be used in Drinking Water Treatment Plants. The Mn distribution in the green sand was found to be homogenous, thus providing a great number of adsorption sites for radium. Kinetic studies showed that the (226)Ra adsorption on green sand was influenced by the content of major cations solved in the treated water, but the saturation level, about 96-99%, was not affected by it. The physico-chemical parameters of the treated water were unaltered by the filter. The efficiency of the filter for the removal of (226)Ra remained unchanged with large water volumes passed through it, proving its potential use in DWTP. This filter was also able to remove initially the uranium content due to the presence of Fe2O3 particles in it, although it is saturated faster than radium. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Polarization control based interference microwave photonic filters (United States)

    Madziar, Krzysztof; Galwas, Bogdan


    In this paper we present a concept of multi-line Microwave Photonic Filter (MPF) based on polarization beam splitting and polarization control in each line. Coefficients of investigated filter are determined by attenuation of its lines and that on the other hand can be manipulated by change of the polarization in the fiber. Presented results involve scattering parameters (S21) measurements of optical path over polarization control unit rotation, scattering parameters (S21) characteristics of investigated filter and transmission optimization capabilities.

  18. Treatment of volatile organic contaminants in a vertical flow filter: Relevance of different removal processes

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    De Biase, C.; Reger, D.; Schmidt, A.; Jechalke, S.; Reiche, N.; Martínez-Lavanchy, P.M.; Rosell, M.; Van Afferden, M.; Maier, U.; Oswald, S.E.; Thullner, M.


    Vertical flow filters and vertical flow constructed wetlands are established wastewater treatment systems and have also been proposed for the treatment of contaminated groundwater. This study investigates the removal processes of volatile organic compounds in a pilot-scale vertical flow filter. The

  19. Treatment of volatile organic contaminants in a vertical flow filter: Relevance of different removal processes

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    De Biase, C.; Reger, D.; Schmidt, A.; Jechalke, S.; Reiche, N.; Martínez-Lavanchy, P.M.; Rosell, M.; Van Afferden, M.; Maier, U.; Oswald, S.E.; Thullner, M.


    Vertical flow filters and vertical flow constructed wetlands are established wastewater treatment systems and have also been proposed for the treatment of contaminated groundwater. This study investigates the removal processes of volatile organic compounds in a pilot-scale vertical flow filter.

  20. [Ecological stability on biological removal of iron and manganese filter under poor nutritional conditions]. (United States)

    Yang, Hong; Xiong, Xiao-Li; Duan, Xiao-Dong; Song, Li-Xin; Yu, Ping-Bo; Li, Wei; Zhang, Jie


    To supply necessary bacteria and available nutrients, a method of returning backwashing wastewater to the bio-filter for removal of iron and manganese was used. The ecological stability of bio-filter was investigated from 3 aspects: iron and manganese removal efficiency, micro-ecological characteristics and the quantity distribution of dominant bacteria. The results indicated that, the bio-filter held strong antishock loading capability, when the system was operated at high filtration rate (10-13.9 m/h) and high manganese concentration (3.5-4.5 mg/L), a removal rate more than 98.9% of iron and manganese was achieved. Iron and manganese oxidizing bacteria are the dominant microflora in biological filtering layer, they not only adhere on filter sand materials (4.3 x 10(6) MPN/mL) to form compact biofilm, but also exist among filter materials void (6.5 x 10(6) MPN/mL) to form suspended flocs, which is very important to complete removal of iron and manganese. In the past 5 years, the bio-filter realized a continuous and stable operation and kept a high removal efficiency of iron and manganese without adding any nutrients.

  1. Total Coliforms and Turbidity Removal of Water in the Continuous Sand Filter

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    AH Mahvi


    Full Text Available The continuous filter is a kind of sand filter, which will operate without any interruptions for backwashing and also it accepts high-suspended solid levels in feed stream. Fouled sand is continuously removed from the filter bed, washed and recycled back without interruption with filtration process. Various samples of water with certain amounts of turbidity enter through a feed pipe and being distributed to the filter. A central column runs from top to bottom of the filter. The water is led through an outer tube in the column by a set of radial, distributor arms. The polluted water flows up ward through the sand bed. The water emerges; clean, in the top section of the tank, and eventually spills over a weir, and then inters into a discharge pipe. In this research, the continuous sand filter was studied to determine its disinfection efficiency in addition to turbidity removal. The results showed that the filtered water had a high quality and the turbidity reduction was 95.5 %. Inspecting the work of the filter had revealed that the removal rates of coliforms and microbial colonies were 99.67 % and 98.99 % respectively. On the other hand, by the use of direct filtration, turbidity reduction was over 97 %. In direct filtration, drinking water with less than 1 NTU turbidity was provided. This continuous sand filter has the advantage of stable operation and more energy saving as compared to the conventional ones.

  2. Integrating powdered activated carbon into wastewater tertiary filter for micro-pollutant removal. (United States)

    Hu, Jingyi; Aarts, Annelies; Shang, Ran; Heijman, Bas; Rietveld, Luuk


    Integrating powdered activated carbon (PAC) into wastewater tertiary treatment is a promising technology to reduce organic micro-pollutant (OMP) discharge into the receiving waters. To take advantage of the existing tertiary filter, PAC was pre-embedded inside the filter bed acting as a fixed-bed adsorber. The pre-embedding (i.e. immobilization) of PAC was realized by direct dosing a PAC solution on the filter top, which was then promoted to penetrate into the filter media by a down-flow of tap water. In order to examine the effectiveness of this PAC pre-embedded filter towards OMP removal, batch adsorption tests, representing PAC contact reactor (with the same PAC mass-to-treated water volume ratio as in the PAC pre-embedded filter) were performed as references. Moreover, as a conventional dosing option, PAC was dosed continuously with the filter influent (i.e. the wastewater secondary effluent with the investigated OMPs). Comparative results confirmed a higher OMP removal efficiency associated with the PAC pre-embedded filter, as compared to the batch system with a practical PAC residence time. Furthermore, over a filtration period of 10 h (approximating a realistic filtration cycle for tertiary filters), the continuous dosing approach resulted in less OMP removal. Therefore, it was concluded that the pre-embedding approach can be preferentially considered when integrating PAC into the wastewater tertiary treatment for OMP elimination. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Removal of virus and toxin using heatable multi-walled carbon nanotube web filters

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    Hoon-Sik Jang


    Full Text Available Many studies have used a carbon nanotube (CNT filter for pathogen removal and/or inactivation by means of electrochemical or electrochlorination. The large surface area, fine pore size and high electrical and thermal conductivity of CNTs make them suitable and distinct to use for the filtering and removal of pathogens. Here, we grew spin-capable multi-walled CNTs (MWCNTs and manufactured a web filter using the spun MWCNTs. Botulinum toxin type E light chain (BoT/E-LC and vaccinia virus (VV were filtered using the MWCNT web filters and were evaporated and removed by applying direct current (DC voltage to both sides of the MWCNT webs, excluding electrochemical or electrochlorination. The filtering and removal of BoT/E-LC and VV were performed after seven layers of the MWCNT sheets were coated onto a silicon oxide porous plate. The electrical resistance of the webs in the seven layer sheet was 293 Ω. The temperature of MWCNTs webs was linearly increased to ∼300 °C at 210 V of DC voltage. This temperature was enough to remove BoT/E-LC and VV. From the SEM and XPS results, we confirmed that BoT/E-LC and VV on the MWCNT webs were almost removed by applying a DC voltage and that some element (N, Na, Cl, etc. as residues on the MWCNT webs remained.

  4. Roughness preserving filter design to remove spatial noise from stereoscopic skin images for stable haptic rendering. (United States)

    Lee, K; Kim, M; Lee, O; Kim, K


    A problem in skin rendering with haptic feedback is the reconstruction of accurate 3D skin surfaces from stereo skin images to be used for touch interactions. This problem also encompasses the issue of how to accurately remove haptic spatial noise caused by the construction of disparity maps from stereo skin images, while minimizing the loss of the original skin roughness for cloning real tough textures without errors. Since the haptic device is very sensitive to high frequencies, even small amounts of noise can cause serious system errors including mechanical oscillations and unexpected exerting forces. Therefore, there is a need to develop a noise removal algorithm that preserves haptic roughness. A new algorithm for a roughness preserving filter (RPF) that adaptively removes spatial noise, is proposed. The algorithm uses the disparity control parameter (λ) and noise control parameter (k), obtained from singular value decomposition of a disparity map. The parameter k determines the amount of noise to be removed, and the optimum value of k is automatically chosen based on a threshold of gradient angles of roughness (Ra ). The RPF algorithm was implemented and verified with three real skin images. Evaluation criteria include preserved roughness quality and removed noise. Mean squared error (MSE), peak signal to noise ratio (PSNR), and objective roughness measures Ra and Rq were used for evaluation, and the results were compared against a median filter. The results show that the proposed RPF algorithm is a promising technology for removing noise and retaining maximized roughness, which guarantees stable haptic rendering for skin roughness. The proposed RPF is a promising technology because it allows for any stereo image to be filtered without the risk of losing the original roughness. In addition, the algorithm runs automatically for any given stereo skin image with relation to the disparity parameter λ, and the roughness parameters Ra or Rq are given priority

  5. Radionuclide removal from reactor wastes by HGMF. [High gradient magnetic filter

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    Emory, B.B.


    This paper describes experiments conducted to support the use of a high gradient magnetic filter (HGMF) to remove radioactive particulate matter generated by internal decontamination of water-cooled nuclear reactors. Decontamination schemes for reduction of radiation exposure at power reactors call for the introduction of chemical reagents into the primary circuit to loosen and flush the radioactive corrosion products from the internal surfaces. This produces large volumes of liquid radioactive wastes which must be treated to remove the soluble and particulate material so that the water can be disposed of. Mechanical filters produce a large volume of filter material versus the volume of particulates removed and are limited as to the smallest particulate size removed, with resultant recontamination of the cleaned surfaces. The majority of the material removed is in the particulate form and is magnetically susceptible, therefore the HGMF has provided to be ideally suited to this application. 3 figures, 1 table.

  6. Removal of Cryptosporidium and polystyrene microspheres from swimming pool water with sand, cartridge, and precoat filters. (United States)

    Amburgey, James E; Walsh, Kimberly J; Fielding, Roy R; Arrowood, Michael J


    Cryptosporidium has caused the majority of waterborne disease outbreaks in treated recreational water venues in the USA for many years running. This research project evaluated some common US swimming pool filters for removing Cryptosporidium oocysts, 5-µm diameter polystyrene microspheres, and 1-µm diameter polystyrene microspheres. A 946 L hot tub with interchangeable sand, cartridge, and precoat filters was used at room temperature for this research. Simulated pool water for each experiment was created from Charlotte, NC (USA) tap water supplemented with alkalinity, hardness, chlorine, and a mixture of artificial sweat and urine. Precoat (i.e., diatomaceous earth and perlite) filters demonstrated pathogen removal efficiencies of 2.3 to 4.4 log (or 99.4-99.996%). However, sand and cartridge filters had average Cryptosporidium removals of 0.19 log (36%) or less. The combined low filter removal efficiencies of sand and cartridge filters along with the chlorine-resistant properties of Cryptosporidium oocysts could indicate a regulatory gap warranting further attention and having significant implications on the protection of public health in recreational water facilities. The 5-µm microspheres were a good surrogate for Cryptosporidium oocysts in this study and hold promise for use in future research projects, field trials, and/or product testing on swimming pool filters.

  7. Biological and physico-chemical formation of Birnessite during the ripening of manganese removal filters. (United States)

    Bruins, Jantinus H; Petrusevski, Branislav; Slokar, Yness M; Huysman, Koen; Joris, Koen; Kruithof, Joop C; Kennedy, Maria D


    The efficiency of manganese removal in conventional groundwater treatment consisting of aeration followed by rapid sand filtration, strongly depends on the ability of filter media to promote auto-catalytic adsorption of dissolved manganese and its subsequent oxidation. Earlier studies have shown that the compound responsible for the auto-catalytic activity in ripened filters is a manganese oxide called Birnessite. The aim of this study was to determine if the ripening of manganese removal filters and the formation of Birnessite on virgin sand is initiated biologically or physico-chemically. The ripening of virgin filter media in a pilot filter column fed by pre-treated manganese containing groundwater was studied for approximately 600 days. Samples of filter media were taken at regular time intervals, and the manganese oxides formed in the coating were analysed by Raman spectroscopy, Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). From the EPR analyses, it was established that the formation of Birnessite was most likely initiated via biological activity. With the progress of filter ripening and development of the coating, Birnessite formation became predominantly physico-chemical, although biological manganese oxidation continued to contribute to the overall manganese removal. The knowledge that manganese removal in conventional groundwater treatment is initiated biologically could be of help in reducing typically long ripening times by creating conditions that are favourable for the growth of manganese oxidizing bacteria.

  8. Performance of biotrickling filters for hydrogen sulfide removal under starvation and shock loads conditions

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    Lan-he ZHANG; Xiu-li MENG; Ying WANG; Li-dan LIU


    In the industrial operation of biotrickling filters for hydrogen sulfide (H2S) removal, shock loads or starvation was common due to process variations or equipment malfunctions. In this study, effects of starvation and shock loads on the performance of biotrickling filters for H2S removal were investigated. Four experiments were conducted to evaluate the changes of biomass and viable bacteria numbers in the biotrickling filters during a 24-d starvation. Compared to biomass, viable bacteria numbers decreased significantly during the starvation, especially when airflow was maintained in the absence of spray liquid. During the subsequent re-acclimation, all the bioreactors could resume high removal efficiencies within 4 d regardless of the previous starvation conditions. The results show that the re-acclimation time, in the case of biotrickling filters for H2S removal, is mainly controlled by viable H2S oxidizing bacteria numbers. On the other hand, the biotrickling filters can protect against shock loads in inlet fluctuating H2S concentration after resuming normal operation. When the biotrickling filters were supplied with H2S at an input of lower than 1700 mg/m3, their removal efficiencies were nearly 98% regardless of previous H2S input.

  9. Effects of Syngas Cooling and Biomass Filter Medium on Tar Removal

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    Sunil Thapa


    Full Text Available Biomass gasification is a proven technology; however, one of the major obstacles in using product syngas for electric power generation and biofuels is the removal of tar. The purpose of this research was to develop and evaluate effectiveness of tar removal methods by cooling the syngas and using wood shavings as filtering media. The performance of the wood shavings filter equipped with an oil bubbler and heat exchanger as cooling systems was tested using tar-laden syngas generated from a 20-kW downdraft gasifier. The tar reduction efficiencies of wood shavings filter, wood shavings filter with heat exchanger, and wood shavings filter with oil bubbler were 10%, 61%, and 97%, respectively.

  10. Nitrogen removal in permeable woodchips filters affected by hydraulic loading rate and woodchips ratio

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    Bruun, Jacob Druedahl; Kjærgaard, Charlotte; Hoffmann, Carl Christian


    normalized nitrate reduction rates were 0.35-3.97 g N m-3 L-1, corresponding to N- removal efficiencies of 5 to 74% depending on HLR and filter mixtures. At high HLR oxic conditions prevailed, thus N removal was restricted to the immobile domain, controlled by diffusion. At lower HLR, progressively lower...

  11. Removal of odorous sulphur compounds from industrial gases by biotrickling filters

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    Vincenzo Torretta


    Full Text Available A pilot plant for the treatment of Sulphur-based odorous gases was installed in a line of a phosphoric acid plant located in Skhira, Tunisia. The air pollution control system train consisted of a first stage, including a chemical scrubber operating with an alkaline solution containing caustic soda, followed by a two-stage biotrickling filter (BTF filled with Mytilus edulis shells. This study evaluated the performance of the dual-stage BTF in removing hydrogen sulphide (H2S, sulphur dioxide (SO2 and dimethyl sulphide (DMS from the phosphoric acid reactor's exhaust air current. Concentrations of H2S, SO2 and DMS at the inlet of the two-stage BTF were 10-30 ppm, < 1-20 ppm and 16-30 ppm, respectively. All of the respective concentrations at the outlet of the biological step were < 1 ppm, except for the H2S in the outlet during the first day of operation (10 ppm. Removal efficiencies were generally higher than 95% for all compounds, and remained high even with an increase of the off-gas flow rate. Mass-removal capacity was at least 2.0 g m-3 h-1, 0.5 g m-3 h-1 and 6.2 g m-3 h-1, for H2S, SO2 and DMS, respectively. The removal efficiencies of the process were satisfactory, especially considering the already low inlet concentrations, due to the high quality of the raw phosphate used.

  12. Catalytic ceramic filter for Diesel soot removal. Preliminary investigations

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    Ciambelli, P.; Palma, V.; Russo, P. [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Chimica e Alimentare, Universita di Salerno, Fisciano, Salerno (Italy); Vaccaro, S. [Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita di Napoli Federico II,, Napoli (Italy)


    The catalytic combustion of Diesel soot was studied performing reactivity tests of soot-catalyst mixtures in a tubular flow reactor. The dependence of the reaction rate on the temperature was found. With respect to the uncatalysed combustion the reactivity of the soot in the presence of catalyst increased of some orders of magnitude while the apparent activation energy was found to be less than half. Complementary tests were carried out for studying the regeneration process of ceramic sintered filter samples by uncatalysed and catalysed combustion of the accumulated carbon particles. With respect to the uncatalysed case, the presence of catalyst reduces the carbon ignition temperature so favouring spontaneous filter regeneration. However, the catalyst activity appears to be lower than that observed in the reactivity tests. The results of both series of tests were discussed and compared in order to assess the role of carbon-catalyst contact and of catalyst preparation on its performances. 20 refs.

  13. Removal of ring artifacts in computed tomographic imaging using iterative center weighted median filter. (United States)

    Sadi, Fazle; Lee, Soo Yeol; Hasan, Md Kamrul


    A new iterative center weighted median filter (ICWMF) for ring artifact reduction from the micro-computed tomographic (micro-CT) image is proposed in this paper. The center weight of the median filter is computed based on the characteristic of the ring artifact in the mean curve of the projection data. The filter operates on the deviation of the mean curve to smooth the ring generating peaks and troughs iteratively while preserving the details due to image. A convergence criterion for the iterative algorithm is determined from the distribution of the local deviation computed from the mean curve deviation. The estimate of the mean curve obtained using the ICWMF is used to correct the ring corrupted projection data from which reconstruction gives the ring artifact suppressed micro-CT image. Test results on both the synthetic and real images demonstrate that the ring artifacts can be more effectively suppressed using our method as compared to other ring removal techniques reported in the literature. 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Denoising in electronic speckle pattern interferometry fringes by the filtering method based on partial differential equations (United States)

    Tang, Chen; Zhang, Fang; Yan, Haiqing; Chen, Zhanqing


    Denoising in electronic speckle pattern interferometry fringes is the key problem in electronic speckle pattern interferometry. We present the new filtering method based on partial differential equations (called PDE filtering method) to electronic speckle pattern interferometry fringes. The PDE filtering method transforms the image processing to solving the partial differential equations. We test the proposed method on experimentally obtained electronic speckle pattern interferometry fringes, and compare with traditional mean filtering and low-pass Fourier filtering methods. The experimental results show that the technique is capable of effectively removing noise. The PDE filtering method is flexible and has fast computational speed and stable results.

  15. Nonlinear Filter Based Image Denoising Using AMF Approach

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    Thivakaran, T K


    This paper proposes a new technique based on nonlinear Adaptive Median filter (AMF) for image restoration. Image denoising is a common procedure in digital image processing aiming at the removal of noise, which may corrupt an image during its acquisition or transmission, while retaining its quality. This procedure is traditionally performed in the spatial or frequency domain by filtering. The aim of image enhancement is to reconstruct the true image from the corrupted image. The process of image acquisition frequently leads to degradation and the quality of the digitized image becomes inferior to the original image. Filtering is a technique for enhancing the image. Linear filter is the filtering in which the value of an output pixel is a linear combination of neighborhood values, which can produce blur in the image. Thus a variety of smoothing techniques have been developed that are non linear. Median filter is the one of the most popular non-linear filter. When considering a small neighborhood it is highly e...

  16. CCII based fractional filters of different orders

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    Ahmed Soltan


    Full Text Available This paper aims to generalize the design of continuous-time filters to the fractional domain with different orders and validates the theoretical results with two different CCII based filters. In particular, the proposed study introduces the generalized formulas for the previous fractional-order analysis of equal orders. The fractional-order filters enhance the design flexibility and prove that the integer-order performance is a very narrow subset from the fractional-order behavior due to the extra degrees of freedom. The general fundamentals of these filters are presented by calculating the maximum and minimum frequencies, the half power frequency and the right phase frequency which are considered a critical issue for the filter design. Different numerical solutions for the generalized fractional order low pass filters with two different fractional order elements are introduced and verified by the circuit simulations of two fractional-order filters: Kerwin–Huelsman–Newcomb (KHN and Tow-Tomas CCII-based filters, showing great matching.

  17. Removal of nano and microparticles by granular filter media coated with nanoporous aluminium oxide

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    Lau, B.L.T.; Harrington, G.W.; Anderson, M.A.; Tejedor, I. [University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (US). Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering


    Conventional filtration was designed to achieve high levels of particle and pathogen removal. Previous studies have examined the possibility of modifying filtration media to improve their ability to remove microorganisms and viruses. Although these studies have evaluated filter media coatings for this purpose, none have evaluated nanoscale particle suspensions as coating materials. The overall goal of this paper is to describe the preliminary test results of nanoporous aluminium oxide coated media that can be used to enhance filtration of nano and microparticles. Filtration tests were carried out using columns packed with uncoated and coated forms of granular anthracite or granular activated carbon. A positive correlation between isoelectric pH of filter media and particle removal was observed. The modified filter media with a higher isoelectric pH facilitated better removal of bacteriophage MS2 and 3 {mu}m latex microspheres, possibly due to increased favorable electrostatic interactions.

  18. Removal of nano and microparticles by granular filter media coated with nanoporous aluminium oxide. (United States)

    Lau, B L T; Harrington, G W; Anderson, M A; Tejedor, I


    Conventional filtration was designed to achieve high levels of particle and pathogen removal. Previous studies have examined the possibility of modifying filtration media to improve their ability to remove microorganisms and viruses. Although these studies have evaluated filter media coatings for this purpose, none have evaluated nanoscale particle suspensions as coating materials. The overall goal of this paper is to describe the preliminary test results of nanoporous aluminium oxide coated media that can be used to enhance filtration of nano and microparticles. Filtration tests were carried out using columns packed with uncoated and coated forms of granular anthracite or granular activated carbon. A positive correlation between isoelectric pH of filter media and particle removal was observed. The modified filter media with a higher isoelectric pH facilitated better removal of bacteriophage MS2 and 3 microm latex microspheres, possibly due to increased favorable electrostatic interactions.

  19. Laser-based coatings removal

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    Freiwald, J.G.; Freiwald, D.A. [F2 Associates, Inc., Albuquerque, NM (United States)


    Over the years as building and equipment surfaces became contaminated with low levels of uranium or plutonium dust, coats of paint were applied to stabilize the contaminants in place. Most of the earlier paint used was lead-based paint. More recently, various non-lead-based paints, such as two-part epoxy, are used. For D&D (decontamination and decommissioning), it is desirable to remove the paints or other coatings rather than having to tear down and dispose of the entire building. This report describes the use of pulse-repetetion laser systems for the removal of paints and coatings.

  20. Dominant Correlogram Based Particle Filter Tracking

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    MAO Yan-fen; SHI Peng-fei


    A novel dominant correlogram based particle filter was proposed for an object tracking in visual surveillance. Particle filter outperforms the Kalman filter in non-linear and non-Gaussian estimation problem. This paper proposed incorporating spatial information into visual feature, and yields a reliable likelihood description of the observation and prediction. A similarity-ratio is defined to evaluate the effectivity of different similarity measurements in weighing samples. The experimental results demonstrate the effective and robust performance compared with the histogram based tracking in traffic scenes.

  1. Removal of stormwater particulates by disc filter technology

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    Nielsen, Katrine; Mikkelsen, Peter Steen; Eriksson, Eva

    The trend in the Danish society is toward disconnection of stormwater from the combined sewers and, where needed, local treatment using the best available technologies (BAT). The aim here was to assess a fast filtration technology for removal of particulate matter in stormwater with an emphasis o...... and in the size-range of 100 nm. The physical treatment of particle filtration at 10 µm was inadequate to remove the small particles identified in this project. Coagulation with a cationic coagulant and subsequently flocculation is suggested as process improvements technologies....

  2. Image Filtering Based on Improved Information Entropy

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    JINGXiaojun; LIUYulin; XIONGYuqing


    An image filtering based on improved information entropy is proposed in this paper, which can overcome the shortcomings of hybrid linear and non-linear filtering algorithm. Due to the shortcomings of information entropy in the field of data fusion, we introduce the consistency constraint factor of sub-source report and subsource performance difference parameter, propose the concept of fusion entropy, utilize its amendment and regularity function on sub-source decision-making matrix, bring into play the competency, redundency and complementarity of information fusion, suppress and delete fault and invalid information, strengthen and preserve correct and useful information, overcome the risk of error reporting on single source critical point and the shortcomings of reliability and error tolerating, add the decision-making criteria of multiple sub-source fusion, finally improve filtering quality. Subsequent experiments show its validity and improved filtering performance, thus providing a new way of image filtering technique.

  3. Evaluate of head loss, sediment value and copper removal in sand media (rapid sand filter

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    Daneshi Navab


    Full Text Available Along with the technology development and increasing consumption of water resources, we are experiencing low qualities in the mentioned resources. Copper brings about serious environment al pollution, threatening human health and ecosystem. This metal found variously in water resources and industrial activities. Therefore, it needs to treat the water resources from these excessive amounts. Different methods have used for this reason but the most used method during recent years has been the absorption by economic absorbers such as sand. Rapid sand filters usually used in water and wastewater treatment plants for water clarification. In this research, a single layer gravity rapid sand filter has used to reduce different concentrations of copper. sediment value and head loss arising in filter media is simulated by using combination of Carman-Kozeny, Rose and Gregory models in different discharges of rapid sand filter. Results have shown that with increasing in discharge and decreasing in input copper concentration, arriving time to given head loss, is increasing. In addition, results demonstrated that with increasing in copper concentration in influent, removal efficiency is decreasing somewhat. Results of this research can applied in an appropriate design of rapid sand filter to copper removal, a prediction of rapid sand filter ability to copper removal and an estimation of arising head loss during filter work thus evaluating of time interval backwash. DOI: International Journal of the Environment Vol.3(2 2014: 276-286

  4. Noise Removing of Audio Speech Signals by Means of Kalman Filter

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    Soleyman Shirzadi


    Full Text Available Nowadays, multimedia (audio and video processing is among the most important subjects discussed in engineering sciences. To apply digital filters, especially adapting filters, in the above process, are of crucial importance. Theory of adapting filters such as that of Wiener or Kalman, have been fully discussed within the continuous field, the same as in discrete-time one; in spite of this, due to the presence of computers and digital processors, the adaptable filters defiantly have more efficiency in continuous field rather than discrete-time filed. One digital filter along with an adaptable algorithm is usually applied in adaptable filters so that the filter factor can be determined by means of adaptable algorithm. In the present article the Kalman filter-which counts as one of the best filters- has been surveyed whose appropriate factors is being calculated to design a efficient filter. First of all a sample signal is randomly selected which can be the same as an Autoregressive signal. Then a merely random Gaussian noise is applied on Autoregressive signal; and consequently the noisy signal is analyzed. As soon as we analyze the noise removed. The aforesaid operation has been assimilated through the Matlab software. The results have been demonstrated as well.


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    Full Text Available Introduction. The protozoan parasite Giardia is one of the important biological cotaminants in water. lts presence in water has caused the outbreak of a number of epidemics in various part of the world including the United States. The major impediment in detecting this particular parasite is unavailability of suitable filters capable of removing it from water. Regarding the fact yarn wound filters (cartridge used in removing Giardia under laboratory condition are currently difficult to obtain in Iran, attempts were made to design and manufacture the filters according to standards recommended in the literature. Methods. To determine the efficiency of filters manufactured in this way, a pilot system was established and parameters of concern were investigated. A given number of cysts were introduced in each case to the water in the pilot tank after being counted on the hemocytometer lamella After the entire tank water (at least 4001had been pumped through the filters, the filter were removed from the pilot system to have their yarns separated and washed. The cysts recovered were then counted and compared with the original input cysts to determine the efficiency of the filters. Formation of sediments on filters due to suspended solids in water was a great impediment in counting the cysts hidden in the sediments. To overcome this difficulty, the method of floatation in sucrose was used to remove the hidden cysts from the sediments. Regarding the morphological characteristics of the cysts, the method was also studied in terms of the sucrose film concentration and the effects of centrifugal speed and duration on the removal of cysts from sediments. Results. The results indicated an efficiency of 80.69±5.85, which was ideal for a first experience in Iran. a level of 2.5 molar of Sucrose with a duration of 10 minutes for the centrifugation time at 2,000 rpm were considered to be optimum levels to yield a certainty of 95 percent and an efficiency of

  6. Triboelectric Nanogenerator Enhanced Nanofiber Air Filters for Efficient Particulate Matter Removal. (United States)

    Gu, Guang Qin; Han, Chang Bao; Lu, Cun Xin; He, Chuan; Jiang, Tao; Gao, Zhen Liang; Li, Cong Ju; Wang, Zhong Lin


    We developed a high-efficiency rotating triboelectric nanogenerator (R-TENG) enhanced polyimide (PI) nanofiber air filter for particulate matter (PM) removal in ambient atmosphere. The PI electrospinning nanofiber film exhibited high removal efficiency for the PM particles that have diameters larger than 0.5 μm. When the R-TENG is connected, the removal efficiency of the filter is enhanced, especially when the particle diameters of the PM are smaller than 100 nm. The highest removal efficiency is 90.6% for particles with a diameter of 33.4 nm and the highest efficiency enhancement reaches 207.8% at the diameter of 76.4 nm where the removal efficiency enhanced from 27.1% to 83.6%. This technology with zero ozone release and low pressure drop offers an approach for air cleaning and haze treatment.

  7. Investigating the Efficiency of Biological Filters for Ammonia Removal

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    S Motesaddi Zarandi, MR Massoudinejad, A Mazaheri Tehrani, H Pouri


    Full Text Available Backgrounds and Aims: Ammonia removal from air to prevent severe damage to the environment and living organisms is very important. Biofiltration is an efficient, easy, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly process for degradation of ammonia from waste air. The aim of this study is to investigate the efficiency of biological filtration using a compost and scallop bed for ammonia removal. Materials and Methods: According to the ammonia removal method a column with 14cm inner diameter and 45cm height made from transparent Plexiglas was used. The column was filled up to 25 cm with compost and scallop (with a scallop: compost ratio of 1:4. In this study, performance of the biofilter was studied under 10 different flow rates (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 lit/min and 5 different concentrations (0-20, 20-40, 40-60, 60-80 and 80-100 ppm at a temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. Results: The results of this study showed that efficiency is decreased when the flow rate or concentration is increased because the microbial population is reduced. The efficiency was reduced by 84.6-98.2 percent. Maximum efficiency occurred at a 0.19g/(m3.h loading rate. Efficiency was in 0-20 concentration intervals at a flow rate of 1 lit/min and at an Empty Bed Residence Time (EBRT of 240 seconds. Conclusion: The results show that a biofilter with a compost and scallop bed is efficient for ammonia removal from air. Results can be optimized in the design and operation of biological systems to be used in the industrial control of ammonia gas.

  8. Atrazine removal from aqueous solutions using submerged biological aerated filter


    Mohammad Ali Baghapour; Simin Nasseri; Zahra Derakhshan


    Atrazine is widely used in the agriculture as an herbicide. Due to its high mobility, Atrazine leaks into the groundwaters, surface waters, and drinking water wells. Many physical and chemical methods have been suggested for removing Atrazine from aquatic environments. However, these methods are very costly, have many performance problems, produce a lot of toxic intermediates which are very harmful and dangerous, and cannot completely mineralize Atrazine. In this study, biodegradation of Atra...

  9. Controls of nitrite oxidation in ammonia-removing biological air filters

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    Juhler, Susanne; Ottosen, Lars Ditlev Mørck; Nielsen, Lars Peter


    In biological air filters ammonia is removed due to the action of Ammonia Oxidizing Bacteria (AOB) resulting in nitrite accumulation exceeding 100 mM. Among filters treating exhaust air from pig facilities successful establishment of Nitrite Oxidizing Bacteria (NOB) sometimes occurs, resulting...... in accumulation of nitrate rather than nitrite and a significant decline in pH. As a consequence, ammonia is removed more efficiently, but heterotrophic oxidation of odorous compounds might be inhibited.  To identify the controlling mechanisms of nitrite oxidation, full-scale biological air filters were...... investigated applying a broad in situ approach. Bacterial distribution and chemical gradients were examined at both a macro scale from filter inlet towards outlet and on a micro scale within the intact biofilm, applying Fluorescence in situ Hybridization (FISH), electrochemical microsensors, and chemical...

  10. The Development of Nanofibrous Media Filter Containing Nanoparticles for Removing Particles from Air Stream


    S. Farhang Dehghan; B Maddah; F Golbabaei


    Background and Objectives: The goal of the present study was to develop nanofibrous media filters containing MgO nanoparticles for future application in removing particles from gas stream. Materials and Methods: Electrospun nanofibers were fabricated using experimental design prepared by Response Surface Methodology. Optimization of electrospinning parameters was conducted for achieving the desired filter properties including fiber diameter, porosity, and bead number. ...

  11. Hydrogen sulfide removal by compost biofiltration: effect of mixing the filter media on operational factors. (United States)

    Morgan-Sagastume, J M; Noyola, A


    The overall goal of this work was to determine the effect of mixing the filter media of a compost biofilter on H(2)S removal efficiency. The behavior of important operational factors such as moisture of filter media, pressure drop and sulfate accumulation were evaluated, considering mixing the media. Additionally, tracer studies were performed in order to determine the effect of mixing the media on gas distribution. H(2)S removal capacity decreased over time, from 100% to 90%. When bed mixing was carried out, the removal capacity remained constant, close to 100%, and moisture content and sulfates accumulation were better controlled at 50% and at 12 mg S-SO(4)/g dry media respectively. In addition, under this operational pattern, an improvement in gas and particle size distribution was observed inside the filter media, fitting the axial dispersion model and the Ergun equation.

  12. Ceramic membrane filters for fine particulate removal in coal-fired industrial boilers

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    Miller, B.G.; Wincek, R.T.; Glick, D.C.; Scaroni, A.W.; Makris, P.; Krecker, J.; Jung, G.; Stubblefield, D.J.


    Strategies are being developed at Penn Sate to produce ultralow emissions when firing coal-based fuel, i.e., micronized coal and coal-water slurry fuel (CWSF), in industrial boilers. The research is being conducted at the bench, pilot, and demonstration scale, and the emissions being addressed are SO{sub 2}, NO{sub x}, fine particulate matter (PM{sub 10} and PM{sub 2.5}), and air toxics (trace elements and volatile organic compounds). Specific activities are identifying/developing a low-temperature NO{sub x} reduction catalyst, studying the occurrence of nitrogen in coal and the fundamental mechanisms of NO{sub x} production, characterizing air toxic emissions, investigating the use of BioLime{trademark} for simultaneous SO{sub 2}/NO{sub x} reduction, and evaluating a ceramic filter for fine particulate control. Results from trace element and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon emissions testing when firing coal-based fuels are reported elsewhere in these proceedings. This paper discusses the preliminary results obtained using ceramic membrane filters for fine particulate removal when firing micronized coal in a package boiler.

  13. Switching bilateral filter with a texture/noise detector for universal noise removal. (United States)

    Lin, Chih-Hsing; Tsai, Jia-Shiuan; Chiu, Ching-Te


    In this paper, we propose a switching bilateral filter (SBF) with a texture and noise detector for universal noise removal. Operation was carried out in two stages: detection followed by filtering. For detection, we propose the sorted quadrant median vector (SQMV) scheme, which includes important features such as edge or texture information. This information is utilized to allocate a reference median from SQMV, which is in turn compared with a current pixel to classify it as impulse noise, Gaussian noise, or noise-free. The SBF removes both Gaussian and impulse noise without adding another weighting function. The range filter inside the bilateral filter switches between the Gaussian and impulse modes depending upon the noise classification result. Simulation results show that our noise detector has a high noise detection rate as well as a high classification rate for salt-and-pepper, uniform impulse noise and mixed impulse noise. Unlike most other impulse noise filters, the proposed SBF achieves high peak signal-to-noise ratio and great image quality by efficiently removing both types of mixed noise, salt-and-pepper with uniform noise and salt-and-pepper with Gaussian noise. In addition, the computational complexity of SBF is significantly less than that of other mixed noise filters.

  14. Entrapment of Guide Wire in an Inferior Vena Cava Filter: A Technique for Removal

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    Abdel-Aal, Ahmed Kamel, E-mail:; Saddekni, Souheil [University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Radiology (United States); Hamed, Maysoon Farouk [University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Anesthesia (United States); Fitzpatrick, Farley [Radiology Specialists of Louisville (United States)


    Entrapment of a central venous catheter (CVC) guide wire in an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a rare, but reported complication during CVC placement. With the increasing use of vena cava filters (VCFs), this number will most likely continue to grow. The consequences of this complication can be serious, as continued traction upon the guide wire may result in filter dislodgement and migration, filter fracture, or injury to the IVC. We describe a case in which a J-tipped guide wire introduced through a left subclavian access without fluoroscopic guidance during CVC placement was entrapped at the apex of an IVC filter. We describe a technique that we used successfully in removing the entrapped wire through the left subclavian access site. We also present simple useful recommendations to prevent this complication.

  15. Nitrogen and Phosphorus Removal Performance in the Novel Multi-Layered Biological Tricking Filter

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    CUI Ting-ting


    Full Text Available Biological trickling filter is one of the main rural sewage treatment technology, but it still has the shortcomings such as lower re-moval efficiency for nitrogen and phosphorus or lower stability. In order to improve the nitrogen and phosphorus removal efficiency of the de-vice and find out its optimum technological conditions, the study took the novel multi-layered biological tricking filter as the device to test the contribution of filter medium, hydraulic loading, recirculation ratio on the treatment of nitrogen and phosphorus removal. The results showed that when the hydraulic loading of 4 m3·m-2·d-1, the recirculation ratio rate of 2∶1 and slag as filter medium were applied, the best effect could be achieved in the filter. The highest mean efficiency of NH4+-N, TN, TP and COD were 87.08%, 57.37%, 66.04% and 80.78%, respectively.The results also indicated that higher recirculation ratio was one of effective paths to improve nitrogen removal efficiency.

  16. Preparation of Polyaniline/Filter-paper Composite for Removal of Coomassie Brilliant Blue

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    Liu, Wanwan; Li, Xiaoqiang; Li, Mengjuan


    Polyaniline/filter-paper (PANI/FP) composite was prepared by in-situ polymerization of polyaniline onto filter-paper and subsequently evaluated for the removal of Coomassie brilliant blue (CBB) from aqueous solution. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Fourier......-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy were used to investigate the morphology and physicochemical properties of PANI/FP composite. Batch experimental results showed that the pH value and temperature could affect the removal capability of the PANUFP composite. Langmuir and Freundlich models were used to analyse...

  17. Activated soil filters for removal of biocides from contaminated run-off and waste-waters

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    Bester, Kai; Banzhaf, Stefan; Burkhardt, Michael


    Building facades can be equipped with biocides to prevent formation of algal, fungal and bacterial films. Thus run-off waters may contain these highly active compounds. In this study, the removal of several groups of biocides from contaminated waters by means of an activated soil filter was studied....... A technical scale activated vertical soil filter (biofilter) with different layers (peat, sand and gravel), was planted with reed (Phragmites australis) and used to study the removal rates and fate of hydrophilic to moderate hydrophobic (log Kow 1.8–4.4) biocides and biocide metabolites such as: Terbutryn...

  18. Removal of virus to protozoan sized particles in point-of-use ceramic water filters. (United States)

    Bielefeldt, Angela R; Kowalski, Kate; Schilling, Cherylynn; Schreier, Simon; Kohler, Amanda; Scott Summers, R


    The particle removal performance of point-of-use ceramic water filters (CWFs) was characterized in the size range of 0.02-100 microm using carboxylate-coated polystyrene fluorescent microspheres, natural particles and clay. Particles were spiked into dechlorinated tap water, and three successive water batches treated in each of six different CWFs. Particle removal generally increased with increasing size. The removal of virus-sized 0.02 and 0.1 microm spheres were highly variable between the six filters, ranging from 63 to 99.6%. For the 0.5 microm spheres removal was less variable and in the range of 95.1-99.6%, while for the 1, 2, 4.5, and 10 microm spheres removal was >99.6%. Recoating four of the CWFs with colloidal silver solution improved removal of the 0.02 microm spheres, but had no significant effects on the other particle sizes. Log removals of 1.8-3.2 were found for natural turbidity and spiked kaolin clay particles; however, particles as large as 95 microm were detected in filtered water.

  19. Efficient Fruit Defect Detection and Glare removal Algorithm by anisotropic diffusion and 2D Gabor filter

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    Katyal, Vini


    This paper focuses on fruit defect detection and glare removal using morphological operations, Glare removal can be considered as an important preprocessing step as uneven lighting may introduce it in images, which hamper the results produced through segmentation by Gabor filters .The problem of glare in images is very pronounced sometimes due to the unusual reflectance from the camera sensor or stray light entering, this method counteracts this problem and makes the defect detection much more pronounced. Anisotropic diffusion is used for further smoothening of the images and removing the high energy regions in an image for better defect detection and makes the defects more retrievable. Our algorithm is robust and scalable the employability of a particular mask for glare removal has been checked and proved useful for counteracting.this problem, anisotropic diffusion further enhances the defects with its use further Optimal Gabor filter at various orientations is used for defect detection.

  20. Dynamic Adaptive Median Filter (DAMF for Removal of High Density Impulse Noise

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    Punyaban Patel


    Full Text Available This paper proposes a novel adaptive filtering scheme to remove impulse noise from images. The scheme replaces the corrupted test pixel with the median value of non-corrupted neighboring pixels selected from a window dynamically. If the number of non-corrupted pixels in the selected window is not sufficient, a window of next higher size is chosen. Thus window size is automatically adapted based on the density of noise in the image as well as the density of corruption local to a window. As a result window size may vary pixel to pixel while filtering. The scheme is simple to implement and do not require multiple iterations. The efficacy of the proposed scheme is evaluated with respect to subjective as well as objective parameters on standard images on various noise densities. Comparative analysis reveals that the proposed scheme has improved performance over other schemes, preferably in high density impulse noise cases. Further, the computational overhead is also less as compared its competent scheme.

  1. Efficient Fruit Defect Detection and Glare removal Algorithm by anisotropic diffusion and 2D Gabor filter


    Katyal, Vini; Srivastava, Deepesh


    This paper focuses on fruit defect detection and glare removal using morphological operations, Glare removal can be considered as an important preprocessing step as uneven lighting may introduce it in images, which hamper the results produced through segmentation by Gabor filters .The problem of glare in images is very pronounced sometimes due to the unusual reflectance from the camera sensor or stray light entering, this method counteracts this problem and makes the defect detection much mor...

  2. A comparison between ceramic membrane filters and conventional fabric filters for fine particulate removal from a coal-fired industrial boiler

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    Miller, B.G.; Wincek, R.T.; Glick, D.C.; Scaroni, A.W. [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States); Drury, K. [Corning Inc., Painted Post, NY (United States); Makris [Corning Inc., Acton, MA (United States); Stubblefield, D.J. [Corning Inc., Corning, NY (United States)


    Penn State is developing technologies for ultralow emissions when firing coal-based fuels, i.e., micronized coal and coal-water slurry fuel (CWSF) in industrial boilers. Emissions being addressed are SO{sub 2}, NOx, fine particulate matter (PM{sub 10} and PM{sub 2.5}), and air toxics (trace elements and volatile organic compounds). Results from trace element and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon emissions testing, when firing coal-based fuels, are reported elsewhere in these proceedings. This paper discusses the evaluation of ceramic membrane filters for fine particulate removal in a package boiler when firing micronized coal and CWSF.

  3. Removal and fate of Cryptosporidium parvum, Clostridium perfringens and small-sized centric diatoms (Stephanodiscus hantzschii) in slow sand filters. (United States)

    Hijnen, Wim A M; Dullemont, Yolanda J; Schijven, Jack F; Hanzens-Brouwer, Anke J; Rosielle, Martine; Medema, Gertjan


    The decimal elimination capacity (DEC) of slow sand filtration (SSF) for Cryptosporidium parvum was assessed to enable quantitative microbial risk analysis of a drinking water production plant. A mature pilot plant filter of 2.56m(2) was loaded with C. parvum oocysts and two other persistent organisms as potential surrogates; spores of Clostridium perfringens (SCP) and the small-sized (4-7microm) centric diatom (SSCD) Stephanodiscus hantzschii. Highly persistent micro-organisms that are retained in slow sand filters are expected to accumulate and eventually break through the filter bed. To investigate this phenomenon, a dosing period of 100 days was applied with an extended filtrate monitoring period of 150 days using large-volume sampling. Based on the breakthrough curves the DEC of the filter bed for oocysts was high and calculated to be 4.7log. During the extended filtrate monitoring period the spatial distribution of the retained organisms in the filter bed was determined. These data showed little risk of accumulation of oocysts in mature filters most likely due to predation by zooplankton. The DEC for the two surrogates, SCP and SSCD, was 3.6 and 1.8log, respectively. On basis of differences in transport behaviour, but mainly because of the high persistence compared to the persistence of oocysts, it was concluded that both spores of sulphite-reducing clostridia (incl. SCP) and SSCD are unsuited for use as surrogates for oocyst removal by slow sand filters. Further research is necessary to elucidate the role of predation in Cryptosporidium removal and the fate of consumed oocysts.

  4. Microbial community composition of a household sand filter used for arsenic, iron, and manganese removal from groundwater in Vietnam. (United States)

    Nitzsche, Katja Sonja; Weigold, Pascal; Lösekann-Behrens, Tina; Kappler, Andreas; Behrens, Sebastian


    Household sand filters are used in rural areas of Vietnam to remove As, Fe, and Mn from groundwater for drinking water purposes. Currently, it is unknown what role microbial processes play in mineral oxide formation and As removal during water filtration. We performed most probable number counts to quantify the abundance of physiological groups of microorganisms capable of catalyzing Fe- and Mn-redox transformation processes in a household sand filter. We found up to 10(4) cells g(-1) dry sand of nitrate-reducing Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria and Fe(III)-reducing bacteria, and no microaerophilic Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria, but up to 10(6) cells g(-1) dry sand Mn-oxidizing bacteria. 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing confirmed MPN counts insofar as only low abundances of known taxa capable of performing Fe- and Mn-redox transformations were detected. Instead the microbial community on the sand filter was dominated by nitrifying microorganisms, e.g. Nitrospira, Nitrosomonadales, and an archaeal OTU affiliated to Candidatus Nitrososphaera. Quantitative PCR for Nitrospira and ammonia monooxygenase genes agreed with DNA sequencing results underlining the numerical importance of nitrifiers in the sand filter. Based on our analysis of the microbial community composition and previous studies on the solid phase chemistry of sand filters we conclude that abiotic Fe(II) oxidation processes prevail over biotic Fe(II) oxidation on the filter. Yet, Mn-oxidizing bacteria play an important role for Mn(II) oxidation and Mn(III/IV) oxide precipitation in a distinct layer of the sand filter. The formation of Mn(III/IV) oxides contributes to abiotic As(III) oxidation and immobilization of As(V) by sorption to Fe(III) (oxyhydr)oxides.

  5. Modeling the Performance of Biological Rapid Sand Filters Used to Remove Ammonium, Iron, and Manganese From Drinking Water

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    Lee, Carson; Albrechtsen, Hans-Jørgen; Smets, Barth F.;

    filter management to performance . Biological rapid sand filters are used for the dual purpose of particle removal (including microorganisms) and contaminant removal through biological activity on the filter media. For drinking water treatment in the United States, biological filters use granular......Although biological rapid sand filters are a well established technology for treating drinking water, there is still a lack of scientific understanding of the processes controlling their performance. For example, the distribution and role of microorganisms in contaminant removal in the filter has...... for chlorine addition following treatment. Under the normal conditions found in many water treatment plants, reduced iron can be oxidized through aeration and the precipitates can be captured by the filter media. Ammonium and manganese can be removed biologically. This research uses both pilot and full scale...

  6. Clinical evaluation of the air removal characteristics of an oxygenator with integrated arterial filter in a minimized extracorporeal circuit. (United States)

    Stehouwer, Marco C; Boers, Chris; de Vroege, Roel; C Kelder, Johannes; Yilmaz, Alaaddin; Bruins, Peter


    The use of minimized extracorporeal circuits (MECC) in cardiac surgery is an important measure to increase the biocompatibility of cardiopulmonary bypass during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). These circuits eliminate volume storage reservoirs and bubble traps to minimize the circuit. However, the reduction in volume may increase the risk of gaseous microemboli (GME). The MECC system as used by our group consists of a venous bubble trap, centrifugal pump, and an oxygenator. To further reduce the risk of introducing GME, an oxygenator with an integrated arterial filter was developed based on the concept of minimal volume and foreign surface. We studied the air removal characteristics of this oxygenator with and without integrated arterial filter. The quantity and volume of GME were measured with precision at both the inlet and outlet of the devices. Our results showed that integration of an arterial filter into this oxygenator increased GME reducing capacity from 69.2% to 92%. Moreover, we were able to obtain data on the impact of an arterial filter on the exact size-distribution of GME entering the arterial line. The present study demonstrates that an MECC system and oxygenator with integrated arterial filter significantly reduces the volume and size of GME. The use of an integrated arterial filter in an MECC system may protect the patient from the deleterious effects of CPB and may further improve patient safety.

  7. Information Audit Based on Image Content Filtering

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    At present, network information audit system is almost based on text information filtering, but badness information is embedded into image or image file directly by badness information provider, in order to avoid monitored by. The paper realizes an information audit system based on image content filtering. Taking the pornographic program identification for an example, the system can monitor the video including any abnormal human body information by matching the texture characters with those defined in advance, which consist of contrast, energy, correlation measure and entropy character measure and so on.

  8. Nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from biotrickling filters used for ammonia removal at livestock facilities

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    Melse, R.W.; Mosquera Losada, J.


    Recently several manufacturers of nitrifying biotrickling filters for ammonia (NH3) removal at animal houses have started to add a denitrification step to the installation, aiming to reduce the amount of discharge water by conversion of NH3 to nitrogen gas (N2). The aim of this research was to

  9. Improved DCT-based nonlocal means filter for MR images denoising. (United States)

    Hu, Jinrong; Pu, Yifei; Wu, Xi; Zhang, Yi; Zhou, Jiliu


    The nonlocal means (NLM) filter has been proven to be an efficient feature-preserved denoising method and can be applied to remove noise in the magnetic resonance (MR) images. To suppress noise more efficiently, we present a novel NLM filter based on the discrete cosine transform (DCT). Instead of computing similarity weights using the gray level information directly, the proposed method calculates similarity weights in the DCT subspace of neighborhood. Due to promising characteristics of DCT, such as low data correlation and high energy compaction, the proposed filter is naturally endowed with more accurate estimation of weights thus enhances denoising effectively. The performance of the proposed filter is evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively together with two other NLM filters, namely, the original NLM filter and the unbiased NLM (UNLM) filter. Experimental results demonstrate that the proposed filter achieves better denoising performance in MRI compared to the others.

  10. Matched filter based iterative adaptive approach (United States)

    Nepal, Ramesh; Zhang, Yan Rockee; Li, Zhengzheng; Blake, William


    Matched Filter sidelobes from diversified LPI waveform design and sensor resolution are two important considerations in radars and active sensors in general. Matched Filter sidelobes can potentially mask weaker targets, and low sensor resolution not only causes a high margin of error but also limits sensing in target-rich environment/ sector. The improvement in those factors, in part, concern with the transmitted waveform and consequently pulse compression techniques. An adaptive pulse compression algorithm is hence desired that can mitigate the aforementioned limitations. A new Matched Filter based Iterative Adaptive Approach, MF-IAA, as an extension to traditional Iterative Adaptive Approach, IAA, has been developed. MF-IAA takes its input as the Matched Filter output. The motivation here is to facilitate implementation of Iterative Adaptive Approach without disrupting the processing chain of traditional Matched Filter. Similar to IAA, MF-IAA is a user parameter free, iterative, weighted least square based spectral identification algorithm. This work focuses on the implementation of MF-IAA. The feasibility of MF-IAA is studied using a realistic airborne radar simulator as well as actual measured airborne radar data. The performance of MF-IAA is measured with different test waveforms, and different Signal-to-Noise (SNR) levels. In addition, Range-Doppler super-resolution using MF-IAA is investigated. Sidelobe reduction as well as super-resolution enhancement is validated. The robustness of MF-IAA with respect to different LPI waveforms and SNR levels is also demonstrated.

  11. Effect of filtration rate on coal-sand dual-media filter performances for microalgae removal. (United States)

    Sabiri, Nour-Eddine; Monnier, Elodie; Raimbault, Virginie; Massé, Anthony; Séchet, Véronique; Jaouen, Pascal


    This study tested the efficiency of granular filtration using a bilayer sand filter for microalgae removal from culture dilutions ranging from 10,000 to 17,000 cells/mL. The objective is to evaluate the removal capacity of the filter without chemical coagulation. Two filter media, sand and anthracite, with mean grain sizes of 0.395 and 1.2 mm, respectively, were used in constant-flow-rate experiments (down-flow mode) with suspensions containing Heterocapsa triquetra microalga. The conventional rapid filtration which usually operates at a constant rate of approximately 5 m(3)/m(2) h is compared to high-rate filtration. Two filtration velocities (5 and 10 m/h) were investigated with bed depth of 1100 mm. Average microalgal cell removal rates were 90% at 5 m/h and 68% at 10 m/h. Turbidity removal was more than 71% at 5 m/h but just 57% at 10 m/h. Head losses did not increase significantly, and values measured at process end were 32 mbar at 5 m/h and 78 mbar at 10 m/h. Retention probabilities were calculated from experimental data. A theoretical model was used to evaluate the contributions of the different drivers of microalgae removal. Hypotheses are developed on the understanding of change in the mechanisms of retention as a function of filtration velocity.

  12. Graphene oxide as filter media to remove levofloxacin and lead from aqueous solution. (United States)

    Dong, Shunan; Sun, Yuanyuan; Wu, Jichun; Wu, Benjun; Creamer, Anne Elise; Gao, Bin


    There is an increasing need to develop novel and high-efficiency water purification technologies. This work systematically evaluated the potential of using graphene oxide (GO) directly as filter media for the removal of levofloxacin (LEV), an emerging contaminate, and lead (Pb), a heavy metal, from aqueous solution. Batch and fixed-bed experiments were conducted to determine the sorption behaviors of LEV and Pb onto the GO. In the batch system, GO showed strong sorption of the two contaminants with Langmuir maximum adsorption capacities of 256.6 and 227.2 mg g(-1), respectively. The removal of LEV and Pb by GO in fixed-bed columns was high under all tested conditions in both single and mixed solution systems. The removal efficiency of the two contaminants in the GO-sand columns increased with increasing GO content, but decreased with increasing injection flow rate. In the mixed solution system, although LEV and Pb competed for sorption, the GO media still had high removal efficiencies for them. The column experimental data were well described by the Bed Depth Service Time (BDST) model, suggesting the model can be used for the design of GO-sand filters in large-scale applications. Findings from this work demonstrated that GO is a promising nano-adsorbent that can be used as a high-efficiency filter media in water treatment to remove hazardous metal elements and emerging contaminants.

  13. Optimal Sensor Decision Based on Particle Filter

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    XU Meng; WANG Hong-wei; HU Shi-qiang


    A novel infrared and radar synergistic tracking algorithm, which is based on the idea of closed loop control, and target's motion model identification and particle filter approach, was put forward. In order to improve the observability and filtering divergence of infrared search and tracking, the unscented Kalman filter algorithm that has stronger ability of non-linear approximation was adopted. The polynomial and least square method based on radar and IRST measurements to identify the parameters of the model was proposed, and a "pseudo sensor" was suggested to estimate the target position according to the identified model even if the radar is turned off. At last,the average Kullback-Leibler discrimination distance based on particle filter was used to measure the tracking performance, based on tracking performance and fuzzy stochastic decision, the idea of closed loop was used to retrieve the module parameter of "pseudo sensor". The experimental result indicates that the algorithm can not only limit the radar activity effectively but also keep the tracking accuracy of active/passive system well.

  14. Multi scale feature based matched filter processing

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    LI Jun; HOU Chaohuan


    Using the extreme difference of self-similarity and kurtosis at large level scale of wavelet transform approximation between the PTFM (Pulse Trains of Frequency Modulated)signals and its reverberation, a feature-based matched filter method using the classify-beforedetect paragriam is proposed to improve the detection performance in reverberation and multipath environments. Processing the data of lake-trails showed that the processing gain of the proposed method is bigger than that of matched filter about 10 dB. In multipath environments, detection performance of matched filter become badly poorer, while that of the proposed method is improved better. It shows that the method is much more robust with the effect of multipath.

  15. Low power adder based auditory filter architecture. (United States)

    Rahiman, P F Khaleelur; Jayanthi, V S


    Cochlea devices are powered up with the help of batteries and they should possess long working life to avoid replacing of devices at regular interval of years. Hence the devices with low power consumptions are required. In cochlea devices there are numerous filters, each responsible for frequency variant signals, which helps in identifying speech signals of different audible range. In this paper, multiplierless lookup table (LUT) based auditory filter is implemented. Power aware adder architectures are utilized to add the output samples of the LUT, available at every clock cycle. The design is developed and modeled using Verilog HDL, simulated using Mentor Graphics Model-Sim Simulator, and synthesized using Synopsys Design Compiler tool. The design was mapped to TSMC 65 nm technological node. The standard ASIC design methodology has been adapted to carry out the power analysis. The proposed FIR filter architecture has reduced the leakage power by 15% and increased its performance by 2.76%.

  16. Removal of groundwater arsenic using a household filter with iron spikes and stainless steel. (United States)

    Avilés, M; Garrido, S E; Esteller, M V; De la Paz, J S; Najera, C; Cortés, J


    Arsenic (As) in groundwater for domestic use poses a worldwide threat to public health, most notably in rural areas. The aims of this study were: first, determine groundwater composition in a mining area in central Mexico (Huautla); second, assess As exposure through human groundwater consumption and; third, develop and test a household filter to obtain drinking water for these rural communities. From the 17th century through the 1990s, mines in the area produced Ag-galena and sphalerite from volcanic rock. Groundwater flooded the mines when they were abandoned due to low silver prices. Local households now use the water to meet domestic needs. Water from the mines was found to have high As content (0.04-0.26 mg L(-1)) and Fe, Mn, Pb and Cd were also above Mexican drinking water standards and WHO guidelines. All the population in the Huautla community was exposed to the metalloid through water used in food preparation. The best As removal was obtained with a filter using oxidized commercial fiber (HCl 2N as oxidant). Concentrations in the effluent were below Mexican drinking water standards (0.025 mg As L(-1) water) during the 105-day (2520 h) filter operation, with a maximum As removal efficiency of 95.4%. The household filter was simple, low-cost and may be very attractive for As removal in rural areas in developing countries.

  17. A family of quantization based piecewise linear filter networks

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    Sørensen, John Aasted


    A family of quantization-based piecewise linear filter networks is proposed. For stationary signals, a filter network from this family is a generalization of the classical Wiener filter with an input signal and a desired response. The construction of the filter network is based on quantization of...

  18. Removal of a Guenther Tulip retrievable inferior vena cava filter after 147 days in a pediatric patient

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    Mody, Rekha N.; Stokes, LeAnn S.; Bream, Peter R.; Spottswood, Stephanie E. [Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Nashville, TN (United States)


    A Guenther Tulip retrievable inferior vena cava filter was placed in a 9-year-old boy with T-cell ALL who had both iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and acute intracranial hemorrhage. The filter was removed 147 days after placement, when the patient was no longer at increased risk for DVT or pulmonary embolus. Removal of the filter did not compromise flow through the vena cava. (orig.)

  19. Successful removal of a Gunther tulip vena cava filter with wall-embedded hook and migration during a retrieval attempt. (United States)

    Yamagami, Takuji; Yoshimatsu, Rika; Matsumoto, Tomohiro; Nishimura, Tsunehiko


    Retrieval of a Gunther tulip vena cava filter implanted in a patient with inferior vena cava and right common iliac vein thrombosis was attempted by the standard method. Because the filter was tilted, the hook became attached to the vena cava wall and could not be snared. During attempts at removal by an alternative method, the filter migrated toward the right atrium. However, it was finally successfully removed.

  20. Effect of production variables on microbiological removal in locally-produced ceramic filters for household water treatment. (United States)

    Lantagne, Daniele; Klarman, Molly; Mayer, Ally; Preston, Kelsey; Napotnik, Julie; Jellison, Kristen


    Diarrhoeal diseases cause an estimated 1.87 million child deaths per year. Point-of-use filtration using locally made ceramic filters improves microbiological quality of stored drinking water and prevents diarrhoeal disease. Scaling-up ceramic filtration is inhibited by lack of universal quality control standards. We investigated filter production variables to determine their affect on microbiological removal during 5-6 weeks of simulated normal use. Decreases in the clay:sawdust ratio and changes in the burnable decreased effectiveness of the filter. Method of silver application and shape of filter did not impact filter effectiveness. A maximum flow rate of 1.7 l(-hr) was established as a potential quality control measure for one particular filter to ensure 99% (2- log(10)) removal of total coliforms. Further research is indicated to determine additional production variables associated with filter effectiveness and develop standardized filter production procedures prior to scaling-up.

  1. Activated soil filters for removal of biocides from contaminated run-off and waste-waters. (United States)

    Bester, Kai; Banzhaf, Stefan; Burkhardt, Michael; Janzen, Niklas; Niederstrasser, Bernd; Scheytt, Traugott


    Building facades can be equipped with biocides to prevent formation of algal, fungal and bacterial films. Thus run-off waters may contain these highly active compounds. In this study, the removal of several groups of biocides from contaminated waters by means of an activated soil filter was studied. A technical scale activated vertical soil filter (biofilter) with different layers (peat, sand and gravel), was planted with reed (Phragmites australis) and used to study the removal rates and fate of hydrophilic to moderate hydrophobic (log K(ow) 1.8-4.4) biocides and biocide metabolites such as: Terbutryn, Cybutryn (Irgarol® 1051), Descyclopropyl-Cybutryn (Cybutryn and Terbutryn metabolite), Isoproturon, Diuron, and its metabolite Diuron-desmonomethyl, Benzo-isothiazolinone, n-Octyl-isothiazolinone, Dichloro-n-octylisothiazolinone and Iodocarbamate (Iodocarb). Three experiments were performed: the first one (36 d) under low flow conditions (61 L m(-2) d(-1)) reached removal rates between 82% and 100%. The second one was performed to study high flow conditions: During this experiment, water was added as a pulse to the filter system with a hydraulic load of 255 L m(-2) within 5 min (retention time waters or infiltration into soil without appropriate removal. In the last experiment the removal efficiencies of the different layers were studied. Though the peat layer was responsible for most of the removal, the sand and gravel layers also contributed significantly for some compounds. All compounds are rather removed by degradation than by sorption. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Vinegar-amended anaerobic biosand filter for the removal of arsenic and nitrate from groundwater. (United States)

    Snyder, Kathryn V; Webster, Tara M; Upadhyaya, Giridhar; Hayes, Kim F; Raskin, Lutgarde


    The performance of a vinegar-amended anaerobic biosand filter was evaluated for future application as point-of-use water treatment in rural areas for the removal of arsenic and nitrate from groundwater containing common ions. Due to the importance of sulfate and iron in arsenic removal and their variable concentrations in groundwater, influent sulfate and iron concentrations were varied. Complete removal of influent nitrate (50 mg/L) and over 50% removal of influent arsenic (200 μg/L) occurred. Of all conditions tested, the lowest median effluent arsenic concentration was 88 μg/L. Iron removal occurred completely when 4 mg/L was added, and sulfate concentrations were lowered to a median concentration removal and the establishment of reducing conditions, arsenic concentrations remained above the World Health Organization's arsenic drinking water standard. Further research is necessary to determine if anaerobic biosand filters can be improved to meet the arsenic drinking water standard and to evaluate practical implementation challenges.

  3. An Innovative Process to Improve Turbidity and Organics Removal by BAC Filters

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    MIAO Jia; ZHAO Qingliang; WANG Baozhen; LI Ji; ZHANG Jinsong


    The turbidity criterion for the product water of a WTP according to the State Project ‘863' on the safeguard technology of drinking water in the southern areas of China is 0.1 NTU. The turbidity removal in the activated carbon filter was analyzed in a pilot-scale test and an innovative technology to improve the turbidity removal in a biologically activated carbon (BAC) filter was put forward in order to meet the criterion. Experimental results showed that the enhanced filtration by adding polymerized aluminium chloride (PAC) into the BAC filter was quite effective in turbidity control. The effluent turbidity was kept at a stable level (mean) of 0.033 NTU with a high removal of about 80% for influent turbidity of 0.110 -0240 NTU with an addition of PAC at 0.05 mg L-1, meeting the requirement for filtrate turbidity equal to or less than 0.1NTUC totally. In addition, the larger the PAC dosage was, the lower the effluent turbidity was. However, further improvement of turbidity removal was not obvious for PAC dosages beyond 0.10 mg L- 1, and an optimal PAC dosage in the range of 0.05 - 0.10 mg L- 1 was proposed.

  4. Improvement of Sulphur Resistance of a Nickel-modified Catalytic Filter for Tar Removal from Biomass Gasification Gas

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    Zhang, Y.; Draelants, D.J.; Engelen, K.; Baron, G.V.


    This work focuses on the development of catalytic candle filters for the simultaneous removal of tars and particles from the biomass gasification gas at high temperature. An improvement of sulphur resistance of the nickel-activated catalytic filter was developed by the addition of CaO. The influences of preparation procedure of catalytic filter, the ratio of Ni/CaO and the loading of Ni and CaO on the performance of the catalytic filter were investigated.

  5. Arsenic in drinking water wells on the Bolivian high plain: Field monitoring and effect of salinity on removal efficiency of iron-oxides-containing filters. (United States)

    Van Den Bergh, K; Du Laing, G; Montoya, Juan Carlos; De Deckere, E; Tack, F M G


    In the rural areas around Oruro (Bolivia), untreated groundwater is used directly as drinking water. This research aimed to evaluate the general drinking water quality, with focus on arsenic (As) concentrations, based on analysis of 67 samples from about 16 communities of the Oruro district. Subsequently a filter using Iron Oxide Coated Sand (IOCS) and a filter using a Composite Iron Matrix (CIM) were tested for their arsenic removal capacity using synthetic water mimicking real groundwater. Heavy metal concentrations in the sampled drinking water barely exceeded WHO guidelines. Arsenic concentrations reached values up to 964 μ g L⁻¹ and exceeded the current WHO provisional guideline value of 10 μ g L⁻¹ in more than 50% of the sampled wells. The WHO guideline of 250 mg L⁻¹ for chloride and sulphate was also exceeded in more than a third of the samples, indicating high salinity in the drinking waters. Synthetic drinking water could be treated effectively by the IOCS- and CIM-based filters reducing As to concentrations lower than 10 μ g L⁻¹. High levels of chloride and sulphate did not influence As removal efficiency. However, phosphate concentrations in the range from 4 to 24 mg L⁻¹ drastically decreased removal efficiency of the IOCS-based filter but had no effects on removal efficiency of the CIM-based filter. Results of this study can be used as a base for further testing and practical implementation of drinking water purification in the Oruro region.


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    Jakub Nieć


    Full Text Available Small water bodies, for example garden ponds, play many functions in the environment, including biocenotic, hydrological, climatic, sozological, landfill-creative, and aesthetic. Due to their small size, these reservoirs are sensitive to external and internal factors, they are also a common natural contaminants receivers. Nonwoven filters have been investigated for several years as a useful device for treatment of domestic wastewater pre-treated in a septic tank. The aim of this study was to verify the possibility of using this type of filters for water originating from small water body purification. The effectiveness of filters were tested on the water originating from the garden pond, contained high levels of nutrients and intensive algal bloom. Research was carried out on three filters (each filter consisted of four geotextile TS 20 layers. Basic water quality indicators: total suspended solids, turbidity, COD and BOD5, temperature, pH and dissolved oxygen were measured. The research results can be considered as satisfactory in terms of mechanical treatment (removal of turbidity and total suspended solids. An important positive effect of the filters was the oxygenation of the treated water, which is especially important for fish.

  7. Removal of Toluene at Low Concentration with Activated Carbon Filter : Adsorption Analysis using Tenax Tube and TD-GCMSD


    Shan, Chi-En


    Various studies have demonstrated the usefulness of adsorption of activated carbon on VOCs removal. Large porosity and high adsorption allows activated carbon to remove very small particles. This project was commissioned by the company name Genano Oy to test the activated carbon filter in their air purifier and hence to provide a database for the company. The purpose of this thesis was to study the effectiveness of impregnated activated carbon filter on toluene removal. Experiment was co...

  8. Nonlocal means filter-based speckle tracking. (United States)

    Afsham, Narges; Rasoulian, Abtin; Najafi, Mohammad; Abolmaesumi, Purang; Rohling, Robert


    The objective of sensorless freehand 3-D ultrasound imaging is to eliminate the need for additional tracking hardware and reduce cost and complexity. However, the accuracy of current out-of-plane pose estimation is main obstacle for full 6-degree-of-freedom (DoF) tracking. We propose a new filter-based speckle tracking framework to increase the accuracy of out-of-plane displacement estimation. In this framework, we use the displacement estimation not only for the specific speckle pattern, but for the entire image. We develop a nonlocal means (NLM) filter based on a probabilistic normal variance mixture model of ultrasound, known as Rician-inverse Gaussian (RiIG). To aggregate the local displacement estimations, Stein's unbiased risk estimate (SURE) is used as a quality measure of the estimations. We derive an explicit analytical form of SURE for the RiIG model and use it as a weight factor. The proposed filter-based speckle tracking framework is formulated and evaluated for three commonly used noise models, including the RiIG model. The out-of-plane estimations are compared with our previously proposed model-based algorithm in a set of ex vivo experiments for different tissue types. We show that the proposed RiIG filter-based method is more accurate and less tissue-dependent than the other methods. The proposed method is also evaluated in vivo on the spines of five different subjects to assess the feasibility of a clinical application. The 6-DoF transform parameters are estimated and compared with the electromagnetic tracker measurements. The results show higher tracking accuracy for typical small lateral displacements and tilt rotations between image pairs.

  9. Removal of polymeric filter cake in petroleum wells. A study of commercial amylase stability

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    Kameda, Etel; Coelho, Maria Alice Z. [Escola de Quimica, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Centro de Tecnologia, Bloco E, Lab. 113, Cidade Universitaria, 21949-900, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); De Queiroz Neto, Joao C. [Cenpes/Petrobras, Cidade Universitaria, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Langone, Marta A.P. [Instituto de Quimica, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rua Sao Francisco Xavier, 524, PHLC/IQ sala 310, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)


    The drilling fluid contact with the productive zone of drilling wells, with horizontal or complex configurations, can reduce its productivity by fluid invasion in the borehole wall. Drilling fluids usually comprise natural polymers as starch and xanthan gum. These polymers are deposited as a filter cake on the wellbore wall. A common approach to remove this filter cake is the application of acids or strong oxidative solutions. However, these are non-specific species and a possible alternative lies in enzymatic preparations that are able to hydrolyze such polymers. The enzymes catalyze specific substrates, are environmentally friendly and the enzymatic degradation rate is slower than that achieved by the oxidative species, permitting to produce uniform degradation of the filter cake. Openhole operations require thermo and pressure stability of these enzymatic products. The results herein reported deals with the technical viability analysis of a commercial {alpha}-amylase as a new catalyst for filter cake removal. The effects of process parameters, like temperature (65, 80 and 95 C), enzyme concentration (1, 5.5 and 10% v/v), calcium concentration (5, 70 and 135 ppm), and pressure (100, 500, 100 and 6000 psi), on amylase stability under openhole operations were investigated. Temperature demonstrated to be the most important parameter for the enzyme stability. The enzyme thermostability behavior in high salt (NaCl) concentration (completion fluid) was not significantly different from the control solution in distillated water. The pressure effect on enzyme stability did not affect the enzyme stability as temperature. Hydrostatic pressure (6000 psi) did not impact the amylolytic activity in brine solution. Combined pressure-temperature assays showed that temperature is the key factor in enzyme stability for application in polymeric filter cake removal in petroleum wells. (author)

  10. Removing Iron and Manganese Simultaneously from Ground Water Using One-stage Biological Filter

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    XUE Gang; GAO Pin; GONG Qing-jie


    A novel process for removing iron and manganese simultaneously in ground water, which consisted of simple aeration and one-stage filtration, was developed in this research. It was found that the biological process had much higher manganese removal efficiency than chemical contact oxidation process. At the same time, the optimal operation parameters of aeration and biological filtration such as DO concentration and pH after aeration, filtration rate before and after startup, filtration operation cycle and backwashing rate, etc., were also obtained by experiments. By analyzing water quafity in different positions of filter bed, it was found that the oxidation of Fe2+ in biological filter bed adapted to first-order reaction, whereas the oxidation of Mn2+ conformed to zero-order reaction, which could be explained by Michaelis-Menten enzyme reaction equation when substrate concentration was far more than bacteria amount.

  11. Surgical removal of a Günther Tulip filter with symptomatic caval penetration after unsuccessful percutaneous retrieval. (United States)

    Hwang, Jeong Kye; Kim, Ji Il; Kim, Sang Dong; Cho, Kyung J; Moon, In Sung


    We report a case involving the surgical removal of a Günther Tulip filter with symptomatic caval penetration after an unsuccessful attempt at percutaneous retrieval in a 32-year-old man with recurrent deep vein thrombosis. He presented with acute right flank pain a day after the attempted retrieval of the filter. An abdominal radiograph before surgical removal of the filter showed tilting and splaying of the filter, which was suggestive of caval penetration. Contrast-enhanced computerized tomography confirmed caval penetration of the filter legs into the retroperitoneal space, right renal vein, and duodenum associated with a small retroperitoneal fluid collection. Surgical removal of the filter by a transperitoneal approach resulted in resolution of the flank pain. Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  12. Some issues on soot removal from exhaust gases by means of a catalytic ceramic filter

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    Ciambelli, P.; Palma, V.; Russo, P. [Dipt. di Ingegneria Chimica e Alimentare, Univ. di Salerno, Fisciano (Italy); Vaccaro, S. [Dipt. di Chemica, Univ. di Napoli Federico II, Napoli (Italy)


    A catalytic filter for soot oxidation was made by deposition of a TiO{sub 2} supported Cu/V/K/Cl based catalyst on the surface of a porous ceramic filter. The filter performances were evaluated and compared with those of powder catalyst and uncatalytic filter. Filter testing was performed by either temperature programmed oxidation of soot previously deposited on the filter or simultaneous soot filtration and filter regeneration performed at a gas-oil burner exhaust. Both experiments showed that the catalyst significantly increases the rate of soot combustion and reduces both light-off and burnout temperatures of soot. At 375 C the catalytic filter was continuously regenerated at the burner exhaust with a soot combustion rate of about 0.1 g/min. Tests performed in the presence of NO showed a further increase of the rate of catalytic combustion together with NO consumption. It is suggested that such a consumption was the result of two competitive reactions, i.e. the catalytic oxidation of NO to NO{sub 2} and the reaction of NO{sub x} with soot. A specific feature of the catalyst is that it is active for both reactions. (orig.)

  13. Reconsidering 'appropriate technology': the effects of operating conditions on the bacterial removal performance of two household drinking-water filter systems (United States)

    Baumgartner, Jill; Murcott, Susan; Ezzati, Majid


    We examined the performance of two household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS) systems, the Danvor plastic biosand filter and the Potters for Peace Filtron ceramic filter, under ideal as well as modified operating conditions using systematic and comparable measurements. The operating variables for the biosand filter were (i) pause times between filtration runs, (ii) water-dosing volumes and (iii) the effluent volume at which a filtered water sample was collected. For the ceramic filter we examined overflow filtration versus standard filtration. We used the bacterial indicators of total coliforms and Escherichia coli to quantify microbiological removal. With the biosand filter, a 12 h pause time had significantly higher total coliform removal than a 36 h pause time at the 20 l collection point (79.1% versus 73.7%; p ceramic filter, mean total coliform and E. coli removal were significantly lower (p < 0.01) in overflow filtration than in standard filtration. The findings indicate that operating conditions can reduce the effectiveness of the systems in a field-based setting and increase environmental risk exposure.

  14. Scattering angle-based filtering via extension in velocity

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    Kazei, Vladimir


    The scattering angle between the source and receiver wavefields can be utilized in full-waveform inversion (FWI) and in reverse-time migration (RTM) for regularization and quality control or to remove low frequency artifacts. The access to the scattering angle information is costly as the relation between local image features and scattering angles has non-stationary nature. For the purpose of a more efficient scattering angle information extraction, we develop techniques that utilize the simplicity of the scattering angle based filters for constantvelocity background models. We split the background velocity model into several domains with different velocity ranges, generating an

  15. Hidden Markov Model Based Visual Perception Filtering in Robotic Soccer

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    Can Kavaklioglu


    Full Text Available Autonomous robots can initiate their mission plans only after gathering sufficient information about the environment. Therefore reliable perception information plays a major role in the overall success of an autonomous robot. The Hidden Markov Model based post-perception filtering module proposed in this paper aims to identify and remove spurious perception information in a given perception sequence using the generic metapose definition. This method allows representing uncertainty in more abstract terms compared to the common physical representations. Our experiments with the four legged AIBO robot indicated that the proposed module improved perception and localization performance significantly.

  16. Dynamic Mathematical Modelling of the Removal of Hydrophilic VOCs by Biotrickling Filters

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    Pau San-Valero


    Full Text Available A mathematical model for the simulation of the removal of hydrophilic compounds using biotrickling filtration was developed. The model takes into account that biotrickling filters operate by using an intermittent spraying pattern. During spraying periods, a mobile liquid phase was considered, while during non-spraying periods, a stagnant liquid phase was considered. The model was calibrated and validated with data from laboratory- and industrial-scale biotrickling filters. The laboratory experiments exhibited peaks of pollutants in the outlet of the biotrickling filter during spraying periods, while during non-spraying periods, near complete removal of the pollutant was achieved. The gaseous outlet emissions in the industrial biotrickling filter showed a buffered pattern; no peaks associated with spraying or with instantaneous variations of the flow rate or inlet emissions were observed. The model, which includes the prediction of the dissolved carbon in the water tank, has been proven as a very useful tool in identifying the governing processes of biotrickling filtration.

  17. Modeling the Performance of Sand Filters for Removing Runoff Suspended Sediment (United States)


    release; distribution is unlimited. Prepared for US Army Corps of Engineers Washington, DC 20314-1000 ERDC/EL CR-13-3 ii Abstract Geotextile tubes...sediments in urban stormwater runoff, and thus should be effective in removing metals in runoff from SAFRs. Porous geotextile fabric is used to hold...public release; unlimited distribution. 13. SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES 14. ABSTRACT Geotextile tubes filled with sand are being evaluated for filter

  18. Improved image filter based on SPCNN

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    ZHANG YuDong; WU LeNan


    By extraction of the thoughts of non-linear model and adaptive model match, an improved Nagao filter is brought. Meanwhile a technique based on simplified pulse coupled neural network and used for noise positioning, is put forward. Combining the two methods above, we acquire a new method that can restore images corrupted by salt and pepper noise. Experiments show that this method is more preferable than other popular ones, and still works well while noise density fluctuates severely.

  19. Multiway Filtering Based on Fourth-Order Cumulants

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    Salah Bourennane


    Full Text Available We propose a new multiway filtering based on fourth-order cumulants for the denoising of noisy data tensor with correlated Gaussian noise. The classical multiway filtering is based on the TUCKALS3 algorithm that computes a lower-rank tensor approximation. The presented method relies on the statistics of the analyzed multicomponent signal. We first recall how the well-known lower rank-(K1,…,KN tensor approximation processed by TUCKALS3 alternating least square algorithm exploits second-order statistics. Then, we propose to introduce the fourth-order statistics in the TUCKALS3-based method. Indeed, the use of fourth-order cumulants enables to remove the Gaussian components of an additive noise. In the presented method the estimation of the n-mode projector on the n-mode signal subspace are built from the eigenvectors associated with the largest eigenvalues of a fourth-order cumulant slice matrix instead of a covariance matrix. Each projector is applied by means of the n-mode product operator on the n-mode of the data tensor. The qualitative results of the improved multiway TUCKALS3-based filterings are shown for the case of noise reduction in a color image and multicomponent seismic data.

  20. Microbial pesticide removal in rapid sand filters for drinking water treatment – Potential and kinetics

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    Hedegaard, Mathilde Jørgensen; Albrechtsen, Hans-Jørgen


    or metabolites mecoprop (MCPP), bentazone, glyphosate and p-nitrophenol were applied in initial concentrations of 0.03–2.4 μg/L. In all the investigated waterworks the concentration of pesticides in the water decreased – MCPP decreased to 42–85%, bentazone to 15–35%, glyphosate to 7–14% and p-nitrophenol 1......–3% – from the initial concentration over a period of 6–13 days. Mineralisation of three out of four investigated pesticides was observed at Sjælsø waterworks Plant II – up to 43% of the initial glyphosate was mineralised within six days. At Sjælsø waterworks Plant II the removal kinetics of bentazone......Filter sand samples, taken from aerobic rapid sand filters used for treating groundwater at three Danish waterworks, were investigated for their pesticide removal potential and to assess the kinetics of the removal process. Microcosms were set up with filter sand, treated water, and the pesticides...

  1. Molybdenum(VI) removal by using constructed wetlands with different filter media and plants. (United States)

    Lian, J J; Xu, S G; Zhang, Y M; Han, C W


    The efficacy and capacity of vertical-flow wetland filters on molybdenum (Mo) removal from wastewater was examined, employing reed (Phragmites australis) and cattail (Typha latifolia) as well as different adsorption granular media. Humus, cinder, modified cinder, as well as pyrite were used as filter media. A synthetic effluent with different concentrations of Mo(VI) at different hydraulic retention times was used for simulating Mo leached mine wastewater. Laboratory experiments showed that the equilibrium adsorption data were in agreement with the Langmuir isotherm model, and the maximum Mo(VI) adsorption capacities of modified cinder and pyrite were 10.01 and 6.25 mg/g, respectively. Mo(VI) removal in F5 (combination substrates of pyrite and cinder) was found to be more stable and effective than that of F1 (conventional gravel and soil filter media) during the 14-week experiment. Most of the Mo(VI) was retained in the 10-20 cm of the substrate, and adsorbed by the modified cinder and pyrite. The largest fraction of Mo(VI) retained was the water-soluble fraction on the surface of the pyrite. Cattail was more suitable for Mo(VI) absorption than reed, but the bioaccumulation accounted for a very small portion of the total removal.

  2. Fingerprint Verification based on Gabor Filter Enhancement

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    Lavanya, B N; Venugopal, K R


    Human fingerprints are reliable characteristics for personnel identification as it is unique and persistence. A fingerprint pattern consists of ridges, valleys and minutiae. In this paper we propose Fingerprint Verification based on Gabor Filter Enhancement (FVGFE) algorithm for minutiae feature extraction and post processing based on 9 pixel neighborhood. A global feature extraction and fingerprints enhancement are based on Hong enhancement method which is simultaneously able to extract local ridge orientation and ridge frequency. It is observed that the Sensitivity and Specificity values are better compared to the existing algorithms.

  3. Comparison of filter media materials for heavy metal removal from urban stormwater runoff using biofiltration systems. (United States)

    Lim, H S; Lim, W; Hu, J Y; Ziegler, A; Ong, S L


    The filter media in biofiltration systems play an important role in removing potentially harmful pollutants from urban stormwater runoff. This study compares the heavy metal removal potential (Cu, Zn, Cd, Pb) of five materials (potting soil, compost, coconut coir, sludge and a commercial mix) using laboratory columns. Total/dissolved organic carbon (TOC/DOC) was also analysed because some of the test materials had high carbon content which affects heavy metal uptake/release. Potting soil and the commercial mix offered the best metal uptake when dosed with low (Cu: 44.78 μg/L, Zn: 436.4 μg/L, Cd, 1.82 μg/L, Pb: 51.32 μg/L) and high concentrations of heavy metals (Cu: 241 μg/L, Zn: 1127 μg/L, Cd: 4.57 μg/L, Pb: 90.25 μg/L). Compost and sludge also had high removal efficiencies (>90%). Heavy metal leaching from these materials was negligible. A one-month dry period between dosing experiments did not affect metal removal efficiencies. TOC concentrations from all materials increased after the dry period. Heavy metal removal was not affected by filter media depth (600 mm vs. 300 mm). Heavy metals tended to accumulate at the upper 5 cm of the filter media although potting soil showed bottom-enriched concentrations. We recommend using potting soil as the principal media mixed with compost or sludge since these materials perform well and are readily available. The use of renewable materials commonly found in Singapore supports a sustainable approach to urban water management.

  4. Adaptive Filter Based on Gradient Information

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    JINGXiaojun; LIJiangfeng; YANGYixian


    In this paper, an adaptive smoothing filter algorithm based on gradient information is proposed. The new method solves the problem of conventional filer that can't smooth noise and sharp edge simultaneously. It is based on the iterative convolution of local adaptive template and the original image signal, the template has the property of diffusing anisotropically. In each iteration, the weight coefficients of filter are determined by the gradient function of each pixel, and they vary with the variety of the gradient function, thus reflects the degree of continuity of the gray value. The weight coefficients also depend on one parameter, which controls the amplitude of the breaking point that needs to be preserved during the iteration. This algorithm sharps the edge of image by iterative computation, and after several iterations the image is adaptively smoothed according to the edge blocking. The simulation results demonstrate that this algorithm can perform filtering effectively. It has appropriate computation complexity and is suitable for real-time processing.

  5. Information filtering based on wiki index database

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    Smirnov, A V


    In this paper we present a profile-based approach to information filtering by an analysis of the content of text documents. The Wikipedia index database is created and used to automatically generate the user profile from the user document collection. The problem-oriented Wikipedia subcorpora are created (using knowledge extracted from the user profile) for each topic of user interests. The index databases of these subcorpora are applied to filtering information flow (e.g., mails, news). Thus, the analyzed texts are classified into several topics explicitly presented in the user profile. The paper concentrates on the indexing part of the approach. The architecture of an application implementing the Wikipedia indexing is described. The indexing method is evaluated using the Russian and Simple English Wikipedia.

  6. Method for signal decomposition and denoising based on nonuniform cosine-modulated filter banks

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    Xuemei Xie; Li Li; Guangming Shi; Bin Peng


    In this paper,a novel method for signal decomposition and denoising is proposed based on a nonuniform filter bank (NUFB),which is derived from a uniform filter bank.With this method,the signal is firstly decomposed into M subbands using a uniform filter bank.Then according to their energy distribution,the corresponding consecutive filters are merged to compose the nonuniform filters.With the resulting NUFB,the signal can be readily matched and flexibly decomposed according to its power spectrum distribution.As another advantage,this method can be used to detect and remove the narrow-band noise from the corrupted signal.To verify the proposed method,a simulation of extracting the main information of an audio signal and removing its glitch is given.

  7. Linear filtering of images based on properties of vision. (United States)

    Algazi, V R; Ford, G E; Chen, H


    The design of linear image filters based on properties of human visual perception has been shown to require the minimization of criterion functions in both the spatial and frequency domains. We extend this approach to continuous filters of infinite support. For lowpass filters, this leads to the concept of an ideal lowpass image filter that provides a response that is superior perceptually to that of the classical ideal lowpass filter.

  8. The effect of high hydraulic loading rate on the removal efficiency of a quadruple media filter for tertiary wastewater treatment. (United States)

    Ncube, Philani; Pidou, Marc; Stephenson, Tom; Jefferson, Bruce; Jarvis, Peter


    It is well known that filtration removal efficiency falls with an increase in flow rate; however, there is limited supporting experimental data on how removal efficiency changes for filters with multiple layers of media and for wastewater filtration, a practice that is becoming more common. Furthermore, information is not available on the characteristics of particles that are removed at different flow rates. Here, a quadruple media filter was operated at hydraulic loading rates (HLRs) between 5 and 60 mh(-1) with subsequent measurement of total suspended solids, turbidity and particle size distribution (PSD). Samples were collected from the filter influent, effluent and also from between media layers. Pressure changes across the filter layers were also measured. The solids removal efficiency of the filter varied inversely with the increase in filtration rate. However, the multiple media layers reduced the negative impact of increased HLR in comparison to a single media filter. High filtration rates were shown to transport solids, such that particle retention and headloss development was distributed across the entire depth of the multi-media filter. There was also a progressive decrease in the suspension particle size leaving each of the filter layers. The particle hydrodynamic force simulation was consistent with the changes in measured PSD through the filter layers.

  9. Filter Connected with Three-way Cock in Remove of the Vehicle in Triamcinolone Acetonide

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    Lei Du; Yiqiao Xing; Changzheng Chen


    Purpose: To evaluate the clinical effect of 5-μm pore filter connected with three-way cock by removing the vehicle in triamcinolone acetonide (TA) suspension.Methods: Through 5-μm pore filter connected with three-way cock, TA suspension was replaced by intraocular irrigating solution. The new suspension has been applied to 60 cases of diabetic branch retinal vein occlusion, diabetic macular edema and agerelated macular degeneration patients through intravitreal injection. It was also been applied to 41 cases of diabetic retinopathy, epimacular membrane, proliferative vitreoretinopathy and idiopathic macular hole patients to assist pas plana vitrectomy (PPV). Whether TA particles can adhere to posterior hyaloid cortex, epiretinal membrane and internal limiting membrane during the surgery have been observed.During follow up, corrected visual acuity and intraocular pressure were recorded.Results: Fiveμm pore filter connected with three-way cock can remove the vehicle in TA suspension successfully and retain TA particles. When the new suspension was applied to assist PPV, it can adhere to posterior hyaloid cortex, epiretinal membrane, internal limiting membrane and visualized them clearly. In all the 41 cases that underwent PPV surgery, visual acuity of 30 cases increased or remained stable.Intraocular hypertension happened in 4 cases. Two cases of the 41 patients had cataract formation during follow up. In the 60 cases that underwent TA intravitreal injection,45 cases increased their visual acuity at least 2 lines. Intraocular hypertension happened in 17 cases and 4 patients had cataract formation. None of the 101 patients caught endophthalmitis or other serious complications.Conclusion: Filter connected with three-way cock can remove the vehicle in TA suspension effectively and this procedure can be applied to intravitreal injection or PPV. This manipulation is so simple that it deserves to be popularized for clinical use.

  10. Ammonium removal of drinking water at low temperature by activated carbon filter biologically enhanced with heterotrophic nitrifying bacteria. (United States)

    Qin, Wen; Li, Wei-Guang; Zhang, Duo-Ying; Huang, Xiao-Fei; Song, Yang


    We sought to confirm whether use of Acinetobacter strains Y7 and Y16, both strains of heterotrophic nitrifying bacteria, was practical for removing ammonium (NH4 (+)-N) from drinking water at low temperatures. To test this, ammonium-containing drinking water was treated with strains Y7 and Y16 at 8 and 2 °C. Continuous ammonium treatment was conducted in order to evaluate the performance of three biologically enhanced activated carbon (BEAC) filters in removing ammonium. The three BEAC filters were inoculated with strain Y7, strain Y16, and a mixture of strains Y7 and Y16, respectively. A granular activated carbon (GAC) filter, without inoculation by any strains, was tested in parallel with the BEAC filters as control. The results indicated that NH4 (+)-N removal was significant when a BEAC filter was inoculated with the mixture of strains Y7 and Y16 (BEAC-III filter). Amounts of 0.44 ± 0.05 and 0.25 ± 0.05 mg L(-1) NH4 (+)-N were removed using the BEAC-III filter at 8 and 2 °C, respectively. These values were 2.8-4.0-fold higher than the values of ammonium removal acquired using the GAC filter. The synergistic effect of using strains Y7 and Y16 in concert was the cause of the high-ammonium removal efficiency achieved by using the BEAC-III filter at low temperatures. In addition, a high C/N ratio may promote NH4 (+)-N removal efficiency by improving biomass and microbial activity. This study provides new insight into the use of biofilters to achieve biological removal of ammonium at low temperature.

  11. Removal of antibiotics from piggery wastewater by biological aerated filter system: Treatment efficiency and biodegradation kinetics. (United States)

    Chen, Jun; Liu, You-Sheng; Zhang, Jin-Na; Yang, Yong-Qiang; Hu, Li-Xin; Yang, Yuan-Yuan; Zhao, Jian-Liang; Chen, Fan-Rong; Ying, Guang-Guo


    This study aimed to investigate the removal efficiency and mechanism for antibiotics in swine wastewater by a biological aerated filter system (BAF system) in combination with laboratory aerobic and anaerobic incubation experiments. Nine antibiotics including sulfamonomethoxine, sulfachloropyridazine, sulfamethazine, trimethoprim, norfloxacin, ofloxacin, lincomycin, leucomycin and oxytetracycline were detected in the wastewater with concentrations up to 192,000ng/L. The results from this pilot study showed efficient removals (>82%) of the conventional wastewater pollutants (BOD5, COD, TN and NH3-N) and the detected nine antibiotics by the BAF system. Laboratory simulation experiment showed first-order dissipation kinetics for the nine antibiotics in the wastewater under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. The biodegradation kinetic parameters successfully predicted the fate of the nine antibiotics in the BAF system. This suggests that biodegradation was the dominant process for antibiotic removal in the BAF system. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Performance analysis of adjustable window based FIR filter for noisy ECG Signal Filtering

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    N. Mahawar


    Full Text Available Recording of the electrical activity associated to heart functioning is known as Electrocardiogram (ECG. ECG is a quasi-periodical, rhythmically signal synchronized by the function of the heart, which acts as a generator of bioelectric events. ECG signals are low level signals and sensitive to external contaminations. Electrocardiogram signals are often corrupted by noise which may have electrical or electrophysiological origin. The noise signal tends to alter the signal morphology, thereby hindering the correct diagnosis. In order to remove the unwanted noise, a digital filtering technique based on adjustable windows is proposed in this paper. Finite Impulse Response (FIR low pass is designed using windowing method for the ECG signal. The results obtained from different techniques are compared on the basis of popularly used signal error measures like SNR, PRD, PRD1, and MSE.

  13. Power active filter control based on a resonant disturbance observer


    Ramos Fuentes, German A.; Cortés Romero, John Alexander; Zou, Zhixiang; Costa Castelló, Ramon; Zhou, Keliang


    Active filters are power electronics devices used to eliminate harmonics from the distribution network. This article presents an active disturbance rejection control scheme for active filters. The controller is based on a linear disturbance observer combined with a disturbance rejection scheme. The parameter tuning is based on a combined pole placement and an optimal estimation based on Kalman-Bucy filter. Proposed scheme is validated through simulation and experimental work in an active filter.

  14. Electrochemical efficacy of a carboxylated multiwalled carbon nanotube filter for the removal of ibuprofen from aqueous solutions under acidic conditions. (United States)

    Bakr, Ahmed Refaat; Rahaman, Md Saifur


    This study provides insight into the efficiency of a functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotube filter for the removal of an anti-inflammatory drug, ibuprofen, through conventional filtration and electrochemical filtration processes. A comparison was made between carboxylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs-COOH) and pristine multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) in order to emphasize the enhanced performance of MWNTs-COOH for the removal of ibuprofen using an electrochemical filtration process under acidic conditions. Ibuprofen-removal trials were evaluated based on absorbance values obtained using a UV/Vis spectrophotometer, and possible degradation products were identified using liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS). The results exhibited near complete removal of ibuprofen by MWNTs-COOH at lower applied potentials (2 V), at lower flow rates, and under acidic conditions, which can be attributed to the generation of superoxides and their active participation in simultaneous degradation of ibuprofen, and its by-products, under these conditions. At higher applied potential (3 V), the possible participation of both bulk indirect oxidation reactions, and direct electron transfer were hypothesized for the removal behavior over time (breakthrough). At 3 V under acidic conditions, near 100% removal of the target molecule was achieved and was attributed to the enhanced generation of electroactive species toward bulk chemical reactions and a possible contribution from direct electron transfer under these conditions. The degradation by-products of ibuprofen were effectively removed by allowing longer residence time during the filtration process. Moreover, the effect of temperature was studied, yet showed a non-significant effect on the overall removal process.

  15. Genetic-based fuzzy image filter and its application to image processing. (United States)

    Lee, Chang-Shing; Guo, Shu-Mei; Hsu, Chin-Yuan


    In this paper, we propose a Genetic-based Fuzzy Image Filter (GFIF) to remove additive identical independent distribution (i.i.d.) impulse noise from highly corrupted images. The proposed filter consists of a fuzzy number construction process, a fuzz filtering process, a genetic learning process, and an image knowledge base. First, the fuzzy number construction process receives sample images or the noise-free image and then constructs an image knowledge base for the fuzzy filtering process. Second, the fuzzy filtering process contains a parallel fuzzy inference mechanism, a fuzzy mean process, and a fuzzy decision process to perform the task of noise removal. Finally, based on the genetic algorithm, the genetic learning process adjusts the parameters of the image knowledge base. By the experimental results, GFIF achieves a better performance than the state-of-the-art filters based on the criteria of Peak-Signal-to-Noise-Ratio (PSNR), Mean-Square-Error (MSE), and Mean-Absolute-Error (MAE). On the subjective evaluation of those filtered images, GFIF also results in a higher quality of global restoration.

  16. Removal of phosphorus, fluoride and metals from a gypsum mining leachate using steel slag filters. (United States)

    Claveau-Mallet, Dominique; Wallace, Scott; Comeau, Yves


    The objective of this work was to evaluate the capacity of steel slag filters to treat a gypsum mining leachate containing 11-107 mg P/L ortho-phosphates, 9-37 mg/L fluoride, 0.24-0.83 mg/L manganese, 0.20-3.3 zinc and 1.7-8.2 mg/L aluminum. Column tests fed with reconstituted leachates were conducted for 145-222 days and sampled twice a week. Two types of electric arc furnace (EAF) slags and three filter sequences were tested. The voids hydraulic retention time (HRT(v)) of columns ranged between 4.3 and 19.2 h. Precipitates of contaminants present in columns were sampled and analyzed with X-ray diffraction at the end of tests. The best removal efficiencies over a period of 179 days were obtained with sequential filters that were composed of Fort Smith EAF slag operated at a total HRT(v) of 34 h which removed 99.9% of phosphorus, 85.3% of fluoride, 98.0% of manganese and 99.3% of zinc. Mean concentration at this system's effluent was 0.04 mg P/L ortho-phosphates, 4 mg/L fluoride, 0.02 mg/L manganese, 0.02 zinc and 0.5 mg/L aluminum. Thus, slag filters are promising passive and economical systems for the remediation of mining effluents. Phosphorus was removed by the formation of apatite (hydroxyapatite, Ca(5)(PO(4))(3)OH or fluoroapatite, Ca(5)(PO(4))(3)F) as confirmed by visual and X-ray diffraction analyses. The growth rate of apatite was favored by a high phosphorus concentration. Calcite crystals were present in columns and appeared to be competing for calcium and volume needed for apatite formation. The calcite crystal growth rate was higher than that of apatite crystals. Fluoride was removed by precipitation of fluoroapatite and its removal was favored by a high ratio of phosphorus to fluoride in the wastewater.

  17. Urea removal by neonatal hemo(dia)filters in hyperazotemic rabbits. (United States)

    Gouyon, J B; Françoise, M; Semama, D S; Prévot, A; d'Athis, P; Lallemant, C


    Comparison of three neonatal hemo(dia)filters (FH22, Gambro; Minifilter Plus, Amicon; Miniflow 10, Hospal) for removal of urea by venovenous hemofiltration (HF) and venovenous hemodiafiltration (HDF). Filters were successively used for HF with two different blood flows (Qb = 8.3 and 16.6 ml/ min) and for HDF with the two different blood flows and four dialysate flows (Qd = 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 l/h). 21 anesthetized adult New Zealand White rabbits infused with urea. Urea clearance was significantly increased by HDF compared to HF regardless of blood flow, dialysate flow, and the hemo (dia)filter type except in the FH22 group, when blood flow was high and dialysate flow was 0.5 or 1.0 l/h. The FH22 filter allowed the best urea clearance during HF at high blood flow. During the HDF procedures, the Miniflow 10 allowed the highest urea clearance regardless of blood flow and dialysate flow.

  18. Reduction of ripening time of full-scale manganese removal filters with manganese oxide-coated media

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    Bruins, J.H.; Petrusevski, B.; Slokar, Y.M.; Huysman, K.; Joris, K.; Kruithof, J.C.; Kennedy, M.D.


    Effective manganese removal by conventional aeration-filtration with virgin filter media requires a long ripening time. The aim of this study was to assess the potential of manganese oxide-coated media to shorten the ripening time of filters with virgin media, under practical conditions. A full

  19. Reduction of ripening time of full-scale manganese removal filters with manganese oxide-coated media

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    Bruins, J.H.; Petrusevski, B.; Slokar, Y.M.; Huysman, K.; Joris, K.; Kruithof, J.C.; Kennedy, M.D.


    Effective manganese removal by conventional aeration-filtration with virgin filter media requires a long ripening time. The aim of this study was to assess the potential of manganese oxide-coated media to shorten the ripening time of filters with virgin media, under practical conditions. A full scal

  20. Information Filtering Based on Users' Negative Opinions (United States)

    Guo, Qiang; Li, Yang; Liu, Jian-Guo


    The process of heat conduction (HC) has recently found application in the information filtering [Zhang et al., Phys. Rev. Lett.99, 154301 (2007)], which is of high diversity but low accuracy. The classical HC model predicts users' potential interested objects based on their interesting objects regardless to the negative opinions. In terms of the users' rating scores, we present an improved user-based HC (UHC) information model by taking into account users' positive and negative opinions. Firstly, the objects rated by users are divided into positive and negative categories, then the predicted interesting and dislike object lists are generated by the UHC model. Finally, the recommendation lists are constructed by filtering out the dislike objects from the interesting lists. By implementing the new model based on nine similarity measures, the experimental results for MovieLens and Netflix datasets show that the new model considering negative opinions could greatly enhance the accuracy, measured by the average ranking score, from 0.049 to 0.036 for Netflix and from 0.1025 to 0.0570 for Movielens dataset, reduced by 26.53% and 44.39%, respectively. Since users prefer to give positive ratings rather than negative ones, the negative opinions contain much more information than the positive ones, the negative opinions, therefore, are very important for understanding users' online collective behaviors and improving the performance of HC model.

  1. Removal of Iron and Manganese Using Cascade Aerator and Limestone Roughing Filter

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    Mohd Sanusi Azrin


    Full Text Available Combination between oxidation and filtration can be used for removing iron and manganese from groundwater especially when the concentrations of these metals were high. This study focused on the effectiveness of the cascade aerator and the size of the limestone filter media to remove iron and manganese from groundwater. Water samples used for this study were collected from orphanage home, Rumah Nur Kasih, Taiping. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM has provided a tube well of 15 m depth and 150 mm diameter for the orphanage home. However, the water cannot be used for domestic consumption due to high amount of iron and manganese at 6.48 and 1.9 mg/L which exceeded the drinking water standard of 0.3 and 0.1 mg/L respectively. Using laboratory physical model, the study has shown that the removals of iron and manganese have reduce the concentration until 0.17 and 0.2 mg/L respectively. Thus, the results from this study which utilize cascade aerator and limestone roughing filter could be implemented on site for the community to use the ground water for domestic purposes.

  2. Removal of noises from electromagnetic radiation of coal or rock with EEMD-adaptive morphological filter

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    CHEN Shi-hai; WANG En-yuan


    The electromagnetic radiation (EMR) signal collected by monitoring system during coal or rock dynamic disaster may be interferred easily by electromagnetic noises in mines.The noises have a direct influence on the recognition and analysis of the EMR signal features during the disaster.With the aim of removing these noises,an ensemble empirical mode decomposition (EEMD) adaptive morphological filter was proposed.From the result of the simulation and the experiment,it is shown that the method can restrain the random noise and white Gaussian noise mixed with EMR signal effectively.The filter is highly useful for improving the robustness of the coal or rock dynamic disaster monitoring system.

  3. Improved Kalman Filter-Based Speech Enhancement with Perceptual Post-Filtering

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    WEIJianqiang; DULimin; YANZhaoli; ZENGHui


    In this paper, a Kalman filter-based speech enhancement algorithm with some improvements of previous work is presented. A new technique based on spectral subtraction is used for separation speech and noise characteristics from noisy speech and for the computation of speech and noise Autoregressive (AR) parameters. In order to obtain a Kalman filter output with high audible quality, a perceptual post-filter is placed at the output of the Kalman filter to smooth the enhanced speech spectra.Extensive experiments indicate that this newly proposed method works well.

  4. Enhanced Nutrient Removal with Upflow Biological Aerated Filter for Reclaimed Water

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    WANG Hai-dong; PENG Yong-zhen; WANG Shu-ying; ZHANG Yan-ping


    A two-stage upflow biological aerated filter was designed as an advanced treatment process to optimize the operating parameters and study the correlative factors influencing the efficiency of nitrification, denitrification and phosphorus removal. The experimental results showed that the final effluent of the two-stage upflow biofilter process operated in series could meet the stringent limits of the reclaimed water for the total nitrogen of 2mg/L, and total phosphorus of 0.3mg/L. The high treatment efficiency allowed the reactor operating at very high hydraulic loadings and reaching nearly complete nitrification and denitrification.

  5. Personalized Service System Based on Hybrid Filtering for Digital Library

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    GAO Fengrong; XING Chunxiao; DU Xiaoyong; WANG Shan


    Personalized service systems are an effective way to help users obtain recommendations for unseen items, within the enormous volume of information available based on their preferences. The most commonly used personalized service system methods are collaborative filtering, content-based filtering, and hybrid filtering. Unfortunately,each method has its drawbacks. This paper proposes a new method which unified partition-based collaborative filtering and meta-information filtering.In partition-based collaborative filtering the user-item rating matrix can be partitioned into low-dimensional dense materces using a matrixclustering algorithm. Recommendations are generated based on these low-dimensional matrices.Additionally,the very low ratings problem can be solved using meta-information filtering. The unified method is applied to a digital resource management system. The experimental results show the high efficiency and good performance of the new approach.

  6. Simultaneously catalytic removal of NOx and particulate matter on diesel particulate filter

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    The simultaneous removal of NOx and particulate matter (PM) exhausted from diesel engine was studied with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) on which a mixed metal oxide catalyst, Cu0.95K0.05Fe2O4 was loaded. The NOx reduction was observed in the same temperature range of the CO2 formation, implying the occurrence of the simultaneous removal of NOx and PM in an oxidizing atmosphere. It was shown that SOF and soot in PM are attributed to the reduction of NOx at lower and higher temperatures, respectively. The oxidation of PM was enhanced by the coexistence of NO and O2. The ignition and exhaustion temperatures of PM decrease as the order NO>O2>NO+O2. This is a combined process of PM trapping as well as the catalytic reactions of soot oxidation and NOx reduction, promising the most desirable after-treatment of diesel exhausts.

  7. Laboratory comparison of four iron-based filter materials for drainage water phosphate treatment. (United States)

    Allred, Barry J; Racharaks, Ratanachat


    A laboratory investigation evaluated phosphate (PO4(3-)) drainage water treatment capabilities of four iron-based filter materials. The iron-based filter materials tested were zero-valent iron (ZVI), porous iron composite (PIC), sulfur modified iron (SMI), and iron oxide/ hydroxide (IOH). Only filter material retained on a 60-mesh sieve (> 0.25 mm) was used for evaluation. The laboratory investigation included saturated falling-head hydraulic conductivity tests, contaminant removal or desorption/dissolution batch tests, and low-to-high flow rate saturated solute transport column tests. Each of the four iron-based filter materials have sufficient water flow capacity as indicated by saturated hydraulic conductivity values that in most cases were greater than 1 x 10(-2) cm/s. For the 1, 10, and 100 ppm PO4(3-)-P contaminant removal batch tests, each of the four iron-based filter materials removed at least 95% of the PO4(3-)-P originally present. However, for the 1000 ppm PO4(3-)-P contaminant removal batch tests, IOH by far exhibited the greatest removal effectiveness (99% PO4(3-)-P removal), followed by SMI (72% PO4(3-)-P removal), then ZVI (62% PO4(3-)-P removal), and finally PIC (15% PO4(3-)-P removal). The desorption/dissolution batch test results, especially with respect to SMI and IOH, indicate that once PO4(3-) is adsorbed/precipitated onto surfaces of iron-based filter material particles, this PO4(3-) becomes fixed and is then not readily desorbed/dissolved back into solution. The results from the column tests showed that regardless of low or high flow rate (contact time ranged from a few hours to a few minutes) and PO4(3-) concentration (1 ppm or 10 ppm PO4(3-)-P), PIC, SMI, and IOH reduced PO4(3-)-P concentrations to below detection limits, while ZVI removed at least 90% of the influent PO4(3-)-P. Consequently, these laboratory results indicate that the ZVI, PIC, SMI, and IOH filter materials all exhibit promise for phosphate drainage water treatment.

  8. Using Iron-Manganese Co-Oxide Filter Film to Remove Ammonium from Surface Water

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    Ruifeng Zhang


    Full Text Available An iron-manganese co-oxide filter film (MeOx has been proven to be a good catalyst for the chemical catalytic oxidation of ammonium in groundwater. Compared with groundwater, surface water is generally used more widely and has characteristics that make ammonium removal more difficult. In this study, MeOx was used to remove ammonium from surface water. It indicated that the average ammonium removal efficiency of MeOx was greater than 90%, even though the water quality changed dramatically and the water temperature was reduced to about 6–8 °C. Then, through inactivating microorganisms, it showed that the removal capability of MeOx included both biological (accounted for about 41.05% and chemical catalytic oxidation and chemical catalytic oxidation (accounted for about 58.95%. The investigation of the characterizations suggested that MeOx was formed by abiotic ways and the main elements on the surface of MeOx were distributed homogenously. The analysis of the catalytic oxidation process indicated that ammonia nitrogen may interact with MeOx as both ammonia molecules and ammonium ions and the active species of O2 were possibly •O and O2−.

  9. Removal of hydrogen sulfide by immobilized Thiobacillus thioparus in a biotrickling filter packed with polyurethane foam. (United States)

    Ramírez, Martín; Gómez, José Manuel; Aroca, Germán; Cantero, Domingo


    In the work described here, a biotrickling filter with Thiobacillus thioparus (ATCC 23645) immobilized on polyurethane foam is proposed for the removal of hydrogen sulfide contained in air. The effect of surface velocity of the recirculation medium (5.9-1.2 m/h), sulfate concentration inhibition (3.0-10.7 g/L), pH (6.0-8.2), empty bed residence time (EBRT) (150-11 s) for constant loads of 11.5 and 2.9 g S/m(3)/h, and pressure drop of the system were investigated. The total amount of biomass immobilized on the carrier was 8.2+/-1.3x10(10) cells/g. The optimal values of the operating variables were: pH between 7.0 and 7.5, surface velocity of 5.9 m/h and sulfate concentration below 5 g/L. The critical EC value was 14.9 g S/m(3)/h (removal efficiency of 99.8%) and the EC(max) was 55.0 g S/m(3)/h (removal efficiency of 79.8%) for an EBRT of 150 s. For loads of 2.89+/-0.05 and 11.5+/-0.1 g S/m(3)/h, the removal efficiency was higher than 99% for an EBRT over 90 s.

  10. Effect of saponins on n-hexane removal in biotrickling filters. (United States)

    Tu, Yanhong; Yang, Chunping; Cheng, Yan; Zeng, Guangming; Lu, Li; Wang, Lu


    Saponins was applied to enhance the removal of n-hexane in a biotrickling filter (BTF) in this study. Comparison experiments were carried out to examine the effect of saponins on n-hexane removal in two BTFs at various saponins concentrations, n-hexane loading rates (LRs) and gas empty bed contact times (EBCTs). Results show that the optimum concentration of saponins in nutrient feed was 50.0mgL(-1). When organic LR of n-hexane increased from 47.8 to 120.0gm(-3)h(-1), the removal efficiency (RE) for BTF1 (with saponins) and BTF2 (without saponins) decreased from 91.3% to 83.3% and from 62.8% to 56.8%, respectively. As gas EBCT decreased from 30.0 to 7.5s, the RE declined from 88.4% to 64.5% for BTF1 and from 61.4% to 38.3% for BTF2. Saponins could also decrease the biomass accumulation rate within the medium bed. These results could be referred in the design and operation of BTFs for hydrophobic VOC removal.

  11. [Removal pathway and influence factors of hydroponic bio-filter method for nitrogen and phosphorus]. (United States)

    Li, Xian-ning; Song, Hai-liang; Lü, Xi-wu; Osamu, Nishimura; Yuhei, Inamori


    Study was made on the use of hydroponic bio-filter method (HBFM) for eutrophic surface water. Results show that HBFM can remove 16.8% of TN and 30.8% of TP at the hydraulic loading rate (HLR) of 3.0 m3/(m2 x d). The removal loading rate of TN and TP can accordingly reach 1.0 and 0.1 g/(m2 x d) respectively. The sedimentation of particulate nitrogen and particulate phosphorus plays a major role in nitrogen and phosphorus removal, and its contribution is 62.2% and 75.9% respectively. The optimal HLR of HBFM ranges from 3.0 to 4.0 m3/(m x d). The intension of secateur for Nasturtium officinale has some effect on its uptake rate, thus the length of cut when harvesting should be less than 10 cm. The harvesting frequency of once a month for Nasturtium officinale has no effect on nitrogen and phosphorus removal of HBFM.


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    N. Abdehagh


    Full Text Available The removal of hydrogen sulfide (H2S from contaminated airstream was studied in a biotrickling filter (BTF packed with open-pore polyurethane foam as a carrier of Thiobacillus thioparus (DSMZ5368 with counter current gas/liquid flows. The effect of operating parameters on BTF performance was studied. Experiments were performed at different Empty Bed Residence Times (EBRT from 9 to 45 seconds, and different initial H2S concentration from 25 to 85 ppm. The results showed reasonable performance of the BTF, in H2S removal from the synthetic gas stream. However, the performance was somewhat lower than other studies in BTF in which either Thiobacillus thioparus with other packings or polyurethane foam with other microbial cultures were used. The effect of liquid recirculation rate (LRR in the range of 175-525 ml/min (0.46-1.34 m/h on BTF performance was also studied. Results showed that increasing LRR from 175 to 350 mL/min resulted in significant enhancement of H2S removal efficiency, but further increase in LRR up to 525 mL/min had an insignificant effect. H2S elimination at different heights of the bed was studied and it was found that decrease in EBRT results in more homogeneous removal of the pollutant in BTF. Determination of microbial species in the BTF after 100 days performance showed that during BTF operation the only H2S degrading specie was Thiobacillus thioparus.

  13. Methanethiol Removal from Biogas by Biological Conversion in an Anaerobic Biotrickling Filter

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    王佳佳; 张卫江; 徐姣


    In this study, methanethiol(MT)-degradation bacteria were cultivated by using MT, methanol and trimethylamine as carbon sources under anaerobic conditions. It was found that the batch bacteria used MT and metha-nol as carbon sources grew faster than those used trimethylamine. The enriched bacteria used MT and methanol as the carbon sources were respectively inoculated in different biotrickling filters. The biological conversion performance of MT under anaerobic conditions was investigated in biotrickling filters. The results showed that the performance of the biotrickling filter inoculated with the bacteria enriched using MT was better than that inoculated with the bacteria en-riched using methanol. When the inlet concentration of MT was 0.005vol%(50,ppm), the empty bed residence time was 50 s, pH value was 8.0, and the flow rate of the nutrient solution was 10 L/h, the removal efficiency of MT reached 95.3%. Adding methanol stimulated the growth of the biomass and the degradation of MT, but caused that some bacteria only degrading methanol outcompeted the bacteria only degrading MT. The concentration of sodium bicarbonate in the nutrient solution needed to be controlled lower than 30 g/L, otherwise, it would be harmful to the degradation of MT.

  14. Concept for a cyclonic spray scrubber as a fission product removal system for filtered containment venting

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    Lebel, Luke S., E-mail:; Piro, Markus H., E-mail:; MacCoy, Reilly, E-mail:; Clouthier, Anthony, E-mail:; Chin, Yu-Shan, E-mail:


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A new cyclonic spray scrubber concept for filtered containment venting is presented. • Mechanistic particle removal model paired with discrete particle CFD simulations. • Calculations predict that very high decontamination factors can be achieved. - Abstract: The application of a cyclonic spray scrubber as a technology for filtered containment venting is proposed in this paper. This study has paired a mechanistic model for the kinetic particle coagulation of with Euler–Lagrange discrete particle simulations in order to predict particle decontamination factors. The continuous phase behavior has been investigated using computational fluid dynamics simulations together with phase Doppler anemometry measurements. Calculations show that spray scrubbing of radionuclide-bearing aerosols could be very effective, and predict that decontamination factors can be in excess of 10{sup 6} for micron sized particles and excess of 10{sup 3} for submicron particles. In the wake of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, filtered containment venting is being viewed as an increasingly important severe accident mitigation technology. Cyclonic spray scrubbing could be implemented as a passive technology for decontaminating containment gases in an emergency prior to their discharge to the atmosphere, and is a novel approach for this application.

  15. Effectiveness of table top water pitcher filters to remove arsenic from drinking water. (United States)

    Barnaby, Roxanna; Liefeld, Amanda; Jackson, Brian P; Hampton, Thomas H; Stanton, Bruce A


    Arsenic contamination of drinking water is a serious threat to the health of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. In the United States ~3 million individuals drink well water that contains arsenic levels above the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 10μg/L. Several technologies are available to remove arsenic from well water including anion exchange, adsorptive media and reverse osmosis. In addition, bottled water is an alternative to drinking well water contaminated with arsenic. However, there are several drawbacks associated with these approaches including relatively high cost and, in the case of bottled water, the generation of plastic waste. In this study, we tested the ability of five tabletop water pitcher filters to remove arsenic from drinking water. We report that only one tabletop water pitcher filter tested, ZeroWater®, reduced the arsenic concentration, both As(3+) and As(5+), from 1000μg/L to water and its use reduces plastic waste associated with bottled water. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Intermittent trickling bed filter for the removal of methyl ethyl ketone and methyl isobutyl ketone. (United States)

    Farnazo, Danvir Mark C; Nisola, Grace M; Han, Mideok; Yoo, Namjong; Chung, Wook-Jin


    Biodegradations of methyl ethyl ketone and methyl isobutyl ketone were performed in intermittent biotrickling filter beds (ITBF) operated at two different trickling periods: 12 h/day (ITBF-12) and 30 min/day (ITBF-0.5). Ralstonia sp. MG1 was able to degrade both ketones as evidenced by growth kinetic experiments. Results show that trickling period is an important parameter to achieve high removal performance and to maintain the robustness of Ralstonia sp. MG1. Overall, ITBF-12 outperformed ITBF-0.5 regardless of the target compound. ITBF-12 had high performance recovery at various inlet gas concentrations. The higher carbon dioxide production rates in ITBF-12 suggest higher microbial activity than in ITBF-0.5. Additionally, lower concentrations of absorbed volatile organic compound (VOC) in trickling solutions of ITBF-12 systems also indicate VOC removal through biodegradation. Pressure drop levels in ITBF-12 were relatively higher than in ITBF-0.5 systems, which can be attributed to the decrease in packed bed porosity as Ralstonia sp. MG1 grew well in ITBF-12. Nonetheless, the obtained pressure drop levels did not have any adverse effect on the performance of ITBF-12. Biokinetic constants were also obtained which indicated that ITBF-12 performed better than ITBF-0.5 and other conventional biotrickling filter systems.

  17. Radar Image Texture Classification based on Gabor Filter Bank

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    Mbainaibeye Jérôme


    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to design and develop a filter bank for the detection and classification of radar image texture with 4.6m resolution obtained by airborne synthetic Aperture Radar. The textures of this kind of images are more correlated and contain forms with random disposition. The design and the developing of the filter bank is based on Gabor filter. We have elaborated a set of filters applied to each set of feature texture allowing its identification and enhancement in comparison with other textures. The filter bank which we have elaborated is represented by a combination of different texture filters. After processing, the selected filter bank is the filter bank which allows the identification of all the textures of an image with a significant identification rate. This developed filter is applied to radar image and the obtained results are compared with those obtained by using filter banks issue from the generalized Gaussian models (GGM. We have shown that Gabor filter developed in this work gives the classification rate greater than the results obtained by Generalized Gaussian model. The main contribution of this work is the generation of the filter banks able to give an optimal filter bank for a given texture and in particular for radar image textures

  18. Enhanced Stormwater Contaminant Removal and Improved Runoff Quality Using Modified Sorbents in Tree Filters (United States)

    Schifman, L. A.; Kasaraneni, V.; Boving, T. B.; Oyanedel-Craver, V.


    Stormwater runoff, particularly in urban areas, contains high concentrations of pathogens that are often cited as one of the main reasons for beach closings and other water quality issues in coastal areas. Commonly found contaminants in runoff are often addressed by structural best management practices (BMP) that capture and treat the runoff before discharging it. Many BMP, such as tree filters, act as primary filtration devices that attenuate total suspended solids, nutrients, and heavy metals from runoff, but typically these BMPs are not designed to treat bacteria and have only minor petroleum hydrocarbon (PH) treatment capabilities. To address this shortcoming, the contaminant retention of an alternative sorption material was compared to expanded shale that is usually used in tree filters. Red cedar wood chips were modified with either Quaternary Ammonium Silane (QAS) or Silver Nanoparticles (AgNPs) to provide antimicrobial properties to the matrix and/or exploit their affinity to sorb PH, particularly polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). Results show that the wood chips exhibit the highest sorption capacity for QAS, making this material favorable for treating bacteria, while at the same time attenuating PAH by sorption processes. In the case of AgNP amendment to wood, less AgNP uptake and more desorption from the wood matrix was observed, making this amendment less favorable for bacteria deactivation. Batch experiments show that wood chips modified with QAS can remove up to 3 orders of magnitude of bacteria and retain up to 0.1 mg/g of PAH compared to shale, which has very limited bacteria deactivation (less than one order of magnitude) a PAH retention capacity of 0.04 mg/g. In this talk, the contaminant removal efficiency of the modified and unmodified materials will be discussed on the background of how these materials may find use in enhanced treatment of stormwater in tree filter BMPs.

  19. ECG baseline wander correction based on mean-median filter and empirical mode decomposition. (United States)

    Xin, Yi; Chen, Yu; Hao, Wei Tuo


    A novel approach of ECG baseline wander correction based on mean-median filter and empirical mode decomposition is presented in this paper. The low frequency parts of the original signals were removed by the mean median filter in a nonlinear way to obtain the baseline wander estimation, then its series of IMFs were sifted by t-test after empirical mode decomposition. The proposed method, tested by the ECG signals in MIT-BIH Arrhythmia database and European ST_T database, is more effective compared with other baseline wander removal methods.

  20. Intensity constrained flat kernel filter for local dark feature suppression: application to removal of hair artifacts in dermatoscopic images (United States)

    Gutenev, Alex A.


    The Intensity Constrained Flat Kernel Filtering (ICFK) scheme is a dual domain (spatial and intensity) nonlinear framework which has been shown to generate useful filters for image processing. This paper proposes a new filter developed within the ICFK framework. Although local in nature the filter is designed to suppress large scale spatial features within the image. As in every other filter derived within the scheme the suppressed features are defined by two parameters: size of the kernel and intensity range. The filter, a single-step procedure, is applied to removal of hair artifacts in skin lesion epiluminescence microscopy images, the task essential in assisting in automated segmentation of imaged area into lesion and surrounding skin. Results of the experiments on 400 dermatoscopic images of lesions with hair indicate suitability of the method as an aid in lesion segmentation by suppressing hair or vascular features near the lesion borders.

  1. A performance study of simultaneous microbial removal of no and SO2 in a biotrickling-filter under anaerobic condition

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    Yaqiong Han


    Full Text Available The behaviors of simultaneous removal of NO and SO2 using the coculture of anaerobic denitrifying bacteria and sulfate reducing bacteria was investigated in a bench-scale biotrickling-filter. When the combined NO/SO2 removal biotrickling-filter was operated at an empty bed residence time of 76 s with NO and SO2 feed concentrations of 2 and 2 g/m3, respectively, the SO2 removal efficiency was always above 95%, while NO removal exhibited an evident periodicity of 5-6 days for the initial 60 days after the attachment phase. A steady-state NO-removal efficiency of around 90% was obtained after 130 days of continuous operation. Experimental results indicated that the coculture in the combined NO/SO2 removal biotrickling-filter showed a higher resistance to shock NO-loadings and a better tolerance to starvation than the single denitrifying bacteria in the NO removal biotrickling-filter.

  2. Edge-Preserving Decomposition-Based Single Image Haze Removal. (United States)

    Li, Zhengguo; Zheng, Jinghong


    Single image haze removal is under-constrained, because the number of freedoms is larger than the number of observations. In this paper, a novel edge-preserving decomposition-based method is introduced to estimate transmission map for a haze image so as to design a single image haze removal algorithm from the Koschmiedars law without using any prior. In particular, weighted guided image filter is adopted to decompose simplified dark channel of the haze image into a base layer and a detail layer. The transmission map is estimated from the base layer, and it is applied to restore the haze-free image. The experimental results on different types of images, including haze images, underwater images, and normal images without haze, show the performance of the proposed algorithm.

  3. Effect of sand bed depth and media age on Escherichia coli and turbidity removal in biosand filters. (United States)

    Napotnik, Julie A; Baker, Derek; Jellison, Kristen L


    The main objective of this study was to build several full-scale biosand filters (BSFs) and assess the long-term (9 month) efficacy for particulate and Escherichia coli removal under simulated real-world usage. Four replicates of three different filter designs were built: the traditional concrete BSF, and two scaled-down versions that use a 5-gal or 2-gal bucket, respectively, as the casing material. The smaller sand bed depths in the bucket-sized filters did not impact filter performance with respect to (i) turbidity and E. coli removal or (ii) effluent levels of turbidity and E. coli. All filters produced effluents with a mean turbidity of <0.6 NTU. In addition, 78%, 74%, and 72% of effluent samples for the concrete, 5-gal, and 2-gal filters, respectively, had E. coli concentrations <1 CFU/100 mL. The bucket-sized filters were found to be a potential alternative to the concrete BSFs for the removal of E. coli and turbidity from drinking water. Since smaller BSFs must be filled more frequently than larger BSFs to produce comparable water volumes, the effect of shorter pause periods on BSF performance should be investigated.

  4. Ensemble-based Kalman Filters in Strongly Nonlinear Dynamics

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    Zhaoxia PU; Joshua HACKER


    This study examines the effectiveness of ensemble Kalman filters in data assimilation with the strongly nonlinear dynamics of the Lorenz-63 model, and in particular their use in predicting the regime transition that occurs when the model jumps from one basin of attraction to the other. Four configurations of the ensemble-based Kalman filtering data assimilation techniques, including the ensemble Kalman filter, ensemble adjustment Kalman filter, ensemble square root filter and ensemble transform Kalman filter, are evaluated with their ability in predicting the regime transition (also called phase transition) and also are compared in terms of their sensitivity to both observational and sampling errors. The sensitivity of each ensemble-based filter to the size of the ensemble is also examined.

  5. Performance of biotrickling filters packed with structured or cubic polyurethane sponges for VOC removal

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    Chunping Yang; Guanlong YU; Guangming Zeng; Haining Yang; Fayuan Chen; Congying Jin


    Two identical bench-scale biotrickling filters (BTFs),BTF 1 and BTF 2,were evaluated for toluene removal at various gas empty bed contact times (EBCTs) and organic loadings.BTF 1 and BTF 2 were packed with structured and cubic synthetic polyurethane sponges,respectively.At a constant toluene loading of 16 g/(,toluene removal efficiencies decreased from 98.8% to 64.3% for BTF 1 and from 98.4% to 74.1% for BTF 2 as gas EBCT decreased from 30 to 5 see.When the toluene loading increased from 35 to 140 g/(m3·hr) at a gas EBCT of 30 see,the removal efficiencies decreased from 99.1% to 77.4% for BTF 1 and from 99.0% to 81.5% for BTF 2.The pressure drop for both BTFs increased with increased air flow rate,and did not significantly vary while the toluene loading was increased under similar operation conditions.BTF 1 and BTF 2 could start up successfully within 19 and 27 days,respectively,when packed with fresh sponge media,and the performances could be restored in 3-7 days after biomass was removed and wasted from the media.BTF 2 displayed higher removal efficiency even under shorter EBCT or higher loading rate than BTF1 when other operation conditions were similar,while it showed lower pressure drop than BTF 1 during the whole period of operation.These results demonstrated that both BTFs could treat waste gas containing toluene effectively.

  6. Classification of Textures Using Filter Based Local Feature Extraction

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    Bocekci Veysel Gokhan


    Full Text Available In this work local features are used in feature extraction process in image processing for textures. The local binary pattern feature extraction method from textures are introduced. Filtering is also used during the feature extraction process for getting discriminative features. To show the effectiveness of the algorithm before the extraction process, three different noise are added to both train and test images. Wiener filter and median filter are used to remove the noise from images. We evaluate the performance of the method with Naïve Bayesian classifier. We conduct the comparative analysis on benchmark dataset with different filtering and size. Our experiments demonstrate that feature extraction process combine with filtering give promising results on noisy images.

  7. DOCCⅡ-based electronically tunable current-mode biquadratic filters

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    Wang Weidong


    A complete state variable current-mode biquadratic filter built by duo-output CCⅡ (DOCCⅡ) with variable current gain is presented. All the coefficients of the filter can be independently tuned through the variable current gain factors of the DOCCⅡ. Based on the principles upon which the general biquadratic filter was constructed, a universal electronically tunable current-mode filter is proposed which implements the low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, band-suppress and all-pass second order transfer functions simultaneously. The PSPICE simulations of frequency responses of second-order filter of are also given.

  8. Optical antialiasing filters based on complementary Golay codes. (United States)

    Leger, J R; Schuler, J; Morphis, N; Knowlden, R


    An optical filter that has an ideal response for removing aliasing noise from a sampled imaging system is described. The all-phase filter uses complementary Golay codes to achieve an optimum low-pass transfer function with no sidelobes. A computer model shows that the optical system has the expected performance in the ideal case, but degrades somewhat with wavelength variations and image aberrations. An experimental demonstration of the filter shows the optical transfer function performance and the response to imagery with a sampled detector.

  9. Cost-Effective Filter Materials Coated with Silver Nanoparticles for the Removal of Pathogenic Bacteria in Groundwater (United States)

    Mpenyana-Monyatsi, Lizzy; Mthombeni, Nomcebo H.; Onyango, Maurice S.; Momba, Maggy N. B.


    The contamination of groundwater sources by pathogenic bacteria poses a public health concern to communities who depend totally on this water supply. In the present study, potentially low-cost filter materials coated with silver nanoparticles were developed for the disinfection of groundwater. Silver nanoparticles were deposited on zeolite, sand, fibreglass, anion and cation resin substrates in various concentrations (0.01 mM, 0.03 mM, 0.05 mM and 0.1 mM) of AgNO3. These substrates were characterised by SEM, EDS, TEM, particle size distribution and XRD analyses. In the first phase, the five substrates coated with various concentrations of AgNO3 were tested against E. coli spiked in synthetic water to determine the best loading concentration that could remove pathogenic bacteria completely from test water. The results revealed that all filters were able to decrease the concentration of E. coli from synthetic water, with a higher removal efficiency achieved at 0.1 mM (21–100%) and a lower efficiency at 0.01 mM (7–50%) concentrations. The cation resin-silver nanoparticle filter was found to remove this pathogenic bacterium at the highest rate, namely 100%. In the second phase, only the best performing concentration of 0.1 mM was considered and tested against presumptive E. coli, S. typhimurium, S. dysenteriae and V. cholerae from groundwater. The results revealed the highest bacteria removal efficiency by the Ag/cation resin filter with complete (100%) removal of all targeted bacteria and the lowest by the Ag/zeolite filter with an 8% to 67% removal rate. This study therefore suggests that the filter system with Ag/cation resin substrate can be used as a potential alternative cost-effective filter for the disinfection of groundwater and production of safe drinking water. PMID:22470290

  10. Bacteria and virus removal effectiveness of ceramic pot filters with different silver applications in a long term experiment. (United States)

    van der Laan, H; van Halem, D; Smeets, P W M H; Soppe, A I A; Kroesbergen, J; Wubbels, G; Nederstigt, J; Gensburger, I; Heijman, S G J


    In 2012 more than 4 million people used a ceramic pot filter (CPF) as household water treatment system for their daily drinking water needs. In the normal production protocol most low cost filters are impregnated with a silver solution to enhance the microbial removal efficiency. The aim of this study was to determine the role of silver during the filtration and subsequent storage. Twenty-two CPFs with three different silver applications (non, only outside and both sides) were compared in a long-term loading experiment with Escherichia coli (K12 and WR1) and MS2 bacteriophages in natural challenge water under highly controlled laboratory circumstances. No significant difference in Log Removal Values were found between the filters with different silver applications. The results show that the storage time in the receptacle is the dominant parameter to reach E. coli inactivation by silver, and not the contact time during the filtration phase. The hypothesis that the absence of silver would enhance the virus removal, due to biofilm formation on the ceramic filter element, could not be confirmed. The removal effectiveness for viruses is still of major concern for the CPF. This study suggests that the ceramic pot filter characteristics, such as burnt material content, do not determine E. coli removal efficacies, but rather the contact time with silver during storage is the dominant parameter to reach E. coli inactivation.

  11. Ring-resonator-based wavelength filters

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    Geuzebroek, D.H.; Driessen, A.; Venghaus, H.


    Microring resonators (MR) represent a class of filters with characteristics very similar to those of Fabry–Perot filters. However, they offer the advantage that the injected and reflected signals are separated in individual waveguides, and in addition, their design does not require any facets or

  12. Biomass accumulation modelling in a highly loaded biotrickling filter for hydrogen sulphide removal. (United States)

    Mannucci, Alberto; Munz, Giulio; Mori, Gualtiero; Lubello, Claudio


    A pilot scale test on a biotrickling filter packed with polyurethane foam cubes was carried out for 110 d at high volumetric mass load (up to 280 g m(bed)(-3) h(-1)) with the aim of studying the accumulation of solids in the treatment of H(2)S. Removal rate up to 245 g m(bed)(-3) h(-1) was obtained; however, an accumulation of gypsum, elemental sulphur and, above all, inert biomass was identified as the cause of an increased pressure drop over the long term. A mathematical model was applied and calibrated with the experimental results to describe the accumulation of biomass. The model was capable of describing the accumulation of solids and, corresponding to a solids retention time of 50 d, the observed yield resulted in 0.07 g of solids produced g(-1) H(2)S removed. Respirometric tests showed that heterotrophic activity is inhibited at low pH (pH < 2.3), and the contribution to biomass removal through decay was negligible.

  13. Filter based phase distortions in extracellular spikes. (United States)

    Yael, Dorin; Bar-Gad, Izhar


    Extracellular recordings are the primary tool for extracting neuronal spike trains in-vivo. One of the crucial pre-processing stages of this signal is the high-pass filtration used to isolate neuronal spiking activity. Filters are characterized by changes in the magnitude and phase of different frequencies. While filters are typically chosen for their effect on magnitudes, little attention has been paid to the impact of these filters on the phase of each frequency. In this study we show that in the case of nonlinear phase shifts generated by most online and offline filters, the signal is severely distorted, resulting in an alteration of the spike waveform. This distortion leads to a shape that deviates from the original waveform as a function of its constituent frequencies, and a dramatic reduction in the SNR of the waveform that disrupts spike detectability. Currently, the vast majority of articles utilizing extracellular data are subject to these distortions since most commercial and academic hardware and software utilize nonlinear phase filters. We show that this severe problem can be avoided by recording wide-band signals followed by zero phase filtering, or alternatively corrected by reversed filtering of a narrow-band filtered, and in some cases even segmented signals. Implementation of either zero phase filtering or phase correction of the nonlinear phase filtering reproduces the original spike waveforms and increases the spike detection rates while reducing the number of false negative and positive errors. This process, in turn, helps eliminate subsequent errors in downstream analyses and misinterpretations of the results.

  14. Filter based phase distortions in extracellular spikes (United States)

    Yael, Dorin


    Extracellular recordings are the primary tool for extracting neuronal spike trains in-vivo. One of the crucial pre-processing stages of this signal is the high-pass filtration used to isolate neuronal spiking activity. Filters are characterized by changes in the magnitude and phase of different frequencies. While filters are typically chosen for their effect on magnitudes, little attention has been paid to the impact of these filters on the phase of each frequency. In this study we show that in the case of nonlinear phase shifts generated by most online and offline filters, the signal is severely distorted, resulting in an alteration of the spike waveform. This distortion leads to a shape that deviates from the original waveform as a function of its constituent frequencies, and a dramatic reduction in the SNR of the waveform that disrupts spike detectability. Currently, the vast majority of articles utilizing extracellular data are subject to these distortions since most commercial and academic hardware and software utilize nonlinear phase filters. We show that this severe problem can be avoided by recording wide-band signals followed by zero phase filtering, or alternatively corrected by reversed filtering of a narrow-band filtered, and in some cases even segmented signals. Implementation of either zero phase filtering or phase correction of the nonlinear phase filtering reproduces the original spike waveforms and increases the spike detection rates while reducing the number of false negative and positive errors. This process, in turn, helps eliminate subsequent errors in downstream analyses and misinterpretations of the results. PMID:28358895

  15. Gold nanoparticles and the corresponding filter membrane as chemosensors and adsorbents for dual signal amplification detection and fast removal of mercury(ii). (United States)

    Chen, Gaosong; Hai, Jun; Wang, Hao; Liu, Weisheng; Chen, Fengjuan; Wang, Baodui


    Nowadays, the development of a multifunction system for the simultaneous multiple signal amplification detection and fast removal of Hg(2+) remains a major challenge. Herein, we for the first time used gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) and the corresponding filter membrane as chemosensors and adsorbents for dual signal amplification detection and fast removal of Hg(2+). Such a system was based on the formation of gold amalgam and a gold amalgam-based reaction between rhodamine B (RhB) and NaBH4 with fluorescence and colorimetric sensing functions. When the gold amalgam catalyzes the reduction of RhB, the red color and orange fluorescence of RhB gradually changed to colorless by switching the amount of Hg(2+) deposited on 13 nm Au NPs. The detection limit of the fluorescence assay and colorimetric assay is 1.16 nM and 2.54 nM for Hg(2+), respectively. Interestingly, the color and fluorescence of RhB could be recovered when the above colorless reaction solution was exposed to air for about 2 hours. Taking advantage of the above optical phenomenon, a recyclable paper-based sensor has been developed by immobilizing the Au NPs and RhB dye on filter paper and has been successfully used for detection of Hg(2+) in real water samples. In addition, the filter membrane immobilized Au NPs could allow fast removal of mercury ions in Yellow river water and tap water with the removal efficiency close to 99%.

  16. Nitrogen removal in micro-polluted surface water by the combined process of bio-filter and ecological gravel bed. (United States)

    Sheng-Bing, He; Jian-Wen, Gao; Xue-Chu, Chen; Ding-Li, Dai


    Nitrogen removal in micro-polluted surface water by the combined process of a bio-filter and an ecological gravel bed was studied. Sodium acetate was added into micro-polluted surface water as carbon source and the nitrogen removal under different C/N ratio, hydraulic load and temperature were investigated. The results showed that the variations in C/N ratio, hydraulic load and temperature have significant influence on nitrogen removal in bio-filter. It was found that the denitrification rate was above 90% when C/N ratio reached 10; also, the denitrification was inhibited at low water temperature (2-10 °C); at the condition of water temperature above 20 °C, C/N ratio 10, hydraulic load 8 m(3)/(m(2) h), the combined process obtained the nitrogen removal of more than 90%, and the residual organics could be removed in ecological gravel bed.

  17. Enteric virus removal inactivation by coal-based media

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    Gupta, A.; Chaudhuri, M. [Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (India). Dept. of Civil Engineering


    Four coal-based media, viz. alum-pretreated or ferric hydroxide-impregnated Giridih bituminous coal and lignite (alum-GBC, Fe-GBC; alum-lignite and Fe-Lignite) were laboratory tested to assess their potential in removing/inactivating enteric viruses in water. Batch-sorption screening tests, employing a poliovirus-spiked canal water, indicated high poliovirus sorption by Fe-GBC and alum-GBC in a short contact time of 5 min. Based on the results of further batch-sorption tests, using silver incorporated media (alum/Ag-GBC, alum-GBC-Ag and Fe-GBC-Ag), as well as aesthetic water quality consideration and previous findings on removal of coliforms and turbidity, alum/Ag-GBC, alum-GBC and alum-GBC-AG were included in downflow column studies employing poliovirus-spiked canal water. All three media showed potential in removing/inactivating enteric viruses. In a separate column study employing a joint challenge of poliovirus and rotavirus, alum/Ag-GBC removed 59.3-86.5% of the viruses along with more than 99% reduction in indigenous heterotrophic bacteria. Alum/silver-pretreated bituminous coal medium appears promising for use in household water filters in rural areas of the developing world. However, improved medium preparation to further enhance its efficiency is needed; also, its efficacy in removing/inactivating indigenous enteric bacteria, viruses and protozoa has to be ensured and practicalities or economics of application need to be considered.

  18. Multispectral image filtering method based on image fusion (United States)

    Zhang, Wei; Chen, Wei


    This paper proposed a novel filter scheme by image fusion based on Nonsubsampled ContourletTransform(NSCT) for multispectral image. Firstly, an adaptive median filter is proposed which shows great advantage in speed and weak edge preserving. Secondly, the algorithm put bilateral filter and adaptive median filter on image respectively and gets two denoised images. Then perform NSCT multi-scale decomposition on the de-noised images and get detail sub-band and approximate sub-band. Thirdly, the detail sub-band and approximate sub-band are fused respectively. Finally, the object image is obtained by inverse NSCT. Simulation results show that the method has strong adaptability to deal with the textural images. And it can suppress noise effectively and preserve the image details. This algorithm has better filter performance than the Bilateral filter standard and median filter and theirs improved algorithms for different noise ratio.

  19. Optimization-based particle filter for state and parameter estimation

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    Li Fu; Qi Fei; Shi Guangming; Zhang Li


    In recent years, the theory of particle filter has been developed and widely used for state and parameter estimation in nonlinear/non-Gaussian systems. Choosing good importance density is a critical issue in particle filter design. In order to improve the approximation of posterior distribution, this paper provides an optimization-based algorithm (the steepest descent method) to generate the proposal distribution and then sample particles from the distribution. This algorithm is applied in 1-D case, and the simulation results show that the proposed particle filter performs better than the extended Kalman filter (EKF), the standard particle filter (PF), the extended Kalman particle filter (PF-EKF) and the unscented particle filter (UPF) both in efficiency and in estimation precision.

  20. Fly-ash-amended sand as filter media in bioretention cells to improve phosphorus removal. (United States)

    Zhang, Wei; Brown, Glenn O; Storm, Daniel E; Zhang, Hailin


    This study identified material with high phosphorus sorption suitable for bioretention filter media. Materials examined were fly ash, two expanded shales, peat moss, limestone, and two common Oklahoma soils--Teller loam and Dougherty sand. The peat moss was a phosphorus source, while the two soils, limestone, and one expanded shale had only modest sorption capacity. One expanded shale and the fly ash had significant phosphorus sorption. Fly ash is unsuitable for use in a pure form, as a result of its low permeability, but phosphorus sorption on the sand was increased significantly with the incorporation of small amounts of fly ash. Column leaching experiments found that the sand with 2.5 and 5% fly ash and the better expanded shale had linear, non-equilibrium transport retardation factors of 272, 1618, and 185, with first-order rate coefficients of 0.153, 0.0752, and 0.113 hour(-1), respectively. Desorption experiments showed that the phosphorus sorption on the sand/fly ash mixture is largely nonreversible. Transport simulation assuming a 1-m-deep sand/fly ash treatment layer, with 5% of the watershed area, showed that the sand/fly ash filter media could effectively treat 1 mg/L influent for 12 years in a paved watershed and 34 years in a grassed watershed before exceeding Oklahoma's scenic rivers' phosphorus criterion of 0.037 mg/L. Significant phosphorus removal would continue for over 100 years.

  1. Estuaries as filters: the role of tidal marshes in trace metal removal.

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    Johannes Teuchies

    Full Text Available Flux calculations demonstrate that many estuaries are natural filters for trace metals. Yet, the underlying processes are poorly investigated. In the present study, it was hypothesized that intertidal marshes contribute significantly to the contaminant filter function of estuaries. Trace metal concentrations and sediment characteristics were measured along a transect from the subtidal, over an intertidal flat and marsh to a restored marsh with controlled reduced tide. Metal concentrations in the intertidal and restored marsh were found to be a factor two to five higher than values in the subtidal and intertidal flat sediments. High metal concentrations and high accretion rates indicate a high metal accumulation capacity of the intertidal marshes. Overbank sedimentation in the tidal marshes of the entire estuary was calculated to remove 25% to 50% of the riverine metal influx, even though marshes comprise less than 8% of the total surface of the estuary. In addition, the large-scale implementation of planned tidal marsh restoration projects was estimated to almost double the trace metal storage capacity of the present natural tidal marshes in the estuary.

  2. Estuaries as Filters: The Role of Tidal Marshes in Trace Metal Removal (United States)

    Teuchies, Johannes; Vandenbruwaene, Wouter; Carpentier, Roos; Bervoets, Lieven; Temmerman, Stijn; Wang, Chen; Maris, Tom; Cox, Tom J. S.; Van Braeckel, Alexander; Meire, Patrick


    Flux calculations demonstrate that many estuaries are natural filters for trace metals. Yet, the underlying processes are poorly investigated. In the present study, it was hypothesized that intertidal marshes contribute significantly to the contaminant filter function of estuaries. Trace metal concentrations and sediment characteristics were measured along a transect from the subtidal, over an intertidal flat and marsh to a restored marsh with controlled reduced tide. Metal concentrations in the intertidal and restored marsh were found to be a factor two to five higher than values in the subtidal and intertidal flat sediments. High metal concentrations and high accretion rates indicate a high metal accumulation capacity of the intertidal marshes. Overbank sedimentation in the tidal marshes of the entire estuary was calculated to remove 25% to 50% of the riverine metal influx, even though marshes comprise less than 8% of the total surface of the estuary. In addition, the large-scale implementation of planned tidal marsh restoration projects was estimated to almost double the trace metal storage capacity of the present natural tidal marshes in the estuary. PMID:23950927

  3. Removal of viable bioaerosol particles with a low-efficiency HVAC filter enhanced by continuous emission of unipolar air ions. (United States)

    Huang, R; Agranovski, I; Pyankov, O; Grinshpun, S


    Continuous emission of unipolar ions has been shown to improve the performance of respirators and stationary filters challenged with non-biological particles. In this study, we investigated the ion-induced enhancement effect while challenging a low-efficiency heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) filter with viable bacterial cells, bacterial and fungal spores, and viruses. The aerosol concentration was measured in real time. Samples were also collected with a bioaerosol sampler for viable microbial analysis. The removal efficiency of the filter was determined, respectively, with and without an ion emitter. The ionization was found to significantly enhance the filter efficiency in removing viable biological particles from the airflow. For example, when challenged with viable bacteria, the filter efficiency increased as much as four- to fivefold. For viable fungal spores, the ion-induced enhancement improved the efficiency by a factor of approximately 2. When testing with virus-carrying liquid droplets, the original removal efficiency provided by the filter was rather low: 9.09 +/- 4.84%. While the ion emission increased collection about fourfold, the efficiency did not reach 75-100% observed with bacteria and fungi. These findings, together with our previously published results for non-biological particles, demonstrate the feasibility of a new approach for reducing aerosol particles in HVAC systems used for indoor air quality control. Recirculated air in HVAC systems used for indoor air quality control in buildings often contains considerable number of viable bioaerosol particles because of limited efficiency of the filters installed in these systems. In the present study, we investigated - using aerosolized bacterial cells, bacterial and fungal spores, and virus-carrying particles - a novel idea of enhancing the performance of a low-efficiency HVAC filter utilizing continuous emission of unipolar ions in the filter vicinity. The findings described in

  4. Removal of viable bioaerosol particles with a low-efficiency HVAC filter enhanced by continuous emission of unipolar air ions

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    Huang, R.; Agranovski, I.; Pyankov, O. (Griffith Univ., Nathan, Qld (AU)); Grinshpun, S. (Univ. of Cincinnati, Dept. of Environmental Health, Cincinnati, OH (US))


    Continuous emission of unipolar ions has been shown to improve the performance of respirators and stationary filters challenged with non-biological particles. In this study, we investigated the ion-induced enhancement effect while challenging a low-efficiency heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) filter with viable bacterial cells, bacterial and fungal spores, and viruses. The aerosol concentration was measured in real time. Samples were also collected with a bioaerosol sampler for viable microbial analysis. The removal efficiency of the filter was determined, respectively, with and without an ion emitter. The ionization was found to significantly enhance the filter efficiency in removing viable biological particles from the airflow. For example, when challenged with viable bacteria, the filter efficiency increased as much as four- to fivefold. For viable fungal spores, the ion-induced enhancement improved the efficiency by a factor of approx 2. When testing with virus-carrying liquid droplets, the original removal efficiency provided by the filter was rather low: 9.09 +- 4.84%. While the ion emission increased collection about fourfold, the efficiency did not reach 75-100% observed with bacteria and fungi. These findings, together with our previously published results for non-biological particles, demonstrate the feasibility of a new approach for reducing aerosol particles in HVAC systems used for indoor air quality control. (au)

  5. Si-based infrared optical filters (United States)

    Balčytis, Armandas; Ryu, Meguya; Seniutinas, Gediminas; Nishijima, Yoshiaki; Hikima, Yuta; Zamengo, Massimiliano; Petruškevičius, Raimondas; Morikawa, Junko; Juodkazis, Saulius


    Pyramidal silicon nanospikes, termed black-Si (b-Si), with controlled height of 0.2 to 1 μm, were fabricated by plasma etching over 3-in wafers and were shown to act as variable density filters in a wide range of the IR spectrum 2.5 to 20 μm, with transmission and its spectral gradient dependent on the height of the spikes. Such variable density IR filters can be utilized for imaging and monitoring applications. Narrow IR notch filters were realized with gold mesh arrays on Si wafers prospective for applications in surface-enhanced IR absorption sensing and "cold materials" for heat radiation into atmospheric IR transmission window. Both types of filters for IR: spectrally variable and notch are made by simple fabrication methods.

  6. Gabor filter based fingerprint image enhancement (United States)

    Wang, Jin-Xiang


    Fingerprint recognition technology has become the most reliable biometric technology due to its uniqueness and invariance, which has been most convenient and most reliable technique for personal authentication. The development of Automated Fingerprint Identification System is an urgent need for modern information security. Meanwhile, fingerprint preprocessing algorithm of fingerprint recognition technology has played an important part in Automatic Fingerprint Identification System. This article introduces the general steps in the fingerprint recognition technology, namely the image input, preprocessing, feature recognition, and fingerprint image enhancement. As the key to fingerprint identification technology, fingerprint image enhancement affects the accuracy of the system. It focuses on the characteristics of the fingerprint image, Gabor filters algorithm for fingerprint image enhancement, the theoretical basis of Gabor filters, and demonstration of the filter. The enhancement algorithm for fingerprint image is in the windows XP platform with matlab.65 as a development tool for the demonstration. The result shows that the Gabor filter is effective in fingerprint image enhancement technology.

  7. Analytical expressions for the concentration of nitric oxide removal in the gas and biofilm phase in a biotrickling filter

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    Rasi Muthuramalingam


    Full Text Available In this paper, a mathematical model of nitric oxide removal using biotrickling filter (BTF packed with uniform ceramic particles under thermophilic condition is discussed. The model proposed here is based on the mass transfer in gas-biofilm interface and chemical oxidation in the gas phase. Analytical expressions pertaining to the nitric oxide (NO concentration in the gas and bio-film phase have been derived using the Adomian decomposition method (ADM for all possible values of parameters. Furthermore, in this work the numerical simulation of the problem is also reported using Matlab program to investigate the dynamics of the system. Graphical results are presented and discussed quantitatively to illustrate the solution. Good agreement between the solutions is presented in this paper and numerical data are obtained.

  8. Low Power Systolic Array Based Digital Filter for DSP Applications

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    S. Karthick


    Full Text Available Main concepts in DSP include filtering, averaging, modulating, and correlating the signals in digital form to estimate characteristic parameter of a signal into a desirable form. This paper presents a brief concept of low power datapath impact for Digital Signal Processing (DSP based biomedical application. Systolic array based digital filter used in signal processing of electrocardiogram analysis is presented with datapath architectural innovations in low power consumption perspective. Implementation was done with ASIC design methodology using TSMC 65 nm technological library node. The proposed systolic array filter has reduced leakage power up to 8.5% than the existing filter architectures.

  9. Low Power Systolic Array Based Digital Filter for DSP Applications. (United States)

    Karthick, S; Valarmathy, S; Prabhu, E


    Main concepts in DSP include filtering, averaging, modulating, and correlating the signals in digital form to estimate characteristic parameter of a signal into a desirable form. This paper presents a brief concept of low power datapath impact for Digital Signal Processing (DSP) based biomedical application. Systolic array based digital filter used in signal processing of electrocardiogram analysis is presented with datapath architectural innovations in low power consumption perspective. Implementation was done with ASIC design methodology using TSMC 65 nm technological library node. The proposed systolic array filter has reduced leakage power up to 8.5% than the existing filter architectures.

  10. Michelson interferometer based interleaver design using classic IIR filter decomposition. (United States)

    Cheng, Chi-Hao; Tang, Shasha


    An elegant method to design a Michelson interferometer based interleaver using a classic infinite impulse response (IIR) filter such as Butterworth, Chebyshev, and elliptic filters as a starting point are presented. The proposed design method allows engineers to design a Michelson interferometer based interleaver from specifications seamlessly. Simulation results are presented to demonstrate the validity of the proposed design method.

  11. Characterization and removal of specific organic constituents in an UASB-trickling-filter system treating domestic wastewater. (United States)

    Pontes, Patrícia Procópio; Chernicharo, Carlos Augusto de Lemos


    This paper presents the characterization of specific organic constituents (carbohydrates, proteins and lipids) in raw sewage and in the anaerobic and aerobic effluents of a demo-scale (500 inhabitants) UASB- trickling-filter system. The evaluation of such parameters was carried out for two operating conditions, either without sludge recirculation (experiment I) from the trickling filter to the UASB reactor or with sludge recirculation (experiment II), for sludge thickening and stabilization, in the anaerobic reactor. The results showed that the contribution of acetic acid, carbohydrates, proteins and lipids amounted for approximately 70% of the total COD fed to the UASB during experiment I, whereas during experiment II these constituents amounted for only around 40% of the total COD. Although very high BOD and COD overall removal efficiencies were observed for the treatment system (around 90% and 80%, respectively), it was possible to infer that these efficiencies were mainly related to the removal of carbohydrates and lipids (around 80% removal), and of other non-identified constituents. The removal of proteins was much lower (around 50% removal), and the relative contribution of proteins to the total COD increased along the treatment course, being responsible for most of the residual COD of the treatment units. In the present system configuration, the UASB reactor played a major role in the removal of carbohydrates, whereas the trickling filter was very effective in the removal of lipids. The return of aerobic sludge for thickening and stabilization in the UASB reactor did not affect its performance.

  12. Sigma Delta Modulation Based Ternary FIR Filter Mapping on FPGA

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    Tayabuddin Memon


    Full Text Available In this paper single-bit SDM (Sigma Delta Modulation based TFF (Ternary FIR Filter with balanced ternary coefficients (i.e. -1/0/+1 has been mapped on small commercially available FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays. Filter coefficients were obtained using second order sigma delta modulator. The filter structure is based on a hierarchical adder tree that can easily be pipelined for high performance purpose. Filter structure was coded in VHDL (Very High Speed Integrated Circuit Hardware Description Language and simulated in Quartus-II software. The filter exhibits low I/O (Input Output and core area usage and high performance-achieving clock speeds close to 200MHz on a low-cost FPGA and over 500MHz on a latest FPGA commercially available device. This single-bit ternary filter is intended to support video and audio processing applications in mobile communication systems.

  13. An integrated delta-sigma based IIR filter (United States)

    Au, Dennis Kin-Wah

    Delta-sigma based infinite impulse response (IIR) filters are a recently developed circuit technique for efficiently realizing IIR filters operating directly on oversampled delta-sigma modulated signals. The design and single-chip implementation of a fifth-order delta-sigma based IIR filter are described. The filter coefficients are fully programmable and with the use of a structure that is inherently scaled for dynamic range, good filter performance is maintained over a wide variety of transfer functions. To eliminate multi-bit multiplications, five second-order digital delta-sigma modulators were used and dynamic range improvement was obtained through the use of multi-bit quantizers in these modulators. The filter was implemented as a very large scale integration chip using 1.2 micron complementary metal oxide semiconductor technology, occupying an area of 4,355 by 5,962 square microns. Simulations indicate that the clock range should operate up to 45 MHz.

  14. Vehicle Sideslip Angle Estimation Based on Hybrid Kalman Filter

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    Jing Li


    Full Text Available Vehicle sideslip angle is essential for active safety control systems. This paper presents a new hybrid Kalman filter to estimate vehicle sideslip angle based on the 3-DoF nonlinear vehicle dynamic model combined with Magic Formula tire model. The hybrid Kalman filter is realized by combining square-root cubature Kalman filter (SCKF, which has quick convergence and numerical stability, with square-root cubature based receding horizon Kalman FIR filter (SCRHKF, which has robustness against model uncertainty and temporary noise. Moreover, SCKF and SCRHKF work in parallel, and the estimation outputs of two filters are merged by interacting multiple model (IMM approach. Experimental results show the accuracy and robustness of the hybrid Kalman filter.

  15. Biogas Filter Based on Local Natural Zeolite Materials


    Satriyo Krido Wahono; Wahyu Anggo Rizal


    UPT BPPTK LIPI has created a biogas filter tool to improve the purity of methane in the biogas. The device shaped cylindrical tube containing absorbent materials which based on local natural zeolite of Indonesia. The absorbent has been activated and modified with other materials. This absorbtion material has multi-adsorption capacity for almost impurities gas of biogas. The biogas  filter increase methane content of biogas for 5-20%. The biogas filter improve the biogas’s performance such as ...

  16. Arsenic and fluoride removal from groundwater by electrocoagulation using a continuous filter-press reactor. (United States)

    Guzmán, Athziri; Nava, José L; Coreño, Oscar; Rodríguez, Israel; Gutiérrez, Silvia


    We investigated simultaneous arsenic and fluoride removal from ground water by electrocoagulation (EC) using aluminum as the sacrificial anode in a continuous filter-press reactor. The groundwater was collected at a depth of 320 m in the Bajío region in Guanajuato Mexico (arsenic 43 µg L(-1), fluoride 2.5 mg L(-1), sulfate 89.6 mg L(-1), phosphate 1.8 mg L(-1), hydrated silica 112.4 mg L(-1), hardness 9.8 mg L(-1), alkalinity 31.3 mg L(-1), pH 7.6 and conductivity 993 µS cm(-1)). EC was performed after arsenite was oxidized to arsenate by addition of 1 mg L(-1) hypochlorite. The EC tests revealed that at current densities of 4, 5 and 6 mA cm(-2) and flow velocities of 0.91 and 1.82 cm s(-1), arsenate was abated and residual fluoride concentration satisfies the WHO standard (CF < 1.5 mg L(-1)). Spectrometric analyses performed on aluminum flocs indicated that these are mainly composed of aluminum-silicates of calcium and magnesium. Arsenate removal by EC involves adsorption on aluminum flocs, while fluoride replaces a hydroxyl group from aluminum aggregates. The best EC was obtained at 4 mA cm(-2) and 1.82 cm s(-1) with electrolytic energy consumption of 0.34 KWh m(-3).

  17. An enhancement algorithm for low quality fingerprint image based on edge filter and Gabor filter (United States)

    Xue, Jun-tao; Liu, Jie; Liu, Zheng-guang


    On account of restriction of man-made and collection environment, the fingerprint image generally has low quality, especially a contaminated background. In this paper, an enhancement algorithm based on edge filter and Gabor filter is proposed to solve this kind of fingerprint image. Firstly, a gray-based algorithm is used to enhance the edge and segment the image. Then, a multilevel block size method is used to extract the orientation field from segmented fingerprint image. Finally, Gabor filter is used to fulfill the enhancement of the fingerprint image. The experiment results show that the proposed enhancement algorithm is effective than the normal Gabor filter algorithm. The fingerprint image enhance by our algorithm has better enhancement effect, so it is helpful for the subsequent research, such as classification, feature exaction and identification.

  18. Poly(ethyleneimine) modified filters for the removal of leukocytes from blood

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    Bruil, Anton; Oosterom, Hieke A.; Steneker, Ingeborg


    Polyurethane membrane filters and filters coated with poly(ethyleneimine) were used to investigate the influence of leukocyte adhesion during filtration. Treatment of the filters with an aqueous solution of 1% (w/v) poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) led to the introduction of amine groups at the filter surf


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    Full Text Available Image denoising was a preprocessing step in image processing used to remove the noise while retaining as much as possible the important features. The fluctuations in the pixel value caused by the unwanted disturbance were known as noise. Hence, noise reduction techniques have to be used to improve the quality of the image. This article reports on the results of a research algorithm that uses median, midpoint and mean for the reduction of salt and pepper noise from the grayscale images. The median value was calculated for the uncorrupted pixels which are having the minimum distance. The proposed algorithm was tested using Euclidean distance, D4 distance and D8 distance as the distance measures. In this approach, the 3x3 window was selected as initial window size and the window size was made adaptive based on the noise density. The proposed filter was experimented using standard Lena image, 200 iris images, sample Plant images, sample MRI images and sample CT images in JPG/JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group format. These grayscale images used as a test image were induced with salt and pepper noise density ranging from 10% to 90%. The simulated results proved that the proposed approach performs better than the MDBUTMF, AMMF, MNF, IUTMMF, and HYBRID filtering algorithms reported in the literature in terms of PSNR, IEF and MSE

  20. Experimental Study on Ultrafine Particle Removal Performance of Portable Air Cleaners with Different Filters in an Office Room

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    Huan Ma


    Full Text Available Size- and time-dependent aerodynamic behaviors of indoor particles, including PM1.0, were evaluated in a school office in order to test the performance of air-cleaning devices using different filters. In-situ real-time measurements were taken using an optical particle counter. The filtration characteristics of filter media, including single-pass efficiency, volume and effectiveness, were evaluated and analyzed. The electret filter (EE medium shows better initial removal efficiency than the high efficiency (HE medium in the 0.3–3.5 μm particle size range, while under the same face velocity, the filtration resistance of the HE medium is several times higher than that of the EE medium. During service life testing, the efficiency of the EE medium decreased to 60% with a total purifying air flow of 25 × 104 m3/m2. The resistance curve rose slightly before the efficiency reached the bottom, and then increased almost exponentially. The single-pass efficiency of portable air cleaner (PAC with the pre-filter (PR or the active carbon granule filter (CF was relatively poor. While PAC with the pre-filter and the high efficiency filter (PR&HE showed maximum single-pass efficiency for PM1.0 (88.6%, PAC with the HE was the most effective at removing PM1.0. The enhancement of PR with HE and electret filters augmented the single-pass efficiency, but lessened the airflow rate and effectiveness. Combined with PR, the decay constant of large-sized particles could be greater than for PACs without PR. Without regard to the lifetime, the electret filters performed better with respect to resource saving and purification improvement. A most penetrating particle size range (MPPS: 0.4–0.65 μm exists in both HE and electret filters; the MPPS tends to become larger after HE and electret filters are combined with PR. These results serve to provide a better understanding of the indoor particle removal performance of PACs when combined with different kinds of filters in

  1. Optimal Source-Based Filtering of Malicious Traffic

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    Soldo, Fabio; Markopoulou, Athina


    In this paper, we consider the problem of blocking malicious traffic on the Internet, via source-based filtering. In particular, we consider filtering via access control lists (ACLs): these are already available at the routers today but are a scarce resource because they are stored in the expensive ternary content addressable memory (TCAM). Aggregation (by filtering source prefixes instead of individual IP addresses) helps reduce the number of filters, but comes also at the cost of blocking legitimate traffic originating from the filtered prefixes. We show how to optimally choose which source prefixes to filter, for a variety of realistic attack scenarios and operators' policies. In each scenario, we design optimal, yet computationally efficient, algorithms. Using logs from, we evaluate the algorithms and demonstrate that they bring significant benefit in practice.

  2. A new mixed-mode filter based on MDDCCs (United States)

    Wang, Lixue; Wang, Chunyue; Zhang, Junru; Liang, Xiao; Jiang, Shuangshuang


    A new mixed mode filter based on MDDCC (Modify Differential Difference Current Conveyor) is proposed, the structure of filter is simple, the circuit consist of only three active MDDCCs, five resistors and three grounded capacitors. The filter can realize the filter of current mode and voltage mode, which can realize the function of low pass biquad, band pass biquad and high pass biquad simultaneously. The computer simulation of PSPICE uses 0.18μm TSMC CMOS and the theoretical results are validated the proposed circuit.

  3. Radar Image Texture Classification based on Gabor Filter Bank


    Mbainaibeye Jérôme; Olfa Marrakchi Charfi


    The aim of this paper is to design and develop a filter bank for the detection and classification of radar image texture with 4.6m resolution obtained by airborne synthetic Aperture Radar. The textures of this kind of images are more correlated and contain forms with random disposition. The design and the developing of the filter bank is based on Gabor filter. We have elaborated a set of filters applied to each set of feature texture allowing its identification and enhancement in comparison w...

  4. Poly(ethyleneimine) modified filters for the removal of leukocytes from blood


    Bruil, Anton; Oosterom, Hieke A.; Steneker, Ingeborg


    Polyurethane membrane filters and filters coated with poly(ethyleneimine) were used to investigate the influence of leukocyte adhesion during filtration. Treatment of the filters with an aqueous solution of 1% (w/v) poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) led to the introduction of amine groups at the filter surfaces, as was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The modification procedure did not significantly change the porous structure in the filters, as was demonstrated by SEM and porometry. Us...

  5. Multi-scale retinex with color restoration image enhancement based on Gaussian filtering and guided filtering (United States)

    Ma, Jinxiang; Fan, Xinnan; Ni, Jianjun; Zhu, Xifang; Xiong, Chao


    In order to restore image color and enhance contrast of remote sensing image without suffering from color cast and insufficient detail enhancement, a novel improved multi-scale retinex with color restoration (MSRCR) image enhancement algorithm based on Gaussian filtering and guided filtering was proposed in this paper. Firstly, multi-scale Gaussian filtering functions were used to deal with the original image to obtain the rough illumination components. Secondly, accurate illumination components were acquired by using the guided filtering functions. Then, combining with four-direction Sobel edge detector, a self-adaptive weight selection nonlinear image enhancement was carried out. Finally, a series of evaluate metrics such as mean, MSE, PSNR, contrast and information entropy were used to assess the enhancement algorithm. The results showed that the proposed algorithm can suppress effectively noise interference, enhance the image quality and restore image color effectively.

  6. Cost-Based Domain Filtering for Stochastic Constraint Programming

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    Rossi, R.; Tarim, S.A.; Hnich, B.; Prestwich, S.


    Cost-based filtering is a novel approach that combines techniques from Operations Research and Constraint Programming to filter from decision variable domains values that do not lead to better solutions [7]. Stochastic Constraint Programming is a framework for modeling combinatorial optimization pro

  7. 3D Wavelet-Based Filter and Method (United States)

    Moss, William C.; Haase, Sebastian; Sedat, John W.


    A 3D wavelet-based filter for visualizing and locating structural features of a user-specified linear size in 2D or 3D image data. The only input parameter is a characteristic linear size of the feature of interest, and the filter output contains only those regions that are correlated with the characteristic size, thus denoising the image.

  8. Hyperconnected Attribute Filters Based on k-Flat Zones

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    Ouzounis, Georgios K.; Wilkinson, Michael H.F.


    In this paper, we present a new method for attribute filtering, combining contrast and structural information. Using hyperconnectivity based on k-flat zones, we improve the ability of attribute filters to retain internal details in detected objects. Simultaneously, we improve the suppression of smal

  9. Cost-Based Domain Filtering for Stochastic Constraint Programming

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    Rossi, R.; Tarim, S.A.; Hnich, B.; Prestwich, S.


    Cost-based filtering is a novel approach that combines techniques from Operations Research and Constraint Programming to filter from decision variable domains values that do not lead to better solutions [7]. Stochastic Constraint Programming is a framework for modeling combinatorial optimization pro

  10. Hyperconnected Attribute Filters Based on k-Flat Zones

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    Ouzounis, Georgios K.; Wilkinson, Michael H.F.

    In this paper, we present a new method for attribute filtering, combining contrast and structural information. Using hyperconnectivity based on k-flat zones, we improve the ability of attribute filters to retain internal details in detected objects. Simultaneously, we improve the suppression of

  11. Design and evaluation of a filter-based chairside amalgam separation system

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    Stone, Mark E. [Naval Institute for Dental and Biomedical Research, 310A B Street, Great Lakes, Illinois 60088 (United States)], E-mail:; Cohen, Mark E.; Berry, Denise L.; Ragain, James C. [Naval Institute for Dental and Biomedical Research, 310A B Street, Great Lakes, Illinois 60088 (United States)


    This study evaluated the ability of a chairside filtration system to remove particulate-based mercury (Hg) from dental-unit wastewater. Prototypes of the chairside filtration system were designed and fabricated using reusable filter chambers with disposable filter elements. The system was installed in five dental operatories utilizing filter elements with nominal pore sizes of 50{mu}m, 15{mu}m, 1{mu}m, 0.5{mu}m, or with no system installed (control). Daily chairside wastewater samples were collected on ten consecutive days from each room and brought to the laboratory for processing. After processing the wastewater samples, Hg concentrations were determined with cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry (USEPA method 7470A). Filter systems were exchanged after ten samples were collected so that all five of the configurations were evaluated in each room (with assignment order balanced by a Latin Square). The numbers of surfaces of amalgam placed and removed per day were tracked in each room. In part two, new filter systems with the 0.5{mu}m filter elements were installed in the five dental operatories and vacuum levels at the high-velocity evacuation cannula tip were measured with a vacuum gauge. In part three of the study, the chairside filtration system utilizing 0.5{mu}m and 15{mu}m filter elements was evaluated utilizing the ISO 11143 testing protocol, a laboratory test of amalgam separator efficiency utilizing amalgam samples of known particle size distribution. Mean Hg per chair per day (no filter installed) was 1087.38mg (SD = 993.92mg). Mean Hg per chair per day for the 50{mu}m, 15{mu}m, 1{mu}m, 0.5{mu}m filter configurations was 79.13mg (SD = 71.40mg), 23.55mg (SD = 23.25mg), 17.68mg (SD = 17.35mg), and 4.25mg (SD = 6.35mg), respectively (n = 50 for all groups). Calculated removal efficiencies from the clinical samples were 92.7%, 97.8%, 98.4%, and 99.6%, respectively. ANCOVA on data from the four filter groups, with amalgam-surfaces-removed included as a

  12. Biotrickling filter for the treatment of exhaust air from a pig rearing building: Ammonia removal performance and its fluctuations

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    Melse, R.W.; Ploegaert, J.P.M.; Ogink, N.W.M.


    The removal of ammonia (NH3) by a full scale packed-bed biotrickling filter (packing volume: 3.8 m3; water buffer tank: 20 m3) under fluctuating loading conditions was studied. The unit was operated at an animal house for treatment of exhaust air at an average air contact time of 1.2 s. Continuous

  13. Novel Base Metal-Palladium Catalytic Diesel Filter Coating with NO2 Reducing Properties

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    Johansen, K.; Dahl, S.; Mogensen, G.


    A novel alternative base metal/palladium coat has been developed that has limited NO2 formation and which even removes NO2 in a wide temperature range.Soot combustion, HC conversion and CO conversion properties are comparable to current platinum based solutions but the coating has a more attractive...... price structure. The novel base metal/palladium catalytic coat has been applied on commercial silicon carbide wall flow diesel filters and tested in an engine test bench. Results from engine bench tests concerning soot combustion, HC-, CO-, NO2- removal with the novel coat will are compared to present...

  14. An accelerated non-Gaussianity based multichannel predictive deconvolution method with the limited supporting region of filters (United States)

    Li, Zhong-xiao; Li, Zhen-chun


    The multichannel predictive deconvolution can be conducted in overlapping temporal and spatial data windows to solve the 2D predictive filter for multiple removal. Generally, the 2D predictive filter can better remove multiples at the cost of more computation time compared with the 1D predictive filter. In this paper we first use the cross-correlation strategy to determine the limited supporting region of filters where the coefficients play a major role for multiple removal in the filter coefficient space. To solve the 2D predictive filter the traditional multichannel predictive deconvolution uses the least squares (LS) algorithm, which requires primaries and multiples are orthogonal. To relax the orthogonality assumption the iterative reweighted least squares (IRLS) algorithm and the fast iterative shrinkage thresholding (FIST) algorithm have been used to solve the 2D predictive filter in the multichannel predictive deconvolution with the non-Gaussian maximization (L1 norm minimization) constraint of primaries. The FIST algorithm has been demonstrated as a faster alternative to the IRLS algorithm. In this paper we introduce the FIST algorithm to solve the filter coefficients in the limited supporting region of filters. Compared with the FIST based multichannel predictive deconvolution without the limited supporting region of filters the proposed method can reduce the computation burden effectively while achieving a similar accuracy. Additionally, the proposed method can better balance multiple removal and primary preservation than the traditional LS based multichannel predictive deconvolution and FIST based single channel predictive deconvolution. Synthetic and field data sets demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

  15. Variable Step Size Maximum Correntropy Criteria Based Adaptive Filtering Algorithm

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    S. Radhika


    Full Text Available Maximum correntropy criterion (MCC based adaptive filters are found to be robust against impulsive interference. This paper proposes a novel MCC based adaptive filter with variable step size in order to obtain improved performance in terms of both convergence rate and steady state error with robustness against impulsive interference. The optimal variable step size is obtained by minimizing the Mean Square Deviation (MSD error from one iteration to the other. Simulation results in the context of a highly impulsive system identification scenario show that the proposed algorithm has faster convergence and lesser steady state error than the conventional MCC based adaptive filters.

  16. Artificial neural network (ANN)-based prediction of depth filter loading capacity for filter sizing. (United States)

    Agarwal, Harshit; Rathore, Anurag S; Hadpe, Sandeep Ramesh; Alva, Solomon J


    This article presents an application of artificial neural network (ANN) modelling towards prediction of depth filter loading capacity for clarification of a monoclonal antibody (mAb) product during commercial manufacturing. The effect of operating parameters on filter loading capacity was evaluated based on the analysis of change in the differential pressure (DP) as a function of time. The proposed ANN model uses inlet stream properties (feed turbidity, feed cell count, feed cell viability), flux, and time to predict the corresponding DP. The ANN contained a single output layer with ten neurons in hidden layer and employed a sigmoidal activation function. This network was trained with 174 training points, 37 validation points, and 37 test points. Further, a pressure cut-off of 1.1 bar was used for sizing the filter area required under each operating condition. The modelling results showed that there was excellent agreement between the predicted and experimental data with a regression coefficient (R(2) ) of 0.98. The developed ANN model was used for performing variable depth filter sizing for different clarification lots. Monte-Carlo simulation was performed to estimate the cost savings by using different filter areas for different clarification lots rather than using the same filter area. A 10% saving in cost of goods was obtained for this operation. © 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Biotechnol. Prog., 32:1436-1443, 2016.

  17. Accuracy of iodine removal using dual-energy CT with or without a tin filter: an experimental phantom study. (United States)

    Kawai, Tatsuya; Takeuchi, Mitsuru; Hara, Masaki; Ohashi, Kazuya; Suzuki, Hirochika; Yamada, Kiyotaka; Sugimura, Yuya; Shibamoto, Yuta


    The effects of a tin filter on virtual non-enhanced (VNE) images created by dual-energy CT have not been well evaluated. To compare the accuracy of VNE images between those with and without a tin filter. Two different types of columnar phantoms made of agarose gel were evaluated. Phantom A contained various concentrations of iodine (4.5-1590 HU at 120 kVp). Phantom B consisted of a central component (0, 10, 25, and 40 mgI/cm(3)) and a surrounding component (0, 50, 100, and 200 mgI/cm(3)) with variable iodine concentration. They were scanned by dual-source CT in conventional single-energy mode and dual-energy mode with and without a tin filter. CT values on each gel at the corresponding points were measured and the accuracy of iodine removal was evaluated. On VNE images, the CT number of the gel of Phantom A fell within the range between -15 and +15 HU under 626 and 881 HU at single-energy 120 kVp with and without a tin filter, respectively. With attenuation over these thresholds, iodine concentration of gels was underestimated with the tin filter but overestimated without it. For Phantom B, the mean CT numbers on VNE images in the central gel component surrounded by the gel with iodine concentrations of 0, 50, 100, and 200 mgI/cm(3) were in the range of -19-+6 HU and 21-100 HU with and without the tin filter, respectively. Both with and without a tin filter, iodine removal was accurate under a threshold of iodine concentration. Although a surrounding structure with higher attenuation decreased the accuracy, a tin filter improved the margin of error.

  18. Design and Delivery of a Filter for Removal of Siloxanes from the ISS Atmosphere (United States)

    Carter, Layne; Kayatin, Matthew; Perry, Jay; Agui, Juan; Green, Robert; Gentry, Gregory; Bowman, Elizabeth; Wilson, Mark; Rector, Tony


    Dimethylsilanediol (DMSD) has been identified as a problematic chemical contaminant aboard ISS. This contaminant was initially identified in the ISS condensate and in the Water Processor Assembly (WPA) product water in 2010 when an increasing total organic carbon (TOC) trend was detected in the water produced by the WPA. DMSD is not a crew health hazard at the levels observed in the product water, but it may degrade the performance of the Oxygen Generation System (OGS) which uses product produced by the WPA for electrolysis. In addition, DMSD can prevent the effective operation of the WPA catalytic reactor, and necessitates early replacement of Multifiltration Beds in the WPA. An investigation into the source of DMSD has determined that polydimethylsiloxanes (PDMSs) are hydrolyzing in the Condensing Heat Exchanger (CHX) to form DMSD. PDMSs are prevalent aboard ISS from a variety of sources, including crew hygiene products, adhesives, caulks, lubricants, and various nonmetallics. TPDMSs are also implicated in CHX hydrophilic coating degradation, rendering it hydrophobic and adversely affecting its ability to effectively transmit water to the condensate bus. Eventually this loss in performance results in water droplets in the air flow out of the CHX core, which can lead to microbial growth in the air ducts and can impact the performance of downstream systems. Design concepts have now been developed for removing PDMS in the air stream before it can reach the CHX core, thus preventing degradation of the coating and decomposition of the PDMS to DMSD. This paper summarizes the current status of the effort to deliver filters to ISS for removing PDMSs from the atmosphere before they can adversely impact the performance of the CHX coating and the WPA.

  19. Removal efficiency of silver impregnated filter materials and performance of iodie filters in the off-gas of the Karlsruhe reprocessing plant WAK

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    Herrmann, F.J.; Herrmann, B.; Hoeflich, V. [Wiederaufarbeitungsanlage Karlsruhe (Germany)] [and others


    An almost quantitative retention of iodine is required in reprocessing plants. For the iodine removal in the off-gas streams of a reprocessing plant various sorption materials had been tested under realistic conditions in the Karlsruhe reprocessing plant WAK in cooperation with the Karlsruhe research center FZK. The laboratory results achieved with different iodine sorption materials justified long time performance tests in the WAK Plant. Technical iodine filters and sorption materials for measurements of iodine had been tested from 1972 through 1992. This paper gives an overview over the most important results, Extended laboratory, pilot plant, hot cell and plant experiences have been performed concerning the behavior and the distribution of iodine-129 in chemical processing plants. In a conventional reprocessing plant for power reactor fuel, the bulk of iodine-129 and iodine-127 is evolved into the dissolver off-gas. The remainder is dispersed over many aqueous, organic and gaseous process and waste streams of the plant. Iodine filters with silver nitrate impregnated silica were installed in the dissolver off-gas of the Karlsruhe reprocessing plant WAK in 1975 and in two vessel vent systems in 1988. The aim of the Karlsruhe iodine research program was an almost quantitative evolution of the iodine during the dissolution process to remove as much iodine with the solid bed filters as possible. After shut down of the WAK plant in December 1990 the removal efficiency of the iodine filters at low iodine concentrations had been investigated during the following years. 12 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs.

  20. A filter based encoding model for mouse retinal ganglion cells. (United States)

    Zhong, Q; Roychowdhury, V; Boykin, P; Jacobs, A; Nirenberg, S


    We adopt a system theoretic approach and explore the model of retinal ganglion cells as linear filters followed by a maximum-likelihood Bayesian predictor. We evaluate the model by using cross-validation, i.e., first the model parameters are estimated using a training set, and then the prediction error is computed (by comparing the stochastic rate predicted by the model with the rate code of the response) for a test set. As in system identification theory, we present spatially uniform stimuli to the retina, whose temporal intensity is drawn independently from a Gaussian distribution, and we simultaneously record the spike trains from multiple neurons. The optimal linear filter for each cell is obtained by maximizing the mutual information between the filtered stimulus values and the output of the cell (as measured in terms of a stochastic rate code). Our results show that the model presented in this paper performs well on the test set, and it outperforms the identity Bayesian model and the traditional linear model. Moreover, in order to reduce the number of optimal filters needed for prediction, we cluster the cells based on the filters' shapes, and use the cluster consensus filters to predict the firing rates of all neurons in the same class. We obtain almost the same performance with these cluster filters. These results provide hope that filter-based retinal prosthetics might be an effective and feasible idea.

  1. Performance Evaluation of 2D Adaptive Bilateral Filter For Removal of Noise From Robust Images

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    B.Sridhar; Dr.K.V.V.S.Reddy


    .... The variance of range filter can also be adaptive. The filter is applied to improve the sharpens of a gray level and color image by increasing the slope of the edges without producing overshoot or undershoots...

  2. Anti Deceptive Jamming for MIMO Radar Based on Data Fusion and Notch Filtering (in English

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    Li Wei


    Full Text Available Deceptive jamming can get vivid jamming effect on Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO radar with very low power. In order to remove those deceptive targets, one method based on signal jittering, data fusion and fake target notch filtering is proposed in this paper. Multiple orthogonal binary phase codes are used as transmitted signals, before each time of transmission each transmitter will choose one signal from all the orthogonal codes, images of echoes of all kinds of codes are detected with constant false alarm rate. Targets detected in images of echoes of all different signals are fused to determine to be real or not, fake targets will be nulled by notch filtering in the image, therefore, weak real targets can be detected in the next round of detection, in this way fusion and notch filtering are implemented again and again until no fake targets exist. The effect of deceptive jamming on radar will be removed completely. Simulation result testifies that the method based on signal jittering, data fusion and notch filtering can help MIMO radar remove deceptive jamming completely.

  3. Novel method for removal of multichannel impulse noise based on half-space deepest location (United States)

    Baljozović, Djordje; Kovačević, Branko; Baljozović, Aleksandra


    A novel method is proposed for removing impulse (random-valued and salt-and-pepper) noise from multichannel digital images based on an adapted version of the DEEPLOC algorithm introduced by A. Struyf and P. J. Rousseeuw for calculation of approximate half-space (Tukey's) deepest location (median) in multivariate case. Due to its intrinsic multivariate/multidimensional nature, the proposed method eliminates the noise simultaneously on all channels without their separation, which preserves the spectral correlation between channels in a multichannel image. Denoising results of this new nonlinear spatial domain filter applied to benchmark images outperform currently used state-of-the-art filters for impulse noise removal from multichannel images in terms of both objective effectiveness criteria [peak-signal-to-noise-ratio (PSNR), mean absolute error (MAE), and normalized color distance (NCD)] and visual quality. The proposed filter successfully preserves the edges and fine image details, and is very effective for removal of medium and heavy multichannel impulse noise.

  4. New temporal high-pass filter nonuniformity correction based on bilateral filter (United States)

    Zuo, Chao; Chen, Qian; Gu, Guohua; Qian, Weixian


    A thorough analysis of low convergence speed and ghosting artifacts in temporal high-pass filter correction has been undertaken in this paper and it has found out that the keys of these problems are the interference of a large sum of unrelated scene information in the nonuniformity correction (NUC) process. In order to overcome these drawbacks, a new scene-based NUC technique based on bilateral filter has been developed. This method separates the original input frames into two parts and it estimates the NUC parameters only by using the residuals. The experimental results have shown that it can significantly increase convergence speed and reduce ghosting artifacts.

  5. Image Filtering Based on Mathematical Morphology and Visual Perception Principle

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    JINGXiaojun; YUNong; SHANGYong


    The operation of a morphological filter can be divided into two basic problems that include morphological operation and Structuring element (SE) selection. The rules for morphological operations are predefined, so the filter's properties depend merely on the selection of SE. How to design adaptively the optimal morphological filter so as to automatically and delicately complete the tasks of target detection and recognition, becomes one of the current research hotspots and subtle technical problems. Based on the filtering theory of the mathematical morphology, by introducing appropriate visual perception principle, this paper presents how to design the filtering architecture and its target detection model through the optimal parameter training. By this way it can provide good detection results and robust adaptability to image targets with clutter background. It is sure to provide a new approach to automatic target recognition with mathematical morphology theory.

  6. Distortion Parameters Analysis Method Based on Improved Filtering Algorithm

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    ZHANG Shutuan


    Full Text Available In order to realize the accurate distortion parameters test of aircraft power supply system, and satisfy the requirement of corresponding equipment in the aircraft, the novel power parameters test system based on improved filtering algorithm is introduced in this paper. The hardware of the test system has the characters of s portable and high-speed data acquisition and processing, and the software parts utilize the software Labwindows/CVI as exploitation software, and adopt the pre-processing technique and adding filtering algorithm. Compare with the traditional filtering algorithm, the test system adopted improved filtering algorithm can help to increase the test accuracy. The application shows that the test system with improved filtering algorithm can realize the accurate test results, and reach to the design requirements.  

  7. Gravity gradient-terrain aided navigation based on particle filter (United States)

    Xiong, Ling; Ma, Jie; Tian, Jin-Wen


    Based on Particle Filter, Gravity Gradient-Terrain aided position technology is proposed in this paper. With the sensitivity of gravity gradient to terrain, the gravity gradient reference map can be computed from the local terrain elevation data. The position can be actualized through matching the real-time measured gravity gradient data to the prepared gravity gradient reference map. The most widely used approximate filtering method is the extended Kaman filter (EKF). EKF is computationally simple but, the convergence of the state estimation for the position is not guaranteed. Particle filter (PF) makes use of the non-linear state and measurement functions, no linearization technology is needed. PF can assure the convergence of the state estimation which follows from the classical results on convergence of Bayesian estimators. Simulations have been done and Particle filter has been shown to be a superior alternative to the EKF in the gravity gradient-terrain matching navigation systems.

  8. Removal of organic micropollutants from drinking water by a novel electro-Fenton filter: Pilot-scale studies. (United States)

    Plakas, Konstantinos V; Sklari, Stella D; Yiankakis, Dimitrios A; Sideropoulos, Georgios Th; Zaspalis, Vassilis T; Karabelas, Anastasios J


    To assess the performance of a novel 'filter'-type electro-Fenton (EF) device, results are reported from pilot-scale studies of continuous water treatment, to degrade diclofenac (DCF), a typical organic micro-pollutant, with no addition of oxidants. The novel 'filter' consisted of three pairs of anode/cathode electrodes made of carbon felt, with cathodes impregnated with iron nanoparticles (γ-Fe2O3/F3O4 oxides). The best 'filter' performance was obtained at applied potential of 2 V and low water superficial velocities (∼0.09 cm/s), i.e., the mineralization current efficiency (MCE) was >20%, during continuous steady state treatment of tap water with low DCF concentrations (16 μg/L). The EF 'filter' exhibited satisfactory stability regarding both electrode integrity (no iron leaching) and removal efficiency, even after multiple filtration/oxidation treatment cycles, achieving (under steady conditions) DCF and TOC removal 85% and 36%, respectively. This performance is considered satisfactory because the EF process took place under rather unfavorable conditions, such as neutral pH, low dissolved O2 concentration, low electrical conductivity, and presence of natural organic matter and inorganic ions in tap water. Ongoing R&D is aimed at 'filter' development and optimization for practical applications.

  9. Benefit-cost analysis of commercially available activated carbon filters for indoor ozone removal in single-family homes. (United States)

    Aldred, J R; Darling, E; Morrison, G; Siegel, J; Corsi, R L


    This study involved the development of a model for evaluating the potential costs and benefits of ozone control by activated carbon filtration in single-family homes. The modeling effort included the prediction of indoor ozone with and without activated carbon filtration in the HVAC system. As one application, the model was used to predict benefit-to-cost ratios for single-family homes in 12 American cities in five different climate zones. Health benefits were evaluated using disability-adjusted life-years and included city-specific age demographics for each simulation. Costs of commercially available activated carbon filters included capital cost differences when compared to conventional HVAC filters of similar particle removal efficiency, energy penalties due to additional pressure drop, and regional utility rates. The average indoor ozone removal effectiveness ranged from 4 to 20% across the 12 target cities and was largely limited by HVAC system operation time. For the parameters selected in this study, the mean predicted benefit-to-cost ratios for 1-inch filters were >1.0 in 10 of the 12 cities. The benefits of residential activated carbon filters were greatest in cities with high seasonal ozone and HVAC usage, suggesting the importance of targeting such conditions for activated carbon filter applications.

  10. Clinical evaluation of emboli removal by integrated versus non-integrated arterial filters in new generation oxygenators. (United States)

    Jabur, Ghazwan Ns; Sidhu, Karishma; Willcox, Timothy W; Mitchell, Simon J


    To compare the emboli filtration efficiency of five integrated or non-integrated oxygenator-filter combinations in cardiopulmonary bypass circuits. Fifty-one adult patients underwent surgery using a circuit with an integrated filtration oxygenator or non-integrated oxygenator with a separate 20 µm arterial line filter (Sorin Dideco Avant D903 + Pall AL20 (n=12), Sorin Inspire 6 M + Pall AL20 (n=10), Sorin Inspire 6M F (n=9), Terumo FX25 (n=10), Medtronic Fusion (n=10)). The Emboli Detection and Classification quantifier was used to count emboli upstream and downstream of the primary filter throughout cardiopulmonary bypass. The primary outcome measure was to compare the devices in respect of the median proportion of emboli removed. One device (Sorin Inspire 6 M + Pall AL20) exhibited a significantly greater median percentage reduction (96.77%, IQR=95.48 - 98.45) in total emboli counts compared to all other devices tested (p=0.0062 - 0.0002). In comparisons between the other units, they all removed a greater percentage of emboli than one device (Medtronic Fusion), but there were no other significant differences. The new generation Sorin Inspire 6 M, with a stand-alone 20 µm arterial filter, appeared most efficient at removing incoming emboli from the circuit. No firm conclusions can be drawn about the relative efficacy of emboli removal by units categorised by class (integrated vs non-integrated); however, the stand-alone 20 µm arterial filter presently sets a contemporary standard against which other configurations of equipment can be judged. © The Author(s) 2015.

  11. High removal rate laser-based coating removal system (United States)

    Matthews, Dennis L.; Celliers, Peter M.; Hackel, Lloyd; Da Silva, Luiz B.; Dane, C. Brent; Mrowka, Stanley


    A compact laser system that removes surface coatings (such as paint, dirt, etc.) at a removal rate as high as 1000 ft.sup.2 /hr or more without damaging the surface. A high repetition rate laser with multiple amplification passes propagating through at least one optical amplifier is used, along with a delivery system consisting of a telescoping and articulating tube which also contains an evacuation system for simultaneously sweeping up the debris produced in the process. The amplified beam can be converted to an output beam by passively switching the polarization of at least one amplified beam. The system also has a personal safety system which protects against accidental exposures.

  12. Efficiency of horizontal roughing filter in removing nitrate, phosphate and chemical oxygen demand from effluent of waste stabilization pond

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    Seyed Mostafa Khezri


    Full Text Available Background: The effective size of the end grain of horizontal roughing filters (HRFs is larger than 2 mm. This study aimed to examine the efficiency of HRFs in removing nitrate, phosphate, and chemical oxygen demand (COD from effluent of a wastewater stabilization pond. Methods: This experimental study was conducted in 2013. The pilot project was transferred to the Karaj wastewater treatment plant (stabilization pond, and the installation, equipping, and start-up of the system began using an effluent treatment plant. Sampling was done from March to August in 3 rates, 0.5, 1 and 1.5 m/h, and included simultaneous sampling from inlet and outlet filtering to determine the concentrations of nitrate, phosphate, and COD. Results: At filtration rates of 0.5, 1, and 1.5 m/h, the average nitrate removal equaled 25%, 32%, and 34%, respectively, average phosphate removal equaled 29%, 26%, and 28%, respectively, and the average COD removal at filtration rates of 0.5, 1, and 1.5 m/h equaled 62%, 66%, and 68%, respectively. Outlet values of phosphate and nitrate were lower than the standards set by the Environmental Standards Organization (ESO (P < 0.05. Conclusion: According to the results of this study, the HRF function was approximately adequate in COD removal, but its efficiency in nitrate and phosphate removal was lower.

  13. Removal of pharmaceuticals, polybrominated flame retardants and UV-filters from sludge by the fungus Trametes versicolor in bioslurry reactor

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    Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Carlos E. [Unitat Asociada de Biocatalisi Aplicada IQAC-CSIC, Escola d' Enginyeria, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain); Centro de Investigacion en Contaminacion Ambiental, Universidad de Costa Rica, 2060 San Jose (Costa Rica); Baron, Enrique; Gago-Ferrero, Pablo; Jelic, Aleksandra; Llorca, Marta; Farre, Marinella; Diaz-Cruz, M. Silvia; Eljarrat, Ethel [Department of Environmental Chemistry, Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA), Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Jordi Girona 18-26, 08034 Barcelona (Spain); Petrovic, Mira [Institucio Catalana de Reserca i Estudis Avancats (ICREA), Passeig Lluis Companys 23, 80010 Barcelona (Spain); Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), H2O Building, Scientific and Technological Park of the University of Girona, 101-E-17003 Girona (Spain); Caminal, Gloria, E-mail: [Unitat Asociada de Biocatalisi Aplicada IQAC-CSIC, Escola d' Enginyeria, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona (Spain); Barcelo, Damia [Department of Environmental Chemistry, Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA), Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Jordi Girona 18-26, 08034 Barcelona (Spain); Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), H2O Building, Scientific and Technological Park of the University of Girona, 101-E-17003 Girona (Spain); King Saud University (KSU), P.O. Box 2455, 11451 Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); and others


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sludge from a WWTP was treated in a fungal slurry reactor with Trametes versicolor. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Twenty-four pharmaceuticals were removed at important extents. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer UV-filters and brominated flame retardants were also degraded. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Overall toxicity of sludge increased despite the pollutant removal. - Abstract: Conventional wastewater treatments are inefficient in the removal of many organic pollutants. The presence of these contaminants in the final sludge represents a source of environmental pollution due to the increasing use of biosolids in land application. A biotechnological approach which employed the fungus Trametes versicolor in a sludge-bioslurry reactor was assessed in order to remove several groups of emerging pollutants. Biological fungal activity was monitored by means of ergosterol and laccase determinations. Fifteen out of 24 detected pharmaceuticals were removed at efficiencies over 50% after the treatment, including eight completely degraded. Removal ranged between 16-53% and 22-100% for the brominated flame retardants and the UV-filters, respectively. Only two of all the detected compounds remained unchanged after the treatment. Although elimination results are promising, the toxicity of the final sludge increased after the treatment. This finding is contrary to the toxicity results obtained in similar treatments of sludge with T. versicolor in solid-phase.

  14. Emotion Recognition of Speech Signals Based on Filter Methods

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    Narjes Yazdanian


    Full Text Available Speech is the basic mean of communication among human beings.With the increase of transaction between human and machine, necessity of automatic dialogue and removing human factor has been considered. The aim of this study was to determine a set of affective features the speech signal is based on emotions. In this study system was designs that include three mains sections, features extraction, features selection and classification. After extraction of useful features such as, mel frequency cepstral coefficient (MFCC, linear prediction cepstral coefficients (LPC, perceptive linear prediction coefficients (PLP, ferment frequency, zero crossing rate, cepstral coefficients and pitch frequency, Mean, Jitter, Shimmer, Energy, Minimum, Maximum, Amplitude, Standard Deviation, at a later stage with filter methods such as Pearson Correlation Coefficient, t-test, relief and information gain, we came up with a method to rank and select effective features in emotion recognition. Then Result, are given to the classification system as a subset of input. In this classification stage, multi support vector machine are used to classify seven type of emotion. According to the results, that method of relief, together with multi support vector machine, has the most classification accuracy with emotion recognition rate of 93.94%.

  15. Biogas Filter Based on Local Natural Zeolite Materials

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    Satriyo Krido Wahono


    Full Text Available UPT BPPTK LIPI has created a biogas filter tool to improve the purity of methane in the biogas. The device shaped cylindrical tube containing absorbent materials which based on local natural zeolite of Indonesia. The absorbent has been activated and modified with other materials. This absorbtion material has multi-adsorption capacity for almost impurities gas of biogas. The biogas  filter increase methane content of biogas for 5-20%. The biogas filter improve the biogas’s performance such as increasing methane contents, increasing heating value, reduction of odors, reduction of corrosion potential, increasing the efficiency and stability of the generator.

  16. Miniature Microwave Bandpass Filter Based on EBG Structures

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    Zhurbenko, Vitaliy; Krozer, Viktor; Meincke, Peter


    A new design of a planar microwave filter, based on rejection band properties of an electrically small electromagnetic bandgap (EBG) structure, is proposed. The proposed EBG structure demonstrates effective impedance manipulation, exhibits a simple analysis, and is about three times smaller...... as compared to stepped-impedance hairpin (SIH) resonators with similar response. The new bandpass filter has a reduced footprint and can be fabricated in standard thick-film manufacturing technology. Measured and simulated results exhibit good agreement. The measured results show improvement in the filter...

  17. Optical notch filter design based on digital signal processing

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    GUO Sen; ZHANG Juan; LI Xue


    Based on digital signal processing theory, a novel method of designing optical notch filter is proposed for Mach-Zehnder interferometer with cascaded optical fiber rings coupled structure. The method is simple and effective, and it can be used to implement the designing of the optical notch filter which has arbitrary number of notch points in one free spectrum range (FSR). A design example of notch filter based on cascaded single-fiber-rings is given. On this basis, an improved cascaded double-fiber-rings structure is presented to eliminate the effect of phase shift caused by the single-fiber-ring structure. This new structure can improve the stability and applicability of system. The change of output intensity spectrum is finally investigated for each design parameter and the tuning characteristics of the notch filter are also discussed.

  18. Aqueous-based thick photoresist removal for bumping applications (United States)

    Moore, John C.; Brewer, Alex J.; Law, Alman; Pettit, Jared M.


    Cleaning processes account for over 25% of processing in microelectronic manufacturing [1], suggesting electronics to be one of the most chemical intensive markets in commerce. Industry roadmaps exist to reduce chemical exposure, usage, and waste [2]. Companies are encouraged to create a safer working environment, or green factory, and ultimately become certified similar to LEED in the building industry [3]. A significant step in this direction is the integration of aqueous-based photoresist (PR) strippers which eliminate regulatory risks and cut costs by over 50%. One of the largest organic solvent usages is based upon thick PR removal during bumping processes [4-6]. Using market projections and the benefits of recycling, it is estimated that over 1,000 metric tons (mt) of residuals originating from bumping processes are incinerated or sent to a landfill. Aqueous-based stripping would eliminate this disposal while also reducing the daily risks to workers and added permitting costs. Positive-tone PR dissolves in aqueous strippers while negative-tone systems are lifted-off from the substrate, bumps, pillars, and redistribution layers (RDL). While the wafers are further processed and rinsed, the lifted-off PR is pumped from the tank, collected onto a filter, and periodically back-flushed to the trash. The PR solids become a non-hazardous plastic waste while the liquids are mixed with the developer stream, neutralized, filtered, and in most cases, disposed to the sewer. Regardless of PR thickness, removal processes may be tuned to perform in <15min, performing at rates nearly 10X faster than solvents with higher bath lives. A balanced formula is safe for metals, dielectrics, and may be customized to any fab.

  19. Simultaneous nutrients and carbon removal from low-strength domestic wastewater with an immobilised-microorganism biological aerated filter. (United States)

    Chen, Q; Qu, L; Tong, G; Ni, J


    To improve the efficiency of low-strength domestic wastewater treatment, an immobilised-microorganism biological aerated filter (I-BAF) was established for simultaneous carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus removal. The I-BAF performance was systematically evaluated under continuous and intermittent aeration modes. At the optimal condition with an intermittent aeration control schedule of 2 h on/1 h off, the maximum removal rates of COD, NH(4)(+)-N, TN and P were 82.54%, 94.83%, 51.85% and 61.49%, respectively, and the corresponding averaged effluents could meet the first class standards of China. Further analysis of PCR-DGGE profile revealed that members of the gamma and alpha proteobacterium bacterial groups were probably responsible for the nitrogen and phosphorus removal. The I-BAF system showed excellent performance in carbon and nutrients removal, which provided a cost-effective solution for the treatment of low-strength domestic wastewater.

  20. Stable-isotope probing and metagenomics reveal predation by protozoa drives E. coli removal in slow sand filters. (United States)

    Haig, Sarah-Jane; Schirmer, Melanie; D'Amore, Rosalinda; Gibbs, Joseph; Davies, Robert L; Collins, Gavin; Quince, Christopher


    Stable-isotope probing and metagenomics were applied to study samples taken from laboratory-scale slow sand filters 0.5, 1, 2, 3 and 4 h after challenging with (13)C-labelled Escherichia coli to determine the mechanisms and organisms responsible for coliform removal. Before spiking, the filters had been continuously operated for 7 weeks using water from the River Kelvin, Glasgow as their influent source. Direct counts and quantitative PCR assays revealed a clear predator-prey response between protozoa and E. coli. The importance of top-down trophic-interactions was confirmed by metagenomic analysis, identifying several protozoan and viral species connected to E. coli attrition, with protozoan grazing responsible for the majority of the removal. In addition to top-down mechanisms, indirect mechanisms, such as algal reactive oxygen species-induced lysis, and mutualistic interactions between algae and fungi, were also associated with coliform removal. The findings significantly further our understanding of the processes and trophic interactions underpinning E. coli removal. This study provides an example for similar studies, and the opportunity to better understand, manage and enhance E. coli removal by allowing the creation of more complex trophic interaction models.

  1. CUDA-based acceleration of collateral filtering in brain MR images (United States)

    Li, Cheng-Yuan; Chang, Herng-Hua


    Image denoising is one of the fundamental and essential tasks within image processing. In medical imaging, finding an effective algorithm that can remove random noise in MR images is important. This paper proposes an effective noise reduction method for brain magnetic resonance (MR) images. Our approach is based on the collateral filter which is a more powerful method than the bilateral filter in many cases. However, the computation of the collateral filter algorithm is quite time-consuming. To solve this problem, we improved the collateral filter algorithm with parallel computing using GPU. We adopted CUDA, an application programming interface for GPU by NVIDIA, to accelerate the computation. Our experimental evaluation on an Intel Xeon CPU E5-2620 v3 2.40GHz with a NVIDIA Tesla K40c GPU indicated that the proposed implementation runs dramatically faster than the traditional collateral filter. We believe that the proposed framework has established a general blueprint for achieving fast and robust filtering in a wide variety of medical image denoising applications.

  2. Heavy metal removal mechanisms of sorptive filter materials for road runoff treatment and remobilization under de-icing salt applications. (United States)

    Huber, Maximilian; Hilbig, Harald; Badenberg, Sophia C; Fassnacht, Julius; Drewes, Jörg E; Helmreich, Brigitte


    The objective of this research study was to elucidate the removal and remobilization behaviors of five heavy metals (i.e., Cd, Cu, Ni, Pb, and Zn) that had been fixed onto sorptive filter materials used in decentralized stormwater treatment systems receiving traffic area runoff. Six filter materials (i.e., granular activated carbon, a mixture of granular activated alumina and porous concrete, granular activated lignite, half-burnt dolomite, and two granular ferric hydroxides) were evaluated in column experiments. First, a simultaneous preloading with the heavy metals was performed for each filter material. Subsequently, the remobilization effect was tested by three de-icing salt experiments in duplicate using pure NaCl, a mixture of NaCl and CaCl2, and a mixture of NaCl and MgCl2. Three layers of each column were separated to specify the attenuation of heavy metals as a function of depth. Cu and Pb were retained best by most of the selected filter materials, and Cu was often released the least of all metals by the three de-icing salts. The mixture of NaCl and CaCl2 resulted in a stronger effect upon remobilization than the other two de-icing salts. For the material with the highest retention, the effect of the preloading level upon remobilization was measured. The removal mechanisms of all filter materials were determined by advanced laboratory methods. For example, the different intrusions of heavy metals into the particles were determined. Findings of this study can result in improved filter materials used in decentralized stormwater treatment systems.

  3. Ground point filtering of UAV-based photogrammetric point clouds (United States)

    Anders, Niels; Seijmonsbergen, Arie; Masselink, Rens; Keesstra, Saskia


    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have proved invaluable for generating high-resolution and multi-temporal imagery. Based on photographic surveys, 3D surface reconstructions can be derived photogrammetrically so producing point clouds, orthophotos and surface models. For geomorphological or ecological applications it may be necessary to separate ground points from vegetation points. Existing filtering methods are designed for point clouds derived using other methods, e.g. laser scanning. The purpose of this paper is to test three filtering algorithms for the extraction of ground points from point clouds derived from low-altitude aerial photography. Three subareas were selected from a single flight which represent different scenarios: 1) low relief, sparsely vegetated area, 2) low relief, moderately vegetated area, 3) medium relief and moderately vegetated area. The three filtering methods are used to classify ground points in different ways, based on 1) RGB color values from training samples, 2) TIN densification as implemented in LAStools, and 3) an iterative surface lowering algorithm. Ground points are then interpolated into a digital terrain model using inverse distance weighting. The results suggest that different landscapes require different filtering methods for optimal ground point extraction. While iterative surface lowering and TIN densification are fully automated, color-based classification require fine-tuning in order to optimize the filtering results. Finally, we conclude that filtering photogrammetric point clouds could provide a cheap alternative to laser scan surveys for creating digital terrain models in sparsely vegetated areas.

  4. Removal of As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni and Zn from polluted water using an iron based sorbent

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    Genc-Fuhrman, Hülya; Wu, P.; Zhou, Y.


    In this study fixed-bed sorption filters are filled with an iron based sorbent (ferrosorp plus, FP) and used to remove a range of heavy metals (i.e. As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, and Zn) from polluted water. It is found that FP is very effective at simultaneous removal of the heavy metals, and the magnitud...

  5. Removal of As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni and Zn from polluted water using an iron based sorbent

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    Genc-Fuhrman, Hülya; Wu, P.; Zhou, Y.;


    In this study fixed-bed sorption filters are filled with an iron based sorbent (ferrosorp plus, FP) and used to remove a range of heavy metals (i.e. As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, and Zn) from polluted water. It is found that FP is very effective at simultaneous removal of the heavy metals, and the magnitud...

  6. Bacteria Removal from Stormwater Runoff Using Tree Filters: A Comparison of a Conventional and an Innovative System

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    Laura A. Schifman


    Full Text Available Non-point source pollution of stormwater contributes high contaminant loads into surface water bodies and poses a threat to the ecosystem, public health and economy. Although (pretreatment standards have not been introduced at the federal level, Rhode Island (RI has set minimal contaminant reduction standards for stormwater using structural best management practices (BMP. As BMP performance depends highly on geographical location and climate, and the Northeastern United States experiences broad ranges of temperatures throughout the year along with long intermittent periods between precipitation events, stormwater treatment can be challenging. In this field study, two tree filters were evaluated: a conventional unit (CTF with sand/shale mix as filter media, and a modified tree filter (ITF with an added layer of red cedar wood chips amended with 3-(trihydroxysilylpropyldimethyloctadecyl ammonium chloride. Both BMPs were monitored for 346 days primarily for Escherichia coli and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH. Both tree filters met or outperformed RI’s standards for bacteria removal (60% and TSS (85%, making them a good choice for BMP use in this climate. Total suspended solids, E. coli, PAHs, nitrate, and phosphate removal is higher in ITF. A controlled field scale tracer test using E. coli confirmed these results.

  7. Physics-based prognostic modelling of filter clogging phenomena (United States)

    Eker, Omer F.; Camci, Fatih; Jennions, Ian K.


    In industry, contaminant filtration is a common process to achieve a desired level of purification, since contaminants in liquids such as fuel may lead to performance drop and rapid wear propagation. Generally, clogging of filter phenomena is the primary failure mode leading to the replacement or cleansing of filter. Cascading failures and weak performance of the system are the unfortunate outcomes due to a clogged filter. Even though filtration and clogging phenomena and their effects of several observable parameters have been studied for quite some time in the literature, progression of clogging and its use for prognostics purposes have not been addressed yet. In this work, a physics based clogging progression model is presented. The proposed model that bases on a well-known pressure drop equation is able to model three phases of the clogging phenomena, last of which has not been modelled in the literature yet. In addition, the presented model is integrated with particle filters to predict the future clogging levels and to estimate the remaining useful life of fuel filters. The presented model has been implemented on the data collected from an experimental rig in the lab environment. In the rig, pressure drop across the filter, flow rate, and filter mesh images are recorded throughout the accelerated degradation experiments. The presented physics based model has been applied to the data obtained from the rig. The remaining useful lives of the filters used in the experimental rig have been reported in the paper. The results show that the presented methodology provides significantly accurate and precise prognostic results.

  8. A real-time multi-scale 2D Gaussian filter based on FPGA (United States)

    Luo, Haibo; Gai, Xingqin; Chang, Zheng; Hui, Bin


    Multi-scale 2-D Gaussian filter has been widely used in feature extraction (e.g. SIFT, edge etc.), image segmentation, image enhancement, image noise removing, multi-scale shape description etc. However, their computational complexity remains an issue for real-time image processing systems. Aimed at this problem, we propose a framework of multi-scale 2-D Gaussian filter based on FPGA in this paper. Firstly, a full-hardware architecture based on parallel pipeline was designed to achieve high throughput rate. Secondly, in order to save some multiplier, the 2-D convolution is separated into two 1-D convolutions. Thirdly, a dedicate first in first out memory named as CAFIFO (Column Addressing FIFO) was designed to avoid the error propagating induced by spark on clock. Finally, a shared memory framework was designed to reduce memory costs. As a demonstration, we realized a 3 scales 2-D Gaussian filter on a single ALTERA Cyclone III FPGA chip. Experimental results show that, the proposed framework can computing a Multi-scales 2-D Gaussian filtering within one pixel clock period, is further suitable for real-time image processing. Moreover, the main principle can be popularized to the other operators based on convolution, such as Gabor filter, Sobel operator and so on.

  9. Mitigation of Noise in OFDM Based Plc System Using Filter Kernel Design

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    Nisha G Krishnan


    Full Text Available Power line communication is a technology that transforms power line in to pathway for conveyance of broadband data. It is cost less than other communication approach and for better bandwidth efficiency OFDM based PLC system is used. In real PLC environment some electrical appliances will produce noise. To mitigate this noise filter kernel design is used, so periodic impulsive noise and Gaussian noises are removed from PLC communication system by using this filter kernel design. MATLAB is used for the simulation and the result shows that filter kernel is simple and effective noise mitigation technique. Further in future, interference due to obstacles also wants to be mitigated for the better data transmission without noise.

  10. Demonstration of a Filter Cart for NOx Removal from Ground Support Equipment. (United States)


    emissions. The filter cart was designed to control emissions of NOx, particulate, and unburned hydrocarbons ( UHCs ) from mobile diesel generators. It uses a...rows of activated carbon (AC) filters to adsorb NOx and UHCs . A separate stand-alone system is used to desorb and destroy the contaminants adsorbed

  11. Removal of estrogenic compounds from filtered secondary wastewater effluent in a continuous enzymatic membrane reactor. Identification of biotransformation products. (United States)

    Lloret, Lucia; Eibes, Gemma; Moreira, M Teresa; Feijoo, Gumersindo; Lema, Juan M


    In the present study, a novel and efficient technology based on the use of an oxidative enzyme was developed to perform the continuous removal of estrogenic compounds from polluted wastewaters. A 2 L enzymatic membrane reactor (EMR) was successfully operated for 100 h with minimal requirements of laccase for the transformation of estrone (E1), 17β-estradiol (E2), and 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE2)from both buffer solution and real wastewater (filtered secondary effluent). When the experiments were performed at high and low concentrations of the target compounds, 4 mg/L and 100 μg/L, not only high removal yields (80-100%) but also outstanding reduction of estrogenicity (about 84-95%) were attained. When the EMR was applied for the treatment of municipal wastewaters with real environmental concentrations of the different compounds (0.29-1.52 ng/L), excellent results were also achieved indicating the high efficiency and potential of the enzymatic reactor system. A second goal of this study relied on the identification of the transformation products to elucidate the catalytic mechanism of estrogens' transformation by laccase. The formation of dimers and trimers of E1, E2, and EE2, as well as the decomposition of E2 into E1 by laccase-catalyzed treatment, has been demonstrated by liquid chromatography atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (LC-APCI) analysis and confirmed by determination of accurate masses through liquid chromatography electrospray time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-TOF). Dimeric products of E2 and EE2 were found even when operating at environmental concentrations. Moreover, the reaction pathways of laccase-catalyzed transformation of E2 were proposed.

  12. Wavelet transform based ECG signal filtering implemented on FPGA

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    Germán-Salló Zoltán


    Full Text Available Filtering electrocardiographic (ECG signals is always a challenge because the accuracy of their interpretation depends strongly on filtering results. The Discrete Wavelet Transform (DWT is an efficient, new and useful tool for signal processing applications and it’s adopted in many domains as biomedical signal filtering. This transform came about from different fields, including mathematics, physics and signal processing, it has a growing applicability due to its so-called multiresolution analyzing capabilities. FPGAs are reconfigurable logic devices made up of arrays of logic cells and routing channels having some specific characteristics which allow to use them in signal processing applications. This paper presents a DWT based ECG signal denoising method implemented on FPGA, using Matlab specific Xilinx tool, as System Generator, the procedure is simulated and evaluated through filtering specific parameters.

  13. Particle filter-based prognostics: Review, discussion and perspectives (United States)

    Jouin, Marine; Gouriveau, Rafael; Hissel, Daniel; Péra, Marie-Cécile; Zerhouni, Noureddine


    Particle filters are of great concern in a large variety of engineering fields such as robotics, statistics or automatics. Recently, it has developed among Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) applications for diagnostics and prognostics. According to some authors, it has ever become a state-of-the-art technique for prognostics. Nowadays, around 50 papers dealing with prognostics based on particle filters can be found in the literature. However, no comprehensive review has been proposed on the subject until now. This paper aims at analyzing the way particle filters are used in that context. The development of the tool in the prognostics' field is discussed before entering the details of its practical use and implementation. Current issues are identified, analyzed and some solutions or work trails are proposed. All this aims at highlighting future perspectives as well as helping new users to start with particle filters in the goal of prognostics.

  14. Segmentation of Pre-processed Medical Images: An Approach Based on Range Filter

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    Amir Rajaei


    Full Text Available Medical image segmentation is a frequent processing step. Medical images are suffering from unrelated article and strong speckle noise. In this paper, we propose an approach to remove special markings such as arrow symbols and printed text along with medical image segmentation using range filter. The special markings are extracted using Sobel edge detection technique and then the intensity values of the detected markings are substituted by the intensity values of their corresponding neighborhood pixels. Next, three different image enhancement techniques are utilized to remove strong speckle noise as well enhance the weak boundaries of medical images. Finally range filter is applied to segment the texture content of different modalities of medical image. Experiment is conducted on ImageCLEF2010 database. Results show the efficacy of our proposed approach which lead to have precise content based medical image classification and retrieval systems.

  15. Apparatus and method for removing particulate deposits from high temperature filters (United States)

    Nakaishi, Curtis V.; Holcombe, Norman T.; Micheli, Paul L.


    A combustion of a fuel-air mixture is used to provide a high-temperature and high-pressure pulse of gaseous combustion products for the back-flush cleaning of ceramic filter elements contained in a barrier filter system and utilized to separate particulates from particulate-laden process gases at high temperature and high pressure. The volume of gaseous combustion products provided by the combustion of the fuel-air mixture is preferably divided into a plurality of streams each passing through a sonic orifice and conveyed to the open end of each filter element as a high pressure pulse which passes through the filter elements and dislodges dust cake supported on a surface of the filter element.

  16. SMS Spam Filtering Technique Based on Artificial Immune System

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    Tarek M Mahmoud


    Full Text Available The Short Message Service (SMS have an important economic impact for end users and service providers. Spam is a serious universal problem that causes problems for almost all users. Several studies have been presented, including implementations of spam filters that prevent spam from reaching their destination. Nave Bayesian algorithm is one of the most effective approaches used in filtering techniques. The computational power of smart phones are increasing, making increasingly possible to perform spam filtering at these devices as a mobile agent application, leading to better personalization and effectiveness. The challenge of filtering SMS spam is that the short messages often consist of few words composed of abbreviations and idioms. In this paper, we propose an anti-spam technique based on Artificial Immune System (AIS for filtering SMS spam messages. The proposed technique utilizes a set of some features that can be used as inputs to spam detection model. The idea is to classify message using trained dataset that contains Phone Numbers, Spam Words, and Detectors. Our proposed technique utilizes a double collection of bulk SMS messages Spam and Ham in the training process. We state a set of stages that help us to build dataset such as tokenizer, stop word filter, and training process. Experimental results presented in this paper are based on iPhone Operating System (iOS. The results applied to the testing messages show that the proposed system can classify the SMS spam and ham with accurate compared with Nave Bayesian algorithm.

  17. Color Restoration of RGBN Multispectral Filter Array Sensor Images Based on Spectral Decomposition. (United States)

    Park, Chulhee; Kang, Moon Gi


    A multispectral filter array (MSFA) image sensor with red, green, blue and near-infrared (NIR) filters is useful for various imaging applications with the advantages that it obtains color information and NIR information simultaneously. Because the MSFA image sensor needs to acquire invisible band information, it is necessary to remove the IR cut-offfilter (IRCF). However, without the IRCF, the color of the image is desaturated by the interference of the additional NIR component of each RGB color channel. To overcome color degradation, a signal processing approach is required to restore natural color by removing the unwanted NIR contribution to the RGB color channels while the additional NIR information remains in the N channel. Thus, in this paper, we propose a color restoration method for an imaging system based on the MSFA image sensor with RGBN filters. To remove the unnecessary NIR component in each RGB color channel, spectral estimation and spectral decomposition are performed based on the spectral characteristics of the MSFA sensor. The proposed color restoration method estimates the spectral intensity in NIR band and recovers hue and color saturation by decomposing the visible band component and the NIR band component in each RGB color channel. The experimental results show that the proposed method effectively restores natural color and minimizes angular errors.

  18. Effect of application rates and media types on nitrogen and surfactant removal in trickling filters applied to the post-treatment of effluents from UASB reactors

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    Almeida, P. G. S. de; Taveres, F. v. F.; Chernicharo, C. A. I.


    Tricking filters are a very promising alternative for the post treatment of effluents from UASB reactors treating domestic sewage,especially in developing countries. Although a fair amount of information is already available regarding organic mater removal in this combined system, very little is known in relation to nitrogen and surfactant removal in trickling filters post-UASB reactors. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate and compare the effect evaluate and compare the effect of different application rates and packing media types on trickling filters applied to the post-treatment of effluents from UASB reactors, regarding the removal of ammonia nitrogen and surfactants. (Author)

  19. Evaluation of o-xylene and other volatile organic compounds removal using a xylene-acclimated biotrickling filter. (United States)

    Wang, Xiang-Qian; Lu, Bi-Hong; Zhou, Xue-Xia; Li, Wei


    In this study, performance evaluation for the gas-phase o-xylene removal using a xylene-acclimated biotrickling filter (BTF) was conducted. Substrate interactions during aerobic biodegradation of three poorly soluble compounds, both individually and in paired mixtures (namely, o-xylene and ethyl acetate, o-xylene and dichloromethane, which are common solvents used by pharmaceutical industry), were also investigated. Experimental results indicate that a maximum elimination capacity of 99.3 g x m(-3) x h(-1) (70% removal) was obtained at an o-xylene loading rate of 143.0 g x m(-3) x h(-1), while the top packing layer (one-third height of the three packing layers) only contributed about 13% to the total elimination capacity. Kinetic constants for o-xylene biodegradation and the pattern of o-xylene removal performance along the height of the BTF were obtained through the modified Michaelis-Menten kinetics and convection-diffusion reaction model, respectively. A reduction of removal efficiency in o-xylene (83.2-74.5% removal at a loading rate of 40.3 g x m(-3) x h(-1) for the total volatile organic compound (VOC) loading rate of 79 g x m(-3) x h(-1)) in the presence of ethyl acetate (100% removal) was observed, while enhanced o-xylene removal efficiency (71.6-78.6% removal at a loading rate of 45.1 g x m(-3) x h(-1) for the total VOC loading rate of 90 g x m(-3) x h(-1)) was achieved in the presence of dichloromethane (35.6% removal). This work shows that a BTF with xylene-acclimated microbial consortia has the ability to remove several poorly soluble compounds, which would advance the knowledge on the treatment of pharmaceutical VOC emissions.

  20. VLSI implementation of a new LMS-based algorithm for noise removal in ECG signal (United States)

    Satheeskumaran, S.; Sabrigiriraj, M.


    Least mean square (LMS)-based adaptive filters are widely deployed for removing artefacts in electrocardiogram (ECG) due to less number of computations. But they posses high mean square error (MSE) under noisy environment. The transform domain variable step-size LMS algorithm reduces the MSE at the cost of computational complexity. In this paper, a variable step-size delayed LMS adaptive filter is used to remove the artefacts from the ECG signal for improved feature extraction. The dedicated digital Signal processors provide fast processing, but they are not flexible. By using field programmable gate arrays, the pipelined architectures can be used to enhance the system performance. The pipelined architecture can enhance the operation efficiency of the adaptive filter and save the power consumption. This technique provides high signal-to-noise ratio and low MSE with reduced computational complexity; hence, it is a useful method for monitoring patients with heart-related problem.

  1. Co-optimisation of phosphorus and nitrogen removal in stormwater biofilters: the role of filter media, vegetation and saturated zone. (United States)

    Glaister, Bonnie J; Fletcher, Tim D; Cook, Perran L M; Hatt, Belinda E


    Biofilters have been shown to effectively treat stormwater and achieve nutrient load reduction targets. However, effluent concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus typically exceed environmental targets for receiving water protection. This study investigates the role of filter media, vegetation and a saturated zone (SZ) in achieving co-optimised nitrogen and phosphorus removal in biofilters. Twenty biofilter columns were monitored over a 12-month period of dosing with semi-synthetic stormwater. The frequency of dosing was altered seasonally to examine the impact of hydrologic variability. Very good nutrient removal (90% total phosphorus, 89% total nitrogen) could be achieved by incorporating vegetation, an SZ and Skye sand, a naturally occurring iron-rich filter medium. This design maintained nutrient removal at or below water quality guideline concentrations throughout the experiment, demonstrating resilience to wetting-drying fluctuations. The results also highlighted the benefit of including an SZ to maintain treatment performance over extended dry periods. These findings represent progress towards designing biofilters which co-optimise nitrogen and phosphorus removal and comply with water quality guidelines.


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    Full Text Available Optical sensors based vehicle tracking can be widely implemented in traffic surveillance and flow control. The vast development of video surveillance infrastructure in recent years has drawn the current research focus towards vehicle tracking using high-end and low cost optical sensors. However, tracking vehicles via such sensors could be challenging due to the high probability of changing vehicle appearance and illumination, besides the occlusion and overlapping incidents. Particle filter has been proven as an approach which can overcome nonlinear and non-Gaussian situations caused by cluttered background and occlusion incidents. Unfortunately, conventional particle filter approach encounters particle degeneracy especially during and after the occlusion. Particle filter with sampling important resampling (SIR is an important step to overcome the drawback of particle filter, but SIR faced the problem of sample impoverishment when heavy particles are statistically selected many times. In this work, genetic algorithm has been proposed to be implemented in the particle filter resampling stage, where the estimated position can converge faster to hit the real position of target vehicle under various occlusion incidents. The experimental results show that the improved particle filter with genetic algorithm resampling method manages to increase the tracking accuracy and meanwhile reduce the particle sample size in the resampling stage.

  3. Design of thin-film filters for resolution improvements in filter-array based spectrometers using DSP (United States)

    Lee, Woong-Bi; Kim, Cheolsun; Ju, Gun Wu; Lee, Yong Tak; Lee, Heung-No


    Miniature spectrometers have been widely developed in various academic and industrial applications such as bio-medical, chemical and environmental engineering. As a family of spectrometers, optical filter-array based spectrometers fabricated using CMOS or Nano technology provide miniaturization, superior portability and cost effectiveness. In filterarray based spectrometers, the resolution which represents the ability how closely resolve two neighboring spectra, depends on the number of filters and the characteristics of the transmission functions (TFs) of the filters. In practice, due to the small-size and low-cost fabrication, the number of filters is limited and the shape of the TF of each filter is nonideal. As a development of modern digital signal processing (DSP), the spectrometers are equipped with DSP algorithms not only to alleviate distortions due to unexpected noise or interferences among filters but also reconstruct the original signal spectrum. For a high-resolution spectrum reconstruction by the DSP, the TFs of the filters need to be sufficiently uncorrelated with each other. In this paper, we present a design of optical thin-film filters which have the uncorrelated TFs. Each filter consists of multiple layers of high- and low-refractive index materials deposited on a substrate. The proposed design helps the DSP algorithm to improve resolution with a small number of filters. We demonstrate that a resolution of 5 nm within a range from 500 nm to 1100 nm can be achieved with only 64 filters.

  4. Long-term visual tracking based on correlation filters (United States)

    Wei, Quanlu; Lao, Songyang; Bai, Liang


    In order to accomplish the long term visual tracking task in complex scenes, solve problems of scale variation, appearance variation and tracking failure, a long term tracking algorithm is given based on the framework of collaborative correlation tracking. Firstly, we integrate several powerful features to boost the represent ability based on the kernel correlation filter, and extend the filter by embedding a scale factor into the kernelized matrix to handle the scale variation. Then, we use the Peak-Sidelobe Ratio to decide whether the object is tracked successfully, and a CUR filter for re-detection the object in case of tracking failure is learnt with random sampling. Corresponding experiment is performed on 17 challenging benchmark video sequences. Compared with the 8 existing state-of-the-art algorithms based on discriminative learning method, the results show that the proposed algorithm improves the tracking performance on several indexes, and is robust to complex scenes for long term visual tracking.

  5. Research on SINS Alignment Algorithm Based on FIR Filters

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    LIAN Jun-xiang; HU De-wen; WU Yuan-xin; HU Xiao-ping


    An inertial frame based alignment (IFBA) method is presented, especially for the applications on a rocking platform, e.g., marine applications. Defining the initial body frame as the inertial frame, the IFBA method achieves the alignment by virtue of a cascade of low-pass FIR filters, which attenuate the disturbing acceleration and maintain the gravity vector. The aligning time rests with the orders of the FIR filter group, and the method is suitable for large initial misali gnment case. An alignment scheme comprising a coarse phase by the IFBA method an d a fine phase by a Kalman filter is presented. Both vehicle-based and ship-based alignment experiments were carried out. The results show that the proposed scheme converges much faster than the traditional method at no cost of precision and also works well under any large initial misalignment.

  6. Design of a quadratic filter for contrast - assisted ultrasonic imaging based on 2D gaussian filters

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    Tosaporn Nilmanee


    Full Text Available We present a novel design of quadratic filters (QFs in the frequency domain in order to improve the quality of contrastassisted ultrasound images for medical diagnosis. The QF is designed as a 2D linear-phase filter. In addition, the magnitude is based on the sum of two 2D Gaussian filters. The centers of the Gaussian filters are placed at the locations where the power strength of signals from ultrasound contrast agent over surrounding tissue is maximal. The design parameters consist of two centers and a standard deviation (SD of the Gaussian filters. The coefficients of the QF are obtained using the inverse discreteFourier transform. The QFs from the proposed design method are evaluated using in vivo ultrasound data, i.e., the kidney of aguinea pig. We find that the appropriate SD and two center points of the QF for the in vivo data are at 0.34, (3.30, 3.30 and (-3.30,-3.30 MHz, respectively. Results show that the images produced from the output signals of the new design are superior to theoriginal B-mode both in terms of contrast and spatial resolution. The quadratic image provides clear visualization of thekidney shape and large vascular structures inside the kidney. The contrast-to-tissue ratio value of quadratic image is 24.8 dBcompared to -1.5 dB from the B-mode image. In addition, we can use this new design approach as an efficient tool to furtherimprove the QF in producing better contrast-assisted ultrasound images for medical diagnostic purposes.

  7. Subpixel edge detection method based on low-frequency filtering (United States)

    Bylinsky, Yosip Y.; Kotyra, Andrzej; Gromaszek, Konrad; Iskakova, Aigul


    A method of edge detection in images is proposed basing that based on low-frequency filtering. The method uses polynomial interpolation to determine the coordinates of the edge point with subpixel accuracy. Some experiments have been results also have been provided.

  8. Research of Collaborative Filtering Recommendation Algorithm based on Network Structure

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    Hui PENG


    Full Text Available This paper combines the classic collaborative filtering algorithm with personalized recommendation algorithm based on network structure. For the data sparsity and malicious behavior problems of traditional collaborative filtering algorithm, the paper introduces a new kind of social network-based collaborative filtering algorithm. In order to improve the accuracy of the personalized recommendation technology, we first define empty state in the state space of multi-dimensional semi-Markov processes and obtain extended multi-dimensional semi-Markov processes which are combined with social network analysis theory, and then we get social network information flow model. The model describes the flow of information between the members of the social network. So, we propose collaborative filtering algorithm based on social network information flow model. The algorithm uses social network information and combines user trust with user interest and find nearest neighbors of the target user and then forms a project recommended to improve the accuracy of recommended. Compared with the traditional collaborative filtering algorithm, the algorithm can effectively alleviate the sparsity and malicious behavior problem, and significantly improve the quality of the recommendation system recommended.

  9. Numerical modeling and experimental analysis of volatile contaminant removal from vertical flow filters

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    De Biase, C.


    Vertical flow filters (unplanted) and vertical flow constructed wetlands (planted), simple and inexpensive technologies to treat effectively volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contaminated water, consist of containers filled with granular material which is intermittently fed with contaminated water.

  10. The effect of air supply on nitrogen removal using a biological filter ...

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    Oct 2, 2009 ... 1Department of Environment, Water and Earth Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology,. Private Bag X680 ..... logical filter will contain sloughed biomass, residual glucose ..... Treatment, disposal and Reuse (4th edn.).



    Gražina Žibienė; Midona Dapkienė; Jurgita Kazakevičienė; Algirdas Radzevičius


    Different kinds of natural and artificial filter media are able to retain phosphorus in the constructed wetlands. Due to the fact that the constructed wetland needs huge amounts of the filter media, it is very important to find locally available material which distinguishes itself by its ability to retain phosphorus. The materials found in Lithuania were considered and dolomite was chosen. Two dolomite fractions, dolomite powder (1–2 mm) and dolomite chippings (2–5 mm), and sand media were us...

  12. Impact of exogenous organic carbon on the removal of chemicals of concern in the high rate nitrifying trickling filters. (United States)

    Mai, Lei; van den Akker, Ben; Du, Jun; Kookana, Rai S; Fallowfield, Howard


    The application of fixed bed high rate nitrifying trickling filters (NTFs) for the removal of track organic chemicals of concern (CoC) is less well known than their application to nutrient removal in water treatment. Particularly, the effect of exogenous organic carbon substrate (sucrose) loading on the performance of NTFs is not well understood. A laboratory-scale NTF system was operated in recirculation mode, with the objective of removing ammonia and CoC simultaneously. The efficiency of a high rate NTF for removal both of low concentration of ammonia (5 mg NH4-N L(-1)) and different concentrations of CoC in the presence of an exogenous organic carbon substrate (30 mg total organic carbon (TOC) L(-1)) was investigated. In the presence of exogenous organic carbon, the results demonstrated that the high rate NTF was able to successfully remove most of the CoCs investigated, with the removal ranging from 20.2% to 87.54%. High removal efficiencies were observed for acetaminophen (87.54%), bisphenol A (86.60%), trimethoprim (86.24%) and 17α-ethynylestradiol (80.60%). It was followed by the medium removal efficiency for N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide (61.31%) and atrazine (56.90%). In contrast, the removal of caffeine (28.43%) and benzotriazole (20.20%) was poorer in the presence of exogenous organic carbon. The removal efficiency for CoC was also compared with the results obtained in our previous study in the absence of exogenous organic carbon. The results showed that the addition of exogenous organic carbon was able to improve the removal of some of the CoC. Significant TOC percentage removals (45.68%-84.43%) and ammonia removal rate (mean value of 0.44 mg NH4-N L(-1) h(-1)) were also achieved in this study. The findings from this study provide valuable information for optimising the efficiency of high rate NTF for the removal of ammonia, CoC and TOC.

  13. Fiber based polarization filter for radially and azimuthally polarized light. (United States)

    Jocher, Christoph; Jauregui, Cesar; Voigtländer, Christian; Stutzki, Fabian; Nolte, Stefan; Limpert, Jens; Tünnermann, Andreas


    We demonstrate a new fiber based concept to filter azimuthally or radially polarized light. This concept is based on the lifting of the modal degeneracy that takes place in high numerical aperture fibers. In such fibers, the radially and azimuthally polarized modes can be spectrally separated using a fiber Bragg grating. As a proof of principle, we filter azimuthally polarized light in a commercially available fiber in which a fiber Bragg grating has been written by a femtosecond pulsed laser. © 2011 Optical Society of America

  14. Fabrication of optical filters based on polymer asymmetric Bragg couplers. (United States)

    Chuang, Wei-Ching; Lee, An-Chen; Chao, Ching-Kong; Ho, Chi-Ting


    In this work, we successfully developed a process to fabricate dual-channel polymeric waveguide filters based on an asymmetric Bragg coupler (ABC) using holographic interference techniques, soft lithography, and micro molding. At the cross- and self-reflection Bragg wavelengths, the transmission dips of approximately -16.4 and -11.5 dB relative to the 3 dB background insertion loss and the 3 dB transmission bandwidths of approximately 0.6 and 0.5 nm were obtained from an ABC-based filter. The transmission spectrum overlaps when the effective index difference between two single waveguides is less than 0.002.

  15. Seasonal occurrence, removal efficiencies and preliminary risk assessment of multiple classes of organic UV filters in wastewater treatment plants. (United States)

    Tsui, Mirabelle M P; Leung, H W; Lam, Paul K S; Murphy, Margaret B


    Organic ultraviolet (UV) filters are applied widely in personal care products (PCPs), but the distribution and risks of these compounds in the marine environment are not well known. In this study, the occurrence and removal efficiencies of 12 organic UV filters in five wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) equipped with different treatment levels in Hong Kong, South China, were investigated during one year and a preliminary environmental risk assessment was carried out. Using a newly developed simultaneous multiclass quantification liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (BMDM), 2,4-dihydroxybenzophenone (BP-1), benzophenone-3 (BP-3), benzophenone-4 (BP-4) and 2-ethyl-hexyl-4-trimethoxycinnamate (EHMC) were frequently (≥80%) detected in both influent and effluent with mean concentrations ranging from 23 to 1290 ng/L and 18-1018 ng/L, respectively; less than 2% of samples contained levels greater than 1000 ng/L. Higher concentrations of these frequently detected compounds were found during the wet/summer season, except for BP-4, which was the most abundant compound detected in all samples in terms of total mass. The target compounds behaved differently depending on the treatment level in WWTPs; overall, removal efficiencies were greater after secondary treatment when compared to primary treatment with >55% and 70% removal), respectively. Reverse osmosis was found to effectively eliminate UV filters from effluent (>99% removal). A preliminary risk assessment indicated that BP-3 and EHMC discharged from WWTPs may pose high risk to fishes in the local environment.

  16. Chaotic Synchronization with Filter Based on Wavelet Transformation

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    XiaoanZHOU; JunfengLAN; 等


    A kind of chaotic synchronization method is presented in the paper,In the transmitter,part signals are transformed by wavelet and the detail information is removed.In the receiver.the component with low frequency is reconstructed and discrete feedback is used,we show that synchronization of two identical structure chaotic systems is attained.The effect of feedback on chaotic synchronization is discussed.Using the synchronous method,the transmitting signal is transported in compressible way system resource is saved,the component with high frequency is filtered and the effect of disturbance on synchronization is reduced.The synchronization method is illustrated by numerical simulation experiment.

  17. Design and fabrication of multiple airgap-based visible filters (United States)

    Ghaderi, M.; Wolffenbuttel, R. F.


    The efficiency of a Bragg reflector design for implementation in optical resonators is highly dependent on the ratio between the high-index material and the low-index material used for the quarter-wavelength (QWOT) layers. A higher contrast implies that fewer layers are required to achieve a specified spectral selectivity over a wider spectral band. In turn, the reduced total thickness of the filter stack reduces the effect of optical absorption in the layers. The research presented here focuses on implementation of filters on top of silicon detectors that are already fabricated in a CMOS process. This implies that the constraints of process compatibility, such as the materials to be used, process temperature and cleanroom reentrance related to contamination, need to be considered. Silicon-dioxide is often used in CMOS-compatible designs, which has an index of refraction n~1.5, thus limiting nHi/nLo to about 2. This value can be improved by 50% when using air-films as the low-n material. Surface micromachining is used for the fabrication of such mirrors. Multiple layers of Si and SiO2 were alternatingly deposited, and subsequently the Si layers are selectively removed in a sacrificial etch. The width of the λ/4 air-gaps is about 100 nm, which is narrower as compared to the typical layer thickness that is used in surface micromachining for conventional MEMS applications. Moreover, a demanding optical design requires more layers than typically used in a conventional MEMS device. Since the number of stacked layers is significantly higher as compared to the conventional MEMS, fabricating such filters is a challenge. However, unlike a conventional MEMS, electrical contacting to the structural layers is not required in optical filter application, which, eases the fabrication of such filters. This paper presents the design of several 4-layer structures for use in the visible spectral range, along with the fabrication sequence and preliminary measurement results.

  18. Simultaneous removal of formaldehyde and benzene in indoor air with a combination of sorption- and decomposition-type air filters. (United States)

    Sekine, Yoshika; Fukuda, Mitsuru; Takao, Yosuke; Ozano, Takahiro; Sakuramoto, Hikaru; Wang, Kuan Wei


    Urgent measures for indoor air pollution caused by volatile organic compounds are required in urban areas of China. Considering indoor air concentration levels and hazardous properties, formaldehyde and benzene should be given priority for pollution control in China. The authors proposed the use of air-cleaning devices, including stand-alone room air cleaners and in-duct devices. This study aimed to find the best combination of sorption and decomposition filters for the simultaneous removal of formaldehyde and benzene, employing four types of air filter units: an activated charcoal filter (ACF), an ACF impregnated with a trapping agent for acidic gases (ACID), a MnO2 filter (MDF) for oxidative decomposition of formaldehyde at room temperature and a photocatalyst filter (PHOTO) coupled with a parallel beam ultraviolet (UV) irradiation device. The performance of the combined systems under air flow rates of 35-165 m3 h(-1) was evaluated in a test chamber (2 m3) with a constant gas generation system. The experimental results and data analysis using a kinetic approach showed the combined system of ACF, PHOTO and MDF significantly reduced both concentrations of formaldehyde and benzene in air without any unpleasant odours caused by the UV-induced photocatalytic reaction. The system was then evaluated in a full-size laboratory (22 m3). This test proved the practical performance of the system even at full scale, and also suggested that the filters should be arranged in the order of PHOTO/ACF/MDF from upstream to downstream. The proposed system has the potential of being used for improving indoor air quality of houses and buildings in China.

  19. Late endovascular removal of Günther-Tulip inferior vena cava filter and stent reconstruction of chronic post-thrombotic iliocaval obstruction after 4753 days of filter dwell time: a case report with review of literature. (United States)

    Doshi, Mehul Harshad; Narayanan, Govindarajan


    Chronic post-thrombotic obstruction of the inferior vena cava (IVC) or iliocaval junction is an uncommon complication of long indwelling IVC filter. When such an obstruction is symptomatic, endovascular treatment options include stent placement with or without filter retrieval. Filter retrieval becomes increasingly difficult with longer dwell times. We present a case of symptomatic post-thrombotic obstruction of the iliocaval junction related to Günther-Tulip IVC filter (Cook Medical Inc, Bloomington, IN) with dwell time of 4753 days, treated successfully with endovascular filter removal and stent reconstruction. Filter retrieval and stent reconstruction may be a treatment option in symptomatic patients with filter-related chronic IVC or iliocaval junction obstruction, even after prolonged dwell time.

  20. Recursive three-dimensional model reconstruction based on Kalman filtering. (United States)

    Yu, Ying Kin; Wong, Kin Hong; Chang, Michael Ming Yuen


    A recursive two-step method to recover structure and motion from image sequences based on Kalman filtering is described in this paper. The algorithm consists of two major steps. The first step is an extended Kalman filter (EKF) for the estimation of the object's pose. The second step is a set of EKFs, one for each model point, for the refinement of the positions of the model features in the three-dimensional (3-D) space. These two steps alternate from frame to frame. The initial model converges to the final structure as the image sequence is scanned sequentially. The performance of the algorithm is demonstrated with both synthetic data and real-world objects. Analytical and empirical comparisons are made among our approach, the interleaved bundle adjustment method, and the Kalman filtering-based recursive algorithm by Azarbayejani and Pentland. Our approach outperformed the other two algorithms in terms of computation speed without loss in the quality of model reconstruction.

  1. Kalman Filter Based Tracking in an Video Surveillance System

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    Full Text Available In this paper we have developed a Matlab/Simulink based model for monitoring a contact in a video surveillance sequence. For the segmentation process and corect identification of a contact in a surveillance video, we have used the Horn-Schunk optical flow algorithm. The position and the behavior of the correctly detected contact were monitored with the help of the traditional Kalman filter. After that we have compared the results obtained from the optical flow method with the ones obtained from the Kalman filter, and we show the correct functionality of the Kalman filter based tracking. The tests were performed using video data taken with the help of a fix camera. The tested algorithm has shown promising results.

  2. Video Based Moving Object Tracking by Particle Filter

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    Md. Zahidul Islam


    Full Text Available Usually, the video based object tracking deal with non-stationary image stream that changes over time. Robust and Real time moving object tracking is a problematic issue in computer vision research area. Most of the existing algorithms are able to track only inpredefined and well controlled environment. Some cases, they don’t consider non-linearity problem. In our paper, we develop such a system which considers color information, distance transform (DT based shape information and also nonlinearity. Particle filtering has been proven very successful for non-gaussian and non-linear estimation problems. We examine the difficulties of video based tracking and step by step we analyze these issues. In our firstapproach, we develop the color based particle filter tracker that relies on the deterministic search of window, whose color content matches a reference histogram model. A simple HSV histogram-based color model is used to develop this observation system. Secondly, wedescribe a new approach for moving object tracking with particle filter by shape information. The shape similarity between a template and estimated regions in the video scene is measured by their normalized cross-correlation of distance transformed images. Our observation system of particle filter is based on shape from distance transformed edge features. Template is created instantly by selecting any object from the video scene by a rectangle. Finally, inthis paper we illustrate how our system is improved by using both these two cues with non linearity.

  3. Performance of a sand filter in removal of micro-algae from seawater in aquaculture production systems. (United States)

    Sabiri, N E; Castaing, J B; Massé, A; Jaouen, P


    In this study, a sand filter was used to remove micro-algae from seawater feeding aquaculture ponds. A lab-scale sand filter was used to filter 30,000 cells/mL of Heterocapsa triquetra suspension, a non-toxic micro-alga that has morphological and dimensional (15-20 microm) similarities with Alexandrium sp., one of the smallest toxic micro-algae in seawater. Removal efficiency and capture mechanisms for a fixed superficial velocity (3.5 m/h) were evaluated in relation to size distribution and mean diameter of the sand. Various sands (average diameter ranging between 200 microm and 600 microm) were characterized and used as porous media. The structural parameters of the fixed beds were evaluated for each medium using experimental measurements of pressure drop as a function of superficial velocity over a range of Reynolds numbers covering Darcy's regime and the inertial regime. For a filtration cycle of six hours, the best efficiency (E = 90%) was obtained with the following sand characteristics: sieved sand with a range of grain diameter of 100 and 300 microm and a mean grain diameter equal to 256 microm. Results obtained show the influence of the size distribution of sand on the quality of retention of the micro-algae studied.

  4. Carbon-cryogel hierarchical composites as effective and scalable filters for removal of trace organic pollutants from water. (United States)

    Busquets, Rosa; Ivanov, Alexander E; Mbundi, Lubinda; Hörberg, Sofia; Kozynchenko, Oleksandr P; Cragg, Peter J; Savina, Irina N; Whitby, Raymond L D; Mikhalovsky, Sergey V; Tennison, Stephen R; Jungvid, Hans; Cundy, Andrew B


    Effective technologies are required to remove organic micropollutants from large fluid volumes to overcome present and future challenges in water and effluent treatment. A novel hierarchical composite filter material for rapid and effective removal of polar organic contaminants from water was developed. The composite is fabricated from phenolic resin-derived carbon microbeads with controllable porous structure and specific surface area embedded in a monolithic, flow permeable, poly(vinyl alcohol) cryogel. The bead-embedded monolithic composite filter retains the bulk of the high adsorptive capacity of the carbon microbeads while improving pore diffusion rates of organic pollutants. Water spiked with organic contaminants, both at environmentally relevant concentrations and at high levels of contamination, was used to determine the purification limits of the filter. Flow through tests using water spiked with the pesticides atrazine (32 mg/L) and malathion (16 mg/L) indicated maximum adsorptive capacities of 641 and 591 mg pollutant/g carbon, respectively. Over 400 bed volumes of water contaminated with 32 mg atrazine/L, and over 27,400 bed volumes of water contaminated with 2 μg atrazine/L, were treated before pesticide guideline values of 0.1 μg/L were exceeded. High adsorptive capacity was maintained when using water with high total organic carbon (TOC) levels and high salinity. The toxicity of water filtrates was tested in vitro with human epithelial cells with no evidence of cytotoxicity after initial washing.

  5. Ammonium removal pathways and microbial community in GAC-sand dual media filter in drinking water treatment

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    Shuo Feng; Shuguang Xie; Xiaojian Zhang; Zhiyu Yang; Wei Ding; Xiaobin Liao; Yuanyuan Liu; Chao Chen


    A GAC-sand dual media filter (GSF) was devised as an alternative solution for drinking water treatment plant to tackle the.raw water polluted by ammonium in place of expensive ozone-GAC processes or bio-pretreatments.The ammonium removal pathways and microbial community in the GSFs were investigated.The concentrations of ammonium,nitrite and nitrate nitrogen were monitored along the filter.Total inorganic nitrogen (TIN) loss occurred during the filtration.For 1 mg ammonium removal,the TIN loss was as high as 0.35 mg,DO consumption was 3.06 mg,and alkalinity consumption was 5.55 mg.It was assumed that both nitrification and denitrification processes occur in the filters to fit the TIN loss and low DO consumption.During the filtration,nitritation,nitrification and nitritation-anaerobic ammonium oxidation processes probably occur,while traditional nitrification and denitrification and simultaneous nitrification and denitrification processes may occur.In the GSFs,Nitrosomonas and Nitrospira are likely to be involved in nitrification processes,while Novosphingobium,Comamonadaceae and Oxalobacteraceae may be involved in denitrification processes.

  6. Graphics-processor-unit-based parallelization of optimized baseline wander filtering algorithms for long-term electrocardiography. (United States)

    Niederhauser, Thomas; Wyss-Balmer, Thomas; Haeberlin, Andreas; Marisa, Thanks; Wildhaber, Reto A; Goette, Josef; Jacomet, Marcel; Vogel, Rolf


    Long-term electrocardiogram (ECG) often suffers from relevant noise. Baseline wander in particular is pronounced in ECG recordings using dry or esophageal electrodes, which are dedicated for prolonged registration. While analog high-pass filters introduce phase distortions, reliable offline filtering of the baseline wander implies a computational burden that has to be put in relation to the increase in signal-to-baseline ratio (SBR). Here, we present a graphics processor unit (GPU)-based parallelization method to speed up offline baseline wander filter algorithms, namely the wavelet, finite, and infinite impulse response, moving mean, and moving median filter. Individual filter parameters were optimized with respect to the SBR increase based on ECGs from the Physionet database superimposed to autoregressive modeled, real baseline wander. A Monte-Carlo simulation showed that for low input SBR the moving median filter outperforms any other method but negatively affects ECG wave detection. In contrast, the infinite impulse response filter is preferred in case of high input SBR. However, the parallelized wavelet filter is processed 500 and four times faster than these two algorithms on the GPU, respectively, and offers superior baseline wander suppression in low SBR situations. Using a signal segment of 64 mega samples that is filtered as entire unit, wavelet filtering of a seven-day high-resolution ECG is computed within less than 3 s. Taking the high filtering speed into account, the GPU wavelet filter is the most efficient method to remove baseline wander present in long-term ECGs, with which computational burden can be strongly reduced.

  7. Dual-Energy Computed Tomography Angiography of the Head and Neck With Single-Source Computed Tomography: A New Technical (Split Filter) Approach for Bone Removal. (United States)

    Kaemmerer, Nadine; Brand, Michael; Hammon, Matthias; May, Matthias; Wuest, Wolfgang; Krauss, Bernhard; Uder, Michael; Lell, Michael M


    Dual-energy computed tomographic angiography (DE-CTA) has been demonstrated to improve the visualization of the head and neck vessels. The aim of this study was to test the potential of split-filter single-source dual-energy CT to automatically remove bone from the final CTA data set. Dual-energy CTA was performed in 50 consecutive patients to evaluate the supra-aortic arteries, either to grade carotid artery stenosis or to rule out traumatic dissections. Dual-energy CTA was performed on a 128-slice single-source CT system equipped with a special filter array to separate the 120-kV spectrum into a high- and a low-energy spectrum for DE-based automated bone removal. Image quality of fully automated bone suppression and subsequent manual optimization was evaluated by 2 radiologists on maximum intensity projections using a 4-grade scoring system. The effect of image reconstruction with an iterative metal artifact reduction algorithm on DE postprocessing was tested using a 3-grade scoring system, and the time demand for each postprocessing step was measured. Two patients were excluded due to insufficient arterial contrast enhancement; in the remaining 48 patients, automated bone removal could be performed successfully. The addition of iterative metal artifact reduction algorithm improved image quality in 58.3% of the cases. After manual optimization, DE-CTA image quality was rated excellent in 7, good in 29, and moderate in 10 patients. Interobserver agreement was high (κ = 0.85). Stenosis grading was not influenced using DE-CTA with bone removal as compared with the original CTA. The time demand for DE image reconstruction was significantly higher than for single-energy reconstruction (42.1 vs 20.9 seconds). Our results suggest that bone removal in DE-CTA of the head and neck vessels with a single-source CT is feasible and can be performed within acceptable time and moderate user interaction.

  8. Mathematical and experimental analyses of antibody transport in hollow-fiber-based specific antibody filters. (United States)

    Hout, Mariah S; Federspiel, William J


    We are developing hollow fiber-based specific antibody filters (SAFs) that selectively remove antibodies of a given specificity directly from whole blood, without separation of the plasma and cellular blood components and with minimal removal of plasma proteins other than the targeted pathogenic antibodies. A principal goal of our research is to identify the primary mechanisms that control antibody transport within the SAF and to use this information to guide the choice of design and operational parameters that maximize the SAF-based antibody removal rate. In this study, we formulated a simple mathematical model of SAF-based antibody removal and performed in vitro antibody removal experiments to test key predictions of the model. Our model revealed three antibody transport regimes, defined by the magnitude of the Damköhler number Da (characteristic antibody-binding rate/characteristic antibody diffusion rate): reaction-limited (Da /= 10). For a given SAF geometry, blood flow rate, and antibody diffusivity, the highest antibody removal rate was predicted for diffusion-limited antibody transport. Additionally, for diffusion-limited antibody transport the predicted antibody removal rate was independent of the antibody-binding rate and hence was the same for any antibody-antigen system and for any patient within one antibody-antigen system. Using SAF prototypes containing immobilized bovine serum albumin (BSA), we measured anti-BSA removal rates consistent with transport in the intermediate regime (Da approximately 3). We concluded that initial SAF development work should focus on achieving diffusion-limited antibody transport by maximizing the SAF antibody-binding capacity (hence maximizing the characteristic antibody-binding rate). If diffusion-limited antibody transport is achieved, the antibody removal rate may be raised further by increasing the number and length of the SAF fibers and by increasing the blood flow rate through the SAF.

  9. The removal of hydrogen sulfide from biogas in a microaerobic biotrickling filter using polypropylene carrier as packing material. (United States)

    Zhou, Qiying; Liang, Hong; Yang, Senlin; Jiang, Xia


    Biological removal of hydrogen sulfide in biogas is an increasingly adopted alternative to the conventional physicochemical processes, because of its economic and environmental benefits. In this study, a microaerobic biofiltration system packed with polypropylene carrier was used to investigate the removal of high concentrations of H2S contained in biogas from an anaerobic digester. The results show that H2S in biogas was removed completely under different inlet concentrations of H2S from 2065 ± 234 to 7818 ± 131 ppmv, and the elimination capacity of H2S in the filter achieved about 122 g H2S/m(3)/h. It was observed that the content of CH4 in biogas increased after the biogas biodesulfurization process, which was beneficial for the further utilization of biogas. The elemental sulfur and sulfate were the main sulfur species of H2S degradation, and elemental sulfur was dominant (about 80 %) under high inlet H2S concentration. The results of terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) show that the population of sulfide-oxidizing bacteria (SOB) species in the filter changed with different concentrations of H2S. The microaerobic biofiltration system allows the potential use of biogas and the recovery of elemental sulfur resource simultaneously.

  10. iDensity: an automatic Gabor filter-based algorithm for breast density assessment (United States)

    Gamdonkar, Ziba; Tay, Kevin; Ryder, Will; Brennan, Patrick C.; Mello-Thoms, Claudia


    Abstract Although many semi-automated and automated algorithms for breast density assessment have been recently proposed, none of these have been widely accepted. In this study a novel automated algorithm, named iDensity, inspired by the human visual system is proposed for classifying mammograms into four breast density categories corresponding to the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS). For each BI-RADS category 80 cases were taken from the normal volumes of the Digital Database for Screening Mammography (DDSM). For each case only the left medio-lateral oblique was utilized. After image calibration using the provided tables of each scanner in the DDSM, the pectoral muscle and background were removed. Images were filtered by a median filter and down sampled. Images were then filtered by a filter bank consisting of Gabor filters in six orientations and 3 scales, as well as a Gaussian filter. Three gray level histogram-based features and three second order statistics features were extracted from each filtered image. Using the extracted features, mammograms were separated initially separated into two groups, low or high density, then in a second stage, the low density group was subdivided into BI-RADS I or II, and the high density group into BI-RADS III or IV. The algorithm achieved a sensitivity of 95% and specificity of 94% in the first stage, sensitivity of 89% and specificity of 95% when classifying BIRADS I and II cases, and a sensitivity of 88% and 91% specificity when classifying BI-RADS III and IV.

  11. A new iterative speech enhancement scheme based on Kalman filtering

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    Li, Chunjian; Andersen, Søren Vang


    Subtraction filter is introduced as an initialization procedure. Iterations are then made sequential inter-frame, exploiting the fact that the AR model changes slowly between neighboring frames. The proposed algorithm is computationally more efficient than a baseline EM algorithm due to its fast convergence...... for a high temporal resolution estimation of this variance. A Local Variance Estimator based on a Prediction Error Kalman Filter is designed for this high temporal resolution variance estimation. To achieve fast convergence and avoid local maxima of the likelihood function, a Weighted Power Spectral...

  12. Comparison of texture features based on Gabor filters

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    Grigorescu, Simona E.; Petkov, Nicolai; Kruizinga, Peter


    Texture features that are based on the local power spectrum obtained by a bank of Gabor filters are compared. The features differ in the type of nonlinear post-processing which is applied to the local power spectrum. The following features are considered: Gabor energy, complex moments, and grating c

  13. Gaussian particle filter based pose and motion estimation

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    Determination of relative three-dimensional (3D) position, orientation, and relative motion between two reference frames is an important problem in robotic guidance, manipulation, and assembly as well as in other fields such as photogrammetry.A solution to pose and motion estimation problem that uses two-dimensional (2D) intensity images from a single camera is desirable for real-time applications. The difficulty in performing this measurement is that the process of projecting 3D object features to 2D images is a nonlinear transformation. In this paper, the 3D transformation is modeled as a nonlinear stochastic system with the state estimation providing six degrees-of-freedom motion and position values, using line features in image plane as measuring inputs and dual quaternion to represent both rotation and translation in a unified notation. A filtering method called the Gaussian particle filter (GPF) based on the particle filtering concept is presented for 3D pose and motion estimation of a moving target from monocular image sequences. The method has been implemented with simulated data, and simulation results are provided along with comparisons to the extended Kalman filter (EKF) and the unscented Kalman filter (UKF) to show the relative advantages of the GPF. Simulation results showed that GPF is a superior alternative to EKF and UKF.

  14. Adaptive Rate Sampling and Filtering Based on Level Crossing Sampling

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    Saeed Mian Qaisar


    Full Text Available The recent sophistications in areas of mobile systems and sensor networks demand more and more processing resources. In order to maintain the system autonomy, energy saving is becoming one of the most difficult industrial challenges, in mobile computing. Most of efforts to achieve this goal are focused on improving the embedded systems design and the battery technology, but very few studies target to exploit the input signal time-varying nature. This paper aims to achieve power efficiency by intelligently adapting the processing activity to the input signal local characteristics. It is done by completely rethinking the processing chain, by adopting a non conventional sampling scheme and adaptive rate filtering. The proposed approach, based on the LCSS (Level Crossing Sampling Scheme presents two filtering techniques, able to adapt their sampling rate and filter order by online analyzing the input signal variations. Indeed, the principle is to intelligently exploit the signal local characteristics—which is usually never considered—to filter only the relevant signal parts, by employing the relevant order filters. This idea leads towards a drastic gain in the computational efficiency and hence in the processing power when compared to the classical techniques.

  15. Critical Path Reduction of Distributed Arithmetic Based FIR Filter

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    Sunita Badave


    Full Text Available Operating speed, which is reciprocal of critical path computation time, is one of the prominent design matrices of finite impulse response (FIR filters. It is largely affected by both, system architecture as well as technique used to design arithmetic modules. A large computation time of multipliers in conventionally designed multipliers, limits the speed of system architecture. Distributed arithmetic is one of the techniques, used to provide multiplier-free multiplication in the implementation of FIR filter. However suffers from a sever limitation of exponential growth of look up table (LUT with order of filter. An improved distributed arithmetic technique is addressed here to design for system architecture of FIR filter. In proposed technique, a single large LUT of conventional DA is replaced by number of smaller indexed LUT pages to restrict exponential growth and to reduce system access time. It also eliminates the use of adders. Selection module selects the desired value from desired page, which leads to reduce computational time of critical path. Trade off between access times of LUT pages and selection module helps to achieve minimum critical path so as to maximize the operating speed. Implementations are targeted to Xilinx ISE, Virtex IV devices. FIR filter with 8 bit data width of input sample results are presented here. It is observed that, proposed design perform significantly faster as compared to the conventional DA and existing DA based designs.

  16. MEMS Based SINS/OD Filter for Land Vehicles’ Applications

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    Huisheng Liu


    Full Text Available A constrained low-cost SINS/OD filter aided with magnetometer is proposed in this paper. The filter is designed to provide a land vehicle navigation solution by fusing the measurements of the microelectromechanical systems based inertial measurement unit (MEMS IMU, the magnetometer (MAG, and the velocity measurement from odometer (OD. First, accelerometer and magnetometer integrated algorithm is studied to stabilize the attitude angle. Next, a SINS/OD/MAG integrated navigation system is designed and simulated, using an adaptive Kalman filter (AKF. It is shown that the accuracy of the integrated navigation system will be implemented to some extent. The field-test shows that the azimuth misalignment angle will diminish to less than 1°. Finally, an outliers detection algorithm is studied to estimate the velocity measurement bias of the odometer. The experimental results show the enhancement in restraining observation outliers that improves the precision of the integrated navigation system.

  17. Piecewise Filter of Infrared Image Based on Moment Theory

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    GAO Yang; LI Yan-jun; ZHANG Ke


    The disadvantages of IR images mostly include high noise, blurry edge and so on. The characteristics make the existent smoothing methods ineffective in preserving edge. To solve this problem, a piecewise moment filter (PMF) is put forward. By using moment and piecewise linear theory, the filter can preserve edge. Based on the statistical model of random noise, a related-coefficient method is presented to estimate the variance of noise. The edge region and model are then detected by the estimated variance. The expectation of first-order derivatives is used in getting the reliable offset of edge.At last, a fast moment filter of double-stair edge model is used to gain the piecewise smoothing results and reduce the calculation. The experimental result shows that the new method has a better capability than other methods in suppressing noise and preserving edge.

  18. A digital filtering scheme for SQUID based magnetocardiography

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    Zhu Xue-Min; Ren Yu-Feng; Yu Hong-Wei; Zhao Shi-Ping; Chen Geng-Hua; Zhang Li-Hua; Yang Qian-Sheng


    Considering the properties of slow change and quasi-periodicity of magnetocardiography (MCG) signal, we use an integrated technique of adaptive and low-pass filtering in dealing with two-channel MCG data measured by high Tc SQUIDs, The adaptive filter in the time domain is based on a noise feedback normalized least-mean-square (NLMS) algorithm, and the low-pass filter with a cutoff at 100Hz in the frequency domain characterized by Gaussian functions is combined with a notch at the power line frequency. In this way, both relevant and irrelevant noises in original MCG data are largely eliminated. The method may also be useful for other slowly varying quasi-periodical signals.

  19. Fast spectral color image segmentation based on filtering and clustering (United States)

    Xing, Min; Li, Hongyu; Jia, Jinyuan; Parkkinen, Jussi


    This paper proposes a fast approach to spectral image segmentation. In the algorithm, two popular techniques are extended and applied to spectral color images: the mean-shift filtering and the kernel-based clustering. We claim that segmentation should be completed under illuminant F11 rather than directly using the original spectral reflectance, because such illumination can reduce data variability and expedite the following filtering. The modes obtained in the mean-shift filtering represent the local features of spectral images, and will be applied to segmentation in place of pixels. Since the modes are generally small in number, the eigendecomposition of kernel matrices, the crucial step in the kernelbased clustering, becomes much easier. The combination of these two techniques can efficiently enhance the performance of segmentation. Experiments show that the proposed segmentation method is feasible and very promising for spectral color images.

  20. Research on Kalman-filter based multisensor data fusion

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    Multisensor data fusion has played a significant role in diverse areas ranging from local robot guidance to global military theatre defense etc.Various multisensor data fusion methods have been extensively investigated by researchers,of which Klaman filtering is one of the most important.Kalman filtering is the best-known recursive least mean-square algorithm to optimally estimate the unknown.states of a dynamic system,which has found widespread application in many areas.The scope of the work is restricted to investigate the various data fusion and track fusion techniques based on the Kalman Filter methods.then a new method of state fusion is proposed.Finally the simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of the introduced method.

  1. Enhanced azo dye removal in a continuously operated up-flow anaerobic filter packed with henna plant biomass. (United States)

    Huang, Jingang; Wu, Mengke; Chen, Jianjun; Liu, Xiuyan; Chen, Tingting; Wen, Yue; Tang, Junhong; Xie, Zhengmiao


    Effects of henna plant biomass (stem) packed in an up-flow anaerobic bio-filter (UAF) on an azo dye (AO7) removal were investigated. AO7 removal, sulfanilic acid (SA) formation, and pseudo first-order kinetic constants for these reactions (kAO7 and kSA) were higher in the henna-added UAF (R2) than in the control UAF without henna (R1). The maximum kAO7 in R1 and R2 were 0.0345 and 0.2024 cm(-1), respectively, on day 18; the corresponding molar ratios of SA formation to AO7 removal were 0.582 and 0.990. Adsorption and endogenous bio-reduction were the main AO7 removal pathways in R1, while in R2 bio-reduction was the dominant. Organics in henna could be released and fermented to volatile fatty acids, acting as effective electron donors for AO7 reduction, which was accelerated by soluble and/or fixed lawsone. Afterwards, the removal process weakened over time, indicating the demand of electron donation and lawsone-releasing during the long-term operation of UAF.

  2. A Modified Decision Based Mean Median Algorithm for Removal of High Density Salt and Pepper Noise

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    Jitender Kumar


    Full Text Available This paper presents a modified decision based mean median filter for removal of salt and pepper noise in gray scale images. This is a computationally efficient filtering technique. It is implemented in two steps: In the first step, noisy pixels are identified and in the second step, the proposed algorithm is applied only on noisy pixels. The noise free pixels are not modified, which helps in retaining the image features. Experimental results show that the proposed algorithm performs better than various recent denoising methods in terms of PSNR, IEF and MSE.

  3. Removal of volatile organic compounds in vertical flow filters: predictions from Reactive Transport Modeling

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    De Biase, C.; Maier, U.; Baeder-Bederski, O.; Bayer, P.; Oswald, S.E.; Thullner, M.


    Vertical flow filters are containers filled with porous medium that are recharged from top and drained at the bottom, and are operated at partly saturated conditions. They have recently been suggested as treatment technology for groundwater containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Numerical rea

  4. Removal of volatile organic compounds in vertical flow filters: predictions from Reactive Transport Modeling

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    De Biase, C.; Maier, U.; Baeder-Bederski, O.; Bayer, P.; Oswald, S.E.; Thullner, M.


    Vertical flow filters are containers filled with porous medium that are recharged from top and drained at the bottom, and are operated at partly saturated conditions. They have recently been suggested as treatment technology for groundwater containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Numerical rea

  5. Removal of volatile organic compounds in vertical flow filters: predictions from Reactive Transport Modeling

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    De Biase, C.; Maier, U.; Baeder-Bederski, O.; Bayer, P.; Oswald, S.E.; Thullner, M.


    Vertical flow filters are containers filled with porous medium that are recharged from top and drained at the bottom, and are operated at partly saturated conditions. They have recently been suggested as treatment technology for groundwater containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Numerical

  6. Conditions for using outdoor-air inlet filter for removing UFP in residential buildings

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    Afshari, Alireza; Ardkapan, Siamak Rahimi; Bergsøe, Niels Christian;


    The purpose of this project is to study the possibility of achieving a reduction of ultrafine particles in the indoor air by placing a filter at the outdoor-air inlet in residential buildings with exhaust ventilation or natural ventilation. This paper presents field measurements of airflow rates...

  7. Research on the filtering characteristic of single phase series hybrid active power filter based on fundamental magnetic flux compensation (United States)

    Tian, Jun; Chen, Qiaofu; Zhang, Yuqi


    In this article, the PWM inverter works as a controlled fundamental current source in the single phase series hybrid active power filter (APF) based on fundamental magnetic flux compensation (FMFC). The series transformer can exhibit the self-impedance of primary winding to harmonic current, which forces harmonic current to flow into passive power filter. With the influence of harmonic current, the voltage of primary winding of transformer is a harmonic voltage, which makes the inverter output currents have a certain harmonic component, and it degrades the filtering characteristics. On the basis of PWM inverter, the mathematical model of series hybrid APF is established, and the filtering characteristics of single phase APF are analysed in detail. Three methods are gained to improve filtering characteristics: reasonably designing the inverter output filter inductance, increasing series transformer ratio and adopting voltage feed-forward control. Experimental results show that the proposed APF has greater validity.

  8. Enhanced removal of ethylbenzene from gas streams in biotrickling filters by Tween-20 and Zn(Ⅱ)

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    Lu Wang; Chunping Yang; Yan Cheng; Jian Huang; Haining Yang; Guangming Zeng; Li Lu


    The effects of Tween-20 and Zn(Ⅱ) on ethylbenzene removal were evaluated using two biotrickling filters (BTFs),BTF1 and BTF2.Only BTF1 was fed with Tween-20 and Zn(Ⅱ).Results show that ethylbenzene removal decreased from 94% to 69% for BTF1 and from 74%to 54% for BTF2 with increased organic loading from 64.8 to 189.0 g ethylbenzene/(m3·hr) at EBRT of 40 sec.The effect of EBRT (60-15 sec) at a constant ethylbenzene inlet concentration was more significant than that of EBRT (30-10 sec) at a constant organic loading.Biomass accumulation rate within packing media was reduced significantly.

  9. Effects of atmospheric water vapor on detection performance of a linear variable filter based instrument (United States)

    Shen, Sylvia S.; Miller, David P.; Lewis, Paul E.


    Linear variable filter design and fabrication for LWIR is now commercially available for use in the development of airborne reconnaissance or surveillance systems. The linear variable filter is attached directly to the cold shield of the focal plane array. The resulting compact spectrometer assemblies are completely contained in the Dewar system. This approach eliminates many of the wavelength calibration problems associated with current prism and grating systems and also facilitates the cost effective design and fabrication of aerial sensing systems for specific applications. An optimal 32 band linear-variablefilter- based system for detecting and discriminating a set of 11 chemicals representing a high probability of occurrence during a typical emergency response chemical incident was determined in a companion paper entitled "Linear Variable Filter Optimization for Emergency Response Chemical Detection and Discrimination". This paper addresses the effects of atmospheric water vapor on the performance of this optimal 32 band linear-variable-filter-based system. This paper also determines at what increased concentration levels above the optimal system design goal of 30 ppm-m can detection and discrimination of these 11 chemicals be achieved in realistic but imperfect atmospheric water vapor removal scenarios.

  10. Fractal Dimension Invariant Filtering and Its CNN-based Implementation


    Xu, Hongteng; Yan, Junchi; Persson, Nils; Lin, Weiyao; Zha, Hongyuan


    Fractal analysis has been widely used in computer vision, especially in texture image processing and texture analysis. The key concept of fractal-based image model is the fractal dimension, which is invariant to bi-Lipschitz transformation of image, and thus capable of representing intrinsic structural information of image robustly. However, the invariance of fractal dimension generally does not hold after filtering, which limits the application of fractal-based image model. In this paper, we...

  11. Image Recommendation Algorithm Using Feature-Based Collaborative Filtering (United States)

    Kim, Deok-Hwan

    As the multimedia contents market continues its rapid expansion, the amount of image contents used in mobile phone services, digital libraries, and catalog service is increasing remarkably. In spite of this rapid growth, users experience high levels of frustration when searching for the desired image. Even though new images are profitable to the service providers, traditional collaborative filtering methods cannot recommend them. To solve this problem, in this paper, we propose feature-based collaborative filtering (FBCF) method to reflect the user's most recent preference by representing his purchase sequence in the visual feature space. The proposed approach represents the images that have been purchased in the past as the feature clusters in the multi-dimensional feature space and then selects neighbors by using an inter-cluster distance function between their feature clusters. Various experiments using real image data demonstrate that the proposed approach provides a higher quality recommendation and better performance than do typical collaborative filtering and content-based filtering techniques.

  12. Filter for speckle noise reduction based on compressive sensing (United States)

    Leportier, Thibault; Park, Min-Chul


    In holographic reconstruction, speckle noise is a serious factor that may degrade the image quality greatly. Several methods have been proposed, so far, to filter speckle from hologram reconstruction. The first approach is based on averaging several speckle patterns. The second solution is to apply a filter on the reconstructed image. In the first case, several holograms should be acquired, while compromise between speckle reduction and edge preservation is usually a challenge in the case of digital filtering. We propose a method to filter speckle noise based on compressive sensing (CS). CS is a method that has been demonstrated recently to reconstruct images with a sampling inferior to the Nyquist rate. By applying several times the CS algorithm on the hologram reconstruction with different initial downsampling, several versions of the same images can be reconstructed with slightly different speckle patterns. Then, speckle noise can be greatly decreased while preserving sharpness of the image. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed method with simulations as well as with holograms acquired by phase-shifting method.

  13. Scattering-angle based filtering of the waveform inversion gradients

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    Alkhalifah, Tariq Ali


    Full waveform inversion (FWI) requires a hierarchical approach to maneuver the complex non-linearity associated with the problem of velocity update. In anisotropic media, the non-linearity becomes far more complex with the potential trade-off between the multiparameter description of the model. A gradient filter helps us in accessing the parts of the gradient that are suitable to combat the potential non-linearity and parameter trade-off. The filter is based on representing the gradient in the time-lag normalized domain, in which the low scattering angle of the gradient update is initially muted out in the FWI implementation, in what we may refer to as a scattering angle continuation process. The result is a low wavelength update dominated by the transmission part of the update gradient. In this case, even 10 Hz data can produce vertically near-zero wavenumber updates suitable for a background correction of the model. Relaxing the filtering at a later stage in the FWI implementation allows for smaller scattering angles to contribute higher-resolution information to the model. The benefits of the extended domain based filtering of the gradient is not only it\\'s ability in providing low wavenumber gradients guided by the scattering angle, but also in its potential to provide gradients free of unphysical energy that may correspond to unrealistic scattering angles.

  14. A Self-commissioning Notch Filter for Active Damping in a Three-Phase LCL -Filter-Based Grid-Tie Converter

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    Pena-Alzola, Rafael; Liserre, Marco; Blaabjerg, Frede


    LCL-filters are a cost-effective solution to mitigate harmonic current content in grid-tie converters. In order to avoid stability problems, the resonance frequency of LCL-filters can be damped with active techniques that remove dissipative elements but increase control complexity. A notch filter...... provides an effective solution, however tuning the filter requires considerable design effort and the variations in the grid impedance limit the LCL-filter robustness. This paper proposes a straightforward tuning procedure for a notch filter self-commissioning. In order to account for the grid inductance...

  15. Hydrogen sulfide removal from livestock biogas by a farm-scale bio-filter desulfurization system. (United States)

    Su, J-J; Chang, Y-C; Chen, Y-J; Chang, K-C; Lee, S-Y


    A farm-scale biogas desulfurization system was designed and tested for H2S removal efficiency from livestock biogas. This work assesses the H2S removal efficiency of a novel farm-scale biogas bio-desulfurization system (BBS) operated for 350 days on a 1,000-head pig farm. Experimental data demonstrated that suitable humidity and temperature can help sulfur-oxidizing bacteria to form active bio-films on the bio-carriers. The daily average removal rate increased to 879.16 from 337.75 g-H2S/d with an average inlet H2S concentration of 4,691 ± 1,532 mg/m(3) in biogas. Thus, the overall (0-350 days) average H2S removal efficiency exceeded 93%. The proposed BBS overcomes limitations of H2S in biogas when utilizing pig farm biogas for power generation and other applications.

  16. A Geometric Particle Filter for Template-Based Visual Tracking. (United States)

    Junghyun Kwon; Hee Seok Lee; Park, Frank C; Kyoung Mu Lee


    Existing approaches to template-based visual tracking, in which the objective is to continuously estimate the spatial transformation parameters of an object template over video frames, have primarily been based on deterministic optimization, which as is well-known can result in convergence to local optima. To overcome this limitation of the deterministic optimization approach, in this paper we present a novel particle filtering approach to template-based visual tracking. We formulate the problem as a particle filtering problem on matrix Lie groups, specifically the three-dimensional Special Linear group SL(3) and the two-dimensional affine group Aff(2). Computational performance and robustness are enhanced through a number of features: (i) Gaussian importance functions on the groups are iteratively constructed via local linearization; (ii) the inverse formulation of the Jacobian calculation is used; (iii) template resizing is performed; and (iv) parent-child particles are developed and used. Extensive experimental results using challenging video sequences demonstrate the enhanced performance and robustness of our particle filtering-based approach to template-based visual tracking. We also show that our approach outperforms several state-of-the-art template-based visual tracking methods via experiments using the publicly available benchmark data set.

  17. a Min-Cut Based Filter for Airborne LIDAR Data (United States)

    Ural, Serkan; Shan, Jie


    LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a routinely employed technology as a 3-D data collection technique for topographic mapping. Conventional workflows for analyzing LiDAR data require the ground to be determined prior to extracting other features of interest. Filtering the terrain points is one of the fundamental processes to acquire higher-level information from unstructured LiDAR point data. There are many ground-filtering algorithms in literature, spanning several broad categories regarding their strategies. Most of the earlier algorithms examine only the local characteristics of the points or grids, such as the slope, and elevation discontinuities. Since considering only the local properties restricts the filtering performance due to the complexity of the terrain and the features, some recent methods utilize global properties of the terrain as well. This paper presents a new ground filtering method, Min-cut Based Filtering (MBF), which takes both local and global properties of the points into account. MBF considers ground filtering as a labeling task. First, an energy function is designed on a graph, where LiDAR points are considered as the nodes on the graph that are connected to each other as well as to two auxiliary nodes representing ground and off-ground labels. The graph is constructed such that the data costs are assigned to the edges connecting the points to the auxiliary nodes, and the smoothness costs to the edges between points. Data and smoothness terms of the energy function are formulated using point elevations and approximate ground information. The data term conducts the likelihood of the points being ground or off-ground while the smoothness term enforces spatial coherence between neighboring points. The energy function is optimized by finding the minimum-cut on the graph via the alpha-expansion algorithm. The resulting graph-cut provides the labeling of the point cloud as ground and off-ground points. Evaluation of the proposed method on

  18. Removal and seasonal variability of selected analgesics/anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive/cardiovascular pharmaceuticals and UV filters in wastewater treatment plant. (United States)

    Golovko, Oksana; Kumar, Vimal; Fedorova, Ganna; Randak, Tomas; Grabic, Roman


    Seasonal removal efficiency of 16 pharmaceuticals and personal care products was monitored in a wastewater treatment plant in České Budějovice, Czech Republic, over a period of 1 year (total amount of samples, n = 272). The studied compounds included four UV filters, three analgesics/anti-inflammatory drugs and nine anti-hypertensive/cardiovascular drugs. In most cases, elimination of the substances was incomplete, and overall removal rates varied strongly from -38 to 100%. Therefore, it was difficult to establish a general trend for each therapeutic group. Based on the removal efficiencies (REs) over the year, three groups of target compounds were observed. A few compounds (benzophenon-1, valsartan, isradipine and furosemide) were not fully removed, but their REs were greater than 50%. The second group of analytes, consisting of 2-phenylbenzimidazole-5-sulfonic acid, tramadol, sotalol, metoprolol, atenolol and diclofenac, showed a very low RE (lower than 50%). The third group of compounds showed extremely variable RE (benzophenon-3 and benzophenon-4, codeine, verapamil, diltiazem and bisoprolol). There were significant seasonal trends in the observed REs, with reduced efficiencies in colder months.

  19. Removal of nitrate, ammonia and phosphate from aqueous solutions in packed bed filter using biochar augmented sand media

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    El Hanandeh Ali


    Full Text Available Nutrients from wastewater are a major source of pollution because they can cause significant impact on the ecosystem. Accordingly, it is important that the nutrient concentrations are kept to admissible levels to the receiving environment. Often regulatory limits are set on the maximum allowable concentrations in the effluent. Therefore, wastewater must be treated to meet safe levels of discharge. In this study, laboratory investigation of the efficiency of packed bed filters to remove nitrate, ammonium and phosphate from aqueous solutions were conducted. Sand and sand augmented with hydrochloric acid treated biochar (SBC were used as packing media. Synthetic wastewater solution was prepared with PO43−, NO3−, NH4+ concentrations 20, 10, 50 mg/L, respectively. Each experiment ran for a period of five days; samples from the effluent were collected on alternate days. All experiments were duplicated. Over the experiment period, the average removal efficiency of PO43−, NO3−, NH4+ were 99.2%, 72.9%, 96.7% in the sand packed columns and 99.2%, 82.3%, 97.4% in the SBC packed columns, respectively. Although, the presence of biochar in the packing media had little effect on phosphate and ammonium removal, it significantly improved nitrate removal.

  20. Removal of MBBR Biofilm Solids by Salsnes Filter Fine Mesh Sieves


    Ng, HuaQin


    Biological wastewater treatment is often used in conjunction with primary treatment to reduce the constituents in wastewater. It is normally necessary to separate the biomass from the treated wastewater in order to meet the effluent discharge standards. Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) is a biofilm process where plastic carriers carrying the biomass are moving along with the wastewater and typically operating with low concentration of suspended solids in pure biofilm systems. Salsnes Filters...

  1. Removal of metals from aqueous solution and sea water by functionalized graphite nanoplatelets based electrodes. (United States)

    Mishra, Ashish Kumar; Ramaprabhu, S


    In the present wok, we have demonstrated the simultaneous removal of sodium and arsenic (pentavalent and trivalent) from aqueous solution using functionalized graphite nanoplatelets (f-GNP) based electrodes. In addition, these electrodes based water filter was used for multiple metals removal from sea water. Graphite nanoplatelets (GNP) were prepared by acid intercalation and thermal exfoliation. Functionalization of GNP was done by further acid treatment. Material was characterized by different characterization techniques. Performance of supercapacitor based water filter was analyzed for the removal of high concentration of arsenic (trivalent and pentavalent) and sodium as well as for desalination of sea water, using cyclic voltametry (CV) and inductive coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) techniques. Adsorption isotherms and kinetic characteristics were studied for the simultaneous removal of sodium and arsenic (both trivalent and pentavalent). Maximum adsorption capacities of 27, 29 and 32 mg/g for arsenate, arsenite and sodium were achieved in addition to good removal efficiency for sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium from sea water.

  2. Experimental Study on a New Dual-Layer Granular Bed Filter for Removing Particulates

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    YANG Guo-hua; ZHOU Jiang-hua


    A new dual-layer granular bed filter for hot gas cleanup was invented and studied experimentally. Fine sand, 0.5-1 mm grain size and about 1350 kg/m3 bulk density, was used as the lower layer of the filter. Expanded perlite particles, 2-5 mm grain size and about 70 kg/m3 bulk density, was used for the upper layer of the filter in this study. It was confirmed that the sizes and densities of these two media matched well; the binary media remained in complete segregation during regeneration by fluidization. Test results show that the filtration of the expanded perlite particle layer was characterized as "deep bed filtration." Filtration of the fine sand layer was "surface cake filtration." The expanded perlite particle layer contributed about 90% to the bed dust capacity, but only about 20% to the total bed pressure drop, which increased the bed dust capacity ten fold compared to a single-layer bed of the same sand and the same total bed pressure drop. The dust cake on the surface of the fine sand layer raised the collection efficiencies to over 99.99%.

  3. New control algorithm for shunt active filters, based on self-tuned vector filter


    Perales Esteve, Manuel Ángel; Mora Jiménez, José Luis; Carrasco Solís, Juan Manuel; García Franquelo, Leopoldo


    A new, improved, method for calculating the reference of a shunt active filter is presented. This method lays on a filter, which is able to extract the main component of a vector signal. This filter acts as a Phase-Locked Loop, capturing a particular frequency. The output of this filter is in phase with the frequency isolated, and has its amplitude. Simulation and experimental results confirms the validity of the proposed algorithm.

  4. Automated data-based damage localization under ambient vibration using local modal filters and dynamic strain measurements: Experimental applications (United States)

    Tondreau, Gilles; Deraemaeker, Arnaud


    This paper deals with the experimental application of modal filters for automated damage localization using dynamic strain measurements. Previously developed for damage detection, the extension of modal filtering to damage localization consists in splitting a very large network of dynamic strain sensors into several independent local sensor networks. An efficient signal processing coupled to control charts allows a fully automated data-based damage localization once the modal filters are initialized. The method is tested experimentally on a small clamped-free steel plate and a 3.78 m long steel I-beam, both instrumented with a network of cheap piezoelectric patches to measure the dynamic strains. A removable damage is introduced at different positions by means of a small removable damage device. For both applications, the method can successfully detect and locate all damage cases considered, showing the potentiality of the method for field applications.

  5. Efficient Kernel-Based Ensemble Gaussian Mixture Filtering

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    Liu, Bo


    We consider the Bayesian filtering problem for data assimilation following the kernel-based ensemble Gaussian-mixture filtering (EnGMF) approach introduced by Anderson and Anderson (1999). In this approach, the posterior distribution of the system state is propagated with the model using the ensemble Monte Carlo method, providing a forecast ensemble that is then used to construct a prior Gaussian-mixture (GM) based on the kernel density estimator. This results in two update steps: a Kalman filter (KF)-like update of the ensemble members and a particle filter (PF)-like update of the weights, followed by a resampling step to start a new forecast cycle. After formulating EnGMF for any observational operator, we analyze the influence of the bandwidth parameter of the kernel function on the covariance of the posterior distribution. We then focus on two aspects: i) the efficient implementation of EnGMF with (relatively) small ensembles, where we propose a new deterministic resampling strategy preserving the first two moments of the posterior GM to limit the sampling error; and ii) the analysis of the effect of the bandwidth parameter on contributions of KF and PF updates and on the weights variance. Numerical results using the Lorenz-96 model are presented to assess the behavior of EnGMF with deterministic resampling, study its sensitivity to different parameters and settings, and evaluate its performance against ensemble KFs. The proposed EnGMF approach with deterministic resampling suggests improved estimates in all tested scenarios, and is shown to require less localization and to be less sensitive to the choice of filtering parameters.

  6. Sand filters for removal of microbes and nutrients from wastewater during a one-year pilot study in a cold temperate climate. (United States)

    Kauppinen, Ari; Martikainen, Kati; Matikka, Ville; Veijalainen, Anna-Maria; Pitkänen, Tarja; Heinonen-Tanski, Helvi; Miettinen, Ilkka T


    Onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) are recognised as potential threats to groundwater or other water environments subject to discharged effluents. In this study, the microbiological and nutrient removal properties of three different pilot-scale sand filters (SFs) were followed over a one-year period. Moreover, a separate phosphorus removal unit was tested for six months. For the best treatment system, the average log removals were 2.2-3.5 for pathogenic human noro- and adenoviruses and 4.3-5.2 and 4.6-5.4 for indicator viruses and bacteria, respectively. The system that effectively removed microbes was also efficient at removing nutrients. However, the poorest treatment system yielded substantially lower removals. The remarkable differences noted between the studied SFs highlights the importance of construction materials and the careful planning of the filters. Moreover, seasonal conditions appear to have a clear effect on purification efficiencies, emphasising the vulnerability of these systems especially in cold climates.

  7. Localization using omnivision-based manifold particle filters (United States)

    Wong, Adelia; Yousefhussien, Mohammed; Ptucha, Raymond


    Developing precise and low-cost spatial localization algorithms is an essential component for autonomous navigation systems. Data collection must be of sufficient detail to distinguish unique locations, yet coarse enough to enable real-time processing. Active proximity sensors such as sonar and rangefinders have been used for interior localization, but sonar sensors are generally coarse and rangefinders are generally expensive. Passive sensors such as video cameras are low cost and feature-rich, but suffer from high dimensions and excessive bandwidth. This paper presents a novel approach to indoor localization using a low cost video camera and spherical mirror. Omnidirectional captured images undergo normalization and unwarping to a canonical representation more suitable for processing. Training images along with indoor maps are fed into a semi-supervised linear extension of graph embedding manifold learning algorithm to learn a low dimensional surface which represents the interior of a building. The manifold surface descriptor is used as a semantic signature for particle filter localization. Test frames are conditioned, mapped to a low dimensional surface, and then localized via an adaptive particle filter algorithm. These particles are temporally filtered for the final localization estimate. The proposed method, termed omnivision-based manifold particle filters, reduces convergence lag and increases overall efficiency.

  8. Acoustic cardiac signals analysis: a Kalman filter-based approach. (United States)

    Salleh, Sheik Hussain; Hussain, Hadrina Sheik; Swee, Tan Tian; Ting, Chee-Ming; Noor, Alias Mohd; Pipatsart, Surasak; Ali, Jalil; Yupapin, Preecha P


    Auscultation of the heart is accompanied by both electrical activity and sound. Heart auscultation provides clues to diagnose many cardiac abnormalities. Unfortunately, detection of relevant symptoms and diagnosis based on heart sound through a stethoscope is difficult. The reason GPs find this difficult is that the heart sounds are of short duration and separated from one another by less than 30 ms. In addition, the cost of false positives constitutes wasted time and emotional anxiety for both patient and GP. Many heart diseases cause changes in heart sound, waveform, and additional murmurs before other signs and symptoms appear. Heart-sound auscultation is the primary test conducted by GPs. These sounds are generated primarily by turbulent flow of blood in the heart. Analysis of heart sounds requires a quiet environment with minimum ambient noise. In order to address such issues, the technique of denoising and estimating the biomedical heart signal is proposed in this investigation. Normally, the performance of the filter naturally depends on prior information related to the statistical properties of the signal and the background noise. This paper proposes Kalman filtering for denoising statistical heart sound. The cycles of heart sounds are certain to follow first-order Gauss-Markov process. These cycles are observed with additional noise for the given measurement. The model is formulated into state-space form to enable use of a Kalman filter to estimate the clean cycles of heart sounds. The estimates obtained by Kalman filtering are optimal in mean squared sense.

  9. An iterative denoising system based on Wiener filtering with application to biomedical images (United States)

    Lahmiri, Salim


    Biomedical image denoising systems are important for accurate clinical diagnosis. The purpose of this study is to present a simple and effective iterative multistep image denoising system based on Wiener filtering (WF) where the denoised image from one stage is the input to the next stage. The denoising process stops when a particular condition measured by image energy is adaptively achieved. The proposed iterative system is tested on real clinical images and performance is measured by the well-known peak-signal-to-noise-ratio (PSNR) statistic. Experimental results showed that the proposed iterative system outperforms conventional image denoising algorithms; including wavelet packet (WP), fourth order partial differential equation (FOPDE), nonlocal Euclidean means (NLEM), first order local statistics (FOLS), and single Wiener filter used as baseline model. The experimental results demonstrate that the proposed approach can remove noise automatically and effectively while edges and texture characteristics are preserved.

  10. River Flow Lane Detection and Kalman Filtering-Based B-Spline Lane Tracking

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    King Hann Lim


    Full Text Available A novel lane detection technique using adaptive line segment and river flow method is proposed in this paper to estimate driving lane edges. A Kalman filtering-based B-spline tracking model is also presented to quickly predict lane boundaries in consecutive frames. Firstly, sky region and road shadows are removed by applying a regional dividing method and road region analysis, respectively. Next, the change of lane orientation is monitored in order to define an adaptive line segment separating the region into near and far fields. In the near field, a 1D Hough transform is used to approximate a pair of lane boundaries. Subsequently, river flow method is applied to obtain lane curvature in the far field. Once the lane boundaries are detected, a B-spline mathematical model is updated using a Kalman filter to continuously track the road edges. Simulation results show that the proposed lane detection and tracking method has good performance with low complexity.

  11. Collaborative Filtering Fusing Label Features Based on SDAE

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    Huo, Huan; Liu, Xiufeng; Zheng, Deyuan


    problem, auxiliary information such as labels are utilized. Another approach of recommendation system is content-based model which can’t be directly integrated with CF-based model due to its inherent characteristics. Considering that deep learning algorithms are capable of extracting deep latent features......, this paper applies Stack Denoising Auto Encoder (SDAE) to content-based model and proposes LCF(Deep Learning for Collaborative Filtering) algorithm by combing CF-based model which fuses label features. Experiments on real-world data sets show that DLCF can largely overcome the sparsity problem...

  12. Relevance Feedback Algorithm Based on Collaborative Filtering in Image Retrieval

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    Yan Sun


    Full Text Available Content-based image retrieval is a very dynamic study field, and in this field, how to improve retrieval speed and retrieval accuracy is a hot issue. The retrieval performance can be improved when applying relevance feedback to image retrieval and introducing the participation of people to the retrieval process. However, as for many existing image retrieval methods, there are disadvantages of relevance feedback with information not being fully saved and used, and their accuracy and flexibility are relatively poor. Based on this, the collaborative filtering technology was combined with relevance feedback in this study, and an improved relevance feedback algorithm based on collaborative filtering was proposed. In the method, the collaborative filtering technology was used not only to predict the semantic relevance between images in database and the retrieval samples, but to analyze feedback log files in image retrieval, which can make the historical data of relevance feedback be fully used by image retrieval system, and further to improve the efficiency of feedback. The improved algorithm presented has been tested on the content-based image retrieval database, and the performance of the algorithm has been analyzed and compared with the existing algorithms. The experimental results showed that, compared with the traditional feedback algorithms, this method can obviously improve the efficiency of relevance feedback, and effectively promote the recall and precision of image retrieval.

  13. Scattering angle base filtering of the inversion gradients

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    Alkhalifah, Tariq Ali


    Full waveform inversion (FWI) requires a hierarchical approach based on the availability of low frequencies to maneuver the complex nonlinearity associated with the problem of velocity inversion. I develop a model gradient filter to help us access the parts of the gradient more suitable to combat this potential nonlinearity. The filter is based on representing the gradient in the time-lag normalized domain, in which low scattering angles of the gradient update are initially muted. The result are long-wavelength updates controlled by the ray component of the wavefield. In this case, even 10 Hz data can produce near zero wavelength updates suitable for a background correction of the model. Allowing smaller scattering angle to contribute provides higher resolution information to the model.

  14. Local fingerprint image reconstruction based on gabor filtering (United States)

    Bakhtiari, Somayeh; Agaian, Sos S.; Jamshidi, Mo


    In this paper, we propose two solutions for fingerprint local image reconstruction based on Gabor filtering. Gabor filtering is a popular method for fingerprint image enhancement. However, the reliability of the information in the output image suffers, when the input image has a poor quality. This is the result of the spurious estimates of frequency and orientation by classical approaches, particularly in the scratch regions. In both techniques of this paper, the scratch marks are recognized initially using reliability image which is calculated using the gradient images. The first algorithm is based on an inpainting technique and the second method employs two different kernels for the scratch and the non-scratch parts of the image to calculate the gradient images. The simulation results show that both approaches allow the actual information of the image to be preserved while connecting discontinuities correctly by approximating the orientation matrix more genuinely.

  15. Image denoising using new pixon representation based on fuzzy filtering and partial differential equations

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    Nadernejad, Ehsan; Nikpour, Mohsen


    In this paper, we have proposed two extensions to pixon-based image modeling. The first one is using bicubic interpolation instead of bilinear interpolation and the second one is using fuzzy filtering method, aiming to improve the quality of the pixonal image. Finally, partial differential...... equations (PDEs) are applied on the pixonal image for noise removing. The proposed algorithm has been examined on variety of standard images and their performance compared with the existing algorithms. Experimental results show that in comparison with the other existing methods, the proposed algorithm has...... a better performance in denoising and preserving image edges....



    D.Jagadish *, A.Vishnu Kumar, R.Mani Raj


    In the present days the web domain is improved with new types of services, with the increase in service and cloud computing. As a result new forms of web content collecting/designing is done based on the numerous openly available web services online. These services are utilized in many ways by different domains and with the exponential growth of these web services users are experiencing difficulties in finding and utilizing a best matching service for their mashup. A collaborative filtering a...

  17. Improvements of Analog Neural Networks Based on Kalman Filter

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    Z. Raida


    Full Text Available In the paper, original improvements of recurrent analog neuralnetworks, which are based on Kalman filter, are presented. Theseimprovements eliminate some disadvantages of the classical Kalmanneural network and enable a real time processing of quickly changingsignals, which appear in adaptive antennas and similar applications.This goal is reached using such circuit elements, which increase theconvergence rate of the network and decrease the dependence ofconvergence rate on the ratio of eigenvalues of the correlation matrixof input signals.

  18. Kalman Filter Based Tracking in an Video Surveillance System


    SULIMAN, C.; CRUCERU, C.; Moldoveanu, F.


    In this paper we have developed a Matlab/Simulink based model for monitoring a contact in a video surveillance sequence. For the segmentation process and corect identification of a contact in a surveillance video, we have used the Horn-Schunk optical flow algorithm. The position and the behavior of the correctly detected contact were monitored with the help of the traditional Kalman filter. After that we have compared the results obtained from the optical flow method with the ones obtaine...

  19. Chi-squared smoothed adaptive particle-filtering based prognosis (United States)

    Ley, Christopher P.; Orchard, Marcos E.


    This paper presents a novel form of selecting the likelihood function of the standard sequential importance sampling/re-sampling particle filter (SIR-PF) with a combination of sliding window smoothing and chi-square statistic weighting, so as to: (a) increase the rate of convergence of a flexible state model with artificial evolution for online parameter learning (b) improve the performance of a particle-filter based prognosis algorithm. This is applied and tested with real data from oil total base number (TBN) measurements from three haul trucks. The oil data has high measurement uncertainty and an unknown phenomenological state model. Performance of the proposed algorithm is benchmarked against the standard form of SIR-PF estimation which utilises the Normal (Gaussian) likelihood function. Both implementations utilise the same particle filter based prognosis algorithm so as to provide a common comparison. A sensitivity analysis is also performed to further explore the effects of the combination of sliding window smoothing and chi-square statistic weighting to the SIR-PF.

  20. Supervised Filter Learning for Representation Based Face Recognition.

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    Chao Bi

    Full Text Available Representation based classification methods, such as Sparse Representation Classification (SRC and Linear Regression Classification (LRC have been developed for face recognition problem successfully. However, most of these methods use the original face images without any preprocessing for recognition. Thus, their performances may be affected by some problematic factors (such as illumination and expression variances in the face images. In order to overcome this limitation, a novel supervised filter learning algorithm is proposed for representation based face recognition in this paper. The underlying idea of our algorithm is to learn a filter so that the within-class representation residuals of the faces' Local Binary Pattern (LBP features are minimized and the between-class representation residuals of the faces' LBP features are maximized. Therefore, the LBP features of filtered face images are more discriminative for representation based classifiers. Furthermore, we also extend our algorithm for heterogeneous face recognition problem. Extensive experiments are carried out on five databases and the experimental results verify the efficacy of the proposed algorithm.

  1. Phosphorus removal using Ca-rich hydrated oil shale ash as filter material--the effect of different phosphorus loadings and wastewater compositions. (United States)

    Kõiv, Margit; Liira, Martin; Mander, Ulo; Mõtlep, Riho; Vohla, Christina; Kirsimäe, Kalle


    We studied the phosphorus (P) binding capacity of Ca-rich alkaline filter material - hydrated oil shale ash (i.e. hydrated ash) in two onsite pilot-scale experiments (with subsurface flow filters) in Estonia: one using pre-treated municipal wastewater with total phosphorus (TP) concentration of 0.13-17.0 mg L(-1) over a period of 6 months, another using pre-treated landfill leachate (median TP 3.4 mg L(-1)) for a total of 12 months. The results show efficient P removal (median removal of phosphates 99%) in horizontal flow (HF) filters at both sites regardless of variable concentrations of several inhibitors. The P removal efficiency of the hydrated ash increases with increasing P loading, suggesting direct precipitation of Ca-phosphate phases rather than an adsorption mechanism. Changes in the composition of the hydrated ash suggest a significant increase in P concentration in all filters (e.g. from 489.5 mg kg(-1) in initial ash to 664.9 mg kg(-1) in the HF filter after one year in operation), whereas almost all TP was removed from the inflow leachate (R(2) = 0.99). Efficiency was high throughout the experiments (median outflow from HF hydrated ash filters 0.05-0.50 mg L(-1)), and P accumulation did not show any signs of saturation. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Odour and ammonia removal from pig house exhaust air using a biotrickling filter

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    Melse, R.W.; Mol, G.


    Odour from agricultural activities, such as the spreading of manure and the housing of animals, is increasingly being considered a nuisance in densely populated countries like the Netherlands. The objective of this research was to study the odour removal from pig house exhaust air by a biotrickling

  3. Removal of Gross Air Embolization from Cardiopulmonary Bypass Circuits with Integrated Arterial Line Filters: A Comparison of Circuit Designs. (United States)

    Reagor, James A; Holt, David W


    Advances in technology, the desire to minimize blood product transfusions, and concerns relating to inflammatory mediators have lead many practitioners and manufacturers to minimize cardiopulmonary bypass (CBP) circuit designs. The oxygenator and arterial line filter (ALF) have been integrated into one device as a method of attaining a reduction in prime volume and surface area. The instructions for use of a currently available oxygenator with integrated ALF recommends incorporating a recirculation line distal to the oxygenator. However, according to an unscientific survey, 70% of respondents utilize CPB circuits incorporating integrated ALFs without a path of recirculation distal to the oxygenator outlet. Considering this circuit design, the ability to quickly remove a gross air bolus in the blood path distal to the oxygenator may be compromised. This in vitro study was designed to determine if the time required to remove a gross air bolus from a CPB circuit without a path of recirculation distal to the oxygenator will be significantly longer than that of a circuit with a path of recirculation distal to the oxygenator. A significant difference was found in the mean time required to remove a gross air bolus between the circuit designs (p = .0003). Additionally, There was found to be a statistically significant difference in the mean time required to remove a gross air bolus between Trial 1 and Trials 4 (p = .015) and 5 (p =.014) irrespective of the circuit design. Under the parameters of this study, a recirculation line distal to an oxygenator with an integrated ALF significantly decreases the time it takes to remove an air bolus from the CPB circuit and may be safer for clinical use than the same circuit without a recirculation line.

  4. Removal of Hydrogen Sulfide from Septic Tank by Vermicomposting Bio Filter

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    Abdol Kazem Neisi


    Full Text Available Background & Aims of the Study: Hydrogen sulfide (H2S is a colorless and highly toxic, easily dissolved in water, flammable and explosive gas. Hydrogen sulfide gas is the main cause of odor emissions from municipal sewage plants. One method for removal of hydrogen sulfide gas is the use of biological systems, biofilter. The aim of this study was to survey removal hydrogen sulfide provide in septic tank by vermicomposting biofilter. Materials and Methods: In this study pilot-scale biofilter has been made of bed vermicompost and wood trash. To survey biofilter performance under real condition, the pilot installed in one wastewater pumping station of Ahwaz city, Iran. The study was carried out over 80 days. Inlet and outlet H2S concentration were measured on regular basis. To provide an optimal condition for bacterial growth, moisture was adjusted between 40% and 60% throughout the experiment. Results: Results showed that H2S concentration emitted from the pumping station during the study varied greatly between 33 and 54ppm .The maximum adsorption capacity of the biological bedding was recorded at 22.4 g/ and the mean efficiency of H2S removal account the startup time was 89.31% .The mean performance efficiency during the biological activity after the startup was recorded at 96.88%. Conclusion: use up biofilter with vermicompost bed and woodchip is an economic method for H2S removal of septic tanks. Removal efficiency of more than 96% is expected with this method.

  5. Collaborative Filtering Algorithms Based on Kendall Correlation in Recommender Systems

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    YAO Yu; ZHU Shanfeng; CHEN Xinmeng


    In this work, Kendall correlation based collaborative filtering algorithms for the recommender systems are proposed. The Kendall correlation method is used to measure the correlation amongst users by means of considering the relative order of the users' ratings. Kendall based algorithm is based upon a more general model and thus could be more widely applied in e-commerce. Another discovery of this work is that the consideration of only positive correlated neighbors in prediction, in both Pearson and Kendall algorithms, achieves higher accuracy than the consideration of all neighbors, with only a small loss of coverage.

  6. A microprocessor based anti-aliasing filter for a PCM system (United States)

    Morrow, D. C.; Sandlin, D. R.


    Described is the design and evaluation of a microprocessor based digital filter. The filter was made to investigate the feasibility of a digital replacement for the analog pre-sampling filters used in telemetry systems at the NASA Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility (DFRF). The digital filter will utilize an Intel 2920 Analog Signal Processor (ASP) chip. Testing includes measurements of: (1) the filter frequency response and, (2) the filter signal resolution. The evaluation of the digital filter was made on the basis of circuit size, projected environmental stability and filter resolution. The 2920 based digital filter was found to meet or exceed the pre-sampling filter specifications for limited signal resolution applications.

  7. An Innovations-Based Noise Cancelling Technique on Inverse Kepstrum Whitening Filter and Adaptive FIR Filter in Beamforming Structure

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    Jinsoo Jeong


    Full Text Available This paper presents an acoustic noise cancelling technique using an inverse kepstrum system as an innovations-based whitening application for an adaptive finite impulse response (FIR filter in beamforming structure. The inverse kepstrum method uses an innovations-whitened form from one acoustic path transfer function between a reference microphone sensor and a noise source so that the rear-end reference signal will then be a whitened sequence to a cascaded adaptive FIR filter in the beamforming structure. By using an inverse kepstrum filter as a whitening filter with the use of a delay filter, the cascaded adaptive FIR filter estimates only the numerator of the polynomial part from the ratio of overall combined transfer functions. The test results have shown that the adaptive FIR filter is more effective in beamforming structure than an adaptive noise cancelling (ANC structure in terms of signal distortion in the desired signal and noise reduction in noise with nonminimum phase components. In addition, the inverse kepstrum method shows almost the same convergence level in estimate of noise statistics with the use of a smaller amount of adaptive FIR filter weights than the kepstrum method, hence it could provide better computational simplicity in processing. Furthermore, the rear-end inverse kepstrum method in beamforming structure has shown less signal distortion in the desired signal than the front-end kepstrum method and the front-end inverse kepstrum method in beamforming structure.

  8. Information Filtering via Implicit Trust-based Network

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    Xuan, Zhao-Guo; Liu, Jian-Guo


    Based on the user-item bipartite network, collaborative filtering (CF) recommender systems predict users' interests according to their history collections, which is a promising way to solve the information exploration problem. However, CF algorithm encounters cold start and sparsity problems. The trust-based CF algorithm is implemented by collecting the users' trust statements, which is time-consuming and must use users' private friendship information. In this paper, we present a novel measurement to calculate users' implicit trust-based correlation by taking into account their average ratings, rating ranges, and the number of common rated items. By applying the similar idea to the items, a item-based CF algorithm is constructed. The simulation results on three benchmark data sets show that the performances of both user-based and item-based algorithms could be enhanced greatly. Finally, a hybrid algorithm is constructed by integrating the user-based and item-based algorithms, the simulation results indicate t...

  9. Emission of odorous volatile organic compounds from a municipal manure treatment plant and their removal using a biotrickling filter. (United States)

    Li, Jian-Jun; Wu, Yan-Di; Zhang, Yan-Li; Zeng, Pei-Yuan; Tu, Xiang; Xu, Mei-Ying; Sun, Guo-Ping


    Odorous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from municipal manure treatment facilities are considered as a major nuisance issue for operators and nearby residents. In this study, up to 71 odorous VOCs were detected by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry at the manure treatment plant. These compounds can be classified into five different categories, including alkanes, olefins, aromatics, volatile organosulphur compounds and terpenes. Toluene, dimethyl disulphide, dimethyl sulphide, xylene and ethylbenzene were the five most abundant pollutants. A pilot-scale biotrickling filter (BTF) was employed to treat the complex odorous gases. Correlation analysis showed that the removal efficiency (RE) of the BTF was related with the molecular weight and chemical structure of contaminants. Higher than 85% of REs could be reached for aromatic, terpenes and most alkanes compounds after 180 days of operation. Comparatively, most olefins and partial alkanes compounds with a molecular weight lower than 70 were not removed easily. The REs of these compounds ranged from 0% to 94%, and the average removal efficiency (RE) was only about 33.3%.

  10. Preparation of surface-modified poly(butylene terephthalate) nonwovens and their application as leukocyte removal filters. (United States)

    Kim, Eun Jin; Yeo, Gwu-Dong; Pai, Chaul-Min; Kang, Inn-Kyu


    Blood transfusion-related adverse reactions have been reported to be caused by leukocytes in blood products. It is now generally accepted that it would be highly desirable to reduce leukocytes level as low as possible. In this study, melt-blown poly(butylene terephthalate) nonwoven (PBT-NW) was treated with a hydroxyapatite (HA) surface-modification method for removal of leukocytes from blood components. Acrylic acid was graft-polymerized onto the surface of the PBT-NW after oxygen plasma glow discharge treatment. The PBT-NW surface was covered with a thin layer of HA produced by immersing the polymer surface in an aqueous solution containing high concentrations of PO(4) (3-) and Ca(2+) after graft-polymerization of acrylic acid, which provided the nucleus for HA crystallization. The surface was characterized using water contact angles, attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FT-IR), and electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis. When filtration was performed with a unit of red blood cell concentrates, HA-deposited PBT-NW (PBT-HA) removed 98.5% of the leukocytes and recovered 99.5% of the erythrocytes, suggesting that HA-deposited PBT-NW is a very promising blood filter for selective removal of leukocytes.

  11. Voxel-Based Spatial Filtering Method for Canopy Height Retrieval from Airborne Single-Photon Lidar

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    Hao Tang


    Full Text Available Airborne single-photon lidar (SPL is a new technology that holds considerable potential for forest structure and carbon monitoring at large spatial scales because it acquires 3D measurements of vegetation faster and more efficiently than conventional lidar instruments. However, SPL instruments use green wavelength (532 nm lasers, which are sensitive to background solar noise, and therefore SPL point clouds require more elaborate noise filtering than other lidar instruments to determine canopy heights, particularly in daytime acquisitions. Histogram-based aggregation is a commonly used approach for removing noise from photon counting lidar data, but it reduces the resolution of the dataset. Here we present an alternate voxel-based spatial filtering method that filters noise points efficiently while largely preserving the spatial integrity of SPL data. We develop and test our algorithms on an experimental SPL dataset acquired over Garrett County in Maryland, USA. We then compare canopy attributes retrieved using our new algorithm with those obtained from the conventional histogram binning approach. Our results show that canopy heights derived using the new algorithm have a strong agreement with field-measured heights (r2 = 0.69, bias = 0.42 m, RMSE = 4.85 m and discrete return lidar heights (r2 = 0.94, bias = 1.07 m, RMSE = 2.42 m. Results are consistently better than height accuracies from the histogram method (field data: r2 = 0.59, bias = 0.00 m, RMSE = 6.25 m; DRL: r2 = 0.78, bias = −0.06 m and RMSE = 4.88 m. Furthermore, we find that the spatial-filtering method retains fine-scale canopy structure detail and has lower errors over steep slopes. We therefore believe that automated spatial filtering algorithms such as the one presented here can support large-scale, canopy structure mapping from airborne SPL data.

  12. Tunnel Point Cloud Filtering Method Based on Elliptic Cylindrical Model (United States)

    Zhua, Ningning; Jiaa, Yonghong; Luo, Lun


    The large number of bolts and screws that attached to the subway shield ring plates, along with the great amount of accessories of metal stents and electrical equipments mounted on the tunnel walls, make the laser point cloud data include lots of non-tunnel section points (hereinafter referred to as non-points), therefore affecting the accuracy for modeling and deformation monitoring. This paper proposed a filtering method for the point cloud based on the elliptic cylindrical model. The original laser point cloud data was firstly projected onto a horizontal plane, and a searching algorithm was given to extract the edging points of both sides, which were used further to fit the tunnel central axis. Along the axis the point cloud was segmented regionally, and then fitted as smooth elliptic cylindrical surface by means of iteration. This processing enabled the automatic filtering of those inner wall non-points. Experiments of two groups showed coincident results, that the elliptic cylindrical model based method could effectively filter out the non-points, and meet the accuracy requirements for subway deformation monitoring. The method provides a new mode for the periodic monitoring of tunnel sections all-around deformation in subways routine operation and maintenance.

  13. Kalman filter based algorithms for PANDA rate at FAIR

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    Prencipe, Elisabetta; Ritman, James [IKP, Forschungszentrum Juelich (Germany); Rauch, Johannes [E18, Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Germany); Collaboration: PANDA-Collaboration


    PANDA at the future FAIR facility in Darmstadt is an experiment with a cooled antiproton beam in a range between 1.5 and 15 GeV/c, allowing a wide physics program in nuclear and particle physics. High average reaction rates up to 2.10{sup 7} interactions/s are expected. PANDA is the only experiment worldwide, which combines a solenoid field and a dipole field in an experiment with a fixed target topology. The tracking system must be able to reconstruct high momenta in the laboratory frame. The tracking system of PANDA involves the presence of a high performance silicon vertex detector, a GEM detector, a Straw-Tubes central tracker, a forward tracking system, and a luminosity monitor. The first three of those, are inserted in a solenoid homogeneous magnetic field (B=2 T), the latter two are inside a dipole magnetic field (B=2 Tm), The offline tracking algorithm is developed within the PandaRoot framework, which is a part of the FAIRRoot project. The algorithm is based on a tool containing the Kalman Filter equations and a deterministic annealing filter (GENFIT). The Kalman-Filter-based routines can perform extrapolations of track parameters and covariance matrices. In GENFIT2, the Runge-Kutta track representation is available. First results of an implementation of GENFIT2 in PandaRoot are presented. Resolutions and efficiencies for different beam momenta and different track hypotheses are shown.


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    N. Zhu


    Full Text Available The large number of bolts and screws that attached to the subway shield ring plates, along with the great amount of accessories of metal stents and electrical equipments mounted on the tunnel walls, make the laser point cloud data include lots of non-tunnel section points (hereinafter referred to as non-points, therefore affecting the accuracy for modeling and deformation monitoring. This paper proposed a filtering method for the point cloud based on the elliptic cylindrical model. The original laser point cloud data was firstly projected onto a horizontal plane, and a searching algorithm was given to extract the edging points of both sides, which were used further to fit the tunnel central axis. Along the axis the point cloud was segmented regionally, and then fitted as smooth elliptic cylindrical surface by means of iteration. This processing enabled the automatic filtering of those inner wall non-points. Experiments of two groups showed coincident results, that the elliptic cylindrical model based method could effectively filter out the non-points, and meet the accuracy requirements for subway deformation monitoring. The method provides a new mode for the periodic monitoring of tunnel sections all-around deformation in subways routine operation and maintenance.

  15. Diffusion filtering in image processing based on wavelet transform

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    LIU Feng


    The nonlinear diffusion filtering in image processing bases on the heat diffusion equations. Its key is the control of diffusion amount. In the previous models, the diffusivity depends on the gradients of images. So it is easily affected by noises. This paper first gives a new multiscale computational technique for diffusivity. Then we proposed a class of nonlinear wavelet diffusion (NWD) models that are used to restore images. The NWD model has strong ability to resist noise.But it, like the previous models, requires higher computational effort. Thus, by simplifying the NWD, we establish linear wavelet diffusion (LWD) models that consist of advection and diffusion. Since there exists the advection, the LWD filter is anisotropic, and hence can well preserve edges although the diffusion at edges is isotropic. The advantage is that the LWD model is easy to be analyzed and has lesser computational load. Finally, a variety of numerical experiments compared with the previous model are shown.

  16. Plasmonic Colour Filters Based on Coaxial Holes in Aluminium

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    Ranjith Rajasekharan Unnithan


    Full Text Available Aluminum is an alternative plasmonic material in the visible regions of the spectrum due to its attractive properties such as low cost, high natural abundance, ease of processing, and complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS and liquid crystal display (LCD compatibility. Here, we present plasmonic colour filters based on coaxial holes in aluminium that operate in the visible range. Using both computational and experimental methods, fine-tuning of resonance peaks through precise geometric control of the coaxial holes is demonstrated. These results will lay the basis for the development of filters in high-resolution liquid crystal displays, RGB-spatial light modulators, liquid crystal over silicon devices and novel displays.

  17. Microstrip Cross-coupled Interdigital SIR Based Bandpass Filter

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    R. K. Maharjan


    Full Text Available A simple and compact 4.9 GHz bandpass filter for C-band applications is proposed. This paper presents a novel microstrip cross-coupled interdigital half-wavelength stepped impedance resonator (SIR based bandpass filter (BPF.The designed structure is similar to that of a combination of two parallel interdigital capacitors. The scattering parameters of the structure are measured using vector network analyzer (VNA. The self generated capacitive and inductive reactances within the interdigital resonators exhibited in a resonance frequency of 4.9 GHz. The resonant frequency and bandwidth of the capacitive cross-coupled resonator is directly optimized from the physical arrangement of the resonators. The measured insertion loss (S21 and return loss (S11 were 0.3 dB and 28 dB, respectively, at resonance frequency which were almost close to the simulation results.

  18. Acceleration of Directional Medain Filter Based Deinterlacing Algorithm (DMFD

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    Addanki Purna Ramesh


    Full Text Available This paper presents a novel directional median filter based deinterlacing algorithm (DMFD. DMFD is a content adaptive spatial deinterlacing algorithm that finds the direction of the edge and applies the median filtering along the edge to interpolate the odd pixels from the 5 pixels from the upper and 5 pixels from the lower even lines of the field. The proposed algorithm gives a significance improvement of 3db for baboon standard test image that has high textured content compared to CADEM, DOI, and MELA and also gives improved average PSNR compared previous algorithms. The algorithm written and tested in C and ported onto Altera’s NIOS II embedded soft processor and configured in CYCLONE-II FPGA. The ISA of Nios-II processor has extended with two additional instructions for calculation of absolute difference and minimum of four numbers to accelerate the FPGA implementation of the algorithms by 3.2 times

  19. Improved Collaborative Filtering Recommendation Based on Classification and User Trust

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    Xiao-Lin Xu; Guang-Lin Xu


    When dealing with the ratings from users, traditional collaborative filtering algorithms do not consider the credibility of rating data, which affects the accuracy of similarity. To address this issue, the paper proposes an improved algorithm based on classification and user trust. It firstly classifies all the ratings by the categories of items. And then, for each category, it evaluates the trustworthy degree of each user on the category and imposes the degree on the ratings of the user. Finally, the algorithm explores the similarities between users, finds the nearest neighbors, and makes recommendations within each category. Simulations show that the improved algorithm outperforms the traditional collaborative filtering algorithms and enhances the accuracy of recommendation.

  20. Optical thin-film reflection filters based on the theory of photonic crystals. (United States)

    Sun, Xuezheng; Shen, Weidong; Gai, Xin; Gu, Peifu; Liu, Xu; Zhang, Yueguang


    Based on the theory of photonic crystals and the framework of a single-channel reflection filter that we presented before, structures of reflection filters with multiple channels are proposed. These structures can overcome some drawbacks of conventional multichannel transmission filters and are much easier to fabricate. We have practically fabricated the reflection filters with two and three channels, and the tested results show approximate agreement with theoretical simulation. Moreover, the superprism effect is also simulated in the single-channel reflection filter, the superiorities to transmission filters are discussed, and these analyses may shed some light on new applications of reflection filters in optical communication and other systems.

  1. Filter quality of pleated filter cartridges. (United States)

    Chen, Chun-Wan; Huang, Sheng-Hsiu; Chiang, Che-Ming; Hsiao, Ta-Chih; Chen, Chih-Chieh


    The performance of dust cartridge filters commonly used in dust masks and in room ventilation depends both on the collection efficiency of the filter material and the pressure drop across the filter. Currently, the optimization of filter design is based only on minimizing the pressure drop at a set velocity chosen by the manufacturer. The collection efficiency, an equally important factor, is rarely considered in the optimization process. In this work, a filter quality factor, which combines the collection efficiency and the pressure drop, is used as the optimization criterion for filter evaluation. Most respirator manufacturers pleat the filter to various extents to increase the filtration area in the limit space within the dust cartridge. Six sizes of filter holders were fabricated to hold just one pleat of filter, simulating six different pleat counts, ranging from 0.5 to 3.33 pleats cm(-1). The possible electrostatic charges on the filter were removed by dipping in isopropyl alcohol, and the air velocity is fixed at 100 cm s(-1). Liquid dicotylphthalate particles generated by a constant output atomizer were used as challenge aerosols to minimize particle loading effects. A scanning mobility particle sizer was used to measure the challenge aerosol number concentrations and size distributions upstream and downstream of the pleated filter. The pressure drop across the filter was monitored by using a calibrated pressure transducer. The results showed that the performance of pleated filters depend not only on the size of the particle but also on the pleat count of the pleated filter. Based on filter quality factor, the optimal pleat count (OPC) is always higher than that based on pressure drop by about 0.3-0.5 pleats cm(-1). For example, the OPC is 2.15 pleats cm(-1) from the standpoint of pressure drop, but for the highest filter quality factor, the pleated filter needed to have a pleat count of 2.65 pleats cm(-1) at particle diameter of 122 nm. From the aspect of

  2. Phosphate limitation in biological rapid sand filters used to remove ammonium from drinking water

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    Lee, Carson Odell; Albrechtsen, Hans-Jørgen; Smets, Barth F.


    Removing ammonium from drinking water is important for maintaining biological stability in distribution systems. This is especially important in regions that do not use disinfectants in the treatment process or keep a disinfectant residual in the distribution system. Problems with nitrification can...... the total number of ammonium oxidizing bacteria in the column. © 2013 American Water Works Association AWWA WQTC Conference Proceedings All Rights Reserved....

  3. Bedforms as Biocatalytic Filters: A Pumping and Streamline Segregation Model for Nitrate Removal in Permeable Sediments. (United States)

    Azizian, Morvarid; Grant, Stanley B; Kessler, Adam J; Cook, Perran L M; Rippy, Megan A; Stewardson, Michael J


    Bedforms are a focal point of carbon and nitrogen cycling in streams and coastal marine ecosystems. In this paper, we develop and test a mechanistic model, the "pumping and streamline segregation" or PASS model, for nitrate removal in bedforms. The PASS model dramatically reduces computational overhead associated with modeling nitrogen transformations in bedforms and reproduces (within a factor of 2 or better) previously published measurements and models of biogeochemical reaction rates, benthic fluxes, and in-sediment nutrient and oxygen concentrations. Application of the PASS model to a diverse set of marine and freshwater environments indicates that (1) physical controls on nitrate removal in a bedform include the pore water flushing rate, residence time distribution, and relative rates of respiration and transport (as represented by the Damkohler number); (2) the biogeochemical pathway for nitrate removal is an environment-specific combination of direct denitrification of stream nitrate and coupled nitrification-denitrification of stream and/or sediment ammonium; and (3) permeable sediments are almost always a net source of dissolved inorganic nitrogen. The PASS model also provides a mechanistic explanation for previously published empirical correlations showing denitrification velocity (N2 flux divided by nitrate concentration) declines as a power law of nitrate concentration in a stream (Mulholland et al. Nature, 2008, 452, 202-205).

  4. Hydrated calcareous oil-shale ash as potential filter media for phosphorus removal in constructed wetlands. (United States)

    Kaasik, Ago; Vohla, Christina; Mõtlep, Riho; Mander, Ulo; Kirsimäe, Kalle


    The P-retention in hydrated calcareous ash sediment from oil-shale burning thermal power plants in Estonia was studied. Batch experiments indicate good (up to 65 mg P g(-1)) P-binding capacity of the hydrated oil-shale ash sediment, with a removal effectiveness of 67-85%. The high phosphorus sorption potential of hydrated oil-shale ash is considered to be due to the high content of reactive Ca-minerals, of which ettringite Ca6Al2(SO4)3(OH)12.26H2O and portlandite Ca(OH)2 are the most important. The equilibrium dissolution of ettringite provides free calcium ions that act as stable nuclei for phosphate precipitation. The precipitation mechanism of phosphorus removal in hydrated ash plateau sediment is suggested by Ca-phosphate formation in batch experiments at different P-loadings. Treatment with a P-containing solution causes partial-to-complete dissolution of ettringite and portlandite, and precipitation of Ca-carbonate and Ca-phosphate phases, which was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM)-EDS studies. Thus, the hydrated oil-shale ash sediment can be considered as a potential filtration material for P removal in constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment.

  5. Comparative research on removing mercury by powder activated carbon on bag filter%纯活性炭粉末布袋脱汞的比较研究

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    陈振松; 杨国华; 黄三; 于建伟; 盛伟鹏; 谭均军


    For improving mercury removal efficiency of activated carbon(AC) injection upstream a bag filter and the utilization ratio of powder activated carbon(PAC), mercury removal experiments were conducted in a small-scale bag filter with pure PAC as the sorbent. The results indicate that the average mercury removal efficiency(AMRE) was 99.1% within 85 minutes for the first adsorption, and the adsorption time was 1335 minutes with removal efficiency above 75%. For comparison, other experiments were conducted using PAC mixed with different pro- portion of fly ash. The results show that the AMRE within 85 minutes for the first adsorption was only 19.3% and the removal efficiency fell to 0 after 165 minutes with fly ash as the sot- bent. The AMRE within 85 minutes for the first adsorption were 99.1~,95%, 85.3%, 79.7%, and 59.6%, and the mercury adsorption capacity with removal efficiency above 75% were 196.1 172.5, 133.8, 123.6, and 21.7 μg Hg/g AC for the PAC based sorbents mixed with the fly ash of 0, 20%, 50%, 80%, and95%, respectively. Hence, the mercury removal new technology by pure PAC on bag filter has better mercury removal efficiency and utilization ratio of PAC.%为解决布袋除尘器活性炭(AC)喷射脱汞传统技术中活性炭粉末利用率低、脱汞效率低的问题,提出了纯活性炭粉末一布袋脱汞新技术,采用纯活性炭粉末为吸附剂,进行了布袋脱汞实验研究,结果表明:纯活性炭粉末初次吸附的前85min的平均脱汞效率为99.1%,脱汞效率大于75%的累计吸附时间为1335min.为便于比较,进行了活性炭粉末掺杂不同比例飞灰的脱汞实验,结果表明:纯飞灰在初次吸附的前85min脱汞效率仅为19.3%,165min时脱汞效率已经下降为0.活性炭粉末掺杂飞灰比例分别为0,20%,50%,80%,95%时,初次吸附的前85min的平均脱汞效率分别为99.1%,95%,85.3%,79.7%,59.6%,每

  6. Adaptive Notch filter based active damping for power converters using LCL filters

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    Ciobotaru, M.; Rossé, A.; Bede, L.;


    This paper proposes an active damping technique for grid-connected converters using inductor-capacitor-inductor (LCL) filters. The technique relies on a discrete-time adaptive notch filter (NF) which is able to adapt its resonance frequency and bandwidth in real-time. The tuning function of this ......This paper proposes an active damping technique for grid-connected converters using inductor-capacitor-inductor (LCL) filters. The technique relies on a discrete-time adaptive notch filter (NF) which is able to adapt its resonance frequency and bandwidth in real-time. The tuning function...

  7. Information filtering based on corrected redundancy-eliminating mass diffusion. (United States)

    Zhu, Xuzhen; Yang, Yujie; Chen, Guilin; Medo, Matus; Tian, Hui; Cai, Shi-Min


    Methods used in information filtering and recommendation often rely on quantifying the similarity between objects or users. The used similarity metrics often suffer from similarity redundancies arising from correlations between objects' attributes. Based on an unweighted undirected object-user bipartite network, we propose a Corrected Redundancy-Eliminating similarity index (CRE) which is based on a spreading process on the network. Extensive experiments on three benchmark data sets-Movilens, Netflix and Amazon-show that when used in recommendation, the CRE yields significant improvements in terms of recommendation accuracy and diversity. A detailed analysis is presented to unveil the origins of the observed differences between the CRE and mainstream similarity indices.

  8. Performance-Based Technology Selection Filter description report

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    O' Brien, M.C.; Morrison, J.L.; Morneau, R.A.; Rudin, M.J.; Richardson, J.G.


    A formal methodology has been developed for identifying technology gaps and assessing innovative or postulated technologies for inclusion in proposed Buried Waste Integrated Demonstration (BWID) remediation systems. Called the Performance-Based Technology Selection Filter, the methodology provides a formalized selection process where technologies and systems are rated and assessments made based on performance measures, and regulatory and technical requirements. The results are auditable, and can be validated with field data. This analysis methodology will be applied to the remedial action of transuranic contaminated waste pits and trenches buried at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL).

  9. A small dim infrared maritime target detection algorithm based on local peak detection and pipeline-filtering (United States)

    Wang, Bin; Dong, Lili; Zhao, Ming; Xu, Wenhai


    In order to realize accurate detection for small dim infrared maritime target, this paper proposes a target detection algorithm based on local peak detection and pipeline-filtering. This method firstly extracts some suspected targets through local peak detection and removes most of non-target peaks with self-adaptive threshold process. And then pipeline-filtering is used to eliminate residual interferences so that only real target can be retained. The experiment results prove that this method has high performance on target detection, and its missing alarm rate and false alarm rate can basically meet practical requirements.

  10. Biotechnology based processes for arsenic removal

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    Huisman, J.; Olde Weghuis, M.; Gonzalez-Contreras, P.A.


    The regulations for arsenic control have become strict. Therefore, better technologies to remove arsenic from bleeds and effluents are desired. In addition, no single solution is suitable for all cases. The properties of the process streams and the storage facilities are major factors determining

  11. Biotechnology based processes for arsenic removal

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    Huisman, J.; Olde Weghuis, M.; Gonzalez-Contreras, P.A.


    The regulations for arsenic control have become strict. Therefore, better technologies to remove arsenic from bleeds and effluents are desired. In addition, no single solution is suitable for all cases. The properties of the process streams and the storage facilities are major factors determining th


    Toi, Satoshi; Kajita, Yoshitaka; Nishikawa, Shuichirou

    This study aims to find an effective removal method of illegal parking bicycles based on the analysis on the numerical change of illegal bicycles. And then, we built the time and space quantitative distribution model of illegal parking bicycles after removal, considering the logistic increase of illegal parking bicycles, several behaviors concerning of direct return or indirect return to the original parking place and avoidance of the original parking place, based on the investigation of real condition of illegal bicycle parking at TENJIN area in FUKUOKA city. Moreover, we built the simulation model including above-mentioned model, and calculated the number of illegal parking bicycles when we change the removal frequency and the number of removal at one time. The next interesting four results were obtained. (1) Recovery speed from removal the illegal parking bicycles differs by each zone. (2) Thorough removal is effective to keep the number of illegal parking bicycles lower level. (3) Removal at one zone causes the increase of bicycles at other zones where the level of illegal parking is lower. (4) The relationship between effects and costs of removing the illegal parking bicycles was clarified.

  13. Filter cake breaker systems

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    Garcia, Marcelo H.F. [Poland Quimica Ltda., Duque de Caxias, RJ (Brazil)


    Drilling fluids filter cakes are based on a combination of properly graded dispersed particles and polysaccharide polymers. High efficiency filter cakes are formed by these combination , and their formation on wellbore walls during the drilling process has, among other roles, the task of protecting the formation from instantaneous or accumulative invasion of drilling fluid filtrate, granting stability to well and production zones. Filter cake minimizes contact between drilling fluid filtrate and water, hydrocarbons and clay existent in formations. The uniform removal of the filter cake from the entire interval is a critical factor of the completion process. The main methods used to breaking filter cake are classified into two groups, external or internal, according to their removal mechanism. The aim of this work is the presentation of these mechanisms as well their efficiency. (author)

  14. Image enhancement for sub-harmonic phased array by removing surface wave interference with spatial frequency filter

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    Park, Choon Su; Kim, Jun Woo; Cho, Seung Hyun; Seo, Dae Cheol [Center for Safety Measurements, Division of Metrology for Quality of Life, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    Closed cracks are difficult to detect using conventional ultrasonic testing because most incident ultrasound passes completely through these cracks. Nonlinear ultrasound inspection using sub-harmonic frequencies a promising method for detecting closed cracks. To implement this method, a sub-harmonic phased array (PA) is proposed to visualize the length of closed cracks in solids. A sub-harmonic PA generally consists of a single transmitter and an array receiver, which detects sub-harmonic waves generated from closed cracks. The PA images are obtained using the total focusing method (TFM), which (with a transmitter and receiving array) employs a full matrix in the observation region to achieve fine image resolution. In particular, the receiving signals are measured using a laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV) to collect PA images for both fundamental and sub-harmonic frequencies. Oblique incidence, which is used to boost sub-harmonic generation, inevitably produces various surface waves that contaminate the signals measured in the receiving transducer. Surface wave interference often degrades PA images severely, and it becomes difficult to read the closed crack's position from the images. Various methods to prevent or eliminate this interference are possible. In particular, enhancing images with signal processing could be a highly cost-effective method. Because periodic patterns distributed in a PA image are the most frequent interference induced by surface waves, spatial frequency filtering is applicable for removing these waves. Experiments clearly demonstrate that the spatial frequency filter improves PA images.

  15. Wavelet domain adaptive filtering algorithm for removing the seamless pipe noise contained in the magnetic flux leakage data

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    Han Wenhua; Que Peiwen


    With the widespread application and fast development of gas and oil pipeline network in China, the pipeline inspection technology has been used more extensively. The magnetic flux leakage (MFL) method has established itself as the most widely used in-line inspection technique for the evaluation of gas and oil pipelines. The MFL data obtained from seamless pipeline inspection is usually contaminated by the seamless pipe noise (SPN). SPN can in some cases completely mask MFL signals from certain type of defects,and therefore considerably reduces the detectability of the defect signals. In this paper, a new de-noising algorithm called wavelet domain adaptive filtering is proposed for removing the SPN contained in the MFL data. The new algorithm results from combining the wavelet transform with the adaptive filtering technique. Results from application of the proposed algorithm to the MFL data from field tests show that the proposed algorithm has good performance and considerably improves the detectability of the defect signals in the MFL data.

  16. Removal of PCR inhibitors using dielectrophoresis as a selective filter in a microsystem

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    Perch-Nielsen, Ivan Ryberg; Bang, Dang Duong; Poulsen, Claus Riber;


    Diagnostic PCR has been used to analyse a wide range of biological materials. Conventional PCR consists of several steps such as sample preparation, template purification, and PCR amplification. PCR is often inhibited by contamination of DNA templates. To increase the sensitivity of the PCR...... of these components to PCR have been well documented. The usefulness of DEP in a microsystem to withhold baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) cells while the PCR inhibitors haemoglobin and heparin are removed will be presented and factors that influence the effect of DEP in the microsystem will be discussed...

  17. Removing the twin image in digital holography by segmented filtering of in-focus twin image



    We propose and investigate a new digital method for the reduction of twin-image noise from digital Fresnel holograms. For the case of in-line Fresnel holography the unwanted twin is present as a highly corruptive noise when the object image is numerically reconstructed. We propose to firstly reconstruct the unwanted twin-image when it is in-focus and in this plane we calculate a segmentation mask that borders this in focus image. The twin-image is then segmented and removed by sim...

  18. Strategical Report on Removal of Blurring in an Original Image Using Non Linear Median Filter Technique

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    G. Sasikala


    Full Text Available In real world application, the original signal, image, motion pictures or any another transform the removing of blur is a still challenging issue for the researchers. There have been several published algorithm, techniques and new methodologies. But each approach has its own assumptions, advantages and limitations. This study explores a technique of how image enhancement and denoising are useful in motion recording and storing for various applications such as digital still camera, video mail camera, video conferencing camera, surveillance camera, web camera, wireless camera, toy camera and digital video recorder.

  19. An adaptive demodulation approach for bearing fault detection based on adaptive wavelet filtering and spectral subtraction (United States)

    Zhang, Yan; Tang, Baoping; Liu, Ziran; Chen, Rengxiang


    Fault diagnosis of rolling element bearings is important for improving mechanical system reliability and performance. Vibration signals contain a wealth of complex information useful for state monitoring and fault diagnosis. However, any fault-related impulses in the original signal are often severely tainted by various noises and the interfering vibrations caused by other machine elements. Narrow-band amplitude demodulation has been an effective technique to detect bearing faults by identifying bearing fault characteristic frequencies. To achieve this, the key step is to remove the corrupting noise and interference, and to enhance the weak signatures of the bearing fault. In this paper, a new method based on adaptive wavelet filtering and spectral subtraction is proposed for fault diagnosis in bearings. First, to eliminate the frequency associated with interfering vibrations, the vibration signal is bandpass filtered with a Morlet wavelet filter whose parameters (i.e. center frequency and bandwidth) are selected in separate steps. An alternative and efficient method of determining the center frequency is proposed that utilizes the statistical information contained in the production functions (PFs). The bandwidth parameter is optimized using a local ‘greedy’ scheme along with Shannon wavelet entropy criterion. Then, to further reduce the residual in-band noise in the filtered signal, a spectral subtraction procedure is elaborated after wavelet filtering. Instead of resorting to a reference signal as in the majority of papers in the literature, the new method estimates the power spectral density of the in-band noise from the associated PF. The effectiveness of the proposed method is validated using simulated data, test rig data, and vibration data recorded from the transmission system of a helicopter. The experimental results and comparisons with other methods indicate that the proposed method is an effective approach to detecting the fault-related impulses

  20. A comb filter based signal processing method to effectively reduce motion artifacts from photoplethysmographic signals. (United States)

    Peng, Fulai; Liu, Hongyun; Wang, Weidong


    A photoplethysmographic (PPG) signal can provide very useful information about a subject's cardiovascular status. Motion artifacts (MAs), which usually deteriorate the waveform of a PPG signal, severely obstruct its applications in the clinical diagnosis and healthcare area. To reduce the MAs from a PPG signal, in the present study we present a comb filter based signal processing method. Firstly, wavelet de-noising was implemented to preliminarily suppress a part of the MAs. Then, the PPG signal in the time domain was transformed into the frequency domain by a fast Fourier transform (FFT). Thirdly, the PPG signal period was estimated from the frequency domain by tracking the fundamental frequency peak of the PPG signal. Lastly, the MAs were removed by the comb filter which was designed based on the obtained PPG signal period. Experiments with synthetic and real-world datasets were implemented to validate the performance of the method. Results show that the proposed method can effectively restore the PPG signals from the MA corrupted signals. Also, the accuracy of blood oxygen saturation (SpO2), calculated from red and infrared PPG signals, was significantly improved after the MA reduction by the proposed method. Our study demonstrates that the comb filter can effectively reduce the MAs from a PPG signal provided that the PPG signal period is obtained.

  1. A Novel Image Segmentation Algorithm Based on Neutrosophic Filtering and Level Set

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    Yanhui Guo


    Full Text Available Image segmentation is an important step in image processing and analysis, pattern recognition, and machine vision. A few of algorithms based on level set have been proposed for image segmentation in the last twenty years. However, these methods are time consuming, and sometime fail to extract the correct regions especially for noisy images. Recently, neutrosophic set (NS theory has been applied to image processing for noisy images with indeterminant information. In this paper, a novel image segmentation approach is proposed based on the filter in NS and level set theory. At first, the image is transformed into NS domain, which is described by three membership sets (T, I and F. Then, a filter is newly defined and employed to reduce the indeterminacy of the image. Finally, a level set algorithm is used in the image after filtering operation for image segmentation. Experiments have been conducted using different images. The results demonstrate that the proposed method can segment the images effectively and accurately. It is especially able to remove the noise effect and extract the correct regions on both the noise-free images and the images with different levels of noise.

  2. Biological Cr(VI) removal using bio-filters and constructed wetlands. (United States)

    Michailides, Michail K; Sultana, Mar-Yam; Tekerlekopoulou, Athanasia G; Akratos, Christos S; Vayenas, Dimitrios V


    The bioreduction of hexavalent chromium from aqueous solution was carried out using suspended growth and packed-bed reactors under a draw-fill operating mode, and horizontal subsurface constructed wetlands. Reactors were inoculated with industrial sludge from the Hellenic Aerospace Industry using sugar as substrate. In the suspended growth reactors, the maximum Cr(VI) reduction rate (about 2 mg/L h) was achieved for an initial concentration of 12.85 mg/L, while in the attached growth reactors, a similar reduction rate was achieved even with high initial concentrations (109 mg/L), thus confirming the advantage of these systems. Two horizontal subsurface constructed wetlands (CWs) pilot-scale units were also built and operated. The units contained fine gravel. One unit was planted with common reeds and one was kept unplanted. The mean influent concentrations of Cr(VI) were 5.61 and 5.47 mg/L for the planted and unplanted units, respectively. The performance of the planted CW units was very effective as mean Cr(VI) removal efficiency was 85% and efficiency maximum reached 100%. On the contrary, the unplanted CW achieved very low Cr(VI) removal with a mean value of 26%. Both attached growth reactors and CWs proved efficient and viable means for Cr(VI) reduction.

  3. A Sensor-based Long Baseline Position and Velocity Navigation Filter for Underwater Vehicles

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    Batista, Pedro; Oliveira, Paulo


    This paper presents a novel Long Baseline (LBL) position and velocity navigation filter for underwater vehicles based directly on the sensor measurements. The solution departs from previous approaches as the range measurements are explicitly embedded in the filter design, therefore avoiding inversion algorithms. Moreover, the nonlinear system dynamics are considered to their full extent and no linearizations are carried out whatsoever. The filter error dynamics are globally asymptotically stable (GAS) and it is shown, under simulation environment, that the filter achieves similar performance to the Extended Kalman Filter (EKF) and outperforms linear position and velocity filters based on algebraic estimates of the position obtained from the range measurements.

  4. Comparison of OpAmp based and comparator based switched capacitor filter


    Sahoo, Manodipan; Amrutur, Bharadwaj


    Comparator based switched capacitor circuits provide an excellent opportunity to design sampled data systems where the virtual ground condition is detected rather than being continuously forced with negative feedback in Opamp based circuits. This work is an application of this concept to design a 1 st order 330 KHz cutoff frequency Lowpass filter operating at 10 MHz sampling frequency in 0.13μm technology and 1.2 V supply voltage. The Comparator Based Switched Capacitor (CBSC) filter is compa...

  5. Detail Enhancement for Infrared Images Based on Propagated Image Filter

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    Yishu Peng


    Full Text Available For displaying high-dynamic-range images acquired by thermal camera systems, 14-bit raw infrared data should map into 8-bit gray values. This paper presents a new method for detail enhancement of infrared images to display the image with a relatively satisfied contrast and brightness, rich detail information, and no artifacts caused by the image processing. We first adopt a propagated image filter to smooth the input image and separate the image into the base layer and the detail layer. Then, we refine the base layer by using modified histogram projection for compressing. Meanwhile, the adaptive weights derived from the layer decomposition processing are used as the strict gain control for the detail layer. The final display result is obtained by recombining the two modified layers. Experimental results on both cooled and uncooled infrared data verify that the proposed method outperforms the method based on log-power histogram modification and bilateral filter-based detail enhancement in both detail enhancement and visual effect.

  6. Fault Tolerant Parallel Filters Based On Bch Codes

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    K.Mohana Krishna


    Full Text Available Digital filters are used in signal processing and communication systems. In some cases, the reliability of those systems is critical, and fault tolerant filter implementations are needed. Over the years, many techniques that exploit the filters’ structure and properties to achieve fault tolerance have been proposed. As technology scales, it enables more complex systems that incorporate many filters. In those complex systems, it is common that some of the filters operate in parallel, for example, by applying the same filter to different input signals. Recently, a simple technique that exploits the presence of parallel filters to achieve multiple fault tolerance has been presented. In this brief, that idea is generalized to show that parallel filters can be protected using Bose– Chaudhuri–Hocquenghem codes (BCH in which each filter is the equivalent of a bit in a traditional ECC. This new scheme allows more efficient protection when the number of parallel filters is large.

  7. CUDA-based acceleration and BPN-assisted automation of bilateral filtering for brain MR image restoration. (United States)

    Chang, Herng-Hua; Chang, Yu-Ning


    relative error in terms of peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR) less than 0.1%. In comparison with many state-of-the-art filters, the proposed automation framework with CUDA-based bilateral filtering provided more favorable results both quantitatively and qualitatively. Possessing unique characteristics and demonstrating exceptional performances, the proposed CUDA-based bilateral filter adequately removed random noise in multifarious brain MR images for further study in neurosciences and radiological sciences. It requires no prior knowledge of the noise variance and automatically restores MR images while preserving fine details. The strategy of exploiting the CUDA to accelerate the computation and incorporating texture features into the BPN to completely automate the bilateral filtering process is achievable and validated, from which the best performance is reached. © 2017 American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

  8. Face Recognition of Illumination Tolerance in 2D Subspace Based on the Optimum Correlation Filter

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    Yi Xu


    ... subspace based on the optimal correlation filter. Firstly, through the use of a particular class 2D-PCA the face image is reconstructed and by using the optimum projecting image correlation filter (OPICF...

  9. Optical fiber gas sensing system based on FBG filtering (United States)

    Wang, Shutao


    An optical fiber gas sensing system based on the law of Beer-Lambert is designed to determine the concentration of gas. This technique relies on the fact that the target gas has a unique, well-defined absorption characteristic within the infrared region of electromagnetic spectrum. The narrow-band filtering characteristic of optical fiber Bragg grating is used to produce the narrow spectrum light signal. An aspheric objective optical fiber collimator is used in the system as an optical fiber gas sensing detector to improve the sensitivity and stability. Experimental results show there is a high measuring sensitivity at 0.01%, and the measuring range goes beyond 5%.

  10. Speech Emotion Recognition Based on Parametric Filter and Fractal Dimension (United States)

    Mao, Xia; Chen, Lijiang

    In this paper, we propose a new method that employs two novel features, correlation density (Cd) and fractal dimension (Fd), to recognize emotional states contained in speech. The former feature obtained by a list of parametric filters reflects the broad frequency components and the fine structure of lower frequency components, contributed by unvoiced phones and voiced phones, respectively; the latter feature indicates the non-linearity and self-similarity of a speech signal. Comparative experiments based on Hidden Markov Model and K Nearest Neighbor methods are carried out. The results show that Cd and Fd are much more closely related with emotional expression than the features commonly used.

  11. Vehicle Detection Based on Probability Hypothesis Density Filter

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    Feihu Zhang


    Full Text Available In the past decade, the developments of vehicle detection have been significantly improved. By utilizing cameras, vehicles can be detected in the Regions of Interest (ROI in complex environments. However, vision techniques often suffer from false positives and limited field of view. In this paper, a LiDAR based vehicle detection approach is proposed by using the Probability Hypothesis Density (PHD filter. The proposed approach consists of two phases: the hypothesis generation phase to detect potential objects and the hypothesis verification phase to classify objects. The performance of the proposed approach is evaluated in complex scenarios, compared with the state-of-the-art.

  12. RSSI based indoor tracking in sensor networks using Kalman filters

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    Tøgersen, Frede Aakmann; Skjøth, Flemming; Munksgaard, Lene;


    We propose an algorithm for estimating positions of devices in a sensor network using Kalman filtering techniques. The specific area of application is monitoring the movements of cows in a barn. The algorithm consists of two filters. The first filter enhances the signal-to-noise ratio...... of the observed signal strengths and gives interpolated values at specific timestamps. Information from the first filter is transferred to the second filter which estimates the positions. Methods for estimating the parameters of the filters are given and these provide a straightforward calibration of the system...

  13. Automated Dimension Determination for NMF-based Incremental Collaborative Filtering

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    Xiwei Wang


    Full Text Available The nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF based collaborative filtering t e chniques h a ve a c hieved great success in product recommendations. It is well known that in NMF, the dimensions of the factor matrices have to be determined in advance. Moreover, data is growing fast; thus in some cases, the dimensions need to be changed to reduce the approximation error. The recommender systems should be capable of updating new data in a timely manner without sacrificing the prediction accuracy. In this paper, we propose an NMF based data update approach with automated dimension determination for collaborative filtering purposes. The approach can determine the dimensions of the factor matrices and update them automatically. It exploits the nearest neighborhood based clustering algorithm to cluster users and items according to their auxiliary information, and uses the clusters as the constraints in NMF. The dimensions of the factor matrices are associated with the cluster quantities. When new data becomes available, the incremental clustering algorithm determines whether to increase the number of clusters or merge the existing clusters. Experiments on three different datasets (MovieLens, Sushi, and LibimSeTi were conducted to examine the proposed approach. The results show that our approach can update the data quickly and provide encouraging prediction accuracy.

  14. Analyzing subcellular structure with optical Fourier filtering based on Gabor filters (United States)

    Boustany, Nada N.; Sierra, Heidy


    Label-free measurement of subcellular morphology can be used to track dynamically cellular function under various conditions and has important applications in cellular monitoring and in vitro cell assays. We show that optical filtering of scattered light by two-dimensional Gabor filters allows for direct and highly sensitive measurement of sample structure. The Gabor filters, which are defined by their spatial frequency, orientation and Gaussian envelope, can be used to track locally and in situ the characteristic size and orientation of structures within the sample. Our method consists of sequentially implementing a set of Gabor filters via a spatial light modulator placed in a conjugate Fourier plane during optical imaging and identifying the filters that yield maximum signal. Using this setup, we show that Gabor filtering of light forward-scattered by spheres yields an optical response which varies linearly with diameter between 100nm and 2000nm. The optical filtering sensitivity to changes in diameter is on the order of 20nm and can be achieved at low image resolution. We use numerical simulations to demonstrate that this linear response can be predicted from scatter theory and does not vary significantly with changes in refractive index ratio. By applying this Fourier filtering method in samples consisting of diatoms and cells, we generate false-color images of the object that encode at each pixel the size of the local structures within the object. The resolution of these encoded size maps in on the order of 0.36μm. The pixel histograms of these encoded images directly provide 20nm resolved "size spectra", depicting the size distribution of structures within the analyzed object. We use these size spectra to differentiate the morphology of apoptosis-competent and bax/bak null apoptosis-resistant cells during cell death. We also utilize the sensitivity of the Gabor filters to object orientation to track changes in organelle morphology, and detect mitochondrial

  15. T Source Inverter Based Shunt Active Filter with LCL Passive Filter for the 415V 50 Hz Distribution systems

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    S. Sellakumar


    Full Text Available The inverter topology is being used as an active filter to reduce the harmonics in the power system [1]. The traditional voltage source or current source inverters are having the disadvantages of limited output voltage range hence it may not be able to supply enough compensating currents during heavy switching surges, Vulnerable to EMI noise and the devices gets damaged in either open or short circuit conditions and the main switching device of VSI and CSI are not interchangeable. The active filters are the type of DC-AC system with wide range of voltage regulation and integration of energy storages is often required. This cannot be achieved with conventional inverters and hence the impedance source inverters have been suggested. The T source inverters are basically impedance source inverters which can be used as an active filter in the power system. The MATLAB simulation is done and the results are discussed in this paper for both the types. The proposed dampening system is fully characterized by LCL based passive filters [6] and T source inverter based shunt active filter. The disturbances in the supply voltage and load current due to the non linear loads are observed in the simulation. The same is studied after connecting the designed hybrid shunt active filter in the distribution system. The simulation results obtained from the proposed method proves that it gives comparatively better THD value.

  16. Quaternion-Based Kalman Filter for AHRS Using an Adaptive-Step Gradient Descent Algorithm

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    Li Wang


    Full Text Available This paper presents a quaternion-based Kalman filter for real-time estimation of the orientation of a quadrotor. Quaternions are used to represent rotation relationship between navigation frame and body frame. Processing of a 3-axis accelerometer using Adaptive-Step Gradient Descent (ASGD produces a computed quaternion input to the Kalman filter. The step-size in GD is set in direct proportion to the physical orientation rate. Kalman filter combines 3-axis gyroscope and computed quaternion to determine pitch and roll angles. This combination overcomes linearization error of the measurement equations and reduces the calculation cost. 3-axis magnetometer is separated from ASGD to independently calculate yaw angle for Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS. This AHRS algorithm is able to remove the magnetic distortion impact. Experiments are carried out in the small-size flight controller and the real world flying test shows the proposed AHRS algorithm is adequate for the real-time estimation of the orientation of a quadrotor.

  17. Band pass filters. Citations from the NTIS data base (United States)

    Reed, W. E.


    A bibliography containing 242 abstracts addressing the design, fabrication, characterization, and application of band pass filters is presented. Radiofrequency, digital, acoustic surface wave, and X-ray filters are included.

  18. POF based glucose sensor incorporating grating wavelength filters

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    Hassan, Hafeez Ul; Aasmul, Søren; Bang, Ole


    AND RESEARCH IN POLYMER OPTICAL DEVICES; TRIPOD. Within the domain of TRIPOD, research is conducted on "Plastic Optical Fiber based Glucose Sensors Incorporating Grating Wavelength Filters". Research will be focused to optimized fiber tips for better coupling efficiency, reducing the response time of sensor......Medtronic has already developed a plastic fiber based optical sensor to detect the concentration of glucose both in vivo and in-vitro. The glucose sensor is based on a competitive glucose binding affinity assay consisting of a glucose receptor and glucose analog (ligand) contained in a compartment......, more donor acceptor pairs got separated resulting in high intensity and vice versa. This change in optical signal is correlated to glucose concentration. (Fig.1) Medtronic Diabetes and DTU FOTONIK has been working together under the consortium of Marie Curie Research Framework called TRAINING...

  19. Chromaticity based smoke removal in endoscopic images (United States)

    Tchaka, Kevin; Pawar, Vijay M.; Stoyanov, Danail


    In minimally invasive surgery, image quality is a critical pre-requisite to ensure a surgeons ability to perform a procedure. In endoscopic procedures, image quality can deteriorate for a number of reasons such as fogging due to the temperature gradient after intra-corporeal insertion, lack of focus and due to smoke generated when using electro-cautery to dissect tissues without bleeding. In this paper we investigate the use of vision processing techniques to remove surgical smoke and improve the clarity of the image. We model the image formation process by introducing a haze medium to account for the degradation of visibility. For simplicity and computational efficiency we use an adapted dark-channel prior method combined with histogram equalization to remove smoke artifacts to recover the radiance image and enhance the contrast and brightness of the final result. Our initial results on images from robotic assisted procedures are promising and show that the proposed approach may be used to enhance image quality during surgery without additional suction devices. In addition, the processing pipeline may be used as an important part of a robust surgical vision pipeline that can continue working in the presence of smoke.

  20. Filtering Data Based on Human-Inspired Forgetting. (United States)

    Freedman, S T; Adams, J A


    Robots are frequently presented with vast arrays of diverse data. Unfortunately, perfect memory and recall provides a mixed blessing. While flawless recollection of episodic data allows increased reasoning, photographic memory can hinder a robot's ability to operate in real-time dynamic environments. Human-inspired forgetting methods may enable robotic systems to rid themselves of out-dated, irrelevant, and erroneous data. This paper presents the use of human-inspired forgetting to act as a filter, removing unnecessary, erroneous, and out-of-date information. The novel ActSimple forgetting algorithm has been developed specifically to provide effective forgetting capabilities to robotic systems. This paper presents the ActSimple algorithm and how it was optimized and tested in a WiFi signal strength estimation task. The results generated by real-world testing suggest that human-inspired forgetting is an effective means of improving the ability of mobile robots to move and operate within complex and dynamic environments.

  1. High-frequency SAW filters based on diamond films. (United States)

    Fujii, Satoshi; Jian, Chunyun


    We have developed a diamond SAW resonator capable of operating at frequencies over 3 GHz using a SiO(2)/ interdigital transducer (IDT)/AlN/diamond structure. This structure is expected to have a high Q value and a zero temperature coefficient of frequency (TCF) over 3 GHz, based on the high acoustic velocity of AlN. The SAW characteristics of various layered structures composed of SiO(2)/IDT/AlN/diamond substrates were studied both theoretically and experimentally. The SiO(2)/IDT/AlN/diamond substrate structure allows for a thicker IDT metal layer compared with other SAW device designs, such as the SiO(2)/IDT/ZnO/diamond structure. The thicker metal IDT in the present design leads to a lower series resistance and, in turn, a low insertion loss for SAW devices over 3 GHz. Using a second-mode (Sezawa-mode) SAW, the phase velocity and electromechanical coupling coefficient of the SiO(2)/IDT/AlN/diamond substrate reached the larger values of 11 150 m/s and 0.5%, respectively, and a zero TCF characteristic at 25°C was achieved. One-port SAW resonators fabricated from diamond substrates showed a high Q of 660 at 5.4 GHz. The frequency drift over a temperature range of -25°C to 80°C was about 90 ppm, even less than that for ST-quartz SAW substrates. A two-port resonator showed a low insertion loss of 8 dB at 5.4 GHz. Finally, we designed a 5-GHz band-stop SAW filter. A 30-MHz-wide stopband at a -6-dB rejection level was achieved while keeping the passband insertion loss to 0.76 dB. These characteristics of these filters show good potential for SHF-band filters.

  2. Boron removal from molten silicon using sodium-based slags

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    Yin Changhao; Hu Bingfeng; Huang Xinming


    Slag refining,as an important option for boron removal to produce solar grade silicon (SOG-Si) from metallurgical grade silicon (MG-Si),has attracted increasing attention.In this paper,Na2CO3-SiO2 systems were chosen as the sodium-based refining slag materials for boron removal from molten silicon.Furthermore,the effect of Al2O3 addition for boron removal was studied in detail,which showed that an appropriate amount of Al2O3 can help retention of the basicity of the slags,hence improving the boron removal rate.

  3. An active damping method based on biquad digital filter for parallel grid-interfacing inverters with LCL filters

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    Lu, Xiaonan; Sun, Kai; Huang, Lipei


    to the conventional active damping approaches, the biquad filter based active damping method does not require additional sensors and control loops. Meanwhile, the multiple instable closed-loop poles of the parallel inverter system can be moved to the stable region simultaneously. Real-time simulations based on dSPACE...

  4. Nuclear counting filter based on a centered Skellam test and a double exponential smoothing

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    Coulon, Romain; Kondrasovs, Vladimir; Dumazert, Jonathan; Rohee, Emmanuel; Normand Stephane [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Capteurs et Architectures Electroniques, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, (France)


    Online nuclear counting represents a challenge due to the stochastic nature of radioactivity. The count data have to be filtered in order to provide a precise and accurate estimation of the count rate, this with a response time compatible with the application in view. An innovative filter is presented in this paper addressing this issue. It is a nonlinear filter based on a Centered Skellam Test (CST) giving a local maximum likelihood estimation of the signal based on a Poisson distribution assumption. This nonlinear approach allows to smooth the counting signal while maintaining a fast response when brutal change activity occur. The filter has been improved by the implementation of a Brown's double Exponential Smoothing (BES). The filter has been validated and compared to other state of the art smoothing filters. The CST-BES filter shows a significant improvement compared to all tested smoothing filters. (authors)

  5. Scheme of adaptive polarization filtering based on Kalman model

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    Song Lizhong; Qi Haiming; Qiao Xiaolin; Meng Xiande


    A new kind of adaptive polarization filtering algorithm in order to suppress the angle cheating interference for the active guidance radar is presented. The polarization characteristic of the interference is dynamically tracked by using Kalman estimator under variable environments with time. The polarization filter parameters are designed according to the polarization characteristic of the interference, and the polarization filtering is finished in the target cell. The system scheme of adaptive polarization filter is studied and the tracking performance of polarization filter and improvement of angle measurement precision are simulated. The research results demonstrate this technology can effectively suppress the angle cheating interference in guidance radar and is feasible in engineering.

  6. An Adaptive Combinatorial Morphological Filter Based on Omnidirectional Structuring Elements

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    ZHAO Chunhui; HUI Junying; SUN Shenghe


    A new adaptive morphological filter is proposed in this paper. The filter utilizes the omnidirectional structuring elements and morphological open-closing or clos-opening operations. The outputs of the morphological operations by each structuring element are linear weighted processed by means of the adaptive method under the constrained least mean absolute (CLMA) error criterion. The new filter is applied to restore a noisy image and compared with the traditional morphological filters. The simulation results have shown that the new filter possesses effective noise suppression without blurring the geometrical features of the image.

  7. Adaptive integrated navigation filtering based on accelerometer calibration

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    Qifan Zhou


    Full Text Available In this paper, a novel GPS (Global Positioning System and DR (Dead Reckoning system which was based on the accelerometer and gyroscope integrated system was designed and implemented. In this system, the odometer used in traditional DR system was replaced by a MEMS tri-axis accelerometer in order to decrease the cost and the volume of the system. The system was integrated by the Kalman filter and a new mathematical model was introduced. In order to reasonably use the GPS information, an adaptive algorithm based on single measurement system which could estimate the measurement noise covariance was obtained. On the purpose of reducing the effect of the accumulated error caused by drift and bias of accelerometer, the accelerometer was calibrated online when GPS performed well. In this way, the integrated system could not only obtain the high-precision positioning in real time, but also perform stably in practice.

  8. Content-Based Spam Filtering on Video Sharing Social Networks

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    da Luz, Antonio; Araujo, Arnaldo


    In this work we are concerned with the detection of spam in video sharing social networks. Specifically, we investigate how much visual content-based analysis can aid in detecting spam in videos. This is a very challenging task, because of the high-level semantic concepts involved; of the assorted nature of social networks, preventing the use of constrained a priori information; and, what is paramount, of the context dependent nature of spam. Content filtering for social networks is an increasingly demanded task: due to their popularity, the number of abuses also tends to increase, annoying the user base and disrupting their services. We systematically evaluate several approaches for processing the visual information: using static and dynamic (motionaware) features, with and without considering the context, and with or without latent semantic analysis (LSA). Our experiments show that LSA is helpful, but taking the context into consideration is paramount. The whole scheme shows good results, showing the feasib...

  9. Multimodal MRI Neuroimaging with Motion Compensation Based on Particle Filtering

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    Chen, Yu-Hui; Kim, Boklye; Meyer, Charles; Hero, Alfred


    Head movement during scanning impedes activation detection in fMRI studies. Head motion in fMRI acquired using slice-based Echo Planar Imaging (EPI) can be estimated and compensated by aligning the images onto a reference volume through image registration. However, registering EPI images volume to volume fails to consider head motion between slices, which may lead to severely biased head motion estimates. Slice-to-volume registration can be used to estimate motion parameters for each slice by more accurately representing the image acquisition sequence. However, accurate slice to volume mapping is dependent on the information content of the slices: middle slices are information rich, while edge slides are information poor and more prone to distortion. In this work, we propose a Gaussian particle filter based head motion tracking algorithm to reduce the image misregistration errors. The algorithm uses a dynamic state space model of head motion with an observation equation that models continuous slice acquisitio...

  10. Low power adder based digital filter for QRS detector. (United States)

    Murali, L; Chitra, D; Manigandan, T


    Most of the Biomedical applications use dedicated processors for the implementation of complex signal processing. Among them, sensor network is also a type, which has the constraint of low power consumption. Since the processing elements are the most copiously used operations in the signal processors, the power consumption of this has the major impact on the system level application. In this paper, we introduce low power concept of transistor stacking to reduce leakage power; and new architectures based on stacking to implement the full adder and its significance at the digital filter level for QRS detector are implemented. The proposed concept has lesser leakage power at the adder as well as filter level with trade-off in other quality metrics of the design. This enabled the design to be dealt with as the low-power corner and can be made adaptable to any level of hierarchical abstractions as per the requirement of the application. The proposed architectures are designed, modeled at RTL level using the Verilog-HDL, and synthesized in Synopsys Design Compiler by mapping the design to 65 nm technology library standard cells.


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    李建平; 唐远炎; 严中洪; 张万萍


    Based on sine and cosine functions, the compactly supported orthogonal wavelet filter coefficients with arbitrary length are constructed for the first time. When/N = 2k- 1 and N = 2k , the unified analytic constructions of orthogonal wavelet filters are put forward,respectively. The famous Daubechies filter and some other well-known wavelet filters are tested by the proposed novel method which is very useful for wavelet theory research and many application areas such as pattern recognition.

  12. Pharmaceutical and personal care products in domestic wastewater and their removal in anaerobic treatment systems: Septic tank – up flow anaerobic filter.

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    Juan Pablo Arrubla Vélez


    Full Text Available In several countries around the world, Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs exist in aquatic environments, a fact that increases the awareness within the scientific community with respect to their possible fate and environment effects. This research presents a preliminary monitoring of use, consumption and presence of PPCPs in wastewater from a treatment plant in a rural area of Pereira (Colombia. Domestic sewage is treated in a septic tank followed by an Up-Flow Anaerobic Filter and its effluent is discharged into the Otún River, upstream of the water intake of the supply system of the city. The compounds monitored in this research included ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, aspirin, ketoprofen, caffeine, galaxolide, tonalide and dihydrojasmonate. An adapted method of multi-residue analysis was used, which is based on solid phase extraction with hydrophilic-lipophilic balance cartridges, and determination by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The removal efficiencies demonstrated that the treatment plant could eliminate less than 50% of dihydrojasmonate, diclofenac and galaxolide existing in wastewater; concentration of aspirin, naproxen and tonalide could only be reduced in 15%; and caffeine, ibuprofen and ketoprofen were not removed. Results provided basic information to decide over the necessity of complementary treatments for effluents from systems with the mentioned units.

  13. Relating dynamic conditions to the performance of biological rapid sand filters used to remove ammonium, iron, and manganese from drinking water

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    Lee, Carson; Albrechtsen, Hans-Jørgen; Smets, Barth F.

    months at similar operating conditions as the full scale filter to validate the performance of the pilot columns. After this, the pilot columns were fed with varying loading rates of iron, ammonium, and manganese. To fully examine the changes in filter performance several parameters were analyzed. Water......Biological rapid sand filters are used throughout the world to remove both particulates and dissolved compounds from drinking water and is a proven and effective treatment technique for providing safe and secure drinking water. However, experience has shown that some filters have problems...... consistently meeting regulatory guidelines for compounds like ammonium and reduced forms of iron and manganese. These compounds can cause biological instability in the distribution system and can lead to many problems including the growth of pathogens and aesthetic problems (taste, odor, and color...

  14. Introducing passive acoustic filter in acoustic based condition monitoring: Motor bike piston-bore fault identification (United States)

    Jena, D. P.; Panigrahi, S. N.


    Requirement of designing a sophisticated digital band-pass filter in acoustic based condition monitoring has been eliminated by introducing a passive acoustic filter in the present work. So far, no one has attempted to explore the possibility of implementing passive acoustic filters in acoustic based condition monitoring as a pre-conditioner. In order to enhance the acoustic based condition monitoring, a passive acoustic band-pass filter has been designed and deployed. Towards achieving an efficient band-pass acoustic filter, a generalized design methodology has been proposed to design and optimize the desired acoustic filter using multiple filter components in series. An appropriate objective function has been identified for genetic algorithm (GA) based optimization technique with multiple design constraints. In addition, the sturdiness of the proposed method has been demonstrated in designing a band-pass filter by using an n-branch Quincke tube, a high pass filter and multiple Helmholtz resonators. The performance of the designed acoustic band-pass filter has been shown by investigating the piston-bore defect of a motor-bike using engine noise signature. On the introducing a passive acoustic filter in acoustic based condition monitoring reveals the enhancement in machine learning based fault identification practice significantly. This is also a first attempt of its own kind.

  15. Fast multiscale directional filter bank-based speckle mitigation in gallstone ultrasound images. (United States)

    Leavline, Epiphany Jebamalar; Sutha, Shunmugam; Singh, Danasingh Asir Antony Gnana


    Speckle noise is a multiplicative type of noise commonly seen in medical and remote sensing images. It gives a granular appearance that degrades the quality of the recorded images. These speckle noise components need to be mitigated before the image is used for further processing and analysis. This paper presents a novel approach for removing granular speckle noise in gray scale images. We used an efficient multiscale image representation scheme named fast multiscale directional filter bank (FMDFB) along with simple threshold methods such as Vishushrink for image processing. It is a perfect reconstruction framework that can be used for a wide range of image processing applications because of its directionality and reduced computational complexity. The FMDFB-based speckle mitigation is appealing over other traditional multiscale approaches such as wavelets and Contourlets. Our experimental results show that the despeckling performance of the proposed method outperforms the wavelet and Contourlet-based despeckling methods.

  16. Nonlinear diffusion methods based on robust statistics for noise removal

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    JIA Di-ye; HUANG Feng-gang; SU Han


    A novel smoothness term of Bayesian regularization framework based on M-estimation of robust statistics is proposed, and from this term a class of fourth-order nonlinear diffusion methods is proposed. These methods attempt to approximate an observed image with a piecewise linear image, which looks more natural than piecewise constant image used to approximate an observed image by P-M[1] model. It is known that M-estimators and W-estimators are essentially equivalent and solve the same minimization problem. Then, we propose PL bilateral filter from equivalent W-estimator. This new model is designed for piecewise linear image filtering,which is more effective than normal bilateral filter.

  17. Simultaneous urea hydrolysis, formaldehyde removal and denitrification in a multifed upflow filter under anoxic and anaerobic conditions. (United States)

    Garrido, J M; Méndez, R; Lema, J M


    A multifed upflow filter (MUF), working under anoxic or anaerobic conditions, coupled with an aerobic biofilm airlift suspension (BAS) reactor was operated in order to treat a wastewater with high formaldehyde (up to 1.5 g L-1) and urea (up to 0.46 g L-1) concentrations. In the MUF, formaldehyde removal, denitrification and urea hydrolysis took place simultaneously. The MUF was operated at 37 degrees C, at a hydraulic retention time (HRT) ranging from 1 to 0.3 d. An organic loading rate (OLR) of 0.5 kg-formaldehyde m-3 d-1 was efficiently eliminated during anaerobic operation and transformed into methane, while a much higher OLR (up to 2 kg-formaldehyde m-3 d-1) was oxidised under anoxic conditions by the nitrite or nitrate from the nitrifying airlift. However, only 80% of urea was hydrolysed to ammonia in an anoxic environment while complete conversion occurred under anaerobic conditions. Moreover, formaldehyde concentrations higher than 50 mg L-1 provoked a loss of efficiency of urea hydrolysis, decreasing to 10% at formaldehyde concentrations above 300 mg L-1. Methane production rate during the anaerobic stage was adversely affected by accumulations of formaldehyde in the reactor causing lower formaldehyde removal efficiency. However, denitrification proceeded properly even at a formaldehyde concentration of 700 mg L-1 in the reactor, although nitrous oxide appears in the off-gas. The COD/N ratios required for complete nitrite and nitrate denitrification with formaldehyde were estimated at 2.1 and 3.5 kg-COD/kg-N, respectively.

  18. Modeling of Rate-Dependent Hysteresis Using a GPO-Based Adaptive Filter. (United States)

    Zhang, Zhen; Ma, Yaopeng


    A novel generalized play operator-based (GPO-based) nonlinear adaptive filter is proposed to model rate-dependent hysteresis nonlinearity for smart actuators. In the proposed filter, the input signal vector consists of the output of a tapped delay line. GPOs with various thresholds are used to construct a nonlinear network and connected with the input signals. The output signal of the filter is composed of a linear combination of signals from the output of GPOs. The least-mean-square (LMS) algorithm is used to adjust the weights of the nonlinear filter. The modeling results of four adaptive filter methods are compared: GPO-based adaptive filter, Volterra filter, backlash filter and linear adaptive filter. Moreover, a phenomenological operator-based model, the rate-dependent generalized Prandtl-Ishlinskii (RDGPI) model, is compared to the proposed adaptive filter. The various rate-dependent modeling methods are applied to model the rate-dependent hysteresis of a giant magnetostrictive actuator (GMA). It is shown from the modeling results that the GPO-based adaptive filter can describe the rate-dependent hysteresis nonlinear of the GMA more accurately and effectively.

  19. Damping strapdown inertial navigation system based on a Kalman filter (United States)

    Zhao, Lin; Li, Jiushun; Cheng, Jianhua; Hao, Yong


    A damping strapdown inertial navigation system (DSINS) can effectively suppress oscillation errors of strapdown inertial navigation systems (SINSs) and improve the navigation accuracy of SINSs. Aiming at overcoming the disadvantages of traditional damping methods, a DSINS, based on a Kalman filter (KF), is proposed in this paper. Using the measurement data of accelerometers and calculated navigation parameters during the navigation process, the expression of the observation equation is derived. The calculation process of the observation in both the internal damping state and the external damping state is presented. Finally, system oscillation errors are compensated by a KF. Simulation and test results show that, compared with traditional damping methods, the proposed method can reduce system overshoot errors and shorten the convergence time of oscillation errors effectively.

  20. Whitelists Based Multiple Filtering Techniques in SCADA Sensor Networks

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    DongHo Kang


    Full Text Available Internet of Things (IoT consists of several tiny devices connected together to form a collaborative computing environment. Recently IoT technologies begin to merge with supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA sensor networks to more efficiently gather and analyze real-time data from sensors in industrial environments. But SCADA sensor networks are becoming more and more vulnerable to cyber-attacks due to increased connectivity. To safely adopt IoT technologies in the SCADA environments, it is important to improve the security of SCADA sensor networks. In this paper we propose a multiple filtering technique based on whitelists to detect illegitimate packets. Our proposed system detects the traffic of network and application protocol attacks with a set of whitelists collected from normal traffic.

  1. Ultra compact triplexing filters based on SOI nanowire AWGs (United States)

    Jiashun, Zhang; Junming, An; Lei, Zhao; Shijiao, Song; Liangliang, Wang; Jianguang, Li; Hongjie, Wang; Yuanda, Wu; Xiongwei, Hu


    An ultra compact triplexing filter was designed based on a silicon on insulator (SOI) nanowire arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) for fiber-to-the-home FTTH. The simulation results revealed that the design performed well in the sense of having a good triplexing function. The designed SOI nanowire AWGs were fabricated using ultraviolet lithography and induced coupler plasma etching. The experimental results showed that the crosstalk was less than -15 dB, and the 3 dB-bandwidth was 11.04 nm. The peak wavelength output from ports a, c, and b were 1455, 1510 and 1300 nm, respectively, which deviated from our original expectations. The deviation of the wavelength is mainly caused by 45 nm width deviation of the arrayed waveguides during the course of the fabrication process and partly caused by material dispersion.

  2. Ultra compact triplexing filters based on SOI nanowire AWGs

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    Zhang Jiashun; An Junming; Zhao Lei; Song Shijiao; Wang Liangliang; Li Jianguang; Wang Hongjie; Wu Yuanda; Hu Xiongwei, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory on Integrated Optoelectronics, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100083 (China)


    An ultra compact triplexing filter was designed based on a silicon on insulator (SOI) nanowire arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) for fiber-to-the-home FTTH. The simulation results revealed that the design performed well in the sense of having a good triplexing function. The designed SOI nanowire AWGs were fabricated using ultraviolet lithography and induced coupler plasma etching. The experimental results showed that the crosstalk was less than -15 dB, and the 3 dB-bandwidth was 11.04 nm. The peak wavelength output from ports a, c, and b were 1455, 1510 and 1300 nm, respectively, which deviated from our original expectations. The deviation of the wavelength is mainly caused by 45 nm width deviation of the arrayed waveguides during the course of the fabrication process and partly caused by material dispersion. (semiconductor devices)

  3. Entropy-based straight kernel filter for echocardiography image denoising. (United States)

    Rajalaxmi, S; Nirmala, S


    A new filter has been proposed with the aim of eliminating speckle noise from 2D echocardiography images. This speckle noise has to be eliminated to avoid the pseudo prediction of the underlying anatomical facts. The proposed filter uses entropy parameter to measure the disorganized occurrence of noise pixel in each row and column and to increase the image visibility. Straight kernels with 3 pixels each are chosen for the filtering process, and the filter is slided over the image to eliminate speckle. The peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR) is obtained in the range of 147 dB, and the root mean square error (RMSE) is very low of approximately 0.15. The proposed filter is implemented on 36 echocardiography images, and the filter has the competence to illuminate the actual anatomical facts without degrading the edges.

  4. A high-rate secondary treatment based on a moving bed bioreactor and multimedia filters for small wastewater treatment plants. (United States)

    Liao, Z; Rasmussen, V; Odegaard, H


    For small wastewater treatment plants (WWPTs), high-rate secondary treatment systems with good treatment efficiency and easy, stable, and robust operation are called for. In this paper an experimental study on a high rate secondary treatment based on moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) and multimedia filters is presented. A high rate MBBR converts easily biodegradable SCOD in short HRT (0.5 h) directly after screening, then a Kaldnes-Filtralite-Sand (KFS) filter removes the particulate COD and detached biofilms at filtration rates of 10-20 m/h. The whole system gave effluent SS and COD less than 30 mg/L and 100 mg/L when total detention time is less than 1 h and small dosage of chemicals (iron and/or cationic polymer) is used. A new scenario of high rate secondary system with a primary Kaldnes coarse media filter in front of high rate MBBR and the KFS filter is proposed and discussed. This scenario with total HRT less than 2h is more suitable for high influent SS concentrations and may also be extended for nitrogen and phosphorous removal. Compared to conventional secondary treatment, the high rate secondary treatment will be using only 1/5-1/10 of the space, resulting in considerable savings for construction, energy and operation.

  5. Pharmaceutical and personal care products in domestic wastewater and their removal in anaerobic treatment systems: septic tank - upflow anaerobic filter

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    Arrubla, Juan Pablo; Cubillos, Janneth A.; Ramírez Vargas, Carlos Andrés


    of the city. The compounds monitored in this research included ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, aspirin, ketoprofen, caffeine, galaxolide, tonalide and dihydrojasmonate. An adapted method of multi-residue analysis was used, which is based on solid phase extraction with hydrophilic-lipophilic balance...... in 15 %; and caffeine, ibuprofen and ketoprofen were not removed. Results provided basic information to decide over the necessity of complementary treatments for ef uents from systems with the mentioned units....

  6. Odour removal with a trickling filter at a small WWTP strongly influenced by the tourism season. (United States)

    Patria, L; Cathelain, M; Laurens, P; Barbere, J P


    Etaples-Le Touquet's wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) is based on a coastal area of the Artois-Picardie region. The pollution load can vary from 20,000 p.e. to 60,000 p.e. over a weekend or in summer. The Collectivity and the Water Agency decided to cover and ventilate the main odour source points of the plant. The foul air was directed to a 2,500 m3/h inorganic bed biofilter (Alizair) for odour control. An odour monitoring took place during the first year of operation taking into account cold and warm seasons, high and low tourism seasons. The Alizair biofilter appeared an appropriate odour control process for small sized wastewater treatment plants, easy to operate and efficient even in areas where tourism seasons have a great impact on the pollution load arriving at the plant. The neighbourhood did not complain about odours any more and the operator was very confident with such a simple and effective system. The local Authorities and the Water Agency agreed to recommend Alizair biofilters with an autotrophic biomass adapted in the case of an old WWTP that cannot be up graded any more or for large pumping stations and wastewater storage prior treatment.

  7. Star-sensor-based predictive Kalman filter for satelliteattitude estimation

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    林玉荣; 邓正隆


    A real-time attitude estimation algorithm, namely the predictive Kalman filter, is presented. This algorithm can accurately estimate the three-axis attitude of a satellite using only star sensor measurements. The implementation of the filter includes two steps: first, predicting the torque modeling error, and then estimating the attitude. Simulation results indicate that the predictive Kalman filter provides robust performance in the presence of both significant errors in the assumed model and in the initial conditions.

  8. Novel optical filters based on curved grating structure (United States)

    Wang, Jia-Xian; Zhao, Jing; Qiu, Weibin; Lin, Zhili; Huang, Yixin; Chen, Houbo; Qiu, Pingping


    A novel modified Rowland grating structure is proposed in this paper. Optical filters with the proposed structure are designed and fabricated with both high input and output angles. The passband width, coupling loss of the filters are investigated as a function of the output waveguide width. Nearly aberration free diffraction filters with an ultracompact footprint less than 0.5 mm2 were obtained with the proposed structure.

  9. Laser- and light-based hair removal: an update. (United States)

    Goldberg, David J


    A variety of laser technologies are now able to successfully remove unwanted hair. Successful removal is based on an understanding of laser physics and appropriate wavelengths, pulse durations and cooling of the skin. Although ruby lasers were among the first to be used, alexandrite, diode and neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd:YAG) lasers, as well as a variety of broad-spectrum intense pulsed light sources, are currently more commonly used for the treatment of unwanted hair. Darker skin types are more difficult to treat but can also be treated. Complications can occur after laser hair removal but can be reduced through an understanding of the fundamentals of laser removal. These complications include the obvious, such as scarring and pigmentary changes, and the not so obvious, such as reticulate erythema and uveitis. Laser hair removal is now widely accepted as a successful approach to remove unwanted hair in both men and women. The future will involve office-based laser and light source hair removal, as well as a variety of laser and light-based home devices.

  10. Dichroic rugate filters based on birefringent porous silicon. (United States)

    Ishikura, Nobuyuki; Fujii, Minoru; Nishida, Kohei; Hayashi, Shinji; Diener, Joachim


    Rugate filters made of anisotropically nanostructured birefringent silicon have been fabricated and studied by polarization-resolved transmission measurements. Electrochemical etching of a (110) oriented Si wafer results in porous silicon layers which exhibit a strong in-plane birefringence. We demonstrate that a sinusoidal refractive index variation of birefringent porous silicon combined with index-matching layers and apodization results in a dichroic rugate filter having a stop-band dependent on the polarization direction of the incident light without higher-order harmonics and sidelobes. We also demonstrate that the combination of different dichroic rugate filters allow us to realize filters with more complex properties in a single preparation step.

  11. Performance of a stratified sand filter in removal of chemical oxygen demand, total suspended solids and ammonia nitrogen from high-strength wastewaters. (United States)

    Healy, M G; Rodgers, M; Mulqueen, J


    A stratified sand filter column, operated in recirculation mode and treating synthetic effluent resembling high-strength dairy wastewaters was studied over a 342-d duration. The aim of this paper was to examine the organic, total suspended solids (TSS) and nutrient removal rates of the sand filter, operated in recirculation mode, under incrementally increasing hydraulic and organic loading rates and to propose a field filter-sizing criterion. Best performance was obtained at a system hydraulic loading rate of 10 L m(-2) d(-1); a higher system hydraulic loading rate (of 13.4 L m(-2) d(-1)) caused surface ponding. The system hydraulic loading rate of 10 L m(-2) d(-1) gave a filter chemical oxygen demand (COD), TSS, and total kjeldahl nitrogen (TKN) loading rate of 14, 3.7, and 2.1 g m(-2) d(-1), respectively, and produced consistent COD and TSS removals of greater than 99%, and an effluent NO(3)-N concentration of 42 mg L(-1) (accounting for an 86% reduction in total nitrogen (Tot-N)). As the proportional surface area requirement for the sand filter described in this study is less than the recommended surface area requirement of a free-water surface (FWS) wetland treating an effluent of similar quality, it could provide an economic and sustainable alternative to conventional wetland treatment.

  12. A performance evaluation of a new iron oxide-based porous ceramsite (IPC) in biological aerated filters. (United States)

    Bao, Teng; Chen, Tianhu; Ezzatahmadi, Naeim; Rathnayake, Suramya I; Chen, Dong; Wille, Marie-Luise; Frost, Ray


    A novel medium containing iron oxide-based porous ceramsite (IPC) and commercial ceramsite (CC) was used in two laboratory-scale upflow biological aerated filters (BAFs) to treat city wastewater to compare their efficacy in wastewater treatment. The IPC BAF and CC BAF were operated in water at 20-26°C, an air/water (A/W) ratio of: 3:1 and hydraulic retention times (HRTs) of 7, 3.5, 1.75, and 0.5 h and the removal of ammonia nitrogen (NH3-N), total nitrogen (TN), total organic carbon (TOC), and phosphorus (P) were studied. Our results indicated that IPC BAF was superior to CC BAF in terms of TOC, TN, NH3-N, and P removal. IPC had higher total porosity and larger total surface area than CC. The interconnected porous structure of IPC was suitable to microbial growth, protozoan, and metazoan organisms were primarily found in the accumulated biofilm layer. Biomass, in the biofilm layer, was detected at three distinct distances (300, 900, and 1500 mm) from the bottom of the inlet filter, again indicating that the IPC was more suitable for biomass growth. The presence of biomass improves the simultaneous removal efficiency of nitrogen and phosphorus in the IPC BAF. Thus, our findings support IPC as a material for use in filter media in wastewater treatment BAFs.

  13. Inter Channel Correlation based Demosaicking Algorithm for Enhanced Bayer Color Filter Array

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    K. John Peter


    Full Text Available Demosaicking is a process of obtaining a full color image by interpolating the missing colors of an image captured from a digital still and video cameras that use a single-sensor array. In this study a new Color Filter Array (CFA is proposed. Which is based on the actual weight of the Human Visual System. It is developed based on the sensitivity level of the human eye to red as 29.9%, green as 58.7% and blue as 11.4%. This study also provides an effective iterative demosaicing algorithm applying a weighted-edge interpolation to handle green pixels followed by a series of color difference interpolation to update red, blue and green pixels. Before applying demosaicking algorithm Gaussian filter is applied to remove noise of the sensor applied image and also enhance the image quality. Experimental results show that the proposed method performs much better than other latest demosaicing techniques in terms of image quality and PSNR value.

  14. A new approach of QRS complex detection based on matched filtering and triangle character analysis. (United States)

    Li, Yanjun; Yan, Hong; Hong, Feng; Song, Jinzhong


    QRS complex detection usually provides the fundamentals to automated electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis. In this paper, a new approach of QRS complex detection without the stage of noise suppression was developed and evaluated, which was based on the combination of two techniques: matched filtering and triangle character analysis. Firstly, a template of QRS complex was selected automatically by the triangle character in ECG, and then it was time-reversed after removing its direct current component. Secondly, matched filtering was implemented at low computational cost by finite impulse response, which further enhanced QRS complex and attenuated non-QRS regions containing P-wave, T-wave and various noise components. Subsequently, triangle structure-based threshold decision was processed to detect QRS complexes. And RR intervals and triangle structures were further analyzed for the reduction of false-positive and false-negative detections. Finally, the performance of the proposed algorithm was tested on all 48 records of the MIT-BIH Arrhythmia Database. The results demonstrated that the detection rate reached 99.62 %, the sensitivity got 99.78 %, and the positive prediction was 99.85 %. In addition, the proposed method was able to identify QRS complexes reliably even under the condition of poor signal quality.

  15. Transistor-based filter for inhibiting load noise from entering a power supply (United States)

    Taubman, Matthew S


    A transistor-based filter for inhibiting load noise from entering a power supply is disclosed. The filter includes a first transistor having an emitter coupled to a power supply, a collector coupled to a load, and a base. The filter also includes a first capacitor coupled between the base of the first transistor and a ground terminal. The filter further includes an impedance coupled between the base and a node between the collector and the load, or a second transistor and second capacitor. The impedance can be a resistor or an inductor.

  16. Intelligent neural-network-based adaptive power-line conditioner for real-time harmonics filtering

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    Lin, H.C. [Chien Kuo Institute of Technology (China). Dept. of Automation Engineering


    Conventional approaches for harmonic filtering usually employ either passive or active filtering techniques or a combination of both. The paper proposes an alternative intelligent adaptive power line conditioner (I-APLC), which. is a form of neural-network- based adaptive harmonic filtering. The I-APLC makes use of one supervised learning rule (backpropagation) which underlies the adaptive self-learning in realising the optimal filter weight vector. Experimental. results obtained via a prototype model of the DC variable-speed motor verified that I-APLC is feasible in terms of real-time tracking, adaptive harmonic filtering, faster training mid convergence speeds, and simplicity in the online hardware implementation. (author)

  17. Consequences of removing the flattening filter from linear accelerators in generating high dose rate photon beams for clinical applications: A Monte Carlo study verified by measurement

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    Ishmael Parsai, E. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toledo, 3000 Arlington Avenue, Toledo, OH 43614 (United States)]. E-mail:; Pearson, David [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toledo, 3000 Arlington Avenue, Toledo, OH 43614 (United States); Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Toledo, 3000 Arlington Avenue, Toledo, OH 43614 (United States); Kvale, Thomas [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Toledo, 3000 Arlington Avenue, Toledo, OH 43614 (United States)


    An Elekta SL-25 medical linear accelerator (Elekta Oncology Systems, Crawley, UK) has been modelled using Monte Carlo simulations with the photon flattening filter removed. It is hypothesized that intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatments may be carried out after the removal of this component despite it's criticality to standard treatments. Measurements using a scanning water phantom were also performed after the flattening filter had been removed. Both simulated and measured beam profiles showed that dose on the central axis increased, with the Monte Carlo simulations showing an increase by a factor of 2.35 for 6 MV and 4.18 for 10 MV beams. A further consequence of removing the flattening filter was the softening of the photon energy spectrum leading to a steeper reduction in dose at depths greater than the depth of maximum dose. A comparison of the points at the field edge showed that dose was reduced at these points by as much as 5.8% for larger fields. In conclusion, the greater photon fluence is expected to result in shorter treatment times, while the reduction in dose outside of the treatment field is strongly suggestive of more accurate dose delivery to the target.

  18. Weighted guided image filtering. (United States)

    Li, Zhengguo; Zheng, Jinghong; Zhu, Zijian; Yao, Wei; Wu, Shiqian


    It is known that local filtering-based edge preserving smoothing techniques suffer from halo artifacts. In this paper, a weighted guided image filter (WGIF) is introduced by incorporating an edge-aware weighting into an existing guided image filter (GIF) to address the problem. The WGIF inherits advantages of both global and local smoothing filters in the sense that: 1) the complexity of the WGIF is O(N) for an image with N pixels, which is same as the GIF and 2) the WGIF can avoid halo artifacts like the existing global smoothing filters. The WGIF is applied for single image detail enhancement, single image haze removal, and fusion of differently exposed images. Experimental results show that the resultant algorithms produce images with better visual quality and at the same time halo artifacts can be reduced/avoided from appearing in the final images with negligible increment on running times.

  19. A Statistical Investigation of the Sensitivity of Ensemble-Based Kalman Filters to Covariance Filtering (United States)


    several in- dependent, locally stationary processes with simple parametric stationary (or isotropic) covariance func- tions ( Fuentes 2001). Parametric...230, 99–111. ——, and S. L. Anderson, 1999: A Monte Carlo implementation of the nonlinear filtering problem to produce ensemble assimi- lations and...Q. Yao, 2003: Nonlinear Time Series: Nonparametric and Parametric Methods. Springer-Verlag, 552 pp. Fuentes , M., 2001: A high frequency kriging

  20. Single-Phase LLCL-Filter-based Grid-Tied Inverter with Low-Pass Filter Based Capacitor Current Feedback Active damper

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    Liu, Yuan; Wu, Weimin; Li, Yun


    The capacitor-current-feedback active damping method is attractive for high-order-filter-based high power grid-tied inverter when the grid impedance varies within a wide range. In order to improve the system control bandwidth and attenuate the high order grid background harmonics by using the quasi....... In this paper, a low pass filter is proposed to be inserted in the capacitor current feedback loop op LLCL-filter based grid-tied inverter together with a digital proportional and differential compensator. The detailed theoretical analysis is given. For verification, simulations on a 2kW/220V/10kHz LLCL...